Generate awareness among
tourists about need to
protect bio-diversity: Vohra

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 14: Governor, N. N. Vohra, has pointed to the need for appropriate sensitivity to environmental concerns by..more

Demonstrations,
public meetings mark
observance of Martyr’s Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Protest demonstrations, public meetings and solemnizing of hawans marked the observance of Balidan Divas..more

Support PDP's agenda
of peace, development : Mehbooba

Excelsior Correspondent

GOOL (RAMBAN), Sept 14: Reiterating resolve of her party to aggressively pursue the agenda of peace and development in the State, People's Democratic...more

Duration, schedule of
Amarnathji Yatra
Sub-Committee meets

BABA Yatri Niyas, SABLO

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: The Sub- Committee, under the chairmanship of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, constituted by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board to advise the Board regarding the duration and schedule of the annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra from...more

Cong to take stand as per Party
perception on Afzal Guru
Advani's yatra will not

achieve its purpose: Soz

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Sept 14: Criticizing the BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman, L K Advani's proposed country-wide yatra against corruption, State Congress president and former Union Minister, Saif-ud-Din Soz, today said..more

Court rejects
applications of Wazir,
Ajab Singh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, Jang Bhadur Singh Jamwal today rejected the applications of Tarlochan Singh Wazir alias Tallo, former MLC and his brother Ajab Singh seeking medical and other facilities on various grounds. After hearing both the sides, Principal Sessions..more

3 drug-peddlers held
with 18 kg poppy,
intoxicant capsules

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Police today arrested three drug-peddlers and recovered around 18 kilograms of poppy straw and 100 intoxicant capsules while as on the disclosure of drug-peddlers, who were arrested few days back, 20 kilograms of more poppy seized. SSP Udhampur, Shakeel Ahmed Beigh said....more

"Hindi Divas" celebrated
with enthusiasm

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Various Government, private organizations and institutions organized poetry recitation, speeches, essay writing, etc to celebrated "Hindi Divas" with great pomp and show, in which students participated with enthusiasm and zeal. A 14 days "Hindi Phagwada" function organized by Powergrid Northern Region..more

     
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BSNL employees’ JAC holds dharnaExcelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees Union Joint Action Committee at district Jammu observed one day dharna in front of the General Manager BSNL office, here today. Narian Singh Manhas, president, BSNL Employees Union SSA (district Jammu) said that today a bandh was observed on the call of All India Unions of Joint Action committee of BSNL HQ, New Delhi, to protest against the decision of withdrawal of medical allowances without vouchers including pensioners; withdrawal of encashment of leave while availing LTC/Home town LTC and freezing of all India LTC for two years.

Campus placement drive commences in SMVDU

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, Sept 14: The campus placement drive commenced at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) in a spectacular manner in which students participated with enthusiasm. In the Campus placement a massive recruitment drive was undertaken by Indian Multi National giant TATA Consultancy Service and HCL and selected 74 and 11 engineering students respectively from SMVDU amounting to 70 per cent placement of the total batch strength of the outgoing batch. Government College for Engineering and Technology (GCET) also participated in TCS Campus drive where 27 students got placement.

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Paper-II on Census 2011 released
Sharp decline in rural population

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 14: As a large number of people have migrated to the urban areas during past three decades in Jammu and Kashmir, there has been sharp decline of 7 percent in rural population, according to the recently released census data. Addressing a press conference here, Director Census Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Factoo, said 72 percent people live in rural areas while the figure was 79 percent in Census of 1981. He said the population in urban areas has gone up from 21 percent to 28 percent during these years.

Workshop on "Hemophilia Management" held

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JAMMU, Sept 14: Department of Pediatrics, Government Medical College, SMGS Hospital in collaboration with Indian Academy of Pediatrics, organized a workshop on "Practical Aspects of Hemophilia Management". On the occasion, Dr Rajinder Singh, Principal, Government Medical College, was the chief guest while Dr Rekha Harish, Head, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College faculty, resident doctors from pediatrics, medicine, surgery, para medical staff were also present. Addressing the gathering, Dr Rekha Harish presented the welcome address and apprised the audience of the life consuming nature of this disease and spoke on the need of making the general public and medical professionals aware of the multifaceted problem being faced by the hemophilia patients.

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Generate awareness among tourists
about need to protect bio-diversity: Vohra

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 14: Governor, N. N. Vohra, has pointed to the need for appropriate sensitivity to environmental concerns by the State Tourism Department Travel Trade and all other stakeholders, while evolving a National Tourism Policy. He said there is also need for generating greater awareness among the tourists and the people at large about the need to show regard for the protection of biodiversity.

The Governor, as chief guest, was addressing the valedictory session of the 3-day 9th Annual Convention of the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI) at the SKICC, here this evening. The theme of the Convention was "Indian Adventure - Creating Opportunities".

The Governor observed that the difficulties faced in J&K in the past years had adversely affected the economy, including tourism and that with the return of peace and normalcy the tourism sector had started showing significant resurgence. He said that nearly six and a half lakh tourists had so far visited the State this year, including over 21,000 foreign visitors. He said that the number of pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, which was 87 lakh last year, is likely to touch the one crore mark this year. Side by side, the number of pilgrims to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine was over 6.35 lakh this year. He observed that with sustained peace and normalcy in the State the flow of tourists would keep progressively increasing in the coming yearsand this provides an ideal setting for the promotion of tourism which would generate very significant employment avenues.

Referring to the attractive facilities being developed by the people for tourists staying in their homes in the Ladakh region, the Governor urged Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora to explore the possibility of encouraging a similar approach in a few tourist destinations in the Valley and Jammu to supplement the Government's efforts to enlarge the tourist infrastructure.

The Governor while referring to the various recommendations of the Convention, said that it would be useful to devote priority to the establishment of trekking trails and addressing issues relating to providing insurance cover to the adventure tourists besides enforcing safety, rescue and evacuation measures, opening more areas for tourist activity etc.

The Governor was honoured by the ATOAI by presenting him a memento. The Governor presented mementos to all those who had contributed significantly for successfully organizing this Convention.

Nawang Rigzin Jora, said that Jammu and Kashmir is the most ideal destination for any sort of adventure tourism activity. He also dwelt on the new tourist destinations being developed in the State.

Chandan Brahhma, Assam Tourism Minister, said that there are many adventure tourism opportunities in Assam, which is the host State of the ATOAI Annual Convention-2012.

Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for Home and Tourism, Ashwani Kakkar, Chairman, Mercury Travels Ltd, Ajeet, former president of the ATOAI and Akshay Kumar, its secretary also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, in his welcome address, Tejbir Singh Anand, president, ATOAI, recalled the initiatives taken by the Governor when he was the President of the Indian Mountaineering Federation in resolving several issues of the ATOAI.

In his closing remarks, Capt. (Retd) Swadesh Kumar, Convention Chairman, thanked Jammu and Kashmir Government, local travel trade and the people at large for their whole-hearted support in making the Convention a most successful event.

Demonstrations, public meetings mark
observance of Martyr’s Day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Protest demonstrations, public meetings and solemnizing of hawans marked the observance of Balidan Divas by Kashmiri Pandits today.

A public demonstration was held in front of Jammu Press Club in which besides the two factions of Panun Kashmir, the activists of Joint Forum of Kashmiri Pandit organizations also participated.

On the occasion rich tributes were paid to martyr Tika Lal Taploo who fell to the bullets of assasins on this day in 1989. The rich tributes were also paid to the martyrs who laid down their lives in last 22 years of terrorist violence in the State. The rallyists also observed silence in memory of martyrs.

In his address A N Vaishnavi of ASKPC said that the sacrifices made by Mr Taploo to uphold the unity and integrity of the entire nation will go down in the annals of history as an inspiration for generations to come.

Dr Ajay Chrungoo chairman PK said that PK is observing Martyrs’ Day not only as dedication to the memory of those who fell to the bullets of terrorists but also to the glorious history and heritage of an ancient community as old as the times. The remembering of the past acts as immunity against degeneration, he added.

Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo president, Panun Kashmir said that any talk of reversion to 1953 position would be rejected tooth and nail. The will of Indian nation has spoken unambiguously through the 1994 unanimous resolution of the Parliament that Kashmir is not negotiable under any circumstances, he added.

H L Chatta general secretary ASKPC said that Pandit community can’t forget the facts of history and demanded appointment of an Inquiry Commission to establish the facts about genocide. Others who addressed the demonstration included P L Raina from Muthi camp, Bhushan Lal Bhat from Jagati Camp, Ranjit Singh Sodhi representative of displaced Sikh community form Kashmir, D N Kissu chairman Non Camp and Virender Raina spokesperson of the Forum.

Kashmiri Pandit Conference held a public meeting at Jagati Camp in the morning to observe the day. Kundan Kashmiri president of the organization while paying rich tributes to the martyrs said that community can’t forget the day of September 14, 1989 when the terrorists started implementing their nefarious designs of ethnic cleansing from the Valley. He also paid tributes to those martyrs who laid down their lives in Jammu and other parts of the country while fighting terrorism.

He demanded that return be delinked from employment, draconian laws in PM’s package be removed, filling up of remaining posts, two missing KP youth Susheel Koul of Anantnag and Hira Lal Koul of Budgam be traced and KPs be rehabilitated at a consolidated place in Valley. Others who addressed included P N Pandita general secretary of the organization and its State president Satish Pajnoo, Tej Dhar, Ram Ji Bhat and M L Kamal.

On the occasion of Balidan Divas the two-day long Maha Yagya concluded at Amarbalidan Trust today in which a large number of devotees participated. A photo exhibition under the supervision of president of the Trust H L Chatta was also organized on the occasion.

Martyrs’ Day (Balidan Divas) was commemorated by Panun Kashmir at Jagati today in which a large number of members of the displaced community, men, women and children participated. The programme started with the recitation of Shalokas from Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta by Swami Kumar Ji.

The convener of Panun Kashmir, Dr Agnishekhar who presided over the function, while paying abundant tributes to martyrs of the community, said that they were treacherously killed for the fault of being innocent and peace loving. Dr Agnishekhar expressed shock and dismay over the problems faced by the inmates of the tenements of the Jagati and urged the Government to address them within a shortest time frame to the entire satisfaction of the inmates.

Shiban Khaibri chairman media committee, Sanjay Raina, Dr Khema Kaul of Kashmira Vahini and Maharaj Krishen co-ordinator Panun Kashmir Jagati, P N Dhar leader P K and Vijay Bhat and Sanjay Dhatataria also addressed the meeting.

JKVM paid floral tributes to martyrs at a programme here today and pledged to use the inspiration received from them to strengthen the actions, to strengthen the claim of the community over Kashmir and strengthen the community’s commitment for which martyrs laid down their lives.

Speaking on the occasion, H L Bhat national general secretary lambasted the Government for not punishing any killer of the community members so far. Others who spoke included president of the Manch, B L Bhat, its senior vice president R L Bhat and senior leader Ashok Kangan.

Rich tributes were paid to martyrs at a function organized by Jagati Migrants Committee which among others was addressed by Bhushan Lal, R L Thusoo and S L Pandit.

All India Kashmiri Samaj (AIKS) also held a meeting at Jagati under the leadership of Subash Kumar. Another meeting was held by AMCCC at Jagati this evening in which Ajay Bharti, its chairman, Desh Rattan and Raj Nath Dhar paid rich tributes to martyrs.

ADKEF also observed Martyrs’ Day under the chairmanship of B K Hazari

Support PDP's agenda of peace, development : Mehbooba

Excelsior Correspondent

GOOL (RAMBAN), Sept 14: Reiterating resolve of her party to aggressively pursue the agenda of peace and development in the State, People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti today sought support of the people of Gool to take party's agenda to the far flung areas.

Addressing a public meeting organised by Haji Imtiyaz Ahmed Shan at Gool, Mehbooba Mufti said that active participation of people was must to bring positive change in their respective areas.

"It was all due to the support of people that PDP came to power and the party implemented its agenda to accelerate developmental activities and pursued the policy of peace and reconciliation", she said, adding, "after formation of PDP-Congress regime security scenario was changed because that regime had stopped humiliation of the people and restored dignity and honour of the common masses".

"PDP-Congress regime had simultaneously pursued the process of peace and development in this State and it was result of this policy that developmental activities were taken place on large scale besides restoration of peace", she said. PDP chief pointed out that PDP-Congress regime had created conducive atmosphere in the State but the present regime during the last three years had spoiled that atmosphere. "The present regime has turned Jammu and Kashmir into a police State, leaving everything including administrative measures at their door", she said.

"As the previous regime imposed ban on the recruitment on Government jobs, PDP-Congress regime had implemented the policy of Rehbar-e-Taleem to give jobs to the deserving people", she said and pointed out that thousands of youth were appointed as ReT in complete transparent manner and only meritorious and deserving youth were appointed.

Expressing her concern over rampant corruption in the State, she said that menace of corruption has sufferers deep from bottom to top during the last three years and poor people were the worst sufferers of the prevailing system. She said that instead of spending money to provide basic amenities to the people, the present regime spending money on selective manners to give benefits to its own people.

Senior leaders Ved Mahajan, Shanti Devi, Haji Imtiyaz Ahmed Shan incharge Gool-Arnas, Shahbaz Mirza, Tadiq Tragwal, Farooq Ganai, Haji Asadullah Wani, Javid Ahmed Shan, Abdul Majid, Master Mohammad Iqbal and Jan Mohammad Tragwal also addressed the gathering.

Duration, schedule of Amarnathji Yatra
Sub-Committee meets BABA Yatri Niyas, SABLO

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: The Sub-Committee, under the chairmanship of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, constituted by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board to advise the Board regarding the duration and schedule of the annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra from 2012 onwards, heard the representatives of BABA Yatri Niyas and Shri Amarnath Barfani Langar Organization (SABLO), in two separate meetings at Jammu today.

Soon after its arrival from Srinagar today, the Sub-Committee held consultations with a delegation representing BABA Yatri Niyas for nearly two hours. The Yatri Niyas was represented by Major General (Retd.) Goverdhan Singh Jamwal, Dr. Jatinder Singh, Dr R. L. Bhatt and Dineshwar Singh Jamwal. This was followed by another round of discussions with the office bearers of SABLO, which included Vijay Thakur, President; Rajan Gupta, General Secretary, Amar Goel, Vice President and Ram Lok Chowdhary, Vice President.

The Members of the Sub-Committee who attended the meetings included Swami Gianandji of Varanasi, Y. V. Sharma, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu, R. L. Bharti, Prem Gupta, Dr. C.M. Raina, Asst. Professor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Jammu and R. K. Goyal, Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, who is Member-Secretary of the Sub-Committee. Preet Pal Singh, Additional CEO, SASB was also present.

Cong to take stand as per Party perception on Afzal Guru
Advani's yatra will not achieve its purpose: Soz

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Sept 14: Criticizing the BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman, L K Advani's proposed country-wide yatra against corruption, State Congress president and former Union Minister, Saif-ud-Din Soz, today said that it will not achieve its purpose as such campaigns tend to "divide the nation''.

"Advani has space in both the Houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha). He can fight (over the issue) democratically. He can fight together with the Prime Minister (over corruption)," Prof Soz told reporters here.

"Advani has threatened to launch a yatra. These yatras have always divided the nation. India is a mature democracy. It (yatra) will not achieve its purpose," Soz said.

Maintaining that Congress has an "ideological difference with the BJP and battle on this account would continue".

"BJP is always on extreme right. It brings religion into politics and adopts parochial attitude," Prof Soz added.

When asked about Party's stand on the resolution seeking amnesty for Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, he said it will be decided by Congress legislators on the floor of the House.

"Congress Party will take its stand as per its perception (on Afzal Guru)'', he added.

He, however, did not clarify whether the party will oppose the resolution or not.

On whether Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah's Kashmir centric statements were damaging Congress base in Jammu, he said, "We will think over it. If there is any statement which would damage the national interests, it would not be acceptable to party or to me. I tell you that."

"They are not our spokespersons. We have our own constitution and we have our own perception on Kashmir," he added.

On interlocutors recommending a return to the pre-1953 status as the way forward in resolving the Kashmir issue'', Soz said. "When we reach the river, we shall cross it. We should wait for the report" he added.

Asked about Municipal and local bodies elections, the Congress leader said. "We have yet not decided. It is not must that NC, Congress will fight elections together. We can go separately contesting friendly match", he added.

Prof Soz declined to comment on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who had advocated clemency for dreaded terrorist Afzal Guru. "I have nothing to say in this regard., His perception can be some thing which I can't share''.

However he made it clear that armed militancy can't be accepted in India and in J&K it is sponsored across the border.

On recent threat given by one Congress leader to resign from the Party, he said "in democracy every one has a right to differ and you can't gag any body's mouth''.

Soz denied that only stone pelters will be given the benefit of amnesty will also be extended to the youth of Jammu also involved in 2008 Amarnath land row agitation.

Earlier Pankaj Purnia Returning officer for the State announced that Youth Congress is holding membership drive for holding party elections all over the country on the directives of Rahul Gandhi general secretary of the party and incharge Youth Congress.

The drive has been started on September 11 and it will conclude on October 8. After this the poll dates will be announced, he added.

YNC state chief, Shoiab Lone was also present in the press conference.

Court rejects applications of Wazir, Ajab Singh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, Jang Bhadur Singh Jamwal today rejected the applications of Tarlochan Singh Wazir alias Tallo, former MLC and his brother Ajab Singh seeking medical and other facilities on various grounds.

After hearing both the sides, Principal Sessions Judge observed, "Ajab Singh was examined by Physician Specialist at District Jail Jammu on June 24, 2011 and was provided medicines accordingly. On August 5, 2011 he was referred to GMC and was put on Neurological and Urological consultation. On August 9, 2011 he was put to different investigations and was taken to cardiologist on September 1, 2011 and various investigations were performed. He has been provided best available treatment in the GMC as well as in the District Jail".

"The petitioner has been made available medical diet, medicines and is being monitored by various doctors. The report submitted by the jail authorities is complete in all respects", the Court further observed and rejected the prayer of Ajab Singh.

The Court also rejected the application of Tarlochan Singh Wazir seeking special food and lodging accommodation, escort from judicial lock-up to court.

3 drug-peddlers held with 18 kg poppy, intoxicant capsules

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Police today arrested three drug-peddlers and recovered around 18 kilograms of poppy straw and 100 intoxicant capsules while as on the disclosure of drug-peddlers, who were arrested few days back, 20 kilograms of more poppy seized.

SSP Udhampur, Shakeel Ahmed Beigh said that on the disclosure of two drug-peddlers, who were arrested few days back along with 65 kg contraband, 20 kilograms of more poppy was seized today.

He said that a police party from Kud Police Station during surprise checking intercepted a truck bearing registration number JK01A-2496, which was on way from Srinagar to Jammu, and subjected it to checking.

From the truck, police recovered 10 kilograms of poppy seeds. The contraband was immediately seized and truck driver arrested. He has been identified as Abdul Rashid Rather, son of Ghulam Rasool Rather of Cheerpura, Achhabal.

Meanwhile, Police arrested a Punjabi drug peddler and recovered 7.5 kilograms of poppy straw from his possession during a naka at Domail under the jurisdiction of Jhajjar Kotli Police Station.

Police spokesman said that during a specially organized naka police noticed a person moving in suspicious condition with a sack on his back. He was immediately subjected to checking during which 7.5 kilograms of poppy straw was recovered.

The drug peddler identified as Surinder Singh alias Suraj, son of Kundan Singh of Punjab was immediately arrested. During interrogation, he revealed that he used to smuggle poppy straw from Kashmir valley to Punjab frequently and today also he had brought the consignment from valley and was moving in a bus towards Jammu.

Upon noticing strict checking of vehicles at Domail naka, he left the bus and tried to cross the naka point on foot along with consignment so that he may not be apprehended.

The spokesman said that the third drug-peddler was arrested by Rajouri Police along with 100 intoxicant capsules, which he was planning to supply to the drug-addicts. He has been identified as Mohd Younis, son of Mohd Yaqoob of Fatehpur Atti.

"Hindi Divas" celebrated with enthusiasm

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Various Government, private organizations and institutions organized poetry recitation, speeches, essay writing, etc to celebrated "Hindi Divas" with great pomp and show, in which students participated with enthusiasm and zeal.

A 14 days "Hindi Phagwada" function organized by Powergrid Northern Region Transmission System II commenced today, in order to celebrate "Hindi Divas". The said function was inaugurated by SC Singh, Executive Director, Northern Region Transmission System II while Jagmohan Sharma, General Manager, (O&M), SK Sharma, General Manager, Projects, AK Mittal, Additional General Secretary, Pramod Kumar, Deputy General Manager, Finance, Stanley Mathews, Chief Manager, HR besides other officers were present on the occasion. The messages by P Chitambaram, Union Home Minister and RN Nayak, managing director, Powergrid, were also read out.

Government Degree College, Bishnah, celebrated "Hindi Divas" in which students participated with enthusiasm and zeal. On the occasion debate competition was organized on the topic "Rashtriya Basha Hindi Ki Unnati Ke Upaya". Speaking on the occasion, Prof Kalpana Kesar, Principal of the college, implored upon the students the origin of Hindi from Sanskrit language and added the importance of Hindi in uniting India. Meenu, Neha and Anjali, of BA part III, were adjudged as winners of the debate competition.

To make the students aware of the importance of the "Hindi Divas", a Hindi Saptah was celebrated at Gandhi Memorial College of Education, Raipur, Bantalab. During the Hindi Saptah, slogan writing competition, lecture on the Hindi pronounciation and phonetix, debate on the topic "Aadhunik Yug Mein Hindi Ka Mahatav", Hindi poem recitation, rangoli making, etc were carried out. On the valedictory function today, Dr Bindu Verma, Principal presented the welcome address and highlighted the role of Hindi and its history. She also distributed prizes among the winners of the various competitions organized during the Hindi Saptah.

Dewan Badrinath Vidya Mandir Amarvilla, Talab Tillo celebrated "Hindi Divas" with enthusiasm and zeal. On the occasion, cultural and literary activities were organized besides poetry recitation and on spot essay writing competitions were also organized, in which students participated and show cased their skills. While speaking, Dr Baljeet Singh, Principal of the school, impressed upon the teachers and students to speak in Hindi as the same is spoken and understood by 90 per cent of Indian populace.

Lawrence Public School celebrated "Hindi Divas", in which students participated with enthusiasm. On the occasion Hindi Sahitya Samiti, Hindi club organized week long events including essay writing, poetry recitation, debate and drama, etc. Speaking on the occasion, S Joshi, Principal of the school said that Hindi language is our National as per the Indian Constitution.

BSF Senior Secondary School, Paloura celebrated "Hindi Divas" with great fervour and enthusiasm. To highlight the importance of the Hindi as "Matra Basha" students conducted a poetic session attired in the costumes of various poets of repute and recited their poetry. Speaking on the occasion, Dr SS Khokhar, awarded appreciation certificates to the participating students in order to encourage their morale and also to develop taste of Hindi in them. He also shared valuable thoughts and experiences with the children.

"Hindi Divas" was celebrated by the Junior Wing of JK Public School, Kunjwani, in which faculty and students participated with enthusiasm and zeal. On the occasion various programmes were organized including speeches, poems recitation, short skit highlighting the fact that Hindi adopts the true spirit of Indians in terms of tolerance. Speaking on the occasion, Anita Bhatia, Principal, appreciated the efforts being put in up by the teachers to acquaint the students with their mother tongue.

Head Quarters, Northern Command celebrated "Hindi Divas" with enthusiasm. Various competition including Hindi Essay, Noting and Drafting, Hindi typing through computers were organized. On the occasion, Brig BS Das, Col GS, Edn, HQ, Northern Command, Col AS Paul, Col, Edn, HQ, Northern Command and DS Rauthan, Secretary, Official Language Implementation Committee, HQ Northern Command were present. Prizes were distributed among the winners of the competitions.

To celebrate "Hindi Divas", a "Kavi Sameelan" by NHPC, was organized at Community Hall, Jyotipuram. On the occasion, CB Singh, General Manager, NHPC was the chief guest who while speaking highlighted the importance of the day. He impressed upon the gathering to converse in Hindi language as most of the people understand Hindi. He also distributed prizes among the winners and also felicitated the poets.

Government Girls Middle School, Chak Dera Singh, Kathua, celebrated "Hindi Divas" with great pomp and show, in which students recited poems and stories in Hindi language. On the occasion, Chander Kala, Zonal Education Officer, Pawan Kumar, Headmaster, Middle School, Changran, Ashok Kumar, cluster resource person, Chak Dera Singh and Sanjay Sehgal, Headmaster, Girls Middle School were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Sanjay Sehgal, highlighted the importance of the day.

Central Reserve Police Force organized "fifteen days programme to celebrate "Hindi divas", which cconcluded today. The function was presided over by Ashok Kumar Jain. In the function CRPF personnel and officers participated with enthusiasm. During the fifteen days programme, various competitions were organized including essay writing, poetry recitation, etc. On the valedictory function, Kuldeep Chander Sharma, Assistant Commandant, distributed the prizes among the winners.

To celebrate " Hindi Divas" NHPC Regional Office organized fifteen days programme, in which various competitions were organized including poster making, essay writing, poetry recitation, etc. On the valedictory function today, Jitender Singh, Officiating Director, was the chief guest while other officers were also present and distributed the prizes among the winners of the competitions.

Delhi Public School celebrated "Hindi Divas", in which students participated with enthusiasm and zeal. On the occasion Arun Sharma was the chief guest while Sudershan Sonar, Principal, was also present. Speaking on the occasion, Sudershan Sonar highlighted the importance of the day and impressed upon the students to work hard and with dedication to achieve their desired goals.

Sangarmal Foundation today organized a multipurpose Ayurvedic Camp at its Head Office, Durga Nagar to pay tributes to the martyrs.

During the camp, team of doctors from Government Ayurvedic Hospital examined nearly 300 patients suffering from Arthritis, Gastro-intestinal, Cardiac, Gynecological, Allergic and Endocrinological disorders. Free medicines were also given to the needy and poor patients.

BSNL employees’ JAC holds dharna

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Employees Union Joint Action Committee at district Jammu observed one day dharna in front of the General Manager BSNL office, here today.

Narian Singh Manhas, president, BSNL Employees Union SSA (district Jammu) said that today a bandh was observed on the call of All India Unions of Joint Action committee of BSNL HQ, New Delhi, to protest against the decision of withdrawal of medical allowances without vouchers including pensioners; withdrawal of encashment of leave while availing LTC/Home town LTC and freezing of all India LTC for two years.

The dharna was held throughout the country at all district and circle levels. The speakers condemned the policy of the BSNL and gave all account of the mismanagement of the BSNL instead of improving the services. The department is curtailing the wages and allowances of the staff but they did not curtail the wasteful expenditure on officers and administration set up by floating tenders for small works, which can be managed by the BSNL within their own sources.

Other speakers were Manjeet Singh, district secretary, BSNLEU, S K Moza, senior leader and president of Bantalab branch, Shashi Kumar, district executive member, Ramesh Kumar, district treasurer, HKS Slathia and Gain Singh.

Campus placement drive commences in SMVDU

Excelsior Correspondent

KATRA, Sept 14: The campus placement drive commenced at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU) in a spectacular manner in which students participated with enthusiasm.

In the Campus placement a massive recruitment drive was undertaken by Indian Multi National giant TATA Consultancy Service and HCL and selected 74 and 11 engineering students respectively from SMVDU amounting to 70 per cent placement of the total batch strength of the outgoing batch. Government College for Engineering and Technology (GCET) also participated in TCS Campus drive where 27 students got placement.

After a policy change by NASSCOM, TCS chose SMVDU as one among the first institutions in the country to initiate the recruitment process for this year. A high level 11-member team from TCS conducted the campus placement exercise where the intense competitive and exhaustive recruitment process was spread over two days with online written test followed by two levels of interview.

The students have been selected for the position of Associate Software Engineer with an annual package of Rs 3.16 lakh. Moreover, 11 students of SMVDU got placed in HCL Technologies as Graduate Engineering Trainees with an annual package of Rs 3.25 lakh.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof RNK Bamezai, Vice Chancellor, SMVDU, expressed satisfaction at such large number of selections by TCS and assured all support for such drives in future, which will help in seeking employment opportunities for the students of State.

B K Bhatia, Training and Placement Officer, SMVDU, expressed satisfaction at the selection of large number of students by TCS and HCL and indicated that this was just the beginning of the placement session and more such opportunities were lined up for the students.

GDC holds election

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RAJOURI, Sept 14: Government Degree College (GDC), Thanna Mandi today conducted students representatives’ election. The election was held for the post of president, class representatives and general secretary.

In the elections, Fayaz Shah of BA Part III was elected as president as he defeated his opponent Amir Mirza of BA Part II by a margin of 46 votes. Flourance Chaand of BA Part I was elected as general secretary as she defeated Naseer Ahmed of BA Part I by 47 votes.

Meanwhile, Mobina Khan, Naseer Ahmed, Javed Iqbal, Yasmeen Mir and Amir Mirza were elected as Class representatives.

The elections were conducted by Dr Shakkel Ahmed Raina, Head, College Election Committee and was assisted by Prof AR Qadri, Prof Mohd Sadeeq, Prof Salem Ayaz Rather, Prof MA Dar, Prof Ahsan-ul-Rehman, Prof Asif Ajaz Lone and Rakesh Puri under the overall supervision of Dr MB Magray, Principal of the college.

Manohar for immediate implementation
of Vaidyanathan Committee Report

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SRINAGAR, Sept 14 : Minister of State for, Cooperatives Society, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma today convened a review meeting in his office chamber with regard to implementation of Vaidyanathan Committee Report and its Recommendations.

The meeting was attended by M. Abbas, Registrar Cooperatives Societies, S.K. Wattal, Manager Reserve Bank of India, Srinagar S.C. Rabra, Geneal manager, NABARD, Managing Directors of JCCB, J&K Cooperative Bank, Srinagar, General Managers, Central Cooperative Bank, Anantnag and Baramulla.

Dr. Manohar stressed for immediate implementation of Committee Report based on MoU signed between the State Government, NABARD and Central Government in 2008. He impressed upon the NABARD to reimburse their share in favour of Primary Agriculture Cooperatives Societies (PACS) at an earliest as State Government has already released its share last year.

The Minister impressed upon the Chief Executive Officers of all Cooperative Banks to update their byelaws in accordance with the MoU. He also stressed upon the NABARD to expedite the process of computerization to implement at all levels. He directed that steps be initiated for holding the elections of Cooperative Banks operating in the Valley.

Dr. Manohar also highlighted the importance of imparting trainings at all levels without any further delay. He desired to constitute a Coordination Committee, which will be comprising of representatives of NABARD, State Government and Cooperative Banks and directed the Committee to meet periodically for proper coordination and implementation of the schemes.

The meeting was informed that statutory audit of all the cooperative Banks in the State is being conducted by the chartered Accountants empanelled by NABARD for the first time. He stressed to convene a general body meeting of all the Cooperative Banks for updating the byelaws.

Prepare tehsil wise inventory of Auqaf property: Aijaz

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JAMMU, Sept 14: The Minister of State for Haj and Auqaf, Ajiaz Khan today asked the State Wakaf Council to prepare tehsil wise inventory of Auqaf property and the list of the persons to whom it has been rented out.

The Minister issued the instructions while chairing a meeting convened to review the functioning of the council with regard to management of the Waqaf assets, collections of rent and upkeep of Ziarats across Jammu division.

The Minister asked the Council functionaries to prepare the detail of the Wakaf property situated under the jurisdiction of each field Inspector whether notified or un-notified, nature of the property, whether commercial, residential, open etc including number of shops and buildings.

He also directed the council to prepare the detail of tenants and the time of occupation, specifying whether legal or illegal, detail of property encroached, complete detail of the encroacher viz area under the occupation, time since the encroachment has been made. He also insisted to take steps to remove all illegal encroachments and furnishing of the details of the defaulters who are not paying the rent.

The Minister asked the council authorities to act tough against the encroachers on the Waqaf land and put the same to best use to improve the revenue collections.

"For safeguarding the wakaf property and taking proper action against the defaulters as well as the illegal encroachers, a complete comprehensive detail of such occupants is required for taking measures for recovery", the Minister asserted.

Stressing for taking effective steps to retrieve the Wakaf property from illegal occupation of the Government departments, defense forces and private persons, he said that monthly progress with regard to the removal of such encroachments as well as the status of the Wakaf properties retrieved from encroachers be sought from all concerned administrators.

The Minister also directed for the creation of adequate facilities at the Jammu Eidgah for the convenience of the people during Eid prayers.

The Minister stressed for hosting of a Council website to post every bit of detail of the Wakaf property, its functioning, list of tenants and yearly collections on account of rent and the donations in Ziarats, as a step to enforce accountability in its functioning.

The Minister also called for effective and efficient management of Ziarats and said that steps have been taken in past but there is still scope of improvement for maintaining higher degree of transparency and accountability.

Bhalla chairs Select Committee
meet on Agricultural Land Bill

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SRINAGAR, Sept 14 : Minister for Revenue Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla today chaired the Select Committee meeting to discuss the issues relating to the Government Bill Prohibiting Conversion of Agricultural Land for Non- Agricultural purpose.

The Select Committee observed that the issue needs to be studied thoroughly, so as to make it more realistic and meaningful in the present context.

The Committee members while deliberating upon the issue observed that protecting prime agriculture land though in the contest of future sustainable agriculture production is important, but general welfare of the common people has also to be given due consideration.

The meeting was attended by MLAs, Ch Mohammad Ramzan, Jagdish Raj Spolia, Charanjit Singh and Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Principal Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Principal Secretary Revenue, Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department and Secretary Assembly and senior officers of Assembly Secretariat.

6 injured in road accidents

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Srinagar, Sept 14: Six persons were injured in various road accidents in Kashmir valley today.

Police said a Maruti car bearing registration number JK01L-8675 collided with a Taveera bearing registration number JK05A-7241 near Fire Service Headquarters, Batamaloo, Srinagar, resulting into injuries to Taveera driver Jahangir Ahmad Mir son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din resident of Khawaja Sahib Baramulla. The injured was hospitalized. Police have registered a case in this regard.

An auto bearing registration number JK01J-2904 hit and injured Junaid Ahmad Rather, son of Mehraj-ud-Din resident of Lal Bab Sahib Zakoora at Zakoora Crossing. The injured was hospitalized. Police have registered a case in this regard.

A Maruti car bearing registration number JK01E-0822 turned turtle at Rengpal, Pahalgam, resulting into injuries to three persons. All the injured were hospitalized. Police have registered a case in this regard.

An auto load carrier bearing registration number JK15-1801 hit and injured motorcyclist Rouf Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Abdullah resident of Ahmad Abad, Damhal Hanjipora at Lassipora crossing,. The injured was hospitalized. Police have registered a case in this regard.

A tipper bearing registration number JK04-9684 hit Qazi Complex building at Magarmal Bagh, Srinagar, resulting in damage to two shops of M/s Swiss Link and Alamdar Dry Fruits. Police have registered a case in this regard.

25 bovine animals seized, four held

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JAMMU, Sept 14: Police today seized 25 bovine animals, which were being smuggled to Srinagar and arrested four smugglers.

Police spokesman said that Jammu Police in its drive against bovine smuggling rescued 15 cattle by intercepting a truck bearing registration number JK02AQ-9185 at Nagrota late this eveing.

However, the truck driver managed to escape from the spot taking cover of the darkness.

He said that during routine patrolling on National Highway at Manthal, Tikri Police intercepted a Tata Mobile bearing Registration No 4027-JK02AR and seized three bovine animals, which were being smuggled to Srinagar.

Both the smugglers traveling in the vehicle were arrested and vehicle seized. They have been identified as Mohd Rashid, son of Mohd Yousaf of Kirpalpur and Talib Hussain, son of Qadir Khan of Chanderkot, Ramban.

Rajouri Police also nabbed two bovine smugglers and seized 7 bovine animals, which were also being smuggled to Kashmir valley via Thanamandi DGK Road.

The smugglers have been identified as Mohd Hussain and Mohd Shamim, sons of Dil Mohd of Hasplote Thanamandi.

ATOAI confers award on Ashraf

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Srinagar, Sept 14: The Adventure Tour Operators Association of India presently holding its 9th Annual Convention in Srinagar has conferred the Hall of Fame Award on Mohammad Ashraf, the former Director General of Tourism, J & K.

The Award was given to him by Governor during the valedictory function of the Convention held at the Sher-i-Kashmir Convention Centre, this afternoon.

The Award had in fact been conferred on Mohammad Ashraf last January but he could not go to Bhopal where the 8th Convention was held due to personal engagements and it was announced in absentia. Now that the Association has come to Kashmir, they decided to present the award to him in person. This honour has been conferred on him for his efforts in developing adventure tourism in J & K especially for his role in setting up communication and rescue arrangements for adventure travellers in the Himalaya.

Shabir launches work on link road

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 14 : Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmed Khan today kick started the construction work on 6 kms link road from Sain Ganji Ziarat to Camri Gali in Dhana area of Rajouri district.

Being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 207 lakh under NABARD RIDF XVI, as many as 10,000 souls of six villages of the area would get road connectivity on the completion of the road.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Khan said that the coalition government, headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, was committed to develop far-flung and hilly areas of the State, adding that the UPA Government headed by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has been providing liberal funding to the State so that the prestigious projects being executed in the State completed in a time bound manner.

Mr. Khan asked the PHE authorities to complete the PHE schemes in the area so that the people may not suffer on account of shortage of water. He said that their other demands would be considered in phased manner.

The Minister also announced upgradation of Government Primary School, Peepal Mohra to Middle School level.

On the occasion, the people of the areas putforth various demands which included provision for potable water, upgradation of schools, improvement of power transmission and distribution network, construction of link roads, lanes and drains.

ICELA organizes symposium on Parthenium hazards

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JAMMU, Sept 14: Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action (ICELA) today organized a symposium on "Parthenium-An Environmental Hazard" at Government High School, Potha.

In the symposium students from various adjoining school took part and delivered lecture on eradication of this deadly toxic weed causing allergic dermatitis and pulmonary ailments in human beings and livestock.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashok Kumar Sharma, Convener, ICELA, said that this weed has become national enemy after corruption. He urged the teachers, students and general masses to join hands to make everybody aware, sensitized and action oriented to fight it out.

On the occasion, Dr YP Sharma, (Retd) Assistant Commandant demonstrated methods of eradication of flowering Parthenium plants.

PL Gupta, Headmaster, expressed gratitude to Ashok Kumar Shamra for creating awareness and inculcating the spirit in students to express their views apart from sharing information through talks on the stage.

Among others present were Vijay Kumar, sarpanch, Bashir Ahmed, Halqa president, ICELA, Sajad Hussain Mirza, district general secretary, AJKKU, Prem Sharma, (Retd) lecturer.

Vivek Gupta, teacher, conducted the proceedings of the function.

Army provides computers to school

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 14: Romeo Force of the Army, provided computers alongwith accessories to Government Middle School, Namblan, under Operation Sadbhavna.

The initiative was taken by Romeo Force on the request of school staff, parents of the children and the students themselves as the area being a far flung one they were deprived of modern education.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included BDO Dungi, Sarpanch Namblan. Principal of the school thanked the Armyfor the noble gesture.

Officiating Commanding Officer of the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion also addressed the gathering and motivated the students to work hard.

Paper-II on Census 2011 released
Sharp decline in rural population

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 14: As a large number of people have migrated to the urban areas during past three decades in Jammu and Kashmir, there has been sharp decline of 7 percent in rural population, according to the recently released census data.

Addressing a press conference here, Director Census Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Factoo, said 72 percent people live in rural areas while the figure was 79 percent in Census of 1981. He said the population in urban areas has gone up from 21 percent to 28 percent during these years.

"Jammu and Kashmir has a total population of 1, 25, 48, 926. The population in rural areas is 91, 34, 820 and the number of persons living in urban areas is 34, 14, 106. The decadal growth in urban areas is 35.66 percent and it is 19.77 percent in rural areas. The overall decadal growth is 23.71 percent," said Farooq.

According to the Census figures, Srinagar has the highest number of urban population with 12, 34, 425 persons followed by Jammu with a population of 7, 57, 829 persons and Anantnag with 2, 78, 512 persons.

Baramulla accounts for highest number of persons living in rural areas with 8, 40, 948 persons followed by Anantnag with 7, 91, 237 persons and Jammu with 7, 68, 577 persons.

"In rural areas there are 899 females per thousand males and in urban areas this number is 840. According to 2001 Census this stood at 917 and 819 for rural and urban areas respectively," said Farooq.

He said Jammu and Kashmir has a total literate population of 72, 45, 053 persons.

"Out of the total literate population 48, 98, 008 literate persons are living in urban areas while as the number of literates in case of rural areas is 23, 47, 045 persons. In the urban areas Srinagar has the highest number of literates with a literate population of 7, 73, 109 followed by Jammu with 6, 10, 714 and Anantnag with 1, 70, 749 literate persons respectively. In the rural areas Jammu has the highest literate population of 5, 36, 949 followed by Baramulla and Kupwara with 4, 54, 730 and 3, 93, 975 literate persons respectively," said Farooq.

According to the Census figures, Jammu and Kashmir has 20, 08, 642 child population in the age group of 0-6 years. The child population is 15, 96,076 in rural areas and in urban areas this is 4, 12, 566.

"The decadal census exercise was taken up during February 9-28 this year and the provisional figures with respect to some variables were given on April 7. We covered 22 districts and 82 tehsils in this exercise along with all the towns and villages. Over the last Census eight new districts were created and these too were included in this decade's Census," said Farooq.

Replying to a question Farooq said that 234 villages were found to be un-inhabited adding that last time around the number of un-inhabited villages was 281.

Workshop on "Hemophilia Management" held

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JAMMU, Sept 14: Department of Pediatrics, Government Medical College, SMGS Hospital in collaboration with Indian Academy of Pediatrics, organized a workshop on "Practical Aspects of Hemophilia Management".

On the occasion, Dr Rajinder Singh, Principal, Government Medical College, was the chief guest while Dr Rekha Harish, Head, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College faculty, resident doctors from pediatrics, medicine, surgery, para medical staff were also present.

Addressing the gathering, Dr Rekha Harish presented the welcome address and apprised the audience of the life consuming nature of this disease and spoke on the need of making the general public and medical professionals aware of the multifaceted problem being faced by the hemophilia patients.

She further added that the department is striving hard to establish a full fledged "Hemophilia Day Care Center" for the patients by including physicians, orthopedics surgeon, surgeons, physiotherapists, trained nurses in the hemophilia care team for the regular follow up clinic for these patients in SMGS hospital.

Later Dr Anupam Sachdeva, Head of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Unit, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Vishal and Dr Vipin conducted the workshop and enlightened the gathering with their deliberations on various aspects of Hemophilia Management.

On the occasion, a free "Hemophilia Clinical Camp" was also held where 70 patients were examined by the experts and all their investigations which included factor assays, inhibitors screening and transfusion transmitted disease screenings were carried out.

Among others present were Dr BB Gupta, HoD, Medicine, Dr GS Saini, Associate Professor, Dr Sanjeev Digra, Assistant Professor, Dr Ashu Jamwal, Dr SS Slathia, Dr Mahesh Gupta, Dr Razac, Dr Shakir and Dr Ashok Sharma, Medical Superintendent, SMGS hospital.

Dr Sunil Dutt conducted the proceedings of the workshop while Kanchan presented vote of thanks.

Five arrested for murder

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 14: Police today arrested five persons for murdering a 60 year old man in village Kashel in Ramkote area of Billawar tehsil. However the two assailants are still at large.

According to reports Giyan Chand son of Amarnath was seriously injured after the rival group of seven members attacked him over property dispute on September 12 in Kashel village falling under the jurisdiction of Ramkote Police Station in Billlawar.

He was shifted to GMC Jammu in a serious condition where he succumbed to his injuries today.

The five persons arrested included Joginder, Shalu Ram, Kamlesh, Picho Devi and Kulwant.

The arrest was made by the Police Party led by Chowki Officer Ramkote, Akhtar Lone. A case has been registered against them under RPC 302.

Govt committed to restore pristine
glory of Srinagar city: Sagar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 14 : Asking the officers to speed up the pace of implementation of various schemes and programmes being undertaken in Srinagar city, the Minister for Rural Development, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that the same is necessary so that people can feel governance at gross root level and also get benefited.

The Minister was speaking at a review meeting convened to oversee the status of implementation of various schemes in the Srinagar city.

Commissioner Secretary Housing & Urban Development, Suresh Kumar and other senior officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, UEED, PHE and UDAC were present.

Stressing on the need for the timely completion of the various developmental programmes, the Minister said that the same is imperative, so that the funds earmarked for these are utilized to the maximum and benefit percolates to the targeted populace. He said that effective monitoring is necessary and monthly reports about the status of completion should also be furnished.

Mr Sagar while referring to the historical importance of the old city Srinagar said that the Government is committed to restore its pristine glory and in this connection a comprehensive project is on anvil, so that the granduer and historical importance of the same is maintained. He said that steps are also under way to develop the old city Srinagar as a tourist destination, so that the economic status of the people living in these areas also gets a boost.

The Minister also asked the officers to speed up the pace of work on the prestigious Brari Nambal project so that it is restored in a proper manner, which would go along with in restoring the ecological balance of this Lagoon and it would be developed to serve as a tourist spot as well. He also stressed for speeding up the work on other beautification and developmental projects as well.

Forest guard attacked by wood smugglers

Excelsior Correspondent

Mendhar, Sept 14: A Forest guard was today seriously injured after he was attacked by a group of wood smugglers in compartment No 159 at 7-15 pm Nar falling in the jurisdiction of Police Station Gursai in Mendhar teshil while a gang of 10 people were felling green trees in the jungle.

According to reports when the guard namely Mushtaq Ahmed objected the feeling of trees they pounced upon him and beat him ruthlessly with the weapons used for wood cutting. The guard received serious head injury. Later he was shifted to SDH Mendhar for treatment. Seeing his condition critical the doctors referred him to GMC Hospital Jammu.

Soon after coming to know about the incident the Range Officer of the area rushed to the spot and registered an FIR in the Police Station Gursai under section 353/332/147/312/6/39 Forest Act. However the assailants fled from the spot and police has launched a manhunt to trace them.

Dr Naresh new staff secretary of GDC Kathua

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 14: The Government Degree College, Kathua elected its new staff-secretary in an election held under the supervision of Principal Dr Ram Krishan.

Dr Naresh Kumar Gupta, Head, Department of Political Science, was unanimously elected as new staff-secretary by staff members of the College.

Dr Naresh after the election assured the staff of the College that he would try his level best to resolve all the genuine demands of the staff amicably.

Later, the Principal congratulated the Dr Naresh on becoming new staff secretary.

Anand Nagar Welfare Committee elects office bearers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Anand Nagar Welfare Committee, Lane No 2 today held elections and elected the office bearers of the committee.

In the elections, Rajesh Bagati was elected as president of the committee while Sudesh Pandita was elected as general secretary. Vinod Pandita was elected as cashier, HL Pandita, Yogesh Kuchroo, HL Koul and Anil Mantoo were elected as executive members.

The elections were held under the supervision of Sham Lal Pandita, Presiding Officer.

BJP leaders demand Rs four lakh
ex-gratia for Ramban accident victims

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JAMMU, Sept 14: BJP National Executive member, Dr Nirmal Singh, Party senior leader and ex MLA Bali Bhagat, Mahila Morcha leader Mumta Singh another party leader Rajiv Charak and BJYM district president, Ramban, Rashpal Singh today demanded that immediately an exgratia relief of Rs four lakh be paid to the next kin of the Ramban accident victims.

They also demanded that Rs one lakh be paid to four seriously injured persons and 10 to 15 thousand exgratia be paid to those who have received normal injuries.

Dr Singh said that in last three months about 200 people died in different road mishaps in the hilly belt of Jammu region and the main cause of these accidents is worst condition of roads, plying of old and outdated buses and matadors, overloading, un-train drivers and lack of proper check by the administration as well as Traffic Police.

He said precious lives are lost in the road accidents and the policy for payment of compensation is not also proper.

He said discrimination is made in payment of compensation by State Government also as the people who met the road accident in Mahanpur Kathua were denied ex-gratia by the Government while those who met the accident in Poonch recently were paid the ex-gratia. He demanded that norms be fixed for release of exgratia. The BJP leaders also visited the GMC Jammu to see the condition of injured today.

APMCC chairman to go on indefinite hunger strike

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 14: As a mark of protest against the non-fulfillment of demands of Kashmiri Pandits, the chairman of All Parties Migrants Co-ordination Committee (APMCC) Vinod Pandit is going on an indefinite hunger strike from October 7.

This was announced by Advocate Arun Kandroo, secretary APMCC while addressing a press conference here today. Kandroo said, "We have served an ultimatum to both the Union and State Governments to fulfill the demands by September 30. If they fail to fulfill the demands then our chairman would go on indefinite hunger strike from October 7."

Listing the demands, Kandroo said these include dialogue with Pakistan for facilitating visit to Shardha Peeth in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, probe into multi crore temple/shrines land encroachment in Kashmir, passing of pending temples and shrines bill in Legislative Assembly, one time compensation for over-aged migrant youth, special employment package for non-migrant Hindus of Kashmir and establishment of Shardha Peeth at University of Kashmir.

"The Kashmiri Hindus feel insulted at the non-fulfillment of these demands. The only way to make the Government listen is to resort to hunger strike. Letters have been dispatched to President of India, Prime Minister of India, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and other Ministers.

Despite reminders as well there has been no action and we have been forced to take this extreme step," said Kandroo.

Two more rapists held

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Police today arrested two more rapists, who were evading arrest after committing the offence with a teen-ager in a matador at village Gorda under the jurisdiction of Gharota police station.

While Prabh Dayal alias PD son of Ram Lal R/o Dhyan, Akhnoor was arrested on the day of offence, two others—Pritam Lal son of Prithipal R/o Gorda and Bishambar Lal son of Rampal R/o Dhanoo were arrested today, police said.

As reported, all three had raped a teen-ager inside a matador at Gorda last week.

All three have been booked on the charges of rape at Gharota police station.

A police party from Gharota led by SHO Inspector Tejinder Singh made the arrests.

200 bags of cement seized, one held

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 14 : Rajouri Police has detained one person at Gambir Brahmna near here and recovered 200 bags of cement from his house.

According to reports a police party on a tip off raided the house of Abdul Hussian and recovered 200 bags of cement which belonged to the Government works and was illegally kept for sale in the house.

The Police had got information that the house owner was selling the cement in black daily. Hussian fled from the house as police raided it but later he was nabbed and he was detained for questioning.

The Police is investigating where from the cement has come and who are the other people involved in the illegal trade.

GDC holds extension lecture

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 14: The Department of Commerce and Management, Government Degree College today organised extension lecture in the College premises.

Prof Ashok Aima, Rector Kathua Campus was the resource person, who delivered lecture on "Excellence in Education" on the occasion. While delivering, he impressed upon the students to develop competence, confidence, commitment, character, knowledge and be able to contribute for the well being of the society.

Principal, Dr Ram Krishan in his presidential address emphasized on personality development of students and advised them to take full benefits of such extension lectures.

Earlier, Prof Gopal Sharma, Head, Department of Commerce and Management welcomed the guests and introduced the resource person with students.

Prof Yogesh Sharma gave vote of thanks on the occasion.

One held for black marketing of
LPG, 10 cylinders recovered

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: Police today arrested one person for black marketing of the domestic LPG cylinders.

Police spokesman said that on the basis of specific information, a police party from R S Pura Police Station led by SHO Inspector Paramjeet Singh under the direct supervision of SDPO S S Sambyal conducted a raid in Dablehar area and arrested one person for black marketing of LPG cylinders.

A total of 10 LPG cylinders were recovered from his possession. The black marketer identified as Jankar Singh, son of Bachiter Singh was selling each LPG cylinder at a cost of Rs 500.

He has been booked under Essential Commodities Act.

Meanwhile, police team from Bishnah Police Station led by SHO Inspector Satish Kumar under the supervision of SDPO S S Sambyal arrested two bootleggers from Kothi Charkan and destroyed large quantity of lahan.

The bootleggers have been identified as Mangal Dass and Baldev Dass, sons of Sardari Lal.

They have been booked under 48 Excise Act.

Youth falls to death from moving vehicle

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 14: A 20-years youth today fell to death from moving vehicle at Ambphalla under the jurisdiction of Rehari police post here this evening.

A police spokesman said that Ranku, son of Guddi of Reasi fell from moving passenger vehicle bearing registration No. JK14B-0922 at Ambphalla. He was shifted to Government Medical College for treatment where he failed to respond and succumbed to injuries.

The body was shifted to Mortuary for autopsy while police has registered a case in this regard.

Meanwhile, a 25-years old person Suresh was today found dead in suspicious circumstances under the jurisdiction of Bus Stand Police Station.

Five gamblers arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 14: To eradicate social evils from the society, Police apprehended five gamblers while playing cards at village Khore Nallah under the jurisdiction of Police Station Basholi.

The accused persons have been identified as Pritam Chand, son of Thakur Dass of Jammu, Puran Chand, son of Vikas Dev of Jammu , Mir Chand, son of Keshru of Gatodi, Arjun, son of Premu of Khore Nallah and Mohinder Singh, son of Napa Ram of Jammu.

However, one gambler namely Vijay Singh, son of Kurkoo of Bhoond managed to escape from the spot.



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