Investiture Ceremony held at
Raj Bhawan
Governor presents

President's Police Medals

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Governor N. N. Vohra, presented the President's Police Medals for Gallantry and Distinguished and Meritorious Services to 525 Police officers and men at an impressive Investiture Ceremony held....more

Chib reviews functioning
of GMC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, R S Chib, today chaired a meeting of officers to review the functioning of Government Medical College, Jammu. Mr. Chib took stock of the services....more

Governor, CM greet
people on Holi

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today extended warm greetings to the people on Holi, and prayed that the festival of colours would be a harbinger of sustained peace, progress and prosperity in the State. In his message....more

Action being initiated under Civil
Services Rules
64 employees found

absent during
surprise inspection

Excelsior Correspondent

NOWSHERA, Mar 6: Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, along with a team of officers today carried out surprise inspection of various Government offices and establishments for checking attendance of officials. More than 30 offices were checked in Sunderbani and Nowshera...more

Protest in Kathua, road
blocked for 2 hrs

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Mar 6: Irate public staged massive protest demonstration against the district administration for its non-seriousness towards the strike of Safai-karamcharis and deteriorating insanitary conditions in the town besides worst condition of the roads. A large number...more

About 19 lakh kanal
State, Forest land
under encroachment

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Admitting that unscrupulous elements have been making attempts to encroach upon land in and around major cities of the State, Government today said that about 19 lakh kanal State, Forest and Kahcharai land is under encroachment across the State. In response to a question of CPM MLA, Mohd Yousaf Tarigami, Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla....more

Lack of quorum
routine issue in LC ?

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: The lack of quorum and the attendance of the Members at the low ebb in the House of Elders has apparently now become the routine affair. While the members of Legislative Council today lodged strong protest with the "Chair'' that their House was not being taken seriously by the Government (Ministers) and bureaucrats....more

BOSE stops affiliation
of 47 pvt schools

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-Din today said that Government has stopped affiliation of 47 private schools and it has no intention to relax norms under SRO- 123. He was replying to a discussion moved by Ajay Kumar Sadhotra regarding the problems faced by private schools in view of SRO-123, in the Legislative Council today. The Minister said for the betterment of our future generation and to provide better education facilities.....more

     
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SDRF playing vital role during calamities: ADGP

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Mar 6: Additional Director General of Police, Civil Defence/Home Guards/State Disaster Response Force (SDRF),. D.R.Doley Barman today said that the organisation has an important role to play in future to bring awareness among the people about Disaster Management. She said that many programmes would be conducted in different areas of the State to educate the people at large, as to how to deal disasters. She was addressing the jawans and officers at a colourful function held at SDRF Headquarters 2nd Battalion

Book release function held at JU

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: A book release function was held today at Univeristy of Jammu here today. The book titled Conflict in Jammu and Kashmir: Impact on Polity, Society and Economy edited by Lt Gen (Retd) V R Raghavan was released by Prof R D Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs. The book was a result of seminar jointly organised by Department of Strategic Studies, JU and Chennai based think tank Centre for Security Analysis (CSA).

JKCTA calls on Vice-Chancellor JU ...........

Prakash Diwas of Guru Nabha Dass on Mar 25 .........

Bhalla issues directives on resolution of Patwaris' demands.......

3 arrested for smuggling of liquor..........

Bovine smuggler held........

JKGB organizes financial literacy camp.........

BJP has nothing to celebrate: Omar.........

SEECC highlights demands.........

IIIM signs MoU with SKUAST.........

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JKBWA holds meet.............

Scholars, Ulemas participate in Muslim Personal Law Board meeting ......

Madan Lal holds public darbar

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Mar 6 : An awareness camp-cum-public darbar was organized at village Papad, a far flung area of Samba district in which Member Parliament Jammu-Poonch constituency Madan Lal Sharma was the chief guest. In the awareness camp, detailed information was provided on various Central and State sponsored schemes besides the camp was also informed about the present status of various ongoing development projects being executed in the area.

Max New York Life up in FY 2011-12 ........

Kashmiri play 'Premnath vs Premnath' staged.......

Strong protest against Health Deptt.........

Congregation of Jasrotia Biradari on Mar 11.........

Sadhu takes Samadhi...........

Arrangements for Bhaderwah Snow Festival finalized............

Trade worth ` 2.33 cr at LoC point........

KBA, BAJ mourn demise of Hakeem Ishtiyaq.........

Kashmiri Displaced Council demands construction of shopping complex........

 

Investiture Ceremony held at Raj Bhawan
Governor presents President's Police Medals

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Governor N. N. Vohra, presented the President's Police Medals for Gallantry and Distinguished and Meritorious Services to 525 Police officers and men at an impressive Investiture Ceremony held at Raj Bhawan here this evening.

They included 49 President's Police Medals for Gallantry, 325 President's Medals for Gallantry, 12 President's Police Medals for Distinguished Services and 139 President's Medals for Meritorious Services. These Medals were awarded to J&K Police personnel during 2002-2010. Among the recipients of the Medals were the next of kin of the gallant Police officers and Jawans who had laid down their lives for safeguarding the security of the nation.

The Governor interacted with the recipients of the Medals and lauded their valour and devotion to the duty. The Governor made enquiries from the next of kin of the posthumous awardees regarding the difficulties, if any, faced by them.

Usha Vohra, First Lady, Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Deputy Chief Minister, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Speaker, Legislative Assembly family members of the recipients of the Medals and next of kin of those brave police officers and men who were awarded these Medals posthumously were among those present at the Investiture Ceremony.

In his welcome address, Kuldeep Khoda, Director General of Police said that this Investiture Ceremony is being held after about 10 years at which 525 Police officers and men receive the President's Medals, including some by the next of kin of the gallant Police personnel who have been awarded these Medals posthumously.

The senior Police officers present at the Investiture Ceremony included Dr. Ram Lubhaya, Dr. S. P Vaid, D. R. Doley and Navin Aggarwal, Directors General of Police, P. L. Gupta, Vigilance Commissioner, former DGP CID, Dr. Ashok Bhan, Dr. Indu Koul Chairperson, Jammu and Kashmir Police Wives Welfare Association, and other senior serving and retired Police officers.

K. Rajendra Kumar, Additional Director General of Police, Armed/Law and Order, presented a vote of thanks.

Chib reviews functioning of GMC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports, R S Chib, today chaired a meeting of officers to review the functioning of Government Medical College, Jammu.

Mr. Chib took stock of the services being extended to the patients and asked the medicos and para-medicos to ensure the best diagnostic and treatment facilities to the patients. He asked the HoDs to make sure that the doctors especially trainers treat the patients in a cordial manner to avoid any unnecessary disturbance in the hospital. He also stressed upon the authorities to develop better coordination at all levels which is important for ensuring best services to the patients.

Referring to defunct diagnostic equipments in various units, the Minister assured that the same will be repaired or replaced as per the need at the earliest. He asked the concerned to immediately get all the minor works especially in the doctors hostels done. He stressed upon the concerned to ensure that the consultants are available round the clock so that the patients do not face any inconvenience.

The Minister also reviewed the stock position of medicines and other necessary equipments.

In view of heavy rush of patients and their attendants in the hospital, the Minister directed the concerned to make out an effective plan to ensure discipline and peaceful atmosphere for both the doctors and the patients.

Among others, Commissioner Secretary, Medical Education, G.A. Peer, Principal Government Medical College, Dr. Rajinder Singh, Vice Principal, Dr. Aniece Chowdhary, besides HoDs, HoUs, Administrator and Medical Superintendents of GMC and Associated Hospital attended the meeting.

Governor, CM greet people on Holi

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Governor, N. N. Vohra and Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today extended warm greetings to the people on Holi, and prayed that the festival of colours would be a harbinger of sustained peace, progress and prosperity in the State.

In his message of felicitations, the Governor observed that festivals are an important component of our rich cultural heritage which strengthen the bonds of brotherhood, love and amity. He expressed the hope that Holi would spread happiness and joy all around and further promote harmony and brotherhood.

Wishing a happy Holi to the people, the Governor prayed for their well-being and prosperity.

In his message, the Chief Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir possesses rich tradition of celebrating festivals and holy occasions in amity and brotherhood. He expressed the hope that this ethos of the State would get further strengthened.

Omar Abdullah prayed for peace, prosperity and progress of the State and the country on the occasion.

Action being initiated under Civil Services Rules
64 employees found absent during surprise inspection

Excelsior Correspondent

NOWSHERA, Mar 6: Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, along with a team of officers today carried out surprise inspection of various Government offices and establishments for checking attendance of officials. More than 30 offices were checked in Sunderbani and Nowshera Tehsils and 64 employees were found absent and many irregularities noticed.

At Sub-District Hospital Sunderbani, Dr Ashok Bhagat, Dr Rehman Khan and paramedical staff including, Madan Lal, Koshal Kumar, Sham Lal, Sukh Ram, Rama Sharma, Daljeet Singh, Azim Mirza, Mohd Irshad and Jogesh Choudhary were found absent.

Horticulture Development Officer, Nowshera, Ashwini Sharma, Assistant Executive Engineer PDD Nowshera Anil Sharma, AEE PDD Sunderbani Anil Gautam, JE Bharat Bushan were also found absent.

Principal ITI, Sunderbani , Rajiv Mahajan, and other officials including Vinita Kapoor, Samit Sharma, Sanjay Kumar were not present on duty. Probodh Chander accountant, Manjeet Singh JSA, Bharat Sharma JA, Parveen Kumar JA, all officials of BDO Sunderbani office, Keshav Kumar Headmaster, Bimla Sharma SA and R K Bhat SA of Education Department; Vipin Kumar CDPO office Sunderbani, Bittu Ram senior assistant of Animal Husbandry Department were also found absent.

In Nowshera Tehsil, 34 officials and officers were found absent from duty during the surprise inspection. Paramjeeit Singh, Gurmeet Kour, Gurjit Kour and Swaran Singh of CDPO office, Romesh Chander, Baldev Raj, Som Parkash, Om Parkash and Shanti Kumar of Sericulture department; Kuldeep Kumar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Vijay Kumar of ExEn PHE Office; Dr M L Choudhary, Dr M S Shad and Iqbal Qasim of Sheep Husbandry Department, Ranjit Singh of Power Development Department; Sunil Kumar, Jagdev Raj, Hukum Singh, Tirath Singh, Romesh Chander, Geeta Rani of Sub-District Hospital Nowshera, Ranjit Singh, Ayodhya Kumar, Pawan Kumar and Ram Pega of PDD were absent from duty.

Child Development Project Officer, an Assistant Executive Engineer and a Medcial Officer were not present on station without any station leave sanctioned by or information to SDM.

Three employees of Sub-District Hospital Nowshera Mohd Sadiq, Razaq Ahmed and Nasir Ahmed had marked advanced attendance for next working day while as no attendance record was maintained in office of Sericulture Development Officer. At many offices unsanctioned leave applications were recovered.

The SDM has written to Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri and concerned Heads of Departments about unauthorised absence of officers and officials, non-maintenance of proper records and delinquent behavious. Action under Civil Services Rules is also being initiated against erring officers and officials of variour departments.

Tehsildar Nowshera Rafiq Ahmed, Tehsildar Sunderbani Devinder Pal, KAS Probationer Sanjeev Sharma and Naib Tehsildars accompanied the SDM during surprise inspection of offices.

Protest in Kathua, road blocked for 2 hrs

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Mar 6: Irate public staged massive protest demonstration against the district administration for its non-seriousness towards the strike of Safai-karamcharis and deteriorating insanitary conditions in the town besides worst condition of the roads.

A large number of people including majority of youth today blocked College Road near DC office and held demonstration. They were raising slogans against the administration for its indifferent attitude. They alleged that strike of Kathua Municipal Committee `Safai' workers was going on for the last over 23 days. Drains have choked, heaps of garbage scattered all around in the town. Drain water flowing on the roads and lanes, causing serious problems and health hazards to the locals.

CMO Kathua in a letter has already warned the administration of the possibility of spreading epidemic under such conditions. The condition of roads is also worst and no repair has been initiated for the months together. Road widening work has also stopped half -way.

They alleged that District Administration has remained insensitive to these issues and Government should go for over- haling of the entire Administration in the town to improve state of affairs here. The protesters disrupted movement of traffic for about two hours and later dispersed.

About 19 lakh kanal State, Forest land under encroachment

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Admitting that unscrupulous elements have been making attempts to encroach upon land in and around major cities of the State, Government today said that about 19 lakh kanal State, Forest and Kahcharai land is under encroachment across the State.

In response to a question of CPM MLA, Mohd Yousaf Tarigami, Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla, admitted in the Lower House that unscrupulous elements have been making attempts to encroach upon the State/Kahcharai/ Forest land in and around major cities of the State. He, however, said that efforts are made from time to time to evict the encroachers and restore the land to its original position as and when such encroachments are noticed.

"So far as Kahcharai and forest land is concerned, the same is retrieved by revenue and forest agencies from time to time and eviction proceedings are a continuous process", he said, adding "but an extensive exercise is yet to be carried out so as to ascertain the exact quantum of land which is under illegal occupation of the un-authorized occupants".

As per the tentative details provided by the Minister, over 14 lakh kanal State land is under encroachment across the State. In Jammu district, over 32995 kanal of State land has been encroached by the mafia while as in Srinagar, over 36394 kanal of land is under the illegal occupation of unscrupulous elements.

Over 392247 kanal State land is under encroachment in Ramban district, 109629 kanal in Ramban, 71201 kanal in Reasi, 62327 kanal in Kishtwar, 25015 kanal in Samba, 90089 kanal in Udhampur, 116174 kanal in Doda, 64552 kanal in Poonch, 57215 kanal in Kathua, 33710 kanal in Anantnag, 27947 kanal in Budgam, 24533 kanal in Ganderbal, 41011 kanal in Pulwama, 93426 kanal in Baramulla, 29114 kanal in Kulgam, 34752 kanal in Shopian, 47763 kanal in Bandipora and 55721 kanal in Kupwara.

As far as Kahcharai land is concerned, over 3.4 lakh kanal is under encroachment across the State. Over 3495 kanals is under encroachment in Rajouri, 514 kanals in Ramban, 2730 kanals in Reasi, 2648 kanals in Kishtwar, 853 kanals in Samba, 9131 kanals in Udhampur, 362 kanals in Doda, 4122 kanals in Poonch, 6609 kanals in Jammu, 3553 kanals in Kathua, 25189 kanals in Anantnag, 23640 kanals in Srinagar, 39534 kanals in Budgam, 16473 kanals in Ganderbal, 33233 kanals in Pulwama, 40396 kanals in Baramulla, 23940 kanals in Kulgam, 39136 kanals in Shopian, 15647 kanals in Bandipora and 53743 kanals in Kupwara.

Leh and Kargil are the only districts in the State where neither State nor (Kahcharai) land is under encroachment.

According to the details, over 13360 hectares (1.06 lakh kanals) forest cover is under encroachment across the State. In Jammu Forest Division, 186.4000 hectares of forest cover has been encroached by the unscrupulous elements, 235.1000 hectares in Ramnagar, 37.5000 hectares in Kathua, 221.6000 hectares in Billawar, 14.1975 hectares in Udhampur, 1533.1000 hectares in Ramban, 411.4650 hectares in Batore Forest Division, 385.6500 hectares in Doda forest division, 615.7500 hectares in Bhaderwah, 278.5700 hectares in Kishtwar, 4.5000 hectares in Marwah, 2201.6500 hectares in Rajouri, 1792.6500 hectares in Poonch, 546.9140 hectares in Nowshera, 125.4400 hectares in Reasi and 879.000 hectares in Mahore Forest Division.

In Kashmir region, 56.39 hectares of forest land is under encroachment in Langate, 387.59 hectares in Jehlum Valley, 18.198 hectares in Kamraj forest division, 26.24 hectares in Kehmil, 994.65 hectares in Anantnag, 376.51 hectares in Lidder, 624.46 hectares in Shopian, 333.50 hectares in Special Division Kulgam, 413.95 hectares in Sidh, 148.76 hectares in Bandipora, 386.46 hectares in Pir Panjal forest division and 123.90 hectares in Special Division Tangmarg.

Lack of quorum routine issue in LC ?

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: The lack of quorum and the attendance of the Members at the low ebb in the House of Elders has apparently now become the routine affair.

While the members of Legislative Council today lodged strong protest with the "Chair'' that their House was not being taken seriously by the Government (Ministers) and bureaucrats, how serious they were in the business could be well gauged when the discussion on the Budget was going on in the House. Minister for Industries, S S Slathia, MoS Finance and Cooperatives Dr Manohar Lal Sharma and MoS for R&B Javed Dar were sitting in the House. None of them is the member of the Upper House. PDP member Murtaza Khan was acting as presiding officer (vice chairman) and after Javid Rana (NC), Bashir Ahmed Magray from Congress was taking part in discussion.

Only seven members were present in the House, having actual strength of 29 between 1.26 pm to 1.40 pm. They included Ravinder Sharma, Master Noor Hussain, Narboo Gailchan, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Dr B A Veeri, Javid Ran and Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy. One of the Ministers went out for some time followed by Master Noor Hussain. The House continued proceedings. The strength of the members was reduced to six in the House after NC member Noor Hussain left the House at around 1.55 pm. The discussion however, continued despite the fact that secretary and his staff was witnessed murmuring and counting members present in the House.

It drew the attention of the Vice Chairman, who pointed out "since the Quorum was not complete and time was also nearly over, the House is adjourned". This is not happening for the first time, it has now become a routine in this House.

BOSE stops affiliation of 47 pvt schools

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Taj Mohi-ud-Din today said that Government has stopped affiliation of 47 private schools and it has no intention to relax norms under SRO- 123.

He was replying to a discussion moved by Ajay Kumar Sadhotra regarding the problems faced by private schools in view of SRO-123, in the Legislative Council today. The Minister said for the betterment of our future generation and to provide better education facilities to them, norms laid down under SSA and RMSA coupled with SRO-123 ought to be followed.

Mr Taj said the prescribed space as demanded under SRO-123, viz infrastructure and dimension of rooms i.e. indoor games room (with an area of 150 SQ Mts) one principal room (with 100 SQ Mts area) one staff room (100 Sq Mts Area) are not available in most of the cases. Moreover, instructions have been issued to the concerned school managements who applied for further permission, reorganization and upgradation to provide the entire requisite infrastructure and other facilities as per prescribed norms.

He further said that the norms laid down under SRO- 123 are according to the guidelines of SSA and RMSA which facilitate opening of primary schools, upgradation of primary into middle schools and upgradation of middle schools into high schools. He said academic inspection are regularly conducted by teams constituted by the J&K Board of School Education, the members of which comprise academicians of repute nominated by Directorates of Education Kashmir and Jammu.

As per condition laid down under SRO-123 the J&K BOSE has stopped the affiliation of 39 private institutions of Kashmir division and 8 private institutions of Jammu division which were found deficient and could not fulfill the norms,he added

Shiekh Ghulam Rasool while taking part in the discussion said that Government should extend finance/aid to those private schools for infrastructure development that have shown excellent performance over the years especially in rural areas.

Jehangir Hussain Mir said that Government should relax rules for good schools that have contributed a lot in the education sector over the years. They should be allowed to run till they are able to build the required infrastructure as per norms, he said.

B R Kundal said that the Government should come up with a notification regarding those schools that do not fulfill the norms laid down under the SRO 123 so that parents would be well informed in this regard.

Nurboo Gialchan said that education should not be allowed to run like business and those schools that do not fulfill the norms should not be encouraged.

Earlier while moving the discussion Ajay Kumar Sadhotra highlighted the contribution of private schools in the education sector of the State and demanded that norms under SRO-123 should be relaxed to encourage private schools. He said private schools should be given sufficient time to build the requisite infrastructure before enforcing provisions under SRO-123.

Wheat crop on 6296 hectare affected by yellow rust: Dar

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Minister of State for Agriculture and R&B, Javed Ahmed Dar, today admitted that nearly 6296 hectare area of wheat crop was affected due to yellow rust in five districts of Jammu region.

Replying to the Calling Attention Motion of the NC member Ajay Sadhotra in the Upper House today, Mr Dar said that outbreak of 'yellow rust' disease in wheat crop has been observed in five districts of Jammu region including, Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Reasi and Udhampur. He claimed that the incidence was first reported in the third week of January 2012 in the border areas of Jammu, Samba and Kathua.

Mr Dar pointed out that the initial occurrence of the disease in the plains of Jammu, Kathua and Samba districts is from the water logged / irrigated areas along the border which provide the necessary moisture regime for outbreak of this disease. The Government has taken several steps to check this disease. He disclosed that as per a survey conducted by the concerned department officials, out of total 71000 hectare area under wheat crop, an area of nearly 1069 hectare has been affected with the yellow rust in the wheat crop in Jammu district, out of 45,894 ha area under wheat crop nearly 3710 ha area under yellow rust in Kathua district, out of total 20480 ha nearly 1146 ha under disease in Samba, 370 ha in Reasi followed by merely one hectare area in district Udhampur.

The Minister said taking lesson from the earlier experience during 2010-11 in five states of North India, the effective steps were taken by the Government and it was suggested to sow rust resistance wheat varieties like PBW175, PBW509, Raj 3765 and Raj 3077 and these varieties were distributed among the farmers of the vulnerable area. The provision of ` 30 lakh was earmarked for providing pesticides on subsidized cost for control of this disease in Jammu division under RKVY scheme with a provision of 50 % subsidy on Propiconazole 25 % EC pesticide used to control the yellow rust. He claimed that stocking of Propiconazole 25% EC in the Zonal stores of these districts was done in advance and 2100 Lts Pesticide Propiconazole 25 % was stocked in zonal stores well before the occurrence of the disease. An adequate provision was made to provide subsidy to the farmers for the purchase of spray pump sets to spray the chemicals.

Mr Dar pointed out that farmer field schools and demonstrations on wheat crop were laid right from the sowing time of the crop, 5000 crop demonstrations and 108 farmer field schools were laid to train 8240 farmers of Jammu division. Close monitoring was started and one departmental officer was nominated as Liaison Officer in each district to coordinate with the SKUAST/ KVK and the Central Integrated Pest Management Centre for surveillance. Besides chemicals, 1173 spray pumps have also been distributed among the farmers at subsidized cost. Mr Sadhotra criticized the Government for not taking proper measures before the outbreak of the disease and demanded compensation to the farmers whose crop has been affected with the yellow rust. He pointed out that recommendations of noted Agricultural Scientist, Dr S D Singh, were not taken seriously and the farmers were made to suffer again in this year. Mr Dar however, denied the charges and said that all possible measures were taken.

MLAs denounce Togadia’s remarks

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Cutting across political affiliations, the MLAs today demanded action against Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) national working president Praveen Togadia for what they called his provocative remarks made in Rajouri.

Several MLAs raised the issue as soon as proceedings of the Legislative Assembly began.

Independent MLA Engineer Rashid said while separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has not been allowed to offer Friday or Eid prayers for last two years, Togadia has made derogatory remarks against a community. He demanded action against the VHP leader including his arrest.

Engineer Rashid said the House should condemn Togadia’s provocative speech.

PDP MLA Javed Mustafa Mir said Togadia has used wrong words, which can’t be tolerated. He added that the Government has failed to take action against Togadia.

Another PDP MLA Zulfikar Choudhary described the VHP leader’s remarks as condemnable and sought action against him.

NC MLA from Poonch Aijaz Jan said peace has been restored in the State after a long time and remarks of Togadia had the potential to vitiate peaceful atmosphere.

DC to conduct inquiry into patient's death

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Minister for Forest, Mian Altaf Ahmad today informed the Legislative Assembly that Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara would conduct inquiry into the circumstance that led to death of a patient namely Abdul Ahad Tantary in District Hospital, Handwara.

Responding to the issue raised by the Ch. Mohammad Ramzan, Mian Altaf said that patient, when admitted in the hospital, was given the requisite treatment by the staff including one surgeon-specialist who was present in the hospital at that time. He said ECG of the patient was conducted and put on I.C. He said Director Health Services Kashmir has initiated investigation into the incident and the Assistant Surgeon, Dr Irfan has been transferred from the hospital.

However, Ch. Ramzan insisted that nobody was present in the hospital due to which the patient died. Later, the Government decided to get the incident investigated through DC Kupwara.

SDRF playing vital role during calamities: ADGP

Excelsior Correspondent

Jammu, Mar 6: Additional Director General of Police, Civil Defence/Home Guards/State Disaster Response Force (SDRF),. D.R.Doley Barman today said that the organisation has an important role to play in future to bring awareness among the people about Disaster Management. She said that many programmes would be conducted in different areas of the State to educate the people at large, as to how to deal disasters.

She was addressing the jawans and officers at a colourful function held at SDRF Headquarters 2nd Battalion Gulshan Ground here today. The function was organised to felicitate the recently promoted personnel of the organisation. She asked the jawans and officers to work with more dedication to prove the prudential of the State Disaster Response Force.

The ADGP said that specialized courses for SDRF would be organized to make the personnel able to deal with the disasters and minimise their affects. She said that the organization is also organising various awareness programmes across the state to educate people from all walks of life so that loss of lives and properties during the natural and man-made disasters is minimized.

Earlier Ghulam Sarwar Chouhan, Commandant, 2nd Battalion SDRF threw light on the activities of SDRF.

Book release function held at JU

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: A book release function was held today at Univeristy of Jammu here today. The book titled Conflict in Jammu and Kashmir: Impact on Polity, Society and Economy edited by Lt Gen (Retd) V R Raghavan was released by Prof R D Sharma, Dean Academic Affairs.

The book was a result of seminar jointly organised by Department of Strategic Studies, JU and Chennai based think tank Centre for Security Analysis (CSA).

Gen Raghavan said CSA was carrying out detailed study on internal conflicts in India, Nepal, Myanmaar and Sri Lanka and their internal and external consequences.

In case of J&K, over the years, the original causes have invariably become less salient as the insurgency evolved.

The long term consequences have been felt in all spheres of life-economy, governance, politics, inter-provincial relations and social fabric of the State.

He added that since the outbreak of the insurgency, intra-group cohesion and solidarity have dramatically increased within the State.

Overlapping layers of group/ethnic/linguistic identity have become salient features of the conflict in J&K.

A total of 12 researchers were engaged to study different aspects of consequences. Those who have contributed chapters include Dr Sudhir Bloeria and Balraj Puri.

A panel consisting of former DGP Ashok Bhan, Sujat Bukhari and Prof Rekha Chowdhary discussed issues covered in the book.

A large number of intellectuals, academics, military and civil officials attended the function.

JKCTA calls on Vice-Chancellor JU

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: J&K College Teachers Association (JKCTA) led by its president Dr Avinash Kumar Gupta called on Prof MPS Ishar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu.

The Association expressed resentment over appointment of some junior faculty members of a private college as Superintendent in Government Degree College, Billawar, to conduct BSc Part III annual examination.

The Association alleged that senior Government college teachers have to work under junior private college faculty and demanded withdrawal of decision to maintain sanctity of university examination.

Other issues were also discussed with the university authorities which included holding of One Semester PhD Course work for college teachers in summer break, holding of university examination simultaneously within stipulated time, increase in representation of College Teachers in university bodies etc.

Dr Satesh Bhan, Prof B K Gandhotra, Prof R S Jamwal, Prof Anjali, Dr C K Khajuria, Prof Neeraj Gupta, Prof Jagdish Kumar and Prof Joginder Singh were also present.

Registrar, University of Jammu, Controller Examination and Director Colleges Development also attended the meeting.

Prakash Diwas of Guru Nabha Dass on Mar 25

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: The 439th Prakash Diwas of Guru Nabha Dass Ji Maharaj will be celebrated on March 25. The decision in this regard was taken today in a general body meeting of Mahasha Community which was attended by prominent personalities from various districts.

A Prakash Diwas Committee was also constituted wherein Deep Bhardwaj was unanimously elected as its chairman.

Gharib Dass, Jagdish Raj, Koushal Kumar and Rajesh Bajgal were also unanimously elected as vice-chairman, general secretary, secretary and cashier respectively.

Those who attended the meeting include Dev Raj Kundal, Madan Lal, Ram Dass, Sat Pal Tradia, Sham Lal, Raj Pal, Bahadur Lal, Amar Nath, Kirpal Chand, Gulshan Rahi, Koushal Kumar, Gopal Singh, Pawan Kumar, Duryodan Kumar and Jagdish Raj.

Bhalla issues directives on resolution of Patwaris' demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: J&K Patwar Association which was on strike from March 1 held a meeting with Minister of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla on its long pending demands.

The meeting discussed all the issues threadbare and Mr Bhalla assured the Association representatives that the genuine issues will be redressed.

Finance Commissioner Revenue, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Deputy Commissioner Jammu attended the meeting from Government side while the Patwaris Association was represented by Khurshid Ahmed Tantry, president of the Association, Mohammed Yasin Mir its vice president, Mohammed Sarwar Lone its general secretary, Mohammed Sayeed provincial president Kashmir and Raman Raj, provincial president, Jammu.

Mr Bhalla after listening the demands of the Association urged the authorities to project their demand regarding the removal of pay anomaly in right perspective so that this genuine demand is fulfilled by March 31.

During the meeting an announcement was made by Financial Commissioner, Revenue that the promotion/placement orders of Girdawar and Qanoongos as Naib Tehsildars will also be issued by ending this month. Besides the Vigilance Organization will also be approached to clear the pending cases of the Girdawars and Qanoongos which are lying with it for clearance so that the promotion process is expedited.

The Minister also issued directives to the authorities to look into the case regarding the commitments made with the Association in 2007. The delegation informed Bhalla that the chances for the qualification of Departmental examination from four to eight has not been fulfilled till date on which he issued directives to authorities to look into the matter.

Mr Bhalla also assured the Association, which was demanding that the post of Naib Tehsildars be kept reserved for promotion quota on the analogy of masters in School Education Department that the matter will be examined in the light of the existing rules and directions from the Apex Court and High Court issued from time to time.

Mr Bhlla also issued directives to the authorities to take up the issue regarding construction of Patwar khanas be taken up with Planning Department. He informed the Association that the report regarding the rationalization of Patwar halqas is under examination of the Department.

3 arrested for smuggling of liquor

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Mar 6: District police today arrested three persons along with 45 pouches of country made liquor.

Police spokesman said that, on the tip of, police party from Police Post Tikri laid a naka at Lehano, Tikri and intercepted a motorcycle bearing registration No JKO2AA 8677 on way from Manthal to Katra. During checking, police recovered 45 pouches of country made liquor from the possession of three persons.

"Identified as Mangat Ram, son of Om Parkash, Ajay Kumar, son of Bittu Ram and Anil Kumar, son of Soba Ram, all resident of Panthal, were arrested on spot for illegally transporting of the country made liquor to the holy town Katra", spokesman added.

A case under Section 48 Excise Act stands registered at Police Station Rehmbal.

Bovine smuggler held

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Mar 6: District police today arrested a bovine smuggler and recovered three milch animals, which were being illegally smuggled to Valley.

Police spokesman said that, on a tip of, police party from Rehmbal Police Station laid a naka at Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Samroli and intercepted a Mahindra vehicle bearing registration No JKO2B 9603. During checking police recovered three bovine animals, which were being illegally smuggled to valley.

"Identified as Vipan Kumar, son of Jagdish Kumar of RS Pura, Jammu, the driver was arrested and the vehicle also seized", he added.

A case under FIR No 20/12 stands registered at Rehmbal Police Station.

JKGB organizes financial literacy camp

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: J&K Grameen Bank (JKGB) today organised a financial literacy camp at Patoli Brahmana, which was attended by a large number of rural masses,elected representatives and senior functionaries of Reserve Bank of India and NABARD.

Addressing the gathering, chief guest, Raja Abdul Lateef, chairman, J&K Grameen Bank, reiterated the pledge of JKGB to serve the rural people of all segments meaningfully and disclosed that Bank has the distinction to cover almost all such identified villages under National Programme of Financial Inclusion.

He added that the appointment of business correspondents in the villages to provide banking services at door steps and formation of self help groups will remain the top priority of the Bank to achieve historical land mark performance in the current financial year as well as next year Annual Credit Plan of the Bank.

Senior functionaries of NABARD and RBI explained in detail several financial credit schemes being implemented for upliftment of rural masses.

Director, Horticulture Department, JN Sharma, Joint Director, Agriculture Department, SS Jamwal, Area Manager, VK Kotwal, Senior Manager, RP Sharma and representatives of various NGOs were also present in the camp.

Satish Sharma presented the vote of thanks.

BJP has nothing to celebrate: Omar

JAMMU, Mar 6: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that the Congress may not be happy over the poll outcome in five States, but the BJP also has nothing to celebrate either.

"The Congress may not be happy but clearly the BJP has nothing to celebrate either in Elections 2012," Omar today posted on popular micro-blogging site Twitter.

Congress is an alliance partner with Omar’s ruling National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir, while the NC is a partner of the UPA coalition at the Centre. Omar’s National Conference is an alliance partner with Congress-led coalition Governments at the Centre and the State. As per results of polls in five states, Congress has received a drubbing in Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Punjab.

He further said that news channels are doomed to repeat their mistakes—believing exit polls and calling election winners based on early trends from counting centres. "Clearly the aftershocks of yesterday’s tremor have only gotten worse in Delhi in Elections 2012," Omar added. (PTI)

SEECC highlights demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: School Education Employees Coordination Committee (SEECC) in the form of a delegation met the Commissioner/Secretary, School Education, Farooq Ahmad Faktoo and apprised him about the working of School Education Department and the hurdles in achieving academic excellence.

The delegation disclosed that they were keen to achieve academic excellence by raising standard of education but shortage of staff especially at +2 level usually affects the expected results.

Jamwal appealed the secretary to implement the decision taken by the cabinet for regularization of lecturers and headmasters who have been regularized vide GO No 165 of 2011 dated December 16, 2011. He also stressed that benefit of running pattern vide SRO 225 be given to the officers of School Education Department. He further demanded non-vocational status for principals and headmasters.

Khajuria appealed the Secretary for filling up all the vacant posts of lecturers, headmasters, ZEOs and CEOs, inclusion of 5years of service of regularized ReTs besides regularizing all EVs after completion of 7 years of service.

NS Jamwal, working president of All J&K +2 Lecturers' Forum and Ganesh Khajuria, general secretary, J&K Teachers Forum were leading the delegation.

IIIM signs MoU with SKUAST

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (IIIM), today entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Kashmir to cooperate and collaborate in spheres of Academics, Research and Extension activities for larger benefits of the society.

As per academic program of MoU the research students working in IIIM and SKUAST may visit each other for sharing and utilization of facilities, expertise and for attending special lectures arranged at these institutions from time to time and that Research students and faculty will have access to library facilities at IIIM and SKUAST without any charges and SKUAST would recognize the scientists of IIIM, not below the level of Scientist C as supervisors for taking students for PhD programs.

As per MoU the Research studentrs working in IIIM Jammu may register in SKUAST for PhD degree to be awarded by SKUAST under the supervision of scientists working at IIIM, J&K, not below the level of Scientist C or under the joint supervision of scientists from IIIM and the faculty of SKUAST.

Various other arrangements were signed under academic program. The progress of research students under joint supervision will be monitored by the Board of Research Studies (BORS).

Under Research Program the faculty of SKUAST and scientists of IIIM could apply for collaborative projects jointly to national and international funding agencies within regulations of respective institutions; IIIM and SKUAST would jointly explore to take up scientific and technical projects relevant to cold desert regions of Jammu and Kashmir and both the parties will collaborate and share the scientific and physical resources under their control.

Question Hour in LC Dogri being taught in 1425 schools: Chib

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Minister for Medical Education, R. S. Chib today said that Dogri is being taught to 45211 students in 1425 primary/upper primary schools in district Jammu. He said the language is also taught as optional subject at 10+2 level.

He was replying a question of Ajatshatru Singh in the Legislative Council.

Ajay Sadhotra, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy and Javid Rana also asked supplementaries to the question and expressed concern over of interest and due attention towards regional languages.

Minister of State for Power Shabir Ahmed Khan replying to a question of Dr. Bashir Ahmed Veeri, informed the House that government is formulating a project report for extension of R-APDRP to 288 towns and other areas where under an area (town/village) with population of 4,000 and above (Census 2011) is proposed to be covered, adding that the project will be sent to Union Ministry of Power for funding.

He said R-APDRP scheme is under implementation in 30 towns of the State which takes care of system improvement. He said to replace rotten, damaged poles and worn out conductors a scheme "Matching share for CDF grant for HT/LT improvement" is ongoing in the State in which MLAs and MLCs have to contribute ` 8.50 lakh from CDF grants and Government contributes three times of that amount as matching share for replacement of damaged infrastructure.

Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar while replying to a question by of Ravinder Kumar Sharma, informed the House that the Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums (DAA&M) is looking after the monuments/sites of archaeology and historical importance within the ambit of Ancient Monuments Preservation Act, 1977 Smvt. and Amendment Act, 2010. The declared sites as per the Act are being restored/developed in a phased manner as per the availability of funds.

He said the Mughal Sarais/sites identified en-route from Nowshera to Buffliaz on the Mughal road are, Nowshera, Shahi Masjid Nowshera, Narian Fort, Chingus Saria, Muradpur Saria with Mosque, Thannamandi saria, Buffliaz (Heritage site /village), Noori Chamb (historical site) while as Mughal Sarai near Hirpur, Sokh Sarai and Aliabad Sarai are the sites identified en-route from Shopian side.

Replying to another question by Sheikh Ghulam Qadir Pardesi the Minister said that the villages of Harwan, Khimber, Chatterhama and Dara (Faqir Gojri) did not qualify for establishment of Fire and Emergency Stations as per norms and guidelines laid down by Standing Fire Advisory Council (SFAC) Government of India, adding the area is presently catered by Fire and Emergency Services, Shalimar.

Minister of State for Agriculture Javid Ahmed Dar today informed the House that 131 works were executed in Qazigund block under Command Area Development Programme from 2007 to ending 2012 which cover 588 hectares of agriculture land.

The Minister was replying to a question by Mohammad Amin Bhat. He said an amount of ` 1.30 crore has been spend on these works.

In reply to another question by Vijay Bakaya Mr Dar said that productivity of major crops viz Rice, Wheat, Maize at national level is 21.77, 28.30 and 19.59 quintals per hectare respectively which indicates gap between the potential and actual productivity of these crops in the state except in case of rice production in Kashmir division which is higher than national average.

He said that the Government has initiated steps for increasing the productivity of cereal crops under various centrally sponsored schemes by way of providing assistance to farm mechanization, improvement of irrigation facilities at farmers field, distribution of good quality high yielding seed varieties and hybrid seed to farmers besides imparting training on improved and scientific methods of farming.

JKBWA holds meet

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: The J&K Batwal Welfare Association (JKBWA) held a meeting today. During the meeting, the Association discussed the repair work of Guru Gyagi Temple at Shahzadpur, Kothi.

The speakers claimed that on intervention of Deputy Chief Minister, the Block Development Officer had furnished the inspection report regarding maintenance and development of the said premises to Assistant Development Commissioner, Jammu but nothing significant has been done so far.

The members urged the Deputy Commissioner, Jammu to look into the matter.

The Association also appealed the State Government to initiate an action on the memorandum which was submitted to the Deputy Chief Minister in its annual function.

Scholars, Ulemas participate in
Muslim Personal Law Board meeting

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: An extra-ordinary convention of all J&K Muslim Personal Law Board was held at Channi Rama today under the chairmanship of Mufti-Azam J&K Moulana Mufti Mohammad Bashir-ud-Din.

The convention was attended by the delegates from all the districts of the State.

As per constitution of the Board, Mufti Azam of the State, Moulana Mufti Mohammad Bashir-ud-Din will continue to be the President of the Board. However, the dignitaries, who were nominated for different posts of the Board include Vice President Mufti Mohammad Nasir-ul-Islam, Vice Mufti Azam J&K Vice President II Moulana Prof. Mohammad Tyub Kamli, Vice President Haji Abdul Majid Jammu, Vice President Syeed Mohammad Indrabi, Vice President Moulana Sharief Ilhaq Bukhari and Moulavi Mohammad Noorani Naqshbandi,-I, general secretary, Qazi Mohammad Amin, General Secretary II Moulana Mohammad Yaseen Karmani, Chief Organizer, secretary Administration Ghulam Ahmad Secretary Finance, Ishfaq Ahmad Qadri and Chief Advisor Kh. Farooq Ahmed Renzushah. The members of working committee include Kh. Ghulam Ahmad Qureshi, Raja Nayeem Khan, Dr. G. M. Shah, Haji Abdul Gani Khan, Peer Afaaq Ahmad, Javid Ahmad Jan, Dr. Abdul Waheed, Moulvi Syed Latif Ahmad Shah, Advocate Mir Ghulam Nabi, Advocate Shakeel Ahmad Zahgeer, Advocate Asif Mirza, Advocate Ghulam Ahmad Dar, Advocate Abdul Gani Chogli, Advocate Abdul Rehman Dar, Sanwar, Advocate Iqbal Hakeem, Salamu-ud-Din Bajad and Sajad Ahmad Shawl.

The dignitaries who were elected on the occasion include President Jammu province Mufti Nasir Ahmad Qadri, district President Rajouri, Dr. Mufti Abdul Rashid Qadri Vice President Rajouri Moulana Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Misbahi District President Jammu Moulana Farooq Ahmad, Vice President Moulana Zakir Hussain, district President Poonch Moulana Syed Basharat Hussain, Vice President Mufti Ayub, General Secretary Mohammad Farooq Misbahi, district President Udhampur Ch. Siraj-ud-Din, Vice President Mohammad Shafi, district President Reasi, Mohammad Advocate, Vice President Moulana Abdul Hameed district President Ramban, Alhaj Mohammad Tariq Parray, Vice President Kari Ali Hassan district President Kathua, Kari Faqir Mohammad, district President Kishtwar Shahid Malik, Vice President Hafiz Liyaqat district President Doda Moulana Mohammad Shafi, Vice President Haji Umar Din, district President Samba Ch. Mohammad Fareed and Vice President Shahnawaz Sahib.

Light was thrown in the meeting on the great contribution of great Awlia Kirams and Sufi Saints in the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mufti Azam while addressing the meeting advised the young generation to take pains in understanding the philosophy and moral teachings of great sufi's and Awlia Kirams.

Chief Advisor Kh. Farooq Renzushah highlighted the contribution of Hazrat Bulbul Shah(RA), Hazrat (RA) and Hazrat Sheikh-ul-Aalam(RA) and other great saints.

Madan Lal holds public darbar

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Mar 6 : An awareness camp-cum-public darbar was organized at village Papad, a far flung area of Samba district in which Member Parliament Jammu-Poonch constituency Madan Lal Sharma was the chief guest.

In the awareness camp, detailed information was provided on various Central and State sponsored schemes besides the camp was also informed about the present status of various ongoing development projects being executed in the area.

He exhorted upon the rural masses to avail maximum benefits of the centrally sponsored schemes for amelioration of their developmental needs.

He lauded the efforts of State Coalition Government in mitigating the aspirations of the people of all the three regions of the State, adding that the Government under the leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh is endorsing the developmental initiatives of the State Government and is extending liberal funding for the purpose.

Mr Sharma also announced ` 5 lakh under MPLAD fund for the upgradation of various roads in Papad village. MP also laid foundation stone of Panchayat Ghar in the Papad.

A number of deputations called on Member Parliament and putforth demands and griveances on various issues.

Responding to their demands, the Member Parliament assured them that all their genuine demands would be redressed in a phased manner.

On the occasion, MP also directed the DC Samba to take immediate necessary measures for completion of various roads on priority and other demands like dispensary, Rig pump and other genuine demands.

At Jawahar Novvidhallay Nud Samba, the Member Parliament announces ` 7.50 lakh for purchasing of Chapati Maker Machine for the benefit of students stayed in hostel there.

Other dignitaries accompanying the MP include Vice Chairman OBC, Kuldeep Raj Verma Former Minister Manjit Singh, DC Samba, Chief Conservator of Forest and other district officers.

Max New York Life up in FY 2011-12

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Max New York Life Insurance, India's largest non-bank owned Life Insurance Company today announced its unaudited 9 months results for the Financial Year (FY) 2011-12.

The company recorded 8% growth in gross revenue to ` 4,470 crore while the profit increased 18 times to ` 572 crore. The company also performed well on other parameters like sum assured which increased by 2% and asset under management recording a growth of 18% to ` 15, 357 crore over the same period in financial year 2010 while solvency margin increased to 539%.

Commenting on the performance of the company, CEO and Managing Director, Max New York Life Insurance, Rajesh Sud said, " Though the market continues to remain challenging for 9 months (April to December 2011), yet we have responded extremely well and demonstrated superior all round performance. The company appeared out as a largest non bank promoted life insurance player in India and this has become possible due to our continued efforts to deliver the core value of long term savings and protection in a life insurance contract."

He expressed hope for a sustained profitable growth for the Company as they continue to differentiate in the market place basis their advice based sales, balanced product portfolio, multi-channel distribution and superior customer experience through superior claims and complaint management.

He added that Max New York Life Insurance has now one of the lowest customer complaints incidence ratio as the customer complaints are resolved here within the specified time of 15 days.

Kashmiri play 'Premnath vs Premnath' staged

By Lalit Gupta

JAMMU, Mar 6: The practice of modern theatre in Jammu and Kashmir as a creative expression with inherent scope for social comment as well as entertainment has only thrived due to dedication and commitment of the generations of talented actors and theatre enthusiasts for whom stage is a life long passion.

The Kashmiri play 'Premnath versus Premnath' staged by Bhoorang Foundation was such a production that had the clear stamp of sheer passion and love for theatre by the migrant theatre artistes from Kashmir who gave a masterly performance at the Abhinav Theatre, here today.

Written and directed by Makhan Lal Saraf, veteran actor and playwright, the play 'Premnath versus Premnath' was a satiric-comic take on the way traditional value system in Kashmiri Pandit families is being usurped by changed set of materialistic standards.

The mainstay of today's performance which was lapped up by the audience many of whom were laughing to tears, was the dialogues that oscillating between the serious and the comic and full of colloquial words and terms struck an immediate chord with the listeners. The almost effortless acting punctuated by perfect delivery and timing further added to the overall dramatic effect, which was savored by spectators.

From veteran actors like Makhan Lal Saraf, Shadi Lal Kaul, Ashok Zafrani, Bansi Mattoo to the younger lot including Kusum Tikkoo, Rohita Razdan, Rani Bhan, Sameeksha Kaul, Ajay Waguzari, Ashok Bhat-all gave a well orchestrated display of acting skills.

The light design was by Kulbhushan, costumes and make-up by Anil Warikoo and music by Rameshwar Parwana. The prominent personalities who were present in the program which was organized in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmnir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages included Vijay Bakaya, MLC, Shabir Mujahid, Director, Doordashan Kendra Jammu, Dr Sohan Lal and others.

Strong protest against Health Deptt

Excelsior Correspondent

MENDHAR, Mar 6: The people from border and remote area of Galuta staged strong protest demonstration against the State Health Department at Harni in district Poonch today.

A large number of people from Galuta area led by Sarpanch Sajahid-Ullah Khan assembled at PHC, Harni, in the morning and continued their protest dharna for about four hours. They alleged that condition of the hospital building was worst and no doctor was available. This hospital caters to the need of over 30,000 population and the X-Ray machine was also lying out of order since 2007. It was not repaired and post of X-Ray Assistant was also lying vacant. In case of rain, drops of water come down from the roof top and no generator was available there in case of emergencies.

The public raised slogans against Health Minister, Director Health Services and the CMO Poonch. Later, BMO Mendhar Dr Mumtaz Bhatti, Tehsildar Subash Dogra and SDPO Parbheet Singh reached there. They assured the people to take up issue at higher level to provide adequate facilities in this Health Centre. There after, the people lifted dharna and dispersed.

Congregation of Jasrotia Biradari on Mar 11

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Annual congregation of Jasrotia Biradari is going to be held on March 11 at Jasrota Complex near Rajbagh (Kathua).

Akhand Paath of Shri Ramcharit Manas will be held which would start on March 9 at 10 am and conclude on March 10. Bhandara will be organized on March 11 from 12 noon onwards.

The committee has extended an open invitation to all Biradari members to participate alongwith families to get invoked blessings of Baba Kali Veer Ji.

Sadhu takes Samadhi

Excelsior Correspondent

CHENANI, Mar 6: The renowned Sanyaasi Mahatma Sewanand Giriji Maharaj has taken Samadhi at Mahavir Temple Tawi Pul, Chenani district, Udhampur.

The religious process of the Samadhi was performed with the guidance of the members of the Sadhu Samaj. Large number of sadhus, disciples and followers thronged to have his last darshana and to participate in it. Ram Rattan, president of the temple trust intimated the followers to perform religious rights on March 20, at the temple complex followed by the Langar.

Since early 1960s, Mahatma had been solely working hard converting a small self exposed Hanuman ji image in a rock temple to the existing temple complex having temples of Hanuman ji, Shivling installed, Kaali mata temple, Dhuna, Langar kitchen, Pravachan place, stores, rooms for the pilgrims, shops, water network and pacca walking paths.

The complex is self reliant with a capacity to accommodate pilgrims and hold the religious celebrations without taking any local donation. Being a selfless Sanyaasi he purchased the temple land under Roshani Act from the State Government and formed a Trust as "Mahavir Temple Mahatma Sewanand Giri Trust" to carry on his ideology for the human service.

The Mahatma popularly known as Guru ji, had exerted without any break to unite the society with a simple object to serve the human beings. He always taught his disciples and the followers to cross the bondage of religious strings at the time of national cause, to help the victims of the natural calamities, to respect all the religions and sects keeping own faith intact following the best teachings of the ancestors saints.

Arrangements for Bhaderwah Snow Festival finalized

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Mar 6 : To finalize the arrangements for smooth celebration of 3-day Bhaderwah Snow Festival 2012 and to provide a boost to the tourism sector in the region, District Development Commissioner Doda Farooq Ahmed Khan today convened a meeting of the district and sectoral officers.

During the meeting it was decided that festival will be organized from March 11 to March 13, 2012 and the inaugural function will be organized at Jai Tourist Valley for first two days and the concluding ceremony will be organized at Bhaderwah town especially at GHSS ( Boys).

It was also revealed that Department of Tourism through AD Tourism Batote and Bhaderwah Development Authority will coordinate along with instructors and equipment besides a specialized adventure team has been proposed to be arranged from Utrakhand also.

It was also decided that CEO Doda will ensure the participation of students of various schools and colleges of the district in snow games and cultural items at the inaugural function.

Threadbare discussions were held regarding boarding and lodging, security, medicare facility, transport and others for the visiting tourists for the festival. It was revealed that Chief Medical Officer Doda will provide doctors and two ambulances besides army will also provide medicare and other facilities during the festival.

It was also decided that ARTO Doda will ensure adequate availability of transport to Jai Bhaderwah, besides SRTC buses will also be diverted to Bhaderwah Jai for visiting tourists during the festival.

Trade worth ` 2.33 cr at LoC point

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Mar 6: Trade worth over ` 2.33 crore was witnessed at Chakkan-da-Bagh LoC, point in district Poonch today.

An official spokesman said that goods like onion, bananas, herbs, chillies, `Petha' etc, loaded in 40 trucks, were sent on that side of the LoC today. The value of these goods was put at around ` 1.05 crore. Twelve trucks loaded with almonds, herbs, dry grapes, Pishori Chapples and `kinoos' came from the PoK side and the value of goods was ` 1.28 crore.

The LoC point was opened between 1.00 to 1.30 pm and then between 5.00 and 5.30 pm. TFO Hajira Aslan Ahmed from PoK side and TFO Vivek Ravel from Indian (J&K) side were deployed to facilitate the trade.

KBA, BAJ mourn demise of Hakeem Ishtiyaq

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 6: Senior advocate and Editor of Srinagar Law Journal, Hakeem Ishtiyaq Hussain passed away in Union capital on Monday.

He was suffering from cirrhosis of liver and had undergone surgery in Medicity Hospital New Delhi. The surgery involved transplantation of liver for which his daughter donated half of her liver. Advocate Ishtiyaq Hussain was the younger brother of Justice Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussain Member, State Accountability Commission (SAC).

Kashmir Bar Association (KBA), Srinagar and Bar Association Jammu have condoled the demise of Hakeem Ishtiyaq. The KBA suspended work in all the courts including the High Court and subordinate courts at Srinagar today. The decision, to this effect was taken by the Executive Committee of KBA.

To pay homage to the departed soul a condolence meeting was also held by Kashmir Bar in the Conference Hall of J&K High Court here today wherein the lawyers paid rich tributes to the late advocate and highlighted his achievements.

The Bar while condoling his demise has expressed deep sympathy and solidarity with bereaved family especially with his elder brother Justice, Hakeem Imtiyaz Hussain.

The BAJ also held an emergency meeting in the Winter Capital today under the chairmanship of its president B S Salathia to condole the sad and untimely demise of Senior advocate Hakeem Ishtiyaq Hussain. The Bar Association recalled services rendered by him. It prayed to almighty to bestow peace to departed soul and give courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

Kashmiri Displaced Council
demands construction of shopping complex

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 6: Kashmiri Displaced United Council in a meeting at Jagti township today while highlighted the problems of the displaced people demanded that immediate steps be taken for construction of shopping complex in the camp as promised by Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Raman Bhalla to accommodate all the shopkeepers having their business establishments in erstwhile camps.

The meeting also demanded enhancement of cash relief in view of increasing prices of essential commodities. The meeting, was chaired by Ashok Kaul and among others Vinod Kumar and Surinder Kumar also addressed it.

It also endorsed the resolution passed in the KP meet here few days back demanding settlement of displaced Pandits at a single township in Kashmir Valley.



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