J&K on threshold of
socio-economic
revolution: Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

BUDGAM, Oct 30: Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir is on threshold of a big socio-economic revolution, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather today said that a well conceived development strategy.....more

Sagar for expediting
restoration work at
Dastigeer Shrine

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 30: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar has asked the officers to ensure that restoration work on the revered shrine of Dastigeer Sahib (RA).....more

Governor for revival,
strengthening of J&K's
glorious pluralistic
traditions, secular ethos

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Oct 30 : N N Vohra, Governor released a DVD Documentary on Mata Ruph Bhawani at a function organized by the Kashmiriyat Preservation Foundation at the India International....more

PProtest against forced conversion organised

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Demanding probe into the conversion of Buddhist people from Zanskar town of district Kargil to Islam, members from civil society held a protest demonstration outside Press Club, here today. Amid slogans, hundreds of members of the.more

IIPA organises lecture on accountability

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: The IIPA J&K Regional Branch, organised a lecture on 'Accountability of Elected Representatives from Manifesto to Mandate here today. Professor Bhupinder Singh Brar of Punjab University Chandigarh was the key speaker. Vijay Bakaya, ....more

Estates employees' protest continues on 2nd day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Employees of the Estates Department held protest demonstration in support of their demands outside the office of Deputy Director at Manda on the second consecutive day. The employees of the department under the banner of Coordination Committee of Estates Employees assembled under the leadership of Yash Pal Sharma and Prem Singh Bawa ....more

Prof Ishar felicitates young scientist award winners

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Prof Mohan Paul Singh Ishar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, felicitated the young faculty members of Jammu University for bringing laurels to the institution on being conferred with the young scientist award. ......more

Trolley loaded with timber seized, 1 held

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Oct 30: The police seized a tractor trolley loaded green timber and arrested one person in this connection. A police spokesman said that a police party led by SHO Ramgarh, Kuldeep Kumar, on the information of men from District Special Branch (CID) intercepted tractor trolley bearing ..,..more

     
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BSNL employees take out rally, submit memorandum to Div Com...
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JAMMU, Oct 30: Forum of BSNL Unions/ Associations today took out a rally from J&K Circle Office, Bahu Plaza to Divisional Commissioner’s office and submitted memorandum of demands.Amid slogans, BSNL employees both executives and non-executives participated in the rally and submitted memorandum to Divisional Commissioner addressed to Prime Minister, Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, Secretary DOT and CMD BSNL, New Delhi. The rally was led by Circle Secretaries of BSNL Employees Union (Convener), SNEA (I), AIBSNLOA, AIBSNLEA and SEWA.

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JAMMU, Oct 30: In its commitment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Punjab National Bank donated 3 computer systems to Bal Niketan, Ved Mandir, Ambphalla today. The institution is being run by a governing body headed by Amar Chand Gupta, doing exemplary work for the education of children rendered orphan by any tragedy in the State.Addressing students, Ashok Gupta, Deputy General Manager, Circle Head J&K Operations, appreciated the role of the managing committee for running such like institutions for the betterment of children in particular and society in general. He assured the students that the bank would alw

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JAMMU, Oct 30: On the 5th day of Festivals Mega Show, a large number of people have been seen shopping at different stalls being established in the show. The stalls of books, health care products, electric gadgets, picnic table sets and herbal products, melamine crockery, handicrafts established by Govrnment and private organizations are receiving huge influx of visitors. Being organised by the Information Department, the show is an endeavor to provide a platform to artists, Government and private organisations to exhibit their art and products besides promoting cultural heritage of the State. The event is witnessing a huge rush of art lovers with thousands of people visiting the venue during the first four days.

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JAMMU, Oct 30: Power Grid Corporation of India is observing Vigilance Awareness Week from October 29 to November 2 in its all offices falling under Northern Region Transmission System-II. During the Vigilance Awareness Week, several programmes are being organized in various schools apart from site offices for creating awareness among the employees and their family members highlighting evils of corruption and its impact on our society. On the first day of the week, at its NRTS-II Regional Headquaters, Jammu pledge was administered to all its employees by the Executive Director, S.C.Singh. Messages of President of India, Vice President of India and Prime Minister of India were read out by K.R.Suri, Gene

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J&K on threshold of socio-economic revolution: Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

BUDGAM, Oct 30: Asserting that Jammu and Kashmir is on threshold of a big socio-economic revolution, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather today said that a well conceived development strategy with focus on better road connectivity, education and health facilities is underway in every nook and corner of the State to ensure balanced development of all areas.

Addressing a series of public gatherings after laying foundation stones of Government High School buildings at Watkullo and Sani Darwan in tehsil Chadoora today, Rather said provision of basic amenities to improve the living standard of the people is the first priority of the present dispensation, adding that all the available resources are being pooled for this purpose.

Each of the proposed school buildings will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh with a capacity of 10 class rooms, provision for lavatory blocks, drinking water and electricity facilities.

The Minister was accompanied by the Chief Education Officer Budgam, Nazir Ahmad, Executive Engineer, R&B, Chadoora, Showkat Hussain, Executive Engineer PMGSY, Mehraj-ud-Din Haji, Executive Engineer PDD, G H Mir and concerned officers of the district administration Budgam.

Mr. Rather said objective of conducting regular tours to far flung and backward areas alongwith the officers and engineers is to take the administration on the door steps of the people to get acquaintance about the grievances of the people on the spot and to seek just and timely redressal of these grievances.

He said the development programme launched by the Central and State Governments has totally revolutionised the world of road communication, adding that PMGSY is now on tip of the tongue of every rural person.

The PMGSY has done wonders as unimaginable hilly belts and difficult terrains have been brought on the road map of the State and the scheme will prove a harbinger for a big socio-economic transformation in the state in near future," he said and asked the officers and engineers to listen to the problems highlighted by the people during the tour and try to redress their grievances as per their expectations.

Responding to the demands of the people, Rather said that water supply scheme, Darwan Nowgam will be augmented to cope with the increasing demand of the people.

Rather also paid obeisance at the shrine of Hazrat Mir Syed Samnani at Watkullo where his Dastar Bandi was performed by the locals.

He said that a team of engineers will be send soon to formulate a plan for Ziarat Sharief. He also announced to construct a spacious building for Primary Health centre at Watkullo.

Rather said that Rs. 24 crore Chrar-i-Sharief-Yusmarg-Pakherpora road and Rs. 16 crore Nagam-Gogjipathri road under PMGSY are nearing completion which will give a big boost to the tourism and economic activities in these areas.

 

Sagar for expediting restoration work at Dastigeer Shrine

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SRINAGAR, Oct 30: Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar has asked the officers to ensure that restoration work on the revered shrine of Dastigeer Sahib (RA) be completed within the shortest possible time and the executing agencies should work in synergy so that the bottlenecks if any are removed.

The Minister was addressing officers during a review meeting and on spot inspection of the pace of the work being carried out on the restoration of Dastigeer Sahib shrine here today.

Vice Chairman Wakf Board, M.Y. Qadri, Managing Director JKPCC, Gupta, Chief Engineer R&B, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, State Convener INTACH, Saleem Beig and various senior officers of different departments and executing agencies were present on the occasion.

Mr. Sagar directed the officers to ensure that the pace of work be speeded up and they should also explore the double shift mode of working so that the shrine is completed as early as possible. He also directed them to ensure that there is no deviation from the older architectural patterns and in this regard they should be in constant touch with INTACH for the expert advice and guidance.

The Minister also asked the officers to carry on the proposed beautification work of the catchment areas of the shrine and in this regard adequate compensation should be provided to the families/shopkeepers whose structures are being acquired. He said that it should also be carried out inconsonance with the local architecture and taste.

Mr. Sagar also directed the concerned to ensure that the newly constructed mosque which is an extension to the shrine is completed by April this year so that the devotees can perform their religious duties there.

 

Governor for revival, strengthening of J&K's glorious pluralistic traditions, secular ethos

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Oct 30 : N N Vohra, Governor released a DVD Documentary on Mata Ruph Bhawani at a function organized by the Kashmiriyat Preservation Foundation at the India International Centre this evening.

The Governor, speaking on the occasion, observed that Jammu and Kashmir with its glorious pluralistic traditions and secular ethos has remained an abode of peace, communal harmony and amity for centuries past. He emphasized the importance of reviving and strengthening the spirit and traditions of Kashmiriyat.

The Governor said that the unfortunate phase of militancy in J&K resulted in not only causing tremendous loss of life and property but in also damaging the glorious traditions of Kashmiriyat. He added that a large number of people forced by threatening circumstances had to leave their hearths and homes and migrate to the various parts of the country. He said that there is urgent need for all the stakeholders to make concerted collective efforts to revive the glorious pluralistic ethos of the State. In this connection, he referred to the laudable work being done by the Kashmiriyat Preservation Foundation to revive and strengthen the invaluable traditions of Kashmiriyat and enlarging awareness of the younger generation by organizing varied cultural events and other programmes in Delhi and elsewhere. He complimented all those associated with the Foundation for taking this initiative and hoped that many other organizations would emulate the excellent work being done by this organization.

Referring to the DVD giving details of the various temples of Mata Ruph Bhawani situated at different places in the Kashmir valley, the Governor observed that it is a laudable initiative for which Anjali Kaul deserves compliments.

Ratan Kaul, Executive President, Kashmiriyat Preservation Foundation, in her welcome address, gave details about the establishment, aims, objects, evolution, history and activities of the Foundation as well as its future roadmap.

Anjali Kaul spoke about the contents of the DVD and the temples of the Mata Ruph Bhawani situated at various places in the Kashmir valley.

Vinod Anand, Member, Kashmiriyat Preservation Foundation, presented a vote of thanks.

 

PProtest against forced conversion organised

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Demanding probe into the conversion of Buddhist people from Zanskar town of district Kargil to Islam, members from civil society held a protest demonstration outside Press Club, here today.

Amid slogans, hundreds of members of the civil society including persons of various socio-religious organizations, flayed the Government for its failure to handle the situation in the Buddhist-dominated Zanskar town in district Kargil, where curfew was clamped after clashes between two communities, which had resulted in injuries to three persons including a senior official.

Youths from Zanskar and other towns of district Kargil also participated in the demonstrations against the forcible conversions of the members of six families of Buddhists of Zanskar and use of force during curfew.

While speaking, Stanzin Yongdus said that in Zanskar although Buddhists are in majority in some areas, yet they have been facing unabated harassment in the hands of Muslim Community, and when anyone brings this into the notice of the Administration no action is being taken against the people involved.

Ashwani Chrungoo, president, Panun Kashmir asked the Buddhists to make aware all those people who are on important positions about these developments.

Dr Ramakant Dubey, president, VHP asked that State and Central Governments to thoroughly investigate the matter and take stern action against those who are responsible for forced conversions.

Among others who spoke were Jagdish Dogra, president, Sanatan Dharam Sabha, Surinder Choudhary, general secretary, BJYM, Madhav Vaid of Bajrang Dal, Deepak of Hindu Jagaran Manch, Surinder Mohan Aggarwal, president, BABA Yatri Niyas, Dr Shyam Lal Gupta, general secretary, VHP, Pawan Kotwal, president, Jain Sabha, Dr VK Gupta, president, VHP Jammu Mahanagar and Rakesh Sharma, Chalisa Premukh of Bajrang Dal.

 

IIPA organises lecture on accountability

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JAMMU, Oct 30: The IIPA J&K Regional Branch, organised a lecture on 'Accountability of Elected Representatives from Manifesto to Mandate here today. Professor Bhupinder Singh Brar of Punjab University Chandigarh was the key speaker. Vijay Bakaya, MLC and former Chief Secretary, presided over the programme.

Professor Brar while delivering his lecture sought to make a distinction between the mandate for the party and mandate for the elected legislator.

He spoke at length about the utility of the Upper House of Parliament and suggested its re-organisation so as to make it a representative body of different interest groups. Rejecting recall as a means of holding the representatives accountable, he suggested other alternative methods. On the whole, he said that he was not pessimist about the democratic scenario of the country and referred to three recent developments, which reflected a fundamental change in the context of accountability. Of these, the first development was the expansion of print and audio-visual media and the role being played by it in exposing those in power.

The second recent development is the use of communication technologies and the use of sites like Facebook and Twitter, and individual blogs. He explained as to how these sites were being used by individuals in their personal capacity to critique and expose the scams and other wrong doings by the political class. The third development, Prof Brar stated , is the RTI movement. He said that RTI was a very powerful tool in the hands of marginalised people and its full potential will be realised in the times to come.

Mr Bakaya talked at length about the role of media and the civil society organisations in taking up the responsibility of holding the elected representatives accountable. According to him, the media has overstepped its role and has sought to replace the democratic political institutions. He was also critical of the role played by the civil society organisations. He called for restoration of centrality of the democratic institutions.

J B S Johar, Hony Secretary of IIPA, Regional Branch, conducted the proceedings, Professor Rekha Chowdhary introduced the topic and Chander Gulati presented the vote of thanks. The lecture was followed by an interactive session. Prominent among those who participated in the lecture included Dr Ashok Bhan, Chairman IIPA J&K Regional branch, Ashwani Sharma, MLA, Ravinder Sharma, MLC, A.C. Chaturvedi, IPS (Retd), A.M.Watali, Vice Chairman IIPA and Dr. C.M.Seth, Vice Chairman IIPA were present.

 

Estates employees' protest continues on 2nd day

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JAMMU, Oct 30: Employees of the Estates Department held protest demonstration in support of their demands outside the office of Deputy Director at Manda on the second consecutive day.

The employees of the department under the banner of Coordination Committee of Estates Employees assembled under the leadership of Yash Pal Sharma and Prem Singh Bawa assembled at Manda office of the Dy Director Estates in the morning and sat on protest dharna. They raised slogans in support of their demands. They also shouted slogans against the Director, the concerned Commissioner and the Chief Minister.

These agitating employees are demanding reorganization of Estates Department, regularization of daily wagers and other consolidated workers, provision of two and half day's additional pay, amendment in service rules, holding of DPC, construction of buildings for housing of the office of the Dy Director Estates near Shakuntla or elsewhere and construction of staff quarters, time bound promotion, clearance of SRO-43 cases, stoppage of policy of outsourcing of jobs and release pending wages of daily rated workers.

Later, in a meeting of the representatives of Coordination Committee including P S Bawa, Yash Pal, Puran Chand, Tilak Raj, Rashpal, Rajinder Singh and others, with the Director Estates and other officers, it was agreed upon by the Director to consider demands of the employees. On this assurance, the employees decided to suspend agitation for 15 days in view of the opening of Darbar Move offices on November 5.

 

Prof Ishar felicitates young scientist award winners

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JAMMU, Oct 30: Prof Mohan Paul Singh Ishar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, felicitated the young faculty members of Jammu University for bringing laurels to the institution on being conferred with the young scientist award.

It may be recalled that three Jammu University faculty members Dr Monica Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Dr Parvinder Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology and Dr Yudhbir Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology were conferred with prestigious young scientist award at 8th JK Science Congress hosted by Kashmir University recently. The awards were presented to the young scientists by Vice-President of India, M Hamid Ansari.

Prof Ishar complimented the young scientists and their teachers/guides and hoped that they would continue to work with all the more vigour and enthusiasm in their respective areas of research.

Terming research the strongest pillar in the University academic system, Prof Ishar also highlighted various new initiatives that Jammu University is undertaking with regard to infrastructure development and empirical new research projects.

Among others Prof Rekha Chaudhary, Dean Research Studies, Prof Naresh Padha, Registrar and Jai Kumar Sharma, OSD to Vice Chancellor were also present on the occasion.

 

Trolley loaded with timber seized, 1 held

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SAMBA, Oct 30: The police seized a tractor trolley loaded green timber and arrested one person in this connection.

A police spokesman said that a police party led by SHO Ramgarh, Kuldeep Kumar, on the information of men from District Special Branch (CID) intercepted tractor trolley bearing registration No. JK02AC / 8123 carrying timber being transported illegally from Jerda village to Nandpur.

The driver had no valid permission for the transportation of this timber. The police party seized the trolley along with timber and arrested its driver Sat Pal Singh, son of Tej Singh, resident of Kothe Saini in Bishnah. A case Fir No. 74/2012 was registered under 6/15 Forest Act in this connection.

 

Politician's relative booked

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Srinagar, Oct 30: Police today lodged an FIR against relative of a political leader for beating up an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police (ASI) of traffic police on busy Moulana Azad Road here.

Police said that a Maruti Festa car was stopped by traffic police on M A Road as its driver Shafiq Qureshi was using his cell phone while driving. When the traffic police was about to challan him, he called some one and in the no time another car carrying a couple of security guards beat up the traffic cops including the ASI Abdul Rehman.

The ASI was taken to Police Hospital for treatment. Police later registered FIR against Qureshi in Police Station Kothi Bagh for attacking on duty Government servant and seized his car. Qureshi is said to be close relative of a politician.

 

Bhalla for proper maintenance of public parks

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JAMMU, Oct 30: Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla has said that Government is committed to develop clean and healthy environment in urban parts of the State, adding that a comprehensive plan has been prepared to develop all the parks with facilities like seating, drinking water, sprinkle irrigation, illuminated walkway, landscaping and fencing.

This was stated by the Minister after inspecting the renovation work of B/B Block Recreational Park, here today.

During the inspection, Mr. Bhalla called upon the people to avoid littering inside the park and help in maintaining the place with personal monitoring. He asked the Floriculture Department to gear up its men and machinery to maintain and renovate all the recreational parks situated in Gandhi Nagar and Shastri Nagar localities.

The Minister said that Government was making all out efforts for beautification of all open spaces by developing walkways or recreational parks to make the city more attractive.

Responding to the local demands, Mr. Bhalla asked the JMC and Floriculture Department to work in coordination to remove bushes and take up renovation of damaged walkways. He called upon the people of the Gandhi Nagar and Shastri Nagar areas to desist from dumping of building and other waste material in parks, adding that such practices are not only creating hindrances for executing agencies but also dampens the beauty of park.

The Minister said instructions have been issued to JMC, R&B, Floriculture, PDD and PHE Departments to take up sanitation, repair of faulty street lights, renovation of public places, besides ensuring regular drinking water and improved power supply in view of the upcoming Diwali festival.

 

Govt committed to strengthen democratic institutions: Slathia

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JAMMU, Oct 30: The Government is committed to strengthen the democratic institutions.

Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjit Singh Slathia said this while addressing public meetings at Burj Tanda and Bana Chak in Vijaypur constituency here today.

He said empowerment of democratic institutions at the grassroots level is vital to meet the aspirations of the people and give them their rightful place in the matters of governance. He said that elections to BDCs too would be held as soon as the matter of reservations for SCs and STs and women is finalized.

He said that it is the vision of Chief Minister to see vibrant, transparent and accountable structures of governance in the State with the active participation of the people. The PRIs would act as the eyes and ears of the Government and will help in better delivery of services.

Slathia said that the Government functionaries will have to change their mindset to adopt to new ways and means of participative governance.

Later, the Minister inaugurated 3 additional classrooms and toilet complex in Government Middle School Burj Tanda in Vijaypur constituency under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) completed at a cost of Rs. 10 lakh.

Addressing pubic meeting at Burj Tanda, the Minister assured the people that the demands being raised by them would be redressed at the earliest.

The demands included safe drinking water, installation of hand pumps at Ratanpur and Dayala Chak, upgradation of Dayalchak School, repair of Shamshan Ghat to Tanda road, action against industries violating the norms of pollution control in the area, installation of transformer at various locations, etc.

The Minister also dedicated Rs. 1.80 Women Sanitary Complex constructed by Rural Development Department and community path under MGNREGA at a cost of Rs. 3.70 lakh at Bana Chak.

The Minister also handover keys to 21 Massey tractor buyers at a function organized by M/s Ch. Jaswant Motors Swankha Morh Vijaypur at Bana Chak.

 

Akhoon for issuance of ration as per 2011 Census

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NEW DELHI, Oct 30: Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Qamar Ali Akhoon today strongly pleaded to the Central Government for providing ration quota to J&K as per the 2011 Census.

The Minister said this while addressing the Food Ministers Conference here today.

The Minister said being the border State of the country, the ration provided to J&K on the basis of 2001 Census is not fulfilling the requirement of the J&K as the population of the State has increased manifold. He also pleaded to release the funds for digitization of records of CA&PD for which State Government has already formulated IN to IN computerization project.

Regarding supply of ration for Centrally sponsored welfare schemes, the Minister demanded to continue last year's quota for this year also. He also said that in J&K there is a dire need to enhance the capacity of ration godowns for which proposal to Central Government for funding has already been submitted.

 

Infrastructure development in remote
areas priority of Govt: Sakina

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NAGAM (NOORABAD), Oct 30: Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo today said that Government is continuously making efforts to facilitate the common people especially belonging to remote and far flung areas of the State.

The Minister said this while addressing a gathering at Nagam in Noorabad constituency after laying foundation stones of various infrastructure developmental projects including 6.3 MVA 33/11 KV Receiving Station, Primary Health Centre, 3 Kms Nagam-Check Nagam-Gujjar Basti road and Government High School, Nagam.

The Minister said that with the completion of these huge infrastructure projects, better healthcare, high standard education, road connectivity and better quality of power supply would be made available to the people of this area.

Ms. Sakina said that since Omar Abdullah took the reins of the present Government, various sectors particularly power supply, education, drinking water, health services and road connectivity as a part of the programme to provide all the basic needs of the common people have been prioritized.

She said that the proposed Receiving Station would facilitate the hilly terrain areas like D.K. Marg Nagam, Boh, Khull Ahmadabad and will provide quality voltage and reliable power supply to consumers of the area.

Lauding the achievements of the present Government, the Minister said that in comparison to the previous regime, the present Government under the leadership of Omar Abdullah has provided 40,000 jobs to the educated un-employed youth through various agencies like SSB, District level or PSC etc. and there are continuous efforts to create more and more employment avenues to accommodate the unemployed educated youth. She said that the Government has already launched SKEWP for providing employment allowance to the un-employed educated youth and added the youth are also getting loan facilities for establishing their own income generating units.

The Minister while speaking about the road connectivity said there is now hardly any village in her constituency which is not connected with the towns or cities and added that a number of damaged electric transformers and electric poles have been replaced with new ones. She asked the Chief Engineer, PDD to replace the damaged electricity poles with new ones at Khripora.

 

Misappropriation of urea worth Rs 5 lakh
2 yrs RI, fine awarded to Sr Field Officer of IFFCO

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Special Judge Anticorruption CBI Cases, B L Bhat today awarded two years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 6 lakh to T N Pandita, son of M K Pandita, the then Senior Field Officer of IFFCO Godown, Chatha, who was involved in misappropriation of urea worth Rs 5,65,200.

According to CBI case, T N Pandita during his posting as Incharge IFFCO Godown at Chatha since 1996, had, in conspiracy with some unknown persons/officials of IFFCO and by abusing his official position, misappropriated urea worth Rs 5,65,200.

After hearing Senior PP CBI SK Bhat whereas Advocate KL Sharma appearing for the accused, Special Judge Anticorruption CBI Cases observed, "in so far as the requirement of sanction for prosecution of accused is concerned, the same has not been raised as a ground of defence and rightly so", adding "the accused was removed from services of IFFCO on September 29, 2004 and prosecution in the case has been launched on December 29, 2004---. three months after the removal of accused from service".

"It is well settled that the protection contemplated under Section 6 of the J&K Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat 2006 does not extend to a public servant after he demits office on superannuation or has been removed from service. Thus, requirement of sanction in the instant case was not a sine quo non for launching criminal prosecution against the accused", the Court further observed.

With these observations, Court awarded two years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 6 lakh to the accused persons. The Court further directed that the amount of fine be deposited within thirty days failing which the same will be realized from the estate of accused.

 

Protest against LPG crisis, black-marketing

Excelsior Correspondent

MENDHAR, Oct 30: People from Mendhar town and adjoining areas held massive protest demonstration outside the LPG agency in the town here today.

A large number of people including some women, thronged the Bharat Gas outlet in the town at around 12 Noon and held protest demonstration. They were shouting slogans against the Bharat Gas management and local outlet dealer. They also raised slogans against CAPD Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon, Director CAPD Parvez Malik and local Sub-Divisional Administration.

The people alleged that on the name of verification, they have been put to lot of harassment. The gas supply has been stopped and there was no rate control. They alleged a Government teacher Raj Kumar presently posted at Govt Middle School Patti Zone Kunuiyan (Poonch), was looking after the agency and hardly goes to school. They alleged that domestic gas is being supplied to tea stall/ dhaba owners in black while the general public is left high and dry. No receipt is provided if they provide cylinder to people and exhorbitant rate is being charged for the gas. Even for getting new connection, they people are being made to move from pillar to post and extra money is being demanded.

They alleged that there was no control on the LPG agency holders and the Administration and concerned CAPD officials remain mute spectators. They alleged nexus between CAPD-Police and gas agency dealers as no action is being taken on black marketing of domestic cylinders. The protest continued for about two hour and later Tehsildar and SHO Mendhar reached the site and they talked to the agitating people and then agency holders. They asked them to computerize the record and ensure speedy supply of gas. They also warned strict action against the Government teacher looking after the agency and other staff there. They also assured to launch special driver against black marketing of LPG in the area.

 

Dr Simon lauds Cardiology Deptt
UK doctor addresses symposium on innovative therapy

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU Oct 30: Department of Cardiology Government Medical College, Jammu organised an evening symposium which was attended by more than 250 delegates and doctors, the theme of the symposium was innovative therapy for Resistant Hypertension and in this regard, keynote address was delivered by Dr Simon Thackray Consultant Interventional Cardiologist from University of Hull, East Yorkshire (UK). Dr Thackray emphasized the need for controlling hypertension with pharmacotherapy but advocated in resistant hypertension a new technique of Renal artery denervation therapy.

Dr Thackray elaborated about global epidemic of hypertension and casual approach towards management of this dreadful precursor of many critical events. Cessation of smoking in addition to regular use of anti hypertensive drugs and intervention in case of resistant hypertension is key to good health in general Dr Thackray was very much appreciative of approach and progress shown by the Department of Cardiology GMC, Jammu.

Dr Sushil Sharma Head Department of Cardiology thanked Dr Thackray for visiting GMC Jammu and sharing knowledge and techniques in the era of Cardiac Intervention. These interactions shall help in long run for better patient management. On this occasion on behalf of the department; Dr Simon Thackray along with Dr Sushil Sharma honoured Dr Mohan Lal Ex Head Department of Cardiology and Dr Gurjit Singh Head of CTVS GMC Jammu signifying their contribution towards the heart patients. Present on the occasion was Dr Madhu Khullar Director Health Services Jammu, along with faculty members. Post graduates and staff of Government Medical College Jammu.

Dr Sanjeev Bhat consultant Department of Cardiology presented vote of thanks.

 

Miraculous escape for Congress MP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Congress Member Parliament (MP) Choudhary Lal Singh, had a miraculous escape when front tyre of his official car burst on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in district Udhampur, this morning.

The lawmaker was travelling in the Ambassador car when a tyre of the vehicle burst in Mand area in Tikri belt, police sources said. They added that Singh was on way to Banihal area of Ramban district to address a public rally.

"Police and locals rushed to the spot and helped the squad and other party activists travelling in the vehicle", they said, adding, that MP was later shifted to another vehicle.

"It was a close shave. It is unfortunate that the Government has failed in maintaining the vehicles provided to politicians," MP told here.

He claimed that the Government is duty bound to provide well maintained vehicles to the people, who are traveling in their constituencies having tough terrain.

"I had raised the issue of this old vehicle with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Police in the past and asked for its replacement", Singh said adding that nothing was done.

He added that the bullet-proof vehicle had come back to him just a day before his visit to remote Banihal constituency.

"This is totally a security lapse, I must say and I hold the Government responsible for not taking such incidents seriously", he said.

 

 

BSNL employees take out rally, submit
memorandum to Div Com

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Forum of BSNL Unions/ Associations today took out a rally from J&K Circle Office, Bahu Plaza to Divisional Commissioner’s office and submitted memorandum of demands.

Amid slogans, BSNL employees both executives and non-executives participated in the rally and submitted memorandum to Divisional Commissioner addressed to Prime Minister, Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Cabinet Secretary, Government of India, Secretary DOT and CMD BSNL, New Delhi.

The rally was led by Circle Secretaries of BSNL Employees Union (Convener), SNEA (I), AIBSNLOA, AIBSNLEA and SEWA.

BSNL employees were demanding immediate end of illegitimate deputation of non-optee ITS in BSNL/ MTNL to protest the viability of Government’s prestigious and strategic telecom companies BSNL and MTNL.

They also demanded an end to the decade old exploitation and discrimination of absorbed/ recruited employees of BSNL/ MTNL either by taking them back to DOT or immediately repatriating unabsorbed ITS to DOT thereby putting an end to the existing dangerous duality.

Court awards 2 yrs RI in attempt to rape case

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Oct 30: Additional Sessions Judge Udhampur, M K Sharma today awarded two years rigorous imprisonment and fine of Rs 1000 to Pawan Kumar, son of Hans Raj of village Jakhed, tehsil Ram Nagar in attempt to rape case.

According to the prosecution case, on the night of August 27, 2007 the accused armed with a rifle entered the house of the complainant and made an unsuccessful attempt to commit rape upon her on the gun point. The complainant and her minor daughter raised hue and cry and the accused fled away.

On the threat of the accused, the complainant did not disclose the incident to any body and waited for her husband to come home. When husband of the complainant did not come home till evening, the complainant went to Police Post Punara where husband of the complainant was posted as SPO and narrated the incident to her husband. Accordingly, a case was registered at Police Station Basantgarh.

After hearing APP Tariq Mujahid Mughal appearing for the State whereas Advocate Anil Vijay Kumar for the accused, Additional Sessions Judge observed, "the convict faced the trial for more than five years. In view of the facts and circumstances of the case, the convict Pawan Kumar is sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for two years and fine of Rs 1000 for the commission of offence under Section 376/511 RPC and rigorous imprisonment for six months and fine of Rs 500 for the commission of offence under Section 451 RPC. All the sentences shall run concurrently".

 

Period for filing of claims, objections extended

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: The period for filing of claims and objections for revision of Municipal Electoral Rolls in respect of Municipal Corporation Jammu has been extended by one week.

As per revised schedule, the period for filing of claims and objections will be between 19-10-2012 (Friday) to 6-11-2012 (Tuesday), disposal of claims and objections will be done from 7-11-2012 (Wednesday) to 14-11-2012 (Wednesday), preparation and printing of supplements of additions, deletions and corrections will be done from 15-11-2012 (Thursday) to 21-11-2012 (Wednesday) and final publication of Electoral Rolls will be done on 23-11-2012 (Friday).

The Electoral Registration Officers/Assistant Electoral Registration Officers, who have been designated for preparation of Municipal Corporation Electoral Rolls, 2012, have already arranged the display of Draft Electoral Rolls at their respective offices. The Electoral Registration Officer/Assistant Electoral Registration Officers, therefore, will also supply requisite forms free of cost to the eligible persons and will also receive the applications under proper receipt up to 6-11-2012 in respect of Municipal Corporation Jammu.

These forms can also be Photostat/handwritten or can even be privately printed. However, in case of privately printed forms, it should be ensured that no name/logo/symbol of any political party/association in the forms, and they should conform to the format laid down in the statutory form. Bulk forms for inclusion, deletion or correction from any political party or their representatives will not be entertained or accepted by the EROs. However the forms in respect of one family can be entertained.

For any assistance in this behalf, the concerned District Election Officer (Deputy Commissioner) Jammu and Electoral Registration Officers may be contacted. The details of designated Electoral Registration Officers/Assistant Electoral Registration Officers are available in the office of District Election Officer (Deputy Commissioner) Jammu and on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K at http://ceo.jammukashmir.nic.in and Municipal Corporation Jammu at http://jmc.nic.in.

 

PNB donates 3 computers to Bal Niketan students

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: In its commitment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Punjab National Bank donated 3 computer systems to Bal Niketan, Ved Mandir, Ambphalla today.

The institution is being run by a governing body headed by Amar Chand Gupta, doing exemplary work for the education of children rendered orphan by any tragedy in the State.

Addressing students, Ashok Gupta, Deputy General Manager, Circle Head J&K Operations, appreciated the role of the managing committee for running such like institutions for the betterment of children in particular and society in general. He assured the students that the bank would always try to help and give every possible support to the school so that no child feels any disadvantage for getting proper education.

Ashok Gupta announced that on Republic Day bank shall distribute note books and school bags to students of the school. Bank Education Loan and Student Deposit Scheme were explained to the students in detail.

Capt. Purshotam Sharma, vice president of Bal Niketan, Ved Mandir, thanked the Bank management for this gesture. He added that PNB through its CSR programmes is doing appreciable work in providing a helping hand to such schools.

A K Mota, Chief Manager Circle Office, Neeraj Anand, Senior Manager Security PNB, K K Mengi, secretary, Satish Mittal, joint secretary, and Bal Krishan Gupta, treasurer, Bal Niketan, Ved Mandir, were present at the function.

 

23 cases settled in Lok Adalats

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Twenty-three cases were settled in Lok Adalats held at Rajouri and Ramban.

A Lok Adalat was held in the District Court Rajouri, under the chairmanship of AK Sharma, Principal, District and Sessions Judges, Rajouri.

Two benches were constituted during the Lok Adalat. The first bench comprised of AK Sharma, Principal, District and Sessions Judge, Rajouri and Advocate Deepak Sharma, whereas, Advocate Vivek Gupta was present on behalf of Bajaj Allaiaz Insurance Company. The second bench comprised of Mohd Ashraf Khan, CJM Sub Judge, Rajouri, Sheikh Parvaiz Iqbal, District Mobile Magistrate (T) Rajouri and Advocate KM Bhat.

In the Lok Adalat, 27 cases of different natures were taken up, out of which 19 cases were settled and an amount of Rs 7,85,000 was awarded as compensation.

Meanwhile, a Lok Adalat was held at District Court Complex, Ramban, which was presided over by Kusoom Pandita, Chairman, Tehsil Legal Services Committee, Ramban and assisted by Arun Kumar Kotwal, Munsiff, JMIC, Ramban.

A total of 10 cases were taken up during the Lok Adalat, out of which 4 cases were settled.

 

MLA sanctions Rs 18 lakh for various developmental works

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, Oct 30: Member Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ashok Kumar released an amount of Rs 18 lakh from his Constituency Development Funds (CDF) for various developmental works in Dessa area of Doda district.

During his five-day tour to various areas of district Doda, he sanctioned an ambulance worth Rs 8 lakh for hospital at Ghei, Rs 5 lakh each for the construction of examination halls at the Lower High Schools of Malan and Shenkhli, Rs 2 lakh each for the construction of shelter sheds at Jartund and Kunda, near Ziarat and Rs 3 lakh for shelter sheds at Chanderbhotan.

The people of the areas demanded establishment of big hospital, construction of more link roads, air ambulance to save the lives of the critically sick people, enhancement of the honorarium of the SPOs from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,500, early sanctioning of the major water supply schemes and construction of the food storage godowns at Ghei and Malan or Bhaata.

 

KU holds seminar on Maulana Sayeed Masoodi

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 30: Organized by Allama Iqbal Library, Kashmir University, a one-day seminar "Meet the Eminent" on the life and contributions of late Maulana Sayeed Masoodi to education, religion and social set-up of Kashmir valley was held at University Campus, here.

Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University Prof Talat Ahmad who was presiding over the function said that the contribution of Maulana Masoodi to the Valley is something unambiguous as he has played a pivotal role in the betterment of the Kashmiri people.

Prof Talat further said that such seminars are important platforms for educating the younger generation about the people who have given enormous dedication and contribution to the Valley.

Prominent journalist and broadcaster, Ghulam Nabi Khayal gave his outlook on Masoodi and underscored that he was a remarkable scholar and has been an important figure in taking initiatives to build a prosperous Valley.

Former Chief Secretary, Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, pointed out that Masoodi`s sole motive was betterment of people, while Riyaz Rufai, Kashmir University librarian said that the focus of this seminar was to reveal the colossal work Maulana Masoodi performed in eight decades of his life.

Meanwhile, a photo exhibition on Maulana Masoodi was also held on the sideline of the event and Kashmir panorama a website was inaugurated by Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof Talat.

 

Court convicts prosecutrix for perjury

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, Oct 30: Principal Sessions Judge Ramban, Mohd Akram Choudhary, today convicted and awarded six months imprisonment and fine of Rs 5000 to one Kanta Devi for making false statement on oath which amounted to perjury punishable under Section 479-B CrPC.

In this order of wide public importance, the Principal Sessions Judge observed, "the prosecutrix had willfully and deliberately made a false statement to screen the accused from the punishment. She has made one statement on oath before the Magistrate and completely denied the same while being examined before this Court again on oath".

After recording the judgment of acquittal, Court initiated suo-moto proceedings under Section 479-B CrPC against the prosecutrix and notice was issued to her to show cause as to why she should not be punished for offence for giving false evidence.

After considering the submissions of Public Prosecutor G N Manhas and defence counsel A H Yattoo, Court observed, "it has been proved that the accused made two contradicting statements on oath, one during investigation in terms of Section 164-A CrPC and second before the trial court. The prosecutrix in the trial court turned hostile and denied that she was kidnapped or raped".

Taking a lenient view looking into the young age of prosecutrix, the Court convicted her for a period of six months and imposed fine of Rs 5000.

 

Youth festival ‘Sonzal 2012’ begins at KU

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 30: Describing the youth as an embodiment of innovation and creativity, Minister for Science and Information Technology, Syed Aga Ruhullah Mehdi said that extra-curricular activities are an essential component of the education process, for preparing the students to effectively face future challenges.

Ruhullah as chief guest was addressing the students and faculty members of the University of Kashmir after inaugurating a 5-day Intra-University Youth Festival, "Sonzal-2012", organized by the Department of Students Welfare at the Kashmir University, here today.

More than 700 students drawn from about 40 Degree Colleges and 45 University teaching departments are participating in this festival.

"The youth festival is a revolutionary initiative in terms of bringing or activating the creative and innovative instincts amongst the youth and we as society have a great responsibility to ensure that our youngsters get a proper platform for showcasing their talent which will help in the overall development of our young generation", Ruhullah observed.

Quoting poet of the east Dr Sir Mohammad Iqbal, Ruhullah while giving hope to the youth encouraged them to shape their own destiny as the destiny of the State and the whole nation depends on them.

In his presidential address Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat said that to begin with and for expanding the coverage and impact of the festival the university next year will try to rope-in the students from other universities outside the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

Registrar University of Kashmir Prof S Fayaz Ahmad who was guest of honour on the occasion said that the University of Kashmir has emerged as the front runner and highest seat of learning in the entire North India which provides overall development to the students.

While welcoming the participants Dean Students Welfare Prof Neelofar Khan who is also the Chairperson of this year‘s edition of Sonzal said that the festival has become an obsession amongst the youth ever since its first edition was launched in 2007 as the festival is an assimilation of the hidden talent of young boys and girls and provides a platform to the students to foster greater sense of togetherness and camaraderie.

Cultural Officer DSW Shahid Ali Khan who is also the organizing secretary of Sonzal ‘2012’ presented vote of thanks on the occasion.

Among those present on the occasion were Deans, Heads of Departments, faculty members, principals of various colleges, participants of "Sonzal-2012" and a large number of students of the university.

 

Festivals Mega Show enters 5th day

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: On the 5th day of Festivals Mega Show, a large number of people have been seen shopping at different stalls being established in the show.

The stalls of books, health care products, electric gadgets, picnic table sets and herbal products, melamine crockery, handicrafts established by Government and private organizations are receiving huge influx of visitors.

Being organised by the Information Department, the show is an endeavor to provide a platform to artists, Government and private organisations to exhibit their art and products besides promoting cultural heritage of the State. The event is witnessing a huge rush of art lovers with thousands of people visiting the venue during the first four days.

This effort of the department will greatly help project the programmes and achievements of the Government besides boosting morale of the participants to move forward in their specific fields with added proficiency and determination.

During the show, various programmes like Dogri film shows, photo exhibition, cultural programmes, national painting camps (graphics), photo exhibition by photo journalists, departmental stalls, joy rides, societies stalls, home appliances, stalls by local traders besides healthcare products and children book fair are being presented.

 

Gul reviews Darbar Move arrangements

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Advisor to Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul reviewed the arrangements for this year's Darbar Move to winter capital, during his visit to Civil Secretariat, Jammu here today.

Director Estates, R.K. Koul, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. R.S. Sharma, Deputy Director Estates, Arun Manhas, Executive Engineer, Estates, Rashid Mustafa and senior officers of concerned departments accompanied the Advisor.

The Advisor enjoined upon the officers to complete all the face-lifting works being done in the Winter Secretariat before opening of the Darbar so that the departments there could function in a hassle free and conducive environment. He inspected the new light weight structures and 4 new clerical halls being constructed in the Civil Secretariat.

The Director Estates apprised the Advisor of the progress of various works being executed in the Secretariat. He also reviewed the face lifting works being carried out in the Civil Secretariat. He also went round various chambers of the Civil Secretariat and took stock of the ongoing renovation and maintenance works.

Mr. Gul directed the concerned officers and executing agencies to further gear up their men and machinery for timely completion of all the repair and renovation works so that the move employees may not have to face any inconvenience.

 

Pandita bags NHERDO's prestigious award

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Vinod K Pandita resident of Subash Nagar, Jammu and alumni of DBN Vidya Mandir , currently based at Gurgaon Haryana has received prestigious National award from National Education and Human Development Organization (NHERDO) Mumbai for his individual contribution in national growth and recognition of his excellence in the field of quality and training. NEHRDO is an autonomous body of Government of India, which confers these awards every year for encouraging and recognizing quality bands and people who have contributed in effective ways in the business, social and cultural domains.

Mr Pandita a first class Industrial Production Engineering graduate and a certified professional in the field of Strategy, Quality Assurance, International standards, Occupational Health & Safety, human Resources and Lean Management is leading a management consulting firm under the name Perception Management Consulting Pvt Ltd as its Managing Director and principal consultant.

 

No package minus homeland will be acceptable: PK

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Panun Kashmir (PK) in its meeting here today under the chairmanship of Kuldeep Raina its general secretary said that return package minus carving out of separate homeland for the minority Pandits as per the Margdarshan resolution of 1991 was not acceptable to it.

The meeting said that PK is committed to establishment of separate homeland for Kashmiri Hindus in the Valley, comprising the regions of the Valley to the East and North of river Jehlum where the Constitution of India is applied in letter and spirit and where there are no barriers of Article 370 in order to ensure right to life, liberty, freedom of expression, faith, equality and rule of law.

Mr Raina in his address while appealing the community to accelerate the struggle for the homeland said that Pandits will not return to Valley at mercy of majority community and they want to lead an independent life as patriotic Indians free from any threat and fear.

He said that the homeland be placed under Central administration with UT status till it evolves its won economic and political infrastructure.

He said all the seven lakh Kashmiri Hindus including those who have been driven out of Kashmir in the past and yearn to return to their homeland and those who were forced to leave on account of the terrorist violence in Kashmir be settled in homeland on equitable basis with dignity and honour.

The meeting also chalked out the programme for celebrating the Homeland Day falling on December 28.

Pt O N Trisal, veteran freedom fighter and member Advisory Committee PK exhorted the entire KP community to reinforce their strength for nationalistic cause by taking PK's movement to its logical conclusion.

D K Kaul, Rajesh Bhagati, S K Gadoo, Sunil Raina, Chand Ji Pandita, M K Dhar, Ajay Khosa, Bal Ji Marhatta , Satish Sher, Prof M L Tiku, B L Koul and Pran Raina were among others who attended the meeting.

 

Vigilance Awareness Week gets underway at Power Grid

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Power Grid Corporation of India is observing Vigilance Awareness Week from October 29 to November 2 in its all offices falling under Northern Region Transmission System-II.

During the Vigilance Awareness Week, several programmes are being organized in various schools apart from site offices for creating awareness among the employees and their family members highlighting evils of corruption and its impact on our society.

On the first day of the week, at its NRTS-II Regional Headquaters, Jammu pledge was administered to all its employees by the Executive Director, S.C.Singh. Messages of President of India, Vice President of India and Prime Minister of India were read out by K.R.Suri, General Manager (O&M), S K Sharma, General Manager (Projects) and Sunil Agarwal, General Manager (PSTCL) respectively. Message of Central Vigilance Commissioner, Pradeep Kumar, Vigilance Commissioners R.Sri Kumar and J.M.Garg was read out by DGM Vigilance Paramjit Singh.

Today at its Regional Headquarters , Jammu Vendors meet was organized to sensitize various them about the some of the common issues that haunt the vendors during construction and operation of transmission system. Senior executives of all the major vendors of Power Grid who are associated with its various projects attended the meet. Prominent among those companies that attended the meet are KEC, L&T, EMCO, RS Gill & Company, GET, Siemens, TATA Projects, Aster, Paramjit Singh, DGM(Vigilance) welcomed all the participants. He appraised them of the steps being taken by Government of India and CVC in eradication of the menace of Corruption in our country. He also highlighted the efforts of Power Grid in this direction. Which include the process on-line inspections.

 

DDC inaugurates NABARD office

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Oct 30: With the focus to speed up the development of Agriculture and Rural Sector in the District, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) today established its Office -cum- Residence of District Development Manager NABARD that was inaugurated by District Development Commissioner (DDC) Doda Farooq Ahmed Khan.

Chief Planning Officer Doda Dr. Yassir Balwan, General Manager NABARD J&K R.V Sharma, District Development Manager (DDM) NABARD Rajesh Kumar Badyal, Lead District Manager SBI Doda I.B Sharma, GM DIC Doda D.S Katoch and Director R-SETI Doda besides other officers, heads of banking and insurance sector, Sarpanchs, NGO members and Self Help Group members also attended the function.

While speaking on the occasion DDM NABARD Badyal apprised the gathering about the role of DDM in credit planning, monitoring and coordination with other departments for development of Agriculture and Rural sectors in the district. He revealed that for the promotion and development of women folk in the district NABARD has launched a scheme for promotion of Women Self Help Groups and so far 150 Women Self Help Groups have been formed in the district and saving linked with the banks.

 

KPC reiterates demand

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Reiterating its demand for carving out of Kashyap State for rehabilitation of displaced Pandits, Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) today said that the ground situation was not conducive for the return of the displaced members of minority community back to Valley.

In a statement issued here today KPC chief Kundan Kashmiri said that the Government should provide the benefits of PM’s package to the dispalced people at their present places of settlement.

He criticized the Government for further delaying the enhancement of cash relief and said this way the agitating relief holders have been totally betrayed. The enhancement of relief should have been a priority for the Government in view of the increase in price index. He said the clubbing of relief with return package is that both Centre and State Governments are adopting delaying tactics on the issue.

Kashmiri said that displaced KPs do not want to return under the prevailing circumstances in the Valley and KPC is for carving out of Kashyp State where the writ on Indian Constitution runs large.

Warning agitation in case enhancement of relief was further delayed, he sought immediate intervention of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah in the matter.

Meanwhile, the agitating relief holders of Jagti led by Ajay Bhat have convened a meeting of all KP organizational heads and relief holders at in the township tomorrow to discuss the future strategy.

Mr Bhat in a statement said that Government should give time frame by which the relief is enhanced and avoid delaying tactics.

 

4 gamblers held

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Police today arrested four gamblers and recovered Rs 9,700 bet money and play cards from them.

As per reports, on specific inputs, police party from Reasi Police Station led by SHO Jatinder Singh Sambyal, arrested four gamblers identified as Keval Krishan, son of Tej Ram of Reasi, Ashwani Kumar and Ravi Kumar, sons of Mansa Ram of Aghar Ballian, Reasi and Sat Pal, son of Kripa Ram of Nai Basti, Reasi, were arrested. Bet money of Rs 9,700 and play cards were recovered from them from the spot, he added.

A case has been registered at Reasi Police Station and investigation started.

 

Edu-cum-Motivational tour flagged in

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: An Educational–cum Motivational tour comprising 23 students and two teachers hailing from remote areas of Akhnoor district to Delhi, Agra and Indore (Mhow), was flagged in by the Commander, Bawan Brigade in an impressive ceremony held at Pallanwala, today.

The aim of the tour was to give an exposure to young children about developments taking place in rest of the country and to introduce them to the diverse culture, people and landscapes of our nation.

During the tour, the students got an opportunity to visit various places of historical, cultural and motivational interests, like India Gate, Metro Rail, Malls in Delhi and Gurgaon, Taj Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, Agra Fort, Chisti’s Daulah’s Tomb, Dayal Bagh University and Sikandra in Agra. In Indore, they visited Mahindra Two Wheelers Factory, Infantry School Mhow, Army War College, Devi Ahila Bai University, Rajwada (Old Palace), Kanch Mandir, Chhatri Bagh, Bada Ganapati and Omkareshwar Mandir.

 

SC/ST Corpn holds welfare camps

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: J&K SC, ST and BC Development Corporation today organized awareness camps at Valmiki Mandir, Dogra Hall and Resham Ghar Colony on the occasion of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti.

The camps were organized in collaboration with National Safai Karamcharis Finance and Development Corporation, New Delhi to educate the target group people to avail benefits of various schemes launched for their welfare by the Government of India.

The Divisional Manager Jammu of the Corporation highlighted schemes/objectives of the Corporation and impressed upon the target group people to avail maximum benefits of the welfare schemes.

 

Cong MLA assures empowerment of women

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Oct 30: State president of Mahila Congress and MLA, Indu Pawar has said that only Congress can ensure empowerment of women.

Addressing public meetings at several places in district Udhampur today, the Congress leader said that Congress was committed for the empowerment of women in the State. She said Congress party exerted pressure for seeking women empowerment by providing reservation to them and other classes in the Panchayats and Block Development Councils.

She asked the women to come forward and take active part in political activities. The MLA further asked the women workers of the party to take full benefit of the schemes meant for them. She claimed that only Congress party can provide them empowerment in all the fields. Ms Pawar was accompanied by State secretary Chanchal Popli and Taro Devi, district president, Udhampur of the party.

 

Bania Super Market files affidavit before LMD

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Bania Super Market, which was booked yesterday for deceiving tourist, today filed an application before the Legal Metrology Department mentioning that it will start rectification of MRP packaging date within two days.

Official sources said that Madan Lal Aggarwal, owner of the Bania Super Market at Raghunath Bazar has filed an affidavit before the Legal Metrology Department mentioning that he will start rectification of the MRP stickers and other irregularities within two days with prior information to the department.

Accordingly, the Legal Metrology Department conceded his request and accorded him time to mend his ways. He would be allowed to make sales of the goods only after an Inspector of the Legal Metrology Department inspects the products, sources said while disclosing that a fine of Rs 15,000 has already been imposed on Madan Lal Aggarwal for indulging in illegal activities.

 

Non-bailable warrant against SHO

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Chief Judicial Magistrate, Poonch has issued non-bailable warrants against the then SHO Police Station Poonch.

According to the details of the case, a civil suit titled Bhopinder Singh Versus Chaman Lal Verma and Others was filed in the Court of Sub-Judge Poonch in which Court granted order for maintaining status quo by the parties with regard to suit property.

The Court directed the then SHO Police Station Poonch, S S Bloria to implement the order but the SHO didn’t comply the same.

Accordingly, an application for initiating contempt proceedings was filed by the applicant and the SHO attended the court on January 16, 2012. After that the hearings were fixed a number of times but the SHO didn’t attend the court.

On August 25, 2012, the Court issued non-bailable warrants against SHO through DIG Udhampur-Reasi Range but the warrant was not executed. On September 19, 2012 again non-bailable warrant through SSP Reasi was issued against the SHO but again the order was not complied.

Now, the Court has once again issued non-bailable warrants through SSP Reasi for securing the presence of SHO on next date of hearing—November 22, 2012.Housing Board removes encroachments

 

Housing Board removes encroachments

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Khilafwarzi Wing of J&K Housing Board today removed encroachments in Channi Himmat.

As per handout issued, plinth encroaching nallah and land of Housing Board opposite Plot No 372 Sector No 1 Housing Colony, Channi Himmat was demolished by Khilafwarzi Wing, J&K Housing Board.

The encroachment was demolished under the control of Naib Tehsildar, J&K Housing Board, Sat Pal Sharma, under the direction of its Managing Director, Kiran Wattal.

The wing warned the encroachers and violators not to indulge in violations of Laws, adding that Gandhi Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Channi Himmat, Channi Rama and Patoli are residential colonies and no commercial construction will be allowed.

 

Devotional CD 'Tu Hi Tu' released

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Devotional CD with 11 songs including two songs dedicated to sisters and one to all mothers "Tu Hi Tu" was released here today.

The CD was released by Actor and Singer Rajinder Ricky in presence of other contributors of the album.

Talking to media, Rajinder Ricky informed that devotional album comprises of 11 songs, in which two tracks were dedicated to all the sisters in the world and one to all the mothers.

Ricky said that the songs were recorded at RR Arts Studio at Mumbai and Rajwinder Singh, brother of famous Bollywood Playback singer Sukhwiner Singh, has created the music of the album.

"The lyrics has been done by Nimma Gurwali, Sheetal Kavi and Rajinder Ricky, whereas, the producer of the CD is Smita S", he added.

He said that Ravi and Sonu Sultan recorded the sound, audio mastering by Ravi Janotra and video director was Suraj Bhardwaj.

 

AJKLTF protest rally on Nov 5

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: All Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers’ Federation has appealed the teacher community of the State to participate in large number in the protest rally to be taken out by SGEJAC on November 5, 2012 in support of their demands.

The meeting of the federation, which held here today under the chairmanship of its president, Bushan S Verma and convener, Maheshwar Parsad, requested the teachers to assemble at Press Club here at 10 am sharp to take out the protest rally towards Secretariat.

Earlier in the meeting, various speakers highlighted the demands of the federation, which included release of 6th Pay Commission arrears of State Government employees in two installments, enhancement of Medical Allowance to Rs 1000 per month, filling up of vacant posts in all departments to facilitate the general public, earned leave in favour of vocational staff in Education Department, regularization of all adhoc, contractual and daily rated workers in all the State Departments and release of salary grants half yearly to provide salary in time to employees.

Mohan Singh, Prem Sharma, Prem Singh, Ravinder Verma, Chain Singh, Mohd Qasim, Gulzar Hussain and many others participated in the meeting.



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