Mob forces KP leaders to beat hasty retreat
Jagti inmates turn violent, resort to stone pelting against power crisis, deteriorating condition of fasting youth

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: The displaced Pandits today clashed with police and resorted to stone pelting in protest against the failure of the authorities to......more

Omar approves Bio-medical Waste Management Projects

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 3: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has given go ahead to the establishment of two Bio-medical Waste Management Projects one each at Jammu and ....more

Protest, theft rock GMC Hospital
Panels to submit report in 3 days

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Protest rocked Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where a middle aged man died, due to the negligence of the doctors, here today.....more

PDP will turn Kashmir into island of peace: Mufti

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 3: Stating that his party has played a historical role in restoring peace in the Indian Sub-Continent with its agenda of peace and reconciliation, ...more

Rape accused acquitted of charges as prosecution fails to produce evidence

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Sessions Judge Kathua, M K Hanjura has acquitted the rape accused after nine years long investigation and ..more

DB directs State to frame committee to scrutinize ST certificates

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: In a significant judgment, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Virender Singh and Justice Hasnain Massodi has directed the State to set-up Scrutiny Committee at Division/District Level to scrutinize the social status certificate (Reserved Category Certificates)......more

Gupta asks Cong to come out clean on interlocutors' report

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: The former Union Minister and MLA, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta has asked the Congress to come out in clear cut terms about their stand regarding the highly controversial report of the interlocutors as also that of the Sageer Committee, which are the babies of the UPA Government at the Centre...more

People lodge protest with Adm
2 Budhal villages without electricity

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 3: The residents from two villages in Budhal area, which are yet to be electrified by the Government, today lodged strong protest with the Tehsildar Kotranka and demanded that these neglected areas should also be given attention.,,..more

     
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Mob forces KP leaders to beat hasty retreat
Jagti inmates turn violent, resort to stone pelting against power crisis, deteriorating condition of fasting youth

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: The displaced Pandits today clashed with police and resorted to stone pelting in protest against the failure of the authorities to provide medicare to the three youth who were sitting on fast unto death for last three days after their condition deteriorated this morning and against the enforcement of night long power cuts in the township.

The panic gripped the entire Jagti township this morning and all inmates rushed towards the dharna site when the news spread that the condition of one of the youth Sunil Pandita who was sitting on fast for last three days deteriorated. The people shifted all the three to local Health Centre for immediate medical aid to them. The protestors raising slogans against the Government and Relief Organisation held them responsible for the present plight of the displaced people in general and Jagti township inmates in particular.

The protestors resorted to stone pelting and also protested against the police. They alleged that one cop made an unprovoked remark against them. The situation went out of control for some time and the protesting mob also targeted a vehicle of Relief Organization and it suffered minor damage in stone pelting.

The Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner, R K Pandita who along with other officers of his organisation reached the spot has also to face the public ire and he was ghearoed by the mob for some time. His pleas to pacify the agitating mob failed to yield results and protesting mob demanded immediate restoration power supply to the camp and a time frame by which the relief will be announced.

Though the authorities tried a hard to shift the fasting youth to GMC Hospital Jammu but hundreds of protestors continued to ghearo the health center and did not allow them to shift the youth.

The Relief Commissioner along with other officers DySP and SHO Nagrota were camping in the township upto late night to solve the impasse. However the camp inmates remained adamant on their one point agenda.

The three youth Ajay Bhat, Sunil Pandita and Rajinder Pandita who were on fast unto death were administered glucose in the hospital. However the condition of the two youth is stated to be serious.

The tempers ran so high that the leaders of various political parties and KP organizations have to beat a hasty retreat as mob protested against their entry in the township and alleged that they failed to settle their problems.

The protestors alleged that the Jagti lacks basic amenities as the inmates of the township are facing total power cut during the night hours and despite the repeated pleas to the authorities no steps have been taken to improve the power supply in the township forcing the people to come to streets.

They also accused the Government of misleading the community on the enhancement of relief and said the promises and assurances given by the Government have proved hollow.

He said if the Government was not in a position to provide the basic amenities to the migrants at Jagti why they shifted us from erstwhile camps as after shifting to Jagti the problems of the community compounded.

However the power supply was later restored after the issue was taken up by Relief Commissioner with Divisional Commissioner Jammu and Relief and Revenue Minister, Raman Bhalla.

Mr Bhalla when contacted said that he took up the issue with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and sought his immediate intervention in settling the electricity problem of the Jagti township once for all.

Mr Bhalla said that he will take up the matter in next cabinet meeting also so that the problem is settled and the camp inmates of Jagti are relieved of the hardships. The Power problems is every where in Jammu region. However no night cut will be enforced on Jagti township, he added.

He said the CM agreed to provide power supply at Jagti as per previous conditions.

Panun Kashmir convener Dr Agnishekhar and Panun Kashmir general secretary Kuldeep Raina have stongly condemned the Govt attitude toward the relief holder and role of administration who failed in solving the problem of migrants who are on peaceful agitation.

Omar approves Bio-medical Waste Management Projects

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 3: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has given go ahead to the establishment of two Bio-medical Waste Management Projects one each at Jammu and Srinagar with the directions for setting up of facilities of incinerators at Leh, Kargil, Doda and Poonch.

Approving the proposal involving on expenditure of about Rs 7.40 crore for the creation of this facility to cater to the bio-medical waste generated in various Government and private hospitals in the State, the Chief Minister said that the identification of feasible sites for establishment of Bio-medical Waste Projects should be time-lined to start the construction work.

The Chief Minister directed for factoring in the Pollution Control Board in the task of identification of the land for the purpose. He asked the Health Department to formulate a team of officers from Health, Revenue and Pollution Control Departments for identifying the land and certifying its feasibility for construction of Bio-Medical Waste Projects.

The Chief Minister was chairing a high level meeting in which the proposals to this effect were discussed in detail.

The Chief Secretary Madhav Lal, Principal Secretary Planning and Development B.B. Vyas, Principal Secretary Housing Suresh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, District Development Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal and Directors of Health services Kashmir and Jammu, VC SDA, Commissioner SMC were present besides other senior officers.

Each proposed Medical Waste Management Project world cater to the disposal of waste products generated in hospitals within 150 kms radius in the cities of Srinagar and Jammu while the incinerators are designed to take care of the waste products generated in health units in the far off and interior areas of the Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Kishtwar, Leh and Kargil.

Underlining the importance of proper and hygienic disposal of bio-medical waste generated in various health units and hospitals in the State both in Government and private sector, the Chief Minister said that a well managed and coordinated bio-waste management facility is need of the hour. He asked the concerned departments to finalize the strategy in this regard and timeline all aspect so that work on establishment of these units takes place as early as possible.

The Chief Minister said that proper management of bio-medical waste generated by hospitals and health units in the State should be thrust area for Health and Medical Education Department ensuring that the disposal takes place in scientific and requisite manner in all health units functioning in the public and private sector.

Protest, theft rock GMC Hospital Panels to
submit report in 3 days

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Protest rocked Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where a middle aged man died, due to the negligence of the doctors, here today.

The family members and the relatives of one Balwant Raj Sharma, son of Ram Krishan, resident of Talab Tillo, staged protest demonstration in front of the mortuary of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), against the hospital administration.

They said that after road accident at Paloura, Balwant and his friend were rushed to GMC Hospital, but due to the negligence of the doctors, Balwant died.

They said that the Government makes tall claims, that health institutions in the State are functioning smoothly and all facilities are being provided to the people, but at the ground level, Government and the GMC Hospital administration have failed to take care of the patients.

They said that, the attendants along with duo approached doctors several times, but their negligence led to the death of Balwant.

"No senior doctor is available in GMC Hospital and only the PG students are seen examining the patients", the irate relatives of Balwant alleged.

After the intervention of the hospital administration and police, the mob dispersed.

Principal, GMC Hospital, Dr Anees Choudhary, when contacted told Excelsior that, they have constituted a three member Doctors committee, which will probe into the allegations made by the relatives of the Balwant Sharma regarding negligence by doctors.

The doctors in the committee are Dr Tariq Azad, Prof, Surgery, Dr Anil Gupta, HoD, Orthopedics and Dr Manoj Chalotra, Medical Superintendent, GMC Hospital, Dr Choudhary, said, adding, that they will submit their report in next three days.

He added that a board was also constituted to conduct the postmortem including Dr Rakesh Saraf, HoD Surgery, Dr KK Koul, HoD Pathology and Dr Bhupesh Khajuria, HoD Forensic Medicines.

When contacted, Police said that Balwant and his friend Rajesh Sharma, son of Sarda Ram of Talab Tillo, were injured in a road accident, when the motorcycle they were riding, was hit by an unknown vehicle, near Paloura area, under the jurisdiction of Domana police station.

He said that the duo were rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where Balwant succumbed to his injuries and the other was undergoing treatment.

The body was handed over to legal heirs after completion of the legal formalities, while, a case has been registered and investigation started.

In another incident, microscopes were stolen from the Psychology Department of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), which has become a question mark on the security of the equipments in the hospital.

Sources said that nearly 22 microscopes have been stolen from the Psychology Department of the Hospital, during the intervening night of September 2 and 3.

Dr Anees Choudhary, Principal, GMC Hospital, told that a penal of doctors including Dr Sunanda Raina, HoD, Anatomy Department, Dr Neeru Gupta, HoD Psychology and Dr Rakesh Bhel, Asstt Prof, Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) Departments, have been constituted to look into the matter and submit the report, within three days.

"We have also filed a case with Police Post Government Medical Colleges and Hospital (GMCH)", Dr Choudhary added.

PDP will turn Kashmir into island of peace: Mufti

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 3: Stating that his party has played a historical role in restoring peace in the Indian Sub-Continent with its agenda of peace and reconciliation, Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said his party's pro people policies have yielded encouraging results.

Sayeed said PDP would continue to pursue its visionary agenda to change destiny of the people and also to make Jammu and Kashmir an Island of peace. "Although we had only 16 members in our kitty but it was result of our convictions that we convinced successive regimes at Delhi to take some bold decisions to restore peace in this region especially to improve relations with Pakistan," he said in a function where in Javed Ahmad Mirchal, a noted social and political activist from Karnah joined PDP.

The PDP patron said his party had scripted a new chapter of peace and development in the State. He said that July 28, 1999 was landmark in the political history of Jammu and Kashmir because PDP was formed on that very day and this party has revived people's faith in the democratic institutions. "It was PDP that restored peoples' faith in democracy through fairness and transparency in its governance," he remarked.

Besides, Sayeed, party president Mehbooba Mufti, party senior leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig welcomed the new entrant into the party fold, saying that his joining will add colours to the party activities in North Kashmir.

"It is our pragmatic approach and political agenda which attracts people to our party fold. We are committed to a holistic development of the entire State especially its far flung areas which have sofar been neglected in every respect," Sayeed said.

On this occasion, Mirchal who contested 2008 Assembly elections, observed that he was motivated by the PDP's pro people agenda especially its three year performance and its political vision for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

Rape accused acquitted of charges as
prosecution fails to produce evidence

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Sessions Judge Kathua, M K Hanjura has acquitted the rape accused after nine years long investigation and trial as the prosecution failed to produce the evidence in support of the charges.

According to the police case, on October 5, 2003, the prosecutrix namely Sita Devi, wife of Amro of Chappri Malhar, tehsil Billawar, was cooking food in her house when the accused Subash, son of Gopalu of Machedi barged into her house, caught hold of her, stripped her and assaulted her sexually.

When she raised hue and cry, Satpal, Paras Ram and others rushed to scene of occurrence and saved her from the accused. Later, the prosecutrix informed the police about the incident and accordingly a case under Sections 376 and 452 RPC was registered against the accused at Police Station Billawar and investigation started.

On the completion of the investigation, charge sheet for the commission of offences under Section 376/452 RPC was preferred in the Court of Judicial Magistrate, Billawar against the accused and Judicial Magistrate committed the case to Sessions Court in terms of Section 205 D of CrPC.

After hearing arguments of both the sides and considering the material on record, the Sessions Judge, M K Hanjura observed, "the evidence on record substantiates that the prosecutrix was a consenting party. No credence can be lend to the prosecution case which appears to be devoid of truth and without any merit", adding "it appears that when the husband of prosecutrix came to know about the occurrence she was terrified and to save her skin she gave a different color to the entire story".

"In her statement the prosecutrix has stated that she doesn’t know the accused. How did she then come to know about the identity of the accused is a mystery that has not been unraveled by the prosecution", the Court said, adding "none of the witnesses have stated that they saw the accused committing the crime. Under these circumstances the nexus of the accused with the commission of crime is missing".

The Sessions Judge further observed, "there is evidence on record that the accused, the husband of the prosecutrix and prosecution witness Satpal have been litigating with each other over a piece of land for the last eight years which indicates that they have animosity with each other as such the chance of the false implication of the accused in a row cannot be ruled out".

"There is considerable weight and force in the argument that the prosecutrix was a consenting party. The evidence on record supports it. The prosecutrix has herself destroyed the prosecution edifice", the Court said, adding "the judicial process cannot be issued in the case where there is no satisfactory evidence to connect the accused with the commission of crime".

With these observations, the Sessions Judge acquitted the accused of the charges leveled against him.

DB directs State to frame committee to
scrutinize ST certificates

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: In a significant judgment, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice Virender Singh and Justice Hasnain Massodi has directed the State to set-up Scrutiny Committee at Division/District Level to scrutinize the social status certificate (Reserved Category Certificates).

These directions were passed in a PIL filed by Anwar Choudhary, a Gujjar leader and practicing lawyer, seeking directions to the State to constitute committee to scrutinize social status certificates particularly Scheduled Tribe Certificates issued from 1991 onwards and to constitute a District Level Scrutiny Committee as per the directions of the Supreme Court in case titled Kumari Madhuri Patil and Another Versus Additional Commission Tribal Development and Others.

Advocate Shah Mohd Choudhary appearing for the PIL submitted that in rest of the country the beneficiaries of fraudulent certificates have been detected. On other hand, Senior AAG Gagan Basotra fairly stated that no scrutiny committee has been constituted by the State and if there are complaints regarding the issuance of Social Status Certificates the same are referred to Social Welfare Department for further action. He assured the Court that a Scrutiny Committee will be constituted at the earliest strictly as per the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court.

While expressing concern over the prolonged delay in the constitution of scrutiny committee, the Division Bench disposed of the PIL with the directions to the State to bring the mechanism under the Reservation Act and Rules for grant/ issuance of Reserved Category Certificates at par with the directions of the Supreme Court so that all the chances of any mal-practice at the stage of grant/ issuance of certificates are excluded.

The DB also directed the setting-up of Scrutiny Committee at Division/District Level to scrutinize the certificates already issued and fixed six months time to comply with the directions.

Gupta asks Cong to come out clean on interlocutors' report

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: The former Union Minister and MLA, Prof Chaman Lal Gupta has asked the Congress to come out in clear cut terms about their stand regarding the highly controversial report of the interlocutors as also that of the Sageer Committee, which are the babies of the UPA Government at the Centre.

He has also sought an explanation both from New Delhi as also the State Government to tell the people that who is funding the activities of these "Wisemen" after submission of their report and also their locus standi in enjoying the Government hospitality when they had completed their task several months back.

Prof Gupta said that in the reports of the interlocutors and that of the Sageer Committee attempts have been made to create uncertainty even on those issues which have been settled long back. These also include the abolishing of the permit system, change of the nomenclatures of that of Sader-e-Riyasat to Governor and Prime Minister to Chief Minister of the State, in addition to provisions for extension of the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, Election Commission of India and also that of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India by seeking the reviewing of all other articles and Central laws which were applied to J&K after 1953. Moreover, an attempt is being made to make Article 370 a permanent feature although it was incorporated in the Statue Book as a Temporary Provision with assurance that it would wither away with the passage of time.

Prof Gupta pointed out that earlier also several such like Commissions and Committees were appointed. These also included the Gagandav-Gadkar Commission on regional imbalances, Sikiri Commission, Wazir Commission and several such like others but recommendations of all these Commissions and Committees were put under the carpet as they were not to the liking of the rulers of Kashmir.

But it was strange that lot of fuss is being created on the highly controversial recommendations of "Wisemen" and that of Sageer Committee, he added and warned that nationalist people of the State would not allow to weaken the ties of this State with the rest of the country to appease the elements infected by the obnoxious Two Nations Theory of late Jinnah. Already much harm has been done and there have been lot of sufferings and losses but for follies of the congress leadership and communal mindset of their fellow travelers, he pointed out.

People lodge protest with Adm
2 Budhal villages without electricity

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 3: The residents from two villages in Budhal area, which are yet to be electrified by the Government, today lodged strong protest with the Tehsildar Kotranka and demanded that these neglected areas should also be given attention.

Led by the Sarpanch, Chain Singh of the area, these villagers from Sadda and Mangote after covering nearly 16 kms on foot and some distance by bus, reached the office of Tehsildar Kotranka today and lodged their strong protest. The Sarpanch said that during last 65 years of Independence, the Government and concerned MLAs have failed to provide electricity to the people of this area.

Sarpanch said not only electricity, even the Government has failed to provide kerosene oil to the hapless villagers from this remote belt of district Rajouri. The villagers after trekking down 16 kms on-foot come for taking ration and K.oil instead of 5 lt per month, they are provided hardly 3 lt a month per ration card and even sometimes they go back high and dry. The Kerosene oil is black-marketed and there is no check on K.oil dealers of the area by the CAPD officials. The children are unable to study during nights as they cannot get enough fuel for kerosene-lamps.

The village head demanded that these villagers be provided at least 7 lt K.oil every month and enough supply of ration. He strongly demanded road connectivity and electricity in the area besides filling up of vacant posts of teachers at local schools.

27 PoK guests arrive

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 3: Twenty seven guests from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) were among 58 people who crossed sides at Kaman post, the last Indian military post on the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector this afternoon.

Official sources said that 27 PoK residents arrived at Kaman post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge on LoC to meet their relatives separated in 1947.

They included 12 women and a child, they said.

Sources said 21 Kashmiri, including seven women and five children, who had gone to PoK in previous buses, also returned to their homes after completing stay across the LoC.

Nine residents of Kashmir, including two women and as many children crossed to PoK to meet their relatives.

A PoK resident who completed his stay in Kashmir also returned to his home.

Sagar asks students to incalculate scientific temper

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 3 : Minister for Rural Development, Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar has asked the students to incalculate the scientific temper and prepare for competitions at national and international level.

The Minister was speaking after inaugurating the two days district level Science Exhibition Inspire Award Schemes 2012-13 organized by the District Institute of Education and Trainings (DIET). Around 400 scientific models made by the students of different schools of the district were showcased.

Secretary Education, Farooq Ahmed Faktoo, Director School Education, Mohammad Shafi Rather and other senior officers of Education Department were present.

The Minister urged upon the students to devote their time to education besides taking up extra circular activities which would result in making them perfect citizens for the future. "Students are the future of every nation and it is endeavour of the Government to provide every possible facility to them so that their skills get polished and they can compete at various levels and bring laurels to their State", he maintained.

Mr. Sagar also complemented the organizers for conducting such types of events as they would go a long way in providing the much required platform to the young scientific minds to showcase their talent besides competing at the national and international level.

Malik far speedy land acquisition under new colleges

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Minister for Higher Education, Labour and Employment Abdul Gani Malik today asked the concerned authorities to expedite the process of land acquisition for construction of new Government degree colleges sanctioned for Jammu division.

The Minister was addressing a meeting of Principals of various degree colleges of Jammu division at Government college for Women Parade today.

Secretary Higher Education Gazanffer Hussain, Special Secretary Higher Education Hemant Kumar Sharma, Director Colleges Prof. Nalni Kohli, Joint Director Planning, Ishfaq Ahmad and Dean College Development Council University of Jammu and officers of R&B and JKPCC attended the meeting.

Mr Malik took a detailed review of the issues pertaining to land acquisition, ongoing works in various colleges, status of construction of new colleges being set up under PMRP, MHRD and UGC funding. He was also apprised of performance and achievements of the institutions and introduction of new courses in the colleges.

The Minister said that land acquisition process is a vital component in implementation and success of any project so need to be tackled in a most efficient manner. He asked the concerned to ensure speedy disposal of all land acquisition issues which are impeding the construction of these colleges. He stressed the need of exploring possibilities for introducing new courses in the colleges having scope in the world of profession.

He said all efforts are being made to improve and upgrade the higher education for students in the state with special focus on far flung areas and unattended areas. In this regard, various new colleges have been set up besides introduction of several new job oriented courses as per need and potential of the students.

Shabir reviews stock, supply position of ration

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: The Minister of State for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Power, Shabir Ahmed Khan today asked the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CA&PD) to involve the Panchayat Representatives (PRs) to streamline the public distribution system and put in place effective measures to enforce consumer protection laws in rural areas

The Minister was speaking at a meeting convened to review the stock and supply position, besides the quality of food grains being supplied to areas of Jammu province, here today at Civil Secretariat.

While reviewing the supply position of ration, LPG and Kerosene Oil particularly to far-off and rural pockets, the Minister directed the CA&PD to ensure that people get timely and best quality ration. He also directed for proper regulation of LPG and Kerosene Oil to the consumers in far-flung areas.

The Minister warned the officials against any lapse and made it clear that any inconvenience to the public will not be tolerated. He issued instructions to the concerned to take necessary steps to remove the bottlenecks, if any, to ensure uninterrupted supply and adequate stocking of food grains to every nook and corner of the region.

To cater to the need of ration under BPL and APL, especially to the nomads, the Minister directed the officers to issue fresh ration cards after proper verification by concerned Tehsil Supply Officers.

The meeting informed that the Government of India has sanctioned special allocation for Kashmiri migrants, BPLs, orphan house, Gujjar and Bakerwal and registered hostels in Jammu region.

Mr Shabir apprised that the proposal for allocation of ration to the State as per the 2011 census was under active consideration of Government of India and it was expected that the scale of ration would be enhanced to meet the increased demand. He also impressed upon the officers to conduct frequent tour to their respective areas and personally monitor the ration supply to far-flung and remotest areas so that the poor people living in these areas get hassle free supply.

Regarding shortage of LPG in Surankote, Sunderbani and Batote, the Minister asked the Divisional Commissioner Jammu to hold meeting with the functionaries of the oil companies to sort out the issue at the earliest.

Whisking away patient in filmi style: GMC lodges FIR

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3 : In a bizarre incident, a patient admitted in Medical Unit-I of the Government Medical College Hospital was whisked away by some unknown person in a trolley stretcher and abandoned near the lift after snatching his medical record file.

Giving details of the incident, Incharge Principal, Govt. Medical College Jammu Dr. Aniece Chowdhary said that probe conducted into the episode revealed that the patient had been removed with malicious intentions to create panic and to malign the hospital.

The 'abandonment' of the patient was sensationalized as maltreatment meted out to him at the hospital, he maintained.

He said soon after the incident was reported, a committee comprising Dy Medical Superintendent, Officer Incharge Casualty and office Incharge Control Room/Sanitation was constituted to look into the matter immediately.

As per the report submitted by the committee, the unknown patient alongwith his treatment record was taken away by one person with dark complexion, wearing white clothes on trolley to the lift area in the corridor of Medical College Hospital. The committee observed that the suspicious person might have some vested interest to defame Medical College Hospital Jammu.

The Principal informed that the said patient was under treatment in MU-I under MRD NO: 633965, MLC No: 3987 since 27 August 2012 and has now been re-admitted in MU-III as the previous treatment record was not found with him, for which FIR has been lodged in Police Post Medical College Hospital Jammu.

"This act of some anti social element, trying to depict and allege therein that the patient was thrown by Govt. Medical College administration in the corridors of the Hospital is not only uncalled for but also intolerable. This is against norms and medical ethics", Dr Choudhry said.

The Principal appealed the common masses to remain vigilant against such miscreants and inform the Hospital Administration or Police Post immediately to identify such unwarranted elements.

Meanwhile, a show cause notices has also been served upon both the Medical Social Workers for dereliction of duty. Since the identity of the patient was unknown, he was being looked after by the Medical Social Workers.

Wani inaugurates NHRM 'Sammelan'

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Sept 3: Former minister and MLA Doda Abdul Majid Wani inaugurated National Health Mission 'Sammelan' at Town Hall here today.

The purpose of organizing this programme was to create awareness among the people of the area about various components of NRHM. Mr Wani was the chief guest of the function while Deputy Commissioner, Doda, Farooq Ahmed Khan was guest of honour. Chief Medical Officer, Doda Dr M I Zargar, Medical Superintendent District Hospital Doda Dr M F Bhat, District Social Welfare Officer Rakesh Kumar, Sarpanchs, Panchs and many prominent persons of the area were present on the occasion.

While addressing the gathering MLA Doda said that providing better healthcare facilities at the doorsteps of the people in rural area is the main objective of this mission. He impressed upon the health fraternity to work with a missionary zeal and underlined the importance of strengthening institution of ASHA workers. Mr Wani said Doda is remote and hilly district and many people live in far flung hilly areas. They are needed to be educated about the mission.

CMO Doda gave detailed presentation about the Mission and its various schemes. He educated people about 'Janani Suraksha Yojna' maternal health, child health, family planning, pre-natal determination tests, school health programme, immunization etc. He disclosed that there are many schemes including 'Maa Tujhe Salam' under which there are various incentives for pregnant women in Government health institutions like free and cashless delivery/ free cesarian section, free drugs and consumables, free diagnostics, free provision of blood transfusion, free transport from home to health institution and back home and free treatment of sick newborn till 30 days after birth. A cultural programme was also performed by students of AMT school Doda on the occasion.

Protesting taxi operators submit memo to Govt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir Taxi Union, the protesting taxi operators today submitted a memorandum to the Government representatives here.

The taxi operators today took out a protest rally against the launch of Radio Taxies in Srinagar and were demanding immediate cancellation of the service.

The operators alleged that the contract of mobile taxies has been sanctioned to some of the blue eyed in the Government to benefit them.

"The Government should have at least consulted us before launching mobile taxies in the State," Inderjeet Sharma, a union leader stated.

He said the fare fixed per kilometre for radio taxies is much higher as compared to the normal taxis operating in the State adding, "we went to Srinagar to meet the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah but he was not available".

"We approached the Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla and Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand here today and they have assured us that the issue will be raised in the cabinet meeting," Sharma said, adding that they had submitted a copy of memorandum to the Divisional Commissioner Jammu Pradeep Gupta and Inspector General of Police Dilbagh Singh.

He said the taxi operators from Kashmir also joined the protest today and if the Government fails to take some steps, they will go on strike.

Earlier in the morning, hundreds of taxi operators took out a protest rally, which culminated at Panjtirthi Chowk.

NC Govt failed to provide basic amenities, alleges ANC

JAMMU, Sept 3: Awami National Conference (ANC) in Jammu and Kashmir today alleged that the State Government has failed to provide basic amenities to the people.

"Omar Abdullah-led Government has proved to be a total failure in all aspects. It has even not provided basic amenities to the people of the State," ANC provincial president, Gian Singh told reporters here today.

This Government has failed to provide electricity, water and other basic amenities and people are reeling under complete darkness, Singh claimed.

The only agenda of National Conference is to stick to power by forging "convenient alliances", he said.

The ANC leader said that NC and Congress had sought votes for addressing the issues of governance and development but have considerably failed in addressing genuine demands of the people. (PTI)

VRS given SRTC workers demand 6th Pay Comm arrears

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: All J&K SRTC Volunteer Retirement Employees Association has expressed gratitude to the State Finance Department for issuing an order on August 28, regarding release of 6th Pay Commission arreas of Public Sector Undertakings.

Addressing a press conference here today, president of the Association Dev Raj Bali said that nearly 800 employees of SRTC who were accorded VRS extend gratitude to the Government for issuing Order No. A/Misc(2012)-P-1038 dated 28-8-2012, concerning release of 6th Pay Commission arrears of Public Sector Undertakings.

Mr Bali said now these VRS given employees have high hopes from the SRTC management regarding release of their pending 6th Pay Commission arrears. He urged upon the MD SRTC to implement this order. It was also announced during meeting on April 10 this year that Corporation was earning good profit. Therefore, the Management must take initiative to release the Pay Commissioner arrears of VRS/GHS and normally retired employees of the SRTC. Surinder Singh also spoke in the conference.

Sadbhavna tours of Rajouri girls flagged off

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3 : An educational-cum-motivational tour for 23 girl students of far flung and remote areas of the Sunderbani tehsil of Rajouri District (Jammu & Kashmir) was organised by Kalidhar Brigade under the aegis of Crossed Swords Division.

The tour was flagged off by Maj Gen NPS Hira, General Officer Commanding, Crossed Swords Division at Akhnoor, today. While interacting with the touring students, Maj Gen Hira, said that "today's students are tomorrow's leaders. He said out of various projects conducted by Army under Operation Sadbhavana, the tours of children to various parts of India have a lasting impression on their mind. He also said that the girls of Sunderbani are going for such a tour for the first time."

The tour is spread over a period of 10 days from Sep 3 to Sep 12. During the tour, the students will visit cities of Agra and Mathura. The students will visit places of historical interest and national importance like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, ITC Maurya 5 Star Hotel, Jama Masjid, Krishna Janma Bhumi, Vrindavan, Mathura Oil Refinery, Mathura Museum and also interact with higher commanders of Army. The tour is aimed to broaden their horizons by witnessing the diverse cultures of various States, the technological and infrastructural advancement of the nation and to give wings to their dreams.

PEEU elects unit body

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: A meeting of Provincial Electrical Employees Union (PEEU) was held at Electric Division III, Janipur, Jammu wherein they unanimously constituted the unit body.

Under the chairmanship of P C Sharma, provincial president, the members elected were Deep Kumar Sharma as president, Heera Singh as vice president, Des Raj as general secretary, Ashok Kumar Padha as joint secretary, Sanjay Kumar Sharma as publicity secretary and Susheel Sehan as orgainser.

The other members are Susheel Sehan as orgainser, Rakesh Gandotra as finance secretary, Babu Ram, Someshwar Sharma, Vikram Singh and Puran Chand as executive members.

Mr Sharma said that his PEEU will do the best to overcome the grievances of the employees.

Tasleem's paper selected in New York's journal

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 3: A researcher and incharge Head of Department of Information Technology, Tasleem Arif, has brought laurels to the Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University as his research paper has been selected for publication in the International Journal of New York in America.

A research paper entitled 'Scientific Co-authroship Social Networks: A Case Study of Computer Science Scenario in India' has been selected for publication which is a landmark achievement for the researcher.

Arif has also been invited for second International Conference on Issues and Challenges in Networking, Intelligence and Computing Technologies (ICNICT-2012) by Krishna Institute of Engineering & Technology, Ghazibad, where he is going to present paper on September 7 on An Overview of Social Network Extraction Systems.

Senior Citizen Council discusses demands

Excelsior Correspondent

KISHTWAR, Sept 3: A meeting of Senior Citizen Council, Kishtwar was held under the chairmanship of its president Roshan Lal Parihar at Ashiana Orphanage Home here wherein a number of burning issues were discussed in length and breadth and the speakers showed their resentment against the Government for paying no heed to the issues confronting the common masses.

In the meeting, it was held that NH-1B from Malipeth to Sangrambhata on one side and upto Zelana on the other side was in dilapidated condition and this stretch of NH is considered the lifeline of district Kishtwar, but long traffic jamming on this road creates hurdles to every passerby and more specifically school, college and university going students at large.

Besides, several other issues were also discussed which pertained to drinking water crises and worsening hygienic condition in educational institutions and shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in hospital.

NSF protests against eve teasing, harassment of girl

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU Sept 3: A large number of National Secular Forum (NSF) activists today protested against the Police Department for their failure in providing security to the girl who has been teased and harassed by a mini bus driver, here.

Dr Vikas Sharma, president National Secular Forum has taken a strong note of the incident in which one of the girl of Women's college was teased and harassed by the mini bus driver in the heart of the city which made the girl to take extreme step of consuming poison.

Meanwhile, NSF has appealed to the Chief Minister to hold an enquiry into the incident.

Among others who where present in the protest included Surjit Choudhary, Sukhdev Singh, Ravi Choudhary, Chiman Singh, Balvir Kumar and Sunil Kumar.

NSUI demands implementation of RTE Act

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: National Students Union of India (NSUI) under the leadership of its State president Uday Bhanu Chib, took out a massive rally from MAM College to Jammu University.

The rally passed through the University Road and after taking the whole round of the varsity campus, culminated at Fountain Plaza.

The NSUI activists carrying banner were demanding implementation of RTE Act in J&K.

Uday Chib while addressing the gathering, urged the Government to implement RTE in the J&K on prioroty.

Feroz Khan, threw light on the benfits of the RTE Act.

Among others who spoke were Ajay Kumar, State genral secretary, Abhijot Singh, district coordinator Aman Thappa, Puneet Singh, Sunny Parhiar, MAM College president Amjad batt, Wazahid Shah, etc.

Investors protest, move to police for money

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 3: A large number of investors from Manjakot area of district Rajouri, who have invested their money in a private concern, Vikrant Finance Co. today lodged protest and then moved to district police for help.

These hapless villagers are moving from pillar to post to get their money back from the company. Today nearly 150 investors from this area first held protest demonstration here and then moved to senior police officials at the district headquarters for help. They narrated their woes and sought action against the company owners/ managers for duping them.

For the last nearly one week, the people from Rajouri area are staging protests and demanding money. The police has been going slow into the matter and only providing assurances to the investors regarding the recovery. The police said that they have summoned one of the owners of the company, Kewel Koul while two other partners, Rakesh Gupta and Ashwani Kumar are yet to be summoned for questioning in this regard.

It has been learnt that an amount of nearly Rs 10 crores has been invested by the people in the company and the investors are being denied their money.

270,000 SMEs register on Vodafone Drive
into the Big League - II

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Vodafone India Ltd., one of India's leading telecommunications service providers, has received a phenomenal response to the second season of Vodafone 'Drive into the Big League' program, as the much awaited annual property races toward the grand finale stage.

As the call for entries ended on Aug 30, 2012, Vodafone clocked in a record number of over 270,000 entries from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across India. The 'Vodafone India Drive into the Big League -II' contest is a one-of-its-kind initiative exclusively for SMEs (enterprises with turnover between Rs 10 crores and Rs 250 crores) in India, to win a once in a business' life-time opportunity of having their company logo placed on the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes cars that will race in the second season of Indian Grand Prix, slated for October 26-28, 2012.

Entries to Vodafone Drive into the Big League -II have come in from cities and towns across all states viz Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, J&K, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh among others. An interesting trend to note is that majority of the responses have been received from enterprises in the manufacturing sector followed by wholesale and retail trade.

Expressing great pleasure at the amazing response, Naveen Chopra, Director - Vodafone Business Services, said, "Vodafone Drive into Big League has been a great mutual enabler. As we have provided technology support to SMEs to be better equipped to deal with the future and grow, it has also helped us with a great window of business opportunities. Through this association, we would like our customers to absorb the twin messages of Speed and Superior technology- which are prime differentiators for Vodafone India", adds Naveen.

In the Build-up to the Grand Finale, the fastest growing enterprises over the last 2 - 3 years will be shortlisted from these entries for the qualifying rounds that will be held from Sept 7-13, 2012.

Girl sets herself ablaze, man commits suicide

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: A girl committed suicide by setting herself ablaze in Gangyal area, while, a man ended his life by consuming some poisonous substance at his residence at Roop nagar.

As per reports, Arti Devi, daughter of Dharam Singh of Reasi, at present, Gangyal, poured kerosene oil and set herself ablaze.

She was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where doctors pronounced her as brought dead.

The reason behind such extreme step could not be ascertained, while, a case has been registered and investigation started.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Kumar, son of Ashok Kumar of Roop Nagar allegedly consumed some poisonous substance at his residence, yesterday.

Noticing him unconscious, family members shifted him to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), where he failed to respond to the treatment and died today.

A case has been registered and investigation started to ascertain the reason.

A 65 years old woman and a teenager were injured in two separate road accidents at Vijaypur and Ramgarh, in district Samba.

Woman identified as Rakho Devi, wife of Chain Singh of Banva (Sumb), district Samba, was seriously injured after being hit by a bus (JKO2AF-6391), while crossing road at Vijaypur, whereas, 17 years old Ankush Sharma, son of Late Tara Chand of Gurwal was injured when his motorcycle collided with a school bus at Kamala Morh under the jurisdiction of Ramgarh police station.

Both the injured were shifted to Vijaypur hospital, from where they were later referred to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for specialized treatment.

Police prevents NYC Volunteers to protest, 12 arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

Police arrested around one dozen National Youth Corps (NYC) volunteers as they tried to move in the city centre and raise protest in support of their demands.

This morning a group of NYC volunteers assembled at the Press Enclave and raised slogans in support of their demands. The protesters urged the government to concede their demands including continuation in the government departments where the NYC volunteers are working as a support staff.

The NYC volunteers accused the state government of sitting over their demands and demanded their speedy redressal. The volunteers also said that they are discharging their duties in various departments with honesty sincerity. They wanted to move in the city centre in order to impress upon the government about their demands.

The police personnel present at the Press Enclave stopped the protesters and did not allow them to move further. When some of them offered resistance the police personnel bundled them in vehicles and took them to Kothi Bagh police station.

12 injured in accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 3: Twelve persons were injured in different road accidents across the Kashmir valley.

Reports said that a motor-cycle JK03C/6943 met with an accident at Hutmullah-Mattan near Mapple restaurant, resulting in injuries to Ubaid Nisar son of Nisar Ahmad Wani and Haziq Ahmad son of Abdul Rashid Wani resident of Sarnal Bala, Anantnag. Both the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment.

A motor-cycle JK01P/7421 hit and injured one Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din son of Abdul Aziz Khuroo resident of Naseembagh, Sopore at Lalad. The motorcyclist identified as Irfan Barkat Dar age son of Shameen Ahmad resident of New Light Colony, Sopore was also injured. Both the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment.

An accident took place on National Highway at Lethpora between a Maruti Zen JK01D/8445 and Maruti Car JK01N/5458 resulting in injuries to five persons. All the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment.

A Tata Sumo JK04/716 collided with a Swift Car JK05C/0050 near J&K Bank, Hyder Beigh, Pattan resulting in injuries to the Swift car driver and two other persons boarding in the Swift Car. All the injured have been shifted to hospital for treatment.

The police has taken cognizance in all the cases.

Swami Kumar Ji releases Pun Pooza CD

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: The CD of Pun Pooza was released by Swami Kumar Ji of Geeta Satsang Ashram during the celebration of the birth anniversary of the Ashram today.

A large number of devotees attended the function. The CD in the voice of Late Pt Pem Nath Shastri was composed by Jyotshi Avtar Krishan Shastri. He said the Pun Pooza in detail in the voice of Late Shastri Ji will now be available for devotees.

Addressing the function Swami Kumar Ji threw light on the importance of celebrating birthday.

The function started with havan and birthday pooja was also performed as per Vedic rituals. It was followed by Bhajan Kirtan and serving of prashad to devotees.

Man held for attacking Sarpanch with sharp edged weapon

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: Police today arrested a person for attacking a Sarpanch with a sharp edged weapon in village Tragan Khari, in district Ramban.

Police spokesman said that, on the intervening night of September 2 and 3, an unknown person attacked the sarpanch of Panchyat halqa Upper Khari B namely Abdul Majid Chopan, son of Abdul Ghani Chopan of Tragan Khari with a sharp edged weapon.

He said, police registered a case under FIR number 149/2012, under Section 307 RPC at Police Station Banihal and started investigation.

During investigation, police arrested Abdul Gaffar, son of Abdul Ahad Chopan, neighbour of Sarpanch from Sarachi Top Khari, spokesman said, adding, that, the accused person confessed his involvement in the crime and upon his disclosure, the weapon of offence was also recovered.

The condition of Sarpanch is out of danger and presently he is under treatment at SKIMS Srinagar, he added.

Govt press employees to continue with existing body

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 3: The Government Press Employees have decided to continue with the existing executive body for 2012-2013 and the present team of office bearers would hold charge for this period as well.

In a statement, the spokesman of Government Press Employees Association (GPEA) said that the decision in this regard was taken during a general council meeting held today at Government Press, Srinagar. The spokesman said that Syed Muzamil Rizvi would continue as President GPEA while as Imtiyaz Ahmad Khan would be vice-president.

The spokesman said that Parvaiz Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Shafi Wani, Fayaz Ahmad Zargar and Abdul Rashid Thakur would be secretary, joint secretary, cashier and publicity secretary of the association.

Model Police Station inaugurated

Excelsior Correspondent

KATHUA, Sept 3: Model Police Station in PTS was inaugurated by the Principal SPS PTS RK Bhat, SP.

In his inaugural speech, he told this Model Police Station will be of great importance to impart the quality training to the batch of 24th BRTC recruits as they will be aware of the police working in the Police Stations including entries in Roznamcha, different registers and more importantly to deal with the people.

He also said that mock drills will also be conducted and the trainees will be involved in the drills.

Among others present were KR Tripathi, Asstt Principal Indoor/Admn, Ramneesh Sharma, Asstt Principal Outdoor, Rajesh Khajuria, Prosecuting Officer and staff of SPS PTS.

Farmers protest in Mendhar

Excelsior Correspondent

MENDHAR, Sept 3: Residents of Uchaad, Jugal and Mankote and Sakhi Maidan area held protest against the Wild Life department at Sakhi

Maidan in tehsil Mendhar of district Poonch today.

A large number of villagers including farmers assembled at Sakhi Maidan and held protest demonstration today. They were shouting slogans against the Wild Life department as wild pigs have damaged their maize crop. The villagers claimed that increasing number of wild pigs, have caused devastation in the area and their crop has been totally damaged. They demanded that these wild animals be neutralized.

Later, Range Officer of the area moved to the spot and assured the people to take cognizance of the matter.

Warm send off accorded to retiring employees

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 3: All Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh teachers Federation organized a function to bid farewell to Mrs Sunain Jamwal, Master, wife of Balwan Singh Jamwal, president AJKLTF, who retired on attaining age of superannuation on August 31, 2012.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included CEO Nathu Ram Dingra, Vishwa Rattan Baru, Ram Kumar Sharma, Manga Ram Sharma, Rafeeq Ahmed Khanyari, Joginder Singh Manhas, Vijay Kumar Sharma etc. All wished the retiring Master a happy and healthy life after retirement.

Meanwhile Gazetted and Non-Gazetted staff of District Hospital Ramban, bade adieu to Mrs Ghulam Fatima on her attaining superannuation on August 31, 2012. CMO Ramban Dr M A Batt, Medical Superintendent District Hospital Ramban Dr Saif-ud-Din and R K Kotwal, president MEF appreciated the out goinmg officials for rendering best services to the ailing community. All wished her happy post retirement life.



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