affected due to transport strike
Strike to continue today as talks
fail to yield result
Sept 21: The
transporters have extended their strike for
tomorrow also after the talks between Government
and their representatives deadlocked this evening
while the normal life was totally hit in Jammu
region today as the transporters observed a
complete strike demanding hike in fare charges.
transport including buses, mini buses and trucks
were off the roads in response to strike call
given by various transport associations and All
J&K Transport Welfare Association in protest
against the failure of the Government to hike the
fare and freight charges.
passengers especially office goers and students
had to face a tough time in reaching their
respective places while the pilgrims of Mata
Vaishno Devi Shrine, army jawans coming to join
their duties after completing leave were the
passengers and yatris coming from different
places of country were desperately looking for a
lift to reach their destinations at Railway
Station. Seeing that the public transport was off
the roads here today they were caught by
The jawans of
armed forces who returned after completing their
leave were also seen carrying their bag and
baggage on their shoulders from Railway station
to transit camp. Same was the case with those
army jawans who were on their way to their home
states to avail the leave.
Seeing there was
no hope of getting a lift, some passengers who
had to go to nearby destinations also traveled on
foot from Railway Station while others left in
their private vehicles.
There was complete
chaos outside the Railway Station as the Mata
Vaishno Devi bound yatris and other commuters
were desperately looking for any conveyance to
reach their destinations. The problem aggravated
further after the local transport operators
stopped the three wheelers carrying the
passengers from Railway Station and did not allow
them to go beyond Vaishnavi Dham.
Over a dozens of
minibus operators who assembled in front of
Vaishnavi Dham near Railway Station did not allow
any three-wheelers to ply on the road carrying
passengers from Railway Station. "They had
promised to participate in the strike yesterday
and today they tried to defy the call which will
not be allowed, said one of the
While some private
educational institutions were closed in view of
public transport strike, the attendance in
Government schools and colleges as well as
Government offices was thin due to strike.
from other districts of the region said that
public transport remained off the roads in all
the districts of the region in support of
todays strike call.
The traffic will
remain off the roads tomorrow also as the meeting
between the Government representatives and the
transporters ended into a deadlock this evening.
be complete strike of public transport tomorrow
as no headway was achieved in todays
talks said Anil Chopra, vice
president All J&K Transporters Welfare
Association and Chairman Mini Bus Union Jammu.
He said "we
had withdrawn call of strike for tomorrow
yesterday after Government extended an invitation
of talks to the transporters
representatives. "But after
three hour discussions no agreement was reached
so we extended the strike call for
tomorrow, he added.
He said in case
the talks failed to yield any tangible result,
the transporters will announce future course of
side was represented in the meeting by Sudanshu
Pandey, Chairman Fare Standing Committee, Pardeep
Gupta Commissioner Secretary Transport, Dr
Fazalullah, Commissioner Transport, Sheikh Fayaz
Joint Commissioner, Transport, RTOs of Jammu and
Srinagar and MD SRTC Mr Tandon besides the
representatives of transporters of the State.
meeting will also be attended by Minister of
Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon.
contemplating Kandi Development Authority: CM
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday
said that the State Government is contemplating
Kandi Development Authority to ensure
comprehensive and integrated development of kandi
belts spread over largely in both the divisions
of Kashmir and Jammu.
Omar Abdullah said
that holistic development of kandi areas for
conservation for water resources, raising of
orchards, encouraging feasible agricultural
activities, water shed development and other
similar matters require focused attention.
"In order to
realize this goal my Government is working on a
proposal of handing over this task to an
authority or organization for concentrated
attention", he said, adding that the issue
is significantly important to address the
problems of people living there.
The Chief Minister
said that improvement and upgradation of basic
amenities and enhancing economic activities in
kandi belts is one of the priority concerns of
his Government. "We are keen to deliver on
this front through new initiatives and befitting
policy planning", he maintained.
Omar Abdullah was
speaking to a delegation of kandi areas of
Kashmir and Jammu divisions which called on him
during Awami Mulakat here and presented a
memorandum for the development of kandi areas.
Talking to another
deputation from South Kashmir, the Chief Minister
said that extension of drinking water facilities
in water scare areas and augmentation of its
supply in other areas are receiving appropriate
attention of the Government.
The Chief Minister
said that the Government has targeted to provide
better drinking water facilities to a population
of over 10.62 lakh during the current fiscal,
adding that focus is on to ensure drinking water
security both in terms of its adequacy and
quality on a sustainable basis through
conjunctive use of surface, ground and rain water
harvesting with recharging of sources and
mobilizing the system.
Omar Abdullah said
that ` 382.72 crore have been incurred for
improvement, upgradation and extension of
drinking water supply facilities in the State
during 2009-10 while the expenditure on this
count in last year was ` 506.52 crore.
The Chief Minister
said that out of 2295 water supply schemes taken
in hand as many as 1257 were completed by the end
of last year while 430 schemes have been targeted
for the current financial year.
Omar Abdullah said
that 510 sustainable schemes including check
dams, tanks, wells, ponds, water storage
structures, etc have been taken up for execution
at an estimated cost of over ` 125.14 crore. Of
these, 54 schemes are nearing completion.
The Chief Minister
said that impounding structures at Aalastaing,
Wangat, Check Dam at Surinsar and Reasi and other
places are under execution.
To a deputation of
Fruit Growers Association, the Chief Minister
told that the welfare of growers and balanced
development of horticulture is receiving due
attention. He said while focus is on increasing
per hectare productivity and production, the
remunerative returns for Kashmir Fruit is also
being ensured by various initiatives.
deputation who raised the issue of improvement in
power transmission system, the Chief Minister
said that a well planned policy is under
implementation in the State to upgrade power
distribution transmission system. He said that 14
projects for construction of receiving stations,
66 KV, 33 KV and 11 KV transmission lines, LT
lines and installation of distribution
transformers are under various stages of
execution in the State which are likely to
improve the distribution system.
strict adherence to transfer policy
Sept 21 : Chief
Secretary Madhav Lal has emphasized on strict
adherence to the transfer policy, adding that
vacancies in Ladakh and other remote areas should
be filled up in consonance with the transfer
policy in vogue.
Chairing a review
meeting on vacancy position in Health and
Education Departments in Leh and Kargil here
today, Madhav Lal directed issuance of transfer
and posting orders so that vacant posts are
filled up early.
Secretaries should ensure that the general public
does not suffer for want of necessary staff in
the public service delivery in these areas,"
Secretary also asked Administrative Secretaries
of Health and Education Departments to submit a
proposal regarding revision of incentives to the
non local employees posted in Ladakh.
Chief Secretary chaired a high level meeting to
take stock of the preparations by the State for
hosting the Northern Zonal Council meeting on
Secretary called for close coordination among
various departments to facilitate comfortable
conduct of the meeting.
The meeting of the
Northern Zonal Council to be held in Srinagar
will be chaired by the Home Minister P
Chidambaram in which Chief Ministers of the
constituent states are participating. The top
officials from the Central and State Governments
will also take part in the deliberations of the
The Council will
focus on areas of common interest and seek
solution to the pending issues among the
sugar worth ` 50 lakh seized, 2 held
Police today arrested two narcotics smugglers
and recovered half-a kilogram of brown sugar
having value of `50 lakh in the international
said that on the basis of specific information, a
police party from Thanamandi led by SDPO Raj
Kumar and SHO Niaz Ahmed intercepted a Tata Sumo
bearing registration number JK13-1999 near
All the occupants
of the vehicle, which reached Thanamandi from
Shopian via Mughal Road, were subjected to
frisking. From the possession of one of the
passengers namely Ishfaq Ahmed Sofi, son of Abdul
Hamid Sofi of Shopian, police recovered half a
kilogram of brown sugar having value of `50 lakh
in the international market.
smuggler was immediately and contraband seized.
During questioning, he revealed that he was given
packet containing brown sugar by one Asif for
delivery to one Iftar, son of Rehman of Rajouri.
police called Iftar in Saj area through Ishfaq
Ahmed Sofi and Iftar was arrested while receiving
the narcotics. Both have been booked under
Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act
situation should be eye opener for Kashmiri
People's Democratic Party (PDP) patron, Mufti
Mohammad Sayed today asked Kashmiri youth to shun
the path of violence as the situation in Pakistan
should be an eye-opener for them.
While addressing a
party youth convention here, Mufti said that
violence has ruined Pakistan and it is fighting
for its survival now and gravity of the problem
is such that Pakistani leaders want an early
solution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue now.
Mufti said that
youth in Kashmir took to arms and then to stone
pelting and still they have not been able to
achieve anything. "Their aspirations still
remain unfulfilled as violence has taken them and
will take them to nowhere", he added.
Mufti asked the
youth to give up violent means of lodging their
protest and overwhelmingly take part in the
democratic process for the fulfillment of their
Mufti said that
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh should carry
out a comprehensive dialogue with Pakistani
leaders like Altaf Hussain, Mian Nawaz Sharief,
Asif Zardari and son of Wali Khan, to evolve a
consensus on Jammu and Kashmir issue.
Government of India didn't make any headway
vis-à-vis the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and
this be achieved only when both India and
Pakistan take concrete steps on J&K," he
Referring to the
role of interlocutors in solving the Jammu and
Kashmir issue, Mufti said that solution has to
come through an evolutionary process.
"Cosmetic changes would not work and result
oriented steps should be taken vis-à-vis the
recommendations of interlocutors", he added.
with the interlocutors, "I told them that
they have to address the basic political issue
and some sort of political package is needed for
the State otherwise the whole exercise of
interlocutors would be futile." "The
Prime Minister should take an initiative in this
regard and ensure that people of State are not
deprived of their special rights," said
He said that CBMs
announced after the visit of All Party Delegation
(APD) last year were not implemented on the
ground. He expressed reservation over lack of
action from Union Government saying that they
seem to be least bothered about the alleged human
rights violations in the State.
He welcomed the
statement of former 'Prime Minister' of Pakistan
occupied Kashmir (PoK) Barrister Sultan Mehmood
Chaudhary that trade between PoK and the State
should be made hassle free.
"The State of
Jammu and Kashmir has a distinct identity.
Article 356 should be abrogated so that the State
Government is not dismissed by the President. The
Governor should be elected from the State. The
bureaucracy should be run by the State subjects
with very little presence of the outsiders,"
Speaking on this
occasion the party President, Mehbooba Mufti said
that Union Government should immediately release
her speech delivered at the meeting of National
Integration Council (NIC). She said that this
would resolve the controversy generated due to
She said during
the NIC speech she expressed disappointment over
the suspicion attached with Muslims once blasts
or some other violent incidents take place in the
country. "Muslims should not be looked upon
as terrorists in the country. They need to be
given their due recognition in the country,"
Minister Omar Abdullah has been saying a lot
about Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He
should first reconcile with the youth here and
ensure that justice is delivered to them. Filing
of FIRs against police and security forces
personnel would be first step in providing
justice to the youth," said Mehbooba.
graves have been found in some parts of Kashmir.
But it does not seem to make any difference for
New Delhi. If they say that Jammu and Kashmir is
their inseparable part then they should look
towards grave human rights violations like issue
of unmarked graves," said Mehbooba.
demands stern punishment for killers
of Maulana Showkat
Sept 21: Hundreds
of members of Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees (JeH) carried
out a protest rally and demanded stern punishment
to the persons involved in the killing of former
Jamiat President, Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah.
raised slogans against the killers of Maulana
Showkat and also in favour of establishment of
Trans-world Muslim University in Srinagar.
Moulana was killed by militants in Srinagar
outside a Masjid in April this year.
The rally started
from the Ahli Hadees masjid and after passing
through the highly volatile area of Maisuma it
reached near the Budshah Chowk. The protesters
led by Jamiat President Ghulam Rasool Malik
wanted to proceed towards the Lal Chowk area but
the huge contingent of police and security forces
The protesters sat
on a dharna on the main road in the Budshah Chowk
and Malik addressed them. He said that the
killing of Maulana Showkat was a dastardly act,
adding that the killers should be punished for
this heinous crime.
Parties Investigation Committee and the police
have made public their findings and the matter is
now before the court. The Jamiat would not sit at
ease unless stern action is taken against the
killers of Maulana Showkat. It should be ensured
that the killers are brought to book so that in
future the unfortunate incidents do not take
place," said Malik.
Malik said that no
one should shield the killers of Maulana and
warned that party will take on any such person or
also raised their concern over the alleged delay
in the establishment of Trans-world Muslim
University. They alleged that some vested
elements are creating obstacles in the
establishment of the university.
approval by the State cabinet the land was
allotted to the university. The proposed plan of
Trans-world Muslim University stands examined by
the State Law Department, Higher Education
Department and Select Committee of the
Assembly," said Malik.
that the Muslims in general and Jamiat members in
particular would come on streets in case the
Government does not respond to their demand of
setting up of Trans-world Muslim University by
protests in front of Raj Bhawan,
torches copies of agreement
Sept 21: The
leaders and activists of Government Employees
Joint Action Committee (GEJAC) today staged a
demonstration in front of Raj Bhawan here and
torched the recent copies of agreement between
Government representatives and employees leaders.
raising slogans termed the agreement as
"betrayal and a match fixing.
The demonstration was led by EJAC spokesperson,
Suresh Sharma and among others addressed by
Pardeep Sharma, Jaswant Singh, Subhash Verma,
Sushil Sudan, Satish Sharma, Prem Singh Bawa,
Purshotam Singh Chib, Mohd. Farooq and Anil
demonstrators Suresh Sharma said that the stage
show enacted by the leadership of the JCC and
Government for holding negotiation was nothing
but a clandestine and pre-agreement understanding
reached by them in the morning . The GEJAC then
and there reacted and termed this secret deal as
back stabbing of the employees.
There was nothing
new in agreement he said, adding the earlier
offer made by the Government. was renewed and
accepted. No installment of arrears in cash was
to be given and only one current installment can
be withdrawn without lock in period, status of
rest four installments was not qualified and no
concrete decision regarding the policy of daily
wagers, casual labourers, adhoc and contractual
as no immediate relief was offered to them.
He said, no relief
to PSU employees, no relaxation to the
pensioners, class IV employees, no commitment
regarding retirement age, no new commitment to
the already deliberated issues like clerical and
other cadre anomalies was coming to the fore.
` 2.87 cr
worth items traded
The cross-LoC businessmen today traded goods
worth over ` 2.87 crore at Chakan-Da-Bagh
crossing point on weekly Poonch-Rawlakote route
in Poonch district.
As many as 20
trucks rolled out from Trade Facilitation Centre
(TFC) at Rangarh, near here, to Pakistan occupied
Kashmir (PoK), official sources said, adding
these trucks carried bags of red chilly,
tamarind, dry coriander and cumin worth `
From Rawlakote in
PoK, 21 trucks carrying bags of almonds, dry
grapes, dry dates, herbs and mango crossed to
this side and these were worth ` 1,93,50,544.
The officials from
both the sides including Kuldeep Rai, TFO Poonch
and Arshad Mirza, TFO Hajeera, Rawlakote,
monitored the transportation of these goods at
Chakan-Da-Bagh crossing point twice during the
over quality of work on TRC Shadra Sharief
Jora orders enquiry, warns
against misuse of funds
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang
Rigzin Jora ordered for constituting a Committee
headed by Director Tourism Jammu to look into and
enquire the quality of work being executed by
Rajouri Development Authority (RDA) at TRC Shadra
The decision to
this effect was taken in RDA meeting held here
today, as the Authority members were not
satisfied with the quality of work.
Mr. Jora ordered
the committee to conduct enquiry and furnish the
report within a month.
The Minister, who
chaired the RDA meeting, convened to review
physical and financial achievements registered
for promotion of tourism activities in Rajouri
district, besides to give nod to current fiscal
action plan, said that nobody would be allowed to
misuse public funds. "Government money is
only meant for public infrastructure utilization.
Any official or officer found involved in corrupt
practice would be dealt sternly," Jora
Minister of State
for tourism and Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister
of State for Power, Forest and CAPD, Shabir Ahmed
Khan, Vice Chairman Kissan Board, Thakur Rashpal
Singh, MLA Chowdhry Zulfkar Ali, Commissioner
Secretary Tourism Atul Dulloo, District
Development Commissioner, Rajouri, G.A. Khawja,
Special Secretary Tourism, Altaf Ahmed, Director
tourism Jammu R.S. Mehta, Chief Executive
Officer, RDA, Mohammad Husssain Bhatti and
concerned officers of Tourism and Planning
Departments were present in the meeting.
Mr. Jora said
Government endeavors to explore fully varied
tourism potential of Rajouri. "Initiatives
have been taken to create tourist infrastructure
and develop scenic spots besides encourage
heritage, pilgrim and adventure tourism
activities in the area," he said and added
to promote eco and pilgrim tourism to central
funded projects of ` 5.28 crore are under way in
area. He said Rajouri is being developed as
pilgrim destination while as Nangathub is being
developed as eco-tourism destination.
The Minister said
that under Centrally sponsored schemes, the funds
to the tune of ` 8.57 crore were made available
to RDA, since its inception, out of which an
expenditure of ` 8.44 crore has been expended for
creation of tourist infrastructure in the area,
adding that this amount is over and above of
State allocation allotted to area for the
Mr. Jora said all
the tourism potential areas of the district would
be brought on tourism canvas. In this direction
he asked concerned authorities to make proper
survey and formulate DPRs for Centre funding.
The Minister asked
the concerned to ensure timely completion of
ongoing projects. "Don't go beyond action
plan approved by the Authority and remove
impediments like forest clearances, land
acquisition with close coordination to concerned
departments," Jora directed to the CEOs.
approved current years annual action plan of the
Authority and construction of TRCs at Manjakote,
Kotranka and tourist house, Tatapani besides
several other new tourism development works in
reviews Navratra arrangements at Bawe
Wali Mata temple
Sept 21: Minister
for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman
Bhalla has asked the JDA, PDD, JMC, R&B,
Health, Police and Traffic Departments to make
all necessary arrangements at Shri Bawe Wali Mata
temple at historical Bahu Fort for the
convenience of the devotees during the
forthcoming Navratra festival starting from
The Minister said
this while interacting with the officers during
his visit to Shri Bawe Wali Mata temple, here
Jammu Municipal Corporation, S C Sawhney, besides
other senior officers of JDA, PDD, PHE, JMC,
R&B, Tourism, Floriculture, Health, Police
and Traffic Departments accompanied the Minister.
Mr. Bhalla asked
the Jammu Development Authority and Jammu
Municipal Corporation to complete the repair and
renovation works of pathway at the temple shrine
well before the start of Navratras for the
convenience of devotees. He asked the PDD and JMC
to ensure adequate arrangements for illumination
and lightening in and around the temple with
focus on face lifting of temple premises and
improvement in civic and sanitation facilities.
The Minister asked
the R&B to immediately start the renovation
work on the link road to Bawe-Wali Mata besides
the lanes and drains around.
Stressing the need
for the better management of the open space near
Darshni Deodi near Kalika Colony in Bahu Fort, he
asked the R&B Department to immediately start
the blacktopping and upgradation works of the
place including construction of culvert over deep
drain and complete the projects well before the
start of Navratras.
appealed the shopkeepers to sell hygienic and
quality eatables to the pilgrims and also
beautify the area by putting up attractive
sunshades. He said that the Shri Bawe Wali Mata
temple attracts lakhs of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi
Ji pilgrims during Navratras and they should get
good impression on their visit to this historical
efficiency, gain public confidence: Khoda
Sept 21: The
Director General of Police (DGP), Kuldeep Khoda
has stressed upon the jawans and officers of
Jammu and Kashmir Police to improve their
proficiency and gain public confidence. He said
that JKP has to move forward further to attain
more heights of success for which public
cooperation and confidence is mandatory.
Mr. Khoda was
addressing the cops at police darbars in District
Police Lines Reasi and Udhampur today during his
visit to these district headquarters. He said
that JKP with its dedication and desire of
sacrifice has succeeded in bringing normalcy in
the State and the force needs strenuous efforts
to bring about improvement in its functioning.
The DGP said that
the force has faced many challenges during past
two decades on various fronts and the situations
have been dealt with courage and confidence.
"Cooperation of the people have always
encouraged our personnel in dealing the
challenging situations and we have to gain public
confidence to strengthen further our net
work", he added.
appreciated the jawans and officers for their
bravery in anti-militancy operations and said
that our men have exhibited maximum restraints to
avoid collateral damages and saved human lives
while fighting the militants. He said that our
primary duty is to serve the people and ensure
safety of their lives and property.
During the twin
darbars, the DGP heard the jawans patiently and
assured that their problems would be looked into
at Zonal and PHQ level. He also issued on spot
directions to IGP Jammu Zone and DIG,
Udhampur-Reasi Range to redress their grievances
within their competence. He informed that the
welfare of jawans has always remained on top of
our priority and more welfare schemes have been
introduced to benefit the jawans and their
The DGP during his
visit to these district headquarters also took
stock of the pace of progress of various
construction works presently under execution by
J&K Police Housing Cooperation and Police
The DGP also
commissioned various new buildings which have
been completed by Police Housing Corporation and
Police Construction Division. These building
include alternate accommodation for jawans,
residential quarters for officers, welfare
centre, CID office and store building at Reasi.
Similarly, he commissioned office-cum residence
for Additional SP at Udhampur.
During his tour,
Mr. Khoda also interacted with some senior
citizens at Reasi and Udhampur. On the occasion.
the people apprised the DGP about their problems
and he assured them that their genuine problems
would be taken up with the concerned authorities
Mr. Khoda was
accompanied by Inspector General of Police,
(Jammu Zone). Dilbag Singh, Deputy Inspector
General of Police, Udhampur-Reasi Range, Jagjit
Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Reasi, P. K. Pole, SSP
Udhampur Shakeel Ahmed Beigh, SSP (SBJ), Rajender
Gupta, SP Reasi, Keshav Ram Chourasia SP (CIJ),
Joginder Singh and other police officers.
extends support to Agri technocrats,
other professionals demands
Sept 21: Extending
his partys support to the genuine demands
of Agriculture technocrats,BJP State chief
spokesperson and National Executive Member, Dr
Jitendra Singh, has urged the State Government to
concede the demand for regularization of
Rehbar-e-Zirat officials on the pattern of
Dr Jitendra Singh
was responding to the Agriculture
Technocrats grievance that the Government
order No. 0139/18/2011 dt Augutst 4, 2011 to
regularize Rehbar-e-Zirat in year 2014, 2015 and
2016 in three phases of 7,8 and 9 years was
unfair and fallacious. He suggested that
technocrats engaged under Rehbar-e-Zirat should
be regularized batchwise and on the pattern of
Rehbar-e-Taleem (after completing tenure of 5
Dr Jitendra Singh
regretted that from time to time the Agriculture
technocrats have been holding protests and going
on hunger strikes for redressal of their
grievances but have still failed to receive due
attention from State authorities. They had ended
their fast unto death on March 23 earlier this
year only after receiving assurance from the
State Legislative Assembly through its Speaker
that Government will formulate a proper policy to
address their demands to their satisfaction, he
reminded. He also questioned the silence on part
of Congress leaders from Jammu region for not
taking up the cause of educated unemployed youth
in an effective way though they are a partner in
Dr Jitendra Singh
said that it is not the Agriculture technocrats
only who have been on roads but Home Guards and
other educated professionals too have been out on
roads for years together.
conflict camps held at Basht, Sudhmahadev
Sept 21: Department
of Wildlife Protection, Jammu, organized an
education and awareness camp at village Basht
near Sudhmahadev Conservation Reserve on
citizens, teachers and students of Government and
private schools participated during the
programme. Two minutes silence was observed in
memory of Master Aman Dubey, a class 4th student
who was killed by a leopard last year at Basht.
Wildlife Warden Jammu, spoke about causes of
man-wild animal conflicts occurring near forests
and protected areas and suggested ways to avert
such incidents and save human life as well as
R K Anand, highlighted the growing man-animal
conflict and advised the locals and school going
children to observe utmost care and follow the
Dos and Donts issued by Department of
School Basht, Rajinder Chand, said the main cause
of conflict is the shrinking habitat of wildlife
and depletion of natural resources due to
burgeoning human population, unplanned
development, biotic interference and change in
land use pattern.
SEEAS, H C Katoch, and Wildlife Range Officer
Udhampur, Wajid Rafiqui, also interacted with the
people and stressed on safety of local residents
and wildlife by advocating observance of
precautionary measures and protection of forests.
who spoke on the occasion included Sajjad
Salaria, Ghulam Nabi master, Farooq Katoch,
Dimple Samyal etc.
Ranjana Sharma and Shashi Devi were adjudged as
first, second and third respectively in the
seminar which was held on the occasion.
A similar camp was
held at Government Higher Secondary School
Sudhmahadev. Students and local populace
participated in the same. Various Government
officers and officials spoke on the occasion. A
symposium was held on the occasion in which
Simran Verma, Uzma Khatoon and Niamat Ullah Wani
bagged Ist, IInd and IIIrd positions
killed, 12 injured in road accidents
Sept 21: Five
persons were killed and 12 others sustained
injuries in different road accidents across the
Kashmir Valley today.
Police said an
Alto car bearing registration number JK02AH/0192
which was on way from Kishtwar to Kokernag
skidded off the road near Daksum, Anantnag and
fell in a gorge, resulting in injuries to four
The injured have
been identified as Abdul Wahid Ahanger son of
Habibullah, Abdul Rehman Wani son of Mohammad
Rajab, Nigeena wife of Ghulam Rasool and Tahir
Iqbal son of Abdul Rehman Wani, all the residents
The driver of the
vehicle fled away from the spot. All the injured
were shifted to hospital for treatment. Later
Abdul Wahid Ahanger son of Habibullah succumbed
to his injuries at Sub District Hospital
Police said a Tata
Sumo bearing registration number JIK05B/5961
driven by Mohammad Ramzan Dar son of Mohammad
Sultan resident of Heewan hit and injured two
children Towheada Khursheed, daughter of
Khursheed Ahmad Ahanger and Wamiq Khursheed, son
of Khursheed Ahmad, resident of Heewan near
Both the injured
were shifted to District Hospital Baramulla for
treatment, where Towheada Khursheed succumbed to
her injuries. The vehicle was seized. However the
driver fled away from the spot.
Police said a Tata
Sumo bearing registration number JK05A/7989 on
way from Botangoo towards Sopore turned turtle
near crossing, Sopore falling under the
jurisdiction of Police Station Sopore, resulting
in death of two passengers namely Abida, wife of
Mohammad Yousuf Malla and Ghulam Rasool Sheikh,
son of Mohammad Shaban, residents of Botangoo
Sopore and injuries to four other passengers. The
injured were hospitalized.
Police said a load
carrier bearing registration number JK01N/6495
turned turtle at Foreshore road, Srinagar. Three
persons sustained injuries in the mishap. All the
injured were shifted to SKIMS Soura, Srinagar for
treatment. However, one of the injured Mohsin
Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Ahad succumbed to his
A Scorpio vehicle
bearing registration number DL12CA/0655 hit and
injured a pedestrian namely Mohammad Akbar Mir,
son of Mohammad Maqbool, resident of Danakasi
Tangmarg at Gukhama Kunzar, Baramulla. Injured
Police said a
motorcycle bearing registration number DL65/4762
driven by Ashiq Hussain Itoo, son of Nazir Ahmad,
resident of Bidder hit and injured a girl namely
Rizwana, daughter of Abdul Rashid Baba, resident
of Sagam, Anantnag falling under the jurisdiction
of Police Station Kokernag.
receives Spl Jury Award
Sept 21: IDBI
was conferred with "CNBC TV18 Special Jury
Award" here and the same was received by RM
Malla, CMD, IDBI Bank from Union Cabinet
Minister, Corporate Affairs, M Veerappa Moily.
The awards were
conferred on the basis of CNBC TV 18 KPMG study
of Indian Banks and financial Institutions on
criteria such as growth, profitability, capital
ratios and even softer qualities like
investor/customer care by a distinguished panel
of jurists that included Dr Rakesh Mohan,
Professor in the Practice of International
Economics of Finance, AK Purwar, Chairman, India
Venture Advisors Private Limited, S Narayan,
former Economic Advisor to PMO and Jagdish
Capoor, former deputy Governor of RBI.
Speaking on the
occasion, Malla said that The Bank has made
remarkable progress over the past few years to
serve the customers better and this award is a
tribute to our constant endeavour".
income generation program concludes
Sept 21: Nine
days long self income generation Programme
organized by the New India Assurance Company
Limited (NIACL) concluded today at their training
In the programme,
more than 27 candidates hailing from different
parts of the State participated.
Dr Daleep Pandita,
incharge trainings, emphasized the need for
creating awareness on the insurance portfolio
particularly among the far-flung inhabitants of
the State. He stated that motive behind
organizing such training programmes is to
mobilize unemployed youth for generating self
Dr Pandita added
that such training programmes will continue
regularly in the near future to address the
unemployment prevailing in the State particularly
in absence of large industrial sector.
Course Coordinator, said that the successful
candidates would be authorized by the Insurance
Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) to have
legality to practice insurance work.
inaugurates Science Camp
Sept 21 : The
Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Rigzin
Spalbar inaugurated a 5 days Science Camp on
Innovation in Science pursuit for inspired
research under inspire programme of department of
Science and Technology, Government of India,
organized by Department of Geology University of
Jammu at Leh today.
Speaking on the
occasion Rigzin Spalbar appreciated the
coordinator Prof M.A.Malik for organizing the
Science Camp at Leh for the students of Ladakh
region. He suggested the students to make best
use of this opportunity to frame their future and
take maximum advantage from this programme.
said that innovation in science pursuit for
inspired research is a Department of Science and
Technologies Programme of Govt. of India, for
attraction of young students to pursue science as
their career. He highlighted the salient futures
of the INSPIRE Science Camp.
Parasad Department of Geology University of
Delhi, Dr. R.B. Srivastara Director DIHAR, Leh
and Dr. U.K.Sharma from Department of Science and
Technology Government of India also spoke on the
delegation calls on ex-PoK PM
A delegation of All Parties Sikh Coordination
Committee (APSCC) today called on the former
'Prime Minister' of Pakistan occupied Kashmir
(PoK), Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhary. The
Committee urged Sultan to take up the matter of
free movement of Sikhs in PoK with the
authorities there to visit the gurdwaras located
In a statement,
Jagmohan Singh Raina, chairman APSCC said that
Sikhs should be allowed to visit historical
gurdwaras at Nulchi (Muzaffarabad), Kathai,
Dumdama Sahib-Mirpur and Askardu.
insisted on the consolidation of land and other
property of refugees present on the other side of
border in 1947 at par with the custodian system
of Jammu and Kashmir. We urged Sultan to use his
good offices so that the issue of Jammu and
Kashmir is resolved keeping the broader
perspective in mind," said Jagmohan.
the other members of APSCC present during the
meeting include Mohan Singh (Retd DC), Daleep
Singh Deepak, Sant Singh, Kulwant Singh Sagar and
Bhalla Educational Trust distributes scholarships
Sept 21: The
Harbans Bhalla Educational Trust distributed
scholarships among children of villages Chakrohi,
Deharayan, Hirachak, Jaswan and Doomi in a
function here at Shanti Villa, Talab Tillo,
function, Madhu Khuller, Director, Health
Services, Jammu, was the chief guest, who
distributed the scholarship among 41 children of
various villages included Chakrohi, Deharayan,
Hirachak, Jaswan and Doomi amounting ` 24,000.
she appreciated the efforts made by Trust for
uplifting the girl child Education in far-flung
areas. She also assured the Trust members for any
sort of medical services for children in future.
On the occasion,
medical check-up camp, counselling sessions and
evaluation tests for children were also held.
Speaking on the
occasion, Managing Trustee Kunil Bhalla
highlighted the working of Trust for all round
support to the Children including medical,
psychological, financial and material. He said
that Trust is making every possible effort in the
society by reaching out to the needy students in
remote areas and helping them to pursue their
education. He said that selection of students is
made on the basis of academic merit and financial
need from various schools of Jammu region.
Mandir celebrates 51st Foundation Day
Sept 21: The
51st Foundation Day of Shri Mahadev Mandir Trust,
Mohalla Below Gumat, Jammu, was celebrated as
usual at a function headed by B L Bharti here.
president MMS, was the chief guest. The function
commenced with hawan amidst reciting of Vedic
Mantras etc in presence of trustees, staff of C M
Rajwal Academy and its students.
celebrated with great pomp and show, was followed
by Bhandara. The speakers spoke high and threw
light on the life and teachings of Late Bhaga Bai
Rajwal, the patron of the Trust.
those who spoke on the occasion included A N
Bhardwaj, Garib Dass, Khiari Lal Kouran, Bodh Raj
Roo, N D Rajwal, B D Naryal, B D Balgotra, Sat
Pal, Ami Chand, Romesh Lal, Pt Sham Lal, Arun
Rajwal, Shami Naryal, Girdhari Lal Lakhnotra and
Master Gian Chand.
establishments booked for misusing domestic LPG
Sept 21: Continuing
drive against the misuse of domestic gas
cylinders, a team of officers of Legal Metrology
Department today booked Pape Di Hatti and Anil
Dhaba at Residency Road.
spokesman said that five domestic LPG cylinders
were seized from Pape Di Hatti and three from
Anil Dhaba. The cylinders were handed over to
Incharge Police Post Residency Road for further
investigation to identify the supplier.
The team also
booked ice-cream seller for overcharging and one
bread manufacturer for smudging date on the
The drive against
the misuse of domestic gas cylinders was carried
out by Legal Metrology Department team under the
direct supervision of Deputy Controller, Manoj
employees demand reorganization of PDD
Sept 21: The Central Non Gazetted
Electrical Employees Union (CNGEEU) today
demanded reorganization of Power Development
Department (PDD) as per present requirements and
creation of new posts of linemen, SBA, Telephone
operators and other executive and ministerial
demand was made at a joint press conference
addressed by Parshotam Sharma general secretary
of the Union and senior member of Joint
Consultative Committee (JCC), Mohammed Aslam
Choudhary, provincial president of the Union and
other leaders here today.
also demanded release of pending arrears of
already regularized daily wagers under SRO 64
with retrospective effect, Risk Allowance,
compensation to all power employees in any type
of injury or life damage during duty hours,
payment of ex-gratia relief and compensation of `
five lakh in place of ` one lakh in death cases,
` one lakh instead of ` 20 thousand for total
disability and ` 50 thousand instead of ` 7500
for partial disability, regularization of daily
wagers, casual labourers appointed after March
31, 1994, implementation of SRO 149 in all the
three regions without adopting any pick and
choose policy, issuance of district wise
seniority to all the daily wagers in PDD, PDC in
whole of J&K who were engaged after March 31,
1994 and referring all the vacant posts of non
gazetted cadre (executive as well as ministerial)
in PDC to the convenor DPC in both Jammu and
Kashmir regions respectively.
Parshotam welcomed the release of additional DA
installment in favour of State Government
employees and pensioners. He appealed the
consumers to deposit their electricity dues
regularly in the same way as they have been
depositing their mobile and telephone bills.
termed the recent agreement between the
Government representatives and JCC as a victory
for working class as 100 percent arrears will be
paid in just five installments and regularization
of daily wagers appointed after 1994.
Choudhary demanded immediate ban on direct
recruitments in PDC and urged that the daily
rated and other temporary workers be absorbed at
distributes solar lights, sanctions
` 4 lakh
for stadium stairs
Sept 21: Member Legislative Assembly
(MLA), Ashok Kumar, today distributed solar
lights among the villagers of unelectrified
Panchayats of Assar and Bhagwa blocks.
his tour to the areas of his constituency falling
in Doda district Ashok Kumar distributed 750
solar lights among the villagers of unelectrified
villages of Shamthi, Charota-A, Charota-B and
Bibrota Panchayats of Assar block. At Bhagwa
block headquarters he distributed 600 solar
lights among the villagers of Mallan-A, Mallan-B,
Dhandal-A, Dhandal-B and Kuddhar Panchayats.
speaking Ashok Kumar called upon the villagers to
take care of these solar lights provided to them
by the Government at a highly subsidised price to
make their lives convenient. He said that the
coalition Governments at Centre as well as in the
State are committed to reach out to the people of
remote and backward areas.
the gathering, Tahir Malik, BDO, Assar and Bhagwa
(additional charge) blocks, informed that 150 and
1100 more solar lights would be distributed
respectively among the people of unelectrified
villages of Assar and Bhagwa blocks very shortly.
Ashok Kumar also sanctioned ` 4 lakh for the
construction of stadium stairs of Government
Higher Secondary School, Batote.
elected as new president of MES EU
Sept 21: Manmohan Kumar Bali was
elected as new president of MES Employees Union
CWE Jammu (Satwari) in an election held under the
supervision of Indian National Trade Union
the election, there were two candidates in fray
for the post of president. Manmohan Kumar Bali
emerged as victorious after polling. He got 331
votes out of 371 total polls. The opponent
contestant got only 38 votes on the occasion.
Singh Chib, general secretary, INTUC, Jammu and
Kashmir, was the returning officer while Th
Tirath Singh Slathia and Davinder Singh Raina
acted as observers during the election.
MES employees of Satwari, Miran Sahib, Kaluchack,
Brahmana Bari, Sunjwan, Air Force, Jammu and
Nagrota polled during the election.
Mr Bali thanked the working class for giving
opportunity and promised to discharge his duties
as president of MES Employees Union Jammu with
dedication and skills.
Day" celebrated with enthusiasm
Sept 21: Red Cross unit of
Government Degree College, Akhnoor, in
collaboration with Darhal, district Rajouri based
"Peace" NGO organised a seminar on the
topic "Ways to attaining sustainable
peace" to mark "International Day of
the occasion, Dr Kaushal Smotra, Principal of the
college, was the chief guest.
speakers underlined the need of education for
sustainable peace and development. They said that
introduction of peace education at all levels is
key for attaining sustainable peace in the world.
They emphasized on opting tolerance,
non-violence, mutual respect, understanding and
communal harmony as means of achieving peace
within national boundaries and across globe.
of Red Cross of the college presented peace songs
and poetry on peace, brotherhood and
Dr M Ashaq Malik, Officer Incharge, Red Cross
Unit introduced the participants about the day
and its pertinence to celebrating in the college.
He said that both parents and teachers play a
pivotal role in transforming peace among future
a special prayer was conducted in Lawrence Public
School, Sidhra to celebrate "UN
International Day of Peace". Students were
informed that this year on its 30th anniversary
the United Nations announced earlier this year
that the theme of the years International
Day of Peace 2011 will be "Peace and
Democracy-Make your Voice Heard".
of the school spoke largely on the "Peace
Day" and informed that this day provides an
opportunity for individuals, organizations and
nations to create practical acts of peace on the
shared date. They said that anyone can celebrate
"Peace Day" as it is as simple as
lightning a candle at noon, or just sitting in
Deptt holds camp
Sept 21: The Department of
Horticulture under the Centrally sponsored scheme
Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) organised day
long Farmers Awareness Camp at Marh here
camp was attended by large numbers of farmers and
fruit growers from far-flung areas of Marh block
including sarpanches and panches. They were made
aware about various ongoing developmental schemes
and programmes by experts on the occasion.
Marh Ch Sukhnandan was the chief guest, while
Director Horticulture Jammu, J L Sharma, presided
over the function.
speaking, Ch Sukhnandan advised the farmers to
remain in touch with field functionaries of the
Department for maximum benefits of various
Director Horticulture in his address said that
Department has lot of schemes for farmers
including Horticultre Mission for North East and
Himalayan States, National Mission on Medicinal
Plants and RKVY and appealed the farmers to avail
benefits of such schemes. He also advised them to
adopt the medicinal plant cultivation as area has
immense potential for its cultivation.
1200 plants of Amla, Ashwagandha and Shatawar
were also distributed free of cost amongst
farmers on the occasion.
the guests also distributed cheques of about `
1.5 lakh as financial assistance for purchasing
tractor to farmers.
others present on the occasion included Dr Aftab
Iqbal Mir and J L Raina besides other senior
officers of the department.
urges people to analyze emerging political
Sept 21: Jammu State Morcha (P)
called upon the political leadership and people
to take serious cognizance of the recent
developments and the emerging situation, that was
going to affect the future of the Jammuites.
a press conference, Prof Virender Gupta,
president, JSM (P), said that opposing the death
sentence of Afzal Guru, the man who conspired the
attack on the Indian Parliament, by the Chief
Minister, is a matter of concern for the
Government of India and the nationalists of
further added that JSM is also of the view that
digging of unidentified burials to search for the
missing persons at this stage was not desirable
as this exercise at this juncture may raise the
emotions and passions of the people which was not
good when situation was still explosive.
appealed the people to awake and analyze the fast
emerging political scenario and raise demand for
the separate Jammu State with boundaries from
Ravi to Pir Panchal and Basohli to Poonch.
Development Committee meets MoS Higher Education
Sept 21: Tehsil Development
Committee, Majalta led by its president, RS
Pathania, met Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, Minister of
State (MoS) for Higher Education and submitted a
committee expressed serious resentment over the
decision of the Government sanctioning 22
Colleges at lesser deserving locations and
leaving Majalta which is the most-deserving case
throughout the entire State. The lop-sided
decision has struck a bolt from the blue for the
50,000-odd population of Majalta as well as
people living in adjoining tehsils.
committee said that a proposed Degree College at
Majalta could benefit pass-outs of as many as
dozen odd Higher Secondary Schools of Majalta as
well as bordering areas of four adjoining Tehsils
including Jammu, Samba, Billawar and Ramnagar.
Minister gave a patient hearing to the demands
highlighted by the Committee and assured that
their demand will be projected to the concerned
quarters and redressed favourably for setting up
of a Degree College.
others who were the part of delegation included
Dr K C Dubey, SS Sumbria, Kuldip Singh, Mohan Lal
Sharma, Raghubir Singh, Kusum Jasrotia, Shankar
Dass, Sheetal Sharma, Mulkh Raj and Kulbir Singh.
admonishes PIO Relief Organization
Sept 21: Passing strictures against
the Principal Information Officer (PIO) of Relief
Organization, the Chief Information Commissioner,
(CIC) J&K, G R Sufi has taken serious
exception to withholding the information sought
by one Bhawana Thusso through her representative
Raj Kachroo within the specified period.
its order issued here today, Mr Sofi has sought
an explanation from the PIO asking him why
penalty under Section 17 of the Act can't be
imposed on him for withholding the information
sought by Mrs Thusoo.
CIC has sought reply within a period of one month
from the PIO.
the Right to Information Act, Bhawana Thusoo
through her representative Raj Kachroo had sought
information from Relief and Rehabilitation
Commissioner (M) Jammu about the Kashmiri Pandits
with their names, parentage and names of the
members of their family.
PIO has denied the Information in pursuance of
the Section 8 (f&I) of the Act 2009, on the
pretext that disclosure of requested information
would endanger life and physical safety of the
persons about whom information was sought, apart
from causing unwarranted invasion of privacy of
the individuals concerned.
down the argument of the PIO, the Commission in
its order has stated that applicant was not
seeking the detailed addresses of migrants, and
the information thus provided is harmless so
there should be no reasons in denying the same.
Commission has further directed the PIO to
disclose the said information within 15 days from
receipt of the order.
Rajouri holds seminar
Sept 21: In continuation with the
"Hindi Pakhwara" activities, Government
Degree College, Rajouri organized a seminar on
the topic "Languages Unite and not
on the occasion, Prof MS Chouhan, HoD, Persian,
threw light on the topic and said that all the
languages including Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian,
Hindi and Urdu spread the message of humanity,
brotherhood which is the aim of the Pakhwara.
Nahim-un-Nisa, HoD, Arabic, talked about the
vowels of the classical languages and said that
the Sanskrit and Arabic are richest languages
while Urdu and Hindi are modern languages.
speaking, Dr MK Mussa, HoD, Hindi said that the
aim of the "Hindi Pakhwara" is to
spread the message to every nook and corner of
the State especially Suderbani, Rajouri and
Poonch districts that all languages should come
together to spread the message of moral values,
brotherhood and equality on a common platform.
professors including Social Sciences, Medical,
Non-Medical, Computer Sciences, Classical
Languages delivered their lecture during the
organizes seminar for disabled soldiers
Sept 21: Northern Command, Ace of
Spades Division today organised a seminar for the
disabled soldiers to spread the message of
compassion and concern widely and to create
awareness in the environment with regards to the
difficulties faced by the disabled soldiers.
the occasion, Lieutenant General JP Nehra, GOC,
White Knight Corps was the chief guest.
seminar had three sessions, which included panel
forum discussions, presentations and talks by
various speakers and gallantry award winner
ex-servicemen. The speakers from various premier
institutes like Artificial Limb Centre, Pune,
Queen Marys Technical Institute Pune and
Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Chandigarh
spoke on topics, which benefited the disabled
the occasion NGOs, like Ratnanidhi Charitable
Trust, Mumbai, Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation Jaipur
and Pritam Charitable Trust, Poonch, also set up
stalls disseminating information on schemes being
provided by them to the disabled soldiers.
the seminar, disabled soldiers were gifted six
specially modified scooters and Veer Naris and
disabled soldiers were also given monetary
incentives and penury grants.
on the occasion, Lt Gen JP Nehra said that those
soldiers who risked their limb and life in the
highest call of duty were our real heroes. These
brave soldiers though, not in service anymore,
will always remain part of the service fraternity
and its our duty to look after them, he
the end Major General KH Singh, GOC, Ace of
Spades Division presented vote of thanks.
bottles of blood donated
Sept 21: Sixty-two bottles of blood
were collected by Blood Transfusion Department of
Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu during
camps organized at different places as a part of
upcoming celebrations of National Voluntary Blood
Donation Day, falling on October 1.
staff members of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kunjwani
including its Principal Usha Shavinder donated
blood while many other members registered
themselves for donation.
units of blood were donated by the staff members
of Idea Cellular company while 12 units were
donated by the staff of Sher-I-Kashmir University
for Agricultural Science and Technology (SKUAST),
HoD Blood Transfusion Department, Dr T R Raina
added that more such blood donation camps would
be organized in the coming days to celebrate
National Voluntary Blood Donation Day on October
organizes meeting with MLAs, MLCs
Sept 21: The Chamber of Commerce and
Industry (CCI) today organized a meeting of MLAs
and MLCs from Jammu province along with the
representatives of trade and industry as well as
the meeting, Y V Sharma president CCI said that
the main objective of organizing this meeting was
to appeal the legislators of the Jammu to rise
above their political affiliations and forge a
unity to redress the grievances and problems of
the people of the region.
Sharma reminded the audience that an exercise had
been done to invite the Ministers of the Jammu
region with the same objective. He informed that
all the ministers of Jammu province had assured
the Chamber that they would definitely work for
getting all the problems of the region solved.
Sharma highlighted the various problems of the
people of the region pending before projects in
Jammu and the position of political back stages
in the region. He also called upon the
legislators to form a joint front for the rights
of Jammu region and present a forceful position
before the Government.
assured all cooperation on behalf of civil
society and traders to the legislators.
employees hold dharna
Sept 21: The employees of the
Doordarshan under the banner of Recognized
Association Forum of AIR and Doordarshan today
held day long dharna and opposed the recent move
of the Prasar Bharti.
the gathering, the speakers stressed to protest
the democratic right of employees and start the
reorganization process of the Association as per
recognized service act (RSA) immediately in time
called upon all the members of recognized
associations to remain united and fight against
the anti-democratic steps to crush employees
Association in AIR and Doordarshan.
speakers who addressed the gathering were GL
Khajuria, unit secretary, ARTEE, Mohinder Kumar,
unit secretary, ADTEA and Vinod Sharma, unit
making public OP Sharma Comm report
Sept 21: Bharatiya Janata Party has
asked the State Government to table in the House,
report of Justice O P Sharma Commission to
enquire into cause of death and forcible
cremation of the dead body of Kuldeep Verma.
a press conference, BJP State spokesperson Ramesh
Arora asked the Government to make public the
outcome of the inquiry report in a transparent
manner. He added that O P Sharma Commission has
submitted report to the Government but inspite of
passing of one month no step has been taken by
the Government. The report pointed out
responsibility of police officials of the rank of
SSP and SP with observations that after inquiry
it was found these officials were responsible for
attempting to cremate the dead body at Bishnah.
Verma, widow of Late Kuldeep Verma, State
secretary, BJP, was also present in the press
Sept 21: National Panthers Party
(NPP) is going to hold protest demonstration in
front of High Court, in protest against the
Government for not redressing the demands of
Talwara migrants, who were fighting for the same
for past so many years.
a press conference, Anita Thakur, general
secretary said that Government is responsible for
defying the orders of the Supreme Court of India
to provide relief to the Jammu Migrants at par
with Kashmiri Migrants.
demanded immediate action for contempt of the
Court against the Relief Commissioner and the
Chief Minister for defying the orders of the
Supreme Court of India.
others present were Balwan Singh, Chairman,
Talwara Migrant Camps.
distributes study material
Sept 21: As part of civic action
programme under "Operation
Sadhbhavana", Army today distributed study
material among the students of two Government
said programme was held under the aegis of 4
Rashtriya Rifles, who distributed school bags and
study material to students of Government Middle
School, Hanga and Chakra Bharti, Tehsil
Bhaderwah, Doda District.
on the occasion Jai Raj Sharma, Headmaster,
Government Middle School, Chakra Bharti said that
these kind of initiatives by the Army are always
welcome as they help people of such far flung
areas to relate themselves with main stream
total of 117 students of Government Middle
School, Hanga and Chakra Bharti, will be
benefited and this noble effort of the Rashtriya
Rifles located at Bhaderwah was immensely
appreciated by one and all.
celebrates BWWAs 2nd Raising Day
Sept 21: To celebrate 2nd Raising
Day of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA), a
program was organized at 94 BN, BSF Campus,
the occasion, Gurjant Singh Dhaliwal, Commandant
of the unit was the chief guest while large
number of officers, lady wives of BSF personnel
and Jawans participated in the programme.
prorgammes like bhangra, folk dance, musical
display by units orchestra team, magic
show, tambola games, planting of saplings, quiz,
etc were some of the programmes organized to mark
the 2nd Raising Day.
warns against return move
Kashmiri Hindu Conference (KHC) in its
meeting here today held under the chairmanship of
M L Thusoo discussed the prevailing situation in
the state viz a viz Governments return
The meeting made
it clear that the ground situation was not
conducive for the return of the displaced Pandits
to Valley and Government of India was fully aware
about the same. But unfortunately it is not
dealing with this sensitive issue sincerely.
The members of the
core group said that the community should not be
lured by any liberal economic package till
foolproof security measures are taken into
The meeting said
that before talking about return, the Government
should ensure statutory safeguards for cultural
heritage, religious places and shrines of the
community, granting a political space to the
community and constitutional safeguards to
Kashmiri Pandits as minuscule minority.
It said without
these measures the package lacks credibility.
Those who addressed the meeting included P L Koul
Budgami, K L Ganjoo, J K Maktoom, M L Daftari and
A K Sadhoo.
gives discourses on Bhagwat Mahapuran
Feb 21: On
the third day of Shrimad Bhagwat Saptah Samoroh
at Shiv Shakti Temple Roop Nagar, Swami Bushan
Lal Bhat president Hari Kirtan Satsang Adhyatmik
Trust threw detailed light on the teachings of
Shri Bhagwat Mahapuran and Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta.
He urged the
people to follow the path of Shrimad Bhagwat
Mahapuran and seek the blessings of Ved Viyas Ji
Mahraj and great Gurus for enlightment.
The Bhagwat Saptah
was organized by Hari Kirtan Satsangh Mandli
Durga Nagar. It started on September 19.
A large number of
people attended the Satsang today. Dr Bal Krishan
Koul was the guest of honour on the occasion.
flags off educational tour
Sept 21: Army
today flagged off an educational tour for the
children hailing from insurgency affected areas
of the district. The tour was organised by the
Khari based Rashtriya Rifles Battalion and a
total of 23 students and two teachers of
Government schools, Khari Bowl participated in
the educational tour.
tour was flagged off for 10 days excursion by
Major General, Madinani Ramesh Babu, GOC, Delta
The excursion will
include visit to important places of Pathankot,
Jalandhar and Chandigarh.
impressive flagging-off ceremony at Dharmund,
Major General Madinani Ramesh Babu interacted
with the children and teachers and expressed the
hope that the excursion would leave a memorable
imprint on their minds and provide them an ideal
opportunity to witness the infrastructural
development and intricate social fabric of
secularism in our country.
will be allowed to weaken accession: HSS
Sept 21: Hindustan
Shiv Sena (HSS) has warned all those political
parties who are trying to weaken the accession of
the state with rest of country for their vote
bank politics in the state.
Talking to media
persons here today, chairman of the Sena Dimpy
Kohli and its general secretary G I Singh said
his organization will fight such forces with full
might. He said the accession of the state is full
and final and every Indian stands by
Parliamentary resolution of 1994 in this regard.
Mr Kohli took
serious exception to permission granted by
Government to an independent MLA to bring a
resolution on clemency to dreaded terrorist
responsible for attack on Indian Parliament in
2002 and also expressed serious concern over the
move of a PDP member seeking deletion of Section
B of the State Constitution by virtue of which
J&K is an integral part of India.
He said the people
will watch the role of Jammu MLAs during the
resolution moved by independent MLA on Guru.
defused on Poonch road
Sept 21: Security
forces today destroyed an Improvised Explosive
Device (IED) at Bhimber Gali on Rajouri-Poonch
road and averted a major tragedy.
said a patrol party of the security personnel
detected an IED, planted by the militants at
Bhimber Gali, and stopped vehicular movement on
A Bomb Disposal
Squad was called to the spot, which defused the
restored on the road after the area was