Normal life affected due to
transport strike
Strike to continue today

as talks fail to yield result

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 21: The transporters have extended their strike for tomorrow also after the talks between Government and their representatives deadlocked this evening ..more

Govt contemplating
Kandi Development
Authority: CM

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 21: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that the State Government is contemplating Kandi Development Authority to ensure comprehensive..more

CS for strict
adherence to
transfer policy

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, 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....more

Brown sugar worth `
50 lakh seized, 2 held

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 21: Police today arrested two narcotics smugglers and recovered half-a kilogram of brown sugar having value of `50 lakh in the international market....more

Pak situation should be
eye opener for Kashmiri
youth: Mufti

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 21: 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..more

JeH demands stern
punishment for killers of
Maulana Showkat

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, 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...more

GEJAC protests in
front of Raj Bhawan, torches copies
of agreement

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.The ...more

` 2.87 cr worth items traded

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Sept 21: 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......more

     
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SRINAGAR, Sept 21: 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 Sharief.

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JAMMU, 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 September 28.

Improve efficiency, gain public confidence: Khoda.....
SRINAGAR, 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.

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Normal life affected due to transport strike
Strike to continue today as talks fail to yield result

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

Entire public 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.

The daily 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 worst hit.

Hundreds of 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 surprise.

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 agitated drivers.

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.

Reports coming from other districts of the region said that public transport remained off the roads in all the districts of the region in support of today’s 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.

"There will be complete strike of public transport tomorrow as no headway was achieved in today’s 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 action later.

The Government 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.

Tomorrow’s meeting will also be attended by Minister of Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon.

Govt contemplating Kandi Development Authority: CM

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SRINAGAR, Sept 21: 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.

To another 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.

CS for strict adherence to transfer policy

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SRINAGAR, 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.

"Administrative Secretaries should ensure that the general public does not suffer for want of necessary staff in the public service delivery in these areas," he added.

The Chief 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.

Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary chaired a high level meeting to take stock of the preparations by the State for hosting the Northern Zonal Council meeting on September 27.

The Chief 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 meeting.

The Council will focus on areas of common interest and seek solution to the pending issues among the neighboring states.

Brown sugar worth ` 50 lakh seized, 2 held

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Sept 21: Police today arrested two narcotics smugglers and recovered half-a kilogram of brown sugar having value of `50 lakh in the international market.

Police spokesman 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 Thanamandi bridge.

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.

The narcotics 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.

Accordingly, 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 (NDPSA).

Pak situation should be eye opener for Kashmiri youth: Mufti

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 21: 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 aspirations.

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.

"The Government of India didn't make any headway vis--vis the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and this be achieved only when both India and Pakistan take concrete steps on J&K," he said.

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--vis the recommendations of interlocutors", he added.

While interacting 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 Mufti.

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," said Mufti.

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 her speech.

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," she said.

"Chief 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.

"Unmarked 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.

JeH demands stern punishment for killers
of Maulana Showkat

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, 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.

The protesters 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 intercepted them.

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.

"The All 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 party.

The protesters 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.

"After 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.

Malik threatened 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 October 5.

GEJAC protests in front of Raj Bhawan,
torches copies of agreement

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, 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.

The demonstrators 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 Kashyap.

Addressing the 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

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Sept 21: 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 ` 93,71,990.

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 day.

Concern over quality of work on TRC Shadra Sharief
Jora orders enquiry, warns against misuse of funds

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 21: 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 Sharief.

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 cautioned.

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 purpose.

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.

The meeting 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 the area.

Bhalla reviews Navratra arrangements at Bawe
Wali Mata temple

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JAMMU, 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 September 28.

The Minister said this while interacting with the officers during his visit to Shri Bawe Wali Mata temple, here today.

Commissioner, 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.

The Minister 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 temple shrine.

Improve efficiency, gain public confidence: Khoda

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SRINAGAR, 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.

Mr. Khoda 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 families.

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 Construction Division.

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 for redressal.

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.

BJP extends support to Agri technocrats,
other professionals demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 21: Extending his party’s 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 Rehbar-e-Taleem.

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 years).

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 coalition Government.

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.

Man-animal conflict camps held at Basht, Sudhmahadev

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 21: Department of Wildlife Protection, Jammu, organized an education and awareness camp at village Basht near Sudhmahadev Conservation Reserve on September 19.

Prominent 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.

Tahir Shawl, 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 protect wildlife.

Tehsildar Chenani, R K Anand, highlighted the growing man-animal conflict and advised the locals and school going children to observe utmost care and follow the Do’s and Don’ts issued by Department of Wildlife Protection.

Headmaster High 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.

General secretary 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.

Prominent locals who spoke on the occasion included Sajjad Salaria, Ghulam Nabi master, Farooq Katoch, Dimple Samyal etc.

Mubeen Naz, 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 respectively.

5 killed, 12 injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, 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 persons.

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 of Kishtwar.

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 Kokernag.

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 Heewan, Baramulla.

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 injuries.

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 was hospitalized.

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.

IDBI receives Spl Jury Award

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MUMBAI, 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".

Self income generation program concludes

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JAMMU, Sept 21: Nine days long self income generation Programme organized by the New India Assurance Company Limited (NIACL) concluded today at their training center, Satwari.

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 employment avenues.

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.

Ashok Rasgotra, Course Coordinator, said that the successful candidates would be authorized by the Insurance Regulatory Development Authority (IRDA) to have legality to practice insurance work.

CEC inaugurates Science Camp

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Leh, 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.

Prof M.A.Malik 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.

Prof G.V.R. 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 occasion.

APSCC delegation calls on ex-PoK PM

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SRINAGAR, Sept 21: 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 there.

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.

"We also 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.

Besides Jagmohan, the other members of APSCC present during the meeting include Mohan Singh (Retd DC), Daleep Singh Deepak, Sant Singh, Kulwant Singh Sagar and Gurdyal Singh.

Harbans Bhalla Educational Trust distributes scholarships

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JAMMU, 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, Jammu.

During the 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.

While speaking, 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.

Mahadev Mandir celebrates 51st Foundation Day

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JAMMU, 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.

Kanwarjeet Sethi, 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.

The function 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.

Prominent among 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.

2 more establishments booked for misusing domestic LPG

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JAMMU, 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.

An official 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 bread.

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 Prabhakar.

Power employees demand reorganization of PDD

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JAMMU, 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 staff.

This 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.

They 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.

Mr 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.

He 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.

Aslam Choudhary demanded immediate ban on direct recruitments in PDC and urged that the daily rated and other temporary workers be absorbed at their place.

MLA distributes solar lights, sanctions
` 4 lakh for stadium stairs

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, Sept 21: Member Legislative Assembly (MLA), Ashok Kumar, today distributed solar lights among the villagers of unelectrified Panchayats of Assar and Bhagwa blocks.

During 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.

While 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.

Addressing 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.

Meanwhile, Ashok Kumar also sanctioned ` 4 lakh for the construction of stadium stairs of Government Higher Secondary School, Batote.

Manmohan elected as new president of MES EU

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JAMMU, 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 Congress.

During 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.

Raghubir 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.

The MES employees of Satwari, Miran Sahib, Kaluchack, Brahmana Bari, Sunjwan, Air Force, Jammu and Nagrota polled during the election.

Later, 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.

"Peace Day" celebrated with enthusiasm

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JAMMU, 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 Peace".

On the occasion, Dr Kaushal Smotra, Principal of the college, was the chief guest.

The 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.

Volunteers of Red Cross of the college presented peace songs and poetry on peace, brotherhood and co-existence.

Earlier, 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 generations.

Meanwhile, 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 year’s International Day of Peace 2011 will be "Peace and Democracy-Make your Voice Heard".

Students 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 silent meditation.

Horticulture Deptt holds camp

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JAMMU, Sept 21: The Department of Horticulture under the Centrally sponsored scheme Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) organised day long Farmer’s Awareness Camp at Marh here today.

The 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.

MLA Marh Ch Sukhnandan was the chief guest, while Director Horticulture Jammu, J L Sharma, presided over the function.

While speaking, Ch Sukhnandan advised the farmers to remain in touch with field functionaries of the Department for maximum benefits of various developmental schemes.

The 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.

About 1200 plants of Amla, Ashwagandha and Shatawar were also distributed free of cost amongst farmers on the occasion.

Later, the guests also distributed cheques of about ` 1.5 lakh as financial assistance for purchasing tractor to farmers.

Among others present on the occasion included Dr Aftab Iqbal Mir and J L Raina besides other senior officers of the department.

JSM-P urges people to analyze emerging political scenario

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JAMMU, 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.

Addressing 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 J&K.

He 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.

JSM(P) 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.

Tehsil Development Committee meets MoS Higher Education

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JAMMU, 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 detailed memorandum.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Among 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.

CIC admonishes PIO Relief Organization

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JAMMU, 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.

In 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.

The CIC has sought reply within a period of one month from the PIO.

Under 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.

The 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.

Turning 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.

The Commission has further directed the PIO to disclose the said information within 15 days from receipt of the order.

GDC Rajouri holds seminar

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JAMMU, Sept 21: In continuation with the "Hindi Pakhwara" activities, Government Degree College, Rajouri organized a seminar on the topic "Languages Unite and not Divide".

Speaking 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.

Dr 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.

While 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.

Subject professors including Social Sciences, Medical, Non-Medical, Computer Sciences, Classical Languages delivered their lecture during the seminar.

Army organizes seminar for disabled soldiers

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RAJOURI, 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.

On the occasion, Lieutenant General JP Nehra, GOC, White Knight Corps was the chief guest.

The 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 Mary’s Technical Institute Pune and Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre, Chandigarh spoke on topics, which benefited the disabled soldiers.

On 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.

After the seminar, disabled soldiers were gifted six specially modified scooters and Veer Naris and disabled soldiers were also given monetary incentives and penury grants.

Speaking 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 it’s our duty to look after them, he said.

At the end Major General KH Singh, GOC, Ace of Spades Division presented vote of thanks.

62 bottles of blood donated

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JAMMU, 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.

Twelve staff members of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Kunjwani including its Principal Usha Shavinder donated blood while many other members registered themselves for donation.

Thirty-eight 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 said.

He added that more such blood donation camps would be organized in the coming days to celebrate National Voluntary Blood Donation Day on October 1.

CCI organizes meeting with MLAs, MLCs

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JAMMU, 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 eminent citizens.

Addressing 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.

Mr 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.

Mr 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.

He assured all cooperation on behalf of civil society and traders to the legislators.

Doordarshan employees hold dharna

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JAMMU, 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.

Adressing 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 bound manner.

They 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.

The speakers who addressed the gathering were GL Khajuria, unit secretary, ARTEE, Mohinder Kumar, unit secretary, ADTEA and Vinod Sharma, unit secretary, PSA.

BJP for making public OP Sharma Comm report

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JAMMU, 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.

Addressing 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.

Shilpi Verma, widow of Late Kuldeep Verma, State secretary, BJP, was also present in the press conference.

NPP to hold protest

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JAMMU, 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.

Addressing 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.

She 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.

Among others present were Balwan Singh, Chairman, Talwara Migrant Camps.

Army distributes study material

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 21: As part of civic action programme under "Operation Sadhbhavana", Army today distributed study material among the students of two Government schools.

The 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.

Speaking 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 activities.

A 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.

BSF celebrates BWWA’s 2nd Raising Day

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POONCH, Sept 21: To celebrate 2nd Raising Day of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA), a program was organized at 94 BN, BSF Campus, Achhad.

On 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.

Cultural prorgammes like bhangra, folk dance, musical display by unit’s orchestra team, magic show, tambola games, planting of saplings, quiz, etc were some of the programmes organized to mark the 2nd Raising Day.

KHC warns against return move

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 21: 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 Government’s return formula.

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 account.

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.

Swami Ji gives discourses on Bhagwat Mahapuran

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JAMMU, 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.

Army flags off educational tour

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, 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.

The educational tour was flagged off for 10 days excursion by Major General, Madinani Ramesh Babu, GOC, Delta Force, Dharmund.

The excursion will include visit to important places of Pathankot, Jalandhar and Chandigarh.

During the 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.

No party will be allowed to weaken accession: HSS

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JAMMU, 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.

IED defused on Poonch road

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 21: Security forces today destroyed an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Bhimber Gali on Rajouri-Poonch road and averted a major tragedy.

Official sources said a patrol party of the security personnel detected an IED, planted by the militants at Bhimber Gali, and stopped vehicular movement on Rajouri-Poonch road.

A Bomb Disposal Squad was called to the spot, which defused the IED.

Traffic was restored on the road after the area was sanitized.



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