10-yr-old shot at
Jammu: A ten-year-old boy was today shot to death by an unidentified
gunman in mountainous Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir.
"A boy identified as Tauseef Ahmed, resident of village Bewali was
shot from a rifle by an unidentified gunman while he was playing
outside his residence," Arif Rishu-SP Doda here said.
He said that the boy was immediately shifted to the hospital but was
declared as brought dead. "We have registered a case and investigating
the matter while manhunt is on to identify and apprehend the culprit,"
Shiksha Niketan felicitates 8th Class
JAMMU, APR 8: Continuing its exceptional performance in the education
sector, the Shiksha Niketan Senior Secondary School (SNSSS) has once
again bagged eight positions in the eighth standard results declared
by DIET yesterday.
The school marked yet another milestone of hundred percent result in
the said exams over which the parents and guardians of the students
have expressed their gratitude to the school management.
There were 154 students who had appeared in the 8th class examination
out of which eight have scored positions while others have
successfully passed the examination that too in good ranks.
Those who have scored positions included Varun Mangotra 6th position,
Mayank Mahajan and Balvinder Kour 7th position, Sunil Saini and
Kanishka Thapa 8th position, Sonali Sharma and Sableen Kour 9th
position and Karandeep Kour 10th position.
Principal of the school while felicitating the students congratulated
them as well as their parents for the meritorious performance.
DGP hands over prizes to raffle draw winners
JAMMU APR 8: The Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad
distributed fabulous prizes among the raffle draw winners of Police
Public Mela which was held at Jammu on 31st March, 2013.
As many as 22 prizes of raffle draw were handed over to the winners
during an impressive function held at Police Headquarters (PHQ) here
On the occasion, the DGP congratulated the prize winners and extended
good wishes to them for their happy and prosperous life. He also gave
them valuable suggestions to make best use of the prizes.
The Bumper prize was handed over to the winner Shakeel Ahmed of Sopore,
who has won the prize against raffle draw ticket no: A-38635. Besides,
4 Santro cars were handed over to the first prize winners Abdul Rashid
of Pulwama, Fayaz Ahmed of Anantnag, Parvinder Singh of Batmaloo and
Syed Inam-Ullah of Narbal, who have won the prizes against ticket
numbers C-15475, A-43230, E-30382 and B-31705 respectively.
Likewise, 4 Alto Cars were handed over to the second prize winners
Mohammad Yousuf of Devsar Kulgam, Shabir Ahmed Qureshi of Beerwah, DK
Muttoo of Janipur and Pawan Kumar of Dansal Jammu who have won the
prizes against ticket numbers D-03957, E-42207, B-17141, and C-34753
Similarly, 2 Nano Cars were handed over to the winners namely Sumit
Sharma of Udhampur and Ashok Kumar of Kathua who have won the prizes
against ticket numbers B-53642 and E-52377.
Similarly, three Motor Cycles were handed over to the winners namely
Yograj of Kathua, Fayaz Ahmed of Ganderbal and Harbans Lal of Vijaypur
who have won the prizes against ticket numbers A-34868, B-73475 and
E-55377. Besides, two Scooties were handed over to Lekhraj of Doda and
Arun Kumar of Bhaderwah, who have won the prizes against ticket
numbers A-93828 and B-03854.
The prize winners hailed the transparent process in which raffle draw
was held and expressed the hope that they will participate in such
Melas in future also. They said that the Police Public Mela has been
gaining momentum every year and has become an attractive event for the
Among others, the function was attended by ADGP (Headquarters), SP
Vaid, DIG (Administration) PHQ, RP Resutra, AIG (Welfare) PHQ, RS
Samyal, AIG (Buildings), Shabir Ahmed, Director Prosecution (PHQ)
Mushtaq Ahmed and other senior police officers.
BZAC demands District status to Billawar, to
protest on Apr 24
BILLAWAR, APR 8: Convener Billawar Zila Andolan Committee (BZAC), Hari
Chand Jalmeria Advocate has strongly reacted to the statement of the
Chief Minister made in the Assembly last week wherein he refused to
create any new district in the state. Addressing meetings at Billawar,
Bhaddu, Bathri, Dharamkot, Rampur, Durang, Dangara, Gurha Kalyal and
Nagrota Gujroo, Jalmeria said that the decision of the State Govt.
refusing to create Billawar District is unacceptable. Billawar,
Basohli and Bani have been discriminated in the field of development
and also when 8 new districts were created by the State Govt. ignoring
the genuine claim of Billawar district. Jalmeria said that this area
has dimension of 250x150 kilometers covering three tehsils.
The Billawar Zila Andolan Committee decided to hold one day Protest
Dharna on 24th April 2013 at tehsil ground Billawar against the State
Govt. decision of the rejecting the demand for creating Billawar
District. Sarpanchs of Bhaddu (Naresh Kumar Sharma), Dadwara (Jatinder
Singh Bhadwal Advocate) and Durang (Birendera Singh Advocate)
organized meetings in their respective Panchayats.
During the two days' campaign, Jalmeria was accompanied by BR Upadhyay,
Ram Dhan, Bishan Dass Sharma, Raghunath Singh, Bhagwan Singh, Prem
Singh Bhadwal, Mohinder Kumar, Kamal Singh Jamwal, Arvind Singh
Jalmeria, and Khayali Ram. They called upon the people to join the
24th April protest dharna in large numbers.
SNM organizes camp on World Health Day
MORUP STANZIN & RIGZIN ANGMO
LEH, APR, 8: On the eve of World Health Day, District Health
Department Leh organized a health camp on the theme "Control your
blood pressure, control your life" for elderly people at Sonam Norboo
Memorial Hospital (SNMH) Leh.
The LAHDC Chief Executive Councilor Rigzin Spalbar was chief guest on
the occasion while Executive Councilor for Health Dr. Sonam Wangchuk
was the guest of honour on the occasion.
Lauding the Health Department for holding the Camp, CEC advocated for
holding such camps in the remote villages particularly in the winter
months when people are free so that they can avail maximum benefit
from such camps. Holding individual manners and habits responsible for
causing various types of diseases, the CEC stressed upon adhering to
"prevention is better than cure".
He also inspected the stalls displayed by the medical staff and while
conducting a round of medical wards he interacted with the indoor
patients to know about their well being.
Speaking on the occasion Executive Councilor Dr. Sonam Wangchuk
mentioned in detail about the two types of diseases communicable and
non-communicable dieses and its precautions method.
Deputy Commissioner Leh Tsering Angchok expressing satisfaction over
functioning of Health Department informed that about R 45 crore has
been sanctioned under PM package to complete the three New Blocks at
Earlier presenting the welcome speech, District Health Officer Dr.
Morup Dorjay informed about the establishment of World Health
Organization (WHO) and its functions.
A scintillating culture programme was presented by the medical staff
to spread health awareness message on the occasion.
Presenting vote of thanks on the occasion Dr. P. Tsering, Medical
Superintendent highlighted the issue of medical staff shortage at SNM
'Rs 1.10 cr DPRs for up-gradation of power
JAMMU, APR 8: Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan today
directed the executing agencies to ensure time-bound completion of
Core sector projects taken up in Rajouri district to upgrade the basic
During his extensive tour of Rajouri district, the Minister took stock
of people's problems and also inspected the pace of progress on
Patarora-Gambair Muglan, Gambair Muglan to Htansari and Gambair Muglan
to Baroote roads.
The Minister was apprised that these road projects are being
constructed at a cumulative cost of R 13.84 crore under PMGSY and
after completion would provide road connectivity to over 20,000
population of these border areas.
The Minister instructed the concerned Engineers to redouble their
efforts and accelerate the pace on the on-going projects to ensure
time-bound completion and utilization of quality material.
During the tour, the Minister conducted Public Darbar at Gambair
Muglan and listened to people's problems and developmental needs. He
issued on-the-spot instructions to the concerned officers for
mitigating genuine problems and developmental needs of the people well
in time. He instructed officers to conduct frequent visits to remote
and border areas for timely redressal of people's needs besides close
monitoring of the developmental projects. He also directed concerned
officers to ensure that the benefits of welfare schemes percolate down
to the deserving people.
The Minister said that government was committed to develop hilly and
remote areas at par with urban areas, adding that in this regard
several innovative measures are already underway in these areas.
He informed that the power infrastructure in the area would be
upgraded and for the purpose DPRs of s 1.10 crore has already been
formulated under RAPDRP.
He said government was also considering establishment of more health
centres in the State this year with special focus on the hilly and
The Minister during his visit addressed series of public meetings in
the area and called upon the people to take full benefits of
government launched welfare schemes and flagship programmes for their
Teachers have pivotal role in transformation of
Society: Dy CM
SRINAGAR, APR 8: Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today urged teaching
fraternity to come up to the expectations of the people by utilizing
their experience, skills and qualification for the welfare of society.
Tara Chand assured that teachers who perform well shall be awarded
while stern action shall be taken against the poor performers. He
directed for constituting a committee which shall examine the teachers
on the basis of their performance during last three years.
This was stated by Tara Chand while responding to the demands put
forth by the various deputations of Teachers forum, Lecturers forum
and other representatives who called upon the Deputy Chief Minister at
Winter Secretariat here today.
To streamline the education policy for restructuring the quality
education and better results, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the
Government has set up a panel of educationists to give suggestions for
framing an education policy for the State and directions have been
already given to constitute a committee for recommendations in this
Responding to the demands put forth by the deputationists regarding
the transfer of Lecturers, Teachers and Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers, the
Deputy Chief Minister said that their demands shall be looked into on
priority. He also said that the period of service rendered by the
teachers in remote and far-flung areas shall be curtailed by one year.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that teaching is a noble profession and
teachers are the nation builders so they should deliver their best
with dedication and devotion and come up to the expectations of the
While hailing the efforts and steps taken by Tara Chand in reforming
the School Education Department all the representatives unanimously
said that Tara Chand has actually taken steps on ground rather than
hallow promises. They said that various issues including departmental
promotions which was a long pending demand of teachers, Masters and
Incharge lecturers have been fulfilled.
The Director, School Education, Kashmir, Mohammad Shafi Rather was
also present on the occasion.
LPG home delivery in all towns by May 30: Ramzan
JAMMU, APR 8: With the successful implementation of home delivery in
Jammu and Srinagar, Minister for Consumers Affairs and Public
Distribution and Transport, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan today directed
Oil & Gas Companies to ensure LPG home delivery in all towns of the
state by May 30, 2013 positively.
The Minister said this while reviewing the supply position of LPG in
the state and implementation of home delivery in twin capitals of the
state at a high level meeting here this morning.
Minister of state for Technical Education, Information and CAPD, Vikar
Rasool was also present in the meeting.
The Ministers directed the Oil & gas Companies to ask their dealers to
set up infrastructure for the purpose in advance and publicise the
contact numbers of their respective gas agencies in print media to
facilitate the consumers.
He further directed that there would be no point delivery after
launching the home delivery in the towns.
The Meeting also discussed the setting up of new gas agencies at block
level and asked the secretary CA&PD to visit the locations identified
by the oil and gas companies under RGGVY to ensure that every block of
the state was covered under the programme.
Secretary CA&PD, Mohammad Abass, Director CA&PD, Jammu, State Level
Coordinator, IOC, J&K, Mr R.K Shahab, Sr. Regional Manager, HPCL, J&K,
Ashwani Kumar, Manager IOCL, Jammu Ajay Wazir, Manager ( sales) BPCL,
Jammu, Ankur Mishra were present in the meeting.
Fast Track Courts to be established: Saifullah
JAMMU, APR 8: While addressing the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers
and Chief Justices of High Courts held at New Delhi, the Minister for
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Mir Saifullah, representing J&K
dwelt in detail on the initiatives taken by the State Government to
reduce pendency in the High Court and Subordinate Courts. The
initiatives, he said, include filling up of vacant positions in the
High Court and Subordinate Courts, creation of new courts and
establishment of Dehi Adalats.
The Minister also said that establishment of Fast Track Courts is
under active consideration of the State Government to facilitate
speedy disposal of cases and early dispensation of justice. He said
that the State Government has also taken various steps to upgrade the
judicial infrastructure in the State adding that the government was
considering increasing the funding to meet this goal. He informed that
the State was keen to ensure Juvenile Justice and for the purpose Care
and Protection of Children Bill, 2013 has been passed by the State
Legislature in the recently held Budget Session. It will be new
beginning for welfare of needy juvenile in the State and its
implementation process would be initiated soon, he added.
CA&PD dealers call on minister, highlight demands
DODA APR 8 : A deputation of Dealers Association of district Doda
called on the minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution
Choudhary Mohd Ramzan at Jammu today and apprised him of the
difficulties being faced by them in Doda. They presented a memorandum
of demands including enhancement of their commission, payment of rent
of the shops/ buildings in which CA&PD outlets are situated, waiving
of cost of empty jute bags and overcoming the losses due to shortage
of food grains in transit. The deputation also raised the demand of
bringing the dealers of CA&PD under the purview of service rules so
that a job security and benefits of post active service are extended
to this category of employees.
The minister gave a patient hearing to the deputation and assured the
dealers of sympathetic consideration of their genuine demands. The
minister said that he has called a meeting of the higher authorities
of the department and the demands presented by the Dealers Association
Doda would be included in the agenda of the meeting for further
discussion and decisions. The minister appreciated the deputation for
taking up the cause of the dealers of CA&PD which will benefit the
dealers of other parts of the state also.
The deputation was led by Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy MLC while Chaman
Lal Bhagat Ex-MLA, Niaz Ahmed Zargar President Dealers Association
Doda, Anayat-Ullah Dealer Koti, Akhter Hussain Marmat, Mohd Shafi,
Daali and Hari Krishan dealer Dessa were also in the deputation.
Rana visits Talab Khatikan, interacts with
JAMMU, APR 8: Provincial President National Conference Devender Singh
Rana today extensively visited Talab Khatikan in the interiors of the
Jammu city and interacted with prominent citizens of the area.
Accompanied by Ajaz Jan, MLA Poonch, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Provincial
Secretary, Abdul Karim Wani, Mohammad Ayub Malik, Peer Hussain Nisar
Shah, Rahim Dad, Rajesh Bakshi, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, Surinder
Singh Bunty,Pardeep Bali, Dilshad Begum, Rita Gupta,Pankaj Kohli,
Rakesh Chib, Mudasir Zargar, Sanjay Gupta, Narinder Singh Talwar, the
Provincial President was apprised about the progress on widening of
the approach road to Jamia Masjid.
He assured the Intzamia of the Masjid that the issue with regard to
early completion of the road widening in the mosque periphery will be
taken up with all concerned for its timely completion. He emphasized
the importance of the area and said this is required to be developed
in a befitting manner keeping in view its aesthetic grandeur and
Rana said that development of Talab Khatikan as per the Jammu City
Master Plan will add a new feature to the grandeur of the city which
remains hub of business activity round the year, particularly during
the winter months.
Interacting separately with prominent citizens and party workers, the
Provincial President reiterated his party's commitment to
socioeconomic uplift of all the segments of society and equitable
development of the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir and urged the
people to cooperate in achieving this cherished agenda.
Rana spoke about the various initiatives taken for the faster
development of the Jammu city and said that its strategic importance
as gateway to the scenic Kashmir Valley and base camp for the pilgrims
call for the holistic development, maintenance of health and hygiene
besides availability of facilities in terms of infrastructure in the
He assured the people of the area that he will take up all these
issues with the government and all concerned for expeditious
Rana also spoke at length about the achievements registered by the
coalition government under the leadership of Omar Abdullah and said
this journey will continue for all round development of the State. He
said National Conference has been striving for inclusive development
of all the areas in order to enhance the quality of living of the
Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included Talat
Niaz Qazi, B.A. Rafiqui, Sheikh Zahoor, Salim Khan, Mohsin Salaria,
Imran Salaria, Sadiq Malik, Parvez Malik, Mohammad Reyaz, Rahil Malik,
Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Sadiq.
Enhanced basic services being extended on
JAMMU, APR 8: Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman
Bhalla, today said that present Government has registered
unprecedented development during last four years with expansion of
improved basic amenities in the state with emphasis on unattended
This was stated by the Minister while addressing a large gathering at
Rakh Gaddigarh after inaugurating R 7 lakh development works.
The Minister said government has launched various schemes to upgrade
the living standards of the poor lot of urban pockets in the State. He
called upon the poor to avail the benefits of schemes like Basic
Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) and Indira Awas Yojna (IAY).
Listing the measures taken by the Government in Bhour camp and
Gaddigarh, Bhalla said the Government has earmarked s 4.77 crore for
construction of two Primary Health Centres (PHCs), one each at Lower
Gaddigarh and Bhour Camp adding the hospitals would be dedicated to
the people soon with all latest healthcare facilities at par with
Gandhi Nagar hospital.
To ease rush at Shri Maharaja Gulab Singh hospital (SMGS) in Shalimar,
a 7-storey maternity hospital costing s 70 crore is in progress at the
available land near Government Gandhi Nagar hospital which is expected
to be completed by next year.
Deliberating upon other measures being taken by the government, Bhalla
said the Government has also approved s 1.53 crore for construction of
cremation ground with facilities of waiting shed, approach road, bath
ghat and s 1.40 crore for Revenue Complex at Lower Gaddigarh. He asked
the executing agencies to put their sincere efforts in completing the
projects within stipulated time frame for convenience of the general
The Minister further informed that the Government has earmarked s 1.50
crore for construction of multipurpose community hall near Kanshipuram
ashram, adding that on its completion the locals would be able to
arrange their social as well as religious functions on nominal fee.
Bhalla assured the people that all their genuine demands and
development needs would be fulfilled in a phased manner.
For development of surrounding areas of ancient Ranbir Nath Ji temple
near Jammu airport, the Minister said the Government has released s 89
lakh for construction of approach road, landscaping, toilet complex,
illumination, seating, jogging track and car parking facilities for
the visitors. He said the project is being executed by tourism
department under Border Area Tourism Development Programme, Suchetgarh
and would be completed by December this year.
Regarding up gradation and expansion of Jammu Airport, the Minister
informed that centre government has approved s 71 crore for this
purpose adding the project envisages upgradation of facilities at par
with International standards.
Later, at Central Mohallah in Bahu Fort, Bhalla also launched
construction work of approached steps including retaining wall and
surface drain from central Mohallah to Qasim Nagar, for which
Government has earmarked s 9 lakh.
7 PoK guests arrive, 17 Kashmiris cross over
SRINAGAR, Apr 8: Seven fresh guests from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK)
arrived here this afternoon while 17 Kashmiris crossed over to other
side of the Line of Control (LoC) at Kaman post, the last Indian
military post in Uri sector.
Eight PoK residents also returned to their homes after completing
their stay in Kashmir with their relatives, separated in 1947,
official sources said here.
They said seven PoK residents, including four women arrived at Kaman
post after crossing the Aman Setu, peace bridge, on foot this
They said 17 Kashmiris, including nine women and a child, crossed over
to PoK to meet their relatives.
So far 42 PoK residents and 126 Kashmiris have crossed sides on LoC in
the Karvan-e-Aman bus operating between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad,
capital of PoK since April 7, 2005.
The service has helped thousands of families divided in 1947 due to
partition to meet each other.
Div Com finalizes Baisakhi Festival arrangements
JAMMU, APR 8: A number of mega cultural events are being organized
during Baisakhi Festival from April 13 to 15 in Jammu city, Akhnoor,
Mansar, Surinsar and Billawar by the Department of Tourism in
collaboration with other departments.
This was informed in the high level meeting convened here today under
the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner Jammu Pardeep Gupta.
The meeting was attended by Director Tourism Jammu Soujanya Sharma,
Deputy Commissioner Jammu Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Deputy Commissioner Samba
Mubarak Singh, Joint Director Information Jammu Smita Sethi, XEN PHE
Ashok Gandotra, XEN PDD A. K. Chibber, other senior officers of Police
and various departments besides Chairman Jammu Vikas Pariatan Mandal
Ravi Mahajan, President Jammu Hotels and Lodges Association Inderjeet
Khajuria, President Khatika Talab Hotel Association Jammu Ashiq
Hussain and President Businessman Association Jammu B. B. Kotwal.
Spelling out the details in the meeting, Director Tourism Jammu
informed the meeting that Tourism Department has proposed Mubarak
Mandi Heritage Complex, Jeo Potha River Front, Akhnoor, Mansar/Surinsar
and Naj Ground Billawar as the main venues for holding varied Cultural
and other events during the three-day Baisakhi Festival. He said
inauguration of the festival would to be held on April 13 evening at
Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex.
The main attractions of the event are Heritage Miniature Camp at
Mubarak Mandi Complex, cultural programmes in all the three days,
Heritage Photo Exhibitions, illumination of Mubarak Mandi Complex,
Audio visual historical feature, Dogra Food Stalls and Fire works on
April 15, etc.
He said that during Festival at Jeo Potha river front Akhnoor,
organizing of Arti at the banks of river Chenab would be the main
event on April 13, 2013. The events to be held at Mansar and Surinsar
include cultural programmes, Dogra Food Stalls J&K Indian Style
Wrestling Competition-Surinsar on 13 April at 3 p.m.
Regarding the arrangements made for smooth conduct of the festival and
facilitating the visitors during the festival days, the meeting was
apprised that all necessary arrangements have been made by the Tourism
and other departments involved in the conduct of the festival.
Cleanliness Drive initiated in Tingmosgang
LEH, APR 8: In order to keep the fragile environment neat and clean,
villagers of Tingmosgang, led by Nambardar Tashi Dorjay in
collaboration with Primary Health Center Tingmosgang initiated
Cleanliness Drive on Sunday.
In the Cleanliness Drive, a large number of School children,
villagers, youth, Ama Tsogspa headed by its President Tsering Lazes,
Medical staff headed by Dr. Shamim and other volunteers were present.
Drive was carried out in all the surrounding areas, including the main
stream (Tokpo) which was badly damaged during the 2010 flash flood and
tons of garbage was removed from the spot.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shamim asserted upon keeping a neat and
clean surrounding to avoid viral infection and other communicable
diseases in the areas. He said that Tingmosgang is a booming tourist
place and responsibility lies on all the residents to keep the area
clean, which would also set an example for other villages.
Expressing happiness over mass participation in the drive, Nambardar
Tashi Dorjay advised the students not to throw paper waste and other
wrappers everywhere and instead make proper use of dustbin.
While distributing pamphlets with cleanliness and personnel hygienic
tips to the students, Dorjey pressed hard for the implementation of
the same in letter and spirit.
AISF demands building for GDC Kihotran
DODA, APR 8: All India Students Federation (AISF) unit Gandoh Bhalessa
held a meeting with the students of Government Higher Secondary School
Gandoh, under the Chairmanship of AISF District Vice President Mohd
In the meeting various issues and problems related to the students
were discussed which included construction of Building for Government
Degree College Kihotran, Half fare charges for students, lack of staff
in different Higher Secondary Schools etc.
Speaking on the occasion, a student said that in the absence of the
other optional subjects like EVS and Physical Education in the School,
the students are compelled to study Mathematics in Class 12th as
Addressing the gathering, Saleem assured the students that their
demands would be highlighted before the concerned authorities for the
earlier redressal. Saleem appealed to the Government for constructing
the building of Government Degree College Kihotran at the earliest,
failing which the students will hold protest.
Others present in the meeting included Mohd Ashraf, Pardeep Sharma,
Mohd Younis, Koshal Kumar, Balinder Singh, Liquat Ali, Rajan Manhas
and Koshal Rathore.
PDP flays Govt for apathetic attitude
JAMMU, APR 8: PDP Migrant Wing convened a meeting at PDP Office Gandhi
Nagar, here today. All the members present in the meeting have
condemned the attitude of Government for not passing the temple and
Speaking on the occasion, the leaders alleged that this pathetic
attitude has once again punctured the hollow slogans of the State
Government, regarding the return of Kashmiri Pandits to valley. The
unholy intention of the Government to root out the last symbols of the
community of which the Sufi's and saints where proud of, by not
passing the temple bill and deliberately left the temples at the mercy
The syndrome developing in the minds of ruling Government against the
community has crossed the limits. It recalls the period of Monarchs'
at that time the people were treated in the same way. This is clear
message to the KPs from the Government, who do not bother for the
sentiments of the community and are only after the slaughtering of
Kashmiriyat, for their vested interests. It is time to wake up and
show your presence generously in political arena and consolidate the
big vote bank of four lakh people and change the fate of the people of
the State in general and Kashmiri Pandits in particular by way of
express your inner wish in 2014 against the corrupt, callous, in-human
Government. Well said in all pious religious scripture it is
foolishness to test once again to those, who have been already time
test. Those who spoke in the meeting included Ashok Bhat, R K Pardesi,
P K Sharma, Sunil Bhat, Ashok Sidha, S K Raina, J L Raina, Anju Bhan,
Anil Pandita and Nana-Jee Wattal.
AJKUTF holds convention to highlight problems
RAJOURI, APR 8: A one-day convention of All Jammu Kashmir United
Teachers' Federation (AJKUTF) was held here today to discuss various
problems of teacher community, particularly recent promotions/
transfer policy, salary issue of SSAs etc.
The convention was presided over by Satish Sharma President AJKUTF.
Speaking on the occasion, Sharma expressed his concern over the
pending salaries of the teachers/Masters since months and urged upon
the Government to draw their salary without any further delay.
He also expressed anguish over the irregularities adopted by the
employees of Education Department, over the recent promotion lists
which were issued without any scrutiny or verification. He added that
the war footing promotions of retired /already promoted and even dead
ones have been made the by the Department due to the negligence of
staff deputed for preparing these lists.
Chairman Regional Employees Front Shahbaz Khan, said there are so many
irregularities and mistakes in seniority list. Some masters who are
working as masters since six to ten years have been shown as teachers
in this list which clearly shows negligence on the part of concerned
employees, who have not scrutinized the seniority lists and have not
bothered to verify the present position.
Leaders alleged irregularities and gross violation by the staff
engaged for preparing fixing of seniority for promotion
Khan demanded probe in fixing of the seniority for promotion of +2
lecturers by employees of the Department. He also suggested that while
promoting teachers as lecturers, the seniority must be considered from
date of passing the post graduate examination, instead of the date of
first appointment if Government is really sincere to raise the
standard of education.
Khan expressed his concern over the fact that the Post Graduate
Teachers/Masters in all streams particularly in Sociology with
professional Degree were not promoted inspite of completing more than
25 to 30 years in the Department, which clearly shows the seriousness
of the Department in raising the standard of Education.
BJP demands bifurcation of Rajouri
RAJOURI, APR 8: Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has demanded bifurcation of
Rajouri district to form Nowshera and Sunderbani as two separate
In a press statement issued here after completion of two days
extensive tour of Nowshera Sub-Division, State Vice-President of BJP
Vibodh Gupta said that the area is facing a lot of problems,
pertaining to power, water, shortage of medicare and road
connectivity, and the same are going to escalate in upcoming summer
Demanding district status to Nowshera and Sunderbani belt, Gupta said
that bifurcation of the District would help the population of both the
areas. He also said that inspite of having MLAs from ruling parties,
the condition of power sector is grim and that of roads is
dilapidated, making locals to suffer the most.
Gupta also said that during his two days tour of Nowshera division, he
interacted with locals of far flung areas who apprised the party cadre
about the problems being faced by residents.
Those who accompanied him during his visit included Mandal President
Mool Raj Sharma, Surinder Anand, Narinder Sharma, Vishal Gupta and
Court acquits accused in NDPS Case
JAMMU, APR 8: Principal Sessions Judge Kathua MK Hanjura today
acquitted one Narotam Singh, S/o Janak Singh who was allegedly
involved in NDPS case, as prosecution miserably failed to prove its
According to the police, on April 5, 2007 a tanker, bearing
registration No. HR-38F-7013, on way from Jammu to Lakhanpur, was
stopped by a Police patrol party during routine checking at Naka post
Kalibari. At the moment Laxman Singh (dead now) was driving the tanker
while as the accused Narotam Singh was travelling in the cabin. On
checking the tanker, it was found loaded with ten packets containing
poppy straw. These were concealed in the showcase fabricated near the
engine. Each packet weighed one kg. A sample of 60 gm was taken out of
each packet for chemical analysis. The accused were detained. A case
for offences u/s 8/15 NDPS Act bearing FIR no: 91 year 2007 was
registered at the police station Kathua. The investigation of the case
ensued. During the investigation the complicity of the accused in the
alleged offences was made out. The accused were found transporting the
poppy straw powder, weighing 60 kg, without valid documents. On the
completion of the investigation of the case, a charge sheet for the
offences under section 8/15 NDPS Act was preferred against the accused
in this court.
After hearing Advocate Ganga Ram for the accused person, Public
Prosecutor Ravi Gupta for the state, Principal Sessions Judge Kathua
MK Hanjura observed that the cumulative effect of all that has been
said and done above is that the prosecution has not presented its case
in a manner beyond any shadow of doubt. It has not been proved that
the seized contraband belonged to the plant papaver somniferum. The
percentage of morphine found in the contraband has not been stated by
the chemical analyst. The link evidence is missing in the case. There
is disparity in the weight of the samples allegedly taken by the
police authorities and sent for chemical analysis. Viewed in the total
context the prosecution case straightaway merits the acquittal of the
accused. Accordingly, the accused is acquitted of the charges levelled
against him and stands released from bail bonds. (JNF)
DB issues notice in review petition against
enhanced water charges
JAMMU, APR 8: A Division Bench of J&K High Court at its Jammu Wing
comprising Justice Mansoor Ahmed Mir and Justice DS Thakur today
issued notice returnable within four weeks to State of J&K through
Commissioner/Secretary PHE, Chief Engineer PHE and AEE PHE in a review
petition filed by Sat Pal Rathore who earlier filed a Public Interest
Litigation against the enhanced rate of water charges i.e. R920
instead R360 per year.
In the review petition it has been submitted that there is an error
apparent on the face of the judgment because in the title it is
mentioned that for the petitioner nobody was present, whereas Division
Bench has mentioned that DB heard the counsel appearing for the
parties and this is an error apparent on the face of the judgment. In
has been submitted that the respondent state cannot do an act without
any basis and state cannot use the powers in an arbitrary manner. No
reason has been assigned for sudden increase in the water usage
charges from R360 to R 800 and for the year 2012 it has been fixed as
R 920 per annum that too for 100 LPCD. LPCD means per capita per day
which means 100 litres of water will be provided per day. The rate so
fixed is highly arbitrary and the state of Jammu & Kashmir has a
custom of supplying free water to its subjects and even there was a
custom of Chhabeels so that the water could be supplied to thirsty
people which mostly include the public moving on the roads and the
labourers earning their livelihood by dint of physical hard work. (JNF)
DB issues notice to UOI, State, cable operators
JAMMU, APR 8: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Rajeshwari
Katoch against the installation of set-top boxes in the Jammu,
Division Bench of State High Court comprising Justice MA Mir and
Justice DS Thakur after hearing petitioner in person issued notice to
Union of India through Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
Chairman TRAI, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Additional Deputy
Commissioner Jammu, Take One JK Media Private Ltd and Space
Communication Network with ASGI KK Pangotra waiving notice on behalf
of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Advocate Ravinder Gupta
waiving notice on behalf of Chairman Telecommunication Regulatory
Authority of India and Sr. Additional Advocate General Gagan Basotra
on behalf of Deputy Commissioner Jammu and Additional Deputy
Commissioner Jammu. Now notice shall go to Take One JK Media Private
Ltd and Space Communication Network returnable within two weeks. The
Bench directed the Registry to List the case after two weeks.
In the petition it has been submitted that the matter is of great
public importance as also urgency as with every passing day, private
respondents are coercing people to install set-top boxes, in Jammu
much ahead of the scheduled time and making them enter into agreement
to their disadvantages. (JNF)
Agriculture is the backbone of economy: Mir
SRINAGAR, APR 8: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today
reiterated that the use of modern methods of agriculture production
shall boost the economy of farmers in the state. He said that
agriculture is the back bone of our economy and as many as 80 percent
of the people are associated with agriculture sector, urging the use
of modern technology and latest methods in the sectors of
Horticulture, Floriculture, Apiculture, Pisciculture and other allied
sectors, the Minister assured self sufficiency and sustenance for the
The Minister on the occasion asked the educated and unemployed youth
of the state to work for creation of job awareness in the agriculture
sector by establishing their income generating food processing units.
This was stated by the Minister at the inaugural sale exhibition of
Farm Tractors organised by Escort Limited, Valley View Automobile
Agency at Hotel Silver Star near Nougam Bye-pass.
The Minister also said that subsidy was provided for the sale of 800
tractors during last financial year by Agricultural Department. He
said that every effort is being made for the mechanization of
agricultural sector, besides awareness camps are being held for
acquainting the farmers for adopting the high yield variety seeds for
increasing the yield of crops so that the socio-economic condition of
farmers are improved.
Police organizes awareness camp in Leh
LEH, APR 8: Police Post Khaltsi of District Police Leh in
collaboration with Panchayat Halqa Skurbuchan and villages of
Skurbuchan organized an one day awareness camp cum Police Public
meeting at Skurbuchan yesterday on the topic "Role of Youth and
Community in Eradicating Social Menaces".
Sarpanch, Panchs, Nambardar and youth of the Skurbuchan and
surrounding villages attended the camp.
During the meeting, a number of prevailing social issues which lead to
various crimes were discussed in detail.
Additional SP Leh Phunchok Sonam presided over the meeting. Incharge
PP Khaltsi Jamyang Tsepal and eminent doctors attended the meeting and
shared their views on the said topic.
Power point presentations on important social issues, need of people’s
co-operation and relation with Police in maintaining public order and
menace of Alcohol etc. were part of the awareness camp.
During the meeting, an open discussion was also held wherein several
speakers amongst the audience shared views and threadbare discussion
took place viz a viz role of police, community and youth in
eradicating social menaces like drugs, alcohol, rash driving and need
of improvement in relation between youth and police.
Addressing the gathering, Phunchok Sonam emphasized the people to
co-operate with police in eradication of various social issues.
Youth join Congress in Bishnah
BISHNAH, APR 8: Satish Sharma Youth President LYC Jammu-Poonch
conducted an extensive tour of Panchayat Pandorian in Bishnah
Constituency, during which he addressed a number of public meetings. A
large number of local youth also joined hands with the party on the
While addressing youth Sharma felt that the people residing in
villages are not benefited from the ongoing development schemes
launched by union Government and appealed to the State Government to
empower the Panchayats.
Addressing a public meeting, Sharma said that Congress party believes
in grass root governance and Central leadership has also given a clear
cut message for the empowerment. He inspired the youth to take full
benefit of the various skill development schemes initiated by
Government of India through various agencies to earn a dignified
livelihood e.g Himayat, Umeed, Hunar se Rozgar.
Sharma added there is a need to improve the quality of education in
Government Schools as the GOI has opened the door of treasures to
strengthen the education sector in the state through its flagship
programmes like SSA, RAMSA. He also thanked Party high command
particularly Sonia Gandhi Chairperson UPA, Rahul Gandhi Vice President
AICC for re-appointing Prof. Saif-u-din Soz as JKPCC President in view
of his honesty, commitment and meritorious services rendered to the
party. Shashi Sharma also spoke on the occasion and raised the issues
being faced by the locals.
Those present on the occasion included Charanjeet Cheeku, Rajan
Sharma, Satinder Kumer AYC President, Pritam Singh Sarpanch, Sikander
Sharma Panch, Rajesh Sharma, Gulshan Kumar, Nitish Mahajan, Gharu Ram
Shia Federation highlights demands
JAMMU, APR 8: Shia Federation Subha Jammu today held a massive
demonstration and dharna, to press their demands.
Over 200 members of Shia community from various parts of Jammu and
Kashmir province joined the demonstration and dharna.
The protestors demanded restoration of Peer Mitha Police station
premises to the community, for its inclusion back into the Karbla
The President of the federation Ashiq Hussain Khan complained that the
premises where Peer Mitha police station (adjoining the Karbla
Complex), has been constructed, originally belongs to the community
and is a part of the Complex. It was unauthorizedly encroached upon by
He added that firstly a police post was set-up by raising a tent
there, later a building was constructed at the spot for the police
post, which was then upgraded to a police station and a new posh
building has been constructed there.
Hussain further said that the state Governments, right from the times
of Dogra rulers to the popular Governments, has been allotting lands
to the religious communities for their shrines etc, but in this case
the land which belonged to the community from the very beginning and
formed part of Karbla Complex, was encroached upon by the Government
for setting up police station there.
The protestors further demanded setting up of Shia Community Advisory
Board, on the pattern of Advisory Boards set up for Gujjars, Bakerwals,
Pahari people, SC and ST Boards etc. The demonstrators also demanded
political reservations in elected bodies, for the Shia community.
Hussain announced that in case their demands are not conceded by the
Government soon, the federation will be constrained to take the next
drastic step of resorting to hunger strike in the first week of May.
The General Secretary of the federation Dr Iftikhar Husaain Jafri
ruled out that neither due compensation has not been paid to the
farmers, most of whom belong to Shia community, whose lands were
acquired for construction of Baghaliar Hydel Project, nor the members
of their families have been absorbed at jobs in the project, as
assured. He demanded jobs for the young members of the families whose
lands were acquired for the project.
Jafri also complained that under PMGSY many villages in Mendhar tehsil
Poonch have not been provided road connectivity. These villages must
be brought under benefits provided to residents of boarder area (RBA),
The Shia Community members from Chanderkott, Ramban, Rajouri, Poonch,
Mendhar, Dalera, Mandi joined a large number of Shias from Jammu city
and its surroundings in the dharna and demonstration.
The special feature of the protest demonstration and dharna organized
by the Shia Federation was the active support from the members of all
other communities, from politicians to trade organizations and civil
society to the Shia Community. These included Ravi Mahajan President
JPVM, Indeerjeet Khajuria President AJHLA, S Peter Chairman Christian
Dalit Association, Paramjeet Singh Sikh Student Federation, Kulwant
Singh Sikh Naujawan Sabha, Baldev Khullar President RBBA, Ashwani
Kumar Gummat Bazaar Association, Atul Rajpal President Rajinder Bazaar
Association, Advocate Bupinder Singh, Ashok Gupta of Congress, Mushtak
Hussain Bukhari of NC and Jhangir Mir Congress MLC from Poonch.
Representatives of Shia Community from Kashmir who joined the protest
included Liaqat Ali of Shia Youth Federation Kashmir.
Other prominent members of Shia Community from Jammu who joined the
protest included Gulam Ahmed Gani, Sayeed Jalil Ahmed, Hasthan
Mohammad Anwar, Vantoo, Professor Zulfkar Ali Professor Saleem, Dr
Amir Hussain, Dr Mushtaq Zulfkar Sheikh Sajad Husain Rizivi Vice-
President, Sayeed Mohammad Bilal Qazmi Secretary, Sayid Fida Hussain
Spokesman, Bashir Ahmed Mir, Nishat Ali Khan Treasurer, Tanveer
Qureshi, Zaki Hyder President Anjman Jafari Poonch, Sarver Khan, Nasir
Ali and Sayeed Shabir Hussain Shah.
Peerzada stresses for time bound completion of
JAMMU, APR 8: Minister for Public Enterprises, Haj, Auqaf and
Floriculture, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed today chaired a meeting to
review the pace of progress on construction and widening of approach
road to Jamia Masjid Talab Khatikan.
Addressing the meeting, the Minister directed the concerned for early
acquisition of land and removal of structures coming within the
alignment of road, besides disbursement of compensation to the
affected persons to pave way for timely completion of the project. He
directed the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) to formulate a Master
plan for the development of Talab Khatikan area. He said the
development of area as per Master Plan would help to give a face lift
to the area and promote tourist and economic activities in the area.
Stressing upon the need for timely completion of work on widening of
road from Rajinder Bazar to Talab Khatikan, Peerzada said that it
would help to ease the traffic rush in the area.
The meeting was informed that JMC has already initiated the steps for
acquisition and removal of structures coming within the alignment of
the road. The meeting was further informed that the affected people
would be paid compensation by the district administration.
Among others, Commissioner Secretary, Revenue, Deputy Inspector
General (DIG) of Police, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Joint
Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), Assistant
Commissioner, Revenue Jammu and Administrator, Auqaf Islamia, Jammu
attended the meeting.
Govt committed for more services at Khidmat
JAMMU, APR 8: The Information Technology and Science Technology (ITST)
Department has mooted a project plan to upgrade the Khidmat centres by
connecting these with district, divisional and state level
headquarters to facilitate the people of remote areas to get
information about various services and schemes being offered by the
The information was given at a meeting of the department functionaries
chaired by the Minister of state for Information Technology and
Science Technology (ITST), Feroz Ahmad Khan here today.
The meeting was told that the proposed project aims at to make
available more online services at Khidmat Centres including the
information about disbursement of Old age pension, registration of
un-employed youth, sanctioning of development and welfare schemes for
a particular area , lodging of complaints, filing of application for
issuance of Voter Identity Card , besides strengthening the services
already being offered at these centres, including payment of Power and
telephone bills, booking of railway and air tickets, besides other
Addressing the meeting, the Minister stressed the need to promote
e-governance in the state by connecting the government set ups at all
levels. He also reviewed the pace of progress in the implementation of
various projects being implemented by the department to achieve the
goal of e-governance in the state.
The meeting was informed that IT sector is growing fast in the state
and has proved a very effective tool in the development of society and
growth of economy. There are 801 CSC's (Khidmat Centres) functioning
all over in the State, the meeting was informed.
Giving details of achievements of the department, the meeting was told
that the department introduced Biometric Attendance System at Civil
Secretariat both at Jammu and Srinagar, Wi-Fi system, created State
Data Centre (SDC), and introduced Mobile Governance in the
implementation of Border Area Development Plan (BADP), Wi-Fi at IMPA,
CSC, State Services Delivery Gateway SSDG, Establishment of IT Parks
and State Wide Area Network (SWAN)
The Minister expressed his satisfaction over the functioning of the
department. However, he said that there was always room for
improvement in every sector. He said that with the explosion in
scientific scenario and temperament, it becomes imperative for one and
all to popularise science subject among new generation and also to
take maximum benefit from the schemes launched by Centre and State
Governments in IT sector.
The Minister directed the officers to work in unison and coordinate
with other departments so that the scheme launched by the government
are implemented in letter and spirit for the benefit of the masses
living in urban as well as rural areas.
Commissioner Secretary IT, ST Vipul Pathak, System Executive Dara
Singh, Incharge State E-Mission, Shafqat and senior officers of
Science Technology and Information Technology department attended the
Delegations meet Governor, highlight demands
JAMMU, APR 8: Various delegations met the Governor NN Vohra at the Raj
Bhavan here today. These included Shaheed Major Rohit Sharma Memorial
Society, Mandi, Poonch, All J&K OBC Mahasabha, Kashmiri Pandit
Conference and All Jammu and Kashmir Christian Minority Welfare
The 8-member Shaheed Major Rohit Sharma Memorial Society delegation
led by Akbar Ali Bandey, General Secretary of the Society, briefed the
Governor about the activities of the Society during the past year and
those planned for the coming months. They thanked the Governor for
taking keen interest in the activities of this organization and
development of the State, particularly remote areas like Mandi.
The demands presented by the delegation to the Governor on the
occasion included establishment of an ITI at Mandi, augmenting
accommodation and other facilities for the pilgrims of Buddha
Amarnathji Shrine and provision of office for the Society in Jammu to
give further boost to its activities.
Usman Baba, a Member of the Shaheed Major Rohit Sharma Memorial
Society, and local artist of Jammu, presented one of his paintings to
the Governor. The delegation stated that the Society is planning to
organize exhibitions of Baba's work on the theme of "Peace and
Harmony" at Srinagar in August this year, coinciding with the
Independence Day, and in Jammu on the occasion of Republic Day 2014.
The Governor assured the NGO that its initiatives aimed at spreading
the message of peace and harmony would be supported.
The delegation of the Kashmiri Pandit Conference led by Kundan
Kashmiri, President presented a memorandum of demands to the Governor
which included, interalia, early enactment of Hindu Temples, Shrines
and Religious Places Bill; speedy implementation of the Prime
Minister's Rehabilitation Package for Kashmiri migrants;
representation to the Kashmiri Pandit community in the State Council
of Ministers, Legislature and in the Rajya Sabha; provision of
financial assistance to the overage Kashmiri migrant youth to set up
their income generating units and financial support to those of the
Kashmiri migrants who are suffering from serious ailments and cannot
afford the cost of treatment.
Other demands highlighted by the delegation included augmenting water
and power supply at Jagti Township; facilitating visits of pilgrims
from the State to the Sharda Mata Temple in POK and augmenting
accommodation facilities for Kashmiri migrants at Jammu and Delhi who
are putting up in rented accommodation.
The Governor heard the delegation patiently and observed that the
issues raised by them would be taken up with the State Government.
The delegation of the All J&K OBC Mahasabha led by Bansi Lal Choudhary,
Convener presented a Memorandum of demands to the Governor. The main
demands included, interalia, provision of political reservation to the
OBCs in the State, 27% reservation to them in the Government jobs in
J&K as per the Mandal Commission recommendations and taking all the
required measures for their rapid socio-economic advancement.
The 10-member delegation of the All Jammu and Kashmir Christian
Minority Welfare Association led by Michael Wazir, President also
presented to the Governor a Memorandum of demands including, interalia,
setting up of an Advisory Board for the development and welfare of the
Christian community in the State, provision of reservation to the
Christian community in Government employment as well as in the
professional institutions and putting in place hostel facilities for
the students of this community in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions.
The Governor gave a patient hearing to the deputationists and observed
that he would address the Chief Minister in regard to the issues
raised by them. Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the
Governor, was present in all the meetings.
Week long Bakula Education Campaign takes off
LEH, APR 8: The weeklong Annual KG Bakula Education Campaign took off
in Leh district today. The Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh
Rigzin Spalbar flagged off the Education Campaigners led by Executive
Councilors and Councilors early this morning from the Council
Secretariat from where they moved to various Sub Divisions and Blocks
of Leh district to carry out the campaign.
Before flagging off the campaign teams for Nyoma, Durbuk, Nubra,
Khaltsi and other blocks, Spalbar reiterated that "We need to put
education system on the right track not by words but by action". The
motive of this week long education campaign should be based on self
introspection whether the teachers, parents and the policy makers
really play their role proficiently or not, the CEC said adding that
the need of the hour is to bring a positive change and ensure good
results rather than only talking much about education.
Stressing upon the need for a potential education plan, strict
implementation and close monitoring, Spalbar strongly felt the need to
formulate action plan for all educational institutions indicating do's
and don'ts, the current academic position, enrollment of students,
strength of teaching staff, infrastructure facilities by devising a
format carrying all statistics that could greatly help to review the
functioning of each institution. In this context, the CEC directed the
Chief Education Officer to create a website of Education Department
displaying all the information concerning education as well as the
measures and initiatives taken by the LAHDC in this direction.
Reiterating late KG Bakula Rinpochey's contribution in propagating the
importance of education among the people of Ladakh in those days, the
CEC said that what we have today in terms of educated people,
development, luxuries and prosperity, all are the endowment of his
wisdom bestowed to us.
Appealing to the media organizations to highlight the basic values of
education and its importance through print and electronic medium
throughout the year, CEC said that it will help to sustain the
education campaign among the larger people and would truly bear fruits
out of our efforts and endeavors. Spalbar felt the need to broadcast a
regular education programme on AIR, Leh.
The Executive Councilor Health, Dr. Sonam Wangchok, EC, CAPD, Abbas
Abidi, EC Agriculture, Sonam Dorjey, EC Tourism, Gyurmet Dorjey, the
Councilors of LAHDC, Chief Education Officer, Leh, the ZEOs and the
officers of ICDS were also present on the occasion.
Awareness camp organised on World Health Day
KARGIL, APR 8: World Health Day was marked by a programme organized by
Health Department Kargil during which an awareness camp was held in
the training hall at CMO office complex in Kargil. This year's theme
for the day was "High Blood Pressure". Haji Gh. Hassan Khan Additional
Deputy Commissioner Kargil was the Chief Guest on the occasion. During
the camp Dr. Sajjad Hussain Surgeon Specialist CHC Sankoo and Dr.
Nazir Ahmad Physician specialist NCD Clinic District Hospital Kargil
delivered lectures on the theme through power point presentation. Dr.
Shabir Hussain, Chief Medical Officer Kargil dwelt upon the aims,
objectives and importance of the day and stressed upon the need to
disseminate the message to people regarding the maintenance and
prevention of High Blood Pressure. Hassan Khan Chief Guest of the
occasion emphasized on imbibing the good health habits to maintain a
Dr. Ibrahim Khan Deputy Chief Medical Officer Kargil, BMOs,
Pharmacists, ANMs, AHSAs and the ANMT school students were also
present on the occasion.
Panthers observe Rashtriya Chetna Diwas in
DELHI, APR 8: National Panthers Party in cooperation with several
social and political institutions and activists today observed
Rashtriya Chetna Diwas for the first time in the history of the
country. It was on 8th April, 1929 that S. Bhagat Singh and
Batukeshwar Dutt the two super revolutionary youth exploded a bomb
inside the Parliament (Assembly) in Delhi where now stands the
Parliament of India, warning the Britishers to quit India or face the
wrath of the Indian youth. Both these youth were arrested inside the
Parliament and taken to Raisina Police Station (Parliament Street
Police Station). They were put on unjust trial and sentenced for life.
They could not be sentenced to death because there was no casualty nor
they had any attention to kill anybody it being only a warning
Addressing a distinguished gathering inside the Police Station at
Delhi, Prof. Bhim Singh, paid tribute to the great martyrs but
expressed regrets that national parties failed to bring this happening
to the notice of the countrymen. He said S. Bhagat Singh was martyred
in another case on March 23, 1931 whereas revolutionary Hero B.K. Dutt
died in 1965. He doubted the sincerity of the national leadership
towards the revolutionaries.
Prof. Bhim Singh also paid tributes to Shaheed Mangal Pandey who was
hanged this day for having led the freedom struggle against the
Prof. Singh declared that first freedom movement is over and the
second freedom movement has started which shall be brought with the
power of ballot and not the bullet. He called on the youth and the
students to join the Rashtriya Chetna Abhiyan for the success of
Second Freedom Movement through Ultimate Revolution.
Prominent among those who addressed the distinguished gathering in the
Police Station included M/s. Sita Ram Yechury, MP & Sr. Leader of the
CPM, Brig. Singh Deo, Former Defence Minister of India, Yoganand
Shastri, Speaker in Delhi Assembly and GVG Krishnamurthy, Former
Election Commissioner of India.
Ordnance celebrates 238th Corps Raising Day
UDHAMPUR, APR 8: Army Ordnance Corps celebrated its 238th Raising Day
here today to commemorate its raising as the "Board of Ordnance" in
1775. The Corps is entrusted with the onerous task of managing a large
and complex inventory and providing logistic support to the Army.
On this auspicious occasion, Lt Gen KT Parnaik, PVSM, UYSM,YSM, ADC,
GOC-in-C Northern Command extended his greetings to all ranks,
civilians and families of the Corps and lauded their professionalism,
dedication and committed efforts to provide effective logistic support
to the equipment intensive Field Army across a wide spectrum.
Maj Gen S Vayaboury, MG AOC Northern Command also felicitated all
ranks and civilians of Northern Army Ordnance fraternity and exhorted
them to rededicate themselves to the call of the Army with renewed