‘Amchies to recruit against Ayush Docs under NRHM’
Leh, Apr 17: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi
Azad said that Amchies to recruit against AYUSH Doctors under National
Rural Health Mission.
On an invitation by Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Chief Executive Councilor
LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spabar today had a detailed meeting with him at the
national capital about the ongoing projects and issues of Health
sector in Leh.
Giving details of completed projects under Health Sector, Spalbar
apprised the Minister that R 3.5 crore CT Scan machine along with
building, an Oxygen Plant worth R 1.70 crore, Cardio Care Unit worth R
1 crore have been completed so far.
He informed him that a building of Sowa Rigpa Research Center along
with hospital and heating system amounting R 2.65 crore has been
The "E" Block of the SNM Hospital was also completed and works on "D"
block for which Maharasthra Government has given R 6 crore is under
The CEC also projected a list of important demands for improving the
health sector in Leh which included opening of new 30 Medical Aid
Centers (MAC), upgradation of Primary Health Centers of Khaltsi and
Nyoma to Sub District Hospitals, upgradation of Nine MAC to PHC,
providing MRI machine and Dialyses machines under NRHM, sanctioning of
nine Ambulance for Leh District, affiliation of SNM Hospital with
Jammu or Srinagar Government Medical College, recruitment of Amchies
in place of AYUSH doctors under NHRM in Ladakh, upgradation of Oxygan
Plant and sanctioning of funds for its maintenance.
Spalbar also demanded a mobile hospital explaining the minister about
the vast scattered area of Leh.
He also apprised him that R 2 crore is being expended annually on
Central Heating system of SNM Hospital and Sub District Hospitals of
Leh district and demanded for providing of extra funds under NHRM for
Putting forth the demand of LAHDC Leh, CEC strongly urged for opening
of a National Institute for Sowa Rigpa impressing on its need and
importance after its recognition by the GoI stating that it will
further assist in developing the field in the region.
The CEC invited the Minister to visit Leh for inaugurating the
completed projects and thanked him on behalf of the people Leh for his
genuine consideration of the needs of the people of the region and
timely support availing with best of medical facilities through
government sponsored schemes and projects.
Azad however, on the spot gave the decision to recruit qualified
Amchies against the AYUSH Doctors under NHRM in Leh and also assured
to provide required ambulances for Leh district.
The Minister said that he is personally following the projects ongoing
in Leh and will soon visit the region to inspect the completed works
and assured of an extensive tour of the District in June.
Go Air to operate direct flights from Mumbai to
Jammu, Apr 17: The Go Airways would operate direct flights from Mumbai
to Srinagar from tomorrow and is also exploring possibilities to
operate night flights from several capital cities of the states of the
Country to Srinagar to meet the rush of tourists to the Valley and
other destinations of the State.
"State Government has already taken up the matter for operation of
night flights from different cities to Srinagar with the Centre and
other State Governments to facilitate the tourists planning to visit
tourist destinations of the State. We have received positive response
and government hopes that night flights to Srinagar would be started
soon," Chief Executive Officer of Go Air Company here said in a
meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Tourism Ghulam Ahmad Mir.
The Tourism Minister also hailed the steps of the Company and hoped
that the Company would soon start its night flights to Srinagar from
different Cities for the convenience of tourists.
The Minister assured all possible support of the State Government to
Air Companies for starting their night flights to Srinagar and said
that main objective of the government was to provide better facilities
to the tourists in the State which includes facilities of Air and Rail
BJP MLAs submit memorandum to Omar
Jammu, Apr 17: Bhartiya Janata Party MLAs from the bordering
constituencies today submitted memorandum to the Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah seeking compensation to the farmers in
BJP MLA from March Constituency Choudhary Sukhnandan and from
Suchetgarh Constituency Sham Choudhary today called onMr Abdullah at
his residence and submitted a memorandum for his consideration and
favourable action for farmers.
The memorandum said that the farmers in Jammu province are allegedly
being harassed by the State Power Development Department as they are
served pending electricity bills for the period of last 10-15 years.
There seems no justification in demanding the pending bills and the
department is totally responsible for the lapse of not collecting
electricity tarrif regularly, it said.
"The farmers pay 'aabhiyaana' (revenue) for getting water through
canals for irrigational purposes but the same is never available when
the farmers need during sowing season," the memorandum read adding
that the government charges 'aabhiyaana' regularly but water is not
released when it is needed most.
In such a situation, farmers are forced to purchase motors and fix
them in fields to pump out water for irrigation, which are being run
for few days with electricity. The MLAs however, appealed the Chief
Minister that the pending bills should be divided into atleast five to
six easy installments without surcharge so that they (farmer) can pay
Nair takes stock of welfare schemes
KUPWARA, Apr 17: Advisor to the Prime Minister, T K A Nair today
visited Kupwara district to review the implementation of various
centrally sponsored schemes being launched for improving
socio-economic conditions of the people and enhancing the
employability of the educated unemployed youth of the state. Nair
inspected Shehjar Community Resource Centre being setup at Kupwara for
providing Skill Development Training to the militancy affected people
to earn their livelihood.
On the occasion, the Advisor interacted with the trainees and
expressed satisfaction for the measures undertaken for imparting
training under Seva Help Foundation in the district.
Among others, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, SSP Kupwara and officers of
district administration accompanied the Advisor.
Speaking on the occasion, Nair reiterated that the government is
committed to provide succor to the people being effected during the
turmoil in the valley. He said that the affected people are being
provided incentives for education and improving their socio-economic
conditions besides facilitating old age persons.
He enjoined upon the people to avail the benefits of different welfare
schemes being launched in the state. He also exhorted for effectively
implementation of these schemes for maximum benefits to the people.
8 ASIs & 17 HCs promoted
JAMMU: The Departmental Promotion Committee under the chairmanship of
S M Sahai, Additional Director General of Police Armed, approved
promotions of 17 Head Constables to the rank of Assistant
Sub-Inspectors, 08 ASIs to the rank of SIs, besides granted "In-situ"
promotions to 18 officers/officials of J&K Armed Police.
The ADGP assured to convene DPC meetings in future for timely
promotions in J&K Armed Police as and when vacancies are available,
besides Grade Placements for next higher grades of followers of J&K
Armed Police is also in queue. Sahai while congratulating the newly
promoted officers and officials expressed hope that they will continue
to work with the same devotion and dedication.
Czech Ambassador calls on CM
JAMMU: Ambassador of Czech Republic Miloslav Stasek today called on
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here.
During the meeting matters of mutual interests were discussed. Czech
Ambassador showed keen interest in the initiatives, the Chief Minister
has taken for public empowerment, bringing transparency in the
functioning of administration, making government officials legally
liable for public services delivery to the people in a fixed time
frame and improving the governance in the State.
Court timings to change from May 1
JAMMU: According to the order issued by Registrar General J&K High
Court, Suresh Kumar Sharma the High Court of J&K and Subordinate Court
shall function for summer session 2013 with effect from May 1, 2013 as
per the notified timings.
From May 1, 2013, the timing of Jammu Wing of the High Court shall be
from 08:00 AM to 02:00 PM with half an hour break from10:30 AM to
11:00 AM. Similarly the timing of Srinagar Wing of the High Court
shall be from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM with one hour break from 01:00 PM
However the timing of Subordinate Courts in Jammu Division shall be
8:00 AM to 01:30 PM from May 1, 2013. (JNF)
'Remain vigilant against communal, divisive
NOWSHERA, APR 17: Ravinder Sharma, MLC, General Secretary and
Spokesperson, JKPCC today conducted an extensive tour of border areas
of Nowshera in Rajouri.
Addressing a meeting of prominent citizens of the area, Sharma
cautioned them against the designs of communal and divisive forces and
asked the people to be vigilant and safeguard the interests of state
and the nation.
He said that the issues of border migrants are receiving due attention
and have been taken up with the Congress leadership and State
Government from time to time and said that the people residing near
LOC have been facing immense difficulties during the border
disturbance and border conflicts and deserve comprehensive policy for
their welfare, relief and rehabilitation. Sharma said that in the
recent assembly session, the government has assured that all pending
cases of those who have suffered causalities and became handicapped
due to mine blasts or in firing at border would be paid ex-gratia
relief. There power bills for the period they stayed out from their
residences during border conflict will be considered for waiver
because they have not consumed the power and they have been charged by
the department on flat rates.
Sharma also paid obeisance at the Dev Sathan of "Baba Beeram Shah Ji"
and at Ravi Dass Temple at Jhangar, where thousands of people attended
the annual yagna and prayed for peace and harmony in the society. He
also inaugurated a community hall at Baba Beeram Shah Dev Sathan and
also laid foundation of another hall near Guru Ravi Dass Sabha at
He demanded renovation and preservation of all Mughal shrines en-route
Jhangar to Bafliaz and exploiting the tourism potential of this area
including Mangal Devi at Seri, Mangla Mata at Bhawani, Ziarat Shah
Lakh, Qila Darhal, Baba Sunder Singh shrine and Baba Banda Singh
Bhahadur Dera at Rajouri.
The meeting was attended by the Block Development Officer, Sarpanchs,
Parshotam Kumar, Bindu Choudhary, Khaleel Ahmed, President, Block
Congress Committee, Nowshera, Harbans Lal Bakshi, Choudhary Inder
Kumar, Ram Prashad, Choudhary Ram, Ex-Sarpanch, Bhai Satpal and
Maintain tempo of teaching to enhance students'
skills: Lone to teachers
JAMMU, APR 17: Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone this
evening distributed job letters among fresh engineering graduates at
Government Women College, Gandhi Nagar, here.
The Function was organized by Departmental Training and Placement,
Government College of Engineering and Technology, Jammu.
Principal of the College, Prof Atula Dhar in her welcome address
apprised the Minister about the achievements registered by the College
during last couple of years. Special Secretary, Higher Education,
Hemant Kumar, Director Colleges, Prof Nalini Kohli, Principal, GCW,
Parade, Prof Hemla Aggarwal, Principal Government Women's College,
Gandhi Nagar, Prof Kiran Bakshi, Joint Director Information Jammu,
Samita Sethi, senior functionaries of host college and large number of
students were present on the occasion. Around 80 engineering graduates
who had completed their professional degrees in various streams
including civil, electrical and mechanical engineering were provided
job letters by the Minister.
Addressing the function, the Minister said that the Government is
contemplating to encourage the efficient functioning of engineering
colleges in private sector and steps are afoot to boost the morale of
top professionals to open a chain of private engineering colleges to
provide students ample opportunities to groom within State and serve
the people with spirit and courage.
Appreciating the teachers for providing quality education to the
students, the Minister urged upon them to maintain the tempo of
teaching in future also so that more and more students come out with
Earlier, the students presented a joint prayer which won a great
applause from the audience.
'Aayakar Sewa Kendra' inaugurated at IT
JAMMU, APR 17: As a step forward in the direction of providing state
of the art facilities to the tax payers, Aayakar Sewa Kendra and a
passenger lift were formally inaugurated in Income Tax Office, here
today. In an exceptional move, the honour was given to Waris Masih,
the senior most Safai Karamchari alongwith Arjun Singh, the senior
most T A in the office to inaugurate the above facilities. They were
also joined by S.L. Mahajan, the senior most Advocate.
On the occasion, A.K. Thatai, Commissioner of Income Tax, J&K, B.B.
Singh Commissioner (Appeals), J&K, R.K. Kakar, Joint Commissioner,
Rakesh Kumar, Dy. Commissioner of Income Tax (HQ.), Rajiv Gubgotra,
Asstistant Director (Investigation) and all ITOs were present from the
In addition to this, R.K. Dogra, S. Mehta, V. Grover and Rattan Lal
Gupta, the prominent Advocates, and Pardeep Gandotra and Joginder
Singh, Chartered Accountants were also present on the occasion. All
present on the occasion expressed their deep satisfaction and
appreciation for the initiatives and efforts of the department for
improving the facilities to the tax payers.
NC, Congress responsible for bloodshed in
Kishtwar, Doda: BJYM
KISHTWAR, APR 17: Yuva Adhikar Yatra started by the State unit of
Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha( BJYM) reached Kishtwar, here today.
Yatra was accorded warm welcome by the BJYM Kishtwar district
President, Ashish Sharma, Rocky Goswami, Ranjeet Singh, Sandeep Shan
and Preshant Bhandari alongwith hundreds of local youth at Shalimar
and organized a massive Motorcycle-Car rally that passed through the
City and culminated at the Dak Bungalow where a big youth rally was
organized by the local unit of BJYM.
Addressing the youth rally, the BJYM State President, Ravinder Raina
accused National Conference and the Congress for the killings in
Kishtwar and Doda districts during the period of terrorism. He said
National Conference and the Congress are responsible for the bloodshed
in Kishtwar and Doda districts as both the parties adopted the
pro-separatists agenda and demoralized the nationalist people of the
region. Raina said that the family member of all those who were killed
by the terrorists are still waiting for justice but NC led coalition
is patronizing the terrorists by so called Rehabilitation Policy and
has demoralized the highly qualified and educated youth of Jammu,
Kashmir and Ladakh by implementing new recruitment policy. He said it
has now clear to all that this Congress-National Conference government
has all affections for terrorists and all hatred for the youth of
Jammu, Kashmir and the Ladakh.
Lambasting the NC-Congress government for ignoring the youth
especially of Kishtwar and Doda districts, senior BJP leader, Sunil
Sharma said that NC-Congress is responsible for the present crisis and
the mismanagement in the state. He said this government has totally
ignored the people who suffered by virtue of Pakistan sponsored
terrorism in Doda and Kishtwar and on the contrary this government is
adopting an appeasing policy towards separatists. He said the areas
like Paddar, Nagsini, Marwaha, Wardwan, Chatru, Sarthal and Dacchan
are the worst victims of terrorism and are still the most backward
areas of the State but NC-Congress Ministers are looting the State by
indulging in corruption and have no concern for the poor people of the
region. Expressing anguish over the ignorance of Youth and patronizing
the terrorists by the state government, BJP district President,
Rajinder Singh said that Surrender Policy for terrorists is
encouraging secessionism and terrorism in the state and has
demoralized the nationalist youth. Others who spoke on the occasion
included Inderjeet Singh Sambyal, Narinder Singh Kotwal, Basant Raj,
Nazir Ahmed Khandey, Khushi Mohd, Capt. Hukum Chand, Chuni Lal Shan,
Honey Singh Jamwal and Naresh Sharma. District President, Ashish
Sharma presented the vote of thanks.
CCB sets Rs 700 crore target for current fiscal
JAMMU, APR 17: "The result of the Citizens' Cooperative Bank (CCB)
Limited for the year 2012-13 has shown encouraging trends. The
membership of the bank has gone up to 30567 with a share capital of R
601.59 lakh against last year's bench mark of R 546.47 lakh". This was
stated by the Chairman, CCB, Jammu, Dinesh Gupta while addressing a
Press Conference here today.
He also said that the deposits of the Bank are to the order of R
29068.88 lakh whereas the advances are R 12339.01 lakh and the bank
has also affected a record recovery of R 2409.17 lakh during the
He lauded that the percentage of net NPAs to total loans has gone down
and the Bank is in profit. The Bank being committed for service to the
society has advanced a substantial amount of R 7182.65 lakh to
priority sector and has made advances to the tune of R565.59 lakh only
to weaker sections.
Besides making advances, the Bank is making investments in Government
of India and other approved securities and has also initiated Treasury
operation to increase its income.
He informed that the bank has set a business target of R70000 lakh for
the financial year 2013-14 while it envisages to bring down net NPAs
below 5 percent.
"The Citizens' Cooperative Bank Ltd. Jammu which was established in
1978 is now the largest Urban Cooperative Bank among four Urban
Cooperative Banks of Jammu and Kashmir" he added.
Basohli miniature painting camp concludes
JAMMU, APR 17: The 5 days Basohli miniature painting camp which began
at Mubarak Mandi here on Saturday concluded today. Organised by J&K
Academy of Art, Culture and Languages on the eve of World Heritage
Day, the event saw participation of several established and emerging
On the concluding day today, certificates of participation were
presented to the participants by Commissioner cum Secretary, Tourism
and Culture, Atal Dulloo. A painting exhibition showcasing the painted
works was also thrown open by him.
It may be recalled that the camp was inaugurated by Deputy Chief
Minister, Tara Chand on April 13 as part of Baisakhi celebrations. As
many as 13 artistes from Kathua, Basohli, Jammu and Udhampur
participated in the 5-day long camp.
Speaking on the occasion, Atal Dulloo assured the participants that
adequate financial support would be provided to them by the government
for promotion of this art form.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Secretary Academy, Khalid
Bashir Ahmad said that the aim of holding the camp was to create
awareness among people about preservation of cultural heritage of the
State. He said that such events were important as they provided a
ready platform to the artistes for showcasing their talent.
The artistes who participated in the camp included Dharampal Verma,
Shakeel Ahmad Raza, Kabir Maharana, Sona Padaha, Dheeraj Kapoor,
Rajini Balla, Pooja, Savita Sharma, Sushil Padaha, Antima Manhas,
Deepa Soni, and Anuradha Kumari.
PDP leader alongwith 300 supporters joins BJP
SRINAGAR, APR 17: Inspired by the nationalist, people-friendly and
secular credentials of the party, PDP leader from Kashmir, Ghulam
Mohammad Mir, alongwith three hundred supporters joined BJP in a
function held at Lala Rukh Hotel, here today.
BJP National Secretary, Dr. Anil Jain, State President, Jugal Kishore
Sharma, State General Secretary (Organisation), Ashok Koul, Haleema
Begum, Dr. Ali Mohd Mir and other senior leaders from Kashmir welcomed
Mir and his supporters into the partyfold by garlanding them.
Mir, a retired Deputy Director of Horticulture Department and PDP
leader from valley had contested the 2008 Assembly election from
Handwara constituency on the mandate of PDP.
Welcoming the new entrants in the party, Jugal Kishore Sharma said
that BJP is not only a political party but a mission to work for the
nation and strengthen the ties of this state with the rest of the
country. He said that BJP stands for peace and normalcy in the state
and we have made sacrifices for defeating anti-national and
pro-separatist forces in the state. He expressed grave concern over
non implementation of the 73rd and 74th amendments of the Indian
Constitution as a result of which the democracy at the grassroot level
has not been allowed to flourish, which is indeed very unfortunate.
Dr. Anil Jain said that the mantra of our party is "Justice to all and
appeasement to none". We do not mislead the people on hollow slogans
and indulge in policy of dividing the masses for vote bank politics
like Congress, NC and PDP. For us, welfare and upliftment of the
masses is on top agenda and we are committed to end discrimination and
Ashok Koul said that our organisation treats Jammu and Kashmir as
crown of mother India and has been agitating for the abolition of
separate symbols which induce a sense of separatism. He said that the
joining of people in large numbers even in valley itself is the
indicator of the fact that people have seen through the game plan of
Kashmir based parties and understood that BJP can only be their real
Ghulam Mohammad Mir said that the he has himself realized that the
false campaign against BJP to paint it as communal party is baseless
and the fact is that this party is of the masses and works for the
masses. This is the only party which promotes brotherhood, nationalism
and agitates for the rights of people. "It is the only party which has
been making sincere efforts to ensure friendly relations with
neighbouring countries and return of normalcy in the state", he added.
Mir assured the party leadership to work whole heartedly to further
strengthen BJP in Kashmir and remove the misconceptions from the minds
of people about it.
Augmentation of water supply from Chenab reviewed
JAMMU, APR 17: Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Pardeep Gupta today
convened officers meeting to review the preparedness of Summary
Appraisal Report (SAR) under "Augmentation of water supply to Jammu
from Chenab River costing R 771 crore under JKUSDIP to be funded by
Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The meeting was informed that this sub-project aims at providing water
supply to the population within the limits of Jammu Development
Authority at 135 IPCD by increasing potable water production in
Phase-I by 240 MLD to meet the water demand up to year 2031 and in
Phase-II by another 240 MLD to meet the water demand up to year 2046.
The population to be benefited has been worked out as 2464000 souls in
the year 2031 and 3688000 souls in the year 2046. The Sub project
scope of Phase-I consists of construction of intake structures at
River Chenab laying of Raw Water Rising Main, construction of 240 MLD
Water Treatment Plant (WTP) at Village Gurah Pattan, laying of about
20 km, clear water gravity main up to CPS, Muthi, construction of pump
house at CPS, Muthi, laying of 35 km pumping mains, and others.
Threadbare discussion was held on various vital issues so that the
proposed projects would be started soon. It was informed by ERA
authorities that the tendering process would possibly be taken up be
ending this year.
Divisional Commissioner asked the ERA and other concerned departments
to work in close synergy so that these vital public works are not
delayed due to lack of coordination at any level.
The meeting was attended by CEO, ERA, Saurabh Bhagat, Chief Engineer
R&B, Tehseen Mustafa, CE, PDD, Shenaz Goni, Director, ERA, Naresh
Langeh, ADC, Jammu, Dr. R. S. Sharma, SE, Hydraulic Circle Sushil Aima,
Joint Director Joginder Pal, XEN, Irrigation, K. C. Gupta, other
senior officers of ERA and concerned departments.
JTC submits memorandum to Governor
JAMMU, APR 17: Expressing their resentment against the failure of the
state government to address the hardships being faced by Kashmiri
Pandit (KP) Community, dozens of KPs today staged a protest under the
banner of Jagti Tenement Committee (JTC) in front of Raj Bhawan and
submitted a memorandum to the Governor.
While briefing the media, Shadi Lal Pandita, President, JTC said that
KPs were forced to leave their homes and hearths and the community has
not left their native localities at their sweet will as such no
charges are liable to be paid by this community till their permanent
rehabilitation at a safe and single place in Kashmir Valley and
restoration of the losses suffered.
He further said that agreement form issued by the Power Development
Department is not applicable to the migrant community putting up in
different migrant camps as they do not possess any property of their
own and have been temporarily rehabilitated under Prime Minister's
The JTC leaders said that while the government was providing relief to
the migrants it is not understood how they are demanding electric
charges out of this meager relief.
He appealed to the government to restrain from threatening government
employees (Migrants) for stopping their pay in case they do not bear
the electric expenses and demanded immediate restoration of power in
Jagti migrant camp.
State Education Advisory Board, Private Schools
Fee Monitoring Committee framed: Dy CM
JAMMU, APR 17: Underlining commitment of the government to improve
education scenario in the state, Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand
said that in order to fine tune the department according to modern day
education requirements the work on drafting a new education policy is
underway and very soon the state shall have a futuristic policy in
He said that the government has already framed the State Education
Advisory Board for the purpose of formulating education policy and
"The Board besides Chairman will have 5 ex-officio members and 6
non-officio members who would be eminent educationists of the state
and would give suggestions on formulating an education policy keeping
in view the requirements and topographical constrains," he added.
Tara Chand was addressing a one day educational convention at Khour,
As per instructions of the Deputy Chief Minister the convention
started with a pledge of commitment, dedication and professional
approach towards work. All the delegates alongwith the Deputy Chief
Minister and senior level officers of the department took the pledge.
Stressing upon keeping a tab on private school fee structure, Tara
Chand said that the government as per the directions of Supreme Court
has framed a committee headed by retired Chief Justice for fixation of
fee structure of private educational institutes in the State, adding
that the committee would fix the fees so as to prevent profiteering,
payment of capitation or unjustified charging of fee in any other
Underlining achievements of the department, the Deputy Chief Minister
said that in short span besides preoccupations of assembly over ten
thousand promotions have been made, more than five thousand lecturers
have been regularized and around thirteen thousand vacancies have been
referred to concerned recruitment agencies, adding that instructions
have been given to SSB and PSC for ensuring fast track recruitment for
the said posts. He said en-masse promotions at all levels in the
department has been done both for teaching as well as non teaching
Tara Chand said that very soon a comprehensive transfer policy would
be framed for rationalizing transfers in the department. He said four
zones would be created as per the topography of the area and all those
who get promoted would have to compulsorily serve for one year in the
tough zone. Those suffering from life consuming diseases and over 55
years of age would be suitably adjusted as per the policy and female
staff would get postings in those schools which have proper road
connectivity, he added.
"I appeal to all teachers to admit their own children in government
schools so that others get encouraged and make sure that special care
is given to all students by giving extra time also," he added.
Aijaz tours Gool area
GOOL, APR 17: Minister of State for Revenue and Relief, Aijaz Ahmed
Khan has said that all possible efforts shall be made to ensure nook
all development of every nock and corner of the state. The Minister
was addressing several public meetings at Bolni and Mahakund of Gool
block in District Ramban today.
Aijaz said that a number of roads and other development projects
initiated in last four years are nearly completed and others are in
progress to be completed soon. He said a large number of schools were
opened as well as up graded in area.
The Minister announced seven room additional accommodation for Hr.
Secondary School Tetharka under RMSA and BRGF, Health sub center for
Bolni, Animal Husbandry centre for Tetharka. He also sanctioned R12.62
lakh for electrification of uncovered areas and R 62 lakhs plan under
MGNAREGA and ten more Anganwari centre for the area.
Earlier various deputations called on the Ministers en route at
Dharamkund, Haroog, Shelkund, Sangaldan and Gambhiri under the
leadership of local representatives who apprised the Minister with
demands and problems being faced by the people of the area.
Aijaz assured the people that their genuine demands would be fulfilled
in a time bound manner. He took serious note of delay in construction
of school buildings under various schemes in the area. He asked the
DDC to take strict action against those people who are responsible for
the delay in constructions.
Responding to the demands, Aijaz directed the CEO to ensure Teaching
staff in Hr. Sec School Sangaldan and other adjoining Schools of the
area on academic arrangement basis.
He instructed the ACD to ensure maximum participation of people in MG-NAREGA
so that people are benefitted.
Deputy Commissioner Ramban, Shyam Vinod Meena, Chief Education
Officer, ACD, CAHO, DSHO, Tehsildar Gool, SDPO, TSO and officers of
other Departments, sarpanches, panches and prominent citizens
accompanied the Minister during the visit.
Gurezi inaugurates BVH at Kalibari
KATHUA, APR 17: In a bid to boost the activities of Sheep and Animal
Husbandry Departments and develop their infrastructure at modern
lines, the Minister on State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Nazir
Ahmed Gurezi today inaugurated Block Veterinary Hospital (BVH) at
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the Minister said that BVH
would help in providing health and veterinary cover to sheep and goat
population of the area.
Appealing to people to avail the benefits of various schemes of
reservation under various categories, the Minister stressed upon them
to provide quality education to their children.
Stressing for using latest technology in the production of mutton, the
Minister said that Government has provided hi-breed livestock to the
farmers so that the economic conditions of this community are
He said that instructions have already been issued to keep available
every medicine at the doorsteps of the goat and Sheep rearing
communities so that they may be able to flourish this trade, adding
that this sector has huge employment generating potential.
The Minister was further informed that the district has a sheep
breeding farm at Billawar and a dairy goat farm at Rajbagh where
quality rams and bucks are produced for genetic improvement and 766
such rams and 95 bucks were distributed by the department among the
private flocks for cross-breeding purposes during this period.
Responding to the demands of the people like Insurance, and providing
medicare to the flocks during migration at different remote and hilly
areas, Gurezi said that he has already issued instructions to the
Officers for providing quality medicines to them.
Earlier, the Member Parliament, Chowdhary Lal Singh urged the Minister
for providing medicines to the members of these communities for saving
the lives of their sheep and goats.
JKAACL organizes multilingual 'Literary Meet'
KARGIL, APR 17: A three days District Level Multilingual Literary
Meet, organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and
Language (JKAACL) Kargil, commenced today at Academy Hall, Baroo.
On the inaugural day the Chief Executive Councilor, Ladakh Hill
Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil, Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan was the Chief
Guest and the State Minister for Science and Technology, IT,
Education, Health and Youth Service and Sports Feroz Ahmad Khan was
the Guest of Honour.
The three days long event is aimed for providing platform to the
people of Kargil to express and exchange their fresh literary efforts,
and to encourage literary writing in local regional languages besides
During the meet, 70 scholars will present their papers, poems and
short-stories in Purgi, Sheena, Balti, Urdu and Kashmiri languages.
On the inaugural day, two papers by Ajaz Hussain Munshi and Jawed
Jalib and four short stories by Mohammad Sadiq Hardassi, Tsewang
Namgyal Yakum, Mohammad Hussain Rehnuma and Mohammad Ali Khan Sabeel
were presented. Seven poems were also narrated by eminent poets, which
included Mohammad Hussain Fayaz, Ahmad Jawan Drassi and Haji Mohammad
Addressing the gathering, Feroz Khan said that any society with
tradition, culture and language is just like a dead valley which has
no identity and appreciated the role of the Academy for organizing
such events to uplift and preserve the tradition, language and culture
Appreciating the role of the Academy for organizing such programmes on
regular intervals, Feroz hoped for more improvement in the working of
the organization, so that the outside world be made aware of the rich
culture, tradition and language of Kargil.
Presenting a brief overview of the activities of the Sub Office of
JKAACL, Tak said that it is as always conscious of the preservation
and promotion of the multiethnic culture and tradition of the area,
which is a healthy harmony of several different languages, dialects
and cultures and on account of this feature holds the potential to
attract scholars, tourists and researchers. It is this potential and
preeminence that needs to be maintained in future, and added that for
the accomplishment of this objective, the Academy unit at Kargil has
been conducting a series of cultural, literary, children programmes
and other related programmes and more are coming in future.
Bhaderwah Campus organizes Tech Quiz 'Quest-2013'
BHADERWAH, APR 17: The MCA Department of Bhaderwah Campus, University
of Jammu, today organized a Tech Quiz 'Quest-2013', in which five
The students who took part in the quiz included Arun and Kali Charan
of MCA 4th Semester, Pranav and Aijaz of MCA 2nd Semester, Suhail and
Kanchan of MCA 4th Semester, Anil and Balvir of MCA 2nd semester and
Narinder and Dinesh of MCA 4th Semester.
The Tech Quiz 'QUEST-2013' was an audiovisual treat, which was divided
in four rounds. Students appreciated the academic enrichment through
this innovative quiz. Audience too got a chance to participate and won
The quiz was attended by the faculty members of Bhaderwah Campus and
students of MCA Department.
The team of Arun and Kalicharan won the quiz, whereas the team of
Dinesh and Narinder was runner up. Third prize was won by the team of
Suhail and Kanchan.
On the occasion, a solo song by Dinesh, student of 4th semester and a
skit by the students of 2nd semester were also presented.
Prof. M.A.Malik, Director Bhaderwah Campus, University of Jammu
inspired the students and suggested them to take part in co-curricular
activities in addition to their academics.
Sourabh Shastri, I/C Head, MCA Department, emphasized that activities
like quiz are very useful in sharpening the knowledge of students in
varied subjects of Programming, Electronics, Data bases, Data
Structures and Operating Systems.
Dr Neeraj Sharma, I/C Head, IME Department, said that in the era of
competitions, it is important to organize such programmes to prepare
the students for bigger competitions.
The quiz was anchored by Jyoti Bakshi, Rachit Gupta and Akash Shaan,
students of 4th semester. Other participants were Shubam, Ravinder,
Rahul, Balvir, Rajinder, Yasir, Manohar and Anil.
Later, Bablu Sharma presented the formal vote of thanks. Dr Umesh
Choudhary, Dr. Subash Chander, Nidhi Sambyal, Preeti Rajput, Muzaffer
Hameed, Amit Sharma, Sunil Bhardwaj, Kulvir Katoch, Abhishek Sharma,
Vidhu Koul, Rajbeer Kour and Yasir Ali were also present on the
NSUI to boycott CM's visit
DODA, APR 17: The District unit of National Student Union of India (NSUI)
has decided to boycott the visit of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah
to Kishtwar and other adjoining areas.
The decision was taken by the members of the NSUI, under the
leadership of their President Saqib Lone, in a meeting here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Saqib said that to register their resentment
against the CM's non-responsive attitude towards college and
university campus, at Kishtwar the local unit of NSUI has decided to
boycott his visit.
He further added that in 2010, when Omar Abdullah visited the area to
inaugurate the University Campus Kishtwar, he (CM) had promised that
five subjects of Post graduation would be taught at Kishtwar Campus,
but after lapse of three years, only three subjects are available in
the Campus. He also expressed his resentment on the apathetic attitude
of the administration towards the people of the area.
Meanwhile Sidiqi Aftab, President NSUI GDC Kishtwar appealed to the
student community to boycott Omar Abdullah's visit to Kishtwar and
support the organization. Aftab said that there is no Jammu University
Entrance Test centre in Kishtwar campus, whereas every other campus of
JU possesses the same.
He expressed his resentment against this discrimination with the
campus and demanded for the same at the earliest.
Army helps in solemnizing marriage of poor girl
KALAKOTE, APR 17: The Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, located at Kalakote,
assisted a poor family to solemnize the marriage of their girl namely,
Talmeen Akhtar D/o Mohd Ashraf, of Beragoa area, here today.
As per the reports, Mohd Ashraf is a poor man with limited sources of
income. Due to poverty, Mohd Ashraf could not get her daughter
married, causing desperation in the family. Even the girl had started
getting into depression, seeing the condition of the family.
When approached, the Army unit assured Mohd Ashraf of all necessary
help and asked him to go ahead with the marriage arrangements.
Finally, the marriage was solemnized on April 17, with great pomp and
The Army extended help in terms of ration, tents, drinking water and
other requisite items required for the marriage. Besides this, the
neighbours also contributed as per their capacity. The noble gesture
of the Army was appreciated by the local populace of the area.
Thanking the Army, Mohd Ashraf said that it is the Army that stands by
the locals during difficulties and i am indebted to the soldiers for
the service they have rendered. Had the Army and neighbours not helped
me timely, my daughter would have remained unmarried and become
mentally unstable due to depression, he further added.
Clear advertisements outstanding of newspapers:
JAMMU, APR 17: Minister of State for Technical Education, Information
and Hospitality and Protocol, Viqar Rasool today asked the officers to
carry out the necessary renovation of the JK Houses situated outside
the state. The Minister was addressing officers during a high level
review meeting of Information and Hospitality and Protocol Departments
today. The Minister directed the officers of the Planning Department
to provide requisite funds for ensuring the liquidation of the
outstanding of advertisements being given to the newspapers. Viqar
also asked the officers to work out modalities for setting up of
colonies for media persons at Jammu as well as Srinagar.
Place petitioner's case before DPC for promotion
as SP: HC
JAMMU, APR 17: In a petition filed by one Arun Kumar presently Deputy
Superintendent of Police seeking his promotion to the post of
Superintendent of Police alongwith similarly situated DySPs alleging
that the respondents ignored the petitioner and did not place his name
before DPC for promotion to the post of Superintendent Police, Justice
Tashi Rabstan of J&K High Court at its Jammu Wing after hearing Sr.
Advocate Surinder Kour assisted by Advocate Deepinder Preet Kour
appearing for the petitioners, issued notice to Chief Secretary,
Commissioner/Secretary Home Department and Director General of Police
J&K, returnable within four weeks. In the meanwhile Justice Tashi
ordered that subject to objections from the other side and till next
date, respondents are directed to place the case of the petitioner for
promotion to the post of Superintendent of Police before the
Departmental Promotion Committee on the basis of his seniority,
provided he is eligible. (JNF)
BGSBU organizes Annual Sports, Cultural Fest
RAJOURI, APR 17: Artists from across the nation performed during the
Annual Sports & Cultural Fest -2013 was organized by Baba Ghulam Shah
Badshah University in the University campus at Rajouri. A concluding
function in this context was held to mark the end of sports and co
curricular activities which were going on in the University for the
last couples of months. The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof.
Irshad A Hamal was the chief guest on the occasion.
The event started with the recitation of verses of the holy Quran
followed by University Tarana sung by the students of the University.
Dean Students MR Chowdhary presented a detailed report of the sports
and cultural activities in the University.
The cultural event started with a Kashmiri folk song by the students
of the University which was followed by a song of Basher Mastana &
Party. During the programme Kartar Singh & Party, Suri Singh & Party,
Sanjay Singh & Party besides Gojri, Dogri, Pahari and Himachali songs
of University scholars enthralled the audience. A singer Shahzad Ahmed
had specially landed in Rajouri to perform in the programme while a
singer from Army cadre also performed in the programme.
In his address, Vice Chancellor Prof IA Hamal appreciated the students
and other artists who took part in the cultural event and said that
cultural activities are important to build a complete personality of
the scholars. He also lauded the players who participated in various
games and performed well. He added that sports activities teach
discipline and it also maintains the health of the scholars. He said
that the University is sincere in all activities with stress on
academics and is also making all efforts to keep the sports and
cultural events rolling in the varsity.
The programme was compared by faculty members Dr Asgar Ali Shah, Mir
Aijaz and Dr Liaqat Nair.
Later best performers of various departments in different games were
Registrar & Dean MR Chowdhary, Dean Academic Affairs AK Koul,
Principal College of Engineering & Technology Mohammad Asgar,
Principal University Polytechnic Col. KK Dogra, Director Centre for
Biodiversity Studies Prof. BA Wafai, Controller of Examination
Mohammad Ishaq, Special Secretary to VC Suneet Gupta, Incharge Deputy
Director Physical Education & Sports Mohammad Din, University Engineer
BR Chadgal, other senior officers of University, Head of the
Departments, faculty members & staff were present on the occasion.
Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Saugat Biswas, Deputy Inspector General of
Police Danesh Rana, Superintendent of Police Mubashir Latifi besides
people from Rajouri Poonch also graced the occasion.
Computer lab established under Sadbhavna
UDHAMPUR, APR 17: As a part of the ongoing "Operation Sadbhavna"
project in J&K, the Indian Army established a Computer Training
Laboratory at Bal Ashram, here today. The project included donation of
computer related hardware and other assistance in setting up of the
lab to cater to the requirement of approximately 55 orphans residing
at the Ashram.
Addressing the gathering at felicitation ceremony, Brigadier Salim
Asif of 87 Mountain Brigade emphasized on the ever increasing
importance of computers and the need to promote computer literacy.
Even though the project is a small scale gesture, it is certainly an
innovative step towards constructive channelization of youth that
would go a long way in development of individual personality. The
Social and Welfare officers of District and Tehsil were also present
on the occasion. Brigadier Salim Asif requested the civil
administration to promote other such ventures so as to contribute
towards overall growth of the state. He also interacted with the
orphans and staff at Bal Niketan and assured career and professional
guidance to the students as and when required.
The staff at Bal Ashram was of the opinion that these welfare
activities would facilitate in bridging the gap between Awam and Jawan.
Czech Media team, T&T operators to visit J&K:
JAMMU, APR 17: The Czech Republic would depute its Tour and Travel
Operators besides media persons on a familiarization trip to Jammu and
Kashmir for encouraging its citizens to visit the state.
This was revealed by the Ambassador of Czech Republic, Milosalav
Stasek during his meeting with Tourism Minister, Ghulam Ahmad Mir here
today. He also offered the support from his Country to J&K Government
for promotion and showcasing of the abundant tourism potential of the
Jammu and Kashmir.
The Ambassador appreciated the efforts of the State government for
promoting its tourism by creating world class tourist infrastructure
besides offering adventure and golf tourism for high end tourists. He
also hailed the governments' efforts to restore peace and normalcy in
the State and added that Jammu and Kashmir State was as safe as other
parts of the World, so there should be no reservations to any tourist
to visit the State.
Minister of State for Tourism and Home, Sajad Ahmad Kichloo,
Commissioner Secretary, Tourism and Culture and Atal Duloo were also
present in the meeting.
During the one hour meeting, several issues related to tourism
Cooperation between the Czech Republic and Jammu and Kashmir State
Tourism Minister briefed the Ambassador about the overall tourism
scenario of Jammu and Kashmir. He informed that Jammu and Kashmir
offers varied attractions for the tourists round the year. "It has
three regions with natures gifted tourism potential. Kashmir called as
paradise on earth, Jammu city of Temples and Ladakh the moon land on
earth", Mir informed.
The Tourism Minister informed him that Kashmir has the distinction of
having four distinct seasons and each complimenting the other, adding
that Kashmir has lot of adventure activities in winter with Gulmarg
being one of the key destinations offering Skiing, Heliskiing, Gondola
and much more. Regarding Ladakh, Minister said it is the Moon Land and
if tourists want to have the feel of moon, there is no need to spend
lots of dollars on space journeys, they are invited to Ladakh, which
is common man's moon land, he said. Mir said that Ladakh is also well
known for its lakes like Pan Gong and Psomorori, Buddhist monasteries,
rich Buddhist culture, trekking passes and adventure motorsports.
He described Jammu as city of temples and with highly revered shrine
of Mata Vaishno Devi, adventure tourism like paragliding, Rafting and
Mountaineering. He said Jammu is blessed with lakes like Surinsar and
Mansar, while in R.S.Pura sector one can witnesses various species of
migratory birds. He said recently the government has started border
tourism in Suchetgarh, where necessary tourist related infrastructure
has been created.
Tourism Minister hoped the other Countries would also issue positive
advisory to their citizens to visit of the State.
Feroz, Kacho review SSA, RAMSA schemes
SHOTOPA/KARGIL, APR 17: In order to upgrade the basic educational
setup and to ensure quality education in all the government schools,
Government of India has taken various initiatives under RAMSA and SSA
Schemes and the progress of these schemes was today reviewed during a
meeting was conducted in Kargil under the Chairmanship of the Chief
Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan.
The Meeting was attended by the State Minister for Science &
Technology, IT, Education, Health and Youth Service and Sports Feroz
Ahmad Khan, Executive Councilor Haji Ghulam Amir Kamran, Ghulam Rasool
Nagvi and Punchok Tashi besides other district officers.
It was informed during the meeting that with the help of these schemes
the literacy rate has reached 74%, which is quite satisfactory and due
to these schemes 933 teachers and 937 RETs have been engaged. 660
disabled students have been enrolled to various schools to get basic
education and arrangements have been made for home tutors to impart
education to 53 disabled students under these schemes.
The meeting also discussed various ongoing school construction
projects in the district under these schemes as well as awareness
campaigns to make common people aware about education.
Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan stressed upon ensuring quality education in
schools for which he said teachers have to work with full dedication.
He directed the concerned officers to gear up the checking process.
Meanwhile earlier in the day the Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC
Kargil Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan along with Executive Councilor Syed Kazim
Sabere paid a surprise visit to various schools of TSG Block which
included High School Minjee, 2 Middle Schools of Trespone village,
Primary and Middle School Saliskote and checked the attendance
register of the staff.
NPP to hold leadership training camp
JAMMU, APR 17: The leadership training camp of JKNPP shall be held on
20th April 2013 in Jammu in which the members of the Working Committee
as well as the Pradesh and District leadership shall be participating.
According to a handout issued by the JKNPP, this is first camp of this
kind being held after the 2008Assembly elections.
Ensure speeding up MGNREGA convergence: Sagar
JAMMU, APR 17: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali
Mohammad Sagar today asked the officers to ensure that the convergence
of the plantation aspect of MGNREGA is done at an earliest.
The Minister was addressing officers during a high level meeting
convened to work out the modalities of convergence of plantation of
MGNREGA with other line departments like Agriculture, Horticulture,
Animal Husbandry, Forest etc.
Commissioner Secretary Rural Development Department, Farooq Ahmed
Peer, Commissioner Secretary Forests, Aijaz Iqbal, Principal Chief
Conservator of Forests, Vinod Ranjan, Directors Rural Development,
Jammu / Srinagar, Shafiq Ahmed Raina, Mir Altaf Ahmed, Director Social
Forestry, A. K. Gupta, Member Secretary MGNREGA, Pawan Rathore and
other senior officers of Horticulture, Agriculture, Sericulture,
Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Forests were present in the meeting.
The Minister directed the officers to prepare a detailed project
report about the activities of the different departments to be
undertaken under the convergence aspect of MGNREGA so that the
execution of the plantation drive and other related aspects can be
executed within the shortest possible time. He said that the scope of
activities to be undertaken under this flagship schemes can also be
broadened so that the activities like floriculture, pisiculture,
afforestation, soil erosion and animal husbandry and other related
activities can be undertaken.
Sagar said that the scheme has been instrumental in changing the
socio-economic profile of the people living in far-off areas and the
need is to broaden the ambit of the scheme by ensuring its convergence
with that of other departments.
The Minister also directed the officers to conduct workshops wherein
the officials of different departments can be educated about the
guidelines of convergence of the scheme with their parent departments
so that the execution of the same is speeded up. He said that we also
have to ensure that the funds earmarked under the plantation activity
are utilized to the maximum and in a judicious manner.
Legal fraternity should debate new policy on JAC:
NEW DELHI, APR 17: "It appears that the political leadership intends
to take over the reins of Judiciary by bringing the judges in the High
Courts and the Supreme Court of their choice. The latest proposal of
the Central government to appoint Judicial Appointments' Commission
with Law Minister with two so-called eminent jurists is fraught with
dangers to dilute the judicial authority for political gains by the
power." This was stated by Prof Bhim Singh, a senior Executive Member
of the Supreme Court Bar Association besides being Chairman of the
State Legal Aid Committee as well as Member of the National
Integration Council while reacting to the Cabinet note circulated by
the Law Ministry.
Singh observed that any attempt to interfere with the judiciary shall
prove highly counterproductive and may give rise to unrest among the
elite class also. He called this an attempt to empower the government
and the Chief Ministers to appoint judges in the High Courts and the
Supreme Court which in no way shall be acceptable to the people of
this country. He strongly rejected the cabinet note circulated
claiming that, "The proposed amendments will provide constitutional
backing to the process of consultation through the institution of JAC
and will make the process truly participatory between the executive
and the judiciary compromising the independence of the judiciary." It
shall not be Judicial Appointment Commission but a mockery of judicial
system unknown in the history of democracy.
Bhim Singh urged Chief Justice of India to convene a meeting of the
representatives of Bar Associations drawn from all the High Courts of
India and the Supreme Court so that the matter could be discussed. He
agreed with Chief Justice, Altmas Kabir that appointments to the
higher judiciary are made after intense deliberations and there is no
cause to impose the Law Minister and his favourite jurists to dilute
the Constitution of the JAC.
ICCR showcases Jammu's performing art forms at
REASI, APR 17: 'Kud Festival' primarily featuring 'Kud' dance groups
and other performing art traditions of the hills of Reasi featured in
Indian Council for Cultural Relations' fortnightly programme Horizon
Series at the lawns of Dhol Devta, village Bakkal, here today.
Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs,
Government of India reached to the remotest part of the State and
rejuvenated the rarest ethnic performing traditions of Jammu region in
a major event "Kud Festival' which attracted large crowds featuring
over seventy traditional artists. Speaking on the occasion, the
Regional Director of ICCR, Balwant Thakur said that it is for the
first time that ICCR has moved out of Jammu to identify the major
representative performing traditions of Jammu region. It was desired
that ICCR should not limit itself to the city auditoriums but should
make efforts to reach to the places from where these fantastic
traditions originate. He expressed happiness the way people of village
Bakkal and adjoining villages respond to such happenings and have love
and respect for their cultural belongings.
'Kud' is one of the most popular dance forms of the hills of Reasi.
Kud of this area has established its distinct identity and has
excelled at the National level by making it to the most of the
National folk dance festivals. Kud is also found in Bhaderwah and
Paddar. Primarily performed by men-folk this ritualistic dance is
performed to please the local deities. For centuries this wonderful
tradition of dance survived in the same fashion and later it began to
be performed in other festivities like marriages, child birth, crop
cutting, etc. The other forms which featured in this festival included
'Masade', 'Bhakh' 'Shinjh' 'Dafle' and 'Goria'.
'Bhakh' is out of the world singing style which has many rare and
unique features. The speciality of this form of singing is that it is
sung without the accompaniment of any musical instruments in a chorus
style by a group of six to seven singers.
The Prominent traditional artists who featured in the 'Kud Festival'
included Shaptan Singh, Shambu Singh, Bhuri Singh, Angrez Singh, Mohan
Lal, Karnail Singh, Ajay Kumar, Sunder Singh, Prakash Chand, Sanjeet
Singh, Balwan Singh, Tota Ram, Chunni Ram, Mangu Ram, Suraj Ram, Indru,
Lajwanti, Kamlesh Kumari, Sunita Devi, Sushma Devi, Rano Devi, Neelam
Devi, Bubly Devi, Godavari Devi, Savitri Devi, Rano Devi, Sharistha
Devi, Saraswati Devi, Shello Devi, Kamlo Devi, Kunj Lal, Makhan Lal,
Subash Chand, Krishan Chand, Balwant Singh, Suram Chand, Baldev Raj,
Subash Singh, Gandharv Singh, Naseeb Singh, Daya Ram, Sansar Chand and
Water scarcity in Katra will soon be overcome:
REASI, APR 17: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham
Lal Sharma today said that scarcity of drinking water in Katra will be
overcome very soon. He said that the Dhansar Water Supply Scheme has
been initiated to cater to the needs of Katra town exclusively.
Interacting with the prominent citizens of Katra town, the Minister
said that Government is aware of the drinking water requirements of
Katra town in view of huge flow of tourists, therefore the Dhansar WSS
was started in November, 2011 which is targeted to be completed in
March 2014. He said that the executing agency has been directed to
speed up the pace of work and complete the project within the time
Meanwhile, the Minister directed the Chief Engineer, PHE to
immediately dispatch the necessary equipment to augment the Jajjar
Water Supply Scheme to enhance its efficacy. The Katra town is
presently fed by this scheme. He also directed the local officers to
effectively regulate the water supply in the town. To meet the
additional requirement, he asked for keeping a provision of tanker
Earlier, the Minister inspected the Dhansar Water Supply Scheme along
with a team of engineers. He issued instructions to the engineers to
ensure quality of work and complete the scheme as per the target. He
also directed them to expedite the compensation to the land owners
whose land has been acquired by the department for developing the
While briefing the Minister about the status of the scheme, the Chief
Engineer, PHE, Ashwani Sharma informed that over 50 percent works have
been completed and all out efforts will be made to commission the
scheme according to the schedule. He said the scheme was started in
November, 2011 at an estimated cost of R 47.42 crore. The designed
capacity of scheme is 1 lakh gallon per hour.
It will have four stages alongwith equal number of sump tanks to
ensure the efficiency of the scheme. The scheme has rich source of
Encroachment on forest land is almost contained:
JAMMU, APR 17: Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment, Mian
Altaf Ahmad, in presence of Minister for Housing, Culture and
Floriculture, Raman Bhalla inaugurated Tawi Herbal Eco-Park, spread
over 133 hectares at Bandi Khad near Bahu Fort, here today.
Altaf said that need of the hour was to sensitize the new generation
about the importance of environment, adding that saving environment
and protection of forests and wildlife has been prioritized in the
State. He said that the drive launched by the department against
forest land encroachers was showing good and encouraging results. He
said department with active support and cooperation of the people has
succeeded in fencing the critical areas, particularly in Jammu, adding
that encroachment has almost been contained.
The Minister said that efforts are being made to develop alternate eco
friendly entertainment spots for Jammu people and the plan conceived
by the officers of forest department for developing a park will
benefit a large populace including domestic tourists visiting the
city. He said this circuit connecting Mahamaya Mandir, Har Ki Podi
Mandir and Bawe Di Mata Mandir will go a long way in promoting
pilgrimage tourism in the Jammu city.
Appreciating the efforts of officers, the Minister asked them to take
in account the plantation of trees while making further developmental
plans of the park. He said 2 huts of the department existing in and
around the park have been repaired.
Raman Bhalla, while speaking on the occasion, said that development of
park will go a long way in promotion of tourism activities in the
area, adding the rush of pilgrims to Mahamaya Mandir, would further go
up with a massive park coming up in its vicinity. He said influx of
tourism to the state was increasing and there was a need to make them
aware about new tourist spots being created in Jammu city.
Bhalla said that introduction of Cable Car from Mubarak Mandi to Bahu
Fort and development of artificial lake downstream Tawi River would
add new dimensions to its attraction, besides offering more
entertainment opportunities to the locals and the tourists visiting
the city of temples.
He said 5D system would be installed in the park for entertainment of
Earlier, Mian Altaf inaugurated Computer Lab at Chief Conservator's
office Dogra Hall.
Meanwhile, Altaf also inaugurated Regional Office Complex of Soil
Conservation Department constructed at a cost of R 78.56 lakh at Reka
The Minister said that Forests, water bodies and perennial rivers fed
by glaciers were the main attraction for the tourists visiting Jammu
and Kashmir and these are required to be protected at every cost. The
Minister hoped that by virtue of cooperation of every individual,
government would succeed in ensuring green revolution across the
length and breadth of the State.
Asking for making judicious use of available funds and resources, the
Minister asked the functionaries that the result of the conservation
and development of forests and other natural resources shall be
visible on the ground.
He asked the functionaries to ensure that the funds being spent
through various wings of the department are put to best use for the
benefit of people and restoration and revival of State's green gold.
Congress, NC have abused secularism: Jitendra
JAMMU, APR 17: Strongly reacting to the Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh
Congress Committee (JKPCC), President, Saif-ud-Din Soz's remarks while
addressing the Congress Party's Legal Cell that parties like BJP stood
no match to secular credentials of the Congress, the BJP State Chief
Spokesperson and National Executive Member, Dr Jitendra Singh said
here today that on the contrary, the truth is that it is the two
ruling coalition parties, Congress and the National Conference who are
guilty of having abused secularism and as President of one of the
coalition partners, Soz owes an explanation about why the Congress
maintained a studied silence while its partner National Conference
violated the oath of Constitution as well as propriety of official
position by instigating communal passions, appeasing separatist
elements and dividing the people of state on religious lines by
vociferously coming out in support of terrorists like Afzal Guru and
Maqbool Bhat but not showing same enthusiasm to take up the case of
Chameil Singh, an innocent farmer who was murdered in a Pakistani Jail
after he had inadvertently strayed into Pakistani territory.
Claiming that BJP is the only genuinely secular party in the country
today, Singh said that if secularism means shying away from paying
homage to slain CRPF Jawans as the ruling coalition leadership was
seen doing recently in Srinagar or if secularism means reluctance to
say "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", then the BJP is proud that it does not
emulate such "secularism" which is practiced by the NC and the
Congress. He said that it is a shame that even the Jammu based leaders
from the ruling coalition prefers to speak in separatist jargan to
please their Kashmir-centric masters and yet believe that people of
Jammu are convinced about their secular claims.
In the larger interest of nation and the state, Dr. Jitendra Singh
appealed to everyone across the party lines to adopt secularism as a
way of life rather than a political rhetoric.