Azad-Soni friendship holds the key to forming
next Govt in J&K
Jammu, Jun 29: The future of the Congress and the National Conference
alliance in the coming Assembly polls hinges more on the friendship
between Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and newly appointed
Congress incharge of the state Ambika Soni than PCC Chief Prof Saif Ud
Even though Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is keeping his
cards close to his chest but the manner in which UPA Chairperson Sonia
Gandhi made references and highlighted developmental works carried out
during the tenure of Azad as chief minister in the state has already
fueled speculations in the corridors of power about his possible
return to the state politics as head of the state govt.
It is under these circumstances the state Congress leaders view role
of party incharge Ambika Soni very crucial in giving feedback to the
party high command about the nature of alliance the state Congress
leaders would find it comfortable to work in.
It is learnt through reliable sources in the Congress party that
several senior party leaders have already conveyed to the party high
command the need for keeping open the option of forming a n alliance
under the leadership of the party. The party leaders have, however,
different takes on going with the NC or PDP to form the next alliance
A section of the party leaders are in favour of continuing the formula
with change of leadership at the helm from the congress party instead
of exploring the options of forming an alliance govt with the PDP. The
reason given by these leaders is that NC is keen on staying in power
and after the congress party gave full six year term to Omar Abdullah
the party should not have any difficulties to now allow the Congress
Chief Minister to head the state and stay in alliance.
The general view which is gaining momentum within the party is in
favour of contesting the polls independently without forging any pre
poll alliance with either party and the final decision on forging an
alliance would be taken only after the conduct of the polls by the
party high command. (JKNI)
Bad weather, rain disrupt Amarnath pilgrimage
SRINAGAR, Jun 29: Bad weather and rain disrupted pilgrimage to Holy
Amarnath cave shrine from Baltal and Nunwan Pahalgam base camps for
some time today.
Pilgrims undeterred by rain and bad weather left Baltal base camp at
0530 hrs this morning, a yatra control room official said.
However, the pilgrimage had to be stopped at 0830 hrs because of heavy
rains, he said, adding that there was still light rain but the
pilgrims are now marching towards the cave shrine.
"If roads would become slippery due to more rains, we will stop yatra,"
Similarly, yatra was going on from Nunwan Pahalgam route also,
official said, adding that only those yatris, who have valid ' yatra
permit' for today, were being allowed to move towards next halting
station at Chandanwari.
He said pilgrims will be allowed from both Baltal and Pahalgam routes
till 1100 hrs, and then the exact number of yatris leaving for Holy
Cave will be known.
Defence ministry spokesperson Naresh Vij said GoC Chinar Corps Lt
General Gurmit Singh reviewed overall security arrangements made for
He lauded all security agencies for the synergised efforts made by
them towards security arrangements and other faciliies to meet various
Naresh said the Chinar Corps Commander visited the holy cave yesterday
and paid obeisance on behalf of Chief of the Army Staff, the Northern
Army Commander and entire Chinar Corps to seek blessings of Lord
Lt Gen Singh, the Security Advisor to state government, inspected the
overall security arrangements.
GoC Chinar Corps interacted with troops of Army and other security
forces deployed for the security of Yatra and appreciated them for
their dedication and thoroughness towards putting up the security
apparatus in place in harmony.
The General Officer said, "Passion for our Profession and Compassion
for our Yatris is the motive of the Army deployed to facilitate the
successful conduct of Yatra."
He said, "15 Corps is a reflection of India and Kashmiri Awaam, it is
our solemn responsibility to ensure smooth conduct of Yatra."
The troops were highly motivated with the visit of Corps Commander,
are geared up to put in their best and prepared to meet any
contingency, he said. (UNI)
Third batch of 2,370 pilgrims leaves for Amarnath
Jammu: Amid rains, the third batch of 2,370 pilgrims today left for
the holy Shri Amarnath Cave Shrine in South Kashmir from 'Yatri Niwas'
at Bhagwati Nagar base camp in this winter capital of Jammu and
''A batch comprising 1,773 males, 356 females, 47 children and 194
sadhus left for the Amarnath cave shrine from here in a convoy of 74
vehicles including 52 private and SRTC buses and 22 light motor
vehicles,'' official spokesperson said. He said the first bus left at
around 04:55 hrs and the last bus at 05:10 hrs.
''The yatra was suspended for sometime near Jakhaini in Udhampur
district as one of the private vehicles had met with an accident on
the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway due to which the road was
blocked,'' the spokesperson said, adding that the yatra is smoothly
heading towards Srinagar after the road clearance.
Girl bids on life by jumping into river Tawi
Jammu, June 29: A 19-year-old girl today tried to end her life by
jumping into the river Tawi under the jurisdiction of Nowabad police
Identified as Gunjan Jamwal of Talab Tillo, she jumped into the river
Tawi and was immediately fished out by the police and shifted to the
Government Medical College and Hospital", said a police officer adding
that she was responding to the treatment when last reports came in.
Eyewitness stated that the girl was walking on the bridge and all of
sudden she jumped into the river.
Police said that questioning of the girl is in progress and a case in
this connection has been registered.
Sources said that the girl was frustrated over estrange relation
between her parents and presently she was staying in the house of her
Meanwhile, 29 year-old man who set himself on fire mysteriously and
undergoing treatment at Government Medical College and Hospital
(GMC&H) succumbed to burn injuries.
The deceased has been identified as Suresh Chander son of Laxman Dass
of Nowshera presently at sector 6 in Gangyal.
Police said that the deceased received 90 percent burns on his body
under mysterious circumstances at Gangyal and while during treatment
at GMC&H he failed to respond the treatment.
Police said that after autopsy, the body was handed over to family
members for last rites and police investigation is in progress.
‘Current registration counters set up’
SRINAGAR: In view of the significant number of unregistered pilgrims
and pilgrims who have arrived ahead of their scheduled date of Yatra,
the Divisional Administration Kashmir, in coordination with the Shrine
Board, J&K Bank, and Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir, have established
seven counters each at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar, and Tourist Reception
Centre (TRC), Nowgam, Srinagar, to facilitate such Yatris to obtain
registration before they can proceed to the Yatra Base Camps. This
facility is in addition to the Current Registration arrangement
available to Yatris at various locations in Jammu i.e. Vaishnavi Dham,
Saraswati Dham, Jammu Haat and Ram Mandir.
This was informed today by Navin K. Choudhary, CEO, SASB.
All the Yatris are advised to obtain registration for the date on
which they wish to undertake the Yatra beforehand to avoid unnecessary
difficulties and inconvenience to themselves as well as the
The CEO further reiterated that the Yatris, in their own best
interest, should cooperate with the Yatra Administration and should
not reach Base Camps without first obtaining registration.
In addition, they should reach the Base Camps only a day before they
are scheduled to undertake the Yatra. If they have arrived without
registration or ahead of their date of registration, they should
obtain Current Registration from the counters established at Jammu and
Today, 6132 Yatris left Baltal and 4409 Yatris left Pahalgam for the
Holy Shrine. Today, the final darshan figure was 11530. The weather in
the morning was cloudy and there were few spells of rain in the Yatra
area. However, in the afternoon, the weather remained clear in most of
the Yatra area.
The Yatris were stopped for brief periods at the Access Control Gates
at Chandanwari and Baltal when there were strong showers.
Two arrested with pistol, weapon
Jammu: Jammu Police today arrested two persons alongwith a country
made pistol and sharp edged weapons in two separate incidents,
official spokesman here said.
"Based on a tip off, a miscreant identified as Vikas alias Sonu Cheer
was arrested this evening from a nakka laid at Satwari in city
outskirts," the spokesman here said.
He said that one country made pistol and four live cartridges were
recovered from the possession of the accused.
"The arrested person was involved in different criminal activities,"
he said adding that his elder brother was also involved in militancy
related activities few years ago.
A case has been registered and investigations are in progress.
Meanwhile in a separate incident, police arrested one Kewal Krishan,
resident of village Charga in Marh area of Kanhachak.
"The accused was arrested at a nakka laid at Gajansoo alongwith a
sharp edged weapon (Khokhri)," he said adding that a case under FIR
number 111/13 under section 4/25 of Arms Act has been registered
against him and investigations are in progress.
Kathua bids tearful adieu to ITBP inspector
KATHUA: An eerie silence today prevailed at Bobiya village in Jammu
and Kashmir's Kathua district as hundreds of people quietly lined up
at the crematorium to bid a tearful adieu to ITBP inspector Bhim
Singh, who was killed in a chopper crash while rescuing stranded
people in flood-hit Uttarakhand.
People from Bobiya and its adjoining areas gathered at the crematorium
as the mortal remains of the braveheart were consigned to flames.
45-year-old Bhim Singh was among 20 personnel, including five other
ITBP policemen, killed in the helicopter crash on Tuesday.
His body reached Jammu Airport at around 7:00 PM yesterday and from
there it was taken to his native village by road. Singh is survived by
his wife Renu, two daughters and a son.
"I was also on duty in Gauri Kund area. It was difficult to work in
such circumstances. Hundreds of bodies were lying around. We had to
work in tough atmosphere to save the lives of the people," recalled
Bhim Singh's colleague inspector Manoj Kumar.
Paying tributes to the ITBP soldier, MLC Subash Gupta said, "He has
made all of us proud."
Five Air Force, six ITBP and nine NDRF personnel was killed in the
Meanwhile, family members of Bhim Singh rued the "lackadaisical
attitude" of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah towards the deceased
"If a militant is killed, our CM goes to meet his family members but
he has no words of respect for a brave soldier who laid down his life
in the line of duty," alleged one of the family members.
Lightning kills minor, mother critical
Jammu: A 12 year-old boy was killed while his mother received injuries
when lightning struck at their house in village Taladi Chapda under
the jurisdiction of Rajouri Police station.
"Mohammad Shammem son of Muneer Hussain and his mother Razia Begum
were sitting at their house when lightning struck upon them", said a
police officer adding that the minor boy was died on the spot while
his mother received severe burns.
Police said that neighbours immediately shifted them to nearby
hospital where Shammem was decalred as brought dead and his mother is
Persuasion can help students to achieve
scientific pursuits: Omar
SRINAGAR, JUN 29: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Saturday underlined
the need of catching students as young as possible to ignite desire of
pursuing high goals of science and technology in them. He said that
this can be done at the school level by creating scientific
temperament and providing ample opportunity to boys and girls at the
elementary education level.
"You cannot make scientists of repute at the university level but
these are born in schools", he said and called for giving children
freehand to experiment and discover by themselves the secrets of
science at the early stage of their life. He said his proposal for
science museums at Srinagar and Jammu is to provide an open field for
the boys and girls to get in touch with various aspects of science at
their young age and discover the 'scientists' living within them.
Addressing the gathering before rededicating CSIR-IIIM Lab to Nation
with Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences,
Jaipal Reddy here, the Chief Minister said that the rich potential of
Jammu and Kashmir in bio-technology and IT fields could not be
harnessed owing to the long period of disturbance in the State.
Omar Abdullah said that IIIM Branch, Srinagar was shattered during the
period of disturbance. "Its functioning came to a standstill,
scientists and teachers left the institution and security forces
stayed here", he said adding that with the rooting of normality, IIIM
Srinagar started breathing again.
The Chief Minister said that he was keen to restore the Institution to
its full functioning and developing as an Institute of repute and
fame. He lauded the support provided by the Union Government and
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in rejuvenating
the Centre back to normal functioning and upgrading. He mentioned the
efforts of Director CSIR-IIIM, Dr. Ram Vishwakarma and the Science
Advisory Council to Chief Minister in this direction. He also referred
to the support of various Union Ministers in the rejuvenation of this
Centre at Srinagar.
Highlighting the importance of CSIR-IIIM Centre in the holistic
development of a State like Jammu and Kashmir, Omar said that the
potential of Valley as an aromatic and medicinal plants production
area, besides the State's vast bio-diversity, are the best resources
for economic betterment and job generation for youth. He said leather
industry has promising future in the Valley as this part of the
Country is on the top of the list of mutton consuming States and there
is huge abundance of sheep and goat skin available to manufacture
leather goods. He said this is the area which could provide
substantial jobs to the locals.
In his speech, Union Minister for Science and Technology, and Earth
Sciences, Jaipal Reddy made five announcements to upgrade and
strengthen the CSIR-IIIM in the State. He announced Central support
for two Bio-Technological Parks, World Class Value Addition Centre for
Aroma, State-of-Art Leather Centre, Science Museum and Academy of
Jaipal Reddy lauded Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah for his keen
interest in developing scientific temperament in the students of the
State and utilizing intervention of Science and Technology to seek
welfare and development of the State. He assured the support of his
Ministry to the State in this endeavour.
Minister of State for Science and Technology, Feroz Ahmad Khan said
that the State Government led by Omar Abdullah has flagged Science and
Technology sector as a focused area.
He said that there is need to create better infrastructure, high
quality faculty and greater interaction between academia and industry
at the university level.
Director General CSIR, Prof. Samir K. Brahmachari on the occasion
announced up-gradation of CSIR-IIIM Branch, Srinagar as a full-fledged
Centre and said that from today it should be recognized as CSIR-IIIM
Centre, Srinagar. He asked the Director CSIR-IIIM, Dr. Ram Vishwakarma
to be In-Charge of both the Srinagar and Jammu Centres.
He said on the behest of Omar Abdullah CSIR is conducting research at
its 7 Centres to utilize bio-mass of Dal Lake for producing diesel,
energy and fertilizers.
He said that on the intervention of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah,
CSIR-IIIM was able to procure Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
equipment for the CSIR-IIIM Centre which would be installed here soon.
In his elaborative speech the Director CSIR-IIIM, Dr. Ram Vishwakarma
said that the deliberations of the function are being witnessed at 40
CSIR-IIIM Centres in the Country adding that in a way CSIR-IIIM of the
State has become Pan-India Research Centre.
He referred to Colonel R. N. Chopra who had laid the foundation of
Drug Research Laboratory of J&K in 1941 and Drug Manufacturing
Laboratories at Baramulla and Srinagar to produce Belladona, Santonin,
Diosgenin, Pyrethrum and Sulfa-guanidine besides starting Regional
Research Laboratory, Jammu in 1957. He also referred the efforts of
late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in the development of Drug Research
The Union Minister and the Chief Minister also laid foundation of
Hostel and rededicated Dr. Akhter Hussain Laboratory and Colonel R. N.
Chopra IIIM Centre to the Nation. They also inspected various research
units, leather centre and laboratories in the Institute and interacted
with research scholars, students and faculty members.
Captivating Kashmir motivates everyone to visit
SRINAGAR, JUN 29: Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, Salman Khursheed
acclaimed the beauty of Kashmir. He said that its lush green meadows
surrounded by majestic mountains with fresh lakes captivates every one
and motivates us to visit this paradise on earth again and again. He
underscored the need for concerted efforts by the government and civil
society to preserve the rich environs of the serene spots and water
Expressing his ideas during his motor boat ride in world famous Dal
and Nigeen lakes here, Khursheed appreciated the efforts of the State
Government for exploring virgin spots besides preserving the rich
environs of water bodies especially Dal and Nigeen lakes which receive
first attention of the tourists during their visit to the Valley.
Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir on the occasion apprised the
Union Minister about the measures taken by State Government for
promotion of tourism in the State. He said that State Government has
identified and developed new virgin spots like Yusmarg, Doodpathri,
Gurez, Lolab and Bungus where concerted effort is being made to create
tourist related infrastructure.
The Tourism Minister apprised him that State Government has also
launched a vigorous promotional campaign in and outside the Country to
attract the tourists to visit these spots apart from world famous
Gulmarg and Pahalgam like tourists destinations.
Mir said that State's rich adventure tourism potential is being
explored through various activities like water sports, heli-skiing,
skiing, para-gliding, Gondola riding, mountain trekking and many more,
adding that golf tourism is also being promoted in the State by
developing new golf courses like Sidhra Golf Course Jammu, Leh Golf
Course, Gulmarg and Pahalgam golf Courses.
Tourism Minister hailed UPA Government for providing liberal financial
assistance under the tourism sector to the State, adding that state
has witnessed rapid growth and up-gradation of tourist related
infrastructure facilities in all the three regions of Jammu, Ladakh
AISF protests in Gandoh to highlight demands
DODA, JUN 29: All India Students Federation (AISF) unit of Gandoh
Bhalessa staged a strong protest and took out a massive rally against
the Administration for not fulfilling their genuine demands. They were
demanding basic facilities for GHSS Gandoh like drinking water,
toilets, besides adequate teaching faculty and introduction of new
subjects in the school.
The rally was led by District President, AISF, Mukesh Parihar.
On the occasion, Tehsildar, Gandoh, Bhalessa, Din Mohammad assured the
students that their genuine demands will be considered at the
earliest. He also assured that he will putforth the demand of the
construction of GDC, Kilhotran and GHSS, Gandoh at appropriate
platform for early consideration.
Later, the AISF members also met Sub Divisional Magistrate, Gandoh
Bhalessa G. Prasanna Ramaswamy. The SDM directed BDO Gandoh,
Principal, GHSS, Gandoh and AEE (PHE) for constructing Toilet Complex,
Water Reservoir and drinking water facilities for Higher Secondary
School, Gandoh, respectively.
AISF District Vice President, Mohd Saleem, Tehsil General Secretary,
Mohd Imran, President, GHSS Gandoh, Mohd Younis, Vice President, Shoda
Manhas and hundreds of students including girls participated in the
Jitendra invites Omar to join debate over Article
JAMMU, JUN 29: BJP questioned the silence adopted by the Sheikh
Mohammed Abdullah on "Autonomy" between 1975 and 1983 when he was
Chief Minister of J&K with absolute majority and full Congress support
in the State Legislative Assembly.
The BJP has also invited Omar to participate in the open debate over
Article 370 with facts and figures.
Reacting to the response of the Omar Abdullah on twitter to L K
Advani's advise, BJP National Executive Member and J&K Chief
Spokesperson, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the answer is very simple
that Advani was a part of a multi-party coalition NDA government of
which Omar Abdullah was also a part and the BJP did not have
sufficient numbers to do anything about Article 370.
In the same phraseology as used by Omar in his Tweet, Dr Jitendra
Singh went on to say, now it is Omar's turn to devote some Twitter
space to explain Sheikh Abdullah's "silence" on "Autonomy" between
1975 and 1983 when he was Chief Minister of J&K with absolute majority
and full Congress support in the State Legislative Assembly.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that abrogation of Article 370 is BJP's
consistent stand unlike National Conference which rakes up "Autonomy"
only when out of power or when fearing loss of power. That is why, he
said this time in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections we are going to
people to seek absolute majority for the BJP so that we can pursue our
avowed objective for abrogation of Article 370. And if BJP manages to
come to power on its own, our experience tells us that fringe regional
parties like National Conference will automatically join us, he
About Omar Abdullah's Tweet seeking to learn from Advani's "wisdom"
about the constitutional mechanism to repeal Article 370, Singh said
Omar will have to study the Constitution of India to learn that there
is already a constitutional mechanism in place which was formulated by
the collective "wisdom" of the makers of Constitution none of whom
belonged to BJP or Jan Sangh which was not even born at that time.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that if Omar Abdullah sincerely wants to become
further "wiser" on the issue of Article 370, he is welcome to engage
himself in an open public debate with us and allow the people to judge
who stands where. Twitter is too subjective and unilateral a medium
for a fair bilateral debate, he added.
Singh said "We are ready for an open public debate with facts, figures
and evidence to prove that Article 370 has done more harm than good to
the people of State including those of Kashmir valley".
Karan Singh donates Rs 55 lakh for Uttrakhand
SRINAGAR, JUN 29: Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Dr Karan Singh
today said that horrific Himalayan Tsunami had caused untold havoc in
Uttarakhand where thousands of precious lives including our brave
security forces have been lost, whole villages have disappeared and
the fragile Himalayan ecology has received a massive blow.
He said that for decades "I have lent my voice to the anxiety felt by
committed environmentalist's regarding the extensive deforestation in
the Himalayas and also the building of massive dams on the Ganga and
its tributaries. I would urge that there should be an agonizing
reappraisal of our whole environmental policy in the Himalayas.
Meanwhile, we must all do our bit to support the massive relief and
rehabilitation effort that is urgently needed".
He donated R 50 lakh from MPLADS fund and R 5 lakh on behalf of the
Dharmarth Trust, Jammu and Kashmir.
Describing the completion of the over eleven kilometer long railway
tunnel between Qazigund in Kashmir and Banihal in Jammu region as a
landmark achievement, Karan Singh said that this is indeed a
remarkable technological achievement and it is befitting that Dr
Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi both have participated in its
File statement of facts or else Principal to
appear in person: HC
JAMMU, JUN 29: In a contempt petition filed by the Parents
Coordination Committee and others against KC International School,
Justice Ali Mohd Magrey of J&K High Court at its Jammu Wing after
hearing Advocate Abhinav Sharma appearing for the petitioners and
Advocate Aditya Gupta for the respondent school, observed that in
terms of earlier order, respondents were directed to file statement of
facts and compliance report but till date compliance report had not
Advocate Abhinav Sharma submitted that despites orders from the Court
respondents (School) are harassing the wards of petitioners and are
bent upon to show them exit which is evident from the approach adopted
and the material produced on record. Upon this Justice Ali Mohd Magrey
granted two weeks time to respondents (School) to submit the statement
of facts and compliance report, and in default Harinder Chakhaiya,
Principal of KC International School shall remain personally present
before the Court on the next date of hearing. (JNF)
Court acquits 3 Heroin smugglers
JAMMU, JUN 29: Second Additional Sessions Judge Jammu, Subash C Gupta
today acquitted Ved Parkash, Tarsem Singh @ Fouji and Tarsem Lal from
whom 6 kg heroin was recovered, as prosecution miserably failed to
prove the case.
On June 18, 2009 Police Station Khour registered an FIR against Ved
Parkash, Tarsem Singh @ Fouji and Tarsem Lal u/s 8/22/23/29 NDPS Act.
According to the police, at about 10:45 AM the above said accused
persons were on a Motorcycle and after their search 3 bags containing
2 kg heroine each were recovered and after completion of investigation
challan was presented in the Court.
Second Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Subash C Gupta after hearing
both the sides observed that where there are contradictions in version
of the official witnesses, corroboration from the independent
witnesses is imperative in order to have just, fair and impartial
justice. However, in the present case, it is totally lacking as
independent witness namely Jagdeep Singh has not supported the
prosecution at all. Court after going through the statements of the
witnesses held that prosecution has miserably failed to prove the
alleged recovery of Heroin from the possession of the accused and as
such they are acquitted of the charges leveled against them. (JNF)
Economics & Statistics Deptt celebrates '7th
SRINAGAR, JUN 29: To commemorate the 120th birth anniversary of father
of Indian Statistical System late Prof Prasanta Chandra Mahalnobis,
the Department of Economics and Statistics celebrated the 7th
Statistics Day here today.
Minister for Labour, Employment and Planning, Ajay Sadhotra was the
chief Guest on the occasion while Principal Secretary Planning and
Development, B. R Sharma was Guest of Honour.
Addressing the function, the Minister said that the statistics is a
magical science adding that the concerned officers should make
concerted and focused efforts throughout the year to fill the data
gaps, improve timeliness and quality of data related to the labour and
employment which is the theme of this year's Statistics Day.
He directed for collecting reliable data for use in planning,
implementation, monitoring and re-designing of various developmental
programmes, adding that the activity is absolutely essential for the
State to develop more rapidly than in the past.
Paying tributes to Prof. Mahalnobis, Sadhotra said that the Professor
was the First Statistical Advisor to Union Cabinet who laid the
foundation for promoting teaching and research in statistics and for
developing the official statistical system in the Country.
Referring to the theme of this year's Statistics Day "Labour and
Employment", the Minister said that the State Government is committed
to protect and safeguard the interests of workers in general and those
who constitute the poor, deprived and disadvantaged sections of the
society in particular.
Principal Secretary, Planning and Development, B. R. Sharma in his
address called Mahalnobis a legendary figure, a great statistician and
promoter of talent. He said that professor made pioneering and lasting
contribution in the fields of large scale sample surveys and India's
Five Year Plans. Sharma further said that it should be our endeavour
not only to carry forward the legacy of the professor but also take
appropriate steps to improve the Statistical System in order to meet
the ever increasing data needs of diverse users.
In his introductory remarks, Director Economics and Statistics, B. R.
Lachotra said that our Country has produced several great
statisticians but contributions made by Late Mahalnobis are exemplary.
Lachotra hoped that the celebration of Statistics Day will sensitize
our statistical fraternity and other stakeholders about the importance
and role of statistics in addressing global challenges besides
inspiring them for addressing data gaps in the country and State so
that right inputs could be provided to the planners and policy makers
for ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth.
At the outset, Assistant Director Planning, Ms. Iram presented the
welcome address and Joint Director Central; Tariq Ahmad proposed the
vote of thanks.
In technical session, noted Economist, Dr. Nisar Ali spoke on
'Statistics and Inferences with focus on J&K' while as Joint Director
Tariq Ahmad gave power point presentation on 'The J&K Collection of
PHQ bids adieu to Rasutra, Mushtaq
SRINAGAR, JUN 28: A warm send off was given at a simple but impressive
function held at PHQ this evening in honour of Deputy Inspector
General of Police (Administration) PHQ, R. P. Rasutra, Director
Prosecution (PHQ), Mushtaq Ahmed Pandit and Liyaqat Ali Sub-Inspector
on their superannuation. The officers superannuated this afternoon
after rendering valuable services to the Police Organization.
The farewell function was presided over by the Director General of
Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad and attended by Additional Directors
General of Police, P.L. Gupta, Mrs. D. R. Doley and Dilbag Singh
besides other senior police officers.
On the occasion, Prasad lauded the contribution of superannuating
officers and praised them for their dedication and professionalism. He
said that these officers during their long service career in the
department have contributed a lot for strengthening the department. He
said that they were most professional officers of the Organization, by
the dint of whose dedication and valour, the Police Organization
achieved heights of excellence. He said that they have rendered
exemplary services and always remained loyal to the law. The DGP said
that police headquarters will be always available for the retiring
officers and whenever they require any assistance, they can approach
the department without any hesitation. The ADGP (Coordination), P. L.
Gupta also addressed the function and appreciated the contribution of
the superannuating officers and said that they have proved themselves
very dedicated and people friendly police officers.
Rasutra and Pandit also shared their long experiences of service
career and thanked the DGP and other senior officers for their support
and guidance in serving the people.
Emotional adieu to Shishu Pal by Info Deptt
JAMMU, JUN 29: An emotional adieu was bid to senior cameraman Shishu
Pal on attaining superannuation by the Department of Information here
today. Joint Director Information, Mrs. Smita Sethi, Deputy Director
(PR) Information Mrs. Jyoti Rani Salathia, Field Publicity Officer
Vivek Phonsa, and other senior officers of the Joint Directorate of
Information were present on the occasion.
Addressing the function the Joint Director highlighted the
contributions of Shishu Pal and said that his contributions will
always be revered by the department as a photographer of his stature
was an asset to the department. She wished him a healthy and
prosperous retired life and hoped that he would scale new heights in
the field of photography in future too. Speaking on the occasion,
Deputy Director Information Public Relations Mrs. Jyoti Rani Salathia
said that Shishu Pal will always be remembered for his dedication and
professionalism. She said Shishu Pal rendered glorious 29 years of
service and created an indelible niche by dint of his hard work.
Ensure hassle-free facilities to the people
during Ramadan: Akhoon
SRINAGAR, JUN 29: The Advisor to the Chief Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon
today chaired a high level meeting of the Divisional administration of
Kashmir, convened to take stock of the arrangements made for ensuing
holy month of Ramadan beginning in the second week of July.
The meeting discussed the measures taken by the government for
providing hassle-free facilities to the people during the holy month.
The Advisor directed the authorities of Public Health Engineering
Department to provide un-interrupted drinking water facilities to the
people during the holy month. He instructed the authorities to gear up
the field staff with the instructions to look into the leakages in
pipes and ensure replacement of damaged pipes, wherever necessary,
within a week's time. He also directed to keep drinking water tankers
available round the clock to the people in case of any eventuality.
Akhoon directed the authorities of the Power Development Department to
ensure un-interrupted power supply to the people especially at Sehri
and Iftaar times. He directed them to ensure repairs of damaged
transformers and their installation at respective places within a
The Advisor stressed upon the authorities of Srinagar Municipal
Corporation to launch a special sanitation drive around the mosques,
shrines and other religious places besides all city roads. He directed
the authorities of SMC to press additional men and machinery into
service and ensure lifting of garbage on daily basis from all over the
The Advisor directed the authorities of Consumer Affairs and Public
Distribution (CA&PD) to ensure availability and essential commodities
including sugar and atta at their sale centres. He also directed them
to intensify market checking and ensure that consumers are not cheated
by black marketers and profiteers.
Among others, Additional Commissioner, Kashmir, DIG Police Kashmir,
Vice Chairman Waqaf Board, Joint Commissioner SMC, RTO Kashmir and
other divisional level officers attended the meeting.
Divine Yoga Meditation Camp organised along
LEH, JUNE 29: Spiritual aspirants from various cities of India
including Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad are enjoying the Yoga
Meditation practice at the holy bank of Sindhu River under the
guidance of popular spiritual leader Mahayogi H.H. Narayan Prem Sai,
son of world renowned saint Asaram ji Bapu. The Divine Yoga Meditation
Camp is going on at Sindhu Darshan Resort Agling and shall conclude on
3rd July. Those attending the camp are being imparted Yoga Meditation
training free of cost.
Apart from yoga and meditation, the spiritual aspirants also visited
popular places in Leh including Magnetic Hill, Sangam, Gurudwara
Patther Sahib, and Sindhu Ghat with the Mahayogi Shri Sai ji. The
group also visited H.H. Dalai Lama's residence and Mahabodhi
International Meditation Centre where a detailed discussion took place
between Narayan Prem Sai and Bhikshuk Sangasena for the betterment and
unity of the society.
He also said that more and more such social culture spiritual
programmes need to be organized so that moral values and principles of
unity, peace, love, harmony, non-violence and truth can be cultivated
in our society.
Today students of 40 schools of Leh who successfully qualified the
training were awarded certificates by Mahayogi Shri Narayan Prem Sai
during a function organized in the premises of Bharatiya Vidya Niketan
School on the eve of 150th Jayanti of Swami Vivekananda.
Hindu Trust Mahasabha President Ajay Verma informed that to honour
Shri Narayan Prem Sai for the great social service, he is rendering
for the people in Leh Ladakh, Hindu Trust Mahasabha will organize a
huge gathering at Hare Krishna Mandir where Shri Narayan Prem Sai ji
will deliver a highly inspiration and motivational lecture in front of
huge gathering in Radha Krishna temple and will explain the need and
role of spiritual practices for a happy, healthy and honourable life.
This would be followed by a langer, he informed.
First Lady lauds activities undertaken by 'Guild
SRINAGAR, JUN 29: The Raahat Ghar, Zakura, Srinagar, run by the 'Guild
for Service', New Delhi, celebrated its Annual Day at the Government
Medical College Hall, Karan Nagar, here this evening.
Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, was the Chief Guest, and Ms. Sakina Itoo,
Minister for Social Welfare, was the Guest of Honour.
Speaking on the occasion, the First Lady lauded the efforts of the
'Guild for Service' for running the Raahat Ghar for the rehabilitation
of orphans and destitute women. She observed that the confidence
displayed by children who put up the variety programme indicates that
they are balanced young girls who are happy with whatever they are
doing. She added that this also demonstrates that Raahat Ghar, besides
meeting their food, shelter, educational and other requirements, has
also contributed to their psychological rehabilitation. In this
context, she lauded the excellent initiatives of Dr. Mohini Giri and
Dr. Girija Dhar and their missionary devotion to the welfare of
destitute children and women.
The First Lady said that the Governor has desired to visit Raahat Ghar
and discuss its requirements with Dr. Dhar. She congratulated the
Raahat Ghar on its Annual Day function.
The First Lady felicitated the children for achieving academic
excellence and the staff for working with dedication.
Dr. Mohini Giri honoured the First Lady and Ms. Itoo by presenting
them mementos on this occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sakina Itoo appreciated the valuable
work done by Raahat Ghar for the rehabilitation of orphans and making
all out efforts to enable them to stand on their own feet. She assured
all possible support to Raahat Ghar in its initiatives. She dwelt on
various schemes being implemented by the Government for imparting
vocational training to the youth and said that children of Raahat Ghar
could optimally benefit from these schemes.
Earlier, in her welcome address, Dr. Mohini Giri, Chairperson, Guild
for Service, dwelt on the activities of her organization. She thanked
the Lady Governor for being the Chief Guest and blessing the children
of Raahat Ghar. She also thanked Ms. Itoo for being the Guest of
Honour on this occasion.
Dr. Girija Dhar, Chairperson, Raahat Ghar, Srinagar, presented a brief
history of the evolution and activities of the Raahat Ghar. She
thanked the First Lady for taking keen interest in the functioning of
Raahat Ghar and participating in its Annual Day functions continuously
for the past three years.
An inmate of Raahat Ghar, Manzoor, presently pursuing B. Tech course,
presented the Vote of Thanks.
Among those present on the occasion were Advisory Committee Members of
'Guild for Service' and Raahat Ghar, prominent women and children of
DC appeals to people to donate generously for
JAMMU, JUN 29: Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Ajeet Kumar Sahu who is
also the Chairman of the District Red Cross Society, Jammu has
appealed to the general public to donate for the cause of victims of
The DC stressed that the state of Uttrakhand and its people require
our support to rebuild their state and appealed to the people to rise
to the need of the hour and contribute generously to lessen the
sufferings of the people in distress.
All other Executive members of Indian Red Cross Society, Jammu present
on the occasion also appealed to the generous residents of Jammu to
come forward for such a noble cause and donate to Indian Red Cross
Society, District Branch Jammu.
The donation can be made either in cash to be deposited at Red Cross
Bhawan, Kacchi Chawni Jammu or through cheque/draft by sending it to
exclusive bank account for Uttrakhand victims with Punjab and Sind
Bank Shalimar branch under saving bank account No.01731000030394
standing in the name of District Red Cross Society, Jammu (IFS code
PSIB 0000173). The donation can also be made by making online
transaction to the above said account.
The DC apprised that every donation made to Red Cross Society is
eligible to a cent percent tax exemption under section 35 AC or 80GGA.
The Chairman Red Cross Society has placed a target of collecting Rs.10
lakh within a month for the cause. Donation boxes and booths shall
also be set up by the DRCS Jammu at Railway Station and the Airport
for this purpose.
The DC apprised the gathering that people of Jammu and the District
Red Cross Society has always stood for such human cause whether it was
for Leh cloud burst or Latoor earthquake or any other disaster in
other parts of the world.
Bhim dares BJP, NC, Congress for open debate on
JAMMU, JUN 29: Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers
Party and Member of National Integration Council has dared the leaders
of BJP, NC and Congress to join him in an open debate on the relevance
of Article 370 in 2013. He pointed out that BJP has been exploiting
the emotions of the electorates in the name of Article 370 and Ram
Mandir with the sole objective to expand their vote bank. On the other
hand Congress and NC have been making full use of BJP's provoking
slogans to add votes to their kitty. This hide and seek game is being
played by both sides to create communal hatred only for the sake of
Prof. Bhim Singh asked the BJP leaders why they forgot Article 370
when they were in power at the Centre for six years. He reminded that
he had taken up the issue with the then Prime Minister, Atal Bihari
Vajpayee seeking his intervention for introducing amendment in the
temporary provisions of Article 370. Responding to Omar Abdullah's
statement in the presence of Prime Minister in Banihal that "Article
370 shall be abrogated on his dead body, the NPP Supremo asked Omar
what led him to sit in the lap of BJP when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was
the Prime Minister of India. Didn't he know then that BJP always stood
for abrogation of Article 370? Singh alleged that Omar Abdullah has
understood that the Kashmiris do not accept his leadership and that's
why he has started talking in the terms of Jamat-e-Islami.
Prof. Bhim Singh reminded the intellectuals and the historians that
Article 370 was inserted in the Constitution of India in 1950 when
Maharaja Hari Singh was still the king of J&K with a limited sovereign
power vis-à-vis the internal affairs. He had surrendered voluntarily
defence, foreign affairs and communications to the Union of India.
Article 370 was brought only to scuttle his power by empowering
President of India as the viceroy. In November, 1952 the Constituent
Assembly of J&K abrogated monarchy in J&K. With the abrogation of
monarchy, Article 370 lost its relevance and constitutional mandate
and rightly so because it was a temporary measure only to rein in the
Maharaja of J&K. A temporary provision cannot last for more than half
of a century, Bhim Singh asserted. He stressed that amendment in
Article 370 is essential to extend the fruits of democracy to J&K.
State Government Employees demand special duty
MORUP STANZIN LHARJAY
LEH, JUN 29: Demanding 12.5 % (Special Duty Allowance) SDA at par with
the Central Government Employees serving in Ladakh, thousands of State
Government Employees under the banner of State Government Employees
Association (SGEA) went on strike in Leh today.
Addressing a huge gathering at Polo ground Leh today, SGEA President
Tashi Chospel strongly condemned the step motherly attitude of the
state government towards its employees posted in Ladakh region by not
paying due heed to their genuine demand of granting SDA. Giving ten
days ultimatum to the State Government, Chospel said that if the
genuine demand is not fulfilled, the employees will intensify their
strike w.e.f. 10th July 2013. He appealed to the employees present
during the protest to participate in the strike to press their demands
till fulfilled. On behalf of SGEA, he also thanked MLC Nurboo Gyaltsan
for raising their demand in the parliament session.
Chospel regretted that the State Government despite the assurance by
the Minister for Finance & Ladakh Affairs in presence of Minister for
Urban Development Nawang Rigzin Jora during their meeting at Jammu in
the month of March 2013 to reconsider the demand sympathetically
within shortest possible time, no action/decision has been taken by
the State Government during the past three months.
The SGEA Vice Presidents Mohd Ayub and Norzin Angmo while addressing
the protesting employees said that granting of SDA to the central
government employees in Ladakh region as per the 6th Pay Commission
has to be arrived at by taking into account the high cost of living
and climatic conditions of Ladakh region. However the state government
employees have been deprived of this assistance due to utter
insensitive attitude of state government and lack of understanding of
the difficulties faced by its employees serving in Ladakh region, they
rued. The speakers warned that such insensitive attitude of the state
government would leave the employees with no choice but to come on
The employees later handed over a memorandum to the Deputy
Commissioner Simrandeep Singh who assured them that their demands
would be forwarded to the concerned authorities.
Later, the employees marched up to Council Secretariat to handover a
memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister Government of Jammu &
Kashmir through CEC, LAHDC Leh seeking early redressal of their