Intelligence agencies not in favour of throwing
open Nepal route for surrendered militants?
Jammu, Jul 26: All out efforts made by the Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah on making the Nepal route an official one for
the return of the surrendered militants/misguided youth from Jammu and
Kashmir now settled in POK have not yet yielded fruitful results.
Omar had launched an aggressive campaign in support of recognising
Nepal route an official route for those returning to reunite with
their families back home after the controversy over the arrest of
Liyaqat Ali Shah by Delhi police on March 22, 2013 came to light.
To pacify the Centre and other stake holders in New Delhi Omar
Abdullah had even proposed setting up of separate J&K police post
along the Nepal Border with Uttar Pradesh to ensure proper screening
of POK youth before entering India.
Initially, the proposal of separate police post was turned down by the
UP police and later intelligence agencies also expressed serious
concern over the move.
It is learnt the central intelligence agencies, according to top
sources in the Govt, have revealed that they have submitted an adverse
report to the Union Home Minister in this regard and have directly
opposed the move of the state government.
According to these top sources the central intelligence agencies have
raised concerns with the Union Home Ministry on the basis of their
past experiences in dealing with such cases.
The agencies are of the opinion that once Nepal route is accepted as
official route it may compromise the security and also expose the
office of the Indian embassy in Nepal to such elements.
Official sources, however, maintained that there is no official word
on the policy and likely amendments and till such time the GoI
formally notifies the Nepal route as official route those returning
via Nepal should not be let off so easily as militant outfits, feeling
the pinch of dwindling cadre strength, may recycle them to carry out
terror strikes. (JKNI)
‘150 students deceived till date in the name of
JAMMU, JUL 26: Despite the clear cut direction from the Ministry of
HRD and AICTE that no other agency is authorized to run registration
cum admission procedure for Engineering, Medicine and General
Education under J&K Special Scholarship Scheme (JKSSS) for 2013-14,
the business of befooling the aspirants by assuring them guaranteed
admission under the said scheme for minting money has started
mushrooming in the city of temples.
Greater Jammu is in possession of the payment receipts of R 2000 each
alongwith promise of paying additional money at the time of admission,
issued by an NGO titled Jammu and Kashmir Peace Foundation (JKPF) with
its office at Trikutanagar, to two aspirants namely Gourav Sharma, son
of Satish Kumar, resident of Narwal Satwari and Amanpreet Singh, son
of Paramjit Singh, resident of Chak Mohd. Yar, RS Pura respectively as
registration fee under MHRD scheme.
The most brazen violation of this kind had been seen at Hotel Vardhan,
Gummat where a private company had installed a flex hoarding
displaying the text "Grand Scholarship Mela under MHRD Special
Scholarship Scheme with 100 Percent Guaranteed Free Admissions"
After reading the attractive flex hoarding, a large number of students
today thronged there and got themselves registered with the said
company after paying hefty amounts.
Reliable sources informed Greater Jammu that the said company has
prepared a very vicious plan to collect money from the students as the
company is registering them after taking R 25000 (non-refundable) on
It is pertinent to mention here that the online registration for the
5000 recipients under JKSSS scheme including 250 each for Engineering
and Medicine streams respectively while 4500 under general education
had started on the AICTE portal on 16th July 2013 and will close on
3rd August 2013 while the final merit list will be declared on August
12. The said companies are now befooling the aspirants by assuring
them guaranteed admissions in the high profile colleges outside the
state after paying registration amount and even refunding them
semester fees after the completion of their degree.
Greater Jammu in order to authenticate the matter contacted one Gourav
Sharma whose contact number was available on the receipt. Gourav said
that the said NGO is indulging in a major fraud on the innocent
aspirants as he was assured by the NGO that he will be admitted in a
college but when he contacted the said college he got a shocking reply
that the college has no liaison with that NGO and its management
advised him to apply online on the AICTE portal which is free of cost.
"After listening to this, I asked the said NGO to refund my amount of
Rs. 2000 charged as registration fee under the scheme, but the NGO
refused to refund the said amount" he added.
If sources are to be believed, till date about 150 students have been
cheated by the NGO and the number could increase rapidly in the
upcoming days owing to their attractive advertisements assuring
guaranteed admission under the MHRD scheme.
Greater Jammu also contacted the company registering students at Hotel
Vardhan, where the NGO head namely Amit Yadav said that he has legal
permission to organize such kind of fairs under the MHRD scheme,
though he failed to describe the kind of permission and authority
issued to the said NGO.
559 pilgrims leave for Amarnath from Jammu
JAMMU: As many as 559 pilgrims today left for the holy Shri Amarnath
Cave Shrine in South Kashmir amid rains from yatri niwas at Bhagwati
Nagar base camp in this winter capital of the state. "A batch
comprising 427 men, 80 women, two children and 50 sadhus left for the
Amarnath cave shrine from here in a convoy of 17 vehicles, an official
spokesman here said. He said the first bus left at around 0450 hrs and
the last bus at 0500 hrs.
13 hurt as SMVDU bus plunges into gorge
Jammu: Thirteen persons along with staff members and students of Shri
Mata Vashino Devi University (SMVDU) today received injuries when a
bus carrying them plunged into a deep gorge at Tirthi area in Katra
town of Reasi district.
Police said after boarding students and staff members form Jammu city
one of the SMVDU buses bearing registration number JK02AK-8303 was on
way towards Katra.
While negotiating a sharp curve, the driver lost control and the bus
fell into a gorge" they said. They added that the injured were
immediately shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital for the
They also said the police have registered a case and launched hunt to
nab the driver of bus who escaped immediately after the incident.
The injured were identified as Shevani Khajuria, wife of Nishant
Vaidya, resident of Karan Nagar, Ajay Bhan, son of N V Bhan, resident
of Bantalab, Priyanka, wife of Gulshan Khajuria, resident of Janipur,
Rohit Gupta, son of Subash Gupta, resident of Channi Himmat, Vijay,
son of Amar Nath, resident of Bahu Fort, Anu, wife of Raman Kumar,
resident of Gandhi Nagar, Sonu Sharma, son of Vishva Nath, resident of
Tikkri, Himmat, son of R Nath Sharma, resident of Gadi Garh, Vishal
Koul, son of DN Koul, resident of Roop Nagar, Dheeraj, son of Seeta
Ram, resident of Subash Nagar, Kapil Gupta, son of Subash Chand,
resident of Channi, and Pardeep Kumar, son of Bansi Lal, resident of
Roop Nagar and Dinesh Slathia, son of RS Slathia of Roop Nagar.
Phunsug promoted as IG, Sambyal, Sharma, Ittoo as
Srinagar: DIG T. Phunsuk has been promoted as IG during a Departmental
Promotion Committee meeting of Police Department here today. The DPC
also cleared the promotion of 5 SSPs as DIGs out of which only three
have been approved in view of non availability of vacancies.
The approved promotee DIGs include JL Sharma, V.S. Sambyal and VA
Ittoo. According to sources in view of Rouf ul Hassan, Farooq Khan
retiring in September 2013, the names of SSP Israr Khan and SSP Nissar
Ahmed are expected to be approved thereafter.
Bhalla felicitates JKCCE topper Neha
JAMMU, JUL 26: Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman
Bhalla today felicitated Jammu and Kashmir Combined Competitive
Examination topper, Neha Sharma of Trikuta Nagar, here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla said that youth of Jammu and Kashmir
have ample talent and calibre to bring laurels for State and they have
proved their mettle in various fields. He called upon the students to
work hard and strive to achieve their goals and work for the
development of the state and nation. He said 'Education sector is the
priority of the Government', adding that in this regard Government is
making all out efforts to upgrade educational institutions with
improved infrastructure so that the students can avail quality
The Minister congratulated Neha for her splendid performance and
wished her a bright career ahead. He called upon the parents to ensure
education of their children specially the girl child and urged upon
the students to follow the path of this topper who has set a benchmark
with hard work and dedication.
Later, a deputation of Trikuta Nagar, Sector-1 met the Minister and
apprised him about the encroachment in a nallah. Bhalla directed the
accompanied JMC and UEED officers to immediately remove the
encroachment and debris from the nallah so that the people of the area
get relief from the problem.
Level of Chenab likely to rise
KISHTWAR, JUL 26: Chief Engineer (Civil), Dul Hasti Power Station, DPS,
Kishtwar today appealed to the people to restrict their movement along
river Chenab in view of statutory periodical silt flushing from the
reservoir of Dul Hasti Power Station.
During the flushing, the gates of the Dam shall be opened from July 27
(10 p.m.) to July 28 (8 p.m.) resulting an increase of two to three
meters in the flow of water in the river Chenab.
As such, movement of men, vehicles and pets alongwith river bank
during this period is not advisable. All the concerned revenue
officers, Police Officers and the officers of Rural Development
Department have been asked to coordinate with each other in this
behalf and jointly monitor the situation along the Chenab River bank
and inform the general public to take proper care and avoid their
movement in the area to avoid any mishap.
The people also have been advised to avoid movement of their pets and
vehicles near river bank during the above said period. The concerned
officers have been directed to keep the District Administration
informed about the situation in their areas of responsibility
Efforts afoot to improve core amenities,
JAMMU, JUL 26: Minister for Roads and Buildings, Abdul Majid Wani
today conducted an extensive tour of Jammu city and took stock of the
problems of the people.
During the tour, the Minister visited Govind Nagar, Gol Gujral, Vikas
Lane Talab Tillo and its adjoining areas.
Interacting with the people, the Minister said that government is
making concrete efforts to redress their problems and various micro
and mega developmental projects are underway for improving the core
amenities and facilities for the people.
En-route, several deputations and individuals met the Minister and
apprised him with their problems. Besides, uninterrupted water and
power supply to the area, the locals also demanded black-topping of
the interior roads and widening of Revenue Complex road connecting the
4th Tawi Bridge to ease the traffic congestion in the area. The
Minister issued on-the-spot directions to the concerned officers for
attending to the people’s problem and to take steps for their early
redressal. He also directed for constituting a joint team of officers
of JMC, R&B, Revenue and PDD to assess the problems of the locals and
suggest measures for their redressal.
Among others, Commissioner, JMC, K. L. Khajuria and other officers of
line departments accompanied the Minister during the tour.
Shun competitive politicking at the cost of
security forces: Jitendra
JAMMU, JUL 26: It is not expected of the Chief Minister of the State
to make "judgmental" statements, giving the impression of being biased
or motivated, on a sensitive issue like that of July 18 Gool incident
even when the preliminary inquiry points to contrary conclusions and
the investigation report submitted to Union Home Ministry yesterday by
the Special Director General, BSF, Dilip Trivedi maintains that BSF
alongwith the State Police was compelled to open fire in accordance
with the "Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)" laid down for the safety
of security personnel and weapons. This was stated here today by BJP
National Executive Member and J&K, Chief Spokesperson, Dr Jitendra
Singh while responding to CM's statement alleging that BSF had opened
fire first, causing civilian injuries only after which people gathered
Singh said that as a responsible head of State, the CM should instead
have directed his colleagues in government and in party to desist from
expressing premature opinions or conclusive views which could end up
being highly provocative. He appealed to the ruling coalition leaders
from both the National Conference as well as Congress to avoid
competitive politicking at the cost of security forces because this
demoralizes the forces and is fraught with dangerous consequences.
Please don't forget that deployment of BSF in Gool area was at the
request of civilian government and was meant to serve a larger role
including safety of the rail track under construction, said Dr
Jitendra Singh and regretted the BSF authorities' desperate decision
to withdraw from the area. We cannot expect the security forces to be
at our back and call whenever it suits us and at the same time also
use them as a "soft target" by denouncing them to seek political
mileage, he warned.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that in the wake of reports of regrouping of
militants, use of hi-tech warfare and communication methods by them
and rising number of security causalities it is responsibility of all
right thinking people, irrespective of political affiliations to
collectively fight the challenge of foreign sponsored militancy.
Citing the Intelligence reports, he said there are still 300 to 400
terrorists active in J&K out of whom 60% are foreigners.
Dr Jitendra Singh said the strategy against militancy must be left to
professionals without any political intimidation. In a cryptic
rejoinder to J&K Chief Minister's repeated demand for withdrawal of
the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain areas in the
state which incidentally includes Srinagar and other areas served by
NH 1A, he said that the June 24 terror strike in Hyderpora is a clear
vindication of apprehensions expressed against selective revoking of
AFSPA from certain areas.
Scores of students join NPSU
JAMMU, JUL 26: Several student activists from various colleges and
schools of Jammu Province today joined National Panthers Student Union
under the leadership of Provincial President, Thakur Virender Singh.
Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron, Harsh Dev Singh MLA and Chairman JKNPP,
P.K. Ganju and Daljit Singh (Vice-Presidents), Anita Thakur (General
Secretary), Faqir Nath, Ex-MLA and Provincial President, Jagdev Singh
(Co-ordination Secretary), and District President, Jammu city, Kamal
Singh were present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering, Bhim Singh and Harsh Dev Singh welcomed the
new entrants in the party fold and expressed hope that they will
uphold the flag of revolution to restore identity and integrity of
Jammu Pradesh, as was done by the students and youth in the agitation
of 1966 at Jammu in which several students sacrificed their precious
lives for Jammu's cause.
Harsh Dev Singh urged youth to launch crusade against drug addiction
among the new generation which has retarded the personal development
of our young boys.
He assured the youth that JKNPP will always fight for justice and
equality in the society for which struggle has to be carried on by the
young people. Students of SRML Higher Secondary School, Jammu
including Sunil Saini (Chairman), Rahul Saini (President), Anit Charak
and Rohit Saini (Vice Presidents), Rohit Sharma and Harsh Sharma
(General Secretaries), Arun Charak (Joint Secretary), Nitin Saini
(Secretary) and Mudassir Ahmad (Press Secretary) were among the
prominent who joined the NPSU. Meanwhile, Provincial Committee of NPSU
was reconstituted with Lovely Singh nominated as Provincial
Vice-President, Roopesh Singh as Provincial General Secretary and
Shubam Jamwal as Provincial Joint Secretary.
Nupur's stunning collection 'Adab' mesmerizes
JAMMU, JUL 26: In the ongoing Bangalore Fashion Week 2013, 9th edition
participants from Jammu, Nupur and Anirudh Gupta got the entire
fashion industry mesmerized with their new bridal collection 'Adab'.
The collection became an instant hit with the media, audience and the
current designers. This impressive collection had vivid designs, fine
Karigari, the cut work, alongwith bright and beautiful colours.
The collection inspired by 'Rajwara' meaning royal brought the
traditional Indian artesian and craftsmanship from the Mughal age to
The young budding designers Nupur and Anirudh got their inspiration
from the weddings from Mughal period. 'Adab' although still at infancy
was compared to established designers collection such as Manish
Malhotra, Vikram Phandis, Sabhya Sachi Mukhrjee etc. The entire ramp
looked like a massive royal wedding festivity.
GMC Srinagar to launch diploma course in
SRINAGAR, JUL 26: In a major academic achievement for Government
Medical College, Srinagar, the Medical Council of India has accorded
approval to the start of diploma course in Gynaecology and Obstetrics
(DGO) at the College. Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services
and Sports, Taj Mohi-ud-Din had been pleading for the start of the
course in view of the heavy rush and deficiency of trained staff in
Gynaecology in the state.
The Minister today directed referring 12 vacancies to Board of
Professional Entrance Examinations so that selection process of
candidates gets a kick start and the course is started at the
The start of DGO at GMC Srinagar would help in overcoming the shortage
of Gynaecologists and Obstetrics in the state which are in huge demand
particularly in rural and hilly areas.
It may be recalled that due to persistent efforts of Taj, the Centre
recently increased the intake capacity of MBBS seats in the Government
run medical colleges in the state by 150. The decision was appreciated
by people from all walks of life in the state.
Khajuria lauds sacrifices of Kargil martyrs
JAMMU, JUL 26: Terming the 1999 Kargil War as yet another attempt to
capture our territory by Pakistan, BJP National Executive Member,
leader of Legislative Party and Jammu East, MLA, Ashok Khajuria said
that our brave soldiers laid down their lives protecting mother India
to defeat the nefarious designs of neighbouring country and they
deserve the royal salute.
Ashok Khajuria while remembering the supreme sacrifices of hundreds of
Indian soldiers said that in the year 1999, Pakistan hatched a
conspiracy to occupy our territory in Kargil through its regular Army
and trained militants but our brave soldiers gave a befitting reply
and forced the Pakistani Army men to run away. Although we got vacated
our territory but the great sons of Mother India laid down their
precious lives for nation's sovereignty and pride of motherland.
Khajuria said that July 26 is observed as Martyrs' Day all over India
in the memory of these brave soldiers who were honoured posthumously
by the BJP-led NDA government under Atal Behari Vajpayee with full
military honours. Besides, the families of these martyrs were provided
financial and living support with dignity. It must be noted that the
morale of Kargil heroes fighting against the odds at high altitude of
Kargil Hills is remembered by the people in high esteem, he added.
Commenting on the present state of affairs vis-a-vis attitude of the
Congress-led UPA and NC-Congress coalition of J&K towards Army,
Khajuria said that the brave soldiers and other para-military forces,
including Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel have been fighting the
Pak sponsored terrorism besides helping in maintaining law and order
but unfortunately their services are not recognized. He said that
every attempt is made to paint the Army as the root of all problems
and violator of human rights in this border state just for political
mileage. He said that there have been cases wherein innocent security
men in uniform have been implicated in false cases despite the fact
that their bravery has been even honoured. All this is done to
demoralize them and win the applause of the anti-national and
Khajuria warned the UPA as well as the state's coalition to desist
from framing false cases against Army men and members of other forces
adding that it is sending a wrong signal across the country and there
is resentment against the government.
PDP Leh constitutes Women's Unit
LEH, JUL 26: The District People's Democratic Party (PDP), Leh
constituted its Women's unit with the induction of scores of women
members into the party fold.
Welcoming the new women members, the District President, Tashi Gyalson
urged them to work tirelessly for the upliftment and development of
Women in Ladakh, and to listen to their grievances and problems for
early redressal. Demanding a reserved seat for women for the post of
Executive Councillor, he said that this demand has been ignored by the
Hill Council despite the important role played by the women in our
Shortage of staff affecting working of Chenab
BHADERWAH, JUL 26: Several key departments and institutions in
Bhaderwah constituency are facing acute shortage of manpower because
of which their performance has been affected adversely and
implementation of ambitious schemes has been impeded. The situation
has come handy for the authorities to make back-door appointments in
sheer violation of norms. According to sources, more than 500
positions at various levels are lying vacant in the Information and
Public Relations, Rural Development and Revenue departments besides
civic bodies at Bhaderwah and Bhalessa. Admitting that 40 posts of
block development VLWs, JEs and Supervisors were lying vacant at
Bhaderwah, Thatri and Bhalessa, the Minister for Rural Development and
Panchayati Raj, Vikar Rasool Wani when contacted said that the matter
is under consideration and will soon be addressed.
According to sources, the dearth of staff in the Chenab Valley would
drastically increase in the coming days as many gazetted and non-gazetted
posts are likely to increase on account of retirement of existing
staff. The reports suggest that situation has been misused by certain
factions sitting at the helm of affairs to promote backdoor
appointments and dubious promotions.
Martyrs remembered on 'Vijay Diwas'
JAMMU, JUL 26: Achievers' Institute today organised a Candle Light
March to pay homage to Kargil Martyrs who laid down their lives
defending our mother land under 'Operation Vijay'. The Candle Light
March commenced from University of Jammu and after passing through
main road culminated at 'Balidan Stambh'.
The solemn event was conceptualized by Sukreet Gupta, Nipun Sharma and
Addressing the gathering at University Gate, Dilip Pandita and Nipun
Sharma said that Kargil War heroes have laid down their lives for the
cause of nation. They said that it is our utmost duty to remember and
respect the martyrs for what they have done for the people of the
nation. They also lauded the unmatched role played by the families of
these martyrs and extended warm affection and respect to them.
Absconder held after 19 years
JAMMU, JUL 26: Miran Sahab Police today arrested an absconder who was
evading his arrest since 1994 in an assault case.
The arrested absconder has been identified as Faqir Chand alias Mandu
of Tochrian presently at Sher-e-Chack, Arnia.
Police said he was involved in a case FIR No. 70/1994 under sections
341, 323, 325 of RPC and 4/25 A-Act.
Today on specific information he was arrested by a team of Miran Sahib
Bootlegger held with 50 nips
JAMMU, JUL 26: Police today arrested a bootlegger and recovered 50
nips from his possession at Phalian Mandal.
The arrested has been identified as Shamsher Kumar alias Sheri of Top
Police spokesman said that on specific information, party led by
Sub-Inspector Sumit Magotra, In-charge police post, Phalian raised a
naka and intercepted Shamsher. Police said that during frisking they
recovered 50 Pouches of 180ML each (J&K Excise) country made liquor
from his possession.
A case FIR no 122/13 under section 48- Excise Act has been registered
and investigation has been initiated.
Decomposed body found
JAMMU, JUL 26: A decomposed body of an unidentified male was found
from bushes at Shalamar under the jurisdiction of City police station.
Police said that a man noticed a decomposed body lying in the bushes
in the ground backside medical shops at Shalamar. After getting the
information, police reached the spot and shifted the body to the
mortuary of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) for legal
Police said that the identification of the deceased could not be
established yet and investigation in this regard is going on.
Main accused in murder of travel agent held
JAMMU, JUL 26: Trikuta Nagar police today arrested the main accused
and notorious criminal wanted in a murder case of a travel agent who
was stabbed outside Rail Head Complex on June 27.
The arrested has been identified as Vinod Vaid alias Toni of Mast Garh.
Police said that the deceased, Ajay Chouhan of Marh was stabbed on
27th June and was admitted in the hospital, he was discharged on July
12. However, Ajay was again admitted to GMC Hospital under 'mysterious
circumstances' on July 18, where he succumed to injuries.
Immediately after his death, the FIR under section 307 RPC, registered
at Police station Trikuta Nagar has been converted into 302 RPC as the
doctors have 'pronounced' the reason of death as heart attack because
of stab injury.
During the investigations, the name one Vinod Vaid alias Tony Pehlwan,
a resident of Mast Garh has surfaced. Tony had gone underground.
Police was looking for him since the incident of stabbing. However,
there has been no clue about his whereabouts. His other associate
Govinda, a resident of Marh was already arrested by the police.
Today a police team led by Inspector Chanchal Singh, SHO, Trikuta
Nagar on specific information raided a place and arrested Tony.
It is pertinent to mention that on 27th June, Vinod Vaid alias Tony
had a scuffle with Ajay Chouhan near Rail Head complex. They had a
verbal dual over the keys of Skoda car owned by Tony. Later, according
to police, Tony and Govinda attacked Ajay with a Kirch and inflicted
serious injuries upon his thigh and stomach.
Tony is also running a Tour and Travel company at Jammu General Bus
Tony was earlier arrested in 2004 alongwith three accused Amit Singh,
Samir Luthra alias Sunny and Adnan Khan alias Munna in R 37 lakh
snatching case in Jammu. The trio had snatched bag of a Delhi based
jeweller at Shalamar crossing.
The then SHO, Devinder Singh and the SDPO, Ashok Sharma had cracked
the s 37 lakh snatching case.
Several deputations call on Gul
SRINAGAR, JUL 26: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly
Mubarak Gul has said that the Government under the leadership of Chief
Minister, Omar Abdullah is committed to providing basic amenities to
the people of the State. He said that huge developmental programmes
under various sectors are apace in the State with an aim to upgrade
the living standards of the people.
The Speaker was interacting with the various deputations from
different parts of the valley, who called him at his official
residence this morning.
These deputations put forth their individual and collective problems
which included construction of lanes, drains, protection bands,
culverts, replacement of damaged transformers, issuance of timber on
concessional rates and opening/up gradation of schools.
Gul gave them a patient hearing and assured them that their genuine
demands will be looked into at the earliest. In some cases, the
Speaker gave on-the spot directions to the concerned for immediate
The Speaker said that the Government is aware of people's problems but
there is a need to project developmental demands, so that Detailed
Project Reports could be framed and submitted to the concerned
quarters for necessary sanction and funding.
MLC inaugurates developmental works at Kattal
KATHUA, JUL 26: Member Legislative Council and President, District
Congress Committee, Subash Chander Gupta today inaugurated
construction work of lanes and a drain at village Kattal Brahmana. An
amount of R 2 lakh has been sanctioned by the MLC out of his CDF for
execution of the said works.
Highlighting various problems of the area, Sarpanch Sudesh Kumar
Sharma said that the area always remained neglected in the past years
and nothing has been done for mitigating the problems of the villagers
so far. He expressed his gratitude towards the MLC for this noble
initiative. He further said that there is an urgent need of
replacement of electric conductors as the present conductors are
worn-out and required to be replaced at the earliest.
Gupta gave a patient hearing to the various issues highlighted by the
people of the area. While responding to their demands and aspirations,
Gupta said that their genuine demands will be addressed in a phased
Gupta also highlighted the various achievements of present UPA
Government led by Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson and Prime minister,
Later, Gupta alongwith Sarpanchs of Kattal Brahamana, Londi and Chann
Khatrian inspected the pace of work of Koota-Londi-Bobiya road.
Sarpanchs informed Gupta that the public is suffering badly due to the
slow pace of the construction work. They requested the MLC to direct
the authorities for gearing up the construction work. Gupta assured
them that he will take up the matter with the concerned authorities
for the welfare of the villagers.
JKNPP condoles demise of Bhim-Rath Driver
DODA, JUL 26: The leaders and workers of Jammu and Kashmir National
Panthers Party (JKNPP) condoled the sad demise of driver Krishan at
party Headquarters, here today.
In a condolence message to the bereaved family, the working committee
chaired by Harsh Dev Singh MLA, while expressing sympathy, prayed for
peace to the departed soul. The committee remembered the most valuable
services of Krishan towards the Party for the last 34 years. Krishan,
who served the party as the personal driver of Prof Bhim Singh, joined
JKNPP in 1979.
Prof Bhim Singh alongwith the senior leaders of the party visited the
family of Krishan to express their condolences. Others present on the
occasion included Harsh Dev Singh, Balwant Singh Mankotia, Yashpaul
Kundal, Faqir Nath, Daljit Singh, P K Ganju, Sudershan Singh Jamwal,
Anita Thakur, Bansi Lal Sharma and Jagdev Singh.
It is pertinent to mention here that last year, Krishan was awarded
Panthers Ratan Award by the Party.
In his farewell message, Prof. Bhim Singh recollected his experiences
with Krishan. Prof Singh said that Krishan was dragged, beaten and
arrested several times during many protests, but he never complained,
never got afraid. "Krishan never demanded anything for himself. His
death has caused an irreparable loss to the Panthers family", he
SAVJC organizes free Eye Check-up Camp
JAMMU, JUL 26: On the 56th Birthday of Gachadhipati Shanti Doot
Acharya Shri Vijay Nityanand Surishwar ji Maharaj, Shree Atam Vallabh
Jain Clinic (SAVJC) organized a free Eye Check-up Camp at Shri Atam
Vallabh Jain Bhawan, Kali Janni, here today.
It is pertinent to mention here that Acharya Shri Vijay Nityanand
Surishwar ji Maharaj has came to Jammu for 'Chaturmas' alongwith his
disciples after covering a long distance of 900 Km 'on foot' from
Bikaner to Jammu.
The camp was organised in collaboration with Dr Om Prakash Netralaya,
Amritsar and Sheela Devi Eye Care Centre, Jammu. During the camp, 340
patients were examined for different problems related to eye ailments
and 83 cases were detected, which will be operated free of cost with
Phaco-Surgery, at Sheela Devi Eye Care Centre, Sainik Colony, Jammu in
collaboration with Dr Om Prakash Netralaya, Amritsar. Acharya Shri
Vijay Nityanand Surishwar ji Maharaj appreciated the role of SAVJC and
the services being rendered towards the patients, by the team of
doctors headed by Dr Kohli. General Secretary, Pradeep Jain mentioned
that the organization has started its Eye wing in May, 2013 and had
organized four Eye Camps, in which 142 free eye surgeries have been
conducted. Speaking on the occasion, Incharge Shri Aatmanand Jain
Sabha, Inderjeet Jain said that this was the fifth Eye Check-up Camp
organised by SAVJC for the welfare of needy people and more camps
would be organized in future. Chairman, Sudershan Jain thanked the
team of doctors for rendering their services to the noble initiative.
Varinder Kumar Jain, Deepak Jain besides various prominent
personalities of the city were present on the occasion.
DDC for quality food under mid day meal
DODA, JUL 26: District Development Commissioner, Doda, Mubarak Singh
today convened a meeting of ICDS officers and Education Department to
ensure quality food as per guidelines of ICDS and mid day meal
programme among the poor children.
Additional District Development Commissioner, G.N Balwan, Programme
Officer, ICDS, Arvind Sharma, Chief Planning Officer, Dr. Yassir
Balwan besides CDPO's and senior officers of Education Department
attended the meeting.
The DDC, while stressing the need for providing good quality meal to
children, said that ICDS scheme is the most unique programme in
providing a pre-school education on one hand and fighting
malnutrition, morbidity, reduced learning capacity and mortality on
the other hand. Whereas mid day meal programme is a multi-faceted
programme of the Government of India, to address the issue of food
security, lack of nutrition and access to education. It involves
provision of free lunch on working days for children in Government
He emphasized upon the need for proper and vigilant monitoring of food
stores where ration is being kept in schools and Anganwari Centres and
utilization of services of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) in this
regard. He also said that due precautions and care must be taken while
providing food to children in schools and Anganwari Centres, as it
directly affects growth and development of the children.
He also directed the concerned officers to ensure cleaning of kitchen
sheds regularly before and after preparing meals.
The DDC asked the officers to inspect Anganwari Centres and schools to
ensure that quality meals are being served to the children in the
Chinar Corps pays tribute to Martyrs on Vijay
UDHAMPUR, JUL 26: The Chinar Corps celebrated the 14th Anniversary of
Kargil Vijay Divas on July 26. This day is celebrated to honour the
Kargil war heroes.
In 1999, Pakistan, frustrated in their attempt to gain Kashmir with
the help of 'Proxy War', decided to intrude militarily through the
gaps in the Kargil Sector and occupied dominating heights overlooking
the strategic Srinagar - Leh Highway. To evict the Pakistani
intruders, Operation "VIJAY" was launched on May 8, 1999. With great
determination and grit, army troops operated gallantly and captured
back peak by peak. By the last week of July, Pakistani intruders were
evicted completely from Drass and Batalik Sectors, thereby restoring
the sanctity of Line of Control and National Honour. The conflict
terminated as a resounding military and diplomatic victory for India
and a humiliating setback for Pakistan.
In all, 527 soldiers from Indian Armed Forces sacrificed their lives
during Operation "VIJAY". Among other awards for their gallantry acts,
four soldiers were awarded Param Vir Chakra, eight were awarded Maha
Vir Chakra and fifty one were awarded Vir Chakra.
Court rejects bail plea of two narco
RAMBAN, JUL 26: Principal Sessions Judge Ramban Mohd Akram Choudhary
today rejected the bail application of Rakesh Kumar and Lakhbinder
Singh who are facing trail in NDPS case.
While rejecting the bail application Principal Sessions Judge Ramban
Mohd Akram Choudhary observed that this application moved by
applicants/accused seeking grant of bail in a case pending on files of
this Court, arising out of FIR No: 169/2011 registered at Police
Station Banihal under section 8/15 NDPS Act, asserting therein that
they have been falsely implicated in the case on 18.09.2011, whereas
they had committed no offence and sought to be admitted to bail on the
grounds that they have been languishing in jail for nearly 2 years and
the trial will take number of years to complete. They also assert that
grant of bail is rule and the rejection is the exception; that they
cannot be punished without giving them opportunity to defend the case
properly and that in view of the young age and the antecedent of the
applicants they are entitled to the discretion of grant of bail, being
not involved in this case and that there is reasonable ground that the
accused had not committed any offence.
Public Prosecutor has filed objections opposing the grant of bail
asserting therein that 52 kg poppy straw had been recovered from the
accused which was of commercial nature and prayed that the application
Court further observed that the prosecution has examined as many as 8
witnesses out of 15 listed in the column of witnesses in the
chargesheet. On perusal of the prosecution evidence for limited
purpose for grant of bail, it appears that all the witnesses have
supported the prosecution case as eye witnesses have deposed that
recovery and seizure were made in their presence and the Forensic
Expert had also deposed that the samples contained morphine and that
the same were identified as poppy straw. Therefore, there is no
material/evidence on record to suggest that the accused/applicants had
not committed the offence which is required for recording of
satisfaction by the Court while granting of bail under NDPS Act in a
case of commercial nature. With these observations the Court rejected
the bail application. (JNF)
NC MLA distributes cheques among widows, old
JAMMU, JUL 26: National Conference MLA Smt. Bimla Luthra distributed
cheques among the old aged, infirm and widows numbering over 50 at
Sher-i-Kashmir Bhawan here today. The beneficiaries of these cheques
were from Bishnah and R.S Pura area.
Speaking on the occasion Smt. Luthra said that widows, old aged and
infirm people registered under this scheme are the most important part
of the society and deserve help from the government. She said that
National Conference is a premier political party with its vast
historical background and vision to uphold the secular ethos.
She highlighted the achievements of the coalition government headed by
the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the measures taken to empower the
She said women folk constitute 50 % of the society and deserve good
deal in the male dominated society.
She appreciated the move of the government to involve more and more
women folk in the Panchayats to develop rural areas in the state.
Those who were present on the occasion included Sheikh Bashir Ahmad
Provincial Secretary, Th. Kashmira Singh ex-MLC, Ayub Malik, Anoop
Sharma, Veena Oberoi, Dilshada Malik and Raj Rana.
Fresh non-bailable warrants against 4 in spurious
JAMMU, JUL 26: In the much publicized Spurious Drug Scam, Special
Judge Anticorruption Jammu Puneet Gupta issued fresh non-bailable
warrants against Prem Prakash Barnwal, Mrs. Manjula Barnwal, Directors
of M/s Sanative Pharmaceuticals, Manoj Kumar Aggarwal and Rahul Kumar.
In the meanwhile Dr. Aniece Choudhary, then Principal GMC and Vice
Chairman Purchase Committee-II, has filed an application seeking
further investigation of the case. In the application it has been
requested to bring on record the involvement of actual culprits
including high ups, alleging that the case has been hushed up by the
Crime Branch in connivance with the complainant M.K. Dwivedi in the
above referred charge sheet no: 08/2013 in FIR No: 10/2013.
The applicant has submitted that the Crime Branch has conducted the
investigations in such a manner so as to weaken the case so that the
real culprits go scot free and have therefore filed in a hurried
manner the incomplete and defective challan in the Court on 20-06-2013
ignoring the request of the applicant dated 15-06-2013 to the Dy. S.P
Crime Branch explaining in detail the conduct of the complainant, M.K.
Dwivedi the then, Secretary to Government, Health & Medical Education
Department in getting the rate contract of the various drug items
including the accused firm approved and issued in disregard to the
rules by instructing the Chairperson under the garb of so called
urgency expressed by him in his letter dated 14-06-2012. M.K.
Dwivedi's conduct and even that of high ups was therefore required to
be investigated, which the Crime Branch has not done but in order to
save them it has made the applicant a scape goat when there is enough
evidence on record that the applicant has neither approved the rate
contract nor issued the same nor committed any offence. M K Dwivedi,
being therefore a necessary party who has influenced the Chairperson
Purchase Committee to approve and issue the rate contract in disregard
to the rules was required to be arrayed as an accused in the said case
which unfortunately has not been done so far by the Crime Branch who
conducted investigations but overlooked this aspect despite bringing
to the notice of the Crime Branch the letters dated 13th & 14th June
2012 issued by M K Dwivedi from his personal section which appears to
be an injustice to others.
Special Judge Anticorruption Jammu Puneet Gupta after going through
the application directed the CPO to file objections and fixed August
30, 2013 as the next date for hearing. (JNF)
HC directs respondents to finalize seniority list
within 3 months
JAMMU, JUL 26: In a petition filed by lecturers appointed through PSC
and presently working in the School Education Department, the
petitioners have challenged the Govt order No: 129-EDU of 2011 dated
February 24, 2011 by virtue of which the private respondents have been
promoted as Senior Lecturers illegally, in derogation of the mandate
and spirit of law laid down by the Supreme Court. In the petition it
has been submitted that lecturers/senior lecturers numbering about
400, have been regularized beyond DPC quota from 1992 to 1998.
According to the petitioners, regularization has been done against the
quota meant for direct recruitees and as such they seek quashment of
impugned Govt order 129/2011 dated February 24, 2011 to the extent it
relates to the promotion of private respondents in excess of the quota
meant for them as per recruitment rules.
Justice BL Bhat of J&K High Court at its Jammu Wing after hearing
Advocate WS Nargal for the petitioners, Additional Advocate Generals
HA Siddiqui & Ravinder Sharma for the state besides Advocate Abhinav
Sharma appearing for the private respondents observed that controversy
in the present case relates to regularization of petitioners as
lecturers against the quota meant for direct recruits as also drawing
up of final seniority list dated March 15, 2006 which is claimed to be
against mandate of seniority rules which provide ratio of 50:50
between direct recruits and the promotees and quota rules have not
been given due weightage. The promotees are alleged to have allowed
quota promotion to the detriment of rights of direct recruits
including the petitioners. The official respondents are alleged to be
making promotions without finalizing the seniority list by adhering to
the statutory rules and law laid down in Suraj Parkash Gupta's case.
Thus promotional avenues of direct recruits are alleged to have been
jeopardized. With these observations the Court disposed of the
petition by providing that the official respondents shall finalize the
seniority list of lecturers working in Education Department in
accordance with the statutory rules and quota within a period of three
Mir reviews NABARD projects of Agriculture Deptt
SRINAGAR, JUL 26: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today
said that the Agriculture and its associated departments have a
pivotal role in the success of NABARD funded projects. He urged the
officers to put in their efforts by taking proactive role in such
projects so that GDP from Agriculture sector is increased besides the
people associated with Agriculture, Horticulture and its allied
sectors are benefited.
The Minister was addressing a high level meeting of officers convened
to review NABARD funding in various projects in the Agriculture sector
Mir said that government has opened the doors of support by launching
various schemes and projects for the welfare and development of the
people related with agriculture sector.
The Minister emphasized upon adopting latest scientific methods and
techniques for increased agriculture production besides improving
quality. He also stressed for identifying the research fields in the
On the occasion, the Minister was apprised about various Agro based
projects to be implemented with NABARD funding in various States of
the country through PowerPoint presentation. Principal Secretary,
Planning and Development, Principal Secretary Finance, Commissioner
Secretary Agriculture, Directors of Agriculture, Horticulture, MD Agro
Departments, MD JKHPMC, Director Planning Agriculture, Director
Research, SKUAST and other concerned officers were present in the
Chief PMG reviews functioning of Jammu, Samba
JAMMU JUL 26: Chief Postmaster General, Jammu & Kashmir John Samuel
while reviewing the functioning of Post Offices in Jammu and Samba
districts said that Samba and Rehari Post Offices will be modernized
to improve the postal services. He also announced opening of a new
Post Office at Jagti, Nagrota that will benefit more than ten thousand
Both Samba and Rehari Post Offices are important post offices catering
to the needs of thousands of people and it is imperative to modernize
these offices by shifting them to prominent locations with ample
"A large post office building for Rehari has been identified on B.C.
Road. Since Rehari Post Office is one of the major post offices of
Jammu city with 9 officials catering to the areas like Rehari, New
Plot, Sarwal, Amphalla etc, its modernization will definitely
encourage the people to visit it to avail variety of services. " said
The Samba Post Office is the main post office of district Samba and
considering its importance it will function in a new building. It will
cater to the needs of newly established administrative units there
with larger area. Besides it will focus on meeting the requirement of
nearby industries by providing express and logistic post services,
The Chief PMG informed about the decision to modernize the Sainik
Colony Post Office under the transformation campaign as the office has
been moved to new place and covers the vast area of Channi Himmat,
Sainik Colony and Greater Kailash.
He said that a new post office will be opened at Jagti Township and
formalities have been completed in this direction. It will be a great
boon for the populace as presently they have to visit Nagrota for
The CPMG impressed that under the transformation plan more than 20
post offices have been modernized and now recruitment process for the
posts of Postmen and other supporting staff is going on in Jammu and
Kashmir with youth showing keen interest to serve the society by
becoming part of Department of Posts.
J&K State Innovation Council to encourage
talented youth: CS
SRINAGAR, JUL 26: Terming setting up of the J&K State Innovation
Council as an important step towards encouraging new ideas and
innovations among the talented youth in the State, Chief Secretary
Mohammad Iqbal Khanday today said that Jammu and Kashmir Government
has already set out on the path to scout for innovation in the State.
The Chief Secretary was speaking during the interaction session to
discuss and exchange ideas for the formulation of State's Innovation
Road Map for creating an innovation eco-system and its effective
Experts from National Innovation Council and Confederation of Indian
industries, NIF, CSIR, and members of J&K State innovation Council
participated in the interaction session.
The Chief Secretary said that the State Innovation Council is in
constant touch with the National Innovation Council to make use of its
experience at the National Level to enable the State to crystallize
the programme in an effective manner. He said that the State
Innovation Council has already taken steps to put in place an
effective institutional mechanism to identify and support innovation
in local Universities, Colleges, Schools, MSME and R&D institutes
adding that directions have already been issued to the Science and
Technology Department alongwith School and Higher Education Department
to give orientation to the Education System towards innovations.
Chief Secretary also expressed gratitude to Ms Veena Upadhyay an
expert from the National Innovation Council and her team of experts
for their presentations and sharing valuable experiences to support
the State in carrying forward the work of encouraging and supporting
innovations in various fields and to prepare an effective road map for
Earlier, Ms Veena Upadhyay, while expressing her gratitude to the
State Government for holding the interaction session said that the
innovation road map should be inclusive covering high level to lower
level technologies with maximum social benefit at minimum cost. Ms.
Upadhyay gave a detailed presentation touching various aspects of
innovation and its significance, highlighting the need for
multipronged, cross-sectoral and mutually benefitting strategy and
setting achievable goals. She said that domain experts working in the
area of innovation will be collaborating with the State in coming days
and sharing their valuable experiences for successful implementation
of the road map.
She said Universities and Technology Institutes can develop Technology
Incubation Centres to help and nurture talented students to realise
their potential for innovation adding that the State Innovation
Council can also include members of National Level bodies to
facilitate greater exchange and benefits.
Representatives of Confederation of Indian industries, NIF, CSIR,
Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and others gave brief presentations on
innovation and gave their valuable inputs.
Principal Secretary Planning and Development, Principal Secretary
Higher Education, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Director
Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Vice Chancellors of Kashmir
University, Jammu University, SKUAST-K, SKUAST-J, SMVDU-Katra,
Director NIT Srinagar, Executive Director JKEDI, and other senior
officers took part in the interaction session .
Two-week free medical camp concludes
MORUP STANZIN LHARJAY
LEH, JUL 26: The two week long free Medical camp conducted by a team
of specialist Doctors from Germany concluded at MIMC Choglamsar today.
The camp was organized by Tsaskarmo Monastery Tingmosgang in
collaboration with MIMC Choglamsar during which about 590 patients
were examined free of cost for various kinds of treatments such as
plastic surgery, gynecology and dental problems besides providing free
The team from INTERPLAST-Germany headed by Dr. George Toennissen
performed about 52 major plastic surgeries besides operating 117
gynecology patients including one patient from Zanskar region with
complicacy. The doctors also treated 340 patients with dental problems
during the camp.
Expressing delight and great satisfaction in serving the people of
this region the team head Dr. George informed Greater Jammu that the
team receives donations from the people of its country to conduct such
camps and they try to attend to maximum possible patients so that
their expensive trip to Ladakh becomes worth said Dr. George. Terming
the Anesthesia job as vital for performing any kind of operation he
applauded his teammate Dr. Heindl's role for making all the operations
successful and assured to come back for more such camps in future.
Another team member Dr. Anna Penteker said that the past two weeks at
the hospital were full of life and hoped to come back with more
specialist doctors in future to render services to the people of this
Interacting with Greater Jammu, surgeon Dr. Elsner said, our visits
are fruitful if more and more patients take benefit of such camps.
Otherwise each surgery would cost anything between 15000-20000 Euros
in a private hospital informed Dr. Elsner.
Konchok Samstan of Tsaskarmo monastery told Greater Jammu that the
camp was very successful benefiting patients from all over Ladakh and
thanked all the stakeholders especially Ven. Sangha Sena founder
Director of MIMC and Ven. Konchok Wangdus, Ven. Konchok Thupstan and
Ven. Phuntsog Gyatso who dedicated all their time in making the camp
successful. Samstan assured to bring more doctors from Germany in
BJYM holds membership drive
JAMMU, JUL 26: Under its country-wide membership drive, Jammu District
BJYM organised a programme here today to get youth registered as
members of the Morcha. It was organised under the leadership of BJYM
District President Ajay Vaid. About 500 youth, including females,
reached the venue to get themselves registered as its members under "Yuva
Sadasya-Yuva Mitra Abhiyaan".
Ajay Vaid, while speaking about the membership drive, said that the
Morcha activists have been undertaking this programme to accomplish
the mission 2014 under which the party has taken innovative step to
enroll the young voters in the party and make them understand the
ideology and vision of the party vis-à-vis youth.
He said even the youth today is well aware of the exploitation of the
educated unemployed youth by Congress and wants a change at the centre
with a leader like Narendra Modi leading India. He informed that this
programme will continue at Mandal level also so that more and more
youth could be made aware of BJP's ideology.
Ajay Vaid announced that any activist of the Morcha who gets 500 youth
registered as members of the party will get an opportunity of being
invited by Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, to be honoured for his
efforts. Karan Sharma, Vikas Sharma, Bhanu Pratap Jasrotia, Ajay
Pargal, Ishant Gupta, Rajiv Dubey, Gourav Majotra, Keshav Chopra,
Sunil Sharma, Sahil Gupta, Kannav Abrol, Kulveer Charak, Rinku Chouhan,
Sahil Chandwal, Gitanshu Gupta, Munish Gupta, Avishek Gupta, Ankit
Verma and Vishal Nischal took active part in the signature campaign.
Army celebrates Operation Vijay Diwas at Drass
LEH, JUL 26: The 14th 'Operation Vijay Diwas' celebrations culminated
in Drass today. The proceedings commenced with a solemn wreath laying
ceremony at the Drass War Memorial led by the Chief guest Lt Gen
Sanjeev Chachra, AVSM, VSM, GOC-in-C Northern Command and other
serving and retired officers, gallantry award winners of the Kargil
Conflict and next of kins of martyrs, amongst them being the parents
of Late Capt Vijayant Thapar.
The martyrs were then paid all-religion homage by priests of different
religions. The somber mood at the ceremony brought home to many the
losses borne so proudly by the families especially those having lost
their sons, husbands or brothers in that bloody summer of 1999.
A First Day Cover was also released to commemorate the event which was
celebrated with full military decorum and solemnity. Addressing the
gathering, General Chachra thanked the Nation and the gallant martyrs
for their contribution which made the victory possible. It was the
Army's modest homage to the martyrs and a way of remembering the
contribution of the units and the formations which had participated in
the conflict and given to India its finest victory in recent times.