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 Additional PRO levels allegations against Dy CM, seeks security

GJ Report
Jammu, Jul 26: Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today allegedly landed into hard waters after his Additional Public Relations Officer leveled allegations against him and accused him of involvement in various scams. Additional PRO of Deputy Chief Minister Kewal Kumar today alleged that he was being threatened by the Dy CM as he had certain proofs and records against him in which he was allegedly involved. The PRO alleged that the Dy CM threatened him of dire consequences and he also had a verbal dual with him in Srinagar and fearing threat to life, he fled from Srinagar and reached Jammu.
Kewal also told reporters that the Dy CM is hand in glove with the police due to which his complaint was not entertained by any of the police officers.
He further alleged that he also had various proofs against the Dy CM in the form of a compact disc adding that he was being threatened by the aides of Dy CM, if he revealed anything about the boss.
'Mein Shareef Insaan Hoon'
Denying the allegations leveled by the PRO, the Deputy Chief Minister told Greater Jammu, "the allegations are just to tarnish my image and my political carrier". He said that the complainant is playing in the hands of some miscreants and vested interests. "My image is transparent," he said adding that he is a gentle person. "Police and Media should verify the complaint and allegations leveled by the complainant", said Dy CM. The background of the complainant must be verified by the police, he added.


 Situation in Ladakh is well under control: Army


DRASS, Jul 26: Describing the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh as "well under control", a top Army commander today said the force is committed to launch the "intelligence specific and people friendly" operations to counter the ongoing proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir. "To counter the ongoing proxy war, we are committed to launch intelligence specific and people friendly operations as also concerted counter-infiltration operations along the Line of Control," General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command Lt-Gen Sanjiv Chachra said in his address at the Kargil War Memorial on the 14th anniversary of Operation Vijay here.
He said the recent surge in militant activities indicate an attempt to "revive terrorism" in the state.
"There is an increase in ceasefire violations, additional infiltrations which indicate a determined attempt as also the rising frustration in the perpetrators of the proxy war," he said, adding, "It also indicate that the terrorist infrastructure that has been put in place by our adversary across the border is still intact and there has been no change in his intention."
Ruling out repetition of 1999 situation when Pakistani troops intruded into the Indian territory, the Army commander said, "We have significantly strengthened our positions in western Ladakh since 1999 and also enhanced our surveillance and response capabilities.
"We are well prepared not only to deny our adversary any opportunity but also to respond swiftly. Our soldier remain guardians of the northern frontier to ensure that the safety and security of the nation remains well protected," he said.
"While there have been some reports of incidents along the LAC with China, I wish to assure that our existing border management procedure and mechanisms with the Chinese are well in place," Lt-Gen Chachra said, adding, "We have hot lines, flag meetings and Border Personnel meetings that enable us to resolve issues peacefully. The border situation is well under control."
He said the contribution of troops deployed in Jammu and Kashmir is selfless, dedicated and nationalistic.
"I am positive that history will record our endeavours for the sake of the people and we are not alone in these efforts. It is in total consonance with the civil administration, Central and State police forces and the state government. It is this collective effort that brings peace and tranquillity in a state which has long been in turmoil," he added.

People-friendly Ops to counter proxy war in J&K: Army

The Army is committed to launching "intelligence-specific" and "people-friendly" operations to counter the proxy war in J&K, a top Army Commander said here today.
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Northern Command Lt-Gen Sanjiv Chachra also said that the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh was "well under control".
"To counter the ongoing proxy war, we are committed to launching intelligence-specific and people-friendly operations as also concerted counter-infiltration operations along the Line of Control," he said in his address at the Kargil War Memorial on the 14th anniversary of Operation Vijay here.
Lt Gen Chachra said the recent surge in militant activities indicates an attempt to "revive terrorism" in the state.
"There is an increase in ceasefire violations, additional infiltrations which indicate a determined attempt as also the rising frustration in the perpetrators of the proxy war," he said, adding, "It also indicates that the terrorist infrastructure that has been put in place by our adversary across the border is still intact and there has been no change in his intention."
Ruling out repetition of 1999 situation when Pakistani troops intruded into the Indian territory, the Army commander said, "We have significantly strengthened our positions in western Ladakh since 1999 and also enhanced our surveillance and response capabilities.
"We are well prepared not only to deny our adversary any opportunity but also to respond swiftly. Our soldier remain guardians of the northern frontier to ensure that the safety and security of the nation remains well protected," he said.
"While there have been some reports of incidents along the LAC with China, I wish to assure that our existing border management procedure and mechanisms with the Chinese are well in place," Lt-Gen Chachra said, adding, "We have hot lines, flag meetings and Border Personnel meetings that enable us to resolve issues peacefully. The border situation is well under control."
He said the contribution of troops deployed in the State is selfless, dedicated and nationalistic.
"I am positive that history will record our endeavours for the sake of the people and we are not alone in these efforts. It is in total consonance with the civil administration, Central and State police forces and the State Government. It is this collective effort that brings peace and tranquillity in a State which has long been in turmoil," he added. (Agencies)


 HC directs Vigilance to file status of enquiry

JAMMU, JUL 26: In a petition seeking quashment of order dated July 22, 2013 passed by the Special Judge Anticorruption Jammu to extend granting four months time to State Vigilance Organization for completion of verification of preliminary enquiry in alleged double drawal of POL by the Vehicles attached with Deputy CM, today Shakti Pathak, SSP Vigilance Organization Jammu, and Jeetan Ji Matoo DySP (Investigating Officer) appeared alongwith record and CD file before the High Court as per the direction issued on July 25, 2013. Justice Ali Mohammad Magray of J&K High Court at its Jammu Wing after hearing SS Ahmed appearing for the petitioner and AAG Ravinder Sharma appearing for the respondents, observed that perusal of record reveals that State Vigilance Organization Jammu has undertaken the process of enquiry in the year 2012 and directed the respondents to submit status of the progress of enquiry on affidavit on or before August 1, 2013.
In the petition It has been submitted that the petitioner on having specific inputs about the misuse of Govt Vehicles by Deputy CM of the State Tara Chand and his Personal staff decided to obtain the information through RTI and petitioner lodged RTI applications before the Housing & Urban Development Department, JMC, J&K State Motor Garages, J&K Housing Board, JDA, Director Urban Local Bodies Jammu & Srinagar, SDA, SMC, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, Srinagar and IG Security J&K which were under the control of then Minister for Housing & Urban Development Dept i.e. Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand. In the all the applications petitioner sought the information as to how many vehicles had been placed at the disposal of Deputy CM and from which date the said vehicles were deployed with him and the petitioner also sought the copies of the letters issued by Personal Section of Deputy CM requesting for POL. Petitioner prayed for constitution of Special Investigation team which will monitor by the J&K High Court till the investigation is complete.
The petitioner has also sought direction to the respondent to constitute a Special Investigation Team under the direct supervision of Director J&K Vigilance Organization comprising of officers having impeccable integrity in order to prove the petitioner's complaint dated September 14, 2012 directed against Deputy Chief Minister of State and the Personal Staff/Section regarding double drawl of POL so that the confidence is instilled in the fairness of the probe. The petition further sought that High Court should monitor the entire preliminary enquiry till its completion. (JNF)


 Sarpanch shot at by suspected militants

GJ Report
SRINAGAR, Jul 26: A sarpanch was critically injured in a suspected militant attack in Sopore township of north Kashmir's Baramulla district today, police said. Khazir Mohammad was seriously injured after he was shot at by some unidentified militants while he was coming out of a local mosque after offering Friday prayers in his Kranki Shivan village, 55 kms from here, they said. The injured sarpanch was admitted to hospital. Security forces have cordoned off the village and a hunt has been launched to nab the militants, police said.
No militant outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the incident, they added.
Meanwhile condemning the attack on a Sarpanch by an unidentified gunman, Shafiq Mir, Chairman All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) today blamed Omar Abdullah government being responsible for attacks on Panchayat leaders.
In a statement issued here, Mir said that the responsibility of all the Panchayat leaders killed in state lies on chief minister Omar Abdullah who has completely failed to protect the elected Panchayat leaders despite requests made by them for security cover.
While asking the Sarpanches not to get terrorized by these cowardice acts of those who make unarmed people their target, Mir appealed to human rights organizations to intervene in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and take note of the killing of elected Panchayat leaders.
He also demanded the dismissal of Omar government for its failure on all fronts and asked the Central Government to decide whether they want Kashmir or Omar.


  CEO conducts surprise checking, salary of 11 employees withheld

GJ Report
Jammu July 27: With an aim to bring work culture among the departmental employees and to ensure smooth conduct of various education sector schemes, Officiating Chief Education Officer today conducted surprise checking in more than one dozen government schools of Rajouri after which salary of eleven employees has been withheld while show cause notice has been served to thirteen others including ZEO Baljaralan Zone.
As per details, Officiating CEO Pradeep Sharma led a special team of department which conducted surprise checking in more than a dozen government schools of Rajouri, Baljarralan and Doongi Zone.
During checking, CEO has ordered to withheld the salary of eleven employees who include Veena Bhat, Master GHS Muradpur, Paramjeet Kour Junior Asst GHS Muradpur, Naeem Akhter, Incharge GMS Muradpur, Sukhdev Sharma, Incharge GMS Upper Bathuni, Kanta Devi, Master GMS Upper Bathuni, Raj Kumari, GMS Argi, Meenakshi Sharma, Teacher GMS Agriculture.
Salary of two others including teacher Santosh Kumari and Sajjad Mirza of GPS Saranno Tathi, Zone Baljarralan has been withheld as both were absent from duty without any information while salary of Teacher Kiran Kour of the same school was withheld as the mid day meal prepared in the school was unhygienic and less in quantity than required.
On the other hand thirteen employees were served with show cause who include ZEO Baljarralan , Munir Kassana , , Ajay Kumar , Incharge Mid day meal GMS Bal , Mohammad Nisar and Mohammad Farooq , GMS Argi , Lecturer Talib Bhatti ,Gatekeeper Jagdish Raj , Teacher Indu kapoor , Ashok Kumar , Vandana Sharma , Poonam Gupta and Chand Bala , all from Hr Sec School Dhangri , Science Teacher GHS Dalogra , Incharge Mid day meal of GMS Dhangri.
All the employees were found negligent in proper implementation of mid day meal as well as were depicting wrong information to the students by the maps and holdings installed in the school.
"Drive will remain continue in the future and negligent faces of the department will be nailed under strong disciplinary action " CEO Rajouri, Pradeep Sharma said.


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 JKSSS’

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 the spot.
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 treatment.
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 DIGs

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 education.
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, facilities: Wani

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 in protest.
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 fashion world

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 life.
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 Gynaecology: Taj

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 earliest.
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 pro-separatist dispensations.
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 society.


Shortage of staff affecting working of Chenab Valley offices

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 Dilip Pandita.
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 police station.

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 Manhasan.
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 formalities.
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 Stand.
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 redressal.
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 Brahmana

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 manner.
Gupta also highlighted the various achievements of present UPA Government led by Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson and Prime minister, Manmohan Singh.
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 added.


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 Schools.
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 District.


Chinar Corps pays tribute to Martyrs on Vijay Divas

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 smugglers

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 be rejected.
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 people

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 women folk.
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 drug scam

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 months. (JNF)


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 in J&K.
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 agriculture sector.
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 meeting.


Chief PMG reviews functioning of Jammu, Samba Post Offices

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 people.
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 space.
"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 John Samuel.
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, said Samuel.
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 postal services.
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 implementation.
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 future.
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

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 medicines.
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 region.
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 June-July 2014.


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.

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