Bhalla reviews ongoing projects under JMC, JDA,
JAMMU, AUG 18: Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman
Bhalla today chaired a high level meeting of officers of Jammu
Municipal Corporation (JMC), Jammu Development Authority (JDA),
Housing Department (HD) and Urban Environmental Engineering Department
(UEED) to review progress on ongoing projects in the city of temples.
Commissioner/Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department Jeet
Lal Gupta, Vice-Chairman, JDA, Satesh Nehru, Commissioner JMC, K L
Khajuria, Managing Director HD, Kiran Wattal, Secretary HD, Rampaul
Sharma besides other senior officers from JMC, JDA, HD, UEED and Town
drainage attended the meeting.
Addressing the meeting, Bhalla asked the Vice Chairman JDA to visit
the warehouse and inspect the dilapidated condition of the shops so
that need based renovation could be started at the earliest.
The Minister asked the concerned authorities to call tenders for
development of recreational park. He said Government is committed to
develop all the open spaces on modern lines by creating walkways and
recreational parks there.
Regarding modernisation of parking space near Radio Station, Bhalla
asked the JMC to immediately start the project and develop the place
with modern facilities like illumination, seating, drinking water
besides toilet facilities.
Referring to measures being taken up to create better lanes and drains
in slum basties, the Minister informed Government has released R 11
crore for this purpose. He asked the Commissioner JMC to further
intensify sanitation drive in slum basties to ensure a healthy and
hygienic environment. In this regard, he asked the officers to call
the tenders so that the works could be started. He directed them to
immediately start the construction work of cremation ground and
waiting shed at Sidhra.
Bhalla directed the concerned to start mecademisation work on Trikuta
Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Nai Basti and Channi Himmat roads including
internal links immediately after the rainy season. He also asked to
prepare estimates for construction and renovation of washed away
damaged culverts of Trikuta Nagar, Nanak Nagar and Sanjay Nagar and
submit the same for funding. He said Government has released R 1.50
crore for speedy modernisation of nallahs in Bathindi, Sunjwan, Channi
Himmat and its adjoining areas.
The Minister asked the JMC Commissioner to install street lights in
the uncovered areas of city of temples to help keep a proper vigil
over untoward incidents. He said devotees of Peerbaba at Satwari and
Maha Kali temple at Bahu fort are facing lot of hardships due to lack
of proper functioning of street lights in the area. He directed to
depute a team of electricians for repair of lights in the area.
Regarding maintenance of Housing Department assets like flats, shops,
gardens besides roads and drains in developed housing colonies, Bhalla
asked the Managing Director Housing, Kiran Wattal to make regular
survey and prepare estimates for modernisation of these services.
Omar blaming centre for concealing failure: JSM
JAMMU, AUG 18: In a meeting of Jammu State Morcha, presided over by
its President, Prof. Virender Gupta, the members of JSM strongly
condemned the vehement criticism by Omar Abdullah of the National
leaders of the country charging them of showing duplicity in their
approach towards issue like Kishtwar. Omar blamed the national
leadership for having biased approach while dealing with Kishtwar like
matters differently in Jammu and Kashmir state and said that this has
lead to the isolation of Kashmiri people and dragged them away from
the national main stream.
The JSM members said, "Omar Abdullah, in fact is trying to hide his
own failure in controlling the situation. He did not involve army in
controlling the miscreants and anti-national forces at appropriate
time and thus gave them a free hand to go on rampage, burning and
looting shops and houses, buses, vehicles and assaulting the
The JSM members expressed the opinion that what Omar Abdullah is
saying is quite contrary to the facts and his statement has come out
of frustration as he is losing ground among the people and has a fear
psychosis of losing the chair of chief minister in the coming State
Assembly elections and getting defeat in Lok Sabha elections too.
The fact of the matter is that Kashmiri leaders have always pursued
communal and regional politics and tried to divide the people of the
state. They always discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh regions in
all the matters and treated the people of these regions as their
subservient or second class citizens. The result is the wide ranging
divide among the people of all the three regions of the state. There
is a complete alienation of people of Jammu and Ladakh regions from
that of the people of the Valley as such the demand of trifurcation of
the state getting strengthened day by day. Jammu State Morcha holds a
firm view that in the present political scenario, the trifurcation of
the state is the only way out to ease out the conflicts and provide
justice and equal development opportunities to the people of all the
JSM reiterates its demand for providing adequate compensation to the
families of the deceased, those injured, whose houses are burnt and
destroyed and to those who lost their sources of livelihood as per the
loss suffered with a minimum limit of 20 lakh to each business man.
JSM warns that any attempt to abolish Village Defense Committees or
weaken them shall be suicidal for the security in the far flung areas.
The need of the hour is to strengthen these committees by inducting
more trust worthy people in these and by making them well equipped by
providing latest weapons.
EP Tenants' Welfare Society expels member for
JAMMU, AUG 18: EP Tenants' Welfare Society's Patron. Prof. Bhim Singh
after thorough deliberations with the elected and other office-bearers
of the society hereby expelled Suraj Prakash Sharma from EPTWSR with
immediate effect for anti-society activities.
"We have been getting feedback from respective sources that Suraj
Prakash Sharma had been working against the society and the interests
of the tenants for quite sometime. We inform one and all that anyone
having ties with Suraj Prakash Sharma shall be doing so at his/her own
risk and responsibility", statement of Society stated.
The statement further said that earlier also EPTWSR expelled Rattan
Lal (former treasurer), former president, Banarsi Dass and Nazir Ahmed
from the basic membership of the society for their anti-society
All tenants are hereby advised to remain cautious against these self
styled leaders (touts) who are trying to misguide the tenants and are
playing in the hands of Custodian Department and are bent upon to
sabotage the ongoing movement of the society.
Prof. Bhim Singh informed the members that whosoever is working
against the society and the interests of the tenants shall not be
tolerated at any cost.
"EP Tenants' Welfare Society under the elected President, Inder
Mohinder Tar Singh has done tremendous job and put in sincere efforts
to fight for the rights of tenants and redressal of their grievances.
We wish to achieve ownership rights for the houses and land which is
being maintained by the tenants. This is our prime objective", said
Slathia inaugurates Apna Panchayat Ghar
JAMMU, AUG 18: MLA, Vijaypur and former Minister, S. S. Slathia today
inaugurated newly constructed Apna Panchayat Ghar at Salmeri in
Vijaypur constituency which has been constructed at the cost of R 25
lakh by Rural Development Department.
Addressing the gathering, Slathia said that Coalition Government
headed by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah was committed to provide all
basic amenities in remote and far-off pockets like road connectivity,
power and water supply, medicare, education, etc. He said that efforts
are being made to make implementation of development and welfare
schemes more effective and result oriented during the current year.
Spelling out achievements of the government in different fields, the
MLA said that the Jammu and Kashmir state has witnessed tremendous
development during the last four years and several other projects are
in the pipeline. He also gave credit to the people who always
supported the government in its endeavours to take the state towards
new dimensions of progress and prosperity.
Slathia appealed to the people to play their role in maintaining age
old tradition of brotherhood and communal harmony. He cautioned the
people against the unscrupulous elements adding that they have no
agenda to present before the people and are resorting to politics of
deceit and lie.
NC for special package to flood affected populace
JAMMU, AUG 18: Expressing concern over the damages caused due to flash
floods in the wake of recent rains in Jammu region, National
Conference on Sunday urged the government to sanction special package
and immediate interim relief in favour of the sufferers.
At a high level meeting of National Conference functionaries here this
evening chaired by Devender Singh Rana, Provincial President called
for immediate restoration of various protection bandhs, road network
and other public utility services that have suffered damages due to
water logging and flash floods, besides shifting such of the families
to government buildings whose houses have been damaged.
Those who were present in the meeting included senior Vice President,
Surjeet Singh Slathia, Vice President, Mushtaq Ahmad Bukhari, Central
Secretary, Rachpal Singh, Ex-MP, Mirza Abdul Rashid, Ex-legislators,
Sheikh Bashir Ahmad, Babu Ram Pal, Brij Mohan Sharma, Th. Kashmir
Singh, Pt. Govind Ram Sharma, Satpal Lakhotra besides senior party
leaders Jugal Mahajan, Dharamveer Singh Jamwal, and Rajesh Bakshi.
The meeting took a detailed appraisal of the damages caused in
District Samba, Poonch, Rajouri, Kathua, Jammu and other pockets of
the region and stressed upon the need for providing special package
and immediate interim relief to the sufferers.
The Provincial President urged the administration for carrying out
urgent survey to assess the losses so that those suffered could be
compensated. He also stressed upon the need for immediate restoration
of various utility services like electricity and drinking water.
Speaking on the occasion, the National Conference leaders sought round
the clock functioning of the essential departments and close
monitoring of water level in various rivers and Nallahs so that
necessary preventive and rescue measures are undertaken in the event
of eventualities. They appreciated the establishment of control rooms
by various departments and called for gearing up the field agencies
for maintaining close rapport with the people in vulnerable areas.
They also exhorted upon the officers of the divisional and district
administration to be prompt and extra vigilant towards their services
to deal with the situation arisen due to heavy rains and flash floods
in the region effectively.
The Provincial President exuded confidence that visits of ministers
and top ranking officials in the flood affected areas will ensure
better coordination between various departments and help in mitigating
the problems confronted by the people. He stressed upon the need for
dewatering the water logged areas and covering these by disinfectants
for the overall health and hygiene. He also sought the survey and
assessment of crop damages so that the farming community is adequately
Abolition of VDCs will lead to mass exodus of
minorities: Pavitar Singh
JAMMU, AUG 18: Jammu Province People's Forum (JPPF) today strongly
condemned the demand of separatists and anti- national elements to
wind up the Village Defence Committees (VDCs).
Addressing a Press Conference, President, JPPF, Pavitar Singh warned
the secessionist forces to restrain from adding fuel to the fire at a
time when the Jammu Province is already facing the brunt of communal
riots in Kishtwar.
He said that the minority community is sitting at the verge of mass
exodus from Kishtwar and other adjoining areas who feel isolated there
adding that it is the strength of VDCs in the villages and small
pockets that the minority has managed to stay.
Singh asked the administration to think hundred times before
disbanding VDCs adding that the JPPF will fight tooth and nail against
the nefarious design of separatists which is governing the
administration not only in Kashmir but is also extending themselves to
Jammu as well. "Abolition of VDCs or any attempt to weaken their
existence will lead to mass exodus of minority community from Kishtwar
/ Bhaderwah once they feel insecure. Reports already implied that the
JKP deployed in these minority dominated areas is not performing its
duties satisfactorily rather it is terrorizing the poor minority
community having a biased approach" he added.
NDS organizes 'Kavi Goshti'
JAMMU, AUG 18: Nami Dogri Sanstha (NDS), the Art Foundation today
organised a Kavi Goshti at Sewa Bharti which was presided over by Dr
Sheryansh Kumar Jain. Renowned theatre artist, Mahesh Chander Sharma
was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Chanchal Sharma, Organizing
Secretary was the guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion, Jain appreciated the activities of the NDS
besides enthusiasm shown by its activists for organizing programmes to
promote Dogri culture and language.
Chanchal Sharma in his address appreciated the role of NDS for
promoting the Art, Culture and Languages whereas renowned theater
artist, Mahesh Sharma said that Nami Dogri Sanstha is making endeavour
in promoting Dogri language and folklore of the Duggar Pradesh.
Sharma demands relief for flood victims
JAMMU, AUG 18: Former legislator and senior Congress leader, Ashok
Sharma today informed that about 10 houses are likely to submerge in
water at Kalikassi-Treru on Moghla Khawas road in Kalakote
constituency, which may endanger human life besides moveable and
immovable properties. Sharma further said that he informed SSP,
Rajouri about the natural calamity and accordingly, the police was
deputed on spot. But there is need of tents (shelter) for the
evacuated families and the deployment of more manpower to ensure
restriction on entry from all sides, around the affected area. Sharma
urged upon the Chief Minister to provide cash relief and food grains
besides compensation against the loss of houses and properties in
favour of the victims.
CPI demands immediate completion of 'Land
R S PURA, AUG 18: A meeting of the farmers of R S Pura was held here
today under the leadership of Rakesh Sharma, Senior leader Communist
Party of India (CPI), to express concern over the inordinate delay in
completing Land Bandobast (Settlement) at R S Pura. Speaking during
the meeting, Sharma said that the process of Land Bandobast started in
1992 and till date only 60% of Bandobast work in R S Pura has been
completed while the remaining 40% work is still incomplete. Sharma
demanded that the sanctioned strength of Patwaris in R S Pura should
be restored at the earliest so that the process can be completed
without any further delay. Sharma demanded proper offices of Patwaris
(Patwar-Khanas) so that the revenue records can be kept and maintained
in proper order. Others present on the occasion included, Romesh
Choudhary, Chander Bhushan, Chuni Lai and Raj Pal.
3 CDs of Maa Chandi bhajans released
JAMMU, AUG 18: Two Video Compact Disks and an MP3 Disk conceptualized
by Maa Chandi Parivaar were released by Savita Bakshi, Additional
Secretary, JKAACL at K L Sehgal Hall, Abhinav Theatre, here today.
Chander Shekhar, Cartoonist of national repute and Surinder Sharma,
Anchor, JK Channel attended the function as special guests.
The VCDs including 'Chandi Maiya Naal Nachdi' by Sushma Rajput, and 'Jyotaan
Jaagdiyaan' by Suresh Chowhan and Arvind, and MP3, 'Jyotaan Jaagdiyaan'
by Suresh Chowhan, Manmohan Sharma and Suman Rana featuring melodious
devotional songs in praise of Mata Chandi are expected to be an
instant hit among devotees of Mata Chandi. The CDs have been recorded
at SSS Recording Studio, Jammu. The music of all the three CDs has
been composed by Arvind Kumar.
On the occasion, Sushma Rajput, Suresh Chowhan and Arvind Kumar
enthralled the audience by their live performance.
"Run for Peace" organized at Mahore
MAHORE, AUG 18: The Rashtriya Rifles Battalion based at Bagga, under
the aegis of Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) organised a 'Run for
Peace' (Mini Marathon) for the youth of Mahore, Samote and Gul Tehsil,
here today. The mini marathon was organized as part of the ongoing
Operation Sadbhavna in continuation of the efforts of the Army, to
actively promote sports among the youth of the region and to provide
them with a recreational activity in order to channelize and harness
their energy, in a constructive manner.
The mini-marathon was conducted from Mahore to Bagga, involving a
distance of 10 Km in hilly terrain, which saw a healthy participation
by as many as 79 runners.
The youth participated with great enthusiasm, and were seen warming up
in earnest before commencement of the event.
It was creditable that all the participants finished the run with
Shabir Ahmed S/o Qamer Din resident of village Badder, Tehsil Mahore
clinched the top position by finishing the race in 32 minutes, 7
seconds in above 18 years category and Beapan Singh S/o Nanak Chand
resident of village Sarh, clinched the top position by clocking 33
minutes, 10 seconds in below 18 years category.
The event culminated with the distribution of cash prizes and
participation certificates as well as various complimentary prizes to
the participants by senior Army officials and A K Khajuria, SDM Mahore.
The villagers of the area expressed their gratitude towards the Army
for initiating such sports activities for the welfare of the youth of
Shabir condoles demise of Dr. Jalal
SRINAGAR, AUG 18: Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan has
expressed deep sorrow and grief over the demise of Dr. Jalal. The
Minister remembered the qualities of Dr. Jalal, saying that Dr.
Jalal's death is a great loss to the society in general and to the
Medical fraternity in particular. He said that the death of Dr. Jalal
has created a void in the medical field, as he was an expert
cardiologist. "Dr. Jalal was a noble human, qualified doctor and an
able administrator,” adding that it was due to his efforts that SKIMS
succeeded “in providing the latest medicare to the patients." In his
condolence message, the Minister expressed solidarity and sympathy
with the bereaved family. He also prayed for eternal peace to the
Army organizes Motivational tour
RAMBAN, AUG 18: An Educational-cum-Motivational tour named 'Sair-E-Watan'
for the students hailing from various schools from Nachlana, Khari,
Trenna, Kumla, Buzla, Mohu and Mangat areas of Ramban district was
flagged off by the Commander Sector Rashtriya Rifles, from Chanderkot,
The tour comprising 23 students and two teachers has been organised by
the Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, under the aegis of Counter Insurgency
Force (Delta), for a duration of ten days, as part of the ongoing 'Op
The aim of the tour is, to showcase the development of the country to
the youth from remote and far flung areas, as also to provide them
with an opportunity to visit important places of interest and to
interact with the people of those regions and also eminent
personalities, thereby widening their horizon.
During the tour, the students will get an opportunity to visit Jama
Masjid, Red Fort, Nehru Planetarium, Qutub Minar, Akshardham, Lotus
Temple, St Stephen's College, Kirorimal College and Jamia Milia
The participants will also experience a ride in Delhi Metro at New
Delhi and Khwaja Khizar Tomb, Tilyar Lake in Sonipat and Rohtak.
During the tour, the participants would also get an opportunity to
interact with Vice Chief of Army Staff at Delhi. Besides these, the
students will also experience the life of a student at Motilal Nehru
School of Sports, Rai (Sonipat) and undergo sports coaching in various
sports like Cricket, Swimming, Basketball, Football and Volleyball.
This tour will enable the youth to spread the message of peace and
communal harmony and also witness the rapid development being made in
the field of Information Technology, Education, Infrastructure,
Medical Science and other sectors, in different parts of the country.
Postal Department offering special services on
Raksha Bandhan: John
JAMMMU, AUG 18: The Department of Postal Services has made elaborate
arrangements for booking and delivery of Rakhis and Rakhi gifts
through network of post offices in Jammu and Kashmir. This was stated
by John Samuel, Chief Post Master General, Jammu and Kashmir.
Post offices are selling a range of Rakhi envelopes, which are made up
of water-resistant and tear-resistant materials. Each envelope is
being sold for R 7 and this has become very popular among the
Further, for the first time in the State, Rakhis are also being sold
under Retail Post at Gandhi Nagar, Post office in Jammu. This provides
convenience to the people, for buying and selling the Rakhis through
the Post office simultaneously. This is a new initiative taken by
Jammu and Kashmir Postal circle, added John Samuel, during a Press
John said "Raksha Bandhan is one of the most popular festivals of
India. Raksha Bandhan is the festival to express the immaculate love
between brothers and sisters, so as a special case, Rakhi speed-post
consignments will be delivered through special vehicles, until late
evening so that they reach their destinations within time," added
The Post offices are making special arrangements for delivery of
Rakhis and Rakhi gifts during this festival time. Customers may book
the Rakhis through Speed Post for faster and on-time delivery, he
Mir for conservation of scenic beauty, natural
SRINAGAR, AUG 18: Highlighting the significance of Tourism and
Education sectors for the overall development and prosperity of the
State, Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir said that nature has
bestowed the State with the enormous beauty of tourist destinations
and paramount natural resources, saying that it is the responsibility
of one and all to contribute for their conservation and sustenance. He
said that tourism has a pivotal role in the economic development of
the State and peace is prerequisite for it.
The Minister was addressing a function organized to launch Hattrick
Public School and pre-launch ceremony of Hattrick Resort at SKICC here
Legislators, Nasir Aslam Wani and Shamima Firdous were also present on
The Minister underscored the need of quality education, saying that
the teachers should work with passion for imparting quality education
and must inculcate moral and spiritual values among the students. He
said that the students also have to acquaint with the modern trends
and methods of education so that they can compete at national and
international levels and make contributions for Nation building.
Referring to Tourism sector, Mir said that the Government has taken
various initiatives for providing support and assistance to the
investors through a single window system in the tourism sector and
urged upon the venture capitalists to invest in the tourism sector so
that socio-economic conditions of the people can be raised, besides
generation of employment avenues. He further said that the Chief
Minister is keen for creation and up-gradation of tourism
infrastructure for provision of better facilities to the tourists
visiting the State.
Highlighting the role of entrepreneurs for generating employment
avenues, Mir appreciated the efforts of Choudhary Group of Hattrick
for extending various services to the people and urged upon the group
to provide better services to the community at all levels and become
the source of inspiration for others who want to invest in private
Among others, Commissioner Secretary, Agriculture, Dr. Asgar Samoon,
Chairman, Pollution Control Board, Vinod Ranjan, ADGP, Armed, S.M
Sahai, IGP Traffic, Munir Ahmad Khan, Commissioner Commercial Taxes,
staff and members of the Advisory Board of Hattrick Public School were
present on the occasion.
Natrang stages hindi play 'Zameen ka Sawal'
JAMMU, AUG 18: 'Zameen Ka Sawal', a play in hindi was staged here
today at Natrang Studio Theatre in its weekly theatre series, Sunday
Theatre. The play has been written by Partap Sehgal and directed by
Neeraj Kant. The play was a hard hitting satire on the pitiable
scenario of the whole country where corruption and nepotism have
chocked the real talent and resultantly, it succumbs to the vicious
The play opens in a trial room where a high level committee is
enquiring about a very grim incident where five people at different
locations were killed by sending letter-bombs. 'Ranganathan' a very
senior scientist is accused of the crime as all the evidences are
against him. Initially he does not admit the crime but when given a
false news that his only son was also killed in the same manner, he
brokes down and with a deep agony in the heart, admits his crime which
he had committed to take revenge from all those who were responsible
for hurdles in his growth and promotion.
Despite being the most talented and deserving scientist, he was denied
a due promotion as it was granted to someone else who was close to the
Minister. This renders a harsh frustration in his mind and he asserts
that only hard work and ability will take you nowhere in this system,
where corruption and favoritism are deep-rooted.
The play very brilliantly says that those who do not have approach and
recommendation may not be given higher positions but it does not mean
that they are not talented enough. The artists of Natrang who
performed in the play included, Uplaksh Singh Kotwal, Ashwani Bali,
Sushil Raina, Sachin Saini, Shekhar Sharma and Pankaj Verma. Lights
were designed and operated by Sumeet Sharma, who also coordinated the
Shehnaz visits Budha Amarnath, reviews
POONCH, AUG 18: Dr Shehnaz Ganai, MLC today visited Budha Amarmath at
Mandi to oversee the arrangements for the Yatris. She also interacted
with the Yatris and asked about the various problems being faced by
them during the Yatra.
Shenaz also interacted with the organizing committee of the Yatra at
Mandi. She visited the Yatri Niwas complex, where the Yatris are
Speaking on the occasion, she appreciated the efforts of the local
people for providing logistic support to the Yatris and the organizing
committee for making Yatra successful.
Shenaz also lauded the people of Mandi and Poonch for exhibiting and
maintaining Communal Harmony and brother hood in the region.
Later, Shenaz alongwith the Yatra officer visited langars and Medical
camp established by the Health Department. She directed the concerned
Departments to ensure uninterrupted water and power during the Yatra
On her visit, Shenaz was felicitated by the Mandir and Yatra
Urs of Syed Mohammad Anwar Bukhari celebrated
SRINAGAR, AUG 18: Urs of Syed Mohammad Anwar Bukhari was celebrated in
his native village, Anwarabad, Soibagh, here today. A trust namely
Islamia Educational Trust is being run by his son Mushtaq Ahmad
Bukhari which is running 50 schools across the valley and imparting
quality education to the poor and needy people. Thousands of devotees
across the valley attended the Urs of Syed Anwar. Renowned religious
scholars including Moulvi Abdul Rashid, Moulvi Hafiz-Ullah, Moulvi
Bashir Ahmad and Moulvi Irshad Khanyari delivered religious sermons on
the occasion. Besides, listening to the sermons, the devotees also
participated in recital of holy Quran and offered special prayers in
the daylong event.
Kupwara Terriers organizes 'Watan Ki Sair'
KUPWARA, AUG 18: Kupwara Terriers, once again organized another 'Watan
Ki Sair' for Kupwara youth and teachers from Kupwara to Srinagar,
Jammu, Jabalpur, Pachmarhi, Agra, Delhi. The tour was flagged off by
the CEO, Kupwara and Deputy CEO, Kupwara alongwith eminent civilian
personalities which included Sarpanchs, Principals and teachers of the
related school of Kupwara region. In a rare initiative by Kupwara
Terriers, amongst the flag-off personalities Abdul Rashid Bhat father
of Haroon Rashid of village Poshpura, who had topped in CET of the
State was also invited, for motivating students, teachers and locals
present on the occasion. Approximate 200 villagers, parents/guardians
of participants, personalities from the Government Offices and
Sarpanchs of the villages falling in 'Hajipir Brigade Area of
Responsibility' were present on the occasion. The Sadbhavana tour
organised under the aegis of VAJR DIVISION, has been planned to
provide participants an opportunity to gain insight into important
Education/ Management Institutes, progressive Institution/ Industries
besides places of interest like Dhuandhar Falls, Tilwara Ghat, Rani
Durgawati Museum and Chausat Yogini Temple in Jabalpur, Pandava Caves,
Wild Life Sanctuary, Satpura Tiger Reserve and Jata Shaukar Cave
Temple in Pachmarhi, Taj Mahal and Red Fort in Agra, Red Fort, Jama
Majid, Chandani Chowk, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, India Gate and
Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. The event also encompasses
interaction of these remote areas students with school children /
teachers and senior Army officers at all visiting places. The students
and teachers, stepping out of valley for the first time in their lives
are extremely enthusiastic and eagerly looking forward to this new
Bhalla reviews arrangements for Shree Ganesh
JAMMU, AUG 18: Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman
Bhalla, today reviewed the arrangements for 11-day long Shree Ganesh
Utsav celebrations, which will commence from September, 9 at Parade
During the celebrations, a Yagya will also be performed, which will
continue upto September, 18.
Chairman Bharatiya Vedic Sansthan, Acharya Sanjay Shastri informed
that all the necessary arrangements for the celebration have been put
in place including 'Ganesh Murti'. The Murti will be brought to Parade
Ground on September, 11 for its Sathapana followed by various
programmes like Ganesh Puran Katha by Swami Shree Shree 1008 Vedant
Achariya Swami Ashra Nand Giri Maharaj (Hardwar Waley), Bhajans,
Kirtans and reciting of vedic mantras.
While addressing the gathering, Acharya said that the Sansthan would
continue holding such religious events with same gaiety and enthusiasm
in Jammu. He appealed to the devotees and general public to ensure
their maximum participation in Shree Ganesh Utsav.
Dr Jalals’ demise widely mourned, thousands join
PAMPORE, AUG 18: The leading cardiologist of the State and former
Director SKIMS, Dr Sheikh Jalal-ud-din was buried in his ancestral
graveyard in Pampore today.
A large army of well wishers, close family members, friends,
politicians, alongwith prominent citizens of Kashmir attended the last
journey of common man's doctor soon after his dead body arrived in
Srinagar from New Delhi.
Dr Jalal-ud-din had passed away on Saturday in AIIMS. He was injured
in an attack by unidentified gunmen last month.
Grand Mufti of Kashmir, Bashir-ud-Din; General Secretary of Congress,
Ghulam Nabi Mir Lasjan; prominent doctors, politicians, and people
from all walks of life including his patients joined the burial
procession which started from his residence in Tulsibagh area of
Srinagar. Dr Jalal was buried at his ancestral graveyard in Pampore,
where last rites were performed by the close family members in the
presence of thousands of well wishers and prayers were offered. Ever
since people in Kashmir came to know about the sad demise of their
favorite doctor, they went into mourning and were waiting to catch a
last glimpse of their caretaker. The members of the local Auqaf
committee had made all the arrangements on the occasion. Meanwhile,
Provincial President of National Conference, Nasir Aslam Wani and
Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Tanvir Sadiq have expressed
grief and sorrow over the demise of the renowned cardiologist.
Extending sympathies with the bereaved family, they prayed for eternal
peace to the departed soul.
Manohar distributes relief among rain victims
KATHUA, AUG 18: Minister of State for Fisheries, Cooperatives, Finance
and Planning, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma distributed tents and ration among
the rain affected families here at Mandli of tehsil Billawar today.
SDM Billawar, Dr Vikas Gupta, SDPO Basohli, Rafiq Manhas, Tehsildar
Billawar, Naib Tehsildar and staff of the Revenue Department were
present on the occasion.
Dr Sharma distributed 110 tents, 100 bags (of 50 kg) of rice among the
families whose dwellings have been damaged partially or completely in
recent incessant rains. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Manohar informed
that Jammu division has witnessed incessant rain during last week
causing heavy damages to the houses of the people, especially in hilly
areas. He said that the Government has immediately mobilized the
administrative machinery to assess the damages caused due to heavy
rains in all the districts of Jammu division. He added that over 500
cases of house collapse (partial and fully) have been reported in
District Kathua and efforts are on to give preliminary relief to the
He directed the revenue officials to immediately complete the process
of assessing the damages of the affected families so that appropriate
relief can be sanctioned in favour of the aggrieved families. He
assured the people that the Government will provide every possible
help to the rain and flood affected families.
Gul visits flood affected areas
SRINAGAR, AUG 18: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly
Mubarak Gul today visited various flood affected areas including
Safakadal and Khankisukta in Eidgah Constituency and took stock of
situation arisen due to rapid increase in the water level of River
A team of senior officers of District administration including
District Development Commissioner (DDC), Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah
accompanied the Speaker during the tour. During the visit to
Khankisakta, the people of the area met the Speaker and apprised him
about the damages caused due to raised water level of river Jhelum to
their properties and Masjid Sharief, in the area.
The Speaker gave them a patient hearing and directed the DDC, Srinagar
to send a team of officers to assess the losses caused to the property
so that necessary financial assistance can be sanctioned in favour of
the affected families.
He also assured the affected families that every possible help will be
provided from the Government for their early rehabilitation.
Spalbar for maintaining discipline, punctuality
in education sector
LEH, AUG 18: Though quality of education and results at matriculation
level has been drastically improved in the Government schools but
supervision is still lacking at management level and this is the
reason behind poor educational edifice in Leh District. This was
stated by CEC, LAHDC, Rigzin Spalbar during his visit to High School
Thiksay, Middle School Yarlok Chushot and High School Chushot Gongma.
Spalbar directed the Headmasters to maintain daily attendance
registers and close them latest by 10.10am in the morning and 3.55 pm
in the evening saying that it will surely bring more discipline,
punctuality and accountability among the staff.
Taking strong exception of the fact that CEO, Deputy CEO, ZEO, and
ZEPO seldom visit these schools, he said that this indifferent
attitude of these officials is a big lapse and is certainly affecting
the efficiency of the department.
On the issue of staff indulged in playing truancy, he directed the
officiating heads to kindly ensure that no one can take undue benefit
keeping at stake the future of students.
In general, CEC expressed satisfaction over the improving performance
of the teaching staff at all the places however he felt the need to
streamline the supervision and monitoring system at higher level.
At Block headquarter Kharu, Spalbar inspected the BDO office and took
detailed stock of the functioning of Rural Development Department. He
was informed that 2 Junior Engineers have left the station without
permission since long time. Taking a serious note over the apathetic
approach of these engineers, he asked the Deputy Commissioner, Leh to
initiate an inquiry against these two JEs. The CEC reiterated that
LAHDC in view of short working period in Leh has already issued strict
orders not to allow any engineer, HOD or technical staff to leave the
At Kharu, CEC also inspected the offices of Sheep Husbandry
Department, Education Department and ICDS. Earlier, Rigzin Spalbar
alongwith a team of officers and engineers visited the Hemis Monastery
to examine the preparation and arrangements in view of 5th Annual
Drukpa Council (ADC) to be held in the beginning of next month.
Manager, Hemis Monastery, Gelong Otsal sought Council's help for
improving roads, DG set for power backup, leveling of parking,
installation of dustbins, adequate water supply, medical services,
ration supply, public address system and public conveniences.
Responding to demands, the CEC assured that LAHDC will ensure all
these facilities well in time.
On the occasion, Thuksey Rinpochey highlighted the significance of
holding Annual Drukpa Council.
Be aggressive but decent, Jaitley tells BJP
NEW DELHI, AUG 18: Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun
Jaitley has advised BJP spokespersons to be aggressive but maintain
decency and decorum while countering the opposition during television
debates and press interactions. He also advised them to avoid giving a
TV byte or press reaction if they are not fully prepared or do not
know the party line on the issue.
Jaitley was addressing a national media workshop organized by the
party for its spokespersons, media panelists and media cells.
The work shop was moderated by BJP National Media Cell Incharge,
Shrikant Sharma and attended by the party's leading national
spokespersons and authorized national TV panelists including Prakash
Javadekar, Shah Nawaz Hussain, Nirmala Sitharaman, Meenakshi Lekhi, Dr
Sudhanshu Trivedi, Captain Abhimanyu, Vijay Sonkar Shastri, Balbir
Punj, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Nalin Kohli and Pinky Anand.
In his address, Jaitley expressed satisfaction at the manner in which
the Bharatiya Janata Party spokespersons had tackled Congress charges
against Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi after his Independence
Jaitley said Union Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad had used derogatory
words against Modi which should be countered strongly but decently.
The BJP has also demanded that Azad should take back his words
immediately and also tender an apology for his remarks. Jaitley said
there is a need to take on the Congress in a more aggressive fashion.
He asked the spokespersons to be better prepared to sound more
He underlined the need for setting the agenda in the media and public
debates and not to follow the one set by the Congress.
Holy mace leaves for Paddar
BHADERWAH AUG 18: Historical Machail Yatra today continued its onward
journey from Chandi Mata temple, Chinote, Bhaderwah to Paddar. A large
number of devotees from various Districts of the state accompanied the
The Yatra today commenced from Chinote Temple for Paddar, Kishtwar
where it will stay for a night and will leave for Gulab Garh,
tomorrow. On August 20, the Yatra will leave for Masoo and on August
21 the devotees will reach Chaosti and finally on August 22, the Yatra
will reach at Machail Temple of Mata Chandi. Next day after the Havan
and Poojan, the holy mace (Charri) will be brought back to Bhaderwah.
Yesterday night about 125 vehicles reached at Chinote Temple to
proceed towards Paddar in Kishtwar. At Pul Doda more vehicles from
Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua and other parts joined the Yatra and number
was increased to about 300. Chief organizer of the Sarv Shakti Shri
Chandi Mata Ji Temple Chinote, Bhaderwah, Thakur Kulbir Singh Jamwal
thanked the administration especially the SDM, Bhaderwah, Dr. Ravi
Kumar Bharti, ASP, Bhaderwah, Roop Raj Bhagat and SDPO, Jameel Ahmed
for their co-operation with the Sanstha. He appreciated the role of
local administration for maintaining law and order.
It is pertinent to mention here that Paddar is known for the Machail
Yatra of Goddess Chandi. Maa Chandi resides in the remotest corner of
Paddar at an altitude of around 9500ft above sea level. It is a trek
distance of around 30 km on foot from the Gulabgarh village. This is
the last village connected by road. Every year thousands of devotees
pay visit to the holy Shrine with undeterred faith to receive the
blessings of Mata Machail Waali. The number of pilgrims with each
passing year has been increasing manifolds. According to locals, Maa
appeared in the form of Pindi. She came here from Mindal Bhattas, a
small village in Himachal Pradesh to bless the people of Paddar. The
yatra was initially started by Thakur Kulbir Singh of Bhaderwah who
was serving in J&K Police department and was posted in Machail. The
yatra with holy mace starts from Chinote (Bhaderwah) during the month
of August with a lot of zeal and fervour amidst the chants of Maa
Chandi bhajans. Devotees from Jammu start their journey from the
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir (Pacca Danga) after taking the obeisance and
join the yatra at Bhaderwah from where it takes off for Kishtwar and
then to Atholi in Paddar. The holy mace is welcomed enroute by
thousands of devotees at various villages with them offering free
Langars at Gulabgarh, Massu, Kundhail, Chishoti, Hamori and Machail.
The yatra has laid tremendous impact on the socio economic conditions
of the people. The locals get to showcase their scantily available
food crops like Bajar Bhang, Phulan, and Sivil which are used during
fasting and the sale of these items boosts local economy.
Training programme for polling officials
KARGIL, AUG 18: The 3-day training programme for the officers and
officials to be deputed for election duty of Ladakh Autonomous Hill
Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil, scheduled to be held on August 22,
concluded here today.
During the training period, the presiding officers and polling
officers were imparted training about their duties and
Deputy Commissioner, Kargil, Fida Hussain, who is also election
authority for LAHDC, Kargil was also present on the concluding day of
training programme. He instructed the polling officials for doing
their duties conscientiously and fairly ensuring transparent and fair
elections. Among others, Assistant Commissioner, Revenue and senior
officers were also present on the occasion.
Congress congratulates Azad for being best Health
Minister since 1947
JAMMU, AUG 18: Congress today congratulated Union Health Minster and
former Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad who has
been voted as the most popular and best Health Minister the country
In a joint statement, senior Congress leader and MLA, Inderwal, G M
Saroori, General Secretary, Thakur Jughal Bhandari, Block Presidents,
Mohd Iqbal Keen, Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, Asgar Khangi, Mohd Iqbal Teli,
and Chowdhary Rafiq, Secretaries and Sarpanchs, Mushtaq Ahmed Hap,
Ravi Shan, Noor Hussain, Mahinder Singh Parihar, Tariq Wani, Akhtar
Tatani, Sarfraz Khan, Gh Qadir Tappal congratulated Azad for his
The Congress leaders said this information came forth during a survey
conducted by Zee TV channel on the popularity of present Ministers in
the UPA led Government in their respective areas. The survey was aimed
to bring forth a 'dream Cabinet' based on popularity of leaders among
the masses and Ghulam Nabi Azad has been ranked on top of the
popularity chart of all the Health Ministers country has ever
produced. The Congress leaders said that the former Jammu and Kashmir
Chief Minster is a very seasoned politician with a clean public image
who has brought revolutionary changes in the health sector across
Meanwhile, former Minister and senior Congress leader, Yogesh Sawhney
also congratulated Union Health Minister for being voted as the best
In a separate statement issued here, Yogesh Sawhney said that Ghulam
Nabi Azad, by his dedication and zeal to serve the nation in health
sector, has achieved this mark and got recognized world over by a
private news channel which is a matter of pride for Jammu and Kashmir
SP Kargil launches special drive against
KARGIL, AUG 18: In order to eradicate the menace of alcoholism and
various other crimes including thefts and Burglaries, the District
Police under the supervision of Superintendent of Police, Kargil,
Sujit Kumar has initiated a drive to book all the bootleggers, Excise
Act violators and criminals as per law and carried out raids and
surprise checking at various places.
During the raids, 144 bottles of IMFL (Rum) were confiscated having
market value of R 50,400 from the possession of Ramesh Kumar, r/o
Nepal and Shaloo presently residing in Kargil Town.
During interrogation the culprits told police that Kancha Kalay, r/o
Nepal presently working as a labourer at Drass has supplied the entire
consignment. Case FIR No. 43/2013 under section 48 Excise Act has been
registered in the P/S Kargil.
In another case, Kargil Police has recovered 800 meters of Copper
cable weighing 30 kg of copper having value of s 42,000 from two
accused namely Tuntun Prasad, r/o Sarun Prasad, r/o Rajouri presently
working as scrap dealer in Kargil. A case FIR no.25/2013 under Section
379, 411/PRC has been registered in Police Station Kargil.
Superintendent of Police Kargil, Sujit Kumar addressing the media said
that district Kargil is working on war footing to curb the menace of
alcoholism, theft cases and road accidents in the District. Sujit
Kumar appealed to general public and commuters of Kargil District to
extend all possible help to the police officers / officials in this
endeavour to make crime free society.
Police solves burglary cases, recovers 300 gm
JAMMU, AUG 18: Bakshi Nagar police today achieved major success in
solving old burglary cases and recovered 300 grams of gold worth R 9
With the recovery of gold the police also claimed to have solved five
old burglary cases registered under FIR no: 123/2012, 154/2012,
04/2013, 56/2013 and 72/2013 under section 457 and 380 RPC at police
station Bakshi Nagar. While addressing the media persons at Police
station Bakshi Nagar, SSP Jammu Atul Goyal said that the recoveries
have been made at the behest of one Sanjay Gupta alias Bittu, son of
Hansraj resident of Shakti Nagar, Jammu whose arrest earlier at police
station Nowabad led to the recovery of 500 grams of gold.
He further said that on the transfer of his custody from police
station Nowabad to police station Bakshi Nagar he confessed to five
more burglaries leading to further recovery of 300 grams of gold
making the overall recovery from his possession 800 grams.
"With these recoveries, almost all the recent major burglary cases of
Bakshi Nagar have been solved" he concluded.
Father-son duo arrested with narcotics
JAMMU: A police party of Police Station Domana achieved major success
today with the arrest of a father-son duo and recovering 9500 Paravon
Spas capsules from their possession. This morning, a police party of
Domana laid a 'naka' at Akalpur Chowk for routine checking. When the
motorcycle bearing registration number JK02 AP - 8440 carrying the
father-son duo, namely, Kuldeep Singh, S/O Sansar Singh, R/O Akalpur
and Shubham Singh, S/O Kuldeep Singh, was checked the police party
recovered a total of 9500 contraband capsules from their possession.
The case under 8/21/22 of NDPS Act (FIR No. 298/2013) has been
registered at PS Domana, the duo arrested and the motorcycle seized.