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JAMMU FRIDAY | APRIL 24, 2015 | VOL. 30 | NO. 112 | REGD. NO. : JM/JK 118/15 /17 | E-mail : [email protected] | epaper.glimpsesoffuture.in
Masarat Alam
booked again
under PSA, shifted
to Kot Bhalwal jail
Srinagar/Jammu April 23:
Hardline separatist leader Masarat Alam
Bhat, whose release by the new PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir had triggered a
huge controversy, has again been booked under
the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and quickly
moved out of the Valley to a jail in Jammu.
The PSA allows detention of a person for a
minimum of six months without trial. Bhat, who
was released last month after spending over four
years in jail under PSA, had been arrested on
April 17 on charges of waging war against the
country and sedition after he hoisted Pakistani
flag and chanted anti-national slogans during a
rally organised for hardline Hurriyat Conference
leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. "He (Bhat) has been
booked under PSA and shifted to Kotbhalwal
Jail," District Magistrate Budgam Altaf Ahmad
News Digest
Never divides people in
name of religion or
region: JKPCC
Jammu, April 23:
Accusing the BJP and PDP of playing
divisive cards during elections, JKPCC today said it is the only political force in the
state which has always promoted harmony
between people of different regions and
See NEVER on page 11
Cop arrested while
accepting bribe
Jammu, Apr 23:
A constable of Jammu and Kashmir
police was today arrested by vigilance organisation here after he was caught redhanded while allegedly accepting a bribe,
an official spokesman said.
"Ram Saroop filed a complaint with
the Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ)
See COP on page 11
Three injured in
mishap in trade fair in
Jammu, April 23:
Atleast three persons were wounded
during a stunt in Rajouri. Police said that
three persons were injured when a portion
of “Maut Ka Kouyan” collapsed in ongoing
See THREE on page 11
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Mir said today. The 45-year-old hardline leader
had been remanded to a seven-day police custody
after his arrest. Police today said he has been sent
to Kotbalwal jail in Jammu after being shifted
from Srinagar during the night.
Bhat had applied for bail before Chief
Judicial Magistrate Budgam which heard the arguments of the prosecution and the petitioner's
counsel yesterday. The court has reserved its orders on the bail plea till Saturday.
Police had registered a case against Bhat,
Geelani and several other separatist leaders under Sections 121-A (waging war against the country), 124 (Sedition), 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy),
147 (rioting) of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) among
others. Bhat is the only one to have been arrested
so far in the matter.
Geelani while calling for a strike on
Saturday against the government decision said
there is no moral and legal justification in slapping the PSA on the separatist leader.
Geelani asked the people to hold peaceful
protest demonstrations after Friday prayers tomorrow and observe a shutdown on Saturday
against Alam's detention.
National Conference leader and former chief
minister Omar Abdullah, meanwhile, said that
the PDP-BJP coalition government has been a
change for the worse.
"This @jkpdp & @BJP4India Govt after the
Modi/Mufti accord is a change alright but a
change for the worse, no doubt about it," Omar
wrote on twitter.Com.
He pointed out the discrepancies between
the ruling PDP's election manifesto, which included releasing political prisoners and the actions taken by the state government headed by
the regional party. "Masarat Alam detained under PSA & shipped to Jammu; new recruits to be
paid stipend for years together & @jkpdp promised voters a change?" he asked on the microblogging site.
Hideout busted in
Kishtwar, arms,
ammunition recovered
Jammu, April 23:
Security forces today busted a militant hideout and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition in mountainous Kishtwar district.
A joint search operation was launched today
by the troops of Delta Force located at Bhandarkut
in Kishtwar along with police and unearthed a
cache of weapons and ammunition from a hideout
near Kuchhal village, defence spokesperson Lt
Col Manish Mehta said.
He said after a detailed search of over 42
hours, the security forces recovered one PIKA
Machine Gun with 100 belted ammunition, two
.303 rifles, two 12 bore guns, one UBGL with 16
grenades, four Chinese grenades, 16 rounds of .303
ammunition and one YAESU radio set.
“Kuchal village of Chattru Sub Division of
this district was once the safe haven for terrorists
See HIDEOUT on page 11
IIT Jammu to start functioning from this year: Mufti
Conducts marathon tour of Jammu city; Sanctions Rs. 20 cr for Panjtirthi Multi-Level Parking
Jammu, April 23:
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad
Sayeed today issued directions for immediately setting up the prestigious Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT) at Chak
Bhalwal, within the campus of
Government College of Engineering &
Technology (CGET), till a suitable chunk
of land is acquired for permanent establishment of the institute of higher excellence at Jammu.
This will pave way for immediately
commencing classes for IIT in current academic session from July-August this year.
Mufti Sayeed issued these directions
during a marathon tour of various parts of
Jammu city and its suburbs, including
GCET at Chak Bhalwal, to take a firsthand
review of the ongoing developmental projects of Jammu city.
The Chief Minister, along with the
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh,
visited sites for multi-level puzzle parking
at Panjtirthi, restoration of Mubarak
Mandi Heritage Complex, ongoing con-
struction work on Lawyers’ Chambers at
District Court Complex Janipur, multitier parking at Jammu Bus-Stand and construction of Bikram Chowk-Presentation
Convent School Flyover near Gandhi
Nagar. The Chief Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising
Minister for Public Works, Syed Altaf
Jammu to observe bandh in support
of AIIMS for Jammu Region today
Jammu, April 23:
Lashing out at the BJP-PDP coalition government over the issue of AIIMS for Jammu, various organization
and political parties called for
'Jammu Bandh' tomorrow demanding announcement of AIIMS for
Jammu region as well.
For past several years opposition
parties used to given a bandh call on
the first day of opening of durbar
move offices. This is for the first time
Jammu bandh call has been jointly
given by the Congress party,
Panthers party and supported by
Chamber of Commerce and Industry
in Jammu.
Some of the parties including
VHP, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Shiv
Sena are also supporting the call for
Jammu bandh to pressurize the
state/centre govt to announce separate AIIMS for Jammu region.
Yesterday, the Jammu Chamber of
Commerce and Industries (JCCI) had
called for a bandh in Jammu tomorrow. The call was supported by
Congress, National Conference (NC),
Jammu and Kashmir National
Panthers Party (JKNPP). “You give
four AIIMS to the Valley, we have no
objection to it. But Jammu shall not
be deprived of the one AIIMS that was
announced by the Central government in the Union budget,’’ said
Rakesh Gupta, president of Chamber
of Commerce and Industry while addressing a largely attended meeting of
local traders, industrialists and transporters here on Wednesday.
The discontent among the people
of Jammu on issues like “shifting” of
AIIMS to Valley is also a major set-
back for the BJP, which got its biggest
ever tally of 25 seats from the region
during the last year’s Assembly elections. “The BJP shall have to honour
its commitments to issues on which it
has come to power in Jammu and
Kashmir, otherwise the people of
Jammu know how to make governments fall,’’ Gupta said.
Supporting the bandh call, state
Congress vice-president and former
health minister Sham Lal Sharma
slammed the BJP for selling out the
cause of Jammu to stay in power in
coalition with the PDP. Sharma said
they have no objection to Valley and
Ladakh also getting an AIIMS each,
but Jammu shall not be deprived of
the one specifically announced for it
by Union Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley in his budget. The traders’
See JAMMU on page 11
Bukhari, Minister for Forest & Social
Welfare, Bali Baghat, Minister for Law,
Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Syed
Education, Naeem Akhtar, Minister of
State for Information & Culture, Priya
Sethi, MLA Jammu-East, Rajesh Gupta,
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B.
B. Vyas, Divisional Commissioner,
Education, Sarita Chauhan, Secretary
Law, Mohammad Ashraf, Deputy
Commissioner, Jammu, A. K. Sahu,
Director Colleges, Chief Engineer R&B,
Jammu, MD JKPCC and other senior officers during the tour.
Describing the sanction by the Union
Government for establishment of IIT at
Jammu as a matter of honour and shot in
the arm for higher education sector, Mufti
Sayeed formed a Group of Ministers
which will identify a suitable chunk of
land for permanently establishing the IIT.
“There are certain proposals presently
BSNL offers free calls
on landline phones at
night from May 1
NEW DELHI, April 23:
State-owned BSNL today went that proverbial
extra mile to revive its landline business by introducing an unlimited free calling scheme during
night hours.
The scheme, effective May 1, allows you to
make calls free of cost to any operator, including
mobile phones, anywhere in the country between 9
PM and 7 AM and covers all types of connections,
BSNL said in a statement.
“We are modernising our landline business
and want to resurrect it. We have our copper cable
lines available to support landline traffic and also
procured millions of landline instruments to cater
to customers’ demand,” BSNL Chairman and
Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said.
“There is no end date fixed for this scheme. We
will review it after six months,” Shrivastava said.
Farmers’ problems old, need to find solutions collectively: PM
NEW DELHI, April 23:
Sharing “pain” over the suicide by a farmer here, Prime
Minister Narendra Modi today
said the agriculture community’s
problems are “old, deep-rooted
and widespread” which need to
be addressed collectively and expressed willingness to accept any
suggestion with an open mind.
Making a statement in Lok
Sabha after members expressed
deep anguish over yesterday’s incident, he said the farmers cannot be left to fend for themselves
and assessment would have to be
made about “shortcomings” that
occurred before his government
came as well as during his tenure.
“Yesterday’s incident has
caused pain to the entire nation.
Members here also expressed the
pain. I share the pain,” Modi said
about the suicide committed by a
farmer from Rajasthan at a rally
organised by Aam Aadmi Party
here. Observing that nothing is
more important than a farmer’s
life or for that matter a human
life, he said, “The problem (afflicting the farmers) is old, deeprooted and widespread and we
have to seek solutions in that context.” He said it needs to be ascer-
tained as to what “mistakes”
have been made and “what shortcomings” have been there before
his government came as well as
during his tenure.
The Prime Minister, during
his brief intervention during an
impromptu debate on the issue,
See IIT on page 11
said the farmers cannot be left to
fend for themselves and need to
be given help. “There should be a
collective resolve in this regard.
We have an open mind to consider any suggestion that is made…
We cannot let the farmers die,” he
said. He said governments, from
time to time, have been doing
their bit to address this problem.
“Whatever governments could
do, they have been doing,” he
Earlier, Home Minister
Rajnath Singh said the government stands by the farming community and will provide whatever help is required.
Contending that compensation is provided as per a process,
he said states have been asked to
compensate the farmers adequately. He said the states have
been asked to draw from State
Disaster Response Fund (SDRF)
which would be reimbursed by
the Centre later. (AGENCIES)
See BSNL on page 11
4 Edu officials
booked for
embezzling funds
Srinagar, Apr 23:
Jammu and Kashmir State
Vigilance Organisation (SVO) today registered a case against four
Department for embezzlement of
government funds to the tune of
over Rs 70 lakh in Budgam district.
An SVO spokesman said the
case has been registered against
Meharj-ud-din Shawal, then Zonal
(ZEPO) Dangerpora, Zahoor
Ahmad Peer, then Headmaster
Middle School Yamberzalwari,
and then Zonal Education Officers
Mohammad Shafi, after verification into the allegations of embezzlement of government funds. The
inquiry revealed that the suspects
See 4 EDU on page 11
Sino-Pak Bid to Remove Line on UN
at Asia-Afro Summit Foiled
Former health minister to face
trial in sexual harassment case
Former Jammu and Kashmir
minister Shabir Ahmad Khan will
face trial in a sexual harassment case
filed against him by a woman doctor
after a court here ruled that there was
"sufficient material" on record to proceed against the Congress leader.
"Prima facie, there is sufficient
material to presume that accused has
committed offence under section 354,
509 RPC and ground exists for holding trial against him," Chief Judicial
Magistrate Srinagar V S Bhou said
yesterday. The court observed that
the concluding lines of statement of
victim specifically pinpoint the allegations, which fall within the ambit
of Sections 354 and 509 RPC.
The woman doctor had alleged
that Khan, the then Minister of State
for Health, "acted like a sexual predator" and tried to molest her in his office at Winter Secretariat here on
January 28 last year. The court directed the prosecution to "lead evidence in substance of charge" on May
India today thwarted attempts
by Pakistan and China to remove a
crucial line on the United Nations
from a declaration adopted by Asian
African Summit here.
Over 100 countries from Asia
and Africa adopted two declarations
-- Bandung message 2015 and
"Reinvigorating the New Asian
African Strategic Partnership
(NAASP)" -- with both calling for reforms in the world body.
Pakistan and China were lobbying
hard to remove a line from the
NAASP declaration but India with
the help of African countries blocked
that attempt.
The line "A reformed Security
Council will significantly increase
representation of Asia and Africa"
was retained in the declaration
which was adopted by the Summit,
the sources said. "Reiterating the
principle and benefits of multilater-
alism, we resolve to further
strengthen and support the United
Nation and other multilateral and
regional forums so they work more
effectively towards strengthening
peace and prosperity in Asia and
Africa as well as other regions," it
said. "We call for continued efforts to
reform the United Nations, including the revitalisation of the General
Assembly and a comprehensive reform of the Security Council, which
corresponds to the collective interests of the developing countries," it
added. External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj, who is leading the
Indian delegation here, had a busy
schedule today as she held detailed
bilateral meetings with Prime
Hamdallah and Nepalese Prime
Minister Sushil Koirala.
The Asian African Conference
has been organised by Indonesia to
mark the 60th Anniversary of the
historical 1955 Bandung conference,
which became the stepping stone for
setting up the Non-Aligned
Movement during Cold War-era.
The 1955 conference led by
Indonesia's independence hero
Sukarno galvanised global stalwarts
like Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser and
Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru,
whose famous 'Panchsheel' doctrine
was incorporated in 10 principles of
international peace and cooperation
See SINO on page 11
Pak raises Kashmir at Asia-Afro
meet, India rebuts strongly
Jakarta, April 23:
Pakistan today raised the Kashmir issue at the Asian African
Conference here, saying it was “tragic and unacceptable” that the inalienable
right to self- determination was not fulfilled there, a view strongly rebutted
by India. The issue was raised by Pakistan’s National Security Advisor
Sartaj Aziz at the multilateral forum where countries from Asia and Africa
are participating, including India which is being represented by External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
“A major focus of the Bandung (1955) was respect for fundamental human rights including the right of self -determination. Many of the countries
present here are proud sovereign and independent states still struggling under the yolk of colonism that time. We have therefore come a long way after
See PAK on page 11
Srinagar, April 23:
16 after Khan pleaded not guilty to the
charges. If found guilty, Khan, a former MLA from Rajouri, faces five
years in prison and fine under section 354 RPC while section 509 RPC
provides for punishment with imprisonment of three years and fine if
he is found guilty of these offences.
"In view of the allegations and evidence on record and statement made
by the victim, when taken in totality,
resumption of commission of offences is disclosed on part of accused....
"Court has only to see a ground
whether offences alleged against accused are presumably prima facie
disclosed or not while framing
charge and whether accused can be
put on trial for the offence or not," the
court said. The court also observed
that even for presumption of commission of offences, it is sufficient ground
for framing charge and putting the
accused to trial. "The court cannot
conduct mini trial and cannot presume the end of trial at the stage of
See FORMER on page 11
Enrich Dogri
Literature: Governor
Sandra Bullock, not
Deepika or Katrina Kaif
declared the Most
beautiful Woman by
People magazine!
News on Page 10
Received complaints
over cartelisation in
coal bidding: Govt
Glimpses of Future
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform
the sad demise of Sh. Jagdish Chander
Gupta S/o Late Sh. Faqir Chand Gupta R/o
41-Patel Nagar, Jammu. Kriya will be performed at 12.00 Noon on 24-04- 2015 at our
residence. Uthala /Rasam Pagri will be performed at 5.00 PM at Geeta Mandir, Samriti
Sh. Jagdish
Bhawan, Bakshi Nagar, Near Karan Hotel,
Chander Gupta
Smt. Purni Devi - Mother
Smt. Veena Gupta - Wife
Smt. Prabha & Sh. Satish Gupta - Bhabhi & Brother
Smt. Pinki & Sh. Dalip Gupta - Bhabhi & Brother
Smt. Bala & Sh. Varinder Chabra - Sister & Brother-in-law
Yogesh & Vandana - Son & Daughter-in-law
Hemant & Supreet - Son & Daughter-in-law
Shaguna & Vikram Choudhary - Daughter & Son-in-law
Divya & Ankush Kapoor - Daughter & Son-in-law
Kanu & Manav Mahajan - Daughter & Son-in-law
Grand Children: Vansh, Ayush, Kavish, Angel, Shyrel, Khushi,
Maheep, Adharv
Jagdish Chander Wine Shop, Canal Road,
J&K Automobile, Digiana
(M): 9419140458, 9419764663
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our beloved Sh.
Sudhir Kumar Sachdeva S/o Lt. Sh. Hari
Om Parkash, R/o Jullaka Mohalla,
Jammu. Uthala will be performed on 244-2015 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. at
Mahajan Hall, Shalamar Road, Jammu. Sh. Sudhir Kumar
Smt. Meenu Sachdeva- Wife
Samarth Sachdeva- Son
Sawyam Sachdeva- Son
Brothers & Bhabis
Sh. Kulvir Sachdeva and Smt. Reva Sachdeva
Sh. Jagbir Sachdeva and Smt. Naresh Sachdeva
Sh. Dalbir Sachdeva and Smt. Suman Sachdeva
Sh. Deepak Sachdeva & Smt. Anita Sachdeva
Sh. Naveen Sachdeva & Smt. Pooja Sachdeva
Smt. Sunita Grover and Sh. Amit Grover- Sister & Jija
Smt. Vanita Pasricha and Sh. Pawan Pasricha- Sister & Jija
Smt. Kanchan Dogra and Sh. Ramesh Dogra- Sister & Jija
Nephews: Gourav, Himanshu, Vikhayat, Anshuman
Mob.: 9906256420, 9086306206
With deep sorrow and grief we inform that
our beloved father Sh. Karnail Singh R/o
715 Ashok Nagar, Jammu Cantt expired
on 15 Apr 15. TENTH DAY KRIYA will be
performed on 24 Apr 15 (Friday) at 10
a.m. at residence. RASAM PAGRI will be
Sh. Karnail
held on 27 Apr 15 (Mon) at Shiv Mandir,
Ashok Nagar, Jammu Cantt. at 5 p.m.
Sons and Daughters-in-laws
Brig Swarn Singh (Retd) & Mrs Poonam Baloria
Vishawjeet Singh & Mrs Kalpana Baloria
Daughters & Son-in-law
Mrs Mithilesh Kumari & Sh. Kuldeep Singh Charak
Mrs Neelam Kumari & Sh. Narinder Singh Chib
Mrs Kalpana & Sh. Jagdev Singh Jamwal
Mob: 8803005499, 7298892952
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our beloved Smt.
Krishna Wanti W/o Late Sh. Tirath Ram
Gupta, R/o Q.No.35, Adarsh Colony,
Udhampur. Rasam Pagri/ Uthala shall
take place at Ved Mandir, Adarsh Colony
Smt. Krishna
on 24-04-2015 at 4 PM.
Son and Daughter-in-law
Sh. Subash Chander Gupta and Smt. Kamlesh Kumari
Grandsons and Grand Daughters-in-Law
Amit Mahajan and Asha Mahajan
Akhil Mahajan and Mridu Mahajan
Smt. Chanchal Gupta W/o Late Sh. Vidya Ratan Gupta
Smt. Santosh Gupta W/o Late Sh. Bal Krishan Gupta
Smt. Madhu Gupta W/o Sh. Sukhdev Raj Gupta
Brothers and Bhabhis:
Smt. Krishana Kharyal W/o Late Sh. D.N Kharyal
Sh. Bal Krishan Kharyal and Smt. Chand Rani
Sh. Kewal Krishan Kharyal and Smt. Shashi Gupta
Noble souls never die but always remain
in the heart of their beloved ones. One
year has passed since you left us heavenly abode but your memories will remain
alive in our hearts. Barkhi of our beloved
son Dhruv Gupta S/o Smt. Bharti & Vinod
Dhruv Gupta
Gupta will be performed on Friday 24 of
April 2015 at 11 AM at our residence at
Greater Kailash, Lane No. 9, H. No. 150, Jammu.
Fufa & Fufi
Smt. Sanjogita & Darshan Kalsora
Smt. Indu & Naresh Gupta
Sh. Vijay Gupta -Fufa
Sh. Sham Sunder Gupta -Taya Ji
Smt. Neelam Gupta -Taie
Smt. Kanta Rani -Nani
Smt. Surti & Rishu -Mama & Mami
Mobile No: 94191-92783, 9469152465, 8713033302
With profound grief and sorrow we regret to inform
that our beloved S. Sucha Singh Sassan S/o Late
S. Bachan Singh Sassan R/o Arjun Vihar
Kunjwani Opp. Air Force Gate (Bandhu Rakh) left
for heavenly abode on 17-04-2015. PROGRAMME : Katha/Kirtan : 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
w.e.f 18-04-2015. Arambh Sri Akhand Path : 9:00
AM at residence on 24-04-2015. Bhog Sri Akhand S. Sucha Singh
Path: 9:00 AM at residence on 26-04-2015. Antim
Ardass at Gurdwara Singh Sabha Bandhu Rakh
Jammu on 26- 04-2015 from 10.00 AM to 12:00
Noon & Langar onwards
Sdn. Jaswant Kour - Wife
Sons & Daughter-in-laws
S. Rashpal Singh (Pintoo) & Sdn. Tejinder Kour
S. Shamsher Singh (Sheru) & Sdn. Harvinder Kour
S. Harcharan Singh (Bunty) & Sdn. Navjeet Singh
Daughters & Son-in-laws
Sdn. Surinder Kour & S. Suraj Singh Bali
Sdn. Paramjeet Kour & S. Amrik Singh
Sdn.Gurmeet Kour & S. Shamsher Singh Bali
Ph. No. 9797389797, 9906255515
With profound grief and sorrow, we
inform the sad demise of our beloved
Shri Shiv Ram Dogra S/o Late Shri
Bag Mal Dogra R/o House No. 358
Sector 3 Channi Himmat Jammu on
20-4-2015. FIFTH DAY will be per- Shri Shiv Ram
formed on 24-4-2015 (Friday) at
Rani Park Mandir Moti Bazar,
Jammu at 11.00 a.m.
Sister-in-law & Brother-in-law
Smt. Pooja & Shri Jatinder Kumar Bhakhri
Mob No: 94191-34500, 9797460030
With profound grief and sorrow, we regret
to the sad demise of our beloved Sh Nand
Lal Khajuria (Retd. Electrician, MES) R/o
Channi Morh, Udhampur expired on 1604-2015. Tenth Day will be performed on
25-04-2015 (Saturday) at 11.00 am &
Sh Nand Lal
Kriya Karam on 26-04- 2015 (Sunday) at
11.00 am at our residence Channi Morh,
Smt Darshna Devi -Wife
Sons & Daughter-in-laws
Sh Puran Chand Khajuria & Smt Meena Devi
Sh Gotam Khajuria & Smt Neelam Kumari
Daughter & Son-in-law
Smt Kanchan Bala & Sh Ajay Kumar Sharma
Grand Children: Abey, Redhi, Sakshit, Rakshit & Retwik
With profound grief and sorrow we inform
the sad demise of our beloved Smt.
Bishno Devi W/o Sh. Sain Dass R/o
Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu on 17-4-15.
Tenth Day will be performed on Sunday
26-4-15 at our residence H. No. 123,
Canal Road, Bhagwati Nagar Jammu at
Smt. Bishno
10.30 AM.
Sh. Sain Dass -Husband
Daughter & Son-in-law
Smt. Sunita & Sh. Rajinder Verma
Grand Children
Vishali & Vishav
Mob : 94193-93237, 87130-23987, 99061-76946
With profound grief and sorrow, we regret
to inform you that our beloved Sardarni
Ranu Kour W/o Lt. S. Mohan Singh R/o
Toll Post Nagrota, TRT Camp, H.No. 11,
Block ‘H’, left for heavenly abode on 17-415. PROGRAMME : Aramb Shri Sahej
Path Sahib Ji on 19-4-15 at Gurdwara Sardarni Ranu
Singh Sabha Nagrota. Bhog Shri Sahej
Path Sahib Ji on 26-4-15 (Sunday) at
10:00 AM at our own residence (TRT Camp Block ‘H’) and
Antim Ardas (11:30 AM ) at our residence.
WITH REGARDS :S. Charanjeet Singh - Son
S. Rattan Singh - Son
Bimla Kour - Daughter
Rajinder Singh - Grand Son
Contact us: 9906153428, 8803565699
Eyes are still swimming in tears. We see
your face every where we look around we
still hear your voice in our ears. We still
find you laughing giggling with us. You
have not gone you still live with us in our
heart our mind and our memory. 10TH
Smt Krishna
DAY will be performed on Friday the 24th
April 2015 at Devika Ghat Shiv Nagar
Udhampur at 9.00 a.m.
Grand Parents
Sh. Shanker Dass (Retired Tehsildar & Smt. Tarawanti
Er. Rakesh Sadotra & Smt. Rita Sharma-Parents
Er. Nariender Sadotra & Smt. Shashi Kiran-Chachu & Chachi
Subhasna, Prabal and Prachi-Sister & Brother
Bua & Fufad
Dr Santosh Sharma & Dr Sudesh Kumar Raina
Master Sunita Sharma & Er. Arun Khajuria
Sh. K.D. Magotra & Smt. Padhma Sharma-Nani & Nanu
and all nears and dears
Mob: 9419796796, 9858480025
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our beloved Sh
Sham Lal Tickoo S/o Late Sh Sridhar
Tickoo (original resident of Hugam, Distt.
Anantnag, Kashmir) and at present Lane
No. 06, Block No.27, Qtr. No.14, Jagti
Sh Sham Lal
Township, Nagrota, Jammu, who left for
his heavenly abode on 15-4-2015
(Wednesday) early morning. The 10th Day Kriya will be performed at Muthi Camp Bridge, near Directorate of School
Education, Jammu on 24-4-2015 (Friday) at 8.30 am.
Smt Sham Rani Tickoo -Wife
Daughters & Son-in-laws
Santosh and Ashok Kumar Wattal
Girja and Ashok Kumar Bhat
Grand Children;
Ashwani and Sunaina Wattal
Sheenu and Sameer Ji Bhat
Sunny, Vivek and Pooja
Bhabis & Parivar
Smt Prabhavati Tickoo W/o Late Sh Jai Lal Tickoo
Vijay and Kundan Lal Bhat
Smt Arundati Tickoo W/o Late Sh Niranjan Nath Tickoo
Mohan Lal and Usha Tickoo
Surinder and Daisy Tickoo
Ravi and Rosey Tickoo
Sanjay and Rachna Tickoo
Nancy and Roop Krishan Pandita
Usha and Ashok Talashi
Sunita and Behari Lal Dhar
Contact: 9419792613, 9419783664
With profound grief and sorrow,
we inform the sad demise of our
beloved sister Smt. Asha Ji W/o
Sh. Vijay Kumar Mawa of Bagati-Kanipura presently at Purkhu Smt. Asha Ji
Camp. Tenth Day will be performed at Gumpul Purkhu Camp
on Sunday the 26th April 2015 at
9 AM.
H.L Mattoo - Brother
Ashok Mattoo - Brother
Rakash Mattoo - Brother
Dileep Mattoo - Brother
Contact: 09911454945, 09540006166
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of Smt. Rani Devi
Sapru W/o Lt. Sh. Madan Mohan Sapru
originally from Safriyar Habba Kadal
Srinagar at present residing at Flat No. B309 Prateek Fedora Sec-61 Noida UP
(Delhi-NCR) on 17-Apr 2015. TENTH Smt. Rani Devi
DAY KRIYA will be at Murad-Nagar
Ganga Ghat on 26-Apr-2015 (Sunday) at
09 a.m. Assembly will be at B-309,
Prateek Fedora at 11 a.m.
Saprus- 09971208379, 09818419311, 09810013096, 09810389964
Dhars, Rawal’s, Kaul’s, Zutshi’s, Wali’s, Ticku’s, Bazaz’s
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our beloved Smt
Rupa / Permeshori W/o Late Sh Thakur
Dass Mian, originally R/o Seki-Daffar,
Safa-Kadal, Srinagar at present R/o
H.No.115, Suryavanshi Nagar, Lane
Smt Rupa /
No.1, behind JDA Qtrs. Lower Roop
Nagar Muthi, Jammu who expired on 1804-2015 at 4.30 a.m. Tenth Day will be
performed on 26-04-2015, Sunday at 8
am at Muthi Ghat near Dir. School Education.
Sons & Daughters-in-law
Smt Ranjana & Sh Gopi Krishen Mian
Smt Neha & Sh Romesh Mian
Daughters & Sons-in-law
Smt Bimla & Sh Roop K. Peer
Smt Nirja & Sh Avinash Aima
Smt Rita & Sh Pawan Jalali
Smt Pushpa & Sh Ram Krishen Raina -Brother
Smt Sarla & Sh Ashok Raina –Brother
M:- 9419203842
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our beloved mother Smt Prabhawati Pandita W/o Late Sh
Poshkar Nath Pandita R/o Drugmulla,
Kupwara, Kashmir A/p Lane No.07,
Block No. 34. Flat No.04, Jagti Colony,
Nagrota, Jammu on 18-04-2015. Tenth Smt Prabhawati
Day will be performed at Tawi behind
Sainik School Nagrota, Jammu on 27-42015 (Monday). Assembly will be held at our residence at
11.00 am. Mourning From Malun Side will be performed at
Lane No.09, Block No.47, Flat No.07. Jagti Colony, Jammu.
Sh Shadi Lal Pandita -Son
Smt Rajni Pandita -Daughter-in-law
Smt & Sh Chand Ji Pandita -Son & Daughter-in-law
Smt & Sh Krishan Ji Pandita -Daughter & Son-in-law
Smt & Sh Ashok Ji Bhan -Daughter & Son-in-law
Smt & Sh Bushan Lal Raina -Bhabi & Brother
Smt & Sh Badri Nath Raina -Bhabi & Brother
& Grand Children
Contact No. 8493874107, 9419723192
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our beloved Sh.
Hari Krishen Handoo S/o Late Sh.
Niranjan Nath Handoo of (Rainawari)
presently at H.No. 25, Sec -8 Trikuta
Nagar, Jammu who left for heavenly
abode on 19-04-2015. May his soul rest Sh. Hari Krishen
in peace. TENTH DAY KRIYA will be held
on 28th of April 2015 (Tuesday) at Shakti
Nagar Ghat Opposite A.G’s Office at 8:00 PM.
Nancy Handoo - Wife
Sister & Brother-in-law
Smt. Chuni & Sh. M.L Handoo
Smt. Rita & Sh. P.N Handoo - Bhabhi & Brother
Reena & Sunil Handoo - Daughter-in-law & Son
Sunita & Ramesh Raina - Daughter & Son-in-law
Raj & Jitender Raina - Daughter & Son-in-law
Karuna & Sanjay Tickoo - Daughter & Son-in-law
And Grand Children
Ph: 0191-2471795 Mob : 9796083040, 09818879191
With profound grief & sorrow, we regret to
inform the sad demise of our beloved
Prof. Gopi Nath Raina (Papa Ji) originally
from Jawahar Nagar & Rainawari,
Srinagar, Kashmir on 15th April 2015 at
Delhi. 10TH DAY KRIYA shall be performed on 24th April 2015 at Kashmiri Prof. Gopi Nath
Ghat Nigambod, Delhi at 8:00 AM.
Daughter & Son-in-law
Smt. Susheel & Sh. S.K. Gadoo
Daughter-in-law & Son
Smt. Anita & Sh. Rajendra Raina
Ms Rajni Raina -Daughter
Nidhi, Nikita, Sameer & Sakshi - Grand Children
DELHI - 110095
CONTACTS : 01122586392, 07838184467, 09968689900,
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform about the sad demise of our beloved
Smt Janak Rani (Buli) W/o Late Sh Janki
Nath Raina originally resident of Shivpura
(Kashmir) presently residing at H.No 50,
Lane No 2, Adrash Nagar Bantalab
Jammu on 21.04.2015. Tenth Day Kriya Smt Janak Rani
will be performed on 30.04.2015
(Thursday) at Muthi Ghat near Director
School Education Jammu at 8.30 AM.
Daughter & Son-in-law
Smt Kaki Koul & Sh A.K Koul
Sh N.L Razdan & Family (Najafgarh Delhi)
Smt Baby Mattoo & Sh Ashok Ji Mattoo (Rohini Delhi)
Smt Dolly & Sh Nana Ji Zutshi (Manorma Vihar Bohri)
Smt Sheela Bhau & Family (Rohini Delhi)
Amrita and Ashish Ticku (Faridabad)
Mobile: 09868537477, 011-2593235
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our beloved father Sh. Autar Krishen Bhat S/o Lt.
Madhev Joo Bhat on 16th of April,
2015. TENTH DAY will be performed
on 25th of April, 2015 at 9.00 a.m. Muthi Sh. Autar Krishen
Rakesh Kumar Bhat-Son 9797394440
Amit Kumar Bhat-Son 9419200299
Rattni Bhat-Wife 9858041079
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform the sad demise of our mother
Smt. Manmohini Toshkhani W/o Late
Sh. A.K. Toshkhani R/o Badiyaan Bala
Srinagar at present 3011-Sec 44-D
Chandigarh on 19th April 2015. Smt. Manmohini
TENTH DAY KRIYA will be performed
on 28th April 2015 at 9.00 a.m. at River
Gaggar near Nada Sahib Gurdwara
Mrs Nalni Toshkhani-Daughter-in-law
Mrs Vijaya Kak-Daughter
Mrs Pamita and Mr Suresh Misri-Daughter and Son-in-law
Mrs Kanchan and Mr K L Pandita-Daughter and Son-in-law
Grand Children : Dheemta, Falak, Vimal, Rachna, Tushar,
Aushutosh, Harsheta & Kohsheen
As already informed about the sad demise of our beloved Sh S M Reshi
(Assistant Divisional Manager, posted as
Manager Health LIC), leaving all of us in
the lurch, devastating us and inflicting
deep scars day In & day out. This is to furSh S M Reshi
ther inform all and sundry that 10th Day
Kriya will be performed at Akhnoor Ghat on
24-4-2015, Friday. Assembly will be held at House No. 83, Lane
No. 11 Swarn Vihar (Police Colony), Jammu at 10.30 AM.
Smt Raj Lakshmi -Mother
Smt Reeta Kumari -Wife
Asheesh & Shobna -Son & Daughter
Sh Vijay Mohan Reshi & Princy Reshi -Brother & Bhabi
Kuldeep Bakshi & Jyoti Bakshi -Brother-in-law & Sister
Smt Rani Kaul & Smt Ratna Handoo -Bua
Cell No. 9419787813, 9419195114
With profound grief, this is to inform about
the sad and untimely demise of my beloved
mother Smt. Krishna Koul W/o Late Sh.
Janki Nath Koul (Deciple of Swami Sed Bub
Ji) originally R/o Kanya Kadal, Srinagar on
16th April, 2015 at Jallandar. Mourning is
being observed at 349, Ist Lane (Sunil
Smt. Krishna
cheese Bhandar Lane), Sarwal Chowk,
Jammu. Tenth Day Kriya will be performed
on 25-04-2015 at Akhnoor. Assembly will be
held at 1100 Hrs at the above mentioned address.
Kanwal Krishan Koul -Son
Shehjaar Koul -Grand Daughter
All relatives and friends Mobile : 94191-81900
With profound grief & sorrow, we regret to inform that our beloved father Sh Kanya Lal
Gadroo S/o Lt Sh Janki Nath Gadroo R/o
1273 Sector- 8, Faridabad original resident
of Habba Kadal, Near Ganjoo House left for
heavenly abode on 20-4- 2015. Tenth Day
Kriya will be performed on 29th April 2015,
Sh Kanya Lal
Wednesday at 8.30 AM at Pallah Gath,
Opposite Kanisha Tower, Main Bypass
Road, Faridabad.
Sons & Daughters-in-Law
Mr Anil Gadroo & Mrs Shivani Gadroo
Mr Sunil Gadroo & Mrs Monika Gadroo
Miss Anjali Gadroo - Daughter
(Mob No: 09906514670, 09818415857, 0129-2245049
With profound grief and sorrow, we inform that Sh. Rugh Nath Pandita S/o Shiv
Ram originally R/o Batagund Handwara
presently at 77/2-A Roop Nagar Enclave
Jammu left for heavenly abode on 16-42015. TENTH DAY KRIYA will be performed at Muthi Ghar (Near Director
School Education Jammu) on 25-4 2015
at 8.00 a.m.
Smt. Kushlawati -Babi
Smt. Sarla Ji-Babi
Son’s & Daughter’s-in-law
Mrs & Mr M.K. Pandita 9906208021
H.K. Pandita 9910712835
Smt. Usha Pandita
Daughter’s & Son’s-in-law
Dulari & S.N. Pandita
Tosha & R.N. Kachru
Sh. Rugh Nath
Glimpses of Future
Enrich Dogri Literature:Governor
Releases “Dogri Ekanki” and Comic Books in Dogri
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
At a function held at the Raj
Bhavan here today, Mr. N.N.
Vohra, the Governor, released a
book titled “Dogri Ekanki” and
two comic books in Dogri language. The book and the two
comics have been translated and
published by the Dogri Sanstha,
Jammu, with financial support
from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi
Shrine Board. The Governor
congratulated the Dogri Sanstha
for bringing out a volume which
contained selected one-act Dogri
plays translated into Hindi. He
observed that the publication of
the Hindi version of well known
Dogri one-act plays would contribute towards the promotion of
Dogri language and make its literature known all over India and
beyond. The Governor advised
the Sanstha to explore the possibility of securing wider circulation of its publications, both
within and outside the State.
The volume of one-act plays
has been edited by Prof. Lalit
Magotra. The authors whose oneact plays have been translated
from Dogri to Hindi include Sh.
Chattrapal, Dr. Manoj, Sh.
Jatinder Sharma, Sh. Narinder
Khajuria, Dr. Om Goswami, Sh.
Raj Rahi, Sh. Jagdish Dubey, Sh.
Desh Bandhu Dogra Nutan, Sh.
Mohan Singh, Sh. N.D. Jamwal
and Sh. Madan Mohan Sharma.
Two comic books, which were also released at today’s function,
published on the format of Amar
Chitra Katha Publications, are on
‘Kabir’ which has been translated
in Dogri by Prof. Shashi Pathania
and ‘Jhansi Di Rani’ which has
Akhtar asks DCs to lead effort for
transforming Education System
Stresses on taking education as priority sector in Districts
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Highlighting the need to improve education system in the
Education, Naeem Akhtar asked
the Deputy Commissioners to
take education as a priority sector in their districts. He exhorted
upon them to adopt a proactive
approach for realizing the objective of transforming education
system and making J&K a real
knowledge society. The Minister
said this in an interaction held
with the Deputy Commissioners
of Jammu Division, CEOs and
Principals of DIET. The Minister
was accompanied by Minister of
State for Information, Education
and Culture, Priya Sethi.
Commissioner Secretary
Secretary Higher Education and
Director Education, Jammu
were also present in the meeting. The Minister asked the DCs
to identify and adopt at least one
school each in their respective
districts under the model school
concept and act as virtual administrator of the school. It
would help streamline the system and bring in the much needed change, Akhtar maintained.
The Minister asked the
Deputy Commissioners to
utilise their administrative acumen, resources and goodwill to
take new and innovative measures to help create an atmosphere of vibrancy and involve
school students and faculty in
various social activities in the
district. Youth festivals, Sports
events, cultural programmes,
competitions and other activities could be organised at intra
and inter district levels, the
Minister added.
Urging the DCs Akhtar said
“take this as a social responsibility and lead from the front to contribute in transforming the education system”. The Minister
said that regular visits by the DCs
to the identified model and other
schools in the cluster will improve punctuality and attendance in schools and ensure monitoring to achieve tangible results. With regard to infrastructural and land related issues the
Minister asked the DCs to resolve
these issues on priority.
GOF Staff Reporter
Srinagar, April 23:
been translated by Prof. Lalit
Magotra. On this occasion Dr. S.S.
Bloeria and Prof. Dr. Ved Ghai,
Members, Sri Mata Vaishno Devi
Shrine Board (SMVDSB), Katra;
Mr. P. K. Tripathi, Principal
Secretary to the Governor; Dr.
SMVDSB; Sh. M.K. Kumar,
Additional CEO, SMVDSB; Sh.
S.A. Laherwal, Director General,
Libraries; Sh. Pankaj Gupta,
Deputy CEO, SMVDSB; Sh.
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Expressing concern over
the plights of the paramedical
students of Govt and private inChenab
Student’s Association (CVSA)
pledged its fullest support and
will fight for the cause of paramedical students.
Talking to media persons
here today, State President
CVSA Mehran Anjum Mir said
J&K into a model state. The party leaders expressed confidence
in the political vision, administrative skill and experience of its
party president and hoped that
state will soon be out of the crisis
caused due to previous misgovernance and the system failure.
Leaders also exuded confidence that PDP will further enhance its strength and expand
its base through public participation under the dynamic leadership of Mehbooba Mufti.
The party will help generate
positive political activity and
consolidate on the mission of
peace, the leaders reiterated.
Those who were present included MLC Yasir Reshi, for
Ministers Qazi Mohammad
Afzal and Sofi Gh Mohiudin,
Chief Coordinator North Raja
Aijaz Ali and senior leaders
Bashir Ahmad Mir, Gh Nabi
Pandithpuri and others.
that paramedical students in
Government and private colleges especially students belonging to far flung area studying in
Jammu at hostels and private accommodations suffering a lot
due to faulty system of paramedical institutions in J&K. He said
that Health Services has no policy regarding conductance of exams forced students to suffer. He
added that training should be
within proper duration of time
and in addition to this, their ex-
ams and result should be out
with in a proper period of time.
He added that staying here
in Jammu for much time is out of
the budget of a common student,
So, CVSA have decided to struggle for them with every possible
efforts, till the demands will get
Other who were present in
press conference included
Waseem Sadaaq college president of IGES college, Mehboob
Hussain college president of
AMT school GMC Mohd Amin &
CCI-J cautions
Govt not to
misuse official
force or political
muscle power
GOF Staff Reporter
Srinagar, April 23:
An emergency meeting
was held at Chamber House in
the wake of announced
Jammu Bandh and Chaka
Jam on Friday to assess the situation after various political
people in the government
started calling the traders and
the industrialists asking them
to keep their business premises open and that they shall be
provided enough security and
political muscle power to ensure that the call for Jammu
Bandh is not effective.
Chamber of Commerce &
Industry clarified that we are
the business people who believe in peace and history being witness that Chamber has
always been positive at the
time of any crises but at the
same time Chamber cautioned
the government not to misuse
official force or political muscle power which would lead to
un-avoidable clashes resulting in loss of life and property.
The Chamber people will
walk through all the streets to
stage protest against the policies of the government in a
peaceful manner in support of
our demands, but if political
muscle power comes in the
way of peaceful protest the
Chamber is ready to give them
the befitting reply for which
the government shall be solely
Mohd Yassir and others
Rattan Parimaoo’s Retrospective Paintings Zero tolerance for discrimination
with Jammu; says Jammuites
Exhibition depicts nostalgic emotions
GOF Staff Reporter
GOF Staff Reporter
Rattan Parimoo, a celebrated art historian and painter of
the country was felicitated here
today by the Academy of art,
Culture and Languages in a
function organised in his honour at KL Saigal Hall, Jammu. A
short film on his life and works
was also shown which gave a
glimpse of his long journey as
artist and art historian.
Welcoming the distinguished
Academy said that the Academy
has proud privilege to felicitate
and highlight the works of celebrated artist of the country who
has its own style and genre and
his painting are filled with his
entrenched attachment with his
native land adding that his
paintings like Habba Kadal, Dal
Lake, Kashmiri family, Tongas
reflects his nostalgic emotions.
He further said that he has done
An emergency meeting of
various organizations was held
today at Hotel India Pride,
Below Gummat to chalk out the
strategy for success of April 24
bandh called by various traders,
political, social, and transports
organizations. The representatives of Jammu Development
Council, All Jammu Hotel &
Lodges Association, Jammu
Praytan Vikas Mandal, Jammu
Hotel, Bar & Restaurant
Association, Hotel & Restaurant
Association Khatian Talab,
General Bus Stand Traders &
Association Municipal Market,
Raghunat Bazaar Business
Association, All Jammu &
Kashmir Passengers’ Welfare
Association, Upper Gummat
Traders Association, JK Youth
Jammu, April 23:
Jammu, April 23:
Bali for collective efforts
to conserve natural resources
Kohli calls for
promoting eco-tourism
in Rajouri-Poonch
GOF Staff Reporter
RAJOURI, April 23:
Minister said that Government
will step up its efforts in this direction and involve all stakeholders in the campaign. He
called upon the NGOs, educational institutions, social and religious organizations to play
their role in this noble cause
and save the earth from further
damage. He said, he has already
issued instructions to the forest
authorities to take effective
measures to protect and promote the forests. He said the
Department was also contemplating to promote eco-tourism
in the potential areas, adding
that Poonch and Rajouri are
suitable for developing the ecotourism spots, said the Minister.
He congratulated the WWF
for its contribution towards conservation of natural resources
and environment in the State,
Mr. Bhagat said that the
Department will work out a
long-term strategy to involve
the organization in the campaign. He asked the functionaries of the WWF to spread their
activities in every nook and corner of the State to generate
awareness amongst the masses
about the importance of environment and saving the natural
Kohli in his address said
that Jammu and Kashmir is
blessed with rich natural heritage like mountains, lakes,
forests, fauna and flora which
are needed to be protected by
collective efforts. He stressed
upon the need for promoting
eco-tourism in the area . He
hailed the role of WWF for
awakening the masses about the
conservation of natural resources. Vibodh Gupta also
highlighted the importance of
Chhatarpal, President, Dogri
Sanstha, Jammu; Prof. Lalit
Sharma; Sh. Narinder Bhasin; Dr.
Jitendra Udhampuri; Prof.
Shashi Pathania; Dr. Manoj
Kumar Sharma; Dr. Om
Goswami; Sh. Raj Rahi; Sh.
Jagdish Dubey; Sh. Desh Bandu
Dogra ‘Nutan’; Sh. Mohan Singh;
Sh. N.D. Jamwal; Dr. Chanchal
Bhasin; and Dr. Rajesh Manhas
were also present.
PDP appreciates the concern of government for its immediate problems and the efforts
party leadership is putting in for
general relief and redressal. The
recent meeting of party president & MP Mehbooba Mufti with
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
and Union Ministers wherein
she has sought quick delivery of
funds to the state to provide succor to flood victims and infrastructure rebuilding will equip
the state with required finances.
The Party is hope full that state
government will meet the urgent demands arising out of
clamities and will also get into
the desired task of rebuilding.
The party extends full support to the government for implementation of party agenda on
economic development , politi-
cal resolution , fight against corruption and generation of employment.
Addressing a meetings of
senior party office bearers and
workers from North Kashmir
and Ganderbal district Party
general secretary Nizamudin
Bhat recalled the government
decision for constitution of a
ministerial team to oversee the
implementation of development
agenda envisaged in common
minimum programme of the
coalition. He said the decision
will help to synergize the administrative activity and will bring
harmony for effective execution
of government programmes.
The meeting decided to
gearup the PDP cadre in the entire state for making the party
more effective in setting a right
discourse for execution of PDP
agenda which it felt forms the
core agenda for transforming
CVSA vows to struggle for paramedical students
World Earth Day celebrated at Rajouri
To mark the World Earth
Day celebrations, Forest
Department in collaboration
with WWF (NGO), today organized an impressive function at
Minister for Forest,
Ecology & Environment &
Social Welfare, Mr. Bali Bhagat
was chief guest and Minister of
State for Transport, Rural
Development & Horticulture,
Mr. Abdul Gani Kohili was
guest of honor on the occasion.
MLC, Mr. Vibodh Gupta was also present on the occasion.
The programme began with
lighting of traditional lamp by
the Ministers and followed by
debate and slogan writing competitions held for the school
children on the theme of ‘save
the earth from the impact of pollution through different means’.
The WWF also screened a
film on degradation of environment, forests and increasing
pollution and its impact on the
life of human beings and other
living creatures on the earth.
Speaking on the occasion,
Mr. Bhagat highlighted the importance of the day and said that
a collective effort is needed to
save the earth and other natural
resources from further destruction. He said only Government
efforts cannot work, but every
stakeholder has to contribute
for this noble cause by rising
above from his/her personal interests. He expressed anguish
over the constant degradation of
environment, damage to the
forests, illegal mining and encroachments around the rivers,
lakes and said these are some of
the activities which are disturbing the environment.
Calling for a massive
awareness campaign to educate
the masses about the conservation of environment and saving
the natural resources, the
PDP appreciates Mehbooba’s Role
& Govt concern for public welfare
conserving the natural resources to make Earth a beautiful planet to live. He said natural
resources are essential for life
and all out efforts should be
made to protect these. He
stressed the need for educating
the masses, school children
about the importance of environment protection and its impact on the planet. He congratulated the Forest Department and
WWF for organizing this informatics function.
Several Speakers including, Principal Chief
Conservator of Forest, Mr. A.K.
Singh, WWF Chief Functionary,
Dr. Pankaj Chandan also spoke
on the occasion and threw light
on the importance of the day.
They called for a pledge by all to
make collective efforts to save
the planet from degradation.
On the occasion, the
Mr.Bhagat distributed prizes
among the school children who
excelled in the competitions. He
also distributed Mobile Phone
sets among the Forest Guards.
The Mobile sets are equipped
with special Applications which
will help them to perform their
duty in more professional and
effective manner.
Others present on the occasion were Chief Wildlife
Warden, Mr. Deepak Khanna,
Chief Conservator of Forest, Mr.
Asif M. Sagar, Transport
Commissioner, Ms. Dilshada
Khan, Managing Director, JK
SRTC, Mr. J.S. Tondon, Director
Horticulture, Mr. Anil Sharma,
General Managar, SRTC, Mr.
R.S. Jamwal, Additional DC,
Rajouri, Mr. Salim Malik and local leaders, Mr. Kuldeep Raj,
Mr. Bharat Bushan and Mr.
K.K. Langer.
pioneering work in the state in
association with Hasan Raza,
S.N.Bandre etc.
Parimaoo, son of the soil, is
reckoned as one of the most
prominent art historians and
painters in modern India. The
genre and style that is reflected
through his paintings cannot be
bracked. He floats smoothly
from one form to manifestation
o another. Rattan Parimo was
born in Haba Kadal Srinagar
and has served as the Faculty of
Fine Arts MS University Baroda
in1955. Has written over 20
books on different topics and
Aadarsh Bhartiya
Samaj celebrated
World Book Day
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Aadarsh Bhartiya Samaj a
Social Volunteer Organisation
working to promote education,
environment and Nation hood
among the general masses and
students community in particular celebrated ‘World Book
Day’ at Bhour Camp Jammu
with the message ‘Purchase
Book, Read Book and Donate
Book to educate each one’.
Members of Aadarsh Bhartiya
Samaj spread the message –
Educate the general masses to
have the educated Society.
It is pertinent to mention
here that Aadarsh Bhartiya
Samaj is running a mobile
Library for last 25 years in the
locality. On the occasion Mrs
Madhurima Kaul and Mrs Arti
Kohli donated the books to the
school going children.
contributed over hundred research oriented articiles in leading magazines of the country.
His paintings adorend walls of
famous art galleries in the country as well as in abroad.
The prominent figures present include GR Hasrat Gadda,
ND Jamwal, Moti Lal Kemmu,
OP Sharma, Young burman,
Suman Gupta, Rohit Sharma,
and a galaxy of writers, poets
and artists including students of
Music and fine Arts College. The
proceedings were conducted by
Dr. Shahnawaz, Editor cum cultural officer, Gojri.
Sharnarthi Action Committee,
Gummat Stairs Association and
Forum attended the meet besides social personalities.
During the meeting the
members in one voice extended
their all support for making the
Jammu bandh as a successful
and complete bandh to register
their protest against the discrimination.
The members said that people of Jammu are mentally prepared for zero tolerance in the
case of decimation with Jammu
in any field especially in employment opportunities, allotment of
funds, development, education
field and health sector including
AIIMs for Jammu. We are fully
confident that bandh call given
for April 24 will be a successful
bandh as the issues are related
to everybody.
This is just start of movement initiated by people of
Jammu and so the members
opined that may be a long distance has to be covered for attaining our object. The members
resolved that they will not stop
the movement till the target not
The members also appealed
all the political, social, traders
and transporters organizations
to come on one platform to
achieve the target, The members
also urged the different organizations to sink their personal differences for the greater cause of
Jammu and all the persons have
to come above the personal interest, benefit or ego. Signifying the
importance of this movement,
the members said that BJP and
PDP too could not effort to oppose this movement because
both the parties have contested
the elections on the plank of
equality and justice for all the
three regions. Any political party or in individual capacity will
oppose this move, which will
lead to its/his decimation.
NSUI holds protest against new Govt’s recruitment policy
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Boycotting their classes,
several students of jammu university under the banner of
NSUI led by Ajay Kumar, national delegate, NSUI, J&K today approached the main gate of
Jammu University in shape of a
huge rally and blocked the ever
busy road over the recently introduced employment policy by
PDP-BJP coalition government.
Several senior NSUI leaders
were present on the occasion including fairoz khan,abhishek
dogra,nishant gupta, suny parihar, zafar, sudanshu, sachin
Sharma, aman thappa, ranjodh
singh, pankaj rajput, gautam
choudhary, aftab zakhir keen
were also seen flanked to ajay
kumar in the protest demonstration. Addressing the print-cumelectronic media,ajay kumar
said that the present coalition
government has hanged all the
youth of jammu and Kashmir
brutally by introducing such a
policy.the youth of state has
been already plunged into darkness by several calamities
whether natural or man made
which may include recently
floods ,terrorism, cross border
firing but the daring youth of
state faced all those calamities
on their chest with bravery but
this policy has come like a bolt
from the blue for all the youth of
state. Adding to this, ajay kumar
said that people had many expectations from modi led government but all water has been
spread on all such expectations
by the introduction of such policies. Aman Thappa, senior
NSUI leader said that people of
jammu region had voted heavily
voted for BJP but keeping the
sentiments of people at platform,
BJP compromised on several issues like grant of AIIMS to
jammu which clearly detects
that the hunger level of BJP for
the sake of power is very high
and the mandate of people and
pre-election promises have no
value for them. Further, Ajay
Kumar said that Dr. Jitendar
Singh in an interview said that
the coalition is just an instrument for the good governance of
Jammu and Kashmir but introduction of such anti-youth policies clearly figures out the signs
of good governance and will be a
main reason for the transfer of
talented youth to foreign countries as they will not be able to
earn even bread and butter by
the salary which is being given
in the jobs of state government of
Jammu and Kashmir and in to-
day’s world ,there are several accessories which are mandatory
for life and can’t be attained
through such meager cum low
payable jobs.
This policy is a poison for
the highly qualified youth of
state and will irrigate the culture of corruption which is already on the peak in state. He
further warned the mufti led
government that if this policy is
not revoked at an early hour, the
agitation will be aggressive dayby-day.
HSS expresses concern over imposition of service PDP-BJP Coalition Govt
tax on private hospitals & nursing homes
failed on all fronts: Sasan
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Hindustan Shiv Sena (HSS)
president Vikrant Kapoor and
Gen Secretary GI Singh expressed grave concern over the
attitude of the coalition Govt
and the budget 2015-16 presented
regarding the imposition of
service tax on private hospitals
and nursing homes.
Talking to media persons
here today, they described the
service tax on private hospitals
and nursing homes is totally anti
people instead of giving financial
relief and other benefits further
burdens patients. Patients go to
private hospitals because govt
hospitals are overcrowded lacking essential facilities and can-
not take care of serious and critical patients. Most of the equipments in Govt. Hospitals are not
in working order. Virtually private medical centres are reducing burden of govt hospitals service tax imposed by the govt is directly effecting patients not nursing homes. There is no such fax
in the entire country. Hindustan
Shiv Sena demanded immediate
withdrawal of service tax.
Hindustan Shiv Sena also criticized present Govt for their decision of shifting of AIIMS to valley
from Jammu, subsequently Smt.
Sushma Swaraj the Union
Health Minister laid down the
foundation of AIIMS at Jammu,
which was later being confirmed
by Sh. Arun Jaitely now Finance
Minister in his budget speech on
28th Feb,2015 and endorsed by
the MOS Dr. Jitender Singh. He
further said that Hindustan Shiv
Sena does not oppose establishment of AIIMS at Srinagar but
Jammu must get AIIMS like centre conceded demand of two central universities at Jammu and
Kashmir. Kashmir still have reputed and prestigious institute
like Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of
College and SMHS Hospital but
Jammu is for behind so far the
medical facilities are concerned.
So there is strong justification for
the establishment of AIIMS at
Hospital is totally defunct because lack of equipment and
staff. Hindustan Shiv Sena
strongly demands immediate
withdrawal of service tax in private hospitals and establishment
if AIIMS at Jammu. In this connection Hindustan Shiv Sena also announces the Jammu Bandh
on 24th April and appeal general
public to observe bandh fir the
cause of Jammu. Other prominent leaders who were present
were Youth President Vinay
Gupta, Senior Vice President
Rajan Gupta, Dinesh Mahajan,
Rohit Singh Bhau and others.
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
To discuss political situation prevailing in the State an
emergency meeting under the
Chairmanship of S.Gurdeep
Singh Sasan Chief Patron of the
Amalgamate was held here today.
Addressing the meeting
Gurdeep Singh Sasan castigated PDP-BJP coalition Govt. for
its failure on all the fronts. He
said that the present dispensation in the State is playing divisive politics and is being least
bothered about the well being of
the people. Sasan strongly
flayed the BJP for its insensitive
attitude towards providing basic medicare facilities in
Jammu and instead of establishing another AIIMS at Kashmir,
it shifted the AIIMS from
Jammu to Srinagar.
He said that it is fundamental right of every citizen of the
State to get better health care facilities. Due to opportunistic
policies of BJP the people of
Jammu feel cheated and dejected. The so called paragon of pro-
gressive politics and custodian
of Jammuities have backstabbed and cheated the people
and are playing retrogrative
politics by adopting, anti poor,
anti youth and anti former policies to remain in power have
shown their face and has
changed color like chameleon.
The meeting strongly urged the
central Govt. to immediate announce AIIMS for Jammu.
Sasan further condemned
the Sinister recruitment policy
of J&K which he said is a cruel
joke and have been framed with
malafide institution to make
backdoor appointments. The
meeting urged the govt. to immediately roll back this discriminatory policy.
To enjoy the power and to
remain in power the BJP deceived the people of Jammu and
the people of State are now realizing the bitter truth. Mr. Sasan
urged the BJP coalition Govt. to
immediately disburse the onetime economical relief package
recommend by Jb. Omar
Abdullah Govt. to Central
He further said that state
Govt. has failed on all front.
Glimpses of Future
Naeem appreciates educational endeavours
of Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust
Lays foundation of IT Centre
at K B Public School
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Minister for Education Naeem
Akhtar today said the socio-economic
development of all sections of the society
including Gujjar community is priority
of the Government, adding all efforts are
being for their welfare.
The Minister said this after laying
foundation stone of Information
Technology Centre at K B Public Higher
Secondary School, run by Gurjar Desh
Charitable Trust (GDCT) Jammu. He
said there is urgency of transforming
the education system in the State and
asked the teaching fraternity to work
with dedication and make it a mission to
achieve literacy targets and motivate
students to work hard for overall development of the society.
Director School Education, Jammu,
Simrandeep Singh, Patron in Chief GD-
CT, Masud Ahmed Chaudhary, and other representatives of the organisation
were present on the occasion. The
Minister interacted with the staff and
the students of the school.
He also inspected the school premises including labs, classrooms, Girls
Hostel and Smart Class established by
the school. He appreciated the efforts
of the school management in maintaining high standards of education and
congratulated them for having
achieved new heights in enrolment
and better results. On the instructions
of the Minister some students from mobile primary school, Lakker Mandi
were also invited to witness the smart
class and have a first-hand exposure to
the new academic atmosphere. The
Minister said that such endeavours
will help generate awareness among
students across all communities.
The Minister also took a round of the
Government is committed
to modernize the armed
forces: Manohar Parrikar
exhibition organised in connection with
Earth Day and evinced keen interest in
the models prepared by the students. He
appreciated the efforts of the students.
Later a colourful cultural programme
was also presented by the students.
Later, addressing a large gathering
comprising representatives of the Gurjar
Desh Charitable Trust, staff and students
of the school and members of the Gujjar
community, the Minister said it is important that the students who are the future
of the society remain connected to their
traditions and culture, adding that they
could play an important role in the development of the Gujjar community in particular and the society on the whole.
The Minister appreciated the endeavours of GDCT for the development of the community, especially in
promotion of education through K. B.
Public School. He said Government
would make all efforts for the develop-
Jammu, April 23:
New Delhi, April 24:
Manohar Parrikar has said that
the Government is committed to
provide allsupport towards modernisation of the Armed Forces.
Addressing the Annual Unified
Commanders’ Conference for
Tri-Services Commanders in
New Delhi today, he said that
there is a need to exercise financial prudence and optimize all
available resources. Parrikar
said though the technology is important for modern warfare, it is
ultimately the morale and motivation of our brave soldiers,
sailors and Air Warriors which
should be a major focus area for
all the commanders.
The Defense Minister also
commended the armed forces
for their devotion to duty and the
stellar role played by them in
safeguarding the country's unity and integrity. He concluded
his address with homage to all
valiant Soldiers, Sailors and Air
Warriors for their supreme sacrifice in honour of the Nation.
Earlier, Chief of the
Integrated Defence Staff to
Chairman Chiefs of Staff
Committee (CISC) Air Marshal PP
Reddy presented a report covering
major achievements on key TriServices issues. On this occasion,
the Chairman Chiefs of Staff
Committee & Chief of Air Staff and
Service Chiefs also addressed the
conclave highlighting the major
issues pertaining to their respective services. During the daylong
conference, key security issues facingthe Nation and important strategic, operational, logistical, administrative aspects pertaining to TriServices were deliberated upon.
Commanders' Conference (UCC)
for Tri-Services Commanders
was organised under the aegis of
Defence Staff. Minister of State
for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh,
National Security Advisor Shri
Ajit Doval, Chief of Air Staff Air
Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief
of Naval Staff Admiral RK
Dhowan, Chief of Army Staff
General Dalbir Singh, Defence
Secretary Shri RK Mathurand
other senior officials of Services
and Ministry of Defence were
present in the conference.
A five member delegation of
Baba Amarnath and Buda
Amarnath (BABA) Yatri Niyas,
led by Mr. Surinder Agarwal,
met Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor,
here at Raj Bhavan. The delegation submitted a memorandum
Warm Send off
given to SDPO
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
A warm send off was
given by Sh. Suram Singh,
SP Railways Jammu to
Surinder Kumar Sharma,
SDPO Railways Vijaypur
on his transfer as SDPO
Domana at GRP Lines
Jammu. The said Dy.SP
was appreciated for the
role played by him during
his posting at GRP
Jammu and was wished
best for his future career.
Chander, Ashraf review functioning of JKEDI
Ask management to lay more focus on rural youth
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
The Minister for Industries
Parkash today reviewed the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir
Institute (JKEDI) at a meeting
with its management. The
Minister of State for I&C, Power,
Housing & Urban Development,
Mohammad Ashraf Mir was also
present. The Director JKEDI, Dr
M I Parray gave a detailed resume
of the activities and objectives of
the Institute. He also listed the
achievements made by the institute to meet its objective ‘to create
and nurture an overall enabling
environment for the development
of entrepreneurship in the state. ’
The Director said that the
Institute is focusing on to maintain and constantly improve as a
through cross – cutting approaches of awareness, Training,
Finance, Consultancy and investment in entrepreneurship education and research. Presenting the
details of the strategic goals set by
the Institute, he said community
mobilization, Education and
Training go side by side in the
scheme of its working. Listing
the achievements under various
schemes, Director said that
10,052 candidates have been
trained under the Seed Capital
Fund Scheme (SCFS) in last five
years, while 3632 candidates
have been provided Seed Capital
amounting to Rs 124.00 crore. He
said that the Institute has
trained 1014 candidates under
Himayat Self Employment
Scheme during last year and also
financed 58 of them.
The Ministers, while seeking details of activities of the institute in rural areas, stress on
laying more focus on motivation
of rural youth towards entrepreneurship, particularly in those
ventures for which they could
find the raw material locally.
Chander Parkesh also asked
for expanding the area of coverage with regard to training of
youth by covering inaccessible
and far flung areas of the state.
Ashraf Mir called upon the management to take regular reviews
of the ventures set up with the assistance of the Institution till it is
properly established and start
earning good returns.
Constitutes panel to mobilize
staff for district level projects
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
ment of the Gujjar Community and ensure that their traditions and environment are preserved.
Gujjars form an important community of the state and their input to the
economy and culture has been im-
mense and steps would be taken so that
the benefits of progress reach them, the
Minister added. Later, the Minister distributed prizes among the meritorious
students and also released the School
Magazine “Sitaron Se Age”.
BABA Yatri Niyas delegation meets Governor
GOF Staff Reporter
Haq Khan reviews
functioning of IWMP
and discussed various issues relating to the forthcoming Yatras
of Shri Amarnathji and Buda
Amarnathji. The Niyas requested the Governor for a large number of Langars being allowed to
be set up in Shri Amarnathji
Yatra area. The delegation also
sought the support of the
Governor, who is Chairman of
the Shri Vaishno Devi Shrine
Board, for the construction of a
Yatri Bhawan at Rajouri for providing round-the-year facilities
to the Buda Amarnathji Yatries.
The Governor assured the delegation that the Chief Executive
Officers of the Shri Amarnathji
Shrine Board (SASB) and Shri
Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board
shall early examine their suggestions. Other members of the BABA
Yatri Niyas delegation included
Mr. Karan Singh Charak, Mr.
Rajesh Gupta, Mr. Sudershan
Khajuria and Mr. Shakti Dutt
Sharma. Mr. P. K. Tripathi,
Principal Secretary to Governor
and Chief Executive Officer of the
SASB attended the meeting.
The Minister for Rural
Development Department
and Panchayati Raj, Abdul
Haq Khan reviewed the
achievements under
Integrated Watershed
Management Programme
(IWMP) at an officers meeting
here. The Minister asked the
concerned authorities to mobilize staff within the department to provide fulltime manpower required for effective
implementation of IWMP
projects in each district. In
this regard, he constituted a
committee which would recommend the deployment of
staff with the project from
District Rural Development
Agency (DRDA). The
Committee was given one
week time to submit a detailed
report after getting the requirements from the concerned Project Managers of
IWMP. The Minister also
asked the authorities to furnish details of funds and expenditure under different departmental schemes so that
the state government could
pursue the release of installments and funds for effective
The Minister had a detailed review of Integrated
Watershed Management
Programme in the State. He
was briefed that a perspective
plan of Rs 2300 crore is under
implementation in the State
under Integrated Water
Management Programme
(IWMP) for treating 15.33 lakh
hectares of the land from 2011-
IVF submits report on ‘Save The Trikuta Mountains’
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Foundation (IVF) submitted report on Save The Trikuta
Campaign to Professor S.K. Jain,
Katra. This bi-annual awareness
campaign was jointly organized
by IVF and Shri Mata Vaishno
Devi University in March and
October, 2014.
Accordingly a rally of 100
students and volunteers from
SMVDU and IVF actively participated and marched towards
Bhavan wherein they educated
the tourists, shopkeepers, locals,
etc about the harmful effect of
polythene bags and plastic products. The report is based on the
observations of the participants
which reveals that irresponsible
attitude from the part of tourists,
shopkeepers, locals viz. throwing plastic products, chips wrappers and other disposable items
in the deep gorges of mountains,
etc continue to worse the conditions of these beautiful Trikuta
Mountains. The report reads that
there is dire need to make use of
bins, their proper disposal and
regular awareness program
should be organized at regular
interval of time in order to educate public to keep Trikuta
Mountains clean, green and plastic free. They recommended ban
on the use of polythene from
Darshini Darwaza to Bhawan
and impose heavy fine on its violation. IVF also stress on placing
hoardings highlighting “Do not
Joint teams to assess
crop damages in Udh
GOF Staff Reporter
Udhampur, April 23:
A joint meeting of officers
and field functionaries of
Department was held under the
Chairmanship of Tehsildar
Majalta, Aamir Choudhary at
Tehsil Office, Majalta today. The
meeting was attended by
Agriculture Extension Officer,
Majalta, Dr. Vinay Jandyal, Naib
Majalta, Naib
Tehsildar Deot and
Tehsildar Mansar and all the field
officials of both the departments.
In the meeting stress was
laid upon all the field functionaries for strict compliance of
standing orders and other circu-
lars related to Girdawari .
A joint team of concerned
JAEO’s and Patwaris was constituted who will visit spots
FardRaftaar/Tour Diary enabling the people to know in advance about the movement of officials for the said purpose. Field
officials of both the departments
were also instructed to carry
out Crop Cut Experiment strictly in compliance with instructions issued in this regard . The
joint teams of both the departments led by Tehsildar Majalta
& AEO also visited fields at
Majalta, Satrari, Poni and interacted with the inhabitants and
listened to their grievances and
difficulties faced.
Use Polythenes/ Save The
Trikuta Clean and Green”, etc at
public places in Katra for maximum public awareness. The report reads that media can play an
effective role in sensitizing the
public against the use of polythene to preserve the natural
Mountains which is an abode of
Maa Vaishno Devi Ji . Prof. S.K.
Jain, VC, SMVDU appreciated
the efforts of IVF and review
their other humanitarian works.
He assured full support in future
endeavours of IVF. The report
was submitted by Kiran Kumar
Sharma, social worker and
Chairman IVF and Anil Kumar,
Executive Member, IVF in the
presence of Sh. Vinod Sharma,
BJP nominates Mahasampark Abhiyan
District Pramukh, Seh Pramukh
Jammu, April 23:
BJP Kissan Morcha State
President Karan Singh, who has
been bestowed with the additional
duty as State Pramukh, Maha
Sampark Abhiyan and State
Secretary Er. Ghulam Ali
Kharana as Seh-Pramukh, in consultation with State President
Jugal Kishore Sharma and State
General Secretary (Org) Ashok
Kaul, nominated district wise
Pramukh and Seh-Pramukh for
Mahasampark Abhiyan.Vikram
Randhawa has been nominated as
Jammu district Pramukh, Prof.
Sham Gupta as Seh-Pramukh,
Sanjay Baru as Jammu West
Pramukh, Jeet Angral as Seh
Pramukh, Ajeet Singh as Jammu
Rural Pramukh, Babu Ram as SehPramukh, Jagdish Bhagat as
Akhnoor Pramukh, Pawan Gupta
as Seh-Pramukh, Parshotam
Sharma as R.S. Pura Pramukh,
Vijay Saini as Seh-Pramukh,
Jangveer Singh as Samba
Pramukh, Keshav Sharma as Seh
Pramukh, Capt. Som Dutt as
Sunderbani Parmukh, Mattu Khan
as Seh- Pramukh, Varun Chandan
as Rajouri Pramukh, Bashir Bhat as
Seh-Pramukh, Pradeep Sharma as
Rajouri Pramukh, Julfakar Khan
as Seh-Pramukh, Shashi Paul
(Adv.) as Kathua Pramukh, Suresh
Gupta as Seh-Pramukh, Ramesh
Sharma as Udhampur Pramukh,
Radhey Shyam as Seh-Pramukh,
Sat Pal Sharma as Reasi Pramukh,
Keshav Singh as Seh-Pramukh,
Shashi Goswami as Ramban
Pramukh, Shawkat Iqbal as SehPramukh, Swami Raj Sharma as
Doda Pramukh, Manjit Razdan as
World Earth Day: MVIS Yashpaul Nirmal honored by Brahama Kumari Ashram Akhnoor
pledges to Go Green
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Environmental stewards
and nature’s caretakers, no matter what your label of choice,
helping others learn about becoming more Earth Friendly is
the mission. That mission becomes reality during the activities of Earth Day, which culminates on April 22 Every year. So,
being the part of the mission MV
International School celebrated
two days campaign in its school
premises on the occasion of
“World Earth Day”. The school
organized ‘Collage’ and ‘Poster
Making Competitions’ for the
various age groups. Students
participated with full enthusiasm and draw their imaginations and aspirations in the form
of poster and collage. Second day,
the students of MV International
School ran the cleanliness campaign. They promise to themselves to keep the surroundings
and their own school clean.
The Principal Mr. K L Dogra
briefed the students about the upcoming situation of the earth and
measures how on to save our own
mother earth. The Director of the
school Mr. Gourav Abrol declared
open, the cleanliness campaign and
took pledge from the students of
MVIS to maintain the dignity of the
mother Earth. The students tied
“Go Green” badges to the Principal
and Director of the School. The
Chairman of the school Shri Hira
Lal Abrol appreciated the efforts of
the faculty of MVIS for making
their students aware of everything.
Later, everybody witnessed the
posters and collages made by the
children on the occasion and astonished with creativity and tag lines
mentioned by the students.
12. It was informed in the
meeting that the Department
of Land Resources
Government of India has also
approved Rs 979 crore for all
the districts of the State.
The Minister directed all
the field level officers to carry
on the projects in the manner
mode with more zeal and dedication so that the benefit
reaches to the people at grassroots level in the identified
projects areas. He instructed
them to keep a strict vision on
quality and quantity of the
works being executed by them
as per the guidelines. Asked
them to involve Gram Sabha
in all activities being carried
out under IWMP.
Haq Khan said that he
will be inspecting all the districts of the state to gear up the
pace of works and also build
up the confidence among the
people living in these project
areas so that they have a real
feeling of administration and
proper governance.
The Chief Executive
Officer of the State Level
Nodal Agency (SLNA) Dr.
Ghulam Hassan Shah gave a
detailed resume of the activities of the programme
through a power point presentation. Besides, Technical
Experts Dr. Naqash,
Agriculture Department,
Engineer G.M.Dar,
Hydraulic, Dr. Iftikha
Ahmad, Rural Management
and Dr. Mithas Ahmad GIS,
Project Managers of Kashmir
and Jammu Divisions,
Project Officers of DRDA and
senior officers of RDD attended the meeting.
Having established recognition as
Poet, short Story writer, Play writer,
Translator, critics and Cultural activist
Yashpaul Nirmal Honored by Brahama
Kumari Ashram, Akhnoor on being
Awarded with the Prestigious Sahitya
Akademi Award for Translation for the
year 2014 for his Book Mian Deedo
Translation of Original Punjabi Play
Deedo Jamwal written by Kripa Sagar and
Published in 1934 from Lahore.
Bahan Brahama Kumari Asha jee
honored him at Dadi Chanderamani Hall,
Brahama Kumari Ashram, Akhnoor. In
her address she blessed Mr. Yashpaul
Nirmal and prayed to Almighty God for
his success in each and every field in future life. Born in 1977 in a border village
Ghari Bishna in Tehshil Akhnoor,
District Jammu he attained his Masters
Degree in Dogri in 2004 and M. Phil. in
Dogri Language in 2007 from Jammu
University. He has passed SLET in Dogri
Language in 2005 from Jammu University
and has also NET examination in Dogri
language held by University Grants
Commission in 2006. He has knowledge of
equal command even in s Digri, Hindi,
Punjabi, English and Urdu Language. He
started his career as a Private School
teacher and shifted his profession as correspondent in Dainik Jagran and Amar
Ujala. In 2007, he was appointed as Guest
Lecturer in Dogri Language and
Linguistics in Northern Regional
Language Centre, Patiala (a Regional centre of Central Institute of Indian
Languages, Mysore) for teaching Dogri as
second language to the Teachers and
Scholars from different States of the country. After having rendered a service of
three years, he was appointed as Research
Assistant in Dogri Dictionary in the J & K
Academy of Art, Culture and Languages
in 2009. He started his writing in 1994 and
in 1995 started translation work with the
translation of Shree Madbhagwat Puraan
in Dogri Language. In 1996 a booklet of his
Dogri poems entitled ANMOL JINDARI
published and till now there are 22 books
in different Genres of Literature are at his
credit. Among these 22 books, four books
are of translation in which Dogri transla-
tion of Kripa Sagars Punjabi play DEEDO
JAMWAL which had been published in
Lahore in 1934, MIAN DEEDO (2011),
Punjabi to Dogri translation of Dr. Susheel
Sharmas Research work Devi Puja Vidhi
Vidhan: Samaj Sanskritik Adhyayan in
2013, Co-translation of Prof. S.S. Chheenas
Punjabi Memoirs into Dogri in 2014 and
co-translation of Biography of Lala Jagat
Narayan in 2015 is included. The other
prominent books are collection of articles
on folk-lore entitled LOK-DHARA in 2007,
Bus Toon Gai Toon Ain a collection of
Dogri poems in 2008, Dogri Script,
Phonetics and Vocabulary AO Dogri
Sikhchae in 2008, Dogri Vyakaran in 2009,
Dogro Bhasha Te Vyakaran in 2011, Dogri
Script Book in 2011, and collection of articles entitled Dus Lekh in 2014 etc.
Yashpaul Nirmal has been associated
with a number of literary and cultural
Magazines of State as well as of National
Level and giving his valuable editorial advices to these Magazines. Prominent
among these are Dogri Magazines SOCH
SADHNA and Dogri Anusandhan and
Hindi Magazine Amar Setu. Yashpaul
Nirmal has been decorated with a number
of prizes and honors in recognition of his
remarkable service in the field of literature, culture and social setup. Among
Samman(2004), Jammu Kashmir Rattan
Award(2010), Duggar Pardesh Yuva
Sangathan Samman(2011), Leela Devi
Memorial Award(2012), and Maharaja
Ranbir Singh Award(2013) are prominent.
Sahitya Akademi Awarded book Mian
Deedo is a translation of Punjabi play entitled Deedo Jamwal written by Kripa Sagar
and published in 1934 in Lahore. The plot of
play based on the history of Duggar
(Jammu) from 1810 to 1820 and the struggle
of Mian Deedo. Mian Deedo was the
Legend of Duggar and Dogra community.
The translation of this book is of highly literary merit. The Dogri translation of this
book has been considered as an important
contribution to the Indian Literature.
Among others Prominent who presented
on the occasion were O P Shakir, Rattan
Bhardwaj, Kewal Kumar kewal, Rishi
Kavi, Jugal Chanan, Ashok Kumar,
Rashpal Verma, Prof. O P Bhagat, Roshan
Bral Roshan, Smt. Ganga, Jyoti Sharma
and Brahma Kumari Neelam Jee.
Seh-Pramukh, Tariq Keen as
Kishtwar Pramukh, Dev Raj Sen as
Seh-Pramukh, Gulam Nabi Dar as
Anantnag Pramukh, Avtar Singh
as Pulwama Pramukh, Javed Qadir
as Shopian Pramukh, Mushtaq
Noorabadias Kulgam Pramukh,
Darkshna Andrabi as Srinagar
Pramukh, Ashok Bhat as SehPrabhari, Ali Mohd. as Budgam
Pramukh, Nazir Ahmed Raina as
Ganderbal Pramukh, D.D Singh
as Baramulla Pramukh, Abdul
Rehman Lone as Kupwara
Pramukh, Ishfaq-ul-Rehman
Tikri as Seh-Pramukh, Des
Kumar Nehru as Bandipora
Pramukh, Abdul Rehman Tikri
as Seh-Pramukh, Dorjey Mutup
as Leh Pramukh, Tenzing Galik
as Seh-Pramukh, Mohd. Ali as
Kargil Pramukh and Stanzin
Lokpa as Seh-Pramukh.
Hardware firm
penalized for
hiding MRP; LMD
imposes fine of
Rs 8000
GOF Staff Reporter
Srinagar April 23:
A hard-ware firm namely
Arosons Industries was penalized by the Legal Metrology department for violating the labeling norms. The Legal Metrology
Officer during a surprise inspection of a retailer at Hawal
Chowk found package of pipefittings (Elbows/Tees) of the
aforesaid firm with a sticker
hiding the original price with a
exaggerated price. Under Legal
Commodities) Rules, 2011 the
MRP once fixed by a manufacturer cannot be even altered by
the manufacturer itself. The
original price printed on the label was Rs. 30/- which was replaced by Rs. 79/- by a sticker.
A fine of Rs. 8,000/- was imposed on the firm and was directed to strictly adhere to the
labeling norms as envisaged under Legal Metrology Packaged
Commodities) Rules, 2011
Glimpses of Future
Private schools say hard days
ahead of Education Sector
Bali inaugurates Rs. 89 lakh
projects in forest complex Janipur
Says Govt committed
to create better
facilities in offices
‘Official corruption, lack of relief and innovation killing it’
GOF Staff Reporter
Srinagar, April 23:
The Private Schools United
Front (PSUF) has heavily criticized the state government for
not coming to rescue of flood affected private schools and students, which has created a dangerous imbalance in the entire
education sector.
The front said that the education sector is at the prime of
crisis following last years floods
and the government attitude in
its aftermath. “It is perhaps the
worst situation in the sixty years
of history of private education in
Kashmir. Some of us have to literally start from zero if we wish
to continue,” said G N Var president PSUF at the largest ever
conference of private schools of
North Kashmir organized at
SRM Welkin Education Institute
Sopore. “On one hand government has failed to provide even a
penny of compensation and on
the other hand High Court has
asked all flood affected and nonflood affected schools to waive
two months fee. It is hard to
make our ends meet.”
The conference, which was
attended by all major schools of
North Kashmir and many educational institutes from Srinagar
too, was held to come out with a
strategy to deal with the current
situation The front said that
thousands of people have lost the
jobs and many schools are on the
brink of closure. “Government
has no policy for education sector. Thousands of youths have
lost their livelihood and it is a
bitter truth that some of our own
schools are now posting 12th
pass students as teachers because they can’t pay high
salaries. So our quality too is going down,” said Var. “Our
schools had to axe 15000 private
teachers and associated staff, because we couldn’t pay them.”
The front said that government has failed to streamline the
education sector and nothing is
being done to root out corruption. “Every year private schools
are asked to renew registration
and this has become a major corrupt industry for government officials. Why can’t they give a five
year or ten year registration?,”
said Var. “Similarly Board of
School Education (BOSE) is living in medieval times as they are
GRP Jammu rescues girl from
falling clutches of bad hands
Jammu, April 23:
Men of GRP Jammu at Kathua noticed one girl
with confused expressions. They treated her in polite
and homely manner on the directions of Sh. Suram
Singh, SP Railways Jammu and got her whereabouts
tactfully. It came out that the said girl namely Rajni
Rathore D/O Prmode Rathore Age about 16 years
R/O Indrapuri -Colony Gaziabad was declared as fail
in the result of 9th class examination on 18.04.2015.
The said girl left her house on altercation with her
parents over the said result and reached Agra by the
evening. On 19th of April-2015 she boarded the train
and reached Jammu on 20.04.2015 and boarded Bus of
Katra for darshan of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. She
reached back to Jammu on 22.04.2015 and boarded
train Special-Ganga Nagar. On reaching Kathua
Railway Station she deboarded the train. On the directions of Suram Singh-SP Railways Jammu, Inspr.
Jagjeewan Bhagat-SHO P/S GRP Kathua contacted
the parents of the said girl, arranged women escort
and other required facilities under rules for safety
and security of the said girl. The parents of the said
girl assured that they shall reach tomorrow and the
said girl shall be handed over to them after concluding all the legal formalities.
not updating the syllabus in tune
with modern world. We wonder
how is government justifying
their salary.”
The front said that thousands of students are from the
families who sources of income
were destroyed in the floods and
it has affected private schools too.
“We had hoped that government
will provide scholarship or books
for them, but that proved to be an
illusion. So we have decided to
constitute a special welfare fund
that will help the affected student
anywhere in Kashmir with books
and scholarship,” said Var. “In
this way education of students
and economic power of private
schools won’t be affected.”
The front asked the government to come clean on non-performing government schools.
“We are ready to join hands in a
public-private partnership and
help those government schools,
because these schools are affecting our entire education sector
too,” said Var. “We will be meeting with Chief Minister and put
forward our proposal to help the
education sector.” The conference was also addressed by
Ghulam Hassan Bacha,
President Muslim Education
Trust Sopore, Inayatullah Hajni
head of SRM Welkin
Educational Trust, Ms. Baseema
Ajaz, head, Syed Mushtaq
President North Kashmir
Private Schools Forum, Mohd
Akbar Dar, vice chairman,
Fayaz Ahmad Chalk
Dr Mushtaq president
Coordination committee of private schools, Mohammed
Yousuf chairman Green valley
educational Institute and Shabir
Ahmad chairman RP School.
Those who attended also included Baramulla Public School,
Centorium School,Green Gables
School,Kupwara Public School,
Monarch School Handwara ,
Iqbal Memmorial School, Elite
Higher Secondary, Al Hilal
International School, Pioneer
Institute of Learning, MTM
School, National Public School,
Al Noor School, AG’s School,
Netherfield, Hanfia Hill Grange,
Little Buds, Mohmmadia,
Scholars Group of Schools,JK
Public School, Hattric,
Crescent, Future vision,
Alexandra,Winning Edge and
other schools.
Jammu, April 23:
First time after the
Operation in Arnia wherein
militants and Army came face to
face, a Medical Camp was organized here today under aegis of
Sunrise Brigade of Tiger
Division at village Kathar.
The camp aimed at reaching out to Gujjars, other locals
and ex-servicemen in the area.
The panchayat, local volunteers
and Kathar School also joined
the initiative. Lady doctors were
specially provided so that ladies
and children of the village could
be treated. The response was
overwhelming and more than
200 people were attended before
afternoon itself. Free medicines
were distributed and even pension complaints of old people
were consolidated and registered. Elders of the village commended the Army’s effort and
requested for more such camps.
I, Gopal S/o Sh Amir Chand R/o
Garhi Udhampur have lost original Driving License bearing Dl
No. JK1419910033862. Now, I
am applying for duplicate of the
same. Objection, if any, may be
conveyed to ARTO Udhampur
within seven days from the date
of publication of this notice.
I, Karnail Singh S/o Sh Rattan
Singh R/o Reasi have lost original Diploma of 10th Year 2009.
Now, I am applying for duplicate of the same. Objection, if
any, may be conveyed to
Concerned Authority within
seven days from the date of
publication of this notice.
Market checking intensified
in Baramulla
Baramulla, April 23:
The Legal Metrology Unit of district Baramulla
under the supervision of Assistant Controller today
inspected different markets of Baramulla district including Rohama, Panzala, Boch, Rangi, Wagoora,
Hadipora, Rebon, Kalibon, Pattan, Hadipora,
Dobhovan, Chandloora and Tangmarg and booked 81
traders for violation of the different provisions of the
Standards of Weights & Measures (Enforcement)
Act, 1977. The teams realized fine of Rs. 38,050/- from
erring traders and destroyed a large quantity of rotten
vegetables and fruits on the spot. Traders have been
strictly directed to use correct and verified weight and
measure instrument.
He also stressed the need for a coordinated
approach to preserve the environmental aspects and promoting the forests with missionary spirit. He said forests are lifeline of Jammu
and Kashmir and need of the hour is to protect
them from degradation. Director, SFRI, Mr. U.
Pachnanda briefed the Minister about the functioning and activities being carried out by the
Institute. He also apprised about the new research initiatives taken by the Institute. Those
present on the occasion included, Principal
Secretary Forest, Mr. R.K. Gupta, Principal
Chief Conservative of Forest, Mr. A.K. Singh,
Chief Wildlife Warden, Mr. Deepak Khanna,
Chairman, J&K Pollution Control Board, Mr.
Abdul Razzak, Director, State Forest Protection
Force, Mr. Suresh Gupta, Chief Conservator of
Forest, Jammu, Mr. Asif M. Sagar and other
senior officers of the Forest Department.
School bags, stationery
items distributed under CAP
GOF Staff Reporter
Reasi, April 23:
Programme IRP 1st Battalion today distributed books and other stationery
items among seventy poor and orphan
students during a program organized at
Government Middle School Biagund
Judda, Arnas. On the occasion SSP IRP
1st Batallian-T R Katoch was the chief
Headmasters and staff of the various
schools, members of PRIs and a large
number of local people were also present . Speaking on the occasion, Katoch
informed that under the civic action
programme JKP provides adequate assistance to destitute, orphans and
needy students in remote areas of the
state. He also urged upon the students to
take part in co-curricular activities for
their overall personality development
and exhorted upon the teaching fraternity to impart quality education to the children and inculcate a sense of discipline
among them so that they can compete at
national and international levels.
The e-Tender for the following works is invited on behalf of President of India by Garrison Engineer (Air Force) Leh as per on-line e-tendering
procedure. The detailed notice of which could be seen and downloaded on web site /portal www.eprocuremes.gov.in.
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Industry Board, Aga Syed Mohammad
Rizvi today reviewed the working and performance of Khadi Village Industry
Board(KVIB) at a meeting held here. Rizvi
took detailed review of the objectives and
achievements registered by the Board in
past one year particularly in context of pro-
motion of and Development of Khadi and
Village Industries and produce Khadi products, social objective of providing employment , wider objective of creating self reliance amongst people and building up
strong rural community spirit. On his inquiry, the vice chairman was told that the
Board has cleared 7174 cases under Prime
Programme (PMEGP) in last six years thus
creating employment for 49720 persons.
Jammu, April 23:
GOF Staff Reporter
As a part of endeavours to create infrastructural facilities in the Forest Department,
Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment,
Mr. Bali Bhagat inaugurated two buildings in
the premises of State Forest Research
Institute (SFRI) at Janipur, here today.
The buildings constructed at a cost of Rs.
88.83 lakh comprises of a separate residential
Lays stress on promoting cottage industry in rural areas
GOF Staff Reporter
Army organizes
medical camp
at Arnia
Jammu, April 23:
Rizvi chairs review meeting of KVIB
Naeem Akhtar releases ‘Jannat Ke Khazaney’
Minister for Education
Naeem Akhtar today released
Wazir Mohammad Mir’s book
“Jannat Ke Khazaney” at a function held at K.L. Sehgal Hall here.
Deputy Chairman Legislative
Council, Jahangir Hussain Mir,
ADGP, S P Vaid, Director School
Education Jammu, Simrandeep
Singh, Veteran Journalist,
Sohail Kazmi and eminent writers, poets and academicians
were also present on the occasion. The book is informative
GOF Staff Reporter
accommodation for the visiting Researchers,
and office accommodation for the Seed
Divisional Office. Speaking on the occasion,
the Minister said that Government is committed to provide better working environment and infrastructural facilities in the offices for the smooth functioning. He said efficiency in the functioning can only be
achieved if the employees are provided better
facilities and working environment. He
called upon the officers to put in their best efforts to achieve the desired goals. While interacting with the officers associated with the
research work, the Minister asked them to
develop varieties which have higher sustainable rate in the tropical and sub-tropical environment in Jammu division. He asked for
trying new varieties of plants which have fast
growth and income generating values.
and educative, and is especially
useful for those who wish to per-
form Hajj and Umrah and even
for those who intend to study
Islamic history and want to extend their knowledge about sacred places in Saudi Arabia.
The author – a retired Police
officer- has also made valuable
contribution towards Police
Organization during his service
and through his writings especially on effective policing and other
aspects. His works include English
as well as in Urdu writings. The
Minister complemented the author and congratulated him for the
commendable job in presenting detail events of Islamic history and
wished him continuing success in
his literary endeavours.
NIT No. 7 of 2015-16 Dated : 17-04-2015
For and on behalf of the Governor of J&K State, the Executive Engineer PWD (R&B) Division
Rajouri as his representative, invites sealed tenders affixed with Revenue Stamps of Rs. 4/- for
the below mentioned work from approved Contractors/Firms of the J&K State, so as to reach in
the Office of the Executive Engineer PWD (R&B) Division Rajouri either by Regd. Post/Courier on
or before 05-05-2015 upto 1200 hrs.
Providing and laying 20mm
thick Open Graded Premix
carpet with paver and hot mix
plant on road from Khoriwali
to Budhkhanari in Km Ist RD
1. Position of AAA
2. Position of T.S
3. Position of Funds
4. Date of sale of tenders
5. Date of receipt of tenders -
(Rs in lacs)
Time of
Class of
Completion Contractor
01 Month
“A & D”
Cost of
Name of work
Provn of Storage Accn, Special repair to
toilets, additional/alterations to Pillar helipad and associated works at 21 Wing AF
Under process
upto 02-05-2015 during office hrs.
05-05-2015 upto 1200 hours.
1. The tenderers shall quote single %age appreciation/depreciation on the advertised rate list
framed on SSR 2012 and no item rate except where ever asked shall be accepted.
2. While to tender, Sale Tax Clearance Certificate attested by the Gazetted Officer of the proceeding year issued by Sale Tax Department should be furnished by the contractor/Firm.
3. The tenderer should write their rates both in words and figures, in case of any discrepancy in
rates, rate in work shall be considered.
4. Registration card should be renewed for the year 2015-16 well before the date of receipt of tender.
5. The rates quoted by the contractor shall be inclusive of all types of material bringing to site of work.
6. If the quantity of item of work deviates from advertised, the same shall be paid as per rates,
terms and condition of the contract.
7. Tender shall be opened on the same day or any other subsequent date convenient to tender
opening authority.
8. 1% cess on cost of construction shall be deducted at the time of payment.
9. Other information can be seen from the Divisional office during office hours.
(A.M. Wani)
Executive Engineer
PWD (R&B) Division
No. DIP/J- 481/2015
Dated : 21-04-2015
Term Contract for Artificers work in Tech
and Domestic area at 21 Wing AF
Certain repairs to Joinery, Ceiling, Flooring,Ceiling, Flooring, Kota stone and
tiling in Messes, Billets, PBOR living and
Stn Gym at 21 Wing AF
Estimated Cost
of work as per
Market (Rs in
Period of
41.75 Lakhs
06 Months
25.00 Lakhs
29.50 Lakhs
Amount of Earnest
Money for Contractors
not enlisted with
MES (Rs.)
Cost of Tender
(in Rs) in favour
of/payable at
Rs. 500/- payable
to GE (AF) Leh.
12 Months
06 Months
Date and time of publishing of tender docments
16 Apr 2015
0900 Hrs
Opening of Technical Bid (cover-1)
06 May 2015
0900 Hrs
In case the due date is declared holiday the tenders shall be received on next working day up to 1200 Hrs.
Last date and time for online bid submission
Name of work
Repair/Replacement of insulated Glasses of ATC Tower at Leh, Kargil and other
Misc B/R works in Met Section and Base
Ops at 21 Wing AF
Certain repairs to Joinery, Ceiling, Kitchen Slab, wooden Rack, Tiles and plumbing to Officers Mess and Officer
accomodation at 21 Wing AF
Repairs to CGI Sheet, Frame Work, Pathways of covered Shed, Block Masonry
Plastering and Aluminium work in
Domestic and Tech Area at 21 Wing AF
Repairs to Flooring, Joinery, Plumbing,
Ceiling and Misc B/R work in Airmen
Billets, IGLA Unit, Stn Edn Sec, 114
HU Hangar, MT Sec and logistic sec
at 21 Wing AF
Repairs to Kero Heater, Prefex Sheet in
Domestic, Tech Area and Certain B/R
Repair to Living-IN Accomodation and
office building of GE (AF) at 21 Wing AF
Repairs to Flooring, Wall, Tiles and Roof
in Domestic and Tech area at 21 Wing AF
05 May 2015
Estimated Cost
of work as per
Market (Rs in
Period of
28.00 Lakhs
06 Months
20.00 Lakhs
Cost of Tender
(in Rs); in favour
of/payable at
Rs. 500/- payable
to GE (AF) Leh.
06 Months
29.50 Lakhs
06 Months
29.50 Lakhs
06 Months
24.00 Lakhs
06 Months
20.00 Lakhs
06 Months
11 May 2015
1800 Hrs
Date and time of publishing of tender documents
20 Apr 2015
Opening of Technical Bid (Cover-1)
12 May 2015
Last date and time for online bid submission
Name of work
Repair to Chequered, Interlocking tiles
and PCC Path in Adm Block, Near Dolma
Gate and various locations at 21 Wing AF
Repair to Drainage, Fencing, Path, Rolling
Shutter and Sign Boards in Tech and
Domestic Area at 21 Wing AF
Periodical Services to security wall at 21
Wing AF
1800 Hrs
Amount of Earnest
Money for Contractors
not enlisted with
MES (Rs.)
Estimated Cost
of work as per
Market (Rs in
Period of
0900 Hrs
0900 Hrs
Amount of Earnest
Money for Contractors
not enlisted with
MES (Rs.)
Cost of Tender
(in Rs); in favour
of/payable at
Rs. 500/- payable
to GE (AF) Leh.
34.00 Lakhs
06 Months
20.00 Lakhs
06 Months
Rs. 500/- payable
to GE (AF) Leh.
28.00 Lakhs
06 Months
Rs. 500/- payable
to GE (AF) Leh.
Note:1. Further details can be from the e-Procurement portal www.eprocuremes.gov.in
2. The brief advertisement is also available on MES web site www.mes.gov.in and in Indian Trade Journal.
3. Tenders will be uploaded only on portal www.eprocuremes.gov.in and contractors registered on this web site will be able to submit their Bid online. All other terms and conditions, instructions to bidders regarding e-tendering process etc. may kindly see Notice
Inviting Tenders (NIT) available on the above noted website. The Department reserve the right to reject any or all tenders without assigning any reasons (s). The tenderer should read terms & conditions instructions (NIT) carefully before filling the price bids (BoQ). eTendering without Digital Signatures will not be accepted by electronics tendering system.
4. Under no circumstances, subletting in any form, will be allowed even the power of attorney will not be accepted or allowed.
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Offg Garrison Engineer
Glimpses of Future
Glimpses of future
Politicians must introspect
olitical parties opposing the land acquisition Bill are claiming to
be on the side of the farmers. They want the farmers to hold on to
their land, howsoever small and unproductive it is. They are not
well-wishers of the farming community. The acquisition of land, including farm land, to gain higher factor productivity in essential industrial/manufacturing, has always been problematic in developing
countries where high moral value in agricultural production and nonmonetary value to farmers’ well-being is attached implicitly in the
polity. However, data on the extent of crop land as a proportion of total
land of comparable counties will show that, barring in a few nations like
Pakistan, farmers in India have held on to the largest land chunks (60
per cent of the total), while producing a modest but invaluable quantum
of grains that gives the country an operating surplus and strength to
even contemplate a universal PDS. China, the US and Brazil have high
grain output with smaller areas of land in agriculture, due to superior
irrigation and overall farm technology. China for instance, produces 500
million tonnes and more (numbers are not very transparent there), with
55 per cent of land under crops. Larger areas under agriculture of nonirrigated sustenance category is symptomatic, conversely of low investment in agricultural productivity and resultant low per agricultural
worker productivity. A comparison of per worker value created in agriculture in India, Pakistan, China, Brazil, Japan and the US, is revealing.
India compares poorly at $522 (at 2000 prices to Brazil at $4,300, Pakistan
at $614, China at $530, Japan at $40,000 and the US at $52,000. The countries having 100 times per agricultural worker productivity have farm
land between 40 per cent and 55 per cent only. What is germane is speeding up the per farmer productivity so that the country is largely unaffected by the conversion of comparably low-producing non-irrigated
land to expand the manufacturing base. The expansion of the base can
in turn boost the farm sector, both directly and indirectly. The debate,
therefore, should be on why the US and the Japanese farmers are reaping many times the value that their Indian counterpart gets and has the
capacity to feed a fifth of the world with 50 per cent land under agriculture. Then, one might look at the figures funding agricultural research
and innovation in the country more closely. Those who do so will detect
both stagnation in the public sector (the Indian Council of Agricultural
Research) as well as the low incentives available to develop agricultural
innovation by the private sector. Confused and convoluted regulations,
as seen in the case of GM crops, need reassessment. Leadership befitting
a leading innovation-driven country, must be ushered here. Sadly, the
farm sector in India has been debated at a much lower threshold of intellectual worth than it merits. Moving land across to manufacturing
may look like depriving the farmer, but the policymaker must address
the requirement of both farmers and the economy, by boosting per
farmer productivity, than be pre-occupied over the crop acreage lost
transiently. Unleashing world-class research in crops all over once again
while mitigating the negative environmental impact of intensive agriculture, is pertinent. It is not that manufacturing is polluting and farming is environmentally-delightful. There has been rampant abuse of
farm inputs, especially pesticides. The impact of having 60 per cent of
land value under semi and intensive farming has had a huge spillover
impacts on eco-health and even human health. The high rate of human
cancer in Punjab after the much heralded Green Revolution, is another
case in point. Nobody disputes the right of the farmer to be compensated
or made a beneficiary of the project that takes over his farm land. A consensus on what constitutes timely fair compensation must not be difficult. But to argue that it is a development objective to farm the largest
acreage in the world, wasting immense human labour using a relatively
underdeveloped technology regime and without sound innovation, exemplified by huge losses in storage and transit (unofficially at 20 per
cent) is fallacious. The sound objective should be to maximise the productivity of both crop farming and manufacturing, and to also maximise
per unit and per worker productivity. The inter-relationship of the farm
machinery economics and grain productivity can show the way.The
ethics and distributor effects of the manufacturing industry need separate analysis, but the present slogan, that is being promoted by certain
political parties and politicians, to protect the farmer from ceding any
farm land at all, is in scant recognition of what drives the farmers to
keep his farm land as farm land. It is higher factor productivity than
comparable land uses like manufacturing or compensation for a new
highway, that preserves farm land. Putting public money in better-monitored agricultural research, would be the right step. But for this, political parties, that are loudly chanting the ‘Kisan mantra’ slogan in an
attempt to rejuvenate their fortunes, need to introspect. Removing artificially erected barriers to cutting-edge research, can also help.
Three speeches, three futures
olitics has a strange way of making you
rethink ideas & stereotypes by merely
juxtaposing events. Just as one finishes
typecasting persons and parties and feels
smug about such judgments, politics delivers
a series of googlies forcing a rethink. Last
Sunday, one saw such a juxtaposition of
events when three leaders addressed mass
meetings. The triad of speeches included one
by Rahul Gandhi who was returning from his
sabbatical and addressing a kisan rally. In the
second, Sitaram Yechury was taking over as
the general secretary of the Communist Party
of India (Marxist) from his more tacitum
predecessor, Karat. Finally, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi was addressing a rally of
(BJP) workers after his return from Canada.
Foil to the other
None of the three speeches was by itself
exceptional. But each of the trio, and then together, created a conversation as if three hit
movies had been introduced on the same day.
The first surprise was that of Mr. Modi. He
looked almost reluctant to be in India after the
highs experienced after visiting Europe and
Canada. In all his overseas visits, it is clear
that Non Resident Indians (NRIs) dote on his
nationalism and his alleged efficiency while
he revels in their success and their enthusiasm for him. After the exciting NRI engagements, India almost seems banal and
disappointing to him, one could say. Mr.
Modi, in his speech, seemed to complain
about the Indian gene that discourages an approval of authority. The native Indian, unlike
his counterpart abroad, is a determined contrarian. Worse, the Opposition seemed to
have stolen Mr. Modi’s punch lines. His voice
had more of a bully’s humour and he almost
sounded like yesterday’s newspaper.
In contrast, Sitaram Yechury sounded
human, relaxed, even casual. As visual appearances go, the careful grooming of Mr.
inance Minister Arun Jaitley’s
2015-16 budget speech signalled
the government’s commitment
to formally legalise India’s public procurement system as a part of its continuing reforms in public financial
management. Following this, the Ministry of Finance is seeking suggestions
to refine the Public Procurement Bill of
2012, introduced by the previous government. The jurisdiction of the Bill
covers any Ministry or Department
and any public sector undertaking of
the Union government, or any company in which the government has a
stake of more than 50 per cent. The procurement processes of the States and
the local governments are thus not covered by the Bill. It is in this context
that we focus on three aspects relating
to the Bill: its potential benefits, selected design features, and implementation challenges.
There are many benefits of a welldesigned and well-implemented public
procurement policy. These include fiscal savings from annual procurement
expenditure; generating much needed
fiscal space; and enhanced flexibility to
channel government expenditure into
growth-enhancing areas. It could also
help in a shift towards rule-based institutional procurement. However, the
poor quality of data on procurement
expenditure and its major components
means that we don’t have a good esti-
mate of potential savings from a better
process. The problem needs to be addressed. Our crude estimate of potential savings generated by the revised
Bill ranges between 0.6 per cent and 1.2
per cent of GDP, depending on the extent of efficiency achieved. This could
assist in addressing the revenue deficit
of 2.9 per cent of GDP projected for 201415 by the budget. The savings would be
greater if the States, whose expenditure equals that of the Union government, and all the public enterprises,
also initiated similar procurement reforms. This task could be entrusted to
NITI Aayog. Several measures may be
suggested to improve the design features. In its present form, the Bill’s objective is too complex, which dilutes
accountability. Hence, a simpler set of
objectives, as is also a global practice,
would be desirable. This would also assist in improving the accountability of
procuring agencies, and facilitate the
task of internal and external auditing
agencies. Second, the Bill’s definition
of the ‘procurement process’ implies
that post-tendering steps such as contract management, payment, monitoring and so on, after the award of a
contract, are excluded from the ‘procurement process’. The definition
should be broadened to include the
post-tendering procedures.
Third, given judicial delays and the
lack of economic literacy often displayed by the judiciary, non-judicial
procurement redress committees
would be preferable. This needs to be
tle fiefdom, and cited how 400 of them swore to
him that if they lost their land, they would become naxalites. Rahul seems more alive, almost grateful for the land issue. What began as a
morsel of an issue might turn out to be the crystal
seed of a Congress revival. Rahul attacked
Mr. Modi with ease contrasting the indifference of the BJP to the Congress’s attempt to
side with the farmer.
Reinventing a party
I was watching the show with Kiran Majumdar Shaw of Biocon who detected a deep
immaturity in the Congress. She claimed that
in being a pro-farmer, pro-tribal, Rahul
sounded anti-development. For a corporate
leader, there is no greater heresy. She ended
by saying that the Land Acquisition Act needs
to be read and understood. Suddenly one realises that what one has on hand is a major
class battle. It is here that the CPI(M) was in
the limelight. In his acceptance speech, Mr.
Yechury was relaxed, uttering a few happy
lines in Telugu and Hindi. His ease of language was a foil to Rahul’s, and his relaxed
sense of leadership, a dramatic contrast to
Mr. Modi’s. Whether it is the Congress party’s
masses or the CPI(M)’s classes, both seem
ready to battle the aspiring generation of Mr.
Modi. There was a vestige of scientism in Mr.
Yechury’s speech. He talked of the objective
situation and referred to the BJP as a communal party enacting the neo-liberal agenda. He
accused the BJP of confusing history with
mythology, of being anti-scientific. Like most
Marxists, he appealed to history, claiming
that history is on his side, inviting the CPI(M)
to enter into battle with the BJP. Yet, he was
so amiable that one was not quite sure
whether he was delivering a lecture on table
manners or on class war. One wished that
there was less certitude and more doubt. He
talked of his comrades dying in West Bengal
due to the Trinamool Congress’s aggressive
and violent ways. There was no moment of reflection, or of guilt that this culture of vio-
Murder by 377
t is important to impress upon lawmakers that activists are not asking for a
total repeal of Section 377, but for it to be
‘defined down’ so as not to apply to consenting adults in private. Middle-class urban
India woke up to some bitter truths last
week when a young woman doctor ended
her life in a hotel room in New Delhi’s Paharganj area. The tragedy hammered home
some stark realities underpinning our
ecosystem. The woman worked as an anaesthetist at the All India Institute of Medical
Sciences (AIIMS). She had had an arranged
marriage with another doctor, also working
at AIIMS. She loved her husband but things
started souring when she discovered that he
was gay by foraging through his emails. In
the four-page anguished suicide note she
left behind, the woman claimed she was prepared to accept her husband’s homosexuality, and was even ready to put up with a
marriage devoid of physical intimacy.
But subsequent alleged torture by her
husband led her to take the extreme step, according to media reports. On the basis of the
allegations, which included harassment for
dowry, the husband has been arrested. The
investigation is on. We don’t have all the
facts. But from what we know, several troubling issues arise. What does a woman do if
she discovers that her husband is gay? How
does she cope with the deceit and despair?
Gay husbands and straight wives — does it
necessarily mean shattered lives? These are
not easy questions for women or their
spouses anywhere in the world. It is particularly tough in a country where homosexuality is criminalised, where gays can’t come
out publicly, and where social mores place a
premium on marriage at any cost.
No politician in the country has publicly reacted to the alleged suicide, but the
sordid tale of a marriage based on lies and
deceit for over five years has turned the
spotlight once again on the infamous Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The law, a
remnant of the colonial era, criminalises
“carnal intercourse against the order of nature”, effectively pushing India’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)
community into criminality alongside continued social stigmatisation. In 2001, Naz
Revamping public procurement
Modi was not for him. Mr. Yechury almost
looked like an absent-minded boy scout being
asked to take over his party. He presented a
clenched fist which lacked a dramatic touch.
This gesture was informal, almost absentminded, as if he was flagging down an auto.
Yet, one realised why he is the human face of
the party. He sounded almost matter of fact.
The CPI(M) tried to create a sense of drama
but the performance on the podium appeared
almost listless. While Mr. Yechury enacted
his leadership role, I looked at how Rahul addressed the kisan rally. For once he was coherent, sentences flowed into each other; now,
he seems ready to be a leader. Senior Congressmen smiled with content that their
“slow” nephew had blossomed at last. The realists knew that he has years to go but at least
for the 22 minutes he spoke, his spirit of leadership seemed willing. Each leader enacted a
characteristic script which acted as a perfect
foil to the other. Mr. Modi began, didactic as
ever, realising that his party has been slipping while he was playing to audiences
abroad; the BJP is now losing initiative and
is being seen as anti-poor and anti-farmer. Mr.
Modi has begun to sound like a speaker at a
FICCI meeting and when he declaims that his
party has been pro-poor, he sounds hollow.
The charisma is gone. The poor do not interest him. He projects them as a Congress conspiracy. Now, Mr. Modi wants to talk of the
second stage of development; of his exploits
and negotiations abroad. He wants to tell his
aspiring masses that his negotiations with
France and Canada have enabled him to access nuclear energy. He sounds like Father
Christmas but the audience is not convinced.
Rahul worked hard in presenting a propoor Congress, listing out the party’s attempts
to waive rural debt, and remembering how he
had promised to fight for them. He contrasted
this with Mr. Modi repaying his electoral debt
to the capitalists by selling land. He talked of
the tribals from Niyamgiri, Odisha, as his lit-
better specified in the Bill to prevent
undue discretion by procurement
agencies and redress committees.
Fourth, the international practice is to
designate a nodal agency for procurement. Hence, we need to clarify
whether the proposed Central Purchasing Organisation (CPO) will be such an
agency. When a framework for the
nodal agency is established, it will need
to be reconciled with the decentralised
procurement process, which has also
been suggested by the two recent committees to the Indian Railways.
Fifth, the Bill is not applicable to
procurements for less than Rs. 5 million, emergency procurements made
for disaster management, and procurements for the purpose of national security. While excluding the latter two
government activities is routine, the
basis for discretion for procurements
below Rs. 5 million, which is a significant amount, is not defined. The corresponding
procurements should also be specified.
Sixth, the Bill also permits the procuring entity to limit competition in order
to achieve other objectives, as well as
exempt certain procurements from
any of the provisions in the legislation
such as the transparency requirements
in “public interest”. However, in case
of limited competition, certain other
requirements such as reporting requirements, advance contract award
notice, risk management techniques
should be introduced to ensure that
transparency is achieved.
Foundation, an NGO working on HIV prevention, mounted a constitutional challenge
to Section 377 in the Delhi high court by filing a public interest litigation seeking legalisation of homosexual intercourse between
consenting adults. In 2009, in a historic judgment, the court overturned the 150-year old
section, legalising consensual homosexual
sex between adults. Having a legal system
that was not hostile to homosexuals did not
change everything on the ground but it bolstered their confidence. Many gays went
public about their sexuality, not only before
others but also to themselves.
But this order was challenged. In 2013,
the Supreme Court reinstated Section 377 of
the IPC. Since then, India’s LGBT community has been in a limbo. With legal censure
returning, fear has also staged a come-back.
The few who had been emboldened to come
out publicly about their sexual orientation
earlier are now afraid. It is back to the
closet. The matter is currently pending before the Supreme Court. Recriminalisation
of gay sex has been a political hot potato.
Most religious groups support Section 377.
The Parliament has the power to amend the
law, usher in change but lawmakers are
wary. When it was in power, the Congress
Party criticised the Supreme Court decision
but the legislative amendment wasn’t a top
priority. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party
has been speaking in multiple voices on gay
rights. In a television interview last year,
Arun Jaitley said personally he tended to
agree with the Delhi high court judgment
that removed the criminal tag from being
gay. But others like home minister Rajnath
Singh view gay sex as “unnatural”. No one
knows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
views on the matter.
The deafening silence of our legislators
on the tragedy underlines the dangers of not
being encouraged to face up to who one really is, to acknowledge one’s sexual orientation. Many professionals I know, both men
and women, are shocked that a professionally qualified working woman could not
muster the courage to walk away from her
marriage and chose to end her life. Or that
an educated and successful man would not
have the courage to tell his parents that he
was not interested in marriage. But as we
know too well, education does not necessar-
Once a revised Bill is passed by
Parliament, the following implementation challenges will need to be addressed.
First, data management
capabilities and standardisation must
be enhanced. Both bidders and procuring agencies have significant data and
information needs to ensure transparency in public procurements.
Hence, the new procurement regime
needs to be accompanied by streamlined data and information systems for
various aspects of public tenders that
are put out and the standardisation of
information provided in the submitted
bids against the tenders. Second, the
2012 Bill contains more than 20 references to ‘rules’. However, the general
principles on which the rules will be
based require clarity. Once defined in
ily translate into empowerment. Nor does a
good job or a good salary automatically
translate to self-confidence.
Many ask why an educated and financially independent woman did not reach out
to support networks when faced with a personal crisis such as this one. But do we have
enough support networks to counsel women
in such situations?
The problem is not uniquely an Indian
one. Over four million women are currently
married to gay men or have been married
to gay men in the United States and over 63
per cent of gay husbands will never tell
their wives the truth, writes Bonnie Kay,
author of Straight Wives, Shattered Lives:
Stories of Women with Gay Husbands.
What should we do? Anjali Gopalan,
founder and executive director of Naz Foundation, argues that the law criminalising
homosexuality inhibits people from acknowledging and accepting who they are.
Legal changes are vital if we are to prevent
tragedies such as the one last week. But law
alone cannot change the ground reality if
social mores don’t change.
On the legal front, it is important to impress upon lawmakers that activists are not
asking for a total repeal of Section 377, but
for it to be “defined down” so as not to apply
to consenting adults in private. This will go
a long way in helping gay men come out and
prevent the kind of tragedy that we saw. It
will not lead to a situation like the one in
Bengaluru last year, when a man was arrested after his wife caught him on a spycam allegedly having sex with another man
in their home. On the support front, there
are a few groups run by LGBT activists for
both gay and straight partners who are trying to separate. We need many more.
On the social front, it is important not
to see last week’s tragedy as a woman’s
rights versus gay rights issue. At one level,
both were victims. The man, because he did
not have the courage to tell his parents and
the woman that he could not go ahead with
the marriage and the woman who was
trapped into remaining in a relationship despite lack of reciprocity from her partner.
The tragedy underscores a fact — if educated and financially independent men and
women do not challenge the prevailing social system, change will be difficult indeed.
the Bill, the rules must be coherent and
credible, while permitting flexibility.
Third, there is an implementation
challenge concerning the skill sets of
the officials, who will be at the interface of public procurement. Public procurement should be regarded as a task
requiring professional skills. Capacity
building in this direction should be undertaken urgently to ensure appropriate skill sets and that an understanding
of business practices and logic is inculcated in the officials and in the organisations
contracts. Designing and implementing a strong procurement policy is a
long overdue step towards better public financial management, and it has
large potential fiscal and governance
benefits. Its early passage, therefore,
lence was initiated by the CPI(M) when in
power. The personality of the man dominated
the moment. With the entry of Mr. Yechury,
even people critical of the CPI(M) felt that
“acche din aagaye hai” (good times are here).
In his speech, he did not have to strain for effect like Mr. Modi or Rahul had to. It was clear
that the CPI(M) has found a leader who can
reinvent the party of the future. However, his
claim that socialism is the way for the future
sounds happily old-fashioned. One needs to
contrast the atmosphere of the three
speeches. The CPI(M) oozed a sense of solidarity. The Congress looked at its potential
leader avuncularly. There was a sense of
hope, and of modest expectation. On the other
hand, the BJP atmosphere was surly. Mr.
Modi was almost disappointed with India and
he told his cadres to work hard and ignore
‘the games of the media’. This response reminded one of sour grapes. The man who was,
hitherto, the darling of the media, suddenly
felt that things are not the same. One could
sense unease beneath the superficial calm in
his party. He realises that the BJP faces an uphill battle in Bihar and that his party has
messed up the script in Jammu and Kashmir.
A hollowness
Even as the detached spectator prepares
the report cards of the three men awarding an
‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ to Mr. Yechury, Rahul and Mr.
Modi respectively there is an unmistakable
sense of dread. One wants to join in the celebration of the prospect of revival of the
CPI(M) and the Congress but there is clearly a
degree of hollowness around this political exercise. One wonders whether the three parties can offer much to address the ongoing
crises in agriculture, the way to revive the
economy and open and good governance. All
three thrive on old categories and have little
sense of the future. There has never been a
time where political ideas in the public sphere
have lagged so far behind the imperatives of
institution building.
Stumped by Kolkata
and its vibrancy
I must begin with a confession. Apart
from admiring his very considerable literary attainments, I am extremely partial to
Günter Grass for a very personal reason.
His book on Kolkata, Show Your Tongue, is
dedicated to “Mr and Mrs Karlekar and the
Calcutta Social Project.” The reference is to
my late parents, Kalyani, and Govind
Vinayak, Karlekar, who established the
Calcutta Social Project in the 1960s for serving Kolkata's poor, particularly slum and
street children. It ran schools, a craft training centre, and a shelter for those who had
nowhere to go, and conducted sports activities, music classes and nutritional programmes. It had a committed and
distinguished executive committee, whose
members included Mrs Dipali Mitra, The
Pioneer's editor and proprietor, Chandan
Mitra's mother. During his five-month stay
— originally intended to be for a year — in
Kolkata in 1986-87, with his wife, Ute, Grass
was a frequent visitor to the CSP, as the organisation is usually referred to. Later, he
wrote warmly and approvingly of the project in Show Your Tongue, and continued to
support it with donations even after leaving Kolkata. This was in sharp contrast
with the general tenor of the book which
was harshly critical of the city, where it
came for some very sharp reaction. Having
stated my bias, required by norms of journalistic ethics, I would like to make a few
observations about the writer and the book.
The former is known to be gruff, direct and
blunt, with a marked proneness to see the
world in sharply contrasting colours. The
book and his decision to come and live in
Kolkata, stemmed from his ideological position, which was markedly left of centre. He
was strongly supportive of a wide assortment of non-establishment intellectual, literary and cultural groups as well as human
rights organizations. He had close links
with the leaders of the 1968 Student’s uprising in Europe and had campaigned for the
German Social Democratic Party, of which
he became a member. Grass had a strong,
deeply emotional, and perhaps a trifle simplistic view of poverty, which, he seemed to
believe, existed because of a lack of ameliorative action. He did not seem to recognise
that social and cultural conditions also contributed, along with exploitative economic
relations, to perpetuating it. What seemed
to intrigue, and also perhaps anger, him
was the joy that illuminated the lives of
even the poorest of the poor of the city. How
could they be happy despite their terrible
living conditions? Here one sees the limits
of the rational and humanist mindset
emerging in the West in the wake of the
Renaissance and Reformation, which is
deeply condemnatory of the irrational and
the emotive. It fails to recognise that both
are powerful presences in the human psyche and can have a most beneficial impact
on society. Thus, the rational decision for
Britain might have been to make peace
with Germany after the latter had overrun
the whole of Europe during World War II.
But it fought back, stood up to the ordeal of
the London Blitz, and played a key role in
defeating Hitler. Equally, many revolutions
are exercises in hope in defiance of reason
and their success, triumphs of the human
spirit over daunting adverse circumstances. Grass was steeped in Western humanism except for a brief and ephemeral
association with Nazism in his youth.
Given his background, his criticism of
Kolkata, which he had visited four times,
should be seen not as the outpouring of a
sneering Westerner, but of a humanist, cast
in the classical mould, who was puzzled
and exasperated by a phenomenon which
defied all Western understanding of logical
human behaviour. But then, he is not the
first Occidental to be stumped by Kolkata's
celebration of life in the teeth of killing
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Glimpses of Future
Govt's unique initiative of Yoga
for employees: Dr Jitendra
GOF Staff Reporter
New Delhi, April 23:
n a unique new initiative
Government of India has,
through the Department of
Personnel & Training (DoPT),
started Yoga Sessions for Central
government employees at 26 locations in Delhi and 48 locations in 8
cities across the country including
Bengaluru, Kolkata, Nagpur,
This was disclosed here today by Union Minister of State
Development of North Eastern
Region (DoNER), MoS PMO,
Personnel, Public Grievances,
Pensions, Atomic Energy and
Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, in re-
sponse to a question in the Rajya
Sabha. The initiative has proved
highly successful and is being
carried out with the assistance
and association of Morarji Desai
National Institute of Yoga, New
Delhi, he informed.
In reply to a query as to
whether the office working hours
, which require the employees to
report by 9 AM,would not create a
problem in carrying forward the
Yoga Sessions, Dr Jitendra Singh
said, the sessions are being conducted in two sessions in the
morning from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM
and 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM respectively and again in another two
sessions in the evening from 4:30
PM to 5:30 PM and 5:30 PM to 6:30
PM respectively.
But, these sessions are optional not mandatory, and are
meant not only for the office-going employees but also for the
Congress urged people of Jammu
to extend full support to Bandh
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Congress has urged people to extend full support to the bandh
call tomorrow on the issue of AIIMS for Jammu region. In a statement here today, PCC Chief Spokesman Mr. Ravinder Sharma has
appealed to observe a complete and peaceful bandh tomorrow to
lodge protest over denial of AIIMS to Jammu region, by the present
government at the centre and the criminal silence of the state government. The call for bandh has been given after the centre and
state government failed to respond to the peaceful protests by the
Congress party and people of different walks and civil society, over
one and half month. The Congress had held protest demonstrations on the issue, at all district headquarters in Jammu province
including at Raj Bhawan Jammu and submitted a memorandum
to the Governor, on April 13, urging the centre government to fulfill its announcement of AIIMS for Jammu region.
PDP welcomes changing criterion
for compensation for damaged
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
PDP thanked Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed for coming to
rescue of farmers by lowering the damage percentage for compensation of damaged crops. Addressing a meeting of senior party
leaders of Bishnah Zone, Party general secretary Daman Bhasin
thanked the state government led by Mufti Mohd Sayeed for revising the criterion for compensation for damaged crops from 50 percent to 33 percent damage. He hoped that govt will immediately
start to access the losses and disbursement of compensation to the
affected farmers. While reviewing the political activities in
Bishnah zone with Satpal Charak, FC Bhagat, Chatter Saini,
Yashpal Bhagat, Bhagwan Dass and others, the party leaders expressed confidence in the political vision, administrative skill and
experience of its party president and hoped that state will soon be
out of the crisis caused due to previous mis-governance and the
system failure. The meeting decided to gear up the PDP cadre in
the entire Jammu region for making the party more effective in
setting a right discourse for execution of PDP agenda. Leaders told
Bhasin that people of border areas are facing a lot of problems due
recent heavy rains and hail storm. They said that a large number
of electric poles are damaged due to which almost entire borders
areas are without electricity supply. They appealed the govt authorities to replace the damaged poles to ensure power supply.
They also appealed repair of damaged roads and desilting of canal
and their distributeries.
Drugs Awareness camp held in
GIOF Staff Reporter
Srinagar April 23:
Police Drug de-addiction Centre DPL Anantnag organized a
Drugs awareness programme at Higher Secondary School Mattan.
The awareness camp was attended by large number of students
and teachers. More than 300 students attended the camp and were
made aware of the causes and consequences of drug addiction by
Councilors and Doctors of Police Drug De-addiction Centre.
Students were also made introduced to stress management techniques that could be very beneficial for youth while pursuing their
academics. Students showed great interest and were very interactive during the programme which made it a successful programme
in every sense. The awareness programme was attended Mrs.
Mudasir Aziz Incharge Drug De-addiction Centre DPL Anantnag,
Principal Higher Secondary School Mattan, Counselor Zahid
Jeelani from Drug De- addiction Centre Srinagar , teacher staff
posted in the Higher Secondary School Mattan and Sh. Showkat
Rafiq DySP Anantnag. Meanwhile, Sh. Abdul Jabbar SSP
Anantnag has assured that the drug de-addiction centre DPL
Anantnag will be holding such programmes in schools, villages,
and far-flung areas of District Anantnag in future.
Power shutdown
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
In order to carry out replacement of damages control cable of
132 KV CT of power transformer (R-phase) and preventive maintenance of various equipments at 132/33 KV grid station Sidhra, the
power supply to part of Bahufort, Sidhra, ASCOMS, Malori Jagir,
Bajalta and Toota-de-Khoi shall remain affected on April 26, 2015
from 8 a m to 11 a m. Meanwhile in order to carry out urgent work
of repair/maintenance of equipments, replacement of damaged
jumpers/droppers/improvement of bus bars and other hot spots
in the 220 KV, 132 KV and 33 KV yards at 220/132/33 KV Grid
Station Udhampur, the power supply to entire district of
Udhampur, MES, Airforce and areas being fed from grid station
Khelani i.e Kishtwar and Doda districts shall remain affected on
April 28, 2015 from 9 a m to 3 p m. According to Chief Engineer,
Elect. Maintenance & RE Wing, Jammu, the shutdown shall be
subject to fair weather condition.
Two days CME & Update in
Haematology concludes
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
The two days CME & update in Clinical Haematology concluded today in Govt. Medical College, Jammu. Today’s session was
held in the Department of Pathology where some difficult & rare
cases in Haematology practice were presented and discussed by
Prof Dr. R.K. Arya who is a highly respected & reputed ( of national & international fame ) Haematologist. Cases like primary
Amyloidosis, Rosai-Dorfman Syndrome, ACD & TTP were discussed in detail. This was later followed by slide discussion on PBF
& Bone Marrow Aspiration & Trephine Biopsies. These were
screened under multiheaded research microscope (Ten headed
microscope). Entire Faculty, senior residents & Post Graduate students of pathology department & Prof K.C Goswami from ASCOMS, Jammu actively participated in these sessions. Dr.
K.K.kaul, Prof & Head of the department, Pathology said, since
these academic sessions are quite useful to all the concerned doctors in updating their knowledge, such activities shall continue in
future also. In the end Dr.K.K.Kaul thanked the guest speaker Dr.
ARYA for his series of lectures & sharing his vast experience in
members of their families. On
Sundays and gazetted holidays,
however, the sessions are not
held, he added. Moreover, the
Department of Personnel &
Training (DoPT) has nominated
Nodal Officers, who have been instructed to suitably adjust timings of the sessions depending upon the requirements and convenience of the participants, he said.
Describing the response to
this new initiative as highly encouraging, Dr Jitendra Singh
said, currently on an average
over 14,000 individuals are benefitting from this scheme per day
and the number of participants is
increasing with each passing
This is evident from the figures which point out that on the
first day, that is on 1st of April,
while only 349 people participated in the sessions across Delhi, by
20th of April the number had increased to over 750 thus recording an increase of over 120%. By
21st of June, which has been declared as International Yoga Day
by UNO on the suggestion of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
he said, it can be expected that
majority of central government
employees across the country
would be availing the benefit of
these Yoga Sessions.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that
while focussing on “maximum
governance with minimum government”, DoPT is also taking
every care to make the work environment of the employees more
comfortable and less stressful,
and the latest initiative with regard to Yoga Sessions is also one
such step in this direction. He further informed that in the three
states of Jammu & Kashmir,
Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu,
DoPT has started Induction
training programmes for freshly
recruited employees of the state
government and there too, stress
management has been included
as one of the components of the
programme capsule.
Army organizes lecture on drug
addiction & rehabilitation
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
In an effort to promote
awareness about health amongst
Rashtriya Rifles
the youth,
Battalions, under Romeo Force,
organised lectures on ‘Health is
Wealth : Drug Addiction &
Rehabilitation’ and 'Healthy Life
Style' at Darhal and Basoni,
District Rajouri, today. The lectures were organised to give
awareness regarding health
among the youth of the area and
also to provide an opportunity to
instill a sense of a healthy life
Lectures were delivered by
Regimental Medical Officers.
Due to reduction in the physical
activities and change in eating
habits many diseases like
Diabetes, Blood Pressure, heart
problems and many other dangerous diseases are common in
today's life. Hence, importance of
active lifestyle and good eating
habits were emphasized during
the lecture. Around 150 peoples of
the area attended the lecture.
While speaking on the occasion Mr Mohd Quyum, Tehsildar
Darhal and Mr Karamutalla
Khan, Sarpanch, village Basoni
said that the people of Darhal and
Basoni are very grateful to the
Army for organizing such events
for the youth and requested for
more such lectures in future in
these remote areas.
Kohli reviews developmental projects at Kalakot
redressal camp
at Dhangri
GOF Staff Reporter
Rajouri, April 23:
Minister of State for
Transport, Rural Development &
Horticulture, Abdul Ghani Kohli
chaired a meeting of district and
sectoral officers to review the major projects of district Rajouri
and ongoing developmental
works in Kalakote.
The Minister took a detailed
review of performance of various departments and targets
achieved under various schemes
The Minister also reviewed
ongoing works of new hospital
complex at Kheora,Rajouri, 100
bedded additional block at SDH
Nowshera, 50 bedded additional
block at SDH Sunderbani, CHC
Darhall and CHC building at
Teryath and directed the concerned authorities to ensure expeditious completion of the
Reiterating the need of pragmatic approach for holistic development, the Minister directed the
officers to put strenuous efforts
for streamlining the service delivery mechanism to provide hassle free services to the people. The
Minister directed the line departments to ensure better coordina-
tion for accelerating the speed of
ongoing developmental works
without any compromise with
the quality of work while assuring that all efforts will be made to
provide better amenities to the
people. The Minister also reviewed the functioning of SRTC
directed the concerted to ply
SRTC buses on Jammu to
Mogla,Mogla to Tarado route and
from Tarado to Khwas route.
Earlier, DDC Rajouri,Deepti
Uppal apprised the chair about
the progress achieved in various
Distribution of Raffle Draw Prizes: PWWA
members handed over Raffle Draw prizes
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Fabulous prizes of the 25th
Police Public Mela, which was
held at Gulshan Ground Jammu
on March 22, 2015 were distributed among the winners by the
Director General of Police, Mr. K.
Rajendra, Kumar, Chairperson,
Police Parivar, Mrs. K. Vijaya
Rajendra. Senior police officers
and PAWWA members at an im-
pressive function held at Officers
Mess Gulshan Ground here this
evening. On this occasion Mr.
Rajendra and Mrs. K. Vijaya interacted with the winners who
had come from across the State
and congratulated them. They also extended good wishes to them
for their happy and prosperous
life. Speaking on the occasion,
the DGP threw light on the aims
of organizing Police Public Melas
and the transparent raffle draw.
He said that the amounts raised
by the Melas are utilized for a noble cause to provide assistance to
the next of kins (NOKs) of police
martyrs, besides expending on
the purchase of fabulous prizes
and advised them to make best
use of these prizes. The winners
hailed the transparent raffle
draw procedure adopted by the
police organization.
PHQ bids adieu to DIG Parminder Singh
DGP appreciates
his contribution
Jammu, April 23:
Jammu, April 23:
viz SDPO Mendhar and Samba,
SSP Rajouri, Ganderbal, Jammu,
Vigilance and Director SSG
(J&K) and DIG (Administration),
PHQ and has always come up to
the aspiration of the department.
He proved himself as an asset,
sincere and dedicated officer in
the service of the public and the
Organization feels proud of having such officers on its rolls, he
On this occasion, Mr. Singh
deliberated on his experiences in
various wings of the organization
and said that he has always tried
to deliver with dedication and
sincerely. He said that he has always been proud of serving people of the State through police organization.
Among others, the function
was attended by ADsGP, SP Vaid,
Dilbag Singh and L. Mohanti,
IsGP, Dr. B.Srinivas, Arun
Kumar, HK Lohia, Mukesh Singh
and Jagjit Kumar, Director
Prosecution, Pawan Kumar,
AIsGP, Sheikh Junaid Mahmood,
Rajeshwar Singh, Tahir Sajjad,
Kulbir Singh and Sheikh Zulfikar
Azad, SP Training, BA Shah, SP,
Nasar Khan, Dy.Sp Sheikh Zaffar
Ullah and other police officers.
7th prize laptop was handed
over to Mohammad Ikhlaq of
Poonch. 8th prize ACs were handed over to Mr. Umer Jan of
Khandroo and Mr. Jagbir Singh
of Jammu. 9th prize tab was also
given to Mr. Ghulam Abbas of
district Kishtiwar. The other
prizes were also awarded to the
winners on the occasion.
Among others, the function
was attended by ADsGP, SP Vaid,
SM Sahai, Dilbag Singh and L.
Mohanti, IsGP, Dr. B. Srinivas,
AK Choudhary, HK Lohia, MS
Salaria, Yoginder Koul, MA
Khan, Mekesh Singh, Sunil
Kumar, Danish Rana, SA Watali
and MA Ganai, DIG Jammu, SA
Beig, AIsGP, Sheikh Junaid
Mahmood, Rajeshwar Singh,
Sheikh Zulifar Azad, Dy. SP
(Welfare), Mrs. Madhu Bandral
and other police officers.
AUDA hails
Director General ISM
GOF Staff Reporter
GOF Staff Reporter
Police Headquarters (PHQ)
today extended an impressive
farewell to Mr. Paminder Singh,
Dy. Inspector General of Police,
(Administration) PHQ here today. Mr. Singh is superannuating
from service this month.
Director General of Police
(DGP), Mr. K Rajendra Kumar,
lauded the contribution of Mr.
Singh during his long service career and said that he is one of the
professional officers of the
Organization. He said that Police
Organization has achieved
heights of excellence due to the
dint of its professional officers
like Mr. Parminder Singh, who
rendered an exemplary service
and has always been loyal to the
Rajendra, while commenting on the service rendered by the
dynamic and upright officer said
that he has worked on different
assignments in the Organization
among the winners include
Bumper prize containing Car
Honda Amaze with family pack
to Mr. Abdul Rashid of District
Police Doda.
First prize Brio Cars were
handed over to Dy. SP Jeetan Ji
Matoo of Crime Wing and Mr.
Similarly, the second prize
Dastun Go Car was given to
Mohammad Shakoor of SDRF
and the 4th prize motor cycles
were handed over to Mr. Vijay
Kumar of Security and Surinder
Singh of GRP Udhampur.
Likewise, 5th prize Scooty
handed over to Mr.Varinder
Mohammad Afzal of IRP 11 Bn.
6th prize LED handed over to Mr.
Mohammad Imtiyaz Wani of
Reasi, Mr. Shalinder Singh of AP
3rd Bn. and Mst. Raja Bano of
A meeting of Ayurvedic and
Unani Doctors Association (AUDA) was held under the chairmanship of Dr Variendar
Sharma of Association.
The members hailed
Director General Ism Dr Ab.
Kabir Dar for all around development of the department during
his tenure. Members appreciated
the DG ISM for putting meaningful efforts to stream line and
strengthen of ISM Department at
grass root level like by creating of
87 ISM Institutions which was
not done for last 28 years since
creation of the Department.
About 200 post of Medical
Officers ISM created by corresponding reduction of Assistant
Surgeons post from Health
Department. 33 Dispensaries constructed under NABARD and
State plan.
National AYUSH Mission
has also been launched.
He has put tireless efforts
that there is shift of patients from
allopathic to ISM which can be
judged from progress and increase in no of patients visiting in
ISM Institutions.
Tremendous increase in IEC
activities in the state to popularise the system. Creation of
AYUSH Units in district
Hospitals in J&K .Establishment
of Ayurvedic College and Unani
College which will start functioning very soon.
The dynamic leadership of
Director General Dr Ab. Kabir
has taken the Department many
leaps ahead with the sincere efforts and proper persuasion to
create job opportunities for the
unemployed youth under
National Health Mission. There
is a tremendous increase in the
supply of Medicines from reputed
agencies. They appealed to all
ISM Organizations and request
them to come at one platform and
strengthen the hands of worthy
Director General ISM who is the
only hope and who can lead the
ISM at the National level.
developmental projects of district Rajouri
Later on, the
Minister convened a public
grievance redressal camp at
Dhangri wherein the people of
the area put forth various demands pertaining to early completion of roads, upgradation of
schools, electrification of left out
Responding to the demands,
Mr.Kohli said that he is well
versed with the problem being
faced by the people and assured
that all efforts are being made to
mitigate these in a phased manner. He directed the officers to ensure proper monitoring to provide better amenities to the people and timely redressal of their
Among others, RTO, SDM
Nowshera, SDM Kalakote, CPO,
ARTO, and other senior officers
were also present in the meeting.
DDC takes
stock of
GOF Staff Reporter
Reasi, April 23:
Commissioner Reasi, Sushma
Chauhan today held a public
grievances redressal camp at
Katra where people from all
Panchayats participated
SDM Katra-Anil Chandel,
ASP Katra-Sumeer Kotwal, district and sectoral officers of various departments accompanied
the DDC during the camp.
Sarpanchs and Panchs
from different Panchayats
raised the issues pertaining to
various departments including
PHE, Irrigation, Health, Power,
Roads, Rural Development,
Social Welfare, Education,
Forest and other departments.
People also demanded a library
at Karta and the DDC issued directions to the concerned officers for time bound redressal of
grievances and issues.
DDC directed the district officers to carry out internal departmental exercise regarding
the issues raised in the meeting
and come up with plan of action
within a week’s time for resolving the development related issues. She called upon the concerned to ensure that hygiene
and sanitation in the holy town
is maintained and special
squads of municipality, legal
metrology and food safety are
formulated to keep a check on
adulteration. Chauhan said
Katra being base camp of Shri
Mata Vaishno Devi ji yatra
caters to pilgrims from all
across the country and globe
and administration will make
all efforts to make sure that best
facilities are provided to the pilgrims. She ensured that restoration and renovation of all link
roads will be done on war footing. Deputy Commissioner
stressed upon the fact that feedback of the civil society is important in creating a people oriented administration. “While impressing upon the officers for remaining determined for the redressal of the problems of general
public, she said that efficient administration should come up to
the expectations of the people ,”.
Shantamanu chairs Executive Committee meet of State Health Society
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
A meeting of Executive
Committee of State Health
Society, J&K was held here today
under the Chairmanship of
Commissioner/Secretary Health
& Medical Education, Mr.
Shantamanu to review the physical & financial progress of various initiatives under National
Health Mission for the financial
year 2014-15. Detailed presentation on physical & financial
progress under National Health
Mission, J&K was given by Dr.
Director, NHM, J&K. It was informed in the meeting that out of
the total availability of Rs 382.27
Crore during the FY 2014-15 an
amount of Rs 333.24 crore (87 %)
stands utilized. The meeting also
deliberated on the various issues
pertaining to establishment of
Skill labs , nursing nodal centres
at Govt. Medical College Jammu
and Srinagar, procurement of
Equipments for District Early
Intervention Centre’s(DEICs),
procurement of essential drugs,
review of utilization of funds under 13th Finance Commission
award, construction of Maternal
& Child Health wings, establishment of Blood Storage Centre, implementation of National Urban
Health Mission in the State and
timely release of funds.
Shantamanu expressed satisfaction over the achievements
registered by NHM and assured
to remove bottlenecks for its successful
Commissioner/ Secretary directed for strengthening of First
Referral Units & 24x7 PHCs in the
State.The meeting was attended
by Dr Ghansham Dev, Principal
GMC Jammu; Dr Rafiq Ahmad
Jammu; Dr Ab. Kabir Dar,
Director General ISM, Dr Baljeet
Services Jammu; Dr Baldev Raj
Welfare, MCH & Immunization;
Chief Engineer UEED J&K; Mr
Nazir Ahmad Wani, Controller
Organization; Dr. Shazia Wafia,
Regional Director (H&FW), GoI;
Mr. Tasaduq Jeelani, Director
RDD, Kashmir, Mr G N Balwan
Director RDD Jammu, Ms. Satvir
Kour, Director (P&S), State
Health Society; Sh. Zahoor Wani,
Director Finance Health &
Medical Education Department;
Mr. G M Ganaie, Mr Pran Singh,
Joint Director ICDS , Joint
Programme Managers of State
Health Society and other Senior
Officers of allied departments.
Glimpses of Future
Indian-American Vivek Murthy
Takes Oath As US Surgeon General
Fort Myer (Virginia), Apr 23:
ndian-American Vivek
Murthy was today administered the oath for
the top post of US Surgeon
General by Vice President Joe
Biden at a ceremonial ceremony here, becoming the
youngest-ever in charge of the
country's public health.
Hallegere Murthy is now the
American in the Obama
"To have the opportunity
to serve as Surgeon General is
an extraordinary honour and a
profound responsibility, and I
want to thank President
Obama for entrusting me with
the stewardship of this office,"
Murthy said in his address on
the occasion.
Attended by eminent
Indian-Americans, who flew in
the military bastion from
across the country to attend the
Commissioning and Change of
Command Ceremony, Murthy
took the oath on the holy Gita.
As the US Surgeon
General, Murthy carries the
rank of Vice Admiral.
The Health Secretary
Sylvia Burwell also participated in the event.
"He is eminently qualified
for the job," Biden said on the
occasion and described his
family as an "incredible" family in particular his grandmother who was present on the occasion.
"I am who I am because of
my grandmother's faith, my father's strength, my mother's
love, my sister's support and
my fiancée's unyielding belief
in me. I am blessed to have all of
them here with me today. I will
always be grateful to them for
the sacrifices they have made,"
he said, with his parents and
family members seated in the
"My family was never supposed to have left our ancestral
village. My father is the son of a
farmer in rural India. He was
supposed to have been a
farmer, as was I.
But for my grandfather's
insistence that his son get an
education – even if that meant
going into debt – we might have
never left that village to go out
in the world and – as my grandfather also insisted – start fixing what needed fixing," he
"We were not supposed to
have become Americans. My
parents stopped in three other
countries – including a brutal
dictatorship – on their journey
to get here. They saved up money and scrounged for information about job opportunities, always knowing that America
was the destination," Murthy
said. In his first major policy
speech, Murthy vowed to improve the public health of the
country. "Here's the thing:
even as millions of Americans
get covered through the
Affordable Care Act, we still
have much more to do," he said.
"Public health does not exist in a vacuum. It is intrinsically linked to education, employment, the environment
and our economy. There is a
whole world beyond hospital
corridors and clinic waiting
rooms where people are struggling with issues of transportation, housing and development," he said.
"The point is, we cannot effectively address the challenges before us until we treat
health as a shared responsibility. That is why we have to build
the great American community," Murthy said.
IndianAmericans to attend the ceremony were Ravi Jahangirdar,
president of the American
Association of Physicians of
Indian Origin (AAPI), Ashok
Kumar Mago, of the US-INDIA
Chamber of Commerce and Dr
Sampat Shivangi, national
president of Indian American
Forum for Political Education.
Congressman Ami Bera,
the only Indian-American lawmaker in the current Congress,
was also present at the ceremonial event.
Murthy was officially
sworn in at a closed ceremony
on December 18, 2014. He is the
Having travelled across
the country for the past several
months, Murthy made several
announcements in his policy
"We will combat misinformation with clear communication. Whether e-cigarettes or
the latest diet fad, marijuana or
the measles, we will give the
American people the best information so they can make good
decisions for their own health,"
he said.
"In a world in which a lie
can spread around the planet at
the speed of a keystroke, we
will harness the power of new
technologies so that the truth
has a fighting chance. And if
that means I get to team up with
a furry little Muppet to tell parents to vaccinate their kids,
then all the better!" he added
"We will work to move
from a culture of treatment to
one of prevention. We lead the
world in breakthroughs that
create life-saving treatments.
But while the mark of a great
nation may be in how we care
for our most vulnerable, the
test of a strong nation is how
good we are at keeping them
from getting sick in the first
place," Murthy said.
Now, get your
eye exam on a
South African
police say
murdered nun,
86, may have
been raped
Washington, Apr 23:
A new smartphone-assisted
gadget that can examine your
eyes in the comfort of your home
without the presence of a doctor
has been developed. The USD 75
service called Blink can be administered by a technician who
uses a trio of handheld devices.
The screening process takes
about 20 minutes, said David
Schafran, cofounder and chief
product officer for Blink.
In case the user needs an
eyeglass prescription, the technician will send results of the
screening to an optometrist,
who will send back a prescription within 24 hours, according
to MIT Technology Review.
Developed by the US start up
EyeNetra, Blink's eye exam
tools include a black device
which takes the place of an autorefractor for measuring the
level of focusing error. The device uses a Blink app shown on
the smartphone's display to
shine red and green beams of
light at a user's eyes. The users
line up these beams with a dial
and the app figures out their refractive error by measuring the
difference between where the
beams are on the screen and how
much they adjust them. Another
device also uses a smartphone to
act as a lensmeter, which measures the prescription strength of
a user's existing glasses. To do
this, a smartphone running the
app is placed in the device, eyeglasses are slid between the
phone and the device, and a picture is taken of a pattern beneath the eyeglass lens with the
phone's camera. A third device
acts as a phoropter, which helps
determine the specific strength
of the lens prescription the users
need by letting them try different lenses and settings while
looking at an eye chart.
Cape Town, Apr 23:
Police in South Africa
were on Thursday investigating whether an 86-yearold nun of Austrian origin
found murdered had also
been raped.
The body of Sister
Getrud Tiefebacher from the
Sacred Heart Home Convent
in the village of Ixopo, southwest of Durban, was discovered in her room on
Police said her hands
were tied with an electric
typewriter cord and she had
been suffocated with a towel.
"It is also suspected that the
victim was raped before she
was killed," a statement said.
An undisclosed amount
of foreign currency was taken from Tiefebacher`s room.
The killing has shocked the
small village, which is the
setting for Alan Paton`s famous novel Cry the Beloved
"Police have not made
any arrests in connection
with the crime. The search is
ongoing," police spokesman
Thulani Zwane said.
Zwane said Tiefebacher
came to South Africa 50 years
ago and had spent all her
time working for the Roman
Catholic Church.
Regional police commissioner
Ngobeni described the murder as "barbaric", urging the
Actress Sandra Bullock has been named as People's
2015 world's most beautiful woman, gracing the cover of
the magazine's upcoming issue.
community to help police arrest the suspect. Rape is common crime in South Africa,
with 662,649 cases reported in
2013/14, according to official
crime statistics.
UN Chief Urges
Resumption of
Peace Talks,
Quick End to
Yemen Fighting
United Nations, Apr 23:
Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon is calling for a quick
end to fighting in Yemen and
the resumption of UN-led
peace talks to end the conflict.
The UN chief said he
"took note" of Saudi Arabia's
announcement that it was
concluding air-strikes and
expressed concern at the reof
He welcomed the Saudiled coalition's announcement that it supports a quick
resumption of the political
process in Yemen and the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Ban said he is waiting for
"positive responses" from
key parties to his choice for a
new special envoy to Yemen
— widely reported to be the
current UN Ebola chief,
Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Once the new envoy is
approved, Ban said he is
ready to provide the "diplomatic facilities" to resolve
the conflict through negotiations.
Saudi Arabia tightens North Korea Nuclear Arsenal Sons to reunite with Filipina
mall security after alert May Double by 2016: Report maid on death rown in Indonesia
Riyadh, Apr 23:
Shopping malls in Saudi
Arabia have tightened security
after the interior ministry issued a warning over possible
Kingdom Centre Mall in central Riyadh, security guards inspected bags and scanned visitors with metal detectors before they entered, an AFP reporter witnessed.
Inside the older Akaria
Mall and office complex in the
city centre, guards also stopped
visitors and searched their belongings. At a suburban mall
this week, a witness said they
saw police cars deployed and
officers inspecting the vehicles
of arriving shoppers.
The new measures follow
an interior ministry warning
on Monday over a possible attack against a shopping centre
or oil facilities. A ministry
spokesman said there was "an
alert" involving a mall or oil installations but did not provide
further details. State-owned
Saudi Aramco, the world`s
largest oil company in terms of
crude production and exports
based in the
east of the kingdom, told AFP
it had a policy
of not commenting
matters concerning security. Fears about
venge attacks
by jihadists in
largest oil exhave
since September when Saudi
Arabia began taking part in
US-led air strikes against the
Islamic State group in Syria.
Minister Prince Mohammed
bin Nayef ordered that security
be tightened nationwide after
the kingdom launched air
strikes against Iran-backed
Shiite rebels in neighbouring
Yemen. On April 8, two Saudi
policemen were killed when
their patrol came under fire
from unknown assailants in
Riyadh less than two weeks after two others were wounded in
a similar attack.
Between 2003 and 2007 Al-
College Bans Girls From Running
As They Might 'Lose Their Virginity'
Seoul, Apr 23:
Qaeda waged a campaign of
bombings and shootings that
killed expatriate workers
along with Saudi security officers. In a fresh spate of attacks,
Westerners have been targeted
in Saudi Arabia four times
since October. Authorities arrested three Saudis, suspected
of shooting a Danish national,
who were said to have acted "in
support of" IS. Another incident saw a Canadian stabbed
and wounded at a shopping
mall in Dhahran, where Saudi
Aramco is based. The United
States closed its Riyadh embassy for several days in early
March because of unspecified
security concerns.
City Office
P.H.E. Station
Bakshi Nagar
Gandhi Nagar
Company Bagh
Melbourne, Apr 23:
An Islamic college here has
banned its girl students from
participating in running competitions as its principal believes it may cause them to
"lose their virginity", prompting an investigation by an
Australian regulatory body.
According to The Age, the issue
of banning the girls from running by the Al-Taqwa College
in Truganina suburb was being
probed by the state schools regulator Victorian Registration
and Qualifications Authority
The report quoted a letter
sent to the education ministers
this week by a former teacher
which claimed that female students were being discriminated against at the school. "The
principal holds beliefs that if females run excessively, they
may 'lose their virginity'," the
letter said adding "The principal believes that there is scientific evidence to indicate that if
girls injure themselves, such as
break their leg while playing
soccer, it could render them infertile". The principal of the col-
lege, Omar Hallak, has been accused of stopping girls from
competing in sporting events
believing potential injuries
could also make them infertile.
Hallak had earlier also
claimed that Israel and the US
had conspired to create the
Islamic State terrorist group,
The Age reported. The school is
located in Melbourne's outerwest, takes male and female
students from Prep to Year 12,
and also has campuses at
Tarneit and in Indonesia. The
issue has been referred to both
federal and state education
Minister James Merlino said
he was not aware of receiving
the letter, but has referred the
claim to VRQA to investigate.
"If these claims are true they
would be very concerning,"
Merlino said. "There are minimum standards that school's
must meet, including minimum standards of governance.
I've asked the VRQA to investigate to determine whether
these reports are true and if
they are, to report back to me
and what further action could
be taken," he said.
Chinese nuclear experts
believe North Korea may already have a nuclear arsenal of
20 warheads and the uranium
enrichment capacity to double
that figure by next year, according to a media report today. The
estimate, which the Wall Street
Journal said was relayed to US
nuclear specialists in a closeddoor meeting in February, is
significantly higher than any
previously known Chinese assessment. It also exceeds recent
estimates by US experts which
put the North's current arsenal
at between 10 and 16 nuclear
weapons. A leading expert on
North Korea's nuclear programme, Siegfried Hecker,
who attended the February
meeting, said a sizeable North
Korean stockpile would only
compound the challenge the international community faces
in persuading Pyongyang to denuclearise. "The more they believe they have a fully functional nuclear arsenal and deterrent, the more difficult it's going to be to walk them back
from that," Hecker told the
Journal. The Chinese estimate
reflects growing concern in
Beijing about the nuclear ambi-
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the latest in a series of expert
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Pyongyang is moving faster
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five years and, in a worst case
scenario, could possess 100
atomic arms by 2020. North
Korea carried out nuclear tests
in 2006, 2009 and 2013, and has
an extremely active ballistic
missile development programme, although expert opinion is split on how much
progress it has made. In 2012,
Pyongyang demonstrated its
rocket capabilities by sending a
satellite into orbit, but it has yet
to conduct a test that would
show it had mastered the re-entry technology required for an
inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). The other key
question is how close the North
is to being able to miniaturise a
nuclear device that could be fitted on the tip of a missile. In a
white paper published in
January, the South Korean defence ministry said the North
had already taken its miniaturisation technology to a "significant" level.
The two young sons of a
Philippine maid on death row
for drug trafficking in
Indonesia will fly out
Thursday for a feared final reunion, the government said as
it mounted a last-ditch campaign to save her.Mary Jane
Veloso, 30, is facing imminent
execution for drug trafficking
along with a group of other foreigners as Indonesian
President Joko Widodo presses
on with his war on illegal
drugs.The Philippine government has paid for Veloso`s
sons, aged 6 and 12, and her
mother to fly to Indonesia, said
foreign department
spokesman Charles Jose.
They will join Veloso`s father and sister who are already
in Indonesia. The family plans
to spend a week with her as the
government pursues every
means possible to have her
death sentence commuted,
Jose said.
"We are exhausting the
remedies open to us and we
will continue to pursue both
the legal track, which is the ap-
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peal for judicial review, and
the diplomatic track, which is
the appeal for clemency," Jose
told reporters. Philippine vice
president Jejomar Binay is in
Jakarta this week for an AsiaAfrica summit and is spearheading the government`s efforts to save Veloso, who insists she was duped by an international drug syndicate.
On Wednesday he delivered a letter appealing for
clemency to the Indonesian
government from President
Benigno Aquino.
Binay also hoped to meet
Widodo this week to make a direct appeal. A second appeal
for the Indonesian courts to reconsider the conviction is being prepared, according to Jose
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People`s Lawyers, which has
been assisting in Veloso`s case.
The petition, which is expected to be filed on Monday,
will argue that Veloso was a
victim of human trafficking
and that she is not a drug smuggler, said the union`s assistant
secretary-general, Ephraim
Veloso was caught at
Yogyakarta airport in 2009
with 2.6 kilogrammes (5.73
pounds) of heroin sewn into
the lining of her suitcase.
Veloso claims a family
friend, working with an international crime gang, had secretly placed it in the suitcase.
Veloso said she had flown
to Indonesia because the friend
had promised her a job as a
maid. International drug
gangs often prey on Filipinos
working abroad, deceiving or
threatening them, or offering
big cash rewards, according to
the government and labour
rights groups.
More than 800 Filipinos
are in jails overseas, with 41 on
death row, foreign ministry
spokesman Jose said. Most of
those facing execution are in
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Received complaints over
cartelisation in coal bidding: Govt
New Delhi, April 23:
Thursday said it has received a
"cartelisation" in bidding during
the recent coal block auctions
and investigations are being carried out in the matter. "A few
complaints were received regarding cartelisation in bidding," Coal and Power Minister
Piyush Goyal said in a written
reply to Lok Sabha.
It is not possible to conclu-
sively establish the same until
investigation are carried out by
competent authority," he added.
The government has not approved the recommendation of
nominated authority (NA) for
declaration of successful bidder
in case of four coal mines-Gare
Palma IV/2, Gare Palma IV/3,
Gare Palma IV/1 and Tara -- as final closing closing bid price was
not found to be reflecting fair
value, he said.
Jindal Power, a subsidiary
of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd,
has emerged as successful bidder for Gare Palma IV/2, Gare
Palma IV/3 and Tara coal
blocks, while Balco had emerged
as successful bidder for Gare
Palma IV/1 coal block. Of the total 67 mines -- 29 were auctioned
and 38 were alloted to the central
and state PSUs. In a separate reply, the minister said that the
revenue likely to be generated
from the recent auction and allotment of 67 mines is estimated
at 3.35 lakh crore. "The estimated amount of revenue likely to be
generated from the auction/allotment of these 67 coal mines is
Rs 3,35,370 crore approximately," Goyal said. In addition, the
benefits to consumers in terms
of reduction of electricity tariffs
is likely to be about Rs 69,310.97
crore, he added. Out of 204 coal
blocks cancelled by the Supreme
Court last year, government has
so far allocated 67 coal mines
through auction and allotment
in the current year. "One coal
block namely, Ardhagram
where the successful bidder was
declared, has been handed over
to designated custodian in view
of the court case," he said. He,
however, said that no time limit
has been fixed for completing the
allocation process of all the 204
mines. Of the total 67 mines, the
maximum no of 20 mines went to
Jharkhand, followed by 14 to
Chhattisgarh and 11 to West
Bengal among others. Madhya
Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha
and Telengana are the other
states to which the mines were
allocated. Replying to another
question, Goyal said that out of
the 29 mines auctioned, 16 are operational and 13 are non- operational.(PTI)
Growth over 7.5% may
not be sustainable, resolve
tax issues: Moody's
New Delhi, April 23:
New Delhi, April 23:
To boost landline business, the state-run BSNL on
Thursday announced unlimited free calling scheme during night hours from its fixed
line phones to any operator including mobile phones anywhere in the country from
May 1. The scheme would be
operational between 9 PM to 7
AM and would cover all type of
connections, BSNL said in a
"BSNL has introduced
unlimited free calling during
night hours from its landline
phones to all landline phones
and mobile phones of all service provider's network on all
India basis from 1st May,"
BSNL said.
Under the scheme, all major landline general plans of
rural and urban areas, landline special plans as well as all
major Combo (landline with
broadband) plans are covered.
As per latest TRAI data,
BSNL which dominates landline market was the biggest
loser of fixed-line customers
in February while Airtel
emerged as top gainer. The
company had over 1.66 crore
landlines at the end of
February. Even after losing
162,556 landline customers in
February, the company dominated the market with 62.26
percent share.(PTI)
Govt considering clarificatory amendments to MAT rules: Sinha
New Delhi, April 23:
The government is considering
clarificatory amendments to the rules
relating to Minimum Alternate Tax
(MAT) for the benefit of foreign investors who have been battling tax demands worth Rs 40,000 crore.
"Clarificatory amendments to MAT
rules are under consideration of the
government," Minister of State for
Finance, Jayant Sinha, told reporters
on the sidelines of a conference on climate change held here Thursday.
Sinha, along with top government officials, had held meeting with Foreign
Institutional Investors (FIIs) yesterday, pressing for government's Rs
40,000 crore tax demand, saying they
should approach courts to get relief on
these matters.
However, the government also
made it clear that such demands would
not apply to the entities from DTAA
countries such as Singapore and
In case of investors from jurisdictions having Double Taxation
Avoidance Agreements (DTAAs) with
India, the treaty benefits would override the tax demands. The Revenue
Department has already sent notices to
FIIs, demanding 20 percent MAT on
capital gains made by them till March
31, 2015. For all other foreign investors
except those falling under DTAA, the
only remedy left is to challenge the levy
of 20 percent MAT on capital gains they
made in past three years.
Earlier speaking on 'Climate
Change Finance In India', Sinha said
the private sector has to be a prime
mover to help innovate and finance
clean energy to mitigate environmental challenges. "Even as we talk about
what government is doing with respect
to climate financing... The reality is
that the private sector is going to be the
prime mover and prime agent in actually helping us to deal with the financ-
Girls Taekwondo meet begins
GOF Staff Reporter
JAMMU, April 23:
Organised by the Department of youth Services and
Sports (DYSS), the district Jammu taekwondo meet in girls
under-14 and under-17 age groups got underway at Indoor
Complex, MA Stadium, here today. Around 75 girls are taking
part in this two-day competition being held in various weight
categories. Earlier, the competition was declared open by
District Officer, Sukhdev Raj Sharma.
Today Results: UNDER-14 yr: 26 kg: Shivani, Army Public
School (APS), Ist; Bhawani Gupta, HSS New National, 2nd. 29
kg: Vasundra Sharma, Shangrilla Public, Ist and Amanpreet
Kour, APS, 2nd. 38 kg: Radhika Dutta, Crescent Public School,
Ist and Kavleen Kour, HSS New National School, 2nd. Above
38 kg: Fiza Khar, Crescent Public School, Ist and Prerena
Sharma, APS, 2nd.
Real Madrid, Juventus
complete UEFA Champions
League semi-finals line-up
Paris, April 23:
Real Madrid and Juventus scraped into the Champions
League semi-finals on Wednesday, joining already qualified
Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Defending champions Real
edged city rivals Atletico 1-0 thanks to an 88th-minute winner
from on-loan striker Javier Hernandez after a goalless first
leg. Juventus also made it to the last-four after a 0-0 draw in
Monaco allowed them to qualify courtesy of their 1-0 first leg
win in Italy last week. Bayern and Barcelona had made sure of
their places on Tuesday leaving Friday`s semi-final draw to
feature four teams with 21 European Cup triumphs between
them. The tie in Madrid was a repeat of last season`s final, won
by Real 4-1 after extra-time, but Atletico had gone unbeaten in
seven previous meetings against their city rivals this season.
However, the visitors had to play the final 14 minutes with
10 men as Arda Turan was shown a second yellow card for a
high challenge on Sergio Ramos.
Hernandez then finally got the all-important goal after
brilliant work from James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo
left the Mexican (on loan from Manchester United) with the
simplest of finishes from close range. "Obviously it is my most
important goal because the present is what is important," said
Hernandez. "It is a derby which hasn`t brought good memories
since winning the 10th European Cup. I was the one who
scored, but it belongs to everyone. The people who believed in
me, my teammates and my family." Atletico boss Diego
Simeone hailed his players efforts.
"I go away proud of my team. Once more we competed
very well in a very difficult competition like the Champions
League," said the Argentine. Juventus made the last four of the
Champions League for the first time since 2003 after a goalless
draw in their quarter-final, second leg with Monaco saw them
progress 1-0 on aggregate. A controversial Arturo Vidal penalty in the first leg in Turin last week ultimately proved enough
for the Serie A leaders, who relied on their defensive strength
to see off opponents again let down by their lack of quality in
the final third. A Monaco side full of youthful enthusiasm
pushed forward for long spells, but Juventus -- who had let in
just one goal in their previous nine matches -- always looked in
control and veteran `keeper Gianluigi Buffon was never seriously threatened. The Italian giants came closest to scoring
from a 90th-minute Andrea Pirlo free-kick that clipped the bar.
"Tonight was important.(PTI)
ing of the climate amelioration technologies," Sinha said.
He added that India really needs to
look towards the private sector for
large-scale solutions in this area.
"We have to think, in India how we
can come up with innovative solutions,
where domestic venture capital, domestic private equity, some kind of innovative financing arrangement with
public sector support (can) make it possible for us to enable a very valuable solution to take off," Sinha said.
Sinha said it is not possible for the
government to work on climate change
all by itself and it wants the private sector to step in. "We really have to look to
the private sector for large scale solutions that can help us scale up and
which can get to every home, every village and every community in India and
around the world. "Otherwise, it's not
going to be possible for government to
do it by itself because we really need
the private sector to step in," he said.
And as the private sector steps in,
we have to really make sure that the solutions that are developed for India, are
developed in India by Indian innovators, Sinha added. "We have to inno-
vate in India, for India. And if we don't
get the private sector to be innovative,
we are not going to be able to scale it up,
we are not going to be able to attract
sufficient financing. "We can't look to
the public sector, we really have to look
to the private sector for solutions,"
Sinha said. One of the very important
initiatives that the government is undertaking and has communicated
through the Budget is to really build up
the entrepreneurial and innovation
ecosystem in India, so that India can
develop the solution that will be successful here, the Minister said.
Speaking at the same event, Chief
Economic Adviser Arvind
Subramanian said India needs to price
coal (usage in the form of carbon credits) and go on a war footing to get clean
technology as substitute for coal. "We
have to focus on really what are the key
things that we need to avert climate
change. I think a lot needs to be done in
this regard," Subramanian said.(PTI)
Gourav powers Law School to
huge win over Geography
GOF Staff Reporter
JAMMU, April 23:
Sailing on brilliant innings from
Gourav Khajuria, the young side of Law
School today registered an easy nine wickets win against their seniors representing
Department of Geography in advance in the
ongoing inter-department cricket tournament of University of Jammu, organised by
the Directorate of Sports and Physcial
Education on the campus ground, here.
Gourav hit the bowlers hard making unbeaten 92 runs coming off 50 deliveries studded with three sixes and four boundaries.
Earlier, batting first, Department of
Geography set a target of 124 runs for nine
wickets. Aatish remained top scorer with
27-ball 31 runs while Pankaj and Sandeep
contributed 19 and 13 runs respectively.
From Law School, Sohit took three wickets
while Gourav bagged two. In reply, Law
School attain the goal, rather easily, making
12 runs for just one wicket in 13.4 overs.
Gourav singlehandedly guided the side to
win with his 92 not out. Sahil and
Yashvardhan contributed 12 and five runs
respectively. Lokinder took the only wicket
lost by Law School.
In other match of the day, Department
of Mathematics outplayed Department of
Chemistry by 10 runs. Mathematics, batting
first, set a target of 157 runs for seven wickets. Sumeet played fine innings of 48-ball 61
runs hitting nine boundaries and one six.
Ashish added 21 runs while Manoj and Arun
contributed 17 runs each. Yawar, Sumit,
Ashwani and Mukesh shared apiece each.
Later, Department of Chemistry could
not give finishing touch to their innings and
0-3 series loss is a low point in
our cricket history: Imran Khan
Karachi, April 23:
Former Pakistan skipper
Imran Khan on Thursday joined
the chorus of angry fans and excricketers over the national
team's ODI whitewash in
Bangladesh, terming the 0-3 loss
as a "low point in Pakistan crick-
et history". Imran, speaking on a
local television channel, said a
culture of nepotism, favouritism
and bypassing of merit had resulted in Pakistan cricket hitting
a new low. "What do we expect
from a weak cricket structure
where we have a mismanaged
domestic structure. This series
loss is a low point in our cricket
history," he said. The whitewash
in Bangladesh has seen Pakistan
slip to eight position in the
International Cricket Council
rankings just above Bangladesh
and Zimbabwe. 62-year-old, who
led Pakistan to their only World
Cup triumph in 1992, said the
problems in Pakistan cricket
had to be addressed at the management level first. "We have so
much talent but a poor and weak
cricket system does not allow
this talent to be realised." Imran
feels Pakistan has a lot of talent
cricketers. "Other greats have
identified Pakistan as having the
best talents, so where are we going wrong?," Imran asked.(PTI)
BSNL offers free pan-India
calling from landline
exhausted their quota of 20 overs for 147
runs losing three wickets. Yawar and
Mukesh made 39 runs while Ravi contributed 35 runs. Sumeet, Manoj and Arun
shared the wickets from Department of
Mathematics. Today’s matches officiated
by the technical penal comprising Suresh
Singh, Opinder Singh, Raj Kumar Bakshi,
Pankaj Sasun and Vijay Dogra. Manu
Khajuria was scorer in both the matches.
A growth rate of more than 7.5 percent may not be "sustainable" for India in the present scenario and the country needs to resolve tax issues that are impacting its investment climate, global
rating agency Moody's said Thursday. It said however that the
grow rate of 7.5 percent projected for the current fiscal is "good"
and India's outlook is better than its peers. "What is positive for
India is political willingness to take a longer term reform measures. 7.5 percent growth rate for current fiscal is a good growth
and in present scenario higher than 7.5 percent is not sustainable," Moody's vice president Atsi Seth told reporters.
She underlined the need for resolving the tax issues saying
"uncertainty on tax issues is a deterrent to investment climate.
Clarity on tax issue is important. "We are looking at long term
growth prospects for five year horizon. We are looking at sustainability of growth." The tax department has recently sent notices to
FIIs demanding Rs 40,000 crore as Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT)
on the capital gains made by them till March 31, 2015. Although the
decision to slap tax notices follows a court ruling, it has generated
lot of controversy. As regards the growth outlook, Seth said India's
prospects appear better than its peers but the policies are needed to
incentivised to push private sector. "India's outlook is relative better to other peers (and)...Constraints appear to be easing. India's inflation has been higher. Inflation could be a concern. Current
Account Deficit (CAD) has improved quite dramatically. Growth
will be pushed by private sector and for that policies will have to incentivised." Although the inflation has come down significantly in
the past, the impact of unseasonal rains and hailstorm is likely to
disrupt supplies and fuel food inflation in the coming months.(PTI)
Google most attractive
employer in India
New Delhi, April 23:
Google has emerged as the most attractive employer in the
country followed by Sony, according to leading human resource
consultancy Randstad. Microsoft India, which topped the list
consecutively for the past four years, has been inducted into the
'hall of fame' category this year. The sector-specific special recognition awards this year has been awarded to Tata Steel for manufacturing, P&G for FMCG and Honda India for automobile verticals. Besides these firms, some of the other most attractive companies in India include, Cognizant Technology Services, HewlettPackard, HPCL, IBM, Infosys, L&T, ONGC, Samsung, SBI, Taj
Group of Hotels, TCS, Tata Motors, Toyota and Wipro.
Randstad India CEO, Moorthy K Uppaluri said that as Indian
economy and job market continues to gain momentum, it is putting
pressure on corporate India to retain and attract best talent. "This is
the right time for India Inc to better articulate and strengthen their
employer brand to attract, manage and retain the top talent," he
said. According to the fifth edition of the Randstad Award 2015,
while choosing an employer, Indian workforce give the utmost importance to competitive salary and employee benefits, followed by
long-term job security. The top five influencing factors are salary
and employee benefits (54 percent), long-term job security (49 percent), work-life balance (39 percent), pleasant working atmosphere
(39 percent) and financial health of the company (38 percent). The
survey noted that the top three most attractive sectors are IT and
Communication (72 percent), followed by FMCG and retail (68 percent) and automobile (67 percent), respectively.(PTI)
PPCPL: BCC Bulls, Kashmir
Steel Warriors win ties
GOF Staff Reporter
JAMMU, April 23:
The BCC Bulls and
emerged winners in their respective ties to strengthen their
position in the ongoing Police
Public Cricket Premier League
(PPCPL) at GGM Science
College Hostel ground, here today. In first match of the day,
BCC Bulls defeated Simula
Superstars by 43 runs. After
winning the toss and batting
first, BCC Bulls scored 105 runs
losing all their wickets. Satish
(21) and Ahmer (17) were top
Hardeep Singh and Kuldeep
took two wickets each.
In reply, Simula Superstars
were bundled out for just 62
runs in 15.5 overs. Dhruv with
15 and Shashi with 12 runs were
the main scorers. From BCC
Bulls, Amir Sofi was bowled
deadly spell taking away five
wickets while Owais Shah secured two. For his match winning haul, Amir Sofi was named
man of the match.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Steel
Warriors also won their tie beating Chenab Tigers. Kashmir
Steel Warriors, batting first,
scored huge 175 runs for nine
wickets. Abid Nabi remained
highest scorer with 67 runs
while Pranav Gupta and Rahul
Musa added 38 and 18 runs respectively.
Tigers, Asif Rasool took two
wickets, followed by Safqat ,
Abid Mushtaq, Adil Reshi,
Raman Dutta and Zahid Mugal,
who shared apiece each.
In reply, Chenab Tigers
managed only 127 runs in 18.4
overs losing all their wickets to
lose the match by 48 runs. Adil
Reshi and Shafqat Baba were
main scores with 22 runs each.
Nazir took four important wickets while Abid Nabi bagged two.
Abid Nabi was obvious choice
for the man of the match award
of Rs 3,000. Inspector General of
Police (IGP), Danesh Rana was
chief guest while DIG Shakeel
Beig was guest of honour in today’s matches. FIXTURE: The
JKP Tigers shall take on
Banihal Knight Riders at 10 am
while Jammu Royal Choice
shall meet Kashmir Steel
Warriors at 2 pm tomorrow.
Saina, Sindhu win; Kashyap loses in Asia Championship
China, April 23:
World No. 1 Saina Nehwal
started her campaign with a
hard-fought win, while P V
Sindhu too continued her rampaging run but it was curtains
for top men's shuttler Parupalli
Kashyap at the USD 200,000
Badminton Asia Championship
here on Thursday. Olympic
bronze-medallist, Saina, who got
a bye and a walkover in the first
two rounds, was off the blocks
with a 21-14 10-21 21-10 win over
Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in a
women's singles match that lasted for an hour and seven minutes. The Indian will next take on
fifth seed Tzu Ying Tai of Chinese
Taipei. Eighth seed Sindhu, a
two-time bronze winner at the
World Championships, set up a
clash with top seed Li Xuerui of
China in the quarterfinals after
brushing aside Macau's Teng Iok
U 21-8 21-9 in another women's
singles match at the Wuhan
Sports Center Gymnasium.
However, Commonwealth
Games champion Kashyap, who
had played a long match yesterday against Chinese Taipei's Jen
Hao Hsu, could not continue his
winning run as his gallant fight
ended with a 23-21 17-21 8-21 loss
to seventh seed Zhengming
Wang of China. Among other
Indians, the men's doubles pair
of Manu Attri and Sumeeth
Reddy B sank 10-21 13-21 against
third seeds Xiaolong Liu and
Zihan Qiu of China.
The mixed doubles pair of
Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan
also went down 13-21 5-21 to Kai
Lu and Yaqiong Huang of China.
An All England finalist,
Saina fought back from 3-5 and 46 in the first and third game to
hand Okuhara her third defeat
in as many encounters.
The girl from Hyderabad
lagged initially but she soon
opened up a 9-5 lead and even
though Okuhara clawed back
with a four-point burst, Saina
was able to keep her nose ahead
to grab the opening game.
Okuhara changed her tac-
tics in the second game and
surged ahead to 5-0 early on and
then kept distancing herself
from the Indian to roar back into
the contest. In the decider, Saina
was back in her elements and after lagging 3-5, she drew parity to
enter the break with a healthy
11-7 lead. Okuhara tried to break
Saina's game but the Indian
stamped her authority, reeling
off nine straight points to leave
the Japanese stranded.
In men's singles, Kashyap
showed tremendous grit as he
fought back from 0-5 down to grab
an 11-8 lead at one stage and despite Wang clawing back at 12-12,
the Indian kept breathing down
his neck to eventually earn the
early bragging rights. However,
Wang bounced back comfortably
in the second game as he led 6-3
early on and then held a 11-9 advantage at the interval. The
Chinese blasted five points on the
trot to create a gap which
Kashyap couldn't bridge.(PTI)
Glimpses of Future
Sandra Bullock, not
Deepika Padukone or
Katrina Kaif declared
the Most beautiful
Woman by People mag-
'ABCD 2' has a small
homage to Govinda:
Varun Dhawan
Actor Varun Dhawan, who is a diehard fan of Govinda and his dancing talent, says there is small homage to the comic star in his forthcoming film ‘ABCD 2’.
"You will see Indian steps in the film
and there is a small section in the film
which is a homage to Govinda," Varun
said here on Wednesday at the trailer
launch of ‘ABCD 2’. While shooting for the
film, the actor learnt different forms of
dancing and also did aerial silk, and he is
happy about that. ‘ABCD 2’ is a sequel to
Ranveer Singh’s various avatars!
People magazine has announced Sandra Bullock as
the most beautiful woman in the world for the year 2015.
Sandra has featured in films like The Blind Side, Gravity,
Miss Congeniality and Speed. She was even named as the
highest paid actress by Forbes last year.
People magazine reports that when Sandra came to
know about her title as the World’s Most Beautiful
Woman, she thought it was “hysterical”. She has a son,
Louis Bardo Bullock who doesn’t like it very much when
his mum puts on make-up. Sandra herself doesn’t like to
deck up a lot and she mostly opts for simple outfits and
subtle make-up. When she is spotted by the paparazzi off
duty, she is mostly wearing no make-up.
When asked what makes her feel the most beautiful,
Sandra revealed that her role of a mother made her feel
the most beautiful everyday. Despite being 50, she is invincible and there aren’t a lot of actresses who are in her
Sandra was recently in the news after a stalker broke
into her house and she hid in her closet to make a frantic
911 call to the police. It was remarkable how Bullock held
He is young, smart
and irresistibly hot. One
of the most sought after
actors today, Ranveer
Singh, began his career
with Yash Raj Films’
‘Band Baaja Baaraat’
(BBB) in December
2010. And since then
there has been no looking back.
Singh has been endowed with talent and
good looks in abundance. The actor, in a
short span, has been
able to garner name,
fame, success and appreciation. Since BBB,
he has acted in films
that have helped him exhis
prowess. In order to do
justice to the characters
he has essayed, Ranveer
has tried various looks
and delivered performances that have complimented the film’s requirements.
Here’s taking a look at the various avatars, Ranveer has sported in films so far:
Ranveer as a boy-next-door in 'Band Baaja Baaraat'.
Ranveer in a classic 1950's look in 'Lootera'.
Ranveer in 'Gunday'
Ranveer as the rustic Ram in 'Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram leela'
Ranveer as funny Gabo in 'Finding Fanny'
The dashing actor will soon be sporting a bald look in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's
'Bajirao Mastani', which will see him essay Maratha king Bajirao.
Remo D'Souza's 2013 dance based 3D film
‘ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance’ also features Shraddha Kapoor, choreographerdirector Prabhudheva and international
dancer Lauren Gottlieb. It is slated to release on June 19.
Film counts, not
Amitabh Bachchan
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan feels content of a film decides its success and not the rigorous promotions.
Bachchan, 72, who is currently busy promoting his upcoming film "Piku", said the box-office connotations have
changed over the period of time. "In a spate of excessive content on PIKU being put out from the morning, there is a moment when it comes to a halt... Promotions can only do what
promotions are meant to... Eventually its the film that
counts...," Bachchan posted on his blog. "... Box Office connotations have taken a different stance, a different reference, a different understanding... Those that are them that
follow the tide, are the ones who succeed in the execution of
the format," he added. In "Piku", Bachchan plays an ageing
father to Deepika Padukone.
The film, releasing on May 8, is directed by Shoojit
Sircar and also stars Irrfan Khan in a prominent role.
Iceman comes out of the closet in the
latest X-Men storyline!
It looks like making your
favorite superheroes accept alternate sexuality
is a new way of life in the
world of comics!First it
was Green Lantern and
Catwoman and Harley
Quinn turned out to be
bisexual. Rumour has it,
that Marvel had even
toyed with the idea of a
gay Spider-man! Now it’s
the turn of Bobby Drake
aka Iceman… In the latest issue of the All New XMen comic storyline, it’s
depicted that Jean Grey,
the mutant who can read
minds, confronts Iceman
directly about his sexuality. It looks like she always
knew he was hiding this aspect of his life, having read his mind . Though Iceman denies the allegation outright, you can see he is visibly unnerved by what she said, which proves only one thing – he is gay.
Iceman had been in various relationships with a few girls in the comics, though none of them actually
turned out to be on a long term-basis, like say Jean Grey-Cyclops. This was in contrast with his arc in the X-Men
movies, where he played by Shawn Ashmore, and was in a stable relationship with Rogue. In the comics, he did
date Kitty Pryde, Polaris, Annie and even the enemy, Mystique, but none of them went long term. Now we know
the reason why… Check out the full comic panel that led the world know about Bobby Drake’s big secret!
Who is going to come out of the closet next, Marvel? Wolverine or Steve Rogers? Any clue, Marvel fans?
Here’s why Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s
Priyanka Chopra didn’t want to sing the Dil
Dhadakne Do title track, but someone convinced December wedding got preponed to June!
her! WHO?
The title track from Dil
Dhadakne Do has been unveiled
and it is the first time that Priyanka
Chopra has lent her voice to a song
in her film. Everyone is well aware
about Priyanka Chopra’s singing
outings in the past for her singles.
However, this is for the first time
that she has crooned for a film. But
there’s something that people don’t
know. It was her DDD co-star
Farhan Akhtar who cajoled her to
sing for the film.
Farhan who has himself sung
the song has always appreciated
Priyanka’s singing skills and once
the plans were made, he wanted
PeeCee to take the mic up. The title
track of the song is quite urban and
peppy and features the entire cast
Priyanka has consciously
stayed away from singing in films
and has even been vocal about how
she does not foray into singing for films. However Farhan seems to have managed to convince her to lend her voice. For the first time Priyanka has
done playback singing for the title track of Dil Dhadakne Do. She has lent her voice to Anushka Sharma and Shefali Shah for the song. The duo –
Farhan and Priyanka had fun recording the song and then shooting it along with the entire cast. The trailer of this most awaited film has been loved
by the audiences. With a stellar cast and shot at beautiful locations, Zoya Akhtar’s next, Dil Dhadakne Do is slated to release on June 5.
wedding to Delhibased girl Mira Rajput
has made headlines
since January. Such is
the curiosity around
Sasha’s marriage that
fans and press are
both digging as deep
into the matter as possible. But like always
BollywoodLife is the
first to tell you the
most secretive details
of this couple’s wedding.
next film with Kriti
Sanon, Farzi has been
pushed ahead is known, but the reason his December wedding was preponed is not yet out. A source close to this development told us, “This young and extremely good looking couple (Shahid and Mira) and their families did not want to extend
the courtship period and felt that it’s best for the duo to settle down in marriage at the earliest.”
Considering that Shahid has a long list of interesting projects lined up this December and since his schedule is chock-ablocked, accommodating a destination wedding amidst his work was difficult.
With so much speculation around the Udta Punjab actor’s wedding seems like the family didn’t want the couple’s relationship and marriage to be under media scrutiny for so long.
Last time we told you how Mira had deleted some friends from her social media account and even closed her personal
accounts after details of her past were leaked to the press. Mira’s family has always kept a low profile and didn’t like all the
press coverage their daughter was getting. Since Mira and Shahid‘s much awaited marriage has finally come closer, may
be the couple is hoping to pose for the cameras and finally pin down all the talk around their personal lives once and for all.
For more updates on Shahid and his June wedding come back right here!
Glimpses of Future
Dy. CM reviews status
of land identification for IIT
Directs for making
arrangements for
academic session
GOF Staff Reporter
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr.
Nirmal Kumar Singh, today
chaired a high-level meeting to
review the status of land identification for setting up of prestigious Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) in Jammu,
and logistic arrangements for
commencing the classes for the
academic year 2015-16.
HC stayed the election
for the post of Secy Amar
Singh Club
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
In a petition filed by Dr. Navindu
Raizdanand who are executive committee
members of Amar Singh Club aggrieved of
the notice issued for elections to the post of
Secretary on the ground that the impugned
notice is dehors the constitution of Amar
Singh Club whereby Ex-secretary of the club
continuous to be the Secretary of the Club till
the time four members nominated to the executive committee by the President of the
Club and thereafter a new secretary would be
allowed but in the instant case President has
not nominated any member to the Executive
Committee, as such hold of the elections is
not warranted. Justice Bansi Lal Bhat of J&K
High Court Jammu Wing after hearing Sr.
Adv BS Salathia with Adv Sachin Gupta appearing for the petitioner issued notice returnable within two weeks and ordered that
meanwhile subject to objections from other
side till next date of hearing before the Bench
order Notice No ASC/130-49/15 dated April
17, 2015 so far it pertains to the elections for
the post of Secretary shall stayed. JNF
Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan
joins PDP
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Welfare, Forest, Ecology and
Environment, Bali Bhagat,
Minister for Education, Naeem
Akhter, Minister of State
Information, Education and
Culture, Priya Sethi were also
present in the meeting.
While discussing the issues related to the setting up of
IIT, Dr. Singh impressed upon
the concerned officers to expedite the land identification
process and making adequate
arrangements for starting the
academic session 2015-16, till
the permanent establishment
of the institute.
The Deputy Chief Minister
maintained that with the setting up of IIT at Jammu, the
students of Jammu and
Kashmir and other States will
avail benefits of professional
education in different fields.
Delay of implementation of Court order
DB ordered DGP to pay
compensation Rs 40000 to the petitioner
Jammu, April 23:
In a contempt petition filed by
one Baldev Singh, A Division Bench
of State High Court Comprising
Vasanthakumar and Justice Dhiraj
Singh Thakur after hearing Sr. Adv
SS Lehar for the petitioner, observed
that without punishing Director
General of Police J&K and ordered
that DGP shall pay a of Rs.40,000/- as
compensation to the petitioner for
the delay in implementation of the
order of this Court within a period of
two weeks from today.
While directing DGP to pay compensation, Division Bench observed
that this contempt petition is filed
for non-compliance of the order dated 27.12.2011 wherein the Division
Bench affirmed the order dated
No.1599/2002. The Writ Court gave
the directions to the respondents to
consider the case of the petitioner
for appointment as Follower and the
SSP Samba was directed to refer the
case of the petitioner to General
Administration Department for relaxation of his upper age limit in
terms of Rule 5 of Civil Services
(Classification Control and Appeal)
Rules, 1956 within a period of three
months. Instead of referring the
matter, an appeal was filed which
was dismissed by the Division
Bench directing the respondents to
comply with the directions of Single
Judge within a period of two
months. SLP was filed before the
Supreme Court which was also dismissed on 08.04.2013. Even thereafter, no action was taken for about
two years.
DB after hearing Adv Sr. Adv SS
Lehar with Advocates Meharban
Singh and Ravi Abrol appearing for
the appellant whereas AAG Seema
Shekhar appearing for the state, observed that the order of this Court
has been complied with by passing
an order dated 21.04.2015 by D.G.P
J&K. There is no explanation for the
delay in implementing the order of
this Court, except by stating that
SLP was pending before the
Supreme Court which itself was dismissed on 08.04.2013.
In such circumstances, willful
disobedience of the order of this
Court is established against DGP.
However, without punishing him, it
is ordered that DGP shall pay a sum
of Rs.40,000/- as compensation to the
petitioner for the delay in implementation of the order of this Court within a period of two weeks from today.
GOF Staff Reporter
Srinagar April 23:
Kulgam police organized a Police-Public
meeting in Police station Kulgam in which
large number of respectable of the area participated. The meeting was chaired by DySP
Hqrs Kulgam Irshad Rather and SHO Police
Station Kulgam Irshad Ahmad Reshi.
During the interactive meeting the participants highlighted various issues and problems of general public in their area. The participants assured their full corporation &
support in maintaining law & order and for
eradication of crime like drug abuse from the
Kulgam District.The participants raised
many issued & highlighted the problems
,which are being faced by the inhabitants of
the area which include black marketing of
essential commodities, traffic congestion,
over speeding of vehicles, overloading etc.
DySP Hq & SHO assured the people that the
measures to implement their recommendation will be taken up at the earliest.
Jammu, April 23:
One day pre seasonal
(Kharif) workshop was conducted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Doda
(Bhaderwah) Sher-e-Kashmir
University of Agricultural
Sciences and Technology of
Bhaderwah in which District
Agriculture Officer (Ext.) Sh. M.A
Beg, Sub Divisional Agriculture
Officers, Agriculture Extension
GOF Staff Reporter
Jammu, April 23:
Minister of State for Information,
Education and Culture Priya Sethi today said that that Government is committed to ameliorate the conditions of
weaker sections of the society and focus will be on welfare and education
of the orphans, destitute, and other
less privileged section of the society
Minister was speaking at a function organized by Big Reporter on the
eve of Book Day where books and stationery material was distributed
among the orphan kids of Ball
Niketan today.
Speaking on the occasion Priya
said that it is the responsibility of the
society to take care of these less privileged children adding that the children are the future of the nation and
all of us must give them love and care
for transforming their future.
Describing books as the best friends of
the students Minister impressed upon the students to inculcate the habits
of newspaper and books reading and
asked the teachers to encourage their
students to read a story in morning assembly everyday to promote reading.
Priya stressed on the need to focus on nurturing moral values among
the children along with their academic learning.
“Education should not only aim
at acquiring knowledge and passing
examinations but must also promote
and inculcate moral values’’ she
Priya called upon people to come
forward for supplementing the efforts
aimed at securing the larger welfare
of orphans, destitute children and
other less privileged segments of the
community. Yudhvir Sethi while appreciating the efforts of management
said that children are the future of the
society and they need to be protected
and nurtured for a better society.
SSB 48 Bn organizes debate &
cultural event at GHSS Sangaldan
GOF Staff Reporter
Ramban, April 23:
Paramilitary force SSB
48th Bn stationed at Gool
Sangaldan organised a one day
multi function and cultural
Secondary School Sangaldan
in which students both boys
and Girls of all the schools participated. A debate on the
theme" Importance of National
Integration in India" was held
in which debaters forcefully argued on the subject and educated students about the importance of National Integration
in India.
Speaking on the occasion
Commandant of SSB 48th Bn
Priyavart Sharma informed
the participants about the
Holds meet with senior officers; addresses jawans
GOF Staff Reporter
Srinagar April 23:
The Inspector General of
Police, Kashmir Zone Sh. SJM
where besides chairing a
meeting of senior civil, police
and security force officers, he
addressed a darbar of policemen. The meeting of the senior officers was attended
among others by Shri Garib
Dass DIG North Kashmir
Baramulla, Raju Rajan DC
Kupwara, Sh. Rahul Malik SP
Kupwara and officers of police
and CRPF.
During the meeting a
threadbare discussion was
held for synergizing the security apparatus of the district.
The IGP while addressing the
officers said that the security
plans need to be fine tuned to
meet the challenges. He emphasized that there should be
perfect coordination between
various security agencies deployed for maintenance of law
and order. The IGP directed
the police officers to be
prompt in delivery of police
services to the people. He advised the officers to use all the
resources available to provide
succour to the people in case of
any kind of natural calamity.
The officers of the district
briefed the IGP regarding different subjects and plans for
security and maintenance of
law and order.
Later, IGP Sh. SJM
Gillani addressed a darbar of
police jawans and officers at
Kupwara. In his address the
IGP emphasized that the police personnel should remain
firm in their commitment to
maintain peace and curb all
types of crime in the society.
While referring to the delivery of the police services to the
people, the IGP said that a
good behaviour and attitude
will go a long way in enhancing the peoples satisfaction.
The IGP gave a patient
hearing to the problems and
grievances of the jawans. He
assured them that their genuine problems will be addressed at the earliest.
Decline in number of workdays
under MGNREGA: Government
NEW DELHI, Apr 23:
The number of workdays
being provided under the rural
job flagship scheme MGNREGA has registered a decline,
Lok Sabha was informed today.
Minister of State for Rural
Bhagat, in a written reply to
Lok Sabha, said "there has been
a decline in the number of persondays created in 2014-15."
"MGNREGA is a demand
driven programme and the demand for work itself is influenced by various factors such
as rainfall pattern, availability
of alternative and remunerative employment opportunities
outside MGNREGA and prevailing unskilled wage rates,"
he said. The minister said that
the government remains "actively engaged" with state governments in establishing the
system that ensures provision
of work as per demand.
The annexure of data of
workdays provided to each
household under MGNREGA
shows a constant decline in last
three years in most of the states
Jharkhand and Goa, where it
has shown a marginal growth
in comparison to last year.
He said that the states and
Union territories have been
asked to take a number of measures like expanding scope and
coverage of demand registration system to ensure that the
demand for work under MGNREGA do not go unregistered
and organise 'Rozgar Diwas' periodically to capture the latent
demand under the programme.
Figures show while the Act
provides for a maximum of 100days employment to each
household, the average of actual workdays being provided
has come down from 46 in 201213 and 2013-14 to 40 workdays in
The decline is all the more
noticeable in North Eastern
states like Manipur, Mizoram,
Nagaland and Sikkim.
In Mizoram, which recorded 88 workdays per household
in 2012-13, it came down to 75 in
2013-14 and then to a drastic 22
in last financial year.
In Nagaland, it was down to
21 from 45 and 63 earlier while
in Manipur it was 20 in the last
financial year down from 25 in
2013-14 and 62 in 2012-13.
Priya distributes books KVK Doda conducts Pre-Kharif Workshop
among orphans
Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan, former CEC,
Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council,
Kargil, joined People’s Democratic Party
(PDP) after meeting Chief Minister Mufti
Mohammad Sayeed, here today. Minister for
Education, Naeem Akhtar and ViceChairman, J&K KVIB and MLA Zanskar,
Syed Mohammad Baqir Rizvi, were present
on the occasion. Welcoming Kachoo Ahmad
Ali Khan into party-fold, Mufti Sayeed hoped
that he will work for strengthening the party
at the grassroots level by working for the welfare of the people. Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan
said he was impressed by the bold initiatives
taken by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed since he
took over as Chief Minister in bringing in a
transparent and accountable Government in
the State that is working to provide governance at people’s doorsteps.
Police-Public meet held
in Kulgam
Minister of Education
Naeem Akhter also stressed for
commencing of academic session 2015-16 and expediting the
process of finalization of land
for IIT at suitable place.
He directed the concerned
to ensure all logistic facilities
for starting the classes temporarily.
Divisional Commissioner,
Jammu Dr. Pawan Kotwal,
Secretary Higher Education,
Sarita Chauhan, VC Jammu
University, Prof. R.D. Sharma,
Jammu, Mr. A.K. Sahu, Deputy
Commissioner Samba, Sheetal
Principals of various Colleges,
senior officers of Revenue department were also present in
the meeting.
IGP Kashmir for proper coordination
with various security agencies
Officers, and 53 extension functionaries including Junior
Agriculture Extension Officers,
Village Agriculture Extension
Assistants and ReZs of District
Doda Participated. The workshop was held under the guidance
of Dr K.S. Risam, Director
Extension SKUAST-J and Dr R.S.
Bandral, Dr. Narinder Paul, Dr.
Amit Singh Charak, Dr Amitesh
Sharma, Dr. Munish Sharma
from KVK Doda; Dr. Mahital
under the active consideration of the Government. A decision in
immediate future will be taken to fulfil the commitment before the
Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to set up IIT at
Jammu,” he said and added that GCET will be shifted to a suitable alternate place for the time being so that it continues to function smoothly
without any hassles. Later, during his visit to Panjtirthi, the Chief
Minister was briefed about the concept of multi-level puzzle parking to
decongest the city. Commissioner JMC informed the Chief Minister
that the multi-tier parking will ease traffic movement in old city to a
great extent. The Chief Minister granted on-spot approval for Rs. 20
crore so that the work on the project starts immediately. The parking
slot will be constructed over 10 kanals of land over a period of 12 months
and will have a capacity to hold 360 vehicles .
In a bid to make the parking place at Panjtirthi commercially viable, Mufti Sayeed also issued directions to the Minister for Public
Works to formulate a detailed plan for construction of restaurant, coffee point and public convenience near the parking slot to facilitate the
people. During his visit to Jammu bus-stand, the VC JDA presented a
blueprint of the proposed multi-tier parking which will be constructed
over 55.37 kanals of land. The slot will allow parking of 1300 cars at one
go. This will hugely decongest city traffic from Indira Chowk and
Raghunath Bazar towards Gumat Chowk. At Mubarak Mandi
Complex, the Chief Minister went around the Gallery and Assembly
Halls where restoration work is presently under way. He directed the
executing agency to complete the renovation works within the stipulated timeframe. Minister of State for Culture, Priya Sethi, briefed the
Chief Minister about the steps being taken to improve the ambience of
the complex by sprucing up the campus and its adjoining lawns so that
it becomes a major cultural and heritage attraction for tourists in City
Centre. Mufti Sayeed also visited Bikram Chowk-Presentation
Convent School flyover, near Gandhi Nagar, which is being executed
by J&K ERA under its Urban Sector Development Investment
Programme (USDIP) at a cost of Rs. 95.50 crore as part of ADB-funded
Projects. The eight-laned 1.3 km flyover will provide a huge passage to
uptown city and will be completed by December, 2016. He issued directions for execution of work in three shifts on the project so that the work
is completed within the stipulated time. On his visit to the District
Court Complex at Janipur, Mufti Sayeed inspected the ongoing work
on Lawyers’ Chambers. He was briefed that 213 chambers for lawyers
will be constructed over an area of 71,673 sq. ft at a revised cost of Rs.
18.52 crore. JKPCC is the executing agency of the said project.
group also slammed the state government for its budget and questioned the BJP’s silence over the setting up of a toll plaza on JammuUdhampur highway near Nagrota.(JKNI)
4 Edu
and the area has witnessed the worst history of militancy in
Kishtwar,” he added. (AGENCIES)
of this programme in which
players of various games
played matches of respective
games. A song Competition
was conducted between male
and female students of various
schools in which best singers
were suitably awarded by the
Commandment distributed sports kits among the
players and awarded cash
prizes including Situation certificates among winners and
runners of the teams. Principal
Govt Higher Secondary School
Sangaldan Rajinder Singh appreciated role of Paramilitary
force SSB for conducting such
programmes and expressed his
wish to organise such events
again in the future.
extension methodologies to be
required during ensuing kharif
season. The participants were
oriented regarding the production technology of kharif crops,
major diseases, insects and management of kharif crops, methods of drawing representative
soil samples, methodology of laying out demonstrations and
problems associated with horticultural crops by the scientists
from concerned disciplines.
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All major landline general plans of rural and urban areas, landline
special as well as all major combo (landline with broadband) ones are
part of the package. “Wireline has been showing a negative growth for
the past few years. This scheme could give boost to the growth of fixed
line, which is only 27 million connections compared with the 960 million wireless in India and hence, reduces load on the wireless networks,” Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP Partner Hemant Joshi said.
launched by Army and
Paramilitary forces in the
state. He claimed that for the
benefit of far flung areas like
Gool, Sangaldan, his battalion
has organised so many programmes for the betterment
and welfare off the population
living in those areas.
A sports mela was also part
Jamwal, Dr. V.K. Singh, Dr.
Sanjeev Kumar from RHRSS
Sarthangal were the participating resource persons. Dr R.S.
Coordinator welcomed the participants and presented a brief
note regarding objective of organizing the workshop. He briefed
that it was to reorient the extension functionaries regarding the
different field activities including agriculture technologies and
by way of abuse of their official position and for pecuniary advantage, hatched a criminal conspiracy with each other and have withdrawn an amount of Rs 79,86,243 from time to time on account of execution of civil works in Government Middle School Yamberzalwari during the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. Out of the total amount of Rs
79,86243, an amount of Rs 70,91,414 has been drawn dishonestly and
fraudulently by the suspects, thereby causing corresponding loss to the
state exchequer, the spokesman said. He said the omission and commissions on the part of public servants constitutes offence punishable
under Prevention of Corruption Act 2006 and accordingly the case has
been registered and further investigation taken up.
that,” Aziz said at the Summit. “It is tragic and unacceptable that
60 years after committing to those overarching principles people from
Palestine to Kashmir are still awaiting fulfilment of their inalienable
right to self-determination,” he said in a session chaired by Bangladesh
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Terming Pakistan’s view as “unacceptable”, Secretary (East) in MEA Anil Wadhwa immediately countered
through Right to Reply, saying: “It is most unfortunate that Pakistan
has once again chosen to use an international forum such as this to
make tendentious remarks about state of Jammu and Kashmir which
is an integral part of India.” “As the representative of Pakistan knows
under the Shimla agreement of July 1972 and Lahore declaration of
February 1999, India and Pakistan are committed to resolve all outstanding issues bilaterally through peaceful dialogue and cooperation
and not in a multilateral forum like this Afro Asian meeting which is
meant to commemorate spirit of Bandung,” he said.
Aziz also made mention of Pakistan being the biggest victim of terrorism and violent extremism that has claimed the lives of 65,000 people. Pakistan has been raising Kashmir at international fora, including
the United Nations. (AGENCIES)
framing charge. Prima facie there is sufficient material to presume that accused has committed (the) offences," it added.
Khan had resigned as MoS Health on February 7, 2014, a day after
police registered the case against him on a complaint by the doctor. He
evaded arrest for six day and appeared before the investigators only after the High court granted conditional interim bail to him in the case.
The court also rejected Khan's application which sought a gag order on media reporting the proceedings of the case. PTI
trade fair in Rajouri. Immediately a police team rushed the injured
to the hospital where their condition was stated to be stable.
against a police constable Ibrar Wani who was posted at
Purmandal police station," the spokesman said. The accused used to
threaten Ram Saroop of implicating him in a false case if he did not pay
him a bribe of Rs 10,000, the spokesman added. "After receiving the
complaint, a trap was set and the victim was asked to give money to the
accused. Everything was recorded and the team of senior officers arrested the constable while he was accepting the bribe," he said.
A case under various sections of the RPC has been registered
against the accused at police station vigilance organisation Jammu.
religions. "BJP & PDP is using divisive cards during elections.
Congress is the only political force in the state which has always promoted harmony between people of different regions and religions... Of
different faiths and identities in order to strengthen the bonds of unity
and integrity of the state and the nation," Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh
Congress Committee President G A Mir said. Addressing a day-long
convention of party workers of Jammu-East Assembly constituency
near Parade here today, Mir said that the politics of hatred and divisiveness is most dangerous in this sensitive state than any other part of
the country. Accusing the BJP and PDP of playing divisive cards "for
petty political gains during elections", he said the parties ignored the
broader interest of the nation.
Terming the alliance between the PDP and BJP as "unholy", Mir
said, "the u-turn of the two parties for government formation is most opportunist as they secured their respective mandates by politics of deception and exploitation". "Although there appeared a pre-poll understanding between them, they fully used the emotional issues of respective regions, by promising to checkmate each other from power," the
Congress leader said. "However, after securing votes, they availed a
breathing time of about two months just to throw dust in the eyes of the
people...That kind of politics is a deception with respective electorate,"
he said. Mir said Congress has always ensured balanced and equitable
development of three regions to foster harmony between people of regions and different faiths. He urged the people of Jammu and Congress
workers to expose the "power hungry politics and hatred spread by the
communal and divisive forces" and teach them a lesson in the next local
bodies elections.
Azad Urges Prime Minister to Fulfill the
Promise of Bringing End to Farmer’s Suicides
New Delhi, April 23:
Highlighting the miserable plight of the
farmers of the country due to nature’s fury
and anti-farmer policies of the NDA government, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha
Ghulam Nabi Azad urged the BJP to give its
misconceived policy of pushing the farmers
to the corner. Ghulam Nabi Azad initiated
the discussion in Rajya Sabha on the farmer
suicides and agrarian crisis yesterday after
the Chairman agreed to his demand to suspend the business to enable the House to discuss the emergent issue.
Speaking on the subject, Azad said that
farmers are the backbone of the country and
they need to be reassured by the Central
Government about their welfare, social security and upliftment.
Expressing concern over the rising incidents of farmer suicides in various parts of
the country, Azad called upon the
Government to take concrete steps to arrest
the situation and restore their confidence in
the system. “There is visible disappoint-
ment and frustration amongst the farmers
and there is a fear of unrest and social breakdown”, said Azad. Applauding the farmers of
the country for turning India into a food-surplus country, Azad said it is due to their unstinted labour and persistent hardwork no
citizen of this country is facing starvation
and hunger. “When the population of the
country was 32 crores, we were importing
the foodgrains and today when the population has risen to 125 crores, we are not only
catering to our own needs, but exporting
huge quantity of foodgrains”, remarked
Azad adding that this is outcome of the visionary policies pursued by the successive
Congress Prime Ministers from Pt Nehru till
Dr Manmohan Singh. He especially mentioned about the foresight and wisdom of
Mrs Indira Gandhi who played pivotal role
in ushering ‘green revolution’ in the country. Reacting sharply to the uncalled for jibe
of the Prime Minister, Azad said instead of
making inappropriate comments in a foreign country, Prime Minister should fulfil
his electoral promise of bringing an end to
the farmer’s suicides.
“What we are witnessing is a sharp
spurt in the farmer’s suicide eversince the
NDA Government has taken over, and this is
solely due to the anti-farmer policies and
stance of the Modi government”, said Azad.
He further said it was unheard of that
farmers of Haryana, Western UP, Punjab,
Rajasthan, etc would commit suicides, but
today the country of facing worst agrarian
crisis under NDA Government and Prime
Minister Narendra
Government needs to re-visit its approach
towards agrarian sector”, said Azad. Azad
said that by making inappropriate remarks,
Prime Minister Narinder Modi is making an
unsuccessful attempt to divert the attention
of the people from his failures.
Drawing the attention of the
Government towards the unprecedented situation faced by the farmers due to unseasonal rains, snowfall, hailstorm and winds,
Azad said that wheat, paddy, vegetables and
fruits crops from Kashmir to Kanyakumari,
Sikkim to Gujarat are badly ravaged and it is
incumbent upon the Government to adequately compensate the affected farmers
without any delay. Urging the NDA government to abandon its anti-farmer policies,
Azad demanded immediate rollback of the
draconian land ordinance, waiver of debt,
payment of adequate compensation for losses suffered and swift and full procurement of
foodgrains by the Food Corporation of India.
Azad also asked the Central government
to divulge the details of the funds sanctioned
and released to the States for compensation
to the farmers for the losses incurred by
them as well as ex-gratia relief for the families of those farmers who committed suicides. Referring to the unfortunate and
painful incident of suicide by a farmer in full
public glare at a public meeting, Azad took
potshots at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind
Kejriwal for his alleged insensitivity and callousness to prevent the hapless farmer in
front of his hundreds of party workers from
committing suicide.
Azad also questioned the role of Delhi
Police who were present at the spot in ade-
GOF Staff Reporter
Reasi, April 23:
Salal Power Station of NHPC Limited upgraded District Public Library as a CSR-SD initiative by providing it with books, book racks
and modular furniture. Located in the premises
of DC Office, Reasi, the upgraded library was
opened for the Public of Reasi on 23.04.2015 by
Ms Sushma Chauhan, DC Reasi and Sh.
A.G.Ansari, General Manager, Salal Power station in the presence of Sr Officers from NHPC
Limited, J&K Govt. and locals.
quate numbers and called upon the Home
Minister to take stringent action against
Delhi Police personnel for their alleged laxity and inaction. Launching an assault on
BJP and AAP for playing politics over the
dead body of a poor farmer, Azad said that
both the parties stand exposed for their antifarmer and opportunistic politics.
Jammu, April 23:
Following untimely snowfall in Kargil, the Chief Minister
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today
issued immediate directions to
the Relief & Rehabilitation
Department to start assessment
of damages caused to standing
apricot fruit so that the affected
farmers are adequately compensated.
Kargil town has experienced
unseasonal snowfall that has severely affected the apricot crop in
the district.
As a follow up to the Chief
Minister's direction, Minister for
Relief & Rehabilitation, Syed
Basharat Bukhari has directed
the Divisional Commissioner,
Kashmir, Gazzanfar Hussain, to
get the assessment of the losses
suffered by the fruit growers of
Kargil completed expeditiously.
Pakistani pilgrims carry chadder to offer at the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in
Ajmer, Rajasthan.
SVC reviews institutional
reforms in JK deptts to check graft
Jammu, Apr 23:
To check corruption, the
State Vigilance Commission
(SVC) today reviewed the implementation of institutional reforms in various government departments of Jammu and
Kashmir and issued advisories to
its officers. The State Vigilance
Commission, under the chairmanship of Chief Vigilance
Commissioner (CVC) Kuldeep
Khoda, reviewed the progress at a
high-level meeting here, a SVC
spokesman said.
The meeting focused on the
implementation of institutional
reforms in public health engineering, irrigation and flood control
department, public works department (roads & buildings), rural development department and health
& medical education department,
besides social welfare department. The commission also issued
advisories to the government departments and Departmental
Vigilance Organisation (SVO), the
spokesman said. Among major decisions taken to check malprac-
tices, the departments were directed to strictly follow e-tendering, e-processing and e-payment of
all works indented and executed.
"The departments shall upload all the tendered works on
website. The works under implementation along with the cost involved shall also be uploaded
without delay to ensure that vigil
from the general public acts as a
deterrent against any corrupt
practices," the spokesman said.
The complaints originating
from public regarding any deviation on ground from the description given on website will be freely
entertained by the Commission
and Vigilance Organisation, he
The Commission asked the
departments to go for mechanism
to introduce transparency and
this was discussed at length, the
spokesperson said, adding, directions were issued to ensure deduction of TDS and recording of PAN
details in payments made to contractors. "Withdrawal of money
through self cheques and later its
disbursement to beneficiaries
should be stopped and the admin-
istrative secretaries shall ensure
that all payments of this nature
are made by way of transfer direct
in to bank accounts of the concerned," the spokesman said. PTI
Pvt Secretaries
Jammu, April 23:
(PHQ) has issued orders with
regard to the adjustment of
two Private Secretaries.
As per the order Deputy
Superintendent of Police
Mohammad Amin has been
posted as Private Secretary
to IGP Jammu against available vacancy and Deputy
Superintendent of Police
(Stenography) Mr. Bawani
Singh has been posted as
Director SSG against available vacancy.
DGP calls for
visible changes,
priority-driven action
Reasi, April 23:
Jammu and Kashmir DGP K Rajendra
Kumar today pointed out the need for bringing "visible changes" in police functioning
and asked his forces to make law and order
their priority.
"The law and order situation should be focused on priority and the supervisory officers
should ensure checking of their jurisdictions
frequently to bring visible changes in the dayto-day functioning," he said.
The officer stressed on adoption of best
practises to enhance capabilities of processional policing and better man management
for effective delivery of justice.
Speaking at a meeting of police officers
from Jammu Zone to review the police functioning in the Zone, Kumar called for "synergy at different levels to make the measures
more fruitful". He sought firsthand reports
from Range Deputy Inspectors General of
Police and District Superintendents of Police
about the measures put in place to strengthen
investigation mechanism in the districts of
Jammu province. "Dedication, expertise and
adoption of latest techniques would bring improvement in public service. Safety of people
should be our priority," he said.
Kumar while discussing the crime scenario in the Zone, stressed to involve civil society and educational institutions in eradicating the crimes.
Minister for Agriculture Mr.
Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura visited various areas of District Reasi including
Bhaga, Dhanna, Talwara, Pouni and
Sudheen and took stock of damages
caused to standing crops of wheat, vegetables and other crops due to recent untimely and incessant rains.
Addressing a large gathering of farmers at village Bhaga and at Reasi the
Minister said that the Government under
the leadership of Chief Minister Mufti
Mohammad Sayeed is committed to provide better basic amenities to the farming
community of the state. He said special
thrust is given for the development of
agriculture as 70 percent population is depending on it and the main focus is given
to upgrade the living standard of the people. He said that Govt will give priority to
provide relief and compensation to the
farmers. In this regard directions have already been given to all the Deputy
Commissioners for joint assessment and
survey by the Agriculture and Revenue
departments. The minister also took a review meeting of the agriculture, sericulture and revenue departments at
Conference Hall, DC office, Reasi. He directed the officers to visit the villages and
farmers fields to give information about
Jammu, April 23:
Hanjura calls for diversification
of farming activity
Jammu, April 23:
Governor approves support for sanitation
& developmental activities of MC Katra
Governor N. N. Vohra, who is
Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi
Shrine Board, held a high level meeting today to discuss various issues
concerning the sanitation and
planned development of Katra Town.
Among those present in the meeting
were Dr. S. S. Bloeria and Shri H. L.
Maini, both Members of the Shri
Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board;
Shri B. B. Vyas, Principal Secretary
to Chief Minister; Dr. M. K. Bhandari,
Chief Executive Officer; Dr. M. K.
Kumar, Addl CEO, and Shri B.
Mohandass, Addl CEO of the Shrine
Board. Sh. Mohandaas is also serving
as the Administrator, Municipal
Committee, Katra.
The meeting discussed various
issues relating to cleanliness and sanitation and planned development of
Katra Town. Mr. Mohandaas,
Administrator Municipal Committee
informed that among the pressing
problems a large number of the
streets and drains in Katra Town require urgent repairs and renovation.
He also reported that while he has also initiated action for reviewing and
monitoring the sanitation activities,
removal of encroachments, improv-
Principal Sessions Judge Kathua Mr.
Vinod Chatterji Koul today awarded five
years rigorous imprisonment to Rakesh
Kumar who was facing trial in dowry death
According to the police case that on
24.09.2008 from PCR, Kathua, that one lady
namely, Raj Kumari W/O Rakesh Singh of
the age of 32 years has died in suspicious circumstances and her dead body is lying in the
hospital at Kathua. Officer Incharge of the
Police Station, Hiranagar, was asked to depute some Officer to investigate the death of
the deceased, statement of the mother of the
deceased namely, Pushpa Devi was recorded
before the Judicial Magistrate First Class,
Hiranagar, u/s 164-A of the Code of Criminal
Procedure, for short CrPC, in which she stated that her daughter was married to accused
and she was serving as ReT Teacher in the
village. Prior to her marriage and after marriage since she was serving in the village, she
used to go to the house of her in-laws on
She used to come back on Monday.
During the summer break of two months, she
remained in the house of her in-laws and at
the end of the vacations; she came back to her
parental abode and told her that her husband
Rakesh Singh harassed her for not brining
the dowry like Refrigerator, Cooler, etc. He
asked her where she had kept the salary of
four years and also demanded to bring a car
for him.
1She further stated that about a month
back, accused informed on telephone of Anu
Radha at 8.00 PM that Raj Kumari had suffered an attack and she had been taken to hospital at Kathua and asked them to come immediately to the hospital. When she, her son
Mohan and Anu Radha reached hospital, accused and other persons did not allow them to
meet deceased on the ground that glucose is
being administered to her, when actually she
had died.
Principal Sessions Judge Kathua Mr.
Vinod Chatterji Koul observed that the fact
that the accused/convict Rakesh Singh S/O
Major Singh R/O Mangloor, Tehsil
Hiranagar, District Kathua, had been facing
trial since 03.12.2008, he is sentenced to undergo imprisonment for a period of five years
and fine of Rs. 10,000/- (rupees ten thousand
only) for offence u/s 306 RPC and imprisonment for one year and fine of Rs. 1,000/- (rupees one thousand only) for offence u/s 498-A
RPC. In default of payment of fine, he shall
further undergo imprisonment for a period
of six months u/s 306 RPC and one month u/s
498-A RPC. Both the sentences shall, however, run concurrently. JNF
recent techniques of farming and to organize camps to make them aware about
the various state and centrally sponsored
schemes in the state for the welfare of the
farmers. He said that the benefits of these
schemes should reach directly the farmers. The minister also launched the
Kissan Card Scheme for the left out farmers at village Bhagga of Reasi Sub-division. The Director Agriculture apprised
the minister about the progress of implementation and projection of various
schemes by the department in the district.
He also briefed about the schedule to cover all the farmers under Kissan Credit
Cards Scheme.
Ajay Nanda, MLA Reasi who accompanied the Minister during the tour also
interacted with the farmers at various
places. He said that the newly carved district has huge potential for mushroom
cultivation, apiculture, organic farming
and growing cash crops like ginger,
turmeric and saffron. The minister was
accompanied by the Director Agriculture
Jammu, Dr S S Jamwal, Director
Command Area Jammu H.K. Sharma,
Commissioner, Reasi, Mr. Shiv Kumar
Gupta, Additional Director Sericulture,
and other senior officers of Agriculture,
Revenue, Command Area Development,
Sericulture departments.
Rations to be provided as per 2011 census: Zulfkar
Govt to meet shortfall
of 16500 MTs from its
own resources; Seeks
detailed list of
beneficiaries from DCs
Jammu, April 23:
ing manpower utilization and rational deployment, the Municipal
Committee requires financial assistance for undertaking certain works
on immediate basis, apart from the
need to procure machinery and
equipments which are urgently needed for carrying out sanitation activities. The Governor asked the CEO to
discuss with the Administrator and
prioritize the renovation and repair
works which the Shrine Board can
undertake on time bound basis.
He stressed the need for ensuring
that the Municipal infrastructure in
Katra Town is well maintained and
takes care of the heavy foot fall in this
Pilgrim Town.
The Governor asked that the
Administrator Municipal Committee
should identify the works with in the
short and long term perspectives so
that the Shrine Board could extend
assistance to strengthen infrastructure in the areas where the
Committee needs such support, for its
long term projects. He expressed the
need for continued assessment of the
requirements and to work out a suitable model for ensuring all round development of Katra Town.
The Governor also approved the
Shrine Board’s undertaking plantation activities in Katra Town and executing such other works of immediate importance which are identified
for being carried out within a definitive time frame.The Administrator
informed that as had been desired by
the Governor in the earlier meeting
held on 21.02.2015 at Raj Bhavan, a
suitable piece of land has been identified for dumping of garbage at some
distance from Katra Town and that
necessary steps for its approval are
being taken. The Governor asked the
Administrator to make a time bound
Project for getting the landfill site approved
Regulatory Authorities, including
the State Pollution Control Board,
and to very early get prepared a
Management on scientific lines.
In a significant decision, the State
Government Thursday announced that
despite shortfall in ration allocation
from the Centre, it would provide rations to the people of the State as per
2011 census.
“Rationees would be provided ration on subsidized rates by the State
Government as per 2011 census till the
Government of India releases additional quota projected by J&K,” Minister
for CA&PD and Tribal Affairs,
Choudhary Zulfkar announced at a
press conference here. He said the announcement is in tune with the commitment made by the PDP-BJP Coalition
Government in its Agenda for Alliance.
He said all the Deputy
Commissioners have been asked to provide, within one month, village-wise
list of beneficiaries under different categories.
The Minister said at present the
State Government is providing rations
to 19.72 lakh families with 1.01 crore
souls as per 2001 census. He said as per
the 2011 census the requirement of ration is for 22.73 lakh families with 1.25
crore souls.
He added that the State
Government is getting ration from
Government of India/FCI for 18.02 lakh
families with 99.45 lakh souls as per projected population for 2000 resulting in
shortfall of 16500 MTs per month.
He said the rations are presently
being provided under four categories
including BPL, Annapurna, Annatodya
and APL. In order to fill the shortfall
gap minister apprised that the matter
has already been taken up with the
Central Government and issue is being
pursued at various forums.
Referring to renewal/issuance of
new ration cards, the Minister said that
for this purpose the J&K Bank has been
given a time of one month for the printing of new ration cards. He said the new
ration cards will be both for rationees
and non-rationees.
Enumerating the measures to be
taken by the Department to check pilferage of rations, the Minister said that
GPS system is being put in place to
track the movement of vehicles carrying the rations. He said e-transfer mechanism is also being adopted to check
The Minister also announced that
electronic weighing machines will be
installed at all the Fair Price Shops
snowfall: CM for
assessment of
losses to Kargil
Court awards
five years RI to
Husband in
dowry death case
Jammu, April 23:
Upgraded District Reasi Public
library dedicated to District Reasi
Speaking on the occasion, Ansari said that
libraries are considered to be treasure of knowledge. The aim of up-grading the Public Library
is to enable everybody from all walks of life like
students, women folk, employees and elderly
people of Reasi to have equal access to information, fostering interest in Literature and Arts
and advancing life long learning. He further
said that other channels of information like TV,
Internet etc. though in use and beneficial, yet
importance of library for its benefit of information and personality development has not at all
reduced. He further hoped that the initiative
taken by Salal Power Station shall benefit the
residents of Reasi, particularly the student community.
Chauhan, DC Reasi appreciated the initiatives taken by Salal Power Station from time to
time under CSR-SD Program in all the spheres
like Education, Health & Sanitation, Promotion
of culture & Sports, Peripheral Development
and above all construction of toilets in schools
under ‘Swachh Vidyalaya Abhiyan’. She also
hoped that the up-graded library containing
books on Art, Literature, Academics, Fiction,
Non-fiction etc. shall benefit one and all in Reasi.
Glimpses of Future