|NHPC, Education Deptt get awards from President|
|JAMMU, Dec 18: Chief (HR), NHPC Limited Regional Office, Jammu, Ekramul Haque, received the “Best State Nodal Officer” award and Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner,Secretary J&K govt got “Best Education Department” award from Pranab Mukherjee, President of India during the National Energy Conservation Day awards ceremony 2013 held in Vigyan Bhavan at New Delhi on Monday.
Jyotiraditya M.Scindia, Union Minister of State for Power(Independent Charge), PK Sinha,Secretary (Power), Govt of India,Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency and Smt.Neerja Mathur,Chairperson,Central Electricity Authority (CEA) were also present in the function.
National Awareness Campaign on Energy Conservation 2013 launched by the Union Ministry of Power includes Painting Competition as one of the...|
|Trade between Srinagar-Muzaffarabad significant CBM taken by India, Pak: Saroori|
|UDHAMPUR, Dec 18: Senior Congress Leader and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori today meet Trade Unions Udhampur and said that cross LOC Trade between Srinagar-Muzaffarabad as one of the most significant Confidence Building Measures (CBM) taken by the Governments of India and Pakistan, Saroori underscored the need to make it hassle free trade activity for enhancing mutual trust and confidence between both sides of the State.
Saroori said that initiation of cross LOC trade across J&K in October, 2008 has signaled the beginning of a new era adding that this trade had stopped six decades ago in 1947. He said this is a great step towards normalizing relations between two neighboring Countries of India and Pakistan through economic and human Interactions.
He also said that the centre and s...|
|BJP demands action against radical elements|
|JAMMU, Dec 18: A deputation of Village Chanjar Marwah, Dachchan and Hanzal Marwah, called on the BJP State President Jugal Kishore Sharma at party headquarters to seek party’s intervention in the unholy act in the premises of Shiv temple in village Chanjar Marwah falling in the sensitive Kishtwar district.
Later, BJP State President, along with Leader of Legislative Party Ashok Khajuria, Political Advisor to State President Prof. Hari Om, senior leader Mohan Singh Chauhan took up the matter with the IGP, Jammu and sought immediate action so that the faith of the minorities in the administration is restored and they do not opt for migration. The IGP assured the delegation of every possible action and informed that he had already deputed a team of senior police officials for an on-the-spot...|
|Cong committed for empowerment of Panchayats in J&K: Verma |
|AKHNOOR, Dec 18: Vice Chairman of Other Backward Classes (OBC) Welfare and Advisory Board, Kuldeep Raj Verma today welcomed the passing of Lokpal Bill in Parliament.
Verma said that the Congress Government in Center as well as in Jammu and Kashmir was against the corruption and it was a landmark bill which was passed by the Congress led UPA Government.
He thanked AICC President Sonia Gandhi, AICC Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior party leaders with whose efforts the bill was passed to bring transparency in the government and its departments.
Coming to State, Verma said that soon the 73rd and 74th amendment acts would be incorporated in the Panchayati Raj of J&K.
It was the commitment of the Congress party to strengthen Panchayats in J&K and it...|
|Madan hails Sonia, Rahul for passage of Lokpal Bill|
|NEW DELHI, Dec 18 :Member Parliament Jammu Poonch Constituency, Madan Lal Sharma hailed the efforts of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi for their efforts which led to the passing of Lokpal bill in the Parliament.
The new Lokpal bill will consist of a chairman and a maximum of 8 members of which 50% shall be Judicial members ,50% of lokpal shall be from among SC, ST, OBCs , minorities and women. Bill mandates States to set up lokayuktas within 365 days.
The bill includes societies and trusts that collect public money, receive funding from foreign sources and have an income level above a certain threshold, false and frivolous complaints imprisonment upto one year and a fine upto Rs.01 lakh, Public servant imprisonment upto 7 years and much more. The ...|
|PDP demands probe into utilisation of funds under SSA|
|JAMMU, Dec 18: Accusing state government of not paying any heed towards what he alleged deteriorating education scenario, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Coordinator for Jammu-Poonch Parliamentary constituency, Abdul Hamid Choudhary demanded an independent inquiry into utilisation of funds under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) and alleged that the central funds were being misused in the name of promotion of education here.
He alleged that salaries of head teachers of the state government and teachers were being paid from SSA funds after their regularisations, which was against the norms set up by central government. The SSA budget, he said was exclusively meant for promotion of education and not to be disbursed as salaries. He said that situation has deteriorated to the extent tha...|
|Madan asked party men to gear up for forthcoming challenges|
|MALLAH, Dec 17: Member Parliament, Madan Lal Sharma advocated for inclusive development irrespective of any distinction of religion, caste, colour and creed .
Addressing gathering at Neeli Nallah ,Mallah in Khour, he asked the people to avail benefits under various central and social protection schemes run by the govt. He also directed the sectoral officers to guide people and ensure that they get benefit of such schemes.
He also laid stress on social audit and asked the community leaders to monitor and keep close vigil on these programmes. Sharma said that late Prime Minister of India Rajeev Gandhi had seen a dream of local governance through Panchayati Raj and Local bodies. He and the Congress party always worked for downtrodden section and strengthen system to make people realiz...|
|Inner Call organises seminar on women empowerment|
|JAMMU, Dec 17: The Inner Call, Forum for Evolution, Development & Awareness organized a seminar on ‘Women Empowerment’ at Govt College for Women, Parade here today.
MLC Rani Beloria was chief guest in the function.
On the occasion, the students of college highlighted the need for empowerment of women and enlisted the many Acts available that offer them “rights” to make life more progressive. The role of the male counter parts in society was also discussed along with the importance of Woman as a society builder.
In her address, Rani Boleria related to the young girls how she had taken various decisions in her personal and political life and in her humors style impressed upon them the importance of decision making .
She also expressed that the young girls today had more liberties & ...|
|Arrest of Indian diplomat in US|
|India taking things too far: Omar|
|JAMMU, Dec 17: In the eyes of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah removal of security barriers near the US embassy was “taking things too far” by the Indian authorities.
Reacting to the Centre’s move to withdraw all special facilities being provided to the US diplomats, Omar on Tuesday wrote on the micro blogging site, “By all means withdraw all the special privileges bestowed on the US Embassy in Delhi. Security has to be above political or diplomatic scraps.”
“I am all for reciprocity but removal of US Embassy security barriers is taking things too far. These barriers weren’t a privilege were they?” he asked.
In a series of withdrawal of privileges, the government today cancelled all airport passes for US diplomats- both from Embassy and Consulates.
Also, the traffic bar...|
|Govt wrong policies forcing educated youth to leave state: PDP|
|JAMMU, Dec 17: People Democratic Party, District Vice President Jammu, Vikram Singh that arrest of former board of professional entrance examinations chairman for his involvement in sale of common entrance test (CET) papers of MBBS reveals how much govt is concerned with problems of common man and its failure to solve day to day problems of common masses specially.
He said that it was because of wrong selection of officials coupled with large scale reappointments of many corrupt and under qualified persons at higher positions that such cases had been surfaced and many are still holding many important positions causing huge losses to government.
Sonu Saini said during more than 5 years situation in the state has been deteriorating because Omar Abdullah led government was pursuing anti ...|
|Omar led govt lost its credibility: PDP|
|KATHUA, Dec 17: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat Arshad Malik today asked people to strengthen hands of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti to establish a new system in Jammu and Kashmir.
Arshad Malik was addressing series of public meetings at Dayala Chak, Changi Makwal and Mahanpur areas of Billawar and Basholi assembly segments.
Malik said that present government headed by Omar Abdullah has lost its credibility and people were fed up with the wrong policies being propagated by this regime.
He told after formation of National Conference led government in the year 2009, the State has been plunged into unprecedented crisis and this regime has become synonymous of chaos and uncertainty.
“We, with the support of the people, want to change the...|
|PDP constitutes committees for Banihal, Doda|
|JAMMU, Dec 17: To intensify the ongoing campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, PDP today constituted coordination committees for Banihal and Doda areas.
These committees were constituted by Mehboob Iqbal, coordinator for Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat on the direction of party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed.
Farooq Ahmed Mir, ex-MLA has been appointed as coordinator for Banihal committee. Other members of the committee included Imtiyaz Khanday, Bahar Ahmed Runayal and Shoukat Daing.
Pritam Kotwal has been appointed as coordinator for Doda committee. Other members of the committee included Mirza Muzaffar Baig, Ishtaq Ahmed Wani, Mohammad Salim Magray, Shahbul Haq Bhat and Riyaz Ahmed Mantoo....|
|Media gag at JU!: KT staffer harassed, hounded out|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: “Media has neither been gagged nor can be gagged,” was the assertion of the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on November 16, 2013 as a counter to BJP’s Prime-Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s statement related to “advisory issued to TV channels by the Union government.”
However, today on the 37th Foundation Day of Jammu University, the Kashmir Times correspondent had a first hand account of not just “media gagging, but the worst kind of harassment” by police and the Chief Minister’s security surprisingly at the behest of Jammu University authorities, in person represented on the occasion by none other than the wife of Vice Chancellor Prof M P S Ishar.
This all happened before the arrival of the Chief Minister and only objective was that the scribe could not put any prick...|
|Dy Controller LMD conducts checking of Autoriksha at Katra|
|REASI, Dec 16: A joint team of the department of Legal Metrology led by Deputy Controller Taxi Meter Jammu M.A Mughal and the Assistant Controller Legal Metrology, ReasiKuldeep Raj conducted checking of Auto Rickshaws at Katra. During inspection 11 Auto Rickhaw drivers were booked under various provisions of the J&K Weights and Measures (Enforcement) Act and Rules and a composition of rupees 5600 was imposed and recovered from the defaulters on spot.
The team also seized one vehicle of M/S JKFED Gas Agency at Katra which was Supplying LPG cylinder to the consumers at exorbitant rates. The driver of the vehicle and the sales man were booked by the Inspector Legal Metrology Reasi for overcharging from the consumers. A case was compounded by the Assistant Controller Legal Metrology Reasi ag...|
|CIC removes Beacon light from official vehicle|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: The Chief Information Commissioner, Jammu and Kashmir State Information Commission, G R Sufi and Commissioners Dr S K Sharma and Er Nazir Ahmed have voluntarily removed Beacon Lights from their official vehicles.
Pertinently, Chief Information Commissioner has status equivalent to that of election commissioner of India....|
|Red Cross celebrates its Golden Jubilee|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: The Golden Jubilee Celebration of Regional Red Cross Society, Jammu was witnessed by a spectacular performance of Young Singers of J&K titled as singing star Competition organized by 92.7 BIG F.M.
The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu, IGP Jammu Zone Rajesh Kumar, and Anil K. Padha, Hony. Secretary, Regional Red Cross Society, Jammu graced the occasion and out of the 10 finalists selected by the Jury of Four renowned artists of J&K State viz. Sham Sajan, Suraj Singh, Jatinder Kour & Prithvi Raj Sharma. The Event was coordinated by Programming Head 92.7 BIG FM Vikrant Sharma.
Out of more than 100 contestants, Subodh Kumar was declared the winner; Anjusha Sharma 1st Runner up & Mrinal Gupta stood 2nd Runner Up.
The other cultural attraction of the Golden Jubilee C...|
|Army organises quiz, painting competitions|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: To commemorate the momentous occasion of Vijay Diwas, the Rashtriya Rifles Battalions located at Sarh and Gool conducted the quiz and painting competitions at Govt Higher Secondary School, Mahore and Govt High School, Dalwah respectively.
A total of 20 schools from Mahore Sub Division took part with each school fielding three students. The students of class 8th, 9th and 10th classes participated in the quiz competition. The quiz competition was based on topics of Current affairs, General Knowledge, Science and Social Science.
Similarly, a total of 07 Schools from Gool region participated. The encouraging part was the number of girls’ students who participated in the competition. The Painting competition was based on theme of ‘Vijay Diwas’.
Ashwini Kumar Khajuria, SD...|
|RBBA expresses gratitude to tourism minister|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: Raghunath Bazar Businessmen Association (RBBA) has thanked the tourism minister, G M Mir for announcing grant of additional Rs 50 lakh in the current year for Rahunath Bazar beautification, modernization project.
These Rs 50 lakh promised by the tourism minister are in addition to the grant of Rs 50 lakh already sanctioned by the Chief Minster Omar Abdullah in the Jammu District Development Board meeting for the current fiscal year.
According to a release, RBBA thanked the divisional commissioner Jammu Shantmanu, DDC Jammu, Ajit Sahu and Director Tourism Jammu, Sojanya Sharma for their active support and push for the implementation of the project of Raghunath Bazar beautification and modernization.
A meeting of the RBBA, held here today, chaired by its president Baldev ...|
|Christian demands reservation in jobs|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: Reiterating its demand for one percent reservation to Christian Dalits in government jobs, admissions in profession institutions as well as in all elected bodies Jammu & Kashmir Christian Dalit Society Jammu has hailed the All India Christian Dalit conference held recently in Delhi for extending support to their demand.
According to a release, a delegation of Jammu and Kashmir Christian Dalit Society led by its Chairman cum President, S Peter and including Madan Gill, Senior Vice President, Hamid Mattoo, Gen. Secretary, Sham Lal Gill Secretary, Vinod Sotra Treasurer, Dalbir Masih District President Samba , Kathua, Sham Lal Gill Secretary, Beli Ram District President Reasi/ Udhampur, Rajinder Kumar Secretary District Reasi/ Udhampur participated in the All India conference...|
|NSF constituted team for JU|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: A meeting of National Secular Forum under the Chairmanship of NSF President, Sukhdev Singh in University Campus and checked out the problems that are being faced by the students. In which meeting framed a body for University.
According to a release, Qayoom Malik has been appointed as President NSF University Unit. J.V.Singh Manhas was appointed as Chairman. Balwinder Singh was appointed as Working President. Vijay Chouhan was appointed as Vice-Chairman, Anil Kumar was appointed as Sr.Vice-President. Palvi Verma, Avtar Singh, Manpreet Kour, and Gurpreet Kour, was appointed as Vice-President. Indu Bala and Yougal Chouhan were appointed as General Secretary. Sarvat Ahmed, Joginder Kumar, Shahnaz Aktar were appointed as Secretary. Haroon Rashid appointed as Press-Secretary. M...|
|Batwal Community urges for its holistic development|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: The Jammu and Kashmir Batwal Welfare Association, has demanded that Batwal community be given its due share in all spheres of life.
According to a release, Association members while addressing the meeting said that the Batwal community which has been totally neglected by the Government at all levels and this has been the reason of its backwardness and abject poverty.
Members said that the community has not been given any representation in the Rajya Sabha, State legislature, State Development Board, District Development Boards and other important forums of the Government though other communities rotationally availed this opportunity.
Claiming that the Batwal community has no effective say in the state due to non-representation in different governmental institutions. Memb...|
|Conference on minorities rights organised|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: Raising the issues and problems being faced by the minorities in the country, Tanzeem-e-Insaaf organised one day conference here today.
Tanzeem-e-Insaaf was advocating the cause of minorities as defined and recognized by the Ministry of Minorities affairs Government of India. Syed A.A. Pasha (ex-MP), National president and General Secretary, Dr. AA Khan were the special Guest of Honor in the conference.
According to a release, JA. Kazmi showed his concern about the attitude of the successive governments at center, had done nothing for the upliftment of the minorities, the major Muslim minority in India is pushed to the walls and living in a deplorable conditions. The commissions constituted by the Government at different occasions have revealed the pathetic condition...|
|Poorva Sainik celebrates Vijay Divas|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: Akhil Bhartiya Poorav Sainik Sewa Parishad (ABPSSP) today honoured kins of martyrs from the Armed Forces and Para Military Forces belonging to J&K State and from J&K Police who laid down their lives while serving the nation during the last one year.
This function was organized every year on December 16 on the eve of Vijay Diwas celebrated all over the country commemorating Pakistani defeat in the erstwhile East Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh.
10 Families from the Jammu region were felicitated while a separate function will be organized for Kashmir region. Each next of kin of the Martyrs was presented with a Shawl and some monetary assistance. A total of 150 martyrs families has been honored so for since inception of this scheme in 2004.
Dr. Ashok Bhan, Former Dire...|
|Tarigami concerned over huge pendency in SWD|
|JAMMU, Dec 16: Expressing serious concern over the huge pendency of relief and pensionary cases in Social Welfare Department (SWD), CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has asked the government to speed up the disposal of these cases so that various flagship programmes reach to the needy people.
In a statement issued here today, Tarigami while referring to the huge number of orphans, widows, handicapped and destitute observed that the state government must go for a one time exercise to cover all the needy and deserving people under the central government’s various flagship programmes.
The CPI (M) leader also remarked that instead of spending money on unproductive areas, the government must focus and utilize that money in providing financial assistance to the uncovered segme...|
|Red Cross Mela concludes|
|Red Cross a social service towards mankind: Omar|
|JAMMU, Dec 15 : While drawing the Raffle at the concluding function of two day Red Cross Mela here on Sunday, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah highlighted the role of Red Cross in rendering social service to the needy in the hour of the need and otherwise.
The Chief Minister emphasized on involvement of and participation by all particularly youth in Red Cross programmes and extending human service to people. He said that the sincere and selfless service to mankind is service to God. He said one should voluntarily come forward for such service whenever he gets the occasion. He said Red Cross is the Body dedicated to the help and welfare of poor, needy, deserving and destitute. He underlined the role of Red Cross during the calamities and hours of challenge and said that its role has always b...|