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Militants hurl a grenade on police Srinagar, June 12: Suspected militants on Thursday late evening hurled a grenade on a police party in north Kashmir’s Sopore town in Baramulla district, officials said. They said a grenade was hurled on a police party near Kupwara crossing adjacent to Dak Bungalow in the town. However, no one was injured in the attack. See Militants On PG 11..
Home Ministry to further strengthen Javid Dar had verbal dual with ZEO measures to curb infiltration in J&K Accuses him of abusing CM Rajnath Singh asks HM officials to take stringent measures
Drug shop sealed in Ganderbal Ganderbal, June 12: The Drug Controller department on Thursday sealed a drug shop in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, officials said. Officials told GNS that following a complaint, the shop Shiekh Medical Agency was sealed by drug controller department at Behaama Ganderbal. The shop, according to sources, is owned by a government official. However, locals alleged that in the past the department also sealed few drug See Drug On PG 11..
Bara Pather residents allege discrimination Srinagar, Jun 12 : The locals residing within the peripheries of Maqdoom Sahib Shrine at old city Thursday accused that the state authorities have turned ‘blind eye’ towards their plight and no remedial measures are being taken by the government for the development of the area. According to the KNS correspondent, the locals stated that the government doesn’t See Bara On PG 11..
On Edit Page Changing demographic composition From cradle to grave, women the most beautiful creatures of God on earth, is always on receiving end. From the birth itself, she has to face many oddities. During childhood male child is given preference over her. Many restrictions are imposed on her movements when she is adolescent. After getting marriageable age, she has to face questioning eyes from the neighbourhood, society and parents are always in a hurry to find a match for her so that they can have a sigh of relief. Girls are big responsibility for parents and to find a suitable match for daughters is much more difficult especially
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New Delhi, Jun 12: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday asked his ministry officials to further strengthen the measures taken to curb infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir. He also directed them to take Kashmiri migrants into confidence and work for their return
to the Valley. Singh Thursday held a meeting with senior officers of the Department of Jammu and Kashmir Affairs and reviewed security situation in the state. Strengthening fencing along the border, See JK On PG 11..
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Srinagar, Jun 12 (KNS): Zonal Education Officer, Ruhama Thursday accused the former NC minister and MLA Rafiabad Javed Dar of pressurizing him to disburse the payment of the ‘blue eyed’ contractor while undermining the government norms. ZEO, Dr Ghulam Mohammad stated that the contractor namely Khurshid Ahmad Mir had to construct two school buildings at Muzbug Sopore under SSA. “He approached me in the past asking me to disburse the payment of rupees five lakh. I was later also called up by Javed Dar who too asked me to pay the money to the contractor. I followed the norms and disbursed the amount. ” He maintained further after 15 days, the contractor again approached him with the demand of five lakh rupees more. “I directed my office to come up with the status of the work being done by the contractor. I was appraised that no work on the proposed school buildings have been done and I refused to pay anything to the contractor. I immediately got the call from Javed Dar who pressurized me to disburse
the amount in contractor’s favour. When I refused, he abused me verbally and threatened me of the dire consequences.” He also stated that Director School Education also asked him to hush up the matter and not to make the revelations public. KNS repeatedly tried to contact Director School Education but his cell phone was continuously off and his officials didn’t transfer the call to him. However, MLA Rafiabad and a former minister Javed Dar told KNS over phone that a delegation of contractors approached and complained that the in-charge ZEO delays their payments and make them suffer at large. “I as the MLA contacted the ZEO and asked him the reason. He in return stated that who are you and who is CM. he also abused and stated that he is not going to listen to anyone. The phone recordings are in my possession that clearly reveals how much he has abused me.” Dar stated that the ZEO also contacted the contractors and abused them for approaching him. “I have never met that person but I continuously have been receiving complains about his behaviour in office. He is not a ZEO but has been given the additional charge for the same, he is a school principal. ” (KNS)
‘Coordination’ not ‘unity’ between Geelani, Shah’s Hurriyat Srinagar, Jun 12): A day after a show of unity between the Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat JK Shabir Shah was shown during the protest sit in, the leaders of both the amalgams Thursday stated that it would be too early to predict unity among both groups. However, both the amalgams maintained that there will be close coordination between the two over the serious issue pertaining to Kashmir in the near future. “We have some exceptions with some pro-freedom camps here, rest we want closer ties with the separatist leadership of Kashmir,” said Hurriyat (G) chief spokesman Ayaz. He maintained that though it should not be termed as final unity among the separatist groups but a unanimous approach to deal with some serious issues. “Geelani sahib wants to give message that over the serious issues, the leadership here is one. We have some exceptions but rest it will be all unanimous,” remarked Akbar. Meanwhile, senior See Hurriyat On PG 11..
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6 Presidents promoted to the position of Senior President
Srinagar, June 12: To further strengthen its top management, J&K Bank has made elevations in the top management by promoting six Presidents to the level of Senior President. The orders to this effect were issued by Mushtaq Ahmad, Chairman & CEO here today. The new Senior Presidents include Vagish Chander, Shafat Ahmad Banday, Meera Jamwal, Roop Krishan Shah, Surjeet Singh Sehgal and Abdul Rauf Bhat. Commenting on the elevations, Chairman said, “The promotions are part of the Bank’s plan to allow further momentum at the leadership level to consolidate upon growth and expansion”. Describing bank’s human capital as the biggest asset, Chairman said, “In our endeavour to value and recognize the contribution of human resource, we have been constantly creating opportunities to present a promising growth path to our human resource across all levels.” “The strategic aspect of the elevations is also closely tied with our increasing footprint and growing size and as such the whole process of succession planning that we have been talking about needs to be seen in the backdrop of ever-evolving challenges and opportunities, and adding value to our See Bank On PG 11..
Bank Board Recommends Stock Split Srinagar, June 12 : In a move that will make the shares more affordable and pave way for its increased liquidity in the market, the Board of Directors of the J&K Bank Ltd, has opted for a 10:1 stock split (Ten shares of Rs. 1/- each for every one share of Rs. 10/- held) at its meeting held on 12th June, 2014. An investor-friendly move of the Bank is intended to help more
‘Govt must come clean on charges of nepotism in appointments’
Srinagar, June 12 (KNS): Senior PDP leader and Member Parliament, Mr Tariq Hameed Karra has sought a thorough probe into the revelations by a senior National Conference (NC) leader that hundreds of backdoor appointments were made in J&K Bank by the present government on the behest of the Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather.“As the charges of favouritism in appointments in JK Bank against the Finance Minister have been See Karra On PG 11..
Pressure tactics to get ministerial berth: Insider Will never quit NC: Beg
crime branch department of Jammu and Kashmir. Sources told KNS that when Wani earlier absconded, the crime branch and had asked his department to order his suspension after which he presented himself before the court, confessing
received by KNS, an absconder namely Fida Hussain Wani who works in the office of the CMO Anantnag as statistical assistant, surrendered before the anti-corruption court. Wani was later shifted to Srinagar’s central jail by the
his crime of purchasing the question papers from the broker. Reports maintained that Fida Huusain had bought question papers of CET year 2012 for his brother namely Obaid Husain. The Crime See CET On PG 11..
er absconder from South Kashmir on Thursday surrendered before the anti corruption case in connection with the CET paper leak scam-2012. According to the reports
Karra calls for thorough probe into JK Bank recruitments
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Srinagar, June 12: National Conference senior leader and former Member Parliament Dr Mehbooba Beg’s brazen allegations against his party colleague and finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather are seen as a pressure tactics adopted by him to get accommodated into the council of ministry through the route of Legislative Council. Senior leaders in National Conference have taken Beg’s salvo against Rather and NC senior leadership as a ‘manipulative negotiation’ to settle scores with the party leadership. “I have heard that Beg sahib had informed the party leadership some 15 days ago that he should be accommodated in the council of ministry through the route of Legislative Council. But the party is yet to take any decision on this as the present MLCs have
investors — particularly small investors — to get into the stock investment mode and hence they would be welcome. The decision of the Board however, would be subject to approval of the shareholders at the ensuing Annual General Meeting of the Bank scheduled to be held on 2nd August, 2014.Presently market liquidity of Shares of the See Split On PG 11..
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few years left in their tenure,” a former minister and senior leader of NC told KNS, pleading anonymity. Another former minister and senior leader of NC added that Beg has almost conceded his defeat in the upcoming assembly elections and is now trying to sustain in the political realm. “Given the PDP’s strength in south Kashmir which is acknowledged by one and all, I think Beg wants to be in the good books of the opposition party in view of the just concluded Lok Sabha results,” the former NC minister added. He said that Beg wanted that South Kashmir be given some representation in the council of ministry so he had approached the party leadership for the same. “He has been adamant on this issue seeking a ministerial berth and wanted the NC leadership to go for a reshuffle in the ministerial council,” the NC See Beg On PG 11..
Gear up for upcoming assembly elections: DGP asks police
Review law and order, assess security situation in North Kashmir
Srinagar, June 12 : Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar on Thursday stressed on police to maintain law and order, strengthen relations with the public, minimize collateral damage and prepare for the upcoming assembly elections. According to KNS correspondent, while addressing the first meeting on law and order and assessment of security situation in Baramulla, after assuming the charge as DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Mr Kumar stressed on the police to streamline its functioning and strengthen the public relations. He emphasized on effective coordination between different security agencies to yield better
results law and order results. Mr Kumar stressed that police should gear up for the upcoming assembly elections. Mr Kumar appreciated the better coordination and deliv-
ery by police during the just concluded Lok Sabha elections and stressed on the officers to chalk out comprehensive strategies to pre-empt and meet any kind of eventualities during the upcoming assembly elections. See DGP ON PG 11..
Illegal constructions in Dal Lake areas continue unabated Govt in slumber; SMC, LWDA sleeping
Srinagar, June 12: Due to unabated illegal constructions, the Dal Lake is squeezing and shrinking day by day and in future is going to take the shape of cesspool and this will be the death knell for this paradise, particularly Srinagar city, to lose its world famous heritage. Locals alleged that during night hours scores of tippers could be spotted ferrying construction material while Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) authorities act as mute spectators. They alleged that LAWDA authorities in connivance with some vested interests are not taking cognizance of this serious issue. “During late hours tipper movement is visible on the famous Boulevard road while some tippers appear from Telbal side. From Dalgate to Telbal and on the fringes of Dal Lake in Rainawari, the illegal constructions are
going on,” a local Muhammad Yaseen told CNS. Another resident Nazir Ahmed said that the restrictions as laid down in the master plans drafted from time to time, have not been implemented strictly by concerned departments responsible for conservation and preservation of Dal. And with the result mushroom growth of illegal constructions is going on,” he said. Locals said that the failure of both administrative system and law enforcing agency and their neck deep involvement in corruption is the main cause that concerned authorities are taking no measures to check the illegal constructions. Acting vice chairman LAWDA Shafat Noor told CNS that he will direct his enforcement team to ascertain the facts. “We will take stern action against the offenders. See Illegal ON PG 11..
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JK rehabilitation of surrendered militants and migrants, development projects and progress of skill upgradation schemes for youth like Udaan were also discussed in detail during the meeting. The Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also attended the meeting.
Hurriyat Hurriyat JK leader Shabir Ahmad Shah told KNS over phone that it would be too early to assume a general unity among the pro-freedom camp and that over the serious issues, there will be coordination between the two amalgams. “I had already stated that we will be having a close coordination. Now the time has come and the same shall be implemented on ground.” Shah told KNS that his amalgam and the Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Geelani will have a mutual coordination over the issue of the issuance of permanent settlement to Pak refugees issue and the boycott for the forthcoming assembly polls. (KNS)
Bank brand and business”, he emphasized. He added, “We are hopeful that these officers will handle their new roles, which of course are big and strategic, with great sense of responsibility and excellent leadership qualities”.(KNS)
Karra levelled by a senior NC leader and former Member Parliament Dr Mehboob Beg, these need to be probed thoroughly as the people have every right to know the truth,” Karra said in a statement issued to KNS, here today. He said unemployment being the major concern of every stakeholder in the State, nobody can be allowed to play with the future of educated unemployed youth by resorting to nepotism in recruitments. “By resorting to alleged backdoor appointments in J&K Bank, the State’s Finance Minister is not only promoting mediocrity in the Bank, but is striking at the very foundation of this premiere financial institution which is already under cloud because of the surfacing of various shady dealings,” he said. Reiterating his demand for a white paper on the functioning of J&K Bank, Mr Karra said the disturbing reports appearing in a section of the press over the past few days regarding the messy state of affairs in the Bank have set the alarm bells ringing and people must know what is going on inside the Bank. He said as J&K Bank touches everybody’s skin in the State, the Government and the Bank authorities must come clean on the alarming reports of backdoor appointments, manipulating profits, massive discrimination in deposits and advances within and outside the State and deteriorating fiscal health of the Bank. “It is the responsibility of the Government and the Bank authorities to come clean with a White Paper on the issue, sooner the better,” Mr Karra said and added that not only is the State’s economy but the hard-earned money and livelihood of thousands of people in Jammu and Kashmir is closely linked with J&K Bank and any mishap in the institution could prove catastrophic for the entire State and its people. (KNS)
DGP He announced that police will organize a sports festival in which around 40 teams will participate in North Kashmir. Different tournaments involving cricket, football, volleyball and Kabadi shall be held during the festival starting from August this year. The meeting which lasted for over four hours in Baramulla police lines was attended by senior police officers including IGP Kashmir A G Mir, DIG North Kashmir Range Ghulam Hassan Bhat, SSP Baramulla Mir Suhail, SP Handwara Maqsood-u-Zaman, SP Kupwara Abdul Jabbar, SP Bandipora and all additional SPs of North Kashmir range. The DGP was also briefed on law and order situation in North Kashmir range by DIG North Kashmir Ghulam Hassan Bhat. After the meeting was over, Mr Kumar addressed a gathering of over 5000 police constables wherein he discussed their rights and duties assuring them of full support for their welfare. (KNS)
Illegal We have already passed the instructions to the enforcement team to keep a strict vigil and take on spot action against the guilty,” he said. (CNS)
Militants While confirming the attack, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Sopore Abdul Qayoom told GNS over phone that a police party was attacked by militants with a grenade. “There was complete dark when the attack took place near Dak Bungalow but thankfully no one is injured or dead,” he said. Soon after the attack, police’s Special Operation Group, army and paramilitary forces started massive searches in the area. (GNS)
Drug shops but they were allowed to function later. Parvaiz Ahmad, who is Assistant Drug Controller Ganderbal, when contacted, refused to comment and disconnected the phone. Despite repeated attempts, his phone was switched off. The Deputy Director of Drug Controller Department Kashmir, Nazir Ahmad confirmed to GNS that the shop has been sealed. “I have asked officials to submit report tomorrow,” he said. (GNS)
Bara permit them to construct or renovate their houses and that after their repeated pleas to the state authorities to look into the matter, no concrete decision was taken so far. The residents also accused that to get their houses renovated.
Discusses problems of Hoteliers, Transporters, ICTA with officers Srinagar, June 12 : In order to streamline the process of issuing No Objection Certificates (NOCs) relating to the functioning of private educational institutions in the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday directed for bringing various such tasks under the Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA) so that their deliverance is time bound and smooth. According to a statement issued to KNS, the issue was raised by J&K Unaided Private Schools Coordination Committee during a meeting here this morning with the Chief Minister requesting his intervention in making the system of granting affiliation, recognition and other related issues by the Education Department hassle free and time bound. The Chief Minister while directing for taking fresh look on the guidelines and bringing various services in this regard under the ambit of Public Service Guarantee Act, said that no compromise whatsoever shall be made in ensuring safety, security and education of students besides basic facilities in the private educational institutions. “All of us should be concerned about the education to the students in a conducive and palatable atmosphere as also safeguarding the interests of the teachers and other staff working in private schools and colleges”, he said and impressed upon the private educational institution owners to rationalize their fee structure and upgrade facilities in the educational institutions. “We are more than ready to address all your genuine issues meticulously and sympathetically but you have to meet us at the halfway so far as the charging of fee to the students, providing salaries to the staff and making befitting infrastructure for ensuring quality education is concerned”, he told the Private Schools Coordination Committee. The Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Vice Chancellors of Universities of Jam-
mu and Kashmir, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister and various administrative secretaries were present in the meeting. In another meeting with Kashmir Hoteliers Association, the Chief Minister took stock of various issues and problems confronting the hoteliers in Jammu and Kashmir and directed the Tourism, Transport and Urban Development Departments to look into the genuine problems of this industry in a holistic manner and come up with a feasible solution. The Minister for Tourism, G. A. Mir was also present in the
measures for upgrading facilities in the Transport Nagar in Bemina area and finalize the allotment of plots to the transporters through the set procedure and norms as early as possible. The Transporters brought various other issues including the checking of load carriers at various places into the notice of the Chief Minister in the meeting. The Chief Minister gave on spot directions to the Department of Commercial Taxes, IG Police and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir to sort out these and other issues with
meeting besides Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and various administrative secretaries. It was stated that in Srinagar city one Sewerage Scheme with 60 MLD STP is under execution at an estimated cost of Rs.132.92 crore which is likely to be completed by March 2015. It was stated that by the completion of this scheme the hotel industry in the State would get amply benefited on account of sewerage disposal and STP facility. The Chief Minister discussed the issues of Transporters in yet another meeting in which Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Transport, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan and Advocate General, Mohammad Ishaq Qadri were also present besides various administrative secretaries and heads of the departments. The Chief Minister directed the Vice Chairman, SDA to take required
the representatives of Transporters as soon as possible. The Chief Minister in a meeting with ICTA representatives discussed the issues pertaining to Information Technology Industry with the concerned officers and directed for taking early action in addressing the matters and points raised by ICTA in the meeting.Among other things, ICTA highlighted the issue of establishment of IT Park, provision of 1.5% funds for this sector in the plan allocations, extension of a cable termination station/internet exchange link from Chandigarh to Srinagar etc. The Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo was present in the meeting. The Chairman, ICTA expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for making it mandatory to the big project launchers in the State to have a local partner for any National level company bidding SWAN project. He requested for same mandatory requirement to all IT projects building technical competency within the State. (KNS)
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Branch has earlier asked for the cancelation of the admission of Obaid. Sources had earlier confirmed to KNS that out of the three arrested, one had surrendered after his property was confiscated. All the three accused are now under judicial custody in central Jail Srinagar. Reports maintained that two out of three accused now in central jail are senior officers in the forest department while as the third is assistant executive engineer. “These three arrested officers had purchased papers for their wards and were wanted in the matter,” a senior officer in the crime branch told KNS. On May 23, the High Court had reprimanded the Crime Branch for its slow pace in arresting the absconders. So far the Crime Branch has produced charge sheet against 45 accused including the former BOPEE chairman Mushtaq Ahmad Baqaal, alias Pir in the matter. Some parents and their wards have also been booked for securing admission through fraudulent means. Last month, the high court which is monitoring the investigations directed: “…all the codal provisions should be pressed into service to arrest these 17 absconders by tightening the noose so that the society at large may feel that justice is been done to those who are law abiding.” (KNS)
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Office of the Executive Engineer R&B Division Baramulla Tender Notice No:15of 2014-15
For & on behalf of Governor of J&K State, the Executive Engineer R&B Division Baramulla invites sealed tenders affixed with two Revenue stamps from the approved PWD contractors of the classes shown on Annexure "A". The tenders should be addressed to the Executive Engineer] R&B Division Baramulla by registered post or by hand and should reach in his Office on before 23.06.2014 up to 2:00 P.M. In case the opening date being declared as Holiday/Hartal, the tenders shall be/ received on next working day. The tenders should be sealed in proper cover with name of work, name of the contractor, reference to CDR No. and date without which tender shall be rejected without assigning any reason thereof. The tender document can be had from the Office of the Executive Engineer R&B Division Baramulla atjainst cash payment on any working day during office hours upto ,20.06.2014 only after receipt of the Valid TIN No. & PAN No. along with latest Sales Tax Clearance Ceftifica/e/ Acknowledgement receipt of sales Tax return file That the Service Tax on prescribed rates shall be deducted from the work done claims on total value of work which includes departmental stores. The rates quoted/ allotted shall include all taxes. The departmental material shall be supplied to the contractors on following rates from Divisional Store (i) Cement @ Rs. 440/bag (ii). TMT (Bars) @ Rs 60.50/Kg (iii). Anglelron/ Flat Iron @ Rs 65/Kg. iv) CGI/PGI Sheets @Rs. 55/Kg. v) Bitumen @ Rs 60000/MT (in case of non availability of stocks in Divisional' Stores the contractor my purchase the required material of quality & specifications prescribed to be certified by Engineer incharge after getting non-availability certificate from Executive Engineer & shall not be entitled for any type of excessive rates on this account. All other terms and conditions will be the same as laid down in the detailed) NIT NO: 01/2014-15 issued under endst. No: 314-24 dated: 19.04.2014.
CET senior leader informed KNS.When contacted, Dr Mehboob Beg told KNS: “I have not asked for ministry to my party leadership. The remarks I made are based on the feedback I have got from the party cadres, workers in South Kashmir.” Asked why he pin pointed the finance minister in his speech and why not the whole leadership for dismal performance in just concluded Lok Sabah elections, Beg said that he has nothing personal against Mr Rather and the appointments in Jammu and Kashmir bank can be verified by anyone. “If appointments in JK Bank are done under certain norms and guidelines, then why most of the employees in JK Bank are form from Charar-e-Shareef alone, why not from any other place especially in the south Kashmir.” Asked if he is being offered any safe constituency by the opposition PDP for the upcoming assembly elections, Beg refuted the assertion saying that he is not in touch with any political party nor will he do that. “It is not for any political mileage but I wanted to know the reason for our humiliating defeat in just concluded Lok Sabah elections. And whatever I said yesterday is based on the feedback and what conclusion I had arrived at after meeting my party workers in South Kashmir.” When asked will he quit National Conference, Beg said: “No why should I quit. I will never do that.” The former MP said that the NC leadership has taken note of his remarks made on his father’s anniversary but they have not contacted him sofar. (KNS)
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Comprehensive programme undertaken for dev of State: Sagar SRINAGAR, JUNE 12: Asserting so that the corrective measures are that the Government has taken where necessary. undertaken a comprehensive Mr. Sagar said that care has programme for ensuring need been taken to ensure that these based and sustained development programmes are aimed to provide of the State which would go a long better facilities in R&B, Housing, way in providing all the necessary Health, PDD, PHE, sectors etc. basic facilities to the people, said The Minister asked the people the Minister for Rural Development to actively involve themselves and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad in the implementation of these Sagar, adding that the necessary welfare programmes and provide instructions have been passed to the necessary feedback about the ensure timely completion of all the status of implementation so that developmental projects. the corrective measures are taken The Minister was interacting where necessary. with scores of deputations which The Minister while interacting met him today, including non- with the deputations assured teaching staff of SKUAST, Western them that all their genuine Transport Association besides the grievances would be redressed deputations from Rajouri, Mendhar, in time bound manner. He said Pampore, Budgam and Panchayat that necessary instructions representatives. The Minister have already been passed asked the people to actively involve down the line so that various themselves in the implementation developmental and welfare of these welfare programmes and programmes are completed provide the necessary feedback within the stipulated time frame Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal about the status of implementation for the benefit of people.
DC Baramulla directs immediate improvement, repair of town roads BARAMULLA, JUNE 12: The Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone today convened a meeting of officers to review the strengthening and upgradation of urban infrastructure particularly roads in the town. The Deputy Commissioner directed immediate black topping, repairs and improvements of roads in the town and adjoining areas particularly in the old town. He directed the engineers to complete these improvement works before the onset of Holy month of Ramadhan so that people don’t face any difficulties during that month. Dr. Lone directed preparation and submission of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for modernising and upgrading the bus stand in the town. The DPR, he said, should include components like decongestion and beautification of the area and adding more facilities and utilities like drinking water facility, waiting lounges, public conveniences etc. to the stand. The meeting was attended by heads of several engineering wings including R&B, PHE, PDD, MED etc. The Deputy Commissioner also reviewed the status and availability of other civic amenities like power, drinking water and public health. The meeting was attended by heads of several engineering wings including R&B, PHE, PDD, MED etc.
Wildlife Warden, Mr. A. K. Singh, Vice Chairman, LAWDA Mr. Shafaqat Noor Barlas, Deputy Commissioner Central Mr. M. H. Mir, APCCF and Director Environment, Mr. Suresh Chugh, Commissioner, SMC, Dr. G. N. Qasba, , Director Rakhs and Farms Mr. Altaf Andrabi and other concerned field functionaries briefed the meeting about the measures taken by their respective department for protection.
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government department does not involve in litigations with each other,” Rohatgi, who had also served as an additional solicitor general dur-
ing previous NDA regime, had told PTI. Rohatgi, son of former Delhi high court judge Justice Awadh Behari Rohatgi, has represented Gujarat government in the Supreme Court in the 2002 Gujarat riots and fake encounter death cases, including the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh cases. A sought-after corporate lawyer, Rohatgi had represented Anil Ambani in the apex court in the gas dispute case between the Ambani brothers. He has also been representing the Italian embassy in the apex court in a case relating to two Italian marines involved in the killing of two fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012. Besides some of these high-profile cases handled by him, Rohatgi has been appearing on behalf of big corporates in the 2G scam trial.
3-day Singhey Khababs Sindhu Festival commences Jora declares the festival open today Leh, June 12: Three day Singhey Khababs Sindhu Festival commenced at Shey Manla Sindhu Ghat today. The Minister for Urban Development & Local Bodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, declared the festival open with hoisting the national flag followed by a brief prayer ceremony performed by all the religious heads. The Ambassador of Czech Republic to India Mr. Miloslav Stasek was guest of honour on the occasion. Addressing the gathering Mr Jora said, that celebrating this festival is a means of paying tribute to Sindhu which is the most ancient civilization, the Indus civilization and speaks of the heritage of India and Pakistan. Talking about his efforts in developing various tourist infrastructures in Ladakh during his tenure as tourism minister, Mr Jora said that Leh is the only tourist destination in India which enjoys per capita tourist more than one. He said that tourists who are spending their holiday in Leh are also doing national duty by providing livelihood to the people of border area. Shedding light on the objective
Dare to be different, Gemini. It can be so easy to fall into a drill. Sleeping at the same time, eating at the same time, wearing the same style, and going about work the same way day after day. Before you know it, you feel like you’re in a rut. The only way to get away from this is to make a decision to break free by doing something unique. Try a new haircut. Wear colors that are unusual for you. If the need is there, consider a new career. Pursue expansion.
Cancer June 22-July 22
If your lifestyle is considerably different than that of others, resist feeling self-conscience about it today, Cancer. Try to remember that you chose the life you have for specific reasons. Even if you’ve come to a point where you’re considering a change, there’s no need to feel badly, ashamed, or embarrassed about where you are now. Everyone has to make his or her own way. If this conforms to the norm, that’s fine. If it doesn’t, that’s fine, too.
July 23-August 22 An enhanced feeling of determination could motivate you today, Leo. Finish the things that aren’t complete and make some plans for this evening. Don’t hesitate to take on something that feels complicated or big. Chances are you’ll be able to handle most anything and it will feel great when it’s finished. Enjoy your day by making the most of opportunity.
August 23-September 22
Feeling the effects of today’s energies, Virgo? Take heart if this is the case, because the end of the tunnel isn’t as far away as it seems. Do your best to take things one step at a time and see about making some plans for a little fun this evening. Get together with friends or take in a movie. Help yourself feel better by staying busy and focused and follow up with some recreation. Before you know it, the aspect will pass and you’ll be back to normal.
September 23-October 23 Consider making some plans for a vacation or short getaway, Libra. Looking forward to something fun can make even the toughest of days far easier to handle. You’ll be amazed how much you can manage when there’s an end in plain sight. Your entire attitude can lighten. So take the bull by the horns and create an incentive for yourself. Do something special to reward the hard work you do day after day.
October 24-November 21 Don’t judge someone if he or she has a different lifestyle than what you consider to be OK, Scorpio. You probably lean toward the traditional, yet not everyone feels this way about relationships, working, or lifestyle. While it may seem impossible to understand and even frighten you, try not to be too harsh on those you deem odd. You’d be better off using that energy to keep your own life on track.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
of the festival, Mr Jora said that the primary purpose of celebrating this festival is to attract more and more tourists, domestic and foreigners, to this region. Describing tourism sector the main support system for economic growth in Ladakh, Mr Jora said that the industry has proved highly beneficial in providing job opportunities which improved economic conditions of the people of the region. Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Rigzin Spalbar while wel-
coming all the guests and tourists said that Singhey Khababs Sindhu Festival is a symbolic event on communal harmony and sends across the message of brotherhood, unity in diversity and peace in the country and in the world. He said that the main purpose of celebrating Sindhu festival is to extend the tourist season from 2 months to 6 months and to make the national and international tourists aware about the importance of Sindhu River from which the name of India
Malik chairs Privilege Committee meeting
SRINAGAR, JUNE 12: A meeting of the Committee on Privileges of Jammu and Kashmir, Legislative Assembly was held under the chairmanship of MLA, Mr. Abdul Gani Malik, here today.
Don’t discount your ability to be extremely resourceful if you need to be, Aries. If you don’t have everything you need or all of the required information, take time to think. Who can you ask? What places can you access? Who might know where you can find what you need? Rather than panic because the pieces aren’t all there, instead make a list of contacts and go for it. Trust in yourself.
Try not to let today’s blues get you down, Taurus. While it’s true that some days can seem to drag on, the busier you are the faster time will pass. Get down to finishing any work still before you and then make plans for tonight. If there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, not only will things seem to speed up but you’ll feel better knowing it’s coming.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi is new attorney general
general have also been appointed. Rohatgi took over from GE Vahanvati as the 14th AG of the country. Vahanvati had resigned following a change of the government at the Centre. It is a convention that law officers step down after the change of government. Rohatgi had recently said his top priority as attorney general would be to “streamline litigations in the Supreme Court.” “I will see that the superior courts
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Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashid News Agency Dalgate Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam SRINAGAR, JUNE 12: A Taken Reports. Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Chadoora meeting of the HouseLone Com-News Agency Meanwhile, the Panel mittee of Jammu andBhat Kash-News directed the authorities Agency Magam Zargar News Agency NEW DELHI: Senior Kunzar advocate are not flooded with frivolous and mir, Legislative Assembly, revenue, forest, wild- Mukul Dar NewsofAgency Beerwah Bashir News Sumbal Rohatgi wasAgency on Thursday ap- petty litigations,” he said, adding he constituted to ascertain the life and SMC to furnish a Reshi News Agency Safapora Saleem pointed as theNews newAgency attorneyPattan general would make all efforts to check that factual position regarding detailed report about the (AG) and will have a tenure of three the government does not involve itBasharat News Agency Bandipora Reyaz News Agency Pampore the illegal encroachment of measures initiated by them years. Altaf News Agency Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund self in inter-ministerial litigations. wet lands for its conversion for protection and checking The lawNews ministry issued a formal “I will see and work out that the Jeelani News Agency Baramulla G.M Agency Sopore for residential purposes in of illegal encroachments notification appointing him Srinagar, BaramullaShah andNews Kupwara News Agency Handwara of Agency wet lands in Srinagar, as theSultan top law officer of the Bandipora districtsYounis and News Baramulla Bandipora NDA government. Agencyand Langate Sheikh News Agency Islamabad conversion of Agriculture districts.Earlier, Financial Reshi News Agency Islamabad Three Way News Agency The government has Tral and Kahcharai land for resi- Commissioner, Revenue, already appointed Ranjit Turray News Agency Tral Badru News Agency Bijbehara dential purposes, met today Dr. Arun Kumar, Divisional Kumar as the solicitor genRahiofNews Agency Kulgam Kashmir Malik News Agency Arwani under the chairmanship Commissioner, eral. Six additional Rah NewsMr. Agency Byepass Shaheen Newssolicitors Agency Kargil MLA, Hakeem Mohammad Shailendra Kumar, Chief Yasin.Legislators, Mr. Rafi Ahmad Mir, Syed Bhashrat Ahmad Bukhari and Mr. Aijaz Ahmad Jan attended the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions to make the functioning of the Committee more vibrant and result oriented.A threadbare discussion was held on various issues, including status and implementation of recommendations, the Committee made during 2013-14 and Action
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Legislators, Mr. Ashwani Kumar, Peer Aafaq Ahmad and Mr. Shabir Ahmad Khan attended the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions for making the working of the Committee vibrant and
result oriented.Among others, Secretary Assembly Mr. M. Ramzan, Special Secretary Assembly Mr. Mulkh Raj Singh besides senior officers of Assembly Secretariat were present in the meeting.
has been derived. While going into details of the contribution Mr Jora made for growth of tourism industry in Ladkah during his tenure as tourism minister, Spalbar said that Jora worked tirelessly for creation of tourist related infrastructure throughout the region. Earlier, the Executive Councillor for Tourism Mohammad Shafi Lassu welcomed the guests and tourists in his welcome speech.
Prepare DPR for construction of additional block at MLA Hostel Srinagar, Jammu: Gul SRINAGAR, JUNE 12: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mubarak Gul on Thursday directed the concerned to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for construction of additional blocks each in MLA Hostel, Srinagar and Jammu. He also asked them to submit the same to the concerned quarter for immediate release of funds. This direction was given by the speaker while chairing a General Purpose Committee meeting held here today. A threadbare discussion was held on recovery of rentals against the occupants of MLA Hostel Srinagar and Jammu, installation of ATM Facility within the premises of MLA Hostel Srinagar and healthcare facilities available in dispensary of MLA Hostel. Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mohammad Sartaj Madni, Legislators Dr. Mustafa Kamal and Mr. Abdul Razaq Wagay attended the meeting and stressed for upgradation of health facility at MLA Hostel Srinagar. The speaker directed the Secretary Assembly Mr. M. Ramzan to ensure neat and cleanliness in and around the MLAs Hostel at Srinagar and Jammu.
Friends seeking advice or a shoulder to cry on could be plentiful today, Sagittarius. You’re one of best people to give them the support and care they need. Just be sure that you don’t give so much to others that you don’t have anything left for yourself. True friendship is about sharing and the exchange of problems and help. Running yourself down will leave you in a place where you aren’t going to be much help to anyone.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Getting through today shouldn’t pose too big a problem for you, Capricorn. You may feel a huge second wind that can give you the drive and determination to see your chores and projects through. Make some plans for this evening, such as getting together with friends or taking in an event that really intrigues you. Until then, go about your tasks bit by bit. You’ll get things finished before you know it.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Working within boundaries and restrictions could really get to you today, Aquarius. Yours is an independent spirit and your best achievements are often born of doing things your own way. Yet like it or not, we all have to follow guidelines and rules. Do your best to follow suit and finish what needs to be done. Afterward, you may find more freedom to act independently without consequences. Exercise patience and diligence as needed today.
February 19-March 20 Chances are that you’ll feel upbeat and positive today, Pisces. Consider sharing this energy with those around you who are feeling less than content. Your attitude can have a profound effect on friends, partners, spouses, and children. Even neighbors and extended family can pick up on your spirit without you even realizing it. Share your optimism with everyone you can today. If you see someone hurt or angry.
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important to have more friends and more Zabarwan Times Aimportant confusing to have real ones Thursday, 05 December 2013 George Bernard Shaw political situation No hollow day elections every living are thing s nethe on earth the hasplease topolitical decay and nearing assurances Changing ultimately die its own
parties are trying death. But the period Do something concrete for their best to form from birth to death is full Kashmir language alliances before the of challenges and difficulties. Due to announcement of dates for the Lok advancement sciences, the t was in in medical 1999 when then Sabha polls. The progressive alultimate death has been delayed. The Chief Minister Dr. Farooq average led agerom ofbya human being which cradle to NDA grave, liances congress, Abdullah while addressing all till some years back was between 45-50 women the most beauled by BJP are already in busiIndia Kashmiri writers yearsand has risen tocreatures 70 years. According tiful ofconferGod ness are trying very hard to n c e o on rg a nearth, iisz going e d is bto yalways Don ed toe surveys India beLaa lhome rope up more and more nationFoundation announced the for secondreceiving largest number ofthat elderly end. From the alpeople and regional parties in their in the world. 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he HIV/AIDS epidemic adult (15-49 years) HIV prevalence 3 million HIV infections projected to be constitutes one of the most which was estimated at 0.33% in 2007, averted by the national program by 2015 formidable challenges to has declined to 0.27% in 2011. Declining through targeted prevention interventions development and social trends in adult HIV prevalence are alone. progress. The epidemic impacts poverty sustained in all the high prevalence states World Bank and NACO and inequality and increases the burden namely, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, India has been a long-term partner and on the most vulnerable sections in society, Maharashtra, Manipur, Nagaland and recipient of World Bank funding, starting i.e. the elderly, the women, children and Tamil Nadu and other states such as with the first National AIDS Control the poor. Countries that do not respond in Mizoram and Goa. However, the low Project in 1991 through to the current time have to bear huge costs as a result of prevalence states of Assam, Arunachal phase of National AIDS control declining productivity, loss of skilled and Pradesh, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, programme. In the early 1990s, the NACP experienced labour and increased Delhi, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Odisha, focused on blood safety, prevention expenditures on treatment and associated Punjab, Tripura and Uttarakhand have among high risk groups, raising awarecosts as the demand for public services shown rising trends in adult HIV ness in general population and improving increases. Impact will be on virtually prevalence. India has demonstrated an surveillance. In the second phase of every sector of the national economies. overall reduction of 57% in estimated NACP (1999-2006), India continued to World Scenario annual new HIV infections (among adult expand the programme at state level, with Even as the war against this dreaded population) during the last decade from greater emphasis on targeted interveninfection continues, new infections 2.74 lakh in 2000 to 1.16 lakh in 2011. tions and involvement of NGOs. In the among adults and children were esti- This is important evidence on the impact third phase, India has scaled up targeted mated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33% of the various interventions under HIV prevention interventions for most at reduction since 2001. New HIV infec- National AIDS Control Programme and risk populations and further expanded the tions among children have come down by scaled-up prevention strategies. Major surveillance system. The surveillance and 52% since 2001. AIDS-related deaths contribution to this reduction comes from analytical work has helped the governhave also dropped by 30% since the peak the high prevalence states where a ment know its heterogeneous epidemic, in 2005 as access to antiretroviral reduction of 76% has been noted during identify Indian states which were most treatment expands. Significant results the same period. The total number of affected by HIV and population groups have also been achieved towards meeting people living with HIV/AIDS in India is which were most at risk the needs of tuberculosis (TB) patients estimated at 21 lakh in 2011. Children The goals of the fourth phase of the NACP living with HIV, as TB-related deaths (under15 yrs.) account for 7% (1.45 lakh) are aligned with the Government of India’s among people living with HIV have of all infections, while 86% is in the age – Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017) goals declined by 36% since 2004. group of 15-49 years. Of all HIV infec- of inclusive growth and development for By the end of 2012, some 9.7 million tions, 39% (8.16 lakh) are among women. long term sustainability. The national people in low- and middle-income The estimated number of people living programme goals are to accelerate countries were accessing antiretroviral with HIV in India maintains a steady reversal of the HIV epidemic and therapy, an increase of nearly 20% in just declining trend from 23.2 lakh in 2006 to integrate the response over the next fiveone year. In 2011, UN Member States 21 lakh in 2011. The programme data year phase. The programme aims at agreed to a 2015 target of reaching 15 indicates that antiretroviral treatment reaching out to the hard-to-reach populamillion people with HIV treatment. services for adults increased by 30% tion groups at high risk with targeted However, as countries scaled up their between 2009- 10 and 2010-11.Wider prevention interventions through treatment coverage and as new evidence access to antiretroviral treatment has led innovative approaches; increasing access emerged showing the HIV prevention to 29% reduction in estimated annual to comprehensive care, support and benefits of antiretroviral therapy, the AIDS-related deaths during NACP-III treatment; expanding information, World Health Organization set new HIV period (2007-2011). Greater declines in education and communication with a treatment guidelines, expanding the total estimated annual deaths are noted in focus on behavior change, demand number of people estimated to be in need states where significant scale up of generation and stigma reduction; further of treatment by more than 10 million. antiretroviral treatment services has been strengthening the institutional capacity Despite a flattening in donor funding for achieved. In high prevalence states, and process of integration; and, continuHIV, which has remained around the same estimated AIDS-related deaths have ing to innovate across programme as 2008 levels, domestic spending on HIV decreased by around 42% during 2007 to components – generating knowledge and has increased, accounting for 53% of 2011. As on July 2013, around 6.76 lakh lessons learned for India and beyond. The global HIV resources in 2012. The total people living with HIV are receiving free National AIDS Control Support Project global resources available for HIV in 2012 antiretroviral treatment across the (NACSP) will support the Strategic Plan was estimated at US$ 18.9 billion, US$ 3-5 country. The coverage of targeted of the fourth phase of NACP 2012–2017, billion short of the US$ 22-24 billion interventions with services for high risk with a focus on outcomes. The project will estimated to be needed annually by 2015. groups has significant improvement. support the following three components: Situation in India Presently, 84% of female sex workers Component 1- Scaling Up Targeted The National AIDS Control Programme (FSW), 87% of men-who-have-sex-with- Prevention Interventions (total continues to make progress toward the men (MSM) and 84% of injecting drug estimated cost -US$440 million): This Millennium Development Goal of halting users (IDU) have access to prevention component will support the scaling up of and reversing the HIV epidemic. The interventions. An impact evaluation TIs with the aim of reaching out to the adult HIV prevalence at national level has (2011) shows that the progress in the hard to reach population groups who do continued its steady decline from decline of HIV among FSW is attribut- not yet access the prevention services of estimated level of 0.41% in 2001 through able to the national programme focus on the programme, and saturate coverage 0.35% in 2006 to 0.27% in 2011. National targeted interventions; with an estimated among the HRGs. In addition, this
component will support the bridge population, i.e. migrants and truckers. Component 2 - Behaviour Change Communication (total estimated cost US$40 million): This component will include: (i) communication programmes for risk reduction and safe behaviour including advocacy, social mobilization and BCC to integrate PLWHA and HRG into society and to encourage normative changes aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination in society at large, and in health facilities specifically, as well as to increase demand and effective utilization of testing and counselling services; (ii) financing of a research and evaluation agency to assess the cost-effectiveness and program impact of behaviour change Communication activities; and (iii) establish and evaluate a helpline at the national and state level to further increase access to information and services. Component 3- Institutional Strengthening (total estimated cost US$30 million): This component will support programme steering, coordination and managerial roles in managing the prevention component of the programme, during the transformational phase of NACP IV. The dissemination of best practices and innovations from the project at the national and state levels through annual knowledge dissemination forum, necessary project audits will also be financed. The implementation structures and institutional arrangements of NACSP will remain the same as under NACP III, with the programme being managed by the Department of AIDS Control, at the central level, the State AIDS Control Societies (SACS) at state level, and the District AIDS Prevention Control Units (DAPCUs) at the district level. The Technical Support Units (TSUs), that were established during NACP III to oversee the quality, mentoring, handholding and supporting the TIs in the states along with SACS, will continue to play a key technical role to ensure the quality of TIs. Although the overall HIV prevalence rates among high risk groups are declining, they remain high (2010-11): 7.14% among injecting drug users, 4.43% among men-who-have-sex-with-men and 2.67% among female sex workers, and there are significant variations in states which necessitates scaling up of efforts to reach the hard to reach populations in these areas. The national programme will continue to innovate and generate lessons from its performance management system and disseminate the best practices across the world.
NCC - Nurturing the youth to be responsible citizens
he National Cadet Corps (NCC), a premier uniformed youth organization, is gradually getting popular among the youth in Jammu and Kashmir like as in other parts of the country. There are over 24000 cadets, of which nearly 8000 are girl cadets. It is significant that the number of cadets in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions have increased, NCC activities have evoked positive response from young boys as well as girls. The NCC, operating in different educational institutions including schools and colleges imparts regularly elementary trainings in tri-Services comprising the Army, Navy and Air Force and for grooming them into disciplined and patriotic citizens. Its main objective is to develop character, comradeship, discipline, leadership, national outlook, spirit of adventure, and ideals of selfless service. The purpose is to create a human resource of organized, trained and motivated boys and girls to provide leadership in all walks of life and also to prepare them for careers in the Armed Forces. In an exclusive interview, Maj. Gen. Neeraj Verma, Additional Director General, NCC, Jammu and Kashmir, stated: “Sustained efforts are being made to revamp and revitalize NCC as an organization in the State. Gradually activities are being accelerated”. The J&K NCC chief is
regularly conducting the camps to make gradation of existing infrastructure. NCC visible even in remote areas of this During Indo-Pak conflicts of 1965 and border and sensitive State. 1971, NCC cadets were second line of Gen. Verma, who has taken over only in defence as they organized camps at various July this year stated that our objective is fronts. The NCC cadets also worked handdirected towards instilling qualities of in-hand on Civil Defence duty. nationalism, patriotism, discipline, team The need to create a youth organization at spirit, spirit-de-corps, leadership and self national level to train the young boys and confidence and promoting overall girls to be better citizen and future leaders personality and added that NCC gives of our country in all walks of life including tremendous opportunity to one and all for defence forces led to the creation of NCC betterment, irrespective of caste, creed, after passage of the National Cadet Corps religion or economic status. Act, 1948. The NCC movement was Noble Objectives launched on July 15, 1948 and is presently In Jammu and Kashmir, NCC was headed by Directorate General headquarintroduced first in Srinagar, during 1954 tered at New Delhi. The NCC is today the and later, one NCC battalion was raised at largest uniformed youth organization in the Jammu in September 1959 with sanc- world and has carved out a niche for itself tioned cadet strength of 6560 in the State. as a unique organization in nation building The girl wing of NCC was introduced in and grooming the youth of our country. The the year 1962 when two J&K (Girls) motto of NCC is ‘Unity and Discipline’ and Battalion were raised at Jammu. is shaping our youth into disciplined Subsequently there was diversification citizens. The NCC has its own flag, crest and intensification of NCC activities at and also a melodious and patriotic song various locations in the State. ‘Hum Sab Bhartiya Hain’. Significantly during the current year, NCC undoubtedly is making progress but NCC activities have been expanded in it needs to be given a massive thrust to Ladakh area especially and also other canalize the energy and enthusiasm of our parts of Jammu and Kashmir. In view of young boys and girls for purposeful and the ever increasing aspirations of student productive national activities. The youth community, the State NCC Directorate must be more actively involved in NCC to has taken up with the State Government enable them to meet the challenges on as also with the NCC headquarters for various fronts. It is heartening that the raising new units and further up- young boys and girls in Jammu and
Kashmir are also eager to be in the fold of NCC for greater good of this nation. Recently two national level camps have been conducted with high participation and positive results obtained in J&K. The Government must consider rapid
conflicts of 1965 and 1971, NCC
cadets were second line of defence as they organized
camps at various fronts.
advancement of NCC activities in the sensitive and border Jammu and Kashmir State so that the young boys and girls are properly inspired and motivated for maintaining permanent peace and accelerating pace of socio-economic development.
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