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VOL NO: 4 | ISSUE NO: 63 | RS: 2/- (AIR SURCHARGE FOR JAMMU /DELHI/LEH 50 Paisa)
Largely Circulated, No. 1 Bilingual Daily of J&K
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11 private members bills moved in LA; four admited, two withdrawn, five rejected
J&K first state to launch project Swasthya slate 3 Army men among 5 held for stabbing youth Srinagar, March 03: A youth was stabbed during a brawl with skiing instructors, who work for the army, after Pakistan narrowly beat arch rivals Indian in the ongoing Asian Cup being played in Bangladesh. Police Monday arrested five persons, including three troopers, after a youth Muhammad Yousuf Reshi was stabbed inside a hotel in world-famous health resort, Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Varmul district. The incident took place when the troopers were watching the crunch game in Hotel Shahra. Official sources said last evening scuffle broke out between army troopers and few civilians at Jawahar Lal Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports. “During the scuffle, one of the army troopers hit a youth See Youth On Page 11..
Snow-storm victims seek rehabilitation Kulgam, March 3, CNS: The victims of snow-storm Monday while seeking their rehabilitation alleged that government is taking no measures to rehabilitate them. They said that whole village of Waltangoo Nard in Qazigund was destroyed in snow storm that occurred on February 2005. They said that there were 128 families in the said village while all the residential houses were completely See Snow On Page 11..
Inside story Safai Karamchari in Health Department stage protest
Srinagar, March 3, CNS: Safai Karamchari working in Health Department and ISM Mondaystaged a protest at Pratap Park Srinagar. The protestors alleged that even after assurances given to them by the State Government their services have not been regularized and neither any enhancement in their pay-scale was made. The protestors told CNS that they have been working in the Health Department from past 16 years on a meager salary of Rs 500 per month. “The Government had
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On Edit Page Education-Magic wand to progress and prosperity The progress and prosperity of any nation can be measured only on one yard-stick, as to how many citizens have excess to quality educational facilities. The off rule, Might is Right, Aristocrats rule the Nations, are now obsolete. The developed countries paid heed to education in the initial stage and now they are harvesting the fruits of those initiatives by way of dictating their terms on developing and under developed countries. The citizens are leading comfortable life with all the basic necessities fulfilled. They don’t have to live under open sky or stand in que for hours together to fetch one bucket of water or ration at concessional rates. Their children don’t have to lose
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Azad inaugurates SSH, launches RBSK, Project Swasthya Slate, 102-J&K Referral Service JAMMU, MARCH 03- Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad along with Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today inaugurated 220 bedded Super Speciality Hospital besides launching Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakaram (RBSK), Project Swasthya Slate and 102J&K Referral Service under National Rural Health Mission at Jammu. Jammu and Kashmir has been honoured with the credit of becoming the first state in the country to get the Project Swasthya Slate launched to cover most difficult parts of the state. Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Taj Mohiud-Din, Minister for R&B, Abdul Majid Wani, Minister for Culture, Raman Bhalla, MPs, Ch. Lal Singh and Madan Lal Sharma, Minister of State for Planning & Finance, Manohar Lal, MLAs, MLCs, Commissioner/ Secretary Health & Medical Ed-
ucation, Gazzafar Hussain, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, National Health Mission, Anuradha Gupta, Embassy NIPI. Congratulating the people for getting this special healthcare institution, the Union Health Minister was optimistic about the successful functioning of this prestigious centre which will surely play a key role to perk up the medicare facilities in the
state. He said that the focus is being laid on extending optimum relief to the people within the state thus saving them from waiting for months in other states for special healthcare services. Spelling out achievements of the centre and state governments, Azad said that “We have not only given new dimensions to health sector but all See Azad On Page 11..
If there are any thieves in J&K, it is NC leadership: Mehbooba
Militants kill two SPOs in Pulwama Hizb claims responsibility We are searching the suspected areas: Police Pulwama Correspondent Pulwama, Mar 03: Two policemen were killed and another injured when suspected militants attacked them in this South Kashmir district on Monday afternoon. Talking to Zabarwan Times sources told that militants opened fire on a police vehicle that was parked outside the district court complex, resulting in injuries to three policemen. "The trio was immediately rushed to district hospital for treatment, however, one cop succumbed to his injuries," sources said. Latter on the doctors of the hospital confirmed the death of two policemen. The slain policemen were identified as SPO Farooq Ahmad from Vedapora Shopian and Mukhtar Ahmad from Veernag in Anantnag district. Both of them were deployed at District Police lines as SPOs. IG Kashmir Ab Gani Mir, DIG South Vijay Kumar and Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Manzoor Ahmad Lone rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation in detail. The two slain cops were accorded guard of honour at police lines latter before taken to their native villages. Police, Army, Special Operation Group and Central Reserve Police Force deployed in large number immediately cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to nab the attackers. However, as per sources, they managed to flee from the spot.
MoU for generation of 7500 MW solar power signed
Jammu, Mar 3: Demanding an apology from National Conference patron, Dr Farooq Abdullah for his ‘all Kashmiris are thieves’ remarks, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday raised the issue in the Legislative Assembly and said his comments had insulted the people of the state. The statement issued to KNS said that while displaying copies of prominent newspapers including Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Times, the party legislators came into the well of the house and demanded an apology from Dr Abdullah for his anti-Kashmir remark in New Delhi. Unsatisfied with the government response, the legislators latter staged a walkout from the house. Speaking to media persons outside the assembly, the party president, Mehbooba Mufti said this is not the first that the NC leadership has defamed the people, who have been voting them to power, but they have always been on the forefront in doing their character assassination both in and outside the state. She said, “They
Jammu, Mar 3 : In its yet another significant stride towards achieving self-reliance in energy generation, the State Government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India for implementation of Solar Power Projects of the capacity of 7500 MWs. According to the statement issued to KNS, signing of memorandum was performed at a high level meeting of the senior officers of the State Government and MNRE, Government of India, chaired by the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah here on Monday. Under the Memorandum of Understanding Solar Projects of the capacity of 5000 MWs in Ladakh and 2500 MWs in Kargil possessing tremendous potential for new and renewable energy would be taken up for implementation. The Union Joint Secretary, MNRE, Tarun Kapoor and the Jammu and Kashmir State Commissioner Secretary, Science and Technology, Bipul Pathak signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the duo Governments. Jammu and Kashmir Ministers, Nawang Rigzin Jora and Mohammad Akbar Lone, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Ministers of State, Vikar Rasool,
call people, who raise voice against them, as anti-nationals and they have demonised our youth as drug addicts, LeT agents and criminals.” She said to remain in the power the NC has been exploiting people on hallow promises from last more than 60 years now. “Be it in 1975 or 1996, the NC has always betrayed people and compromised their interests, self-respect for the sake of power,” Mehbooba said adding they have been treating people as their slaves and it is their deliberate strategy to defame the image of Kashmiris to remain relevant in certain quarters in New Delhi. She said instead of decreasing the existing power deficit in the state, the NC leadership has sold the most feasible power projects to NHPC only for the chair. She said ‘Meter Todo; Heater Lago’ (break meters, use heaters) slogan, by NC during 2008, was an assault on the system, which PDP had reformed during its brief stint in the government. She said they took off this promise and instead See Mehbooba On Page 11..
Congress-NC differences surface Congress-PDP joins hands in Kishtwar over solar lights, cookers issue He claimed that 10 per cent cost of solar cookers had even been paid by the MLA from his Constituency Development Fund for which the Planning Minister had relaxed the rules. Mr Saroori alleged that this was a clear case of discrimination with his Inderwal Assembly segment. The Government, however, didn’t respond to the charges made by Mr Saroori. Meanwhile Opposition PDP member from Kishtwar area also alleged that over 6000 Solar cookers were distributed among the NC workers in district Kishtwar despite assurance by the Government in the House. The issue was raised by Sayed Asgar Ali from PDP soon after the House started Question Hour today. The PDP member alleged that Solar cookers in the district were distributed in the district on the behest of the NC leaders and in sheer violations of the rules. The public representatives were ignored and despite assurance in the House by the Government, sanctity is not being maintained.The PDP member sought directions See Congress On Page 11..
Omar condemns attack Expresses solidarity with bereaved families Jammu, Mar 3 (KNS): Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has condoled the demise of two SPOs in a militancy related attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama area on Monday in which one personnel is also reported to be injured. Condemning the act of militants, the Chief Minister lauded the bravery of the personnel and highlighted their sacrifice as the highest degree of service to the people and the State. In his condolence message to the Police Department and the bereaved families, the Chief Minister expressed See Omar On Page 11.. Panic gripped in the Pulwama town after the attack as dozens of gunshots forced the people to run for cover. Shopkeepers downed the shutters and traffic was off the road following the tension. Meanwhile militant out-fit Hizb-ul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility of the Pulwama attack.Before this one security personal Davinder Singh, See Militants On Page 11..
30,000 MW solar energy potential in J&K: Dr. Farooq
‘Haji Yousuf’s death exposes the muck of corruption in the Abdullah family’
Jammu, Mar 3: Difference between ruling Alliance partners-Congress and National Conference figured in the Legislative Assembly today when Congress MLA from Inderwal, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, a former Minister, charged the Government with shifting all 10,000 solar lights and 6,000 solar cookers meant for Kishtwar district to Kishtwar Assembly segment, represented by National Conference MLA and Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo. According to the statement issued to KNS, raising the issue during Zero Hour, Mr Saroori, whose Inderwal segment was also part of Kishtwar district, said the Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (which is headed by NC leader Dr Farooq Abdullah) had sanctioned 10,000 solar lights, each valued at Rs 12,000 and 6000 solar cookers, each having a cost of Rs 6000, for Kishtwar district. “My constituency (Inderwal) is also part of Kishtwar district but all 16,000 solar lights and cookers have been shifted to Kishtwar Assembly segments and were being distributed among the workers of a party,” Mr Saroori said.
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Nazir Ahmad Gurazi and Feroz Ahmad Khan, Legislators, Syed Ahmad Rizvi, Tsetan Namgyal and Narboo Gyalsan, Chairman, Ladakh Hill Development Council, Kargil, Asgar Karbalai and Executive Councilor, Ladakh Hill Development Council, Leh, Mohammad Shafi Lassu, Union Secretary, MNRE, Dr. Satish B. Agnihotri, J&K Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretaries, Suresh Kumar, B. R. Sharma and B. B. Vyas and various Administrative Secretaries were present in the meeting. The Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy while highlighting the importance of the signing of MoU between the State and the Centre Government for harnessing of green energy from the Ladakh area said that this area possesses vast potential of solar energy. He said the signing of the MoU for its harnessing is an important landmark See Farooq On Page 11..
Kashmiri students ‘thrashed’ in Meerut University ‘We were forced to leave campus by authorities’ Srinagar, March 03: (GNS) The Kashmiri students at the Swami Vivekananda Subharti University in Meerut city of Uttar Pradesh have been asked to vacate the varsity by the authorities after a group of local students allegedly thrashed them over celebrating Pakistan’s win over India in the Asia Cup match on Sunday. The students told GNS over phone from Meerut that all the Kashmiri students were watching the Indo-Pak Asia cup match with the students of other parts of India in the campus on Sunday evening. However, trouble started when India lost the match and Kashmiri students celebrated the victory of Pakistan team. “When Indian team was in stronger position, the Hindu students were cheering. And when Pakistan team was in strong position, we used to cheer,” a 3rd year B Tech student wishing anonymity told GNS. He said “Finally when India lost, we cheered and this anguished and enraged our fellow Hindu students.” The angry Hindu students, he
said, started to thrash Kashmiri students. He said had their senior not intervened, the enraged students would have lynched them to death. “They ruthlessly thrashed our ten boys. Our seniors saved us from their wrath,” he said, adding “When we went to the hostel to sleep, the students broke the window panes of our rooms. They terrorized us throughout the night,” He said this morning the Hindu students staged protests in the University campus demanding the ouster of the Kashmiri students. Besides abusing them, the student, he said, also accused Kashmiri students of breaking window panes. He said succumbing to the pressure of the Hindu students; the administration asked all the Kashmiri students to leave the varsity. “We were told to leave the University at the earliest. The administration also slapped a fine of Rs 5000 on us without any reason or rhyme. We’re being punished for supporting Pakistan cricket team,” See Kashmiri On Page 11..
CTD imposed fine of RS. 27.26 Lacs at Lowermonda Srinagar, Mar 3 : Commercial Taxes Department has seized a bulk quantity of copper scrap and 15 quintals of polythene carry bags last week from two different vehicles and has imposed and recovered huge penalty of Rs. 2726106/ from drivers/owners of the vehicle and owner of goods, authorities said. Giving details Commercial Taxes Officer, Check post Lower Munda, Hamid Gania told KNS that a vehicle bearing No: JK03/6922 while carrying copper circles, Aluminum Bartans & copper scrap of M/S Vardhman Bartan Store, Jammu and M/S Sharma Metal Traders, Jammu respectively was intercepted at this check post and put to under through physical check. After a daylong physical check of the vehicle, it was found that the vehicle is carrying 8070 Kgs of copper scrap excess in quantity and were without any valid documents. The goods were coming from Jammu to Srinagar and were consigned by Jammu based dealers and were being dispatched to a Srinagar based dealer. The market value of the goods were assessed See CTD On Page 11..
National Food Security Act to be implemented within 2 month People asked to fill up declaration forms to avail benefits
Director CA&PD issues help line numbers
Srinagar, March 3: Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department, Kashmir Bashir Ahmad Khan Monday appealed people to fill up the declaration forms in order avail benefits under National Food Security Act. Addressing a news conference in Srinagar, Director CA&PD said that National Food Security Act is going to be implemented with the next two months in the State of Jammu and Kashmir and for that purpose the Department has issued a two-page declaration form seeking the details of income and land from the people. “We have divided people into four categories, viz: ‘Extreme Below Poverty Line (EBPL), Below Poverty Line (BPL), Above Poverty Line (APL) and Tax payers or those who have sufficient means of income. Those who fall in EBPL will get ration free of cost while people living BPL will get a kilogram
of rice for Rs 3 and wheat for Rs 2 per month. People living APL mostly middle class people will get food grains on non-subsidized rates while the last category of people including tax prayers, bureaucrats and those who have sufficient means of income will get food grains in Open Market System,” Khan said. He said that a consumer must know his rights and there is a dire need to create awareness amoung people about the new National Food Security Bill. Responding to a query, Director CA&PD, Bashir Ahmed Khan said that about 75 percent rural and 50 percent urban population will get benefits under Food Security Act. He said that people have to provide correct information about land and income which will be cross checked by different departments and officials including Rural and Development Department and Tehsildar concerned. “Those people who have not See National On Page 11..
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Azad the development fields have witnessed a discernible change during the past 4 to 5 years”. “I had to work out several new schemes besides bringing in certain changes in existing rules for further streamlining of health sector in the country which has yielded incredible outcomes”, he added. Besides, it has also been ensured that these programmes reach the targeted segment. Azad informed that one more medical college has also been sanctioned for Rajouri thus raising the total number of newly sanctioned MCs to 5. He said that now the government has given nod to establishment of 75 Cancer Institutions in the country as compared to only 1 such centre in the last 65 years. The Union Health Minister also counted the achievements registered in the state adding that the funding under NRHM in J&K has been doubled besides schemes like JSSK, JSY have greatly helped in improving institutional deliveries thus reducing maternal and infant mortality rate. Besides, 1100 ASHAs have been recruited and VHSNCs established apart from funding Rogi Kalyan Samities under National Health Mission. Likewise, 350 health institutions have been taken up for construction and two maternity hospitals are being constructed. Referring to shortage of medical faculty in the state, Azad asked the state government to enhance the retirement age of doctors so that the health sector does not suffer for want of adequate staff. Regarding 102 referral service, he also asked the state Minister to bring the remaining sanctioned 200 ambulances at the earliest. The Union Minister said that the UPA government in its both tenures has extended massive financial and moral support to all the states irrespective of any political, social or religious considerations. He said that tremendous increase in number of people availing benefits of government programmes under different schemes of the government candidly reflects their faith and trust in government’s services. He also emphasized the need of an attitudinal change in the political leadership so that the people could get optimum benefit of govt schemes. Dr. Abdullah while speaking on the occasion extended gratitude to the Centre for giving special consideration to development of J&K in view of its tough terrain and hoped that it will continue in future also. He also appreciated Azad for transforming the healthcare profile of the state. He said that no doubt the state has recorded tremendous progress but there is still a huge space to march further towards growth and development. Dr. Abdullah appealed the medical fraternity, staff and nurses to optimally utilize the latest facilities like Swasthya Slates to provide better services to the ailing. He asked them to work with allegiance to meet the responsibilities of their gracious profession. He said that doctors of J&K possesses high caliber and are no less than anyone in the field. Terming nursing as fundamental to healthcare, Farooq stressed upon the need of opening more private or governmental nursing training colleges to meet the shortage of this vital force in health sector. “I must say that without proper nursing healthcare is incomplete”, he added. He said that health and education are prime sectors which should be taken care of in all respects for progress and prosperity in real sense. Later, Azad and other dignitaries distributed Swasthya slates among ASHAs and ANMs and flagged off mobile health teams under RBSK. Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Health and Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, lauded Azad and the UPA government for providing liberal funding to the state for improving the health sector in the state and highlighted the achievements of the center and state governments. The MPs demanded deployment of adequate staff in the SSH so that the people will get complete healthcare services in the hospital.
Militants was stabbed by an unidentified youth in Khrew chowk Pampore, with the result he got severely injured. Police sources told that when the SOG man was evacuated his throat was badly bleeding. Sources added that the cop was critically injured; however the attacker was arrested in a few moments of the act. He is said to be resident of a Tral Village. The attacker was overpowered by other security men who saw their colleague under attack, and nabbed him on the spot. An FIR has been registered in this regard in Pampore Police station and investigation has been initiated police sources told. Some gunshots were heard after the incident at Pampore, locals said, however situation was brought under control in few hours.
Omar his solidarity with them and prayed for peace to the departed souls. He also prayed for early recovery of the injured. (KNS)
Mehbooba gave consumers a shock by raising the electricity tariff five fold in the last five years. “Instead of their promised honey & milk, what they gave the people of Kashmir pellet guns, chilli grenades, PSAs, arrests, disabilities and police cases,” said Mehbooba and added the NC promoted darkness with load shedding touching new lowest level of power supply. They handed over the administration to middle man, agents and bringing development process to a halt. She said while the ministers and ruling party politicians became richer, the state became poorer and people, from whom NC took votes on the promise of good governance, where subjected to unending curfews, tear gassing, lathi charge, if they ever raised their voices against the government atrocities. Mehbooba said there is serious corruption charges pending against Dr Farooq himself, and if there are any thieves in the state it is the NC leadership, who have been thriving at the cost of people of Jammu & Kashmir. She said there are proved corruption charges against them and they can’t generalize this accusation with every citizen of the state. “Dr Farooq is involved in siphoning off millions of rupees meant for the promotion of cricket in the state and even now police have proved his involvement in the case,” she said adding the mysterious death of Haji Yousuf at the chief minister, Omar Abdullah’s residence expose the muck of corruption in the Abdullah family. Referring to the BOPEE Scam, the PDP president said the corrupt Mushatq Peer would not had been doing the frauds without the patronage of his political bosses, who have been giving him extension after extension, besides serious corruption charges pending against him. She said Omar Abdullah was unable to take any action against his battery of ministers who have been found involved in serious malpractices be it Drug Scam, PHE Scam, Land grab scam, recruitment frauds etc. , as he fears reprisal from them given his involvement in host of other serious frauds. She said besides having huge potential in new and renewable energy in J&K, if the state has not been able to perform well in tapping the potential, it is all because of the inefficiency of Dr Farooq, as he has not been able to perform well. She said it is shameful on part of the part of the NC patriarch to defame the entire population without looking at his performance, as J&K features nowhere in the programme with zero MW capacity project installed anywhere in the state. She said the abysmal performance of Dr Farooq should not come any shocker to the people of the state, as the wounds
Zabarwan Times inflicted by him as the chief minister of J&K, for many occasions in the past, are still fresh and people can’t forget his cruelty. She said if it is in a public view that Dr Abdullah has made such a disgusting comment, what will would be the NC top leadership actually feeling about the people, whom they claim representing and what would they be speaking in private with the people, who see Kashmiris through a stereotype. Raising the issue in the Legislative Council, the party Chief Spokesperson, Naeem Akhtar said castigated Dr Farooq for his insensitive and disgusting remark. “It is very insulting on part of Mr Abdullah to defame the entire population,” he said adding we are proud to be Kashmiris, but we are not thieves. Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Sajad Gani Lone, Er. Rashid, Raja Muzaffar slam Dr. Farooq for his ‘Maha Chor’ remarks. (KNS)
Farooq and the initiative would catapult the energy sector in Jammu and Kashmir besides bringing in economic revolution. He said Ladakh possesses the potential of 30,000 MWs of solar energy and today’s signing of MoU would be a vanguard step towards harnessing this potential. Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that his Ministry has initiated various projects in Jammu and Kashmir to help the State to generate power from non-conventional resources available here. He said Government of India has flagged generation of new and renewable energy as an important sector and a target of producing 1,00,000 MWs of power through non-conventional resources of energy in the Country by 2022. The Minister of State for Power expressed gratitude to Dr. Farooq Abdullah for the lot of help and assistance extended by his Ministry to Jammu and Kashmir for strengthening the energy sector and generating solar energy. He mentioned the help provided by MNRE for installation of Solar Power Plants in hospitals, educational institutions, ITIs and other institutions besides providing solar lights to the people in rural and far-flung areas. (KNS)
CTD at Rs. 3591150 / and penalty under the provisions of the J&K VAT Act, 2005 were imposed on the driver/owner of the vehicle and owner of goods. The total penalty of Rs. 2513805/ was imposed and recovered in full from the driver/owner of the vehicle and owner of the goods for excess quantity of goods found in vehicle after physical check and wrong declaration made at this Check post. Another vehicle bearing No: JK03B/7364 while carrying non-woven carry bags of M/s Carry Well, Srinagar supplied by M/s Bansal Traders, New Delhi carried through transporter M/s Lucky International Transport Company, Delhi was intercepted by the sleuths of the Commercial Taxes Department at the Check post Lowermunda and the vehicle was thoroughly checked. It was found that the dealer in nexus with the transporter and driver has kept 57 bags (weighing 25 Kg each bag) of polythene carry bags hidden among the non-woven carry bags. The vehicle along with goods was seized and action under the provisions of J&K VAT Act, 2005 were taken and penalty to the tune of Rs. 212301/ was imposed and recovered from the driver of the vehicle/owner of the goods and dealer. Gania further stated that every effort is being made to curb the menace of tax evasion. He said both the operations were conducted in a very professional manner and these two vehicles were kept under the strict surveillance & close monitoring from last two months and successful operation to nab the culprits goes to the entire staff of the Commercial Taxes Check post Lowermunda and senior officers of the Commercial Taxes Department for their support and coordination. Ganai said this is the third major attempt of tax evasion during this year from January, 2014 which was foiled by the department and penalty amounting to Rs. 751120/ was imposed on vehicle bearing No: JK05A/6496 on 16-01-2014 which was coming from Jammu to Srinagar and on 24-012014 again penalty amounting to Rs. 351351/ was imposed and recovered on vehicle No: JK01K/7944 which was going to Delhi from Valley. He added that the Commercial Taxes Check post Lowermunda has handed over 155 quintals of polythene and polythene carry bags to the J&K State Pollution Control Board, Srinagar which was seized at this Check post from time to time during the current financial year 2013-14 and was handed over to SPCB in compliance to the orders of the Hon’ble High Court, J&K. He said that every effort is being made to stop and check the illegal import of the polythene and polythene carry bags into the Valley at this Check post. (KNS)
Congress from the ‘Chair’ in this regard and also pressed for constitution of a House Committee for the purpose. Minister incharge Planning and Development Ajay Sadhotra stood up and assured the members that Government would look into the matter. As the member strongly pressed and raised these serious allegations that this has happened in Kishtwar and NC members were showered favours, the MoS Home and Industry Sajjad Kishloo (NC), who hails from Kishtwar stood up and said that a committee headed by Deputy Commissioner was monitoring this all and nothing such has happened. The member got agitated and claimed that he would bring privileged motion. The Chairman said that Government has already responded into the matter and the member is free to move privileged motion. (KNS)
Kashmiri he said.“Around 5:45 pm, we were forced out of the varsity by the authorities. They are in no mood to listen to us. They have succumbed to the pressure of the fanatic students,” he added. He said that at least 25 Kashmir students are enrolled in the University, who are undergoing different courses. Rabia Baaji, coordinator, Kashmir consultancy, which sends Kashmir students to outside institutes, told GNS that she was not aware of the alleged thrashing of the Kashmiri students or their ouster from the University. “However, today evening, I received a mail from the chairman, Atul Krishna, of the university about the incident. They have mentioned that this year varsity has decided not to entertain any Kashmiri student,” she said, adding “The Varsity chairman has also written the Kashmiri students should be sent to Pakistan for studies,” When contacted, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Meerut, Aukar Singh, told GNS that he will look into the matter. “You have brought the issue in my notice and there is no need to worry” he said. He denied that police has interfered in the issue so far. (GNS)
National collected their forms can collect them at our Fair Price Shops, Store Rooms or from the concerned AD office. We appeal people to fill up these forms in their interest and avail benefit under this new Act,” he said. According to CNS, Kahn said that they have launched 'HP ANY TIME' which will enable HP and other Customers to book refills and obtain confirmation round the clock. “A consumer has to dial our customer care number 9086023456 and he will get home delivery after giving his consumer number. We are ensuring that a consumer gets his cylinder in his kitchen and our staff fits the cylinder as well,” he said. He said that CA&PD department is mulling to install and erect signboards at every nook and corner, which will de-
pict the actual rate list of all the food items, and in case of any complaint, people can call on 2455019 and 9419004033. “Just call me on this number and you will see a big change. Immediate action will be taken against the offenders,” he said adding that he will issue a circular directing Petrol Pump owners to keep their pumps open round the clock. (CNS)
Youth with a sharp knife and injuring him seriously,” sources added. Sources said as locals celebrated Pakistan’s victory; the troopers called Reshi in their room and beat him to pulp. Reshi is a resident of Beerwah, Budgam and has been working as an instructor in the institute. He was immediately rushed to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura.Official sources identified the arrested three army men as Havaldar Jitender Singh, Niak Sonam and Niak Hajari Lal. The arrested civilians were identified as Lakshman of Udhampur and Kuldip Singh of Baderwah. Meanwhile, police have registered a case under FIR No. 2/2014 under section 242 and 323 at Gulmarg police station. (GNS)
Snow damaged. They said that out of 128 houses, 76 shelters were constructed by then government but till date the remaining 56 shelters have not been constructed. They appealed the government to look into the matter and rehabilitate them at safer places. (CNS)
Safai Karamchari in Health Department stage protest Srinagar, March 3, CNS: Safai Karamchari working in Health Department and ISM Mondaystaged a protest at Pratap Park Srinagar. The protestors alleged that even after assurances given to them by the State Government their services have not been regularized and neither any enhancement in their pay-scale was made. The protestors told CNS that they have been working in the Health Department from past 16 years on a meager salary of Rs 500 per month. “The Government had assured us that our services will be regularized. Leave aside the regularization of services, even our salary was not enhanced,” they said. They appealed to the government to have a sympathetic look into the matter. (CNS)
ECI launches signature campaign for electoral participation
REASI, MARCH 03- Election Department has launched door-to-door signature campaign for electoral participation in Reasi District where 943 volunteers will reach every household with pledge letters for participation in forthcoming elections. The campaign has been launched as an outreach programme of the Election Commission of India and as a part of ongoing district mission under SVEEP named “Jashn-e-Jamhuriat”. District Election Officer (Deputy Commissioner) Reasi Shahid Iqbal inaugurated the workshop for launch of signature campaign at an Mini Secretariat here today. A 8-coulmn format devised by district administration will be filled up by members of every household and the volunteers will complete this process on 20th March. The campaign will be initiated at hamlet level on 8th March to coincide with the Women’s Day for attracting them women and youth voters towards the booth. Specially designed dresses have been given to volunteers and Anganwadi workers for indentifying them as electoral missionaries. Through this first mass contact programme launched by the Election Department volunteers will impart electoral literacy at household level. More than 3 Lakh pamphlets and information notes in various languages have been provided to the volunteers and workers for distributing among households. Women voters are special focus of the signature campaign. The DC emphasised on reaching out to every voters in the district in multiple ways for which a series of awareness and education programmes have already been organised in the district. Citing the example of ongoing plantation drive “Green Vote-one plant for one vote” launched in the district he called for greater public participation and emotional connect with the electorate.
Hide out busted, huge cache of war like stores recovered
Srinagar, March 03: On receipt of intelligence input, a joint operation of Army and JKP was launched which resulted in busting of a hideout and recovery of the huge cache of arms and ammunition. There was intelligence input of an hideout with large quantity of war like stores. A Rashtriya Rifle unit located in Langate Baramulla, along with persons of JKP immediately launched an operation in general area Bodhnar. Despite bad weather, concerted search of the area was carried out during which a hideout was busted. In the hideout war like stores recovered are, 01 AK series Rifle along with 02 Magzines and 58 rounds of ammunition, 18 UBGL grenades and administrative stores like snow blankets, pherans, mufflars, socks, balaclava, hand gloves, pathani suits, lighters and tarpaulin. This bursting of hideout and recovery of war like stores will further dent the morale of militants. Gen Gurmit Singh, Chinar Corps Commander has congratulated the troops of the Army and JKP who were involved in the operation.
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30,000 MW solar energy potential in J&K: Dr. Farooq
Azad lays foundation stone of 100 mtr span bridge over AIK nallah at Rehal
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 03 – In it’s yet another significant stride towards achieving self-reliance in energy generation, the State Government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India for implementation of Solar Power Projects of the capacity of 7500 MWs. The signing of Memorandum was performed at a high level meeting of the senior officers of the State Government and MNRE, Government of India, chaired by the Union JAMMU, Union neering, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani, Minister advised the executing Minister for MARCH: New and 03: Renewable Minister Health and Family Energy, Dr.for Farooq Abdullah here on Member Parliament, Mr. Madan agency to build the bridge on the Welfare, Monday.Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad to- Lal Sharma, MLA, Bishnah Mr. lines of latest Bridge Construction day laid foundation stone of 100 mtr Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Ex-Min- Techniques being used worldwide. Under the Memorandum span bridge over AIK nallah at Re- ister Mr Gulchain Singh Charak, He asked the engineers to take all of Understanding Solar Projects of MNRE, Tarun Kapoor and the Jammu isters, Nawang Rigzin Jora and Mohal area of tehsil Bishnah. besides Chief Engineer PWD, Mr. necessary precautions to ensure the capacity of 5000 MWs in Ladakh and Kashmir State Commissioner hammad Akbar Lone, Advisor to the Estimated to cost Rs 3.85 crore, Abdul Hamid Sheikh and other longevity and sustainability of the and 2500 MWs in Kargil possessing Chief Minister, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Secretary, Science and Technology, bridge.Later, on its completion the Bridge would senior officers of the department Mr Ashwani Kumar tremendous potential for new Ministers State, Vikar Rasool, Bipul Pathakadministration signed the Memoranprovide better connectivity to and a and district were Sharma andofMr Gulchain Singh Narenewable energy would be Bortaken also zir Ahmad Gurazi Ahmad dum of Understanding on behalf present at the foundation lay- of Charak also spoke onand theFeroz occasion large number of villages of the Lone News Agency Kangan News Agency Ganderbal up for implementation. Legislators, Syedpeople Ahmadfor Rizvi, theceremony.Examining duo Governments. the planKhan der Tehsil.Minister for PWD, Roads ing andKhan, congratulated the The Union Joint Secretary, Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Namgyal andbridge. Narboo GyalJammu and Kashmir Minand Buildings, Mechanical Engiand design of the project, the Union theTsetan construction of the
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Ch. Zulfkar Ali raised the issue of power crisis in PoonchRajouri and urged the Government to improve the scenario. Prof. Gharu Ram Bhagat drew the attention of Government towards shortage of ration supply in R.S.Pura. Mr. Jugal Kishore demanded widening of Jammu-Akhnoor road to avoid frequent road accidents. Mr. Yashpaul Kundal demanded enhancement in the limit of creamy layer from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh on the pattern of Central Government. Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia pleaded for addressing the issues of Daily Wagers of various Municipal Committees in Jammu division who are on strike for the past many days. Mr. Krishan Chander Bhagat called for adequate funding for the development of bad pockets in his Constituency. Mr. Jagdish Raj Sapolia demanded upgradation of BasohliMahanpur road.
Governor visits SMVD Gurukul; interacts with faculty and students
KATRA, MARCH 3 – Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor, inaugurated a new Hostel and Faculty Residence block at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Gurukul, Charan Paduka, near Katra. These buildingssan, haveChairman, been constructed Ladakh by Hill the Shrine Board at a cost of over Rs. Development Council, Kargil, 2 crores. Asgar Karbalai and Executive At present 74 students are Councilor, Ladakh Hill Destudying in this fully residential velopment Council, Moinstitution which was set upLeh, by the hammad Shafi Lassu, Union Shrine Board in 2010.The students Secretary, MNRE, Dr. Satish are being imparted education inB. Chief Secretary, Vedas, Agnihotri, Sanskrit, J&K religious scripMohammad Iqbal tures, “Karmakand” and Khandey, Pooja Principal Suresh rituals, apart fromSecretaries, being taught all R. SharmaScience, and B. B. modern Kumar, subjectsB.including Vyas and AdministraMathematics andvarious Computers. Dr. tive Secretaries were present M.K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Ofin the meeting. ficer informed that at present, there TheinUnion Minisare students studying the 6th to ter for New and isRenewable 9th classes.The Gurukul a fully Energy while highlighting the residential educational institution, of the the Sampursigning of which isimportance affiliated to MoU between the State and nanand Sanskrit Vishwavidayalaya, theIt Centre Government Varanasi. provides free educa-for harnessing of green energy from the tion, boarding, lodging, uniforms, Ladakh area that this posbooks etc to thesaid students. Thearea Shrine sesses vast potential solar energy. Board has also made of elaborate arHe said thefor signing of the for its rangements indoor andMoU outdoor games here, isincluding basketball, harnessing an important landmark badminton, cricket,would table-tennis, carand the initiative catapult the
rom, chess etc. The Governor went around the newly constructed Hostel building and the Acharya Niwas and interacted with the students and enquired from them about curriculum, education, energy sector recreation in Jammu facilities, and Kashquality of food etc. and their daily mir besides bringing in economic activities. He asked Dr. M.K. Bhanrevolution. He said Ladakh possesses dari, Chief Executive Officer of the the potential of 30,000 MWs of solar Shrine Board, to take all measures energy and today’s signing MoU necessary for securing the all of round would be a vanguard step towards development of the students and enharnessing thisof potential. sure provision extra-curricular Dr. Farooq Abdullah said and recreational activities as a part that his Ministry has initiated variof the student’s daily schedule, apart ous enlarging projects intheir Jammu and Kashmir from awareness on to help State tothemes generate power social andthe historical through from non-conventional resources audio-visual modes. available He said Government Thehere. Governor congratulated of India has flagged Master Gourav Sharma,generation student ofof new andVaishno renewable Shri Mata Devi energy Gurukulasforan important sector a target having secured first and position in theof producing 1,00,000 MWs of power entire University, in the annual exthrough non-conventional resources amination of class 8th conducted in of energy in theby Country by 2022. April-May, 2013 Sampurnanand The Minister Varanasi. of State for Sanskrit Vishwavidyala, Power gratitude to Dr. FaOn his expressed outstanding achievement, rooq Abdullah the lot had of help and Master Gourav for Sharma been assistance extended awarded a Gold medal by by his the Ministry Goverto of Jammu Kashmir forisstrengthnor Uttarand Pradesh, who Chancellor ofthe theenergy University, its generatconvoening sectoratand cation heldenergy. in November. ing solar
PHC Panthachowk functional: Mir
Efforts underway to complete all roads in Doda the work on most of the schemes in the erstwhile district Doda has got delayed due to non-response for the stage-II schemes sanctioned under phase –VIII and IX, primarily due to low cost celling in the sanctioned cost at Schedule of Rates 2008. The matter stands taken up with the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.In reply to another question by Rani GargiBlowria, the Minister informed that the Vijaypur- RamgarhSM Pur road is a Defence Road and is being maintained by Border Road Organization (BRO), adding that there is no proposal of improvement/ upgradation of existing road with the Organization. Replying to another question by Mr. Showkat Hussain Ganai, Mr. Mir informed that the construction work of Health Sub- Centre, Turkawangam and Wachi has been proposed in the current years plan at an estimated cost of Rs. 1.76 crore each for which Rs. 10 lakh each has been earmarked for the purpose.
Replying to another question raised by Mr. Sham LalBhagat, the Minister said that 89 schemes were sanctioned during last three years in erstwhile Doda district under PMGSY Phase –VIII and IX. Out of these, 29 schemes have been taken up for execution and rest of the schemes is under tendering process. One scheme namely “road from National Highway to Digdol”has been Black topped under Phase-I with a length of 1.34 Km at a cost of Rs. 31.10 lakh. He said that the department is making all-out effort to complete all the roads at the earliest. However,
Orders passed for release of 3rd installment of 6th Pay Commission arrears to pensioners: Rather The Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather in reply to a question by Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah informed the House that order has been issued to the concerned for release of 3rd installment of arrears of 6th Pay Commission in favour of the pensioners. He further said that the Pay Anomaly Committee has submitted its recommendations/ report to the cabinet regarding removal of pay anomalies of clerical cadre, Junior Engineers and Agriculture Extension Officer. Accordingly Finance Department pursuant to the cabinet Decision No. 262/25/2010 dated 10.12.2010 issued a Government order no 296-F of 2010 dated 21.12.2010 for redressing the anomaly of these categories.Mr. Rather further informed the House that the State Government has revived the pay anomaly committee vide G.O. No. 67-GAD of 2012, dated 16.1.2012. The terms of reference of the said committee are to examine various anomalies and disparities amongst different categories of the employees. The revived pay anomalies committee discussed and submitted its report regarding the pay anomalies of Clerical cadre, Home Department and Revenue Department. The Pay Anomaly Committee is a standing Commit-
tee to examine the cases referred to it by various departments on case to case basis. Replying to another question by NarbooGailchan, Mr. Rather informed that a well devised mechanism for holding the meetings of the Departmental Promotion Committees (DPCs) is already in place to ensure that the proposals relating to promotion/ regularization of services,
11 Private Members’ Bills moved in LA; four admitted, two withdrawn, five rejected JAMMU, March 03- 11 Private Members’ Bills were moved in the Legislative Assembly today, out of which 4 stand admitted, 2 withdrawn and 5 rejected.The Bills which were admitted by the House included the L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 15 of 2014, “A Bill to prohibit the manufacture, advertisement, sale, purchase, consumption, import and export of Alcohol in the State of Jammu and Kashmir”. The Bill was moved by Mr. Abdul Haq Khan.The L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 16 of 2014 “regarding amending the Jammu and Kashmir Requisitioning and Acquisition of immovable Property Act, 1968” was moved by Mr. Charanjit Singh.The L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 3 of 2014 “regarding Constitution of Jammu and
Kashmir (Amendment) Bill 2014” moved by Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri.The L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 16 of 2014 “regarding amending the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Members’ Pension Act, 1984” was jointly moved by Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani and Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri.The Bills which were withdrawn included L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 5 of 2014 “regarding repealing the Jammu and Kashmir (Residential and Commercial) Tenancy Act, 2012 moved by Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta and the L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 8 of 2014 “regarding amending the Jammu and Kashmir transfer of Property Act, 2014 which was moved by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain. The Bills which were rejected by the House included L.A. Private Members’
Bill No. 14 of 2013 “A Bill for establishment of Autonomous Development Council for the Kamraz region of Jammu and Kashmir moved by Mr. Nizam-ud-Din Bhat, L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 1 of 2014 “A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 moved by Mr. Harshdev Singh, L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 2 of 2014 “A Bill to provide for the better management, administration and governance of Shri Pingla Devi Ji Shrine and Shri Chountra Mata Ji Shrine and its endowments including the lands and buildings attached, or appurtenant, to the shrines and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto moved by Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, L.A Private Members’ Bill No. 4 of 2014 “A Bill to provide social security to unemployed.
against higher posts are considered in a time bound manner, requiring no further intervention in this regard.While replying to another question by Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Mr. Rather informed the House that in terms of the second schedule of the Jammu and Kashmir Government Business Rules (Rule 8-entry 17), proposals for appointment of the Chairman and the Members of the Public Service Commission have to be brought before the Cabinet and these recommendations of the Cabinet are submitted to the Governor for appointment of the Chairman/ Members.He further informed that whereas for Accountability Commission is concerned every appointment shall be made after obtaining the recommendations of a Committee consisting of the Chief Minister, Chairman, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Chief Justice of the High Court of J&K, Law Minister of the State, Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly are its members.Whereas, with regard to the Backward Classes Commission the members are nominated by the Government which include the Chairperson who has been a judge of Supreme Court or High Court, an eminent educationist, a person who has for at least two years held the post of Secretary to Government or any
other post under the Government carrying a scale of pay which is not less than that of a Secretary to Government and shall in either case have adequate administrative experience, the minster maintained and added that two persons preferably belonging to backward classes who have special knowledge in matters relating to backward classes are also involved in the process of nominating. Mr. Rather further informed the House that Section -4 of J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examination (JKBOPEE) Act-2002 lays down the procedure for appointment of Chairman which is followed. The Committee prescribed under the Act, after examining the CV and integrity of the officers recommends the name/ names for appointment to the post of the Chairman. The recommendations are place before the Cabinet and the orders of appointment are issued with its approval. The Minister said that as for as the procedure for appointment of Chairman, J&K Board of School Education (JK BOSE) is concerned, the government is adopting a fair selection process through a Search Committee constituted at the time of selection process comprising the eminent personalities/ administrators/ educationists of impeccable integrity for recommending panel of eligible officers.
March 21-April 19
Today is a good day to be receptive to other people’s energies, Aries. You’ll find that a sensitive attitude toward the people around you, combined with a bit of hard work and willingness to fulfill your responsibilities, will make for an unstoppable winning combination. Use this day to collect data and plan your goals. Take responsibility for your actions and don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes.
Taurus April 20-May 20
You’ll find that your mind is sharp and penetrating today, Taurus. Make sure you stay focused and organized. You have the power of discipline behind you that will help you manifest quite a bit on a day like today. Keep in mind that your openness to others and your incredible sensitivity are some of your greatest gifts. Use your power to create prosperity for yourself, but do it without hurting or manipulating others.
Gemini May 21-June 21
There is a rough stubbornness to the day that you may find hinders your progress, Gemini. There may be undercurrents of opposition that are slowly wearing away at your psyche. Make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of feeling guilt or regret. These are useless emotions that you simply can do without. If people are being negative or unreasonable, simply walk away from the situation and find a better one.
Cancer June 22-July 22
There are forces working in your favor that you should be sure to latch onto and take advantage of, Cancer. You’ll find that your sense of duty and ability to plan are paying off in a very positive way. You’ll find that you’re able to check quite a few things off your list today. Think before you act and take a time-out to rest and regroup if you need to.
July 23-August 22 Missed connections and unfortunate misunderstandings will happen less frequently if you slow down and focus. Remember that you can do things yourself, Leo. Don’t feel like you absolutely need approval from others before tackling the projects that you wish to complete. Your mind is urging you to take the initiative today, so feel free to do so. Just make sure you aren’t too hasty in your actions.
August 23-September 22
Things that require restriction and discipline on your part may be causing tension and opposition in your world today, Virgo. The good news is that your mind is clear and you should feel in tune with the people around you. Know your allies and take care of them. Remind others of how much they mean to you. The most important aspects of your life are your friends and family, so treat them with unconditional love.
September 23-October 23 Your internal fire may be feeling a bit smothered by a fierce reality check today, Libra. Give people the benefit of the doubt. They are more perceptive than you may think. In fact, it may behoove you to get some honest feedback today from some people you trust. It could be difficult for you to sort out the truth in your present situation, since you’re the one caught in the middle of the maelstrom.
October 24-November 21 Careful planning on your part is starting to pay off, Scorpio, but be careful that you don’t alienate others in your quest to be the best. You may not realize how your harsh words affect the people around you. Be more sensitive to the feelings of others. Focus and be brave in your actions. Hesitation may cause you to lose control of the situation. Know your boundaries, but push beyond them.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
A little foreign culture could be the thing you need right now to spice things up a bit. It could be that you aren’t feeling a very strong connection with the environment around you. You could be anxious to spread your wings and explore your freedom. Start small but think big. Get out of your rut and do more exploring on your own. There’s a sobering, disciplined feeling to the day that could help you think realistically about your situation .
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Degree Colleges Sunderbani, Nowshehra are functional: Dr. Manohar Minister of State for Higher Education Dr. ManoharLal Sharma replying to a question by Mr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma informed that the Government Degree College, Sunderbani was sanctioned during 2011-12 under State Sector and has been made functional in a makeshift accommodation.The Minister further informed that at present, 270 students are enrolled in the College. He said as many as 21 posts of various categories stand created for the College. He said out of 10 created posts of Assistant Professors, 9 have been filled by way of academic arrangements.Dr. Manohar informed that land measuring
83 kanals-3 marlas has been identified at village BhajwalSunderbani for construction of College complex for which an amount of Rs. 1.40 crore is kept available with the department for taking up construction work on Degree College during 2013-14. The Minister informed that Government Degree College, Nowshera was sanctioned during 2007-08 under Phase 2nd of the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan (PMRP) and was made functional in 2008 in makeshift accommodation for which 14 posts of Assistant Professors in 29 posts of various categories stand created. Dr. Manohar informed that
land measuring 102 kanals-3 marlas including 46kanlas-5 marlas of private land at Nonial, Tehsil Nowshera has been transferred to the Higher Education Department for establishment of College. He said Rs. 1.19 crore as land compensation has been released to the Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri for disbursement among land owners.The Minister further informed that against the estimated cost of Rs. 11.50 crore, an amount of Rs. 7.73 crore stands released to the JK PCC. The work on the ground floor of the building stands completed while as, the construction work on first floor is apace, he maintained.
Some days it may be hard for you to get motivated, Capricorn, but if ever there were a day in which it was easier than others, this would be the day. You’ll find that your mind is quite attuned to the situation around you and that your sense of grounding is helping you manifest that which you wish to bring to life. There’s a sense of time restriction and limitation to the day that is prodding you to act now.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
You may feel a bit of restriction working to hold you back from your current plans today, Aquarius. It could be that your mind is feeling restless and that you’re anxious to go, but there’s a feeling of discipline and caution nagging you and urging you to slow down. This might not be a bad idea. Discipline and willpower may be exactly the things you need in order to get where you’re going.
February 19-March 20 You’ll find that a sensitive mind that’s open to everything and every possibility is exactly the thing you need at this time in order to be successful in reaching all the goals you’re working toward, Pisces. You’ll find that your sense of duty and need for plans and solid goals are key elements for getting to where you need to be. Gather information and create a plan of attack that is well thought out.
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They don’tthe have to live under openeven sky orwithout stand in que for Mount Everest venhours together to fetch one bucket of waturing out of his home. His day ter or rationhis at unfulfilled concessional rates. Their dreaming, children don’t have to lose eye promissight while esstudying to theinpeople of Delhi, hiscomfort; misdim lights. Talk of any calculations andwith aspirations withto they are bestowed in comparison the people the third world who which he of tried to befool the have peo-to live from hand to mouth, where poverty ple suddenly vanished in air. Hisis their destiny. is all because leastwater priority promise to Itsupply the of free given to education sector that these counup 900not litres to their every home, triestocould harness resources and electricity on half of the compete withsupply the developed nations. They missand the condition in India. too woke rate Jan Lokpal billWe were all late to the need of the hour in giving emflues. Above all his style of funcphasis onlike education. The wordsand of Former tioning an anarchist the President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam way approached deal keep he on echoing when hetoone saidwith “comdifferent issues was nothing ing generation will not remember youbut as to immature senseless and direchow many temples, mosques or churches you built, but will remember you trying as to how tionless. Infact he was many school you built”. His golden words to create a kind of anarchy and speak of his vast experience and practical constitutional crisis which could approach. But despite various schemes and destroy very basis of theGoverndeminitiativesthe launched by Central ocratic set-up. ment, country stillHis lagsblunt behindlies, in thehis field of education. Due to poverty most of our allegations against everybody children gothe to government run school including high dignitaries re-to seek education. Except Kerala almost in tall portedly the states without the literacyany rate basis is belowclearexpeclytations. showThere thatcould he be has no priority various reasons for and targets except to derive maxthis. The way politics has plagued this sector is beyond one’s out imagination and almost imum mileage of minimum. killing future of the country. The state As pertheconstitution experts he of Jammu & Kashmir is no exception. Here thinks that he can overrule the the people are being duped with the sloconstitution according to his gans of freedom, justice, progress andwill what and whims he thinks himself not for the lastand so many years. But it was edsector which was made toucation be the only honest man sacrificial in the lamb at the first instance. Schools, colleges, county. His behaviour and the atlibraries were set ablaze. Day today calls tempts he made to disrespect theof strike, civil curfew, and curfew made the life constitution India and also to out of gear. Theoffuture of the students was erode the laid principles ofoflaw darkened. With the establishment popwhere simply unbearable ular government some initiative as withno the financial assistance by central government society in the world can tolerate were taken to build As or repair school college such attempts. he could not buildings but the situation still is pitiable. fulfil his promises, he wanted a Even now nearly 5000 government schools way eject, which hebuildings. got through are without their own School his Jan Lokpal Bill whose conbuildings are in delipated condition. May schools are without roof top, without doors troversial introduction in Delhi and with broken panes. There is Assembly was window unconstitutional no proper sitting arrangement what to talk as the central listsystem can of any otherBill civic in amenities like heating be introduced passed butdrinknot during chilly daysand of harsh winter, before the permission of Ministry ing water or toilet facilities. Even teacher not properly trained. There ofare Home Affairs is sort. Asare hecertain was schools were students are without teaching acting in an anchorist and dictastaff but somehe schools withhe more teachers torial style, thought is above but less students due to ineffective transfer law and can do anything heThe likes. policy and rampant corruption. conThe democracymay is the larg-on ceptIndian of Rehbar-e-Taleem be ideal paper it has failed deliver est in but thepractically world hence deeptorootgoods as it is aKejriwal means for back dooravail entries. ed. Arvind did not What kind of qualityhe education be exthe opportunity got tocan prove pected from a teacher with nominal honohis metal. He thought by teachers quitting rarium? Moreover when such are he will gain the of the regularised they getsympathies themselves transferred people butpolitical forgot pressure that heor to townsoforIndia cities with money power leaving students to fate. has in the process exposedtheir himNowbefore time has when and Government self thecome masses is in and the people have to take education danger of losing whatever he sector seriously. Government shouldhad take achieved soadopting far. It is veryprivate easypartto bold steps by public sit on ‘Dharnas’ andeducation criticize nership for spreading toothevery nook and corner of the state to channelize ers but it is not so easy to transthe talent intelligence of tone he children late one’sand whims unless goes of the state and also in calculate a sense through the established system of accountability in teaching community ofwhich norms and isonly honest the is possible when in there is apgood proach. governance.
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Prevention of Drug Addiction Awareness Generation, Research and Rehabilitation
lcoholism and drug abuse is a pysco-social-medical problem requiring a holistic approach – from prevention and early detection to effective intervention, rehabilitation and social integration. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the nodal Ministry for drug demand reduction. It coordinates and monitors all aspects of drug abuse prevention which include assessment of the extent of the problem, preventive action, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, dissemination of information and public education. The Ministry provides community-based services for the identification, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts through voluntary organizations. In order to recognize the efforts, and, encourage excellence in the Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse and rehabilitation of its victims, awards will be presented, every year, for the most effective or outstanding services as individuals as well as institutions in the prevention of abuse of:(a) Alcohol; (b) Narcotic Drugs; (c) Psychotropic Substances; (d) Other Addictive Substances (Except tobacco and its products) e.g. cough syrups, correction fluid,
etc. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has been implementing the Scheme of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse since 1985-86. The Scheme, which was revised twice in 1994 and 1999, at present provides financial support to NGOs and employers mainly for creating Awareness and Preventive Education, Drug Awareness and CounsellingCentres (CCs), Treatment- Cum- Rehabilitation Centres (TC), Workplace Prevention Programme (WPP), De-addiction Camps (ACDC), NGO forum for Drug Abuse Prevention Innovative Interventions etc. Apart from this, the Ministry takes up awareness generation programme every year disseminating information, education and communication (IEC) materials, organizing programmes in schools and community, holding exhibitions and publishing newsletters and journals. At present there are about 41 CCs and 401 TCs are functioning with the support of the ministry in the country. Besides, a large number of NGO’s are involved in this endeavour, Ministry of social Justice and Em-
powerment notified in December last year a scheme of National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse, in order to recognize the efforts and encourage excellence in the field of prevention of substance abuse and rehabilitation of its victims. The Scheme is applicable to institutions and individuals working in this field. Under the scheme, awards will be presented every year to the most effective or outstanding services rendered as individuals as well as institutions in the prevention of abuse of alcohol; narcotic drugs; psychotropic substances and other addictive substances. The awards are presented every year, on the 26th June, which has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and are given in ten different categories to institutions and individuals. I. Institutional Category (i) Best Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA) for providing rehabilitation services to alcoholics and drug users (ii) Best Regional Resource and Training Centre (RRTC) provid-
ing exemplary contribution in the field of prevention of addiction. (iii) Best Panchayati Raj or Municipal Body working for prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse. (iv) Best Educational Institution doing outstanding work in awareness generation and prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse. (v) Best Non-Profit Institution, other than Serial Number (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) above, with outstanding contribution in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse. (vi) Best Research or Innovation. (vii) Best Awareness Campaign. II. Individual Category (viii) Outstanding individual achievement by a professional. (ix) Outstanding individual achievement by a non- professional. (x) Former Addict, who has done outstanding work in the field of awareness generation or de-addiction or rehabilitation. The institution of these National Awards is indeed a manifestation of Government’s commitment to address the issues and take effective steps against alcohol and drug abuse.
Building not just Roads but Nation
ransport system is considered as the life line of any nation. Road Infrastructure, because of its easy accessibility, flexibility in operation, door to door service and reliability occupies a dominant position in the transportation system. It is vital for unleashing economic growth and is a critical component of all inclusive growth. In the last few decades, Road transport in India has registered tremendous growth and has become the most preferred mode of transport. The share of road transport in carrying the passengers and goods is more than 80% and 60% of the total passenger and freight movement respectively. Road Network India has huge network of roads totalling about 46.90 lakh km. The road density in India at present is nearly 1.43 km per sq. km of area which compares favourably with many countries. Responsibility of development of this network rests with the Central Government, State Governments and local Government. National Highways (NH), having total length of 82,803 km, constitutes less than 2% of the total road network. However, these are the main arteries carrying more than 40% of the total road traffic. Development of NHs is the responsibility of the Central Government. Good and efficient transport infrastructure is an essential pre-requisite for the economic growth of a nation. It has been the endeavor of the Government to provide speedy, safe and efficient road transport network. It is recognized that modernisation of infrastructure is the key to attain higher GDP. India’s Transport sector as a whole contributes about 5.5% to the GDP, with road transport contributing the lion’s share. India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economy in the world. According to experts, India could unleash its full potential, provided, it improves the infrastructure facilities, which are at present not sufficient to meet the growing demand of the economy. To address emerging demand by catching up with the economic and social growth of the country, a massive Road development programme has been
taken up in the country. NHDP The National Highways Development Project (NHDP) is the flagship programme, for development of less developed areas, dedicated regional programmes like the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for the North-East (SARDP-NE) and the Special Programme for the Left Wing Extremism affected areas have also been taken up. Now, there are plans for building up Expressways in the Country. Three projects i.e. Eastern Peripheral Expressway in National Capital Region, Delhi - Meerut Expressway and Mumbai – Vadodra Expressway covering about 650 km are targeted during the current financial year. Planning for Bengaluru – Chennai and Delhi – Jaipur Expressways are also in advance stages. All these Expressways will be fully access controlled roads on green field alignment. To meet with the massive requirement of funds, innovative means of financing and financing strategies which inter alia include cess on fuel, private sector participation including foreign investment, borrowing from the market as well as budgetary support have been adopted. A major step was to attract foreign as well as domestic investments through Public Private Partnership (PPP). Involving the private sector would lead to increasing efficiency with the help of using modern technology. The private sector has more flexible procurement and decision-making procedures and therefore, it can speed up implementation efforts. Allowing private sector to raise capital/funds has paved the way for the Government to use its scarce resources efficiently and effectively. Several new materials of road construction are also emerging that would need to be encouraged depending upon their cost effectiveness. For development of National Highways in the Country in the 12 five year plan targets to invest Rs 1,44,769 crores from budgetary support, Rs 64,834 crores from IEBR and Rs 1,87,995 crores from private sector participation. Launched in 1998, the NHDP
program represents the largest road construction project ever undertaken to boost the development of the National Highways in the country. The program is aimed at the development of about 50,000 km of National Highways. Golden Quadrilateral which provides four-lane connectivity between four metros, is complete, while the North-SouthEast-West (NSEW) corridor is about to be completed. Four laning and six laning is underway at many places and progressing at brisk pace, despite the hurdles in land acquisition, obtaining environment and forest clearances, high cost debt etc,. So far work on more than 21,000 km have been completed and in about 12,350 km works are in progress. Other flagship regional programmes which includes SARDP-NE and roads in LWE affected areas covers development of about 12,000 km of roads out of which work has already been completed in about 3800 kms. Mode of Projects The emphasis has been to take up progressively more and more infrastructure projects through private sector participation on BOT (Toll) basis so that more public funds are available for social sectors such as Health, Education, etc. However, it would not be practically possible to take up development of the majority of the highway stretches on BOT (Toll) mode. This has reflected in the recent trends of bidding when in majority of roads projects we could not get the favourable response. Accordingly, recently, Ministry has decided to take up road projects as turnkey Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contracts basis which would help to reduce construction time and is expected to improve quality of work as well. Also, in this system the objective to garner private sector efficiency is retained and the private entrepreneurs are free to use new technology to speed up their works New Initiatives E-Tolling The experience on present tolling system is associated with congestion and delays at toll plazas. To overcome this, Government has decided adoption of Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system across Na-
tional Highways in India, which would enable toll to be collected electronically from vehicles at toll plazas while the vehicle is in motion. Pilot projects have already been taken up in this regard which will pave way for nation-wide interoperable ETC at all the toll plazas on National Highways by 2014. New Materials Besides financing, such a mammoth development programme requires huge amount of natural resources. As such conservation of the material is area of concern for all. There is a need to save scarce physical resource like aggregates, sand, earth, cement, bitumen, etc. looking to huge programme of construction of highways in the country. On the other hand, the Nation is facing problem of the disposal & storage of industrial waste like fly-ash, copper slag, marble slurry, etc. Efforts are on in utilizing these waste materials in construction of roads through complete/partial replacement of conventional materials. Cashless Treatment of accident Victims (A Road Safety initiative) India has the dubious distinction of having maximum number of fatalities on roads. During the year 2011, there were around 5 lakh road accidents resulting in the deaths of over 1.42 lakh people. Each day, nearly 390 people die on our roads. In India more than half of road accident victims are in the age group 20-65 years. The loss of the main bread earner and head of household due to death or disability can be catastrophic, leading to lower living standards and poverty, in addition to the human cost of bereavement. This is an unacceptable price to pay for mobility. The Ministry has already taken up multi-pronged strategy in his regard. The latest milestone in this area is a Pilot Project for “implementation of cashless medical treatment to the accident victims” for the first 48 hours. Under this scheme accident victims will be provided free treatment during this period as a result immediate relief can be provided to the accident victim, which will go a long way in reducing fatalities on our road. Completion of programmes already taken up is expected to go a long way in contributing towards building the Nation.
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