Monday, May 25, 2015

JKBOSE Results of Class 10th Board Exams 2015

The girls have outshined boys by bagging 233 top slots while boys got 127 slots out of 360 top 20 positions in merit list of class 10 results of Jammu division declared here on Monday.

Jammu and Kashmir Board of Education (JKBOSE) had declared the results of Class 10 board exams 2015 of Jammu division with 62.27 pass percentage. However, the overall pass percentage of girls (64 per cent) is higher than that of boys (60.84 percent), the officials said.

A total of 51,442 students-28,213 boys and 23,229 girls-had appeared in the examination which was held in March this year, out of which 19285 students were not qualified.The top three positions have been bagged by three girls and two boys.

Pratikha, a student of BVM High School Ramnagar of Udhampur district has secured the first position with 492 marks (98.40 per cent) out of maximum 500.

The second position has been shared by Kiranpreet Kour, Caramel Convent High School, Kunjwani, Nitin Pandita, SL Memorial Model High School Santra Morh, Anand Nagar and Avantika Jamwal, Little Flower Convent High School, Udhampur with 491 marks (98.20 per cent), while the third position was bagged by Deepanshu Sharma, St Mary Convent School Smailpur, who obtained 490 marks (98.0 per cent).

The fourth position was shared by Partima Gupta, JK Public School, Panjtirthi, Sarleen Kour, Caramel Convent High School, Kunjwani, Sanya Gupta, St Peter’s High School, BC Road, Abhishek Sharma, Spring Dales English School, Kathua and Mridul Reothia, Sacred Heart Convent High School, Phinter with 489 marks (97.80 per cent).

It was proud privileged of JK Public School Panjtirthi from which five students made it to merit list. Five students of JK Public School Panjtirthi including Pritma Gupta, daughter of Ajay Gupta and Alka Gupta got fourth position with 489 marks (97.80 per cent), Krishika Gupta, daughter of Naresh Kumar Gupta and Anju Gupta got tenth positions with 483 marks (96.60 per cent), Riya Goswami, daughter of Tara Chand Goswami and Anju Bala secured eleventh position with 482 marks (96.40 per cent), Muskan Wahi, daughter of Kushay Wahi and Rama Wahi bagged thirteenth position with 480 marks (96.00 per cent) and Rhythum, son of Sanjive Kumar and Urmila got seventeenth position with 476 marks (95.20 per cent).

Talking to news reporters, position holders of JK Public School Panjtirthi, while sharing their success said, “We have not taken coaching from any private tuition centre and it was our own efforts that helped us to understand the concepts better. Apart from hard work, it was the motivation by teaching faculty of the school and support of family that led to our success in board exams. The excellent teaching faculty of the school and our supporting families kindled the required zest and determination into our minds and rest is the history. Regular studies and revision of topics taught everyday in school always helped in strengthening the basic concepts and we thus strongly feel that if you want to succeed in exams then start from the very first day.” They owe their success in board exams to their teachers, school and family.

Pritma Gupta, a proud top position holder in JK Public School Panjtirthi said, “Somewhere in my mind I was aware that I would definitely score good marks and this was possible only because of my school, my parents and my respected teachers. They all really supported me well. My school provided study material, facilities, good and peaceful environment to study. To evaluate the students time to time, they also conducted many assessments for us. And I really want to thank my Principal Suman Banbah and my respected teachers for their timely guidance and support. Scoring 97 per cent in board exams is a dream come true which is possible because of my school and my hard work. I strongly believe that hard work is the key to success and I would advise the same to all the students.”
Krishika Gupta, who got tenth position said, “My parents and teachers helped me in my studies and I thanked them for my achievement,” adding that I want to pursue engineering and want to become an IAS officer.

The fifth position was shared by eight students including Rasmeen Kour, St Peter’s Higher Secondary School, Karan Bagh, Puranamrita, St Peter’s Higher Secondary School, Karan Bagh, Imbroz Singh, Shiksha Niketan Higher Secondary School, Jeevan Nagar, Mansi Charak, St Joseph Convent High School, Arnia, Gurinder Kour, Holly Cross Convent High School, RS Pura, Namoyashi, Spring Dales English School, Kathua, Ashish Singh Manhas, Brahm Rishi Bawra Anant Vidya Peeth Mahanpur with 488 marks (97.60 per cent).

Supriya Bhat, Conventry Scholars Sr Sec School, Chinore, Dhaman Singh Saini, St Joseph Convent High School Arnia, Manideep Kour, Holly Cross Convent High School, RS Pura, Shifali Choudhary Spring Dales English School, Kathua, Deepali Sharma, Sacred Heart Convent High School, Phinter and Shriya Raina, Sacred Heart Convent High School, Phinter shared sixth position with 486 marks (97.20 per cent).

The seventh position was shared by Tamnna Choudhary, Shiksha Niketan Hr Sec School, Jeevan Nagar, Anu Sharma, DBN Vidya Mandir, Mubarak Mandi, Rudrakshi Anand, New Era Environmental School, Jammu, Keshav Kakkar, Shangrilla Public School Sarwal, Aditi Mandla, Montessore Nargis Dutt Higher Secondary School, RS Pura, Shamli Jasrotia, Spring Dales English School, Kathua, Meenakshi Gupta, Spring Dales English School Kathua, Sonia Verma, Shastri Memorial Higher Secondary School, Haripur, Piyush Chandan, New National Public High School, Nowshera, Samriti Sumbria, BBSV Peeth Higher Secondary School, Udhampur, Riya Khajuria, Little Flower Convent High School Udhmapur with 486 marks (97.20 per cent).

Biranjot kour, Shiksha Niketan High School, Gandhi Nagar, Arushi Sharma, Caramel Convent High School, Kunjwani, Tavleen Kour, Caramel Convent High School, Kunjwani, Josheen Kour, Caramel Convent High School Kunjwani, Tejinderpal Singh, St Peter’s Hr Sec School, Karan Bagh, Kashin Brij Khajuria, Shangrilla Public School, Sarwal, Smile Bali, St John’s Convent School, Mandal, Surbi Singh, St Joseph Convent High School, Arnia, Parvinder Singh, Fatima Convent High School, Bishnah, Avneet Kour, Holly Cross Convent High School, RS Pura, Karun Paul Singh, Sacred Heart Convent High School, Phinter, Ambrosia Sarwar, Sacred Heart Convent High School, Phinter, Surjit Singh, Satya Model High School, Billawar, Manjot Kour Sudan, Christ Higher Secondary School, Poonch, Himshikha Bhardwaj, Christ Higher Secondary School, Poonch, Ankita Sharma, New Public High School, Sunderbani, Nisha Choudhary, Christ High School, Nowshera and Aditi Basundhara, BBSV Peeth Higher Secondary School, Udhampur shared eight position with 484 marks (97 per cent).

Ninth position was shared by Simran Gupta, Shiksha Niketan Hr Sec School, Jeevan Nagar, Charru, CMP Convent Hr Secondary School, Dayalachak, Satish Sharma, Infant Jesus Hr Secondary School, Hiranagar, Vivekni Satya Neta Ji High School, Vijaypur and Ritika Sharma, Govt High School, Malhar, Akshita Sharma, Caramel Convent High School, Kunjwani, Heena Bhardwaj, Caramel Convent High School Kunjwani, Vanshika Thakur, Kotwal National Institute of Technology, Talab Tillo, Raghvi Langer, Dewan Devi Hr Sec School, Rajpura Mangotrian, Surbhi Gupta, Dewan Devi Hr Sec School, Rajpura Mangotrian, Shubam Saini, Shiksha Niketan Hr Sec School, Jeevan Nagar, Ashu Basson, Shiksha Niketan Hr Sec School, Jeevan Nagar, Suryapratap Singh, Ranjit Memorial High School, Barnai and Shubdeep Akash, MHS DAV Public School, RS Pura with 484 marks (96.80 per cent).

Simran Choudhary, Shiksha Niketan Hr Sec School, Jeevan Nagar, Muskan Arora, Co-Operative Pub High School, Talab Tillo, Yashika Sharma, Jagriti Mission School Talab Tillo , Jammu, Arushi Raina, Conventry Scholars Sr Sec School, Chinore, Ridhi Gupta, Shangrilla Public School Sarwal, Amanat Pikhan, Prince Doll Higher Secondary School, RS Pura, Tamanna, MHS DAV Public School, RS Pura, Hitakshi Gupta, Minerva Public High School, Kathua, Abhinandan Sherpuri, Infant Jesus Hr Secondary School, Hiranagar, Niharika, Sacred Heart Convent High School, Phinter, Anjali Bhardwaj, Satya Model High School, Billawar, Mrinali Sharma, New Public High School, Sunderbani, Simrandeep Kour Johar, Christ High School, Nowshera, Manisha Bhatia, Shangrilla Public School, Sarwal, Krishika Gupta, JK Public School, Panjtirthi, Amandeep, Shiksha Niketan Hr Sec School, Jeevan Nagar, Shahbaz Chowdhary, Brig Khuda Baksh Memorial Public HSS, Byepass Kunjwani, Yogesh Kumar, Kotwal National Institute of Technology, Talab Tillo, Akshay Kumar, Oriental Academy, Jammu, Karma Dorjay, S P Hr Secondary School, Exchange Road, Ranjana Saini, St Joseph Convent High School, Arnia, Jasmine Kour, Holly Cross Convent High School, RS Pura, Samiksha Sharma, Kristu Jyoti High School, Samba, Shamli Slathia, Kristu Jyoti High School, Samba and Sonali Jamwal, National Acad High School, Court Road Udhampur, shared tenth position with 483 marks (96.60 per cent). Simran Gupta, daughter of Sunita and Vijay Kumar Gupta, a student of Indra Sagar Secondary School, Rajpura Mangotria, secured 16th position with 477 marks (95.4 per cent).

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Nirmal Singh reviews Kheer Bhawani Mela arrangements

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh today directed the administration to ensure that appropriate arrangements are put in place for the smooth conduct of upcoming Kheer Bhawani Mela, so that the devotees do not face any inconvenience.

The Deputy Chief Minister was interacting with the officers during his visit to Kheer Bhawani Shrine in district Ganderbal to oversee the arrangements for the annual Kheer Bhawani Mela being celebrated on 26th May. Thousands of devotees from within and outside the State are expected to join the festival.

MLC Ajatshatru Singh, DDC Ganderbal, Showkat Aijaz, SSP Ganderbal Imtiyaz Ismail, SSP Traffic Rural Kashmir, Javaid Koul, SSP Security Kashmir, Maqsood-ul-Zaman, ACR Ganderbal, Chairman Dharmarath Trust and district officers were present on the occasion.

The Deputy CM said such festive occasions exhibit brotherhood and communal harmony among the people of Kashmir and provide an opportunity to bridge the gap among different geographic regions of J&K. He said the state is known for its pluralistic character and mutual brotherhood among different sections of the society.

Dr. Singh discussed department-wise facilities to be provided for the devotees and particularly reviewed the position with regard to power, water supply, sanitation, traffic management, security arrangements, availability of essentials and medical facilities.

The Deputy Chief Minister was given brief about the preparedness of the district administration for the upcoming Mela and was told that a foolproof mechanism was put in place to ensure that the devotees get the requisite necessary facilities for performing religious rituals.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

JK election results tomorrow

 Stage is set for the penultimate round of the five-phased polls in Jammu and Kashmir in which the fate of 182 candidates including two chief ministerial aspirants and Speaker of the Assembly will be sealed tomorrow.
Over 14.73 lakh voters including 7.05 lakh females are eligible to exercise their franchise at 1,890 polling stations in four districts of the state – Srinagar, Anantnag, Shopian (Kashmir Valley) and Samba (Jammu region).
All eyes will be on the eight constituencies of Srinagar– currently being represented by the National Conference (NC)– as the voter turnout has generally remained low in the district along with some parts of Anantnag and Shopian.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is contesting from Sonwar Assembly segment of Srinagar after he chose not to contest from his family stronghold of Ganderbal constituency.
Omar was also in fray from Beerwah seat, in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, which went to polls in the third phase.
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron and party chief ministerial candidate Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is seeking re-election from Anantnag constituency in south Kashmir.
Depending on the eventual party positions in terms of seats won, either Omar or Sayeed is likely to be the front-runner for the chief minister’s post.
Other prominent candidates who are in fray include J&K Assembly Speaker Mubarak Gul, Omar’s close confidante Nasir Aslam Wani, Congress ministers Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed and Ghulam Ahmad Mir, and PDP’s Abdul Rehman Veeri and Altaf Bukhari.
The campaign in the four districts was by and large peaceful but militants hurled a grenade at a police station in Anantnag town on Thursday, resulting in injuries to three policemen. The ultras also planted an IED under a culvert in Shopian district on the same day but the explosive was detected by security forces and defused by a bomb disposal squad.
Security arrangements in all the four districts have been strengthened to ensure peaceful polling.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Union Minister of State Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood actor and party MP Vinod Khanna campaigned for BJP candidates in the seats going to polls in the fourth phase.
The BJP, which is making its first serious bid for power in Jammu and Kashmir, has come out all guns blazing to make its presence felt in the Valley.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Pradesh Congress Committee president Saifuddin Soz also campaigned for their candidates.
Omar, working president of the NC, was the only star campaigner for his party in the absence of his father and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah, who is undergoing medical treatment in London.
Omar crisscrossed the four districts to campaign for his party candidates including himself.
PDP’s Sayeed and party president Mehbooba Mufti also campaigned for their party candidates.
Of the 18 seats going to polls tomorrow, the ruling NC had won nine in 2008 while the opposition PDP bagged six seats. Congress had won two seats while National Panthers Party clinched the Samba seat in Jammu region.
With the fourth phase, the polling process will come to an end in Kashmir Valley as all the 20 seats going to polls in the fifth and the last phase on December 20 are in Jammu region.

Chillai Kalan Begins in Kashmir

The 40-day chilliest part of winter in Kashmir, Chillai-Kalan, began today on a warmer note as night temperatures rose across the Valley.
Chillai-Kalan, is the period when the chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent and temperatures remain mostly below zero.
People mostly stay indoors during this chilliest part of winter as day temperature also dips drastically with night temperature being mostly below freezing leading to freezing of most of the water bodies including the famous Dal Lake.
Though minimum temperatures continued to remain below the freezing point, they went up by several degrees across the division, increasing the chances of snowfall in the region which has seen dry weather so far.
There was light snowfall in Gulmarg and other upper reaches of Kashmir valley making people to shiver with the cold as icy winds were blowing across Kashmir.
The MeT office spokesman here forecast widespread rains or isolated snowfall over the next 24 hours. He said the minimum temperature increased by over two degrees in Srinagar as the city recorded a low of minus 1.8 degree Celsius, compared to the previous night’s minus 4.4 degree Celsius.
The spokesman said that Pahalgam in South Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.4 degree Celsius, up by over three degrees from minus 6.2 degree Celsius recorded the previous night.
The minimum temperature in Qazigund increased by four degrees from minus 5.8 degree Celsius the previous night to settle at a low of minus 1.8 degree Celsius. Kokernag recorded minus 1.7 degree Celsius”, the spokesman said.
“Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 2.8 degree Celsius, as against the previous night’s minus 3.4 degree Celsius. The spokesman said that Kupwara town recorded a low of minus 4.3 degree Celsius”, the spokesman said.
The spokesman said that minimum temperature in Leh was recorded at minus 6.0 degree Celsius, over seven degrees up from the previous night’s minus 13.9 degree Celsius. “Kargil registered an increase of over three degrees from the previous night’s low of minus 13 degree Celsius to settle at minus 9.6 degree Celsius”, the spokesman added.
This year, chill is more and some people attribute it to the September floods that ravaged Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, chilly weather conditions for the fourth consecutive day with mercury much below the normal and no sunshine, kept the people indoor today and resorting to different means for warmth in Jammu.
As there was also no improvement in the prevailing foggy conditions, Rail traffic remained disrupted due to poor visibility and maximum trains reached here late behind the scheduled time. However, there was no disruption in flights, which were on time, official sources informed the News.
Almost negligible change was registered in maximum and minimum temperature in Jammu on Sunday in comparison to that of yesterday. Jammu today registered 11.8 degree Celsius day temperature, which was still much below the normal thus triggering cold wave conditions across the region. The minimum temperature witnessed a slight fall from 4.8 degree Celsius (Saturday) to 4.5 degree Celsius (Sunday).
Due to fog and consequent poor visibility, maximum trains were late in their arrival at Jammu. Jammu Mail and Pooja Express reached at 11.30 am and 12.25 noon, respectively, instead of their scheduled time 9.30 am and 8 am, respectively. Sealdah was late by four hours, Jhelum by five hours, Varanasi Express by six hours and Archana Express by eight hours. Similarly other trains were also late in arrival.

Late arrival of trains led to rescheduling of their departure also and therefore passengers had to wait for hours together.
However, there was no disruption in Air traffic and all flights were on time.
According to the Metrology Department, the prevailing cold wave is likely to further intensify in the forthcoming days. Light rains and snow may occur at isolated places in the next 24 hours, Met official said.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last Phase of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly polls

20 constituencies spread over Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts of Jammu region are going to polls.

Braving winter chill, a little more than 12 per cent of the electorate on Saturday exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling in 20 constituencies in the final phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir.
“12.09 per cent of voting has been registered in first two hours of polling till 1000 hours in 20 segments of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts”, an official spokesman said.
Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and four of his Cabinet colleagues are among the 312 candidates whose fate will be decided in the third phase of polling on Saturday in the 20 seats spread across Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts.
At many places, voters lined up at polling stations much before the start of the voting time at 8 a.m.
Despite cold weather, people were seen marching towards the polling booths and long queues of electorate were seen outside the polling booths to exercise their franchise.
In Bishnah constituency at polling station 27, out of the total 640 votes, 72 have already been cast in the first hour of polling. At polling Station 28, out of 706 votes, 81 have already been cast.
Similarly, in Suchategarh constituency, at polling station 23, out of 1,009, 107 have already been cast, whereas, in polling station 28, out of 940 votes, 122 have already been cast during the first hour.
Giving details, election officials said while Akhnoor border constituency in Jammu district witnessed the highest 19.26 per cent of the voters casting their ballot, Rajouri segment registered lowest 4.61 per cent voting.
R.S. Pura border constituency saw 19 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise, Nagorta 17 per cent while Raipur Domana saw over 16.69 per cent voters casting their ballot, Chhamb and Suchetgarh polled 16 percent each.
Similarly, Bani recorded 15.22 per cent, Hiranagar 15.02 per cent, Bishnah 14 per cent, Marh 12 per cent, Kathua 11.71 per cent, Basholi 11 per cent, Billawar 10.25 and Gandhinagar and Jammu East polled 10 per cent votes.
Besides these, Jammu West and Noushera polled 9 per cent votes followed by 8.50 per cent polling in Darhal and 7.15 per cent in Kalakote.

Holiday on Kabir Jayanti preponed

 Restricted holiday for the Jammu province on account of Kabir Jayanti will be observed on June 23 (Sunday) instead of June 25 (Tuesday).
An order in this regard was issued by the General Administration Department.

BJP candidates attacked by PDP in Nowshera, Billawar

BJP candidate from Nowshera constituency, Ravinder Raina and another activist, were injured after he was attacked by some PDP activists near Lamberi late this evening.
Sources said that incident took place when PDP workers were reportedly distributing some items and cash among voters near Lamberi. The BJP candidate Raina along with some of his supporters rushed there after coming to know about the mater. When the BJP activists reached there, some people at the site resorted to stone pelting on them. It was darkness and Safari vehicle of Mr Raina was damaged in stoning.
The BJP activists also retaliated but rivals were more in number. They had Tata Mobile vehicle with them also hit the Safari of BJP candidate  Raina and his associate Manjit Singh were injured in the attack and were removed to Nowshera hospital.
A large number of BJP activists rushed to hospital after coming to know about the attack on Raina. They started protest against PDP candidate Surinder Choudhary and Police. The BJP candidate was later referred to GMC Hospital Jammu. In view of tension, the local administration deployed more police men.
SSP Rajouri, Dr Haseeb Mughal when contacted said that in clash between the BJP and PDP activists over an issue of alleged distribution of some items and cash at Lamberi, the BJP candidate Ravinder Raina and his associate were injured. He said in the incident of stone pelting at the site, one Manjit Singh was hit at the head while Raina on his shoulder. He said  the doctors at Nowshera hospital referred him to GMC hospital Jammu. He said that police has taken cognizance of the matter and investigation has been started.
Meanwhile, some goonda elements believed to be the supporters of Congress candidate from Billawar Dr Manohar Lal Sharma allegedly attacked BJP candidate Dr Nirmal Singh’s vehicle at Thara Kalwal in Billawar late this evening. The goons damaged vehicle, but Dr Singh escaped unhurt.
A party spokesman said that Mamta Singh, wife of  Dr Nirmal Singh has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission of India in this regard.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

203 snow trapped civilians rescued

130 Helicopter Unit – The Condors, of Indian Air Force (IAF) stationed at Jammu yet again undertook a demanding operation of rescuing stranded people from the inaccessible villages of Kishtwar region of J and K.
Braving piercing snow waves, and extreme cold conditions, IAF’s MI-17 choppers in assistance with the local administration airlifted 203 stranded people in 10 sorties from remote parts of Kishtwar region where they had been trapped for the past two days.
The operation was carried out under the captainship of Wing Commander Suresh Tiwari and Co-pilot Wing Commander Anup Sharma and Sqn Ldr Shiv. The aircraft took off at 7:30 AM and continued with the operations in the freezing temperature of minus -10 degree Celsius.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Grenade Attack in Anantnag

At least seven persons including two policemen were injured when suspected militants hurled a grenade towards army vehicle in south Kashmir’s Anantnag township.

Eyewitnesses and police officials said the suspected militants threw a powerful grenade towards army vehicle near Super Bazar in Lal chowk area. “The grenade exploded on the road near the parked army vehicle resulting into the injuries to at least seven pedestrians including two cops. The tyres and the oil tank of the army vehicle also suffered damage,” eyewitnesses said.

The injured were immediately taken to district hospital Anantnag where they are being treated. “We received seven persons with splinter injuries. Six of them were discharged after being provided treatment while a cop is still under observation,” said medical superintendent, DH, Anantnag, Dr Fazil Kochak.

The injured have been identified as Mohammad Ashraf Wani son of Ghulam Rasool Wani of Daksum, Firdos Ahmad Deka son of Mohammad Ramzan Deka of Daksum, Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Gani of Munghal Anantnag, Dr Mohammad Ibrahim Chicken of Sarnal Anantnag, Mubarak Ahmad Shiek son of Gulzar Ahmad of Dandi Pora Kokernag, Imtiyaz Ahmad Malik son of Ghulam Rasool of Khriwan Anantnag and a police man Mohmmad Abdullah.

Talking to media men, senior Superintendent of police, Anantnag, R K Jala, said that seven persons including two cops who were on routine duty in the market suffered injuries in the grenade explosion.

He also claimed to have solved the case of grenade attack on police station on Sunday evening.
“We have arrested four persons involved in grenade throwing on police station. Two more people involved in the attack are still on run and hunt is on to nab them too. We are hopeful of their arrest very soon,” SSP told media men.

He identified the involved persons as Mukhtar Ahmad of Dangar pora Anantnag, Irshad Ahmad Dar of Malaknag, Amir Salati of Reshi Bazar and Muzaffar Ahmad of Pulwama.

He also said that today’s grenade attack on army vehicle was in retaliation to the arrest of the four persons involved in grenade attack on police station a day before.

“From last two days it seems that militants are trying to revive their activities in the town but we will not allow them to succeed in their designs,” the top cop of the district said.

Karan Singh Visited Kheer Bhawani

Member Parliament, Dr. Karan Singh today visited Mata Kheer Bhawani shrine.
Accompanied by MLC Vijay Bakaya Dr Singh enquired about the status of Sewerage Treatment Plant for which the Union Ministry of Tourism has already spent Rs 80 lakh. The MP said he would take up the matter of payment of the balance amount with the Centre as soon as he returns back to Delhi. He was glad to see that the whole complex of the Mata Kheer Bhawani shrine was well maintained.
During his visit, Dr. Karan Singh went to the ancient Shiva temple at Gupt Ganga, which for many years has been used as transport headquarters by the CRPF. He said that the trust has already moved for the vacation of this property and thereafter the area will be developed, the Kund cleaned and the temple renovated so that it becomes a tourist attraction for the people who visit Mughal Garden every year.
He urged the Centre and the State Governments to take urgent steps to check pollution of the Dal Lake which is an essential part of the Kashmir eco system and for many centuries has been the main tourist attraction.

Anti Tobacco Day

Our country is the second largest tobacco producing and fourth largest tobacco consuming country in the world. Controlling tobacco problem in India is therefore more difficult and demands extraordinary campaign to save the innocent people from its dangerous effects. Organizations and NGOs have together made a documentary to be circulated in the entire country that visually depicts the disastrous consequences of tobacco consumption. In India tobacco is used not only for smoking but also in gutkas, chewing, huqqa, bidi and snuffing etc. Thus its disastrous effects are more widespread in the country. Unfortunately while there is much of propaganda against the consumption of tobacco as injurious to health, tobacco-producing companies are resorting to many clever and subtle ways of continuing the propaganda for use of tobacco. This has been brought to the notice of the civil society by the NGOs who met in Delhi on the occasion of the World Anti Tobacco Day.

It is now established that tobacco is most injurious to health and should be avoided at all costs. Governments have issued instructions and in most of the countries in the Western world these instructions are faithfully carried out. But in our country people addicted to the consumption of tobacco in different ways are thick skinned and may not change that soon. Therefore more stringent legislation needs to be made to deter them from the use of this dangerous material. A strong nationwide campaign is perhaps needed to help reduce consumption of tobacco. It has been seen that in our country mostly the illiterate and backward people are addicted to tobacco consumption.  Awareness and education alone can help in the eradication of this evil.