Saturday, April 28, 2012

Monglishwar Asthapan Committee holds meet

Shri Monglishwar Asthapan Committee Sirnoo, Monghama Pulwama in South Kashmir in its govt meeting here nowadays resolved to increase all support to the guy KP organizations who have launched their struggle for safeguarding the spiritual shrines of Hindus in Kashmir Valley.

The members additionally resolved to figure towards the redemption of the pristine glory of the shrine and additionally set to watch the Mongleshwar Bairav Diwas as per the spiritual rituals. The Committee during this regard has convened a gathering of all Biradari members to debate the problem tomorrow likewise.

Durga Nagar delegation meets Wani

The Durga Nagar Welfare Committee representatives held a gathering with Minister of state for Revenue , Relief and Rehabilitation Nasir Aslam Wani here nowadays and mentioned the issues of the realm with him.

As per a unleash, the problems as well as construction of park with looking complicated, providing of 4 kanals of land to Higher Secondary faculty Durga Nagar for construction of building, augmentation of Roop Nagar and Janipura Grid, execution of developmental works by R&B, UED and Municipal Corporation etc were mentioned with the Minister.

The Committee members who were within the meeting included Roshan Lal Raina its president, Mohan Lal, Behari Lal, Bushan Lal and Rajinder Singh.

The Committee members demanded that the govt representatives ought to visit the realm to determine the issues of the plenty. It additionally demanded that migrant workers be issued new ration card at an earliest and additionally demanded enhancement of money relief.

The Minister assured the delegation that the issues of the individuals of the realm are redressed.

ISKCON organizing Shree Jagannath Rath Yatra

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is organizing 1st ever "Shree Jaganath Rath Yatra" within the town of temples on April thirty.

This was disclosed by Navyogendra Swami Ji, throughout a press conference here this afternoon.

He said that the ISKCON has finalized the arrangements for the upcoming "Shree Jagannath Rath Yatra" on April thirty which can begin at twelve noon.

He said that this is often the primary ever Rath Yatra within the history of J&K and thousands of devotees across the State and outdoors are reaching to participate during this event.

He said that the Lord Jaganath is thus merciful that he himself come backs out of the temple for people who don't come to the temple. He said that his brother Baldev and sister Subhadra can accompany the Lord and a good looking chariot has been created for the Lord.

He said that, Amrit Malhotra, Chairman, Legislative Council, are the chief guest whereas Madan Lal Sharma and Choudhary Lal Singh, Members of Parliament, are the guests of honour.

"The Rath Yatra can begin from town Palace, Kachi Chawni and can have Parade, Shalamar, Kanak Mandi, Rajinder Bazaar, Shahedi Chowk, Raghunath Mandir, Indra Chowk, Gumat, Vinayak Bazaar, Dogra Chowk, Jewel, Canal Head, Guest House, Gole Pully, Bohri and can culminate at KK Resort, Udheywala Bohri", Swami ji said, adding, that the Maha Aarti Utsav goes to be held tomorrow at town Palace, Kachi Chawni from five pm onwards until mid night.

Highlighting the importance of the Rath Yatra, Swami ji said that the Rath Yatra competition of chariots originates in Puri, Orrisa and it's the oldest known competition and has been celebrated for over thousands of years.

"To provide profit to the individuals of the globe, the founder Acharya of ISKCON, C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada introduced the Rath Yatra competition throughout the globe", he maintained.

Swami Ji appealed the individuals of Jammu, to participate within the Rath Yatra and have the Darshan of the Lord Jaganath as "One Who Sees Lord Jagannath on his Rath won't take Birth once more during this Material World".

Among others gift were Vikram Malhotra, president Rath Yatra, Jai Keshav Dass, organizing president, SC Bali, president reception committee, HG Sarvbhaum Bhattacharya Dass, general manager, ISKCON Jammu, Surinder Peshin and Sanjeev, competition coordinator and Rohit Bali, general secretary.

Khoda releases Pensioners Journal 2012

Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda nowadays released ‘Pensioners’ Journal 2012’, a helpful document revealed by Central Government Pensioners’ Welfare Association (CGPWA), on the occasion of Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of the Association held here at Police Officers’ Mess, Gulshan Ground, Gandhi Nagar.

Addressing the gathering, chief guest lauded the efforts being place in by the Association for the welfare of civil society, significantly senior voters and pensioners. He assured full cooperation of J&K Police department in furtherance of Association activities.

Besides Khoda, eighty CGPWA members, an outsized range of special invitees comprising distinguished senior voters and social activists additionally attended the meeting.

Presenting the Annual General Report for the year 2011-12, general secretary of the Association, JK Vaid, informed the house that CGPWA has been accorded nomination to Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) by Government of India {and the|and therefore the|and additionally the} annual grant-in aid to the Association has also been enhanced by GoI from Rs sixty,000 to Rs seventy five,000 from 2012-13 FY.

"CGPWA has been notified as Nodal Association for central pensioners of J&K State and is one in all the twenty eight Pensioners’ Associations within the Country to induce such recognition. On the premise of proactive welfare activities and when an exhaustive scrutiny by the Income Tax Department, the Association has been registered as Social Charitable Society u/s 12AA(1)(i) of Income Tax Act, 1961 and additionally the certificate issued qualifying all donations to the Association for Income Tax Rebate u/s 80G (5) of the Income Tax Act, 1961", he said.

President of the Association, SS Wazir, in his welcome address greeted the chief guest, special invitees and therefore the members’ fraternity and briefly touched upon the welfare activities being pursued by the Association.

Patron, CGPWA, VP Sharma, gave an illuminating and well-illustrated power purpose presentation on the subject ‘Himalayan Mountain Chain and its Impact on Water and Food Security’.

Three senior members of the Organisation were additionally honoured on the occasion by the chief guest. RN Sharma was honoured as Sarv Sreshth Vrishth Nagrik on completion of a hundred years older, whereas DN Kotwal and Tara Mani Sharma were honoured with Jeyshth Vrishth Nagrik on attaining and eighty years age.

Copies of Journal were additionally distributed among all the dignitaries.

Axis Banks Profit rises to Rs 1277 crore

Axis Bank nowadays announced its monetary results for the fourth Quarter likewise as for the monetary Year ended on thirty first March, 2012

MD and CEO, Axis Bank, Shikha Sharma informed that the Bank’s web profit throughout this fall FY12 rose to Rs 1277 crores from Rs 1020 crores in this fall FY11, registering a growth of twenty fifth year on year (YOY) whereas net profit for FY12 stood at Rs 4242 crore up by twenty fifth from Rs 3388 crore for FY11.

The Operating Revenues for this fall FY12 stood at Rs 3733.71 crores, up by 18.48% YOY from Rs 3151 crores for Q4FY11 whereas the Operating Revenues for FY12 stood at Rs 13437.97 crores, up by two hundredth YOY from Rs 11195.12 crores for FY11.

The deposits of the Bank grew by one hundred and eightieth YOY to Rs 91422 crores for FY12 from Rs 77767 crores throughout FY11, with Saving Bank deposits growing V-day YOY. The YOY growth in web Interest Income and Fee Income throughout FY12 was twenty second and twenty fifth respectively. web Interest Margin throughout FY12 was three.59% compared to three.65% in FY11.

The asset quality was healthy with web NPAs, as a proportion of web client assets were zero.25% on March thirty one,2012 against zero.26% as on March thirty one,2011.

The bank is well capitalized with a Capital Adequacy Ratio of thirteen.66% as at the top of FY12 compared to twelve.65% as at the top of FY11. Tier-I capital was nine.45 resembling at the top of FY12, as against nine.41 resembling at finish of FY11.

During the this fall FY12, the Bank added 129 branches and 16000 ATMs

Rs 398.07 lakh approved for recreational facilities along river Tawi

Minister for Tourism Nawang Rigzin Jora these days said that Government has approved a concept of Rs. 398.07 lakh to feature the recreational facilities like artificial lake, walkway, development of right and left river embankments, creation of 2 kiosks, decorative parks, public conveniences and illumination.

This was informed by the Minister whereas interacting with the folks once inspecting the continued construction work of artificial lake in Niki Tawi, here today.

Mr. Jora said that whole space is however to be vacated from those that had gone to the court and got keep. He said directions are issued to I&FC officers to urge the keep vacated urgently and make sure the land meant for development through Tourism Department got free from any encumbrances. He said that the displaced families be got suitably rehabilitated and compensated by the Irrigation and Flood management Department.

The Minister said on the offered piece of land, the department can take effective steps for development by making parking lot besides different steps to form the world engaging for the guests and tourists early.

Among others who accompanied the Minister, Commissioner/Secretary Tourism Department Atal Dulloo, Director Tourism, R S Mehta, Deputy Director M&W, government Engineer I&FC besides different officers of Tourism and I&FC.

8330 kanals of Tawi land encroached
4th Tawi Bridge

Army organizes seminar on enhancing JKs pride

The two days seminar on "ENHANCING JAMMU AND KASHMIR'S PRIDE" finally culminated these days once an exchange of concepts on the topic by a flexible league of speakers from all elements of the country. Maj Gen. Gurdeep Singh, General Officer Commanding, Counter Insurgency Force (Victor), Samir Yasir, Dr Shah Faisal, Nitin Pai and Ajai Shukla these days centered on 'Role of Security Forces, Civil Administration, Awam and Media in enhancing Jammu and Kashmir's Pride and Dignity'.

Maj Gen Gurdeep Singh, highlighted the role of Security Forces in additional enhancing the Pride and Dignity in Jammu and Kashmir. Dr Shah Faisal dwelt on numerous aspects that are required by the Civil Administration and therefore the Awam to contribute in enhancing the Pride and Dignity and Sameer Yasir from IUST spoke on Media's role in Jammu and Kashmir whereas Ajay Shukla deliberated upon the role of National Media in Jammu and Kashmir. Nitin Pai highlighted problems with conflict management within the age of connectivity.

Audience and therefore the speakers shared the invaluable contribution created by Security Forces in development of Jammu and Kashmir and in Enhancing Jammu and Kashmir's Pride. Role of Media as a watchdog was once more appreciated by speakers still as audience. Speakers projected the necessity for Security Forces and Media to figure along towards peace and development of Jammu and Kashmir. Awam's invaluable contribution in enhancing Pride and Dignity will never be beneath estimated as folks of Jammu and Kashmir are the bed rock of Kashmiriyat and same was aptly highlighted.

In the finish Lt Gen SA Hasnain, Corps Commander of Chinar Corps, expressed his satisfaction over the fruits of a profound and historic event within the history of Jammu and Kashmir. The Corps Commander highlighted that the aim set for the Seminar was over accomplished, whereby the 2 days of free and frank opinion received from the speakers and therefore the august gathering centered on a number of the crucial problems with understanding Jammu and Kashmir's Pride, the protection challenges and manner ahead for the approaching years. He reiterated that it had been time, to meet the expectations of Awam within the post stablisation amount.

The Corps Commander additionally exhorted Civil Administration and Media concerning the necessary role to be played by them. He felt that the social harmony clubbed with overall development and creation of employment opportunities, as well as self employment, were the necessity to bring back and enhance Jammu and Kashmir's pride.

The seminar ended with a vote of thanks by Maj Gen Gurdeep Singh to the speakers who had come back to be a part of the Seminar and therefore the most inquisitive audience. This initiative of the Chinar Corps was appreciated by one and every one. faculty students were happy by the efforts place in by Army to form them realise their own ethos and cultural heritage and hoped that a lot of such Seminars are going to be conducted in future to additional broaden their horizon.

Grid Station inaugurated at Pounichak

Omar expresses concern over huge transmission losses

Underlining the importance of power sector within the economic development of the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Saturday said that monetary self-reliance of the State is directly linked with harnessing of big potential of concerning 20000 MWs of hydro electricity offered within the State.

"My Government is functioning on a comprehensive conceive to create outstanding dent during this direction", he said, adding that considerable thrust is on the generation of power together with upgradation of distribution and transmission system. He said during a State where the entire income from all resources is Rs. 6500 crore and expenditure on salaries of state workers is Rs. 13500 crore, the sole hope for monetary self-reliance may be pinned to the facility sector.

The Chief Minister was inaugurating Power Grid Station at Pounichak in Jammu district these days. The station is of fifty MVA capability with 132/33 KV voltage level. the development of the Grid Station is accompanied with the installation of one.78 kilometres feeding line.

The construction of the station was taken in hand in 2010 at a value of concerning Rs. 16.72 crore. it'll profit the population of concerning one lakh inhabitants in Marh and Raipur-Domana Constituencies besides folks living in Talab Tillo, Trilokpur and adjacent areas.

The station will improve and regulate quality power provide at thirty three KV level feeding the sub-transmission system in Tehsil Jammu. it'll relieve the overloading of existing network and Grid Station at Janipur and Canal. The transmission line created together with the Grid Station is of one.7 kilometres long with seven towers of B+6 and D+0 varieties.

The Chief Minister said that improvement and upgradation of power provide to the shoppers is being ensured by construction of latest Grid Stations, Receiving Stations and Sub-Stations across the State. He, however, showed concern over the massive transmission losses the State should bear as a result of misuse of electricity. He said that the yearly losses on account of misuse and transmission leakage of electricity have touched over Rs. 2000 crore that ought to be serious concern to any or all. He said that this quantity if procured from the shoppers can be utilised on numerous development comes and employment generation for youth. He asked the shoppers to pay the electricity charges in accordance with the consumption they create.

Omar Abdullah said that the govt has place R-APDRP schemes to execution to scale back T&D losses by three % annually. He said upgradation and power reforms project R-APDRP has been taken in hand at a value of Rs. 1909 crore. He said that the project envisages improvement in HT/LT system in cities and cities with a population of ten,000 and higher than.

Omar Abdullah said that seven Grid Stations are completed in 2011 within the State whereas 2 are completed this month and another seven a lot of are in pipeline.

Minister of State for Power, Shabir Ahmad Khan, Legislators Sukhnandan and Ajay Sadhotra and Principal Secretary Power Development Department, Sudhanshu Pandey were gift on the occasion.

Jammus daughter set to become Delhi Mayor

A woman from Rehari Colony, Jammu is prepared to form a history by turning into couldor of South Delhi Municipal Corporation on May two.

Savita Gupta daughter of Satish Chander Gupta and sister of Arvind Gupta has been fielded for the post of Mayor by the BJP for South Delhi Municipal Corporation once creating a hat-trick within the simply concluded elections.

The nomination of Savita Gupta for the post of Mayor of South Delhi Corporation was announced by Jagdish Mukhi, a senior BJP leader from New Delhi and Incharge Jammu and Kashmir whereas addressing 2 days State government committee meeting of the BJP that began here these days.

Mr Mukhi's announcement was welcomed by the State leaders of the BJP with clapping.

He said the BJP has won all 3 Municipal firms in New Delhi and its candidates would be elected Mayors throughout the elections.

Savita Gupta, who was married to Ashwani Gupta of Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi, a civil engineer, who had later floated his own construction company, has been elected for third consecutive term as Corporator and would be making history by turning into Mayor for the third time.

She was elected from Ward No. one hundred sixty (Amar Colony, South Delhi) by beating Taruna Kataria of Congress by 4600 votes.

In 104 seats South Delhi Corporation, the BJP was single largest party with forty four seats. It had the support of Independents and others to form it to the victory mark of fifty three.

The election of couldor was scheduled for May two.

Jammu Udhampur Katra Rly line to be electrified

Special styles cleared for tunnels, bridges Jammu-Udh-Katra Rly line to be electrified
within two years

General Manager, Railway Electrification, Jagdev Kalia, these days said that Jammu-Udhampur-Katra Railway line are going to be electrified at intervals next 2 years and single line between Chakki Bank to Jammu by finish of current year.

Interacting with the media-persons at Railway Station here this morning once taking stock of the electrification comes, Mr Kalia said, "work on electrification of Chakki Bank to Jammu and Udhampur to Jammu railway lines goes on at the specified pace so Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) are replaced by the electrical Multiple Units (EMUs) as early as possible".

"Given this pace of labor, we have a tendency to are hopeful of finishing the electrification work on Chakki Bank to Jammu by {the finish|the top|the tip} of current year whereas because the same on Udhampur-Jammu section is targeted to be completed by end of next year", he said, adding electrification of second line would be dole out solely once completion of all styles of works by the development division.

Disclosing that electrification work on Udhampur-Katra section would begin solely once the gap of the railway line for traditional train traffic, he hoped that at intervals next 2 years electrical Multiple Units (EMUs) can begin chugging up to holy city of Katra.

It is pertinent to say here that on Udhampur-Katra railway line, downside of seepage is being faced on Tunnel no 1 and direction of the tunnel is being modified to avoid the problematic space.

About Jammu-Udhampur section, Mr Kalia said, "at gift work on ten kilometer stretch from Udhampur to Ramnagar goes on and hopefully at intervals next one or 2 months all styles of work on this patch would be completed".

Rail services suspended in valley

Admitting that electrification of Jammu-Udhampur-Katra railway line could be a difficult task, the overall Manager said, "there are twenty tunnels and fourteen bridges on Jammu-Udhampur section and special arrangements are needed to be created in the least these places so as to make sure safety of the electrification network".

In response to a matter, he said, "we have ready special styles for electrification works in tunnels and on the bridges so throughout inclement climatic conditions the poles or the electricity provide lines don’t get damaged".

Disclosing that sites have additionally been identified for fixing of electrical sub-stations from where the facility provide are going to be provided to the railway lines, Mr Kalia said that sub-station at Samba can give power provide to Jammu-Pathankote section whereas as Jammu-Udhampur section would get electricity provide from sub-station at Manwal.

Responding to a different question, the overall Manager said, "the electrification of Katra-Dharam section has additionally been given nod however the work on an equivalent would be potential solely when the track is prepared for chugging of the trains".

Mr Kalia, who took stock of the railway electrification comes with the involved officers, can once more visit the sites significantly on Jammu-Udhampur Section so as to make sure that any hurdles within the completion of prestigious project are cleared and work is executed at intervals the stipulated timeframe.

Joint LoC federation floated

Ahead of HS talks, traders meet on LoC

In a major initiative to spice up cross-LoC trade previous Home Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan on could twenty four and twenty five, the traders of each routes—Poonch-Rawlakote and Uri-Muzaffarabad these days shaped forty four members Joint LoC Trade Federation comprising twenty two members from either side to organize their charter of demands and submit them to their respective Home Secretaries before the meeting.

The Joint LoC Trade Federation was shaped during a meeting of the traders from each elements of divided State held at Chakan-Da-Bagh, the road dividing Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) throughout the day these days.

The Federation of Poonch-Rawlakote traders and Uri-Muzaffarabad traders can have twenty two members every, eleven every from four sides i.e. Poonch (including different elements of Jammu), Rawlakote, Uri (including different elements of Kashmir) and Muzaffarabad.

Today’s meeting at cross-LoC trade purpose of Chakan-Da-Bagh was attended by 121 traders as well as fifty one from this a part of divided State and seventy one from different facet of LoC. Pawan Anand, president, Karan Singh, general secretary and Rajiv Tandon, convenor led the team from this facet whereas Choudhary Mohammad Latief, president and Akhter Hussain, general secretary, represented trader fraternity of Rawlakote.

Abdul Hamid Sheikh, Trade Facilitation Officer (TFO), Poonch and MA Qureshi, DySP Poonch joined traders of this facet whereas Akhter Hussain, TFO Hajeera (Rawlakote) and Custodian Hajeera represented PoK.

Sources said the traders from either side determined that it had been largely turning into not possible for them to run the trade on simply red chilly or few different things. They determined to require up the difficulty with trade facilitation authorities that the Governments of India and Pakistan ought to prepare a negative list of trade and permit traders to import-export all different things rather than confining the cross-LoC business to only twenty one things.

"Even from at intervals twenty one things approved for trade on 2 cross-LoC routes, authorities from either side continued to impose restrictions on numerous things on one pretext or the other’’, the traders lamented.

It may be mentioned here that Home Secretaries of India and Pakistan were meeting in Islamabad on could twenty four and twenty five to require a number of problems as well as measures to spice up cross-LoC trade in Jammu and Kashmir. Home Secretary R K Singh was earlier scheduled to go to Chakan-Da-Bagh and Uri few days back however the visit was postponed. Sources said the visit might occur in second week of could as Mr Singh wished to acquaint himself with issues of the traders to require them up together with his counterpart in Islamabad meeting.

Sources said the traders of 2 elements of divided State additionally resolved their problems touching on account disputes as trade was conducted on barter system.

The traders from either side are insisting on switching over to use of currency rather than barter system and communication link (ISD link) from Jammu and Kashmir to PoK so the businessmen might check with one another and discuss the things to be imported and exported. They were additionally demanding trade visa to facilitate visit of the traders to envision the things for import-export, sources said.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SIC declares JK Bank as Public Authority under RTI Act

In an order of far-reaching consequences, the State Information Commission (SIC) has declared the Jammu and Kashmir Bank as a Public Authority and held it liable to provide information under the Right to Information Act, 2009.

The order has been passed by the full bench of the Commission comprising Chief Information Commissioner, G R Sufi and Information Commissioners Dr Sudesh Kumar and Nazir Ahmad while deciding bunch of complaints and appeals filed by Advocate Vilakshan Singh, RTI activist Raman Sharma and others.

After hearing arguments of Senior Advocate Zaffar Shah appearing for the Jammu and Kashmir Bank and Advocate Vilakshan Singh for the complainants and perusal of records, the State Information Commission observed, "the State Government has defacto control over the Bank", adding "with the Government directions, the Bank has started traveling to other areas of public services and is discharging all public functions like implementation of Common Services Center (CSC) Scheme, which is an important part of National e-governance Programme (NEGP) of Government of India". 

"The Bank was entrusted with the responsibilities of implementing this scheme in the State as a specific case by Department of Information Technology on the recommendations of the State Government. The Bank is entrusted with the scheme of interest subvention of Government of India also", the Commission said, adding "whatever schemes for last several years Government of Jammu and Kashmir have introduced for the welfare and economic betterment of its state subjects, the J&K Bank has been used as its own agency by the Government to make these schemes successful".

"These schemes are listed in the website of the Bank itself, for instance, Roshni Finance Scheme to provide finances to occupants desirous of acquiring free hold rights of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir. Similarly, schemes of finances to the growers of the State, finances to traders, commission and forwarding agents and zafran growers are being implemented by the Government through J&K Bank", the SIC said.

Moreover, J&K Bank is also playing an important role in implementation of seed capital fund scheme of State Government, which is aimed at to provide finance to eligible candidates sponsored by JKEDI under the Seed Capital Fund Scheme and the same is highlighted on the website of the Bank, the SIC further said.

"The J&K Bank is considered to be one of first State Banks in the country. According to the extended central laws to the State, the J&K Bank was characterized as a Government Company as per the provisions of the Indian Companies Act, 1956. In 1971 the Bank was accorded the status of Scheduled Bank and in 1976 it was declared as ‘A’ class Bank by RBI", the SIC mentioned.

The SIC observed: "The Comptroller and Auditor General of India is exercising its jurisdiction while auditing the Bank. The State Audit Authorities are also auditing the accounts of the Bank. All these factors strengthen Government Control and influence over J&K Bank". 

Observing that for the last few years the Government has further tightened its control over the Bank, the Commission said that State Legislature has established its authority over the Bank through Committee on Public Enterprise and directed the Bank authorities to appear before it and carry out the instructions and directions for ensuring speedy recovery of loans advanced by the Bank. 

"These developments are not mere formalities and indicate that Bank is a Public Authority within the definition of Section 2 of the State RTI Act, 2009", the Commission said, adding "the CAG through its AG’s office in Jammu and Kashmir Bank Ltd have also assumed jurisdiction over the Bank and the Bank has acquiesced in the jurisdiction".

"The CAG’s audit control cannot be dismissed merely by saying that it is a requirement under the Companies Act 1956. Only the Government companies are subjected to such audit and the Government companies are nothing but Public Authorities established, owned, controlled by the Government", the SIC said, adding "the J&K Bank Ltd may not be a ‘State’ as defined under Article 12 of the Constitution of India, but the Commission is of the considered opinion that it fulfills all the limbs of Section 2 of the State RTI Act, 2009".

"The Government is exercising its dominating influence and control through the Chairman of the Bank and through its nominee as Directors. It has been also seen that J&K Bank has always carried out guidance, instructions and wishes of the Government, whether it be granted extra ordinary overdrafts, whether it is subsidy schemes, whether it is the appointment and removal of the Chairman at the wish and pleasure of the Government", the Commission said while drawing conclusion that Government has ‘defacto control’ over the multifarious activities of J&K Bank.

"Another limb in the definition of Public Authority given in Section 2 is the term—substantially financed by the Government. Not only has the Government substantial financial control over the Bank by having 92% shares initially, which has been later on reduced to 53% not by de-investing or withdrawing or selling the shares but by the mere fact that no subsequent subscription was made by the Government when the bank invited and floated a public issue in late 1990’s", the SIC said. 

While declaring the J&K Bank as Public Authority as defined in Section 2 of the J&K RTI Act, 2009, the Commission directed the Chairman and CEO of the Bank to designate First Appellate Authority/ Authorities, Public Information Officer/Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers as provided under Section 5 of the RTI Act to provide information to residents of the State under the Act. 

The Commission directed that the applications made to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and other executives of J&K Bank Ltd by various complainants should be forwarded to the concerned Public Information Officers and they be directed to dispose of those applications in accordance with the provisions of Section 7 of the State Right to Information Act. 

About the apprehensions of the counsel for the Bank that declaration of Public Authority would amount to opening flood gates for certain exploiters with vested interest to make frivolous applications, which may breach trust between the banker and depositors, the Commission brought the attention of Bank’s counsel towards adequate safeguards provided in the Act under Section 8 particularly Sub Section (d), (e) and (i) and Section 10 and 11 of the State RTI Act, 2009 and Commission".

The Commission directed that its order be given effect within a period of one month from the date of its receipt.

Jammu Convention Centre likely to see light of day

After remaining in limbo for almost 16 years, International Convention Centre at Jammu is likely to see the light of the day in near future with State Cabinet is going to accord approval for resumption of work on this prestigious project. The Cabinet is meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on April 26 evening.

Authoritative sources told EXCELSIOR that decision to establish International Convention Centre at Jammu was taken in November 1996 and accordingly vide Government order dated December 3, 1996, a Committee was constituted under the chairmanship of then Principal Secretary to Chief Minister to formulate plan for establishment of convention center contiguous to State Guest House.

The execution of project was actually initiated in 1998 at an estimated cost of Rs 12.21 crore and it was to be completed in 12 months. But its fate continued to hang in balance due to one after another issues, which otherwise were either avoidable or could be easily resolved within the shortest possible time.

In 1999, some part of the proposed construction was deleted from the scope of the project and in 2003, M/s Ganga Contract and Projects Pvt Limited, New Delhi, which was allotted the electrification work, left the work halfway. However, it took four years to the then Government to terminate the contract with the company and in 2009 the execution of remaining electrification work was allotted to SICOP, sources said.

"Due to delay in the execution of the project, some of the already executed works suffered damages thereby rendering huge expenditure as infructuous", they said, adding "during this process, the cost of the material as well as labour escalated enormously and need of changes in some specifications as well as execution of certain additional items such as road network was being felt".

In January 2011, a comprehensive review of the project was undertaken by the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, after inspection of the site by a group of officers and it was decided to work out revised estimates/ Detailed Project Report. Accordingly, the revised estimates were worked out at Rs 24.61 crore including Rs 82 lakh for rectification of the damaged works, sources said, adding due to abandoning of the project for several years, its cost got escalated from Rs 12.21 crore to Rs 24.61 crore.

The issue again came up for discussion when Chief Minister was reviewing the progress of mega development projects few months back, sources said, adding on the instructions of Chief Minister, the matter was taken up with Planning and Finance Department and both gave concurrence. 

"Now the Hospitality and Protocol Department is formally placing a proposal before the State Cabinet for administrative approval to construction of convention center at a revised cost of Rs 24.61 crore and resumption of work through the same contractors on the existing terms of the subsisting contract", sources said, adding "after about 16 years, this prestigious project is now likely to see the light of the day".

They informed that Hospitality and Protocol Department will prepare a video film of work executed till date in order to maintain the record of infructuous expenditure.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Wildlife Deptt to use Camera Traps for recording animal diversity

Keeping in pace with the technology and fashionable scientific wildlife management tools, the department of Wildlife Protection has introduced latest cameras to be put in in several wildlife sanctuaries in Jammu so as to conserve and shield the wild animals in a very scientific technique.

The Department has recently procured IR yet as flash Camera Traps for finding out animal presence, conducting analysis in several wildlife sanctuaries and conserve the reserves as well as Nandini, Ramnagar, Sudhmahadev, etc.

To train the sphere officers in using and handling camera traps, a coaching programme was organised by the Wildlife Warden, Jammu at Nature Interpretation Centre, Manda.

The wildlife vary officers, block officers and foresters of Wildlife Division Jammu participated within the coaching programme.

The field exercise and demonstration was conducted in Ramnagar wildlife sanctuary, where the officers were practically concerned in handling, setting and deploying Camera lures within the field by a trained Camera Trap Engineer from Dehradun and Wildlife Warden Jammu.

Addressing the officers, Chief Wildlife Warden, AK Singh stressed on the requirement of introducing new technologies in wildlife management and expressed hope that by using Camera Traps, the Department would be able to survey the variety and abundance of untamed animals in protected areas.

Wildlife Warden, Jammu, Tahir scarf whereas interacting with the officers revealed that thirty camera Traps are procured by Jammu and Kathua divisions which might be shortly deployed in several protected areas. He additional informed that 2 Camera Traps are put in nowadays in Ramnagar wildlife sanctuary close to Manda zoo.

Additional PCCF, Deepak Khanna and CCF Wildlife Jammu, Upender Pachnanda were additionally gift.

Function held at Geeta Satsang Ashram

The 57th Birth day of Swami Kumar Ji of Geeta Satsang Ashram was celebrated with fervour and gaiety at TRT Muthi nowadays.

A large range of devotees thronged the Ashram to participate within the perform. Besides the spiritual students saints additionally graced the occasion.

The Advisor to Chief Minister, Mubarak Gul, was the chief guest. Prof R N K Bamezai Vice Chancellor Mata Vaishno Devi University was the guest of honour. Among different dignitaries gift included Swami Chaman Lal Bamzai, Ashok Kaul, chairman Rural Development Society (RDS).

Swami Kumar Ji gave spiritual discourses and highlighted the spiritual significance of birthday pooja among Hindus.

On the occasion Ramesh Hangloo president Pir Panchal was felicitated by the Ashram for its fitting Sharda Radio and termed it a good service to community.

Bhagwan Parshuram Shobha Yatra

Thousands of individuals participated in a formidable Shobha Yatra taken out within the town of temples in reference to the birth celebrations of Bhagwan Parshuram ji here nowadays.

Minister for Revenue and Relief, Raman Bhalla and Minister for Health Sham Lal Sharma flagged off the Bhagwan Parshuram Jayanti Shobha Yatra from Brahman Sabha, Parade Ground here this afternoon. BJP MLA from Jammu East, Ashok Khajuria and Jammu State Morcha MLA from Bishnah, Ashwani Sharma, were additionally gift on the occasion besides government committee members of the Dogra Brahman Pratinidhi Sabha and an outsized range of members of the community.

Addressing an outsized gathering on the occasion Mr Bhalla said 'Akshay Tritiya' (Parshuram Jayanti) is observed historically because the birth anniversary of Parshuram ji, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. 'Akshay Tritiya' is taken into account jointly of the foremost auspicious days, in line with the Hindu Calendar. He said the day on that Moon, Sun and Jupiter unitedly return below Mrigshira Nakashatra, is named Akshya Tritiya. He urged the folks to follow preachings of Bhagwan Parshuramji in their standard of living.

Mr Bhalla additional said in line with the Puranas, the holy Hindu scriptures, on at the moment of 'Akshay Tritiya' Vedvyasa alongwith Lord Ganesha started writing the good epic of Mahabharata. The Mother Ganga (river) additionally descended to the planet on at the moment. He said the folks nowadays from all walks of life, significantly the Brahman community provide special prayers, take tub in holy rivers, create charity, provide barley within the sacred hearth and worship Lord Ganesha and Goddess Laxmi. He said Parshuram Bhargava belonged to Treta Yuga. the aim of this sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu is taken into account by spiritual students to alleviate the earth's burden by eliminating sinful, harmful and irreligious monarchs.

While congratulating folks on this occasion, Sham Lal said that Parshuram is known for killing 'Haihaya-Kshatriyas' on the planet twenty one times for his or her pride. He wished to unfold and preserve the Vedic culture on the planet. Parshuram is claimed to be a warrior Brahman and also the first-ever warrior saint yet.

Tableaux of Bhagwan Parshuram, Lord Shiva, information Ranpat, Baba Jito, Brahma Kumaris , Dwarika Nath Shastri ji and plenty of others mounted on highly adorned chariots/ open vehicles were the most attractions of this grand Shobha Yatra. an outsized range of devotees/ members of the Brahman community, raising spiritual slogans like "Bhagwan Parhsuramji Ki Jai"…..were following the chariots. Most of the vehicles were fitted with loud speakers. The devotees were additionally singing Bhajans, sermons and plenty of were seen even dancing. Band Baja and ancient `Dhols' were additionally a part of this spectacular Shobha Yatra. It started from Parade Ground and once passing through Moti Bazar, Link Road, Jain Bazar, Kanak Mandi, Raghunath Bazar, town Chowk culminated at Parade. many of us greeted Shobha yatra enroute and additionally joined. They showered flowers petals from the highest of their homes, building when the Shobha Yatra was passing through town routes. President Brahman Sabha, Pt Ved Parkash Sharma, general secretary Shakti Dutt Sharma, vp Virender Magotra, secretary Sat Pal Sharma, treasurer Ram Pal Sharma and others were additionally accompanying the yatra. They greeted the folks on this occasion.

Earlier, the Revenue Minister released the DVD of Bhagwan Parshuram (Bhagwan Parshu Chalisa). The music to the current DVD has been given by Prakash Sharma, renowned music artist. it's been sung by Pratima Sharma and Kanta Sharma. the opposite supporting artists are Pramila Bali, K M Jaitee, Ramesh Raina and Surinder Sharma. Recoding has been done by Amarjit Singh whereas it's been founded by Late Pritam Singh, music composer of Radio Kashmir Jammu.

Meanwhile, Dogra Pujari, Jyotish Shastri Sangh, Jammu province additionally celebrated Parshuram Jayanti at Bakshinagar here nowadays. The ceremony commenced with `havan' and special prayers within the morning. Jagdish Chander Sharma, general secretary SD Sabha Geeta Bhawan, Jammu was the chief guest. many different students additionally attended the programme. Later, they joined Shobha Yatra of Bhagwan Parshuramji at Parade Ground.

Divisional Commissioner workplace goes online

Divisional Commissioner Jammu Dr. Pawan Kotwal launched his office's web site here nowadays.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kotwal said that the most objective of launching the web site is to form out there all necessary info concerning functioning of the department to the common man on a click of mouse. it's indeed a success towards e-Governance within the workplace, he added.

Divisional Commissioner said that the web site can increase transparency within the functioning of Divisional Administration and additionally improve public and Government interface by providing ample info on the web site, adding that the web site could be a one stop interface for pretty much all internet sites of Jammu province, which can create the access of knowledge comparatively quicker by Government and general public.

He hoped that the web site can serve the aim that it's been launched and can keep the voters posted regarding latest activities and developments in Jammu Province.

It was informed that links to some vital websites|internet sites|websites} have additionally been provided on the online site for facilitating the guests for easy access of knowledge. Contact info provided on the positioning can facilitate the guests to interact with administration simply. on-line queries of the general public through mail may be promptly responded and readdressed. on-line orders and circulars from Divisional Commissioner workplace will be placed on this net web site for the good thing about government and general lots and on day to day basis. 

Abhinav Gupt cave facing threat

Abhinav Gupt cave located within the foothills of Bairam hillocks in Beerwah space of Budgam district is facing threat thanks to stone quarrying, says Vir Saraf, Convenor, Roots in Kashmir (RIK).

The cave contains a nice spiritual significance for Kashmiri Pandits as Abhinav Gupt is considered the best scholar of Kashmiri Shaivism, an ancient faculty of thought that Kashmir is known world over.

Vir Saraf told Excelsior that the Abhinav Gupt cave is sacred to Kashmiri Pandits. "Till 1947 AD Kashmiri Pandits used to travel to the doorway of the cave and perform their spiritual rituals per annum on the tenth day of full moon within the month of June. The cave is of nice worth of heritage. it's a part of the traditional historical civilisation," he added.

Stone quarrying is going down with impunity on North-West facet of this hill high that is supposedly the tail of the cave yet as on the jap facet of Bairam too.

However, officers said that the quarry is found some one hundred fifty feet far from the cave. they are saying that the quarrying goes on for past over sixty years and government is obtaining its royalty.

"It is claimed that some folks have tried to cruise the un-ending cave upto one km however came back when there was no finish to the cave. Abhinav Gupt was a thinker and a Bhairwa (seeker of Lord Shiva)," said Vir.

Talking to Excelsior, M. S Zahid, Deputy Director, Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums said that he would depute a team of the officers to the positioning.

"As of currently I even have not received any criticism. however since you've got raised this issue it'd be ensured that nothing illegal is being done. this is often an area of heritage importance and that we would depart no stone unturned in preserving this heritage image," said Zahid.

Academys Tagore Theatre competition opens with Khazana

In continuation to the a hundred and fiftieth year birth celebrations of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the Seven-Day competition of Rabindranath Tagore's plays, organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, started, here today.

With the Abhinav Theatre closed for repairs, the competition, being held at the Gandhi Nagar Government girls faculty Auditorium, opened with adaptation of Tagore's short story 'Khazana', in Hindi by Nav Durga Kala Mandir.

The play custom-made, dramatized and directed by Shashi Bhushan, was a discuss the materialistic tendencies within the society. That how folks driven by the insatiable want for hidden treasures as a panacea for assuaging their material wealth and standing, stop puzzling over the $64000 treasure: the bounties of life that surrounds them just like the nature, setting, land and also the family.

The plot of the play revolves around one Ravishankar who finding that the skull-given by his grandfather that contained the map to a hidden treasure-has been stolen leaves his home and wife to look for a similar.

After a sequence of events, he succeeds to find the treasure however is unable to induce out of the spot. Thirsty and hungry, he realizes that the $64000 treasure isn't the wealth however bounties that outline one's life and to be able to live it with fullness is that the real treasure.

Despite the shortage of fascinating facilities like correct lights and sound equipment and different infrastructure in Gandhi Nagar Government girls faculty Auditorium, today's presentation-notwithstanding the technical handicap of dim lights, that place nice strain upon the spectators-managed to bring home to the audience the message of the play.

Dilshad Shazi within the role of Ravishanker gave an honest performance. He was particularly effective within the Cave sequence where he goes ecstatic once discovering the treasure. Kamaljeet Singh within the personification of 'Khazana' as a snake additionally performed well.

Other members of the forged included Shashi Bhushan and Shishupal Khajuria as Sadhus, Rakesh Dogra as Grandfather and Pujajri, Komal Parihar as Radhika, Aman Verma as Villager. The members of the chorus included Ishmeet Kaur, Vanshika Kour, Muskan Kour, Jaspreet Kour, Renu, Aishwariya Sumbria, Mehak Sharma, Surbhi Kalsi, and Prabharanjanee.

The music and also the 'chorus' of young dancers choreographed and designed by Padam Nath Kotwal, an alumni of IMFA, Jammu, proved to be a mainstay in structuring the play style. The locales of forest, temple, and also the cave through completely different groupings of the 'chorus' were adequately communicated. The costumes style was by Ramesh Malhotra, make-up by Ritu Manhas and lights by Aditya Bhanu.

Nwang Rigzin Jora, minister for tourism and culture, the chief guest of the perform, whereas appreciating the work of Gurudev, said that by dent of his outstanding literary achievements Tagore had created India proud.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commissioner Secretary, tourism and culture and Secretary Academy, Atal Dulloo said that the Tagore theatre competition, that was inaugurated nowadays, would feature fourteen plays of Gurudev. Of that seven are staged at Jammu whereas an equal range of such plays would be showcased in Kashmir valley within the days ahead.

Among others former secretaries of Academy, Prof. Rita Jitendra and Balwant Thakur were additionally gift on the occasion. The Academy was represented by its extra secretaries, Savita Bakshi, Shamima Akhter and Dr. Arvinder Singh Amn. The programme proceedings were conducted by Academy's senior drama instructor, Dr. Sudhir Mahajan.

Governor authorizes JU VC to require action

Governor N N Vohra nowadays licensed Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University, Prof M P Singh Ishar to require all remedial measures/ actions on the recommendations of Chief Secretary-headed Enquiry Committee vis-à-vis allegations of administrative impropriety, favourtism and money irregularities against former Vice-Chancellor and officers of the Varsity.

Chairing the 72nd meeting of the University Council at Raj Bhawan here this evening, Mr Vohra asked the Vice-Chancellor to require action at intervals his competence on the recommendations of the Chief Secretary headed Enquiry Committee, that was constituted by the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah to appear into allegations of varied quite irregularities.

The Governor additionally suggested the Vice Chancellor to make sure that the recommendations/ observations of the committee, that need special approvals, are placed before involved bodies of the University on a time certain basis and whole report processed with none delay.

Mr Vohra, who is that the Chancellor of the Varsity, known as upon the colleges of the State to prepare short-term vocational courses in tourism and different potential disciplines to boost employability of the youth in travel trade and varied different employment intensive sectors.

"With the revival and also the promotion of tourism within the State the youth having pursued short-term certificate courses may realize prepared employment avenues", he said, adding "Universities may additionally consider organizing different such courses having potential within the rising job market to profit the youth of the State".

Referring to the creation and upgradation of infrastructure facilities at the most campus and also the off-site campuses, the Governor said that the development of scholars hostels, significantly for ladies, ought to be given priority attention that the students from remote areas may pursue their educational careers in massive numbers.

He underlined the requirement for micro-focusing on the expansion of campuses for regularly improving the standard of education to equip youth to compete successfully within the rising competitive situation. He additionally stressed that each one the newly developing buildings should have adequate provision to be used of solar energy, harvesting of rain water, hearth safety measures and ramps to facilitate physically challenged persons.

The Governor suggested the Vice Chancellor to undertake visits to the affiliated faculties to watch the facilities and also the performance of those establishments, adding that those of the Principals, lecturers and also the faculties showing outstanding performances might be awarded. touching on the requirement for conducting educational audit of instructional establishments, he said that such a mechanism will facilitate in harmonious growth of all the establishments of upper learning. He advised that the varied Universities of the State may coordinate in regard to the functioning of their placement cells for the larger good thing about the youth of the State.

Prof MPS Ishar, in his power purpose presentation, gave details of the educational and extra-curricular achievements of the University. He additionally dwelt on the efforts being created to boost the prevailing infrastructure and also the initiatives taken within the fields of teaching, and extension activities.

The meeting among others was attended by Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof Vinayshil Gautam, Prof R P Tandon, M I Khandey, Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Tanveer Jehan, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education and Prof Naresh Padha, Registrar University of Jammu.

Kalam's name crops up for Prez candidate

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar’s remarks favouring an individual with "not too much" of a political mind for the President’s post has stirred the pot with parties, as well as the Congress, chanting the mantra of a consensus candidate within the upcoming Presidential Polls.

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam’s name cropped up within the discussions nowadays with Samajwadi Party saying it absolutely was "not averse" to his candidature whereas others remained ambivalent.

Pawar, leader of the NCP and one amongst the vital constituents of the UPA, clarified this morning that he had solely talked regarding an "agreed" candidate and not a non- political person for the post.

"I haven't said this. I even have spoken regarding agreed candidate," Pawar told reporters when asked to discuss his yesterday’s reported remarks of a "non-political" candidate for the post of the President.

He insisted that neither the UPA nor the NDA has the numbers and, therefore, a method of consultation was necessary.

"I am certain leadership involved can begin the method. we want to consider agreed candidature at this moment," he said.

Pawar’s remarks triggered instant reaction with 2 senior Ministers Kapil Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad saying that they were operating towards a consensus.

Azad, a member of the GoM on Media, told reporters that the workplace of President is huge and no political party contains a majority to induce its candidate elected. "If the President is elected, it'll be through consensus. in a very democracy, each cluster contains a right to precise its opinion regarding a private or a frontrunner," he said.

Asked regarding Pawar’s remarks, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, additionally a member of the GoM, said "We are operating towards a consensus."

On questions on second term for Kalam, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury refused to travel into issue, just saying Kalam could be a revered temperament.

"We respect him...It was nice to possess had Kalam (as President). I don’t have the authority to mention something quite this," she said.

Former MP and SP leader Shahid Siddiqui said if there's a consensus his party wasn't averse to Kalam’s name. He recalled that it absolutely was his party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav who proposed Kalam’s name for Presidency in 2002.

He said his party was additionally talking to different parties and considering another names.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said there has been no discussion either in his party or at intervals the NDA regarding the Presidential elections. The UPA has additionally not initiated any moves, he said.

DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan said the President’s post wants some political information and legal experience. "That doesn't mean that he ought to be too political," he said.

CPI(M) MP Sitaram Yechury said there are non- political persons who have occupied the workplace yet as political personalities.

He said anybody who becomes President ought to have political information. 

Abhishek Singhvi Quits

Embroiled in a very CD controversy, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi nowadays resigned as chairman of a Parliamentary Committee and party spokesperson in a very injury management exercise prior the resumption of the budget session tomorrow.

53- year-old Singhvi, an eminent lawyer and a Rajya Sabha member, sent a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi informing her of his call 10 days once circulation of a CD purportedly involving him.

"I have done this solely to stop even the slightest doable Parliamentary disruption concerning the purported CDs being circulated regarding me.

"Since i'm a disciplined party soldier, I failed to assume it match to subject the party to any inconvenience on this account. All allegations are obviously baseless and false," he said in a very statement.

Singhvi acquired high profile once the committee headed by him came out with a report on the Lokpal last year on whose recommendation the govt brought a legislation on the difficulty.

Singhvi, who was began the AICC briefing last week, said that "canards and baseless" allegations were being unfold regarding alleged inappropriate conversations within the alleged CD.

"People inimically against me, who have assiduously spent over 10 days hearing, seeing, amplifying and distilling the CD found no vestige of any reference, not even remotely, to any illegality, corrupt observe or wrongdoing.

"Specifically, some sections of the print and visual media are spreading a falsehood just by repetition and hearsay that there's a reference within the CD to the promise of any post. nobody has heard any such reference within the CD. there's none just because it doesn't exist. it's pure imagination, wishful thinking and sensationalism," he said.

Singhvi said the canard was unfold merely to administer the difficulty a public interest flavour since otherwise the contents of the CD, "assuming them to be true, (which they actually are not), would disclose solely one thing non-public and consensual giving a reason behind action solely to aggrieved members of the family (who have stood utterly by me) and to nobody else".

Singhvi said it absolutely was lamentable that such canards were being unfold a few CD, which has, in fact, been accepted thrice over to be "fabricated and morphed".

"The driver's disclosure statement to the police, his detailed written statement within the High Court and his oral statement recorded on oath physically within the presence of the choose, all justify how and why he created this fabrication.

"A reputed media house, that was co-defendant within the suit additionally recorded a consent statement based mostly on the statement of the author of the CD i.e. the driver. A permanent final decree of injunction has been ignored 5 days ago," he said.

Singhvi said it absolutely was noteworthy that the driver's threatening and blackmailing SMSes sent to his phone had been recorded within the last week of March followed by a close four-page police criticism filed as way back as March twenty nine, a full thirteen days before the alleged CDs initial surfaced within the media.

"As a political or skilled category, rather than gleefully watching, promoting or taking part in a very person's natural and understandable discomfitures, we tend to should respect privacy problems," he said.

PIL against land grabbing

Div Com submits recent report

In the a lot of publicized Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highlighting land grabbing at the behest of high-ups and in league with land mafia, Division Bench of State High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Virender Singh and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar nowadays granted 2 weeks time to the petitioner to reply to the recent standing report filed by the Divisional Commissioner in response to earlier order of the Court.

The two weeks time was granted once Advocates Virender Bhat and Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed showing for the PIL filed by Prof S K Bhalla submitted that they need received the copy of the recent standing report filed by the Divisional Commissioner this morning.

According to the standing report, Satish Kumar, son of Madan Lal had applied for forty one kanals of State land falling below Khasra No. 424 min in village Lalyal for grant of possession rights below J&K State Lands (Vesting of possession to the Occupants) Act 2001 popularly called Roshini theme however a similar has been rejected by the authorities.

The girdawari entries over State land measuring fifty kanals falling below Khasra No one (25 kanals) and Khasra No 127/1 Min (25 kanals) situated in village Suray Chak, that was within the name of 1 Vijay Kumar alias Babbi, are expunged, the report said.

According to the report, Yaseer Nifar Wattali, son of Ahmed Shah Wattali has twenty nine kanal and ten marla of land in Khasra Nos 2438 and 2440 at Amb and whole land has been sold by the seller. Similarly, Jahwas Ahmad Wattali, son of Haji Ghulam Nabi Shah Watali has land in Khasra No 2442 & 2449 measuring forty nine kanal and ten marlas situated at Amb and also the whole of the land has been sold by the seller.

Sasba Begum, wife of Jahwas Ahmed Shah Watali has land in Khasra Nos 2442 & 2449 measuring twenty kanal at Amb. Jawas Jahoos Shah Wattali, son of Jahwas Shah Wattali has land in Khasra Nos 2442 & 2449 measuring thirty kanal and ten marla at Amb and also the whole of the land has been sold by the seller. Zanib Shamas Wattali, wife of Shokat Wattali has land in Khasra No 5291 measuring nine kanal and a pair of marla at Bhalwal and owner is in possession.

The report said that Madan Lal Sharma, son of Gushu Ram has fifteen marlas of land every at Paloura and Muthi. he's additionally in possession of ancestral land acquired through sale deeds and measuring nine kanal and a pair of marla and eighty kanal and a pair of marla at Plattan, Pallanwala.

Sham Lal Sharma, brother of Madan Lal Sharma is owner in possession of measuring eight marlas of land at Paloura below Khasra No 152 Min. he's additionally owner in possession of thirty three kanal of land at Kot below Khasra Nos, 956, 957, 958, 960, 961, 1240 and 1230. he's additionally stated to possess acquired the ancestral land through sale deeds measuring 104 and twenty four kanal and eighteen marla at Plattan, Pallanwala however Khasra numbers aren't mentioned. he's additionally in possession of land measuring five kanal and fifteen marla at Muthi and out of this land one kanal and eight.5 marla has been sold by the seller.

According to the recent standing report, Ankush Sharma, son of Sham Lal Sharma is owner in possession of land measuring ten kanal below Khasra Nos 956 and 1240 at Kot. he's additionally having land measuring one kanal at Muthi and seven marla has been sold by the seller.

The report said that land measuring seven kanal and seven marla situated at Manda, Akhnoor belonging to Sanjay Sharma alias Sanju, who has been declared as proclaimed offender, has been connected by the order of Principal Sessions choose, Jammu.

Unmetered Connections

PDD to maneuver application before SERC for extension in metering deadline

 The State Government has set to maneuver an application before the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) with the plea to increase the deadline for metering of regarding four.5 lakh electricity connections across the State in order that such an outsized range of shoppers don’t get deprived of power offer beyond April twenty eight, 2012, that as per the J&K Electricity Act, 2010 is that the last date for guaranteeing power offer through installation of correct energy meters.

Official sources said that following news-report during this paper that four.5 lakh non-metered shoppers wouldn't be entitled for power offer beyond April twenty eight, 2012 as per the provisions of J&K Electricity Act, 2010, the senior officers of the ability Development Department started deeply examining the relevant provisions of the Act.

"Even some officers of the ability Development Department unofficially contacted the State Electricity Regulatory Commission Members to debate the legal position and eventually it emerged that Department may adopt the recourse of moving an application before the SERC seeking extension within the deadline for metering of non-metered connections", they said.

However, for this the Department has got to chalk out comprehensive metering arrange for all the un-metered connections across the State and additional time-table needed to accomplish the task, that are very important steps before pleading the case before the Commission, sources said, adding whereas seeking extension within the deadline, the ability Development Department would got to justify before the Commission the delay behind meeting the sooner deadlines and elaborate how it'd accomplish this very important task at intervals the newly proposed time frame.

In response to a matter, they said, "the Commission will think about the applying of the PDD and extend the deadline by means of notification", adding "since the Commission has itself passed strictures against the PDD, the latter would got to bring clarity in its plans to complete metering exercise, that is important for preparation of applicable loss reduction ways and schemes".

When contacted, Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, Sudhanshu Pandey said, "I have directed the event Commissioner Power (DCP) to research matters and formally return up with the precise time frame needed to meter all the left-over non-metered connections", adding "we have found out comprehensive metering arrange, that is imperative to approach the SERC with plea to increase deadline beyond April twenty eight, 2012".

In response to a matter, he said, "DCP can return up with the time-frame at intervals on a daily basis or 2 following that additional steps would be initiated so as to make sure that non-metered shoppers still get electricity even beyond April twenty eight, 2012".

Among the four.5 lakh non-metered electricity connections, 3,99,697 are domestic, 43,339 non-domestic/ business, 3,022 agriculture, 249 public street lighting and 598 LT public water works. These un-metered connections are consuming connected load of 344.86 Mega Watts (MW).

It is pertinent to say here that SERC has been laying stress on the one hundred per cent shopper metering since 2007-08 money year when it issued initial Tariff Order because the metering could be a major step towards energy accounting and reduction of power losses.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Various functions held on Earth Day

Various functions were held in reference to celebration of World Earth Day nowadays.

K V Bantalab organized a perform at Bantalab. the target was to push an awareness among the scholars relating to the destruction caused to Mother earth and additionally its impending consequences. The programme comprised of debates, lecturers, skits, inter house faculty competitions etc. The scouts and guides of the faculty additionally participated with nice fan fare. Mrs Sushma Thapar referred to as upon the longer term voters to require leading role in organizing the celebrations.

Another perform was held at K C Public faculty within which three hundred students and academics participated. the aim of the rally was to awaken the folks of Jammu and make a way of responsibility towards the earth earth and its fragile atmosphere particularly in read of the threat of worldwide warming and depletion of earth resources.

The rally was flagged off by Dilbagh Singh IGP, Jammu within the morning from the Central Park of the historical Mubarak Mandi.

Earth Day was celebrated at GD Goenka Public faculty, Jammu also. varied activities were held in class premises. The Kindergartners created the badges on the subject of save Earth. category III-V had an ad creating competition and categories VI-X had an inspired writing competition.

In association of Earth Day a perform was additionally held at Army Public faculty Jammu Cnatt. today. A special assembly was conducted with an intention to inspire awareness and appreciation for earth’s natural atmosphere. All activities of the Assembly were centered on environmental problems. Mrs Sudhi Sahni gave the wonderful facts that are inflicting harm to the planet and created everybody gift ponder on the crucial would like of saving the Mother Earth.

Teachers and students planting saplings on the planet Day at Jammu on Saturday

Samprati felicitates Padamshri ML Kemu

Veteran theatre temperament and Padamshri M L Kemu was felicitated by Samprati a company of writers in exile here this afternoon.

The perform was chaired by former Chief Secretary and MLC, Vijay Bakaya whereas K K Bhat Regional Director IGNOU Jammu was the chief guest on the occasion.

The perform was attended by a galaxy of writers and students. The welcome address was browse by Samprati president, Prof P N Trisal. He, whereas lauding the role of Mr Kemu said his services within the field of art and culture particularly promotion of folklore of Kashmir can’t be forgotten.

A detailed paper on lifetime of Mr Kemu was browse by Dr R L Shant a acknowledge scholar. He said the contribution of Mr Kemu is innumerable and he's among terribly rare those who are conferred with Sangeet Natak Akademy, Sahitya Akademy and Padam Shri awards.

He said Mr Kemu is widely known for revival of Kashmiri folks lure Band Pather. Terming Mr Kemu a person all the way down to earth Dr Shant said, he doesn't wear his international recognition up to his sleeves.

K K Bhat said that Mr Kemu has created entire community to feel happy with him. Terming him a multifaceted temperament, he said Kemu is author, director, actor and producer and his works are recognized everywhere.

Terming Mr Kemu an internationally standing temperament, Mr Bakaya wished to grasp why his plays don't seem to be staged in J&K once they are being staged in alternative states. He announced funds from his CDF for staging his plays within the state and stressed that seminars be stayed Mr Kemu’s temperament and analysis papers browse on his works.

Prof H L Misri browse the vote of thanks whereas the programme was compared by Dr Roshan Saraf general secretary, Samprati.

JK Bank finances sixty sheep rearing units

J&K Bank in collaboration with the Department of Sheep Husbandry and an NGO Deep Foundation organised a programme for implementing centrally sponsored theme titled "Integrated Development of little Ruminants & rabbits (IDSR)".

District Development Commissioner Mohammad Rafi was the chief guest on the occasion. J&K Bank Zonal Head (Kashmir Central) Bashir Ahmad Lone, Cluster Head Budgam Abdul Hamid Khan, some officers from Sheep Husbandry Department and representatives of Deep Foundation were additionally gift.

Speaking on the occasion, DDC Budgam gave a close overview of the importance of lending in agriculture & allied activities. He said, "Agriculture and its allied activities is that the mainstay of our economy and offers an enormous scope for lending in order that the particular potential of the world is realized and its advantages are fairly distributed."

DDC distributed sanctioning letters of sixty sheep rearing units among beneficiaries on the spot.

Meanwhile, Zonal Head J&K Bank highlighted the importance of agricultural because the backbone of economy and therefore the role played by the bank in boosting agriculture sector within the state.

Cluster Head Budgam informed the beneficiaries concerning varied schemes and initiatives taken by the bank for eradication of unemployment and upliftment of economically down trodden sections of society across the state as well as Budgam district.

Meanwhile, J&K Bank RSETI Poonch concluded its 21-days 'Skill Development Programme' on dress planning girls|for ladies|for girls} within which thirty five unemployed women of the district participated. The programme was conducted in association with the DRDA Poonch.
District Development Commissioner Poonch Ajit Kumar Sahu was the chief guest at the valedictory perform held at the RSETI.

Earlier, Suresh Gupta, Director JKBRSETI, Poonch gave a quick presentation on the role of the RSETI.

Provide food to yatris as per diet chart

A 5-member deputation of the representatives of the Shri Amarnath Barfani Langar Organisation (SABLO) referred to as on N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan here nowadays.

The deputation was led by Vijay Thakur, President, and Rajan Gupta, General Secretary of SABLO.

Interacting with the deputation, the Governor emphasised that the langar service ought to be ensured for the Yatris the least bit the identified places until the conclusion of the pilgrimage. He urged the langars to supply food as per the diet chart circulated to them, that takes into consideration the nutritional needs of the Yatris, notably in read of the high altitude and troublesome climate within the Yatra space.

The Governor additionally stressed the crucial importance of maintaining hygienic conditions in and around all langars, throughout the whole Yatra amount, for safeguarding the atmosphere of the world.

The SABLO deputation assured the Governor, who is that the Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, that they'll absolutely regard his direction and devote special attention to maintaining cleanliness within the entire Yatra space, notably in and round the Langar areas. They additionally advance many suggestions for improving the Yatra facilities.

Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor and Chief govt Officer of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, and Preet Pal Singh, further Chief govt Officer of the Board, attended the meeting.

The deputation comprised Pawan Saboo, Chairman, SABLO, Kapil Kapoor and Rajiv Sikri, its Members.

WSS Mata Vaishnodevi pilgrims

Governor, CM inaugurate WSS to fulfill demand of Mata Vaishnodevi pilgrims

 N. N. Vohra, Governor and Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, nowadays jointly inaugurated Rs. 13.65 crore Water provide theme that lifts water from Pai Nallah, near Katra, and provides it to Adhkwari and Bhavan for meeting the necessities of the Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji pilgrims.

With the commissioning of this theme, the water provide has been augmented by six lakh gallons per day, of that four lakh gallons per day are going to be provided to Bhavan and a couple of lakh gallons to Adhkwari.

Inaugurating the theme at Nav Devian, Governor, who is that the Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, observed that the successful completion of this necessary theme is a superb example of the terribly shut coordination between the Shrine Board and therefore the State Government for providing satisfactory facilities and arrangements for the ever growing pilgrimage, that crossed the one crore mark last year.

The Governor observed that the choice to implement the Pai Nallah Water theme was taken at a gathering, stayed fifth September 2009, that was jointly chaired by the Governor and therefore the Chief Minister, where it had been determined that the overall price of the theme would be equally shared by the Shrine Board and therefore the State Government.

The Governor any observed that many alternative similar infrastructural comes, for meeting the necessities of the pilgrimage, have already been completed. He said that the Shrine Board includes a terribly vital stake within the planned and orderly development of the Katra city and every one its surrounding areas and, during this context, he has been having regular periodic conferences with the Chief Minister also like the opposite involved Ministers.

The Governor reiterated the requirement for the look and execution of further water provide schemes to fulfill the longer term needs of the Shrine and therefore the Katra space, each of that are growing at a quick pace. He additionally stressed the requirement for organised efforts for rain water harvesting and watershed programmes being implemented among given time frames. it's additionally necessary for the bottom water aquifers being recharged through massive scale plantation and greening of the world. He mentioned that the Shrine Board has been creating serious efforts during this regard and, within the past 3 years, over 2 lakh saplings have already been planted whereas an equal variety are planned to be place within the ground within the returning months.

The Chief Minister complimented the PHE Department for executing the Pai Nallah project in 2 and a 0.5 years against the initially targeted amount of 3 years. whereas underlining the importance for exploring all doable sources for the augmentation of water provide during this entire space, the Chief Minister informed that the govt. has already taken up another multi crore theme for augmenting the water provide to Katra city.

Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood management, Taj Mohi-ud-Din stated that the Pai Nallah theme, funded equally by the Shine Board and therefore the State Government, has concerned the laying of virtually twelve km of pipeline from the supply to the ultimate outlet. He stated that it's a six-stage theme that includes a thirty,000 GPH filtration plant at Nav Devian.

Amongst others the inauguration ceremony was attended by Nasir Aslam Wani, Minister of State for Home and PHE, Jugal Kishore, MLC, Baldev Raj Sharma, MLA Reasi, Jagjeevan Lal, former Minister, B. D. Sharma, Commissioner/ Secretary PHE, Dr. M. K. Bhandari, further Chief govt Officer, SMVDSB, B. R. Dogra, Chief Engineer, PHE and alternative senior officers of the State Government and therefore the Shrine Board.