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Declare Jammu as heritage city
PDP laid strong foundation of peace,
inter-regional unity in State: Beigh
Excelsior Correspondent
Minister for PHE Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Housing Raman Bhalla, MP Madan Lal
Sharma and others releasing brochure during awareness programme at Jammu on Friday.
Sham, Bhalla, Madan highlight
importance of water sanitation
Excelsior Correspondent
Continuing campaign to generate awareness among various
stakeholders of the society about
the water sanitation and its judicious use, a mega one-day training-cum-awareness programme
was held at Police Auditorium,
here today.
The programme was organized by the Communication and
Capacity Development Unit
(CCDU) in collaboration with
NGO National Development
Foundation (NDF).
Minister for PHE, Irrigation
& Flood Control, Sham Lal
Sharma was chief guest, Minister
for Housing, Horticulture and
Culture, Raman Bhalla was guest
of honour on the occasion.
Member Parliament, Madan Lal
Sharma and MLA, Ashok
Khajuria were special invitees.
Chairman, State Water
Commissioner/Secretary PHE,
Dr.Pawan Kotwal, Deputy
Commissioner, Jammu, A.K.
Sahu, Chief Engineer, PHE,
K.K. Gupta, Superintending
Engineer (Hydraulic), Jammu,
Dr.Narinder Butyal, Chief
Khajuria, engineers, doctors,
Sarpanchs, anganwari workers,
ASHA workers, resource persons on the subject and prominent citizens from different parts
of Jammu district were present
on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion,
Sham Lal Sharma said that
awareness of water sanitation,
conservation and its judicious
use is an important component
of National Rural Drinking
Water Programme (NRDWP)
and PHE Department has been
mandated to implement this programme in letter and spirit. He
asked the concerned to expand
its area of operation at the block
level and conduct frequent
awareness camps to educate the
masses at the bottom level to
achieve the real spirit of the programme.
Sarpanchs/Panchs have greater
responsibility to ensure safe
drinking water and conservation
of water resources in the rural
areas, the Minister asked the
PRIs to play their pro-active role
and full-fill responsibilities in
their jurisdictions. He said that
Panchayat functionaries are the
custodian of Government assets
and schemes in their areas and
they must monitor the activities
in their areas to ensure better
services to the people at the
grass root level.
Raman Bhalla congratulated
the organizers for holding this
important event and asked the
participants to utilize their experience on ground to ensure safe
drinking water to the people. He
stressed the need for holding
such workshops in other areas to
educate the masses about the
water sanitation and conservation. He also called for taking
preventing measures to ensure
judicious use of water.
A speaker during an interaction programme organised by
PHD Chamber of Commerce at Jammu on Friday.
J&K Chapter of PHD Chamber
interacts with Director AAI
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JAMMU, Jan 24: The J&K
Chapter of PHD Chamber of
Commerce & Industry started its
activities for the year here today
with an interaction with Ramesh
Kumar, Director Jammu Airport,
AAI and M Yadalah its DGM.
Speaking on the occasion Mr
Jammu Airport stated that
expansion of Jammu Airport is
taking place and the work is in
progress. He said M/s Anil
Kapahi Construction is executing the project worth 40 crore
which is likely to be completed
by August 2015.
He said the Jammu Airport
will have ultra modern facilities
just like other airports in India.
These facilities included escalators, Aero Brides, FIDs etc, he
Further AAI has a plan for
construction of new turned
building at Beli Charana for
which land acquisition for 137
acres is in progress. The runway extension work which is
pending since long for which
State Government has to provide the land by transferring
Army establishments to other
alternate locations, the State
requested to expedite the same
and handover the land to AAI at
the earliest because it is related
to safety issue.
Vikrant Kuthiala, Chairman
J&K State Committee PHD
Chamber suggested for expeditious completion of runway
extension, increase in number
of X-Ray machines, security
frisking points, increase in seating capacity in both pre and
post security check in areas as
also for provision of proper
arrangements for visitors to the
departure terminal.
He also suggested for creation of a food court, increase
in number of shops in the
departure lounge. In the under
construction arrival terminal,
he suggested for providing
adequate dedicated taxi parking, creation of prepaid taxi
booth and establishment of a
counter for local tour and hotel
operators within the arrival terminal.
Further he stressed on introduction of evening/night flights
and creation of dedicated cargo
The meeting was conducted
by Rajesh Motial and the vote of
thanks was proposed by Rajesh
Madan Lal Sharma called for
close coordination between different agencies to achieve the
common goal of ensuring safe
drinking water and conservation
of water resources. He emphasised the need for organizing
awareness camps on regular
basis at the grass root level by
ensuring massive participation
of people, especially the
Panchayat functionaries to
achieve the objective of
Government programme. He
said safe drinking water is fundamental right of every citizen
and Government should step up
its efforts in this direction.
Dr.Pawan Kotwal while giving details about the functioning
of CCDU and State Level Water
Sanitation Mission said that
Government has adopted a wellknit strategy to generate awareness about the water sanitation
and its usages amongst the general masses at all levels. Besides,
the Government has constituted
District Level Water Sanitation
Missions, headed by concerned
Deputy Commissioners to take
care of the issue. The department
has devised a comprehensive programme to cover all areas by
imparting necessary trainings to
various stakeholders including
Panchayat Members about the
water sanitation and conservation
of traditional water resources.
Various speakers, including
former engineers also spoke on
the occasion and exchanged
measures for sanitation and conservation of water.
Bakaya promises
redressal of Kalika
Nagar residents’ problems
JAMMU, Jan 24: Terming
Jammu as symbol of brotherhood and secularism, former
Deputy Chief Minister and
senior leader of People's
Democratic Party (PDP)
Muzaffar Hussain Beigh today
exhorted residents of all the
three regions of the State to
work unitedly to frustrate evil
designs of forces propagating
divisive agenda for petty political gains.
Addressing meeting of the
PDP Jammu urban, Mr Beigh
appreciated Jammuties for
providing shelters to people
from different regions-irrespective of their caste, creed
and religion, when violence
was on its peak in the State.
He said that during crucial
time people of Jammu maintained communal harmony and
brotherhood and frustrated
evil designs of divisive forces.
Reiterating resolve of PDP
to cement inter-regional relations, Mr Beigh said that
Mohammad Sayeed, who is
crusader of peace, is symbol
of unity and secularism.
"Under the leadership of Mufti
Mohammed Sayeed, PDP has
been propogating the agenda
of peace, unity and reconciliation in this region", he said
and reminded the party workers that with 16 MLAs PDP
has changed political discourse of the State and has laid
strong foundation of peace and
inter-regional unity in the
Vice President Trilok
Singh Bajwa, Senior Leader
Deepender Kour, Ch Hussain
Ali Waffa, Fallail Singh,
Hamid Choudhary, Maj Gen
(retd) R S Jamwal, Dist Presd
R K Bali, Amrik Singh Reen,
Muzaffar Hussain Beigh addressing PDP activists at Jammu
on Friday.
Capt Anil Gour, Suresh tourists. Being a historical
Sharma, Rafiq Malik, Ashiq city Jammu has potential to
Jogi, develop as heritage city.
Rajender Manhas, Kuljeet
It was also demanded that
Singh Jamwal, A V Gupta, Jammu district should be
Ashok Bhat, Ashok Siddah, declared as separate tourist
Mohinder Kotwal, Chaman destination. A separate tourist
Angral, R S Billoria, Puneet circuit should be announced
Jamwal, Jitender Bhat, M K for Jammu district.
Bhat, Susheela Jamwal, Anju
Jammu region has potential
Bhan, Vikram Singh and others were present in the meet- to develop as biggest industrial centre. There is a need to
"Before 2002 there were start some big industrial units
complaints of discrimination in Jammu. Setting up of such
with Jammu region but PDP big industrial units would proled Government under the vide employment to unemleadership
Mufti ployed youth and would also
had help in creating indirect
carved out a path of inclusive employment for number of
development and growth in youth, party demanded.
the State", he said and listed
various steps which were
taken under PDP regime to
remove discrimination with
different regions and subregions of the State.
Earlier in the meeting of
the Jammu urban, PDP
demanded that all historical
places of Jammu should be
preserved as heritage sites.
In the meeting a resolution
was passed with one voice. In
the resolution party demanded
that Mubarak Mandi, Bahu
Fort and other historical
places should be declared as
heritage sites to attract
Talwara migrants stage dharna, demand
relief as per SC judgment
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JAMMU, Jan 24: Former
Chief Secretary and MLC Vijay
Bakaya assured the residents of
Kalika Nagar Lower Muthi that
all steps will be taken to solve
their problems of drinking water
and power.
Addressing the meeting of the
residents of the area organized by
Kalika Nagar Residents Welfare
Association (KNRWA), Mr
Bakaya assured them sanction of
electric poles, ration depot and
prompt gas delivery in their locality. He also assured them that for
this purpose money will be sanctioned from his Constituency
Development Fund (CDF).
The residents after pinning
high hopes on Mr Bakaya
appealed him to solve their long
pending demands. On the occasion 20 members of the area also
joined NC.
The meeting was also attended by working president NC
Minority Cell M K Yogi, other
leaders, S N Dhar, Pinky Bhat and
Rajnath Fotedar. While Capt
(retd) Subash Chander, A K
Pandita and Inderjit Sharma were
among the prominent members of
Residents Association who
attended the meeting.
REASI, Jan 24: Talwara
migrants today staged a massive dharna in front of the
office of District Magistrate
(DM) here, demanding relief
as per SC judgment.
Hundreds of militancyaffected
Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur
and Doda districts resorted
to a massive dharna in front
of the DM office this morning. They were demanding
implementation of 2007
Supreme Court direction to
the Government of India to
migrants) the cash relief at
par with the Kashmiri
Addressing the protesting
migrants, Prof Bhim Singh,
Chief Patron of National
Panthers Party (NPP) and
Member of NIC accused NCCongress
Government in J&K of ignoring Jammu Migrants.
The State Government is
forcing the Talwara migrants
to starve and die in distress
only because they are from
Jammu Pradesh, he said and
Government that Supreme
Court in July 2007 had
Government as well as State
Government to pay Rs 21
crore to the Jammu Migrants
as arrears because they had
not been provided any relief
since 2004.
Prof Bhim Singh said
that the Supreme Court had
referred a contempt petition to the High Court of
J&K in 2009 for appropriate action, but the High
Court has not been able to
ensure implementation of
his own order in four years,
he regretted.
He alleged that half of the
migrants who were determined and approved by the
Government have been deleted from the list of the
The migrants in a resolution decided to march to
Delhi and stage dharna in
front of Parliament in
February 2014 to seek
implementation of Supreme
Court order.
Govt re-constitutes State Innovation Council
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JAMMU, Jan 24: The State
Government has re-constituted the
State Innovation Council for promoting innovation in Jammu and
Headed by the Chief
Secretary as its Chairman, the
23-member Council comprises
of Administrative Secretaries of
different departments, ViceChancellors of five State universities, Directors of different
institutes and presidents of
Chamber of Commerce Jammu
The council will encourage
young talent and local universitiesc Colleges, medium and small
scale industries and R&D
Institutes besides preparing an
innovation roadmap 2010-2020
for the State. It will map opportunities for innovation in the State
and identify and reward talent in
innovation and disseminate success stories.
Further, the council will organize seminars, lecturers and workshops on innovations to educate
public at large and serve as a platform for exchange of information
on innovation among concerned
Administrative Secretaries of
Planning and Development
Department, Finance, Science and
Technology, Agriculture, R&B,
RDD and Panchayti Raj, Health
and Medical Education, Higher
Education Department, Youth
Services and Sports, Tourism
Department are the members of
this Innovation Council.
The Vice-Chancellors of
Jammu University, Kashmir
University, SKUAST-Jammu,
SKUAST-Kashmir and SMVDU,
Innovation Council and Directors
of SKIMS Srinagar, Indian
Institute of Integrative Medicine
Jammu, Executive Director of
Entrepreneurship Development
Institute and Director National
Institute of Technology, Srinagar
are other members of this Council.
Protest against police,
people block road
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Residents of Sunderbani town
including traders today came out
on the road and held protest
demonstration against police for its
failure to solve the theft cases in
the area.
The local shopkeepers and residents assembled in the main market and then took out of protest
march against local police authorities. They alleged that last night
thieves broke into two shops in the
main market and decamped with
cash and other items while several
houses in the area were burgled in
last one week. The police has
failed to prevent the thefts and
trace the burglers.
The protesters then moved to
the Jammu-Rajouri-Poonch highway and blocked it for about half
an hour. Later, with the intervention of Additional SP Nowshera,
Parshotam Sharma, the people lifted dharna. He assured the public to
solve the cases and also pull up the
concerned police staff. The traffic
remained disrupted for half an
hour on the busy road.
Dogri adaptation of Kannada
play concludes Theatre Fest
Lalit Gupta
JAMMU, Jan 24: Theatre
Festival-2013, organized by
Jammu and Kashmir Academy
of Art, Culture and Languages,
concluded with presentation of
Dogri play X-Reflection by
Women auditorium, here today.
Directed by Abhishek Bharti
and adapted in Dogri by Kumar
A Bharti, the play originally in
Kannada, titled 'Siri Sampige'
by Chandrashekhara Kambara,
is based on a Kannada folk tale
about a prince who has a human
and a serpent form.
In the play the prince, who in
search of the perfect woman
makes his relatives to cut his
body into pieces and put him
into pots. When pots are finally
opened a Nagraj appears out of
one of the pots and disappears
while from the other the prince
who becomes himself again,
comes out.
Unable to find his perfect
mate, Prince marries Siri
Sampige (Shampa in Dogri).
But refuses to be with her and
continues his search instead.
The Nagraj after seeing
Shampa is being rejected by her
husband takes the form of the
Prince and is with Shampa who
becomes pregnant. Upon
refusal by Prince to accept the
child, Shampa undergoes a
'priksha' and the prince has to
accept the pregnancy. The
unhappy Prince comes to know
about the snake. When Shampa
reveals that it was the Nagraj
who took form of the prince,
while being with her, the prince
knows now that it was the
whole time his other self who
was with Siri and he can finally
A scene from the Dogri play X-Reflection performed on
accept her and the child. In the
The other highlights of the
end, the prince in a fit of jeal- play were appropriate design of
ousy kills the Nagraj and dies masks, lights, background score,
himself. Thus fulfilling the sound effects and make up. A
ancient prophecy that he will well-knit production, which saw
die upon the death of his broth- all the departments working in
unison, the play came out as a
Today's performance incor- befitting finale of the theatre
porated a mix of folk style and festival.
modern theater languages like
The cast included Akshay
Body Theater and mime. Razdan as Prince, Surbhi as
Complimenting the Dogri Shampa, Rishi Kumar as
script, today's presentation by Nagraj, Priyanka Thakur as
using native dance poetry Maharani, Aditya Bharti as
forms like Kud, 'Haran', 'Yatr' Sunder, Abhishek Sharma as
and 'Kaarak', came out as Nat, Neha Bhat as Nati, Rishav
ingenious endeavor that along Satti as Wazir, Kanav Sharma as
with 'sutradhar' included ele- Dyala, Amandeep Sharma as
ments of dance, drama, narra- Sarpanch, Rakesh Dogra as
tion, song, sex, death and reli- Lambardar, Garu Ram as Jogi,
gion. With the result the dra- Lalit Sharma as Haran\Samant,
matic experience for audience while in chorus were Tejan
was like participating and shar- Bharti, Rahul Sharma, Allen,
ing a religious ritual in the form Niharika Sakshi, Shubangi
of a play.
Dhamir and Aditya Gupta.