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Book containing history of 446 Sufi Saints released in Jammu, Dec 24th, 2013

Book containing history of 446 Sufi Saints released in Jammu Jammu, Dec 24 (Only Kashmir): The first ever comprehensive and consolidated history of Sufi Saints “Tareekh-i-Auliya-i-Jammu-wa-Kashmir” written by prominent historian, poet and critic and former bureaucrat, Mr. Wali Mohammad Bhat popularly known as Aseer Kishtwari was released by Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather here in Jammu. Former Minister and MLA, Mr. G. M. Saroori, Chairman Kashmir Times Group of Publications Jammu, Mr. Ved Bhasin, Padma Shri Mohammad Yousuf Taing, literary personalities, and scholars besides Vice Chancellor, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri, Prof Irshad Ahmed Hamal were present. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rather lauded the literary contribution of Aseer Kishtwari especially for writing history about Sufi Saints in J&K. He said writing on such sensitive subjects was important for bringing peace and consolation in the society which is badly reeling under influx of modern waywardness and materialist outlook. He said writers have a pivotal role to play in eradicating evils from the society. He appreciated Aseer Kishtwari for writing first of its kind integrated book on Sufi saints of the State. He said that by compilation of “Tareekh-i-Auliya-i-Jammu-wa-Kashmir” Aseer Kishtwari has rediscovered the life and contribution of nearly 446 sufi saints, who were the symbols of simplicity, brotherhood and unity in our society. The people of the J&K State have great respect for these Gods-men whose religious contribution is exemplary, Rather added. He said message and life style of saints was important to get inspiration for living a simple and tension free life. Appreciating the literary works of Aseer Kishtwari, Rasa Javedani Literary Society and Jammu and Kashmir Urdu forum, Mr. Ved Bhasin said that these non-government organizations have really revived the tradition of conducting literary programmes at a large scale. He added that the people of Jammu without any discrimination, creed, colour and faith attend the shrines of the Sufi Saints on every Thursday and strengthen the love for unity in diversity at their thresholds. He appreciated the work done by Aseer in the field of art and literature and hoped Aseer will continue with such endeavours in future also. Mr. G. M. Saroori in his address said that we are proud of Aseer Kishtwari for having contributed in the field of literature. It was for his sincere literary efforts and achievements that the State Award was given to him by the J&K Government. He suggested the writer to search out the hidden literary and socio-cultural treasure of the State, in general and Chenab Valley in particular. Prof Hamal urged for bringing all the religious places of the State on the tourism map of the country so that common people could be benefitted by their message and thoughts. He also urged for following the foot prints of Sufi saints to make the society evil free. Mohammad Yousaf Taing in his presidential address described the book released as one of the most important and updated additions about the history of Auliya-Allah. He said though books like Wakat-e-Kashmir, Tareekh-i-Hussan and Tareekh-i-Kabir-Kashmir have already been written by Mohammad Azam Deedmari, Peer Ghulam Hussan Koihami and Haji Mohi-ud-Din Miskeen Saraibali, yet much more was to be preserved and documented. He further added that Aseer Kishtwari’s book is worth reading and can help in searching out undiscovered areas in future. Earlier Prof Shohab Inayat Malik, Director, Centre for Professional Studies in Urdu in his welcome address, highlighted the programme arranged by his centre and its non-government literary society and forum for promotion of Urdu language and Basheer Bhaderwahi and Dr. Abdul Rashid Manhas presented their paper and highlighted the main features of Asser’s book.

Kichloo cautioned people against communal forces, received warm reception on his arrival at Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Dec 23: The party activists today give a rousing reception to Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo on his arrival at Kishtwar helipad. Kichloo who accompanied by NC Provincial President Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani during his brief stay at Kishtwar cautioned the party leaders and workers against the communal forces who wants to divide the people on the name of religious. Kichloo advice the party workers to remain united to fight the communal forces working in Kishtwar and adjoining Districts to destabilize the peace and tranquility not only in Kishtwar, but in entire Jammu division. While interacting with local media persons at helipad Kishtwar, Kichloo said that his resignation and re-induction as Minister of State is an old chapter now and added that his focus is now only on developmental agenda of Kishtwar District. He said that several developmental agenda in Kishtwar District got stuck in wake of the aftermath of August 9 this year Kishtwar communal clashes. He said that people of Kishtwar must need to focus on betterment of Sardak, Bijli and Pani and urged the people not to fall prey to the communal forces who want to hoodwink the peace agenda. He said that during his next visit in few days, he will hold a review meeting with administration and other agencies with regard to various developmental works presently undergoing in Kishtwar District. In a question regarding release of compensation in favour of Kishtwar riots victims, Kichloo said that he had held a discussion with concern officer for speedy disposal of compensation of Kishtwar and Padder riots victims. He said that he will himself monitored the disbursement of compensation among the riots victims and will give special focus towards this issue during his first full visit to Kishtwar District post his re-induction into council of ministers. He also urged the political class of Kishtwar District to rise above party politics and support his peace and development agenda of Kishtwar District. He said that upgradation of Malipath to Kuleed road is also on his top priority. He refuses to comment over the Justice Gandhi commission report and question rose by BJP on Justice Gandhi report. “What I only want to say that I was an innocent, my heart is clear and God is with me who understand my heart and brought my innocence to public through the medium of Justice Gandhi report.” Said Sajjad Kichloo

Azad visit residence of Kishtwar communal riots victims

Pays obeisance at shrines of 17th century Sufi saints

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar November 15: Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today visited the residence of two Kishtwar communal riots victims and expressed his grief and sorrow over the loss of life in August 9 Kishtwar Communal violence. Azad before heading for Bunjwah as per schedule visited the house of Arvind Raj Baghat and Bashir Ahmed Moochi of Sangrabata Kishtwar. During his visit to the homes of victims, the family members of the deceased put forth their views before Union Minister and demanded justice for the family members who lost their lives in communal violence. Earlier Azad also visited the shrines of 17th century Sufi saints Hazrat Shah Mohammad Fareed-ud-Din Baghdadi (RTA) and Hazrat Shah Mohammad Asrar-ud-Din Baghdadi (RTA) and prayed for the peace and tranquility of Kishtwar and state of Jammu and Kashmir. Both the shrines are considered as symbol of communal harmony and brotherhood as people from both the communities pays obeisance at both the shrines every day. While addressing a mammoth public rally at Nalli Bunjwah Kishtwar said that focused attention needs to be placed on the development of rural and hilly areas of the state. He said the benefits of different state and centrally sponsored schemes must percolate down to the poor people. He asked the people to join the electoral process at all levels so that the upcoming generation was provided a better atmosphere. “Election is the only way through which people express their feelings and aspirations; all our schemes will not be benefited until a democratic set up is established in every sphere, including political and economic,” Azad said. The Union Health Minister was hopeful that when the power projects of Erstwhile Doda district will be completed in the area, it will change the fortunes of people of the state. “I hope these power project will bring happiness among people of Jammu and Kashmir and strengthen our state in terms of development. Mr. Azad also told the gathering that the UPA Government has initiated lot of development projects in the State especially on health front. He announced 10 bedded hospitals with three posts of doctors including one female gynecologist, Doctor Quarter, building for PHC Nali at a cost of 4 crores and also announced same for PHC Patnazi to improve health scenario in the Bunjwah, beside assured Degree College and a sports stadium to be constructed in Bunjwah area with the help of financial assistance from centre. He said that by the end of 2014, entire Bunjwah area will be electrified. Azad directed state R&B Minister to immediately construct Dak Bunglow at Nali Bunjwah and complete the road from Thathri to Jalapur which is been constructed under CRF at an earliest, so that people will avail maximum benefit from these schemes besides directed Minister for Sports and Minister for PHE to sanction one stadium for Bunjwah and immediately submit a DPR of Canal Kankore Patnazi to Binoon Nali as there is shortage of water in the area due to this canal people would get better water facility and will curb the water crisis in the area. He assured people of Bunjwah that he will meet with Union HRD Minister and next year College will be sanctioned for Bunjwah and added that he will write to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for police recruitment in Bunjwah, Khara, Saroor, Sarthal, Chatroo and other far flung areas as was announced by him as a Chief Minister. He stress upon the people to maintain peace and communal harmony so that the development agenda set by the UPA government could be implemented in totality. Saroori, while addressing the public meetings, said that Azad is the Congress leader who gave an entirely new direction to the development and clean politics in Jammu and Kashmir. “You can see that Congress will play a crucial role in the formation of next Government in J&K. “Whether anyone from the two (National Conference and People’s Democratic Party) shall remain in power or not (after 2014 Assembly elections), Congress will remain in power in coalition with any of the two, Congress party is sure to form next government in J&K and union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad would be chief minister. Expressing his heartfelt gratitude to the Union Minister for evincing personal interest in the development of Inderwal, Saroori said that Azad left no stone unturned in giving fillip to several sectors related to common masses by providing liberal funding from the central government. He hoped that the state in general and Inderwal in particular would receive affectionate patronage from Azad in future also. MP Lal Singh in his address said liberal funding by central government, a revolution of progress and prosperity had been recorded in Jammu and Kashmir during the last ten years beside said he had given Rs two lack each from his MPLAD funds to each panchayat of Inderwal Constituency for the development of Inderwal. Earlier, Azad laid foundation stone of 100 bedded hospitals at Gandoh Bhaleesa at an estimated cost of Rs. 53 crores. On this occasion Senior Congress Leader and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, Member of Parliament Udhampur-Doda constituency Ch. Lal Singh, Senior Congress Leaders including Haji Mohammad Shafi, Congress Block President Drabshallah block Mohammad Iqbal Keen, Khalid Sheikh, Farooq Want, Mohd Shafi, haji Noor Mohammad, Ch Issaq, Mushtaq Hap, Ch Masoodi, Vinod Kumar, Ch Misroo, Shamas Din, Akhtar Tatani, Sabdar Hussain, Asgar Khangi, Mansoor Ahmed, Mushtaq Hajam, National Conference block president drabshallah block Tariq keen and people in large were present to listen the view of son of the soil Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Kishtwar communal violence, Azad came in defense of Kichloo

Kichloo was in constant touch with me during Kishtwar riots: Azad

Kishtwar November 15: Former MoS Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo who was force to resign from his ministry in wake of aftermath of August 9 Kishtwar communal violence get support from Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. Azad during a public meeting while silencing the critics of Kichloo said that he (Sajjad) was in constant touch with him on the said day. He said that on the request of Sajjad Kichloo, he take up the matter with defense ministry for speedy deployment of army in Kishtwar town and its adjoining areas. Azad while hailing the role played by Kichloo during Kishtwar riots said that Kichloo was himself targeted by the rioters with the motive to kill him. He said that Kichloo through all day briefed him about the Kishtwar related developments with regard to riots. He said that despite being attacked by the rioters, Kichloo preferred to stay on in the riot hit town and made every possible attempt to restore peace and normalcy in Kishtwar.

Tehreek baqa-e-urdu releases Music album “Diluk Chaak”

GK NEWS NETWORK SmallerDefaultLarger Kishtwar, Sep 29: Tehreek baqa-e-urdu of Chenab valley today released a Kashmiri music album “Diluk Chaak” for the lovers of Kashmiri music living abroad. The impressive release function was presided over by the “Tehreek baqa-e-urdu” head Chenab Valley, Dr. Tariq Tamkeen and District President TBU Kishtwar Advocate Sheikh Nasir Hussain. After releasing the album, Dr. Tariq Tamkeen said that “Diluk Chaak” is a beautiful collection of Kashmiri songs written by the prominent poets of Kishtwar and sung by the renowned Kashmiri singers Naseem-ul-Haq and Shazia Bashir. He said that thousands of CDs of the album which is a master piece of M.T.I productions will be sent to USA, UK, UAE and other countries for thousands of lovers of kashmiri music living there. He extended his thanks to Javed Rashid Sheikh chairman Tariq Memorial Trust, who has been an inspiring force for the unit to launch the production. Dr. Tamkeen informed that the revenue generated from the sale of the album will be deposited in the accounts of Tariq Memorial Trust and the same will be utilized for the charity purposes. District President “Tehreek baqa-e-urdu” Kishtwar Advocate Sheikh Nasir Hussain, congratulated MTI production, Tariq Memorial Trust, singers Naseem ul Haq and Shazia Bashir as well as poets of Kishtwar Ulfat Kishtwari, Rehmat Ali Rehmat and Gulab Saifi on the release of the music album. He said that the album contains a very unique collection of songs which will be liked by one and all. Among others secretary “Tehreek baqa-e-urdu” Kishtwar Tauseef Iqbal Butt and Danish Kabir also spoke on the occasion and appealed the people to purchase the album as by doing so besides enjoying soulful music, they would also participate in the charity.

Masked men of Kishtwar By Amitabh Mattoo, Wed Aug 14 2013

The anger of a lost generation threatens the idea of J&K Known in the past as the land of sapphires and saffron, Kishtwar today is a metaphor for the larger collapse of the idea of Jammu and Kashmir. Once, the state’s greatest strength was its rich cultural, linguistic, religious and geographical diversity. Today, as most of these identities have morphed into shrill, polarised and communally charged monsters, the real danger to J&K is from within. Unless the nation acts today, the state is sure to implode tomorrow. For, much of what we are witnessing is a consequence of the warped and short-sighted policies of the Centre and the state. Kishtwar, contrary to the instant commentaries that have appeared in the press, was not always a communal cauldron. I went there first as a child, only a few months old, in 1962, and stayed on till 1964. My father was posted as a divisional forest officer and as a young married couple, some of my parents’ best memories are from their time in Kishtwar: picnics in the great meadow, the chowgan, driving along the mighty Chenab and the warmth and simplicity of the Kishtwari people. Every year, they went on horseback for the two-day yatra of Sri Sarthal Deviji, 30 kilometres from Kishtwar, and all the logistics — from the horses and the tents to the food — were arranged by the Kishtwari Muslims. Unlike the adjoining (the more developed and literate) Bhaderwah, there was virtually no communal tension, and as the sun set, everyone would rush home, lest the mythical dayans (witches with twisted feet) of the town preyed on them. There was harmony, a gentle togetherness and a resilience that prevailed until militancy overwhelmed the state in the 1990s. Indeed, in the 1960s, Kishtwar’s greatest singer and poet, Ghulam Nabi Doolwal (Jaanbaaz) wrote what was his most popular song: “Maanun tse peyee, sahib chhu kunuyee, yaa yetti maanun yaa taetti maanun (Accept you must that the lord is the same, whether you accept it here or you accept it there).” What we are witnessing across the state today is the ugliest form of regional and sub-regional chauvinism and sectarianism. And this is being articulated through what the Italian anthropologist Simone Mestroni describes as an assertion of “masculinity”, which seems to define the culture of protests in the state. The masked men of Kishtwar, the arsonists of Jammu and the stone pelters of the Valley are the angry young men of a lost generation. Is there a way forward? Yes, if there is an-all party national consensus on the following minimum agenda. First, recognise that a J&K fragmented by sharp, conflicting identities is not in anyone’s interest. There is a misperceived and dangerous idea, floating as a doctrine within the Indian establishment, that the less united the people, the easier it will be to manage them. This policy of divide and rule led to the partition of the country, and has accelerated demands for a trifurcation of the state. Second, admit that there are deeply alienated young men across the state whose anger needs to be addressed through multiple initiatives. Jason Burke recently wrote in The Guardian of the possible emergence of a militancy led by educated young men in the Valley, and this anger is by no means restricted to Kashmir. Third, do not reward chauvinism. Chauvinism is contagious, as we saw during the Amarnath land row controversy, and appeasement of chauvinists is a short-sighted policy fraught with dangerous consequences. To give you a personal, anecdotal example. In 2010, Kapil Sibal, then HRD minister, asked me to be the first vice chancellor of the Central University of Jammu. I was reluctant to go in the first place, but as the news spread, there were protests in Jammu on the grounds that I was Kashmiri and pro-Kashmiri, despite having served as vice chancellor of the University of Jammu for six years. While I had no intention of going, I was still personally advised by the political leadership in the country to turn down the offer, as it could lead to instability in the state. Subsequently, a retired IAS officer from Jammu was appointed. If the republic of India is ready to compromise even on the appointment of a vice chancellor, will this not give a fillip to regional chauvinism? Fourth, restore faith in the process of dialogue. Few people have any faith left in the dialogue after being repeatedly let down, and especially after the report of the three interlocutors was given short shrift by the home ministry. It will take time, effort and a national consensus before the people of the state regain trust in the intentions of New Delhi, but the investment is well worth it. Finally, make the state government accountable. The impression being created is that the coalition government has been given a carte blanche; this is deeply counter-productive in a state like J&K. In 2005, the prime minister made one of his finest speeches. He said: “Jammu and Kashmir is the finest expression of the idea of India. Diversity of faith, culture, geography and language has traditionally never been a source of conflict. In fact, the people of this state celebrated diversity and lived in harmony for most of the time. We now need to revive those bonds and that spirit of accommodation and mutual respect, even while we sit down, in good faith, to resolve many of our genuine differences. My vision, I have stated many times before, is to build a Naya Jammu and Kashmir which is symbolised by peace, prosperity and people’s power. As I have often said, real empowerment is not about slogans. Only when every man, woman and child, from Ladakh to Lakhanpur and from Kargil to Kathua through Kashmir, feels secure, in every sense of the word, can we truly say that people have been empowered.” There is still time, even in the final months of his government, for Manmohan Singh to redeem that pledge, even if partially. I returned to Kishtwar only in 2003, as vice chancellor of the University of Jammu, and the town had bounced back to harmony and relative prosperity due to the ongoing Dulhasti hydel project. I went for the Urs of the patron saint of the region, Hazrat Shah Asraruddin Baghdadi, and praying for peace in the state, I tied a thread at his shrine. I am looking forward to the day I can go back to untie that thread.

5.4 magnitude earthquake jolts Chenab valley with Kishtwar as epicentre.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar August 2: A massive earthquake of 5.4 magnitude on Richter scale shook many parts of Chenab Valley on Friday morning causing panic among the local people who rush out of their houses. The fresh series of earthquake after May 1st and May 14th 2013 causes wide spread destruction to government and public property. As per MET department, the epicentre of the earthquake is 14 KM east of Kishtwar (33.32 N; 75.92 E) took place at 8.02.51 AM at the depth of 40 KM beneath the earth. The shocks of fresh earthquake was felt across Chenab region including Doda, Bhaderwah, Gandoh, Thatri, Bhunzwah, Banihal, Chatroo, Padder and other major towns of the region. Due to this fresh earthquake the houses who suffered cracks in May 1st and May 14th has develop further creaks. The earthquake was followed by heavy spells of rains forcing the people to stay out of their houses. Due to the fresh tremor, nearly a dozen houses in Kishtwar and Doda district suffered massive damages. Meanwhile 32 year old women identified as Rubina Begum wife of Iqlak Ahmed resident of Sangrabata Kishtwar got injured when she slipped from a ladder while running for the cover at the time of the earthquake. Rubina received serve injuries at her back and was hospitalized in severe pain at District Hospital Kishtwar. Administrations and police of Doda region has also sounded alert in remote areas to check the losses and to keep any eye on the situation arises due to fresh earthquake. It is pertinent to mention that over 80 % resident houses in entire Doda region develops cracks in May 1st and May 14th 2013 earthquakes. As per the government assignment revealed in a joint meeting chaired by Group of Ministers (GoM) and officers of different departments at Doda in May, in May 1st and May 14th midnight earthquake in Doda district alone 29,000 houses have been reportedly damaged partially, 10500 severely and 655 fully. Similarly, in Kishtwar district 18000 houses have been reported partially damaged, 2700 severely and 70 fully. While in Ramban district private property worth Rs. 15 lakh has been reported as damaged whereas government property worth Rs 1.5 crore has also been reported damaged. In Doda district government property worth over 80 crore has been damaged and in Kishtwar Rs 12-14 crore has been reported as loss to the government property. In Doda District 494 schools, 12 PHCs and 273 Community Centers have been damaged severely. Similarly in Kishtwar 374 schools have been reported as damaged, beside the earthquake claims the life of two persons and injuries to nearly 90, mostly the school children’s. Even though various political parties assured the people about special package from centre, but even after three months, the people of Doda region even not get a single penny as compensation. To add the worries of earthquake affected victims, Doda administration about fortnight ago issued order for returning of tents given to the earthquake victims, among them many still spend their sleepless nights in open as they have lost their shelter in the natural disaster. As per details over 50 aftershocks were reported in the area since May 1, 2013 earthquake.

PM, Sonia talks tough on terror, pays tribute of army personals killed in Srinagar attack

Laid foundation stone of country’s 1st ever tariff based 850 MW Rattle HEP at Kishtwar. Omar vouches for transferring of 390 Dool-Hasti Power project to State. Azad sought relief package for earthquake victims of Chenab valley.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar June 25: Talking tough on terror, Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh today said that whole national stood united to deal with the terrorism threat and added that terrorist will never succeeded in fulfilling its nefarious design. Mr. Singh along with the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was in Kishtwar today to lay the foundation stone to countries 1st ever Tariff based 850 MHW Rattle Hydro Electric Power project to be constructed on river Chenab at Drabshala village of Kishtwar District. The project has been awarded to Hyderabad based G.V.K company and the same will be completed within 5 years over the cost of 6000 crore rupees . This project will have a 133 meter high concrete gravity dam from the deepest foundation level located on River Chenab, beside the intake for auxiliary power house located at the right bank , the power house of size 168×24.5x49m housing four number main units of 205 MW each and one unit of 30 MW for auxiliary power house . Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh along with Sonia Gandhi and accompanied by Governor N.N Vohra, Chief Minister Omer Abdullah, Union Health minister G.N. Azad and Ambika Soni arrived at Kishtwar helipad exactly at 10 AM and during one hour long program, beside Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah also address the mammoth gathering of over 30000 people assembled at Chowghan ground Kishtwar for their heroic welcome. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his address paid tribute to the security personnel who lost their lives at Kashmir while fighting with the militants and cautioned that the anti national elements will never succeed in their nefarious design as the people of the country are standing united against the militants . “On this occasion I would like to pay tribute to those soldiers who lost their lives while fighting the terrorist in Srinagar yesterday… I would like to clear that whole country is united as far as dealing with the terrorism is concern and will assure you that terrorists will never succeeded in fulfilling its nefarious designs” Manmohan Singh said. Expressing his happiness over the working of project management of 850 MW Rattle project, Mr. Singh said that before start of this project all the sanctions has been obtained , and provision of Rs. 262 crore for Environmental Management rehabilitation and resettlement has been kept which will be utilized simultaneously during the execution of project. He further express his faith on state government and said that the state government will take necessary steps enabling the people living in project area to get their right which includes the benefits under national resettlement and rehabilitation policy regarding employment and enhancement in local requirements. He further said that the project will be completed in February 2018 and due to joint effort, J&K State is leading towards development, apart from other aspects the better supply of electricity will play vital role to create the way of fast development . Since there is hydroelectric potential of 14000 MW on river Chenab , Jehlum, and Sind and out of which only 2500 MW has been channelized. He said that the Centre Government and State Government will take all steps to canalize the remaining hydroelectric potential . He said that quota of electricity supply from other stations for J&K State has been enhanced to 1664 MW and added that despite enhancing the quota; the J&K State is still reeling from power crises. He said that for overcoming to the power crises situation, 150 MW electricity will be supplied to J&K state. He said that apart from this, 89 MW electricity will be available to state after completion of Chutak and Numbuz HE projects. He said that NHPC Ltd, have taken control over 5 Industrial Training Institutes for modern technical education and will take 2 more ITI’s under its control shortly. He said that not only this, but the NHPC will further open one Hydro Training institute at Kangan near Ganderbal for which MOU has already been signed . He said that a proposal for Srinagar –Leh transmission line having cost of Rs. 629 Crore has been prepared to ensure the throughout year power supply to Ladhak region. He said during year 2004 , Rs. 37000 crore was earmarked for 67 projects and schemes in Jammu and Kashmir and added that out of which only 34 projects and schemes has been completed . Crediting the UPA Government, Dr. Manmohan Singh said that due to introduction of Himayat and Uddan Schemes, the youths of J&K State are able to get the better professional education out of state with scholarships. He further said that the target set for achieving the desire developmental goal in Jammu and Kashmir, people of Jammu and Kashmir must continue its participation in democratic process which can be judged from heavy voter turnout in recently held elections (Panchayat and Assembly elections). He said that people participation in democratic process is essential at all levels which express the desires of people. He also made a sincere appeal to the people for participation in democratic process. Earlier while welcoming to the visit of Prime Minister , Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister Omer Abdullah said that although the J&K State is not figuring in the poverty stricken state , but it is admitted fact that J&K State has no royal mine like other states except tourism and Power Potential and thus mostly depends on Centre Government for help and added that fortunately the UPA Government is always fulfilling the demand of the people of the state. Omar apprehends that if any other Government sitting in the centre having no affection with J&K State , in case of refusal, all the developmental works of state will hamper. He demanded special package under PMRP 2nd for providing the road connectivity, and Rs. 600 crore for providing the permanent structures to Earthquake victims of erstwhile District Doda , the same demand was also projected by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Strongly advocating transfer of 390 MW Dool-Hasti Hydro Electric Power Project to Jammu and Kashmir to enable it address increasing power supply demand and strengthen economy, Omar Abdullah said that bulk production of hydro power in the State is only way forward to ensure socio-economic welfare of the State. He also requests the Prime Minister to implement working group recommendations headed by Ranga Rajan. Omar Abdullah said that State Government with the help of Union Government is endeavoring to harness the rich hydro electric potential of the State. “We want to generate surplus electricity to supply it to other parts of the Country and lay strong edifice for the economic growth and welfare of the State” Said Omar. He said that State Government has already taken up the matter of transfer of Dool-Hasti HEP to Jammu and Kashmir with the Union Government and hope that the same will be fulfilled. “On this occasion, I would like to press the demand of the people of the State before the UPA Chairperson and Prime Minister for transfer of Dool-Hasti HEP to the State” said Omar Abdullah while thanking them for their highest support to Jammu and Kashmir for its holistic development. Omar Abdullah said that during the last 9 years, UPA Government at the Centre under the Chairmanship of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi has extended extra-ordinary economic support to the State. He lauded the keenness of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi to see Jammu and Kashmir developing fast. He sought her support for harnessing the vast hydro electric potential of Jammu and Kashmir. “At present whenever we feel financial requirements we come to the UPA Government led by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi for support. We get it freely for the keen interest of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi in the development of the State and its people said Omar Abdullah. Omar Abdullah said that large number of houses have damaged in erstwhile Doda District in the devastating earthquake besides severe damage to public infrastructure. “We hope that the Union Government would come forward and help the affected families to reconstruct their houses” said Omar Abdullah. He said that with the tapping of two great resources of ‘water and natural beauty’ possessed by Jammu and Kashmir could transform the economic and development scenario of the State. Underlying the need for linking Doda, and Kishtwar districts with the Valley for economic welfare and round the year accessibility, Omar Abdullah sought Central funding for construction of Sanghpora-Villo Tunnel. He said construction of this tunnel is of cherished desire of the people of the area and they are looking forward to the Union Government for financial support for the construction of this tunnel. Chief Minister also remembered the sacrifices of soldiers who lost their lives in protecting the State and the Country, and to restore peace in Jammu and Kashmir. He showed solidarity with the forces lauding their bravery and highest degree of service for the Country and the people. While condemning the Monday’s terrorist attack on Army near Hyderpora Srinagar in which precious lives of soldiers were lost, and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and the Army. Omar Abdullah said that the efforts of the Union and State Governments have yielded positive results on peace and development fronts adding that peace is gradually rooting in the State. “Some elements inimical to peace don’t want the situation to become conducive and people live a normal life. They are always in search of occasions to disturb tranquility”, he said and maintained that the people will isolate these elements and foil their attempts. The Chief Minister referred to the benefits of Rs. 6000 crore 850 MW Rattle HEP, first of its kind in the Country to be constructed in the Private Sector, and said that the global bidding on tariff basis and participation of reputed power companies in the bidding has ensured transparency of the project being executed by the J&K State Power Development Corporation. Speaking on this occasion, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad also highlighted the benefits of Rattle HEP and said that it would enhance the economic activities in the area. Presenting resume of the backwardness of erstwhile Doda District, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that it was for this reason that during his tenure as Chief Minister of the State, Doda District was bifurcated into three districts under a historic decision. He also referred to the shortcomings of the area in connection with accessibility and said that he had got conducted the survey during his tenure in the area about the availability of road communication which was found to be only 5 percent and lowest in the Country. “Though under PMGSY road connectivity of this area is being attended holistically, yet there is need of Rs. 750 crores to complete the ongoing road projects”, he said and sought the help of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and Dr. Manmohan Singh in this regard. He also referred to the recent earthquake in Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban Districts and sought philanthropic package from the Union Government for the people of earthquake hit areas so that they could construct their houses before the onset of winter. Ghulam Nabi Azad also highlighted the potential of Chenab Valley regarding generation of hydro electricity and referred to some projects in the area launched and inaugurated by Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. In her address Sonia Gandhi also paid tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives while fighting the militants in Srinagar yesterday. She also lauded the role of Indian forcing presently contributing in relief and rescue operation in disaster hit Utrakhand. Mrs. Gandhi said that her mother-in-law Late Indra Gandhi and her husband Rajeev Gandhi had much concern with this region. While recalling their efforts, Sonia Gandhi said that the construction of Dul Hasti H.E. Project has changed the living standard of people . At the same time she cautioned that all the precautionary measures be taken for the safety and rehabilitation of the people living in project area. Expressing sympathy with the families who have lost their family members in Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh in recent rain , cloud breasts and floods. She express thanks to the Other State Governments who offered their help for reconstruction / rehabilitation of these states. She also let the people known about the achievements of UPA Government for J&K State . While crediting the newly launched UMEED scheme by Rahul Gandhi and Omer Abdullah, Sonia Gandhi said that 90,000 Self help Groups will be credited by virtue of which 9 lace ladies can avail the loan on nominal interest from Banks and start their Self Employment units making them self sustainable. Among the others who attended the today’s program includes Jammu and Kashmir Minister for R & B Abdul Majid Wani, Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo, Member Parliament Ch. Lal Singh, Ambika Soni, MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, MLA Bhaderwah Mohammad Sharief Naz, MLC Naresh Gupta, MLC Syed Asgar Ali. and various dignitaries like DGP Ashok Prashad and Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey.

Afghanistan Cricket Team to Participate in 9th Gufran Tourney at Doda

By Ali Faiz Doda, April 28: Young Star Cricket Club (YSCC) Doda today hosted a warm welcome and reception to visiting Afghanistan Youth Cricket Association (AYCA) Team that arrived in Doda yesterday for participating in All India 9th Gufran Memorial T-20 Cricket Championship 2013 which is going to be commenced from 9th May 2013 at Sports Stadium Doda. While welcoming the Afghanistan team, Manager YSCC Mehboob Hassan Krapiak expressed hope that the visiting team shall provide an opportunity to the people of J&K particularly cricketers to understand each other through cricket. Mr Kraipak further said that India and Afghanistan are having good understanding with each other and such kind of initiatives need to be encouraged. Further more, he said that it is for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket, that a team from abroad is participating in a local tournament which got overwhelming response from the people particularly cricketers from all over country apart from in 1989 when West Indies Cricket Team played in Jammu and Kashmir State. It is important to mention here that a total of 16 players from Afghanistan Youth Cricket Association (AYCA) has arrived Doda yesterday with 3 current International Players and some National level and one who remained Captain of U-19 during 2010 World Cup held at New Zealand. Patron YSCC Manzoor Ahmed Batt, said that before the commencement of coming All India 9th Gufran Memorial T-20 Cricket Championship 2013, the Afghanistan Cricket Team will play two T-20 match series and two one day match series game at Chowgan in Kishtwar District for one week with the collaboration of Combine Cricket Club, Kishtwar which was owned by Shabir Ahmed Lone. Speaking on the occasion, Captain of AYCA Khalid Noori said that he and his team players are extremely happy to be in Jammu and Kashmir and expressed his gratitude for the people of this State particularly Doda region after seeing the peaceful, loving, brotherhood atmosphere after staying here and hoped that he would bring his team with some more good players in future. Administrator Auqaf Doda Asif Jahan Gattu, Principal GDC Doda Prof Z A Hashmi and Former Chairman MC Doda Zaffarullah Rather also spoke on the occasion and extend their heartfelt gratulation to Guest Afghan Team for coming Doda for showing their interest in coming prestigious 9th Gufran Tournament at Doda. Among others who were present on the occasion included District Immunization Officer Doda Dr Tariq Masood, Dr Matloob Ahmed Tak, Ilyas Ahmed Butt, Iftikhar Ahmed Butt, Saidullah Rangrez, Naseer Khora and various others.

Afghanistan Cricket team to play two T-20 and two One Day matches at Kishtwar.

Asif Iqbal Naik Jammu April 26: The historic Chowghan ground of Kishtwar District spread over 542 kanal of land in the heart of the Kishtwar town is all set to host the first internal Cricket team in over 2 decades in trouble torn state of Jammu and Kashmir. While divulging the details, the Chairman of the Cricket Tournament Shabir Ahmed Lone said that International cricket team of Afghanistan is all set to play two T-20 and two One Day matches at Chowghan ground Kishtwar to be played in between 30 April and 3rd May 2013. He said that all the players of Afghanistan Cricket Team will arrive at Kishtwar on 29th of April and will play its first T-20 match on 30 April 2013 followed by 2nd T-20 on 1st May and Two one day match on 2nd and 3rd of May 2013 against the team to be selected by the veteran cricketers from Kishtwar, Ramban and Doda Districts of Chenab valley. He said that government of Jammu and Kashmir has assured full security cover and support to the organizing committee. He said that with the arrival of Afghanistan team, Kishtwar District will get recognition at International level in world of sport and in Cricket especially. He said that both the people as well as organizing committee were looking forward for the arrival of the Afghanistan team in Cricket crazy town of Kishtwar District. He said that the Combine Cricket Club under his supervision will continue its efforts to work for upliftment of sports activities in Kishtwar District and will explore all its resources to bring international teams at Kishtwar so as to provide exposure to the local talented youths of the District. After play two T-20 and Two One Day matches at Kishtwar, Afghanistan Cricket team will participate in Gufran Memorial T-20 Cricket Tournament at Doda schedule to be held from 9th of May 2013 at sports stadium Doda. It is pertinent to mention that West Indies Cricket team is the only international team played in Jammu and Kashmir in the year 1989 and no other international team their after played international match in the state after the eruption of turmoil in the state. People of Jammu and Kashmir are eagerly waiting for restoration of International Cricket events including IPL matches in Jammu and Kashmir.

All J & K VLW’s Association held met at Kishtwar, demands reorganization of RDD

Kishtwar April 20: In order to mobilize the support for “Jammu Chaloo call” on the eve of May Day, All J & K VLW’s Association held a meeting at Kishtwar under the chairmanship of State General Secretary Anurudh Singh at ADC office complex in which over 50 VLW’s, Gram Sevak, MPW’s and NYC activists from Kishtwar District participated. During the course of three hour long meeting, various issues pertaining to the problems faced by the employees were discussed threadbare. The speakers stress on the reorganization of the Rural Development Department, beside stress upon raising his voice against the empathic attitude of the government towards these RDD employees. While addressing the meeting, General Secretary of the Association demanded for enhancement of Frequent Travel Allowance from Rs. 15/month to Rs. 2000/month on the pattern of Punjab and Gujarat governments, creation of Panchayat Development Officer post on 6 Panchayats, Separate incentives for employees working for MGNREGA & other centrally sponsored schemes, VLW/MPW to be re-designated as Village Development Officer, creation of post of junior Assistant/Lower Divisional clerk in each Panchayat, utilization of services of CIC operators for computerizing the Panchayat records, reservation of 50% quota under SRO 285 for departmental employees to be promoted as BDO’s, regularization of NYC volunteers works in the department, construction of Panchayat Bhawan with lodging facility in each District and others. He said that in the government did not agree with genuine demands of the employees; they will leave with no other option except to choose agitating path to fight for injustice. He urged the participants to make Jammu Chalo call successful so as to press the government for early redresser of their grievances. Among the others who speaks on this occasion includes Provincial President Parshotam Singh, Organizer Ajeet Singh, District President Kishtwar Zahid Mughal, Mahesh Kumar District President NYC, Arshad Hussain Mughal and others.

4 died, 2 other injured in Doda accident. Angry people slam administration; hospital authorities for their failure in provide help to victim

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar April 17: four people died while two other critically injured as the dance of the death continue to hunt the passengers traveling on poor Chenab valley roads. The fresh tragedy hits the Chenab valley this afternoon when a vehicle bearing Registration No: JK2AG-8410 on way from Cherala to Doad met with an accident near Thalala and fall into 300 feet deep gorge resulted into on spot death of four people. According to the reports, after receiving information about the accident, Police Party from Police Post Kahara led by Assistant Sub Inspector Mohammad Iqbal Lone rush to the spot and started the rescue and relief operation. Soon after police started the rescue operation with the help of local police, tropes of 8 RR also rush to the spot and joined hands in rescue operation. The reports further added that after nearly two hour hectic rescue operation, the injured and dead were brought out of the stiff gorge and later shifted to District Hospital Doda in private and police vehicles. The deceased were identified by the police as Jasmeet Singh (50 yrs) son of Amar Nath R/O Cherala, his wife Bimla Devi (45 yrs), Driver Kartar Singh (25 yrs) son of Badhar Chand R/O Doda and Indeerjeet Singh (28 yrs) son of Sohan Lal R/O Puneeja Doda. While the two injured presently undergoing treatment at District Hospital Doda were identified as Sashi Parihar (24 yrs) son of Jasmeet Singh R/O Cherala and Rajinder Singh (45 yrs) son of Bachinder Singh R/O Poklaie. Meanwhile the people show their anger and resentment over the failure of District and hospital administration in providing the help to the accident victims in terms of failure in sending the ambulances at accidental spot. “Police requested CMO Doda time and again urging him to send ambulance at spot for shifting the injured and dead to District Hospital Doda, but he (CMO) refuse the same on the grounds that there is no fuel available to them for ambulances” said an agitating people. The agitating people said that it was army who provide them the stretchers and appreciated the role of police and army. The agitating people got pacified only after the intervention of senior police officer including SDPO Bhaderwah Jameel Ahmed and SHO Thatri who immediately rush to the spot after hearing about the accident. Former Minister and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori today expressed grief and shock over the tragic road accident Saroori has conveyed his heart felt condolence to the family member of bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and early recovery to the injured persons. Saroori has demanded release of ex-gratia relief in favour of the family members of those who have lost their lives and compensation to the injured being treated in hospitals.

PDP workers accorded warm reception to new appointed State Youth General Secretary

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar April 15: People Democratic Party (PDP) workers today accorded warm reception to newly appointed State Youth General Secretary Ishtaq Ahmed Waza on his first arrival at Kishtwar today. Large number of party workers assembled at Malipath Chowk for his welcome and later held march in the form of rally that passes through various bazaars of Kishtwar Town and later cumulates at Dak Banglow Kishtwar where several party leaders including MLC Syed Asgar Ali, former District President Farooq Ahmed Siddiqui, Suresh Sharma, Jaffar Hussain, Mushtaq Sheikh, Malik Mohammad umar, Wasil Doolwal and others address the gathering. In his address to the party workers, Ishtaq Ahmed Waza thanks the party workers for giving him warm reception at his arrival at Kishtwar. He assured the party workers and party leadership that he will come up to their expectation and will try his best to prove the trust shown by the party leadership in him. He said that he will dedicate himself for the betterment of the people of Kishtwar district and seeks cooperation from the public and party workers. He said that PDP will not allow to hoodwinking the people of Kishtwar District and said that he and his party will fight for the cause of people of Kishtwar District. He said that from history it was evident that successive leadership of Kishtwar District has betrayed the people of Kishtwar for personals gains and said that time has come to show them the doors and urged the people of Kishtwar District to strengthen the hands of PDP for better future of the District.

Kichloo, Parihar inaugurated restaurant at Drabshala.

Kishtwar April 15: District President National Conference Kishtwar Tanveer Ahmed Kichloo along with BJP State Executive Committee Member Shakiti Parihar today inaugurated “Apna Restaurant” at Drabshala Kishtwar. While inaugurating the newly restaurant owner by Shahid Hussain Mattoo, both Kichloo and Parihar said that the restaurants and hotels are the part and parcel of development of the area. They said that with the opening of this restaurant, the employees working in Rattle Power Project and in other government departments in Drabshala area will get easy access to food items at the need of hour. They hope that more people will come forward in the field of hotels and restaurants so that the demand of accommodation as well as food industry could be meted out. They stress upon the owner to the restaurant to maintain quality and hygiene inside the restaurant and extended him his best wishes for his success. .

People resented R & B failure in restoring road links in Kishtwar.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar April 6: People of Malipath Kishtwar in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Ghulam Mohammad Ganie strongly criticized the the PWD (R & B) Division Kishtwar over their failure to execute the link road from the house of Lakhmi Chand to Upper Malipath in Kishtwar District as a result of which encroachment of the said road has taken place at Kilometer 1, where some influential persons has raised an illegal construction over the alignment of the said road. The participants during the course of the meeting said that the matter was brought into the notice of concerned Executive Engineer several times and alleged that the concern officer did not take any heed to repeated written requests. Ghulam Mohammad Ganie while addressing the meeting said that PWD (R & B) is not doing its work properly as a result of which all the link roads taken for execution by the department in Kishtwar town is still incomplete since last so many years. He said that the government has spend corers of rupees on these roads without any progress which according to Mr. Ganie is moving at snail pace. Among the other who speaks on this occasion includes Ghulam Hussain, Avinash Kumar, Abdul Gani, Irshad Ahmed, Zahoor Ahmed, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Mohammad Ashraf, Mohammad Iqbal, Mohammad Khursheed, Kuldeep Kumar, Abdul Gani Sheikh and others.

Work on prestigious 850 MW Rattle HEP hits road blockade. Locals, GVK officials at loggerhead over denying job to local youths

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar April 4: The work on prestigious 850 MW Rattle Hydro Electrical Power Project to be constructed on the river Chenab in Drabshala village of Kishtwar under Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) hits the road blockade as the local people and the officials of the GVK private limited and its sub let company LNT were at loggerhead over the adjustment of the local youths in this prestigious power project as per the Memorandum of Understanding between the executing agency (GVK private limited) and the state government. The deadlock between the locals and the company persist since last over one month after company denied the jobs to local unemployment youths. The local alleged the company instead of appointing the local youths hired the services of the employees hailing from outside state. They said that even the local people who provided the land for construction of the project were ignored while recruiting the employees in the said project. The people said that even though they handed over the land to the company for execution of project work more than a year ago, but no compensation were paid to majority of them so far. They said that despite repeated request to the administration and political representatives, nothing substantial efforts had been made for rehabilitation of the land outees as the company fails to provide the money to the administration as per the RR plan till date. Beside the concern of local people who were denied job opportunities, some local contractors also dragged their feet’s due to non payments of the bills. In order to break the jinx and to restart the construct work, with the initiate of Kishtwar police and some local prominent leaders, the agitating locals held a meeting with the officials of the GVK private limited. During the course of the meeting the officials of the GVK Private Limited agreed some demands of the local people and assured them that their demands will be looked into. The company also cleared some pending bills of the local contractors so as to pave the way for ending the deadlock between the local inhabitants and the company so that the work which remains suspending since last over month could be started. After the meeting between the locals and the company officials, the agitating people agreed to allow the construction work for week’s time and threaten that in case the company fails to fulfill its promise; they will again stop the construction work and will intensify its agitation. The agitating people blame the officials of the company and some local employees at the helm of the affairs for the mess and the deadlock with the company. The local people also urged upon the political representatives of Kishtwar District to play its part above party politics by way of playing its constructive role ensuring the adjustment of local unemployed youths in this power project. In order to expedite the construction work of the power project, District Administration a year ago, out of approximately 7480 Kanal of land required for the construction of the said power project handed over 5418 kanals of land comprises of 4342 Kanal and 2.5 Marla state land and 1075 Kanal and 17 Marla private land to GVK Powers for starting construction work on power project which provides job to at least 5000 unemployed youth including job to both skilled and unskilled youths. It is worth while to mention that the construction of 850 MW Rattle HEP will help the state of Jammu and Kashmir in reducing the power deficit crises, beside will also help the state in saving nearly 1500 Cr power tariff bills every year. The project will be constructed in a joint venture with Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Ltd (JKSPDC) for procurement of power on a long-term basis from the 850 MW Rattle Hydro Electric Power Project to be constructed on river Chenab in mountainous Kishtwar District under Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT). As per the agreement, GVK will hand over the project to the state government after the period of 35 years from the date of commission of the power project. The project that will require an investment of around Rs 5000 crore is slated to be commissioned by 2017. Rattle Power Project is the first hydro power project in the country that has been awarded through a tariff based competitive bidding process. This project also has the unique distinction of being the first private sector investment in the power sector in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir will get 16 percent of free power from the GVK Power and Infrastructure Limited which includes 1.5 % for local area development and out of the remaining power the company will sell power to the state at a cost of Rs 1.44 per unit, which is less than the unit price paid by the state government to Northern grid.

10 days music workshop concluded at Kishtwar

10 days Musical Workshop organized by Cultural Academy came to an end with splendid conclusion which was held in the premises of University Campus at Kishtwar. A large number of participants from across District Kishtwar and from all sections of the society participated in the said Musical Workshop. Besides, dignified people from civil society were also present on this occasion and appreciated the program which is the unique and maiden step in the history of the State taken by the Cultural Academy, mainly by Khalid Bashir, Secretary Cultural Academy to host said Musical Workshop at this remote part of the State which is sure to provide platform for the budding talent to fly high in the field of Music and Art. During these days, not only the learners but entire Kishtwar was infused with the glittering atmosphere of Music. The departing lecture given by the resource person and one of the famous stalwart of music Prof. Imtiyaz was very sentimental. He thanked the people of District Kishtwar for their warmth hospitality and the learners for their cooperation. The other dignitaries who were present on the occasion include Asadullah Wani, Cultural Officer Doda, Rashid Jhangir, Mujtaba Tak and others.

NRHM Para-medical staff demand hike in their salary

By Ali Faiz Doda, March 31: The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Paramedical Staff of Doda District under the banner of NRHM Paramedical Association District Doda have demanded a hike in their salary on a par with their counterparts in the State Health Department. The demand was raised in a meeting held at Doda yesterday in which all the Paramedical Staff under NRHM participated wherein they highlighted the various problems being faced by the NRHM staff. They said that the Govt is enhancing the salaries and incentives of the Doctors working under NRHM thus by ignoring the Paramedical Staff who were working in their respective health institutions with dedication and satisfaction and giving best of their services to the department. One of the Speaker said that, if the Central and State Govt is increasing the salary and incentives of Doctors then why they are ignoring the Paramedical Staff that were termed as the back bone of the health department. The Association urged the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, State Health Minister Shabir Ahmed Khan and Mission Director NRHM Dr Yash Paul Sharma to look into this genuine matter and enhance the salary of all those paramedical staff working under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the state.

Naresh thanks all the legislators for casting vote in favour in his favour

Majority people of J&K wants Azad back in state

Jammu, March 24: The newly elected Members of Legislative Council from Congress party was felicitated at the residence of Former Minister and MLA Inderwal G M Saroori. While expressing gratitude to the workers of Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban District, Naresh gave all the credit for the development to the Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Vice President Congress Rahul Gandhi. He eulogized Azad for granting the district status to Kishtwar and Ramban, establishing a degree college and mini-secretariat and laying a network of roads in the district and for extending rural health facilities under NRHM. He also said that he will definitely carry on with his work as strengthening unity of the people living in different parts of the state and upliftment of downtrodden masses irrespective of their colour, religion, region and language. Naresh said that after realizing the role and achievements of G N Azad now majority of people in J and K want him back in the State. He lauded the Congress for granting grass root power to the countrymen through Panchayati Raj institutions. Naresh thanked all the legislators from Jammu and Kashmir who had cast vote in his favor and also in favour of coalition candidates. On the occasion Saroori said that Congress leadership has taken a very wise decision to appoint Naresh Gupta to Upper House. He hoped that with Naresh’s elected as MLC for 2nd time his efforts to develop Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban would be redoubled. He asked him to work hard for strengthening the party and strengthen the hands of UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Vice President AICC Rahul Gandhi and Former Chief Minister J&K and Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and promote the policies of the Congress party. Saroori hoped that with the elected of Naresh Gupta as MLC, Congress would be further strengthened in Erstwhile Doda District comprising of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts.

Warm send off given to Mir on his superannuation

Kishtwar March 30: District Masters/Teacher Association Kishtwar and staff of Boys Higher Secondary School Kishtwar today give a warm send off to Ghulam Mohammad Mir on the eve of his superannuation. Ghulam Mohammad Mir posted as lecturer in Urdu attain the superannuation after serving in education department for 35 years, six months and 27 days and during his services, he served under various capacity in different schools across Chenab valley. DTMA Kishtwar along with staff of Boys Higher Secondary School Kishtwar organized a grand function inside the multipurpose hall of the school which was attended by Chief Education Officer Kishtwar Lok Nath Butt, Principal HSS Boys Kishtwar Javed Ahmed Kichloo, Principal HSS Girls Tirath Ram, Tariq Hussain Khawja HOD DIET and District Planing Officer, Mehboob Qazi, beside large number of teachers and educationist also attended the function. All the participants extended their greeting to Mr. Mir and wish him for a successful life a head. The speakers acknowledge the services of Ghulam Mohammad Mir in the field of education. They also presented some gifts to him as a token of love. Ghulam Mohammad Mir in his address thanks the support of his colleagues which they rendered him during his service tenure.

MVD, police and traffic police gagged traffic violators in Kishtwar.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar March 23: In order to check the growing rate of traffic violations in Kishtwar town and its adjoining areas, three different teams of Motor Vehicle Department, Kishtwar police and traffic police laid surprise Nakkas at different location in Kishtwar and challenged over fifty vehicles including Buses, Auto Rickshaws, load carriers, motor cycles and matadors for over loading, without helmets, driving licenses, use of mobile phones and without registration, beside collect the fine of over Rs. 8000. When contacted Assistant Regional Transport Ofiicer Kishtwar Kuldeep Singh said that during four hour drive, MVD department challan 19 vehicles and also collected a compound fine of Rs. 5000 from the violators. He said that in addition to this, traffic police party led by District Traffic Inspector (DTI) J S Salathia challan 16 vehicles and collected fine of approximately Rs. 2600. Police party led by Dy. SP HQ Kishtwar Farooq Qaser also court challan at least 20 vehicles. All the officers said that the drive against the traffic violators will remain continue.

Kishtwar police organized debate on use of internet service by students

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar March 23: In order to improve police-public relationship, Kishtwar police today organized a Higher Secondary School level debate competition on the topic “Should use un-prohibited internet be allowed to the students”. The debate competition which was held inside the multi purpose hall of Boys Higher secondary School Kishtwar was presided over by District SP Kishtwar Thakur Kulbir Singh. On the bases of the performance, Amad Gagroo of Islamia Fareedia Higher Secondary School Kishtwar was adjudged as the winner, while Chaksu Sharma of Girls Higher Secondary School Kishtwar and Irtaza Malik of Boys higher secondary School Kishtwar was declared as 1st and 2nd runner up respectively. On this occasion, Chief Guest of the function distributed trophies among the three topers, beside certificates to all the participants. Among the prominent who attended the function include Dy. SP HQ Kishtwar Farooq Qaser, Dy. SP DAR Sheikh Mushtaq, SHO P/S Kishtwar Mushtaq Ahmed, Dy. SP Probation Shafayat Hussain, Syed Majeed and others. The program also was attended by the students of various schools of Kishtwar District.

J&K Bank Kishtwar launched plantation Drive

Kishtwar Mar 8: On the eve of world plantation day, the Jammu and Kashmir bank ltd branch Kishtwar launched a plantation drive in Kishtwar District. The plantation drive was started by planting some trees in the premises of Islamia Fardiya Collage of Education and Research Institute Kishtwar. The bank has decided to plant 75000 plants all over state.The plantation drive was inaugurated by Mohammad Amin Najjar cluster Head J&K bank in presence of J & K Bank branch Manager Mohammad Asfar Mattoo. While addressing the gathering, Mr. Najjar said that J & K Bank has completed its 75 years in serving the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and said that the aim and objective of Plantation drive is to prevent the environment degradation. He said that the J & K bank will continue its good will gesture programs for the welfare of the people of state. He said that plantation drive in Kishtwar town and its vicinity will remain continue for few more days till the target of plantation of 3000 plants set by the bank officials for the District will be achieved. On this occasion, students and staff of the institution also grace the occasion by their presence.

Saroori demanded Sub Division for Chatroo, Thatri on the floor of the Assembly

Demanded inquiry in illegal occupants of 110 Kanals at Loopa village of Inderwal Constituency Raised issues on R&B and Revenue

Jammu, March 20: Congress MLA from Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori raises important issues regarding R&B and Revenue department on the floor of the Assembly. He demanded rehabilitation of the habitations whose land has been acquired for construction of Hydro Electric projects in Chenab Valley; demanded creation of staff in Revenue Department for immediate settlements of cases; demanded early enhancement of remuneration honorarium of Numbardars and Chowkidars to Rs1500 each; Tehsil wise construction of Mahfooz khans for issuance of record to the public; Implementation 2011 census. He stressed for immediate release and payment of compensation in favor of structure holders/fruits plant holders which falls under the alignment of construction of Roads and Buildings. He Saroori appeals to government for immediate creation of sub-division at Chatroo and Thatri; Tehsil status should be given to Bunjwah Nali; Naibat status should be given to Lass Saroor; Creation of new Blocks at Thakrie, Bunjwah, Mugalmaidan, Sarthal, Khara and Bhatyas. Delimitation of revenue villages which are so vast and one patwari is not able to reach every village for work adding that Patwaris should be appointed as Naib Tehsildars who knows Urdu language for settling of the cases. He demanded free ration for 6 months to District Kishtwar and Doda as per the drought report of revenue department. Saroori demanded inquiry should be initiated against illegal occupants of 110 Kanals of pasture land at Loopa in conveyance of some officials of department by one Retired Medical Assistant so called Doctor; the land has been acquired by JKPDC for construction of Kalani II power project as the land was common pasture of the public of villagers but so called Doctors had illegally occupants 110 Kanals which is injustice with the villagers. On Roads and Building department Saroori demanded detail projects should be furnished to connect the villages which are having population of 250 souls under core net work programme of PMGSY; Release of compensation amount under PMGSY, CRF and NABARD for smooth construction of roads without the hindrance of land and structure holders. He stressed on immediate release of state matching share for roads under execution through NABARD for their speedy completion; Construction of Chatroo Singhpora Vailoo tunnel, Chattar Gala Kapran tunnels, the feasibility report stands submitted by GREF to GOI of Chatroo Singhpura Viloo tunnel, the matter relating to its construction has also been named by his Excellency the President of India in President Jenab Pranab Mukherjee in President address in the Parliament; Construction of 20no steel foot suspension bridges in the area of Chingam, Chatroo, Mugalmaidan, Keshwan, Srawan, Bunjwah, Saroor, Sarthal, Kuntwara, Hurna Durbeel and Sigdi area. Saroori demanded immediate start of work on Ganpath Bridge, Seva Dal Loopa Bridge; immediate release of funds against work done liabilities; Immediate black listing of some outsider contractors of the state who have been provided 200 crore for PMGSY roads in erstwhile doda district and they have left the work after CD works; Immediate opening of Chatroo Sinthan pass by way of removal of snow at Sinthan area. Formation of DPR’S on road parentage connectivity bases; Release of funds for completion of Dak Bunglows at places of Chingam, Jakyas, Malanoo, Sinthan, Kurya, Gondoh, Thakrie, Sarthal, Mangthalla, Patnazi and Sigdi. Priority attention should be given for the completion of taken up projects in all respect in Erstwhile Doda District and special attention should be given towards the habitation which are UN connected so far in Inderwal Constituency. Saroori demanded release of wages in favor of gain Collies who are engaged for maintenance of roads adding that he said R&B deptt needed at least 20,000 more gain collies for maintenance of roads in the state government should made provision for early appointment of Gain Collies in the state.

Kishtwar court remanded two buglers to 7 days police custody, four more buglers in police net

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar March 6: Chief Judicial Magistrate Kishtwar Ajay Kumar Gupta today remanded two buglers Zakir Hussain Sheikh son of Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh resident of Sangrabata Kishtwar and Raj Kiran son of Chuni Lal resident of Mulchetar Chatroo to 7 days police custody. Kishtwar police party led by SHO Police Station Kishtwar Mushtaq Ahmed produce both the accuse in the court and seek 10 days police remand of both the accused in connection with their alleged involvement in two infamous burglary case that took place in the shops of Tanveer Electronics Kishtwar and AD Agencies Kishtwar on 31-01-2013 and 21-02-2013 respectively. The accuse after carrying out the burglary put the shop of AD Agency on fire causing loss to the property to the tune of over Rs 60 lacs, while the attempt to set the shop of Tanveer Electronics on fire was failed as the fire was extinguish before its spreading. After going through case details, CJM Kishtwar remanded both the accused to seven days police custody. Kishtwar police after arresting both the accused yesterday recovered brand Mobile Sets 106, Laptop Acer 02, Video Recording Camera Sony 1, Sony Digital Cameras 06, Tablets with keypad 02, DVDs blank 92, Pen drive 04, Card readers 10, Phone Batteries 100, Spare Chargers 50, Emergency lights 02, Twitters 02, Computer mousse 05, Hand phones 36, Bluetooth devices 02, unserviceable mobile phones 20, Makeup purses with full accessories 03, beside large quantity of stolen material from the position of the two accused. Among the two accused, 20 year old Raj Kiran was working as a servant at AD Agencies and hatched a conspiracy along with over a half dozen friend some 5-6 months ago, before he succeeded in his attempt. The accuse during questioning with police confessed that he had set the shop on fire fearing to be caught in CCTV camera’s installed inside the shop. Kishtwar police on the bases of the discloser made by the accuse conducted night long raids at different location in Kishtwar District and reportedly arrested four more accused this evening. All the four accuse arrested by police today hails from village Hidyal situated on the outskirt of Kishtwar town. The police sources said that few key associates of prime accuse Raj Kiran went into hiding after his arrest. Police has also made some recoveries of the stolen material from the position of four arrested persons. When last report came in, teams of Kishtwar police headed by Mushtaq Ahmed, SHO P/S Kishtwar, SI Nayeem Ul Haq Mattoo and team of District Special Branch of Kishtwar police comprises of constable Jaffar Rashid Sheikh, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Ishtaq Ahmed, Raj Kumar and Shafayat Ullah Dar Posted with Dy. SP HQ Kishtwar still continue its operation across Kishtwar town and its peripheries to arrest the buglers identified by the accuse presently in police custody. Meanwhile Police sources said that accuse Zakir Hussain Sheikh is key link to several burglaries that took place in Kishtwar District in last couple of years. The accuse Zakir has link with several buglers hailing from adjoining Doda and Kishtwar Districts and act as a courier for them in transportation and selling of stolen material in the market. Kishtwar police is hopeful that with the arrest of these accused, they will be able to work out some other burglary cases as well.

Work on 650 Cr Sangpora-Viloo tunnel likely to start from Dec 2013

OC GREF Prefeasibility report of GREF found construction of tunnel as viable

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar March 5: In significant development, in his pre feasibility report prepare by the General Engineering Reserve Force (GREF), the construction of Tunnel between village Sangpora of Chatroo Kishtwar and Viloo of Anantnag District of Kashmir found as viable for construction of the tunnel. As per the letter No: 40570/Sinthan/DGBR/62/Brs & Tnls written by Col K S Malladi Director Bridges & Tunnels in the office of Director General Border Roads (Bridge and Tunnels) and submitted to DG BRO, the organization gives approval in principal for consultancy services for preparing detail feasibility study and framing up of phase wise proposal (DPR) for construction of 10 KM (Two tubes of 5 KM each) Sinthan Pass Tunnel. The Prefeasibility report was prepared by the Col K S Malladi after DG BRO issued instruction to him in the month of May 2012. The pre feasibility report of the said tunnel was prepared keeping in view of the geological report, snow data of last five years and also the cost of the project which is estimated approximately around Rs. 650 Cr. When contacted Pankaj Kumar Officiating Commandant 118 RCC GREF Kishtwar confirmed that the project of construction of Sangpora-Viloo tunnel is in advance stage and said that the prefeasibility report has already been submitted to the higher authorities. He said that the organization has already taken up the matter with defense ministry government of India for providing funds for preparation of final DPR of the said tunnel. He said that as soon as the organization will receive funds for preparation of DPR, the organization will invite the tenders for the same from reputed companies. He said that he was hopeful that all the formalities will be cleared by the end of November 2013. He said that by December 2013, the organization is all set to start the construction work on Sangpora-Viloo Tunnel. He said that the construction of this tunnel will not only provide alternative road connectivity to valley, but will also give job opportunities to the local unemployed youths of the Kishtwar District. Singpora-Viloo tunnel is among the 11 tunnels to be constructed in India on the initiative of GOI which includes construction of 12 KM long Srinagar-Kargil-Leh tunnel and 21 KM long Balipara-Charduar Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. The GOI project for construction of these tunnels comes in wake of the fact that these regions of the country mostly remain cut off from the rest of world in winter due to heavy snowfall. The construction of the tunnel also provide alternative road connectivity to the valley which mostly remains cut off from rest of the country due to frequent blocking of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. The tunnel also provide shorts road connectivity between Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir valley through Pangi-Padder-Sinthan-Srinagar route. It is worthwhile to mention that in 2003 MLA Inderwal GM Saroori first time raises the issue on the floor of assembly regarding the construction of Chatroo Singpora tunnel and Sinthan road. During his tenure as R & B ministry, Saroori expedite the paper work, beside two former Chief Ministers Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Ghulam Nabi Azad moved ahead with the project as result of which the project was finally taken in hand by GREF in the year 2005, but the project was stopped in 2008 when militants killed five GREF personnel, including a Lieutenant Colonel Ajay Verma on June 13, 2008.

DC Kishtwar dedicated JK bank ATM to public

Kishtwar Feb 28: keeping in view of heavy inflow of costumers at Jammu and Kashmir Bank Kishtwar, Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Saleem Mohammad Chowdhary today dedicated an ATM machine to the public of Kishtwar. This is the 3rd ATM installed in Kishtwar by the bank authorities. DC Kishtwar stress for easy banking facilities for the people by using modern technologies like ATM’s and e-banking. Abdul Gani Najjar, Cluster Head JK Bank in his address to the public said that more ATM machines will be installed in near future at Kishtwar so as to meet the public demand. He said that sanctioned for installation of ATM at Drabshala and at Hidyal Chowk Kishtwar has already been sanctioned and said that the bank has set the procedure for installation of the same at an earliest. Beside JK Bank branch Manager Kishtwar Asfar Mattoo, general public, employees of JK Bank Kishtwar and other were also present.

Director Kishtwar University campus called on Kichloo, discus various problems

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 22: Director Kishtwar University Campus Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik called on Minister of State for Home, Industries and Commerce Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo and listed him various problems being faced by the Kishtwar Campus of Jammu University. In après statement issued here today, the Director informed the Minister that Kishtwar Campus is facing crunch of funds due delay in its release as a result of which employees of the campus are facing hardship as their salaries have not been released yet. He further informed the Minister that Permanent teaching and non-teaching faculty had not been provided by the government to the Kishtwar Campus due to which campus is running on contractual employees. The Minister was further informed that construction of three main building is going to start soon. He demanded that the financial grant be released without further delay so that campus be made more functional. He demanded that Kishtwar campus be put into the budgetary or non-budgetary plan of the State government and permanent posts be created in the Kishtwar Campus. Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo gave a patience hearing to the demands and issued raised by the Director Kishtwar Campus and informed him that Vice Chancellor of Jammu University had already submitted a file to the Chief Minister regarding the release of financial assistance to the various campuses. He assured the Director that financial assistance from the government side would be released very soon, regarding the permanent faculty members the Minister said that he would take the matter with Chief Minster and assured them his full support to make the Kishtwar campus a model one. The Minster also said that a Bolero Vehicle will be provided to the Kishtwar Campus within a couple of days which he had promised in a function organized by Kishtwar Campus at Kishtwar

Burglary in Kishtwar. Traders held protest, observed complete band.

Burglers decamped with over 40 lakhs items from electronic shop, later set shop on fire.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 21: A group of unidentified burglers decamped with costly electronic items worth over rupees 40 lakhs from an electronic shop “ A.D Agency” situated at ever busy chowk at Bus Stand Kishtwar less than 100 meters away from the house of MOS Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, beside only half kilometer from Police Station Kishtwar. The buglers after committing the burglary set the shopping complex on fire as a result of which property worth over one corer got badly damage. While talking to media persons, Deraj Sharma owner of the electronic shop said that at around 3.30 AM in the morning one elderly person after hearing noise inside the shop informed him and his family, who without wasting any time rush towards the shop and notice flames inside the shop. He said that soon he brought the matter into the notice of police and fire tender department, who immediately rush to the spot and brought the fire into control. He said that the lock of one of the door was broken which indicates that the theft was carried inside the shop before it was set on fire. He said that in addition to broken lock, they also found petrol tin inside the shop left by the miscreants after setting the shop on fire. He said that the buglers spread the petrol inside the shop and set it on fire to destroy the evidences. He said that over 400 mobile phones, Digital Camera, Handy cameras, Laptops, memory cards, few LCD’s, Pen drives and other electronic items found missing from the shop. He said that no traces of the stolen items were found in the debris. He said that he and his family friends were assessing the loss which according to him runs worth several lakhs. He said that shopping complex has also suffered massive damage in the fire. He said that over 2 dozen refrigerators, over 2 dozen washing machines, nearly 25 LCD TV’s of different range, over 200 Dish TV/Tata Sky/Airtel Digital boxes, micro wave Owens, electronic presses, Laptops and several other costly items reduce to ashes after the shop was set on fire by the buglers. The buglers enter inside the shopping complex from its backyard fence and use advance gadgets in breaking the locks. After committing the burglary, the buglers also enjoy the party nearby. The preliminary investigation did not rule out the use of vehicle in shifting the stolen items. Police registered the FIR and started its investigation. Police has also seized the video footage of the CCTV cameras installed inside the electronic shop. However no one has been arrested so far when last report came in. A soon as police received information, police party led by Dy. SP HQ Kishtwar Farooq Qasar, SHO P/S Kishtwar Mushtaq Ahmed, Tehsildar Kishtwar Indeerjeet Singh Parihar rush to the spot and inspect the scene of crime. Later ADC Kishtwar Rajesh Kumar Shavan also visited the spot to access the loss of property and issued necessary direction to revenue staff as well as police officials. Meanwhile the trade Union Kishtwar held a strong protest against the growing rate of burglary in Kishtwar town and observed complete band. The traders held a strong protest at Bus Stand Kishtwar and also outside DC Office Kishtwar demanding an investigation and status report of all the theft took place in Kishtwar District in last couple of months. The angry traders shouted anti administration and anti police slogans and demand an immediate arrest of the culprits involved in the theft case. Later the traders held a meeting with ADC Kishtwar Rajesh Kumar Shavan in his office chamber demanding police patrolling during night hours and also demanding installation of CCTV cameras at vital installations across Kishtwar District. ADC Kishtwar after giving patience hearing towards the demands raised by the traders, assured them that he will personally monitored the police investigation into the case. Mr. Shavan also assured them that he will seek a detail report from police about the progress of investigation of theft cases that took place in Kishtwar in recent past. After assurance from ADC Kishtwar, the traders called off their protest, but continue its strike. They threaten to launch an agitation in case police fails to solve the case. It is worthwhile to mention that unidentified buglers during intervening night of 30/31 January 2013 strike at Tanveer Electronic shop at every busy hospital chowk which is less than 300 meters away from police station Kishtwar and decamped with electronic items worth over 1.50 lakhs. People blames the police for letting the things lose as there is hardly a conviction in any theft case despite the arrest of several thieves in recent past followed by the recovery of the stolen property including the cash of over one crore burglary carried inside the Jammu and Kashmir bank nearly four years ago.

12 people critically injured LPG cylinder blast in Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 20: 12 people including 5 females and four children injured in LPG Cylinder blast at Dool some 15 KM from District headquarter Kishtwar. According to the eyewitnesses, the blast took place at around 7.45 PM inside the house of NHPC employee Rajbullah Lone son of Mohammad Shafi Lone in which 12 people of a family got injured. The eyewitnesses said that after hearing sound of back to back, the people rush to effected house which caught the fire after the blasts. They said that after hectic efforts, all the 12 critically injured persons were evacuated from burning house, beside the people put all its efforts to control the blazes before the fire tender service reach the spot and control the fire. The blast took place on first floor of the two story building and the cause of the blast is yet to be ascertained. After evacuating the all the injured, the local people with the help of police shifted the injured persons to District Hospital Kishtwar, where the doctors termed the condition of all the injured persons as critical. As per the doctors attending the injured, LPG gas has make its impact on the lungs of the injured patients and decided to refer all the injured persons to Government Medical College Jammu for advance treatment. The injured were identified as Rajbullah Lone (58) son of Mohammad Shafi Lone, Sharifa Begum (52 yrs) wife of Rajbullah Lone, Wazir Ahmed (36 yrs) son of Rajbullah, Rubina Begum (34 yrs) wife of Wazir Ahmed, Faizan Ahmed (14 yrs) son of Wazir, Iram Banoo (8 yrs) daughter of Wazir Ahmed, Uzma Banoo (10 yrs) daughter of Wazir Ahmed, Aliya (17 yrs) daughter of Noor Mohammad, Abuzar Hasnain ( 3 yrs) son of Ajaiz Ahmed Giri, Umbreena Banoo (15 yrs) daughter of Zakir Hussain Lone, Shafia Begum (34 yrs) wife of Ajaiz Ahmed Giri and Tuba Banoo (12 yrs) daughter of Mohammad Maqbool Malik.

Sangpora-Viloo tunnel will be a reality soon: Saroori

Committed towards development of Inderwal, distributes 12.5 lakh cheques.

Asif Iqbal Naik Chatroo Kishtwar Feb 20: Former R & B Minister and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori while addressing mammoth public gatherings at Dadpath, Mughal Maidan and Chatroo said that the dream of construction of Sangpora-Viloo tunnel connecting Kishtwar District with Kashmir will soon become a reality after Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh included the said tunnel in ten prestigious tunnel projects to be executed in the country including a tunnel for Ladakh. He said that Congress leadership at center including Ghulam Nabi Azad has assured him that GOI is committed towards construction of Sangpora-Viloo tunnel. He said that pre feasibility report of the tunnel already stands submitted with the GOI and hoped that Prime Minister of India will soon release the funds for construction of the said tunnel. He said that GOI has earmarked several funds for Jammu and Kashmir under various centrally sponsored schemes and urged the people of Chatroo area to avail the benefits of such schemes. He said that Gujjar Hostel will start functioning at Chatroo in next few months, where the students from ST community will get free boarding abd lodging facilities, beside free education up to middle standard. He said that under Prime Minister flagship schemes, nearly 5000 unemployed youths from Kishtwar District will avail job oriented courses training, beside job placement in various top leading companies of India. He said that nearly 160 students hailing from Inderwal constituency has been selected for various post graduation course in different colleges of the country free of cost. He said that centrally sponsored scheme MGNREA, GOI provides funds worth several hundred corers for poor people of rural areas and directed the RDD officials to make judicious use of the funds for the welfare of the poor people. He said that construction of various road projects under PMGSY are at advance stage and assured the people that he will work with zeal and zest for arranging the funds for various developmental project in Inderwal constituency. He said that the shortage of teaching staff in schools will be addressed within next few weeks and said that Deputy CM who holds the charge of Education department has assured him all possible help in this regard. In order to cool the temper of angry party workers, Saroori cleared before the people of his constituency that 2nd time in last couples of days that Ghulam Nabi Azad has no role in his exclusion from council of ministers. Saroori while showing his unhappiness over unscheduled power in Chatroo and Thatri area of his constituency said that power ministry led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is doing step motherly treatment with the areas represented by the Congress party. He stress for immediate augmentation of 6.5 MVA transformers at Thatri and 3.5 MVA at Dadpath Chatroo so that the people living in these areas will get respite from power cuts of nearly 18-20 hours a day. He also issued the direction to people not to pay any electricity bills until and unless the problem gets solved. He said that by his non inclusion into the council of ministers, he get more time to take care of people of Inderwal and issued warning to his critics that he will not tolerate any injustice in terms of funds with respect to Inderwal constituency. Without naming Kichloo, Saroori also takes a dig at MOS Home over his first time inclusion in council of ministers after remaining MLA for over 10 years. In the end Saroori also distributed first installment of 12.50 lakhs worth IAY/BRGF cheques among 164 beneficiaries. Later Mr. Saroori also chaired the meeting of various government officials at Dak Banglow Chatroo which was attended by Tehsildar Chatroo Mohsin Ahanger, BDO Chatroo Seema Parihar, Xen PMGSY, AEE PDD Kishtwar Sudhir Sharma, JE PHE Masood Ahmed Dev, JE PMGSY Mansoor Ahmed Tak, VLWs, Sarpanches and others.

JKYF Celebrated its 7th Annual Function at Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 19: J&K Yateem Foundation District unit Kishtwar today organised 7th Annual Day in the premises of Yateem Foundation hostel bait-ul Hilal Hudri Kishtwar which was presided over by Imam Jamia Masjid Farooq Ahmad Kichloo, while Hafeez Furqan Abadi and Ghulam Nabi Sheikh Chairman Tariq Memorial Trust were guest of honour. The annual day program was witnessed by large gathering of people irrespective of sex, colour, creed and caste. On this occasion the management of J&K Yateem Foundation Kishtwar presented half hour power point presentation enshrine therein achievement of J&K Yateem Foundation during its 7 years functioning. Tariq Memorial Trust in collaboration with Alif Charitable Trust through its Chairman Ghulam Nabi Sheikh donated Rs 1.25 lacs to J&K Yateem Foundation District Unit Kishtwar through cheque for orphanage construction further Rupees 1.46 lakhs were distributed among the deserving indentified beneficiaries by J&K Yateem Foundation. The speakers including Chief Guest Imam Jamia Masjid Farooq Ahmad Kichloo, Guest of honours Hafeez Furqan Abadi and Sheikh Ghulam Nabi appreciated the role of J&K Yateem Foundation for its noble contribution towards the society. Javed Iqbal Kripak Provincial President J&K Yateem Foundation expresses his thanks to the people and donors especially Tariq Memorial Trust and Alif Charitable Trust for their candid support

Patient attendant ransacked District Hospital Kishtwar cabin

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 18: A day after MOS Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo praise the functioning of District Hospital Kishtwar, unruly attended today ransacked the glasses of a cabin inside emergency ward of the hospital alleging that no doctor was in emergency when his patient suffers a massive attack. The charges denied by the hospital authorities. According to Medical Superintendent DH Kishtwar Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Naqib, he along with Surgeon Dr. Ravinder and Physician specialist Dr. Vikar Hussain was very much present when the patient was brought inside emergency of DH Kishtwar. He said that without any reason the attendant accompanied creates hue and cry and in the mean time ransacked the glasses of one of the cabin where one lady patient was under going treatment. He said that besides ransacking the cabin, the accuse also attempted an assault of the doctor on duty. He said that soon after the incident, they informed the police who visited the spot. He said that this is 2nd such incident during last 6 months. He said that it was now up to police to take the legal action against the culprit. Mr. Naqib said that in order to maintain security within the hospital premises, they from time to time demanded establishment of permanent police post inside District Hospital Kishtwar so that such incident could be prevented. The culprit manage to escape from the hospital premises after his family members create ruckus when the police tried to arrest the accuse. Meanwhile former District President PDP Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Siddiqui who was also present inside the hospital premises when the incident took place condemn the ransacking of government and demanded stern action against the culprit. He said that police must act tuff against the culprit irrespective of political affiliation of the accuse involved in damaging government property.

Kashmir remains relatively calm, state to welcome handing of Guru dead body to family:

Kichloo Visit Padder, inspect functioning of District Hospital Kishtwar.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 17: Minister of State for Home, Industries and Commerce Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo during his visit to Kishtwar said that Kashmir valley relatively remains calm after the hanging of 2001 Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru. Kichloo who was accompanied by MOS Sheep and Animal Husbandry Nazir Ahmed Gurazi said that few people created a fear psychosis among the common people about the ramifications in case the Guru will be hanged. “Kishtwar is calm and will remain calm in future as well— All the myths about situation will turn ugly and hundreds will get killed in case Afzal Guru will be hanged proved wrong” Said Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo. He said that government has issued necessary directions to all the police officers to behave humbly with the people and said that during curfew days, the government provided all basic facilities like milk, vegetables, LPG to the people in Kashmir at door step. He said that due to good coordination between the government and people, besides good policing, the government successfully manages to tackle the situation in Kashmir. He said that state government will welcome any decision of center government over handing over of dead body of Afzal Guru. “We have no problem in case the center will hand over the dead body of Guru to his family members—In fact we will welcome any such decision” added Kichloo. While distancing himself from the role of state government in hanging Guru, Kichloo said that the decision of hanging of Afzal Guru is the decision purely taken by the central government. “The incident took place in Delhi, he (Guru) was trailed in Delhi and hanged in Delhi as well” Kichloo said. He said that the decision of handing over of Guru dead body to his family members is the decision to be taken by the central government and state has no role in it. Kichloo along with Nazir Gurezi also visited District Hospital Kishtwar and inspect its functioning. During his visit to Hospital, Kichloo and Gurazi interacted with the patience and take stock of the medical facility available to the public. While talking to the media persons, Kichloo said that the government has somehow managed to overcome the growing problem of shortage of doctors in District Hospital Kishtwar. He said that efforts are being made to improve the health facility system in Kishtwar District. He also said that problem of shortage of medians as well as paramedical staff will be addressed soon. He said that work on Kishtwar-Dachhan, Gulabgard-Machail road is in full swing. He said that within next few months, the construction work on 450 MW Karthai HEP will be started and said that local unemployed youths will get job opportunity in this power project. Mr. Kichloo prior to his Kishtwar hospital visit, visited Padder to take stock of ongoing rehabilitation measures taken by the government for Tun fire victims. He said that the government has taken effective measures for proper rehabilitation of these fire victims and said that beside Rs. 50000/ cash assistance, the government will provide free timber to the effected families for construction of their house. He also said that 3 months free ration has also been given to all the 32 effected families. He said that out of Rs. 50000 cash assistance, Rs. 25000 were today given to them by the District Administration. In a question regarding increase in smuggling of Sapphire from Padder mines, Kichloo said that he had read about it in “Early Times” and said that he had no such information. He said that SP Kishtwar and DC Kishtwar are here to look into such reports, beside to take action against the smugglers. He said that as an Industries and Commerce minister, his job is to explore the resources for bidding of Sapphire mines at national and international so that the state gets good revenue through bidding of these famous mines. Several public deputations also called on the ministers during their short stay at Kishtwar. He assured the public delegations that their genuine demands will be addressed on priority. Among others who accompanied Ministers includes Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Saleem Mohammad, ADC Kishtwar Rajesh Kumar Shavan, SP Kishtwar Bhim Sen Tutti, ASP Kulbir Singh and others.

Three shops, one shed gutted in Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 17: Three shops and one shed belong to Sarpanch Lachkhazana Ajeet Kumar alias Baby gutted in a devastating fire at Kuleed Chowk Kishtwar during last intervening night. According to the Victim Ajeet Kumar, they came to know about the eruption of fire after an elderly women living in adjacent house started creating hue and cry after seeing the fire coming out of the shops at around 12.30 AM midnight. He said that soon after hearing the cry of an elderly women, he and his family members beside some neighbors came out of their homes and notice the flames coming out of the shops. He said that soon they bring the mater into the notice of fire service department which is merely a hundred meter away from the site immediately push two fire tender into service. He said after battling for more than one hour, the fire was brought under control, but not before the three shops and one shed suffered massive damages. The cause of the fire incident is said to be the short circuit. MOS Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo later also visited the site and announced financial help of Rs. 10000/ to each fire victim.

Youth Awareness Programme held in Doda

By Ali Faiz Doda, February 15: The Youth Congress Leader from Doda Irfan Attu today organized a awareness programme in Doda to make the general public particularly youth of the area were aware about the various state & centrally sponsored schemes. On the occasion, the Youth Leader Irfan Attu stresses upon the youth to take a proper watch about all the centrally and state sponsored schemes so that the people can be benefited in a proper channel so that the beneficiaries would avail various schemes sponsored by the central and state govt. for earning their livelihood. He said that Youth Congress under the guidance of State President Shahnawaz Choudhary would have leave no stone unturned to sort the grievances in of erstwhile Doda District including Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban Districts. He informed that the Youth Congress in future would organize more such programme to aware the general masses in all parts of the Chenab region. During this programme, a large number of youth were present on the occasion who were informed about the various schemes. Meanwhile, several numbers of youth joined the Youth Congress on the occasion while expressing the views youth congress leader Irfan Attu called upon the youth to take pledge on this occasion to strengthen the Congress Party in line with dreams of Rahul Gandhi.He urged the Youth to fight against the menace of corruption. The leaders said that policy makers should understand the problems of young people and involve them in policy making decisions. He also added that vocational training institutions should be opened in the State so that the youth fetch employment easily in public as well as private sector in the State and outside.

Department of Floriculture organized one day awareness camp at Malhori (Doda)

By Ali Faiz Doda, February 15: Department of Floriculture today organized a one day awareness camp at Malhori (Doda). In the awareness camp, a large number of farmers hailing from Assar, Pakki, Hatti, Malhori and its adjoining areas attended the camp. On this occasion Assistant Floriculture Officer (AFO) Doda Arjun Singh Parihar aware the farmers about the different centrally sponsored schemes and motivated the farmers to shift from traditional agriculture and adopt the commercial floriculture for good returns. He said that in District Doda, hundreds of farmers have adopted the commercial floriculture during last two years and have earned good returns. The farmers of the area thanked the floriculture department for organizing such camp with which large number of population get benefitted.

Protest in Chenab region on Afzal Guru’s execution

By Ali Faiz Doda, February, 15: Amid complete Bandh in all major town of Chenab region, the people in large held a strong protest at various places including Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Banihal and other places against the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru in Delhi’s Tihar Jail last Saturday. During this occasion, all the shops and other business establishments remained closed in all the major townships of of Chenab region. There was poor traffic plying on the road of the towns as well as link road. Bahdh calls were given at different places by separatist leaders from local mosques following which people from all walks of life gathered at specified places and took out demostrations. Protesting people raised Pro Azadi, Pro Guru and Islamic slogans. Following bandh calls huge deployment of security system was strengthend across the Chenab region with heavy deployment of police and para military personnel with complete cambate positions in all the sensative parts of the region . At Bhadarwah, Banihal and Kishtwar towns, people held demonstrations and raised slogans against the Indian government. Speakers mostly sepratists condemned the execution of Afzal Guru. They were off the opinion that the victim was not given any chance to defend himself. Speakers said that he was innocent and had nothing to do with the attack on Indian Parliament. They said that it was a shame on the so called democracy of India as victim was not allowed to have legal aid for him and the Supreme Court of India had given death sentence without hearing the other side of the case. Further more, the speakers said that this type of practice against the innocent Kashmiris would further escalate tension in South East Asia. They appealed the International Community to intervene at this juncture which has violated all the norms while executing Mohammad Afzal Guru. People also demanded inquiry into the execution of Afzal Guru by an Independent Agency like Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch. The Bandh passed off peacefully with no untoward incident from any part of the region.

Majority community observed complete band in Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 15: Members of the majority community today observed a complete bandh in Kishtwar District supporting the demand of the family members of parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru hanged inside Tihar jail on February 9 to hand over his dead body. Large number of youths in the morning assembled outside Jamia Masjid Kishtwar and held a protest raising anti India, pro freedom slogans and burnt tyres. During day long strike, the market in Muslim dominated areas of Kishtwar District bare a deserted look and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the District. Later the people offered Namaaz-e-Janaza (Funeral prayer in absentia) inside Jamia Masjid Kishtwar. While addressing the gathering, Immam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo pays tribute to Afzal Guru and strongly advocated the handing over of the mortal remains of Guru to his family. He also offered special prayers for Guru and Maqbool Butt, both hanged inside Tihar jail New Delhi. Immam also offered special prayers for 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasav and condemn his hanging as well. Due to bad weather condition and rains, no protest was held after Friday prayers. District Administration Kishtwar in view of the band call made elaborated security arrangements to thwart any attempt on part of nefarious elements to destabilize peace and tranquility in the area. It is worthwhile to mention that only few days ago anonymous threat posters appears at various places in Kishtwar District issuing threat to Immam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar for not endorsing the huriyat call of band in Kishtwar District in wake of aftermath of Afzal Guru hanging. Kishtwar District relatively remain calm after news about hanging of Afzal Guru was break by various media houses.

DC Kishtwar flag in army’s OP Sadbawna tour for girls.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 12: Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Saleem Mohammad Chowdhary today flag in the Operation Sadbawna tour for girl student in presence of Commandant 9 Sector RR Kishtwar Brigadier Hatish Kholi and Commander 17 RR Col. R S Lehal at Tourist Reception Center Kishtwar. 10 days educational cum motivational tour named as “Firdous-e-Watan” was organized by Headquarter Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) in collaboration with 17 RR under the aegis of Headquarter 9 sector RR for girl students of various schools hailing from insurgency affected areas of Kishtwar District. A total of 30 students will visit Jammu, Chandigarh, Kapurthala and Amritsar. The aim and objective of organizing this tour is to boost educational skills among the girl students so that they can compete with the men’s in every department. During her 10 days visit, these girl students visited Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake, Dool Museum, Pinjore Garden, and Punjab University at Chandigarh, beside they will also visit Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Guru Nanak Dev University and Wagha Border at Amritsar, Science City at Kapurthala and Bagh-e-Bahu, Aquarium and Hari Niwas Palace at Jammu. All the girl participants showed their happiness and said that they enjoyed the tour and expressed her thanks to Indian army for arranging a tour for them. They said that many among these girls had never went outside her home and this educational tour gives them exclusive chance to visit beyond Jammu for the first time. The program was attended by officials of District Administration, Police and large number of people hailing from different walks of life. The success of this girl tour was seen as significant development and change in the mindset of the common people towards army, particularly in the minds of parents of girl child when the country witnesses the uproar over the safety and the security of the women in India

24 residential houses gutted in devastating fire incident in Tun village of Kishtwar

Fire incident exposes preparedness of disaster management cell in District Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 12: At least 24 residential houses hosting 32 families and over 100 livestock perished alive in a major fire tragedy that struck in remote Tun village of Ghandari Panchayat of Padder Tehsil some 140 KM from District Kishtwar late last night. According to the reports, the main cause of the fire is said to be the fire furnace kept by the villagers inside the house for warming due to prevailing cold in the area presently under 3-4 feet of snow cover. The effected village is situated at the extreme end of Padder Tehsil of Kishtwar District bordering neighboring Himachal Pradesh and has no road and communication connectivity. The only communication network with the village is the BSNL satellite phone installed in a nearby village. The eyewitnesses said that bearing couple of houses, the whole village turns into rubble and all the 32 effected families based on over 70 individuals spent the whole night in an open field and the condition is likely to remain same for few more days as the District Administration fails to reach the effected village along with any possible help in terms of blankets, tents, cloths, utensils and ration till the last report came in thus exposing preparedness of District Administration’s disaster management cell. The reports further added that the fire spread within few minutes and villagers left with no other option expect to come out of their houses and hardly manage to save their belongings and livestock as the fire engulfed the whole village in no time. Due to non availability of fire fighting equipments, the fire was brought under control only this afternoon when the villagers from adjoining village rush to the spot. The eyewitnesses said that even though the fire was brought under control, the smoke and foul smell due to perishing of livestock is still coming out of the burnt house. As soon as the news of the fire incident reach Tehsil HQ Gulabgard and Kishtwar, a police party from nearby police post has rush to the effected village to access the loss to the property, but the police team is likely to reach the effected village before midnight. A team of BJP led by senior party leader Sunil Sharma rush to the spot and distributed blankets, cloths and other relief material, beside cash assistance of Rs. 500 each to the effected families. Meanwhile the concern MLA Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, Minister of State for Home unsuccessfully attempted to land the effected village along with concerned Deputy Commission. Kichloo who arrived at Kishtwar in the afternoon in state chopper could not manage to land at effected village due to presence of heavy snow cover in the area and return back to Srinagar within few hours to monitor the law and order situation in valley aroused in wake of hanging of parliament convict Mohammad Afzal Guru. He though issued some directions to the administration that seems busy in holding on meetings though out the day, but nothing has been done so far on ground thus exposing the preparedness of District Administration on disaster management front. Early Times from time to time highlighted the lack of teeth in disaster management cell announced by the government in papers few years back. It is worthwhile to mention that this is the 6th major fire tragedy that has taken place in Kishtwar District. In the year 2008, nearly 180 houses gutted in a fire incident in Margi village of Warwan followed by fire in Ongie village and Khadalu Hamlet of Padder. In Khadalu, four member of a family were perished alive in a similar fire incident on 14 January 2012.

Girls outshine boys in 10+2 result in Kishtwar District

IFHS Kishtwar begs first position.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 7: Once again showing her dominance in the field of education, girls outshines boys in 10+2 result in winter zone of Jammu province, the result of which was today announced by the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education. As per the result declared by the JKBOSE, Maniza Kousar ( Roll No: 709700) D/O Fida Hussain Zarger resident of Hidyal Kishtwar, student of Islamia Fareedia Higher Secondary School Kishtwar begs first position by securing 478 (95.6%)marks out of 500 followed by Salman Sadat Dar (Roll No:711746)S/O Sadat Bashir Dar resident of Akhyar Abad Kishtwar securing 469(93.8%), Tenzeen Youndan Bodh (Roll No:711741) S/O Lal Chand R/O Padder with 460 (92%), both Salman and Tenzeen were the students of Government Boys Higher Secondary School Kishtwar. Fourth position was begged by Iram Ara Zarger (Roll No:731776) D/O Tehseen Ahmed Zarger with 459 (91.8%) of Government Girls Higher Secondary School Kishtwar. The 5th position goes to Basit Masood Dev S/O Masood Ahmed Dev R/O of near Veterinary Hospital Kishtwar , a student of GHSS Boys Kishtwar by securing 457 (91.4 %) and the 6th position was held by Uzma Sidiqa (Roll No: 709701) D/O Shabir Ahmed Gagroo R/O near Veterinary Hospital Kishtwar. Uzma was the student of Islamia Fareedia Higher Secondary School Kishtwar and secured 454 (90.8%). Over all girls outshines the boys in top 50 positions. While talking to the “Early Times” Maniza Kousar attributed her success to teacher and parents. She said that she would like to become the Doctor. Similar views were expressed by Basit Masood Dev who too shows his interest in Medical field, Both Maniza and Basit wants to serve the people of Kishtwar District in future. Meanwhile Principal HSS Boys Kishtwar Javeed Ahmed Kichloo extended his greetings to the meritorious students and also greeted the parents of the students who bring top position in 10+2 examination, beside his staff. Mr. Kichloo said that government schools always played an important role in education sector and added that since independent, government schools produces top bureaucrats and politicians as well, who played an important role in nation building.

Several houses damaged in snow/wind storm

Kishtwar Feb 5: Nearly a dozen houses in remote village of Kuchhal area of Kishtwar District got severely Damage due to snow/wind storm that hit the area on Tuesday afternoon. According to reports, fast winds and snow damage the residence of Sarpanch Kuchhal A, Abdul Rashid Rana, , first floor of residence of Mohammad Rafi Sheikh and Jamia Masjid Sheikhpora also suffered damages due to snow/wind storm. There are reports that many houses in the area got partial to major damages and the same are being verified when last report came in.

Saroori, Ashok, Naresh & Sham condoles veteran Politician Aziz Zargar

Jammu February 5: Former Minister and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, MLA Ramban Master Ashok Kumar, MLC Naresh Gupta and MLC Sham Lal Bhagat have expressed deep grief over the sad demise of Former Minister and MLA from Srinagar Abdul Aziz Zargar. Leaders described Mr. Zargar as a veteran leader who always worked for the welfare of the people of the State and said that Mr. Zargarwas a man of integrity and his death has created a void in the political field. He was also last surviving member of first constituent Assembly in 1951. All the leaders visited the Jammu residence of late Mr. Zargar at Bathandi Tuesday morning to personally expressed solidarity with the bereaved family, conveyed their sympathy. They prayed to the Almighty Allah for blessing peace to the departed soul beside a place for him in heaven. They also prayed to Almighty Allah to give strength to the family members of the deceased to bear irreparable loss.

DC Kishtwar flag off army’s OP Sadbawna tour for girls

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 2: In a significant development and change in the mindset of the common people towards army, particularly in the minds of parents of girl child when the country witnesses the uproar over the safety and the security of the women in India, Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Saleem Mohammad Chowdhary today flag off the Operation Sadbawna tour for girl student in presence of Commandant 9 Sector RR Kishtwar Brigadier Hatish Kholi, Commander 17 RR Col. R S Lehal and Additional SP Kishtwar Kulbir Singh from Tourist Reception Center Kishtwar. While talking to the media persons on the sideline of the event, Commandant 9 Sector RR Kishtwar said that an educational cum motivational tour named as “Firdous-e-Watan” was organized by Headquarter Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) in collaboration with 17 RR under the aegis of Headquarter 9 sector RR for girl students of various schools hailing from insurgency affected areas of Kishtwar District. A total of 30 students will visit Jammu, Chandigarh, Kapurthala and Amritsar. He said that the aim and objective of organizing this tour is to boost educational skills among the girl students so that they can compete with the men’s in every department. He said that during her 10 days visit, these girl students will visit Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake, Dool Museum, Pinjore Garden, and Punjab University at Chandigarh, beside they will also visit Golden Temple, Jalianwala Bagh, Guru Nanak Dev University and Wagha Border at Amritsar, Science City at Kapurthala and Bagh-e-Bahu, Aquarium and Hari Niwas Palace at Jammu. During his interaction with tour girl students, Mr. Kholi asked them to spread the message of peace and communal harmony, beside witness the rapid development being made by the nation in the field of Information Technology, Education, Infrastructure, Medical Science and other allied sectors since the independence. Two female teachers, one army lady officer of Major rank and other helping staff from army will accompanied these girl students during her 10 days tour. “I am very happy— I have never went outside Jammu and I am thankful to army that they provide me the chance to step out of my home for the first” said Humara Fatima Giri, student of 12th class. She said that with the return of normalcy in the state, parents of girl child feels free to allow her daughter for this type of tours. “With the return of normalcy, the confidence among the parents starts returning back and now they shows trust on us as well as on army and allows us to visit outside” added Humera. She said that she will be in favour of organizing such tours by army in future as well. Another touring aspirant Depeeka Sharma said that army provides her the chance by selecting her for this tour and said that she without wasting any time grab it. “It is very difficult for the girls of this far-flung area to get any opportunity to became a part of tour like this—– and I feel happy to be the part of this tour” said Depeeka Sharma. She said that many girls among the touring contingent belong to poor families and had hardly visited behind Jammu. Depeeka expresses her gratitude to army for making her selection possible for this tour. She added that this tour will be a turning point for the girls of Kishtwar as this will open the door for many girls of the area to look behind Kishtwar. The program was attended by officials of District Administration, Police and large number of people hailing from different walks of life also participated in the flag off ceremony

6 days reorientation training course for teacher concluded at Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Feb 2: Chief Education Officer Kishtwar Lok Nath Butt in his address on the eve of conclusion of 6 days re-orientation training course program for teachers organized by the DIET Kishtwar has emphasized up on the teacher community for developing better teacher and student relationship and urged upon them to dedicate and devote himself for the betterment of education standard in the government run schools. He said that teacher is an important link between the human society and the spirituality and said that it was teacher who by his profession makes the human being understood about the existence of God and his creature. He said that being a responsible person of the society, teacher must transform the things into the reality so that he could be remembered by the people for his services even after his death. He said that a successful teacher will always be remembered not only among the intellectual persons of the society, but also among the masses. He said that teachers need to understand their responsibility and should work with zeal and zest so that they can nurture the society as a whole. He urged up on the teacher community to attend their schools regularly and advice them to teach the students in their schools everything that they have learnt during these 6 days training course. As many as 200 teachers from education zone Kishtwar, Inderwal and Warwan of District Kishtwar participated in the training course held under the supervision of Raiz Ahmed Butt, Course Coordinator and Rashid Hamid Kamal. Tariq Hussain Khawja (DPO), Sunita Sharma incharge Principal DIET Kishtwar, Pramila Sharma and Mehboob Qazi are few to mention who attended today’s program held at multipurpose hall of HSS Boys Kishtwar.

DC inaugurate water testing laboratory at Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 31: Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Saleem Mohammad Chowdhary in presence of Additional SP Kishtwar Kulbir Singh, Tehsildar Kishtwar Indeerjeet Singh Parihar and officials of PHE department Kishtwar today inaugurated a water testing laboratory established by the PHE department near NHPC colony. According to Abdul Wahid Zarger, Executive Engineer PHE Division Kishtwar the aim and objective of establishing water testing laboratory at Kishtwar is to check the quality of water supplied to the people. He said that the government directions as well as the honorable PHE Minister has directed the officials of the department to provide neat and clean water to the people without any compromise with the quality of the water. He said that the department as well as the administration can any time collect the water samples from any part of the district for its testing. He said that in case people have any kind of complaint about the supply of dirty water to them, they can collect the samples and same could be tested at this newly established laboratory without any cost. He said that there are certain parameters in water test so as to ascertain whether the water supplied to the common people is fit for human consumption or not. He said that with the establishment of water testing laboratory, the employees of PHE department will further bind the PHE employees in terms of providing neat and clean drinking water to the people so as to avoid departmental action in case the water samples proves unfit for human consumption.

Buglers strike at Tanveer Electronics shop in Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 31: Unidentified buglers during intervening night of 30/31 January 2013 strike at Tanveer Electronic shop at every busy hospital chowk which is less than 300 meters away from police station Kishtwar. After receiving the information about the theft, Police party led by Dy. SP HQ Farooq Qaiser and SHO P/S Kishtwar Mushtaq Ahmed Jiral rush to the spot and access the nature of the crime. According to Abrar Ahmed Zarger owner of the shop— as per routine work, he along with his employees closes the shop at around 8.30 PM last night and said that in the morning when they open the shop, they find the things laying scattered all over. He said that after looking for few minutes, they find that the wall on the right side of his shop broken. He said that immediately they bring the matter into the notice of the police who rush to the shop and after accessing the nature of the crime, police registered the FIR against unknown buglers. He said that the buglers after conducting the burglary decamped with two Sony digital cameras, mobile phones, memory cards, pen drives, cash worth Rs. 20000 and other electronic items. It is worthwhile to mention that this is the 3rd burglary incident that took place inside this famous electronic shop in last four years in which the victim suffers nearly 8 to 10 lakhs. Though Kishtwar police arrested Mohammad Saleem Kripak and Mudassir Ahmed Dev last time and recovered the stolen material from the position of the two accuse, but despite the lapse of more than two years, police fails to prosecute both the accuse despite having clear proofs against the two, beside both the accuse confess that the first burglary that took place inside the shop some four years ago was also carried out by them, the case which was closed by Kishtwar police as not admit.

BJP announces its mandal teams for Kishtwar, Thathri and Nagsini Mandal

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 29: In order to strengthen the party at grass root level Bhartiya Janata Party Kitwar announced its new office bearers for Kishtwar, Thathri and Nagsini mandals (blocks). As a part of this exercise party has already elected the mandal presidents which includes Dev Raj Sen (Kishtwar), Harbans Singh (Thathri) and Sunder Singh ( Nagsini). As per the party statement issued here today are made with the consent of District President BJP Kishtwar Rajinder Singh Sen which includes Master Shakti Parihar, Ravi Pargal , Som Nath Manhas,, Krishan Lal Parihar as Vice Presidents, Swami Raj Sen, Subhash Parihar as General Secretaries, Badri Nath, Ranjit Wazir, Om Prakash Bhagat, Master Des Raj as Secretaries, Vishal Gupta as Cashier, Om Prakash Shan as Office Secretary, Deepak Sharma as Media Secretary and Swami Raj and Vipen Sen as Publicity Secretaries of Mandal team for Kishtwar. Similarly Mandal Team for Thathri were based on Om Prakash, Kanshi Ram, Swami Raj as Vice Presidents, Deep Kumar as General Secretary, Madan lal, Raghu Nath, Rattan Lal as Secretaries, Subhash Chander as Cashier, Mukund Ram as Office Secretary and Krishan Lal as Publicity Secretary and Mandal Team for Nagsini is based on following persons Ravi Kant, Kunj Lal, Om Prakash, Lal Chand as Vice Presidents, Sewa Ram and Raj Kumar as General secretaries, Ashok Kumar, Sewa Ram, Jaswant Singh, Fulail Singh as Secretaries, Arjun Singh as Cashier, Madan Lal, Dolat Ram as publicity secretary and Jai Singh as Office Secretary.

JKACL organized musical night at Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 29: Jammu and Kashmir Academy of art, Culture and Languages sub-office Kishtwar organized a Grand Musical program/Kashmari Comedy Drama in Community Hall Kishtwar in which various artists performed their items. The said program was chaired by Saleem Mohammad Chowdhary, Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar while Administrator Auqaf Islamia Kishtwar Tanveer Ahmed Kichloo was the guest of honor. A huge gathering of audiences from all strata of life witness the program and hails the role of academy for organizing such programs at Kishtwar. During the course of program, a special public related question-answer section was also organized on function of the academy. Besides the general public, various politicians, scholars and social workers also attended the program. On this occasion news papers “Saqafat” was also released at Chenab valley level by Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar and Administrator Auqaf Islamia Kishtwar. Incharge Sub Office Kishtwar Gulab Saffi thanks the people and District administration for their cooperation in successful conduction of this program

Police seize 18 PHE pipes from Palmar Kishtwar

Kishtwar Jan 27: Kishtwar police late last night seized at least 18 PHE pipes meant for illegal use from Suzna area of Palmar in Kishtwar District under the jurisdiction of police station Kishtwar. According to the reports, a vigilant police personal watch the dumping of the seized pipes under the garb of darkness and accordingly bring the matter into the notice of senior police officials who directed in charge police post Palmar ASI Abdul Majid sheikh and conducted the raid in the area and seized all the 18 pipes. As per police the recoveries was made from one Ajaiz Ahmed Kichloo of the same area who was working on HR in the department. However the police so far did not registered any FIR.

Succumbing under political pressure, Kishtwar police registered fake FIR against ET reporter

Kishtwar Jan 26: Succumbing under political pressure, Kishtwar police on the eve of Republic Day strangulated the throat of justice deliver system and registered fake FIR under section 341/323/504 against Asif Iqbal Naik, Early Times correspondent from Kishtwar. As per the details, a notorious cheat Sajjad Ahmed Najjar son of Abdul Gaffar Najjar resident of Jamia Mohallah Kishtwar commonly known as “Natwar Lal of Kishtwar” along with his associate Firdous Ahmed Ganie alias Chowdhary son of Mohammad Akbar Ganie resident of Ganie Mohallah made an attempt to assault while ET correspondent was purchasing medicines for her ailing mother. Both Sajjad Ahmed Najjar and Firdous Ahmed Ganie earlier on 30-12-2012 tries to crush Asif Iqbal Naik under his vehicle and according he (Asif) approach the CJM Kishtwar, who order the SHO Police Station Kishtwar to registered the FIR against both the accuse. After court direction and recording of witnesses statement, Kishtwar police did not registered any FIR against the two and instead produce the challan in the court of Magistrate first class Kishtwar. Annoyed by the warrants issued by the Magistrate, these two notorious criminals who one or other pretest were threatening the ET Correspondent to withdraw his complaint and last night at around 7.20 PM the two accuse stage a self style drama when both were under influence of heavy alcohol create a ruckus at every busy Hospital Chowk during which one Firdous Ahmed get injured after he fall on some blunt object as he was under heavy influence of alcohol. Taking the plea of such minor injury, the two accuse in a well planed politically manage stage registered the FIR against ET correspondent and was acknowledge by the Kishtwar police having personal enmity with the said correspondent as he continues to unmask the wrong doings of Kishtwar police from time to time. The political nexus can be judged from the fact that the two accuse are considered as close associates and workers of newly inducted MOS Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo and the main reason behind logging of fake FIR against ET correspondent is the political pressure exerted by the MOS Home and his close associate Shabir Ahmed Kamal who pressurizes the ET correspondent for compromise in case under trail in the court of Magistrate first class Kishtwar in support of withdrawal of fake complaint lodged by the Firdous Ahmed Ganie. After refusal of compromise offer by the correspondent, Shabir Ahmed Kamal on behalf of MOS Home and other National conference workers forced Kishtwar police to registered FIR against Asif Iqbal Naik. After succumbing to the political pressure and to teach the lesion to ET correspondent, Kishtwar police registered FIR No:7 against Asif Iqbal Naik and according conduct the medical test of the complainant and his report, doctor at District Hospital Kishtwar confirms that the complaint Firdous Ahmed Ganie is under the heavy influence of alcohol and the injury was found as normal one. Even though ET correspondent submitted an application to police for registration of an FIR against the two accuse, they did not pay any heed to that application and instead offered chairs and tea to the accuse who are very much in nexus with the police officials and in recent past Kishtwar police has turned into sapphire and gold smugglers and by indulging in this trade, these police officials accumulated huge moveable and immoveable properties. “I on behalf of police tender my apology for registration of an FIR against you—but police was forced act against you under political pressure” a police personal informed the ET correspondent inside the police station. During over six hour detention, senior police officers inside police station Kishtwar subject the ET correspondent to mental harassment and release him from the custody after furnishing two surety bonds of Rs. 5000/ each. ET Correspondent apprehended that Kishtwar police may registered more fake FIR’s against him in case he did not toe their lines as well as that of their masters. The irony is that even SSP Kishtwar stop his vehicle after witnessing the ruckus of the two notorious cheats, but despite that did not act against the two. It is pertinent to mention that “Early Times” like other news paper carried the news item against the accuse Sajjad Ahmed Najjar based on the action in a cheating case initiated by ADM Kishtwar Rajesh Kumar Shavan. The case is presently under purview of honorable J & K High Court after accuse Sajjad Ahmed Najjar approach the honorable court seeking stay on the proceedings initiated by ADM Kishtwar against him.

Kichloo inspect DH Kishtwar, chaired RKS meet

Kishtwar Jan 25: MOS Industries and Commerce Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today inspect the District Hospital Kishtwar and inspect the functioning of hospital, beside meet the patients. During his inspection, Kichloo issued several directions pertaining to functioning of the hospital and to improve the health facility. Site for construction of Rs. 80 lakh child sick unit and issued direction to the concern for completion of establishment of this unit. Later Mr. Kichloo also chaired the Roghi Kalyan Simiti meeting inside the premises of CMO office Kishtwar. During the course of the meeting CMO Kishtwar Dr. Ajay Gupat and Medical Superintendent District Hospital Kishtwar Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Naqeeb brief the minister about various health related schemes, beside also raise certain problems faced by the hospital authorities. Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Naqeeb put forth the demand of establishment of permanent police post inside the hospital, immediate need for installation of solar light system inside the hospital premises, establishment of medical shop, canteen, shortage of doctors and paramedical staff and rising of compound wall in and around hospital land. Mr. Naqeeb also briefs the minister about utilization of Hospital Development funds, beside also seek approval for purchase of AC’s required in operation theaters. He also briefs the meeting about various government schemes. As per the details given by the officials, out of Rs. 5 lakhs, Rs. 3.96 lakhs has been utilized for purchasing of equipments, medicines, salary of HDF employees and other related item. After giving patience hearing, MLA Kishtwar informed the meeting about his agenda pertaining to upliftment of functioning of hospitals in Kishtwar District. He said that District Hospital and health infrastructure in Kishtwar is on his top agenda. He also announces Rs. 1 lakh out of his CDF as assistance to the District Hospital Kishtwar for meeting out day to day requirement in functioning of District Hospital. Among the others who participated in the meeting includes DC Kishtwar, BMO Kishtwar, BMO Dachhan, District Health Officer and members of RKS.

BJP held protest at Kishtwar over Shinde remark

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 24: Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Kishtwar took to streets today in Kishtwar to protest against the remark of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in which Mr. Shinde blames that RSS and BJP has links with saffron terror groups involved in serval blast that took place in various parts of the country. The BJP activists in order to show his resentment over Shinde remarks took out the procession under the leadership of its party District President Kishtwar Rajinder Singh from Char Chinar chowk Kishtwar and passes through main bazaar Kishtwar and burnt the effigy of Home Minister and termed his statement as irresponsible statement against RSS and BJP. The agitating part activists block the main road outside DC office Kishtwar for over two hours and disrupt the vehicular movement. The BJP Kishtwar expressed its deep anguish and concern over the statement given by Shinde. The Party warned the Govt of dire consequences if action is not taken against him who had given a clean chit to Pak sponsored terrorism and sow the seeds of discord.BJP leaders said that such incidents will not be tolerated at any cost. Addressing the protestors, BJP district president Rajinder Singh criticized the UPA Govt and said that while some peoples are hell bent to fan trouble in the country like the statements of Union Home Minister and issued a stem warning to UPA Govt to shun the policy of appeasement. Sunil Sharma senior leader BJP in his address said that in no condition the party will allow such type of divisive politics in the country. He further said that Indian Home Minister is dancing to the tunes of anti nationals elements and playing a dangerous game of appeasement of Pakistan and militants in the hope of buying power. Retd Captain Hukam Chand (State Executive Member) demanded immediate resignation of Home Minister. Others who spoke on this occasion were Chuni Lal Shan, Capt Chuni Lal, Dev Raj Sen, Vijay Parihar, lalit Sharma,Sandeep Shan,Vikas parihar, Ashish Sharma, Raj Kumar Bullet, Shashi Paul Badyal, Ranjit Singh, Ajay Singh, Mohinder Singh, Runmeet Singh, Ranjit Wazir and others.

People of JK want to live with peace, don’t push them towards fear psychosis: Kichloo

Underline the importance of peace for development in state.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 24: “People of Jammu and Kashmir wants to live with peace and dignity— Don’t push them towards fear psychosis” this was stated by Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, Minister of State for Industries & Commerce, Home, R &B, Housing & Urban Development, Tourism and Culture in his address during a mammoth public rally at ITI ground Kishtwar. Mr. Kichloo in his address said that after taking over as Minister of state for Home, his aim was to reach the people at grass root level. He said that some police officer tries to create a fear psychosis in his mind after he plan to visit downtown area of Srinagar which is considered as hot bed of separatist. Mr. Kichloo without naming separatist said that during his visit to downtown in Srinagar few days ago, the people give him an overwhelming response and said that during his public meeting inside the police station; local people informed him that they look towards the said people station after over two decades. He said that the role of police is to develop people to people contact and not to harass the people. He said that he had issued to the direction to all police officers right from SHO to SSP’s to hold police-public meeting on regular basis. He said that he will try its best to come up to the expectation of the people as well to the expectation of honorable Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. He said that he is hopeful that he will do the justice with the responsibilities entrust up on him by the party and the Chief Minister. He said that remaining two years left in the government is the period of development and prosperity and said that peace is an imperative for the over development of state including Kishtwar district. He said that some vested interest people are trying to disturb the atmosphere of peace and communal harmony in Kishtwar District. He warns those elements by saying that the people of Kishtwar will give the befitting reply to those communal forces and said that he was hopeful that people of Kishtwar will join hands together by supporting his developmental agenda. He said that his priority is to overcome the problem of shortage of drinking water in Kishtwar District and set the deadline of one month to overcome this burning problem faced by the people of Kishtwar. In his address to the mammoth gathering of over 20000 people, Kichloo assured the people of Kishtwar District that he will work with zeal and zest for the betterment and upliftment this backward district of the state. He said that after remaining an MLA for over 10 years, he was aware about the problems faced by the people of Kishtwar District and particularly of his own constituency. He said that after assuming the charge of MOS in the state government, his aim is to dedicate himself for the people of Kishtwar District by addressing and solving all those problems faced by the people of Kishtwar District in terms of shortage of staff in District Hospital Kishtwar, improvement of infrastructure in education, tourism, and road connectivity to Marwah, Dachhan, Machail and other unconnected areas of the District. He said that 100 bed maternity hospital has been sanctioned at Kishtwar, beside said that his aim is to push for early start of construction work on at least one hydel power project so that unemployed youth gets jobs in these power project. He also announced that he will establish his office at Kishtwar so that he will remain in touch with the people of Kishtwar District. He said that his aim is work without any selfishness for the betterment of the people of Kishtwar irrespective of their party affiliation, religious, caste, color and creed. He said that after assuming the charge of ministry, his responsibility extended to whole of the state. He said that it was not possible for him now onwards to stay for longer period at Kishtwar, however Mr. Kichloo said that he will try to visit Kishtwar after every fortnight so that he can interact with the people and will try to rectify their problems. He said that during his absence, people can approach his newly established office at Kishtwar with their grievances. He urged up on his party carders to dedicate more time towards the public related work. He also offered pray for all those friends and party workers who died while dreaming about his induction in council of ministers. Earlier thousands of people enroute to Kishtwar gives Mr. Kichloo a rousing reception. He also addresses a series of public rallies at Pul Doda, Thatri and Drabshal. Soon after reaching Kishtwar, thousands of people accompanied Kichloo in road show march from Malipath Chowk to ITI ground and took nearly two hours to him to cover the distance of 1.5 KM to reach the venue

Kichloo arriving at Kishtwar today will address public rally

Will newly inducted MOS Home manage to bring an end to corruption in Kishtwar police?

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 23: Newly inducted minister of state for Industries and Commerce (Independent charge), Home, R & B, Housing and Urban Development, Tourism and Culture Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo is arriving at Kishtwar tomorrow for the first time after he took over as the Minister of State in Omar Abdullah lead coalition government. Mr. Kichloo is schedule to address a series of public rallies at Thatri, Drabshala and Kishtwar tomorrow. On the arrival of Kichloo at Kishtwar, security forces had made an elaborated security arrangement ITI ground Kishtwar where Mr. Kichloo will address its first rally in his home constituency. With the induction of Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo as minister, there are several hopes among the people of the Kishtwar District as far as developmental of the area is concerned. Beside improvement of road connectivity, shortage of Doctors and Paramedical staff in District Hospital Kishtwar, lack of educational infrastructure and improvement of public delivery system. The people of Kishtwar are hopeful that young Minister will come up to the public expectation and will bring an end to corruption in the system, particularly in police department, the department that tops in corruption and thus boast lawlessness in Kishtwar District, the district which has witnessed unprecedented popularity in recent time including in corruption. Kishtwar police is not an ordinary police which not only threaten the peace of the Kishtwar District as it has become the money minting machines not only for themselves, but also for the criminals who open loot the public without any fear. It was not only the general public who feels threatens from the Kishtwar police, but it was also a judicial system that faces the blunt on part of the Kishtwar police as they did not honor even the court directions. There are several unregistered FIR’s even after the court directed the police from time to time for registration of the same after aggrieved victims approach the court for seeking justice. As far as recent development in Kishtwar District, Kishtwar police cross all the limits of corruptions when they felicitated the bail of a Norco smuggler within few days of his arrest. There are also report of hushing up several cases including seizer of gold biscuits, pieces of Sapphires and also did not act against the children’s of high profile families found involved in car lifting from various parts of the Kishtwar District. All such activities proves that corruption is at rampant in Kishtwar District and a million dollar question is Will newly inducted MOS Home manage to bring an end to corruption in Kishtwar police?

RJML society flaws Doda administration

Kishtwar Jan 23: Rasa Javedani Memorial literary society has strongly criticized the District Administration Doda for not removing the illegal encroachment of the grave of the legendary Urdu and Kashmiri poet Rasa Javedani. In this connection an emergency meeting of the Executive body of the Rasa Javedani Memorial literary society was today held under the chairmanship of its President Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik. The meeting was attended by Aseer Kishtwari General Secretary, Tanveer Ahmed Dev Patron, Ravi Thakur Cultural Secretary, Piyare Hatash Joint Secretary and Tariq Abrar Press Secretary. In a press statement issued here today, General Secretary of the society Aseer Kishtwari said that it was reported in the newspapers that grave of the legendary Urdu and Kashmiri poet Rasa Javedani was encroached illegally by some miscreants. He said that after appearing the news in the local papers, DC Doda himself visited the grave of the Rasa Javedani and constituted a committee to look into the matter. He said that the committee had submitted its report long back with the remarks that grave has been encroached but till date the illegal encroachment was not removed. Aseer Kishtwari alleged that District Administration had kept mum in this regard as they had taken up money from encroachers. He said that if the encroachment is not removed immediately the RJML society would launch an agitation against the District Administration Doda. While speaking in the meeting the President of the society Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik described Rasa Javedani the identity of Bhaderwah who had contributed a lot for the development of Urdu and Kashmiri language. He said that when the news of encroachment of his Grave appeared in the News Papers, the Finance Minister Abdul Raheem Rathar directed the DC Doda to look into the matter; Anjuman-e-Islamia Bhaderwah has too in his written complaint made clear that the graveyard of Rasa Javedani was encroached said Prof. Shohab. He further said that he wondered why District Administration Doda has kept mum despite the fact that committee constituted for the purpose has clearly stated that grave of Rasa Javedani has been encroached. Ravi Thakur, Piyrae Hatash, Tanveer Ahmed Dev and Tariq Abrar too spoke on the occasion and warned the District administration Doda that if the encroachment is not removed within a week’s time, the members of the society will come on roads against the callus attitude of the Doda Administration. They also criticized SDM Bhaderwah who according to them is taking the side of encroachers.

Leopard shot dead in Doda

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 22: Two and half year old Leopard (Male) was shot dead by some unidentified gunman in Thalela area of Doda District under jurisdiction of Wildlife Division Kishtwar. According to Sajjad Zahir Range Officer Wildlife Department Kishtwar, they got the information about the killing of a Leopard late last night through police. He said that after receiving information from the Doda police, a team of wildlife officials from Kishtwar rush to the spot and shifted the dead body of the Leopard to nearby police post. He said that on the bases of the factual report submitted by the Wildlife Officials, they lodged a written complaint with Police Post Kharra and accordingly an FIR NO:9/2013 under section 8 of Wildlife Protection Act 1978 was registered by the police. He said that after registration of an FIR under relevant sections of law, a team of Veterinary doctor conducted the postmortem of the Leopard body. He said that during preliminary investigation it comes to the fore that the Leopard was killed with a gunshot. “ Postmortem confirms that the Leopard was killed with a gunshot, as off now it was difficult to say whether it was a 12 bore riffle shot or a 303 gunshot” added Range Officer Wildlife Sajjad Zahir. He said that as per the first opinion, it looks that it was a 303 gunshot and said that the final authentication of the weapon used in killing the Leopard could be ascertained only after the final postmortem report collaborated with FSL report. He said that the culprits after killing the Leopard removed his nails and teeth’s as well. He said that SP Doda Mohammad Arif Rishu has assured them through probe into the killing of Leopard which has been declared as an endanger specifies by the government of Jammu and Kashmir under its Wildlife Act. He said that the Leopard body was later destroyed in accordance to the law. It is worthwhile to mention that only a month ago Two leopards including a cub was found dead by Doda police near Shalot Nallah in Prem Nagar, the area only few kilometers away from today’s incident of killing.

BJP announces party presidents for Marwah & Padder blocks of Kishtwar District

Kishtwar Jan 22: In order to strengthen its party at grass root level, BJP today announce the party president for Padder and Marwah Mandal (Block) of Kishtwar District, beside also constitute the team of office bearers for the two blocks. As per the statement issued by BJP State Secretary Sunil Sharma, as per the party constitution after every three years BJP holds fresh membership and announced its new office bearers from booth level to top level and elected Hari Krishan Chauhan and Mohammad Shafi Najjar as its party president for block Padder and Marwah respectively. The name of both was made public with the consent of District President Kishtwar Rajinder Singh who also announces their teams for Padder block which includes Vijay Parihar, Manohar Lal, Sri Singh Rana and Om Nath (Sarpanch) as Vice Presidents, Shadi Lal Chauhan and Chamail Singh as General Secretaries, Nand Krishan, Raj Kumar, Ravinder Kumar and Khem Raj as Secretaries, Wazir Chand as Cashier, Yogender Singh as Office Secretary ,Tsering Narboo (sarpanch) as Media Secretary and Pritam Lal and Nav Rattan as Publicity Secretaries, Dulhar Singh will be Incharge as Gulabgarh-Machail Shakti Kendra, Om Prakash Parihar as Incharge Sazzar-Gulabgarh Shakti Kendra and Narinder Singh will be the incharge of Sohal- Gandhari Shakti Kendra. Similar the team for Marwah block consists of following persons Master Bahadur Wani,Ghulam Nabi Sheikh,Hemiyat Hussain, Ghulam Ali Lohar as Vice Presidents Dilshad Ahmed Najjar as General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Magray, Zahoor Ahmed, Manzoor Ahmed, Shahid Hussain as Secretaries, Billal Ahmed as Cashier, Mohammad Iqbal as Office Secretary and Abdul Rashid Tak as Publicity Secretary

15 persons injured, 2 critically in a tempo traveler accident at Shiva Doda

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 22: fifteen persons including four females and four children’s were injured, two of them critically when a Tempo traveler bearing registration No: JK06-3115 meet with an accident in Shiva area of Doda District. According to reports, the ill-fated vehicle was on its way from Shiva to Doda and while covering the distance of hardly few kilometers, the driver of the vehicle lost his control over the vehicle as a result of which it plunged into 100 ft deep gorge resulted into injury to eight persons. As soon as the people came to know about the accident, they rush to the spot and later with the help of the police and administration shifted all the injured persons to District Hospital Doda from where two critically injured persons were referred to GMC Jammu for advance treatment. The reports added that among the 15 injured persons on board at the time when the vehicle meets with an accident, seven persons were discharged immediately after receiving the first aid treatment, while the six injured persons are still undergoing treatment at Doda Hospital. The condition of all the injured presently under treatment at Doda Hospital is said to be stable and out of danger. The cause of the accident is said to be rash and negligence driving, beside the people also hold responsible the frosty as well as road condition as the cause of accident. The injured have been identified as Surjeet Singh (34) S/o Gori Lal R/o Sindra, Bodh Raj (50) S/o Hari Saran R/o Rai, Mohammad Shafi (45) S/o Abdul Gani R/o Gangatha, Rakesh Kumar (44) S/o Amar Chand R/o Shararna, Binta Devi (37) W/o Pm Parkash R/o Masunda, Rahul (06) S/o Om Parkash, Masunda, Ajeet Kumar (33) S/o Sher Singh R/o Shararna, Sapna Devi (22) D/o Lekh Raj R/o Kula, Lekh Raj (56) S/o Duni Chand, Jagdish Kumar (37) S/o Nand Lal R/o Shiva, Anu Devi (35) W/o Jagdish Kumar R/o Shiva, Vikas Chandail (10) S/o Jagdish Kumar R/o Shiva, Dimple (25) W/o Ajeet Singh R/o Shararna, Vishal Kumar (13) S/o Jagdish Kumar R/o Shiva and Baby (03 month) D/o Om Parkash R/o Masunda. Two injured persons who were shifted to GMC Jammu are Surjeet Singh (34) S/o Gori Lal R/o Sindra and Rakesh Kumar (44) S/o Amar Chand R/o Shararna.

Traffic violations will not be tolerated: DIG Traffic Announced helpline for people/passengers

By Faizan Tramboo Doda, January 22: Violations of traffic rules and regulations will not be tolerated at any cost for the safety and security of people as many precious lives have been lost in the District during recent accidents, this was stated by DIG Traffic Jammu Mr. Shakeel Ahmed Beig while interacting with drivers and passengers during an interaction –cum-awareness camp organized by Traffic Police at Pul Doda today. Regional Transport Officer Jammu Mr. Kotwal , SSP Traffic Ramban Mr. Varinder Sharma, SSP Doda Mr. Arif Rishu, DySP Traffic Doda Mr. V.S Manhas and DySP Hq Doda Mr. Ajaz Zargar besides ARTO Doda and other senior officials of Traffic Police, Motor Vehicle Department , Drivers and Passengers were present in the programme. While addressing the gathering of drivers and passengers, DIG Traffic Jammu Mr. Beig enjoined upon the driver community to make sincere efforts and adopt safe driving habits for the safety and security of passengers. He asked the drivers to fully concentrate while driving as they have the responsibility of safety and security of passengers in their vehicles. He asked the drivers to avoid rash and negligent driving, over speeding, driving under the influence of intoxicants. He cautioned the drivers that any violation will not be tolerated at any cost as safety and security of people is the prime concern of the Traffic Police. He said precious lives have been lost and many have got injured during the recent accidents in the District and it is evident that rash and negligent driving was the reason behind such fatal mishaps. He also impressed upon the people/ passengers of the District to keep their eye on the activities of the driver and in case the driver violate traffic rules immediately inform Traffic police and MVD on the following helpline numbers ie. Traffic Control Unit Jammu 0191- 2459098, Traffic Control Unit Ramban 94199-93745, DySP Traffic Doda- Kishtwar 94191-54727, ARTO Doda 94191-62333, ARTO Kishtwar 94191-55505, DTI Doda 94191-69884, and DTI Kishtwar 88037-59894 for speedy and timely action against the erring driver. Regional Transport Officers Jammu Mr. Kotwal also spoke on the occasion and revealed that a Transport/ Traffic Plan is being prepared by the Transport Department in collaboration with Traffic Police to chalk out the strategy to minimize and eradicate Accidents in the erstwhile District Doda. SSP Traffic Ramban Mr. Varinder Sharma and SSP Doda Mr. Arif Rishu also interacted with the drivers and asked driver community to adopt safe driving habits for the safe and sound existence of passengers in the District.

ATA constitutes its District Body: Dr Shakeel Qazi elected as its new President

By Faizan Tramboo Doda, January 22: Agriculture Technocrates Association (ATA) District Doda today held a meeting at Doda in which large number of Agriculture Technocrates from different blocks of the District participated. In the meeting, the Agriculture Technocrates constitutes its new District Body which includes Dr Shakeel Ahmed Qazi as its President, Arshad Hussain Nalchaband as Vice-President, Ilyas Ahmed Butt as General Secretary, Masood Iqbal Butt as Spokesperson, Rashid Latief as Cashier, Iftikhar Ahmed Batt as Press Secretary and Touqeer Kaify Munshi as its District Coordinator. The newly elected President ATA Dr Shakeel Ahmed Qazi thanked all the Agriculture Technocrates of the District for electing him as Association President and said that this newly constituted body will work with dedication and hardwork for the betterment of their community and hope that all the members will cooperate with this association unitedly for struggling regarding their genuine and long pending demands.

3 Minors among 15 injured in Doda road accident:

2 referred to GMC Jammu

(Faizan Tramboo) Doda January 22: Three (03) minors among 15 passengers were injured today in a road accident near Shararna in Shiva area near Pul Doda in Doda District. As per reports, 15 passengers including 3 minors were injured this morning when a Tempo (JK06-3115), they were travelling skidded off the road and rolled down. The Tempo was on its way from Shiva to Doda. Soon after the news of accident spreads, police party along with locals of the area rushed to the spot and started rescue operation and shifted all injured to District Hospital Doda. The injured have been identified as Surjeet Singh (34) S/o Gori Lal R/o Sindra, Bodh Raj (50) S/o Hari Saran R/o Rai, Mohammad Shafi (45) S/o Abdul Gani R/o Gangatha, Rakesh Kumar (44) S/o Amar Chand R/o Shararna, Binta Devi (37) W/o Pm Parkash R/o Masunda, Rahul (06) S/o Om Parkash, Masunda, Ajeet Kumar (33) S/o Sher Singh R/o Shararna, Sapna Devi (22) D/o Lekh Raj R/o Kula, Lekh Raj (56) S/o Duni Chand, Jagdish Kumar (37) S/o Nand Lal R/o Shiva, Anu Devi (35) W/o Jagdish Kumar R/o Shiva, Vikas Chandail (10) S/o Jagdish Kumar R/o Shiva, Dimple (25) W/o Ajeet Singh R/o Shararna, Vishal Kumar (13) S/o Jagdish Kumar R/o Shiva and Baby (03 month) D/o Om Parkash R/o Masunda. However out of 15 injured, two injured persons who were shifted to GMC Jammu are Surjeet Singh (34) S/o Gori Lal R/o Sindra and Rakesh Kumar (44) S/o Amar Chand R/o Shararna. As per the doctors, all the 13 injured persons presently undergoing treatment at District Hospital Doda are responding to the treatment and doctors are monitoring their recovery closely. The condition of all the 13 is said to be out of danger. Meanwhile Police has registered the case and started its investigation. Minister for R&B and Mechanical Engineering J&K Abdul Majid Wani expressed shock and grief over the accident at Shiva in Doda area. Abdul Majid Wani also exhorted upon traffic police as well as transport department personnel to ensure extra vigil over all transport vehicles plying in all hilly routes so as to check overloading or over speeding/ rash driving which are the main reasons behind these fatal accidents. Administrator Auqaf Doda Asif Jahan Gattu and Assembly Youth Congress President Advocate Adil Shafi Rangrez also expressed their shock on Shiva road accident in which 15 passengers including some minors were injured

BSNL 3G services elude Kishtwar people, TDM Udhampur remain confined to office & home

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 21: With the closing down of internet services by Tata Telecom in Jammu and Kashmir, like the people of other parts of the state, people of Kishtwar District including people belongs to business community are looking forward for alternative services, but the government base telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigham limited (BSNL) fails to reach the people despite the fact that the company has launched its 3G services in Jammu and Kashmir in the month of July 2011. Even though more than one and half year has gone since the 3 G services was launched by the BSNL in J & K, the company is playing hide and seek with costumers and confined the benefit of the service to only few areas, the reason believed to be the BSNL-Private Telecom service provider nexus working in tandem in state of Jammu and Kashmir. As per the various public complaints, the private telecom service provide grace the palms of certain officials of the BSNL in lieu of giving them an open hand in extending their services. Similar case is with remote area of Kishtwar District where despite availability of 3G services, the BSNL fails to extended the same to its customers, the reasons best known to them while similar services was made operational in adjoining Doda District few weeks ago. The people of Kishtwar in general complaint about the defunct BSNL network in Kishtwar District as a result of which the costumers face lot of inconvenience due to call dropping and voice problem. “We have opted for BSNL connection since it is the cheapest among the all” Said Arif Bashir. He said that newly introduce WIMAX internet service also remains affected most of the time, thus causing lot of inconvenience to the costumers. President Chamber of Industries and Commerce Kishtwar Rakesh Mahajan also slams the BSNL for its poor services and demanded an immediate solution to the problem. Meanwhile several people hailing from BSNL telecom circle Udhampur-Doda-Kishtwar complain that TDM Udhampur remain confined to his office and home at Udhampur and did not visit the areas falling under his jurisdiction so as to listen the public grievances. As per the reports, during his over one year tenure as TDM Udhampur, the senior most officer of the department hardly made any visit to places like Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban. People also complaint that their security deposits are lying pending with BSNL since last several years. “As and when I visited BSNL office at Kishtwar for clearance of my security deposits, they since last more than 3 years inform me that we have forwarded the documents to TDM office Udhampur for clearance of the same” said a BSNL costumer. Similar was the tale narrated by hundreds of BSNL costumers who are facing the brunt of apathy on part of BSNL officials. When tried to contact TDM Udhampur for his comment on his official landline number, his staff members claims that he was busy, thus justifying the allegations of general public complaints which claims that the officer prefer to remain confined himself at home and office and did not prefer to meet the common people so as to listen their grievances and their redresser.

Chenab valley witness heavy snowfall. Jammu-Kishtwar NH closed for vehicular movement

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 18: Reports of heavy to moderate snowfall has been received from different parts of Chenab valley including Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Chatroo, Padder, Gandow and all along Batote Kishtwar National Highway as a result of with the twin District of Chenab valley viz Doda and Kishtwar District, beside Ramban District has cut off from rest of country. There are reports of heavy snowfall at tourist resort Patnitop and Batote are as a result of which 230 KM Jammu-Kishtwar National Highway connecting Kishtwar and Doda district with rest of the country got snapped from early morning. The traffic on various local routes in Chenab valley also remains off the road due to rain and snowfall as a result of which large number of people prefers to remain confined inside the homes. Like on precious counts, the general public from various areas complaints about shortage of Kerosene oil, LPG and firewood. In view of forest of heavy snowfall, the administration of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban District have sounded an alert so as to tackle any kind of eventuality. The disaster management teams constituted by the concerned administrations have also been instructed to be in constant touch the administration and police, beside a special control rooms were established for better coordination. Snow clearing machines have also been kept ready for road opening as and when the weather improves. Minister for R & B Abdul Majid Wani and Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Home, R & B, Tourism and Housing and Urban Local Bodies have also passed the directions to concerned administration of Chenab valley to remain alert, beside they also issued directions to them to address the problems faced by the people during winter with immediate effect.

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PDP Youth block president highlights plight of Nagsini people.

Kishtwar Jan 15: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) youth block president Nagsini Surjeet Singh Thakur today slammed the PHE department for their failure in providing regular drinking water supply to the inhabitants of Seeri, Bhatan, Dimgi, Dachla, Thalan, Gurna, Pullar, Checha, Ohlie, Baghna and other areas of Nagsini block of Kishtwar District having population of more than 20000. In a press statement issued here today, Surjeet Singh said that the people of the area in general complaint about the non supply of water to them. He said that Flood Control and Irrigation Department has failed to construct the new kools in the area as well as fail to repair the defunct kools. He said that Shalog Nallah to Serri kool is in shamble condition and fulfill no purpose for the people living in the area. He said that there is an immediate need to repair this Kool, beside the department should also prepare fresh DPRs to construction more water Kools in the area so as to promote agriculture production in the area. He said that Middle School Bhatan is among the oldest school established in the area some 40 years ago and said that government has failed to upgrade this school. He said that other school existed in the area has been upgraded and demanded that like other schools, MS Bhatan should be upgraded so that the students hailing from the area including the girls could get education at door step. He said that most of electric wires in the area are connected with trees and demanded an immediate replacement of such wires with proper electric poles, beside demanded increase in capacity of existing transformer so that people get good voltage.

NSUI and IYC hold a meeting with General Manager NHPC

Kishtwar, January 13: General Secretary J&K NSUI Wassim Saroori, General Secretary Indian Youth Congress Doda-Kathua Loksabha Amir Suhail and District President NSUI Kishtwar Saqib Lone call upon General Manager National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) Mr Arvind Bhatt. NSUI and IYC demanded to improve Development of infrastructure, Education Standard, Waste management, Toilet complex at Shrine of Hazrat Shah Farid ud Din, Hazrat Asrar Ud Din and promote Culture activity of Kishtwar District. Delegate apprises Mr Bhatt to utilize more funds for creation of infrastructure in the district which has lagged behind in the development for decades. Mr. Arvind Bhatt gave them patient hearing and assured that he will consider their genuine demands on top priority. NSUI and IYC said it is the duty of all of us to work united towards the better future of Kishtwar.

Saroori expresses deep concern over non availability of basic necessities in winter

Appeal to Chief Minister to intervene in the matter.

Jammu, January 13: Expressing his grave concern over the mountain woes of the common masses due to non availability of basic necessities Senior Congress Leader and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori has expressed his concern over non availability of Power, Gas in Erstwhile District Doda of Jammu region. In a statement issue here; Saroori said that in view of the harsh winters the hardships of the people have increased manifold. He said that many transformers have been damaged which resulted into the power crises in the area over the last one month. Charging the Power Development Department for not replacing damaged transformers in the Hura Tatani, Saroor, Khara, Trankel, Kansoo, Katota Drought, Gwass, Drabshallah, and for whole night Power department cuts the light and this is now become a routine from the last 15 days at Chatroo area, he demanded to replace transformers immediately. Saroori also said that power schemes under RGGVY are not functional despite big-big claims by Power Department adding that un-scheduled power cuts have made the life miserable, rotten wooden poles and trees are used in place of poles causing risk of life and cattle. He demanded that rotten poles & barbed wires should be replaced by proper wires immediately in rural areas so that power losses can be mitigated. He further demanded that the Power department to provide transformers to the habitation consisting of 20 to 50 families He observed that Official machinery seems to be completely collapsed because some areas are facing power curtailment between 15 to 18 hours. He urged the department to relax the electricity fee of BPL families which is highly exaggerated. In this chilling winter when the temperature is below minus degree Celsius people are confronting to get Power, Gas and Drinking water the basic amenities. He urged government to initiates measures to curb black market of LPG cylinders he added that non availability of LPG cylinder has directly affected the common man. He stressed need for home delivery of cooking gas. Saroori appealed to the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah who is also holding Power Department to intervene in the matter personally so that people may not suffer more.

Two injured in head-on collision at Kishtwar

Kishtwar Jan 12: Two persons including a teenage girl received injuries when a SRTC truck hit an Alto Vehicle near Bindraban on Kishtwar-Chatroo road. As soon as the accident took place, the local people rush to the spot and shifted the injured to District Hospital Kishtwar beside bring the matter into the notice of Kishtwar police. After receiving the information, Kishtwar police rush to the spot and started its investigation. As per the eyewitnesses, the driver of the SRTC truck was under the influence of Alcohol and was driving his vehicle on wrong side which become the main cause of the head on collision since the driver of the Alto vehicle could not see the vehicle coming in opposite direction due to blind curve at the site of the accident. Police identified the injured as Imtiyaz Hussain Shah (32 yrs) son of Ghulam Ahmed Shah resident of Dugga Kishtwar and Uzma Banoo daughter of Aziz Mohammad resident of Bindraban Kishtwar. As per the doctors, the condition of both the injured is stable.

6 of a family received burn injures in Bhaderwah fire incident

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 12: In a midnight fire incident at Iqbal colony Bhaderwah in Doda District, six of a family members received serious burn injuries and was shifted to Government medical College Jammu for treatment. According to police, the fire broke out inside the resident of Irshad Hussain Tak son of Ghulam Nabi Tak as a result of which, the brother of Irshad Hussain, his wife and his three children receive serious burn injures including the owner of the house. The police said that the fire broke out during midnight of 11/12 January as a result of which the family members fail to come out of the burning house resulted in burn injuries of all the six people residing inside the said house. As soon as the news of the fire incident spread, Bhaderwah police, administration and fire tenders, beside large number of people rush to the spot and started rescue and relief operation. The police officials said that before the rescue team could do anything, the fire engulf the whole house. The officials further added that due to hard efforts of the rescue team, all the family members were evicted from the burning house and later shifted to nearby hospital from where all the six injured were shifted to Jammu. Keeping in view of the serious burn injuries, Ghulam Rasool Tak was shifted to Chandigarh Hospital for treatment. The cause of the fire is said to be the gas furnace. Police has registered the case and started its investigation. The other injured persons were identified as Ukhraja Begum Wife of Irshad Hussain Tak, Monina Irshad Tak daughter of Irshad Hussain Tak, Sana Irshad Tak daughter of Irshad Hussain Tak and Shazad Irshad Tak son of Irshad Hussain Tak.

Youth Congress warns government to rollback new recruitment policy

Don’t increase retirement age of the government employees.

Kishtwar, January 12: Youth Congress against the implementation of new recruitment policy of J&K government and demanded immediate rollback of this anti youth and anti people policy. Youth Congress activists gathered at Youth Congress office under the leadership of Amir Suhail General Secretary Youth Congress Doda-Kathua Lok Sabha and warns government to roll back recruitment policy. Youth Congress today demanded special employment package and police recruitment drive for the unemployed youth at Sarthal, Bunjwah, Kontwara, Chatroo, Thakrie, Saroor, Khara, Bhalessa, Paddar, Marwah, Dacchan, Warwan, Doda, Ramban, Udhampur, Kathua and other hilly area of Jammu. “There has been grave discrimination with the youth on the entire sector of activities from employment to development. We warn the government to end the discrimination and ensure equal development of the region,” Youth Congress said in a statement. Amir criticized the state government for its anti-youth policy and assured the youth that Youth Congress will raise their issues at the highest level. Opposing the government employees’ demand to enhance the retirement age, he said, “Don’t increase retirement age due to heavy rush of unemployment.” He said the government should instead announce special employment package for the youth and carry out special police recruitment drives. The government should bring fresh policy for unemployed youth and the previous recruitment policy which was anti-youth should be discarded, he said. Amir demanded regularization of daily wagers who have completed five years, easy loan facilities to be made available to youth and early start of work on power projects like Pakal-Dool, Budsar, Kwar, Kerru, Rattle, Karthati and Dool-Hasti II so that the unemployed youths of Kishtwar will get job opportunities in these power project. Amir further said Youth Congress will never compromise on issue of accountability. It will raise its voice besides keeping a strict vigil on every type of mismanagement callousness and maladmistration. Youth Congress member including Tariq Waza, Mohsin Ahmed, Arshad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Shakir Abrar, Burhan Shah, Adil Sheikh, Rameez Sheikh, Junaid Ahmed, Mohd Arif and others were during the meeting.

Youth Congress Inderwal greets people on Lohri

Kishtwar, January 12: Indian Youth Congress General Secretary Doda Kathua Lok Sabha Amir Suhail, President IYC Inderwal Mohammad Latief Mughal, Vice President IYC Inderwal Shaikh Basharat and General Secretary IYC Inderwal Farooq Ahmed Drought greeted the people of the Jammu and Kashmir on the auspicious occasion of Lohri. In their message, Youth Congress Leaders urged the people to celebrate this festival collectively in the traditional spirit of harmony, peace and togetherness. They said that the festivals celebrated by various communities in Ladakh, Kashmir and Jammu regions, were an important component of the State’s composite cultural heritage which had, over the centuries, contributed to fostering the bonds of brotherhood, amity and secular ethos. ”The lighting of bonfires on Lohri denotes not only the onset of more comfortable days ahead but also the richness and continuity of the state’s unique heritage that has withstood the test of times,” they said in a message. Terming the festival a harbinger of early spring, they wished the people peace, happiness and prosperity and prayed for peace, prosperity and development of the State.

Chief cleric Kishtwar demanded white paper on funds used by PHE department for filtration plant

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 11: Chief cleric of Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo during his today’s Friday sermon demanded white paper from officials of Public Health Engineering Department Kishtwar on funds utilized by the department over water filtration plant. Mr. Kichloo said that dirty and unfiltered water is being supplied to the people of Kishtwar town and its adjoining areas. He said that the only filtration plant in Kishtwar District is non functional since 1999 and alleged that the officials of PHE department at the helm of affairs from time to time withdraw the bills and related amounts on account of Water filtration plant Kishtwar despite the fact that the filtration plant is non functional since last over a decade now. He warns the PHE officials over their failure in protecting the cleanness of Goudrashnag Water source, which the prime source of water supply to over one lakh inhabitants of Kishtwar town. He said that few people visited at the said source and slaughter animals at that spot as a result of which the blood as well as animal waste got mixed with the drinking water. Mr. Kichloo issued the ultimatum of one week to administration and urged them to erect boundary wall around the said water sources so that the said precious water source which is considered as the life line for people of Kishtwar District could be prevented. He threaten that in case the administration as well as PHE department shows callous attitude in protecting the said water source, the people will left with no other option except to come on street.

Drug controller department launched anti smoking drive at Kishtwar

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 10: The department of Drug Control Kishtwar under the purview of the directions of Hon’ble high Court where under emphasis laid down in the PIL regarding implementation of cigarettes and other Tobacco products ( prohibition of Advertisement and regulations of Trade and commerce production, and supply and distribution act 2003) , a team of officials comprising of Designated Officer (A.C.F) Tariq Ahmad , Food Safety officer Sajjad Hussain Gagroo, with the assistance of Police conducted raids in the market of Kishtwar, general public places including Bus Stand, Judiciary complexes, educational institutions and other no smoking zones and educated the people regarding the hazardous effects of cigarette smoking and apprised the business dealers / traders of the provisions of the act, moreover, people and business establishment owner were given strict guidelines to adhere to the rules made there under. During the few hour exercise Thirty seven violators were compounded with fine of Rs.5440/ under section 6 of the Act. For proper implementation and enforcement of the Act, District Administration , Additional District Magistrate, SHO Kishtwar and media persons and prominent citizens including public in general encouraged the department ( Drug and food control organization) for eradication of smoking evils and better result orientation. Additional Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Rajesh Kumar Shavan emphasized upon the need for regular checking by the concerned officials, so that the violators could be dealt strictly in accordance to the law. He said that the drive in this regard will remain continue and said that administration has issued strict directions to implement the court order. He said that shops outside prime educational institutions, beside offices of public importance are the main focus. It is pertinent to mention that the sale of cigarettes and Gutta is at rampant outside prime educational institutions like Boys Higher Secondary School Kishtwar, Girls Higher Secondary School Kishtwar, New Era Public High School Kishtwar, Green Model High School Kishtwar, Islamia Fareediya Higher Secondary School, Islamia Fareediya College of Education, Asrariya Valley High School, beside outside several private and government schools. It was not only the sales of Tobacco items are being sold outside educational institutions, but they are being sold to children’s less than 18 years old. As per the law, no shopkeeper can sell the Tobacco items to anyone below 18 year age, but in Kishtwar District these items are being sold to minor children’s as several school going children’s falls prey to these Tobacco items. It was not only sale of Tobacco items are being sold outside educational institutions, but only government wine shop at Bus Stand Kishtwar too fall within the ambit of banned area and despite all efforts by the administration to shift the same, nothing was evident on ground.

Saroori visits GMC, enquires health of Khara and Goila accident victims

Jammu January 10: Former Minister and MLA Inderwal G M Saroori, on Thursday visited Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu, and enquired about the health of the injured in the Goila Khara and Sirgwari accident victim. The accident took place when Sumo carrying 3 person fell into deep gorge at Goila Khara area of Doda District, among one died one spot namely Yasir Ahmed R/o Chabba Khara and other one died at GMC Jammu namely Mohammad Shafi R/o Chirala Khara. Yasir Almed was a staunch Congress worker. Several Congress leaders attended Namaz-E-Jinazah which was offered at Khara Doda District. During his visit District Commissioner Doda, Farooq Khan releases interim relief amounting Rs, 5,000 to injured namely Tariq Hussain R/o Khara beside Rs 10,000 to family of deceases namely Mohammad Shafi R/o Chirala and Yasir Ahmed R/o Chabba Khara. Red Cross society also gave Rs, 5,000 to the injured as well to deceased family. Saroori asked the doctors about the status of injured and directed them to extend best Medicare to them for their early recovery. He also extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family of deceased and prayed for external peace to the departed soul. He also wished for early recovery to the injured. He appeals to Chief Minister Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah for early release of ex-gratia relief in favour of the family members of those who have lost their lives. He also interacted with wounded persons of Sirgwari accident victims which take place on Tuesday including Mohd Ashraf, Pancham Singh, Uzma Wani, Yasir Ahmed, Aljahual Javed, Shagal Ishaq and Ikhlaq Ahmed. Saroori demanded deployment of more SRTC buses in the hilly district especially Khara, Bunjwah, Sarthal, Saroor, Chatroo and other areas besides undertaking strict checking of the vehicles plying on these roads besides imposing ban on use of mobile phones by the drivers. He regretted that such accidents have become a routine affair but no concrete action has been taken so far by the government to save precious human lives. He also demanded to take effective steps in checking frequent accidents adding that the government should direct Traffic Police to keep a strict check on overloading and plying of old model buses due to which road mishaps have become a routine affair.

Red cross Kishtwar submits annual report

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 10: Red Cross committee Kishtwar headed by renowned social worker Asgar Ali Sheikh submitted his annual report to Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Saleem Mohammad Chowdhary, District Chairman Red Cross Kishtwar for the year 2012. As per the report submitted by Red Cross to its District Chairman, 26 people lost their lives while 82 others got injured in as many as 35 accidents. The report alleged that officials of District Hospital Kishtwar and other related hospitals functioned in Kishtwar District did not provide any ambulance facility to the accident victims without being paid. The report further stated that during accidents, the police vehicles/private vehicles/Red Cross officials personal vehicles are being used to ferry injured and dead bodies from accidental spot to Hospital. Keeping in view of the lack of support from health department Kishtwar, the Red Cross head of Kishtwar unit demanded an immediate sanctioning of an ambulance to Red Cross Kishtwar so that the needy people and various accidental victims could get better medical attention on time in case of such eventuality.

PDP slams government over vanishing of Urdu language from ration cards

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 10: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former District President Kishtwar Shakir Hussain Siddiqui in a press statement issued hear today has taken the state government headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to task for ignoring Urdu language in new ration cards issued by Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD ) Department. Mr. Siddiqui in his statement said that despite the fact that the Urdu is official language of J&K State , the state government under well planed conspiracy has removed Urdu from the Ration cards . He further said that majority of J&K people are Urdu knowing but the discriminatory decision of J&K government of ignoring Urdu is condemnable act done at behest of the government in power. He said that there is great resentment and anger among the common masses against the National Conference led coalition government and alleged that they are trying to disturb the peace of the state by indulging in such mischievous acts. He also criticized the CAPD minister Qamar Ali Akhoon and held him responsible for creating such a mess in the state. While cautioning the government to Desist from this practice, Siddiqui demanded that new Ration cards should be issued to the consumers wherein all data should be in Urdu language, so that people do not suffer on this front and they are not deprived of their rights. He said that he had no objection over inclusion of Hindi or any other language in the said ration cards, but not at the cost of state official language which is Urdu

10 injured, 4 critically in Sumo accident at Kharra Doda

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 8: In another tragic accident in Chenab valley, 10 persons got injured, four of them critically when a Tata Sumo bearing registration No: JK3C-5489 meet with an accident near Kharra Doda some 40 KM from District Headquarter Kishtwar on Kishtwar-Jammu National Highway this morning. According to the report, the ill fated vehicle left Kishtwar Bus stand for Srinagar at around 7.30 AM and while reaching near Kharra, the vehicle meet with an accident at around 8.30 AM as a result of which the vehicle plunged into deep 200 meter gorge. The eyewitnesses said that due to low water level in river Chenab, the vehicle landed on its bank and did not submerged into the river water. As soon as the news of the accident reaches Doda and Thatri, officials of police, administration and local people rush to the spot and evacuated the injured persons to District Hospital Doda from where four critically injured persons identified as Pancham Singh son of Naib Chand resident of Khorara Prem Nagar, Shakir Ishaq son of Mohammad Ishaq resident of Marwah, Mohammad Ashraf son of Abdul Samad resident of Chatroo and Majid Javed son of Javed Iqbal Wani resident of Marwah were airlifted to Government Medical college Jammu for advance treatment. Another injured identified as Iklaq Hussain son of Mohammad Ishaq resident of Marwah was also airlifted to Jammu since both of his relatives were in critical condition. The other injured persons presently undergoing treatment at District Hospital Doda were identified as Saleema Begum wife of Bashir Ahmed resident of Sarkoot Kishtwar, Abdul Majid Lone son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone resident of Lolab Kupwara, Uzma Wani daughter of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Banihal, Yasir Ahmed son of Mohammad Ramzan Wani resident of Sounder Dachhan and Surinder Kumar son of Ram Nath resident of Poochal Kishtwar. As per the doctors, the condition of all the 5 injured presently under treatment at District Hospital Doda is stable and all are out of danger. The cause of the accident is said to be the frosty road condition caused due to prevailing cold.

Kishtwar University Campus pays tribute of Tagore on his birth anniversary

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 8: Kishtwar University Campus today paid tribute of Nobel Laureate Rabinder Nath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary. In a press statement issued by the Kishtwar University Campus, Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s Emblematic play Muktdhara was today staged in Dogri in the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium. This famous play of Tagore was translated in Dogri by reputed theatre personality Deepak Kumar. The play was directed by noted Director Rakesh Singh. The programme was organized BY Kishtwar Campus of Jammu University in collaboration with National school of Drama (NSD) New Delhi. Prof. Mohan Paul Singh Isher, Vice Chancellor of Jammu University was the Chief Guest on the occasion while Deputy Chairman Legislative Council and Former Director General Culture Mohammad Yousuf Taing graced the occasion as Guest of Honour. A Large number of Students , scholars, Poets, writers intellectuals teachers and civil society members witnessed the play “Muktdhara”: often hailed as one of the Tagore’s finest play, is interpreted as the poets admiration for Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful co existential philosophy and the poets document of the machine in favour of human freedom. The waterfall flows from a headland in uttarkut downstream to “Shiv Terai” – a valley which sustain on the cascade. The king decides to subjugate the people of “Shiv Terai” by damming the waterfall to deny them water. The royal Engineer, Vibduti works for 25 years on a monstrous engineering contraption that looms high over a shrine of lord shiva to dam the waterfall at its heights. The heir to the throne, the tyrannical king’s adopted son, who was found abandoned by the waterfall, frees the cascade from the confines of the dam by demolishing the machine. The torrent from the waterfall sweeps everything in its stride, including the prince who becomes a martyr for the cause of freedom. In his address Vice Chancellor Jammu University Prof. M.P. Singh Isher lauded the efforts of artists who took part in this wonderful play and congratulated Kishtwar Campus and National School of Drama for organizing a big event in Jammu University. He also lauded the efforts of Director of the play and its translator who made every effort to stage the play in Dogri in a befitting manner. Prof. Isher further said that the re-enactment of the 1922 play which raises vital issues about man, machine and the conflict between humanity, development and nature in a contemporary light is a tribute to the Tagore by Jammu University. While speaking on the occasion Mohammad Yousuf Taing said that the issues that the character argue are more complex than those over in a big way in all spheres of life. Machines have become so important to human existence that it has bread an addiction for them. Through the arguments of the rehearsing actors and the debate between Tagore and Gandhi we visit Karl Marx the 20th century ideologue and the romantics to comment on modernism and post modernism. The divergent political and social ideologies said Taing. Earlier Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik, Director Kishtwar Campus welcomed the audience and guest and briefly threw light on the activities which has been organized by Kishtwar Campus during last six months. He informed that in future Kisthwar Campus would organize more and more extra-curricular activities in Kishtwar campus as well as in Jammu so that Jammu University could became a hub of cultural and literary activities. Prominent Actors who took part in the play included Raj Kumar Behrupia, Avnish Sharma, Ajay Pal Singh, Vijay Goswami, Surinder Sharma , Jatinder Gupta, Isha tagger, Gourav Sharma, Anchit Bakshi, Ashish Sharma, Rahul Kumar, Sheel Manhas, Rohitashiv Kumar, Soham, Suresh , Ashish uppal, Inder Singh, Shammi, Vishl, Pardeep, Atul. Music , Lights were designed – Debasheesh Mishra & Suraj Ganjoo, Sets- Mukesh & Naresh, Properites : Atul Dogra & Vijay Goswami, Makeup- Dr. Kamal Sharma Music composed by Raj Kumar Singers Shula Sharma, Mukteshi Sharma, Rakesh Deol, Mohit Sharma, Gasha Flute: Rakesh Anand, Tabla: Parshotam Kumar, Costumesby Sunita Dogra and documentation by Ajay Paul Singh.

Citizen council Kishtwar held meet at Kishtwar

Kishtwar Jan 7: Senior Citizen Council District unit Kishtwar today held its meeting under the Chairmanship of its President Roshan Lal Parihar at multipurpose hall of HSS Boys Kishtwar. The speakers while addressing the meet has condemn the Delhi Gang rape incident and acid throwing case that took place in Srinagar recently. They also shows his concern over the failure of checking of growing number of stray animals especially stray dongs in Kishtwar District which has been increasing on alarming rate. They also emphasized upon the need of moral education in the society so that the growing crime rate could be checked. In his address Roshan Lal Parihar demanded immediate release of 2nd and 3rd installment of 6th pay commission in favour of employees. He also demanded for enhancement of medical allowance from Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000. He further demanded that the employment opportunities be given to local youths from Kishtwar in upcoming power projects. Mr. Parihar has taken strong note of the new recruitment policy and term it as a mockery with the educated unemployed youths of the state. Those who spoke on this occasion include Zaffar Doolwal, Mushtaq Ahmed Qazi, Hans Raj Bhutyal, Lekh Raj Nirala, Niaz Ahmed Dev, Bashir Ahmed Mughal, Abdul Rashid Dev and Bihari Lal.

Two houses gutted in Sigdi Kishtwar

Kishtwar Jan 5: Two residential house were gutted in a devastating fire incident at Pranzal Sigdi under jurisdiction of Police Station Chatroo some 25 KM from District Headquarter Kishtwar. According to reports, the fire was caused due to short circuit inside the house of Satpal which spread to the adjacent house of his brother Shambu Nath as a result of which the two stories of both the house internally connected with each other. As soon as the news of the fire incident reach Chatroo, police party led by SHO Police Station Chatroo Farooq Ahmed Khateeb rush to the spot and started rescue operation with the help of local people and army (11 RR) and prevented further loss. Though the fire tenders from Kishtwar also rush to the village, but due to poor condition of the road leading to the village, the fire tender got stuck midway. Later the employees of fire tender service reach the village on foot and joined the people in rescue operation which lasted for more than 3 hours. The official sources claim that there is no loss of life, however there is the loss of property worth Rs. 12-15 lakhs

MLA Kishtwar dedicated water reservoir, electricity to un-electrified villages in Padder

Kishtwar Jan 5: MLA Kishtwar and Spokesperson National Conference Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo dedicated 30000 Gallon capacity water reservoir to people of Padder Tehsil of Kishtwar District, beside also inaugurated electricity supply to nearly a dozen villages under RGGVY. While addressing the mammoth public gathering at Padder MLA Kishtwar said that with the commissioning of 1.50 Cr Hanswar Nallah-Atholi water supply scheme beside construction of 30000 Gallon capacity reservoir at Gulbgard, the long pending demand of people of Padder get fulfilled. He said that with the commissioning Hanswar Nallah-Atholi WSS, the people of Atholi and its adjoin areas including Gulabgard will get respite from shortage of drinking water. Mr. Kichloo said that efforts are on to provide funds for other water supply schemes so that the people of this backward area of Kishtwar District will get drinking water facility at door step. He said that with the commissioning of RGGVY scheme, villages like Siyani, Dundi, Koul, Chiras, Leoindi, Ligri, Dordu, Tunchal, Tatti, Kadalu and Shal having population of nearly 6000 will get an electricity. He said that villages like Massu, Uryangwari, Sohal and Ghar will be electrified in shortest possible time. He said that efforts are on to electrify villages like Machail, Ishtayari and Ghandari. He said that for up gradation of electricity distribution system in Kishtwar District, government has accorded sanction for construction of receiving stations at Galhar, Gulabgard, Patimhala and Hatta. He said that with the commissioning of 132 KV grid station at Kishtwar constructed at an estimated cost of over Rs. 50 Cr, Mr. Kichloo said that people of Kishtwar will get respite from unscheduled power cuts during winter. He also urge the people to make judicious use of electricity so that overloading could be checked. He said that work on Karthi power project will be started soon and said that government is committed to give priority in jobs to local youths. He said that keeping in view of heavy inflow of pilgrims during annual Machail Yatra, Kichloo said that government has sanction Rs. 8 Cr project for Machail to promote pilgrimage tourism. He said that suspended work on Gulabgard-Machail road will start soon after the dispute between the two parties will comes to an end. He said that pace of construction on Gulabgard-Ligri and Gulabgard-Ishtayri will be doubled so that the target of completion of these roads will be achieved in shortest possible time period. He said that in order to provide better road connectivity, Kishtwar-Padder road is being upgraded through GREF and said that under first phase, the up gradation work is under progress on Kishtwar-Galhar road stretch. He said that after the completion of up gradation work on Kishtwar-Padder road, upgradation of Gulabgard-Himachal road stretch will be taken on priority and said that the project not only connect Kishtwar with Himachal Pradesh, but will also boost the local economy since the road link will be the shortest connectivity between Srinagar and HP. MLA Kishtwar was accompanied by Xen PDC, AEE PDC, Tehsildar Padder, BDO Padder, AEE PHE Padder and local Sarpanches and Panches.

Saroori calls upon CM Omar Thanks for releasing ex-gratia relief for Bhaderwah accident victims

Jammu, December 4: Former Minister and MLA Inderwal G M Saroori today called upon Hon’ble Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, where he demanded that the process for on spot police recruitment at Chatroo, Khara and Bunjawah area of Inderwal constituency may be taken up on priority. Hon’ble Chief Minister gave directions to MOS Home Shri Nasir Aslam Wani and Shri Ashok Prasad (IPS) DGP to go ahead with police recruitment in Inderwal. MLA also demanded release of Rs4 crore for paying land compensation of road projects under NABARD and CRF and Hon’ble Chief Minister assured that the funds for the same will be released shortly. Saroori presented memorandum to Hon’ble Chief Minister regarding sanctioning of 400KV Grid station near Rattle project Drabshallah including 132KV level for upgrading distribution system in Kishtwar and Doda Districts and assured that the matter will be taken up with the Union Power Ministry for sanctioning the same. MLA further demanded medical aid for poor patients, Solar light on subsidy and early sanction of 2nd phase power projects under RGGVK, and Hon’ble Chief Minister took note of these pending demands and assured that the steps will be taken up regarding their redressal at an earliest. Saroori also demanded for introduction of more subjects at the University campus of Kishtwar and up gradation of facilities at Kishtwar campus. MLA Inderwal G M Saroori thanked Hon’ble Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for releasing relief of the accident victims at Bhaderwah.

Kichloo inaugurate road safety week at Kishtwar

223 people died, 579 injured in 335 accidents in Kishtwar in last 4 years.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Jan 1:- National Conference spokesperson and MLA Kishtwar Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo in presence of Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Saleem Mohammad Chowdhary, ARTO Kishtwar Kuldeep Singh and officials of traffic and civil today inaugurated Road Safety Week at Degree College Kishtwar. Kichloo while addressing the huge gathering of students and prominent citizens stress on expediting of traffic awareness campaign in Kishtwar. He said that rough road and difficult mountainous terrain are the main reasons behind the day to day accidents in Chenab valley including in Kishtwar District resulted into the killing of hundreds of people every year. He stressed up on the GREF authorities to implement all the decision taken up during various review meetings with respect to Kishtwar-Batote National Highway including construction of parapet and crash barriers at vulnerable sites. He said that the department must maintain strictness while issuing driving licenses and fitness certificates to commercial vehicles. Kichloo also stress up on the drivers and public to follow the traffic rules and regulations in letter and sprit so the growing rate of accidents could be checked. He also appreciated the role of ARTO Kishtwar for organizing traffic awareness week at Kishtwar despite shortage of funds. Later MLA Kishtwar flag off the student rally from Degree College Kishtwar in which over 300 students from different schools of Kishtwar, beside troops of CISF also participated. The rally after passing through various bazaars of Kishtwar District cumulates at Boys Higher Secondary School Kishtwar. The students during rally raised slogans highlighting the menace of traffic violations. It is pertinent to mention that 19655 accidents took place in Jammu and Kashmir since 2009 up to November 2011in which 3079 people lost their lives while 22837 persons got injured. In Kishtwar alone 335 accidents took place in between 2008-2012 in which 579 people got injured while 223 people lost their lives.

Saroori inspect developmental works, Inaugurated School building at Sarthal Kishtwar

Dec 31: Former Minister and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Mohammad Saroori during his extensive tour of Inderwal constituency visited Sarthal, Angara and Chatroo area of District Kishtwar where he inaugurated the newly high School building at Sarthal which was constructed with an amount of Rs 9.80 Lakhs. Saroori took stock of all the ongoing works of development program in the area, the public in particular demand distribution of ration on the bases of 2011 census and early dumping of ration to far flung areas before fresh snowfall. Saroori while addressing at various places stressed upon all departments to take every possible steps for early redress of public grievances. He directed Rural Development Department (RDD) for early payment to job card holders who have completed the assigned job. He also inspected 12 KM under construct Thal-Kwath road at Chatroo. Saroori directed concerned officer for immediate construction of a zig which will also connect Neera and Durbeel area. He said he is fully committed for the betterment of people living in the rural areas of Inderwal Constituency and reiterated his commitment to provide road connectivity to every nook and corner of the constituency. He asked the concerned officers to redouble their efforts in completing the construction work and other ongoing developmental works in the area at the earliest. He said people’s cooperation is imperative to make the area progressive and prosperous. He called upon the people not to pay heed to the nefarious designs of those who mislead people by false slogans to meet their vested interests. Saroori was accompanied by senior Congress Leader including Mohammad Iqbal Keen, Mohammad Shafi Saroori, Hens Raj, Choudhary Abdul Karim, Mohammad Aslam, Tariq Wani, Ghulam Rasool, Gain Chand, Ghulam Rasool Batt, Haji Ghulam Qadir Sheikh, Chowdhary Mohammad Ibrahim, Mohammad Iqbal, Mohammad Shafi, Shamasdin, Ghulam Nabi Dar and Officers of various department.

Kichloo inspect developmental works, warns KDA over slow pace of work

Kishtwar Dec 30: MLA Kishtwar Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today inspects various developmental works of Kishtwar Development Authority (KDA) under progress in Kishtwar town and its peripheries. MLA Kishtwar while inspecting the construction work of Women Park at Qilla Top constructed at an estimated cost of 1.50 Cr issued warring to the officials of KDA over slow progress. Mr. Kichloo directed the KDA officials to expedite the pace of work so that the park could be dedicated to the public in the month of April 2013. He also issued the directions to black list all those contractors who linger on the construction work on one or other pretest at the cost of development. He also shows his displeasure over the pathetic condition of assets created by the government under tourism sector including Tourist Reception Center (TRC) Kishtwar, Water Sports Park at Dool, Saffron Saffari and park at Burnail. He said that despite availability of infrastructure, KDA fails to outsource the same. He said that infrastructure like Water Sports Park and Saffron Saffari at Poochal has been the breading places for miscreants since the department fail to utilize these source of income generating units. He also slam the KDA for its failure in preparing the DPR’s of 24 Cr tourism development project including projects like Ropeway (Gandola) from Kishtwar to Kalamsathar, Beautification of Kishtwar town from Malipath to Sangrabata, and various tourism related projects of Warwan. He said that despite CM directions, KDA fail to prepare Rs. 8 Cr Kishtwar-Kalamsathar rope way project. He said that efforts are being made to uplift the face of historic Chowghan ground and said that Rs. 35 lakhs under BRGF stands released few days back and directed the KDA to speed up the work on boundary wall of the Chowghan ground, so that it could be prevented for further degradation. He said that more funds are being pumped into KDA for developing tourism in Kishtwar District and directed the department to prepare Tourism Booklet of Kishtwar highlighting various tourism destinations as well as pilgrimage tourism having lot of potential due to presence of famous shrines of Sufi saints like Shah Fareed-ud-Din Baghdadi(RTA) and Shah Asrar-ud-Din Baghdadi(RTA, beside that off Sarthal Devi temple and Machail Temple. He also identified the construction site for construction of modern Tourism Hut to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 40 Lakhs inside the TRC complex. Xen KDA and JE along with local Sarpanches and party leaders also accompanied Kichloo during inspection of KDA works.

Annual Day function of Degree College Kishtwar

Kichloo release GDC Kishtwar news letter, cautioned people against dividing forces.

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar Dec 29: Underlining the importance of modern infrastructure in education sector, MLA Kishtwar Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo on the eve of annual day function of Government Degree College Kishtwar said that institutions like University Campus, colleges, schools, ITI’s and other educational institution are the backbone of every developing society and said that the aim and objective of Omar Abdullah led coalition government is to strengthen the education infrastructure in Kishtwar District. He said that keeping in view of heavy inflow of students in GDC Kishtwar, there is urgent need of opening of Women College at Kishtwar and said that his mission in this regard is on right track. He said that he is hopeful that soon Degree College for women will start functioning at Kishtwar. He said that besides opening of Women College at Kishtwar, his top priority is to fight for sanctioning of Degree College at Padder. He said that construction of boys and girls hostel at Kishtwar is also on his agenda of priority and said that in the month of April 2013, the work of construction will be started. While cautioning the people of Kishtwar district against dividing forces, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo said that some elements both outsider as well as the insiders were eying to disturb the peace and communal harmony of Kishtwar District. He said peace is an imperative for development and said that keeping in view of construction of upcoming power projects at Kishtwar including Pakal-Dool, Rattle, Karthi, Kerru, Kwar and others power projects, the unemployed youths of Kishtwar District and its adjoining districts will get job opportunities which will help to improve scio-economy of the whole Kishtwar District. He urged the people of Kishtwar to give befitting reply to those forces who are hell bent to disturb the peace and tranquility of Kishtwar District. Mr. Kichloo on this occasion also release the first college newsletter “Kungposh” and announced rupees 5 lakhs to college development funds out of his CDF. He also give away Rs. 10000 out of his monthly pay to those students who performed cultural item and bring laurel to the college by securing top positions in various categories including excellence in University examinations and debates. He also promises to provide money for organizing a picnic of college students to Sinthan Top in the month of June 2013. Earlier Principal Degree College Kishtwar Dr. Shafqat Rifiqi in his welcome address highlights the various achievements of Degree College Kishtwar. He extended his thanks to MLA Kishtwar for his overall support given by him to the college administration. He also highlighted the problems faced by the college authorities including shortage of space in laboratories, developing of college library, encroachment of college land. MLA Kishtwar while reacting to the demands raised by the college principal assured the gathering that he will make all his efforts to bring modern facilities at GDC Kishtwar and also assured that he will take up the matter of problems faced by the GDC Kishtwar with honorable Chief Minister as well as with Higher Education Minister for redresser of the same. He also distributed the prizes among the students who tops in various curricular and extracurricular activities. Today’s event is the first in its kind since the college was established 26 years ago in the year 1986. The whole program was conducted by Professor Dr. Tariq Hussain Dev. At the beginning of the function, MLA Kishtwar, College Staff, Students and prominent dignitaries of Kishtwar District including social activist paid rich tribute to the martyrs of Kishtwar who lost their lives for college cause by observing two minutes silence.

Saroori, Asgar address student & faculty members of Kishtwar University Campus

Kishtwar Dec 27: Former Minister and MLA Inderwal , Ghulam Mohammad Saroori along with MLC Kishtwar Syed Asgar Ali today visited Kishtwar Campus and interacted with the students and faculty members of the campus. The interactive session was held in the seminar hall of the campus. The interactive session was also attended by the former Chief Education Officer Kishtwar and prominent civil society members at the very outset the Director of the Kishtwar Campus Prof. Shohab Inayat Malik presented a brief resume of the campus. He informs the dignitaries that Kishtwar Campus was established in 2010. Presently campus is running four courses viz. M.Sc-IT, M.Sc-Geology (Hydrology and Soil Dynamics), M.A Kashmiri and PGDCA having more than 100 students. The construction work of the academic block, Boys & Girls Hostel is going to start very soon. The Director further inform that 111 Kanal land has been identified and notified by the revenue department for the campus, but due to the non-payment of compensation the university had not still acquire the land. Prof Shohab further said that Govt. had not released Grant-in-Aid to the Kishtwar Campus and other campuses of Jammu University for this financial year because of which Campus is facing great financial crunch. He demanded that Grant-in-Aid be increased from 30 Lakh to 70 Lakhs per annum so that Campus could run effectively. He also presented a brief resume of literary and cultural activities which has been organized by the campus during the last 6 months. While interacting to the faculty and student of the campus the MLC Kishtwar Syed Asgar Ali in detailed threw light on the role of university. He said that university had a big responsibility to organize seminar, conferences and literary meets on a bigger level so that society could benefited. He suggested that one Counseling and Guidance cell be started in Kishtwar Campus where experts on different subject be invited for preparation of the competitive exams. The cell could gain money also for the Centre. He informs that he had already taken the various problems of campus and other campuses in the house committee of higher education. He inform that the house committee has sought a detailed report from University officials for the status so that in the next meeting a final decision and recommendation would be recommended to Pro-Chancellor as well as Chancellor of the state. He further said that Kishtwar had a lot of scope of Hydrology and Soil Dynamics and said that it is the duty of the campus to take various projects in hand regarding Hydrology & Soil Dynamics as Kishtwar Campus is the only campus in the country where PG Course in this subject is being taught. Former Minister and MLA Kishtwar G.M. Saroori while speaking on the occasion said that regarding the education in Kishtwar Campus all should be above politics he described today’s interaction session a successful one as speakers highlighted the aims and objectives of the academics. He said that he would talk to the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Jammu University to start Persian classes in the Campus as Kishtwar is a land of Persian scholars which had produced Persian Scholars like Kamgar Kishtwari, Ulfat Kishtwari, Nishat Kishtwari and others. Saroori said that Kishtwar had a lot of scope for various Power Projects and it needed to be explored. He said that Kishtwar Campus can explore these projects therefore job oriented courses be introduced in Kishtwar Campus in near future. The former Minister said that he would raise the various problems of Kishtwar Campus with the concerned authority. He also offered his full support to the Kishtwar Campus. Saroori and Asgar Ali were also honored on these occasions. The Director Kishtwar Campus presented shawl to both the dignitaries. The proceeding of the program was conducted by Naseer-ul-Haq. Later MLA and MLC visited Geology and IT Labs. Those who were present on the occasion including Mushtaq Ahmed Hap, Malik Mohammad Umar, Ashok Kumar Sen , Ghulam Mohi-ul-Din Rahi, Bashir Ahmed Mugal, Shahnawaz Hussain, Mr. Naveen Sharma and others

Saroori flag in OP Sadbawna tour at Kishtwar

Kishtwar Dec 23: In order to instill a sense of national integration among the people of remote and backward areas of J&K, an educational cum motivational tour to Trivandrum, Coimbatore and Ooty comprising of two teachers and 22 youths organized by Jangalwar based Rashtriya Rifles Battalion. The tour consisted of youth from remotest areas of Kishtwar district bordering Anantnag and Leh district belong to different government and private educational institutes The tour which was flagged off by General Officer Commanding, Headquarters, Counter Insurgency Force (Delta) on December 7, 2012 was today flagged in by Mr G M Saroori, MLA Inderwal at Kishtwar Helipad in presence of important military and civil dignitaries including Brig Hitesh Kohli, Commander 9 Sector RR, DC Kishtwar Saleem Mohammad Chowdhary, SP Kishtwar Bhim Sen Tuti, ASP Kishtwar Kulbir Singh, Project Head GVK R K Khali. Saroori in his address designated the youth participating in the tour as the ambassadors of J&K, who visit the South Indian destinations and share their experiences about the rich and diverse culture, tradition, heritage and the advancement made in the areas they would visit with one and all in their native places on return. He congratulated the participants and hoped that the educational tour would have given the children an opportunity to see for themselves, how peace and tranquility in other parts of the country has ushered in prosperity. He hoped that the children would have brought back with them rich experiences and would spread the message of peace and harmony in their own little way amongst their family and friends. He also complimented the troops of Rashtriya Rifles unit for having achieved excellent synergy with the environment. The tour accompanied, guided and administered by one officer, one JCO and two NCOs spent 16 days in travel and sightseeing as well as interaction with civil and military dignitaries and students at various educational institutions. They visited places like Kovalam Beach, Natural History Museum, Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Museum of Science and Technology, East Fort, Napier Museum, Zoological Park and Padmanabha Swamy Temple. They also visited a PG College and interacted with students; however the main attraction at Trivandrum was visit to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and Priyadarshini Space Planetorium. They also visited the Air Force Station, Coimbatore and were given the opportunity to witness the final dress rehearsal of Standard Presentation by President. At Ooty, the tour was rendered a very warm welcome by Commandant and all ranks of the Madras Regimental Centre, and the youth got an opportunity to interact with the Commandant over high tea. They were also given a brief on evolution of Indian Army and Madras Regiment by audio visuals. During their stay at Ooty they also visited SIMs Park, Boat House, Botanical garden and Dotta Betta Hill, from where they viewed the Eastern and Western Ghats as well as their junction through a telescope installed there.

District administration Kishtwar launched cleanness drive for Chowghan

Asif Iqbal Naik Kishtwar September 4: In order to uplift the face of Kishtwar, District Administration Kishtwar today launched cleanness drive of historic Chowghan ground which is losing its beauty day to day due to presence of polythene and garbage spread all over the ground having an area of more than 520 Kanals is situated in the heart of Kishtwar town. In order to restore its beauty, the District administration finally awake from deep slumber and organized special cleanness drive for the chowghan ground in which students from various government and private institutions, Degree College Kishtwar and Kishtwar University Campus participated beside the members of civil society including MLA Kishtwar Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar, SSP Kishtwar also participated in the mission of the administration. The local people show great resentment over the dumps of garbage spread all over inside the Chowghan ground spreading foul play. The people also shows great resentment over the absence of Chief Executive Officer Kishtwar Development Authority Raiz Ahmed for skipping from today’s event in which more than 1000 people including school children’s participated. CEO Kishtwar Development Authority mostly remains confined to Jammu and Srinagar and did not attended his office at Kishtwar regularly. Historic Chowghan ground is also being used by the youths of Kishtwar District as playing field, beside large number of people also assembled for morning and evening walks. While talking to “Early Times” Diksha Parihar student from New Era Public School Kishtwar said that she is happy to be the part of today’s initiative taken by the District administration for cleaning of Chowghan ground. She said that like other students she came here for taking part in today’s event and said that due to presence of lot of garbage, there is apprehension of spreading diseases among the people who visit the Chowghan ground. She said that the government concentrate on maintenance of Chowghan ground and urged up on the people to cooperate the administration in his mission. She also urged up on the people not to enter the vehicles inside the Chowghan ground. MLA Kishtwar Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo while talking with the media persons thanked the students and members of civil society for participating in today’s event. Mr. Kichloo said that 80% target of cleanness of the Chowghan ground has been achieved today and said that left out 20% job is now the responsibility of KDA. He said that government makes a comprehensive plan for beautification of Chowghan ground including erecting of boundary walls, proper drainage and raising of flower buds. He urged up on the people of Kishtwar not to make use of polythene inside the Chowghan ground. It is worthwhile to mention that Chowghan ground in Kishtwar District in past attracts the many visitors due to its greenery, but due to ignorance from successive governments and also from Kishtwar development Authority, the caretaker of the Chowghan ground. Due to government apathy, the water flowing in drains of Kishtwar town directly enters into the ground which becomes the main reason for emitting of foul smell inside the Chowghan ground

Tariq Memorial Trust Donates Uniforms to School Children Of Kishtwar

Kishtwar, 12th Oct, 2009: Fourty students from Islamia Faridia School and Aadarsh Balnikatan were presented with pair of uniforms by MLA of Kishtwar, Mr.Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo. The students were selected according to their financial needs by their teachers. The children were awarded in front of their classmates and their teachers. The occasion was also graced by the Imam of Jamia Masjid of Kishtwar, Chairman of Tariq Memorial Trust Haji Ghulam Nabi Sheikh, Ajaz Ahmad Sheikh, Haji Farooq Ahmad Kandoo, and Adil Rashid Sheikh. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo praised the effort of Tariq Memorial Trust to help the poor and needy people of the region. Recalling the contributions of Sheikh Rajabuallh Tariq, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Sheikh, remembered him as a legend of Kishtwar . Founder of the Trust Javed Rashid Sheikh would like to thank all the members for their financial and logistic support for past two years.