Saturday, March 25, 2017
 
 Top Stories of The Day
'In modern world, societies that invent and innovate will make faster progress': Jaitley.
New Delhi, March 24, (Scoop News Bureau)-The Union Minister of Defence, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley, handed over three Naval Systems indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba here on Friday. The Minister also released two other products developed by DRDO namely IP-based Secure Phone and the Gallium Nitride Technology. Speaking on the occasion Jaitley remarked that DRDO is becoming an important instrument for self-reliance of the nation. He stated that some of the best innovations have come from the pool of scientists of DRDO. The Defence Minister also said that great societies and nations are made through people working on important tasks in anonymity, like the DRDO scientists who were honoured today. Jaitley also said that in the modern world, societies that invent and innovate will make faster progress. The Minister gave away the annual DRDO awards in various categories during the function. Apart from the scientists and teams who won awards in various...
 
 
 Top Stories of the Day
Rs 195 cr flood protection works apace on River Chenab; CM takes on spot review
Mehbooba directs expediting works, undertaking plantation drive at vulnerable spots
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited Akhnoor and Jorian and took an on the spot review of the pace of work on the flood protection works on Chenab river. The Chief Minister visited the villages of Sangrampora, Mairra and Gair to personally inspect the bunds and other protection structures being raised on the banks of Chenab River. Mehbooba Mufti, on the occasion, was informed that these flood protection works form part of a Rs. 195 crore comprehensive flood protection project covering 54 works on the river in the area. She was also informed that with ...

ECI officials work out fool proof arrangements for holding free, fair and transparent elections to two parliamentary segments in Kashmir
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-For ensuring free, fair and transparent by-elections to two parliamentary constituencies, Srinagar and Anantnag, in Kashmir, the authorities have undertaken elaborate arrangement by engaging sufficient polling staff and deploying adequate security personnel. All district development commissioners have been directed to take necessary measures in this regard. Election Commission of India has asked the state authorities to take all possible means to provide security to candidates, political activists, rallies and other participants. Surprisingly, several ...

BSNL losing its subscribers to rival telecom service providers due to sharp slide in its service and inflated billing
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-With continuous decline in its services and the growing competition from its powerful rivals, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is going downhill on each passing day. Owning huge assets across the country both movable and immovable, BSNL is losing its subscribers at an amazing rate because of poor service it provides to them. People are opting to other telecom service providers like Jio, Idea-Vodafone combine, Aircel or Airtel. Some of the subscribers who spoke to this reporter complained of inflated bills being charged by the state owned telecom serv...

Delhi can’t resolve Kashmir unilaterally: Dr Farooq to Rajnath Singh
‘Engage all stake holders’
Ganderbal,March 23, (Scoop News)- National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday reminded Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the issues in Kashmir cannot be resolved unilaterally by New Delhi and sought engagement with all shades of opinion in the Valley. “Putting Hurriyat leaders under house arrest or under detention will precipitate the already fragile situation rather than solving anything”, Dr Abdullah said while speaking at a joint election meeting of National Conference and Congress in Ganderbal this afternoon, adding that this will not help in resolving Kashmir issue....

 
 Ladakh News
World “World TB Day” observed in Leh
Leh, March 24, (Scoop News)- Like other parts of the world “World TB Day” under the theme “Unite to end TB” was also observed today at Leh. Organized by Health Deptt. Leh, a rally of students from Govt. Boys Hr. Sec. School, Girl Hr. Sec. School and TCV Choglamsar was flagged off from Chokhang Vihara by the Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC Leh, Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo. Lead by Chief Medical Officer Leh Dr. Yangchen Dolma and doctors of SNM Hospital, the rally passing through main market Leh later gathered at SNM Hospital Leh where the main function was held where CEC Dr. Dawa was chief guest ...

Moses inaugurates PCL, affirms full support to media,
Morup for affiliations with other clubs, Wangchuk gifts V-Sat satellite
Leh, March 23, (Scoop News)-Commending the role of local media who manage to perform their duties with limited resources despite various impediments, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Moses Kunzang, said the administration will extend full support to media in future. Inaugurating Press Club Leh (PCL), he said the proposed building which houses PCL will be named as Press Club Building and affirmed to look into providing more rooms to PCL in the same building so that the PCL can carry out its activities smoothly. Speaking on the occasion president PCL, Morup Stanzin, informed that PCL is in contact with Press Club of India, Press Club Chandigarh and Press Club Jammu for affil...

CEC express happiness over successful conduct of JKCC(Preliminary) Examination for first time in Leh
Leh, March 20, (Scoop News)-The Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC, Leh Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo expressed great happiness over the successful conduct of J&K Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination for the first time in Leh held yesterday at Leh in two centers i.e Govt. Degree College Leh and KV School Leh. In a message, Dr. Dawa thanked Jammu and Kashmir Govt., Minister for Cooperative & Ladakh Affairs J&K Govt. Chhering Dorjey Lakrook and MP Ladakh Thupstan Chhewing for their efforts in conducting such exams in Leh itself. CEC Dr Dawa also highly appreciated district administration Leh headed by Deputy Commissioner, Leh P. Ramaswamy G for conducting such exams successfully in Leh. ...

LAHDC to provide suitable market for the local artisans
Leh, March 20, (Scoop News)-The LAHDC, Leh in an effort to provide suitable market for the local artisans and to promote local arts, crafts, food and music during tourist season, decided to hold a weekly market at main Bazar Leh on every Sunday starting from 14th May, 2017. The main aim and purpose of holding such weekly market by creating a festive ambiance is to attract tourists and give local artisans a better platform to showcase traditional arts, craft and food among the tourists. The decision was take in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Executive Councilor, LAHDC, Leh Dr. Sonam Dawa Lonpo today at Council Secretariat. Among others who attended the meeting was Exec...

Nomos trounce Malaysia and Philippine, improve their performance in tournament at Bangkok
Sports Council provides Rs 7 lakh for ice rink
Leh (Ladakh), March 20, (Scoop News)-All women Ice Hockey players from Ladakh who represented India in Asia Challenge Women Ice Hockey Cup-2017 were accorded a rousing reception at Koshuk Bakula Rimpoche Airport in Leh on their return from Bangkok. These Nomos are playing for different ice hockey clubs in the region and had formed ‘Ladakh Women’s Ice Hockey Foundation’ (LWIHF) two years back to boost the game and provide an arena for women players of Ladakh. Scores of supporters, relatives, members of various women groups, Hill Council members and others received them in a traditi...

Protesting students demand University semester exams on time,
fear losing an academic year due to turmoil in Kashmir last year, seek political help
Leh (Ladakh), March, (Scoop News)-Threatening to intensify their agitation in case the government failed to address their grievance and resolve their issue at the earliest, scores of students of Government Degree College (GDC) held a protest demonstration against the authorities of University of Kashmir for not conducting examination of various classes as per the schedule. Due to street turbulence in Kashmir last year, the University examinations could not be held in the month of August but when the situation improved in November, the first semester examination was held in Kashmir but not in Ladakh region. The students in Ladakh region were then assured that their examination...

Rev Gyalwang Drukpa presents painting of lord Avalokiteshvara to Vietnam
largest Tongka unfurled at Tay Thein Grand Mandala Stupa
Leh/Vietnam, March 18, (Scoop News International Monitoring Desk)-Over 100 of Buddhist monks and nuns from India are participating in three day long 2nd India Buddhist Cultural Day celebrations in Vietnam. Over 70,000 people from all over Vietnam and across the world attended the ceremonies which concluded on Saturday. The event has been organized jointly by Vietnam- India Friendship Association, the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and the Indian Embassy in Vietnam to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic ties and over a decade of Comprehensive Strategic partnership between the two countries. The ceremonies for this year’s event was held at the Thein Pagoda in Tam Dao district in the northern...

Tashi Gyalson resolves to strengthen PDP in Ladakh region as district President
commits to fulfill vision of late Mufti
Jammu/Leh, March 18, (Scoop News)-Tashi Gyalson, a senior leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated his commitment to the policies, programme and agenda and resolved to work for consolidating the party in Ladakh region. In a meeting with senior PDP leader and the minister for works, Naeem Akhtar and Chairman of state Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali, Tashi said that he has always stood up for party programme and has been working to fulfill the vision of the party patron, late Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. He further said that he will carry forward the mission under the...

 
 Debate
JK calls for PM’s attention
By B L Saraf Narendra Modi’s phenomenal rise from a small time party worker to the highest executive post in India is, largely, attributed to his “disruptive innovations which he has mastered as political tools to capture the imagination of rapidly changing polity.” That is why he has been delivering almost every election victory to the BJP, ever since he assumed power in Gujarat, in 2000. That Modi is a decisive leader was never in doubt. His recent decision of unusual character which caused a disruption in the economic activity, having stood the test at the bar of people has reaffirmed such a belief. People, in general, admire a decisive leader, even if his decision loo...

Geelani’s kin gets Govt job, other youth bullets!
Straight Talk
By K B Jandial While the BJP is upbeat over “congress mukt” results in four of the five states that went to the poll, Kashmir, unmindful of these political upheavals, is having a counter narrative even though major political parties (& also the separatists) are preparing for electoral battle in Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha by-poll. The dangerous narrative in Kashmir has nothing to do with the just concluded electoral semi-final or the current by-poll. Killing of a 15-year old Aamir Nazir Wani on 9th March this year in police action-firing on stone throwing young pr...

Yogi the CM – Courtesy secular fundamentalists
By B L Saraf So , we have ‘ sectarian ‘ firebrand Yogi Adityanath firmly ensconced in the UP Chief Minister’s saddle . His disciples, the sectarian fundamentalists , feel delighted . For them it is a logical culmination of 2017 election process . The secular fundamentalists , his opponents , are in gloom, however . Coming close on BJP’s massive election victory , Yogi’s coronation , latter feel , is ‘ insult added to their injury .’ Both have reason to feel elated and disappointed , respectively . There , ...

Looking Beyond 2017
By Amit Kushari (IAS Retd) Many people have been surprised by the UP Assembly results of 2017. Actually there is nothing to be really surprised. In the last 2014 parliament elections BJP had bagged 73 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. BJP was in a lead in 310 Assembly segments and had obtained 40% of the popular votes. Even now the figures are quite the same. In Uttarakhand BJP had bagged all the 9 Lok Sabha seats and today also it has captured 2/3 of the assembly seats. People are surprised — how did BJP get 80% of the seats! Do 80% people support BJP in UP? No. Only40% support ...

Modi Tsunami or Vote for change?
By K B Jandial You may love Modi, you may hate Modi but you can’t ignore Modi. This is the present national political discourse. Barring Delhi and Bihar, election after election Modi led BJP has expanded its footprint on the electoral landscape of different states of the country and emerged as pan-India political force, much to chagrin of many. BJP is in Govt. in 15 States today, alone in 9 or with allies in 6. Correspondingly, Modi enhanced his stature as a strong and decisive political leader comparable with Indira Gandhi in most of her forms, barring personal or family agenda. Mod...

Scripting new chapter of democracy
By K.N. Pandita A period of seven decades is small as well as big for Indian democracy; small because training a populace, one-half of which at least, is illiterate, ignorant and tradition ridden, in democratic politics is peanuts. It is big because the task of bringing political awareness among the people has become far easier and quicker in contemporary times, thanks to miracles of science and technology that have given new name to the parameters of governance. The first palpable change in the history of Indian democracy shaped with the result of parliamentary elections of 2014. Bharatiya Janata Party, projected by Congress as the right wing party (in negative sense) oppos...

End of Big fat Weddings - Really ?
By By B L Saraf Minister of Food , Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs , J &K Government, informed media , “ State Government has issued a Guest Control Order to impose restrictions on the injudicious use of essential commodities during social , Government and private functions and a complete ban on the use of amplifiers ,loud speakers and fire crackers on such occasions .” And “ the order was issued after the department had received complaints and representations from the civil society organizations regarding injudicious use of essential commodities and exorbitant expenditure made on public and private functions .” The order pu...

Moment of introspection for Hurriyat
By K.N. Pandita Some out of power politicians and sections of print media are in the habit of intentionally issuing statements that create uproar in civil society. One such occasion they recently chose was the statement issued by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. Amusing and childlike stories were fabricated. It speaks of their churlish nature. A statement about a very sensitive issue by a very important person like the Army chief should invoke probe into in what background the statement is given and not what is said. Unfortunately, critics lost sight of that important aspect. Dispassionate analysis of the background of the statement acquires more importance after the Def...

 Jammu News
Over 1.46 lakh pilgrims pay obeisance at Shrine via natural cave
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-Between January 16 and March 11 this year out of 6,83,032 pilgrims who paid obeisance at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine 1,46,535 went through the natural cave of whom 49,666 had darshan of the Sanctum Sanctorum through the natural cave in January, 73,034 in February and 23,835 during March 1 to March 11, 2017. This was disclosed by Ajeet Kumar Sahu, CEO of the Shrine Board in a review meeting held by chairman of the board, N. N. Vohra. It is pertinent to recall that every year the natural cave of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine remains open from around mid January to mid March when the number of pilgrims is at the lowest. During this period the natural...

JKPCC chides Central and State government for failing to allocate PG seats to GMC Jammu
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-JKPCC has lashed out at the state and Central Government's for the failure to allocate the PG seats to Jammu in the lot of 4000 PG seats of doctors to Medical Colleges and Hospitals across the country. In a statement PCC chief spokesman, Ravinder Sharma, questioned the failure of the State government especially the Health and Medical Education Department to fulfill the requirements to qualify for the additional PG seats to the Government Medical College Jammu. He questioned BJP which heads the Health Department in the state besides ruling at the Centre for this serious lapse and neglect of Jammu region in this matter. ...

ECI asks JK Govt to put on hold appointment of 16 VCs for PSEs
Seeks rescinding of orders issued after announcement of bye-poll schedule
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)- The Election Commission of India (ECI) has asked the State Government to defer the appointments of 16 Vice-Chairmen/Chairpersons (VC) of the Public Sector Enterprises (PSE) till the completion of process for bye-elections in 2-Srinagar and 3-Anantnag Parliamentary Constituencies in the State. “The appointments of 16 Vice-Chairmen/Chairpersons of the Public Sector Enterprises may be deferred till the completion of election process and if any formal orders have been issued on or after March 9, 2017, the date of announcement of bye-elections in Srinagar and Anantnag Parliamentary Constituencies in the State, the same may be rescinded with immediate effect,” rea...

Altaf Bukhari rolls out fresh initiatives to minimize disruption of academic activities
Teachers relieved of non-teaching assignments; Engineering Wing in Deptt, outsourcing MDM to NGOs proposed; Regulation of SSA salaries assured;
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-Rolling out fresh initiatives to bring school education back on track, the Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today said the government has decided to relieve teachers from all non-teaching assignments including elections, census and other off-beat responsibilities within the department to minimize the interruption of academic activities. “We want to provide teachers congenial atmosphere and minimize disruption of academic activities. After brainstorming and thorough deliberations it has been felt that the teachers should be allowed to concen...

Jammu all set to celebrate Mahotsav: Priya Sethi
Govt will leave no stone unturned to promote Jammu tourism
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-Stressing upon the need for the promotion of tourism in Jammu, Minister of State for Tourism, Education, Culture, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi today convened a high level meeting to review the arrangements put in place for the celebration of Jammu Festival 2017- ‘Jammu Mahotsav’ from April 13 to 16 organized by State Tourism Department. During the interaction with different tourism stakeholders, the Minister said that the aim behind organizing these events is to open the window for tourists to explore Jammu as a destination of tourism, culture and herit...

Info Department, WWF-India release Earth Hour video for JK
Appeal masses to observe Earth Hour
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)- Director Department of Information and Public Relations Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary and Head, WWF-India State Office, J&K Dr Pankaj Chandan today released a special awareness video on Earth Hour for Jammu and Kashmir. The video was released at a function organized by the department at the office premises on the eve of Earth Hour, which is observed across the globe on March 25 every year. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shahid informed that the State Government has joined hands with WWF for Earth Hour-2017 programme to create awareness among the people about the importance of energy in our lives. “Whatever energy we use, it comes from nature and it is important ...

Sham Choudhary pays tributes to freedom fighters
Asks youth to follow their footsteps
Jammu, March 23, (Scoop News)-Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary today urged upon the youth to take inspiration from the supreme sacrifice of the freedom fighters and asked them to follow their footsteps to take the country on the path of progress. The Minister said this while addressing the gathering in a function organized by Shaheed Bhagat Singh Memorial Committee to mark Shaheedi Divas at RS Pura. Paying rich tributes to the freedom fighters, the Minister said we should never forget the supreme sacrifice of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and others who laid down their lives for releasing the country from the clutches of imperial rule. ...

Govt won’t allow encroachment of forests: Lal Singh
Minister reviews Forest Deptt’s functioning in Reasi district
Reasi, March 23, (Scoop News)- Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh today said the Government won’t compromise on encroachments, asserting that the violators would be dealt strictly under law. The Minister said this during his tour to Reasi district of Jammu region, where he took stock of working of Forest department and its allied wings. The Minister directed officials to send formal notices to the stone crushers, brick kiln owners and cement factories who are yet to install scientific devices at their units to contain pollution. He also called upon officers to keep vigil on encroachments and dealt with the offenders under law. The Minister also met several ...

 
 Kashmir News
2 more nominations filed for Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency
Bye-election preparedness reviewed in Anantnag
Anantnag, March 24, (Scoop News)- On the last date of filing of nominations to 3-Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, two more nominations by Mohammad Yaseen Poswal and Sajjad Ahmed Dar, both Independent candidates were filed today in the office of the concerned Returning Officer. Thus a total of 07 candidates have filed their nominations for the Anantnag Parliamentary constituency. These include Tasaduq Hussain Mufti of J&K People’s Democratic Party, Ghulam Ahmad Mir as a joint candidate of Indian National Congress and National Conference, Sanjay Kumar Dhar of Rashtriya Samajwadi Party (S), Ghulam Mohammad Wani of All J&K Kissan Mazdoor Party and Rakesh Koul as an Independent candidate ...

Kashmir turned into a police state alleges APHC spokesman
regrets killing of 22 KP's by 'unknown gunmen' at Nadimarg
Srinagar, March 24, (Scoop News)- Condemning the house arrest of APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and thus preventing him once again from offering Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid, Hurriyat spokesman said the way government was imposing curbs on the political and religious activities of Mirwaiz reflects the example of dictatorial policies being followed by the present dispensation. The spokesman said the present government along with the other pro-Indian political parties, by conducting the upcoming sham parliamentary elections on the basis of coercion, were hell bent upon to show the world that things were alright in Kashmir. However, the spokesman said, in reality, Kash...

NC-Cong exhort people to fight BJP’s anti-Muslim, anti-Kashmir tirade collectively
Srinagar, March 24, (Scoop News)- Senior Congress leader and former MP Mr Tariq Hamid Karra on Friday made a passionate appeal to the people of Kashmir to unite and foil the machinations of RSS-BJP combine which has been given passage into the Valley by the PDP. “We have to stand and defeat anti-Muslim and anti-Article 370 forces collectively”, Mr Karra said while addressing a joint election meeting of the National Conference- Congress supporters at Shivpora here this afternoon. Mr Karra said that Sangh Parivar has been conspiring for the past nearly seven decades to repeal Article 370 and dilute the state subject laws but the stiff resistance of the people has always made them li...

DDC Baramulla chairs public grievance redressal camp at Uri
Baramulla, March 24, (Scoop News)- The District Development Commissioner Baramulla, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Naqash, today convened a public darbar at mini-stadium Uri to redress public grievances. SDM Uri, CMO, CEO, Executive Engineers, Representatives of Trade Federations, and a large number of people were present on the occasion. During the redressal camp, issues relating Health, Water Supply, Power Supply, Traffic management, Ration and LPG supply were also discussed. On the occasion, various public deputations apprised the DDC about various problems being conf...

World TB Day observed at Srinagar
Srinagar, March 24, (Scoop News)- Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, today observed the World Tuberculosis Day and held an awareness program at the Institute of Hotel Management at Raj Bagh here. Pertinently, global communities join hands in observing this day to fight against this disease. The theme for World TB Day 2017 is ‘Unite to End TB’. Speaking on the occasion, DC Srinagar, Dr. Farooq Ahmed Lone, who was the Chief Guest, highlighted various aspects of this disease and programmes initiated by the Government to eradicate it. He said that the treatment for TB is being provided ...

Hajj-2017: Pilgrims to submit Rs 81000 by April 5
Srinagar, March 24, (Scoop News)- According to the Executive Officer State Haj Committee, provisionally selected Haj-2017 pilgrims have to deposit advance Haj amount of Rs 81,000 each as first installment by April 5, 2017. He said that the payment can be deposited online on Haj Committee of India website (www.hajcommittee.gov.in) or offline in State Bank of India account number 32175020010 ‘FEE TYPE-25’ or Union Bank of India account number 318702010406009. He said that selected Haj pilgrim who fails to deposit the first installment shall be deemed to have been cancelled his or her provisional selection. The Executive Officer said that each pilgrim has to ...

06 gamblers held in Budgam
Srinagar,March 24, (Scoop News)-Budgam police has arrested a group of gamblers and recovered a stake money over thirty nine thousand from the gambling spot. Following a tip off, a police party of Police Station Budgam raided a gambling site near Railway station, Budgam. During the raid six people were apprehended while gambling. A stake money of Rupees 39540 was recovered from the gambling spot. Budgam police has registered a case FIR number 55/2017 under section 13 gambling act against these gamblers. ...

Man dies, 02 injured in road mishaps
Srinagar,March 24, (Scoop News)-One person died while two others were injured in three separate road accidents in Anantnag, Budgam and Srinagar. In Anantnag, a motorcycle bearing registration number JK0T-3409 hit and injured a pedestrian identified as Ghulam Nabi Wani son of Ghulam Mohammad Wani a resident of Khanpora Shangus at Shangus near BDO office. Injured was shifted to Shangus Hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries. Anantnag police has registered a case in this regard. In Budgam, a Motorcycle bearing registration number JK01V-5923 hit and injured a pedestrian identified as Ghulam Mohammad Ganie a resident of Kawoosa Check at Gagerpora near Government School...

 
 Other Stories
Awareness programme held at SKIMS Bemina
Srinagar, March 24, (Scoop News)-: To mark the World Tuberculosis Day 2017 under the global theme “Unite to end TB”, the Department of Community Medicine, SKIMS Bemina, today organized an awareness programme about tuberculosis and the status of its prevention and cure. Speaking on the occasion, Director SKIMS, Dr. A G Ahangar, called for taking measures to prevent spreading of TB, adding that despite medical advances, formidable challenges continue to prevail. He said this day provides an opportunity to use our collective efforts to eradicate TB. Describing TB as an enormous public health threat, Principal Medical College SKIMS Bemina, Dr Riyaz Ahmad Untoo, said it is time to fix health s...

Not just business units, houseboats part of Kashmiri culture: Dr Drabu
‘We must pay our gratitude to those who have given us this unique and aesthetic abode to showcase to the world’
Srinagar, March 24, (Scoop News)- Minister for Finance, Dr Haseeb Drabu on Friday said the houseboats aren't just business establishments but part of Kashmiri culture and heritage which needs to be preserved and propagated. “The Kashmiri houseboats remain important to local economic growth not only in terms of tourism but promoting culture, architecture, heritage and hospitality,” Dr Drabu said at a felicitation function organized here by the Houseboat Owners Association. The Houseboat Owners Association had organized the thanks-giving function to thank the Government for one-time settlement of the debt waiver scheme for houseboat owners with J&K Bank and the State Bank of India. The...

9 candidates in fray for Srinagar Parliamentary seat
Srinagar, March 24, (Scoop News)- According to the Returning Officer, 2-Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency, all the nine candidates whose nomination papers were found valid as per provisions of the People Reperesentation Act 1951 are contesting the forthcoming by-elections for the Srinagar Parliamentary seat which is going to polls April 9, 2017. The candidate in the fray are Farooq Abdullah of J&K National Conference, Nazir Ahmad Khan of J&K Peoples Democratic Party, Bikram Singh of J&K Liberal Democratic Party, Chetan Sharma of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, Sajad Reshi of Rashtriya Samajwadi Party (S), and independent candidates Sajjad Hussain Beigh, Ghulam Hassan Dar, Farooq Ahmad...

Mir addresses joint meeting of Congress-NC leaders
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)_JKPCC president, G.A.Mir, and a candidate for the Lok Sabha by-polls to the Anantnag Constituency Friday held a meeting of senior functionaries and prominent leaders of the party in Jammu. Senior leaders of National Conference including Vijay Bakaya and Bhushan Lal Bhat former MLCs also attended. Addressing the meeting Mir said that the people should realize the power of ballot in a democracy and exercise the real power to express their resentment and dissent against the policies of present dispensation. He said that free and fair polls and peoples participation in this electoral battle would send a right signal against the ...

Substantial efforts underway to revitalize horticulture sector: Bukhari
Mandi Elections, Horticulture Policy on anvil
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari today convened a high level meeting to review the status and implementation of directions and guidelines issued in various meetings chaired by the Minister earlier in Kashmir, Jammu and New Delhi. Secretary Horticulture, M H Malik, Director Horticulture (P&M), Peerzada Hafizullah Shah, Director Horticulture Jammu, Bhawani Rakwal and M D JKPHMC, Javaid were present in the meeting. The Minister said that horticulture contributes substantially to the state’s economy and hence government is committed to ensur...

First Lady chairs Annual General Body Meeting of ASHI
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-Usha Vohra, First Lady and President of ASHI, chaired the Annual General Body Meeting of Association for Social Health in India (ASHI), J&K Branch, at the Raj Bhavan here today. The General Body held extensive discussions to identify new projects and activities which shall be undertaken by ASHI during 2017-18. During the course of the discussions the members apprised Mrs. Vohra about the various welfare activities being carried out for women empowerment, vocational education and helping the disadvantaged sections of society. It was informed that all designate...

Official panel to oversee Cable TV digitization in JK
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-The Government today constituted the State Level Monitoring Committee to oversee the progress of Cable TV digitization in Jammu and Kashmir. According to an order issued by Financial Commissioner, Information Department, Mr B B Vyas, the 5-member Committee will be headed by Director Information. The other members of the Committee include Additional Secretary Information Department, Joint Director Information (Headquarters), Joint Director Information (Jammu) and Joint Director Information (Kashmir). Pertinently, the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting launched an extended campaign in 2012 across the country for digitization of the cable TV. Th...

3-day Children’s Literature Festival begins at Jammu
JKAACL-NBT India join hands to promote, develop children’s literature
Jammu, March 24, (Scoop News)-In a first, J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages and National Book Trust of India today organized Children’ s Literature Festival which is scheduled to run for three days. The festival was inaugurated by noted writer, Chatter Paul who also presided over the inaugural session. Prof R L Shant was the chief guest on the occasion. The participating scholars and writers drawn from different parts of the State will deliberate on various shades of children’s literature with special reference to such writings in Jammu and Kashmir. Among others, noted authors Bansi Lal Sharma, Gianeshwar Sharma, Krishan Sharma and Dhian Singh presented papers on the works and cont...

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