Dogri being trampled; BJP maintains criminal silence: NC
JAMMU JUL 19: Assailing BJP for maintaining criminal silence over trampling of Dogri, National Conference on Wednesday sought creation of the posts of Dogri Lecturers in all the colleges and teachers in all the schools of the Jammu region to promote the language.
Dogri is a rich and lucid language which represents glorious ethos and heritage of the Dogras”, the National Conference leaders said in a statement, adding that this language deserves to be promoted in a big way, keeping in view its huge potential of strengthening bonds between the people, irrespective of caste, creed and religion. They assailed the BJP for ignoring Dogri and trampling the Dogra heritage systematically.
The statement said that National Conference will continue to endeavour for promotion of various languages, spoken in all the regions and sub-regions of the state, as these reflect and represent the diversity of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. “But, it has been observed that the BJP has remained as abettor in marginalizing the Duggar heritage”, they said, wondering over the claims of the BJP to be champion of the Dogra cause. They assailed the BJP for failing Jammu and its people despite massive mandate and cautioned that the National Conference will not remain mute spectator to exploitative politics. They asserted that they were not against any language but want Dogri to get its rightful place in the academic arena, as mother language assumes immense significance in human development.
The National Conference stressed the need for due recognition to all the languages, saying no area or segment of population should feel sense of deprivation. “In a diverse and homogeneous state like Jammu and Kashmir, sensitivities of the people assume larger significance”, the statement said, adding that this aspect is being deliberately ignored by the coalition dispensation.
Besides Provincial President Devender Singh Rana, signatories to the joint statement included former ministers Ajay Kumar Sadhotra and Mr Surjeet Singh Slathia, State Vice Presidents Rattan Lal Gupta, Syed Mushtaq Ahmed Shah Bukhari and Th Kashmira Singh, State Secretary Th Rachhpal Singh, MLAs Javed Rana and Dr Kamal Arora and Youth National Conference Provincial President Ajaz Jan.
Dy CM anguished over death of JCO, Jawan
SRINAGAR, JUL 19: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today expressed grief over the killing of JCO, Shashi Kumar and jawan Jaspreet Singh, who were martyred during the cross border shelling at Nowshera tehsil in Rajouri district. Dr Singh while expressing sympathies with the family of the martyrs said that the sacrifices rendered by the jawans would not go waste and a befitting reply would be given to thwart the nefarious designs of the enemy.
Prof Mattoo hailed for Indo-Australian partnership
SRINAGAR, JUL 19: Australian Government has appreciated the role of Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo for his contribution in the field of education and appreciated his role in building important knowledge partnerships between India and Australia.
In a letter of appreciation from the Department of Education and Training, Australian Government, Dr Amanda Day, Counselor, Education and Research has thanked Prof Amitabh Mattoo for his support and his close coordination during the recent visit of Mr Adam Gilchrist to India.
Last month, Women’s cricket team from Jammu and Kashmir played an exhibition match at Australian High Commission grounds and importance of this exhibition match was the presence of cricket legend Adam Gilchrist who all the way had come from Australia to interact with young women cricketers from Jammu and Kashmir. The event was organized by Government of Jammu and Kashmir and Australia-India Institute, New Delhi and was coordinated by Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo.
Dr Amanda while lauding the role of Prof Amitabh Mattoo said that the friendly match between J&K CM’s Women’s Cricket Eleven and Jesus and Marry College has encouraged the idea of women and leadership in sports. “It was a great pleasure to witness the enthusiastic players from J&K CM’s Women’s Cricket Eleven who have immense potential to achieve their dreams in the supporting fields,” she said adding that cricket legend Gilchrist was extremely impressed with the performance of J&K CM’s Women’s Cricket Eleven.
DDC constitutes committees to check power pilferage
UDHAMPUR, JUL 19: District Development Commissioner, Niraj Kumar, today constituted different committees comprising officers and officials of Revenue, Power and Police department to check power theft in the district. The feeder wise committees framed by DDC shall conduct regular inspections of the areas covered by the feeder and will take action against the defaulters as per the norms of PDD besides furnishing the action taken report on daily basis. Further, the general public can file their complaints and grievances on Helpline numbers, viz., 01992-272727, 01992-272728 and 01992-270212 launched by the district administration in this regard.
22 kanals of land retrieved in anti-encroachment drive
RAJOURI, JUL 19: District Administration, Rajouri launched a major anti-encroachment drive for removal of illegal encroachments along PWD road in which 5KM road length was cleared from illegal structures on Kheora-Choudhary Nar road.
A joint team of Revenue, PWD, Police with assistance from CRPF launched the anti-encroachment drive early morning yesterday to remove structures constructed in violation of J&K Prevention of Ribbon Development Act. The encroachments which had reduced the driving space over a period of many years were removed using heavy machinery. Three Government officials belonging to Education and Irrigation Departments involved in triggering anti-administration protest were also identified and directions issued to concerned district officers for initiating proceedings against them. A strong contingent of police and CRPF was deployed in wake of protest organised by encroachers. More than 200 structures including extension of shops, sun-shades, kiosks, sheds and more than 500 steps constructed on acquired land of PWD were removed by a team comprising Tehsildar Rajouri, AEE PWD and SHO Rajouri along with field officials of the Department. Construction material worth lakhs of rupees dumped on road surface was also seized and confiscated. Nearly 22 Kanals of State land was retrieved from encroachers which was acquired by PWD for construction of road.