Govt bans on wrapping food in newspapers
Jammu: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has banned use of Newspapers for Food Packaging is detrimental to health.
All the stakeholders concerned with Preparation, Supply, Storage, Distribution and Sale of food products and people at large that use of Newspapers as Packaging Material has been banned, official spokesman here said.
He said that, it has been however, observed that Meat Retailers, Milk Shops, Street Food Vendors, Bakers, Traditional Food Vendors are continuing this forbidden practice by selling Food Commodities especially Meat, Cheese, Fried Foods, Bakery etc in newspaper packaging.
As such it is impressed upon all the Food Business Operators to desist from use of Newspapers for packaging and wrapping food commodities.

JK Govt to introduce electric buses
Srinagar: In a first, roads in the state will soon see the rollout of electric buses by Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC).
This was revealed in a meeting, chaired by Principal Secretary Transport Department Dr. Asgar Samoon, called to review the functioning of JKSRTC and to discuss and deliberate upon its revival plan.
The Principal Secretary said that soon 40 electric buses will be introduced in the State with a seating capacity of 35 to 40 passengers. “The passengers can avail them without overloading and these buses will also help us to keep the environment clean,” he added.
The meeting was apprised that the projects of electric buses will cost Rs. 40 crore and the initiative will be given its final shape very soon.
During the meeting, Dr. Samoon also took a detailed review of upgradation and modernization of workshops which include workshops in Narwal, Rail Head Complex and Bikram Chowk in Jammu and workshops in Pampore, Bemina and Parimpora.
The meeting also discussed the Software Development of Online Passenger Reservation System (OPRS), installation of GPS in the fleet of JKSRTC, introduction of Centralized Payroll System, digitalized Fuel Management System, and installation of CCTV cameras in JKSRTC vehicles.
The Principal Secretary enquired about various activities carried by the Corporation regarding the transport issues including buses plying on roads, off-road and condemned vehicles and various infrastructural works.
The meeting was informed that presently 497 buses and 315 trucks operate at various roads in the State.
The representatives of JKSRTC briefed the Principal Secretary on the revenue generation through operational and non-operational activities expenditure, present financial position and the proposed plan to revive the Corporation.
Dr. Samoon stressed on conducting an audit for assessing the actual financial position of the Corporation besides effective human resource management for positive output. He also directed officials to expedite the recovery process of operational amount pending with various departments.

Newspaper advt bills to be submitted by 7th of every month
Srinagar: In order to streamline the system for making timely payments to the newspaper owners in lieu of the government advertisements, the Joint Director Information, Kashmir, has asked the concerned newspaper owners to ensure submission of their bills by 7th of every month.
The newspaper owners are informed that in case there is a holiday on 7th of any month, the bills be submitted on next working day positively.
The bills which would be received in the office of Joint Director Information Kashmir, Government Press Premises’, Srinagar, by 7th of every month would be entertained for payment and after that, no bills would be considered for which the newspaper owners shall be responsible, as this becomes an unnecessary liability for the department.
The Joint Director said that it has been observed that the newspaper owners submit their bills very late in the office and, obviously and don’t get processed in time which not only causes difficulties in verification but also accumulates huge pending liabilities.

Kathua jail starts Urdu basic course for inmates
Jammu: District Jail Kathua has started teaching Urdu language programme through Computer Based Functional Learning (CBFL) program of Tata Consultancy Services in its Adult Education programme for jail inmates.
CBFL uses animated graphics and voiceover combined to explain individual alphabets to give structures and meaning to various words.
The method makes use of Computer which delivers the lessons in multimedia form to the learners which is supplemented by reference text-book of National Literacy Mission.
It was also given out that Superintendent Jail and two staff members underwent training from Tata Consultancy Services for operating the program named “Hamari Urdu”.
Through this program, learners will be able to learn basic Urdu in 40 days/ 50 hours which includes reading, writing and basic arithmetic.
Later on, Computer Based Functional Learning (CBFL) technique will be adopted in teaching other languages like Hindi, Dogri and Kashmiri.
Militants attack security forces during CASO
Srinagar: Militants attacked security force personnel when a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) was launched in south Kashmir district of Shopian.
Official sources said that following specific information about presence of militants, a joint team of Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police, Army and CRPF, launched a CASO in village Checkswalan in Shopian on Wednesday.
However, when security forces were cordoning off the area, militants opened fire with automatic weapons on them. “Security forces retaliated ensuing in a brief exchange of fire,” they said.