Governor, Advisors, CS greet people on Raksha Bandhan
SRINAGAR Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik has felicitated the people of the State on Raksha Bandhan and has expressed hope that this auspicious occasion would usher a new era of peace, amity, harmony, progress and prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.
In his message of greetings, the Governor observed that Raksha Bandhan is a unique representation of India’s cultural ethos, symbolizing the special bonds between brothers and sisters. “The gesture is not a mere ritual, but a powerful act that obligates everyone to ensure the safety and security of women,” he said.
The Governor said the festival has a special significance for Jammu and Kashmir as the annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra concludes on this day and devotees pay obeisance at the Holy Cave Shrine on Shravan Purnima.
While praying for the well-being of the people of the State, the Governor expressed the hope that this festival will strengthen the State’s traditional and social values.
Meanwhile, Advisors to Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam have also extended warm greetings to the people of the State on Raksha Bandhan.
“The auspicious festival of Raksha Bandhan, not only depicts unbreakable love of brother-sister, but also brings the message of caring for family and the society,” they said in their felicitation message.

Advisor Ganai’s
public hearing deferred
SRINAGAR: The weekly public hearing of Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai scheduled on August 27, 2018, at Convention Centre, Canal Road, Jammu, has been deferred due to his other official engagements.
Jammu-Srinagar NH closed after rains trigger landslide
BANIHAL, AUG 25: The 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed today as overnight rains triggered a landslide in Ramban district, officials said.
The landslide occurred near the Block Development Office at Ramsoo in the wee hours, blocking the arterial road, Senior Superintendent of Police, Ramban, Anita Sharma said.
She added that the landslide left scores of vehicles stranded on both sides.
A road-clearance operation was launched and efforts were on to restore the road in the shortest possible time, Sharma said.
A traffic department official said at least five more hours were required to restore traffic on the highway. (Agencies)

Advisor Ganai felicitates best teacher awardee
SRINAGAR : Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai Saturday felicitated Ghulam Rasool Mir (District Education Planning Officer Srinagar) for being nominated for Best Teacher Award 2017 by Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, New Delhi.
In his congratulatory message, Advisor has said that the awardee teacher should be an inspiration for the teachers to work with added dedication.
Secretary School Education Rigzin Samphel, DSEK Dr. G.N. Itoo and other Education fraternity have also congratulated Ghulam Rasool Mir for the honour. Secretary School Education and DSEK have said that this is a matter of pride for the State, particularly for the education fraternity.
Pertinently, Mir has been nominated for the Best Teacher Award for the year 2017. This was announced by Ministry of Human Resources Development, New Delhi according to which the 45 awardee teachers have been selected for the honour this year and they shall be awarded a certificate of merit, a cash prize of Rs 50, 000 and a Silver medal each, which shall be presented to them by Vice President of India on 5th September 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The awardee from Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Rasool Mir has served in many capacities in the Department. He belongs to a remote area of Thandipora Dardpora Kupwara and was appointed as a teacher in Department of Education and got promoted as lecturer in Chemistry in 1988.
Mir served in different higher secondary schools of Kashmir Division and taught Chemistry at +2 level in Higher Secondary Schools like BHSS Tral, BHSS Charari Shareef, MPML Higher Secondary School Srinagar, BHSS Batamaloo and S P Higher Secondary School Srinagar.
He was promoted as Principal in 2010 and posted in BHSS Khaag, District Budgam. He is presently working as District Education Planning Officer, Srinagar.

Raj Bhavan, SASB staff bid farewell to Vohra
SRINAGAR: All members of the Raj Bhavan staff and employees of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board bade farewell to the former Governor N.N. Vohra and Smt. Usha Vohra at a function organised at the Raj Bhavan here today.
The officers and staff thanked Vohra for his continued support and guidance and Mrs. Vohra for her help on all occasions.
Vohra thanked all members of the staff for their commitment and devotion to duty and hoped that they would continue with their good work. The couple wished the staff and their families good health and happiness in the coming time.