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JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Police is all set to start special drive in Rajiv Nagar, Narwal to curb the crime.  Health Department assured Health Center.

This was announced today by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Danish Rana (IPS) while addressing the slums dwellers at Rajiv Nagar, Narwal in a one day workshop on Rights and Duties of Non-State Subjects organized by Voice for Rights an NGO working for the protection of Human Rights in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Understanding the sensitivity of the issue and promising to be there with the slum inhabitants, Mr. Rana advised the people to focus on imparting education to their children to get rid of poverty. He also advised them not to indulge in criminal activities and work for their own upliftment. Mr. Rana congratulated the NGO for taking initiative to start work in the area which though is the part of the city but the most neglected one. He extended all sort of support from the Department in mitigating the problems being faced by the slum dwellers in Rajiv Nagar. 

Appraising the IGP and district administration about the problems being faced by the slum dwellers, Mrs. Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat, Chairperson, Voice for Rights sought his support in working for the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers of Rajiv Nagar who are the most politically victimized people. While delivering the welcome speech, she requested the local inhabitants/slum dwellers to say loud no to the people who come to them for fulfilling their ill-motives.

While presenting a paper on Rights and Duties of Non-State Subjects, the known Advocate of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Mr. Advocate Aseem Sawhney  created awareness among the slum inhabitants about their rights and duties.  “State subject is not the bar to the success. It can be achieved even without having it”, he apprised them of.

Mr. Sawhney who is an Advocate, Activist also focused on education of girl child and assured the inhabitants of legal help from his side. While explaining them their rights and duties being non-state subjects, Sawhney told the people present in the workshop that with exercise of their rights, its becomes their responsibility to perform their duties also and live peacefully in the State.

He said, “Judiciary is there to get them justice irrespective of their being non-state subjects if their rights are violated”. He assured his support to the slum dwellers in approaching the Hon’ble High for getting their ration cards regularized as the same were issued to them few years back and now has been withdrawn. Head of the Department, Social Work, Central University, Jammu Prof. Ghandi Doss with Assistant Professor Mohd. Uzair also extended support from the Department of Social Work in conducting a survey with Voice for Rights, NGO in addressing their basic problems.

Dr. J.P Singh Deputy CMO and Dr, Sushma Matto, District Immunization officer who represented Health Department, Jammu advised the people to initiate cleanness drive in to keep the diseases at bay. Hearing the participants at length, Dr. J.P Singh assured to take up their demand to open a health center in Rajiv Nagar with the higher authorities as soon as possible.

Mr. Kewal Koushal, Journalist who is also the Trustee, Voice for Rights requested the media to highlight the problems being faced by the slum inhabitants. He suggested linking the Department of Labor with the area to curb the child labor. He also expressed need for opening government schools in the area for imparting free education to the children.  

Vote of thanks was presented by Advocate Shahzad Mir, Assistant Manager, and Voice for Rights. He along with Advocate Uzar Sheikh and Subha Zutshi wowed to work for the rehabilitation of the area while apprising the participants about the future plans of the NGO, Voice for Rights for the area. The workshop was supported by a team of slum dwellers headed by Pudina Ram.

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  • Sunil Sharma for making Chenab Valley belt knowledge hub
  • Urges youth to focus on self-development

BHADERWAH: Minister of State for R&B and Revenue, Mr Sunil Kumar Sharma today called for making the Chenab Valley area a knowledge hub to connect its youth intellectually to the outside world. “The Bhaderwah campus of the Jammu University can play key role in expanding the import and scope of the academic activities in the region,” Mr Sharma said while speaking at a function organized in connection with the launch of 4-day Youth Festival, Sangam-2015, being jointly organized by the Bhaderwah Campus and the 4 Rashtriya Rifles of the Army.

The Minister also called for establishing Village Knowledge Centers in Chenab Valley area which will benefit the educated youth by providing them with the academic and other information and feedback on various activities. MLA Bhaderwah Mr Daleep Parihar, Professor R D Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, Prof G M Bhat, Rector Bhaderwah Campus, Commander 4 Sector RR, civil, military, paramilitary and police officers, Principals and Teachers of Colleges/Schools, prominent citizens of the area, besides a large number of people were present on the occasion.

The Minister also suggested organizing international scientists meet at Bhaderwah Campus to reflect on the huge natural resources of the region. He said the University campus should prepare a booklet depicting the natural resources of Chenab region and showcase the same globally. Mr Sunil Sharma lauded the role of administration of the Bhaderwah campus and the Army for organizing the event.

He said the cultural programme presented by the students of the Bhaderwah Campus depict the mutual harmony and brotherhood which is an integral part of the culture of Chenab region. He said the people of this region especially the youth should rise above the communal politics and secure a bright future for themselves and for this region.

On the demand of introducing science subjects in the Bhaderwah campus, the Minister asked Rector to prepare a blueprint for developing Bhaderwah campus as a model campus. He assured that the matter of developing Bhaderwah campus as centre of quality learning will be taken up with the Union Minister for Human Resource Development.

MLA Bhaderwah Mr Daleep Singh Parihar also lauded the efforts of RR and Bhaderwah Campus for organizing such a gala event which will benefit the local youth. Professor R D Sharma, Vice Chancellor University of Jammu in his address praised the Armed forces for encouraging such constructive activities in the region which help in diverting the energies of the youth in proper direction.

Vice Chancellor further said that Bhaderwah Campus has tremendous potential and can be provided with more relevant post-graduate courses which will benefit the people of Chenab belt. “In the present context of globalization and technological advancement, Bhaderwah Campus can become a hub of new age knowledge and information technology related education,” he added.

Rector Bhaderwah Campus Prof. GM Bhat and CO 4RR in their welcome address congratulated the youth of Chenab valley for shunning the path of violence and embracing education and knowledge leading to self development and enriching the society. The event witnessed participation of around 400 students and teachers from eight Colleges including Bhaderwah Campus, University of Jammu, Islamia Faridia College, Kishtwar, Government Degree Colleges of Bhaderwah, Doda, Kishtwar, Kilotran, Marwah and Chhatru.

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  • GCW Gandhi Nagar and GDC Kathua lift Silver Rolling Trophy at 6thAnnual Inter-State (Northern Zone) Declamation Contest

JAMMU: The team comprising Ms. Shivika Thakur of the Government College for Women, Gandhinagar, Jammu and Ms. Atika Sharma of the Government Degree College Kathua, won the Silver Rolling Trophy instituted by Governor N. N. Vohra,  at the 6th Annual Inter-State (Northern Zone) Declamation Contest, which was organized by the Department of Higher Education at the Government College for Women, Gandhinagar, Jammu.

The Runner-Up Trophy was bagged by the team comprising Ms. Aneesa Ramzan of Government Degree College, Tral and Mr. Rishabh Vaishnav of BNPG, Udaipur, Rajasthan.  The topic of the Declamation Contest was “Is Development and Growth Enough to Reduce Discontent in Society”. Governor N. N. Vohra, was the Chief Guest and Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady was the Guest of Honour on the occasion. Ms. Priya Sethi, Minister of State for Education, Culture & Information presided over the function.

The Governor appreciated the speakers for their clear perceptions and impressive articulation and observed this annual event, which commenced 6 years ago, had this year witnessed the participation of students from all the three regions of J&K- Jammu, Valley, Leh and Kargil districts, and significant participation from the Northern States and it is gratifying that this contest had continue to enlarge and improve on all fronts. He assured enhanced support to the College for facilitating larger participation of students in future. The Governor congratulated Dr. Kiran Bakshi, Principal of the Government College for Women Gandhinagar and her colleagues for the successful organization of the event.   

The Governor observed that all the sections of the society including students, teachers, and the public at large should give thought to what promotes a satisfied population and contentment among individuals. He noted that India is a land of rich diversity, and pluralism is deeply embedded in our thousands of years old socio-religious tradition, and we should strive to foster communal harmony among our diverse communities.

The Governor presented the Rolling Trophy to the winning team and also gave prizes to the runner-up. He presented cash prize of Rs. 11,000 to Ms. Shivika Thakur of Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar for being adjudged first. 2nd prize was won by Ms. Atika Sharma of GDC Kathua; while 3rd Prize was won by Ms. Aneesa Ramzan of GDC Tral. 1st , 2nd  and  3rd Consolation prizes were respectively won by Mr. Rishabh Vaishnav of BNPG, Udaipur, Rajasthan, Mr. Shubham Sharma of GDC Hirannagar, and Ms. Syed Areej of GDC for Women, M.A. Road Srinagar.

Governor also presented mementos to Ms. Sneh Sambyal, former Professor Department of Economics,  Ms. Veena Thappar, Joint Director Planning and Development; Mr. Jagdish Sharma, former Professor Department of English; Mr. Anil Tiwari,Director, School of Philosophy and Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Dr. Neelu Rhometra, Rector Kathua Campus of Jammu University who were the Jury Members and  Prof. Mohd. Aslam Baba,  Nodal principal Amar Singh College, Srinagar; Prof. Z.A. Chat, Chairman JKBOSE and Mr. Narinder Khajuria, Additional Secretary, Governor’s Secretariat who were the Observers of the Declamation Contest.

The Governor and the First Lady were presented mementos. Ms. Sarita Chouhan, Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education Department was present on the occasion. Dr. Kiran Bakshi, Principal, Government College for Women, Gandhinagar, Jammu, in her welcome address gave details of the participants of the Declamation Contest. She said that a total of 46 students from Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir had participated in this contest. Professor T.A Kawoos, Director Colleges, presented a formal Vote of Thanks. Earlier, students of the College presented a captivating cultural programme which included creative and folk dances. Principals of various colleges, college teachers and students were present on the occasion.