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SAMBA: Deepshikha Sharma, Miss India Multinational today interacted with members of Women Self Help Groups here at Panchayat GharSangwali.  Additional Deputy Commissioner Samba Arun Manhas and SDM GhagwalRitu Mahajan welcome the guest.  The ADC highlighted the activities of self-help groups & their success stories. He added that self-help groups play an important role in economic & social advancement of poor women from rural strata of society.

Deepshikha Sharma had interactive session with women from self-help groups where a number of questions were put forth regarding her life, success & future plans. Expressing happiness over her interaction with women from self-helpgroups Deepshikha Sharma said that each member is an inspiring example of revolution, collective efforts and entrepreneurship. She said that women are enterprising and have enormous inner strength for self-relianceduring odd circumstances and they only need opportunities to perform.

Earlier she visited   different schools of Distt. Samba and shared her success story with Teachers, Students and other staff members of the school and encouraged students to participate in different competitions. SDM Ritu Mahajan, Nodal Officer Rajesh Heera, BDO GhagwalVishvjeet Singh and concerned officers were present during the event.

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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir team put up an excellent performance in its maiden outing at the prestigious India Skills National Competition, considered as the country’s biggest skill competition. Gaurav Bhagat in Patisserie & Confectionery, Sheikh Najeeb Shafi and Mir Faizan in Mobile Robotics category won the Medallions of Excellence at the competition which were held from 3rd October to 5th October 2018 at Aerocity Grounds, New Delhi.

Officials from J&K Skill Development Mission (JKSDM) also accompanied the J&K contingent for facilitating their participation at the competition.  For the first time, six youth from Jammu and Kashmir – after passing the base level, state and regional level competitions –participated in the prestigious national skill championship in which more than 400 participants across 27 states showcased their talent across 46 skills, 10 traditional skills and 4 demo skills.

Mission Directorate, JKSDM was the nodal agency of the state for the competition and launched a massive awareness campaign throughout the state. 700 candidates below the age of 21 years registered and trained in the skill sets such as Bakery, Cooking, Patisserie and Confectionery, Graphic Design, Web Design and Development, Beauty Therapy, Mechanical CAD, Automobile Technology, Fashion Technology and Carpentry.

 The six skilled youth who represented J&K at the national level in four skills are Sheikh Najeeb Shafi and Mir Faizan for Mobile Robotics, Saharsh Arora and Aman Gupta for Graphic Designing, Gaurav Bhagat for Patisserie and Confectionery and Mohammad Adeeb Butt for Beauty Therapy. 

Anant Kumar Hegde, Minister of State, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GoI, Rajesh Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, GoI, Subhash Ghai, Chairman, Media and Entertainment Sector Skill Council and other senior officials attended the valedictory ceremony and felicitated the winners of the national competition. The winner and the runner-up candidates of the India Skills National Competition will get an opportunity to participate in the World Skills Competition which is to be held at Kazan, Russia in 2019.

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  • Participants stress on optimum use of mediation system

SRINAGAR: On the second day of 3-day State-level intensive Mediation Workshop organized by the Mediation and Conciliation Committee of Mediation Centre of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court at SKICC, the experts deliberated in length and breadth on the issues related to the Mediation process in the country. A total six sessions were conducted on different topics and addressed by the Resource Persons (Law Luminaries from outside the State). The law experts enlightened the local judges and lawyers on the advancements in the process of this non-conventional system of Mediation for delivering speedy justices to the parties in the country and abroad.


The experts maintained that the system of this alternate justice providing system has become so popular in various countries and majority of cases are being dealt through the process of Mediation. The speakers stressed the need for promoting the mediation system and its optimum use to save the people, especially the poor people from huge expenses and time. The first session on the topic “Philosophy of Mediation” for the judges was chaired over by Justice Mrs. Sindhu Sharma, whereas the Lawyers’ session was presided over presided over by Justice Rashid Ali Dar.


The second session on the topic “Communication” for the judges was chaired by Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur and Lawyers’ session was presided over by Justice Sanjeev Kumar. During the session, deliberations were held on various forms of communication, active listening, body language, importance of communication techniques and empathy with neutrality. Two combined sessions with judges and lawyers were chaired by Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Justice Sanjeev Kumar while Justice TashiRabstan and Justice Alok Aradhe was also present on the occasion. During the sessions, Resource Persons engaged with the participants in various activities and role plays of mediation to give the practical shape to the theories learnt during separate sessions. Discussions and deliberations were also held on stages of mediation and different steps to be followed in conflict resolution.


The post-lunch sessions for judges and lawyers were chaired by Justice Rashid Ali Dar and Justice Sindhu Sharma respectively. During the sessions, participants deliberated upon role of the referral judge, reference to ADR, stages of referral, cases suitable for reference, motivating the parities, referral orders, post conclusion of mediation, mediator techniques in Impasse and perception-prejudices, biases and stereotypes.  

Resource Persons of national and international repute including, Dinesh Kumar Sharma, Registrar General, Delhi High Court, Dharmesh Sharma, Principal Judge, Family Court, Shailendra Kour, Judge-in-charge, Delhi Mediation Centre, Aloysius Goh, Chief Executive Officer & Registrar, SIMC, Singapore, J.P. Singh, Sudhanshu Batra, Sr. Advocates, Ms. Sadhana Ramachandran, Ms. Veena Ralli, Ms. Amita Sehgal,  and Anuj Aggarwal, Advocates conducted the sessions.

Mr. Puneet Gupta, Registrar Vigilance and Coordinator, Mediation and Conciliation Committee, Mr. Abdul Rashid Malik, Director J&K State Judicial Academy, Mr. Yashpal Bourney, Member Secretary, J&K State Legal Services Authority, Mr. Mohammad Yousuf Wani, Registrar J&K High Court, judicial officers, lawyers attended the workshop.