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REASI: With an objective to prepare District Irrigation Plan, District Magistrate Reasi Sushma Chauhan today chaired a meeting of District Level Implementation Committee of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY). During the meeting, it came to fore that the district has 25,480 hectares of cultivated area out of which only 7 per cent is irrigated and remaining area is dependent solely on rainfall for its water needs. Thus, substantial dependency on rainfall makes cultivation in un-irrigated areas very risky and less productive profession.

The need for seriously considering all options including linking of rivers wherever feasible for ensuring optimum use of water resources to prevent recurrence drought was discussed in the meeting.  While addressing the meeting, District Magistrate Reasi impressed upon the participating agencies including Agriculture, Horticulture, Command Area Development, Irrigation, Forest, Rural Development, Public Health Engineering, Soil and Water Conservation Departments to sit together and formulate Block and District Level Irrigation plans best suited to the specific locations.        

 In order to enhance the physical access to water and expand cultivable area under assured irrigation (Har Khet Ko Pani), integration of water resources, distribution and efficient use through appropriate technologies and practices was also discussed in the meeting. The meeting also deliberated upon the measures to improve On-Farm Water Use Efficiency to reduce wastage through precision irrigation technologies (More Crop per Drop).  PMKSY will focus on creation of new water resources, repairs, restoration and renovation of defunct water sources, construction of water harvesting structures, promotion of scientific moisture conservation and run off control measures to improve ground water recharge to create opportunities to access recharged water through shallow tube and dug wells.

 The promotion of efficient water conveyance and field application devices i.e. drip and sprinklers was also discussed in the meeting.  Dr Jitender, DFO Reasi, Ashok Malhotra, Director Command Area Development Jammu, Onkar Singh Chowdahry Project Officer, Command Area Development Jammu, Kulbushan Sambyal, Chief Agriculture Officer Samba, Mohd Iqbal Chowdhary, Chief Agriculture Officer, Reasi, Vinod Dhar, SMS (DL), Romesh Khossa, Deputy Project Director (ATMA), V K Bhagat, S SDAO Reasi and Sohan Lal President Kissan Tehreek attended the meeting.

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JAMMU: As per handout issued by Directorate of School Education Jammu, all the educational institutions including recognized private schools upto Higher Secondary School level of Jammu division shall observe Pooja holidays from November 9 to November 14, 2015. The strict action under rules would be taken against any default on part of private schools in observance of holidays.

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SRINAGAR: The School of Legal Studies (SLS), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) has won the State Level Shah-i-Hamdan Moot Court Competition 2015 organized by the Law Society, Faculty of Law, University of Kashmir.  The moot court team also bagged the best memorial award. The team comprised Sabeel Kawoosa, Mohsina Irshad and Taqwah Yousuf, of BA, LLB, 9th Semester, and was mentored by Assistant Professor, Mir Mubashir. The team was felicitated by Dr. Sheikh Showkat Hussain, Head, Department of Law, CUK. The Law Society members from CUK were also present on the occasion.