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NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last evening approved implementation of Shahpur Kandi Dam Projecton river Ravi, which has been declared a national project. The Cabinet also approved Central Assistance of Rs 485.38 crfor the project to be provided over next five years. On completion of the project an Irrigation Potential of 5,000 ha in Punjab State and 32,173 ha in J&K State would be created.

Funding for Central Assistance to Shahpur Kandi Dam project shall be made through NABARD under existing system for funding of 99 PMKSY-AIBP projects under LTIF. In addition to existing monitoring mechanism for projects by Central Water Commission, a committee headed by Member, Central Water Commission and consisting of concerned Chief Engineers of Punjab and J&K and other concerned officers would be constituted to oversee/monitor the implementation of project.

The Advisory committee of MoWR, RD&GR on Irrigation, Flood Control and Multipurpose Projects accepted the second Revised Cost Estimate amounting to Rs 2715.70 crore (February, 2018 Price Level) in its 138th meeting held on 31.10.2018. The project would be completed by June 2022. Pertinently, J&K and Punjab Government signed an MoU on 8 September this year for the implementation of the project, which was hanging fire for almost 4 decades.

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JAMMU: Under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Plan, Aryans Group of Colleges, Rajpura Near Chandigarh today celebrated its Founder’s Day with the Blind children. The function started with the prayer recitation followed by the Cake Cutting Ceremony by the students. Woolen wears, Fruits etc were also distributed to the students on the occasion. The function was attended by Prof. Roshan Lal Kataria himself;  Dr. Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group; Management of Institute for Blind including Chairman, Major General Rajender Nath PVSM (Retd.); Principal, Mr. J.S. Jayara; Secretary, Mrs. Prem Girdhar, Honorary Joint Secretary; Mrs Kuljeet Kaur, Music Teacher etc were also present on the occasion.

 Mr. J.S Jayara while thanking said that these special students needs inclusion not exclusion, integration not disintegration to integrate them into the mainstream of social life. Jayara further added that these children are visually impaired but not visionary hence equal opportunities to these special children should be given for their self reliance to ensure full participation in the society.

It is to be mentioned that Aryans Group was started with one B School. But in a short span of 12 years, with the guidance & support of Prof. Kataria, the Group has established its Engineering College, Law College, Management College, Pharmacy College, Agriculture College, Business School, Education College, Nursing College, Degree College, Polytechnic College and Primary School. 

Born and brought up of Muktsar, Prof Roshan Lal Kataria is founder of Aryans Group of Colleges. Prof. Roshan Lal Kataria did his MA (Economics) from Dehradun. He started his career in Economics lecturer from Government College, Muktsar and later on worked in Govt College Zira, DAV Institutions. He also worked in Chandigarh for more than a decade for spreading awareness regarding UGC/NET examination.

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JAMMU: Prof.Bhim Singh, Convenor of Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals has urged the Govts of India and Pakistan to allow holding IIIrd ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in New Delhi in the first week of February, 2019. In a letter addressed to the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, the Convenor of the ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks has made a strong appeal to issue clearance for holding IIIrd ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in New Delhi in the month of February 2019. Ist and IInd ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in 2005 & 2007 when Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister of India. The Govts of India and Pakistan were gracious enough to permit such kind of ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in New Delhi. Prof.Bhim Singh in his letter to the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh submitted an urgent letter to the Union Home Minister in this regard.

“This is an urgent proposal by Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals  to hold ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks, conference, in New Delhi on 1st, 2nd & 3rd February, 2019 among the representatives of the political parties as well as social activists from all sides of J&K.

2.Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals had organised two such ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks, conferences, in New Delhi in 2005 and 2007 when Dr. Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister of India. 

3.That the purpose to hold such ‘Heart to Heart’ conferences to have a free and frank discussion among the political and social leadership of J&K with the representatives of the political and social representatives of POK as well as that of Gilgit & Baltistan. During the first two such conferences representatives of Gilgit, Baltistan as well as POK participated. This information is available on the files of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India as well as in the National Press.

4.That this ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks was presided over by Late Sardar Mohd. Abdul Qayyum Khan, past Prime Minister & President of POK. These conferences were also attended by genuine leadership of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh. Even representatives of Hurriyat Conference from Kashmir region attended the meetings during both conferences in 2005 & 2007. A Resolution for peaceful resolution etc. was also carried unanimously by the participants.

5.That the representatives from POK, Gilgit & Baltistan were also invited over tea by the then leader of the opposition in Parliament Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee & Shri L.K. Advani among others. Dr. Karan Singh also invited the participants for lunch at his residence. The then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh also invited the visiting participants from Pakistan side over breakfast. 

6.That a resolution by the participants was also announced at New Delhi which was duly circulated among the national leadership and the media.

7.That this kind of ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks meeting could not be held after 2007 for the reasons beyond control which need no discussion at present. It is felt necessary to hold IIIrd ‘Heart to Heart’ Talks in the interest of peace and to promote cordial relations between India and Pakistan. 

I shall be grateful if your honour may kindly consider this urgent matter and allow the Coordination Committee of All J&K Leaders & Intellectuals   to hold this kind of conference in New Delhi in first week of February, 2019.”