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  • Cabinet approves funds to J&K under DAY – NRLM without linking it with poverty ratio

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the extension of timeline for implementation of the Special Package under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) for Jammu & Kashmir for another period of one year during 2018-19. 

The Cabinet also approved allocation of funds to the State under DAY-NRLM on a need basis for implementation of the Special Package without linking it with poverty ratio. There is no additional financial implication as the approval is to extend the time line to cover two thirds of the vulnerable households in the State within in the originally approved financial outlay of Rs. 755.32 crore.  An amount of Rs.143.604 crore will be required for the period of one year during 2018-19.




·         This will help in covering all the vulnerable rural households in the State (estimated at two thirds of the total number of households) within a definite time frame.

·         It will ensure mobilization of households under the auto inclusion category and households with at least one deprivation category listed in the Socio Economic Caste Census – 2011.

·         It will also ensure coverage of all the blocks in Jammu & Kashmir under DAY-NRLM and ensures social inclusion, social development, promotion of livelihoods leading to poverty alleviation in the State.


Due to unavoidable reasons and disturbed conditions in the State, the Special Package as approved in May 2013 could not be fully implemented. Now, the State Government has requested Government of India to consider extension of the earlier approved implementation schedule of the Special Package and continued funding of DAY-NRLM in Jammu and Kashmir on a demand driven basis without linking allocation with poverty ratio during this extended period.  Hence the approval by the Cabinet which will give a boost to the vulnerable rural families in Jammu & Kashmir.

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NEW DELHI: Kashmir based prominent Author & Novelist Khawaja Renzushah was honoured with Award of honour while his two 2018 version of his distinguished two novels written in Kashmiri Language, "oosh te Khoon" (Tears & blood) "Aaab Chu Dazaan"(water on fire) were  released at most global literary platform in 4th  Global literary Festival 2018.

The High commissioners of Uzbekistan one of the literary partner of the Global literary conference ,High commissioner of Azerbaijan, High commissioner of Mongolia, Chancellor of Media university  and head of Marwah Film institute Mr. Sandeep Marwah ,Chancellors of various universities present and retired vice chancellors, Supreme Court luminaries, prominent Authors of English, Frech, Persian, Sanskrit, Bengali ,Hindi,Undu,Tamil and other global linguistics participated in this conference .

While delivering his key note address as Kashmiri Author of twelve books translated in maximum languages including Pahari and Gojri, Khwaja Renzushah expressed his gratitude to organizers of Global Literary festival for acknowledging  importance of kashmiri language and it's high civilizational value. He said that Kashmir has 5000 years of its proud past enriched by purity of Sufi Awaliyas, spiritual saints with their remarkable contributions. He said our Silk route known  in Kashmir as Shahrah-e-ibrahim  was  fulcrum of  Kashmir to Kashgar trade and civilization and present conundrum as well as lamentable tragedy is that Kashmir has been deprived of our own jugular vain.

He said  our Shahrah-e-ibrahim was route of love ,literature, and civilization. He said like pioneers of  art of spiritual scripts, literature and history ,our old chronicles that it is Kashmir which had honour of giving first solar calendar to world  but exploiting innocence and infirmity of their art of projection being land locked abode , some western travelers stole this idea and presented as western achievements. He said any one can research that our original terminologies of months like cheeth, Haar, Grashim etc as well as planet oriented names of each day which are still in vogue provide enough proof of paramount richness of our oldest civilization of world .

Renzushah said that arrival of our Great Sufi Awaliya Hazrat Bulbulshah (RA)  and his vision of establishing Nizam e sufiyat and converting most powerful king of Kashmir Hazrat Sultan Saader-ud-din Rinchenshah to Islam was based on fundamental principles of mutual love ,brotherhood and respectability for which Kashmir is still known throughout globe .

Renzushah said that Kashmir literature encompasses realities of Sufiyat, Panasonic beauty of nature ,and love of humanity. During golden era of Distinguished Sufi king Zain-ul-Abideen Tibet, Kashmir and Kashgar were string of pearls but unfortunately  today each pearl of our string is lost .He further said while addressing August gathering that our literature not only Zaberwan, Kohie Maraan, Tosamaidaan, ,Takhat-e-Sulaiman and other heavenly ranges of valley decorating celestial pages of our literature but our Sufi Awaliyas ,saints ,Reshies ,literary luminaries ,poets ,wizards ,scholars ,musicians have enriched literature of Faraghan valley ,projected Himalayas Mysteries ,and it's countenance in most efficient styles .Today echo of  their mesmerizing songs enthrall each part of this fractured civilization alike  he said amidst emotional chairs from entire August audience in historical 4th  Global literary conference.

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  • The awards will be given for 13 categories
  • Last date for submission of entries is 30th november 2018

NEW DELHI: In view of the importance of water resources management in India, the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has instituted National Water Awards with the objective to encourage all stakeholders to manage their water resources efficiently and create a water consciousness in the country. 

The entries for National Water Awards 2018 are now invited in 13 categories which are - Best State, Best District, Best Village Panchayat, Best Municipal Corporation, Best research/innovation/adaptation of new technology for water conservation, Best educative/mass awareness efforts, Best TV show for promoting water conservation, Best Newspaper, Best School, Best Institution for successful campus water usage, Best Resident Welfare Association (RWA), Organizations for Best Religious/Recreational & Tourism Water Uses and Best Industry for industrial water conservation. Within the Best District category, three awards each will be given in North, South, East, West, North- East and aspirational district sub-categories for encouragement of officials at the district level. Also, at the district level, the entries could be submitted on three important themes of Ground Water Recharge, Revival of River and Rejuvenation/Creation of Water Bodies like lakes/ponds etc. Apart from Best State and Best District awards, cash prize of Rs. 2 lakh, Rs. 1.5 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh for Ist, IInd and IIIrd prize winners respectively will be given for all remaining 11 categories. 

The objective of the awards is to encourage all stakeholders including Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Gram Panchayats, Urban Local Bodies, Water User Associations, Institutions, Corporate Sector, Individuals etc. for adopting innovative practices of ground water augmentation by rainwater harvesting and artificial recharge, promoting water use efficiency, recycling & reuse of water and creating awareness through people's participation in the targeted areas resulting into the sustainability of ground water resources development, adequate capacity building etc. 

For further details and application form, the applicants may visit links- and The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has also teamed up with MyGov to maximize the participation of all stakeholders. The applicants can submit their entries through MyGov ( portal as well.