05JK01A.qxd 11/4/2013 10:43 PM Page 1 UP, CLOSE AND PERSONAL tuesday | november 5 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE DURBAR MOVE: DGP INSPECTS POLICE HEADQUARTERS Þ PAGE 2 SPORTS: JKP XI WIN EID-DIWALI TWENTY20 MILAN CUP TITLE ÞPAGE 2 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY 25°C MAXIMUM Price rise dampens Diwali spirit Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Jammu, November 4 Raised prices of essential commodities made the Diwali dull this year as people celebrated the festival with less quantity of sweets and crackers in Jammu on Sunday. People also alleged overcharging by most of the shopkeepers who had set up temporary stalls. The festival of lights lost its brightness this year because of the raised prices of the commodities. The markets of the city of temples, which used to witness heavy rush during all the festivals, had marginally lesser customers this Diwali. More than 100 special stalls were installed at various grounds of the city, like Parade Ground, Dasehra Ground, Gandhi Nagar, Janipur etc. “The prices of the crackers are touching the sky this year. A packet of ‘anar’, which was of Rs 200, was priced at Rs 350 A view of a market in Jammu during the festive month. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH this year. It is becoming impossible to celebrate Diwali for a common man,” said Anil Raina, a banker. “The stall owners are selling it on the print price, but their margin is more than 50 per cent. Authori- ties should fix their rates on special occasions like Diwali,” he added. Many people were also Ladakhi leader Rinpoche remembered Yangchan Dolma Leh, November 4 Former ambassador to Mongolia and Ladakhi political and social leader Khushok Bakula Rinpoche was remembered today on his 10th death anniversary in Leh town. An elaborate cultural function was organised at the Polo Ground to mark the occasion. For the first time, a government-level large-scale event was held to observe his death anniversary. Local Bodies and Urban Development Minister Nawang Rigzin Jora was the chief guest while the Chief Executive Councillor of LAHDC, Kargil, Haji Asgar Ali was present as the guest of honour on the occasion. Mask dances by monks of the Spithuk monastery, a photo exhibition on Rin- poche’s career and life and a jhanki by school students were the main events that took place as part of the ceremony. Friends and students from Mongolia, Singapore, USA, UK, Turkey and Hong Kong were also present to pay tributes to the leader. He was awarded the Padma Bushan by the Government of India and Polar Star, the highest award of Mongolia, for his contribution to revive Buddhism in Mongolia. Rinpoche is known as the architect of educational and social uplift of Ladakh in its modern history. He laid the foundation of education when there was zero literacy. Rinpoche used to travel extensively to every corner of Ladakh, riding a horse or a yak, to make people aware of the importance of education. Play brings alive political designs on stage Artistes enact a scene from the play ‘Deemak’, directed by Neeraj Kant, staged as part of Natrang Sunday Theatre Series in Jammu on Sunday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Tribune News Service Jammu, November 4 In its weekly theatre series, Natrang staged a new Hindi play ‘Deemak’. The play was written by Vasant Ramekar and directed by Neeraj Kant and was a political satire. ‘Deemak’ play started in the ambience of college elections, where some student leaders were putting in their best efforts to become the college president. On asserting which student leader had more influence on the students, one of the main-stream politicians came forward to patronise him, on the condition that the student leader would facilitate his victory on becoming the college president. The proposal was readily accepted by ambitious leader (Daddu). The minister’s plan succeeded and he started playing his puppet to fulfil his interests. Daddu also disturbed the peace of the common people on the directions of the minister but faced resentment from the students. He the approached the minister, who turned his face away and cut all support to Daddu. Daddu then decided to expose the politician in media and public. Fearing rebellion from his own creation, the minister planned Daddu's murder and cleared all the expected dangers and evidences against him. In the end, Daddu’s father, who had lost his only son, pleaded before the audience to be more watchful towards the actions of their children so that they did not fall prey to the wolves of the society. Natrang’s actors who took part in the play included Syed Mudassar Ali Shah, Mahikshit Singh, Arun Sharma, Ashok Kumar, Nitin Kumar, Ravi Chowdhary, Masood Qadir, Rishiv Prabhakar, Sachin Bamba and Rohit Sharma. Lights were operated by Ashwani Bali. Mohdammad Yaseen looked after the Hall Management while Sajra Qadir presented the show before the audience. The show was coordinated by Sumeet Sharma. Remember Prachee Pathak, who essayed different roles in Afsar Bitiya, Mann ki Awaaz... Pratigya and Kairee? Fifteen years of experience in theatre, the pass-out from National School of Drama is excited to play Naulakha Devi, a powerful character of a mother-in-law. complaining about the overcharging of candles and sweets. But according to the Deputy Commissioner (DC), they had not received any complaint regarding over pricing. Ajit Kumar Sahu, Jammu DC, said, “People should complain to us if any shopkeeper is indulging in over pricing. But we did not get any complaint regarding this.” “Our teams were on job to check overpricing or other violations,” he added. Y B Sharma, president, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Jammu, said “I do not have the exact statistics of the business done this year on Diwali, but the overall market was down this year. Businessmen did not get business as expected.” “Last year, business on Diwali was much higher than this year. The main reason is the high prices of the commodities, which decreased the purchasing power of the common man,” he added. Jammu diabetologist to head scientific committee Jammu, November 4 Nationally known Diabetologist Dr Jitendra Singh will be the Chairman and Head of the Scientific Committee for the three-day Annual Diabetes Conference of Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India) beginning from November 8 at ‘India Expo Centre’, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi. Following this announcement from the RSSDI headquarters in New Delhi, Dr Singh today released to the media, scientific programme of the conference. Dr Singh said besides Sir Michael Hirst,orldrenowned Diabetologist and President of the ‘International Diabetes Federation’ (IDF), the conference will be addressed by a galaxy of foreign faculty, including Dr Herve Blottiere (France), Dr Franco Folli (USA), Dr Peter Kurtzhals (USA), Dr Gerald Shulman (USA), Dr Pareshv Dandona (USA), Dr Kitt Falk Peterson (USA), Dr Harold Levovitz (USA), Dr Rubina Heptulla (USA), Dr Mohamed Hasaneen (UK) and several others. The Indian faculty will include Dr V Mohan (Chennai), Dr Shashank Joshi (Mumbai), Dr V Seshiah (Chennai), Dr B K Sahay (Hyderabad) and Ashok Das (Punducherry), — TNS Þ PAGE 4 14°C MINIMUM Tourists throng Pir Ki Gali after season’s first snowfall A family enjoys the sunny weather after the season’s first snowfall in Pir Ki Gali, Poonch district, on Saturday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH Darshan Bharti Poonch, November 4 The higher reaches of the Poonch district, including Pir Ki Gali, received the season's first snowfall on Saturday. Hundreds of tourists from across the state started visiting the Gali to have a close look at the scenic beauty of the area. In winter, a blanket of snow spreads over the high-altitude areas in Poonch district. The first snowfall of the season brings in tourists from India and across the world to Loran and Pir Ki Gali. It is no different this year and thousands are thronging the snow-covered Pir Ki Gali. Tourists expressed delight after witnessing fresh snowfall. “It was a superb experience. We came to Pir Ki Gali for the first time and it was just fabulous. We took a sledge ride on the slopes and the whole view was very nice,” said Shivani from Delhi. Mohd Sadiq, a tea stall owner, said with the season’s first snowfall, the influx of tourists had given a boost to their business. “Fresh snowfall provides us with work as many tourists visit the place. Thousands of tourists have come here. All the people engaged in small business and transport are earning well. With the influx of more tourists, employment opportunities will increase,” said Sadiq. Report claims water quantification by state not done properly Vikas Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, November 4 The State of Environment Report (SoER) of Directorate of Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing has stressed upon tapping of water resources to be done on scientific basis, claiming that the quantification and volume of water availability has not been done properly by the state authorities. The report said the water system was not defined on designated best use concept, which had affected the management conservation, treatment and formulation of Action Plans for a particular stretch of water based on most polluted river stretch concept of National River Conservation Plan. “A total of 1670.76 MW water generation capacity is under execution. Groundwater resource needs study and data creation. The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has indicated that at present, ground water resources are not being fully utilised and there is sufficient scope for the development of these resources in J&K”, the report claimed. “The water quality labs of the Public Health Engineering Department need scientific strengthening so that specific data and not general data is created. Further, soil nutrients are also depleting due to faulty farming practices like deforestation, overgrazing, land pollution, urban sprawl and query of stone”, SoER maintained. The report of the department stated that the solid/liquid waste management was not satisfactory in the state. It claimed that in the year 2011, 397 MT waste collection per day was reported from Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) area of Srinagar in which 220 MT was disposed off at Achen Syed Pora. It added that most of the slaughtering was done with- in the premises of the butchers because the state had not provided any common facility to this sector. The report said environmental planning emanating from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) needed to be incorporated in the planning process of all developmental plans. “The environmental indices like environmental audit, green building concept, energy audit, quantification of solid and liquid waste ,quantification of water resources, quantification and mapping of natural resources, land use planning, urban sprawl issue, vehicular pollution data, air quality monitoring, industrial zoning, identification of eco sensitive zones, lake and water management strategy, scientific planning of agrarian sector and all tourist spots require action so that food security is ensured to the people of the state”, SoER observed. CITU, other trade Teenager gets new unions stage protest lease of life Tribune News Service Jammu, November 4 The Centre of Indian Trade Union (CITU), J&K and other trade unions staged a protest in front of the office of Divisional Commisioner, Jammu, against the police lathicharge on striking workers and termination of workers by M/s Leighton Private Limited, which is constructing the Chenani-Nashri tunnel. Sham Parsad Kesar, CITU leader and Om Parkash, general secretary, said the workers were terminated illegally and were forced to work for 12 hours without any compensation for working for extra hours. He added that the company had ignored the recruitment of locals and did not recognise the union for negotiation. They added that the state government, instead of intervening to sort out the matter, was favouring the company. Others who spoke on the occasion included Shiv Kumar Sharma, N K Dogra, Harbans Choudhary, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Hari Singh, Ram Kumar Sharma and Anil Vaid. Tribune News Service Jammu, November 4 Asif Wani (18), a resident of Handwara village in Kupwara district, got a new lease of life at Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali, after being diagnosed with complex heart defects. Partially deaf by birth, Asif was brought to the hospital with complaints of breathlessness and palpitation. He was diagnosed with complex heart defects, multiple conditions of Atrial septal defect and severe Pulmonary Stenosis (Congenital disorder), comprising of a hole in the upper chambers of the heart. Max India Foundation took up the case and Asif was successfully operated upon by Dr Virendar Sarwal, Principal Consultant and Chief of Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Mohali. The five-hour surgery involved one week of post-operative care under expert supervision of the critical care experts.
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