08JK01A.qxd 11/7/2013 10:26 PM Page 1 ENTERS THE NEW JEANNIE friday | november 8 | 2013 | Jammu JAMMU TRIBUNE PROTEST: DISENGAGED SPO CLIMBS MOBILE TOWER Þ PAGE 2 After rumours of Jeannie Aur Juju ending soon, now comes the news that Giaa Manek will quit the show. Þ PAGE 4 WEATHER PARTLY CLOUDY SPORTS: DASHMESH CLUB WIN HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP ÞPAGE 2 21.7°C 14.4°C MAXIMUM MINIMUM Govt plans to install scanners at entry points ■ Constitutes committee to study feasibilty of electronic equipment at toll posts Ishfaq Tantry Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 7 To check the entry of the banned polythene into the state, the government is contemplating to install electronic equipment and scanners at the entry points, including the Lakhanpur toll plaza. For the purpose, the government has already formed a committee to study the feasibility of installing these scanners at the toll plaza, which witnesses daily entry and exit of hundreds of goods trucks. This has been revealed by the The government, in its compliance report, informed the court that it had constituted a committee on October 25, 2013, “to explore the feasibility of installing technical/electronic equipment, scanners and creation of electronic infrastructure” at the Lakhanpur toll plaza, the only road entry into the state government in its compliance report to the High Court, which has already ordered a slew of directions aimed at curbing the use of polythene and polythene carry bags into the state, which is emerging as a dangerous and potential environmental hazard in the tourist state. The government, in its compliance report, informed the court that it had constituted a committee on October 25, 2013, “to explore the feasibility of installing technical/electronic equipment, scanners and creation of electronic infrastructure” at Drizzle, cloudy weather set winter mood in Jammu ■ Day temperature plummets; upper reaches receive snowfall BAN ON POLYTHENE the Lakhanpur toll plaza, the only road entry into the state. Once installed, the equipment and the scanners are expected to help in checking and detecting illegal entry of the banned polythene into the state. The scanners are expected to check and frisk the vehicles passing through the toll post at Lakhanpur and help in detecting illegal movement of the banned polythene at the entry points Snow, rain in Poonch Ranjit Thakur Poonch, November 7 RAJOURI, NOVEMBER 7 Jammu/Poonch, November 7 Cloudy weather coupled with light drizzle today set the winter mood in the city, with the residents preferring to remain indoors to protect themselves from cold wave. The day temperature plummeted several notches, forcing residents to get their woolens out. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the day temperature in Jammu dipped by almost eight degrees and it was 21.7 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature stood at 14.4 degrees Celsius. Similarly, the maximum temperature in Katra - the base camp of holy cave shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi — was 20.1 degree Celsius, six notches below normal. The minimum temperature was 12.4 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal. In Bhaderwah town of Doda district, the maximum temperature was 18.1 degrees Celsius while the The higher reaches of twin district of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir State has witnessed the season's first snowfall, worsening the cold wave conditions enroute to the Mughal Road. Life has been thrown out of gear and many roads have been blocked due to heavy snowfall and rains. The mountains in Pir Panjal and Tuti, Kutti ranges of Rajouri and Poonch districts of the state received the season's first snowfall last night. Following snowfall, a sharp decline in the minimum temperature was witnessed in the region. While the upper reaches of Budhal, Kotranka, Bakori, Thanamandi, Darhal and others including Deera ki Gali received snowfall, reports said snowfall and heavy rain lashed Mandi, Surankote, Sawjian and Loran areas due to which road connectivity remained affected owing to slippery PHOTO: RANJIT THAKUR minimum temperature stood at 6.1 degrees Celsius. IMD officials have predicted that there will be more rains along with thundershowers during the next 24 hours. The Power Development Department and Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) turned on the street lights on various roads in the wake of low visibility due to cloudy weather. Health department offi- Woman, son killed as lightning strikes Kalakote cials said the light drizzle, however, would bring in relief from cough, cold and viral fever. "Because of dry weather conditions, the people faced health problem," an official said. Reports from various district headquarters said the upper reaches of the region also received fresh snowfall following moderate rains, which has intensified the cold wave in these respective areas. (Related photo on Page 2) said in its orders passed on Monday this week. “The committee has to be of technical experts, therefore, we direct that these two members be removed from the committee and in their place two technical experts shall be included or in alternative, chairman of the committee shall be a technical expert of the field of scanners within shortest possible time so as to enable the committee to submit meaningful Action Taken Report on next date”, High Court further said in its orders. Season’s first snowfall for Pir Panjal Tribune News Service Pir Panjal got the season’s first snowfall on Thursday. into the state, the government further stated in the compliance report. However, the court did not felt satisfied by mere constitution of the committee and now directed the government to include experts into the committees. “ZA Shah (amicus curies to HC) has pointed out that two members (representative from police headquarters and senior law officer from the Finance department) have unnecessarily been included as members of the committee”, the High Court The mountains in Pir Panjal and Tuti, Kutti ranges of Rajouri and Poonch districts of the state received the season's first snowfall last night. Following snowfall, a sharp decline in the minimum temperature was witnessed in the region conditions. The Mughal Road has also been closed owing to heavy snowfall. Speaking to the Tribune, Dr Veena Sharma, Technical Officer of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences meteorological department, said since last night, there have been heavy rainfall and snowfall in the upper reaches, resulting in mercury dipping sharply in the region. She said, "We have recorded a minimum temperature of 7.6 degrees Celsius in the region while the maximum remained 17 degrees Celsius today. Meanwhile, 55.8 mm rainfall has been recorded since last night," she added. Darshan Bharti The hills of Pir Panjal range today experienced a fresh spell of snowfall and rains since last evening, triggering a sharp dip in temperatures. The high hills saw fresh snowfall this morning while it rained over the night across Poonch district, bringing with it cold wave conditions. The high-altitude areas of Loran, Mandi, Saujian, Bufliaz and Surankote in Poonch districts experienced fresh snowfall with the season's first rain while Pir ki Gali again experienced moderate to heavy snow (6 to 10 inches snow) today. The Pir ki Gali on the Mughal Road, which connects Poonch-Rajouri twin border districts with the Kashmir valley, was initially closed in the morning for motorists as it experienced 6 to 10 inches of fresh snow with slips on the road. Sources said over 30 heavy and light vehicles were initially stopped at Chandimarh in Bufliaz in the wake of heavy snowfall at Pir ki Gali this morning, but were allowed after 4 pm. Rajouri, November 7 A woman and her son were killed when a lightning struck in Dali area of Kalakote under border Rajouri district. A youth has also received serious injuries in the same incident. Sheela Devi (36), a resident of Dali of Kalakote and her school-going son, Sunny Kumar (10), were on their way to school when the incident took place. Both mother and son were killed on the spot. The rescue teams and police rushed to the spot and shifted the deceased to a local hospital. After conducting the legal formalities, the bodies were handed over to the family for their last rites. In another incident, a youth, identified as Sunny Kumar, also received serious injuries in the same incident. Doctors of the local hospital have shifted the injured to Government Medical College, Jammu, for improved treatment. Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Jammu, November 7 The casual attitude of Onex Electronics, which has installed traffic signal lights at the winter capital of the state, has left many traffic lights non-functional in Jammu city. Even after more than a year of installing traffic signal lights in Jammu, the authorities have failed to streamline traffic as well as functioning of traffic lights. The traffic signal lights were installed at Jammu on August 4, 2012 at 30 main points of the city by a Delhibased company, Onex Electronics. But after installing the traffic signal lights in the city, the company has not conducted a third party inspection, which is mandatory for clearance of bills. Many of the traffic signal lights in the city are lying non-functional and many are partially functional, but even after information to the company by the authorities, the company is not repairing the lights. Traffic lights at Green Belt park, Gandhi Nagar crossing, Science college Road and many other places are not working. A traffic light pole damaged at Roop Nagar chowk is lying abandoned for the last 20 days. Manmohan Singh, SSP traffic, said, “Whenever traffic lights stop functioning, we immediately inform the JMC officials about it, but it is being delayed by the company which has installed it.” Sources said the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), which has given tender to the company, has not paid the pending dues. Only 15 per cent of the funds have been paid to the company till date. The total cost for the project was more than a crore rupees. Kiran Watal, Commissioner, JMC, said, “We are ready to pay their pending dues, but they themselves are not serious about the work and their payments.” “Wherever the lights are not working, we will call the people from the company and get them repaired,” he added. Pradeep Kaushik, Director, Onex Electronics, refused to comment on the issue, saying, “I don’t have the details. We are busy with other projects at the moment.” “As far as the payments are concerned, the government payments always take time. I don’t want to comment on it,” he added. 3 officials suspended for absence from duty Devinder Thakur Katra, November 7 The authorities on Thursday placed three officials under suspension for remaining absent from duty. “Additional Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Rajinder Singh Tara, conducted surprise inspection of various offices and placed three officials under suspension for unauthorised absence from duty,” said a spokesman. Show-cause notices have been issued to Rani Devi, teacher, Sushma Khousal, teacher and Soom Dutt Khajuria, junior engineer of the Irrigation and Flood Control Departments, who were placed under suspension. “The inspection was in response to growing public complaints against public servants," he added. Shortage of safai karamcharis affects cleanliness in Jammu Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Our Correspondent Traffic lights on the blink as electronics firm casual Jammu, November 7 Large-scale shortage of safai karamcharis along with financial constraints, have affected the state of cleanliness in the winter capital of the state. It is a common sight for people of Jammu to see heaps of garbage lying unattended across the city. The garbage includes household waste, plastic and other material, causing severe sanitation problem. This garbage blocks the drains and the entire area, giving out a foul smell. Garbage lying unattended at Prem Nagar in Jammu on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH Choked drains have made life miserable for people. Residents of Prem Nagar shared that the situation was very pathetic in their colony. They consider it a miracle that they are not having any epidemic in this part of the city. Dr Vinod Sharma, health officer, JMC, said though they were suffering from shortage of safai karamcharis, they were making every possible effort to deliver services to the entire city. “If someone has any problem in his locality, he can contact me directly. I am always available for the general public and I am just a call away,” he said. “Besides shortage of safai karamcharis, we do suffer from paucity of funds. To deal with the situation, we have started collecting Rs 50 per family as sanitation charges in old city. But it is unfortunate that less than 10 per cent people are paying these charges. If the residents of the city start paying for the services being provided by the Municipal Corporation, the civic body revenue may go up to Rs 10 crore — It is presently just Rs 50 lakh,” he added. Arun Sharma of Prem Nagar shares, “JMC has lost its credibility among the residents. No one will pay a single penny till they come out with a comprehensive plan for sanitation and provide better facilities to the public.” Address issues of special groups: Ministry to authorities Vikas Sharma Tribune News Service A RIVER ON ITS LAST LEG? A rag-picker along the polluted Tawi in Jammu on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: INDERJEET SINGH Jammu, November 7 Claiming that the state has no separate targets for special groups such as PWD, victims of trafficking, manual scavengers, trans-gender, rehabilitated-bonded labour and other vulnerable groups, the Ministry of Rural Development has directed the authorities to develop strategies that would address issues of access of special groups who usually get left out. The ministry in its recently issued guidelines has maintained that the nature of affir- mative action that was required to overcome the challenges and barriers to participation of special groups needs to be incorporated into the skill action plan proposed by the state. “Job melas are to be organised by State Rural Livelihood Mission at the block and gram panchayat (GP) level. This should bring potential employers and local youth face to face. These melas should be organised with due care by adopting the standard operating procedures (SOP) developed for the purpose,” a statement from the MoRD said. “These fairs are primarily meant for those who have employable skills acquired without participating in the training programmes funded under the Aajeevika skills. However, this should not prevent those already trained from using these job melas to improve their job prospects,” it added. Sources claimed the exercise was needed for the SRLMs to fix district, block and GP wise targets for mobilisation, job fairs, information education communication (IEC) etc and also to meaningfully assess proposals submitted by the project implement agencies (PIAs). Sources said the SRLMs would be provided funding by the MoRD from the Aajeevika skills budget at the rate of up to 1 per cent of the total project cost paid to the PIAs in the state in a year. “The SRLMs may also build a statewide youth database with details of those willing and able to benefit from the Aajeevika skills in each GP Proper study of . labour markets to assess skill requirement for jobs within the state and in regions outside it are also needed to be carried out from time to time,” it was stated.
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