3 sisters, youth drown in Udhampur River

Kashmir News

Jammu: Three sisters and a youth drowned in a river while taking bath in Udhampur district on Friday.

Official sources said that police station Ramnagar received information around 4:30 p.m. that three siblings and a youth drowned in a Nallah in Chattrari Tehsil of Ramnagar.

Later a massive rescue operation was launched by police along with locals. Bodies of all including the siblings were fished out and have been identified as Nishu Devi (16), Anju Devi (22) and Meenakshi, daughters of Fangu Ram Gaddi and Yash Pal (24) son of Som Raj.

SSP Udhampur Dr Vinod Kumar said that as per the investigation so far, the siblings along with youth had gone to fetch water for cattle. Later they decided to have bath and drowned. He said that bodies will be given to families for last rites after medico-legal formalities. (GNS)

LG Admin fails to relocate Kashmiri Pandits, now withholds salaries of protesting employees

LG Manoj Sinha

Jammu: Cracking down on agitating Kashmiri pandits, who have been demanding their relocation to safer places outside the valley, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has issued orders to stop their salaries prompting angry reaction from the employees who threatened to intensify their agitation.

The employees have been staging a dharna since May this year when one of the employees, Rahul Bhat, was shot dead by militants in broad daylight inside his office in Budgam in Central Kashmir.

After several back channel talks with the agitating employees, the labour department of Kashmir and additional deputy commissioner, Anantnag, had on Wednesday issued orders to stop the salaries of Kashmiri migrant employees on strike in the valley.

In his order, Deputy Labour Commissioner (DLC) Kashmir Ahmad Hussain Bhat directed the assistant labour commissioners across districts in the Kashmir valley to stop the salaries of these employees for September.

Bhat sought the leave accounts of all the employees of the department and said: “Further, salary for the month of September 2022 should not be drawn in respect of those PM package employees, who have remained absent during the month of September.” A similar order has been issued by the ADC Anantnag.
As many as 3,000 Kashmiri pandit youths had been accommodated under the Prime Minister’s Special Package in 2012.

Irate over the orders, striking employees intensified their agitation, which entered 133rd day on Thursday, calling the order a harassment and arm-twisting move to break their agitation.
Amid slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, ‘We Want Justice’, and ‘We Want Relocation’, hundreds of employees held protests under the banner of All Migrant (Displaced) Employees Association Kashmir (AMEAK) one of the organisations spearheading the agitation.

“It is a step towards harassment of the community. It is a conspiracy against us.
“We honestly performed our duty for the last ten years in Kashmir until the selective killings of our employees, like Rahul Bhat, threatened the life and dignity of our community employees in the valley,” a protester told reporters here.

“What is our crime? We have taught children of the majority community with utmost sincerity for ten years. Why are we being targeted and killed,” said another employee.

The employees said that on the one hand they are getting letters with death threats from terror outfits, and on the other, they are being forced to come to work and risk becoming sitting ducks for the militants to target.

“Please provide us security which is your prime duty. Why are you threatening us with these orders? We are not afraid of stopping of our salaries or anything else. If our lives are threatened, we will leave jobs, said one of the leaders of the agitation.

“We want to tell the government you cannot torture us and our families,” he said.
The Kashmiri Pandit employees recruited under the Prime Minister’s special rehabilitation package and posted in different parts of the Kashmir valley said they were soft targets for the militants and the government has failed to protect them.

They have been on an indefinite strike with a demand for their relocation outside the valley since the killing of their colleague Rahul Bhat on May 12.

Hundreds of the employees have already returned to Jammu and are holding regular protests at the office of the relief commissioner, while their colleagues in the valley are on protest at their camps, despite repeated attempts by the government to end the impasse with the assurance of their relocation to safer zones within the valley. PTI

IGNOU setting a mark by imparting education to students from rural areas of Jammu

IGNOU setting a mark by imparting education to students from rural areas of Jammu 1

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Regional Center in Jammu is making a mark and setting a milestone by educating students to remote villages of Jammu.

For fulfilling the dream of getting higher education many students who are not able to afford formal education or are not getting admission in degree colleges are opting for IGNOU.

Dr Sandeep Gupta, Regional Director In Charge informed that nearly 77 percent of students from rural areas have opted for IGNOU and enrolled themselves for various programmes in 2021-2022. Further Gupta informed that this shows that IGNOU has left a mark and represents its reach in remote areas.

He said that IGNOU, over the years, has been able to provide quality education to the marginalized sections of society and added that they have enrolled a large number of SC/ST students for a number of programmes of the University for which the programme fee is exempted

He also stated that the University has digitized the study material for different programmes and IGNOU also provides a discount of 15 percent on the programme fee to the students who opt for digital material rather than the hard copy. (JKNewsLine)

8 people injured as taxi cab overturns in Rajouri, J&K


Eight people were injured when a taxi cab (Tata sumo) they were travelling in skidded off the road and overturned in Rajouri district on Thursday.

Official sources said that that the vehicle (JK11-8884) was on way to Rajouri from Bufliaz when it met with the accident near Magi Mohre. Passersby immediately took the injured to nearby hospital where condition of all of them is stated to be stable.

SDPO Thanamandi Dr Imtiaz Ahmed, who along with police party visited the injured in the hospital, confirmed to GNS that eight people suffered wounds in the accident. He said a case has been registered with the concerned police station and further investigations taken up. (GNS)

Jammu University teachers continue pen-down Strike

Kashmir News

Jammu University Teachers Association (JUTA) decided to extend a pen-down strike for three days more to seek justice for death of Associate Professor Chander Shekhar Chandra. Education is definitely on a back-burner as teachers are on strike. Teachers have raised their voices against Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) while concluding its inquiry in haste against Prof. Chandra.

In a special General Body meeting of JUTA it was decided to extend the strike. JUTA number of times demanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe and removal of all those responsible for procedural lapses that led to the death of Dr Chandra Shekhar. JUTA repeatedly demanded that thorough investigation is the need of the hour and look into the matter that lead to this tragedy.

Enraged over JUTA allegation that procedural lapses by JU administration and CASH led to suicide by Dr Chandra, Prof Alka Sharma announced her resignation as Chairperson of CASH as well as primary membership of the Teachers Association and accused that JUTA is playing politics over the matter.

It is pertinent to mention that Dr Chandra Shekhar ended his life by hanging himself in the Psychology Department on September 7, soon after his suspension over charges of sexual harassment against him by a JU scholar.

Central University of Jammu Guest Faculty Jobs, Interview Dates


Applications are invited from suitable candidates interested to be empaneled as Guest Faculty in Central University of Jammu for Academic Session 2022 – 23.

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General Instructions:

  • The qualifications, eligibility and other conditions as per UGC guidelines/regulations and Central University Act, 2009 (amended from time to time) will be applicable
  • Retired teachers/faculty shall also be considered for empanelment as Guest faculty.
  • The candidates may report for Interview on notified date and time along with their original documents, experience certificates one photocopy of self-attested documents, CV/Bio-data, two self attested photographs along with duly filled application from available on University website.
  •  The empaneled candidates shall have no claim for extension or permanent appointment as it is a time gap interim engagement on requirement basis.
  • Validity of panel will be for Academic Session 2022-23 (Odd Semester)
  •  The Guest faculty will be purely engaged on per lecture and on as and when requirement basis by Departments.
  • The eligible candidates will be required to deposit Rs. 500/- as application processing fees in the form of DD in favor of Finance Officer, Central University of Jammu. SC/ST candidates are exempted.
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Jammu celebrates declaration of Maharaja Hari Singh’s birthday as public holiday

Maharaj Hari Singh

Jammu: Celebrations broke out at various places in Jammu on Friday as people danced to tunes of drumbeats and distributed sweets following the declaration of Maharaja Hari Singh’s birth anniversary on September 23 as a public holiday.

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the decision has been taken in view of the aspirations and feelings of the people and the great contribution of the Maharaja.

People assembled at different places, particularly at Tawi bridge, and danced to tunes of drumbeats and distributed sweets as they hailed the government’s move as “historic” and “monumental”.

Besides, Karni Sena, Team Jammu, and various Rajput associations also celebrated the announcement with great pomp and show, and chanted pro-Maharaja slogans.

The Lieutenant Governor said Maharaja Hari Singh was a great educationist, progressive thinker, social reformer and a towering man of ideas and ideals.

“The public holiday will be a fitting tribute to Maharaja Hari Singh Ji’s rich legacy,” he observed.
Praising the decision of the government, former deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh told reporters here that the demand of the Dogras of the region have been fulfilled after 72 years.

Dogra Sadar Sabha chief and former minister Gulchain Singh Charak said Maharaja’s birth anniversary should be celebrated as “social justice day” because the ruler not only delivered justice to all, but also undertook great reforms.

The announcement was made following Sinha’s meeting with a delegation comprising prominent political leaders, members of Yuva Rajput Sabha, civil society members, including head of Jammu and Kashmir transport union, at the Raj Bhavan on Thursday.

Karan Singh, son of Maharaja Hari Singh, had also earlier endorsed the demand of the locals to declare September 23 a public holiday.