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City Hulchul for 15 Nov 2016

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Amigo launches Amigo Care school

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Amigo conducts an exclusive Pottery & Kathak workshop for kids on Chidren’s day at Channi. Amigo provides an after school programme for young students to inculcate creativity and inspire imagination while pursuing academic excellence. Brain behind this unique concept of Amigo, Swati Basotra, an educationist, counsellor and a visionary, believes in the practice of child centric education and follows ‘’DAP” Developmental Appropriate Practices where they treat every child as unique and special and nurture a child’s social, emotional and academic skills through art”.

On the auspicious occasion of Gurpurab, Amigo launched “Amigo Care” school for  Prenursery, Nursery and LKG and opened the registration inaugurated by Mrs. Sarita Chauhan, IAS, Chairperson J&K Services Selection Board who appreciated the concept and said, “this is the need of the hour for young children in today’s rapidly evolving world, especially in Jammu where we have various activities at different places and all these hobby classes combined with academics is a great beginning in transforming education in the new era and providing quality grooming of children’s talent in a joyful environment”.

Panthers undermining demonetization decision: BJP

State BJP Spokesperson, Prof. Virender Gupta strongly condemned the statement of JKNPP Chairman, Harsh Dev Singh for spreading rumours with regard to an historical and bold decision of NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi regarding demonetization of currency and undermining the decision which has been taken to unearth black money and check the usage of Hawal Money and fake currency. He reminded Harsh Dev that Hawala money and fake currency is being used by enemy country and separatist forces operating in the country, and in particular, in the Valley and added that the Hawala money and fake currency is sustaining the militancy and disturbances in the Valley.

Prof. Virender said that no concrete proof was given by any of the leaders like Kejriwal and others, who have charged that BJP and its corporate friends were pre-informed about the decision of demonetization and who got converted their old currency in Gold, Dollars and Real Estate or deposited the same in the banks in advance. He further said Mr. Harsh Dev, being Chairman of a political party, must be in know of the other steps that were taken by the Government of India in digging out unaccountable money right from the day it came into power and it is, therefore, undesirable to question the intentions of the government. The Spokesperson also reminded Mr. Harsh Dev the transfer industry that was running and flourished under his able guidance as the Education Minister of the state and asked him that those who live themselves in glass houses should not throw stones on others. He added that it would be fair and obligatory on the party of Harsh Dev to give the details of assets he was holding prior to his becoming Minister/MLA and that he holds at present while declaring the sources that had helped him to accumulate the present wealth.

Candle marches can’t wash sins of Congress: BJP  

Amused by the fact that leaders of the Congress party in Jammu region have conducted series of candle marches to express their solidarity with the ex-servicemen on the issue of One Rank One Pension (OROP), Brig Anil Gupta, State Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party has questioned the sincerity of these leaders and termed the current phase of sympathy with the veterans as opportunistic and mere politicking over the death of an ex-Subedar. The JCO’s suicide is unfortunate but to use his death for scoring political brownies is unethical according to Brig Gupta. They are also misleading the public by referring to the deceased JCO as martyr while the whole nation knows that he committed suicide for a mistake committed by his bankers in crediting the arrears of OROP.

 The Congress Party owes an explanation to the nation wherein it needs to clarify as to why the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi reduced the pension of soldiers from 70% to 50 % in 1973? Was it the Congress Party’s way of rewarding the bravery and sacrifices of Indian soldiers who had won for the nation greatest military victory of the cold-war era in December 1971. It is the Congress government in 1973 that had promised OROP to compensate the reduction in pension. Why they did not fulfil their promise made to the veterans for four decades, questioned Brig Gupta?

Elaborating further Brig Gupta reminded the Congress leaders that their Party had included grant of OROP in their manifesto of 2004 and ruled for two consecutive terms (10 Years) thereafter without implementing it.  In 2008, the then Defence Minister AK Antony had stated that UPA government has not found it practical to implement OROP.  Moreover, when the Veterans surrendered their medals to the President in 2009 none of the Congress leaders expressed any sympathies with them or did anything about OROP. The Congress leaders conveniently forget the response of the UPA government when Koshiyari Committee Report on the subject was tabled in the Parliament in 2011- “Not possible because of administrative, financial and legal implications of the OROP scheme.” The Congress Party’s recently discovered concern for veterans is because of the fact that the Modi government kept its promise and implemented the OROP scheme which these leaders are unable to digest. Not only OROP, successive Congress governments since independence are responsible for harming the interests of the soldiers related to pay and status. Congress governments failed to address the anomalies of various pay commissions 4th, 5th and 6th passing them on to the present government, highlighted Brig Gupta.

The Modi government is trying its best to address the issues concerning salary and status of the soldiers as well as veterans. The political opportunism being displayed by the Congress has been seen through by the veterans according to the BJP spokesperson.

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