City Hulchul for 23 Nov 2016




Jammu: 23 November 2016 Lieutenant General Balwant Singh Negi, Army Commander, Central Command was on a three day visit to Chandimandir Military Station as part of the continuous process of achieving greater synergy towards better operational preparedness. The Central Army Commander interacted with Lieutenant General Surinder Singh, Army Commander, Western Command where aspects of strategic cooperation, effective utilisation of strategic forces and higher military planning were discussed.

The Army Commander, Central Command also visited the Specialist Engineer Bridge Regiment of the Surya Sappers and witnessed operational training to include specialist bridging and rafting operations for rapid induction of mechanised formations. The Army Commander stressed on the ‘need of the hour’ to maintain the highest levels of operational readiness and commended the Sappers for their specialist skills and high levels of training.

Discussion of Draft Proposal of Smart City Jammu.


A meeting regarding discussion on draft proposals for Smart City Jammu Challenge round III Phase-2 was held under the chairmanship of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu today on 23.11.2016 at PWD Guest House, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu wherein Sh. Hirdesh Kumar Singh, IAS, Commissioner/Secretary to Govt. Housing & Urban Development Department, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu and all Jammu based Heads of Departments participated. During the course of meeting M/s. Voyants Solutions Pvt. Ltd. the Technical Consultants gave power point presentation of the Jammu Smart City proposal prepared by them.   The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu directed all the HoDs to share the information relating to projects which are under consideration/implementation level or at the final stage be shared with the Consultants within 3 days so that the same can incorporated in the final draft of Smart City proposal.  He also directed all the heads of departments for furnishing above detail to Commissioner, Jammu Municipal on daily basis for next 3 days.

He further suggested that for wide publicity of Smart City project so that suggestions as well participation of general public for preparation of final draft of Jammu smart city proposal be sought using off and on line modes for which Deputy Commissioner, Jammu shall be the Nodal Officer and all inputs required for the same shall be provided by the Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation.

All the Jammu based Head of Departments assured that they shall share  feedback relating to their respective projects which are under consideration/implementation level to be incorporated in the final draft of Jammu Smart City proposal.

The Divisional Commissioner, Jammu also directed all HoDs to sign Memorandum of Understanding within 2-3 days for effective preparation of final Jammu Smart City Proposal.

 He appealed the general public as well all stakeholders to participate by ways of sending their valuable suggestions/comments so that an accurate final draft Jammu Smart City proposal can be prepared.

Men’s Health Day observed at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital

Jammu (Katra), November 23, 2016: It was a day to address the health issues faced by elderly men and create awareness on prostate and sexual health problems in men. More than 60 members from the Retired Officers Forum in Jammu – a non-voluntary organization participated in a one-day symposium on Men’s Health conducted by Dr. Rajan Gupta, Associate Consultant Urologist at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Superspeciality Hospital in Kakriyal. The retired officer’s forum was led by Shri S C Rekhi, General Secretary of the forum.  Topics were chosen based on the age factor of the participants and common health issues faced by men during that age.

Dr. Rajan addressed issues related to prostate and problems arising due to increasing age as well as management in various stages of treatment. Participants were also enlightened about the psychological effects of diagnosis of malignancy among elderly patients and the need for a regular health check-up after the age of 50.

Sexual issues associated with advancing age were also discussed with various treatment options available in the field of Urology. The interactive session that followed saw many men coming forward to clear their doubts about such health issues faced by them.

“An interactive session among a group of like-minded individuals led by a well-known resource in the subject matter makes it an interesting and informative program for our stakeholders”, said Mr. Sunil Kumar, Zonal Director – Narayana Health. “We offer to continue with such patient education programs on various topics from time to time for the benefit of people coming to our hospital”, he added.

Jaitley interacts States through Video Conferencing


Union Minister for Finance, Arun Jaitley, reached out to all the states headquarters of BJP through Video Conferencing, wherein he addressed the party office bearers, Spokespersons and panelists on the issue of demonetization.

Arun Jaitley also interacted with the party leaders sitting in their respective states and answered variety of questions related to the historic decision on currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000.

BJP State President & MLA Sat Sharma (C.A), while briefing the media on the need to hold Video Conferencing, said that after the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi declaring invalid the existing currency notes of rupees 500 and 1000 across the country, there has been widespread appreciation but unfortunately opposition parties have unleashed a false campaign and attempts are being made to present the negative picture of the milestone decision. He said that although people are facing some problems but overall a common citizen has welcomed the decision and the Congress in particular is trying to create confusion in the minds of the people by politicizing the issue.  

“The objective of Video Conference was to make the party leaders well equipped with the accurate information and the benefits of the milestone decision”, Sat said and added that it will make the leaders in the state to clear the doubts in the public and expose the opposition parties for their repeated attempts of negating the very concept of demonetization.

Besides State President, party senior leaders, state office bearers, MLAs, MLCs, Mahila Morcha, Yuva Morcha leaders attended the Video Conferencing event.

BJP condoles demise of Bansi Lal

The State Unit of BJP has condoled the sad demise of party’s founder member and a senior leader Bansi Lal Bharti, who expired today at Super Speciality Hospital, Jammu, where he had been admitted after a heart attack five days ago.

BJP State President & MLA Sat Sharma, alongwith State Office bearers, senior leaders, MLAs, MLCs, District & Morcha President observed 2-minute silence for the peace of the departed soul.

Similarly, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh also condoled the sad demise of  Bharti and expressed sympathies with the bereaved family.

Both, Sat Sharma and Dr. Nirmal Singh, while speaking on the struggleful life of this dalit leader, described Bansi Lal Bharti as a disciplined soldier of the party who stood witness to the history of BJP and participated in every important programme during all those years of his association with the party.

They said that Bansi Lal Bharti was a tall and highly respectable leader of his biradari as well, who was instrumental in getting the Mahasha Community recognized in the state.

Sat Sharma and Dr. Nirmal Singh, while terming the demise of Bansi Lal Bharti as a great loss to the BJP, said that the entire party is with the bereaved family in this hour of grief and pray almighty God to give strength to them to bear the loss.

Omar promoting disintegration of State: Prof Virender

BJP State Spokesperson, Prof. Virender Gupta, while commenting upon the recent statements of Omar Abdullah that the conditions of Valley shall not improve, the stone pelters do not work on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 and demonetization would not affect the terrorism/separatist activities, said that his statements show that Omar is behind the curtain monitoring and instigating the present turmoil.

He added that Omar Abdullah’s assertion for political solution to Kashmir problem and in absence of that the situation in the Valley would not improve, is completely exclusive and does not take into considerations the aspirations and problems confronting the people of Jammu and Ladakh regions. He reminded Omar that people of Jammu and Ladakh regions and also a good section of people in Valley do not approve the demand of greater autonomy or pre-1952 position, instead they support the abrogation of Article 370 bringing J&K state completely under the preview of Indian Constitution and under the complete jurisdiction of Indian Parliament.

Prof. Virender said that people of Jammu region, Ladakh region, Gujjar/Bakerwals, PoJK displaced persons and KPs are major stake holders and not the separatists or Hurriyat leaders, who are responsible for the continuous disturbance in the Valley and working as a stooge of enemy country. He added that Jammu and Ladakh regions constitute about 80 per cent of the area of J&K, that is presently in India and no solution can be found that excludes the aspirations of the people residing in these regions, apart from those of other communities like Kashmiri Pandits, Gujjar, Bakerwal, Shia Muslims etc.

The Spokesperson warned Omar for playing divisive politics while propagating the cause of a section of Kashmiri population and ignoring the interests of others. In this way, he is helping in disintegration of the state.

A significant step towards ‘Beti Padhao’

The J&K coalition govt. decision to allow girl child free education up to higher secondary in govt. schools has augured well for the need to educate woman and help them contribute significantly towards healthy national development. It surely is a Significant Step towards ‘Beti Padhao’.

Hailing the decision taken by BJP-PDP coalition government in J&K state to exempt girl students of govt schools from paying education fee up to higher secondary level, S.S. Bijral, a Former Professor, IGP (Rtd.) and a State Convener ‘Beti Bahao Beti Padhao’ said this step shall prove a boon towards boosting national project ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ in the state, launched by PM Narendra Modi country wide.

Girls are no less blessed by Nature in capabilities compared to boys. Their’s remained suppressed and untapped through willful neglect with preference for boys. This resulted in their poor growth mentally, in physique and in over all personality. Uneducated, the women as a gender got labeled with all negative, uncivil traits as a whole, for generations. This is what happened over the centuries. Bijral said PM Narendra Modi having launched national project of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ soon after taking over country’s reign, let the nation ponder over injustice done to girl child-future mother, the dearest to every soul, that held back nation from path of comprehensive development.

This low attitude towards girl child critically disturbed Child Sex Ratio (CSR)  of girls compared to 1000 boys in the country. J&K state is no exception. Here 8 districts have steeply falling CSR and are categorized critical in the country. They with their CSR as per 2011 census are: Jammu (795), Samba (779), Kathua (831), Pulwama (829), Budgam (832), Anantnag (841), Baramulla (863), Ganderbal (863). Bijral said this major step of BJP/PDP coalition govt. will  facilitate increased enrolment of girls in schools, awaken them particularly ruralites, about their rights, role in national development. Educating girl child free in govt schools will render them –the future mothers- to be awakened, competent as first teacher and role model, that they are, where ever they happen to perform blessedly. The state government deserves kudos for this decision taken.

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