Jammu (D)

  • Re-opening of Ranbir Canal demanded

    National Conference (NC) today demanded the re-opening of Ranbir Canal keeping in view the shortage of irrigation water.

  • J-K SEZs in trouble, Centre says no to relaxing land norm

    The Jammu and Kashmir Government's proposal to set up two special economic zones in the state has hit a road block with the Centre rejecting its request to modify its policy on land requirement for

  • Charawa village to be developed as tourist village: Dilawar

    Says area under orchards increases to 97000 hectares, about 4000 hectares of additional land in Jammu division is being brought under fruit plantation under technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture during the current financial year raising the total area under horticulture to 97000 hectares. For this purpose, about 5 lakh fruit plants are being supplied to the farmers on subsidized rates. These fruit plants varieties include apple, pears, peach, apricot, walnut, citrous, peacun-nut and olive plants. This was stated by the Minister for Horticulture and PHE Mohammad Dilawar Mir while addressing a gathering of tribal Bakarwals in Charawa village near historic Mansar lake today. The Minister announced that 50 hectares of land in Majalta block will be brought under next year for which about 1250 plants would be distributed among the farmers. He also announced 5 water storage tanks in block Majalta for providing irrigation facilities to the orchardists. He also sanctioned a water reservoir in Charawa village for storage of drinking water. The Minister said that the government have launched an ambitious programme under technology mission to train farmers about latest horticulture technology. He said village women and schoolgirls are being imparted training in fruit and vegetable preservation under technology mission. The Minister said that village Charawa is proposed to be developed as model tourist village under rural tourism development programme to showcase tribal life style, rural cultures and their village life. He said necessary infrastructure in this connection would be developed in the village to make it attracting for domestic and foreign tourists. He said nomadic life style of Bakarwals in Majalta block provide them with perfect skills to become mountain trekking guides for tourists adding that this manpower potential would be exploited optimally to upgrade living standard of the people in the area. Earlier, The Minister inspected renovation works in the famous water body of Mansar lake and directed the concerned officers to make this picnic spot more attractive for tourists. He called for keeping the water body neat and pollution free. ASP asks central govt to frame farmer friendly

  • Rs.20 cr being spent on tubewells in Khour

    In order to assess the border situation after the return of migrants to their homes from the make shift camps at various places, Speaker Tara Chand conducted an extensive tour of entire border of Chhamb sector in the accompany of whole district administration today. During the tour, Speaker made on spot study of various areas where villagers are facing problems due to certain restrictions imposed by army authorities at some entry points located along the zero line of LoC. He also interacted with the army officers and urged them to maintain congenial atmosphere with the civilians paving way for the locals to undertake agricultural activities without any fear and unnecessary restriction. He also issued instructions to Deputy Commissioner Jammu to take up the matter with the appropriate authorities for removing such restrictions. People of villages Somwan and Chaprial which are located just on the zero line and returned to their homes recently have been paid compensation for clearing fields turned barren due to non use for over 8 years. The land, which falls across the ditch, is being cleared by the army authorities, as the said area is under mines and remained under the army. The said area would be handed over to the locals shortly after demining. A large chunk of land falling across the fencing still under the occupation of army would also be handed over to the owners soon who have returned to their homes. The people have demanded compensation of 16 crops and immediate return of land so that they can undertake the agricultural activities. The people also demanded free rations for another six months, as they could not start the activities in the current crop season. People also demanded early allotment of plots for construction of alternate shelters at already identified migrant colony at Gurah Jagir and Nailwala. Locals also demanded opening of government reation depots at all affected villages and sought boring of tube wells for irrigational purposes. Speaker said that issue of free ration for another six months is pending with the central government and efforts are on to get the proposal through. Speaker also directed the Deputy Commissioner to take up the matter for early demining of remaining portion of land with the army authorities and vigorously pursue the issue of compensation with the Government of India. He said that state government has already received central government's nod to a proposal of Rs. 20 crore for establishing sizeable number of tube wells alongwith necessary infrastructure in the Khour block.

  • A farmer heralds a silent revolution

    A silent revolution is on in this water-scarce belt of Jammu and Kashmir, heralded by a farmer who has shown what self-help and innovation can do. Most of the farmland was lying fallow in this belt of Samba district. Overcoming the constraint, the farming community diversified its produce base by growing high-value fruits such as kiwi, strawberry and raspberry.

  • Distribution and relationship of AB-DTPA extractable heavy metals in soils of Chattha, Jammu

    Preliminary study on the ammonium-biocarbonate di-ethylene-triamine penta acetic acid extractable heavy metals and their relationship with different soil properties were observed in twenty-one surface samples of newly established location of S.K. University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, at Chattha.

  • Future jeopardised

    Future jeopardised

    Union ministers squabble over aphrodisiac musk

  • Fire on mountain...

    Fire on mountain...

    Forest blaze guts hundreds of trees in Jammu hills

  • Victim of strife

    Victim of strife

    Soon after the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar was freed of terrorists, several national dailies carried a photograph of an alleged terrorist peering out of a "detention centre" located at the Bhabha

  • Wheat crop on 139 kanals destroyed

    Jammu: Mature wheat crop on at least 139 kanals was damaged in fire caused due to an alleged short-circuit in power transmission wires in the border area of Badyal Brahmna, around 4 km from RS Pura, this evening. Three incidents of devastating fire in different villages of RS Pura and Vijaypur have already damaged mature wheat crop on nearly 233 kanals this week.

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