Poonch

State’s unity, harmony, solidarity NC’s political genesis: Omar Abdullah

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that more than 70000 vacancies in government departments would be filled up on fast track through a mechanism of holding interviews at district level by the recruiting agencies so that job-seekers from rural and far-off areas have not to travel longer distances.             “I have directed for introduction of this mechanism as early as possible so that vacant posts are filled up by the eligible candidates”, he said and added that creation of jobs for youth in government and private sectors is the focal point in employment policy of his government.             Addressing a mammoth public gathering at Mendhar in Poonch district of Jammu division today, the Chief Minister said that he would take …

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Gujjars, Bakerwals start seasonal migration in J&K

Gujjars and Bakerwals nomadic tribes have begun their bi-annual seasonal migration to the upper reaches of Shivalik, Perpanchal and Trikuta Hills of the Himalayas a few days ahead of their routine schedule due to unusual rise in the daily temperature in the northern States, including Jammu and Kashmir.  A handout by the Tribal Research And Cultural Foundation, an organisation working for the Gujjars, has impressed upon various organisations working for tribals in the State to mobilise resources for providing necessary logistics to migratory tribes. Dr. Javaid Rahi Secretary of the foundation said that the main migration routes, including Jamiya Gali, Gora Batta, Nanansar, Ropadi Dharhal Pass , Mughal Road and others, were badly damaged due to heavy snowfall last winter …

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Class 8th question paper leaked, Probe ordered

Following theft of a question paper, the Director School Education today postponed remaining papers of ongoing Class 8th examinations in summer and winter zones of Jammu division and also ordered suspension of the Invigilators in the Centre at Poonch from where the paper was allegedly leaked. Dy. CM Tara Chand, who holds the portfolio of Education Department, has also directed Deputy Commissioner Poonch to hold a probe into the leakage of question paper. An FIR has also been lodged in the case. Director School Education, Dev Lata said that there was a report of alleged tempering of seal of the envelop containing question papers at the Centre in Govt High School Magnar, Poonch following which the decision for postponement of …

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The Lure of the Land – Some stories from Poonch

The connection to the land is natural and unbreakable. We may go away for a multitude of reasons but it is easier to snip off the umbilical cord than cut away the tie which binds us to our villages and towns and cities….to the land of our forefathers. I have known this for a fact and experienced it at close quarters, having lived quite a nomadic life, traveling far and wide. Nothing can beat the pleasure and ‘the heart will burst’ kind of happiness when I come back “home”….to my home state of Jammu and Kashmir. I saw this emotion amply reflected in the stories I heard this summer during my trip to Poonch. Poonch is also known as Chhota …

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