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4 laning of Jammu-Udhampur Section, An Engineering Marvel nearing Completion

Near Tikri- Four Laning of Jammu-Udhampur Highway

An engineering marvel in the form of four laning of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is nearing completion and if Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is to be believed by the end of this year the drive between Udhampur & Jammu is going to be amazing. And by 2017 Jammu Srinagar should take about 5 hrs. Satisfied with the progress of the ongoing works undertaken by the National Highway Authority of India Omar recently claimed “am very pleased with the pace & quality of work of AFCONS” Four laning of National Highway would not only enhance and upgrade the accessibility to the Kashmir valley from other parts of the Country but help in a big way to generate economic activities and jobs for …

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Jammu Redefining Magaine: 3rd Issue

Cabinet Sub Committe Jammu Kashmir

Cover Story: Feud over administrative Units. Page 8: Jammu-Udhampur National Highway

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Spreading awareness about Traffic week is alright but who gave them the license to tie down the legs of Gen Zorawar Singh?

General Zorawar Singh Jamwal-Jammu-RBI

Spreading awareness among city denizens on issues of public importance is always welcomed. But if it is being done at the cost of showing disrespect to icons and legends in history it should be discarded.  As nothing is more shameful than this.  The case in point here is statute of General Zorawar Singh Jamwal atop galloping horse outside Reserve bank of India building.  In the name of spreading awareness on traffic week the advertisers went a step ahead and instead of tying the knots of buntings and other decorative material they have tied the legs of the galloping horse of Zorawar Singh Jamwal showing utter neglect to the Dogra icon who conquered major parts of Ladakh and helped Dogra rulers …

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The ‘immortality’ of Kashmir problem

Article 370

Understanding the problem of Kashmir is no less than rocket-science today. Whatever steps India took right since the signing of Instrument of Accession to the signing of Indira-Sheikh Accord and even till date, “ambiguities” were always an inherent part of them. Some ambiguities were incorporated deliberately while others were the result of serious mistakes (read ‘blunders’). The epicenter of this whole turmoil that we see today is the sign-of-interrogation (?) on the validity of “accession”, whether it was conditional and revocable or unconditional and irrevocable. And here the opinion of Kashmiris and the rest of India differ. The ambiguities kept doors open for both the parties to come up with conflicting arguments and opinions. Despite winning all the wars in …

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Redefining Mata Vaishno Devi Pilgrimage

Katra Railway Station

The foot hills of Katra, base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine nestled in the Trikuta hills, is all set to welcome the arrival of world’s largest railway network in its picturesque valley. The township which is in the habit of waking up to the ‘jugal bandi’ of  musical beads wrapped around ponies, mules ferrying pilgrims up the zig zag track will now hear loud whistle of train chugging in from Udhampur. For past several years the Katra township is gearing up to welcome the arrival of the rail network but delays caused in completion of the tunnel work along the track prolonged the wait. Now when the successful trail run of the special train has been conducted by the …

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Road Shows are fine but who will provide basic facilities to pilgrims/tourists

Jammu Railway station

Ahead of the tourist season the state tourism minister visit different cities/countries with an aim to promote ‘exotic’ destinations across the state through different mediums and ad-campaigns.  The state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is also keen on promoting various tourist destinations but has failed to upgrade the basic infrastructure at the tourist arrival points here in the city of temples. Despite all this some of the key departments are playing spoil sport and painting ‘dirty picture’ of the state in front of the fresh arrivals in the state. The tourists/pilgrims may come via rail, road or by air but they all get a taste of things immediately after landing in the ‘city of temples’.  Stepping out of the railway station …

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Saddled in the ‘HOT SEAT’ Omar gearing up to face 2014 limus test


The five year long journey started since January 2009 has been a roller coaster ride for him and his followers in the virtual world as well. Wearing ‘crown of thorns’ he faced many ups and downs in his ‘tumultuous’ political career and learnt many a trade secrets on how to survive a political storm remaining in the company of ‘faithful’ advisors. To get the best advice he, however, shuffled them at regular intervals and in return appeased almost all the deprived legislators with perks of power. To handle the affairs of the state, which many a times went totally out of control, he was seen shuttling between New Delhi and Kashmir valley to keep the political masters in good humour …

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Who will Convert Historical Raghunath Bazaar in to a Heritage Market?

raghunath bazar

Since 2008 the residents of Jammu city have been fed that the state government is keen on converting historical Raghunath bazaar in to a famous heritage centre by way of upgrading facilities and introducing ornamental lights, decked up pavements, underground cabling of electric wires but the regular visitors to the market continue to face hardships on account of lack of basic amenities in the crowded market flooded with visitors/tourists from different parts of the country. The beautification project sanctioned at a whopping cost of Rs. 6.62 crore is yet to take off in the absence of political will and lack of interest shown by the elite babus and local businessmen. Till date negligible work has been done for the beautification …

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