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  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2018 (PAGE 12) DAILY EXCELSIOR, JAMMU CJI asks judiciary to

    be proactive in clearing backlog of cases

    NEW DELHI, Oct 12:

    Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has asked Chief Justices and senior judges of high courts to be proactive in dealing effec- tively with the backlog of pend- ing cases, sources said.

    They said that while interact- ing with them through video con- ference last week he also asked them not to avail of Leave Travel Concession (LTC) during working days in order to deal with the backlog of cases in the judiciary.

    It was also learnt that in order to combat corruption in judiciary, Justice Gogoi had asked the Chief Justices of the high courts not to hesitate in withdrawing judicial work from judges who are under a cloud.

    Shortly before taking over as the 46th CJI on October 3, he had said that he has a plan to deal with the pendency of cases which has been bringing in a lot of "disre- pute" to the judicial system.

    The highly placed sources fur- ther said that the CJI has asked the judges to dispose of the infructu- ous cases. He had also asked them to consider the matters which are pending for over five years.

    There are 4.3 million cases pending in 42 high courts, accord- ing to the National Judicial Data Grid. As many as 55,946 cases are pending in the Supreme Court, according to its official website. (PTI)

    Sympathisers of terrorists doing no good to nation: BJP

    Excelsior Correspondent

    JAMMU, Oct 12: BJP State general secretary Yudhvir Sethi said those sympathising with ter- rorists are doing no good to the nation, as he lauded security forces for eliminating two ultras including top Hizbul commander and former PhD student Manan Wani in north Kashmir's frontier district of Kupwara.

    He also termed as "misleading and against the very spirit of Kashmiriyat" former chief minis- ter Mehbooba Mufti's remarks that Wani's death was "entirely our loss as we are losing young educated boys everyday".

    Sethi said giving statements "glorifying" militants and describing their killing as a loss are nothing but akin to fanning militancy. "The sympathisers of such people (terrorists) are doing no good to the nation. Security forces have done a commendable job by eliminating terrorists."

    Instead of "glorifying" such militants, Mehbooba should ask youths not to get misled by Pakistan only to be killed by the security forces, he said.

    Sethi also dismissed her sug- gestion that all the political par- ties in the country should try to facilitate a solution through dia- logue with all the stake holders including Pakistan to end "this

    bloodshed". Sethi said everyone in the

    country knows about the situation in Kashmir and that is why they have thrown their weight behind the security forces as they elimi- nate militants and even the "white collar ultras".

    Educated or uneducated mili- tants like Burhan Wani and Manan will continue to meet their fate at the hands of security agen- cies, he added.

    "Pakistan and militants backed by it have launched a proxy war against a mighty nation like India who has one of the best armies," Sethi said.

    Instead of encouraging young boys to take the wrong path or sympathising with the ultras, Mehbooba Mufti as a mainstream politician should ask them to con- tribute to the nation's economy and help their families grow stronger, he said.

    "She must...Have courage to call a spade a spade only then will the people, especially the youths of Kashmir, will not get misguid- ed," Sethi said.

    While many youths in Kashmir are engaging themselves in start-ups and having self- finances units or are studying in different parts of the country to make their future, youths like Manan are meeting their fate, he said.

    Miss Himalaya 2nd runner-up Ashima Sharma interacting with media persons at Jammu on Friday.

    999 Productions honours Miss Himalaya 2nd runner-up Ashima Sharma

    Excelsior Correspondent

    JAMMU, Oct 12: 999 Productions honoured Miss Himalaya 2nd runner-up Ashima Sharma here today.

    Speaking on her experience, she told that this was 6th edition of Miss Himalaya conducted by Lobsang Wangyal Founder Director Miss Himalya Pageant. Among 40 participants from all over region of Himalaya only 7 girls were selected as finalist and she was the first ever girl from J&K to qualify and selected for the prestigious pageant.

    After selection she got grooming session in Machlodganj Himachal for 3 days, during which she visited many places and got chance to interact with each other cultures of Himalaya region. Finale was held on October 6 after 4 rounds-talk round in which she had to talk on a topic for 5-7 minutes, talent

    round, traditional costume and interview round judges gave their decision and she marked her 2nd runner-up place and was awarded by the jury members.

    "Parul Bhateja, trained classi- cal dancer and choreographer from Delhi, Neelam Kumari, Designer and Mehak Sharma, Property Designer helped me to win this place", she added.

    During this press conference, Parvinder Pal Singh, Owner 999 Productions congratulated Ashima for her success and wished her luck for future events. She is first female fashion chore- ographer of J&K and recently awarded by Indian Institute of Science and Technology for her contribution in her field. Ashima is now National Director J&K of Miss Himalaya Pageant. After now she will send the contestant to this pageant every year.

    Social activist Aditi Sharma was also present on the occasion.

    Winners of preliminary round of All India Devotional Song Competition posing with organizers and other dignitaries at Katra.

    Devotional Song Competition Celebrity singer Masha Ali

    enthrals audience on 2nd day Excelsior Correspondent

    KATRA, Oct 12: Famous celebrity singer Masha Ali, who is known for his famous hit songs like Khanjar, Kasam, Raaz etc, enthralled the audience with his melodious songs on the 2nd day of the All India Devotional Song Competition that is underway at holy town Katra.

    With the melodious songs of Masha Ali the environment of the venue became spiritual and the people were seen dancing on his tunes and same was the condition of Chaman Lehri, former winner of the All India Devotional Song Competition, who also mesmer- ized the audience with his melodi- ous voice.

    The preliminary round on 2nd day began with lighting of tradi- tional lamp by Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar and singer Masha Ali in presence of Programming Head, Radio Mirchi, 98.3, Khushboo Mattoo, Chairman Devotional Song Committee and president, Hotel Association Katra, Rakesh Wazir, CRPF Commandant, Jitender Kumar Gupta, Additional SP Katra, Naresh Singh and Yog Acharya, Swami Yoga Nand ji.

    In this round, Saisha Gupta from Jammu took 1st position while 2nd position was shared by

    Rakesh Malhotra from Jammu & Malkit Kadri from Punjab, and 3rd position was held by Aditya Langeh from Jammu. They were provided cash prizes of 10000, 5000 and 3000, respectively.

    They were adjudged by the panels of experts in music includ- ing Singer Masha Ali, Dr Usha Bhagati, Ex-HoD Music and Dr Surinder Sharma, HoD, Government Degree College Sanjoli, Himachal Pradesh.

    The proceeding of Competition was conducted by Rakesh Wazir, who while speak- ing on the occasion informed that many famous singers are lined up for their guest performances on the stage including Manu Vandana and & Ravi Kumar (on Oct 13), Sunil Mattu & Rajan Gill (Oct 14), Amrinder Bobby (Oct 15), Sonali Dogra & Anjusha (Oct 16) and Balkar Sidhu & Pawni Pandey (Oct 17). He said that the live tele- cast of the event is available on Shradha Mh one from 9 PM onwards daily.

    It is worthwhile to mention here that the first position holders of daily competition will compete with the winners of the quarter final on October 16, for their entry into final and the quarter final will be held on October 15 which will be of 2nd & 3rd position holders of daily competition.

    People protest against R&B, block Ramnagar-Basantgarh Road

    Excelsior Correspondent

    UDHAMPUR, Oct 12: The people from Majori and Basantgarh area besides several hamlets of Kulwanta today held protest against PWD (R&B) authorities for the worst condi- tion of Ramnagar- Basantgarh Road.

    The villagers of the area assembled near Kulwanta, between Ramnagar and Basantgarh and held protest demonstration against the atti- tude of neglect of the R&B authorities. They alleged that no repair work was undertaken by the R&B author- ities on this road since long and every year huge funds are shown spent on this road for mainte- nance and repair. They demanded im- mediate repair and black-top- ping of this road.

    The locals claimed that to fill some pits and broken road space, good earth was filled at some patches but due to rain, the same washed away and the road turned slippery and accidental prone. No black topping work was taken up on this road since long and the condition of road from Kulwanta to Majouri and up to Gandh Top and Basantgarh is worst. The private transport operators avoid to ply their vehicles on this route due to bad condition of road.

    No action has been taken by the District Administration and PWD authorities Ramnagar and Udhampur to repair the road from Ramnagar to Basantgarh which is about 65 km. It takes about 4 to 5 hours by bus to cover this distance and it speaks about the condition of this road.

    The locals demanded inquiry into the funds shown spent by

    the R&B authorities on this road during last five years. They alleged that it is big scandal and the Governor's Administra