Sunday, February 21, 2010

“No danger to Himalayan Glaciers”

Brainstorming meeting on Climate Change at BGSBU
RAJOURI, FEB 21:The brainstorming meeting on “Climate Change” and its multiple effects held at the Centre for Biodiversity Studies of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU), Rajouri today has come out with the starting conclusion that the predictions made about the disappearance of Himalayan glaciers by 2035 are hollow without any scientific basis. This has come as great relief at a time when it was feared that the dooms day is not too far.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Beauty of Gulmarg and the snow together bring cheers for foreign skiers

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Gujjars loose unique Yarkandi-Bakerwali Horse: Study


JAMMU, JAN 31: The nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals have lost the rare traditional , indigenous and unique specie of “Yarkandi-Bakerwali” horse during past decades and three other rare native species of horses distinctive with them since centuries are considered most threatened in the world and likely to evaporate in next few decades said a study conducted by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation-a national organization working on Gujjars.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Forest Deptt violates labour laws, children being exploited

They are paid just Rs 50/ cubic meter instead of 366 for protection wall and 766 for protection wall with crate.
JAMMU/DODA, JAN 30: The time when children need to carry school bags are being exploited by the Forest Department, which under Chenab Basin Project are engaged as labourers in construction of protection walls at sinking portions in order to protect the land from erosions.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kashmiri stag injured by hunter

REASI: stag was critically injured when some unidentified person targeted her and fired upon with a fun. Later the injured stag also known as Kashmiri Hungal was shifted to Jammu Veterinary Hospital for treatment. Reports said that people saw a stag critically injured in the adjoining forest area in Reasi and informed the matter to the police and Forest officials. DFO and Dy SP along with team of officials rushed to spot and shifted the stage to Jammu Veterinary Hospital for specialized treatment. A gunshot was found on the body of stag which was presumed might have been shot at by by some hunter. However the police has registered a case in this regard and started investigation and hunt of the shooter. Relevant to mention here that the ‘Hangul’ (Kashmiri stag), is the only surviving species of the red deer family in Kashmir, which appears to on the verge of extinction.





Tuesday, January 26, 2010

PATRIOTIC FERVOUR AND THE SPIRIT OF NATIONALISM IN JAMMU

Patriotic fervour and the spirit of nationalism prevailed at Maulana Azad Memorial Stadium Jammu as parade, skills displays and cultural programmes marked India’s 61st Republic Day on Tuesday.








Monday, January 25, 2010

Full dress rehearsal of 61st R-Day at Jammu



JAMMU: Full-dress rehearsal of 61st Republic Day-2010 was held at M A Stadium here today. Senior civil, police and army officers were present on the occasion. The contingents which took part in the march past included Army, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, J&K Police, Armed, J&K Forest Protection Force and National Cadet Corps. Various educational institutions of Jammu district also participated in the march past which included Government GHSS Rehari, M C Khalsa HSS Chand Nagar, Lord Shiva Day Boarding School, Ghou-Manhasan, Government GHSS Mubarak Mandi, Guru Harkrishan Public School Nanak Nagar, Government GHSS Nowabad (Talab-Tillo), J&K Police Public School Miran Sahib, SNS Vidya Mandir (DBN) Talab Tillo, Scouts & Guides Contingents, Government SRML Higher Secondary School, Government HSS Sarwal, Government HSS Jammu Cantt Satwari, Government HS Rajpura Mangotrain, Government Central Basic HSS Jammu and Composite Contingent of Students of different districts of Jammu division. The schools which participated in the band troop girls, included May Fair, Higher Secondary School Chand Nagar, Jammu and Dewan Devi HSS Rajpura Mangotrian whereas in Band troop boys, various schools which include Government SRML HSS Jammu, Guru Harkrishan Public School Nanak Nagar, Jammu and J&K Police Public School Miran Sahib R S Pura took part in full dress rehearsal. Besides 1800 students drawn from various schools presented Rhythmic Gymnastics and about 2000 school children participated in Bhartiyam. A very impressive cultural programme was also presented by the school children. Thali dance presented by the artist from Ramban was also an added attraction which was applauded by one and all present on the occasion. On the occasion, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal also took stock of arrangements at the sports stadium and issued necessary instructions to ensure smooth conduct of Republic Day function. The function was, among others, attended by Director General of Police, Mr Kuldeep Khuda, IGP Jammu, Mr Ashok Gupta, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Mr M K Dwivedi, DIG Jammu, Mr Farooq Ahmed Khan, SSP Jammu, Mr Basant Rath, Joint Director Information, Mr Shyam Bijyal and Deputy Director Information, Mr A K Khajuria.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

CHILD LABOUR-AN HONUR OR A STIGMA…?




SOFT HANDS BREAKING STONES WITH HAMMER:) These innocent children who should have been pursuing studies in schools are working on Job Cards under NREGA scheme of Central government in the remote areas of Doda district .

CONSTRUCTION OF PROTECTION WALL : Children in their innocence have been engaged by the local contractors for work being undertaken by the Chenab Basin Forest Division Saraj in the remote areas of Majmee-Desa, Doda.



Celebrating enforcement of the Constitution of India which has specific clauses/articles regarding the child labour.

There are specific clauses in the draft of Indian constitution dated 26th January 1950, about the child labour policy in India. These are conveyed through different articles in the Fundamental rights and the Directive Principles of the State Policy. They lay down four specific policy rules regarding child labor.

1) ( Article 14) No child below the age of 14 years shall be employed to work in any factory or mine or engaged in any other hazardous employment.

2) Article 39-E) The state shall direct its policy towards securing that the health and strength of workers, men and women and the tender age of children are not abused and that they are not forced by economic necessity to enter vocations unsuited to there are and strength.

3) ( Article 39-f ) Children shall be given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity and that childhood and youth shall be protected against moral and material abandonment.

4) (Article 45 ) The state shall endeavor to provide within a period of ten years from the commencement of the constitution for free and compulsory education for all children until they complete the age of fourteen years.

It was also decided that both the Union government and the State government could legislate on matters concerning child labor. Various legislative initiatives were also taken in this regard at both the State and Union level. The main legislative measures at the national level are The Child Labor Prohibition and Regulation Act -1986 and The Factories Act -1948. The first act was categorical in prohibiting the employment of children below fourteen years of age, and identified 57 processes and 13 occupations which were considered dangerous to the health and lives of children. The details of these occupations and processes are listed in the schedule to the said Act. The factories act again prohibits the employment of children less than fourteen years of age. However an adolescent aged between 15 and 18 can be recruited for factory employment only after securing a fitness certificate from a medical doctor who is authorized. The Act proceeds to prescribe only four and and hour’s work period per day for children between 14 and 18 years. Children are also not allowed to work in night shifts. Moreover, in the year 1996 the Supreme Court of India came out with a judgment in court that directed the State and Union government to make a list of all children embroiled in hazardous occupations and processes. They were then told to pull them out of work and asked to provide them with proper education of quality. The judiciary also laid down that Child Labor and Welfare Fund is set up. The contribution for this was to be received from employers who contravened the Child Labor Act. India is also a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ILO Abolition of Forced Convention – No 105 and ILO Forced labor Convention – No. 29. A National Labor Policy was also adopted in the year 1987 in accordance with India’s development strategies and aims. The National Policy was designed to reinforce the directive principles of state policy in the Indian constitution.