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  • Participates in 8th ADTOI Convention


JAMMU: The department of tourism J&K participated in the 8th Convention of Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI) at Visakhapatnam to promote J&K as a preferred tourist destination. The 3-day annual Convention was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Chandrababu Naidu on November 17, 2017 in presence of Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya Reddy, top bureaucrats and a galaxy of tourism personalities of the country.


The theme of the convention is “Explore India – One Country, Many Worlds.” The business sessions will focus on new ideas, the MICE industry, weddings, and infrastructure growth. Deputy Director Tourism Kashmir Waseem Raja led the team of J&K tourism including leading tour operators from all the three regions of the state.


Waseem Raja gave the presentation on J&K tourism by screening recently launched 5-minute film “Warmth Place on Earth” produced on the theme of Kashmir hospitality and other videos on tourism which mesmerized audience drawn from different parts of the country and other countries. Waseem Raja also took part in the panel discussion describing the social causes undertaken by the tourism stake holders and bigger hotel chains by taking care of natural resources and extending social support to local villagers at certain levels and locations.


Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said participation of the department in the travel marts, road shows and annual conventions at national level helps promote tourism at the right platform where hundreds of the leading tour operators from across the country and other countries participate. Notably, ADTOI convention is one of the largest conventions of tour travel operators in the country. Over 300 tour and travels operators from different states participated in the convention.



Those who attended the Convention besides Chairman PILTOF Nasir Shah are Mir Anwar President TASK, Zahoor Qari incoming TAAI Chairman, Showkat Pakhtoon, Secretary General PILTOF, Noor Shangloo Treasurer JKTA, Ather Yameen Secretary General TASK, Haseeb Khan, Inder Pal Singh, Jammu Chapter Chairman of PILTOF, Sonam Wangchuk LADAKH Chapter Chairman of PILTOF.

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  • Zulfkar calls on Punjab Finance, RDD Ministers
  • Gets charges reduced from approx Rs 30,000 to Rs 10,000 per truckload

CHANDIGARH (PUNJAB): Ending impasse of J&K meat dealers over high taxation on transportation of livestock in Punjab, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today met Minister for Finance, Planning, Employment Generation and Training Manpreet Singh Badal and Minister for Rural Development, Panchayats, Water Supply and Sanitation Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa in Punjab Government to discuss the issue.

Following the discussion, it was resolved that Punjab Government will limit charges on truckload with 160 livestock at the rate of Rs. 10,000 per truck and Rs 12,000 above 160 load of livestock and they have issued instructions accordingly. Punjab government agreed the same till next tender ending June 2017. Pertinently, as per Traders of Kashmir ‘cattle fair charge’ have suddenly increased at the rate of 4 percent of the value, which comes to almost Rs 30,000 on each truckload of livestock.


 Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, in view of the seriousness of the matter of meat dealers of Kashmir, alongwith a team of officers from Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Legal Metrology Department conducted this visit to resolve the matter with Punjab Government which ended with positive response from Punjab by limiting the charges.

Zulfkar apprised the Ministers separately that representatives of Kashmir Wholesale Mutton Dealers Union along with Chinar Sheep Goat Welfare Association Delhi approached Jammu & Kashmir Government with the plea that livestock being bought from Delhi to Kashmir is being charged money in the garb of Punjab Cattle Fairs Regulations Act, 1967  which is not applicable on their livestock. He said that these traders have produced a photocopy of receipt Book No 4985 and Serial No 36 issued by Fair Officers of Punjab Government in which an amount of Rs 28000 per truck was charged on account of composition under Section 20 of Punjab Cattle Fairs Regulation Act 1967.

The Minister brought into the notice of Punjab Government that these Meat Traders purchase livestock from Delhi, Rajasthan, Jaipur and other places outside Punjab and Punjab Cattle Fairs Regulation Act 1967 is not applicable to them as the vehicles are only in transit from Delhi, Rajsthan, Jaipur to Jammu & Kashmir while passing through Punjab.

The Minister apprised that as per Section 20, Sub –Section 2 of Section 18, Sub Section 1 of Section 8, Sub Section 1 of Section 9, Sub Section 1 of Section 10 of Punjab Cattle Fairs Regulation Act 1967, the Act is not applicable to those dealers who purchase the livestock from Delhi, Rajasthan, or any other places outside Punjab. He said that as per livestock traders of Kashmir, they are being harassed at Madhupur Punjab on the pretext of enforcement of Punjab Cattle Fairs Regulation Act 1967 on these dealers.


The Minister also referred to earlier meetings held with Punjab administration on this matter. He added that in the meeting it was assured that no illegal fee will be collected by the contractors and directions were passed to contractors to display details of sale and purchase of livestock at Madhopur Post.  Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali expressed gratitude to Punjab Government for reducing charges of transportation of livestock.

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  • Says Media's ‘credibility crisis’ it's biggest challenge

NEW DELHI:  The Press Council of India (PCI) chairman Justice C K Prasad today asked the media students from various institutions of Jammu and Kashmir to make 'credibility' a benchmark of their profession and information dissemination. While interacting with the media students at Soochna Bhawan here, the PCI chief said "irresponsible" and "controlled" media don't contribute to the democratic set up of the country.

He asked the students "if you ask me one of the important challenges faced by the media, my simple and straight forward answer will be it's credibility, " he said. "If the media is credible, all the other challenges will fall in line," he added. "If a journalist is irresponsible, people will judge, but if media is controlled, there is nothing to judge,'' he said. "Credibility must be your (aspiring journalists) benchmark and you should work for the credible source information dissemination," he said.

The PCI chief said the process has been initiated to create Media Council for the electronic media as there was a dire need to check the sensationalism by electronic media. Replying the questions by the media students during the interaction, the PCI Chief said that "If journalists want to remain credible, they can and it will be their choice," he said.  "No one can corrupt you until you let them to do so," he said.

The PCI Chief assured media students that they would do their best possible to involve aspiring journalists into the PCI's internship program and it would also rope in the national media organizations to involve aspiring journalists for their internship programmes. The interaction session was also attended by the Director, Department of Information and Public Relations, Muneer ul-Islam among other officials of the department.


The PCI Chief lauded the role of Department of Information and Public Relations, Jammu and Kashmir Government for taking efforts to organize media tour of various institutions from the State. He assured that the PCI would continue to reach out to the media industry in Jammu and Kashmir.