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Jammu, June 22: Mr. Sukhjinder Singh (Director), Count Fitness took the initiative of making a small contribution towards the betterment of the Environment by organizing free plantation drive.

‘Why officials bye-pass govt’s Info Deptt and using service of private agencies’
 Jammu, June 22: The National Secular Forum (NSF) has demanded Vigilance probe against the officials involved in the illegal tendering done by the University of Jammu (JU) for publication of advertisements in national as well as local dailies.
Addressing a press conference here today, NSF state president Dr Vikas Sharma stated that University was committing this fraud ever since the office of Vice Chancellor was assumed by Prof Ramji Dass Sharma. He has patronized proven corrupt and incompetent officials to serve his own purpose and the illegal tendering for publication of advertisement worth Rs 30 lakh is just another addition in this series.
Dr Sharma wondered as to how Registrar gave nod to such an illegal process under which tender was floated through selective e-mails and quotation invited within 24 hours. “This is a sheer abuse of chair and official machinery as no government department can dare to act in this manner. This illegal tendering itself explains that something is fishy right from the word go,” he added.
He also questioned as to why University was not following the UGC norms for publication of advertisements as ordered by the Hon’ble High Court in 2015 which says that only INS approved agencies should be given the task to release the advertisements to publication houses as being done by Central University of Jammu.
“University had arrangement with Information Department for release of advertisements to media houses then why the latter is bye-passed in this case and unregistered advertisement agencies were called for bidding. This single advertisement for B.Ed Admission Notice would cost around Rs 30 lakh to University out of which Advertisement agency would get around Rs 5-6 lakh which is huge sum and this process would be repeated at least for three times which means budget will go upto Rs 90 lakh and commission up to Rs 15-18 lakh which is simply very huge,” he explained.
The NSF state chief suspected that JU officials would also get a handsome graft/favour in lieu of release of advertisement through unregistered Advertisment Agency. “We also suspect the direct involvement of Vice Chancellor in this process as the same was being practiced for the last three years but this time it has been exposed,” he said and demanded that matter be referred to Vigilance Organization for thorough probe so that erring officials shall be punished for this misadventure.
Mumbai, Jun 22 :  A section of commuters travelling in the Churchgate-bound AC suburban train pulled the chain and brought the local to a halt at Andheri station this morning after finding that the air-conditioning was "not functioning".

The passengers of some coaches of the Virar-Churchgate local train said they experienced suffocation and sweating due to the non-functioning AC.

"Ever since the local train left Borivali station, we found that the coach was not cooling. Initially we thought that the AC would start soon. But despite crossing few stations on the way, there was no sign of it," a passenger said.

"Since the doors of the coaches of this particular local have to be kept shut for air-conditioning, there was no ventilation, which led to suffocation and sweating. When it became unbearable, we pulled the chain and made the local stop," he added.

The Western Railway, which operates this AC local, later tweeted that due to the technical glitches in some of the coaches, the train will not operate till the restoration work gets over.

"Due to the technical problem in working of AC in 3 coaches of AC local, the services of AC local has been cancelled today till further repairs. Inconvenience to commuters is highly regretted please (sic)," the WR said in its tweet.

Chief spokesperson of WR, Ravinder Bhakar, said the train operations will start as soon as the technical problems in the three coaches are fixed. "Otherwise, it will remain off for the entire day today," he said.

Even last Friday, the WR had cancelled the AC train service for maintenance work.PTI


Berhampur (Odisha), Jun 22 : The Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) train between Berhampur and Cuttack started today, railway officials said.

The MEMU train replaces the Berhampur-Cuttack- Berhampur passenger train.

"The new train will run six days a week from Monday to Saturday as per the schedule of Berhampur-Cuttack-Berhampur passenger," said a railway official.

The new train has 12 coach rakes. Each coach has a capacity of 110 passengers. Unlike the ordinary passenger and DMU trains, the MEMU train has water facilities for the passengers, said the railway officer.

MEMU trains have two engines on both ends and so, no time will be wasted in changing it. Unlike regular trains where a locomotive hauls the coaches, these trains are specially designed with self-propelling motors beneath the passenger cars.

The MEMU train services will be introduced in other sections after reviewing the feedback from the passengers, the sources added.PTI