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'Long way to go' for social care

Elderly (generic)
Like most western countries, the UK has an ageing population

A fifth of social care places purchased by councils in England were in adult care homes rated "poor" or only "adequate", a watchdog has found.

Overall, the Commission for Social Care Inspection said council provision was improving, but there was still "a long way to go" to transform the system.

It said plans to allow people greater control were happening too slowly.

Ministers said although social care was "better now than it has ever been" they wanted to press on with improvements.

Help the Aged said there were "fundamental failures" in the system.

"This report shows that the government's aspirations of putting people first are far from a reality, said the charity's director of policy Paul Cann.

'In control'

The CSCI oversees 18,500 adult care homes in England, as well as other support services such as meals-on-wheels.

In 2007, councils purchased just over half of all registered places in care homes in England - some 36,500. The rest were provided by people paying for their own care.

Looking specifically at homes for the elderly, the CSCI found that 22% of places purchased by councils were in facilities rated poor or adequate.

It also noted a sharp rise in the number of job vacancies in the social care sector. In the first six months of 2008, Job Centres recorded 121,180 vacancies, compared with 79,406 in the first six months of 2004.

He'd be saying to me, 'Get me out of here'
Diana Lewin, who has struggled to find a care home for her husband

Care Services Minister Phil Hope said more people were being helped to live independently in their own homes, and were "in control of their own services" than before.

He added that the quality of residential care had also improved, with 87% of councils rated with either two or the full three stars. And he said there were now nearly 5,000 dignity champions around the country - part of a campaign to encourage more respect for older people in care.

"However I want us to press forwards with further improvements," he said.

"We are investing over 500m to tailor more services to individual needs. We will help councils spread best practice quickly so that more can share the benefits of personalising services."


Diana Lewin, from Shropshire, told the BBC about her struggle to find a home for her husband Paul who suffers from Parkinson's. She moved him six times in seven years because she was unhappy with his care.

"I've felt very drained," she said. "I've felt I couldn't get on with my own life because I was just so worried about him.

"He'd be saying to me, 'Get me out of here,' but he wouldn't say it to anybody else. They'd say, 'Oh, he's completely happy here.'

"A lot of care staff can't see me as Paul's wife, who cares about him - they just see me as somebody who complains."

Help the Aged said the "systemic failures" needed to be addressed.

"Despite some overall improvements, this report shows there are still far too many older people forced to endure second-rate care at the hands of our failing social care system," Mr Cann said.

"The general failure of the system is also reflected in the large number of staff vacancies - care isn't being valued and until it is, more and more older people will continue to miss out on support."

'Tailor-made care'

The CSCI also looked at how much had been done to introduce personalised care - allowing individuals to choose the care they want.

The watchdog's conclusion was that progress was "patchy" - 21% of councils were judged to be excellent, but 23% only "adequate".

Diana Lewin, whose husband Paul has Parkinson's and is in care
Diana Lewin moved her husband to six different care homes in seven years

Dame Denise Platt, chairman of the CSCI, said: "People who need social care should be seen as individuals, first and foremost.

"The support they receive should be tailor-made, allowing people to live their lives as they choose.

"The government's ambition to transform care services is to be commended. However, there is still a long way to go to turn policy into practice."

Imelda Redmond, chief executive of Carers UK, said families needed help to navigate the system.

"We are beginning to see that in the tight financial situation, local authorities are cutting their budgets and expecting more from families. However, a short-sighted approach that leaves carers suffering ill health and forcing them to give up work, is not only unfair, but is bad for the economic future of the country."

Last June, coroner for the Isle of Wight John Matthews said the CSCI was "worse than useless," branding it "a watchdog without any teeth or even a will to act".

From April, the CSCI, along with the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission, will be replaced by a single, integrated regulator, the Care Quality Commission.

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Referring to the great potential that pilgrim tourism offers in Jammu, Jora said that even if 10 per cent of the 72 lakh visitors are encouraged to tour tourist destination like Bhaderwah, Surinsar, Mansar and Basohli, it will spread the yarn of tourism further in the region. Dwelling at length on the tourism potential of the Poonch and Rajouri districts, the minister said that opening of all-weather Mughal Road will provide a further fillip to the sector as there are several scenic and heritage spots waiting to come up on the tourism map of the State. "The basic idea of creating Tourism Development Authorities in the State was to focus on area-specific tourism potential for which a corpus of Rs. 20 crore has been created for every Development Authority", Jora said, adding that tourism will be dovetailed with heritage, adventure sports and pilgrim places to exploit its full potential. Speaking on the occasion, Naeem Akhtar said that various measures have been taken for strengthening the tourism infrastructure in the State and the tourism budget which was only Rs. 30 crore in 2006 has now crossed Rs.150 crore. Stating that many Tourist Reception Centres at Poonch, Mendhar, Surankote, Rajouri, Basohli, Kishtwar and Badherwah have come up, the Secretary said that several measures are in the pipeline to further boost tourism in the region by setting up of more Tourism Development Authorities. He also said that Jammu has been brought on the map as a mega religious destination. Naeem said that new picnic spots have been identified as having tourism potential and are being developed and added that adventure sports like golf, rafting and mountaineering are also high on the list. He said that the Institute of Hotel Management seats have been enhanced from 20 to 120, adding that 1-year Diploma course in Hotel Management will also be started shortly. 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Chairperson PWWA discusses arrangements for police-public mela KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: Arrangements for one day Police Public Mela being held at Police Sports Stadium Gulshan Ground on February, 8th were discussed at a meeting held here today. Chairperson, Jammu and Kashmir Police Wives Welfare Association, Dr. Indu Khoda presided. Other senior police officers and members of Police Wives Welfare Association also participated in the meeting. Addressing the meeting, the Chairperson JKPWWA said that the raffle draw tickets have been made available at various prominent places in Jammu and Srinagar and also in various educational institutions for the children who are keenly waiting for grand event. She enquired about the boarding and lodging facilities of stall holders who are coming here from all the regions to participate in the gala event and was informed that fool proof arrangements were made for their stay, accommodation and transportation etc. She instructed concerned authorities to ensure the availability of tickets till the day of Mela. Dr. Indu Khoda stressed upon all the members and organizers that names of the raffle draw ticket holders with counterfoils should be maintained properly and gave strict instructions to deposit the amount and counterfoils with senior functionaries before the raffle draw to be held on the Mela day upto 2 p.m. She said prizes would be handed over to the prize winners' on-the-spot on production of original tickets before the audience in the afternoon at 4 p.m. She discussed various issues with the members of association and organizing committee and gave valuable suggestions to make the event a grand success. She said painting competition among the wards of police personnel, would be part of the mela and special prizes would be given to the winners on the spot. She also instructed to display thebanners at prominent places in the city of temples. Earlier, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jammu Range, A.Q. Manhas, who is also Chairman Mela Management Committee, briefed the Chairperson, JKWWA and other members of the association about the steps taken with regard to availability of tickets for public, security, sanitation around the venue, space for stall holders, arrival of VIP for inauguration, deployment of personnel to help the visitors, distribution of invitations and other arrangements made to make the event a success Among others the meeting was attended by all members of J&K Wives Welfare Association, DIG (Armed) Jammu, Deepak Kumar, AIG (Provision) PHQ, Syed Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, AIG (Welfare) PHQ Dr. S. P. Koshal Commandant, (Nodal Officer of the Mela) Manju Rashid, SSP, Jammu, Manohar Singh and other police officers. President's medal for Mirza KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: On the eve of 60th Republic Day, Amjad Parvez Mirza, Commandant, Auxiliary Police, Ist battalion has been honoured with President's Police Medal for Meritorious Services. Besides Mirza, twelve other police officers have been honoured with President's Police Medal for Meritorious Services. Mirza was awarded the medal for his excellence in performing duties at different capacities in the police force. He had served the department at several important posts and worked with par excellence and dedication. Murtaza chairs Assurances Committee meeting KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: A meeting of the Assurances Committee of Legislative Council met here today under the chairmanship of Murtaza Ahmad Khan. Implementation of the assurances given by the government in the House under Housing and Urban Development and Roads and Buildings Departments was reviewed in the meeting. The Committee directed the Commissioner/Secretary Housing and Urban Development department to come up with a detailed reply, with regard to the implementation to the Assurances relating to Municipal Corporation, Municipal Committees and Municipal Councils without any ambiguity in the next meeting. The meeting expressed concern over the no seriousness of the concerned departments with regard to implementation of the assurances. Sham seeks people's support for prosperous J&K KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: As a part of 60th Republic Day celebrations, Government Higher Secondary School, Jourian today organised a function which was presided over by Minister for Health, Horticulture and Floriculture, Sham Lal Sharma. Faculty, students and guests present in the function jointly sung National Anthem, while Minister unfurled the tri-colour. Students of various schools of Jourian block in different formations took part in march past, of which Minister took salute and inspected Guard of Honour. Officers of several departments were present on the occasion. Addressing the function, Sharma said that with the New Year's celebrations, new government was elected by people's mandate in the State. He said that it is again people's support that the state would be led towards peace and progress. He appealed the people to continue their support for dreams come true, seen by people during recent J&K Assembly Elections. However, he warned people to be cautious of nefarious designs of vested interests, who are bent upon to weaken the forces of secularism, brotherhood and mutual amity. Asking for leaving aside political differences, Sharma asked the people belonging to different religions castes and creeds to work for prosperity of the state in general and Akhnoor tehsil in particular. The students of various schools presented scintillating cultural bonanza on the occasion. Minister awarded trophies to heads of the participating schools on t he occasion. Later, minister accompanied by Director Health Services, Jammu, Chief Medical Officer, Jammu and Block Medical Officer Akhnoor inspected Primary Health Centre, Jourian and took stock of the facilities being provided to the patients in the Centre. He also inquired about the welfare of patients. Interacting with the doctors and para-medical staff of PHC, Sharma directed them to work with zeal and dedication and ensure best possible medicare to the patients. Centre to release Rs 119 cr under FMP to J&K KT NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, Jan 27: On the request of the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, the Central Government has agreed to release Rs. 119 crore to Jammu and Kashmir under the Flood Management Programme (FMP). This decision was taken at a high-level meeting Abdullah had with the Union Minister for Water Resources, Prof. Saifuddin Soz, here this morning. Complimenting the Chief Minister for taking initiatives at the very outset of his tenure, Prof. Soz expressed hope that with his keen interest and leadership, execution of all the projects in the State will go on smoothly. He said his Ministry has already included 14 state schemes, costing Rs. 132.21 crore, under FMP category for which the fund flow will depend on the expeditious completion of pre-execution technical formalities and utilization capacity of the state government. He also said that two more proposals under FMP worth Rs. 22.77 crore are under the consideration of his ministry. Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, Principal Resident Commissioner, S. S. Sahni and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai also attended the meeting. From the Centre, Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, U. N. Panjiar, Commissioner, Irrigation, Ministry of Water Resources, Inder Raj and Chairman, Central Water Commission, A. K. Bajaj were present. During the meeting, Chief Minister discussed the matter of conservation of Dal and Wullar lakes and conservation works on river Jehlum. Abdullah sought the support of the Central Government for these projects. The Chief Minister also highlighted the need for legislation on creation of rainwater harvesting structures in public buildings and conservation of heritage buildings and monuments in Jammu and Kashmir. On the issue of 900 Megawatt Karthai-II Power Project, Prof. Soz said that Detailed Project Report, pending with the Central Water Commission for the last two years, will be completed within six months and also handed over to the state government to enable it to start the work. The Chief Minister was also assured by the Union Minister that there would be no ceiling on the fund allocations under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme. The meeting was also informed that presently 13 major and medium irrigation projects, costing Rs. 680 crore, and 448 minor projects, costing Rs. 747 crores, have been taken up for execution in the State. IIM, Central University to be set up soon: Omar KT NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, Jan 27: Coming close on the heels of getting sanction for establishment of 18 new polytechnics in the State, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today obtained sanction from the Central Government for establishment of 11 new colleges in educationally-backward areas of the State. The Centre has also assured him of setting up of one Central University and one IIM (Indian Institute of Management) in Jammu and Kashmir state. These significant decisions were announced during a high-level meeting Abdullah had with the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Arjun Singh, here today. The Chief Minister is currently in the Union Capital and is engaged in meetings with various Central Ministers. Political Advisor to the Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, Principal Resident Commissioner, S. S. Sahni and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai also attended the meeting. As a follow up to the creation of 18 polytechnics in uncovered districts of the state, the Human Resource Development Ministry also released funds for four polytechnics in the first phase. Previously, only Srinagar, Jammu, Leh and Kargil had polytechnics and with the setting up of 18 new technical institutes for skill development, coming up at a cost of Rs.12 crore each, all the 22 districts in the State will be covered. With this, the employability of the youth in the futuristic job market in the State and outside will be further enhanced. The Chief Minister also briefed Arjun Singh about the progress of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and other projects falling under Higher and Technical Education Department during the meeting. He assured the HRD Minister that the programmes will be strictly monitored so that its benefits reach children and students for whom these programmes have been envisaged. CM calls on President, Vice-President KT NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, Jan 27: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah called on the President, Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. The President complimented Abdullah on assuming the charge of the Chief Minister of the State. The Chief Minister briefed the President about the State and thanked her for her compliments. Abdullah also called on the Vice-President, Muhammad Hamid Ansari, here today. The Vice-President also congratulated Abdullah and wished him success. The Chief Minister also thanked him for his well wishes. The Chief Minister who reached the Union Capital today, met the Union Minister for Water Resources, Prof. Saifuddin Soz and Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Arjun Singh also. DC, SSP among nine awarded by LAHDC, Kargil KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: Deputy Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer, Kargil Satish Nehru alongwith 9 other officers and officials were awarded by Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil on the occasion of 60th Republic Day celebrations yesterday. The officers have been awarded keeping in view their contribution in various fields of development in the district. The awards were given by Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor Ahmad Ali Kacho. Nehru has been given letter of appreciation and Rupees ten thousand cash award for his contribution in various fields of development in the district in a short span of 7 months. He took various steps to strengthen the administrative and developmental scenario in the district besides rational formulation of annual district plan and action plan under various centrally sponsored schemes in the district. Garib Dass, Sr. Superintendent of Police, Kargil was also given appreciation letter and a cash award of Rupees seven thousand for his contribution in conducting violent incident free council elections despite the constraint of adequate police strength. Ali Naqi, Superintendent, Archives were also awarded Rupees three thousand and appreciation letter for his contribution in Council Elections. Dr. Asgar Ali and Abdul Hassan, Helper PHE, Kargil were awarded Rupees three thousand each for their contribution in Health and PHE department respectively. Master Mohammad Nawaz a nine year student was awarded appreciation letter and rupees fifteen hundred for securing bronze medal in National Taekwondo School Games. Abdullah Giri, Fayaz Ali and Gul Hussain Bhuttoo were also awarded for their excellence in Board examination. GoC Rising Star on 4-day visit to Jammu KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: Keeping in view the reports of militants' waiting across the International Border (IB) to infiltrate to the Indian territory, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Rising Star Corps arrived here to have detailed discussions with senior commanders and review the measures taken to counter any nefarious designs of the infiltrators. Official reports said that (GOC) Rising Star Corps arrived here today for an official four-day visit. During the visit the General will visit various formations and forward areas. He is also likely to interact with civil dignitaries. Reports further said that the GOC, Rising Star Corps visit is very significant especially with mounting reports of militants' concentration across the IB in launch pads waiting to cross over. Owing to these reports, the GOC is likely to have detailed discussions with senior commanders and review the measures taken to counter any nefarious designs of the infiltrators. On arrival the GOC, was received by GOC Tiger Division. He briefed about the prevailing situation in the operations room. The General also interacted with senior officers and discussed certain other operational issues. Indo-China BPM held at Chusul on R-Day KT NEWS SERVICE UDHAMPUR, Jan 27: In order to improve the bilateral relations between two nations, India and China Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) was held at the Indian Border 'Personnel Meeting Hut' at Chushul, to celebrate the Indian Republic Day yesterday. Official reports said BPMs are held four times a year, between the Indian and Chinese military delegations. The Chinese delegation was yesterday received by the Indian delegation leader by Brigadier Somnath Jha. After the reception, the Indian National flag was hoisted and both the Chinese and Indian delegations saluted the tricolour. In the formal meeting held in an atmosphere of mutual trust and camaraderie, greetings were exchanged by both the sides. Also both sides agreed to join hands in contributing to peace, stability and development of the region in consonance with Border Peace and Tranquility Agreements, reports added. After the formal meeting, the Chinese delegation was treated to a cultural programme by a civilian troupe. The Chinese delegation was enthralled by the rich culture heritage of India and soaked in spirit of bonhomie and friendship, reports maintained. The Chinese delegation participated in some fun-filled games which were followed by a rich spread of Indian cuisines savored by one and all. The guests were treated to foot tapping music played by the Military Band, forcing the visitors to sway to the enchanting Indian music. As the ceremonies drew to close, both sides exchanged pleasantries and gifts to commemorate the occasion, reports averred. On conclusion of ceremonies, the visitors saluted the tricolour and were escorted back to Line of Actual Control. The friendly interaction between the two forces have played a significant role in promoting and strengthening bonds of friendship, mutual trust and confidence between the two armies. Through these interactions, border representatives of both countries have been able to understand each other culture, traditions and customs, reports avowed. Youth stabbed at Udhampur KT NEWS SERVICE UDHAMPUR, Jan 27: A youth was seriously injured after being stabbed allegedly by some unidentified motorcycle borne youth at Jekhani area of Udhampur today. Police said that the victim, who is serving in PWD, was returning after offering prayers at Sarda Mata Temple in Jekhani area when some unidentified assailants attacked him with an axe. The victim identified as Sandeep Sharma son of Raghunath of Jekhani Udhampur was immediately rushed to the DH Udhampur for treatment. Police has registered a case in this connection and launched a hunt to nab the accused. Meanwhile burglars struck at four kiosks at Jekhani area last night and they decamped with items worth Rs 25000. Police have taken cognizance. BSF jawan's murder Accused remanded to ten days police custody Vikram Bhasin MENDHAR, Jan 27: Court here today sent two accused involved in the murder of a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan, to ten days police custody. Official reports said that two accused Ulfat Bi of Ari Surthi at present near Dak Bunglow Mendhar and her son-in-law Ishtikhar alias Barra of Golad involved in murder of Head Constable Mohammad Latief, son of Said Mohammad, were today produce in the Munsif court Mendhar. The court sent both accused to ten days police custody. Police sources said that two more accused were rounded up in this connection and they were being questioned by the cops. Their identity was not disclosed by the sources saying that their role in the murder is yet to be ascertained. As reported, police claimed to have worked out the blind murder case of a BSF jawan with arrest of two accused including his wife and son-in-law. The mutilated body of BSF jawan was recovered from Mendhari nallah behind Dak Bungalow Mendhar yesterday. The body was headless and limbless. Police have seized other body parts of the deceased from Upper Golad Mendhari nallah yesterday afternoon on the disclosure of the arrested accused. The case had been worked out by the police team headed by SHO Mendhar Police Station SI Mohammed Arif under the supervision of SDPO Mendhar Rajinder Katoch and SSP Poonch Basant Kumar Rath. After recovery of all body parts, the family members buried the body today. Police has registered a case FIR number 16 of 2009 under 302 and 201 RPC in Police Station Mendhar. Mobile phone stolen KT NEWS SERVICE MENDHAR, Jan 27: A mobile phone of a passenger has been stolen from a Tempo Travel vehicle en-route Sunderbani to Jammu today. Reports said that mobile phone of Sanjay Kumar Pandoh resident of Bus Stand Sunderbani was stolen by some unknown persons while traveling in a Tempo Traveler from Sunderbani to Jammu today. The NOKIA-1600 mobile was carrying SIM number 94193-75273. Grenade found on Mendhar road KT NEWS SERVICE MENDHAR, Jan 27: A live grenade was recovered on the Mendhar-Poonch road, bringing traffic to a halt for half an hour in Mendhar this morning. Official reports said during routine checking, the patrol party of 150 Territorial army found a live grenade (Chinese made) Near Primary Health Center (PHC) Mankot on Mendhar-Poonch road this morning at 7.30 AM. This created panic and brought vehicular movement to a halt for around half-an-hour, reports added. Army rushed to the spot after receiving information and defused the grenade. The traffic was resumed after thorough search of the area. Nurse arrested for theft KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: A staff nurse was arrested by the police for stealing and misusing Automated Teller Machine (ATM) of her colleague here today. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jammu Manohar Singh said, "The complainant Jatinder Kaur in her statement said an amount of Rs 18000 was withdrawn from the bank by making use of her ATM card". Singh, however, said during investigations and with the help of Close Circuit Cameras installed at ATM booth, the accused was arrested and the amount was also recovered from her possession. "Accused identified as Sanjana Kumari, another staff nurse, resident of Udhampur, posted at Gandhi Nagar Hospital Jammu, stole the card and withdrew the amount by using the ATM," the SSP added. The accused has been booked under section 380 of Ranbir Penal Code. Youth dies mysteriously KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: Mystery shrouds the death of a youth who was found dead at Saw Mill at Hariya Chack under the jurisdiction of police station Rajbagh in Kathua district today. The deceased has been identified as Mohinder Kumar, 28, son of Balkari Lal resident of Hariya Chack. Police said Mohinder Kumar was working in a Saw Mill at Hariya Chack and he died under suspicious circumstances. Inquest proceeding under section 174 CrPC has been initiated in this connection. Body recovered KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: Police claimed to have recovered an unidentified body from General Bus Stand area. Police said that body of unidentified man age at-least 35 years was found at Bus Stand here today. It was noticed lying in the Bus Stand area by some shopkeepers who informed police. The cops shifted the body to the GMC hospital where it has been kept of identification and autopsy. Police has initiated inquest proceeding under section 174 CrPC. Man run over by train, 6 injured in mishaps KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: An unidentified man was run over by a train at Bari Brahamna area while six persons were injured in different road mishaps. Police reports said that an unidentified man was run over by Jammu Mail train at 91.2 Railway track under the jurisdiction of Police Post GRP Bari Brahamna on January 26, 2009 at 10.30 AM. The GRP cops shifted the body to the GMC hospital where it has been kept of identification and autopsy. Police has initiated inquest proceeding under section 174 CrPC in this connection. Six persons were injured in different road accidents here since late night. Saddam Hussain, 9, son of Shamas-ud-Din resident of Chatha Sunjawan hit by Scorpio at Malik Market. Sikander Singh son of Kamal Singh resident of Jhiri and Parveen Sharma son of Om Parkash resident of Kana Chak riding on a motor cycle collided with another motorcycles at Kana Chak. Injured were admitted to the GMC hospital for treatment. Motorcycle seized KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: Police claimed to have seized Hero Honda passion motorcycle from Police Post Greater Kailash under section 550 CrPC. Police said motorcycle Hero Honda passion without registration number, having Chassis number 07J05C04867 has been seized by police post Greater Kailash under section 550 CrPC. Elderly man among 3 missing KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: Three persons were missing from different places in Jammu. Police said, Sarwan Kumar, 73 son of Santu Ram resident of Raipur Satwari was missing since January 20, 2009 from his home, Poli Devi, 36, wife of Parshotam Chand resident of Ghantwal Chenani has been missing since January 18, 2009 from her home and Muneer Hussain, 28, son of Masoom Ali resident of Chack Bagla falling under the jurisdiction of Police Station Ramgarh has been missing since January 21, 2009 from Chack Baghla. Police have taken cognizance. 3 make abortive bids KT NEWS SERVICE JAMMU, Jan 27: Three persons made abortive bids on their lives by consuming poisonous substance at different places in Jammu. They were identified as Iram daughter of Abdul hafiz resident of Christian Colony Jammu, Ranjeet Paul son of Chuni Lal resident of Shibu Chack Bishnah and Sanjay Kumar son of Mohan Lal resident of Tarlokpur. They were admitted to the GMC hospital for treatment. BAJ suspends work in the Subordinate Court JAMMU, Jan 27 (JNF): Bar Association Jammu today suspended work in the Subordinate Courts here to mourn the death of Advocate Tilak Raj Sharma a senior member of the Bar. A meeting was held under the chairmanship of its President Senior Advocate Sunil Sethi to condole the death of Advocate Tilak Raj Sharma who died on Saturday night. The other members of the Bar who paid rich tribute to the departed soul said that Tilak Raj Sharma was social reformer and great thinker and also a political leader. Two minutes silence was observed and decided not to appear in the court for today. - 19 hrs ago
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