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Vol. II

Issue 93

Dibrugarh, Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Parliamentary secretary distributes CGI sheets, 132 beneficiaries benefited



3 days 6th triennial conference of Baptist Women Fellowship concludes Staff Reporter Pasighat, Oct 18 : A 3 days long 6th triennial conference of Baptish Women Fellowship of North East India with the theme: ‘Arise & Shine’ was held here at Adi Baptist Union Mission Centre, Pasighat under Arunachal Baptist Church Council concluded on last Sunday with huge turn up of believers from all across North-East. While briefing about the conference and its achievement, Adi Baptist Union Women Department Secretary Kenjir Kakki and Arunachal Baptist Church Council Women Department Secretary, Gobi Kamsi said that, role of women in society, family etc was widely emphasized in the speeches. “There are many women in the society who are more concern to materialistic pleasures than giving good upbringing to their children and such negligence from mothers often drive those youths into drugs and other anti-social activities”, said the duo. Church Response to Militancy was also widely spoken by one of the speaker as some parts of North-East India are infected with militancy. The duo also informed that, before this mega event here at Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh, it was earlier held at Nagaland Baptist Council, Manipur Baptist Convention, Karbi Anglong Baptist Convention, Assam Baptist Convention, Garo Baptist Convention.

UNESCO’s DirectorGeneral condemns murder of reporter Yaqoub Sharafat in Afghanistan Paris, Oct 18: The DirectorGeneral of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the killing of local broadcaster Yaqoub Sharafat in the city of Qalat in the south of Afghanistan. “I condemn the murder of Yaqoub Sharafat,” the Director-General said, “and I call on the authorities to investigate this crime. Violence against media workers undermines freedom of expression and press freedom, challenging democracy and rule of law.” Sharafat, a reporter for public broadcaster Radio Television Afghanistan, was shot by unknown assailants on 16 October. The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” (Agencies)

Bishnu Rana Tezu, Oct 18

Strategically located Lohit Bridge also called Alubari Bridge is yet failed its deadline fixed on 30 September 2016. The date was finalized in front of highest office of erstwhile Chief Minister late Kalikho Pul and other top dignitaries of the state. Including the present Chief Minister Pema Khandu on 20th May 2016 last unfortunately the deadline merely failed once again citing innumerable excuses including load test etc to prolong the commission of bridge. This sort of lame excuses and inordinate delay of Bridge has placed the public of Lohit & Anjaw district in desolation The much awaited dream project even for the Dibang and Lower Dibang Valley district and for some part of Assam (Sadiya) has failed to stood to their expectation. With this the number of deadline assured by the Babu AGM of Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd has gone to fifth time befooling the public and the leader and yet

30 September 2016 was the date finalised in front of erstwhile Chief Minister Kalikho Pul and other top dignitaries of the state another deadline fixed on 30 Nov 2016. Dr Mohesh Chai local Legislator who has been relentlessly after the Bridge completion is also frustrated and expressed serious anguish over an irresponsible act of the NECL. To find out completion of work and ascertain the deadline of 30th Sept, Danish Ashraf DC Lohit and officials visited the bridge site on 29th September. Regrettably the Navayuga

official apologized for the delay and committed to complete the bridge within a week. The DC has been putting every possible effort to open the Bridge but the official is citing the reason of load test and other pretext. When this correspondent enquired about the actual date of commission, the official sources disclose about 10 (ten) Contd. on Page 4

ABKYW joins 45th foundation day of TMPK at Gogamukh Maksam Tayeng Pasighat, Oct 18

Carrying forward the attempt of Adi Mising Baane Kebang for better Adi-Mising unity and communal harmony being already initiated, the Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing also joined in the 45th Foundation Day of TMPK (Takam Mising Porin Kebang) at Gogamukh, Assam on Sunday last and exchanged messages of more cooperation and unity between Adis of Arunachal and Misings of Assam.


Speaking on the occasion about Adi-Mising unification, ABKWY President, Aling Pinggam recalled and remembered about the Adi-Mising separation in early 7th Century Tibet under Yarlung Dynasty. “The Tibetan King Tsrong Tsan Gampo declared the Buddism as the state religion throughout the Tibet which resulted into driven out of Tani Clan from Myang Province. It appears that the Tanis like Adi and Mising reached Siang

Bijoy Shankar Handique Jorhat, Oct 18

Amanullah Khan –the President of All India Insurance Employees Association and a prominent columnist of The Frontline magazine slammed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in the Inaugural Session address of the Eastern Zone Insurance Employees Association’s 30th diamond jubilee year conference held at the Sri Sri Pitambor Dev Goswami auditorium, district library, Jorhat here today. Amanullah Khan while saying that the Modi government have done nothing for the insurance company in the last two years of his tenure said that Modi wanted to abolish all trade unions in the country so that he could rent out the country’s assets to private parties.

himself; it is the media that is controlling him for his every action. While blaming few media houses for dictating the government in making policies and misleading in the issue of foreign investment said that some section of the media has created confusion among several sections of people throughout the country.

Amanullah Khan who attended as the chief guest and inaugurated the four day conference blamed Modi that he cannot decide things

The inaugural session was attended by several national based Trade Union leaders, from bank, insurances,

railways, BSNL,CITU, and members from the state like Anandaman and Nicobar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Tripura, Arunachal, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Assam which comprises over 700 delegates. During the inaugural session the founder president Chandra Shekhar Basu who is 95 years old of All India Insurance Employees Association was felicitated by different national leaders.

22 killed in Bhubaneswar's SUM Hospital fire ET Bureau Bhubaneswar, Oct 17

Dignitaries and other guests during the meeting Valley and settled at Karko, Gete and Damro area for many generations. The Adis and Misings are the two prominent tribes of this two state as both have same origin which is evident from closed affinity and resemble between its culture, custom, language, beliefs, tradition and other arts and artifacts. Therefore in spite of separate political boundary the two communities Adi and Mishing are inseparable because of resemblance and natural relation/attraction

between the two communities, and both must maintained and rechristened brotherhood relation for better cordial relation between Assam and Arunachal to strengthen such relation in the year to come”. ABKWY also said that, TMPK is one of the oldest student’s organizations which were unofficially established in 1933 with the name Sadou Miri Chatra Samilan later rechristened to TMPK and got recognized and full pledge students

organization from 1972. Aling Pinggam and Toi Modi, President and General Secretary, ABKWY respectively urged the TMPK to maintain the unity among them while building close ties with Adis of Arunachal.

Twenty-two people were killed and 120 injured in a major fire at SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday evening. While 14 patients were declared “brought dead” at Capital Hospital, eight were “brought dead” to AMRI Hospital from the fire-struck private medical facility, officials said.

As Adis and Misings have close tie since long, ABKWY appealed the TMPK youths to look into the problem of

Capital Hospital superintendent Binod Kumar Mishra said, “We received 14 dead bodies, while five other patients were shifted from Sum Hospital.”

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AMRI Hospital (Bhubaneswar) unit head Salil

Kumar Mohanty said, “A total of 37 patients were received at our casualty ward. Our doctors have declared eight persons as brought dead.” “Most of the victims were in the first floor ICU of SUM Hospital,” a doctor at the Capital Hospital said. The condition of most patients shifted to different hospitals across Bhubaneswar and Cuttack was stated to be steady, even as one person died at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, on Tuesday morning. Earlier, after verification, the death toll was put at 19 by the Odisha government on late Monday night.

Patnaik, who visited AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, and AMRI Hospital in the morning, said patients were recovering well. As many as 105 patients were getting intensive care treatment at nine hospitals. Mr. Patnaik described the mishap as “very tragic“. He ordered an inquiry headed by a revenue divisional commissioner into the incident. According to sources, the tragedy occurred due to suffocation as the smoke spread in most of the wards soon after the fire. Most of the victims, who were on oxygen support, died.

Patnaik visits hospital

New locations found for tea plantation in Arunachal: Expert PTI Itanagar, Oct 18

New locations for tea plantation have been found in the eastern foothill area of Arunachal Pradesh, an expert said today.

An action moment of the match The scored ended 5-2 in favor in the second half as Lovoriyi of Arunachal till half time, and Theluo scored a goal in the 69th Nagaland started on positive note minute of the game. Contd. on Page 4

Chief Minister Naveen

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Power tariffs to go up in state: Assam Power Minister ET Bureau Guwahati, Oct 18

He said the new tea gardens at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh had good production rate with quality leaves.

Power minister Pallab Lochan Das on Tuesday stated that the power tariffs in the state may be hiked soon as state sector power utility Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) is facing crisis because of its debt of around Rs 265 crore.

It was also good news for Arunachal Pradesh that a 24-member team of the Korean International Tea Research Institute and Federation of Korean Tea Masters, including five guides, would visit the state's tea gardens at Namsai from Wednesday to exchange views on the taste of Korean and Arunachal tea, he said.

The power minister stated that the APDCL owed a wheeling charge of Rs 200 crore to the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd for the past nine months and Rs 54 crore to the National Thermal Power

These areas are dominated by Singhpho and Khamti ethnic groups who have a traditional method of manufacturing tea, Tocklai Tea Research Institute expert Pradip Baruah told media.

margin, when Atoka Achumi and Kezevito Khruomo scored for their team.

EZIEA 30th diamond jubilee year conference held at Jorhat

Over 100 patients undergoing intensive care treatment in nine hospitals; Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visits injured at 2 hospitals.

A Staff Reporter Naharlagun, Oct 18



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Number of deadline assured by the Babu AGM of Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd has gone to fifth time befooling the public and the leader and yet another deadline fixed on 30 Nov 2016

Arunachal team defeats Nagaland, reaches Semi-Final

However, Nagaland reduced the


President of All India Lohit Bridge yet again Insurance Employees failed its deadline, placing Association slams PM Modi the public in misery

Dr T Ao Memorial North East Football Championship The Arunachal Pradesh team stormed into the semi-final of the 7th Dr T Ao Memorial North East Football Championship-2016 after defeating Nagaland by 7- 4 goals in their last league match of the tournament. After facing defeat in their first match, Arunachal looked determined and took the lead 30 minutes into the game, when R D Karma scored the first goal for his team. Gobinso Drat, Mihin Pulu, Techi Takar and Mihin Pulu scored four more goals for the team in the first half.

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Corporation (NTPC). Earlier, the APDCL had proposed levy of a Fuel and P o w e r Purchase Price

Power minister Pallab Lochan Das

Adjustment (FPPPA) charge at the rate of 59 paise per unit with immediate effect. The move came as the APDCL is facing crisis due to its debt of around Rs 265 crore. The power minister further added that 24 hours uninterrupted power supply would be provided in Guwahati under the Integrated Power Development Scheme. (With inputs from agencies)




Tengakhat College campus under CCTV surveillance ET Correspondent Dibrugarh, Oct 18: The Tengakhat College has installed Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) to ensure the safety of staff, students and visitors and also for the protection of property and buildings. Cameras are monitored on a continuous basis and supported by recordings that are kept for a limited time in the event of the need arising to investigate any untoward incidents. There are approximately 15 cameras in the network covering the complete campus and they are operated in an open surveillance manner that is, there are no hidden surveillance cameras. There is also appropriate signage installed to advise that surveillance cameras are in use. All CCTV surveillance is conducted in accordance with the Workplace Surveillance Act 2005

24th state Level Children Science Congress concludes A Staff Reporter Dibrugarh, Oct 18: Two projects have been selected at 24th State Level Children Science Congress here for the Indian Science Congress to be held in Maharashtra in January next year. Bhargav Dutta’s project titled “Preservation technique of Potato destroying Moth without hampering the environment” and Dikshamani Saikia’s project—“A Model for multiple utilization of energy in domestic kitchen” have been chosen for participating at the National Level Children Science Congress to be held at Maharashtra. Bhargav and Dikshamani represented Lakhimpur and Nagaon districts respectively. The curtains of the 24th State Level Children Science Congress were brought down on Sunday at a ceremony held here at the Rang Ghar auditorium of Dibrugarh University (DU). In the closing ceremony






You might feel like you're getting worked up from all angles today, Aries. Find comfort in knowing that things will definitely improve by tomorrow. You might get the feeling that somehow you're all alone despite the circle of friends that surrounds and loves you. You may be called to action by a strong force. Try to stay abreast of information and developments around you so you can make the most informed decisions possible. Try to rise above the potential tension and rough spots of the day, Taurus. Do yourself a favor and don't feel like you have to stoop to another's level. Take pride in your actions and do things with confidence. Work with the negativity. The worst thing to do would be to ignore it. Approach problems squarely as soon as they arise. Don't dredge up the past. It's time to move forward. You might want to escape the frenzy of the day by going shopping, Gemini. Align yourself with partners and allies who share your views. Try to keep the disagreements to a minimum. There is enough tension and war raging in the world around you today that you don't need to add to the negative force by contributing disputes and ailments to the situation.

Your mood should be quite good today, Cancer, although there may be some strong forces at work trying to subvert this positive attitude. Try not to let other people's disagreements bring you down. Take the high ground and you will certainly prevail. A peaceful nature is extremely important in order to balance the anger and hostility that's present all around. Be the one to promote this harmony.

Peace and harmony are in the regularly scheduled program for the day, but there is a good chance that there could be a warring force with strong opinions and vindictive tendencies. Hold onto your hat, Virgo, and make sure you have your actions well aligned with your soul or else you could be thrown into a battle that has nothing to do with you.


I told you so might be your motto of the day. Try not to rub this in other people's faces, Libra. Indeed, you have the foresight to witness an action and see the consequences right away. These consequences might rear their ugly heads on a day like this. Use your incredible perception and intuition to hone in on the best solution possible and work toward that goal before things get out of hand.


You may know exactly the right thing to do today, but for some reason, the action required may be a hard thing for you to implement, Scorpio. Take an active role to get involved. Say your peace, but don't get so attached to the results that you get upset and discouraged if things don't exactly work out according to plan. Independence is an important virtue to hold onto today.




which kicked off at about 11.30 am on Sunday, the Deputy Registrar (Academic) of DU, Dr. Binod Borah and the State Coordinator of the Children Science Convention explained the objectives of the function and also briefly narrated the programme highlights of the four day convention. Speaking at the valedictory event, Vice Chancellor of DU, Prof. Alak Kumar Buragohain, expressed his satisfaction on the successful completion of the children science conclave at DU and hoped that the academic environment of DU and its corresponding relation with science has helped the children scientist from 27 districts of the State to enhance their scientific aptitude. Later, the Director of ASTEC, Dr. Arup Kumar Mishra in his deliberation said that the convention shaped up into a knowledge platform for both formal and informal schooling of science based learning wherein students and specially-abled

children gathered together. Dr Mishra assured the gathering that ASTEC would include all the schools of state to boost their scientific temperament. In the four-day conclave the highest projects were presented by participants of the district of Tinsukia. He added the reason for it is that people in Tinsukia are working at grass root level. A feedback session was held in the presence of the dignitaries where the participants shared their experiences during the four day conclave. Student Kaushik Pratim Sonowal, Sankardev Shishu Niketan, District of Tinsukia stated that the programme gave an opportunity for the students to develop and increase their scientific temperament and love for science. If this scientific thought process can be adopted by everyone and further be applied in their respective districts then social evils like witch hunting can be eliminated. Other students Krishna

New office-bearers of AASKSU take oath A Staff Reporter Dibrugarh, Oct 18: The oath taking ceremony of the new office bearers of All Assam Sonowal Kalahari Students’ Union (AASKSU) was held at Sapornoo Kendriyo Vidyalaya on Monday. Former AASKSU president Lalit Sonowal in his speech requested the new executive committee to initiate steps to make students of the community at par with the students of other communities. He suggested organizing workshop at district as well as regional level for strengthening the organizational set up. Former president Mohan Sonowal administered the oath of office to 29 execu-

tive members beside newly elected president Devananda Seleng and General Secretary Raju Sonowal. The executive committee meeting which was held immediately after the oath taking ceremony, resolved to oppose the union government’s move for granting citizenship to Hindu Bangladeshis by amending the constitution.

Kanan Bora from Tinsukia and Ananda Swaroop Purakaystha from Cachar district also shared their views. As part of the conclave the respective districts were asked to publish souvenirs’ following which the best souvenirs were chosen by the panel and Prof. Jiten Hazarika, Dean of Students Affairs, Dibrugarh University declared the results for the same. Jorhat won the best souvenir, Dibrugarh and Hailakandi won the first and second runners up respectively. Tinsukia won the best organising district and Jorhat won the best academic district. 26 projects were selected which will be represented at the National Children’s Science Congress, Varanasi. A total of 273 children scientists from 27 district of Assam took part at the Science Congress, which was held from October13 to 16. The four- day conclave was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

Inaugural Function of the National Workshop on Management

The oath taking ceremony was attended amongst others by Dipu Ranjan Markery and Dibya Jyoti Deka Baruah, both former president of AASKSU, former executive member Basanta Sonowal and Bhakti Prasad Sonowal, Secretary, Sonowal Kachari Jatiya Parishad.

A Staff Reporter Dibrugarh, Oct 18: The Inaugural Function of the National Workshop on Management of University Administration is going to be held on 19th October (Wednesday) 2016 in the Indira Miri Conference Hall. The Workshop is being organized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in collaboration with Dibrugarh University.

Today's arena is one in which you can find a great deal of material, Leo. There will be no shortage of energy to work with or opinions coming from you. Realize that your words have a greater potency about them as people become more intent on uncovering the truth. Apply yourself to peace and cooperation among groups. Help people work together toward a common goal.




Make sure your opinion doesn't get lost in the frenzy of the day, Sagittarius. Your words may not quite fit with the things that people want to hear. Try not to take this personally. Realize that this isn't an indication that your words are any less important. You have an incredible gift of being able to see things that others can't. Cherish and nourish this ability instead of invalidating it.

You have two choices today. Either jump into the thick of the mess with both feet or stay out of it altogether. There are definitely two distinct camps setting up their arsenals for battle. Realize that there is also a soft, tender, harmonious aspect that just wants peace. It will be hard to ignore the fact that your usual warring nature is ready to do battle. You may end up being the peaceful savior that calms everyone down today, Aquarius. Use your artistic nature and love of beauty and harmony to inspire others to put away their differences and concentrate on the positive aspects. Generous acceptance of others is the only way to go, especially today, when people are riled up and ready to fight. Do your best to promote peace. Your unique ability to communicate with many different groups and personalities will be extremely important today to maintaining a bridge between warring camps, Pisces. Keep things moving and try not to let the situation stagnate on any one issue. If the conversation turns to raging and ranting, it's in your best interests to stop it right away. Don't be afraid to step up and take a leadership role.

Members of Brihattar Gana Sanmilan burning the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to protest negligence of Illegal Bungladeshi issue at Dibrugarh today. Pic - Manoj Pandey

Lady Doctor hit by miscreant youth creates sensation in Jorhat ET Correspondent Jorhat, Oct 18: A lady veterinary doctor of Jorhat Veterinary Hospital was hit by a hoodlum in the broad day light creates sensation in Jorhat today. The incident took place when Ankur Shankar Pathak of Nauboisa area of Jorhat went to Jorhat Veterinary Hospital, as he needed a sign from a vet doctor to process a loan from NABARD. At that time, Dr. Minaxi Kalita, who was on duty, had an argument with Pathak.

"I was doing my duty, suddenly a youth entered my office and said that he needs a signature of mine for some Project" said Dr. Minaxi Kalita. "But suddenly, the youth started to act maniacally and hit me" added Minaxi Kalita. Sooner a due chaos of public gathered and nabbed the miscreant youth and handed over to Jorhat Police. "When we reached the spot,

the public already had nabbed the micreant" said the investigating Officer of Jorhat Police. A fir has been lodged against Ankur Shankar Pathak and a case is registered in Jorhat Police Station 2252/16 IPC 358, 353, 307 and 294. On the other hand, Ankur had alleged that Dr. Minaxi Kalita asked him for Fifteen hundred rupees as a bribe. Ankur was held in Jorhat Police station till now.

Suicide drama of Jorhat ended in ease at last ET Correspondent Jorhat, Oct 18: At last two hours of a speechless suicide drama ended in ease at Jorhat. The whole scenario of the drama centered with Pallavi Nayak, an eighteen years old maid. On Monday around 11pm some people of Jail Road area noticed a girl walking in sun shade of a three storied building. The public came to know about the intention of the mysterious girl and called the police. "We saw a girl walking abnormally in the sun

shade of a three storey building, " said one of the public who witness the whole drama. " We called the police, as it seemed that her intentions were not good", said Nekib Rehman of Jail road. Police and fire brigade arrived at the spot and tried to convince the girl to come down. “We tried our level best to convince her but in vain", said Kamal Rajbonshi, Officer in Charge of Jorhat Police Station. "So we prepared our-

selves to rescue her if she jumps" added the Officer in Charge. After a tragic drama for two hours, the eighteen years old girl jumped from the building and dropped in the roof of another hut nearby. Surprisingly, with some scratches she was fit and fine. She was immediately shifted to JMCH. The girl was recognized as Pallavi Nayak of Lung Chang Tea Eastate of Chapanala of Nawgaon district, who was working as a maid of a State Bank employee.

Dibrugarh Unit of AASU took out a torch rally in protest of illegal Bungladeshi at Dibrugarh today. Pic - Manoj Pandey Cinema Galleria Cinema Dibrugarh Junction Mall Screen-1 INFERNO (ENGLISH) 1ST show at 11:00 AM 2ND show at 1:20 AM 3RD show at 03:40 PM MOTU PATLU : KING OF KINGS 3D 4th show at 06:00 PM INFERNO (ENGLISH) 5th show at 08:05 PM

Eastern Zone Insurance Employee Association took out a rally to celebrate its diamond jubilee year in Jorhat today. Pic- Nakib Ahmed



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Sports Correspondent Dibrugarh, Oct 18: Kajikhowa Sports Association defeated ADCY Chabua 2-0 in the last quarterfinal of the 20th Sundhani Football trophy organized by Sundhani Sports Club in association with Chabua Sports Association at Chabua play-

ground here today. Altogether, 14 team participated in the tournament. Kajikhowa Sports Association opened the account through Bitu Sobor in the 19th minute. Bitu Sobor got a pass from left flank and found the back of the net. ADCY Chabua missed

many opportunities in the first half. In the second half, Amar Rajowar scored the goal in the 59th minute with a shot from the midfield. Tomorrow, Modoi Kriya Manch will play Udulguri Tea estate in the first semifinal.


Assam: Satra land in Barpeta district to be freed from encroachers PTI Barpeta, Oct 18: Barpeta Satra land and that of all other Satras (16th century Vaishnavite monasteries) in Barpeta district of Assam will be freed from illegal encroachment, District Deputy Commissioner Thaneswar Malakar said Monday. As per the direction of the state government based on a Gauhati High Court order, Barpeta district administration will begin the eviction drive against encroachers in November and collect documents of the encroached land, Malakar said. In Barpeta district more than 2000 bighas (approximately 321 hectares) of Satra land are under encroachment in Barpeta, Moinbori, Kaljhar, Jania, Bahari, Kanara, Mandia,

Sundaridiya, Gomura and several other Satras, he said. The district administration has urged all encroachers to leave the occupied Satra land willingly else strict and necessary action will be taken to free the land, Malakar said. Barpeta Satra Burha Satriya (head) Basistha Sarma has appreciated the district administration’s initiative and urged the government to make Mandia Bazar and Mandia Parghat Satras under Baghbar revenue circle free from encroachers. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, while visiting Bordowa Satra in Nagaon district after it was freed from encroachers, said the eviction process started will continue till the 700 Satras across the state are free from illegal occupants.

NGO seeks highest tax on tobacco, its products in Assam PTI Guwahati, Oct 18: The Voluntary Health Association of Assam has appealed to the GST Council to recommend a highest possible tax rate under GST with a provision for the State’s right to impose top-up taxes on all types of tobacco. To safeguard public health, discourage consumption and addiction amongst Indians, the VHAA wanted the top-up tax to be imposed on cigarettes, bidis, smokeless tobacco and pan masala. The NGO’s executive secretary, Ruchira Neog, said, “It has been proven globally that the most direct and effective method for reducing tobacco consumption is to increase their price through tax increases.” “An increase in tobacco prices by 10 per cent decreases its consumption by 4 per cent in high-income countries and by about 6 per cent in low and middle income countries,” it said. The organisation also stated that the current taxation system differentiates between various forms of tobacco products (such as bidis,

smokeless tobacco and cigarettes) while imposing taxes. It is most critical that all tobacco products within GST and under the highest category for demerit or sin products to attract maximum tax, she says. “Distinguishing tobacco products with different GST rates would inadvertently pass the wrong message that some tobacco products are less harmful than the other,” Ms Neog pointed out. According to the 2015 WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, India is one among the very few countries where cigarettes have become more affordable over the past few years — not getting the treatment of tobacco products right under the new GST system will only make matters worse and cause many more premature deaths, asserted the VHHA executive secretary. Even as the industry is opposing the recommendations to impose the ‘sin tax’ rate of 40 per cent on tobacco, it is important to note that tobacco taxation in India is way below global standards, Ms Neog said.

P3 PM pays Assam just lip service: Gogoi Four Assam hospital government also, but we did keep the situation well under control. Now even the Garos have been opposing the government’s move on the issue. The State government should play a crucial role in such a situation, but no such initiative is seen.”

ET Bureau Guwahati, Oct 18: Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not serious in solving the problems afflicting Assam, and Modi not taking up the issue of China constructing a dam in one of the tributaries of the Brahmaputra with Chinese President Xi Jinping is a glaring example of this. Addressing the press in the city today, the former Chief Minister said: “The Prime Minister isn’t at all sincere in solving the problems afflicting Assam. He often says that he loves Assam. However, his love is never seen in action. What he says is just a lip service. Now the Sarbananda Sonowal government in the State is talking of dredging the Brahmaputra. What good results will the dredging yield if the river runs short of water? A water management authority involving all the States of the Northeast was proposed earlier. The proposed authority has been put on halt after Modi coming to power.”

Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi

On the outcome of the BRICS summit in Goa, Gogoi said: “Terrorism was condemned by all the BRICS member states, but Modi failed to get the phrase ‘Pakistan-sponsored terrorism’ written in the Goal Declaration. Modi did try to get the phrase mentioned, but a diplomatic failure somewhere in the process made no room for any mention of terrorism being sponsored by Pakistan.” On the Centre’s move for preparing fresh modalities for according ST status to the six ethnic groups of

Assam – Morans, Mottocks, KochRajbongshis, Chutias, Tea Tribes and Tai Ahoms – and the vehement opposition to it by other tribal organizations of the State, Gogoi said: “Now the six ethnic groups and other tribal communities enjoying ST status in the State are up in arms. As though, a conflict is in the offing on the issue. In fact, the BJP wants to create such a situation on the issue. The saffron party wants the two rival parties to fight it out. There were such opposition on the move to accord ST status to the six groups during my

Gogoi further said: “I do feel that development has slowed down in the State after the BJP coming to power at Dispur. They claim that they’ve tackled corruption with an iron hand and dismantled the check-gates, but that claim can’t be taken without a pinch of salt. If their claim has any veracity, why are the prices of essential and other commodities still high in the State? I feel the Sarbananda Sonowal government is getting less funds from the NDA government at Centre than what my government was getting. I want the Centre to pour in more funds to the State for its development. Another unhealthy development I witness is Prime Minister Narendra Modi not laying importance on Dispur on major issues.” (With inputs from agencies)

staff suspended for boy's death

IANS Guwahati, Oct 18: The Assam government on Monday suspended four staff members of a government hospital for allegedly administering an expired saline to a 12year-old boy. The incident took place at SK Roy Civil Hospital, located in Hailakandi district in Assam's Barak Valley. The expired saline was administered to Abu Sufian Mazumder, who was admitted to the hospital. The incident came to notice after the boy's condition deteriorated after he was administered the saline. The relatives of the patient later found out that the saline was expired, and reported this to the district administration. Hailakandi Deputy Com-

The fire was first spotted in the dialysis unit in the first floor of the hospital. Subsequently, hospital staff tried to douse the fire with two fire extinguishers for nearly 20 minutes.. When the situation went out of control, fire service personnel were called in. During the process, they lost the critical time for firefighting. The smoke started spreading to different parts of the hospital through ducts of air conditioning and false ceiling. Attendants of patients blamed the hospital authorities for lack of communication in the evacuation process. “Till last minute, we were assured that fire would be brought under control and there was no need to shift out of the ward. But when smokes became suffocating, hospital staff fled the spot. We were left to evacuate our near and dear ones on our own,” said Bibhuti Bhushan Sahoo, who agonisingly moved his brother suffering from cancer down from fourth floor to a vacant place in front of the hospital. His brother Dipak Ranjan Sahoo was shifted to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, after 30 minutes of wait for ambulance. State Health Secretary Aarti Ahuja, who took stock of the situation, said dialysis, medicine and emergency wards had been sealed and a probe would immediately begin. Binay Behera, Director General of Police (Fire Service) said a review meeting would be taken to ascertain if the hospital authorities had put fire safety measures in place. “Orissa High Court has recently given an order to open fire safety units in every government hospitals and staff would have to undergo training to meet any eventuality. We

will ascertain if the hospital authorities had trained the staff on fire- fighting skills, which is very important for saving critical time before fire brigade personnel arrive,” he said. Health and Family Welfare Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said, “We have kept doctors on alert in both government and private hospitals in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. We have appealed to every hospital to receive serious patients coming from SUM Hospital,” said Mr. Nayak said the State government had already ordered a probe into the circumstances under which the fire broke out. As per initial reports, shortcircuit was believed to have caused the fire. Some people were found to have sustained burn injuries. “In an attempt to prevent suffocation from causing further damage, glass windows were immediately shattered by our volunteers and medical staff to make way for fresh air. Besides, critical patients were promptly evacuated,” Paresh Das, director of public relations of SOA University, told The Media. Eyewitnesses said attendants were seen jumping from the first floor by breaking glass windows. Dozens of ambulances were mobilised to shift patients to hospitals across Bhubaneswar. Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force has been deployed at different places to facilitate the smooth transfer of patients to different hospitals. All necessary support is being given to Odisha: Nadda Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Monday said the Centre was providing all necessary support to Odisha . Dr. Nadda said he had spoken to the AIIMS in

Meanwhile, Bora has also directed the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Health, to probe the incident and find out how expired medicine found its way into the store of the hospital.

No bad blood over Biren's exit, Erosion renders 60 families says Manipur CM Okram homeless in Sonitpur

ET Bureau Guwahati, Oct 18: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh said he has no enmity with former Congress MLA N Biren Singh, who joined BJP on Monday. Biren was once Ibobi's trusted lieutenant. His move has been seen by the saffron party as an important step in BJP's fight against Congress in Manipur. Ibobi Singh told media here that every MLA can aspire to become a leader and this is probably why Biren left Congress. Decisions about the Congress leadership are taken by the party high command, which carefully assesses candidates and their ability to lead, he said. "There is no misunderstanding between us. I have always treated him like a younger

Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh brother. He calls me elder brother when we meet. I cannot ask an MLA not to aspire to leadership," he said. The chief minister was in Guwahati to inaugurate a Manipur Bhawan. Commenting on the upcoming Manipur assembly election slated for early next year, Ibobi Singh admitted there could be an anti-incumbency factor at work. Despite that, he was confident Congress will retain power for the fourth con-

secutive term since the antiincumbency factor is natural after a party stays in power for three terms. Referring to a recent opinion poll which gave BJP an edge in Manipur, Ibobi Singh said, "Manipur's case is different. One has to know and understand the ground reality. I am confident we will do well and there are many Congress MLAs who can win on their own because of the support they enjoy in their respective constituencies." Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam told media that the departure of Biren and Francis will have no impact on the ruling party. "The party is ready to face the challenge and we can defeat both BJP and the Naga People's Front in the next election," he said.

ET Bureau Tezpur, Oct 18: The massive erosion caused by the Gabharu River in the last few days has rendered altogether 60 families homeless at Nabil-Nankey area under Pub Bargaon Gaon Panchayat of Barchala LAC in Sonitpur district. Since the last few days, the erosion problem has turned into a major issue eroding over a 500 metre length of the embankment. It is to be stated that though the Department concerned has been taken the initiative to check the erosion problem in the area, it is too late and consequently, only a small portion of the embankment is left to be eroded.

since the moment the problem took a serious turn, the authorities concerned including the Circle Officer, Thelamara Circle, Liza Talukdar, Local MLA, Ganesh Kumar Limbu and the district administration were informed, but no response was received.

Goma Devi, a local resident of Nabil area alleged that

“Moreover, a couple of months ago, we intimated

22 killed in Bhubaneswar's Man held Dengue kills 18 year old in Mothgoria with fake SUM Hospital fire Contd. from Page 1

missioner Moloy Bora placed under immediate suspension Hospital Administrator Bhaskar Das, nursing staffer Shanta Sharma Roy, pharmacist Fakaruddin Laskar and store-in-charge Kamala Purkayastha. The Deputy Commissioner also instructed the Health & Family Welfare Department to initiate proper action against Superintendent of the Hospital Subendhu Chakraborty for allegedly remaining absent from duty and leaving station without permission in contravention of circular instructions.

Bhubaneswar and asked it to provide all necessary help to the patients. “Deeply saddened by the fire incident in Inst. of Medi Sciences & SUM Hospital Bhubaneswar. My condolences rest with the bereaved families. “I have spoken to Director, AIIMS Bhubaneswar, to provide all necessary support and help the patients in the best way possible,” Dr. Nadda tweetedt. He said that Union Health secretary C.K. Mishra had spoken to Odisha Health department officials and was in “constant touch” with them. “Union Health Secretary has spoken to the Principal Secy Health, Orissa. Officials of @MoHFW_INDIA are in constant touch with state officials,” he said in his tweet. PM expresses anguish Prime Minister Narendra Modi voiced “deep anguish” at the loss of lives in the blaze, calling it “mind-numbing“. “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives in the hospital fire in Odisha. The tragedy is mind-numbing. My thoughts are with bereaved families,” he tweeted. “Spoke to Minister @JPNadda (Health Minister) & asked him to facilitate transfer of all those injured to AIIMS. Hope the injured recover quickly. “Also spoken to Minister @dpradhanbjp and asked him to ensure all possible help to the injured and affected,” he said in a series of tweets. (With inputs from PTI) Caption: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his visit to the AIIMS in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.


ET Bureau Silchar, Oct 18: A man carrying fake Indian currency notes (FICN) worth Rs 6,000 was arrested from the Sakalapar area ofHailakandi district on Monday. Three persons carrying fake currency were going to Lalafrom Sakalapur on Monday, a senior police officer said. Acting on a tip-off, a police team intercepted them; one person was arrested and the others managed to flee. The arrested was identified as Naim Uddin Hazari, 26.

ET Bureau Guwahati, Oct 18: Dengue claimed the life of an 18-year-old student from Mothgoria here at a city hospital on Monday. Since August, the number of dengue deaths reported from different parts of the state has shot up to three.

The Kamrup (Metro) district has reported 2,464 dengue cases since January. While it had been expected that there would be a decline in dengue cases with the onset of autumn, the emergence of new cases over the past few days has become a cause of concern. The localities from which most cases were

reported are Zoo Road, Noonmati, Dhirenpara, Geetanagar, Kahilipara, Lal Ganesh, Odalbakra, Bethkuchi, among others. "We are taking preventive measures to tackle the menace," said Ganesh Saikia, joint director, health, Kamrup (Metro) district. "We have seen that

people living in the hill areas of the city collect water from streams and brooks. Dengue-causing mosquitoes breed even in clean water," said a health official. Residents of these areas, on the other hand, held the state health department responsible for the outbreak. It has not done enough to control the disease, they said.

the district administration about the problem, but the latter citing lack of funds, neglected the problem, due to which we have been rendered homeless today,” Goma Devi lamented and urged the authorities to deal with the issue seriously without any further delay so that a permanent solution to the problem could be found. (With inputs form agencies)

Patharkandi MLA gets extortion notice from terror outfit JMB ET Bureau Guwahati, Oct 18: Jihadi terrorist groups have stepped up activities in the state as such terror outfits have now resorted to unabated extortion drives. This after Patharkandi MLA Krishnendu Pal was served an extortion notice demanding Rs 50 lakh. The extortion notice was sent in the name of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh. Apart from the extortion notice, death threats were also issued to the MLA from two mobile numbers7086513564 and 9577942403 if he failed to hand over the money. Meanwhile, the MLA has lodged a complaint with the Karimganj police in this connection.

Chin-Kuki-Mizo ethnic group gears up to celebrate Chavang Kut festival at Diphu ET Bureau Diphu, Oct 18: Brisk preparations are on to celebrate Chavang Kut, the post-harvesting festival of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo ethnic group which will start from October 31 evening till November 1. A number of distinguished guests have been invited for the festival, which will be centrally organised by the Kuki community in Karbi Anglong at the permanent Chavang Kut venue located at Kuki Colony, Manja,

about 16 kilometres away from Diphu headquarters. According to the organisers, this year Chavang Kut celebrations will showcase brotherhood solidarity and colourful cultural exchange with the invited ‘hill-brothers’ such as Karbis, Dimasas, Rengmas, Nagas, Garos, Hmars, Mizos and others to maintain a cordial atmosphere. The occasion will be graced by the Chief Executive Member, Executive Members of Karbi Anglong

Autonomous Council and all the MLAs of this district. Miss and Mrs Chavang Kut, 2016, entertainment and talent shows are some of the events chalked out for the occasion. Besides interaction and luncheon with the guest of honour and invited guests, Kuki village chiefs will be honoured this time. This was stated by Thangboi Vaiphei, information and publicity secretary of the celebration committee. (With inputs from agencies)



Fire destroys shop We must participate in any building at Aalo health related programme: ZPC

Aalo, Oct 18: In a fire accident that occurred in the wee hours today, few shop buildings were gutted to ashes at New Market, Aalo. Reportedly, the Fire Brigade of Aalo Police Station

intervened timely to douse it from spreading further.

ET Bureau Nampong, Oct 18: “Health related any programme is very significant for all and you all are have must be participate in such useful and important awareness programme, said Jowkhong Singpho, Zilla Parishad Chairperson, Changlang district during Special Campaign on Mother & Child Health and Mission Indradhanush organized by Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Govt. of India, Ministry of I & B, Nampong unit at Balinong village of Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh yesterday.

Meanwhile, the District Administration has visited the spot and distributed immediate relief to the fire victims. (DIPRO)

Speaking as a chief guest during the programme he also added that a woman including ASHAs has natural responsibility to brief the

Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo 2017 Committee meets CM A Staff Reporter Itanagar, 17 Oct: A delegation of Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee-2017 (GJNYCC) met Chief Minister Pema Khandu at the Civil Secretariat today and apprised him of the forthcoming festival of the Nyishi Community, and asked support from the government in propagating the historic celebration. The delegation included chief patron of the celebration Transport Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya, Yachuli ZPM Joram Yania, RTI Commissioner and chairman of GJNYCC2017 Dr Joram Begi, general secretary and vice president of ANSU Nyana Golo and Joram Bath and executive members of GJNYCC-2017. Terming Nyokum a major festival of the state, the

chief minister assured all possible help to make it a grand success. The festival, scheduled to be held from February 10 to 16, is one of the major festivals of the Nyishi tribe of the state, and to mark 50 years of its celebration, the committee has decided to celebrate it at the place where it originated in 1967 –at the remote village of Joram under Lower Subansiri district. The delegation also met Minister for Urban Development and Town Planning Nabam Rebia regarding the festival and necessitated his guidance in making the festival a grand one. Exhorting the committee to work well for the celebration, Rebia also asked them to put complete ban on gambling/ dice play during the celebration to maintain the sanctity of the festival.

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Arunachal people often facing hardship while passing through Assam as several Arunachal registered vehicle often get troubled by Assam police and their local guys with special mention of Bogibeel and Kolajan areas. There are several Arunachal patients getting troubled due to not allowing of direct plying of Arunachal

vehicles to Bogibeel from Kolajan. Pinggam and Modi appealed for abolishing of such practices by some vested interest people who often creates hatred among both the tribes. They also recalled that, since the Abor-Miri Students’ Union in 1947, NEFA Students’ Union in 1959 which was later renamed as AAPSU, Adis and Misings youths and students have been working together and it has to go on.

any pregnant women about usual phenomenon development during pregnancy and should force to consult with doctor at nearest health center for safe delivery and healthy baby. Earlier, the resource person of the programme Dr. Tope Yomcha, DRCHO, Changlang described the gathering about Mission Indradhanush and said that as a rainbow have seven colours the Mission Indradhanush also have a vaccination to protect our child from seven dangerous diseases namely Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria, Pertusis, Tetanus, Measles and Hepatitis-B, so we all have a responsibility to bring their child to nearest health center or to consult also with

ASHAs and vaccinate their child, who have forgotten the vaccines that not given to their child, he added. T.S. Ronrang, Anchal Chairperson, Kharsang urged the villagers to get benefits from the schemes. S. K. Deori, FPO, Nampong and Mihir Kumar Jha, FPO, Tezu also spoke during the programme. About 300 people including PRI members, GBs, HGBs, Mohila Mondal, Teachers, ASHAs, Aanganwadi workers, Villagers etc. were also participated the rally-cum awareness programme. Rally, Photo Exhibition, Feedback Collection were the other activities of the daylong programme.

Administration holds meetings over facilities of educational institutions at DC office Aalo, Oct 18: The West Siang District Administration took up series of meetings with HGBs, DDSE, principals and executing agencies connected with the facilities of educational institutions at the office chamber of the deputy commissioner today. The meeting is in sequel to series of visits carried out to different schools of West Siang district by the deputy commissioner and DDSE, where few schools were found locked, and some had poor attendance, while a handful of schools like Bagra, Kombo, and PI Colony were found working nicely. The deputy commissioner reiterated that the pass percentage of many schools is gradually falling down and

that the administration cannot compromise anything concerning education of the district. He stressed on improving work culture and keep in mind that those school children who are perusing studies in government schools are poor and needy sections of the society and it is our duty to look after them by imparting quality education.

take keen interest in the functioning of schools in the villages.

Hearing patiently to the schools problem like electricity supply, water connection and repairing of infrastructure development, the DC asked the power, PHED and PWD departments to look into whatever is possible from their side.

Participating in the discussion, former minister Doi Ado said that the school authorities should act tough to streamline the system under able guidance of district administration. The head gaon burrahs who attended the meeting also decided to conduct meetings with teachers and schools management committee for proper functioning of schools. (DIPRO)

The DC said that gaon burrahs are direct representatives of District Administration and they should also

Deputy Director of School Education Tumto Lollen also insisted on calendar of events circulated to schools and asked all headmasters to forward all forms of leave applications to DDSE to keep in touch with the movement of teachers.

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maximum dry day required to complete the final carpeting work however rest of the minor work were almost completed. Wayside amenities such as Footpath, Cross barrier, sidewall and beatification respectively have already been done, reveals the official. The 12 Km approach road and Bridge over mighty Lohit River right from Chowkham Tri-

junction to Digaru Trijunction are also not satisfactory. From Chowkham side up to the bridge is in worst condition and is in abandoned situation however at Digaru side only WBM work has been completed and carpeting is yet to be done. M e a n w h i l e , expressing extreme distress over the delay, one of the public said that the Bridge has deep political conspiracy and involvement of vested

interest of some politician due to which the NECL is intentionally delaying the project. Our poor public is miserably suffering especially the referred pregnant women and critically injured patients to Dibrugarh in emergency, he rues. Another person in the state of anonymity said the AMSU, ALDSU and CALSOM should come fore to put pressure NECL for the greatest interest of the public of this secluded districts.

Mid-day meal committee member’s meeting held Denhang Bosai Khonsa, Oct 18: The meeting of the members of Tirap district mid-day meal committee was held at Khonsa on 18th October in which MLAs Tirong Aboh, Wanglam Sawin, ZPC Sontung Bangsia, DDSE Pubi Lombi, BEO, BEO headquarters Sephua Wangsu and functionaries of Khonsa BEC, HoDs and public leaders attended. While describing the education department as the backbone and bedrock of the district, Parliamentary Secretary Tirong Aboh who represents 56-Khonsa West Assembly Constituency said that all the elected leaders of Tirap district were trying their best to improve the education scenario of the district. He told the participants that though the district had made headway in some sectors much was needed to be done to catch up with the other more developed districts of the state. Aboh said without mincing his words that the

leaders including the PRI members, public leaders and officers of TCL were responsible for the poor flow of development funds adding that a more coordinated and diligent effort was required from all the stakeholders to improve the funding pattern of the three backward districts. He urged the PRI leaders and officers to play a more proactive role to impress upon the GOI and the state government by submitting the schemes on time adding that the schemes should be holistic, realistic and truly beneficial for the people. He assured the DDSE that he would provide necessary funds for procurement of utensils and construction of kitchen sheds for his constituency in order to make the mid-day meal scheme a success. While participating in the deliberation 55Khonsa East MLA Wanglam Sawin opined that most of the problems vis-avis mid-day meal faced by the education department

could be solved by involving the villagers and suggested that the mid-day meal items like rice, daal etc should be dropped up to the schools in the district wherever possible. While appreciating the concerned department for the successful implementation of the midday meal scheme against all odds, Sawin exhorted all the stakeholders to work in close coordination to improve the quality of life of the people. In her speech Tirap ZPC Sontung Bangsia urged the DDSE to take the PRI members into confidence while executing the all important flagship programme of the GOI adding that the PRI members were ever ready to cooperate with the executing authorities provided they were properly guided and informed well in advance. The ZPC passionately appealed to the MLAs to initiate suitable steps at their level to post more officers to Tirap district saying that most of the departments

were under-staffed. She also requested them to implement the IAY and PMAY schemes effectively adding that many needy and poor families were deprived because the CGI sheets issued by the government were inadequate to meet the ever growing needs of the people. In his key-note address DDSE P. Lombi threw light on the mid-day meal scenario of the district through a power-point presentation. He touched upon all the aspects of the midday meal scheme and enlightened the members on the scopes and challenges of the scheme. He said that despite numerable bottlenecks and hurdles the midday meal scheme had been a success in the district. Lombi said that the cooked food items were tasted by the Teachers before they were served to the students to ensure that the food was cooked properly and that hygiene was maintained. He told the members that the mid-day meal was served to


the students of 124 schools spread across the district as per the guidelines of the GOI. The DDSE highlighted on the plethora of problems being faced by the department while implementing the mid-day meal scheme like non-release of fund on time, lack of storage facilities, lack of drinking water in many places, ramshackle condition of kitchens in schools and lack of proper road connectivity etc. He urged the elected leaders, PRI members and members of SMC to extend their willing cooperation towards streamlining and improvement of the midday meal scheme. Public leader and member of the mid-day meal committee Ngampay Lamaty also shared his views in the meeting. Earlier, CO Asan Kri in his welcome address threw light on the importance of the mid-day meal schemes and thanked the MLAs for gracing the meeting with their kind presence.

Devotees participating in weaving competition of Maha Katin Chivor Dhana

Parliamentary secretary distributes CGI sheets, 132 beneficiaries benefited Khonsa, Oct 18: 56Khonsa West MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Geo & Mining) Tirong Aboh distributed 50 CGI sheets each to 132 beneficiaries from his MLA LAD in presence of Lazu Block ZPM Smti Hodong, ASMC Dadam block Hedam Kamhua and Lazu/ Dadam Block JE Ashok Kumar Tiwari on 18th October 2016.

While distributing CGI sheets each to 132 beneficiaries of Lazu and Dadam circle the Parliamentary Secretary Tirong Aboh suggested the 132 beneficiaries for proper utilisation of sheets for construction of dwelling house,adding that,most of the BPL families of Dadam circle have been benefitted with the

same. He further assured that the rest of the BPL families of his constituency will have the same facility in the coming financial year. All the 132 beneficiaries appreciated the Honorable Parliamentary Secretary Tirong Aboh for his noble gesture by providing 50 each of CGI sheets. (DIPRO)

Bio-fuel workshop concludes with a call to promote it in Arunachal Pradesh ET Bureau Naharlagun, Oct 18: The two-day workshop organized by mechanical engineering department of North-East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) that began Monday concluded on 18th October with a call to disseminate the idea of production of biofuel among farmers and entrepreneurs in the state for improving people economic condition as well as achieving fuel self-dependency. Besides academic experts from various disciplines, representatives of corporate bodies associated with bio-fuel technologies such as Eastern Bio-diesel Technology, Kolkata, expert members from other NGOs also participated in the event to sensitize the participants on various subjects of bio-fuel production. R. Mukherjee from Eastern Bio-diesel technology from Kolkata in his presentation informed that bio-diesel has tremendous industrial application apart from both personal and local consumption. To queries from participants on commercial viability of bio-diesel projects, he informed that in view of the immense potential of production of

raw materials in the state, project for bio-diesel is extremely feasible for which his company can provide both technical support. He said that Eastern Biodiesel Technology has so far helped install over 20 plants of different capacities both in India and abroad and is also willing to tie up with the state government for promotion and establishment of biodiesel plants. Mukherjee said setting up a bio-diesel plant with a production capacity of one thousand litres a day would cost roughly thirty lakhs. In places where power supply is inadequate, the generators sets can also be run with own production of bio-diesel. A. Banerjee from the same organization informed that presently biodiesel products has tremendous demands from various sectors such as railways, chemical companies as well as other oil companies. Dr P.R. Gajurel, asst. Prof of Forestry while speaking on cultivation and management of Jatropha carcass said that foot-hill areas of the state offers immense scope for cultivation of jatropha as the soil and cli-

matic conditions of the area is suitable for it. He, however, called for a planned approach for undertaking jatropha projects as ill-informed initiative with lack of support facilities for production may discourage farmers. Programme coordinator prof Pradip Lingfa under whose initiative a medium sized bio-diesel plant has been established at NERIST said that jatropha system can besides helping alleviate poverty, can also control land erosion and check deforestation. Most of all it can promote causes of women and Self Help Groups by facilitating economic engagement. Later, all the participants visited the bio-diesel laboratory and extraction plant set up in the NERIST campus where bio-diesel and other end products are produced with jatropha and Nahar seeds which are locally available. Prof Lingfa and his student team also demonstrated the various techniques of bio- diesel and glycerin production in their labs. Another striking feature of the plant is the use of their bio-diesel products for running the generator set thus helping reduce carbon emission usually seen from fossil fuel.

Dr T Ao Memorial North East Football Championship Contd. from Page 1 But Mihin Pulu of Arunachal completed his hat trick in the 71st minute and scored his fourth goal in the 75th minute. Benjamin Shohe of Nagaland scored the last goal of the match in the 89th minute to end the match at 7-4. Pulu of Arunachal team was declared the man of the match,

and was awarded the trophy by Likha Tapu, vice president of the Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA). Arunachal will now face the tournament’s favourite Manipur in the semi-finals on October 20 next, while Sikkim will lock horns with defending champion Assam on the 21st of this month. Meanwhile, the APFA appealed to football lovers to support all teams as the host

state since it is a prestigious regional level tournament, and official observers from the All India Football Federation (RIFF) are deputed to oversee the proceedings of the championship. It further appealed to everyone to show their hospitality towards visiting teams and refrain from entertaining anti-social elements which are involved in writing negative feedback in social media.





CPI-M, TMC announce Tripura, Mizoram unsure of meeting candidates for Tripura bypoll 7th Pay Commission obligations PTI Agartala, Oct 18: With the announcement of bypoll in two Assembly constituencies in Tripura on November 19, two political parties in the state have announced their candidates. Jhumu Sarkar of the ruling CPI-M and Prakash Das, a Trinamool Congress candidate and a former minister, would contest from Barja (SC reserved) constituency here. The seat fell vacant after Congress MLA Jiten Sarkar resigned from the post. Ruling CPI-M candidate Biswajit Datta, a state committee member of CPI-M and TMC candidate Manoj Das would contest from Khowai Assembly constituency in Khowai district. The seat fell vacant after the death of CPI(M) MLA Samir Deb Sarkar on August 28 last.

Image for representational purpose Left Front Chairman Khagen Das also a former MP and Central Committee member of CPI-M said the decision to field the two candidates were taken unanimously at the meeting of the Left Front Committee last night. TMC leader and Leader of the Opposition Sudip Roy Burman told reporters that he had appealed to opposition Congress and BJP not to field any candidate against TMC candidates to

show an united face of the opposition political parties against the ruling Left Front. We are hopeful that we would win the elections if we can put up united candidates against the Left Front , he added. The result of the elections would be announced on November 22 and the formal notifications for the elections would be made on October 26 by ECI.

IANS Agartala, Oct 18: Congress-ruled Mizoram and Left-ruled Tripura have said that they are not in a position to implement the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations for their employees. To implement the 7th CPC, Tripura requires an additional Rs.2,500 crore, while Mizoram requires an Rs.563.22 crore more annually. "To implement the 7th CPC recommendations for Tripura government employees, the state government requires additional amount of at least Rs.2,500 crore annually," Tripura Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha said. "The state government is not averse to implementing... (But) currently the state... is facing a severe financial crunch. We are con-

sidering the demand," he added. The minister said that the Centre had stopped much of its aid and changed the sharing pattern for the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS). This had caused Tripura a net loss of Rs.1,356 crore in 2015-16. He also said that the Centre had even stopped funding under normal central assistance, special plan assistance and special central assistance. Besides, the fund flow under some major schemes was reduced by Rs.314.72 crore during 2015-16, he added. "With regard to state government employees' payments, the state had received Rs.500 crore less in 2015-16 from the Union government despite its obligations," Saha said. "We apprehend that in

2016-17, we may also get Rs.1,100 crore less funds from the central government," he said. Saha said the Tripura government would move the Supreme Court challenging the Tripura High Court verdict which asked the state government to pay the pending 42 per cent dearness allowance (DA) to 2,09,000 state government employees and pensioners. After the latest four per cent release on July 14, the DA of Tripura government employees and pensioners rose to 83 per cent, while that of the central government was at 125 per cent. "We do not have sufficient funds to give the pending DA to the employees and pensioners. The state would seek intervention of the Supreme Court," Saha said. "If we give one per cent more DA, the government would

have to bear Rs.33 crore, and for 42 per cent, the state requires Rs.1,386 crore annually -- which is very difficult for the state government." On a writ petition of an employees' organisation, affiliated to opposition Congress, the Tripura High Court had ordered the government to clear the pending DA dues to the employees, subject to availability of funds. "If the state government clears the pending DA of the employees and pensioners, all developmental and repairing works would come to a halt," the minister said. "The central government has also sealed the maximum limit (three per cent of GDP) of borrowing loan for carrying out development works up to Rs.1,570 crore," the minister said.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla also expressed his government's inability to execute the recommendations of the 7th CPC. Quoting the Chief Minister, a senior finance official said that to implement the 7th CPC proposals, an additional outlay of Rs.563.22 crore was required annually. The Federation of Mizoram Government Employees and Workers -- an apex body of all the state government employees associations -has been demanding implementation of the 7th CPC's recommendations. "The financial burden on the state government would be too heavy to implement the 7th CPC proposals. Unless the Centre comes forward to help the state it would not be possible," the official quoted Lal Thanhawla as saying.

Three injured in MPCC defends Syiem BJP names 6 candidates, grenade attack removal, slams Pala sympathises with Syiem

Agencies Shillong, Oct 18: The State BJP has finally decided to contest the by-election to all the seven vacant seats of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC). The party also announced the names of six candidates who will contest the bypolls on December 13. The party was also critical about the political development involving the Congress and sympathised with KHADC CEM PN Syiem who was vocal against the hurriedly passed dual posts Act. Speaking to media persons here on Monday, BJP State unit president Shibun Lyngdoh said Hubert Marbaniang will contest the by-election from LabanMawprem constituency while Mamiry Nongkhlaw was named the party candidate from Nongkrem.

The party has decided to field Kyntiewborlang Syiemlieh from Nongspung-Sohiong constituency and Councillor Sing Wahlang from Nongkhlaw-Mairang constituency. According to Shibun, Thandarsing Warjri will try his luck from PariongMawthadraishan constituency while Denester Pariong will contest from Rambrai-Jyrngam constituency. Shibun said the party is concerned about the threat posed to the continuance of the district councils as some agencies are trying to abolish them. Slamming the State government for bulldozing KHADC, Shibun said the district councils have not been able to seize the opportunities available through the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution aimed at protecting and preserving tribal and indigenous inter-

ests in the State. The successive governments in Meghalaya have failed to support the true potential of the district councils and instead bullied the councils leading to serious misunderstandings, conflicts and contradictions, the BJP state head said. On the by-polls, Shibun said parties are indulging in political games where the district councils have become a rehearsing ground for the legislative assembly elections. “The BJP stands on the principle of autonomous status to the councils,” he added. He also sounded confident of the party’s good showing in the by-polls saying BJP has strengthened itself in the State and now the party is fully prepared to contest the elections. The party will soon bring out a manifesto on its agenda for the ensuing elections. Asked if the Christian community will vote for a saffron party, Shibun disagreed with the perception saying in a democratic setup, anybody can vote for any political party and that “there is no danger for people of the State if they vote for the BJP”. “About 70 people among our office bearers are Christians,” he said. The party also sympathised with suspended Congress leader PN Syiem saying he is following the Constitution in KHADC. “Our doors are open for anyone to come and join but we will not indulge in any dirty political games of poaching people from other parties,” he said.

GNLA rebels gun down ex-finance secy Agencies Tura, Oct 18: Members of the banned GNLA shot dead the outfit’s former ‘finance secretary’, who surrendered in May, at his residence near Williamnagar on Monday. A large group of heavily armed GNLA rebels that police suspect was led by chief Sohan D Shira raided former finance secretary Rakkam D Shira’s house at Damagre, 2 km from Williamnagar, on Monday evening. Rakkam, alias Rikchie, looked after the outfit’s finances and was based in the coal-rich belt of Nangalbibra in South Garo Hills for many years. In May this year, Rakkam and five other rebels, including senior cadre Sacheng, surrendered before then Home Minister Roshan Warjri in Shillong. The surrender of the entire finance wing of the GNLA was seen as a body

blow to the group and its chief Sohan. Rakkam, who was kept confined within the protected walls of the 2nd MLP Battalion headquarters at Goeragre for the rehabilitation process, left for his home at Damagre shortly after noon on Monday and reached there around 3pm. Rakkam’s house was behind Samgong locality where the headquarters of an Indian Reserve Battalion was located. “He (Rakkam) was supposed to be inside the Goeragre camp. He did not inform anyone about his sudden trip to Williamnagar. Even the police were unaware of his visit to his home,” said a source in the district police. Around 13 GNLA militants, with their faces covered, raided Rakkam’s house around 6.45pm. Eyewitnesses said three armed men ran up the

house and the others positioned themselves around the periphery of the compound. The execution squad shot him multiple times from a close range using AK-47 rifles and Heckler and Koch automatic weapons. Police later recovered as many as 15 rifles and seven Hekler and Koch empty ammunition casings from the scene of the crime. Sohan had recently made public through social media his intention to target those leaders and cadres who abandoned his outfit. He had also announced the formation of an “eraser unit” to target GNLA deserters. Last month, Sohan led a group of rebels to Rongsak village on the Tura-Williamnagar road and executed a former cadre who deserted the organisation for another group and had surrendered to police in December.

Imphal, Oct 18: Two women and an 8-yearold girl were injured in a grenade blast at the house of a contractor in Lamphel police station area here, police said today. Unidentified miscreants hurled the hand grenade on the roof of the house on Tangkhul Avenue which exploded injuring three tenants last night. The injured were admit-

ted to a hospital and their condition is stated to be stable, police said. One SUV was also damaged in the blast. Nimreih Shimray, owner of the house, said he was served a demand note of Rs 3 lakh by a militant outfit two weeks back. Shimray is the president of a contractor's association based in Ukhrul district of Manipur.

Heavy rains disrupts traffic on Silchar-Aizwal NH

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ET Bureau Aizwal, Oct 18: Vehicular movement along the Silchar-Aizwal national highway was disrupted after heavy rainfall triggered landslides at a num-

Agencies Shillong, Oct 18: The Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) on Monday defended the party’s move to suspend rebellious leader PN Syiem and at the same time slammed Shillong MP Vincent Pala for his outrage against the State Congress. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, MPCC president DD Lapang said it was AICC’s directive to call a meeting of the MDCs without Syiem where the decision to suspend him was taken. He said similar meetings were called in the past too when the Congress changed CEMs in KHADC. Lapang said though Syiem was given a long rope to settle the issues, he continued his utterances in public and that MPCC should not be expected to be a silent spectator. MPCC also recalled the se-

ries of public statements made by the KHADC CEM against the Congress and the State government despite being a party member. “If the Congress does not get the number in KHADC, we will sit in the Opposition as we have done it in the past,” Lapang said and added that the central leadership tried its best to ensure unity and several AICC leaders visited Shillong to quell the situation. According to Lapang, even Chief Minister Mukul Sangma was asked to calm down by the AICC. “MPCC does not brag but it acts,” he said. Slamming Syiem, he said the party expected maximum support from its CEM before the by-polls but the CEM instead said he would not canvass for the party. The party chief also slammed Pala by saying there were days when former MPs like PR

Kyndiah and others were like “Big Brothers” and they never interfered in the lower level activities in the party. Asked about Pala’s accusation that he was kept in the dark about the suspension, Lapang said the MP was with him last week during the party’s meeting at Congress Bhavan and that he himself told Pala that Syiem was not attending the CLP as well as the party meeting since he was not interested to be in the party anymore. To a question on the role of Lapang who was with the dissident group in the past during the demand for change of leadership, the MPCC chief said that his role is to ensure stability in the party and in the government. He said that though there were differences with the chief minister in the past, as the party president, he tried to settle the issue and expected others to follow suit.

IIM Shillong’s PGPEx-MBIC for combined progress

ber of places. The worn out condition of the highway has added to the woes as hundreds of trucks carrying essentials to Aizwal, Lunglei was left stranded.

Can’t get IIM with 3 songs, Lanong ridicules Mukul IIM Shillong’s PGPEx-MBIC for combined progress

Agencies Shillong, Oct 18: UDP leader Bindo Lanong on Monday ridiculed Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s claim that the State got the IIM after he sang three songs. “I want to know can we get IIM or any other institute by just singing songs,” Lanong said in his response to Sangma’s remark in this regard. The chief minister had claimed that after he sang the songs before Union Minister for Human Resources Development (L) Arjun Singh and his wife, the State got the IIM. Lanong, however, recalled that after Meghalaya lost the race to get North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), which finally went to Arunachal

Pradesh, several leaders, including Captain Williamson Sangma, GG Swell, PA Sangma and PR Kyndiah had started lobbying for the prestigious IIM. “We had taken up the matter with Captain Williamson Sangma when he was the chief minister,” Lanong said. In fact, Kyndiah as Union Tribal Affairs Minister was also instrumental in bringing IIM to Shillong, Lanong said, adding that the party had also pursued the matter with him. “It is not right to say and even ridiculous to comment that the IIM was the outcome of three songs sung by the chief minister,” Lanong said. The UDP leader, however, admitted that the chief minister also had played his part in bringing IIM to the State.

ET Correspondent Shillong, Oct 18: IIM Shillong welcomed the fifth batch of its Post Graduate Programme for Executives Managing Business in India and China (PGPEx-MBIC) with speakers making a plea for both India and China to learn from and collaborate with each other for combined progress of both countries and help resolve problems which confront both the countries like those of the urban slums. The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Rohit Dwivedi, Chairperson of PGPEx –MBIC, who elaborated on the importance of PGPExecutive MBIC and its differentiation from other International business programs. He also said that "Education needs to focus not only on business studies, but should also be sensitive towards the cultural and moral aspects of the host nations. Prof. Santosh Prusty from IIM Shillong started the inauguration ceremony with an invocation by chanting a Mantra on Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, a philosophy that inculcates an understanding that the whole world is one family.

The Guest of Honor for the inauguration ceremony was Prof. Ni Shixiong, Professor of International Relations, Fudan University and Prof. Lou also from Fudan University. Prof. Shixiong, an expert on America-China relations spoke on the importance of having such programs that focus on the economic, cultural, and business relations between two of the greatest economies and the power center of Asia to the rest of the world. He also gave his insights to the batch on learning, urged them to always have a positive outlook in life and that one’s efforts to work harder than before at any age should be the goal. Prof. Amitabha De, Director IIM Shillong, welcoming the new batch of 31 participants and the Chief Guest, Speaking on the occasion emphasized that the participants are the brand ambassadors of the Institute and the Country. He also talked on the importance of peace and harmony for the development and healthy relations between the two Nations. Speaking on subsequent rounds of discussions with the new batch of PGPExecutive

2016-17, Dr. Aravind Yelery, Assistant Director & Associate Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS), explained how economies can capitalize on historical approaches and extract relevant historical facts that enable a nation to progress ahead. The 14-month PGP executive on Managing Business in India and China (MBIC) is a General Management Program that has been designed by IIM Shillong and partnered with the Ocean University China (OUC), Qingdao. It is a fully residential programme spread across IIM Shillong and OUC campus. The fifth batch of the programme has participants from varied range of industry such as IT, Healthcare, Power, Energy and Infrastructure, Aviation etc. The structure of the programme primarily aims at providing individuals an opportunity to learn timetested general management principles as well as current best practices relevant for conducting trans-national business with focus on practical learning through internships and industry visits in both the countries.




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you are and say what you Court orders and reluctant governments “feel,Be who because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter doesn't mind."

–– Bernard M. Baruch

Only about terrorism? Over a period of 48 hours, India hosted leaders of the five-nation BRICS as well as the seven-nation BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), which together represent two-thirds of humanity and more than a quarter of the world's growth. While BIMSTEC has geographical moorings, BRICS is a unique organisation of countries that came together in 2006 not because of geography, history or wealth, but because of their promise as key "emerging economies". While the promise has faded, their ability to grab the world's attention and challenge the "old order" is still unmatched, as Russia, India, China, Brazil and South Africa remain leaders in their respective regions. What they say on financial systems, development initiatives, sharing of resources like water, oil, precious minerals and land, as well as battling climate change and poverty has a wide-ranging impact. It is, therefore, unfortunate that the outcome of the BRICS summit and the outreach to BIMSTEC countries has been popularly condensed into what they had to say on a single issue: terrorism, with only a few paragraphs out of the 109-para Goa Declaration dominating the discourse. The domestic context is partially responsible. Even before the Uri attack, New Delhi had embarked on a diplomatic mission to "isolate Pakistan" by raising the issue of terrorism emanating from its soil at international fora - the campaign escalated after the deaths at the Uri Army camp. As a result, India's interventions at the G-20 summit in China, the ASEAN summits in Laos, the UN General Assembly, the NonAligned Movement meet in Venezuela, and elsewhere resounded with outrage with Pakistan's continued crossborder adventurism. Given this success, New Delhi would have done better to bring the spotlight in Goa back to its own declared goals of building economies and bringing prosperity in the region. A united message to the rich world on a more equitable distribution of global resources, deployment of the New Development Bank and climate change was in order. However, in his speech on the outcomes of the BRICS deliberations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to anchor his remarks on concerns about cross-border terrorism that weren't entirely reflected in the final Goa Declaration. Officials may well explain it away as a lack of consensus in the grouping, suggesting that China influenced the moderation of the eventual text. However, the single-issue focus also reflects a failure on the part of the Centre in forging a larger, more broad-based narrative to match the scale of the gathering hosted in Goa.

Court orders, such as the Supreme Court's in the Cauvery case, will be obeyed only if responsibility is fixed on specified officers of the government "In a Government of laws, existence of the Government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulous Government is the potent and omnipotent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example… if the Government becomes a law breaker it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man or woman to become a law unto himself (or herself); it invites anarchy." - Justice Louis Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court in Olmstead et al v. United States, 1928.

The initial obstinate reluctance of the Karnataka government to comply with successive orders of the Supreme Court relating to the Cauvery river water dispute and later its resentful compliance exposes one of the confounding fault lines of constitutional governance. What is a court to do when governments dig in their heels and refuse to comply with its orders?

Fixing accountability Court orders have the impelling force of rule of law and foundational constitutional values that governments must respect in order to preserve the ever fragile fabric of constitutional democracy. However, given the stark reality of increasing hostility to court orders, either belligerent or subdued, how are courts to deal with such situations within the framework that the law affords them? The answer would well be that first, courts must realize that so long as they look at the government as an amorphous body of unspecified and

unspecifiable individuals, and we are never ever going to find a solution to this problem. Any redemption from the current situation is possible only if personal responsibility for obedience/disobedience of court orders is fixed on specified officers or individuals in government, political or bureaucratic. Increasingly we find that systems within the nation are unable to find agreed solutions to vexatious problems within their own fold. Society is unable to decide what its reaction should be to homosexuality; religious groups are unable to find solutions within their fold even with respect to dis-

putes relating to faith; science is unable to find solutions to disputes about what constitutes scientific evidence to uphold a particular claim; varied claims such as these come knocking at the doors of courts. What these contestants before courts must realize is that once an argument is decided by a court of law, then that particular argument gets replaced by judicial fiat. And unless it is appropriately modified in a manner known to law, the court's fiat must be implicitly obeyed. Legal precedents The First Law Commission constituted after coming into force of the Con-

stitution observed, "It is now increasingly necessary to abandon the lingering fiction of a legally indivisible state, and a federal conception of the crown, and to substitute for it the Principle of legal liability where the state, either directly or through incorporated public authorities, engages in activities of a commercial, industrial or managerial character. The proper test is not an impractical distinction between government and nongovernmental function but the nature and form of the activities in question."

Recalling and applying this principle, the Supreme Court in Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) v. M.K.Gupta (1993) held, "Public authorities acting in violation of constitutional or statutory provisions oppressively are accountable for their behavior before authorities created under the Statute like the commission or courts entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the rule of law." In that case the Supreme Court directed the LDA to pay compensation to the aggrieved consumer and fur-

ther directed that the amount must be recovered from the officer responsible for the default who must be identified. Proceeding on similar lines the Supreme Court has recently fined the Health Minister of the Delhi government Rs.25,000 for not complying with its orders. The directions of the Supreme Court in the Cauvery river water dispute will be obeyed only if responsibility is fixed on specified officers - political or bureaucratic - of the government for complying with the orders. Adequate protection may be provided to such officers or officers from the Central government may be appointed with court directions to assist in the compliance of court orders. However, mere court fiats without fixing responsibilities for compliance can never produce the desired results in such sensitive matters. Governments will proceed to disobey them, impervious to the wise caution of Justice Brandeis, little realizing that in doing so they would be sowing the seeds of anarchy

Leave Virat alone for now, and Sachin, forever Some individuals, or should we call them institutions, are sacred and it is important for us to keep them that way.

What the state cannot bear to hear

However much we try, we can't leave them alone, can we? The moment a player, specially one rather young, comes up with an awe-inspiring display or three, or goes through a magical season or two, we are seldom content with saying that he or she is a phenomenal talent who has the potential to join a handful on the pantheon some day,.

The recent arrests of several people in Tamil Nadu on charges of spreading rumours about the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa are a cause for serious concern. While the State police might have its reasons to worry about threats to public order in the wake of wild rumours circulating on social media, arresting so many people reflects a heavy-handedness and a failure to distinguish between unfounded speculation and motivated trouble-mongering. Nearly a month after the Chief Minister's unfortunate hospitalisation on September 22, the people of Tamil Nadu know very little about her health, other than the details released through sparsely-worded hospital bulletins. Given that there has been no official word from the State government, it is not entirely unnatural that her extended stay in hospital has led to people speculating about her ill-health some of them owe allegiance to rival political parties. To arrest people on charges of posting WhatsApp or Facebook messages is a gross abuse of authority. Not surprisingly, it has led people to believe that such action betrays the State government's desperation to prevent any conversation that is at odds with the overly cheerful statements put out by AIADMK functionaries and sanitised press releases. If the government is keen on curtailing rumours, it would do better by keeping people updated regularly on the broad state of the Chief Minister's health, a matter that is a source of concern for all well-meaning people in the State.

To say he or she is the next megastar is fine; but to turn trigger happy or keyboard happy and install him or her in the place of the finest in the pantheon, just so he is in good company - or perhaps because we think that the young man would feel lonely in his present role is a touch immature, to say the least. Not only does this place an enormous burden on a young man's shoulders and make him imagine he is the equal of the finest to have ever played the game but it also reveals poor journalistic form. For much of 2016, we have read quite a bit about how Virat Kolhi is the next Sachin Tendulkar. It looks as if that it was only the other day that Sachin started his famous, even legendary, farewell speech

The arrest of two employees of a bank in Coimbatore is particularly unsettling, as the police went solely by the word of an AIADMK functionary. Neither the CCTV footage nor the testimony of other bank employees suggests any attempt on the part of those arrested to disrupt public order or, even, spread rumours. Even if the two employees did speak of the Chief Minister's health condition, the conversation constituted a private exchange - it cannot be compared to posts on social media, even if many of these posts were just as innocuous. If causing public unrest is the real concern, what are the police doing about the thousands of AIADMK workers who are making a public ritual of their prayers and offerings for the Chief Minister to return to good health? Criminal intimidation, public mischief are sections of the law that have been used by police, at the behest of overenthusiastic political bosses, on the basis of a mistaken sense of personal loyalty to Ms. Jayalalithaa. At a time when there is a groundswell of sympathy for Ms. Jayalalithaa's condition, and hope that she recovers from her illness, such acts don't reflect well on those currently in charge of the State administration.

Though in the Cauvery water dispute case, the looming disaster of the breakdown of constitutional machinery sticks out like a sore thumb, it is unfortunately not a sole aberration but symptomatic of a larger malaise that is growing every day. Courts are increasingly flooded with contempt petitions against the government/state authorities for willful disobedience of orders of courts with no prospects of the deluge abating in the near future.

- the-half-an-hour-plus tour de force amidst never before seen emotional outpouring in front of over 30,000 spectators and millions watching on television - and now we want to find someone his equal. Poor Kohli. He has not even had the time to establish his own identity and come to terms with what is - and will be - demanded of him as a batsman and as a captain. And now he has to aspire to be the equal of the country's cricketing god, who made his Test debut in Pakistan at the age of 16, about the time Kohli was a year old - all this because a few of us already think we know what the new Indian Test captain's preordained destiny is, or what it ought to be. When it comes to sports, hyperbole may be excused because we are a nation that wants more and more heroes in sport - forget politics, science and many other fields that really matter - our heroes wake up in the morning thinking of bat and ball and the 22 yards where the battle would be won or lost. Unfair comparisons Now, let us be fair. Comparisons can be unfair to both parties and counter-productive too.

Health is Wealth "Diabetes is not an easy condition to manage. It is often frustrating and taxing, especially when my sugars are bouncing up and down all day. But with the education from my healthcare team, I can understand the factors causing these fluctuations and take proactive measures to get back on track. This allows me to take control and live a happy, fulfilled life.

"I am currently studying for a Masters of Science in diabetes epidemiology at the University of Pretoria, and also serve as the general manager for a registered nonprofit organization, Youth With Diabetes (YWD). Now in existence for 10 years, YWD was established to address the lack of diabetes education for children living with diabe-

While neither Tendulkar nor Kohli is going to lose sleep over the latest newgod-in-the-horizon nonsense, we must admit that such comparisons can hurt the young man more than it can help him, beyond a moment's high.

And Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee and Ian Botham, contemporaries all, were compared to the one and only Garry Sobers. And they won't be the last either. The point is, when someone stands alone, peerless, and seemingly unapproachable,

Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee and Ian Botham, contemporaries all, were compared to the one and only Garry Sobers. And they won't be the last either. The point is, when someone stands alone, peerless, and seemingly unapproachable, there is always the temptation to find him a match, a Bradman and Sobers in cricket, or a Roger Federer or Pete Sampras in tennis. There have been several dozen Dons since the incomparable Bradman walked back to the pavilion at The Oval, out second ball for a duck in his last Test innings, and leaving behind a mind-boggling batting average of 99.94; and every young spinner who comes up with a special ball or two is immediately compared to the debonair Australian Shane Warne, now retired, but still the owner of the Ball of the Century (Mike Gatting was the unfortunate victim).

there is always the temptation to find him a match, a Bradman and Sobers in cricket, or a Roger Federer or Pete Sampras in tennis. This urge is ancient, going even beyond written history, and is the reason that from the very beginning of organised sport, the lonely immortals in every game have been compared to contemporary stars.

tes, as well as at-risk patients in the general public.

generate diabetes educational material. "Being exposed to the struggles that children with diabetes face has inspired me to integrate my scientific background with the passion I have for this chronic condition. It has been my launching pad into diabetes research from a health management perspective.

"I started my journey with YWD by attending its very first diabetes camp in 2005, and have served in a number of roles. Now as general manager, I help fundraise for all YWD activities, serve as the organization's official spokesperson, coordinate diabetes camps and

Doing your best and winning, and yet remaining in the long shadow of a predecessor can be a terrible experience, or a mo-

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ment of great joy, for the young man, depending on how he looks at it. But the need for individual identity has never been more significant than it is today in the world of sport. While it is very important for us to celebrate the achievements of the greats of the past, it is also equally necessary to treat talented young men as special individuals themselves and not photo copies of a retired great. Some individuals, or should we call them institutions, are sacred and it is important for us to keep them that way. Of course, cricket is not the only game in which meaningless and needless comparisons are a pet hobby of many people. Football, boxing, tennis, athletics and almost every other major sport has had several instances when critics and lay fans have fallen into the comparison trap. Quite often, I take a deep breath and exclaim, 'Ah, here comes another (baseless) comparison.' Since the greatest footballer of the 20th century said goodbye to the international game, sitting on the shoulders of his teammates, after Brazil won the World Cup in Mexico in 1970, there have been hundreds of Peles, White, Black and Brown, in Europe, South

Leaders In Diabetes program, I learned of a lack of diabetes medical resources in many countries, especially insulin and test strips. I was shocked to discover the limited availability of glucose test strips in South African public health facilities. This prompted me to investigate the use of a structured self-monitoring blood glucose routine to reduce HbA1c in Type 2 diabetes patients using insulin.

America and elsewhere. But the footballer who would surpass the magical amalgam of Pele's speed, ball skills, stamina and striking power has perhaps not been delivered into this world yet. An under-thebreath 'sorry' into the ears of Johan Cryuff, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi may not hurt though. In the world of boxing, where the facts of life are stranger than fiction and hype is inseparable from truth, you never know whether it is someone's honest opinion or is a sort of motivated falsehood when the person says, "Hey, this kid is as good as Ali." But you don't get to be another Ali by merely mouthing puerile profanities and mediocre ringside poetry. Ali transcended boxing. If ridiculous and ludicrous comparisons are the bane of sport, then they are unfair to the young talents. They are not only singled out to carry a huge psychological burden but the comparisons also have the dangerous potential to lead to a crippling identity crisis. Let's face it. There will be one Ali, one Pele, one Federer, and most of all in the Indian context, one Tendulkar.

"I am currently running a pilot clinical trial on this newly designed intervention for my Masters project. I plan to use the results to advocate for test strips to be put on national tender so that regardless of location, diabetes patients in South Africa will have the resources to test their blood glucose levels and be empowered to make decisions regarding their treatment and diet."



Sensex rebounds 208 points after Asian cues get going Mumbai, Oct 18: The BSE benchmark Sensex made a promising start by bouncing almost 208 points today on widespread gains following fresh buying amid a firm trend in Asian markets. The 30-share index jumped 207.64 points, or 0.75 per cent, to 27,737.61, with all sectoral indices led by realty, metal and banking making all the right moves. The gauge had lost 143.63 points yesterday, spooked by muted start to second quarterly earnings and a lack luster global trend. The NSE Nifty today went up by 55.15 points, or 0.65 per cent, to 8,575.55. Emergence of buying interest among investors and funds, brokers said, coupled with a firm trend in other regional markets fol-

Pic for representation purpose. lowing an unexpected fall in a US manufacturing index boosted sentiment here. A lower industry number means the US Fed may have to tread cautiously on the interest rate front. Elsewhere, Hong Kong's Hang Seng moved up 0.84

per cent while Shanghai Composite gained 0.48 per cent in early trade today. Japan's Nikkei too was up 0.14 per cent. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, ended 0.29 per cent lower yesterday. (PTI)

Ryanair hits Brexit headwind as profit forecast cut Dublin, Oct 18: Irish nofrills airline Ryanair cut today its full-year net profit forecast by five per cent owing to the pound's slump since Britain voted in June to exit the EU. "The primary cause of this slightly lower growth in full year profitability is the 18 percent fall of sterling post Brexit which will reduce second half average fares," the Dublin-based airline said in a statement. The pound's tumble is reducing the amount Ryanair earns from its key British market once the currency is converted into euros - the unit of Ireland and which Ryanair uses to price its earnings. Ryanair said it was cutting

its 2016/17 net profit forecast by five per cent to between 1.3 billion euros and 1.35 billion euros (USD 1.4 billion and USD 1.5 billion). Its financial year runs to the end of March. Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary added in the statement that "stronger traffic growth and better cost control" would contribute to offsetting the hit in revenues, adding that the British market represents about one-quarter of the group's total income. The pound has tumbled to 7.5-year lows against the euro and 31-year troughs versus the dollar since Britain voted June 23 in favour of leaving the European Union as markets price in

future economic uncertainty. The office of British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday sought to downplay cabinet tensions over Brexit after reports her finance minister is antagonising colleagues with his warnings about the economic dangers. Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has reportedly been pushing to delay measures designed to control immigration, which would likely be viewed by EU leaders as incompatible with continued membership of the single market. O'Leary has meanwhile previously said that Brexit uncertainty would more than halve Ryanair's UK growth. (PTI)

'Modi govt's clampdown on black money curbing gold appetite in India'

Pic for representation purpose. Mumbai, Oct 18: India's crackdown on undisclosed foreign assets and income is curbing demand for gold in the world's second-biggest consumer, while rising real interest rates and better returns from other financial markets are also hurting purchases, a banker said. Although consumption should pick up from now until the end of the financial year, when India buys more for gifting during festivals and weddings, weak demand so far has dragged on the global gold price that has shed nearly 9 percent from a two-year high in July to $1,258 an ounce on Tuesday. "There is a crackdown on black money in India and many people who were looking at gold as aninvestment for unaccounted income are

no longer investing in gold at all," Shekhar Bhandari, executive vice-president of Kotak Mahindra Bank, told Reuters on the fringes of an industry meet. Unofficial estimates suggest funds illegally deposited in banks outside the country to avoid tax, known as "black money" in India, account for about 10-30 percent of the country's gold demand, said Bhandari. A tax evasion amnesty scheme, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that closed in September disclosed nearly $10 billion in undeclared income. India's gold demand has also been hit by higher returns from other asset classes, Bhandari said, with returns on equities and bonds at 12-13 percent dwarfing gold's 0.9 percent in terms of rupees since

2013. Rising real interest rate due to declining inflation is dimming gold's draw as well. 'PATHETIC' "The returns on gold in rupees is pathetic," Bhandari said. "I think it won't be advisable to invest in gold given current levels where investment returns are likely to be negative in Indian rupees." India's gold imports fell for a ninth month in September as weak retail demand and higher discounts prompted banks and refineries to cut overseas purchases. But imports in the second half of India's financial year to March will probably be 25-50 percent more than the first half, said Sunil Kashyap, managing director for global banking and markets at Scotiabank. "With Diwali just about two weeks away from now, demand so far looks good. Expectation is that it'll sustain until the end of the year," Kashyap said. Gold discounts dropped to the smallest in nearly nine months last week as the festive season began. "If stability of the rupee continues and gold prices are stable, then we can expect positive trends. But any kind of volatility could hamper gold," said Scotiabank's Kashyap. (Agencies)

Indian Hume Pipe surges on bonus issue plan Mumbai, Oct 18: Indian Hume Pipe has surged 16% to Rs 778, also its 52-week high on BSE, after the company said the board will meet on October 26, to consider issue of bonus shares to existing shareholders. 'The board of directors will consider the proposal for issue of bonus shares by

capitalization of free reserves at their meeting to be held on October 26, 2016, subject to the approval of shareholders," Indian Hume Pipe said in a statement. Earlier on October 4, the company had informed BSE that the board will meet on October 26, to consider, the unaudited financial results

for the 2nd quarter & 1st half-year ended September 30, 2016. At 09:23 am, the stock was up 14% at Rs 765 on BSE, as compared to 0.67% rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. A combined 87,492 shares changed hands on the counter on the BSE and NSE so far. (Agencies)


Reliance Jio isn't a 'punt' but a wellengineered business: Ambani Mumbai, Oct 18: Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani on Monday said his new telecom venture Jio is not a gamble but a well thought-out and well-engineered business, while terming the trouble with interconnectivity as similar to a meritorious student "getting ragged". "It is no punt. It is a well thought-out, well executed, well engineered ecosystem. It is a Rs 2,50,000 crore investment," Ambani said at 'Off the Cuff' show organised by The Print, a digital media outfit owned by senior journalists Shekhar Gupta and Barkha Dutt. He was replying to a question how can he justify investment of Rs 1.5 lakh crore on the new entrepreneurial "punt" he had taken. About the troubles Jio had with the regulator and the

incumbents, he said, "Yes we had troubles" and compared it to a bright student getting admission into prestigious institute on merit but getting ragged in the hostel for being meritorious. "You have to take it in the right spirit. There is a principal and there is an ecosystem so there is a governance system...I've no problem as long as I or Reliance get ragged, you are the big boys and you can take it but the consumer should not suffer and I think that is what Jio is doing." At the much-delayed launch last month, Ambani had said the company had invested Rs 1.5 lakh crore into his new venture. But today he said the group had already pumped in Rs 2.5 lakh crore into his second attempt at telecom, offering highspeed 4G services with

Mukesh Ambani focus on data. Stating that Jio meets all the criteria of investment that Reliance has set out openly, Ambani said, "Reliance at this scale and size will not do anything that does not create huge societal value.

At the end of the day I strongly believe that the society gives the licence to operate and making only money is not the licence." He reiterated that Reliance's consumer businesses, which consist of digital ser-

vices, media and entertainment and retail, in the next few years will be as big as its energy business. On whether Jio had disrupted the telecom market with low data tariffs, Ambani said, "What I really don't understand is that you progress from generations of technology. It is not new as we had announced it in 2010-11. "We didn't do anything on stealth. In all my AGMs we have said we are going to bring the Internet to the masses because I firmly believe that the benefits of technology should go to the end-consumer," he said. Jio had brought about an opportunity for all incumbent operators to work together and take the nation to the next level of digital revolution, Ambani said. (Agencies)

Rupee runs higher PM Narendra Modi Dedicates 3 by 12 paise against Hydroprojects to Nation in Himachal dollar

Mumbai, Oct 18: The rupee appreciated 12 paise to 66.76 against theUS dollar today, propped up by fresh selling of the American currency by exporters and banks amid a higher opening in the domestic stock market. According to dealers, weakness in the dollar against other currencies overseas on unexpected fall in a US manufacturing index made the rupee stronger.

The local currency received a shot in the arm after stocks started the day on a positive note. Yesterday, the rupee had ended lower by 17 paise at 66.88 due to heavy dollar demand from importers and corporates. Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex rebounded 207.64 points, or 0.75 per cent, at 27,737.61 in early trade today. (PTI)

Don't overpay: Google flight's new feature will tell you when to buy cheaper air tickets New Delhi, Oct 18: If you are worried about paying a bomb for an air ticketand wondering whether you should wait a bit longer to check if the prices come down, Google has just put you at ease with an update to its Google Flightfeature. This feature will tell you when the ticket price of a specific flight for the route you have chosen may rise and will also notify you when it drops. Any saved flights can be tracked on your phone once the new update is rolled out. For example, if a ticket to Bengaluru costs more than Rs 1,000 after 7 hours, Google Flight notifies you when the price may expire. In case you haven't selected a specific flight, you may see a notification bar with multiple tips showing you how to find the best price for this route. This includes things like recommendations for alternate airports

or dates. Google does this by looking at the historic prices for the route and also gives you an idea of much will be the price rise. Google says it will send notifications via email letting you know when prices are expected to change. Google is planning to roll out the feature in the coming weeks. Google is also adding more features to hotel search, aimed at helping searchers find the best deals. Google already labels deals when a hotel's price is lower than usual compared to historical pricing, or if there are discounts to the normal rate for those dates. Now, you can see them in one list by clicking the deal icon. Also, existing features let you explore destination based on your interests like adventure, culture, ecotourism, honeymoon, wildlife and winter sports etc. (Agencies)

New Delhi, Oct 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dedicated to the nation three hydro-electric projects (HEPs) with a generating capacity of 1,732 MW in Himachal Pradesh. All the three power projects -- Koldam HEP (4x200 MW) of NTPC, Parbati HEP Stage-III (4x130 MW) of NHPC and Rampur HEP (6x68.67 MW) of SJVN -- are equipped with generating equipment supplied and commissioned by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), state-owned BHEL said in a statement on Tuesday. Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Union Health Minister J P Nadda and Power Minister Piyush Goyal were present on the occasion. BHEL has a vast experience in hydro-electric projects having contracted more than 500 hydro generating sets with a cumulative capacity of

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday dedicated to the nation three hydro-electric projects (HEPs) with a generating capacity of 1,732 MW in Himachal Pradesh.

more than 29,000 MW of various ratings in India and abroad. BHEL's hydro installations are in operation in India and across the world in Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Rwanda and Vietnam. The company is executing HEPs of around 3,300 MW in the country, which are at various stages of implemen-

tation, in addition to major hydropower projects in DR Congo and Bhutan. More of hydroprojects means reduction of greenhouse gas emission, which helps in achieving a low carbon path. The government is contemplating inclusion of large hydro projects in the fold of renewable energy to provide an impetus to these projects. (PTI)

Changed pollution norms may not affect AC, refrigerator pricing in India

Pic for representation purpose. New Delhi, Oct 18: Price of air conditioners and refrigerators may not see any significant impact due to stricter air pollution norms. While India would have to start implementing the rules from 2028 set in a meeting held at Kigali, Rwanda, the makers of cooling appliances are in no hurry to shift to more environment friendly products immediately. According to the outcomes of the meeting that was held last week, developed countries would have to move towards pro-green house technologies from 2019. India on the other hand would have to cut down use of hydroflurocarbon (HFC) by 10 per cent by

2032. While an immediate implementation may have affected cost of compressors and eventually prices of ACs and refrigerators in the country, a timeframe of 12 years have offset such a risk. Also, since most of the major home appliances players such as Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Whirlpool, Daikin, Carrier Midea, are subsidiaries of global giants headquartered in developed countries, by the time India's turn comes they would be equipped with relevant technologies. Currently, majority of the compressors, the cooling apparatus used in ACs and refrigerators, run on R22 and R410A refrigerants. R22 affects the Ozone

layer directly, R410A is an HFCwhich has high global warming potential. Countries like China which has a market of 50 million units annually for ACs - highest in the world, compared to some 4 million in India. And it continues to use R410A. Some of the manufacturers such as Daikin has already started using R32 refrigerants - a non-HFC technology - in their products. According to Kamal Nandi, vice president, Godrej & Boyce, since R32 and R290 are available for free as they are not under any royalty agreement, using such refrigerants would be cost effective options. Incidentally, both are nonHFC and do not increase the risk of global warming. Also, since more stringent norms on energy efficiency are kicking in from 2018 in India, companies who have already planned to shift to higher energy efficient products with greener technologies are prepared for the change. Air conditioner market in India is expected to grow over 10 million units a year by 2022, ten years before the stringent environment friendly norms come into effect, and companies are also hoping to benefit from economies of scale by setting up compressor units in India. (PTI)



Might Meet Vladimir Putin Before Taking Charge As President, Says Donald Trump Washington,Oct 18: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that if elected as the US president in the November general elections, he might meet Russian President Vladimir Putin even before he takes the oath of presidency in January next year. "...I could see myself meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration," Mr Trump told the media in an interview yesterday. A president-elect meeting a foreign leader before the inauguration is seen quite unusual. After being elected as the US President in November 2008, Barack Obama had stayed away from the foreign policy domain, ar-

Donald Trump said if elected as the president he might meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. guing that there is only one president at a time. "You have potentially a really catastrophic situation here. I'll be honest with you. If I win on November 8, I could see myself meeting with Putin and

meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration," Mr Trump said. "The problem is Putin has no respect for Obama at all," the republican presidential, a frequent guest on the radio station, said.

Former Sri Lankan minister's son found dead in UK He was the son of Sri Lankan politician Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, chairman of the country's National Media Centre - a project established to monitor the country's media.

Sri Lankan Imthiaz Bakeer Markar. London, Oct 18: Son of a former Sri Lankan cabinet minister studying at the prestigious London School of Economics was found dead after a brief illness at London, in UK. Adhil Bakeer Markar, a masters student tipped to become future leader of Sri Lanka, was found lying unconscious in his room by his friends last week and later declared dead, police said. He was the son of Sri Lankan politician Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, chairman

of the country's National Media Centre - a project established to monitor the country's media. His father has also served as Sri Lanka's cabinet minister of media. According to a report, the LSE student who represented the next generation of Sri Lankan political leaders, "was found dead in his room after going to bed complaining of a fever". Friends became worried about Markar when he did not answer phone calls. When they went to his

dorm residence, they opened the door with the help of university officials and found him "sprawled on the floor". Markar had complained of being ill, but when he spoke with one of his brothers last Tuesday, had said "I am recovering and will be OK". Markar was attending the University on a Chevening Scholarship, a prestigious award for future leaders funded by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He had just begun studying for a Masters in Comparative Politics in September. Last year, he had represented the Sri Lanka Youth Delegation at the UN. Other Sri Lankan youth delegates posted a video calling his death a "great loss for our nation and community". Scotland Yard is not investigating his death and believes it is not suspicious. His body was discovered on October 12. The LSE posted a memorial online. "Sri Lanka lost one of talented young future leaders and academics," wrote a member of the UK's Sri Lankan community. (PTI)

Russia sets brief cease-fire for Aleppo as strikes kill 36 Beirut, Oct 18: Russian and Syrian forces will halt hostilities for eight hours in the eastern districts of Aleppo, Russia's military announced on Monday, a day on which opposition activists said their airstrikes killed at least 36 people, including several children, in and around the divided city. The two militaries will observe a "humanitarian pause" between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 to allow civilians and militants safe passage out of the city, Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of Russia's general staff said in Moscow. Militants, the wounded and sick would be allowed to evacuate to the neighboring rebel-held province of Idlib. UN humanitarian officials have pleaded with combatants to observe weekly 48hour cease-fires to allow humanitarian relief into the city's besieged eastern districts, but Russian and Syrian forces have only escalated their aerial and ground assault on the rebel-held areas in recent weeks. The airstrikes have claimed hundreds of lives, wounded many, flattened apartment buildings and laid waste to the already crippled medical sector. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters at UN headquarters in New York that the eighthour pause was a unilateral halt to fighting. A 48-hour or 72-hour cease-fire "will require some sort of mutual arrangement," he said. Russian and Syrian leaders are now capitalizing on a proposal made by the UN's envoy earlier this month to allow al-Qaida-linked militants to leave in exchange for peace and local administration for the eastern districts. Rebels in the east, along

with many residents, spurned the proposition, citing their distrust of the government side. And Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution mandating an immediate cease-fire. Russia's Churkin said that at a meeting Saturday cochaired by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry, foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar said they would work to separate moderate opposition groups from the former al-Qaida affiliate once known as the Nusra Front in rebel-held eastern Aleppo. Military experts from all these countries were scheduled to meet Monday, he said. If the separation succeeds, which is a key Russian and Syrian demand - there are two options, Churkin said. Nusra fighters must leave Aleppo or they will be defeated, he said. Churkin said "the understanding" reached at Saturday's meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, is that once Nusra is gone the moderate opposition and the Syrian government will agree on a cease-fire to end the bloodshed. US State Department spokesman Mark Toner, speaking to reporters in Washington, noted that the people of Aleppo "have been subjected to near constant bombardment and air strikes" that have killed many civilians and leveled much of the city's infrastructure in an effort "to starve out and to drive out the opposition and civilians." "If there is actually an eighthour pause in the unremitting suffering of the people of Aleppo, that would be a good thing. But frankly, it's

Pilot killed as PAF Mirage jet crashes in Karachi

Thai minister urges 'social sanctions' for royal critics Bangkok, Oct 18: Thais should "socially sanction" those accused of defaming the monarchy following the death of King Bhumibol, the junta's justice minister said Tuesday, as he vowed to hunt down critics both at home and overseas. The death of the world's longest reigning monarch on Thursday has left the nation bereft of its key pillar of unity and seen mass outpourings of grief from black-clad Thais. But it has also unleashed ultra-monarchist forces, including mobs and online crusaders scouring the web bent on punishing anyone perceived to have insulted the monarchy. "There is no better way to punish these people than to socially sanction them," justice minister Paiboon Koomchaya told reporters on Tuesday, as he vowed to "pursue those people who violate the law". His message comes amid a growing number of cases of vigilantism meted out by royalist

Thais on people accused of having insulted the monarchy. On Sunday a woman on Samui island was forced by police to kneel below a portrait of King Bhumibol in front of a baying mob after she allegedly posted an insulting comment about the monarchy on Facebook. She was later charged with lese majeste. Similar mobs formed on the southern island of Phuket and in nearby Phang Nga province sparked by alleged comments. Others on social media have publicly berated those deemed not to be sufficiently mourning or failing to wear black clothes. The latter - dubbed "black shaming" - has been criticised by the junta who say poorer Thais may not be able to afford a new wardrobe of black clothing and that people mourn in different ways. Thailand's monarchy is protected by a draconian lese majeste law that outlaws criticism with punishments of up to 15years in jail for each in-


sult uttered. Prosecutions have surged under the military, who seized power two years ago, with record breaking sentences handed down in some cases.

The plane took off from Masroor Base, before it crashed in Musharraf Colony.

That has made detailed discussion or debate about the monarchy's role - and its future after Bhumibol's 70-year reign - all but impossible. Media inside Thailand, both local and foreign, must heavily self-censor. While debate on the monarchy has been shut down inside Thailand for years, authorities struggle to censor critics or media based overseas. But Paiboon said the junta would renew extradition requests for Thais abroad - something that is unlikely to carry traction with foreign governments in those countries where lese majeste is not a crime. "It's difficult to bring them to prosecution in Thailand," Paiboon said. "But we must do it to stop their movement and reproduction, we will do our best."(PTI)

Karachi, Oct 18: A pilot of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was killed on Tuesday as his Mirage jet crashed near Karachi's Musharraf Colony. According to Squadron leader Baqir Ali, PAF Mirage jet bearing tale number 921 took off from Masroor Base, before it crashed near Musharraf Colony. The pilot died on the spot, police officials stated. "A Mirage plane crashed near Musharraf colony," Senior Superintendent Police city confirmed. "The pilot ejected from the aircraft and sustained fatal injuries," PAF spokesperson said in a statement, adding that though the pilot did not survive himself, he "succeeded in saving precious lives on ground."

"No loss of civilian life or property has been reported. A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident," the statement read. Last month, a PAF pilot was killed as his fighter jet crashed in Jamrud, Khyber Agency. "The pilot of the aircraft Flt Lt Omer Shazad sustained fatal injuries," the military's media wing ISPR said. The PAF aircraft was on a routine operational training mission. Officials claim the aircraft crashed due to a technical fault. Speaking to media, a senior official of the political administration said, "A team of Swat scouts and Levis officials have been sent to the site of the incident." (PTI)

a bit too little, too late," Toner said. Monday's Russian announcement did not include any promises of an extended cease-fire or local administration. It followed a bloody day of airstrikes on rebel-held districts in and around Aleppo. At least 23 people were killed in airstrike that also wounded dozens in the village of Oweijel, just west of Aleppo, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Another monitoring group, the Local Coordination Committees, said the air raid was carried out by Russian warplanes and put the death toll at 30. More than a dozen people were also killed in the Marjeh neighborhood in eastern Aleppo. The Aleppo Media Center, an activist collective, said those killed included 11 people with the same family name of Qabs ranging from a six-week-old baby girl to a 25-year-old man. The Observatory said at least 50 civilians, including 18 children, were killed in airstrikes on the eastern part of the city in the 24 hours before the Russian announcement. Monday's airstrikes coincided with the launch in neighboring Iraq of a major operation by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by the US-led coalition, to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Islamic State group. There have been concerns the government in Damascus could use the timing of the Mosul offensive to press its onslaught in Aleppo while world attention is diverted to developments in Iraq. Also Monday, Syrian state media claimed 49 rebels

were killed and wounded in fighting in the neighborhoods of Sheikh Saeed and Shurfa on the southern edges of Aleppo. In the nearby province of Idlib, a US-led coalition drone struck a car in the provincial capital that carries the same name, killing all inside, according to the Observatory and a jihadi official. It was not immediately clear who was in the vehicle, but such attacks have previously targeted officials with al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, known as Fatah al-Sham Front. The Observatory said the attack targeted a faction commander. An official with Fatah al-Sham Front, formerly known as Nusra Front, said all those in the car were "martyred." The man, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said it was not clear if members of his group were targeted. Earlier this month, a drone attack killed top al-Qaida official Ahmed Salama Mabrouk. The United States and Britain on Sunday acknowledged the Western world's weak support for any military action against Syria's government as they seek ways to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad and his chief backer, Russia, to halt the deadly Aleppo offensive. After a meeting of 11 governments opposing Assad's rule, US Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson each insisted that all options were on the table. But their stark explanations about the danger of resorting to military force appeared to rule out such a move.

The government in Damascus, meanwhile, appears to be trying to improve relations with Egypt, the Arab world's most populous nation, following the first public meeting between Egyptian and Syrian security chiefs. Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk, head of the National Security Bureau and one of Assad's top aides, visited Cairo Sunday at the head of a delegation to coordinate with Egypt in the fight against "terrorism" in the region, Syria's state-run news agency SANA said. SANA said the Syrians met with top intelligence officials, including deputy chief of Egypt's intelligence agency. It said both sides agreed on "coordinating political standpoints" and strengthening the "cooperation in fighting terrorism." Egypt's pro-government Sada alBalad and other news websites reported on Sunday that six Syrians arrived on a private jet from Damascus. Earlier this month, Egypt voted for rival French and Russian draft resolutions on Syria at the UN Security Council, arguing that both called for a truce and for aid for besieged Syrians in the rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo. The move angered Egypt's major financier Saudi Arabia, which supports rebels fighting against Assad's Moscow-backed government. Egypt and Syria are both fighting extremists, including members of the Islamic State group. Both countries also have poor relations with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Agencies)

United Nations Announces 72-Hour Truce for Yemen Yemen, Oct 18: A 72-hour ceasefire in Yemen will go into effect starting Thursday, the United Nations announced on Monday. A cessation of hostilities that first went into effect in April "will re-enter into force at 23:59 Yemen time (2059 GMT) on 19 October 2016, for an initial period of 72 hours, subject to renewal," the UN's special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said in a statement. The announcement comes after Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi agreed to the ceasefire in a statement earlier on Monday, a day after international calls for a truce. Ahmed on Sunday said he had been in contact with the Huthi militia's lead negotiator and Hadi's government. The United States, Britain and the UN peace envoy to Yemen on Sunday urged the warring parties in the country's civil war to declare a ceasefire. Saudi Arabia's impoverished neighbour has been rocked by a deadly war since pro-Iran rebels overran the capital Sanaa in September 2014. However, the conflict escalated after an Arab coalition, led by

Riyadh, launched a bombing campaign against the Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies in March 2015. The conflict in Yemen has killed almost 6,900 people, wounded more than 35,000 and displaced at least three million since March last year, according to the United Nations. New peace plan On Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry met in London with the UN envoy and his opposite numbers from Britain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the Yemen conflict. "This is the time to implement a ceasefire unconditionally and then move to the negotiating table," US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters after the talks. Previous attempts to enforce a ceasefire in the country have so far failed with the war intensifying after a round of peace talks in Kuwait ended in August without achieving a breakthrough. The Saudi-led coalition has stepped up its air raids following the breakdown of talks and cross-border attacks from Yemen have also intensified. The previous ceasefire, announced in conjunction with

the start of the Kuwait talks, was hardly observed on ground, with both sides trading blame for violating the truce. Earlier this month, the UN envoy had said that a 72-hour ceasefire was expected soon adding that he was hoping to draft a new peace plan for Yemen. The coalition has carried out hundreds of air strikes and provided ground troops to support Hadi's forces. But it has failed to dislodge the Huthi rebels, who are allied with forces loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, from key areas including the capital Sanaa. The rebels still control large parts of the north, their historic stronghold areas, and other regions of western and central Yemen. Taez, the country's third city, is almost completely surrounded by the Huthis and their allies and loyalist forces have for months tried to break the rebel grip on the southwestern city. Government forces have recaptured the south and east but failed to make any significant advances. (Agencies)

Dubai's Burj Khalifa: the world's tallest tower is now the world's tallest Lego structure Dubai, Oct 18: Standing at 17 metres tall, the Burj Khalifa LEGO replica tower is the world's tallest Lego building structure. The tower, which is located in Legoland Dubai's Miniland, took over 5,000 hours to build and consists of 439,000 Lego bricks. It weighs 1,000 kilograms. Mohammed bin Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi, who made world headlines when he approached Queen Elizabeth for a hand shake at the Royal Ascot in 2015, was on hand to open the attraction and turn on the first of the structure's LED lights. The model will eventually include a recreation of the world famous fountain show at the real Burj Khalifa. Legoland Dubai, aimed at families with children ages 2-12, is

Dubai welcomed special guest, beloved Emirati youth Mohammed bin Ahmed Jaber Al Harbi to officially unveil the world's tallest Lego building structure: Burj Khalifa in Miniland. The display came complete with a model figure of Al Harbi entering the tower.

set to open on October 31. The mega park will consist of six themed lands - Lego City, Adventure, Kingdoms, Imagination, Factory and Miniland.

The themed lands feature 5,000 Lego model structures made from over 60 million Lego bricks with 40 interactive rides, shows and attractions. (PTI)


How to Study for College

Do you have exams coming up soon? Are you worried about how to study for them? Maybe you could roll through high school half asleep with your hands tied behind your back, but unfortunately college is a slightly different level. Once you know how to tackle studying at the college level, you'll be better equipped to ace your exams. Before a Study Session Make a schedule for all of your exams Arrange them by date so that the one you are having first comes at the top, then your next exam, then the next etc. Read the syllabus that comes with your classes. Ø By the time finals roll around, your time is precious -- every minute counts. Which is why scheduling is essential during the weeks (er, days) prior to exams. So as not to go totally bonkers during this stressful time, make a realistic study schedule for yourself, too. Leave yourself time for breaks -- you'll be taking them anyway -- and be sure to prioritize according to which class you'll need to study for the most. ØThe syllabus is one of the most important papers your professor will give you. Hold onto it! Use it when you're studying for your finals as a sort of outline. It may also make it clear what topics your instructor finds interesting and important -- certain topics may pop up more than others and those are definitely the ones to crack down on. Start highlighting and creating Do you have to study just words? If yes, type them out in a word processor and print them. The words you already know should not be on the list. Make absolutely sure that you know them before you take them off the list! Ø Go through your notes and highlight major vocabulary words and concepts (in different colors!). Manipulate the material to your liking. Create charts and index cards to help yourself study. Make cards in different categories -some for terms and/or concepts, some for formulas, and some for specific quotes from reading assignments. Coax a friend to come with you And if they're in your class, all the better (for themand you). However, make sure it's someone who's serious about studying -- goofing off together won't be very productive. A friend is beneficial if you can stay focused. Ø Take turns explaining terms and concepts to each other. Odds are if you can explain it to someone else (and they can follow), you have a good grasp on the material and that'll show up on the exam. Scope out a nice area to study Study in a quiet place that has a nice chair you won't hesitate to spend large chunks of time in. If you find the perfect chair in a not-so-perfect area, move it. It's not glued to the floor for a reason. Ø Or, rather, scope out nice areas (yep, that's plural) to study. Believe it or not, several (again with the plural) studies have found that if you switch up your environment while learning, retention is increased. Somehow, magically, keeping your brain surrounded by new stimuli makes the information more interesting and therefore easier to remember. So if you get antsy, listen to your gut and find a new armchair to sink into. Gather all your materials (and some goodies, too) When you leave your dorm room or home, make sure you

have everything you need and then some. Grab all your papers, folders, writing utensils and books you need, but make sure to not forget the almost more important stuff: a water bottle, some money (just in case), your headphones, and snacks to munch on. Ø Magically, chocolate is starting to be deemed the new "super fruit." It's high in antioxidants and healthy plant compounds, even more so than most fruit juices. So don't feel guilty about grabbing your dark chocolate bar when you hit the study room. You may actually be doing yourself a favor. During a Study Session Take frequent breaks It won't help if you'll study continuously for 5 hours. Your body (and even your brain) needs a break. Eat something and drink a glass of milk or water. Study for 20-30 minutes, have a 5 minute break and then study again for 2030 minutes. You will learn much more. Ø According to the Dartmouth Academic Skills Center, you should study in 20-50 minute increments and give yourself a 5 to 10 minute break between each session. For best results, study throughout one full week. Listen to music Most people have heard of the Mozart effect. That's where you listen to Mozart and miraculously you get smarter. Not surprisingly, most of it's crap. But there is a thread of something tangible there, and it's in all music.

EDUCATION P9 9 reasons to study Art in high school Teachers are often asked why students should study Art in high school. The common responses relate to creative thinking, broadening the mind and feeding the soul: all of which do little to address fears about ‘soft’ subjects, university entrance, careers and longterm financial well-being. Employment and salary statistics for graduates of Art and Design degrees are typically dismal: the worst of all degrees. Contrary to popular belief, however, creative subjects are no longer a welltrodden route to poverty; they are an excellent choice for a growing number of students.

in a much wider range of professions. Unless you are aiming for a degree that requires particular specialism (university websites clearly outline recommended and required subjects), it can be beneficial to select a wide range of subjects.

Software Association notes that between 2005 and 2009: The entertainment software industry’s annual growth rate exceeded 10 percent. Over the same period, the entire U.S. economy grew at a rate of less than two percent.

1. The internet has created an explosion While Art continues to of opportunity for digital designers and mul- be a desirable option for students wishing to purtimedia artists sue ‘traditional’ creative The world is filled with careers, such as Architeccomputers, smartphones, ture, Interior Design or tablets and other portable Painting / Fine Art related electronic devices. Al- professions, the internet most all businesses have has seen an explosion of an online presence, with exciting, new roles online advertising in- emerge. creasing by the day. We 2. Fine artists can are connected to the reach a worldwide marinternet for long periods, ket at the click of a seeking information, button socialising, playing, shopping, watching videos and For the first time ever, engaging in other forms of online entertainment. those who make fine art, The demand for web de- sculptures, photographs, signers, app designers, fashion garments and software designers, other hand-crafted prodgraphic designers, digital ucts are able to market illustrators, multimedia and sell these directly to artists, video producers, the public – on a large online publishers, anima- scale – without going

Study in a group Study groups can motivate you to get started when it's hard to motivate yourself -plus, explaining difficult concepts out loud will help you figure out what you understand and what you still need to go over, and getting a group together will allow you to divide and conquer definition of terms and explanations of concepts. And if you can get each member to bring a snack, that's incentive to actually meet! Ø Have each student prepare for the practice session by bringing in a couple of practice questions or prompts (maybe what they find the most confusing). Together, the group will work through the answers, solving each person's most burning questions. However, don't take a group mentality and get off track though! And make sure everyone shares accurate information; otherwise, the whole group will get lead unintentionally astray.

The National Endowment for the Arts notes that: A surge in demand for multimedia artists, animators, and illustrators—especially those who are computer – and technology-savvy—is projected for 2018, due to companies’ demand for advertising in online and digital formats. An Australian study analysing national census data, found that the number of people working in art-related roles that are embedded within other professions (i.e. visual designers working in other industries) has almost doubled in size between 1996 and 2006. The Entertainment

lated subject alongside other subjects will not disadvantage you (this is a popular topic of debate in the UK’s Student Room, however the official representatives from twenty six UK universities who spoke to The Guardian confirm that, aside from the stated required or recommended subjects for each degree, no subjects are looked upon favourably when considering an applicant for UK universities).

especially those with a heavy exam load in other subjects or those who struggle with exam anxiety – this advantage is significant.

If you excel in Art, don’t be convinced to take a more ‘useful’ subject – unless you want to or are good at it. If you have ability in a creative Art enhances fine mo- area: grasp it. Let it shine. tor skills, hand-eye coor7. Art marks are not dination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, solely dependent on an complex analysis and exam critical thinking skills. No Some students panic in matter what career you choose, those who can exams. Some are sick on arrange, present and dis- exam day or suffer tragplay material in a way edies in the weeks leadthat is aesthetically pleas- ing up to assessment. There are any number of ing have an advantage. reasons why examination 6. Good marks im- performance – achievepress, no matter what ment in a two or three hour block – might not

While the heavy workload can be an initial shock (this article may help if you are struggling to get your art homework done); those who survive emerge with focus, organisational and time management skills that many other students dream of.

James Catterall, leadwere previously rarely ing professor and Chair of possible. Creators of the Faculty at the UCLA original content often Graduate School of Eduhave the upper hand.

through a third-party such as a gallery. Marketing and selling products via an artist website or print-on-demand facility enables artists to ship printed images and products to an audience that would previously never have known they existed. Instead of institutions or established galleries deciding which artworks ‘make it’, the public votes work into the spotlight through viral sharing on social media. This doesn’t mean that making a living in these fields is easy. Competition remains tough, with an oversupply of those wishing to work in a creative field. Success will always require skill, commitment, dedication and good business sense. Nonetheless, the playing field has been levelled. A multitude of individuals are able to make their living in creative ways that

Most Art and Design subjects are not assessed in this way. While some have an examination component, a large quantity of the work that is assessed is completed during class or homework time over the duration of the year. Art students often arrive at exam season with a significant portion (if not all) of their Art marks accumulated and accounted for. For many students –

3. High school students can achieve recognition while studying Part of the joy of a high school Art course is that you don’t just study Art: you make it. Those who are skilful, driven and passionate – and produce high quality, gut-wrenching work – are in a position to achieve recognition even while studying. With broadband streaming into your living room, youth is no longer a barrier to success. 4. Those with a wide skill set have an advantage, in any career Some people excel at mathematics. Others have strengths in written language. Others excel in creative areas such as Art and Design. If you are lucky enough to excel in two or three of these areas, you are part

Mix it up Not only will your attention span appreciate it, but your brain will more easily take it in as well. Instead of sticking to vocabulary, cover it and then switch to concepts and reading passages.

tion artists, game designers and many other digital careers is undergoing unprecedented growth.

reflect the true ability of a candidate.

5. Studying Art improves performance in other subjects

Ø That original Mozart study was done on young adults, not babies (so you're in luck!). And while the music by no means made the participants smarter, it did increase the brain's alertness for about 15 minutes afterward. When the study was extended, it showed that any music (so long as the participant enjoys it) can stimulate the brain, not just Mozart. And, in fact, getting up and running around or doing jumping jacks can do the same thing. So whatever it is, find a way to get your brain jogging.

Ø You know how musicians practice with a mix of scales intertwined with actual pieces and rhythm practice? And how athletes never do the same drills two times in a row? They're doing what you should: using a panoply of skills in one session. Your brain will be more impressed.

Outstanding marks, in any subject, indicate skill; intellectual rigour; strong work ethic and a commitment to fulfilling one’s potential. All of these things are desirable traits in an employee or university applicant. Most medical schools prefer that you study Chemistry and Biology over Art – but this does not mean that Art is any less valuable: it means that it is less valuable for medical students. For the vast majority of university degrees, taking an art-re-

of a much smaller subset of the population. Those who are multi-skilled are astronomically more useful, well-rounded, hireable and capable of excelling

cation and Information Studies, has studied 12,000 students over twelve years. His research demonstrates that involvement in the arts (both Visual Art and Performing Art) – especially for students from a lowincome background – is associated with higher levels of attainment in both high school and university. Catterall also notes that studying the arts can have other positive benefits such as greater involvement in community service. (More information can be found in his book Doing Well and Doing Good by Doing Art – affiliate link).

8. Coursework teaches you self-discipline Art and Design qualifications have a large workload. Students who take the subject must adapt as a matter of survival.

9. Art makes you happy High school Art programmes begin with observation of the real world: recording, analysis and creation of a visual response to the surroundings. Art makes students look at things anew – even mundane ordinary aspects of the world. The fluffy, ‘feel good’ reasons that are usually given for selecting Art as a subject are given because they are right. Art doesfill the soul. There is something magical about smearing pencil and paint across a piece of paper and sculpting form with your hands. Communicating with colour and shape and form awakens the imagination; it opens a door to ‘now’. If you love making art, you’ll miss it when it’s gone. And if you do choose to study Art, chances are, it will be your favourite class of the day.



Ready to deal with any misadventure from across the LoC, says Army

Parrikar's remarks an insult to the army, alleges Mayawati


Boniyar, Oct 18: The Army on Tuesday said it is prepared to deal with any misadventure from across the LoC by Pakistani troops or terrorists in the wake of surgical strikes on terror camps in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir . "Along the LoC, our preparedness is of the highest degree. The Indian Army is ready to deal with any misadventure from across the LoC, whether it is by regulars or otherwise," General Officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 corps Lt Gen Satish Dua told reporters here. He said there has been a spurt in infiltration attempts from across the LoC, but the Army foiled

A file photo for representation purpose. most of these bids as is evident from the encounters taking place near the LoC. "I do admit that some infiltration has taken place, but

the encounters along the LoC and the number of militants eliminated shows the preparedness of the Army," he said. Gen Dua refused to com-

PM likens army's surgical strike to Israel's exploits

P.M. Narendra Modi Mandi, Oct 18 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday likened the army's anti-terror surgical strikes to Israel's exploits and said the Indian forces have shown they are no less than anybody "Our army's valour is being discussed across the country these days. We used to hear earlier that Israel has done this The nation has seen that Indian army is no less than anybody," he said Israel is known for its targeted military strikes against enemy countries and militant outfits Modi was speaking at a rally in the north Indian Himachal Pradesh state where he inaugurated three hydropower projects The issue of surgical strikes has snowballed into a political row with the opposition accusing the BJP and

its government of "milking" it for political benefits. The charge has been rejected by BJP which has insisted that it is taking the issue to the masses to boost the army's morale and highlight the strong political will of the Prime Minister Underscoring his commitment to the welfare of armed forces, Modi on Tuesday said his government had fulfilled its promise of 'OneRank, One-Pension' for exservicemen, an issue which he said had been hanging fire for over 40 years Previous governments, he said, duped the people by making tall claims and some of them even allocated Rs 200 crore-500 crore in this regard but never did an analysis of cost burden and how it could be executed "I did it and was puzzled to find that the economic burden kept rising. It worked to

Practice Of Triple Talaq Harming Women: Venkaiah Naidu

Representational Image. Kochi, Oct 18: Defending the centre's stand on the issue of reforms in Muslim Personal Law, union minister Venkaiah Naidu today said not only was the practice of triple talaq - oral divorce under Muslim Personal Law - iniquitous it was also harming women in India. Pointing out that the Law Commission and the Supreme Court had sought a national discussion on the triple talaq issue; Mr Naidu said that the government was in favour of reforms. "The centre, after discussion, has given its opinion that triple talaq is not in the interest of women, and it should end," he said. "This is the opining of the centre, and we have no inhibitions in saying it. We are very clear that his practice is causing harm to women," he added. Mr Naidu's comments come in the wake of several Muslim organisations and leaders, in-

cluding members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), demanding that "personal laws be protected". Senior AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani had recently claimed that "90 per cent of Muslim women supported triple talaq" and even suggested that the "government should hold a referendum on the issue". Earlier this month, the centre had opposed triple talaq and polygamy among Muslims in the Supreme Court. The Ministry of Law and Justice, in its affidavit, referred to constitutional principles like gender equality, secularism, international covenants, religious practises and marital law prevalent in various Islamic countries to drive home the point that the practise of triple talaq and polygamy needed to be adjudicated upon afresh by the apex court. (PTI)

be more than Rs 10,000 crore," he said, adding that it was difficult for any government to make such a big allocation in one go Modi said he spoke to armed forces and offered to release the money in four installments to which they agreed "Over Rs 5,500 crore in first installment has been given The rest will be to. A promise hanging fire for the last 40 years has been fulfilled," he said At the 'Parivartan Rally', Modi also targeted Virbhadra Singh, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh where elections are due late next year, saying BJP chief ministers dedicated themselves to causes like drinking water and roads while the Congress leader was concerned about his own welfare "Do I need to explain what the current chief minister is known for?" he said and then added, "When BJP gave chief ministers, somebody dedicated himself to water, somebody to roads but when others came they dedicated so many things for their personal welfare," he said BJP has accused Singh of being involved in corruption but the Congress leader has rejected the charges and claimed that he was a victim of "political vendetta". (PTI)

One naxal killed in gun battle in Raipur Raipur, Oct 18: A naxal was on Tuesday killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in the outskirts of a town inChhattisgarh's insurgency-hitSukma district, police said."The skirmish took place in the wee hours close to Pota Cabin school under Konta police station limits leaving one Maoist dead," Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI. Villagers had informed police last night that 5 to 6 armed men were spotted near the school in Konta town, located around 500 kms away from here, he said. Acting on inputs, a joint team of district force and CRPF's 217 battalion launched a search operation in the region. While they were cordoning off a patch close to the school at around 4 AM, a gun battle broke out between the two sides, the SP said, adding that the rebels, however, fled from the spot taking the advantage of darkness and forest. During search, the body of a male Maoist beside a country- made pistol and a muzzle loading gun was recovered from the spot, Elesela said. A search is still underway. The identity of the killed ultra is yet to be ascertained, he added. Prima facie it appears that the ultras might have planned to target surrendered cadres or security forces in the town, he said, adding, the exact details will be known after investigation. (PTI)

ment on the surgical strikes by the Army in PoK last month, saying the armed force and the political leadership has already said whatever was to be said about it. "I do not have any different point of view," he added. Asked if there was a trust deficit between the Army and the Kashmiri youth, Gen Dua said while there were some misguided youths who take part in protests, the majority were with the armed forces. "Recently, one of our vehicles met with an accident and our jawans were trapped inside the vehicle. It was the local Kashmiri youths who extricated the

HIGHLIGHTS Army has said it is prepared to deal with any misadventure from across the LoC by Pakistani troops or terrorists There has been a spurt in infiltration attempts from across the LoC, but the Army foiled most of these bids: Lt Gen Satish Dua jawans. "We have conducted some anti-militancy operations recently and the youths have not indulged in stonepelting after the purpose of the operation was explained to them," he said. (PTI)

Labourer Killed, 2 Injured In Blast at Chemical Unit in Hyderabad

Lucknow, Oct 18: Taking strong exception to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar giving credit for the decision for crossLOCsurgical strikes to his "RSS teachings", BSP chiefMayawati today alleged that it amounts to degrading the country's armed forces. "Instead of giving credit for surgical strikes to army, the Defence Minister first gave it to the Prime Minister and now to his RSS teachings which amounts to degrading the valour of the country's army and is condemnable," Mayawati, who had earlier accused BJP of doing politics over the issue with an eye on upcoming polls in Uttar Pradesh and others states, said in a statement here. The former UP chief minister also lashed out at RSSaccusing it of following a "divisive agenda" and alleged that the saffron outfits were raising these issues due to BJP's dismal condition in the state. Addressing a programme in Ahmedabad yesterday, Parrikar had appeared to have given credit to RSSteachings for the decision to launch cross-LOC

BSP Chief Mayawati surgical strikes. "I wonder, with the combination of Prime Minister who comes from Mahatma Gandhi's home state, and I, Defence Minister, coming from Goa which never had any martial race, and surgical strikes. May be the RSS teaching was at the core, but this was quite a different kind of combination," Parrikar had said. Reacting to the remarks, Mayawati said, "It is wrong on the part of the prime minister and defence minister to take credit for surgical strikes and take political mileage in the coming polls." "Though the RSS claims to

be a cultural organisation, its activists have always worked with political motives, with a particular mentality in favour of a political party... Its people are now present in the BJP and government," she said. The BSP chief said that BJP and its leaders "are worried over the bad shape of affairs in itsUttar Pradesh unit and so are using controversial issues of nationalism and patriotism to serve political purposes. "There desperation is most evident in their ongoing efforts to wean away leaders of other political parties. (PTI)

Terrorism has become truly global challenge: Sushma Swaraj In an another incident, a labourer died and another suffered injuries after loose soil fell on them when a base slab was being placed during the construction of a road under-bridge near Ferozeguda in Hyderabad. Hyderabad, Oct 18: A labourer was killed and two others injured following an explosion at a chemical unit on the city outskirts on Monday. The Hayath Nagar police said that mishap occurred at around 5am when there was a blast in a reactor at the unit, which is located at Abdullapurmet area. "In the explosion, Shivchand B, 30, was killed on the spot, while two other labourers sustained injuries and have been admitted to a hospital. All of them are from Bihar," said Inspector J Narender Goud said. A police team reached the scene and was probing the

incident. Labourer Dies As Loos Soil Falls In an another incident, a labourer died and another suffered injuries after loose soil fell on them when a base slab was being placed during the construction of a road under-bridge near Ferozeguda here, South Central Railway (SCR) said. The two had been hired by a private contractor. Crane hit the slab which caused the soil to fall, a release from the SCR said. While one of the labourers died on the way to hospital, the other was undergoing treatment. (Agencies)

Shiv Sena takes jibe at Narendra Modi over Maharashtra minister's remarks on rallies

Maratha Community people participate in a "Maratha Kranti Morcha" in Thane, Maharashtra. Mumbai, Oct 18: Taking a jibe at BJP over Maharashtra Minister Rajkumar Badole's remarks that Maratha Morchas are successful due to the money power involved, Shiv Sena on Tuesday said the ruling party should clarify if the rallies of its central leaders are conducted in the same manner. Badole, who holds Social Justice portfolio, had recently said at an event in Aurangabad, "Whoever comes up nowadays, stages protests and demands reservations. Their agitations draw crowds as they have more money." In an editorial in its mouthpiece 'Saamana', Sena said, "Badole has tried to clarify his remarks by saying that he did not speak about Marathas in particular but was only talking about the general situation in rallies. If that is true, then what about Amit Shah's rallies, where he is sweating it out to bring in crowds as part of his UP poll campaign?"

"What about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attracts large crowds at his gathering? BJP should clarify if these leaders pay money to people," Sena asked. The ruling ally said Badole has done "injustice" to the Maratha community by alleging that money is being paid to people for being present at the silent rallies. "Maratha rallies are successful due to discipline, making proper use of the media, good administrators and their anger towards the dispensation. Badole's comments will only add to the woes of the BJP," Sena said. Ministers in the BJP-led state government instead of making such comments should rather focus on the reasons for which the community was forced to demand reservations, it said. "Words that may cause social disharmony should not be spoken and care should be taken to ensure communities do not fight with other communities," it said. (PTI)

Sushma Swaraj. New Delhi, Oct 18: Amid criticism that India failed to obtain consensus on reference to cross-border terrorism in BRICS declaration, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said threat of terror featured strongly in the narrative of the Summit and there was a growing recognition that it has become a truly global challenge. Two days after the BRICS Summit in Goa where India's forcefully highlighted terror emanating from Pakistan, she said there was no bigger global challenge than "state- sponsored" and "state-protected terrorism, asserting those supporting terror networks must be made to pay the cost. In clear reference to Pakistan, Swaraj said there is a need to extract costs from those who sponsor and support terrorists and provide them sanctuary and continue to make the "false distinction" between "good and bad terrorists". Swaraj was delivering an address at the BRICS media forum. In an obvious reference to Pakistan blocking several pacts on transport and connectivity, Swaraj referred to growing cooperation on these issues among BIMSTEC nations, noting "There cannot be a greater contrast with those who reject even trade and connectivity for political reasons." On deliberations at the BRICS, Swaraj said while the economic engagement and political cooperation remained key factors, there was a sharp realisation that

global development and prosperity was very much dependent on continued peace and security. "Terrorism was universally recognised as a key threat to stability, progress and development. Consequently, it featured strongly in the conference narrative and its eventual outcome. Indeed, what we saw was not just an understanding of the dangers posed by terrorism to the economic aspirations of the world but a growing recognition that this has now become a truly global challenge that the international community can only ignore at its peril," she said. There was criticism of the government after consensus eluded on reference to cross-border terror in BRICS declaration. Without naming any country, Swaraj said there has always been an overarching political context for the BRICS meetings which essentially underlines that a serious global discourse cannot be the "preserve" of a few countries with a "narrow agenda". "There is a developing consensus that it cannot be business as usual. We must be prepared to extract costs for those who sponsor and support terrorists, who provide them sanctuary, and who, despite their own claimed victimhood, continue to make the false distinction between good and bad terrorists. "BRICS has always been global in its approach and today, there is no bigger global chal-

lenge than state-sponsored and state-protected terrorism," she said. Swaraj said members of BIMSTECBhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand represented the "polar opposite" of a terrorism "promoting polity". "They are focused on improving the quality of life of their people, on skills and employment, on education and health, and on the quality of governance and the deepening of democracy. "These are nations who are actively promoting connectivity, cooperation and contacts amongst themselves. Their interface with the BRICS has a message in itself. This is that a world changing in a positive direction as reflected by the BRICS has its regional expression in a community like BIMSTEC that is able to visualize a prosperous collective future," Swaraj said. On India's chairmanship of BRICS, Swaraj said "we took the BRICS outside the conference room and endeavoured to instill it in popular thinking." Talking about major initiatives by BRICS, she said the Summit represented a further advancement in terms of the breadth and focus of its discussions, adding the grouping has transformed over the years. "Initially, its deliberations concentrated more on economic and financial issues. But over the years, it has broadened to cover larger global issues, even as it has promoted the creation of BRICS institutions and mechanisms. "Key initiatives like a BRICS Rating Agency that can complement the New Development Bank, or the Railways Research Network and an Agriculture Research Platform that will allow us to leverage our specific strengths for mutual benefit are tangible goals that we believe can take the group forward," she said. Swaraj said a total of 115 events were organised in the nine months of India's chairmanship of the block. (Agencies)

Small sugar recovered in lacklustre trade Mumbai, Oct 18: Small sugar recovered in an otherwise lacklustre Vashi wholesale market here today following fresh demand from stockists and bulk consumers. Small sugar (S-30) regained by Rs 5 per

quintal to Rs 3,582/ 3,796 from Monday's close Rs 3,582/3,791. While, medium sugar (M-30) closed unchanged at Rs 3,706/ 3,922. Following are today's closing rates for

sugar (per quintal) with the previous rates given in brackets: Small sugar (S-30) quality: Rs 3,582/3,796 (Rs 3,582/3,791) Medium sugar (M-30) quality: Rs 3,706/3,922 (Rs 3,706/3,922) (PTI)


8 Easy and Cheap Diwali House Renovation Tips It's that time of the season when most of the home owners look forward to renovating their houses.

Why not, the most popular celebration of the year is, the festivals of light is right around the corner.

Whether, it's just the shuffling of furniture or changing the whole landscape, something new is always in demand.

To mark the beginning of for Diwali celebrations, you must go for something out of the box. Here we are with

most astonishing, yet inbudget tricks to give your house the most divine and stunning look.

It is a tradition to leave all the lights of the house open throughout the Diwali night to let positivity enter our house. And there is no excuse for you to put dim lighting on your house's entrance. Go big on lights, especially on your verandah so that your neighbours know that you are feeling the Diwali magic.

The Perfect Lightings on the wall. Even the The illusion of Jharokha on the front wall of this house is just captivating. Your guests are going to be impressed by these carvings

lighting is done in the most ethnic Indian way possible, letting the room spread the ambiance of Diwali. Everything from the

How about adding some traditional Indian Jhulas in your home? Jhula with pots at the entrance of the house is totally enchanting for Diwali celebrations. The architects of the house have blended the entry look with exotic copper light fixtures giving a traditional look to the house. There is enough sitting space with Diwali decoration all around. You can also give your house an outdoor touch by planting small plants.

furniture to the walls has an accurate and warm display of colors. The entire space is tempting enough to spell bound the onlookers.

Is it better to have a single child? If you are parenting an only child, chances are high that people must have probed you with the question - "When are you planning your next?" Try debating and they will be quick to add, "Do you want your first born to be lonely? He needs company." This gets you dappling in the thought if all the attention and love you give your only child is not enough.

A Charismatic Entry

Don't forget the verandah



Invite Them All Diwali invites a lot of guests to your home. To let them relax in a cozy environment that can throw the sense of opulence, you can add up a theme to your living room. It can all be lit up in incandescent hues to give the house a traditional vibe. Making an escape from the old year's light, you should replace all the light fixtures. This living room is all set to welcome the Diwali guests with perfect lighting and enough space. The chandelier hanging to the ceiling adds certain charm to the flavors of Diwali. Dine in The dining space has to be enlightened and perfect, after all Diwali is all about extended family dinners. This room includes a country style dining table with six chairs and an elegant piece of light hanging down the ceiling. In the front of it stands a modern table lamp that glows in ultimate ecstasy. The entire space is filled with the warmth of Diwali and if you want to have a great family time during Diwali dinner, there can't be a better place. Crystal Chandeliers From classic to contemporary, if you want to add something exotic to your interiors, crystal chandeliers are a great bet. Diwali is a festival of lights and you have complete liberty to play with the beautiful lights. Why stick with plain old oil lamps when you can bring in the chic and high fashion look in your home with these enchanting chandeliers. They do have enough capacity to enlighten one giant living room with the color of happiness and optimism. Light it Up As it is the festival of lights, you have to be playful with your imagination. Here the kitchen as well as the dining is lit up in perfectly blended lights. During Diwali, just changing the fixtures can give a new look to your house and this is the perfect example of it. There are three chandeliers set into the space enlightening the whole room with true Diwali essence. Transform the pooja room Diwali is the day when Goddess Laxmi enters our house, and to give her a warm welcome, it is only fair that we decorate our pooja rooms in the best way possible. Renovate your old storage room into a divine pooja room which oozes serenity and peace.

But why is single child not enough? People say single child is not as smart, independent and finds it tough to adjust as those with siblings. Parents of single child are often told their kid will grow up to be a loner, too dependent and may lack social skills. Some are even pushed to worry about what would happen to the child if the parents die. It's normal for parents to feel anxious if they are making the right decisions for their kids. Dr Shilpa Aggarwal, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, MBBS, DPM, DNB (gold medal), FRANZCP (Aus), Adv. training certificate in Child & Adolescence Psychiatry (Aus) Head of Psychiatry at MPower Center says, "Having a single child comes with its set of advantages and disadvantages. There is no conclusive answer to whether it is easier or more difficult to groom a single child as it depends on a range of factors i.e. parental preference, economic condition of the family, extended family support, other parental commitments and so on and so forth." Let's accept it. Having only one child is easier for parents. While some may argue that it can't be true

since the responsibility of entertaining the child lies entirely on parents but having a single child allows a better controlled environment. Manisha Singh, mother to Misha, 6, has made up her mind to have an only child. "Parenting is a lot of work and I have already invested four years in raising my first child by compromising on my career, I can't give up four more years now. This is a win-win situation for me. I can enjoy being a mother and find the right balance between work, parenting and me time." For some, financial burden is a big factor in deciding on a single child. Pratibha Sinha, mother of Myrah, 2, says, "No matter how much I would love to have two kids, it is just not an option for us. With so many loans to handle, it will put excess pressure on our pockets." Some globally conducted studies suggest that families with three or more kids are the happiest. "We need to be cautious while extrapolating these findings to Indian setting. The advantages include undivided parental

attention, responsibility of the parents restricted to looking after one child, and less economic strain. In today's fast paced, competitive environment with limited support from the extended families especially in the big cities, most of the couples find it hard to accommodate the needs of even a single child, especially when both the partners are working. In such situations, parents might find it easier to groom a single child," adds Dr Aggarwal. However, we still cannot take away the advantages of having a sibling, since it helps in teaching some important lessons that are difficult to teach while grooming a single child. A study published in The Columbus Dispatch suggests that those who have siblings understand people better and are better adept to handle social situations. Kids with siblings can be taught sense of sharing, not to mention the crucial social network siblings form when the child grows up into adulthood. Single child or one with siblings, it all depends on how you bring up the child.

10 Things No One Tells You About Losing Your Virginity No one actually cares if you're still a virgin. Yes, it seems like all anyone talks about is sex, and like all of your friends are doing it ... and like the plot of 8 million movies involves Losing It. But trust us: You are not the last untouched human on Earth. Not even close. It only feels that way sometimes because your virginity matters more to you than it does to anyone else. And *that* is an excellent reason to wait for the positive experience you deserve, full of mutual deep-feels and next-level respect. That person won't care about how much you're hooked up. They'll just be PSYCHED to get to share it with you! Losing your virginity doesn't mean *exactly* what you think it means. You've maybe got this equation in your head: Penis ? Vagina = Virginity Lost. But what if you're into girls, not guys? Does that mean you are you an eternal virgin? (Of course not! That's completely ridic.) "Other activities, like oral sex, can be even more intimate than sexual intercourse - and also carry the risk of STDs," says Kris Gowen, a sex educator and author of Making Sexual Decisions. "Any time you're intimate with someone, it's going to impact you." So don't put

too much on the technicality of just one act, and instead think of ~Losing It~ as a progression. Then you'll be prepared to handle all of the big responsibilities (am I being safe?) AND crazy-complex emotions (did he/ she really just see me totally naked?!) that come with each and every step.

first time, it's their first time with YOU. No doubt, you're both feeling a little nervous. So rather than obsess silently (am I doing this right? is this good? help?!), be honest about your experience level up front, and straight-up ask what he/she likes throughout. "Whether it's your first time or your 100th time, communication and comfort are key," says Horejs.

Your ?? doesn't *pop.* Seriously! The hymen is majorly misunderstood. So if you're picturing something sealing off your vagina like Saran wrap, know that's just not the case. AT ALL. "The hymen consists of thin folds of stretchy tissue that are just inside the vaginal opening," explains Michelle Horejs, associate director of youth education and training at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. "It may tear or stretch the first time you have sex causing some discomfort or a little bleeding - but it's not something you can break or that disappears once you have sex." (Chances are, you already tore it a bit on your bike, or the balance beam, or just by being an active human. NBD, because your hymen is just a part of your body. It has nothing to do with whether or not you're a virgin.) But it could hurt a little. Before you freak, let us explain. To prep for sex (we're mostly talking penis-vagina intercourse

You might think: This totally sucks.

here), your body needs a warm-up phase of kissing, touching, etc. That's when a guy gets his erection, and also when your vagina lubricates to prepare your body for sex (because no lubrication = friction = pain). But the tricky part is that nerves can interfere with this arousal process, and you and your partner could get aroused at different speeds. "Guys are like microwaves and girls are slow cookers," explains Stardell Smith, a health educator at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in New York City. You can use your fingers to check if you're ready down there. And if not: Slow. Him.

Your virginity is not a ? Perhaps the most confuzzling question you will ever face in your life is, Am I ready to have sex?And it's extra-complicated when you're in a relationship (or, you know, a sorta-kindamaybe-relationship) and start to feel like there are expectations on the other end. But just remember that you never owe someone sex, no matter how nice they are, or much they spent on concert tix, or that it's your whatevermonth anniversary or someone's birthday or anything else. Yes, we know. You're looking for a heavenly sign that it's time. But the truth is, that

sign won't come from anyone else ... it has to come from you. Losing it takes a LOT of planning. Or at least ... it should. And we're not talking lighting candles, cueing up a special sexy-time playlist, and sprinkling a bed with rose petals. Nope, nope. See, with sex comes ginormous responsibility: Am I on birth control? Who's going to get the condoms? And where/when can we find a private space and time to get it on? If you're seriously considering taking the next step, you've got to be seriously ready to answer these Qs

and understand that sex can bring life-changing consequences, like pregnancy or an STD you'll have for the rest of your life. It's not just spontaneous magic, like in the movies. But knowing you were adult enough to do it right will feel WAY more special in the long run. You are going to feel like the newb-iest of newbs. And guess what? You should just embrace it, because no one would expect you to nail a brand new dance routine or stand up your first time surfing. The truth is, even if it's not your partner's

Beforehand, your brain was all fireworks-worthy fantasies. In reality, though, sex - that first time - may be more like: That's all?! Really?! In fact, you might want it to be over the second it starts … and that's 100% normal. "Sex takes place mentally as well as physically," explains Smith. "So if you feel tense or are scared, which most people do feel their first time, it can be really difficult to enjoy your experience." When you grow more comfortable, however, you'll feel more at ease both with the act itself and your partner. Afterwards, your relationship can get weirdish. Real talk: Losing your virginity can bring you and your bae closer. But what no one really talks about is how it can also test your bond in crazy ways. A late period, a

questionable bump down there - sh*t can get serious very fast, and those uncertainties can poke holes in your connection. So before you make the decision to hook up (any time! not just the first time), always ask yourself: Is our relationship strong enough to withstand the worst-case scenarios? Can I trust this girl/dude to treat me with total respect afterwards? This is a big decision, and you'll need the *ultimate* gut-check. Also, don't kid yourself into thinking that sex will turn a casual hookup into a relationship. The only thing that leads to a relationship is caring deeply about each other, and that doesn't have anything to do with when you lose your virginity. You can lose it again. And again. And again. Yes, that sounds impossible, but sticks with us here. Because if you have had sex once (or twice) and it's not the experience you had hoped for, you can take what you've learned about what you want and…get this…wait for it. "Having sex once does not open up the floodgates," says Gowen. "You always have the right to pull back and say no." In fact, being a born-again virgin can be totally empowering. It gives you the chance to hold out for whatever was missing the first time - whether that was true love … or just a real bed.




P12 Support pours in for young champ Ajay New Delhi, Oct 18: Tennis fans and fraternity today acknowledged the success of young national champion Ajay Singh, who overcame several hardships to become the national champion, with a few coming forward to lend him support. 13-year-old Ajay was crowned Under-14 champion despite not having exposure to facilities as he practised on just mud courts in his village but still developed enough skills to be the best in the country in his age group. En route to the title, he beat several players who had practised with better coaches and trained under much better facilities. India's Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali has offered a scholarship to Ajay. "We want to train this kid at our academy in Bangalore. He can stay here and we will take care of his training and fitness," Zeeshan told PTI. A tennis fan in Hong Kong came forward to offer help after reading the PTI news story on social media. He has committed tennis shoes and a string of roll to the young champ from Madina village in Gohana, a tehsil in Haryana. He prefers to remain anonymous and has promised to deliver the goods in 2-3 days. Another tennis fan from Zurich has also enquired about the kind of support. It has also been learnt that a few senior Indian players plan to have a look at his game. Many seasoned Indian players such as Vishnu Vardhan, Jeevan Nedunchezhian, country's number one women singles player Ankita Raina have also spread the story of his success on social media. Meanwhile Ajay's father Ajmer Malik's phone has not stopped ringing since morning and one of the congratulatory messages came from Haryana Sports Director. DLTA coach Arun Kumar, who has played a significant role in Ajay becoming a tennis player, says now that he is getting support, the kid needs to deliver. "He deserves support and more people should come forward to help him. With his limited resources he has done well but now he has a chance to make the next grade. But we should not put pressure on him and let him be himself," he said. Father Ajmer said he will take a call on Ajay's future after consultation with Coach Arun Kumar. (PTI)

Delhi come from behind to hold Disciplined helps host Mumbai in a six-goal thriller Assam staging fightback New Delhi, Oct 18: Delhi Dynamos FC played out an enthralling 3-3 draw against Mumbai City FC in front of more than 15,000 fans at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday. Krisztian Vadocz scored a brace in the first half to make it 2-0 for Mumbai at half-time. Richard Gadze pulled one back for the Dynamos six minutes into the second period before Sony Norde restored Mumbai’s two-goal advantage in the 69th minute. A goal from super-sub Badara Badji and a penalty from Marcelinho in the last quarter of the game ensured it ended all square in Hero Indian Super League’s highest scoring game of the season so far. Delhi registered the game’s first shot on target in the ninth minute through David Addy, who tried his luck from distance. Florent Malouda then picked up a loose ball inside Mumbai’s box five minutes later before shooting wide of the target. Mumbai’s first chance of note came in the 16th minute. Anwar Ali rose highest in the box and got his header on target but Delhi’s goalkeeper Soram Poirei was perfectly positioned in goal to make the save. Gadze played Marcelinho through on goal shortly after but Sena Ralte managed to apply enough pressure on the Brazilian attacker to prevent him from getting his shot away. Leo Costa produced a brilliant diagonal ball in the 26th minute to play Ralte through on goal. The marauding full-back shot at goal from an acute angle but Poirei had his near post cov-

Match Awards: Club award: Shared by both clubs

Fittest Player of the Match: Marcelinho Winning Pass of the Match: Cafu

Swift Moment of the Match: Leo Costa

An action moment of the match ered to collect comfortably. Ali had another header on goal for Mumbai moments later but this time he failed to test the keeper as the ball sailed over the crossbar. The visitors took the lead in the 33rd minute thanks to a defence-splitting pass from Costa that put Vadocz in a one-v-one situation with Poirei. The 31-year-old added the finishing touch to Costa’s pass and made it 1-0 for Mumbai. Mumbai doubled their lead seven minutes before halftime after a Norde free-kick rattled the crossbar and fell straight to Vadocz. A controlled and composed header by the Romanian into an open net made it 2-0 at the break. Delhi emerged for the second half with purpose and were rewarded six minutes into the half. Ibrahima Niasse’s pass forward was flicked on by Malouda to put Marcelinho

in on goal. The Brazilian attacker squared to Gadze, who powered the ball into the back of the net to reduce the deficit and make it 2-1. Soon after, Norde danced past two defenders on Delhi’s left flank and cut the ball back to Costa inside the Lions’ box. The Brazilian midfielder though only managed a scuffed shot on goal. Substitute Cafu then nearly scored with his first touch on the pitch in the 67th minute. His effort, however, failed to test Poirei in Delhi’s goal. Mumbai made the pressure pay in the 69th minute after Cafu played a brilliant one-two with Norde to send the Haitian clear of Delhi’s defence. A first-time finish with his weaker left foot made it 3-1 for Mumbai and gave Norde his first goal of the season. The Dynamos weren’t prepared to throw in the towel just yet. Substitute Badji came off

ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Chinglesana Singh

Hero of the Match: Richard Gadze the bench and made his presence felt immediately after running on to a Gadze pass before slotting the ball beyond Roberto Volpato in Mumbai’s goal to make it 3-2 with 14 minutes to play. The hosts restored parity in the 82nd minute after Volpato conceded a penalty for a foul on Gadze. Marcelinho stepped up and converted the spot-kick much to the delight of the home faithful. The last big chance of the match went to Mumbai after Matias Defederico ran at the Dynamos defence before striking the frame of the goal. (Agencies)

Sports Correspondent Dibrugarh, Oct 18: Hosts Assam have managed to garner a lead of 31 runs at the end of Day 2 against Himachal Pradesh in their Plate B match of the Colonel C.K. Nayudu U-23 Cricket Tournament at Tinsukia Moment of the match between Assam & Himachal Pradesh District Sports Association stadium here today. tained their line and length giving away 69 runs in 19 Assam ended the day at and kept pecking away at overs. Arpan Dutta and 68/2 after managing to the opposition batsman. Raj Agarwal supported him brilliantly and bundle out Himachal Pradesh for 228 in C.K. Nayudu U-23 Cricket managed to scalp two wickets each their first essay. For Assam, Sajid Khan and AR Kalsi scored 41 off 74 conceding 40 and 39 Sunzow Brahma remained balls with the help of three runs respectively. unbeaten at 32 and 5 runs boundaries. MA Sharma In the first innings, contributed a steady 30 A s s a m p o s t e d 1 9 1 respectively. Earlier resuming the day off 112 balls while skip- runs with the help of a at 100/4, both the over- per AP Vashist chipped in g u t s y k n o c k f r o m Sunzow Brahma who night Himachal batsman with 29 off 48 balls. started the day cautiously. For Assam, Rajjakuddin made 63 before retirThe Assam bowlers main- Ahmed managed a fiver ing hurt.

Dolaichunga Sporting Club edged past Khasi Students' Union in the final match of the 1St EM cup knock-out football tournament

Cut all ties with Pak. till terrorism ends: Gambhir Insists that every Indian must put himself into the shoes of an Army personnel before talking about keeping politics and sports separate. New Delhi, Oct 18: Cricketer Gautam Gambhir on Monday called for a complete freeze on ties with Pakistan till cross-border terrorism ends. "I would not even think of playing cricket with Pakistan. Indian lives are more important than sports," Gambhir told mediapersons here. Gambhir insisted that every Indian must put himself into the shoes of an Army personnel before talking about keeping politics and sports separate. "I absolutely endorse that we should not have any relation or ties with Pakistan until the time this cross-border terrorism

finishes. People need to put themselves into the shoes the Army personnel who have lost their kids, someone have lost their father, son. We

our own countrymen. So I totally endorse that until the time we don't secure our own Indians, our own countrymen, all other things can be kept aside," the 35year-old said. Gambhir, who had recently made a comeback to the InGautam Gambhir dian Test team against New can Zealand, is s a y not the first this sitI n d i a n ting in an AC sportsperson room that cricket to express or bollywood should his views not be compared to on terror politics as long as and Pakiwe don't think ourselves stan. as Indians, or think for India Test skipper Virat

Kohli had condemned the Uri attack of September 18 on an Army camp that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers and former opener Virender Sehwag had also spoken out this on the social media. The Indian team has not played a bilateral series with Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. India was due to tour Pakistan in January 2009 but that ser i es was cancel l ed following the attacks. Another scheduled series in March-April 2012 was also cancelled after the Indian government refused to give the green signal to the tour. (PTI)

Dolaichunga Sporting Club with the winning trophy

ET Correspondent, Haflong Oct 18: The Final game of the 1st EM cup knock-out football tournament was played in between Dolaichunga Sporting Club and Khasi Students' Union (KSA), in which Dolaichunga Sporting Club defeated Khasi Student's Union defeated by a huge margin of 7-3 goals. A total number of 16 teams participated in this 22 day long tournament, that began on 26th of September at Public High School Playground, Harangajao. The tournament was organised by Harangajao Sports Association (HSA).

The CEM and all the guests of the function gave away the prizes and to runner up and winning team and also to best player, referees and other officials of the tournament. The Chief Executive Member, N C Hills Autonomous Council Debolal Gorlosa while speaking stressed importance in games and sports and appealed youth of Dima Hasao to give importance in sports as it is given in academic education since there has been plenty of an opportunity to be established in the society. EM Amendu Hojai, who

is also the local MAC and the chief host of the 1St EM cup knock-out foot ball tournament, offered his thanks to CEM and all the EMs for their whole hearted cooperation extended to him in regards to implementation of several developmental schemes in Harangajao. It is to be mentioned here that within a very short period of time the Harangajao has got facelift as there have been several schemes under Harangajao ITDP Block being implemented with the active initiative of EM Hojai.

Pakistan clinch day-night Test despite Bravo's hundred Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United Dubai, Oct 18: Despite a fighting hundred by Darren Bravo Pakistan pulled off a tension-packed 56-run victory against West Indies in the first day-night Test in Dubai on Monday. Bravo kept Pakistan's victory bid on hold during his resistancefilled 410-minute long 116 and it needed leg-spinner Yasir Shah to make a stunning two-handed catch to end his innings. West Indies were finally bowled for 289 with just 12 over left in the match. Bravo lingered on his haunches at the crease for a minute before trudging back to the pavilion, disappointed at his dismissal after bringing so close a draw or an upset win. Bravo's eighth Test hundred spiced with ten boundaries and a six had brought West Indies within 83 runs of victory and 27 ovesr to bat for a draw after they were set a daunting 346 runs to win. Left-armer Mohammad Nawaz trapped Devendra Bishoo while Miguel Cummins and last man Shannon Gabriel were run out to spark a celebration amongst Pakistan players. Paceman Mohammad Amir finished with 3-63 and Shah

Pakistan had never hoped to strive that much after getting an important wicket of Marlon Samuels with the first ball of the day . took 2-113. The match was a good advertisement for Test cricket as it had a triple hundred (302 not out) by Azhar Ali, 8-49 by legspinner Bishoo and two fighting knocks by Bravo. Pakistan had never hoped to strive that much after getting an important wicket of Marlon Samuels with the first ball of the day but Bravo left them frustrated and near to capitulation. This was Test cricket's second

ever day-night Test played with a pink ball after Australia and New Zealand featured in the first at Adelaide in November last year. The win is more memorable for Pakistan as the match marked their 400th Test since they began the five-day format in 1952. Bravo first added 77 for the fifth wicket with Roston Chase (35) and then another 69 for the seventh with skipper Jason Holder who made

40 not out. Pakistan had taken the second new ball with West Indies 2246 and Bravo needing four for hundred. Bravo smashed an uppish drive off Amir's first ball to backward point boundary to complete his magnificent hundred after 329-minutes of defiance. Bravo and Holder took the West Indies within 100 of victory in 41 overs after they reached dinner at 232-6. Chase, famous for his 137 not out at Jamaica which helped West Indies draw a Test against India in July this year, gave full support to Bravo as the duo frustrated Pakistan. Pakistan's hopes rested on Shah who was not at his best despite the good turn on offer. He finally got his first wicket when he bowled Chase from across his feet. Paceman Wahab Riaz then dismissed Shane Dowrich for nought to leave West Indies at 194-6. West Indies had resumed at 952 and were instantly in trouble when Amir had Samuels caught behind for four with the first ball of the day. Jermaine Blackwood (15) helped Bravo take the total to

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Karius (4), Clyne (6), Matip (6), Lovren (6), Milner (5), Henderson (6), Can (6), Coutinho (5), Firmino (5), Mane (5), Sturridge (5) Used subs: Lallana (5), Origi (n/a), Moreno (n/a)

Pakistan pulled off a tension-packed 56-run victory against West Indies in the first daynight Test in Dubai Paceman Mohammad Amir finished with 3-63 and Yasir Shah took 2113 West Indies were finally bowled for 289 with just 12 over left in the match 116 when left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz trapped him leg-before, a decision Pakistan only got on referral. West Indies had resumed at 95-2 and were instantly in trouble when Amir had Samuels caught behind for four with the first ball of the day. Jermaine Blackwood (15) helped Bravo take the total to 116 when left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz trapped him leg-before, a decision Pakistan only got on referral. (Agencies)

Sadio Mane takes on Marouane Fellaini in the first half London, Oct 18 : Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool would have drawn level on points with leaders Manchester City with a fifth successive Premier League victory, but were subdued by a classic Jose Mourinho performance of defensive organisation and discipline. United did not allow Liverpool to build the momentum and intensity that has characterized their

game this season, while Mourinho's limited attacking ambitions ensured chances were at a premium. The Portuguese was still grateful for two fine second-half saves from goalkeeper David de Gea, who dived low to stop Emre Can and saved athletically from Philippe Coutinho's 25-yard effort. United's best chance also came in the second half,

Man Utd: De Gea (8), Valencia (6), Bailly (6), Smalling (6), Blind (6), Fellaini (6), Pogba (6), Rashford (6), Herrera (8), Young (7), Ibrahimovic (5) Used subs: Rooney (5), Shaw (n/a) Man of the match: Ander Herrera but the unmarked Zlatan Ibrahimovic directed Paul Pogba's cross off target. The visitors had just 35% of possession - their lowest in a Premier League match since Opta began recording the data in 200304. (Agencies)

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