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June 18 | 2013 | 08 Shaban 1434 AH | PAGeS 12 |






Largely Circulated, No. 1 Bilingual Daily of J&K


‘Nitish should have quit NDA 15 years back’

Azad castigates State for ‘poor’ implementation of schemes Srinagar, June 17: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today castigated state government for failing to implement several centrally sponsored schemes in Jammu and Kashmir. According to news agency KNS Azad said, “Despite the availability of many health schemes from the central government these are not properly implemented. He emphasized that state government should implement all the centre sponsored schemes as soon as possible”Azad said while speaking on the occasion of inauguration of Mobile Medical Services here today. Meanwhile union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today announced that 200 Ambulances will be allotted within one month. “The Ambulances which centre is giving to the state is expecting to prove very helpful to the people of state especially the people living in for flung areas”. He said, “Centre government is serious about the health sector and number of schemes will be introduced in near future so that the health sector will be improved,” he said.

Parliamentary Standing Committee meets CS Srinagar, June 17: The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment headed by Hemanand Biswas Monday reviewed the status of implementation of various schemes for welfare, social justice and empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized sections in Jammu and Kashmir at a high level meeting with Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday here. An overview of various welfare programs being implemented in the state was presented by the concerned departmental heads. The Committee enquired about various schemes aimed at rehabilitation and social, educational and economic empowerment of persons with disabilities, women, SCs, OBCs, elderly, widows etc.

Soz meets Governor Srinagar, June 17: Prof. Saifud-Din Soz, President, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee and Member of Parliament, met Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan here this afternoon. During their meeting, the Governor and Prof. Soz discussed several important matters relating to the governance, growth and development of the State.

Azad visits Khirbhawani Srinagar, June 17: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Ghulam Nabai Azad today visited Ganderbal and attended the Mela Khirbhawani. Minister of State for Cooperatives, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma also accompanied Mr. Azad.Mr. Azad interacted with the devotees and inquired about the facilities made available for them in and around the shrine. He asked devotees to pray for peace, prosperity and development of the State. Interacting with people, Mr. Azad said that our leaders have given sacrifices for upholding the tradition of communal harmony. He appealed them to promote mutual brotherhood and work for making firm the fabric of the composite culture woven by Sufis and Saints, centuries ago, in the State.

PDD employee electrocuted Srinagar, June 17: A PDD employee was electrocuted in Baramulla district last evening. A PDD employee Ghulam Mohammad Magray son of Abdul Reshi resident of Wanigam, See employee on Pg. 11

No decision yet on pre-poll alliance: Azad Srinagar, June 17: Day after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hinted that there was a possibility of formation of third front at the centre, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today ruled out the formation of the third front saying such moves have failed in the past. He also played safe over the pre-poll Alliance in J&K stating that there is enough time left for elections in J&K and that the Congress party will contest polls with full strength. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function at Directorate of Health Services here, he said, “No decision regarding forming a pre-poll alliance has been taken yet. Right now a coalition government is in power. Different members within Congress and National Conference may have different opinions about the possibility of pre-poll alliance but the final decision will be taken at the right time”, he said. Azad welcomed Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's decision to quit NDA.

Azad called Nitish Kumar, a secular leader who should have taken the decision to part ways with the BJP long time ago. "It is a welcome decision and should have happened 15 years ago," said Azad. "I have known Nitishji for a long

on the issue. We will see how things turn around," he added. "But what we have been witnessing is that there is going to be a complete polarisation of parties on the secular lines - soon there will be two parties a secular front led by the Congress and a

Yadav's statement that the JDU can consider coming back to the NDA without Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate. "I don't think the BJP will come back to the JDU after break up," he added. Azad called Modi more a threat to the BJP than the Congress. "Modi's inclusion led to the breakup of the BJP and strengthening of the Congress," he said. Chief minister Omar Abdullah had on Sunday expressed the same sentiments. "We were able to tie up with the NDA as it was headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Parties like mine would never even dream of going in an alliance where the Modi is in the forefront," Omar said.

time now and know that he has always been a very secular person. Even Sharad Yadav ji is a secular person. I don't know in what circumstances Nitish ji joined hands with the BJP but that is past," he added. Azad, however, refused to comment on whether the Congress will form an alliance with the JDU. "It's too early to comment

non-secular front led by the BJP, so people will have to choose,'' Azad said. Azad also ruled out the possibility of a strong third front. "It will not last more than two years. People do not want uncertainty. It has happened in the past so nobody will repeat the mistake again," he added. Reacting to JDU leader Sharad

On the reshuffle in the Union Cabinet, Azad said he had proposed at the Jaipur session of the AICC that ministers should not hold posts like General Secretary and Pradesh Congress Committee Chiefs a year ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. “While the ministers have a job to do in continuing the good See Azad on Pg. 11

Image of lawyers needs to be changed: CJI Srinagar, June 17: Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir today said the image of lawyers, who are depicted as "sharks" in cartoons, needs to be changed to that of a socially responsible citizen. "Lawyers are shown as sharks in cartoons…that has to change. The lawyers have to show that we are socially responsible citizens," the Chief Justice said in his address to faculty and students of Law department at Kashmir University here. "You should participate in legal aid work. There is a social commitment (for lawyers). Law is not something you do for only yourself but for the society as well," he said. Justice Kabir said there were plenty of avenues

for law graduates in the changing world but they should also do their bit for the society. The Chief Justice said among the avenues available to the law graduates are higher studies and the whole corporate

world. The advent of Internet has led to the specialisation of even law courses as the worldwideweb has helped in exchange of ideas, he said. "The Information Technology Act was started with the intention of

KU to bar use of cell phones during exams Srinagar, June 17: In a bid to conduct professional examinations in a smooth manner and stop students from using cell phones and other electronic devices, Kashmir University has decided to install jammers in Humanities Hall where round the year professional examinations are being conducted. All the formalities in this regard have been fulfilled while the machinery has been procured as well. Kashmir University has flouted tenders for the installation of this machinery. The jammers will be installed to stop students from using mobile phones, bluetooth and other related electronic devices. A Kashmir University official revealed that this step would help to conduct professional examinations like BUMS, MBBS, MDMS, BDS smoothly. “Usually, we could not frisk female students properly and they usually carry their mobiles with them during examinations. Now, we can easily detect all the electronic devices and the biggest advantage is that mobile phones, bluetooth and other electronic devices will not function because of the presence of jammers,” he said. When contacted, Registrar Kashmir University, Professor Zaffar Ahmed Reshi said that during examinations students often complain that their mobile phones are misplaced as we seize cell phones from all the students. “Now they carry mobile phones along with them and we have no problem,” he said adding we are looking at the financial See KU on Pg. 11

highlighting the authenticity of documents. The digital signatures were also included in it. The law had to be altered so as to use the technological advances which has brought professionalism in law," he said. The Chief Justice said he will take up on priority the empanelment of Kashmir University's Law department students as research assistants and law clerks to the Supreme Court judges. "But you will also have to be cooperative. You have to come to Delhi and stay there for at least one year," he said responding to the suggestion of allowing the Kashmir University students the opportunity to work with Supreme Court judges. Justice Kabir said a See CJI on Pg. 11

Mela Khirbhawani celebrated with religious fervor Ganderbal, June 17: Mela Khirbhawani, one of the significant festivals of Kashmiri Pandits, was celebrated with religious fervor at Tulmula Ganderbal on Monday. Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits, including women and children, participated in the annual mela, in colourful dresses. Majority of them had arrived at the temple yesterday and joined the nightlong prayers, while others arrived this morning. The authorities had made adequate transport and other arrangements for the devotees. Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi See Mela on Pg. 11

UPA inducts old faces in its Cabinet New Delhi, June 17: In perhaps the last reshuffle and expansion of the Union Council of Ministers, Mallikarjun Kharge was on Monday made the Railways Minister as eight more were inducted with veterans Sis Ram Ola and Oscar Fernandes making a comeback. After Sunday's reshuffle in the party, senior woman leader from election-bound Rajasthan Girija Vyas and K S Rao from Andhra Pradesh were brought in as Cabinet Ministers in Monday's exercise which was an all-Congress affair. Three new faces -- Santosh Chowdhury, J D Seelam and E N S Nachiappan were made Ministers of State along with veteran Maharashtra leader Manikrao Gavit. With the fresh inductions, the strength of the Union Council of Ministers has gone up to 77. The oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers was administered by President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan attended by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and union minis-

No compromise was made to end standoff with China: Army Udhampur, June 17: No compromise was made to end the standoff with China in the Ladakh sector, Army's General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command, KT Parnaik said on Monday. "Ultimately, the whole issue was resolved with Chinese reverting to the pre-April 15 situation. In doing so, no compromise was made. We didn't give in to any of their unusual demands. No structures were destroyed," Parnaik told reporters in Udhampur. He said the Army had deliberately chosen not to make any public comments on the stand off when it was going on as the government had taken up the responsibility to do so. "While the standoff with China was going on, Army had deliberately chosen not to make any public comments. Reason is that the

task of informing people was taken by the government and foreign office was dealing with it directly," he said. Parnaik said China had violated the protocol when its troops put up tents in Daulat Old Begi sector in Ladakh region on April 15.

"On April 15, China came in and put up tents in the area. They decided to stay put. It was violation of the protocol. The matter went up to the foreign office. We had series of meetings. Foreign office was in touch with Bei-

Mainstream parties draw wish list ahead of PM's visit Srinagar, June 17: Expectations are riding high on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Jammu and Kashmir later this month, with mainstream political parties urging the Centre to initiate steps to address the internal and external dimensions of the slow moving peace process. "We hope that the Prime Minister's visit will focus on the peace process in the broadest sense. We hope it is not just at the localised level but a dialogue is initiated with the separatists as well as Pakistan," chief spokesman of Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Naeem Akhtar said. The separatist camp has, however, shown no interest in the Prime Minister's visit. Yasin Malik-led Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has called for a shutdown the day Singh lands in Kashmir. The Prime Minister, along

with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, is scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir on June 25 to inaugurate the railway link connecting Kashmir in north of Pir Panjal Mountain range to Banihal town on the south. This section is vital for linking Kashmir with rest of the country through the ambitious rail project started 10 years ago. Akhtar said the PDP is hoping that J&K-specific confidence building measures (CBMs) between India and Pakistan will be taken to next level as the recent elections in the neighbouring country have ended the period of uncertainty. Among the wish list of the PDP is extending the cross Line of Control (LoC) travel for all residents of Jammu and Kashmir, and removing the bottlenecks in the cross-LoC trade. "We hope that the Prime Minister also addresses the issue of unemployment in the state and alienation

ters among others. Seventy-one-year-old Kharge, who missed out in the Chief Ministerial race in Karnataka last month, has been compensated with the heavyweight Railway portfolio after being shifted from Labour and Employment. Labour has now been given to Ola, the 86-year-old Jat leader from Rajasthan who gets back the same portfolio he had held in the UPA-I. Fernandes, who had also been Labour Minister and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister in UPA-I, got Road and Highways Ministry, succeeding C P Joshi who resigned over the weekend. Girija Vyas got Housing, Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation, a portfolio held by Ajay Maken who also had quit on Saturday to work for the party. K S Rao (69), a five-time MP from coastal Andhra Pradesh who nearly quit Lok Sabha after being ignored in the Cabinet expansion last year, was given the Textiles portfolio. Among new Ministers of State, Seelam, a former IAS officer, is a dalit face from Andhra Pradesh. He got Finance. Gavit, 78-year-old tribal See Cabinet on Pg. 11

among the youth as well. More than ideological aspirations, it is a matter of survival for the youth who have framed in false cases," he said. The ruling National Conference (NC) said although the PM's visit was for inaugurating development projects in the state, the party was hopeful that Singh will initiate steps from Kashmir for resolution of the problems of the state. "Now that there is a change of guard in Pakistan, we hope that the Prime Minister initiates from Kashmir steps for resolution of Kashmir issue," Tanvir Sadiq, NC leader and political secretary to chief minister Omar Abdullah, said. Sadiq said whatever the Prime Minister announces during his visit will be beneficial for the state. State secretary of CPI(M) Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said Singh should at least send a message to the people of Kashmir that

justice will be done on all fronts. "We expect that the least the Prime Minister can do is to assure the people of the state that various recommendations of the working groups set up by him will be implemented," Tarigami said. The recommendations that Tarigami wants to be implemented include return of power projects to Jammu and Kashmir, enhancing the cross-LOC movement and good governance. The communist leader said while there was a lot of hue and cry about revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state, the Public Safety Act (PSA) was being badly misused by the state police. "It has created an atmosphere of uncertainty among a large section of people. The Prime Minister should assure the people that there will be no more repressive measures," he added.

jing to de-escalate the situation," Parnaik said. He said the situation was de-escalated without any compromises. "I repeat that no compromise was made and Chinese reverted to the pre-April 15 situation. That is how the situation was de-escalated," he said. The Army officer said he was not in favour of partial revocation of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). "There is no need to disempower Army by partial revocation of AFSPA," he said, adding that Army had not misused AFSPA. On Amarnath yatra, he said, "We have got inputs on threat to the yatra." On the issue of the standoff with China, Parnaik said, "There was no compromise. We lost nothing. We dismantled none of our defences. We broke none of See Army on Pg. 11

Anti- govt slogans at Khirbhawani Srinagar, June 17: A group of irate Kashmiri Pundits expressed their displeasure by shouting anti-government slogans when Chief Minister Omar Abdullah reached Khirbhawani temple on Monday, forcing the IGP Kashmir Abdul Gani Mir to intervene. The protestors poohpoohed Omar for not providing them with electricity and water supply at Jagti and Muthi camps. “We have been left with no option. In Jammu we face heat wave without water and power and in Kashmir we have no homes,” said a protestor. The chief minister reached Kherbhawani where a group of Pundits had gathered for yearly Kherbhawani Mela. IGP Kashmir, A G Mir tried his best to persuade the protesting Pandits. “The state government has made no arrangements in See Slogans on Pg. 11


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work on development front, the party office bearers also have to work on strengthening the party”, he said while referring to resignation of C P Joshi and Ajay Maken from the Union cabinet. “Congress does not take decisions watching others. We follow our own policies and the latest reshuffle is the outcome of that strategy,” he said. Azad responding to a question about Prime Minister’s visit and said, “Prime Minster and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi are scheduled to visit valley on 25th of June and they are programmed to visit Uri, Kishtwar and will inaugurate Railway link between Qazigund and Banihal”.


leader from Maharashtra and a nine-time MP, has been allotted Social Justice and Empowerment portfolio. Santosh Chowdhury, a dalit from Hoshiarpur in Punjab, was given Health & Family Welfare Ministry. Nachiappan, a member of the JPC on 2G scam and a member of the panel of the presiding officers in the Rajya Sabha, was given Commerce and Industry. The reshuffle was expected for some time after the exit of DMK's six ministers and resignation of Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar.


little bit of encouragement to the fresh law graduates can help them go a long way in their career. He mentioned about a Kashmiri woman lawyer, practising in Supreme Court, saying "initially, she was shy but I encouraged her to argue the case and today she has an identity of her own." The Chief Justice said there has been a sea change in the enthusiasm as well as opportunities available to law students over the past 40 years. "In 1969-70, legal education meant joining the course for either morning shift or evening shift and paying a fee of Rs12 per month. Only enthusiastic few would do the hard work of studying in depth. Today the students want to know and participate in moot court (competition) in Washington, Geneva and elsewhere in the world. There is no reason why Kashmiri students cannot go there," he said. He said the law students today need clinical education whereby they can get to learn hands on from the legal practitioners. Supreme Court judge Justice TS Thakur, in his address, said there is a need to catch promising law graduates young in order to strengthen the judiciary. "The whole effort is to catch the judges young. We would want the promising law graduates to join the judiciary before they get disinterested with the profession as there can be difficulties at the start of the career," Justice Thakur said. He said the lawyers are soldiers of rule of law. "In all civilised societies, it is the rule of law that sustains the society. We cannot be governed by arbitrary system. There is peace and progress only because of rule of law. It is the lawyers who maintain the rule of law."


Azad, Speaker Mubarak Gul, Nasir Aslam Wani, Ajaz Ahmed Khan Abdur Rahim Rather and Qazi Mohammad Afzal visited the temple and greeted the people on this occasion. Separatist leader Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Javid Ahmed Mir and and several other leaders too visited Tulmula and greeted Kashmiri pandits. The spring in the temple complex takes on various hues like red, pink, orange, green, blue, light green, red rosy and milky white shades. “Such a sacred and mysterious spring is one of its kind in India. People living around the spring, associated with Hindu Goddess Ragnya Devi, have great veneration for the holy shrine, “ said one of the priests. Most of the Kashmiri pandits, who migrated from Kashmir in early nineties said that they along with their families wanted to return. “We hope government makes suitable arrangements for our rehabilitation. Many of us want to come back but for that we need the support of the government and the people,” he said. Meanwhile, the Chairperson of Dharmahat Trust Dr Karan Singh has greed people. In his message, Dr Singh said that this festival is the symbol of brotherhood and on this occasion Muslims and Pandits join shoulder to shoulder and spread the light of love and brotherhood.


our structures, which is a speculation. "It was achieved without any compromise...and within the realm of the BPTA (Border Peace and Tranquility Agreement) treaty, which exists. There was a simultaneous effort on the ground, at the tactical level by our formations, as well as the dialogue between the two countries at the foreign office level," he said. Parnaik said the Indian border with China, especially in Ladakh, has a "major problem" because it is not firmly delineated. He said there were large areas of different perceptions. "The Chinese feel that their border extends to that line, we feel that our border extends to the line we believe to be ours. So, the areas recognised are the areas with different perceptions," he said. Therefore, he said the PLA and the Indian Army continue to patrol these areas up to their area of perception and in doing so, they come across each other's patrol regularly. When that happens, there is a face-off. "The entire process is peaceful. Whenever there is a faceoff, we show manners to each other. We convince each other to de-escalate the situation. They go to their side and we return to our side," he said. Parnaik said there are established methods of dealing with stand-offs. "These methods include communicating on the hotline... we have flag meetings, we have border personnel meeting. Besides, there are protocols which are followed by both the countries," he said. On April 15, when Chinese troops put up tents in Ladakh area, they violated the protocol, which led to the standoff, he said.


Kherbhawani, it is confined only to issuance of statements,” said Bhushan Pandita, a middle aged Pandit.

Another Pandit Kishoor Pandith Lal said, “The government is making mockery of Pundit migration. It claims that KPs should return but does not take any practical steps for the implementation of its statements”. Meanwhile a senior Police officer said that few Pundith boys from Jagti migrant camp were complaining of non availability of free electricity in the camp and were demanding an action in this regard. Meanwhile Minority Cell of the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday condemned the unruly behavior of handful miscreants at Khirbhawani in a vain bid to vitiate the serene atmosphere on the auspicious occasion of Jaishtha Ashtami. In a joint statement, Anil Dhar( Working President ), M. L Munshi, A K Hangloo , Jatin Bhat and others described as unfortunate the incident saying this is no way of highlighting the problems. They decried the machinations of elements behind the incident and said for their political motives, they have exploited the sentiments of some devotees ignoring the sanctity of the occasion. By provoking a handful of devotees when the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited the revered shrine to meet and felicitate the devotees on the annual festival, the elements behind mischief have, the vested interests have not done any good to the community. The leaders appreciated the vast mass of devotees for isolating the miscreants for their unbecoming attitude.


aspect and if we find it affordable, we will install these jammers,” he said.


Baramulla was seriously injured when he received electric shock while repairing a HT power cable at Wanigam. The injured succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital. The body of deceased was handed over to his relatives for last rites. Baramulla police has registered a case in this regard.

ZABARWAN TIMES Latest technology imperative for Kichloo visits JU boosting livestock: Gurezi Jammu, June 17: Minister of

Gurez, June 17: Minister Sericulture Development. scope but need is to adopt of State for Animal & Interacting with the the latest technology for Sheep Husbandry, Mr. farmers and officers of the cultivation of mulberry Nazir Ahmed Gurezi has organizing Departments, p l a n t a t i o n . H e s a i d emphasized on necessity the Minister said that plantation drive would be of introducing the latest conducting such Melas launched in the Gurez area technology in all produc- will generally help in in November this year. He tive sectors like agricul- transferring technology at also announced that t u r e , h o r t i c u l t u r e , the gross root level to Fodder godown will be sericulture and livestock farmers. He announced established for lives stock with the view to increase that two such camps would there. Mr. Gurezi said that the socio- economic be conducted at Tulail and the poultry unit will be also conditions of the farming Bandipora soon. He said established in the area so community. He said this is Horticulture Department is that the people can be the only key source to also holding a Mega benefitted during the ensure economic growth Awareness Camp at Gurez w i n t e r . D i r e c t o r , of the State in general and s o o n . T h e M i n i s t e r Sericulture Development farming community in appealed the people to Department S. Dhanbir particular. come forward and take Singh and Additional Inaugurating a Kissan benefit of the schemes Director, Sericulture Mela cum Awareness l a u n c h e d b y t h e Development Department Camp held at Dawar Gurez G o v e r n m e n t u n d e r Dr. Malik Farooq in their today, the Minister said Sericulture sector. He said addresses highlighted the technical expertise is being need is to revive the achievements of the provided to the farmers sericulture in the State Department. On the through various modes and adding that it provides occasion, the Minister said that organizing of subsidiary employment to planted some mulberry Kissan Mela in rural areas the rural people especially plants in the premises of is one of the available women folk. Referring to the Higher Secondary mode to educate the the scope of agriculture, Institute. He also distribfarmers. horticulture and sericul- uted cheques worth Rs. The Camp was organized ture in the tehsil, he said 1 5 0 0 0 a m o n g t e n by the J&K Department of that the area has huge beneficiaries.

State for Home, Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, today convened a meeting with Jammu University administration led by Vice Chancellor Mohan Pal Singh Ishar to discuss issues regarding withdrawal of Police contingent deployed at the varsity campus. Threadbare discussions were held on relocation/withdrawal of Police component deployed in the University for the last four years. Vice Chancellor requested the Minister for early withdrawal of the police personnel and vacation of at the transit House – a building in the campus where police personnel are putting up. The Minister assured the Vice Chancellor that appropriate decision will be taken at the earliest in this regard. He further said that he has convened a meeting of home department tomorrow to resolve the issues. He also paid visit to Transit House of Jammu University alongwith ADDC, DIG Jammu, SP South Rajeshwar Singh and other senior officers.

J&K Bank Sakina visits Khirbhawani, Manzgam, Spl schemes to develop hilly, serves says communal amity abode of Kashmir unconnected areas: Taj refreshment to M a n z g a m , J u n e 1 7 : a welcome sign for growing ensure better facilities Far flung Bujithala gets road connectivity

Uri, June 17: Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din today said that the Government is paying special attention to the development of hilly and so far unconnected areas of the State. He said many exclusive schemes and budgetary provisions like Tribal Sub Plan, Border Area Development Programme etc. have been devised for the purpose. Addressing public meetings at Chandanwari and Bujithala today, the Minister said that stress is laid on covering these areas under the ambit of schemes in drinking water distribution, road connectivity, power distribution, health, PDS etc. sectors. At Bujithala, Mr. Taj asked the people to extend a helping hand to the Government in the successful execution and implementation of welfare schemes aimed at improving their lot. He assured people that their demands would be met in a phased manner. The Minister also reviewed the pace of work on eight

kilometer Bujithala road, connecting the village to rest of the area. He was told that work on the Rs. 1.77 cr road project is in advanced stage and so far Rs. 1.22 cr have also been expended on it. This would be for the first time that people of the village would have the benefits of road connectivity. Mr. Taj was on a three day visit to the area. Yesterday he visited the hilly areas of Uri constituency including Choolan, Danisaydan, Daragutaliyan, Zamboorpatan etc. He took an on the spot inspection of the development works undertaken in these areas and sought direct feedback from the people there. He also addressed a series of public meetings at these places. At Zamboorpatan, Mr. Taj announced release of Rs. 48 lacs out of his Constituency Development Fund for completing the work on the construction of a local school. Senior officers of district administration and engineers of several wings accompanied the Minister during the visit.

Kheer bawani devotees

Srinagar, June 17: Keeping with its tradition of being a socially relevant bank, J&K Bank today organized a courtesy camp at Khir Bhawani on the occasion of Mela Mata Khir Bhawani. Besides serving light refreshment to the devotees, a freshcash counter and a mobile ATM facility was also made available for the convenience of the pilgrims. The camp witnessed heavy rush of devotees, who described the initiative as a reflection of Bank’s huge sense of commitment for the peoples’ comfort and convenience. The devotees who visited the camp included Reserve Bank officials, who lauded that facilities provided by the Bank. Abdul Hamid Khan, Bank’s Cluster Head for Ganderbal also attended the camp. Earlier on 7th June the bank through its Business Unit Wangath had organized Camp at Baba-Nagri Wangath on the 121st. Annual Urs of Baba Nizam-ud-din Larwi Sahab (R.A).

Lone inaugurates 5-Day UGC workshop on capacity building of women managers

Srinagar, June 17: Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone today inaugurated 5-Day Sensitivity, Awareness and Motivation (SAM) workshop on capacity b u i l d i n g o f w om e n managers in higher education. The seminar has been organised by Women’s Studies Centre at Government College of Education, M A Road under

the aegis of University Grants Commission, New Delhi. Member, National Commission for Women, Mrs. Shamina Shafi, Chairperson of High Level Committee on the Status of Women, Prof Pam Rajput, Director WSC, Jammu University, Prof. Poonam Dhawan, Regional Coordinator North West, Prof. Nelofer Khan were present on the occasion. Principal Government

College of Education and Director WSC Prof Parveen Pandit, participants from North West States, staff and large number of students of the college also participated in the workshop. Addressing the inaugural session, Mr. Lone said that women have proven their talent and aptitude in various decision making positions in the State and Union Governments that attests the capability and competence of women folk. The Minister hailed the initiative of the University Grants Commission for holding such training events which makes women participants sensitive and develops an understanding about women’s studies perspectives, need and importance besides making the participants to know and get awareness about organisation management and academic leadership.

Terming communal amity close relations between the including round the clock as abode of Kashmir, majority and minority power supply, safe drinking Minister for Social Welfare, community members. She water, transport, essential ARI and Trainings, Ms f u r t h e r s a i d t h a t commodities like rice, Sakina Itoo today hoped that Government has already sugar, flour, LPG etc so that in the coming years, the taken a number steps for the devotees do not face any migrated Pandits would providing facilities to the difficulties during their stay come back to their native Kashmiri Pandit to facilitate in Mela days. places and live with their them to come to their here The Minister also paid neighbours as they used to and hearths. obeisance at the Shrine of before their migration. Meanwhile, during her B a b a Q a w a m - u d - D i n Today the Minister visited inspection to the various (R.A.) and took stock of the the Khirbhawani Mela at construction works, the developmental activities Manzgam and interacted Minister was informed that around the shrine. She with the devotees. She took Rs. 2 lakhs have been spent directed construction of a round of the whole temple on the crate works under bath room and development complex and took stock the MGNERGA while Rs of park, so that the devotees v a r i o u s c o n s t r u c t i o n 50,000 against the cost do not face any problem in activities presently under project of Rs. 4 lakh have performing their religious execution. been expended on the obligations. Ms. Sakina said that the construction of protection Earlier, the Committee p e o p l e o f t h e S t a t e wall behind the Spring and members of the Manzgam throughout centuries have other renovation works of Temple Committee put p r e a c h e d c o m m u n a l the Spring and further f o r t h s o m e d e m a n d s harmony, brotherhood, construction is in progress. including construction of tranquility and added that She was further told that more bath rooms, shelter they are peace loving Rs.1.60 lakhs have been sheds for accommodating people. She said that the spent on the construction of pilgrims and immediate Kashmir Pandit community community latrine under m a c a d a m i z a t i o n o f is an integral part of our Total Sanitation Scheme. Mangzgam –Gujjardar society and without them, T h e M i n i s t e r w h i l e road. Additional Deputy K a s h m i r i c u l t u r e i s i n t e r a c t i n g w i t h t h e Commissioner, Kulgam, incomplete. She said that pilgrims, enquired about the Mr. Gulzhar Ahmad Dar, from past some years, the facilities being provided to S.P. Kulgam, various senior flow of the Kashmiri Pandit them during the Mela days. officers of District Kulgam devo tees have gone S h e d i r e c t e d t h e were present on the manifold and added that it is accompanying officers to occasion.

BJP releases evidence of Nitish Kumar's contradictory stand Srinagar, June 17: Dr Jitendra Singh, BJP National Executive Member Monday released to media date-wise record of some of the statements issued by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during the last ten to twelve years which ,according to Dr Jitendra Singh ,offered sufficient evidence to prove the contention that JD(U)'s decision to withdraw from alliance with BJP in Bihar was motivated by nothing else but blatant political opportunism and betrayed contradictory stand taken by Nitish Kumar from time to time. Giving brief detail of this archive research, Dr Jitendra Singh recalled how in early 2002,when Ram Vilas Paswan quit NDA on the issue of Godhra, Nitish Kumar had denounced and dubbed Paswan him as an opportunist and given a clean chit to Narendra Modi. Later, in December 2002,Nitish Kumar had

hailed the victory of Narendra Modi in Gujarat Assembly elections and rebutted the charge of polarisation against Modi, he recalled. Dr Jitendra Singh said that in July 2004,when Laloo Prasad Yadav as Railways Minister, decided to institute inquiry into Godhra train incident, it was none else but Nitish Kumar, who had held charge of Ralway Minister at the time of Godhra incident, described this as a political stunt. Later in January 2005 ,when a report on Godhra was submitted to Railway Board Chairman R.K.Singh, Nitish described it as politically motivated, he further added. What is more, as lately as in December 2007 when Narendra Modi won Gujarat Assembly election second time, Nitish Kumar hailed it profusely and snubbed Laloo Yadav for his remarks against Modi, said Dr Jitendra Singh.

Lady ends life in Ganderbal Srinagar, June 17: A lady (name withheld) resident of Gutlibagh, Ganderbal consumed some poisonous substance at her home. She was shifted to SKIMS, Soura where she breather her last. Ganderbal Police, after completing all legal formalities, handed over the body of deceased lady to her relative for last rites. A case has been registered in this regard.

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Better Indo-Pak relations in favour of people: Altaf Rajouri June 17,2013:

Mian Altaf said that the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is keen to see the friendly ties of both the countries more strong which has direct bearing on the situation of the State. He said good Indo-Pak relations will pledge peace in the State besides giving border people a chance to live

incentives aimed to increasing production and improve the economy of the farmers Describing peace imperative for develof the State. He said that Government has opment, Minister for Forests, Ecology and launched several schemes in agriculture Environment, Mian Altaf has said that betsector and asked the farmers to come ter Indo-Pak relations are in favour of the forward and take timely benefits. He said both the countries and the people of the hybrid seeds of different varieties are being provided to the farmers by the Agriculture Department besides financial incentives for purchasing of agriculture inputs including machinery. Asking for adopting latest and innovative technologies introduced in the Agriculture Sector, the Minister said that sufficient subsidy is being provided by the Government for purchasing these equipments. Later, the Minister reviewed the pace of developmental projects coming up in R&B, PHE, Power, Education and Health sectors at an officers meeting. He directed district administration to address the road, water and electricity problems of the people State, particularly living in border areas. a peaceful life. He said the people living in on priority. Vice Chairman, J&K Advisory Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal The Minister was addressing peo- border areas were most affected in hostil- Board for Development of Kissans, Radhay Gulzar News Agency Zahid Book Depot ple after inaugurating one day awareness itySoura between the two countries. ShamChadoora Sharma, Principal Chief Conservator camp organized by J&K Tariq Advisory Board for Describing agriculture asBashir backbone of Agency of Forests, functionaries of the Board beNews Agency Hawal News Nowhatta Development of Kissans at Pukharni economy of the State, theBudshah Minister said senior officers of district administraMuzaffar AliLam News the Agency Alamgari Bazar Newssides Agency Lal Chowk on LOC in district Rajouri Monday. that Government has introduced several tion were present on the occasion.

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ing added to Janani Suraksha Yojna to give more facilities to pregnant women and new born babies. He said now pre and post natal care and treatment to women at Government run hospitals would be provided free of cost. Also, he said, the new born babies would be treated upto their first birthday free of cost. He

be funded 100 treatment costs of life consuming diseases on the production of relevant papers. He regretted that not many cases from J&K are received and asked the Chief Medical Officers to deploy staff to prepare documents of such patients so that these cases are submitted to Centre for funding.

Mir while visiting Kheer Bhawani, Manzgam and Mata Tripur Sundari Shrine at Khana Baran, Devsar today on the eve of Mela Kheer Bhawani. Interacting with the devotees, the Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir was also rich in pilgrim tourism and to develop pilgrim sites with infrastructure facilities, the Government has mooted a comprehensive project report of Rs. 150 crore to the Centre for funding development of Sufi circuit in Kashmir, pilgrim circuit in Jammu and Buddhist circuit in Ladakh. He said the

J&K State Judicial Academy organizes Seminar SRINAGAR, JUNE 17 The Jammu and Kashmir State Judicial Academy organized a Seminar on “Rights of Women and Children – A Constitutional Perspective”, at the Academy Complex here last evening. Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, who was the Chief Guest, chaired the Seminar. Justice Altamas Kabir, Chief Justice of India; Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Justice M. M. Kumar, Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court; and Judges of the High Court, graced the occasion by their presence at the Seminar. The Registrar General of the High Court, Director, Judicial Academy, Judicial Officers, lawyers and law students were present on this occasion. In her presidential address, Mrs. Vohra emphasized the crucial importance of effectively enforcing the constitutional and other legal provisions to ensure protection and the promotion of rights of women and children. In this context, she referred to the various provisions in the constitution, the related statutes and the large number of ratified conventions in re-

gard to the rights of women and children, adding that continuing campaigns for enlarging awareness and bringing about attitudinal changes in the society are imperative to securing the desired results. Mrs. Vohra observed that education is the key to development and empowerment and, as such, it is of vital importance to devote sustained attention towards promotion of education, particularly of the girl child, along side effectively addressing issues relating to drop-outs so as to ensure that every child receives education. Referring to the human development indicators, she observed that despite the country having made tremendous progress on various fronts, health care services having been expanded, life span having increased and the country attaining self-sufficiency in foodgrain production, there is still urgent need for taking all necessary measures to ensure that the benefits of development flow to one and all to secure the objective of inclusive growth of society. In this context, she emphasized that the reproductive health of women and the nutritional requirements of children need focussed attention.

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DC Anantnag visits Nunwan base camp, reviews yatra arrangements ANANTNAG, JUNE 17: District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone Monday visited Base Camp Nunwan for the arrangements for the smooth conduct of Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2013. Among others, officers from civil, Police and security agencies attended the meeting. Threadbare discussions were held pertaining to establishment of medical camps, sanitation, availability of essentials, traffic management plan, drinking water facilities, telecommunication and repairs of roads enroute to Holy Cave. Regarding the Telecommunication facilities, special Public Call Offices shall be established at Mir Bazar, Nunwan, Pahalgam, Chandanwari, Sheeshnag and Panjtarani halting stations besides mobile connectivity shall be made available throughout the route leading to Holy Cave. The District Development Commissioner directed the concerned officers to ensure proper sanitation and cleanliness in the towns at camping sites besides enroute to Holy Cave. He directed installing sign boards regarding Yatra 2013 at different locations for facilitating the yatris and also asked the concerned officers to upload information regarding different utilities on the website of the district administration. Dr. Lone also asked the officers of JKTDC to ensure adequate accommodation for the employees deployed for Yatra 2013 well before the commencement of the Yatra. District Development Commissioner stressed upon the officers to put in arrangements in advance and ensure coordination among the officers for smooth conduct of the Yatra. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag also visited Mattan and inspected the arrangements made at the temple complex for the devotees. He directed the officers to ensure that devotees do not face any sort of inconvenience. He interacted with the devotees and inquired about the facilities made available for them in and around the shrine. He directed the Chief Medical Officer, Anantnag to keep available medical and para-medical staff alongwith adequate of medicines for the devotees at the Shrine.

Govt. mulling dev of 3 pilgrim tourist circuits in JK

Azad dedicates Mobile Medical Units to people

freezer, Refrigerator, besides some other facilities. One doctor and one paramedic would also be attached with each ambulance.These ambulances would be used in far flung areas of the State from where it is at times difficult to ferry patients to tertiary care hospitals. These ambulances are part of 2035 National Mobile Medical Units which are to be inducted in 431 districts of the country. J&K would be getting 11 such ambulances. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Azad said the Central Government

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Referring to child rights, the First Lady stressed the need for bringing about required improvements in the juvenile justice system in the country and for running Juvenile Homes efficiently. Mrs. Vohra congratulated the Judicial Academy for organizing first Seminar on a highly important topic as part of the inaugural function of its new building complex. Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, Judge of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, presented a memento to the First Lady on this occasion. In his Keynote Address, Justice Mir, spoke extensively about the constitutional provisions and various other laws enacted for providing safeguards to women and children. He stressed the need for enlarging awareness about the rights of women and children and thanked the First Lady for chairing the Seminar. This was followed by a lively question-answer session during which the speakers at the Seminar replied to the queries of the participants on varied issues relating to the rights of women and children in the constitutional perspective.

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project is under active consideration of the Central Government which in principle has agreed to provide funds for creation of these circuits in the State. The Tourism Minister said that around eight shrines of South Kashmir would be developed under Sufi circuit Kashmir with a view to promote pilgrim Tourism and provide tourist related infrastructure. The Minister said that a detailed project would be also formulated for landscaping of these shrines. He underscored the need for providing parking facilities at these shrines and directed the District Administration to identify State land so that necessary work would be taken up. The Tourism Minister said that the area had a rich tourism potential and Government encourages partnership

of private players. He called upon the youth of the area to opt tourism as their occupation, for the purposes Government would provide them soft loans with subsidies for setting up of various ventures under the sector. Mir said the Kheer Bhawani Mela serves as a reminder of communal harmony between Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits as the former make almost all the arrangements for the latter’s stay at the place of their worship. Mir said the remarkable increase registered in the number of Kashmiri Pandits visiting Kheer Bhawani during last few years is an encouraging phenomenon. “Government would continue to work to improve the facilities for the increased number of devotees visiting Kheer Bhawani at different shrines of the Valley,” he said.

Latest technology imperative for boosting livestock: Gurezi GUREZ, JUNE 17:

Minister of State for Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi has emphasized on necessity of introducing the latest technology in all productive sectors like agriculture, horticulture, sericulture and livestock with the view to increase the socio- economic conditions of the farming community. He said this is the only key source to ensure economic growth of the State in general and farming community in particular. Inaugurating a Kissan Mela cum Awareness Camp held at Dawar Gurez today, the Minister said technical expertise is being provided to the farmers through various modes and said that organizing of Kissan Mela in rural areas is one of the available mode to educate

Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Ali Mohammad Sagar today conducted an extensive tour of Budgam district to oversee the implementation of various flagship schemes besides conducting Awami Darbar at different places across the district. The Minister while interacting with the scores of deputations across the district directed the officers to ensure that the pace of various developmental works undertaken by the Government is sped up so that the people get benefits from these. He also appealed the people to actively involve themselves in implementation of these welfare schemes so that an effective feedback is got about the same and the need based and holistic de-

velopment of these areas is ensured. Sagar also directed the officers to construct 4000 individual house hold sani-


March 21-April 19 This should be a pretty good day, Aries. You will find a greater than usual sensitivity to your needs. One thing to be aware of is fast talkers who might make elaborate promises that they have no intention of keeping. Slow and steady wins the race, and you’re the master of this technique. Your patience and sensitivity are invaluable on a day like this.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Taurus, you may have recently built fanciful scenarios in your head regarding how you think things should be, in either a romantic, business, or family situation. It’s likely these images will conflict with reality as you discover that you need to take a much more analytical approach to what you have going.

Gemini May 21-June 21

The place you arrive at today may not be quite what you expected, Gemini. Once you get there, you will find that there is sudden opposition in your camp. Things may not always be exactly what they seem, so check your facts before you make any major decisions. It’s better to get the information right from the source rather than depend on what you hear through the grapevine.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Your actions might be a bit strained today, Cancer. People aren’t going to cooperate in the way you might like them to. It could be one of those days in which it’s difficult to get things done simply because other people seem to get in the way. Try not to get angry. Perhaps you need to take a break and relax. The harder you push, the more resistance you will encounter.


July 23-August 22 If you’re prepared and well organized, Leo, today should go smoothly and pleasantly. Feel free to indulge in fanciful daydreams and things of a whimsical nature. You’ve earned the right to break from the normal routine. If you’ve been slacking off your tasks, however, you will now need to spend some time catching up and planning ahead.


August 23-September 22

Don’t feel badly about things you have no control over, Virgo. Tonight it would be good for you to go out and have a nice time. Put aside your responsibilities and concentrate on fun. It might be difficult to jumpstart others to action, but don’t let that concern you. If people don’t want to budge, don’t force them. They will move when they’re ready.


September 23-October 23 You may find it hard to sit still today, Libra. People may pull your chain right and left in order to get a rise out of you. Whatever seems grounded and solid may end up being flimsy and detached. Beware of where you step. The ground is apt to give way with little warning. Your appetite may be ravenous, but it’s likely there won’t be nearly enough nourishment to satisfy you.


the farmers. The Camp was organized by the J&K Department of Sericulture Development. Interacting with the farmers and officers of the organizing Departments, the Minister said that conducting such Melas will generally help in transferring technology at the gross root level to farmers. He announced that two such camps would be conducted at Tulail and Bandipora soon. He said Horticulture Department is also holding a Mega Awareness Camp at Gurez soon. The Minister appealed the people to come forward and take benefit of the schemes launched by the Government under Sericulture sector. He said need is to revive the sericulture in the State adding that it provides subsidiary employment to the rural people especially women folk.

Sagar conducts Awami Rabta tour of Budgam SRINAGAR JUNE 17, 2013

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construction of these in the State so that the environmental pollution can be checked and the villages of the State get healthy hygienic condi-

October 24-November 21 Aries

Be careful who you19 trust today, Scorpio. Instead of March 21-April venturing out, you might prefer to stick close to home and enjoy the comforts you’ve worked so hard to attain. Don’t entrust just anyone with your secrets. Information is likely to be misinterpreted and what you say might not be taken as seriously as you’d like it to be.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21 Taurus

What looks like solid ground may be quicksand, April 20-May 20 Sagittarius. Be careful where you step. There’s an element of misunderstanding to the day that might make it difficult to get through to people. The good news is that your emotions are quite solid. Your inner stability should help you keep a healthy frame of mind, regardless of the events that transpire.

Capricorn December 22-January 19 Gemini

You may have your head in the clouds today, CapMay 21 there’s a need for you to keep ricorn. At21-June the same time, your feet on the ground. This contradiction of energies might make it difficult to find peace, but you should find comfort knowing that this will soon end. Deal with conflicting issues the best you can. They will help you find the balance and perspective you need.

Aquarius January 20-February 18 Cancer

Juneemotions 22-Julymay 22be playing tricks on you, AquarYour ius. You may find it hard to deal with reality. Take the day to relax and unwind. Don’t worry about the details. Concentrate more on your general state of mind. Things will go smoothly when you focus on radiating positive energy to others. Don’t worry so much about the consequences. Focus more on the process.

Pisces Leo

February 19-March 20

tary units in the district and maintained that under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan a budget of Rs.56 crore has been approved for undertaking the

tions. He also announced playground at Narbal besides taking up the work on shopping line and sanitary facilities at Kanihama Panchayat.

You might find it hard to make progress with your July 23-August 22especially if you need others’ projects today, Pisces, help. There’s a stubborn quality to the day that’s causing things to get jammed up. When neither party budges, the result is chaos. You might have to give a little in order to get a little. Be the first one to release your grip and things will run more smoothly.


August 23-September 22

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Zabarwan Times Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Restoring Track-II


f late number of personalities involved in Track-II diplomacy have been making a beeline to Kashmir valley where they have tried to restore the process of dialogue between various groups and individuals. This is being viewed as a positive development on the Kashmir front because Track-II diplomacy has an invaluable role to play when traditional instruments of negotiation, mediation and conflict management become ineffective and need to be supplemented. On issues where the very identity of nations are involved, as in the case of Jammu and Kashmir, it is necessary to have mechanisms and groups which can seek to change the parameters of existing discourse, by influencing public opinion on the need to look at imaginative alternatives to what is regarded as conventional wisdom. Track II came to public attention when the international focus of attention on Jammu and Kashmir increased in the 1990s, and separatist sentiment in the Kashmir Valley became a focus of international attention. The first attempt at a Track II approach to problems in Jammu and Kashmir was undertaken by the U.S. based Kashmir Study Group, headed by an American national who originally lived in Srinagar, Farookh Kathwari. Following the Kargil conflict and the tensions that followed the attack on the Indian Parliament, on December 13, 2001, President Musharraf and Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee agreed on January 6, 2004 that they would resume the “Composite Dialogue Process” between India and Pakistan. The improving climate for bilateral relations led to the Nobel Prize winning Pugwash International organizing an important Track II meeting in Kathmandu in December 2004. This meeting brought together, for the first time, politicians, journalists and civil society representatives from both sides of the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, together with former diplomats, military officials and journalists from across India and Pakistan. The Pugwash Report issued after the December 2004 meeting noted that although no consensus was reached in identifying the starting point for evolving conflict resolution mechanisms, all participants acknowledged that the human dimension of the conflict should take priority over geostrategic considerations. What is needed, it was felt, is a prolonged period of non-violence, coupled with genuine social and economic reforms that could deflate a great number of problems and help establish a durable and sustainable peace. In terms of specific measures to be implemented across the Line of Control and within both Indian and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, the measures which were recommended included bus services linking different parts of the state, multiple land routes opened or constructed within J&K and across the LoC and infrastructure developed to link all parts of J&K to the rest of the region, border markets and meeting points be set up at possible crossing-points along the LoC, for example at Neelam Valley and at Uri-Chakhoti, trade in goods and services should be developed across the LoC and at a regional level, Kashmir’s water resources should be the subject of closer studies and in depth discussions. The dialogue between representatives from both sides of the LOC also led to participants welcoming the reduction of security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and hoped that a continuation of the process of normalization would lead to further reduction of forces. There have been a series of measures to promote travel, trade and dialogue across the LOC after the Pugwash Meeting of 2004. For the first time after five decades, people in Jammu and Kashmir are being given facilities to travel across the LOC to meet friends and relatives. In the Kashmir valley, a bus service has been instituted between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad and in the Jammu Region, between Poonch and Rawalkot. Five crossing points have, in addition, been opened to enable people to meet friends and relatives across the LOC. Trade across the LOC has been permitted for the first time, with goods carried by trucks on the SrinagarMuzaffarabad road. There are also proposals under discussion to establish bus links between Jammu and Sialkot in the Jammu Region and between Kargil and Skardu linking the valley of Kashmir with the Northern Areas, under Pakistan’s control. While the goods presently traded are restricted to locally produced products, this trade can be vastly expanded as India and Pakistan move towards their stated goal of establishing a South Asian Economic Union. There are, however, still misgivings and grievances that despite the new openings for trade and travel, the procedures for such cross LOC links have been made so cumbersome and restrictive that there are numerous complaints from people, who find permission to travel either delayed, or effectively denied. An interesting feature of the Track II meetings has been that in unofficial settings, where participants get to know each other on an informal and relaxed basis, one gets a more informal and realistic insight into thinking in different sections of society and different strands of political and public opinion. It must be mentioned that Track II dialogue between India and Pakistan evokes interest not just in India and Pakistan, but also internationally. It is, however, heartening that as the number of academic institutions and private and Government funded Think Tanks taking an increasing interest in issues of foreign policy and national security in India has grown, a large number of forums have now emerged in India and abroad promoting Track II exchanges on issues related to India-Pakistan relations. Moreover, even Track II meetings covering wider issues of foreign and national security policies almost invariably include a session where reference is made to India-Pakistan relations. Track II process can primarily seek avenues to share concerns, correct misperceptions, bridge differences, influence public opinion and keep channels of communication open.




Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Enhancing Milk Production Through National Dairy Plan

airy sector in India has acquired substantial growth momentum from 9th Plan onwards, producing 121.8 million tonne milk. Per capita availability of milk reached 269 grams per day. This has not only placed the country on top of milk producing countries in the world, but also demonstrated sustained growth in the availability of milk and milk products for the burgeoning population. Demand for milk is increasing rapidly in the country. This is primarily due to increasing population and growing incomes accruing from the multitude of central schemes launched for livelihood and employment generation. If we go by the emerging trend, the demand for milk is likely to be about 155 million tonnes by the end of 12th Five year Plan (2016-17) and in the range of 200-210 million tonnes in 2021-22. Annual average increase in the production of milk over the last 10 years has been around 3.5 million tonnes per annum whereas there is a need to reach an average of 6 million tonnes per year over the next 12 years to meet the ever increasing demand. Dairying has become an important secondary source of income for millions of rural families and has assumed a very important role in providing employment and income generating opportunities. Milk production and marketing system in India is unique. Most of the milk is produced by small, marginal farmers and landless labourers. About 7 crore rural households are engaged in milk production, the majority being small and marginal farmers and landless. About 1.45 crore farmers have been brought under the ambit of 1.45 lakh village level dairy corporative societies. As dairy cooperatives ensure inclusiveness for small holders, especially women, it is desirable that they retain the present 50% share of the marketable surplus handled by the organised sector. National Dairy Plan-I The Government has launched an ambitious programme for increasing the productivity of milch animals and thereby increasing the availability of milk in the country. The National Dairy Plan is a Central Sector Scheme. The outlay of the first phase of the project, for 2012-17,

is estimated to be about Rs 2,242 crore. Out of total project outlay, Rs. 1584 crore will come from International Development Agency (IDA) as credit, Rs. 176 crore as Central Government’s share, Rs. 282 crore as share of implementing agencies and Rs. 200 crore from NDDB and its subsidiaries for providing technical and implementation support to the project. Rs. 715 crore of the National Dairy Plan funds will be spent on breed improvement and Rs. 425 crore

demand for milk in the country and provide rural milk producers with greater access to organised milk-processing sector through a scientifically planned multi-state initiative. It is a six-year plan to be largely financed through the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank, and implemented by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) through End Implementing Agencies (EIAs) located in states. Funding will be through a line

Demand for milk is increasing rapidly in the country. This is primarily due to

increasing population and growing incomes accruing from the multitude of central schemes launched for livelihood and

employment generation. If we go by the emerging trend, the demand for milk is

likely to be about 155 million tonnes by

the end of 12th Five year Plan (2016-17) and in the range of 200-210 million tonnes in 2021-22.

on animal nutrition. Rs. 488 crore will go for strengthening of village based milk procurement system and Rs. 132 crore for project management and learning. Objectives This scheme is aimed at meeting the projected demand of 150 million tonne in next five years by productivity enhancement, strengthening and expanding village level infrastructure for milk procurement and provide producers with greater access to markets. The objective of the NDP is to help increase productivity of milch animals and thereby milk production to meet the rapidly growing

of credit from IDA which along with share of Government will flow from the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries to NDDB and in turn to eligible EIAs. EIAs comprise State Government, State Livestock Boards, State Cooperative Dairy Federations, District Cooperative Milk Producers Unions, subsidiaries of statutory bodies, ICAR institutes, and veterinary/dairy institutes and universities and any other entity decided by the National Steering Committee to be set up under the National Dairy Plan. The EIAs will be eligible for funding under

various components based on eligibility criteria which will comprise geographical, technical, and financial and governance parameters. Pattern of funding under the scheme will be 100% grant-in-aid for nutrition and breeding activities. Focus States The NDP-I is to be implemented in States where the respective Governments commit to undertake the necessary regulatory, policy support to prepare an environment for successful implementation of the scheme. The focus of the scheme will be on the areas with higher potential in 14 major milk producing states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. These states contribute to 90% of milk production in the country. However, in terms of benefits the coverage of the scheme will be countrywide. Strengthening Village-Based Milk Procurement Systems Village-based procurement system will be expanded by strengthening existing co-operatives and facilitating the setting up of producer companies or newgeneration co-operatives. About 13 lakh milk producers in 23,800 additional villages are expected to be covered. Alongside, capacity building, training and education programmes will get due prominence to promote technologies and improved practices at the village level. Benefits In terms of overall benefits, the NDP will put in place a scientific and systematic process which is expected to take the country on the path to improving the breed of milk producing animals in a consistent and continuous manner. It will make prudent use of country’s resources, lead to reduction in methane emissions, improve the quality of milk being marketed, help strengthen regulatory and policy measures to provide an enabling environment for future growth of dairy sector and contribute to improving the livelihoods of small milk producers who form the backbone of India’s milk production system.

Re-Structured Accelerated Power and Reforms Programme T

he power sector has long been seen supply, improving quality of supply, Tariff Orders. as an integral part of country’s adopting systems approach with MIS, and It has been experienced during the impleeconomic growth and a major bringing transparency through computer- mentation of the Accelerated Power component of sustainable development. ization. 571 projects worth Rs. 14,583.07 Development and Reforms Programme The effect of sectoral reforms enabling crore were taken up by the State Power (APDRP) that wherever policy makers and provision of power to all, and at prices that Utilities under APDRP. The Government top management were aligned to sound make economic sense can be a significant also provided assistance of Rs 7,777.19 commercial practices they could reduce determinant of human development. One of crore to the states for completing the above AT&C losses and move towards commerthe major concerns of the power sector is the projects. Ten states (Andhra Pradesh, cial viability with the help of technical reduction of losses in the distribution. It was Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, interventions. Many of the utilities did not felt that for improvement in the power Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, West take up the projects, required to bring about sector, it was necessary to reform the Bengal and Tripura) showed reduction of accountability in the system. Following a distribution link in the whole chain of the cash loss amounting to Rs. 5809.89 crore. review, the scheme was re-launched as sector, which was mainly responsible to Rs. 2904.95 crore was released to these ‘Restructured Accelerated Power bring the revenue into the sector. The various issues involved in the management One of the major concerns of the power of distribution losses can be classified under the categories of governance, commercial sector is the reduction of losses in the and technical issues. For effective control of AT&C losses, the States and state power utilities are required to initiate action on all distribution. It was felt that for the three fronts simultaneously. Accelerated Power Dev. Programme improvement in the power sector, it was To bring about improvement in the distribution sector ‘Accelerated Power necessary to reform the distribution link Development Programme (APDP)’ was introduced in 2000-01. The primary aim of the scheme was reduction in aggregate in the whole chain of the sector. technical and commercial (AT&C) losses through strengthening and renovation of the states as incentive under the programme for Development Reform Programme ailing sub-transmission and distribution achieving the cash loss reduction. The (RAPDRP)’ on 31.07.2008 with the focus network. The scheme was renamed as the implementation of the APDRP combined on actual, demonstrable performance in ‘Accelerated Power Development Reform with the other initiatives of the States terms of loss reduction. Establishment of Programme (APDRP)’ in 2003 to usher showed the improvement in AT&C loss at reliable and automated systems for reforms in the sector. An incentive scheme National level which reduced from 38.86% sustained collection of accurate base line for cash loss reduction and reform condi- in 2001-02 to 29.24% during 2007-08. data, and the adoption of Information tions were introduced for becoming eligible AT&C Losses have been reported below 20 Technology in the areas of energy accountunder the scheme. The focus was to look at percent in 215 APDRP towns in the country ing have been made necessary prethe distribution sector in a holistic manner of which 163 towns have brought AT&C conditions before sanctioning any projects and then improve performance in all losses below 15 percent. Feeder metering for strengthening & up-gradation of subsegments. The main objectives of the improved from 81% during ‘00-01 to 98%. transmission and distribution networks in APDRP were improving financial viability Consumer metering improved from 78% urban areas. The primary difference of the State Electricity Boards, reduction of during ‘00-01 to 88%. 15 States have between the two schemes was that now the AT&C losses, improving customer unbundled and corporatised. 25 States disbursement of Central Government funds satisfaction, increasing reliability of power constituted SERCs and 23 SERCs issued to the states was linked to the demonstration

of reduction in losses meaning that the funding was basically linked to outcomes. Projects under the scheme will be taken up in two parts. Part-A is the projects for establishment of baseline data and IT applications for energy accounting / auditing & IT based consumer service centers and Part-B is regular distribution strengthening projects. For Part A, the Centre is doing complete hand-holding of the State utilities, giving them a list of IT consultants and even the agencies that can do the execution. The IT enablement of a SEB will be entirely funded by the Central government. 1344 projects at the cost of Rs 4859.61 crore have been approved for twenty two states (Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) under Part-A of the scheme. Under Part-B of the R-APDRP, funds are available for system up-gradation also. The extent of grants under Part-B would depend upon the extent of reduction of losses, which will be verified by an independent agency. The successful IT enablement of a state power utility will make it an integral part of the energy audit and accounting systems. This will enable utilities to clearly account for all energy flows, enabling them to learn where losses are taking place. Also, it will help in quantifying the type of losses that are taking place. Currently, it has become a practice to put losses due to theft or otherwise into the un-metered segment, which is almost like a residual account and for which nobody is accountable. With information technology, every feeder and every transformer can be metered, enabling one to compile exact figures for every unit transmitted and distributed through a particular point.

Disclaimer : The contents and comments appearing in any article published in this paper are purely the personal opinion of the writer.

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Fix thunder thighs, wobbly belly for good

Fed up of being told that it's impossible to get rid of thunder thighs or a wobbly belly? Naturopath Max Tomlinson takes exactly the opposite view in his new book, "Target Your Fat Spots". "I see young women try rigorous diets and exercise regimes to get rid of a big bottom, only to lose weight from their chests and faces," says Max. "Women going through menopause, meanwhile, tend to accumulate fat on their stomachs and upper arms. However, I've discovered the real key to achieving targeted fat loss is to focus on why you've gained weight on a specific area in the first place," he says. Why we tend to have fat hot spots? Max says, "Hormone imbalances are the main source of the problem. Our hormones regulate a multitude of processes in the body, including how and where we store fat. So if they become even slightly imbalanced, you can end up putting on weight. And the primary cause of imbalances is a combination of poor diet, stress, pollution and lack of exercise. How to fix them? I've found that each fat spot — be it tummy flab, a big bottom or bingo wings — is caused by the action or inaction of a specific hormone. But the good news is, it's possible to rebalance and combat the problem. First of all, follow a low-fat Mediterranean diet — include lots of fruit, vegetables, pulses, eggs, fish, nuts, olive oil, a little lean meat and low fat dairy in your daily diet. Cut down on alcohol and avoid junk food. A daily multivitamin and fish oil capsule will also ensure you don't miss any vital

Heart disease is one of the most feared ailment and a side effect of sedentary lifestyle. You can control the effects of your lifestyle by eating the right food. It's quite often difficult to change your lifestyle drastically in this competitive world. But you can surely change a little bit of eating and ensure you are protecting your heart. Here's a list of food that can help you protect your heart. 1. Black beans: Black beans are packed with folate, antioxidants, magnesium which are good for lowering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. This in turn keeps your heart in safe zone. But if you are planning to use tinned beans, please drain the liquid and wash them before use to reduce the sodium content. 2. Salmon and tuna: These two fish are rich in antioxidants and omega-3, two important candidates who help heart. 3. Walnuts: A handful of them a day helps lower

nutrients. Then, follow the specific advice below to beat the hormonal imbalance. Pot belly Why it happens? Stored fat around the belly suggests a problem with the adrenal glands, which produce the stress hormone cortisol. This is usually down to long-term pressure and the resulting high levels of cortisol, which trigger the over production of insulin and encourage the body to deposit fat in the area around the stomach. Tackle it The key is to relax — anything that makes you unwind will help reduce your stress levels. Diet The main culprit is too much sugar — especially in alcohol and white carbs (bread, pasta). To balance your glucose levels, eat foods with a low glycaemic index — vegetables, beans, fish and meat. Cut out white carbs, sugar, alcohol and coffee. Exercise Working out eases stress, but try to supplement your regime with something calming like yoga, too. Bra fat bulge Why it happens? Those fat pockets at the back that can make your bra feel tight are often linked to a sluggish thyroid. This gland produces the hormone thyroxine, which controls the rate you burn calories at. If it's underactive, it can cause back fat, weight gain, lack of energy and a low mood. Tackle it Maintaining stress levels and eating the right food will rebalance thy-

your cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the arteries. Replace them as mid-meal snacks instead of chips etc. 4. Oranges: They contain cholesterol-fighting pectin. The fruit is also rich in potassium that helps control blood pressure. Antioxidant hesperidin also helps lower blood pressure. 5. Carrots: Though sweet, they are good to control diabetes, which increases heart attack risk. They also

Have you been hit by Syndrome X? Few of us have even heard of it, but Metabolic syndrome affects millions and puts you at double the risk of heart diseaseIf you haven't been able to kick your craving for sugary treats, rely on caffeine for a concentration kick and have been putting on weight around your waist, you might be suffering from a littleknown condition affecting millions.Syndrome X or Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that, when occur together, result in a degree of insulin resistance and, more often than not, type 2 diabetes.While the condition can be genetic, typically, it affects people with a sedentary lifestyle. The only way to figure if you have succumbed to it is to get your insulin levels checked. In advanced stages of Metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance sets in, meaning insulin is less able to let sugar from the bloodstream enter the cells

- a sure sign that diabetes is just around the corner. It ups the risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease too.Metabolic syndrome in Mumbai In 2011, a study was conducted by the PD Hinduja National Hospital & Medical Research Centre in a group of 548 subjects (302 males and 246 females) who attended a free cardiac evaluation camp arranged by them. The prevalence of MS in males was almost double (25.16%) than females (12.6%), and higher in the 41-60 age group, suggesting that this group is at increased risk of developing cardio vascular disease. It was also found that high percentage prevalence of overweight and obesity was one of the major driving forces in the development of MS. Therefore, early identification of the metabolic abnormalities and appropriate intervention may be of primary importance in populations especially like ours having high prevalence.


Diet Some raw foods interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland, so limit your consumption of broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, peaches, soya bean products, spinach and strawberries. Cooking these foods tends to deactivate troublesome compounds, so you can still eat them hot. Iodine is a vital component of thyroxine, so try to eat plenty of seaweed, seafood, yoghurt and dark green leafy vegetables. Exercise Moderate exercise reduces stress and boosts your metabolism to shift fat. The key is to get moving while not overexerting yourself. Try something fun, such as dancing or using a children's trampoline. Love handles Why it happens The condition is known as insulin resistance, in which the body's cells fail to respond correctly to the chemical, causing excess glucose in the bloodstream. This results in fat deposits around the hips, causing those bulges over the back and sides of your jeans. Tackle it The right foods will calm insulin production and restore glucose levels. Diet Switching white carbs for wholegrains will maintain blood sugar levels. Eat

help fight bad cholesterol. 6. Sweet potatoes: They are rich in vitamin A, fiber and lycopene making them a healthy substitute for the white brethren. 7. Oats: Oats in all forms help your heart by lowering bad cholesterol. 8. Flaxseeds: Fiber, phytochemicals called lignans, and ALA - these three ingredients in these small seeds make them a powerhouse of health. Sure protector of heart if

had spoonful in powdered form everyday in cereals or salads. 9. Chilli powder: Difficult to believe, but these Indian tasty spice actually protects heart and body from diabetes with its ability to spike up the natural insulin levels in the body. 10. Coffee: It can keep away type 2 diabetes, but people having high blood pressure should be cautious as it can have a counter effect.

lots of home-cooked food, include fruits, vegetables and fish in your diet. Avoid alcohol and sugary foods (watch out also for sugar hidden inside "healthy" cereals). Eating foods packed with antioxidants prevents free radical damage and combats insulin resistance. These include fresh

herbs, spices, citrus fruit, nuts, berries, broccoli and green tea. Exercise Cardio — any activity that raises your heart rate — is vital in shifting love handles, so run or walk for five-10 minutes each day. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, exert your body more, for example, by taking the stairs rather than the lift. Bingo wings Why it happens? The culprit behind the fat that hangs from your upper arms, is falling testosterone levels that are associated with middle age. Women produce

Severe heart failure can cause the lungs to fill with fluid and leave patients feeling like they are drowning, according to a new campaign by the British Heart Foundation. But 80 per cent of adults are unaware of its impact on everyday life, revealed a BHF survey. There is no cure for heart failure, which can lead to extreme exhaustion and breathlessness. Now experts hope that stem cell research could be the key to repairing damaged hearts, the BBC reported. Thousands of people currently live with heart failure, which means that the heart is not pumping blood around the body as well as it used to. It is commonly caused by a heart attack. While patients with mild heart failure can live a relatively normal life with the help of drugs, those with severe heart failure can

this male hormone, too, and it's vital for keeping muscles lean and toned. Tackle it Boosting testosterone levels can, along with targeted exercise, help to restore shape to your arms. Diet Too much sugar or white carbs in your diet can decrease testosterone levels — so cut them out, but don't crash diet as long-term calorie restriction can further lower levels of this important hormone. You should also eat plenty of the "good" fats found inside salmon, avocado and seeds, while avoiding saturated fat found in red meat and full-fat dairy. Exercise Lack of exercise suppresses testosterone levels, but light weight-bearing workouts — ones that use the body's own weight to put pressure on the muscles — will work to boost them. This includes jogging or just having a brisk walk. And have more sex, too — making love sends out signals to the body to produce even more testosterone. Using arm weights will also help sculpt these muscles. Chunky thighs and a big bum Why it happens? If you store fat in these areas you probably have an excess of oestrogen, which naturally promotes fat

suffer prolonged pain and distress because everyday tasks such as having a shower or doing the shopping require enormous amounts of energy and leave them exhausted. Previous UK research suggests that around 28 per cent of all heart failure patients face a daily struggle as a result of permanent damage to the heart muscle. However, the survey of 2,170 adults by the British Heart Foundation suggests that more than threequarters of respondents are unaware of the effects of severe heart failure on people's lives. More than a third of those surveyed thought that heart failure meant that the heart stopped working altogether and 33 per cent wrongly believed the heart could repair itself. Dr Mike Knapton, associate medical director at the BHF, say more and more

Exercise helps reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms

In a new study, researchers have shown the combined effect of neuroprotective therapies - voluntary physical exercise and daily intake of melatonin, against Alzheimer's in mice. According to a group of researchers from the Barcelona Biomedical Research Institute (IIBB), in collaboration with the University of Granada and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, daily voluntary exercise and daily intake of melatonin, both of which are known for the effects they have in regulating circadian rhythm, show a synergistic effect against brain deterioration in the 3xTg-AD mouse, which has three mutations of Alzheimer's disease. "For years we have known that the combination of different anti-aging therapies such as physical exercise, a Mediterranean diet, and not smoking adds years to one's life," Coral Sanfeliu, from the IIBB, told SINC. "Now it seems that melatonin, the sleep hormone, also has important anti-aging effects," Sanfeliu said. For the study, the experts analysed

the combined effect of sport and melatonin in 3xTg-AD mice which were experiencing an initial phase of Alzheimer's and presented learning difficulties and changes in behaviour such as anxiety and apathy. The mice were divided into one control group and three other groups which would undergo different treatments: exercise -unrestricted use of a running wheel-, melatonin -a dose equivalent to 10 mg per kg of body weight-, and a combination of melatonin and voluntary physical exercise. In addition, a reference group of mice were included which presented no mutations of the disease. "After six months, the state of the

mice undergoing treatment was closer to that of the mice with no mutations than to their own initial pathological state. From this we can say that the disease has significantly regressed," Sanfeliu said. The results show a general improvement in behaviour, learning, and memory with the three treatments. These procedures also protected the brain tissue from oxidative stress and provided good levels of protection from excesses of amyloid beta peptide and hyperphosphorylated TAU protein caused by the mutations. In the case of the mitochondria, the combined effect resulted in an increase in the analysed indicators of improved performance which were not observed independently. "Transferring treatments which are effective in animals to human patients is not always consistent, given that in humans the disease develops over several years, so that when memory loss begins to surface, the brain is already very deteriorated," Sanfeliu added.

around the tops of the legs and buttocks. Taking the pill and exposure to oestrogen-mimicking chemicals found in some plastics, may add to this problem. Tackle it The aim is to naturally lower oestrogen levels in the body through lifestyle changes. Diet Eat more fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, because the fibre they contain binds to, and helps excrete, excess oestrogen. Cut down on alcohol, painkillers and processed meats, as they're laden with chemicals and preservatives that hamper your liver's best efforts to clear oestrogen. Eating live yoghurt can also assist your gut in removing oestrogen via the digestive system.ExerciseIdeally, you should walk or run for 10 minutes per day, because this is the most natural way of elevating your heart rate. If you prefer to cycle, row or cross train, that's also fine, but don't overdo it as this can place the body under even further stress so it stores more fat.Tips for keeping the weight off- Set yourself an achievable sixmonth weight goal. Be careful you don't drift back into old habits and aim to stay the same weight. If the fat spots start to come back, simply repeat the process.- Eat a Mediterranean-style diet all the time. It's good for you. - Practice proper portion control. We all overeat so aim to eat around a third the amount you normally would.- Chew your food properly. It helps digestion and makes you feel fuller sooner, so you eat less.

people are surviving heart attacks due to advances in medicine but this creates its own problem."People with acute, severe heart failure have a worse prognosis than most cancers. Heart failure has a very significant effect on morbidity. It can be disabling, it can leave people breathless and they can end up chair-bound and bedbound," the BBC quoted him as saying.The priority now, he suggests, is to find

out how to repair damage to the heart with the help of the BHF's Mending Broken Hearts Appeal."The human heart cell is not able to regenerate, unlike the liver, and we want to understand why in order to improve new treatments for the future."We aim to raise money to carry out basic research into regenerative medicine. Stem cells could help by offering therapeutic interventions," he noted.

Soccer for a fitter mind and body

Football engages players to sprint, run fast or slow with sudden balance shifts, and build stamina. Since the play during soccer is continuous, it's extremely effective for fitness and cardiovascular health. Playing football has been shown to have significant benefits to health and wellbeing, combining this with having fun seems to be the best choice as it stops an activity becoming boring or tedious. It has now been precisely proven that football helps health in many ways. Let's have a look. Increases aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health Football player's run around a lot, thus their body can transport oxygen around the body and to the cells and muscles that require it more efficiently. Hence increasing the aerobic capacity of body. Due to continuous aerobic based movements, it

is a good signifier of how well their heart and lungs work together to supply the body with oxygen, hence enhancing the level of an individual's cardiovascular health. This is essential to delay the onset of fatigue during training, which is important for football fitness. Improves muscle tone Soccer is a great game to maintain your muscle tone. It is a game with constant movement which continuously keeps your muscles engaged over longer duration. Trailing over your rival team, kicking the ball for a goal and jumping for headers are all exercises that build muscle in your legs and torso. Builds strength and endurance Soccer improves endurance; it also helps in increasing cardio capacity, which allows soccer players to run for a longer duration.


7 SRINAGAR Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lawyers should be depicted as socially responsible citizen: Altamas Kabir

Justice Kabir said there were plenty of avenues for law graduates in the changing world but they should also do their bit for the society. Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir today said the image of lawyers, who are depicted as “sharks” in cartoons, needs to be changed to that of a socially responsible citizen. “Lawyers are shown as sharks in cartoons…that has to change. The lawyers have to show that we are socially responsible citizens,” the Chief Justice said in his address to

faculty and students of Law department at Kashmir University here. “You should participate in legal aid work. There is a social commitment (for lawyers). Law is not something you do for only yourself but for the society as well,” he said. Justice Kabir said there were plenty of avenues for law graduates in the changing world but they should also do their bit for the society. The Chief Justice said among the avenues available to the law graduates are higher studies and the whole corporate world. The advent of Internet has led to the specialisation of even law courses as the worldwideweb has helped in exchange of ideas, he said. “The Information Technology Act was started with the intention of highlighting the authenticity of documents. The digital signatures were also included in it. The law had to

be altered so as to use the technological advances which has brought professionalism in law,” he said. The Chief Justice said he will take up on priority the empanelment of Kashmir University’s Law department students as research assistants and law clerks to the Supreme Court judges. “But you will also have to be cooperative. You have to come to Delhi and stay there for at least one year,” he said responding to the suggestion of allowing the Kashmir University students the opportunity to work with Supreme Court judges. Justice Kabir said a little bit of encouragement to the fresh law graduates can help them go a long way in their career. He mentioned about a Kashmiri woman lawyer, practising in Supreme Court, saying “initially, she was shy but I encouraged her to argue the case and today she has an identity of her own.” The Chief Justice said there has been a sea change in the enthusiasm as well as opportunities available to law students over the past 40 years. “In 1969-70, legal education meant joining the course for either morning shift or evening shift and

Harbhajan Singh stuck in Uttarakhand rains

The cricketer is now staying put at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp at Joshimath which houses the paramilitary’s first battalion. Cricketer Harbhajan Singh is one amongst the many pilgrims and tourists who have been stranded in the upper reaches of Uttarakhand due to landslides and heavy rains. The cricketer is now staying put at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) camp at Joshimath which houses the paramilitary’s first battalion. He has taken shelter with the border guarding troops since yesterday when he was returning from the Hemkunth

Sahib gurudwara here and could not go beyond because of inclement weather, a senior official said.

Naxal couple surrenders in Chhattisgarh, another Maoist held

RAIPUR: A Naxal couple on Monday surrendered before police in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Bijapur district, and a Maoist was arrested in Kanker district, police said. Jagat Lekam (25) and his wife Vimla Karam (24), members of a military company of Maoist and actively involved in several Naxal incidents in the region, surrendered this afternoon, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal told PTI. Jagat told police that he had joined the Naxal movement at

an early age and later realised that it had drifted away from its original goals, which prompted him to leave the movement, Agrawal said. Vimla, who joined Maoists cadre in 2006, claimed that she was denied basic necessities, humiliated, thrashed and abused by the senior members. The couple will be rehabilitated as per the surrender policies of the Centre and Chhattisgarh government, police said. In a separate incident, a Naxal, Budhram Markam, was arrested during a joint search operation of district force and BSF from Chingnar village under Tadoki police station limits in Kanker district last night. Markam was involved several cases of crime including robbery, arson and murder, police said.

The bowler is now spending time interacting with ITBP jawans and playing badminton with them, they said.

paying a fee of Rs12 per month. Only enthusiastic few would do the hard work of studying in depth. Today the students want to know and participate in moot court (competition) in Washington, Geneva and elsewhere in the world. There is no reason why Kashmiri students cannot go there,” he said. He said the law students today need clinical education whereby they can get to learn hands on from the legal practitioners. Supreme Court judge Justice TS Thakur, in his address, said there is a need to catch promising law graduates young in order to strengthen the judiciary. “The whole effort is to catch the judges young. We would want the promising law graduates to join the judiciary before they get disinterested with the profession as there can be difficulties at the start of the career,” Justice Thakur said. He said the lawyers are soldiers of rule of law. “In all civilised societies, it is the rule of law that sustains the society. We cannot be governed by arbitrary system. There is peace and progress only because of rule of law. It is the lawyers who maintain the rule of law.”

Mamata Banerjee loses cool after angry protests during visit to rape victim’s house

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today lost her cool after facing angry protests from villagers, especially women, in Barasat district while she was visiting the home of a 20-year-old girl who was raped and brutally murdered earlier this month. After her visit, the Trinamool Congress chief alleged that activists of arch rival CPI(M) were linked to the crime and were also behind today’s protests. “Don’t you feel ashamed to do politics on such incident? You are doing CPI(M) politics. Those who were arrested were connected with CPI(M),” Ms Banerjee, who lost her cool, told protesters. The CPI(M) reacted angrily to Ms Banerjee’s charge, accusing her of indulging in blame game instead of taking action against the guilty involved in the “unfortunate and very condemnable” incident. Time to take a decision, conditions are tough: Nitish on BJP alliance “The government cannot get away by blaming somebody else like CPI(M) or others. This is completely preposterous. It has to get down to the basic job of governance,” CPI(M) leader Sitaram

None of the other new faces are inspiring either, Girija Vyas, another Rajasthan MP, got rewarded for unswerving loyalty while Andhra Pradesh’s 69-year-old KS Rao was inducted in a Cabinet which already

Merchant vessel splits into two off Mumbai coast; crew rescued

communique said. On the recommendations by the Chief Minister, changes in portfolios of some ministers has been effected. The portfolio of Labour, Population, Employment and Training, Newsprint Control, Census and Urban and Rural Employment have been allocated to KT Pachamal and he redesignated as Minister for Labour. TN: Jayalalithaa drops two ministers from her Cabinet, inducts two The portfolio of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments has been given to P Chendur Pandian and he has been designated as Minister for HR and CE. The portfolio of Forest has been allocated to MSM Anandan, it said. The new ministers will be sworn-in on Tuesday, the communique said.

ter of a mason, was on her way home from college after an exam on June 7 when she was apparently dragged into a walled compound by a group of men, raped and then killed. Six people have been arrested. Residents in her neighbourhood say they had complained about deteriorating law and order problems in the area, but the police ignored them. The MP from the area, Haji Nurul Islam who belongs to the Trinamool, was heckled when he tried to visit the family on Saturday. His vehicle was also smashed.

was yet to be ascertained. It was also not known what the ship was transporting. The Coast Guard coordinated the rescue operation and all the 26 members of the crew--- 12 Russians and 14 Filipinos--were rescued. The officials said that the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, Mumbai diverted three ships-- MV Hanjin Bejing, MV Zim India and MV Yantian Express, which were travelling nearby, for the rescue operation. rescued crew members are being sent to Colombo, they said.

has five members from the Congress’s most politically crucial state. A classic example was the return of 85-year-old Ola, who lost his Cabinet berth 4 years ago as he was considered too old for the task. Meanwhile, 71-year-old Mallikarjun Kharge was made the Railways Minister. Most of the ministers of state too are little more than token

gestures. Three new faces - Santosh Chowdhury, JD Seelam and ENS Nachiappan were made Ministers of State along with veteran Maharashtra leader Manikrao Gavit. With the fresh inductions, the strength of the Union Council of Ministers has gone up to 77. Perhaps the real story for the Congress lies not so much in the Cabinet changes, which represent a case of old wine in an old bottle, but in the organisational changes, where the imprint of Rahul Gandhi can be seen. With elections less than a year away, the party’s organisation has taken precedence over the government’s needs.

Ishrat case: CBI to question IB special director on Tuesday

NEW DELHI: CBI is likely to question IB special director Rajinder Kumar on Tuesday in connection with its probe into the killing of college student Ishrat Jahan in a fake encounter as the agency plans to finalize its chargesheet in the case. Kumar, who had already been questioned by the agency once, would be examined again at Ahmedabad office of CBI for his alleged role in the fake encounter case in which 19-year-old Ishrat was killed along with four others on June 15, 2004 by a team of crime branch officials on Ahmedabad’s outskirts. The agency wants to question Kumar, a 1979-Batch IPS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre, as it claims to have evidence about his alleged involvement in the conspiracy. The sources said the officer had claimed in his defence that the intelligence input given by him which led to the encounter was a genuine one and giving input does not mean that he directed the police to carry out the encounter. Gujarat police had alleged Ishrat was part of a terror outfit LeT module aiming at the life of Gujarat chief

TN: Jayalalithaa drops two ministers from her Cabinet, inducts two

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday effected a minor rejig of her ministry, dropping two ministers and inducting as many. Jayalalithaa dropped Labour Minister ST Chellapandian and Minister for Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare A Mohammedjan from the state Cabinet. A Raj Bhavan communique said on the recommendations of the Chief Minister, Governor K Rosaiah has approved induction of SP Shunmuganathan, who represents Srivaikuntam assembly constituency and S Abdul Rahim (Avadi assembly constituency), a new face into the ministry. While Shunmuganathan has been given Tourism ministry, Rahim gets Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare, the

Yechury said. To reach the Kamduni village, which is about 25 km from Kolkata, the chief minister had travelled about 2.5 kilometres as pillion on a motorcycle. She briefly met the girl’s family and promised that a chargesheet would be filed in a week’s time and the state would demand death sentence for the culprits. In an obvious reference to the previous Left Front government, Ms Banerjee also said they should have planned more police stations. The college student, the daugh-

Clear signs of fatigue in UPA-II as PM inducts new ministers

New Delhi: In perhaps the last reshuffle before the 2014 general elections, the United Progressive Alliance on Monday inducted new faces into its Cabinet, but it seems like a clear sign that a fatigued UPA-II has run out of options. A classic example was the return of 85-year-old Sis Ram Ola, who lost his Cabinet berth 4 years ago because he was seen to be too old for the task. However, now with the Rajasthan Assembly elections on the anvil, Ola is back as the Congress’s Jat face. Also, making a comeback is 72-year-old Oscar Fernandes, who was also shunted out for alleged non-performance.

Mumbai: A Singapore-bound merchant vessel from Jeddah split into two around 840 nautical miles off the coast in Mumbai on Monday causing an oil spill even as all the crew members were rescued, Coast Guard officials said. ‘Mol Comfort’, the 316-m-long vessel was carrying 4,500 containers from Saudi Arabia, they said. “The vessel hull broke into two off the Mumbai coast and the crew members were rescued from the ship in two life rafts and a life boat,” a Coast Guard official said. The cause behind the incident


minister. The sources said, however, that the agency was not concentrating merely on the intelligence input and that they have enough leads which indicate Kumar’s alleged involvement in the conspiracy leading to the encounter found to be fake by the Special Investigating Team constituted by the Gujarat High Court.

The sources said the focus of the agency’s probe has been whether intelligence officers were active participants in the conspiracy behind the killing Ishrat. CBI’s move to question Kumar had strained its relations with IB and Union home secretary R K Singh had to convene a meeting of CBI director Ranjit Sinha and IB chief Asif Ibrahim to discuss the issue in detail.

VVIP Chopper deal: CBI initiates another probe against AgustaWestland New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has started another probe against UK-based helicopter supplier AgustaWestland for alleged corruption in the supply of light utility helicopters to Army. People familiar with the matter in CBI said the preliminary inquiry has been registered on the request of the defence ministry after it emerged that a Brigadier-level officer allegedly promised to help AgustaWestland swing the 197-helicopter deal. He had allegedly demanded five million dollars for the job. People having the knowledge on the matter said Italian investigators, who are probing corruption allegations against AgustaWestland and its parent Italian firm Finmeccanica in that country, have found some docu-

ments which show that Indian army officer had allegedly demanded the bribe from the firm.The information was provided to the defence ministry by the Italian investigators which forwarded it to CBI to look into the matter.Finding prima-facie material to start investigations, the agency has registered a preliminary enquiry and might soon call the officer in question for examination.People familiar with the matter said they are going ahead with the preliminary enquiry as it needs to ascertain the nature of the crime, before proceeding with the registration of the case.Army wanted to purchase 197-light utility helicopters to strengthen its Cheetah fleet but after the allegations of corruption surfaced, the deal has been hanging in limbo.


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