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


DDK RNu casual employees meet Governor Srinagar, June 19: A delegation of the casual employees of Regional News Unit, Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar on Wednesday called on Governor Shri N N Vohra and apprised him about their long pending demand of regularization of their services. The members of the delegation apprised the Governor of hardships they are facing and also the dilly dallying tactics adopted by the Prasar Bharti authorities regarding their regularization. It is worth mention here that casual employees of the RNU have worked in most trying times and volatile situation in Kashmir to keep the unit running. This at a time, when regular employees deserted the unit at the peak of militancy in Kashmir. This fact was also admitted by the Governor N N Vohra that the show was kept going on by the casual employees despite all hardships and odd situation. Governor N N Vohra assured the delegation that the matter regarding their regularization would be taken up with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Prasar Bhart Authorities so that the long pending problem of these employees is redressed as soon as possible. The casual employees of RNU have thanked the honourable Governor for giving his valuable time to the visitors and giving them a patient hearing.

CM meets Governor Srinagar, June 19: Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister, met N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan, here this afternoon. In their over one hour long meeting, the Governor and the Chief Minister discussed matters relating to the programmes of certain important visitors to the State later this month. They also reviewed the arrangements made for the forthcoming Shri Amarnathji Yatra and discussed the overall security scenario.

PDP stages protest against Akbar Srinagar, June 19: Day after leaders of ruling National Conference and PDP indulged in harsh exchange of words during a board meeting at Bandipora, workers of PDP staged a protest in Press Colony Srinagar demanding resignation of National Conference Minster Mohammad Akbar Lone. The protestors led by Yasir Reshi and Ab. Rouf Bhat tried to march towards Civil Secretariat before they were intercepted by police and taken into preventive custody. However being lodged into Kothi Bagh Police station, Rouf Bhat said that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was responsible for the ‘misbehavior’ of his party leaders. Interestingly the developments came a day after the leaders of both the parties used "unparliamentarily" language against each other during board meeting at Bandipora. Meanwhile supporters of both the parties accused each other of tarnishing image of their leaders.

3 die, 4 injured in road mishaps Srinagar, June 19: Three persons including a minor died and four others were injured in different road accidents across the valley. An unknown vehicle hit a six years old boy Javaid Ahmad Tedwa son of Mehraj-u-din resident of Gund, Ganderbal at Gund. The injured boy was shifted to SKIMS, Soura, and Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries. Gund Police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a LP truck bearing registration JK18/1588 hit and injured a pedestrian See Mishaps on Pg. 11

CM reviews security at UHQ meeting

Shinde admits terror threat to Yatra Srinagar/New Delhi, June 19: With less than 10 days left for the start of annual Amarnath Yatra, the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government said there is a terror threat to the nearly two-month-long pilgrimage and that additional security forces are being deployed to provide safety. "There is terror threat to Amarnath Yatra," Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters in New Delhi today. Shinde said the government was taking precautions and sending additional forces to ensure safety and security of all pilgrims visiting the 13,500 feet high Himalayan cave shrine in south Kashmir. "All efforts will be made to ensure security of every pilgrim," he said. The Yatra is due to commence on June 28.

Shinde's assessment came even as the J and K government declared the entire pilgrimage route in the state as "highly prone" to terrorist attacks and

detailed review at the Unified Headquarters meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Srinagar. Last year, an estimated 6.2 lakh

area, high potential of terrorist attacks on the yatris to create law and order situation throughout the state and the country, sensitive nature of the

directed security forces to augment their vigil. The Army on Monday said it has received inputs that terrorists might try to disrupt the Yatra. The security arrangements for the Yatra also came up for a

pilgrims had a glimpse of the ice stalagmite structure inside the cave which devotees believe symbolizes the mythological powers of Lord Shiva. "Considering the security scenario, topography of the yatra

yatra, and the high publicity the yatra generates, the entire yatra area is highly prone to terrorist attacks," the J and K Home Department said in a circular issued to all agencies concerned. See Shinde on Pg. 11

Govt wakes up to growing number of cancer patients Srinagar, June 19:

chemotherapy centres. We established them in these districts so that patients shouldn’t miss the doses and it should not be an economic burden on a patient and his family,” says Director Health, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman. The chemotherapy centre at Kupwara also screens people for cancer tests. “We have organised seven cancer screening camps, where 2,678 persons have been screened. These camps help in early detection of cancer,” Dr. Rehman said. “In Kargil and Leh, we established centres in

To treat the growing number of cancer patients, Jammu and Kashmir government has established three chemotherapy centres at three frontier districts-Leh, Kargil and Kupwara. In chemotherapy centre opened in the frontier Kupwara district, 120 km north of Srinagar, 55 patients have been given chemotherapy so far. “It was difficult for cancer patients of frontier areas to visit Srinagar for chemotherapy doses. The Union Health Ministry provided funds for

May this year. In all these centres government is providing chemotherapy free of cost,” he said. Incidentally, the centres have been established at a time when oncologists attributed rise in cancer deaths to inadequate cancer-related infrastructure and lack of awareness among people. Doctors at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Government Medical College Srinagar say that during 2007-08, the number of cancer patients registered at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital, See Patients on Pg. 11

Awami Itihad Party (AIP) President and MLA Langate Er Rashid has asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to bring Afzal Guru’s mortal remains with him when he is likely to visit J&K next week, or face protest march by party. Addressing AIP’s one day convention today at Ganderbal he said, “It is

Poonch, June 19: In the third ceasefire violation this month, Pakistani troops today opened indiscriminate firing along Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch sector in which a civilian was injured after an infiltration bid was foiled by Indian troops. A group of four armed persons from Pakistanoccupied Kashmir (PoK) were seen moving towards an Indian forward post in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district around 0950 hours, PRO defence, S N Acharya, said. Alert Indian troops took position and opened fire at them, he said, adding they were pushed back towards PoK. In the firing a civilian was injured in the Poonch sector, Acharya said. The injured, identified as Mohammad Shafiq, was hit by a splinter near Sher Shakti post in Mandi, reports said. He was shifted

Srinagar, June 19: Claiming that the state unit of Congress is united, Former Chief Minister of J&K and Union Health Minister, Gulam Nabi Azad refused to accept lobbyism as a matter of major concern for the party in the state. “There is not lobbying in the state unit. Congress is one and will remain one. We will work together and fight upcoming elections as a single unit to get a good number of seats”, Azad said in response to a question. The senior Congress leader said he was happy working in the centre and did not

Rashid demands Afzal’s mortal remains unfortunate that several Union Ministers including Kapil Sibhal, Jairam Ramesh and Rahul Gandhi have been making frequent visits to the state after the hanging of Afzal Guru and are giving an impression that Kashmiris have given up their struggle for the resolution of Kashmir dispute. But the fact of the matter is that nobody on earth can stop

Pak violates ceasefire, civilian hurt to district hospital at Poonch for treatment. Sher Shakti, PP1 and PP2 in Mandi sector, Kripan and Kranti posts in Krishna Ghati sector and Bahadur, Rekha and Neck posts in Poonch sector also came under firing. Small arms and 82 mm mortars were fired on Indian posts and Indian troops also retaliated, resulting in exchanges, the PRO added. Earlier this month, a Junior Commissioned Officer was killed when Pakistan opened heavy fire with automatic weapons and rockets on Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch sector. Pakistan troops also opened small arms firing on Indian posts in Nangi Tikri forward area along LoC in Krishnagati. Last month, Pakistani troops had pounded Indian posts along LoC in the Poonch sector with See Ceasefire on Pg. 11

No lobbyism in state Congress: Azad

On PM’s Kashmir Trip

Srinagar, June 19:

For third time in June

Kashmiris from raising their voice to seek their political and other right which they have been denied since 1947. It is obvious that Congress Leadership ruling in the center and the State is trying either to ignore the sentiments and ground realities or willingly intending to provoke peaceful Kashmiris to resort to violence, who are fighting politically

for their rights, so that security agencies get a chance to crush Kashmiri people especially youth. If Prime Minister of India has a bit of sincerity, he must make an open commitment to resolve Jammu and Kashmir Dispute by taking initiatives to have a meaningful dialogue with the Govt. of Pakistan, Kashmiri See Rashid on Pg. 11

miss the Chief Minister’s chair. “I am defiantly not missing CM’s Chair. I am very happy in Delhi as I am getting an opportunity to work for whole of India.

As CM I would have got time to work in small area. I will keep working for betterment of life of people in future as well”, Azad said. “Whatever time of two and

a half years I got to work as CM in the state was perhaps all that I was destined to. I got good support and cooperation from all the people for which I am grateful to Almighty”. The former Chief Minister however said his party has taken no decision on the issue of prepoll alliance with the National Conference. Azad said elevation of Narendra Modi in the BJP augurs well for Congress party. “Congress has no threat from BJP nor can they harm us. Modi has done what Congress could not do. He has finished See Azad on Pg. 11

Welfare of police wards top priority

JKP focusing on quality education: Prasad Srinagar, June 19: The Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad has said that welfare of police wards is one of the top most priorities of the Organisation to infuse spirit of competition among them and boost their morale. He said that various welfare schemes have been introduced to inspire police wards towards the quality education enabling to compete in competitive exami-

nations and sports events. Prasad said this while

reviewing scholarship schemes for police wards

at a meeting held at Police Headquarters (PHQ) here today. He said that the Organization, realizing its responsibility to help the families of martyrs, has been providing scholarship to their school going children enabling them to continue their education. In the Police Public Schools established at range headquarters in the State, these wards are provided free education with hostel See JKP on Pg. 11

With normalcy, five-star luxury returns to Kashmir Gulmarg, June 19: Like a phoenix risen from the ashes, Kashmir has once again got a fivestar luxury resort two decades after the only such property in the Valley closed down due to militancy-related issues. It's a sign of increasing normalcy in a state that has seen a bruising insurgency that only recently has shown signs of abating. With the beginning of the separatist violence, the state's only 5-star heritage hotel, the Oberoi Hotel, functioning in the palace of the erstwhile Dogra maharajas in Srinagar was closed in early 1990s. Other hotels in Srinagar were also either closed or converted into makeshift barracks of the security forces. Now, two high-end properties - the Taj and the Lalit - have reopened in Srinagar but they are not of the fivestar variety. Spread over seven acres of land amid

majestic pine trees over a terraced mountain slope in this ski-lovers' paradise, 50 km from summer capital Srinagar, the best part about the 85room Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa is that 70 percent of its staff are locals. Little wonder that its opening season occupancy is a whopping 95 percent. "It is a challenge to get quality staff, make them perform and retain them because my competitors at the moment are good resorts both in the country and outside," Alex Koshy, the resort's general manager, said. He said he is delighted at the way things are shaping up at the resort. "For a hotel, reaching 95 percent occupancy in its first season is an achievement. This standard has to be maintained," Koshy added. The resort, which has some 180 staffers including managers, chefs, waiters, bell boys and security, is owned by Umar Tramboo, who is also its

CEO. The Tramboos are a prominent business family of the Valley. "I have been very particular that the majority of the staff must be from Jammu and Kashmir. You cannot claim Kashmiri hospitality unless the hosts are Kashmiris. Seventy percent of our staff is from the state," Koshy said. Asked whether the locals, with little exposure to international standards, are performing well, he said: "They have the drive and it is not true that they do not have the right exposure. After the Khyber opened, many trained and talented locals are coming back. My chief engineer is a local who came back from the Middle East, my front office manager came back from Delhi, my HRD manager came back from Bangalore, they are both locals." Koshy said the local Wazwan cuisine is in big demand at the resort. "We mostly serve the Wazwan to our

guests in copper plates known as the 'tramis' with an option of eating in Kashmiri style sitting on the ground or at a table." "I agree that Wazwan made outside the Valley would definitely not taste the same. You see water and Kashmiri spices make a lot of difference to the taste of this traditional cuisine", executive chef Vivek Kapoor said. Khyber has a mini movie theatre the Den - that accommodates 15 viewers. The Igloo is an ideal place for children to hangout and to play table tennis and board games, among others. Chaikash, the tea lounge, offers breathtaking views of the Affarwat Peaks and of Gulmarg. Guests are spoilt for choice, what 25 varieties of tea are on offer. The resort's hookah and cigar lounge, the Calabash has some of the World best cigars and flavoured hookahs. The Nouf, one flight up from the lobby is a covered deck with fas-

cinating views in all directions. "If you are a stargazer by night or want to catch the sun's rays by the day, just doze or party with family and friends Nouf is the place you are looking for," said Waseem Raja, the front office manager. Raja was previously with Marriott International. "Apart from this, we will have a Presidential Suite with four bedrooms," Raja added. The resort has high-end state-of-theart facilities while the basic architecture and layout is totally authentic. The resort is in the final stages of starting its Spa, which has a gym and separate swimming pools for children and adults. "The Spa would also have a steam sauna, a saloon and a massage centre to be run by a professional company," Raja said. He said he was sure the Khyber would never be short of guests who have the spending power to stay See Five-Star on Pg. 11



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hardships faced by the police personnel in view of their nature of duty. He said that the “men in khaki” remains out of their homes and have not sufficient time to take care of their wards. He said the violence of more than two decades also left the families of our martyrs, The circular, issued last week, directed the Army, police especially the children in a desperate condition and the and other security forces to take action as per their standard Organization is committed to provide a succour in the operating procedures in the matter to ensure safe pilgrim- form of financial assistance to these families. Besides age. various welfare steps taken for the welfare of the "Directions (and) inputs received in this regard from families of police martyrs and the serving personnel, intelligence agencies and Unified HQ should be promptly scholarships are provided to their wards so that they shared with other security forces (and) intelligence could continue their studies and excel in different fields agencies and necessary action should be initiated to of life. Organization is also encouraging the meritoriprevent any mishap." ous children of serving personnel and providing free The security agencies have also been directed to carry out coaching for appearing in the competitive examinations aerial surveillance of the yatra area and deploy spotters in to expiate their talent, said the DGP. adequate numbers at the camps. He stressed upon the parents to pay proper attention of "Besides adequate deployment of security forces at the the studies of their children, besides their professional yatra camps, aerial surveillance of the yatra area may be duties because the future of a nation lies with the undertaken and spotters may be deployed in adequate upcoming generations. He said that quality education numbers at the yatra camps, particularly at the Holy Cave has assumed more importance in the present days and Shrine area to spot unwanted activities (and) suspicious every child has to perform better and make his future characters." brighter. Amarnath yatra over the years has remained by and large peaceful barring three militant strikes--one each in 2000, 2001 and 2002--that left 36 pilgrims and dozen others here. "Gulmarg has always been a high-end destination dead. as a ski resort which is a very costly sport. We have the In Srinagar Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah received brief world's highest golf course here which has never been on prevailing security and law and order situation in the short of golfers from all over the world. The Khyber is State at the Unified Headquarters meeting he chaired here. in fact Kashmir's hospitality history-in-the-making and Arrangements put in place to conduct Shri Amarnath Yatra I am proud to be part of it", Raja said. peacefully and securely were taken stock of besides other issues relating to the security and law and order. Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister of State for Hafeeza wife of Bashir resident of Kursoo, Rajbagh, Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, GoC-in-C Northern Srinagar at Drangbal, in the jurisdiction of Police Command, Lt. Gen. K. T. Parnaik, Principal Secretary Station Pampore. The injured was shifted to Sub Home, Suresh Kumar, Director General of Police, Ashok District Hospital, Pampore where she succumbed to her Prasad, GoC XV Corps, GoC XIV Corps, GoC XVI Corps, injuries. Pampore Police has registered a case in this GoC IX Corps, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, regard. B. B. Vyas, Divisional Commissioners, Kashmir and In another accident, a 18 years old Manzoor Ahmad Dar Jammu. Special Director General CRPF, IGP CID J&K, son of Mohammad Subhan resident of Soura, Uri died IGP Kashmir, IGP Jammu, IG CRPF (Admn. Kashmir), when he was hit a a bus bearing registration number Joint Director IB, IG BSF Jammu, IG CRPF Jammu, IG JK05A/6157 at Guchawala, Nambal, in the jurisdiction Operation CRPF Kashmir, Commissioner SB Jammu and of Police station Uri. The bodo of deceased was handed Media Advisor Bharti Vaid were present in the meeting. over to his relative for last rites. Uri Police has registered a case in this regard. In an another accident, an army vehicle hit and injured rockets. A Brigadier and two jawans were injured when Mohammad Rafiq Lone son of Ghulam Nabi and Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions along the Shahzad Rashid son of Abdul Rashid resident of LoC in Tutmari Gali sector in Jammu and Kashmir. Kehnoosa, Bandipora at Keema, in the jurisdiction of Police station Bandipora. Both the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment. Bandipora Police has BJP”, he said adding “He shooed away BJP’s allies in the registered a case in this regard. NDA and divided the party into two. L K Advani, Sushma In another accident, a motorcycle bearing registration Swaraj, one ex foreign minister and one ex finance minister number Dl85NB/8876 collided with a tipper bearing are not happy with him. This is a gift from Modi to his registration number JK01A/4397 on K.P road party”. Anantnag near Al-Sarvat school, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Mattan resulting in injuries to the motorcyclist and driver of the tipper. Both the injured Srinagar, was 352, but during 2011-2012, the number rose were shifted to Sub District Hospital, Anantnag for to 1357. treatment. Mattan Police has registered a case in this Among total cancer patients in the Valley, around 66 per regard. cent get treatment at the regional cancer centre at the Sheri-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), 35 per cent at Government Medical College, Srinagar, while as five per cent of patients approach either the hospitals outside the state or some non-government organisations (NGOs) like Cancer Society of Kashmir. Srinagar, June 19: A now it has been changed to According to the SKIMS centre, the number of registered meeting of the Committee 60-40 ratio (outside patients has jumped from 2,097 in 2007 to 3,057 in 2011. on Public Undertakings state/JK State), however, Around 35,000 older cases visit the centre for follow-up (PUC) of Jammu and the bank provides loan to and for various kinds of therapies. Kashmir Legislative all the applicants who According to experts, the top four cancers afflicting Assembly was held here apply for it under different Kashmir are esophagus cancer, lung cancer, stomach and today under the chairman- schemes and fulfill the colon cancer. ship of MLA, Javid Ahmad norms. Legislators, Peer Dar. Afaq Ahmad, Syed Threadbare discussion was Basharat Ahmad Bukhari, Political Leadership and the militant leadership without held on the working of Dr. Shafi Ahmad Wani, any pre conditions.” He further said that sensible Jammu and Kashmir Bank Mrs. Indu Pawar, Ali Kashmiris don’t have any hope in PM’s upcoming visit as Ltd. The Committee Mohammad Dar and G. N. many Prime Ministers like Manmohan Singh have been appreciated the role of JK Monga gave their valuable making these futile and result less visits without making Bank and its effective suggestions to improve the any break through to resolve the political dispute of Jammu functioning throughout the functioning of the Bank. and Kashmir since last sixty years. Er Rashid said. “Even if country. Secretary J&K Legislative communal forces and heart less rulers in New Delhi don’t The Committee pointed Assembly, M. Ramzan, want to give Afzal Guru’s Mortal remains back, the least out that the loan ratio Special Secretary, M. R. Manmohan Singh could do is to get Afzal’s Mortal remains extended to the state was S i n g h , A d d i t i o n a l with him and allow Kashmiris to mourn his death in Eidgah lower as compared with S e c r e t a r y, P r e s i d e n t and take dead body back with him on his return from the rest of the states of the ( G e n e r a l M a n a g e r visit to Tehar and get it buried there to please the communal country. Business J&K Bank) and and radical elements in Indian society, politics and The Chairman of the Bank other officers of J&K Bank bureaucracy. If Prime Minister does not give any heed to informed the meeting that and Assembly Secretariat the demand of return of Afzal Guru’s mortal remains AIP earlier it was 50-50 ratio attended the meeting. will welcome him with black flags and a protest march on his arrival to the State Capital.” Others who spoke on the occasion included Party Spokesman Showkat Nadvi, senior leaders Tanveer Hussain Khan and Zeeshan Pandith.







LA panel appreciates working of JK Bank



facilities, said the DGP. Elaborating the assistance provided under various scholarship schemes, Prasad said that during the current year till date more than Rs. 25 lakhs have been sanctioned and distributed among 583 police wards. This include meritorious scholarships for 195 wards of serving police personnel, 41 school going children of deceased personnel and 93 wards of martyrs, disclosed the DGP. He said that 9 wards, who qualified competitive examinations or secured position in national sports events have also been benefited under the scheme, besides 121 wards of serving police personnel have been rewarded for their excellent performance in their academics. Giving further details, Prasad said that various other schemes have been launched by the Organization to provide quality education for police wards. Police Public Schools have been established at all range headquarters, besides twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar. The schools in capital cities are fully equipped with latest techniques of education including computer lab facilities and sufficient infrastructure. Since the schools at other districts are at their early stage, but the schools in two capital cities have performed excellent during the recent years and the students of these schools have secured distinctions in different professional examinations. The DGP said that the Organization is aware about the

Death of Mirwaiz Dr Qazi Nisar created a vacuum: Tarigami

Shahid Wani Anantnag, June 19: Paying glowing tributes to Mirwaiz Dr Qazi Nisar on his death anniversary, CPI (M) State Secretary M o h a m m a d Yo u s u f Tarigami today said huge sacrifices have been offered by people of Kashmir seeking political stability in the region. In a statement, the CPI (M) leader said that with the loss of Mirwaiz Nisar a vacuum was created in the political spectrum of Kashmir. Tarigami termed him as a great son of the soil, who laid down his life for peace, brotherhood and peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue. The CPI (M) leader said the contribution of

Mirwaiz Nisar in religious and political teachings will always be remembered with much reverence for all times to come. “Late Mirwaiz will not only be remembered for his religious teachings but his social work and his role in becoming voice for poor and weaker sections of the society shall be remembered for times to come,” he added. Terming him scholar, visionary and a great human being, Tarigami said very rarely do personalities such as Mirwaiz Nisar appear in history. “Rarely does anyone have such an impact in such a short period of time, at such a young age,” he added.


Roads are Lifelines of the Nation: Wani

Doda, June 19: Minister for PWD (R&B) and Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani today visited far flung and hilly areas of Marmat Block Doda and laid the foundation stones of three vital roads which included 12 km Hamble to Dedni Mandir link road, 15 km Bhargran to Behota link road, 13 km Bhargran to Rote and 5 km Dranga to Mangota link Road. While addressing a series of public meetings at Hamble, Bhargran and Goha, Mr. Wani said that the Government is making out all efforts to connect the remote and inaccessible habitations which are without any road connectivity. He said with the construction of this road a huge bunch of population majority belonging to Schedule Caste will be benefitted.

The Minister said that the Shudhmahadev Tunnel has also been sanctioned by CentralGovernment which will connect Marmat to Chenani. Mr. Wani said that interconnectivity of villages, habitations and regions is among the priorities of the Government. He said that an alternate road connectivity always provide an option for the hassle free to and fro movement of passenger transport and movement of essential utilities in the region which ultimately benefits the people and helps to minimize the problems being faced by people. He also said that inter-connectivity road projects have been initiated and various others are in pipeline and soon we will have a network of roads in the state which

will provide alternate road connectivity between different regions of the state. These roads will lead to a new era of development in the region and will create opportunities for new business, education and health facilities. MLC, Mr Sham Lal Bhagat, who was accompanying the Minister highlighted the role of panchayats in the development of rural areas and said that awareness and authority to panchayats will increase the accountability and transparency in the system. The local people of the region apprised the Minister of their problems regarding scarcity of water, shortage of ration, and bad condition of roads and schools. Mr. Wani issued on the spot Instructions to officials to mitigate the problem of people.

Govt endeavors to showcase virgin tourism of Bandipora: Mir Srinagar, June 19: Minister been created in the area by budgeted accommodation, for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam W u l l a r - M a n s b a l tourist cafeteria, park and Ahmad Mir has said that D e v e l o p m e n t parking lot constructed, government would initiate Authority(WMDA) but beside upgradation of road all possibilities to promote yet there is need to create f r o m B a n d i p o r a t o and showcase virgin more such facilities at Ahtwatoo have been also tourism potential of several spots of the area. completed. He said faceBandipora adding that Tourism Minister said that lifting of historical ‘zaina steps would be also taken governments contem- lank’ in between Wullar to create high end tourist plates to create requisite Lake have already made related infrastructure at tourist infrastructure w h i l e a s n e c e s s a r y famous vantage park facilities at the hill lock of infrastructure at cost of Rs. Groora on the top of Wullar view adding that in 1 crore created at take up Asia’s’ biggest Wullar this regard 44 kanals of point Lankrashipora. lake. State land have been Tourism Minister said that Ve n t i n g j o y w h i l e transferred to WMDA. He efforts are on to showcase observing the magnificent said development of the tourism potential of the and mesmerizing beauty of Vantage Park Groora have area, adding that several Wullar Lake and majestic been completed at an Film Directors desired to s c e n i c m o u n t a i n s expenditure of Rs 2 crore shoot their f ilms at surrounded Bandipora adding that bird watchers Bandipora and Gurez with glimpse of Harmuk huts is also being con- s c e n i c s p o t s a n d snowy scenes from Groora structed alongside of a p p r o a c h e d t o t h e Vantage Park during his Wullar view for adventure Government for accomtour of Bandipora, the lovers. He said that new modation facilities. He Tourism Minister said that potential spots would be asked the people to opt the Bandipora is all praise identified for bringing tourism trade and convert a worthy by its natures them on tourism map to portion of their houses into ‘beauty’. “It only needs attract the tourists towards guestrooms and lodges publicizing in and outside their visit. adding that for the purpose the Country, besides The Tourism Minister said the government has participation of private t h a t t o u r i s t r e l a t e d launched incentive scheme stakeholders for creating infrastructure facilities at under which intending tourist infrastructure”, he Ahtwatoo resort is near householders could avail said and added that though completion at a cost of Rs the benefits of subsidies some infrastructure have 3 . 8 5 c r o r e , w h e r e besides soft loans.

Inculcate moral and ethical values among the students: Lone Srinagar, June 19: Minister of modern times. He said for Higher Education, Mr. that we should live a life in Mohammad Akbar Lone which we should practise today urged upon the what we say and obtain the teachers to inculcate moral guidance from the great and ethical values among life of our Prophet the students besides Mohammad (SAW). He ensuring modern educa- urged upon one and all to tion aided with latest put in their efforts for the trends and techniques. eradication of social evils T h e M i n i s t e r w a s from the society. Mr. Lone addressing a Seerat also enjoined upon the C o n f e r e n c e h e l d a t faculty members of the Government Boys Degree colleges to deliver their College Anantnag on the assignments with devotion topic “Significance of and dedication along with Ethics in Contemporary social and moral responsiworld”. bility.. DC, Anantnag, Deputy Commissioner, Principal of the College, Anantnag, Dr Farooq participating students and Ahmad Lone, Principal other dignitaries also GDC, Anantnag, Prof spoke on the topic and Zahoor Ahmad Chatt, unanimously stressed for Moulana Noor Ahmad living a better life and Trali, Moulana Abdul work for eradication of H a m i d N a y e e m i , social evils from the Principals and Students society. from various colleges of Earlier, the Minister the valley besides Staff and i n s p e c t e d v a r i o u s large gathering of college departments and blocks of students were present on the college and took stock the occasion. of various ongoing Speaking on the occasion, construction works being Mr. Lone said Islam e x e c u t e d f o r t h e teaches tolerance with upgradation of college patience and guides infrastructure which human beings to live a include Geography block pious life full of virtues, being constructed at the besides asks to help your cost of Rs. 3.15 crore. Mr. brethren without any L o n e d i r e c t e d t h e discrimination of caste, concerned executing colour and race. He said it agencies to speed up the is need of hour to inculcate pace of the work and spirit of oneness among complete the project communities and nations within stipulated time as unity is the only tool to besides ensuring quality of face wrath of social evils the work.

DSEK visits Education Institutions in Anantnag district Srinagar, June 19: Director School Education Kashmir stressed for ensuring quality education and better work culture in the Education Institutions. This was stated by Director School Education, Kashmir, Mr. Tariq Ali during the inspection of Anantnag district. Among other Institutions, the Director inspected GHSS Ranibagh, MS Bon Dailgam, HSS Dailgam, GHS Dailgam, Girls HSS Dooru Shahabad, Girls HSS Verinag, Hs Kapran Shahabad, Hs Choon, Kapran, PS Nai Basti, Heevad, GMS Kapran, MS Gawas, MS Qammar Shahabad, Verinag today. The Deputy Director, Planning and Chief Education Officer, Anantnag accompanied him. During Inspection Director School Education interacted with students and staff to create conducive academic atmosphere for imparting quality education. He emphasized for holding regular Parent- Teacher meetings in the school.

Baig Chairs PAC meeting on RD Srinagar, June 19: The are taken on the fate of the Public Accounts Committee Audit Paras. (PAC) of Jammu and The Committee however K a s h m i r l e g i s l a t i v e took a serious note of the fact A s s e m b l y o n R u r a l that the Annual Report of Development Department MGNREGA implementawas held here today under tions have not been tabled on the Chairmanship of MLA, the floor of the House since Muzaffar Hussain Baig. The its adoption despite clear Chairman stressed upon the directions in the relevant act o f f i c e r s o f R u r a l and the concerned Minister Development Department to which tantamount to the improve the functioning of breech of Privilege of the the department. Legislators, House. Commr. Secretary, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta, R u r a l D e v e l o p m e n t H a k e e m M o h a m m a d Department, Farooq Ahmed Yaseen, Abdul Gani Malik, Peer, Principal Accountant G h u l a m M o h a m m a d General (AG), Dr. S. C. Saroori, Ch. Zulfikar Ali and Pandey, Director General, Mohammad Yaseen Shah A&T A.M.M. Jehangir, gave their valuable sugges- D i r e c t o r , R u r a l tions to improve the working Development Department, of the Committee and make Jammu, Shafiq Ahmed it result oriented. During the Raina, Director, Rural course of the meeting the Development Department, Committee examined the Kashmir, Mir Altaf Ahmed, reply submitted by the Rural Director, Finance Tehsin Development Department Mufti, Member Secretary afresh and raised certain MGNREGA, P.S. Rathore, queries in respect of Audit SE (REW) Kashmir, Tanvir Para No. besides the A. Dhar, ACDs from all queries raised by it during the districts and other senior previous meeting held on the o f f i c e r o f R u r a l 6 t h J u n e , 2 0 1 3 . T h e Development Department, department was once again S e c r e t a r y L e g i s l a t i v e impressed upon to come up Assembly Mohammad with clear figures and replies Ramzan besides officers of to the Committees require- Assembly Secretariat were ments to its best satisfaction also present in the meeting.

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Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir has said that pro-people policies initiated by the Government have give fillip to developmental activities across the State, adding that providing good governance to the people and brining accountability

power facilities especially in remote and hilly areas. The Minister appealed the people not to heed on false propaganda and hollow sloganeering of vested interests whose motive always was to use the innocent people for their political and personal interests and create hurdle on developmen-

for economic growth of the area. He said that new tourism resorts in the area being identified to bring them on the tourism map. MLC, Ghulam Nabi Monga also addressed the gathering and while highlighting the programmes and policies of the Government, announced release of Rs. 10

PULWAMA, JUNE 19: To sensitise the people against the ill effects of smoking and to curb smoking at public places, District Development Commissioner, Pulwama, Manzoor Ahmad Lone Wednesday convened a meeting of officers for undertaking the measures for the successful implementation of COTPA here Wednesday..Senior citizens, Officers of District Administration and Police department were also present in the meeting.Speaking on the occasion, the District Development Commissioner stressed upon the concerned Officers to sensitize the masses about the bad consequences of the smoking.He exhorted upon the officers to conduct awareness camps to sensitize the people about the health hazards.DDC also urged for intensifying the market checking to ensure implementation of COPTA. A team of police, municipality and health department was constituted on the occasion for conducting market checking in the district.

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in the administration remained priority of tal process of the State. lakh for several developmental works of the Government during last four years. The Minister called upon the people Panchayat block Bandipora. Addressing a public meeting at to continue their whole hearted support Former Minister Usman Majid in his Bandipora, the Minister said that fo- to the Government for making Jammu address hailed the Government for carrycused attention is being given to up- and Kashmir a prosperous State. He said it ing out equal development in all the areas grade infrastructure Lone facilities the endeavor of common people that Agency of the State with special attention towards Newsunder Agencywas Kangan Khan News Ganderbal core sectors. He saidGulzar implementation peace and normalcy returned back Book in the Depot hilly and downtrodden areas. He appealed News Agency Soura Zahid Chadoora of flagship programmes percolates the people to support the Government Tariq News AgencyState. Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta better results at grass-root level in the Tourism Minister said that Bandipora whole heartedly and not allow the vested Aliwith News has Agency Alamgari Budshah Newsinterests Agencypersons Lal Chowk upgradation of basicMuzaffar amenities enough potentialBazar of tourism, asserting to create impediment on expansion of education, health, andAgency that this tapped fully developmental process of the State. Abdullah News Lal potential Chowk would beSikendar Newsthe Agency Lal Chowk

Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Lone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Magam Dar News Agency Beerwah SRINAGAR, JUNE 19:Reshi News G. R.Agency Hasrat Safapora Gadda and Mr. Basharat PL. News Agencyattended Bandipora D. Parimoo the A Book titled “Kashmir function.Minister for Labour Altaf News Agency Pulwama & Sher-e-Kashmir” written and Employment and PlanJeelani News Agency Baramulla by PL. D. Parimoo was rening Mr. Ajay Sadhotra while Shah Agencythe Kupwara leased at an impressive butNews addressing function said Younis Agency Langate simple function held at J&K News that the contribution of SherAcademy of Art, Culture and News e-Kashmir forIslamabad the prosperity Reshi Agency Languages here today.The and progress Jammu and Turray News Agency of Tral function was organized by Kashmir State is immense Rahi News Funkar Cultural Organization andAgency history Kulgam is witness to the RahDr.News Agency Kashmir. MLA Hazratbal, works doneByepass by late leader for

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Mustafa Kamal was the chief guest while as Minister for Labour, Employment and Planning Mr. Ajay Sadhotra was the guest of honour. Secretary, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Mr. Khalid Bashir Ahmad, Mr. Farooq Nazki, Mr. Vijay Bakaya, Mr. Ayaz Rasool, Mr. Shafi Ahmad Qadri, Mr. G. N. Khayal, Mr. Iqbal Faheem, Prof. Naila Ali Khan, Prof. Jabbar were presented in the function.President Funkar Cultural Organization Kashmir, Fida M. Husnain, General Secretary, Mr.

Lok Adalat settles 61 cases at Sopore SOPORE, JUNE 19: A Lok Adalat held at Court Complex Sopore under the Chairmanship of Chief Judicial Magistrate, who is also Chairperson, Tehsil Legal Services Authority, Sopore while SDM, Sopore was also present on the occasion. As many as 107 cases of various nature were taken up, out of which 61 cases were settled amicably on the spot, besides Rs. 75,200 recovered as fine in the said Lok Adalat. Officials of Court and Members of Bar Association were also present on the occasion. Meanwhile, according to the Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Baramulla, A Lok Adalat scheduled to be held on June 20, 2013 has been postponed and shall be now held on June 24, 2013.

bringing literacy, improving economy of poor and under privileged class and above all the declaration of land to tiller were the land marks remembered by one and all.Regarding autonomy, Mr. Sadhotra said that it was vision of Sher-e-Kashmir to work on the mission of greater autonomy of the J&K State, which was brought forward by former Chief Minister and Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah during his tenure as Chief Minister of the State. He said that pres-

in proper implementation of developmental and welfare schemes so that the benefit of these schemes reaches down below to the masses living at grass route level.MLA Dr. Mustafa Kamal in his speech presented a detailed history of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and said that the life sketch of late leader has two prominent periods, before 1947 and after 1947. He said that Sher-e-Kashmir fought against oppressive system of that time and not against any dynasty or any individual.

Asserting that the health sector forms one of the priority sectors of the government, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats Ali Mohammad Sagar has said

that the Government has ensured creation of requisite infrastructure needed for it in order to provide quality medicare facilities to the people. This was stated by the Minister while chairing Rogi Kalyan Samiti (RKS) meeting of Jawahar Lal Memorial Hospital (JLNM), Gousai and SR Gunj PHC, here today.

Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman, Medical Superintendent of Gousai, Jawahar Lal Memorial Hospital, Chief Medical Officer Srinagar besides other officers of PDD and R&B departments were present on

the occasion. Sagar said that the Government has already introduced several schemes so that the qualities of health facilities being provided to the people are augmented properly. He said that the funds earmarked under the Rogi Kalayan Samiti by the Centre should be properly utilized in a judicious

Taj announces sports complex for Lolab LOLAB, JUNE 19: The picturesque valley of Lolab would soon be having a state of the art sports complex equipped with the facilities of playing both outdoor and indoor games despite vagaries of weather. The sports complex would be set up at Gund Machur for which the Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Taj Mohi- ud- Din announced the release of Rs five crore during his visit to the Valley today. Addressing a largely attended public meeting at Gund Machur, the Minister said the present Government is working hard to ameliorate the living standards of people particularly those living below poverty line, in far flung areas and those belonging to weaker sections of society. He said many schemes and

Arrangements finalized for 4th Mughal Rally-2013

and contingency of the rally including security, road clearance, convoy movement, health and emergency services were discussed threadbare to make the rally incident free and a grand success. It was informed that the army would conduct the ROP in advance and secure all identified routes. On 28th June under Leg 1 (extreme) the rally will pass from Srinagar-PulwamaShopian-Dubjan-PirkiGaliBufliaz-Shopian-Srinagar under Leg-1(Enduro) the

Health among priority sectors of the Govt : Sagar SRINAGAR, JUNE 19:

programmes are in vogue for the purpose. Terming sports as a means to shape up one’s personality, Taj said youth are the future of society and the Government has started giving sports infrastructure a re look so that youth are engaged in positive and constructive ways.The Minister asked people to remain cautious of the designs of vested interest groups who create division among people in the name of catchy slogans and ideas. He said their aim is just to hoodwink the gullible and innocent people and not to make any positive contribution to people’s lives. Taj said he himself feels very attached to Lolab and it has attracted the attention of many great personalities like poet Iqbal and has been the home of renowned religious scholar late Maulana Anwar

Shah Kashmiri who rose to be an authority on Quran & Hadith in South Asia. Responding to the demands put before him, the Minister said the recruitment of Physical Education teachers would soon commence. He said Government would consider the demands of NYK volunteers sympathetically. He also assured nomination of ten students from the area for paramedical training. Taj also announced developing two stadia at the two blocks of the Lolab Valley. He also directed the Department of Youth Services & Sports to make three teams each in the disciplines of football, hockey and cricket in all the high and higher secondary schools of the Lolab Valley. Former legislator, Haji Rasheed and Surinder Singh Channi also addressed the gathering.

JAMMU, JUNE 19 - The Legal Metrology Department Wednesday booked eight traders found violating various provisions of J&K weights and measures (enforcement) Act 1997 and charged a fine of Rs 5800 from the violators.A team of LMD, headed by Assistant controller Rajesh Heera, conducted surprise inspection of ration depots, Grocery shops, fertilizer stores, sweet shops at Sathra, Chandak and Mandi areas. During the inspection 8 traders were booked for various violations and charged fine.The inspection team warned the traders of stern legal action in case of any further indulgence in anti-consumer practices. They were directed to use standard and verified weights and to sell packed commodity clearly mentioning MRP, Packing date, Net weight along with complete address of manufacturer/Packer.

manner so that the benefit of it reaches the targeted populace. Sagar also directed the concerned to prepare a comprehensive project report for ensuring the relocation of shopkeepers of the Gousai hospital to some other location so that the whole building can be utilized by the hospital. He also asked for under taking the renovation of the washrooms and other repairs in the hospital as well. The Minister instructed the officers to ensure that the PHC at SR Gunj is provided with all the requisite facilities so that it can provide round the clock medicare facilities to the people living there and its catchment areas. He said that the Government has already undertaken to declare it as heritage site being the oldest hospitals in the city where various stalwarts of medical professionals of the State have practiced.

rally will pass through Srinagar-Pampore-Pulwama-Shopian-Dubjan-PirkiGali-Bafliaz- ThannamandiRajouri-Akhnoor-Jammu. Similarly, on 29th June under Leg 2 (extreme) the rally will

schedule need to be stopped for smooth passage of the participating cars. No traffic, especially oncoming shall be permitted on rally routes on the designated days of the 4th Mughal rally only ve-

Minister of State for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, Ajaz Ahmad Khan today assured the people of KundWaltengu Naar that Government is taking all steps for their rehabilitation. He said all those people in the area who do not have their own houses would be provided some land for the purpose from the state land. The Minister was addressing a public meeting at Pachigam Nar (Kund) today. The Minister said Government has re focused development of far flung, hilly and remote areas and for the purpose many schemes and programmes like Tribal Sub Plan, Border Area Development Plan etc. have been conceived and are under execution.

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March 21-April 19 You may feel emotionally stuck, Aries. Perhaps you feel your sensitive, loving nature isn’t fully appreciated. Today is energetic and lively, but you’d rather sit home and relax. Your best strategy is to do just that. Why is it so hard for some people to see that doing nothing is really doing something - relaxing? Don’t let anyone talk you into something you don’t want to do.

Taurus April 20-May 20

It feels like you have more emotional armor on, Taurus, which will help you deal with a looming battle. Somewhere in your world a conflict is brewing. It may not be obvious, it may not be large, but it’s there. Today you’re more prepared to deal with things out in the open. You have a larger arsenal of weapons, and your witty, aggressive banter is at a peak.

Gemini May 21-June 21

You may feel like your resources are depleted and you want to throw in the towel, Gemini. Don’t give up yet. Today may not be the best day of your life, but that doesn’t mean you should write everyone off and become a hermit. You may be moodier than usual, but you will snap out of it. You may need to be a bit more adaptable in order to roll with the punches today.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Your energy is running high, Cancer, and you have a great deal of fire that you can use to transform anything. You have a wonderful capacity to turn a bad situation into a good one. You know exactly how to lift others’ spirits when they’re down. Today certain issues may be a bit too emotional for you to handle comfortably.


July 23-August 22 Every time you bring up a sensitive, important, or deep subject, does someone squash it? You may feel like you aren’t relating well to other people today. You may want to dive deeper into issues while others prefer to skim the surface. Find people who see things your way rather than fight those who don’t.

pass through Srinagar, Khanabal, Qazigund, Veerinag, Kokernag, Daksum-Sinthan Pass- Srinagar whereas under leg-2 (Enduro) the rally will pass through Jammu-ReasiMahore-Gool-Ramban-Return via National Highway to Srinagar.It was also stated that all road works whether by CRPF, PWD or NCC on the days of rally as per the event

hicles bearing stickers of the Mughal Rally will be permitted access to the sealed roads. The army was asked to ensure that no convoy movement is there on competitive stages on the rally days. However, on transport stages, civilian and army traffic may be allowed to ply normally provided no roads be blocked by traffic jams.

Achieve optimum results for development of public utility projects: Ruhullah BUDGAM, JUNE 19: MLA Budgam, Aga Syed Ruhullah said that involvement of general public and taking on board public representatives while formulating projects is pivotal for the overall development. He said that grievances of the people concerned particularly with better communication, health care, drinking water, electricity etc shall be redressed on priority.The MLA said this while addressing a gathering at village Batahar during an extensive tour of his constituency including Ompora, Narkara, Mohanpora to have an on spot inspection of various developmental and welfare projects being executed in these areas. Among others,

ADDC Budgam, Mr. Ghulam Mohi-u-Din Bhat, Executive Engineers of PHE and PDD, Tehsildar and BDO Budgam besides other concerned officers accompanied. Various deputations and individuals from these villages interact with the MLA and apprised him about grievances with regard to availability of basic facilities and also put forth some demands about the macadamization of 3.5 km Ompora-Bathara Bemina road and 2.5 km Khumani Chowk to Bather.Aga Ruhullah urged upon the concerned departments to accelerate the pace of work and complete these projects within stipulated time frame avoiding any unprecedented delay.

Govt. would rehabilitate Waltengu sufferers: Ajaz KULGAM, JUNE 19

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Ajaz said Government is sensitive to the needs and aspirations of people and efforts are on to address the same. He assured the people that their demands would be addressed

en their compensations. He asked youth to take benefit of many of the job oriented schemes launched by the Government. Secretary, Revenue, Vinod


August 23-September 22

This is a wonderful day. You feel emotionally strong, Virgo. You have all of your energy available for use. Don’t miss this opportunity by feigning a headache and staying at home doing nothing. Instead of analyzing everything and criticizing everyone else’s life, look at your own and see what choices you can make right now. Take the best course of action based on the resources you have at your fingertips.


September 23-October 23 Nothing seems to be clicking the way you want. Your rational mind tells you that things are fine and you have the green light to proceed with your plans. Perhaps you have an inkling that your plan is flawed in some way. Perhaps you’re ignoring a certain pain in your heart by keeping it secret when in reality you need to let it out.


October 24-November 21 You’re emotionally much stronger than usual. You will be surprised at the events, thoughts, and conversations you command with your words, Scorpio. Most of the time, you follow others. You go with the flow. You’re laid-back and happy with just about anything. Today, however, you want to take the lead and show others how things should be done.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

While this may be a day when all you want to do is to relax, you may not feel like you can, Sagittarius. A little voice is telling you to work. Perhaps you’re inspired to clean out your closet, change the landscaping, or wash your windows. Put these tasks aside. Forced manual labor isn’t the way to go today. If you’re going to put that much energy into something, put it into having fun.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

This may feel like a day made just for you, Capricorn. You’re emotionally strong. You feel like you’re able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Tackle all those projects you love but have been too scared to start. You have a great deal of energy and confidence in your favor. You will succeed in almost anything you try, so don’t waste this moment by just watching TV.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Your energy may be a bit scattered, Aquarius. Although your days are jam-packed with activities, you still go to bed every night feeling like you didn’t get anything done. It’s time to prioritize. Examine all the things you do for others and those you do for yourself. You may be surprised at the imbalance you’ve created in your world.


February 19-March 20 in phased manner. Responding to local demands, the Minister said that all those farmers whose lands were acquired for road construction would soon be giv-

Koul, Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Jehangir Mir, Additional DC, Gulzar Ahmad Dar, former MLC, Mohammad Amin Bhat and other officers accompanied the Minister.

Your emotions and actions are well aligned, Pisces, meaning that you’re likely to do things that are more in tune with your true beliefs. This wonderful alignment of energies will keep you busy and out of trouble. As long as you’re true to yourself, no one can argue with what you do or who you are. There is no reason for you to make excuses about anything.

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Thursday, 20 June 2013

Trading Peace through LoC


rade across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir was started in 2008 as a confidence-building measure to develop economic links and development across the border. To date the economic impact of the initiative has been limited. But concrete cross-border structures have been established. Cross-border trade has also helped Kashmiri communities to start to rebuild severed relationships across the LoC – although so far this outcome has been limited by restrictions on movement of people across the border, and it is also somewhat coincidental, since peace building is not a primary objective of the initiative. Nevertheless, cross-border trade in Kashmir may ultimately have potential to provide an entry point to help build confidence in the India-Pakistan peace process, and to strengthen Kashmiri capacity to contribute to peace building in Kashmir. Before partition, a trade route had existed via Jammu to Rawalpindi and beyond. This trade route was severed soon after partition as India and Pakistan launched their military campaign over Kashmir. The massive Kashmir earthquake of 2005 acted as the catalyst for the governments of India and Pakistan to ease restrictions on movement across the LoC, bowing to the demands of many Kashmiris. Acting on humanitarian impulses, the governments agreed to launch a crossLoC bus service for divided families. For many Kashmiris this was the first opportunity to meet separated relatives since the start of the conflict. The bus service was widely appreciated in Kashmir and added momentum to calls to allow the resumption of trade across the LoC. In October 2008, after bilateral negotiations and persistent lobbying by Kashmiris from both sides, India and Pakistan officially opened the LoC for trade. Cross-LoC trade was set up as a limited trade regime designed to provide opportunities for economic growth and development for both parts of Kashmir. Revitalising the economic potential of the region is one of the objectives of the initiative. Trade across the LoC also offers a low-cost and highvisibility measure to build confidence in the IndiaPakistan peace process and to create an environment for the governments to move beyond stated positions. In official discourse, cross-LoC trade has been framed as a peacemaking step and marketed as a confidence-building measure. Cross-LoC trade is the only high profile confidence-building measure between India and Pakistan that has survived the disastrous impact of the Mumbai attacks in November 2008. Cross-LoC trade is facilitated by the two governments’ decision not to impose trade tariffs on goods. New Delhi and Islamabad have approved a list of 21 items (primary products originating from the region) for trade across the LoC that are intended to stimulate local economies on both sides. Currently trade takes places across two routes, PoonchRawlakot and Srinagar-Muzaffarabad. In the absence of banking facilities linking the two sides, trade takes place through barter. Consequently, accurate and reliable figures on the volume of trade across the LoC are hard to come by. Cross-LoC trade has so far had limited impact as a tool for economic development in the region. However, it has provided some economic benefits, for example acting as a catalyst for economic invigoration in the towns serving as the crossing points for the trade routes, as contractors and laborers have been drawn in to assist the trade process, and local properties have been turned into storage units. Bit by bit, local economies are being strengthened. The cross-border trade initiative has been supported in large part by Kashmiris on both sides of the divide. Kashmiri motivations for supporting cross-LoC trade are complex. At the very basic level, the initiative promised to reunite divided families and to establish regular contact with Kashmiris on the ‘other’ side. But in practice there has been very little people to-people contact, as individuals are not allowed to cross the LoC with trade goods. Rather, trade takes place through intermediaries who switch goods at crossing points. Kashmiri business communities have made use of the initiative as an opportunity to build cross-border peace constituencies. A major development has been the formation of the Federation of Jammu and Kashmir Joint Chamber of Commerce, the first official cross-LoC institution. The respective trade and commerce chambers from Muzaffarabad and Srinagar assumed an active leadership role in finalising modalities for cross-LoC trade. This relationship was formalised in the Joint Chamber, which now leads on cross-LoC trade and uniquely connects Kashmiri civil society and traders to governmental apparatuses on both sides. There is evidence to suggest that trade has been able to provide alternatives to violence and has created an ‘incentive for peace’. Despite suffering economic losses, Kashmiri traders time and again emphasise that they are determined to continue the trade venture for its symbolic value.



Thursday, 20 June 2013

Agri Export Zone Generates Employment


ndia is an agriculture-based economy, where 43% of its people remain employed in agricultural and allied activities. Agriculture along with other related fields like forestry and logging provides employment to 60% of India’s population. Agriculture accounts for almost 19% of the Gross Domestic Product and 9% of the total exports. India’s agro-climatic conditions and rich natural resource base sets prelude for doing very good on agriculture front. Today, India has become the world’s largest producer across a range of commodities, like coconut, mango, banana, milk & dairy products, cashew nuts, pulses, ginger, turmeric and black pepper. It is also the second largest producer of rice, wheat, sugar, cotton, fruits and vegetables. India needs to leverage the production capability for economic gains and being self sufficient to meet the domestic consumption. With a view to promoting agriculture in the country and to fetch remunerative returns to the farming community in a sustained manner, the concept of the Agri Export Zones (AEZs) was floated. AEZs are to be identified by the State Governments evolving a comprehensive package of services provided by all State Government agencies, State agriculture universities and all institutions and agencies of the Union Government for intensive delivery in these Zones. Corporate sector with proven credentials are encouraged to sponsor new zone or to takeover already notified AEZs or part of such zones for boosting agriexports. Services would be managed and coordinated by State Government/ corporate sector and would include provision of pre/post harvest treatment and operations, plant protection, processing, packaging, storage and related research & development etc. According to the government’s agri-trade promotion body, Agricultural and Processed Food Products

Export Development Authority (APEDA) has been nominated as the Nodal Agency to coordinate the efforts on the part of Central Government negotiations. The entire effort of AEZ focuses on the cluster approach of identifying the potential products, the geographical region in which these products are grown and

market oriented approach; product acceptability and its competitiveness abroad as well as in the domestic market; value addition to basic agricultural produce; bring down cost of production through economy of scale; better price for agricultural produce; improvement in product quality & packaging; promote

With a view to promoting agriculture in the country and to fetch remunerative

returns to the farming community in a

sustained manner, the concept of the Agri Export Zones (AEZs) was floated. AEZs are to be identified by the State

Governments evolving a comprehensive

package of services provided by all State Government agencies, State agriculture universities and all institutions and

agencies of the Union Government for intensive delivery in these Zones.

adopting an end-to-end approach of trade-related research and development; integrating the entire process right from the and increase employment opportunities. stage of production till it reaches the Once the project proposal of a State has market. There would also be a need to been approved by the Committee, a identify/enlist difficulties/ problems Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is encountered at each stage. These difficul- signed between APEDA (on behalf of the ties could be procedural in nature or may Government) and the State Government relate to a particular quality standard. Agri for providing possible assistance at each Export Zones can yield benefits like stage of the project. The responsibilities of strengthening of backward linkages with a the State government are defined in the

MoU. To enable the Agri Export Zone achieve the objectives of the concept and to make the projects viable, it is necessary that the Central and State Governments work closely with each other. This would imply certain pro-active steps to be taken by the States with regard to identification of a State Government institutions/agency which will be responsible for implementation and coordination of the entire activity; single window problem solving desks should be created in the offices promoting zonal approach to agriculture exports; adequate availability of infrastructure, inputs, electricity, etc. and redeployment of extension officers in the Export Zones who would interact regularly with APEDA and organise training/activity on a regular basis with a definite action programme. Other potential crops that can be tapped where India has a geographical and resource advantages are tea, coffee, spices and cotton. India is the world’s secondlargest producer of cotton. The focus on this crop can bring a rise of 10 per cent to about 32 million bales (one bale is equal to 170 kg), provided it gets high support price and more sowing of high-yielding Bt seeds. Centre and State forging an alliance to boost agricultural export is now showing good results despite the global recession still lingering on. The country’s farm product export in value terms has surged about 40% to over Rs.80,600 crore in the last three years, with food grains, oil meals and fruits and vegetables witnessing maximum demand overseas. India’s agriexport turnover is expected to double in the next five years, according to APEDA, Agri-export turnover is set to rise from US $ 9 billion to nearly US $ 18 billion by 2014. At present, around 70 percent of the country’s agricultural and processed food exports are to developing countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America. .

C-Band Polarimetric Doppler Radar-Better Weather Predictions R

adars will not tell you if it is going to rain tomorrow. However, when something arises on the horizon and that cloud floats to your city, the Polarimetric Doppler radar will be at your service with precise information with estimated rain, storm structure, snow rates etc. The First C-Band Polarimetric Doppler Radar of the country started working in Delhi on January 15th, 2012 i.e. from the 137th Foundation Day of India Meteorological Department. Most weather radars transmit radio wave pulses that have a horizontal orientation. Polarimetric radars transmit radio wave pulses that have both horizontal and vertical orientation. The horizontal pulses essentially give a measure of the horizontal dimension of cloud (cloud water and cloud ice) and precipitation (snow, ice pellets, hail and rain) particles while the vertical pulses essentially give a measure of the vertical dimension. Since the power returned to the radar is a complicated function of each particle size, shape and ice density, this additional information results in improved estimates of rain, snow rate, better detection of large hail location in storms, and

ogy used for weather surveillance. It uses advanced algorithms to generate information which is vital for detecting severe weather phenomena such as rain, hail storm etc., with greater accuracy. Due to this additional information it is very useful to issue weather forecasts and warnings for events which are likely to occur within short period of time also known as nowcasting. Variables Measured The C-band Polarimetric radar has capability to measure mainly four variables such as Differential Reflectivity, Correlation Coefficient, Linear Depolarization ratio and Specific Differential Phase. Besides this, total and horizontal Reflectivity, Radial velocity, Spectral width and Hydromet classification will be measured. The Differential Reflectivity (ZDR) indicates ratio of the reflected horizontal and vertical power returns. Among other things, it is a good indicator of drop shape. In turn the shape is a good estimate of average drop size. Cross Correlation Coefficient (RhoHV) is a statistical correlation between reflected horizontal and vertical power returns. It is an indicator of regions of precipitation types, such as rain and snow. It

The C-band Polarimetric radar has

capability to measure mainly four variables

such as Differential Reflectivity, Correlation Coefficient, Linear Depolarization ratio and Specific Differential Phase. Besides this,

total and horizontal Reflectivity, Radial velocity, Spectral width and Hydromet classification will be measured.

improved identification of rain/snow transition regions in winter storms. Doppler radar has added capability of being able to measure a frequency shift that is introduced into the reflected signal by the motion of the cloud and precipitation particles. This frequency shift is then used to determine wind speed. The C-Band Polarimetric Doppler Radar at Delhi has the latest state of the art technol-

is prominently used for hydrometeor classification. Differential Phase (Phi-DP) and Specific Differential Phase is a comparisons of the returned phase difference between horizontal and vertical pulses, caused by the difference in number of wave cycles (wavelengths) along the propagation path for horizontal and vertically polarized waves. This normalized to a standard displacement is termed as Specific

Differential Phase (KDP) which directly correlates with the “propagation effect” and a good estimator of rain rate as it is independent of calibration, and other radar related parameters. It will measure Total Reflectivity (TH) which is measured in the horizontal plane in

information on cloud and precipitation particle size, shape, and ice density. It is independent of calibration errors and has fine tuning. It will greatly help meteorologists, hydrologists, aviation users and society. Polarimetric radar will significantly improve the accuracy of estimates of

Polarimetric radar will significantly

improve the accuracy of estimates of

amount of precipitation (snow, ice pellets, hail and rain).It will now tell difference

between very heavy rain and hail, which will improve flash floods watches and warnings and disaster management.

logarithmic scale equated relative to 1 mm drop in meter cube, without any correction and filtering of unwanted echoes. Horizontal Reflectivity (ZH) is the corrected Total Reflectivity (ZH) for ground returns, non perceptible echoes, interferences, and enhancing the signal quality through signal qualifiers of LOG(weather data gathered in a scientific, consistent manner), SQI ( Special Qualification Identifiers), CSR (Coherent Scatter Radars which operate in the frequency range between ionosondes and ISRs who scatter off thermal fluctuations in the plasma) etc. Radial Velocity (V) will be measured which is the Reflectivity averaged radial velocity of the scatterer. Colour coded analogous to frequency red shift in astronomy, i.e. red colour echoes moving away and cool colours moving towards radar will be analyzed. Spectral Width (W) will be measured which is the spread of the return signal attributed directly to the turbulence of the atmosphere. Hydromet Classification (HCLASS) is a special Higher signal processing capability with which radar classify the echoes during data acquisition, based on other moments and proven algorithms employing fuzzy logic. Benefits The improvements associated with polarimetric Doppler radars come with their ability to provide previously unavailable

amount of precipitation (snow, ice pellets, hail and rain).It will now tell difference between very heavy rain and hail, which will improve flash floods watches and warnings and disaster management. The sudden, ferocious thunder storms lash the eastern part of India, particularly the north-east region and states of Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal and Bihar during the month of Baisakh (April-May) at regular interval. This kal-Baisakhi take great toll on lives and property. The C-band Polarimetric radar will be a boon to give indication of kal-baisakhi. It will also contribute to increased lead time in flash floods and winter weather hazard warnings and severe hazards like thunder storms, kal- Baisakhis and cyclonic circulations. It has better ability to correct signal attenuation due to atmosphere including attenuation due to rain in cyclonic wall clouds. Due to advanced algorithms and software which uses polarimetric data, it will generate better estimates of rainfall. Rainfall in catchment areas of dams can be monitored. It will provide critical rainfall estimation information for stream flow hence is very useful for hydrological studies. It will be useful in water management. It will detect aviation hazards such as birds (ornithological echoes), insects etc. It is able to identify no-meteorological echoes with better accuracy than conventional radars.

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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How to keep anxiety in check

Control your anxiety before it gets out of hand with these minor tweaks to your life Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time — from tension before an exam or interview to feeling butterflies in our stomachs on a first date. And a little anxiety can actually be useful. Feeling nervous can get the adrenalin pumping and make you more alert. But it's when short-term anxiety becomes a more long-term condition that problems start.Chronic anxiety can be crippling and may lead to an inability to concentrate, constant nausea, palpitations and insomnia. It can also cause other conditions such as depression and even agoraphobia. The important thing to remember about controlling anxiety is quickly conquering it before it gets out of hand — which means managing your stress well. Choose low GI foods Your brain needs a steady supply of glucose to enable it to function properly. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can affect the brain, leading to mood swings, anxiety and even panic attacks. So try to eat foods that have a low GI

(glycaemic index) such as multigrain bread, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots and bananas. Increase vitamin B intake An adequate intake of this vitamin is essential for a healthy nervous system. All B vitamins are involved in the control of tryptophan, an amino acid used to make the chemical serotonin, that helps regulate mood. A balanced diet containing meat, fish, eggs, dairy and green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds should supply enough Vitamin B. But if you are not getting enough, take Vitamin B supplements. Limit your alcohol intake If you are stressed, anxious or depressed, it may be tempting to drown your sorrows with a stiff drink as alcohol can initially make you feel calmer. A recent study suggested people suffering from anxiety were likely to drink heavily. But if you suffer from anxietyrelated disorders, including depression, you should consider limiting your alcohol intake as it affects anxietyreducing neurotransmitters. Also, once the alcohol wears off, you may be left feeling more anxious because alcohol has a depressant effect. Keep a stress diary

Over the next few weeks, note which situations, times, places and people make you stressed. Once you have identified these, think about each one and ask yourself 'Can I avoid it?'. For example, if you find that driving to work is stressful, perhaps you can avoid it by finishing work a bit earlier or later, or by car-sharing with a colleague. Slow down Many of us are living our lives at a faster pace, perhaps juggling a fulltime job with a relationship, family commitments and a social life. As a result, we feel a constant sense of urgency in our daily lives. This endless feeling of pressure fuels our impatience when we have to wait in a queue or traffic jam, or when the bus or train is late. Instead of stressing about delays, see them as opportunities for welcome thinking or reading. Drink plenty of water Your brain needs sufficient water to function properly. Even mild dehydration can affect mental well-being. Symptoms of dehydration include restlessness and irritability.

Avoid these foods to avoid constipation

Constipation is an uncomfortable condition. Previously, we covered the foods that you must eat on a regular basis to tackle constipation. On the other side of the healthy-unhealthy food spectrum, there are also some popular foods that you should avoid if you want to stay away from constipation. We give you 5 foods to exclude from your diet. Processed food: Whether it is frozen foods or burgers and pizzas, it is going to make your mornings hard to get through, literally. When food is preserved and ready to eat, vital nutrients are drained out, plus the ingredients used are cheap. For example, all purpose flour or maida is used practically in all pizzas, breads and instant noodles. Bottomline: Processed food has less fiber hence they linger in your system causing discomfort. Bakery goodies: Nankhatais, kharis and tea biscuits are rich in sugar and

fat. They may go well with tea and coffee, but lack fiber. But there's a solution to these good old treats, increase your fiber intake, and balance it out. Bottomline: Sugar may go straight to your thigh, but it can also be the cause of constipation. Red Meat without supplementing meals with vegetables: If you consume pork or beef regularly, without veggies on the side, you may have already experienced constipation. Make it a habit to accompany this precious chunk of meat with salad, cooked vegetables, and whole grain cereal; something that is rich in fiber. Bottomline: Guess how long it takes to digest meat? No, you're wrong, it takes 90 hours to partially digest meat. Caffeine: So no one can give up coffee, black tea and colas. They give you the much needed buzz to start your day and keep you going through

strenuous meetings, commutes, and just about everything else. Unhealthy dependency aside, caffeine dehydrates the human body and dehydration is one of the main causes of constipation. Bottomline: If you're addicted to caffeine, it's better to cut down and supplement it with food rich in fiber. Oily food: Chips and fast foods are tempting, even for those who are determined to eat healthy. But the more oily and salty your food is, the higher your chances of developing some digestive health issues as you cross over from your 20s to the 30s. Foods that are deep fried and soaked in oil like French fries slows down the digestive process. Bottomline: Fight your cravings and every time you feel tempted to order a round of French fries make sure you drink enough water and eat enough veggies before or after.

Celebrate health with tomatoes Smoking may lead to Indulge in tomatoes as they have great health value Tomatoes are now hot-favourites thanks to the much-talked about Tomato Festival in Spain as shown in the movie Zindagi Milegi Na Dobaara. But take a break from your favorite actors soaking in the ‘tomato fun.’ It’s time to know the health benefits of this rich easily available vegetable. Anti-oxidant: Tomatoes contain a lot of vitamins A and C, mostly because of beta-carotene, and these vitamins act as an anti-oxidant, working to neutralize dangerous free radicals in the blood stream. Free radicals in the body can be flushed out with high levels of Lycopene, and the tomato is so amply loaded with this vital anti-oxidant that it actually derives its rich redness from the nutrient. These dangerous free radicals can cause cell damage. Also, remember that cooking destroys much of vitamin C, so stick to raw tomatoes for these benefits. So, do remember

to carry a tomato-cucumber sandwich in your tiffin box. Vision: Because of all that vitamin A, tomatoes are also an excellent food to help improve your vision. This also means tomatoes can help your eyes be better about night blindness. Cancer: Various studies have shown that because of all that lycopene in tomatoes, the red fruit helps to lessen the chances of prostate cancer in men, and also reduces the chance of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer. Lycopene is considered somewhat of a natural miracle anti-oxidant that may help to stop the growth of cancer cells. And, interestingly enough, cooked tomatoes produce more lycopene than do raw tomatoes, so enjoy that tomato soup! Heart troubles: Due to potassium and vitamin B, tomatoes help to lower blood pressure and to lower high cholesterol levels. This, in turn, could help prevent

ovarian cancer

strokes, heart attack and other potentially life-threatening heart problems. Skin care: Because of high amounts of lycopene, tomatoes are excellent for skin care. Make sure the inside of the tomato skins are against your skin, and let this be there for at least 10 minutes. Then wash off. You face will be cleaner and give a

Stretch your way to fitness

shiny look. Hair: Remember all that vitamin A in tomatoes? Well, it’s good for keepi n g y o u r h a i r strong and shiny, and its also good for your eyes, teeth, skin and bones. Bones: Tomatoes have a fair amount of vitamin K and calcium, both of which help to strengthen

demographic and personal characteristics which were taken into account, including body-mass index, use of alcohol, use of oral contraceptives and menopausal hormone therapy. Binns said more research was needed to understand how smoking stimulated the creation of mucinoid tumours, but stressed the first step in prevention was for women to quit cigarettes. "While giving up smoking is the best advice, we did find evidence that drinking green tea, breastfeeding, eating fruit and vegetables, getting regular exercise and avoiding obesity were also beneficial," he said.

How diabetes links to leg and feet problems Diabetes can invite complications if proper personal care, fitness and diet are not followed. Today, we take a look at serious repercussions of diabetes on leg problems. Legs, especially the feet, receive far less blood compared to other parts of the body, and for diabetics this could spell foot trouble. Dr. Sanjeev Bhambani, Diabetes and Endocrinologist at Moolchand Medcity gives you a step-by-step rundown on this grave issue.

How is diabetes linked to feet and leg problems?

Dr. Sanjeev says, "Foot problems in diabetics result from poor circulation, nerve damage and decreased resistance to infection. High blood sugar level over a long period may affect blood vessels and nerves. There are various conditions that affect people with diabetes that may result in leg and foot problems." Willingly or cribbing, all of us tend to squeeze in some exercise in our daily routine. But we are lazy enough to skip the most important part of it- stretches. According to studies, stretches are vital in our daily workout and equally important if not more, than the actual exercise. Harbouring a capacity to leave one unfit for exercise if avoided continually, stretches prove extremely beneficial for our good health. If done properly, stretches are known to reduce muscle soreness to a large extent. They affect the body's flexibility which plays an important role in deciding our strength and stamina. They also affect our swiftness or speed level. While it is necessary to do a whole body stretch, individual muscle stretches loosen up every muscle that has been worked upon. Quadriceps, hamstring, calves, biceps, triceps, all need their share of stretch. Stretching should be a gradual process and should not be done in a hurry. If done too quickly, they can cause the muscle to contract. To avoid this, one can include stretches in-between the training after the exercise of each muscle group instead of keeping it as the final act. When the sweet burning sensation while stretching is a pleasurable experience you know you are on the right track. The tightening of muscles during exercise also affects the mobility of the joints and stretching helps in relieving them. The correct holding time of a stretch is the key to achieve the required effect. An average time of 30 seconds, is what is recommended by doctors. But in case of discomfort, one has to immediately stop pushing oneself out of limits. Another important benefit is that stretches prolong one's exercise age. As stretches play a major role in saving one from injuries, they reduce the rate of degeneration of muscles and hence keep one fit to exercise for long. So, do your stretches properly and be fitter

Scientists have for the first time linked smoking with ovarian cancer - the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer in Australia with a five-year survival rate of only 40 per cent. Andy Lee and Colin Binns, both professors from the Curtin University's School of Public Health, took part as members of the Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies of Ovarian Cancer based at Oxford University and funded by UK Cancer research. Their work involved the completion of two studies in China, which were fed into a pool of data totalling 28,114 women with, and 94,942 women without, ovarian cancer, the journal Lancet Oncology reported. "Previously there was only a weak link between smoking and ovarian cancer, coming from a paper in 2009. This new analysis firmly establishes that relationship for one particular type of ovarian cancer, mucinoid tumours, which account for about 15 percent of the total of all ovarian cancers," Binns said, according to a university statement. Outcomes were consistent along 13 socio-

Diabetic neuropathy

"Diabetes causes damage to the nerves in the feet and legs. Generally, injuries remain unnoticed and cause sharp pain in the feet commonly known as diabetic foot," says the Doctor.

Peripheral vascular disease

"Elevated blood sugar levels over time affect the circulation and blood flow. This may cause ulcer and gangrene."

How about the link between morbid obesity and diabetes?

This is a question that has several obese people worried; Dr. Sanjeev makes the link between obesity and diabetes: "Obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than 27 (as per Indian

body structure). Approximately two-thirds of adults with Type 2 diabetes are obese. Diabetics are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, and obesity further increases this risk. Obesity also increases other diabetes complications including endstage kidney disease. Other complications may include sleep apnea syndrome, arthritis and fatty liver disease."

Some stats on the cases of diabetes and limb amputations...

The picture is unflattering; here's what the diabetologist reveals, "All over the world in every 30 seconds, a leg is lost to due to diabetes. 15% of the total diabetic population develops foot ulcers. All over, 85% of all diabetes-related amputations are preceded by foot ulcers. Thus it is advisable that patients should daily inspect their feet and consult the doctor as soon as they find an ulcer or an infection in the foot."

What are the signs of tissue and skin damage?

He says, "In diabetic patients blood glucose is high and body loses fluid. Due to insufficient fluid skin gets dry. Dry skin tends to crack or split more easily and wounds heal more slowly in diabetics. Thus skin conditions should be treated as soon they're noticed, to prevent them." He breaks it down further, "There are various signs of tissue and skin damage, which can be categorized as: Dry skin is one of the most common symptoms among diabetes due to loss of body fluid and

frequent urination. Itchy skin could be another prior symptom which can be triggered by poor blood flow. Itching can be confined to one spot or may occur in many parts of the body especially in lower legs and feet. Digital sclerosis due to excess production of collagen among Type 1 diabetic patient results in waxy, tight skin on toes, fingers and hands. Dryness, burning, numbness and skin ulcers could be due to neuropathy when nerves are damaged. Patient suffers from pain in the lower extremities, burning and numbness. As a result, nerves in the legs and feet may not release sweat which is required to keep skin soft and moist." At what stage must one consult a specialist? "One should immediately consult a specialist if he/she experiences any of the following symptoms: - Changes in skin color - Swelling in the foot or ankle - Pain in the legs - Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal or are draining - Toenails with fungus infection - Corns or calluses - Dry cracks in the skin


7 SRINAGAR Thursday, June 20, 2013

HM rules out central forces for Bengal panchayat polls

NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry has completely ruled out sparing central forces for the ensuing panchayat polls in West Bengal, with a senior functionary insisting that there could not be any paramilitary deployment for local body elections. The Centre’s refusal comes even as senior home ministry officials here claimed that no formal request had been received from the state government yet for paramilitary forces. According to a senior functionary of the home ministry, paramilitary deployment must be limited to parliamentary or state polls, leaving it to the state police to stand vigil over local body polls. “In any case, we have no central forces to spare, given their preoccupation with the intensified anti-Naxal operations across several states, the Amarnath Yatra in J&K, Telangana and other theatres of unrest,” a home ministry official said. The Centre’s denial of paramilitary forces for the panchayat polls has facilitated chief minister Mamata Banerjee in her tussle with the State Election Commission on timing and logistics for state polls. The SEC has been insisting on

central force deployment for the polls. West Bengal has nearly 48 companies of paramilitary forces, or around 4,800 personnel, deployed across the state. Of these, 3,600 personnel are stationed in Junglemahal and Naxal-hit districts bordering Jharkhand. While six companies are deployed elsewhere, six additional companies were recently given to the state in the wake of the attack on Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh. “Even the forces we deployed

for the recent bypoll in West Bengal were drawn from the reserve component, which is essentially troops put on rest after stretched deployment. We have already disengaged these forces,” the official told TOI. Disclosing that no formal requisition for paramilitary deployment for the July 2 panchayat poll has been received from the state government, the home ministry official even alleged that Banerjee’s much-publicized call for central forces may be more of a posturing.

dation day function after the demise of its founder Bal Thackeray last year. Those present at the meet-

Mallikarjun Kharge, the sixth Railway Minister in four years

Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday became the sixth Railway Minister in four years as Rail Bhavan appears to have become jinxed in the UPA-II. Three ministers each from TMC and Congress have assumed charge of the ministry during the past four years of UPA-II. When UPA-II assumed power in May 2009, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee became the Railway Minister. She resigned two years later to become West Bengal Chief Minister. Dinesh Trivedi, her party colleague, succeeded her in Rail Bhavan but was forced to quit by the TMC supremo in less than a year after he proposed hike in passenger fares in last year’s Railway Budget. In fact, his exit was so hasty that he was not able to see the passage of the Railway Budget which he presented in Lok Sabha in March 2012. His position was taken by Mamata loyalist Mukul Roy but he too remained in the post only for about six months as his party withdrew from the government protesting against allowing FDI in retail. The crucial infrastructure portfolio then went to Road and Transport Minister CP Joshi for a brief period of five weeks before it was finally given to Pawan Kumar Bansal. Bansal became the first Congress leader in 17 years to get the ministry. However, Bansal was unceremoniously ousted from Rail Bhavan last month after his nephew was caught by CBI allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 90 lakh to get a senior Railway official a plum posting.

BJP to raise electricity, women safety issues in Delhi polls

“A chief minister knows that local body polls must be managed with the state’s own police,” the official said. Incidentally, some home ministry official even made it a point to highlight how Banerjee, who was instrumental in scuttling the NCTC proposal citing federal concerns, was suddenly doubtful of her police’s ability to handle even a local body poll and wanted central forces to take up the responsibility.

NEW DELHI: Electricity crisis and safety of women in the national capital will be among the slew of issues on which BJP will take on the Congress in the upcoming Delhi Assembly polls. Setting BJP’s agenda for the upcoming state polls, BJP state chief Vijay Goel said, “The executive committee has decided that BJP will target villages, slums, electricity crisis, women safety, youth issues and water management for the 2013 Assembly polls, as the current government has failed to address these issues.” “The political proposal was put forward by BJP State Vice-President Ramesh Bidhuri and supported by MLA Subhash Sachdeva,” Goel said in a press conference after the first meeting of its state executive committee here. Alleging that the Delhi government doesn’t cooperate with the BJP-led MCDs, Goel said, “The money which should have reached the Municipal Corporations by first week of May has still not reached any of our three MCDs. This clearly marks the state government’s negligence towards administration.” “We would organise a giant rally in Ramlila Maidan in August over

ing included BJP state unit chief Devendra Fadanvis and Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray, the sources said.

Nitish Kumar said India was built on secular foundations and his party would not tolerate anyone trying to cause religious divide. Three days after he dumped the BJP, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday proved his majority in the assembly and declared that his former ally won’t win the next Lok Sabha battle. Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of now trying to impose divisive politics, he said the politics of consultation which the BJP believed in under Atal Bihari Vajpayee had ended. In a speech in the assembly during a trust motion he moved to prove his majority, Nitish Kumar said India was built on secular foundations and his party would not tolerate anyone trying to cause religious divide. “The country should be run in a manner so as to take everyone along...

Coalition governments are the norm now. No party should be under the false premise that they can run the country on their own steam,” he said. “The work ethics of Atalji (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) was based on how to take everyone along, based on consultations... But now it has changed,” he

SC slams Mumbai Police for bringing ‘bad name’ to country

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed Mumbai Police for restraining three Ugandan nationals, including a parliamentarian, from leaving the country and directed it to immediately release their passports which were seized on a complaint filed on behalf of Videocon group. A bench of justices AK Patnaik and Ranjan Gogoi said such actions on part of some police officers bring a bad name to the country and directed that the foreign nationals be allowed to leave for their country. “The Mumbai police, instead of protecting the Ugandan nationals, has filed an FIR which is baseless. The country gets a bad name because of acts of few officers. It is very unfortunate,” the bench said. The court passed the order on a plea filed by the three Ugandan nationals, including Issac Insanga Musumba who claims to be senior adviser to the President of Uganda, alleging that police officials were harassing them on the instructions of Videocon Group.

The foreign nationals had arrived in Mumbai on April 17 to sort out disputes with the Videocon Group related to mines lease awarded to the company in Uganda. Two days thereafter, a complaint was filed against them on behalf of the group and police restrained them from leaving the country and impounded their passports. They then approached the Supreme Court. Granting relief to them, the apex court said their right to liberty could not be restrained by police due to a business dispute and directed police to return their passports.

added. Nitish Kumar sailed through with 126 votes in his favour after 91 BJP members and a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) legislator walked out of the 243-member house before the voting. Criticising the BJP, with which his party split last week after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was made the party’s election campaign chief, Nitish Kumar said the BJP’s dream of ruling India would be shattered. He said the BJP had no chance to win the 2014 Lok Sabha election. “Even if we remained with them, notching up 200 seats would be difficult... Don’t be under the illusion that you can do it alone. This is the time of coalitions,” he said. Taking a dig at Modi’s Gujarat model of development, Nitish Kumar said: “What vikas (development) model is

KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court today refused to grant the prayer for a CBI investigation into the multi-crore Saradha

tion, which is at present being done by the West Bengal police. Counsel Bikash Bhattacharjee, appearing for one of the petitioners, had prayed for a CBI probe submitting that magnitude and ramification of the scam called for investigation to find out those who were behind this apart from the Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen, who is in custody alongwith some conduits. Stating that the financial scam was spread over several states and also abroad, he said that an investigation by CBI or any other central investigating agency was called for. The division bench had appointed an amicus curae in the PILs, who had said that there was no need for a CBI probe at this stage and that the state investigation agency be allowed to continue its investigations. Amicus curae Lakshmi Gupta, appointed by the court to assist it, said that the pe-

this where you improve areas that are already good? What kind of improvement is it?” He said the BJP had benefited by aligning with his Janata Dal-United (JDU). “We will not tolerate thopna (imposition of views). We are for the policy of taking everyone along and against divisive policies,” he asserted. Nitish Kumar got the support of JD-U’s 117 legislators, four independents, four of the Congress and the sole Communist Party of India member. One JD-U legislator is in jail. Those who voted against Nitish Kumar included 22 members of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and two independents.Soon after the JD-U ended its 17-year-old alliance with the BJP Sunday, Nitish Kumar said he would seek a vote of confidence at a special session of the assembly Wednesday.

Centre yet to appoint NDRF chief while Uttarakhand reels under floods

New Delhi: Even as nature’s fury is causing multitude of disasters in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, the Centre is yet to appoint head of the specialised 10,000-personnel strong NDRF, the mainstay for disaster mitigation and rescue operations in the country. The post of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Director General is being held as an additional assignment by the chief of ITBP for more than a fortnight now, forcing the secondin-command officers to tackle the challenge that has erupted recently. The last incumbent, senior IPS officer PM Nair, retired on May 31 and since then the Union Home Ministry has tasked Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) DG Ajay Chadha to hold the post in an “additional” capacity. The Inspector General (Operations) of the NDRF is now attending meetings at the MHA and other forums in the absence of a regular chief. Chadha is also instructing NDRF officers apart from monitoring ITBP operations in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.

HC refuses CBI probe into Saradha chitfund scam at present stage chitfund scam at the present stage. A division bench comprising Justice A K Banerjee and Justice M K Chaudhuri, passing its order on PILs seeking CBI probe into the scam, refused the prayer at this stage. The bench, however, kept the matter pending before it, while passing some directions to the state on the modus operandi of investiga-

power crisis in the city,” he said. Goel claimed that BJP is setting the agenda which the Congress-led Sheila Dikshit government is following. BJP also passed a political resolution at the meeting pitching for ‘full statehood’ for Delhi. On a question about rumours of several senior leaders skipping the meet and Madan Lal Khurana’s early exit, Goel said almost everybody was present. “Madan Lal Khurana had some urgent work so he left after spending some time at the meet,” he said. When asked about reasons of BJP’s defeat in the last Assembly polls, Goel said it was due to poor selection of candidates. The meet was inaugurated by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar

Joshi and presided over by Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel. BJP General Secretary Ananth Kumar gave the closing speech. In a bid to attract youth, Goel said, “When we had come to power in 1967, we had opened 18 colleges. Since then the number of seats have been stagnant at 54,000. If we are voted to power, we will open 15 new colleges in the city. BJP will also provide books and laptops to all students at concessional rates.” The BJP state chief said that the new model for development in Delhi would incorporate common man’s view point and would be inclusive. Goel claimed that BJP’s rule in the state in 1993 was more pro-people and better administered. When asked about his formula to solve the electricity problem in the state and bringing down the tariff, Goel said that participation of more private players should be there which would ensure competition. He also said that more power stations should be set up in the state for local consumption. He also told reporters that the state BJP will organise a minority conclave on June 23.

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Rajnath Singh meets Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

MUMBAI: BJP President Rajnath Singh has expressed confidence that his party’s alliance with its oldest partner Shiv Sena would continue. Singh expressed these sentiments during a meeting with Sena president Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s home Matoshree in suburban Bandra last night, Sena sources said. “Rajnath said our alliance will continue with more strength,” the sources said. The BJP chief also extended his best wishes for the Sena’s foundation day today. This is the party’s first foun-


titions might not be disposed of so that if anyone was aggrieved at any stage, could come before the bench. He also said that the terms of reference of the Justice (retd) Shyamal Sen Commission set up by the West Bengal government be increased to facilitate refund of money to investors of the Saradha Group, which is alleged to have swindled thousands of crores of rupees. The division bench had asked the amicus curae to come up with his views on these points. Saradha Group chairman Sudipta Sen was arrested from Sonmarg in Kashmir on April 23 alongwith two close associates. Sen had also in an affidavit before the court, opposed a CBI probe claiming that the state agencies were doing a good job and also prayed that all the cases filed against him in different places be clubbed and heard before a single court.

“The NDRF, however, is performing its best given the present challenge of undertaking relief operations in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, but keeping it without a full-time head for such a long time speaks about the importance that is given to such a crucial organisation,” a senior official said. The post of NDRF Director General is being held as an additional assignment by the chief of ITBP for more than a fortnight now. The Ministry of Home Affairs is still to find a suitable IPS officer to head this organisation which is in the thick of action to provide succour to stranded people in the upper reaches

and rain-hit areas of the two states. The NDRF DG is also the chief of Civil Defence personnel in the country. The NDRF is a fully deputationist organisation and its ten battalions (slightly over 10,000 personnel) are drawn from various paramilitary forces and the men and officers undergo special training for disaster management and medical care skills before joining the ranks. NDRF battalions are located in Guwahati (Assam), Kolkata (West Bengal), Vellore (Tamil Nadu), Pune (Maharashtra), Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Bathinda (Punjab), Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), Patna (Bihar), Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh) and Cuttack (Odisha). Two new NDRF battalions have recently been sanctioned by the Centre to be based in Haridwar and Mysore. The battalions will be culled from the border guarding Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Akhilesh Yadav reviews situation in flood-affected districts in UP

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav today took stock of the situation in the state arising out of incessant rains in neighbouring Uttarakhand. The CM specially reviewed the prevailing situation in flood-affected Lakhimpur Kheri, Pilibhit, Bijnore, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli and directed the officials to remain vigilant, a spokesperson said. “Since the water level was rising following rains in Uttarakhand, special vigil need to be kept on the water level of rivers and security of dams”,

Yadav said. He assured the officials of all possible help in relief and rescue works. He also asked senior officials to be prepared for meeting any eventuality and warned against negligence of any sort.


E paper Zabarwantimes 20 june  

Srinagar News Paper from Kashmir

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