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June 12 | 2013 | 02 Shaban 1434 AH | PAGeS 12 |

no change in PM's scheduled visit to Kashmir Srinagar, June 11: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's proposed visit to Kashmir later this month to inaugurate Pir panjal railway tunnel is unlikely to be postponed. According to senior government officials, there is no change in the Prime Minister's two-day scheduled visit to Kashmir from June 25. The official was reacting to news in local media stating the visit stood postponed. A few local newspapers had quoted state Congress President Prof Saifuddin Soz saying that the visit had been postponed by "some days." Singh is scheduled to arrive in Kashmir on a two-day visit on June 25 to dedicate the 11-km tunnel in south Kashmir to people. The tunnel is part of the 345-km Udhampur-SrinagarBaramulla rail project of Northern Railways. Built at a cost of Rs. 1,300 crore, the tunnel would connect Banihal in the Jammu division with Qazigund in the Kashmir division and shorten the distance between the two places by 17 km. Speaking to the Hindustan Times, even Soz clarified that there might be a change in days. "A day here or there is what I meant,"' said Soz. However government sources said the trip would either be in June or would have to happen after Amarnath yatra.

er. Rashid to launch political party today Srinagar, June 11: Days after hinting of launching a regional political party, independent MLA, Engineer Rashid on Wednesday said that his party would be floated formally on Wednesday. Engineer would announce the name of the party in a press conference on Wednesday at Srinagar. Engineer would be the third MLA since 2002 to launch a mainstream political party of his own. Earlier Minster for Agriculture Gh. Hassan Mir and former Minster Hakeem Mohammad Yassin have launched their own parties in recent years.

UK High Commission officials call on Tanvir Srinagar, June 11: Political Advisor to the British High Commission Sushil Aaron along with Pallavi Kalita, Senior Trade Policy Advisor, Indian trade policy unit today met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s Political Secretary Tanvir Sadiq at his downtown residence and discussed the overall political and economic development in the state during an hour long meeting. Tanvir while speaking with them reiterated that restoration of peace and enhancing quality of life of the people is a priority of the Omar Abdullah led government The Political Secretary said the State has undergone a very difficult phase and due to efforts of the Government and cooperation of the people, peace and normalcy has become a reality. He emphasized the need for taking the peace process further by addressing to the political issues of the state politically. In this context, Tanvir referred to the holding of Panchayat elections after 34 years describing it as a major step forward in involving the people at grass roots in decision making. He said the overwhelming participation of the electorate, crossing 90 per cent, reflected people’s trust in the democratic institutions Tanvir said that the Omar Abdullah government has been relentlessly working on areas like peace, unemployment and electricity and at the same time the war against corruption will continue. The Political Secretary said See.......Tanvir on Pg. 11

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Pak does it again on LoC Third ceasefire violation in the past four days

In a second ceasefire violation in less than 24 hours, Pakistani troops today fired at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Today's incident in which there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in the firing is the third ceasefire violation in the past four days and the fifth in 19 days. All but one of the five ceasefire violations occurred in the Poonch sector. The Pakistani troops opened small arms firing on Indian positions in the Nangi Tikri forward area along the LoC in Krishnagati sub-sector of Poonch district at around 1310 hours today, Defence PRO S N Acharya said. The firing continued intermittently for over an hour, he said. Indian troops guarding the LoC took positions and gave a calibrated response to Pak firing, Acharya said, adding there was no loss of life or injury to anyone in

Decision on AFSPA only after talking to all stakeholders: Govt New Delhi, June 11: AFSPA, which grants special powers to the armed forces, is also in force in some northeastern states besides Jammu and Kashmir The government is considering the demand of various states including Jammu and Kashmir for withdrawal of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act and

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a final decision will be taken only after talking to

all stakeholders. Briefing the media, Union

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said "before that (withdrawal of AFSPA), we have to consider all the stake holders' opinion. "AFSPA is not in Kashmir. It is in many other places also." AFSPA, which grants special powers to the armed forces, is also in force in some northeastern states besides Jammu and See.......AFSPA on Pg. 11

BJP remote controlled from Nagpur: Omar the firing. The troops have intensified patrolling along the LoC in the wake of reports of possible attempts of infiltration from across the border. Pakistani troops yesterday opened small arms firing at an Indian post in the Nangi Tikri forward area along LoC in Krishnagati sub-sector of Poonch for 10 minutes from 8.10 PM to 8.20 PM last night. The Indian troops did not retaliate.

NC leader’s statement upsets JCC Two days strike announced

Srinagar: Upset with the fresh statements of the senior National Conference leaders in connection with the strikes of state Government employees in support of their demands, Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) on Wednesday asked them (NC ministers)to refrain from such statements and said, “Such statements could widen the gaps between govt. and employees.” JCC also called for a two day strike programme on June 21 and 22. “They (NC leasers) say, we do it for politics. But the fact is that we are being forced to take this path. Government backtracked from written agreements twice and still blames us of playing politics.” Senior JCC leader and head of one faction of EJAC Muntazir Mohi ud din said in a press conference at Srinagar. He added, “We went on strike for 43 days in 1991 and 42 days in 1992 when state was under Governor Rule. We again went for strikes under Governor Rule after 2008. There wasn’t any National conference at the helm of affairs, so where is the politics.” Asked Mohi ud din. Muntazir said that the government has left them with no option other than to resort to strikes. “There is no option left except to go for strike,” said Muntazir. Meanwhile another senior leader of JCC and Chairman of EJAC (Q) Abdul Qayoom Wani said that government should now stop making excuses. “Why is govt. worried of the trade union leader’s See......JCC on Pg. 11

On June 7, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) was killed when Pakistani troops opened heavy fire with automatic weapons and rockets at Indian posts along the LoC in Poonch sector. One of the rockets hit a post with one splinter piercing the body of Naib Subedar Bachan Singh of Garhwal Regiment resulting in his death. The two ceasefire violations within 24 hours came barely two days

Centre for Peace and Progress which organizes seminars, discussions, dialogues and conferences all over India to promote the cause of peace and understanding held a round table discussion on IndoPak relations in Srinagar on Tuesday in which politicians, journalists, Civil Society and pro-freedom leaders participated. Speaking on the occasion, Peoples Democratic Party leader, Nizam-uDin Bhat said that India and Pakistan must get into a sustained dialogue for better relations between the two countries as the improved Indo-Pak relations only can ensure stability in the sub-continent. Bhat said said the improved IndoPak relations are most beneficial for the people of Jammu and Kashmir particularly those staying in the border areas and this he said can be achieved by a consistent, sincere dialogue process where both sides give confidence to each other by just not words but deeds to build a bond of trust and mutual confidence. He said more trade routes must open between the two sides of Kashmir and the people-to-

NC “father-son” party: BJP

Srinagar, June 11: In a terse reply to BJP, which had described ruling National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir as a party of "father-son" duo, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said today that NC was controlled by the people, "unlike BJP which is remote controlled from Nagpur". "Look who is getting all touchy. At least my party (NC) is controlled by people who fight elections not by remote control from Nagpur," Omar said today on microblogging site Twitter in reaction

End of resignation drama

New Delhi, June 11: A day after he quit key leadership posts and hit out at his colleagues, veteran L.K. Advani Tuesday made peace with the party after the RSS intervened to end the BJP’s worst ever crisis. The announcement was made at Advani’s residence by BJP president Rajnath Singh and other party leaders but the former deputy prime minister did not meet the media. The apparent climbdown by Advani reportedly came after the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief, Mohan Bhagwat, persuaded him to reverse his decision to quit the national executive, the parliamentary board and the election committee. “Today after noon, Mohan Bhagwat spoke to Advaniji and asked him to … contin-

people contact must be promoted alongwith cultural, educational and economic exchange. Awami National Conference Senior vice president, Muzafar Ahmed Shah said that conflicts and wars never yield positive results, but add to human miseries and make the situations complex. “The people in general and those living on borders have to bear the brunt of wars and have to suffer a lot”, he said and urged upon both the countries to take measures for improving better relations. “People of Kashmir have suffered immensely and the time has come now that both India and Pakistan come forward and have a meaningful dialogue. This long pending issue has made people of Kashmir hostage from last six decades and now the people of Kashmir want this issue to get resolved once for all,” Shah said. Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami urged India and Pakistan to take bold initiatives and make serious efforts to turn a new leaf in their relations by addressing the protracted Kashmir issue. “People of Kashmir are forced to See.......CCP on Pg. 11

ue in the (party posts in) national interest,” Rajnath Singh said. “Advaniji has decided to accept Bhagwatji’s advise.” Rajnath Singh’s statement was a tacit admission that the BJP, which Advani

helped found in 1980 along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, had failed to win him over after he resigned from the party posts for ignoring his concerns and naming Narendra Modi as head of the election campaign committee.

to the statement of BJP spokesman. Omar further said, "and clearly you (BJP) don't have a problem with fatherson combinations as long as they are in the BJP or allied to you". Earlier today, BJP had attacked Omar for his remarks on developments within the party saying that unlike others, theirs was not a "father-son" or "mother-son" party. "Omar is unable to appreciate that... BJP is a party of healthy inner-party democracy because unlike some other parties, BJP is not a 'father-son' or See......Omar on Pg. 11

Fakhr-e-Kashmir Mirza Mohammad Afzal Beg remembered

Advani relents after RSS intervenes

CPP organizes round-table discussion on Kashmir Srinagar, June 11:

after Nawaz Sharif took oath as Pakistan Prime Minister. Sharif had yesterday vowed to "progressively pursue" normalcy in ties with India while actively seeking solutions to outstanding issues, including Kashmir. On May 27, Pakistani troops had pounded Indian posts along the LoC in the same Poonch sector with rockets. A Brigadier and two See.......LoC on Pg. 11

The BJP decision, made Sunday at a party conclave in Goa which Advani did not attend, would have made the Gujarat chief minister the Bharatiya Janata Party’s face in the Lok Sabha election due in 2014 — a la Advani in 2009. Immediately after Advani quit the party posts and accused most party leaders of pursuing “personal agendas”, the BJP brass trooped to his house in the heart of the capital but he refused to budge. Rajnath Singh had declared Monday that Advani’s resignation from party posts would not be accepted. The meetings between BJP leaders and Advani continued Tuesday too, with some of them insisting that the crisis would soon blow over. “On behalf of the party, I See........Advani on Pg. 11

Anantnag, June 11: Rich tributes were paid to Late Mirza Mohammed Afzal Beg on his 31st death anniversary at Sarnal Anantnag. Dr Mehboob Beg M.P, MLCs, Dr. B.A. Veeri, Ab Majeed Bhat, NC leader Mr. Wasim Beg were also present on the occasion. After Fateh-Khawani a

condolence meeting was held at the residence of the Ex leader where the NC leaders and other speakers highlighted the role and contribution made by him for the betterment of common masses. They recalled his role in the socio political and economic development of the J&K. His role to uphold the principles See.......Remembered on Pg. 11

Troop presence deter tourist stay in Centaur Srinagar, June 11: Despite tall claims of state government to improve tourism sector, State Government has failed to preserve its old historical Centaur hotel as major part of it has been occupied by Centre Reserve Police force (CRPF). Officials employed with famous Centaur Hotel on anonymity said, “Tourists feel uncomfortable due to occupation of forces here, Presence of CRPF was acting as a spoilsport for the state exchequer as tourists are not willing to book their accommodations in the hotel. They said despite the low rates packages offered by the hotel authorities, none of the tourists book their accommodations during their stay in valley. Even if some tourists book their accommodations through agents, they ask for refunding of their money and leave the hotel”. Interestingly, Senior Super-

intendent of Police (SSP), Srinagar also had shot a letter to Commandant 61 Bn CRPF regarding the issue however no development took place till date. As per the letter shot to Commandant, 61 Bn, CRPF dtd 22/03/2013, SSP has asked the CRPF authorities to vacate 16 rooms of Centaur Lake view Hotel and Hotel Star Buchwara Dalgate which

still are under possession of (CRPF) Bn deployed in the said locality. Ironically, the rooms have been allotted to forces at a constant tariff of Rs 175 per room per day over the past more than two decades. "A sizable part of this small amount is still withheld." Centaur hotel is raised with a five-star infrastructure and the current

rental of the hotel is more than Rs 6500 for a double bedroom and Rs 5500 for a single bedroom per day. "The hotel has lost revenue of Rs more than 32.4 crores on account of the CRPF occupation." Official in Centaur hotel said. Another official told KNS that hotel was paying See.......Centaur on Pg. 11

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jawans were injured on May 24 when Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian positions along the LoC in the Tutmari Gali sector.

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Kashmir. He rejected demand for an all-party meeting and making it clear that only the states concerned would be consulted before taking a final call on repealing AFSPA. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, during his speech at the Internal Security conference last week that was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, had said "We cannot wait for last gun to fall silent" to repeal of the AFSPA. Omar had also argued that if no AFSPA-like laws are required to be imposed in Naxal-affected areas where heinous crimes are being committed by Naxalites, then how could it be necessary to keep such laws in force in the areas in Jammu and Kashmir which have become by and large peaceful? Omar has been strongly pitching for partial and gradual revocation of AFSPA from the areas where peace has prevailed and militancy related incidents have diminished considerably. The Prime Minister had also complimented the state government for a peaceful 2012 which was by far the best in the past 25 years in terms of decline in all parameters and indices of violence.

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'mother-son' party," BJP chief spokesperson in J-K, Jitendra Singh, said here today in reaction to Abdullah's tweets. The JK CM had on Monday said that it should not matter to BJP that its patriarch LK Advani had quit since his opinion had been ignored by the party. "If his opinion didn't matter to you yesterday, why is his resignation a crisis for you today?" Omar had said in a tweet on microblogging site Twitter. Meanwhile, Omar today expressed surprise over Advani's projection in certain sections as a symbol of secularism in the NDA coalition. "LK Advani as the NDA's mascot of secularism. Who would have imagined!!!!!!" Omar, whose National Conference was a constituent of the alliance from 1999-2003, said in another tweet. Reacting to the fresh comments, Singh said that although the J-K CM had received his training in politics under former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, he still needed to learn a lot from the legacy of Vajpayee and Advani enshrined in the BJP.

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of democracy and people’s rights will be always in the minds of common people, they observed. Dr. Beg and other leaders hailed the remarkable decision taken by late Beg by which the order of “Land to the tiller” was implemented in the state through which the land was transferred to the tillers who were basically working in the field and our endeavour should be to w ork tow ards achieving the goal of “Naya Kashmir” in the missionary spirit where social justice and equal development of all regions and sub-regions would be focus without consideration of cast, colour, region and religion. While addressing the people on the occasion his grandson and NC leader Wasim Beg said that it was a sheer pleasure to be addressing the people who were once represented by Fakhr-e-Kashmir. Wasim while attacking the incumbent MLA, Mufti Mohammad Sayed, asked why is the Anantnag Assembly segment unrepresented at District Development Board meetings and in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly? He said that the concept of District Development Board Meetings (started by Fakhr-eKashmir) was started to ensure that the Administration reaches the doorstep of the people and their grievances are heard through their representative. He further added that the voice of the people has therefore been strangled and the people must come out with a fitting reply and prove that the real power lies with the common man and that the common man won't take it lying down.

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assured Advaniji that his concerns regarding the functioning of the party would be addressed and I will discuss the modalities of addressing these concerns with him,” said Rajnath Singh, one of the most vocal backers of Modi. The BJP president was flanked by Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari and other senior leaders. More than the resignation, what hit the BJP badly was Advani’s stinging allegation in his resignation letter that the BJP was no more the “same idealistic party”. He also said that he was finding it difficult to reconcile with the BJP’s present functioning or the direction it was taking. Earlier Tuesday, BJP leaders went out of their way to deny that Advani was miffed because of the RSS backing to Modi, who Advani had once mentored. In the end, however, the RSS had to come to the BJP’s rescue.

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engagements after retirement? They have the right to choose their carrier after retiring from services. Someone can go and open a shop and someone can join politics. What is wrong in it”, Asked Wani. He said that the statements of the two senior NC leaders and Ministers Ali Mohammad Sagar and Choudary Mohammad Ramzan were unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. Meanwhile announcing two day strike program senior JCC leader Abdul Gafor Dar said that on June 21, the employees

Daily will take out marches at district headquarters across the state and would present the memorandum to the Deputy commissioners, whereas on June 22, employees would assemble at Sher e Kashmir park in Srinagar wherefrom they would take out a march towards Governor House.

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bear the brunt of disruptions in Indo-Pak dialogue. Now time has come when New Delhi and Islamabad should make serious efforts to turn a new leaf in their relations. For this, the leadership has to exhibit will and capacity to move forward and revamp the stalled peace process.” “I urge India and Pakistan to reverse the self-destructive path and take bold initiatives to address the vexed Kashmir issue,” he said. Democratic Liberation Party chief, Hashim Quereshi said that dialogue should be always meaningful and it should not be kept limited to photo sessions only. “People have lost faith now in dialogues because they have bitter experience of the past. Whenever the representatives of both the countries meet, they stick to their agenda and no flexibility is shown on both sides which ultimately mars the dialogue process,” Quereshi said adding that only a viable dialogue process can take us on board. Senior Supreme Court lawyer, Shabnam Lone said that rigidities must be replaced with flexibilities and both leaderships and people of the two neighbouring countries should realise the urgency of the commitment to address the Kashmir issue. “Addressing the issue is in the interest of both countries and to bring peace and prosperity in South Asia,s he said adding“It is ironic that the money which both countries should have utilized for the welfare of the poor and the hungry, is being utilized to keep vigil on glaciers. The two countries should end the path of confrontation and go for reconciliation to resolve all outstanding issues including Siachen, Sir Creek and Kashmir,” she said. Jammat Islami spokesperson, Advocate Zahid Ali said that unless and until Kashmir issue is not resolved as per the aspirations of Kashmir people there would be no peace between India and Pakistan. “It is the issue of people of Kashmir who have been suffering from last six decades. India and Pakistan must take them on boards and solve the dispute as per their will and aspirations,” he said. Noted Journalist Ved Bhasin said hoped that change of guard in Pakistan would help in making the relations between the countries normal and better. He said that some serious measures should be taken to have a meaningful dialogue so that Kashmir issue could be resolved amicably. Abdul Rashid Kabli and others expressed the same views during the discussion. Beside the chairman of CPP, O.P.Shah, Indian Democratic Party president I.D Khujuria, Kashmir Sangharash Smiti president Sanjay Tickoo, former Congress minister Kheem Lata Wakhloo, Tufail Khalid and others were present on the occasion.

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electricity dues worth 19 lakh per month, he said the hotel pays a whooping amount of Rs 6 lakh for CRPF troops. "However, they pay only 6000 towards the hotel authorities. We are facing huge losses because of their forcible occupation in the hotel," he said. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), last year had given clear cut directions to CRPF to relocate from the hotel. However, same remained under occupation of troops, which they have been occupying for years. MHA has asked the security agencies to vacate hotels and guest houses in Srinagar in view of heavy tourist rush and dearth of accommodation for them. Reportedly, several notices were earlier issued from Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police, Central Kashmir, to CRPF on the issue. "But nothing happened on grounds. They (CRPF) didn't reply to the letters." Meanwhile, Inspector general, CRPF VS Yadaw said, “We didn't come to valley out of their own wish, however were called by state government, it is their (state government) responsibility to arrange accommodation for us," he said. When contacted Minster for tourism Gulam Ahmad Mir said, “The hotel is looked after by centre government I think it may have been given to security forces for the protection of hotel. But as far as state government is concern it was the facility for us to provide quality accommodation for tourists. We appeal the centre government to outsource the hotel as soon as possible so that tourism in Kashmir could be further boosted,” he said.

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that enactment and implementation of Right to Information (RTI), Public Service Guarantee Act (PSGA) bringing six public service giving departments under it, reconstitution of State Accountability Commission are significant achievement of the government to guarantee public service. He talked about the new initiatives taken by the government for skill development and enhancing employability of youth. They discussed the way young entrepreneurs are benefited by the EDI to start their ventures.

Scribe beaten in Anantnag

Shahid Wani A n a n t n a g , J u n e 11 : Camera-Men of 7 Sea (National Channel) beaten to pulp by the employees of Municipal Council Anantnag Nadeem Gulzar camera-men of 7 Sea channel Anantnag was beaten severely by the employees of Municipal Council Anantnag. The employees where identified as Nisar Ah Sofaal and Mohd Ayoub Mir, earlier Nadeem went to Municipal Council Anantnag to

enquire about the ongoing developmental works of Anantnag where the employees refused to give details and beated him to pulp after which nadeem got injuired and was then shifted to district hospital Anantnag for treatment. Wo r k i n g j o u r n a l i s t association Anantnag condemn the said attack on the journalist and appealed DDC Anantnag Dr Farooq Ah Lone to take strict action against the said employees.

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CM reviews big-ticket projects, stresses on time line completion Srinagar, June 11: Highlighting the significance of big-ticket projects under implementation in the State in various sectors of development, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday directed the executing agencies to stick to time bound completion of these projects ensuring benefits to people. Taking review of these projects at a high level meeting he chaired here, the Chief Minister said that the progress of work on hospitals, bridges, flyovers, water supply projects, drainage and sewerage schemes besides Asia Development Bank funded schemes need regular monitoring so that their completion is ensured as per schedule. Minister for Medical Education, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister for Public Health Engineering, Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Horticulture and Housing, Raman Bhalla, Minister for Planning and Development, Ajay Sadhotra, Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Minister of State for Home, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Nazir Ahmad Gurazi, Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, various Administrative Secretaries, Heads of the Departments and senior

officers were present in the meeting. In a PowerPoint presentation made by various Administrative Secretaries the Chief Minister was briefed about the status of various projects which included 200-bedded L.D Hospital additional block under execution by JKPCC at an estimated cost of Rs. 40 crores, 200-bedded Maternity Hospital, Bemina costing Rs. 50 crores, construction of two Sarais at SKIMS Soura at a cost of Rs. 11.35 crores, Tourist City Centre Srinagar involving Rs. 9.96 crore, renovation of Tagore Hall costing Rs. 12.46 crore, construction of Tehzeeb Mahal involving Rs. 88.36 crore and construction of Rs. 66.64 crore SPS Museum. Omar Abdullah also obtained status of Two-Lane Griddle Bridge at Malru under construction at a cost of Rs. 15.13 crore, Zero Bridge Srinagar costing Rs. 11.30 crore, Two-Lane Griddle Bridge at Palpora involving Rs. 6.83 crore, Two-Lane Bridge at Vethpora-Soiteng under construction at a cost of Rs. 13.59 crore, widening and upgrading of Qamarwari-Parimpora road involving Rs. 13.79 crore, construction of 4-Lane Boulevard road, construction of Rs. 27.21 crore Sanatghar at Bemina, Water Supply Scheme Tangnar involving Rs. 148.37 crore and Water Supply

Scheme Sukhnag costing Rs. 121 crore. The Chief Minister got appraisal of the status of Rs. 351 crore Jahangir Chow-Rambagh-Natipora flyover and received brief about the rehabilitation programme put in place by ERA for rehabilitation of the shopkeepers and others being affected by this flyover. He also got status report of Srinagar Drainage Project costing Rs. 350 crore and Srinagar Sewerage Project costing Rs. 110 crore. Omar Abdullah was presented details of construction of Peer-i-Dastgeer (RA) Mosque at a cost of Rs. 6.89 crore, restoration of Peer-i-Dastgeer (RA) Shrine at Khanyar involving Rs. 5.50 crore, extension and renovation of Ziarat Sharief Khawaja Naqashband Shahib and land filling project for Idgah. The Chief Minister also took stock of the project aimed at handicraft cluster development in Sheher-iKhas (old Srinagar) and welfare of the artisans associated with different crafts. The meeting was informed that about 17,500 artisans associated with Kani-Shawl and Pashmina weaving, Copper-wear manufacture, Sozini embroidery, Crewel embroidery, Papier Machie, Khatam Band, Leather works, Willow works and Walnut Wood Carving.

School on edge of Nallah Sindh threat to students Ganderbal, June 11: Students enrolled in Government Middle School Ramwari in Kangan area of Ganderbal district always remain in constant fear as the River Sindh is flowing in close proximity with their school building. The school located at the edge of Nallah Sindh poses threat to the lives of nearly 200 children as the school is without any protection wall or fencing. Locals are apprehensive of any tragedy anytime and fear that any student may slip to death in the Nallah.“The building is dangerously close to the river now and tragedy can happen any time,” said Abdul Majeed, a local panch. Locals said they have approached the Education Department on many occasions and have apprised them about the problems faced by their

children. “However, officials didn’t pay any attention towards our pleas,” they added. They said though the school building was constructed few meters away from the river Sindh but the heavy flow of water in the river has washed away a major portion of land in front of the s chool b uilding alleging that the concerned authorities seem to be unconcerned about the issue. “We have to escort students during morning assembly, lunch time and even if they go to a toilet” a teacher said. “Authorities should construct a retaining wall or bund along the banks of river Sindh to safeguard the lives of children,” said Ghulam Muhammad Raina, local Sarpanch adding he has taken up the matter of constructing a retaining wall with the higher officials of the

Sakina reviews public service delivery system, dev works Jammu, June 11: Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo, on Tuesday chaired a meeting of divisional level officers to review the public services delivery system besides taking stock of ongoing development works in Jammu region. Sakina, who is here on the rotational weeklong tour to attend Summer Secretariat, had a detailed review of essential services like power and water supply, irrigation, CAPD, Agriculture, RDD and other civic amenities especially in view of summer days. DC, Jammu, Pardeep Gupta, IGP, J a m m u , D i r. R u r a l Development Jammu, Dire. Agriculture Jammu, Chief Engineer, PHE Jammu, Chief Engineer M&RE, Joint Commissioner, JMC, Deputy Director Health Services Jammu and other senior officers of various departments attended the meeting. The Minister also reviewed the arrangements for upcom-

ing Shri Amarnathji Yatra being put in place in Yatri Niwas Jammu and enroute, scheduled to be commenced on June 28. The meeting was informed that all foolproof arrangements including supply of power and drinking water, cleanliness, medical facilities and issuing of health certificate to yatries. She was also informed that enroute Kathua, Samba, Udhampur and Ramban, the concerned Deputy Commissioners shall ensure sanitation in the halting stations as well as arrangements of adequate tents and toilets for the convenience of yatries. The Minister asked the Director CAPD to make sure that timely ration supply is ensured in Jammu region especially in far off parts and earthquake affected districts like Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban. In this regard, she called for holding regular inspection of the sale depots to check quality of ration supply.

Education Department. He further said that Forest Minister , Mian Altaf Ahmad, who is also the local MLA had also visited the area and had directed the Irrigation and Flood control department to construct a protection bund near the school at earliest. Locals have threatened that they will come on the roads to protest against the authorities’ for their callous approach. Meanwhile, AEE Flood Control Department Ganderbal, Mukhtiar Ahmad Sofi said that the tenders have been floated for the work and we have served a notice to the contractor to start the work as soon as possible. He further said that the work is yet to be started due to the reason of heavy flow of water. He assured that whenever the water level decreases the work will be started.

EC recommends complete ban on ploythene use Srinagar, June 11: The Committee on Environment (EC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today recommended that all the Deputy Commissioners must act as Nodal officers for safeguarding the environment at all levels. It also suggested that district administration should formulate action plans for conservation of wet lands, forests and springs. The Committee, which met under the Chairmanship of MLA, Mr. M. Y. Tarigami here today and discussed various issues related to the protection of environment. The Committee members included Mohammad Sharief Naiz, A. R. Veeri, Dr. Shafi Ahmad Wani, Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Yashpual Kundal, Mohammad Ashraf Ganie and Mr. Durga Dass. The panel suggested that the District Administrations should also constitute the expert environmental Committees at district and block levels to assist the DCs in the process of safeguarding and protection of environment.

Gandhian principles relevant for equitable society: Dr. Manohar Srinagar, June 11: Underlining need for taking forward the Gandhian Movement, Minister of State for Cooperatives, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma has said that communalism is the biggest challenge in the country and asked Gandhi Global Family (GGF) volunteers to work for welfare of humans and humanity. The Minister was addressing a Gandhian Global Family’s Summit here today. National Vice President of GGF, S. P. Verma, Chief Conservator of Forests, L. K. Sharma besides hundreds of volunteers belonging to different walks of life were present on the occasion. Appreciating the efforts of the organization for holding the Summit, the Minister said that this will provide an opportunity to new volunteers to know more about the role of the organization. Highlighting the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi, the Minister said that Bapu, all along his life, spread the message of non-violence,

equality and peace. He said that war is not solution of the any problems, adding that dialogue is the best way for resolving the issues. He said Volunteers have to understand the Gandhian philosophy properly to become a true follower of Gandhian ideology. Dr Sharma said the topics; peace, employment and environment, choses for the day are directly associated with the society and asked the organization to conduct more such programmes in near future. S. P. Verma while speaking on the occasion highlighted the role of the organization and asked the volunteers to expand the activities of the organization so that more people join the movement. He said Ghulam Nabi Azad recently flagged off a delegation of GGF from Jammu to UK,US and Canada. He said the delegation will also participate in the Independence Day celebration of Canada in Ottawa and USA in Washington DC with proposed meeting with the respective Senators.

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Rather for sustained recovery drive against tax defaulters SRINAGAR, JUNE 11: Government has given revenue target of Rs. 1345 cr. to the Commercial Taxes Department (CTD) during the current financial year. The department has realized record revenue of Rs. 1162.10 cr. during the last fiscal against the target of Rs.1110 cr. as compared to last year’s revenue of number of registered dealers in Kashmir a penalty of Rs.44.25 lacs recovered from Rs.1035.61 cr. thus surpassing the target by Division have reached to 32298 including the offenders. It was informed that about Rs.126.49 cr. 19071 under VAT and 13227 under GST. 85% dealers complied to file their returns This was stated at the Annual During the year, as many as 1778 inspecunder VAT whereas 91.46% dealers filed Performance Review meeting of the Com- tions of dealers have been conducted and their returns under GST. mercial Taxes Department, Kashmir Division held here Tuesday under the Chairmanship of the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs Abdul Rehim Rather. The Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Kifayat Hussain Rizvi, Additional Commissioner Commercial Taxes Kashmir, Hakim Rafiq Ahmad, Additional Secretary Finance, Showkat Aijaz and SRINAGAR, JUNE 11:of people regarding suptaking early measures to Commercial Taxes Officers (CTO’s) of 24 A team of Ministers from ply of drinking water and restore burnt transformcircles of Kashmir Division were present Jammu including Sham electricity besides other ers and increasing quanin the meeting. difficulties associated. tum of electricity to the Lal Sharma, Raman Bhalla It was also informed that the and Ajay Sadhotra TuesThey also raised the issue people so that they get revenue realized during the last financial day had a meeting with of repairs of transformimmediate relief. He also year has surpassed the target of Rs.1110 Chief Minister, Omar ers and adequate power directed for measures to cr. by Rs.52.10 cr. which is a significant Abdullah here. They dissupply to SIS units. They ensure supply of power achievement towards tax collection. It highlighted the need for to PHE installations to imcussed various problems was informed that the revenue collected prove the drinking water which have cropped up in gearing up the concerned on account of VAT amounts to Rs.510 crore Jammu due to prevailing Khan agencies ensure relief supply to the people.The Lone News Agency Kangan NewstoAgency Ganderbal and GST amounts to Rs.651.75 crore. Simiheat wave and drought Zahid to the people during the Chief Minister directed Gulzar News Agency Soura Book Depot Chadoora larly under Passenger Tax Rs.3.34 crore like situation.The Mincurrent heat wave.Omar the concerned for taking have been realized during the same Tariq Newsperiod Agency Hawal News Agency Nowhatta Abdullah issued instrucurgent steps for providing isters apprised the Chief Bashir against the target of Rs.2.99 crore. Ali News Agency Muzaffar Bazar Budshah AgencyforLal Chowk power to SIS units. MinisterAlamgari of the problems tions to News the concerned It was also stated that the total

Jammu Ministers call on CM Discuss power, water, and other problems

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Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Rashid News Agency Dalgate Hilal News Agency Budgam Bhat News Agency Chadoora Zargar News Agency Kunzar Bashir News Agency Sumbal studentSaleem community to Agency adopt Pattan News and useReyaz latest teaching meth- Pampore News Agency ods & innovative aids besides Javaid News inculcating moral and Agency ethical Qazigund G.M News Agency Sopore values among teachers.While appreciating theNews role and con- Handwara Sultan Agency tribution of college in impartSheikh News Agency Islamabad ing training to the Three News Agency Tral nationWay builders of Badru Newsthe Agency the society, Min- Bijbehara ister enjoined upon Arwani Malik News Agency SRINAGAR, JUNE 11: the college authoriShaheen News Agency Kargil ties and students to

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quaint themselves with innovative trends and modern techniques of teaching so that they are able to provide qual-

ucational Journal were also released by the Minister. Lone emphasized upon the teaching fraternity and

put in their efforts for leading the state education system to new heights of excellence.A colorful and enchanting cultural programme was also presented on the occasion.Principal of the college Dr. Parveen Pandit also spoke on the occasion and gave a brief description about the college. Among others, staff and large gathering of students were present on the occasion.

Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey Tuesday asked J&K Rehabilitation Council to ensure that all registered beneficiaries including widows, orphans, handicapped, old person and militancy victims receive their monthly financial assistance regularly on time besides directing it to collect relevant data for extending and covering more such victims under the Scheme. “Collect data from all Districts and establish direct contact with the eligible persons and reach out to these people for ascertaining their needs and extend support to them”, he emphasized directing that Council should link them with other concerned departments and committed NGO’s for lending extra Support and care to these people. Chairing its Executive Council meeting here, the Chief Secretary asked the

Council to develop close liaison with National Foundation of Communal Harmony (NFCH) and ensure that all children registered with the NFCH receive finan-

Gul offers fateha at Shah’s graveyard SRINAGAR, JUNE 11: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Mubarak Gul Tuesday visited graveyard of late Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Shah at Chhatabal.Gul offered Fateh at the resting place of the late leader and prayed for peace of his soul. Highlighting the contributions of the late leader, the Speaker said that Shah had played a vital role in ameliorating the economic conditions of the people besides in socio-political and development fields of the state.Describing him a stalwart of political and social arena, Gul said that the late leader, all along his life, worked for upholding the principles of democracy, welfare and development of the people of the State.The Speaker said that the late leader was always on forefront in redressing the peoples’ problems

Minister of State for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, Ajaz Ahmad Khan has asked the collectors of land acquisition across the State to finalize all pending cases of land acquisition at the earliest and ensure that the compensation amount is disbursed within the shortest time. Addressing a meeting of all the collectors of land acquisition for PMGSY in the State, the Minister directed expeditious processing of cases so that the land donors are awarded compensation at the earliest.

the year 2013-14 amounting Rs. 630 lakhs to cover 7234 general category beneficiaries and Rs. 169.36 lakhs for 2098 orphans of killed militants. It also approved contin-

The Minister advised the collectors to comply with the provisions of Land Acquisition Act and complete the process of land acquisition without any lacuna. He asked the collectors to re double their ef-

forts in this regard adding that we should facilitate the road connectivity across the State for the betterment of people. He said he would be reviewing the status of the land acquisition in the State after every two or three months. Ajaz asked the collectors to submit their red accounts regularly for an updated status of projects. He advised

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without any consideration of caste, color, creed, region

Aries

March 21-April 19 There’s a tremendously sensitive side to your personality that’s tender and extremely vulnerable, Aries. Be careful about putting too much of yourself out there now. By opening yourself up so much, you’re inviting in trouble. Others might not be that aware of how sensitive you are. Those with strong, boisterous spirits are likely to be abrasive, so protect your emotions.

Taurus April 20-May 20

This could be a highly productive day for you if you approach it in the right way. You will find that you have an added burst of energy that could help you conquer just about any task you set your mind to, Taurus. You may feel more aggressive than usual, so use this to your advantage by delegating tasks and moving forward on projects that you’d like to see done.

Gemini May 21-June 21

and religion, adding that his contributions for the welfare of the people of the State will never be forgotten.

Ajaz for expeditious disbursement of land acquisition amounts Asks Rev Officers to check land laws violations in their areas

Action plan 2013-14 of Rehabilitation Council worth Rs. 630 lakh approved Srinagar, June 11:

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them to make rehabilitation a part of acquisition process so that the land donors are properly compensated. Assuring all support to collectors in achieving their targets, the Minister said the

achieving officers would be duly rewarded and erring ones punished. He asked them to undertake regular tours of their areas and apprise themselves with the ground situation. He asked them to check violations of Agrarian Reforms Act and land alienation with determination and undertake girdawari as per the fard e rafter.

You may feel a bit anxious today, Gemini, and it may be hard to settle down. You probably have many irons in the fire right now, and they’re all starting to heat up at once. Unfortunately, other people may not be especially sensitive to your needs, so beware. It might be best to put up some sort of psychic shield to protect yourself from other people’s moods.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Your heart should feel quite generous today, Cancer. You’re most likely feeling the need to keep everyone smiling. Spread your radiant sunshine everywhere - it will be appreciated on a day like this. You can’t go wrong with compliments and positive encouragement. Focus on the good in all people and you will find that this attitude helps bring out the best in you.

Leo

July 23-August 22 You may feel the urge to get up and go today, Leo. Follow this instinct and get to work. You’re anxious to get the ball rolling on certain projects. The key for you now is to make sure that the ones that are already started get done before you tackle the others. Don’t let people stand in the way of your progress. Grab hold of the reins if you need to.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

You may find that there is some opposition from other people today, Virgo, especially concerning emotions. You may feel threatened in some way. An aggressive attitude could be making you feel inferior or unworthy of certain attention. Wanting peace, justice, and harmony doesn’t make you wimpy or inferior, as some people may suggest. These qualities are your strengths, not your weaknesses.

Libra

September 23-October 23 You’re terrific at following through with projects, Libra, but perhaps not so great at starting them. Today is the perfect time for you to prove this theory wrong. There’s a great deal of force out there to help you boost your rocket off the launching pad. Take advantage of this energy and get to work on things you’ve been meaning to start but haven’t gotten around to yet.

HOROSCOPE Scorpio

October 24-November 21 Aries

Your self-esteem apt to be quite high today, ScorMarch 21-Aprilis19 pio, and you may feel an extra bit of fire helping you throughout the day. Take the lead on projects that seem to be going nowhere. If you want the job done right, you may have to do it yourself. Don’t be shy. This is the time to stand up and make use of your talent and skills.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21 Taurus

cial assistance. During the last financial year out of the 5567 Children registered with NFCH as many as 2592 were covered for financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 3.24 crore.The Executive members reviewed the working of the Rehabilitation council during the previous year and took stock of its functioning. It also discussed and approved the Action Plan for

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uation of various important programmes run by the Council and approved enhancement in financial assistance under various schemes.The meeting was attended by Secretary NFCH Ashok Sajjanhar, Secretary Social welfare Department, Gazzanfar Hussain, Executive Director State Rehabilitation Council, Mrs. Hafiza Muzaffar and other senior officers.

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Orientation-cumtraining programme for selected Hajj pilgrims at Pulwama PULWAMA, JUNE 11: According to Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, State Hajj Committee shall organize Orientation-CumTraining programme at Hazrat Mir Sahib Jamia Masjid Sharief, Washbugh near State Bank of India, Pulwama and at Jamia Masjid Sharief, Awantipora on June 15 and 16, 2013 respectively. All the selected pilgrims of Tehsil Pulwama and Pampore are informed to attend the training programme on June 15 from 9.30 a.m to 4 p.m while the selected pilgrims of Tehsils Tral and Awantipora shall attend the training programme on June 16 from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the scheduled venue.

There may be a bit of tension and conflict in your April 20-May 20 world today, Sagittarius. Be prepared for mild contention that could turn into an all-out war if you aren’t careful. Don’t take things too personally. Think of these disputes as challenges that will only make you stronger when you overcome them. Don’t get disgruntled or evasive. Running away won’t do any good.

Capricorn December 22-January 19 Gemini

There may be tension in your heart today that could May 21-June be difficult to shake,21 Capricorn. You might find it hard to relate to people or that others aren’t hearing you very well. Keep in mind that you may have to translate your thoughts in order to get your message across. Keep an open mind as you deal with others on a one-to-one basis.

Aquarius January 20-February 18 Cancer

June 22 today, Aquarius. This could Try not22-July to be impatient be one day in which you feel restless, and everything seems to take much longer than you’d like. Try your best to go with the flow. Don’t get so wrapped up in making sure things happen by a certain time. Quality is more important than speed, and a peaceful mind is more efficient and productive than a stressed one.

Pisces Leo

February 19-March 20

To fight or not to fight may be the question of the July 23-August 22 feminine side is likely to day, Pisces. Your sensitive, say one thing while your masculine, combative side says another. The key is to not act hastily in any situation. Make sure you proceed from a neutral platform instead of reacting from a point of aggression caused by someone else.

Virgo

August 23-September 22


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Prolonged detentions

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ith the onset of militancy in Kashmir started the phenomenon of the detention of the local youths by various security agencies. In order to curb the armed movement, security forces launched massive crackdowns throughout the length and breadth of the Kashmir valley. While picking up the trained militants, the security agencies willingly or unwillingly laid their hands on innocent people as well, who were picked on mere suspicion. These people too had to spend months and in many cases years in jails because security agencies suspected their involvement in subversive activities. Down the line, two decades later, the practice of crackdowns is almost over now. A new phenomenon of stone pelting started in Kashmir and it took its toll on Kashmiri youths. During the three most disturbed years of 2008, 2009 and 2010, hundreds of youth got killed in violent clashes with police and security agencies. A large number of youths were also detained for indulging in stone pelting and booked under various laws including Public Safety Act (PSA). Though the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced a general amnesty for youths booked for stone pelting but still a good number of them is behind the bars. State and the central governments had promised to review the cases of hundreds of separatist leaders and alleged stone-pelters who have been booked under various laws and put behind bars, many of them even without a trial. The arrests and detentions continue in various parts of the valley even when there is a respite in situation and the incidents of stone pelting have gone down drastically. Reports coming from various parts of the valley suggest that the state police are hounding the people allegedly involved in the recent unrest in one form or the other. Many of them are wanted in stone pelting incidents. To earn some good publicity, the government recently released some top separatist leaders but what about scores others who are still in detention and have been booked under various laws including Public Safety Act (PSA). These include some top leaders of both the factions of the Huriyat Conference. The number of unknown faces is higher. PSA is a black law, which empowers the authorities and men in uniform to detain any person without trial for up to two years. On the other hand, police have arrested many students on charges of stone pelting and some of them are being detained illegally without even being produced in the courts. The government had promised that it was contemplating to revoke Public Safety Act against some detainees. Even a meeting of top officials was held to discuss the issue of detention under PSA of several stone-pelters and political activists. The government claimed to have initiated the process of the revocation of PSA. However the initiative has become meaningless now because many detainees continue to be behind the bars. Soon after the former Home Minister P. Chidambaram announced the 8-point package for Kashmir, chief minister Omar Abdullah held Unified Command meeting to put the things on `right path’. But how many prisoners have been released since then is known to everyone. The issue of detention of young boys is more serious and no decision is being taken about their release. They are not only losing their education but the precious time of their life. Add to it the torture inflicted on them during detentions. Reports suggest that many of them are in a bad condition. Some of the boys released are being made to make rounds of the police stations to convince the police of their good behavior. Such harassment of the youth by the police is evoking resentment among the public. If the state government is really serious about winning hearts in Kashmir, it should adopt a more humanitarian approach. The cases of students and other young boys arrested on charges of stonepelting and booked under various laws should be reviewed before it’s too late.

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NCC: Grooming Tomorrow’s Leaders

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he foundation of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) on 16 July 1948 under an Act of Parliament was perhaps the finest event for the student community of India. The aftermath of the Kashmir war in 1948 taught a very important lesson that freedom needs to be protected by a strong Armed Force. It’s immediate manifestation was appointment of Kunzru Committee based on whose recommendations a draft bill was placed before the Constituent Assembly on 13 March 1948 which evoked great interest and enthusiasms amongst all members. After due deliberations and amendments the Bill was passed by the Assembly on April 8, 1948. The Central Government accepted the opinion of the provincial Government for the formation of a Cadet Corps which was to be later named as ‘National Cadet Corps’ as recommended by the Kunzru Committee. The bill received the assent of the Governor General on 16 April 1948 and thus, National Cadet Corps came into being. Evolution & Growth The NCC has evolved over the years. Initially NCC Rifles was raised on the lines of an Infantry Battalion but was later amalgamated into normal units. In the after math of Chinese aggression, NCC was made compulsory in 1963 for all students where in the Cadets strength reached 17.16 million. This large strength was later found to be unsustainable and hence voluntary enrolment was recommended in 1969 and is followed till date. The NCC is a Tri-Service Organisation, headed by a Director General of the rank of Lieutenant General of the Army. There are 17 Regional Directorates controlling the training and administration of NCC units under them with each headed by an Additional Director General or Deputy Director General of the rank of Major General or Brigadier or equivalent ranks of the Navy and Air Force. At present there are 96 NCC Group HQs and 800 units located throughout the country providing NCC coverage to 633 districts. Today NCC India is the largest volunteer uniformed youth organisation in the world and 13.4 lakh strong. The Government has ordered increase in enrolment to 15 lakhs by the year 2015. Many nations have emulated the Indian model successfully and have regular

cadet exchange under the Youth Exchange Programme (YEP). Indeed the sight of proud and smartly turned out NCC cadets marching past the President on Republic Day on the Rajpath brings joy and pride to every Indian and reassures them the bright future and greatness of our nation. NCC Motto-Unity and Discipline A persons character is made in the formative years of his life. The young can be compared to wet clay which can be moulded the desired way, provided right training and directions are given. In ancient India young boys stayed with great saints, sages & pundits and specialized in various branches of knowledge. They learnt a lot from each other. They also learnt the art of corporate living and to fend for themselves in inhospitable surroundings. On similar analogy to impart right direction to the youth of our country, enrolment in the NCC takes place at a time when entrants are in their most formative years. At this stage National Cadet Corps plays the role of a friend, philosopher and guide channelizing their immense talent in the right direction and grooming them to become tomorrow’s leaders. The NCC training not only directs their energy into constructive channels but also inculcates in them the traits and qualities of resourcefulness, positive thinking, moral courage and humaneness – so that they can live up to the motto of the NCC, “Unity and Discipline”. The current aims of the NCC emphasize on harnessing the youth into potential leaders, patriotic citizens who are well motivated to opt for a career in the Armed Forces. Keeping the current aims in view, the training activities of the NCC have been clearly formulated into four broad categories, namely, Institutional Training, Social Service, Community Development Programmes and Youth Exchange Programme. Facets of Training Institutional Training is conducted at the college and school levels. This is the mainstay of NCC training and is conducted by Associate NCC officers and Armed Forces personnel drawn from the three services that is Army, Navy and Air Force (under deputation in the NCC). Camp Training: The aim of this training is to expose the cadets to a regimented

way of life. In addition to Annual Training camps, cadets are also sent on national level camps like the Special National Integration camps, National Integration camps and Leaderships Camps etc. where they meet and interact with cadets from all states and Union Territories and have their team and leadership skills. Social Service & Community Development: Participating in campaigns, like Adult Literacy Promotion, Anti-Polio Drive, Rural Development Trial Project, AIDS Awareness, Tree plantation and Anti-Drug programme etc. aim to inculcate in cadets the moral and social obligations to fellow citizens and to ‘Nation Building’. Youth Exchange Programme: Selected cadets are given an opportunity to visit foreign countries as their State Guests and as the ‘Brand Ambassadors’ of our nation. Adventure Based Learning: The cadets are also exposed to a number of adventure activities that enable them to improve their life and leadership skills. Mountain Treks & Expeditions, Parasailing & Jumping, Sailing Expeditions and Micro lite flying are some of the events conducted regularly by the NCC. Sports: NCC teams regularly excel in National level events like Subroto Cup Football, Nehru Cup Hockey, and National Shooting Championships. Personality Development: The revised training philosophy of the NCC specifically aims to add value to the cadets’ life skills and enable them to excel in all walks of life. How NCC Helps In Defence Services- Vacancies reserved for commission in the three services for NCC ‘C’ certificate holders are as follows: · Army: At Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun 32 vacancies per course through UPSC and SSB Interview. OTA Chennai & Gaya- 50 vacancies every year for short service commission in Non Technical categories. The candidate come through SSB interview only. · Navy: Six vacancies per course. Selection is through SSB interview. Two years age relaxation for NCC ‘C’ Certificate holders. · Air Force: 10% of vacancies in all courses including flying training course. Selection through SSB interview. For Other Ranks (OR), Sailors & Airmen-

5 to 10% bonus marks are awarded for recruitment. Others Para-Military Forces Recruitments- 2 to 10% bonus marks are awarded for recruitment. Deptt. of Telecommunications: Special Bonus marks are awarded for recruitment. In NCC: Preference is given to ‘C’ certificate Holders for appointment as Civilian Gliding Instructors/Girl Cadet Instructors / whole time lady officers in NCC. In State Government: Preference for State Services particularly in Police, Admn, Forest, Excise and Transport department. Scholarships: NCC cadets are eligible for scholarships ranging from Rs 6000/ to Rs 30,000/ through cadet welfare society and Sahara Scholarships. Sports: Attractive cash awards to teams and individuals for showing excellence in national and international competitions / championships. The NCC, the largest organised youth force in the world has, over a period of time earned a niche for itself as a unique organisation in ‘ Nation Building’ and grooming the youth of our country. The organisation through its multi-farious innovative training curriculum and conduct of a large number of national integration camps has made invaluable contributions towards achieving national integration. History shows that, over the years the NCC has groomed many a youth into leaders of repute and eminence whose, deeds are worth emulating. The pioneers being Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee, former Chief of Air Staff, Gen T. N. Raina and General Deepak Kapoor both former Chiefs of Army Staff, Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, Admiral Nirmal Verma, former Chief of Naval Staff, Dr. M.S Gill, former Chief Election Commissioner, Ms Jaya Bhaduri MP, noted film actress and best cadet of R. D Camp- 1966 and many more. Realising the crucial role of NCC, Ministry of Human Resources Development, in a pilot project has recently taken decision of introducing NCC as an elective subject in selected undergraduate institutions. This step will definitely give a boost to NCC‘s efforts.

MCA21 - Pioneering e-Governance

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o facilitate business in India a pioneering e-Governance ini tiative ‘MCA21’ was launched by the Ministry in January 2007. This project has adopted a service oriented approach in the design and delivery of Government services, whereby stakeholders have easy and secure access to MCA services, through the infrastructure setup for the purpose, at any time and from any place and in a manner that best suits them. MCA 21 has been progressing at a steady rate in its pursuit to provide better services to the citizens and corporate alike. The current year has been exceptional in terms of rolling out newer initiatives, Selection of new Operator and Transitioning from incumbent to new operator. Online Payments Using NEFT MCA 21 has been allowing three modes of payment by the companies, Credit cards, Netbanking (5 designated banks) and Paper challans; all these modes had limitations for the companies with bank accounts in banks other than the 5 designated banks and physical visits to the branches of the designated banks for filing challans. By introduction of National Electronic Funds Transfer mode of payment, companies having bank account in any bank can make e-payments by using the NEFT method. Key benefits of NEFT · Reduces the Payee’s effort (branch visit is not required) · Reduces the time for funds transfer (2-5 hours) · Reduces the dependency on the limited number of banks Integration of LLP with MCA21 System The e-Governance Project for Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) has been brought under the same platform of MCA. Now, the filing and approval of LLP forms is being done through MCA-21 website (www.mca.gov.in) and stakeholders are able to avail all existing facilities of MCA-21. DIN-DPIN Integration

It was felt that DIN(Director Identification Number) and DPIN (Director/Partner Identification Number) is identification attached to an individual and thus must be independent of the type of firm one is associated with, (partnership or limited company). A smooth integration was done to eliminate the duplication of identities in the system. This has helped all the major regulators and also the companies to make an individual check through the MCA 21 system. Online Issuance of DIN DIN is needed by director of a company who is authorised to file and issue docu-

Language) format. MCA has involved all the stakeholder, viz. Software companies, implementing agencies, professionals and companies, for smooth implementation of this project. MCA directly and through its agencies like IICA, ICAI, and ICSI has been conducting training and awareness programs for effective implementation of XBRL filing. Key benefits of XBRL filing: · Relevant data has tags and selective information can be fetched for specific purposes by various government and Regulatory agencies · It is in conformation with the Global

possible for companies to register in India within 24-48 hours. This system not only helps reduce the waiting time but also the instances of human error while issuing new names. E- Stamping for Pan India Now all the States and Union Territories of India are covered under the E-Stamping scheme of MCA services. With this addition, companies registered in all the States and Union Territories have the facility of availing online e-stamping for MCA services. This is a major initiative of central Government department where payment on behalf of various state governments is collected online and deposited with respective States without By introduction of National Electronic Funds any manual intervention. This initiative is also a green initiative reducing the need for Transfer mode of payment, companies having paper stamps. The World bank has described it as a pioneering initiative in achieving e-Governance in a federal bank account in any bank can make structure. Reversal and Refund Process e-payments by using the NEFT method. A Reversal and Refund process has been introduced. The Refund process is ments. It is very important for the compa- reporting standards , which helps in the designed to deal with the cases of multiple, nies to get DIN to file online or place any improved data mining and relevant incorrect, excess payments and incorrect payment via NFT made due to unexpected online service request. information search MCA through its MCA21 system issues · The system has been put in place for snag occurred in the electronic system. the DIN online with the verification and XBRL filing with effect from 6th October, Transition to New Operator and digital signature of practicing profession- 2011 and more than 28000 companies have Continuation Cycle of MCA21 als (Company Secretary/ Chartered already filed their Annual Report for the With the six year contract with the Accountant/ Cost & Works Accountant). Financial Year 2010-11 and more than incumbent operator for MCA21 ending on This has brought a great deal of dynamism 8000 companies for the Financial Year 16th January 2013, the Ministry has successfully completed the selection of the in the corporate world, it has become very 2011-2012 using XBRL documents. easy for the companies to appoint a new Company Registration within 24-48 new operator through fair and transparent bid process. The transition has reached the director, change the director as soon as the hours decision comes in to effect. Now, one can For registering a company in India second stage of the Secondary support after completion of the first stage of get a DIN online in a few minutes. following steps are mandatory:Knowledge Transfer, which completed on Integration with PAN database has been · Getting a DIN 16th January 2013 with end of third stage established for online verification of · Getting a unique name identity details in MCA21 system. · Getting the Registration certificate from i.e. Primary Support. In the continuation cycle, on 17th January 2013 there was XBRL Filing ROC (Registrar of Companies) To bring in the global standards for filing To reduce the waiting time and make the enhancements to the systems in respect of and database updation MCA has made it whole system of registration of new Network bandwidth, SAP CRM & mandatory for companies of select, big company, getting the unique name and the workflow, hardware with updated class to file all the documents in the XBRL registration certificate online, MCA technology and enhanced monitoring (eXtensible Business Reporting through its MCA21 system has made it tools.

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Superfoods every woman must have Fat burning myths busted

Feel younger, stay slim and thwart diseases by including these superfoods in your diet. We brought in experts to tell you what you need to eat, to stay fit and healthy. So, sit back and read on as we give you some important tips that work wonders.. Low fat yoghurt High in calcium and protein, low fat yoghurt is ideal for women. Nutritionist Pallavi Srivastava says, "Yoghurt, being an excellent source of calcium, helps fight osteoporosis. The consumption of yoghurt is also said to decrease the risk of breast cancer, reduce irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory digestive tract disorders — all of which are common in women." It reduces the risk of stomach ulcers and vaginal infections. Quantity: 1 bowl every day Fatty fish Fatty fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, sardines, tuna and mackerel help reduce the risk

of blood clot formation that might occur due to the use of contraceptive pills. Bariatric surgeon Dr Abhay Agrawal says, "Fatty fish protects against diseases related to the heart, stroke, hypertension, depression, joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis and reproductive problems, and in some cases even from Alzheimer's disease." Omega-3 helps in optimal brain and vision development of the baby in the case of pregnant or lactating mothers. It is known to boost the level of serotonin, which is a feel-good brain chemical that aids in fighting postpartum depression. Quantity - 2 to 3 servings every week Beans Low in fat and cholesterol; and a good source of protein and fibre, beans fight against heart disease and breast cancer. They are ideal for women who are either affected or have chances of getting colon

cancer. An excellent source of vegetable protein, they aid women going through menopause. Quantity: 3 to 4 servings every week Dark chocolate Dark chocolates are said to be rich in protective anti-oxidants that help reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease. It consists of magnesium, manganese, phosphorous and copper zinc, which are important nutrients for maintaining strong bones. Certain studies also suggest that dark chocolate lowers blood pressure, sharpens thinking and hydrates the skin. It's the perfect stressbuster when a woman is PMSing, and it tastes sensual without being high in calories. Quantity: One quarter a day Papaya An excellent source of potassium and vitamin C, papaya can offset the potentially harmful effects of sodium on blood pressure. A research by the US Department of Health and Human Services suggests that women are at a higher risk of gallstones than men. So, load up on papaya because it helps combat gallbladder diseases. But pregnant women should refrain from papaya since it acts as a contraceptive, which can lead to a miscarriage or an abortion. Quantity: 2 slices per day Tomatoes Tomatoes contain a powerful antioxidant — lycopene, which helps reduce the chances of being affected with breast cancer. Nutritionist Mansi Belani says, "Tomatoes are also known to protect from the harmful UV rays of the sun. It helps a woman stay younger and

slimmer." Quantity: 1 tomato every day Spinach Spinach is known to be one of the best sources of folate which prevents birth defects, heart disease, colon cancer and dementia. Spinach also helps our skin from getting damaged due to heat, and delays wrinkling, fine lines and roughness of the skin with comes with age. Quantity: About 2 to 3 servings a week Berries Dr Agrawal suggests, "Like wine, berries protect your body with powerful anti-carcinogenic nutrients — anthocyans, which are believed to play a role in cell repair." High in vitamin C and folic acid, it is essential for women in their child bearing years. Its powerful anti-oxidant not only protects the heart but also the skin against ageing. Cranberries are known to have a positive impact on your vision, and to help reduce the chances of urinary tract infections which are common in women of all age groups. Quantity: 3 to 4 servings every week Whole grains The consumption of whole grain helps combat blood pressure and a slow metabolism. Srivastava says, "Swapping refined grains like white bread and rice with whole wheat bread, rice, brown rice and oats will add more fibre to your diet and give you a feeling of fullness with fewer calories." Studies suggest that whole grains help the body retain potassium, which helps in maintaining blood pressure

When it comes to getting healthy or burning fat, you are fed with misinformation all the time. Instead of being misled or discouraged or being confused on whether to believe it or not, here are a few facts on the most common fat-burning myths along with the right tips Myth 1: No time! If scheduling cardio and weight training seems like too much time and effort, try combining the two. The combination of cardio and weight training not only burns calories but saves time as well. This technique called circuit training focuses on resistance training intervals along with intervals of cardio. You can create workout "stations," each featuring a different weight training exercise for a muscle or muscle group. Do each station with a maximum rest period of 30 seconds in between each exercise to keep calorie-burning at its maximum. Myth 2: Long cardio sessions work best Even with the best intentions, it's not always possible or feasible to exercise for 60 minutes or longer at one time. And if you're looking to drop pounds, it's also not the most efficient way. Instead, try intervals, which involves alternating

bouts of intense exercise with less-intense recovery periods. Short, intense exercise bursts burn more calories than working out at the same intensity for the same length of time. The active recovery periods allow for greater intensity during the work intervals and, subsequently, more calories are burned overall. Try the pre-programmed interval training programmes on cardio equipment, or do it yourself by alternating 30 to 60 seconds of vigorous activity with the same amount of easy exertion. Myth 3: You should stay within the fat-burning zone when doing cardio Treadmills and other cardio equipment display colourful charts indicating various zones, one of which indicates a 'fat-burning' zone. These

zones refer to the percentage of fat burned, not the total calories. You burn the highest percentage of fat while you're sleeping. But you're also burning the least number of calories, which is what counts towards body fat loss. Instead, look for ways to burn a greater number of calories over all and the weight and fat will automatically drop off. Myth 4: Only cardio leads to faster weight loss The intensity of the workout determines how many additional calories you'll burn. Cardiovascular fitness helps lower body fat by burning more calories while you're exercising, but weight training helps burn more fat and calories even when you're relaxing. The harder the workout, the longer the after-burn effect.

Diabetes: A reason to worry!

With its origins in ancient religious and spiritual traditions, meditation is a widely used mind-body practice used even today, to complement medical procedures and treatments. Although, used mostly for relaxation and stress reduction, meditation-based therapy is increasingly offered in medical centers and clinics today to manage pain and reduce anxiety prior to surgeries. Surprised? Recent studies have shown that frequent practice of meditation can lead to significant control of pain. Read on to know how meditation alters your pain perception and quells pain even better than some of the most powerful drugs. Meditation and common forms The term meditation refers to a set of techniques wherein a person minimizes the activity of the mind without altering the level of alertness. Broadly, the

Scientists may have hit upon an effective way to block asthma attacks by identifying the two most significant biological triggers that bring them on. Researchers from the Universities of CaliforniaSan Francisco (UCSF), Johns Hopkins and Duke universities demonstrate that these two triggers for asthma are tied to a specific calcium-activated chloride channel, called TMEM16A. They regulate airway secretions and smooth muscle contraction, the two major factors linked with asthma attacks, according to the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences". "Maybe if we could inhibit both of these processes by blocking this one channel, we could affect the two symptoms of asthma," said senior study author Jason Rock, assistant professor of anatomy at UCSF. Asthma, a respiratory disorder that causes short-

technique has been categorized under five basic categories: Mantra meditation This comprises the Transcendental Meditation techniques, Clinically Standardized Meditation and Relaxation Response. In this process, by repeatedly using a sound or phrase, a person focuses to achieve a state of perfect consciousness. Mindfulness meditation This form of meditation involves focusing on what you experience while performing the technique like the very flow of your breath. Yoga Here, a person attempts to achieve a state of calmness by combining bodily postures with controlled breathing. Tai-Chi - A form of Chinese martial arts, the technique is performed using selfpaced series of movements in a slow-graceful manner along with deep breathing. Qi gong - This involves a combination of medita-

tion, breathing exercise, relaxation and physical movements. Meditation and pain management: In the past, meditation has been explored extensively for its effects on stress reduction and other similar clinical functions. However, researchers have now identified another significant health benefit of the technique that suggests that it is actually possible to overcome debilitating pain with the help of meditation. What's more, some of these studies have also suggested that the painrelieving effects of meditation might be even more effective than morphine. Back in April, 2011, a study by the researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center indicated that a person can attain at least 40 per ent decrease in pain intensity and 57 per cent in pain unpleasantness merely by practicing these techniques regularly. This decrease in pain was found to be much higher

than with morphine or other pain-relieving drugs. With the help of magnetic resonance imaging, the brain activity of study participants after meditation demonstrated how the technique increased the activity of certain areas which are responsible for pain perception. Despite such findings, scientists were unable to ascertain the actual mechanism of this phenomenon until now. According to a recent research published at the Brain Research Bulletin, investigators from Harvard, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have identified a possible answer. They suggested that the explanation probably lies in alpha waves manipulation in the brain. Furthermore, they explained that by practicing the techniques of mindfulness meditation for a period of eight-weeks or above, you will be able to control the activity of these brain waves.

Diabetes is a very serious ailment and it can cause numerous health complications. When people have diabetes, their bodies fail to produce insulin or produce very little insulin. It is also related to issues like vision problems, high blood pressure, heart ailments and strokes. Therefore it is important to know how you can prevent diabetes. Being overweight or being older may predispose you to diabetes. The common reasons for Diabetes to occur are age, family history, ethnicity weight, activity level, smoking, high blood pressure and weight loss. "While Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease where the body's immune system destroys the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 85-90% of all people . It's also known as late-onset diabetes, characterized by insulin resistance and relative insulin deficien-

Healthy foods to fight blood pressure

ness of breath, coughing and chest discomfort, results from changes in the airways that lead to the lungs. It affects 18.7 million adults and 7.0 million children in the US alone, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. Normally, humans have few mucus-producing cells. Those suffering from asthma, however, have an elevated number of these cells lining the tubes that lead to the lungs. "The overabundance of mucus plugging the air-

ways combined with hypercontractility of the smooth muscle - when the tubes get really small - make it difficult to move air in or out," Rock said. "A lot of people equate that feeling with breathing through a straw." Rock and colleagues focused on a calcium-activated chloride channel called TMEM16A. This channel secretes chloride ions, besides regulating biological processes such as neuron firing, gastrointestinal activity and the secretion of sweat and tears.

Here are a few items that you should stock up to reduce your blood pressure levelsFighting blood pressure and sugar levels while craving for food might be a difficult job.Here a few food items that can help you lower your blood pressure levels and keep it at a normal level. Spinach - Spinach is loaded with magnesium and also contains potassium which are key ingredients for lowering and maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. So add more greens

to your daily dish and enjoy a healthy life minus all the pressure. Dark chocolate - Well, this certainly does not mean that you binge upon chocolate. But it is found that eating about 25-30 calories a day (flavanols are present in dark chocolates) can lower the blood pressure levels in your body.Skimed milk - It provides calcium, potassium and Vitamin D which together help in reducing blood pressure levels and keep your body healthy.

cy", informs Dr. Shreepad Khedekar, Specialist in Genetic Chronic Diseases, Imperial Clinics. While Type 1 diabetes can be treated with insulin and control through the use of glucose meters. Type 2 diabetes may be treated by dietary changes, exercise and/or tablets. Insulin injections may later be required. There is no cure for diabetes. Treatment involves medicines, diet, and exercise to control blood sugar and prevent symptoms and problems Dr. Shreepad Khedekar, Specialist in Genetic Chronic Diseases, Imperial Clinics gives quick tips to control diabetes: Get physical Exercise can help you: Lose weight Lower your blood sugar Boosts your sensitivity to insulin — which helps keep your blood sugar within a normal range Research shows that both aerobic exercise and resistance training can help

control diabetes, but the greatest benefit comes from a fitness program that includes both. Get plenty of fiber It's rough, it's tough — and it may help you: Reduce your risk of diabetes by improving your blood sugar control Lower your risk of heart diseasePromote weight loss by helping you feel fullFoods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.Go for whole grainsAlthough it's not clear why, whole grains

may reduce your risk of diabetes and help maintain blood sugar levels. Try to make at least half your grains whole grains. Many foods made from whole grains come ready to eat, including various breads, pasta products and many cereals. Look for the word "whole" on the package and among the first few items in the ingredient list. Lose extra weight If you're overweight, diabetes prevention may hinge on weight loss. Every pound you lose can improve your health.

Facts about fad diets

Dieting is an age old way to lose weight but is fad diet the best way to lose those extra pounds? When you want to lose weight fast there is just one question on your mind... What works fast? Many of us are struggling to lose weight fast. Many of us want to shed those extra pounds so that we look and feel good for that special function or occasion and we want to fit into our old denims or that skimpy dress we saw in the mall. If any of these cases are true then we go on a spree to find that perfect diet plan that works wonders for us. It can be confusing in today's weight loss world to find that perfect product or that diet plan that works fast.One of the most common diet plans are the fad diets. These kinds of diets are all over the place with things such as detox diet, grapefruit diet and cabbage soup diet which promise instant weight loss. So if you need to lose

weight fast in a short span of time then yes these diet plans work fast. But their long term effect is not very good to lose a lot of weight in a short span of time. Loosing too much weight too quickly can affect your health by putting a lot of stress on your internal organs. Then there is also the case where you lose weight rather quickly only to realize that you've put it all back on. This happens because when you finish with your fad diet you go back to your old eating habits that

caused the weight gain in the first place. So, it is much better to lose weight in the long term by following a healthy and varied meal plan. Fad diets have a lot of negative drawbacks also. So, if you decide to go on a fad diet on a short term basis in order to shed a few pounds then be ready for some serious medical conditions. These diets have been known to cause some nasty side effects such as headaches, diarrhea and dizzy spells.


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India to seek details from US about snooping reports

NEW DELHI: Voicing surprise and concern, India today said it will seek information and details from US over reports that it was the fifth most tracked country by the American intelligence which used a secret data-mining programme to monitor worldwide internet data. New Delhi also made it clear that it would be “unacceptable” if it was found that domestic laws relating to privacy of information of citizens were violated. “Yes, we are concerned and surprised about it,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said. He said that US and India have a cyber security dialogue which is coordinated by National Security Councils on both sides. “We feel that this is the appropriate fora to discuss such issues. We intend to seek information and details during consultations between

interlocutors from both sides on this matter in that appropriate forum,” Akbaruddin told reporters here. Asked about possible violations of Indian privacy laws, he said, “Obvi-

ously, we will find it to be unacceptable if Indian laws relating to privacy of information of Indian ordinary citizens have been violated. Surely we will, frankly, find it unacceptable”.

Four NCP MLAs, Independent join Maharashtra cabinet

Five days after the Nationalist Congress Party ordered all its ministers to quit the Maharashtra cabinet, the party effected a reshuffle of its representatives here on Tuesday. Maharashtra NCP president Madhukar Pichad and three other party legislators were sworn-in as new ministers in the state government as part of the cabinet reshuffle. Dilip Sopal, an independent legislator and former NCP leader, also took oath of office and secrecy. He has earlier served as minister of state for law and judiciary. The three new faces inducted into the cabinet are Sanjay Savkhare, Uday Samant and Shashikant Shinde. Pichad, who was tribal minister in Vilasrao Deshmukh’s government, Shinde and Sopal will be cabinet ministers while Savkhare and Samant will be ministers of state. The new ministers come in place of Ramraje Nimbalkar (water resources-Krishna valley development), Babanrao Pachpute

(tribal development), Laxman Dhobale (water supply), and minister of state for urban development Bhaskar Jadhav and minister of state for transport Gulabrao Devkar. Pichad is from Akole in Ahmednagar district, Shinde from Kotegaon in Satara district, Sopal from Barshi in Solapur district, Uday Samant from Ratnagiri, and Savkhare is from Jalgaon district. NCP chief Sharad Pawar last week sought and secured resignations of all party ministers in the state ministry. On Monday night, NCP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar handed over the list of its ministers to be dropped/inducted to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Pichad said that those ministers who have been dropped will be drafted for party work. The oath of office and secrecy was administered to the new ministers by Governor K. Sankaranarayanan at a ceremony in Raj Bhavan.

He noted that reports about the spy programme was an evolving situation. “Every day we find new issues coming up. We will take it, rather than jump to conclusions at this stage. “We

Sanjay Dutt in the 1993 blast case. While Sheikh died at the Sion Hospital, the others succumbed at Hinduja Hospital. Part of a four-storey residential building collapsed in Mahim, Mumbai, on Monday evening after there were incessant rains in the city for two days. The building is located near the famous Mahim dargah. “Residents are feared to have been trapped in the debris after a portion of the building on Cadell Road collapsed,” an official said. The building called Altaf reportedly had a Maruti car showroom on its ground floor. Early reports suggest that five fire brigades have rushed to the spot as several cars parked in the vicinity have been damaged and are being

towed away.Rescue operations are underway.Also see: Mumbai: Mahim building collapse kills four, injures many A 70-year-old woman who was rescued from the Mahim building collapse was brought to the BMC-run Bhabha Hospital in Bandra gasping for breath. She succumbed within 5 minutes on her arrival at the hospital.

NEW DELHI: Feeling “hurt” by the Delhi gang rape and other recent incidents of crimes against women, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said a society which cannot provide security and dignity to its women is not worth considering a civilized one. He lamented the “depravity of human nature” as he laid the foundation stone for ‘Nirbhaya Bhavan’, a complex to be built in the memory of 23-year-old girl who was gang-raped and brutalized here on December 16, last year. “The barbaric acts perpetrated on women is not just a matter of law and force, but also of the society’s apathetic attitude. Whenever a woman is subjected to violence, people around show their apathy and aloofness. It is depravity of human nature,” Mukherjee said. “The recent cases of violence on women indicate that we have lost our civilizational values and a society which cannot provide respect, dignity and security to its women is not worth being called a civilized society,” he added. Referring to the Delhi gang rape and other

NEW DELHI: Latching on to the Mahabharata analogy by used L K Advani, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh today took potshots at BJP over the turmoil in the party after Narendra Modi’s elevation and the subsequent resignation of senior leader Advani from key posts. “If Advani is Bhishma Pitamah, who would be Dhritrashtra, Shakuni, Duryodhan and other characters of BJP Mahabharata,” Singh wrote on microblogging site Twitter. In another tweet, he said, “...BJP certainly has its own “chaal” it’s own “charitra” and it’s own “chehra”. Now guess who is what.” In his blog, Advani had on Sunday made a reference to a wounded Bhishma Pitamah lying on a bed of arrows in a scene in Mahabharata. The reference was made by the sulking BJP veteran, who, citing ill-health, had stayed away from the party executive meet that elevated

The deceased has been identified as Zaibunissa Abdul Sattar Laakha, the official said, adding rescue operations are still on. Second casualty, as an old woman is pulled out dead from the debris. Atleast 8 are feared trapped in the building. “One more woman and a man have been admitted to the casualty ward of Bhabha Hospital and attempts are being made to revive them. They have suffered from poly-trauma and head injuries,” said Dr Seema Malik, chief of peripheral hospitals, BMC. A 45-year-old man has been admitted in an unconscious state to BMC-run Sion Hospital while two more injured people have been taken to BMC-run KEM Hospital.

incidents of crime against women in the last few months, Mukherjee said, “the recent happenings have hurt me. These show that we have lost our civilizational values.” He pitched for creating awareness so that society’s participation in preventing such crimes can be increased. “Often, the accused is acquitted for lack of evidence. My appeal to all on this occasion is create adequate awareness so that we can fight against this evil,” he said, adding this will help in restoring our civilizational values. The five-floor ‘Nirbhaya Bhavan’ in Jasola in South Delhi will be the new headquarter of National Commission for Women.

assassinate Narendra Modi. Pandey was Joint Commissioner of Police when on June 15, 2004, Ishrat Jahan, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter with the Gujarat police on the outskirts of Ahmedabad.At the outset, the bench on Tuesday also made it clear to senior advocate Sekhar Naphade, appearing for Pandey, that it cannot entertain the plea for quashing of the FIR in a petition filed under the Article 32 of the Constitution as the plea should have been first filed with the High Court under section 482 (quashing of the criminal proceedings) of the CrPC.“I am a senior police officer, who simply acted on the intelligence input and passed them on and my life and liberty cannot be taken away without following the due process of law as enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution,” Naphade said, adding that a petition to the apex court was not “premature” and rather, maintainable.

Modi the same day, anointing him as Chief of BJP’s Election Campaign Committee for 2014 general elections. Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed also took a jibe at Opposition party leaders for speaking about Advani’s virtues after he resigned from key party posts yesterday. “BJP leaders say Advani is a father figure for us, but in place of son, they are trying to send the hapless father to Banwas. What a shame?” he tweeted. In another tweet, he claimed

that Advani met this fate as the RSS wanted to humiliate him for opposing the continuance of Nitin Gadkari as BJP President for the second time and B S Yeddyurappa as Karnataka Chief Minister after the surfacing of corruption allegations against them. “By humiliating him, is RSS taking revenge on L K Advani for opposing its two blue eyed boys Gadkari and Yeddyurappa on the charges of corruption?” he tweeted.

Naveen Jindal’s cup of woes brimmeth over

NEW DELHI, JUNE 11: Mining was never easy, and today who would know it better than Naveen Jindal. The businessman turned Congress MP may find himself answering questions on the alleged coal block allocation scam, after the CBI’s fresh FIR on the issue named him. Not so long ago, Jindal was strongly refuting all allegations and also declared an open war with a media house. But, today morning following the CBI search operations, while Jindal reportedly preferred the confines of his home, it was paid holiday for Jindal Steel & Power employees. The employees in Delhi were asked not to come to office on Tuesday amid an expected CBI raid. Most of the employees at JSPL received an alert message from office asking not to report to work. Some of them who had already landed in office were asked to go back. In fact, a perfect weather to go for a family outing, say observers taking a dig at Jindal, who is having a not so popular run with media.

Mamata Banerjee calls for federal front KOLKATA: Close on the heels of BJP patriarch L K Advani resigning from all party posts, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee stepped into the shoes of the Left Front again on Monday and made an appeal to all non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties to come together and float a federal front before the Lok Sabha polls. Her Facebook post comes close on the heels of BJP partiarch L K Advani’s quitting party posts. “I appeal to all non-Congress, non-BJP regional parties to launch a united fight to free the country from misrule and anti-people decisions, and work together to build a better and brighter India,” Mamata said in her Facebook post. But like CPM general secretary Prakash Karat, who moved from pillar to post to prop up the third front with Mayawati as its head during the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, only to bite the dust later, Mamata is yet to hear from her prospective allies of the front she has been trying to float soon after she pulled out of the UPA last year. in September 2012.On Monday, she once again floated the idea - expecting a rift within the NDA after Modi’s emergence as the face of BJP in the coming Lok Sabha polls. The Trinamool Congress chief didn’t waste time in getting new allies from the NDA after she came to know about

Ishrat Jahan fake encounter: SC rejects IPS officer PP Pandey’s plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the plea of Gujarat’s Additional DGP PP Pandey for quashing of FIR and protection against the nonbailable arrest warrant, issued by a CBI court against him in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. “Having heard the parties at some length, we are not persuaded to entertain the petition under Article 32 (of the constitution) straight away. The petition is dismissed and the petitioner has the liberty to approach the High Court,” a bench of justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Madan B Lokur said.Puthvipal P Pandey, a 1982-batch IPS officer, has been made accused in the fake encounter case for providing “so-called crucial intelligence inputs” to fellow policemen that Ishrat and three others were LeT operatives and were on a mission to assassinate Chief Minister Narendra Modi.Puthvipal P Pandey, a 1982-batch IPS officer, has been made accused for providing information that Ishrat Jahan and 3 others were on a mission to

Congress leaders use Mahabharata analogy to take potshots at BJP

‘Hurt’ President Pranab Mukherjee laments society’s attitude towards women

Mahim building collapse: Toll mounts to 7, rescue operations underway as many feared trapped under debris

The four-storey building collapsed after Mumbai saw non-stop rains for two days. Altaf building in Mahim collapsed on Monday evening after Mumbai (Santacruz weather station) recorded its highest rainfall in the last ten years for the month of June Soumitra Ghosh/DNA With two more persons succumbing to injuries, the death toll in the Mahim building collapse has risen to seven, said officials at the BMC disaster management control room on Tuesday. The victims have been identified as Mhaisani Baatliwala (75), Halima Sheikh (50), Mobin Lakha (18) Tahira Ghulam Hussain Merchant, Faraz Rizwan Merchant (13) and Asika Rizwan Merchant. Faraz and Asika are the relatives of noted lawyer Rizwan Merchant, who is representing

will take it as it evolves and have a better understanding and a clearer paradigm of how to tackle this issue once broader paramemetres in its entirety are available for us,” he said. According to UK’s Guardian newspaper, India was the fifth most tracked country. The daily claims to have acquired top secret documents about US’ National Security Agency’s (NSA) data-mining tool, called Boundless Informant. A snapshot of the Boundless Informant data, contained in a top secret NSA “global heat map”, shows that in March 2013 the agency collected 97 billion pieces of intelligence from computer networks worldwide. It showed that Iran was the country where the largest amount of intelligence was gathered, with more than 14 billion reports in that period, followed by 13.5 billion from Pakistan.

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He also assailed the Gujarat High Court directing the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to register the second FIR in the case saying “this order was illegal.” The High Court also followed a policy, “which is unheard of”, by allowing the SIT to take a decision by majority as some members had conflicting views on the probe in the case, the counsel for Pandey said. Naphade also objected to the transfer of case by the High Court to CBI after the SIT concluded the investigation, contending this also makes it a fit case to be entertained by the apex court.Citing the decision in the Ashish Nandy case, the lawyer said there have been instances where FIRs have been quashed by the Supreme Court. Initially, Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, appearing for CBI, objected to Pandey’s plea, saying he is an absconding officer and the court should not entertain it.Earlier, the court had made clear that it will not quash the FIR lodged against the officer. An FIR against Pandey and others was lodged by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on December 16, 2011 following directions from the High Court before whom two petitions were filed by the mother and father.

reactions of parties such as Janata Dal (United).“Time has come for all the regional parties to come together and form a federal front in the coming Lok Sabha election. Let us stand together. Let us talk together. Let us decide a plan of action for the next Lok Sabha election,” the Trinamool chief posted.Mamata has been ferreting her plan since long. In a number of public meetings, the Trinamool chief held that the UPA III is not coming to power. Her anti-Congress stance followed by BJP’s withdrawal of its candidate from the recently-held Howrah

parliamentary bypolls gave way to speculation that Didi was getting closer to BJP. But then her insistence on a non-Congress, non-BJP federal front indicates that the Trinamool chief wants to maintain equidistance from both the Congress and the BJP at least till Lok Sabha polls, leaving her options open for post-Lok Sabha poll arrangements.Mamata wants the regional parties to chart out the action plan well ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a tactic tried out by the Left many times before the Trinamool chief seems to take the same beaten track.

Strict action against those found guilty: Sriprakash Jaiswal, Coal Minister

NEW DELHI: Amid CBI booking Congress MP Naveen Jindal and former Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao in a fresh FIR in coal scam, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said that strict action would be initiated against all those found guilty of wrongdoings. “We have forwarded to CBI all complaints between 1993 and 2009. CBI is taking action.... Strict action would be initiated against all those who have indulged in wrongdoings and have given wrong statements,” Jaiswal told a television channel. CBI has booked Rao and Jindal for alleged cheating, graft and criminal misconduct in its 12th FIR in the coal blocks allocation scam, causing embarrassment to the ruling Congress. During its eight-month long probe into the scam, it is for the first time that the then Minister of State for Coal has been named as accused in an FIR by CBI in which it has alleged that Rao re-

ceived Rs 2.25 crore camouflaged as investment from one of Jindal’s firm within a year of allocating him a coal block. CBI sources said Jindal SteelBSE -15.18 % and Power Limited (JSPL) and Gagan Sponge Iron Limited, also a firm of Jindal’s, had bagged Amarkonda Murgadangal coal block in Birbhum, Jharkhand in the year 2008 by alleged misrepresentation of facts when Rao was the MoS for Coal. It said the misrepresentation was allegedly done on three counts --land, water supply and previous allocations. They said JSPL allegedly claimed in application submitted in January 2007 that they had only three coal blocks with them where as actually they had at least six coal blocks. The sources said this was done to boost their eligibility for the coal block as the government was mulling to avoid monopoly of single company by not allocating large number of blocks to one firm.

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