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


Minor girl found dead in orchard Baramulla, June 15: Body of an 8-year-old girl with her throat slit was today recovered from an orchard in north Baramulla district. The girl had gone missing yesterday from her house in Lisar Dangiwachi area of Sopore, SP Imtiyaz Hussain said. A knife, suspected to be used in the crime, was also recovered from the spot, he added. "We have sent the body for postmortem to establish the cause of death. Although apparently there are no signs of sexual violence, the postmortem report, however, will bring out the truth," Hussain said.

no verdict in Slap gate Kishtwar, June 15: Sessions Judge Kishtwar did not pass any judgment in slap gate case on Saturday. Pertinently, Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kitchloo had allegedly slapped the Chief Executive Officer Kishtwar Development Authority, Reyaz Ahmed Chowdhary after which the said officer had approached the court against the Minister. The Court had expressed anguish over the incident of manhandling of one of the senior officers of the service by a Minister of State and had directed the Police to register an FIR against the accused. The Home Department had filed a revision petition before the Sessions Judge Kishtwar against the order passed by CJM Court, which had directed for registration of formal case against the Minister. Talking to CNS the Counsel for complainant, Advocate Zulqernain Shiekh said that he and Chief Prosecuting Officer put their arguments forward on the criminal revision petition filed by the Home Department seeking nullification and stay on the verdict given by CJM Kishtwar Ajay Kumar Gupta. “The Court after hearing the preliminary arguments did not pass any judgment and listed the case on June 27 for next hearing,” he said. Jammu and Kashmir government has contested the order passed by the Chief Judicial Magistrate Kishtwar directing registration of case against Minister of State for Home Sajad Ahmed Kichloo.

Banned drugs seized Ganderbal, June 15: The Jammu and Kashmir police, in a campaign launched against anti-social elements of the society, recovered huge quantity of banned drugs from drug peddlers in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rasik Mir, said on action on a complaint they formed a team led by Station House Officer Kheerbawani Imtiyaz Mir, PSI Faroz Yousuf. "And with the help of civil society we conducted raids in many parts of district and recovered a huge quantity of banned drugs,” he said. A total of 325 bottles of Corex and 8328 capsules of SpasmoProxyvon.” two vehicles and a motorcycle was recovered from Javaid Ahmad, Ayob Dar,Mohammad Ashraf Wani and Assadullah. Police have registered case under FIR No 23-3013 U/s 18/27 DC act and further investigation is on.

Rahul visits JKPCC headquarters Srinagar, June 15: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has expressed its gratitude to Rahul Gandhi who paid visit to Congress Party Headquarters today despite inclement weather. “It was a pleasant surprise for the J&K Pradesh Congress and its functionaries that Shri. Rahul Gandhi visited Party Headquarters in spite of the fact that he was hard pressed for time”, the JKPCC said in a statement issued here.

Rahul launches pRoject hope CM cautions society against female foeticide, drug addiction

No development possible without women participation: Rahul Budgam, June 15: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday underlined the role of women in checking the menace of female foeticide and drug addiction among the youth describing these dangerous threats to the future of the State. Speaking at a function after he launched UMEED Programme for women empowerment and welfare with All India Congress Committee Vice President, Rahul Gandhi here, the Chief Minister said that the reports of female foeticide from Jammu and Kashmir are of greater concern and alarming while drug addiction among the youth is equally disturbing. Omar Abdullah said that these two dangerous social diseases, if not restricted well in time, the future of the State would be endangered. He said the women groups to be organized under UMEED have a special role to play in eradicating these evils. He called upon them to focus on these important concerns and safeguard the future of the State. “While attending other socio-economic problems, the society are confronted with, women have to divert special attention for checking female foeticide and drug addiction”, he emphasized. Omar Abdullah assured full support of his government for the success of UMEED and referred the efforts of Union Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh and All India Congress

State would now cover entire Jammu and Kashmir. He said the programme would help in a big way to organize women and empower them to address the socio-economic issues and create wide-ranging livelihood earning opportunities for women. Omar Abdullah said that the poverty in Jammu and Kashmir is not as severe as

AFSPA issue between PM and Omar: Rahul

Committee Vice President Rahul Gandhi for getting this Rs. 750 crore Programme through at the Union Government level. He sought similar support of Rahul Gandhi in getting cleared various other issues of Jammu and Kashmir pending with the Union Government. Omar Abdullah said that empowerment of women in the State has been flagged as a focused area by his government and 33 percent reservation in Panchayat Elections for Women vindicates

Bar to boycott SJA event

Srinagar, June 15: Members of the Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association today decided against participating in the inauguration of the State Judicial Academic Complex here tomorrow saying that the function is "politically motivated". "The establishment of the State Judicial Academic Complex is a welcome step. But in view of the political overtones of the function, which is to be presided by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the Bar Association feels handicapped (about joining) in," the association said in a statement here following a meeting of its executive members. The said complex is to be inaugurated by the Chief Justice of India. The association said that the independence of the judiciary was "at stake in the hands of the present coalition government" in the state. There is a "denial of effective justice to the people" and discrimination against Kashmiris at all levels, the association alleged. Referring to the recent selection of judicial officers in the subordinate judiciary, the association said that, "out of 38 selectees only seven are from Kashmir valley" and alleged that attempts were made to even defeat those appointments. "The overall representation of Kashmiris in the judiciary has come down to 25 per cent at present, which reveals the sinister design to weed out the Kashmiri Muslim representation in the judiciary," See Bar on Pg. 11

this intension. He lauded the women of Jammu and Kashmir for actively participating in women empowerment programmes and said that the contesting of women candidates for all 33 percent reserved Panchayat Halqas determines the courage and enthusiasm of women of the State to be equal part in the development process. Omar Abdullah said that the UMEED programme which was last year launched for only four blocks of the

Budgam, June 15: At a time when Omar Abdullah has been pitching for repealing the AFSPA from parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said the issue of revocation of the controversial act is between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Chief Minister. "It is a discussion between the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister. It is not appropriate for me to make a statement," Gandhi told reporters on the sidelines of a function in Budgam, 15 km from Srinagar. See AFSPA on Pg. 11 that of Jarkhand, Chatisgarh and other such parts of the Country. He said that all credit for this goes to Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who See Rahul on Pg. 11

Rs 400 crore for Kashmir panchayats Srinagar, June 15: To strengthen panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre will provide Rs 420 crore as untied funds, in addition to other schemes for carrying out development, Union minister Jairam Ramesh said here today. "Each of the 4,200 panchayats in the state will get an amount of Rs 10 lakh as untied funds every year," the Union Rural Development Minister told reporters here, 15 kms from Srinagar. Untied funds are meant for carrying out works of emergent nature which are normally not covered under the schemes decentralised at the district level. These funds are mainly allocated for filling up the missing gaps. Ramesh said these funds will be in addition to the funds available to the panchayats through various schemes like MNREGA and IAY. The Union minister said the funds, which will be provided within one month, have been sanctioned to "strengthen the gram panchayats in the state".

Contractors begin Farooq calls for softening borders 36-hour hunger strike between India-Pakistan Mendhar, June 15: Envisioning a new beginning in Indo-Pak relations, National Conference President and Union Minister for Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said that bonds of friendship between the two neighbours will help in solving the problems of millions on either side of the border and Line of Control. “Jammu and Kashmir in particular will reap the benefits of Indo-Pak friendship”, Dr Abdullah said amid applause while addressing a huge public meeting at Mendhar in Poonch district this afternoon. The National Conference President was accompanied by the Provincial President Jammu Mr Devender Singh Rana on the day long visit of Mendhar.

The Union Minister referred to the softening of borders in the Europe and said: “This has transformed the socio-economic landscape of entire Europe and I don’t see any reason

why Indo-Pak region will not progress and prosper once there is mutual trust and strong bonding between the two nations”. He said the idea of opening roads is not new; it dates back to the era of Sher-eKashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, who strived

for softening of borders for mitigating the problems of people and giving boost to trade and commerce. He recalled his meeting with former premier of Pakistan Zulfkar Ali Bhutto in Pakistan and said that he wanted to know why Shere-Kashmir was so keen for opening of the Muzaffarabad Road. “My reply to Mr Bhuttoo was that Shere-Kashmir wanted the people of two countries to have wider interactions and to see for themselves change taking place in various sectors”. The National Conference President said that opening of roads will herald a new era of understanding, give boost to trade, commerce and tourism and above all open new vistas of people to people contact, which he described held key to peace and stability in the region. See Farooq onPg. 11

Srinagar, June 15:

To protest governments’ apathy towards contractors Valley based contractors under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC), began 36 hours hunger strike. The Valley based contractors assembled at TRC ground Saturday morning to stage Hunger strike that was led by Kashmir Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC). Pertinently the contractors have been demanding to release of pending bills worth seven hundred corers. JKCCCC has held several demonstrations to protests their demand earlier. Meanwhile General Secretary JKCCCC Farooq Ahmed Dar lamented that ‘injustice’, is being meted out to the more than 70,000 Valley based contractors. He said that the ‘Hunger

Strike’ call had been given to protest the pending bills of Rs 700 crores the state government owes to contractors, double taxation tendering and WDC bill System. “The withholding of massive funds is heavily telling upon us. He accused the State government of compelling them to launch the hunger strike. “We try our level best to solve the matter in a peaceful manner but the insensitive attitude of the state government towards our grievances left us no option than to start this hunger strike”. Dar said. “In March, we missed out on tenders worth Rs 30 crores due to the bad situation here as internet services were snapped by the establishment in Valley,” Dar said. Dar alleged that it is the biased attitude of planning See Strike on Pg. 11

Need to introspect Civil Society group demands Court directs reasons behind youths reopening of Kunanposhpora case prosecution to joining militancy: CPI (M) produce witness Papa Kishtwari case

Srinagar, June 15:

Srinagar, June 15: Refusing the plea for having in camera trial, a city court has directed prosecution to produce witnesses in a murder case of a contractor against Papa Kishtwari at the earliest. The trial is going on in Ist Additional District Judge Sriangar against Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari who is allegedly involved in a murder case of Ali Mohammad Mir who was a contractor by profession. The court after hearing the arguments of Advocate Babar Jan Qadri, the counsel for Zahoor Ahmad Mir, son of the murdered contractor, refused the plea for having in camera trial of the case. The counsel Abdul Majeed Watali for the accused pleaded for in camera trial that was contested and objected by the counsel for the complainant’s advocate Babar Qadri. Qadri submitted that prosecution be directed to produce witnesses, otherwise, according to him the non production of witnesses will force the court to close the evidence which in turn will have a negative effect and See Court on Pg. 11

Srinagar, June 15:

Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI(M) today said there is a need for introspection to find the reasons behind "the emerging tendency" of educated youth joining militancy in the Valley. "Denial to a free political space, failure to administer justice to the families of victims of violence are a few important aspects which seriously demand an introspection at all levels before finding out reasons behind the emerging tendency of educated youth joining militant ranks in Jammu and Kashmir," state secretary of CPI(M) M Y Tarigami said here. Tarigami said the people in Kashmir are living in a "suffocating atmosphere" where even "peaceful dissent is not tolerated." Almost all channels of communication have been blocked and means of protest is being suppressed ruthlessly. What is more worrying is that the youth is being targeted mercilessly," he said. "And yet if someone, does not understand or wilfully chooses to

ignore the real cause and shuts one's eyes to its inevitable consequences, the overall situation is bound to deteriorate rather than coming to normal," he said while addressing a Round Table meeting organised by the Delhi-based Centre for Policy Analysis here. People of Kashmir hope that the political and democratic opinion across the country is mobilised for providing justice to the people, he said. "Whichever, political party comes in power in Delhi hardly matters for the people of Kashmir. What the people of Kashmir hope is that the political and democratic opinion across the country is mobilised for providing justice to the people. The democratic forces of the country need to come out of slumber before it is too late," he said. Tarigami asked why the criminal investigations in "mostly unprovoked incidents of violence in 2010 in which over 110 youth were killed" have not been concluded. "Three years have passed and See CPI(M) on Pg. 11

A Delhi-based civil society group on Saturday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reach out to the rape victims of Kunanposhpora during his scheduled visit to Jammu and Kashmir later this month. "The gang-rape of women in Kunanposhpora village of north Kashmir's Kupwara district is a blot on the face of the democracy." "Prime Minister should reach out to the victims by announcing reopening of the case and taking up the matter with state government and Defence and Home ministries," CPI(M) leader Mohammad Saleem, who is part of the delegation of Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA), told reporters here. The delegation visited Kunanposhpora yesterday and met the victims of alleged gang-rape by an Army unit during an antimilitant operation in 1991. "We will take up the matter with Prime Minister

and hope he announces something during his visit so that a sense of justice is felt by the victims," Saleem said. It is unfortunate that the Jammu and Kashmir government has failed to do anything in the matter despite a recommendation by the State Human Rights Commission, he said. Meanwhile, member of National Integration Council John Dayal said government should not act like nothing has happened and should reopen the case by constituting a special investigations team moni-

tored by judiciary and not police. He also demanded adequate compensation on the basis of a national model "like in the case of Delhi gang rape of a medical student". Former IAS officer Harsh Mander said it is shameful that police have filed a closure report without taking any action against anyone. Pitching for the complete de-militarization and withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Public Safety Act (PSA) and other draconian See Civil Society on Pg. 11


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conferred the land ownership rights to farmers and made them owners of the land eradicating their poverty. He said with the increase in population the pressure on agriculture land has increased many folds, as such, the need for creating new avenues of income generation for rural population has attained important dimension. He said UMEED like initiatives would address this need to a greater extent. He thanked Rahul Gandhi for visiting the State and launching the scheme for entire Jammu and Kashmir today. Speaking on the occasion, All India Congress Committee Vice President, Rahul Gandhi said that the holistic development of the society is not possible without the active participation of women in the development process. He said the faster growth and eradication of poverty in the States like Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra is because of the empowerment of women and their active participation in development programmes. Rahul Gandhi said that Union Government has sanctioned Rs. 750 crore under UMEED programme to Jammu and Kashmir to organize self-help groups of women for addressing their economic challenges and contributing in curbing the social evils. He cited the example of Amethi Parliamentary Constituency which he represents in the Parliament and said that UMEED like initiative has given confidence to women to work and stand up on their own feet. Rahul Gandhi said that during his last year’s visit to the State, he interacted with the youth at Kashmir University and asked them to visit Amethi and observe the benefits percolated to women under UMEED so that this programme could also be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir. He said after visiting Amethi the youth of Jammu and Kashmir was of the view that this programme could also be highly beneficial for the State. “I then took Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah with me to Amethi so that he could also take a view of the success of this programme”, he said and added that this culminated into launch of UMEED in Jammu and Kashmir. Rahul Gandhi expressed confidence that the scheme would revolutionize the status of rural women in Jammu and Kashmir alongwith addressing social issues confronting the society. He also assured support to the women for the success of UMEED in the State and told them to work with devotion, dedication and full confidence. “We can provide you every sort of help but you have to work yourselves to achieve goals of welfare, social justice and development”, he added. Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar in his address expressed the gratitude to Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and All India Congress Committee Vice President, Rahul Gandhi for launching the programme for entire Jammu and Kashmir at today’s function and said that UMEED has generated hope that organizing women in self-help groups and extending economic and logistic support to them to defeat poverty, would yield positive results for the comprehensive development of women in the State. In his welcome address, Minister of State for Rural Development, Viqar Rasool thanked Chief Guest, Rahul Gandhi, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and other dignitaries for participating in today’s programme which he described a historic event. He also thanked Rahul Gandhi for his keen interest in the development of Jammu and Kashmir. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh, All India Congress Committee, General Secretary, In-charge Jammu and Kashmir, Mohan Prakash, President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee and Member Parliament, Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz, local MLA Aga Ruhulla Mehdi and various senior officers from Union and State Governments were present on the occasion. Omar Abdullah and Rahul Gandhi alongwith the team of Ministers also interacted with a group of J&K women from Lar, Khan Sahib, Basholi and Chenani blocks who have returned after visiting Andhra Pradesh to observe the success of UMEED. They narrated their experience and said that they have organized 300 women groups with 3000 members so far in these four blocks and the process is going on. They expressed satisfaction on UMEED initiative and exuding confidence in this programme they said that they have found the programme highly promising for the development of women and addressing their socioeconomic issues. Under the UMEED programme 90,000 self-help groups linking 9 lakh women in 143 blocks covering 4098 panchayats of the State would be organized in five years to ameliorate their lot and address problems confronting women in different fields of life besides ensuring their economic upliftment.


Omar has been pitching for revoking Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from certain areas of the state where Army does not operate. However, his efforts have so far met stiff resistance from the Army.


commission of India to Kashmir that has brought such crises to the contractors of the valley. “The Central Government's refusal to issue Rs 1800 crore as developmental funds for this planning year have exposed the central government attitude towards the development work. ‘’We warn the government to release our pending bills immediately or all the developmental works would be boycotted after June 20 2013,” Dar said.


He also made a mention of Mughal Road and said that Sheikh Sahib was keen to have it revived for the economic emancipation and easy mobility of the people of Poonch and Rajouri belts. He expressed satisfaction over the pace of work and said this link will give tremendous boost to economic activity and open up new areas for tourism. Dr Farooq Abdullah expressed his gratitude to the people of Mendhar for their support to National Conference from time to time and hoped that they will continue to make this

great movement of Sher-e-Kashmir stronger. He expressed happiness over the homecoming of veterans and elderly workers of the party and said that they have immense responsibilities to make National Conference a strong fort so that it withstands the challenges with more vigour and fortitude. Referring to the peace and normalcy dawning across the State especially during the past few years, the National Conference President said this momentum has to be maintained. He said the State is on right direction of progress and development under the stewardship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and hoped that all the regions and sub-regions will benefit from the initiatives taken over the years. He hoped that the State government will continue to focus on the development of farflung and remote areas. Replying to questions of media persons on the sidelines of the public meeting, the Union Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir is getting liberal assistance for undertaking development and implementing various welfare measures. He referred to the ambitious Kashmir rail project and said that railways to Qazigund will be commissioned soon. He said that work on the rail project across Banihal was progressing and the day was not far when Kashmir will be connected with other parts of the country. Earlier, Mr Devender Singh Rana, while addressing the public meeting at Mendhar, urged the National Conference cadre to further intensify their outreach to the people in far-off areas and help them overcome their problems. The Provincial President reiterated that National Conference represented the urges and aspirations of people of the three regions and pledged that the party will remain committed to perform its designated role of steering the State to new pinnacles of peace, progress and development. Member Legislative Council Mr Javed Rana and former MLC Mr Rahim Daad also addressed the public meeting. Among the senior National Conference leaders present on the occasion were Vice President Peer Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, MLC Dr Shahnaz Ganai, former MLC Mr Ikhlaq Khan and senior leader Bashir Wani.


it added. Whereas the judicial machinery has played a "pro-active role" in other instances, when it came to JK, its attitude suggested indifference, the association alleged.

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laws, Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA) said that a special investigating team monitored by Supreme Court of India should be set up to probe the cases involving rapes and deaths at the hands of security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. CPA eight member team headed by eminent journalist and civil society activist, Seema Mustafa said that over the last several decades, Kashmir has had a history strewn violence and killings, bad governance and general apathy from the successive governments at the centre. She said old issues of justice and rights have not been resolved and new ones are added. “This has bred deep anger and alienation amongst the Kashmiri people, manifested in stone pelting incidents in 2010.” She said there is a need to sensitize people of India about the grave issue of Jammu and Kashmir. “CPA has taken various initiatives in this regard and it has already sensitized the students of various universities of India. Today if any Kashmir gets arrested in New Delhi, all the students in New Delhi resent it and demand his immediate release. It is just because we sensitized students about Kashmir issue. It is not easy to talk about Kashmir in wake of strong opposition in New Delhi,” she said. Seema Mustafa said that the death of 112 boys during 2010 mass agitation at the hands of security forces and the mass arrests of young people that continue, have virtually helped seal the alienation and has given the slogan of ‘Azadi’ popular and widespread support. Former Director General Border Security Force, E.N.Rammohan said that there is a high level of anger and frustration in the fourth generation to be born in conflict in Kashmir. “The young people have lost hope and are helpless in their anger. There is apprehension that this could be utilized by vested interests into an armed movement,” he said. Dr Balachandra Kango from CPI said that Kashmir Valley has a large number of widows and half widows whose husbands have died or have disappeared over the years. “There are hundreds of women who have been sexually molested and have lost their children in the violence. Writer and social worker Harsh Mander said that the level of stress related trauma is very high, with the CPA delegation itself witnessing the hysteria as women from different parts of Kashmir narrated their woeful tales. Sehba Farooqi said that CPA is putting all its efforts to make the people of India aware about the sufferings of Kashmiri people. Professor Jawahar Lal Nehru University Kamal Chenoy said that it is shameful on party of security personnel to indulge in atrocities and rapes. “A soldier stands for the protection of life but Kashmir has its own story to tell where soldiers tarnish the chastity of women,” he said.

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justice still eludes the families who have lost their near and dear ones during 2010," he questioned. He said the initiatives taken after 2010 unrest which, included eight-point recommendations, announced by the Central government also proved to be a half-hearted exercise. "Law and order being the state subject, the state cabinet can meet and assess the situation. "Also if there is a political will, the state government could denotify areas as 'not disturbed' and thereby making application of AFSPA redundant," he added.


impact on the ongoing proceedings. Pertinently, in his petition, the complainant Zahoor Ahmed Mir from Nishat had pleaded before the court

that his father Ali Mohammad Mir, was allegedly killed by pro-government gunman Ghulam Muhammad Lone alias Papa Kishtwari and his associates. He had sought court directions to the government to take all necessary steps in conducting DNA testing of all the unnamed graves so that the body of his father can be identified and recovered. The case was listed on June 29 for next hearing.

ZABARWAN TIMES Aged woman consumes poison Srinagar, June 15: A 70 years old lady resident of Vodhpora, Handwara, in the jurisdiction of police post Chogal, consumed some

poisonous substance and has been shifted to SMHS, Hospital, Srinagar for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard.

PDP suffering from self-inflicted situation: Tanvir Srinagar, June 15: Omar Abdullah’s political secretary Tanvir Sadiq today lashed out at People’s Democratic Party leadership for hoodwinking youth with ‘hallow slogans’ and ‘utopian dreams’ “If today’s youth are anguished and have a nightmarish effect of the last two decades of bloodshed and violence it’s because of the agenda, polices and rusty mindset of the same people who today deceive them by waving green flags” said Omar Abdullah’s Political Secretary Tanvir Sadiq while interacting with various youth delegations adding “they represent the pen and inkpot party but instead of imparting knowledge they have all along preached violence and hatred” “This party is now suffering from self –inflicted situation, all they have done against the state, from weakening the special status to installing and imposing AFSPA is open to public scrutiny and they cannot shy away

from all their wrongdoing” said Tanvir “There leadership are suffering from so much of malaise and dejection that even their royal Chief National Spokesman cannot save them” said Tanvir adding “This Delhi based doctor instead of defending his ailing party should concentrate on how his party will face the wrath of the people who are aware how this party fomented violence in the wake of Amarnath land row agitation and how it caste a dark shadow on the communal fabric which resulted into death and destruction” “These power hungry politicians should explain their role in the Amarnath land row agitation of 2008” asked Sadiq adding “Come out and explain to the people what our party has asked you and explain what transpired during PDP-BJP meetings in New Delhi” adding “was all this dirty ploy made to please Mehbooba’s mentor Modi and have communal clashes in the state or was

it to grab power by dislodging the then chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad” asked Tanvir. “Its proven beyond doubt that Amarnath land row was pen and inkpot’s brain child to divide the state on communal lines” said the political secretary adding “they are so bewitched with Modi that it won’t surprise anyone if they merge their PDP into their parent party the BJP” adding “It seems they have started the process and their leadership has now started showering praises on Modi style of dividing people” “Until they accept their own complicity in taking this state into intractable quagmire all this other talk of theirs is just guilt induced nonsense” he added. “Either they accept all the charges and apologize to the people of the state or agree they have no answer for their anti –state politics and the dirty role they have played all along” asked sadiq.

Yatra arrangements at Tujar Sharief shrine to be transit camps of Mir developed a major pilgrim Bazar, Qazigund reviewed tourism destination: Mir A nantnag, J une 15: Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, who is also District Yatra Officer today, visited transit camps for SANJAY-2013 at Mir Bazar and walnut factory Qazigund alongwith concerned police & civil officers. Yatra Officer accessed the requirements especially with respect to availability of drinking water facility, sanitation and lavatories for the yatries. Deputy Commissioner stressed upon the concerned officers to ensure the availability of the essentials besides ensuring sanitation and other basic amenities at all transit cams being set up for SANJAY-2013. Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner stressed for adopting the eco-friendly measures and to ensure the

cent-percent ban on use of polythene for safeguarding the pollution free environment. Deputy Commissioner while speaking on the o c c a s i o n o f Environmental week at Women’s Degree College Anantnag urged the students to work for ensuring ecological balance by adopting environment friendly activities. Principal of the College and other faculty members also spoke on the occasion laying emphasis on environmental concerns. DC also participated as chief guest in the “Mushaira at Dak Bungalow Khanabal organised by Maraz Adbi Markaz Anantnag. Famous poets of the district presented their collections on the occasion.

DDC Kathua reviews Anti-Flood Measures Kathua, June 15: The district administration has decided to establish two Control rooms to facilitate coordination among government agencies to deal with any eventuality during the monsoon season. The decision was t ak en in a meet ing convened here today to discuss measures to deal with the threat of floods during the monsoon season. Chaired by the District d e v e l o p m e n t Commissioner, Kathua Jatindera Kumar Singh , the meeting was attended by Additional District development commissioner, Kathua Ajay Singh J a m w a l , S P, K a t h u a , Mohan Lal Additional Deputy Commissioner. Kathua Rahul Sharma Dy. S.P (Hq) Assistant Commissioner (Development ) Xen’s Flood control, Irragarion. PHE , SDM, Basholi, tehsildars, officers from Army , Dy Controller Civil Defence and District Officers of the line departments. The meeting decided to set up two control rooms to maintain close coordination among various departments and agencies to deal with any eventuality. One control room will be established in the office of flood control

Department, Kathua and another at District Police Lines, Kathua. The Control Rooms shall start functioning from July 1, 2013. The DDC outlined the importance of inter departmental coordination in dealing with any emergency. He emphasized the need for the effective implementation of anti- flood measures and asked the concerned government functionaries to work with dedication and sincerity. The DDC directed the Block Development Officers and Tehsildars to closely monitor the flood protection arrangements and ensure that there was no lapse in this regard. The DDC directed the Executive Engineer flood control kathua to frame a roaster of flood duty chart to monitor the level of rivers and nallahas. He also called for ensuring quick communication about the flood message to the main control room. Army was requested to help the district administration during any exigency, while services of police and Army jawans, besides volunteers of civil defence will be sought for meeting any exigency, the meeting decided.

Srinagar, June 15: Tourism Minister Gullam Ahmad Mir today announced that the revered shrine of Hazarat Makhdoom Shiekh Baba Mohamed Ali Rana at Tujar shrief will be developed and promoted as a major pilgrim tourism destination. He said for the purpose an integrated pilgrim tourism development plan will be formulated shortly. Referring to the demands of the Makhdoom trust, the Minister assured the trust to give consideration to their valuable suggestions put forth during deliberations. He said development requirements from tourism point of view at various shrines will be taken care. Meanwhile, a delegation of Makhdoom trust headed by Peerzada Shahid jeelani called on tourism Minster and informed him about their problems. Confirming the development Peerzada

Shahid told KNS that Tourism minster assured us that Shrine will be brought as a major pilgrim tourism destination. On the occasion Mir said that Jammu and Kashmir offers a variety of tourist attractions and the pilgrim tourism potential is as rich as leisure tourism. He said Baramullah and Kupwara districts have many highly revered pilgrim destinations which are witnessing ever increasing rush of devotees with every passing year, adding that tapping of pilgrim tourism potential shall be brought under main focus in future planning and development process. He said department of tourism will send a team of experts to assess the requirements to facilitate the devotees and showcase the place as a pilgrim tourist destination.

Div Com releases report on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Srinagar, June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was observed here today which aims to increase society's ability, through various programs to recognize and respond to the poor treatment towards old aged persons. The day aims to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders. On the eve of “ Wo r l d E l d e r A b u s e

Awareness Day, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Mr. Shailendra Kumar today released the report prepared by Help Age India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kumar emphasised for organising awareness programmes to sensitise the society including youth to address the issues and needs of the elders besides urging them for being affectionate towards the elders.

Mehbooba Mufti meets Governor

Srinagar, June 15: Mehbooba Mufti, Leader of the Opposition in the State Legislative Assembly, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan, here today and felicitated the Governor on his continuing association with the future growth of the

State. During her meeting with the Governor, Mehbooba Mufti discussed various matters concerning the implementation of socio-economic development schemes and programmes and issues relating to the interests of the State.

Police seizes sugar, arrests shopkeeper Srinagar, June 15: Police on Saturday held a shopkeeper for selling government supply sugar illegally. Police sources told CNS that one Shakeel Ahmed Sofi from Waniyar Noorbagh area of old city had procured large quantity of sugar from

some unknown quarters possibly form the officials of CAPD. Waniyar Noorbagh police party raided the shop and seized four quintals of sugar. The shopkeeper was arrested and investigation has been initiated in this regard.

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Master Plan Yusmarg gets cabinet nod: Rather SRINAGAR, JUNE 15:

attached much importance to this sector for employment generation and poverty alleviation. He said tourism potential in each and every area of the state including Yusmarg and its surroundings would be optimally exploited to give impetus to socio-economic activities. Rather reiterated government’s com-

form justice and equitable development to every area and region are the main conMinister for Finance and Ladakh Afcerns of the present government. fairs, Abdul Rahim Rather today said that Rather said that due to massive and Yusmarg will be developed as a major unprecedented developmental initiatives tourist destination as per its Master Plan of the present government, the state has which has been approved by the State reached to an era of socio-economic revoCabinet recently. He said that a road will be lution. He cautioned the people about the nefarious designs of opposition to divide the people on the basis of caste, colour and creed adding that they are un-nerved with the growing popularity of present government. He sought people’s cooperation to defeat all the machinations of the opposition. “They did nothing for the betterment of people during their regime and are now desperately trying to undermine the performance of the present government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah by leashing disinformation campaign and lies”, Rather said adding that they will never succeed in their designs. constructed to link the historic Nilnag and mitment to provide all the basic facilities Responding to the demands of the Goggipathri with Yusmarg to give boost to to the people adding that promises made people, Rather announced construction of the economic activities in the area. Both to the people will be fulfilled as act of faith. Goggipathri to Kristwar road adding that these places have already brought under He said no stone will be left unturned to Rs 17 crore has been incurred on macadthe ambit of Yusmarg Development Au- come up to the expectations of the people, amization of Nagam to Goggipathri road. Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal thority (YDA). who have pinned high hopes with the He said Rs 1.75 crore is being spent on Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Addressing a public meeting at Goggi- present dispensation. He said that the govthe construction of primary health centre pathri in tehsil Chadoora, Rather saidAgency that ernment problems of Agency buildingNowhatta near Goggipathri. He assured to Tariq News Hawal is all abreast with theBashir News in view of tourism emerging as global peopleAlamgari and their all genuine grievances all the Muzaffar AliecoNews the Agency Bazar Budshah Newsfulfill Agency Lal demands Chowk presented in the nomic force, the present government has are being redressed earnestly. He said unicharter of demands.

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Secy GAD reviews implementation of PSGA in Sopore, Bla

implementation of PSGA. The officers inspected by the Secretary GAD included offices of Tehsildars, ARTO office, Municipal Councils of Baramulla and Sopore etc. Sheikh Mushtaq directed the Information Officers to provide requisite information to the people on time and help people to get their Ration Cards, Driving Licenses, and State Subjects and other notified services within the prescribed time as envisaged under the PSGA. He was accompanied by District Development Commissioner,

ment the PSGA in its true spirit so that people get notified services within time frame. He said Chief Minister is himself monitoring implementation of the Act for its better results. He said officers should work with honesty, zest and zeal to serve the people adding that people should be made aware about benefits of the PSGA. He said vigorous awareness camps need to be organized in colleges and schools about PSGA.AT SHOPIAN Additional Secretary General Administration Department, Subash Chilbber visited district Sho-

PSGA. He said 70 services provided by the government departments and agencies have been brought under the ambit of PSGA. He said the Act provides for time bound delivery of services on receiving a complaint adding that any functionary failing to comply with the rule of the Act is liable to be penalized. He said that the Act has not only improved delivery of services covered under the Act but also helps in enforcing accountability of the officers of these departments.

Department of Agriculture today organized one day awareness-cum-practical training & demonstration programme for Mushroom growers here at Talab Tillo. More than 50 mushroom growers/famers from Bishnah, R S Pura, Akhnoor, Dansal, Bhalwal, Satwari etc participated. About 50 percent among the participants were women. Joint Director of Agriculture (Inputs) Jammu, S K Sawhney inaugurated the training programme. Interacting with the mushroom growers, Sawhney said that department of agriculture Jammu is making all efforts to help the farmers to increase their income by providing requisite technology and material inputs for diversification of agriculture activities. He said that milky mushroom as a summer season crop fits into the sequence of growing mushrooms round the year. He said the species are suitable for hot humid climate and can be cultivated indoors in areas of high temperature and high humidity. It grows well at a temperature between 25-35 C and relative humidity of more than 80 percent.

Mushroom growers raised different queries with regard to marketing problem of milky mushroom for which Joint Director of Agriculture advised the growers to go for value addition. Further, Sawhney deliberated that in year201112 90234 spawn bottles were distributed and 179456 trays were established which gave 5823.24 qtls of yield. Further during 2012-13 102032 spawn bottles distributed and 203374 trays established which gave 6108.45 qtls of yield. While elaborating on the employment prospects the Chief Agriculture Officer Jammu said that mushroom cultivation can be taken up successfully even by the landless farmers. He described this as good source of employment especially for youth and women. Moreover it can give a profit of more than 100 percent in a short period of time. Earlier, in his welcome address, Mushroom Development Officer Jammu gave a brief account of the Mushroom Development Scheme Jammu. He stated that earlier the mushroom growers falling under sub tropical areas particularly in Jammu district used to close down the activity from May to September because

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ous classrooms, laboratories and Library besides Accounts and Administration Sections of the college. He also checked the attendance registers of various classes. The Minister takes strong note of less attendance of the students and not maintaining proper attendance registers in the college. Lone said that no carelessness, indiscipline or negligence will be tolerated on the part of any College and

of the obstructive high temperature and humidity.

Samoon interacts with Poonch farmers POONCH, JUNE 15- Commissioner / Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today inspected various development activities undertaken by department of Agriculture, horticulture and Sericulture in this border district.The Commissioner, who arrived here today, was received by Director Agriculture Jammu, Ajay Kumar Khajuria and R. K. Wangnoo, Chief Agriculture Officer Poonch at Chandimarh. During the tour the Commissioner Secretary inspected the works on way from Chandimarh to Surankote. The District Development Commissioner Poonch, Sajjad Ahmed Khan briefed Mr Samoon regarding the achievements made in agriculture sector, while he also had a detailed interaction with the progressive farmers of the area.

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Rashid Shahid passes away

SRINAGAR, JUNE 15: A renowned media practitioner of the State and former Joint Director Information, Abdur Rashid Wani (Shahid) is no more. The end came during the intervening night at SKIMS, Srinagar where he had been admitted few days back. The death of Rashid Shahid has been widely condoled. Colleagues in media fraternity have described his demise as a professional loss which would be difficult to fill. A condolence meeting was held at the Directorate of Information which was presided over by Director Information, Zaffar Ahmad. Addressing the meeting Zaffar said Shahid would for long be remembered for his professional acumen and dedication besides the strong imprints he laid in the departmental hierarchy. The meeting prayed for eternal solace to the departed soul. Shahid was known for his professional competence and acumen for which he was widely respected. He had a good command over English language, sentence structure and grammer. Friends and colleagues would often refer their write ups to him for subbing and corrections. His professional inputs and advice was taken by his superiors was all seriousness and proper context. Born at Khanpora, Baramulla, Shahid had a humble beginning. He did his Diploma in Journalism from The Hindustan Times, New Delhi where he was awarded a gold medal. This made Shahid first journalism pass out from the State. Soon he started writing for many famed newspapers of that time likeStatesman, The Times of India etc. But he had to come back to Valley due to family compulsions. Here he joined back his previous job. Later he joined the Department of Information and by dint of hard work, honesty and dedication rose to the position of Joint Director Information, Kashmir where from he retired few years back. During this period, he was posted as District Information Officer, Assistant Director, Deputy Director etc where he made significant contributions. After retirement, Shahid was also working with reputed media houses of J&K and outside. He was also associated with a voluntary group, Help Foundation for a long time. He also acted as a practical guide to a whole lot of young and practicing journalists.

in this regard college authorities will be taken to task. While interacting with the college students, Lone said that government is very much


March 21-April 19 Be open and communicative about your feelings today, Aries. Most people find it easy to share facts or concrete information. The challenge is to share something from your heart. Don’t think that feelings always need to be kept secret. Just the opposite is true. Make sure you leave the channels open for emotional expression.

Taurus April 20-May 20

When you enter a room, Taurus, the dynamic suddenly changes. Your presence has a powerful impact on other people. Don’t take it lightly. People may hang on your words like they’re listening to the queen address to her kingdom. Make sure the content of your speech reflects the gravity of the situation. Make every word count.

Gemini May 21-June 21

When it comes to issues of love and romance, you’re likely to be in a tough situation, Gemini. The problem is that it may seem like there’s an element of detachment developing. Your partner may be moving away from you instead of toward you. Either that, or you feel that he or she simply isn’t relating to you as intimately as you’d like.


Your self-confidence will get you out of any sort of pickle you might be in today, Cancer. Try not to get too emotional about any issue. Make sure that you keep things light and energetic. If you seem to be stuck in the mud, don’t just sit there calling for help. Take the initiative to dig yourself out and move to higher ground.

regular attendance of the students in the colleges besides to take the maximum benefit from facilities being provided. Lone enjoined upon all


July 23-August 22 Try not to get too worked up over other people’s actions that don’t concern you, Leo. Recent events may have triggered responses from others that now have a serious effect on you. Take some time to really think about what part you wish to play in this drama. Is it in your best interests to get involved? It’s undoubtedly time to distance yourself from the situation.


August 23-September 22

enthusiastic for the improvement of higher education system in the State. He stressed for maintaining discipline and

the colleges to maintain discipline and regular attendance besides ensuring quality education to the students.

2-day Employment Fair inaugurated at Pulwama PULWAMA, JUNE 15:

The District Development Commissioner, Pulwama, Manzoor Ahmad Lone today inaugurated two day employment fair at Industrial Estate Chatapora Pulwama. The Employment Fair was organized by District Employment and Counselling Centre, Pulwama. About 26 stalls of different departments have been set up in the Fair to provide awareness to the students and masses about various welfare schemes launched by the government. The District Development Commissioner went across different departmental stalls established by the department and institutions during the Fair. The District Development Commissioner called upon the youth of area to avail maximum benefits of

Emotionally, you should feel good today, Virgo, so don’t let this confidence go to waste. Do things with your sweetheart and turn the dial up on romance. Your inner light is shining brightly, so know that you can use this to illuminate the path for others. Offer a sympathetic ear and comforting shoulder for someone to cry on tonight. People will be drawn to you like steel to a magnet.


September 23-October 23 As much as you try to explain things, Libra, others simply aren’t going to see them with your same intensity and do-or-die urgency. Be careful that you don’t contrive a series of far-out stories that only partially reflect the truth. Make sure the picture you paint is accurate or else others may lose faith in your judgment.


the Fair and welfare programmes which has been especially designed for unemployed youth for setting up of their own income generating units. Lauding the department of Employment and Counselling for organizing Employment Fair, the District Development Commissioner said that the Fair would go a long way in educating the people in general and unemployed educated youth of the district in particular about the various steps and centrally sponsored self-employment generation schemes. He enjoined upon the district officers to hold awareness camps to educate youth about the various schemes pertaining to their departments. District Officers of district Pulwama were also present on the occasion.

Shameema conducts extensive tour of Habba Kadal SRINAGAR, JUNE 15: MLA Habba Kadal and Chairperson, J&K State Women’s Commission, Mtr Shameema Firdous on Friday conducted an extensive tour of various areas of her Constituency including Basant Bagh, Gowkadal, Ganpatyar, Doombpora, and Babapora and took stock the present status of various under execution on-going projects. The MLA was accompanied by a number of officers of Estate Department, PHE, PDD, R&B and Srinagar Municipal Corporation. On the occasion, the Chairperson while inspecting various works under execution, announced Rs.15 lakh from her Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for further repair and renovation work of the lanes, drains and sew-

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Lone pays surprise visit to GDC Bemina

Awareness cum training camp held for Mushroom growers JAMMU, JUNE 15

SRinagaR |SundaY

October 24-November 21 Aries

Feel free to ignite your March 21-April 19 passion with the help of the people around you, Scorpio. Join with those who share similar dreams and make a plan for accomplishing whatever you choose. The more creative you can be with your planning, data collecting, and execution, the better off you will be. The white-hot fire within you is ready to blaze.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21 Taurus

You may get caught up in gossip if you aren’t careApril 20-May 20 ful, Sagittarius, and people may find this off-putting. The maturity level of the conversation is apt to drop significantly if you insist on talking about others like they’re soap opera characters. Build your self-confidence so you’re comfortable and you don’t need to use other people’s lives as topics of discussion.

Capricorn December 22-January 19 Gemini

Your enthusiasm is contagious, Capricorn, and you May 21to share this feeling with others. should do21-June what you can In matters of the heart, you know exactly where you stand. You also have the map of the surrounding area and beyond. You have the ability to get to any place you want to go. Accept the power that comes from strong connections in you and with people around you.

Aquarius January 20-February 18 Cancer

erage and drainage system in the concerned area so that the people do not face any inconvenience in the coming rainy season. Mtr Shameema Firdous during her visit also paid obeisance at the mausoleum of Naima Sahib and inspected the development works under execution. The Chairperson directed

the executing agency to complete the construction work immediately before the starting of Urs Mubarak of the Shrine. She also asked the officers particularly PHE, CA&PD and PDD officers to ensure all the facilities available to the devotees during the Urs Mubarak, especially supply of 24 hours portable drinking water and electricity.

Junemay 22-July You be at a22 high point right now and feeling very excited about things to come, Aquarius. You probably anticipate but have only a vague notion of what’s just over the horizon. You may have a strong desire to rise high so you can see farther. In fact, you probably think that any place is better than your current spot. Have confidence in your future.

Pisces Leo

February 19-March 20

Let your heart be the reassuring force in your life Julyif23-August 22 issues come to the surface, today difficult emotional Pisces. Your feelings are apt to be at a climactic point in your month. Your general sensitivity toward the world is heightened. Try not to get too weighed down by these inner stirrings.


August 23-September 22

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Sunday, 16 June 2013

Fatal accidents


our young and precious lives were lost in a tragic accident in Pahalgam the other day. The tragedy of the families can only be imagined. But this is nothing new in Kashmir where militant violence is taking less lives now and the roads have gone killer. Daily press releases issued by the Police Media Cell in Srinagar is enough to gauge the intensity of the situation. Precious lives are being lost on daily basis. Police reports about road accidents present a horrible scenario; and almost every week we see newspaper headlines screaming about casualties being inflicted by road accidents across the Kashmir valley. Despite the recurrence of accidents, mostly because of bad roads and lack of proper traffic regulation measures, the government thinks nothing beyond the announcement of token relief for mishap victims. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) survey sponsored by India’s home ministry says Kashmir topped the list of “high death prone accidental areas” in 2011. The study also reveals that any accident in Jammu and Kashmir state has 64 percent chances of being “death prone”, the worst among Indian states on the basis of percentage of fatalities. The Sunder Committee headed by India’s former transport secretary S. Sunder has proposed higher penalties for offences like crossing the speed limit, driving without a license, use of a mobile phone while driving, and not wearing seat belts. The Committee has recommended fines ranging from 1,000 rupees to 5000 rupees plus imprisonment. At present traffic regulators either let such offenders go or impose a nominal fine of 100 rupees. This is despite the fact that traffic authorities blame rash and negligent driving for most deaths on Kashmir’s roads. Over speeding is the main cause of traffic accidents in the valley. Most drivers don’t care about the rules. And the authorities have failed to impose them. Some years back, the Traffic Department had planned to introduce traffic interceptor vans to be equipped with cameras and radar. But the proposal didn’t receive a positive response and has shelved. The fatality of roads has been ignored, willfully or unintentionally for quite some time now. Only a huge incident involving the death of dozens attracts attention. The response remains limited to statements and condolence messages, and then everything settles in and the vehicles go on killing people as usual. The media are also to blame for highlighting only accidents which result in a heavy death toll, and remaining silent about the causes of the frequent incidents. Killer roads and the vehicles used for public transport are equally responsible for the huge casualties. The first culprits are the roads. There is hardly any road which can be termed perfectly fit and safe for driving. Because of our terrain, most of our roads are located in remote mountain areas. One would not mind the rough driving surface with potholes, but the there can be no compromise on safety at steep turns over deep ravines. The next culprits are the vehicles used for public transportation. Most of these have outlived their utility and there is absolutely no physical check on the fitness of these vehicles. In a number of cases, accidents have occurred due to failure of brakes or the steering mechanism. Not only are these vehicles a direct danger to human life, they are also the greatest source of pollution. The situation is very grim in the hinterland, where no one is available to regulate traffic. Over speeding vehicles particularly Sumos have created a terror in rural Kashmir. Most of the accidents are caused by rash and senseless drivers.



Sunday, 16 June 2013

Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK)


n a vast country like India, the need for ensuring a healthy and dynamic future for a large populace and creating a developed society, agile and able to compete with the rest of the world, is of paramount importance. The dream of such a healthy and developed society can be achieved through concerted efforts and initiatives undertaken in a systematic manner at all levels. Equitable child health, care and early detection and treatment can be the most pragmatic initiative, or rather solution, at this jun cture! The ‘Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services’ Programme under National Rural Health Mission initiated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, therefore, aims at early detection and management of the 4Ds prevalent in children. These are Defects at Birth, Diseases in Children, De­ficiency conditions and Developmental Delays including Disabilities. Health screening of children is a known intervention under the School Health Programme. It is now being expanded to cover all children from birth to 18 years of age. The Programme has been initiated as signi­ficant progress has already been made in reducing child mortality under the National Rural Health Mission. However, further gains can be achieved by early detection and management of conditions in all age groups. Out of every 100 babies born in this country annually, 6 to 7 have a birth defect. In Indian context, this would translate to 1.7 million birth defects annually and would account for 9.6 per cent of all newborn deaths. Various nutritional de­ficiencies are affecting the preschool children range from 4 percent to 70 percent. Developmental delays are common in early childhood affecting at least 10 percent of the children. These delays, if not intervened timely, may lead to permanent disabilities with regard to cognition, hearing and vision. There are also groups of diseases which are very common in children e.g., dental caries, otitis media, rheumatic heart disease and reactive airways diseases which can be cured if detected early. It is understood that early intervention and management can prevent these conditions to progress into more severe and debilitating forms, thereby reducing hospitalisation and resulting in improved school attendance. The ‘Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services’ will also translate into economic benefi­ts in the long run. Timely intervention would not only halt the condition to deteriorate but would also reduce the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure of the poor and the marginalised population in the country. Additionally, the Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services will also provide country-wide epidemiological data on the 4 Ds. Such a data is expected to hold relevance for future planning of area specific services. Target Group The services aim to cover all children of 0-6 years of age group in rural areas and urban slums, in addition to older children up to 18 years of age enrolled in classes 1st to 12th in Government and Government-aided schools. It is expected that these services will reach and benefit about 27 Crore children in a phased manner. Magnitude of Birth Defects, Deficiencies, Diseases, Developmental Delays and Disabilities in Children Defects at Birth With a large birth cohort of almost 26 million per year, India would account for the largest share of birth defects in the world. This would translate to an estimated 1.7 million babies born with birth defects annually. In the study conducted by National Neonatology Forum, congenital malformations were the second commonest cause (9.9%) of mortality among stillbirths and the fourth commonest cause (9.6%) of neonatal mortality and that accounted for 4 per cent of under-five mortality. Deficiencies Evidence suggests that almost half of children under age ­five years (48%) are chronically malnourished. In numbers it would mean that more than 47 million children under ­five years are stunted, 43 percent of children under five years are underweight for their age and about 20 percent of children younger than ­five years of age are wasted. Over 6 percent of children less than fi­ve years of age suffer from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). However, recent survey conducted in 100 worst affected districts showed SAM prevalence of 3

percent in children less than ­five years of age. Anaemia prevalence has been reported as high as 70 percent amongst under ­five children l argely due to iron deficiency. The situation has virtually remained unchanged over the past decade. During pre-school years, children continue to suffer from adverse effects of anaemia, malnutrition and developmental disabilities, which ultimately also impact their performance in the school. Diseases As reported in different surveys, the prevalence of dental caries varies between 50-60 percent among Indian school children. Rheumatic heart disease is reported at 1.5 per thousand among school children in the age group of 5-9 years and 0.13 to 1.1 per thousand among 10-14 years. The median prevalence of reactive air way disease including asthma among children is reported to be 4.75 percent. Developmental Delays and Disabilities Globally, 200 million children do not reach their developmental potential in the fi­rst ­five years because of poverty, poor health, nutrition and lack of early stimulation. The prevalence of early childhood stunting and the number of people livi ng in absolute poverty could be used as proxy indicators of poor development in under ­five children. Health Conditions Identified for Screening Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services under NRHM

ASHAs will mobilise caregivers of children to attend the local Anganwadi Centers for screening by the dedicated Mobile Health Team. In order to ensure improved and enhanced outcome of the screening programme by Mobile Health Teams, ASHAs would particularly mobilise the children with low birth weight, underweight and children from households known to have any chronic illness (e.g., tuberculosis, HIV,haemoglobinopathy etc.). Line lists maintained by the ANMs and AWWs would also be used to mobilise children. Screening of Children Aged 6 Weeks till 6 Years Attending Anganwadi Centers Children in the age groups six weeks to six years of age will be examined in the Anganwadi Centers by the dedicated Mobile Health Teams. Screening of Children Enrolled in Government and Government aided schools For children in the age groups 6 to 18 years, who will be screened in Government and Government -aided schools, the Block will be the hub of activity for the programme. At least three dedicated Mobile Health Teams in each Block will be engaged to conduct screening of children. Villages within the jurisdiction of the Block would be distributed amongst the mobile health teams. The number of teams may vary depending on the number of Anganwadi Centers, difficult-to-reach areas and children enrolled in the schools. The screening of children in the Anganwadi

With a large birth cohort of almost 26 million per year, India would account for the largest share of

birth defects in the world. This would translate to an estimated 1.7 million babies born with birth defects annually. In the study conducted by National Neonatology Forum, congenital

malformations were the second commonest cause (9.9%) of mortality among stillbirths and the fourth commonest cause (9.6%) of neonatal

mortality and that accounted for 4 per cent of under-five mortality.

envisage to cover 30 identi­fied health conditions for early detection and free treatment and management. Based on the high prevalence of diseases like hypothyroidism, sickle cell anaemia and beta thalassemia in certain geographical pockets of some States/UTs, and availability of testing and specialized support facilities, these States and UTs may incorporate them as part of this initiative. Implementation Mechanisms The Operational Guidelines outline the following mechanism to reach all the target groups of children for health screening For new born: Facility-based newborn screening at public health facilities, by existing health manpower & Community based newborn screening at home through ASHAs for newborn till 6 weeks of age during home visitation. For children 6 weeks to 6 years: Anganwadi Center based screening by the dedicated Mobile Health Teams For children 6 years to 18 years: Government and Government aided school based screening by dedicated Mobile Health Teams. Facility based newborn screening: This includes screening of birth defects in institutional deliveries at public health facilities, especially at the designated delivery points by ANMs, Medical Officers/ Gynaecologists. Existing health service providers at all designated delivery points will be trained to detect, register report and refer birth defects to the District Early Intervention Centers in District Hospitals. Community Based Newborn Screening (age 0-6 weeks) for Birth Defect Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) during home visits for newborn care will use the opportunity to screen the babies born at home and the institutions till six weeks of age. ASHAs will be trained with simple tools for detecting gross birth defects. Further

Centers would be conducted at least twice a year and at least once a year for school children to begin with. There is also a provision for engaging a Block Programme Manager for providing logistic support and for monitoring the entire health screening process. The Block Programme Manager is also expected to ensure referral support and manage compilation of the data. The Block teams will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the CHC Medical Officer. The Block Programme Manager will chalk out a detailed screening plan for all the three teams in consultation with schools, Anganwadi Centers and CHC Medical Officer. District Early Intervention Center (DEIC) An Early Intervention Center will be established at the District Hospital. The purpose of Early Intervention Center is to provide referral support to children detected with health conditions during health screening. A team consisting of Paediatrician, Medical officer, Staff Nurses, Paramedics will be engaged to provide services. There is also a provision for engaging a manager who would carry out mapping of tertiary care facilities in Government institutions for ensuring adequate referral support. The funds will be provided under NRHM for management at the tertiary level at the rates fi­xed by the State Governments in consultation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Children and students presumptively diagnosed to have a disease/ defi­ciency/disability/ defect and who require conf i­rmatory tests or further examination will be referred to the designated tertiary level public sector health facilities through the DEICs. The DEIC would promptly respond to and manage all issues related t o developmental delays, hearing defects, vision impairment, neuro-motor disorders, speech and language delay, autism and cognitive impairment. Beside this, the team at DEICs will also

be involved in newborn screening at the District level. This Center would have the basic facilities to conduct tests for hearing, vision, neurolo gical tests and behavioural assessment. The States/UTs would conduct mapping to identify public health institutions through collaborative partners for provision of specialized tests and services. Private sector partnership/ NGOs providing specialised services can also be explored in case services at public health institutions providing tertiary care are not available. Accredited health institutions will be reimbursed for the specialised service provided as per the agreed cost of tests or treatment packages. Tr a i n i n g a n d I n s t i t u t i o n a l Collaboration Training of the personnel involved in Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services is an essential component of the programme as it would be instrumental in imparting necessary information and skills required for child health screening and enhancing the performance of all the personnel involved in the health screening process at various levels. A ‘cascading training approach’ would be adopted in order to ensure free flow of skills and knowledge at all levels and to maximize skill distribution. Standardized training modules/tools wou ld be developed in partnership with technical support agencies and collaborative Centers as their technical knowledge and expertise will contribute to making the training process all comprehensive. Reporting and Monitoring A Nodal Office at the State, District and Block level will be identifi­ed for programme monitoring. The Block will be the hub of activity for all Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services activities. The Block Programme Manager will assist the CHC Medical Officer in programme supervision and monitoring. The ‘Child Health Screening Card’ is to be fi­lled up by the Block Health Teams for every child screened during the visit. The health care providers at all delivery points will screen the newborns and ­fill the same card, if referral is required. These children should be issued unique identi­fication number from the Mother and Child Tracking System (MCTS). The birth defects detected by ASHAs during home visits are to be referred to DH/ DEIC for further management. All children detected should be referred to the District Early Intervention Center for further management at the District or identi­fied tertiary level health institution. Roll-Out Steps for Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services · Identi­fication of State Nodal Persons for the Child Health Screening and Early Intervention Services. · Dissemination of ‘Operational Guidelines’ to all Districts. · Estimation of the State/ District magnitude of various diseases, defects, de­ficiencies, disabilities as per available national estimates. · State level orientation meeting. · Recruitment of District Nodal Persons. · Estimation of the total requirement of dedicated Mobile Health Teams & recruitment of the Mobile Health Teams. · Mapping of facilities/institutions (public and private for treatment of specifi­c health conditions). · Establishment of DEIC at the District Hospital. · Procurement of equipment for the Block Mobile Team and District Hospital (as per the list provided in the ‘Operational Guidelines’). · Translation of tools, training packages, printing of formats, tra ining material. · Training of Master Trainers. · Block micro-plan for school and community visits monthly outreach plan based on the mapping of educational institutions and Anganwadis and enrollment in them. · The schedule of visits of the Block Mobile Teams should be communicated to the school, Anganwadi Centers, ASHAs, relevant authorities, students, parents and Local Government well in advance so that required preparations can be made. · Anganwadi Centers and school authorities should arrange for prior communication with parents and motivate them to participate in the process.

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Top 6 fats that lower cholesterol

Often given a bad name, fats can be a good addition to anyone's daily diet. In fact, one should never, completely, cut good fats out from everyday meal plans as they are very essential for your body. While some bad fats may pose grave risk of cardiovascular diseases, others may shield your heart. An important source of essential fatty acids and concentrated energy, fats are full of fatsoluble vitamins, they assist in cooking too and also keep hunger pangs at bay. Today, Delhi-based Diet Consultant Munisha Bhanot tells us about the top 6 fats that help in lowering cholesterol. Sip red wine, instead of cocktails. Red, blue, green cocktails look tempting, but these drinks are full of calories. So, if you are health conscious, then avoid cocktails. Instead, you can sip red wine because it is full of antioxidants, which are helpful in preventing different types of cancers. And an even red wine has saponins, which help in lowering bad cholesterol LDL. But intake of red wine should be limited. The American Heart Association recommends that you limit your daily intake to two glasses (for men) or one glass (for women). Best oils for low-cholesterol cooking. All the oils and fats have some good qualities for our health. So we should not stick to one type of oil or fat for cooking. We should follow rule of rotation of oils. For example, in one month you can use sunflower oil and in the next month you can use mustard oil. Or you can even use different types of oils in your meals like one vegetable in sesame oil and another in mustard oil. The low cholesterol cooking oils are olive, canola, sesame oils and mustard oil. Good quality oil is also found in avocados and avocado oil, nuts and their oils, corn, cottonseed,

and safflower oils; sunflower seeds and sunflower oil; flaxseed and flaxseed oil; soybeans and soybean oil; tub margarine and soft spreads; and seafood. Monounsaturated fats are the healthiest fats. There are two types of cholesterol - one type of cholesterol clogs our arteries, it is known as bad cholesterol or LDL and other type helps in removing these clogs, it is known as good cholesterol or HDL. Monounsaturated fats decrease your total blood cholesterol but maintain your HDL (good) cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats, therefore, help lower the risk of heart diseases. Olive oil has 75% of monounsaturated fat. Examples of monounsaturated fats are macadamia nuts (80% of fat is monounsaturated), avocados (71%), almonds (70%), canola oil (59%), and peanuts and peanut oil (46%). Other sources are almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, natural peanut butter, pecans, pistachios, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Polyunsaturated fats may also be somewhat healthy. A polyunsaturated fat has good cholesterol but it decreases your total blood cholesterol by lowering both the LDL (bad)

cholesterol and the HDL (good) cholesterol. Because of this reason we should use them in moderation. The good sources of polyunsaturated fats can be found in corn oil, mayonnaise, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed oil, hempseed, hempseed oil, soybean oil, and pistachios. Liquid plant oils should be your best bet for daily use. It is general tendency to use butter or ghee for cooking and baking. But butter and ghee are high sources of bad cholesterol or LDL. They increase risk of heart diseases by clogging your arteries. So, to prevent this we should use vegetable oils like soya oil, sesame oil, canola, olive, mustard oil etc. for cooking and baking. These oils have high level of good cholesterol HDL and lower our LDL levels. Meat fats also help in lowering cholesterol. However, it is important that one reduces the fat content of meat. There are many quick ways to reduce the fat content of meat. First, always buy lean cuts of meat. Before cooking, remove and cut the all visible fats for example remove the skin from chicken because there

20 Best workout snacks

If workout snacks confuse you, look no further. This is the list you've been waiting for - here are 20 best workout snacks, complete with calorie counts. Apples: Apples are to bananas what slow carbs are to quick carbs. To elaborate, they give you slow release energy and are therefore, great for long workouts or if your workout is an hour or more away. One standard issue red apple gives you approximately 60 calories. Energy gels: Carbohydrate-based snacks designed mostly for endurance events, energy gels are often used by runners, cyclists and mountaineers. These come in single snack servings and since they are meant for athletes who cover long distances, are usually high on calories for the average person. Yogurt parfait: Perfect for light to moderate workouts recovery, yogurt parfaits are just a French way of saying yogurt mixed with chopped fresh fruits. One 60 gms bowl of skimmed yogurt with one whole fruit will cost you about 100 calories. Honey or cinnamon can be great natural sweeteners at just 10-30 more calories. Energy bars: If you have no time to keep the kitchen stocked with natural workout foods, rely on energy bars. However, be weary of the fat, carb and sugar content in these snacks. The lower and non-existent these three are, the better it is. Calories differ from brand to brand. For instance a standard granola milk bar will be approxi-

mately 120 calories. Eggs and toast: Great as pre or post workout snacks, one or two eggs on toast will give you the perfect carb+protein fuel or recovery benefits. Two full eggs on one toast will give you about 220 calories. Vegetable omelet: Calorieefficient, energy-packed, and full of protein - a vegetable omelet might be just what your fitness routine is missing. Skip the egg yolks to make it even more performance-friendly. A simple omelet with a carrot and onion in with 1-2 whites will give you approximately 90 calories. Oats: A small bowl (5080gms) of quick cooking oats with fresh fruits like bananas, apples or pears, makes for a good snack worth about 250 calories. This needs to be prepared with water. Dark chocolate: A great antioxidant, dark chocolate is considered good for recovery after an especially grueling workout. Buy dark chocolate that has low to no saturated fats (esp. Tran's fats) and fewer artificial ingredients. A 100gms cube is a good enough quantity. Calorie count defers from brand to brand, so check the label before buying. Chocolate milk: Recent studies have hailed chocolate milk for its postworkout recovery inducing properties. Drink a glass (about 250ml) of chocolate flavored milk for a 150 calorie-worth post-workout snack. Smoothies: Yogurt smoothies help replenish your body after a workout

and are great for comfort. Rely on healthy skimmed yogurt and skimmed milk, fresh fruit smoothies and you'll be richer by approximately 150 calories. Protein shakes: If you get all your protein requirement (from .8 to 2gms per kilo, depending on workout intensity) from natural foods, without eating in excess of your body's daily needs, then you're golden. If not, you need a little supplementation. Remember that the trick to the right protein shake is research and expert consultation. Ask your doctor and fitness trainer for advice. One scoop will be anything between 30 to 90 calories, depending on contents. You could also look at raw eggs and dairy natural protein shakes, if so inclined. Egg whites: Eggs are quintessential fitness foods. Eat them before or after a workout and you'll be a happy fitness enthusiast. A couple of egg whites before and a couple or more after (depending on workout intensity), will serve you 40-100 calories of extreme goodness. Avocado: Infamous as being high fat fruits, avocados deserve to be let off the hook. While it's true that one whole avocado will give you 250-300 calories (except California avocados, which are smaller varieties), if your workout is heavy, these will be calories well spent. On the other hand, split it into two servings, and you've still got a great snack of about 120 calories. Almonds and walnuts: Full

of good fat richness and energy powerhouses, almonds and walnuts (about 7-12 almonds and 2-4 walnuts) can be good energy suppliers. Look to get about 200 calories from here. Dried dates stuffed with almonds/walnuts: A nice little variation for those who eat dried dates often. Simply pit the dried date, and stuff with whole almonds or walnuts, or slivers. Each almond or walnut stuffed date will give you about 30-50 calories. Dried dates: Similar to figs with respect to calorie counts (approximately 100-150 for about 4), dried dates are performance packed. Eat these if your workout calls for every bit of energy in your body and eat them just before the workout. Dried figs: A great source of iron and roughage, dried figs are old age's best kept secret. Don't wait to hit your 50s to discover this miracle food. 2-4 dried figs are worth about 100-150 calories. Apple slices topped with peanut butter: For those who're avoiding processed cereals, spread the peanut butter over a few apple slices. Extra crunch and flavour guaranteed. This will cost you no more than 120 calories (lesser if it's just 1-2 apple slices). A slice of bread with peanut butter: Peanut butter packs an extra punch with its creamy nut butter and omega goodness. Spread a spoonful on a slice of bread and you've got a great preworkout snack of about 150 calories.

A natural solution to backache

Have a salmon fish dinner. Snack on a handful of nuts. Pour a dash of olive oil in your salad. And bite into that sinister chocolate. Now you can do all this guiltfree! All these foods help in fighting bad cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association, 'You can reduce cholesterol in your blood by eating healthy foods'. So, here we are today with our list of top 10 cholesterol fighting foods. Oats: If you change your morning meal to oats then you can do your cholesterol level a whole lot of good. Do note that two servings of oats can lower LDL cholesterol by 5.3% in only 6 weeks. Essentially, oats contain a substance called beta-glucan which absorbs bad cholesterol. Red Wine: Here's yet another reason to toast to your health. The red grapes used in the manufacturing of red wine have an important effect on cholesterol levels. Two glasses of red wine in a week can do you a whole lot of good. Salmon and fatty Fish: Full of Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a natural health wonder, which helps in keeping heart conditions

such as heart attacks, stroke and high cholesterol levels at bay. Fishes such as salmon, sardines and herring help in raising good cholesterol levels by 4%. Nuts: Mono-unsaturated fats (found in nuts, seeds etc.) have the lowest fatty acid molecules and are the best of the three fats, namely poly-saturated fats, saturated fats and mono-unsaturated fats. Nuts are the best way to get those required healthy fats into your body without feeling guilty. Since the fats that come from nuts are natural and are not chemically processed, this makes them heart healthy, filling, and nutritious options. Beans: Excellent for the heart, ½ a cup of beans added in our diet (in the form of any dish or soup), helps in lowering cholesterol levels by 8%. You should try black, kidney, or pinto beans; each one of them supplies about one-third of your day's fiber needs. Tea: Tea has antioxidants and less amounts of caffeine than coffee. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per

cup. Tea helps in protecting your bones because of the presence of phytochemicals in them. It is also a great defense against LDL cholesterol levels. Chocolate: Chocoholics can celebrate with a healthy dose of dark chocolate as it is full of antioxidants and cholesterol-reducing properties. According to a Spanish study published in 2010 in the "Journal of Hepatology,", "the

Yoga during pregnancy helps relieve pain Many doctors and health professionals are encouraging pregnant women to do yoga, as it helps increase their strength and relieve pregnancy discomforts. This form of exercise is favoured by some of Hollywood's newest moms like January Jones, Hilary Duff and Pink. "Yoga during pregnancy helps a woman increase her strength and flexibility, even as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy," Fox News quoted Mary Barnes, director and owner at Yoga for Two in New York, as saying. The postures yoga offers

may also prepare women for childbirth and help relieve discomforts, such as back pain and swollen ankles. Apart from building strength and relieving pregnancy discomforts, it

also helps increase pain tolerance. As yoga focuses on lengthening the breath, this creates endurance, calms the mind and can increase a woman's pain threshold during labour.

antioxidants in dark chocolate reduce the damage that can occur to blood vessels, which can further threaten the health of people with cirrhosis. The dark chocolate can help prevent the blood vessels in the liver from rupturing". Medical experts suggest that munching on 100 grams of chocolate every day helps in reducing the occurrence of cardiovascular mishaps by 21 percent.

Like human beings, foods can also bring out the best in each other, nutritionally speaking. Read on to find out who should date whom for your good healthYou already know a lot about what foods are good for you. But there's more to healthy eating than just that. Sometimes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And this especially true for some food combinations, even if they sound weird when you first hear about them. Dietician Sheela Tanna tells you how to pair food to unlock the benefits of individual ingredients. Turmeric and salmonTurmeric has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Salmon is low on carbohydrates and high on protein. When the two are combined, the properties of Omega 3 fatty acids present in salmon get a boost and it guards the nervous system against the effects of ageing. It also

Many of us are afflicted with back pain, which we tend to ignore or pay very little attention to, during the course of a busy day. But you cannot overlook the fact that back pain can make it difficult for you to stand up, sit down or even walk around comfortably. So it's best you try some of the following natural remedies and get yourself some relief. Increase your intake of Vitamin D - A study looked at the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in 150 people with chronic musculoskeletal pain and found that 93 per cent of patients had vitamin D deficiency! So all people with persistent, non-specific musculoskeletal pain should get themselves screened for vitamin D deficiency. Indulge in some music therapy - Low cost and enjoyable, music has been found to reduce the disability, anxiety, and depression associated with

increases the level of HDL (good cholesterol) which improves heart health by keep the arteries clear of bad cholesterol. The combination is also believed to slow tumour growth by keeping the cancer cells from multiplying. Whole grains and onions Whole grains, such as maize, brown rice, barley and wheat contain iron and zinc in different quantities. The two minerals are absorbed by the human body more easily in the presence of sulphur compounds present in onions - which is also what makes you cry when you slice them. Beans and greens Beans are rich in proteins and iron. When paired with veggies rich in Vitamin C such as spinach, sprouts and potatoes, it aids weight loss. "Your body uses three times more energy to metabolise proteins than carbs and fats," says Tanna. "Vita-

chronic back pain. It has an immediate effect on reducing pain, although the results are not statistically significant. Try some breathing techniques - To reduce pain, try some breathing techniques that make use of the mind-body connection. These techniques integrate body awareness, breathing, movement, and meditation. The best thing about them is that they are safe,

min C rich foods do not aid weightloss directly. But they have water soluble nutrients which make them very low calorie foods. The combination of beans and veggies won't let you gain those extra kilos."Also the iron content of beans gets better absorbed in the presence of Vitamin C from vegetables.Tomato and olive oil Tomatoes contain Vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene in substantial quantities. This antioxidant lowers the risk of cataracts, osteoporosis, cancer and the effects of ageing. Olive oil, also rich in antioxidants, promotes the formation of HDL (good cholesterol) in the body. Lycopene gets better absorbed in the presence of olive oil and is highly beneficial for the heart. It purifies the blood and dissolves gallstones. The combo also boosts liver function of protein synthesis and detoxification of the

free of cost and you can do them at home! Get a soothing massage The first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a backache is to get a nice massage. Massages may be effective for sub acute and chronic pain. What's more, they reduce anxiety and depression associated with chronic pain. In fact, massage therapy is the most popular therapy for low back pain during pregnancy.

body. It's believed to reduce effects of hypertension.Broccoli and mustard Broccoli is a good source of Vitamin C, antioxidants and a compound called sulforaphane. This compound exhibits anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. The absorption of sulforaphane is better in the presence of myrosinase, an enzyme present in mustard. The two combat bacterial infections in the urinary tract, excretory system, digestive system and the colon. Iron is part of blood cells in the body and carries oxygen from the lungs to muscles and organs. Zinc helps in healing wounds. Antioxidants and Vitamin C present in onions also facilitate the iron absorption from whole grains.Whole grains are also rich in Vitamin E which when combined with Vitamin C become beneficial for the skin.


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NCP gears up for 2014 general elections

Mixed response to TRS bandh against Telangana ‘clampdown’

Appoints new Maharashtra unit chief and working president; aims to win 15 Lok Sabha seats, 100 assembly seats

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), a key ally of the United Progressive Alliance at the Centre, has started preparing for the Lok Sabha elections due next year. The party, which had dropped six ministers on Tuesday, on Saturday appointed former minister Bhaskar Jadhav chief of its Maharashtra unit. It also appointed firebrand legislator Jitendra Avad as working president, a new post. NCP has set an ambitious target of increasing its tally of Lok Sabha seats from eight to 15. It also aims to increase its count of assembly seats from 62 to 100. NCP is expected to contest 22 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats and 117 of the 288 assembly seats. The party has come up with a time-bound plan to bring representatives of Dalits and backward classes, minorities, women and youth, under its fold, ahead of the Lok Sabha and assembly elections. The appointments of Jadhav and Avad are part of the party’s plan to promote young leaders, especially as state units of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiv Sena and the Maha-

rashtra Navnirman Sena are headed by youth leaders. Earlier, Jadhav had drawn criticism for hosting a lavish wedding in February, a time when many parts of the state were under severe drought. Avad is known to be tracking the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.NCP has formed a 12-member core group comprising former ministers, former state party chiefs and senior women leaders. Each

sponsibility of progressive parties, including the NCP, had increased. Pawar’s close confidant and Union Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel cautioned the NCP’s standing in state and national politics wouldn’t improve unless it won more seats. He underlined the need for collective efforts and recalled the party had taken a beating due to overconfidence and the misjudgement of certain leaders in the past. NCP’s moves come in the wake of a possible split between the BJP and the JD(U), as well as efforts by various regional parties to form a federal front.Recent prepoll surveys have predicted a poor performance by the NCP in the Lok Sabha elections. The surveys showed NCP’s tally of Lok Sabha seats might fall from eight to four. The expected fall was attributed to the alleged involvement of NCP ministers in various scams, rising differences between Sharad Pawar and his nephew and state deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and the widening gap between leaders and the party’s rank and file.

member of the core group would be assigned some Lok Sabha and assembly seats and he/she would be responsible for these constituencies. At on Saturday’s meeting, party chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar ridiculed the BJP for making tall claims. The BJP, he said, had been exposed after its leader L K Advani projected a sorry state of affairs in the party. Against this backdrop, Pawar said the re-

on separating from the BJP.The Bihar BJP leaders held a meeting at the residence of Deputy CM Sushil Modi’s residence on Saturday shortly after refusing to meet Nitish. The state party chief, Mangal Pandey reiterated that the BJP wanted the alliance to continue, but warned that it can’t be dictated to. “We

would never be the first ones to break the alliance. It is up to the JD(U) to clarify if the alliance is intact or not,” he said, adding, “Alliances don’t work on dictation or force”. He was referring to the hardline stance adopted by the JD(U) on Narendra Modi.JD(U), which shares power with the BJP in Bihar, is the second-largest constituent of the saffron-party led NDA. If the alliance breaks, Nitish will fall four seats short of majority in the Bihar Assembly. However, efforts have begun in earnest to find allies. An independent MLA claimed that the JD(U) had approached him for support.

Rajnath Singh to lead BJP’s jail bharo campaign in Lucknow

Local MP Lalji Tandon accused the UPA of being the most “corrupt” government. BJP national president Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh’s party in-charge Amit Shah would lead BJP’s three-day jail bharo campaign in Lucknow, scheduled to begin on June 26, against the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the state. Around 15,000 BJP work-

ers led by Singh and Shah would court arrest on June 26, BJP state president Laxmi Kant Bajpai said here.He alleged UP was facing riots due to the appeasement policy of the SP government.Local MP Lalji Tandon accused the UPA of being the most “corrupt” government. He alleged law and order situation has collapsed in UP in the SP regime.

claimed the shutdown was being observed in the entire region. It was virtually business-asusual for the IT industry in the state capital as transportation was normal, an IT employee said. The MMTS (local) train services in Hyderabad, operated by the South Central Railway (SCR), resumed on Saturday, a day after they were cancelled in the wake of the “Chalo Assembly” stir. An SCR spokesperson said there has been no cancellation or rescheduling of train services. There is no impact on production of coal in the state as all mines remained functional, said a spokesperson of the Singareni Collieries.

to his indirect projection as the next Chief Minister of Delhi. Incumbent Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been at the helm of affairs for the past 15 years, setting a record of sorts in independent India where a woman has served has headed the state for three consecutive terms. Current Delhi Congress chief JP Aggarwal is not on the best of terms with Ms Dikshit. Mr Maken was a protege of Ms Dikshit at one point but the duo later fell apart. Sometime back, there was talk of Ms Dikshit being made a minister at the Centre.

it would result in disaster like Commonwealth Games, he said. The Delhi BJP chief also accused Dikshit of not fulfilling her promises like increasing compensation of those people whose land was acquired by government agencies and providing government jobs to the affected families. “The intention of Congress’ government is visible in case of regularisation of unauthorised colonies, revocation of building by-laws from rural areas which had prevented the villagers to construct their houses, as it prohibits such constructions,” he said. said the government has not even provided basic facilities to villages and now even if they would begin the work then it would result in disaster like CWG. BJP will hold ‘Pardafash rally’ in Palam village to highlight the government’s failure, he said. Goel said BJP has first raised the issues of villag es and would bring the real picture among the people of these villages. He also said BJP-led municipal corporations have abolished payment of house tax for villages.

nominated her, had declared assets of Rs 8.56 crore six years ago. Kanimozhi’s jewellery stock has risen to 700 grams against 360 grams, virtually doubling the yellow metal asset. However, she has not added diamond jewellery, which remained at 10 karat, as declared in 2007. Kanimozhi, who had no liabilities five years ago, has Rs 69.60 lakh now. Her affidavit said she faced a criminal case before the special court in Delhi, apparently referring to the 2G spectrum case, filed against her. Kanimozhi said she owned shares valued at Rs 2 crore with Kalaignar TV Private Limited.

Hunt is on in Gujarat for a distant cousin who shares Prince William’s Indian blood

The hunt was on today in India for possible cousins and relatives of Britain’s Prince William after it emerged he has a sliver of Indian ancestry. Attention was focused on the city of Surat in the state of Gujarat after it was was revealed that Eliza Kewark, Prince William’s great, great, great, great, great grandm other, was of Indian origin. In 1812, Ms Kewark gave birth to Prince Williams’s great, great, great, great grandmother, Katharine Scott Forbes. “It’s a great thing to unite people across the distances,” said Dr Jim Wilson, a geneticist at the University of Edinburgh and chief scientist at BritainsDNA, speaking from Scotland. “It shows commonality.” The Scottish-based company carried out tests on DNA supplied by two of Eliza’s living direct descendants, who are both third cousins of Princess Diana’s mother, Frances Shand Kydd. The tests revealed that Prince William carries Eliza’s mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Mitochondrial DNA

Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit misleading people on land issue, says Vijay Goel

New Delhi: Delhi BJP on Friday accused Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit of misleading the rural people on the issue of extension of Lal Dora areas and repealing of Section 81 of the Delhi Land Reforms Act. Congress had in its election manifestos of 2003 and 2008 had made these announcements, but till date nothing has been done, Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel told reporters. Various quarters have been demanding amendment to the Delhi Land Reforms Act that was implemented in 1954. Section 81 of the Act pertains to land usage. “For last 14 years, the Congress government has been repeating these announcements and this time also the CM plans to do the same. Since the elections are just a few months ahead, she is once again making such misleading announcements. It seems she has become a Chief Minister, who just makes announcements and does nothing for the people,” Goel said. The government has not even provided basic facilities to villages and now even if they would begin the work then

An RTC spokesperson said bus services were operated as per the advice of police officials. Most educational institutions in the city remained closed. Commercial establishments, malls and cinema theatres remained partially shut till afternoon and resumed their business in the later half of the day. The Communist Party of India (CPI), a strong supporter of a separate Telangana, however, did not support the bandh, calling it a unilateral call by the TRS. The Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising TRS, the Bharatiya Janata Party and pro-Telangana organizations,

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) Kanimozhi’s assets have registered over a three-fold increase in the last six years to Rs 26.67 crore from Rs 8.56 crore. Kanimozhi, daughter of DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, in her affidavit, filed with her nomination for the Rajya Sabha seat on Saturday, declared she owned movable and immovables of Rs 26.67 crore. Her total declared assets include Rs 16.67 crore moveable property and Rs 10 crore of immoveable property. The sitting Rajya Sabha MP, seeking a successive term after DMK re-

Ajay Maken resigns as Union Minister New Delhi: Ajay Maken has resigned as a Union minister ahead of a Cabinet reshuffle that is expected next week. Mr Maken submitted his resignation as Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and has expressed his desire to work for the party, sources told PTI. The 49-year-old leader was earlier Minister of State for Home Affairs and was later given independent charge of Sports and Youth Affairs. Mr Maken was elevated to the Cabinet rank in October last year. Congress sources said that he could either be made Delhi Congress chief or a party General Secretary. A senior Congress leader said he could even be made the Chief Minister of Delhi ahead of the assembly elections later this year. Mr Maken’s possible elevation as Delhi Congress chief could lead

Hyderabad: The Telangana bandh spearheaded by the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) against the “repressive” action of the Congress government to put down the march-to-assembly rally evoked a lukewarm response in the Andhra Pradesh capital and other districts of the region today. “As many as 551 persons have been arrested under Section 151 CrPC in 32 cases. And there was no untoward incident reported,” said a spokesperson of the Cyberabad Police. Additional commissioner of police (law and order), Anjani Kumar said there was no impact of the bandh in the city as a whole and in Cyberabad area. The K. Chandrasekhar Rao-led outfit gave the call for the shutdown accusing the N. Kiran Kumar Reddy government of deploying a huge police force to crush the “Chalo Assembly” march organized on Friday. Although the road transport corporation (RTC)-operated, bus services were partially affected in the morning as protesters staged sit-ins in front of depots in Telangana districts, including Hyderabad, but functioned normally during the later half of the day.

Kanimozhi’s assets register a three-fold increase

Decision on alliance with BJP will be announced on Sunday: JD(U)

Patna: Janata Dal (United) chief Sharad Yadav met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar soon after landing in Patna on Saturday evening. Yadav, who is also the NDA convenor, said that the “final decision” on the JD(U)’s 18-year-long association with the BJP would be declared on Sunday.The alliance between the two parties is on the verge of a breakdown over the appointment of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the BJP’s campaign chief for 2014. While Yadav has till now maintained that the alliance is intact, Nitish has held his own on the issue, with sources claiming that he is firm


is a small piece of DNA inherited mostly unchanged from a mother to her children. Tests showed that Ms Kewark had an extremely rare form of mtDNA, that has only been found in 14 other people, 13 in India and one in Nepal. Those involved in the project believe all the evidence they have gathered shows that her genetic heritage through her motherline was Indian. And as writer Patrick French, author of an exhaustive book on India, pointed out, it means the secondin-line to the throne is 1/256th Indian. The company’s research revealed that Eliza Kewark was the housekeeper of Prince William’s fifth great-grandfather, Theodore Forbes, a Scottish merchant who was born in 1788 and worked for the East India Company in Surat. The city is today responsible for cutting and polishing 90 cent of the world’s diamonds. The company said it was believed Ms Kewark was Armenian, because her name was similar to the Armenian name Kevork and

because letters to her from Theodore have been found which contain Armenian script. She also signed her name in Armenian script. That suggested more than a degree of Armenian cultural heritage and the raised the strong possibility that her father may have been of Armenian descent. But the company said it was sure her genetic heritage through her motherline is Indian. Alistair Moffat of BritainsDNA researched some of the historical background to the study and found that Theodore Forbes was the third son of a landowning family. When it became clear he not going to inherit land, he made contact with the East India Company and travelled to India. “That’s where he met Eliza and he employed her as his housekeeper. It wasn’t uncommon for young British men to have relationships with Indian women,” he told the Press Association. Dr Wilson raised the prospect that Prince William may have relatives in India.

Monsoon rains ahead of schedule: MeT office

New Delhi: India’s monsoon rains are a week ahead of schedule, powering across two-thirds of the country by June 14 and heavier than normal, but the weather office is sticking to its forecast for average rains during the entire four-month period.Heavier than normal rains can trigger flooding but at this stage in the June to September season, they spur planting of crops. India’s biggest concern is drought during a monsoon, with rains crucial for the 55 percent of farmland without irrigation.The monsoon should cover the whole of India before the usual mid-July timing and their distribution over major crop-growing regions should be fairly even, BP Yadav, a director at the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said on Friday.

Rainfall is expected to be at 101 percent of the long-term average in July and 96 percent in August, two key months for the planting and maturing of crops.The strong start t the June to September monsoon boosts prospects of robust farm output. That could help the economy and hold down inflation, a critical concern for the coalition government as it readies for a round of state polls this year and a national election by May 2014. India is one of the world’s biggest producers and consumers of rice, sugar and other food agricultural commodities. A strong monsoon will underpin government confidence harvests will be ample to cover the extra grains needed for its plans for a $24 billion welfare scheme to give cheap food to more of its poor.


E paper english 16 june  
E paper english 16 june