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Srinagar, Apr 5 : Dr. Ali Bakesh Former Director General Health Services, brother of Taj Mohiuddin minister for health and medical education passed away on Saturday after a brief period of illness. After complaining about chest pain, Dr Ali was taken to Government Medical College Jammu for medical checkup. But he expired during his brief stay in the hospital. Son of Late Brigadier Khuda Baksh, Dr Ali was known for his gentleness and polite nature. His body is being brought to his home in Baghat Barzulla where his last rites will be performed at his ancestral graveyard on April 6, the family sources said. Meanwhile, Chief Minister See Taj on pg 11

3 die, 2 injured in road mishaps

Srinagar, Apr 5: Three persons died and two others were injured in different road accidents across Kashmir valley and Leh. According to a police statement issued to KNS, a Tipper bearing registration number JK03D/3064 hit and injured six years old Ajmat Farooq Najar son of Farooq Ahmad resident of Thajiwara at Thajiwara, in the jurisdiction of Police station Bijbehara, Anantnag. The injured was shifted to Bone and Joints hospital Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries. Bijbehara Police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Tavera vehicle bearing registration number JK01R/8976 hit and injured an unknown pedestrian aged about 60 years at NHW Mirgund, in the jurisdiction of Police station See Mishaps on pg 11




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the people to finish that incomplete projects to improve their socio-economic conditions. Observing that Congress is contesting Lok Sabha elections on development plank, Azad said that during its regime Congress had proved how to deliver good governance to the people. He reminded that it was during his tenure that sincere efforts were made to complete work on Mughal road. He said that the dream of making Mughal road functional was fulfilled only during the regime of Congress led government in the State.”As a Chief Minister I had personally intervened to make it sure that this road should be made func-

310 recruits from J&K join Army

On Edit Page Education-Magic wand to progress and prosperity The progress and prosperity of any nation can be measured only on one yard-stick, as to how many citizens have excess to quality educational facilities. The off rule, Might is Right, Aristocrats rule the Nations, are now obsolete. The developed countries paid heed to education in the initial stage and now they are harvesting the fruits of those initiatives by way of dictating their terms on developing and under developed countries. The citizens are leading comfortable life with all the basic

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WEATHER FORECAST FOR NEXT 24 HRS: Light to Moderate Rain/Thundershowers would occur at many places with isolated thunder squalls over the state.


Rain/Thundershowers. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 12°C & 05°C respectively.



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contesting elections with specific agenda, vision and roadmap for development, prosperity, economic stability and peace. According to a statement issued to KNS, Mehbooba

said: “Unlike other parties, PDP has presented before the public its state specific election manifesto elaborating the roadmap and vision, the party has for the state and its people.” She was addressing a largely attended public meeting here in support of party candidate for Doda-Udhampur parliamentary constituency Arshad Malik. Elaborating further, she said that the political parties in the state and across country were either having personality specific agenda or their own See Mehbooba on pg 11

ECI should take action against Mehbooba: Beg Srinagar, Apr 5 : Senior NC leader and a candidate for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat Dr Mehboob Beg Saturday urged Chief Electoral Officer and Election Commission to take serious note of the controversy that erupted after PDP president Mehbooba Mufti filed her nomination papers for Lok Sabha seat second time. Dr Beigh while addressing a press conference accused that Mehbooba has ‘misused her official position’ See Beg on pg 11

Separatists react to Omar’s remarks on Google hangout Srinagar, Apr 5: Kashmir’s separatist camp Saturday took strong exception to the statement of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in which during his first Google+ hangout, he had castigated pro-freedom camp accusing them of not knowing what they want for from GOI. The Huriyat Conference (G) led by the senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani while giving a wide berth to the statement, remarked that Omar has not addressed them but has trained his guns at those who have held talks with New Del-

Tulip Garden thrown open for public without blooming tulips

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Gool-Ramban, Apr 5: President Peoples Democratic Party Mehbooba Mufti Saturday said that PDP is the only party

tional”, he recalled and mentioned that credit goes to Congress that vehicular movement on this historical road was started. Azad availed this opportunity to inform the it was all due to the efforts to Congress led government at Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir that points at LoC were opened for trade. Reiterating that the cross-LoC trade and travel are the only achievements for the people of Jammu and Kashmir since independence in their effort to end the siege around the state, Azad said that time has come to take these relations to next level. “The trade and travel across the Line of Control shall not only be strengthen but a more effective mechanism should be established to curb any attempt to cause setback to the process of reconciliation”, he said and assured that process of cross LoC trade would be made easier in the days to come. He said that the LoC trade had a vast potential of growth and so had the travel between the two parts of the erstwhile state. He said the hassle free trade and travel could do a great extent neutralise the negative effects See Azad on pg 11

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Much to the embracement of Floriculture Department, Asia’s largest garden at the foot of fascinating Zabarwan hills was thrown open for public on Saturday without ‘blooming’ tulips. Holding mercurial weather of Kashmir responsible for the mess, Director Floriculture Sunil Misri told CNS that tulips

PDP only party with specific agenda, vision for development: Mehbooba

Only Congress committed for uplfitment of backward, under-developed: Azad Jammu, Apr 5 : Seeking mandate of the people to accelerate developmental activities in remotest and far-flung areas, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that Congress was committed for the betterment and upliftment of the backward and under-developed areas. According to a statement issued to KNS, accompanied by firebrand Congress Minister for PHE, Flood Control and Irrigation, Sham Lal Sharma, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad today held series of public meetings in remote and hilly belt of twin border districts Poonch-Rajouri here via Chopper services and sought vote for Congress candidate for Jammu-Poonch Parliamentary Constituency, Madan Lal Sharma on development plank. Azad addressed public gatherings at Mandi, Darhal, Khawaas, Pirri and Devak. Azad reminded the people about various developmental projects which were started during his tenure as Chief Minister for the development of this region. “Many projects are still incomplete”, he said and sought support of


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hi in the past. The amalgam added that it from the day one is against the procedure of dialogue on Kashmir. It added that Huriyat (G) wants India to accept Kashmir a disputed territory and only after that dialogue for Kashmir resolution could be initiated. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) led by Mohammad Yasin Malik when contacted reserved the comments over the issue. The front See Google on pg 11

Drug department cracks whip on Chemists Srinagar, Apr 5 : The majestic Pir Panjal and Himalayas stood stirred as the Bana Singh Parade Ground at the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre showcased its latest batch of 310 passing out recruits marching in precise unison with a singular aim of devoting their life in service of their nation. According to an army statement issued to KNS, singing their Regimental Song ‘Balidanam Veer Lakshnam’, the young soldiers, inspired one and all, as their voice echoed in the valley. Today, Recruit Course Serial number 96 See Army on pg 11

Prepared to meet any challenge: Army Srinagar, April 05: The General Officer in Command (GOC) of 15 Corps Lt General Gurmeet Singh Saturday said that army is prepared to meet any security challenge in Kashmir ahead of the parliamentary elections. Speaking on the sidelines of passing See Challenge on pg 11

Tosa Maidan Protests gain momentum Srinagar, Apr 5: J&K RTI Movement in collaboration with Tosa Maidan Bachao Front (TBF), Panchayat Association and Rural Voice marched at Press Enclave today to exhort the Government to oppose lease extension to army. According to a statement issued to KNS, 3000 kanals of Tosa Maidan, a rich pasture located in Central Kashmirs’ Budgam District have been given to Indian Army on lease for firearms practice in 1962. Since then, the sixteen villages surrounding the meadow haven’t lived a day without the fear of being killed. The lease is due to expire on April 18, 2014. The protest programme in which large number of people participated was a part of the series of pro-

Srinagar, Apr 5: Cracking whip on local chemists in valley for undermining drug and cosmetic act of the state, the drug controller Kashmir while issuing tough instructions to drug outlets here sealed one medical shop at North Kashmir. According to the reports received by KNS, Assistant Drug Controller Nazir Ahmad Wani sent

squad to North Kashmir where it sealed one medical shop for violating the guidelines set by the department. Assistant Drug Controller Nazir Ahmad Wani when contacted told KNS over phone that the chemist was violating the rules in broad day light by prescribing medicines to the patients himself, apart from selling. Wani

said that whosoever is found undermining the guidelines set by the drug controller, stern action against the chemist will be taken. “The problem is that every chemist is becoming Dr Ali Jan and prescribes medicines himself for the patients.” Wani said that department has already sent its directive to all the See Drug on pg 11

Academicians, artists, concerned citizens’ appeal for vote against BJP-led NDA

“Foil corporate-communal alliance’s bid for power”

tests scheduled to take place across the state. The objective is to call upon the people of Kashmir to do their part in demanding the relocation of the firing range. “By conducting the protests, we want to spotlight the fate of the villagers who have been living in constant fear for more than fifty years,” said Dr Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Chairman, J&K RTI

Movement. “And we will continue to stage more powerful protests in case the lease is extended.” In case the lease period is extended by the Government, we will launch mass agitations and that would upset the facade of peace being exhibited by the state,’’ said Dr Shiekh Ghulam Rasool. “With the lease expiration date approaching fast, SeeTosa on pg 11

Srinagar, Apr 5 : The academicians, artists and concerned citizens have appealed to the electorate to what they call ‘foil the corporate-communal alliance’s bid for power by voting against the BJP-led NDA in upcoming Lok Sabha elections.” Prominent among those who have made this appeal include Jayati Ghosh, Prabhat Patnaik, Amit Sen Gupta, Maya Rao, Irfan Habib, M.K. Raina, Amit Upadhyay, Saeed Mirza, C.P. Chandrasekhar, Ali N. Rizavi, Asad Zaidi, Ashish Dasgupta, Badri Raina, Girish Mishra, Indira Arjun Dev, K.M. Shrimali, Kanti Mohan Soz, Moloyashree Hashmi, Pamela Philipose, Prabhat Shukla, Reena Ginwala, Shabnam Hashmi, S.Z.H. Jafri, Saba Hasan, Sohail

Hashmi, Zoya Hasan, Utsa Patnaik, Ramnik Mohan, Mallika Taneja, Neha Chaturvedi, K.P. Jayashankar, Jaideep Chatterjee, Kamala Menon, Sumangala Damodaran, Saumyajit Bhattacharya, Jaishankar Monteiro, Madhu Sahni, Shashi Bhushan Upadhyay, Mukul Mangalik, Shubhra Chakrabarti and Kunal Chakrabarti. In a statement these noted civil society members have said that never before in post-independence India have political forces, which are a front for an organization committed to creating a Hindu Rashtra, made as strong a bid for power as in the coming elections. “These forces are led by a person who presided over a pogrom against Muslims in Gu-

jarat in 2002 and has never expressed any contrition over his role in that ghastly incident. And they enjoy the backing of the most powerful corporate houses in the country,” the statement reads. They have further observed that the prospect of this alliance of corporate capital and communal forces coming to power constitutes a palpable threat to the future of our secular democracy. “We urge all responsible individuals and political formations to ponder over the situation and urgently take whatever steps are necessary for defending our secular democracy. We appeal to the electorate to foil this corporate-communal alliance’s bid for power by See Appeal on pg 11



Srinagar, Sunday 06 April 2014

Azad of partition on our state which was a hub of international trade before 1947 but has been reduced to dead end. Highlighting the contribution of Congress party at Centre in the development of Rajouri and Poonch district, Ghulam Nabi Azad listed down numerous projects executed through various centrally sponsored schemes in the twin border districts. The sanctioning of five Medical Colleges in Jammu and Kashmir, that included three from Jammu region and two for Kashmir valley, Congress stalwart highlighted that “Sanctioning of a Medical College for Rajouri and Poonch district is a pointer to the fact that Congress led UPA is aware of the problems of this border and hilly belt. Had Congress not concerned about your problems, the Medical College would not have been sanction for you”.Giving a detail account of the contributions of Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare especially for Rajouri and Poonch district, Ghulam Nabi Azad pointed out that “I still remember when there used to unprovoked firing from across the border besides armed terrorists unleashing reign of terror on innocent civilians. But we fought it with iron hands and now the people are living in peace. After the end of militancy, new era of development was started by Congress. My department provided number of Hospitals, First Referral Units, Community Health Centres, Primary Health Centres and NTPCs wherever there was requirement in this hilly belt”. “Besides 167 Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees, at least 8 Mobile Medical Units and Ambulances have been kept at various identified areas exclusively for the services of people of Rajouri and Poonch,” stated Azad.“Crores have been spent for the construction of number of new roads under Prime Minister Gramin Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) as well as Central Road Fund (CRF) to ensure every hilly and remote village is connected with each other. Besides, number of such construction works are under way and would be completed soon, which would help to eradicate the problems of local populace to a large extent. Mughal Road which connects Poonch-Rajouri with entire Kashmir Valley initially was hanging for fate after its opening was sub judice in the context of wild life protection, but we (J&K Govt) pleaded for its opening in the court of law and completed it with the cost of rupees 641 crorers ,” highlighted Ghulam Nabi Azad.After visiting twin border districts Poonch-Rajouri, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad directly landed to Kathua from Nowshera to re-start his campaign, which he concluded there on Thursday late night.According to a statement issued to KNS, Azad held series of public meetings at Keerian, Gandyal, Kharote, Kalaspur and Dol-Khud of Kathua district, besides interacted with panchs, sarpanchs and other people. Azad was keen to know about their local issues being faced by them in their day today life and took a serious note of their issues.In his address, Azad highlighted the achievements of Congress led UPA and appealed the people to vote for Congress on the developmental plank. “It is Congress party which, keeping in view the problems and plight of the people have initiated people oriented projects. There has been record development in the past 10 years’ rule of Congress led UPA-I and UPA-II. Shockingly, there are some political parties that are misleading the people by launching false propaganda against Congress party.

Mehbooba vested interests unlike PDP, for which reaching to Parliament is another effort to resolve the long pending issues of state and its people. “Bhartiya Janta Party, which is yet to release its manifesto, has a personality specific agenda with all its focus on Narendera Modi. On the other hand the Congress is also contesting the polls just to stop the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate”, Mehbooba said adding, “The National Conference on the other hand is contesting elections in Jammu and Kashmir in order to ensure ministerial berth either for Omar Abdullah or his father Dr Farooq Abdullah in New Delhi”. The PDP president, who is also party candidate for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, said that the foundation stone of the party itself was laid on specific agenda of peace, development and prosperity and to end decades old hegemony of a single family which sold out the state resources for its own interest and compromised to stay in power. “Peoples’ Democratic Party was formulated with the aim of restoring the trust and confidence of people on the political and democratic system in Jammu and Kashmir”, she said adding that with its policies and programmes the party was able to restore that confidence on the democratic institutions, which were strengthened to bring transparency and accountability. “However, over the last more than five years the National Conference-Congress alliance has once again eroded the sanctity of such institutions leading to a chaos and political instability in state”. “Even when PDP entered into an alliance with Congress it formulated and ensured implementation of the road map in the form of Common Minimum Programme”, she said.

Beg and had also mislead election commission by submitting ‘forged’ documents. Pertinently, Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti filed a second set of nomination papers for Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Kashmir as a measure of “precaution” after some discrepancies were reported in her earlier nomination papers. Dr Beigh stated that if Apr 1 was the bank holiday and how come the documents related to that date were submitted before the returning officer. He urged the Election Commission of India to investigate the matter thoroughly and stern action be taken against Mehbooba. (KNS)

Army culminated, on having completed 49 weeks of arduous training. Their Passing out Parade, depicting transformation of a Recruit into a Young Soldier, was reviewed by Lieutenant General Gurmeet Singh, General Officer Commanding, Chinar Corps and was attended by over 2500 parents/ relatives of the young soldiers along with a number of civil/ military dignitaries. The daunting soldiers of the Regiment hailing from all regions and religions of the State of J&K, took oath in unison to serve the supreme cause of the Nation. “Their Ceremonial ardour and salute to the tri-colour with the National Anthem playing inspired patriotic vigour in all present. The GOC congratulated the Young Soldiers for their Immaculate Parade and impressed upon selfless service towards the Nation. In the investiture ceremony, Recruit Vicky Singh who distinguished himself in all disciplines of his training was awarded the Sher-e-Kashmir, Sword of Honour and the Triveni Singh Medal, for being adjudged as the overall best recruit in the course. He was also conferred upon the Chewang Rinchen Medal for being the Best Recruit in Firing. Recruit Qadar Khan, who won the Bana Singh Medal for being Best in Drill, commanded the glittering parade,” reads the statement. At the end, proud parents and relatives pipped the soldiers making them ready to join their battalions and to tread the immortal path of glory, living up to the expectations and the best traditions of the Indian Army.The day was also marked with Tree Plantation by the GOC, Chinar Corps along with Mrs Gurmeet Kaur, Regional President, AWWA, at the Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre who joined their hands in the Arboriculture Drive organized by Somgarh Military Station. Under the drive approximately 3400 trees have been planted this year. Speaking on the occasion the General said “The effort underlines the commitment of the Indian Army soldiers towards their responsibilities as good citizens especially those of humanitarian and social nature”. Brigadier Pankaj Sinha, Commandant Jammu & Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre, highlighted and praised the vital role played by the Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, Srinagar and the Forest Department of J&K, which were instrumental in providing advice, assistance as well as contributed with saplings for this drive and made it a huge success.As a prelude to the drive, a painting competition was also organised for children on the theme “Save Trees, Plant Trees–Save the World”, Mrs Gurmeet Kaur, felicitated the winners of the competition, to motivate them and make the future generation both aware as well as responsible towards the cause. (KNS)

Challenge out parade at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JAKLI) Regimental Centre, Singh said that the security situation in the state is under control. “Even at the Line of Control (LoC), situation is absolutely under control” he said. On infiltration, the Army General said that army has effective counter-infiltration mechanism in place. He said army was fully prepared to meet any internal or external challenge at the LoC. “Our network is effective and has excellent coordination. The security situation both at LoC and internally is under control,” he added. The GoC complimented the 311 Kashmiri youth who completed the training and took part in the passing-out parade. “I am proud of these boys and their parents who motivated them to join this profession,” he added. (GNS)

Google spokesman, however, told KNS that Malik and several others were assaulted and arrested in injured condition while going towards Baramullah to address poll boycott rally. “We cannot comment over Omar’s statement at present- we will do so once the chairman is released.” Huriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while passing the buck to GOI, accused that it never showed any seriousness in resolving Kashmir on table.

The amalgam further reiterated that eight years earlier it provided New Delhi the road map for the Kashmir solution but nothing was done on ground. “As far as the agenda of the Huriyat Conference is concerned- it is clear that we represent the aspiration of the people of Kashmir and stress that Kashmir can either b resolved through the implementation of UN resolutions or the tri-partite dialogue,” Huriyat (M) spokesman told KNS. The newly formed amalgam Huriyat JK while castigating Omar over what it called anti-people policies said that Omar could not even revoke AFSPA from a single area of Kashmir, he must not talk about other issues related to Kashmir resolution. Pertinently, Omar had stated the separatists were asked to come forward with what they expect from the talks something that was achievable but according to Omar they never did. “If the part of the responsibility is of government of India, a part of it lies with Hurriyat that they don’t know what they want to talk about,” he added. (KNS)

Drug chemists across valley asking them to maintain sale record and not to sell banned drugs. “We appeal them also that there must be no substitute to the prescribed medicines.” (KNS)

Tosa it’s all the more urgent that the Government comes forward to stop the situation from getting any worse,” said Farooq Kuthoo, Spokesperson, J&K RTI Movement. “In a revelation, it has come to the fore that Army has acquired 6400 kanals of forestland in the peripheries of Tosa Maidan well before 90’s.which is a clear violation of State Subject law (Article 370).We immediately demand clarification from Government in this regard.”.He said. “We demand immediate shifting of the firing range and insist the Government investigate to help find a solution to the grievances of the people of Tosa Maidan,” said Nazir Ahmad Lone, Coordinator, Tosa Maidan Bachao Front. Pertinently the residents of the 52 adjoining villages of Tosa Maidan have pledged their support to the Movement. They insist that the firing range be shifted from the area as soon as the lease period expires.” (KNS)

Appeal voting against the BJP-led NDA,” the luminaries of their respective fields have added. (KNS)

Taj Omar Abdullah, PCC Chief Prof Saifuddin Soz, CPI (M) State Secretary M Y Tarigami, minister for agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir, NC provincial president Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani, Devender Singh Rana, Hakim Mohammad Yasin and MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga have expressed heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family. The KNS management and editorial board also express deep condolences on the sad demise of Dr Ali. (KNS)

Mishaps Pattan, Baramulla. The injured was shifted to JVC Hospital Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries. Pattan Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK02W/1695 hit and injured Mohammad Shafi Lone son of Abdul Gani Lone resident of Paraypora at Madmadav Kalarooch, in the jurisdiction of Police post Kalarooch, Kupwara. The injured has been shifted to Bone and Joints Hospital Srinagar for treatment. A case was registered in this regard. In another accident, a motorcycle without registration number skidded off the road at village Shay, in the jurisdiction of police station Leh, resulting in on spot death of motorcyclist Stanzin Outsal son of Chantand Tendup resident of Chanday, Leh and injuries to pillion. Leh Police has registered a case in this regard. (KNS)



Subject:- Grant of Registration for Paying Guest House (Home Stay) under the name and Style" Nishat Lake Resorts" situated at Nishat Srinagar.

Tulip Garden thrown open for public without blooming tulips Srinagar, April 5: Much to the embracement of Floriculture Department, Asia’s largest garden at the foot of fascinating Zabarwan hills was thrown open for public on Saturday without ‘blooming’ tulips. Holding mercurial weather of Kashmir responsible for the mess, Director Floriculture Sunil Misri told CNS that tulips would start blooming once temperature will increase.With much fanfare, Tulip Garden was thrown open for public by Divisional Commissioner Shalender Kumar who was accompanied by some top administrative officials. Much to the annoyance of the people present there and especially tourists, there were hardly any blooming tulips there. “I expected a colourful scenery here but was totally disappointed,” a female tourist from New Delhi Shobha Rani told CNS adding that they were misled about the presence of Tulips in the Garden.


UNIVERSITY OF KASHMIR RESULT NOTIFICATION No. 1 (P.G ENTRANCE TEST) – 2014 It is notified for the information of all concerned that the candidates bearing following Entrance Test Roll Nos. in the subjects viz; Applied Geology, Chemistry, Disaster Management, Environmental Science, Geography, Geoinformatics, Mathematics, Physics & Statistics in the Faculty of Physical & Material Sciences, have been provisionally selected for admission to various P. G. Courses (Main Campus) for the Session 2014 under open and reserved categories, purely on the basis of merit, subject to the verification of their original documents/ certificates and academic merit by reference to the original marks cards & result gazette. The candidates shall submit an affidavit sworn in before the 1st Class Magistrate to the effect that; (i.) he/she is neither on the rolls of any Institution nor employed in any Govt./Semi Govt. Department and (ii.) the candidates have not migrated from this University and are not enrolled with any other course in this University/ Institution or any other University/Institution. The candidates who have obtained qualifying degree from Universities/Institutions other than the University of Kashmir shall obtain clearance from the Academic Section of this University before grant of their admission to a programme. The candidates admitted under supernumerary seat “Children of Permanent Employee of the University”(SN) shall be subject to the condition that the candidate has not availed the admission under the said category earlier. The provisionally selected candidates can download the Admission Form from the official website of the University of Kashmir (www. and are directed to approach Head/Co-coordinator of the concerned Department along with the original certificates for completing the required admission formalities by or before 10th April, 2014 (upto 4.00 p.m.) failing which their right to admission shall be forfeited and the resultant vacancy(ies) shall be filled up from among the waiting list.

APPLIED GEOLOGY; Open Merit; 440006, 440079, 440060, 440151, 440014, 440114, 440082, 440033, 440003, 440037, 440081, 440102, 440075, Categories; (SC/ST); 440101(CGB); 440038(RBA); 440086, 440112, (CDP); 440019 (NCC); 440005, (WUP); 440120. GEO-INFORMATICS: Open Merit: 450042, 450004, 450035, 450008, 450009, 450010, 450064, 450006, Categories: (RBA): 450033,(SN): 450005, (NCC): 450026, MATHEMATICS; Open Merit; 411013, 410126, 410281, 411287, 410605, 410518, 410481, 411187, 410679, 410728, 410009, 410086, 410681, 410083, 410680, 410034, 410231, 410234, 410638, 411191, 410886, 410030, 411069, 410003, 410607, 410092, 410062, 410858, 410374, 410053, 410672, 410712, Categories: (OSJ); 410630 (RBA); 410961, 410170, 411178, 410227, 410479, 410255 (CDP); 410720, 410531, (WUP); 410244, (SC/ST); 410386, 410770, 410157, 410279, (SPORTS); 410534, (NCC); 410768, (PHC); 410706, (CGB); 411323, (SN); 410152. CHEMISTRY; Open Merit ; 400543, 400470, 400500, 400189, 400358, 400317, 400743, 400005, 400739, 400947, 400253, 400294, 400279, 400493, 400016, 400989, 400615, 400495, 400413, 400387, 400212, 400066, 400776, 400198, 400704, 400434, 400064, 400050, Categories; (RBA); 400570, 400461, 400210, 400088, 400719, 400267, (SC/ST); 400381, 400861, 400939, (CGB); 400529, 400128, (CDP); 400705, 400888 (PHC); 400518, (NCC); 400261, (SPORTS); 400241, (WUP); 400154,(OSJ); 401008,(SN); 400216 PHYSICS; Open Merit; 390020,390713, 390267,390422, 390174, 390123, 390368, 390191, 390049, 390080, 390607, 390002, 390514, 390150, 390126, 390060, 390479, 390315, 390015, 390200, 390008, 390286, 390214, 390001, 390232, 390026, 390357, 390159, 390452, 390231. Categories: (SC/ST); 390109, 390220, 390659, (RBA); 390632, 390476, 390706, 390403, 390040, 390491, (WUP); 390111, (CDP); 390732, (SPORTS); 390311, (NCC); 390703, (PHC); 390175, (OSJ); 390358, (SN);390158. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE; Open Merit; 431041, 430985, 430446, 430053, 430286, 430159, 430270, 430251, 430478, 431102, 430621, 430694 Categories; RBA); 430740, 430833 (WUP); 430907, (OSJ); 430596, (PHC); 430060, (SN); 430005 (CDP); 430976, (SC/ST); 430237 STATISTICS; Open Merit; 420006, 420092, 420091, 420193, 420194, 420106, 420075, 420086, 420196, 420267, 420206, 420163, 420134, 420136, 420355, 420142, 420220, 420208, 420273, 420090, 420368, 420322, 420312, 420271, 420125, 420170, 420181, 420138, 420366, 420117, 420002, 420192, 420055. Categories; (SC/ST); 420285, 420052, 420375, 420223, (RBA); 420225, 420068, 420116, 420274, 420346, 420039, (WUP); 420336, (CDP); 420216, 420103, (Sports); 420360, (NCC); 420114, (PHC); 420308, (OSJ); 420302,(SN):420356. GEOGRAPHY; Open Merit; 460041, 460054, 460019, 460441, 460173, 460360, 460416, 460007, 460171, 460100, 460046, 460148, 460278, 460060, 460031, 460139, 460246, 460052 Categories; (RBA); 460293, 460023, 460045, (CDP); 460394, (SC/ST); 460296, 460285, (WUP); 460276, (NCC); 460186, (OSJ); 460316; (CGB); 460094;(SPORTS):460132; (PHC); 460227 DISASTER MANAGEMENT; Open Merit; 560088, 560092, 560155, 560183, 560146, 560070, 560168, Categories; (SN); 560110, (NCC): 560010 (RBA); 560014, (CDP); 560028


Whereas, Sh. Mansoor Ahmad Hagroo S/o Sh. Abdul Aziz Hagroo & Mst. Mehmooda Akhter W/o Mansoor Ahmad Hagroo R/o Nishat, Srinagar has approached this office for grant of Registration of their Residential house converted into paying Guest House (Home Stay) under the name and style "Nishat Lake Resorts" situated at Nishat Srinagar; Whereas, the applicants have, in support of their application submitted various other documents including land owners certificate, revenue documents, of the land, building plan/Site plan/ Character Certificates. Whereas, under Tourism Incentive Rules Paying Guest House means a boarding /lodging facility in an existing residential house created by making available some rooms within the house or by addition of one or two rooms to the existing structure and provided to tourists on payment with a view to afford to them an opportunity of staying as part of the unit. The. accommodation can be upto 8 beds in single, double or three to four bedded rooms with attached or common sanitary fitted bathrooms / toilet facilities. Whereas, the residential house is located at Nishat specified under Tourism Incentive rules. Whereas, the committee of the Departmental officers constituted for the purpose conducted an Inspection of the proposed Paying Guest House providing the facility as home stay for the tourists, have recommended the case for conversation of Residential House into paying Guest House (Home Stay) and informed that the Paying Guest house is complete in all respects. Whereas, the promoters of the Paying Guest House have given an undertaking to this effect that they will not claim for any Incentive under the provisions of Tourism Incentive Rules or any other Scheme or any other package from the Tourism Department. Whereas, the applicants have undertaken that they will spare only 4 (four) rooms out of 8 (Eight) rooms for use of Paying Guests/Tourists (Home Stay) in the first floor in their residential House. Now, therefore, before the case is considered for grant of registration under the provisions of the J&K Tourism Incentive Rules 2012 after fulfillment of all the requirements, the matter is hereby notified for information of the general public for purpose of inviting objections, if any. In case of objections, if any, the same is reported to the Assistant Director Tourism, Registration, TRC Srinagar within a period of 7-days from the date of publication of this Notice in the, Local Newspapers. No objections/claim beyond the prescribed period of 7-days shall be entertained and the registration will be granted in favour of the unit. Sd/ Assitt Director Tourism, DIPK: 09 Registration



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Office of the Regional Transport Officer Kashmir NOTICE

Whereas a joint application has been received from Shri Moham-

mad Ishaq Bhat S/O Haji Abdul Salam Bhat R/O Qamarwari Sgr

(as Transferor) and Nazir Ahmad Rather S/o Gh. Rasool Rather R/o Shalteng Sgr(as Transferee) for transfer of Taxi carriage route permit No: 6300/MC covering Vehicle No. JK01J-6021. Now, therefore, it is notified for general information that objections, if any to the proposed transfer of the said route permit/vehicle shall be filled writing in the Office of the Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir within a period of 7 days from the date of publication of this notice. NO: JKRTOK-224 Dated: 05/4/2014 Sd/ Regional Transport Officer Kashmir

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Lok Sabha battle begins on Monday from northeast India AGARTALA/GUWAHATI: The Campaigning for the constituen- chances,” said a senior official of nine-phase Lok Sabha election cies ended at 5pm on Saturday. Assam Police. begins on Monday from northPolice and paramilitary forces He said a total of 240 compaeast India, with polling in five of the 14 seats in Assam and one of the two constituencies in Tripura. The six are part of the 543 constituencies where polling will take place from April 7 to May 12. The results will be known May 16. The Congress is the major force in Assam which it rules while the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPM) is the dominant force in Tripura. But the opposition is aggressive in both states. An estimated 6.4 million people are eligible to vote on Monday to pick representatives to the Lok Sabha from Tezpur, Jorhat, Kaliabor, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur constituencies in Assam. According to the Election Commission, 51 candidates are in the fray on Monday in Assam, Lone News Agency Khan News Agency which will elect the remaining have Kangan stepped up security, more nies of AssamGanderbal Police and paranine Lok Sabha members April 12 Agency so because forces had already been Gulzar News SouraApril 7 coincides with Zahid military Book Depot Chadoora (three) and 24 (six). Tariq News Agency the raising in the Nowhatta state. Hawal day of the outlawed Bashirdeployed News Agency Monday’s balloting will be United Liberation Front of Asom Ten candidates are in the fray Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk held in 8,588 centres. (ULFA). in Jorhat, nine in Tezpur, 13 each Abdullah Agency Chowk News Agency Lal Chowkand Polling is expected to startNews at “ThereLal is no specific threat Sikendar for in Kaliabor and Lakhimpur 7am and is likely to Gupkari end by 5pm. the election but we cannot take candidates Dibrugarh. News Agency Lal Chowk Raina six News Agency in Gund Kangan

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Randomization of EVMs and Polling staff at Ramban

It is pertinent to mention here that a total number of 181856 electors comprising 98243 male and 83613 female electors are going to vote for the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2014 from Ramban district. This district contains 42 polling stations at Doda and 41 Polling stations at Gool Arnas Constituencies consisting of 29619 and 25176 electors respectively. So far, as the service voters are concerned, there are a total no of 932 service voters comprising 694 male and the rest female service voters. The Observer appealed to all the participants especially the political parties to co-operate with the election machinery for ensuring maximum participation of people in the elections. He further requested all political parties to refrain from any violation of Model Code of Conduct.

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Among the prominent candidates in Assam are lottery baron Mani Kumar Subba, chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gourav Gogoi, outgoing Congress MP Bijoy Krishna Handique, veteran communist Drupad Borgohain, BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal, Union minister of state for tribal affairs Ranee Narah, Mamud Imdadul Haque Choudhury of AIUDF, Union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, Rameswar Teli of the BJP and Anoop Phukan of the AGP. The West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency goes to the polls Monday. Election in the Tripura East constituency will be held April 12. According to officials, 1.2 million voters are eligible to vote Monday to pick one Lok Sabha member from among 13 candidates including a woman. In 2009, the CPM’s Khagen Das won defeating Congress’s Sudip Roy Barman by 248,549 votes. The Left has won

from West Tripura seat 11 times since the first Lok Sabha election of 1952 and the Congress four times. The Congress For Democracy, a breakaway faction of the Congress, secured the seat in 1977. This time the main battle in the constituency will be between CPM’s Sankar Prasad Datta and Congress’s Arunoday Saha, a former vice-chancellor of Tripura University. BJP state president Sudhindra Chandra Dasgupta, Trinamool Congress state chief Ratan Chakraborty, Tripura Pragatishil Gramin Congress president Subal Bhowmik and Aam Aadmi Party’s Salil Saha, a physician, are the other important contenders. The CPM is focussing on the development work it has carried out in Tripura while attacking the Congress for poor governance and corruption in the country. The opposition is harping on poor governance, unemployment and rising crimes against women. Tripura chief electoral officer Ashutosh Jindal said the Border Security Force (BSF) would seal the India-Bangladesh border during the polls.

Election Observer reviews election preparedness at Ramban

and fair elections in the district. He said that two AROs have been designated for the district, one for Assembly Constituency Ramban 55 and the other for Assembly Constituency Banihal 56. The AC 55 Ramban consists of 81887 voters comprising 110 Polling Stations, of which, 86 fall in Ramban district and the rest belong to Doda district. The ADDC Ramban apprised the observer about various activities taken up under SVEEP for educating the people about the importance of casting their votes for electing their representatives. He said that a number of road shows

in addition to symposia, seminars and cultural programs have been organised throughout the district for educating the people in this regard. The ARO Assembly Constituency 56 Banihal told that there are 74793 electors in AC 56 Banihal, of which, 62117 electors have been provided with EPIC cards. He said that all basic minimum facilities have been provided in all the polling stations. The DEO said that there are 21 Polling stations in Gool Arnas Constituency-59 which fall under district Ramban and all necessary arrangements for these polling stations have been made. The Observer directed all the members of various teams constituted for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct in the district to work vigorously for restricting any violation of the model code of conduct. He further directed the AROs to remain in touch with the BLOS at the root level so that participation

in this democratic process can be improved and all left out voters can be given the chance of exercising their right of vote. The DEO said that there are 21 Polling stations in Gool Arnas Constituency-59 which fall under district Ramban and all necessary arrangements for these polling stations have been made. The Observer directed all the members of various teams constituted for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct in the district to work vigorously for restricting any violation of the model code of conduct. He further directed the AROs to remain in touch with the BLOS at the root level so that participation in this democratic process can be improved and all left out voters can be given the chance of exercising their right of vote. Besides, ADDC, ACD, AEROs and all nodal officers were present in the meeting.

DEO flags off heritage walk under SVEEP MANWAL, APRIL-05:- To create awareness about voter participation under Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), a Heritage Walk under SVEEP awareness programme was organized by District Administration, Udhampur in collaboration with Archaeological Survey of India and J&K Tourism Department. As many as, 500 students from various schools participated in the walk who were holding banners and placards encouraging people to cast their vote. The rally commenced from Devi Vani Temple which passed through bus stand, main market of Manwal, Kaladhera-I, Kaladhera-II, Nand Bhabore monument and culminated at the starting point. The marching students shouted slogans like “if you don’t vote, you will lose right to complaint”, “vote for stronger democracy”, “right to vote” etc in favour of getting registered as voters since voting right can change one’s life.District Election Officer, Udhampur, Yasha Mudgal, flagged off the heritage walk.Speaking on the occasion, the DEO said, “Greater participation is stronger democ-


March 21-April 19

Allow your eager and restless nature to express itself in ways other than through the spoken word, Aries. Show someone that you care through your gentle touch or a big bear hug. Hold on a little bit more tightly than you might normally. There’s an unspoken understanding that comes when you communicate through nothing but pure silence. Work on developing this kind of connection with those closest to you.

Taurus April 20-May 20

This is a terrific day for you, Taurus. You should find that your relationships, especially with men, go exceptionally well. Your tender and extremely sensitive nature is finally being recognized as the treasure chest it is. There are many times in which this type of personality is seen as weak, yet today is one of those times in which you’re given the full credit you deserve.

Gemini May 21-June 21

A selfish attitude on your part won’t be tolerated today, regardless of the circumstances, Gemini. Don’t make it worse for yourself by pretending that you don’t notice others’ hurt feelings. People are likely to be extra sensitive today, so be careful about trying to impose your will on someone who really wants nothing more than an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on.

Cancer June 22-July 22

You could find the hardest person to face is you, Cancer. You tend toward introspection, and you may find yourself shrinking into self-recrimination. You could analyze the important people in your life and yet fail to address the one you really need to look at – you. As you continually strive for perfection, give yourself proper credit. Do something nice for yourself today.


July 23-August 22 Take advantage of the creative energy in the air today, Leo. Keep your hands moving and your imagination flowing toward something fun and artistic. If you begin to doubt your work, you may fall down a spiral of creative blockage. Don’t get into the habit of constantly judging the quality or outcome of your work. Give yourself free rein to open up and explore whatever comes to mind.


August 23-September 22

Your sixth sense is right on target, Virgo, so trust your instincts today. You’re likely to connect with someone in a wonderful partnership that will help you foster the very plan you want to develop now. Stay close to those things that resonate strongly with your morals. The answer is in front of you; you don’t have to search too far afield in order to find it.


September 23-October 23 Take a break from your routine, Libra. You might feel like you’re leading an army into battle as you strive for new adventures and conquer new realms. Make sure you take a bit of time out today to stop and let your troops rest. You deserve a little rest yourself. Use this moment of stillness to form your plan of attack so you’re sure about how to proceed.


October 24-November 21 The key for you is to minimize your daily drama as much as possible, Scorpio. You may not realize how much you cripple yourself by the way you exaggerate every aspect of your life. Try not to give so much of your attention to things that really don’t matter much. Petty jealousy and gossip about other people’s lives are especially irrelevant in your world.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

racy” so main aim is to motivate voters to increase voter turnout in upcoming Lok Sabha election and one of the best way of this is to educate and aware students about importance of registration and voting

in order to motivate their parents to cast their vote.She urged upon the women folk to come forward and use their right to vote besides spread the message of right to vote among the voters in their surround-

Security, Expenditure Observers visit Doda Reviews security arrangements DODA, APRIL 05-Security Observer for General Elections to Lok Sabha for Kathua - Udhampur–Doda Parliamentary Constituency, Mr. L Kailun and Expenditure Observer Mr. B.K Panday today visited Doda and reviewed expenditure monitoring mechanism and security plan / arrangements made by the district administration in the district. District Election Officer (Deputy Commissioner), Doda, Mubarak Singh, SP Doda, M.S Chouhan, ADC, Imam Din, Nodal Officer MCC (PO ICDS), Surat Singh besides other Nodal Officers and representatives of various political parties attended the meeting. While speaking on the occasion, Kailun said that safety and security of

people besides maintenance of law and order is vital for smooth and peaceful conduct of the upcoming elections. He said that adequate number of security personals should be deployed in the District for smooth and peaceful elections. The DDC revealed that the district has four Assembly Constituencies two fully and two partly i.e 53-Doda and 54-Bhaderwah (fully) and 52-Inderwal and 55-Ramban partly, there are 327 Polling Stations in the District that comprises of 241 Sensitive and 86 Normal Polling Stations. Chouhan briefed the Observers about the security plan being prepared for the smooth conduct of elections in the district. The Observers also conducted field visits and inspected the security arrangements made for strong room, collection and dispatch centres of EVM etc.

ings and motivate them to take part in election in order to increase the participation. On the occasion, Dogri, folk artist Ramalo Ram and party also made audience aware about their right to vote through

their cultural songs.Among others IAS Probationer, Mr. Ravinder Kumar, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Mr. N.S Jamwal, Tehsildar, Majalta, Mr. Aamir Choudhary, District Information Officer.

Be careful of advertising yourself as someone who is so strong and mentally competent that you’re capable of handling everything, Sagittarius. Take note that the strongest mule on the trail usually ends up carrying the most weight. Your emotions are more sensitive than you may think, and certainly more than you demonstrate to others. Be honest about the way you feel and not just the way you think.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Training of Micro observers held RAJOURI, APRIL 05- A Training programme for Micro Observers was held at Dak bungalow, Rajouri in which Nodal Officer for Training, Mushir Mirza briefed the trainees about their role and responsibilities through power point presentation. The Nodal Observer said that these micro observers will be deployed at critical sensitive polling booths and will report their observation directly to the concerned authority. He gave a detailed overview regarding the role of micro observers in the upcoming Lok Sabha election which includes arrangements made at the polling booth, positioning of the EVM, number of agents of the candidates and whether the guidelines of Election Commission of India regarding conduct of election is followed or not. In addition, they were also informed about their role in conduct of mock polls, observance of model code of conduct and functioning of EVM’S.Besides, various other issues related to elections were discussed during the training.

Awareness rally held to encourage female voters REASI, APRIL 05- To encourage female electorates to cast their votes in the coming elections, Chief Education Officer Reasi Ashok Sanyal flagged off a rally from Govt. Boys Higher Secondary Reasi.Students in the rally displayed placards with slogans like ‘Most Imp Right: To Cast Your Vote”’ to encourage female electorates exercise their right of franchise. On the occasion, the students and staff pledged to cast their votes in these vital polls. District Election Officer Dr Shahid Iqbal, is taking extensive steps to create awareness among the voters on the importance of exercising their franchise on April 17. The newlyformed exclusive ladies awareness groups (Anganwadi workers and helpers) visited people door to door during the Signature campaign launched on eve of International Women’s Day covering about 40011 families across the district.Meanwhile, rallies with appeal for participation in upcoming elections were also organized by DSWO through Anganwadi workers/ helpers at Mahore, Arnas, Pouni and Reasi.

Things should flow well for you today with very little effort on your part, Capricorn. Take note that if any quarrel arises, it’s an indication that the person you’re arguing with isn’t necessarily the right person to deal with or confide in. Emotional issues are likely to be the hardest ones to overcome, but this shouldn’t be a problem for you. You have the ability to work through these like a pro.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

This is meant to be a nice, relaxing day, so treat it as such, Aquarius. There’s no need for you to plan any great strategy at this time. Try to take it easy and not indulge in any unnecessary stress. This is your time to enjoy the moment. Don’t tax your mind by overanalyzing everything that comes your way. Go with the flow and have a great time regardless of what you end up doing.


February 19-March 20 Your sensual nature is heightened, Pisces, and you’ll find yourself engaged in tender moments and languid peacefulness in the company of others. Soothe your soul by letting yourself slip into situations that give you the emotional freedom to do or say whatever comes to mind. Life should be like a love poem written by a great master. Accept the good energy that comes your way.

EDITORIAL/ OPINION Education-Magic wand to progress and prosperity


he progress and prosperity of any nation can be measured only on one yard-stick, as to how many citizens have excess to quality educational facilities. The off rule, Might is Right, Aristocrats rule the Nations, are now obsolete. The developed countries paid heed to education in the initial stage and now they are harvesting the fruits of those initiatives by way of dictating their terms on developing and under developed countries. The citizens are leading comfortable life with all the basic necessities fulfilled. They don’t have to live under open sky or stand in que for hours together to fetch one bucket of water or ration at concessional rates. Their children don’t have to lose eye sight while studying in dim lights. Talk of any comfort; they are bestowed with in comparison to the people of the third world who have to live from hand to mouth, where poverty is their destiny. It is all because of least priority given to education sector that these countries could not harness their resources and compete with the developed nations. They miss the condition in India. We too woke late to the need of the hour in giving emphasis on education. The words of Former President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam keep on echoing when he one said “coming generation will not remember you as to how many temples, mosques or churches you built, but will remember you as to how many school you built”. His golden words speak of his vast experience and practical approach. But despite various schemes and initiatives launched by Central Government, country still lags behind in the field of education. Due to poverty most of our children go to government run school to seek education. Except Kerala almost in tall the states the literacy rate is below expectations. There could be various reasons for this. The way politics has plagued this sector is beyond one’s imagination and almost killing the future of the country. The state of Jammu & Kashmir is no exception. Here the people are being duped with the slogans of freedom, justice, progress and what not for the last so many years. But it was education sector which was made sacrificial lamb at the first instance. Schools, colleges, libraries were set ablaze. Day today calls of strike, civil curfew, and curfew made the life out of gear. The future of the students was darkened. With the establishment of popular government some initiative with the financial assistance by central government were taken to build or repair school college buildings but the situation still is pitiable. Even now nearly 5000 government schools are without their own buildings. School buildings are in delipated condition. May schools are without roof top, without doors and with broken window panes. There is no proper sitting arrangement what to talk of other civic amenities like heating system during chilly days of harsh winter, drinking water or toilet facilities. Even teacher are not properly trained. There are certain schools were students are without teaching staff but some schools with more teachers but less students due to ineffective transfer policy and rampant corruption. The concept of Rehbar-e-Taleem may be ideal on paper but practically it has failed to deliver goods as it is a means for back door entries. What kind of quality education can be expected from a teacher with nominal honorarium? Moreover when such teachers are regularised they get themselves transferred to towns or cities with political pressure or money power leaving students to their fate.Now time has come when Government and the people have to take education sector seriously. Government should take bold steps by adopting public private partnership for spreading education to every nook and corner of the state to channelize the talent and intelligence of t he children of the state and also in calculate a sense of accountability in teaching community which is possible only when there is good governance.



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Srinagar, Sunday 06 April 2014

ECO Sensitive Zones needs Special Care

ndia is endowed with diverse topographical zones and rich variety of flora and fauna. During the course of industrialisation, urbanisation and other developmental initiatives, lot of changes occur in the landscape which may sometimes become the cause of natural disasters like earthquakes, flash floods, landslides, cloud burst etc. In order to preserve certain regions/ areas bestowed with unique plants, animals, terrains Government has declared them as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, etc,. Further, to minimise the impact of urbanisation and other developmental activities, areas adjacent to such protected areas have been declared as Eco-Sensitive Zones. The National Wildlife Action Plan (NWAP) 2002-2016 endeavours to protect areas outside the protected area network to prevent isolation/destruction of fragments of bio-diversity. However, eco-sensitive zones are delineated to regulate specific activities on site specific basis. The Environment (protection) Rules, 1986 states that the Central Government can prohibit and restrict the location of industries and carrying on certain operations or processes on the basis of considerations like biological diversity of an area,

maximum allowable limits of concentration of pollutants in an area, environmentally compatible land use and proximity to protected areas. The purpose of declaring eco-sensitive zones around protected areas is for creating some kind of ‘Shock Absorber’ to the protected area. They would also act as a transition zone from areas of high protection to areas involving lesser protection. The width of eco-sensitive zone and type of regulation vary from one area to another. However, as a general principle width of eco-sensitive zone could go up to 10 kms around a protected area. In case of places with sensitive corridors, connectivity and ecologically important patches, crucial for landscape linkage, even area beyond 10 kms width can also be included in the eco-sensitive zone.

The State Governments should emphasise the fact to the public that eco-sensitive zones are not meant to hamper their day-to-day activities, but instead, is meant to protect the precious forests/areas in their locality from any negative impact and also to refine the environment around such protected areas. While some of the activities could be allowed in all the eco-sensitive areas, others will be regulated or prohibited. However, which activity can be regulated or prohibited and to what extent will have to be area specific. For instance, activities which fall under the prohibited category include commercial mining, setting up of saw mills, setting up of industries causing pollution, establishment of major hydro electric projects, discharge of effluent and solid waste into natural water bodies or areas, use or production of any hazardous substances,etc.Similarly, activities like felling of tress, establishment of hotels and resorts, widening of roads, protection of river banks and hill slopes,etc comes under regulated category. A Zonal Master Plan for the eco-sensitive zone has to be prepared by the State Government within a period of one year from the date of approval by the Ministry of Environment and For-

ests, Government of India. The zonal master plan should provide for restoration of denuded areas, conservation of existing water bodies, management of catchment areas, soil and moisture conservation, needs of local community, etc,. which needs attention. It should also demarcate all the existing and proposed urban settlements, village settlements, types and kinds of forest, agricultural areas, green areas, horticultural areas, lakes, etc,. No change of land use from green uses shall be permitted in the zonal master plan except limited conversion of agricultural lands to meet the residential needs of the existing local residents, improvement of roads and bridges, community buildings, without the prior approval of the state government. Pending preparation of the master plan and approval thereof by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, all new constructions can be allowed only after it is approved by the Monitoring Committee constituted by the Central Government. Protection of eco-sensitive zones has assumed importance in view of the overzealous developmental initiatives in fragile eco systems. A balanced, rational developmental approach is the need of the hour.

Water Conservation in Industries


he population of India is estimated to reach between 1.5 - 1.8 billion by year 2050. To avoid our country from becoming a water scarce country, availability of 3060 billion m3 fresh water is required. The average annual surface water flows in India has been estimated as 1869 billion m3 of which only 690 billion m3 can be utilized considering monsoon climate and topographical and geological reasons. The available groundwater resource due to various recharges is 432 billion m3. The country will be water stressed even if the total available water i.e. 2301 billion m3 is taken into account. Ensuring uninterrupted supply of water of adequate quality and quantity at affordable cost will be the biggest challenge for the municipalities and industries due to the huge demand and pollution caused by discharge of untreated or partially treated used waters. In recent years, with the development of industries, increase in population and improved living standard, demand of water has remarkably increased. Municipalities are not able to provide uninterrupted water supply to the citizens. The communities in many Indian cities have to purchase drinking water at a high cost of Rs. 50 – 150 per m3. Since water has become a scarce commodity, availability of water of adequate quality and quantity at affordable cost is possibly the biggest challenge faced by the industries today. It is necessary for all the industries to positively implement all kind of programs and measures for effective utilization of water resources. Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd., Chennai for example have invested large sum of money in desalination of Sea water and in laying a pipeline to convey the desalinated water all the way to their refinery. Earlier, when faced with a severe water shortage, the refinery was the first to invest in a plant to recover water from treated municipal sewage and effluent from the refinery. Madras Fertilizers Limited followed their example. In Mumbai, Rashtriya Chemical Fertilizers have also set up a plant to recover water from municipal sewage and used the recovered water for cooling applications. Water can no longer be taken for granted. It needs to be managed judiciously through measures to conserve, recover, and reuse, especially in industries that consume large quantities of water. Water is used in the industry for a number of applications that include cooling, steam production to generate power and other process applications besides drinking and sanitation. Water Audit The first step in Water Conservation and Management Programme is comprehensive water Audit to arrive at a realistic water balance for the entire factory and colony. Water audits at regular intervals help the management to take stock of the situation and act before the problem escalates and threatens closure due to non availability of water. The objectives of carrying out a water audit is not only

to identify areas of excessive use (and its abuse) but also assess the quality of water being supplied for each application and compare it with the actual requirement and optimize the cost of treating water. This involves following exercise· Measurement of water consumption at user points by calibrated instruments. Flow through closed pipes can be measured by an Ultrasonic flow measuring instrument and flow through open channels through V-Notch weirs. · The quality and quantity of effluents generated from each section should also be assessed. Conscious efforts shall be made to effect savings in cost of treating the effluent. · The next step is to establish bench marks for water consumption based on international practices for similar industries and identify areas of excess consumption. · An action plan should then be drawn for reducing the consumption of water in those areas. With good housekeeping discipline and perseverance it should be possible to achieve the results. Conservation of Water for Cooling A major portion of industrial water is utilized for cooling applications in majority of industries and hence provides an opportunity to conserve the water by optimizing the operations of cooling towers and following the best practices as given below· It is essential to check the cooling water treatment programme, which enables us to operate the tower at optimum cycles of concentration. The quantity of make-up water decreases significantly with increasing cycles of concentration. Water meters should be installed at cooling water make-up as well as blow down line. · Use of cooling water for other purposes like floor washing should be stopped. There should be no overflows from the basin. · One should also look for any leak through the bottom floor of the tower basin and if detected the leak should be plugged during the annual shut down. · Loss of water due to evaporation is around 2% of the water in circulation and hence in areas of water scarcity, the feasibility of using air cooled towers should be explored. · Side stream filtration should be adopted to keep cooling water free of suspended solids. Backwash water from side stream filter can be recovered by installing a plate type clarifier. The quantum of water recovered can be significant in large industries like fertilizer, steel etc. Water Conservation in Pretreatment Plant Almost all the plants utilizing surface water will have a clarifier and filter beds. Blow down from the clarifier must be treated through the sludge thickener and sludge dewatering unit (centrifuge / filter press). The clear water from sludge thickener and the filtrate from sludge dewatering unit should be pumped back to the clarifier. This will not only help in

water conservation but also reduces the cost incurred in sludge handling and disposal. The entire quantity of water used for backwashing the filters must be collected and returned to the clarifier. Water Conservation in Softening Plants Softening plants offer scope both for water conservation as well as for a reduction in salt consumption by opting for salt recycling. Salt recycle is effectively used in almost all the power stations in Maharashtra as the entire quantity of water used for cooling is softened and the salt consumption is high. For salt recycling, it will be necessary to install an additional brine measuring tank (BMT 2) identical to the existing one (BMT 1) and modify the frontal piping. Part of the water used for slow rinsing and practically the entire quantity used for final rinsing can be recovered and reused partly for preparation of salt solution and partly for slow rinse. Salt recovery can be made by collecting the latter half of the effluent during salt injection in a separate brine measuring tank and using it to partially regenerate the resin during the next cycle. Water Conservation in Demineralization Plant Demineralization by the ion exchange process generates strong effluents which require dilution with fresh water or other streams low in dissolved solids prior to discharge. However water can be recovered from the effluents generated in a DM plant by installing a water recovery plant for reuse in the plant. Some plants use the strongly acidic effluents in cooling water for pH control in place of acid. There is considerable scope to conserve water in DM plant which can be achieved by following measures· Almost all the final rinse water during Mixed Bed regeneration can be recycled back to the filtered water tank. Part of the water used for final rinsing can be recycled back to the raw water tank as soon as its conductively reaches the value equal to that of raw water. · Good housekeeping can significantly contribute to conservation of water in a DM plant. Leaky valves and taps must be fixed immediately. Water flowing through pH and conductivity sensors must be routed to the raw water tank. · Whenever rinse water volumes increase, the reasons for long rinse should be ascertained. If it is established that the problem is due to fouling agent in water, action must be taken to fix the problem either by addition of some equipment or change over to non fouling resins or both. · Presence of non-reactive (colloidal) silica in boiler feed water high pressure boilers may result in increased blowdown. In case presence of excessive amount of colloidal silica is suspected it may be prudent to remove it from boiler feed water by installing an Ultra filtration unit after the Mixed Bed. In case the raw water is high on organics as well, the ultra filtration unit may be located ahead

of MB unit to take care of both issues. Treatment of Condensate Conservation of condensate not only saves water but also the huge cost incurred in high purity water production and chemical conditioning. This can be achieved by arresting the leakages in the lines and installing suitable treatment units (condensate polishing units) for removal of undesirable components. Condensates with traces of hydrocarbons can be treated through the use of Oil Coalescers or specially designed Activated Carbon Filters Effluent Treatment Use of water in the industry produces an effluent which needs to be treated before it can be discharged into a public sewer or a receiving stream. Treatment of effluent is necessary to protect the receiving water bodies and ensure safe water availability to the downstream habitation. Moreover, the effluent after minimal treatment can be utilized for low end applications. Efforts should be made to treat, recycle, and reuse the effluent in the premises so that the industry could approach towards zero liquid discharge concepts and uninterrupted water supply for production can be ensured. Often it is possible to recover a valuable byproduct for reuse in the process and remaining effluent is now more amenable for recovery of water economically. In Tirupur, group of industries had installed a combined effluent treatment plant for treating their effluents with an option to recover the salt (Na2SO4) and water which is again recycled back to the process. This approach not only solved a potential problem of high TDS effluent disposal but also resulted in practically ‘Zero-Discharge’ with significant savings in the cost of treatment of effluent. Water Conservation in Offices and Residential Colony As far as possible, electronically operated proximity devices or at least press to open type of valves should be provided to reduce wastage. These types of installations result in water consumption of around 30%. Supply of potable water to residential colony and other user points should be under gravity by installing water tanks on roof tops. Supply under gravity (through overhead storage tanks) will minimize wastage through splashing. Again restricting the supply to fix periods will also help in conserving water. Rain Water Harvesting Rain water harvesting is yet another opportunity for the industries to ensure that the ground water gets recharged and the borewells do not run dry. The system is relatively inexpensive and the benefits are many. Water falling on the roof top is collected through channels, filtered and infiltration wells.Water is a scarce resource and it needs to be treated with all the respect it deserves. Conservation, recovery and reuse must be practiced by all industries on a continuous basis to ensure availability of adequate quantity of fresh water for use.

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