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01 dies, 03 injured in road accidents Srinagar, May 31: A minor girl died while another three were injured in two separate road accidents across the valley. A Tipper bearing registration number JK04A/9364 driven by Hafiz-ul-lah Rehman son of Mohammad Ashraf resident of Banihal hit a motorcycle bearing registration number JK04B at village Haji Lawpora, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Beerwah, Budgam. In this accident the motorcyclist Tashooq Ahmed Malla son of Abdul Rashid Malla resident of Hard Malpora, his 04 years old daughter See Accident on pg 11
04 structures damaged in fire Srinagar, May 31: Four structures were damaged in different fire incidents, last evening. Fire broke out in the cowshed of Ghulam Qadir Parray son of Ghulam Ahmad at Nunner, Ganderbal, resulting in partial damage to the structure. Meanwhile, fire broke out in the joint residential house of Ghulam Qadir Dobi, Mohammad Ramzan Dobi and Mohammad Ismail See Fire on pg 11
02 persons consumed poison Srinagar, May 31 (KNS): A girl (name with held) resident of Kharti Iqbal Pora, in the jurisdiction of Police Post Larnoo, Anantnag consumed some poisonous substance at her home. She was shifted to Hospital for treatment where she breathed her last. Police has registered a case in this regard. A lady (name with held) resident of Tethmulla, Baramulla consumed some poisonous See Poison on pg 11
inside story Kashmir student qualifies Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer Srinagar, May 31: (GNS) A Kashmir student has qualified Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and is first to have qualified this prestigious certification of Microsoft, Aptech Srinagar on Saturday said. An official of the Aptech Srinagarwhich is Aptech Ltd.’s regional academy in Kashmir said: “We proudly announce that one of our students namely Arif Najar has qualified Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer(MCSD) and is now a
On Edit Page Increasing suicides a worrying factor The alarming rise in self offensive trend suicide cases in the valley is worrying every sensitive person. There are reports of suicides or attempt to commit suicide appearing everyday in local news-papers and this trend is continuing upward unabated. The situation in the valley for the last three decades, deteriorating economic condition of major chunk of population, the race for earning fast buck and the competition of show off in the society besides unending unemployment in youths are some reasons for psychological problems amongst new
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Multi Crore Roshni Scam
Cases registered across the state against accused
Srinagar, May 31, CNS: The Vigilance Organization Kashmir (SVO) registered at least three cases against different officers and officials of Revenue Departments of District Srinagar, Pulwama and Budgam respectively and the private beneficiaries regarding fraudulent and illegal transfer of land under Roshi Act. According SVO that in light of the observation of Principal Accountant General (Audit) and verification conducted so far by specially constituted SIT who were assigned to look into allegations against fraudulent transfer of
Commercial, Residential, Agricultural and Institutional land under Roshni Act, it has emerged that the concerned officers and officials of Revenue Department with ulterior motives have illegally and in a dubious manner transferred the land in favour of hundreds of individuals illegally and by unlawful means as such the aim and objectives of Roshni Scheme has been subverted. Citing an example, SVO according to CNS stated that rates of commercial land has been fixed as per available in residential areas, rates in residential areas have been fixed
much lower than the prevailing market rates, residential land has been converted into Agricultural land use and likewise institutional land has also been converted into residential land which substantially decreased the value of the land in question and revenue generated scheme under Roshni Act miserably failed and state exchequer suffered loss which could go into hundreds of corers of rupees. Pertinently, the State Government had expected huge revenue from the scheme which could have been See Scam on pg 11
Scams in JK Bank won’t be tolerated: Hurriyat (M) Srinagar, May 3: Expressing serious concern over the reports of financial indiscipline in Jammu and Kashmir bank, the spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (M) said that the bank being the national asset of Kashmiris, the people have attached great hopes that it would act as an agent of economic progress and prosperity in Kashmir. According to a statement issued to KNS, a Hurriyat (M) spokesman further stated that in a bid to give favour to some blue eyed people, the bank recruited more people than actually needed, provided loans on low interest rates to non-JK firms, which have caused 4000 crore debit liability to the bank. The bank has also provided high interest loans to Kashmiris, and property of worth billions of rupees of JK bank board of Directors and other key office bearers outside Kashmir has harmed the
credibility of the financial institution. The spokesman said the JK bank was acting more as a government department than a financial institution, adding, instead of fulfilling the expectations of people; its functioning has been restricted to provide services to government ministers. Terming JK bank as the people’s institution, the spokesman stated that people are keenly watching the business activities of the bank. He stated that nobody would be allowed to undermine the economic interests of the people of Kashmir, and nor the scams and bungling in the bank is going to be tolerated by the people. The spokesman expressed hope that the JK bank administration would take all steps to restore the confidence in the financial health of the bank among the consumers and general public. (KNS)
Mughal road re-opens for traffic Poonch, May 31: The historic Mughal Road which remained closed for several months after snowfall during winter has been thrown open for traffic. Deputy Commissioner Poonch Sajjad Ahmed Khan said that as per Executive Engineer, R&B the snow from Peer Ki Gali and Chhata Pani besides areas on north side of Peer pass has been cleared from the road. He said the road was slippery at certain points on the pass but it has now been opened to light mo-
‘Decision on enhancement of retirement age prerogative of Cabinet’ Govt to call Cabinet Sub Committee meeting soon: Sagar Srinagar, May 31: The government is likely to call a meeting of Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) headed by finance minister on enhancement of retirement age of government employees from 58 to 60 years very soon. Talking to KNS, Ali Mohammad Sagar, minister for rural development said: “The government is seriously considering the enhancement of retirement age of government employees and a meeting of Cabinet Sub Committee will be called very soon.” He said that National Conference government never wanted a confrontationist approach to deal with the demands put forth by the government employees. “However, there are many factors that are to be taken into consideration,” Sagar said.
Meanwhile, finance minister said that the government has fulfilled almost all genuine demands put forth by the government employees. “But the decision on enhancement of retirement age is to be taken by the state cabinet. However, there will be deliberations and pros and cons would be discussed before taking any decision on enhancement of retirement age,” Rather told KNS. Meanwhile, Abdul Qayoom Wani, president
NC to re-emerge as force to reckon with: Omar
‘It has braved many onslaughts, sailed through turmoils’ Jammu, May 31: Chief Minister and Working President National Conference, Omar Abdullah Saturday while recognizing the hard work of National Conference workers in helping coalition candidate to win the Parliament Election in Jammu Division said that the voting pattern of all the Assembly segments in Jammu amply depict that National Conference workers have fully rallied behind the NC-Congress coalition candidates. “Your hard work is fully reflected in the polling percentage registered by the coalition candidates”, he maintained. According to a statement issued to KNS, while addressing party workers convention at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan here, Omar Abdullah said that National Conference has witnessed many vicissitudes in its long political life and has faced more severe and troublesome situations but emerged victorious surpassing all challenges and difficulties.
“The party workers have depicted their courage and determination to overcome the difficulties and face challenges bravely and I am sure they will do it See Omar on pg 11
Poll debacle a wake-up call for us: Farooq Abdullah Srinagar, May 31: - National Conference patron Dr Farooq Abdullah Saturday said that they recent poll outcome has taught them many lessons and they will surely overcome all the shortcomings. He described the recent poll outcome as a wake-up call and said the party will convert its loss into strength and bounce back with renewed confidence. “History See Farooq on pg 11
Two kids slipped to death in 7 months Open manholes turning out to be death traps
tor vehicles. The road was narrow at many points and heavy traffic will be allowed after few See Road on pg 11
Protest in Hajin
‘Police officer allowed ‘renegade’ to thrash youth in front of him’ Bandipora, May 31, CNS: Scores of People’s Democratic Party workers staged a protest in Hajin area of Bandipora District against the alleged torture of a youth at the hands of a ‘renegade’ in police station Hajin. Soon after the protest, police released the youth and he was taken to hospital for treatment. Protestors said that a youth from Naid Mohalla Hajin namely Muhammad Azhar-u-Din Dar son of Muhammad Akbar Dar was bailed out by court after he was arrested by police on charges of stone-pelting. “Azhar was called to police
First lady inaugurates Art Exhibition at DPS, Srinagar
Asad Shafiq vows to come back in ODIs
GGHSS felicitates meritorious students
station again by Station House Officer Hajin on Friday where a See Hajin on pg 11
PDP demands suspension of SHO Hajin Srinagar, May 31: Strongly condemning the police highhandedness in Sonwari constituency Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday demanded immediate suspension of SHO, Hajin, who in league with the local lawmaker See PDP on pg 11
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Srinagar, May 31: Despite claims of the Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) of investing crores of rupees in Rakh-Aarth Bemina to rehabilitate Dal dwellers, scores of people Saturday staged a massive protest against LAWDA who alleged that a 2 year old kid who slipped to death in a man-hole on Friday died due to negligence of Executive
Engineer of LAWDA. Pertinently, two year old kid Amar Ali son of Reyaz Ahmed died when he slipped into an open manhole in Bemina area of Srinagar city. The protestors including women told CNS that open man-holes at Rakh Arth are turning out to be death traps and since December last year, two kids have lost their lives. “Last year my three year old son
Death of pregnant woman
Committee submits report
Pattan, May 31: District Health Officer Baramulla who was entrusted with job to probe into the circumstances that resulted into the death of a pregnant woman in North Kashmir’s Sub District Hospital Pattan on May 28 submitted his report before Chief Medical Officer Baramulla. Pertinently, on Wednesday evening soon after the death of a pregnant woman namely Gulshana Banoo wife of Muhammad Sharafat Khan resident of Zangam Pattan, the protestors ransacked the hospital equipments and smashed the window panes of Sub District Hospital Pattan. The protestors alleged that Gulsahna
died due to negligence of the doctors. DC Baramulla Farooq Ahmed Lone soon after the protests had formed a committee headed by District Health Officer to probe the death and submit the report within two days. Chief Medical Officer Baramulla, Dr Ashiq Hussain confirmed to CNS that the committee has submitted its report before him, he however said that the report is confidential but added that a departmental inquiry would be initiated now against the guilty. Sources told CNS that the committee in light of the statements recorded from witnesses and See Death on pg 11
Shahid Abbas slipped to death in an open man-hole,” Mushtaq Ahmed said. “We have to adopt zig-zag pattern to avoid potholes and the broken paths to reach our homes and shops. At some places some potholes, measuring about 2 feet in diameter, can be found, which makes it near impossible for the vehicles to pass and two-wheeler See slipped on pg 11
Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) said that the government is deliberating over the issue but has not sofar reached to any conclusion. “What I know is that the demand of enhancement in retirement age is in active consideration of government but I apprehend that they should not lose more time. We have already chalked out a programme and we cannot sit on that plan silently,” Wani told KNS. Sources said that the EJAC leadership is already in touch with the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, CSC members including Taj Mohi-udDin, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Sham Lal Sharma, Mir Saifullah and Abdul Rahim. The increase in retirement age has been a long-pending demand of the Joint Coordination Committee See Sagar on pg 11
Man drowns in S.Kashmir; Was to get married today Srinagar, May 31: In a tragic incident, a man, who was scheduled to get marry on Sunday, died after he went to wash his face in a stream in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday morning, locals said. Muhammad Ashraf Bhat son of Ghulam Hassan Bhat, who was a resident of Shahstargam village of Dooru in the district, had gone to wash his face in a local steam. “But he fell inside the stream and drowned” a local told GNS. The body of the deceased was recovered by police and See Man on pg 11
Devastating fire claims four lives in Jammu Jammu, May 31, CNS: Four people including a police constable were charred to death after a fire broke out in a hotel near General Bus Stand area in Jammu city during wee hours of Saturday morning. At least 12 others sustained severe burn injuries. Police have identified one of the deceased as Selection Grade Constable Rakesh Kumar of Kishtwar. He was presently posted at Rajouri, police said, adding that he may have checked in the hotel for an overnight stay so as to catch a vehicle for his place of posting in the morning. Though the identity of the other three deceased is being ascertained, sources said that they too appear to be See Jammu on pg 11
Demo against water scarcity turned ugly Police beat up women protestors Srinagar, May 31: Demonstration against water scarcity turned ugly when police allegedly beat up women protestors at Parrey Pora Baghat in the outskirts of Srinagar city. Eyewitnesses told CNS that scores of women protestors from Nawach Bagh Parrey Pora blocked the traffic at Baghat. The protestors alleged that from past one month, they are facing acute shortage of potable water in the area. “There is acute scarcity of water in our area. From past few days we are receiving contaminated and muddy waters from the taps. We have to fetch water from other areas,” a woman protestor Jameela Bano told CNS. Another woman said that some days back few PHE officials visited the area and had assured the people that water
tankers would visit the area on regular basis but their assurance proved to be lip See Beat on pg 11
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Scam consequently used for development of the state. The scam has been assigned to District wise specially constituted SIT to take the cases to their logical conclusion. These cases have been registered vide FIR numbers 17, 18 and 19 of 2014 under section 5(1) (d), 5(2) J&K PC. Act Svt. 2006 r/w Section 17 of J&K state land Act 2001. (CNS)
Sagar (JCC), an amalgam of several employees unions, which recently deferred protests in Jammu as a ‘goodwill gesture’. In February this year, the government had asked the Chief Secretary to talk to the employees’ leadership and issue the necessary directions to chalk out a proposal on the enhancement of retirement age taking all the prerequisites into consideration. (KNS)
Omar this time again by learning the necessary lesson by the outcome of the recently concluded Parliament Elections”, he said and added that the defeat in Parliament Elections will further strengthen the party rank and file and infuse new energy in it to prove its mettle and popularity in the ensuing Assembly Election. Omar Abdullah said that National Conference has remained the voice of the people of all regions of the State and has represented all sections of the society equally. “This voice cannot be allowed to diminish”, he maintained and said that it is immaterial who heads the party at the top level but the necessity is to galvanize National Conference once again and make it a force of public support and faith which it has remained for last over 60 years. Omar Abdullah said that National Conference has been transferred by Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah to the people of Jammu and Kashmir as his legacy and it is not always necessary that the blood relation of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah leads the party always. He said the doors of National Conference are open to all the people of Jammu and Kashmir and they are the custodian of this only regional party whose motive has been unity, solidarity, communal harmony, equitable development and upliftment of poor particularly weaker sections of the society. Omar Abdullah said that while introspecting the causes of defeat in the Parliament Election many workers and party leaders have pointed towards the alliance with Congress. He said that National Conference truly upheld the coalition trait and never took any step unilaterally in the process of development and giving governance to the people. “Since the day of entering into the coalition with Congress, the government led by him took decisions jointly in every sphere of administration and development”, he said most of the departments particularly R&B, PHE, Health, School Education, Housing, Irrigation, Agriculture, Urban Development, Medical Education were entrusted to the members of coalition partners. He said, he does not believe in blame game but the fact of the matter is that both NC and Congress are equally responsible for all the good or bad work done. Omar Abdullah said that the service to people and strengthening the National Conference is his first concern and the goal. “Chair has never been his desire nor will it be in future. Our aim to be in power is to serve the people of the State to our best capacity”, he said and told the party workers that he will abide by the decision of the party rank and file regarding any future alliance with the Congress. “If you would like to be in alliance with Congress we will respect your views and if you decide against this there will be no forcing by anyone of us working at the top level”, he told the party workers. “We have fought the Parliamentary Election on national issues and did not touch the historic and unprecedented work done by the coalition government in the State because State was not going in the Assembly polls. Now we have provided you a book of our performance in five years so that you not only go through this and see yourself how much huge works in all the sectors of development have been registered in the State during the last over five and the half years all across the State. It is your duty to disseminate this information at all levels particularly at the grass roots so that people are aware that the work done of coalition government has been unprecedented and all-time best”, he said and added that the development scenario will be given further push till the notification of Assembly Election is issued. Omar Abdullah asked the workers to gear up for Assembly Election and visit every household giving it the full account and details of the work done of National Conference led government in the State. He said NC has always remained the heartbeat of people in all areas and all regions of the State. “You have to rekindle the faith of people in the policy programmes of National Conference and binding youth with the party”, he said maintaining that the youth from all corners of the State should be given open call to join National Conference and lead it from the front.
stands testimony to the fact that National Conference has resurrected as a vibrant force only after challenges”, Dr Farooq said at a day-long convention of block, district and provincial level functionaries of the Jammu region at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan. While exuding confidence that the party will reemerge as a force to reckon with at the strength of mass support, Farooq Abdullah urged upon the party cadre to close their rank and take the verdict in recently held parliamentary elections to their stride and prepare for the ensuing big battle with vigour and sense of commitment. “Ups and downs are part of the game and there is no reason for workers to feel dejected”, he said and urged the leadership to introspect as to where the party has erred and learn from shortcomings. He said that his father Shiekh Muhammad Abdullah too faced challenges during his career but ultimately he overcame all his difficulties with unflinching support of the people. National Conference President gave an account of difficult times his party encountered especially after mid nineties and said it plunged into the field when guns were roaring and the party workers targeted for their sin of standing by the side of people at difficult times. He questioned those undermining the role of National Conference and said the party has never
Zabarwan Times looked back in pursuit of its chartered mission. He referred to the 2002 elections and said National Conference refused to indulge in horse trading despite being the single largest party in the hung Assembly and preferred to remain in the opposition. However, the Peoples Democratic Party, third in the ladder, jumped to forge alliance not for serving the people or undertaking development but to weaken the National Conference, he said. He said Mufti Mohammed Sayeed again tried to negate the mandate of people by travelling to Delhi and offering unconditional support to Congress, just for keeping National Conference out of power in 2008. Dr Abdullah also made a mention of machinations being worked out in New Delhi with respect to Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code and urged the people to remain cautious and not allow the unity and peace to get vitiated. Dr Abdullah complimented Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for taking the reins of administration and working tirelessly to steer the state to peace, development and progress against all odds. “He has succeeded in his endeavours which is reflected in enviable report card of his government. He lauded the role of workers and functionaries of National Conference of the entire Jammu region for their role during recently held parliamentary elections and said they worked with sincerity of purpose. (CNS)
Man his post-mortem was conducted. The family of Ashraf, however, alleged that their son was murdered and he didn’t die due to drowning. A pale of gloom descended in Ashraf’s village after his body was recovered. Meanwhile, police said that they have started the investigations in this regard. (GNS) welcomed any immediate steps – symbolic or otherwise – that might improve the relationship and build confidence between India and Pakistan. At the same time, he emphasized that the Kashmir Issue must not be ignored or brushed aside. Precious time should not be wasted before moving forward towards a search for solutions.
Mughal weeks, Khan added. He said no vehicular movement will be allowed after 4 pm and before 8 am. However, he said in case of bad weather the movement of vehicles will not be allowed. He said the road in Pir Panjal pass area was still slippery and R&B Department was taking all the precautions. After a few weeks, the road will also be thrown open for heavy vehicles. (GNS)
Slipped riders are sacred to use them to reach their destination,” they said and alleged that those who were rehabilitated in the colony are facing tremendous hardships. The protestors according to CNS said that the open man-holes are the biggest threat for the children and these required to be covered immediately. The protestors appealed government to look into the matter and save the lives of little kids of the area. (CNS)
Jammu people who may have come to the city in connection with some work from neighbouring districts. The injured have been admitted in the Government Medical College Hospital at Jammu. The fire started around 2.30 am from a store on the ground floor of the hotel building, where vehicle tires had been kept. Pointing out that the hotel owner was also a local transporter, sources said fire soon engulfed the entire hotel building catching the inmates unaware. The fire tenders and police parties reached the spot and brought out those trapped in the hotel. Reports said that the hotel was gutted completely in the devastating fire. Meanwhile Chief Minister Omar Abdullah through his tweet informed that DC Jammu has been ordered to enquire into the circumstances that caused the fire and to ascertain responsibility, if any, for the same. “My condolences to the families of those killed in the hotel fire in Jammu today and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured,” he wrote.(CNS)
Hajin government gunman and infamous ‘renegade’ known as Tariq Mir aka Prina Nabid of Asham Safapora tortured him in presence of SHO. It is irony that a police officer is using renegades to harass and torture innocent youth. We have right to know what a renegade is doing in a police station and why SHO allowed him to thrash Azhar mercilessly,” PDP leader Yasir Reshi who was leading the protest told CNS. The protestors alleged that the youth was targeted on the instructions of a National Conference leader, as he is a relative of a PDP leader. The protestors further said that it was not only Azhar who was tortured in police station but another youth namely Showkat Ahmed Khan son of Muhammad Yousuf resident of Lone Mohalla Shahgund was also beaten up by the said renegade in front of the police officer. Yasir Reshi alleged that the said youth was targeted for casting his vote in favour of PDP. “This renegade belongs to National Conference and we condemn the police action for allowing any renegade to interrogate any youth,” he said. When CNS contacted SHO Hajin, he hung up the phone. All efforts to reach out other police officials did not materialize. However, a top police official said that it is political rivalry and nothing else. “Such incident may have occurred and I will look into it to ascertain the facts,” he said. Meanwhile police sources said that a team has been constituted to probe into the allegations. (CNS)
like situation. Giving examples of Azhar-u-Din and Showkat Ahmad Sheikh, the Spokesperson said the two young men were called into police station, only because they had not voted for the NC in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls. He said they were later ruthlessly beaten first by a ruling party goon, who was earlier associated with the dreaded Ikhwan inside the police station and then by police. “Both of them were released later in unconscious state and are now being treated in hospital,” the Spokesman added. He said after being rejected by the people, the local lawmaker is now feeling jittery and that is why he is resorting to such ridiculous acts in the area with the help of the police. The Spokesman said the harassment of the youth should immediately end and strong action must be taken immediately action against the SHO who is behaving like a ruling party agent than a responsible officer.Meanwhile, PDP under the leadership of senior party leader, Mohammad Yasir Reshi, today held a strong protest at Hajin against these harassments in the area. (CNS)
Death doctors has held a senior doctor responsible for the negligence that led to the death of the pregnant woman. A police official told CNS that they are mulling to seek permission from Higher Authorities to make some arrests in this regard. Meanwhile, the family members of the victim demanded that the report should be made public and guilty responsible for the ‘killing’ of Gulshana be brought to book. (CNS)
Beat service only. Reports said that a police party from Saddar Police station reached on spot and charged the women protestors with canes as a result all but 8 women were injured. A woman while showing the below part of her bruised leg, alleged that a particular police officer namely Muhammad Yaseen thrashed all the women without any provocation and without listening to them. “Which law permits a male cop to beat up peaceful women protestors? We demand immediate action against police officer who beat up even old women,” Maimoona Banoo told CNS. Some of the women protestors who received injuries in police action have been identified as Za-
Srinagar, May 31: A Kashmir student has qualified Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and is first to have qualified this prestigious certification of Microsoft, Aptech Srinagar on Saturday said. An official of the Aptech Srinagarwhich is Aptech Ltd.'s regional academy in Kashmir said: “We proudly announce that one of our
Accident Maymoona got injured and another 02 years old daughter Arbeena died on spot. Both the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment. Police has arrested the driver and registered a case and in this regard. Meanwhile, an Alto vehicle bearing registration number JK03-6184 hit and injured a pedestrian Reyaz Ahmed Dar son of Gulzar Ahmed Dar resident of Batengoo near Uranhall crossing, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Bijbehara, Anantnag. The injured was shifted to Bone and Joint Hospital, Srinagar for treatment. Police has registered a case in this regard. (KNS)
Fire Dobi sons of Ghulam Mohammad Dobi resident of Dobi Mohallah Panzalpora, Shalimar. In this incident the house got partially. In another fire incident, fire broke out in the cosmetic shop of Showket Ahmed Mir son of Ghulam Rasool Mir at Lalpora, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Lalpora. The shop was partially damaged in this fire incident. Fire broke out in the residential house of Bashir Ahmed Dar son of Assadullah resident of Sahllpora Allochibagh, Srinagar. In the incident the house got partially damaged. (KNS)
Poison substance at her home. She was shifted to Sub District Hospital Baramulla for treatment. Police has registered a case in this regard. Mean while a 04 year old girl Asmaat Jan daughter of Bashir Ahmed Mir resident of Hajam Mohalla Khurhama accidently consumed some poisonous substance at her home, jurisdiction of Police Post Khurhama, Kupwara. The girl died while on way to hospital. (KNS)
students namely Arif Najar has qualified Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer(MCSD) and is now a C# specialist and a Microsoft Certified Professional(MCP). He is among the first and the youngest in Kashmir to have qualified this prestigious certification of Microsoft. MCSD is the third highest paying certification in the
world.” The official said that Arif Najar was one of the finalists of the Microsoft 'Power your future' Windows Apps development Competition, which was conducted by Aptech in collaboration with Centre for Career Planning & Counselling (CCPC), University of Kashmir in November, 2013. “Arif is a student of Win-
dows Apps development at Aptech Srinagar and is now a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), MCSD(C #). He is pursuing MCA 5th semester from Kashmir University,” the official said. The official on the behalf of Aptech Srinagar wished him all the very best for his future endeavours and hoped that he makes ‘Kashmir proud’. (GNS)
Mufti was part and parcel of Article 370 Erosion: Kamal
Srinagar, May 31 (KNS): In the wake of certain remarks about Article 370 that have given way to apprehensions in J&K, National Conference has asked PDP to clarify on the role of its patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the systemic erosion of Article 370 from 1953 to 1975 when Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was a part of G. M. Sadiq's DNC and later had joined hands with Bakshi Ghulam Mohammad before finally joining the Congress in 1975 only to leave Congress to join the right-wing supported Jan Morcha.According to a statement issued to KNS, while stating that the erosion of Article 370 was carried out through pliant, planted regimes from 1953 to 1975, National Conference Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said that PDP was distorting history to hide Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's complicity in some of the gravest political intrigues against the Autonomy and Special Status of J&K. "PDP is shamelessly distorting history to hide Mufti Sayeed's complicity in the erosion of Article 370. When Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh
Teenage girl set herself ablaze, critical Srinagar, May 31: (GNS) A teenage girl in Pampore area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir set herself ablaze and is in critical condition, sources said here. Sources on Saturday told GNS that a seventeen year old girl (name with held) hailing from Samboora locked herself in a room followed by setting herself ablaze. “The girl started shouting and her family members broke the door of the room and rushed her to a nearby hospital,” adding, doctors shifted her to a Srinagar hospital where her condition is said to be critical. The reason which led to this girl to take extreme step, however, is not known yet. (GNS)
PDP has unleashed reign of terror in the area. In a statement a party Spokesman said the SHO Hajin, reportedly on the direction of the local MLA, has been summoning the youth to the police station on different pretexts from many days now. He said the youth are being beaten and humiliated in the police station, not only by the police but by some National Conference goons also, which has made the entire population feel scared and is giving feel of the Ikhwan era
reena Banoo, Maimooan, Jameela Bano, Zainab Akhtar, Khatija Banoo, Naseema and Urfi Jan. Soon after the thrashing incident, Sub Divisional Police Officer Saddar, Feroz Ahmed Qadri reached on spot and pacified all the women. “I sorted out the matter and definitely I will take care of it and will ensure in future no such incident occurs,” Qadri said. (CNS)
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Mohammad Abdullah was locked up in various prisons for more than twenty years for standing up for the rights and dignity of his people, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed chose to be a part of every single group and party that helped in eroding Article 370", Dr. Kamal said.Dr. Kamal has said that Article 370 was eroded through intrigues against Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and National Conference by an integrationist lobby in Delhi through pliant governments in J&K. "It is a fact that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was a part of G. M. Sadiq's Democratic National Conference and also held the position of a Minsiter in Sadiq's government when Sadiq was leaving no stone unturned to erode Article 370 and harm the State's Internal Autonomy - a plan that he and his crew implemented to please their patrons", Dr. Kamal added.Stating that Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was openly opposed to Article 370 for the greater part of his political career - a career that saw him joining and leaving numerous parties.
Dean Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies University of Kashmir M.Com Admission Notification-6 (Counselling based) It is hereby notified for the information of the M.Com candidates bearing following Entrance Test Roll No’s that they have been provisionally selected for admission to the M.Com programme, session 2014 purely on the basis of merit & the counselling held at the Department of Business & Financial Studies, University of Kashmir on 3105-2014. The selection of the candidates is subject to the production of original marks certificates of qualifying examination, provisional certificates, character certificates, state subject certificates and reserved category certificates (for the candidate/s selected under different reserved categories) for verification. Every candidate should submit an affidavit duly attested by 1st class magistrate to the effect that he/she is neither on the rolls of any institution nor employed in any Govt./Semi-Govt. Department. The provisionally selected candidates can download the Admission Form from official website of the University of Kashmir www.kashmiruniversity.net and approach Principal Govt. Degree College Bemina along with original certificates for completing the required admission formalities by or before 03-06-2014 failing which their right to admission shall be forfeited. Govt. Degree College Bemina: Open Merit: 201077; SC/ST: 200315 Sd/-(Prof. Shabir A. Bhat) Dean No.F(M.Com-Counseling-I)DFCMS/KU/14/ET-184 Dated:31/05/2014
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JKP bids warm farewell to Prasad SRINAGAR, MAY 31: In order to bid farewell to the Director General of Police, Mr. Ashok Prasad, Jammu and Kashmir Police today organized an impressive farewell parade at Armed Police Complex Zewan. Mr. Prasad has been repatriated to Intelligence Bureau (IB), Government of India and replaced by Mr. K. Rajendra Kumar as State Police Chief. Addressing the officers and jawans on the occasion, Mr. Prasad deliberated upon his experiences as State Police Chief. He said that he has been proud to lead Jammu and Kashmir Police, which by the dint of its valour and courage has faced various challenges with fortitude and has earned a good name among the police forces of the country. JKP is one of the leading po- lies of martyrs by providing suc- support to ensure peace and lice forces of the country and a cour and guidance at every stage. order in the State. He said that number of jawans and officers “It is due to the sacrifices of the during his tenure, despite some of the force have sacrificed their jawans and officers of JKP that a emerging situations, the force lives for the security and integ- congenial atmosphere has been under his leadership succeeded rity of the nation. “It is our prime prevailed in the State, he said in dealing various challenges. Lone Kangan Agency Ganderbal adding that a large number Khan of News responsibility to take the News sacri-Agency Highlighting the capabilitouristsSoura are visiting the valley, Zahidties Book Chadoora fices of our martyrs Gulzar to the News con- Agency of Depot his successor, Mr. Prasad providing a helping hand in the clusion by maintaining complete Jammu and Kashmir Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashirhoped Newsthat Agency Nowhatta economy of Alamgari the State,Bazar said the and lasting peace inMuzaffar the State”, Police under the Lal leadership Ali News Agency Budshah News Agency Chowk of DGP. he added. Mr. News K. Rajendra Kumar will touch Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar Agency Lal Chowk Mr. Prasad thanked all ranks new heights of success. The new He said the Organization has Gupkari News Agency Laltheir Chowk Rainaincumbent News Agency Gund of JKP for whole hearted always to take care of the famiwould alsoKangan be given a
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DC Jammu to enquire into Neelam Hotel fire incident
SRINAGAR, MAY 31: The Deputy Commissioner, Jammu,Ajeet Kumar Sahu will conduct inquiry into the fir incident, which took place in Hotel Neelam near Bus Stand, Jammu during the intervening night of the 30th and 31th May,2014An order to this effect has been issued bythe Government today. The inquiry officer will have to submit the report within fortnight, the order said.
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full support from all ranks of the force, he said. Earlier, in his welcome address, ADGP (Headquarters), Mr. S P. Vaid deliberated on the contribution of Mr. Prasad in strengthening Jammu and Kashmir Police Organization. He said that during his tenure as State DGP, he tried his best to upgrade all components of the Organization. Various steps were taken to upgrade building and train-
ing infrastructure, transparency in procurement, tendering and constitution of junior and senior personnel boards for creating equal promotional avenues to the personnel, adoption of latest techniques in the working received main focus during his posting in the State as DGP, he added. He said that Mr. Prasad proved himself a sincere and dedicated Police Chief in the service of public and was anxious to make revolutionary changes in the Organization. He said that his experiences and interest in latest techniques would prove useful for the Organization in future. Among others, the farewell function was attended by ADsGP, Smt. DR Doley, VK Singh, SM Sahai and Dilbag Singh, IsGP, Dr. B. Srinivas, AK Choudhary, HK Lohia, Deepak Kumar, SJM Geelani, AG Mir, MS Salaria, SK Sharma, Y Koul, Alokpuri, MA Khan, Rajesh Kumar, Danish Rana, AS Bali and SL Sharma, DIsGP, Jagjit Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Johney William, Syed Afdhaul Mujataba, MM Sadiq, Ali Mohammad, DPT, Hilal Ahmed, Commandants of Armed/IRP Battalions and other police officers.
Rs 22 lakh earmarked for dev of cremation ground at Lower Gadigarh, Indira Nagar: Bhalla
Board (JKHB) to complete all the ongoing projects taken up by the Corporation well in. During a tour to Gadigarh area, he specially directed for early construction of facilities at Cremation Grounds at Lower Gadigarh and Indira Nagar near Bhour Camp garden.He said Rs. 22 lakh has been released for the construction of waiting shed, water tank, washroom for females and males (Tootian), seating stairs and construction of protection wall on the embankment of local Barsati nallah.
Managing Director JKHB Mr. Ram Paul Sharma, besides other senior officers from PHE, R&B, UEED and JMC accompanied the Minister. The Minister asked the executing agency to use quality material on development works adding that the Government has resolved to create durable assets for the people. Listing the development projects taken up by the Government at Lower Gadigarh, Mr Bhalla said that a full-fledged Tehsildar Office including Guest House, Primary Health Centre, Multipurpose Community Hall are under progress on war-footing in the area. He said all these projects are nearing completion and will be dedicated to the people shortly. He informed that all the buildings are being developed on modern lines. Responding to the demands of
locals, Mr. Bhalla asked the R&B to immediately start the construction work on 150-meter long protection wall of the nallah so that the soil erosion of the Revenue Complex land could be stopped. The Minister called upon the people to cooperate with the executing agency in completing the ongoing complexes within stipulated time frame. The Minister said the Government was endeavouring hard to create modern line infrastructure and facilities in every nook and corner of the State so that the people do not face any inconvenience. Earlier, Mr. Bhalla asked the Floriculture Department to gear up its men and machinery to maintain and renovate all the recreational parks situated in Gandhi Nagar and Shastri Nagar localities.
Sagar for early completion of developmental works SRINAGAR, MAY 31 – Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar on Saturday directed the officers to speed up the pace on various ongoing developmental works undertaken by the government for ensuring the holistic development of the Srinagar city and early completion of the projects.The minister was interacting with the officers of different department during his extensive tour of the Srinagar city. He was accompanied by senior officers of various departments. Mr Sagar directed the officers to speed up work on the shopping Complex coming up at the JLNM Hospital Rainawari so that the shopkeepers whose structures have been acquired for the expansion of the Syed Merakh Shah Road project. He asked for early completion of the same so that the business activities of the persons who have been allotted the same get started. The minister also asked the officers to speed up the remaining work on the Syed Merakh Shah Road project so
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
that the movement of the traffic is regulated in the old city for the general convenience of the commuters and public as well. He said that clear instructions have already been issued to the concerned to
ensure that an appropriate compensation is provided to the persons whose properties have been acquired for the project.Mr. Sagar also inspected various CAPD outlets in the city and directed the officers
First lady inaugurates Art Exhibition at DPS, Srinagar SRINAGAR, MAY 31: Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, inaugurated an Art Exhibition at the Delhi Public School (DPS), Srinagar. Mrs. Vohra went round the entire Gallery, saw all the paintings, interacted with the participating artists and enquired about the themes which were sought to be projected by them. The First Lady appreciated the ingenuity of the artists in projecting their thoughts through abstract, realistic, impressionistic, and spiritual forms. On the occasion, Mrs. Vohra, also presented certificates and gifts to the participants. This Exhibition is a part of an ongoing National Level Art Camp (25th May- 2nd June) which has been organized by the D.P. Dhar Memorial Trust at DPS, Srinagar. The Camp, in which 28 artists from different parts of India are participating, has been organized with the essential objective of providing exposure to the
budding artists of the School and from all over the Valley. Mrs. Vohra also went round the stalls which displayed wicker work, carpentary, papermachie and paintings made by the students of the School. Appreciating the talents of the students, she bought a wicker basket put on sale by the students. Mrs Vohra witnessed a play, which was presented by the students, based on the problems being faced by the younger generation from incidents of ragging and cyber bashing. She was briefed by the students about the Community Services being undertaken by “Vyath-che-pakaan”, the Heritage Club of the School. Mr. Vijay Dhar, Chairman, DPS, Srinagar; Mrs. Kusam Warkoo, Principal, DPS, Srinagar; Mrs. Kiran Vijay Dhar; and Mrs.Shyama Sondhi, organizer of the National Art Camp, were among those present on the occasion.
to ensure availability of adequate quantity of food grains and other essentials on ration depots.While interacting with people at different areas, the minister said that the government has undertaken a holis-
tic plan for ensuring sustained development of the Srinagar city and in this regard several schemes have been undertaken in different sectors like Housing, Power, Education, Tourism etc.
GGHSS felicitates meritorious students UDHAMPUR, MAY-31:- The Girls Higher Secondary School, Udhampur today organized an appreciation award ceremony to felicitate the students who fared well in Board examinations. Member Legislative Assembly, Udhampur, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia was the chief guest, while Chief Education Officer, Udhampur Mr. Balbir Singh was the guest of honour on the occasion.As many as 31 meritorious students of the school were honoured including Ms. Purvi Sharma who secured 2nd position in Higher Secondary School Examination in Arts stream. The MLA hailed the teaching faculty of the school for the excellent results and congratulated the students and their parents for their brilliant success. He called upon the students to remember the contribution of their parents, institution and the society, and do something in return for those who helped them.Underlining the importance of confidence and hard work in every field of life, the MLA said that these are the keys to success. He exhorted upon the
students to work hard and try to avail maximum benefits from the teachers. While expressing concern over students ending their lives due to failure, he called upon the teachers and parents to motivate and educate their wards in proper way. “It is not important to achieve high position in one’s life but to be a good person”, he advised the students. The MLA also announced Rs. 6 Lakh from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the face lifting and construction of science block in the school.Chief Education Officer, lauded the school management for felicitating the meritorious students and said it would encourage their juniors to follow their footprints. Earlier, the Principal of the host school, Mr J.R Bhardwaj in his welcome address put forth demands related to better facilities in the school. Principal HSS, Udhampur (Boys), Mr. Sunil Sharma, District Education Planning Officer, Mr. Ved Parkash, Vice Principal, Mr. Brij Mohan, teachers, students and parents were present on the occasion.
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
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 Increasing suicides a worrying factor
he alarming rise in self offensive trend suicide cases in the valley is worrying every sensitive person. There are reports of suicides or attempt to commit suicide appearing everyday in local news-papers and this trend is continuing upward unabated. The situation in the valley for the last three decades, deteriorating economic condition of major chunk of population, the race for earning fast buck and the competition of show off in the society besides unending unemployment in youths are some reasons for psychological problems amongst new generation which lead to the extreme step of suicide. Due to economic instability, youths are turning to drugs in frustration and when the situation reaches to the level of helplessness, they take the unfortunate step of finishing their lives. Kashmir valley has its peculiar problems and it is because of these problems that majority of educated youth find it difficult to earn their bread and butter in a respectable manner. The non-existence of industries and whole dependence on Govt. sector blocks the pace of development for these youths towards a bright future. According to recent reports, nearly 75%of youth from North Kashmir have fallen prey to drugs and similarly in central and South Kashmir situation is not different. Over eight lakh unemployed youth are waiting to get some kind of an opening for earning livelihood but the lack of resources, defective employment policy and slow system of recruitment have made their future dark and bleak. What will these eight lakh and other unemployed youth do in the present circumstances? The Govt. has no employment policy nor is serious enough in framing one. The unequal social system, imbalances in distribution of resources are also some of the reasons for making rich more richer and poor more poorer. The gap between the haves and have not is crushing the aspirations and hopes of the youths particularly the talented one’s who do not get the opportunity to excel and contribute to the progress of the society. This frustration make them vulnerable to social evils, crimes, drugs and ultimately claim their lives.
Srinagar, Sunday 01 June 2014
Say no to Tobacco Nearly six million people across the world die because of direct or indirect use of tobacco every year and the figure could go up to eight million by 2030 unless urgent action is taken says WHO. In India one out of 10 Indian adults dies of tobacco related diseases and Tobacco is cause for 1.5lakh cancers, 4.2 million heart diseases, and 3.7 million lung diseases every year. Our country has one of the highest rates of oral cancer. According to Tobacco Intervention Initiative statistics, 4300 lakh tobacco is consumed in the form bidis, chewing tobacco, gutka and snuff and smoking cigarettes. Fourteen crore men and 4 crore women are addicted to tobacco in India according to official figures. Over half of the male population around 57 per cent in the age group 15-49 years uses tobacco in some form and over one tenth of women in this age group also use tobacco. More than 5,000 youth in our country take to tobacco use every day. The health ministry estimates that by 2020, tobacco will be responsible for 13% of all deaths in India and says that without any intervention, more than 38.4 million bidi smokers and 13.2 million cigarette smokers are likely to die prematurely. Second-hand smoke also remains a big problem. The misconception about certain tobacco products being safe also encourages many to consume tobacco in one or another form. India launched the National Tobacco Control Programme in the 11th five year plan. It has ratified the WHO convention on tobacco control which recommends several strategies to reduce the demand and supply of tobacco. India was among the first few counties to set up a chain of tobacco cessation clinics at the district level. Several legislations are also in place for reducing tobacco usage and manufacture. These include Regulations of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations of 2011, made under the Food Safety and Standards Act and Cigarette and other Tobacco Products (Pack-
aging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2012. As per the Regulations of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations of 2011, made under the Food Safety and Standards Act, gutka, zarda, pan masala, gul, bajjar and such other toxic and addictive forms of chewing tobacco are mandated to be banned by various states. Although 24 states and five union territories have so far banned gutka and paan masala containing tobacco, there is a question mark over the implementation of the ban. Whether it is the capital Delhi or other town where the ban is in place, gutka is being either sold openly or clandestinely in different names and pouches which is the people addicted to are even willing to pay a higher price. The Supreme Court had last month sought compliance reports from all state governments that have banned the sale and manufacture of gutka and paan masala containing tobacco. According to the new Cigarette and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2012, notified on September 27, 2012, all tobacco product packs in the country are to carry new pictorial warnings which focussed in detail the portion of the human body affected by tobacco use. The health ministry had also for the first time inserted the word ‘Warn-
ing’ in the new pictorial warnings and mandated that this word be printed in ‘red’ colour along with the messages - ‘Smoking kills’ and ‘Tobacco kills’. The new notification makes it mandatory for all tobacco makers both smoking forms and smokeless to maintain pictorial warnings in the states format and also to place the health warning in at least 40 per cent of the principal display area of the tobacco package. At recent consultations several government and non-governmental organisations called for a complete ban on advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products in the country. The consultation was by HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth) and Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) in collaboration with the Health and Family Welfare ministry and the WHO Country Office for India. It was felt that despite the regulations, tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is very rampant and youth-centric. The urgent need to strengthen the existing provisions of COTPA and a multi-sect oral and inter-governmental synergy was stressed to effectively implement a complete ban. Advertising of tobacco products is restricted under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regula-
tion of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, (COTPA). It is also established that a majority of smokers as many as 70 per cent desire to quit, but only 30 per cent of them actually try each year, and only 3 to 5 percent actually succeed in quitting, states WHO. The theme of this year World No Tobacco Day is: Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. A comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is required under the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) for all Parties to this treaty within five years of the entry into force of the Convention. Evidence shows that comprehensive advertising bans lead to reductions in the numbers of people starting and continuing smoking. Statistics show that banning tobacco advertising and sponsorship is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce tobacco demand and thus control its usage. The objective of 2013 campaign is also drive local, national and international efforts to counteract tobacco industry efforts to undermine tobacco control, specifically industry efforts to stall or stop comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Of the six million people who die of tobacco related diseases every year globally more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. The ultimate goal is to contribute to protect present and future generations not only from these devastating health consequences, but also against the social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke. So until all forms of consumption of tobacco cease through regulations and laws the goal of tobacco free India cannot be fulfilled. There is therefore a need for all stake holders in public health to coordinate their effort for everyone to emphatically say No To Tobacco.
Creating Employment Opportunities for Youth India is a vast country with a population of about 1.21 billion and a labour force of around 475 million. There is an open unemployment of 9.5 million as per estimates available for the year 200910. Employment is the main source of livelihood and self-fulfillment for most women and men. About 6% of the total work force in India is employed in organised sector while remaining 94% are in the unorganised sector. Scope of additional employment generation in the organized sector for additional wage employment is less. India has a younger population not only in comparison to advanced economies but also in relation to large developing countries. As a result, the labour force in India is expected to increase by 32 per cent over the next 20 years, while it will decline by 4.0 per cent in industrialised countries and by nearly 5.0 per cent in China. We are, therefore, endeavoring to reap this ‘demographic dividend’ by providing for higher levels of health, education and skill development. This will create an environment where in the economy not only grows rapidly, but also enhances good quality employment and livelihood opportunities to meet the needs and aspirations of the youth. The Government has been making constant efforts for reducing unemployment through normal growth process and implementing various employment generation programmes, such as, Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY); Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and National Rural Livelihood Mission besides entrepreneurial development programmes run by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA) also assures every rural household at least 100 days of manual work at minimum wages. Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM): The Mission’s aim is to encourage reforms and fast track planned development of identified cities. Focus is on efficiency in urban infrastructure and service delivery mechanisms, community participation etc. Bharat Nirman In Bharat Nirman, critical areas of rural infrastructure – Irrigation, Roads, Water Supply, Housing, Electricity and Telecom connectivity have been covered. This has improved living standards of the rural population and also created infrastructure which will ultimately enhance the economic activities in the rural areas and generate significant employment opportunities for the rural people.
Infrastructural Development The investment on infrastructure is proposed to be increased to Rs.45 lakh crore during XII Plan period. About half of this is expected to come from private sector. Skill Development · Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development of any country. Countries with higher and better levels of skills adjust more effectively to the challenges and opportunities of the world. · Government is serious in creating training infrastructure and providing quality employment to youth. According to a study carried out by Quality Council of India, placement rate has increased to about 80% to 99% because of improved infrastructure in the modernized ITIs. Skill Development Initiative (SDI) Scheme based on Modular Employable Skills (MES) was started during the Eleventh Five Year Plan for early school leavers and existing workers, especially in the unorganised sector to improve their employability. About 16 lakh persons have been trained under the scheme so far. · Sincere efforts are being made for skill development of a large number of people under various skill development programmes. The Prime Minister has set a target of skilling 500 million persons by 2022 and the Ministry of Labour & Employment is required to train 100 million. Government is systematically working to achieve the target and the training capacity has been increased from 9 lakh in 2006 - 07 to 26 lakh in 2011-12. All the Government ITIs are being modernized. New courses have been introduced and most of the ITIs are running in two to three shifts. During last five years, the number of Government and private ITIs has increased from 5114 in 2006-07 to 10,344 which is more than double. Government has also planned to set up 1500 more ITIs in PPP and 5000 Skill Development Centres in PPP to enhance the capacity further. 27 Advanced Training Institutes are also planned in PPP to produce adequate number of trainers in the country. Focus Area in the 12th Five Year Plan In the 12th Five Year Plan the thrust of the Government is in bringing about an inclusive growth strategy that will provide job opportunities as well as make the young of the country employable. The main focus areas are: a) Thrust on Manufacturing Sector-to make
it the engine of employment growth-that would create 100 million additional jobs by 2025. b) To bring in supportive policies to incentivise labour intensive manufacturing sectors such as textile & garments, leather & footwear, food processing, gems & Jewellery to generate more employment opportunities. c) Expanding employment in services like IT, finance & banking, tourism, trade & transport. d) Prioritizing skill training for the informal sector; creation of appropriate skill sets among rural migrants and urban poor to make growth inclusive. e) Ensuring the employability of skilled persons by involving Sector Skill Councils in preparation of Skill Modules matching market demand. f) Building on the potential of Modular Employable Skill programme by ensuring combination of modules to ensure employability. g) Extending Social Security benefits to Unorganized sector Workers. h) Enable skill loans for poor students (Credit Guarantee Fund) i) Streamlining the skill development programs for disadvantaged sections to ensure much larger funding for skill development. j) Setting up of National Skill Registry to link data bases across Ministries / States to provide a platform linking people who seek/provide employment. Expenditure on social services which include education, sports, art and culture, medical and public health, family welfare, water supply and sanitation, housing, urban development; welfare of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and other Backward Classes (OBCs), labour and labour welfare, social security and welfare, nutrition, relief for natural calamities, etc. by the Government (Centre and State combined) has also shown increase in recent years reflecting higher priority to social services. National-e-Governance National-e-Governance Plan has identified Upgradation and modernization Employment Exchanges as one of the Mission Mode Projects (MMP). The MMP aims to progressively support all Employment Exchanges in the country to make effective use of IT in various activities of employment services. A national web portal will be developed to make all employment related services available on a single window and will work like a virtual job market. This will help Employment Exchanges to provide efficient and quality services at wider scale and speed.
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