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Srinagar, August 31: Two persons died and three others were injured in different road accidents across the valley. Bilal Ahmad Shah son of Ali Asgar resident of Grand Ashmuqam was critically injured when he fell from a Tractor bearing registration number Jk03/2687 and came under it. The injured was shifted to SKIMS, Soura Srinagar where he succumbed to his injuries. The body of deceased was handed over to his relatives for last rites. Ashmuqam Police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a five years old Mantaha daughter of Gulzar Ahmad resident of Mujgund was injured when a bus bearing registration number Jk13/3815 hit her near Mujgund, Srinagar. The injured girl was shifted to JVC, Srinagar where she succumbed to her injuries. The body of deceased was handed over to her relatives for last rites. Parimpora Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, An Auto bearing registration number See Accidents on Pg. 11

Ashok Arora meets Governor Srinagar, August 31: Mr. Ashok Arora, author, social activist and former Secretary, Supreme Court Bar Association, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at the Raj Bhavan here today. During their meeting, the Governor and Mr. Arora discussed several important issues relating to child development, child rights and education of youth. Mr. Arora presented to the Governor his two books “Meet Your Soul” and “Simple Tips for Sureshot Success”, besides a DVD. “Meet Your Soul” is a book for parents and teachers, while “Simple Tips for Sureshot Success” is for youth. The DVD contains “Kasoor Kiska”, which is an educational film for youth. The Governor wished Mr. Arora high success in all his devoted endeavours to guide youth to travel on the path of goodness and ethical values.

Bear injures man in Anantnag Srinagar, August 31: An aged person was injured by a bear in Mattan Area of Anantnag District last evening. A 60 years old Abdul Majeed Mir resident of Malpora Hutmurah, Anantnag was attacked and injured by a bear at Hutmurah. The injured was shifted District Hospital for treatment.

Girl dies mysteriously in Awantipora Srinagar, August 31: A 15 years old girl died in suspicious circumstances in Awantipora last evening. A girl (name with held) of Hatwara Lethpora, Awantipora was brought to the hospital by her parents where doctors declared her brought dead. Police Awantipora has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC in this regard.



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Omar launches scathing attack on PDP, Centre

Describes PDP politics a political gimmicks ‘Pakistan role in Kashmir issue established fact’

Says his Government on strong turf to face 2014 Elections

Pattan, August 31: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Saturday hit People’s Democratic Party (PDP) left, right and centre describing its politics a Pandora’s Box containing nothing but false promises, slogans, hoax, emotional blackmailing and bias to grab power. Addressing a public gathering at Pattan in Baramulla District of North Kashmir, the Chief Minister said that PDP’s tall claims have always fallen flat and people have understood its dubious characteris-

tic. The Chief Minister poohpoohed the utterance of PDP leadership asking for 40 Assembly seats to solve the Kashmir issue. He challenged PDP by announcing the support of his 28 Assembly


Govt. to promote horticulture on modern lines

Veganism, ahead of Vegetarianism

Seeks effective enforcement of laws for women

2 die, 3 injured in road accidents


Members and asking it to come forward with a categorical solution to the Kashmir issue. “You have 21 Assembly Members. I will provide you the support of my 28 Assembly Members. You will have 50 seats with

you. Let you come forward with a certain and categorical solution to Kashmir issue”, he told PDP adding that he is ready to relinquish the office in this regard. “What a lie you are See Omar on Pg. 11

Ambika & Azad call upon party cadres to work like one unit

Jammu, August 31:

The AICC General Secretary Ambika Soni and Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today called upon party cadres to work unitedly for strengthening the party at the grass root level. The AICC General Secretary Ambika Soni, Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and President JKPCC Prof. Saif-ud-din Soz was addressing one Day Convention of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee held in Jammu on Saturday at Banquat Hall of Hotel Ashok Jammu. Ambika Soni in her address stressed for cooriginated efforts of the party functionaries and ministers to reach out to the masses in every nook and corner of the state, in

order to mitigate the problems of the people of different sections. She said that a detailed programme shall be worked out with JKPCC to further gear up the activities of the party including members in the council of ministers. She appreciated the efforts of the PCC leadership, especially on the issues of the

party like empowerment of Panchayat Raj System in the state. She also appreciates the development works done during congress led government headed by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad. She said that she would visit Kashmir also shortly and similarly interact See Ambika on Pg. 11

LoC traders accuse GoI Infiltration bid foiled in Tanghdar of callous approach Five militants killed Threaten to halt cross border trade from Sep 3

Srinagar, August 31: Holding Government of India directly responsible for the slow death of Cross-LoC Trade, Salamabad Chakuti Traders Union (SCTU) Saturday said that it would bring LoC trade to grinding halt from September 3. They said that LoC trade is breathing its last due to callous approach of New Delhi. Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, SCTU said that authorities are treating the traders as smugglers and

rather than facilitating trade they are acting as impediments. “Most of the traders are barred from the trade for the illogical reasons. They are being told that their relatives were involved in militancy related incidents. This is the repeat of infamous ‘Passport policy’ which has been great embarrassment for India,” the Union leaders said. The traders said that at the beginning of the trade, there were about more than 600 traders involved, but gradually

the number came down and today it is less than 50 traders. But now customers acting as Trade Facilitation Centre gave their own diktat that in the trade only Pakistan administered Kashmir products can arrive and not the products from the main parts of Pakistan. “This in a way tantamount to giving PaK a status of separate country and negating India’s stand on it. This weird order and other discouraging steps have left trade dead with only See LoC Traders on Pg. 11

Tangdhar, August 31: Indian army Saturday said five well armed militants were killed in an encounter with soldiers along Line of Control (LoC), in Tanghdar sector of Kashmir. An Army spokesperson said that based on specific intelligence about likelihood of infiltration, troops deployed in Tangdhar Sector of Kupwara District launched a counter infiltration operation over two nights, resulting into killing of five militants who were attempting to sneak into own side of Line of Con-

trol. “The alert troops who were guarding the Line of Control got intelligence inputs about likelihood of infiltration attempt on the night of Aug 29. At

approximately 11:30 PM, the intruders were spotted attempting infiltration. Accordingly, troops established counter infiltration posture to cover the route of infiltration,”

Defence spokesperson said. He said that the militant group was trapped at a location, approximately 1.5 kms on own side of the Line of Control. “Grid remained in place for next 24 hours despite difficult terrain and bad weather. On the night of Aug 30, the noose around the terrorist group was tightened forcing them to attempt breaking out of the cordon,” he said. “At 9.30 PM, two militants were spotted at approximately 50m from the troops. On being challenged, the militants See Infiltration on Pg. 11

Corporal punishment in Mortal remains of soldier recovered Comprehensive plan for School lands 8th class after 45 years from Dakka glacier sustained dev. of Srinagar student in hospital under taken: Sagar Chandigarh, August 31:

Srinagar, August 31:

In yet another instance of corporal punishment being used to discipline students, a student of class VIII had to be admitted to a hospital after he was punished by Principal for cracking a joke in the playground. Mehrab Mushtaq Wani, a fourteen-yearold student of a private school in Wazbagh, Hyderpora area of Srinagar, was punished by his Principal. Unable to walk, he was admitted to Shri Ma-

haraja Hari Singh Hospital on Friday with a swollen right arm and neck. “The doctors have advised Mehrab to use Collar for his neck as he is feeling too much pain. His left arm is fractured as well,” Mushtaq Ahmed, the father of the student told CNS. “We were playing in the playground cracking jokes which the Principal did not like and he thrashed me ruthlessly with stick and kicked me like See Punishment on Pg. 11

An army expedition of Dogra Scouts of Western Command has recovered the mortal remains of Havildar Jagmail Singh on Dakka glacier after 45 years of AN-12 aircraft accident. According to Western Command’s statement, the identity was established by an identity disk, an insurance policy and a letter from his family retrieved from his pocket. The mortal remains, are being brought to Chandimandir Military Station, Panchkula, from where it will be taken to his native place village Meerpur, Rewari,

for last rites with complete military honours. An AN-12 transport aircraft had taken off on a freezing February morning in 1968 and was headed towards Leh. There 98 army personnel and four crew members onboard, on their way to join their duties. Halfway to Leh, the pilot, Flt Lt HK Singh, had decided to turn back due to the unfavourable weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir. The aircraft had made last radio contact near the Rohtang Pass and thereafter appeared to have vanished into the thin air. The disappearance remained a mystery until

2003, when the debris of the ill-fated aircraft was accidentally discovered by an expedition team at the Dhakka Glacier, in the Chanderbhaga ranges of Lahaul and Spiti. Search operations As per Western Command press statement, since then three search missions till 2009 were carried out and four bodies had been recovered. On August 16, 2013, the Army embarked on another expedition to try and locate the mortal remains of its comrades as also to try and recover the Flight Data Recorder (Black Box). The Western Command See Mortal Remains on Pg. 11

Srinagar, August 31: Maintaining that the Government has already put in place a comprehensive plan for ensuring sustained development of the Srinagar city, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that certain parties are trying to create misgivings in the minds of common people for their own ulterior motives, in which they will not

succeed. The Minister was addressing a huge public gathering after laying the foundation stones of Community Centre, being constructed at a cost of Rs. 2.20 crore at Sheeshigari Mohalla and Wazoo Khana with the cost of Rs.1.64 crore at Rayaztang, Miskeenbagh in Khanyar old city, Srinagar. The Projects would be constructed by R& B Department. See Sagar on Pg. 11

Mughal road becomes a new tourist attraction Hundreds throng Pir Ki Gali and other places Pir Ki Gali, August 31: The ancient Mughal road's revival in J&K has turned out to be a treat for visitors, making a unique region covering pristine scenic locations besides places with immense heritage, eco, and adventure tourism value accessible for them. The region in the Himalayan Pir Panjal range is being promoted as a tourist circuit with diverse places of attraction including Mughal-era monuments, untouched forests, rolling meadows, springs, lakes, water-

falls and shrines. It is expected to emerge as the next big thing among the state's tourist sites and further boost its tourism industry that has begun to look up after years of conflict. Mughals built several monuments along the route after Emperor Akbar used it to conquer Kashmir in 1588. The road, with elevations of up to 130,000 feet, is currently motorable till Baflaiz in Poonch and connected Kashmir with Lahore. It promises to be its alternate, all-weather route to the outside world.

"It is a unique package and perhaps the first such circuit in India," said tourism (Kashmir) director Talat Parvez. He said they were also planning caravan tourism along the route to recreate the journeys that the Mughals undertook along the route. Further, 12km stretch along the road passes through Hirapur Wildlife Sanctuary, home to rare and endangered Markhoor wild goat species. Kilometres away, untouched rolling Dubjan and Pir Ki Gali meadows have become the most popular

tourist destinations, a far cry from other commercialized resorts like Gulmarg. Pir Ki Gali, at an attitude of 11,500 feet, is also revered as a place where a famous Sufi saint stayed while Dubjan is famous for a spring said to have magical qualities. The important monuments along the road include Chingus Saria, where Emperor Jahangir's entails were buried after he died en route to Lahore in 1627. His entails were removed to preserve his body for burial in Lahore. "Chingus is of immense significance

not for only being the place where the entails are buried but also for hiding the secret of Jahangir's death that could have sparked the succession war,' 'said Saleem Beigh of The Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage. Jahangir, known for his obsessive love for Kashmir, visited Kashmir along with his favourite queen, Noor Jahan, several times. He had built a glass castle for her to bathe under a waterfall at Noori Chamb along the route. See Mughal Road on Pg. 11


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Daily schools in Baramulla District of which 51 are in Pattan Constituency. He said out of the 50 middle schools upgraded in Baramulla Districts 8 are in Pattan Constituency.


the group is yet to be ascertained.” Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, Chinar Corps Commander commended the soldiers and Commanders for the professionalism and grit resulting into surgical counter infiltration operation eliminating the infiltration bid. He also conveyed special appreciation to the intelligence agencies for the effective Intelligence grid.

telling to people? People have understood your only agenda of grabbing power by hook or crook. The public is with party cadres to know their views on various issues wiser enough to be led astray by you time and again”, he in order to further galvanize the party at all levels. told PDP leadership and added that the leadership of PDP Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam should read the writing on the wall written by the masses Nabi Azad in his address urged for strengthening the two to three non lucrative tradable items,” the Union for writing this party off from the political arena of Jammu party upto the booth level in order to activate the cadre said. The Union said that any damage lent to cross LoC and Kashmir for this Party’s deceptive politics, brazen lies and to defeat the communal and divisive forces and trade would mean fatal blow to the overall Confidence and vested interests. stressed up on strengthening the bounds of unity and Building Measure (CBM) and shattering of hopes of “PDP has lost ground under his feet so it tries to raise new brotherhood to promote the ideals of secularism for the already tension hit youth of Kahsmir which can have slogans and makes false promises to attract public unity and integrity of the state and the nation. He grave repercussions. attention. The ground below your feet is sinking and you referred to various developmental activities and believe to fool the people again and again. Not at all”, he welfare measures taken during his tenure as Chief lamented and maintained that the 60 year old Kashmir Minister. He said the demands of the all sections receive Additional District Development Commissioner, issue could not be solved by the long struggle spearheaded due attention and various measures were taken to Srinagar, Mr. Nazim Zia Khan, Chief Engineer, R&B, by Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah. “It could not be solved by resolve their problems. Kashmir, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Lone and senior officers the four wars fought by India and Pakistan. It could not be Prof. Saifuddin Soz welcomed the historic National of various Departments and district administration solved by 25 years of militancy and disturbance. It could Food Security and Land Acquisition bills and congratu- were present on the occasion. Referring to the various not be solved through summits and dialogues”, he said and lated the UPA leadership Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Prime developmental initiatives undertaken by the ridiculed PDP Patron’s (Mufti Mohammad Sayed) Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Shri Rahul Gandhi Government, the Minister said several sectors statement demanding 40 Assembly seats in next election to for these land mark initiatives. He said that Congress including the pivotal ones likes Health have been resolve Kashmir issue in a twinkle of eye. party is Committed to the principles and ideals laid properly augmented by ensuring infrastructural Strongly criticizing the PDP Patron (Mufti Mohammad down by great leaders like Mahatama Gandhi, PT. expansion and providing state-of-art medicare Sayed) without naming him for his statement that Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Mulana Azad, Indira facilities to the people has been done. He said that the Pakistan has no role in Kashmir issue, the Chief Minister Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and others and it is steadfast to road connectivity has also been improved by taking up said that the role of Pakistan has been established in further strengthen those ideals and values. He referred several projects like four–laning of the National Kashmir issue in Shimla Agreement, Lahore and Agra to the struggle of JKPCC to empower the people Highway and in old city the work on Srinagar, Syed Summits. He asked Mufti Sayed how Mr. Sayed has through Panchayat Raj to strengthen democracy and to Merak Shah and KZP has also been accelerated. forgotten the history and political geneses of Kashmir seek address of different sections of society including issue. “You were once taking of double currency. What is refugees, border migrants, SCs, STs and other deprived this new tone? Are you doing it to appease New Delhi”, sections. He said that party is vibrant in all three regions says, “The expedition of the Dogra Scouts of Western he questioned PDP patron. Omar Abdullah emphasized of the state and the recent results to the Hill Council in Command comprised amongst the finest mountaineers the need for sustained dialogue between India and Kargil have established that it is emerging stronger. He of the country including an ‘Everester’.” Pakistan to address Kashmir issue. He said the leaders of said similar Convention would be held in Kashmir and The glacier where the operations are on, lies at an the two countries should talk and talk in right direction more functions of the party would be held all over the altitude of approximately 17,000-18,000 feet and is and perspective to resolve this issue once for all. “We state for further strengthening the party. avalanche prone, dotted with innumerable crevasses. want to tell our children that Kashmir issue no longer Earlier, the senior leaders of the party deliberated The site is at an 80 degree gradient from the base camp. exists and peace and development has taken the perma- upon various resolutions which were moved in the The high wind velocities, sub-zero temperatures nent place in the State”, he said and stressed on the Convention and later unanimously adopted in the restricts the search window to about 15-20 days a year resumption of dialogue between India and Pakista n. house.The resolutions adopted in the Convention and that too only for a few hours during the day. The Chief Minister said Kashmir issue has born at the time included hailing of the recent Food Security and the “The team braving all odds and in the face of extremely of the partition of the country. India considers its accession Land Acquisition legislations which was described as hostile weather conditions continued its mission till to it necessary for the secular characteristics of India and historical step of the UPA government, the political August 30,” said the statement. Pakistan wants the area to be with it for having Muslim resolution declaring the resolve of the party to “The soldiers may be long gone but not forgotten and majority representative character. “Both the two countries promote and strengthen the unity and integrity of the concerted efforts will continue until logical closure.” are nurturing their individual ideas in this regard and nation and the state in a climate of peace togetherness people of Jammu and Kashmir are suffering constantly”, and human dignity, resolutions condemning the he said and called for the summit between Prime Ministers unprovoked firing by the Pakistan forces and football. He repeatedly hit my neck and back and of India and Pakistan to talk Kashmir. He said State expressing sympathies with population getting spared me only when I felt unconscious,” Mehrab said. Government or any political leadership here are not in a effected, problems of refugees of 1947, 1965 and Mushtaq Ahmed said that it is irony even after violating position to resolve the issues between India and Pakistan. 1971 from POK and Pakistan urging for their early norms, the Principal of the School displays dogmatic The Chief Minister said that some elements do not want resumption, empowerment Panchayat Raj System by approach and “threatens of discharging my son from India and Pakistan to talk. “They want the burning issues to incorporating the provision of 73rd Amendment in the the school in case I reported this incident to anyone.” remain burning for their vested interests”, he said asserting state. Despite repeated attempts the accused Principal could that friendly ties between the two neighbour have direct not be contacted. bearing on the peace and development situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the people of the State are eager to see the opened heavy fire against the deployed soldiers. The two countries talking amicably and in a conducive fire fight ensued for few hours resulting into the killing The road's beauty enchanted him so much that atmosphere to resolve all issues including Sechien, of four terrorists. Later, in the night move of other J a h a n g i r ' s g o t i t s Sircreck, Kashmir, etc. terrorist was also detected in the same area. He too paintings drawn for his Omar Abdullah said that despite the fact that his party had were effectively engaged. On search of the area, body painting room. not included Kashmir issue in its 2008 Election Manifesto, of five slain terrorists were recovered with six AK-47 Parvez said they plan to yet the party vehemently highlighted the need for recogniz- and other warlike stores. The identity and affiliation of link these historic sites ing the political genesis of Kashmir issue and resolving it Government of Jammu & Kashmir politically through the process of internal and external dialogues. “We will continue Notice Inviting Tenders to bat for it and facilitate the dialogue”, he said and asked NIT No. 51/2013-14/R&B/Kul/e-Tendering/4718-33 Dated: 29-08-2013 the people to strengthen For and on behalf of the Governor, J&K State e-tenders are invited on item rate basis from approved and eligible Contractors registered with National Conference at all J&K State Govt., CPWD, Railways and other State/Central Governments for each of the following works: S. Name of Work Est Cost of Earnest Time of Time & Class of Head of ranks to see Jammu and Date of No Cost T/Doc. Money completion Contractor account Kashmir moving forward in Opening of (Rs. In (in Rs) (in Rs) the direction of political Bid Lacs) Construction of road by way of stability and holistic developMH 505411-09-2013 Earth work cutting /filling and ment. 1. 13.40 600/26800/30 Days Cee & Dee District at 11:00 AM laying of RCC Pipes at spots KM Sector The Chief Minister presented 1st of Brazullah Shurath road resume of achievements Repairs/renovation of damaged MH 421011-09-2013 2. 5.70 300/11400/21 Days Cee & Dee disposal System of PHC Katrasoo District registered by his government at 11:00 AM Sector during the four and a half years Upgradation of Sarmarg Sarbadri despite difficulties and hiccups 11-09-2013 MH 4225road by way of Providing/laying of 3. 6.85 300/13700/30 Days Cee & Dee on peace and law the order at 11:00 AM TSP RBM (River Bed Material) & WBM Gr-II KM 1st RD 0-1000 Mtr maintenance front. He said his Construction of 1x3 mtr Span RCC MH 4059 government delivered on the 11-09-2013 Self Help 4. 5.90 300/5900/30 Days Culvert on Tulinowpora Bhan road NABARD at 11:00 AM Group development front meritorisector RIDF XIV ously handmade new strides in giving good-governance to the Position of AAA/TS: Submitted p e o p l e a n d m a k i n g Position of funds: Demanded 1. The NIT consisting of qualifying information, eligibility criteria, specifications, Bill of quantities (B.O.Q), Set of terms and conditions of Administration transparent. contract and other details can be seen/downloaded from the departmental website from 03-09-2013 (10.00 A.M) to Omar Abdullah said that in 09-09-2013 upto 4.00PM. Baramulla District alone some 2. The Bids shall be deposited in electronic format on the departmental website from 04-09-2013 (10.00 AM) to 091000 kilometres long roads 09-2013 upto 4.00PM.The bids uploaded on the Web Site upto due date and time will be opened on 11-09-2013 at 11.00 AM in the Office of Executive Engineer (R&B) Division Kulgam in presence of the bidders who wish to attend. In case of holidays/Office happens to be closed were constructed, upgraded on the date of opening of the bids, bids will be opened on the next working day at the same time and venue.. and improved during this 3. The complete bidding process will be on line. 3.1 Critical DATES period while as 40 new bridges 1. Date of Issue of Tender Notice 29-08-2013 have been constructed. He said 2. Period of downloading of bidding documents From 03-09-2013 10 A.M to 09-09-2013 4.00 P.M in Pattan Constituency Rs. 3. Bid submission Start Date 04-09-2013 from 10.00 A.M 15.50 crores have been spent 4. Bid Submission End Date 09-09-2013 upto 4.00 P.M on the development of roads, 5. Deadline for receiving the Hard Copy (Original DD & EMD) 10-09-2013 at 4.00 P.M in the Office of the Executive four new bridges and 70 [The date should be one day after bid submission end date] Engineer (R&B) Division Kulgam kilometres roads were also 6. Date & time of opening of Bids (Online) - [The date should be one 11-09-2013 at 11.00 A.M in the Office of the Executive constructed. He said a modern day after deadline for receiving of hard copies] Engineer (R&B) Division Kulgam hospital involving Rs. 7.17 crore is coming up in the area. 4. Instruction to bidders regarding e-tendering process. He said Sub-District Hospital 4.1 Bidders are advised to download bid submission manual from the "Downloads" option as well as from "Bidders Manual Kit" on website to acquaint bid submission process. Sopore has been constructed at 4.2 To participate in bidding process, bidders have to get 'Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) as per Information Technology Act-2000. a cost of Rs. 60 crores. He said Bidders can get digital certificate from any approved vendors. Rs. 1.10 crore PHC Sheeri, Rs. 4.3 The bidders have to submit their bids online in electronic format with digital Signature. No Financial bid will be accepted in physical form. 1.48 crore PHC Hardshiva and 4.4 Bids will be opened online as per time schedule mentioned in Para-2 & 3.1. 4.5 Bidders must ensure to upload, scanned copy of all necessary documents - like CDR/PAN/TIN/Demand Draft with the bid and all Rs. 1.18 crore PHC Delina documents be submitted physically to Executive Engineer (R&B) Division Kulgam before date of opening of bid. have been completed while Rs. Note: - Scan all the documents on 100 dpi with black and white option. 1.19 crore PHC Singhpora is 5. The department will not be responsible for delay in online submission due to any reasons. under execution. The Chief 6. Scanned copy of cost of tender document in shape of Demand Draft/Earnest money/Bid Security if applicable Pledged to the Executive (R&B) Division Kulgam payable at Kulgam must be uploaded with the bid. The original Demand Draft (cost of tender docuMinister said that 670 new Engineer ment), CDR/FDR (earnest money/bid security) and relevant documents to be submitted to the Executive Engineer (R&B) Division Kulgam schools have been opened in by registered post/Courier /by hand before due date of submission of tender/as per time schedule specified. Baramulla District of which 7. Bidders are advised to use "My Documents" area in their user on R&B e-Tendering portal to store such documents as are required. 100 are in Pattan Constituency. 8. All other terms and conditions are as per PWD Form 25 (Double Agreement Form) Sd/- (Ab. Aziz Bhat) He said 569 primary schools DIPJK: 6727 Executive Engineer have been upgraded to middle

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and showcase them along with the region's flora and fauna. "The circuit is planned from Aharbal, famous for a waterfall, and would include places of religious significance like the Shadra Sharif shrine in Rajouri district along with seven beautiful lakes there," he said. "We hope to add the Buddha Amaranth pilgrimage to a cave shrine in Poonch district. It is an important place of pilgrimage for Shavites with rock formation of Shiva and Parvati." He said an annual car rally is organised and cultural tours are being planned to further promote the circuit. But conservationists are unsatisfied. They say the government was more bothered about the quality of the road rather than its cultural importance. "The government thinks it is a road project that would connect remote areas to Srinagar and be an alternative route to the outside world. If it is only a road project then it is a very bad project. The Jammu-Srinagar highway via Banihal pass is the best road you can have." He said the government has failed to have the Army vacate the Thanamandi Sarai while many monuments have been encroached upon or remain neglected. "The Shajimarg Saria and a mosque attached to it have been encroached and are not even listed in official records," he said. "Kahampur Sarai in Chadoora is an ASI protected monument but a mosque that was part of it is not." He said the original road from Shopian to Srinagar has not been revived and the monuments were not being conserved. "The government is more concerned about the road than its historic value. The monuments have to be secured from encroachment and new buildings constructed have to conform to the historic flavour."


JK13B/0471 hit a motorcycle bearing registration number Jk03A/8671 at Bajkul, Tral, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Tral, resulting in injuries to motorcyclist Ghulam Dar son of Abdul Samad resident of Nikloora, Pulwama. The injured was shifted to SKIMS, Soura for the treatment. Tral Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a truck bearing registration number JK02U/9715 and a Maruti bearing registration number JK013B/5732 met with an accident near Chanpora Bye pass, resulting in injuries to a Maruti driver Nazir Ahmad Teli son of Ghulam Ahmad resident of Newa, Pulwama. The injured was shifted to SMHS, Srinagar for treatment. Sadder Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, an A-Star vehicle bearing registration number Jk03D/0906 hit and injured a person near T.P Branch JK bank, Kulgam. The injured was shifted to Hospital for treatment. Kulgam police has registered a case in this regard.

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Govt. to promote horticulture on modern lines: Ramzan


Minister for Transport and CA&PD, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan said that all the possible resources and scientific innovations would be put in place to develop the Fruit Industry on modern lines. He said about 45% population the State is involved with the fruit industry followed by the transport and other activities related to the fruit trade in the valley. He assured the fruit growers and transporters that their genuine demands would be solved at an earliest. He said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is soon convening a high level meeting regarding development of fruit Industry.This was stated by the Minister at a largely attended gathering at fruit Mandi Sopore. The function was organized by the All Kashmir Truck operators Association, Sopore in collaboration with different trade unions and Fruit Growers Associations to apprise the Minister about the difficulties faced by the them due to spurious fungicides and fertilizers in the market which is damaging the fruit Industry. The Kashmir truck operators Association and Fruit growers Association presented charter of demands for re-

Zabarwan Times is available at dressal of their grievances. The Minister also exhorted upon the fruit growers to adopt modern technologies, adding that the Government will provide all possible assistance to them for

developing post harvesting technology. He said that fruit production has reached up to Rs 5000 crore MTs. He assured to construct a modern of truck terminal near the fruit Mandi Sopore.

General Annual meeting of Red Cross Society held Div Com for setting up of Sub Divisional Red Cross branches in districts SRINAGAR, AUGUST 31: To review functions of Regional Red Cross Society general annual meeting was convened Saturday with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Shailender Kumar in chair. Among others, Secretary Red Cross, Srinagar, Abdul Jabar Chaket, Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir division, Director Social Welfare, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, General Secretary, Red Cross Society State Branch, Mrs. Roma Wani participated in the meeting.On the occasion, a newsletter of the major activities undertaken by the Red Cross Society for the year 2012-13 was also released.It was given out in the meeting that as many as 29,439 patients were treated in OPD of Family Welfare Red Cross Dispensary, 40 medical camps were conducted and 20372 needy and poor patients were given free of cost medicines. The meeting was also informed that 23 medical camps were conducted, 262 patients were provided ambulance services besides 30 blood donation camps were organised and 1964 units of blood were collected. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir urged for opening of Jung Aushadi Sale Outlets at all the districts and Associated Hospitals from October 02, 2013 besides stressed for setting up of Sub Divisional branches in all the districts. He also directed for imparting first aid training to 50 in each district volunteers, besides utilizing their services during emergency situation, road accidents to alleviate the sufferings of the needy persons. The proposed budget estimates for the year 2013-14 were also approved during the meeting.

Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashid News Agency Dalgate SRINAGAR, AUGUST 31: The vaccination of Hajj pilgrims of disSheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam trict Kupwara shall be conducted from September 01 to 03, 2013. Lone Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Chadoora In this connection, the HajjNews pilgrims belonging to Tehsil Karnah shall be administered theBhat vaccination September 01, 2013 at SDH, News on Agency Magam Zargar News Agency Kunzar SRINAGAR, AUGUST 31: ernment has taken various initiatives for Tangdhar, while as Hajj pilgrims belonging to Block Handwara, ZachDar News Agency Beerwah Bashir News Agency Sumbal the revival and conservation of heritage aldara and Langate shall be vaccinated on September 02, 2013 at Reshi News Agency Safapora Saleem News Agency Pattan Minister of State for Floriculture, sites in the J&K. District Hospital, Handwara and the Hajj pilgrims of Block Kralpora, Animal Husbandry, PHE, Irrigation The Minister said this during his visit Basharat News Reyaz News Agency Pamporeand Sogam, Kupwara, Kalarooch, Vilgam, KeranAgency & MachilBandipora shall be vacciFlood Control Nazir Ahmad Gurezi Satto Shalimar Mughal garden to take stock nated at ATM School Kupwara near SDH Kupwara on September 03, Altaf News Agency Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund urday said that safeguarding of heritage of on-going renovation and development 2013. Jeelani News Agency Baramulla G.M News Agency Sopore Meanwhile, according to Chief Medical Officer, Shopian, the vacAgency Kupwara Sultan News Agency Handwara cination of Hajj pilgrimsShah 2013 News of the district Shopian shall be conNews Agency Langate Sheikh News Agency Islamabad ducted from September Younis 02, 03 and 04, 2013. In this connection, allReshi the intending Hajj pilgrims of district ShoNews Agency Islamabad Three Way News Agency Tral pian shall be administered the vaccination on September Turray News Agency Tral 02, 03 and Badru News Agency Bijbehara 04, 2013 at District Hospital, Shopian. Rahi News Agency Kulgam Malik News Agency Arwani The pilgrims have been asked to ensure their presence on schedShaheen News Agency Kargil uled dates and venue. Rah News Agency Byepass

Vaccination schedule for Hajj pilgrims of Kupwara and Shopian notified

Cultural Heritage identity of nation

Safeguarding heritage sites prime concern of Govt: Gurezi

55 cases settled in Pattan Lok Adalat BARAMULLA, AUGUST 31: Tehsil Legal Services Committee Pattan convened a lok Adalat in court complex, Pattan, the lok adalat presided over by Sub Judge Pattan and Munsiff Dangiwachi. All 95 cases of various natures were taken up, out of which 55 cases were settled amicably.An amount of Rs. 71,000/- were released as fine while Rs. 3,95,000/- were awarded among the parties. All members of TLSE, Pattan and Bar Association representatives were present in the said lok Adalat.

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sites including world famous Mughal Gardens is prime concern of present government. He said identity of any nation is correlated with its cultural, tradition, language and heritage, adding that gov-

works going on at a cost of Rs. 3.62 crore. He said executing agencies have been directed to preserve its antique characteristics so that its natural scenic beauty and imaginative attractiveness is not dis-

turbed or altered. The Minister was accompanied by the Directors of Floriculture, Horticulture, Chief Engineer PHE, political and social activist, Sheikh IshfaqJabbar and other concerned officers. Gurezi enjoined upon officers to speed up the pace of work and complete all developmental works in stipulated time. He called for judicious utilization of funds. He directed the concerned officers to keep the lighting system of the garden illuminated till late hours so that visitors can stay upto late hours and enjoy natural beauty. The Minister also interacted with tourists and asked about the hospitality of J&K. He appealed the people in general and traders related with tourism industry to provide better hospitality and services to all the tourists and greet them with love, brotherhood and compassion so that Kashmiri tradition of humanity and harmony is acknowledged world over and sustained.

Div Com inaugurates train- Hirdesh reviews progress ing programme on Manof education in Ramban agement Competencies RAMBAN, AUGUST 31-

JAMMU, AUGUST 31Training programme on “Management Competencies” organized by Indian Institute of Public Administration, J&K Regional Branch, Jammu was inaugurated by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu. The programme was attended by 56 officers from various state government departments including Police, Civil Administration, SMVDSB, and J&K Bank. On the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Jammu emphasized that during the delivery of public service the active cooperation of public at large must be ensured for the desired results. He exhorted the young officers that ‘whenever in doubt while decision making’ think of the common man’. He further laid stress

upon improving the management competencies by balancing the personal, professional and social life to become an effective tool in the delivery of public service. During the course of proceedings, Dr Ashok Bhan Chairman IIPA, J&K Regional Branch welcomed the chief guest, faculty and the participants and impressed upon the significance of this programme in bringing the ‘practitioners’ and academicians at a common platform. He impressed upon the participants that while maintaining discipline in public service, the officers must try to think out –of- the- box solutions in order to encourage initiative in the subordinate team members. The resource persons for this programme were from The Business School, University

of Jammu comprising Prof Versha Mehta, Director, The Business School, University of Jammu, Prof Alka Sharma, Dr Anil Gupta, Dr Komal Nagar, who deliberated and held interactive discussion on contemporary topics including Attitude for Excellence, Communication for Interpersonal Effectiveness, Service orientation, which was followed by a panel discussion on Leadership and Team Building in which panelists were Dr Neelika Arora, Central University of Jammu, Mrs. Smita Sethi, Joint Director, Information, Mr Shiv Kumar Gupta, Joint Director, Tourism and Dr Ashok Bhan acted as a moderator. Prof Versha Mehta presented the formal vote of thanks and J.B.S. Johar, Secretary, IIPA, J&K Regional Branch was the organizing Secretary for the programme.

National Sports Day celebrations in Srinagar SRINAGAR, AUGUST 31 Three days long celebrations from 29th to 31st of August, 2013 were held on the eve of National Sports Day in Srinagar under the aegies of J&K National Sports Club and J&K Ball Hockey Association. The celebrations started from 29th of August, 2013 and continued for 3 days. During these three days, seminars sports quiz and debates on various sports activities and sports quiz were held in which hundreds of sports persons participated. The experts shared their experience with the youth. During the celebrations importance of sports were explained and highlighted by some of the prominent sports personalities of J&K State. Some prominent sports persons of the Valley stressed

on the need for providing adequate infrastructure and other sports facilities to the youth of Kashmir, so that their sports talent is exploited at the national and international levels. MLA, Dr. Mustafa Kamal the Chief guest on the concluding function. While stressing the need for promotion of sports infrastructure in the Valley, Dr. Mustafa Kamal congratulated various sports persons who have brought laurels to the J&K State during past few years in different fields of sports. Dr. Mustafa Kamal stressed that time has come that we should revive the hockey sports in J&K State as hockey is our national game.He said in this part of the country, hockey has been neglected. He further added that a time was when our country used

to give tips to other countries of the world regarding hockey, but now time has come that we have to import hockey coaches from other countries. He further added that all necessary steps will be initiated for revival of hockey in J&K. Dr. Mustafa Kamal also distributed prizes among some of the outstanding sports persons of the Valley.He alsothe distributed prizes among sports persons who participated in various debates, seminars and quiz during said National Sports Day Celebrations. Speaking on the occasion, the Organizing Secretary J&K National Sports Club, R.G.N. Wani informed that the Kashmir Gold Cup which was scheduled to be started from 31.08.2013 has been postponed upto 20th of September, 2013 for the play Ground being wet.

To review the progress of Education Department in District Ramban, Secretary Education, Hirdesh Singh convened a meeting of District,

ments attended the meeting. Mr. Hirdesh Kumar directed the officers of education and other concerned department to ensure proper implementation of different schemes sponsored by the centre and

vide ration for Mid day meal to school administration through nearest ration dealers.Mr. Kumar asked the DDC, Ramban to settle the issue of land for the construction of schools in the district. He directed the

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March 21-April 19

Aries, your intuition is increased today to the point where you feel like a mind reader, like you could deduce the thoughts and motives of people you’ve never met before. Reading about news events might bring sudden insights as to how they’re going to turn out. You could decide to put this ability to work advancing your financial condition. Do this if you can, within reason. Your insights are probably correct!

Taurus April 20-May 20

You should be feeling especially passionate at this time, Taurus, especially regarding partnerships. Romantic partnerships definitely call for an evening together! Professional and creative partnerships call for a new project that you believe in strongly. Look to events in other states or foreign countries for inspiration. Something begun in places far away could capture your imagination.

Gemini May 21-June 21

If you’ve been feeling less like yourself lately, Gemini, a surge of inner power could push you over the top and make you feel strong and healthy again. You could decide to finish the unfinished tasks around you today. You might get most of them done by day’s end. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself, however. You will want to make the most of your newfound energy.

Cancer June 22-July 22

A surge of passion could dominate your day unless you find an outlet for it, Cancer. An intimate evening with a lover would be a good idea. Creative passion is also strong, and you could be hit with sudden inspiration, perhaps influenced by distant places. Don’t be afraid to take time out from your mundane chores to pursue this inspiration. Creativity is as important as anything else.


July 23-August 22 A romantic evening at home with your partner could bring the two of you closer, Leo. Your emotions are intense right now, so you need to use your intuition to judge exactly how much of your feelings you should reveal. An intellectual passion could also come your way. You might discover a new field of interest and you’ll want to bury yourself at home studying it for hours.


August 23-September 22

Information received from far away could excite your passion to learn more about a subject, Virgo. You might be inspired to use your new knowledge in a project that includes a partner. Your mind is extremely insightful at this time, so if you face decisions, this is the day to follow your heart. Don’t be surprised if you find your telepathic abilities expanded as well!


September 23-October 23 Money matters are likely to be advanced today through your intuition and inner power, Libra. You may get a hunch that your idea for bringing in some extra money just might work. At least look into it. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it until you know the facts. You might also rediscover a neglected talent that you could find quite useful at this time.


October 24-November 21

Sectoral and Officer of Education Department at conference hall DC office complex Ramban here on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner Ramban M.H.Malik Director School Education Jammu , P.K .Pole , Director SSA SK Sahani, Director RMSA ,HA Paray, ADDC Pardeep Kumar, ACR Dhananter Singh, CPO, CEO, CMO ,Xen PWD ,CMO, ZEOs, ZEPO and officers of other depart-

state government for upliftment of education standard in stateHe instructed the PWD and concerned Department for the completion of ongoing construction works of school buildings within prescribed time under various schemes. While reviewing the zone wise progress of SSA ,RMSA ,MDM, SBM,KGBV and state and District sector schemes, he directed the AD, CA and PD to pro-

CMO and CEO to ensure proper health check up of students and instructed the concerned authorities to complete the girls toilets construction work and drinking water supply schemes for schools within prescribed time.Deputy Commissioner gave instruction to the officer concern to monitor the different construction works of education department for their timely completion.

WDC aware GWC students about entrepreneurship JAMMU, AUGUST 31: The Centre for Women Studies of Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar, in collaboration with J&K State Women’s Development Corporation, conducted an entrepreneurship awareness camp for the students. The aim of conducting the camp was to empower the young women with entrepreneur skills to motivate them to take up for self employment ventures in future . Principal of the College, Dr. Kiran Bakshi welcomed Rifat Qamar from Women Development Corporation, staff and students and appreciated the efforts of Centre for Women Studies of the College to organise such kind of awareness generating camp for their future growth, self generating modes of income which in turn will build the self esteem

and dignity of the girl students in the years to come. Dr. Manisha Kohli, HOD Psychology elaborated upon the motive of holding this camp for the students of the College. Representative, WDC, Rifat Qamar apprised the stu-

dents about different schemes implemented by State Government for the improvement of their status. These schemes will usher a new era of liberation amongst the women and develop their potential for entrepreneurship.

SWC allots 52 kanal land for 22 industrial units

JAMMU, AUGUST 31- The Single Window Committee (SWC) of the Industries & Commerce Department, Jammu Saturday allotted 52 Kanal and 2 Marla land for setting of 22 units at various Industrial Estates across the region, including Kathua, Samba, Doda and JammuThe land was allotted at the 17th Divisional Level Single Window Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of director, I&C Jammu, Gulzar Ahmed Qureshi . The SWC has allotted 52 kanals and two marla of land among 22 units at various Industrial Estates at Kathua, Samba, Doda and Jammu. The proposed units shall generate employment for 330 persons with capital investment of Rs.2005.24 lakh.

A surge of inner power could have you feeling like you can move mountains, Scorpio. If you’ve been contemplating a course of action that others believe impossible, this is the time to get it going. Career matters, romance, and creative projects could all be advanced considerably by careful effort on your part. Give it some thought, write down your ideas, consider all contingencies, and move ahead!

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Memories from your past could resurface, Sagittarius. You might wonder why you’re suddenly thinking about them, but they probably represent a release of old emotional hang-ups that have been holding you back. By midafternoon you should feel more focused, determined, and ready to take on just about anything. This is definitely a great day to start new projects or complete old ones.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Today represents a beginning in many ways. A friend from the past could reappear in your life, Capricorn, and bring up memories both pleasant and disconcerting. Don’t worry too much about it. This probably represents a muchneeded release. You might also become involved with a group that embodies goals about which you’re passionate. New friends could also come your way.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Emotions could be running high today, Aquarius. Someone in your entourage may have a problem with an authority figure, and political issues could come up. You may feel powerful right now and tempted to throw your hat into the ring. However, it’s best to stay out of anything political and channel that power and passion into your own project. That’s far more likely to bring positive results.


February 19-March 20 Heightened mental powers might have you spending a lot of time reading or doing research of some kind, Pisces. Your curiosity is especially high right now. You might even consider advancing your education in some way, especially since new interests have been stimulating you for some time. New friends in fascinating fields might have started you thinking. This is a good time to look into this.

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Sunday, 01 September 2013

Criticism never means indecency


he war of words between National Conference, Congress and PDP has reached to a point where an even an ordinary person can measure the political depth and maturity of these three major parties of the state. On one side the National Conference and Congress are exchanging the arrows and on the other side PDP and NC are at logger heads. All the three parties without an opportunity are targeting each other and have crossed all the limits of decency and statesmanship. There is no doubt that healthy criticism is one of the main principles of democracy and the system gets more and more strengthened by way of pointing out the weaknesses so that remedial measures are put in place to provide the best of the performances. However in J&K the language used is so indecent and abusive that the general people feel ashamed of their leadership. It seems that these three parties are ready to sacrifice all ethical barriers to indulge in letting down each other for grabbing the power in the state by hook or crook. In the recent days some of the senior leaders have indulged in abusing other parties and their senior leaders who have tried to point out their weaknesses. India is a democratic country and elections are held in every state but despite the tussle to win the voters, the parameters of decency are kept intact. Recently PDP has declared that if it gets 40 seats in the Assembly, it will solve the Kashmir problem. This statement infuriated the NC and the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while addressing the public rally in Pattan announced that he will extend the support of its party to PDP and resign as Chief Minister if they solve the Kashmir problem which he said was very vexed and beyond their capabilities. He said these are hollow slogans and just to mislead the general masses. He criticized PDP and said they are power hungry and believe in such political gimmicks. Earlier the PDP termed the NC led govt. as a total failure and said that its leaders are busy in amassing wealth as they know they are going to be wiped out in next elections. The two parties even call names to each other and used very indecent language in their remarks. While criticizing each other the political parties should know that the public is the best judge of their performances and their usage of filthy language and cheap criticism in no way is going to help them in the coming elections. In fact decency will pay them and for indecency they will pay very darely.




Sunday, 01 September 2013

RAJOURI 1947-48

ajouri has witnessed number of ups and downs in the past The township which was established by "Shahi Paul Raja Prithavi Paul" in 1003 AD was firstly burnt by Raja Tung Rai in 1008 AD when he was the Prime Minister of of Kashmir. The township was rebuild by firstly Muslim Ruler Raj a Noor-Ud-Din alias Neel Sinha(l 192-1219 AD). It was again burnt by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1815 AD immediately after his first unsuccessful attempt to conquer Kashmir. The town was again deserted on 26th October 1846 when the last Jaral Raja Raheem Ullah Khan was excommunicated and forced by Maharaja Gulab Singh to leave Rajouri principality and lastly, this beautiful situated town was destroyed during the happenings of 1947. During 1947, the ill-fate of Rajouri town was started with the desertion of Colonel Rehmat Ullah Khan from the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh. He became the king-pin of the rebellions who revolted against the State Government in 1947 in Rajouri area, when the country was divided into two nations, i.e. India & Pakistan. Immediately after 14th August, 1947, the people across the border in Pakistan started talking about jehad (holy war) for Kashmir and spreaded large scale violence in the state. At that time, Colonel Rehmat Ullah was posted at Jhangar and commanding 9 JAK Co. under the over all command of Brigadier Chattar Singh who was stationed at Meerpur. In the month of October, 1947, disturbance was started in Sensa area of Meerpur District the area was taken over by the rebellions. Brigadier Chatter Singh ordered Colonel Rehmat Ullah to move from Jhangar for recapturing of Sensa. He along with his company immediately rushed towards Sensa for the relief of forces posted their, on 12th of October 1947 but the company was engaged by the rebels at Juna. Brigadier Chattar Singh then deployed 3rd JAK for the help of Colonel Rehmat Ullah under the command of Maj Nasar Ullah. When Maj Nasar Ullah reached at Juna and met Captain Rehmat Ullah at this very place, both the officers were motivated by some rebellions. They came under the influence of rebels who met

them secretly. Therefore both the officers along with JCOs and some others revolted against their own forces. They killed the Gurkha sepoys of their own companies at Juna and moved towards Throachi Fort which was 22 miles from Jhangar and ,. was held by the Gurkhas under the command of Captain Raghbir Singh Thapa. Colonel Rehmat Ullah along with deserters storm Throachi Fort and eliminated almost all the Gurkhas along

Colonel Rehmat Ullah, therefore, started building the pressure on the town. In the meantime, two Tehsils of Poonch principality namely Bhag and Sudnutti had gone under the illegal occupation of rebels and the rebels under the leadership of Sardar Ibrahim Khan had declared the formation of so called "Azad Kashmir Government" on 26th of October, 1947 at Patandri, a tehsil of Poonch principality. When Sardar Ibrahim came to know about

During 1947, the ill-fate of Rajouri town was started with the desertion of Colonel Rehmat Ullah Khan from the forces of Maharaja Hari Singh. He became the

king-pin of the rebellions who revolted

against the State Government in 1947 in Rajouri area, when the country was

divided into two nations, i.e. India &

Pakistan. Immediately after 14th August, 1947, the people across the border in

Pakistan started talking about jehad (holy

war) for Kashmir and spreaded large scale violence in the state.

with Captain Raghbir Singh Thapa. He the desertion of Colonel Rehmat Ullah and then took all the deserters of Maharaja's his plan to capture Rajouri, he despatched forces and moved towards Rajouri and his contingent of rebels under the comreached Chhachhera on 28th of October, mand of Sakhi Diler who joined Captain 1947. Since Colonel Rehmat Ullah was Rehmat Ullah at Chhachhera forest. working in Maharaja's force and knowing In the first week of November, 1947, that the defence of Rajouri was very week Captain Rehmat Ullah sent amessage to because at that time, only two platoons Tehsildar Rajouri PanditHarji Lai for were defending the town i.e. one strong surrender. Pt. Harj i Lai without taking the Gurkha platoon of 2nd JAK which was citizens in confidence, left the town on the commanded by Subedar Maj Bhim Singh night of 8th November along with Dogra and one strong Dogra platoon (GP Co). forces and escaped. When the citizens of

Rajouri came to know on 9th morning about the escape of Pt.Harji Lai, they were discouraged, even then they decided to fight against the rebels. In the meantime, a prominent Advocate and a respectable citizen of Rajouri Shri Narsingh Dass Kela sent a message for negotiation to Captain Rehmat Ullah through Mirza Faqir Mohammad who was the President of Muslim Conference at that time. Sh.Narsingh Dass tried his best to avoid the bloodshed by mediation and negotiation. He involved prominent Muslim leaders also but Captain Rehmat Ullah and Sakhi Diler turned down his request of negotiation. In these circumstances, Captain Rehmat Ullah on 9th November, 1947 laid thesiege of Rajouri and started firing on the town from all sides. The Gurkha platoon and some volunteers from the city started retaliating from the city. But upto 10th November, 1947, all the Gurkha sepoys and majority of the volunteers got killed. In the meantime, the citizens of Rajouri city were harassed too much. When they thought that it is not possible for them to face the rebels attack and surrender is inevitable, then on the request of young ladies, the prominent citizen Mr Dina Nath Kela distributed poison among them who took poison and died on spot. After that, the enemy entered the city as the fighting force had already sacrificed their lives. In these circumstances, on 11 th of November, 1947, the rebel forces under the command of Sakhi Diler and Captain Rehmat Ullah entered the city. They got the city evacuated and gathered the citizens near the present Air Field. The prominent local muslim leaders like Maulvi Wali Shah, Mufti Azam Pahar and Maulvi Salah Mohammad apprehended that the rebels would kill the citizens, they requested Sakhi Diler and Captain Rehmat Ullah on the plea that these citizens have come to their shelter, therefore, they may not be killed. But Sakhi Diler and Colonel Rehmat Ullah turned down their suggestions and on 12th Novembner, 1947, they sloughtered young members of the families brutally by leaving the women and children and old persons. To be Continued..........

One Child One Light: A Project to Brighten up Schooling Days Changed Rural Scenario Over the last two decades, the rural areas of India have witnessed many changes. There are better road connections, there is a significant improvement in health care, literacy levels have gone up and mobile phones have become ubiquitous. But one thing that hasn’t changed much is the sorry state of electricity supply. 12-14 hours load shedding is a common phenomenon across most states of the country. When there is no electricity for such a long time span, one of the most affected lot are the school going children. In absence of electricity, students either do not study at all or they study under kerosene lamp. Either situation is not good. In India over 120 million children depend upon crude kerosene lamp for studying due to lack of grid electricity supply. Kerosene lamps do not emit sufficient light to enable children to read in comfort. They also emit carbon monoxide, which is harmful to the health of a child. There is also a chance of kerosene spilling resulting in a fire hazard. The end result -students fail to keep pace with school teaching and when they pass, they are less confident and less skillful to find employment opportunities. Therefore the availability of light during the study hours of children is very important. So how to address this challenge? LED Study Lights - The Best Solution Among all possible solutions, solar energy based solar lanterns appear to provide the cheapest and quickest solution. Emerging LED lighting technology which is semiconductor based presents a wonderful solution to this simple lighting issue. With the white LED revolution it is now possible to provide a simple light suitable for reading purpose that consumes less than a quarter watt but provides 10 to 50 times more useable light than a wick lamp. Hyderabad based Voluntary Organization

Thrive Energy Technologies has indigenously developed a Solar Study light which provides enough light intensity for study purpose. It gives 7-8 hours of light per day on full charge. Features of Solar LED · Provides close to 150 lux of evenly distributed light output as compared to 23 lux of light output provided by a flickering wick lamp · Uses a NiMH (Nickel-metal Hydride) battery, which can be charged either by using the 0.5 watt solar panel provided or by an AC mobile charger or by a solar powered bulk charging system · Uses the world's best LED and an advanced IC that ensures consistent and quality lighting even after many years of

lights in Khargone district located in South enough for the lamp to provide 2 -3 West Madhya Pradesh. It is proposed to hours of light during the night for 2 -3 target 100 schools from Zhirnya and days” says Tejwani. Student, who owns Bhagwanpura Tehsil, which are among the solar lamp, takes it home for study most backward during the pilot stage. The during night. The student brings the light main plan is to distribute as many as back to the school for recharging 100,000 lights in the district. Khargone whenever it is due. district of MP has been chosen as pilot as Benefits of the Project more than 84% population lives in rural The project, once implemented successarea of which 40% belongs to SC/ST fully, will bring lot of benefits directly and category. Over 40% people use kerosene indirectly in the society. for lighting purpose. Per capita electricity · 10,000 students getting solar lights will consumption in MP is only about 330 units result in 30 lakh extra study hours per year. per year, while the same is 750 units for · It will bring awareness among parents, India and on an average 2000 units for the teachers and administrators and encourage world. The project is being executed by people to get their own solar lights. Education Park located in Khargone · It will help reduce demand for kerosene, district in collaboration with Thrive which is already in short supply, which in turn will save precious foreign exchange for the country. Among all possible solutions, solar energy · It will reduce the health hazard to children caused by the use of kerosene lamps. · The implementation of this project will based solar lanterns appear to provide the result in saving of 1.5 million tons of Carbon Dioxide emission per year. The cheapest and quickest solution. Emerging purpose of this project is to demonstrate the effect and impact of the project on the LED lighting technology which is social life of Madhya Pradesh and encourage governments to adopt solar semiconductor based presents a wonderful lamps for lighting purpose as the most cost effective solution in rural areas. India’s Focus on Solar Energy solution to this simple lighting issue. The Government has recognized the importance of solar energy and has use. “The lights are designed to be very Energy Technologies, Hyderabad. So far, launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National rugged and fail proof considering the more than 4500 solar LED lights have been Solar Mission. The immediate aim of the rural environment. Through innovation in distributed. The objective is to distribute. Mission is to focus on setting up an technology and processes, these lights are How the Project Works enabling environment for solar technology up to 40% less expensive than commer- The subsidized cost of the solar light is penetration in the country both at a cially available lights of similar quality” only Rs 200 for students, although the centralized and decentralized level. To says Ravi Tejwani of IIT-Bombay, MRP is Rs 580/-. “These Solar lights promote research the National Centre for closely associated with the project. will be centrally charged at school while Photovoltaic Research and Education Khargone Experiment: One Child One the child is studying through common (NCPRE) has been set up at IIT Bombay, to Light solar PV modules installed on the carry out basic and applied research ‘One Child One Light” is a project initiated terrace of the school. Lamps are kept on activities. Eventually, NCPRE aims to for providing solar light to 100 students a charging rack during the day time, and make solar PV a cost-effective and relevant each from 100 schools, totaling to 10,000 4 to 5 hours of charge would be good technology option.

Disclaimer : The contents and comments appearing in any article published in this paper are purely the personal opinion of the writer.

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Veganism, ahead of vegetarianism

Imagine surviving on a diet that excludes chicken, cheese, milk and all your favourite food. Most of us would yell out 'no-way'. But going vegan is the new fad among the ordinary as well as the admired. Let's find out more... For some, it's the latest key to staying fit and toned and for the rest it's the new eco-friendly and animal-protection mantra. With vegan diet receiving a lot of response, veganism has moved on to being something more than just a diet. It is a lifestyle that you choose to live. The old idea that only long-haired hippies nibble carrots and lettuce in their mountain homes no longer applies. Veganism — a step ahead of vegetarianism Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition, do not consume any products that are derived from animals — eggs, dairy products, honey etc. Moreover, many vegans do not use leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products. Be a healthy vegan The key to a nutrition-

ally sound vegan diet is variety. For a healthy and varied vegan diet, opt for fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes. High-fat foods such as oils, margarine, nuts, nut butters, seed butters, avocado, and coconut should be eaten sparingly. Pros and cons Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts have protective char-

Don't discount doctor's gut feeling' Don't discount a doctor's gut feeling when it comes to serious illness, especially those affecting children, a new study suggests. A clinician's intuitive feeling that something is wrong, even after examination that suggests otherwise, seems to have even greater diagnostic value than most symptoms and signs. Serious infection can easily be missed in young children and making a diagnosis has been described as "like finding a needle in a haystack." Studies have suggested it should be seen as highly important in its own right but there is lack of understanding about whether it can be seen as useful, British Medical Journal reported. The gut feeling hinges on a doctors 'sense of reassurance or alarm,' bearing on their degree of certainty about the prognosis (future outcome) of the disease. Alarm implies that he perceives an uneasy feeling about a possible adverse outcome, according to an Antwerp statement. The team of researchers which also included Paul Van Royen, University of Antwerp, Belgium, therefore carried out an observational study on 3,890 children aged between 0 and 16 years who reported for primary care in Flanders, Belgium in 2004. Out of the 3,369 children assessed as having a nonsevere illness at the time of consultation, six were later hospitalised with a serious infection. Results show that acting on gut feeling had the potential to prevent two of the six cases being missed at the cost of 44 false alarms, but that these were not "unmanageable." In fact, 21 out of the 3,890 children were eventually admitted to hospital with a serious infection and nine were not referred at first contact. However, in four of the nine children, the doctor had a gut feeling that something serious was wrong. The feature most strongly associated with gut feeling was a history of convulsions and the child's overall appearance and breathing. The authors also found that gut feeling is strongly influenced by parental concern that the illness is different. Finally, less experienced clinicians reported it more frequently than their more senior counterparts. However, the diagnostic power of gut feeling was no better in experienced than non-experienced clinicians.

Low calorie cranberry juice may help cut BP

Drin k in g l o w - c al o r i e cr a n b e r r y j ui ce r e g ula r ly may help ge t y o u r bl o o d pr es s ur e un d e r co n tr ol, su gge st ne w f i ndi n g s . In a stud y th a t me asu r ed t h e effe ct s o f d r i n k ing l ow-c al o r i e c r a nb er r y j ui ce , pa r t i ci pa n t s dran k ei th e r l o w - c al or i e jui ce o r a pla ceb o drin k ev e r y d a y f o r e i g h t we e ks a s pa r t o f a contr oll e d d i e t. Blood pr e ssu r e w as m e a s ur e d a t t h e b eg i n nin g, mi d - p o i nt and e n d o f t h e s t ud y . A ft er e ig ht w e e k s, bl o o d p r es s ur e v a lue s h a d s i g nif ic an tl y d r o p p e d f ro m a n a ve r a g e o f 1 2 1 / 7 3 mmHg to 118/7 0 mm H g fo r t h o s e d r i n ki n g t h e low -calo r i e c r a nbe r r y jui ce. T h e pla ce b o g r o up show ed no c h a nge . Res e a r ch er s noted that c r a nbe r r y jui ce i s r i ch i n a n t i oxidants — na tu r al l y o ccur r i n g m o lecule s i n fru it, tea , w i ne and ot h e r fo o d s — wh i ch h a ve been asso c i ate d w i th lo wer b lo o d pr es s ur e i n other stu d i e s. The stu dy w a s p r e se n t ed a t t h e A m e r i ca n H eart A sso c i ati o n's H i g h B lo o d Pr es s ur e Re searc h 2 0 12 S c i e nti f i c S es s i o n s .

acteristics against major chronic diseases. At the same time, lower intake of calcium and vitamin D can lead to a higher risk of bone fractures in vegans. Eliminating dairy from the diet removes a good source of calcium. Hence, consume calcium-fortified foods. Also, iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies are a major concern among vegans. While a plantbased diet lowers the risk of age-related problems,

unwise selection of food can lead to adverse health outcomes. When eating out... Go for pizza without cheese, Chinese moo shu vegetables, Indian curries and dal, eggplant dishes without cheese, bean tacos without lard and cheese, Middle Eastern hummus and tabouli, Ethiopian injera (flat bread) and lentil stew and Thai vegetable curries.

Five steps to stronger bones

1. Eat properly Getting 1,000mg of calcium a day is the first step — and you're much better off doing this through diet if you can. The best food sources are low-fat dairy such as semiskimmed milk and yoghurt, as well as bony fish, such as tinned salmon and sardines. Leafy green veg such as kale, broccoli and spinach are also rich in calcium. Dried fruits such as figs and currants and breakfast cereals fortified with calcium are also good sources. 2. Get more vitamin d Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. Although some is found in oily fish, our main source comes from the effect of sunlight on your skin. It's estimated that half of us have a deficiency because we don't get outside enough or because we always use sunblock. As part of its Sunlight Campaign, the National Osteoporosis Society is advising people to catch some rays between May and September to keep their vitamin D levels topped up. Just 10 minutes of sunlight a day on bare arms and your

face can cut your risk of bone fractures by a third. 3. The right moves Another vital way to boost your bones is weight-bearing exercise —basically anything that has you upright and stretching your muscles. Good choices include aerobics, dancing or brisk walking. "Research shows that if you don't exercise you end up weeing out all the calcium you take in instead of stor-

Snoring ups BP risk in pregnant women Women who begin snoring during pregnancy are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure and preeclampsia, a new research from the University of Michigan has revealed. The research showed pregnancy-onset snoring was strongly linked to gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, said lead author Louise O'Brien, Ph.D., associate professor in U-M's Sleep Disorders Center. "We found that frequent snoring was playing a role in high blood pressure problems, even after we had accounted for other known risk factors. And we already know that high blood pressure in pregnancy, particularly preeclampsia, is associated with smaller babies, higher risks of pre-term birth or babies ending up in the ICU," said O'Brien. The study is believed to be the largest of its kind, with more than 1,700 participants. It is the first study to demonstrate that pregnan-

cy-onset snoring confers significant risk to maternal cardiovascular health. Habitual snoring, the hallmark symptom of sleepdisordered breathing, was defined as snoring three to four nights a week. About 25 per cent of women started snoring frequently during pregnancy and this doubled the risk for high

blood pressure compared to non-snoring women. O'Brien writes that these results suggest that up to 19 per cent of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy might be mitigated through treatment of any underlying sleep-disordered breathing. Pregnant women can be treated for sleep-disordered

breathing using CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure). It involves a machine, worn during sleep, which uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open. It is possible that use of CPAP may decrease high blood pressure in pregnant women, and O'Brien has such a study currently underway to test this hypothesis.

ing it in your bones," warns Prof Skelton. "Ideally we should aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. "Put simply, the more hours we spend on our feet, the fewer bone breakages we should have in later life." 4. Quit the cigs and booze People who smoke have significantly lower bone density, while drinking more than seven alco-

holic drinks a week can prevent your bones from absorbing the maximum nutrients from your food. 5. Watch your stress levels "High levels of stress make the body produce the hormone cortisol, which causes bone loss," says Prof Skelton. "Over a long period this can increase your risk of osteoporosis. Yoga, walking the dog or listening to music can all help bust stress.

Even 5 year olds suffer heart damage The study found that blood pressure of obese kids is 40 per cent higher than that of healthy youngsters and they have up to nine times more cholesterol in their blood, the Daily Mail reported. Oxford academics warned that even in children as young as five, their arteries have become lined with fatty deposits so their hearts have to work harder to pump blood. The study that involved nearly 50,000 five to 15year-olds found the hearts of obese children were enlarged compared with those of youngsters who were a healthy weight. And the blood pressure and cholesterol of some was already so high that unless they change their lifestyles, they could be 40 per cent more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke in adulthood. "It's almost like a ticking time bomb of damage going on in their hearts and blood

vessels," the paper quoted Dr Matthew Thompson, one of the study's authors, as saying. Although researchers have long known that obese children tend to have slightly higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, they were shocked at the differences compared with those of normal weight -particularly in obese girls, who had far higher blood pressure than healthy youngsters. The researchers also found cholesterol levels, measuring fatty deposits in the arteries, were between 7.5 and nine times higher than normal. "The relationship between obesity in children and cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure was much greater than we anticipated," said Researcher Dr Carl Heneghan, reader in evidence-based medicine at the University of Oxford.

Improve posture for a flat tummy With a success rate of nearly 40 per cent, invitro fertilisation (IVF) has been steadily gaining popularity among rural couples suffering from infertility, an expert said here Wednesday. "On an average, one out of every 14 couples suffers f r o m infertility in the country. With a success rate of nearly 40 percent, IVF has been a boon for infertile couples and the treatment has been steadily gaining popularity among the rural population," said gynecologist and IVF expert Gautam Khastgir. Khastgir associated withthe city-based Bengal Infertility and Reproductive Ther-

apy Hospital (BIRTH) said that of all his patients nearly 60 percent came from rural areas of the state. "With drastic life style changes, pollution and lack of hygiene, infertility has been on the rise in rural areas. However, the good thing is people are now becoming m o r e aware and

conscious and are opting for IVF to get rid of infertility. Rural population across the country suffering from infertility is now opting for IVF," said Khastgir. On the urban front also infertility has also been on the rise with obesity, strenuous life and drinking and smoking being the chief reasons for the malady.

All of us wish for a washboard tummy but the very thought of all those sit-ups and stomach crunches put us off, right? Well, there are other means of reducing your paunch, or rather, of stopping it from getting bigger, without even stepping into the gym. Check them out: Improve your posture If you spend long hours sitting at a desk, in front of a screen, chances are that you slouch, thus leaving the stomach loose and bulging. The first step towards a taut tummy is to never slouch, whether sitting, standing or walking. Says Merin, physiotherapist, Biorhythm fitness centre,"Weak back muscles affect the abs as well. Something you can do while at your desk is to maintain a straight back, yet comfortable position. A chin up, shoulders back, stomach in posture while walking not only makes you look fitter but makes your tummy look flatter." Do stretch exercises at work While at your workseat, stretch your back and pull in the stomach. Hold your breath and release. Sway from side to side a few times. Rest your arms on the armrest of the chair and lift

your feet, one at a time. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat every half hour or as often as you can. There are also forced breathing techniques for the stomach which you can learn from a professional. Walk to work "A common misconception is that stomach crunches are the only way to a flat stomach. Stomach fat is just one part of general body fat; only it shows more," points out Merin. She recommends walking or cycling instead of driving if your workplace is near, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator wherever possible.

Why eat three bananas a day British and Italian researchers have found that eating three bananas cuts the risk of a stroke. They said that having one banana for breakfast, one for lunch and one in the evening would provide enough potassium to reduce the chances of suffering a blood clot on the brain by around 21 per cent. The findings suggest that

thousands of strokes could be prevented by the consumption of other potassium-rich foods such as spinach, nuts, milk, fish and lentils, reports the Daily Mail. Although some previous studies have suggested bananas could be important for controlling blood pressure and preventing strokes, results have not always been on-

sistent. In the latest research, scientists analysed data from eleven different studies - dating back to the mid-Sixties - and pooled the results to get an overall outcome. They found a daily potassium intake of around 1,600 mg, less than half the UK recommended daily amount for an adult of 3,500mg, were enough to lower

stroke risk by more than a fifth. The average banana contains around 500 milligrams of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure and controls the balance of fluids in the body. Too little potassium can lead to an irregular heartbeat, irritability, nausea and diarrhoea. Researchers from the University

of Warwick and the University of Naples said, "Potassium intake in most countries is well below the recommended daily amount." But if consumers ate more potassium-rich foods and also reduced their salt intake, the annual global death toll from strokes could be cut by more than a million a year.

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Delhi gang-rape: juvenile gets 3 yrs in special home; victim's family says 'not happy

The defendant, who was 17 at the time of the attack, has been sentenced to three years in a reform home, the maximum sentence he could have faced, his lawyer Rajesh Tewari said. Indian law forbids the publication of his name, though he has since turned 18.The braveheart's mother emerged from the court in tears, saying "he got just three years ... from De-

cember onwards he has been given three years". related storyDelhi gangrape: victim's brother tries to attack juvenile Want more punishment for minor: braveheart's fatherAttack the problem at its base: Rahul Bose"He should get an adult sentence," the emotional mother told reporters.The perceived leniency of the sentence is likely to

spark further anger in India where the suspects, some of whom have been beaten up in jail, are public hate figures.Outside the court, up to 20 protesters demanded a harsher punishment, screaming "Hang the juvenile too" and "We want justice."The attack, which left the victim with such extensive internal injuries that she died two weeks later, sparked protests across the country and led to reforms of India's antiquated sexual violence laws. The government, facing immense public pressure, had promised swift justice in the case. The convicted defendant was one of six people accused of tricking a 23-year-old woman and her male companion into boarding an off-duty bus December 16 after they had seen an afternoon showing of "Life of Pi" at a upscale shopping mall. Police say the men raped

Food, Land Bills have no parallels in history: Manish Tewari

Union Minister Manish Tewari on Saturday said the Food Security and Land Acquisition Bills are two landmark initiatives taken by the UPA government, and have no parallels in history. Information and Broadcasting Minister Tewari, the Lok Sabha MP from Ludhiana, said it is for the first time in country's history that the poor will enjoy the right to highly subsidised food, and nobody will sleep hungry any more. Tewari said although the opposition parties "tried their best to scuttle these bills as they thought the Congress will gain from them," the UPA ensured that these bills were passed as they were to benefit over 81 crore Indians. Food, Land Bills have no parallels in history: Manish Tewari Food, Land Bills have no parallels in history: Manish Tewari"It is so shameful that for the petty partisan reasons, the opposition parties tried to scuttle these bills," Tewari, who addressed a number of party meetings in the Dakha assembly segment in Ludhiana, said.

The minister further added that over 81 crore people in the country will be benefited by the Food Security Bill, as they will be provided 35 kg of foodgrains every month at a highly subsidised price. "It was the dream of Congress President Sonia Gandhi that nobody in the country goes to bed empty stomach, and today that dream is going to become a reality," he said. Referring to the Land Acquisition Bill, Tewari pointed out "there will not be any forcible land acquisition in the country." He said wherever the land is needed for any private project, consent of 80 per cent of the people concerned will be mandatory. Besides, he said, land will be acquired at a price that would be four times of the market price in the rural areas, and twice the market price in urban areas.Furthermore, those affected by the acquisition will get employment, rehabilitation and adequate compensation, he said. "There cannot be a better law on land acquisition than this," he said.

the woman and used a metal bar to inflict massive internal injuries to her. They also beat her male companion. The victims were dumped naked on the roadside, and the woman died from her injuries in a Singapore hospital.Four of the other defendants are being tried in a special fast-track court in New Delhi and face the death penalty. The sixth accused was found dead in his jail cell in March. The court is expected to hand down the rest of the verdicts next moth. The convicted defendant was tried as a minor on charges including murder and rape. The time he spent in a juvenile home since he was arrested in December will count as part of his three-year sentence, Tewari said.The attack set off furious protests across India about the treatment of women in the country and led to an overhaul of sexual assault

laws. The victim's family called for the teenager to be tried as an adult, accusing him of being the most violent of the attackers.A government panel set to suggest reforms to sexual assault laws rejected calls to lower the age at which people can be tried as adults from 18 to 16.On July 17, India's top court also refused to reduce the age of a juvenile from 18 to 16 years. However, it later agreed to hear a new petition seeking to take the "mental and intellectual maturity" of the defendant into account and not just age. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died of internal injuries after being raped and assaulted with an iron bar allegedly by six men on the night of December 16. Her male companion was also beaten up before both were thrown from the bus.

launch of 'Ahimsa Messenger Scheme', aimed at generating awareness amongst the people about the rights of women. The Congress chief's call comes in the wake of spate of crimes against women across the country. Sonia Gandhi seeks effective enforcement of laws for womenSonia Gandhi seeks effective enforcement

NEW DELHI: Petrol price was hiked by a steep Rs 2.35 per litre on Saturday, the sixth increase in rates in three months, and diesel by 50 paise per litre on falling rupee and firming international oil prices. The increase in rates, which will be effective from midnight tonight, are excluding local sales tax or VAT, Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer, announced. The actual hike will be higher and will vary from city to city. Petrol price in Delhi will go up by Rs 2.83 to Rs 74.10 per litre while it will cost Rs 81.57 per litre in Mumbai as against Rs 78.61 currently. This is the sixth increase in rates since June and in all petrol prices have gone up by a massive Rs 9.17 per litre, excluding VAT. Price of petrol in Delhi has gone up by over Rs 11 per litre after including state tax since June 1. In a parallel move, diesel price was hiked by 50 paise, excluding VAT, in line with the January decision of the government allowing oil companies freedom to raise prices in small doses every month to wipe out mounting losses. Diesel price in Delhi has been hiked by 57 paise to Rs 51.97

per litre while it will cost Rs 58.86 in Mumbai from tomorrow as compared to Rs 58.23 currently. Today's hike in the eighth since the January 17 and most of the losses on diesel sales should have been wiped off by now to make the fuel market priced. But the fall in rupee, around 25 per cent since April, has worsened the situation and oil firms are losing Rs 12.12 per litre despite prices being raised by a cumulative Rs 4.75 this year. Oil firms had on June 1 raised petrol prices by 75 paise, excluding VAT, and followed it with a Rs 2 per litre increase on June 16, a Rs 1.82 increase on June 29, Rs 1.55 hike on July 15 and 70 paise increase from August 1.

PM has run out of ideas for reviving economy: Jaitley

The Hindu Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Saturday said Prime Minister’s attitude was one of “anger” and “pessimism” and this shows he has “run out of ideas” for reviving the economy. File photo A day after their verbal jousting in Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley on Saturday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s attitude was one of “anger” and “pessimism” and this shows he has “run out of ideas” for reviving the economy. Referring to the Prime Minister’s statement on Friday in the Upper House on the state of the economy and the subsequent debate, Mr. Jaitley said, “Instead of telling us about the roadmap to improve the economy he was angry and pessimistic. This attitude means you have no ideas on how to revive the economy. You have run out of ideas.”Mr. Jaitley was speaking at a conclave of BJP’s Legal and Legislative Cell in New Delhi. In a rare combative mood, Dr. Singh had said on Friday that frequent disruptions by the opposition was responsible for the government not being able to pass important legislations.He had asked whether there is any other Parliament where the Opposition attacks the Prime Minister and does not even allow him to introduce his council of ministers.Mr. Jaitley had hit back at the government on corruption.“Till Friday he (PM) had been maintaining a silence. To be silent for a long time is not good. Silence is golden only when you cannot think of an answer,” Mr. Jaitley said at the BJP programme, adding, “It is extremely dangerous when the

head of the country becomes cynical, pessimistic and cannot suggest a roadmap.”Referring to his exchange of words with the Prime Minister, Mr. Jaitley said Dr. Singh’s attitude reminded him of the habit of lawyers of banging the desk “when they cannot bang the facts or bang the law as they are weak on both”. Mr. Jaitley also lambasted the JD(U) government in Bihar for playing vote bank politics on the issue of terrorism and said in the case of IM founder Yasin Bhatkal’s arrest, the state government refused to cooperate “because its vote bank will be affected”. “State governments will also have to think of their responsibility in the fight against terrorism. Who lives if India dies?” Jaitley said.Commending the security

Sonia Gandhi seeks effective enforcement of laws for women

President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said making laws for the empowerment of women alone would not suffice unless they were effectively enforced. "We realise just making laws and announcing policies would not be enough to empower women. Along with it, policies and laws will have to be implemented properly on ground," she said at the

Petrol price hiked by Rs 2.35 a litre, diesel by 50 paise

of laws for womenUnder the scheme, volunteers would be trained to take the message of women's rights across the society. Gandhi, who had a key role behind the campaign for awareness about women's rights, called for ending all violence against the women and for taking steps for making women feel safe, fearless, empowered and getting the respect due to them.Describing as a "very big challenge" the fight to secure same status for women as was being enjoyed by men, she called for "social revolution" by changing the mindset and thought of the society and demolishing the wall of discrimination that perpetuates uneven treatment of women. Gandhi said the initiative for changing the mindset of society has to come collectively from women themselves by according equal status to them in their own homes. "We all know that the social outlook of our children is formed inside the four walls of our homes. The girl in the fam-

ily should be given the same status as that of her brother in a family. Girls too have a right to get education, development and employment as that of the boy in the family," she stressed. Gandhi said the messenger is directly related to the safety and empowerment of women. "They will spread awareness and knowledge about for their legal rights and their economic and social growth, their safety and dignity in the society. The Ahimsa 'doots' (messengers) will be trained to empower them," she said. A unique feature of this programme is that adolescent boys have also been made an integral part of this programme, Gandhi added. First some women from anganwadis will be trained to become Ahimsa messengers, she added. Speaking about the empowerment of women, Gandhi said due to 50 percent reservation for women in panchayats, lakhs of women have been able to make their voice heard.

agencies, he said all facts about Bhatkal’s arrest at Raxaul—Nepal border should come out to expose who performed his duty and who did not. JD(U), which was an NDA ally for 17 years, broke off from the alliance after the elevation of Narendra Modi as BJP Election Campaign Committee Chief fearing it will lose the minority votes. “In the Batla House encounter case, for five years we had been hearing that it was a false encounter. Such a stand is taken by political parties for vote bank politics,” he said. The BJP leader charged that POTA was repealed with this aim in mind. BJP, he maintained, has a firm belief in protecting the nation and to be united in all matters of national security.The fight against terror has to be fought by rising above caste and religion, he said. Mr. Jaitley insisted that there is a strong anti-incumbency and claimed that corruption and slowdown in the economy will be prominent issues in the next general elections.“This government seems to have lost control over the economy and has completely failed to manage it,” he said.Noting that due to the falling Rupee our imports -- including petroleum, edible oil, coal and mobiles -- will become costlier, he said, “You are importing inflation into the country.”Referring to the GDP figures announced on Friday, MR. Jaitley said the fall in growth rate is a cause for concern and will impact employment.“For long the world has been warning us that there is a policy paralysis but the government is busy in trying to cultivate its vote bank.

Bihar DGP denies BJP’s allegations

Refuting the Bharatiya Janata Party allegations the Bihar government played vote bank politics by not taking the custody of Yasin Bhatkal, Director General of Police Abhayanand said the police had acted as per the provisions of the law.“Everything was done according to what’s mandated in law. The Bihar police helped the National Investigation Agency in making the arrest and other central agencies by providing security, which was vital. The police also participated in the interrogations. These allegations are baseless,” Mr. Abhayanand said in a press conference.On Friday, ex-Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi tweeted, “Why bhatkal was not taken on remand by Bihar govt for interrogation? whereas 6 state govts are in Q for taking him on remand.”The DGP said for taking the custody of Yasin and his aide Asadhullah Akhtar, there had to be viable grounds for seeking remand. “The NIA has cases against him, so they took him into

custody.”It would have been incorrect for the Bihar police to take full credit of the arrest, since the alerts had come from the Intelligence Bureau. “Without their intelligence, we would not have been possible. It is a commendable job for the Indian police. The forces of several states were involved in this operation,” he said.Interrogated in forestMr. Abhayanand said after apprehending Yasin and Asadullah in Raxaul, East Champaran district, around 8 a.m., the Bihar police took them to a thick forest in Bettiah in West Chamaparan district for interrogation, in a highly secret operation. Even the forest officials were “informationally isolated” from this operation. The duo were interrogated in the forest for about three hours and then taken to the Motihari court for remand. In Patna, the terror suspects were interrogated throughout the night at the high-security Bihar Military Police camp.

Asaram supporters’ attack on journalists condemned

The attack on two journalists by supporters of Asaram Bapu in Jodhpur has received condemnation from several quarters even as the Jodhpur police arrested 13 of the supporters hours after the attack. Among the first to condemn the attack were union information broadcasting minister Manish Tewari and Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. "Assault on journalists by a religious preacher's followers extremely disturbing and condemnable. Is this what they teach & preach to their flock?" tweeted Mr. Tewari. Also quick to react was Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot who called the act uncivilized and promised prompt action against those who did it. "It was an uncivilised act and should be condemned by everyone. Action would be taken against the accused," said Mr. Gehlot suggesting involvement of “RSS and BJP supporters”, according to PTI."There have

been many such attacks on in Gujarat. Some politicians in Rajasthan say the Gujarat model should be implemented here. Is this the model they want to be implemented here?" he asked, hinting at the state's BJP leadership.“Camera broken and seized, jouralist bleeding, Asaram 'hides' in Indore ashram! Spiritual immunity??? Shame,” tweeted journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. Later in a press conference held in Indore, Asaram's son Narayan Sai apologised to the media. “We respect the media and apologise if anyone's hurt,” he is reported to have said. Earlier on Saturday morning, supporters of Asaram Bapu started pouring into Jodhpur from different places.When a TV news crew tried to film their arrival, supporters of Asaram Bapu started beating them up. The reporter, Bhawani Deora of IBN7 and his cameraman were left with bleeding injuries after they were rescued

by local people.The police registered cases under sections 307 and 395 of the Indian Penal Code and arrested 13 persons, Ajay

Pal Lamba. DCP Jodhpur (West) told The Hindu.The police then sealed-off the borders of the district, not allowing any more

supporters to enter the city and asking those that had already come, to leave. The social media was abuzz with people taking jibes at the godman, some angry, some witty and some both, so much so that the hashtags “Indore” and “Jodhpur” continued to trend on Twitter for hours, since most people believed the godman was hiding inside his Indore ashram with full knowledge of the police.Some even put up morphed photographs of the godman, showing him in running gear, with the caption reading: Bhaag asaram Bhaag. “I hope this police courtesy of delaying arrest for a "concrete defence" is extended to all our citizens,” tweeted Bangalorebased chef Madhu Menon.“When he was running at Bhopal airport yesterday didnt look he had Trigeminal neuralgia or a BP problem #Asaram,” tweeted journalist Mehran Zaidi.“Btw can't we hand over Asaram/Tamasharam/Jhansaram Bapu

to USA saying Saddaam Hussein is still alive? : #bloodydisgrace #Asaram,” tweeted another user.Supporters of Asaram Bapu tweeted: “Media harras,beat female devotees of #Asaram bapu & made false news 2 blame them![sic]”.The Indian Journalists Union (IJU), the premier organisation of the working journalists in the country also strongly condemned the attack.In a statement issued in New Delhi on Saturday, IJU president S N Sinha and secretary-general D. Amar said the unprovoked and brutal assault on journalists "was meant to scare away the media" and amounted to an attack on the freedom of the press.The IJU urged the Rajasthan government to "take strongest action against the culprits" to prevent any recurrence of such incidents, while also requesting the governments at the centre and in all states to ensure adequate security cover to scribes so that media could function fearlessly.

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Omar launches scathing attack on PDP, Centre Describes PDP politics a political gimmicks ‘Pakistan role in Kashmir issue established fact’...

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Omar launches scathing attack on PDP, Centre Describes PDP politics a political gimmicks ‘Pakistan role in Kashmir issue established fact’...