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Cabinet approves 659 new administrative units Fire incident; 16 animals charred to death Srinagar, Feb 01: Twelve sheep, two cows and two oxen were charred to death in a fire that broke out in a cow shed at Uri, a far flung village in north Kashmir's Baramulla district. 'Fire broke out in the cow shed of Mohammad Yaseen Sheikh son of Abdul Samad resident of Nambla, in the jurisdiction of Police station Uri, Baramulla, resulting in the complete damage to the cowshed', a See Fire On Page 11..

Eid Milad-unNabi (SAW) conference to be held in Central Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 1: Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) conference will be held on February 2(Sunday) at Jamia Masjid Humpora in Central Kashmir’s Chadoora town. The Milad Conference will be organized by Markaz-i-Muhammadia Jammu Kashmir. Renowned cleric, Maulana Salim Javid Gazali will throw See Eid Milad On Page 11..

Inside story After ‘land to tiller’, Omar’s ‘power to people’ historic achievement: NC

Jammu, Feb 1 (KNS): The news about creation of new administrative units in Jammu and Kashmir was received with jubilation, drowned in the beating of drums and bursting of crackers at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this evening. Senior leaders and the party workers greeted each other while hailing the decision. The party headquarters wore a festive look with the enthusiastic workers dancing and distributing sweets among people.

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On Edit Page Devastation of Forests-an alarming situation

The devastation of forests in the world as a whole has resulted in global warming which, in turn has confronted the world with massive earth quakes, Tsunamis’, floods, wild fires and other natural calamities. The global warming has made the environment so imbalanced that the existence of mankind has become subservient to the nature’s fury. In Jammu & Kashmir the illegal felling of forest cover and its irrational exploitation has brought the state at the brink of becoming a cold desert. Tremendous decrease in the forest cover is gradually turning the soil unfertile and the environment inconducive to human living. It is for many years now that the valley has not had enough

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Srinagar, Feb 1: Putting speculations about his resignation to rest, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday said the coalition government will continue to work for the people till its last day. Addressing a press conference immediately, after the cabinet approved the recommendations made by the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) about creation of 659 administrative units in the state, in Jammu on Saturday, Omar stated that the creation of new administrative units in the state will pave way for the betterment of the people on grass root levels. The Chief Minister said further that the decision is the historic one

and that the cabinet has already the state planning commission and the finance department to take necessary actions in this regard. There are 135 sub divisions established, 135 tehsils, 177 CD blocks, 301 nayabats and in total 659 new administrative units across the state. Omar added that there would be no extra burden on the state exchequer by the creation of new administrative units but however the state has to face some extra pressure. But those administrative units that face extra work burden will not face the same and the gaps between the people and the government will be filled at large. Stating that the present coalition government is stronger than the previous ones of the state, Omar stated that the present dispensation

Mehboob Beigh meets Haider team Regrets Kangiri throwing incident

Srinagar, Feb 1:The senior National Conference (NC) leader and parliament member Mehboob Beigh Saturday met the cast and crew of the film Haider, being shot in Kashmir, regretted for inconvenience they had to face some days earlier in old city. The film shoot in old city was halted for a while when a person among the spectators threw kangri towards the actors near Zeeshan Shaib, old city. According to reports the Kangri (fire pot) had hit the film actor Irfan Khan. “I personally approached them and apologized for the inconvenience they had to face in the old city some days earlier, Beigh told KNS. He stated further that while he was on the constituency visit in south Kashmir, he came to

know that a film crew of Haider is shooting in some area of the town. They were shooting in our area and I personally went to meet them so that I could express my regrets over the recent incident.Beigh said that he met the director of the film Haider and also its lead actor Shahid Kapoor. I assured them of all possible assistance.Beigh added further that whatever happened in the old city was unfortunate and must not be repeated in future.The people of Kashmir are known for their hospitality and we have the tradition that we always welcome guests. Beigh said that he assured the film team that there will be all possible help from the side of the government at their disposal and they can shoot at ease in any area across See Beigh On Page 11..

Pulwama battle over; one Ultra killed Protests rock Main Town and Chersoo

Creation of administrative units a historical decision: Sagar JAMMU FEBRUARY 01: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar has termed the creation of new administrative units in the State as a historic decision, which would go a long way in accelerating the socio-economic development of the people. See Sagar On Page 11..

faced some hurdles and difficulties but the same were amicably sorted out. We will work See Cabinet On Page 11..

PC welcomes resumption of LoC Bus Service

Srinagar, Feb 1, CNS: Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference Saturday welcomed the resumption of Bus Services between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad but expressed regret over the Stand-off on trade across LOC. General Secretary, People's Conference, Rasheed Mehmood in a statement to CNS said that trade ties across the Loc must be resumed at the earliest and it is in no way justified to halt the trade because of an unfortunate incident. 'Rather than pursuing the matter legally the abrupt and one-sided halting of the service cannot be the way forward especially as the trade's main stakeholder's the Kashmiri's have not been taken into confidence.' He said that the economic activity across the LOC involves the Kashmiris on both sides and is not just a commercial activity but is symbolic of the unison and integrated identity of the Kashmiris kept divided by the See PC On Page 11..

Shabir-Uz-Zaman Pulwama, Jan 02: The 12 hour gun fight between militants and security forces ended Saturday morning in this South Kashmir District killing one Militant. The battle had started Friday evening in Kangan village Of Murran area in Pulwama in which Police, SOG, CRPF and Army's 183 battalion acted jointly. “The slain Militant was identified as Ajaz Ahmad Bhat of Chersoo Awantipora, belonging to LeT out fit, DIG South Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, told Reporters after the operation was over. He added

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Curfew in Pulwama after militant's killing Srinagar, Feb 01: (GNS) Curfew was imposed in south Kashmir's Pulwama district after the death of a Lashkar militant triggered off massive protests on Saturday. Reports reaching GNS said that CRPF and troopers enforced strict curfew in Pulwama town after a See Curfew On Page 11.. that there were See Pulwama On Page 11..

FPF hand in glove with timber smugglers

Accused were let off in lieu of cash

Handwara, Feb 1: Forest Protection Force (FPF) seized 90 feet illicit timber from a residential house in North Kashmir’s Rajwar area of Handwara town, however, the locals alleged that FPF men entered into a deal with the smugglers and released them, a charge confirmed by DFO Langete. According to CNS, Forest Protection Force team from Compartment 61, raided the house of two

brothers Muhammad Subhan Dar and Ghulam Rasool Dar and seized 90 feet illicit timber from their possession. Locals said that the raid was conducted during late hours in their presence but surprisingly the accused were released and no action was taken against them. A Forest Protection Force employee Bashir Ahmed Var told CNS that the illicit timber was recovered from a nearby forest and not from the house of Dar brothers. Locals alleged that See FPF On Page 11..

PDP protests suspension of LoC trade

LoC trade

Demonstrations at Srinagar, Poonch, Uri to press for revival of peace process

Protestors demand release of Kashmiri drivers

Srinagar, Feb 1 (KNS): Calling upon India and Pakistan to carry forward the peace process, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday held demonstrations to protest the stoppage of trade across the Line-ofControl (LoC). Demonstrations were held in Srinagar, Poonch and Uri. According to a statement issued to KNS, the demonstrators carried play cards and raised slogans in favour of restoration of trade on Srinagar-Muzzafarbad and Poonch-Rawalkoot routes, across the LoC. They also demanded that the peace process be carried forward in accordance with the vision that had evolved over the years. They said the cross-LoC bus services should be increased and the travel facilities extended beyond divided families

so that people are able to visit either part of the state as tourists or pilgrims. Similarly, the traditional routes like Kargil-Skhardo, Bandipur-Gilgit, Turtuk-Khaploo in Nobra, Jammu-Sialkot and other routes be opened for normal traffic. In the summer capital, Srinagar, the protest rally comprising of hundreds of youth and volunteers, led by Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, the party's youth wing in charge, started from the party headquarters towards Lal Chowck. On the occasion, Nazir Ahmad Yatoo, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Shuja Sarwar, Nisar Ahmad Mandoo, Irfan Naqashbandi, Advocate Irshad Ahmad, Riyaz Hajni, Raja Waheed, Bashir Ahmad Beigh, Shahnawaz See PDP On Page 11..

Baramulla, Feb 1:Scores of family members mostly women staged a protest outside DC office Baramulla in North Kashmir on Saturday demanding the release of 27 Kashmiri drivers who have been detained by authorities in Pakistan administered Kashmir. Last month, Authorities in PaK detained 27 Kashmiri drivers and their trucks carrying goods from this side to demand release of their truck driver detained by Kashmir police for allegedly carrying narcotics worth Rs 100 crore. Police had detained driver of

the truck Muhammad Shafiq, son of Abdul Aziz Sarar of Muzaffarabad, who was carrying dry fruits marketed by Al-Fajar Trading Company based in Muzaffarabad. According to CNS, families of detained Kashmiri drivers assembled outside Deputy Commissioner Office Baramulla and staged massive protest. The protestors urged Indian authorities to ensure the release of their relatives. The children of these detained drivers appealed to the government to take initiative See LoC On Page 11..

Goof up: Docs operate man for piles instead of nose



Present coalition government stronger than previous one: Omar

'No burden on state exchequer'


Srinagar, Feb 01: In a case of medical negligence, the doctors at a private hospital in south Kashmir's Pulwama district operated upon a patient for piles instead of nasal surgery. Reports reaching GNS said that (Gulzar Ahmad) name changed of Shopian was admitted by his family at the Mohamadiya Nursing Home, Gangoo, Pulwama on Friday morning for nasal surgery (septoplasty). Around noon, the patient was taken to the operation theatre by Dr Ghulam Qadir, who conducted the hour long surgery.'However instead of

nose, the doctor conducted surgery for piles. We were shocked. We protested against the negligence of the doctor. To calm the tempers, the doctors took the patient again to the operation theatre and conducted septoplasty surgery,' Gulzar's brother in law, Muzaffar Ahmad told GNS.However, the infuriated attendants visited the police station Pulwama late Saturday evening and tried to lodge a case of negligence against the doctor. However, the police there asked them to file a written complaint. A senior police official confirmed that

some people had approached the police to get a case of negligence registered. 'We have asked them to file a written complaint so that we can investigate the case. So far, they didn't turn up,' the official said.Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Pulwama, Mohammad Hussain told GNS said that strict action will be taken if the case of negligence by doctor is established.'The family should file a written complaint with us. Even then, I'll take note of this incident. If allegations are found true, strict action as per the law will be taken,' he added. (GNS)

DA enhanced by 10% for State Govt Employees, pensioners JAMMU, FEB 01: The Cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah sanctioned release of 10% Dearness Allowance instalment raising the total Dearness Allowances of the State government employees from 80% to 90% w.e.f. 1st July 2013. The DA arrears w.e.f July 2013 to February 2014 shall be paid to the employees through the GP Fund route and the enhancement in DA shall form part of the See DA On Page 11..

No change in rates of Tests/ investigations on Emergency unit, Indoor patients: Spokesman Jammu, Feb 01: (GNS) The recent marginal increase in the rates of medical investigations/tests at GMC, Jammu and Associated Hospitals would not include the ones conducted on indoor patients and those of the Emergency unit. According to an official spokesman, the increase

has been made after a gap of 22 years which is marginal and way below the market rates. However, the spokesman said there wouldn’t be any increase in the rates of tests conducted on patients admitted in the hospital or in the emergency unit which would continue to be free as earlier. (GNS)



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Cabinet till the last day for the people of the state. We are a strong coalition.Commenting over the reports of meeting of his father Dr Farooq Abdullah with DMK leader Karunanidhi, Omar stated that he has been a long time friend of his father and that they have worked together since long. It is possible that he might have met him to bring him back in UPA. There is no question of breaking the bonds with UPA. Refusing to comment over the recent statements of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Omar said that his father has already made his observations over the issue. However Omar stated that if Kejriwal fields his candidate in the forthcoming polls in the state he or she will be made to return empty handed. Uski zamanat zabt karke wapas bejeingae.Regarding the incorporation of 73rd amendment in the Panchayat Raj act, Omar said that he doesn't want to touch the special status of the state and that the strong Panchayat institutions is the mission of his government. We are moving forward towards the three tyre Panchayat raj system and our utmost priority would be to strengthen the institutions as much as we can. About the eradication of corruption from the state, Omar claimed that the present government worked with tireless efforts and much better than the previous governments so that the eradication of corruption from the state could be made possible to large extent. “We now have accountability commission, vigilance commission, RTI and PSGA.” Omar during the sidelines of the press conference stated that he never tweets about the state politics on the social networking site twitter. He stated further that the problems of transporters have been resolved and that there is no reason for the strike. About the cross LoC trade stalemate Omar stated that a smuggler has been arrested and against that the confinement of the state drivers by PAK is beyond logic. ”The issue is between the governments of two countries and the negotiations are going on so that the issue could be resolved at the earliest.” (KNS)


The Minister said that the creation of these units was a long pending demand of the people of these respective areas and the present Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has ensured that the creation takes place and the demands of the of these areas are met. He said that this step is a historic one and would ensure the sustain development of different areas of the State. Mr. Sagar also complimented the Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) for projecting the demands of the people and the deputations who had come to put forth their view

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point and these were also accommodated. He said that it is endeavour of the Government to work for overall and sustained development of the State and this landmark decision is a watershed in the history, which would ensure the acceleration and speedy implementation of various welfare programmes of the Government. The Minister further maintained that the creation of 177 Blocks in the State would ensure that the rural areas get developed on a faster pace and rural economic gets a big boosts. He said that this decision of the government would go a long way in accelerating the pace of development of various rural and far-flung areas of the State.


more militants, however taking the advantage of darkness they managed to flee from the spot. Earlier acting on a specific tipoff security forces had cordoned Kangan and with the start of the search operation, the militants hiding inside a house opened fire on the joint forces. In the retaliatory action the ultra got killed he said While one AK-47 Riffle was recovered from the spot, not dire damage was caused to the property as the militant got trapped outside the house when he was trying to run off from the place of operation.

Curfew Lashkar militant was killed in a late night gun-battle with a joint team of army and SOG in Kangan area of Pulwama on Friday night. The forces enforced strict curfew fearing outbreak of clashes against the killing of the local militant. However, scores of youth defied curfew and staged pro-freedom and anti-India demonstrations in Kangan, Pulwama town and Awantipora. The clashes continued throughout the day causing injuries to a senior police officer, four cops and three troopers. The officer has been identified as SHO, Pulwama Sabzar Ahmad. During the clashes, the SOG personnel also allegedly thrashed media persons covering the protests.



the FPF team has entered into a deal with the accused and in lieu of bribe they were let off. DFO, Langete, Irfan Ahmed Shah confirmed the report that timber was seized from the house. “I am investigating the matter whether some of the FPF men have entered into a deal with the accused or not. Locals are claiming that timber was seized from the house and I am looking into the matter to establish facts,” he said adding that he has called locals and everything will be clear within days. He further said that if proven guilty strict action will be taken against the accused FPF employees.

in this regard without any delay. “India should put an end to this standoff and it should also release the PaK driver so that the PaK authorities would reciprocate positively,” one of the protestors told CNS.

PDP Mir, Rayees Ahmad, Imran Khaki, Hilal Sultanpori, Ahmad Rasool, Mehrajudin Shah, Shahid Dar and others were present.Addressing the gathering Waheed said it was unfortunate to see the historical initiative, happening after 60 years of independence, has become a victim of the sad events on the borders which will not serve any purpose given the fact majority opinion in J&K is not for bad relations between the estranged neighbours. He said though the biggest Kashmir specific Confidence-Building-Measure (CBM) did not yield the desired results so far, but a positive beginning had been made which has all the potential to see a bright future for the state in the near future if there is strong political will to carry it forward.

DA monthly salary from March 2014. The arrears on account of the enhanced rate of DA from July 2013 to December 2013 shall be paid in cash to the state government pensioners/family pensioners in the month of January, 2014 and shall from part of the monthly pension thereafter.

Fire police official told GNS. He said that 02 cows, 02 oxen and 15 sheep died. Fire was brought under control with the help of fire tenders, police and locals of the area.

Eid Milad light on the life and teachings of Beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW). People have been appealed to participate in the Conference. Special arrangements have been made for women believers. (CNS)



the valley. They film crew was satisfied over the generosity being shown to them by the people here. Meanwhile Vice President of State Youth National Conference Waseem Beigh met the artists and crew of movie Hyder and assured them of full support and cooperation by the youth of Kashmir. He told them that Kashmiri people don’t believe in suppressing the art and artists and they will be provided full support (KNS)


powers that be. Already having many loopholes and being ridden by complexities creating pitfalls for the kashmiri traders, the process is nevertheless a means of reviving the socio-economic ties of the divided people and maintaining a psychological association.


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Quality, moral education vital for student’s overall development: Bhalla

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 01-Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman Bhalla, has called upon the teaching fraternity to ensure quality education to the students besides according equal focus on enthusing high ethos among them which is pre-requisite for their overall development. This was stated by the Minister while addressing a function held at Government Girls High School, Gandhi Nagar, here today. On the occasion, artists of Cultural Wing of State Information Department and students of the school presented colourful cultural items which received great applause. Director School Education, Tushar Kanti Sharma, Managing Director Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board, Ram Pal Sharma, Chief Education Officer Tarseem Lal Bhagat and Principal of the school, Mussarat Jabeen were also present on the occasion. Bhalla said a child is nourished Lone News by parents while the teachers shapeAgency Kangan his personality in a right perspecGulzar News Agency Soura

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Khan News Agency Ganderbal 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 Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 01:News days election training camps rangements will be provided Lone Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Chadoora JAMMU, FEBRUARY 01: On To ensure hassle free and would be held in various city from the DC Office, the instructions of Mr. N.N. BhatfairNews Agency Magam Zargar NewsSrinagar. Agency Kunzar Parliamentary elections, a colleges which will comThe Deputy Commissioner Vohra, Governor of J&K, who Darheld Newsmence Agency Beerwah Bashir News Agency Sumbal meeting of officers was from February 05 to also directed the concerned is also the Chairman of Shri Reshi News Agency Safapora Saleem News under the Chairmanship of 15, 2014 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. College Principals toAgency depute Pattan Amarnathji Shrine Board, a Deputy CommissionerBasharat Srina- News The training would class IV employees the saidPampore Agency camps Bandipora Reyaz NewsinAgency new initiative of “Group Reggar, Mr. Farooq Ahmad ShahNews be Agency held at S.P College, Amar training centres. istration” has been introduced Altaf Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund who is also District Election Singh College and Degree ColMr. Shah also deputed to facilitate registration of Jeelani News Agency Baramulla G.MCommissioner News Agency Sopore Assistant Revthose intending pilgrims who Shah News Agency Kupwara enue, Sultan NazoolNews and Agency SecretaryHandwara want to travel in a Group comSMC Sheikh as Incharge of Islamabad Younis News Agency Langate Newsofficers Agency prising relatives, friends and the training camp. He Agency also neighbors.Mr. Navin K. ChoudReshi News Agency Islamabad Three Way News Tral directed the District Police hary, Chief Executive Officer Turray News Agency Tral Badru to News Agency authorities make properBijbehara of the Shrine Board explained Rahi News Agency Kulgam Malik News Agency security arrangements duringArwani that his office has been receivthe training course. Rah News Agency Byepass Shaheen News Agency Kargil ing requests for Yatra Permits

dC reviews arrangements for parliamentary elections

Officer here today. The meeting was attended by the officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Higher Education, Agriculture and other concerned departments. It was given out in the meeting that to ensure hassle free polling in upcoming Parliamentary elections, 10

lege Bemina. The meeting was told that every possible facility would be provided to the trainees during the training course including proper public address system, PowerPoint projectors and adequate power supply to ensure successful training camps. The meeting was also told that the heating ar-

The Deputy Commissioner said that three master trainees will impart training at each venue daily regarding collection of poll material, setting up of polling stations and EVMs, commencement and conduct of poll and closing of poll. He also said that trainess will be given awareness through PowerPoint Presentations and directed for covering of all training programmes through video recording.

Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2014 : Groups of pilgrims can seek registration

being issued to groups comprising an extended family or those who reside in the same Mohalla / Village and are wish to travel as a group and have Darshan together at Holy Cave Shrine. Such groups, the CEO explained, are not always able to travel together as all their members are unable to get Yatra Permits for the same day and same route. He explained further that such difficulties arise because the Registration quota allotted to the nearest

SaOLJ celebrates annual day

Akhoon exhorts knowledge based education

Development should be kept above political mileage-Feroz

JAMMU FEBRUARY 01: The Students Association of Ladakh, Jammu, (SAOLJ) organised its annual day function at Police Auditorium, here today. Advisor to Chief Minister, Qamar Ali Akhoon was the chief guest while Minister of State for Information Technology and Science Technology, Feroz Ahmad Khan was the guest of honour at the function. Terming knowledge as great power to excel in every field of life, the Advisor said that achieving education should not be confined to academic excellence only rather it should be gained as real knowledge in view of today’s era of knowledge explosion.Akhoon said that our region

is known for brotherhood and communal harmony throughout the world since time immemorial adding that such events would further strengthen the bonds of amity. He said that it is a matter of great pleasure that despite ever increasing western influences on our lives these students still have great respect for their culture and traditions. On the occasion, Feroz Ahmad Khan complimented the students of Ladakh and Kargil for excelling in every field of competition in spite of all topographical and related hurdles. He said that politics should not come in the way of development as in a democratic system political scenario is a vital component in progress and prosperity of a nation. Feroz congratulated the teacher fraternity of Ladakh for achieving 70% results in the BOSE examinations. The Advisor and the Minister appreciated SAOLJ for organizing such a great function and said it is our rich culture and tradition which bind us and brings unity

among us. In response to the demands projected by the President SAOLJ Mohammad Ibrahim, the Advisor and the Minister assured them that these would be taken up at the appropriate forum. Other demands projected by SAOLJ include construction of residential Sarai, Boys Hostel, regulation of air fare, and enhancement of scholarships, opening of DDE of Jammu University and Nodal Cells of UPSC and JKPSC in Ladakh. On the occasion, the students presented colourful cultural programmes depicting the high ethos of tradition, brotherhood and communal harmony in the region which mesmerized the audience. Later, the dignitaries distributed prizes among meritorious students who cracked different competitive examinations.Former Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC, Kargil, Kachoo Ahmad Ali Khan and a large number of students and their parents were present on the occasion.

dC Kulgam convenes meeting Reviews arrangement in view of prediction of heavy snowfall KULGAM, FEBRUARY 01: In view of prediction of heavy snowfall from 2nd to 6th February in J&K particularly in South Kashmir & Pir Panjal ranges, a meeting of district level officers was convened here under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, Mr. Jahangir Mir to review the arrangements and preparedness thereof. Deputy Commissioner directed the officers to remain cautious and take appropriate precautionary measures to minimize breakdown of essential services including road connectivity. Deputy Commissioner also impressed upon the officers to advise the people living in higher reaches of Kund area especially living in avalanche prone areas to take appropriate precautionary measures to avert any untoward accident. He called for evacuation of people living in Waltengoo Nar and Mirasi Nalla by the evening. NT Chowgam and police concerned were asked to take immediate steps to shift the people to safer places. It was also impressed upon the officers not to leave the station without written permission besides officers on leaves were called to attend duties as all kinds of leaves stand cancelled in view of the situation.

Electricity scenario reviewed in Shopian SHOPIAN, FEBRUARY 01: In district Shopian, there are 32000 consumers registered with the Electric Department, out of which 6800 are metered consumers. The power supply is being provided as per the schedule fixed by the department. Revenue was generated up to Rs. 11 crores. There are 08 uncovered habitations, which are being covered under RGGY Scheme under phase-H. The electricity is being provided to 232 villages. This was disclosed in a meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of District Development Commissioner, Shopian, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Bhat. The District Development Commissioner enjoined upon the officers to ensure the electricity supply as per schedule fixed by the Department and simultaneously requested the general public to use the electricity judiciously in order to avoid the damages to the transformers. It was deposed during the course of meeting that additional 3200 consumers have been registered with the department during the current year for which 4 MW load has been regularized.

tive thus building a firm base for a strong nation. The Minister said such programmes encourage the students harness their talent besides giving them much needed exposure. Spelling out measures of the government for spreading the reach of education in the state, Bhalla informed that free education is being extended to below poverty line students. Besides, government provides free books, mid-day meal and uniforms he added saying that scores of schools have been opened and upgraded in every nook and corner of the state under RAMSA and SSA. The Minister highlighted the role of the teachers and parents in the life of the children and stressed on the need of a strong partnership among them. He asked the students to work hard and achieve excellence in their exams. Later, Bhalla distributed mementos among the students and artists of State Information Department who performed in the cultural programme.

located Bank Branch may be inadequate for accommodating the demand of a sizeable Group to be registered for a given day and route. Consequently, in many such cases, the members of such Groups have been compelled to obtain registration for different available dates. However, they arrive together at the Base Camps of Baltal / Pahalgam and then face difficulties as some members of the group are stopped from undertaking Yatra on a date which is different from that for which they possess a Yatra Permit. To facilitate all members of such large groups to obtain registration for a particular date and route, a new scheme for “Group Registration” has been launched. CEO disclosed that all Yatris who intend to undertake the Yatra in a group of 5 or more members but are unable to obtain Yatra Permits for the same day and route from the nearest located Bank Branches

because the allocated number of vacancies (Registration quota) available with the Bank has already been exhausted, the individual members of such a Group can apply together and send their Application Forms and Compulsory Health Certificates by registered post to the Chief Executive Officer, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, Chaitanya Ashram, Talab Tillo, Jammu, to secure registration for the Yatra. The Group Registration will commence from 1st March 2014 and conclude on 30th May 2014. The CEO has advised Group Leaders to send the application forms, original copies of Compulsory Health Certificates, four passport sized photographs of each applicant, and the prescribed Yatra Registration Fee for such applicant to the above stated address. The CEO’s office, after registering all members of the Group will send back the Yatra Permits by registered post to the Group Leader.

Commodore Sodhi presents “Historical Sikh Shrines of Jammu and Kashmir” to Governor JAMMU, FEBRUARY 01: Commodore Dalbir Singh Sodhi, Nao Sena Medal, presented a copy of his book “Historical Sikh Shrines of Jammu and Kashmir” to Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor here at Raj Bhavan.Commodore Sodhi’s book provides an account of the visits of Sikh Gurus- Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Guru Hargobind Sahib and Guru Hari Rai to Jammu and Kashmir.Appreciating the impressive research work done by the author, the Governor observed that the book would serve as a useful source and also promote brotherhood and amity among people of all communities. Commodore Sodhi stated that the main objective of his work was not only to place historical Sikh Shrines of Jammu and Kashmir on the tourist map of the State but to inspire people in India and abroad to visit the Holy Shrines described in the book.

No change in rates of Tests/ investigations on Emergency unit, Indoor patients: Spokesman

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 01: The recent marginal increase in the rates of medical investigations/tests at GMC, Jammu and Associated Hospitals would not include the ones conducted on indoor patients and those of the Emergency unit. According to an official spokesman, the increase has been made after a gap of 22 years which is marginal and way below the market rates.

Snow clearance preparedness and availability of essential commodities reviewed at anantnag ANANTNAG, FEBRUARY 01: Keeping in view the forecast for heavy snowfall especially in south Kashmir snow clearance preparedness and availability of essential commodities was reviewed in a high level meeting chaired by District Development Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone held here today. The meeting was attended by Executive Engineers of Mechanical Engineering department, R&B, PMGSY, PDD besides officers of CA&PD and other concerned departments. It was given out in the meeting that all the required men and machinery for snow clearance has been kept ready at the des-

ignated spots for quick and rapid response to the snowfall the roads of the district has been prioritized into different categories, besides assigning some link roads for manual clearance. Executive Engineer R&B revealed in the meeting that about 50 machines which include snow cutters and other required machinery is ready round the clock for any eventuality besides rescue teams have been formulated for any untoward situation. It was also given out that adequate stock of essential commodities has been dumped all over the district and there is no scarcity of any eatable from any corner of the district. Lauding the stock

of PMGSY and R&B authorities during last snowfall, District Development Commissioner directed all the officers to work in close coordination with each other so that the situation can be met with zero percent lapses. He also directed CA&PD officers for intensifying the market checking so that the prices of eatables are kept under control. Dr. Lone advised people of hilly areas including Kapran, Mati-Bidhard, Pahalgam and other adjoining areas to restrict their movement during the day and not to venture out during night hours to avoid any untoward incident as snow avalanches are expected during the coming days.

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March 21-April 19

Some fascinating new information, possibly about spiritual or metaphysical matters, could come your way today via books, magazines, TV, or the Internet, Aries. This could set you off on a new course of study. Your own insights and revelations could prove invaluable in increasing your understanding of what you read. In the evening, expect a surprising letter or phone call from someone you haven’t heard from in a long time.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Dreams and meditation could lead to insights regarding how best to handle your finances and make your money grow, Taurus. You could receive some surprising ideas from newspapers, TV, or the Internet. Your level of intuition is very high. No matter how outrageous an idea may seem, consider it carefully before making a decision. A written plan of action for anything you do would be helpful.

Gemini May 21-June 21

A social event or group rally could put you in touch with some new and exciting people in interesting fields, Gemini. You might even run into an old friend you haven’t seen for a long time. If you aren’t currently romantically involved, an attractive new person could come on the scene. This promises to be an exciting and stimulating day for you. Don’t be surprised if new doors to a great future open for you. Enjoy!

Cancer June 22-July 22

Today you could be hit with some exciting news, Cancer. It could involve new people and new equipment coming onto the scene. It could involve an entirely new project or course of action that you never would have imagined. This is likely to shape up to be a lucky break for you, as the new situation probably suits your skills and talents nearly perfectly. Make the most of this opportunity. It could make a big difference to you.


July 23-August 22 Information that you receive from others and from within your own heart could compel you to participate in some ambitious projects, Leo. They may be work related, connected with a group, or your own. Whatever they are, you’re likely to find them interesting, challenging, and personally gratifying. New opportunities for advancement and self-expression could be opening up for you. It’s best to move ahead now; otherwise, they might pass you by.


August 23-September 22

Some exciting visitors could come to your door today, Virgo, perhaps bringing Earthshaking information that could impact your life in a great way. You might start considering new lifestyle options. A group or organization, possibly associated with spirituality or metaphysics, could suddenly seem attractive and you might consider joining it. Expect some fascinating discussions with a close person in your life.


September 23-October 23 Group activities or social events in your neighborhood could put you in touch with new and exciting people who eventually become friends, Libra. Shared goals and interests could give rise to plans for ambitious projects. Whatever enterprises you start today are likely to prove successful if everyone involved pitches in. In the evening, arrange for a quiet tête-à-tête with your romantic partner. Enjoy your day!


October 24-November 21 Have you been looking to branch out in a new direction, Scorpio? If so, this could be the day you get the lead of a lifetime. Or you might receive some unexpected information indicating possible new sources of income that you could pursue on your own. Whatever they are, new doors of opportunity are going to open for you that could make a big difference in your lifestyle and catapult you into a higher socioeconomic bracket.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Unusual circumstances could arise that change the course of your creative orientation, Sagittarius. This could involve modern technology in some way, and it’s highly likely that it concerns the gathering, sharing, and use of information. You could find yourself considering some unusual options, which could involve changing jobs, your residence, or other factors important to your lifestyle. Think carefully before plunging in.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Today you could decide to attend a class, workshop, or social event involving people in a spiritual, metaphysical, or intellectual field. Fascinating discussions could lead to insights and revelations of your own, Capricorn. You could explore ways to harness your natural healing ability, perhaps through Reiki, massage, or other hands-on disciplines. Expect to spend the next few days being preoccupied with ideas you learn today.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

New information could be coming at you from all sides today, Aquarius. Books, magazines, TV, the Internet, and conversations with friends are likely to bring exciting knowledge your way that reinforces some of your own convictions. Your intuitive abilities aren’t lying fallow either. Insights and revelations could come to you that blend well with what you’re learning from outside sources. Write down your thoughts. You’ll want to put them to work for you later.


February 19-March 20 Surprising news about your own finances and the world economy in general could cause you to feel confident and secure about your financial future, Pisces. An unexpected raise in salary could come your way soon, possibly because of sudden changes at your workplace. Some of the information that you receive could seem vague and uncertain at first, but whatever news follows should clear it up. It seems a celebration is in order!

EDITORIAL/ OPINION Devastation of Forests-an alarming situation


he devastation of forests in the world as a whole has resulted in global warming which, in turn has confronted the world with massive earth quakes, Tsunamis’, floods, wild fires and other natural calamities. The global warming has made the environment so imbalanced that the existence of mankind has become subservient to the nature’s fury. In Jammu & Kashmir the illegal felling of forest cover and its irrational exploitation has brought the state at the brink of becoming a cold desert. Tremendous decrease in the forest cover is gradually turning the soil unfertile and the environment inconducive to human living. It is for many years now that the valley has not had enough snowfall and rains. The whole winter goes with the little or no snowfall at all and the whole summer passes without sufficient rainfall. The glaciers at higher ridges are melting day by day and the water resources are drying up. The water level has gone down considerably and the availability of clean drinking water is becoming a scarcity with every passing day. It is due to the illegal felling that the whole forest belt spreading from Gulmarg to Yousmarg, from Yousmarg to Pir Panchal and from there to Pahalgam is decreasing and with this decrease the imbalance in the environment is going upwards and creating many fold difficulties for the survival of the human beings and forest life. It is really unfortunate that the forest department, Police, The environment branch of the state government and the other governmental agencies are either hand in glove with the elements mainly responsible for forest devastation or they shut their eyes deliberately for the reasons which are obviously beneficial for them. Despite the repeated claims and announcements for forest policy, there seems to be none which can be used as an effective tool to curb the forest elimination. The governmental apathy, the unending greed of exploiters, smugglers and the undue support extended to them by the official agencies have paved an easy way for extraction of lacs of cubic feet of timber from the forest of the state annually. If this trend is not stopped, time is not far when the paradise on earth will become a hell on earth and which will be cropless, plantless, waterless and barren and consequently life less.


Zabarwan Times

Srinagar, Sunday 02 February 2014

Bi-centenary of the Indian Museum, Kolkata O On 2nd February 1814, Dr. Nathanial Wallich, a Danish Botanist wrote a letter to the Asiatic Society advocating Sir William Jones’s idea of the establishment of a museum which led ultimately to the establishment of Indian Museum. This date is considered as the foundation day of the Museum. During these 200 years the Indian Museum, considered as the first National Museum in India has expanded to become the largest repository of the Nation’s cultural and national heritage.


The history of the origin and the growth of the Indian Museum is one of the remarkable events in the history of India. Sir William Jones, one of the profound scholars devoted his life to the service of India, founded Asiatic Society in 1784. The ultimate goal of its foundation was to establish a learning centre for the enrichment of art and culture of the geographical limits of Asia. In 1796 the members of the Asiatic Society realized an idea of establishing a museum at a suitable place for the reception and preservation of the objects. Dr. Nathanial Wallich, a Danish Botanist located in Calcutta, proposed to the Council of the Asiatic Society on 2nd February 1814 for the foundation of a museum at the premises of the Society. He offered

not only to act as Honorary Curator of the proposed museum but also to supply the duplicates from his old valuable collection. His proposal was readily accepted by the members of the Society. Thus a museum, under the guidance of Dr. Nathanial Wallich was established in 1814 at the cradle of the Asiatic Society. The date 2nd February, on which Nathaniel Wallich mooted the idea of the Museum which finally led to the establishment of the Museum, is considered as the foundation day of the Museum. From 1814 to 1878 the Museum was at the Asiatic Society located at 1, Park Street, Kolkata. The Museum which was known in the beginning as the “Asiatic Society Museum” subsequently came to be known as the “Imperial Museum” and later as the “Indian Museum”. It is more familiar by the name “Jaadughar” among the local public. The foundation of the present building of the Indian Museum was laid in 1867 and completed in the year 1875. Soon after the completion of its construction, the Museum was shifted from the Asiatic Society to the present site at Chowringhee Road in the year 1878 and was thrown open to the public with two galleries on 1st April 1878. Later on it was transformed into a multipurpose institution where

multi-disciplinary objects have been displayed in its six sections viz, Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Zoology, Geology and Botany.

Role of Indian Museum

The Indian Museum is the largest museum in India and has rare collections of antiques, armour and ornaments, fossils, skeletons, mummies, and Mughal paintings. It has six sections comprising thirty five galleries of cultural and scientific artifacts namely Art, Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology, Zoology and Economic Botany. This multipurpose Institution with multidisciplinary activities has been included as an Institute of national importance in the seventh schedule of the Constitution of India. It currently occupies a resplendent mansion, and exhibits among others: an Egyptian mummy, the Buddhist stupa from Bharhut, the Buddha's ashes, the Ashoka pillar, whose four-lion symbol became the official emblem of the Republic of India, fossil skeletons of prehistoric animals, an art collection, rare antiques, and a collection of meteorites. Apart from its unique collections many modern centres of learning in India such as Anthropological Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India and Zoological Survey of India owe their origin to the Indian

Museum. Archaeological Survey of India and Geological Survey of India worked close with the Museum in their nascent stages and even now their head quarters are in the same campus.


On the occasion of the bi-centenary on 2nd February 2014, the Indian Museum Kolkata, Ministry of Culture, Government of India is undergoing repair, restoration, renovation and upgradation of selected infrastructure in two phases. The modernisation involves different phases of work during 2013-14 and 201415. Bi-centenary on 2nd February 2014 To commemorate its bicentenary, the Prime Minister of India will inaugurate the modernized Indian Museum and release a monograph on the history of 200 years of Indian Museum. To pay tribute to the founder of Indian Museum, Dr. Nathanial Wallich, a memorial lecture will also be delivered by Prof. Romila Thapar on the subject “The Museum: “Thoughts on its Past and Future”. As part of the one year long programme during 2014-15, a large number of activities are planned which include research, gallery development, exhibitions, establishment of new centres,organizing of various seminars, workshops and conferences.

Now Book Railway Tickets on your Mobile without Internet Connection


he user-friendly SMS based ticketing system which has already been effective since 28th June 2013, is being introduced by the Indian Railways in order to further improve the customer convenience and empower the common man who does not have access to internet and cannot afford to buy smart phones. Since the mobile penetration in India has increased rapidly, this new system will be helpful in enabling booking of tickets by masses themselves. Ticket booking through non-internet based mobile, introduced as a pilot project by Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a Public Sector Undertaking of the Ministry of Railways, will also help Railways in overcoming the menace of touting whereby unsuspecting people are fleeced by such elements. This will particularly be useful for labourers and workers staying away from their home and who have to book tickets for travel to their native place. Inconvenience in booking reserved railway tickets has been a cause of concern for all. In order to facilitate easy access, Indian Railways have been making efforts by expanding the passenger reservation system counters network. The online booking through IRCTC has now grown up to about 45% of total reserved tickets. This has eased the rush at counters to a great extent. While internet access in India is only about 10%, mobiles are now in easy reach and more than 80% people in our country use mobile phones. The key features of ticket booking on mobile are as follow:Railway e-ticket now on mobile • IRCTC introduces for the first time a non-internet based ticketing system that will empower masses even in remote areas to use the omnipresent mobile device to make reservations. • Millions of rail travellers can now use their mobile phones to book tickets in a simple, convenient and secured manner. • It uses simple SMS or menu-based USSD technology which works on all mobile phones and involves no internet and costs very little. • The services can be availed by IRCTC registered users only. Advantages of booking IRCTC tickets via mobile • No need to stand in long queues or log onto the internet. • Simple, reliable and secured. • Accessible to any mobile user. • Very little charges for accessing the service. • Works on all handsets. • Simple user guided menu – book tickets, search for stations, trains, availability. Book your ticket through USSD

USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) based booking for Airtel subscribers* Registration • Register for Airtel money by dialing *400#. • Load cash on this or recharge from any Airtel money outlet. Booking Flow • Dial *400# and select book tickets option. • Select Reservation. • Enter your IRCTC User ID. • Enter the details of ticket (station, train no. date of journey, class etc.). • Enter mPIN for authorizing payment. • Booking confirmation SMS is sent by IRCTC and same can be used during journey along with valid ID proof. • Fare & IRCTC service charges are debited from your Airtel money account. • Charges: No PG Charges. • Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable Helpline No.: 121 Helpline Email : Book your ticket through SMS 1. SMS based booking through 139* Registration • Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with your bank. • Bank provides MMID (Mobile Money Identifier) & OTP (one time password) for authorization of payment. (More than 25 banks are providing this facility. For details, visit website: Booking Flow • Send SMS, in the following syntax, to 139 BOOK <TrainNo><FromStn.Code><ToStn.Code> <TravelDate (DDMM)><Class><Passenger-Name><Age><M/F> • You will receive Transaction ID alongwith other details. • Make payment through sending an SMS, in the following syntax, to 139 PAY <Transaction ID as received><IMPS><Your MMID as received from the bank><OTP, your one time password received for this transaction><IRCTCUserID> and your ticket is booked. • Service is available to all mobile subscribers. • SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking). • PG charges Rs 5/- for ticket amount <Rs 5000/ and Rs 10/- for ticket amount > Rs 5000/- (as applicable by bank). • Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable Helpline No.: 139 Helpline Email : 2. SMS based booking through 5676714*

Registration • Register your mobile number with IRCTC as well as with m-wallet (http://www.zipcash. in/user/nlogin.aspx) • Send SMS, to 5676717, in the following syntax START <irctc user Id> for user authentication (first time only) Booking Flow • Send an SMS to 5676714 to book a ticket in the following syntax: BOOK<From stn.code>,<to stn.code>, <DDMMYY>, <Trainno>,<Class>, <passenger name>,<age>,<M/F> • You will receive the Transaction number. • Send the 2nd SMS, for payment, in the following syntax. 1. “PAY <transaction no>, MPAY, <m-PIN>” for authorizing payment through MPAY or 2. “PAY <mobileno>,<mmid>,<amount>, <transaction Id>,<OTP>” for authorizing payment through IMPS. • After payment is made booking confirmation is sent to your mobile. • Charges: No PG Charges. Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable. SMSes @ Rs 3/- per SMS (2 SMSes are required for each booking). Helpline No. : 8882001001 Helpline Email : 3. SMS based booking through BSNL* User should have the following: 1. BSNL SIM card installed. 2. Java enabled mobile phone. 3. Andhra Bank Prepaid card. This is a menu driven application where user has to enter the details asked for in simple step-by-step process to get the ticket. Registration • Install the application. • Select the Register option to get the mPIN. Booking • Click the icon BSNL Prepaid Card • Select Ticketing > Train (IRCTC) • Fill up the journey details such as From stn, To Stn, Train No, DOJ, Class, Quota, passenger details. • Enter the mPIN to get the ticket information. • Charges: No PG Charges. Agent / IRCTC Service Charges: As applicable. SMSes without charges. Helpline No. : +91-8801298038 Helpline Email : com *This service will not be available between 0800-1200 hrs. However, the ticket can still be booked using mobile through IRCTC main site

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