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July 02 | 2013 | 22 Shaban 1434 AH | PAGeS 12 |


VOL NO: 3 | ISSue NO: 158 | RS: 2/- (AIR SuRCHARGe FOR JAMMu /DeLHI/LeH 50 PAISA)



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


Pakistani intruder killed in IeD blast Poonch, July 01: A suspected Pakistani intruder was killed when the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that he was carrying exploded close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Monday, reports said. According to reports, the IED exploded during an encounter with the security forces. The incident occurred close to an Indian Army post.

Teenage girl commits suicide Srinagar, July 01: A teenage girl today allegedly committed suicide at her home in central Kashmir's Budgam district, police said. The 16-year-old girl consumed poison at her Check Sursyar residence in Budgam, 25 km from here, and was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead, a police spokesman said. The motive behind her taking such an extreme step was not known immediately, he said.

Man held with fake currency Pulwama, July 01: Police on Monday arrested a person in Pulwama for carrying fake currency. Police sources said that police had inputs that one Manzoor Ahmed Mir son of Ghulam Qadir Mir resident of Rajpora Kellar was carrying fake currency worth Rs. 9,500. “As Manzoor reached near Rajpora Chowk, a police party waiting there held him and recovered fake currency from his possession. He was immediately taken into custody,” a police official said adding the investigation is going on and more arrests are expected in this regard.

Arms, ammunition recovered in Kupwara Srinagar, July 01: Army has recovered a second cache of arms and ammunition near Line of Control in Machil sector. Reports said that based on a tip off, Rashtriya Rifles Battalion of Machil Brigade launched a search operation in Machil Sector during the early hours of 30 Jun 2013. The search party unearthed a cache of arms and ammunitions in the area between the LC and the fence. The recovery included one AK-56 Rifle with ten magazines and 300 rounds, four pistols (Chinese) with four magazines, one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL) with 12 grenades and three hand grenades (Chinese). In recent operations in Kupwara district, similar caches of war like stores have been recovered on 09 Apr, 08 Jun and 25 Jun as well. Army is doing its best to deny any chance of infiltration or smuggling of weapons through LC. This is a major success in foiling the attempts of militants to disturb peace in the area.

Peer to hold addl. charge Srinagar, July 01: The Government today ordered that Farooq Ahmad Peer, IAS, Commissioner /Secretary to Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, shall hold the charge of Mission Director, State Rural Livelihood Mission, J&K, in addition to his own duties, till further orders.

Causal labours without salaries from two years Handwara, July 01: Causal Labours working in Irrigation Division Handwara staged a protest on Monday demanding release of salary in their favour. They alleged that the See Salaries on Pg. 11

Killing of youths gruesome, avoidable: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar, July 01:

Describing as tragic the death of two youths allegedly in army firing, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said such "avoidable" incidents negate attempts being made by the Centre to bridge the emotional distance between the state and rest of the country. "I do not have the words to express my grief and outrage over this gruesome incident that was eminently avoidable and needless," Omar said in a statement issued by his office. While referring to the launch of rail link between Banihal in Jammu with Qazigund in Kashmir Valley five days ago, Omar said, "The death of two youngsters at the peak of their lives and with so much to look forward to is tragic. They lengthen the symbolic shortening of the emotional distance, made possible by the railway tunnel, between Kashmiris and the country."

that serves as a cautionary example to other," he said. The chief minister said "my heart beats with the grief stricken hearts of the bereaved families. If I could bring back the two youth, I would leave no stone unturned to do so but alas no human being has that power."

The two youths were killed and another was injured in two incidents of firing at Markundal in Sumbal area of Bandipora in the wee hours yesterday. This is besides the fact that, by itself, life is sacred- a precious gift from the Almighty, Omar said. "Losing it to needless violence is the ultimate tragedy and a loss that is irreparable. Those who dare to challenge this right, by omission or commission, are made to pay a price, the kind

Omar said his words are not meant as rhetoric to heal wounds that will never get healed, but are an attempt to shoulder and bear the grief of the bereaved families and console them. "I also laud the bereaved families and the communities of See Killing on Pg. 11

3 Militants, Cop Killed in Tral encounter Srinagar, July 01: Three militants and a cop were killed while as a paramilitary trooper and a Special Operations Group

army’s 42 RR, CRPF and SOG jointly cordoned off the Maldoora area of Tral in Pulwama. “Soldiers challenged the suspects but they opened

(SOG) personnel sustained injuries in an encounter at Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday. Brig Deepak Banerjee Commander Ist Sector RR, who was supervising the operation, said that following the specific information about the presence of militants

fire which was retaliated, triggering a gunfight,” he said, adding that the operation was done with the aim to prevent any collateral damage. “Awaam was the primary concern, therefore forces exercised maximum restraint,” he added See encounter on Pg. 11

Don’t know who fired upon Irfan: Army Mansbal, July 01: Army Monday claimed that their jawans did not kill Irfan Nabi Ganaie at Markundal. “We are surprised who fired upon him. I reached myself on the spot and checked the ammunition of my men and I found that not a single bullet was wasted by my jawans,” Brigadier 3 Sector Rashtriya Rifles, Brij Gopal Sharma told reporters during a press conference at Mansbal soon after protestors set Army Goodwill School on fire. He admitted that another youth Tariq got killed in Army firing. “We were helpless that time. The protestors had snatched the keys of our vehicles and damaged one of the ambulances (A02K007215Y) completely. Our jawans fired upon the protestors in self defence,” he said. Sharma said that the jawans of 13 RR and SoG personnel had laid a See Army on Pg. 11

Shutdown over Protesters torch Army Goodwill School Bandipora killings Twin killings evoke protests, clashes Srinagar, July 01: Normal life across Kashmir was affected on Monday due to the strike called by sepa-

Bandipora district. Separatist groups including both factions of Huriyat Conference and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front

ratist groups to protest against the killing of two youths in alleged army firing in Valley's

(JKLF) had called for a complete shutdown to protest against the See Shutdown on Pg. 11

NC demands withdrawal of Army from populated areas Srinagar, July 01: The ruling National Conference (NC) today demanded withdrawal of Army from populated areas of Jammu and Kashmir and said the death of two youths in Bandipora was "unacceptable and intolerable". See NC on Pg. 11

Bandipora, July 01: Amid shutdown in Valley and undeclared curfew in scores of areas in Bandipora, pitched battles were fought between agitated youth and cops on Monday. Angry youth who were protesting the killing of two youth set Army Goodwill School on fire at Hajin. Reports said that hundreds of people came on roads at different places of Bandipora district. Agitated people were seen in Sumbal, Naidkhai, Gretabal, Safapora, Markundal and Hajin raising angry slogans. Eyewitnesses said that situation went out of control when hundreds of these

Stating that withdrawal of AFSPA is meaningless unless it is not accompanied by de-militarisation and the withdrawal of troops from civilian areas, the Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA) Monday in a statement said that the unprovoked firing on the young boys is a manifestation of Army arrogance and brutality in Kashmir. While condemning the killings, CPA said that the deaths at the hands of the Army have been confirmed by the Jammu and Kashmir police with the Deputy Commissioner, Bandipore being quot-

that with the help of police, the Fire and Emergency men stopped the fire from spreading further. A police official said that some youth threw petrol bottles inside the school that led to fire. “The timely action saved the building. Only one room of the building was gutted,” he said. Meanwhile, Police resorted to tear gas shelling and baton charge in North Kashmir’s Palhalan area of Pattan Town when scores of youth appeared on roads and protested the killings of two youth by Army on Sunday. Masked protestors pelted stones, burnt tyres on the road. Police after failing to disperse them

Stop civilian killings or our efforts go in vain: KHARA Srinagar, July 01: Condemning the killings of two youth by Army in Bandipora, Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Association (KHARA) Monday said such killings belie government’s claims to bring peace and promote state on economic front. KHARA said such killings will not only hamper peace in the Valley but will destabilize all the economic sectors of the state. “On the one hand government is claiming to be making efforts for bringing peace in the Valley but on the other hands innocent killings are taking place. How

can we expect peace in Valley and economic sector to grow,” said KHARA President Showkat Chowdhary. He said the tourism fraternity will not accept any such incidents in future. “The tourism fraternity is trying its best to attract tourists from other states so that state develops economically and becomes self-reliant but the innocent killings will bring our efforts back at square one,” said Chowhdary. Expressing sympathy with the families of killed youth, KHARA said Army should bring culprits to book so that such incidents don’t happen again.

Sumbal Killings Call For Action No Need To Investigate: CPA Srinagar, July 01:

agitated people started a march towards Markundal. Soon after the intervention of police, the agitated youth entered into the premises of Army Goodwill School and set it on fire. After setting the school ablaze, the angry youth resorted to heavy stone pelting. The fire was however brought under control very soon resulting in partial damage to the building. Panic gripped the area after police and Para-military troopers used dozens of tear smoke shells. The clashes between youth and police continued for hours. Agitated youth attacked fire tenders, which arrived to douse the fire. Reports said

ed in the media as saying that there was no need for an enquiry as “on the people’s complaint and other reports, the police have filed a murder case against the unit of Rashtriya Rifles 13th battalion involved in the firing.” “The reprehensible incident requires immediate action and we demand immediate arrest, trial and punishment of the Army troops responsible for the death of the two boys,” read the statement. It added that de-militarization should start with the removal of the Rasthriya Rifles 13th battalion out of Jammu and Kashmir.

“CPA is aware of the reluctance of both the central and state governments to implement measures to ensure at least some levels of justice for the people of Kashmir. However, given the fact that the state police has registered a case of murder against the Army soldiers, there is no need for investigation in this case that calls for action against the Rashtriya Rifles soldiers,” the statement added. CPA accused that it is because of inaction on part of civil administration that Army soldiers feel they can act with impunity in Jammu and See CPA on Pg. 11

“What is the fun of promoting tourism, when all our effort would go in a vain? We had hardly recovered from the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru which hit tourism badly this year that the killings have taken place. It seems government is not interested in bringing economic stability in the state,” said KHARA President. KHARA said tourism fraternity is providing employment to lakhs of youth who, it said, will go jobless if tourism is not given chance to flourish. “With the help of good tourism season, many people are earning See KHARA on Pg. 11

used tear smoke shells. Large contingents of police and Para-military troopers were deployed in the area to thwart anymore protests. Due to strike call given by separatist leaders, police and Para-military troopers were deployed in strength to thwart any protest especially in North Kashmir’s Bandipora District. Large contingent of police and CRPF personnel were deployed at Markundal, Kondabal and its adjacent areas and nobody was allowed to move on the roads. “There is undeclared curfew and we are not being allowed to come out from our houses,” a resident of Hajin said.

Transfers, postings in State administration Srinagar, July 01: The Government has ordered following transfers and postings in State administration with immediate effect. A.K. Razdan, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, against an available vacancy. Onkar Nath, KAS, Special Secretary to Government, Finance Department, has been transferred and posted as Administrator, Associated Hospitals, Jammu, See Transfers on Pg. 11

Leh’s not all smiles at tourists Leh, July 01: It’s the peak tourist season which young Ladakhis like Jimmy Thinless, a taxi driver, await eagerly to make a decent earning to see through the winter until the next summer. “The number of tourists coming to Leh has increased many times over the past few years. For locals like us, this has created more jobs,” Thinless said. “There is development taking place; young men like me work as taxi drivers; some become trekking

guides; the number of restaurants and hotels is much more than ever.” After a slight pause, he adds: “But of late some locals are not very pleased with the rising number of visitors because they (tourists) litter the mountainside and the town area. I drive tourists almost every day to the Chang la Pass and the Pangong Lake and it pains me to see wrappers and empty bottles thrown around.” Agreed Hamida Hussein, a hotel owner in Leh. See Leh on Pg. 11

International Conference on Central Asia concludes Srinagar, July 01: Organized with the aim to facilitate contemporary dialogue on the vital and significant region of Asia, the three day interdisciplinary International Conference attended by the delegates drawn from world over concluded here Monday. The Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS), University of Kashmir, Srinagar, and Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, jointly organized this international conference on Cooperative Development, Peace and Security in Central Asia: Challenges and Prospects”. While delivering his address at the valedictory of 3-days International Conference at University of

Kashmir here on Monday Minister for Higher Education Mohammad Akbar Lone termed the purpose of this International Conference as most significant and said this will go a long way to pool our resources in the form of information, Knowledge and experience to develop a long term perspective of Cooperative Development, Peace and Security in Central Asia with a special focus on Challenges and Prospects. The Minister said that the contribution of J&K to central Asian culture language and literature has been great so far and expected that scholars, academicians , and men from literature will continue to enrich this rich culture with their contributions. Saying that restoration of peace in

this region is the priority of present J&K Government Lone sought the assistance of Higher education department particularly University of Kashmir in this direction . “ We cannot expect development and prosperity without stability and peace in the region “ Lone told the delegates who had assembled at Ghandi Bhwan hall of the varsity for the valedictory function. Emphasizing that rural areas in J&K need lot of attention when it comes to development , the minister lamented that many development programmes do not reach the country side despite the fact that rural areas have best of the resources available in terms of men and material. See Conference on Pg. 11


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which the boys were part of, for maintaining a sense of proportion and calm in the face of adversity and a tense situation, and not allowing their sentiments and emotions to be taken advantage of and exploited," he added. The chief minister said the death of two youth has hardened his resolve and determination to make the state of Jammu and Kashmir into an example where life is sacred and the right to life is protected by the law.


siege of Markundal area after we had received an information that militants were present in the village. “Irfan lost his life when he came out from his house but we don’t know who fired upon him. At least Army jawans did not kill him,” he said adding that he visited the spot in the morning, checked the ammunition of every Jawan, and found everything intact. He said that Army cordons any area after receiving inputs about the presence of militants. “Our job is not to harass people. We are people friendly and a disciplined force,” Brij Gopal Sharma said. He lamented that those people whose children study in the school set Army Goodwill School on fire. “Few people entered into the premises of the school and set it on fire. Two classrooms and the school library was completely damaged in the incident. We showed utmost restraint and did not retaliate,” he said that this school is a reputed one where 328 Kashmiri students study.


He said that during the operation, adequate chance was given to the militants to surrender despite the joint party coming under heavy volume of fire. The encounter, according to the Brigadier, intensified in the morning. “The gunfight ended with killing of three militants, but searches are still on and we have not called off the operation yet,” he added. He said that army has recovered the bodies and weapons and called the police. “We are also trying to ascertain the identity of slain militants.” The official said that three AK 47 Rifles and some other ammunition were recovered from the slain militants.


killings. Shops, business establishments, educational institutions, banks and private offices remained closed due to the strike. However private transport was seen plying in different parts of Srinagar city. Old City observed a complete shutdown. Roads wore a deserted look in most parts of the city. Stray incidents of stone pelting were reported from Nawab Bazar area of Old City. However, over all the entire situation remained peaceful all across the city. Reports of shutdown came in from other parts of Valley including Pulawama, Islamabad, Shopian, Tral, Pampore, Awantipora, Ganderbal, Budgam, Chadoora, Bandipora, Kupwara, Sopore, Pattan, Beerwa, Baramulla, Kangan and Tangmarag. Police imposed undeclared curfew in many parts of Bandipora district after clashes erupted at Hajin and Sumbal area of the district. “By and large the situation remained peaceful. Few stray incidents of stone pelting occurred at few places, however situation was brought under control by police and Paramilitary troopers,” a police official said.


against an available vacancy. Syed Anwar Hussain, KAS, Additional District Development Commissioner, Poonch, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Samba, against an available vacancy. Ajay Singh Jamwal, KAS, Additional District Development Commissioner, Kathua, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, against an available vacancy. Arif-ullah, KAS, Special Secretary to Government, Health and Medical Education Department, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Pulwama, against an available vacancy. Mohammad Muzaffar Hakim, KAS, Joint Registrar, Cooperatives (Hqr), Srinagar, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Shopian, against an available vacancy. Mohammad Matloob Khan, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, against an available vacancy. Hashmat Ali Khan, KAS, Additional Secretary/Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary to Chief Secretary. Khurshid Ahmad Shah, KAS, Additional Secretary to Government, Industries and Commerce Department, has been posted as Special Secretary to Government, Industries and Commerce Department, against an available vacancy. Nazim Zai Khan, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, has been transferred and posted as Additional Commissioner, Commercial Taxes (Tax Planning), relieving Parvaiz Iqbal Khateeb of the additional charge of the post. Sheikh Mukhtar Hussain, KAS, Deputy Labour Commissioner (Central), has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary to Government, Health and Medical Education Department, vice Arif-ullah. Bashir Ahmad Dar, KAS, Additional Secretary to Government, General Administration Department, has been posted as Special Secretary to Government, General Administration Department, against an available vacancy. Shakeel-ur-Rehman Rather, KAS, OSD with Minister for Finance and Ladkah Affairs, has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary to Government, Finance Department, vice Onkar Nath. Pardeep Kumar, KAS, Joint Director, Industries and Commerce (S&M), Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Ramban, against an available vacancy. M.M. Rehman Ghasi, KAS, Programme Officer, ICDS

Daily Project, Budgam, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal, against an available vacancy. Avtar Singh Chib, KAS, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Lakhanpur-Sarthal, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar, against an available vacancy. Bilal Ahmad Bhat, KAS, Joint Registrar, Industries and Commerce (Development), Kashmir, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Kupwara, against an available vacancy. Rakesh Gupta, KAS, Joint Director, Industries and Commerce (Development), Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary to Government, Science and Technology Department, against an available vacancy. Rohit Khajuria, KAS, awaiting orders of posting in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Kathua, vice Ajay Singh Jamwal. Mukhtar-ul-Aziz, KAS, Joint Director, Handlooms, Kashmir, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Kulgam, against an available vacancy. Bashir Ahmad Khan, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, against an available vacancy. Arvind Sharma, KAS, Programme Officer, ICDS Project, Doda, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Poonch, vice Syed Anwar Hussain. Bikram Singh Jamwal, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Samba, has been transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Reasi, against an available vacancy. Riyaz Ahmad Choudhary, KAS, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Kishtwar, has been transferred and posted as Joint Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (Administration), Jammu, against an available vacancy. Riyaz Ahmad, KAS, Joint Registrar, Cooperatives (Banking and Finance), has been transferred and posted as Additional Secretary, J&K Public Service Commission, vice Mohammad Ishaq Shah. Mohammad Ishaq Shah, KAS, Additional Secretary, J&K Public Service Commission, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes (Hqr), against an available vacancy.


“I don’t want to sound hypocritical because I earn my bread and butter from tourists. Summer is the peak tourist season and we depend on these four-five months (June to Septem­ber/ October) to live comfortably through the bitter winter. Having said that, it pains me to see the amount of pollution tourism has brought to Leh,” Hussein told. “The number of taxis and SUVs plying on the narrow roads of Leh and the market area has multiplied, leading to air pollution. There is too much traffic,” she added. Hussein has a point. Private tour operators place Leh among the most sought after tourist destination this season, ahead of hill stations like Shimla and Manali, with visitors flying down to Leh or driving through Manali or Srinagar. Cocooned amid lofty mountains, Leh sits pretty at an altitude of around 11,000 feet. Its serenity and nature’s bounty are enough to attract any holidayer. In 2012, nearly 180,000 tourists, including 38,000 foreigners, flooded Leh.


money and are getting jobs. But such unfortunate incidents will only derail our efforts to promote tourism. If government is not able to curb its forces, then tourism fraternity would stop promoting tourism.”


"The killing of two innocent students in Sumbal area of Bandipora district is unacceptable and intolerable...Time demands that troops be withdrawn from populated areas and the control handed over to Jammu and Kashmir police," additional general secretary of NC Mustafa Kamal said in a statement. Kamal, who is also the brother of Union minister Farooq Abdullah, said, "The presence of Army in populated areas is in no way beneficial to people and when there is a black law like AFSPA in force." The NC leader said the state government, over the past four years, has been advocating for withdrawal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and withdrawal of troops as it is aware that most of the human rights violations are done under the garb of AFSPA. "Had there been no AFSPA, the Army would not have fired and killed the students. It is because of the AFSPA, that the troops did not hesitate in firing their guns," he said. Accusing Opposition People's Democratic Party of playing politics with the blood of youth, Kamal said "NC will not tolerate human rights violations in the state." "Mufti Mohammad Sayeed (PDP patron and former Home Minister) was the one who ordered deployment of Army in populated areas in 1990 and armed them with special powers under AFSPA. He is making false noises today over the killings," Kamal added.


Kashmir. They urged Central government to step in ensure justice immediately.


Lone said that the Conference has successfully facilitated the academic discourses and dialogue of the researchers, policy planners and other stake holders. In his address Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad sought more collaborations between the universities in central Asian counties and the university of Kashmir’s prestigious department of central Asian studies. Earlier Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, Secretary, External relations Ministry of External Affairs, Government of


Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra takes charge of Dhruva Command

India emphasized on the earnest need for using public diplomacy in the right direction . “ diplomacy in the present day parlance has broadened its scope and it is no longer limited to so called elite of the society” said Chakravarty adding that today’s ‘digital diplomacy’ Srinagar, July 01: Lt Gen Commanding-in-Chief, has given an opportunity and right to all individuals to Sanjiv Chachra assumed the Western Command prior to be part of initiatives in making our world a better place charge of Army Commander assuming command of for living. Underscoring the need for a great exchange of ideas of the prestigious Dhruva Northern Army. and bridging the information gap , Chakravarty Command in a simple and The General Officer has had emphasized on the use of Information technology (IT) s o l e m n c e r e m o n y a t varied operational staff experience at each level both tools to put forward ‘concrete ideas’ so as to make our Udhampur on Monday. Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra is a in active formations & at the younger generation participate in public diplomacy and second generation Rajput M ilitary Operations outreach programmes. Officer, commissioned in 17 Directorate in Army HQ. As Besides hundreds of delegates, Prof Zaffar A. Reshi, RAJPUT in Jun 1974. An Director, Foreign Training Dean Colleges Prof GM Shah, several other Deans of alumnus of the National a n d I n t e r n a t ional faculties, heads of the departments, Directors of D e f e n c e A c a d e m y Cooperation, he successfully various centres of KU, faculty members , scholars and Khadakvasla and Indian initiated and executed students were present on the occasion. M i l i t a r y A c a d e m y , military synergy with a Dehradun, the General number of friendly foreign Officer has had varied armies. The General has Division has not released salaries in their favour from combat, staff and instruc- been a Technical Member last two years. tional experience. A graduate (Army) in the Acquisition Scores of casual labours assembled in the premises of of the Defence Service Staff Wi n g o f M i n i s t r y o f Irrigation Division Handwara and raised slogans in College, Wellington, where D e f e n c e , w h e r e i n h e favour of their demands. “From past two years we have he later served in the spearheaded modernization not been paid even a single penny though the fact is that teaching faculty, the officer f o r t h e A r m y i n t h e we have been attending the Division on regular basis,” is also qualified on the Government. Before being Manzoor Ahmed said. Higher Command Course, p r o m o t e d a s A r m y They said if the Division fails to release salaries they Mhow and the National Commander, he was Military will come on roads along with their families. Defence College, New Secretary as a Principal Staff Meanwhile, Executive Engineer Irrigation Division Delhi. In his formative years, Officer (PSO) at IHQ of Handwara Ghulam Hasan told CNS that he has already he groomed young cadets at MoD (Army).His tenure as taken up the issue with the Chief Engineer and t he National Defence the Army Commander of hopefully, the matter would be resolved soon. “The Western Command was Division is lacking funds and the issue has been taken Academy, Khadakvasla. The General Officer has seen marked by an upsurge in up with the Chief Engineer who has assured us that active combat service on the technological upgradation in salaries would be released in their favour once they Siachen Glacier, High war fighting prowess & acquire funds,” he said. Altitude border areas of the focused towards infrastrucNorth & North East, and ture and capability building commanded 16 RAJPUT in in the Western Sector. With a a c o u n t e r i n s u r g e n c y reach out to build cordial environment. For excep- r e l a t i o n s w i t h C i v i l t i o n a l s e r v i c e d u r i n g Administration in the States Srinagar, July 01: One day study of the school scenario dissemination conference in three regions of the State command of his unit in of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, on report of the Joint in April 2013. Based on counter insurgency opera- HP, J&K & Union Territory Review Mission (JRM) on that, JRM came out with a tions, he was awarded the of Chandigarh, he was able Teacher Education in J&K report highlighting various Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM). to showcase the Army & was held here today at concerns and constrains in He later commanded a bring about synergy, resolve S K I C C . T h e J R M the Teacher Training brigade on the Western long standing issues and comprised an expert group System in J&K. JRM Sector and a frontline initiation of schemes for the constituted by Union report was deliberated at Mountain Division deployed welfare of veterans. M i n i s t r y o f H u m a n length by academic experts along the Northern Borders, Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra Resources Development and officers from across the wherein, for exceptional assumes command of the made by its Chairman, educational spectrum service and outstanding Northern Army, bringing with National Council of i n c l u d i n g C e n t r a l leaders hi p s how n for him a wealth of experience in Teacher Education; Dr. University Kashmir, maintaining peace and handling sensitive borders Paramjit Singh took stock Kashmir University, tranquility along the troubled and insurgency situations. of issues related to Jammu University and border, he was awarded the Having taken over the reins of prestigious Ati Vishisht Seva Dhurva Command, he professional development College of Education. M e d a l ( AV S M ) . T h e becomes one of the few of teachers and challenges The Chairman assured all General commanded a pivot General officers to have ahead in the school system support to J&K in building a t l a rg e . T h e t e a m a robust and reliable corps in the Western' Sector commanded two of the largest and he was General Officer armies of India. conducted an extensive institutional network.


One day dissemination conference of JRM held

Technical Committee to assess modernization of Gulmarg Gondola: Mir Directs early trial runs of Makhdoom Sahib(R.A.) Ropeway

Srinagar, July 01: With a view to consider modernization of Gulmarg Gondola Project, the Minister for Tourism Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir today ordered constitution of 4Members Technical Committee to assess feasibility of its modernization and submit its recommendations within 10 days before formulation of a Detailed Project Report. The decision in this regard was taken at a high level officers meeting held under the chairmanship of Tourism Minister here on Monday. The Committee would be headed by Chief Engineer Mechanical, Kashmir and its Members include Chief Engineer, M&RE, Kashmir, Chief E x e c u t i v e O ff i c e r, G u l m a rg Development Authority and General Manager Cable Car Corporation. The committee would submit its report within 10 days to the Government. The meeting also reviewed the status of several rope way projects being executed or taken up in the State.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister necessary opinion would be sought said that modernization of Gondola is from Divisional Commissioner, a must to extend its services and to lure Jammu for taking up the project. more tourists to the visit of the state. The meeting was informed that He exhorted upon the officers of Survey for construction of Rope Way J&KCCC to ensure removal of the at Verinag has been completed and impediments with concerned Techno Economic Feasibility Report departments confronting in the way of of project would be submitted to the early execution of the rope way Board within a month’s time for projects in the State. approval of the project. Mr. Mir directed the concerned for The meeting discussed the current immediate conduct trial run of s t a t u s o f M u b a r a k M a n d i Makhdoom Sahib (R. A.) Rope way. Mahamaya-Shahabad rope way He underscored the need for making project. It was informed that Union prospective plans while creating any Ministry of Environment and Forests kind of tourist attractions at potential has cleared the project. As regards, spots. The meeting was informed that clearance from Wild Life, the Central Makhdoom Sahib (R.A.) Rope way Empowered Committee has submitproject has been completed but during ted its recommendations to the its trial, the shaft of the main electric Supreme Court and once the judgment motor broke down. However, a new is received from the Supreme Court, shaft has been procured and would be the matter would be placed before the fitted very soon in the main motor. State Forest Advisory Committee for The meeting also decided that for transfer of forest land to the alignment of construction of Corporation so that the work on the Shivkhori, Reasi rope way project, project is started.

Road connectivity to leftover Warwan Khanday inauvillages by year-end: Kichloo gurates Post Kishtwar, July 01: Minister attention will be given to private investment in Office at Civil of State for Industries & Warwan area under the tourism sector will expedite Commerce and Home, Mr. C e n t r e ’ s f l a g s h i p creation of tourism-related Secretariat Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, has p r o g r a m m e . “ T h e infrastructure. This, he said,

said that road connectivity to leftover villages of farflung and remote areas of Warwan area of Kishtwar will be provided by the end of this year. The Minister said this while speaking at a public meeting during his two-day whirlwind tour of Warwan area. Welcoming the announcement of Central assistance of Rs. 710 crore for land compensation under PMGSY, the Minister stated that special

Government will strive to improve the image of Warwan by improving its connectivity and bringing it on the tourism map of the State,” the Minister said, adding that separate funds under Government of India and State Government schemes will be allocated to create tourism-related infrastructure in the area. Vouching for undertaking winter sports activities in the area, the Minister said

will have a huge impact on the socio-economic profile of the people residing in Warwan area. Disclosing that the next District Development Board meeting will be held at Sukhnaie, Warwan, the Minister said he will continue his effort of extending benefit of Government schemes, especially in social sector, to the poor people residing in the area.

Srinagar, July 01: Chief Secretary, Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Khanday inaugurated a modernized Post Office facility at Civil Secretariat t o d a y. C h i e f P o s t m a s t e r General, J&K Circle, Mr. John Samuel, Principal S e c r e t a r y, P l a n n i n g Development, Mr. B. R. Sharma, Principal Secretary, Home, Mr. Suresh Kumar and other administrative secretaries were also present on the occasion.

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Conservation plan for Doodhganga, Apziari, Shaliganga Nallas in offing Says no politics at the cost of development: Rather CHADOORA (BUDGAM), JULY 01 Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Ab. Rahim Rather has said that a comprehensive flood protection and soil conservation plan on three important Nallas of Apziari, Doodhganga and Shaliganga is being conceived to save agricultural land and other constructions located at their banks. He asked the engineers of Flood Control Department to immediately identify and prioritize the vulnerable and erosion prone areas located near these Nallas so that estimates are prepared and works executed on need basis. Addressing a public gathering at Chowdhary Gund village of

Tehsil Chadoora, Rather assured the people that promises made to them will be fulfilled earnestly and all the available resources are being pooled to redress their all genuine grievances as per their urges and aspirations. He reiterated Govt’s. resolve to ensure availability of all the basic facilities to the people adding that equitable development to News Agency Kanganand uniform justiceKhan

all with focus on poor and backward areas was its mission. Saying that employment generation was the top most priority of the Govt., Rather said a multi pronged strategy has been devised throughout the state to tackle the employment problem. In this regard, he made a mention of SKEWPY, Entrepreneurship development and skill developNews Agency Ganderbal

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ment initiatives under EDI, Udaan and Himayat programmes. He assured the local youth that all the possibilities will be explored to conduct on the spot Police Recruitment Rally at some suitable central place in the area. “We want to remove gloom and despair by bringing hope and happiness on the faces of people who have suffered a lot due to decades’ long tur-

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Kissan cards playing vital role in boosting agriculture activities in J&K: Mir

san Mir today stressed upon the bankers to ensure hassle free loan disbursement among the farming community under this scheme. The Minister said this while reviewing the progress of KCC’s in a meeting with J&K Grameen Bank, convened here this morning.

farmers are possessing the KCCs and adequate funds have been already sanctioned under these account heads but banks’ slowness in disbursement has made farmers to run from pillar to post. He said the guidelines of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) are very much farmer friendly, but still there are

The Minister asked the bankers to change their attitude viz viz farming community adding that the farmers are the basic growth indicators of nation’s economy. “If we want to make J&K a prosperous state, we have to strengthen the farmers first, for which every stakeholder has to play their role”, he maintainedGeneral Manager Grameen Bank, Aftab Qazi, Area Manager, Rafiq Ahamd Shah and branch heads of Grameen bank were present in the meeting.

836 recruits pass out from STC Talwara

Build image of force by dedicated service to people: DGP

ing the pass outs of 11th batch of Basic Recruits at Subsidiary Training Centre (STC), here today. He said that after joining large police family the recruits have now been transformed into physically sound and mentally robust policemen and their sole motto should be to gain public trust and confidence by their deeds in the field. A policeman has great responsibility to tackle different situations with his professional skills and doing his selfless duties

CS reviews progress on recruitments SRINAGAR, JULY 01: The Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khanday Monday asked administrative secretaries to submit the status of all Government vacancies in their respective departments ahead of the scheduled review

later this month on the progress of recruitment in the State. Chairing the periodic meeting of Committee of Secretaries, the Chief Secretary emphasized on early filling up of all vacant posts with directions to the General Administration Department to examine and

revisit the recruitment process enabling the Government to expedite recruitment of youth to various District, Divisional and State level posts.While reviewing construction status of Polytechnics, Colleges and ITI buildings in the State, the Chief Secretary stressed for their early completion. He was

informed that out of the 24 colleges taken up for construction, 14 colleges have been completed and handed over and remaining 10 are in various stages of completion. Khanday also asked administrative Secretaries to establish linkages with the United Nations Development Programme

(UNDP) under Disaster Management, Handicrafts, Social mobilisation and UMEED sectors and take advantage of its programmes, experience and experts. “Preliminary discussions with the agency should be held under these fields for developing a working relationship and cooperation”, he

asserted.During the review meeting issues pertaining to fly-overs, land acquisition for widening of National Highway, RFDs and e-Governance status in departments, PMGSY, IAY, installation of electricity meters in government establishments etc also came up for discussion.

Do not embark on Yatra without Registration: SASB SRINAGAR, JULY 1 Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) has yet again appealed to all those who intend to undertake the pilgrimage to ensure that they complete the necessary registration formalities and obtain a valid Yatra Permit before they embark on the pilgrimage to avoid inconvenience on arrival in the State, as no Yatri who does not possess a valid Yatra Permit shall be allowed to cross beyond Nunwan and Baltal Base Camps under any circumstances. Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer, SASB, reiterated the importance of strictly enforcing the Board’s decision against any unregistered pilgrim being allowed to undertake the Yatra and stated that this is all the more important keeping the recent Uttarakhand tragedy in view. It is pertinent to recall

that for this year’s Yatra the Shrine Board has fixed a ceiling of 7500 Yatris per day per route and, besides, the 1000 plus pilgrims who travel by the Helicopter services upto Panjtarni. He stressed the directions of the Chairman, N. N. Vohra, that this number must not be exceeded under any circumstances and urged the intending pilgrims to take note of it. He also stressed that the pilgrims must embark on the Yatra strictly as per the dates and the routes specified in their Yatra Permits, clarifying that the Yatra Permits for this year’s pilgrimage are of different colour, for each day of the week and route, to facilitate Police personnel deployed at the Access Control Gates at Domel and Chandanwari in determining whether a Yatri possesses Yatra Permit valid for the relevant date and route. In this context, he cautioned the intending Yatris against un-

dertaking this arduous Yatra without first securing a valid Yatra Permit. He said that for ensuring effective security arrangements along the difficult tracks, only those Yatris who are in possession of a Yatra Permit, which is valid for a specified date and route, will be allowed to proceed beyond the Base Camps, and cross the Access Control Gates at Domel and Chandanwari. The CEO said that to ensure that every intending pilgrim could timely go through the Registration process, this year the Shrine Board had opened 422 Registration Counters across the country, against 174 last year. Further, this year Registration was commenced three months in advance of the Yatra i.e. on 18th March 2013. However, in view of the significant number of unregistered pilgrims who have arrived ahead of their scheduled date of Yatra this year.

moil in the State”, Rather added. Cautioning people against disruptive elements inimical to peace and prosperity, Rather said that there should be no politics at the cost of development. He further asked the people to unitedly seek their rights and differentiate between their real friends and foes. Responding to the demands of the people, Rather asked the concerned engineers to start process for revival of Saidanaar and Narbal Khul in the area to augment irrigation facilities. He also announced setting up of a health sub centre and fencing of middle school at Chowdhary Gund. He also announced grants for laying transmission wires and electric poles in Chowdhary Gund and Chak Banagund. District Development Commissioner Budgam, Khurshid Ahmed Shah and concerned engineers and officers of district administration accompanied the Minister during the tour.Earlier, the Minister was accorded a rousing reception on reaching the venue.

with dedication, honesty and impartially and can deliver to the people efficiently, Prasad added.Stressing upon the recruits at the Passing-OutCum-Attestation Parade to be humane in their discharge of duties, the DGP asked them

to keep the pledge they have taken at the oath ceremony. He said that pass outs after completing their basic training course have to exhibit their performance in the field, maintaining high standards of discipline, valour and dedication. Policeman, a visible face among the public and first

responder to any situation has to come up to the expectations of people by curbing the crimes and evils, besides ensuring peace and security. The DGP said that basic training inculcates a spirit of patience among the recruits, besides improving their capabilities. He said that aim of the training is personality development and character building of recruits which help them to instil a sense of duty and people friendly attitude for strengthening the public confidence. We have been upgrading the working of all training institutions to introduce latest training courses and sharpen the skills of our personnel. The duties of a policeman have expanded manifold making imperative to re-orient our training institutions and sensitize the police personnel about the challenges posed by criminals and latest methods of crime control.

CEO ERA inspects storm water projects SRINAGAR, JULY 01: Work on Bemina-Fruit Mandi at an estimated cost of Rs. 31.16 crore and Rs 45.96 crore Pohru-Chanapora storm water drainage projects have been completed, which were taken up by Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency (J&K ERA) under the urban component of its Multisector Project for Infrastructure Rehabilitation (MPIR) funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Pohru-Chanapora project will benefit population of about 8,000 souls living in catchment area of the project including areas of Alama Iqbal colony, Baghi-Mehtab, Beighpora Garden lane, Chanapora parts of Murtaza colony, Sheikh Noorudin colony, Umar colony while as Bemina- Fruit Mandi project will benefit population of about 19,600

people living in areas like Parimpora, Sir Syedabad, Police colony, SDA colony, Shamsabad, Owais colony, Usmania colony, Al-Hamza Colony, Gulshan Abad, Mansoor colony etc.Chief Executive Officer, J&K ERA, Saurabh

Minister for R&B Abdul Majid Wani said that contractor class is a part and parcel of construction system and plays vital role in constructing projects of public importance in the country and State. The Minister was interacting with a deputation of contractors led by Ghulam Jeelani Purza. The deputation apprised him about the problems being faced by them in their day to day business activities.The Minister said that the Government is aware about the problems of the contractors’ community and is committed to solve them on priority. He said that efforts are afoot to find out ways and means to solve the burning issues of contractors. He said preference would be

accorded to local contractors while allotting work on mega projects of the State.The Minister said that funds would be made available as soon as received from the concerned quarters. The funds under additionality would also be rationalized and released soon,


March 21-April 19 You may be tormented by an important decision today, Aries. The good news is that once you make up your mind, you will feel much better about yourself. Until then, however, you may vacillate from one side to the other. Asking others for advice may put you in even more of a quandary. The only one who can decide your path is you.

Taurus April 20-May 20

You may be a little hesitant today, Taurus, and not really sure why. Just when you thought you had it all figured out, another aspect comes up with a completely different perspective. It may be hard to choose one path and stick with it. Keep in mind that your unique path may incorporate many different side paths. This is one of your many gifts.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Watch your back today, Gemini. There’s a distinct presence nearby that requires your attention. Luckily, your emotions are a lot more stable than usual, and you’re more strongly connected with your feelings. In fact, you may be in the clouds. You shouldn’t have any problem navigating through this part of the atmosphere. Others may look to you for advice.

Cancer June 22-July 22

You may look confused today. It may be hard for you to stick with one subject. Your attention may jump from one thing to another. That’s OK. There’s a distinct advantage to seeing all sides of the story. You will have greater perception and awareness of things today. Take this opportunity to put yourself in other people’s shoes so you know how to deal with them in the future.


July 23-August 22 You may find it difficult to keep things neat and organized today, Leo. It seems like you’re tying to organize a room full of feathers buffeted by gusts of wind. Buy a paperweight. Meanwhile, you might want to give up organizing the feathers and deal with it another time. You may feel too lazy to fight the wind.


August 23-September 22

Your expansive, outwardly directed plans are moving at full force, but once in a while self-doubt slows things down, Virgo. Today is one of those days in which insecurity may hamper your progress. The secret to success is to consider all the options and trust your instincts. Use your keen powers of observation to collect data and arrange facts in an orderly fashion.


September 23-October 23 Your emotions are more peaceful and easier to control today, Libra. It’s almost as if you’re merging with the energy around you. The one thing to be careful of is indecision. When it comes to taking action on something and you aren’t sure which way to go, you’d do better to hold off. Make your big move some other day.


October 24-November 21 Go with the flow today, Scorpio. Find the freedom you seek by simply following the path of least resistance. There’s no reason for you to be unhappy. Life doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. Just be completely yourself. People will act the way they need to in relation to you. Don’t worry about their feelings. They aren’t your responsibility.


Bhagat while inspecting these projects engineers concerned to initiate formalities for earliest commissioning of both projects so that people living in the area are able to avail benefits from the projects and get relief from the frequent flooding during torrential rains and winters.

Contractors vital part of construction system: Wani SRINAGAR, JULY 1:

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were pending for the want of funds for land acquisition.The deputation projected a charter of demands which include early release of payment for the recently completed works, filling Sales Tax returns, saying that it should be submitted by the concerned

November 22-December 21

Your heightened sensitivity could get you in trouble today, Sagittarius. The more you try to pin down a specific answer to something, the more resistance you may encounter. Don’t expect a straight answer from anyone or you will be disappointed. People may be flighty or forgetful. Try not to take anything too seriously today.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Be a pioneer in your world today, Capricorn. Go on an adventure with a courageous spirit. Your emotions are fired up and ready to go. Your instincts are ready for a new challenge. If anything slows you down today, it will be your rational thinking. Your self-protection mechanism may kick in just when things start to get exciting. Strike the right balance.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Your general mood is at a peak today, although this mood is slightly off due to indecision on your part, Aquarius. Don’t let this get you down. If you find it hard to make a choice about something, the solution is simple. Put off making the choice until you feel more comfortable about it. If you must make a decision today, go with your instincts.


he maintained.Referring to Rs. 710 crore announced by the Prime Minister during his recent visit of the State, the Minister said the amount would help the State Government for completing road projects under PMGSY which

DDOs from department to department, exemption of petty and D-Class contractors from e-tendering, exemption from double taxation, implementation of works schedule 2012 and double sided agreement.

February 19-March 20 You may be a bit confused today, Pisces. Nothing seems to fit right. It’s as if you’re faced with many different roads, unsure of which one to take. All the choices seem reasonable and you may fear you will miss out on something great whichever one you choose. The truth is that you can find a way that incorporates what you’ve learned from previous paths. Trust yourself.

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Zabarwan Times Tuesday, 02 July 2013

Another probe!


s expected under tremendous pressure Army has finally ordered a probe into the killings of Bandipora. The public circles in Kashmir however are hardly impressed by such an announcement because they believe that this is just a time buying tactic to cool the tempers. This is a repetition of what happened in previous cases. The situation on the ground is that the wedge between the rulers and the public is only widening and such probes cannot bridge the gap. Such killings have shattered the peace efforts of the civil administration. Government has repeatedly promised “zero tolerance” for human rights violations but on ground, it is a different situation. People who were protesting killing of a youth were targeted resulting in another killing thus forcing people to take to violent means of protests. In the past three years, there has been a significant drop in violence in Kashmir. But, the state government again failed to pressurise the Centre to reduce the number of troopers and for the revocation of AFSPA (Armed forces Special powers Act) and DAA (J&K disturbed area Act). The fresh events in Bandipora have put the state government at an awkward position. Separatists have got an issue that they had been looking for. They have started issuing protest programmes and if anything untoward happens during these days, a never ending circle of violence is sure to take off. The fresh events have raised many questions and doubts among people. The recent innocent killings have once again brought the truth that leadership here is weak in stopping the human right violations. Even though the Army has ordered a probe into these killings but civilians have been left unimpressed as such probes have not yielded much in the past. Several previous probes have failed to indict the accused so; many believe that these will also go through same. Security forces are regularly brutalizing locals, routinely imprison, torture, and kill without a fear of criticism from any organization or government agencies. Similarly one of the scandal in 2008 saw several soldiers accused of murdering civilians and passing them off as militants as a way of winning bonuses or promotions. Now, it is not just undemocratic but also shameful that the state government and political leaders are behaving more like partners in torturing Kashmiris rather than protecting the genuine interests. While speaking in context of India, it seems that the only time Kashmir issues get any attention in New Delhi is when there is a major crisis or pressure from an international community. But as soon as the pressure subsides, the issues are ignored or completely dropped. That's what seems to have happened during the last many years when opportunities to settle Kashmir presented itself many times. The pressure from International community and particularly from US administration had put India and Pakistan back on table. However history is replete with such examples whenever such negotiations occur, something bad happens to put Kashmir issue on the back burner. On one side various leaders and intellectuals are supporting the bilateral talks but on the other none of them have given the real thought to find out reasons behind human sufferings and HR violations here. Tens of thousands of innocent Kashmiri people have already lost their lives. And still both the stakeholder i.e. Pakistan and India continue to play politics on the issue with no practical efforts being made by both sides to resolve this longstanding bone of contention. The recent killings of innocent youths have again put Kashmir on boil. It has become mandatory for the state government to stop Human Right violations here and pressurize centre for the revocation of special powers to security forces. The resolution of Kashmir conflict needs not to be viewed as a victorydefeat situation but as an alleviation of the sufferings of Kashmiri people. It is better for the progress and prosperity of the whole region that Kashmir issue is resolved as earliest as possible but only in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.



Tuesday, 02 July 2013

Strengthening Secondary Education S

econdary Education is a crucial stage in the educational hierarchy as it prepares the students for higher education and also the world of work. With the liberalization and globalization of the Indian economy, the rapid changes witnessed in scientific and technological world and the general need to improve the quality of life and to reduce poverty, it is essential that school leavers acquire a higher level of knowledge and skills than what they are provided in the eight years of elementary education, particularly when the average earning of a secondary school certificate holder is significantly higher than that of a person who has studied only up to class VIII. The policy at present is to make secondary education of good quality available, accessible and affordable to all young persons in the age group of 14-18. At present, the following schemes targeted at secondary stage (i.e. class IX to XII) are being implemented in the form of Centrally Sponsored Schemes: Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan was launched in 2009 with the objective to universalise access to secondary education and improve its quality. The scheme envisages inter alia, to enhance the enrolment at secondary stage by providing a secondary school within a reasonable distance of any habitation, with an aim to ensure GER of 100% by 2017, i.e., by the end of 12th Five Year Plan and achieving universal retention by 2020.During last three year, opening of 9670 new secondary schools and strengthening of existing 34311 secondary schools have been sanctioned. Against sanction for opening of 9670 new secondary schools, 906 new secondary schools have been sanctioned in the minority concentration districts. Out of opening of 9670 new secondary schools, 7303 secondary schools have become functional. Further, 283 new school buildings have been constructed and about 2500 new secondary school buildings are at different stages of construction. To improve the Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) in the existing secondary schools, appointment of 52352 additional teachers have also been approved. In the new secondary schools, 12591 teachers have also been recruited. . Model School Scheme The Model School scheme was launched in November 2008 in pursuance to the announcement of the Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech of 2007.The Model School Scheme aims to provide quality education to talented rural children through setting up 6000 model schools as benchmark of excellence at block level at the rate of one school per block. The scheme is under implementation since 2009-10. 3,500 schools are to be set up in as many educationally backward blocks (EBBs) through States/UTs. A total of 1956 model schools have so far been approved,

out of which 438 have become functional. The modalities for the PPP Model schools were approved by the Government on 24 November, 2011 and 2500 model school are to be set up under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode. Girls’ Hostel Scheme The Centrally Sponsored Scheme for “Construction and Running of Girls’ Hostels for Students of Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools” was launched in 2008-09 and is being implemented from 2009-10. The Scheme envisages construction of a hostel with the capacity of 100 girls in each of about 3,500 Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) in the country. The main objective of the Scheme is to improve access to and retain the girl child in Secondary and Higher Secondary classes (IX-XII) so that the girl students are not denied the opportunity to continue their study due to distance to school, parents’ financial affordability and other connected societal factors. As on 31st March, 2012, 1925 hostels have been recommended by Project Approval Board (PAB) and an amount of Rs. 300.93 crore has been released for construction of 958 hostels in 13 States. The girl students in the age group of 14-18 years, studying in classes IX and XII belonging to SC, ST, OBC, Minority communities and BPL families will form the target group of the Scheme. Students passing out of KGBV will be given preference in admission in hostels. At least 50% of girls admitted will be from SC, ST, OBC and Minority communities. ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in Schools The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Schools Scheme was launched in December, 2004 to provide opportunities to secondary stage students to mainly build their capacity on ICT skills and make them learn through computer aided learning process. The Scheme is a major catalyst to bridge the digital divide amongst students of various socio economic and other geographical barriers. Based on the experience gained so far, the Scheme was revised, in July 2010.The scheme currently covers both Government and Government aided Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools. Financial assistance is provided for procurement of computers and peripherals, educational software, training of teachers, development of econtents, internet connectivity & setting up of smart schools, setting up the requisite infrastructure to impart computer literacy and computer aided learning has been approved for 94752 government and government aided secondary and higher secondary schools. Financial assistance is given to States, CIET and SIETs on the basis of the approvals accorded by Project Monitoring and Evaluation Group (PMEG) chaired by Secretary (School

Education and Literacy). The project cost is shared between Centre and States in ration of 75:25 except for the NER states including Sikkim where it is 90:10. Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage The Scheme of Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage (IEDSS) was launched in 2009-10 replacing the earlier scheme of Integrated Education for Disabled Children (IEDC). It provides assistance for the inclusive education of the disabled children in classes IX-XII. The aim of the Scheme is to enable all students with disabilities, after completing eight years of elementary schooling, to pursue further four years of secondary schooling (classes IX to XII) in an inclusive and enabling environment. Central assistance for all items covered in the scheme is on 100 per cent basis. The State Governments are only required to make provisions for a scholarship of Rs. 600 per disabled child per annum. The School Education Department of the State Governments/ Union Territory (UT) Administrations is the implementing agency. They may involve NGOs having experience, in the field of education of the disabled, in the implementation of the scheme. 4,00,241 disabled children have been approved for coverage since inception of the scheme. Vocationalisation of Secondary Education The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary Education provides for diversification of educational opportunities so as to enhance individual employability, reduce the mismatch between demand and supply of skilled manpower and provides an alternative for those pursuing higher education.The scheme was initially launched in 1988. To make improvement in this scheme, the revised scheme was approved on 15 September, 2011. The revisions were suggested to address the issues of low esteem of vocational education in the country, weak synergy with industry in planning and execution, lack of vertical and horizontal mobility, redundant courses and curricula as well as paucity of trained vocational education teachers. It is also envisages that strengthening of vocational education at the secondary stage would contribute to the national target of 500 million skilled manpower by 2022. The Scheme provides for financial assistance to the States to set up administrative structure, area vocational surveys, preparation of curriculum, text book, work book curriculum guides, training manual, teacher training programme, strengthening technical support system for research and development, training and evaluation etc. It also provides financial assistance to NGOs and voluntary organizations towards implementation of specific innovative projects for conducting shortterm courses. The Scheme, so far, has created infrastructure of 21000 sections in 9619 schools and creating a capacity of

about 10 lakh students at + 2 level. The grants released so far since the inception of the scheme is Rs. 765 crore. Nat ional Vocational E duca tion Qualifications Framework (NVEQF) The HRD Ministry is seized with the problems of low rates of enrolment and school drop outs at Secondary and Higher Secondary levels and thereafter in Higher Education. The Ministry is in the process of developing the NVEQF. The Framework would bring about uniformity in standards of vocational courses being offered, by registration of vocational qualification and accreditation of programmes and institutions. NVEQF levels will be introduced in Secondary and H igher Secondary Schools, Polytechnics, Universities & Colleges for seamless pathways and progression. The draft NVEQF has been formulated in consultation with State Governments as well as a Group of State Education Ministers. National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education The Centrally sponsored scheme “National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE)” was launched in May 2008 with the objective to establish an enabling environment to reduce the dropouts and to promote the enrolment of girl child belonging mainly to SC/ST communities in secondary schools. According to the scheme, a sum of Rs.3,000/- is deposited in the name of eligible unmarried girls as fixed deposit, who are entitled to withdraw it along with interest thereon on reaching 18 years of age and passing 10th standard examination. The scheme covers all girls belonging to SC/ST communities who pass class VIII and all girls who pass VIII examination from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (irrespective of whether they belong to SC/ST) and enrol in class IX in Government, Governmentaided and local body schools. Canara bank is the implementing agency for the scheme. It has developed a web based portal recently to implement the scheme. The portal will facilitate on line submission of data of the beneficiaries and on line disbursement of incentive amount on maturity into their accounts directly after certification by the State Nodal Officer on line that the beneficiary is 18 years old and passed class X examination. Funds released during last 3 years are - Rs. 45.798 crore/for 152660 girls of 14 states/UTs (2009-10), Rs. 72.458 crore/ for 241528 girls of 15 states/UTs (2010-11) and Rs. 163.059 crore /for 543532 girls of 25 states/UTs. Central Board of Secondary Education CBSE has strengthened the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) and School Based Assessment of education in all the schools affiliated to the Board from August 2009 and also made class X Board Examination optional for the students of Senior Secondary schools affiliated to the Board.

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network


he Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project is a mission mode project under the National, e-Governance Plan being implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The project aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system and a nation-wide networked solution for connecting more than 15,000 Police Stations and nearly 6,000 higher offices in 28 States and 7 UTs of the country for sharing of real-time crime and criminal information. The project has been conceptualized based on the principle of 'Centralized Planning and Decentralized Implementation'. A Core Application Software (CAS) is being developed with common definitions, scheme and specifications at the Central level which would be handed over to the States/UTs for State specific customization. However, States which have been allowed to continue to run on their existing applications have to align their existing software to facilitate information exchange with CAS. The States/UTs have complete operational independence in project implementation. The implementation is through Bundle of Services wherein a System Integrator agency implements all the requisite services as defined by Service level agreements with the States/UTs. A strong governance mechanism with various Committees has also been created as a part of CCTNS project to ensure quality and for

timely completion of project. Objectives · Make the police functioning citizen friendly, transparent, accountable, effective and efficient by automating the process and functions at the level of the police stations and other police offices at various levels. · Improving delivery of citizen-centric services through effective usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

courts. · Reduction in manual and redundant record keeping. The CCTNS project aims at providing online services to the Citizens. The following is an indicative list of the same: · Filing of complaints/information to the concerned police stations. · Obtaining the status of the complaint or case registered at police station. · Obtaining the copies of FIRs, post-

The project aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system and a nation-wide networked

solution for connecting more than 15,000 Police Stations and nearly 6,000 higher offices in 28 States and 7 UTs of the country for sharing of real-time crime and criminal information.

· Facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, transfer and sharing of information among police stations, districts, State headquarters and other organizations/ agencies, including those at Govt. level. · Enabling and assisting the senior Police Officers in better management of police force. · Keep track of the progress of the crime and criminal investigation and prosecution cases, including progress of cases in the

mortem reports and other permissible documents etc. · Details of arrested persons/wanted criminals and their illegal activities etc. · Details of missing/kidnapped persons and their matching with arrested, unidentified persons and dead bodies. · Details of stolen/recovered vehicles, arms and other properties. · Submission of requests for issue/renewal of various NOCs, clearances and permits

and status of such requests online. · Verification requests for servants, employment, passport, senior citizen registrations etc. · Portal for sharing information and enabling citizens to download required forms/certificates etc. A Core Application Software (CAS) has been developed and is being tested by the Software Development Agency at the Central level. The CAS would be implemented both at Central level and States/UTs to enable information exchange for crime and criminal tracking as per objectives of CCTNS project. The CAS would be further customized as required by the States/UTs and implemented at States/UTs by the System Integrator agencies. A nation-wide network and connectivity solution is being implemented by the network solution provider and the readiness survey is currently underway for implementation of the network. The commissioning of IT infrastructure for implementation of national data centre and disaster recovery site are in advanced stage. Deployment of CAS will happen after software certification by STQC. System Integrators have been finalized in 16 States/UTs and rest are in vario us stages of finalization. All States/UTs have implemented project initiation activities in terms of capacity building and strengthening of training institutions.

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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Vitamin E guards against many cancers

How to ease arthritis pain

Think there is simply no cure or treatment when it comes to arthritis? Truth tells a different story.

If one follows simple ideas in day-to-day life and maintains a healthy lifestyle, then long-term goals of treating arthritis are possible. So, in a bid to make arthritis a little easier for you, today Dr. Shekhar Agarwal, Executive Director and Chief Surgeon at Delhi Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedics gives us the 5 ways to ease arthritis pain. Dietary modification. This includes liberal portions of healthy food. Avoid

saturated fats and trans fats in diet, as these lead to weight gain; thus leading to more load on the joints. Food beneficial in reducing pain include Omega 3 fatty acids, which are anti-oxidants and help in reducing inflammation and thus

Vitamin C and are good for arthritis patients. Carrots and turnips contain beta carotien, which again is an effective antioxidant. Finally, milk and sea foods, which contain vitamin D are essential for bone and joint health.

provide relief from pain. Foods such as walnuts, soyabean and sea food are recommended. Fresh tropical fruits, such as guava, oranges, lemon and pepper are good sources of

Exercises strengthen the tone and power of the muscles, which protects the neighbouring joints and also increases the proprioception in the joints. Hence, exercises help

Why biting into ice cream causes headache Brain freeze’ is an almost universal experience-almost everyone has felt the near-instantaneous headache brought on by a bite of ice cream or slurp of ice-cold soda on the upper palate. However, scientists are still at a loss to explain this phenomenon. Since migraine sufferers are more likely to experience brain freeze than people who don’t have this often-debilitating condition, brain freeze may share a common mechanism with other types of headaches, including those brought on by the trauma of blast-related combat injuries in soldiers. One possible link between brain freeze and other headache types is local changes in brain blood flow.

In a new study, Melissa Mary Blatt, Michael Falvo, and Jessica Jasien of the Department of Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System, Brian Deegan and Gearold O Laighin of the National University of Ireland Galway, and Jorge Serrador of Harvard Medical School and the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center of the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System use brain freeze as a proxy for other types of headaches.By bringing on brain freeze in the lab in volunteers and studying blood flow in their brains, the researchers show that the sudden headache seems to be triggered by an abrupt increase in blood flow in the anterior cerebral artery and

disappears when this artery constricts.The findings could eventually lead to new treatments for a variety of different headache types.According to study leader Serrador, previous studies meant to assess what physiological changes might prompt headaches have mainly relied on various drugs, or brought in patients already in the throes of a migraine to the lab.However, both methods have their limitations. Pharmacological agents can induce other effects that can make research results misleading, he said, and since researchers can’t wait for migraine sufferers to experience a migraine in the lab, those studies miss the crucial period of headache formation.

in protecting the joints and preventing falls. The best types of exercises to strengthen the bones are weight bearing exercises like brisk walking, running, cycling etc. It helps in preserving bone density and avoids osteoporosis. Strength and balance exercises may help you avoid falls, decreasing your chance of breaking a bone. Consult trainers and other health professionals before starting a weight training routine. Physiotherapy helps in gaining range of the movement of stiff joints and helps build strength of muscles around the joint. The physiotherapist will also guide you regarding good posture and suitable lifestyle modification. One or two physiotherapy sessions in a month are good enough to ease the arthritis pain, depending upon the seriousness of the disease condition.

Sonia Arora, an assistant professor at Kean University in New Jersey, is delving into understanding the cu-

rative properties of the neem tree in fighting the virus that causes AIDS. Her preliminary results seem to indicate that there are compounds in neem extracts that target a protein essential for HIV to replicate. If further studies support her findings, Arora’s work may give clinicians and drug developers a new HIV-AIDS therapy to pursue. Extracts from neem leaves, bark and flowers are used throughout the Indian subcontinent to fight against pathogenic bacteria and fungi. “The farther you go into the villages of India, the more uses of neem you see,” said Arora. Tree branches are used instead of toothpaste and toothbrushes to keep teeth and gums healthy, and neem extracts are used to control the spread of malaria. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine, a form of traditional Indian alternative medicine, even prescribe neem extracts, in combination with other herbs, to treat cardiovascular diseases and control diabetes. The neem tree, whose species name is Azadirachta indica and which be-

Pudina chai on a rainy evening or early winter

longs to the mahogany family, also grows in east Africa. Arora’s scientific training gave her expertise in the cellular biology of cancer, pharmacology, bioinformatics and structural biology. When she established her laboratory with a new research direction at Kean University in 2008, Arora decided to combine her knowledge with her long-time fascination with natural products. The neem tree beckoned. Arora dived into the scientific literature to see what was known about neem extracts. During the course of her reading, Arora stumbled across two reports that showed that when HIV-AIDS patients in Nigeria and India were given neem extracts, the amount of HIV particles in their blood dropped. Intrigued, Arora decided to see if she could figure out what was in the neem extract that seemed to fight off the virus. She turned to bioinformatics and structural biology to see what insights could be gleaned from making computer models of HIV proteins with compounds known to be in neem extracts.

Take care of your eyes in summer With the advancing summer, here are couple of points you need to take care of next time you step out in the sun... -Do not forget to step out before wearing your sunglasses. Opt for one that covers the side of your temples. This will prevent against the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun, dust and fumes too. -Make it a point to splash cold water on your eyes at least three times in a day. This will remove dust particles that enter your eyes due to constant exposure to the sun. -Do not rub your eyes with dirty hands. It may aggravate any eye allergy and can cause sties. -If you are suffering from any eye allergy, make sure you do not sit in front of an A.C. -It is important to limit the use of contact lenses in dusty environment. -If there is any itching in and around your eyes or any allergy, abstain from ap-

plying eye make-up. It is vital to remove all traces of make-up before sleeping. -It is advisable to take lots of fluids to avoid dehydration which indirectly affects

tear formation. -Use eye drops on a regular basis - but after a consultation with your eye specialist. -In any case, make sure to visit your eye specialist at least once in two weeks.

human epidemiological studies that have examined the connection between vitamin E and cancer. Yang said Rutgers scientists conducting animal studies for colon, lung, breast and prostate cancer found that the forms of vitamin E in vegetable oils, gamma and delta-tocopherols, prevent cancer formation and growth in animal models. “When animals are exposed to

cancer-causing substances, the group that was fed these tocopherols in their diet had fewer and smaller tumors,” Yang said. “When cancer cells were injected into mice these tocopherols also slowed

down the development of tumors.” In researching colon cancer, Yang pointed to another recently published paper that the delta-tocopherol form of vitamin E was more effective than other forms of vitamin E in suppressing the development of colon cancer in rats. This is good news for cancer research. Recently, in one of the largest prostate cancer clinical trials in the United States and Canada, scientists found that the most commonly used form of vitamin E supplements, alpha-tocopherol, not only did not prevent prostate cancer, but its use significantly increased the risk of this disease among healthy men. This is why, Yang insisted, it is important to distinguish between the different forms of vitamin E and conduct more research on its cancer preventive and other biological effects. “For people who think that they need to take vitamin E supplements,” Yang said, “taking a mixture of vitamin E that resembles what is in our diet would be the most prudent supplement to take.”

Health benefits of mint leaves

Neem tree may hold clues for HIV treatment An Indian origin researcher has hinted that extracts from neem tree, profuse in tropical and subtropical areas, may thwart the virus from multiplying.

Two forms of vitamin E - gamma and delta-tocopherols - found in soybean, canola and corn oils as well as nuts do prevent colon, lung, breast and prostate cancers, according to a new study. The question of whether vitamin E prevents or promotes cancer has been widely debated in scientific journals and in the news media. “There are studies suggesting that vitamin E actually increases the risk of cancer and decreases bone density,” said Chung S. Yang, director of the Center for Cancer Prevention Research, at Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. “Our message is that the vitamin E form of gamma-tocopherols, the most abundant form of vitamin E in the American diet, and delta-tocopherols, also found in vegetable oils, are beneficial in preventing cancers while the form of vitamin E, alpha- tocopherol, the most commonly used in vitamin E supplements, has no such benefit.” Yang and colleagues, Nanjoo Suh and Ah-Ng Tony Kong discussed animal studies done at Rutgers as well as

morning? That feels so blissful.

Mint is one of the oldest and most popular herbs that is grown around the world. There are many different varieties of mint, each having its own subtle flavour and aroma. This herb is used in a range of dishes from stuffing to fruit salads. Mint is an essential ingredient in many Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine and is popularly mixed with natural plain yogurt to make a ‘raita’ or brewed with tea to make the famous

Indian ‘Pudina Chai’. In Thai cooking, it is added to soups and to some highly-spiced curries. Mint grown in Asia is much more strongly flavored than most European mints, with a sweet, cool aftertaste. Mint as Minta Spacata is a plant that has been long used in diverse cultures, such as India, Middle East and Europe. Mint has a sweet flavour, with a cooling aftersensation. Both, fresh and dried mint are used in preparing a large number of recipes, including curries, soups, chutneys, salads,

juices, and ice creams. Its health benefits include: - Soothing the digestive tract and if you are having stomach ache then it can be of great help - Drinking herbal mint tea reduces irritated bowel syndromes, cleanses the stomach and also clear up skin disorders such as acne. - Mint acts as a cooling sensation to the skin and helps in dealing with skin irritations. - Mint helps in eliminating toxins from the body. - Crushed mint leaves helps in whitening teeth and combat bad breath. - Mint is a very good cleanser for the blood.

Moderate Vegetables for good health drinking halves While everyone hepatitis risk knows that green NALFD is the most common liver disease in the United States, affecting up vegetables are to one third of American adults. It is characterized by abnormal good for the fat accumulation in the liver. The specific cause or causes is not known, though body, most of us obesity and diabetes are risk factors. Most patients with NAFLD have few or no symptoms, but in its most progressive tend to still avoid form, known as nonalcoholic steatoeating them. hepatitis or NASH, there is a significantly Consuming veggies as well. Boil or steam your may want to eat cabbage as heightened risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver-related death. NALFD is also a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Patients with NAFLD are approximately two times more likely to die from coronary heart disease than from liver disease. The national team of scientists led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine wanted to know if the well-documented heart-healthy benefits of modest alcohol consumption outweighed alcohol’s negative effects. “We know a 50-year-old patient with NAFLD has a higher risk of CVD,” Jeffrey Schwimmer, senior author of the study, said.

need not be a chore. With the wide variety available, you can easily find one to suit your tastes. Here we suggest some top green vegetables that can do your health wonders. Broccoli Broccoli is considered a wonder food for its ability to help prevent cancer. The vegetable is recommended for those suffering from heart disorders and strokes. Being packed with iron its ideal for anaemia patients

broccoli flowers lightly and eat so that they don’t lose all the nutrients. Cabbage Whether consumed raw or cooked in a dish, cabbage has many benefits. It is said to be great for the skin and eyes as its full of vitamin A. The phytonutrients present in this vegetable help the body fight against the free radicals. It also helps with lung, stomach and colon prostate cancer. Those interested in body building

its full of iodine that is needed for muscle development. Bean sprouts Sprinkled on salads or eaten as a between meals snack, sprouts are a great way of getting some nutrients. They are rich in vitamin C and a handful of fresh sprouts can provide you with three-quarters of your daily vitamin C requirement. In addition they also contain vitamins A, B and E as well as calcium, iron, and potassium.

don’t let allergies get you down

An allergy is a medical condition that makes you feel ill when you eat or come in contact with a particular substance. General physician Dr Shahid Barmare says, “Allergies happen when the immune system mistakenly believes that something the person ate or came in contact with, is harmful to the body. To protect the body, the immune system produces IgE antibodies to that allergen. IgE antibodies then trigger mast cells (allergy cells in the body) to release chemicals into the bloodstream. One of these chemicals is histamine. Dust allergy Having runny or stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes and sneezing due to dust exposure such as vacuum-

ing, sweeping, and dusting means you are affected by dust allergy. Symptoms Well-known dust allergy symptoms are unmanageable sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and in some cases a small red coloured dust allergy rash located on some part of your body such as your stomach or your upper arm. Pollen allergy During spring and summer, tiny particles are released from trees, weeds and grasses. Known as pollen, these ride in the air and enter noses and throats, triggering a type of seasonal allergic rhinitis called Pollen Allergy.

Symptoms: Although pollen allergy symptoms are similar to cold symptoms, you can tell the difference because colds are associated with thicker nasal secretions, sore throat,

hoarseness, and possibly fever. Also, colds tend to get better fairly quickly. Contact allergy Contact allergy is caused in sensitive indi-

viduals, who can get allergic reactions through different things such as metals (goldsilver oxidised jewelry), leather (wrist watch), synthetic fibers (clothing such as undergarments). Symptoms: Symptoms of a contact allergy usually occur within 30 minutes after exposure to the allergen, although symptoms may take up to several hours to appear. Common allergens include poison oak and poison ivy, latex, rubber, nickel, preservatives, dyes, medications, fragrances, and cosmetics such as hair dye and perfume. Sun allergy Sun allergy is having small white patches due to

sunlight on the exposed areas of the body. Symptoms: Having small white patches due to sunlight on the exposed areas of the body. In addition, there is a syndrome known as “sun drunk” which affects some children who suffer from a sun allergy. Food allergies Symptoms include itching in the mouth, hives, itching or eczema, redness around the mouth, swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat or other parts of the body, wheezing, nasal congestion or difficulty in breathing, pain in the lower abdominal area, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, light headedness or fainting.


7 SRINAGAR Tuesday, July 02,2013

Congress leaders suffering from ‘Modi-phobia’, says BJP

New Delhi: In a sharp reaction to Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s statement that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is a divisive figure, BJP on Monday said such leaders are suffering from “Modi-phobia” and a psycho-analysis test should be performed on them. “Chidambaram and several other Congress leaders suffer from Modi-phobia. There is a need for a psycho-analysis test of such leaders,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters when asked about her reaction to the Finance Minister’s remarks. Lekhi said the Congress leaders are using such language due to “failures” of UPA government as seen in “lack of governance” which the people are now well aware of. She expressed her ire over the frequent targetting of Modi by Congress leaders.

BJP remarks came after Chidambaram had said Modi is a divisive figure and there is a “lot of rebellion” within BJP. “The UPA government is responsible for malgovernance and corruption”, the BJP leader

charged. “Those using such language about Modi have scored century after century in corruption and their innings is still not over,” Lekhi said. Earlier, Chidambaram had said that Modi is a divisive fig-

Lalu Prasad’s fodder scam petitions dismissed by Jharkhand HC

RANCHI: The petitions of RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to transfer one of his fodder scam cases to another special CBI court from the present court of Pravas Kumar Singh and examining one more witness were dismissed by Jharkhand High Court today. The court of R R Prasad, who had on June 28 reserved the order on the pleas after Ram Jethmalani argued for Yadav, dismissed the petitions. Prasad, who faces a judgement in a fodder scam case on July 15, filed the petition requesting transfer of RC20A case to another special CBI court as he did not “expect justice” from the present special CBI judge Pravas Kumar Singh following his alleged relationship with two Bihar-based JDU leaders, who are political opponents. Appearing for Lalu Prasad, Jethmalani had argued before the court that the Animal Husbandry case be transferred from the court of Pravas Kumar Singh on that ground. He also argued that that there were about 76 witnesses in the Animal Husbandry Scam but only 17 witnesses had been examined in the case and sought to examine one more witness in the case. On June 24, Supreme Court advocate

Surendra Kumar Singh had informed the special court of Pravas Kumar Singh that arguments on behalf of his client be stopped till an order by the High Court. The CBI court has been hearing arguments for the last one month and had on June 20 directed 45 fodder scam accused, including Prasad, to complete arguments by July 1. He has fixed July 15 to deliver the verdict on the RC 20A-96 case pertaining to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury in the 1990s. There are 45 accused out of 56 in the RCA/96. The rest have since either turned approver or died.

ure and there is a “lot of rebellion” within his party, starting from the top. He was apparently referring to the resignation by LK Advani over the elevation of Modi as BJP’s Election Campaign Committee Chief.

Seeking to dismiss Opposition attack over handling of the Uttarakhand issue, Congress on Monday came out in support of the Vijay Bahuguna government and asked BJP to refrain from political oneupmanship in the wake of the devastation caused by the floods. "Congress party is satisfied over the way the Uttarakhand government has been functioning," party general secretary Ajay Maken told reporters in the wake of BJP demanding dismissal of the state government over "inept" handling of the crisis. Maken wanted the Opposition party "not to play politics and criticise the state government at this point of time" but "support the state government" which is carrying out the relief and rehabilitation task. BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley had earlier charged the Uttarakhand government with failing to effectively handle the tragedy caused by floods and landslides in rain fury a fortnight ago. "I am sorry to say that the government in Uttarakhand has not been able to rise to the occasion. They ought to be dismissed for being inept and incompetent," Swaraj tweeted.

Maken, who is the new head of the Communications Department for Congress, also posted a series of tweets taking potshots at BJP over the Uttarakhand issue. "Instead of helping in relief works in U'khand, don't try to use this calamity as a Political Opportunity!"

Saving Tiger a formidable challenge: CBI chief

NEW DELHI: It is a “formidable” challenge to protect India’s national animal - Tiger - from poaching and threat to its habitat, CBI chief Ranjit Sinha today told wildlife crime investigators from South Asia. A welter of pressures, including the loss and fragmentation of habitat, large scale and organised poaching fostered by an ugly international demand, unregulated mining in tiger landscapes, loss of connectivity between source areas and ever increasing demand on our forests for developmental projects continue to challenge the efforts to save the tiger,” Sinha said. India has the maximum number of tigers along with its source areas amongst the 13 tiger range countries in the world. The country is home

New Delhi: In a span of seven hours and 20 tweets, the Congress and the BJP rode the politicisation of the Uttarakhand disaster to a new low. At least a thousand lives have been lost in the hill state since flash floods struck earlier this month. Since then, parties have reached for political points nearly every day. Today’s downward spiral began when Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted that neither of the Leaders of the Opposition in the two Houses of Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley - have visited Uttarakhand, but have attacked the government for its ineptitude in rescue and relief operations. Ms Swaraj retaliated: “The truth is that I woke you up about the scale of tragedy when I spoke to Home Minister on 18th June and tweeted about this.” Mr Maken, the new head of the Communications Department for the Congress, warned against political opportunism in one tweet, then quickly followed up with: “Pyre of many Victims of this Natural Calamity still warm. First BJP tried to take credit of evacuating 15000 in a day.” That last remark attempts to re-create the controversy around whether senior

HYDERABAD: AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who has recently been appointed as in-charge for Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh, had a meeting with the office bearers of the state party unit here today. On his maiden visit to Hyderabad after his appointment, Singh interacted with state Congress leaders at Gandhi Bhavan, APCC headquarters here. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and APCC president Botsa Satyanarayana were present on the occasion. During the meeting, Singh spoke about organisational matters like gearing up the party machinery in the districts, APCC sources said. Singh said the Telangana issue was being considered by the Central leadership for taking an early decision, the sources claimed. Singh would interact with party leaders from Telangana and coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions during the day. He would also chair a meeting of the crucial Congress Coordination Committee later in the day.

"Pyre of many Victims of this Natural Calamity still warm. First BJP tried to take credit of evacuating 15000 in a day," was another tweet of Maken in a jibe at Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi over claims he flew to Uttarakhand and helped rescue 15,000 Gujaratis in a day.

to about more than half of the world’s tigers. “Presently, the country’s 1,706 tigers are scattered across a fragmented system of 43 reserves which are under the governance of 17 different state governments. The challenge to protect these is formidable,” Sinha said. The CBI Director said the probe agency had gained valuable expertise in this domain while probing the Sariska Tiger killings case few years back. Calling India “the land of the tiger”, Sinha inaugurated the five-day conference of ‘Interpol Integrated Investigative Capacity Development and Operational Planning-South Asia’ which is being attended by country’s neighbours like Pakistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, among others.

7 hours, 20 tweets: Congress, BJP refuse to stop Uttarakhand blame game

Digvijay Singh on Andhra Pradesh visit; meets Congress office bearers

Maken asks BJP not to use Uttarakhand calamity as political opportunity


BJP leader Narendra Modi flew into Uttarakhand and helped rescue 15,000 Gujaratis in a day - a claim made in a newspaper report that was denied days later by the BJP. At a press conference this afternoon, senior Congress leader Ambika Soni also attacked Ms Swaraj for suggesting that Vijay Bahuguna, the chief minister of the hill state, should resign. “I am saddened when all of India empathises with the loss in Uttarakhand, the leader of opposition, who could be a forerunner for Prime Min-

ister, should say this,” Ms Soni said. 1,500 people are still stranded in Uttarakhand; mass cremations are being held for hundreds of dead and decomposing bodies found near the famous temple of Kedarnath, the epicentre of the devastation. Trinamool Congress’ Derek O’Brien implored, “A humble request.Will all politicos call a truce on Twitter and stop mud slinging on Ukhand.” An appeal that appeared to be a lost cause.

No government has extended aid to states, Puducherry as much as UPA has: Mukul Wasnik

PUDUCHERRY: Rejecting the charge that the Congress led UPA government at the Centre is partial to non Congress states in dispensing monetary aid, Congress today claimed that no government in the past had extended aid to states and Puducherry as the present one. “The UPA government is discharging its responsibilities to all states in a fair manner. Never before has a Central government extended assistance to states, including Puducherry to the exent this government has done. Any criticism to the contrary would be unfair and unjust”, AICC General Secretary in-charge of party affairs in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry, Mukul Wasnik said. Addressing reporters on his maiden visit after assuming charge,he said his trip was not to discuss the Congress poll strategy for the Lok Sabha polls, but galvanise party workers to ensure the party regains the position it once enjoyed and to highlight the ‘achievements’ of

the UPA to the people. To a question,he said not much should be read into their support to DMK nominee in the Rajya Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. “Our decision to support the DMK nominee is limited decision concerning the poll for the Upper House.I think there should not be any attempt to read into it in any other manner beyond that”. On the Centre’s decision to disinvest shares in Neyveli Lignite CorporationBSE 1.51 %) and opposition to it from the workers, among others, he said disinvestment of shares in PSUs was nothing new and had been done in the past during the NDA regime and also in respect of a paper mill in Tamil Nadu. The disinvestment is in total compliance with SEBI’s recommendations and hence there need be no agitation or protest against it, he added. Wasnik was on a one-day visit to Puducherry along with AICC Secretary Chinna Reddy. He late held discussions with party functionaries on various issues concerning party affairs.

Disposal of bodies, relief transportation pose fresh challenge in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: With the majority of pilgrims evacuated from Badrinath, disposal of bodies lying in affected areas and transportation of relief material to locals in flooded villages on Sunday posed a fresh challenge to authorities in Uttarakhand. Uncertainty prevailed on the 15th day of the calamity over the number of people killed with conflicting casualty figures doing the rounds. 200 more pilgrims were evacuated from Badrinath to Joshimath on Sunday in five choppers amid government claims of only 500 remaining there with enough food material, medicines and doctors to take care of them. Supplying foodgrains to affected villages is proving to be an onerous task for the administration now as trucks loaded with relief material are stuck at different places in the city in the absence of roads which suffered extensive damage in the floods, official sources said. Disposal of bodies in worst-hit Kedarnath valley is going on but the process is slow due to frequently changing weather, DIG Sanjay Gunjyal told PTI. There was no clarity over the number of people killed in the disaster with chief minister Vijay Bahuguna saying it may be beyond 1,000 and state assembly speaker

Govind Singh Kunjwal claiming the figure may cross the 10,000 mark. Authorities said that the casualty figure would be known after removal of tonnes of debris lying in affected areas. TV footages showed bodies lying in the open in Rambara area between Gaurikund and Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district which bore the brunt of the tragedy. An official estimate said about 550 people are still stranded at different locations across the state. Evacuation from Badrinath is expected to be over by this evening, if the weather remains favourable, an official said. Though a number of roads is still breached or blocked by piles of debris, the Uttarakhand government claimed that several of them have been repaired. The road between Badrinath and Rambara has been set right, officials said. The road be-

tween Joshimath and Govindghat has been opened for vehicular traffic, they said, adding that the carriageway between Kund and Chamoli via Okhimath and Chopta has also set right. Roads between Guptakashi and Gaurikund and Uttarkashi and Gangotri are yet to be opened. Army, Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and the state engineering departments have been directed to make the highways motorable and carve out mule tracks or footpaths wherever necessary. The government has been assured that at least mule tracks and footpaths would become operational soon, officials said.Medical teams are carrying out DNA sampling operations of the bodies found at Kedarnath. Cremation of bodies is taking place at various places. A team of super specialists from the central government has already arrived in affected areas and is taking all precautionary measures for the prevention of epidemics or water and airborne diseases, they said. Stranded tourists are being allowed free access to all state guest houses as well as tourist rest houses of the state government and ex-gratia assistance of Rs2,000 is being provided to them to take care of their routine expenses. Free transport is being arranged for all people till their respective destinations.

Ishrat Jahan case: senior intel officer Rajendra Kumar not in first chargesheet, say CBI sources

New Delhi: The CBI has reportedly decided that its first chargesheet in the Ishrat Jahan case will not include senior Intelligence Bureau officer Rajendra Kumar. The chargesheet, in which the agency will list the accused and outline the evidence against them, is to be filed in the Gujarat High Court by July 4. Sources say the CBI wants more time to investigate Mr Kumar’s alleged role. He retires in a few weeks from the Intelligence Bureau. In 2004, 19-year-old Ishrat, a college student from Mumbai, and three others were killed by the Crime Branch of Ahmedabad on the outskirts of the city. The police claimed they had been told by the state’s Intelligence Bureau that the group was headed to assassinate Chief Minister Nar-

endra Modi on behalf of the Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT). At the time, Mr Kumar was Joint Director with the Intelligence Bureau in Gujarat. His interrogation and the CBI’s plans to arrest him had turned into a huge point of tension between the investigating agency and the Intelligence Bureau, where M Kumar is currently Special Director. The Ministry of Home Affairs intervened, and allegedly told the CBI that it did not have evidence to back the charges of murder and conspiracy it sought against Mr Kumar


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