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august 03 | 2013 | 24 ramzan 1434 aH | PaGES 12 |



VOL NO: 3 | ISSuE NO: 189 | rS: 2/- (aIr SurCHarGE FOr JaMMu /DELHI/LEH 50 PaISa)



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


Lady found dead in Leh Srinagar August 02: The body of a 60 years old Padma Angdo son of Lobzang Stanzin resident of Housing Colony, Leh was recovered from river Sindh near ST. Pewter School, Leh falling in the jurisdiction of police station Leh. The body was handed over to her relatives for last rites. Leh police has started an inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of the death.

CM’s Iftaar party at Jammu postponed Jammu, Aug 2: Due to inclement weather and forecast of a bad weather tomorrow the Iftaar party to be hosted by the Chief Minister on Saturday August 3 at Jammu has been postponed.

Licensed guns roar in Kupwara Srinagar, August 02: Panic gripped in Helmatpora hamlet of Frontier District of Kupwara when licensed guns roar in air over a petty dispute. Police has seized the guns, however no person has been arrested so far in this regard. Reports said that a nonlocal Imam soon after morning prayers made some anti-movement remarks in his sermon. This infuriated some people present there while another group appealed the agitate people to maintain calm. “All our efforts proved futile as the both groups started fighting with each other. Both the groups according to sources used their licensed guns freely and resorted to aerial firing which created panic in the area,” one of the eyewitnesses told CNS. One of the group accused that police did not take any action against the group which beat Ghulam Rasool Khan ruthlessly and hit him with gun buts injuring him critically. “Police refused to lodge FIR despite the directions from Deputy Inspector General North Kashmir due to reasons better known to them,” Ghulam Rasool said. A police official said that they are looking into the matter.

8 Injured in road mishaps Srinagar August 02: Eight persons were injured in different road accidents across the Kashmir Valley. A Tavera bearing registration number JK03/7100 rolled down near Jaibal Ganishpora , Anantnag, in the jurisdiction of police station Ashmuqam, resulting in injuries to four persons including driver Asif Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Aziz resident of Batkoot Pahalgam, Manzoor Ahmad Ahanger son of Gul Mohammad resident of Mazera Pahalgam, Mohammad Ashraf Khan son of Mohammad Yousuf resident of Ganishpora and Mohammad Ishaq Dar son of Abdul Gani resident of Zirpora Bijbehara. All the injured have been shifted to District Hospital, Anantnag for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard. In another accident, a Tavera bearing registration number JK18/4182 hit and injured a pedestrian Mst. Reshma wife of Bheem Khan resident of Sonabraj at Wangum, Anantnag, in the jurisdiction of police station Ashmuqam. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard. In another accident, a Bus bearing registration number JK01B/1263 driven by Manzoor Ahmad Tantary son of Abdul Rehman resident of Kanlibagh presently at Sangree on way from Uri to Baramulla hit an Auto bearing registration number JK05C/0638 driven by Rameez Ahmad Gojri son of Abdul Rehman resident of Jalal Sahib, Baramulla at Lagama Uri, resulting in injuries to the auto driver. The injured was shifted to Sub District Hospital See Mishaps on Pg. 11

Jumat-ul-Vida observed with religious fervor Biggest congregation at Dargah Sharief Hazratbal Srinagar, August 02: Lakhs of people flocked to shrines and masjids on Friday afternoon for congregational prayers to mark the Jumat-ulVida, or the last Friday of holy month of Ramadhan. According to KNS the largest gathering of the day was held at Jamia Masjid Srinagar where the faithful had congregated in large numbers since morning. Another large congregation was at the Hazratbal shrine Srinagar where hundreds of thousands offered Friday prayers. A large number of people also offered prayers at Dastgeer Saheb Khanyar, Maqdhoom Saheb, Asar-e-Sharief Kailashpora, Jenab Saheb Soura, Dastgeer Saheb Sarai Payeen. Huge number of followers visits these mosques to offer prayers with respect and honor as the day bears key importance for the Muslims. Reports from other districts said See Jumat-ul-Vida on Pg. 11

Militant killed, another injured in Tanghdar: Army Srinagar, August 02: Army on Friday claimed to have foiled an infiltration bid by killing a militant and seriously injuring another along the Line of control in Tanghdar sector of Kupwara district of north Kashmir. With this, the number militants killed on LoC and the hinterland in past four days has gone up to eleven. A defense ministry spokesman based in Srinagar told KNS that based on inputs, troops deployed in Tangdhar

sector detected movement of two militants on this side of the Line of Control. “The troops cordoned the area”, he said, adding, “Heavy fog with intermittent rains delayed the operations. By night (intervening August 1 and 2), when the weather started to clear, the two militants on being detected, opened fire on the troops.” The retaliatory fire, he said, led to the killing of one militant and serious injuries to another. “The body of the killed militant has been recov-

ered while the search for the second injured militant is still in progress,” he said, adding, “One AK-47, ammunition and the war like stories were recovered on search”. Meanwhile, an operation launched by the army yesterday continued for the second continue day in Lolab forests, sources told KNS. They said the operation was launched by the 18, 28 and 47 Rashtriya Rifles along with 9 and 4 Para of Army following inputs that new Jaish-eMuhammad (JeM) Chief See Killed on Pg. 11

An overnight cloud burst followed by flash floods caused damage and severe destruction of houses, property and agriculture land in Kargil district. Though there was no loss of life reported due to the natural calamity, but floods damaged many houses located in the mountains and damaged kanals of agriculture land. Minister of state for information technology and MLA Zanskar Feroz Ahmad Khan

told KNS that preliminary assessment suggested that at least seven structures have been damaged at various places and several kanals of agriculture land have been damaged due to natural calamity. He said district administration along with police parties is assessing the damage. “It will take some time before the actual cost of damage could be assessed, the flash floods also damaged highway as well and with cloud See Cloudburst on Pg. 11

Srinagar, August 02:

On the auspicious day of Jaumat-ul-Vida, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Kashmiris were praying along with the Muslim Ummah for restoration of Al-Aqsa Masjid and liberation movement of Kashmir. Addressing a large gathering at historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said, “It was Shaheed-e-Millat who had called people to observe Youm-e-Qadoos as Youm-e-Kashmir day in 1988. Number of resolutions were being passed on Youm-e-Kashmir day

Srinagar, August 02: At-least five civilians including a woman were injured when police resorted to teargas shelling and fired pellets to quell a protest demonstration in Nowhatta area here on Friday. The protests, sources and eyewitnesses told KNS, ensued after Jumat-ul-Vida prayers at Historic Jamia Masjid. They said that hundreds of protests mainly youth, assembled outside Jamia Masjid and staged a protest demonstration. A group of youth among them, they said, marched towards Nowhatta police station and started pelting stones at it. The police retaliated by resorted to baton charge and teargas shelling, triggering panic among the people who had converged in large numbers for the special prayers at Jamia. As the teargas shelling had at a little effect on the irate protesters, the police fired pellets to disperse them. Atleast five persons including pedestrian sustained injuries and have been identified as Nadeem, Saqib,

Syed Mehmood of Nowhatta, Showkat Ali Wani of Nowhatta and Shamima of Alamgari Bazar here. Earlier, thousands of people congregated at the historic Jamia Masjid and Hazratbal shrine here as Jumat-ul-Vida, last Friday of the ongoing holy month of Ramadan, was observed as Yome-e-Qudus. The call for observing the Friday as Yome-e-Qudus was given by Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq respectively. According to the reports, the largest congregation took place at the historic Jamia Masjid in old city here. A rough estimate put the number of those who assembled at Jamia Masjid in between 70,000 to 80,000. They said that while the grand mosque and its premises were packed to capacity, thousands of people also offered the mass prayers on the roads outside the mosque, stretching from Khajabazar to Hawal. Second largest assembly of the Friday happened at Hazratbal shrine, on the outskirts of the city, where See Clashes on Pg. 11

Manmohan-Sharif talks schedule being firmed up New Delhi, August 02: Officials from India and Pakistan are "actively at work" drawing up details of talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in September in New York. Both sides are also drawing up the calendar for talks as part of their resumed dialogue. According to reliable sources, Indian and Pakistani officials are drawing up details of the bilateral between their Prime Ministers in September in New

York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting. This would be the first meeting between the two leaders after Sharif took over as Prime Minster in June. "The dates of the Prime Ministers' meeting are being worked on," a reliable source told a news agency. The two sides are also firming up dates for talks on the Wullar Barrage and Sir Creek maritime boundary issue later this month, but

Cloudburst in Kargil Peace would elude south asia unless Property worth crores of K- issue is solved politically: Mirwaiz rupees damaged Srinagar, August 02:

5 injured in clashes after Friday prayers

across the divide for public approval and divert the attention of world community towards Kashmir issue.” Terming Kashmir as a

political issue, Mirwaiz said peace would remain elusive in south Asian region unless Kashmir issue is not solved politically. He said that any process aimed to solve the Kash-

mir issue between India and Pakistan can’t succeed without the inclusion of Kashmiris. The Mirwaiz said that people of Kashmir are the masters of their destiny, Hurriyat would stress on both countries to start meaningful dialogue to solve the Kashmir issue. In this regard, the Hurriyat (M) Chairman said that conglomerate would write letters to both Indian and Pakistani prime ministers asking them if they would start meaningful negotiations to solve Kashmir issue, Hurriyat is more than ready to lend support to See Mirwaiz on Pg. 11

no dates have been fixed, the source added. Interestingly, both Manmohan Singh and Sharif would be travelling to Washington for one-on-one meetings with US President Barack Obama at around the same time. While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with Obama was confirmed during the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden to India last month, Sharif's meeting with Obama is more or less certain with US Secretary

of State John Kerry extending an invite to the Pakistan prime minister to visit Washington. The Sharif-Obama meeting is also to take place in September, the source confirmed. Pakistan and the US are to resume high-level talks over security issues with the visit of Sharif to Washington. The talks between the two had stalled after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a US air strike in 2011 and were also strained over the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden See Schedule on Pg. 11

Senior IaS officers cry foul as Govt promotes juniors Srinagar, August 02: The recent promotions and transfers ordered by the State cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has raised eye-brows with senior most IAS officers crying foul by stating that the government has adopted pick –and –choose approach by promoting junior officer to top post. Highly placed sources told KNS that on Wednesday’s cabinet decision of Postings, a joiner IAS officer was being preferred on key positing while the state based senior IAS officers allegedly sidelined or given the tasks of less importance.

The senior IAS officers expressed dissatisfaction over the transfer and posting ordered by the cabinet on the pretext that even IAS officers of less than 13 years of experience have been promoted and given coveted posts leaving the seniors fuming. When you sideline the statebased senior IAS officers, you are naturally disempowering them and this disempowerment would obviously breed disenchantment and disappointment, which is a case in this decision, says a senior government IAS officer told KNS, insisting not to be named. The former bureaucrat told See IaS Officers on Pg. 11

They do anything, but charity Shahana Srinagar, August 02: Islam, as a whole, has from its very inception stressed upon charity around which the whole system of social services revolves. This is perhaps the first religion which has not only made charity as one of the fundamentals of service to humanity but has also made it a religious duty with the purpose that the poor and downtrodden will not be forgotten and deprived of basic necessities of the life. The month of Ramadan is the holiest of all months because of its clear message of virtues which include prayers, for in-

philosophy of Islam about Whatever little we contribute God. These organizations are trospection, seeking mercy of God on the sins committed in charity. Now the question that too does not go into the seen moving in vehicles fitted the past, self -control, truthful- arises that whether we are right hands. There is mush- with public address system reness, kindness to be bestowed following these teachings of room growth of charitable questing the people to donate upon on orphans destitute, Islam in this Holy month of trusts organizations and insti- for the welfare of orphans, widows and other deserving Ramdan or not. There are still tutions who do everything to destitute and even for Somapeople. It is here that the phi- the people who make every ef- attract attention of the people lian people affected by war and facing famine. One fails losophy of charity gets priorto understand why these ity on all other virtues. The people are interested in Sofirst wife of Prophet Mohammalia than the people of their mad (PBUH) was the wealthiNever will you attain the good [reward] until you spend est lady of Mecca believed [in the way of Allah ] from that which you love. And whatever own state who are facing the worst conditions since over to have 7 trillions of Riyals you spend - indeed, Allah is Knowing of it. last two decades. Hundreds which she distributed in charity on the day of marriage fort to contribute a good por- for contributing to these or- of widows, orphans, destitute, with Prophet (PBUH) and by tion of their income in charity. ganizations. Shockingly sev- hapless elders are on the brink that evening nothing was left However, most of us talk much eral of them are nothing but of starvation as their bread in her possession. This was but do a little. We have rather fraudulent, fake and a means earners have been consumed left in her possession. This is made it a means to show off or of amassing wealth by certain by violence. Full page adverthe spirit of charity and the a way of impressing others. vested interests in the name of tisements in local dailies, pub-

licity on Electronic Media and through print material clearly shows that lacs of rupees are being spent to get more and more donation. However, when one sees the condition of the unlucky deserving people, it has never changed as most of the money lands in the coffers of the people who are at the helm of affairs of these fake or semi-fake organizations. There are some genuine organizations also but they have been overshadowed by these fake organizations through their media hypes. The govt. is watching this all as a silent spectator and no See Charity on Pg. 11



that a large number of people offered prayers in masjids at all the major towns and the major congregations converged at Handwara, Pulwama, Baramulla, Sopur, Chrare-Shrief, Asar Sharief Pinjora, Khiram Sirhama, Tral, Ashmuqam, Baba Reshi among other places. Reports from Jammu and Kargil also reported a large turnout of devotees at the masjids in the regions Ulema delivered lectures on importance of Ramzan and urge the followers to tread the path of Allah and the Holy prophet (Peace Be upon Him) and fully act upon the teachings of Islam. Special prayers were offered for the prosperity of and solidarity among the Muslims as well as unity of the Ummah. Special arrangements were made by the administration an special buses had been pressed into service to cater to the huge rush of devotees. Many private operators and Charity organizations had also made arrangements for the devotees.


more than 40,000 people participated in the prayers. Apart from the two historic mosques, the mass congregations were also held in major mosques across the valley.


that year. India and Pakistan had started the third round of their comprehensive dialogue last year in September with the meeting of their commerce secretaries. Sharif's special envoy Shaharyar Khan had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on July 5 and delivered a letter conveying Islamabad's "sincere desire to move forward on improving relations with India". Both sides are "fixing the calendar" for talks on Sir Creek, a 96-km strip of water that is disputed between India and Pakistan in the Rann of Kutch marshlands in Gujarat, and the Wullar Barrage built on Jhelum river in Jammu and Kashmir, which Pakistan has protested against. "Both sides are looking at dates in August for the talks," the source said.


Qari Obama was hiding in the forests. Obama is said to have succeeded Qari Yasir who was killed in an encounter on July 23 last at Lolab.


bursts brought flash floods and accumulation of mud lead to closure of Highway,” he said. The Minster told KNS that he visited the affected area and directed the Beacon authorities to take every step for the reopening the Highway. The Minster directed the authorities to assess the loss of the property so that they would be compensated out of the Natural Calamity Relief fund. Pertinently on Thursday one person was swept away and several private and government properties were damaged due to a cloudburst triggered by heavy rains in Jammu’s Kishtwar district.


any such process. In the changing political scenario of the world, Mirwaiz said, intimidation and military build-up is no solution to problems and disputes instead of using force to solve the issue, countries were taking path of negotiations to deal with the problems. He said the best examples in this regard were the ongoing talks in Afghanistan and Palestine to settle the complex issues in the respective countries. Taking a dig at pro-Indian politicians, he claimed those parties were exploiting Kashmiris for their own petty interests. “All the time these parties are talking about Kashmir resolution but basically their agenda is totally election oriented, and they have no real interest in Kashmir resolution,” he added. Apart from that, Mirwaiz alleged the pro-Indian politicians were involved in exploitation of Kashmiri resources. “Kashmiris should have the basic right on their resources which have the potential to lead the state towards economic freedom,” he demanded. The Hurriyat (M) Chairman said if the pro-Indian politicians really cared for Kashmir, they should then leave the politics of chair and join the ranks of Hurriyat. He appealed people not to get lured by the pro-Indian politicians “since they have always exploited emotions of the people for their petty benefits.” Mirwaiz said that no Indian sponsored election in Kashmir can change the disputed status of Kashmir, adding, Hurriyat is not fighting for chair and power, but it is engaged in struggle to solve Kashmir according to the wishes and aspirations of people. Mirwaiz announced that Eid Nimaaz would be offered at Eidgah at 10:30 am. On the occasion a resolution prepared by the Hurriyat (M) was readout by the Mirwaiz, which was endorsed by the thousands of people at Jamia Masjid. The resolution reads: “On this day of Youme-e-Kashmir and Youm-e-Qadoos, this huge congregation wants to make it clear that illegal Israeli occupation of Al-Aqsa Masjid and state sponsored terrorism in Kashmir is unacceptable. Therefore this gathering calls upon the international community to take meaningful steps to help Palestinians and Kashmiris in getting their political rights which they have been kept devoid off from past many decades. Hence, it would free the people of both the nations from their boundless sufferings and untold miseries unleashed by the Indian and Israeli authorities.” “The gathering feels that materialism is creeping deeper into Kashmir society. As a result, social ills like immorality, drug addiction, and liquor have sadly shown a rising trend. Such evils in Kashmir can be only encountered by protecting our Islamic identity. This gathering, as such, appeals conscious Kashmiris, Ulemas, respectable, intellectuals to protect the Islamic values and inculcate those teachings among the people to preserve the true Islamic spirit which would help them to get rid of all the social menace plaguing the society.” “This gathering wants to tell the pro-Indian political parties that Kashmiris have only been subjected to subterfuge in the blood soaked Kashmir history. It is a matter of concern that once again that some pro-Indian politicians are twisting the facts and presenting the

Daily Kashmir problem through their point of view to mislead the people. They are using their cheating tactics to befool common masses. This gathering warns them to stop this hypocritical politics from which they intend to reap political interests by raking Kashmir issue. If they think, Kashmir is an issue, then they should openly announce that Kashmir is a dispute and its solution should be found according to the wishes and aspirations of people” “As India and Pakistan are both armed with nuclear arsenals, a dire need has emerged to solve Kashmir issue on priority basis. The peace and stability in south Asia is thus connected with the K issue. Hence this gathering calls upon the leadership of the region to accept the reality that peace and dispute can’t go together. If the south Asia has to fulfill the dream of it s political and economical global ambitions, the solution of Kashmir thus becomes inevitable.” “This gathering feels that the beginning of talks in middle-east and Afghanistan are being done under the proper historical perspectives. The leadership of both the India and Pakistan should understand that they could not avoid the solving the K issue since it too has historical perspective. Hence the time has come that both the countries show political will to solve the Kashmir issue for once and all.” “This gathering feels that some agencies and vested interested elements were hell bent to divide the people of Kashmir on sectarian lines. These forces were scheming to break the unity and the centuries old tradition of inter-sectarian bonhomie so as to weaken the Kashmir movement. Hence this gathering appeals people to remain vigilant and cautious of these antimovement forces. We appeal people to foil the nefarious designs of these elements by maintaining unity, preserve the inter-sectarian bonhomie and together fight for the freedom struggle of Jammu and Kashmir.” “This gathering sternly condemns the brutal oppression of Kashmiris, torture, arbitrary arrests of youth, lodging of political prisoners in outside jails, deliberately delaying the hearing dates of prisoners to prolong their detention, wanton human rights violation and restrictions on the religious, political and social activities of pro-freedom leadership. This gathering wants to make clear such dictatorial measures cannot defeat the spirit of Kashmiris and their leadership from pursuing the cause of freedom.”

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KNS that Kashmir Administrative Service is a unique phenomenon in the world. “In this service, you would find officers from varied ethnic backgrounds and cultural mixes. Everyone is well-versed with the problems that the state faces. So engaging them to treat these problems is the best medicine one can think of, and this would ensure a fine balance between different ethnicities in Jammu and Kashmir and would also bring down the feeling of alienation and discrimination, if at all it exists, “he said. “Previous coalition government taking some of the bold decisions and starting the trend of giving reigns of the state administration in the hands of local officers and made some of the local senior officers as principal secretaries and secretaries so there is no imbalance in the bureaucratic set-up. But today in the present government the balance has again altered, and ruling National conference government has failed to do so which is a matter of concern,” Nayeem Akhtar chief spokesperson of Peoples Democratic party told KNS. Senior National Conference leader and Member Parliament Dr Mehboob Beig told KNS that the government should ensure this balance. And the local senior IAS officers should must be put at the top. The issue calls for a deeper introspection “The local officers understand the local psyche and local environment much better. But then for this, we also need to examine if we have the officers in the pipeline to take up such positions, “he said. Meanwhile senior National conference leader Ali Mohamed Sagar told KNS that if the IAS officers of valley feel any discrimination let them come forward for some complaint, the state government will definitely look on it. Despite several attempts, the Chief Secretary could not be contacted for comments. However when contacted Principal Secretary to Chief Minister B B Vyas said that he cannot comment on it as he is out of the state.


action is being taken against these fake organizations who are literally extorting money and looting innocent people in the name of charity. There is no system in place which could monitor their activities, audit their accounts and keep an eye on the cash collection which straight away goes to their pockets. These organizations cannot be allowed to go scot-free and eat the public money. They have to be made answerable. Perhaps people might have forgotten the organizations which creeped up during militancy and collected crores of rupees in the name of Jehad (freedom struggle). Nobody knows where that money landed. The people running those trusts and organizations became millionaire and are now treated as most respectable citizens of society. The repeat of those things have to be stopped. People should also ascertain the credentials of those organizations and only after satisfying themselves a bout their genuinety, they should contribute. The govt. can regularize this process by creating Bai-tul-mal like trust so that all contributions are collected there and then can be channelized to genuine organization in a systematic manner.


Uri for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard. In another accident, a Maruti Car bearing registration number JK05B/2645 driven by Abdul Kabir son of Noordin resident of Bijhama Uri skidded off the road at Bandi, Baramulla, in the jurisdiction of police station Uri, resulting in injuries to driver. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard. In another accident, an Auto

Load Carrier bearing registration number JK01N/6092 hit and injured a vendor Kanwal son of Omkar Dhobi resident of Sajni U.P at present Shaltaing, Srinagar at Fruit Mandi, Srinagar, falling in the jurisdiction of police station Parimpora. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard.

Protest in Kulgam after man’s death Srinagar, August 02: Scores of people on Friday staged a massive protest demonstration in Kulgam district of south Kashmir after a man who was beaten by locals for alleged cattle theft and detained subsequently by police succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS here. Eyewitnesses and sources told KNS that scores of people including men and women took to streets in Balsoo village of Kulgam following the death of a local Mohammad Jabbar Sheikh son of Ghulam Rasool at SKIMS here. They said Sheikh along with his accomplice Ghulam Nabi Wagay were caught red handed by the locals of Kulpora village while they were stealing sheep on 30th July last month. The locals beat the duo to pulp before police reached the spot and took them to custody. They said yesterday, police shifted Sheikh to District Hospital Kulgam for check up where doctors who attended

upon him asked police to refer him to SKIMS here for specialized treatment. However, Sheikh succumbed to his injuries in the tertiary hospital this morning. As soon as the news about the death spread in his native village, scores of people including men and women took to streets and staged demonstrations. The protesters accused police of killing Sheikh. Meanwhile, SP Kulgam and Deputy Com. of the south Kashmir district reached the spot and pacified the protesters with an assurance that action will taken against those involved in Sheikh’s death. Sources said that police has arrested six persons from Kulipora for beating up of Sheikh and his accomplice. A case FIR 192/2013 under section 457 and 380 RpC. Local MLA and State Secretary CPI (M) M o h a m m a d Yo u s u f Tarigami while talking to KNS condemned the death.


Office of the Assistant Executive Engineer PHE Sub Division Tral

Appeal to D.C. Pulwama/Div Com Kashmir

Misbehaviour/abuses by Tehsildar Tral to PHE employees including Ex. Engineer PHE Division Awantipora, J.E’s P.H.E. Sub. Division Tral, tanker drivers and other employees. P.H.E. Sub. Division Civil Tral is regulating adequate portable drinking water supply facilities from all sources including water tankers despite the fact of mechanical snag occurred w.e.f. 25-07-2013 in Shikargah Saimooh W.S.S. thus catering the whole Shikargah area of Tral in addition to routine tanker trips departed water deficit areas resolving issues of hue and cry of general public on war footing basis. Tehsildar Tral on 29-07-2013 demanded an additional trip of water tanker to Kathsuuna Mochi Mohalla of said W.S.S. were already a tanker delivered water on 28-07-2013, inhabitants at extreme tail end were deprived with storing water in utensils, for which it was ensured by the Executive Engineer to Tehsildar Tral at 11:00 AM that a separate water tanker will be sent to them after completing all routine trips by tanker plying driver. In the interim i.e 4:00 PM on 29-07-2013 Tehsildar Tral scolded tanker plying driver with harsh language on cell No. 9469034593 including abusing by calling names and stating that he will set the water tanker on fire. The additional tanker service was also provided to the said Mochi Mohalla and on returning to the Tehsil office Tehsildar refused the tanker entry in the premises on Tehsil office, The tanker driver contacted J.E concerned to intervene and J.E came to the office of the Tehsildar to pacify the situation but Tehsildar abused and used very rude language with the J.E. The Tehsildar Tral created a crisis like situation verbally by abusing on phone not only to J.E;s but even Executive Engineer P.H.E Division Awantipora was not speared on phone No. 9419133099 at 4:10 PM. The Tehsildar Tral used abusing language/ misbehaved/ unparlimantarian language with incharge fitter's tanker drivers, J.E. concerned, J.E Tral town. The matter has been viewed very seriously and was taken up with D.C. Pulwama on the same day who has assured of stringent action against the erring officer. Now we appeal to the D.C Pulwama/Div.Com to intervene in the matter that an enquiry may be conducted against the erring officer immediately so that such incidents should not occur again and until any action is taken against the erring officer the P.H.E. employees Tral has called for an strike call of protest for which flic erring officer will be responsible. Sd/- Asstt. Ex. Engineer PHE Sub. Div. Tral


11 Saturday, 03 August 2013 From Front Page........


Sub:- Appointment of Registrars at GMC, Srinagar Ref: Advertisement No. 01 of 2013; dated 08-04-2013

ORDER No. 28-GMC (Acad) of 2013 Dated: -07-2013

Pursuant to the recommendations of the Selection Committee dated:- 26-06-2013 to 08-07-2013, & In continuation to this office order No 25-GMC(Acad) of 2013 dated 11-7-2013, sanction is hereby accorded to the appointment of the following Psc/NonPSC doctors as Registrars in the department of Medicine of this college for the tenure period of 03 years:S. No 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Name of the Doctor Dr. Muzaffar Rashid Shawl S/o Ab.Rashid Shawl Dr. Tanveer Hassan S/o Ghulam Hassan Dr. Muzaffar Ahmad Bindroo S/o Gh. Rasool Bindroo Dr. Rayies Ahmad Hella S/o Bashir Ahmad Hella Dr. Lubna Khurshid D/o Khurshid Ahmad Dr. Atif Rasool Kawoosa S/o Farooq Ahmad Kawoosa

The tenure appointment of the above doctor on academic arrangement shall further be subject to following terms and conditions:• Doctors whose names figured in the selection list and are PSC confirmed should be properly relieved from their Employers (DHS Jammu/Kashmir). • Doctors who are PSC confirmed should join this college within 21 days from the date of publication of this order. Otherwise they will forfeit their selection as Registrar/ Demonstrator. • Non Psc doctors are required to join within week's time from the date of publication of this order. • Concerned Head of Department shall obtain an affidavit duly attested by Judicial Magistrate from each doctor to. the effect that he/she will not participate in any strike during the period of tenure appointment In the event he/she proceeds on strike his/her tenure appointment shall be terminated without any notice and also he/she should behave properly in a disciplined manner in the department. • The Non-Psc doctor shall have to execute an agreement with concerned HOD on a prescribed format (Form A), with regard to various terms and conditions applicable during academic arrangement who will forward the same to the PMC for countersignatures. • The doctors (Psc/Non Psc) shall submit an affidavit duly attested by Judicial Magistrate to the effect that they will not indulge themselves in any Private Practice. In case they are found doing private practice their appointment shall be terminated without any notice. • The leaves entitled to Non-Psc doctors shall be governed by SRO- 384. • Any leave availed by the doctor other than casual leave shall be mentioned in his/her experience certificate. • Leaving the job mid way, shall not entitle him to any experience certificate. • Registrar/ Demonstrator is a tenure /teaching post anybody availing leave during the tenure period has to repeat that leave period in order to get the TEACHING EXPERIENCE • In the matter of discipline and conduct appointee shall be governed by the rules regulations and orders in vogue in the State Civil Services on the subject. The Non-Psc appointee shall be entitled to consolidated pay equal to the revised basic pay which corresponds to the minimum of pre-revised scale for the post of Assistant Surgeon in the Health Department as per SRO 93 dated 15-04-2009 plus DA and HRA. DIPJK: 5451 Sd/- Principal/Dean

Government of Jammu and Kashmir

Office of the Labour Commissioner, J&K Govt Jammu

Subject: Appointment of Labour Officer. Reference: Administrative Department letter No: L&E/Lab/80/2013 dated 25-07-2013 and No: L&E/Lab/80/2013 dated 30-7-2013

Office Order No: 93- LC of 2013 Dated: 31- 07-2013

As recommended by the Secretary Services Selection Board J&K Srinagar vide letter No: SSB/Sel/Secy/013/2632-35 dated 04-07-2013 advertised vide Notice No. 08 of 2010 dated 24-12-2010 at item No. 21 duly endorsed by Commissioner/Secretary to Govt. Labour and Employment Department under letter No: L&E/Lab/80/2013 dated 25-07-2013 read with letter No: L&E/Lab/80/2013 dated 30-07-2013, sanction is hereby accorded to the appointment of Miss Roopali Gandotra D/o Shri V.D. Gandotra R/o 22 Sector 1-A, East Extention Trikuta Nagar, Jammu as Labour Officer on temporary basis in the Pay Scale of (9300-34800+GP 4280 ) against an available vacancy in the Labour Department. The appointee shall be on Probation for a period of two years. The appointment shall-be subject to the following terms and conditions. 1. The appointee shall join in the office of Labour Commissioner, J&K Srinagar within a period of 21 days from the date of issuance of this order. In case the appointee does not join within the stipulated time, her appointment shall be deemed to have been cancelled ab-initio without any further notice/ or information in this regard. 2. The appointees shall be allowed to join only on the production of following certificates in original. a. Qualification Certificate. b. D.O.B. Certificate c. State Subject d. NDC from concerned General Manager DIC. e. Certificate from Dy. Director Employment concerned to the effect that no loan under Self Employment Scheme has been taken, by the candidate. f. Character Certificate g. Category Certificate if any (Reserved and/ or sports category etc.) h. Health Certificate issued by Chief Medical Officer (Physical Fitness Certificate). 3. The appointment shall be provisional and subject to the satisfactory report on character and antecedents from District Magistrates concerned and verification of other certificates as to above. 4. The appointee shall give an undertaking in the shape of an affidavit duly attested by 1st. Class Judicial Magistrate to the effect that in case any adverse report against her character and antecedents is received from concerned District Magistrate where the reference is made by the department or her other certificates etc. come out to be fake or not genuine she shall have no right to claim her appointment as Labour Officer and her appointment as such shall be deemed to have been cancelled ab-initio. 5. The salary of the appointee shall not be drawn and disbursed by the Drawing and Disbursing Officer untill satisfactory report on character and antecedents is received. 6. The appointee shall have to qualify the departmental examination as prescribed under rules. 7. The seniority of the appointees shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of J&K, CS (CCA) Rules 1956. Sd/-Labour Commissioner, DIPJK: 5581 J&K Govt Srinagar

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Congress reacts to Kamal’s assertions Demand apology from NC, expulsion of Kamal ‘No NC worker joined into PDP in Ramban’

Jammu, Aug 2

said. “The person like Mustafa KaTaking strong exception to the ‘indecent maal can never come out of their and abusive’ utterances of Dr. Mustafa Kamaal myopic and perverted thinking to against Congress party and its leadership, sevunderstand the policies and hiseral senior congress leaders have demanded tory of the great party like Conapology from the National Conference leadgress. Congress is a secular moveership and expulsion of Dr Kamaal from the ment having history of more than party. 125 years of sacrifices for achievIn a meeting chaired by veteran Congress ing freedom for the country and Ramban, Aug 2 : Former MLA and District President National Conference Ramban Dr Chaman Lal Bhagat leader, freedom fighter, ex-MLA and Presimaking its unity and integrity,” it on Friday ridiculed Peoples Democratic Party for its gimmicks of stage-managing joining of political discards dent District Congress Committee Jammu Om added. Chopra, several Congressmen said that indeIn view of this, he said, the NC and non-entities to gain cheap publicity and to alleviate sagging morale of its frustrated cadre. In a statement, Dr Bhagat referred to the joining of some so-called and assumed NC worker Arshad Malik cencies on the part of Dr Kamaal and some should immediately expell Dr Kaother leaders have become a culture of the maal form the party and offer an in PDP and said he had seized to be associated with the party since 2002 and had joined the PDP that year people of his class, which is totally intolerapology to Congress leadership itself. “By indulging in such cheap gimmicks, PDP has demonstrated its hollowness at the grass-roots level with able. “He has been abusing the Congress party and its cadres, failing which the and its cadres and simply to reject it on some Congress workers will approach nobody worth name showing inclination towards it”, Dr Chaman said, adding that claiming big victory by few occasions by his party is not enough and the party high command to review owning discarded and small time workers, the PDP is making itself a subject of ridicule. He said the PDP aprather, there appears a deliberate designs to its relationship with the NC. The pears to be in a state of shock after the assertion of Provincial President Devender Singh Rana that the party vitiate the atmosphere and destabilise the Congress workers also requested had no discernible presence in the Chenab Valley region. “It is the outcome of this harsh truth that PDP has coalition and malign the image of Congress its ministers in the coalition to stage-managed joining of some small political entities into its fold who have been roaming helter skelter for party. stay away from the cabinet meet- rehabilitation. He said that NC is a strong fort that has withstood test of times and its workers have given enormous sacDr Kamaal should know that they are in ings until apology is offered. power because of Congress support. The presSeveral senior leaders besides rifices for making the party strong and stable. Taking PDP head on for its ‘political deceit and duplicity’, the ent coalition has neither been imposed by the office bearers of District Congress District President said, “It has mastered in sowing the seeds of discord among various segments of the society Congress party nor its compulsion to be in the Committee and Block presidents for furthering its nefarious political agenda.”He alleged that PDP leaders have been changing colors like chagiving solutions to Kashmir issue as per their convenience and political expediencies . government,” a statement StateAgency CongressKangan attended the meeting. Khan Newsmeleons LoneofNews Agencyby Ganderbal

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Lok Adalat to be held on August 20 at Baramulla BARAMULLA, AUGUST 02: According to the Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, who is also Principal District and Sessions Judge, Baramulla, Rashid Ali Dar, a Lok Adalat is to be held on August 20, 2013 at District Court Complex, Baramulla. All those interested including the public in general and litigants in particular are informed that the cases shall be taken up in the said Lok Adalat. The litigants whose claims are pending in the relevant courts and are interested to settle their cases amicably shall apply for the same before concerned court by or before August 17, 2013.

Gul pays obeisance at Baba Payamud-Din Reshi (RA) Ziarat, prays for peace & prosperity of State

State and people. Gul interacted with the management and devotees and enquired about the arrangements put in place by the authorities to meet the heavy rush of devotees in view of ensuing festivals. He directed the shrine authorities to ensure adequate supply of drinking water, health care and transport facilities. He called for replacing the outlived articles in the shrine kitchen and ensuring proper sanitation in and around the shrine. He also called for renovation of kitchen and upgradation of lane and drains and street light in the locality. Earlier, several deputations from different parts of the State called the Speaker at his official residence and projected their demands. The demands put forth

JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik Friday warned that to safeguard economic, trade and strategic relations with India, world community’s criminal silence on the plight of Kashmiris is going to make the world especially sub-continent much more dangerous and vulnerable and will ignite the already volatile situation of this region. Addressing a huge gathering at Charar-e-Shareef Malik who on the last Friday of Ramadan visits the holy Shrine every year said Kashmiris have given sacrifices during the present struggle for freedom collectively as well as individually. “Every Kashmiri has suffered at the hands of Indian forces. Our villages and towns are filled with martyr’s graveyards, with orphans and widows and the fact is that we are still rendering sacrifices for freedom,” he said.“It is true that freedom struggles take time to succeed and it took about 200 years for India to attain freedom from British but still we Kashmiris today have to introspect that why after

such huge sacrifices we are not gaining any ground. There is famous saying that materialistic power fights materialistic power and when there is no power to counter power; Spirituality comes to save the deprived. We are fighting against a powerful nation called India and the fact of the matter is that we cannot match it by power and need Spiritual support. To garner this support and ask our lord Allah to help us, we in 1990 at the start of present struggle came to this spiritual place collectively,” he added.The JKLF chairman said that according to divine law Allah helps those and changes the destiny of those nations who have a will to change “but alas! we despite of valuable and great sacrifices as a nation failed to restore and safeguard our Spiritual values that was necessary to get Allah’s help and blessings for attaining freedom.”“Today we are bidding farewell to holy month of Ramdhan. Let us all bow our heads before our Allah and ask for forgiveness and pledge to work united for the restoration of spiritual values,” he said.Speaking on the present political scenario, Malik said

KISHTWAR, AUGUST 02-District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar, Saleem Mohammad accompanied by Tanveer Kichloo, Advisor DDB Kishtwar and other officers Friday visited the holy shrine of Machail Mata in the scenic Padder valley of Kishtwar and took stock of the arrangements for the annual month long Machhail Yatra in the region. On the occasion, the DDC also inaugurated the Helicopter service from Gulabgarh to Machhail. While reviewing the yatra arrangements in Machhail, Saleem Mohammad directed the concerned officials to ensure fool proof security arrangements for the yatra. The arrangements regarding drinking water, electricity supply, transport, sanitation and ration supply were also reviewed. The Machail Yatra is a big religious event which is being thronged by lakhs of devotees from various parts of the state to seek the blessings of Goddess Chandi Mata.

Distt admn rescues 33 persons in Kathua KATHUA, AUGUST 02-Acting promptly on the direction of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu, the district administration Kathua has successfully rescued 33 persons from flash floods by airlifting them in conjunction with Army, BSF and Air force in Kathua district. The rescued persons included 2 in Billawar tehsil, 2 Kot Punoo, 18 Maichack and 11 in Khandwal areas of Hiranagar tehsil.The team conducted the operation comprised of DDC, Kathua, Jitender Kumar Singh, SSP, Mohan Lal and ACR, S.P.Rakwal.


March 21-April 19 Connect with the stable, grounding energy of the day, Aries, but beware that tension may come in the form of fast talk and misinformation. People could be fickle and frantic. Wait for the dust to settle before you pick a road to travel. Impulsive decisions may lead you down paths that aren’t the best choice for you now. Relax and try not to think about it too much!

Taurus April 20-May 20

Any expansive feeling you experience may be rained on today. You could get the feeling that you’ve lost touch with reality. Make sure you connect with real life, Taurus, and do a bit of planning to balance your whimsical side. Things that you haven’t accounted for might crop up to serve as a reminder that you need to deal with real life.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Walk to the beat of your own drum, Gemini. If you try to latch on to the smooth-talking, fast-paced information of the day, your voice could get lost in the crowd. But if you plant your feet firmly and try to plan, you might deprive yourself of spontaneous events that prove the most fulfilling. Chart your own course and don’t be afraid if no one else follows along.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Connect with the fellow sitting next to you or perhaps the woman behind you in line at the store. He or she could share a piece of wisdom that changes your life forever. Be aware that you also could be that person who changes someone else’s life with a single thought or slice of wisdom that you’ve picked up in your travels.


Your self-esteem may be challenged today by a fast talker or unpleasant situation, Leo. Don’t accept things at first glance. There’s a much deeper meaning brewing below the surface, and you’d be foolish not to recognize that. Stick to your guns and stay grounded. Newfangled devices and big promises may not be all they’re advertised to be.


August 23-September 22

before the Speaker included, construction of lanes and drains, replacement of damaged transformers, improving drinking water facilities, upgradation of power infrastructure and ensuring adequate supply of essential commodities during the holy month of Ramzan.

that people of Jammu Kashmir are engaged in an exemplary peaceful struggle for freedom. “Especially from 2008 our nation striving for freedom transformed the course and means of the struggle and changed it from a violent out look to a non violent one. This historic transformation came into being after the continuous persuasions of world community whose Envoy’s and ambassadors’ used to visit Kashmir every now and then and visit lanes and by lanes of Kashmir looking for the resistance leadership and asking them to pursue the path of non violence,” he added.The JKLF chairman said that the nation heard the appeals of the world community and made a positive change “but as soon as this was done by us, the world community instead of supporting showed its back.”“Probably this was done to safeguard economic, trade and strategic partnership with India and while doing so these so called champions of democracy and humanity even trample down the high values of humanity and democracy and maintained a criminal silence of Kashmir.

DDC reviews Machail Yatra arrangements, inaugurates Helicopter service for Shrine


July 23-August 22

Silence of world community on plight of Kashmiris dangerous: Malik Srinagar, Aug 2

03 .8.2013

The Speaker gave a patient hearing to the deputationists and assured them that their genuine demands would be met in a phased manner. In some cases, he issued on spot directions to the concerned officers for early redressal of their grievances.

Ensure availability of adequate essentials during Shab-e-Qadr, Eid festivals: G.A Mir Anantnag, August 02:- Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir has impressed upon the district administration of Anantnag for making elaborate arrangements for celebration of ensuing holy festivals of Shab-e-Qadr and Eid-Ul-Fitar. He issued strict instructions to the authorities to put in place all necessary arrangements for the smooth supply of essential commodities like, ration, LPG Cylinders, meat, vegetables and other commodities in all areas so that the people may not face any hardship on this account. The Minister during his visit to Anantnag Friday also took stock of the supply position of essential commodities and directed the CA&PD authorities to ensure adequate availability of ration and LPG especially in remote and hilly areas of the district. He instructed the concerned authorities to intensify the services of field functionaries for strict market checking to avoid food adulteration and undue profiteering in all the major markets in the districts. The Minister also directed the field functionaries of PHE, PDD and Health Departments to make necessary arrangements of uninterrupted power supply, drinking water and healthcare facilities in all the areas for the convenience of the people. The Minister directed the concerned functionaries of Municipal Councils for ensuring complete sanitation around Eidgahs and Mosques in the district to facilitate the prayers for the devotees.

Sham inaugurates tube well at Chak Lalu Shah JAMMU, AUGUST 02Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma inaugurated a newly constructed tube well Water Supply Scheme under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) at Chak Lalu Shah, Domana here Friday. The WSS has been constructed with a cost of Rs.177.71 lakh. MLA Raipur Domana, Bharat Bhushan was also present on the occasion. Addressing a large public gathering, Sham said this water supply scheme will benefit 5000 souls of village Chak Lalu Shah, Ganeshu Chak, Surhe Chak, Rambagh and Gujjar Basti. He said that central and state governments have sanctioned a number of PHE schemes to provide safe drinking water to every citizens of the state particularly of remote areas and those which have not been covered yet.

Sham said that safe drinking water is not helpful in arresting water borne diseases but also ensures a healthy life. He said that present government is fully committed to provide basic amenities like safe drinking water, power, road, health and education to every nook and corner of the state particularly uncovered areas. Sham stressed upon the engineers and officers to work with utmost dedication and honesty to achieve set targets for welfare and development of the people. He also sought cooperation from the panchayat representatives in proper maintenance of water supply schemes as well as irrigation facilities. He emphasized upon the people for judicious use of water to save them from any water crisis. He also directed the concerned agencies to make efforts for preser-

vation of the traditional water resources and revival of the old ponds to further enhance water levels. He also stressed upon the need of constructing more and more chak dams. The Minister was informed that presently a number of water supply schemes in Raipur Domana constituency including WSS machine Domana, Chak Lalu Shah, Khesi, Thater, Parkhoo, Chibba Chak Machillion and Raipur Domana (Slippage) are being executed under NRDWP with an estimated cost of Rs.1646.64 lakh. Of which two schemes have been completed in 2012-13. He was also informed that five WSSs have been taken up in the current financial year. In addition, two WSSs Pouni Chak and WSS Khandwal are under execution under district sector with an estimated cost of Rs.385.54 lakh.

Jump on board the fast train and see how far it takes you, Virgo. You’ll be surprised at how far you can go with minimal effort. Your grace and polite social mannerisms will help you navigate quickly to where you need to be. You have the wind at your back today. Make the most of this energy by aiming for the top and not resting until you get there.


September 23-October 23 Flexibility is an important part of today, Libra. Take a relaxed, laid-back approach. Trying to ram your ideas through isn’t the best tactic. Having tunnel vision will restrict you in many ways. Keep an open mind and be receptive to others’ ideas and opinions. You have a lot of power readily available. It would be a shame to waste it by lacking the breadth of vision to see all your options.


October 24-November 21 Things coming at you from all sides are forcing you to make a move, Scorpio. Don’t be pressured into something you don’t want to do. A nervous restlessness may urge you to act. Don’t let other people boss you around. Secure your position and be strong. Try not to be tempted into situations that you know are going to be bad for you.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Lock into the practical, grounding force of the day that is not only realistic but also flexible. Attend to details and organize yourself. Be aware that you may need to alter your course a bit in order to fit the group dynamic. Try to work with those around you to achieve a common goal. Initiating the help of others is easier than you think as long as you stay focused and motivated.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Today is one of those days in which prosperity is much closer than you think, Capricorn. You may know what you seek, but it’s up to you to take the first step toward going after it. You’re probably looking for solid answers to your deep, probing questions. Don’t let your inquisitive mind rest until you find answers that ring true for you.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Indecision may leave you helpless at a crossroads today, Aquarius. Others may be just as undecided regarding which way to go. At the same time, you may feel pressured to take immediate action, and you’re tired of waiting for others to make the first move. Find the answers in simple solutions. There’s more than one correct way.


February 19-March 20 Latch on to the expansiveness that comes when you connect with others in a social arena, Pisces. Communication is a key aspect of the day. If you go with the flow you will land exactly where you need to be. Take the adventurous route and skip around from one thing to another. There’s no need to pin yourself down to one route or way of doing things.

Editorial/Opinion Zabarwan Times Saturday, 03 August 2013


he shocking reports pouring from different corners of the state regarding social, moral and ethical degradation have assumed alarming proportion and demand an immediate remedial approach before it is too late. The killing of a minor daughter by her own father, the rape of teenage girls, the throwing of acid on our daughters by rowdies, the rising cases of divorces, domestic violence, and above all the drug addiction in the girls, mostly the school and college going girls is sounding alarming bells for Kashmiri society known for its decency, high moral values, closeknit relation, compassionate feelings and its humane face. Today the land of Sufis and Saints is witnessing overwhelming negative changes in its cherished values which are being massacred by the onslaught of western culture besides unfriendly and negative atmosphere created by the last three decades of uncertainty and violence. The economic crunch created by uncertainty has added fuel to the fire. The competition of pomp and show has compelled thousands of the girls to take negative routes of earning a fast buck resulting in overall moral degradation in the society. The frustration caused by limited employment opportunities in the educated youth both boys and girls embedded with the corruption, favouritism and partiality in appointments, is one of the root causes of the increase in social evils. The availability of the modern communication means like mobiles with internet facilities has further complicated the things as filthy messages, nude video clips face book interactions, late-night chatting is eating our young generation like termite. Our young generation ignorant about its adverse impact is drowning fast in marshy land of immorality. There are several instances when murders, black mailing and forcing a girl to follow indecent path, have come to fore because of their internet, facebook, video chatting and usage of other facilities on mobiles and computers. The time is fast running and the Kashmiri society is falling in the trap of social evils. This is high time when everybody has to rise above the occasion and join hands with a resolve to free our society from the clutches of this onslaught of immorality.


Saturday, 03 August 2013

BoPEE in a mess

The Daily

Where are we heading for?



Mushtaq Ahmad

t is amazing to know the fact that a top official of a government degree college presented seven lakh rupees to an SO in 1990s to get the papers for her kiths and kins. This secret was revealed by a columnist in a local newspaper on July 22nd under the title "When BoPEE failed students". This is how capitalists sell the careers of poor meritorious students. This is one example. There would be hundreds of such episodes that took place in the past but a common man does not know what is happening there. Last year rumors were heard everywhere that the papers were sold to a good number of students against huge amount of money but what government agencies did. Vigilance and other such organization like crime branch, may be knowing all this but Allah knows why are they silent on this grave issue where the career of thousands of students is involved. Why don't they probe these wrong acts done by BoPEE officials and the people associated with it. From paper leakage this year on 22 June, almost all newspapers highlighted this issue. Many articles have been written by intellectuals and different opinions have been published in these newspapers, even Chief Minister has been requested to intervene but the concerned authorities show their irresponsibility towards it. Everyone advised to dissolve the board but nothing has come out from the government. This is not the end. Students burn midnight oil in order to get merit even from class

10th. But a few students are able to qualify for professional courses. Maximum meritorious students don't get the seat of their choice and some students even don't get anyone of them,

courses has been changed. At national level AIEEE conducts its test on new and unique pattern. There, selection process is based on test and 10+2 marks. 60% weightage is given to the test conducted

The mode of selection for various

professional courses has been changed.

At national level AIEEE conducts its test

on new and unique pattern. There, selection process is based on test and 10+2 marks. 60% weightage is given to the test

conducted by the Central Board and 40% weightage is given to the 10+2 marks. In this way a meritorious student gets

benefited, because one time test is not the

final test of ability of a student and this is a genuine method, though there is negative marking also.

because here in J & K BoPEE is allowed to conduct the test once a year. The mode of selection for various professional

by the Central Board and 40% weightage is given to the 10+2 marks. In this way a meritorious student gets benefited,

because one time test is not the final test of ability of a student and this is a genuine method, though there is negative marking also. In our state there were voices from different quarters to conduct CET on this pattern. BoPEE was informed through mails and media about this new pattern but nothing came out, even Kashmir University and Islamic University of Science and Technology select the students on this new pattern in J & K. The board here introduced negative marking for the first time. The Board was informed again that if negative marking is introduced, why 10+2 marks cannot be included, so that a meritorious student gets reward of his/her hard work but it remai ned silent. BoPEE is involved with the career of thousands of students, it should be transparent and should accept the opinions and suggestions given by the people from time to time. Although BoPEE in its press release on 27/07 claimed that it is transparent and there will be transparency in conducting its task given to it. Now recently it has come to news that Secretary has been changed and probe has been ordered for this year’s paper leakage. Mr M. A. Bukhari, Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department has been appointed as an inquiry officer. It is a good move by the government though late. The enquiry officer should not only probe this year’s paper leakage but also the irregularities that happened in past years in the board including the news about bribe.

Unprecedented Growth of the Telecom Sector


n India, telephone service was first introduced in Kolkata in 1881-82, barely six years after the invention of telephone. The first automatic telephone exchange was commissioned at Shimla in 1913-14 with a capacity of 700 lines. The telecommunication services have improved significantly with the sector witnessing a series of reform measures that included, announcement of National Telecom Policy in 1994 that defined certain important objectives, including availability of telephone on demand, provision of world class services at reasonable prices, ensuring India’s emergence as major manufacturing / export base of telecom equipment and universal availability of basic telecom services to all villages. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the independent regulator, was established in 1997 and New Telecom Policy was announced in 1999, which further laid stress on providing an enabling framework for the development of this sector and to facilitate India’s vision of developing a world class telecom infrastructure in the country. Since then, Indian telecom sector has come a long way in achieving its dream of providing affordable and effective communication facilities to its citizens. The reform measures coupled with the proactive policies of the Department of Telecommunications and active participation by private sector have resulted in an unprecedented growth of the telecom sector. Telecom sector has witnessed exponential growth, especially in the wireless segment, in the last few years. Today, with 921.47 million telephone connections at the end of November 2012, the Indian telecom network is second largest in the world, only after China. With 890.60 million telephone connections at the end of November 2012, the Indian wireless telephone network is also second largest in the world. Tele-density, which shows the number of telephones per 100 population in the country, was 75.55 % at the end of November 2012. Telecom has evolved as a basic infrastructure like electricity, roads, water etc. and has also emerged as one of the critical components of economic growth required for overall socio economic development of the country. A study conducted recently has found that, in India, 10% increase in internet subscribers delivers, on an average, 1.08% increase in GDP. In the 10 States which had higher penetration of Internet, the increase in growth was higher at 2.36%, on an average, for 10% increase in Internet penetration. In the

year 2009-10, these 10 States, referred to as ‘relatively developed States’ had Internet penetration rate of 2.76% compared to the set of 9 ‘Developing’ States having average Internet penetration rate of only 0.61%. The Study has also found that a 10% increase in mobile penetration delivers, on an average, 1.5% increase in GDP. Manufacturing of Telecom Equipment The exponential growth witnessed by the telecom sector in the past decade has led to the development of the telecom equipment manufacturing and other supporting industries within the country. With the advent of next-generation technologies and operators rolling out 3G and broadband wireless access services, the demand for telecom equipment has increased. In an attempt to capitalize on this opportunity, the government and policymakers are focusing on developing the domestic manufacturing industry. Despite significant growth of the telecom network and the subscriber base over the last decade, the telecom manufacturing sector has not shown corresponding increase. The NTP-2012, inter-alia, has following objectives on promoting Telecom Equipment Manufacturing: · Create a corpus to promote indigenous R&D, IPR creation, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, commercialisation and deployment of state-of-the-art telecom products and services during the 12th five year plan period. · Promote the ecosystem for design, Research and Development, IPR creation, testing, standardization and manufacturing i.e. complete value chain for domestic production of telecommunication equipment to meet Indian telecom sector demand to the extent of 60% and 80% with a minimum value addition of 45% and 65% by the year 2017 and 2020 respectively. · Provide preference to domestically manufactured telecommunication products, in procurement of those telecommunication products which have security implications for the country and in Government procurement for its own use, consistent with our World Trade Organization (WTO) commitments. National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) The optical fiber has predominantly reached state capitals, districts and blocks, at present. Government has approved a project, at a cost of Rs. 20,000 crore, for creating a National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) to connect all the 2,50,000 Gram panchayats in the country through optical fiber utilizing existing fibers of PSUs viz. BSNL, RailTel and

Power Grid and laying incremental fiber wherever necessary. Non-discriminatory access to the network will be provided to all the telecom service providers. These access providers like mobile operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), cable TV operators, content providers can launch various services in rural areas. Various applications for e-health, eeducation, e-governance etc. will be provided. The project will be funded by USOF and is being executed by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) namely Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), which has been incorporated on 25.02.2012 under Indian Companies Act 1956. Transition to New Internet Protocol (IPv6) IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) is next generation Internet Protocol. With depletion and exhaustion of address space provided by IPv4 (Internet Protocol Version 4), it becomes essential to transit to IPv6 which provides huge address space and many features for future needs. Countries around the world have started transition to IPv6. India is the first country in the world where any Government has released National IPv6 deployment roadmap with the policy decisions. The Government has planned to achieve substantial transition to IPv6 in the country in a phased and time bound manner under the NTP-2012. NT Cell of DoT is lead body for carrying out the process of IPv6 transition in the country. National IPv6 deployment Roadmap (v1) was released in July, 2010. With the efforts of NT Cell, most of the Service Providers are now ready to offer IPv6 services across the country. Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) The Universal Service Obligation Fund formed by an Act of Parliament is headed by the Administrator USO Fund, appointed by the Central Government, for the administration of the Fund. He is empowered to formulate procedures for implementation of USO Fund schemes and disbursement of funds from USOF. Its office works as an attached office of the Department of Telecom, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. A scheme was launched by Government through USO Fund to provide financial support for setting up and managing 7353 number of infrastructure sites/ towers in 500 districts spread over 27 states for provision of mobile services in the specified rural and remote areas, where there was no existing fixed or mobile coverage. Villages or cluster of villages having population of 2000 or

more and not having mobile coverage were taken into consideration for installation of the tower under this scheme. The infrastructure so created is being shared by three service providers for provision of mobile services. VPTs in newly identified uncovered villages as per Census 2001: Reconciliation of the VPTs working in the inhabited villages as per Census 2001 was carried out taking into account the existing VPT and those provided under Bharat Nirman. All the remaining 62,443 inhabited villages as on 01.10.2007 as per Census 2001 irrespective of criteria of population, remoteness, accessibility and law &order situations have been included for provision of VPTs with subsidy support from USO Fund under this scheme. Agreements in this regard were signed with BSNL on 27.02.2009. Achievements The total number of telephone connections increased from 926.55 million to 965.52 million during the period from January to June 2012, resulting in increase of tele-density from 76.86 % to 79.58 %. Thereafter, number of telephone connections declined to 921.47 million by the end of November 2012, resulting in decline in tele-density to 75.55 %. The net decline of telephone connections was 5.08 million during the period January to November 2012. The number of rural telephone connections increased from 315.39 million to 343.88 million during the period from January to June 2012, resulting in increase of rural tele-density from 37.52 % to 40.71 %. Thereafter, number of rural telephone connections declined to 343.74 million by the end of November 2012, resulting in decline in rural tele-density to 40.54 %. The number of urban telephone connections increased from 611.16 million to 621.64 million during the period from January to June 2012, resulting in increase of urban teledensity from 167.46% to 168.62%. Thereafter, number of urban telephone connections declined to 577.73 million by the end of November 2012, resulting in decline in urban tele-density to 155.40 %. The decline in telecom user base after June 2012 was primarily due to the removal of inactive mobile telephone connections by the service providers. The number of internet subscribers increased from 22.39 million (including 13.35 million broadband subscribers) to 24.01 million (including 14.68 million broadband subscribers) during the period from January to September 2012. At the end of November 2012, there were 14.88 million broadband subscribers in the country.

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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Hookah smoking as bad as cigarettes

Hookah smoking as bad as cigarettes for lungs (Thinkstock photos/ Getty Images) Water pipe smoking, such as hookah or bong smoking, affects lung function and respiratory symptoms as much as cigarette smoking, a new study has revealed. Most users of water pipes and many physicians believe that smoking through a water pipe filters out the toxic components of tobacco and is considerably less harmful than smoking cigarettes. Led by Mohammad Hossein Boskabady, MD, PhD, of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, researchers set out to compare lung function and respiratory symptoms among water pipe smokers, deep or normal inhalation cigarette smokers, and non-smokers. Three groups of smokers, including 57 water pipe smokers, 30 deep inhalation cigarette smokers (S-DI), and 51 normal inhalation cigarette smokers (S-NI) were identified and studied. In addition, 44 non-smokers were studied as a control group. A questionnaire was administered to as-

sess the prevalence and severity of respiratory symptoms and lung function tests performed on smokers and control subjects using a spirometer. Results showed an increased prevalence and severity of respiratory symptoms among water pipe smokers and cigarette smokers. Similar effects of water pipe smoking and deep inhalation cigarette smoking on respiratory status were found. "Our study is the first report regarding the importance of the method of cigarette smoke inhalation with respect to effects on the respiratory system," Boskabady said. "Our findings reveal that there were profound effects of water pipe smoking on lung function values, which were similar to the effects observed in deep inhalation cigarette smokers," he concluded.

Excessive water in your system can dilute your body fluids so much that the sodium levels become life-threateningly low. Water may be the elixir of life, but it sure can send your health into a tailspin, even endanger your life, if you drink too much of it. While packaged water, juice and cola companies hardsell their thirst-quenchers to you through TV and print advertisements, the truth is that drinking too much water can do you more harm than good. Due to excessive water consumption, people have died of over-hydration, which goes by the name of ExerciseAssociated Hyponatraemia (EAH). In simple terms, it means that you have drank too much water and the excess has diluted your body fluids so much that the sodium levels have become life-threateningly low, causing cells to swell. That includes brain cells leading to loss of consciousness, seizures and even coma and death. For long-distance runners, this can be a particular hazard. With half-marathons and marathons being all the rage, runners while practicing must resist the temptation to tank themselves up with too much water.Water intoxication is always on the cards if you believe you have to 'stay ahead of thirst' by drinking excessive quantities of fluids.

Alcohol addiction:

Are you an alcohol addict? Countless families, no matter their social status, suffer immensely when their husbands, sons, daughters or wives binge on alcohol. These families suffer silently as booze rules the lives of their loved ones, but let's not confuse alcohol with occasional drinking. In 2009, as per government statistics, approximately 14 million Indians were addicted to alcohol, by which we mean 14 million Indians were dependent on alcohol. But there are ways to spot if your loved one is going to turn into an alcohol addict; it is time to nip it in the bud and save the family.

What is alcohol addiction?

With a spurt of bars and nightclubs offering alcohol, youngsters are more prone to alcohol addiction... or so common perception goes. But does this mean that addiction to alcohol is only a phenomenon of the 21st century? We think not. The importance to be socially accepted, or the need to alter reality are not new emotions in this world. So what is alcohol addiction? 'Alcohol dependence is a psychiatric diagnosis (a substance related disorder DSM-IV) describing an entity in which an individual is addicted to alcohol either physically or mentally, and continues to use alcohol despite significant areas of dysfunction, evidence of physical dependence, and/or related hardship.' Essentially, if you break the official description down, alcohol addiction can be read as the feeling that your life revolves around alcohol, you consume it in large amounts - often in settings that aren't alcohol related, like breakfast, work or your child's play date - and you are not worried about it affecting your life adversely. Often alcohol addicts experience extreme weight gain or weight loss, and several other health issues.

What are the signs of alcohol addiction?

The major reason why we start drinking is to de-stress. When we are tired and worked up, we have a drink to calm our nerves and relax. But this could turn into an addic-

tion before you know it, especially if you don't find any other outlet for your stress or emotional mood swings. The feeling of being drunk is momentarily priceless but the effects on health and your system are dire. Some more signs include, getting into trouble due to alcohol like getting arrested for drunk driving, your performance at work suffers and your relationship with loved ones is drastically altered. If you wake up and crave for a drink, you're abusing alcohol. When you have alcohol to get over a hangover, you're abusing alcohol. If you are trying to quit, but can't, you're abusing alcohol. If moderate drinking isn't working for you, and if two drinks always lead to 20, then it's time to seek professional help, or an intervention.

So how does one quit alcohol?

Weigh the pros and cons of drinking; are you happy to be an alcoholic? Do you receive enough love? Are people around you happy? Do you have any savings in the bank? Next step, if moderation isn't working, then make a commitment to completely give up alcohol. Prepare realistic aims to follow and be ready for the withdrawal symptoms. If all efforts fail, India has several rehab centers for substance abuse victims. Anonymity is the essence at these centers, there are regular checks and the plan seems foolproof, but the onus is on you. A lot of effort has to come from the alcoholic's part. Withdrawal symptoms of alcohol addiction

Just like other addictions, when you stop drinking, you will experience certain symptoms. The common signs are:

- Trembling hands - Restlessness - Anxiety - Headaches and trouble concentrating - Blood pressure increases - Heart beats faster - Disorientation - Vomiting Several studies suggest that physical engagement in sports, exercise, and he althy e ating purs uits he lp fight alcohol addiction. The he althie r your m e als are , the le s s like ly is it that your blood s ugar le ve ls w ill fluc tuate and s e t in alcohol crav ings . S o, e xam ine your life s tyle and re ctify harm ful patte rns like late nights , lack of e xe rcis e and unhe althy binge e ating. Enlis t s upport from fam ily and frie nds , and re place the tim e s pe nt w ith alcohol w ith hap pie r and he althie r activities. However, if you suffer from a serious over-use addiction, then you must consult a healthcare provider immediately.

To do so is entirely un-physiological. Drinking more water than you need increases your total blood volume and also pressures you kidneys into working overtime so as to filter excess water out of your circulatory system. It is, however, incredibly rare for someone to die of dehydration in a temperate climate, not even sportsmen who sweat a great deal. The right way to drink water is on your TV screen. When Tennis legends Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal play five gruelling sets of tennis in the baking sun, sweating profusely, how do they drink? They sip. They may sip at every end change, but they certainly don't gulp. While exercising, you should balance how much water you drink to how much you are sweating out. All runners should know that over-consumption of fluids, whether it's water or sports drinks, can be fatal. EAH due to excessive hydration has caused at least a dozen deaths worldwide and there have been more than 1,600 documented cases of it around the globe. The International Marathon Medical Directors Association advocates 'drinking to thirst' and no more. That means 0.03 litres per kilogram. So, for a 100 kg person that's a maximum of three litres. The average man is around 70 kgs. Work out the math. Five rea-

sons to kick the cola 1. You will flash a prettier smile. The sugar and acid in soft drinks dissolves tooth enamel while the colouring in darker fizzy drinks leaves dark stains on teeth. 2. You will reduce your risk of heart disease. The high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in many soft drinks increases the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes. 3. You will reduce your risk of osteoporosis. The phosphoric acid found in soft drinks can

loosen a tight bolt, eat away metal, and leach calcium from the bones. 4. You will reduce your risk of diabetes. The connection between excess sugar consumption and type 2 diabetes is well-known. 5. You will stabilise blood sugar and energy levels. Simple sugars, the most harmful of which are HFCS, are carbs that cause a rapid energy spike followed by a sudden plummet. Adding caffeine, a cola essential, intensifies this rollercoaster effect.

Fitness facts all women must know Not finding the time for fitness due to household chores and grocery shopping? To ward away hazardous ailments and keep yourself toned, it is important to adhere to a set fitness regime. Many Indian women, particularly after reaching a certain age, feel that good looks do not matter much. However, the discussion here is not about good looks but of health. A fitness routine is as important for older women as it is for a teenager or a young girl. Regular physical activity will not only help you tackle weightrelated issues but will also enable you to prevent conditions associated with weight gain, like rheumatoid arthritis and varicose veins. Still not motivated enough? Here's a list of some important fitness facts for women that will help you to get moving. Avoid obesity: With the dangerous bulging obesity ratios in India, recent statistics revealed that almost one in six women in the country are overweight and are in dire need to trim for avoiding health hazards associated with obesity. This is due to the increased adoption of sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits. 30 minutes a day: Your fitness level can be improved by merely adding a few minutes of movement into your daily routine. According to fitness experts; just 30 minute workout for 5 days a week is sufficient to overcome the adverse effects of inactivity and sedentary lifestyle. You can also incorporate minor changes in your daily lifestyle like taking the stairs instead of the lift, parking the car in the last row of the parking lot and walking briskly for a few minutes between your parked car and your office. The importance of de-stressing:

Women are more prone to stress and pressure as compared to men and this, in turn, leads to various health issues. Work on basic relaxation and breathing techniques whenever you can - even while performing your regular chores. Muscle and joint pain: Be careful not to neglect any kind of muscle tightness or joint pains as everything in your body are interlinked with each other. Overlooking such fitness factors may affect the proper functioning of other body joints and muscles as well. Hence, ensure that you address such issues at the earliest. Cardio and weight training: The ideal fitness program for women should include exercises that increase their muscle tone and elevate their heart rate. A continuous, repetitive aerobic workout plan that affects all the large muscle groups in their body is the best option, when coupled with adequate strength training to retain

and develop bone density. Consistency: To see any form of measurable changes in your fitness levels, you should continue your workout and fitness program for a minimum of 12-13 weeks. Health expert consultation: Adding small amounts of physical activity to one's daily routine is sufficient to improve daily function in women suffering from heart ailments or arthritic conditions. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before embarking any exercise program. This is particularly important if you have been physically inactive for a long period, if you are pregnant or if you have health problems. Frequently monitor your body weight to ensure that you do not cross the limit for your height and age. Also, have a monthly health-check done and refer to your doctor or physician in case of any major deviations.

Green coffee beans can make you thin Scientists today reported striking new evidence that green, or unroasted, coffee beans can produce a substantial decrease in body weight in a relatively short period of time. In the study Joe Vinson's team described how a group of overweight or obese people who consumed a few milligrams of ground green coffee beans each day lost about 10 per cent of their weight. "Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day - while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly - appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight," said Vinson, who is with the University of Scranton. The study involved 16 overweight or obese people aged 22-26 years who took capsules of the extract or capsules containing a placebo, an inactive powder, for a total of 22 weeks. The subjects alternated between a low dose and a higher dose of the extract. The low dose consisted of 700mg of the coffee extract, and the high dose was 1,050mg. It was a

so-called "crossover" study in which people cycled through the two doses and the placebo, each for six weeks. Such studies have advantages because each person serves as his or her own "control," improving the chances of getting an accurate result. All of the participants were monitored for their overall diet (calories, food eaten, etc.) and exercise over the study period. "Their calories, carbohydrates, fats and protein intake did not change during the study, nor did their exercise regimen change," Vinson said. Participants lost an average of 7 kilos during the 22 weeks of the study. It included an average of a 10.5 per cent decrease in overall body weight and a 16 per cent decrease in body fat. Vinson noted that weight loss might have been significantly faster, except that participants received the placebo and the lower dose of green coffee extract for part of the study period.

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Narendra Modi set to be BJP’s PM candidate, meets RSS bosses in Delhi New Delhi: Narendra Modi met RSS bosses in New Delhi on Thursday along with BJP chief Rajnath Singh and senior leader Arun Jaitley. His party, sources said, is all to name him its candidate for Prime Minister by September this year. Mr Modi, who was recently elevated by the BJP as the party’s campaign committee head for the 2014 elections, presided over a meeting of 20 campaign committees later in the evening. BJP president Rajnath Singh was present during the meeting, where the heads of these committees gave tips about progress in campaign and Mr Modi offered tips for improvement. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, which is BJP’s ideological parent, has reportedly given an all-important no-objection certificate to Mr Modi’s candidacy. Top RSS leaders held a six-hour-long strategy session with the BJP top brass where they discussed many issues ahead of the national elections which are months away. Sources said that during the meeting, the RSS discussed issues related to organisational unity and to keep other top leaders on the same page so that a message goes down to the cadre that everyone is working in unity with Mr Modi as the campaign head for the national elections. The party expects an official anointment of Mr Modi as the face of the party for 2014 to help it cash in on his popularity in the Assembly elections in five key states and an announcement is likely before those polls are notified,

expected around September 21. The BJP and RSS also reportedly reckon that general elections, due in May next year, are unlikely to be held before February and they want Mr Modi to get a sixmonth window to build his campaign. A top BJP leader told NDTV, “This has to be done. The party cannot go to the polls with Modi only being the de-facto face of the party.” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who attended Thursday’s marathon meeting in Delhi, has in the last few weeks worked hard at quelling opposition within the BJP to Mr Modi’s big promotion. On Wednesday, Yashwant Sinha, seen in the past as anti-Modi, said emphatically, “I am saying this with absolute certainty that Narendra Modi will be the country’s next Prime Minister.” The senior BJP leader’s words underscore how party leaders are now accepting that Mr Modi will front the party in next year’s elections. LK Advani, who had staged a public protest against Mr Modi being elevated as the BJP’s

visit, party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury said that Singh from the very beginning claimed to be innocent and the CBI report has corroborated it. About chances of his re-induction as minister, Chowdhury said that party supremo will decide on it.

According to reports, the 2009-batch IAS officer had seized nearly 300 trolleys of sand being illegally mined from the Yamuna river bed. Admi Party (AAP) on Friday asked suspended Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Durga Shakti Nagpal to join it and contest elections against Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav from Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri constituency in the 2014 general elections. AAP leader Kumar Vishwas said Nagpal should set a new example by coming forward. “We have invited Durga Shakti Nagpalji to contest against Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri constituency on the Aam Aadmi Party ticket, so that no

Government opposes CBI’s plea for more powers for its Director New Delhi: The government today opposed the outline presented by the CBI to grasp more autonomy as it carries out politically-sensitive corruption investigations. In the Supreme Court today, the government said it does not agree with the agency’s suggestion for a longer term and enhanced financial and administrative powers for its Director. “An all-powerful Director without adequate checks and balances would be against constitutional principles,” the government said in an affidavit. It also insisted that the government’s sanction is needed for the interrogation of senior officials. In May this year, the Supreme Court reproached the CBI for being “a caged parrot” after the agency disclosed that a report on alleged irregularities in how coal mining licenses were issued had been shared with officials in the Law Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office before it was presented in court.The Supreme Court responded by demanding details of how the government will free the CBI from political interference. In June, the government said that it would set up a three-member “Accountability Commission” of retired judges to investigate complaints and said a senior bureaucrat would monitor CBI-led trials to prevent meddling. The government “shall not interfere with investigation or disposal of cases,” it said.

Changes were also proposed to bolster the independence of the CBI chief, who would be appointed by a three-member panel comprising the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court Chief Justice and the Leader of Opposition in Parliament.Only the national president would be able to sack him.The CBI has also been accused in the past of going slow in probing charges of corruption against highprofile political figures, resulting in either their acquittal or non-prosecution.

Civil Administration and the Army inaugrates Women self help Group at Magam Friday, 02 Aug 2013 Upliftment & Self Empowerment of women remains a major challenge in Jammu & Kashmir. The Civil Administration and the Army are making all efforts to address this problem by meaningful & effective initiatives. The Army to this effect has undertaken to mentor a group of motivated and enterprising 25 local women to establish a Self Help Group at Magam. The infrastructure, financial assistance and guidance to the women to form a self help group exploring the avenues in stitching, knitting, embroidery and candle making is being provided by the local Rashtriya Rifles unit. They have successfully passed the requirements and standards as per the policy of Industries and Commerce Department of Jammu & Kashmir and have been awarded with life time Registration Card which enables to apply for loans and other facilities provided by the State Government. The Self Help Group Magam was inaugurated by Mr Muzaffer Ahmed Pir, ADC Handwara, Mr Syed Shabir Indrabi, Block Development Officer Handwara on 01 Aug 2013 which has been registered with DC office Kupwara.

Cabinet approves changes to RTI Act to keep political parties out

New Delhi: The Cabinet today cleared crucial changes to the Right to Information Act to block political parties from being covered under RTI.These amendments would exempt parties from being obliged to share details of their funding or how they choose their candidates. Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily was the only minister who reportedly voiced his dissent against the move, but Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the government is doing this because majority of the political parties want these amendments. In June, the Central Information Commission or CIC, which ensures the RTI Act is implemented and public queries are answered by government departments, ruled that the six major national parties including the Congress and BJP are public authorities and must respond to RTI applications. The parties were given six weeks to appoint officers to handle RTI requests.The flagship RTI Act was introduced by the Congress in 2005 for increasing transparency. Activists Subhash Agrawal and Anil Bairwal had said the six national parties get indirect but substantial funding from the central government,

an argument that was accepted by the Central Information Commission. “Large tracts of land in prime areas of Delhi have been placed at the disposal of the political parties in question at exceptionally low rates. Besides, huge government accommodations have been placed at the disposal of political parties at hugely cheap rates thereby bestowing financial benefits on them,” it said.The Commission also said political parties “affect the lives of the citizens, directly or indirectly in every conceivable way and are continuously engaged in performing public duty. It is, therefore, important that they become accountable to public.”However, parties had argued that they are monitored and accountable for funding and other issues to the Election Commission.

Take on Mulayam in polls from Mainpuri, AAP tells Durga Shakti Nagpal

Raja Bhaiya meets SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav

A day after CBI gave a clean chit to independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias ‘Raja Bhaiya’ in DSP Zia-ul-Haq’s murder case, the former UP minister today met SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav fuelling speculations about his reinduction as minister in the government. Raja Bhaiya met Yadav at his residence this morning and left within half-an-hour, sources said. During the meeting, the former UP minister clarified his position before the SP chief, claiming that a conspiracy was hatched against him to defame the government, they said. Raja Bhaiya held Prisons, Food and Civil supplies department as cabinet minister in Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s government before resigning after the DSP’s murder.When asked about the

election campaign chief last month, has recently made speeches that demonstrate that acceptance. Mr Bhagwat has assured Mr Advani and other seniors that they will continue to play an important role in the party, but has said there must be no more hurdles in the way of Mr Modi; who in turn has been advised to base his campaign on collective leadership. The BJP’s Team Modi 2014 reflects that 20 star-studded committees will manage different aspects of the party’s election campaign under Mr Modi’s stewardship.


It is an endeavour, that the Self Help Group is self sustainable and meets the social & financial aspirations of the local women in the area. The initiative has provided these poor women of the society a new window not only to showcase their skills but also support their families in livelihood. As a result they have made an impact on other ladies of the area also to follow the path. The positive welfare initiatives which the Army is undertaking are based on the numerous requests by the locals & their aspirations.

other officer like her faces the wrath of a corrupt Samajwadi Party government,” Vishwas told reporters here. Nagpal was suspended last month ostensibly for taking on the sand mafia and for ordering the demolition of a wall of a mosque that was being built on government land in the state’s Gautam Buddh Nagar District, where she was posted as SubDivisional Magistrate. According to reports, the 2009-batch IAS officer had seized nearly 300 trolleys of sand being illegally mined from the Yamuna river bed.Though the Uttar Pradesh Government has called it as an ‘administrative decision’, against her for demol-

ishing a wall which was part of an intended mosque, but many believe that it was the result of pressure from the mining mafia. Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Government said removing Nagpal was an “administrative decision” as her decision to demolish the mosque could trigger communal tension, especially since it came during the month of Ramzan.Defending his government’s action, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said the bureaucrat ordered the demolition of a portion of the mosque which might have resulted in disturbing peace in the state.“You should inquire from the people of that village. The Muslim families collected

donation for building a mosque, a wall was built, and you took the decision without holding any consultation and spoilt the environment there,” he said.Yadav said there was no matter of mining for which the action was taken.“The government will act against all those who act against goodwill and brotherhood or try to spoil the environment by of their work,” he added, while rubbishing reports that the government acted tough only because it was a matter of illegal mining. “If you look at the record of last two to three months then you will come to know that truck and machines were caught. We are also desirous that illegal mining should not take place,” he added.

Adarsh report delayed; Opposition demands explanation MUMBAI: The inquiry report on Adarsh housing society scam, which was to be presented in the monsoon session of the Maharashtra assembly on Friday, has been delayed indefinitely. Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan announced that Adarsh report is not being tabled in the house because the Action Taken Report (ATR), which is part of the inquiry, is not ready yet. There was a major ruckus in the state assembly on Friday after the government made it clear that the Adarsh report will not be tabled in this session. The Opposition BJP and Shiv Sena demanded an explanation and holding of a special session of the assembly for tabling of this report. The opposition claimed that the government was trying to protest former congress chief ministers who were allegedly involved in the irregularities related to the Adarsh cas. Leader of the opposition in the state council BJP’s Vinod Tawde said, “This is a blatant attempt to save the former Chief Ministers of Maharash-

Teacher shoots woman, commits suicide A man today shot dead a 21-year-old woman before killing himself in Sikar district of Rajasthan, police said on Friday.

25-year old Dharmpal, who was married and a private school teacher, shot Anita (21) dead when she was returning home in Pala Jodi after her B.Ed classes, SHO Balara Lal Singh said. Dharmpal then shot himself, he said. “Prima facie, it appears to be a case of one-sided love. Dharmpal was married and both the families were staying in the same locality,” he added. Both the bodies were sent for postmortem, he said.

tra who gave clearances to Adarsh society. We demand that the report should be made public immediately. We want an explanation. We will initiate a no-confidence motion against the government if the report is not made public.” Meanwhile state deputy chief minister, NCP’s Ajit Pawar indirectly targeted the Chief Minister by telling the media outside the assembly that it was CM Chavan who had told him earlier that Adarsh report will be presented in the house in current session. Speaking to reporters Ajit Pawar said “I told the media last week, that Adarsh report will be tabled in this session because CM Chavan had told me so. Now if there is a delay in tabling the report, you should ask the CM why there is a delay. I have no answers.”

Congress leaders and former Chief Ministers of the state Ashok Chavan and Sushilkumar Shinde were invited by the inquiry commission during the investigation of the Adarsh scam to depose as they were allegedly involved in giving clearances to Adarsh society. Both these leaders claimed that they had not given any out of turn clearances to Adarsh society.

Now, water at Bihar schools puts nearly 70 children in hospital Patna: 12 students from Chhapra district in Bihar are in hospital in Patna, a day after they drank what appears to be contaminated water from a tube well at their government school. In a separate incident, 55 girls in the Sitamarhi district, about 150 kms from Chhapra, were also hospitalized today after drinking water from a hand pump at their school. Some fainted within minutes, said officials, and were moved to local clinics, where they are reported to be in stable condition. Last month, Chhapra endured the lacerating tragedy of losing 23 children after they ate a poisoned free lunch at their school. Another 20 children were admitted to the Patna Medical College, and are still being treated there, nearly two weeks later. The children who fell sick after drinking water on Thursday are

admitted at the same hospital, the Patna Medical College. At least six different cases of children falling sick from the water at their schools have been reported in recent days across the state. A forensic report on water samples is likely to be delivered to the government today. Amarjeet Sinha, a senior official in the Education Department, said schools have been asked to conduct safety tests on water.

Zabarwan Times E-Paper English 03 August  

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