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3 injured in road accidents Srinagar, Apr 2: Three persons

were injured in different road accidents across the valley. According to a statement issued to KNSD, a TATA Sumo bearing registration number JK18/5282 and a TATA Mobile bearing registration number JK18/5964 collided at Sopat, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Devsar Kulgam. In this accident Abdul Rahim Rather son of Abdul Gani resident of Kelam got injured. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. Police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a TATA Sumo hit and injured a boy Danish Majeed son of Abdul Majeed Dar resident of Waskhura, Handwara at Talri Handwara, in See Road On Page 11..

Missing girl found dead in Kulgam Srinagar, Apr 2: Kulgam police recovered the body of a missing girl near a stream and started investigation to ascertain the cause of the death. According to a statement issued to KNS, Kulgam Police was informed by some locals that a body of a girl is lying near a stream in D H Pora Kulgam. Police party rushed to the spot and recovered the body of the girl. The body was later identified as Rohi Jan daughter of Bashir Ahmad Palla resident of Sail Kanan, D H Pora. The girl was reported to be missing since 31-03-2014. Kulgam police started the investigation proceedings under section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of the death. The body was sent for post mortem See Kulgam On Page 11..

Inside story SKIMS holding 18th PGRP from 3-5th April Srinagar, Apr 2 (KNS): 18th Postgraduate Research Presentation will be oraganised by Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery from 3-5th April. PGRP serves as an important platform to postdoctoral / post-graduate students for not only presenting their research work but also provides an opportunity for interaction with experts in the related

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On Edit Page Election commission and its responsibilities The chief election commissioner in arriving in Jammu to see himself the arrangements for holding free and fair polls for the six Lok Sabha seats in Jammu & Kashmir. The head of the election commission will deliberate with all returning officers and deputy commissioners besides other connects officers so that the polling is held in a very peaceful and conducive atmosphere in the whole of the state. It will be for the first time that the chief election commissioner will arrive in the state after the

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A person with communal stigma will not suit as PM: Omar

‘Modi devoid of representative character’ ‘Rahul sincere friend of J&K’ Poonch, Apr 2: Asserting that the Prime Minister of India should reflect representative character and possess equal concern for all sections of the society, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that Narinder Modi is devoid of this characteristic and carries with him the stigma of communal bias. Addressing election rallies in Surankote and Poonch in favour of NC-Congress joint candidate Madan Lal Sharma, Omar Abdullah said that Narinder Modi, who did not show a courtesy to express sorry for the killings of large number of innocents in Gujarat and categorically denied cladding of a cap presented to him by Muslims does not suite to be the Prime Minister of a great country like India which is a pluralistic society with diversity of cultural heritage and faiths. The Chief Minister, who is also Working President of National Conference said that Narinder Modi symbolizes a particular ideology based on dividing the society on religion and regional bias. “Instead of this Rahul Gandhi represents the aspirations of the people of all sections of the society and is torch

bearer of secular democratic India, as such, deserves to be the Prime Minister to give justice to all and ensure equitable and inclusive development, irrespective of religion, caste, creed or colour”, Omar Abdullah maintained. Taking a dig on the assertion of Narinder Modi and BJP that they will look at Jammu and Kashmir through the prism of humanity, Omar Abdullah questioned, when Narinder Modi could

SKIMS curtail attendants’ visiting hours People aghast; Director says move aimed for better healthcare Srinagar, Apr 2 (KNS): The attendants of the patients admitted at SKIMS Wednesday expressed serious resentment over the decision of the hospital authorities of disallowing the entry of the attendants inside state’s only multi specialty research institute. According to the details received by KNS, the authorities at SKIMS have curtailed the number of attendants entering the institute on daily basis. The reason the officials stated was that the normal functioning of the hospital was getting badly affected and extra rush inside the crucial wards was disturbing the treatment of the patients. Expressing resentment by the said decision, the attendants told KNS that the authorities have taken the step in the most ‘anarchical’ approach and the same is an attempt to make the attendants suffer at large. The attendants while protesting against the hospital order stated that they have come from valley’s far flung areas and only after reaching at the hospital gate- their entry is being rejected. “If the hospital authorities had to implement the order from today- they should have informed the masses via print and electronic media so that people coming from far off areas could have been informed.” Meanwhile, Director SKIMS told KNS that visiting hours for the attendants have been restricted from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm and no visiting See SKIMS On Page 11..

had written to Election Commission- raising apprehensions of the possible interference by the state machinery during polls. The parties had urged the commission to ensure that the polling booths be kept under the surveillance so that rigging could be avoided. Sources confirmed further that the Office of the chief election officer Jammu and Kashmir had

Srinagar, Apr 2 : National Conference Wednesday claimed that Jamat-e-Islami will support opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the forth coming polls and all its cadres are on tenterhooks to make PDP’s win sure. “JeI is another face of PDP and during the polls, it is Jamat that has directed its cadres in valley to vote for PDP. They have done it earlier and they will repeat the same at present also,” said Additional General Secretary Shiekh Mustafa Kamal. He added that JeI has

always been at war with the National Conference and history bears witness to the fact that it has always created hurdles for NC when it comes for the representation of peoples’ aspiration at large. “They (JeI) will not leave any stone unturned when it comes to work against NC and its interests,” said Kamal, adding that earlier it was Hizb, the armed wing of JeI that killed several NC leaders at various places in Valley and when they tasted defeat on political and See NC On Page 11..

Wamiq Farooq killing case

Court directs police to execute warrants Srinagar, Apr 2: The Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir get the arrest warrants executed against two accused police personnel allegedly involved in Wamiq Farooq killing case. The Court has also taken strong exception to the report filed by SSP in the matter terming it ‘nothing but repetition of earlier report’. “The report, on perusal, reflects nothing but delay tactics adopted by police to execute warrants against accused.” See Wamiq On Page 11..

Mehboob Beg files nomination papers as NC-Congress Coalition Candidate Anantnag, Apr 2: Dr. Mehboob Beg filed his nomination papers from Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency today as the NC-Congress Coalition Candidate. According to a statement issued to KNS, Dr. Beg was accompanied by National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah, State Congress Chief Professor Saif-ud-din Soz besides Senior Congress Leader Taj Mohiuddin, NC Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, NC Senior Leaders Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan and Sakina Ittoo, Congress Senior Leaders Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed and Ghulam Ahmed Mir, NC Spokesman Junaid Mattu and NC Youth President Salman Ali Sagar, Congress Leaders Ghulam Nabi Monga, Bashir Ahmed Magray, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Manzoor Ahmed Ganai and NC Leaders Peerzada Syed Abdul Rashid, Showkat Hussain Ganai, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Shah, Advocate Abdul Majid Larmi and Dr. Bashir Ahmed Veeri. All National Conference and Congress District Presidents and Block Presidents for the Anantnag Parliamentary

Move aimed to ensure rigging free polls

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not fulfill a fundamental requirement of humanism to express an apology for the killings of innocent human beings particularly the members of Muslim community in Gujarat and equated this with the killing of canines by saying that he feels sorry even for the death of a dog, how can anyone expect human behaviour and justice from him? Referring to the contesting of Parliament election by PDP and fielding an inhabitant of Poonch as its candidate, the Working President National Conference said that it makes amply clear the design of PDP to attempt at dividing voters of Poonch-Rajouri belt with a view of helping Narinder Modi and BJP. He said the secret alliance between BJP and PDP has now come to fore openly and when Narinder Modi says that new members have come to his support from Kashmir he refers to PDP which has also made it clear to work with and support Narinder Modi. Omar Abdullah asked the people to be aware of the divisive tactics of BJP and PDP to exploit them on various counts for power politics. He urged them to vote in great numbers See Omar On Page 11..

Jamat-e-Islami will vote for PDP: NC

Farooq, Soz address joint NC-Congress workers' meeting in Anantnag

300 CCTV cameras being installed at polling booths Srinagar, Apr 2 : In a significant move to ensure free and fair polling during the forthcoming parliamentary elections in Jammu and Kashmir- first time in the state, more than 300 CCTV cameras are being installed at the rigging sensitive polling booths. Sources told KNS that some opposition parties in the state including main opposition PDP

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1021 out of 1546 polling stations Hypersensitive in Srinagar Lok Sabha seat Srinagar, Apr 2: Issuing the election notification for Srinagar Parliamentary polls, the returning officer Wednesday stated that out of 1546 polling stations, 55 have been categorized as normal in state’s summer capital. Returning officer Farooq Ahmad Shah stated that out of 1546 polling booths in Srinagar, 1021 are hypersensitive, and 470 are sensitive while See Seat On Page 11.. issued advertisement, asking the companies to submit their tenders for the installation of CCTV cameras at various polling See CCTV On Page 11..

Seat were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Farooq Abdullah asked the workers of National Conference and Congress to work in unison with dedication and cooperation to ensure the victory of the coalition candidates with bigger margins than last time. Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that

Nawaz Shareef wants better relations with India: Basit New Delhi, Apr 2 : While welcoming the Kashmiri separatist leadership invited by Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi to participate in the celebrations of Pakistan day, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Wednesday said that prime minister Mian Nawaz Shareef is keen to have good relations with India. According to KNS correspondent in Delhi, Basit and his wife received the Kashmiri separatist leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Aga Syed Hassan, Mehraju-Din Kalwal, Ayaz Akbar, Zamrooda Habib, Fareeda Behanji, Yasmeen Raja and Mohammad Abdullah

Wani and Ghulam Nabi Waseem. In his brief welcome address, Basit said that that Pakistan seeks friendly and cooperative relations with all its neighbours, including India. He underlined the significance of the composite dialogue process for settling all outstanding issues between the two countries in a peaceful manner. The Hurriyat Conference (M) executive council led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq is scheduled to meet Basit on Thursday morning at 9: 30 am. Besides Mirwaiz group, sources said the other factions of the Hurriyat Conference and JKLF are also likely to meet Basit on Thursday. During these separate meetings the separatists will discuss See Basit On Page 11..

these parliamentary elections would see a direct contest between secularism and communal, divisive figures who want to gain power by polarizing the people of this country. Within the State, the BJP seems to be openly helped by the PDP given how PDP See Farooq On Page 11..

Over loading in School buses

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Srinagar, Apr 2 : The private schools across Srinagar are violating the rules in a broad day light with the students being packed to capacity in the school buses and state authorities acting as ‘mute spectators’, accused parents. On Wednesday, the delegation of parents hailing

from various areas across Srinagar told KNS that their children are being physically tormented by the school authorities due to the over load in the school vehicles, ferrying children to and fro from home to school. “It is the physical torture that is being See Rules On Page 11..

Kashmir society takes up airfare with authorities

Electronic state subject cards should facilitate travel of JK citizens

Srinagar, Apr 2: The Kashmir society chairman Khwaja Farooq Renzu shah appreciated media, important forums of trade & commerce, Tour and travels of J&K State, Hoteliers and different heads of Hoteliers Association for providing full support to civil society in its demand for maintaining permanent Air tariff from Srinagar to Delhi as See Kashmir On Page 11..

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Omar in favour of NC-Congress candidates and foil the attempts of vested interests and communal forces to grab the power at the Centre. The Chief Minister said that the holistic and all round development that has ruled the roost in the State during the last five years speaks loud and clear of the unprecedented support provided by the UPA Government led by Congress at the Centre to Jammu and Kashmir. He also mentioned the keenness of Vice President, INC, Rahul Gandhi for the all-round development of Jammu and Kashmir and mentioned his efforts to see the State on road to progress and development. He said that Rahul Gandhi is the person who could wholeheartedly help Jammu and Kashmir to overcome its difficulties and be a place of peace and economic prosperity. The Working President National Conference also cautioned the people against the falsehood and propaganda being circulated by Pen and Inkpot Party (PDP) and said that this party has lost its relevance for making false promises o people, flaring up the tension, disturbing peace, ignoring public cause and miserably failing in deliverance of services during its three years tenure in the government. “The nib of PDP’s pen has broken and its pot is without ink”, he said adding that this party could do no good to the people. He said PDP is in election fray only to help its BJP mentor otherwise the party is fully aware where it stands and how low its popularity is. Omar Abdullah mentioned the gigantic development process that has taken place in the State during the last five years of NC-Congress coalition government and said that his government has delivered on all fronts which is clearly visible on the ground. He said peace has been restored to a larger extent and development is on new highs in the State which would get further boost in the coming days. Omar Abdullah said that vote to NC-Congress candidates in the State will be vote to strengthening secular democratic ideology and inclusive development as also to stop the communal forces to be at the helm of affairs at the Centre. He said all voters have to bear it in their minds that in Parliamentary election they are voting to choose the Parliament and the Prime Minister, as such, they have to be cautious to ensure to elect the Prime Minister who represents all faiths, all cultures and all areas of the country. The meetings were also addressed by Minister for Planning and Development, Ajay Sadhotra, Provincial President National Conference, Jammu, Devender Singh Rana, Legislators, . Aijaz Jan, Dr. Shahnaz Ganai, Jahangir Mir, Vice Chairman Advisory Board for Gujjars and Bakerwals, Ch. Bashir Naaz senior NC and Congress leaders Peer Mushtaq Ahmad Bukhari, Ch. Mohammad Akram, Brij Mohan Sharma, Gurdeep Singh Sassan, District President Poonch Qazi Mohammed Sayeed Beig, Ch. Shahnawaz and others. On his way to Poonch from Rajouri, the Chief Minister was given rousing reception at Manjakote, Bhimber Gali, Kalai and Khaneetar with large groups of people chanting party slogans and waiving at Omar Abdullah. He stopped at various places and interacted with the enthusiastic crowds. (KNS)

NC armed front- they began aiding PDP that was established for the eradication of NC from the political spheres of Jammu and Kashmir. Substantiating his claims, NC’s senior leader stated that the flag of Muslim Muthida Mahaz (MMM) during 1987- of which JeI was the main component and PDP’s flag is one. “What more you need to know about the equations of PDP and JeI.” Commenting over the recent statement of JeI Chief Mohammad Abdullah Wani about Modi, Kamal stated that it is JeI’s indirect support to Modi. “Both are the extremist elements- once PDP wins in Valley- it would be the win of BJP in New Delhi.” (KNS)

Wamiq The court has said that ‘no plausible and satisfactory explanation has been tendered for non execution of warrants against accused, rather it appears that police intends to provide escape route to the accused persons from court appearance’. “This court is not satisfied with the report filed and so in order to procure attendance of accused persons coercive means are imperatively required to be followed,” reads the court order. The court has directed: “In this backdrop, non bail able warrants of arrest are issued against accused persons and same be sent to IGP Kashmir Zone for getting executed on accuse persons without any delay.” The court is scheduled to hear the matter on April 16. (KNS)

SKIMS passes shall be issued after that. By 6.pm, the hospital authorities must be able to vacate the attendants who see their patients during the visiting hours. “This all has been done in the interest of smooth functioning of the hospital and for the better patient care. The general public is appealed to cooperate with the SKIMS authorities so that we provide a better health care for their patients,” said Showkat Ahmad Zargar, Director SKIMS.(KNS)

Farooq has fielded its candidates in the Jammu province to divide those votes which would understandably be cast against the BJP. Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that Narendra Modi was an authoritarian politician who had shown grave contempt for his BJP mentors like L. K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Jaswant Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A man who can disrespect, insult and humiliate his mentors and seniors can never be sympathetic towards the people he dreams to govern. Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that PDP was a creation of

Zabarwan Times the BJP and teamed up with the BJP during the Amarnath Land Row in 2008 to divide the people of Jammu and Kashmir along religious lines. It was PDP whose ministers were responsible for transferring the land in Pahalgam to the Shrine Board. To hide their guilt, they blamed the then Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for their own mischief and sabotaged his government in mid-term. This game was played to either communalize the atmosphere in J&K at BJP's directives or under a conspiracy to dislodge Ghulam Nabi Azad as the Chief Minister. In the following years Mehbooba Mufti's open and shameful admiration of Narendra Modi proved that 2008 was a combined BJP-PDP covert operation. Its a known fact that PDP leaders held a series of meetings with BJP leaders in Delhi in 2008 while the Valley was simmering in anger and rage because of PDP's decision to transfer land to the Shrine Board. Terming the NC-Congress Coalition as an ideological association to safeguard the secular fabric of this country, Dr. Farooq Abdullah asked the workers to work with each other to keep communal forces and their proxies like PDP at bay. Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that NC leaders had performed very well in the Parliament in how they showcased the pain, demands and aspirations of their people unlike Mehbooba Mufti who never said a word in support of her people during her earlier tenure as a Member of Parliament. Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that the present NC-Congress Coalition Government in the State had ushered the State into an era of unprecedented growth, transparency and accountability and had empowered the common-man by bringing governance to his doorstep. Dr. Mehboob Beg asked the workers to inform the people about his performance as a Member of Parliament and compare the same to that of Mehbooba Mufti when she was an MP. Dr. Beg said that NC leaders had utilized their MP funds transparently and effectively to the ultimate benefit of their constituents. Others who were present on the occasion included leaders of Youth National Conference and National Conference Students Union (NCSU). (KNS)

CCTV booths of the state.Tender of the Srinagar based private company has been approved and the said firm has been informed to start the project in this regard. The reports stated that 300 CCTV cameras are being installed at various polling booths in the state. The officials added that to ensure no rigging, no political interference, and misuse of authority by the poling staff- the installed of CCTV cameras have great significance. The reports informed further that the procedure will be followed during the assembly polls also that are scheduled to be held by the end of this year. (KNS)

Seat as 55 are normal. He stated that the categorization is based on the security reasons. The details received by Kashmir News Service stated that there are 804 polling booths in Srinagar City, 540 are in Budgam , while as there are 202 polling stations in Ganderbal. The details informed further that the nomination papers can be filed from April 2 to April 2 and that the last date of withdrawal of candidature is April 12. There are 1,171,772 registered voters in Srinagar parliamentary seat and that polling will be held on April 30 between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (KNS)

Basit the present political situation in Kashmir and are likely to press for intensive efforts from Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue. While talking to media on the sidelines of the function in Pakistan high commission, Mirwaiz has told media persons that he wants people of India to elect a government which can resolve the Kashmir issue. The Hurriyat (M) chairman has also reiterated that people of India should understand that Kashmir is neither a law and order nor any administrative issue which can be managed through certain administrative initiatives. “I told them (media persons) that Kashmir is a political issue which needs to be resolved politically. I said that Kashmir problem is like festering sore in the sub continent and there should be tri partite talks between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership for a permanent solution to this problem,” Mirwaiz told KNS. Pertinently, Basit presented his credentials to President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House) in New Delhi on Wednesday. The ceremony was attended by the officers of the Ministry of External Affairs, Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Pakistan High Commission, quoting sources, the KNS correspondent said. (KNS)

Rules inflicted upon our children on the daily bases- the over load in the school buses has become the order of the day,” said Mukhtar Ahmad, a Barzulla resident. He added that the parents have reported the matter to the state authorities at several times but no concrete action on ground is being done. Another aggrieved parent stated that across Srinagarthe school buses are violating the traffic regulations as well as the education rules by over loading the buses with the school children. He accused that the children are being physically tortured and that no steps are being taken by the government to end the crises if such serious nature. Also concerns are being raised by various civil society groups in valley over the over loading of school vans ferrying the children of lower classes. They however appealed the parents to restrain from sending their kids in these vans to schools. Pertinently, after the SRTC stopped to ferry school children, the private schools functional in valley purchased the vehicles in personal capacity. When KNS tried to contact Director Education Kashmir, his cell phone was continually switched off. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Police (SP) traffic for Srinagar Haseb-ur-Rahman told KNS that the traffic department is continually monitoring the situation and whosoever is found violating the traffic normsstern action is being taken on ground. He added that last year traffic department fined various school buses

and vans against the charges of overloading and that same is being pursued this year as well. “We appeal parents to resister complains so that the overloading in busses and vans ferrying school children could be ended at an earliest.” (KNS)

Kashmir Rs 3500 and Srinagar to Jammu as Rs 2000 only on basis of prescribed quota in each Air lines for state subjects of J&K. According to a statement issued to KNS, he further said that all such travelers should be provided electronic state subject cards to prove their identities while booking their defined quota Air tickets Today a delegation of Kashmir Society was deputed to Delhi which called on Advisor to Prime Minister T.K.A Nair and brought in his notice the issue that in respect to rush of tourists during current peak season. Airlines operating in J&K are enhancing the rates beyond its normal tariff and proportions, causing heavy loses to all citizens. Khwaja Fayaz Ahmad Bhat while representing the delegation had one hour meeting with political advisor to Prime Minister today at 11 AM, apart brought from other issues the Air Tariff issue in his notice apart with other issues. Nair assured that he will bring matter in the notice of concerned authorities for mitigating the grievances. The chairman Kashmir Society appreciated the delegation, Khwaja Renzu Shah also personally contacted on phone Chairman Airport Authority Alok Sinah and requested him to play his role for convening the meeting of all concerned Airlines to address the sensitive problems which the citizens of J&K State are facing, Sinah referred Director General civil Aviation Prahabat Kumar who has competence to intervene in the matter. The delegation is being deputed to meet Director General Civil Aviation also very soon. Two days before a mega conference of Kashmir Society of all prominent personalities was held at Srinagar of J&K . In which apart from other issues this vital issue was discussed as thousands of students from J&K state are studying in different states of country and their families frequently visit them .Similarly Traders also suffer because of tourist rush on account of Air Tariff. It was suggested that 50% quota should be permanently fixed @ 2000 & 3500 from Srinagar to Jammu and Delhi respectively on permanent basis to the Electronic state subject card holders of J&K State. It was suggested that for rest of the 50% Airlines should be kept as fluctuating for tourists as per their needs & requirements, it is hoped that concerned authorities will play their vital role to mitigation grievances. (KNS)

Road the jurisdiction of Police Station Handwara. The injured was shifted to District Hospital, Handwara for treatment. Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Sumo bearing registration number JK13B/ 3836 and Motorcycle bearing registration number JK18-6078 driven by Khursheed Ahmad son of Ghulam Qadir resident of Sehpora Pulwama collided near Rajpora Chowk Pulwama, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Pulwama. In this accident the motorcyclist got seriously injured and was shifted to SKIMS Soura, Srinagar for treatment. (KNS)

Kulgam and after the completion of all medico-legal formalities, the body was handed over to her next of kins for last rites. (KNS)

SKIMS holding 18th PGRP from 3-5th April

Srinagar, Apr 2 (KNS): 18th Postgraduate Research Presentation will be oraganised by Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery from 3-5th April. PGRP serves as an important platform to postdoctoral / post-graduate students for not only presenting their research work but also provides an opportunity for interaction with experts in the related field. According to a statement issued to KNS, organising Chairman & HOD, CVTS Dr. G. N Lone said PGRP is the prestigious academic activity of Sheri-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS and was started in 1988, conceived by former Director SKIMS, Prof. Syed Zahoor Ahmad, where all medical post-graduates and postdoctoral scholars, who have completed their dissertations / research thesis present their work. Organisng Secretary, Dr. M. Akbar Bhatinformed that 90 students will present their research papers including postgraduate and postdoctoral students. Best presentations will be awarded by a panel of Judges on the basis of subject content,

study design, statistical methodology, originality and time management. The function will conclude with valedictory and award ceremony on 5TH April, 2014 at 3.00 P.M. The students submitted research abstract by 15th January after due registration in a prescribed format. Selected presenters will make their final power point presentation of 8 minutes duration. Best presentations will be rewarded by a panel of Judges on basis of subject content, study design, statistical methodology presentation and time management. The function will conclude with valedictory and award ceremony on 30th. Director SKIMS & EX-officio Secretary to govt., Dr. Showkat A.Zargar congratulated The students and scholars for conducting research on various topics and hoped that this knowledge through quality research will benefit health care system. He said research is key in medical field and such activities help to promote and co-ordinate efforts to make substantially more research data available and reusable in the public domain.

Where was Mehbooba's Concern for women when she lifted a woman's veil in 2004? : Mattu Srinagar, Apr 2 : National Conference Spokesperson Junaid Mattu has lashed out at PDP's Mehbooba Mufti for trying to fake empathy and respect for the women of Jammu and Kashmir while she herself was involved in an utterly condemnable act of violence against a woman in 2004. Mattu said that Mehbooba had violated the dignity of a fellow woman in 2004 by lifting her veil violently in public at a polling station in Sonawar in 2004 - following which a legal case and a complaint in the election commission was registered against Mehbooba. Pertinently the case against Mehbooba remains undecided to this day and she has not been exonerated by the election commission. How could a woman do something so dreadful and obnoxious to another woman from Kashmir? What is ironic is that the same Mehbooba is issuing statements condemning an incidents of similar wrongdoings without having apologized to the nation and especially the women of Kashmir for what she did in 2004 in full public glare! Mattu added that Mehbooba Mufti has no moral authority to speak about the rights of women and their dignity given that she herself has been involved in an incident of violence against a woman. Although Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had apologized for Mehbooba's shocking and

brazen act in 2004, a formal apology was never tendered by Mehbooba - perhaps mistaken into thinking that she has a right to violate the dignity of womenfolk. To add to PDP’s track-record of having a dubious distinction of assaulting the rights of women, it was Mufti who spoke against the victims of Kunan Posh Pora on the floor of the Indian Parliament. Terming Mehbooba’s talk of "different yardsticks" as ridiculous and hypocritical, Mattu said that Mehbooba being involved in the 2004 incident and then having the audacity not to apologize is as conspicuous an example of "different yardsticks" as one could find anywhere in the world. Mattu said that PDP's Muzaffar Hussain Baig added insult to injury by defending Mehbooba Mufti's act of violation against another woman in 2004. The sheer arrogance of PDP in assuming the right to intimidate, blackmail, harass and suppress the people of Jammu and Kashmir is something that would end up being the party's nemesis. Stating that Mehbooba should have felt equally "disheartened" due to her condemnable act in 2004 as she is pretending to feel now, Mattu said that PDP's style of politics brought muck and abuse into the system rather than helping in transforming our political system for the greater common good. (KNS)

Madni seeks support of people to establish a corruption free, transparent system

Mahore-Reasi, Apr 2 : Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and senior leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Sartaj Madni assured the people that PDP would formulate a comprehensive plan for the development and uplfitment of the hilly and backward areas of the State. According to a statement issued to KNS, while addressing a public meeting in support of party candidate for Udhampur-Doda seat Arshad Malik at Mahore today, Madni regretted that attention was never paid to the hilly areas like Mahore. He said that non availability of the basic amenities in this belt was a clear indication that inhabitants of this region were only exploited to reap political benefits and nothing has been done to minimise their miseries. He regretted that even after 67 years of independence this belt remained neglected in every spheres of life. He assured that people that PDP would formulate a comprehensive plan for the over-all development of this belt. Seeking support of the people in general and youth in particular to throw out the present inept and corrupt system to bring positive change in the life of the commoners, Madni termed National Conference-Congress coalition as worst ever corrupt government in the State. “Hilly areas remained neglected for decades together and it was only during the tenure of PDP led regime that various developmental projects were initiated”, he said. He observed that the credibility of the present regime has reached at its lowest ebb because this dispensation has lost faith of the common masses due to misdeeds and rampant corruption. “There is total chaos and anarchy because the present regime has failed to bring transparency and accountability in the government”, he said and corruption has sneaked from top to bottom in the administration. Speaking on the occasion, PDP candidate Arshad Malik sought support of the people to give a befitting reply to those who are responsible for their woes. He said that Lok Sabha elections is a good opportunity to show power to ballot to those who have taken people of this hilly region for granted. Pointing towards backwardness and underdevelopment of this belt, he peoples’ representatives of this region were responsible for prevailing conditions. (KNS)

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Prasad lays foundation of 48 residential qtrs. at Sidhra JAMMU, APRIL 02: Direc- dential infrastructure and more tion for their efforts to ensure tor General of Police (DGP), Mr. residential units for lower and speedy execution and quality in Ashok Prasad today laid founda- upper subordinates would be the construction of works. tion stone of residential quarters at Sidhra being constructed by Jammu & Kashmir Police Housing Corporation (JKPHC). The quarters, on their completion, would accommodate upper subordinates of the Organization. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Prasad said that our Prime concern is to provide living facilities to the personnel at their places of posting. In this regard the Organisation, under its modernization scheme has launched a Mega construction programme to strengthen its building infrastructure in the State, he added and maintained several residential quarters, barracks and alternate accommodations have been constructed at various locations, Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal making a considerable improveGulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora ment in the housing sector. News Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Giving details, Mr.Tariq Prasad saidAgency Hawal that the upcoming accommodaconstructed at variousBazar different On the occasion, Managing Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk tion, comprising 48Abdullah residential under Modernization ProDirector, Singh Newsplaces Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News JKPHC, AgencyMr. LalDilbag Chowk quarters for upper subordi- gramme in the State. He appreci- apprised the DGP about the difGupkari News Agency Chowk Raina ferent News Agency Gund nates, would enhance the resiated JK Lal Police Housing Corporaaspects of the Kangan plan. He in-

formed that 48 residential quarters with modern living facilities, will be completed in a record

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Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Lone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Magam Dar News Agency Beerwah Reshi News Agency Safapora JAMMU, APRIL 02-Media andBandipora Monitoring BasharatCertification News Agency Committee (MCMC) Jammu has tillAgency date decided 6 paid news Altaf News Pulwama cases of various candidates contesting from 6-Jammu Poonch Jeelani News Agency Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency.Returning Officer 6-Jammu News Agency Kupwara Poonch ParliamentaryShah Constituency directed expenditure monitoring cell to include the expenditure based on standard Younis News Agency Langate rate cards and book the expenses the election account of Reshi Newsin Agency Islamabad these candidates whose news items have been declared by AgencytoTral MCMC as paid news Turray cases.ItNews is pertinent mention here Rahi NewsatAgency Kulgam the ECI has constituted MCMC’s state and district level for monitoring paid newsRah instances media and these commitNewsinAgency Byepass

MCMC Jammu decides 6 paid news cases

tees at district and state level are monitoring all political advertisements.

Under Prayas 14 callers register grievances KATHUA, APRIL 02:- In the weekly event of the District Administration Kathua to attend to the grievances of the public telephonically, 14 callers registered their complaints with the DDC Kathua Jitendra K. Singh today. The callers while interacting with Deputy Commissioner projected issues mainly related to the provisions for civic amenities in their respective areas.

Rashid News Agency Dalgate Hilal News Agency Budgam Bhat News Agency Chadoora Zargar News Agency Kunzar Bashir News Agency Sumbal Saleem News Agency Pattan Reyaz News Agency Pampore Javaid News Agency Qazigund SRINAGAR, APRIL 02:- The ReturnG.M News Agency Parliamentary Sopore ing Officer for 2-Srinagar Sultan News Agency Constituency today issued Handwara the Election notification for the constituency, the Sheikh News Agency Islamabad polls for which will be held on 30th Three Way News Agency Tral April 2014. Badru News Bijbehara According to Agency the notification, the Arwani lastMalik date forNews filing Agency of nomination is April 09, Shaheen 2014, while the scrutiny nominaNews AgencyofKargil

period of time, at an estimated cost of Rs. 5.28 crores. DGP was briefed about the utilisation of land available at Sidhra and was

told that alternate accommodation would be raised to house Para-military Forces. The Corporation is also executing many works allotted by other government departments and many works are ongoing which belong to district administration, health department and education department, the ADGP added. After laying the foundation stone, the DGP, discussed the modalities of the plan with the engineers and officers. He stressed to ensure timely execution and quality material in the construction, which could suffice the living facilities to personnel. The DGP was accompanied by ADGP (Headquarters) Mr. SP Vaid, IsGP SJM Gillani, M.Sulaiman Salaria and Mubarak Ahmad Ganai, DIsGP Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Beigh and Mr. Nisar Ahmed, Xen PHC Mr. Bashir Ahmad Rather, AIG building (PHQ) Mr. Abdul Rashid Bhat, SP PCR Jammu, Mr.J.S Johar, and other police officers.

Election Notification for 2-Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency issued

tions shall be conducted on April 10, 2014. The last date for withdrawal of candidature has been fixed on April 12, 2014. The nomination papers may be delivered by the candidate or by any of his proposers to the Returning Officer or to Dr. Shamim Ahmad Wani, specified Assistant Returning Officer, 21-Khanyar Assembly segment at Deputy Commissioner Office, Amar Nivas, Tankipora, Srinagar between 11 a.m to 3 p.m on any date other than public holiday. The Forms of nomination Papers can be obtained from the office of Returning Officer for 2-Srinagar Parliamentary

Constituency, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah, who is also Deputy Commissioner Srinagar from April, 02, 2014, while nominations papers will scrutinized on April, 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. The Notice of withdrawal of candidature may be delivered either by the

candidate or by any his proposers or by his Election Agent who has been authorized in writing by the candidate to deliver it to either of the officers specified at their office before 3 PM on April 12, 2014 while the polling will be held on April 30, 2014 from 7 a.m to 6 p.m.

S.G. Raveendra Reviews Election Arrangements at Ramban RAMBAN, APRIL 02-The Election Awareness Observer Mr. S G. Raveendra (IIS), today at Batote reviewed the polling and all other election related awareness arrangements for the ensuing Parliamentary Elections 2014. DEO Ramban M H Malik, ADDC Pardeep Kumar, ARO-55 Ramban Dr. Tahir Firdous were present in the meeting. DEO Ramban M H Malik apprised the observer about the arrangements made so far in the district for ensuring hassle free elections scheduled to be held on 17th of April. DEO further informed that for general public necessary instructions are being circulated through newspapers and pamphlets for restricting intimidation of voters by threats or bribery and all the teams for enforcement of Model Code of Conduct and Reporting of Expenditure and Paid News have been constituted and are reporting regularly to the concerned officers.

1171752 registered as electors in Sgr Parliamentary Constituency: DEO SRINAGAR, APRIL 02- The District Election-Cum-Returning- Officer, (Deputy Commissioner) 2-SrinagarParliamentary Constituency, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah has said that as on date as many as 11,71,752 electors have been registered in the constituency, which include 6,15,259 male and 5,56,493 females voters. He was addressing a Press Conference at Banquet Hall, Srinagar today. He said that 1546 polling stations have been established for conducting Parliament Election 2014 in the Constituency, out of which 1021 polling stations have been identified as hypersensitive, while as 470 sensitive polling stations in the Constituency. The DEO further informed that all necessary arrangements have been put in place for fair and smooth conduct of parliamentary elections adding that Election Control Room has been established in Dep-

HOROSCOPE Aries

March 21-April 19

Allow your eager and restless nature to express itself in ways other than through the spoken word, Aries. Show someone that you care through your gentle touch or a big bear hug. Hold on a little bit more tightly than you might normally. There’s an unspoken understanding that comes when you communicate through nothing but pure silence. Work on developing this kind of connection with those closest to you.

Taurus April 20-May 20

This is a terrific day for you, Taurus. You should find that your relationships, especially with men, go exceptionally well. Your tender and extremely sensitive nature is finally being recognized as the treasure chest it is. There are many times in which this type of personality is seen as weak, yet today is one of those times in which you’re given the full credit you deserve.

Gemini May 21-June 21

A selfish attitude on your part won’t be tolerated today, regardless of the circumstances, Gemini. Don’t make it worse for yourself by pretending that you don’t notice others’ hurt feelings. People are likely to be extra sensitive today, so be careful about trying to impose your will on someone who really wants nothing more than an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on.

Cancer June 22-July 22

You could find the hardest person to face is you, Cancer. You tend toward introspection, and you may find yourself shrinking into self-recrimination. You could analyze the important people in your life and yet fail to address the one you really need to look at – you. As you continually strive for perfection, give yourself proper credit. Do something nice for yourself today.

Leo

July 23-August 22 Take advantage of the creative energy in the air today, Leo. Keep your hands moving and your imagination flowing toward something fun and artistic. If you begin to doubt your work, you may fall down a spiral of creative blockage. Don’t get into the habit of constantly judging the quality or outcome of your work. Give yourself free rein to open up and explore whatever comes to mind.

Virgo August 23-September 22

Your sixth sense is right on target, Virgo, so trust your instincts today. You’re likely to connect with someone in a wonderful partnership that will help you foster the very plan you want to develop now. Stay close to those things that resonate strongly with your morals. The answer is in front of you; you don’t have to search too far afield in order to find it.

Libra

September 23-October 23 Take a break from your routine, Libra. You might feel like you’re leading an army into battle as you strive for new adventures and conquer new realms. Make sure you take a bit of time out today to stop and let your troops rest. You deserve a little rest yourself. Use this moment of stillness to form your plan of attack so you’re sure about how to proceed.

Scorpio

October 24-November 21 The key for you is to minimize your daily drama as much as possible, Scorpio. You may not realize how much you cripple yourself by the way you exaggerate every aspect of your life. Try not to give so much of your attention to things that really don’t matter much. Petty jealousy and gossip about other people’s lives are especially irrelevant in your world.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

uty Commissioner’s Office, Srinagar with telephone numbers, 01942476145, 0194-2452182 and 01942472580 (Fax). The DEO further informed that all necessary arrangements have been put in place for fair

and smooth conduct of parliamentary elections adding that Election Control Room has been established in Deputy Commissioner’s Office, Srinagar with telephone numbers, 0194-2476145, 0194-2452182 and

Stock and supply position of essentials reviewed at Kup KUPWARA, APRIL 02:

Secretary CA&PD, Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan accompanied by Director CA&PD, Kashmir, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Khan today visited Kupwara and reviewed overall stock and supply position of food grains, LPG, Kerosene oil and other essentials. The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner representatives of gas agencies and oil companies and Tehsil supply officers. While reviewing the supply and stock position of food grains, it was given out that 96701 ration ticket holders are registered 168000 families are getting the essentials at 384 sale centers setting up for the purpose. It was also given out that 1496 LPG cylinders are available with the Doost and Abshar gas agencies and 63000 connections are registered with the agencies in the district as six truck load LPG cylinders are received in Kup-

wara daily basis. It was further informed that 8000 quintals ration have been issued to CA&PD for Kupwara to met out the requirements of the left out consumers while 504 Kilolitres of Kerosene oil is to be distributed for the month of march 2014.It was further informed that 8000 quintals ration have been issued to CA&PD for Kupwara to met out the requirements of the left out consumers while 504 Kilolitres of Kerosene oil is to be distributed for the month of march 2014. The Secretary directed the CA&PD and District Administration to constitute the special market checking squads to monitor the availability and supply of essential commodities and involve the members of civil society to check the distribution system in the district.Earlier, the Assistant Director, CA&PD presented detailed power point presentation about the performance of the department.

0194-2472580 (Fax).Besides, Media Centre has been established at Banquet Hall, Srinagar equipped with all necessary facilities he added and maintained “A Complaint Redressed Cell has also been established in the

office of Deputy Commissioner’s with Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Srinagar as Nodal Officer with a toll free help line No 1800 180 7051 has been set up for registration of any complaint”.

Be careful of advertising yourself as someone who is so strong and mentally competent that you’re capable of handling everything, Sagittarius. Take note that the strongest mule on the trail usually ends up carrying the most weight. Your emotions are more sensitive than you may think, and certainly more than you demonstrate to others. Be honest about the way you feel and not just the way you think.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

EE, MCC Monitoring staff to report on April 03 at Banquet Hall SRINAGAR, APRIL 02: According to Deputy Commissioner Excise Kashmir, who is also the Nodal Officer for Election Expenditure Monitoring for the Lok Sabha Elections-2014 in district Srinagar, all the Assistant Expenditure Observers, staff of Accounting Teams, Video Surveillance Teams, Video Viewing Teams, Static Surveillance Teams and Flying Squads of 08 Assembly segments of Srinagar district have been informed to report on April 03, 2014 at 10 a.m in Banquet Hall, Srinagar for attending the special training programme regarding Election Expenditure and Model Code of Conduct.

2 more candidates file nomination papers for 3-Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency

ANANTNAG, APRIL 02: According to the Returning Officer 3-Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency, two more candidates filed their nomination papers before Assistant Returning Officer, Anantnag here today. The candidates who filed their nomination papers include Dr. Mehboob Beig from National Conference and Mushtaq Ahmad Malik from BJP. So far four candidates have filed their nomination papers to contest for the Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency.

Election training programme held in Bla

BARAMULLA, APRIL 02: In connection with the Lok Sabha Elections, a training programme for Sectoral Officers and Sector Magistrate was held here today. As many as 80 Sectoral Officers and Sector Magistrates participated. The Assistant Commissioner Revenue was also present on the occasion.

Things should flow well for you today with very little effort on your part, Capricorn. Take note that if any quarrel arises, it’s an indication that the person you’re arguing with isn’t necessarily the right person to deal with or confide in. Emotional issues are likely to be the hardest ones to overcome, but this shouldn’t be a problem for you. You have the ability to work through these like a pro.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

This is meant to be a nice, relaxing day, so treat it as such, Aquarius. There’s no need for you to plan any great strategy at this time. Try to take it easy and not indulge in any unnecessary stress. This is your time to enjoy the moment. Don’t tax your mind by overanalyzing everything that comes your way. Go with the flow and have a great time regardless of what you end up doing.

Pisces

February 19-March 20 Your sensual nature is heightened, Pisces, and you’ll find yourself engaged in tender moments and languid peacefulness in the company of others. Soothe your soul by letting yourself slip into situations that give you the emotional freedom to do or say whatever comes to mind. Life should be like a love poem written by a great master. Accept the good energy that comes your way.


EDITORIAL// OPINION OPINION Election Azada man commission and its of vision responsibilities

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Evolution of Electoral System of India

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fter India attained Independence in August 1947, there was a need to hold General Elections to elect a truly representative Government on the basis of universal adult suffrage. Article 324, which provides for the setting up of Election Commission as an independent constitutional authority, was therefore brought into force from November 26th, 1949, whereas, most of the other provisions were made effective from January 26th, 1950 (when the Constitution of India became effective). Election Commission was formally constituted on January 25th, 1950, a day before India became as Sovereign Democratic Republic. The First Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sukumar Sen, was appointed on March 21st, 1950. The Commission functioned as a single member body from 1950 to October 16th, 1989 but was converted into a three member body on October 16th, 1989 to January 1st, 1990. In the year 1990, January 1st, it was reverted to the system of single member body. However, since October 1st, 1993, the Commission is regularly functioning as a three member body. The Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners are given the same salary and allowances as of a Judge of the Supreme Court. All the three Commissioners have equal powers in decision making and in case of any difference of opinion on any issue, the decision is taken by the majority. The term of the office of CEC and ECs is six years or till the age of 65, whichever is earlier.

For the purpose of first General Elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas, the first delimitation order was issued by President, in consultation with Election Commission and with the approval of Parliament on August 13th, 1951. To provide a legal framework for the conduct of elections, Parliament passed the first Act on May 12th, 1950 (Representation of the People Act, 1950) providing mainly for the preparation of electoral rolls and second Act on July 17th, 1951 (Representation of the People Act, 1951) laying down the procedure for the conduct of elections to both Houses of Parliament and Vidhan Sabhas for each State. Electoral Rolls for constituencies were published in all States by November 15th, 1951. The total number of voters (excluding J&K) was 17,32,13,635 as against the total population of India (excluding J&K), 35,66,91,760 according to 1951 census,. The first General Elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas were held between October, 1951 and March, 1952. The first Lok Sabha consisting of 497 members was constituted on April 2nd, 1952. The first Rajya Sabha consisting of 216 members was constituted on April 3rd, 1952. After the constitution of the two Houses of Parliament and the State Legislative Assemblies, the first Presidential election was held in May, 1952 and the first duly elected President assumed the charge of office on May 13th, 1952. At the time of the first General Election in 1951-52, the Commission had recognized 14 political parties as multistate parties and 39 parties as the state par-

ties. Presently, there are seven recognized National Party and 40 State Party. For the first and second General Elections in 1951-52, and 1957, the Election Commission adopted the ‘Balloting System’ of voting. Under this system, every candidate was allotted a separate ballot box at each polling station in a screened compartment and the voter was required only to drop his ballot paper, the centrally pre-printed ballot papers into the ballot box of the candidate of his choice. From the 3rd General Elections in 1962 onwards, the Commission switched over to ‘marking system’ of voting. Under this system, a common ballot paper containing the names and election symbols of all contesting candidates is printed on which the voter has to put a mark with an arrow cross mark rubber stamp on or near the symbol of the candidate of his choice. All the marked ballot papers are put into a common ballot box. The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used for the first time in part of Parur Assembly Constituency in Kerala in 1982, on experimental basis. Later, the extensive use of EVMs started in 1998. The EVMs were used at all polling stations in the country in the 14th General Elections to the Lok Sabha in 2004 for the first time. Since then all elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies have been held using EVMs. Since 1951-52, fifteen General Elections have been held to the Lok Sabha and 348 General Elections to the Vidhan Sabhas and the country is now fully geared for the 16th country wide general elections to Lok Sabha .

Recognizing Outstanding Contribution in the Prevention of Drug Addiction, Awareness Generation, Research and Rehabilitation

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lcoholism and drug abuse is a pysco-social-medical problem requiring a holistic approach – from prevention and early detection to effective intervention, rehabilitation and social integration. The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is the nodal Ministry for drug demand reduction. It coordinates and monitors all aspects of drug abuse prevention which include assessment of the extent of the problem, preventive action, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts, dissemination of information and public education. The Ministry provides community-based services for the identification, treatment and rehabilitation of addicts through voluntary organizations. In order to recognize the efforts, and, encourage excellence in the Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drugs) Abuse and rehabilitation of its victims, awards will be presented, every year, for the most effective or outstanding services as individuals as well as institutions in the prevention of abuse of:(a) Alcohol; (b) Narcotic Drugs; (c) Psychotropic Substances; (d) Other Addictive Substances (Except tobacco and its products) e.g. cough syrups, correction fluid,

etc. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has been implementing the Scheme of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse since 1985-86. The Scheme, which was revised twice in 1994 and 1999, at present provides financial support to NGOs and employers mainly for creating Awareness and Preventive Education, Drug Awareness and CounsellingCentres (CCs), Treatment- Cum- Rehabilitation Centres (TC), Workplace Prevention Programme (WPP), De-addiction Camps (ACDC), NGO forum for Drug Abuse Prevention Innovative Interventions etc. Apart from this, the Ministry takes up awareness generation programme every year disseminating information, education and communication (IEC) materials, organizing programmes in schools and community, holding exhibitions and publishing newsletters and journals. At present there are about 41 CCs and 401 TCs are functioning with the support of the ministry in the country. Besides, a large number of NGO’s are involved in this endeavour,

Ministry of social Justice and Empowerment notified in December last year a scheme of National Awards for Outstanding Services in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse, in order to recognize the efforts and encourage excellence in the field of prevention of substance abuse and rehabilitation of its victims. The Scheme is applicable to institutions and individuals working in this field. Under the scheme, awards will be presented every year to the most effective or outstanding services rendered as individuals as well as institutions in the prevention of abuse of alcohol; narcotic drugs; psychotropic substances and other addictive substances. The awards are presented every year, on the 26th June, which has been declared by the United Nations as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and are given in ten different categories to institutions and individuals. I. Institutional Category (i) Best Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA) for providing rehabilitation services to alcoholics and drug users (ii) Best Regional Resource and

Training Centre (RRTC) providing exemplary contribution in the field of prevention of addiction. (iii) Best Panchayati Raj or Municipal Body working for prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse. (iv) Best Educational Institution doing outstanding work in awareness generation and prevention of alcoholism and substance (drug) abuse. (v) Best Non-Profit Institution, other than Serial Number (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) above, with outstanding contribution in the field of Prevention of Alcoholism and Substance (Drug) Abuse. (vi) Best Research or Innovation. (vii) Best Awareness Campaign. II. Individual Category (viii) Outstanding individual achievement by a professional. (ix) Outstanding individual achievement by a non- professional. (x) Former Addict, who has done outstanding work in the field of awareness generation or de-addiction or rehabilitation. The institution of these National Awards is indeed a manifestation of Government’s commitment to address the issues and take effective steps against alcohol and drug abuse.

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