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

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Taj asks CB to speed up BOPEE scam probe Jammu, December 02: Minister for Medical Education and Youth Service and Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din today asked the Crime Branch to speed up the investigation in the BOPEE scam and come out with a list of students who got admitted the MBBS course through dubious means. Commenting on the strike by the under graduate students at the Srinagar and Jammu medical colleges, the Minister said as soon as the Crime Branch comes out with the list of students who secured admissions through CET examinations by paying bribe, their recognition would be cancelled there and then. Mr. Taj appealed the students of both GMCs to maintain calm and cooperate with the Government and let the investigating agency get out the truth.

Pvt schools disobey winter vacation orders Srinagar, December 02: While government has announced order to all schools up to eighth standard to remain closed for winter break, some private schools continue to remain functional even in this extreme chill creating lot of inconvenience to students and their parents. A delegation of parents on Monday came to KNS office and complained that instead of following the government order to close down schools in wake of chilly weather, the private schools continue to remain open. “Our children are attending school in this cold continuously and due to which they have, See Pvt Schools on Pg. 11

Inside story 330 MW Kishanganga to be commissioned in January 2016 In his pursuit to realize the goal of generating 9000 MW of hydro energy in the State to convert Jammu and Kashmir to a power surplus state from energy deficit one, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday inspected

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On Edit Page Demand of scrapping Article 370- Unwise and unjustified The rhortic of BJP to scrap article 370 of constitution of India which gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir

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Weather will be mainly dry over the state.


Partly Cloudy Sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 13°C & 00°C respectively.


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Ram Leela also earns 100 Crore

Inaugurates Sangam Primary Health Centre

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Congress responsible for dilution of Article 370: Kamal

Militants attack police party in Chadoora

Srinagar, December 02:

SHO killed, 2 cops among 3 injured Srinagar, December 02: A police officer was killed and three others including a civilian injured on Monday in a surprise militant attack in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Official sources told Global News Service (GNS) that two unknown militants opened heavy fire from point blank range on a police team headed by Station House Officer (SHO) Chadoora Sub-Inspector Shabir Ahmad near Main Chowk this afternoon. In the exchange of fire, four people, including SHO, Chadura, two cops and a civilian were injured. All the injured were rushed to the sub-district hospital, Chadura

for treatment. However, the police officer died at the hospital

before the doctors could treat upon him.

Article 370 bridge between J&K State and centre: Sagar Ganderbal, December 02: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar laid foundation stone of new model village at Dagpora (Gadoora) in Ganderbal district here today. MLA, Hazratbal, Dr. Mustafa Kamal was present on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal, Officers of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, officers of district administration and other officers besides pubic representatives and large gathering of people were present on the occasion. Addressing a large gathering on the occasion, Mr. Sagar said that a golden era has begun since the Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah took over the reins of Jammu and Kashmir State. He said that the promises made by the government for setting up of model

villages was aimed at providing basic facilities to the people at their doorsteps. He directed the authorities of Rural Development to complete the work on model village Dagpora (Gadoora)

within nine months on which Rs 1.12 crore are being spent. Mr. Sagar said that the progress registered on development and welfare front is the contribution of Omar Abdullah government. He said crores of rupees were spent to construct roads, bridges besides colleges, schools hospitals and playfields. He said present govern-

ment has made administration responsive, transparent and accountable before public. The Minister said visible change has been registered by launching massive development

projects in rural as well as urban areas across the State and developmental activities have been speeded up to ensure completion within stipulated time. He said by setting up of Panchayati Raj System the State public representatives have been empowered with 16 departments. Underscoring the See Sagar on Pg. 11

The cops identified as SPO, Firdous Ahmad, and Mohammad Shafi and a civilian Ghulam Mohammad Dar son of Mohammad Ramzan were referred to SKIMS, Soura for specialized treatment. The condition of Dar is said to be critical. The doctors at the SDH, Chadura told GNS that that SHO had received three bullets two in his chest and one in the right arm. The martyred officer Shabir Ahmad is survived by his wife, five young children and an aged father. Soon after the attack, army, SOG, Police and CRPF cordoned off the area and started search operation to nab the See Militants on Pg. 11

A day after the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Jammu stated that Article 370 was introduced by Jawaharlal Nehru so that it could get eroded with the passage of time, Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, additional general secretary National Conference on Monday accused Congress of diluting the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. While talking to KNS, Kamal observed that the Congress party at New Delhi in the past tried its best to erode Article 370 and that the history bears witness that the Congress in collaboration with its installed governments in Jammu and Kashmir, always played a vital role in ‘uprooting’ the spe-

cial status of the state. Kamal maintained further: “The amendments have been done to the Article 370 at several occasions and the centre tried its utmost to strengthen its position in the state. The former state’s Chief Minister Ghulam Mohammad Sadiq termed Article 370 a big rock in the middle of the river and held various meets with the centre to throw it away.” Kamal stated that the dilution of Article 370 was done See Kamal on Pg. 11

Join peace loving forces: Omar to people Cautions about ‘dream merchants’

Sopore, December 02: Asking people to shape their future by getting connected with the peace and development loving forces and refusing to be exploited by ‘dream merchants’, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday said that the past twenty five years are witnessed to the economic distress the state has witnessed due to peace disturbance putting everything in shambles and sky rocketing unemployment problem. “We do not compel you to have same thought as is being nurtured by us for the development and peace in the state but at the same time we want to drive home to you the fact that development process cannot be put to back burner for all the times to come”, he said maintaining and asked the people to take right decision in this regard to ensure peace and prosperity in the state. Addressing a public meet-

ing here after laying foundation of Rs.13.68 crore Mehrajpora bridge, the Chief Minister said that ‘dream merchants’ have sold many dreams to people without filling colour to any of these. He said people have to decide how long they could wait for peace and prosperity. Referring to the lagging behind of Sopore town in the development process, the Chief Minister said that this is because of the reason that people of the town during the last twenty five years were kept out of the ambit

of peace and development. “Instead of showcasing the historic characteristics of Sopore, its natural wealth, scenic beauty and world famous apple, this town has been introduced as the resort of, violence, militancy, stone-pelting and peace disturbance”, he said and told the people to shed this artificial face implanted on Sopore during the last twenty to twenty five years. “It was my desire to address you here and make you aware of the losses you and your progeny is being put by the negative politics and

ask you to rise to the occasion and decide for yourself to make your destiny bright and prosper”, he said and disclosed that for the long history of disturbance in Sopore, the security agencies were not in favour of him holding the public meeting at Sopore. “But ignoring the advisory I am talking to you frankly because you are as dear to me as the rest of the J&K people residing across the state”, he said and added that he wanted Sopore to be as developing a town as See Omar on Pg. 11

Article 370 not Babri Masjid which could be demolished: Mehbooba

Diagnostic centres charging exorbitant rates for clinical tests

Modi’s rally will not help BJP: Chaman Lal Gupta

Srinagar, Dec 02:

Srinagar, December 02:

patient.” President of the association Mr. Umar said that the priority of the diagnostic centers across the summer capital is to help the patients at large. He further stated that the association has made it the top most duty not to charge any extra rate to the ailing patients. “We will never allow this to happen. There are some people who without any justification charge patients too much, we advise them to go for any other business. The medical profession is meant to remain in service of the people and help them in all circumstances, anyone who does its opposite should leave this sacred profession,” said Umar. Patients have further alleged that the government hospitals have the scarcity of the facilities and the machines meant for the diagnosis, always remain out of function. After the repeated attempts by KNS, the contact with the hospital authorities was not established.

Srinagar, December 02:

The opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti said that Article 370 is not Babri Masjid which BJP could demolish with the help of Hindu zealots. “It is Article 370 which connects Jammu and Kashmir with India and if it is scraped then India Kashmir’s accession with India automatically becomes redundant,” Mehbooba told reporters at her Gupkar residence on Monday. Mehbooba was reacting to the point made


by BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi that the status of Article 370 is debatable and it could be debated in Indian Parliament. Mehbooba Mufti said that Narendra Modi lacks information about the essence of Article 370. "Article 370 is a permanent feature of Indian Constitution and it is the only Article which connects Jammu and Kashmir with India. Abrogation of Article 370 from the Constitution can only be done with the consent of the Constituent Assembly of See Mehbooba on Pg. 11

Several diagnostic centres across Srinagar are involved in charging the exorbitant rates for different clinical tests making the ailing people to suffer at large. A delegation of senior citizens to KNS, that the patients at present are aghast due to the unjustified rates of tests being imposed at several diagnostic centres across the city and that no rate schedule has been finalized to put limits on the same. “The doctors advised me to go for the urine culture test immediately, I went to the private diagnostic laboratory for the same and was charged more than nine hundred rupees, the actual price of the test is only 250,” said Khalid Syed, a member of the delegation that visited KNS to register its protest. Another patient while relating the same tale told KNS that the rates being imposed at the private diagnostic centres cannot be legiti-

mized and that these centres are taking people for a ride everyday. “They know that the patient has to go for the test and then they charge the patient unjustified amount and no one really raises any concern.” Zaina Begum, resident of Chanapora another member of the delegation says that several labs while providing justifications for the extra rates, high tech machines but there are no regulations that could control the rates of tests at private labs. The general secretary of Private Diagnostic centres association Mr Afaq when contacted said that the rates for the tests at private diagnostic centres have been fully finalized and that the centres follow the rates in letter and spirit. “We do not transgress the rate schedule but yes some centres are there in Srinagar who give the reason that they have some high tech machines but to my knowledge there is no such rule wherein you can charge extra bucks to the

Claiming that Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu will not benefit the party in the state at large, senior BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta Monday said that the chances of the party to emerge victorious in the state are getting lesser with every passing day. Gupta while talking to KNS a day after Modi addressed ‘Lalkar Rally’ in Jammu said that the forthcoming polls in the state will prove difficult for the BJP and that its claims to register triumph seem illusionary. “The BJP at present in the state has lost its ground and the people at present do not find the party appropriate for representation.” Gupta further stated that the BJP leaders in the state See Modi’s Rally on Pg. 11


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assailants. However, the day long searches did not yield any results as the militants, who carried out the deadly attack are believed to have fled from the area. The gunfight also triggered panic in the main market that was bustling with business activities. The traders closed their shops and ran towards the safer places. The movement of transport was also hit for several hours. Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, A G Mir while speaking to the reporters at the wreath laying ceremony said that today afternoon some unknown militants attacked a police party at a busy market place in Chadoora in Budgam.The Station House officer of the police station Chadoora, Sub-Inspector Shabir Ahmad got martyred in the attack. Two policemen and a civilian were also injured in the attack. He said that the militants managed to escape from the place taking advantage of rush of people in the market. “The police party reacted cautiously to avoid any civilian injuries. Investigation has been started and search operations for nabbing the militants have been started at many places”. A police spokesman in a statement issued to GNS said that a wreath laying ceremony for martyred police officer Shabir Ahmad was held at DPL, Srinagar. The wreath laying ceremony was attended by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Sh. Shalinder Kumar, Inspector General of Police Kashmir Sh. A G Mir, IG CRPF ops Nalin Prabhat, IGP Sh. Yogender Koul, IG CRPF Sh. P K Singh, IGP Armed Sh. T. Phunsung, DIG CRPF Sh. H S Rawat, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar Sh. Farooq Ahmad Shah, SSP Srinagar SAH Bukhari, SP Budgam Sh. Mohammad Arshad and many officers of different wings of Police, Civil, security forces officers and jurisdictional SP’s and SDPO’s of Srinagar police.


by New Delhi under the planned conspiracy and then governments in the state were hand in glove with Delhi for the same. “You had the Congress government in centre till 1977 and the dilution of the article 370 was only done by the congress.” He further said that 92 laws have been passed by the state government by amending the state constitution. And that move weakened the article 370 in the state.” Kamal claimed that the governments have been installed by New Delhi in the state and the governments here obliged New Delhi in every move against the state and the Article 370 became the worst victim due to the bond. Pertinently, Narendra Modi in the recently held rally at Jammu stated that the BJP is ready to hold the debate over article 370 and that Nehru introduced the article in the constitution so that it could get eroded with time.


Srinagar, Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and other districts of the valley. Omar said that despite the negative politics played in Sopore town and keeping people away from development, his government took all measures to ensure equitable growth in this northern town of Kashmir known for its horticulture produce. The Chief Minister said that 35 water supply schemes have been launched in Sopore town to provide drinking water facility to the people. He said Rs.35 crore are being spent in the town on drainage and sewerage works while two projects have been launched to upgrade power system and six schemes are being implemented in the irrigation sector besides macadamizing about 40 roads. He said 300 unemployed qualified youth have been appointed ReT in Sopore constituency. “Your MLA is tirelessly endeavouring to seek betterment and all-round development for Sopore and takes all necessary steps in this connection. He always bats for the speedy development of the town and discusses the necessity of host of development schemes for Sopore”, Omar said and asked the people to join hands with their representative to seek development in their areas particularly Sheikh Colony and Khushyal Colony mentioned in spasnama. The public meeting was addressed by Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, Legislator and Provincial President NC, Nasir Aslam Wani and MLAs, Mohammad Ashraf and Javed Ahmed Dar. Earlier, the Chief Minister laid foundation of 205 meters long 5.5 meter wide bridge over river Jhelum at Mehrajpora near here. The proposed bridge is likely to cost Rs.13.68 crores and its expected date of completion is February 2016.Launch of this bridge has fulfilled long cherished demand of people of Sopore. The bridge on completion will connect Mehrajpora, Arampora, Chankipora of Sopore town with Ningli Tarzoo and with the Srinagar National Highway. It will act as a bypass for Sopore town for district Bandipora to Srinagar.

Daily whatsoever. Dr Mustafa Kamal in his address asked people to differentiate between right and wrong and go through the history of J&K and see the developmental graph registered by the National Conference for the welfare and development of the State. He said government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah will usher era of peace, progress and development in the State. He urged upon the people to struggle against divisive forces and asked them to work for cementing the bonds of brotherhood between various communities. He expressed serious concern over the emergence of divisive forces and termed the tendency as bad omen for healthy and vibrant growth of democracy. Without naming any party, he exhorted the people to alienate, not only the individuals who carry out myopic politics based on hate and intolerance, but also the parties they belong to, at the strength of their vote.


Jammu and Kashmir, which does not exist. Besides Modi should know that if this Article is scrapped, the bridge between India and Kashmir will collapse and Kashmir will cease to be a part of India,” Mehbooba said. She said that Modi and his company should understand that Article 370 is not Babri Masjid, which could be demolished in Jiffy. “It is Article 370 which determines India’s relation with Kashmir and once it will be scraped, the accession between the two will cease,” Mehbooba said adding that BJP is befooling the people of India through its hollow slogans.

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have undermined the basic principles of the party and have eroded the party base. “They are zero now, the party will not emerge victories in the forth coming polls and from 11 seats, and the party would reach to maximum three to four seats in the state assembly.” “The high command also did not show any sportsman spirit to make the party united or to strengthen the party base in the state,” said Gupta, adding, the BJP leaders in the state have devastated the party by ousting seven out of 11 BJP law makers. Gupta said that he skipped the rally only because he was not invited to attend the same. “Most of the BJP workers were not present in the rally and when the workers are not with you, how you expect that you will emerge victorious.” Stating that Modi’s visit cannot be presumed as the major landmark for the state BJP here Gupta said that the politics is the field wherein week is the enough time.”Modi visited one of the assembly constituencies in 2008 for the election campaign in Jammu region. Despite that our candidate stood on number four. We cannot eulogize his rally to such extant that we start living with the pseudo hopes.”

Pvt Schools.........

have fallen ill as they have to leave home early in the morning,” A parent whose child is studying in Delhi Public school Budgam argued. When contacted Director School Education, said, “We have not received any complaint from any parent till now. If we receive complaint against any school keeping the classes open up to eighth standard, despite announcement of winter break, we will take stringent action,” the Director told KNS. “Those whose kids are still made to attend schools, should bring the complaint in my notice and I will take immediate action against the offending school authorities,” he added.

Daylong workshop under CSSNMPS organized at Srinagar Srinagar, December 02: Daylong district level workshop was organized under CSS-NMPS (National Mission on Protein Supplementation) by the Directorate of Animal Husbandry here today. A large number of progressive farmers of the district participated in the

daylong interactive workshop. The departmental experts made presentations on modern Dairying and Animal Husbandry practices. The experts highlighted the need of cultivation of high yielding and quality fodder seed to increase milk production.


PRI’s responsible for planning, People friendly policies of execution of developmental works Govt appreciated by all at gross root level: DDC Ang regions of the State: Gurezi Srinagar, December 02: Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood C o n t r o l , M r. N a z i r Ahmad Gurezi has said that holistic development of all the three regions of the State is a priority concern of the Government. He said that remarkable progress on all fronts has been witnessed by the people who are appreciating people friendly policies of the Government headed by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah. Mr. Gurezi was addressing gatherings during his tour to various areas including Dawar and Mastan in Tehsil Gurez today. The Minister said several measures have been taken by the Government for the up-liftment of the weaker sections of the society especially living in remote and hilly areas. He asked the agriculture,

horticulture, animal and sheep husbandry officers to ensure that the benefits of flagship programmes launched by the centre and state government percolated to the deserving lot. He also asked them to aware general masses about the welfare scheme of their respective departments. En-route, several deputations met the Minister and apprised him about their individual and collective problems. The Minister gave them patient hearing and assured them that their genuine demands will be looked into. A team of senior officers and engineers of PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control, Horticulture, Agriculture, Floriculture, Sheep and Animal Husbandry departments accompanied the Minister during his tour.

2-days Heritage Training Workshop held at Mansbal Manasbal, December 02: Tw o d a y s t r a i n i n g workshop of teachers and students of district Ganderbal was inaugurated by District Development Commissioner Ganderbal here today. This was the first workshop of its kind with teaching community and was organised by INTACH in association with the Heritage Education and Communication Service (HECS), Heritage Wing of INTACH which has been involved in building a network of Heritage Clubs in schools throughout the country with an aim of s e t t i n g u p I N TA C H Heritage Clubs in Schools for helping the people

especially the younger generation to understand heritage that includes historical buildings, arts & crafts, living traditions, life styles, flora fauna and landscapes. District Development Commissioner Ganderbal while addressing the inaugural ceremony said that by organising such camps we learn to preserve the heritage for posterity. These workshops create awareness to initiate and sustain preservation plans at the student and community level. It was insisted in the workshop that teachers may take the Heritage Education in mission mode to protect and preserve the heritage of the state.

Kisan Mela Cum awareness camp held at ITI Shopian Shopian, December 02: One day Kisan Mela cum Awareness camp under ATMA organized by Sericulture Development Department Shopian at ITI Shopian was today inaugurated by District Dev. Commissioner Shopian. A large number of Silk Worm rears from the district Participated. On the occasion Additional Director Sericulture Kashmir gave details of the schemes being implemented and spoke

about the progress made by the district in cocoon production vis-a-viz the income being generated. District Dev. Commissioner Shopian, who was the chief guest stressed for more participation of families especially the youth with sericulture sector to eradicate the menace of unemployment among the youth and also distributed cheques to the beneficiaries who have constructed the rearing houses under CDPscheme.

Anantnag, December 02: Panchayati Raj Act.District District Development D e v e l o p m e n t Commissioner Anantnag Commissioner made them today emphasized that PRI’s aware about their role in are responsible for planning framing, planning and and execution of develop- executing different developmental works at gross root mental programmes at gross level. root level. He described PRI D i s t r i c t D e v e l o p m e n t members as agents of social Commissioner was speaking change as they are aware of during the Pan chayat the local needs. District Conference held today at D e v e l o p m e n t town hall Mattan in which Commissioner directed that PRI’s of Dachinipora and the Gram Sabhas and Khowripora blocks besides monthly PRI meetings shall general public participated. be convened on routine basis A d d i t i o n a l D i s t r i c t with status of participation D e v e l o p m e n t be communicated to District Commissioner, Additional Administration. He also Deputy Commissioner, instructed for dissemination District Panchayat Officer of information with regard to and District officers of all 14 various schemes be made line departments coming public with an intimation to within the purview of PRI members. District devolution of Powers to D e v e l o p m e n t P R I ’ s a t t e n d e d t h e Commissioner Anantnag Conference. directed all the officers of Officers of all the concerned concerned departments to departments revealed details involve the PRI members in of the developmental the planning and execution programmes run by their processes of different respective departments Vis- developmental works and a-Vis role of PRI’s who were programmes so that the plans sensitized with respect to are formed and executed as their role and powers per the local needs and invested with them through aspirations of people.

Office of the Regional Transport Office Kashmir NOTICE

Whereas a joint application has been received from Shri Shahid Ahmad Shah S/o Mohammad Sidiq Shah R/o Baghat-e-Barzulla. (as Transferor) and Shri. Abdul Rahim Dar R/o Zero Bridge Sgr. (as Transferee) for transfer of Auto (P) Carriage route permit No. 78 Star Covering vehicle No. JK01J-7342. Now, Therefore, it is notified for general information that objections, if any to the proposed transfer of the said route permit/vehicle shall be filed in writing in the office of the Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir within a period of seven days from the date of publication of this notice. Seller and Purchaser identified by the authorised representative of M/s S.T.W Co. namely Mr. Bagh Hussain. No: JK RTOK 7076 Sd/- Regional Transport Officer Dated: 28-11-2013 Kashmir G.D

Office of the Regional Transport Office Kashmir NOTICE

Whereas a joint application has been received from Shri Mrs. Fehmeeda W/o Zahoor Ahmad Nanda R/o Jawahar Nagar Sgr. (as Transferor) and Shri. Gh. Hassan Sheikh S/o Habibullah Sheikh R/o Padshahie Bagh Sgr. (as Transferee) for transfer of Auto (P) Carriage route permit No. 860 Star Covering vehicle No. JK01B-4610. Now, Therefore, it is notified for general information that objections, if any to the proposed transfer of the said route permit/vehicle shall be filed in writing in the office of the Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir within a period of seven days from the date of publication of this notice. Seller and Purchaser identified by the authorised representative of M/s New JK Roadways namely Mr. Mohammad Yaseen. No: JK RTOK 7056 Sd/- Regional Transport Officer Dated: 27-11-2013 Kashmir G.D

Office of the Regional Transport Office Kashmir NOTICE

Whereas a joint application has been received from Shri Hilal Ahmad Khan S/o Abdul Qayoom Khan R/o Beigh Mohalla Allouchi Bagh Sgr. (as Transferor) and Shri. Feroz Ahmad Najar S/o Gh. Mohammad Najar R/o Baghwanpora Sgr. (as Transferee) for transfer of Auto (P) Carriage route permit No. 6592 Star Covering vehicle No. JK01D-4346. Now, Therefore, it is notified for general information that objections, if any to the proposed transfer of the said route permit/vehicle shall be filed in writing in the office of the Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir within a period of seven days from the date of publication of this notice. Seller and Purchaser identified by the authorised representative of M/s New JK Roadways namely Mr. Mohammad Yaseen. No: JK RTOK 7156 Sd/- Regional Transport Officer Dated: 02-12-2013 Kashmir G.D


importance of Article 370 the Minister said it acts as bridge between State and Central Governments and there is no question of its eradication. He said Article 370 in J&K State has a special status and identity for which National Conference will never compromise. Mr. Sagar cautioned the people about the vested interest of some political parties and asked them to play their efforts for strengthening of democratic setup in the State so that people living in Jammu and Kashmir can touch new heights of prosperity and development. Responding to the demands put forth by the people Mr. Sagar assured them that area focused attention will be given to the area for its further development. He asked people to take maximum benefits from the government schemes being implemented for the welfare and economic development. He urged upon youth to involve themselves in various employment generation schemes including SKWEPY, Himayat, Udaan besides other entrepreneurship schemes so that they are able to earn their livelihood with honour and dignity.Recalling the contribution of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in promotion of education system and land to tiller like revolutionary steps, Sagar said several welfare schemes were launched for the development of the people of J&K.Mr Sagar said amicable solution can be derived from bilateral talks and not by use of force,

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330 MW Kishanganga to be commissioned in January 2016 went into the tunnel and inspected its various sections. It was also givIn his pursuit to realize the goal en out that excavation for Concrete Faced Rock-fill Dam has been comof generating 9000 MW of hydro energy in the State to convert Jammu pleted with excavation of Spillway, and Kashmir to a power surplus and the construction of Dam is in progress alongwith construction of state from energy deficit one, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday Cut-off wall. The Chief Minister was briefed inspected the status of works of Kishanganga Hydro Electric Project about the Power House coming up at the Dam site in Gurez and Power near Bandipora. It was stated that excavation of Surge Shaft, TransHouse location in Bandipora. former Hall and Power House CavInteracting with engineers and ern has been completed while for other staff on work, the Chief MinPressure Shaft and Tail Race Tunnel ister laid stress on sticking to the is in progress. It was stated that an bar chart prepared for the implementation of various works on the expenditure of Rs. 2809.64 crores project. He said the prestigious 330 has been incurred on the construction of the project which is likely to MW Kishanganga HE Project involvbe completed by January 2016.The ing Rs.3642 crores and being constructed in Turnkey Basis is likely Chief Minister while taking brief on to be completed in 84 months from the re-settlement and rehabilitation the date of its launch in January plan for the affected population in Badwan, Khopri, Wampora and Nyle 2009.The Chief Minister inspected in Gurez and Chak and Kralpora in the excavation of Head Race Tunnel the affected. Bandipora, emphasized on ensuring (HRT) and was informed thatNews 95.5%Agency Lone Kangan Khan of News Agency Ganderbal It was statedChadoora that a rehabilitation fast track and befitting rehabilitation tunnel is complete. Omar Abdullah Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Bandipora, December 02:

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Collective efforts needed to fight AIDS: Shabir

at Lawrence Public School at Sidhra here on Monday, organized by J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (JKSAPC) in Collaboration with Lawrence Public School Management for celebration of World AIDS Day fortnight programmes, the Minister said that this dreaded disease is a global epidemic and has spread its tentacles throughout the country adding that the state of Jammu and Kash-

day reminds us of our duties towards the AIDS patients and we all should take a pledge this day to adopt a sympathetic and human approach towards such patients and encourage them to lead a normal life. He said observing only one day in the name of AIDS is not sufficient, the fight against disease should continue throughout the year. The Minister called upon the private and government

LC panel for popularizing IT role in day-to-day public life Jammu, December 02: The Department Related Standing Committee (DRSC-II) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Monday suggested for launching a vigorous campaign to highlight the mandate of the Department of Information Technology (IT) & Science & Technology through print and electronic media to educate the general masses so that maximum people of the State can avail benefits thereof. The Committee, which met under the Chairmanship of MLC, Mr. Vijay Bakaya here today, discussed and reviewed the overall functioning of the IT department and suggested several measures to further tone up its functioning. Threadbare discussion was held on the implementation of e-governance, data and functioning of Khidmat Centres operating across the State, other centrally sponsored and state schemes like Solar Energy Projects. Legislators, Mr Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Mr Jehangir Hussain Mir, Mr B. R. Kundal and Dr Shehnaz Ganai gave their valuable suggestions for the improvement of the functioning of the department. The panel stressed upon the officers of IT department to gear up their field functionaries and come up with the expectations of the people. It also stressed for fixing physical and financial targets and keeping provision for maintenance of solar lights installed at various places. The Committee asked the department to achieve the targets in full and ensure that the benefits of welfare schemes reach to the people in every nook and corner of the State. The Committee asked the department to present detailed working report along with the mechanism adopted by the department for implementation of various schemes so that the panel is able to contribute more effectively.

the diseases. She apprised the gathering about the initiatives taken by the JKSACS to combat HIV/AIDS in the State. He said the organization has been making tireless efforts to generate awareness about this dreaded disease in every nook and corner of the State through different mediums. He said encouraging indicators have come to fore and there is considerable decrease in the new HIV/AIDS cases.

Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution and Transport, Ch. Mohammad Ramzan in presence of Minister of State for CA&PD, Mr. Vikar Rasool took a detailed review of supply, stocking, distribution of food grains, and availability of K-Oil and home delivery system of LPG in Jammu province at a high level meeting convened here today. The Ministers directed the authorities of CA&PD to ensure stocking of full quota of essential commodities in hilly, remote and far-flung areas of Jammu division before the onset of winter and ensure that the people of these snow-prone areas do not suffer on this count. Expressing their dissatisfaction over the home delivery system of LPG adopted by the oil companies operating in the State, the Ministers directed the authorities to ensure that the home delivery of LPG be made without any stoppage so that the consumers do not face any convenience on this account. They

Speaker inaugurates Sangam Primary Health Centre

that the Health Centre is equipped with latest diagnostic equipments besides having a special ward for female patients’ alongwith immunisation and ambulance facilities. The Health Institution would cater the health care needs of locals of adjacent villages. Later, Mr. Gul while addressing a public gathering said that Article 370 is a bridge between Central Govern-

instructed the authorities to enhance capacity of stocking of LPG in the State especially in Kashmir Valley which is being hampered due to heavy snow fall and closure of National Highway. The Ministers said that stern action will be taken including cancellation of licenses of those gas agencies that are not providing satisfactory home delivery of LPG to the consumers adding that the matter is being taken up with the Union Ministry of Petroleum. The Ministers authorised the officers of Legal Metrology Department to monitor the Home Delivery system of LPG in addition to their own duties. Discussing the measures regarding streamlining the supply and distribution system of essential commodities, Ch. Ramzan directed the authorities to conduct regular market checking of sale outlets to ensure timely supply of ration to the consumers, adding that providing food-grains through public distribution system to the people without any hindrance is the priority of the government.

You may run up against a brick wall early today. Things should ease a bit by evening. Remember that the harder you push against that wall, the more your head will pound, the more bruised your shoulder will become, and the more energy you’ll expend. You’ll be surprised at how easy things get when you step back. You’ll see that you can go around the wall without charging through it.

Taurus April 20-May 20

You may feel like a racehorse crammed in the starting gate. You’re stuck in a small spot, stomping your feet, and anxiously waiting for the starting bell. You may feel powerless since you have no control over when the gate will open. Be patient. Don’t waste all your energy fidgeting. The gate will open soon enough and you’ll be up and running.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Don’t box yourself into a corner and shut out everything around you except your immediate concerns. The more you isolate yourself and insist that you don’t need anyone else’s help, the more frustrated and sad you’ll become. If you’re lonely, scared, or angry, admit this to yourself and others. Extend yourself outward instead of drawing further in.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Be careful about opening your mouth in situations in which it isn’t appropriate. When the conversation lags, you feel it’s your duty to pipe up. By doing so, you may launch the conversation onto an inappropriate topic. You may want to say something just so you can shift the focus to you. The better choice is to allow the silence to sit peacefully.

July 23-August 22 ment and Jammu and Kashmir State which ensures special status to the state. He said that some vested interests are trying to weaken this bond but their designs would not be allowed to succeed. He said that present coalition government is striving to ensure development of Eidgah Constituency. He said a number of development projects are underway while a number of projects have been completed. Gul said that the steps are be-

ing taken for beautification of Anchar Lake to make it attractive for tourists. He said that government is making every effort to provide basic amenities to the people. He said that special focus is being given to health and education sectors in the state and for this purpose 750 vacant posts of doctors are being filled. Mr. Gul was accompanied by District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah and other concerned officers.

Jammu, December 02: Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, while chairing the periodic meeting of the Committee of Secretaries, here on Monday, highlighted the role of various Centrally Sponsored Schemes and State initiatives in improving the socio-economic profile of the weaker sections and rural masses. He said access to safe drinking water, sanitation, education, healthcare and information has seen vast improvement over the years and these welfare steps by the Jammu and Kashmir Government in reducing poverty and relative deprivation have been appreciated at various forums across the country. Chief Secretary during the meeting reviewed the status of winter stocking in Kashmir valley besides he also enquired about the readiness of the district administrations in snow clearance and measures being taken to ensure regular scheduled supply of electricity to the people in the winter zone. While reviewing the status of Results Frame Work Document (RFD) for which the Government of Jammu and Kashmir was recently presented appreciation award by the Union Gov-


March 21-April 19


Welfare schemes have improved socio-economic profile: Khandey

Ramzan, Vikar reviews supply, stocking, distribution of food grains, LPG in Jammu Jammu, December 02:

3-BHK duplex houses on one kanal land each at a cost of Rs.45 lakh each for 185 affected families. It was stated that additional Rs.11 crore has been earmarked for infrastructure development in the rehabilitation colony besides earmarking 46 crore for providing basic amenities including HT/LT network and construction of 50-beded Gynae-cum-Maternity Hospital. The Chief Minister was told that about Rs.65 crore have been released by the Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora for rehabilitation works. The work on construction of 50-beded hospital has also been started in Bandipora. The Chief Minister was also informed about the fulfillment of Corporate Social Responsibility by the Kishanganga Project Management. It was stated that Rs.20 lakh have been provided by the Project Management for scholarships and infrastructure development in the schools and villages besides holding medical camps and training camps.


Get organized in the morning because later you’re going to be more scattered. If you start with a solid plan for how to tackle the day’s tasks, you’re more likely to accomplish everything. If you don’t remain strong and on task, other people will take advantage of your generous nature. You could end up doing more favors than work.


August 23-September 22

There may be a frenzy of activity around you, but you’ll be able to handle it. Your charm will get you through any door. You should be able to juggle many things at once, and others will look to you for support. You’ll have a level head and calm demeanor and handle things diplomatically and honestly. Don’t be surprised if things get more insane as the day wears on, but this shouldn’t faze you.


September 23-October 23 Be careful about blaming yourself for something that you aren’t responsible for. Maybe you influenced someone to act a certain way and now that action is backfiring negatively. Remember that everyone makes his or her own decisions. Ultimately, you aren’t responsible for decisions that someone else makes, regardless of any advice you may have given him or her.


October 24-November 21 ernment for effective leadership in its early implementation in the State, the Chief Secretary was informed that department-wise information has been uploaded on departmental websites. The Chief Secretary said that any deficiency in RFD implementation should be noted and immediately addressed. The purpose of RFD is to establish clarity and consensus about priorities for the departments and it represents a basis for periodic reviews and continuous improvement in the implementation of various programmes. Chief Secretary also reviewed the status of SMS based mechanism put in place for effective monitoring of important projects in R&B, PHE and

PDD. He was informed by the IT department that the software application is ready and the SMS mechanism will be finalized soon. SMS based monitoring mechanism has already been put in place to monitor projects under BADP. The Chief Secretary also asked the Education Department to expedite the process of filling vacant posts of Principals and other staff in schools and colleges and sorting out issues in this regard. The Chief Secretary also asked the departments to submit replies on the action taken reports of the House Committees to the Assembly Secretariat at the earliest.

Wani inaugurates several developmental projects Jammu, December 02: Minister for Roads & Buildings Mr. Abdul Majd Wani conducted3-day extensive tour of twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch and took stock of pace of various on-going developmental projects being executed by JK PCC, PMGSY and R&B departments. During the tour, the Minister visited Muradpur, Rajouri, Mendhar, Poonch, Mandi, Surankot, Fatehpur Gurian, Darhal and Nowsheraand addressed largely attended public meetings. Heinspected several developmentalprojects and also inaugurated some vital links roads in the area. During his address at different public meetings, the Minister highlighted the significance of road communication network in the rural areas, saying that better road connectivity is vital for all round development and ameliorating socio-economic profile of rural populace. Hetermed road communication a life line for the village population which provides easy accessibility to them with their counterparts living in

other parts of the area. The Government has been giving focussed attention to strengthen this vital sector during its regime and a remarkable progress has been witnessed in developing the rural road infrastructure, he maintained. Referring to disbursement of land compensation to the people whose land acquired for construction of roads under PMGSY, the Minister said the Union Government has released Rs, 710 crore for the purpose. He said that this will help speedy completion of all on-going roads in the area.He said directions have already been issued to the respective Deputy Commissioners for expediting the process of land compensation to the affected people. At Muradpur, Mr. Wani inaugurated double span motorable bridge constructed at a cost of Rs. 9.30 crore by JK PCC. At Mandi, the Minister maintained that necessary steps will be taken for undertaking repairs, renovation and upgradation of existing roads and new projects will be taken up for connecting uncovered habitationsunder PMGSY.

You’re at an emotionally climactic time, and your feelings are erratic and perhaps unmanageable. Don’t feel pressured into making logic out of anything. Your job is to take a deep breath and relax. Remember that life is an exciting adventure full of twists and turns. Erratic, roller-coaster emotions are a reminder of that. Enjoy the ride.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Don’t box yourself into a corner and shut out everything around you except your immediate concerns. The more you isolate yourself and insist that you don’t need anyone else’s help, the more frustrated and sad you’ll become. If you’re lonely, scared, or angry, admit this to yourself and others. Extend yourself outward instead of drawing further in.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

You’re likely to take things to heart a bit more than usual. Dramatic changes in your environment and attitude will keep you on your toes. The wonderful thing about this is that you’ll gain a great deal of insight and understanding of other people. You’ll be more aware of other people’s feelings and perspectives, helping you make more educated decisions in your affairs.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Unexpected people, especially women, will surprise you with what they say. Your mother may bring up an issue that you hadn’t even considered. Perhaps your emotions get stirred when you recall something that a significant woman in your life said. Your feelings are bouncing from your heart to your head and back again. Take the feelings into account, but don’t let them dominate your decisions.


February 19-March 20 Today you want things done your way and your way only. Your mood is quite stubborn and others would be foolish to think they could change your mind about anything. You’re the only person allowed to have that job. The truth is that you may change your mind several times today, and that’s fine. Just don’t expect anyone else to keep up with you!

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Tuesday, 03 December 2013

Demand of scrapping Article 370- Unwise and unjustified


he rhortic of BJP to scrap article 370 of constitution of India which gives special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir echoed once again in Jammu when BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narender Modi sought a debate in the parliament on this issue. He did not miss any opportunity to expose the intentions of BJP which has always treated Jammu and Kashmir on communal lines. There is no doubt that the party could do nothing when it was in power at centre as the scrapping of Article 370 is not an easy task and it needs a majority government at the centre and unanimity amongst all political parties. The scrapping of Article 370 will not have only national ramifications but also at international level it will be disastrous because the accession of Jammu and Kashmir with India has been carved out keeping in view special considerations of the state based on its Muslim majority status. One would have expected that Narender Modi would assure the people of the state to safeguard their interests more than Congress but he added salt to the injuries which have been inflicted by erosions and amendments to this act by previous governments. The act itself has been reduced to a skeleton and now BJP wants to remove this skeleton also. Though all political parties including congress, NC and PDP have sharply reacted and rejected the Modi suggestion still the people of this state are now getting conscious about what the political parties are intending to do in the name of scrapping this Article for their political interests. The Article 370 is nothing but it has become a symbol of the special treatment for those secular Kashmir’s who after rejecting the two nations theory opted to exceed to Indian union. They have the right to be possessive about this Article which if scrapped can hurt their ego and cause a wave of resentment which will be unstoppable and nobody will have the courage to control that. It will be in the interest of the nation and BJP itself if it does not talk about this sensitive issue which will erupt like a volcano and destroy its surroundings including the party itself which is already infamous for its AntiMuslim stand in the country.



Tuesday, 03 December 2013

India’s Gems & Jewellery Industry: A Dazzling Success Story I

ndia’s gems and jewellery industry is a bright star of the economy, and one of the important foundations of the country’s export-led growth. It is a leading foreign exchange earner and one of the fastest growing sectors, which accounted for 14 per cent of India’s total merchandise exports during FY 2011-12. The industry has registered a remarkable growth over the last four decades, with exports growing from US$ 28 million in 1966-67 when the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council ( GJEPC) was established, to US$ 42.84 billion in FY 2011-12. Diamonds account for 54 per cent of the total export basket of the industry, with gold jewellery contributing 38 per cent and coloured gemstones and others contributing 1 per cent each, whereas rough diamond contributes 4 per cent of the total share. The industry is a truly global one, with both suppliers and buyers from many different countries. The UAE ( 44 per cent), Hong Kong ( 25 per cent) and USA ( 12 per cent) are among the major buyers, while Belgium, which accounts for 21.55 per cent of all imports of raw materials, is by far the major supplier. Diamonds : Undisputed Leadership A major contributor to the creditable performance of the industry is the massive diamond manufacturing sector, which employs nearly one million people across the country. India exported cut and polished diamonds worth US$ 23.30 billion in 2011-12. The industry has grown from its small origins in the ‘50s and has established itself as the world’s largest manufacturing centre of cut and polished diamonds for the last many years, contributing 60 per cent of the world’s supply in terms of value, 85 per cent in terms of volume. Eleven out of every 12 diamonds set in jewellery worldwide, are processed in India, mainly around Mumbai, Surat and Jaipur. This feat has been possible due to various factors. At

the forefront is the skill of the Indian grown retail enterprises or the concept of turing, especially in the various artisan. The relentless efforts of Indian the family jeweller. The Hall Marking of EPZs/SEZs created by the Ministry of entrepreneurs, who took on the daunting jewellery introduced by the Bureau of Commerce which offer special facilities task of setting up this industry, has Indian Standards to institutionalize global for Foreign Direct Investments in contributed to its growth in no small bench marking in quality assurance and to Jewellery units through foreign collabomeasure. Indian diamantaires have gone prevent against frauds will go a long way in rations and partnerships. on to create a marketing network world- building a reliable Brand India. A few The Government, recognizing the the wide, which is truly mind-boggling. Indian jewellery brands are marking their inherent strengths of this sector in terms Added to this is the strong financial base of global footprints, having entrenched of its employability potential has taken major initiatives to strengthen instituthe industry and support of financial themselves in the domestic market. institutions of the country. The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion tional linkages. Enhancing the skill levels Today, after creating a niche for itself in the Council of the workers commensurate with the diamond world with small diamonds, India The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion requirement of the industry tops the is developing skills for cutting and Council, set up by the Ministry of agenda and two such centres are being set polishing larger stones and fancy cuts. Commerce and Industry in 1966, has up at Domjur in West Bengal and Khambat in Gujarat. The Government is also encouraging global partnerships and The global market for Gems and collaborative ventures for adopting a diversified approach in the jewellery Jewellery today is over USD 100 billion sector. A collaboration with the Antwerp World Diamond Centre has also been with jewellery manufacturing dominated sought to strengthen skills in diamond and gem stones grading, certification, research and development, cutting and by a handful of countries, namely- Italy, polishing and setting up state-of-the –art training centres in India. China, Thailand, USA and India. Looking Ahead The global market for Gems and Indian diamond polishing factories are on a played a significant role in the evolution of Jewellery today is over USD 100 billion par with the world’s best and are at the the industry to its present stature by with jewellery manufacturing dominated cutting edge of technology using laser effectively moulding the scattered efforts by a handful of countries, namely- Italy, machines, computerized yield planning of individual exporters into a powerful China, Thailand, USA and India. machines, advanced bruiting lathes, etc. engine driving the country’s export-led Although India is the global factory of Jewellery: Brilliant Impact growth. Today, the Council has 5,300 cutting and polishing diamonds, the In the recent past, it is in the jewellery members spread all over the country. trading hubs are located in the bye lanes sector that India has made a brilliant The Council undertakes direct promo- of Antwerp and Belgium where this trade impact, emerging as the fastest growing tional activities such as organizing joint is shared by Jews and Gujarati’s. The jewellery exporter in the world, averaging participation in international jewellery setting up of the Diamond Bourse in a growth of nearly 15-20 per cent each year shows, sending and hosting trade Mumbai –amongst the largest bourses in over the last decade. Exports of gold delegations, and sustained image the world, at par with international jewellery in 2011-12 touched US$ 16.5 building exercise through advertisements standards is expected to ensure India’s billion from just US$ 486 million in 1994- abroad, publications, audio visu- strategic shift as a leading diamond 95. als/corporate literature, members’ trading market in Asia. The vision is to However, the development of the branded directory, etc. make India the Global Jewellery Hub and jewellery segment is still in its rudimentary It also directly aids intra-regional world’s one stop destination for diastage, mainly because the traditional investments by encouraging co-operation monds, gems, gold and jewellery, in the jewellery has been dominated by home and joint ventures in jewellery manufac- years to come.

MCA-21 E-Governance Project- An Effort to Facilitate Business in India


s a regulator and enabler for corporate growth in the country, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has been working on two key initiatives, to reform the legislative framework and to embark on e-Governance initiatives that will facilitate service delivery in a user friendly, efficient and economic manner. To facilitate business in India a pioneering e-Governance initiative ‘MCA21’ was launched by the Ministry in January 2007. The initiative has been successful in achieving its aim of providing speed and certainty in the delivery of MCA services to its stakeholders. This project has adopted a service oriented approach in the design and delivery of Government services, whereby stakeholders have easy and secure access to MCA services, through the infrastructure setup for the purpose, at any time and from any place and in a manner that best suits them. The system has brought a fine balance between stakeholder facilitation and control, through a blend of well-defined goals and performance metrics. Although, MCA 21 has been progressing at a constant velocity to provide better services to the citizens and corporate alike. These initiatives have benefited citizens, corporate and government agencies alike. Online Payments Using NEFT MCA 21 has been allowing three modes of payment by the companies, Credit cards, Netbanking (5 designated banks) and Paper challans; all these modes had limitations for the companies with bank accounts in banks other than the 5 designated banks and physical visits to the branches of the designated banks for filing challans. By introduction of National Electronic Funds Transfer mode of payment, companies having bank account in any bank can make epayments by using the NEFT method. Key benefits of NEFT: · Reduces the Payee’s effort (branch visit is not required) · Reduces the time for funds transfer (2-5 hours) · Reduces the dependency on the limited number of banks DIN-DPIN Integration

This is another major step undertaken by MCA, by integration of DIN (Director Identification Number) and DPIN (Director/Partner Identification Number). It was felt that DIN/DPIN is identification attached to an individual and thus must be independent of the type of firm one is associated with, (partnership or limited company). A smooth integration was done to eliminate the duplication of identities in the system. This has helped all the major regulators and also the companies to make an individual check through the MCA 21 system. Online Issuance of DIN Director Identification Number is needed by director of a company who is authorised to

In an effort to bring in the global standards for companies to register in India within 24-48 filing and database updation MCA has made it hours. This system not only helps reduce the mandatory for companies of certain class to waiting time but also the instances of human file all the documents in the XBRL (eXtensi- error while issuing new names. ble Business Reporting Language) format. E- Stamping for Pan India MCA has involved all the stakeholder, viz. Now all the States and Union Territories of Software companies, implementing agencies, India are covered under the E-Stamping professionals and companies, for smooth scheme of MCA services. With this implementation of this project. MCA directly addition, companies registered in all the and through its agencies like IICA, ICAI, and States and Union Territories have the ICSI has been conducting training and facility of availing online e-stamping for awareness programs for effective implemen- MCA services. This is the only initiative of tation of XBRL filing. central Government department where Key benefits of XBRL filing: payment on behalf of various state govern· Relevant data has tags and selective ments is collected online and deposited with information can be fetched for specific respective States without any manual intervention. This initiative is also a green initiative reducing the need for paper This project has adopted a service oriented stamps. The initiative has received appreciation from World bank, who has described it approach in the design and delivery of as a pioneering initiative in achieving eGovernance in a federal structure. and Refund Process Government services, whereby stakeholders AReversal Reversal and Refund process has been introduced during the year. The Refund have easy and secure access to MCA process is designed to deal with the cases of multiple, incorrect and excess payments made due to unexpected snag occurred in services, through the infrastructure setup the electronic system. Electronic Mode of Payment for the purpose, at any time and from any With a view to improve the service delivery time, electronic mode of payments has place and in a manner that best suits them. been made mandatory up to Rs. 50,000. For the payments of value above Rs. file and issue documents. It is very important purposes by various government and 50,000, stakeholders have the option to for the companies to get DIN to file online or Regulatory agencies either make the payment in electronic place any online service request. · The system has been put in place for mode, or paper challan. MCA through its MCA21 system issues XBRL filing with effect from 6th October, Integration of LLP with MCA21 System the DIN online with the verification and 2011 and more than 25000 companies have The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has digital signature of practicing profession- already filed their Annual Report using achieved another milestone in integration als (Company Secretary/ Chartered XBRL documents. of e-Governance Project for Limited Accountant/ Cost & Works Accountant). Company Registration within 24-48 hours Liability Partnership (LLP) under the same This has brought a great deal of dynamism For registering a company in India platform of MCA. After the integration in the corporate world, it has become very following steps are mandatory:with MCA-21, the filing and approval of easy for the companies to appoint a new · Getting a DIN LLP forms shall be through MCA-21 director, change the director as soon as the · Getting the Registration certificate from website( and stakedecision comes in to effect. Now, one can ROC (Registrar of Companies) holders will be able to avail all existing get a DIN online in a few minutes. To reduce the waiting time and make the facilities of MCA-21 for LLP Forms filing Integration with PAN database has been whole system of registration of new including online payment from all banks established for online verification of company, getting the unique name and the through NEFT, use of internet banking registration certificate online, MCA through from six designated Banks, in addition to identity details in MCA21 system. its MCA21 system has made it possible for credit card payment. XBRL Filing

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