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


One die in roof collapse in Budgam Srinagar August 05, 2013: 40 years old, Mohammad Ayoub Kalas son-in-law of Ghulam Ahmad Bith resident of Gurweith Kalan, Khansahib died when the roof of his under construction house collapsed and fell over him. The body of deceased was handed over to his relatives for last rites. Budgam Police has registered a case in this regard.

Body of missing person recovered in Budgam Srinagar August 05: The body of 65 years old Ghulam Mohammad Wani son of Abdul Ahad resident of Khaitran, Najan who was missing since from 0308-13 was found in an open field at Khaitran, Beerwah. Police after completing all legal formalities handed over the body to his relatives. Beerwa Police has started the investigation to ascertain the cause of the death.

Contractor crushes labourer to death Shopian, August 05: A contractor in South Kashmir’s Shopian district was arrested by police for allegedly crushing a labourer to death. According to reports, contractor Mohammad Amin Kandoo lost control over his Wagon R (JK04A-2030) in main bazaar Shopian and crushed a labourer to death. The deceased was identified as Shakil Ahmed Dar son of Ghulam Hassan Dar resident of Chogalpora, Noorabad. Police arrested the contractor and registered a case vide FIR number 42/2013 under section 302 of RPC.

2 died, 3 injured in road mishaps Srinagar August 05, 2013: Two persons died and three others were injured in different road accidents across the valley. A Wagon-R bearing registration number JK04A/2030 on way from Shopian to Herpora hit a pedestrian, Shakeel Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Hassan resident of Chogalpora, Kulgam near Y-Junction Mughal road office, resulting in his on spot death. The body of deceased was handed over to his relatives. Shopian police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Maruti 800 hit two motorcycles bearing registration number JK01F/7156 and Chasis number 07943 at Chattergam, resulting in injuries to both the motorcyclist. Both the injured were shifted to Chattergam hospital where one of the injured identified as Reyaz Ahmad Sheikh succumbed to his injuries. Police has registered a case in this regard and investigation is on. In another accident, a motorcycle bearing registration number Jk01G/4204 met with an accident at Kangan, resulting in injuries to motorcyclist Uroje Ahmad Bagwan son of Mohammad Shafi and a pillion Mohammad Saleem Kaka. Both the injured were shifted to Hospital for treatment. Ganderbal Police has registered a case in this regard.

Promotions in Armed Police Srinagar August 05: Additional Director General of Police Armed J&K, Shri S. M. Sahai today ordered the promotions of 110 Sg. Constables to the rank of Head Constables and 200 Constables to the rank of Sg. Constables. A Departmental Promotion Committee that meet today under the Chairmanship of Additional Director General of Police Armed J&K, Shri S. M. Sahai ordered the promotions of 110 Sg. Constables to the next rank of Head Constables and 200 Constables to the rank of Sg. Constables. See Promotions on Pg. 11

Be the torch bearers of the Development Omar to J&K youth Srinagar, August 05: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday expressed his wish to see youth of Jammu and Kashmir “ruling the roast” in all fields of the life and steer the state towards the shore of peace, prosperity and development. Underlining youth as managers of socio-economic development and architects of new and model the state, Omar Abdullah listed the measures initiated by his government to expand the orbit of opportunities for youth of Jammu and Kashmir to excel and prove their mettle in all fields of life at the State and National levels. Talking to a deputation of youth at his Monday Awami Mulaqaat here, Omar said that holistic welfare of youth and empowering them to draw the road map of model Jammu and Kashmir is his cherished desire. “I want to see you ruling the roast in all fields of life and

steering Jammu and Kashmir towards the shore of peace, prosperity and development”, Omar told them and listed the necessary provisions incorporated in State’s Development policy for the empowerment and development of youth in the State. According to KNS, as many as 30 deputations and scores of individuals met the Chief Minister during today’s Public Mulaqaat and brought to his notice various issues relating to the community and of personal nature. The Chief Minister while speaking to various deputations highlighted the importance of utilising Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA) for ensuring prompt and time bound delivery of services from the Government departments which have been brought under the ambit of PSGA. He said that 69 important Public Services

have been time bound under PSGA and asked the people to take the best advantage of the historic Act and get these services in a time bound manner. While accepting invitation for visiting various areas in Anantnag, Baramulla, Ompora and Bandipora extended by the deputations from these places led by the local leaders, the Chief Minister expressed gratitude to the people for supporting him and extending cooperation in maintenance of peace and carrying forward the development across the State. The deputations from Rajouri, Shopian, Rafiabad, Khaag, Ganderbal, Malroo, Hassanabad, Kupwara, Khodpora, Krungsoo, Pampore, Pulwama, Chuntwaliwar, Qalampora, Soura, Chogam, Budgam and other places brought to the notice of Chief Minister the issues pertaining

Omar vows to eradicate political corruption from J&K

Assures to form institutions, laws Srinagar, August 05:

Taking tough stand against political corruption in the state, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has vowed that he would make it sure that whosoever is involved in corruption won’t be spared.

In an interview to KNS recently, Omar said, “We can form institutions and laws to eradicate corruption. But it’s people who have to use them. We constituted Accountability Commission (AC) and Vigilance Commission and posted competent people to run these institutions. We passed Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA) and Right to Information (RTI) Act to bring transparency in the functioning of the government. Whatever we could do to eradicate corruption we have done that.”

Eid Gesture 50 stone-pelters released Srinagar, August 05: As a goodwill gesture on the eve of Shab-eQadr and Eid-ul-Fitr Jammu and Kashmir Police have released 50 youth who were allegedly involved in stone pelting incidents and were arrested by the police. Sources told KNS that 24 alleged stone pleters were released by city police north, 14 by city police south and 12 by Hazratbal police. The police have appealed the parents of youth to make it sure that their children aren’t involved in stone-pelting.

Ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr in 2011, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had announced that his government will withdraw the charges against nearly 1200 youth booked on the charges of stone-pelting in 2010 summer unrest. “The youth should consider this gesture of the Government as the gesture of elders towards the young and as an Eidi (Eid Gift) on the occasion of Eid,” Omar had said. However, families of most of these youth and separatist leaders later claimed that See Eid Gesture on Pg. 11

He said that people should approach these institutions if somebody is demanding bribe from them. Asked that AC chairman Justice (Retd) Nargotra had apprehended that he may have to face political pressures while dealing with high profile corruption cases, Omar said, “I request him (Nargotra) through your interview he should come and say who tried to influence him and should expose them. He should tell who are the people who influence him. I have never See Omar on Pg. 11

to the construction of power receiving stations, upgradation of roads, augmentation of drinking water and power supply, development of sports fields etc relating to the development of these areas. Deputations of various organisations including Hussaini Welfare Organisation, SKUAST Veterinary Scientists Association, Fruit Growers Association, All J&K ETS Settlement Assistants Association, Daily Wagers Association, ITI Daily Wagers Union etc in their meeting with the Chief Minister presented memoranda of demands pertaining to the welfare of the members of these Associations. The individuals presented the issues of their personal concerns and sought the intervention of the Chief Minister for redressal of their grievances. The Chief Minister heard all patiently and gave on the spot orders on matters of urgent See Torch Bearers on Pg. 11

Police on Monday busted a gang selling fake celestial stones by arresting six persons in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. A police spokesman told KNS that acting on specific information, police station Ashmuqam arrested four cheaters who were duping people by selling fake celestial stones locally known as “Trata Goola” having magical powers. Those arrested, he said, include Ghulam Hassan Mir son of Mohammad

Akbar of Fohar, Shabir Ahmad Akhoon son of Ghulam Hassan of Mati Gawran, Gull Mohammad Bhat son of Abdullah Bhat of Sakhdas and Ghulam Rasool Mir son of Mohammad Akbar of Shatru Kokernag. Aishmuqam Police registered a case FIR number 63/2013 under section 420,511 against the cheaters and investigation has been started. “SSP Anantnag has issued an advisory for the people not to fall prey to such cheaters and fraudsters,” the spokes-

Asks its ministers to boycott cabinet meetings

Srinagar, August 05: State Congress leaders Monday held a meeting at party headquarters here where they requested the minister from the party to boycott the cabinet meetings in the wake of allegations levelled by Additional General Secretary of National Conference Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamal against the Congress leadership. Senior Vice President State Congress and MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga told KNS that Kamal’s statements are against the coalition dharma and he should apologise unconditionally for his baseless outbursts time and again against the Congress leadership. “If Kamal won’t apologise, it will widen the cracks within the coalition. State Congress chief Prof Saif-udDin Soz is being respected everywhere and we can’t tolerate anybody levelling false allegations against him,” he said.

“We can go to any extent if someone talks against the Congress and our president,” he said and claimed that National Conference has failed to control Kamal who is time and again issuing useless and baseless statements against the Congress. A Congress spokesperson in a statement to KNS said Abdul Gani Khan,

Anayatullah Rather, Farooq Andrabi, Syed Yaseen Shah, Zahid Hussain Jan, Master Mohammad Maqbool, Gulam Mohammad Shiekh, Khursheed Ahmad Zargar, Nissar Ahmad Khan and others attended the meeting. Speaking on the occasion Congress leaders strongly condemned abusive utterances of Kamal against its senior leaders. “Kamal should know that they are See State Cong on Pg. 11

Tosmaidan lease extension Petition seeking no extension in SHRC filed

Srinagar, August 05: A petition has been filed in State Human Rights Commission, seeking directions to the Jammu and Kashmir government not to extend the lease of Tosmaidan pasture in favour of Indian Ministry of Defence. The petition, likely to come up for hearing next week, has been filed a delegation of RTI Activists lead by Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat and it suggested that ‘firing range’ should be shifted from Tosmaidan meadow to uninhabited area in Ladakh. “The state government may be direct not to extend the

lease of the area in favour of Union of India through Ministry of Defence as the life and property of the local residents is at stake,” the petitioner demands, according to KNS. “(Locals of the area) are not able to earn livelihood through tourist trade and exploitation of admissible forest produce (medicinal plants, herbs etc) could be the important source of their income,” the petition further demand. At present, the petition says, due to abject poverty and non availability of jobs, many local people are involved in severe timber

smuggling which has lead to death and destruction of the forests in Tosamaidan area. The petition seeks the protection of basic human right to live of the inhabitants of villages Chell, Brass, Shonglipora , Drang , and other villages located beneath and around Tosamaidan meadow in tehsil Khag and Khansahib of district Budgam. The RTI activists have highlighted that the Tosamaidan is a vast beautiful pasture located under the foothills of Pir Panchaal mountain range in KhagKhansahib area of Budgam.

Gulmarg is located nearby this place towards its north western side and one can trek to Poonch via this place. “But from mid 1960’s this area has been used as a firing range by Artillery regiment of Indian Army,” the petition says. “The firing drills have lead to death and destruction in the area which was never a deliberate attempt but has been always accidental but these deaths have indeed been caused by the military presence in the area.” The RTI activists said that they were not exaggerating the things at all, “but this is See Lease on Pg. 11

Loot of natural herbs goes unabated Allegations of bungling in Police nabs four officials of the forest division Gulmarg

Gulmarg, August 05: The four officials of the forest division Gulmarg have been arrested by police for their alleged involved in illegal trading of banned natural herbs from the forests. Reports said that Farooq Ahmad Bhat forester, Abdul Azaz Ganaie, forest guard, Mudasir Geelani, Watcher, Ghulam Ahmad Chopan, forest guard have been arrested by police yesterday night after a specific information that they are involved in illegal trading of natural herbs. “During the police raid, all

the four forest department officials were arrested with eight sacks (Bags) of banned natural herbs. The cost of the banner herbs is been estimated in lakhs,” a police official told CNS. The police have also register a case against the forest officials vide FIR number 15/2013 and have started further investigation about the case. Reports also said that some senior officials of the forest department are also likely to be questioned about the case for their alleged involvement in smuggling the banned herb from forest division Gulmarg.

6 arrested for selling fake Life limps celestial stones in Anantnag back to Srinagar, August 05:

State Cong takes on NC

man added. Meanwhile, in similar cheating incident in Bijbehara, the spokesman said, two cheaters were arrested by the police who were duping gullible people by selling the “magical stone.” He arrested the ‘cheaters’ as Gulzar Ahmad Khan son of Arif Khan of Nishat Srinagar and Mohammad Shameem Rather son of Mohammad Sultan of Behama Ganderbal. A case FIR No (139/2013) under 420 RPC was registered against them.

normal in cloudburst hit Kargil

Srinagar, August 05: Six days after series of cloudbursts wreck havoc, normal life has returned to Kargil in ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. A police official told KNS that a series of cloudbursts and mudslides, triggered by incessant rains, on July 31 wreaked destruction in the Kargil. The efforts of Police, volunteers of SDFR See Kargil on Pg. 11

Reports also said that these forest officials are having the patronage of the concerned senior officers, who have deeply nexus with the local herb traders who are later exporting the natural herbs to outside state. It is not only the natural herbs which are being looted by the forest department officials in forest division Gulmarg, the residents of Tangmarg area claim that there is also deep rooted nexus timber smugglers and local forest department officials. The locals said that if the See Loot on Pg. 11

tent service for yatries

Srinagar, August 05: Large scale alleged bungling have been reported in providing tent service to Amarnath yatries in Anantnag and Ganderbal districts during this year’s pilgrimage. Sources told KNS that blueeyed persons and non-locals were allowed to provide tent service to the yatries in Sheshnag base camp in Pahalgam after they paid bribe of Rs two to three thousand each. “Permission was given to 2095 tent owners in Pahalgam this year but most of them were outsiders who got the permission after paying the bribe,” they claimed.

Zonal Security Officer Sheshnag Ajay Sharma told KNS that Tent Association Pahalgam president Ghulam Hassan and other approached him with a complaint that some employees in Tehsildar office Pahalgam and Assistant Commissioner Revenue office in Anantnag have given permission to some people to install the tents illegally after they paid bribe. “When I probed the matter I could make it that there has been a large scale bungling in providing permissions to the tent owners. I asked the complainants to register their complaint with camp magistrate Sheshnag See Tent Service on Pg. 11

J&K Bank holds awareness camps Srinagar, August 05: J&K Bank conducted awareness camps at Parimpora and Jenab Sahib Soura, which were attended by a large number rural youth. Director RSETI Srinagar informed the participants about the purpose and working of RSETI. She deliberated in detail upon the advantages of self employment over wage employment. Lead District Manager and Facilitator FLCC Srinagar also spoke on the occasion. Inspector Fisheries Department, Head B/U Parimpora, Head B/U Soura and Senior Inspector Fisheries

Department while concluding the programme Director RSETI thanked the participants. Kupwara Camps JKB FLCC Kupwara in col-

laboration with Lead Bank Office and B/U Kulangam organised a financial awareness camp at Government Boys High School Chowgul, Handwara.

Chaired by Head Mistress of the School, the camp was attended by about 400 students along with the teaching and non-teaching staff. Facilitator FLCC Kupwara apprised the participants them about opening of savings accounts with the banks and educated them about the advantages of savings with the banks for better and safe future. Lead District Manager apprised the audience about various services and products of the bank. The Head Mistress of the school hailed the initiative of the bank for conducting such awareness camps and advised the participants See Bank on Pg. 11


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public importance while many applications and memoranda were marked to the concerned departments for examination and consideration.

State Cong..........

in power because of the Congress and he should go for self introspection instead of accusing Congress leadership. Congress is a secular party having history of more than 125 years, it is people’s party,” he said. The Congress leaders demanded that Kamal should be expelled from the NC “as he is a big threat to coalition government.”


a hard fact which many of our security experts won’t like to hear.” ‘The Government could have developed Tosamaidan as a tourist hub but this couldn’t be done due to heavy artillery, mortar shelling in the area during summers, many unexploded shells remain scattered here and there and in view of all this how can tourists go to such a place?” The petition has prayed that the further agreement should not be extended as the present agreement between J&K Government & Indian Army comes to an end in 2014. “It is submitted that the villages are under continuous threat from the Mortar/Artillery shelling being undertaken by the Army since last many decades. Scores of people have been killed due to bursting of unexploded shells. In addition to it more than 20 people of have been turned permanently disabled.” The petition has been filed a day after a “Joint Front’ was formed by the locals including Panchayat members, members of J&K RTI Movement, civil society groups, senior citizens. The Joint Front— Tosmaidan Bachao Front (Save Tosmaidan Front)— has been shaped up in order to mount pressure on the government for shifting the Tosmaidan firing range Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has warned the government against any move to extend lease agreement of 3000 kanals of land in favor of the Army, underlining that it was “unacceptable.”


influenced anybody in the last 4 and half years to save anybody from corruption charges.” “If Justice Nargotra sahib has any political pressures, I request him that he should expose them and tell who tried to influence him. If the person who tries to influence him is from my party I will throw him out. If he is from Congress I will talk to Congress high command and make it sure he is punished,” he vowed. “Whatever cases were received by my office I have disposed them. There isn’t even a single case related to corruption pending in my office. I had to dispose several cases which were pending when I took over. I approved the all,” the Chief Minister told KNS.

Eid Gesture...........

in most of the cases charges were not withdrawn against the youth.


present loot of forest continues furthermore, the world famous Gulmarg will lost its natural beauty within years. Taking cognizance of the arrest of their four forest officials, the Chief conservator forests, S.L. Sharma told CNS that department will investigate the entire matter within two days and action would be initiated against the forest officials involved in the illegal herbal trade. “An investigating officer outside forest division Gulmarg will be an investigation officer. Once the officer will submit its report, the department will take action against the accused,” Sharma said.

Tent Service.........


The ADGP while congratulating newly promoted officials extended his warm greetings to them and their family members and expressed the hope that they will continue to work with same devotion and dedication in future. He emphasized upon the promotees that they must realize their duties and dedicate themselves in service of the Nation. He expressed his hope that the promotions would bring new spirit of public service among the officials.

Srinagar, August 05: Minister for Agriculture, Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir today directed that the subsidy component for cocoon growers for establishing rearing sheds should be disbursed by the end September positively. The Minister gave this direction while reviewing the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes launched by the government to provide technological Knowhow cocoon growers. The Meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary, Agricultural Production, Dr. Asgar Samoon, Director

Sericulture, MD Agro Industries Limited and other senior officers of Agriculture. The Meeting discussed thread bear the implementation of setting up of cocoon rear sheds, introduction of various sericulture inputs as these are necessary for producing the quality production of cocoon for which the department is providing subsidy to the growers. The Meeting decided to clear all the cases who applied for setting up of rear sheds, supply for dryers and other sericulture inputs.

Lal Singh convenes public grievances camp Div Com conducts extensive Kathua, August 05: In order old age pension to Rs.1000 tour of Srinagar city to listen to the grievances per month, new dispensa-

Srinagar, August 05: D i v i s i o n a l Commissioner, Kashmir, Mr. Shalinder Kumar today directed for ensuring availability of essentials including rice, atta, sugar, kerosene oil and LPG cylinders besides asked for intensifying market checking to regulate the prices of essential commodities and make quality essentials available to the consumers. He also directed for providing additional one Kg sugar on each ration card. This was given out during a daylong visit of D i v. C o m m i s s i o n e r, Kashmir today alongwith a team of divisional level officers to different mosques and shrines of the Srinagar city to review the arrangements being put in for the devotees in view of the ensuing Shabi-Qadr and Eid-ul-Fitr. Among others, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation, D I G Tr a f f i c , C h i e f Engineers of PHE and PDD, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar besides Joint Director Information accompanied. Divisional Commissioner during his visit to Dargah Hazratbal, Peer Dastigeer

Sahib, Jamia Masjid, Khanqah Mohalla, shrines of Syed Yaqoob and Naqashband Sahib enjoined upon the officers to ensure cleanliness in and around these shrines besides asked for better transport facilities for the devotees. He also directed PHE and PDD departments to ensure drinking water facilities and uninterrupted power supply during the auspicious days. Mr. Kumar exhorted upon the Health Services department to establish medical campus at Dargah Hazratbal and Jamia Masjid, Srinagar to provide medicare facilities to the devotees. Emphasizing for ensuring availability of quality edibles and to curb hoarding, black marketing and profiteering, Divisional Commissioner directed for intensifying market checking. A l a rg e n u m b e r o f deputations also called on the Divisional Commissioner during the visit and put forth their demands. Mr. Kumar gave them a patient hearing and assured that their genuine demands shall be looked into on priority.

and demands of people, Member Parliament, Ch. Lal Singh, convened a public grievances camp at his residence here at Kathua. The public representatives from various panchayats put forth their problems and demands before the MP which included upgradation of schools, road connectivity, regular supply of ration and electricity, enhancement of




with Shahnai Wadan at 8 a.m. at Sports Stadium, Shopian. The chief guest will host tricolour at 9 a.m which will be followed by march past in which contingents of JKP, JKAP, CRPF, NCC and various school children will participate. The Additional District Development Commissioner asked the officers of R&B, PHE, PDD, Information and Youth Services and Sports and Municipal Committee, Police, Education and Health Services to make necessary arrangements for the successful celebration of the event.

ries, veterinary centers and inclusion of genuine poor families in BPL list. Speaking on the occasion, the MP said that education, road connectivity and health care are among the priority sectors of the government. He appealed the panchs and sarpanchs to identify the important roads of their areas which need improvement for recommendation to the government.

Jammu, August 05: A meeting of Departmental Related Standing Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was held today under the Chairmanship of MLC, Mr. Naresh Gupta to review the functioning of Education Department. Members of the DRSC Committee, Mr Ajat Shatru Singh, Mr Jugal Kishore Sharma and Mrs Rani Gargi Blowria besides special invitee, G M Saroori were present in the meeting. Threadbare discussion was held on functioning of the department and the physical and financial achievements registered, so far. Besides, performance under various flagship programmes being implemented in the state, schools upgraded and infrastructure created under RMSA was also deliberated upon. Taking a review of ongoing projects, the members exhorted the need to ensure regular monitoring and coordination between education department and executing agencies for time

bound completion of the projects .They recommended taking up of construction and upgradation works of institutions in rural areas and ensure equitable allocation in terms of funds and creation of physical assets. The committee directed the concerned to ensure filling up of vacancies under SSA is completed within two months and clearance of panel under RET within one month. The Director School Education was asked to take up the cases under SRO43 on priority and dispose off the clear cases within next two weeks. The meeting also held detailed discussion on present transfer policy and gave valuable suggestions for making the policy more transparent to ensure that adequate staff is deployed in all the schools. The Committee also directed the concerned CEO’S to conduct regular inspections of the ongoing works.

Election Card Lost

I have lost my election card bearing No. AGF0395160 somewhere. Now I have applied for its duplicate. Anybody having any objection regarding this may produce the same to concerned authorities within seven days from the date of publication of this notice. After that no objection will entertained. Shabir Ahmad Dar S/o Abdul Samad Dar R/o Wata Kaloo

Government of Jammu & Kashmir

Office of the Executive Engineer R&B Division Chadoora Abbreviated Tender Notice NIT No: 29-ET/R&B/2013-14 of 08/2013

Due to poor response to this office NIT Nos: 103-ET/R&B/2012-13 of 11/2012 & NIT No. 125 of 01/2013 & NIT No 24/1st-ET/R&B/2013-14 of 07/2013, fresh e-tenders are invited, For and on behalf of the Governor of J&K State, (in single cover system) are invited on item rate basis from approved and eligible Contractors registered with J&K State Govt, CPWD Railways and other State/Central Governments for the following works:S. No


Name of Work

Upgradation of Sursyar Gogjipathri road by way of construction of crate bund cement concrete drain toe wall and providing/ laying of RCC spun pipes in Km 2nd RD (200 ft and 600 ft).

Est. Cost (Rs. In Lacs) incl. c/o Deptt. store

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Time & Date of Opening of Bid

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21 Days



Major Head of Account

40459 NABARD

All other details can be had from the departmental web site Sd/- Executive Engineer DIPJK: 5687 PWD (R&B) Division Chadoora

Government of Jammu and Kashmir

I-Day celebration arrangements finalized at Shopian

after whish the matter was brought into the notice of DIG South Kashmir, SSP Anantnag and DC Annatnag,” he said. Sharma added that Chief Executive Officer of Shri Amarnath Shrine Board has asked him to hold a complete investigation of the matter. “I will submit the complete report to the CEO soon,” he added. Tent Association Pahalgam president Ghulam Hassan told KNS that they have brought the alleged bungling into the Shopian, August 05: In connection with the notice of concerned authorities. I ndependence Day Sources said similar complaints have been received from celebrations in district Chandanwari, Nunwan, Panjtarani, Baltal and few other Shopian, Additional places. District Development Commissioner, Shopian convened a meeting of to take advantage of these programmes for better manage- officers here today. ment of their finances. The meeting was attended Baramulla Camps by Superintendent of JKB FLCC Baramulla conducted a financial literacy Police Shopian, officers of session for trainees undergoing training in various fields Army, CRPF and other and trainers at Industrial Training Institute (ITI) District Officers were also Baramulla. present. The meeting held Facilitator FLCC Baramulla stressed upon the audience to threadbare discussion with inculcate in themselves the habit of savings by investing in r e g a r d t o n e c e s s a r y various savings plans of banks like savings bank, recurring arrangements for the plus, mehandi deposit and other fixed deposit plans national event. It was told He requested the audience to approach the line depart- in the meeting that the ments and banks for hassle free finance for establishment main function will start of their units after the completion of their training courses. Director RSETI, Senior Manager J&K Bank T P Baramulla and LDM Baramulla also spoke on the occasion. Bandipora Camp In collaboration with J&K Bank B/U Aloosa, FLCC Bandipora conducted awareness camp at Higher Secondary at Aloosa. The camp was also attended by Experts from SKAUST, Principal Higher Secondary, Director RSETI Bandipora, representative from Zonal Office Apple Team. The participants were educated about banking products and facilities. and Home Guard during the rescue and rehabilitation operation went a long way in normalizing the situation, the official said. An unprecedented rainfall coupled with cloudburst in and around Kargil town on July 31 evening triggered

Disburse subsidy to cocoon DRSC reviews functioning of education deptt growers by Sept: Mir


Torch Bearers..........

mudslides and floods on Shamsha Kharboo, Shilitsey, Adulegund, Kabadi Lungma, Chinarkali and Titichumik Kargil. “Two persons are reportedly missing and washed away by the flood,” the official said. The floods caused damage to houses, crops and road infrastructure. Heavy damages were caused to the office complex of 121 BDE Army based at Kargil near Iqbal bride, the official said. “However, no loss of life of life was reported,” he said. National highway remained closed for few hours on July 31 at Shamsha Kharbu, Pashkyum and Shilichey which was restored by the authorities later on. “Police personnel and other volunteers of SDFR/Home Guard were put into action instantly for rescue and rehabilitation works by District Police. All road infrastructure and other damaged amenities have been restored and life is back to normal.”


School Education Department (Gazetted Section) Civil Secretariat, Jammu/Srinagar


Subject: Inclusion of names/categories in the updated seniority list of P.G. Masters/Teachers in the discipline of BioTechnology. Whereas an updated/final seniority list of P.G. Masters/Teachers in the discipline of Bio-Technology was issued vide Govt. Order No.391-Edu of 2013 dated 29.03.2013; and Whereas after issuance of the said seniority list, Director School Education, Jammu/Kashmir have furnished the service particulars/categories of those P.G. Masters/Teachers whose names/categories do not exist in the updated seniority list issued vide Govt. Order No.391-Edu of 2013 dated 29.03.2013; and Whereas, on examination of updated seniority list in the discipline of Bio-Technology, it has been found that the names/categories of some P.G. Masters/ Teachers furnished by Director School Education, Jammu/Kashmir do not figure in the updated seniority list of P.G. Masters/ Teachers in the discipline of Bio-Technology; and Whereas an exercise has been made as per rules in vogue on the subject and on the basis of service particulars forwarded & authenticated by Director School Education, Jammu/Kashmir, the left over P.G. Masters/Teachers find their places as shown against each in Annexure "A" to this notice and accordingly their names/ categories need to be inserted in the Updated/ final seniority list of P.G. Masters/Teachers in the discipline of Bio-Technology issued vide Govt. Order No.391-Edu of 2013 dated 29.03.2013; and Now, therefore, before inserting the names/categories of the P.G. Masters/ Teachers in the updated/ final seniority list of P.G. Masters/Teachers in the discipline of Bio-Technology issued vide Govt. Order No.391-Edu of 2013 dated 29.03.2013 shown in Annexure “A” to this Notice, the members of the cadre who are likely to be affected are hereby called upon to send their objections, if any, in the Administrative Department, Civil Secretariat, Srinagar within a period of 07 days from the date of issue of this notice in the newspaper(s). If no objection is received within the stipulated period, it will be presumed that no members of the cadre has any objection in respect of inclusion of names/categories in the updated seniority list as shown in Annexure “A” and necessary order will be issued accordingly to this effect Objection in this regard will not be entertained after expiry of the stipulated period. S. No 1. 2.

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DIPJK: 5691

Name Naresh Lal Mohd. Ramzan Khan Reyaz Ahmad Dar Shazia Kousar Chib (RBA) Muzaffar Gul Wagay (OSC) Dilawar Ahmad Bhat Midjhat Jabeen Jagjeet Singh (RBA)


Place of Posting

Teacher Teacher

C/o ZEO Bishnah GHSS Magam

Date of Birth 30-03-73 30-11-76

Date of Ist appointment 01-12-05 04-08-07

Date/Year of passing P.G 07-10-09 04-07-02

Teacher Teacher

BHSS Nagam ZEO Thana Mandi

15-02-81 10-12-78

04-08-07 12-11-07

06-07-05 28-09-05


BHSS Bijhama





BMS Katipora




Teacher Teacher

HSS Tarhama (Kunzer) HS Sarna

21-12-83 25-09-83

26-06-09 12-10-09

17-11-07 18-11-07

Sd/-(Tahir Mustafa Malik) Under Secretary to Government School Education Department

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Jora reviews preparation of Srinagar Master Plan To ease traffic congestion, Metro networks proposed from Gallandar to Narbal, Nowgam to Ganderbal

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 5: Government has proposed a Metro network for greater Srinagar to overcome mounting traffic congestion in the city. The proposed metro lines span from Gallandar on the South upto Narbal Chowk on the North and from Nowgam Railway Station upto Ganderbal.This information was given at a high-level meeting held here Monday under the chairmanship of Minister for Urban Development & Urban Local Bodies, Mr Nawang Rigzin Jora to review the progress of Srinagar Master Plan.The meeting was informed that the scarcity of quality and planned road networks besides the lack of organized parking facilities in the Srinagar city has led to high degrees of traffic congestion that is going to aggravate further in the coming time. To overcome the traffic and transportation problems in the city, Government has, in the new Master Plan, proposed a network of light metro and mini metro besides suggesting a network of new roads, flyovers, grade-separators and subways for Srinagar. The meeting was informed that out

of the two proposed Metro lines, the one originating from Gallandar, the take-off point of the new expressway, after passing through Pampore, Sumarbugh, Panthachowk, Sonawar, Dalgate, Lal Chowk, Jehangir Chowk, Batamaloo, Bemina, JVC, Parimpora, Zainakote, Lawaypora, would end at Narbal Crossing. The second Metro line would operate from Nowgam Railway Station and after moving over to Bagh-e-Mehtab would pass through

Chanapora, Natipora, Rambagh, Mehjoor Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, LD Hospital, Jehangir Chowk, Barbarshah, Baba Demb, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Hawal, Alamgari Bazaar, Bagh-e-Ali Mardan Khan, Nowshehra, SKIMS, Soura-Buchpora, Pandach and culminate at Ganderbal. Jehangir Chowk would form the junction of the two Metro lines which would pro-

vide reliable connectivity to the core area of the city. The meeting was informed that besides delineating a transportation plan, the Srinagar Master Plan has earmarked dedicated hubs for various specialized activities including education, information technology, industry, agro activities, tourism, handicrafts and health care. The meeting was informed that for the first time the Srinagar Master Plan would in-

clude the Zonal Plans, wherein the land use plan would be enumerated at the micro-level. The meeting was informed that before being put in the public domain, Chief Minister Mr Omar Abdullah would take a thorough review of the draft Master Plan. Pertinently, the Technical Committee has already put forth its suggestions on the Master Plan, which already

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Bul-Bul Lankar to be developed on heritage pattern: Sagar

Arrangements for Shab-i-Qadr, Eid-ul-Fitr finalized at Kulgam

Executive Officers were asked to undertake special sanitation drives and ensure cleanliness premises of Shrines, Mosques and Eidgahs. They were directed to spruce up the roads and lanes and cleanse drains to give festive look to the towns and market places ahead of the festival days. Power and PHE departments were asked to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply during the festival days. The Power department was asked to ensure that no unnecessary power disruptions take place and avoid inconvenience to the public at all costs. The Co-operative department has set up sale centres where chicken and trout fish are available at Rs. 100/- per kg and Rs. 260/- per kg respectively. These centres have been established at Kulgam, Qoimoh, Yaripora, Manzgam to facilitate the public. The Fisheries department has also established fish sale centre at Chancer where quality fish is made available to consumers.

stand incorporated in the draft Land Use Plan. The midterm review of the Srinagar Master Plan 2000-2021 was undertaken by Government in February 2012 to suggest ways and means to make the document more realistic and implementable in consonance with the ground realities, besides taking care of inaccuracies in the existing Mater Plan. Pertinently, Government Board in a landmark decision last month approved extension of Greater Srinagar local area from the existing 417 kms to 757 kms. Government has proposed extension of the existing City limits towards South, West and Northern directions along the new motorway coming up from Gallandar via Narbal upto Ganderbal. In the extended Greater Srinagar local area, 410 sq kms will fall under Government limits against existing 160 kms, 240 sq kms under Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) limits, 50 kms under Ganderbal, 35 kms under Budgam, 9 kms under Pampore, 7.5 kms under Khrew and 5.2 kms under Cantonment area. As per the new Master Plan, the boundaries of Greater Srinagar would encompass Dara-Fakri and Dachigam National Park on Northeast, Zabarwan hills from Khunmoh towards Khrew on the East, Kakapora Railway Station on Southeast, Budgam local area upto Gallandar on South, Mazhama Railway station & road towards Gulmarg on the Southwest and Buran, Ganepur in Pattan towards the West.

The meeting was attended by senior officers of R&B, PHE, PDD LAWDA, SMC and other departments. Sagar said that the Government has already envisaged a comprehensive plan for developing the Bul-Bul Lankar-Aali Kadal area on heritage pattern as this area holds pivotal role in the history of the State. He said that the officers should carry on the necessary acquisition so that the work on this area and its catchments can be carry forward. He also directed the officers to prepare a project report for undertaking the construction of the community hall in the area as soon as possible as the same was announced

by the Chief Minister while dedicating the newly renovated shrine of Bul-Bul Sahib to the people. “We have already formulated a comprehensive plan for undertaking the development of old city Srinagar on heritage pattern which would include development of river fronts, craft bazars, restoration of various old monuments so that the old city comes up on the tourist map which would go a long way in elevating the socioeconomic profile of the people living

in these areas besides providing the much needed employment opportunities to the youth of the area”, the Minister asserted asking the officers to synergize their efforts for ensuring time bound completion of the works. The Minister also directed the PDD officers to carry out the necessary realignment of the electric poles en-route the Syed Mirakh Shah Road project, so that the work and the landscaping can be carried out by the concerned departments.

Feroz Khan calls on CM Discusses relief for Kargil cloud burst affected SRINAGAR, AUGUST 05: Minister of State for Science and Technology, Feroz Ahmad Khan Monday called on Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah here and apprised him of the damage caused by the recent cloud burst in Kargil in which two people are also reported to have lost their lives. During the meeting, the Minister highlighted the need for providing special package to the affected families and presented a copy of the preliminary report prepared by the Deputy Commissioner, Kargil in this regard.

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday launched Kashmir Pashmina GI mark to be imprinted in the form of label on every hand woven Kashmiri Pashmina Shawl at the Testing and Quality Certification Centre also inaugurated by the Chief Minister Monday at Craft Development Centre here.The label will be attached to each hand woven Kashmiri Pashmina shawl after testing the originality of fabric, fineness of thread, spinning method and weaving technology. Kashmir Pashmina Mark would also indicate details of the manufacturer and the quality of the shawl. It carries a number about which all details will be on the website. Interacting with the Pashmina weavers, traders and other stake holders in the trade, the Chief Minister said that restoration of the handicrafts glory of the State and economic prosperity of artisans is his endeavour adding that all possible measures are being put

ing facilities and geographical indica-

tion marks so that their marketing in the National and International market

receive considerable fillip.Omar Abdullah gave two years target to Craft Development Institute to replace all fake Pashmina shawls from the market ensuring cent percent labelling of hand woven patent Kashmir Pashmina so that confidence and trust is built in the world market about the genuineness of Kashmir Pashmina Shawls and a customer could easily identify the fake and the original Kashmir Pashmina shawls. Replying various questions of the artisans, the Chief Minister said that his Government would take all possible measures to strengthen the handicrafts sector and ameliorate the lot of artisans. “When machine made

and fake handicrafts are differentiated from hand-made once, the purchasers would buy the genuine items thus giving boost to the economy of artisans”, he told them.The Chief Minister also advised the artisans not to be part in any hanky-panky so far as manufacturing of genuine and pure Kashmir Handicrafts are concerned. He told them that their respect and economic betterment is in scrupulous dealing and honest manufacturing. The MLA Zadibal, Peer Afaq Ahmad, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu, who was actively involved in the establishment of testing laboratory as Commissioner Secretary Industries, Secretary Industries, President Pashmina Tahafuz Society, President KCCI and various officers were also present on the occasion. The artisans thanked the Chief Minister for his keenness towards economic and social development of people associated with handicrafts in the state.

Office: Kanlibagh Road, Mini Secretariat Baramulla Notification

Subsequent to the applications received by the Zonal Education Officer the following candidates on the basis of relative academic merit in the concerned revenue village/ward/habitation have emerged as the prospective candidates for engagement as RT. Any person aggrieved with his/her merit status may represent in writing with documentary evidence before the concerned ZEO within seven days from the date of publication of this notification. After expiry of the deadline no representation will be entertained.



Area of Selection Revenue Village Gantamulla

Name of the Candidate Jahangir Khan


Farooq Ahmad Khan


Gantamulla Bla

Date of Birth



B.A, M.Ed

Marks in Highest Acad. Exam 858/1800

School were to be engage M/s Gantamulla Bala


In terms of G.O No. 635 of 2010 followed by G.O 522 of 2013 dated: 08-05-2013






Musrat Mustafa

Gh. Mustafa Mir

Gantamulla Bla


M.A, B.Ed


GPS Gantamulla






Farooq Ahmad Wani

Mohd. Assadullah Wani



B.A, B.Ed


MS Dangerpora






Irshad Ahmad Pir

Pir Shamas-u-Din



M.A, M.Ed


PS Sheeri Bala






Safoora Nazir

Nazir Ahmad Bagwan



M.A, B.Ed


MS Badmulla






Parvaiz Ahmad Malik

Ghulam Mohd. Malik



M.Sc, B.Ed


MS Zandfran






Afrooza Rahim

D/o Ab. Rahim Wani W/o Jam- Kalayban sheed Ahmad Khan


M.A, M.Ed


GMS Gujjarpati






Hilal Ahmad Parray

Ghulam Mohd. Parray


M.A, B.Ed


GPS Kitchama



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Taurus April 20-May 20

Jump into action with energy today, Taurus. Order others around and delegate tasks for a change. An aggressive approach is what’s needed, and you have the ability to deliver the goods. Trying to do everything yourself may seem like a great idea at first, but you’re better off enlisting help so others can feel more involved and you can concentrate on doing a better job on fewer tasks.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Guard your heart well today, Gemini. It’s a prime target for the abrasive words being tossed around. Your sensitivity leaves you feeling alone and naked in the harsh atmosphere. You might be better off staying in bed. If you decide to go out, be prepared. Know your weaknesses so you can use your energy resources most efficiently.

Cancer June 22-July 22

A position involving power and authority is opening up, and you’re the perfect one for the job, Cancer. Today’s astrological aspect is helping you find the necessary confidence and physical strength. You have the emotional and physical boost you need to feel good about your leadership abilities. This is a time to take control of the situation.


July 23-August 22 Sticks and stones may break your bones, but names will never hurt you, Leo. The problem with today’s energy is that there just may be some sticks and stones tossed in your direction. Be on the lookout for such airborne adversity. Powerful forces are operating with emotional aggression. War can break out if you aren’t careful. Try to maintain the peace. You may need to seek shelter.


August 23-September 22

Emotionally speaking, things might get tense for you today as others demonstrate a rather selfish attitude, Virgo. Remember that selfishness isn’t always considered negative. Sometimes it’s healthy and necessary to take on a self-centered role. Remember that you need to take care of number one at all times. Don’t try to pick a fight when other people also demonstrate this behavior.

You might be quite stirred by the general energy today, Libra. “Stirred” may be too light a word. Put on your armor and get ready to do battle. Others may cower when they see what’s going on outside, but you will want to jump into the fray. Strong emotions are the weapons of the day. Everyone knows that you have a strong arsenal in this department.


October 24-November 21

Move in for the kill today, Scorpio. Don’t stop until you succeed. Don’t let other people’s insecurities become yours. Have confidence in yourself and the way you act around others. Just because someone else feels sad, that doesn’t mean you have to just to make him or her feel better. The best thing you can do is turn the situation around by exhibiting happiness and a fun-loving attitude.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Now is the perfect time to say something you’ve been meaning to say for quite a while, Sagittarius. Get it out in the open. Keeping it inside is only eating away at your internal mechanisms. Stop worrying about the consequences and make the move. Today is a day to be bold and aggressive. Other people might respond similarly, so if you dish it out, be sure you can take it.

Capricorn Your opinions might be the focus of conversation all day, Capricorn. You have a very strong will that you aren’t afraid to express. You will get that chance. Enlighten others with your wealth of knowledge. Take control of the conversation and accept the mental challenge of trying to win other people over to your side. Whether you’re successful or not, you will have a good time trying.

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Name of the Zone

March 21-April 19

The train is headed out, so you’d better hop on, Aries. People won’t be too sympathetic to your emotional sob story today, so keep it quiet. Whining will most certainly get you kicked off the train altogether. The energy of today is teaching you to toughen up. Don’t take it personally, but realize that there are important lessons to learn. One is to know when to be silent and obedient.

December 22-January 19

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Restoration of Handicrafts’ glory my endeavour: Omar into place in this regard.“My effort is to remove all fake handicrafts being sold in the State in the name of Kashmir’, he said adding that to start with spurious Pashmina shawls would be replaced by the Kashmir patent hand woven original Pashmina shawls to make genuineness rule the roast in Pashmina manufacturing in the State ensuring respect and substantial remuneration to the weavers. He said establishment of testing laboratory at Craft Development Institute (CDI), Nowshera here is vanguard step to stop fake and unscrupulous trade in Handicrafts sector. He said Government has already obtained geographical indication for six handicrafts and all these would be provided similar test-


September 23-October 23

CM launches Kashmir Pashmina GI mark SRINAGAR, AUGUST 05

06 .8.2013

Chief Education Officer Baramulla

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Your sensitive heart may be touched by anger today, Aquarius. Don’t be afraid of hurting other people’s feelings as you express this emotion. You’d be doing yourself and other people a disservice by not revealing the true scope of your emotions. The other parties involved may not have all the facts necessary to make the most educated decision. Aid this process by revealing your perspective.


February 19-March 20

You might feel a great deal of physical power today, Pisces. If someone asks you to help move a couch, you’re likely to be able to pick the whole thing up by yourself. Don’t sell yourself short. You have more internal strength than you reveal to others. There’s no need to hide it any longer. Make use of this great power.

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Divided we fall


he recent decision of UPA to create separate Telengana state is showing its repercussions as the demand of separate states in different areas has suddenly got a movement. As if this decision was aimed to resurrect a new soul in the dead coffins, the Vidharbha, Darjling, West Bengal, central UP & last but not the least Jammu immediately witnessed voices of dissent. The J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah was right in his comments on the creation of Telengana that the decision will strengthen the demand of separate states in various regions. It has been a tradition in India that vital decisions of this nature have always been taken on the basis of political mileage to be achieved or taking into account, the impact of such decisions on vote bank. This vote bank policy is the no way in the best interest of the country and has always created more complex problems than the original one. The more regions and states are divided, the more complex problems are created which confront the country at every step. Furthermore, it is quite but natural that decisions like this will strengthen the forces of disintegration and ultimately its negative effects will lead to disintegration of the country. If smaller states were feasible and conducive, then dozens of princely states and other units would not have been annexed and integrated with union of India at the time of independence. For example, the demand for a separate state for Jammu and union territory status for Ladakh can only divide the state on communal lines as Jammu is a Hindu dominated region, Ladakh Bodh dominated & Kashmir Muslim dominated. Simply if the demands like this get strengthened, the forces of disintegration will win & that too at the cost of country’s integrity and diversity. In fact the decision of creating Telengana or acceding to similar demands will amount to attempts to axe national interests and will never be beneficial for the country. Moreover, it will strengthen communal and regional tendencies who are always waiting in the wings to take disadvantage from such decisions. The more country is divided in the parts, the more problems and discontentment and anarchy. It is true that united we stand and divided we fall. Our politicians must take this dictum in its true spirit and then take the decisions with political, regional and communal ramifications. In fact, the parliament on the very first day of Monsoon session saw uproarious scenes as the members in majority demanded a united Andhra Pradesh and voiced their concern on creation of a new state in the name of Telengana. Certainly the voice of the representatives of the people should be respected and the government at the centre should not take hasty decisions which will result in total chaos in the country.



Tuesday, 06 August 2013

Indian Women’s Odyssey into the Medical World

he story of Indian women’s struggle to enter the medical profession reflects their courage, determination and dedication to a noble cause. Unlike the women in western countries Indian women did not have to fight the laws or discrimination by the state to enter this profession. Opposition came mainly from the society of that time; a society steeped in ancient traditions with no scope for women to act or think independently. The environment was hostile to a woman to step out of the home, let alone take up a career. Missionaries pave the way When the British rulers opened their hospitals in India, the attendance of women was almost negligible because of the purdah (veil) observed by women in many parts of India. Since there was no woman on the hospital staff, women resented being treated by men and stayed from hospitals. The plight of women during confinement owing to lack of medical attendance and the large-scale infant mortality disturbed many ‘zenana’(women) missionaries, who decided to do something to mitigate the sufferings of these women. The task of women missionaries was not easy. They had to face the ignorance and prejudices of Indian women, work without proper instruments and insufficient supportive help and above all their own inadequate medical knowledge. The first qualified medical woman to arrive in India was Miss Clara Swain of U.S.A. who reached Rae Bareily on 2nd January 1870. Soon a stream of missionaries, started pouring into India. Their main concern was training of nurses and mid-wives and hospital administration. They introduced hospital nurses into Indian homes, persuaded Indian women to go to hospitals for delivery and took part in other social service activities. Two outstanding medical missionaries, Edith Mary Brown(1864-1956) and Ida Sophia Scudder(1870-1960) will ever remain in the collective consciousness of the nation for the legacy they have left behind to humanity. The Christian Medical College



and Brown Memorial hospital at Ludhiana and the Christian Medical College at Vellore stand testimony to their work. In the meantime two contemporary Indian women created history by breaking the social barriers to become doctors. Both were Maharashtrians and were victims of child marriage. Anandibai Joshi was married at the age of ten to a widower almost twenty years senior to her. She became a mother at the age of fourteen but unfortunately the child lived only for ten days. A grief stricken Anandi resolved to become a doctor and help other women.

partially as the Director of Public arranging for medical education of women Instruction considered this move as in India and opening hospitals to be staffed entirely premature and did not recommend by women. admission of women to medical college. March towards professionalism Three years later Balfour could get them The founding of the Association of admitted to the Certificate course. Six Medical Women in India in 1907 under the years later the first woman to be admitted Presidentship of Dr. A.M. Benson, the was Mary Scharlieb, wife of a Barrister. Medical Officer at Cama Hospital at She took up the mid-wife’s training at the Bombay was an initial step in the Government Maternity Hospital in Madras professionalisation of women medicos. It but found the training very inadequate. The was this association which agitated for the Kasturba hospital owes its inception to her. creation of Women’s Medical Service In the Calcutta Presidency, the Calcutta (WMS) in 1914 on the lines of Indian Medical College threw its doors open to Medical Service (IMS). Regrettably the WMS was abolished along with IMS soon after Independence. Hilda Mary Lazarus Unlike the women in western countries was the first Indian woman to be appointed to WMS. She became Chief Medical Indian women did not have to fight the Officer in 1943 and held the post till her retirement in 1947. laws or discrimination by the state to enter Undoubtedly the woman doctor of early 20th century was Muthulakshmi Reddy. She entered into the medical world like a this profession. Opposition came mainly storm and initiated many reforms through legislation like medical inspection of girls from the society of that time; a society in schools and colleges, suppression of immoral trafficking in women & children steeped in ancient traditions with no scope etc,. She made history when she sought to liberate devadasis from the tyranny of for women to act or think independently. tradition. The Avvai Rural Medical Service and Cancer Research Institute at Chennai are her gifts to humanity. She balanced her Rakhmabai’s tale is some what different. women in 1880 and one Kadambini role as a mother, wife and a doctor so She was not fortunate enough to have a Ganguly became its first graduate. In the perfectly that she is still held as a role supportive husband like Anandibai. Married Bombay Presidency, George T. Kittredge, model by many. Though late entrants by at the age of ten without her consent she an American business resident fought for world standards women are now entering rebelled against the tradition. She matured medical education for women. He was not the medical profession on equal footing into a highly esteemed doctor and rendered happy with the inferior training provided to with men. No longer are the super invaluable service during the plague in the women and observed “I am convinced that speciality areas,the preserve of men. Bombay Presidency. She was a pioneer of for success in India, woman must be Everyday a new male bastion is broken and red cross activity in India and it was recognized as the equals of men in medical women try to prove that they are in no way mainly through her that medical aid care.” inferior to men. However the contributions reached the interior parts of that Presidency. Medical Funds come to Aid of the women pioneers in medicine in India Men support women’s cause George T. Kittredge along with one cannot be evaluated in terms of the present Higher education and training for women Sorabjee Shapurji Bengalee organized a day parameters. As Joshua Jhirad the first came through as a result of the efforts of a fund called the Medical Women for India Woman Superintendent of Cama Hospital few enlightened men. In 1872, Edward Fund. Also, the Lady Dufferin fund created observed “It was the idea and urge to serve Balfour, the Surgeon General in Madras in 1885 gave tremendous impetus to entry needy women who could otherwise have started an agitation with the education of women into the profession. Both the gone without treatment and suffered department for admission of women to the funds were set up with the major objective silently that attracted most of us to take up medical course, but he was successful only of bringing medical women from England, medicine.”

Assessment of quality in higher education is the sign of times!

arely has the discussion on the nature and extent of quality and excellence been as intense as in our times. ‘Assessment for quality assurance’ is widely known across the world since late 20th century. The movement may be called as the promotion of the ‘Assessment Culture’. In India, it has taken a concrete shape only in the last decade of the last century, with the establishment of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) (in 1994) and a few other quality assessment organizations in the public domain, for the assessment of higher education institutions and programmes. The NAAC, with a vision ‘to make quality the defining element of higher education in India through a combination of self and external quality evaluation, promotion and sustenance initiatives’, has assessed and accredited Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and has also undertaken a number of quality promotion activities. There is a mixed response from the HEIs and the academia, to the external quality assessment. Many institutions have voluntarily opted for NAAC assessment and proudly exhibit their accreditation status. Few others have apprehensions about the NAAC assessment process. For a deeper understanding of the complex process of external quality assessment, it may be useful to critically examine the motivational factors for readily seeking NAAC assessment on one hand and the inhibiting factors for hesitations to go for assessment on the other. Positive Responses · Some of the reasons for institutions opting for NAAC assessment are: ·Self-improvement, by understanding their strengths and limitations. ·Building the institutional image and attract students from far and wide. ·International recognition of the institution and assurance of admission of their students in foreign universities. ·Incentives from the Government and other funding agencies. ·Insistence of some of the State

Governments. ·Pre-condition for getting the autonomous/deemed university status and such other recognitions by the University Grants Commission (UGC) or permanent affiliation by concerned universities. Some Apprehensions Some of the apprehensions and fears of institutions about the NAAC assessment are: · Fear of the unknown. · Fear of getting a lower grade and/or not getting the desired accreditation status. · Lack of enthusiasm on the part of management and staff to take up the preparation work (institutional data presentation in the Self-Study Report). ·Assumption that it is a costly activity. · Belief that it does not lead to any consequential benefits.

based on the following guidelines: · Recognition that institutional and/or programme quality assurance is primarily the responsibility of the higher education institutions themselves; · Application of standards or criteria that have been subject to reasonable consultation with stakeholders; and · Aiming to contribute to both, quality improvement of and accountability by the institution. Miles to go ……… During the last thirteen years, NAAC has covered a long way, from initial resistance through subsequent acceptance to appreciation. We at NAAC are aware that we still have a long way, to fully realize our mission. Towards this, we may have to address three major concerns: Firstly, we are yet to assess

Many institutions have voluntarily

opted for NAAC assessment and proudly exhibit their accreditation status. Few others have apprehensions about the NAAC assessment process.

· Reservations about the external assessment of Quality. · Reservations about the reliability and credibility of NAAC methodology and processes. NAAC relation with the HEIs Most of the apprehensions listed above are quite unfounded. Similar are the experiences of most of the external quality assurance agencies across the world. The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) guidelines of good practices for External Quality Assurance Agencies (EQAA) include the basic premise of a congenial relationship between EQAA and HEIs. NAAC relations with the HEIs are

a large number of institutions. Appropriate mechanisms have to be developed to complete the first cycle assessment of all HEIs. We may have to evolve multiple strategies for this purpose. Establishment of regional/state level assessment agencies, encouragement of NAAC-validated private professional agencies/sectoral assessment agencies for programme assessment are some of the measures that deserve careful consideration. Secondly, the instrument of assessment requires continuous fine-tuning. Some limitations of the instrument we use to assess the performance of a complex system arises from an inability to combine quantitatively-measurable and qualitatively-perceptible factors into a single

model. Appropriate measurement is necessary for improvement. It is rightly said: “if you can’t measure it, you can’t understand it; if you can’t understand it you can’t control it; if you can’t control it you can’t improve it”. In quality measurement, we must constantly ask two questions: Are we measuring the right things and are we accurately measuring them? NAAC is continuously engaged in improving its instrument. We hope that the fine-tuning of the criteria, key aspects and assessment indicators and adoption of the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) with effect from 1st April 2007, would result in a more rigorous and reliable measurement of the institutional performance. Thirdly, the Peer Team, consisting of assessors, plays a critical role in the assessment exercise. The Peer Team is the public face of NAAC. The judgement by the Peer Team members is the basis for assessment and accreditation. Selection of right Peers as assessors and equipping them with necessary professional skills to undertake the job are challenging tasks. NAAC is aware of the human limitations and is continuously trying to provide professional inputs to the assessors, to complete the task without any bias and arrive at reasonable and acceptable judgement. The Approach There are many other concerns and new concerns may arise in the context of newer situations. More than these concerns our approach is very significant to our activities. NAAC believes that quality has to be nurtured and not controlled. The agricultural model of seeding, nurturing and climate building is more suitable to the quality assurance model. Probably, in future, instead of completely focusing on timebound assessment activity, NAAC may have to focus on nurturing and continuously-assessing the internal quality assurance systems of the HEIs. It is equally important to recognize that the EQA is an indicative exercise not a prescriptive or deterministic one.

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Stretch your way to fitness

How diabetes links to leg and feet problems

Diabetes can invite complications if proper personal care, fitness and diet are not followed. Today, we take a look at serious repercussions of diabetes on leg problems. Legs, especially the feet, receive far less blood compared to other parts of the body, and for diabetics this could spell foot trouble. Dr. Sanjeev Bhambani, Diabetes and Endocrinologist at Moolchand Medcity gives you a step-by-step rundown on this grave issue.

How is diabetes linked to feet and leg problems?

Dr. Sanjeev says, "Foot problems in diabetics result from poor circulation, nerve damage and decreased resistance to infection. High blood sugar level over a long period may affect blood vessels and nerves. There are various conditions that affect people with diabetes that may result in leg and foot problems." Willingly or cribbing, all of us tend to squeeze in some exercise in our daily routine. But we are lazy enough to skip the most important part of it- stretches. According to studies, stretches are vital in our daily workout and equally important if not more, than the actual exercise. Harbouring a capacity to leave one unfit for exercise if avoided continually, stretches prove extremely beneficial for our good health. If done properly, stretches are known to reduce muscle soreness to a large extent. They affect the body's flexibility which plays an important role in deciding our strength and stamina. They also affect our swiftness or speed level. While it is necessary to do a whole body stretch, individual muscle stretches loosen up every muscle that has been worked upon. Quadriceps, hamstring, calves, biceps, triceps, all need their share of stretch. Stretching should be a gradual process and should not be done in a hurry. If done too quickly, they can cause the muscle to contract. To avoid this, one can include stretches in-between the training after the exercise of each muscle group instead of keeping it as the final act. When the sweet burning sensation while stretching is a pleasurable experience you know you are on the right track. The tightening of muscles during exercise also affects the mobility of the joints and stretching helps in relieving them. The correct holding time of a stretch is the key to achieve the required effect. An average time of 30 seconds, is what is recommended by doctors. But in case of discomfort, one has to immediately stop pushing oneself out of limits. Another important benefit is that stretches prolong one's exercise age. As stretches play a major role in saving one from injuries, they reduce the rate of degeneration of muscles and hence keep one fit to exercise for long. So, do your stretches properly and be fitter

Diabetic neuropathy

"Diabetes causes damage to the nerves in the feet and legs. Generally, injuries remain unnoticed and cause sharp pain in the feet commonly known as diabetic foot," says the Doctor.

Peripheral vascular disease

"Elevated blood sugar levels over time affect the circulation and blood flow. This may cause ulcer and gangrene."

How about the link between morbid obesity and diabetes?

This is a question that has several obese people worried; Dr. Sanjeev makes the link between obesity and diabetes: "Obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than 27 (as per Indian

How to keep anxiety in check Control your anxiety before it gets out of hand with these minor tweaks to your life Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time — from tension before an exam or interview to feeling butterflies in our stomachs on a first date. And a little anxiety can actually be useful. Feeling nervous can get the adrenalin pumping and make you more alert. But it's when short-term anxiety becomes a more long-term condition that problems start.Chronic anxiety can be crippling and may lead to an inability to concentrate, constant nausea, palpitations and insomnia. It can also cause other conditions such as depression and even agoraphobia. The important thing to remember about controlling anxiety is quickly conquering it before it gets out of hand — which means managing your stress well. Choose low GI foods Your brain needs a steady supply of glucose to enable it to function properly. Fluctuations in blood sugar levels can affect the brain, leading to mood swings, anxiety and even panic attacks. So try to eat foods that have a low GI

(glycaemic index) such as multigrain bread, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots and bananas. Increase vitamin B intake An adequate intake of this vitamin is essential for a healthy nervous system. All B vitamins are involved in the control of tryptophan, an amino acid used to make the chemical serotonin, that helps regulate mood. A balanced diet containing meat, fish, eggs, dairy and green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds should supply enough Vitamin B. But if you are not getting enough, take Vitamin B supplements. Limit your alcohol intake If you are stressed, anxious or depressed, it may be tempting to drown your sorrows with a stiff drink as alcohol can initially make you feel calmer. A recent study suggested people suffering from anxiety were likely to drink heavily. But if you suffer from anxietyrelated disorders, including depression, you should consider limiting your alcohol intake as it affects anxietyreducing neurotransmitters. Also, once the alcohol wears off, you may be left feeling more anxious because alcohol has a depressant effect. Keep a stress diary

Over the next few weeks, note which situations, times, places and people make you stressed. Once you have identified these, think about each one and ask yourself 'Can I avoid it?'. For example, if you find that driving to work is stressful, perhaps you can avoid it by finishing work a bit earlier or later, or by car-sharing with a colleague. Slow down Many of us are living our lives at a faster pace, perhaps juggling a fulltime job with a relationship, family commitments and a social life. As a result, we feel a constant sense of urgency in our daily lives. This endless feeling of pressure fuels our impatience when we have to wait in a queue or traffic jam, or when the bus or train is late. Instead of stressing about delays, see them as opportunities for welcome thinking or reading. Drink plenty of water Your brain needs sufficient water to function properly. Even mild dehydration can affect mental well-being. Symptoms of dehydration include restlessness and irritability.

body structure). Approximately two-thirds of adults with Type 2 diabetes are obese. Diabetics are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, and obesity further increases this risk. Obesity also increases other diabetes complications including endstage kidney disease. Other complications may include sleep apnea syndrome, arthritis and fatty liver disease."

Some stats on the cases of diabetes and limb amputations...

The picture is unflattering; here's what the diabetologist reveals, "All over the world in every 30 seconds, a leg is lost to due to diabetes. 15% of the total diabetic population develops foot ulcers. All over, 85% of all diabetes-related amputations are preceded by foot ulcers. Thus it is advisable that patients should daily inspect their feet and consult the doctor as soon as they find an ulcer or an infection in the foot."

What are the signs of tissue and skin damage?

He says, "In diabetic patients blood glucose is high and body loses fluid. Due to insufficient fluid skin gets dry. Dry skin tends to crack or split more easily and wounds heal more slowly in diabetics. Thus skin conditions should be treated as soon they're noticed, to prevent them." He breaks it down further, "There are various signs of tissue and skin damage, which can be categorized as: Dry skin is one of the most common symptoms among diabetes due to loss of body fluid and

frequent urination. Itchy skin could be another prior symptom which can be triggered by poor blood flow. Itching can be confined to one spot or may occur in many parts of the body especially in lower legs and feet. Digital sclerosis due to excess production of collagen among Type 1 diabetic patient results in waxy, tight skin on toes, fingers and hands. Dryness, burning, numbness and skin ulcers could be due to neuropathy when nerves are damaged. Patient suffers from pain in the lower extremities, burning and numbness. As a result, nerves in the legs and feet may not release sweat which is required to keep skin soft and moist." At what stage must one consult a specialist? "One should immediately consult a specialist if he/she experiences any of the following symptoms: - Changes in skin color - Swelling in the foot or ankle - Pain in the legs - Open sores on the feet that are slow to heal or are draining - Toenails with fungus infection - Corns or calluses - Dry cracks in the skin

Avoid these foods to avoid constipation

Constipation is an uncomfortable condition. Previously, we covered the foods that you must eat on a regular basis to tackle constipation. On the other side of the healthy-unhealthy food spectrum, there are also some popular foods that you should avoid if you want to stay away from constipation. We give you 5 foods to exclude from your diet. Processed food: Whether it is frozen foods or burgers and pizzas, it is going to make your mornings hard to get through, literally. When food is preserved and ready to eat, vital nutrients are drained out, plus the ingredients used are cheap. For example, all purpose flour or maida is used practically in all pizzas, breads and instant noodles. Bottomline: Processed food has less fiber hence they linger in your system causing discomfort. Bakery goodies: Nankhatais, kharis and tea biscuits are rich in sugar and

fat. They may go well with tea and coffee, but lack fiber. But there's a solution to these good old treats, increase your fiber intake, and balance it out. Bottomline: Sugar may go straight to your thigh, but it can also be the cause of constipation. Red Meat without supplementing meals with vegetables: If you consume pork or beef regularly, without veggies on the side, you may have already experienced constipation. Make it a habit to accompany this precious chunk of meat with salad, cooked vegetables, and whole grain cereal; something that is rich in fiber. Bottomline: Guess how long it takes to digest meat? No, you're wrong, it takes 90 hours to partially digest meat. Caffeine: So no one can give up coffee, black tea and colas. They give you the much needed buzz to start your day and keep you going through

strenuous meetings, commutes, and just about everything else. Unhealthy dependency aside, caffeine dehydrates the human body and dehydration is one of the main causes of constipation. Bottomline: If you're addicted to caffeine, it's better to cut down and supplement it with food rich in fiber. Oily food: Chips and fast foods are tempting, even for those who are determined to eat healthy. But the more oily and salty your food is, the higher your chances of developing some digestive health issues as you cross over from your 20s to the 30s. Foods that are deep fried and soaked in oil like French fries slows down the digestive process. Bottomline: Fight your cravings and every time you feel tempted to order a round of French fries make sure you drink enough water and eat enough veggies before or after.

Celebrate health with tomatoes Smoking may lead to Indulge in tomatoes as they have great health value Tomatoes are now hot-favourites thanks to the much-talked about Tomato Festival in Spain as shown in the movie Zindagi Milegi Na Dobaara. But take a break from your favorite actors soaking in the ‘tomato fun.’ It’s time to know the health benefits of this rich easily available vegetable. Anti-oxidant: Tomatoes contain a lot of vitamins A and C, mostly because of beta-carotene, and these vitamins act as an anti-oxidant, working to neutralize dangerous free radicals in the blood stream. Free radicals in the body can be flushed out with high levels of Lycopene, and the tomato is so amply loaded with this vital anti-oxidant that it actually derives its rich redness from the nutrient. These dangerous free radicals can cause cell damage. Also, remember that cooking destroys much of vitamin C, so stick to raw tomatoes for these benefits. So, do remember

to carry a tomato-cucumber sandwich in your tiffin box. Vision: Because of all that vitamin A, tomatoes are also an excellent food to help improve your vision. This also means tomatoes can help your eyes be better about night blindness. Cancer: Various studies have shown that because of all that lycopene in tomatoes, the red fruit helps to lessen the chances of prostate cancer in men, and also reduces the chance of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer. Lycopene is considered somewhat of a natural miracle anti-oxidant that may help to stop the growth of cancer cells. And, interestingly enough, cooked tomatoes produce more lycopene than do raw tomatoes, so enjoy that tomato soup! Heart troubles: Due to potassium and vitamin B, tomatoes help to lower blood pressure and to lower high cholesterol levels. This, in turn, could help prevent

ovarian cancer

strokes, heart attack and other potentially life-threatening heart problems. Skin care: Because of high amounts of lycopene, tomatoes are excellent for skin care. Make sure the inside of the tomato skins are against your skin, and let this be there for at least 10 minutes. Then wash off. You face will be cleaner and give a

shiny look. Hair: Remember all that vitamin A in tomatoes? Well, it’s good for keepi n g y o u r h a i r strong and shiny, and its also good for your eyes, teeth, skin and bones. Bones: Tomatoes have a fair amount of vitamin K and calcium, both of which help to strengthen

Scientists have for the first time linked smoking with ovarian cancer - the second most commonly diagnosed gynaecological cancer in Australia with a five-year survival rate of only 40 per cent. Andy Lee and Colin Binns, both professors from the Curtin University's School of Public Health, took part as members of the Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies of Ovarian Cancer based at Oxford University and funded by UK Cancer research. Their work involved the completion of two studies in China, which were fed into a pool of data totalling 28,114 women with, and 94,942 women without, ovarian cancer, the journal Lancet Oncology reported. "Previously there was only a weak link between smoking and ovarian cancer, coming from a paper in 2009. This new analysis firmly establishes that relationship for one particular type of ovarian cancer, mucinoid tumours, which account for about 15 percent of the total of all ovarian cancers," Binns said, according to a university statement. Outcomes were consistent along 13 socio-

demographic and personal characteristics which were taken into account, including body-mass index, use of alcohol, use of oral contraceptives and menopausal hormone therapy. Binns said more research was needed to understand how smoking stimulated the creation of mucinoid tumours, but stressed the first step in prevention was for women to quit cigarettes. "While giving up smoking is the best advice, we did find evidence that drinking green tea, breastfeeding, eating fruit and vegetables, getting regular exercise and avoiding obesity were also beneficial," he said.

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08 . 2013


Abu Salem will not be returned to Portugal, rules Supreme Court

Uproar in Lok Sabha over Telangana, Bodoland issues

Lok Sabha witnessed slogan shouting by members against the proposal to form Telangana and demand for Bodoland during Question Hour on the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament on Monday. Soon after new members took oath and obituary references were made, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) members and Congress MPs opposed to Telangana walked into the Well and shouted slogans. TDP members, who were also protesting

against TRS Chief K Chandrasekar Rao’s remarks that officials who hail from Seemandhra but are working in Telangana region will have to go back, were heard shouting “We want justice”. Congress MPs from Andhra Pradesh opposing Telangana walked into the Well to press for their demand. They carried placards which said, “We want justice for Seemandhra area” and “We want united Andhra Pradesh”. At one point, TDP member N Sivaprasad walked up a Congress member with a threatening gesture but was stopped by his party colleagues. Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) member S K Bwiswmuthiary walked into the Well with a banner that read: “Bodoland MPs strongly stand for a separate state of Bodoland“. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath tried to pacify the members but could not be heard in the din. Speaker Meira Kumar asked the agitating members to go back to their seats but her request went unheeded. After one starred ques-

tion was taken up amid din, she adjourned the House till noon. Earlier when the House met for the day, new members — Prabhunath Singh (RJD), Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary (BJP), Vithalbhai H Radadiya (BJP), Partibha Singh (Cong) and Prasun Banerjee (TMC) — took oath. Prabhunath Singh demanded Bhojpuri be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution to give it an official status, but the Speaker asked him to take oath in Hindi. Lok Sabha also condoled the death of former members, including Mahendra Karma and Vidya Charan Shukla, who were killed in a brutal Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh on May 25. The House also paid homage to those killed in Uttarakhand floods and the 23 children who died after consuming mid-day meal in Chhapra, Bihar. The Speaker led the House in condemning the Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, Maoist attack on policemen in Jharkhand in which a Superintendent of Police was killed and the terrorist attack in Srinagar in which eight jawans lost their lives. She described these attacks as “cowardly”. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced new ministers inducted into his Council of Ministers — Sis Ram Ola, Oscar Fernandes, Girija Vyas, K S Rao, E M S Natchiappan, Manik Rao Gavit, Santosh Chaudhary and J D Seelam.

Life hit in lower Assam, sporadic violence in Karbi Anglong GUWAHATI: Normal life was paralysed in lower Assam and Karbi Anglong today with violence and disruption of train services marking the beginning of bandhs by different organisations demanding a separate Bodoland. A 48-hour bandh by All Bodo Students Union(ABSU) and another 1500hour Assam strike, the longest so far in the region by United Democratic Peoples Front, began during the day to press for the demand. ABSU had initially called a 60hour bandh but reduced its duration in view of the coming Eid -ul-Fitr. Train and road traffic was paralysed in lower Assam as bandh supporters squatted on railway tracks at Bijni and at several places on NH 31, official sources said. North East Frontier Railway cancelled 11 trains plying within the state, while most major long distance trains including Rajdhani Express, Saraighat Express, Kamrup Express and Brahmaputra Mail are running behind schedule, a NF Railway spokesman said. Incidents of damaging vehicles, burning of tyres and throwing of stones were reported from Bongaigaon, Chirang, Goalpara and Sonitpur. All schools, colleges, markets, business and commercial establishments remained closed in response to

the bandh call, the sources said. The situation in trouble-torn Karbi Anglong was tense due to sporadic incidents of arson reported though curfew was relaxed for six hours from 8 AM. The sources said agitators attempted to set ablaze a forest range office at Manja but was stopped by the security forces. Four persons have

been arrested in this connection. An all-party delegation from the district, including Congress MLAs and MPs, left for New Delhi during the day to ask Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to grant a separate Karbi Anglong state along the lines of Telangana.

number of those arrested has risen to 19 in connection with the incident. The bandh continued to paralyse life in Darjeeling hill areas with shops, markets, offices, schools and colleges remaining closed. Vehicles also did not ply, official sources said.

minated because of “violation” of deportation rules. Salem had argued that India had reneged on its promise that he would not be tried for any crime that could result in the death penalty. That has resulted in CBI telling the Supreme Court in Delhi that it is ready to drop charges under the anti-terror TADA law. The trial against Salem, which had been suspended till the Supreme Court’s verdict, can now continue in a court in Mumbai.

Durga Shakti Nagpal’s suspension: Mulayam backs son Akhilesh Yadav, silences critics Commenting on Nagpal’s suspension, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh earlier in the day said there are rules laid down and that will be followed. Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s move to suspend the 2009-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Durga Shakti Nagpal is absolutely correct. “It is a correct decision. If the government had not taken a decision it would have been a problem,” he told media outside the Parliament here. Yadav, however, refused to comment on whether the suspension would be revoked. Amid a deepening political row over the officer’s suspension, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister today questioned the ‘outcry’, and said the officers are punished if they make mistakes. “If an officer makes a mistake, he or she is punished, just like children are punished in school. That is how a government works,” he told media in Lucknow. Commenting on Nagpal’s suspension, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh earlier in the day said there are rules laid down and that will be followed. “There are rules laid down and the rules will be followed. And we are in touch with the state government to find out the full details of the case,” said Dr. Singh. The Prime Minister’s remark came hours after the Uttar Pradesh Government slapped a chargesheet accusing Nagpal of flouting norms and lacking administrative acu-

men. According to reports, a copy of the chargesheet along with a report has been sent to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) at the Centre. The Samajwadi Party government’s 10-page chargesheet accuses Nagpal of violating norms while ordering the demolition of the wall of a mosque built illegally on government land at Gautam Budh Nagar in Greater Noida. The chargesheet came a day after Congress President Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to the Prime, asking him to ensure that the suspended bureaucrat is treated fairly. The Congress Party yesterday hit out at the Samajwadi Party for attacking Sonia Gandhi for her support to Nagpal, and said the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh is trying to hide what is essentially a case of corruption and illegal mining. Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit also dismissed Samajwadi Party’s comments that Gandhi should also write a letter in support of Ashok Khemka, the Haryana IAS officer who had scrapped her son-in-law Robert Vadra’s controversial land deals and was transferred. Nagpal was suspended last month ostensibly for taking on the sand mafia and for ordering the demolition of a wall of a mosque that was being built on government land in the state’s Gautam Buddh Nagar District, where she was posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate

NAGPUR: Maharashtra BJP President Devendra Phadanvis along with other leaders will meet party's top brass in Delhi to apprise them of the sentiments of the people in Vidarbha and press to club the issue of separate statehood, with the proposed Telangana Bill. "We have decided to call on our party leaders in Delhi tomorrow and insist on combining the Vidarbha statehood issue with that of Telangana by moving an amendment in Bill for separate states," Phadanvis said here today. We are seeking appointment with party leaders who are already in the national capital for the monsoon session of the Parliament, including party chief Rajnath Singh, senior BJP leader L K Advani, Gopinath Munde and Sushma Swaraj among others, he added. Phadanvis will be accompanied by his immediate predecessor Sudhir Mungattiwar and former party MP Banwarilal Purohit along with sitting BJP MLAs Sudhakar Deshmukh, Nana Patole and others. BJP's alliance partner Shiv Sena is against formation of Vidarbha but Phadanvis has already wrested this initiative. The party in its national executive committee meet in Bhubhaneshwar in 1992 had passed a resolution for creation of separate Vidarbha. Now, it is supporting the formation of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh.

Landslides claim nine lives in Kerala, Kochi airport temporarily closed

IDUKKI/KOCHI: Nine persons died and several others were reported missing as a string of landslides triggered by heavy downpour battered the high range Idukki and adjoining districts of Kerala on Monday. The Cochin International Airport has been temporarily closed and two flights diverted as the runway got waterlogged. Periyar river and canals are overflowing after the downpour lashed the area since Sunday. The deceased included two children and two women as their houses on the slopes of the hills in Idukki district were swept away by flash floods, police said. A district where most people are small and marginal farmers, Idukki also suffered heavy crop and property loss.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ruled that the extradition of underworld don Abu Salem to India is valid. Salem is being tried for his alleged role in serial blasts in Mumbai in 1993 in which 257 people were killed and another 713 injured. Salem, 45, was sent by Portugal to Mumbai in November 2005 along with his then companion, actor Monica Bedi. He is imprisoned at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. A court in Portugal had ruled that his extradition to India was ter-

BJP leaders to meet party's central leadership over Vidarbha

16 arrested for arson, 4 GJM workers detained for trying to block DM's office Four Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) workers were today detained when they tried to block the entrance of the district magistrate's office here on the third day of the indefinite bandh in the hills to demand a separate state of Gorkhaland. Police intervened when a group of GJM workers tried to block the main gate of the district magistrate's office at about 9.30 AM. Four of them were detained, police said. Sixteen persons were arrested last night for setting afire the Takdah forest bunglow last week, police said. With this, the total


Several persons were reported missing as a huge mound of rock and rubble came crashing down at Chiyyappara in Idukki while relief work was on in the area where landslip occurred in the early hours. Several vehicles were trapped in the debris and rescue work hampered as roads the district got blocked by rubble spawned by landslide and flashfloods. "Cochin International Airport has been closed till 2.30pm as water entered the runway as the Periyar river is overflowing after shutters of the Edamalayalar dam were opened," airport director ACK Nair said. The sandbanks of the Periyar river in Aluva, where thousands are to converge to perform the Balitharpanam ritual on Tuesday on

the day of Karkitakavavu, is flooded and the Shiva temple there almost submerged. Ernakulam district collector Sheikh Pareed said possibilities of making alternative arrangements for the conduct of the ritual were being explored and the help of Navy sought to tackle the situation. People in affected areas have been shifted to relief camps. Chief minister Oommen Chandy has called an emergency cabinet meeting in the state capital to review the serious situation and gear up the relief operations. The IMD has cautioned fishermen not to venture into the sea in the next 48 hours as strong winds of 45-55 kmph could lash coastal areas along with heavy rain.

Anti-Telangana protests continue in Seemandhra A series of protests continued in the Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh for the sixth consecutive day on Monday against the Congress and UPA’s decision to bifurcate the state for creation of Telangana. Samaikyandhra supporters and members of various organisations held protests across coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts demanding united Andhra Pradesh, though, the situation was under control, police said. Protesters took out huge rallies and held demonstrations in Anantapur. However, the situation is under control and peaceful, DIG (Anantapur range) B. Balakrishna said, adding that they have taken some protesters into preventive custody. The Samaikyandhra supporters, in-

cluding students, also held road-blockades, dharnas, formed human chains in Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Kurnool districts, besides in Vijayawada and Tirupati cities. They also resorted to tonsuring their heads, washing clothes and cooking food on the roads at some places. A report from Visakhapatnam said agitation for united Andhra Pradesh continued there with rallies, demonstrations and forming human chains by various organisations and Samaikyandhra joint action committee (JAC) students.RTC employees staged a dharna in front of Maddilapalem bus depot demanding the Centre not to bifurcate the state.The relay hunger strike of JAC of lawyers of various bar associations, who boycotted courts till August 8, entered second day on Monday.

Zabarwan Times E-Paper English 06 August  

Be The Torch Bearers Of The Development

Zabarwan Times E-Paper English 06 August  

Be The Torch Bearers Of The Development