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Srinagar, October 05: A 45 years old Lady, Haleema Begum widow of Abdul Khaliq Sofi resident of Watergam, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Kreeri, Baramulla received electric shock at her home and died on spot.

Illicit drug seized in Sopore Srinagar, October 05: 300 bottle of banned drug were seized in Watergam area of Sopore last evening. Acting on a specific information, Police Sopore along with Naib Tehsildar Watergam seized 300 bottles of banned drug form the shop of Ashiq Hussain Nagar son of Mohammad Altaf resident of Tragpora, in the jurisdiction of Police station Sopore. A case was registered in police station Sopore in this regard and investigation has been taken up.

9 Injured in road mishaps Srinagar, October 05: Nine persons were injured in different road accidents across the valley. A Truck bearing registration number Jk03B/3954 hit a Motorcycle bearing registration number JK04A/9243 at Goriwan Chowk, Bijbehara, Anantnag, resulting in injuries to the motorcyclist and a Pillion. Both the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, An Alto car bearing registration number Jk01T/1065 collided with a Maruti car bearing registration number Jk01E/3637 near Ahmad’s Hospital, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Nowgam. Six persons travelling in these vehicles were injured. All the injured have been shifted to SMHS, Hospital for treatment. In another accident, a Maruti car bearing registration number Jk01H/1765 hit and injured a pedestrian Ghulam Mohammad Bhat son of Sonaullah resident of Kalamdanpora at Siraj Bazar, Zaina-Kadal. The injured was shifted to Hospital for treatment. Srinagar Police has registered a case in this regard.

Dogs create havoc in Qamarwari Srinagar, October 05: Several children were attacked and bitten by stray dogs on Saturday at Bemina triggering panic in the area. Witnesses told KNS that some stray dogs on prowl attacked children and who ever came their way in SDA colony. The worst scene was a witnessed in this colony when a group of school children was waiting for bus to reach school. Some people tried to rescue the children but they too fell prey to the canine bites. The locals complained that even though hundreds of dogs’ are on prowl in the area, the authorities seem unmoved and have failed to check the menace. See Dogs on Pg. 11

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FORECAST FOR NEXT 24 HRS:

Weather will be mainly dry over the state.

FORECAST OF SRINAGAR:

Mainly clear sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 28°C & 13°C respectively.

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Fresh infiltration bid foiled in Keran Sector, 4 militants killed

Srinagar, October 05:

The Indian Army Saturday claimed that yet another infiltration bid was thwarted along the Line of Control in Fatehgali and four militants were eliminated during the gunbattle. The army said that the militants tried to sneak into the area in Keran sector around 25km from Shala Batu where a gunbattle between the army and militants has been raging since the last 12 days. Six AK-47 assault rifles and four pistols have been recovered, it added. Army chief Gen Bikram Singh on Friday said that the Keran sector "situation is not anywhere close to Kargil". “We are dominating from all sides. They (intruders) are holed up there. We will take them out," he said.

"It's a matter of time. All such operations take time." On Friday, the army had said that it had killed three militants who were part of a fresh batch that tried to infiltrate in another area, Gujjar Tur, possibly to assist those holed up in Shala Batu village. The two areas are 30km apart. Army spokesman Naresh Vij said, “These infiltration bids are a desperate attempt on part of militants to replenish depleting ranks before winters because the army has successfully foiled several infiltration attempts, killing about 40 militants, near the LoC this year.” He said the army is keenly watching the new trend, as witnessed in Keran sector, whereby militants fan out only in a particular border area to engage the army for longer periods. He said on Friday that a fresh

group of militants was spotted in the wee hours in Gujjar Tur area. In the gunfight that ensued three militants were killed. The infiltration attempts have raised concerns that reinforcements are being sent from the Pakistani side to intruders already engaged in the stand-off with troops. Experts believe that

Istanbul, October 05: Coming down heavily on Pakistan, President Pranab Mukherjee has said unless it dismantles the terror infrastructure on its soil, there is no scope for progress in talks between the two countries. In an interview to Turkish newspaper 'Today's Zaman', the President exhorted that a serious effort should be made by Pakistan on this subject as he said most See President on Pg. 11

1171 applications received from prospective returnees 277 individuals returned with families via Nepal

Srinagar, October 05: The state government today said it has received 1171 applications so far on behalf of the prospective returnees who are willing to return from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) under its return and rehabilitation policy. In a written response to a question posed by Mehbooba Mufti, the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and MLA, the govern-

ment has said out of 1171 cases 12 have been recommended to the government of India, minister of home affairs for further necessary action. “386 cases are under examination in the home department. Applications of 24 individuals submitted by their relatives could not be considered further by the high level committee under the policy as these individuals have returned via Nepal which is not a recognized route under the policy,” the

militants are also trying to divert attention from Shala Batu. The army and 30-40 militants have been locked in a battle since September 24, a week before the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India met in Washington to discuss various issues, incursions along the Line of Control (LoC) being one of them.

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government reply reads. The rest of the applications, the government has said are being scrutinized and verified by the intelligence agencies. “It may also be mentioned that 277 individuals along with 140 wives and 438 children have returned via Nepal, which is not an approved route under the policy of 2010.” The government has further said that besides five ladies who had exflitrated earlier have returned See Govt Policy on Pg. 11

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Police busted HM module in Sopore Top HM commander arrested Srinagar, October 05: In a successful operation, a top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) was apprehended and an HM Module busted in Sopore. This was stated by DIG, North Kashmir Sh. J.P. Singh at a press conference at Sopore today. The DIG, NKR who was flanked by SP Spore, Mir Imtitaz, C0 22 RR, Col Yogesh and CO 179 CRPF Sh.Surinder Kumar while giving details said that Police with the assistance of 22 RR and 179 CRPF have arrested a top Hizbul-Mujahideen militant outfit Commander Nisar Ahmad Dar @Usman @Umar son of Ghulam Mohiud-Din Dar resident of Saidpora, Sopore The militant had earlier remained active

with Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit and was apprehended by Police in year 2007 with a huge recovery of 50 hand grenades. Thereafter on his release in 2009 he joined the Hizbul-Mujahideen ranks and got involved in large number of terrorist activities in the areas of North-Kashmir and Srinagar city. He is a very crucial member of Hizbul Mujahideen terror network operating in North Kashmir and Srinagar city. He has been involved in number of terrorist actions undertaken by him independently and jointly with his other associates in Handwara, Sopore, Pattan and Srinagar. The DIG Said that the militant along with his associate was involved in the See Police on Pg. 11

Govt hardens its stand; says no work no pay

Rather rules out enhancement in retirement age Srinagar, October 05: State government on Saturday asked the House to take a decision about enhancing the retirement age of the state government employees from 58 to 60-yrs. Replying to a question of CPI (M) state secretary and MLA Kulgam, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Minister for Finance Abdul Rahim Rather told the legislative assembly: “We don’t see any pos-

sibility of this (enhancement of retirement age). From rupees 5,000 crores, the budget on employee’s salaries has skyrocketed to Rs 16,000 crores.” He alleged the employees of choosing path of confrontation whenever the government tried to solve their problems. “We always try to solve the employee’s demands through talks. But they (employees) are taking to roads creating a lot of inconvenience for the com-

mon people,” Rather said while hastening to put the ball in the court of the house regarding the final decision on the matter. “But that doesn’t sound the end of the road here. Let this house take the final call on the enhancement of the retirement age. Being supreme any unanimous decision taken here would be accordingly discussed by the government,” Rather added. He said that government

has decided to act tough against the employees remaining absent from their duties. Rather said that “equal work would fetch equal money” to the employees who he added have got used to get paid for striking their works. “We never sought to lock horns with the employees but their rigidity is not only creating problems for the common people but is leading to stalemate with the state See No Pay on Pg. 11

Discussion on Gen Married woman Govt reiterates its plan to buy Singh's remarks deferred allegedly abducted by back 3 power projects uniformed men NHPC realized Rs. 3834.59 crore revenue from J&K: Vikar Srinagar, October 05:

District administration promptly orders probe Anantnag, October 05: Residents of Zalangam hamlet of Kokarnag, Islamabad staged massive protests and blocked KokarnagKishtwar raod on Saturday after a married woman was allegedly abducted by men wearing combat uniforms. Police has registered a case and the women was sent for a medical examination. Talking to CNS, Nazia Banoo (name changed) said that she was abducted by men in uni-

form on Friday night when she was coming out from the bathroom located in their yard. “Men wearing combat uniforms blind folded me and forcibly took me to a nearby forest. They molested me on way and tried to tarnish my chastity in the forest. They talked in Hindi and one of them was using black specs,” she said. She said that last month after delivering a baby boy she had a surgery and, “it See Abducted on Pg. 11

Srinagar, October 05: The state government today said its plans to buy back Dulhasti, Salal and Uri-I project currently being operated by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) in the state is under process. Replying to a question by Abdul Rehman Veeri, the Peoples Democratic Party senior leader and MLA, the Minister informed that NHPC has realized revenue to the extent of Rs. 3834.59 crore from Jammu and Kashmir. Out of this amount the minister said

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Time ripe to deliver justice: Affected Families Shopian, October 05: The families of Shopian victims Saturday warned that if probe would not be conducted in a fair manner into the Gagren killings, they would come on roads and start agitation against the government. However, they hoped that this time the government would give no room to killers and they would be brought to justice.

The father of one of the slain youth, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat told CNS that majority of the people in Shopian term the probe as mere eye-wash but he hopes that this time the probe would be conducted fairly and ‘killers’ would be punished so that no more innocent killings take place anywhere in Kashmir Valley. “Though we have no expectations from the government but it would be

unfair if we don’t give government a chance to deal with the culprits. It is up to the government now to investigate the matter in a free and fair manner. I hope Government would not repeat 2009 when it claimed that two daughters of Shopian died due to drowning,” Bhat said. Another family member of the victims Rafiq Ahmed said that so many inquiry See Time Ripe on Pg. 11

Rs. 855.531 crores have been realized through

Salal Project, Rs. 842.252 crores through Dulhasti and Rs. 2136.82 Crores through Uri, HEP from

1997-98 to 2012-13. “The NHPC had sought the cabinet subcommittee report that we have handed over to the NHPC,” Vikar Rasool, the Minister of State for Power said in the state Legislative Assembly. While replying supplementary to a question on power, Rasool said the state government has sought depreciated value of the power projects and the details of the assets present therein. “These details have not been provided by the NHPC so far. Once we get the See Power Projects on Pg. 11

The discussion over former army chief V K Singh’s remarks about army’s funding to Jammu and Kashmir politicians was today deferred by the Legislative Assembly till Monday. Speaker Mubarak Gul announced the decision after BJP, NPP and other Jammu based members of the Legislative Assembly sought deferment of the discussion due to Navratra. As the House started its proceedings, Ashok Khajuria, the BJP MLA submitted that the discussion on former army chief remarks which was scheduled to be held today be

postponed till Monday. Almost all PDP MLAs, National Panthers Party MLAs and CPI (M) MLA Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami supported Khajuria’s submission. Minister for law and parliamentary affairs Mir Saifullah later said the government had no objections if Khajuria’s submission is accepted by the Speaker. On Friday Mehbooba Mufti, the opposition PDP leader had sought the timing of discussion over retired general Singh’s remarks. She was informed by Speaker that it will be held on Saturday. Gen Singh’s made his See Discussion on Pg. 11

JK has 9329 Children’s hospital again in news persons in for poor hygienic conditions 13 prisons Infuriated attendants protest against official apathy Srinagar, October 05: Srinagar, October 05:

The state government today said there are 9329 people in 13 prisons on Jammu and Kashmir. In a written response to a starred question posed by MLA Langate Er Sheikh Abdul Rashid, the state home ministry has said though no person under Public Safety Act is detained in any jail outside the state but the government has 9329 people in its See Prisons on Pg. 11

Patients visiting GB Pant Hospital-Kashmir’s only children hospital at Sonwar face serious health problems due to poor sanitation. Scores of patients told KNS on Saturday that there was need for quick intervention to change the situation to prevent them from hospital acquired infections. “Such situation can cause a serious infection to the patients with

open wounds,” said an attendant Fayaz Ahmad who was accompanied with his

children for treatment. The post operative wards, See Hospital on Pg. 11

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terrorist activities against India are emanating from territories under the control of Pakistan. He also expressed happiness over the steps taken by the two countries to resolve their differences. Mr. Mukherjee also reminded Pakistan about its commitment to bring to book the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. In the second leg of his official tour, President Pranab Mukherjee left Belgium today for a three-day state visit to Turkey. President Mukherjee would be visiting Istanbul, Capadocia and the capital city of Ankara where he would interact with his counterpart. The Istanbul University will confer Mr. Mukherjee with a honourary degree today. After rounding up President's Belgium visit President Pranab Mukherjee had relatively a busy time in Brussels with the top Belgium leadership charting out possibility of deepening the Indo-Belgium tie. This includes his meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Elio De Rupo and his engagement with King of Belgium, King Phillipe signing the 5 MOUs which will remain in the interest of both the countries for co-operation in the field of education and finally topping his first visit to Belgium by jointly inaugurating Europalia India, the largest ever Indian cultural festival abroad. Looking at the trail of such illustrious activity one can expect Mr. Mukherjee's first visit to Turkey as President to be equally meaningful.

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killing of one Police constable Mohammad Shahfi Lone son of Ghulam Mustafa Lone resident of Lathishat at Lathishat Sopore on May 17, 2011. Case FIR No: 126/11 U/S 302, 120 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act stands registered in PS Sopore against him. He was assisted by another terrorist Mohammed Shafi Sheikh alias Rashid Movi resident of Zaloora Sopore in this murder. He added that along with his other associates Imtiyaz Kandoo @Fayaz @Rizwan resident of Kralteng Sopore and Tariq Ahmad Mir @Zahid resident Udoora, Handwara, he is also involved in IED blast at Police Station Sopore on 06 July 2011, in which one SgCt Morifat Hussain of PS Sopore No: 1786/S got killed. Some civilians also got injured in the incident. Case FIR No: 182/2011 U/S 302, 307, 109 RPC, 4/5 Explosive Substances Act stands registered in P/S Sopore. The IED was fabricated by Quyoom Najar alias Azhar R/O Mumkak, Sopore who heads the HM group in the valley. He is also involved in the attack on a wine shop at Hotel Heemal Srinagar. The attack was carried out on 15 Oct, 2012 by the subject along with Tariq Mir @Zahid of Handwara the DIG added. He further added that on 24-03-2013, the militant along with his associate Quyoom Najar @Azhar attacked a Police Party at Iqbal market Sopore injuring Ct Kishore Kumar critically besides killing a civilian. The militant had decamped with the weapon of the injured constable which has been recovered on his instance. [FIR No: 53/2013 U/S 302, 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act PS Sopore stands registered in this regard. The DIG also said that on 26-06-2013, the terrorist Nisar Shah along with his associate Tariq Ahmad Mir @Zahid killed one prominent businessman Kifayat Hussain Mir S/O Mohammad Yousuf Mir resident Bhoripora, Sopore. A case FIR No: 124/2013 under section 302 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act stands registered in Police Station Sopore. Besides, the arrested militant along with his associates executed an attack on contractors and workers at Wullar Flood Conservation Project site at Adipora on 28-08-2012. A case FIR NO: 213/2012 U/S 307, 392 RPC, 7/25 Arms Act stands registered regarding the matter with Police Station Sopore. Questioning of the arrested militant commander and investigation of the case reveals that directions for the attack were passed on by HM Supreme Commander Mohd Yousf Shah @Salahudin and One Amir Khan based in POK to scuttle the efforts to conserve Wullar Lake. They also take directions from Abdul Majeed Sofi @Bisati @Shaheen based in POK. J.P Singh said that His role in attacks on policemen and security forces in Srinagar city is also being investigated. The arrested militant, Nisar also led Police and Security Forces to arrest some of his associates and over ground militants of the militant module who were arrested from various areas of Sopore and Handwara. They includes Inaytullah Ganie @Sajid son of Mohammad Akbar Ganie resident Pohru Peth Handwara, Ashiq Hussain Mir son of Abdul Rashid Mir resident of Guloora Handwara, Khazir Ahmad Ganie son of Abdul Ahad Ganie resident of Pohru Peth Handwara and Bilal Ahmad Kaloo son of Abdul Rehman Kaloo resident Takiyabal Sopore. Arms and ammunition recovered from the arrested militant and his associates include 01 AK Series Rifle,01 AK magazines, 30 rounds AK Ammunition, 01 Pistol Shaheen, 01 Pistol Magazine Shaheen, Pistol ammunition 9mm 10 rounds, o2 Pistol Chinese, 02 Magazines of Pistol Chinese, 04 rounds of Pistol Chinese ammunition and 04 Ammunition Pouches.

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along with 10 children. “Their cases are being dealt with in accordance with law. However, due to some inexplicable reasons, no individual has returned from PoK to the state through the routes identified under the policy so far, therefore, the benefit of the policy could not be extended to any of the individuals.” Pertinently, Mehbooba had asked about the number of youth who have returned from PoK under the rehabilitation policy and the details of financial aid etc. provided for rehabilitation after their return to the state indicating also the number of youth having gone back to PoK.

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government,” said Rather while citing the concerns of the civil society, trade fraternity and the unemployed youth in enhancing the retirement age of the state employees from present 58 to 60. “We have to take them (civil society, trade fraternity and the unemployed youth, trade fraternity and the unemployed youth on board before finalizing anything. The concern of the unemployed youth is of prime concern for us,” added Rather while claiming that present government

has addressed many concerns of the employees. He said that when NC-Cong coalition took over the reins of the state in 2009 the implementation of the 6th pay commission was done on fast track basis for the benefit of the employees here. The NC legislator, however, admitted that many daily wagers have been appointed outside the government’s knowledge. “When employee leadership came up with the regularization of the daily wagers we asked all the concerned departments to detail about their exact strength in various departments in the state,” asserted Rather. From the total strength of 58,000, he said that government had to oust many daily wagers after finding their appointment done on ‘unauthorized’ grounds. “These employees were appointed by the officers and many other influential people. We had to crack a whip on them and oust them. However, those appointed as per norms are drawing their salaries,” the Finance Minister said. Earlier, the opposition PDP, BJP, Panthers Party and CMI (M) created a ruckus on the employee’s demands in the house. The PDP legislators raised a hue and cry over the backdoor appointments made during the present government’s tenure. Tarigami asked the government to solve the problems of the employees through talks. He also demanded those arrested should be released immediately and cases against them should be withdrawn. “The employees are our own. How can you treat them differently? Resolve their matters peacefully. Release the arrested employees and withdraw cases against them,” insisted the CPI (M) leader. PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said that government has created much confusion in the process of dealing with the employees. She said that while government is adamant not to increase the retirement age of the employees the re-employment of top notch officer has been going on for the last five years. “Top-ranked officials have been re-employed drawing salaries in lakhs besides pension benefits of their previous posts. But in the enhancement of the retirement age of state employee’s government is citing financial constraints and engagement of unemployed youth behind it,” Mehbooba told the house while also demanding immediate release of the arrested employees and withdrawal of cases against them. PDP MLA from Pahalgam Rafi Mir said that 50 youth were engaged through backdoor appointments in Floriculture department in Pahalgam who were later disengaged following protests over their appointment. Another PDP legislator, Javid Mustafa Mir alleged that need based and daily wagers are not paid their wages. While rejecting the enhancement in the retirement age of the employees, MLA Langate Er. Rashid, however, said that without playing any politics govt. should address other demands of the employee’s forthwith. He said that JKPCCC Chief Saif-ud-din Soz J&K- Saif-udDin Soz supports the enhancement of the retirement age outside the assembly but the same party (Congress) refuses to come clean on the issue inside the house.

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probably was this surgery which stopped those beasts to tarnish my chastity,” she said adding that those men hit her chest and one of them even directed his companion to eliminate her. The mother of three who is married in Jablipora Bijbehara told CNS that for a moment she was sure those beasts would kill her. “They molested me repeatedly and it was only around 5 in the morning that they left me. I managed to reach a place where a woman helped me to reach my house,” she said. Her father Abdul Aziz Ganaie demanded stern punishment to the culprits and appealed the authorities to expose those beasts. “I was anxious when my daughter did not return from bathroom and raised an alarm. The villagers created groups and started searching for my daughter in and around Zalangam but of no avail. We all were shocked to see Nazia and burst into tears when she narrated her woeful tale,” he said adding that even after informing the Station House Officer about the incident the police took no pains in tracing out his daughter. District administration officials including Additional Deputy Commissioner Bashir Ahmed Khan and Assistant Commissioner Revene Ghulam Rasool visited Zalangam and assured people of thorough probe into the incident. Meanwhile, District Administration Islamabad ordered a probe into the incident and assured people that it would be completed in next four days. The probe would be headed by ACR, Islamabad. Police has registered a case vide FIR number 164 under section 364 of RPC in this regard. CRPF spokesperson, Kishor Prasad told CNS that there is no deployment of CRPF in the area and, “any allegations against our men would be baseless,” he said.

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depreciated costs of these projects, the government will take steps for arranging the money for buying back these projects,” he said. Rasool said the state government has engaged consultants and carried out a detailed valuation of these projects also. The minister informed the House that on the recommendations of the Cabinet Sub Committee, Jammu and Kashmir State Power Corporation (JKPDC) is in process of working out the cost of the power projects like Dulhasti to transfer them back to the State Government. Veeri however, stood up and questioned about the claims made by Taj Mohiudin, in capacity of the former irrigation and flood control minister about the revenue realization by the government which according to Taj would be incurred on buying back the power projects. Taj later informed the house that the state has earned Rs 925 crore from water usage charges levied on power projects. “The NHPC has paid Rs 700 crore while the State Power Development Corporation has paid the remaining amount. The earning will increase by another Rs 210 crore with the commissioning of the Uri-II power project,” Taj said. Sources said that the PDD has not moved ahead on return of power projects since the Cabinet approved the subcommittee report on the subject. “The PDD is no

saying it will work out the depreciated costs of these projects. Nothing has been done since the cabinet approved subcommittee report on the subject. What happened to another committee which was framed to look into the legal modus operandi to buy back these projects, nobody knows,” well placed sources said in the government. Rasool also said that for the improvement of High Tension and Low Tension network the Government has allocated one crore rupees to each district which also would cater to the problem of Veeri’s Constituency. He said that construction of 1x6.3 MVA Receiving Station costing Rs. 205.72 lakh has been recently cleared by TEC and work would be taken up after availability of funds. Rasool said the improvement of HT/LT network and damaged transformers in all the area is a continuous process and is being attended to in a phased manner within the available sources of funding which includes CDF grants besides State, District Plans and CSS programmes.

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remarks saying army was funding politicians in Jammu and Kashmir after a newspaper report alleged that minister for agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir had received Rs 1. 19 Crores from army’s TSD unit to topple Omar Abdullah’s government. The former army chief however, rejected the allegations that Mir was paid to topple Omar’s government saying funds had been given to many ministers in the state since 1947 for different jobs and purposes. In its privilege motion, moved by National Conference the party sitting and former ministers have demanded that general Singh be brought Kashmir to face the House. However, this motion is pending before the Speaker for a direction.

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corridors and toilets in the hospital are clogged with filth causing immense inconvenience to the patients and their attendants. The poor sanitation at this key hospital that serves a huge population of nearly 10 districts has evoked strong resentment among the patients and the attendants. Farooq Ahmad from Kursoo Rajbagh who accompanied his daughter for treatment, said that the poor sanitation at the hospital was exacerbated by filthy toilets. “Situation is worse with the flush toilet which is always blocked due to lack of water. It is terrible to be here. One can have dangerous diseases on visiting here for a minor treatment,” he said. A patient from Bemina claimed that each time he visits the toilet he vomits because of the heavy stench emanating from human feces. Sheemema, who is attending her daughter, is worried she may acquire an infection due to poor hygiene at the hospital. “Service delivery at the hospital is poor. It takes hours for a patient to be attended by doctors. I spent almost an hour with my daughter at night in the emergency ward as there was only one doctor who was attending the patient. It is indeed heart breaking that cries of patients have for long gone unanswered," she said. Despite several attempts, the hospital authorities could not be contacted for comments.

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13 jails. There was, however, no detail available about the classification of the prisoners- those in jail for crimes and political detainees. According to the data given by the government, the central jail Srinagar has the highest number of 2673 prisoners. According to this government data, there were 2075 prisoners in central jail Kotbalwal, 2673 in central jail Srinagar, 364 in district jail Jammu, 975 in Udhampur, 537 in Kathua, 184 in Rajouri, 172 in Poonch, 239 in Kishtwar, 1696 in Baramulla, 176 in Kupwara, 85 in Islamabad, 47 in sub jail Hira Nagar and 106 in sub jail Reasi. On September 16, the government has said 38 persons excluding foreigners are detained under Public Safety Act. Of them seven persons were arrested more than once. “The reasons for re-detaining an individual again under PSA is that they even after their release continue indulge in disruptive, seditious, and anti national activities because of which their remaining at large is deter mental to the security of the state and maintenance of public order” the response tabled in the house said.

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committees were constituted by the government to probe the killings of innocent people but no culprit was punished which sent a wrong signal. “The reality is that we have lost faith in the Justice system, but this time we believe that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah would mean business and there will be a transparent probe into the Gagren killings,” Rafiq told CNS. Meanwhile, Bar Association Shopian termed the probe as time-buying process and said that we are witness to so many probes which were conducted to give safe

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passage to the ‘killers’. President Bar Association, Shopian, Advocate Mushtaq Ahmed Paul told CNS that the people have bitter experience about such probes and they know inquiry commissions are constituted to pacify people. “This probe will not yield anything and we don’t expect anything from Justice M.L.Koul and the present government,” he said.

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“For the past three years the SMC admits that the stray dog population has reached alarming proportions with over one lakh and growing dogs on prowl in the City. Still, the corporation has failed to act,” said a senior citizen Bashir Makdoomi of Bemina to KNS. “We fear that the dog population if kept unchecked could trigger fear psychosis among people.” “The stray dog menace needs to be dealt with seriously or else by four years dogs may outnumber people in Srinagar,” Makhdoomi said. Despite repeated attempts the SMC officials couldn’t be contacted.

Kishtwar traders blame Jammu traders for discriminatory approach

We will assist in expansion of trade: KEA Srinagar, October 05: After alleging discrimination from Jammu traders the Kishtwar trade union leaders and civil society have decided to expand their business market in Kashmir. According to KNS, while addressing a press conference here the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), various trade union leaders and civil society members from Kishtwar blamed the Jammu traders for a ‘discriminatory approach’ by selling the same products at higher rates to them compared to Kashmir. “We were surprised to see that the rate of products that Jammu provides us is much higher due to which we are not able to earn any profits. Thus, we don’t want to be limited to Jammu and bridge the gap of business links with the Kashmir,” said Reyaz Ahmad Zargar, a member of Anjuman-e-Islami, Kishtwar. He further said that they feel there is a dire need to have a better communication with the Kashmiris and explore all the possible means to eliminate the dependencies of trade to a particular region. “The incident at Kishtwar gave us a reason as well as

need to look for safe sources to have uninterrupted business activities without any specific dependability. We are hopeful that the new expansion plans would improve not only the economic condition of Kishtwar but also will help to reduce the unemployment,” Zargar added according to KNS reporter. Meanwhile KEA is gearing to alliance with Kishtwar district and has decided to give help and assistance for expansion of trade and commerce with Kashmir valley. “We want to stand by with the Kishtwar both in business as well as the recent setback of communal clashes that they faced. Our aim is extend our support to them to ensure a free and impartial enquiry into the incident so that no community or individual is targeted to hurt anybody sentiments,” said chairman of Kashmir economic alliance in press conference. “This is our way of contributing to the state’s economy and efforts to fight growing unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir. We want to assure all the help and assistance for trade, commerce and other moral support,” he added.

Tangdar gets cell phone service People thank Omar for initiative, keeping promise Srinagar, October 05: The remotest northern area of Kashmir Valley, Tangdar appeared on the mobile telephone network of the Country when the BSNL and Airtel launched the service in this area promised to people by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah during his last visit to Tangdar. The Chief Minister had taken up the issue with the concerned Union Ministry underlining the need for mobile telephone service to the people living in this remotest area remaining cut-off from the rest of the Country during winter months. T h e e ff o r t s o f O m a r Abdullah succeeded when the two major companies BSNL and Airtel accepted the challenge and made it possible for the people of Tangdar to avail the mobile telephone facility and be

connected to the world 24x7 throughout the year. Soon hearing the announcement of Tangdar getting mobile telephone service after completing the test running by the two companies for some days, the people rejoiced with happiness expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for keeping his promise and opening up the area to the world through the cell phone network. They said that this initiative of the Chief Minister is historic and the dream in this regard has come true. The people of the area had long cherished for having this facility significantly important for them to remain in touch with other parts of the State and the Country particularly during the severe winter months when the area remains cutoff with the rest of the State.

SRINAGAR MUNICIPAL CORPORATION PUBLIC NOTICE

It is for the information of all citizen, intending to raise any sort of construction within Municipal limits of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, to obtain proper building permissions from the Competent Authority prescribed under law. Raising/Erection of unauthorised construction is liable for action as per provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Corporation Act, 2000, Jammu and Kashmir Control of Building Operations Act, 1988 and rules framed there under besides all relevant laws for the time being in force. It is made clear that under E-governance and as per provisions of the Public Service Guarantee Act, 2011 required building permission, as per provisions of Master Plan, shall be issued within a period of (30) thirty days, after obtaining all required NOC’s (online) Sd/- (Dr. G. N. Qasba) Commissioner DIPJK-NB: 1778 Srinagar Municipal Corporation

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Governor visits Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine

Inaugurates Parvati Bhawan; reviews several development projects

He was accompanied by Mrs. Usha Vohra, First Lady, H. L. Maini, Member and Technical Consultant, Shine Board; Navin K. Choudhary, Chief

various projects of the Shrine Board stressed the need for ensuring expeditious completion of all the development schemes.

Bhawan, in the Bhawan area, which has been constructed at a cost of about Rs. 3.58 crore. This 4-storey building has dormitory accom-

KATRA, OCTOBER 5 N. N. Vohra, Governor, who is the Chairman of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, visited the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji Saturday and inaugurated several infrastructure development projects, launched a number of schemes and reviewed the various ongoing development works of the Shrine Board with a view to meet future requirements of this round the year Yatra. On the auspicious occasion of the commencement of holy NavraExecutive Officer and Dr. Mandeep The Governor inspected the tras, the Governor paid obeisance K. Bhandari, Additional CEO. Outer Cave area and ATKA Extenat the Shrine and prayed for peace, The Governor, while inspecting Project and inaugurated harmony and prosperity of theNews State.Agency Lone Kangan Khan sion News Agency Ganderbal Parvati

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modation for 200 persons, besides locker facilities. He went around the building and was briefed about the

Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashid News Agency Dalgate Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05 News Handwara presently under presently execution Lone AgencyisTangmarg Bhat under News Agency Chadoora execution at an estimated at anZargar estimated of RsKunzar Bhat News Agency Magam Newscost Agency SUDHMAHDEV, OCT 05Minister for Urban De- cost of Rs 2.13 crore against 1.59 crore against which Rs Newswhich Agency Bashir News Agency Sumbal velopment Nawang Dar Rigzin an Beerwah expenditure of Rs 1.05 crore is the expenditure Reshi Saleem Agency Jora on behalf of the R&BNews 78 Agency lakh hasSafapora been incurred ending March,News 2103. Rs 22.50 PattanThe department of Wildlife Protection Jammu orgaMinister Saturday informed endingAgency March,Bandipora 2013. Dur- lakh Reyaz is the News proposed out-Pampore Basharat News Agency nized a function on the eve of the House that under the ing current financial year, lay for the current financial Altaf News Agency Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund Special Bridge Programme Rs 8.45 lakh have been re- year, against which Rs 16.82 Wildlife Week Celebration at Agency G.M News Agency Sopore Sudhmahdev here today. several bridges haveJeelani been News leased againstBaramulla the proposed lakh has been released so far. Agency Sultanhave Newsbeen Agency taken up in LangateShah con-News outlay of RsKupwara 11 lakh. The left Abutments com-Handwara The function was organized in the community hall stituency including the Foot News Younis Langate have pletedSheikh News Agency and Agency right abutments and Girders for one Islamabad near Government Higher SecBridge at Drungsoo Reshi LatchNews been completed.The have Way been News launched. Agency Islamabad Min- span Three Agencyondary Tral School Sudhmahdev. which is presently Turray under News isterAgency said that construction 80 perBadru cent approaches haveBijbehara Students from various Tral News Agency execution at an estimated of 4x25 mtr foot bridge at also been completed, he schools, teachers, government Rahi News Agency Kulgam Malik News Agency cost of Rs 33.50 lakh against Khan Tulwari, Langate over added.In addition to theseArwani officials, I/C PHC SudhmahNewsnallah Agency Byepass Shaheen News Agency which an expenditureRah of Rs Mawar is presently bridges, 4 more bridges are Kargil dev, Naib Tehsildar Katwalt,

Several bridges under construction in Langate: Jora

30.50 lakh has been incurred ending March, 2013. He said that during current financial year, an amount of Rs 4 lakh has been earmarked against which Rs 2.82 lakh has been released and the work is in progress. Replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Er. Abdul Rashid, the Minister said that construction on 38 mtr span trussed girder bridge over nallah Mawar at Yaroo,

under execution at an estimated cost of Rs 1.48 crore against which Rs 25 lakh have been expended ending March, 2013. Rs 11 lakh is the proposed outlay for the current financial year, against which Rs 8.45 lakh has been released so far. One abutment and two piers have been raised, he said.He said construction of 2x32 mtr span composite Foot Bridge at Bonagam, Langate is also

Rs 10 cr for implementation of LT/HT SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05: Minister of State for Power Vikar Rasool Wani informed the House that the government has earmarked an amount of Rs 10 crore for the improvement of HT/ LT network in all the districts of Kashmir valley for which the Action Plan is under formulation. After finalization of the said Action Plan, Pahalgam Constituency will also get its due share for improvement of LT distribution network to the extent of available funds.Replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Rafi Ahmad Mir Saturday said that a detailed survey of entire Pahalgam constituency has also been conducted and a detailed project report (DPR) amounting to Rs 15.11 crore has been formulated and shall be submitted to TEC for clearance.The Minister said that power distribution network comprising of wooden poles and conductors in the entire Kashmir valley especially in rural areas including Pahalgam constituency is decades old and the worn-out wooden poles and conductors need immediate replacement by new ST/PCC poles and conductors.

12 posts of headmasters vacant in Ramban: Feroz SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05: Minister of State for Science and Technology Feroze Ahmad Khan Saturday in reply to a Calling Attention Notice by Ashok Kumar said that 12 posts of headmasters in Ramban constituency are lying vacant in the newly upgraded high schools under RMSA which will be filled up shortly. He said that 292 posts of teachers of district cadre Ramban have been referred to the Service Selection Board for selection of suitable candidates on fast track basis for which written test stands conducted on 17th September, 2013.

under execution in Langate constituency under Special Bridge Programme (Projectisation) at an estimated cost of Rs 4.04 crore against which a cumulative expenditure of Rs 2.91 crore has been incurred upto ending March 2013. Rs 17.50 lakh has been earmarked for three bridges during 2013-14 except one bridge namely “Foot Bridge at Wahipora Langate”, which stands completed.

Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir Saturday informed the Legislative Assembly that Government has taken several steps for the development of Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture and Floriculture sectors in the State and a number of incentives have been announced for the farmers from time to time. He said these sectors are very important for boosting the economy of the State and Government will continue to take steps to encourage these sectors. Replying to the discussion on a Private Members Resolution moved by Mohammad Yaseen Shah and amendment thereto by Er. Abdul Rashid in the House Saturday, the Minister said that there is no need for declaring the Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture and

Symposium on wildlife conservation organized

Naid Tehsildar Sudhmahdev, Head Master Mantali, Dy. Commanding Officer CRPF Sudhmahdev, Chowki Officer Sudhmahdev, Panches , Sarpanches, local residents and Wildlife Officials of Sudhmahdev Wildlife Conservation Reserve participated in the function. Students from various schools including Government Hr. Sec. School Sudhmahdev, Government

High School Mantalai, Government Middle School Kohsar, Government Girls Middle School Sudhmahdev, Government Middle School Latwalt and Krishna Memorial Academy Sudhmahadev and Green Valley Academy Sudhmahdev enthusiastically participated in symposium competitions on the Wildlife Conservation. Principal Govt. Hr. Sec School Sudhmahdev, Surinder Kumar Sharma stressed upon the students and locals to shun the practice of killing wild animals, destruction of forests and habitat of wild animals. He advised students to follow simple and eco-friendly life style and habits in our day today routine. Wildlife Range Officer Udhampur (Sudhmahdev) D.K. Magotra, delved in detail on the importance of Celebrating Wildlife Weeks and sustainable conservation of natural resources.

Head Master Govt. School Mantali, Teacher GHSS Sudhmandev and Block Officer Sudhmahdev were the judges for the symposium competitions. In symposium, junior standard (6th -8th) Rashid Ali of 7th class GMS Katwalt got the first prize, Prabha Thakur Kajal 8th class of GHS Mantalai bagged 2nd prize and Rehan Fasial of 7th class of GMS Bachhal and Ambika Sharma 6th class of Krishana Memorial School Sudhmahdev clinched third prize while Pooja Devi 6th class of GMS Sudhmahdev bagged the consolation prize. In symposium, senior standard (9th – 12th) Meenakshi Kumari 9th Class of GHS Mantalai got the first prize, Tankia Devi 11th class of GHSS Sudhmahdev second prize and Aprana Sharma 10th class of GHSS Sudhmahdev bagged third prize.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan from October 15: Taj Demand of extension of NYK scheme submitted to Centre SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05Minister for Medical Education, Youth Service and Sports, Taj Mohi-udDin Saturday informed the House that Centre has launched a new scheme Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan in the Country for development of sports which would kick off fromOctober 15. He said under this scheme sports fields in every panchayat and block in the State would be developed. Replying to the supplementaries by several legislators on the main question by Hakim Mohammad Yasin Saturday in the Legislative Assembly, the Sports Minister said that funds in this regard are being released by the Centre and under this scheme sports academics would be setup in every district. He said sports stadium in urban areas having population of above 50,000 would be also developed, for the purpose the

Several incentives available to farmers in Agri, Horti, Seri, Flori sectors in JK : Mir SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05

facilities created for the pilgrims in this complex. The Governor also inaugurated Jaikara Bhojanalya at Bhawan and looked at the food and other eatables being made available there. During inspection of the under-construction Pony Stand, the Governor issued instructions for speeding up the work for its expeditious completion, which is estimated to cost Rs. 3.80 crore. The Governor, who walked from Sanjichhat to Bhawan, met and spoke to a good number of pilgrims to ascertain the difficulties faced by them. He asked the CEO of the Shrine Board for exploring possibility of replacing the existing tiles of the track by skid proof material based on the latest technologies. He also asked for replacing GC sheets of the shelter sheds, wherever required.Earlier, on arrival at Sanjichhat Helipad, the Governor was received by Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Additional CEO; Shahid Iqbal, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, SP, Reasi, and other senior civil, Police and Shrine Board officers.

Floriculture as industries because several incentives are already available for the farmers under various Flagship schemes of Central Government. He, however, assured the Member that Government will constitute a Committee shortly to suggest measures for streamlining the functioning of these departments so that the people associated with these sectors. Satisfied with the reply of the Minister, the Member later withdrew the Resolution. The other Resolution moved by Rafi Mohammad Mir regarding demolishing of all unauthorized constructions from tourist places of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg including unauthorized construction on roads leading to these tourist places was briefly discussed. The discussion remained inconclusive.

Government has already submitted DPRs of Rs. 7 crore to the Centre for approval of funds, adding that sports stadia in these urban areas would be developed subject to availability of land as there is no compensation of land under the scheme. The Sports Minister said that indoor stadia at Poonch and Pampore would be completed in due course of time for which funds have been also arranged. Taj said that under NYK 8000 youth have been engaged in the State during 2010 for two years and as per the central guidelines another 8000 more youth were engaged under the scheme in the State and the demand for extension of NYC youth already engaged was also taken up with the centre which is under their consideration.The Sports Minister said that during last three years no funds were received from the Centre under PIKA. He, however, said that the government has submitted utilization certificates of the projects and now funds to the tune of Rs. 2 crore were received and liabilities would

be cleared. Responding to a suggestion by Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, the Sports Minister also informed the House that the Department has already started counselling of drug addicted youth at GMCs of Srinagar and Jammu. He said Government would also consider to setup drug de addiction and rehabilitation centers at sports stadia. He said the department has a provision of youth counselling and hoped to extend it to district level. Replying to the main question, the Sports Minister said that Rs. 18.10 lakh have been incurred on the development of play grounds and mini stadia in Khan Sahib Constituency during last two years under State and District Plans. He also gave detailed brief of physical and financial achievements registered for development of sports infrastructure under State and district plans in Kashmir Division during last two fiscals.Legislators, M. Y. Tarigami, Ajiaz Ahmed Jan, Mir Zahoor Ahmed, Advocate Abdul Haq, Nizamu-ud-Din Bhat, Balwant Singh Mankotia and Ms. Indu Pawar raised supplementaries.

Retail business in cement decontrolled: Saifullah SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Mir Saifullah Saturday informed the House that Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department was the controlling authority of the private cement manufacturers as per the provisions of J&K Cement (Licensing and Control) Order, 1973. However, in 1990, the Central Government by virtue of Notification No. SO-624 E dated 07.08.1990 rescinded the powers delegated to State Government relating to the regulation of the retail cement distribution by licenses and permits. Accordingly, a circular dated 18.03.1991 was issued by the Consumer Affairs and

Public Distribution Department decontrolling the retail business in cement. The Minister was replying to a Calling Attention Notice by Peer Affaq Ahmad in the House. He said that the Industries and Commerce Department is primarily linked with the creation of infrastructural support for growth and promotion of industrial units, including cements industry in the State. He said J&K Cements Limited has distribution channel of stockiest to sell cement. Industries and Commerce department does not regulate the rates of cements supplied by the private companies, he added.

HOROSCOPE Aries

March 21-April 19

Things may be happening too fast around you today, Aries, but that doesn’t mean you necessarily have to join the frenzied pace. You’re probably much better off sticking with your methodical approach. Take the time to collect the facts you need before you jump into a major decision or plan of attack. People may be a bit jumpy, so do your best to be the stable one in the group.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Make sure you aren’t projecting a picture of yourself that doesn’t represent the real you, Taurus. It’s important that you remain true to your soul or you’ll end up in situations that make you uncomfortable and frustrated. There’s a strong transformative force working against you today, but you’ll have the leadership and confidence to stand up for yourself in whatever way you need.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Remind yourself of all the positive things you have going on in your life now, Gemini. It’s possible that you’ll be met with tension and challenges today that are threatening your sense of self. Arguments may break out around you, and you may have questions regarding what it is you stand for. Don’t lose touch with your nurturing qualities and sixth sense.

Cancer June 22-July 22

The fire within you is burning extra hot, Cancer, so make the most of this incredible internal furnace. Treat yourself to some new attire and proudly show it off tonight. Take the lead on projects that might be floundering. You have power behind your words and actions today, so use it for the highest good.

Leo

July 23-August 22 You may feel the urge to get up and go today, Leo, but at the same time you may feel like you aren’t prepared. Perhaps you don’t feel you’re on solid enough ground to take the next step. Don’t let the pressure of the outside world move you to a place you aren’t ready to go. Take things at your own pace, and be tolerant of those who choose to go at theirs.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Tension is building today that may wreak havoc with your harmonious nature, Virgo. The key for you now is to see the opportunity instead of conflict in each situation. This is a good time to gain a greater perspective on certain things. A bit of internal transformation may take place when you see things from the other side of the fence.

Libra

September 23-October 23 You may feel extra passionate today, Libra, so don’t be surprised if you take things to extremes even more than usual. There’s an aggression within you that’s working to help keep you in control of every situation. Remember that you must be prepared to receive whatever you dish out. There’s a warring instinct in everyone that’s likely to emerge on a day like this.

Scorpio

October 24-November 21 Find your strength from within, Scorpio. There’s a great deal of it in there, and it’s ready to erupt like a volcano. Let your passion drive your engine today and you’ll be amazed at the incredible places you can go. Don’t be afraid to take things to extremes. Your fantastic good luck will pull you out of any sticky predicament.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Your strong yet steady pace may get a lift today, Sagittarius. It might seem like there’s a fire under your feet, and you probably need to keep moving in order to keep yourself from getting burned. Use your independent streak to get things done the way you want them. This could be a powerhouse day for you!

Capricorn December 22-January 19

There’s excitement today that indicates that things are happening, things are changing. Stay alert and in tune with what’s going on around you, Capricorn. There’s a wonderful energy charge urging you to push the boundaries of everything going on around you. Do your part to help the world evolve to a happier, more peaceful place.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

You’re the sensitive one in a sea of anger today, Aquarius, so keep your guard up. Don’t be tempted or seduced by any rage around you. Be wary of people who seem motivated by fear. You’ll be much better off when you align yourself with those who act from a point of neutrality and self-confidence. Model your behavior after the people you see as superheroes in your world.

Pisces

February 19-March 20 You should mesh quite well with the prevailing energy today, Pisces. There’s a powerful, transformative force helping to give greater strength to your ego and vitality. Note the fiery energy about the day that encourages your dynamic and forceful personality to shine through. Feel free to express your independence in every situation.


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In-genuine strikesIn-genuine approach

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he frequent strikes and lockouts by state govt. employees are neither justified nor do they help to the cause of employees in general. Yes, they do for some ring leaders who take maximum advantages of those agitations with political overtures in mind so that they are properly rehabilitated after attaining the age of superannuation. These leaders of employees after retirement get accommodated in different political parties & with that their future becomes safe & protected & their past, whatever it was, cleaned & erased of all dubious spots. The general public is the worst sufferers in the standoff between the employees and the govt. Their day-today problems become vexed and due to the non-availability of staff, everything comes to a standstill. Everybody knows that the state has no sufficient resources and it pays thrice than its usual income to its employees. Most of their genuine demands have been met. The only major demand which remains to be settled is increase in their retirement age from 58 years to 60 years. If the state govt. does so in urgency as some employee leaders are near retirement and it is because of that they are making the people hostage of their designs, then what will be the fate of over seven lace unemployed youths who are getting over-aged and their future gets bleaked with every passing day. Should the state govt. prioritize their employment or should it enhance the retirement age of the present govt. employees, is the question of life and death for lacs of youths who also want to have a job and contribute for the state. It is a matter of surprise that some newspapers who seem to be on the pay role of a particular group of employee leaders, are vehemently extending their support to these strike calls. It is surprising that these employees do not understand the pathetic conditions of the general people for whom the ministers and bureaucracy has only three or four months to spare when Darbar comes to valley. Rest of the time is consumed in unlimited holidays, illogical strikes by govt. employees and useless hartals by separatists who even call for a strike against a musical concert at Srinagar. One does not understand how a musical concert can change the political status of Kashmir problem which is a political issue and needs a political approach for its solution. If the govt. employees are really well wishers of the people of the state, they should desist from these dayto-day strikes and instead adopt a reconciliatory attitude for pursing their genuine demands. The govt. should also strictly enforce ‘no work, no pay’ rule and should not become a silent spectator to the hard postures adopted by govt. employees who despite being paid handsomely are contributing more to the economic instability than its stability.

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Building not just Roads but Nation

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ransport system is considered as the life line of any nation. Road Infrastructure, because of its easy accessibility, flexibility in operation, door to door service and reliability occupies a dominant position in the transportation system. It is vital for unleashing economic growth and is a critical component of all inclusive growth. In the last few decades, Road transport in India has registered tremendous growth and has become the most preferred mode of transport. The share of road transport in carrying the passengers and goods is more than 80% and 60% of the total passenger and freight movement respectively. Road Network India has huge network of roads totalling about 46.90 lakh km. The road density in India at present is nearly 1.43 km per sq. km of area which compares favourably with many countries. Responsibility of development of this network rests with the Central Government, State Governments and local Government. National Highways (NH), having total length of 82,803 km, constitutes less than 2% of the total road network. However, these are the main arteries carrying more than 40% of the total road traffic. Development of NHs is the responsibility of the Central Government. Good and efficient transport infrastructure is an essential pre-requisite for the economic growth of a nation. It has been the endeavor of the Government to provide speedy, safe and efficient road transport network. It is recognized that modernisation of infrastructure is the key to attain higher GDP. India’s Transport sector as a whole contributes about 5.5% to the GDP, with road transport contributing the lion’s share. India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economy in the world. According to experts, India could unleash its full potential, provided, it improves the infrastructure facilities, which are at present not sufficient to meet the growing demand of the economy. To address emerging demand by catching up with the economic and social growth of the country, a massive Road development programme has been taken up in the

country. NHDP The National Highways Development Project (NHDP) is the flagship programme, for development of less developed areas, dedicated regional programmes like the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for the North-East (SARDP-NE) and the Special Programme for the Left Wing Extremism affected areas have also been taken up. Now, there are plans for building up Expressways in the Country. Three projects i.e. Eastern Peripheral Expressway in National Capital Region, Delhi - Meerut Expressway and Mumbai – Vadodra Expressway covering about 650 km are targeted during the current financial year. Planning for Bengaluru – Chennai and Delhi – Jaipur Expressways are also in advance stages. All these Expressways will be fully access controlled roads on green field alignment. To meet with the massive requirement of funds, innovative means of financing and financing strategies which inter alia include cess on fuel, private sector participation including foreign investment, borrowing from the market as well as budgetary support have been adopted. A major step was to attract foreign as well as domestic investments through Public Private Partnership (PPP). Involving the private sector would lead to increasing efficiency with the help of using modern technology. The private sector has more flexible procurement and decisionmaking procedures and therefore, it can speed up implementation efforts. Allowing private sector to raise capital/funds has paved the way for the Government to use its scarce resources efficiently and effectively. Several new materials of road construction are also emerging that would need to be encouraged depending upon their cost effectiveness. For development of National Highways in the Country in the 12 five year plan targets to invest Rs 1,44,769 crores from budgetary support, Rs 64,834 crores from IEBR and Rs 1,87,995 crores from private sector participation. Launched in 1998, the NHDP program represents the largest road construction project ever undertaken

to boost the development of the National ically from vehicles at toll plazas while Highways in the country. The program is the vehicle is in motion. Pilot projects aimed at the development of about 50,000 have already been taken up in this regard km of National Highways. Golden which will pave way for nation-wide Quadrilateral which provides four-lane interoperable ETC at all the toll plazas on connectivity between four metros, is National Highways by 2014. complete, while the North-South-East- New Materials West (NSEW) corridor is about to be Besides financing, such a mammoth completed. Four laning and six laning is development programme requires huge underway at many places and progressing amount of natural resources. As such at brisk pace, despite the hurdles in land conservation of the material is area of acquisition, obtaining environment and concern for all. There is a need to save forest clearances, high cost debt etc,. So scarce physical resource like aggregates, far work on more than 21,000 km have sand, earth, cement, bitumen, etc. looking been completed and in about 12,350 km to huge programme of construction of works are in progress. Other flagship highways in the country. On the other regional programmes which includes hand, the Nation is facing problem of the SARDP-NE and roads in LWE affected disposal & storage of industrial waste like areas covers development of about fly-ash, copper slag, marble slurry, etc. 12,000 km of roads out of which work has Efforts are on in utilizing these waste already been completed in about 3800 materials in construction of roads through kms. complete/partial replacement of convenMode of Projects tional materials. The emphasis has been to take up Cashless Treatment of accident Victims progressively more and more infrastruc- (A Road Safety initiative) ture projects through private sector India has the dubious distinction of participation on BOT (Toll) basis so that having maximum number of fatalities on more public funds are available for social roads. During the year 2011, there were sectors such as Health, Education, etc. around 5 lakh road accidents resulting in However, it would not be practically the deaths of over 1.42 lakh people. Each possible to take up development of the day, nearly 390 people die on our roads. In majority of the highway stretches on BOT India more than half of road accident (Toll) mode. This has reflected in the victims are in the age group 20-65 years. recent trends of bidding when in majority The loss of the main bread earner and of roads projects we could not get the head of household due to death or favourable response. Accordingly, disability can be catastrophic, leading to recently, Ministry has decided to take up lower living standards and poverty, in road projects as turnkey Engineering addition to the human cost of bereaveProcurement Construction (EPC) ment. This is an unacceptable price to pay contracts basis which would help to for mobility. reduce construction time and is expected The Ministry has already taken up multito improve quality of work as well. Also, pronged strategy in his regard. The latest in this system the objective to garner milestone in this area is a Pilot Project private sector efficiency is retained and for “implementation of cashless medical the private entrepreneurs are free to use treatment to the accident victims” for the new technology to speed up their works first 48 hours. Under this scheme New Initiatives accident victims will be provided free E-Tolling treatment during this period as a result The experience on present tolling system immediate relief can be provided to the is associated with congestion and delays accident victim, which will go a long at toll plazas. To overcome this, way in reducing fatalities on our road. Government has decided adoption of Completion of programmes already Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system taken up is expected to go a long way in across National Highways in India, which contributing towards building the would enable toll to be collected electron- Nation.

India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier - INS Vikrant

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ndia’s first indigenously built Air Craft Carrier (Project -71) christened as INS Vikrant was launched at Cochin Shipyard Limited. With the launch, India joined the elite club of nations in the world capable of designing and constructing an Air Craft Carrier. The keel of the ship was laid on February 28, 2009. The launching of the ship in four years time is a creditable achievement. INS Vikrant became the Country’s most prestigious and largest warship project. Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), the Country’s premier shipbuilding yard has been mandated to build the indigenous Air Craft Carrier, for the Indian Navy. The basic design of the Air Craft Carrier was carried out by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND). The design was further developed into a detailed design by the design team of Cochin Shipyard Limited. DND has successfully designed over 17 different classes of warships, to which around 90 ships have already been built within the country. Designing of the Vikrant, at almost 40,000 tonnes speaks of the maturing of the capabilities of DND and represents a feather in the cap of the designers particularly as it is the first aircraft carrier of its size in the world with some unique features such as Gas Turbine Propulsion At the launch, marking the end of Phase- I of the project, the imposing ramp of the 37,500 tonne Short Take off but Assisted Recovery (STOBAR) Carrier boasted the indigenous design and build capabilities of the country. The ship has attained its designed length of about 260 m and is almost at its maximum breadth of 60 m. The main landing strip is ready. Over 80% of the structure, containing about 2300 compartments has been fabricated, over 75% has been erected, all the major machinery, such as the two LM2500 Gas Turbines developing a total power of 80

MW, the diesel alternators capable of producing about 24 MW and the main gear box have been fitted. Soon after Vikrant floated perfectly upright, she was launched out into the Ernakulam Channel in a pontoon assisted precision manoeuvre. Vikrant was moved out of the building dock to be positioned in the refitting dock where the next Phase of outfitting will be completed The Aircraft Carrier would carry a complement of mix of fixed wing and rotary aircrafts in its hanger. The Aircraft Carrier is a mini floating city, with a flight deck area covering the size of two football fields. The length of cabling would be 2700 KM which, if laid end to

over the expected Electro Magnetic (EM) supplied by Nicco industries in Kolkata; environment and Carrier Control Kolkata is also where the ship’s anchor Approach Radars to aid air operations. chain cable is manufactured. Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR The launch marks the end of the first phase SAM) systems with Multi-Function of the construction of the carrier with Radar (MFR) and Close- In Weapon nearly 75% of the vessel structure, System (CIWS) will form the protective including the ski-jump, in place. Vikrant suite of the ship. All weapon systems will now enter the second phase of onboard the carrier will be integrated construction which will see the outfitting of t h r o u g h a n i n d i g e nous Combat the ship, fitment of various weapons and Management System (CMS), being sensors, integration of the gigantic manufactured by Tata Power systems. The propulsion system and integration of the ship’s integration with Navy’s Network aircraft complex (with the assistance of Centric Operations will provide force M/s NDB of Russia). The ship will then multiplication. undergo extensive trials before she is The steel has come from SAIL’s plants in handed over to the Indian Navy by around Rourkela in Orissa, Bokaro in Jharkand 2016-17. The Ship is designed to survive in the event of attack by nuclear, biological or chemical Vikrant will be capable of operating an weapons. The project was fraught with many challenges right from the special steel used aircraft mix of the Russian MiG-29K in construction to the fabrication and erection of the large blocks and lowering of and LCA (Navy) fighters being developed the huge main equipment. These challenges were overcome by the innovative indigenously by HAL. Its helicopter and creative workforce of CSL The shipyard has developed a number of weld component will include the Kamov 31 and procedures and introduced automation to ensure quality of welding and increase productivity. The yard has adopted the indigenously developed ALH helicopters. techniques to increase production rates by going in for grand assembly of blocks and end would stretch from Kochi to Delhi. The and Bhilai in Chattisgarh; the Main Switch pre-outfitting to the extent possible. ship would have a complement of 1600 Board, steering gear and water tight Cochin Shipyard today is the best performpersonnel. Vikrant will be capable of hatches have been manufactured by Larsen ing shipyard in India. The Shipyard had operating an aircraft mix of the Russian and Toubro in its plants in Mumbai and built and delivered over 90 ships since its MiG-29K and LCA (Navy) fighters being Talegaon; the high capacity air condition- inception. The largest ship built in the developed indigenously by HAL. Its ing and refrigeration systems have been Country has been constructed by CSL. In helicopter component will include the manufactured in Kirloskar’s plants in the last decade the company has built and Kamov 31 and the indigenously devel- Pune; most pumps have been supplied by exported over 40 ships to International oped ALH helicopters. The ship’s ability Best and Crompton, Chennai; Bharat owners. to sense and control a large air space Heavy Engineering Limited (BHEL) is The indigenous Aircraft Carrier designed around it will be enabled by modern C/D supplying the Integrated Platform by DND is one of the most prestigious band Early Air Warning Radar, V/UHF Management System (IPMS); the massive warship project of the Indian Navy. Indian Tactical Air Navigational and Direction gear box is supplied by Elecon in Gujarat; Navy has now changed the status from Finding systems, jamming capabilities the tens of thousands of electrical cable is buyer’s navy to a builder’s navy.

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Smart substitutes that match If onion prices are taking the bite out of your meals, here's a top chef's guide to smart alternatives that match the bulb's taste Last week in Lucknow, a customer tried shooting a local streetfood vendor for the thelawalla's spartan use of onions in the omelette he had ordered. Although we have narrowly escaped yet another onion crisis, most of us continue to suffer from the (expensive) absence of our favourite flavour-packed ingredient. Instead of getting tearyeyed about soaring costs, we spoke to Mumbai chefs known for stirring up delicious Indian fare to help you discover economical alternatives to the kanda.

onion's taste This species of the Asian allium's first recorded cultivation dates back 7,000 years, and ever since, the bulbs that grow underground have turned into a prized commodity all over the world thanks to their flavour and crunch. Chefs and mamas alike use them raw, pickled and flash fried in sabjis, sambhars, curries and meat gravies. Any cook worth his salt will readily agree that almost all Indian gravy-based dishes use onions for their base — usually paired with tomatoes, garlic and ginger.

If you try and peel away the factors that set this sulphur-rich tearjerker apart from other key ingredients, there are a few things that this bulb provides better than any other. Think in threes — taste, bite and thickening. "The most obvious crunch-providing substitutes for onions include cucumbers, carrots and spring onions," says Ananda Solomon, executive chef at Vivanta by Taj President, referring to our penchant for serving onion wedges sprinkled with lime as an indispensable aside to any Indian meal. What the alternatives lack in taste, they make up for with ample munch.

Save up for a rainy day When onions are in cheap supply, take out some time to make onion powder at home. Peel and finely chop your onions. Spread them out on a tray and heat in a 150 degree oven until dry. You know they are dry when you can easily crumble the chopped pieces in your hand. Allow to cool before you grind (rough or fine) it in a food processor. Store the powder in an air-tight container in a cool, dry spot or refrigerate.

For pungent taste Chef Nachiket Shetye suggests using onion powder if you are unwilling to compromise on taste For crunch Mooli — the way Khar's Mini Punjab uses in its radish raita — and doodhi are smart options if you want to make a raita and kachumber

Here are some exercises that you can do while you are at workSitting at your desk and staring at the computer screen for hours is not something that most of us, who have regular nine-to-five jobs, can avoid. However, what is most worrying about this kind of a sedentary lifestyle is that it takes a toll on our health and fitness. With all of us running after time constantly, and not getting ample time to workout at home or at a gym, exercising while at work, may be the only possibility. This will not only reduce stress and keep you energized, focused and healthy, but will also increase your productivity at work. All you need is a break of a few minutes. If you are not blessed with a gym in your office premises, do keep the following tips in mind and make the most of it. You can practice these without leaving your office. Do them every day and notice the difference. Take it to the mat Keep a fold-able exercise mat in your office, which can be used to carry out basic exercises like stomach crunches, push-ups and leg lifts. This can help to burn off carbohydrates and revitalize you for the rest of the day. Take the stairsWhen given the choice between taking the elevator or climbing the stairs to your floor at work, opt for the latter. Climbing stairs is an easy exercise and also one of the best every day exercises for office-goers. It not only burns calories, but this cardiovascular activity also gets your heart pumping and helps in boosting blood circulation.

9 simple tricks to fall into deep slumber Lying awake in bed unable to doze off? We give you nine simple ways to trick yourself into a peaceful slumber We all know that a glass of hot milk and a warm bath are supposed to relax us before bed. But what when you still can't slip into a good sleep? Trick yourself to shuteye by using these expert natural tips:

Left nostril magic This yoga method is known to reduce blood pressure and calm you. The way to do it is to lie on your left side, and rest a finger on your right nostril to close it. Start slow, deep breathing through the left nostril. This technique is particularly good when overheating or menopausal hot flushes are preventing sleep.

Squeeze and relax

For thickening gravy While onions are indispensable to make a curry or gravy base, cashewnut paste works just as well. Although kaju are more expensive than onions, you'll need to grind just a handful with water or milk to give the gravy a luscious consistency

Instead of getting tearyeyed about soaring costs, we spoke to Mumbai chefs known for stirring up delicious Indian fare to help you discover economical alternatives to the kanda.

5 exercises you can do while at work

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Relaxing all your muscles can prepare your body for sleep. Lie on your back, take a deep, slow breath in through your nose and, at the same time, squeeze your toes tightly as if you are trying to curl them under your foot. Then release the squeeze. On another slow breath, curl your foot up toward your knee, then release. Breathe again, contract your calf muscles, then your thighs, buttocks, belly, chest, arms, and so on until you have moved all the way up your body, squeezing and releasing the muscles one by one. When you have gone from head to toe, your breathing should be steady and you should feel ready for sleep.

Stay up Challenge yourself to stay awake, and your mind will rebel. This phenomenon is called the sleep paradox. Keep your eyes wide open, and repeat 'I will not sleep'. The brain doesn't process negatives well. It will interpret this as an instruction to sleep and eye muscles tire quickly as sleep creeps up.

Press rewind Remembering the mundane details of the day in reverse order clears your mind of worries. Recall conversations, sights and sounds as you go.

Imagine Visualisation meditation works best when you use at least three senses. Imagine yourself in a situation where you feel content — a tropical paradise, sailing on calm waters, walking in flower fields.

Everyday habits that are damaging your back Back pain is one of the most common fallouts of everyday life. But even dumping your heels and stretching may not help your spine.

New research shows that a vast majority of backaches are the result of cumulative effects of lifestyle that we often ignore. Simple daily habits such as hunching to read your smart phone or slouching in front of your computer can, over time, strain your spine and the surrounding muscles, leaving you vulnerable to serious back injury. Here are the habits to watch out for: Sitting still Forget heavy lifting — sitting hunched over a computer all day is poison for your back. Research has found that people with desk jobs suffer more back pain than those working in manual jobs. Using your joints and spine strengthens them, reducing risk of injury. But inactivity weakens them, which makes you more prone to problems. Fix it: Get up and walk around for two minutes, at least once an hour, and improve your posture while you're sitting down. Aim for a "neutral spine position", in which everything is in line, with no strain spots. Your shoulders should be relaxed, feet flat on the floor, and eyes in line with the middle of your screen.

Sneezing This seemingly innocuous, activity is apparently a very common cause of back pain — thanks to its sheer force. A sneeze's speed of release can be up to 100 miles per hour, and our first instinct is to cover our faces and turn away. According to Janet Wakley, author of The Smart Guide to Back Care, this instinctive turn is terrible for our backs. "Spontaneously twisting to the side, combined with the force used by the chest muscles to sneeze, can wrench back muscles in a second," she says. Fix it: Turn your body when you're about to sneeze, so that your back remains straight.

Wearing high heels, pumps Yes, tottering in high heels for long periods can make your back sore, but too much time in the wrong flats can do just as much damage. Heels cause problems because they force your foot forward, altering your body's angle. Since your weight isn't evenly distributed over the spine, it can trigger pain from your knees all the way up to your back. But ballet pumps and flip-flops aren't any better as they allow your foot to slide around. The lack of stability that this causes puts pressure on your spine. Fix it: Ensure your shoe holds your foot firmly in place. Alternate between high heels, mids and flats. By wearing different shoes every day, you lessen your chance of experiencing long-term problems caused by using only one type of shoe. Your favourite bra Figures suggest 80 per cent women wear an ill-fitting bra. This can cause several muscular problems. A bad bra can lead to hunching and sore neck and back muscles, while one that gives proper support can minimise that forward hunch and relieve pain.Fix it: Get measured by a trained bra-fitter. Go for styles with wider shoulder straps or a racer-style back, which offer better support and draw you to pull your shoulders back.

Your pot belly Even an extra couple of pounds around your middle makes your pelvis tilt forward. This puts it out of alignment as your body works to rebalance itself. Also, this means that your spine isn't getting enough support from your abdominal muscles, which can cause excessive strain on your lower back.Fix it: Don't do sit-ups — they won't flatten your tummy if there's fat on top. Fat-burning cardiovascular exercises, such as running or swimming, for 45 minutes, three times a week, are more effective at shifting the bulge.

Your Smartphone The head-down position that you use to look at phones, iPads and laptops strains the muscles in the neck and the pain can extend to your lower back. Using them for hours on end means your body will eventually start to adopt this hunched position. Fix it: Make sure you take frequent screen breaks. Try to look straight ahead and not down at your screen.

3 foods we think are totally healthy

You may have already made the switch from white bread to brown bread in a conscious bid to eat healthy and save your diet. But have you thought the brown bread you pick up every time from your local general store could well just be a brown colour bread?Blame our new found consciousness for healthy eating that has led FMCG companies to up the ante by inundating the market with a host of high nutrition foods and then suavely marketing them as essential lifestyle products. From heart-healthy cooking oil, crunchy granola bars, fruit-flavoured yoghurt, to dry fruit-sprinkled muesli, we have begun hoarding everything that screams 'low calorie' in a last ditch effort to save our health.Despite the number of hours at the gym we wonder where we are going wrong. Well, the reason behind this is foods we think are healthy, but are actually not. Delhi-based wellness expert Dr Shikha Sharma helps us identify such foods and their possible substitutes. Healthy food trap: Breakfast cereals You have been stocking all sorts of breakfast cereals for a while since you discovered parathas are lousy for breakfast. But reconsider a moment. Not all breakfast cereals on the market are low-calorie, or the least bit healthy. When buying breakfast cereals be extremely picky about the ingredients of your pack; check for the sugar content, artificial colouring, salt, fibre and fat content. It is always advisable to steer clear of the sugar-frosted, chocolatecoated varieties as you don’t want your first meal to do anything but pump sugar into your body

Healthy food trap: Flavoured yoghurt/milk Your local dairy shop will first produce a strawberry-flavoured yoghurt cup when you ask for yoghurt. Such is the hoopla surrounding every food that's flavoured. Its novel and apparently healthy. But it is only preposterous to think that they contain real fruit pulp and probably as good as plain yoghurt. All your strawberry, blueberry and mango flavoured yoghurts are loaded with sugar and chemicals to get the desired colour and sweetness, for real fruit pulp can never be that sweet. The same goes with flavoured milk.

Healthy food trap: White rice Devoid of nutrition, white rice is nothing but a refined grain that has been stripped of its vitamins, minerals and fibre. Cooked white rice is all starch that easily converts to glucose in our body and shoots up our blood pressure, or gives a tummy bulge. White rice should especially be avoided by those who are carb sensitive as even a little bit of rice could make them feel full, and even fat. Also, white rice leaves you hungry too soon as your body takes very little time to break it down and digest it.


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Advani crediting me on ordinance is speculation: Pranab Agencies President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday described as speculation L.K. Advani crediting him for the withdrawal of the ordinance on convicted lawmakers, saying he had nothing to do with the development. I cannot comment on the views of the opposition. Whoever wanted to seek appointment with me, I gave them. BJP leaders met me, Aam Aadmi Party met me. I received various representations (against the ordinance),” he told reporters on board his special aircraft during the second leg of his visit to Belgium and Turkey. “I had a discussion with the Prime Minister and what transpired everyone of you knows. Cabinet is the mother of the ordinance,” he said, adding that the Cabinet, in its wisdom, decided to withdraw the ordinance at its meeting on October 2. “This is the fact. In between who is responsible, how responsible, to what extent responsible, these are speculations of individuals. I have nothing to do with it,” he said. BJP leader Advani on Friday credited the President for the withdrawal of the ordinance and slammed Rahul Gandhi for “rubbing off the authority” of the Prime Minister and the UPA with his strong words. “The victory that has come to the

country by withdrawal of this illegal and immoral ordinance has thus been thanks only to the Rashtrapati, who has proved that UPA would err seriously if it assumed that like most other Congressmen who had earlier occupied the high office of President, he too would remain a rubber stamp President,” Mr. Advani said in a post on his blog. Mr. Mukherjee also laughed away Belgian King Philippe’s description of

him as a “consensus builder in India” and said there was “nothing to read in between” the remark. “What King Philippe meant was my (earlier) role in being the leader of the coalition in the House (Lok Sabha) and nothing more than that,” he said when he was asked if the monarch’s words referred to the role he might play after the 2014 general election.

Mr. Mukherjee on Saturday reached Turkey, the second leg of his tour, after a four-day visit to Belgium where he attended a host of state events and held talks with top leaders. Mr. Mukherjee lauded Belgium for supporting India’s efforts to secure civil nuclear cooperation. “Belgium has certain specialisations. Belgium’s cooperation (is) asserted by the fact that it was one of the first countries which extended its cooperation after India signed the civil nuclear agreement with the U.S.,” he said. Belgium was also one of the first countries to extend cooperation when India sought a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to commence civilian nuclear trade, he noted. “Therefore, it will be useful in cooperation in managing nuclear waste, which is a major problem for all nuclear power countries,” he said.Responding to a question on his bilateral meetings in Brussels, Mr. Mukherjee said terrorism was a subject that figured in his talks and was widely “condemned”.“You know all European countries are signatory to the United Nations resolutions and during our bilateral talks, they all condemned terrorism,” he said.

Privatisation only way to save Air India: Ajit Singh Agencies Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh sprang a surprise on Saturday when he indicated that privatisation could prove to be the only way to save India’s ailing national carrier --Air India that is currently surviving on a bailout funded by the tax payers money. “If there is a political consensus and the cabinet thinks it to be a viable option, we may look at privatising Air India,” Singh told HT. Citing the example of government owned hotels that once flourished but had to be subsequently privatised following their deteriorating fund state, Singh also told another news channel on Saturday that both the management and employees of Air India are now aware that there are financial constraints concerning the operations of the airlines. “As the country’s fiscal

situation is not conducive in the light of high fiscal deficit, there are certain problems with the financial support that was earlier promised (by the finance ministry) to the airlines,” he said, adding that privatisation could then be the only option left for the survival of the airline.

It may be noted here that the government has committed a financial equity support to Air India for Rs. 30,000 crore till 2020 in order to help the airlines retire its costly debt and meet its working capital requirements. In the absence of this financial support, the operations of the airline may get adversely affected.

Singh, however, clarified that there are no immediate plans to sell a stake in Air India to any private party. “If we do not give Air India the equity support this year, the commitment can be met next year,” he added. On what was then the immediate trigger for his remark on privatisation, Singh said, “we (the government) will not infuse anything beyond the present commitment of 2020 and to fund its survival with growing competition, Air India will have to ultimately fend for itself.” The airline has Rs. 25000 crore of working capital and aircraft acquisition loan for which it needs the financial support promised by the government. Air India will be under severe pressure following the launch of AirAsia India and the proposed passenger airline by Tata Singapore combine.

Lalu is prisoner 1528, will be given a job soon Agencies Former Bihar chief minister Lalau Yadav has become prisoner number 1528 at Birsa Munda Central Jail, where he has been imprisoned after being sentenced to five years for cheating and other charges in a Rs. 950-crore fodder scam. Within a fortnight, he will also be assigned a task he is supposed to perform as per rigorous-imprisonment norms. Before being allotted this permanent numerical identity, he had been given a temporary number, 3312. Another former Bihar chief minister, a co-accused in the case, Jagannath Mishra, will be identified by the number 1529, said acting jail superintendent Virendar Singh. The new numbers were allotted after the sentence documents reached the jail authorities on late Friday night from the court. All three convicted and jailed in the fodder scam have been lodged as inmates of the upper-division cell or the VIP area of the jail. However, as per the Bihar Jail Manual, followed in prisons in Bihar and Jharkhand,

the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief may not wear the black and white striped jail uniform. Mishra who is currently lodged at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), a state-run hospital, has been informed about his identification number by jail authorities and of his sentence by his counsel. “During the 15-days, as per the jail manual, we observe the psychological aspects of a convict and whether they have acclimatised to the jail environment. Accordingly we assign them a job,” said Singh. He added the same procedures would be followed in the case of Lalu and the others sentenced in the fodder scam. “A job is decided once we are confident that a convict has accepted the jail life,” Singh said. Lalu being a law graduate from Patna Law College and an honorary doctorate from Patna University, speculations are rife that he might be asked to teach other prisoners. But that might not come to fruition as the manual says VIP prisoners cannot interact with non-VIP inmates for security reasons.

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India’s October 28 Mars mission on schedule: Isro Agencies BANGALORE: Isro on Saturday said the country’s October 28 Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) was on schedule, dismissing suggestions that Nasa may not be in a position to offer it deep space network support following government shutdown in the US. “There is no delay. We are going ahead with our MOM as scheduled,” Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) spokesperson Deviprasad Karnik told PTI in Bangalore. The Bangalore-headquartered space agency is drawing comfort from the fact that Nasa has announced that it would go ahead with its own MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) mission, slated for launch as early as November 18. This, in other words, means that Nasa would have to keep its DSN, an international network of antennas that track interplanetary spacecraft missions, operational. India plans to launch its MOM spacecraft on October 28, the first day of the launch window which remains open till November 19. Once launched, MOM would go around the earth for 20-25 days before embarking on a nine month voyage to the red planet. An Isro official said: “We don’t need Nasa DSN support during initial days after the launch as small antennas can track but when it moves further and further away from earth, we need such a support”. There has been no communication from Nasa to Isro saying that it would not support the Indian mission, sources said.

Jagan begins hunger strike against AP bifurcation Agencies YSR congress party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy with party’s senior leaders, at his residence near Lotus Pond at Jubilee Hill, in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: Mohammed YousufThe Hindu YSR congress party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy with party’s senior leaders, at his residence near Lotus Pond at Jubilee Hill, in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: Mohammed Yousuf Congress party president and Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy with his partymen during an indefinite hunger strike against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: P.V. Sivakumar The Hindu Congress party president and Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy with his partymen during an indefinite hunger strike against bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in Hyderabad on Saturday. Photo: P.V. SivakumarSeveral party leaders including MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and MLA Balineni Srinivasa Reddy accompanied Jagan in his fast. Elaborate security arrangements were made around the venue to avoid any untoward incident. Photo: Mohammed YousufSev-

Kenyan military names mall attackers

New surveillance footage, released to Kenyan TV channels a week after the horrific mall siege, contradicts claims that 10 to 15 militants participated in the attack. The four young men stroll through the besieged Westgate mall in Nairobi with Kalashnikovs slung across their shoulders. They chat on their phones, browse the aisles at the Nakumatt supermarket, and explore an electronics warehouse. New surveillance footage, released to Kenyan TV channels a week after the horrific mall siege that left more than 60 dead and hundreds injured, contradicts claims that 10 to 15 militants participated in the attack and raises fresh questions over the competence of the Kenyan response.The footage, Kenyan authorities claim, has led them to identify four of the militants as Khattab al-Kene, Abu Baara al-Sudani, Omar Nabhan and Umayr. This information could not be confirmed independently.Al-Shabaab, a Somali militant group affiliated to al-Qaeda, took responsibility for the attack, describing the assault as retaliation for Kenyan military de-

ployment in Somalia.Little is known of the Westgate attackers. Matt Bryden, a former head of the U.N.

Monitoring Group on Somalia, told the Associated Press that al-Kene and Umayr were known members of al-Hijra, a Kenyan extremist outfit related to al-Shabaab.Omar Nabhan is a Mombasa-born al-Qaeda operative according to Kenyan authorities. Mr. Bryden said Omar Nabhan could be a relative of Saleh Ali Saleh

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Nabhan, a known al-Qaeda operative accused of conducting multiple attacks in Kenya, including attacks

on American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.In 2009, U.S. authorities claimed to have killed Saleh Ali Saleh in a daylight raid in the southern Somalian town of Baraawe. In a report from the time, U.S. authorities told the New York Times .

eral party leaders including MP Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and MLA Balineni Srinivasa Reddy accompanied Jagan in his fast. Elaborate security arrangements were made around the venue to avoid any untoward incident. Photo: Mohammed YousufYSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy began an indefinite fast here on Saturday in protest against the Union Cabinet’s decision to carve out separate Telangana State.He criticised the Centre for the “dic-

tatorial’’ manner in which it was trying to push through the separate Telangana issue without addressing the concerns raised by people of Seemandhra region.Mr. Reddy wondered how the Centre was confident that the Group of Ministers to be constituted for working out finer details of bifurcation could examine the concerns relating to water sharing, revenues and resource sharing and suggest modalties for redressing them within a span of six weeks.

Indian-American Arun Kumar nominated to key administration post Indian-American Arun M. Kumar has been nominated by President Barack Obama to a key administration post, giving him charge of international trade at a critical juncture when the U.S. is looking to increase its export. Arun M. Kumar, till recently a partner and member of the Board of Directors at consultancy firm KPMG, was nominated on Friday, by Mr. Obama to be the Assistant Secretary and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, International Trade Administration in the Department of Commerce. “The extraordinary dedication these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people,” Mr. Obama said as he announced nomination to several other key administration positions. “I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come,” he said.

Power grid interconnection to add new dimension Indo-Bangla ties: PM Agencies Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said that the India-Bangladesh Grid interconnection at Bheramara in Bangladesh would strengthen bonds of friendship between both countries and add a rich new dimension to bilateral relations. The initiatives being undertaken today strengthen the bonds of friendship between India and Bangladesh and add a rich new dimension to our bilateral relations. Economic development is the biggest challenge for all countries in South Asia. Our destinies are inter-linked and so must our economies be,” he said at the inauguration of the India-Bangladesh Grid interconnection in Bangladesh through a video-conference. “I have always believed and I believe Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina shares my conviction that the prospects for economic development in South Asia will be substantially enhanced through a partnership for shared prosperity between the countries of the region,” he added. He further said the initiative, which was taken during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in January 2010, has been realized today, and added that a shared aspiration of people of both these countries has been translated into a concrete outcome. “The transmission line and the HVDC

station in Bheramara provide a safe and reliable interconnection of the power grids of our two countries, which will enable supply of 500 MW of power from India to Bangladesh. A shared aspiration of our people has been translated into a concrete outcome,” he said. He congratulated Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her colleagues and the people of Bangladesh for this extraordinary accomplishment. Dr Singh also thanked his ministerial colleagues, technical personnel and officials at the Centre and in the State Government of West Bengal for implementing this landmark project in South Asia in such a short span of time. He also called upon the project authorities to observe the highest environmental standards in its execution, given that the Sunderbans is a common heritage for both the countries, while laying the foundation stone for the 1320 MW Maitri Thermal

Power Project being developed by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company, which is a joint venture of India’s NTPC Ltd and the Bangladesh Power Development Board. Dr Singh said that the inauguration represented an important milestone in connecting the two countries, and the broader region through a growing web of cross-border energy links and trade. “The key to shared prosperity is greater trade and investment in our region and improved connectivity through transport, road, rail, telecom, cyber and energy links,” he added. Appreciating Sheikh Hasina for the significant progress that Bangladesh has made under her distinguished leadership, including in the area of energy security, Dr Singh assured that India would remain a steadfast and long-term partner in your development efforts. “Bangladesh is one of the fastest growing economies in South Asia and its

achievements in meeting the Millennium Development Goals stand as an example for the rest of the world. India wishes to see a strong and prosperous Bangladesh. I assure you that India will remain a steadfast and long-term partner in your development efforts,” he said. He also thanked the Bangladesh Prime Minister for strengthening mutually beneficial relations between the two countries. “The Framework Agreement on Cooperation for Development that we signed in Dhaka in 2011 provides the template for our cooperation in the future. In the past few years, our cooperation has made rapid progress in many areas,” he said. “We do recognize that we have to make progress in other areas. We are committed to completing the tasks we had agreed upon in a manner that responds to the mutual aspirations of both our peoples,” he added. Dr Singh also said that the people of India and Bangladesh have always been good neighbours, and in the recent years, have shown that the two countries can pursue cooperative endeavours to harness the boundless economic potential of relationship based on the principles of equality, sovereignty and mutual prosperity. “I look forward with confidence to a future of deeper cooperation in energy and all other dimensions of our relationship,” he added.


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SUNDAY OCTOBER | 06 | 2013

Hafeez axed for South Africa Tests Agencies

South Africa in February, Pakistan had lost the Tests 0-3. Irfan had featured in that series, but missed out in Zimbabwe; now he returns. Batsmen Asad Shafiq, Faisal Iqbal and Shan Masood, and seamer Eshan Adil, also miss out from the squad that played Zimbabwe, but unlike Riaz and Hafeez, they were named in the Pakistan A squad for game against the South Africans, so they could still feature in the final Test 15 if they impress in that match. Shafiq is most likely to be one of the three players added to the squad. Batsmen Asad Shafiq, Faisal Iqbal and Shan Masood, and seamer Eshan Adil, also miss out from the squad that played Zimbabwe, but unlike Riaz and Hafeez, they were named in the Pakistan A squad for game against the South Africans, so they could still feature in the final Test 15 if they impress in that match. Shafiq is most likely to be one of the three players added to the squad.The only new face in the squad is left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Babar, 34, has been part of the domestic circuit for more than ten years and featured in T20s previously, but is yet to debut in Test cricket for Pakistan. The team management is mulling playing three spinners in the line-up, and so Babar could fit in alongside Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman.

Hafeez has been dropped for Pakistan’s Test series against South Africa in the UAE. Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has made a return in the 12-man squad named by the PCB. The board will expand the squad to 15 following Pakistan A’s match against the touring South Africans, between October 8 and 10, in Sharjah. Hafeez was expected to miss out, given his poor form in Test cricket this year. He has aggregated 102 runs in 10 Test innings this year, and was particularly exposed against the moving ball by Dale Steyn on Pakistan’s tour to South Africa in February. Pakistan have not played top-level opposition in Test cricket since, but Hafeez’s struggles in the long format continued against Zimbabwe in September - he scored 59 in four Test innings on that tour, despite being the Man of the Series in the ODIs. Pacer Wahab Riaz also misses out from the squad that played the Zimbabwe Tests. Pakistan had drawn that series 1-1, with Zimbabwe recording their first win against Pakistan in 15 years in the second Test. Against South Africa in February, Pakistan had lost the Tests 0-3. Irfan had featured in that series, but missed out in Zimbabwe; now he returns. Against

Nadal to take back number one ranking after China win Agencies Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during the semifinal match of the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing. Nadal was a break up at 4-2 in the opening set of their semifinal match when Berdych retired soon after taking an injury timeout. AP Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during the semifinal match of the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Stadium in Beijing. Nadal was a break up at 4-2 in the opening set of their semifinal match when Berdych retired soon after taking an injury timeout. Rafael Nadal will return to the ATP number one ranking for the first time in two years on Monday after winning his semi-final match on Saturday at the China Open.

Serb Novak Djokovic, who held the top honour for 101 weeks, will slide down to second. “It would be great if I could finish the season on number one,” said Nadal. “But for sure I need to win more matches if I want to be there.” Nadal advanced 4-2 into the title match in the capital as opponent Tomas Berdych retired with back pains. The Czech, who played the Bangkok final last weekend against Milos Raonic, took an injury time out for treatment before deciding that he could not continue. The win will send the 27-year-old Nadal to he top of the rankings on Monday. “This is one of the best years of my career. It’s special to be back to the top position after more than half year without playing.” Nadal has made a miraculous comeback this season after missing seven months with knee problems.

Life ban recommended on Jwala for IBL fracas Agencies The Badminton Association of India’s (BAI) disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban on top Indian doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the IBL. “The disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban or suspension for a certain period of time on Jwala Gutta for her role in the IBL controversy,” a senior BAI official told PTI. “The recommendation has been circulated to the member associations but no decision has been taken as of now. It has not been implemented.”S. Muralidharan, chairman of BAI’s disciplinary committee, said: “I don’t want to talk about it much. It is the discretion of BAI president Akhilesh Das Gupta and on an unconditional apology, Jwala can be set free. But

she should feel apologetic for what happened.” A controversy had erupted during the August 25 tie when Delhi smashers had threatened to pull out against Banga Beats over

ter, which was resolved after Beats finally left out Jorgensen and played Arvind Bhat, who was already part of the team. Jwala was then served a 14-day showcause notice

the last-minute replacement of injured singles player, Hu Yun of Hong Kong with Denmark’s Jan Jorgensen. As an icon player of Delhi Smashers, Jwala was involved in the whole mat-

by BAI for her conduct during the tie, which was delayed by half an hour. Jwala had replied to the notice, saying that ‘it was a decision by the Delhi franchise and not an individual move.’

Tambe, Rahane take Royals to final Agencies Pravin Tambe scripted the most remarkable chapter in his brief Twenty20 career, as he scuttled the Chennai Super Kings chase with a canny spell of legspin bowling that reaped 3 wickets for 10 in four overs. Super Kings began poorly in pursuit of 160, failing to eclipse the required rate in the Powerplay, as both openers were run out, but Tambe ensured the dangerous men below would not prosper, as he and the seamers gleaned a wicket per over between the 9th and 13th overs of the innings.At the innings break, Royals may perhaps have felt their 159 for 8 was at least ten runs light at a traditionally high-scoring venue, but despite a desperate R Ashwin salvo towards the finish, the hosts extended their winning streak at home to 13 victories. A fluid Ajinkya Rahane scored 70 from 56 balls, which helped set up the 14-run win, with the Royals finishing the year unbeaten in Jaipur.Tambe extracted no alarming turn from the hard surface, but succeeded instead by pushing his legbreaks through quickly at the batsmen’s

legs. The Super Kings batsmen were tentative in his first over, and when Badrinath ran past one that kept low in Tambe’s next over, the visitors

were even more reluctant to take him on . He

trapped Dwayne Bravo in front with a slider in the following over, after Rahul Shukla had done MS Dhoni in with a beauty at the other end, then effectively delivered the coup de grace by removing Suresh Raina, who had been the only top order batsman to produce a start. When Tambe began his spell, Super Kings were 41 for 2 after 6 overs, and when he finished, they were 73 for 7 after 13.Ashwin swung bravely at the seam bowlers, whose standards dipped after the middle overs, but his team had already surrendered too much ground. He and Chris Morris got Super Kings to within 23 runs off victory before the 20th over, and although Ashwin struck the first ball for six, he fell on the fourth delivery, having struck three fours and three sixes in his 28-ball 46.Rahane arrived with consecutive fifties behind him, and his abiding fine touch was plain to see in the first over, when he strode down the pitch to send Ravindra Jadeja into the sightscreen. He lay low for several overs after that, as he collected runs into the outfield, but unfurled his attacking strokes again in the company of Shane Watson.

Mighty Mumbai Indians face guile of Trinidad and Tobago Agencies DELHI: “Keeping it simple and trusting each other.” That, believe it or not, is coach John Wright’s lucid explanation for the reasons behind Mumbai Indians’ phenomenal form this season. The team faces Trinidad and Tobago in the second semifinal of the CLT20 on Saturday, and while intermittent showers put paid to the team’s pre-match practice session, Wright had reasons to sound smug on the team’s chances. “We are hoping for a game. A washout will see us crashing out. We’re hungry. You do research before every match, look at your opponents, but this is T20. Keeping it simple is the key. No one would have given us a chance in the last game (against Perth Scorchers) of pulling off that chase, but we did it.” What Wright left unsaid was that MI have also successfully insulated themselves from the unsavoury controversies hovering over some other IPL franchisees. For one, the team has never been big on post-match parties and it takes its

clean image very seriously. Discipline, say insiders, is paramount, with Wright being one of the

key backroom motivators. “We try not to overcomplicate things. We are

Injured Hodge to miss final Agencies Rajasthan Royals batsman Brad Hodge will not be

T20 final on Sunday, the Royals coach Paddy Upton has told ESPNcricinfo. Hodge had injured his knee during the

fit for the Champions League

semi-final against Chennai

Super Kings last evening in Jaipur. He has had scans on his knee, the results of which are awaited. Hodge had collided with Shane Watson, whose head hit Hodge’s knee, at point during the final over of Chennai Super Kings’ chase and had to go off the field. Shaun Tait, the Australian fast bowler, is the only overseas player available on the Royals bench. Losing Hodge is a blow to Royals’ chances of winning their maiden Champions League title. Batting at No. 6 in the role of a finisher, Hodge has scored 109 runs in three innings - two not-outs - at a strike rate of 198. His unbeaten 52 off 23 balls against Otago was instrumental in Royals securing a home semi-final, which they won by 14 runs.

a good franchise. We enjoy each others’ company. In T20, the players prepare and trust themselves to compete,” was all Wright would say. “We want to play in that final.” Mumbai, however, aren’t the only ones with an attitude heading into Saturday’s game. Neither are they are the only ones who wouldn’t have expected to make it this far. If there’s one team which can test their lineup, it is T&T, with the likes of Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, all-rounder Lendl Simmons and Rayad Emrit doing the bowling chores. They have also lost only three T20 games after posting totals of 150 or more. “We try not to overcomplicate things. We are a good franchise. We enjoy each others’ company. In T20, the players prepare and trust themselves to compete,” was all Wright would say. “We want to play in that final.” Mumbai, however, aren’t the only ones with an attitude heading into Saturday’s game. Neither are they are the only ones who wouldn’t have expected to make it this far. If there’s one team which can test their line-up, it is T&T, with

the likes of Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, all-rounder Lendl Simmons and Rayad Emrit doing the bowling chores. They have also lost only three T20 games after posting totals of 150 or more. “We have a history in this tournament. We played well in 2009 as well. We take a lot of confidence from the manner in which we beat CSK the other day. “If we put 150-160 on the board, with this kind of attack, we know what we can do,” said T&T coach David Williams. “Many people didn’t expect us to be in this position. That’s a plus for us. We are more accustomed to the low bounce and the skid here.” Wright, though, was unfazed when pointed out that Narine could be a handful on the Kotla pitch. “Look, we respect Narine but we just have a very good batting line-up. We have some outstanding players of spin.” One of those outstanding players, Sachin Tendulkar, hasn’t got going so far, though Saturday offers another opportunity. “Sachin is just enjoying his cricket,” said Wright, “He is hitting the ball beautifully but T20 is like that.”

Duminy set to make a Test comeback Agencies JP Duminy is set to regain his Test place after 11 months as South Africa embark on a two-Test series against Pakistan. Duminy spent six months recovering from a ruptured Achilles’ tendon and after a successful one-day return, has been given a vote of confidence from the national coach to make a Test comeback as well.“How we’ve worked is that when a player has a spot and he gets injured, once he is fit again, he will regain his spot. I think that’s only fair,” Russell Domingo, South Africa’s coach said ahead of the squad’s departure. “I very much see JP being in the starting XI.”Duminy had previously spent two years out of the Test team following a loss of form after creating a stir with a 50 and unbeaten 166 against Australia in his first two matches. He returned against New Zealand in March 2012 and scored a century and also played an important role in South Africa’s win against England at Lord’s last June which gave them the Test mace.He could play no part in their victory over Australia because of his injury. Faf du Plessis took his spot and impressed with a match-saving century in Adelaide. That

would mean the likely loser from Duminy’s re-

turn would be Dean Elgar, who replaced Jacques Rudolph and, apart from a century against New Zealand, has not made the spot his own.Following an extensive rehabilitation period, Duminy returned to action during the Champions Trophy in June this year. He scored an unbeaten 150 before the tournament during a warm-up against the Netherlands, had a lean run through the competition but had one innings of 97 in the ODI series in Sri Lanka, which South Africa lost 4-1. He has also become a significant contributor with the ball, sending down 36.2 overs of offspin in the five matches.Duminy’s potential as an allrounder is what South Africa are hoping to use to their advantage in the UAE. “With JP back in the mix, whether we need to play a second spinner still needs to be debated,” Domingo said.Conditions are expected to be conducive to turn - given that was how Pakistan got the better of the last No.1 side to tour the UAE, England - and South Africa have included two specialist spinners in their squad. Robin Peterson is the incumbent but they have also brought back Pakistani-born legspinner Imran Tahir, who played 11 Tests but was dropped after conceding 260 runs without taking a wicket in Adelaide.


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