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WEDNESDAY January 01 | 2014 | 28 Saffar 1435 AH | PAGES 12 |
VOL NO: 3 | ISSUE NO: 335| RS: 2/- (AIR SURCHARGE FOR JAMMU /DELHI/LEH 50 PAISA)
Largely Circulated, No. 1 Bilingual Daily of J&K
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Jammu, December 31 :On the eve of the New Year, Mr. N. N. Vohra, the Governor has conveyed warm wishes and greetings to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Looking back at the outgoing year, the Governor complimented the people living all along the LoC for their determination and fortitude in facing the repeated Cease Fire violations from across and thanked the Security forces for containing the activities of terrorist networks despite the targeted attacks on personnel of the uniformed forces, many of whom had paid the supreme sacrifice in the past months. The Governor prayed for sustained peace and normalcy and rapid growth and prosperity of the State.
The Minister of State for Industries, Commerce, Home and Tourism, Mr Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today underscored the need for evolving a viable mechanism for procurement of electric key material
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FORECAST FOR NEXT 24 HRS: Light to moderate rain/snow would occur at most places in J&K divisions with heavy snowfall at some places.
Srinagar, Dec 31: Expressing regrets that the spirit of alliance between Congress and National Conference has not trickled down, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader and union minister for health and family welfare said the field level workers of his party have been neglected to the hilt. In a half-hour exclusive chat with KNS, Mr Azad observed: “One thing which I feel is that our alliance has not trickled down to the ground level. Alliances which trickle down to the ground level always succeed.” The veteran Congress leader said he has no grudges against Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah or for that matter with any National Conference minister. “They (NC leadership) are all friends and I have a good relation with them. But whenever I convene meetings, or meet people the
feedback I get from our workers and people is that the alliance has remained confined to the top level leadership of the two parties and has not percolated to the ground level.” Mr Azad remarked that for any political party (PDP, NC, Congress, BJP), their strength lies in their field level workers. “No matter how iconic leaders we are but our strength lie in our workers. If our workers are neglected, dejected or weak then we are weak. I think our workers have been ignored to the hilt. And the alliance has not addressed their grievances that too in time. And I don’t blame NC only but the onus equally lies on our ministers in the government. Because the alliance has not benefited our ground level workers.” The former chief minister said the alli-
Highway Closed, Flights Cancelled, 250 vehicles stranded Avalanche in Gund Kangan: Div com Srinagar, Dec 31 (KNS): The Kashmir Valley received season’s first snow-
Light rain/snow. Maximum &Minimum temperatures will be around 8°C & -1°C respectively.
TEMPERATURE 05:33 pm SUNSET ON(FRI.) SUNRISE ON (SATURDAY) 07:38 am
Lays foundation stone of Model Village at Purmandal
‘Congress units in J&K want to contest Lok Sabha elections separately’
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Congress-NC alliance has failed to trickle down to ground level: Azad
Governor extends New Year greetings
fall Tuesday, bringing some respite to people from cold while different areas in Valley experiencing moder-
Protests at Baramulla hospital
ate to heavy snowfall till evening. While the higher altitude areas including border areas continued to receive snowfall from late last evening, the summer capital Srinagar and other major towns like Islamabad (Anantnag) and Baramulla experienced snowfall this morning. Authorities closed the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu highway for vehicular traffic due to heavy snowfall along the highway, particularly in areas around the Jawaharlal Tunnel and Qazigund. A traffic official told KNS that the traffic was open from Jammu to Srinagar Tuesday but due to heavy snowfall from Qazigund to Jawahar Tunnel traffic was stopped. He however, said that no vehicle was stranded along the avalanche zone from Panthal to Ramban on Tuesday. Meanwhile See Snow on pg 11
ances should reach to the ground level and should come out from top leadership cocoons. “The alliances should reach to the lower level on the ground; at community level, village, block and district level and should not remain confined to the top leadership and the cabinet alone. This issue could have been sorted out mutually. Our ministers should have raised this in the cabinet. I don’t think state cabinet has discussed this important issue anytime. I get the feedback from all the regions and rural areas, meet people everywhere in the state which suggest that coordination between the two coalition partners is low.” On pre-poll alliance between Congress and the National Conference for forthcoming parliamentary elections, Mr Azad said: “Almost all our party units in the state want that these elections be contested separately… And we are here to advocate and put forth the aspirations See Azad on pg 11
Congress reacts to NC’s Pre-Poll remark Let high commands discuss; will welcome their decision: Taj Srinagar, Dec 31 (KNS): Reacting to the recent statement of National Conference (NC) that entering into any sort of alliance with the state Congress will jeopardize the larger interests of the party here, senior Congress leader and minister Taj Mohi-u-Din today said no development with regard to pre-poll alliance has taken place sofar. NC’s Provincial President Jammu, Devender Singh Rana Tuesday claimed that NC is the only party that has strong base in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir and that the coalition in the state has always remained a compulsion. Senior state Congress leader and a state minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din while talking to KNS maintained that the decision about forging of any alliance with NC shall only be taken by the Congress High command and that no final call for the same has been issued so far. Taj observed further that the individual opinions about the matter in question cannot be valued as the two high commands of Congress and NC shall take the final call over the issue of alliance. “The time yet has not arrived when the two high commands have decided to discus the issue. The comment about the same by any party leader would not be valued at present.” Taj remarked further that the issue is being discussed threadbare at present among the party cadres and the high Command will take into consideration all the See Congress on pg 11
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Patients annoyed over 59000 placements targeted under UDAAN/Omar unavailability of doctors Srinagar, Dec 31: Protests erupted at District Hospital Baramulla on Tuesday against unavailability of the doctors. According to the reports received by KNS, scores of Patients present at the hospital raised slogans to register their protest against unavailability of doctors and poor healthcare services. “Only paramedical staff is present in the hospital since morning while as no doctor is available. We have come from far flung areas despite this heavy snow but unfortunately not a single doctor is available here. Even the Medical Superintendent is not present in the hospital,” the protestors alleged. The government’s assurance of improving the healthcare facilities in the rural areas falls flat
on the ground here as the patients are suffering immensely for want of the doctors,” the locals said, adding that “If this is the condition of District hospital what would be condition of other sub hospitals in the District. “My mother is very ill I don't know what should do. I had come here for her treatment but the authorities are not paying any attention”, said one attendant Showkat Ahmad Kar of Ashipora Handwara When contacted, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital terming the allegations as baseless said “All the doctors including OPD house surgeons were present inside the hospital. Doctors always remain available and they try their best to treat the patients.”
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Jammu December 31 – Handing over Training-cum-Placement Letters to 300 Jammu and Kashmir youth selected under UDAAN by the Canara Bank at Zorawar Singh Auditorium here, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that the talent and capacity of youth of the State are second to none and they are in search of opportunities and platform to show their leadership qualities and zest to work with commitment and highest degree of calibre. “Jammu and Kashmir has undergone a difficult and dark phase of militancy which has largely impacted the career and opportunities of the youth”, he said adding that lack of opportunity to prove their qualities has put Jammu and Kashmir youth in a disadvantageous position. “They seek openings and opportunities rather than any compassion as they are full of enthusiasm, commitment and qualifications”, he asserted. The Chief Minister said that youth affairs have remained under his
focus and enhancing job orbit for them received his government’s highest attention during the last five years. He said while one lakh educated youth of the State have been provided government jobs during this period, the process of enhancing of job market both in government and private sectors for Jammu and Kashmir youth is in full swing.
He said that without involving private players and big business houses in the industries, commerce and trade, the unemployment crisis cannot be addressed in a holistic and a comprehensive manner. “When I sometimes say that government sector alone cannot resolve the unemployment problem, I am often misreported and See Omar on pg 11
The Year 2013-Recap Events in Chronological order A year disappointments and despair for the State Srinagar, Dec 31, CNS: Like previous years, the year 2013 in Kashmir, witnessed a number of controversies, scams, disclosures, killings, encounters and of course the big news of Afzal Guru’s execution. The year in Kashmir witnessed peace to some extent , however, militants in some dared attacks tried to inflict more damages on Security Forces. At least 190 persons including civilians (38), militants (97) and security personnel (54) were killed this year in different incidents. The pay off allegations, Guroo’s execution, Gool Incident, Zubin Mehta’s musical concert, Shopian and Markundal incidents, Hyderpora deadly attack, BOPEE Scam, Shallabhatu incursion and infiltration by Chinese Liberation Army into Ladakh were some of the incidents that will keep year 2013 live in the annals of Kashmir history. Here is the recap of the year 2013. On January 8, Pakistani regulars allegedly ambushed an Indian patrol killing two soldiers Lance Naiks, Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh, one of whom was decapitated in Poonch Sector. The incident led to surge in border skirmishes between India and Pakistani soldiers. On Jan 10, Pakistan mourned the death of all but 96 persons that were killed in a series of blasts in Qoita city. On Jan 11 one Pakistani was soldier was allegedly killed by Indian soldiers in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir while on the same day unidentified gunmen killed a Sarpanch Habibullah Mir of the Gooripora village in Boomai area in Sopore. Unidentified gunmen after abducted a contractor killed him in cold blood on Jan 12 while on Jan 13 Canada based Pakistani religious scholar Tahir Qadri take out a long march in Pakistan. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inducted new ten faces in State Cabinet on Jan 15. On Jan 24 India received a major setback on diplomatic front when United Nations rejected the demand of India to windup UN Indo Pak Military Observe Group. On Jan 29 the bus service on LoC was resumed while on Jan 29 a sibling was killed in a blast in Thana Mandi Rajouri. The month of February witnessed protests, restrictions and curfew in Kashmir as the Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guroo was hanged by Government of India to satisfy the collective conscience of Indian people. Guroo was executed on February 9 and soon after his execution curfew was imposed all across Kashmir Valley. A youth Tariq Ahmed Bhat from Batvina Ganderbal was killed in Sumbal after he slipped to death when he was chased by CRPF personnel after the protest against the execution of Afzal Guroo. On Feb 12, a teenager was killed in CRPF firing while authorities lifted curfew and restrictions that were in vogue after the execution of Guroo on Feb 16. On Feb 14 Parvaiz became the first cricketer of Jammu-Kasmir, who played in I.P.L. Getting his maiden call-up for the national team for India’s Zimbabwe tour of 2013, Rasool became the second cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir, after Vivek Razdan,to get selected for the national side. Kulgam town rocked with protests after the death of a woman at the hands of Indian Army during a search operation on Feb 18. On Feb 24, a Sarpanch was killed by unidentified gunmen in North Kashmir’s Kreeri town in Baramulla. A Kashmiri scholar from Pulwama district was found dead in mysterious circumstances in Hyderabad on March 3 which sparked widespread protests all across Kashmir. On March 5, a youth was killed in Security personnel firing. Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather present Budget on March 6 while on March 8 unknown gunmen shot dead a youth of Kreeri Pattan. On March 13 militants struck in Police Public School in Bemina Srinagar and killed five Central Reserve Police Force personnel before both of them were shot dead at the end of a 30-minute gun battle. Six CRPF men were also injured in the attack. Soon after the attack, CRPF soldiers killed a 37-yearold civilian in the Sadipora Idgah locality in the old city, sparking protests as locals alleged it was a revenge killing by men of the same battalion who were attacked by the militants. Militants killed a trooper after attacking a patrol party on March 21 near Nowgam Bypass. On March 24 suspected militants shot dead a youth in North Kashmir’s Sopore town. On 26 March, people protested against the death of a youth who according to locals was picked up by a police party. However, the dead body of the youth according to police was found in a field. The month of April witnessed a surge in violence and during this month number of lives were claimed in different attacks. On April 9, suspected militants shot dead a Sarpanch in Kolipora in Pulwama town while on April 11, a grenade went off in Army camp in Handwara killing a security person and injuring 6 others. Three labours were killed after they got buried in a snow avalanche on April 16 while on the same day People Liberation Army of China made their entry into Daulat Beg Sector of Ladakh and erected bunkers there. A militant was killed in an encounter with Indian troops in Sopore on April 18 while on April 26, See RECAP on pg 11
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Azad..... of our block, district level units, our MLAs and ministers before the party high command. We will take forward the opinion of our workers from the ground.” Asked about the nominations of three candidates for parliamentary elections made by the National Conference, the union health minister said: “The NC’s announcement of its three Parliamentary candidates is perhaps in the backdrop of our last seat sharing agreement. We had an alliance with NC some four and a half years ago wherein three seats were given to NC in Valley. And the other seats including that of Ladakh were taken by Congress. Perhaps they (NC) thought this alliance will continue so they have announced the names of their three candidates.” Mr Azad said that it has now become an established fact that no party can form a government on its own at national level or the state level especially in Jammu and Kashmir. “It is now a proven fact in the country especially in J&K since 1996 and 2002 respectively.” He however, said that big regional political parties will a big role in the government formation. “Assembly elections in the state are not a priority for us right now. There is almost one year left till the assembly elections in J&K and Congress has not focused on those elections because we are focusing on forthcoming parliamentary elections presently.” Refuting the reports of lobbyism in state Congress committee, Mr Azad said that these reports are totally untrue. “We have not shared the dais for the first time here. I think people expect us to be together always which is not possible for us all the time. We have been assigned different roles. Prof Soz Sahib has to look after the state party affairs and I have been assigned the health department where I have to take care of the national level healthcare. But whenever we get the chance we jointly participate in the party meetings.” On talks with separatists, the union health minister said: “Dialogue with whom? There is no single leader in separatist camp. Best for them is to participate in elections and join the mainstream. And yes they can keep their viewpoint before the public and help in governance. When voices of dissent in Mizoram, Assam and Punjab can join the mainstream and form the government why not the separatists in J&K?” Asked about the impact of recent defeat faced by the Congress in four states, Mr Azad observed that his party has lost only in one state as the BJP was already in power in three other states. “Success and defeat is a part of politics. Congress was defeated this year. But two years ago we snatched three states Uttrakhand, HP, Karnataka from BJP. This year they snatched only one state that is Rajhasthan. If we see the results with cumulative approach then BJP has snatched one state from us because they were ruling the other three states already.” Asked if there is anything for Congress to learn from Aam Admi Party (AAP), Mr Azad observed that time will prove everything. “Congress has nothing to learn from AAP. Time is to see what this party will learn from Congress within a year. Sofar it (AAP) has passed a test in theory; let us see how it passes the practices.” Regarding his ministry and its support to Jammu and Kashmir healthcare department, Mr Azad said that he has increased the budgetary allocations in health sector for the state but he found it insufficient to meet out the requirements. “Now I have doubled the budgetary allocations for J&K which remain unchanged.”
RECAP..... militants shot dead four Jammu and Kashmir policemen near Haigam Sopore. A series of tremor shocks rock Chenab Valley on May 1, resulted in the death of two persons. At least 100 residential houses were damaged in the earthquake. On the same day Indian prisoner, Sarabjeet Singh died after an inmate in Pakistani jail attacked him. After this incident, a Pakistani prisoner Sanaullah was attacked by a former Indian trooper in Kotbalwal jail Jammu resulting into his death after few days. On the same day a militant was killed in an encounter in North Kashmir’s Handwara town. On May 10, militants shot dead an Assistant Sub Inspector in Pulwama while on the same day unidentified gunmen killed a cleric in Lassipora Pulwamma. On May 11, Pakistan Muslim League (N) emerged as single largest party in General Elections in Pakistan and subsequently, Nawaz Sharief was sworn as the new premier of the country. An Indian GCO was killed in Machil Sector during a gunfight with militants on May 18 while on May 21in a fratricide incident, an SOG man killed his two associates in Kishtwar. On May 23, a dreaded militant Bilal Molvi was killed in a gun fight with Government Forces in Fathekadal area of old Srinagar city. On May 23 the so called Sufi dervish Gulzar Ahmed Bhat was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir police for raping and sexually abusing several young girls at his religious centre, Khansahib in Budgam district. On May 24,at least 4 Indian soldiers were
killed when militants attacked a patrol in South Kashmir’s Tral town. A militant was also killed in the said attack. In a deadly attack in Chattisgarh India on May 26, Moists killed at least 21 persons including three Congress party leaders. Intense heat wave invited sunstroke deaths in North India on May 27. At least 500 people breathes their last due to intense heat wave in different states of North India. On May 31 two militants were killed in a gunfight with Government Forces in South Kahsmir’s Shopian district. On June 2, India claimed that it killed at least three Pakistani infiltrators in Nowgam sector while on June 5, two militants were killed in an encounter with Indian troopers in South Kashmir’s Kellar Shopian town. On June 10, militants attacked a police party in Nellora Pulwama injuring two policemen. One militant was also killed in the attack. Militants killed two policemen at Hari Singh High Street on June 22 while In an audacious attack on the Army on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, militants killed eight soldiers and left 14 others wounded at Hyderpora. Prime Minister of India inaugurated Banihal-Qazigund Rail Service on June 25. On June 26, militants killed a political worker belonging to National Conference while on the same day Indian troopers killed two militants in Poonch Sector after the militants allegedly tried to infiltrate into this part of Kashmir. Two militant and a trooper was killed in an encounter in Tral town on July 1. On July 9, at least 8 militants and an Indian soldier were killed in different gunfights that raged in Poonch, Uri and Kupwara sectors while on the same day Chinese troops reportedly infiltrated into Ladakh. On July 10, an Indian soldier was killed in an encounter between militants and troopers in Lolab forests while on July 13 unidentified gunmen beheaded a policeman in Handwara. On July 14 two kashmiri students were found dead in mysterious circumstances in Mumbai and Rajhstan. Only July 18 the personal security guard of United Jehad Council Chief was killed in a grenade attack at Batamaloo while on the same day, BSF personnel fired upon protestors in Gool Ramban killing at least 4 persons. The protestors had taken to streets against alleged desecration of Holy Quran. On the same day cardiologist Dr Jalaludin was attacked in Pampore in which he was critically injured. Two of his security guards were killed in that deadly attack. Dr Jalal later on succumbed to his injuries at AIIMS Delhi. On July 19 a militant was killed in Gurez sector while on July 23, a Jaish Commander was gunned down by Indian soldiers in Kupwara. On July 24, Indian soldiers foiled an infiltration bid and killed at least three militants in Uri sector while an SPO was killed in a militant attack on July 28 in Sopore. Four militants were killed in Kupwara sector on July 29. On July 30, a Rajouri youth who was injured in stone-pelting incident near Awantipora breathed his last. On August 1 at least five militants were killed in a fierce gunfight at Hafrad Handwara. Communal violence broke out in Kishtwar on Eid day on Aug 9 leaving three persons dead. Curfew was imposed in the town after communal violence. On Aug 12, Sajad Kitchloo resigned as Minister of State for Home. Keran Sector encounter claimed two lives of militants on Aug 14 while 638 persons were killed in violent clashes between the supporters of Mursi and Government Forces in Egypt on Aug16. On the same day, border skirmishes were reported between India and Pakistani soliders after 14 years in Kargil sector. On Aug 26 one policeman was killed in militant attack in Arwani Bijbehara while on the same day militants killed a CRPF personnel in an attack in Shopian town. International music maestro Zubin Mehta participated in musical concert at Shalimar on Sep 7 while on the same day three youth were killed in Shopian in CRPF firing that triggered wide spread protests all across Kashmir. On the same day, CRPF personnel fired upon an innocent driver in City Centre Lal Chowk leaving him critically injured while in Pulwama town at least 15 policemen were injured in a grenade attack. Ehsaas-iKashmir organized a parallel musical concert in Municipal Park Srinagar on Sep 7. Two militants were killed in Goshbugh Pattan in an encounter on Sep 17 while on Sep 20, Former Army Chief V K Singh’s claim that money was paid to ministers in Jammu and Kashmir from secret funds set off a political storm with ruling National Conference (NC) and ally Congress dared him to name the beneficiaries. The former army chief also allegedly claimed that state minister Ghulam Hasssan Mir was paid Rs.1.19 crore to destabilise the state government. On Sep 23 a CRPF personnel was killed near Iqbal Park Srinagar when militants attacked a patrol party. On Sep 26, in a two separate fidayeen attacks in Kathua and Samba, three government forces, two militants and two civilians were killed while on Oct 3, Indian army claimed that Pakistani regulars have infiltrated into this part of Kashmir and occupied a village in Shallabhatu area of Keran sector. Army claimed that it killed at least 8 infiltrators during the seven days long gun fight. On Oct 19, In wake of pay off allegations,the Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly asked former chief of army
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Office of the Executive Engineer Urban Local Bodies Kashmir Tender Notice NO 181 of 2013-14 Head of Account: CDS/Normal Resources- 2013-14
For and on behalf of the Governor of J&K State, sealed tenders affixed with two rupees revenue stamps are invited from the R4gistered Contraetors/Firms of J&K State for the execution of the following works/ S. NO
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Providing and fixing of fencing to Graveyard near Sumo Stand at M C Devsar under CDS
| Providing and fixing pf fencing along graveyard near Jamia Masjid Bun Devsar Ward No:- 09 at M C Devsar under CDS
Providing and fixing of Fencing to Graveyard near Hospital at M C Devsar under CDS
Construction of road / Tile floor with edge wall from H/o Ab. Salam Mir upto H/o Mohd. Yousuf Shah at Shah Mohalla at M C Devsar under Normal Resources
The tenders for the execution of the above mentioned work should be addressed to the Executive Officer, MC Devsar The tender documents will be issued by the Executive Officer, MC Devsar up to 08-01-2014 up to 2 pm against cash payment of the mount indicated above and should reach to the office of the Executive Officer MC Devsar on or before 09-01-2014 up to 2 pm. The tenders will be opened by the undersigned on the same day or any other subsequent day convenient to the opening authority in presence of the Contractors who wish to be present. The tenders should be sent through post/personally. In case of these days or any one of the day falls holiday or if the office shall happen to remain closed due to some unavoidable circumstance. The dates shall be reckoned to be (he next working day. The rates should be mentioned both in words as well as in figures in legible handwriting. No separate correction slip shall be entertained. The tender documents should be accompanied with a CDR from registered bank pledged to the Executive Officer MC Devsar without which the tenders shall riot be entertained in any case. The terms and conditions will remain same as per previous NIT No. LB/EEK/1104 dated: 10.08.1984. The rates should be inclusive of Income tax, Service tax and service charge/sales tax etc. The tender forms will be rejected subject to following conditions:1 If transparent tape is not found over rates/items tenders shall be rejected. 2 Released CDR shall not be accepted, if so, the tender shall be rejected. 3 Any tenders quote "Rebate" on comparative cost or on item of rate will be rejected. 4 The contractor should adjust this within the quoted rate structure. 5 Any tender having not fixed revenue stamps should be rejected. 6 If-the rales are found dubious the tender forms will be rejected. 7 The tenderer should not quote rate (Split items) henceforth, if so the tender shall be rejected. Sd/ Executive Engineer DIPK NO. 12025 Urban Local Bodies Kashmir
staff, General V.K. Singh, to appear before it. On Oct 11 an Indian soldier was killed in Kupwara while on the same day an infant died after Pakistani Rangers allegedly fired upon Indian posts in Poonch sector. On Oct 16 on the day of Eid-u-Azah one militant was killed in Devar Lolab during a gunfight between militants and Indian troopers. On the same day, a policeman was killed in Pattan in North Kashmir after stone-pelters allegedly attacked a police bus carrying school children. On Oct 24, a trooper was killed on LoC in Jammu while on Nov 7 two CRPF men were killed in a militant attack in Awantipora. Militants killed a Station House Officer in Chadoora on Dec 2. In the attack one civilian was also killed.Four militants were killed in Rajwar Handwara on December 3 while on the same day, Congress party was defeated in four Indian states including New Delhi. Aam Admi Party bagged 27 Assembly seats surprising everyone. On Dec 11, a CRPF Sub-Inspector was killed near Pohru Chowk in Nowgam Srinagar in a militant attack while on Dec 19 Lolab encounter came to an end with the killing of a militant. Sajad Ahmed Kitchloo was re-inducted into the Cabinet after getting clean chit from the Justice Gandhi Commission probing the reasons behind Kishtwar communal violence on December 20. A militant was killed in a gunfight at Hushroo Chadoora in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Dec 25 while on Dec 27 Army ordered court martial proceedings against its soldiers for their involvement in Machil fake encounter. Pertinently, government has reported that in 2013, at least 61 police and security personnel were killed in different militancy related incidents. In 2011-12, this number was 47 while this year according to CNS, 97 militants were neutralized by Government Forces in Jammu and Kashmir while last year this number had touched to 119. BOPEE paper leakage, Khyber Toned milk, and Kawal Sounp adulteration scandal rocked the state.
Snow..... according to reports received by KNSHundreds of vehicles, mostly trucks, on their way from Jammu to Srinagar were stopped by the traffic authorities and were not allowed to proceed towards Srinagar. The highway is the lifeline of the Kashmir valley and the only road link connecting the valley with the rest of world. Reports said that more than 250 vehicles, mostly trucks loaded with essential commodities were also stranded on other side of the tunnel as well. About 2.50 ft snow was recorded at Jawahar tunnel, Qazigund,Waltangu,Kokernag,famious tourist resort Pehlgam,varinag, while 1.50 ft snow was recorded at Anantnag,Kulgam. In North Kashmir the areas which received 4 to 8 inches snow till Wednesday evening include south Kashmir Baramullah, Bandipora, and sopore. A snow of about 7 inches was also experienced in many areas of frontier Kupwara district. The areas include Handwara, Sadhna Top and Tangdhar. About 2 ft of snow was observed along the Karna-Kupwara road till reports last came in. The world famous Ski resort of Gulmarg and other upper reaches in the Kashmir valley experienced heavy snowfall. Reports also reach here said that Patnitop has also received heavy snow fall. However, scores of children were seen playing with the snow. At many places in the city, and rural areas children engaged themselves in snow fighting. “It is awesome. We would also make a snowman,” said Sakib and his friends of Rajbagh. Meteorological Department head Sonum Lotus told KNSthat more precipitation is expected in the region tillWednesday afternoon added that Weather will improve from tomorrow afternoon. Meanwhile, according to reports, Kupwara-Karnah and Kupwara-Keran, roads have been closed due to heavy snow fall as around 2 to 4 feet snow was recorded at Sadna and Pharkian Tops. Meanwhile due to the inclement weather, all flights from Srinagar airport were cancelled. “All the flights which were scheduled to arrive or leave Srinagar international airport were cancelled due to snowfall,” Srinagar Airport official told KNS. Confused scenes were witnessed at Srinagar Airport as scores of passengers faced a disturbing test following cancelation of flights. The Banihal-Qazigund-Baramulla train service has also been suspended due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir. As usual the snowfall brought problems for the people the road got halted and a threat was looming on continuation of the routine facilities including power, water supply and others. Meanwhile, the minister of state power and technical education Vikar Rasool Wani who was present in the valley took stock of the power scenario and advised the officers to maintain the power supply in a rational way. He visited several grid stations, hospital and supervised the road clearance in Srinagar. The Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Shah also visited the several areas and took stock of the situation. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailender Kumar told KNS that Authorities have been directed to remain alert and men and machinery are geared up to face any kind of possible occurrence. “We have sent the required snow clearing machines to different districts. Apart from the main control room here, all district Disaster Management Cells have been activated to face any kind of eventuality,” he said. He further avalanche has struck in Gund Qazigund in which four people got trapped. While two have been rescued and effort where on rescue another two.
Congress..... reports at grass root level before reaching to the final conclusion. “When the two parties will sit together and discuss the alliance then only some thing can be said about the issue. Let the senior voices from both the parties sit across the table. We will welcome the outcome.” Meanwhile, when contacted by KNS, Prof Saifu Din Soz, Pradesh Congress Committee president declined to comment on the issue.
Congress..... misunderstood. By driving this fact to home I only want to highlight the need of creating more and more befitting employment opportunities for youth of Jammu and Kashmir equally in corporate and entrepreneurship sectors, the real economy drivers in any society”, he said reposing faith in the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to be leaders in the private and corporate sectors if they choose their career in these disciplines. “While my endeavour to provide government jobs to youth will go on, my efforts to enhance their opportunities in private sector will also continue”, he said and referred to the UDAAN and Himayat Schemes introduced specially for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir to provide them opportunity to be important part in the
trade, business and industry of the Country. He said that these initiatives are available only to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir and they should take fullest advantage of these. Congratulating the youth who have been selected and handed over placement letters by the Canara Bank, Omar Abdullah advised them to be role models for others and prove their calibre and mettle so that other Nationalized Banks, Public Sector Undertakings and Corporate India will follow the Canara Bank to recruit qualified youth of Jammu and Kashmir in their concerns. He said there has been delink between the State and the corporate sector for over two decades due to the militancy and disturbances. He said his government has concentrated on rebuilding the ties of Corporate India with the Universities, Colleges and the youth of the State so that required results of providing opportunities of gainful employment to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir are realized. Describing the handing over of training-cum placement orders to the 300 youth selected under UDAAN as a new year gift, the Chief Minister wished them and the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the Country very happy new year and prayed for peace, development and prosperity in the State and the Country. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of Canara Bank, R. K. Dubey lauded the efforts of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah focused on the holistic development of youth and said that Canara Bank will provide three months training to the selected 300 youth and place them in various capacities of officers and clerks in the Bank after completion of their trainings. He said the officer will receive Rs. 5.79 lakh salary per annum while the salary of the clerk will be of the order of Rs. 2.67 lakh yearly. Mr. Dubey said that Canara Bank proposes to set up 38 Bank Branches in the State during the next year which will be managed by the Managers from the newly recruited personnel after they get the promotion to the status of Manager within two to three years. “You have a great opportunity to grow in Canara Bank as there are numerous places and posts vacant at higher levels awaiting you”, he said and added that he has himself risen to the position of Chairman and Managing Director of Canara Bank from the post of a Probationary Officer. Mr. Dubey said that presently Canara Bank has more than 4500 Branches across the Country besides Business Units outside the Country. He said this number is likely to increase to 6000 during the next year. He welcomed the newly selected youth under UDAAN in the family of Canara Bank and expressed the hope that other Banks will also follow the Canara Bank in recruiting qualified youth from the State. Present on the occasion were Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary Planning and Development, B. R. Sharma, Union Joint Secretary, R. Srivatsava, senior officers of NSDM, Canara Bank and Mission Director UDAAN, Jhangir Hashmi. Mission Director UDAAN in his opening remarks said that 59000 youth of Jammu and Kashmir are being trained and placed in as many as 42 private organizations during the next five years for which required MoUs have been signed by concerned parties. He said as many as 2385 youth are presently under training with 30 private partners in the Country.
Wattan Ko Jano contingent flagged off Sakina for wider exposure of youth to divergent cultures
JAMMU, DECEMBER 31: Minister for Social Welfare Ms Sakina Itoo today called for wider interaction between youth of Jammu and Kashmir and rest of the country, saying exchange of visits could enhance this endeavour to the desired level. Flagging off a group of youngsters on their visit to various parts of the country, under ‘Wattan Ko Jano’ programme, the Minister said such visits help in knowing variant cultures, different states and the technological advancement taking place across the country. Being organized by J&K State Rehabilitation Council in conjunction with Union Ministry of Home Affairs and State Sports Council, the focus is to cover students within the age group of 15-20 years, belonging to militancy hit families besides orphans under the programme. The purpose is to expose the targeted segment to the diverse social and cultural heritage. The group comprised 216 students from different areas, who are undertaking the visit under "Youth Exchange Programme”. Sakina said that this is a committed endeavour of the state and central governments to arrange such visits for those children who cannot afford these on their own. She said that this is third such visit and efforts would be further intensified to organize these programmes on frequent basis. The Minister wished good luck to the contingents with a hope that they will act as state’s peace ambassadors and would come back as more confident and responsible citizens. The Minister lauded the efforts of Rehabilitation Council for organising such visits and expressed hope that they will carry forward this noble mission with same spirit. During the flagging off ceremony, the Minister interacted with the students and exhorted upon them optimally utilize this opportunity to add to their knowledge about the development and cultural scenario of different parts of the country besides getting much required exposure for improvement in their overall personality. “Such tour programmes play a vital role in educating the participants about what is happening around so that the same is replicated to better their society they live in besides boosting their confidence”, she maintained. During the visit, the students would get an opportunity to see various locations of historical, cultural, educational and tourist interests in the country besides calling on the President Mr Pranab Mukherji in New Delhi. Besides, they will interact both at inter-state and intra-state level and participate in cultural activities at different places. The students would visit prominent laces like Agra, Ajmer, Delhi, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, and Dehradun and will take part in various activities including sports, debates, painting competition, interactive programs, cultural interactions etc with similar age groups in schools and colleges during their stay at various places. They will also have an opportunity to meet with Chief Ministers and Governors of concerned states. MLA, Bimla Luthra, Secretary SWD, M.S. Rather, Director SWD, Jammu, M. H. Bhatti, Executive Director State Rehabilitation Council, Hafiza Muzzafar, Director Tribal Affairs, Ali Raza, Secretaries of different SW boards, HODs of SWD, Deputy Director, prominent Social Workers.
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It may feel like something has suddenly clicked into place for you today in which you have found the missing piece of a puzzle you’ve been working on for a while, Aries. The answers may be subtle, but they are there. Fantasy and a playful attitude will lead you to them effortlessly. Spread your ideas out to the world today and adopt an attitude that encourages others to join in your daydreams as well.
JAMMU, DECEMBER 31: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Mr. Mubarak Gul has said that the state Government, under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, during last 5 years, has paid focussed attention towards the all-round development of the State adding that keen attention has been paid to expand education, health, road connectivity, drinking water and power supply facilities in all the regions of Gul said that Late leader’s contribution in strengthen the communal the State. This was stated by the Speaker brotherhood in the State of Jammu while interacting with the delega- and Kashmir will be remembered SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 31: To take stock of today’s heavy snowfall in Srinagar City, the Deputy Commissioner, tion of Minority Migrant Cell who for ever. The Speaker said that the Kash- Srinagar, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah today paid extensive visit of various areas of Srinagar city besides Health Insticalled on him here today to discuss various issues related to Kashmiri mir was incomplete without Kash- tutions which include SMHS and Bones & Joint Hospitals. Mr. Shah inspected the pace of snow clearance on the Srinagar roads, lanes and by lanes and directed the miri Pandits and appealed them to Pandits. He said that for peace is es- return to the Valley. He asked them executing agencies to speed up the snow clearance process so that the roads are made traffic worthy and people sential and imperative for the sus- that the Government was very se- do not face any difficulty in movement from one area to another. Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Ganderbal visited various markets of the city and took stock of supply position and availTheAgency Deputy Commissioner tained development of the State. rious for return of the Kashmir News Agency Zahidability BookofDepot Chadoora Pandits Soura adding that every possible essential commodities. He directed the concerned officers accompanying him to ensure the availability He said that no nationGulzar can develop help will be extended to them. Bashir He of News all necessities unless there was permanent peaceAgency Tariq News Hawal Agencyparticularly Nowhatta during ensuing snowfall in the district. He visited Safa Kadal, Eidgah, Karan Nagar, said that Prime Ministers package and tranquillity. RamNews Bagh, Agency Barzulla,Lal Sanat Nagar, Hyderpora and other markets of the city and interacted with the people and Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah Chowk Recalling the slogan of Sheri-e- for unemployed Migrant youth has traders. He directed for ensuring the availability of the essential commodities at all the market places besides Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdul- helped many to gain jobs and re- strictly adhering to price list. Gupkari LalValley. Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan turn to the lah “Hindu, Muslim Sikh Itihad”, News Mr. Agency
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seen ample difficulties in recent past. They hoped 2014 would prove to be a harbinger of happiness and peace all around the State. Minister for Finance & Ladakh Affairs, Mr. A. R. Rather, Minister for Public Enterprises, Haj, Auqaf and Floriculture, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed; Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar; Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Mian Altaf Ahmad; Minister for Medical
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for Fisheries, Cooperative, Printing & Stationery and Elections, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma; Minister of State for Health, Mr. Shabir Ahmad Khan; Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo; Minister of State for Science & Technology and Information Technology, Mr. Feroz Ahmad Khan; Minister of State for Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi and Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr. Vikar Ra-
Sagar lays foundation stone of Model Village at Purmandal SAMBA, DECEMBER 31: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today laid foundation stone of Model Village, Nagrota Panchayat Anandpur block Purmandal in Samba district. The Model village project, envisaging development of modern civic amenities and other facilities, would involve an estimated cost of Rs. 1.1crore. Addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone, the Minister said that aim of developing the village as model village is to improve the socioeconomic condition of the locals through development of social infrastructure and ensure need based development in the area. He said the Model village project aims at to improve living conditions in the remote and backward areas by creating civic infrastructure on modern lines, besides making available facilities required for promotion of local economy and employment.
Govt keen to protect interests of MSME sector: Kichloo Electric Industry to get price preference as per state Industrial Policy
joint meeting of the officers of Industries, Commerce department and Power Development departments and representatives of the Federation Chamber of Industries (FCI) of Jammu and Kashmir divisions held here today, the Minister said relevant provisions of the State In-
Principal Secretary, Power Development department, Mr. A K Mehta, Secretary Industries and Commerce, Mr Farooq Ahmed Faktoo, Director Industries Jammu, Mr Gulzar Ahmed Qureshi, Director, Industry Kashmir, Mr Javed Ahmed and a 12 member team of Industrialists led by
JAMMU, DECEMBER 31: The Minister of State for Industries, Commerce, Home and Tourism, Mr Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo today underscored the need for evolving a viable mechanism for procurement of electric key material from local electric Industry required for execution of centrally sponsored Rs 1665 crore ambitious RestructureAccelerated Power Reforms Development Programme (R-APRDP) part B in the State shortly.The programme is being implemented for strengthening and up gradation of power distribution and transmission network system in J&K. He said interests of the local Electric Industry shall have to be protected at all costs in consonance with the State Industrial policy which provides for prime preference to the local SSI units.Speaking at a
dustrial Policy with regard to price preference to local SSI, including Electric Industry shall be implemented in letter and spirit while implementing R-APRDP in the State which he said, was imperative for sustenance of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.The meeting was convened to sort out issues of the local electric unit holders viz a viz procurement and supply of key material required for execution of R-APRDP.The
Vikar inaugurates Youth Hostel at KGP SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 31: Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr. Vikar Rasool Wani today said that the government is committed to upgrade the infrastructural assets of the technical education so that the youth of the state get quality vocational training and get effectively trained in various technical trades and set up their own income generating units. The Minister was interacting with students after inaugurating the building of Youth Hostel at Kashmir Government Polytechnic (KGP) constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. one crore. Principals of various Polytechnics of the valley and senior officers of the Technical Education department were present. Mr. Vikar said various initiatives have been undertaken by the government to upgrade the infrastructural assets of the technical education and in this regard several schemes have been undertaken. He said that the work is in full swing on various polytechnic colleges and ITI’s throughout the state and clear instructions have been passed to the concerned to ensure the timely completion of these, so that the students living in these areas get the requisite benefits. The Minister later visited the Power Control Room at Bemina. He was accompanied by the Development Commissioner, Power, Mr. Asgar Ali, Chief Engineers and other senior officers of the Power Development Department.Mr. Vikar instructed the officers to ensure that the consumers get the requisite power supply without any interruption especially in the view of snow fall.
Mr Anil Suri participated in the meeting. Mr Kichloo said that promotion of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector in the State was first priority of the Government adding that marketing support to this sector, including manufacturers of electric equipments and key materials, under the relevant provisions of State Industrial Policy would be ensured as it was necessary to promote and protect the local Industry.
Financial Literacy awareness programme held at Handwara HANDWARA, DECEMBER 31: An awareness programme on financial literacy at Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Handwara here today. Speaking on the occasion, District Development Manager NABARD informed that a Financial Literacy drive has been undertaken by NABARD throughout the district to provide knowledge to people about various types of banking facilities being made available to them. He said the purpose of conducting the financial awareness programme is to have a better financial comprehension and strengthen the way of earning and spending patterns. He said these awareness programmes focus partlcular1y on important concepts such as basic budgeting, saving and deposits, availing loans from banks, importance of Insurance, secure remittances through formal banking channel and Kisan Credit Cards. Highlighting the role of NABARD in financial inclusion programme, he said NABARD has been pushing the financial inclusion programme all over the country through these programmes and is actively involved in the development of rural sectors through various schemes. The programme was attended by LDM, Manager DIC, Director RSETI, Coordinator FLCC, Supervisor ITI, Area Managers of J&K Bank, JK Grameen Bank and Bee Bank. LDM and Co-ordinator FLCC spoke in detail about the purpose of financial literacy and emphasized that banking facilities are now at the doorsteps and youth must get associated with banks.Director RSETI urged the students to avail the benefits of different government schemes specially designed for skilled youth to provide them with employment opportunities and for setting up their own ventures.Area Manager JK Grameen Bank spoke about various initiatives taken by JKGB such as Ultra Small Branches for easy banking at doorsteps. He said that NABARD has played a very important role in matters pertaining to Financial Literacy.
Meeting of Assurance Committee Panchayats empowered to oversee functioning of schools
JAMMU, DECEMBER 31: Government has given powers to the Panchayats to oversee functioning of Schools including checking of attendance of staff and enrolment in Primary Schools to reduce drop-out rate in the State. The Panchayats in their respective areas would also oversee the utilization of School Maintenance Grants (SMG), Teaching Learning Material (TLM) and Teaching Learning Equipment (TLE) as per norms. This Information was given at the meeting of Committee on Government Assurance of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council held here today under the Chairmanship of MLC, S. Dharambir Singh Oberoi to discuss and examine status of various Government Assurances. It was also informed that the
Panchayats have been asked to keep vigil on attendance of Primary school teachers, non-teaching staff and students and to report to the concerned authorities besides identifying genuine students for coverage under various scholarship schemes in Primary schools. The Panchayats will also oversee distribution of study material, uniforms and scholarship to the targeted students and monitor MidDay Meal Schemes. They will also oversee and report on the functioning of Village Education Committee. The members of the Committee, Syed Asgar Ali and Mr. Ghulam Nabi Monga were present in the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions to improve the functioning of the Rural Development Department. The meeting also discussed issues related to the delegation of powers to Panchayats in respect of 14 depart-
ments and promotions of MPWS during last three years. Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Mr Farooq Ahmed Peer briefed the Committee about the Action Taken Reports with regard to Government Assurances pertaining to the department given on the floor of the House from time to time. Director, Rural Development Department, Jammu Mr Shafiq Ahmed Raina, Director, Rural Development Department, Kashmir, Mr Mir Altaf Ahmed, Director, Finance RDD, Mr G M Khan Director, Social Welfare, MGNAREGA, DR. A G Sofi, all ACDs of concerned department, Additional Secretary, Legislative Council Mr. Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, Deputy Secretary, Legislative Council, Mr Farooq Ahmed Sheikh, besides other officers of RDD and Council Secretariat were also attended the meeting.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Things may seem a bit surreal for you today, so don’t take other people’s chatter too seriously. Today is a day to reach out and touch someone, so pick up the phone and dial it. It’s a good day to share your dreams with others, despite how farfetched they may sound. Others may look at you as if you have three heads, but as long as you’re being honest with yourself, there’s no reason for you to be shy about sharing.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Today is a great day for you in which you should enjoy a great deal of playful conversation with others, Gemini. Fantasy is likely to play a large role in the events of the day, and you may find yourself daydreaming as you walk down the street. Don’t bother with reality today if you don’t have to. You’re much better off keeping the tone light and playful. Enjoy your fantasy world and feel free to invite others into it.
Cancer June 22-July 22
There may be a rather confusing element to the day for you, Cancer, in which you feel tempted to act but not all the pieces seem to be in place. It could be hard to make a decision about things since the facts seem to be quite clouded. You’re better off spending this day enjoying your friends or your favorite hobby rather than trying to make any major life decisions or commitments.
July 23-August 22 Be the star of your own movie today and be proud of the role you play, Leo. You might find yourself adopting the persona of many different characters depending on your mood of the hour. There is a special gleam in your smile today that you should share openly with others. Don’t feel rushed to get anywhere. You have already arrived. Enjoy yourself in the company of those you love.
August 23-September 22
Take a break from your daily routine and get off the track today, Virgo. The world will turn with you for a day, so feel free to tune out for a while. Remember that whatever path you decide to take is the right path. Regret is a useless emotion - don’t even bother with it. Enjoy the present day and all the small joys that it has to offer. Communicate your dreams and bring things into balance.
September 23-October 23 Things are flowing your way today, Libra, and you should find a great deal of pleasure in the comfort of others. You might find that there is an air of fantasy about the day that is causing your emotions to lose track of time and space. Don’t bother connecting to reality if you don’t have to. Go to an art museum or attend a dance performance. See a movie and go out to your favorite restaurant.
October 24-November 21 Don’t try to nail down any answers today, Scorpio, because you’ll probably just end up feeling more frustrated than when you started. The less you try to force your will on others, the more you’ll find that things just automatically go your way. Today isn’t about finding solutions to problems; it’s about enjoying that which you have already learned and accomplished. Keep things light.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Let your childish side come out to play today, Sagittarius. Your dreams are in full force, so let them lead the way. Enjoy lighthearted conversations with friends about the latest movies and your favorite websites. You might want to consider working out or getting a haircut. This is a good day to improve your general appearance overall. You have a much sharper eye for physical beauty on a day like today.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Take a break from the trail you’re on and get off the beaten path. Today is a day to forge ahead with ideas and dreams rather than commitments and answers. Question things and debate the facts. Whatever you do, have fun. This is the perfect day to go out and enjoy the fresh air with an outdoor activity, especially group activities. You can’t go wrong with joining up with friends and chatting away about the latest events of your life.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
You may find it hard to take a realistic approach to your emotions today, Aquarius. A sensitive issue is apt to be pulling on you in such a way that it’s leaving you feeling like you are way out in left field in terms of the way you relate to others. You might want to consider letting someone else take the lead for once and allow stability to form before the next decision is made.
February 19-March 20 Question the validity of anything you find yourself in conflict with today. You might find that people are acting on incomplete information and that they are falsely accusing you of something you didn’t say or do. Work to bring harmony to the situation by getting the truth out on the table and helping the actual motivations become known. Words may be charged with strong emotions, so be gentle with your actions.
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Isolation-The silent killer
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An Empowered Consumer is an Asset to the Nation
onsumer Protection Act, was
only Act of its kind in India, it has enabled
Grahak Jago’ has carved out a niche for
here is one Punjabi sayingenacted in 1986. The Consumer ordinary consumers to secure less expensive itself. For the 12th plan an allocation of Rs. Protection Act provides for and often speedy redressal of their griev- 409.29 crores has been made. “God may not even leave a effective safeguards to ances. The Act mandates establishment of Consumer Welfare Fund tree alone” It is a fact that consumers against various types of Consumer Protection Councils at the Centre The Central Excise and Salt Act, 1944 (1 of lone trees in desert dry up exploitations and unfair dealings, relying as well as in each State and District, with a 1944) was amended in 1991 to enable the on compensatory rather than a view to promoting consumer awareness. Central Government to create the Consumer soon than the one's in dense forest. If it mainly disciplinary or preventive approach. The provisions of this Act cover ‘goods’ as Welfare Fund where the money, which is not is the case of a tree then how can a man With a large consumer base of 1.27 billion ( well as ‘services’. The goods are those refundable to the manufacturers etc., is males and 48% females) constituting which are manufactured or produced and credited. The money credited to the Fund is live all alone as by nature he is a social 52% nearly 17.31% of the world’s population, the sold to consumers through wholesalers and to be utilized by the Central Government for animal. During lifetime we experience demography of Indian consumer shows an retailers. The services are in the nature of the welfare of the consumers in accordance problems at one stage or the other. interesting pattern pointing towards a young transport, telephone, electricity, housing, with the Rules framed. The fund has been set consumer base which believes in market banking, insurance, medical treatment, etc. up by the Department of Revenue, but the Those are the critical moments, we mechanism. 30 % of the population lives in A written complaint, can be filed before the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and need supporting system to share adver- urban areas and the rest in rural. The D i s t r i c t C o n s u m e r F o r u m f o r Public Distribution will operate it.The itself is a major challenge for any goods/services valued upto Rs.20 lakh, State overall objective of the consumer Welfare sities and emotional crisis. The joint diversity consumer protection regime. Commission for value upto Rs one crore and Fund is to provide financial assistance to family system used to tackle such kind The Constitution of India provides for the National Commission for value above promote and protect the welfare of the of rights of an individual and also Rs one crore, in respect of defects in goods or consumers and strengthen the voluntary of problems very smoothly. Man was protection enjoins the State to adhere to the Directive deficiency in service. The service can be of consumer movement in the country not left to face the gust of violent winds Principles. The source of consumer rights any description and the illustrations given particularly in the rural areas. in the Fundamental Rights enshrined in above are only indicative. However, no Consumer Clubs which would snatch away all his trea- lies our constitution. The Consumer Protection complaint can be filed for alleged deficiency This scheme was launched in 2002, sures of emotions with it. But in mod- Act provides for protection of the basic in any service that is rendered free of charge according to which a consumer club shall be or under a contract of personal service. set up in each Middle/High/Higher ern times, the nuclear family system rights of a consumer. Consumer Movement in India The remedy under the Consumer Protection Secondary school/college affiliated to a has left everybody in lurch. The work- Though the consumer movement in India is Act is an alternative in addition to that government recognized Board/University. ing couple has to go through a strenu- as old as the trade and commerce, yet, there already available to the aggrieved per- This scheme has been decentralised and no systematic movement in the country sons/consumers by way of civil suit. In the transferred to the Governments of ous routine in order to run the family. was for safeguarding the interests of consumers complaint/appeal/petition submitted under States/UTs with effect from 1.04.2004. All They become machines to coup with till the Consumer Protection Act was the Act, a consumer is not required to pay interested NGO/VCOs shall apply to the in 1986, based on the United any court fees but only a nominal fee. Nodal Officer in the Food, PD & Consumer the fast and lonely lives unable to give enacted Nations guidelines with the objective of Consumer Fora proceedings are summary in Welfare Department of the respective proper attention and care to their chil- providing better protection of consumers’ nature. The endeavour is made to grant relief States/UTs. d r e n w h i c h t h e y n e e d m o s t . interests. The Act applies to all goods and to the aggrieved consumer as quickly as in Promoting Research services unless specifically exempted, and the quickest possible, keeping in mind the This scheme has been launched with a view Consequently, the children too adjust covers private, public, and cooperative provisions of the Act which lay down time to sponsor research and evaluation studies in themselves according to the present sectors and provides for speedy and schedule for disposal of cases. If a consumer the field of consumer welfare to provide adjudication. The Act also is not satisfied by the decision of a District solution to the practical problems being environment and remain aloof which inexpensive provides for setting up of Consumer Forum, he can appeal to the State faced by the consumers, to sponsor makes them an Island in themselves. Councils to promote consumer welfare. The Commission. Against the order of the State seminars/workshops/ conferences on the seeks to promote and protect the Commission a consumer can come to the consumer related topics, and to have Being depressed, they do not move out, Act following six rights of the consumers: National Commission. necessary inputs for the formulation of mix with friends or play outdoor · The right to be protected against marketing Government Initiatives policy/programme/scheme for the protecgoods and services which are hazardous · ‘Jago Grahak Jago’ Though the consumer tion and welfare of the consumers. The games. Instead they shut themselves of to life and property; movement is slowly gaining ground in our Indian Institute of Public Administration, within the four walls of the house. With · The right to be informed about the quality, country as the success of consumer New Delhi, has been identified as the nodal the advent of technology, they confine quantity, potency, purity, standard and price movement mainly depends upon the level of organization to administer the scheme. of goods and services, as the case may be, to consumer awareness generated in the National Consumer Helpline themselves to computers and play protect the consumer against unfair trade country by educating the consumers about A National Consumer Helpline project has their rights and responsibilities. Within India been established in collaboration with Delhi games using few buttons. They cannot practices; · The right to be assured of access to a variety itself, the level of consumer awareness University, Department of Commerce. attain the thrill and spirit of outdoor of goods and services at competitive prices; varies from State to State depending upon Consumers can call from anywhere in India games. Face to face interaction is must · The right to be heard and assured that the level of literacy and the social awareness to the number 1XXX-XX-4000 from interest will receive due consider- of the people. Educating more than 120 MTNL/BSNL lines free of charge and get for healthy growth of children. But consumer ation at appropriate forums; crores people of various categories of advice regarding their problem as a today the children engrossed in their · The right to seek redressal against unfair or population, particularly those in rural areas consumer. The Helpline has been formally trade practices or unscrupulous where consumers are more susceptible to launched on 15.3.2005 on the World own fantasy world either sleep for restrictive exploitation of consumers; exploitation, on various subject matters of Consumer Rights Day and is functional on hours together or love to live in con- · The right to consumer education. consumers interests being dealt by different all working days from 9.30 A.M to 5.30 P.M. Ministries / Departments, is a herculean CORE Centre fined area which they name comfort The Consumer Protection Act The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 lays task. For the 11th plan the scheme has The Consumer Online Resources and zone. This kind of life style is making down the rights of the consumers and received an allocation of Rs. 409 crores to Empowerment Centre has been conceived them depressed and lazy. Social con- provides for promotion and protection of the launch an effective Multi- Media campaign. to function as the most scientific and nectivity gives us strength to face any rights of the consumers. The first and the The scheme under the brand name of ‘Jago effective system of collection, disseminakind of adverse situation as friendship bonds are thicker than the relations. Studies have proved that the cancer patients having friends, peer group or relations, survive for a longer period than the one's who have not friends or relations, feel dim, dejected, unwanted, crib and curse suffer from delusion, hallucination and die soon. These days t is a common belief that gold is as Below Poverty Level [BPL] was dispensed began depositing Rs 25 in the common minor children or adolescents are dear to women, as a son to a mother. with and replaced by a process of participa- pool, with an aim to take benefit of its Same is true for a girl from village tory identification of the poor [PIP]. This lending facility so that she could buy the suffering from adopted isolation which Lar of district Ganderbal, some 30 they have created themselves. The old kms from Srinagar. In her early twenties, ‘Umeed’ project, an initiative of the generation too are also facing the same Ruksana, too nursed a desire to wear gold ear-rings. Coming from a poor family – her problem. During the last two decades, father a daily-wager and she herself National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), tremendous changes took place which earning a few hundred per month through – their monthly earnings was Self Help Groups (SHGs) started to function forced young generation to move out of knitting hardly enough to meet the family expenses. valley for earning their livelihood. The So to save money that could fetch her in Lar block of Ganderbal and few other golden ear-rings seemed like a herculean old parents were left alone in sprawling task. In June this year, as part of Centrebungalows with pain beyond expres- sponsored ‘Umeed’ project, an initiative of areas of State, with an aim to alleviate the National Rural Livelihoods Mission sion. But they survived with the sup- (NRLM), Self Help Groups (SHGs) started poverty, particularly among women. And port of neighbourhood or friends and to function in Lar block of Ganderbal and relations. For social connectivity, there few other areas of State, with an aim to by the end of June, Lar block was alleviate poverty, particularly among ought to be nearby public libraries, women. And by the end of June, Lar block recreation clubs, parks or the old homes was successfully running 246 SHGs successfully running 246 SHGs having having 10-12 women per group. Each where these old people can sit together woman of the Self Help Group made a 10-12 women per group. and feel the bonds of friendship. weekly contribution of not less than Rs 25 to a common pool, from where they could However lack of such facilities leave borrow money. cleared the decks for constitution of 90,000 much sought after ear rings. them to live in isolation and die in As a special case for Jammu and Kashmir, Self Help Groups and enrolment of nine lakh The Central Government also extended all the Union Government relaxed the norms of rural women in the State. Ruksana also professional assistance for the success of isolation.
tion and redressal of consumer related information and complaints. It was launched on the World Consumer Day i.e. on 15th March, 2005. Consumers can now register their complaints in the CORE Centre through the website www.core.nic.in. They can also have access to wealth of information regarding Consumer issues through this website. State Consumer Welfare Fund States/UTs have to set up their own Consumer Welfare Fund by making a onetime contribution of an amount proportionate to the number of districts, by the Centre (Department of Consumer Affairs) and the State Government in the ratio 50:50 (Centre : State). In case of special category States, like North Eastern States, Sikkim, J&K, Uttaranchal A&N Islands and Lakshdweep the ratio will be 90:10 (Centre : State). National Consumer policy Increased global trade and the development of Internet have provided new opportunities for consumers, leading to new forms of unfair and unethical business practices. With the change in the global scenario and the market dynamics the consumers have also changed. Children and young adults and women – who often lack experience as consumers – are more significant forces in markets, as are the growing number of older adults who sometimes face unique marketplace challenges. This requires consumer protection authorities to be more vigilant and active. The sophistication of retail markets is increasing the role of consumers. The greater empowerment of consumers has also led to greater responsibilities for them to manage their own affairs. Here comes the need to make suitable policy prescriptions to protect consumer rights. The draft National Consumer policy envisages to promote the rights and interests of consumers and ensure a high level of consumer protection, contributing to protecting the health, safety and economic interests of consumers as well as promoting their right to information, education and to organise themselves to safeguard their interests. It will endeavour to achieve effective implementation of various consumer welfare schemes through progressive consumer related legislations and active participation of all stakeholders; Central and State Governments, academic and research institutions, schools and colleges, voluntary consumer organizations and civil society, business and above all the consumers themselves to create an effective consumer movement in the country. An empowered consumer is an asset to the nation and therefore today, it is widely acknowledged that the level of consumer awareness and protection is one of the major indicators of development in any country.
‘UMEED’ Rekindles Desire for Better Life
the Umeed project and the criterion of the
enrolled in one of the SHGs in Lar block and
the Umeed project by deploying Primary
Resource Persons from Andhra Pradesh in J&K to train the local girls and women. Pertinently, SHGs are a success story in Andhra Pradesh running since 1950. As a positive development, 246 SHGs in Lar block made a whopping saving of Rs 6,97868 from June 2013 to September 2013 and disbursed Rs 3,34,250 in internal lending to the depositors. Ruksana, while taking benefit of the internal lending, took a loan of Rs 10,000 in August to buy gold ear-rings. Flaunting her priced possession she said “It is all because of SHGs that I could buy the golden ring. I thank the Government for this,” The Central Government has sanctioned an amount of Rs 7,500 crore for J&K under NRLM. The scheme is launched in the State with an increased allocation from Rs 110 crore to Rs 755 crore. With the allocation for the current year being about Rs 30.38 crore. A special emphasis is to be given to two-third of the families in the State under the ambit of the scheme with the target of 90,000 women Self Help Groups over a period of five years. Officials said there is special dispensation of allocating the funds on the pattern of 90:10 (Centre-state share) whereas in the rest of the country it is on the pattern of 75:25.
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