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


northern Army Commander meets Governor Srinagar, July 09: Lt. Gen. Sanjiv Chachra, GOC-in-C, Northern Command, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan, here this evening. During their more than an hour long meeting, the Governor and the Northern Army Commander discussed certain recent incidents of terrorist violence and related issues concerning internal and external security management, infiltration from across the LoC, and the overall security scenario in the State. They also discussed issues relating to the security of the ongoing Shri Amarnathji Yatra. The Northern Army Commander was accompanied by Lt. Gen. Gurmeet Singh, GOC XV Corps. This was Lt. Gen. Chachra’s first meeting with the Governor after he took over charge of the Northern Army Command on 1st July 2013. The Governor wished Lt. Gen. Chachra a very successful tenure.

newly promoted SPs decorated Srinagar, July 09: The Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Armed J&K, S.M Sahai today decorated the newly promoted Superintendents of Police at a function held at Armed Police Headquarters (APHQ) Srinagar. Dy. Superintendents of Police recently elevated to the rank of Superintendents of Police by the Government were today decorated with ranks by the ADGP Armed J&K, S.M Sahai. The officers include Khurshid Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Saleem Khan, B. Jandrahia, Mohammad Shaban Guru and Qudus Abid Khan. While felicitating the promotees, Shri Sahai urged the officers to work with zeal and zest to make the department proud and emphasized upon them that they must realize their duties and dedicate themselves in service of the Nation. He expressed his hope that the promotion would bring new spirit of public service among the officers. Promotion means more accountability and more responsibilities and we are sure that the officers will accomplish the assigned tasks efficiently in future also. The ADGP added that “This promotion is not just a promotion, it's the mark of what is still to be achieved in the future and as public servants we must introspect whether we do justice with our responsibilities in lieu of salaries and other perks that we receive from the department”.

UP labourers die in road accident Kulgam, July 09: Two labourers from Uttar Pradesh lost their lives in a deadly road accident on Tuesday in South Kashmir’s Shurat area of Kulgam district. Police sources said that two labours from UP were riding on a motor cycle (JK03A-7151) at a breakneck and the rider lost control over the motor cycle near a curve as a result both the riders struck with a cement block. Eyewitnesses said that both the riders died on the spot. The deceased have been identified as Pintoo Verma and Babloo who were working as labours in a brick klin in the district.

JE sentenced to RI Srinagar, July 09: The Court of Additional Special Judge Anti Corruption Kashmir presided over by Additional District and Session Judge Jeema Bashir convicted and sentenced one Mushtaq Ahmad Wani S/o Abdul Rashid Wani R/o Chatti Bandipora then Jr. Engineer Block development Office Bandipora to rigorous imprisonment of 4 years and a fine of Rs.10,000 for commission of offences u/s 5(2)r/w 5(1) d of PC Act and two year rigorous imprisonment for commission of offence See JE on Pg. 11

Annual Plan finalized

Plan Com approves Rs 8000 crore plan assistance for J&K New Delhi, July 09: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah led State team comprising Minister for Finance, Minister for Planning, MoS Planning, Economic Advisor, Chief Secretary and various senior officers met Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India to hold the final round of discussions on the State’s Annual Plan for the current financial year (2013-14) here today. The State Govt. presented Annual Plan requirement of Rs.8000 crore, apart from an additional Rs.600 crore for state sector projects under the Prime Minister’s Reconstruction Plan. At the outset, the Chief Minister made a detailed presentation covering the highlights of various developmental initiatives undertaken by the State Govt. during the last fiscal (2012-13) and the key priority areas included in current year’s Plan. The Chief Minister thanked the Central Govt. and Planning Commission for vari-

ous new developmental initiatives for J&K State particularly the extension of industrial package beyond June 2012, inprinciple agreement of 90:10 State Share for all Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) and allotment of coal block which will enable the State to meet its power requirement in winter months. The Chief Minister highlighted that the year 2012 has been by far the best year in all parameters and had witnessed a 25% decline in violence. He highlighted upon the positive atmosphere of hope, optimism and harmony obtaining in the State and the need for a sustained focus on developmental efforts to build upon peace dividends. Chief Minister briefed the Dy. Chairman about the progress of a number of mega and important projects which have been taken up during the last year. He also shared measures aimed at smart governance in J&K. The Chief Minister also shared the details of the efforts be-

ing made to rein in the power deficit. He also apprised the Planning Commission of the target of 9000 MW of power generation over the 12th and 13th plan. Referring to the City Mobility Plans prepared by M/S RITES , the Chief Minister sought the assistance of Planning Commission for putting

in place Mass and Rapid Transport Systems in the two capital cities. Sharing the concerns regarding adverse sex ratio in certain parts of J&K, the Chief Minister endorsed the need for effective implementation of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Sex Selection/Determination

Major infiltration bid foiled, 5 militants killed Keran, Kupwara, July 09: Army on Tuesday claimed to have foiled a major infiltration bid by militants resulting into elimination of five of them. Army spokesman in Srinagar said, “Army troops deployed on the Line of Control in the Keran Sector of Kupwara foiled a major attempt of infiltration, resulting into elimination of five terrorists”. “Based on specific information from intelligence agencies regarding likelihood of terrorists attempting infiltration in Keran Sector of the frontline Division of North Kashmir, vigilant troops detected eight to nine terrorists moving in the forest area about 500 meters on

Agitated protestors attack PDD office, 8 injured Kulgam, July 09: At least eight persons including four employees were injured when agitated protestors attacked the office of Executive Engineer, Power Development Department in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday. Agitated protestors alleged that PDD failed to repair their damaged transformer even after ten months. See Injured on Pg. 11

own side of the Line of Control. The terrorists were immediately engaged by fiing from the post located along the fence. The fire was very effective and resulted in the elimination of five terrorists, while the remaining flew towards the Line of Control under the cover of thick foliage”. Said spokesman “Till receipt of the last information, the operations were in progress and some war like stores may be recovered from the sight. Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, Chinar Corps Commander, commended the troops for their dedication and high degree of alertness. He also congratulated all the security agencies for their synergy and said that the operation in Keran Sector was a mark of jointness”.

Day after Pradesh Congress Committee chief Prof Saifudin Soz said that Congress was ready for BDC and Civic Polls, National Conference today said that it was some parties who were against holding elections as even proposals finalized regarding BDC polls were delayed by some leaders. Minister for Rural Development Ali Muhammad Sagar said, "That had Congress not raised certain objections to

ment efforts in J&K needed to be fully supported by Govt. of India, the Planning Commission approved the Plan Outlay for 2013-14 at Rs.7300 crore; along with a special provision of Rs.710 crore for meeting land acquisition cost for PMGSY roads. Further, an amount of Rs..600 crore was approved for funding the state sector projects under the PMRP. In addition to these outlays, the total flow of resources under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes is likely to exceed Rs.3500 crore. For financing the State’s Annual Plan and the PMRP, apart from Rs.4892 crore of Central Assistance admissible to the State Govt., an additional tranche of Central Assistance of Rs.5505 crore will be made available through a combination of Special Plan Assistance (SPA) and Special Central Assistance (SCA). Taking into account the assistance for state sector PMRP projects and land acquisition for PMGSY roads, the total Central Assistance See Annual Plan on Pg. 11

Chinese troops intrude in Leh-Ladakh sector, warn locals in Hindi New Delhi, July 09: A little over two weeks ago, Chinese troops intruded into the same areas in the Leh-Ladakh sector that had sparked off tensions in April and threatened the locals in Hindi. The troops even broke the high-resolution cameras that the Indian Army had set up in the area a month ago. While the Army headquarters is tight-lipped about the incident, the broken camera equipment was returned to an Indian Army patrol at a flag meeting on July 3 in Chusul area following furious negotiations between the two sides. The incident took place on

June 17 when a Chinese patrol intruded into the Indian side and dismantled the cameras set up in Chumur near Daulat Beg Oldie.

Sources in the security establishment said the cameras had been put up after the Indian Army dismantled See Chinese Troops on Pg. 11

Pvt schools in trouble, told to JK to Produce 150 More Doctors From specify charitable nature Srinagar, July 09: The divisional administration on Tuesday asked all private schools running from leased lands in Kashmir Valley to specify whether they are charitable society established for a non-profitable purpose. “All the schools should advertise as to how many poor children are being imparted education and specify all details which are stipulated for running school on leased land in light of Supreme Court judgment,” Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailinder Kumar said.

nC ready for BDC, Civic polls: Sagar Srinagar, July 09:

Meanwhile Lt Gen Sanjiv Chachra, during his first visit to the Valley as Army Commander, Northern Command familiarised himself with operational situation along the Line of Control and the internal security situation obtaining in the hinterland. He along with Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, Chinar Corps Commander visited the Headquarters of CIF (K) and 19 Infantry Division and also the units located in forward areas. Army Commander lauded the efforts of soldiers deployed in the difficult terrain along the Line of Control. He expressed his happiness over the alertness troops are maintaining to thwart the infiltration attempts. He also commended See Killed on Pg. 11

(PCPNDT) Act. The Planning Commission appreciated the significant achievements made by the State Govt. in health and education sectors and in particular complimented it for putting in place the Juvenile Justice legislation. The State Govt.’s efforts on Skill Development of youth were taken note of by the Planning Commission. The meeting also took stock of measures to step up the pace of implementation of HIMAYAT and UDAAN schemes. Emphasizing the centrality of agriculture & allied sectors in J&K economy, the State Govt. sought liberal assistance from Planning Commission for comprehensive assistance for command area development so as to fully utilize the created irrigated potential. In his intervention, Dy. Chairman Planning Commission complimented the Chief Minister for making an extensive presentation on the obtaining development scenario in J&K. Observing that the develop-

BDC polls, elections would have been held and three-tier process of Panchayat Raj system. “The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had been telling former Minister for Housing and Urban Development Tara Chand about holding elections on time,” he said. However, the process has been delayed from day one,” said Sagar while talking to news agency KNS. Sagar said, “There was no delay from the National Conference See Sagar on Pg. 11

“They are answerable to public and as such they should keep all information available. They should keep audited account of their organizations on school website so that people get to access it readily,” he said. Sources said that there are 1100 kanals of land leased to several private schools in the Srinagar and they are paying peanuts as fee. If sources are to be believed, Presentation Convent School pays Rs 12000 per annum for 95 kanals while Burnhall School pays Rs 100 per kanal for land leased out to it. It is no different for Biscoe also as the school only pays Rs 1000 for

the land allotted to it. Besides, source said, the lease holders are mostly non-state subjects and they have been allotted land only after specifying that they are charitable organizations. The schools running from the leased land by virtue of the agreement with the Nazool Department are bound to abide by the stipulations under the Land Grants Act, 1960. Official sources said that as per the section 4 of Land Grants Act 1960, every school is supposed to be a registered charitable society established for a non-profitable See Schools on Pg. 11

This Year

Srinagar, July 09: Today turned out to be a red letter day for the students aspiring for admissions to the medical colleges in the State. The Centre today accepted the proposal of the State Government to increase the intake capacity of medical colleges in the state and it would be applicable from this year’s academic session. The intake capacity of Government Medical

Colleges of Srinagar and Jammu has been increased from 100 to 150 and that of SKIMS Medical College, Bemina from 50 to 100. With this, 150 seats have been added to these colleges. The hike in the intake capacity of these colleges had become necessary as the State is facing a shortage of qualified medicos due to the expansion of health infrastructure, more so in rural and hilly areas. Also the in See Doctors on Pg. 11

Is BOPEE being deliberately weakened? Taking away selection for agriculture courses, a big jolt Shahana Srinagar, July 09: Recent conduct of examination for professional courses by Sher-I- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) Kashmir instead of BOPEE has raised many eyebrows on the sincerity of this crucial decision. Board of Professional Entrance Examination popularly known as BOPEE is an autonomous body set up to conduct the examinations for professional courses and if one goes by its history, it has never failed in its duties

barring some minor lapses here and there due to human errors. In comparison the white elephant called SKUAST has eaten up billions of rupees without any noticeable achievement which could have been acclaimed on national or international level. The duties of the universities both in Srinagar and Jammu are mainly to train the professionals, conduct new research, and innovate the modern methods and technology for boosting the agricultural production in the state. The Board of Professional Entrance Examination is

in real terms a professional body equipped with the knowhow and expertise to select the best of the available talent for different courses. It has its creditability amongst the people with least chances of interference from politicians to bureaucrat. The decision to handover the selection process to Agriculture University for the courses in Veterinary Sciences, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Horticulture, Floriculture, Sericulture, Forestry, B.Tech. Agriculture Engineering does speak volumes about the intentions of certain people at the

helm of affairs who want a direct hand to interfere in the selection process. These people including politicians could not do it in BOPEE. The decision will cost heavily on the existence and creditability of BOPEE as the candidates in other streams will grow suspicious about its impartiality. And if other courses will follow the suit, where will BOPEE stand? Million dollar question in everybody’s mind is that why should this decision have been taken at all? Is BOPEE incompetent to conduct examinations for agricul-

ture courses? If so then why should this body not be disbanded? The second question is that has there been any major lapse, allegation of corruption, nepotism or involvement of BOPEE staff in any unfair means like BOSE? If not then this body should be allowed to do its job without any sword or fear hanging on it that more courses may be taken out of its purview? There have been several scandals, reports of unfair means, charges of corruption, allegations of staff being involved in unfair means about See BOPEE on Pg. 11


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Annual Plan.........

committed for developmental effort during the year 201314 will be of a record high level Rs.11,707 crore. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Chief Minister, while acknowledging the stiff financial constraints of the Central Govt., appreciated the support and financial assistance provided by the Union Ministry of Finance and the Planning Commission to meet the developmental requirements of the State. He assured full and proper utilization of Plan assistance for delivering mandated developmental outcomes.

Chinese Troops.........

some of its structures following the resolution of the standoff in April. While the Army dismantled the tin sheds it had set up, it quietly set up high-resolution cameras to monitor any Chinese movement on their side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The Chinese patrol was proficient in Hindi and threatened locals, asking them to vacate the area, claiming it to be their own. The incident was reported to the government by Indian intelligence agencies and confirmed by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. It was, however, kept under wraps as the government did not want another international controversy while it was also battling the Uttarakhand floods. Ironically, this flare up took place even as Union Defence Minister AK Antony was scheduled to travel to China for a bilateral visit this month. Indian officials feel the repeated incursions are a result of an internal tussle between the Chinese PLA (People’s Liberation Army) and PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy). “There is a subtle power struggle going on within the Chinese leadership. This has resulted in the Chinese becoming aggressive in the South China Sea and the LehLadakh sector, with leaders using the incidents to prove their supremacy in the party hierarchy,” a senior government analyst told DNA. There is also a major difference of perception between Delhi and Beijing on where the LAC is. “The Chinese perception is very different from ours. So, every time they intrude, they insist it is their territory while we claim it is ours,” the analyst said. The Indian Army has stopped patrolling the Chumur sector as part of a bilateral deal between Delhi and Beijing. However, the June 17 incident shows that the Chinese continue to be as aggressive as ever.


the troops operating in the hinterland towards bringing normalcy in the Valley. Army Commander also called on HE Shri NN Vohra, the Governor, along with Chinar Corps Commander and briefed him on the external and internal security situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, the General Officer had interacted with the Hon’ ble Chief Minister. Pious month of Ramzan is starting from tomorrow and taking the opportunity being in Kashmir, Army Commander conveyed his heart felt best wishes and Ramzan Rahim to the people of Kashmir. Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, Chinar Corps Commander also extended best wishes to the people of Kashmir for Ramzan.


Reports said that scores of people from Takia Banghal blocked the road and raised anti-PDD slogans. Protestors alleged that their area is reeling under darkness from past ten months and despite repeated requests and pleas they did not bother to repair the damaged transformer. Agitated protestors attacked the office of Executive Engineer Nazir Ahmed Dar and ransacked the office. They even smashed windowpanes and thrashed some employees. Reports said that during the clashes four employees Head Assistant Abdul Rashid Bhat, Gulzar Ahmed Lone, Tariq Ahmed and Mohammad Shafi got injured while the protestors who received injuries were identified as Manzoor Ahmed Shah, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah, Jala-u-Din Shah and Ali Mohammad Shah. The agitated protestors did not allow any vehicle to pass through the district for hours and it was only after the intervention of district administration who assured them of possible help that the protestors dispersed peacefully.


Purpose. The defaults on the part of School administration can lead to the termination of the Lease, they said. The Land Grants Act specifies that the Lessee cannot undertake any construction on the leased land without the prior permission from the Lessor. Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner also categorically rejected the allegations by one of the Private schools—Presentation Convent School— that it was being harassed and its construction was stopped without any reason. Pertinently, an official statement here said that the school is running from the Nazool land under the lease hold rights which expire on September 18, 2017. The statement said that on coming to know that a new construction was coming up without the permission of the Nazool department, school management was asked to produce relevant documents which they failed so far. Subsequently the School authorities were asked to stop the work on July 7 through the law enforcing agency. The school, according the statement, come up with the notice and put the children to trouble by closing down the classes on July 8. Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Dr G N Qasba also confirmed that permission granted to the school in July 2012 was put to abeyance in December for want of other legal formalities including the NOC from Nazool. “Carrying out construction without any valid orders is a violation and they should go by norms,” he added.


take capacity of the GMCs was fixed some 40 years ago after which it was never reviewed. Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din, immediately after taking over, had proposed to increase the seats in medical colleges of the State to meet the demand of qualified medicos. The State Government took the proposal to Centre with all seriousness to get it approved. Union Minister for Health &

Daily Family Welfare, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also well versed with the growing demand of medical professionals in Jammu & Kashmir also pushed for the same and today after many decades the seats of medical colleges in the State were increased from 250 to 400 and it would have effect from current year only. Medical faculty of both the GMCs, including some retired senior doctors, students of these colleges and aspirants and medical fraternity in general have hailed this increase. They expressed their gratitude to Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din for having initiated this bold move, pursuing it and finally getting it accepted by the Centre despite all odds. They hoped that with him, the medical profession in J&K would get a boost and be one of the best in the country.


BOSE. But nothing has been done to improve its working. Here we have a professional body doing its job with perfection. Why should we take such harsh decisions which will weaken this autonomous body and demoralize its officials for no fault of them? It has been very unfortunate state of affairs in this state that those professional bodies which are working with some dedication are not strengthened and provided with better infrastructure to serve the society effectively. The government should have strengthened BOPEE, provided it more staff, with better infrastructural facilities and then asked it to improve its quality of work with more transparency and creditability. Now the decision has been taken and implemented. It remains to be seen whether this decision will benefit or spoil the career of talented candidates. However, the government should not further indulge in weakening BOPEE but should instead strengthen this autonomous body. The decision to conduct the entrance examination for agriculture and allied courses will now be seen in the light of the genuineness of the procedures adopted for checking the papers, where the deserving and talented candidates should get a fair deal and there should be no compromise with their future by adopting unfair means, by bending down before political pressure and interference from the high echelons of power. The procedure should not have any interference from inside quarters also who can be very destructive for the prospects of the deserving candidates. The whole process of selection should be handled by most honest people who have proved their credentials, impartiality and credibility otherwise the future of the candidates will be at stake and the government will be responsible for the consequences.


over holding BDC and Civic Polls. BDC elections would have been held one year before but congress has asked for some time as they have some reservations regarding the BDC elections, “said sagar He further said, “National conference is ready for these elections. “From last two years Chief Minister has been continuously insisting the Deputy chief minister and former urban local bodies’ minster Tara Chand for these elections, but they keep on dragging it,” said sagar. He further said, “We are still hopeful that these elections will be held soon. There are always certain compulsions in a collation government as no decision could be taken without taking the majority in confidence said sagar.


punishable u/s 161 RPC in case FIR No. 18/2002 P/S VOK. Accused Mushtaq Ahmad Wani S/o Abdul Rashid Wani R/o Chatti Bandipora then Jr. Engineer Block development Office Bandipora was caught red handed while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs.5,000/- from complainant Sh. Mohd. Yousaf Khawaza on 15-062002 for processing the bill of said complainant regarding execution of civil works at Onagam Bandipora. The Hon’ble Court was assisted by Sh. Syed Sarird Ahmad Andrabi on behalf of prosecution. The Hon’ble Court while awarding the punishment observed that Prosecution has been able to bring home guilt to the accused by establishing the charge against him beyond the shadow of any doubt. The Hon’ble Court directed for sending of accused to Central Jail Srinagar for undergoing the sentence imposed.


PDP values public endorsement of its agenda and its performance: Mehbooba Srinagar, July 09: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has said her party values public endorsement of its agenda and its performance in govt and in opposition as its real achievement and treats power only as a necessity to implement its long term vision. Addressing party workers conventions at Pampore and Rajpora she said the party’s struggle for improvement in the life of the residents of the state would continue and it hopes that 2014 would provide it with an opportunity to pick up threads again from where it had left during the previous coalition. Mehbooba said “though the three years of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s rule” has become a reference point for good governance and relief provided to the people the party would strive for higher objectives if given a chance with a stronger mandate. “The people of the state have time and again given overwhelming support and huge majority to the NC which only let them down with disastrous fall out. But the performance of the PDP has provided an opportunity to the people to realise how even a brief tenure by another party and its leadership could actually transform the entire environment from despair to hope and bring positive change in every bodys life” she said and expressed the hope that the people will vote on the basis of performance and not on emotional slogans. Mehbooba said it is unfortunate that the NC leadership after having failed in fulfilling all their promises of good

governance and development have reverted to their old tactics of raising hollow slogans which have lost meaning in the changed context. She said though it is obvious that this slogan mongering would not make any impact on the mood of the voters which obviously favours a change, it definetly widens the gulf between the citizens of the state and rest of the country. This has been practiced in the past by the NC with terrible effect on many generations of Kashmiris and it is sought to be repeated by its present leadership which has sensed defeat and is trying to cling to the proverbial straw like a drowning man. Mehbooba said the PDP has a pragmatic and positive agenda for resolution of the external and internal dimensions of Kashmir issue, some features of which infact are already under implementation. “We stand for opening of all the traditional routes to end the siege of the state and have an outstanding performance to our credit on this important front. We never asked for votes on the promise of opening ‘the Rawalpandi road’ but actually facilitated it before the world even knew about it. She said the PDP could achieve it because it worked with conviction and sincerity as a matter of its political belief and not as emotional exploitation of the people. She said for the NC the Kashmir issue is a horse that it whips at the time of elections to garner votes and then depending on who rules Delhi they hand themselves over to that party irrespective of their agenda: as they

MMU issues decree against fake darvesh Gulzar Bhat S r i n a g a r, J u l y 0 9 : Muttaheda Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) has issued a decree against self-styled darvesh Gulzar Bhat who is presently behind the bars for sexually exploiting his female students at his seminary located at Shamsabad. Twenty nine Islamic luminaries including Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq in a press release to media termed Gulzar as an impostor, unIslamic, swindler and fraud who has brought disrepute to Islam by amending not only the verses of Holy Quran but also invented his own ways to propagate the religion. MMU said that Gulzar Bhat not only mislead people by fudging his name but he also added new principles that suited him. “This fraud darvesh used to translate the quotes of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in his own way and for his petty interests he even used to translate the Quranic verses in a wrong manner. He is a liar

and a slur on the fair name of our religion and thus is being declared as astray,” the statement reads. Religious clerics of MMU have said that whatever Gulzar Bhat used to teach contravenes the Quran. "His acts are outrageous and shameful. The crook Gulzar Bhat has invented many kinds of ‘Salats’ (prayers) such as Nimaz Ishq, Bachavo, rehbar, taj, Fatima, Hujrah, Milap, char qul, and nimaz-i-bajar which are against the tenants of Islam,” the decree reads. The decree has criticized the role of his so-called followers who according to MMU in broad day light raise undesirable slogans like ‘Syedi Murshudi Ya Nabi Ya Nabi’ in his presence and thus elevating his position as greatest seer. “Gulzar Bhat according to MMU had invented his own ways to persuade his followers and had directed them not to share food and other things with nonMuslims.

did in 1996 even after getting 60 members in the assembly and joined the BJP led NDA whose agenda has the removal of Article 370 and integration of Jammu & Kashmir as its main feature. She said PDP will never indulge in such deception and cheating of people’s faith and electoral mandate. Mehbooba said the ‘life saving’ slogans of NC have always resulted in creating a trust deficit between the state and rest of the country. This has resulted in a situation in which everyone looks at us with suspicion,” she said adding for chair’s sake NC won’t even hesitate in striking relationships of any kind. Mehooba said instead of preaching tolerance and resolution to others the present coalition would be well advised to set examples of its own. It is ironical that the nearest place where Geelani sahib can offer prayers is New Delhi but the local government talks of resolving Kashmir issue. “Hundreds of youth are killed in shooting on the streets without even a single case being investigated much less punished but fiery speeches are made on the issue of AFSPA. Why can’t this government set an example by setting its own house in order? But everybody knows that the government that could not withdraw fake cases against thousands of youth can do little on more serious issues” said Mehbooba while pointing out that speeches do not make up for action and performance.

Army jawan injured along LoC Srinagar, July 09: An Army soldier was on Tuesday injured in an IED blast along the LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. This is the third incident of an IED blast along the LoC in Poonch in the last 48 hours. Pakistani troops on Monday fired at Indian soldiers while they were trying to evacuate two porters who were wounded in a blast,

triggered by suspected terrorists, along the LoC in Poonch. Targeting Army's civilian porters, ultras detonated an IED while they were carrying supplies from one Army post to another in Sabzian-Mandi belt along the LoC at around 8 am, an army officer said. Two porters were wounded, one of them critically, and a pony was killed in the blast, he said.

Driving License Lost

I have lost driving license bearing No. 304/MVD/Gbl on 07-06-2013 (Friday) around Ganderbal area. Now I am applying for its duplicate. Anybody having any objection regarding this may produce the same to Assistant Regional Transport Officer Ganderbal within seven days from the date of publication of this notice. After that no objection will be entertained. Manzoor Ahmad Bhat S/o Ghulam Mohammad Bhat Temporary Address: Ganderbal, Permanent Address: Gund Manher Lolab Kupwara N.L

Office of the Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Anantnag

NOTICE Where as an application has been received from one Shri Fayaz Ahmad Sheikh S/o M. Ashraf Sheikh R/o Seer Hamdan Ang. owner of vehicle number JK03A-1655 for cancellation of hire purchase agreement with M/s J&K Bank Ltd. B/o Aishmuqam Anantnag. Now, it is therefore, notified for general information that objections, if any to the proposed cancellation of hire purchase agreement shall be filed in writing in the office of the Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Anantnag within a period of 7 days from the date of publication of this notice. No: 2762/ARTO/Ang Sd/- Asstt. Regional Transport Officer Dated: 06-07-2013 Anantnag Rpt.

Government of Jammu & Kashmir Taj reviews pace of Office of the Executive Engineer R&B Division Handwara works at city hospitals Notice Inviting Tenders

S r i n a g a r, J u l y 0 9 : Minister for Medical E d u c a t i o n , Yo u t h Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din reviewed the pace of works undertaken at several tertiary care hospitals of Srinagar today. The Minister reviewed works undertaken at Lal Ded, Bone & Joints, SMHS and Super Specialty Hospital, Srinagar. The Minister was told that works at these hospitals are apace and would be completed within the stipulated time. Mr. Taj asked for co ordinated efforts between the GMC and executing agencies like PWD, JKPCC, UEED etc. to achieve completion of works at these hospitals. The meeting also reviewed the status of upcoming super specialty Hospital, Srinagar. The Minister directed

preparation of project report for landscaping of the hospital complex. The Minister was told that demolition of old structures at Lal Ded Hospital has been completed and modular theatres are being readied for operationalization. Mr. Taj directed construction of multi layer parking at the Super Specialty Hospital to meet the traffic rush of coming times. He also directed completion of Sewerage Treatment Plant at the earliest at these hospitals to ensure sanitation and cleanliness. MD, JKPCC, Mr. T. R. Bhagat, S. E. R&B, Medical Superintendent, Super Specialty Hospital, Srinagar, Dr. Muhammad Amin Wani, Medical Superintendent, Lal Ded Hospital, Dr. Mushtaq and other officers were present in the meeting.

E-Tendering Fresh NIT No 30/Handwara/2013-2014 Dated: 28-06-2013

For and on behalf of the Governor, J&K State e-tenders (In Single Cover system) are invited on item rate basis from approved and eligible Contractors registered with J&K State Govt. CPWD, Railways and other State/Central Governments for the following works:S. No



Name of work

Const. Upgd. of Kenyal Dachina to Dogerpora including Lilum Waisa road by way of P/L 50mm thick Macadam with 25mm thick semidense with seal coat machine mix laid by paver in km 1st. Const. Upgd. of Galgazna Kahipora Sultanpora road by way of P/L 50mm thick Macadam with 25mm thick semidense with seal coat (Machine mix laid by paver) RD: 0-700mtr

Est. Cost (Rs. In lacs)

Cost of Tender Document

Earnest Money (in rupees)

Time of completion In days

28.00 incl. cost of tar



19.20 incl. cost of tar



Time & Date of opening of Bid

Class of contractor

Head of Account

07 days

Hot Mix Plant Holders


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Peerzada takes review of Floriculture Deptt Srinagar, July 09: Saying that the State has ample floriculture potential, Minister for Floriculture, Haj Auqaf and Public Enterprises Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed exhorted for sensitizing youth about its scope and benefits and adopting floriculture as a profession to take advantage of a flourishing industry. This was stated by the Minister while chairing a meeting convened to review the functioning of Floriculture Department here today. Minister of State for Floriculture Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi was also present in the meeting. Addressing the meeting, the Minister highlighted the importance of floriculture industry, saying that it has emerged as a fast growing industry and registered tremendous growth during the past decades, extending its ambit worldwide. He asked for encouraging commercial floriculture utilising modern techniques popular

in the sector, adding that this cash crop can give very high returns. The Minister while reviewed progress of parks and garden stressed for timely completion of all works. He also directed the concerned for mo-

schemes under floriculture sector. Taking serious note of the scarcity of irrigation water at Kaniar Park, Budgam, which has been developed on 265 kanals of land on the pattern of Mughal Gardens, the Minister said

Zabarwan Times is available at bilizing men and machinery of the department at District level for supervising, monitoring the maintenance of parks besides sensitizing the youth by organizing awareness camps and workshops regarding the benefits of

that bore-wells be also dug for augmenting the need. The Minister said that for imparting training to new entrants and upgrading Skill Development of existing Mali Staff of the Department, the existing Mali Train-

ing Institutes (MTI) of the State would be revived. The new entrants selected for the training would be provided monthly honorarium, he maintained. Peerzada directed the concerned for giving further face-lift to Mughal Gardens, Chashma Shahi and other important gardens in view of the international event “Concert for Peace” to be organised in the Month of September in which world renowned musicians are likely to participate. The meeting was informed that there are 464 parks and gardens spread over 9911 kanals of land in the state on which Rs. 2024 lakh were expended for maintenance and upkeep during last fiscal. Giving brief account of the activities of the Department, Commissioner Secretary Floriculture Mr. Farooq Ahmad Factoo said besides establishment of 38 nurseries in private sector with an expenditure of Rs. 22.16 lakh, 16 walk in cold rooms with the expenditure of Rs. 202 lakh have also been established in various districts for preservation of flowers under Rash-

Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal 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 Lone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Chadoora Bhat News Agency Magam Zargar News Agency Kunzar Srinagar, July 09: Dar News Agency Beerwah Bashir News Agency Sumbal Srinagar, July 09: Reshi News precautionary approach shall care and precaution so as Agency Safapora Saleem News Agency PattanMaintaining that ensuring be preferred to minimize the not to obstruct flight path of sustained development of the Basharat News Agency Bandipora Reyaz News Agency Pampore The Chairman, Commitexposure levels and adopt all birds and not to increase the City is one of the top priorities Altaf News Agency Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund tee on Environment of Jammu possible strict norms without radiations from towers in the of the Government, the Minisand Kashmir Legislative As- News compromising on optimum area. He urged the Agency need forSopore Jeelani Agency Baramulla G.M News ter for Rural Development and sembly Mr. M. Y. Tarigami performance of the networks. studying the impact of moShah News Agency Kupwara Sultan News Agency Handwara Panchayati Raj Mr. Ali Mohamtoday called for adequate and Mr. Tarigami called for bile towers in the State and to mad Sagar has said that mechYounis News Agency Langate Sheikh News Agency Islamabad effective measures to avoid educating the people about evolve a policy to minimize its anism Reshi News Agency Islamabad Three Way News Agency Tral to monitor the status and mitigate the impacts of the ill effects of radiations adverse impact. Legislators, of developmental initiatives radiations on human, wildlife, adding that bold Ansari, Bijbehara Turray News Agency Tral signs and Molvi Iftikar BadruHussain News Agency undertaken by Government birds and bees due to Mobile messages the dangers Mr. Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Arwani Rahi News Agencyabout Kulgam Malik News Agency has been put in place to ensure Towers adding that regular of Cell Phone Towers and asMr. A. R. Veeri, Mr. Rafi Ahmad completion within the stipuRah News Agency Byepass Shaheen News Agency Kargil auditing and monitoring of sociated radiation should be Mir, Prof. Guru Ram Bhagat,

Tarigami for assessing adverse impact of Mobile Towers

these radiations need to be conducted especially around the protected and ecological sensitive areas.Speaking at meeting convened to discuss about remedial measures to minimize adverse impact of communication towers on humans, birds and bees, Mr. Tarigami urged for observing guidelines of the expert committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to study the possible impact of communication towers on wildlife, including birds and bees. He said a

displayed in and around the structures of the towers. Mr. Tarigami asked the Telecom and Mobile authorities to consult the Environment and Forest Departments before installation of cell phone towers in an around protected areas. He said Environment and Forest departments should conduct regular awareness drive to make people aware about various norms and standards with regard to cell phone towers.He said if new towers are to be built, these should be constructed with utmost

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Mr. Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Ganie and Mr. Mohammad Yasin Shah were present in the meeting and presented their view point on the subject and sought measures for minimizing the impact. Among others, Chief Wildlife Warden Mr. A. K. Singh, Director Environment and Remote Sensing Mr. Suresh Chug, Deputy General Managar Mobile Mr. Nazir Ahmad and other officers and engineers of various departments attended the meeting.

lated time period. The Minister was interacting with the people of different localities during his extensive of Srinagar city. He was accompanied by senior officers of different departments like SMC, PDD, UEED, PHE, Irrigation, LAWDA etc. The Minister said that the people should not pay heed to the false propaganda propagated by certain forces against the government as they are real enemies of the peace and believe in politics of deceit and deception. “People should come forward and strengthen

Governor inaugurates new Computer Lab at DAPP Girls High School Srinagar, July 09: Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, has emphasized the urgent need for taking all required measures to ensure that every child goes to school and every drop-out case is suitably addressed for achieving the goal of hundred percent literacy within the shortest possible time frame. He expressed sincere hope that given the pace of development in the State this objective would be realized in the near future. The Governor was addressing the School’s Annual Day function after inaugurating a newly established Computer Lab at the Devki Arya Putri Pathshala Girls High School at Hazuri Bagh here today. The Governor referred to the Right to Education and observed that the education of children is of the highest importance, particularly of the girl child, for achieving sustained growth and development. He added that significant progress having been achieved in various spheres there is now very urgent need for one and all to join hands for ensuring that every child receives education. Referring to the Devki Arya Putri Pathshala Girls High School, which has been,

since 1910, providing education to girls, particularly those from the less-privileged segments, the Governor impressed upon the teachers and students of this institution to work hard and ensure that the pass percentage of students in the Board examinations goes upto 100% with maximum number of students securing first divisions. He reiterated his firm view that the boys and girls of J&K are highly talented and given an encouraging environment and necessary opportunities they would compete successfully with their counterparts elsewhere in the country. Referring to the various deficiencies faced by the School, as brought out by the Principal, which include demand for allotment of land for the growth of this institution, the Governor observed that this matter would be duly taken up with the Divisional Commissioner. Regarding support for the installation of power back up system in the newly established Computer Lab of the School, for which 10 Computers had been gifted by the Governor, he said that ways and means would be found to also meet this requirement, to facilitate computer education of children. He wished the management, teachers, staff

and students a bright future ahead. Earlier, on arrival at the School, the Governor was received by the management, teachers, staff and students. He was presented a Guard of Honour by the NCC Cadets of the School. He went around the Computer Lab and interacted with the concerned teachers about the computer programmes taught to the students. In her welcome address, Mrs. Veena Chandhok, Principal, Devki Arya Putri Pathshala Girls High School, thanked the Governor for taking keen interest in the development of the School and for providing all possible support to it. She expressed her gratitude to the Governor for providing ten Computers for establishing a new Computer Lab. Ms. Samina Nazia, Administrator of the School, presented a Vote of Thanks. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Mr. Saleem Beig, State Convener INTACH; Dr. Girija Dhar, Members of the Managing Committee of the School, teachers, staff and students. On this occasion, the school children presented a captivating composite cultural programme.

Gurezi directs NHPC authorities for timely completion of RRP projects Srinagar, July 09: Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi today directed the NHPC authorities to start construction

work on the resettlement colony for the displaced families of Gurez and Kralpora areas of district Bandipora affected due to Kishanganga Hydel Electric Project at Bandipora.

More than 200 families of Gurez and Kralpora have been identified in this regard. He asked the concerned authorities to develop the colony infrastructure along with all basic amenities at the

earliest. These directions were given by the Minister during a high level meeting of District administration and the NHPC authorities here today.

triya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). One flower Mandi by expending Rs. 112.71 lakh was also established at Rajbagh under RKVY with the aim to provide facilities to the progressive flower growers of marketing, preservation, cold storage and transportation of flower goods from the flower fields to Mandi, the meeting was informed. The meeting was further informed the besides successful commissioning of 10 parks on which Rs. 1155 lakh has been expended, the restoration work on 9 other important parks of the State, including Mughal Garden, is in full swing and expected to be completed soon. The work on development of 21 new parks and gardens in state would also be taken up very soon for providing recreation and stroll facilities to the people of the state for which DPRs stands prepared.The meeting also discussed threadbare the issues of illegal occupation of floriculture departmental land adjacent to Chashma Shahi, Harwan, Nishat and Shalimar Gardens, separate propagation centre for Tulip, deployment of security personnel at parks and gardens and convening of Departmental Promotion Committee.

District Development Commissioner, Bandipore, Mr. M.Y.Zargar and other officers and Engineers attended the meeting. Detailed discussions were held on upgradation of lanes and drains network in kralpora area, construction of sports stadium at Gurez, construction of Hospital at KralporaSonarwani and Guest House at Gurez. The NHPC authorities informed the meeting that the project for construction of the Guest House has been framed and forwarded to the concerned Union Ministry for accord of necessary approval. The Minister asked them to pursue the proposal vigorously and ensure that the work is started in September this year positively.

the hands of the Government which has been responsible for sustaining the peace in the State. It is due to the peaceful environs that various developmental works have been undertaken, executed and the

officers to prepare a comprehensive report for construction of parking facilities in the area and also taking up work on foot bridges. The Minister also directed the PHE officers to take im-

Minister of State for Cooperatives, Finance & Planning, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma has asked the officers of Cooperative Department to employ effective measures for recovering debts from the defaulting borrowers besides holding awareness camps at block level about the activities initiated in the State under the Cooperative Sector. The Minister was reviewing the functioning of Cooperative Units of South Kashmir at an officers meeting held today here.Registrar Cooperatives, Sudarshan Kumar Sharma, Deputy Registrar, Anantnag, Aslam-ul-Rashid besides heads of Cooperative Banks and Units operating in South Kashmir were present on the occasion. The Minister said the launching of Cooperative Movement was


March 21-April 19 Your life is taking off in many different directions, Aries. Everything seems to be expanding at once. It may be difficult to get a solid grip on any one thing. Try not to get overwhelmed. Take it one step at a time and remember to maintain a good sense of humor in every situation. Keep things light and energetic.

Taurus April 20-May 20

This is a great day for you, Taurus. There’s a terrific feeling of expansion in the air. This is one of those times in which a small germ of an idea can grow into something big right before your eyes. Projects are moving quickly, and information is being rapidly dispersed. Catch the energy and set your dreams in motion. You can accomplish a great deal if you try.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Your head and heart are working in concert today, Gemini. Things are coming together just as you expected them to. Have confidence in yourself. More than likely, you have the perfect solution to every situation. Maybe your incredible perception of the circumstances will catch someone off guard. Be prepared for some surprised reactions.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Get in touch with your vulnerable side today, Cancer. Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Realize that you can be yourself and still have a good time without needing to hog all the attention. Stabilize your mind and create space to grow. Take some of the advice that you give to others and apply it to yourself.


July 23-August 22 This is your day, Leo, so don’t let anyone take it away from you. The key will be to get a head start on whatever goals you wish to accomplish. Don’t waste time thinking about exactly how you’re going to accomplish them. Just get started. The first step is the most important. You’re grounded right now, helping you get a better handle on what it is you need to do. tourist boom is also due to this factor”, he maintained. Mr. Sagar while inspecting the pace of work on the community hall being constructed at Aabi-Nowpora directed the SMC to ensure its completion as early as possible for the general convenience of the people living in the area. While responding to the people of the area, the Minister directed the

mediate steps for addressing the water shortage in the area and asked them to redress the same within days. He said that the necessary steps to augment the water supply should also be taken for the convenience of the people. The Minister also directed the PDD officers to take necessary steps for augmentation of power supply in the areas.

Lakhanpur toll plaza to work 24x7 Srinagar, July 09: The Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo today said all arrangements have been completed to make working of Lakhanpur Toll plaza 24x7.At an interactive meeting with a delegation of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mr. Kichloo said Lakhanpur toll plaza, which remains reportedly closed from 8.30 pm to 8 am will be remain open round the clock for the convenience of the industry. This step will help in quick transportation of perishable goods besides decreasing the cost of transportation. The other issues which were discussed by the members of the CII with the Minister included exemption of entry tax on material handling equipment, import of copper scrap through cross LOC trade to get exemption from levying of import and

export duty just like other LOC trade items, VAT refund and making the Inland Container Depot (ICD) located in SIDCO complex Bari Brahmna functional. The CII members also sought application of industrial incentives to the tourism sector especially incentives like power tariff on concessional rates, income tax exemption and subsidy on generator sets.Mr. Kichloo gave a patient hearing to the CII delegates and assured that all their genuine demands would be fulfilled. He said a joint meeting of the Finance Tourism, Industries and Commerce department shall be convened shortly to sort out various common issues related to the trade and industry. He assured that the members of CII will be given due representations in industrial Advisory Boards to ensure that trade and industry is heard and their day to day issues taken care of at regular intervals of time.

Rs 2 crore provided to different Societies for their holistic development Anantnag, July 09:

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aimed to improve the socio economic status of the people, particularly living in rural areas. He said involving more and more people in the cooperative movement is the need of the hour and asked officers to inform people about the Cooperative activities in their respective areas. Dr Sharma said that Super Bazaar would be opened at every district headquarter and asked the authorities of the department to take over the management of Super Bazaar Anantnag. The Minister asked the officers to ensure timely elections of all Societies besides holding regular meetings with all the board members every two months. He said the need of the hour is to make supervision of such Societies a regular feature and providing them right guidance. Dr Sharma said that sub-

stantial achievements are not possible without sincerity and dedication of the management and asked the concerned to inspect Societies and come-up with suitable recommendations to make them viable and profitable. There should be no compromise with honesty, the Minister asserted and cautioned for stern action against dishonest and languid personnel. He asked the management of Super Bazaar to go for direct purchase from the companies as is done by Super Bazaar Jammu to minimize cost and increase profit. He said this will benefit both the consumer as well as the seller. Regarding securing the assets, the Minister asked concerned authorities to implement the provisions of agreement strictly and ensure eviction of those, who have violated the agreement provisions.


August 23-September 22

Open up and reveal more of your sensitive side, Virgo. The more willing you are to share with others, the more they will feel comfortable sharing things with you. Your head and heart are in agreement, so use this to your advantage. Ground your mind and use it to take a rational approach to your feelings. The truth of the situation will become clear.


September 23-October 23 Things should go well for you today as long as you can keep the drama to a minimum. You can jump over any hurdle in your way, so don’t worry about a thing. You have a sharp, intuitive wit about you that’s grounded in the real world. Take care of the details and plan your next big move. Clean, organize, and throw away things that no longer serve you.


October 24-November 21 You may have to bring yourself down to ground level in a rather sobering fashion, Scorpio. Maybe you’re forgetting an important piece of a goal that you’ve been shooting for. This is a good day to review your progress and deal with any details that require attention. Keep your adventurous spirit alive, but have at least one foot on solid ground.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

You have a tremendous ability to understand the inner workings of any situation. You may need to give someone a reality check to make sure they’re on the same page as you. Use your criticism constructively so you don’t alienate yourself from the people. Help to fill in the blanks in a situation that isn’t fully understood by all parties, and move the project to the next level.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Don’t say anything about someone behind his or her back that you wouldn’t want to say if the person were standing right next to you, Capricorn. Feelings are easily hurt on a day like this. People will instinctively know that you’ve been saying negative things about them. Come clean with any confessions that you might need to make toward someone you love.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

When it comes to decisions, Aquarius, do what’s best for you today. Don’t feel like you need to perform certain tasks just because of guilt over a past situation. Do things because you want to, not because you feel obligated to someone else. The only obligation you have is to you. If it’s truly your desire to help someone out, then go for it, but don’t sacrifice too much of yoursel.


February 19-March 20 It’s time to settle down from the rapid-fire activities of the past few days and retreat to a quieter state of mind. Take care of the details you failed to attend to while you were out having fun. Now is the time to turn inward and reflect. Rely on your inner reserves as opposed to your outwardly directed actions. Stay grounded and let your emotions work with your rational side.

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Wednesday, 10 July 2013

God Save the Wullar!


ammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Union Ministry of Environment to depute an expert in lakes to monitor the Wullar Conservation Project. The Ministry has prepared a project report, through Wetlands International New Delhi, for the conservation of the largest freshwater lake in Asia, located in north Kashmir. Out of Rs 30 crores to be spent each year on the lake, the State government during the last financial year has spent only Rs 17 crores. The court was informed that the lake has many problems as its depth has decreased because of siltation, besides concerns like encroachment, constructions and agricultural operations. The High Court had directed the Union Government to file a report underlining the reasons for reducing Rs 386 crores, allocated for the conversation of Wullar Lake, to mere Rs 120 crores.The Wullarlake which used to be referred as the Asia’s largest fresh water lake in yester years is no more so. Unabated encroachment going on right under the nose of Wullar-Mansbal Development Authority (WMDA) and the state forest department which are supposed to help in the conservation of the lake has played havoc. While travelling along the banks of Wullar Lake from Watlab, Sopore, towards Garoora- Sadorkoot, Bandipora one is able to see the deplorable condition of the lake. At places the lake has been filled for it to be used for agricultural purposes, while at other places after the willow trees have been planted houses are being constructed and there seems to be no one who will stop these activities. After WullarMansbal Development Authority (WMDA) was constituted a positive vibe was generated among the stakeholders and environmentalists regarding the preservation and conservation of the lake. Since then a lot of money has been spent but the ground situation has not changed much, only the number of houses on the banks has increased and the size of the lake has considerably reduced. The authorities have been denying that there is any encroachment in Wullar. But the ground realities speak for themselves. The officials of different departments are blaming each other for the mess and are trying to escape responsibilities. Conflicting statements by the top bureaucrats of the government give rise to serious questions regarding the functioning and collaboration of the different governmental departments. If the people who are supposed to work together towards the conversation and restoration of the Wullar have no idea what is going on or who is supposed to do what then who will take it upon themselves. Government of J&K had engaged renowned international agency named Wetland International to chalk out the strategy for the conservation of the Wullar Lake. The Wetland International- South Asia submitted its final report to the government of J&K in June 2007. The report had recommended the establishment of Wullar Development Authority.Wullar-Manasbal Development Authority (WMDA), which was constituted in 1996 to look after two lakes: Wullar and Manasbal. The experts are of the opinion that WMDA did some appreciable work in restoring ManasbalLake but could not do much in case of Wullar. The report had also asked for the relocation of the bank dwellers so that further deterioration of the lake can be stopped and its restoration speeded up. On contrary the construction of new houses along the banks is going on unabated which raises serious questions regarding the functioning of the WMDA and the forest department. The central government has also given hints that it is not satisfied with the work of the state government with regards to the restoration and conservation of the Wullar Lake. Union Secretary for Environment and Ecology had come to Kashmir to take first-hand account of the progress of different Centrally funded Schemes including the Rs. 386 crore Action Plan for Wullar Construction and Management Projection. After visiting the Wullarlakehe expressed his displeasure with the progress of work. It has been around nine months since the visit but nothing seems to have changed on the ground. The Centre is showing great concern regarding the deteriorating condition of the Wullar lake, which is at the centre stage of the India’s foreign policy towards Pakistan, but the State government seems to be in a deep slumber and the bureaucracy only seem to be good in devising ways of skimming off their shares from these centrally funded schemes. With such being the affairs of the state how can we expect them to be bothered about saving the Wullar?



Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Pir-Panjal Railway Tunnel - Gate Way to Kashmir Valley


he Indian Railway added another feather in its cap with the historic milestone of connecting Kashmir Valley with the Jammu region. The Prime Minister dedicated the newly constructed railway line between Banihal (Jammu region) – Qazigund (Kashmir valley) section and flagged off the first DEMU train from Banihal through the Pir Panjal tunnel- the longest transportation tunnel of India, from Banihal

Railway station on 26th June 2013. On commissioning of this section, the first rail link has been established between the Jammu Region and Kashmir Valley providing all weather connectivity with significantly reduced travel time through the Pir Panjal mountains. This is an alternative connection between the two regions for the Jawahar Tunnel too,which is often snow bound during the winter months. With this section the distance between Banihal-Qazigund section has been reduced to 17.7 kms by railway line instead of 35 kms long road length. With the completion of this section the Kashmir Valley has come a step closer to being connected to the remaining Indian Railway network, signifying the dedication and resolution of Northern Railway in providing rail connectivity to the farthest corners under its jurisdiction.

Ircon International Ltd., a PSU under the Ministry of Railways, has been the principal executing agency for Northern Railway to execute the work of DharamQazigund Section of USBRL Project through an agreement signed in 2004 which includes planning, survey,design and construction of the entire project. The Kashmir Valley railway is a 119 km long modern railway line that became completely operational in October 2009. So far it is an island railway, not yet

connected to the Indian Railway network. It connects Baramula in the western part of Kashmir to Qazigund at the other end of the Valley, via Srinagar. The extension of this railway line beyond the Pir Panjal mountains in to the Jammu region provides connectivity between the new railway section Qazigund-Banihal. On 28th December, 2012, the first trial run train was operated on this section which is 17.7 kms long, of this 6.5 km is on cutting and embankment including bridges. This section mostly consists of a 11.2 km long, Tunnel T-80 which pierces through the Pir Panjal range, providing a direct rail connection between the Kashmir Valley and Jammu region. About 11,78,500 cubic meters of earthwork in cutting and filling has been done. The maximum depth of cutting on this section is 15.20 meters and maximum height of embankment is 16.70 meters. 39 bridges

have also been constructed in this section which include two major bridges, 30 minor bridges and 7 Road Over Bridges/Road Under Bridges. The total expenditure of Rs. 1691.00 cr. has been incurred by the railways to complete this section.Pir Panjal Railway Tunnel (Tunnel T-80) has been provided the State of the Art systems with CCTV cameras at every 62. 5 m, linear fire detection system, fire fighting system with fire hydrants at every 125 m, emergency telephone with communication to control room at every 250 m, fire extinguishers and fire alarm at every 250 m, air quality monitoring system at every 500 m, escape route signs to guide the shortest escape route in emergency at every 50 m, emergency lighting and normal lighting and public address system. A 3.0 m wide road along the track for rescue and maintenance purpose has been constructed with a 772.0 m long escape tunnel to provide additional escape route. Tunnel ventilation system has been provided which consists of 25 fans along the tunnel, installed in the ceiling of tunnel in groups of 5 each. Falling in difficult and mountainous terrain, the State of Jammu & Kashmir has always been a challenge to transportation providers. Other factors which increase the difficulty in providing modes of mass transportation is that the area is geologically unstable, prone to tremors and earthquakes, with deep gorges alternating steep between rocky mountains. For any construction activity, the weather is quite inclement too. Long months of incessant rains and heavy snow can put life on hold for many. But there is a positive fall out of this difficulty too. The residents of these areas have evolved fine traditions in handicrafts in the periods of being home bound and have made established themselves as the finest craftsmen in the

world. Northern Railway has worked in these circumstances and has created the most modern railway line in the Kashmir Valley which provides economical, all weather connectivity. This is something the residents appreciate, especially when other facilities grind to a halt in deep snow. While building this railway line, Northern Railway have to cope with the difficult terrain, geology and the weather. Since it was found to be imperative to complete this railway line at the earliest, construction was started simultaneously at different sites and as the stretch in the Kashmir valley rail link was completed before the rail link which would connect it to the remaining Indian Railway network, all rolling stock and other equipments required for construction and running of trains was transported by road and reassembled once it had reached there. But the result is gratifying. The commissioning of this section would help realize about 114 year old dream of connecting Jammu region with Kashmir valley. It was Maharaja Pratap Singh who first explored the possibility of connecting Jammu to Kashmir Valley with a Railway Line way back in 1898.

Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan will Bolster State Election Commissions


he State Election Commissions constituted under Part IX and Part IXA of the Constitution of India have functions, responsibilities and authority to conduct elections to Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies at par with the Election Commission of India. However, the institutions of State Election Commissions have not been strengthened to the extent of the Election Commission of India. This strengthening is central to conducting free, fair and regular elections to the Local Self Governments. An initiative in this direction was the setting up of a Task Force by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to suggest measures for strengthening the institution of the State Election Commissions. The Task Force submitted its Report on 14th October, 2011. The Standing Committee of State Election Commissioners gave their views on 9th December, 2011. Some of the important recommendations given by the Standing Committee as accepted by Ministry of Panchayati Raj are: · The State Election Commission (SEC) should be authorized under Law to notify the dates to conduct elections, enforcement of codes of conduct, filing of nomination, withdrawal of nomination, scrutiny, final list of candidates etc. The SEC shall appoint polling personnel either by itself or by delegated authorities. · SECs should be given the status of a High Court Judge. They should also have the salary, allowances, perquisites and all serving/retirement benefits of a High Court Judge. · The tenure of SEC should be for five / six years or upto 65 years of age whichever is earlier and without any provision for extension. · Personnel from Public Sector Undertakings and Central Government offices located in the State should be drafted for conducting Panchayat

elections and in view of the law and order issues, sometimes encountered during the Panchayat elections, central paramilitary forces as in the case of Assembly and Parliamentary elections may be deployed. · SECs should have the flexibility to utilize funds as per their priorities without having to seek approval of the Finance Department of the State Government in every instance. In case of elections, the freeze on non-plan expenditure enforced in the months of February and March should not be applied to SECs and funds of SECs should not lapse at the end of the financial year, as in the case of government departments, as this causes serious difficulties for elections organized in April and May. · In 12th Five Year Plan, the State Election Commissions should be given a grant from the proposed scheme of Panchayat Shashaktikaran Abhiyan (PSA) if the following conditions are satisfied at least by the second year of the Plan: The State Election Commissioner must be full time; He should have a tenure of five / six years or up to 65 years of age whichever is earlier; There should be no provision for extensions; The protection given to the SEC under Article 243K must be available under the state law or rules governing the State Elections Commissions; the SEC must have the status of a High Court Judge. · Allocations for SEC including expenditure on conduct of local self body elections and on administrative expenses should be clearly provided in the States’ main budget, since the period when general election is due is known in advance and SECs should have the flexibility to divert funds between different heads of accounts while incurring election-related expenditure. They should have the flexibility for procurement etc. similar to ECI norms.

· Release of funds from Central Finance Commission can be recommended if the conditions like the structure of SEC recommended above and also the following conditions: Panchayats and Municipalities should not be superseded en masse; There must be at least one third reservation for women: Constitution of State Finance Commission; Both direct and indirect elections should be through SECs. · The SECs should call for Observers for elections to Panchayats and Municipalities from the Government of India through Ministries of Panchayati Raj, Urban Development and DoPT who shall work under the supervision and control of the SECs, as is the case with the Election Commission of India. · SECs should be vested with powers for delimitation of wards, reservation of seats and their rotation. The policy of delimitation should, however, rest with the State Government. Some of the states like West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, and Uttarakhand have already given the status of High Court Judge to the State Election Commissioners. It is heartening to see that a State like Mizoram which was not required to have State Election Commission to conduct elections to Village Councils and District Councils has now constituted a State Election Commission and has vested these powers with it. In order to strengthen the Pahchayati Raj system and also to address critical gaps that constrain it, Ministry of Panchayati Raj has formulated the Scheme, Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikran Abhiyan (RGPSA) which will be implemented during the Twelfth Five Year Plan period. RGPSA aims to enable States to strengthen their Panchayati Raj systems in their context by choosing from among a menu of

activities. States would have access to funds on the basis of perspective and annual plans prepared under the scheme. States would be required to fulfill the following essential conditions for accessing to funds: · Regular elections to panchayats or urban local bodies under the superintendence of SEC · 1/3 reservation for women in panchayats or other local bodies · Constitution of State Finance Commission(SFC) every five years and placement of Action Taken Report (ATR) on the recommendations of the SFC in the state Assembly · Constitution of District Planning Committees in all districts RGPSA will provide performance linked funds from 2014-15 onwards. Activities that would be supported under RGPSA include: Strengthening of State Election Commission; Administrative and Technical Support at the Gram Panchayat level; Construction /renovation of Gram Panchayat Buildings; Capacity Building and Training of Elected Representatives and Functionaries; Institutional Structure for Training at State, District & Block level; E-enablement of Panchayats, etc. The funding of RGPSA for State plans is envisaged on a 75:25 sharing basis by the Central and State Governments respectively. For NE States, the ratio will be 90:10. Gross Budgetary support of Rs. 6437 crore has been allocated by the Planning Commission for 12th Five Year Plan period, out of which Rs. 6200 crore is proposed to be spent as Central share for Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan. The schemes of Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Yojana(RGSY), ePanchayat, Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Incentive Scheme(PEAIS) and Panchayat Mahila Evam Yuva Shakti Abhiyan (PMEYSA) will be subsumed in RGPSA from 2013-14.

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How often should you eat?

He learnt to swallow all over againHave tea, cucumber sandwich to beat the heatWhat fuels kids’ soda and junk food intakeBest fruits for diabeticsWhat you should feed your hair Three meals a day or eight? TOI speaks to experts who seem to have contrary opinions. In our race to be the biggest loser, most of us go after different diets. The trusted and age-old three-meals-a-day concept works for some, while others swear by the newage eight-meals-a-day. Most of us have been brought up on the notion that having untimely in-between meal snacks, is one of the major causes of weight gain. Of late, however, a number of trainers, nutritionists and dieticians have come up with the 'sixto-eight-meals-a-day' plan. And many Bollywood actors and actresses claim that following such diets have made them the biggest losers. They believe that in-between snacks help them stay slim and this regular intake also boosts metabolism. However, there are health gurus and trainers who believe that eating too many meals may just work against you and increase your weight. Read on to find out what the experts have to say...

Eat six to eight meals a day

Eat to burn! This can be one of the easiest and most reliable ways to ensure fat loss. Digestion itself is a calorie-burning activity. For every calorie you ingest, your body uses some to burn what you are eating. The question is, how do you make this wonderful feature of your body work for you? This is the essential principle behind the practice of frequent eating where eating at shorter intervals (six to eight meals a day or more!) enables your body to use more calories to aid digestion. When you constantly provide fuel to your body, it means you are also tickling your body to work. Keep working, keep burning. This is called the thermogenic effect of food and it is not only an incredibly smart way of losing weight, it also helps you increase your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate). I like to call this the Internal Workout — be-

cause by continually making it work for digestion, you're giving your body a workout. And while you may not be able to see the furious digestive activity going on in your body at any point in time, trust me, your body is working way harder than if you eat at longer intervals (three-to-four meals a day). - says Pooja Makhija, Consulting Nutritionist and Clinical Dietitian

More meals means less stored fat

Eating six to eight meals a day rather than three, is better because it boosts metabolism, controls blood sugar levels and helps in weight management. Consuming three meals increases the likelihood that one will start an exercise regime with a low blood sugar level. For instance, if we eat lunch around noon, generally our second meal of the day, we would not have much energy for an optimal, calorie-burning workout in the evening. On the other hand, if we follow a six-meala-day plan and have a small meal around noon and another meal around 3 pm, our blood sugar level would be more stable, providing us with more energy for our workout. Cortisol, a hormone, breaks down body fat. However, if we eat a large, high-calorie meal, cortisol is produced in large quantities, but transports the fat from under the skin to deep within the abdominal cavity. This increases the risk of chronic diseases including abdominal obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Incorporating a six-meal-a-day plan into one's routine decreases the magnitude of cortisol production. Eating within 30 minutes of every exercise session enables our muscles to maximally replenish the glucose we used during the workout. Consuming another meal two hours after the post-workout meal further enhances post-exercise recovery and replenishment. Eating every three-to-four hours can ward off hunger and prevent binges that lead to

weight gain. It also maintains metabolism and can help regulate proper digestion to prevent gastrointestinal discomfort. When people consume the same number of calories in one single daily meal rather than three, they show significant increase in blood pressure, total cholesterol levels and levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol. Eight meals increase our energy levels, accelerate muscle growth, and speed up our metabolism without storing fat. In fact, frequent eating will actually allow us to eat up to 50 per cent more calories without storing an ounce of it as fat. - says Dr Shikha Sharma, MBBS Doctor and Wellness Expert Follow your hunger, don't eat mechanically It is very important to understand the circadian rhythm of the body. As per our ancient science, Ayurveda, it is all about appropriate time for appropriate food in appropriate quantity.It is also important to understand that the body needs time to utilise the fuels released from our food. Our body has its own natural rhythm which is as follows: - 12 pm to 8 pm is the ideal period for human digestive capability. So, most nutrients must be consumed at this time.- 8 pm to 4 am is assimilation time, where the body begins to slow down.- 4 am to 12 pm is elimination time/detox time, if you are following a proper and disciplined lifestyle. The body's digestive process slows down after sunset as the energy on that side of the earth is ebbing. So, all the food eaten post sunset becomes difficult to digest. The later you eat, you must make sure to choose your food sensibly. The thumb rule of eating small meals six to seven times a day, which occidental science suggests is rooted only in the shallow system of addressing the BMR / calorie counting. Even the book Fit For Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond suggests the vedic principles of food discipline. Always remember, to never eat by the rule of the thumb. Go by the bio-feedback and follow your hunger needs. Hunger is the need of the body, and appetite for more meals, is

Sweet potatoes: A good carb food for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. They can be used in a wide variety of dishes, both savory and sweet, and pair well with cinnamon, honey, lime, ginger, coconut and nutmeg. Enjoy them in desserts, breads and muffins, puddings and custards and casseroles. They also take to Indian curries and vegetable side dishes quite well.

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Sweet potatoes have a slightly lower carbohydrate content than regular potatoes. One medium potato contains 26 grams of carbohydrates, while one medium sweet potato contains 23 grams of carbohydrates.


Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber as other types of potatoes. Contributing close to 7 grams of fiber per serving. The high fiber content gives them a 'slow burning quality'. Which means their caloric energy is used more slowly and efficiently than a low-fiber carbohydrate.

Vitamins and potassium

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of potassium and vitamin C,

B6, riboflavin, copper, pantothetic acid and folic acid. A medium sweet potato has 28% more potassium than a banana.

Water content

The high amount of water that is found in sweet potatoes helps you lose weight. Like fiber, water takes up a lot of room in your stomach. Therefore, eating foods that contain high amounts of water makes you feel full and will prevent overeating and snacking between meals.

Choosing the right one

Check for sweet potatoes with no cracks or bruises. Keep them in a cool, dark, well-ventilated place, and handle them with care. They should keep for about two weeks. Once cooked, sweet potatoes can be stored

Quick recipe for sweet potato wedges

Remember the potato wedges that top our list of comfort foods? Well, sweet poatato is the best replacement and a healthy option too! Preheat the oven, and add a teaspoon of olive oil or any other oil of your choice (except an oil that has saturated fat - for a healthier snack) on medium heat in a small saucepan. Cut the sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1 1/2-inch-thick wedges and place in a large bowl. Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Toss gently. Cook until done. A second option is to arrange the wedges on a large baking sheet in a single layer. Bake on high 20-40 minutes, turning once, or until softened and lightly browned. Season with salt and pepper.

the greed of the body. Eating mechanically should never be the case. Eat with awareness as you are not only consuming cosmic energy but cosmic intelligence too. - says Mickey Mehta, Holistic Health Guru

Our body was always accustomed to being fed at regular intervals

There is this common perception that I have come up with this radical idea of multiple meals a day. But most of us, apart from the three main meals, have always eaten in between, just that we never thought of those as "meals", a terminology of the new age nutrition. By default, the body was and is accustomed to being fed at regular intervals as evident in newborn babies who need to be fed constantly. At the basic physiological level, this ensures a steady level of blood sugar in our body and sends a signal that 'all is well' and it can continue with its regular processes. On the other hand, not eating for long hours sends the body into a state of panic and it reacts by converting food into fat for any eventuality (read — scarcity of food). The act of eating often during the day can only happen when communication is established with the stomach, the biggest diet guru on earth. This process is facilitated by the four principles of eating right. Eating as soon as we are awake kickstarts our metabolic rate and signals our bodies that our nightly fast is broken. Tea, coffee, or any other stimulant, does the exact opposite by suppressing the signals of hunger. Eating at regular intervals post this reassures our bodies that nourishment is readily available and that it no longer has to convert every meal into future fuel i.e. fat. Eating more when we are more active and less when less active will happen naturally once we are in tune with our appetite. Everybody is unique so we can't standardise the

number of meals a day. For most of us there is the call of hunger every two-three hours. It is up to us whether we want to listen to it or ignore it.Of course, as all good things come to an end, eating the last meal of the day a few hours prior to bedtime allows our body to digest and assimilate all the nutrients it needs before focusing on its essential function of recovery during our sleep. If the last meal is too heavy or eaten too close to bedtime, the body will be unable to carry out its recovery and thus will leave us feeling uncomfortable the next day. - says Rujuta Diwekar Celebrity nutritionist and author 'Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism' is utter nonsense London-based personal trainer Venice A Fulton negates the notion of six-to-eight meals a day and says that one should only eat three good meals a day and no in-between snacks. In his book Six weeks to OMG: Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends. Venice (real name Paul Khanna), claims he can help you lose upto around 10 kgs in six weeks. Venice states that the belief — "each time we eat we boost our metabolism and our chances of losing weight' — is wrong and just wishful thinking". He adds that our snacks have become meals and we eat more than we realise during the in-between-meal times. There is no point in eating six or more times a day because just sticking to three meals also controls our appetite as it releases leptin (a chemical that tells our brain we are full). Venice says in an interview on a video-sharing website, "The belief 'breakfast kickstarts you metabolism' is utter nonsense", and goes on to state that metabolism begins the moment you wake up. A cold bath or shower in the morning helps burn calories too. - says Venice A Fulton, Personal Trainer and author Why no more than three meals - You will end up in the toilet more often. - You will be fatter because your in-between snacks may be much bigger.

Top 6 survival skills for diabetes How moisturisers affect your skinHow to prevent diabetes-related foot problemsScreen children too for diabetes'No smoking' campaigns could have opposite effectWatch for the noise levels at Diwali Diabetes affects millions of people and is a very serious lifelong health problem. However, keeping diabetes in control is a difficult task as more than half of the care for diabetes is self driven. This makes it important to be self-aware, and skilled in these care methods. Today, on World Diabetes Day 2012, Ms. Sunita Pathania - Sr. Registered Dietician and Diabetes Educator, Healthy Living Diet Clinic, Mumbai, shares a few steps to help you manage diabetes better. Survival step 1: Diabetes and its treatment Diabetes is a condition that causes high blood sugar. It cannot be completely cured but it can definitely be managed. There are basically two types of diabetes, the first being Type 1 diabetes, wherein the body's immune system destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Due to low insulin level, it is treated with daily insulin injections and a healthy diet. The second type is Type 2 diabetes, here the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or

does not use insulin efficiently. It is treated by implementing a diet modification, exercise plan or oral medication. Survival step 2: Time-to-time medication Medicines and injections are very important to manage your diabetes level. Whichever medicines your doctor prescribes for you, take detailed information about its dosage, and follow it the way advised by your doctor. Whenever you make any appointment with any healthcare professional, take the list of all the medicines you have been advised to manage your diabetes level, to avoid any medicinal complications. Survival step 3: The right FOOD You need to take heed to what you eat to manage diabetes. Follow a diet planned for you by your dietician to maintain your weight and to lower

your blood sugar. Never skip meals and eat three small meals to keep blood sugar level in control. Survival step 4: Self-tests Testing your blood sugar is the next important thing to do. This will give your healthcare the necessary information required so that he can balance between your diet, physical activity and medications accordingly. If your blood sugar falls below 70 or is above 240 more than two times ina week then call your doctor. Survival step 5: High and low blood sugar An unbalanced blood sugar level can lead to serious complications. If your blood sugars are low (less than 70) treat it immediately with 15 grams of carbohydrates like 3-4 glucose tablets, ½ juice or 1 cup skimmed milk. After this wait for 15 minutes and retest your blood sugar level. If it is still low then treat it again with 15 grams of carbohydrate. Whereas, if you have high blood sugar level, then test your blood sugar every 4 hours, drink at least 8 glasses of water to prevent dehydration and consume 45-50 grams of carbohydrates every four hours. Examples of 45-50 grams of carbohydrates are orange or grape juice 1 ½ cups, canned fruit 1 ½ cups, toast 3 slice and regular yoghurt 1 cup.

How smoking affects motherhood How are prebiotics different from probiotics?Math anxiety can cause painChronic kidney disease can kill at any ageParalysed at thirty sixAll you need to know about bandages We all know that smoking causes many health problems. However, the sad truth is that, in spite of being aware of all these warnings, people still smoke. The earlier belief of a smoker only harms himself/herself no longer holds true. Second-hand smoke is just as dangerous, if not more, than first-hand smoke. Further, when women smoke, they not only harm themselves and their friends and family around them, but also the unborn baby who has yet to see life. According to a research, smoking during pregnancy not only affects a growing baby, but also that baby's children. Today, we ask Dr. Keya Lahiri - Chief Pediatrician at Dr. D.Y. Patil Hospital, Mumbai, some questions about how smoking affects motherhood. How does smoking affect an unborn child when a pregnant woman smokes? An unborn child in the womb relies on the mother for its food, nutrients and oxygen in order to develop and grow healthy before the birth. The placenta is the tissue that connects the foetus to its mother and from where it receives all it needs for its proper growth

and development while it is in the mother's womb.But, when an expecting mother breathes in tobacco smoke from a cigarette, some of the chemicals are exhaled immediately and leave the body, but others stay in the body and make their way into the placenta. The unborn child not only inhales the mainstream smoke that the mother breathes in from the cigarette and which remains in her body, but also inhales any secondhand smoke that is in the air. This means that the growing foetus is negatively affected by two different types of smoke. Once the baby is born, it would no longer be affected by the mainstream smoke that the mother inhales, however if the mother continues to smoke, the child will suffer the effects of secondhand smoke and become a passive smoker itself. What happens to the foetus when a pregnant woman smokes? On smoking several things happen. Firstly, there is a reduced supply of oxygen, due to the increase of nicotine and carbon monoxide in the mother's bloodstream. This means that there is less oxygen available to the baby, as the harmful substances replace it. The baby will begin to move slower after the mother has smoked a cigarette and the baby's heart will have to work faster, as it tries

to breathe in more oxygen. Consequently, its breathing and movement will be altered. In other words it will suffer unnecessary stress. Nicotine, not only reduces the amount of oxygen but also constricts the blood vessels in the mother's side of the placenta, thus preventing the blood supply, oxygen and the necessary amount of nutrients and food from reaching the baby, which will result in the slow growth of the foetus. To maintain normal blood vessels, smokers need three times the intake of folic acid and twice the intake of vitamin C as nonsmokers. Lower vitamin C levels are associated with weakened amniotic membranes containing less collagen leading to premature rupture of the membranes and early delivery. As a result the foetus will not develop or grow as well as it should and this can lead to the birth of a low-weight baby and all the risks and complications that would follow after its birth. A low-weight baby is more likely to be placed in intensive care once it has been born. Not only this, once the mother has given birth, she will cut off the supply of nicotine to her child and shortly the baby will begin to suffer the effects of nicotine withdrawal. What are the effects of smoking on the mother and the pregnancy?

Smoking throughout pregnancy does affect both mother and child and can lead to complications that could have been prevented had the mother stopped smoking. Given below is a list of possible pregnancy complications: Ectopic pregnancy - this can be life-threatening for the mother and can lead to difficulties in becoming pregnant again. In an ectopic pregnancy, the egg usually becomes implanted in one of the fallopian tubes and begins to grow there. In the majority of cases, this type of pregnancy will never result in the live birth of a child, as there is not enough room for the baby to grow fully, and the cells must be removed as soon as the ectopic pregnancy is diagnosed by either an injection of drugs or by surgery. Foetal death - this is when the baby is still a foetus (less than 28 weeks) and dies in the uterus. Maternal smoking has been linked to the death of 5 - 10% of all foetal and neonatal deaths. Stillbirth and death of the baby in the first week - A condition known by the name of SIDS is quite common among infants. This is sudden infants' death syndrome. This risk is increased by a third if the mother smokes. Miscarriage - the risk of suffering a miscarriage is increased by 25% for a smoker.

Placenta previa - the placenta lies extremely low in the uterus and block or covers the opening of the cervix. This can result in a difficult delivery and puts the mother's and baby's life at risk. Early detachment of the placenta from the wall of the uterus before delivery, which could result in heavy bleeding. Increase of heart rate and blood pressure in the mother due to the effects of the nicotine. Blood clots Vomiting Vaginal bleeding Thrush Urinary tract infections Premature rupture of the membranes, which may lead to a premature birth as well as infection. Lack of necessary vitamins and folic acid. Decreased lung function of the developing baby, caused by the nicotine that crosses the placenta to the foetus and alters the cells of the unborn child's developing lungs. Premature birth, which could result in a lowweight baby. Full-term babies are healthier and stronger. Going into labour prematurely is twice as common in smokers than it is in non-smokers. The risks are even higher if the mother is still smoking throughout the latter half of her pregnancy.


7 SRINAGAR Wednesday, 10 July ,2013

UPA failed to tackle terror, says BJP

Suspecting the role of home grown sleeper modules of terror groups in Mahabodhi temple blasts, Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday lashed out at the United Progressive Alliance government for “totally failing” in tackling terror and accused it of linking the nation’s security with “vote bank politics“. BJP president Rajnath Singh, who visited Bodh Gaya along with senior leaders Arun Jaitley and Ravishankar Prasad, demanded a thorough probe into the incident and urged the Centre to show “firm will” to fight the menace of terror. Both Mr. Singh and Mr. Jaitley

also alluded to the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, which has led to some sort of a CBI-versus IB face off and triggered speculation that probe findings in the “fake encounter” case could reach to Narendra Modi’s door. “UPA government has linked the security of the nation to the politics of vote bank. A lack of concern by UPA government is being seen over the need for security measures. They are showing (people belonging to) organisations like LeT as martyrs and exposing the security apparatus of the country,” Mr. Jaitley said. Maintaining that there should be full coordination between the

intelligence and the investigating agencies in the country, the BJP president rued “today the IB and CBI are at loggerheads.” “This happened because the Congress-led central government has been misusing the central agencies. There should be maximum possible coordination between agencies like the CBI and IB to fight terrorism,” he said. He said the Congress-led UPA government should take action to free the country from terrorism. UPA government has totally failed in this job, he charged. “We cannot deny that this kind of incident would have been carried out by the sleeper modules, which are in India, at the behest of the international terror groups. The matter should be thoroughly probed,” Mr. Singh said. Though Mr. Singh and Mr. Jaitley refrained from attacking Bihar government over the issue, they demanded that facts including whether specific intelligence inputs were given to the state or not should be brought in public domain. Noting that it is not within the capacity of any one state to fight the challenge of terrorism or Maoist menace and the central government comes in the picture here, Mr. Singh said, “May be specific intelligence was not given.”

He was asked whether he holds the Nitish government responsible for the incident. However, “if the input was given, both Centre and state should be have jointly ensured the security of Buddhist shrines in the country.” Mr. Jaitley said whenever such an incident happens, it does reflect the failure of the establishment and hence “all facts should come in public domain. Who is responsible for it? Specific intelligence inputs were given or not.” The BJP president refused to comment on Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh’s remarks that blasts at Bodh Gaya occurred a day after Mr. Modi addressed party workers in Bihar and wondering whether there was a connect. Noting that his party does not want to engage in any politics on the issue, Mr. Singh said, “BJP wishes a comprehensive plan should be there so that we can face all kinds of terror attacks, be it biological, chemical and cyber terror attack”. He said the BJP has always assured the UPA government of its support on the issues like terrorism as “there is no difference on fighting terrorism and Maoist menace”.

Weakness of Centre is emboldening Maoists: Mamata

The weakness of the government at the Centre is emboldening the Maoists, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told a rural poll rally at Lalgarh in Jangalmahal on Monday. “Why should Maoists be entering West Bengal from Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam and Odisha? The Centre needs to be more responsible in curbing Maoist infiltration into the State,” Ms. Banerjee said. She also said that her life was under threat from the extremists. “Whenever I come to Jangalmahal, I get threats that the Maoists are planning to kill me. If the Centre was strong, they [the extremists] could not have conspired in such a way.” The Trinamool Congress chairperson also accused the CPI (M) of joining hands with the Maoists, alleging that they, along with the Congress and the BJP had formed a pact against her party. “We will bring back peace in Jangalmahal. Those who have disrupted peace here have now come together. The politics of terror and murder cannot win people’s hearts,” Ms. Banerjee said. She also appealed to the people of Lal-

Solar panel scam: No change Fodder scam: SC stays trial in government, says Antony court from delivering verdict

KOCHI: Coming out in support of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Congress leader AK Antony on Tuesday ruled out any change in the state government on the solar panel scam issue. Antony said the opposition CPI(M) led Left Democratic Front has been making

allegations against the Chief Minster, which has crossed the "lakshman rekha". "There is no political crisis in the state. None need to think that there will be a change of government', the Defence Minister, who was in Kerala to attend the funeral of his sister at Alapuzha, told reporters here. "When the solar allegations cropped up, the government had ordered investigation. Let the investigation be over. There are laws and courts. The investigation process is going on. Now the opposition is unleashing violence and trying to force the Chief Minister to resign. That will not happen. There is no political crisis", he said. The funeral of Sister Infant Teresa (80), eldest sister of Antony, was conducted on Monday.

2G scam: Karuna's wife seeks exemption from appearing as a witness New Delhi: Former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal, a crucial witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, on Monday approached Supreme Court (SC) seeking exemption from appearing as a witness in the case on medical grounds. Dayalu said that she is suffering from Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Dementia, hence cannot travel to Delhi. The CBI had submitted a list of prosecution witnesses to be called for recording of their statements in the case before Special CBI judge OP Saini. According to the list, Dayalu had been named in the CBI's second chargesheet in 2011 as a prosecution witness. As promoters of Kalaignar TV, Dayalu had 60 per cent and her daughter had Kanimozhi 20 per cent stake. Kanimozhi, is facing trial along with former telecom minister A Raja among others. Besides Raja, Sharad Kumar, former Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary RK Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Limited MD Sanjay Chandra, three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) - Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair - are facing trial in the case. Karunanidhi's wife Dayalu Ammal had been named in the CBI's second chargesheet in 2011 as a prosecution witness. Directors of Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt Ltd Asif Balwa and Rajiv Agarwal and Bollywood producer Karim Morani are also accused in the case. Besides these 14 accused persons, three telecom firms - Swan Telecom Pvt Ltd (STPL), Reliance Telecom Ltd and Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Ltd - are facing trial in the case.

In an interim relief to former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, the Supreme Court on Tuesday restrained a special CBI court in Jharkhand from pronouncing its verdict on July 15, in a fodder case involving the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief. A bench headed by Justice P. Sathasivam agreed to hear Mr. Yadav’s plea alleging that the special CBI judge P.K. Singh is biased against him as the judge is a relative of P.K. Shahi, the Education Minister in the Nitish Kumar government. The bench said that the issue raised by Mr. Yadav “requires our examina-

tion whether the allegation is correct or not” and issued notice to CBI which is the prosecuting agency in the case.It said, “If CBI says there is no bias then we would dismiss the petition.” The bench granted two weeks time to CBI and the State of Jharkhand to respond on Mr. Yadav’s petition and posted the matter

for hearing on July 23. Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for the RJD chief, said that there is apprehension of bias as the judge is related to a minister in the government of Nitish Kumar, “who is his (Yadav’s) biggest political enemy.” Mr. Yadav approached the apex court after the Jharkhand High Court, on July 1, dismissed his plea to transfer the case to another special CBI court from that of Special CBI Judge P.K. Singh. The case pertains to alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs. 37.7 crore from Chaibasa Treasury in the 1990s.

SC slams Centre for not framing policy to curb acid sale NEW DELHI, JULY 9: The Supreme Court today slammed the Centre for not being “serious” about framing a policy to curb sale of acid in order to prevent acid attack cases. A bench headed by Justice R. M. Lodha said people are dying everyday due to acid attacks but the Centre has failed to frame a policy despite assurances given by it on the last hearing on April 16. “Seriousness is not seen on the part of the Government in handling the issue,” the bench said, while granting one week’s time as a last opportunity to the Centre to frame a policy in consultation with the State Governments. “People are dying, but you are not worried about it. Think of people who are losing their lives everyday. Girls are being attacked everyday in different parts of the country,” the bench said. It also said, “with heavy heart this court had passed order in April, but the Government failed to come out with any scheme to curb sale of acid in the market.” The bench made it clear that if the Centre fails to come out with such a scheme on the next date of hearing, July 16, then it would pass orders. On April 16, the apex court had said it will wait for the Centre and the State Governments to explore ways to regulate sale of acid for domestic use before it imposes a ban on the chemical. Earlier, on February 6, the court had directed the Centre to convene in six weeks a meeting of the Chief Sec-

CBI court rejects bail of accused cop in Ishrat Jahan case A special court rejected the bail plea of a suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police N.K. Amin in which he had contented that the chargesheet filed by CBI in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case was incomplete.Additional chief judicial magistrate S.H. Khutwad of the special CBI court rejected the application, saying that the applicant had filed default bail plea within 90 days whereas, according to section 167 (2) of CrPC, the default bail plea has to be filed after 90 days and that too, in case the chargesheet is not filed. But, in this case, the chargesheet has been filed within 90 days. So the




argument that the filed chargesheet was incomplete does not survive, the court observed.Amin, who was arrested in the 2004 fake encounter case of Ishrat and three others on April 4, had filed a bail application on July 4, saying that as CBI filed an incomplete chargesheet, he should be given bail.CBI filed the chargesheet against seven police officers, including Amin, accusing them of murder and criminal conspiracy in the encounter killing of 19-year-old college girl Ishrat Jahan, Javed Sheikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Zeeshan Johar and Amjad Ali Rana.CBI, in its charge

sheet, had said that the encounter was fake and carried out jointly by the Gujarat Police and IB.As per the CBI chargesheet, Amin, alongwith Tarun Barot, had abducted Ishrat and Javed Shaik from Vasad toll booth in Anand district two days prior to their killings.He is also accused of firing shots on Ishrat, Javed and two alleged Pakistani nationals Johar and Rana on the outskirts of Ahmedabad where they were killed in an alleged staged encounter.Amin is also an accused in the Sohrabuddin Shaikh encounter case.Earlier, five accused in Ishrat case, including suspended police officers G.L. Singhal, Tarun Barot, J.G. Parmar, Bharat Patel and Anaju Chaudhary, were granted default bail‫۔‬

garh to refrain from casting a single vote to any of the independent candidates. “These candidates are taking money from both the CPI(M) and the Congress,” she alleged. Without mentioning her, Ms. Banerjee also criticised State Election Commissioner Mira Pande for her role in deciding the panchayat election schedule. It has been “changed thrice and is now going to be held during the Ramzan month.” This would not have happened if Ms. Pande’s term had not been extended when the Left Front was in power, she charged.

Hemant Soren to meet Jharkhand Governor today Amid reports that Hemant Soren may stake claim to form government in Jharkhand, Governor Syed Ahmed has given appointment to JMM leader at 5.30 pm on Tuesday, sources said. "The JMM leader sought time between 5 pm and 6 pm to stake claim for a new government formation, and Governor Syed Ahmed gave him time at 5.30 pm," said an official attached to Raj Bhavan. The development comes nine days before the six-month period of President s rule ends. On Monday, JMM General Secretary Vinod Pandey had said the party would likely stake claim to form the ninth coalition government on Tuesday with the required majority. Hemant Soren to meet Jharkhand Governor today Marxist Coordination Committee MLA Arup Chatterjee, Jharkhand Janadhikar Manch MLA Bandhu Tirkey and three independent MLAs -- Bidesh Singh, Chamra Linda and Harinarain Rai have already extended support to the new Hemant Soren-led JMM/Congress/RJD alliance. Geeta Koda, another independent MLA and wife of former Chief Minister Madhu Koda, on Tuesday extended her support. Jharkhand Party MLA Enos Ekka said his party has set a 15-point charter and his support to the alliance depends on a written assurance that the demands would be fulfilled by the future government. Soren has the support of 42 MLAs now and if Ekka lends support, the figure of the new alliance will jump to 43 RPT 43 in the 82-member House. The President's rule was imposed on January 18 after the JMM pulled out from the BJP-led government on January 8. The House is currently in suspended animation.

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retaries of all the States and Union Territories to hold discussions for enacting a law to regulate the sale of acids and a policy for treatment, compensation and care and rehabilitation of such victims. The bench had said for evolving such a policy, the Secretary, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilisers, and Secretaries concerned from the States would be involved. The court was hearing a PIL filed in 2006 by Delhibased acid attack victim Laxmi, who was then a minor. Her arms, face and other body parts were disfigured in the acid attack.

Digvijay Singh downplays BJP's snap polls threat The BJP earlier on Monday said it is ready to face snap polls if the ruling Congress Party opts for it.Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Tuesday avoided commenting on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s challenge to the ruling party at the Centre that it is ready for snap polls, and said that the elections will be held when scheduled.“Let them say what they want to. Elections will be held when they are scheduled to take place,” he told the media here.The BJP earlier on Monday said it is ready to face snap polls

if the ruling Congress Party opts for it. Taking to the media here after the BJP’s Parliamentary Board meeting, senior party leader Ananth Kumar alleged that the Congress might go for early polls.Kumar further alleged that the Congress brought the Ordinance on the Food Security, as it was not confident of getting the support of its allies in the ParliamentThe BJP's Parliamentary Board met for the second time in a week yesterday to continue discussing election strategy and other political matters

The counselling season has given students a fair share of options and confusion. Students from Karnataka, who want the best seat in the most sought-after college, have taken provisional allotment through COMEDK counselling. But now they wait for the Common Entrance Test (CET) real allotment status to decide where they will join, when all their options are known to them. While the dummy allotment of seats facilitated by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) took place on Monday, a steady stream of students attended the fourth day of counselling for engineering seats by the Consortium of Medical, Engineering and Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK). “I have taken a provisional admission to SDM College of Engineering Technology, Hubli-Dharwad, as of now. And the dummy CET allotment has landed me a seat at KLS Vishwanathrao Deshpande Rural Institute of Technology, Haliyal,” said Naveen Patil, an aspirant from Hubli. He surely wants to wait until the real allotment before surrendering his COMEDK seat for which he has paid Rs. 50,000 as tuition fee. “We will lose about Rs. 5,000 if we wish to surrender the seat. But, we will have to make another trip to Bangalore to surrender the seat. We have adopted the waitand-watch approach,” said Naveen’s father, Venkanna Gowda Patil. For Sriraksha V. Raghavan, who has been allotted a telecommunications engineering seat in BNM Institute of Technology, Bangalore, is satisfied with the allocation but plans to make a final decision once the CET real allotment is done. “The process is very smooth and students do not mind blocking the seat by paying Rs. 50,000 as most of the fee is refunded on surrendering,” she said. Ravi Kiran, though, has not had it smooth. For, according to him, if the CET process had started earlier, he would have had better chances of getting a good college, he said.“I have got mechanical engineering at Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore, through COMEDK and I also have a seat at Manipal Institute of Technology which sounds like my best option right now,” he said. His mother, Nirmala Rao, expressed anguish over the process which has not become simpler or changed since 2004, when her daughter also went through the same experience. “The routine is the same, and this year, it was worse with COMEDK counselling starting before CET,” said Ms. Rao.The COMEDK authorities are not expecting any phenomenal increase in the number of students who will surrender their seats in view of the CET counselling.


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