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calls Manmohan Singh his ‘political guru’
Srinagar, Oct 10 : Police has arrested at least 6 persons after the death of a septuagenarian during group clashes in Barji area of Harwan Srinagar. Police sources told that group clashes erupted in Barji Harwan over a piece of land in which one person namely Ghulam Ahmed Bhat received severe injuries who later on succumbed to his injuries. “We have arrested two persons so far and an FIR vide 63/2013 under section 302 has been registered in police station Harwan,” a police official said.
No place for truth Shahana Srinagar Oct. 10: The recent revelations of former Chief of the Army Staff, were perhaps shocking for the general masses, but the politicians who have always been the beneficiaries of secret funds know very well that the practice is going on and most of them are receiving the hefty amounts through one way or the other. If this scam is really probed, it will be perhaps largest in the world and hardly any political figure big or small will come clean. It is an old saying that ‘Chor Machaye Shor’ as ‘ Is Hamam Mein Sabhi Nange Hain’. The revelations have rocked the state Assembly and National Conference has been most vocal in demanding a through probe into the allegations and it is because of their persistent demand that J&K Assembly has adopted a resolution asking for a thorough inquiry
Srinagar, October 10: Fire broke to in the Auqaf building situated at Chatabal, Srinagar. The building was housing some small-scale industrial units. A Spice factory, two woolen units, and three other shops were damaged in the fire. Fire was brought under control with the help of fire tenders and local Police.
Srinagar, October 10: Two persons died and four others were injured in road accidents across the valley. An Army recovery vehicle bearing registration number 01P013710K rammed into the shop of Ghulam Mohammad Sofi son-in-law of Khazir Mohammad Parry resident of New colony Khag near New colony Khag, Budgam. The shopkeeper was critically injured in this incident. The injured succumbed to his injuries on way to the Hospital. Budgam Police has registered a case FIR number 54/13 under section 279,357,427, 304 RPC in this regard. Meanwhile, a Vencher vehicle bearing registration number JK13B/7046 hit a Motorcycle Jk04A/1637 at Malikpora, Pulwama.The motorcyclist Suhail Ahmad Malik resident of Malikpora, Pulwama died on the spot. A case has been registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a WagonR bearing registration number Jk13C/1232 hit and injured a pedestrian Shahid Ahmad Dar son of Abdul Rashid Dar resident of Mantipora at Poshkreeri, in the jurisdiction of Police station Srigufwara, Anantnag. The injured was shifted of SKIMS Soura, Srinagar for treatment. Anantnag Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Load carrier hit and injured a nine years old boy Sameer Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Jamal resident of Doodkhato, in the jurisdiction of Police station Charar-e-Sharief, Budgam. The injured was shifted to SMHS, Srinagar for treatment. Budgam Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Tavera bearing registration number Jk01M/9305 turned turtle at Kulan, in the jurisdiction of Police station Gund, Ganderbal, resulting in injuries to the driver of the vehicle. The injured was shifted to SKIMS, Soura Srinagar for treatment. Gund Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Load carrier bearing registration number Jk13/9995 was hit by a tractor bearing registration at Aramullah, Lassipora, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Pulwama, resulting in injuries to the load carrier driver. The injured was shifted to Hospital for treatment. Pulwama Police has registered a case in this regard.
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and condemning the Statement. Besides a hard hitting statement in the State Assembly, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah shot a letter to the Prime Minister seeking a thorough investigation into all the allegations and it was on his behest that the resolution was moved in Legislative Council first. Though PDP from the beginning tried to avoid any discussion in both the houses of Legislature as it thought that the Shopian incident, the communal happenings in Kishtwar and the killings of innocent people at Ramban by CRPF were important than V. K. Singh’s revelations, hence according to it warranted the first priority in both the Houses. The question arises why are the politicians up on their feet to ask for a probe in General’s allegations and why do they want to summon him before the Privilege Committee. The answer to the whole question in nut-shell is to pressurize him so that he shuts his mouth and does not reveal the names of all the politicians, NGOs and some top media men who too according to rumors have been
Fraudulent attestation of documents Three Girdawars suspended
Islamabad, Oct 10: Three Girdawars holding the additional charges of Patwari’s were placed under suspension by District Administration Islamabad on Thursday after it their role in malpractices and corruption was established. Meanwhile, scores of Patwari’s staged a protest against Tehsildar Islamabad who alleged that the said official along with his PSO’s raided the houses of two Girdawars during the dead of the night and ransacked the belongings there. Tehsildar, Islamabad, Muzafar Hussain Malik told that certain Girdawars who hold the charge of Patwari’s illegally are indulging in malpractices. “After inquiry
it was established that three Girdawars namely, Syed Ghulam Jeelani, Ghulam Hassan Dar and Muzafar Ahmed Bhat have been attesting notary fraudulently and in exchange were receiving hefty bribes. We placed this tainted trio under suspension,” Malik said. He said that it is an established fact now these officials in league with land mafia were providing permissions for raising commercial structures on agricultural land. “We are following High Court directions and action would be taken against those persons who raised such structures. Tehsildar Islamabad confirmed that the houses of two Girdawars were raided during late hours. “We raided the houses of two Girdawars to seal the documents attested by them fraudulently,” he said adding that law will take its own course and all the corrupt officials would face the music.
Civil Society concerned over delay in naming Srinagar International Airport
Srinagar, Oct 10: Several Political and social organizations are expressing serious concern over the delay in naming of the Srinagar Airport after Kashmir’s revered saint and seer Sheikh-ul-Alam (R.A). With common people and several political and social leaders expressing their wish that the Srinagar Airport should be named after Sheikh-ul-Alam, many express their dissatisfaction over the politicization of the issue. “The issue should remain apolitical and we should not bring politics into the matter,” said noted academician from University of Kashmir Professor Hameed Rafiabadi. He added that the location of the airport is convenient that the airport should be named after Sheikhul-Alam.”Hazrat Sheikh ul-Alam Noor-ud-din Noorani is the torch bearer of Kashmiri society and his name is Kashmir’s identity.” The National Conference senior leader Dr. Mustafa Kamal said that the time is not ripe for the naming of See Civil on pg 11...
receiving kick-backs for their services in various fields. The shouting on high pitches and showing that the whole leadership is brewing with anger against the disclosures of General V.K.Singh, is only to befool the general public and play with their sentiments. When the political process in the Kashmir valley was restarted in the second half of nineties, there were several names who helped in this process. They had some little political background and had run from valley to Jammu to save their lives from militants. These small time political activists were brought back to valley to start the political activity. Quite but natural that different security agencies sponsored them, housed them in safe zones and paid them for their work. Most of them later vanished in thick air but some lucky ones became members of the state legislature and some of them even ministers. What is security related fund called SRE in short term. This fund is mostly used to tame, motivate, influence and make certain sections of the society to work
Authorities in North Kashmir’s Handwara town today swung into action by demolishing four stone crushing plants located on the banks of Nallah Mawar. Locals of the area hail the government action. According to KNS reports, the team led by Deputy Commissioner Kupwara along with the Superintendent of Police Handwara today demolished Bismillah Stone Crushing Plant, Sunshine Macadam Plant, Sunshine Crushing Plant and Imperial Stone Crushing Plant. Pertinently Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was submit-
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10:The State Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah ordered the following Transfers and Postings in Administration. 1. Shahid Anayatullah, IAS (JK:2000), Labour Commissioner, J&K, has been transferred and posted as Secretary to the Government, Transport Department, vice Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo. 2. Sanjeev Verma, IAS (JK:2001), Transport Commissioner, J&K, has been transferred and posted as Secretary to the Government, Floriculture Department and BPE, against an available vacancy. 3. Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, IAS (JK:2001), Secretary to the Government, Transport Department, has been transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K State Power Development Corporation, against an available va-
ted by a local namely Mohammad Maqbool about the affect of stone Crushing Plants in the area in the high court. Earlier several such plants were sealed by the authorities as per the court directions. Locals of the area hail the move, saying that the River stream, Nallah Mawar was deeply polluted by the Crushing Plants in the area and the need of the hour is to continue such drives. ”we hope that that the authorities will continue the actions like these, the area has become the hub of pollution due to the Crushing Plants, See Dc on pg 11...
Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday underlined the need of making educational institutions seats of excellence and modern education to produce the best product of fullest market relevance. He said subjects of latest science and technological aspects should be introduced in the educational institutions for the students so that after completing their studies they get upto the mark placements in various institutes in different sectors. The Chief Minister was reviewing the progress and
also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the School said that while impart-
ing education in different subjects, the educational institutions should devote equal attention for inculcating high moral values in
the students. “Moral education is equally important to that of academic educa-
tion”, he said and added that every educational institution should focus on this significant aspect to galvanize the future (stu-
dents) of the Country with high principles of morality. The Chief Minister
Srinagar, Oct 10 : The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in response to a statement made by former Intelligence head .A.S.Dulat Thursday said that the APHC has always held the view that the best way to solve the kashmir issue is to respect the aspirations of the people of Kashmir and execute the promises made to them so that an end could be put to the suffering and problems of the Kashmiri people and a new era of peace, progress and and stability can begin in the South Asian Region. In a statement issued to , spokesperson APHC said,”Hurriyat believes that dialogue between the three parties India Pakistan and the People of Jammu and Kashmir could also provide an alternative towards the resolution of this last standing issue. See APHC on pg 11...
Uncertainty still prevails in Valley: DGP Srinagar, Oct 10: Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad Thursday said that there is certain level of uncertainty in Kashmir Valley as militants continue to target police personnel. “The multi-agency is pegging the figure of militants in Valley at 80 and we have inputs that there is no militant in Srinagar city. Army can tell us better about the situation on Borders but as interiors are concerned no militant has managed to sneak in,” he said. He said to show their presence in Kashmir, militant outfits are targeting police personnel. Stating that militant violence in Kashmir has come down to the lowest level in the last 23 years, Prasad said police has also succeeded in
Reviews progress of Mansbal Sainik School functioning of J&K Sainik School, Mansbal (JKSSM) at its 14th meeting of Board of Governors he chaired here. Omar Abdullah who is
Srinagar, Oct 10 : Senior legislator and National Conference leader, Dr Shiekh Mustafa Kamal Thursday said that it was India’s former Army chief General V.K.Singh who put Army Units at the disposal of Peoples Democratic Party candidates during 2002 elections and helped them to come off with flying colours. Kamal told Srinagar based news gathering agency that General V.K.Singh is the person who fulfilled the desire of Mufti Muhammad Sayed to occupy the Chair of Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir. “Singh was the commander in 2002 at See PDP on pg 11
ers ignored our suggestions’
cancy. 4. Anal Kumar Gupta, IAS (JK:2001), Special Secretary to the Government, Tourism and Culture Department, has been transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K Handloom Development Corporation vice Ms.Nirmal Sharma. 5. Ms. Nirmal Sharma, IAS (JK:2001), MD, J&K Handloom Development Corporation, has been transferred and posted as Labour Commissioner, J&K, vice ShahidAnayatullah. 6. Mohammad Sharif Sood, IAS (JK:2001), Secretary, J&K State Information Commission, has been transferred and posted as Joint Financial Commissioner, Agrarian Reforms, J&K. 7. Saurabh Bhagat, IAS (JK:2002), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, has been transferred and posted as Transport Commissioner, See Cabinet on pg 11...
Omar Governing Board meeting of JKSSM Srinagar, October 10
for the country. If this is allowed and there is no audit or proper accounting of these funds then, naturally there is every apprehension of hanky-panky. In a sensitive state like J&K there are lots of secret funds which are being used as General V.K.Singh has honestly admitted. Now the politicians are making hue and cry and casting aspersions on each other to avoid public outcry. The summoning of General V.K.Singh, will have negative impact as it will silence the top commander and prolong the matter so that the general public forgets it and the matter gathers dust. It would be in the fitness of the things if he is allowed to divulge more information according to his own conscience and without putting any pressure on him politically or administratively. This is the apathy of the worst sorts that a week-long session of the Legislature was mostly eaten up by this controversy and the problems of people which normally should have got the priority of the legislators were See General on pg 11...
V.K.Singh helped PDP in 2002 elections Party desperate to save him: Kamal
Cabinet orders Transfers and APHC responds to Dulat’s statement Postings in Administration ‘Indian Policy-mak-
DC demolishes 4 stone crushers in Handwara Srinagar, Oct 10
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Four structures damaged in fire
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said that the residential school J&K Sainik School, Mansbal founded by Sheri-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, completely managed and run by the State Government have to walk an extra-mile in making it one of the best residential schools in the Country. The Chief Minister said that his Government has attached priority attention to universalize school education and make higher education accessible to all in all the regions and subregions of the State. He said various new universities and their satellite See Omar on pg 11...
reducing the collateral damage. Prasad said militant violence in Kashmir has come down to the lowest level in the last 22 years. “As compared to last year, the violence has definitely decreased by 30 per cent. This downward trend will continue as we are making wholehearted efforts in controlling the militancy.” He attributed the improvement in situation to better coordination between the security agencies. Stating that police in collaboration with other security agencies like CRPF and Army has started peoplefriendly operations, DGP said that they have succeeded in minimizing the collateral damages and are trying to reduce it to zero level. Ashok Prasad said that militants are See DGP on pg 11...
Kargil possesses a God gifted natural bounty: Mir Murtaza Ali KARGIL, OCT, 10: The two days colorful festival of Kargil known as ‘Kargil Festival’ was inaugurated by the J&K Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmed Mir in presence of Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil, Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai and J&K Minister of State for Science and Technology, Feroz Ahmad Khan at Khree Sultan Choo Sports Stadium Bemathang here yesterday. The festival is being organized by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department Kargil under the supervision of Assistant Director Tourism, Syed Towha Aga. Various cultural troupes from different parts of Kargil like in their finest costumes and jeweler, gave warm Wel Come to Chief Guest Ghulam Ah-
mad Mir and other dignitaries. Meanwhile various departments of district and others private firms put up stalls on the occasion. CEC Kargil, Asgar Ali Karbalai in his speech thanked Tourism Minister for his two days visit of Kargil. He urged Mir to direct all the stakeholders to speed up the work on all projects for early completion and appealed to him to release the funds without delay. Tourism and Culture Minister Ghulam Ahmed Mir in his speech said that Kargil possesses a God gifted natural bounty with amazing panoramic landscape and enchanting rugged mountains with Nature expressing different moods to match each season. He urged the See Mir on pg 11...
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forgotten totally. This episode is an eye opener for the people of J&K who should now rise to the occasion and ask the politicians to explain and make them accountable for all those Trillions of rupees which came from the central govt. for development of state, but went into the coffers of the politicians. It is not one minister, one politician or one party but all of them should be made answerable and they should tell the general public where the money has landed up? The central govt. is equally responsible for this money laundering as it has been sending the money without asking for any transparency and accountability. The appeasement policy viz-a-viz some politicians, leaders and political parties have made the things complicated. The funds were diverted, drawn without doing any work on ground and within a short span of time, several families became wealthiest and economically healthiest. NGOs are another source of laundering the govt. money and most of the large NGOs are run by politicians and their kith and kin. Did anybody ever bother to make them accountable or to monitor their activities. These NGOs are getting huge and hefty amounts from international and national sources, govt. agencies and departments besides the state govt. This is most unfortunate that there is no mechanism in place to supervise or monitor the utilization of funds by these NGOs. Their activities are limited to a yearly function here and there where they present a shawl and a memento to some of their favorites so that they get highlighted in media. The rest of the money is swallowed by them even without making a slightest sound. The revelation of General V.K.Singh must have made the nights of many politicians sleep less. However, the amount of pressure put on him by politicians and media may compel him to bury all information as there is no place for truth and honesty in this country. So better to shut your mouth, General.
Awantipora and he assigned job to scores of Army officers who rigged the elections and brought Peoples Democratic Party into lime light. Now, PDP wants to save the General and are ready to play Machiavellian politics,” he said. Kamal revealed that just before the Assembly elections in 2002, General V.K.Singh had called an important meeting of his subordinate Army officials and had invited PDP patron in that meeting. “The strategy to wipe out National Conference from the political scene was chalked out in the meeting. If you don’t believe me, go and ask their own member, Molvi Iftikar Hussain Ansari and he would tell you the truth,” Kamal told . He said PDP by heart was not in favour of Privilege Motion moved against General V.K.Singh but this party had no option. “It is finding ways and means to save Singh from humiliation and the party leadership has apprehension that Singh may not open Pandora box,” Kamal said.
Cabinet... J&K, vice Sanjeev Verma. 8. Ms. Dilshad Khan, IAS, Member, J&K Services Selection Board, has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Industries & Commerce Department. 9. Shamim Ahmad Laherwal, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, has been transferred and posted as Project Director, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan. 10. Ms.Kamla Devi, KAS, Member, J&K Services Selection Board, has been transferred. She shall, however, await further orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department. 11. Anil Kumar Gupta, KAS, under orders of transfer as Executive Director, Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society, Jammu, has been posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Higher Education Department. 12. Rohit Khajuria, KAS, Additional District Development Commissioner, Kathua, has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. 13. Tsering Maroop, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Leh, has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. 14. Rahul Sharma, KAS, Additional Secretary in the Personal Section of the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. 15 Majid Khalil Ahmad Drabu, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, Agriculture Production Department, has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. 16 Gazanfer Ali, KAS, Secretary, J&K State Advisory Board for Social Welfare, has been transferred and posted as Secretary, J&K State Information Commission, vice Mohammad Sharif Sood. 17 Ms. Babila Rakwal, KAS, Deputy Excise Commissioner (Accounts), has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. 18 Mohammad Sultan Malik, OSD with the Hon’ble Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board.
In this spirit talks were held previously and measures suggested to move forward towards that end , but instead of moving forward indian policy makers have not only ignored the measures suggested by the APHC but have hardened their approach towards Kashmir.” He said Hurriyat believes that unless there is sincerity and seriousness on part of all the stakeholders no movement forward can happen. Pertinently, Former head of India’s intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), AS Dulat had told that Government of India should engage the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Faooq in a dialogue over Kashmir issue so that the deadlock between separatist groups and New Delhi is over.
Civil... Srinagar Airport as ‘Sheikh-ul-Alam international Airport’. “We have to see if the airport is really an international Airport , do international flights take off from here? ” Asked Kamal .He further added that the state government is not having its full control over the airport. “It is not a civil airport, it is under the control of Airport authority of India and Indian Air force looks after it” Democratic party Nationalist Chief and Minster of Agriculture Ghulam Hasan Mir said that the state government has no authority over naming or the renaming of the airport. “It is the Airport authority of India that decides these things.” When asked about the earlier announcement made about the name of the Airport, Mir said that the name was not announced but only requested.Peoples’ Democratic Front (PDF) chief Hakem Yasin and CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami said that the Srinagar Airport should be named as ‘Sheikh-ul-Alam’ international Airport and that it depicts Kashmir’s own identity and ethos. Earlier the Budgam’s former Deputy Commissioner, Khwaja Farooq Ahmad Renzu while talking to KNS said that the name was earlier accepted by the authorities and for two years the Airport was called as the ‘Sheikh-ul-Alam’ international Airport. “it was earlier registered in the website of Airport Authority of India(AAI) also”. Renzu further added that the name ‘Sheikh-ulAlam’ international Airport is acceptable to almost all sections of the society. He further mentioned that authorities should make the Srinagar Airport the International Airport in the real means so that the flights take off for the international routes from it in the same way as it does at Indra Gandhi International Airport New Delhi, Shatra Pati Shivaji Airport Mumbai and Netaji Subbash Chandra Bose Airport,Kokatta.
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trying to instigate violence in Kashmir and for this purpose, it is adopting different tactics. “Though we have achieved great successes against these militants still they are present in some parts of North and South Kashmir,” DGP said. Prasad said police has been successful in controlling the situation in internal zones. While replying to a question, Prasad said that militancy has not come down to zero level. “We get inputs everytime about the presence of militants and their designs. We analyze such inputs through Subsidiary Multi Agency and we also check up other inputs and verify them. This process we are able to check the militants,” he said. To a query about infiltration attempts from Jammu border, Prasad said the trend of pre-winter infiltration is going on from the past many years. “They try their best to infiltrate during winter but our border management is tight.”
Lone seeks 90:10 funding pattern under SSA, RMSA
Omar... campuses are functioning in the State besides a network of degree colleges in the government sector to reach out to the students in all areas and make available good platform to them to move ahead in their pursuit to achieve new goals in modern education.Omar Abdullah said that focus is also on to produce high market oriented product from the higher education institutions so that they are easily absorbed in the job market. He said upgradation of employability and skill development programmes have been launched under various initiatives to address the unemployment and make education more job-oriented.The Chief Minister granted Rs. 30 lakh to the school from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for upgradation of library, laboratory, sports and medical facilities. He also approved another Rs. 20 lakhs for construction of residential quarters for Class-IV employees and Rs. 10 lakhs for making solar plant functional. The Chief Minister also enhanced the dietary charges for the students of the school. He asked the school management to formulate a comprehensive proposal for walling of the school and construction of other infrastructure. The meeting discussed various matters pertaining to the construction of infrastructure, upgradation of library and laboratories, medical facilities, smart classes, training of teachers, administrative affairs, solar power supply, financial support and service matters.The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Principal Secretary Planning and Development, B. R. Sharma, Principal Secretary Finance, B. B. Vyas, Director School Education, Kashmir and Principal J&K Sainik School, Mansbal, Gayas-ud-Din Sheikh. The Board approved the appointment of Gayas-ud-Din Sheikh as the Principal of Sainik School. He has been relieved from the additional charge of Principal Boys Higher Secondary Ganderbal. The School Education Department has been asked to place new Principal for the Ganderbal Higher Secondary School.In the PowerPoint presentation the Principal of the School presented resume of the progress achieved by the School and measures taken to upgrade its educational, physical educational and extracurricular status of the School.
visiting tourists as well as local populace to preserve the nature for sustainable tourism in Kargil. Earlier, Executive Councilor for Tourism LAHDC Kargil, Mr. Wangyal presented Wel Come speech. On the Occasion Execuitve Councilors of LAHDC Kargil, Director Tourism J&K, Deputy Commissioner Kargil, Fida Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police Kargil, Sujit Kumar, CJM Kargil, District Officer, Army Officers and large number of local people were also present. Later The Tourism Minister along with MoS Feroz Ahmad Khan and other dignitaries went off for Zanskar Sub Division in order to inaugurate the 2nd day of the Kargil Festival 2013 at Padum, the headquarter of Zanskar Sub Division.
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Addresses 62nd CABE Meeting NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10: The State Government has decided to bring about amendment/augmentation in the J&K School Education Act 2002 so as to bring it at par with the Central RTE (The Right to Children to Free and Compulsory Education) Act-2009. This was stated by the Minister of Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone in the 62nd meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education held here today. The meeting was chaired by the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Jitin Prasada along with Dr K. Rahman Khan, Union Minister for Minority affairs.In his address, Lone said that free and compulsory education upto class VIII is already a legal right in the state in terms of the provisions under the Jammu &Kashmir School Education Act 2002. However the state has taken a step forward to bring need based amendment
in the State Act to bring it at par with the Central RTE Act 2009, adding that the proposals on this has already been moved which is currently with the Planning/ Finance Department for concurrence under the title “The Jammu and Kashmir Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2013”.Owing to the difficult
topographical conditions and backwardness of the State, the Minister sought revision in the funding pattern to the tune of 90:10 for the State under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), presently shared at the ratio of 65:35 & 75: 25 respectively.
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Subject: Postponement of screening test for the posts of Assistant Engineer ( Civil) in PHE/ I&FC Department.
Notice Dated: 08.10.2013
Consequent upon the interim directions issued by the Hon’ble High Court in SWP No.1850/2013 and CMP No.2969/2013 titled Gowhar Nabi Khan V/s State of J&K & Others, the screening test which was scheduled to be held on 20.10.2013 is postponed. DIPK: 8467
Rs. 27 Cr health buildings coming up in Kulgam Jahangir stresses pacing up execution
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Stressing on pacing up execution of health projects, Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Jahangir Mir has called for expeditious completion of upcoming SDH buildings at Yaripora, Qaimoh and D.H. Pora to promote patient care. Reviewing progress of health infrastructural projects at a meeting here, Jahangir underlined the significance of adhering to timelines set for completion of infrastructure projects. He said timely completion of infrastructure in rural areas reduces pressure on the district and tertiary level health institutes besides ensuring the concept of health for all.
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New courses in Polytechnics after AICTE permission Secretary Housing Urban Development Department was constituted The Government has recom- and details included survey list of 22 mended the regularization of 22 proposed colonies were submitted. Mr. Jora further said that some un-authorized colonies after reclegislators had reservations in reommendations of sub-committee spect of leftover areas of these coloconstituted under Chairmanship of Commissioner Secretary Housing nies both at Jammu and Srinagar and Urban Development depart- and it was decided that the survey of leftover areas be also conducted ment. The information was given by by SDA/JDA and Municipal Corporations of Jammu and Srinagar in conthe Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang sultation with the legislators. While replying to another quesRigzin Jora while replying to a question by Mr. Devinder Singh Rana in tion by S. Dharambir Singh Oberio, Mr. Jora on behalf of the Minister Legislative Council. for Tourism said that the norms for The Minister further said that the Committee was constituted conversion of residential houses into by the Government vide Govern- paying guest houses have already ment Order No. 1035/GAD of 2012 been notified vide government to examine the issues relating to order no. 224/TSM of 2012 dated the regularization of un-authorized 19.04.2012. Mr. Jora while replying to ancolonies under the chairmanship of other question by Syed Mohammad Chief Secretary. He said to facilitate the Committee a sub-committee un- Rafiq Shah said that the work on Mubarak Mandi would be started Cable Kangan Car from Bahu Fort JammuKhan to der chairmanship of Commissioner Lone News Agency News Agency Ganderbal very soon. SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10:
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Gulzar News Agency Soura Tariq News Agency Hawal Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Khan News Agency Regal Chowk News Agency Hyderpora SRINAGAR, OCTOBERSheikh 10: Lone News Agency Tangmarg Minister for Law, Bhat Justice News Agency Magam and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Dar News Agency Beerwah Saifullah in reply to a CallReshi News Agency Safapora ing Attention Notice by Dr. Basharat Shehnaz Ganai informed the News Agency Bandipora Upper House that inAltaf orderNews Agency Pulwama to make Mughal Road Jeelani an all- News Agency Baramulla weather road, State GovernShah ment has forwarded the DPRNews Agency Kupwara Younis for construction of a tunnel on News Agency Langate the Mughal Road to the Plan-News Agency Islamabad Reshi ning Commission adding that News Agency Tral Turray Chief Minister has also sought Rahi the personal intervention ofNews Agency Kulgam Rah News Agency Byepass the Prime Minister for positive
Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Rashid News Agency Dalgate Hilal News Agency Budgam Bhat News Agency Chadoora Zargar News Agency Kunzar Bashir News Agency Sumbal Saleem News Agency Pattan Reyaz News Agency Pampore SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10: Javaid News Agency Qazigund G.M News Agency Sopore The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Sultan News Agency Handwara Mr. Mubarak Gul today said Sheikh News Agency Islamabad Three Way News Agencythat Tralmedia persons will be given Press Awards this year Badru News Agency Bijbehara as was being done before. He said that the practice of Malik News Agency Arwani awarding media persons was Shaheen News Agency Kargil
Pir-ki-Gali. This stretch of the road witnesses heavy snow fall during winters (November-April), as a result of which the road gets disconnected for most of the winter months. Accordingly, it felt imperative to construct a Tunnel for which pre-feasibility studies have already been conducted by Konkan Railway Corporation and
DPRs for development of parks at Housing Colony, Bijbehara, Tarabal prepared: Gurezi SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10:
Gul asks assembly employees to work with dedication, follow up ATRs
Snow avalanche Study Establishment (SASE). This has also been recommended by the Member Planning Commission during his inspection of the road and 3rd party consultants deputed by the Planning Commission. Besides making the road all weather, the tunnel would also reduce the distance of route by almost 12 kms, he added.
LC passes Bills
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10:
The Legislative Council today passed two Bills and returned one of them to the Legislative Assembly. The Bills have already been passed in the Legislative Assembly. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Mir Saifullah moved both the Bills in the House for consideration and passing.These Bills include “A Bill to provide for the establishment of Dehi Adalats at the grass-roots level for the purpose of providing access to justice to the citizens at their door-steps and to ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen by reason of social, economic of other disabilities and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto (L. A. Bill NO. 16 of 2013) was passed with voice vote and returned to Legislative Assembly and “A Bill to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Conservation Act, 2011 (L. A Bill No. 17 of 2013).
Doordarshan, General Administration Department, Police, Law, Estates, R&B, Floriculture, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Health, Hospitality and Protocol, PDD, Fire and Emergency Services, PHE and other concerned departments. He also thanked the Chief Secretary, Financial Commissioners, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and Head of the Departments for giving their wholehearted support in conducting the session smoothly. The Speaker appreciated the employees of Assembly Secretariat for performing their duties with dedication, however, he directed them to deliver with zeal and follow up the Action Taken Reports (ATRs) of all public interest issues raised in the House during the session.
With regard to grievances of the employees of the Assembly Secretariat, the Speaker said that the reorganization of the Assembly Secretariat is under active consideration. Giving details of the Business transacted during the course of session, the Speaker said that as many as 21 Questions were taken up and 71 Supplementaries were raised during the session. He said as many as 108 public importance issues were raised by the members during Zero Hour and 2 Government Bills were passed, 7 Private Members Bills were taken up and 01 Private Members Bills introduced. Mr. Gul further said that 72 Calling Attentions were received and 38 were listed during the session.
Recommendations of J&K State Finance Commission under consideration: Sadhotra Minister for Planning, Labour & Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra while replying to a question raised by Shekih Ghulam Rasool in the LC said against the Total State Plan of Rs 7300 crore , Rs 1971.70 crore have been allocated to various districts during 2013-14 i.e. 27 percent of total State Plan. In addition funds available under Tribal SubPlan (STP), Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF), Constituency Development Fund (CDF), Bad Pocket Initiative and major component of Boarder Area Development Programme (BADP) and Special area Development Plan (SADP) to the tune of Rs 400 crore approximately are routed to the Districts through the concerned District Development Commissioners. He said the plan funds are being allocated to the districts on the basis of various parameters including Geographical area, population of the District, backwardness, availability of infrastructure in the district, requirement as assessed and projected by line Departments/District Development Commissioners, Developmental requirements on ground or demands projected by the Members of DDB, to
New law enacted to regulate NBFCs: Rather
Liability liquidated till October 5 SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10: A new law recently enacted by the state legislature will enable the Deputy Commissioners to take necessary action including attachment of properties, against the defaulting Non-Banking Financial Corporations (NBFCs) operating in the state indulging in misappropriation of public deposits. The information was given by the Minister for Finance, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather while replying to a question by Mr. Ravinder Sharma in the House. The Minister said that the state government does not regulate functioning of non-banking Finance Companies and as such details regarding amount of deposit with such companies is not available with the state government. However, the necessary / relevant details may be available with Reserve Bank of India; he said and maintained that the government has already registered cases against such Finance Companies who have misappropriated the deposit of the people who have deposited money with them. Replying to another question by Mr. Vijay Bakaya, the Finance Minister said that the li-
stopped and has been started from this year and the persons who have registered outstanding performances would be rewarded. The Speaker was interacting with the staff of Assembly Secretariat during a meeting convened to thank the departments concerned with the smooth functioning of the just concluded Assembly session. The Speaker thanked the departments including Information, Radio Kashmir,
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10:
The Minister of State for Floriculture Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi said that the Detailed Project Report (DPRs) for development of Park at Housing Colony, Bijbehara and Tarabal have been prepared at an estimated cost of Rs. 98.21 lakh and Rs. 268.10 lakh respectively. This information was given by the Minister while replying to a Short Notice Question by Syed Bashir Ahmad Shah in the Legislative Council today. The Minister said that the development work on these parks would be considered subject to availability of funds and land.
The Minister further said there is no strip of state land available in and around Kali Mata Bahu Fort temple which can be utilized for beautification of the area. Mr. Ajat Shatru Singh raised supplementary to the question. In reply to another question by Mr. Showkat Hussain Ganie, Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies while replying on behalf of Minister of State for Technical Education said tha t new st rea ms would b e int roduc e d in polytechnic s a f ter get t ing t he require d permis s ion from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The Minister further said that the Polytechnic College at Shopian is functioning in a private building and Instrumentation and Control, Electronics and Communication Engineering streams have been introduced there.
Media persons to be awarded: Speaker
DPR for Tunnel on Mughal Road submitted to Planning Commission: Saifullah
consideration of the proposal at the earliest. He said that an amount of Rs 596.45 crore have been incurred on the project ending September, 2013. The road is of BT status with overall achievement of 93.22 per cent. He said that out of the total length of 84.10 kms, a stretch of 20 kms traverses through the Middle Himalayan Mountain Pass at
The Minister further informed the House that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has granted environmental clearance to the project. He said that the standing committee of National Board of Wildlife in its 26th meeting held on 31st October 2012 has also recommended the project besides, the Central Empowered Committee of the Supreme Court of India has also inspected the site and recommended for the award for final clearance of order. The Committee has recommended the project to the Supreme Court, which shall now fix a date for public hearing in next 6-8 weeks, the Minister said and added that the work was tendered through M/S Rites India Limited who has been engaged as consultants for this project and M/S Damodar Rope Way and Infrastructure Calcutta in collaboration with STM Teleferic Turkey has been awarded the contract.
meet the state share shortfall, completion of critical ongoing projects and availability of resources. The Minister said that there is no J&K State Finance Commission Act 2008, and as such no State Finance Commission has been set up under such an Act. However, J&K State Finance Commission was constituted in September 2007 under Jammu and Kashmir State Finance Commission Act 2006 dated 31.10.2006. The State Finance Commission submitted its report on the last day of its extended term on 30.11.2010 to the Chief Minister, he added. As per the cabinet decision, the recommendations of the State Finance Commission have to be examined by the Committee to be constituted for the purpose in the concerned departments for the implementation of the recommendations. He further said, as per the same cabinet decision, after examining the recommendations, the departments would submit their proposals with the approval of concerned Minister to a group of Ministers headed by the Minister for Finance for making final recommendations to the cabinet for the implementations of the recommendations. The proposal has been
received from nine departments and is awaited from rest of the departments. The Group has to now consider these recommendations and make further recommendations to the cabinet when the proposal/recommendations are received from remaining departments. The Minister reiterated that the State Government is committed to ensure equitable and balanced development of all the areas of the State with special focus on those areas which are lagging behind in the developmental process. Further, as and when the recommendations of the Group of Ministers on the report of State Finance Commission are accepted by the Cabinet, the process for allocation of the resources will be made accordingly, he added. In reply to another question by Mr. Jugal Kishore, Mr. Sadhotra said that Rs 152.88 lakhs and Rs 82.95 lakhs have been distributed under IAY in District Reasi during 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively against the allotted amount of 153.295 lakhs and Rs 83.47 lakhs respectively. The Minister said that IAY benefits are provided strictly as per the guidelines of IAY and waiting list is prepared at block level on the basis of BPL popu-
World Mental Health Day Taj for societal involvement in containing PTSDs SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10: Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din today stressed the need for attending to mental health needs alongside physical health, particularly in Jammu & Kashmir. In his message on the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the Minister said now that the World Health Organisation has declared mental health as a component to determine the health condition
of an individual, it is incumbent upon all of us to give as much priority to mental and psychiatry diseases as these deserve. Mr. Taj said Jammu & Kashmir has seen an unprecedented upswing in psychiatry diseases and what is needed is an urgent action in terms of awareness and education about these diseases among masses. He expressed concern over the growing incidents of suicide by young people and suggested undertaking studies to know the causes and suggest remedies.
Javed Rana elected Dy Chairman LC SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10ability on account of the work done by contractors / firms has been fully liquidated till October 05, 2013.
The Legislative Council today unanimously elected Mr. Javed Ahmad Rana as Deputy Chairman.The Motion in this regard was moved by Mr. Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Magray whereas Dr. B. A. Veeri and Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta seconded it.Later, the Chairman, Legislative Council, Mr. Amrit Malhotra and other members of the House congratulated Mr. Rana for being chosen as Deputy Chairman of the House.
March 21-April 19
Your energy and enthusiasm are elevated as you approach yet a higher level of accomplishment. This could inspire you to channel most of your energy into more work and climb yet higher. You might even be thinking in terms of expanding all your horizons - professional, intellectual, and spiritual. Travel could also be in the offing. Consider your options carefully. There might be too many choices.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Today you might experience a bit of restlessness, perhaps because you feel there’s something you ought to be doing but you aren’t sure what. Your mind is sharp, intuitive, and logical, but too many options could be on the horizon. You might find it difficult to choose among them. Once you decide, you’ll charge ahead and make a success of whatever you try.
Gemini May 21-June 21
You might consider entering a business partnership of some kind with friends. This is a good time because your communication is especially good. Details of each person’s role can be worked out clearly. Though it’s admittedly going to take some effort, success is indicated for just about any goal.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Have you been working toward public acknowledgement of some sort? If so, you may receive it today. You’ve been working hard and produced results that aren’t likely to go unnoticed. Expect some compliments, a lot of praise, and maybe even a moment of fame. Needless to say, this is going to give your self-confidence a boost.
July 23-August 22 All should be going well for you - love, money, and career. Still, you seek other goals, and today you might be thinking of educational, intellectual, and spiritual matters that you’ve always wanted to pursue. Don’t be surprised if you’re preoccupied with trying to sort it all out. And don’t feel you have to rush to make a decision. Give it some time.
August 23-September 22
Today you might decide to do some intense research regarding economics, stocks, or land investments and see how it applies to your current financial situation. You’ve been doing well and should continue doing so. You’ll want to find ways to make your money grow. Books, magazines, and newspapers can help your quest, as can consultations with professionals.
September 23-October 23 A social event involving business associates and friends could bring fresh ideas your way, pointing you in a new direction. Your material and spiritual goals might come under discussion and open your eyes to previously unnoticed opportunities. Communication is clearer than usual. This may prove beneficial. Increased understanding brings you closer to others.
October 24-November 21 You’re likely feeling alert, strong, and full of energy and stamina. Your sense of adventure is high. You may be exploring the possibility of an interesting vacation - rafting, backpacking, or some other adventure. This is a good idea. This trend in your physical condition should continue for a while. Get some travel brochures and look into it!
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Intimate relationships gather steam as increased involvement in each other’s life brings you closer. Relationships grow through enhanced communication and shared dreams, goals, and ideals - not to mention physical passion! You should feel strong and confident today, especially as your material success continues. Travel, a new car, and a few luxury items might be on your agenda.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Happiness reigns in the home as your household continues to experience success. Someone new may come to visit. Expect a lot of comings and goings, plus an impromptu party or two. Meditation and contemplation could provide inspiration for new projects, and you might spend some time writing down ideas and brainstorming ways to approach them.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
A lot of interesting letters and calls could come your way today. Or you might have business to transact, perhaps involving paperwork, and spend a lot of time out in the community running errands. Group activities could also take place in your neighborhood, bringing you and your friends closer together. The only caution is that you shouldn’t try to do too much.
February 19-March 20 You’re likely to be doing so well financially that you might be a little complacent. With all the hard work you’ve been doing, you might feel that you deserve some rewards and decide to go shopping. Don’t throw caution to the winds, however. You’re doing well, but you don’t want your house cluttered with items you don’t want or need.
EDITORIAL/OPINION Development of Coal Sector ZABARWAN TIMES
ZABARWAN TIMES Friday, 11 October 2013
Friday, 11 October 2013
Annual Darbar Move a futile exercise
ow the Annual Darbar Move is taking place on 25th Oct. and with that almost all activities in the valley come to an end. The ministers, the MLAs, the bureaucrats and all sundries start their journey towards the winter capital making the valley to give a deserted look all over. Whatever the divisional offices are left behind most of their heads remain on tour to Garam Pathri (Jammu). The life comes to a standstill when the winter sets in and the valley sans water supply, electricity, transport and it looks as if one is amid deadly silence in a ghost city. There is no doubt that some minister comes on tour to listen to the problems of people though he cannot solve most of them and spends restless days of tour in Srinagar by meeting delegations and putting the show on official electronic media. The annual darbar move costs crores of rupees to the state exchequer in the shape of transportation, move allowances to employees and accommodation besides some other expenditure on the movement of those files which eat dust at Srinagar and Jammu both but never get disposed off. One does not understand as what is the aim of this darbar move which has become a white elephant for the state exchequer. The former Chief Minster Shiekh Mohammad Abdullah had during his regime decided to dispense with the system but it was opposed tooth and nail by Jammuites and the decision remained confined to the files only. In fact the state government should find out an alternative to darbar move as most of the divisional level departments have offices in Srinagar as well as in Jammu. If it is not possible then it would be in the interest of the people and the state to put some top bureaucrats permanently at Jammu and some at Srinagar with a coordinating agency at the state level. If it is not feasible then the minimum staff should be allowed to move with darbar and the present system of hundreds of employees moving to Jammu during winter and similarly to Srinagar during summer should be stopped instantly as it is becoming unbearable for the common people in the whole state.
oal is the mainstay of India’s energy and 55% of primary energy supply and 70% of power generation in the country are coal based. India ranks third in coal production globally after China and USA. The Ministry of Coal is responsible for exploration, production and distribution of coal and lignite to meet the requirements of different consumers and through the public sector undertakings it is discharging its responsibilities. Coal India Ltd. and Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd. (NLC) are the two Central PSUs under the administrative control of the Ministry. Singareni Collieries Company Ltd. (SCCL) is the joint undertaking of Government of Andhra Pradesh and Government of India with equity sharing in the ratio of 51:49 respectively. The need for systematic and scientific development of coal industry was recognized from the inception of the process of national economic planning in the country. National Coal Development Corporation (NCDC) was set up in 1956 which was the first step towards planned development of the industry. Singareni Collieries co. Ltd. (SCCL) was already a government company in 1956 and Central Government started equity participation in SCCL from 1960 onwards. However, comprehensive development programme could be initiated only after nationalisation of the industry in the early 1970s and formation of Coal India Ltd. (CIL). Soon after nationalisation of coal sector in the early 1970s, Coal India Ltd. (CIL) was formed as a holding company in 1975 with four coal producing companies and one planning and design institute and the level of production was about 73 million tonnes at the time of its formation. Today CIL has seven coal producing companies and one planning and design institute with their operations spread over eight states and has achieved a level of 436 million tonnes in 2011-12. India’s assessed coal resources currently stand at about 293 billion tonnes of which about 118 billion tonnes or 40% are proved reserves and the remaining 60% are in inferred and indicated categories. Plans have been drawn to enhance the efforts for coal exploration with a view to enhance the reserve base. Coal production enhancement is basically through taking up of new projects under the public sector companies of the Ministry and development of blocks allotted to various companies in public and private sectors. In addition, acquisition of coal properties abroad has also been adopted for securing coal supplies in meeting the demand. A number of policy initiatives taken by the Government over last three decades
has strengthened the coal sector in enhancing production with due regard to safety and environment. Introduction of setting of economic reforms in the early 1990s led to tapering off the budgetary support. After a major capital restructuring of CIL in 1996, the budgetary support to CIL was completely stopped. Coal prices were partially decontrolled in 1996 and administrative pricing mechanism was discontinued on complete decontrol of coal prices with effect from 1, January, 2000 and coal companies were empowered to notify the prices. Subsequently the boards of the performing coal companies were delegated higher financial powers for decision making on their own. A new coal distribution policy was introduced in 2007 and fuel supply agreements have been made mandatory. Coal royalty has been fixed on advalorem basis in place of mixed approach of fixed
project imports has also been removed from the current fiscal. A proposal for setting up independent regulatory authority for Coal is under consideration of Government. A Bill to permit private sector in the commercial mining of coal has been awaiting consideration of the Parliament. Coal production has risen from about 78 million tonnes in 1975 to 540 million tonnes in 2011-12, the Terminal year of the XI Plan. About 100 million tonnes of coal was imported in 2011-12 which forms about 15% of the coal consumption of about 650 million tonnes during 2011-12. The coal production target in the Terminal Year 2016-17 of the XII Plan is set at 795 MT implying a growth of 8% against the actual growth of about 4.6% in the XI Plan. However, when compared with the projected demand of 980.50 MT in 2016-17, a gap of 185.5 MT exists between domestic production and
All the mitigation measures as approved by Ministry of Environment and Forests while according environmental clearance are being strictly followed by the coal companies while implementing the projects and rigorous monitoring by both coal companies and the State Pollution Control Boards is being done. Mine reclamation and rehabilitation through properly drawn mine closure plans are being addressed both during the mining and at the stage of final closure. The Ministry has issued comprehensive guidelines in regard to preparation of mine closure plans which are now integral part of mining plans. Mine owners are bound through financial commitment by charging specified rate per hectare of land involved and through opening an escrow account with coal controller. and advalorem rates. The Government has also encouraged acquisition of coal equity abroad from energy security point of view. Import duty on coal imports has been tapered off and currently there is no import duty on imports. Similarly, import duty on
the projected demand. This would need to be met through coal imports. There have been constraints in enhancing coal production in terms of environmental issues, land acquisition, R&R, coal evacuation and law & order in some places. However, Ministry of Coal has been
taking up the issues with the concerned State and Central authorities on regular basis for amicable solutions. Over the period of time the rehabilitation package of CIL has evolved and made more liberal than the National R&R Policy. Coal companies can adopt either CIL’s policy or the concerned State Govt. Policy whichever is liberal. Coal evacuation is one of the critical area in the entire coal supply chain in the country and railways are the major bulk transporter. While efforts to strengthen the existing infrastructure are being made on continuous basis, the most important rail connectivity projects in the potential coalfield areas have been taken up by the Ministry with the Ministry of Railways and the State Governments concerned. These projects will be funded through the internal resources of CIL. Action plan has been drawn in regard to implementation of these projects and railways, Ministry of Coal and coal companies are regularly monitoring the status of implementation. The pending issues regarding environment and forestry clearances are being regularly addressed in consultation with Ministry of Environment and Forests and the State Governments concerned. All the mitigation measures as approved by Ministry of Environment and Forests while according environmental clearance are being strictly followed by the coal companies while implementing the projects and rigorous monitoring by both coal companies and the State Pollution Control Boards is being done. Mine reclamation and rehabilitation through properly drawn mine closure plans are being addressed both during the mining and at the stage of final closure. The Ministry has issued comprehensive guidelines in regard to preparation of mine closure plans which are now integral part of mining plans. Mine owners are bound through financial commitment by charging specified rate per hectare of land involved and through opening an escrow account with coal controller. The Government has approved a Master Plan to address the issues of fires, land subsidence and rehabilitation of affected persons in the old mined out areas of Jharia and Raniganj coalfields for implementation in ten year’s time. Jharia Rehabilitation and development Authority in the State of Jharkhand and Asansol Durgapur Development Authority in the state of West Bengal have been entrusted with the job of implementation of Rehabilitation works particularly for private people and BCCL and ECL will be responsible for rehabilitating their colonies and employees. The Government will provide financial resources for implementing the project.
Measures to Check
CHEATING OF INVESTORS By Unscrupulous Companies
heating of investors by unscrupulous companies takes many forms, such as: ‘vanishing’ after raising money through public offers; illegal collection of deposits in violation of Section 58A of the Companies Act, 1956; floating sham ‘Collective Investment Schemes (CIS)’ in violation of SEBI Act; collecting money from public by posing as ‘NonBanking Financial Companies (NBFCs) in violation of RBI Act; and resorting to ‘Ponzy’ or money circulation schemes under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has taken action against ‘vanishing companies’ which have raised funds through initial public offer but thereafter are not traceable. The Ministry has also taken action against certain companies which have failed to repay deposits to public violating Section 58A of the Companies Act, 1956. Complaints of cheating by companies which promised high rates of interests to investors, have been received against 87 companies. In these cases Inspection under Section 209A/ Investigation under Section 234 of the Companies Act, 1956 has been ordered. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) also looked into the affairs of 669 companies whose operations were in violation of SEBI (Collective Investment Schemes) Regulations, 1999. The amount collected by these companies was about Rs 7,435 crore. Out of these companies, 75 have been wound up and the money refunded to the investors. A total of 552 companies were prosecuted; convictions have been secured in 124 cases. RBI also regulates deposits / investments of the public with Non- banking Finance Companies (NBFC) that are registered with RBI. Complaints received against companies posing as NBFC’s and Unincorporated bodies indulging in cheating / fraud are forwarded by RBI to the Economic Offenses Wing of the State Police for investigation and further action. There are certain companies which have
floated fraudulent investment deposits mobilizing schemes (also called ponzi schemes) under various guises and are liable for action under the Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978. This Act is administered by Ministry of Finance (Department of Financial Services) through the State Governments.
ment of a state-of-art Forensic Lab within the premises of SFIO in the national capital; and the development of a Comprehensive Early Warning System (EWS) for detection of corporate fraud and malfeasance at the earliest, three important MoUs have been signed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. These MoUs are: Between Director, SFIO (which func-
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has constituted a Steering Committee to develop a “Fraud Prediction Model” aimed at generating alerts for prevention of fraud and malfeasance. It is also proposed to revamp the existing Market Research & Analysis Unit (MRAU) in the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) to enable it to function as an intelligence unit. Giving a fillip to the early establishment of a state-ofart Forensic Lab within the premises of SFIO in the national capital; and the development of a Comprehensive Early Warning System (EWS) for detection of corporate fraud and malfeasance at the earliest, three important MoUs have been signed by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has constituted a Steering Committee to develop a “Fraud Prediction Model” aimed at generating alerts for prevention of fraud and malfeasance. It is also proposed to revamp the existing Market Research & Analysis Unit (MRAU) in the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) to enable it to function as an intelligence unit. Giving a fillip to the early establish-
tions under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs) and Director, National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), a scientific organization under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; Between Joint Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Director, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU-IND), an agency under the Ministry of Finance; and
Director, SFIO and Director, FIU-IND. As per the Memorandum, NIELIT will set up a state-of-art Forensic Lab within the premises of SFIO - with a total outlay of Rs. 3.80 Crore on a turnkey basis, to be completed in two phases. The MoUs signed with FIU-IND will lead to better and faster exchange of information between the three Government entities. FIU has been playing a pivotal role in the collection and dissemination of information on suspicious banking transactions under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. FIU-IND has been helping both the Ministry and SFIO from time to time by supplying information on suspicious banking transactions. Having access to banking information as well as expertise of FIU, the MoU will help SFIO in conducting its investigation in a more effective manner. These initiatives will facilitate development of a comprehensive EWS for detection of fraud and malfeasance at the earliest. The concerned regulatory agencies of the Central Government have adopted different measures aimed at sensitizing the public of the need to be cautious while making investments into schemes, etc. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs conducts Investor Awareness Programs (IAP’s) for making the public aware of the various instruments of investments available to them. Similarly, Reserve Bank of India issues notice in newspapers regularly to caution the public against the design of entities in collection of deposits illegally. Editors of Newspapers are also sensitized to exercise caution for accepting advertisements pertaining to acceptance of deposits by un-incorporated bodies. Presently, RBI is in the process of undertaking a comprehensive campaign aimed at alerting the public against falling prey to the Ponzy schemes and other monetary mal-practices. SEBI also conducts Investor Awareness Programs in cities / towns across the country and has recently launched publicity campaigns through electronic and print media.
Disclamer: The contents and comments appearing in any article published in this paper are purely the pesonal opinion of the writer
HE A L+H TIMES 65 ZABARWAN FRIDAY | OCTOBER 11
Foods that help burn fat
Forget fancy diets, the top flab busters can be found in your own kitchen. Summer is here and if you have been feeling wistful over not being able to wear your bikini, it’s not too late. A magazine quoted dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton as saying, “Metabolism is what converts food into energy. A slow rate means calories are more likely to be converted into fat.” While exercise helps, and so does portion control, here are those foods that act as the the biggest metabolism boosters. Apples: These are said to be nutrient-rich and contain enough fibre to keep the digestion healthy. A tip? Eating an apple just 20 minutes before your meal will make you eat lesser calories in your main meal. Turkey: This is regarded as a good alternative to chicken as it is lower in calories and higher in proteins and nutrients. It’s said that 5 ounces of turkey contains just 175
calories and 10 grams of fat. Broccoli: Adding more broccoli to your diet can help you lose that weight as it is a low-calorie food that can help you fill up quickly. A single cup of steamed broccoli gives you about twice the amount
of vitamins C and K you need in a day. It also is a very good source of vitamins B6 and B2, phosphorus, magnesium, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds: Almonds can speed up
metabolism like no other. They are also associated with with reducing cholesterol and lowering blood sugar. Peppers: Bell peppers are great for weight loss. They can fill out any dish without adding the calories and have a small amount of fat burning capsaicin in them. Pulses: Legumes or pulses like soya beans and kidney beans have key nutrients like iron, vitamins of B group and dietary fiber. Pulses help maintain regular bowel movement because the texture of the fibre helps it move through the digestive system quickly. Green tea: Is another substance that can be added to the diet that can increase the metabolic rate. Green tea has EGCG in its composition. This substance helps to increase the body and the rate that the nervous system functions. It in turn increases the metabolism.
Smoking can cause progressive vision loss
The hazards of smoking are well known. But what is not so well known is that smoking can also be a reason for vision loss in people at or above the age of 50 years due to what is called Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD is an eye condition that leads to the deterioration of the centre of the retina, called the macula. It has emerged as the leading cause of vision loss in people. “People who smoke, those suffering from cardiac diseases, excessive exposure to ultraviolet light and the fair skinned people are at a higher risk of acquiring AMD,” Deependra V. Singh, director of eye-care centre Eye Q Retina, told IANS. “As there are no specific preventive measures, we advise people to quit smoking, protect the eyes from ultraviolet light and control their cholesterol,” Deependra Singh said.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), AMD is the third largest cause of vision loss worldwide. It first leads to vision distortion and, if not treated well, can cause permanent vision loss. In this disease, the photo receptor cell of the retina is killed by waste products, and tiny spots called “Drusen” are developed, which then leads to blurring of vision. This is the dry AMD, one type of AMD.
“The most severe is the wet AMD in which a neo-vascular membrane behind or in the retina grows progressively and destroys the central retina. It is not a cancer but behaves like one and the wet AMD, if
not treated on time, can cause permanent blindness,” Deependra Singh said. The symptoms of dry AMD are difficulty in fine reading and the central portion of the image becoming invisible, while for wet AMD the image starts getting distorted. Patients suffering from it see straight line as a curve.
Cheap diabetes drug helps combat cancer Diabetes drug metformin, which costs as little as 2pence a tablet, could offer a major breakthrough in the treatment of prostate cancer. Researchers have found that the medicine causes tumours to shrink by slowing the rate at which cancerous cells grow. If the results are confirmed in bigger trials, it raises the possibility that men could be given the cheap, readily available drug as soon as they are diagnosed, the Daily Mail reported. Metformin is widely used on the NHS to treat patients with type 2 diabetes. But recent studies high-
Now, jab to help fight obesity In a new study, researchers have accessed the effectiveness of two somatostatin vaccinations, JH17 and JH18, in reducing weight gain and increasing weight loss in mice. Somatostatin, a peptide hormone, inhibits the action of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), both of which increase metabolism and result in weight loss. Vaccination with modified somatostatin causes the body to generate antibodies to somatostatin, effectively removing this inhibition without directly interfering with the growth hormones and subsequently increasing energy expenditure and weight loss. Keith Haffer from Braasch Biotech LLC, tested the vaccinations in two groups of ten diet-induced obese male mice compared with a control group of ten mice which received saline injections.
lighting the drug’s effects against a variety of tumours have generated considerable excitement among cancer researchers looking for powerful new treatments. Last year, scientists discovered it could slash the risk of ovarian cancer by around 40 per cent. And Cancer Research UK is currently funding a major five-year study, involving early 5,000 British women with breast cancer, to see if the drug will stop the disease returning and boost survival rates. Other research teams around the world are investigating metformin’s powers
against skin, lung and pancreatic cancer, with promising early results. In the latest study, doctors at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada, tested the drug on 22 men after they noticed that it stunted prostate cancer cell growth in laboratory experiments. All of the men had been diagnosed with tumours and were due to undergo surgery to have their prostates removed. For six weeks before their operation, each one took 500mg of metformin three times a day, during which time researchers measured the rate at which the tumour cells multiplied.
Cure for common cold comes closer to reality Using a new supercomputer, Melbourne scientists have for the first time modelled the movement of the virus that causes the common cold. The breakthrough opens up new targets for drug treatments, which could save many lives worldwide. While the common cold does not cause much harm to healthy individuals, it often exacerbates common lung conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, causing many hospitalisations and deaths each year. For this reason, scientists are trying to find new treatments for rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold. The deputy director of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, Professor Michael Parker, said he and his team had been working with pharmaceutical company Biota Holdings Ltd to understand the rhinovirus
for a new drug to treat it in vulnerable people. He said they had used Melbourne’s synchrotron
helps us understand how the virus works,” the Age quoted Professor Parker as saying.
— a giant microscope — to look at the three-dimensional structure of the virus and had now used the supercomputer to show how the virus moves. “If you consider a virus as an organism, this is the first simulation of a whole organism, which is pretty exciting. No one has been able to do this before. It
He said the information was useful for Biota Holdings Ltd, which has its drug in phase two trials, but would also be published for the use of scientists worldwide. “This could make a huge difference. For some people, it could be the difference between life and death,” Professor Parker said.
One in 10 adults suffers from hypothyroidism, finds survey MUMBAI: One in 10 adults suffers from hypothyroidism, with the prevalence of the condition higher in inland cities than in coastal locations, says a countrywide study. The seafood diet of coastal people may help prevent the disease, said experts in reaction to the findings.The study, published in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, shows that out of the 5,376 people who were surveyed, 10.95% were found to be suffering from hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition characterized by abnormally low thyroid hormone production, which affects the entire body system along with a person’s lifestyle.“Of the 1,259 peo-
The results, presented at the recent American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Chicago, showed malignant cells grew at a significantly slower rate once the men were put on the drug, suggesting metformin might be able to keep tumours under control. The findings support a 2009 study, which found that men taking metformin every day to control their diabetes were up to 44 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer. “We compared what the prostate cancer looked like when it was first diagnosed to what it looked like when it
ple studied in Mumbai, 9.61 per cent were diagnosed with hypothyroidism,” Dr Mahesh Padsalge, the city investigator of the study, said. “Out of these, 2.86 per cent did not even know that they were suffering from it.” The study found that inland cities such as Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad had a higher prevalence of hypothyroidism compared to coastal locations such as the city, Goa and Chennai. “It is just a theory and not a proven fact, but we believe that people in coastal areas have a lower risk of hypothyroidism because of iodine-rich diet,” Dr A G Unnikrishnan, principal investigator of the study, said. “Iodine is found in the head portion of fish and is
an element required in the production of thyroid hormone.” If left untreated, hypothyroidism can cause elevated cholesterol levels, an increase in blood pressure, an increased rate of cardiovascular complications, decreased fertility, and depression. In pregnant women, it can cause placental abnormalities and put the baby’s health at increased risk.These symptoms are often confused with other disorders, making thyroid disorders one of the most under-diagnosed in the country.The study revealed that women were three times more likely to be affected than men; of the affected population, 15.86 per cent were women and 5.02 per cent men.
was removed. And although these are preliminary results, it appeared to reduce the growth rate of prostate cancer in a proportion of men,” said Dr Anthony Joshua, a cancer specialist who carried out the latest study. Metformin works by reducing the amount of glucose produced by the liver and helping cells mop up sugar that is circulating in the bloodstream, preventing damage from excessive blood sugar levels. Eleanor Barrie, Cancer Research UK’s senior science information officer, noted: “Larger trials will tell us more in the next few years.”
“The treatment for the AMD is injecting a special drug in the eye, which has to be taken in multipe rounds, like in cancer treatment. In severe cases a combination of laser treatment and injection is given,” Sanjay Dhawan, director, ophthamology, Fortis Memorial Institute told IANS. The injection to treat AMD costs about Rs. 20,000 to 25,000; so doctors feel that the treatment of the disease is still very expensive.“Once the vision is lost it cannot be retrieved back; so for whatever has been left behind the patients are given low vision aids that are equipped with magnifying glasses to make reading easier,” added Dhawan.Though not a new disease, cases of AMD have been on the rise. “With lifespan of human beings increasing, the detection rate has been increasing. However changing lifestyle and food habits can also be attributed as one of the cause,” Kingshukh Biswas, ophthamologist at Columbia Asia, told IANS. Thus doctors advise people nearing the age of 50 years to take Vitamin A rich food like fish and green vegetables. “Once a person nears the age of 50 years he should also undergo regular retina screening and use Amsler Grid. It is a chart which are given to patients to monitor or check any kind of distortion,” Biswas added.
Men who don’t exercise have ‘dysfunctional’ good cholesterol High levels of good cholesterol - also known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL) appears to carry cholesterol away from blood vessels to the liver, and from there the liver processes it for removal from the body. Because exercise has the potential to protect against heart disease in a variety of ways, Christian K. Roberts and his colleagues at UCLA tested whether HDL in men who weight trained regularly behaved in a healthier way than HDL in sedentary men.
They found that the men who didn’t exercise were more likely than those who weight trained to have dysfunctional HDL. Having faulty HDL was associated with numerous other risk factors for heart disease, including high triglycerides and a higher trunk fat mass. This finding held true regardless of the men’s weight, which suggests that maintaining a
“healthy” weight isn’t as important for healthy cholesterol function as being active by regularly performing strength training. The study has been published in the Journal of Applied Physiology.
Does Facebook really cause depression? New evidence thrown up by researchers debunks the finding that spending time on Facebook and other social sites causes depression. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health study suggests that it may be unnecessarily alarming to advise patients and parents on the risk of "Facebook Depression" based solely on the amount of internet use. Last year, the American Academy of Paediatrics released a report on the effects of social media on children and adolescents, which suggested that exposure to Facebook could lead to depression, The Journal of Adolescent Health reports. Researchers led by Lauren Jelenchick and Megan Moreno from Wisconsin surveyed the 190 students aged between 18 and 23 using a real-time assessment of internet activity and a validated, clinical screening method for depression, according to a Wisconsin statement. The students were surveyed with 43 text message questionnaires at random intervals over a seven day period between February and December of 2011. The students were asked if they were currently online, how many minutes they had been online and what they were doing on the internet. The study found that the participants were on Facebook for over half of the
total time online. When Jelenchick and Moreno evaluated the data including the depression screening results, they found no significant associations between
ceived a master's degree in public health from Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Moreno, a paediatrician, advises parents to look at their chil-
social media use and the probability of depression. "Our study is the first to present scientific evidence on the suggested link between social media use and risk of depression," said Jelenchick, who just re-
dren's social media use in the context of their entire lives. She says parents do not have to be overly concerned if their child's behaviour and mood have not changed, they have friends and their school work is consistent.
Migraine much more than just bad headache Almost everyone suffers from headache pain occasionally, but for many, intense, debilitating headaches accompanied by other neurological symptoms — also known as migraine syndrome — are a source of physical misery that can have a devastating effect on their quality of life. According to Dr. Rebecca Poetschke, who treats patients at the new migraine clinic at the Women’s Health Center on the campus of ProMedica Herrick Hospital, migraines are actually a group of neurological symptoms that vary widely among sufferers. The American Migraine Foundation, an American nonprofit organization that supports migraine research, states on its website that migraine symptoms generally include severe, recurring intense pain on one side of the head (although both sides can be affected) accompanied by one or more of the following: visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sensorial stimulation and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. The fact that migraine syndrome involves multiple symptoms that differ from person to person and often change with each migraine episode can make diagnosing the condition challenging. “Migraine syndrome affects different people in different ways and to different degrees,” noted Dr. Steven Sherman, a neurologist who also treats
patients in the migraine clinic at the Women’s Health Center. “For mild cases, some people are able to control their symptoms with lifestyle changes. Medications and other treatments may help more severe cases,” he stated.
Although migraine does affect men, almost three times as many women suffer from the syndrome. Migraine can be a genetic disorder, making it common for children whose parents experience migraines to do the same. The American Headache Society estimates that up to 10 percent of children in the United States suffer from migraine.
Despite the widespread occurrence of the condition, many migraine sufferers go undiagnosed. While there is no immediate health risk to delaying treatment other than discomfort and lack of productivity, over the long term, research has shown that migraine sufferers are more susceptible to other health problems including depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, other pain conditions and fatigue. “The key to treating migraine effectively is identifying the patterns of onset and any lifestyle factors that may trigger episodes,” Poetschke said. “Many people can learn to manage migraine effectively and reduce their frequency simply by being aware of things that may bring them on and making changes to avoid their triggers,” he noted. Poetschke suggested that patients keep a diary of their migraine patterns and lifestyle habits for several weeks as a tool for determining the frequency and severity of their attacks and what triggers them. For people who suffer from chronic migraine episodes, additional therapies may be necessary. “If you are experiencing migraines on a regular basis that are debilitating and impacting your quality of life, you should seek medical attention,” recommended Sherman.
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President Pranab Mukherjee cuts short Bihar visit by a day
Rahul calls Manmohan Singh his ‘political guru’ Agencies Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday heaped praise on the Prime Minister, saying he was his political guru and no one could match the development work done by Manmohan Singh. “I have two political gurus, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister,” Gandhi said while addressing a rally at Sangrur. “No one else has done so much development work as done by the Prime Minister,” he said. He thanked the people of Punjab for “giving us the Prime Minister”. Stating that Manmohan Singh’s intent was honest, Gandhi said the UPA government under him since 2004 has changed the development structure. “We have given a rights based politics which empowers the common man,” said Gandhi while referring to Right to Information Act, rural employment guarantee act and the food security act. Lauding Punjab and its farmers for providing food to the country, Rahul said the Right to Food to everyone in the country would not be possible without Punjab’s farmers. He also lauded Punjab and Haryana for providing food to the nation saying “without Punjab, India cannot rise”. Highlighting the problem of drug abuse in Punjab, he spoke of the plight of mothers who fear for their sons taking to drugs and cited his own childhood fears of bad weather when his father was a pilot.
“No one else has done so much development work as done by the Prime Minister,” He also talked about the plight of youth scouting for employment in Punjab in the absence of one. “Till these fears are driven away from Punjab, this state cannot progress. There is no shortcoming in you, you gave us Manmohan Singh,” he said.
Gandhi also favoured bringing more women in politics and said” we can bring about a change only if we do so”. He also lauded the role of the Youth Congress in “waging a war” against the “atrocities” of the ruling Akali regime in the state.
CAT 2013: Ratio of women aspirants sees an increase Agencies MUMBAI: Despite an overall dip in numbers, the ratio of women candidates over two years has continued to increase to 29%, registration data for CAT ( Common Admission Test) 2013 announced by the IIMs and Prometric showed on Thursday. Candidates with two or more years of work experience registering for CAT, has risen to 16% over the same span, while candidates with little to no work experience have declined to 66%. Women aspirant registrations are up from 27% in 2012, and candidates with two-plus years of work experience are up from 13% last year. Candidates with little to no work experience are down from 68% last year. “It is understandable, in our current economy, that many working professionals are choosing to acquire greater work experience before diverting attention from their present employment
to undertake an MBA,” said Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2013 convenor in a release. Students with backgrounds in technology/engi-
Despite an overall dip in numbers, the ratio of women candidates over two years has continued to increase to 29%, registration data for CAT 2013 announced by the IIMs and Prometric showed neering continued to dominate at 70% of candidates, an
India seeks new deal with Sri Lanka on fishermen
India is trying to establish a new mechanism which will enable early release of fishermen, especially those from Tamil Nadu who inadvertently enter Sri Lankan waters and are detained or arrested. “We are trying to do… create a mechanism… for those Indian fishermen who stray inadvertently into Sri Lankan waters,” Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami said during the monthly press interaction of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in New Delhi on Thursday. “The new mechanism shall be in line with what we have with Pakistan where we notify the counterparts and ensure early release of our people,” he said. Mr. Shinde said such incidents have been happening for a long time and a new protocol in this regard will help in bringing down instances of long detention or arrest of fishermen especially from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan forces. Mr. Goswami said
increase of 6% from last year. Economics, management and science make up 23%. Across all IIMs, 115 seats have been added for B-
with such operating procedures in place with Pakistan, India has been able to ensure quick release of its fishermen and the gesture is returned promptly when some Pakistani fishermen are apprehended by Indian maritime security patrols. Coastal security scheme Mr. Shinde, during the interaction, also said all States, including Gujarat would be asked to expedite the implementation of the centrallyfunded ‘Coastal Security Scheme’. “We advise those states who are slow in implementing the scheme to gather pace. We will tell all states to take immediate action as coastal security is very important,” he said. Categorisi n g Gujarat, Maharashtra and the Sunderbans in We s t B e n g a l a s v u l nerable coastal and sea points in the c o u n t r y, M r. S h i n d e said his Ministry will s u r e l y t a l k t o these states to speed up the on-ground implementation of this scheme.
School admissions this year, a total of 3,335 seats.
NEW DELHI: President Pranab Mukherjee has cut short his scheduled visit to Bihar by a day possibly because it was clashing with a rally of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Patna. Mukherjee mentioned his revised schedule to BJP MPs from Bihar Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain, who met him on Thursday. “The President told us that he will visit Bihar on October 26 to attend a convocation, but will return back to Delhi the same day,” Hussain said. Modi will address the BJP’s hunkar rally in Patna on October 27. The clash between the President’s visit and Modi’s rally had become an issue between BJP and its former ally JD (U). BJP had alleged that Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had deliberately invited the President on October 27 as well to scuttle the party rally. “BJP leaders will be there in Patna on October 26 to welcome President Pranab Mukherjee. It is honour for Bihar to welcome the President on one day and the future Prime Minister of India the next day,” Rudy said. BJP’s Bihar unit had charged chief minister Nitish Kumar with misleading the people on finalising the date of the presidential visit to Bihar. Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had said that the party had finalised the date of the rally way back on March 20 and Kumar was fully aware of it. He had alleged that the chief minister was duty-bound to apprise the President of the scheduled political event during his visit.
Three students murder their college principal near Tuticorin Agencies Three students of a private engineering college in Tuticorin district on Thursday murdered their principal allegedly for suspending one of them. L.R.D. Suresh (53), the principal of Infant Jesus College of Engineering at Keela Vallanad in Tuticorin district, was stabbed with an aruval (sickle) around 8.20 a.m. as he entered the campus in his car. Mr. Suresh was immediately rushed to the Tirunelveli Government Hospital, where he succumbed to injuries around 9.40 a.m. Reliable sources said the prime accused P. Pitchaikannan (21), a final year Aeronautical Engineering student from Velarikkaioorani, Nazareth, was provoked to murder the principal, who had suspended him for his unruly behaviour. While Pitchaikannan stabbed the principal in the stomach, his roommates — G. Danish (21) of Sivaganga, a final year B.Tech (Information Technology) student and M. Prabaharan (21) of Keelvelur taluk, Kuthur post, Nagapattinam, a third year student of Civil Engineering — caused grievous bleeding injury on
Cyclone Phailin intensifies into severe storm, high alert for Andhra Pradesh, Odisha Agencies Bhubaneswar: The cyclonic storm “Phailin” which hit the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Wednesday has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is heading towards coastal Odisha and Andhra Pradesh where it is expected to hit on Saturday night. Here are the 10 big developments in this story: Experts say the wind speed will touch 175-185 km per hour when the cyclone makes landfall in Odisha.A high alert has been declared for the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh, where the state government is preparing to evacuate residents.The weather department said in a bulletin that Phailin will intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm in the next 24 hours. The Andhra Pradesh government says it has asked the Navy, Army and Air Force that their as-
sistance may be required for emergency and relief operations.“Storm surge with height of around 1.5 to 2.0 metre above astronomical tide would inundate low-lying areas of Ganjam, Khurda, Puri and Jagats-
inghpur districts of Odisha and Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh during landfall,” said Sarat Sahu, the Director of the Indian Meteorological Department.Due to the cyclone alert, thousands of power sector employees from the Seemandhra
region of Andhra Pradesh, who were on strike to protest against the Centre’s decision to split the state, have decided to return to work, for now. The employees have agreed to start work from 6 am tomorrow but have warned that their strike is not over. The breakthrough came reportedly after the workers held yet another round of talks with Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy today after three failed attempts. The decision comes as a respite for residents of Seemandhra who have been facing acute power shortage for six days in a row. The Visakhapatnam Cyclone Warning Centre has forecast heavy rainfall, and warned fishermen against venturing into sea. A super-cyclone had struck 14 coastal districts of Odisha in October 1999. Nearly 10,000 people were killed as winds raging at 300 kms per hour tore through the coast.
Mr. Suresh’s neck. According to police sources, Pitchaikannan, was placed on a five day suspension from Monday following an alleged attack on Athithan, a final year student of Automobile Engineering over occupying a seat in bus on October 5, 2013. Pichaikannan, who had developed enmity with Mr. Athithan, had attacked the latter both at the college premises and outside the campus, recently. Moreover, Pitchaikannan was said to be irregular in attending classes. Srivaikuntam Tahsildar Kamatchidasan, police personnel and other revenue officials reached the spot and inquired about the incident. Murappanad police has arrested the three accused and booked a case against them under Sections 294 (b) and 302 of IPC. The weapons used for the murder have been seized. The slain principal was a resident of Rahmath Nagar in Tirunelveli.Student counsellor, John Samuel, who was present at the college entrance, said the slain principal was a disciplinarian. The college would remain closed until October 16, 2013 he said.
JPC report on 2G flawed: BJP BJP leader Yashwant Sinha Thursday said the report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on irregularities in the allocation of 2G telecom licences and spectum is a bundle of “half truths”. “This report (submitted by JPC chief P.C. Chacko) is flawed...This report is a bundle of contradictions, untruths and half truths,” Sinha told reporters after submitting a dissenting report by the six Bharatiya Janata Party members of t h e JP C . H e r i d i c ule d t h e m a n n e r i n w h i ch C h a cko m ove d t h e re p o r t fo r a d o pt i o n by t h e JP C w i t h o ut c o n si d e r i n g i t p a ra by p a ra , a s m a n d a te d un d e r t h e p a rli a m e n ta r y r ule s. S i n h a sa i d t h e B JP m e m b e r s subm i t te d t h e i r d i sse n t i n g re p o r t to t h e JP C secretariat in the afternoon, well before the 5 p.m. deadlines set by the JPC chairman.He said a copy of their dissent report had also been submitted to the office of the Lok Sabha speaker.Sinha admitted that bringng the report before the media even before it was table in parliament was in a breach of the parliamentary rules and procedures.
Power strike over Telangana not called off completely, says leader Agencies Chandrababu Naidu fast over Telangana is strange, says Shinde The indefinite hunger strike being held by TDP Chief N Chandrababu Naidu at Andhra Bhavan here was today termed “strange” by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde who said this was perhaps the first time that a former Chief Minister was holding a fast on a state guest house premises. “Ye ajeeb tarah ka andolan hain (This is a strange kind of agitation). For the first time, I am seeing someone using the premises of a state guest house for a fast,” he told reporters when asked whether the Centre would intervene to evict Naidu from the Andhra Bhavan premises. government and Naidu over the site of his fast, Shinde said the state government should approach a civil court with a complaint of trespassing. “If there is a court order, then we can help,” he said. Appealing to Naidu to call off his strike and return to AP, Shinde said TDP had categorically conveyed to the Centre its support for the creation of a separate Telangana state and that view was given due weightage. 4.27 pm: Will continue protests in other forms, says JAC leader Following a request by Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy the Electricity Employees Joint Action Committee agreed to call off the strike and resume duties from tomorrow morning, JAC leader Saibabu said. However, Saibabu said it was only temporary. “We have not called off our strike completely. It’s only temporary in view of the cyclone threat,” Saibabu told reporters after the meeting with the Chief Minister. The decision was taken to avoid inconvenience to the people, he said, adding that power supply would be restored imme-
diately. “We will, however, continue our protests in other forms,” he said. The JAC leader thanked 30,000 regular and 15,000 contract employees of the power sector for taking part in the indefinite strike. He also thanked the people for bearing with hardships during the strike period and said they would continue the agitation till their demand for a united Andhra Pradesh was met. The strike pushed 13 coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema districts into darkness, affecting movement of trains and emergency services in hospitals besides ham-
pering supply to Hyderabad city. 1.53 pm: Relief at last: Power employees call off strike Some respite could finally be coming the way of Andhra Pradesh, with television reports saying that striking power workers have called off their agitation in view of a cyclone that is scheduled to hit Northern Andhra and Odisha soon. The Times Now channel reported that the strike had been called off following a third round of talks with Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy. Previously two rounds of talks between the CM and the unions had failed, as he had
been unable to give them an assurance that the state would not be divided. The decision will come as a huge relief for the people in 13 affected districts, where even hospitals had been at the receiving end of the power outage. Fuel prices had skyrocketed on the back of increased demand for diesel to power generators and there was a fear that the entire southern grid could be in danger of tripping. The decision also comes even as the government was advocating the use of the ESMA (Emergency Services Maintenance Act) to bring an end to the power crisis in the state. However relief may be short lived. According to NDTV, unions warned that their decision is based on a commitment to assisting the state to withstand the impact of the cyclone, and that their strike may resume later. 1.00 pm: Justice will be done to the people of Andhra, says Shinde Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said that the GoM on Andhra Pradesh which will hold their first meeting tomorrow, will listen to all the stakeholders in the division of Andhra Pradesh and report back to cabinet. “All points will be taken into consideration and justice will be done to the people of Andhra Pradesh”, Shinde said. He added however that the recommendations of the GoM would take time to implement, given that it had to first submit its report to the cabinet, which would then be forwarded to the President who would send it back to cabinet after which it would be tabled in Parliament. He added that there was no question of the decision on Telangana being rolled back. 12.20 pm: How Andhra agitations are hitting TN’s economy Across the border from the on-the-boil Seemandhra region, the matchstick industry in Tamil Nadu is facing a daily loss of Rs 1.25 crore.
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Dilshan retires from Test cricket
Allow Jwala to play in Denmark Open, HC tells BAI Agencies The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow ace Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta to participate in upcoming tournaments till the disciplinary authority takes a final decision on the issue of her alleged indiscipline. Justice V K Jain allowed Gutta’s plea and said, “I am of the view that you (BAI) must allow her to play in the tournament“. However, the court said a detailed order will be passed on her plea later in the day. The court also observed that till the final view is taken by the committee, she should be allowed to take part in the tournament. The two upcoming badminton tournaments in which Gutta was to participate are Denmark Open scheduled from October 15 to 20 and French Open from October 22 to 27. The BAI, however, had on Wednesday withdrew the selection of Gutta and her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa from Denmark Open. The BAI’s disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban on Gutta for trying to stop some players
of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League in August this year. Gutta approached the high court challenging the decision of BAI to recommend a life ban on her for alleged indiscipline in the IBL. Appearing for Gutta, advocate Gopal Jain argued that the manner in which the association is behaving towards her is completely arbitrary and misuse of power. “You have to treat a sports woman with dignity,” he said. Countering his arguments, senior advocate Shanti Bhushan submitted that for past few years her performance is below the rank and there is nothing wrong in the decision taken by BAI’s committing. “If she admits that she has committed a mistake or tenders apology, she will be allowed to play,” Bhushan said. Gutta has sought quashing of the October 7 order, where BAI had ruled out considering Jwala for selection in any international event in the next one month, pending a decision by the three-member committee that was formed on Monday.
Ex-Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan announced his retirement from test cricket with immediate effect on Thursday, saying he wants to clear the way for younger players. Dilshan, who will turn 37 next week, told report-
retire in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately we don’t have any test matches in Sri Lanka until 2015 and that’s why I decided to retire without saying goodbye from the ground,” he said.
tests, with one win, five draws and five losses. The highlight of his captaincy was leading his team to its first win against South Africa in South Africa “I started (tests) in Zimbabwe in 1999 and planned to
Dilshan played 87 test matches during a 14-year career, and his 5,492 runs included 16 centuries at an average of almost 41. A versatile cricketer, Dilshan has also picked by 39 wickets.
“I started (tests) in Zimbabwe in 1999 and planned to retire in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately we don’t have any test matches in Sri Lanka until 2015 and that’s why I decided to retire without saying goodbye from the ground,”
Jwala Gutta during the Indian Badminton League match in Lucknow recently
Abhishek Nayar skittles out West Indies A
HUBLI: India ‘A’ pacers Abhishek Nayar (4-61) and Dhawal Kulkarni (3-60) called the shots as West Indies ‘A’ were skittled for 268 in 77.4 overs on the first day of the third and final unofficial Test here on Wednesday. Positioned at a relatively comfortable 175-3 at tea, the tourists lost their way in the final session, losing seven wickets even as the Indian pacers made the most of the conditions to come up with a disciplined show. At close, India were ten for no loss with V Jagadeesh (8) and Gautam Gambhir (2) holding fort. Right-arm medium-pacer Nayar, who scored 89 runs and went wicketless in the second Test in Shimoga, finally came good with the ball. He gave away 61 runs from 20.2 overs that included six maidens. The contest swung in India’s favour when Nayar dismantled the dominant pair of Narsingh Deonarine (35) and Leon Johnson (81),
Bangladesh. Dilshan said he is leaving happy, having accomplished his personal target of 5,000 test runs and captaining the team. Dilshan led Sri Lanka in 11
who added 70 runs off 125 balls for the third wicket to help the visitors recover from a disastrous start. Once Johnson and Deonarine perished, none of the West Indian batsmen could make an impact. Post tea, Nayar, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Tuesday, removed Nikita Miller and Delorn Johnson to clean up the lower order. His Mumbai teammate Kulkarni too was on a roll, accounting for Powell, Assad Fudadin (47) and Jahmar Hamilton (15) and taking a spectacular overhead catch of Delorn Johnson off Nayar. Veteran left-arm pacer Zaheer seemed to have regained his rhythm as he bowled 15 overs and five maidens while conceding a measly 33 runs for one wicket. Earlier, Leon Johnson must have rued missing a century for the second straight time but the left-hander’s patient knock helped the visitors shed the early blues besides entertaining the 10,000-odd crowd. Having been promoted to No.3 for the first time in the series, the southpaw played the waiting game, picking the right deliveries to hit.
ers that he had planned to retire after a series against Zimbabwe this month but the cancellation of that tour means he will depart without a farewell match.“It’s a good time to go. I have done well in my last series with an average of 60,” Dilshan said of his last series against
Cross batted shots broke my bat as a kid, so I played straight: Ajinkya Rahane Agencies With four back to back half-centuries and 288 runs in Champions League Twenty20 for Rajasthan Royals, Ajinkya Rahane has pushed his case for selection in the limited overs set-up. In a chat with The Indian Express, the Mumbai opener talks about how he has stuck to an orthodox approach even in T20s and how after a talk with Rahul Dravid and Paddy Upton, he has now become a calmer cricketer. Excerpts On the run of 50s * It is a nice feeling because it’s hard to be consistent in T20. It’s not easy to score back to back fifties in four games but I always felt that if you need to be in the reckoning then you need to be consistent. Consistency has been my plus point. On sticking to orthodox shots I know my limitations and my strength is to play straight. I never tried to play any unorthodox shot because I was never taught that way. In school and club cricket, we were coached to play straight. Playing a cross batted shot during my childhood means I could break my bat. I can’t afford that,
you know, bats are expensive. If I can score by playing straight than why try things you aren’t confident about. On role of support staff * Credit should go to Paddy Upton and Rahul bhai (Dravid). Earlier I used to think a lot. I would
wonder why this happened and why something was not happening. I was restless. They told me that I need to divert myself and not think too much about cricket. I started reading books. I now listen to music before batting. In the Royals
dressing room, I play some table tennis before each game. It helps me to be fresh and focus better. On Dravid’s influence * I spoke to Dravid a few times and he made me understand a few things. He told me it’s very important what attitude you carry, how much hardwork you do in the nets. He remembered his days when he was dropped from the Indian team but that never changed his attitude. He said if I keep my same work ethics and attitude, everything will follow. It is just matter of time. On waiting for India turn * My time will come and I don’t want sympathies. I’m still young and age is on my side. I had a decent year so far, my Test debut might have come late but I know I’m in the race. I will fight it out, as I said I will keep working hard. As soon as CLT20 got over next day I made sure to play club games. Keeping in touch with the game is important. As I said many people are competing for a place and I too want to make a comeback. I batted well in Zimbabwe and later scored crucial 84 for India A when we were 10 for 5. At the nets I do try to learn something. Every day I want myself to upgrade. I can’t predict the future but the present is in my hand.
FTP is legally binding document, says ex-ICC official Agencies Even as CSA president Chris Nenzani is set to meet with Indian officials on Friday in the hope of finalising an itinerary for India’s tour to South Africa, a former ICC official has suggested that the BCCI’s flouting of the FTP could have legal implications. David Becker, who was the ICC’s Head of Legal for five years until 2012, and who is one of several lawyers offering CSA advice, said it was “improper” to allow a member body to “blatantly disregard an ICC resolution”. The BCCI, though, says there is no legal impropriety and no threat of any legal action against it. Under the current FTP, the tour includes a schedule of three Tests, seven ODIs and two Twenty20s. This was the schedule announced by CSA on July 8; the following day, the BCCI objected to the tour, saying the dates had been released without its consultation. It has since announced dates for series against West Indies and New Zealand that, as things stand,
would severely shorten the original South Africa schedule. In a statement released to journalists last week, Becker revealed he resigned from his post because of what he considered “questionable governance” at the ICC and listed three examples, all relating to the “dominance of BCCI President N Srinivasan”. What he called the “most concerning one” related to the FTP. “Perhaps the most concerning example is the recent attempt by Srinivasan to manipulate the FTP schedule to his own benefit,” Becker said. “There is a formal, unequivocal and unanimous ICC board resolution approving the current FTP schedule [including 3 Test matches, 7 ODIs and 2 T20 internationals between India and South Africa]. “When the ICC allows one of its directors to blatantly disregard an ICC board resolution, it becomes more than questionable governance it becomes improper.” Becker explained to ESPNcricinfo why he
Gautam Gambhir roars back to form against West Indies ‘A’ Agencies HUBLI: Out-of-favour opener Gautam Gambhir roared back to form with a fluent half-century as India ‘A’ reached 115 for one against the West Indies ‘A’, still trailing by 153 runs in their first innings on Day 2 of the third unofficial Test, on Thursday. Coming into the game with a series of poor scores behind him, the Delhi lefthander showed glimpses of his old self with a delightful knock of unbeaten 60 runs off 107 balls, consist-
ing of eight scintillating boundaries, at the KSCA Stadium. This is Gambhir’s 51st first-class half century of
his career. Gambhir walked into the middle with great determination and focussed
himself on not playing any rash strokes which was his undoing in Shimoga Test. The 31-year-old moved his feet with assurance from the start and played the West Indies bowlers with ease. He punished the loose balls and kept the scoreboard ticking in company of skipper Cheteshwar Pujara, who also looked solid at the other end. Pujara, who also had a poor run in the series after getting a century against South Africa ‘A’, was batting on 36 off 58 balls with four hits to the fence.
thought it was legally binding. “The original FTP agreement was approved as a binding regulation of the ICC in 2004. The roll-over of the FTP agreement was approved unanimously by the ICC board in June 2011, as was the FTP schedule for 2012-2020. “Mr [Shashank] Manohar, the BCCI president at the time, was present in that meeting and voted in favour of it. It is legally binding on the ICC and its members, and hence it can and should be enforced for the sake of international cricket.” Becker said the FTP not being upheld places the entire structure of international cricket at financial risk. “After the June 2011 board meeting each member then went away and signed deals with its commercial partners on that basis. If one member is allowed to alter the agreed FTP schedule unilaterally, it undermines the entire commercial structure of international bilateral cricket.” His statement further read. “It’s not
only hugely concerning for the game, it’s contrary to the regulatory framework within which ICC operates, and hence its illegal.” The BCCI said they have not had communication indicating lawyers would become involved. “We haven’t heard anything about any legal action by Cricket South Africa so far. In fact, we are very positive about the tour and don’t see any reason to take the extreme step. So I don’t know where this legal recourse talk is coming from,” Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. Patel said there was no question of the legal route because there is no contractual agreement between India and South Africa regarding this series. “The FTP may have been considered by the ICC and agreed upon. But the fact is we have not signed the bilateral agreement. And the bilateral agreement between the two boards is the only legal document for any international series.
Arsene Wenger defends Jack Wilshere’s Agencies Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed his midfielder Jack Wilshere’s claim that only English people should play football for England.Manchester United’s Belgianborn Adnan Januzaj could qualify for England in the future by residency.Asked about the issue, Wilshere, 21, said: “If you live in England for five years it doesn’t make you English.” Wenger told BBC Sport: “I agree with him. I always said also an Englishman should manage the England team.” “With England manager Roy Hodgson concerned at the lack of English players playing first team football in the Premier League, is it acceptable for the FA to stand back from that trend and ignore top class talent living in this country and playing for English clubs?” Wilshere case reveals FA attitude shift The Frenchman warned that national teams risk replicating clubs, who buy players to represent them regardless of their passport or na-
tionality.Wilshere, who has 10 England caps, said his comments were not in reference to Januzaj, who England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed he is monitoring. South Africa-born England cricketer Kevin
Pietersen responded to Wilshere’s comments by asking the Gunners player: “Interested to know how you define foreigner...? Would that
include me, [former England cricket captain Andrew] Strauss, [cricketer Jonathan] Trott, [cricketer Matt Prior, [golfer] Justin Rose, [cyclist Chris] Froome, [runner] Mo Farah? “Same difference.. It’s about representing your country! IN ANY SPORT!” And later on Wednesday, Wilshere sought to clarify his original remarks: “To be clear, never said ‘born in England’ - I said English people should play for England. Great respect for people like KP [Kevin Pietersen], Mo Farah [born in Somalia] and Wilf Zaha [born in Ivory Coast] - they make the country proud. “My view on football - going to a new country when you’re an adult, and because you can get a passport you play for that national team - I disagree.” The 18-year-old Januzaj, who has not yet played internationally at any level, was born in Brussels and signed for Premier League champions United in 2011 from Belgian club Anderlecht.