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Shiekh Haseena takes oath as Bangladesh PM for the 3rd time
Scores fifty in domestic cricket
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JAMMU, JANUARY 12:- Cabinet Sub- Committee (CSC) Constituted for examining the Creation of New Administrative Units in the State under the chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Tara Chand is scheduled to meet the general public of Districts Leh & Kargil at 10 AM on January, 15, 2014 at State Guest House Jammu as per the notice issued by GAD today. Similarly the Cabinet See Visit On Page 11..
Adequate energy supply at affordable price key for growth: PM
2 die, 3 injured in road mishaps Srinagar, Jan 12: Two motorcyclists died while three others were injured in two different accidents in Sopore. A Sumo bearing registration number JK05A/6687 and a Motorcycle collided at Hygam in the jurisdiction of police station Tarzoo. Two motorcyclists Danish Sultan Shah son of Mohammad Sultan resident of Kani Bagh Baramulla and Sheikh Uzair son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Sangri Colony died in the mishap while another person Fayaz Ahmad Bhat resident of Kupwara received injuries. Injured was See shifted to the hospital for treatment. A case has been Mishaps On Page 11..
CB files charge sheet against 25, including 12 tainted students Srinagar, Jan 12: The Crime Branch of Police on Sunday filed charge sheet against 25 accused in Common Entrance Test (CET) paper leak scam of 2012. Besides, some parents, brokers, former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE); the list of accused comprises of 12 students who are presently study-
ing in Government Medical College in Srinagar. Reliable sources told KNS, that the crime branch officer investigating the scam presented the charge sheet before the special judge anti corruption M L Manhas. The accused have been booked under sections 5 (1) d, 5 (2) of Prevention of Corruption Act read with 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120 (hatching criminal conspiracy). “So far, 12 students benefiting
Inside story Govt committed to provide improved facilities to people: Sakina ANANTNAG, JANUARY 12: Minister for Social Welfare and ARI Trainings, Ms. Sakina Itoo has reiterated the government’s commitment to provide improved facilities to the people living in far-flung, remote and hilly areas of the State. She said government believes in persistent developmental achievements than rhetoric slogans and during the past five years the Government has taken several vital steps in this direction and change can be well acknowledged at the ground level. The Minister said this while addressing a gathering at Khanabal Anantnag here on Sunday.
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WEATHER FORECAST FOR NEXT 24 HRS:
Light rain/snow would occur at isolated places over the state
FORECAST OF SRINAGAR:
Partly cloudy sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 5°C & -2°C respectively.
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out of the paper leak scam, have been charge sheeted. Since the investigations are on, the crime branch will file supplementary charge sheet later,” a well placed officer in the crime branch told KNS. Sources in the court said the trial of these accused will commence on January 18. Pertinently, the charge sheet has been filed a day before the remand of Sajad Ahmad, one of the accused was to end. See CET On Page 11..
New Delhi, Jan 12: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has asked the people to fight religious fanaticism asserting that true religion cannot be the basis of hatred and division. He said human society would have been far more advanced than it is now had it not been for horrible demons of sectarianism and fanaticism. Dr Singh was addressing the closing ceremony of the commemoration of Swami Vivekananda's 150th birth anniversary in New Delhi today. Highlighting one of the three central messages of Vivekananda's teachings, the Prime Minister said India’s true liberation would come only when every citizen feels liberated from the scourge of poverty, ignorance and disease. He said Swami Vivekananda stirred the minds of Indians and inspired them to seek freedom and a life of dignity. Speaking on the occasion, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said all must rise above politics and pay heed to Swami Vivekananda's teachings of wisdom and tolerance. Stating that religious fanaticism threatens peace in the region, Mrs. Gandhi hailed the
Govt considering raising subsidised LPG cap to 12: Moily New Delhi, Jan 12: Under pressure from his party, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily on Sunday said the government is considering increasing the quota of subsidised LPG cylinders to 12 per household even as hints were dropped of a one-time hike in diesel and LPG rates. Moily, who last week said there was no proposal to increase the quota from 9 cylinders per household to 12, on Sunday said the final decision on the issue will be taken by the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA). "I have read in newspapers about (Congress Vice President) Rahul Gandhi taking up the issue of increasing the LPG
Narcotic substances recovered in Pulwama: 1 arrested
Srinagar, Jan 12: Pulwama police recovered about 30 kgs narcotic substances from a residential house at Larve Kakapora. Acting upon a specific information, a police party from police post Kakapora searched a house belonging to Muzaffar Ahmad Hajam son of Ali Mohammad Hajam. During the search police recovered 19 Kgs Bung Patri, 11 Kgs Poppy Straw, 950 gms Charas Powder from the house. The accused was arrested. A case FIR No. 02/2014 under section 15/28 NDPS Act was registered in Police Station Pulwama and investigation has been started. (KNS)
True religion cannot be basis of hatred and division: PM
Trial to begin on Jan 18
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Ready to play ODI’s again for Pakistan
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CSC to visit Leh, Kargil on 15 Jan
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Not sure about pre-poll alliance: Soz
Srinagar, Jan 12: Prof. Saifuddin Soz president Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) on Sunday said that he is not sure about pre-poll between Congress and its alliance partner National Conference for forthcoming Parliamentary or Assembly elections and any decision in this regard will be taken by the Congress high command in Delhi, off course, after analyzing the ground reports. Soz was addressing a function held in Hotel Broadway here where some prominent political figures like Mohammad Yaqoob Vakil. Abdul Gani Naseem, Manzoor Ahmad Zargar, Bashir Ahmad Malik, Shaheen Sultan Qazi Hakim U Din, Hafiz Mohd Iqbal, Gul Rehman, Aneesa Gul, Moulvi Zahoor and Riyaz Ahgmad Malik joined the party. According to KNS correspondent, the PCC chief said that he will surely post his party high command about the opinion and observations of party’s workers at the grassroot level. “I am not sure about any pre poll alliance with NC for forthcoming parliamentary or assembly elections and
cap with the Prime Minister. I am yet to get comments from the Congress Vice President or the Prime Minister," he told reporters in Greater Noida. Moily said 89.2 per cent of the 15 crore LPG consumers use up to nine cylinders in a year and only 10 per cent have to buy the additional requirement at the market price. If the quota is raised to 12, about 97 per cent of the LPG consumers would be covered by subsidised LPG, he said. Increasing the limit to 12 would result in an additional fuel subsidy burden of Rs 3,300 crore-5,800 crore for the government. See Moily On Page 11..
our party workers want a friendly match with NC.” “We are prepared to support the coalition government till the last day but any decision on pre poll alliance is to be taken by the party high command. But I will surely discuss the ground position and convey the feedback of our workers at grassroot level to the party high command. After analyzing the pros and cons, the party high command will decide about the future course of action,” Soz told KNS correspondent. He said that he is ready to undertake any political assignment given to him by the party high command in future. “I think God has given me the faculty that I have the capacity to discharge with sincerity and commitment any political assignment which given to me to the best of my ability.” The PCC chief also said that January 15, deadline for creation of new administrative units is not ‘workable’ as See Soz On Page 11..
Srinagar police launches 24x7 helpline Srinagar, Jan 12 (KNS): Srinagar police on Sunday launched a 24x7 helpline for public to check social crimes and for redressal of problems and grievances of the public in the city. According to SSP Srinagar Sh. Amit Kumar the measure will bring in transparency and accountability in the functioning of the District Police. According to a statement issued to KNS, in order to redress the problems of the general public and check social crimes like drug peddling, eve teasing, burglaries etc in the city, SSP Srinagar today launched grievance cell at District Police Lines, Srinagar that will be accessible to the public 24x7. A dedicated team of officers have been placed in the grievances cell for prompt response to the public See Helpline On Page 11..
Individual opinions cannot override Hurriyat’s collective decisions: Mirwaiz
Asks constituents to respect amalgam’s constitution
Srinagar, Jan 12 (KNS): Stating that the individual opinions in Hurriyat Conference (M) cannot override the collective decisions of the amalgam, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the Hurriyat (M) Sunday asked all the constituent parties to respect the Hurriyat constitution. In a statement issued to KNS, Mirwaiz said that Hurriyat was a forum where everybody’s opinion is being heard and respected, however individual opinions cannot override the collective thought and decisions of the forum. He has further emphasized that the constitution of the Hurriyat is to be respected and fol-
lowed by all the constituents. According to the statement, in a bid to highlight the message and teachings of Prophet Muaha- m a d (SAW) public, Huriyat Conference (M) Sunday organized a gathering titled “Youm-e-Rehmatul-Almeen (SAW) (PBUH)” at amalgam’s headquarters at Rajbagh. The function was chaired by Huriyat (M) Chairman
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while senior hurriyat leaders including Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Moulana MS Shamas, Musadiq Adil, Abdul majid Banday, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, GN Zaki, Javaid Ahamd Mir, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Gn Nagoo, Hilal Ahmad War and others were also present on the occasion. Noted Naat narrator, Ghulam Hassan Gamgeen and senior hurriyat leaders Zaffar Akbar Bhat also paid tributes to Prophet Muhamamd (SAW) (PBUH). Speaking over the occasion, senior leader Moulana Abbas Ansari said that Prophet Muhamamd (SAW) (PBUH) extricated humans from the darkness See Mirwaiz On Page 11..
relevance of Vivekananda's teachings especially for the youth. She said the nation should not fail the youth in fulfilling their aspirations to be educated, governed and employed better. The year-long celebrations began on 12th January last year by releasing postage stamps and coins to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. His teachings were spread See PM On Page 11..
‘No hush hush in creation of administrative units’
Srinagar, Jan 12: Cautioning the government against any manipulations for political ends in creation of new administrative units Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday demanded publication of the Mushtaq Ganai report on the subject. The party president Mehbooba Mufti told a meeting here that by employing the cabinet subcommittee for cosmetic meetings on the subject the government was apparently up to
a mischievous agenda to serve the political interests of some ministers. The meeting was convened to welcome into the party fold, Shabir Ahmed Mir, a prominent citizen of Tangmarg who has distinguished himself in social service and sports. According to a statement issued to KNS, Mehbooba said the government would invite trouble if it created new administrative units in See Mehbooba On Page 11..
CSC tours North Kashmir; receives suggestions, proposals from people Baramulla, Jan 12: Continuing with the mass contact meetings, the Cabinet Sub-Committee, (CSC) constituted for examining the Creation of New Administrative Units today visited Baramulla and listened to the local demands and suggestions for creation of new administrative units in Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora Districts. The local representatives from the cross section of society presented their suggestions and demands before the Committee chairman deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Tara Chand, and members Minister for Urban Development, and Urban Local Bodies, Mr Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Agriculture, Mr. G.H. Mir, Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone, Minister for Planning & Development, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliament , Mir Saifullah. Secretary, Revenue, Mr. Vinod Koul also accompanied the Sub
Committee during the visit. On this occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Tara Chand who is heading the cabinet subcommittee, said that government has constituted the committee to ensure that new administrative units are formed as per the aspirations of the people of various districts. He said Government is committed to provide all basic facilities to the people at their door steps , adding that governments initiative of holding such meetings by the CSC has been taken to give due attention to the people’s demands so that the desiring areas are not neglected in the developmental process in the state. The meeting was attended by the Public Representatives, political activists of various political parties, civil society members and PRIs of these districts and presented their suggestions, proposals and demands before the visiting committee for giving due consideration.The Committee members gave a See CSC On Page 11..
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CET And that is why Sajad was produced before the anti corruption court on Sunday. On December 30, 2013 after perusing a report submitted by the crime branch establishing fraud against 12 candidates, whose names figure in the list of accused mentioned in the charge sheet, the High Court had asked BOPEE to submit Action taken Report (ATR) against these students by or before the next date of hearing. As reported already by KNS, BOPEE is likely to cancel the admissions of these 12 charge sheeted candidates after show cause notices are served to them. “Besides these 12, the Crime Branch has almost established a case against six students and investigations are on in other four students,” a senior officer of the Crime Branch told KNS. A division bench of the High Court comprising of Justice M H Attar and Justice Verinder Singh later asked the telecom companies operating in the state except Airtel to cooperate with the Crime Branch in furnishing the call recordings required by the investigating agency. In case of non compliance, the court has warned them of a strong action under law. This order came, after the crime branch sought high court’s intervention in facilitating call record details from the private telecom companies operating in the state. Pertinently, on December 17, an anti corruption court had rejected bail plea of Mushtaq Baqaal, alias Peer former chairman BOPEE-- the main accused in CET-2012 paper leak scam. The court had rejected Baqaal’s plea that Crime Branch of police has no jurisdiction to investigate the matter under law.” On December 3, 2013 the High Court had asked the government to furnish moveable and immoveable property details Baqaal and other accused in the scam. In its report filed before the special anti corruption court, the crime branch had vehemently opposed the bail plea of Baqaal saying that the matter is still under investigation and the Crime Branch wants to connect the missing links for which Baqaal’s custody is important. Baqaal is in limelight since the CET-2012 paper leakage scam was unearthed by the Crime Branch in December last year. Presently under the custody of Crime Branch, Baqaal alleged to be involved in selling of CET paper against a hefty amount to the brokers who had in turn sold the sets of paper to the aspiring candidates. (KNS)
through a number of programmes across the country. The government of India and University of Chicago in America have signed an agreement to establish Vivekananda Chair in the field of Indian studies. The Prime Minister further said, “We are gathered here today to pay our homage and tribute to the memory of one of India’s greatest sons. A teacher, a great philosopher, a great religious scholar, a patriot, a nationalist and an internationalist – Swami Vivekananda was all these; he was also a citizen of the world. It is not a surprise, therefore, that his message has gone far and wide, inspiring millions of devotees across the world. Over the past one year, we have marked the 150th anniversary of Swamiji’s birth by celebrating his life and his teachings. I believe there are at least three central messages of Swamiji’s teachings that are truly timeless and have universal appeal. First, that all the great religions of the world seek peace on Earth and goodwill among all human beings. Second, that India’s true liberation would come when every Indian feels liberated from the scourge of poverty, ignorance and disease. Third, that India, this great motherland of ours, has much to learn from the world around us and, equally, much to teach the world and that a two-way flow of knowledge between India and the world can only be to our benefit and the benefit of all humanity. Let me elaborate on these thoughts. I have personally been inspired by Swamiji’s syncretic views. As he put it so simply, yet profoundly, “All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue.” This syncretic and pluralistic view of religion is one of the greatest contributions of Hinduism and of the civilisations that took root in this ancient land of ours. The idea that the whole world is one family has inspired millions of people all over the world. But I also believe it is an idea that defines India and the Indian view of the world. In his historic and famous address to the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, which one observer described as "human eloquence at its highest pitch", Swami Vivekananda said that sectarianism, bigotry and fanaticism “have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the Earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now.” Swami Vivekananda expressed the hope at the World Parliament of Religions that “the bell that tolled this morning in honour of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.” I have used these three quotes from Swamiji to highlight that it is no use celebrating Swamiji’s life, paying our respects to his ideas and teachings and honouring his memory if we do not also imbibe the values that he so passionately advocated. His truly great message for us, which is of great relevance to our country and our sub-continent, was that true religion and true religiosity cannot be the basis of hatred and division, but of mutual respect and tolerance for the faiths and beliefs of all. I believe Swami Vivekananda’s second important contribution to modern India was to stir the minds of fellow Indians and inspire them to seek freedom and a life of dignity. His clarion call: “Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached!” – was at once a call to spiritual as well as political liberation. While promoting the idea of the oneness of all religions, Swamiji promoted with equal zeal the idea of the equality of all human beings. Therefore, he rejected colonialism and alien rule as an affront to human dignity. This message inspired a new generation of Indians who, on the one hand, were rediscovering their own history, their own heritage, their own civilizational attributes and contributions and, at the same time, wished to be a part of the modern world on the basis of liberty, equality and fraternity. Finally, Ladies and Gentlemen, let me draw your attention to the third key message of Swami Vivekananda, which has inspired millions of people and has shaped my own thinking about India and the world and about Indians and the world. You will recall that Swami Vivekananda went to Chicago via East Asia and spent time both in China and Japan en route to the United States. He was truly inspired by what the people of China and Japan were trying to do in pursuit of their own
Moily "If that proposal (for raising LPG cap) comes, we need to examine pros and cons. Ultimately, the decision will be taken by CCEA or CCPA," he said. "We are going to take a considered view... We are considering the suggestions." Oil Secretary Vivek Rae, talking to reporters with Moily on his side, said his ministry was moving Cabinet to ensure a minimum USD 65 per barrel is paid to oil and gas producers like ONGC from current USD 40-45 so that difficult oil could be explored and produced. Raising the price for producers means the subsidy the government bears on fuel supplies would rise. "The question is who will bear the (increased) burden. The gap will have to be borne by consumers. Options are being discussed," Rae said. Asked if it would mean a one-time hike of Rs 2-3 on diesel, over and above the current 50 paisa per month, and some increase in LPG rates, he said: "We have to see that. I can't today what the government will decide." Diesel, LPG and kerosene rates at present are capped way below cost of production and the gap is made good by the government by way of cash subsidy and dole from oil producers like ONGC. After the dole, producers are left with just USD 40-45 per barrel which is not enough to produce oil from difficult fields. "At USD 65 per barrel, ONGC can produce 70 million tons of additional oil over a period of time," he said. With a view to cutting its subsidy bill, the government had initially capped the supply of subsidised domestic LPG cylinders to six per household in a year in September 2012. The annual quota was raised to nine in January 2013. Consumers who have exhausted their quota have to buy LPG at the market price of Rs 1,258 per cylinder. Officials said state-owned oil firms lose Rs 762.70 per cylinder on the sale of subsidised LPG and the government will have to pay higher subsidy if the quota is raised.
Mehbooba a secretive, selective and hush hush manner. “We won't allow them to repeat the fraud that was committed in establishment of health centers recently which has left most deserving areas without the basic medicare but served only the interests of a few influential ministers," Mehbooba said. She said the Mushtaq Ganai committee report should be made public to seek the opinion of the people instead of holding hurriedly convened cosmetic meetings, by a group of ministers who even select the audience for such meetings on political considerations in order to seek suggestions convenient to the political agenda of ruling parties. She said even the schools were opened and upgraded only in few constituencies represented by some influential ministers, leaving more genuine claims of other areas unaddressed. “These ministers virtually buy loyalties of their supporters at the cost of the interests of the rest of the state,” she said. Mehbooba said it was encouraging to see that people from different walks of life are joining the PDP in good numbers, and reposing faith in the democratic process to find solution of their problems. She said PDP offers a platform for well educated and honest business man like Shabir to encourage them and play their role in the party’s vision of political resolution and good governance in the state. She said PDP is turning out to be a best alternative for the people as it has proved its credentials both in the government and in opposition and it is the party’s endeavor to offer a respectable space for intellectuals, professionals and the youth to help the party to take the state out of the present governance crisis and political uncertainty. Reacting to criticism of National Conference about the joining of eminent broadcaster of international repute, journalist and writer, Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor into the PDP, Mehbooba said Nayeema’s entry into the party fold is a part of the current trend in which enlightened people from different walks of life sense a hope in PDP and its agenda of peace and development away from the political frauds committed by the NC over the last 60 years. She said Nayeema’s coming into the party adds the expanding pool of talent this party has attracted over the years and NC has a reason to feel worried on this trend. “Instead of breast beating they should set their house in order,” said Mehbooba. She said Nayeema has a world view of things which will certainly help in formulating our policies and programs and in further fine tuning of our vision for peace and stable J&K. Mehbooba said reason for NC to get jittery over the growing popularity of PDP among all sections of people is because for the first time in their history they are facing a tough and structured opposition within the system, but the remedy for them is not to criticize the people who joined PDP, but offer a better and more creative atmosphere in that party which, unfortunately, has been sullied by the events like Haji Yousuf episode, Cricket scam, Drug Scam, BOPEE scandal etc. which is repelling people from NC. On the occasion Mohammad Abbas Wani, local leader Tangmarg; Abdul Azioz Dar, zone president; Advocate Ghulam Hassan Ganie, zonal organizer, Prof. Abdul Jabbar and Abdul Hamid Wani were present. (KNS)
the cabinet subcommittee which is visiting nook and corner of the state will finalize its report with a day or two. “The cabinet sub committee appointed by the cabinet is going from district to district. They are going to conclude their public meetings with a day or two. Then they will share their findings with the cabinet because the information gathered from the ground by the cabinet subcommittee needs to be analyzed and then only it can be shared with the cabinet for the future course of action. So fixing January 15 as a deadline is not workable,” Soz observed. Meanwile, according to a statement issued by the PCC to KNS, Soz presided over the function and introduced these political Personalities to the Media and audience in the Hall. Those who flanked Prof. Soz on the Stage included G. A. Mir Minister of Tourism, Mohammad Muzaffar Parray MLC, Sr. Vice President, Krishan Kumar Amla Sr. Vice President and Treasurer, and others. After introducing each one of these Personalities, Prof. Soz welcomed these people and garlanded them. All these Prominent Leaders joined INC on this occasion and declared that they were attracted to the party because of Congress Party’s Programme of service to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “They were particularly attracted to the party due to selfless service rendered to the people and party by Prof. Saifuddin Soz. They were also attracted to the Congress Party because of Prof. Soz’s simplicity and dedication to the cause of the people. All these leaders said that they would highlight the problems of the people of areas to which they belong and they hope that Prof. Soz will join them to seek the resolution of the problems.” Prof. Soz thanked these prominent leaders and Senior Leaders of the Congress Party who attended this function. Those who were present on the occasion included Mohammad Anwar Bhat, Gulam Nabi Mir Lasjan both General Sec-
retaries, Farooq Andrabi, Sr. Leader, Master Mohd Maqbool Working President Budgam, Dr. Syed Ahmad Secretary PCC, Shameema Sopori General Secretary Mahila Congress and others. (KNS)
Helpline grievances. General public is requested to register their problems and grievances on the following helpline numbers: 01942477567, 9596222550, 9596222551, 4286 (through Police EPBX 24811628-32) (KNS)
Mirwaiz towards the light of Islam. He said till then Arabs were going through the era of jahiliya (ignorance). Prof Abdul Gani Bhat in his speech threw light on Quran and hadith. He said the Prophet Muhamamd (SAW) (PBUH) is the role model for mankind and would continue to do so till the last day of judgement. In his inaugural address, Mirwaiz while paying glorious tributes to the Prophet Muhamamd (SAW) (PBUH) said that he brought the word of God to mankind. He said the path shown by the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) (PBUH) was righteous not only for the welfare of Muslims but for the entire mankind. He said Quran was the book of Allah brought by his messenger Prophet Muhammad (SAW) (PBUH) to the world, adding, the book contains the fundamentals of life.
CSC patient hearing to the valuable suggestions of the public representatives and assured that these would be given due consideration by the government. District Development Commissioner, Baramulla Khwaja Gh Ahmad, District Development Commissioner, Kupwara Mr. Itrat Hussain Rafiqui, District Development Commissioner, Bandipora Mr. Mohd Yousuf Zargar, besides, District and sectoral officers of these districts were present on the occasion. (KNS)
Sub- Committee is also scheduled to meet general public of district Jammu at 11 AM on January, 15, 2014 at State Guest House Jammu.
Mishaps registered in this regard. A passenger vehicle bearing registration number JK05-1764 driven by Jan Mohammad Gojri son of Abdul Rashid resident of Model Town, Sopore hit and injured two pedestrians Mohammad Ashraf son of Abdul Gaffar and his son Athar Ashraf residents of New Colony Sopore on Sopore-Kupwara road near Kapra Theatre. Both the injured were shifted to Sub District Hospital Sopore where from they have been referred to SMHS Hospital Srinagar. Police has registered a case in this regard. (KNS)
Govt committed to provide improved facilities to people: Sakina
Says flagship programmes have been instrumental in changing the socio-economic profile of the people ANANTNAG, JANUARY 12: Minister for Social Welfare and ARI Trainings, Ms. Sakina Itoo has reiterated the government’s commitment to provide improved facilities to the people living in far-flung, remote and hilly areas of the State. She said government believes in persistent developmental achievements than rhetoric slogans
has been laid on the vital sectors of health, education besides providing effective road connectivity to the villages, augmentation of water supply schemes and power generation has also been done. She said that the Government has undertaken these initiatives without giving the preferential treatment to
which have been responsible in changing the socio-economic profile of the people living in these areas, besides providing a much needed employment opportunities to the people at their doorsteps. Ms. Sakina said people should not get swayed by the hollow promises and lies of defeated political par-
and during the past five years the Government has taken several vital steps in this direction and change can be well acknowledged at the ground level. The Minister said this while addressing a gathering at Khanabal Anantnag here on Sunday. Maintaining that the development has been registered in every domain, the Minister said that special thrust
any area but on equitable basis by undertaking several flagship programmes which have been instrumental in changing the socio-economic profile of the people living in these areas. Ms. Sakina said that the Government has ensured need based development of people living in backward and remote areas and in this regard several schemes have been launched
ties and should themselves differentiate between their real friends and foe. She said report card of developmental achievements made by the present coalition is before the people and the record development in all the sectors which has taken place, during last five years has unnerved the opposition parties so are they speaking lies to hoodwink the public opinion.
Ajaz lays foundation stone of Rs. 1.65 cr Lift Water Supply Scheme at Panassu, Gool Provides Rs. 70,000 out of CDF as Ex-gratia to NoKs of road accident victims JAMMU, JANUARY 12: Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Khan today laid foundation stone of Rs. 1.65 crore Lift Water Supply Scheme at Batora Panassu in Thatrakote Gool Arnas constituency. Speaking to a public gathering on the occasion, the Minister said that 10 Water Supply Scheme at a cost of Rs. 17.50 crore are under execution in Niabat Thatrakote. He also announced a grant of Rs. 15.60 lakh for improving electricity supply system out of his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in Niabat ThattarKote . The Minister also distributed cheques worth Rs. 70,000 out of his CDF to each family of the 10 deceased persons who were killed in a road accident in his constituency recently. Responding to the demands of the people, the Minister said that
Government is committed to provide all the basic facilities to the people adding that promises made to the people will be fulfilled in a mission mode. He said Government has launched a massive developmental programme in nook and corner of the State to further improve living standard of the people, adding that construction of road network, expansion of health care facilities, adequate drinking water, power and education facilities at the door steps of the people have been given focused attention in the plan formulation and its implementation process.The people of the area demanded opening of new schools and up-gradation of existing primary and middle schools to the next levels. They also demanded setting up of examination center at Higher Secondary School Thathrokote.
Ministers greet people on Lohri; wish them peace, prosperity
JAMMU, JANUARY 06: The Council of Ministers has extended warm greetings to the people on the eve of Lohri. In a joint message, the Ministers have hoped that the occasion brings along joy, peace and prosperity for the people of the State. They said the people of the State have always maintained high standards of harmony, brotherhood and mutual trust. Minister for Finance & Ladakh Affairs, Mr. A. R. Rather, Minister for Public Enterprises, Haj, Auqaf and Floriculture, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed; Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar; Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Mian Altaf Ahmad; Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din; Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora; Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma; Minister for Agriculture Production, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir; Minister for Social Welfare, ARI & Trainings and Public Grievances, Ms. Sakina Ittoo; Minister for Housing, Horticulture & Culture, Mr. Raman Bhalla; Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone; Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution and Transport, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan; Minister for Planning & Development and Labour & Employment.
Adequate energy supply at affordable price key for growth: PM Jan 12: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has called upon global hydrocarbon industry to engage in partnerships to meet new energy challenges. Inaugurating India’s premier oil & gas industry conference and exhibition Petrotech2014 at Greater Noida(UP) today, he said, “Such partnerships could result in outcomes like improved recovery from mature fields, exploitation of ultra-deep water energy reserves and progress in complex frontier areas. They could also help in
exploitation of unconventional forms of energy, apart from addressing concerns about environmental degradation and climate change.” Such a partnership is important as the global oil and gas industry today requires new technologies and processes, innovative thinking and creative business models to meet emerging challenges now on the horizon. This is also critical to make India more self-sufficient in the field of energy. Currently, India ranks 7th in terms of energy produc-
tion but fourth in terms of consumption. It is slated to become the third largest by the year 2020. “This implies that we need to increase our energy supply by 3 to 4 times over the next two decades,” Singh said. He also informed that in order to bridge the gap between demand and domestic supply, the Government is encouraging domestic and global companies to explore potentially hydrocarbon-rich areas in the framework of a stable and enabling policy environment.
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