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Srinagar, May 13: Police Tuesday arrested three drug peddlers who were operating as a gang in the city and were active in supplying drugs among the youth. City police south has launched a drive against drug peddlers doing their activities clandestinely. In this regard police station Shaheed Gunj arrested three notorious drug peddlers Gulzar Ahmad Kashkari, Mudasir Basheer Bhat and Sheikh Imran residents of Tankipora. Police is conducting investigations to make some more arrests to curb this menace. (GNS)

“NIA wants to implicate our son in a fabricated case”

Srinagar, May 13: The family members of a Kashmiri youth namely Muzaffar Ahmad Dar who was shifted from Srinagar Central Jail to the custody of National Investigating agency (NIA) Tuesday expressed concern over his what they say ‘illegal detention’ and said that authorities at Srinagar Central Jail had assured them Dar would be brought back to Srinagar on May 10 but that was not the case and he according to the family is still languishing in NIA custody in New Delhi. The family members of Muzaffar Ahmed Dar son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Chechloor Magam Budgam told CNS that Dar was arrested by Nigeen police in year 2009 when he was the Chief Operational Commander of the militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujhadeen. “Since 2009, Dar was languishing in See NIA On PG 11..

Inside story If we inform police, Kashmir freedom movement would’ve been over: Panchayat body tells Geelani Srinagar, May 13: Reacting to Syed Ali Geelani’s allegation that elected village heads were working as ‘police informers’, a Panchayat body in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday said if the village council members worked for police Kashmir’s freedom movement would have been over. On Monday, the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Geelani had called village heads ‘police informers’ and had asked them to resign en-masse ‘so that

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Introduction of latest equipments reduce wait time to zero for Radio-Therapy From our special correspondent Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, popularly known as SKIMS, the dream child of a visionary late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who ruled the hearts and minds of the people for over six decades, has now assumed the status of a premier health care institute of the country. When late Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah took up the gigantic task of setting up an Institute of eminence of medical services, perhaps the present position of the institute must have been in the back of mind of that great leader. Coming of age, the institute has widened its medical services to the extent that now hardly any patient has to go outside state for seeking advance medicare for any ailment. This has been made possible by the relentless efforts of the people at the helm of affairs at the institute besides its renowned doctors and para-medical staff. Whether it was Doctor Nagpal, Dr. Miraj-ud-Din, Dr. S. Jalal, Dr. Hamid Zarger or Dr. Showkat Zarger presently holding the most sensitive post of Director of the institute, everybody contributed for the betterment of the institute according to his capabilities and calibre. Despite the intense trade unionism, the most crucial years of militancy which almost destroyed the institute besides groupism, the directors and the doctors of this institute exhibited courage, dedication, patience and their spirit of service towards their own people and took this institute step by step forward in every stream of modern medical facility. Who can forget the sacrifices of

some doctors and para-medicos who were eliminated, tortured and harassed like anything by some unscrupulous elements who where provoked and incited by some greedy doctors nowadays worst critics of this institute. They deserted it and left for green pastures of Gulf and Europe to earn fast buck when this institute and people of this state needed them most. Now after draining out their capabilities in

Omar maintains his stand on resolving K-issue politically Expresses hope new Indian Government would continue dialogue with Pak Srinagar, May 13: Maintaining his stated doctrine that K-issue has political genesis and it requires political resolution, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday emphasized the need for continuing the ongoing back channel dialogue between India and Pakistan to move forward on addressing the long

Save children save future Poverty is a big curse. The society has been divided between haves and haves not. Due to economic liberalization a new class of neo-rich is emerging which is exploiting all kinds of channels to earn fast buck to stand equal to the affluent class. They adopt all kind of unscrupulous means for easy money. Employing children in industries and exploiting child labour for their vested interests is no inhibition for them. Catch them young is their dictum for aiming success in their trade by hook or crook. Most

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pending issue which has consumed generations. Omar Abdullah was speaking as the chief guest at a discussion session organized by Kashmir University here, on the topic ‘Discussion between India and Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir – a Historical Perspective’ in which Ambassador Satinder K. Lamba, presently spearheading back channel dialogue with Pakistan, delivered a key-note address and dwelt in detailed about the contours of a possible solution to the problem. The Chief Minister observed that it is most important that the new government taking office in New Delhi carries forward the process of dialogue with See Omar On PG 11..

PDP demands Farooq’s prosecution in cricket scam Reelection instance of Politico-criminal nexus: Karra

Srinagar, May 13: Terming the re-election of Dr Farooq Abdullah as president of Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) as another example of politico-criminal nexus in the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Tuesday demanded prosecution of the National Conference leader and others accused in the infamous cricket scandal. Senior party leader and former finance minister Tariq Hameed Karra said the hushhush manner in which Dr Farooq reinstalled himself as the president of JKCA is an assault on the interests of youth who have suffered immensely as a result of the NC greediness and lust for power. He said the NC leader who only few days ago expressed his reluctance to stand again for the JKCA election but changed the plan after sensing his defeat in the parliamentary elections. “It was significant that Dr Farooq conducted the unscheduled elections of the JKCA in unholy haste to beat the May

Zanskar Muslims call end to boycott by Buddhists Srinagar, May 13: Demanding an end to the ‘social boycott’ against them by the majority Buddhist community in mountainous Zanskar region of Jammu and Kashmir, the Muslims in the region on Tuesday alleged that they are being ruled by ‘hooligans’. Talking to GNS over phone, the Muslims of Padam in Zanskar said since last two years their life has become hell. “The ‘social boycott enforced by Buddhists should end. We appeal government that they should ask the majority community why we are being punished. What is our fault?” The Padam area of Zanskar has witnessed communal clashes since August 2012 when four ‘low caste’

Petition seeks end to social boycott of Muslims in Zanskar

Srinagar, May 13: An online petition by a netizens wants seeks an end to ‘social boycott’ against minority population in Zanskar region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. The petition published by Tariq Rasool on is addressed to Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Buddhists from Tibet. The

Buddhist families comprising of 22 members accepted Islam. “Though,” says one of the Muslims from Zanskar, “we told them to reconsider decision of embracing Islam and sent them back but they came again and then accept-

alien countries for some dollars, they are back in the valley to destroy and hinder the advancement of this institute. Those who criticise this institute should realise how poor patients died unattended previously as they had no money to go for advance treatment outside state and how they were being treated at different medical institutes particularly in private hospitals. They were literally looted for the same treatment

petition reads: “I on behalf of the Muslim Population of Zanskar would like to invite your kind intervention and blessings for the future of Zanskar as land of Spiritual Peace, Progress, Harmony and Tranquility.” “As you are aware that Zanskar is a See Petition On PG 11.. ed Islam.” “In September 2012, they finally accepted Islam and became Muslims,” Muhammad Shafi Wani, a teacher, told GNS. The conversion angered majority See Zanskar On PG 11..

16thdeadline for his party’s widely anticipated debacle in the Lok Sabha elections” Referring to the high profile JKCA Cricket Scam, Karra said documentary evidences substantiate that over Rs 50 crore were withdrawn from accounts of the JKCA with Dr Farooq’s consent and even the police investigation has reportedly established his involvement in the multi-crore fraud. He said the money received from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the promotion of Cricket in the state was deposited in the bank account which didn’t belong to the association and siphoned off later. “The amount was withdrawn from the bank on the authority letter of Dr Farooq which was duly signed by him,” said Karra. He said the reelection of Dr Farooq is aimed at finally hushing up the case, an ample evidence of which is provided by the fact that those sidelined on charges of embezzlement have now been brought back into important positions in the association. See PDP On PG 11..

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they get at the institute on meagre charges nowadays. Take the example the Dept. Of Oncology which started on a humble note, but with the dedicated work of doctors, working in this department, hundreds of cancer patients are treated and provided with the most advanced medicare. Take the example of department of radiology which has been upgraded with latest equipments and instead of one radiology machine there are two such machines which has reduced the waiting time for patients to zero in comparison to about three months previously. The department has already placed an order for Linear Accelerator which is the latest machine for radio therapy and costs about rupees 12 crores. The special bunker for this machine approved by Bhabha Atomic research centre and the See SKIMS On PG 11..

‘Army Major tortures youth, forced him to take garlic-water’ Locals stage protest, appeals top Army brass to shift ‘erring’ Major

Sopore, May 13: The 22 Rashtriya Rifles camp located in Pazlipora area of North Kashmir’s Sopore town has allegedly become a continuous source of nuisance for the locals. According to the locals one Major Abishiek has let loose, a reign of terror in the area as he directing the youth to report on the camp where they are being interrogated and tortured. People in Nazwari Shiva area of Sopore staged a protest against the said Major on Tuesday after he allegedly called a Final Year student from Degree College Sopore namely Mudasir Hassan Reshi resident of Nazwari Shiva to the camp and tortured him physically. The youth according

Heavy rains, hail-storm amid gale leaves farmer community high and dry in Kulgam Srinagar, May 13: Heavy rains amid hail-storm created havoc in South Kashmir causing widespread damages to crops while at scores of places electric polls were uprooted that resulted in power break-down. Reports said that heavy rains and hailstorm damaged paddy seed crop, vegetable fields ,and fruit orchards in different parts of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district leaving the farmer community high and dry. According to CNS, rains continue to lash Kashmir Valley for the second consecutive day bringing down temperatures. The continuous downpour resulted in flooding of lanes, bye-lanes and roads while in Kulgam district, hundreds of fruit-borne trees were damaged causing anxiety and perplexity amoung farmers and fruit growers. Reports said

that the hail-storm also caused damages to various structures in Kulgam. Reports said that all across Kashmir valley, rains continued to lash for the second day on Tuesday. MeT has predicted more rains at isolated places in Kashmir Valley and said that the weather may improve from Wednesday afternoon. “The frequency of Western Disturbance was more this year that resulted in cold and intermittent rainfall across Kashmir valley. Rainfall may significantly start decreasing from Wednesday afternoon, however, it may continue to lash some isolated places,” Director MeT Sonum Lotus told CNS. The change in weather may force authorities to sound alert in Kashmir as See Kulgam On PG 11..

to reports was later on admitted in Sub-District Hospital Sopore under MRD number 34413. “Army personnel from 22 RR came to our house and directed us to send Mudasir Hassan Reshi to the camp located at Pazlipora. I along with my other family members accompanied Mudasir and reported at the camp where Mudasir was detained and we all were directed to return to the home with an assurance that after brief questioning he will be released,” the brother of Mudasir, Imatiyaz Ahmed Reshi who works in Jammu and Kashmir police department told CNS. He said that after an hour, “we received a phone call from Major Abhishiekh who asked us to take Mudasir back to his home. We were relieved after See Army On PG 11..

School mental health program organized Srinagar, May 13: Police Drug De-addiction center PCR Srinagar in its efforts to educate young generation about ill effects of drug abuse organized today a school mental health programme in Child Care centre at Rajbagh area. A team of professionals comprising of Haris Akbar Kashmir (Psychiatric Social worker), Zahid Jeelani and Fidah Hussain (Counselors) conducted a drug abuse awareness programme in the Child’s Care Educational Institute in which more than 100 students and staff of Child Care centre participated in the programme. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Zahid Jeelani highlighted the causes See School On PG 11..

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IGP machine is expected to be installed by August this year. One more machine for Brachy Therapy is already working which has proven very beneficial for the cancer patients. Talking to Zabarwan Times, head of Radiology Department Dr. Maqbool said that the doctors and technicians are working from 7.a.m. to 10:30 PM which has further reduced the waiting time for radiotherapy. He said that the faculty has been increased from 3 to 7 and efforts are on to procure the latest machines and tools for the department. The doctors are working relentlessly for the benefit of patients and even have themselves raised a fund in which some of the doctors contribute from their salaries and which is spent for the treatment of those patients who cannot afford the costly medicines. This is the spirit of service to the humanity that these doctors besides this even organise free cancer detection camps in far flung areas. The critics know only the art of criticising but do not have the sense of appreciation for good work being done by these self less doctors and technicians of SKIMS. Now the Regional Cancer Centre at the institute is working as a full-fledged Oncology Department equipped with latest machines for radiology, investigations and detection. The technical staff is provided with all possible know how so that the patients get best of the treatment. The present director of the institute Dr. Showkat Zarger himself a renowned Gastroenterologist of the country is leaving no stone unturned to take this institute to new heights. A tuff administrator, he has the distinction of streamlining the administration and improving the work culture of the institute besides effectively pleading the cause of SKIMS at every forum which matters. The cleanliness in this institute is now at par with the best hospitals of the country. OPD is being managed so meticulously that even at 3:00 PM doctors are available and over crowdedness is no more visible in the hospital. The most heartening thing is that irrespective of status and position every patient is treated equally and everybody has to stand in the queue for his turn. The media is the fourth pillar of the democracy which has tremendous responsibilities on its shoulders. Its criticism should be healthy, unbiased, objective and credible. It should not look misleading and smell vested interests or personal vendetta. The media has to play its role in the betterment of the institute which nobody can deny. It should compulsorily point out the weakness but should also appreciate the reformative, innovative and effective steps taken by the SKIMS management, doctors and para-medicos.

Omar Pakistan and takes ahead the progress made by Ambassador Lamba in this regard. Omar Abdullah said that transitions in the administration in Pakistan have impacted the forward movement in the back channel dialogue more than those in India. He said the forward movement which we had seen during the time of President Musharraf was not at the same pace in President Zardari’s period. He said India looked forward towards the dialogue process with Pakistan both during the period of Attal Bihari Vajpayee and Dr. Manmohan Singh. He expressed the hope that the new government in New Delhi would not allow the dialogue process to die. The Chief Minister said that K-issue is a long pending problem. “You cannot give any solution which will be acceptable to each and every citizen of the State. You have to work out a solution which will satisfy the aspirations of the majority of the people”, he said adding that though such a solution is difficult to sell yet this is only way-out in this regard. Omar Abdullah recalled the Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s statement where under he had maintained that India and Pakistan needed to leave the rigid and stated positions on Jammu and Kashmir and find out a solution which would be addressing the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir even if the two countries have to lose some of their stated positions in the process. Omar Abdullah said during his discussion with the then President of Pakistan Gen. Musharraf, Mr. Musharraf highlighted the importance of this statement of Sheikh Sahib in resolving the K-issue. The Chief Minister said that dialogue process has two sides and the two parties with different positions have to come to a meeting point so that productive progress is achieved. He reiterated the necessity for addressing K-issue politically. Omar Abdullah said that by the key-note address delivered by Ambassador Lamba on Indo-Pak discussion on Jammu and Kashmir, one gets the broader outline on which the blue print of solution of K-issue could be worked out. However, he re-emphasized the need of addressing the aspirations of the majority of people of Jammu and Kashmir while finding out any political solution to K-issue which he maintained is not any economic problem. The Chief Minister said that the longevity of dialogue without any logical conclusion takes out all sheen out of it and people start disbelieving this process. He said that the discussion on Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan has been a very long and un-conclusive affair. “This has made people apprehensive about the success of this process”, he said and called for efforts to make dialogue process productive. The function was attended by Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, various legislators, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Talat Ahmad, faculty, students and members of the civil society. (GNS)

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added. Karra said by treating institutions as their family fiefdoms the NC leadership has damaged every institution in the state which has added to disillusionment of people with the system. Citing examples of decay of the institutions like Muslim Auqaf Trust, under the NC’s first family Karra said the loot resorted to by them has left these institutions bankrupt and converted them into private endowments. “JKCA under Dr Abdullah has met the same fate” added Karra. (CNS)

Army receiving the call but our joy was short lived as we found Mudasir in a pool of blood. He was lying on the ground of the camp, unable to walk and talk, blood was oozing out from his nose and ears and there were toture marks on his body,” Imtiyaz said. “We shifted Mudasir to sub district hospital Sopore where he narrated to the doctors that Army personnel severely thrashed him, hit him with gun butts and he was forced to take garlic-water,” his brother told CNS adding that Army interrogated his brother on the charges of stone-pelting. The uncle of Mudasir Reshi told CNS that it is the job of police to detain any stone-pelter. “We fail to understand why Army is meddling into the administrative and police affairs and which law permits them to direct youth to report at their camps and interrogate them physically and mentally,” he questioned. The locals alleged that it has become a routine for Major Abhishiekh to force youth to report at his Pazlipora camp where he interrogates them at will. “We request top Army brass to get this officer shifted from the camp or put a curb on his ‘unlawful’ activities,” they said. When contacted, Defence spokesperson N.N.Joshi told CNS that it is baseless and all the story is concocted. “No Army officer of ours called any youth to the camp and there is no truth in the story,” he said. (CNS)

Zanskar community and clashes between the two groups started in which dozens including a senior officer was injured, he said.Many injured were rushed to Sher-iKashmir Medical Institute Sciences Soura in summer capital Srinagar. The minority alleges that they are being ‘time and again attacked’ by Buddhists. “Since then, our lives have become hell. They (four families) became Muslims at their own. We didn’t force them and they are happy as Muslims,” Shafi said. The latest spate of attacks against Minority started on May 9 when some people were attacked by a Buddhist mob. “They were washing clothes on river and a mob led by Lamas attacked them,” another local told GNS over phone. Amanullah, 25, from Ufty village where seven Muslim households live, was injured and he was airlifted to Leh for treatment. Appealing government to take steps in ending ‘Social Boycott’ against them, Shafi said:”We have been barred even to go near river. We can’t catch fishes. We can’t wash clothes on river. When sometimes our children go to wash clothes on river, they are harassed by hooligans,” adding: “we appeal government to end this injustice against minority Muslim community.” He alleged that even policemen are afraid of taking action against hooligans led by Lamas. “Had not Government deployed Armed Police, we would have been again attacked,” he said. He alleged that no one listens to Muslim community. “Not even people in Kargil. We are insecure,” he said. “Few Buddhist families live with Muslims and if we wish we could attack them easily like we are being attacked, but we are not hooligans and don’t preach violence,” he added. The Deputy Commissioner of Kargil, Sadiq Shiekh told GNS that minority community is ‘not facing any social boycott’ from majority community. “No such thing has been brought into my notice so far. There was some clash but the things are okay now as both the communities have comprised,” he said. He also dismissed the allegations leveled by minority community that they are insecure in the area. “We have beefed security in the area. There is adequate number of police personal deployed to thwart any violence,” Sheikh added. (GNS)

Petition remote landlocked region in Ladakh, with an approximate Population of 18000. Which comprises of two religious communities Buddhists and Muslim, who have had a history of peaceful co-existence and share the same food, language and traditions since antiquity. Muslims in Zanskar referred to as (Khaches) account only 5% of the total population, whereas Buddhists constitutes 95% of the population.” The petition has been signed by 81 people so far including people from foreign countries, according to the address list. The petition further reads: “In the year 2012 some unfortunate events unfolded in Zanskar, when 4 Buddhist families converted to Islam on the pretext of Casts based discrimination that they were facing, and the same was also informed about, to your Highness by the Minority Community of Zanskar way before this incident occurred, during your last visit to Zanskar. Ever since 2012, the minority population of Zanskar has been suffering all sorts of problems. There is a Socio-Economic Boycott that is still continuing against the Muslims of Zanskar for something, without any fault of theirs And it's almost been 2 years And recently a Young Muslim Boy has been badly beaten up by a Mob, which included even some monks and the boy has faced severe injuries, due to which he has been airlifted to Leh for treatment. Whatever the differences may have been between the two communities, so far no Local leader has taken the initiative sort out problems and to put an end to all the tentions that looms in Zanskar.” The petitioner demands intervention of Dalai Lama and writes: “I on behalf of the minority population appeal with a sanguine hope to your highness for a necessary intervention and end to all this. So that the Minorities can feel safe and also we can revive the age old legacy of peaceful and harmonious co-existence.” (GNS)

Kulgam major rivers may start to swell in case rains continue to lash Valley. Eyewitnesses told CNS that during afternoon, there was hail-storm in different parts of Kulgam district that caused havoc and heavy damage to crops, apple

trees, electric poles and some muddy structures in hamlets like Damhal Hanjipora, Noorabad, Devsar, Kulgam, Soput Tengapora, Brarigam, Gundipora, Akhal, Shahu Sachin, Bugam, Kelam, Banghal, Dardgund, Srindu, Gundipora, Zradipora, Mankanpora, Dhanaiv, Haloora, Aagru. “Damage to paddy seed and other crops is almost 100% in various villages. said. I think the extent of damage reported ranges from 50 to 100% in four blocks of the district,” an administrative official told CNS adding that once the weather would improve, we will make assessment of the damaged caused due to hailstorm. Reports said that at Kelam and many other places the trees and electric polls were uprooted due to gale and hail-storm that led to the power breakdown. Heavy downpour amid hailstorm was also reported from Pahalgam and its adjacent areas causing damage to the crops. The farmers had appealed the authorities to compensate the loss caused due to the natural disaster. (CNS)

School and consequences of youth substance abuse. He also spoke about the drug de-addiction initiative started by J and K Police started in February 2008. Haris Abrar spoke about the scenario of drug abuse in the valley. He also highlighted the school Mental Health Programme initiative taken by Drug De-addiction centre to prevent young generation from drug addiction by imparting them information about Drug Abuse, Consequences and Preventive measures. Later Fidah Hussain Mir talked about stress and its management and also shared 24x7 stress management helpline number with the audience. The students also raised multiple questions which were answered satisfactorily by the team. In the end, the school authority thanked the team and applauded the initiative taken by J&K Police and requested to conduct such programs in each district of the state. (GNS)

NIA Srinagar Central Jail. He is still an under trail,” the family members said adding that they were shocked when Srinagar Central Jail authorities informed them that Dar would be shifted to New Delhi as NIA wants to produce him in their special court in connection with a case that also involves Hizb Supreme Commander Syed Salah-u-Din, Muhammad Shafi Shah son of Late Abdul Gani resident of Watmohalla Papachen Bandipora and Talib Lali son of Khan Zaman resident Marigul Bazipora Ajas Bandipora. Raising finger over the intentions of the NIA, the family members said that this agency wants to implicate Muzaffar Ahmed Dar in a false and fabricated case. “Dar has in lock up from past five years and now it has shocked us that after five years NIA has sought his custody. There is something fishy and we are sure that they will implicate him in a false case and will lodge him in Central Jail Tihar,” the family members told CNS. They said Muzaffar Ahmad Dar had been informed by the State police authorities in June, that there are only three cases viz FIR Number 3/1999 and 17/2002 of Police Station Tangmarg and Kunzer respectively and FIR Number 78/2003 of Police Station Magam pending against him in different courts. However, despite having been so informed he has been now shifted to Delhi on the directions of NIA. “The letter shot by NIA to Srinagar Central Jail authorities clearly mentions that Dar needs to appear before the District and Sessions Judge Special Court NIA, New Delhi on May 9, 2014 and after that he would be send back to Srinagar Central Jail safely,” the family members said adding that Dar is still in NIA custody even after the expiry of the hearing that was due on May 9. They appealed to the State authorities to look into the matter and impress upon NIA to shift Dar back to the Srinagar Central Jail. (CNS)

If we inform police, Kashmir freedom movement would’ve been over: Panchayat body tells Geelani Srinagar, May 13: (GNS) Reacting to Syed Ali Geelani’s allegation that elected village heads were working as ‘police informers’, a Panchayat body in Jammu and Kashmir Tuesday said if the village council members worked for police Kashmir’s freedom movement would have been over. On Monday, the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Geelani had called village heads ‘police informers’ and had asked them to resign en-masse ‘so that a message could be given to the world that they support freedom struggle’. “If 17000 Sarpanches and Panches in Kashmir are police informers according to Geelani ‘Sahab’ then we tell him that this resistance

movement would have drowned,” the spokesman of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Council, Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, told GNS. He said the village heads also belong to Kashmir and Geelani’s remarks are ‘highly objectionable and sad’. “It is very sad that Geelani labeled us police informers. We are not police informers. We too are Kashmiris and our kin and families have also sacrificed their lives for resistance movement,” he said. Questioning Hurriyat chairman, he asked: “Weren’t we part of this movement? Was Geelani alone running this movement?” He said village representatives also accept that Kashmir is an ‘issue’ and it

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Reminds him of this commitment about Rehabilitation policy Srinagar, May 13: CPI (M) State unit has expressed serious concern over the plight of youth and their families who returned to their homes in valley from Pakistan Administered Kashmir under Return and Rehabilitation policy. Secretary CPI (M) Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami has send a letter to the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah inviting his attention towards this grave issue, “which if not addressed in time, can have serious ramifications.” Reminding Omar Abdullah of his commitment about the Rehabilitation Policy, Targami in his letter reads, “ You (Omar Abdullah) told a gathering at Delina Baramulla that your government's rehabilitation policy for the youth stuck in ‘Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’ was aimed at “soothing their wounds and providing them an opportunity to return.” You added, and I quote from the newspapers: “Government in real sense soothed the wounds by delisting

the families of militants from the black list and provided them opportunity of return (from PAK under the rehabilitation policy) to those who had not resorted to violence and guns.” Tarigami in his letter has complained that the woes of families returning from PAK under the amnesty policy have so far remained unheeded. “The tragic suicide by Saira, one of beneficiaries of this policy demonstrates this beyond a shadow of doubt. Most of the women who have accompanied their husbands after being married to them in PAK have returned along with their small children. The returnees have repeatedly complained of harassment by security agencies including police, no livelihood, and no school admissions for their children. Despite their repeated complaints and media reports highlighting their innumerable problems that they have been virtually pushed to the wall, the government seems not doing enough to fulfill its commitment.” (CNS)

is yet to be resolved. He, however, said: “We believe in democratic setup of India and we do have ideological differences with Geelani.” “We are for development of our villages. Kashmir issue won’t end by our participation in Panchayat elections. We are not against movement,” he said everyone including India accepts Kashmir as a dispute. He called on village heads not to resign till new government takes charge in New Delhi. “We will go there after 17 and see how they will respond. We would also take victims’ families and see what happens and after that if Central Government also fails us, we will resign en-masse.” (GNS)

CRPF in collaboration with SMHS Hospital organized blood donation camp

Srinagar, May 13, CNS: The 54th and 144th Battalions of CRPF in collaboration with SMHS Hospital Tuesday organized a Blood Donation Camp at Nishat Srinagar. The Camp among others was attended by a large contingent of men from both the battalions. P.K. Singh, IGP, CRPF Srinagar sector was the chief guest on this occasion. More than 65 CRPF personnel voluntarily donated the blood. The Commandant of the 54BN, SCS Rawat thanked the doctors team of SMHS for its support in organizing the blood donation camp. The team of SMHS Hospital headed by Dr. Ruksana said that SMHS blood bank is facing shortage of blood and she appreciated the efforts of CRPF. She said the blood will be given to the needy person.

Casual labours from multiple departments stage protest

Srinagar, May 13, CNS: Casual labourers working in various government departments staged a massive protest against the delay on part of the government in framing regularization policy in their favour. The casual labours from different departments including Agriculture, Wild Life, PWD and Forest assembled at Lal Mandi Srinagar and while staging a protest they alleged that their regularization process was being deliberately delayed by the government. “Casual labours are the backbone of every department and we condemn the delaying policies of the State Government regarding regularization and payment of pending wages,” trade union leader Abdul Gafoor Dar told CNS adding that further delay regarding the settlement of these issues will compel the trade union to launch a united mass agitation after the code of conduct. (CNS)

Exit polls a great time pass

‘Omar also doing time pass by reacting on twitter’

Srinagar, May 13, CNS: Casting doubt over the authenticity of the exit polls which claim ‘Ab ki baar, Modi Sarkar’ mantra will take real shape on May 16, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah termed these exit polls as a ‘great time pass’. "The only exit poll that matters is the one that is slated for Friday (the day Lok Sabha results will be out), the rest are all great time pass," he said on Twitter. Omar questioned the credibility of the opinion polls in view of the vast difference between two surveys in the number of Lok Sabha seats expected to be won by parties in a particular state. Citing the example of Rajasthan, the Chief Minister wrote: "So one channel gives Cong only two (seats) in Rajasthan and another gives them 14. Did these channels cover the same election?"

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He said parallel to the official account; the association had opened many bogus accounts in J&K Bank through which shady transitions would take place which Dr Farooq was fully aware of. He said the money which should have found its utilization on promotion of cricket in the sports starved state was doled out to blue eyed persons of the NC leader. Karra said Dr Farooq will continue to remain an accused in the case till he is acquitted by a court but the NC led government headed by his son has ensured that police is not allowed to launch prosecution even after the investigation has established his involvement. Karra said the government can’t hide facts about the wrong doings of Dr Farooq in the association. He said police have established his involvement in the fraud and he can’t be treated differently for serving a huge blow on the back of promising cricketers. “If Suresh Kalmadi had to face law how could Dr Abdullah escape it and then brazenly extend his tenure while he should have been answering question in a court.” he

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As NCP predicts BJP’s victory, Congress prepares ground to shield Rahul NEW DELHI: Expecting BJP to spected, whatever it may be. We of its existence, behaved and acted emerge as the single largest party, had a mandate for 10 years, we as a responsible political party. key UPA ally NCP on Tuesday said have done whatever we could in Congress gets ready to shield the country should have a “stable” the best interest of the country. Rahul government which will “decisively “Therefore in the coming five Meanwhile, with exit polls govern” for the next five years. years, whatever the results, it painting a grim prospect for ConSenior party leader and Union minister Praful Patel said the people’s mandate has to be respected as the country has to move forward. “Call it the exit polls or the opinion polls, this is the general view that BJP will emerge as the single largest party,” he told reporters here while assessing the possible outcome of the Lok Sabha elections. “The question is how close they are able to come to the halfway mark or if they want any ally, all this will become clear on May 16. But the government should be stable. A stable and good government is good for the country,” he said. Asked if his party would support NDA if it falls short of the halfway mark of 272 seats, Patel saidAgency Kangan Lone News Khan News Agency Ganderbal no conjecture should be drawn Gulzar News Agency Zahid gress, Book Union Depot minister Chadoora against NCP or it taking any sides. shouldSoura lead to a stable government Kamal Nath Tariq News Hawal News Agency Nowhatta “We are not looking at anyAgency which could decisively govern Bashir for rejected suggestions that a likely particular position. We are a part the next fiveAlamgari years,” theBazar outgoing poor show in theLal elections Muzaffar Ali News Agency Budshah News Agency Chowk will of UPA. Let’s not draw a particuminister said. be aNews reflection on Lal Rahul Gandhi’s Abdullah NewsUnion Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar Agency Chowk lar conjecture. It’s important that On NCP’s role, he said the party leadership, saying he was never Gupkari Lal Chowk Raina part News Kangan people’s mandate has to be News re- Agency has, throughout in the last 15 years ofAgency the UPA Gund government.

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sildars and all Executive Officers of Municipal Committees of district Budgam. The Deputy Commissioner impressed upon all the participants to ensure that the use of polythene a non-biodegradable pollutant is eradicated from the district. The Deputy Commissioner asked the concerned officers to organize polythene eradication rallies at Tehsil level in collaboration with the Education Department and concerned Tehsildars and Executive Officers of Municipal Committees. Inspections and raids for seizure of the existing polythene stocks shall also be conducted, the Deputy Commissioner urged.The Tehsildars and Executive Officers shall also conduct awareness programmes and meetings with the concerned Traders Federation to educate them about the ill effects of polythene and the need for its eradication, the meeting was informed.

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He said the Manmohan Singhled government was not able to convey to the people about its programmes and all the good work it was doing. “Election results are a reflection on what people’s perception of the government functioning was ... To dismiss them (good work) and say we did nothing in 10 years is wrong. Rahul Gandhi was never part of the government,” he said in defence of the party’s vicepresident who led the Congress campaign. BJP has taken a dig at Congress over the issue, saying it will blame Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others but not Rahul and his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi if it fares poorly in the polls. “The mantra in Congress is to blame others in case of something bad while giving all credit to Congress President and Vice President. Therefore, the PM will be blamed and others too. There will be talk about collective responsibility,” party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said. Nath said they were “neither optimistic nor pessimistic” about results. “We are being realistic,” he said.Meanwhile, with exit polls

painting a grim prospect for Congress, Union minister Kamal Nath rejected suggestions that a likely poor show in the elections will be a reflection on Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, saying he was never part of the UPA government. He said the Manmohan Singhled government was not able to convey to the people about its programmes and all the good work it was doing. “Election results are a reflection on what people’s perception of the government functioning was ... To dismiss them (good work) and say we did nothing in 10 years is wrong. Rahul Gandhi was never part of the government,” he said in defence of the party’s vicepresident who led the Congress campaign. BJP has taken a dig at Congress over the issue, saying it will blame Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and others but not Rahul and his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi if it fares poorly in the polls. “The mantra in Congress is to blame others in case of something bad while giving all credit to Congress President and Vice President. Therefore, the PM will be blamed and others too.

Awareness cum grievance camp held at Padder

activities, a Farmers’ awareness cum Public Grievance Camp was organised at Gulabgarh padder, in district Kishtwar. DDC, Kishtwar Mohd. Javed Khan accompanied by DIG, Doda-Kishtwar range Ashkoor Wani, and S.P. Sanjay Kotwal inaugurated the camp. At the outset an interactive session for farmers was held with the panel of experts comprising of Chief Agricultural Officer R K Hitaishi, Chief Horticultural Officer R C putto, officers from Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Sericulture. After that a general public griev-

ance redressal meeting was chaired by the DDC.

District officers from PHE, PDD, R&B,

GREF, Health, Education, CA&PD were present during the camp. The Sarpaches, panches of various panchayats and other people highlighted their problems and issues before the administration. Most of the were related to the provision of road connectivity, security, up gradation of schools, better medical facilities, roads under PMGSY, construction of lanes dungas and drains, facilities regarding Vatenary Services, drinking water and better staff position in the schools. The DDC, DIG and S.P addressed the people and assured them all possible help in meeting their genuine demands. They appealed to the people to live in harmony and maintain the feeling of brotherhood in the region.

Sericulture a viable avenue for unemployed educated youth: Samoon SRINAGAR, MAY 13: A high level meeting of Multi Task Force Committee on Sericulture under the chairmanship of Commissioner/Secretary Agriculture Production Department J&K, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon was held here today in the Conference Hall of Directorate of Sericulture, Tulsi Bagh, Srinagar wherein issues pertaining to the promotion and development of Silk Industry in J&K State were discussed. Special emphasis was laid on Post Cocoon production which involves silk reeling, silk weaving, printing and dyeing to improve value addition and create employment gen-

eration avenues. Director Sericulture Development Department, Dr. Malik Farooq apprised the meeting that silk reeling units have been established and more units need to be set up involving automatic reeling units so that 60 percent of the cocoon crop is consumed locally besides can fetch better results for cocoon rearers which otherwise is purchased by the people from outside State. The meeting was told that a comprehensive action plan has been formulated

Ministers greet people on Buddha Purnima SRINAGAR, MAY 13: The Council of Ministers has felicitated people on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima and hoped this will usher the State into an era of peace, progress and prosperity. Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, 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 Health & Medical Education, 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 Itoo, Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Raman Bhalla, Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Ak-

bar Lone, Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution and Transport, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Minister for Planning & Development, Labour & Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra, Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Minister for R&B and Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani and Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah in their joint message hoped that the festival will bring peace and prosperity to the State. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, Mr. Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Cooperative, Printing & Stationery and Elections, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma, Minister of State for Industries and Commerce,Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, Minister of State for Science & Technology and Information Technology, Mr. Feroz Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi and Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr. Vikar Rasool Wani have also extended their greetings to the people of the State on the eve of Buddha Purnima.

to develop Post Cocoon Sector on modern lines. In Pre-Cocoon Sector which involves silkworm rearing, the Department of Sericulture has achieved remarkable success in improving and enhancing quality cocoon production with the result, the cocoon production has become attractive and profitable in the State. However, there is need to utilize this production locally for value addition.Earlier, the website of the Sericulture Development Department was launched by Commissioner/Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon where all related information has been uploaded for the awareness of farmers. The website will serve as a guideline for all stakeholders who are involved in cocoon and silk yarn production.

Governor extends Buddha Purnima greetings SRINAGAR, MAY13: Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, has greeted the people on Buddha Purnima, sincerely hoping that the auspicious occasion would be the harbinger of peace, progress and prosperity in the State. In his message of felicitations, the Governor described Lord Buddha as an apostle of peace whose message of ahimsa and non-violence assumes much greater relevance today when the world is faced with growing intolerance, violence and terrorism. The Governor prayed for the well-being of the people of the State.

VC, KU calls on Governor

SRINAGAR, MAY 13: Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, called on Governor Mr. N.N Vohra, Chancellor of the University, here at Raj Bhavan today. The Vice Chancellor briefed the Governor about the to date status of all important academic, research, co-curricular and infrastructural development activities in the University and, as desired by the Chancellor, gave him a list of all significant matters which would require to be decided in the coming weeks.

RO Baramulla convenes meeting of candidates on May 15

BARAMULLA, MAY 13- The Returning Officer for Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency, Dr. Farooq Ahmed Lone has convened a meeting of all the contesting candidates, their election and counting agents on May 15 at 11 a.m at Dak Bunglow, Baramulla for an orientation session.

Gul, Malhotra extend greetings to people on Buddha Purnima

SRINAGAR, MAY 13: Speaker, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mubarak Gul and the Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Mr. Amrit Malhotra have extended greetings to the people of the State on Buddha Purnima. They prayed for the well-being of the people and hoped that this auspicious day would bring peace, progress and prosperity in the State.

HOROSCOPE Aries

March 21-April 19

Allow your eager and restless nature to express itself in ways other than through the spoken word, Aries. Show someone that you care through your gentle touch or a big bear hug. Hold on a little bit more tightly than you might normally. There’s an unspoken understanding that comes when you communicate through nothing but pure silence. Work on developing this kind of connection with those closest to you.

Taurus April 20-May 20

This is a terrific day for you, Taurus. You should find that your relationships, especially with men, go exceptionally well. Your tender and extremely sensitive nature is finally being recognized as the treasure chest it is. There are many times in which this type of personality is seen as weak, yet today is one of those times in which you’re given the full credit you deserve.

Gemini May 21-June 21

A selfish attitude on your part won’t be tolerated today, regardless of the circumstances, Gemini. Don’t make it worse for yourself by pretending that you don’t notice others’ hurt feelings. People are likely to be extra sensitive today, so be careful about trying to impose your will on someone who really wants nothing more than an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on.

Cancer June 22-July 22

You could find the hardest person to face is you, Cancer. You tend toward introspection, and you may find yourself shrinking into self-recrimination. You could analyze the important people in your life and yet fail to address the one you really need to look at – you. As you continually strive for perfection, give yourself proper credit. Do something nice for yourself today.

Leo

July 23-August 22 Take advantage of the creative energy in the air today, Leo. Keep your hands moving and your imagination flowing toward something fun and artistic. If you begin to doubt your work, you may fall down a spiral of creative blockage. Don’t get into the habit of constantly judging the quality or outcome of your work. Give yourself free rein to open up and explore whatever comes to mind.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Your sixth sense is right on target, Virgo, so trust your instincts today. You’re likely to connect with someone in a wonderful partnership that will help you foster the very plan you want to develop now. Stay close to those things that resonate strongly with your morals. The answer is in front of you; you don’t have to search too far afield in order to find it.

Libra

September 23-October 23 Take a break from your routine, Libra. You might feel like you’re leading an army into battle as you strive for new adventures and conquer new realms. Make sure you take a bit of time out today to stop and let your troops rest. You deserve a little rest yourself. Use this moment of stillness to form your plan of attack so you’re sure about how to proceed.

Scorpio

October 24-November 21 The key for you is to minimize your daily drama as much as possible, Scorpio. You may not realize how much you cripple yourself by the way you exaggerate every aspect of your life. Try not to give so much of your attention to things that really don’t matter much. Petty jealousy and gossip about other people’s lives are especially irrelevant in your world.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Be careful of advertising yourself as someone who is so strong and mentally competent that you’re capable of handling everything, Sagittarius. Take note that the strongest mule on the trail usually ends up carrying the most weight. Your emotions are more sensitive than you may think, and certainly more than you demonstrate to others. Be honest about the way you feel and not just the way you think.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Things should flow well for you today with very little effort on your part, Capricorn. Take note that if any quarrel arises, it’s an indication that the person you’re arguing with isn’t necessarily the right person to deal with or confide in. Emotional issues are likely to be the hardest ones to overcome, but this shouldn’t be a problem for you. You have the ability to work through these like a pro.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

This is meant to be a nice, relaxing day, so treat it as such, Aquarius. There’s no need for you to plan any great strategy at this time. Try to take it easy and not indulge in any unnecessary stress. This is your time to enjoy the moment. Don’t tax your mind by overanalyzing everything that comes your way. Go with the flow and have a great time regardless of what you end up doing.

Pisces

February 19-March 20 Your sensual nature is heightened, Pisces, and you’ll find yourself engaged in tender moments and languid peacefulness in the company of others. Soothe your soul by letting yourself slip into situations that give you the emotional freedom to do or say whatever comes to mind. Life should be like a love poem written by a great master. Accept the good energy that comes your way.


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ntrepreneurship development and training is one of the key elements for development and promotion of micro and small enterprises, particularly, the first generation entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) of various durations are being organized on regular basis by a number of organizations e.g. national and state level Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (EDIs), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institutes (MSMEDIs), national and state level Industrial Development Corporations, Banks and other training institutions and agencies in private and public sector etc., to create new entrepreneurs by cultivating their latent qualities of entrepreneurship and enlightening them on various aspects necessary for setting up micro and small enterprises. Besides, various Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), other private training institutions are also organizing vocational training (VT) programmes, skill development programmes (SDPs) and entrepreneurship cum-skill development programmes (ESDPs). However, there are still wide spread variations in the success rate, in terms of actual setting up and successful running of enterprises, by the EDP/ SDP/ ESDP trained entrepreneurs. It has been observed that entrepreneurs particularly new entrepreneurs, generally face difficulties in availing full benefits under available schemes of the Governments/ financial institutions, completing and complying with various formalities and legal requirements under various laws/ regulations, in selection of appropriate technology, tie-up with buyers and sellers etc. In order to bridge the gap between the aspirations of the potential entrepreneurs and the ground realties, there is a need to

support and nurture the potential first generation as well as existing entrepreneurs by giving them handholding support, particularly during the initial stages of setting up and managing their enterprises. To achieve this objective, Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY) has been launched. Selected lead agencies i.e. 'Udyami Mitras' aim to help these entities in the establishment and management of the new enterprise, in dealing with various procedural and legal hurdles and in completion of various formalities required for setting up and running of the enterprise. The Yojana also helps in providing information, support, guidance and assistance to first generation entrepreneurs as well as other existing entrepreneurs through an ‘Udyami Helpline’ (a Call Centre for MSMEs), to guide them regarding various promotional schemes of the Government, procedural formalities required for setting up and running of the enterprise and help them in accessing Bank credit etc. Under RGUMY, financial assistance would be provided to the selected lead agencies i.e. Udyami Mitras for rendering assistance and handholding support to the potential first generation entrepreneurs. Following agencies/organizations can be appointed as the lead agency i.e. Udyami Mitra: · Existing national level Entrepreneurship Development Institutions (EDIs); · Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institutes (MSMEDIs)/ Branch MSMEDIs; · Central/ State Government public sector enterprises (PSEs) involved in promotion and development of MSEs e.g. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and State Industrial Development

Corporations etc.; · Selected State level EDIs and Entrepreneurship Development Centers (EDCs) in public or private sectors; · Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC); · Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) set up for cluster development involved in entrepreneurship development; · Capable associations of MSEs/SSIs; · Other organizations/training institutions/NGOs etc. involved in entrepreneurship development/ skill development. The Scheme does not help existing entrepreneurs. It only helps beneficiaries who would like to become prospective entrepreneurs. Beneficiaries, who have not undergone such training, but are willing for getting handholding support, should be advised to undergo such training for at least two weeks. The selected lead agencies i.e. Udyami Mitras render assistance and handholding support for following services: Networking, coordinating and follow up with various Government departments/ agencies/ organizations and regulatory agencies on the one hand and with support agencies like Banks and financial institutions, District Industries Centers (DICs), technology providers, infrastructure providers on the other hand, to help the first generation entrepreneurs in setting up their enterprise. Udyami Mitras are expected to help the first generation entrepreneurs in: I d e n t i f i c a t i o n o f s u i t a b l e p r oject/product/enterprise and preparation of bankable project report · Creation of the proprietorship firm/ partnership firm/ Company/Society/ Self Help Group (SHG) etc.; • Filing of Memorandum (as prescribed under MSMED Act 2006); • Accessing bank loans, admissible capital

subsidy/ assistance under various schemes of the Central /State Government and other agencies/organizations/financial institutions/ Banks etc. by networking with respective agencies; • Assistance and support in establishment of work shed/office; • Sanction of Power load/connection; • Selection of appropriate technology and installation of plant and machinery/office equipment etc.; • obtaining various registrations/ licenses/ clearances / No Objection Certificates (NOCs) etc. from the concerned regulatory agencies/ Government departments/ local bodies/Municipal authorities etc.; • Allotment of Income Tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Service Tax/ Sales Tax/ VAT registration etc; • Sanction of working capital loan from the banks; • Arranging tie up with raw material suppliers; • Preparation and implementation of marketing strategy for the product/ service and market development; and •Establishing linkage with a mentor for providing guidance in future; •Creation of web page and email identity; Once the enterprise has been successfully set up, the Udyami Mitras would also monitor and follow up on the functioning of the enterprise for a further period of minimum 6 months and provide help in overcoming various managerial, financial and operational problems. The beneficiaries i.e., Udyamis are required to pay Rs. 1000/- to Udyami Mitras, as their initial contribution at the time of registration.However, the initial contribution is also waived off for the beneficiaries belonging to SC, ST, Physically Handicapped, Women and all beneficiaries belonging to North-Eastern Region.

Creating Skilled Manpower Scheme for Online Reporting Assistance to Training Institutions System of Mineral Transaction T

he Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector has emerged as a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of the Indian economy over the last five decades. MSMEs not only play crucial role in providing large employment opportunities at comparatively lower capital cost than large industries but also help in industrialization of rural & backward areas, thereby, reducing regional imbalances, assuring more equitable distribution of national income and wealth. MSMEs are complementary to large industries as ancillary units and contribute enormously to the socio-economic development of the country. The Ministry promotes the development of micro and small enterprises in the country with the objective of creating self-employment opportunities and upgrading the relevant skills of existing and potential entrepreneurs. In order to promote establishment of new enterprises and creation of new entrepreneurs the Ministry has been implementing various schemes and programmes. Entrepreneurship development is one of the key elements for promotion of micro and small enterprises, particularly, the first generation entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship, and resultant creation of employment and wealth, is a major means for inclusive development. Hence, entrepreneurship development has been one of the priorities in countries the world over. In order to ensure that young entrepreneurs are encouraged and suitably equipped to go into new ventures, the Ministry has been providing assistance for establishment of Training Institutions/ Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (EDIs) for imparting entrepreneurship and skill development training. These EDIs have been providing entrepreneurship and skill development training to the first generation entrepreneurs and helping and supporting them in the establishment of their enterprises. The Government makes consistent and concerted efforts to accelerate and promote entrepreneurship by providing support for strengthening of training infrastructure as well as programme support. The Ministry has set up three National level Entrepreneurship

Development Institutes namely National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME), Hyderabad; National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Noida and Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati to undertake the task of entrepreneurship and skill development on a regular basis. The Ministry has also been supporting the efforts of State Governments/ Union Territories, Industry Associations, Financial Institutions, Technical/ Management Institutions, other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), etc. for establishment of new training institutions as well as strengthening of the infrastructure of existing training institutions. The Scheme for Assistance to Training Institutions envisages financial assistance for establishment of new institutions (EDIs), strengthening the infrastructure of the existing EDIs and for supporting entrepreneurship and skill development activities. The main objectives of the scheme are development of indigenous entrepreneurship from all walks of life for developing new micro and small enterprises, enlarging the entrepreneurial base and encouraging self-employment in rural as well as urban areas, by providing training to first generation entrepreneurs and assisting them in setting up of enterprises. The assistance is provided to these training institutions in the form of capital grant for creation/strengthening of infrastructure and programme support for conducting entrepreneurship development and skill development programmes. Assistance to National level EDIs is provided under the scheme for creation or strengthening/ expansion of infrastructure, including opening of new branches/ centres and meeting revenue deficit, if any, to national level EDIs [presently 3 namely - National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NiMSME), Hyderabad; National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Noida and Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati]. Assistance to Other EDIs (other than

National level EDIs) is provided under the scheme to proposed new EDIs or existing EDIs for creation or strengthening/expansion of their infrastructure. The central assistance under this scheme would be only catalytic and supplementary to the contributions and efforts of the other stakeholders e.g. the concerned Institute, States/UT Governments and other developmental agencies/NGOs/Institutions etc. Here, the applicant Institution should possess clear title on the land required for setting up of the proposed/existing institute. In case the land is obtained on lease hold, the tenure of the lease deed should be for at least 30 years. The financial assistance is for specific needs of each case for construction of building, purchase of training aids/equipments, office equipments, computers and for providing other support services e.g. libraries/data bases etc. Assistance for Training Programmes is provided under the scheme to Training Institutions, for conducting Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) and Entrepreneurship cum Skill Development Programmes (ESDPs) and Training of Trainers (ToTs) programmes in the areas of Entrepreneurship and/or Skill Development. · National level EDIs (including branches), · Training Institutions established by Partner Institutions (PIs) of national level EDIs, · Training/Incubation centres of NSIC, · Training cum Incubation Centres (TICs) set up by Franchisees of NSIC and · Other Training institutions with proven professional competency, capacity and experience, approved under the scheme. Assistance is normally provided for short term courses/ training programmes (non residential) only, i.e. ESDPs for 1 to 3 months (100 to 300 hours of training inputs), EDPs for 2 weeks (72 hours of training inputs) and ToT programmes (300 hours of training inputs). The progress of the scheme is regularly monitored by the Screening Committee/Secretary (MSME) from time to time to ensure the highest quality.

In its continues effort to bring more transparency the Mines Ministry has developed an On-Line Registration and Reporting System under rule 45 of MCDR, 1988 of mineral transaction to facilitate the submission of monthly returns of iron ore. The Minister of State Independent Charge Shri Dinsha J. Patel launched the first phase of the Online Reporting System of mineral transaction. The focus will be on submission of monthly returns for iron and manganese ore mines throughout the country. Other minerals would be covered by September 2012. In the present system of mineral administration, the onus of the mineral is with the State Governments. The Ministry has a limited authority except the administration of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988 (MCDR) through Indian Bureau of Mines. Now the reporting system has been developed to facilitate in submitting the returns on-line. Indian Bureau of Mines will allot and record registration numbers, which will be used for all reporting and correspondence connected to mining, trading, stocking, end use or export of mineral. All the State Government will be able to access the system to check the data reported in the returns and can initiate action in case of wrong reporting of data, evasion of royalty, etc. Over a period of time, it has come to the knowledge of the Ministry that malpractices in mining sector have increased due to poor governance at State level leading to number of illegal mining cases. The mineral thus produced, come into the mineral market through trading, stocking, procurement by endusers or export. This situation has necessitated the Government to take stringent measures for monitoring the mining and mineral transaction in order to control malpractices in this sector. In future the system will be linked to Railways and Ports Authorities to check the correctness of the reporting made under the Rule. The on-line reporting system is linked to on-line registration system. Broadly the reporting system is divided into two parts. Part-I covers the general information in addition to the employment details. Part-II of the monthly reporting system deals with the grade wise production, dispatches, stock and justification for increase/decrease of production and sale price of minerals. The Part-II of reporting system requires the registration number of the consignee and purpose of sale whether for domestic consumption or export and in case of domestic consumption whether it is made for captive consumption or sale or transfer. The on-line registration system has already commenced in Indian Bureau of Mines and so far 4898 lease holders (covering 9390 mines), 2345 traders, 476 exporters, 1033 stockist and 1653 end-users have registered their details. The amended Rule 45 of MCDR, 1988 specifies penal action against defaulting mine owners and empowers the Government to order for suspension of all mining operations and may revoke the order of suspension after ensuring proper compliance, take action to initiate prosecution and recommend for termination of mining lease. The reporting system is designed to generate violation letters automatically and issue the same to the defaulters who fail to submit the returns by the stipulated date of 10th of every month. In order to ensure tighter implementation, State Governments would be partnered for compliance of traders, stockiest, exporters and end-users.

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