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Srinagar, August 15: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah this afternoon hosted At Home in connection with Independence Day celebration at SKICC here this afternoon. Governor, N. N. Vohara, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Tariq Anwar, Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly, Mubarak Gul, Ministers, Legislators, Chief Secretary, DG Police, various administrative Secretaries and prominent citizens participated in the At Home.

No strike today Srinagar, August 15: Hurriyat Conference (G) Thursday reiterated that there won’t be any strike on Friday. Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar told KNS that the decision to call off strike was taken yesterday after some profreedom groups had appealed Syed Ali Shah Geelani to do so. “We appeal to the people to carry their normal activities on,” he said. Akbar also dismissed the rumours making rounds in Shopian district regarding strike on Friday.

Minor dies in a house collapse Jammu, August 15: A 6 year old girl dies and her mother is missing in a house collapse in Dudu-Seri in Udhampur District. Our correspondent reports that the house collapsed after it was hit by landslides the evening. Eight persons have been rescued from the debris of the house.

Missing school driver traced in Pulwama Srinagar August 15: Srinagar police traced the missing driver of a private school alongwith the school vehicle in Pulwama. The Principal of a private school situated at Baghat, Srinagar reported at the Police Station Sadder that a driver Naseer Ahmad Malik son of Abdul Gaffar resident of Old Barzulla attached with the school is missing alongwith the school vehicle, Bolero bearing registration number Jk03A/8352. Sadder police registered a case and launched a manhunt to trace the missing driver and the vehicle. Police traced the driver and the school vehicle in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

5 injured in road mishaps Srinagar August 15: Five persons were injured in different road accident across the valley. A Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK03C/2909 hit and injured a boy, Farhan Ahmad Rather son of Bashir Ahmad Rather resident of Cheerpora, Chittergul at Uttersoo, in the jurisdiction of Police post Uttersoo. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. Uttersoo Police has See injured on Pg. 11



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No place for narrow, sectarian ideologies: PM rules out any dialogue with Pak till ceasefire violations continue Says Kashmir issue to be addressed politically

New Delhi, August 15: Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh today asserted there can be no place for narrow and sectarian ideologies in a modern, progressive and secular country. He said they divide the society and weaken democracy. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of historic Red Fort on the 67th Independence Day, the Prime Minister said there is need to strengthen those traditions of our country which teach us to promote tolerance and respect for thought processes different from ours. He appealed to all political parties, all sections of our society and the public at large to work in this direction. The Prime Minister said there is a need to build an environment of political stability, social cohesion and security for an India that is prosperous and where all its citizens will be equal partners in this, irrespective of their religion, caste, region or language. Dr. Singh expressed anguish over the loss of Navy's frontline submarine INS Sindhurakshak in an accident in Mumbai in which 18 soldiers are feared to have lost

their lives. On the issue of internal security, the Prime Minister said except a few incidents, the last nine years have been good for communal harmony. He said, the naxal violence in Chhattisgarh on May 25th was a frontal attack on the democracy. Dr. Singh exuded confidence that the country will be able to achieve the higher economic growth de-

spite recent slow down due to global recession. He pointed out that in the last nine years, country's economy has grown at an annual average of 7.9 per cent which is the highest in any decade so far. On Pakistan, Dr. Singh said bilateral relations will improve only when Islamabad prevents the use of its territory for anti-India activities. He also condemned

CM blames some national leaders for dual standards Urges for communal harmony the recent dastardly attacks on Jawans along the Line-of-Control by Pakistan and said that all possible steps will be taken to prevent such incidents in future. Talking at length about the achievements of UPA government in the last nine years, the Prime Minister expressed hope that food security bill will be approved in the current session of Parliament. It will benefit about 81 crore people mostly rural population. He said food grain production in the country has reached a record level of 25.9 crore tonnes in 2011-12. Dr. Singh called for reforms in the education system and said this can be achieved only after giving better training to Teachers with Right to Education already in place. Meanwhile, Emphasizing the need for a definite change in the mind-set of a particular category of national leaders regarding treating Jammu and Kashmir discriminately, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday criticized them for showing complete duplicity in their approach towards the issues like Kishtwar. “You treat similar incidents in rest of the Country differently and See PM on Pg. 11

Dy. CM unfurls tri-colour at Jammu Complete shutdown observed

across valley

Jammu, August 15:

Like other parts of the country the 67th Independence day was celebrated in Jammu division with patriotic fervour and zeal. Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand hoisted the National Flag and took salute at the march past here mini stadium parade, Jammu. Addressing the people, the Deputy Chief Minister said India’s journey from an underdeveloped nation to an emerging superpower has been laid on the foundation of the sacrifices of our freedom fighters and the harmonized efforts of all its citizens. He said that our nation stands strong on the dictum of Live and Let Live and saluted our brave soldiers who stand guardian to our borders and protect the sovernity and integrity of our country. Deputy Chief Minister extended gratitude to the Central government specially Prime Minister

Curfew relaxed during I-Day function at Kishtwar Srinagar, August 15:

Mr Manmohan Singh ,UPA Chairperson Smt Sonia Gandhi and Union Health Minister Mr Gulam Nabi Azad for their liberal funding in various sectors. He said that the various pilot projects have been launched in the state which includes hydel, railway and national highway projects. Highlighting the various policies of Central and State Government for employment generation in the state, he said that large number of youth has been covered under the ambit of programmes like SKEWPY for skill

Pak violates ceasefire again 3 Army Jawans injured

Jammu, August 15: In yet another ceasefire violation by Pakistan in past five days, three Army jawans and a civilian got injured in Pakistani firing on forward posts along LoC in Balakote area of Poonch district today. Pak troops fired automatic weapons and mortar shells, one of which resulted in injury to a civilian Parvaiz in Sanjote forward area. Pakistan last night also attacked Indian forward posts in Mendhar sector of Poonch using small, medium, automatic and heavy weapons. The firing which start-

ed last night at about 9 pm continued for over two hours. Indian troops gave an effective response to Pak firing and silenced the Pak guns. According to a senior security officer, the 2003 Indo-Pak ceasefire has become meaningless as Pakistan is daily resorting to unprovoked firing on Indian forward posts as was witnessed before the 2003 truce between India and Pakistan. There have been 57 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops from January 1 to August 5 this year, which is 80 per cent more than during the same period last year.

development. He asked the youth to the avail the benefits of these schemes and explores the employment potential in the various unconventional sectors Deputy Chief Minister expressed hope that the Tourism sector which was profusely affected during turmoil will strongly emerge as the mainstay of the state economy and the tremendous growth in the sector will percolate its positive effects at all levels. He said that the Government is making all See Dy. CM on Pg. 11

Complete shutdown was observed across the Valley on Thursday on the call of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, JKLF and other separatist organisations. According to KNS a large number of police and paramilitary CRPF men were deployed in Srinagar city and other parts of the valley to impose restrictions. In Srinagar city locals alleged that curfew like situation was imposed as forces didn’t allow them to venture out of their homes. Most of the roads and streets were barricaded by concertina wires to check pedestrian and vehicular movement. The situation was no different in uptown where the main government function was held at Bakshi Stadium. Strict arrangements were put in place in and around the stadium

where Chief Minister Omar Abdullah unfurled the tricolor. Sources told KNS that special instruction were issued to the policemen and other forces to keep check on unregistered vehicles, private vehicles running in tinted glasses, two-wheelers to ensure that militants should not be able to breach the security ring. The invitees were subjected to thorough frisking at several points before entering the venue. Besides, their invitation cards were matched with their identity proofs. CCTVs were also installed inside the stadium while SSG personnel were monitoring the activities of the people with binoculars. Lal Chowk was also out of bounds for people as large contingents of CRPF and police personnel were deployed around it and all the roads leading to it were barricaded.

Suspension of internet and mobile services leave people fuming However internet services restored after a week Srinagar, August 15: After internet gag in Kashmir Valley, thousands of people living in flood prone areas were left fuming after the authorities suspended mobile services in the wake of Aug 15 celebrations. People living in flood prone areas like Litapora, Sangam, Barsoo, Lasjan, Soitang Padshahi Bagh were all out from their houses on Thursday morning to monitor the level of rising waters in the river, streams and nallah’s. Visibly anxious people felt helpless when they find that authorities have even snapped the mobile service. People could not contact their relatives

and the officials of Flood and Control Department to know the latest situation about the floods. “Internet services have al-

ready been suspended by the Coalition Government though the situation in Kashmir Valley is peaceful and today without any reason mobile services were snapped. We tried to contact our relatives to

know about the latest position of floods but we could not,” one of the residents from Soitang Lasjan told CNS. Amid intermittent rains, people were seen in queue watching the flowing streams and nallah’s but were unable to pass on information or share anything with their near and dear one’s as Cellular Operators following the directions from the authorities had snapped the mobile services. Like past, the mobile service was restored only after mid-day, however, internet services remained suspended for the sixth consecutive day across the State.

Elsewhere in the Valley, complete shutdown was observed with shops remaining closed and traffic off the roads. Reports reaching KNS said complete shutdown was observed in Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Kupwara districts of North Kashmir. Police and paramilitary CRPF personnel were deployed in strength in north Kashmir’s Sopore town to prevent any protests. Life was also paralyzed by the strike in south Kashmir districts of Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama. Director General Police Ashok Prasad told KNS that the official I-day functions passed of peacefully at all district headquarters across the state and there was no report of any untoward incident in any part of the state. Meanwhile, curfew was lifted in seven districts of Jam-

mu region on Thursday and situation was returning to normal. But curfew continued for the seventh consecutive day in Kishtwar district. Pertinently three persons had died and dozens others injured during communal violence in Kishtwar last Friday. The DGP said curfew has been lifted in every part of the Jammu region except from Kishtwar as there is still some kind of tension. “But we are monitoring the situation and as soon it becomes better we will lift the curfew from Kishtwar as well,” he said. Meanwhile Divisional commissioner Jammu Shanant Manu said that curfew has been lifted from seven districts of Jammu region and was relaxed in Kishtwar during the I-day function. “We are closely monitoring the situation of the region, if See Shutdown on Pg. 11

Miscreants attack students for taking part in ID celebrations Baramulla, August 15: At least three school children and a driver was injured when agitated youth pelted stones on an State Road Transport Corporatiom bus carrying students from Government Middle School Uri in north Kashmir’s Khanpora area of Baramulla. The School Children were returning back to Uri after participating in India’s independence celebrations that were held at police lines Baramulla. Confirming the incident, Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir, J.P.Singh told CNS that scores of children from Government Middle School Uri had attended Independence Day celebrations that took place at Police lines Baramulla.

“After the celebrations were over, all the school children boarded an SRTC bus that came under attack near Khanpora Bridge. Youth resorted to stone pelting and injured three children including the driver of the bus,” Singh said adding that the more children would have been injured if the driver would have stopped the bus. DIG North Kashmir said that police have identified the stone pelters and hunt has been launched to trace them. Meanwhile, parents alleged that police did not bother to provide security cover to their children. “Police took pains to bring them to Barmaulla and left at the mercy of the God soon after the function was over,” one of the parents said.



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in Jammu and Kashmir differently”, he told them and down played this kind of treatment. Without naming BJP and likeminded politicians, Omar Abdullah said, “It is most unfortunate on the part of these leaders to discriminate Jammu and Kashmir vis-à-vis other States and show biased approach while dealing with similar matters differently in Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of the Country”. He said that he was once asked why people of Jammu and Kashmir think themselves different from the rest of the Country and away from the mainstream. He said that he got the reply to this question by the approach and treatment shown by these national leaders regarding Kishtwar incident. “In fact it is you who treat the State and its people differently, consider them separate identity, deal with them in a biased approach and exhibit a peculiar mind-set towards people of Jammu and Kashmir”, he told these national leaders and said that the different and biased way of treating Jammu and Kashmir is amply visible by their reaction vis-à-vis Kishtwar incident and those taking place elsewhere in the Country. He said that Kishtwar like clashes between two groups of Hindu and Muslims claimed 34 lives in UP, 13 in Maharashtra, 15 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 in Karnataka, 6 in Rajasthan, 5 in Gujarat in 2012 and again 8 in Maharashtra, one in MP, 2 in Rajasthan and 2 in Gujarat in 2013 besides some more deaths in Bihar recently. He asked these national leaders as to why they didn’t show any concern over these incidents, initiated debates in the Parliament and on TV channels, tried to rush to the spots, tweeted on Tweeter, wrote columns in newspapers and created hype. “This is the duplicity in your approach and this makes the difference. This is the why people of the Jammu and Kashmir think that they are different from rest of the Country. It is you who make them to think like this”, he told the particular category of national leaders and asked them to peep in their outlook. Asking these national leaders to bring change in their mind set, the Chief Minister said that integration between the people of the Country and the State cannot be achieved through provisions of law or Acts but when you show same concern and extend same treatment to the State which you do for rest of the Country. “You have to shun the separate approach towards Jammu and Kashmir, you have to shun the practice of treating Jammu and Kashmir differently, you have to measure the events through one yardstick and treat Jammu and Kashmir at par with rest of the Country then you can talk of integration of hearts and minds”, he asserted. “When you only debate in the Parliament on Kishtwar incident and show no concern regarding similar issues taking place regularly elsewhere in the Country, when you show your eagerness and enthusiasm to visit clash-hit areas in Kishtwar and no other places in the Country where such incidents take place, when you create hype on Tweeter and social media and speak vociferously in the Parliament and outside only on Kishtwar incident and not talk about similar incidents in the rest of the Country, then the people of Jammu and Kashmir think that they are different from rest of the Country”, he lamented on BJP’s approach exhibited towards Kishtwar incident and

said when this kind of mind set will change people of Jammu and Kashmir will not feel to be different from rest of the Country. “It is you who have to change”, he told them. Condemning the Kishtwar, Gool, Budgam, Banidipora and other incidents of violence, the Chief Minister said that rumours and hype regarding the unfortunate incidents fanned and propagated by peace inimical elements blew these out of proposition and tried to export violence to other parts. He said false photographs of the Kishtwar incident were circulated to exploit the sentiments of people. He said these photographs were found to be of Burma. He said these elements tried their best to put entire State in flames for their vested interests. The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to the common masses for showing maturity and not letting the situation to go out of control. “Your cooperation has helped us to bring the situation under control and foil the designs of anti-peace elements”, he said and sought unabated cooperation of people in maintaining peace and tranquillity and carrying forward process of development in the State. He said that people of the State are committed to the harmony, brotherhood and co-existence since ages and would continue to nurture this trait. He said enemies of the harmony have been defeated in the past and would be defeated in future also. Omar cautioned the people against rumour mongers and impressed upon them not to get carried away by rumours but ascertain truth and show wisdom while reacting to any event. On political issue of Jammu and Kashmir, the Chief Minister reiterated his stand that money or gun cannot solve the J&K-centric political issues but dialogue process is only way forward in this regard. “I am being time and again underlining K-issue as a political issue and driving home the necessity of dealing it politically”, he said and maintained that both internal and external dialogues were imperative to address the issues amicably. He said the external dimension of the issue needs to be settled with Pakistan and for addressing its internal dimension; the separatists should come forward for dialogue. The Chief Minister also expressed his serious concern over the tension at LOC and borders and on violation of ceasefire. He said exchange of fire from either side would not solve any issue. He said there is need of rebuilding the confidence between the two neighbours so that dialogue process takes place. The Chief Minister greeted the people on Independence Day and said that the development process set in by his Government all across the State would continue with firmness and commitment and thanked the people for their unabated support to him and his Government in his effort to restore peace and achieve the goal of prosperous and peaceful Jammu and Kashmir. Omar unfurled National Flag and took salute at the march past at Bakshi Stadium here.


required night curfew will be imposed in Jammu region. I-day functions passed off peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incidents during the function,” he told KNS.

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efforts to promote religious tourism in the state and impetus is on developing the tourism infrastructure to facilitate the tourists. Highlighting some of the other ambitious tourism projects like the Mubarak mandi rope way project, artificial lake across the River Tawi and Raghunath Bazar beautification project will boost the tourist influx in the state. He said that it is the need of the hour to stand united to thwart the reprehensible intentions to disrupt and derail the peace process in the state .He pinned hope that we will redirect ourselves to strengthen the secular social fabric and pluralistic ethos of the state which is acknowledged for its Communal harmony and brotherhood .He lauded the efforts of all various socio political organisations ,Military and paramilitary forces ,police and media for their cooperation in restoring normalcy in the state and strengthening the peace initiatives in our turmoil hit state. Deputy Chief Minister appealed people to strengthen the hands of the Government to build an environment of political stability, social cohesion and security for ushering the state into a new era of development. At Samba, the main function was held at Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Ground Kehli Mandi, Samba where the Chief guest Minister for Urban Development and Local Bodies Nawang Rigzin Jora, hoisted the national flag in presence of MLA Samba Yash Paul Kundal and took salute from parade comprising of contingents drawn from District Police, Ex servicemen, and students of various government and private schools. Jora congratulated the people on Independence Day and recalled the contributions of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, and great personalities like Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel. He also paid tributes to freedom fighters who laid their lives for freedom struggle of the country. Saluting the armed forces for their efforts in restoring normalcy throughout the state, he said in doing their duty, they all are making great sacrifices - ready to deploy at a moment's notice and prepared to put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms and our way of life. They endure so the rest of us can live freely. He said that government is making all out efforts to create social and developmental infrastructure in all parts of the state so as to raise the social and economical status of people. He highlighted the achievements of the district administration Samba in sectors like Communication, health, education, social welfare, Indira Awas Yojana, NRHM, SSA, PHE etc. The Minister lauded the Army, Para military forces for their role in safeguarding the country from internal and external threats. The minister also lauded Jammu and Kashmir police for their exemplary devotion while maintaining law and order even in difficult times. In the evening At Home was hosted by the DC Samba at DC Complex Samba where the MLA Samba Yashpal Kundal, MLA Hiranagar Durga Dass, SSP Samba Israr


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registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK05C/1329 skidded off the road at Tangpowa, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Kokernag, resulting in injuries to two persons including the driver of the Sumo. Both the injured were shifted to the Hospital for treatment. Kokernag Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Indigo vehicle bearing registration number Jk04/7905 hit and injured a Sweeper of SMC, Srinagar, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Sadder. The injured was shifted to Bone and Joint hospital for treatment. Sadder Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Truck bearing registration number JK02W/5142 hit a Motorcycle bearing registration number Jk01K/8821 at Rawalpora Chowk, in the jurisdiction of Police station Sadder, resulting in injuries to the motorcyclist. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. Sadder Police has registered a case in this regard.

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Applications, from eligible candidates belonging to Jammu and Kashmir State are invited for engagement as Librarians & Physical Training Instructors (PTI) on academic arrangement basis in the Govt. Degree Colleges of Kashmir Division for the academic session 2013-14 on the following terms and conditions:Eligibility for Librarians & Physical Training Instructors (PTI) on academic arrangement: 1. The candidates must possess qualification as prescribed for the post viz. NET/ SLET/Ph.D/M.Phil and with minimum 55% marks (50% in case of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Physically & visually handicapped candidates) having secured in concerned subject at Postgraduate Level. Eligibility for Librarians & Physical Training Instructors as Assistant: 1. The candidates must possess Postgraduate degree in the concerned subject i.e. M.Lib & M.PEd, respectively having secured minimum 55% marks (50% in case of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Physically & visually handicapped candidates). The recognition of degrees shall be based as per guidelines/policy notified under. Govt. Order No. 252-HE of 2012 dated: 30/5/2012. The other terms & conditions are available in the college website The forms shall be available in the office of the undersigned upto 19th August 2013 and last date for submission of applications form shall be 20th August 2013. Sd/- Nodal Principal DIPJK: 6027 Amar Singh College Sgr.

Khan besides BSF, Army Officers and District Officers were present. At Kathua, Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm, patriotic zeal and national fervor at Kathua. The main function was held at District Sports stadium ,Kathua where MOS independent charge of Fisheries, cooperatives Printing and stationary & elections and MOS for Finance, Higher Education, Planning, Forests, Environment and Ecology ,Labour and Transport, Dr Manohar Lal hoisted the National flag and took salute from mega parade comprising of contingents drawn from CRPF, District Police police training school, N.C.C boys and girls, forest protection Force and platoons of various Government and private schools. Congratulating people on the occasion, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma recalled the sacrifices of the great martyrs who laid down their lives in the freedom struggle. The minister paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Subash Chander Bose and other freedom fighters. Dr Manohar lal Sharma condemned the unfortunate incident of Kishtwar and appealed to the public to maintain peace and communal harmony and not to fall prey to the divisive and communal forces. The minister lauded the army, para military forces for protecting the country. The minister cautioned the people about communal forces who are trying to disturb our communal harmony. The minister lauded the central Government for liberal funding in the state. He said that many schemes have been launched by the central govt. like PMGSY, NRHM, RGVVY and MNREGA for the betterment of the people. The minister said that education, road connectivity, health are priority sectors of the government. Highlighting the development of the district he said that 6.5 km road, 3 bridges along with allied works have been completed in Kathua town by ERA under ADB at an cost of Rs.32.86 crore. 4 bridges have been completed by the PWD (R&B) department during 2012-13 and 28 schemes under PMGSY have been completed so far providing connectivity to 110 habitations.

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(Fresh) E-Tender Notice No. 07 of 2013-14 Dated: 12.08.2013

For and on behalf of the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir State, e-tenders [in two cover system] are invited from reputed and registered firms/companies/manufacturers or through their authorised dealers and representatives for “Manufacturing, casting, moulding Supply, Testing and Commissioning of High density polyethylene pipe with Male-female flanged ends for transportation of sand, slurry, silt etc in District Baramulla.

S. No. 1.

Name of Work Manufacturing, casting, moulding Supply, Testing and Commissioning of High density polyethylene pipe with Malefemale flanged ends for transportation of sand, slurry, silt etc.

Cost of Tender Doc. [In Rs.]

Earnest Money [In. Lacs]

Time of Completion

Validity of Rates



04 Months

180 days

1. The bidding documents consisting of qualifying information, eligibility criteria, technical specifications, bill of quantities [B.O.Q.] set of terms and conditions of contract and other details can be seen/downloaded from the website as per schedule of dates given hereunder:

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Date of Issue of Tender Notice Period of downloading of bidding documents Bid Submission Start date Bid Submission End date Deadline for receiving the Hard Copy of original DD, EMD, Techno commercial Bid etc. Date of opening of 1st cover

12.08.2013 13.08.2013 to 24.08.2013 13.08.2013 24.08.2013(1600 hr) 26.08.2013 (1400 hr) 27.08.2013

Position of funds: Demanded 1. Bid documents can be seen at and downloaded from the website from the date of document download (1100 Hrs) 2. The Bids shall be deposited on the website from the date of bid submission date (1100Hrs) to bid closing date (1600 Hrs). 3. The original copy of EMD, DD, Technical Bid, and other documents as specified in Annexure A must reach the office of the Superintending Engineer Mechanical Circle Irrigation and Flood Control Department Srinagar through registered / speed post /by hand prior to one day of opening of the 1st cover of the tender. The Department will not be responsible for any delay in delivery of the documents. 4. The complete bidding process will be online 5. The Technical bids received shall be opened online in the office of Superintending Engineer Mechanical Circle Irrigation and Flood Control Department Srinagar. 6. The Financial bids of the bidders shall be opened online in the office of the Superintending Engineer Mechanical Circle Irrigation and Flood Control Department Srinagar date of which shall be communicated separately. DIPJK: 6125 Sd/- Superintending Engineer

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


Name of Work

Providing and Laying of 50 mm thick compacted bitumenous Macadam and 25 mm thick semidense carpet surfacing with 6 mm thick seal coat (Machine Mix Laid with Paver) to Bemina Budgam road Km 1st.

Est. Cost (Rs. in Lacs) Incld. C/O Stores Rs.43.65 lacs

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10 days

Date & time of Opening of Bid 19-08-2013 at 11.00 AM

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Regd. Hot mix plant owner/AAY with hot mix plan

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2. Bids must be accompanied with cost of Tender document in shape of demand draft in favour of Executive Engineer R&B Division Budgam(tender inviting authority) and Earnest money /Bid security in shape of CDR/FDR pledged to Superintending Engineer PWD (R&B) Circle Srinagar/Budgam (tender receiving authority). 3. The date and time of opening of Bids shall be notified on Web-site and conveyed to the bidders automatically through an e-mail message on their e-mail address. The bids of Responsive bidders shall be opened online on same Web Site in the Office of the Superintending Engineer PWD (R&B) Circle Srinagar/Budgam (tender receiving authority). 4. The bids for the work shall remain valid for a period of 120 days from the date of opening of bids. 5. The earnest money shall be forfeited, If:a) Any bidder/ tenderer withdraw his bid/ tender during the period of bid validity or makes any Modifications in the terms and conditions of the bid. b) Failure of Successful bidder to furnish the required performance security within the specified time limit. c) Failure of Successful bidder to execute the agreement within 28 days after fixation of contract. DIPJK: 6032 Sd/- Executive Engineer, Muffasil R&B Division Budgam

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Rather unfurls tricolour at Budgam Cautions against nefarious designs of communal forces Srinagar, August 15: Like other parts of the country, the 67th Independence Day was celebrated in district Budgam also with great enthusiasm and patriotic fervour. The main function was held at sports stadium where the Chief Guest, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather unfurled the tricolour and took salute on the march past comprising contingents of CRPF, BR I, II and III, J&K Home Guard and students of 22 schools of Budgam district. . The District Development Commissioner Budgam Mr. Khursheed Ahmad, SSP Budgam Mr. Mohammad Irshad, a large number of people, senior citizens, political leaders, socio-religious workers and school children were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Finance Minister while recounting the supreme sacrifices offered by the great leaders to get freedom from the slavery of British rulers called for collective efforts to safeguard it. He cautioned the people against the communal and divisive forces, who are bend upon to disintegrate the society and

the country on the basis of religion, region, caste and creed. He called upon the people to contribute in safeguarding the hard-won freedom by thwarting their nefarious designs. He also saluted Army and Security Forces for guarding borders of the country to stop intrusion of the enemy and also lauded the J&K Police in maintaining peace and law and order in the state despite heavy odds adding that J&K Police is one of the best police forces in the country. The Finance Minister also deliberated on the landmark achievements registered in the country after Independence and said that many big strides have been made in every sector of life including science and Technology, Agriculture and Infrastructure Development. Maintaining that political freedom is incomplete without the economic Self-reliance, Mr. Rather said that India is making strides in socio-economic fields equally alongside the other progressive countries of the world and it is being seen with respect and regard by the forward countries at international level. He also referred to the Food Security Bill and said that the ordinance in this regard is awaiting the nod of Parliament. He said this new law envisages ensuring availability of food on cheapest rates to the eligible about 80 crore people of the country, which a landmark achievement is made by any country. While highlighting some of the achievements of the present government Mr. Rather said that tack-

ling un-employment has been given thrust and Employment and Counselling Centres have been set up in each district to guide the un-employed youth for getting dignified Self-employment avenues. “Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA) for un-employed youth and Seed Capital Fund Schemes to enable educated un-employed persons to start their income generating units have

been implemented” the Minister added. He said that the government has fulfilled almost all demands of the employees and their remaining grievances will also be redressed appropriately. On this occasion, a colourful and a scintillating culture programme was presented by the J&K Information Department and NYK artists which enthralled the audience.

Spalbar unfurls the national flag Leh, August 15: With great enthusiasm and patriotic fervour the 67th Independence Day of the country was celebrated at Leh Polo Ground today where Chief Executive Councillor (CEC) LAHDC, Rigzin Spalbar unfurled the national tri-colour amidst the gathering of thousands of people, invitees and contingent of police, paramilitary and school children. Addressing the gathering, CEC said that Independence Day is a moment to remember the freedom fighters, who gave supreme sacrifices to free our country from the clutches of British rule. He stressed that this occasion is a day to take commitment to serve our country and contribute our bit in the development and progress of the nation.Highlighting the achievements of LAHDC, Spalbar with great prominence made a mention of over Rs.1000 cr worth developmental works currently going on in Leh district, 3582 farmers of Leh district being provided with very low interest loan of Rs.28.50 cr under KCC scheme, opening of Rural Haat in Leh as a big step to resolve the marketing problem for the local farmers and guarantying 100% vegetable supply of locals to army ensuring good price on the initiative of the Council.CEC also conveyed the achievement of Council in getting a special package from Ministry of Rural Dev. GOI where under as many as 500 nomad families will be provided shelters under Indira Awaz Yojna that will ensure the welfare and sustainability of the nomads of Changthang. He also made a mention of the distribution of 9,474 Kanals of land under command area, 1,271 Kanals of land given to the people of Leh-Fumdo and 3,165 Kanals in around Leh with ownership by the Council.

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67th Independence Day celebrated at Ganderbal

Mian Altaf hoists flag, takes salute on parade

vironment, Mian Altaf Ahmad was the chief guest and hoisted the flag besides taking salute on the parade. The contingents of JKP, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, FPF besides, the students of various educational institutions of the District took part in march-past. Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, senior civil and police officers, political leaders and senior citizens of the district were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the initiatives and the

programmes launched by the Government for welfare of the people. He said improving basic facilities of the people remained high on the agenda of the Government. The Minister said that establishment of Central University in Gander-

Taj hoists tri-colour at Baramulla, takes salute on march past Baramulla, August 15: Like other districts of the State, the Independence Day was celebrated with great pomp and show at Baramulla. Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services and Sports Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din hoisted the national flag. The Minister inspected the parade and took salute at the march past. Contingents comprising JKP, JKAP, CRPF, Fire and Emergency Services, Home Guards and school children presented the march past. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister saluted the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for ensuring the freedom of the country, maintaining that it is our duty to uphold it. The Minister said after independence, the country has been registering progress in every field including our state. Referring to recent incident of violence, the Minister said that some communal forces are trying to spoil the peaceful atmosphere and divide people of the state. The forces playing with the unity and integrity of the country and state would be dealt with iron hand, he said, adding that J&K is abode of amity and brotherhood since long and no one would be allowed to disturb it. Terming as historic the step for enacting Food Security Bill by the Union Government, Mr. Taj said that about 85 per cent poor population of the State would get benefitted from this Bill. He said the both Central as well as State government want provision of basic amenities to the people. He said that the opposition has the right to oppose, but not to deviate the people from the path of peace, progress and prosperity and vitiate the conducive atmosphere. The Minister gave detailed account of the developmental activities in the State, saying that the government has launched various developmental projects and welfare schemes for ameliorating the socio-economic conditions of the people during last four and half years.

bal district was the biggest achievement of the present dispensation. He said that ground work on construction of Zojila tunnel has been started, adding that the people of Ganderbal would be benefitted largely once the tunnel is completed.

Kupwara, August 15: Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir on 67th Independence Day unfurled tri-colour at District Police Lines Kupwara and took salute on the march past presented by contingents of JKP, Home Guard, JKAP, IRP, CRPF, Forest Protection Force, NCC and school children. The school children and local artists also pre-

sented cultural programmes on the occasion.Speaking on the occasion, the Minister apprised the people about the internal and external threats looming large on the State. He stressed the need for working together for the peace, prosperity and welfare of the state. He urged upon the educated youth for working honestly and dedicatedly for their bright future, saying that they have to come forward for availing benefits of the schemes launched by the Central and State governments for their welfare. He said that along with the Country, the State also has achieved a lot in various sectors. Appealing the people for imparting modern and technical education to their wards, the Minister said that it would become them to compete at national and international

Kulgam, August 15: The Minister for Social Welfare, Ms Sakina Itoo today hoped that with the active support and co-operation of the people, the present dispensation under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Omar Abdullah will achieve targets of the developmental projects which have been launched in every nook and corner of state. The Minister was today addressing a huge gathering on the lawns of Degree College, Kulgam after unfurling the tri-colour and taking salute on the guard of honour presented by contingents of JKP, IRP CRPF, NCC and school children. She said that today throughout the people of the State along with their countrymen are celebrating Independence Day and added that this day is such a occasion, on which we should remember the supreme sacrifices of our great towering personali-

ties like Sheri-Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah but we shall also retrospect ourselves towards kind of contribution made in nation building.Paying rich tributes to those who laid down their precious lives for liberating the country from the clutches of the foreigners, the Minister said it is day to see that how much progress we have made during the past more than six decades on the front of removing un-employment, backwardness, eliminating poverty from the State besides, providing the people with quality services.The Minister said that there is no doubt that Jammu and Kashmir like other parts of the country have also witnessed tremendous progress during last six decades especially under the leadership of late Sher-i-Kashmir, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who gave the concept of “Naya Kashmir “under a vision.

Ramzan hoists National Flag at Shopian Says Peace imperative for development, prosperity Shopian, August 15: In connection with 67th Independence Day celebrations, the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution and Transport, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, unfurled the National flag at an impressive function organized by the administration at Fruit Mandi Complex of this hill District today. The Minister inspected the parade and took salute on the march-past by the well decorated contingents of J&K Police, CRPF, Forest Protection Force, NCC and school children wearing colourful uniforms. While, addressing a largely attended gathering, the Minister saluted the sacrifice of freedom fighters and said that great leaders laid down their lives fighting against British oppression and envisioned India as an independent secular and strong nation. “Real trib-

Mir unfurls tri-colour at Kupwara, takes salute, distributes prizes Asks to work together for peace, prosperity, welfare of state

Sakina unfurls tri colour and takes salute at 67th Independence day at Kulgam

levels. He appreciated the District Administration working for addressing the problems of the people especially for provision of irrigation and drinking water facilities in the district. The artists for Information Department and school children performed colourful culture programme on the occasion. Later, the Minister presented awards and trophies who performed well on the occasion of Independence Day. Among others, Deputy Commissioner, Kupwara, Mr. Itrat Hussain Rafique, SSP, Abdul Jabar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, besides senior civil and police officers from district administration, Army officers, political leaders, prominent citizens and large numbers of people and school children were present on the occasion.

utes to the leaders is to follow the path shown by them and to contribute our bit towards nation building”, Ramzan added. Highlighting the importance of the day, the Minister said that it marks the beginning of our country’s existence which, he said, has now emerged as a strong nation in the world. He said the towering leaders had fought for making the nation free from oppression and they ensured equality and liberty to all citizens of India including the coming generations. Reiterating the commitment for equitable development, the Minister said that the government is firm on the resolve to ensure all the three regions of the State get benefits from the developmental initiatives. He said various developmental programmes with the aim to change the socio-economic condition of the people have been launched all over in the State. The Minister said with the generous financial support from the central government, the State Government under the dynamic leadership of Omar Abdullah is working on the road map to make the State a model State of the country.

The Minister sought whole hearted cooperation from the peace loving people and maintained that peace is imperative for overall development and prosperity of the State, which has witnessed a long turmoil since last 23 years. On the occasion, series of variety of programmes were presented by the children of various schools depicting the centuries old brotherhood and composite cultural ethos of the State. The Minister presented mementos and citation certificates to various district officers including the Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Mr. Parvaz Sajjad for their meritorious services and implementing various centrally and State sponsored schemes at grass root level for the benefits of the people. The Minister also distributed awards and prizes among the students who presented colourful cultural programmes and received applause from the audience.Besides, District Development Commissioner, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Bhat and Superintendent of Police Mr. Mumtaz Ahmad, , senior officers of the district administration, school children and a large number of people participated in the function.

Sagar hoists National Flag at Pulwama Pulwama, August 15: The Independence Day was celebrated in Pulwama District with great enthusiasm, the main function of the celebration was held at District Police Lines Pulwama, where Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar unfurled the National Flag and took salute at the march past. The contingents comprising of JKP, JKAP, CRPF, Fire and Emergency Services, NCC and school children presented the march past. Among others, Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Mr. Manzoor Ahmad Lone, SSP, Amit Kumar, Additional Deputy Commissioner, besides senior civil and police officers from district administration, political leaders, prominent citizens and large numbers of people and school children

were present on the occasion. Addressing on the occasion, the Minister said that like other parts of the Country, the 67th Independence Day is also being celebrated in every nook and corner of the State. He remembered the sacrifices of great leaders of the country who laid their lives for liberating the country from the clutches of Britishers’. He said “we should not forget those leaders who took part in the freedom struggle for freeing the country from colonism”, saying that we have also to pledge working for the unity, integrity and welfare of the country and State as well.” Terming peaceful atmosphere pre-requisite for the development and welfare for the people of the state, Mr. Sagar said that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is making all

out efforts in this regards. He said the Chief Minister is keen for peaceful solution of Kashmir. He called for peaceful atmosphere between India and Pakistan, hoping that conducive atmosphere will have positive effect on Kashmir. The Minister said that some vested interest elements are infringing century’s old tradition of amity and brotherhood of the state for their petty interests. He cautioned the people, saying that they have to be always aware so that these elements do not succeed in their nefarious designs. Mr Sagar also enumerated the various initiatives undertaken by the government for ensuring the overall development of state besides ensuring the democratic decentralization of the powers to the grass root level.

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March 21-April 19 There’s tremendous discipline in your way of thinking, Aries, which is helping you advance toward your goals. Don’t expect that you will solve every problem right away. Keep in mind that you will be able to sort through issues more efficiently. Once you have things sufficiently fleshed out, it will be easier to put the pieces back together.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Your thoughts may be strained, Taurus, and you could find it difficult to process things that are normally no problem. Try not to force answers that don’t seem to want to come. If the information flows easily and smoothly, you will know that it’s meant for you. If you have to pull teeth in order to get at the truth, you may need to back off.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Your thinking may have emotional overtones that prevent you from seeing the truth clearly, Gemini. Do your best to tame your feelings in order to let more rational thoughts rise to the surface. There’s a stability that comes when you honor your emotions from a detached perspective instead of immediately taking action in response to how you feel. Think about this as you engage with others.

Cancer June 22-July 22

The thing you dread the most could be the very thing you need the most in your life, Cancer. You’re at a point right now when the lessons that come might be hard to swallow, but they’re necessary. Don’t try to resist what you know you must face. Approach things with courage instead of fear and you can conquer anything. Once you climb the mountain, the rest is downhill.


July 23-August 22 You may look at your orderly closet, well-organized desk, and clean bathroom and be proud, Leo. Other people may fret about suddenly having to get their lives in order, but you’re already there. Perhaps you don’t realize it because you’re such a perfectionist. Perhaps you don’t give yourself enough credit for all the work you do. Give yourself a pat on the back today.


August 23-September 22

You could feel blocked, Virgo, like you’re in a trap. Perhaps your friends are influencing you into believing one thing, while your family has you trained to believe another. You wear different masks in different situations so you may have forgotten the real person underneath. Things are in conflict, and you may be forced to make important decisions. The truth is the only way to escape the trap.


September 23-October 23 Remember that it takes energy to repress and bottle up your feelings, Libra. Without realizing it you may be stuffing a great deal of emotion inside while trying to ignore it. The truth is that expressing these feelings - anger, happiness, fear, self-doubt - will energize and free you. The atmosphere around you will lighten up and you’ll be able to interact more openly with others.


October 24-November 21 Deep inside you know the right thing to do, Scorpio. Perhaps you just saw someone drop money on the ground and you picked it up. Do you return it or pocket it for yourself? You’re likely to feel like you have the devil on one shoulder arguing with the angel on the other. It’s important that you listen to the angel. Do what you know is right.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Your mastery of your mind and ability to stay disciplined about your goals is impressive, Sagittarius. Others recognize and appreciate your efforts much more than usual. You may be called upon to assist in some other project or someone else’s emotional drama because you have the stability required to remedy the situation. Don’t downplay your talent in this area.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

You may feel as if someone or something has just reformatted your hard drive, Capricorn. Suddenly things are running much more smoothly. The key now is to find the discipline and organization to understand this new system fully. Streamline your thoughts and be more efficient about how you use your energy. You’ll be more effective overall if you can keep from scattering your resources.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

You may be forced to put your thoughts into neat little boxes that can be easily understood and processed, Aquarius. Your ideas are abstract and don’t always make reasonable sense. It’s OK to have a bit of mystery about things that rational minds can’t explain. Although you may feel like the goal is to arrange things in an orderly way, don’t feel like you have to do it.


February 19-March 20 This may be a difficult day in which you feel pressured to get things done, Pisces, yet there’s indecisiveness and hesitation lingering in your mind. Between a rock and hard place is no easy spot, but you’ll find your way out. Perhaps the thing you should do is make a move - any move. Once you get the energy flowing, the direction you need to take will be clear.

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Zabarwan Times Friday, 16 August 2013

Communal forceswhere are they heading for?


f, Kishtwar riots are an eye opener for the govts. at centre & state, they are equally a big threat for the peace loving people of the state as divisive forces are openly inciting both communities for their petty political interests. The nonparticipation of a particular community in the meeting convened by the administration of Kishtwar for restoration of normalcy is indicative of the motives behind these riots. Why should a community abstain when the meeting was aimed to sort out the differences so that the normalcy returns and people start their usual work? Kishtwar, or for that matter, the whole Chenab valley , does not have a major role to play in the elections & installation of a particular govt, but it is being used to communalize the whole country so that political mileage is drawn and people are misled and their minds poisoned against each other. There has never been such a hue & cry on any such unfortunate incident and never has been Parliament disrupted and the whole media used for making a mountain out of a mole. Even when Gujarat was on fire & dozens of people were torched alive, no such uproar was witnessed. Whatever happened in Kishtwar was deplorable uncalled for, brutal & unfortunate and everybody needs to condemn it & do his bit to help in restoring normalcy in that area. How can a civilized society tolerate a handicapped being torched to death by a group of fanatics? But it does not mean that the community these fanatics belonged should be held responsible & punished. The elements who did it, should be brought to book & dealt under law. Similarly, the killers of two other person and those who were involved in arson, looting & destroying the property should not escape the punishment. However, the people of the area should not fall a prey to the communalists & fanatics like that of Faizabad in U.P. They should not dance to the tunes of those communal forces who want to divide the state & inflict serious wounds in the integrity & unity of state. The govt. should come with a heavy hand on the communal forces so that what happened in Chenab valley is not allowed to be repeated in other parts of the state. If divisive forces are allowed to thrive, the winds of fundamentalism, communalism and the regional hatred will cause heavy damage to our country’s old traditions of harmony, tolerance, co-existence & brotherhood. The civil society has to come to the fore front & save Chenab valley and rest of the state from the onslaught of fascists and divisive forces. Let us join hands with a resolve that these forces will not be allowed to succeed in their ill designs and will be defeated at any cost.



Friday, 16 August 2013

Preventive Vaccination Against Yellow Fever Must For Asians Visiting Endemic Areas


ellow fever, also known as of the 20th century, and some countries Vaccination disease does not yet occur there. To Yellow Jack is an acute viral require vaccinations for travelers. Since For journeys into affected areas, vaccina- prevent introduction of the virus, some hemorrhagic disease caused no treatment is known, vaccination tion is highly recommended, since mostly countries demand previous vaccination of by a RNA virus, the first programs are of great importance in non-native people suffer severe cases of foreign visitors if they have passed human virus discovered. The yellow affected areas, along with measures to yellow fever. The protective effect is through yellow fever areas. Vaccination fever virus is transmitted by the bite of prevent bites and reduce the population of established 10 days after vaccination in has to be proven in a vaccination certififemale mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti, and the transmitting mosquito. Since the 95 percent of the vaccinated people and cate which is valid 10 days after the other species) and is found in tropical and 1980s, the number of cases of yellow lasts for at least 10 years (81% of patients vaccination and lasts for 10 years. A list of subtropical areas in South America and fever has been increasing, making it a re- retained immunity even 30 years later). the countries that require yellow fever Africa. Even though the main vector emerging disease. This is likely due to The WHO recommends routine vaccina- vaccination is published by the WHO. If Aedes aegypti also occurs in Asia, in the warfare and social disruption in several tions for people living in endemic areas the vaccination cannot be conducted for Pacific, and in the Middle East, yellow African nations. between the 9th and 12th month after some reasons, dispensation may be fever does not occur in these areas; the possible. In this case, an exemption reason for this is unknown. Yellow fever certificate issued by a WHO approved presents in most cases with fever, chills, vaccination center is required. For journeys into affected areas, anorexia, nausea, muscle pain (with Besides vaccination, control of the yellow prominent backache) and headache, fever mosquito Aedes aegypti is of major vaccination is highly recommended, since which generally subsides after several importance, especially because the same days. In some patients, a toxic phase mosquito can also transmit dengue fever mostly non-native people suffer severe follows, in which liver damage with and chikungunya disease. Aedes aegypti jaundice (inspiring the name of the breeds preferentially in water, for disease), can occur. Bleeding in the cases of yellow fever. The protective effect example in installations by inhabitants of mouth, the eyes, and the gastrointestinal areas with precarious drinking water tract will cause blood vomiting, hence the supply, or in domestic waste; especially is established 10 days after vaccination in tires, Spanish name for yellow fever, vomito cans and plastic bottles. Especially negro (black vomit).The toxic phase is in proximity to urban centres of develop95 percent of the vaccinated people and fatal in approximately 20% of cases. ing countries, these conditions are very Because of the increased bleeding common and make a perfect habitat for tendency yellow fever belongs to the lasts for at least 10 years (81% of patients Aedes aegypti. group of hemorrhagic fevers. Surviving Treatment the infection provides lifelong immunity For yellow fever there is no causative retained immunity even 30 years later). and normally there is no permanent organ cure. Hospitalization is advisable and damage. The World Health Organization intensive care may be necessary because estimates that yellow fever causes The WHO recommends routine vaccinations of rapid deterioration in some cases. A 200,000 illnesses and 30,000 deaths every symptomatic treatment includes year in unvaccinated populations with for people living in endemic areas between rehydration and pain relief with drugs nearly 90% of the infections in Africa. like paracetamol. Aspirin should not be Yellow fever is a clinical diagnosis, which given because of its anticoagulant effect, the 9th and 12th month after birth. often relies on the whereabouts of the which can be devastating in the case of diseased person during the incubation inner bleeding that can occur with birth. In 2013, the World Health yellow fever. time. Mild courses of the disease can only Prevention be confirmed virologically. Since mild Personal prevention of yellow fever Organization concluded, "a single dose of In high-risk areas where vaccination courses of yellow fever can also contrib- includes vaccination as well as avoidance vaccination is sufficient to confer life- coverage is low, prompt recognition and ute significantly to regional outbreaks, of mosquito bites in areas where yellow long immunity against yellow fever control of outbreaks through immunizaevery suspected case of yellow fever fever is endemic. Institutional measures disease. tion is critical to prevent epidemics. The (involving symptoms of fever, pain, for prevention of yellow fever include Compulsory Vaccination disease may be difficult to distinguish nausea and vomiting six to ten days after vaccination programmes and measures of Some countries in Asia are theoretically from other illnesses, especially in the leaving the affected area) has to be treated controlling mosquitoes. Programmes for in danger of yellow fever epidemics early stages. To confirm any suspicions seriously. distribution of mosquito nets for use in (mosquitoes with the capability to from the case history, information on the A safe and effective vaccine against homes are providing reductions in cases transmit yellow fever and susceptible patient's journeys abroad and serology monkeys are present), although the will confirm the diagnosis. yellow fever has existed since the middle of both malaria and yellow fever.


Rotaviral Vaccine Can Save A Lakh Children Annually

otavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrheal (gastro enteritis) disease in infants and young children globally. Children under five years of age, especially those between 6 months and two years are most vulnerable to this disease. Rotaviruses are estimated to be responsible for approximately 5, 27,000 deaths each year, with more than 85% of these deaths occurring in low-income countries in Africa and Asia, and over two million are hospitalized each year with pronounced dehydration. Among 43 countries participating in the Global Surveillance Network for rotavirus in 2009, 36% of hospital izations for diarrhea among children aged below 5 years were caused by rotavirus infection. Rotavirus affects populations in all socio-economic groups and is equally prevalent in industrialized and developing countries. So differences in sanitation practices or water supply are not likely to affect the incidence of the infection. The name Rotavirus comes from the characteristic wheel-like appearance of the virus when viewed by electron microscope (the name rotavirus is derived from the Latin word Rota, meaning "wheel�). Rota viral diarrhea is an infection of the stomach and bowel. It spreads when infected children do not maintain proper personal hygiene. Virus spreads by contact or airborne route. Most cases of gastroenteritis in children are mild and usually pass within 3-5 days without the need for treatment. However, young children, particularly those under two years of age, are at risk of dehydration. So it is very important that they drink plenty of fluids. In severe cases of gastroenteritis, where there has been significant fluid loss, hospital treatment may be required so that fluid can be replaced through drips. The first rotavirus infection tends to be the most severe because the body builds up immunity (resistance) to the virus

afterwards. This is why these types of new born is high in India to the extent of are available for rotavirus infection. Prior infections are extremely rare in adults. It is 73%, but these infections are normally a- to the availability of a vaccine, almost all estimated that every child will have at least symptomatic and the likelihood of children became infected with rotavirus by one rotavirus infection before the age of acquiring infection increases with the their third birthday. Repeat infections with five. Most infections occur among children length of stay in the hospital. different viral strains were possible. After aged between three months and three years While some studies in India have found no several infections with different strains of old. association between rotavirus infection the virus, children acquire immunity to In India, nationally representative data on and time of year, most have observed an rotavirus. Adults sometimes get infected, the incidence of severe rota virus disease is increase in rotavirus-associated diarrhea but the resulting illness is usually mild. Use of vaccine should be part of a comprehensive diarrhoeal disease control strategy Rotaviruses are estimated to be responsible including, among other interventions, improvements of hygiene and sanitation, for approximately 5, 27,000 deaths each administration of oral rehydration solution and overall improved case management. year, with more than 85% of these deaths A new vaccine called ROTAVAC has been developed by a joint vaccine development initiative supported by Department of occurring in low-income countries in Africa Biotechnology, Government of India, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Research Council of Norway, and the UK and Asia, and over two million are Department for International Development with Bharat Biotech investing on important hospitalized each year with pronounced activities towards vaccine development. ROTAVAC is an oral vaccine and is dehydration. Among 43 countries administered to infants in a three-dose course at the ages of 6, 10, and 14 weeks. It is given alongside routine immunizations participating in the Global Surveillance in the UIP vaccines recommended at these ages. Network for rotavirus in 2009, 36% of Currently two-rotavirus vaccines are available in the international market, hospitalizations for diarrhea among namely Rotarix and Rotateq. These vaccines are less effective against medically attended rotavirus diarrhea in children aged below 5 years were caused lower income settings. Reasons for this could be high prevalence of other intestinal by rotavirus infection. infections, malnutrition, tuberculosis etc. Further, the efficacy of rotavirus vaccine lacking. However, studies have revealed during the winter months, October to decreases with lower percentage of that on an average 34% of all diarrheal February, throughout the country. The coverage under routine immunization. hospitalizations are due to rota virus observed proportion of rotavirus cases Improving the overall performance of the infection and the proportion of severe rota occurring in the cooler season has ranged immunization system is critical to the viral infection has not decreased in the last from 59% to 72%. success of any vaccine introduction. few years, similar to the global trend Treatment & Prevention Several rotavirus vaccines research indicating that improved sanitation and use No specific treatment exists for rotavirus projects are under way in India. Cost of anti-biotics have not been effective on gastroenteritis, and repeat infections are effectiveness of rotavirus vaccine has rota virus. The prevalence of Rota virus in common in children. Since 2006, vaccines been evaluated in two separate studies.

Disclaimer : The contents and comments appearing in any article published in this paper are purely the personal opinion of the writer.

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Exercise keeps body and mind healthy

Exercise is not just good for physical health, but it can also boost our mental health, say experts. Now, a new study has explored psychosocial factors that may help to explain connection between physical activity and mental health.Karin Monshouwer of the Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands and colleagues at Trimbos and VU University Medical Center specifically wanted to examine two existing explanations for the link between exercise and mental health.The self-image hypothesis suggests that physical activity has positive effects on body weight and body structure, leading to positive feedback from peers and improved self-image, and ultimately improving mental health.The social interaction hypothesis, on the other hand, holds that it's the social aspects of physical activity - such as social relationships and mutual support among team members that contribute to the positive effects of exercise on mental health. Monshouwer and her colleagues surveyed over 7000 Dutch students, ages 11 to 16. The adolescents completed validated surveys aimed at assessing their physical

activity, mental health problems, body weight perception, and participation in organized sports. The researchers also gathered data on the adolescents' age, gender, and socioeconomic status; whether they lived at home with their parents; and whether they lived in an urban area. The researchers found that adolescents who were physically inactive or who perceived their bodies as either "too fat" or "too thin" were at greater risk for both internalizing problems (e.g., depression, anxiety) and externalizing problems (e.g., aggression, substance abuse). Adolescents who participated in organized sports, on the other hand, were at lower risk for mental health problems. Confirming both the self-image hypothesis and the social interaction hypothesis, adolescents' body weight perception (i.e., "too heavy," "good," or "too thin") and sports club membership each partially accounted for the relationship between physical activity and mental health, even after taking adolescents' backgrounds into account.These results suggested that certain psychosocial factors - body

4 Foods for a raging libido

If you feel that your relationship is turning from deeply-in-love to boring, it isn't because you want to make it dull. The reason is that you simply find yourself in no mood for romance. Grab these foods to spice up your relationship and sex life. The reasons for a lacking libido can range from too many things on your to-do list and working too many hours to your hormones being out of whack. This is where food plays a role. Here are four delicious items you can work into your diet that will increase your libido, and help you work out of your clothes... 1. Watermelon Coined 'the new Viagra', watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that relaxes blood vessels there-

by increasing your sex drive. 2. Aparagus Asparagus is high in the B vitamin folate that helps increase your production of histamine. Histamine is important for increasing the sex drive in men and women. 3. Avocados Loaded with potassium, avocados boost libido for both sexes. And they're rich in folic acid that provides energy and stamina - both of which are important once your libido is restored. 4. Chillies If you like it hot and spicy, this one will bring a smile on your face! Chillies contain capsaicin, a chemical which also increases blood flow and triggers the release of mood-enhancing endorphins that naturally pump up your libido.

image and social interaction - may help to explain at least part of the connection between physical activity and mental health. The researchers acknowledge, however, that other factors, such as the physiological effects of exercise, are probably also at work. "We think that these findings are important for policymakers and anyone who works in healthcare or prevention. Our findings indicate that physical activity may be

one effective tool for the prevention of mental health problems in adolescence," said Monshouwer. Monshouwer and her colleagues hope that future studies will be able to examine similar questions while following participants over time. Such longitudinal studies could help researchers to understand how physical activity type and context might influence the relationship between exercise and mental health.

Did you know that walking not only helps you to lose weight but also prevent diabetes and breast cancer? Read on to know the health benefits of walking. Walking is said to be a great exercise which has proven to be an excellent fat burner. If you walk at a steady pace for 30 to 45 minutes at least six days a week along with a healthy diet, you will gradually witness a change in your weight. There are several benefits of walking. Some of them are as follows-

Deep sleep turns on puberty

Slow-wave sleep or 'deep sleep' is intimately involved in the complex control of the onset of puberty, a new study has suggested. The many changes that occur in boys and girls during puberty are triggered by changes in the brain. Previous studies have shown that the parts of the brain that control puberty first become active during sleep, but the present

study shows that it is deep sleep, rather than sleep in general, that is associated with this activity. "If the parts of the brain that activate the reproductive system depend on deep sleep, then we need to be concerned that inadequate or disturbed sleep in children and young adolescents may interfere with normal pubertal maturation," Natalie Shaw, lead

researcher from Harvard, said. "This is particularly true for children who have been diagnosed with sleep disorders, but may also have more widespread implications as recent studies have found that most adolescents get less sleep than they require," she said. In the study, researchers examined pulses of luteinizing hormone (LH)

secretion in relation to specific sleep stages in children ages 9-15. LH is essential for reproduction and triggers ovulation in females and stimulates the production of testosterone in males. They found that the majority of LH pulses that occur after sleep are preceded by deep sleep suggesting that deep sleep is intimately involved in pubertal onset.

Walking regularly at a good speed improves your muscle strength and endurance and also helps build stamina. It is good for your heart. Walking is known to reduce your blood pressure, improve your blood circulation and all round cardio vascular functions. Walking is said to be good for your bones. It is a great way to strengthen your bones. Walking about 30 minutes a day increases your bone density and slows down bone loss in your legs. This low-impact exercise

is also said to target your spine, legs and hips. It promotes mental well-being. Known as a great stressbuster, if you walk outdoors, the combination of fresh air and exercise is an excellent way to boost your morale and mood. Helps prevent type 2 diabetes. Studies have revealed that walking approximately 150 minutes per week can reduce the risk of diabetes. Reduces the risk of colon and breast cancer. Last but not the least, walking is said to be safer than running.

Green benefits of fruits and veggies

Fruits and vegetables give you high nutrition and low calories. They have enormous therapeutic value with their rich nutritional composition, high fibre and water content and boost immunity, improve stamina and protect us from several health problems.Research shows diets containing substantial amounts of varied vegetables and fruits reduce chances of cancer by 20 per cent and of stroke and cardio vascular disease by 60 per cent.Helps in weight management Be-

ing low in calories and fat content and high in fibre, micronutrients and antioxidants with a high satiety value, they help in weight management. They work as fillers and can be treated as free foods with the exception of potatoes, sweet potatoes, jimikand and arbi, which must be used in moderation. Keeps BP in control Owing to their high potassium and low sodium content, intake of fruits and vegetables is recommended for BP patients.

Top 10 exercises to boost your brain power

You keep your body active by doing regular workouts. Similarly, your mind also requires certain brain fitness workouts that can help your mind process information more quickly. This increases your ability to perform multiple tasks at the same time. To help you achieve this, you will find simple but effective brain training games and exercises such as solving math problems to achieve greater mind fitness. Include this brain stretching exercise in your daily routine to get boost your brain power. Here are the top 10 daily brain exercises that can help you stay mentally sharp at any age. Art projects: Art is a great source of exercise for your brain, as it helps to boost that part of the brain that works without words and can only express itself non-verbally. Art requires you to be creative, use fine motor skills, and think analytically. Hence, art encourages the brain to think out of the box, and trains your brain to think on different planes. All this while being fun as well. Expand your vocabulary Learn new words, sign up for newsletters, read articles closely, and list out words that you are not familiar with. This technique will help you outsmart the conversation with your boss, as well as sharpen your memory, by increasing your vocabulary.

Use your non-dominant hand While doing basic tasks which require no concentration, try using the non-dominant hand; say if you are right-handed, try using your left hand to eat, brush etc. This activity will require extreme attention, and you will find yourself focusing on completing these simple tasks.

Do your own math For your daily calculation, do not use calculators. Instead, opt for the old fashioned mental math. As we grow older, it gets difficult to do even the normal math in our heads and we opt for calculators. It's better not to take the help of the calculator, and do math in your head. This is a very common way to

keep your brain active. If you are not good at calculations, then put in som practicez Listen to your favourite song again and again If you like a specific song, keep listening to it over and over again as this will help your brain memorize the lyrics and after some time you will know the lyrics of the entire song.

This activity will help your brain boost its memorizing power. Multi tasking is good for you Performing activities like working at the computer, putting your little sister to sleep, listening to music, solving math etc - all at the same time, requires a lot of attention. All these are simple basic activities, which can be done together; but, dis-

tractions can cause confusion. Practise multi tasking simple tasks so that it increases your concentration levels. Study a foreign language The advantage of learning a new language is that it is a great source of exercise for the mind and it's a great way to boost your professional career as well. Further, people who have knowledge of foreign languages are always in great professional demand. Besides, studying something new always keeps your brain busy. Skip GPS - Opt for maps Thanks to new technology, reaching an unknown destination has become very easy. However, we are becoming too dependent on these technologies as we are losing our mind's power of analysis. We need to stop letting these gadgets do all our tasks for us, and use maps instead. This utilizes your imagination and analytical skills. Use a brain training video game When you are free or when you have nothing to do, engage in playing video games. Not all video games are brainless. Some video games like Halo, would require lots of reasoning and thinking. Engaging in playing games like this or even solving Sudoku puzzles will help your brain power develop. Avoid using a shopping list Always shopping with a list in hand is a simple job. The real task begins when you memorize all the things in your head and then do the shopping.


7 SRINAGAR Friday, 16 August,2013

Chouhan sticks to welfare schemes in Independence Day speech

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan hoisted the tricolour and took the salute of the march past in which state forces, National Cadet Corps, Scouts and Guides took part. Mr. Chouhan also gave out gallantry medals to police personnel and to the wives of those who had been killed on duty. The CM began his speech by paying respects to freedom fighters, especially those who went to the gallows. “With the Gita in one hand, invocations to Bharat Mata on their lips and determination in their hearts, they went to the gallows laughing,” he said. Having established his ideological credentials with the selective memory of Hindutva nationalists who were executed, Mr. Chouhan went on to talk about the achievements of the BJP regime in the last decade. This was his last Independence Day address before the state goes to polls later this year. His speech was a long litany of welfare schemes and statistics of the state’s progress. Mr. Chouhan said that recent incidents of aggression by neighbours had brought pain to our peace loving nation. “It feels as if we are being challenged. The time has come to say that we will not bear it anymore.” He also spoke on maternal health and the safety of women, which his government has drawn flak for not doing enough. “The Maternal Mortality Rate has been brought down from 379 to 277 per lakh births. This is still high and we need to do much more to

stop these deaths.” Before the parade, he hoisted the flag at the BJP headquarters with his wife Sadhna and son Kartikey. The 18 year old law student had made a debut of sorts addressing voter awareness rallies in his fa-

ther’s constituency of Budhni in June. On Wednesday Mr. Chouhan inducted four new ministers, from the scheduled tribes, castes and other backward castes, in his government. These include MLAs seen as close to former CM Uma Bharti.

INS Sindhurakshak: Divers struggle to find victims of blasts on submarine

NEW DELHI: Divers struggled in poor visibility inside an Indian navy submarine on Thursday to find 18 sailors who were inside the vessel when some of its weapons detonated and a fire swept through it as it lay berthed in a Mumbai base. There has been no sign of life from the Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak since it sank late on Tuesday following two big explosions. It was the biggest peacetime loss for the Indian navy since a war with Pakistan in 1971 and turned the spotlight on its ageing submarine fleet. The Defence Ministry said a large amount of seawater had entered the dieselpowered submarine, hampering visibility, while the damage caused by the explosion was blocking access to some areas. "Trapped personnel have not yet been sighted or recovered," the ministry said in a statement. The 16-year-old submarine, which had suffered an accident in 2010, had recently returned from Russia after a 2-1/2 year upgrade of its electronic warfare and inte-

grated weapons control systems. The explosions took place in the vessel's forward section, where its torpedoes and missiles are stored. While divers managed to pry open one of the hatches, the heat of the explosion had melted parts of the internal hull twisting the others, blocking access to different compartments, the Defence Ministry said. INS Sindhurakshak is a Kilo class vessel which were built in Soviet and later Russian shipyards for the Indian navy from 1985 to 2000. The navy has 10 of the submarines and four German HDW boats. Uday Bhaskar, a fellow at the national Maritime Foundation said the navy's fleet of conventional submarines was getting smaller by the day. India has not been able to buy new submarines nor build new ones, he said. "So we've been trying to make do with very old platforms," he said.

This week, though, the navy launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier and activated the reactor on its first domestically built nuclear-propelled submarine. But both the carrier and the submarine have been decades in the making and will take several years before they are fully operational. Some experts argue that instead of building expensive aircraft carriers and trying to project power far beyond its shores, the navy should be focusing on its severely depleted underwater arm to counter the growing reach of the Chinese navy.

Pandey surrenders after court rejects his bail plea

After evading arrest for months, Additional Director General of Gujarat Police P.P. Pandey, who is wanted in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case surrendered before a special CBI court here on Tuesday. Mr. Pandey, who had appeared before the same court on a stretcher and then in a wheelchair, turned himself in after the Supreme Court on Monday rejected his anticipatory bail plea. The apex court asserted: “You were an absconder earlier also. Your conduct makes you disentitled to anticipatory bail.” Mr. Pandey was declared a proclaimed absconder by the trial court. However, he was not arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation, but sent to judicial custody. On Wednesday, the court will decide on both the CBI’s plea for a 10-day remand for Mr. Pandey and the police officer’s application that he cannot be arrested without theState government’s permission as he was a serving officer. Mr. Pandey disappeared for the first time in April after the CBI included him in the list of seven police officers accused in the case. He was the Joint Commissioner (Crime) when Ishrat, 19, and three others were killed on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in 2004, allegedly by a police team that included Mr. Pandey. The police officers maintained that they had Intelligence Bureau (IB) inputs about Ishrat and others being Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists planning to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra

Modi. The IB claimed that it had just passed on information about the terror links of those killed, but did not partake in the encounter. The CBI has rubbished this claim.

GUWAHATI: Voicing concern over increasing incidents of violence against women and children, Assam Chief Minister TarunGogoi today said the state government will set up a special fund with an initial corpus of Rs 5 crore for rehabilitation of the victims. Hoisting the National Flag on the 67th Independence Day here, Gogoi said, “Of late, we have noticed an escalation of violence against women and abuse of children...I assure you that crime against women and children will be dealt with very severely.” Anti-human trafficking units have been set up in all the districts, besides creating 30 women cells in sadar police stations to deal with such incidents, he added. “For rehabilitation of the victims of such violence against women and children, we propose to set up a special fund with an initial corpus Rs 5 crore,” Gogoi said. The Chief Minister said that a specially trained Assam Police women commando force ‘Virangana’ has been raised to deal with

AHMEDABAD, AUG 15: Pitching himself firmly as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate even before being formally anointed, Narendra Modi today launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on national security and challenged him for a public debate on governance, saying the nation is “restless for change“. He also slammed the Prime Minister for India’s “weak and feeble” response to provocations from Pakistan and China and attacked him over a variety of issues ranging from corruption to the Centre’s flagship Food Security Bill. Modi, who had yesterday said that the nation would compare his speech with the Prime Minister’s on Independance Day, repeatedly referred to President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation last evening to flag concerns about national security. “The President says patience has limits.

crime against women among other issues. Regarding empowerment of women, Gogoi said the government will provide exclusive women’s banking facility through Assam Grameen Vikash Bank and other scheduled banks. Under Chief Minister’s vision for Women and Children-2016, the government proposed 16 time-bound goals in areas relating to health and nutrition, education, crime against women and children, income generation through women self help groups, skill development, provision of safe drinking water and sanitation,” he added.

What is the limit, where is the border line? It has to be decided by the government in Delhi. How long will we be patient? “The question is not of Pakistan alone. Today, national security is under threat. The Chinese intrude into our land and we keep mum. When Italian soldiers come and kill our fishermen, when Pakistanis behead our soldiers, we get concerned,” Modi said in his Independence Day address at a college in Bhuj. Modi, BJP’s election campaign committee chief, deplored that the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech did not have a tough message for Pakistan.

“I know the constraints of the Prime Minister due to imperatives of international relations, the need for having good relations with neighbours. Lal Quila is not a place to challenge Pakistan but it is definitely a place from where the morale of Indian army can be raised,” he said.

TDP leader Laljan Basha dies in road mishap; Chandrababu shocked

HYDERABAD: Former Member of Parliament S M Laljan Basha, who served as a prominent Muslim face of Telugu Desam Party for close to three decades, was killed in a road accident at Narketpalli on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada National Highway in the wee hours today. Basha (57) is survived by wife, a son and four daughters. Basha was on his way to his hometown Guntur when the SUV he was travelling in hit the road divider and turned turtle, killing him on the spot. The vehicle driver sustained serious injuries and was rushed to a private hospital for treatment, police said. A pal of gloom descended on the TDP as news of Basha's death broke out. Party leaders, soon after hoisting the national flag on the occasion of Independence Day, paid homage to the departed leader at the NTR Trust Bhavan here. TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and other top leaders expressed shock over the tragic death of Basha. "I am unable to digest the news that Basha has been killed (in a road accident). It is like losing a family member for me," Chandrababu said after visiting the district headquarters hospital at Nal-

Dikshit attacks BJP on power tariff issue, accuses it of misleading people Dikshit attacks BJP on power tariff issue, accuses it of misleading people At the function held at Chhatrasal stadium, she also took salute of contingents comprising personnel from Delhi Police, Delhi Home Guards, Civil Defence, NCC and Delhi Fire Services before BJP has indicated that power tariff will be one of the main issues the party will highlight in cornering the Congress government in the run up to the Assembly polls slated for November. "Their government in 1998 was even unable to meet demand of 1900 MW whereas we are successfully meeting peak demand of over 6000 MW. The per capita power consumption in Delhi is 1450 units now

Assam govt to set up fund to rehabilitate women, children

Modi challenges PM for public debate on governance

gonda where Basha's body was kept. As a party leader and an MP, he strove for the uplift of minorities, Chandrababu said. Basha's death was a deep loss not only to the TDP but also for the country, he added. It was shocking that the party's top leaders were getting killed in road accidents, he remarked. Incidentally, Yerran Naidu, who remained the TDP's face in New Delhi for over a decade, was also killed in a road accident in Srikakulam district in November last. A scrap iron merchant, Basha joined the TDP soon after its inception in the early 1980s and was elected to Lok Sabha from Guntur in 1991 in a stunning victory over veteran parliamentarian Acharya N G Ranga. He, however, lost subsequent elections to Lok Sabha from Guntur and Narsaraopet constituencies. He was elevated to the rank of general secretary in the TDP and remained one of the key aides of party president N Chandrababu Naidu along with K Yerran Naidu. Basha was elected to Rajya Sabha

Dikshit attacks BJP on power tariff issue, accuses it of misleading people Rejecting BJP's criticism on hike in power tariff, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday reminded the party of widespread protests due to long outages when it was ruling the city 15 years back and questioned its promise of cutting electricity rates by 30 per cent if it wins the Assembly polls. Delivering her Independence Day speech in New Delhi, she launched a scathing attack on BJP, accusing the party of trying to "mislead" the people on the power tariff issue to gain political mileage while insisting that the rates are much lower in Delhi compared to other metropolitan cities. "There used to be power cuts for more than 11 hours. There were riots on the streets because of long power cuts. The power situation is comfortable now because of reforms we initiated," Dikshit said after unfurling the national tricolour for the 15th consecutive time on I-Day.


which is highest in the country," the Chief Minister said. "People are unable to digest the politically motivated promise to bring down power tariff by 30 per cent. There is no magic wand to effect such a huge reduction. The power tariff is much cheaper in Delhi compared to neighbouring towns and metropolitan cities," Dikshit said, adding that the subsidy announced by her government following five per cent hike in tariff will actually bring down the power bills of majority of consumers.The Chief Minister highlighted achievements of her government in various key sectors like infrastructure, education, health and transport and asserted that Delhi has become one of the best cities in the world."The last 15 years have witnessed unprecedented pace of development in the city," she said. Resolving to ensure effective implementation of the Food Security scheme, Dikshit said it will cover 73 lakh eligible people in the city.The scheme will be launched in Delhi by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on August 20, the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

in 2002 and, upon retirement from Parliament in 2008, made the TDP vicepresident. He also served as politburo member of TDP. TDP MPs N Harikrishna, Nama Nageswara Rao, C M Ramesh, Y S Chowdary, MLC Yanamala Ramakrishnudu and other senior leaders also mourned Basha's death.

Film star and TDP leader Nandamuri Balakrishna also expressed shock and grief over the ex-MP's tragic death. PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana and YSR Congress honorary president Y S Vijaya also mourned Basha's death. Basha's cremation will take place in his hometown Guntur tomorrow, party sources said.

DK Shivakumar questions HD Deve Gowda's morality

Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde ran into each other at Press Club of Bangalore on Wednesday. - Mohan Kumar B N/DNA Congressman DK Shivakumar on Wednesday questioned the morality of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda for forging an alliance with the BJP in the by-polls to the Bangalore Rural Lok Sabha seat. Shivakumar stated that though former MLA Anitha Kumaraswamy, wife of former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, was not willing to contest in the by-polls, the Gowda family forced her to participate to stunt his political growth. Taking part in an interaction at the Press Club, Shivakumar said people were confused

with Deve Gowda hobnobbing with the BJP. Defending his move to field his brother DK Suresh as the Congress candidate for the by-polls, Shivakumar said: “My brother did not get selected on influence. The party has chosen to field him after the survey and opinions of party workers.” He also accused the JD(S) and the BJP workers of ignoring the interests of lakhs of party workers for personal gains. He defended seeking support from former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and Samajwadi party MLA CP Yogeshwar. At the centre, SP is supporting the UPA government. A similar arrangement can be made here as well, he said.

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