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17 January | 2014 | 15 Rabi-Al-Awwal 1435 AH | PAGES 12 |
VOL NO: 4 | ISSUE NO: 17 | RS: 2/- (AIR SURCHARGE FOR JAMMU /DELHI/LEH 50 Paisa)
Largely Circulated, No. 1 Bilingual Daily of J&K
Govt determined to socio-economic emancipation of under priveldged sections: Sakina Schemes introduced for economic empowerment of youth
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Srinagar, Jan 16: Police have arrested three drug peddlers from Safakadal area of Srinagar city and were identified as Abdul Majeed Ganai son of Ghulam Qadir Ganai resident of Pampoosh Colony Safakadal, Muhammad Rafiq Kaloo son of Abdul Rehman Kaloo resident of Rakh Colony, Safa Kadal and Shabir Ahmad Dar son of Ali Muhammad Dar resident of Nasrullah Pora Budgam. “110 Tablets of Stimat (prachloro parazine), 90 Tablets Alprax (Alprozome) and 26 very small packets of contraband substance which apparently seems to be Brown Sugar (Di-Acetyl Morphine) wrapped in crude paper were recovered from their possession”, the official said. “All the three youth were also under the influence of drugs”. “A case FIR No. 06/2014 U/S 21 NDPS has been registered against the arrested youths in Police Station Safakadal and investigation has been taken up”, the official added. (GNS)
Tourism department supports levying Dal cruise Srinagar, Jan 16 (KNS): Tourism department Thursday supported Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) decision of imposing levy on Dal cruise, saying that tourists should pay for a clean Dal Lake. Talat Parvez, the director tourism Kashmir told KNS that the decision taken by LAWDA must be supported and that the maintenance of Dal is the need of the hour. “We see that people See Dal On Page 11..
Inside story Governor briefed about arrangements being madefor Science Congress JAMMU, JANUARY 16: Prof. R.C. Sobti, President,Indian Science Congress and Prof. M.P. Singh Isher,Vice Chancellor, Jammu University called on Governor today at Raj Bhavan and briefed him regarding,the arrangements being made for hosting the,101st Science Congress in Jammu University Campus from 3rd-7th February, 2014. Shri B.B. Vyas, Principal Secretary, Finance and Information, Shri Shant Manu, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, and Shri Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to Governor participated in the meeting.Prof. Sobti apprised the Governor that approximately 7000 delegates from various parts of the country and abroad are likely to participate in the Conference among whom are a few
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On Edit Page Discourage defectors - Play clean politics As the Lok Sabha elections are nearing different political parties at national and regional level have started preparing themselves for the big contest. Though the Congress party and its allies seem to be united but cracks have developed at some places and the allies have started going here and stray. The recent ups and downs in its prestige and pristine due to some scandals may cast the party very darely and it may suffer even worst in some states.
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CSC submit its report to revenue department JAMMU, JANUARY 15: Representatives of political and non-political parties from Leh and Kargil today met Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) constituted by government to seek suggestions on new administrative units. The delegations from Leh and Kargil presented memorandum about their suggestions and demands before the committee headed by its Chairman, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand and members including Minister for Urban Development and Local Bodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for PHE and Flood Control Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Labour and Employment Ajay Sadhotra, Minister for Higher Education Mohmmad Akbar Lone and Minister for Law, Justice and Parliament Mir Saifullah. Minister of State for School Education and MLA, Zansakar Feroz Ahmed Khan, MLA, Kargil Qumar Ali Akhoon, MLA, Nobra Tsetan Namgyal, MLC Sayed Ahmed Rizvi, Chairman Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Asgar Ali Karbalaie and Secretary Revenue Vinod Koul were present. A delegation led by Qamar Ali Akhoon, Feroz Ahmed Khan and Syed Ahmed Rizvi demanded District Status to Zanaskar, tehsil to Taisuroo
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Amitabh Bachchan should be made President of India
Lost thoughts can be recollected now
Creation of new admin units 3 drug peddlers arrested
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and Shergole, Naibat at Lungnak, TSG block, Sub-Division status to Shakarchiktan, Sankoo, tehsil at Shaker Chiktan and Drass, Niabat at Lungnak Zanaskar, Taisuroo, Shargole and CD Block at Sodh, Barsoo Nalla, Stooth Zanskar. Another delegation led by Tsetan Namgyal demanded district status to Nobra, tehsil at Disket, Nobra, CD block for Bodang, Turtuk, Tyaksi-Panchathang, Thand, Niabats for Tangyar, Khemi, Digger, Panamik Yarma Gonbo belt. Delegation from Ladakh demanded Sub-District Status to Noukal, Sub-Division Status to Tangsai, tehsil CD Block and niabat at Neoma and Cd Block at Kharau. Delegation from Surankote led by Mohammad Akram demanded tehsil Headquarter at uniketh/Sayllian, SDM Office at Surankote, niabats at Marhote, Lassana, Chandimarh, Shindara and Fazalabadin Surankote. Interacting with the local representatives, Deputy Chief Minister said as a result of keen interest shown by UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union Minister for New See CSC On Page 11..
Election machinery gears up for parliamentary polls
DEC asks for strict compliance to guidelines JAMMU, JANUARY 16-Deputy Election Commissioner, Vinod Zutshi has asked all the District Election Officers (DDC’s) to ensure that error free electoral rolls are prepared in time and copies of these rolls are provided to the political parties before their final publications. He was addressing a high level meeting to review the preparedness of state electoral machinery for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections here today. Threadbare discussions on were held status of electoral rolls, action plan of each district to fill up the gap of census EP and
Gender ratio and actions taken for de-duplication of duplicate voters before the final publication on January 31. Mr Zutshi said that the date for summary revisions has been extended upto January 31stto ensure that error free electoral rolls are prepared. He asked the concerned DEO to ensure that a soft copy of electoral rolls is provided to the representatives of concerned political parties so that a counter check is done to ensure that the requisite alterations and corrections can be made. While discussing the security scenario
Amid fears of attack, red alert sounded in Kupwara
Srinagar, Jan 16: Army on Thursday sounded red alert in the frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir amid intelligence reports suggesting that the militants were planning to carry out attacks ahead of January 26 celebrations. Official sources told Global news Service that army are maintaining highest alert in the frontier district, especially the main town after receiving specific intelligence inputs that militants were planning to strike ahead of January 26 celebrations. A posse of army men conducted searches in Drugmulla, Hatmulla, Shadipora, Brambri, Shalpora, Arampora, Radbugh, Jagerpora, Nagri, Kandi, Nutnussa, Bumhama and main town to See Kupwara On Page 11..
for the elections the Deputy Election Commissioner said that detailed discussions were also held with ADGP Operations Mr P L Gupta to chalk out a comprehensive security plan. He directed the concerned Deputy Commissioners to prepare a district security plan and vulnerability mapping to identify the critical polling stations. He stressed that a multi tier training programmes should be taken up to keep the concerned officers and security personnals abreast with their duties See DEC On Page 11..
AAP membership drive unites J&K’s political mainstream opted in Delhi cannot be impleCannot cut mented here as the people in the state enjoy much more civice: NC, il rights that what AAP could them. “We already Congress, PDP promise have the contact with the peo-
Srinagar, Jan 16: The Aam Admi Party’s (APP) membership drive in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday united all the three major mainstream political parties who in one voice predicted that AAP cannot cut much ice in the state. National Conference (NC) said that the strategy that APP ad-
ple and AAP cannot give more than what already is with the people,” said Provincial President NC Nasir Aslam. He stated further that there is no harm in the membership drive that AAP has launched in the state. “We have democracy and See AAP On Page 11..
Class 12th result decleared Boys bounce back after long gap
Srinagar, Jan 16: Two boys from North Kashmir’s Handwara Thursday stunned everyone by topping the 12th standard examinations, securing 491 each out of 500 in the Science stream. Faizan Mushtaq, a student of Welkin Higher Secondary school, Sopore and Junaid-ul-Islam, Government Higher Secondary School, Handwara, have secured 491 out of 500 marks each in 12th examinations held last year. A total number of 51391 candidates appeared in 12th class examinations and 52 percent students have qualified. The figures provided by BOSE stated
Tips from Toppers Srinagar, Jan 16 (KNS): The toppers of higher secondary part two Faizan Mushtaq and Junaid-ul –Islam attributed their success to Almighty and the proper guidance of their parents and teachers. Faizan Mushtaq, a student of Welkin Higher Secondary school, Sopore while talking to KNS said that he owes thanks to Allah for the success and that his parents guided him and teachers encouraged him at every step. “I advise all the students that pray five times a day. It is the key to success and before making See Tips On Page 11..
that 88 students, 63 girls and 35 boys, have secured first ten positions. In Art’s stream, Iram Sheikh of Government Higher Secondary school Baramulla has secured 485 marks. Thirteen students, 10 girls and three boys, have secured first ten positions in Arts stream. Dhan Kumari having Commerce subjects of Government Higher secondary school, Amira kadal has secured 489 marks. Seventeen students, 13 girls and four boys, in Commerce stream have secured first 10 positions.In Home Science, Bintul Islam of See Boys On Page 11..
2 girls commit suicide
Srinagar, Jan 16: As the two top positions in higher secondary part IInd results were bagged by Handwara in North Kashmir on Thursday, a pall of gloom descended on two other families in the same township with their wards committing suicide over their failure in the same examination. According to the KNS correspondent, two students namely Samiya Mushtaq (name changed) was shocked after the results of 12th class were declared. The reports maintained that she was having arts subjects and she had failed in education paper. Her family stated that See Suicide On Page 11..
Saifullah chairs Select Committee meet
Light rain/snow would occur at isolated places over the state
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Partly cloudy sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 8°C & 2°C respectively.
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Jammu, Jan 16: A meeting of the Select Committee on “The Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places (Management and Regulation) Bill, 2009 of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was held under the Chairmanship of
Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah here today.Threadbare discussion was held on the proposed Bill. The Committee members Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, See Saifullah On Page 11..
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Friday 17 January 2014
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CSC Seeand Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah, the coalition government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah constituted a Cabinet Sub Committee to seek suggestions/demands of people from three regions of the state. The committee would submit a report to Revenue department for further creation of new administrative units. The Deputy Chief Minster said that government is determined to provide services to the people at their doorsteps and fulfill people's aspiration.
DEC and guidelines of the Election Commission to conduct fair and free elections. Mr Zutshi also asked the District Election Officers to convene interactive sessions with the members of political parties and candidates to keep them informed about the model code of conduct and directed for strict monitoring to check adherence to these norms. He maintained that sensitization programmes are vital for all stakeholders so that the election process is smooth and hassle free. The meeting was attended by Chief Electoral Officer, Umang Narula, IGP Jammu, Rajesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of all districts and other senior officers.
Kupwara thwart any possible attack by the militants. Security has also been beefed up around the vital installations, including army camps and police station. The forces have also started patrolling the interior and link roads of the districts to avoid any untoward incident. “Army has received inputs that the militants are planning to carry out attacks in the district. This has led to heightened security in the district. Searches are being carried out by joint team at the different places,” sources said. “Night patrolling has also been started. The forces are taking all measures to foil any possible attack,” sources added. Pertinently, militants had attacked an army convoy at Drugmulla in November last year injuring an army driver. Four more soldiers were injured after their vehicle skidded off the road and hit a tree before turning turtle. (GNS)
AAP everyone has right to put forth his point of view but be sure that what AAP is promising to people is not new to them in the state.” Peoples’ Democratic Party terms AAP’s entry in the state as a normal routine, stating everyone is welcome. “They (AAP) brought some refreshing ideas into the political domain in Delhi but as far as Kashmir is concerned, we don’t feel any danger from them,” Naeem Akhter, PDP chief spokesman and MLC told KNS. Stating that AAP will return empty handed from the state and that the party will not be able to strengthen its roots here, Congress said that it will be difficult for AAP to make any impact on the people. “There idea would have been valid for Delhi but they must understand that Jammu and Kashmir cannot be a cake walk for them,” said vice president state Congress G.N. Monga. Pertinently, AAP started its membership drive in the state on Thursday in view of forth coming polls in the state expected to be held during mid- April, 2014. (KNS)
Boys Jamiat-ul-banat has secured 474 marks. All the first 10 positions in this stream have secured by girls. (KNS)
Tips time table, prioritize the five times prayers.” Stating that he doesn’t want to become a doctor or an engineer, Faizan said his interest is in the fields of information technology and physics. “I want to become a research scholar and will contribute to my motherland.” Junaid-ul-Islam, student of Government Higher Secondary School, Handwara told KNS that his success is all due to the mercy of Allah and his constant handwork. “Parents and teachers cannot have a role until a student doesn’t study with the sincere attitude. I am thankful to my teachers and parents for this success and will continue my efforts to remain on the top in future also.” Appealing the students not to remain addicted to the social networking sites and mobile phones, Junaid said that the cell phone culture every day after is becoming a curse in our society. “We must not become addicted to the cell phones and should concentrate on our studies as this time is much precious that the time ahead.” Junaid said that he will appear in the common entrance test (CET) and will work hard to qualify the same. (KNS)
Suicide she consumed some poisonous substance after she heard of her repair in one of the subjects. “She had worked hard but the results shook her. She herself saw the results and then wanted to end her life,” he sister told KNS. She was later shifted to the district hospital Handwara where her condition is reportedly stable. Another student namely Hafiza (name changed) who hails from the same township committed suicide after learning that she had failed in Political sciences and education. She was admitted in the district hospital Handwara that later referred her to Sher-eKashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar. The family sources told KNS that her condition is stable but she might remained under medical supervision for some days in the hospital. (KNS)
Suicide Dr. Mustafa Kamal, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Mr. M. Y. Tarigami and Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma gave their valuable suggestions regarding the Bill. The Chairman directed the Assembly Secretariat to circulate the minutes of today’s meeting among the Committee members enabling them to come up with their suggestions in the next meeting scheduled to be held on February 07 so that the bill could be given a final shape. Among others, Secretary Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Secretary Legislative Assembly, M. Ramzan, Secretary Revenue, Mr. Vinod Koul, Secretary Tourism, Mr. Zaffar Ahmed Bhat, Relief Commissioner, Mr. R. K. Pandita, Special Secretary Assembly, Mr. M.R Singh and other officers attended the meeting. (KNS)
Suicide throw wafers and wastes into its water and hence the beautiful scenes turn into the shabby one.” He stated further fee paid by tourists visiting this world famous Dal will be utilized for the maintenance of the Lake. “It is being looked into that the people will be engaged so that they clean the lake from the wafers and other wastes that people throw into it while cruising.” The director tourism Kashmir stated further that the tourists coming to valley should pay for the clean Dal Lake. When asked about the charges being imposed on the locals as well, Talat said that he has no knowledge about the same. “I don’t think that locals are being charged for the a Dal cruise.” Pertinently, LAWDA recently decided to charge entry fee from visitors who will cruise through the Dal Lake. (KNS)
AIP criticizes privilege committee for V K Singh’s non-appearance Srinagar, Jan 16: President Awami Ittihaad party (AIP) and MLA Langate Er. Rashid has criticized privilege committee of state assembly for not being able to get former army chief General V K Singh before the committee regarding providing of money to politicians by army and other agencies. In a press statement issued to KNS, he said that, apologetic attitude of members of privilege committee and Congress leaders has raised doubts about the sincerity of politicians to get facts regarding the issue of money being paid to politicians. He said, “Let me remind chief minister, speaker and legislators that how they made hue and cry in and outside assembly and wasted no time in condemning
V K Singh. The time has proved that the legislators were never serious in making facts public but were just trying to mislead people as feared that facts will expose many known faces. By failing to get V K Singh before the committee the sanctity of legislator has come under clout of doubt in common masses and it is a complete breach of trust with the people of the state.” He also said that BJP stands exposed over the issue of giving entry to its suspended legislators back in the party. He said, “On one hand when BJP is talking of eradicating corruption and holding high moral values, how do they revoke order of suspension legislators who had taken crores of rupees from NC-Congress coalition in
2011 to vote for them in the council elections.” Er Rashid said: “It is clear that all the three parties including NC, Congress and BJP stand exposed and they owe a responsibility and are duty bound to tell people of the state that who had paid the huge money to BJP legislators, how much amount was paid and why NC-Congress didn’t explain their position over the serious issue. Chief Minister must ask that why the issue in which his own coalition partners have bribed crores for buying votes has not been investigated by any credible agency till date. Does it not expose the corrupt political system of the state and are politicians like other issues not standing at a very weak wicket when it comes to corruption.” (KNS)
Kupwara students allege delay in issuance of RBA certificates Srinagar, Jan 16: The students of the frontier Kupwara district Thursday staged demonstrations against the district administration over the delay in issuance of the RBA certificates by the officials.Reports reaching GNS said that scores of students today assembled outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office at the main town and held protests against the district administration. Shouting slogans, the students were protesting the delay in issuance of the RBA certificate from the officials. The protesting students alleged that some officials were demanding hefty bribes from the students for issuing the certificate.“The district administration is watching
Deteriorating condition Motor Cycle Rally in Jammu of health sector a matter Prasad for strict adherence of concern: PDP Jammu, Jan 16: Expressing his concern over deteriorating condition of health sector in J&K, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat Yash Pal Sharma today poor people are worst victim due to non availability of medical facilities in the State. In a statement issued here today, Yash Pal Sharma, MLC said that most of the hospitals in the state have virtually became reference centers as medical facilities are not available in the hospital. He said that during the last five years heath sector has been totally collapsed because those who have been at the helm of the affairs have failed to streamline functioning of premier health institute of the Jammu region Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital Jammu. Pointing towards prevailing mess in GMC, he said that deplorable condition of health sector can be gauged from the condition of GMC. Earlier addressing a public meeting at Anand Nagar in Marh assembly segment, Yash Pal Sharma criticized the coalition government for its failure to provide good governance in the State. He said that on papers present dispensation headed by
Omar Abdullah has formulated many policies for different section of people in the State but these policies are yet to be implemented on the ground as a result of which people in many parts of the State and continue to suffer on account of non availability of basic facilities like water, electricity and health facilities. He said that even hilly and far-flung areas have not seen any improvement in health and education sectors during the present regime despite tall claims made by the ruling leaders. “This coalition Government needs to introspect about its achievement and failure during last four and half years of Governance”, he said and pointed out the graph of failures was more than achievements as people have not been getting benefits at the ground level due to red-tapism and rampant corruption. Jagjeet Singh Jagga, Haji Taj Khan, Puneet Jamwal, Vandana Chib, Meena Thakur, Ramji Pandita, Surinder Singh Bablu, Sanjay Koul, Vandana Chib, Sanjay Gupta, Raghubir Krishan, Amit Chib, Parshotam Gupta and others also spoke on the occasion. In the function large number of people joined PDP. (KNS)
of traffic rules
Jammu, Jan 16 (KNS): As a part of Road Safety Week, Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Police today organized a Motor Cycle Rally in Jammu. The rally, in which a large number of motor cyclists participated, started from Police Sports Stadium Gulshan Ground and culminated after passing through various routes of Jammu City. Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Prasad, flagged off the rally and various senior officers including ADsGP, P. L. Gupta, Dilbag Singh and Transport Commissioner, Sourabh Baghat were present at the flag off ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Prasad deliberated on the objectives for organizing such rallies and said that awareness among the masses about road safety measures would help to restrict road accidents. He urged for strict adherence of traffic rules to ensure the safety of the people. The DGP said that road accidents have become a major concern for which people’s awareness is mandatory to avoid the accidents, besides ensuring smooth flow of traffic on the roads. Discussing different factors of road accidents, the DGP emphasized for strict adherence of traffic rules by the road users and the common masses as well. He said that coordination among different stockholders is also mandatory to achieve the requisite goal. Prasad said that Road Safety Week is observed all over the country in the month
ANC to field new faces with clean background: Shah Jammu, Jan 16 (KNS): Awami National Conference (ANC) senior vice president Muzzafar Shah on Thursday said the party is preparing to launch new and fresh faces throughout the state with a clean slate and a professional back ground capable of steer the state out of the mess created by coalition politics and partnerships since decades. According to KNS Jammu bureau, Shah while addressing a press conference at his party headquarters in Jammu, informed media about the book launch function on the , “life and service of late G.M Shah former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and ANC founder President that will be made public in Jammu later this month. The ANC leadership is giving final touches to the programme being launched in all the three regions of the state aimed at providing state based political alternative to the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are yearning for change to be announced immediately after the ANC working committee session at Jammu soon.
Mr. Muzzafar Shah sounded word of caution and advise to those political parties and their leaders who seem to be taking the people of Jammu and Kashmir for granted . Most of you will be shown the door by the people and definitely by the youth of the state at large .So, don't count your chicken, they won't be hatched this time , he said . ANC Vice President further stated that he will be personally spearheading a peoples movement against VIP and Lal Batti Culture in the state. There will be no room for tainted politicians, retried bureaucrats in the ANC. The Press meet was attended amongst others by ANC Vice President and former Minister Mr. G.D Shah , Provincial President Jammu S. Gian Singh , Vice President Jammu Province Thakur Randir Singh , President Jammu Urban Vijay Mangotra Youth President Raj Sharma , Sanju Bhagat Distt President Udhampur , Neelam Lalhotra President Woman Wing beside others. (KNS)
Noted social activist Lala Sahib is no more
Srinagar, Jan 16 (KNS): The management and the editorial board of Kashmir News Service (KNS) expressed deep shock and grief over the sad demise of Abdul Rehman Bhat alias Lala Sahib father of Mohammad Amin Bhat, editor Tameel-e-Irshad. In a condolence meeting held at the KNS office in Srinagar, the entire staff expressed deep sorrow and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul. The meeting expressed solidarity with the bereaved family at this time of pain and grief. Meanwhile, many political, social and religious organizations besides media fraternity have expressed grief and sympathies with the bereaved family. Those who expressed condolences include Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mehbooba Mufti, Mir Saifullah, Sajad Gani Lone. (KNS)
Malik grieved over demise of Mir
Srinagar, Jan 16 (KNS): Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has expressed his heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Mohammad Maqbool Mir Brath Zenageer who was a close friend of Shaheed Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, sheikh Dilawar alias Lal sahib (grandfather of Shaheed i Hurriyat Sheikh Abdul Hameed) , Mohammad Maqbool Hussain of Muzafarabad, and Mohammad Shareef (father of JKLF leader Zafar Iqbal Shareef) and a veteran resistance leader from district Islamabad Abdul Rashid khan. JKLF chairman while paying tributes to the departed souls prayed for their heavenly abode. JKLF senior leader Bashir Ahmad Bhat while paying tributes to veteran resistance leader of Islamabad district Abdul Rashid khan said that his death is a national loss. Bhat sahib while expressing his heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family prayed for his heavenly abode. (KNS)
Police Public School, Bemina excels in 12th Class results DIG S A Mujtaba felicitates students
Srinagar, Jan 16 (KNS): DIG CKR, Syed Afadul Mujtaba felicitates the successful students of the 12th class of Police Public School, Bemina, results of which was declared today. DIG CKR in his message wished the students well in the future and also congratulated the teacher of J&K Police Public School, Bemina Srinagar for their efforts. 11 students of J&K Police Public School, Bemina Srinagar have secured Distinction and 30 students have got first division. (KNS)
of January every year and Jammu and Kashmir Police like other parts of the country observes this week by organizing different awareness programmes across the State. He said that the aim would be to inspire the people, especially road users to know the merits of road safety and causes of accidents. The rally consisting of more than 80 motor cyclists of JKP Dare and Devil Team and local motor cyclists passed through Green Belt Park, Gole Market, Apsara Road, Last Morh, Satwari Chowk, Dogra Chowk, Jewal Chowk, Indira Chowk, Shalimar Chowk, CPO Chowk, Janipur, Roop Nagar, Muthi, Paloura, Talab Tillo, Canal Road, sending a message about the road safety measures among the people and culminated at Gulshan Ground. People from all shades of life hailed the efforts of organizers for bringing awareness among the masses about road safety measures. Earlier, the DIG Traffic Jammu, Shafakat Ali Watali, threw light on different activities being organized during the road safety week. Among others, the function was attended by IGPs, Arun Kumar and Muneer Ahmed Khan, DIGPs, Sham lal Sharma Mubarak Ahmed Ganai and Shakeel Ahmed Beig, SSP, Jammu, Atul Goel, AIG Welfare (PHQ), Rajeshwar Singh, senior citizens and other police and civil officers. (KNS)
as mute spectators as their officials are holding our certificates for bribe. Our career is being put at stake,” Mir Abrar, a protesting student said.Rasik Bhat, a student leader said that the delay in issuance of the certificate will not only have far reaching consequences for the students, but district administration as well. He said by delaying the certificates, the administration was pushing the students to the wall.“They can’t play with our career for money. We won’t let the district officials exploit us. In case they delay the issuance of certificates, all students of the district will stage massive protests against the administration,” he added. (GNS)
2 separate burglary cases solved; goods recovered
Srinagar, January 16: Police on Tuesday claimed to have solved two separate burglary cases across Jammu and Kashmir and claimed to have recovered the stolen goods from the accused persons. “17 gas cylinders were reported to be stolen from a domestic gas counter shop situated at Aripal Tral. A case FIR No.06/2014 under section 380, 457 RPC was registered in police station Tral and investigation was taken up”, a police official in a statement issued to GNS said. He said that on 15-01-2014, police Tral after getting a tip-off recovered the stolen LPG gas cylinders from the possession of Mohammad Shafi Mir @ Shafi Tinga son of Assadullah Mir resident of Dadsara, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhand son of Ghulam Mohammad Bandh resident of Baragam Tral and Gurdeep Singh @ Deepu son Khujoor Singh resident Gadpora Tral. “All the accused persons have been arrested and are being questioned for further investigations”. In another similar incident, a restaurant owner Falail Singh lodged a complaint at Police Post Housing Colony Leh that four gas cylinders were stolen from his restaurant during the intervening night. “A case FIR No. 03/2014 U/S 457,380 /RPC was registered and a team headed by SI Meraj Giri under the immediate supervision of SSP Leh Dr.Sunil Gupta was constituted. During the investigation four suspects were called for questioning. One of them Rakesh Kumar @ Raku S/O Sham Lal R/O Dhar Road Udhampur confessed to the commission of the burglary”, the spokesman said, adding that the stolen property was recovered in a record time. (GNS)
Police arrests two eve-teasers ‘Feel free to approach police’
Srinagar, Jan 16, CNS: Police Wednesday said that it arrested 2 eve-teasers in Srinagar after a complaint lodged by a girl student in police station Safa-Kadal. According to reports, police took cognizance of the report appeared in a section of press about the alarming incidents of eve-teasing in Sunderkul area of Chattabal and after personal visit by police officials in the area two eve-teasers were arrested while police after interacting with locals assured them strict action will be taken against the eve-teasers. Police sources told CNS that a police team comprising of SP city North, Tahir Saleem Khan, SDPO MR Gunj, SHO Safakadal and Incharge Police Post Bagiyas went on patrol in the whole area of Sunderkul Chattabal area of Srinagar city. Police assured the Public that stern action will be taken against eve-teasers and a Police vehicle will be stationed at Dareesh Kadal Chowk so that any victim of eve teasing could approach Police immediately. Talking to CNS, SP city North who was heading the police team said that a girl student of 10th standard hailing from the locality lodged a complaint against some eve-teasers who harass her while going to tuition and back to home. “On this compliant, Police arrested 2 eve teasers namely Saqib Safi Wani son of Muhammad Safi resident of Baghesunder Ballah and Suhail Majeed Malla son of Abdul Majeed resident of Safa Kadal.” A case vide FIR number 7/2014 under section 294 RPC have been registered in Police Station Safa Kadal against the arrested eve teasers. SP City North Tahir Saleem told CNS that people should feel free in approaching to Police Stations or contact Police Officers regarding such complaints. “Police is meant to serve people and we are always at their disposal,” he said. (CNS)
Defunct streetlights irk Anantnag residents
Anantnag, Jan 15, CNS: The defunct streetlights have become a source of tremendous inconvenience for the common people of Anantnag town. Residents and traders have demanded that streetlights installed in the town should be made functional at the earliest. They said the lights installed more than two years ago remained functional for a few weeks only. “Despite many representations for repairing or installing new lights, the municipal committee has not bothered to make the lights functional. In the absence of lights, we are facing a lot of inconvenience during evening and night hours. What is the point of spending lakhs of rupees on lights, when these are not functional,” Muhammad Maqbool, a local resident told CNS. The street lights installed on the main roads of the town including Khanabal-Pahalgam road , Lal Chowk, Cheeni Chowk, Mattan Chowk, Court Road, Achajipora, Shirpora, Kadipora, Sarnal and Janglat Mandi are lying defunct. Locals said that the Roads and Building (R&B) Electrical Wing and Municipal Council Anantnag which have been entrusted the job of installing and maintaining these street lights have not bothered to repair them or install new wherever needed. Additional Deputy Development Commissioner (ADDC), Bashir Ahmad Khan told CNS that he would look into the matter and will make it sure all the defunct streetlights be made functional. (CNS)
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Schemes introduced for economic empowerment of youth: Sagar
SRINAGAR, JANUARY 16: The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar said that the
ing provided by the agencies and departments like Urban Development Agency, Kashmir (UDAK), Entrepreneur Develop-
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welfare schemes like UMEED, UDAAN, HIMAYAT and SKEWPY for the youth of the State and now the onus lies on them to come forward and avail the maximum benefit out of these and create employment opportunities for themselves. He said that besides these Entrepreneur Development Institute has also been set up, which provides various schemes to the youth so that they can set up their own entrepreneurial units and contribute their bit in creating jobs and economy as whole. Mr. Sagar said that several initiatives have also been taken for imparting the skills to the youth and in this regard hundreds of students of have been sent to the different parts of the country, so that they can be imparted trainings in different trades and afterwards absorbed in different reputed companies in the corporate sector. The Minister appealed the youth to come forward and avail the maximum benefit of these schemes and contribute Government is committed for the emment Institute (EDI) and department of their bit in making the state economically powerment of the youth besides provid- Employment. vibrant. ing the much neededLone employment op- Kangan It was attended by the News seniorAgency ofHe said that the officers of these deNews Agency Khan Ganderbal portunities to them and several schemes departGulzar News Agency ficers Souraof EDI, UDAK, Employment Zahid Book Depotpartments Chadoorashould work in close coordinahave been launched in this regard. ment and various societies providing the tion with the societies, NGOs and youth Tariq Agency Bashirvocational News Agency Nowhatta The Minister was News addressing a Hawal skill development and other as whole so that they are properly eduMuzaffar AliofNews Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Chowk meeting held to review the pace im- Agency trainings to the youth. catedLal about the benefits of the various plementation of various employment The Minister said that theNews Gov- Agency schemes and get the requisite benefit Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar Lal Chowk generating schemes and incentives beernment has already launched various from them. Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan
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JAMMU, JANUARY 16: Prof. R.C. Sobti, President, Indian Science Congress and Prof. M.P. Singh Isher, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University called on Governor today at Raj Bhavan and briefed him regarding the arrangements being made for hosting the 101st Science Congress in Jammu University Campus from 3rd-7th February, 2014. Shri B.B. Vyas, Principal Secretary, Finance and Information, Shri Shant Manu, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, and Shri Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to Governor participated in the meeting.Prof. Sobti apprised the Governor that approximately 7000 delegates from various parts of the country and abroad are likely to participate in the Conference among whom are a few who are Nobel Laureates and many others who are renowned researchers and teachers in the scientific field. He also informed the Governor about the different theme based sessions and the key speakers who would be participating in these sessions.The Governor urged the Vice Chancellor to undertake a daily review of all arrangements to ensure that every participant carries back happy memories.Shri B.B. Vyas, Principal Secretary to Government, Finance, Information and Protocol Departments, briefed the Governor about various arrangements being made for the accommodation, Transportation and security of the dignitaries and eminent scientists attending the Conference.Shri Shant Manu, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, informed about the power, drinking water, sanitation, traffic and other arrangements being made for the Conferences. To monitor progress he is chairing regular meetings of all concerned heads of Departments.The Governor suggested to the VC, Jammu University, to identify and suitably orient teachers and functionaries of the University who would be carrying out various tasks.
Govt determined to socio-economic emancipation of under priveldged sections: Sakina
hari Speaking people, SCs, STs and OBCs through a well knit network of hostel and other logistic and financial incentives for students of these communities. Minister for Social Welfare, Sakina Itoo, said this while chairing a meeting of State Advisory Boards for Gujjar & Bakerwals, Pahari Speaking People, SCs and OBCs here on Wednesday. Secretary, SWD, M.S.Rathur
strategies to further streamline functioning of these vital units of the department. She exhorted upon the Board Secretaries to gear up their men and machinery for further accelerating the activities of their respective wings. She asked them to ensure that complete transparency is ensured at all levels so that the real purpose of Omar led government of extending good governance to its people
75, 75 to 100 and 100 to 125. A proposal envisaging skill development training programme for G&B youth worth Rs. 6.50 crore has also been submitted to the Centre government for approval. The PSP board has also started its website recently which was officially launched by the SWD Minister. Taking a detailed view of achievements of the PSP Board, the Minister was informed that 7 new
hostels including 3 for girls have been made functional during the period. Besides, the Board has now yearly funds of Rs. 18 crore against 1.80 crore in 2008 while against 70,000 scholarships in 2008 we now provide scholarships to 1.60 lakh beneficiaries. It was informed in the meeting that two hostels for OBC students would be established soon while a composite Bhawan for PSP, G&B, SCs and OBCs would also be constructed. Besides, the Board has got the land for establishment of OBC hostels both at Jammu and Srinagar. Similarly, the SC board has constituted an enforcement committee and monitoring cell for effective implementation of reservation rules in the state.
Oil, Gas Conservation Fortnight-2014 campaign takes off Conserve energy to secure future of coming generations: ramzan JAMMU, JANUARY 16-Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) Choudhary Muhammad Ramzan today launched the annual Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF) campaign here at Hotel Asia. The campaign is organised by Oil Companies operating in the state every year from 16 to 31th January under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted the importance of conservation of energy, including Oil and Natural Gas and said that it would help to make the future of coming generations secure. The Minister said that main objective of celebrating this fortnight is
to create awareness about fuel saving during day to day human activities. He said that the consumption of fuel like oil and gas for human activ-
ities including transport, industry, agriculture and households can be reduced to a large extent if certain tips are followed by the consumers.
Motor Cycle Rally in JammuPrasad for strict adherence of traffic rules JAMMU, JANUARY 16: As a part of Road Safety Week, Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Police today organized a Motor Cycle Rally in Jammu. The rally, in which a large number of motor cyclists participated, started from Police Sports Stadium Gulshan Ground and culminated after passing through various routes of Jammu City. Director General of Police (DGP), Mr. Ashok Prasad, flagged off the rally and various senior officers including ADsGP, Mr. P. L. Gupta, Mr. Dilbag Singh and Transport Commissioner, Mr. Sourabh Baghat were present at the flag off ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Prasad deliberated on the objectives for organizing such rallies and said that awareness among the masses about road safety measures would help to restrict road accidents. He urged for strict adherence of traffic rules to ensure the safety of the people. The DGP said that road accidents have become a major concern for which people’s awareness is mandatory to avoid the accidents, besides ensuring smooth flow of traffic on the roads. Discussing different factors of road accidents, the DGP emphasized for strict adherence of traffic rules by the road users and the common masses as well. He said that coordination among different stockholders is also mandatory to achieve the requisite goal.Mr. Prasad said that Road Safety Week is observed all over the country in the month of January every year and Jammu and Kashmir Police like other parts of the country observes this week by organizing different awareness programmes across the State. He said that the aim would be to inspire the people, especially road users to know the merits of road safety and causes of accidents.
He stressed for achieving the goal by launching massive awareness programmes in urban as well as in rural areas. Mr. Ramzan asked the Oil companies to closely monitor the supply of gas besides quality of petroleum products adding that it would also help in conservation of the fuel to a large extent. “There is a need to keep close vigil on blackmarketing of subsidized Gas and ensure unadulterated fuel for vehicles as it would also go a long way to save the resources from misuse”, he added. Underlining the need for introducing efficient and cost effective transportation of gas and petroleum products, he said that laying of gas pipe line from Bathinda, Punjab to Jammu and Kashmir is in process and certain issues hampering the project has been cleared by the personal intervention Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Saifullah chairs Select Committee meet JAMMU, JANUARY 16- A meeting of the Select Committee on “The Kashmiri Hindu Shrines and Religious Places (Management and Regulation) Bill, 2009 of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was held under the Chairmanship of Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah here today. Threadbare discussion was held on the proposed Bill. The Committee members Prof Chaman Lal Gupta, Dr. Mustafa Kamal, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Hakim Mohammad Yasin, Mr. M. Y. Tarigami and Mr. Ashwani Kumar Sharma gave their valuable suggestions regarding the Bill.
Public Representatives of Kargil demand District status for Zanskar akhoon led team presents memorandum to Cabinet Sub-Committee JAMMU, JANUARY 16 – A team of public representatives of Kargil District led by Legislator and Advisor to the Chief Minister, Qamar Ali Akhoon and comprising Minister of State for IT and MLA Zanskar, Feroz Ahmad Khan and MLC Kargil, Syed Ahmad Rizvi in a memorandum presented to Cabinet Sub-Committee on creation of new administrative units in the State, demanded District status to Zanskar Sub-Division, Sub-Division status for Shakarchiktan, Tehsil status for Taisuroo and Shergole, and Niyabat status for TSG Block.They said that Mushtaq Ganai Committee has reportedly recommended Sub-Division status to Sankoo, Tehsil status to Shakarchiktan and Drass, Niyabat status to Lungnak Zanskar, Taisuroo and Shergole besides CD Block to Sodh.Justifying the demand the Committee drew home the need for creation of District Zanskar, Sub-Division Shakarchiktan, Tehsils of Taisuroo and Shergole besides Niyabat for TSG Block, and CD Block to Barsoo Nalla, Stooth Zanskar and bifurcation of Drass Block and said that the difficult terrain and geographical position of Kargil District besides remoteness of the areas necessitate the creation of these administrative units to reach out the people amicably for development needs and delivery of governance smoothly.Qamar Ali Akhoon said that creation of these administrative units has been the long cherished desire of people living in far-flung and remote areas.
Hakeem chairs House Committee meet LA panel seeks comprehensive plan for protection of Hygam Rakh JAMMU, JANUARY 16- The House Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly on Wetlands Wednesday asked the district administration Baramullah come up with a comprehensive plan for protection of Hygam Rakh. The Committee, which met under the Chairmanship of MLA Hakeem Mohammad Yasin, discussed the issues of encroachments upon wetlands and BOCA permission details. The Committee also suggested to constitute a Committee in this regard to recommend measures for the protection of the Wetland. The Committee members Rafi Ahmad Mir, Syeed Bhasharat Ahmad Bukhari, Mr. Ashok Kumar and Peerzada Mansoor Hussain attended the meeting and asked the authorities to ensure that there should be no encroach-
ments on wetlands.While discussing the issue of BOCA permission details in respect of building being constructed in front of Banquet Hall, Srinagar, the Committee directed the Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation to submit a physical verification report in this regard to the Committee within four days. With regard to settlement process of leftover areas of Singhpora, Devar Yakhmanpora
(Parihaspora) and Rabir Garh and Partap Garh, it was informed in the meeting that settlement process has been completed and records of rights are being prepared. Among others, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Mr. Shantmanu, Additional PCCF and Director Environment and Remote Sensing, Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, Chief Engineers of Irrigation and Flood Control Jammu.
Kafeel-ur-Rehman Calls on Governor JAMMU, JANUARY 16: Mr. Kafeel-ur-Rehman, Vice- Chairman, State Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People, accompanied by members of the Board, Mr. Mushtaq Bukhari, Mr.Nasir Rahi, Mirza Abdul Rashid and Naseer Khan called on Mr. N.N Vohra, Governor, here at Raj Bhavan today. During meeting with the Governor, Mr. Rehman complained about the prolonged delay in the grant of Scheduled Tribe Status to Pahari Speaking People.
17. 01 .2014
March 21-April 19
Plans for a party or group gathering of some kind could take up much of your time and energy, Aries. You might have a lot of letters to write, phone calls to make, or other communications to take care of, but this is likely to prove to be a great excuse for getting in touch with your friends. Today could prove to be a kind of party-before-the-party, which is right up your alley. Enjoy your day!
Taurus April 20-May 20
Though you might wake up today feeling a little feverish, Taurus, as the day progresses you’ll be your old self again. You should be putting a lot of effort into work, particularly mundane chores and tasks that you’d rather not do. Get them out of the way and then move on to projects that interest you and can fire your ambition and motivation. Work hard in the morning and enjoy the rest of the day.
Gemini May 21-June 21
This is a great day to start any project that concerns writing, acting, or speaking, Gemini. Your creative energies should be flowing freely and abundantly today, and you should enjoy the rush of new ideas that keep popping into your head. A number of stimulating conversations with close friends should keep your energies churning. Expect to spend a lot of time on the phone, or perhaps in the car dropping in on these friends.
Cancer June 22-July 22
If you aren’t already into real estate, gardening, or interior decorating, Cancer, today you might discover a talent for one or all of these fields and decide to pursue it. You might have it in mind as a possible future source of income, and therefore you could consider looking into getting some formal training in the field. Which one you choose, if any, is of course up to you. Consider them all carefully and then decide which is best.
July 23-August 22 Your energy and enthusiasm for life should be operating at a very high level today, Leo. You may therefore want to get together with some of your friends, and might even organize an impromptu social event of some kind. Exciting news and stimulating conversation should keep your mind busy for a long time. At some point you’ll want to work off some of that physical energy, perhaps by taking a brisk walk or another kind of workout. Enjoy your day.
August 23-September 22
A chance to make some extra money could come today through someone you know slightly, Virgo, perhaps from a social event you both once attended. You might not be totally familiar with the type of work involved, but today your mind is sharp and so you’ll probably pick it up quickly. The only downside is that you could work harder than you need to, and therefore there’s a danger of tiring yourself out. Take care of yourself.
September 23-October 23 A social event or group meeting could ignite your enthusiasm about new goals, Libra. These goals may involve giving you a chance to use your creative talents as well as enjoy the companionship and camaraderie of your fellow group members. Therefore, whatever events are scheduled today might all prove to be both satisfying and enjoyable for you. Don’t hesitate! Move on ahead, do something worthwhile, and enjoy yourself.
October 24-November 21 Today, Scorpio, you might begin work on a project that you’ve wanted to do for a long time. This may be career related or personal, but either way it should advance you in whatever direction that you want to go. The only downside is that you might be a bit too hard on yourself and far too critical of your work. Try to be objective and view your own work as fairly as you would view the work of others.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Today, Sagittarius, you’re expanding your horizons. You and a friend could plan a vacation that you’re really excited about. It could involve a trip by air, perhaps across the ocean. The trip is mainly for pleasure, but it probably involves a place you’ve always been interested in and are anxious to see, so it’s an educational trip as well. You have a lot to look forward to. Make the most of it and have fun.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Some good news may reach your ears via the grapevine regarding your career. This might involve a raise in salary, Capricorn, or it could be new benefits, new profit sharing plans, or anything that may involve investments or money that comes your way above and beyond a paycheck. Contracts or other legal papers that are executed today should definitely work in your favor, so if you’ve been putting off signing any, do it today!
Aquarius January 20-February 18
A new and exciting potential love relationship could pop into your life today, Aquarius. This is apt to be the kind of instant attraction that sets your nerves tingling and your blood boiling! Whether or not you decide to pursue this attraction, of course, depends on your situation, but whatever you decide, you’re likely to enjoy feeling the thrill of it today. Therefore, make sure you look your best when you go out! You’ll be glad you did.
February 19-March 20 Today, Pisces, you should be feeling especially energetic and enthusiastic. Therefore, this is a great day to start a new enterprise, perhaps involving your home, or just about any kind of life enhancement. More than one opportunity could present itself to you. One could entail creative activities and the other might be more mundane. Undoubtedly, whether you decide to take both or only one, you’re going to be busy for a while. Work hard!
EDITORIAL/ OPINION Discourage defectors - Play clean politics
s the Lok Sabha elections are nearing different political parties at national and regional level have started preparing themselves for the big contest. Though the Congress party and its allies seem to be united but cracks have developed at some places and the allies have started going here and stray. The recent ups and downs in its prestige and pristine due to some scandals may cast the party very darely and it may suffer even worst in some states. The position of Bhartiya Janata Party and its allies is no different than the Congress party as the BJP itself has been involved in various scandals and its leadership has got jolt after jolt during past some years. Its allies in different states too have gradually lost their ground and can not be now as fruitful to BJP as they used to be in the past. Meanwhile the turncoats and opportunists have started defecting from one party to another so that they can encash the situation as better as possible in their favour. However it is clear that defectors hardly matter for any political coalition or party as the people know these now for several years and have tested their honesty and sincerity. The political parties admit these defectors with a lot of pomp and show and give a lot of media hype to their entry. This process is not only detrimental for the democratic institutions but also for the political parties where these turncoats make their entry. It should be a principle that no political party should encourage defection so that clean politics is played as far as the governance of the country is concerned. Democracy is a system where every individual or party has the right to contest elections, form any political party and contribute to strengthen the basic institutions of democracy and constitution of the country. When these defectors change sides, it makes mockery of our constitution and the democratic system and gives rise to political corruption as most of them are bought and sold by different political outfits. The trend has to be discouraged and clean politics has to be the mission and goal of every political party. In addition to these political defectors, the formal bureaucrats and trade unionists are allowed their entry by different political parties ignoring their past and using them as tools to criticize other political parties and level vague allegations. It is therefore the need of the hour to stop this practice in the best interest of the nation.
Friday 17 January 2014
Army Medical Corps, Healthcare Beyond Battlefields...
n the Burma campaign of 1942, a brave young Indian captain lay by the Sittang River wounded in the stomach by a burst of Japanese light machine gun fire. Fearing for worst, British Major General D.T. Cowan pinned his own Military Cross ribbon on the valiant officer as it was never ever awarded to any dead person. The young officer eventually survived his near-death ordeal, thanks mainly to the army doctors. Years later as the army chief he went on to lead the Indian armed forces to one of its greatest military victory ever that saw the emergence of a new nation, Bangladesh. It is indeed the story of late Field Marshal Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, remembered ever so popularly as 'Sam Bahadur'. Had it not been for an ironical twist of fate, it could have been Manekshaw himself playing the role of a saviour doctor, something he cherished to be in the footsteps of his former military-doctor father. That one of his younger siblings, Air Vice Marshal Jemi H.F.J. Manekshaw served as a doctor in the military would give Sam Bahadur a lot of satisfaction, reveals Major General B.N.B.M. Prasad, presently Commandant, Command Hospital, Kolkata, who was the personal physician to the late Field Marshal in his final years. The story only reinforces the truth that while universally soldiers are deemed men of steel, they are only as mortal as all of us. They also fall ill, get wounded in battles and succumb to injuries. Only a fit soldier - be it on land, air or sea -can effectively live to fight another day.
For ensuring soldiers soldier on, a fraternity of doctors, surgeons and nursing staff comprising the behemoth Army Medical Corps (AMC) that commemorated its 250th Raising Day on January 1, 2014, words fall short in their praise for having been around for nearly quarter of a millennium and still counting. The genesis of medical services in India was laid on the first day of the Gregorian calendar in 1764 when the Bengal Medical Service got first raised after the East India Company began employing military surgeons from 1745 onwards for its troops. The Madras and Bombay Medical Service followed suit in 1767 and 1779. Together they were responsible for the three Presidency Armies of Bengal, Madras and Bombay, respectively. In March 1896, the medical services of all the three Presidencies of the Company were integrated to form one Indian Medical Service (IMS) primarily responsible for medical care of the Indian Army. Incidentally, among the several historical monuments from the 18th century existing in and around Kolkata, stands a landmark building that was conceived and planned as a military general hospital by Lord Clive for Fort William in 1757. The monumental two-storeyed building located at 246 Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose Road, Alipore, whose existence is recorded from as early as 1787 would eventually be turned into a 60-bedded military hospital in 1870. It remained here for nearly a century till it relocated to nearby Alipore in 1970, in its present day avatar as the Eastern Com-
YEGN – Mainstreaming the Youth
nemployed youth are the most vulnerable lot to be misguided, exploited or lured into unlawful activities. It was to involve the youth in constructive activities, enable them to get employment that a major initiative Youth Employment and Guidance Node (YEGN) programme was launched a few years back in border and remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir . The YEGN guidance and training to young men and women in various skills to equip them to either get a job or start their own enterprise , prepare them for recruitment in the army and other security agencies including paramilitary forces and help them acquire some expertise for self employment . Thanks to the YEGN under the Sadbhawna programme today many a youth have been recruited in army, paramilitary forces, railways, banks and many trained to earn a livelihood on their own. The YEGN centres have computer training facilities, facilities for training in different skills and competent personnel and expertees to guide the youth in getting gainful employment or seeking higher education or sitting for exams for recruitment in bank, railways and other fields. The youth that include a large number of students have also access to magazines and journals on general knowledge and competitive exams in various sectors besides Employment News magazine. Naresh Kumar from Deeng village took training as a plumber for a month at YEGN at the border village of Sainth. He was given a certificate of Diploma in Plumbing by MSME after successful completion of the training. Today he is able to earn about 10,000 rupees a month He says that sometime he is engaged on a daily basis or he gets payment for the particular job done. Twenty years old Rohit Kumar who had taken training from a polytechnic college in Jammu in plumbing, is today an instructor and is paid 500 rupees on daily basis. Inderjit Mahi from Jhanghar village says that he took training in repairing electrical gadgets like irons, fans , motor wiring and has been given certificate for the same. By repairing the electronic gadgets, he is able to earn some money. Inderjit wants to open his own repairing shop with the help of a loan at concessional rates. Tenth pass Sanjeev Kumar also from Jhangar village underwent similar training but wants further training in mechanics. Balwinder Kumar from a border village in Jammu division is a small farmer and is not able to earn enough to make both ends meet. In his 30’s Balwinder said at his age it is difficult for him to acquire some skill and get a job. He at the same time wants to supplement his income. The army under Sadbhawana Programme is giving him training as a mason. He says that masons are getting 250 to 300 rupees a day and he is hopeful that once his training is over; he too would be able to earn around 15,000 rupees a month. Many young men of Sainth Gram Panchayat and nearby villages have got training as a hair dresser and are now able to earn 200 to 250 rupees a day. Training is being provided in mechanics, welding, poultry farming, hairdressing, tailoring. In order to expand the scope of self employment, training in nursing and fisheries is also being included. Vivek from Sainth village has passed the physical fitness as well as med-
ical test. When we met him he was to appear for the written test for which he was well prepared. He says that youth were told about what all is required for recruitment in the army and other services and professions. They were also taken to the recruitment center to give them an idea of the process involved. Today he is hopeful of joining the army and serving the nation like his father who too was in the army. Vishal who has also cleared all the tests is waiting for an appointment letter from the BSF. He says the young men in border village are passionate about joining the forces. Another youth expressed similar sentiments. He says the youth from villages have the required physique and toughness to clear physical fitness tests. He said he has learnt discipline from the army and they are great source of inspiration for serving the nation . He too has cleared all other tests and would be appearing for a written test to join the Border Roads Organisation, BRO. Rakesh Kumar took admission in BA this year. He has benefitted a lot, he says from magazines and books on general knowledge and the employments news provided at the YEGN centre. He also takes computer classes provided by YEGN in the evening after college hours. Rakesh Kumar like many youth in the area wants to join army. Besides over sixty youth recruited in army, navy and other para military forces, many young men and women have acquired skills to enable them to start their own work. Many more have cleared the tests and are hopeful of being recruited soon. Teachers and students too are benefitting from the YEGN initiative. Vishal Sharma from Government High school Khairi village is a teacher. Although an MSc, he had absolutely no knowledge of computers. He underwent training by YEGN in Basics. He says the army provided the school with computers and then trained the teachers in using computers for about a month. They were guided about how they can make use of the computers to educate students and about related software. This is not all. In order to instill confidence in the youth, matches in different games including football, basketball etc, are also organized besides competitions in debates, essay writing and other academics and holding youth festivals to tap their talent. Adventure tours including trekking, mountaineering, and cycling are organized . Yet another programme that the army is conducting to expose the youth to the world outside their villages is to take them on educational tours the idea is also to broaden their vision. Rahul Kumar studying in government high school in Siddar recalls his tour to Pathankot, Chandigarh and Shimla and other places in Himachal Pradesh. He had never been out of his village. The Sarpanch of Sainth Gram Panchayat, Sukh Dev Singh said that YEGN has been of great help in involving the youth in constructive activities as well as diverting them away from undesirable activities. He said in one year alone 15 young men from his Panchayat have been recruited in the army and various other professions. Nearly 2,400 youth, including 538 girls have been registered with YEGN in remote and border areas in Jammu Division . The need is to channelize the energy of the youth in constructive activities and YEGN under Sadbhawna has played a significant role in mainstreaming the youth in remote border areas to quite an extent .
mand Hospital. Ironically, the foundation for the hospital was laid by late Field Marshal Manekshaw during his stint earlier as Eastern Army Commander. The old heritage building is now the Headquarters of Army's Bengal Area. Until WWI, the Indian Medical Service was pre-dominantly civil in character. The outbreak of WWII in 1939 led to the formation of Indian Army Medical Corps (IAMC) on April 3, 1943. The IAMC was finally re-designated as Army Medical Corps (AMC) with effect from January 26, 1950. The first paratrooper medical team was also organised in the same year as was the foundation for the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune. The post of Director General (DG), Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) was created earlier in 1949 as coordinating head of the medical services of the Army, Navy Air Force, Military Nursing Service and Army Dental Corps with DG of the respective medical services functional under DG AFMS. With a countrywide network of 127 hospitals and 87 field medical units, the AFMS provides comprehensive medical care spanning the entire spectrum of preventive, curative and rehabilitative services to the serviceman, ex-servicemen and their families. The AFMS have always excelled in their role whether in combat medical support or providing the most advanced and specialised treatment at state of the art medical facilities. They have always been among the first
responders in situations like disasters and natural calamities within the country or abroad. The medical services provided by Indian UN Missions and other relief teams have generated tremendous goodwill among the international community. The IMS also laid the foundation of secular-scientific medicine, public health services and research in the country. Most of their contributions in the field of medical research were outstanding and were of great benefit to India and rest of the world. In its semi-quincentennial year, notable names to be recalled include a British military doctor born in India, Sir Ronald Ross who was awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1902 for his work in malaria, which affected soldiers and others alike devastatingly. Assistant Surgeon, S.C.G. Chuckerbutty was the first Indian to enter the medical service on January 24, 1855. The first lady doctor was commissioned in IMS, in April 1942. The healing touch of the army doctors, nurses and paramedics have saved countless lives of soldiers and their families from battlefields and beyond. Donning an angelic demeanour in their everyday lives they have also been as valiant as any heroic soldier. Major Laishram Jatin Singh, an army doctor was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra for his exemplary courage and valour in the face of a terrorist attack on the Indian Embassy, Kabul in 2010, sacrificing his life saving 10 colleagues.
Building not just Roads but Nation
ransport system is considered as the life line of any nation. Road Infrastructure, because of its easy accessibility, flexibility in operation, door to door service and reliability occupies a dominant position in the transportation system. It is vital for unleashing economic growth and is a critical component of all inclusive growth. In the last few decades, Road transport in India has registered tremendous growth and has become the most preferred mode of transport. The share of road transport in carrying the passengers and goods is more than 80% and 60% of the total passenger and freight movement respectively.
India has huge network of roads totalling about 46.90 lakh km. The road density in India at present is nearly 1.43 km per sq. km of area which compares favourably with many countries. Responsibility of development of this network rests with the Central Government, State Governments and local Government. National Highways (NH), having total length of 82,803 km, constitutes less than 2% of the total road network. However, these are the main arteries carrying more than 40% of the total road traffic. Development of NHs is the responsibility of the Central GovernmentGood and efficient transport infrastructure is an essential pre-requisite for the economic growth of a nation. It has been the endeavor of the Government to provide speedy, safe and efficient road transport network. It is recognized that modernisation of infrastructure is the key to attain higher GDP. India’s Transport sector as a whole contributes about 5.5% to the GDP, with road transport contributing the lion’s share. India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economy in the world. According to experts, India could unleash its full potential, provided, it improves the infrastructure facilities, which are at present not sufficient to meet the growing demand of the economy. To address emerging demand by catching up with the economic and social growth of the country, a massive Road development programme has been taken up in the country.
The National Highways Development Project (NHDP) is the flagship programme, for development of less developed areas, dedicated regional programmes like the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for the North-East (SARDP-NE) and the Special Programme for the Left Wing Extremism affected areas have also been taken up. Now, there are plans for building up Expressways in the Country. Three projects i.e. Eastern Peripheral Expressway in National Capital Region, Delhi - Meerut Expressway and Mumbai – Vadodra Expressway covering about 650 km are targeted during the current financial year. Planning for Bengaluru – Chennai and Delhi – Jaipur Expressways are also in advance stages. All these Expressways will be fully access controlled roads on green field alignment. To meet with the massive requirement of funds, innovative means of financing and financing strategies which inter alia include cess on fuel, private
sector participation including foreign investment, borrowing from the market as well as budgetary support have been adopted. A major step was to attract foreign as well as domestic investments through Public Private Partnership (PPP). Involving the private sector would lead to increasing efficiency with the help of using modern technology. The private sector has more flexible procurement and decision-making procedures and therefore, it can speed up implementation efforts. Allowing private sector to raise capital/funds has paved the way for the Government to use its scarce resources efficiently and effectively. Several new materials of road construction are also emerging that would need to be encouraged depending upon their cost effectiveness. For development of National Highways in the Country in the 12 five year plan targets to invest Rs 1,44,769 crores from budgetary support, Rs 64,834 crores from IEBR and Rs 1,87,995 crores from private sector participation.
Mode of Projects
The emphasis has been to take up progressively more and more infrastructure projects through private sector participation on BOT (Toll) basis so that more public funds are available for social sectors such as Health, Education, etc. However, it would not be practically possible to take up development of the majority of the highway stretches on BOT (Toll) mode. This has reflected in the recent trends of bidding when in majority of roads projects we could not get the favourable response. Accordingly, recently, Ministry has decided to take up road projects as turnkey Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contracts basis which would help to reduce construction time and is expected to improve quality of work as well. Also, in this system the objective to garner private sector efficiency is retained and the private entrepreneurs are free to use new technology to speed up their works
E-Tolling The experience on present tolling system is associated with congestion and delays at toll plazas. To overcome this, Government has decided adoption of Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system across National Highways in India, which would enable toll to be collected electronically from vehicles at toll plazas while the vehicle is in motion. Pilot projects have already been taken up in this regard which will pave way for nation-wide interoperable ETC at all the toll plazas on National Highways by 2014. New Materials Besides financing, such a mammoth development programme requires huge amount of natural resources. As such conservation of the material is area of concern for all. There is a need to save scarce physical resource like aggregates, sand, earth, cement, bitumen, etc. looking to huge programme of construction of highways in the country. On the other hand, the Nation is facing problem of the disposal & storage of industrial waste like fly-ash, copper slag, marble slurry, etc. Efforts are on in utilizing these waste materials in construction of roads through complete/partial replacement of conventional materials.
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