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Omar’s remarks on same sex marriages ‘misunderstood’: Kamaal
Srinagar, Dec 17: Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling about same sex marriages, Dr Mustafa Kamal National Conference (NC) additional general secretary Tuesday said chief minister Omar Abdullah’s remarks on the ruling have been misunderstood.“The same sex marriages are prohibited in Islam and that it is unlawful under Islamic jurisprudence. As far as we are concerned, we are bound by the Islamic laws and that the same sex marriages are a sin,” Kamal told KNS. He further clarified that Omar’s remarks on the apex court ruling were misunderstood as he (Omar) had only mentioned the same for other communities and not for the Muslims. “There are people of other faiths living in the country and Omar had mentioned only about them. Islamic laws can’t be applied to Non Muslims in the country.
Inside story House Committee on JAKFED Scam meets A meeting of House Committee (HC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council (constituted to look into alleged bungling and embezzlement of public money worth crore of rupees in JAKFED) was held under the Chairmanship of MLC, Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy here today Legislators, Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Naresh Kumar Gupta, Mr Ali Mohammad
New Delhi December 17:
LS to consider today
After much delay, the landmark Lokpal Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, marking a step closer to enactment of a new law under which an anti-corruption ombudsman would be set up. The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011, which has been pending in the House for the last two years, was approved by voice vote after a five-hour debate. Samajwadi Party, which was strongly opposed to such a measure, boycotted the House proceedings after staging a walkout as soon as the debate began Tuesday morning. The proposed law, aimed at dealing with the menace of corruption, will bring under its purview the Prime Minister with certain safeguards and other public servants. The Bill, which was already passed by the Lok Sabha in December 2011, will now be considered by the Lower House afresh on
On Edit Page Illegal felling of Walnut trees in the valley The environmental degradation in the whole of the world is causing many a problems not only for the world populace but for all living things including flora and fauna. Our state is also facing the same problem on many counts as the forests are being reduced to barren land and the trees in the plains are being cut in such a
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FORECAST FOR NEXT 24 HRS:
Weather will be mainly dry and cold over the state.
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Partly cloudy Sky with Haze. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around15°C & 01°C respectively.
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Wednesday as it has undergone a number of official amendments. The Bill was brought back to the Upper House after being considered by the Parliamentary Select Committee which recommended several amendments to make it widely acceptable among political parties. Among the amendments accepted by the government are delinking of the mandatory creation of Lokayuktas by the state governments, one of the provisions which had stalled the passage of the bill in December 2011. Replying to the debate, Law Minister Kapil Sibal said it was a historic day and hoped that all states would pass similar legislations to set up Lokayuktas modelled on this bill. “The Centre can’t give directions to the states,” he said, allaying apprehensions that the Union government was dictating. Sibal, who had initiated discussion on See Bill on pg 11
‘Constituted institutions, enacted legislations to curb the evil’ Says Muftis’ cannot fool people time and again Pulwama, December 17: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that his government equipped the people with required law-arsenal to wage war
Third Party Monitoring (TPM), e-procurement and e-tendering in the government departments”, he said and added that any citizen of the State can bring any functionary of the government under full public scan right from the Chief Minister to the lower official. “This is the visible anti-corruption initiative taken by my government which cannot be Srinagar, Dec 17: Several areas of South eclipsed by false propaganda”, he asserted. Kashmir’s Tral town witnessed spontaneWhile talking to people at Tral, Pulwama ous shutdown in the wake of National Conference workers meeting headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday. Reports said that Omar Abdullah presided over NC workers meeting near Hospital Road Tral. Scores of NC workers attended the meeting that was held at the residence of late NC leader Muhammad Subhan Bhat. Security was beefed in the area from Monday evening while all the shops and See Shutdown on pg 11
Spontaneous Shutdown’ in South Kashmir town
CM contests news reports about Tral shutdown
against corruption and nib this evil in the bud. “We empowered people legally to scan the government functionaries from Chief Minister to the lowest ranking official by reconstituting Accountability Commission (AC), constituting State Commission under Right to Information Act (RTI) and the Vigilance Commission (VC). We enacted Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA), put in place
and Khudwani in South Kashmir during the interaction meetings with various sections of the society and National Conference workers today, Omar Abdullah said that his government not only constituted independent institutions to keep vigil on government functioning but gave teeth to the defunct ones so that people are See Omar on pg 11
Taj takes on Beigh Asks him to worry about his own party Srinagar, Dec 17: Reacting to the recent statement of Senior Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leader Muzaffar Beigh, wherein he had stated that Congress in Jammu would be washed away due to Modi wave in the region, Congress Tuesday asked Beigh to ‘mind his own business’. “He should concentrate on his own work and must desist from commenting over the issues related to Congress. Before issuing any statement about Congress, Beigh should set his own house in order,” Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Congress senior leader and minister for medical education told KNS. He said: “Before commenting about our future perspective, Beigh sahib must strive for his own party and my only
appeal to him is not to worry for us.” Pertinently, senior PDP leader and former deputy chief minister, Muzaffar Beigh had said that Modi wave in Jammu may wash away congress in Jammu region in upcoming parliamentary and assembly polls. Commenting over the prepoll alliance ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary polls, Taj said, “The option (pre-poll alliance) is still open and the final decision could only be taken by the Congress high command. As far as the state Congress is concerned, we will submit our views after the complete assessment of the ground situation.” He elaborated further: “Alliance is always forged between the two groups after the mutually agreed terms so that the unity could remain for long.” See Taj on pg 11
Srinagar, Dec 17: Contesting about the news reports that South Kashmir’s Tral area observed shutdown on Omar Abdullah’s visit to the area, Omar Tuesday claimed that the area was abuzz with the activities and that the report about the strike is not true. Pertinently, several news reports were carried that a spontaneous shutdown was observed Tuesday in southern Tral See Contests on pg 11
Jammu, Dec 17: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has said 2014 offers an opportunity to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for changing political and governance systems in the state. She was addressing a well attending public meeting in Kalakote constituency of Rajouri district today. The party senior leaders Yashpal Sharma, Ch Zulfikar Ali, Muzzafar Baji, Abdul Qayoom Dar and local leader Shahzad Khan were present and spoke on the occasion. Mehbooba said the system in the state has remained hos-
Srinagar, Dec 17:
10th Class Hindi students stage protest against BOSE Demand re-marking of Hindi papers Srinagar, Dec 17: Scores of 10th class students who had appeared in Hindi subject Tuesday alleged that Board of School Education authorities have done great injustice to them by awarding minimum marks to them as a result their overall result got affected. BOSE declared the result of class 10 examination for
Kashmir division on Monday in which 70.58 percent students qualified. The students who had opted for Hindi subject alleged that BOSE lacks Hindu knowing qualified teachers as a result fair marking was not done. Scores of students along with their parents assembled at Press Enclave Srinagar and staged a protest against BOSE. The students said that not a single student was awarded A1 or A2 grade in Hindi See Hindi on pg 11
CET Paper leak scam Peer’s bail application rejected Srinagar, Dec 17 : The bail application of Mushtaq Peer former chairman of Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) and the main accused in Common Entrance Test (CET)-2012 paper leak scam was rejected by an anto corruption court here on Tuesday. Peer is presently lodged in central jail Srinagar on police remand. The scam was unearthed by the crime
Mehbooba predicts 2014 as end year of NC
‘Foundation stone laying an election gimmick’
Militant killed in Lolab Army on Tuesday claimed to have killed an unidentified militant in an encounter at Lolab sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district late this evening. Reports reaching Global News Service said that acting on a tip off, army’s 18, 28 Rashtriya Rifles and SOG cordoned off the upper belt of the Affan forest area Mehandiwali Behak, Lalpora in Lolab late this evening. As the troops started combing operations, the militants hiding in the forest area opened heavy fire upon forces, triggering a gun-battle, reports said. A senior army official told GNS that on the basis of specific intelligence input joint team of army and police cordoned off the See Militant on pg 11
We equipped people with anti-corruption law-arsenal: Omar
CS reviews Rural Drinking Water Program
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Takes stock of developmental works
Lokpal Bill gets RS nod
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Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Tuesday reviewed the implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) by State Water & Sanitation Mission (SWSM) at a high level meeting here.The financial and physical aspects of the program for the year 2013
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tage to the interests of a single party, which alone or in alliance, has been calling the shots without any serious challenge from within the system. That monopoly resulted in complete disempowerment of institu-
tions and corruption in political and government system. “Whether it is the mandate for high elected positions, admission to the professional courses, recruitment to class IV jobs or engagement of daily wagers or seasonal labours is on sale,” she said. Mehbooba said there is See Mehbooba on pg 11
branch recently and after some complaints poured in from the aggrieved candidates who could not make it to CET selection list 2012. Pertinently, the High Court has asked for the property details of Peer. And his defense lawyer is scheduled to argue his bail matter before the anti corruption court on Monday where his main arguments will focus on the Crime Branch’s jurisdiction to investigate such matter.
Kishtwar Riots Justice (Retd) Gandhi expected to submit his report this week Srinagar, Dec 17: Justice (Retd) R.C Gandhi heading the one-man Commission of Inquiry (CoI) constituted by the government to probe the August 9 riots in Kishtwar is likely to submit his final report this week. Reliable sources told KNS, that if Justice (Retd) Gandhi’s report exonerates Sajad Ahmad Kitchloo who had resigned as Minister of State Home, following the riots, the chief minister Omar Abdullah is likely to re-induct him in his council of ministers.
Kitchloo, had on August 12, tendered his resignation over the issue of Kishtwar violence saying: “Some political parties are trying to malign my name. I am innocent and have done no wrong.”Kichloo’s resignation had come after a strong demand from the opposition and an uproar in the Parliament after communal clashes in the region in which three people were reportedly killed. The chief minister Omar Abdullah had later ordered a timebound judicial See Riots on pg 11
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Bill...... the issue, said the law alone would not eliminate corruption but it could help deal with those who are corrupt. On the issue of bringing the Prime Minister under the purview of the new law, he said the overall consensus was in this favour although there were some “discordant individual views” disfavouring it. Government accepted all but three recommendations of the Select Committee. The accepted recommendations included not transferring a CBI official investigating a case referred by the Lokpal. The selection process of the Lokpal has also been changed. It now provides for appointment of the Lokpal by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader in Opposition in Lok Sabha and Chief Justice of India, besides an eminent jurist appointed by the President on their recommendation. Among the recommendations not accepted by the government was an accused public servant should not be given any chance to present his or her view before initiation of investigation. The government said the accused official should be given a chance to be heard before initiation of formal investigation but the suspense element would be maintained in case of search and seizure. CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury had moved an amendment to bring public-private-partnership (PPP) projects but it was defeated overwhelmingly by 151 against 19 votes. The passage of the Bill had become a mere formality as almost all parties, except SP, were in support. The urgency of pushing the Bill is seen in the context of the drubbing Congress faced in the just-held Delhi assembly polls at the hands of Aam Aadmi Party whose main plank was the enactment of Lokpal.Sibal sought to allay any apprehension over the new measure, saying there will be no element of government interference in investigation that would be carried out against corruption under the Lokpal. “I don’t think it is time to laugh or snigger... it is time for us to rise to the occasion,” said Sibal, who piloted the Bill in place of Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy who could not attend the proceedings because of his wife’s illness. He said the government intended to bring more legislations like Prevention of Corruption Bill to fight corruption and they could be passed if the House functions properly. Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley, while supporting the Bill, said he was happy that the government had accepted all the changes in “this changed environment”. He did not elaborate but was apparently referring to the drubbing Congress faced in the just-held assembly elections.
Militant...... area at 5.00 p m today and around 5:45 militants holed inside the forest area opened heavy fire upon the forces. “The fire was retaliated ensuing a fierce gun battle”. So far one militant has been killed and the operation is still going on, he said adding that 4 to 5 militants believed to be in the trap
Omar...... empowered to bring the corrupt to the book and help in bringing transparency in the functioning of the government besides making people legally empowered to demand public services delivery in a time bound manner. “My government by introducing PSGA in the State became among the top few States in the Country to have this kind of law in force for which various public agitations were spearheaded including the one by Anna Hazare asking the Parliament to enact the similar law in this regard”, he said and added that bringing all functions of the administration and all the functionaries of the government under full public scan is his endeavour and the task in this direction is continuous. “It is now up to the people to be pro-active to use the lawarsenal provided by my government to them to unearth corrupt practices and be masters of the situation by themselves”, he said maintaining that the coalition government during the last about 5 years have introduced and implemented historic and innovative initiatives to curb the corruption through the medium of common people. The Chief Minister said that to pull the State out of the morass of corruption it got wallowed during the tenure of PDP regime led by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was a difficult task for him to reverse, as such, he concentrated on
Elections of Agriculture Employees Association held Shahid Wani Elections of Agriculture Employees Association (J&K) for district Anantnag where held at district headquarter Anantnag in which Fida Mohammad was elected as district president of the association and Syed Tariq was elected as district secretary of the association. After the declaration of the results of the election speaking to media Farooq Ah Trali State
President of the association said that these elections are
being conducted in every district and so far we had elections in eight districts and the election in rest of districts in Kashmir provision will be done in the next upcoming week.
the issue through a different angle of involving people and strengthening the institutions as a right medium to curb the chances of corruption which started yielding positive results on ground.“PDP flourished corruption to such a degree that Jammu and Kashmir was tagged as the No. 2 corrupt State in the Country. Had this party continued to control the affairs of government it would have made Jammu and Kashmir No. 1 corrupt State in the world. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Azad that he put halt to the race of corrupt practices started by PDP in its regime in the State”, he said and added that his government introduced the mechanism of empowering people and strengthening institutions to nip this evil in the bud and made functioning of the government transparent and lucid.“I need not to remind you of the institutions my government constituted to curb the corruption and empower people legally to expose corrupt practices as you are already aware of these, but I refer these initiatives only to tell you to make best use of the laws and institutions your government created for you to keep vigil on the functioning of government and be whistle-blowers as also eradicators of corruption”, he said.
business establishments in and around Hospital Raod and Hamdania Colony remained shut. There was thin movement of traffic on the roads. A shopkeeper told CNS that the shutdown was spontaneous and they were not directed by any organization to observe the shutdown. “We did not shut for security reasons. Security officials were nice towards us but I can say that no shopkeeper turn up on Tuesday to open his shop,” a shopkeeper Shabir Ahmed said. Meanwhile, media personnel were not allowed to move towards the venue of the meeting. A Security official on condition of anonymity told CNS that they had informed about the presence of media to organizers but they bluntly refused to permit them to arrive at the venue,” he said.
probe into the violence.“I want the truth should come out. Chief Minister has ordered a judicial probe [by a retired High Court judge]. My conscience does not allow me to continue as a Minister till the probe files its findings,” Mr. Kichloo said in a press conference. He had said he was resigning for he didn’t want his presence to cast shadow on an independent probe. “Mr Omar Abdullah is my leader and I have full faith in him and above all I have an endearing faith in Almighty. Truth shall prevail and justice will be done,” he said.He had alleged that certain political parties were trying to malign his name by blaming him for the violence. “My electorate of Kishtwar vouch for my secular credentials. I am deeply hurt that for petty political ends some people have stooped so low as to accuse me of something I have not done.”On August 24, the state government had constituted a one-man Commission of Inquiry headed by Justice (retired) Gandhi to probe the Kishtwar communal clashes in which three persons died and dozens others were injured. According to a government order, the terms of reference for the Commission included enquiring into the circumstances which led to the violence and arson and the consequent loss of life and property in District Kishtwar. The commission was also supposed to enquire into the administrative lapses, if any, while handling the situation; and fix the responsibility of the persons, involved in acts of violence, arson and the loss of life and property.
Mehbooba..... no doubt that people are fed up with the misrule and corruption of the National Conference-led government and the wave of change sweeping other parts of the country has added to the momentum and urge for change in Jammu &Kashmir, as well. She said a dispassionate use of democratic right to vote can bring in a real change in the lives of the people and empower them to guide their own destiny adding that fortunately the young population of the state is increasingly realising that fact which could be the game changer in the next elections. She said the people of the state have now a clear choice available to them whether they want to continue with the lawlessness, darkness, repression and corruption of statusquo or give a decisive mandate to the PDP, which has established its honesty of intention and ability to deliver during its brief stint in power. She said PDP will never compromise on the rights of the people.
Sagar tours City areas, takes stock of developmental works Urges for availability of essentials
SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 17:
Township against the visit of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah. Omar while reacting to the news reports stated that the area during his visit on Tuesday was busy with the activities and that the reports about the shutdown being observed in the area are untrue. Omar while replying to one of his followers on social networking site, Twitter, about the reports of Shutdown in Tral area of South Kashmir said, “Actually surprisingly the town was buzzing with activity but why let the truth spoil a good story, no???”
The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today visited various city areas including Nowhatta, Ranger Stop, Nowpora and Khawaja Bazar and took stock of developmental works under execution in these areas. During his tour, Mr. Sagar while interacting with the people enquired
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subject. “B2 is the highest grade acquired by any Hindi knowing student. We are sure that BOSE has not done fair marking and it has played with our careers,” one of the female student told CNS. They said that it is unbelievable that not a single Hindi knowing student has acquired A1 or A2 grade. “We appeal BOSE to re-evaluate our Hindi papers and assign the task of marking to any highly qualified Hindi knowing teacher,” they said adding that most of the students of well-established schools have suffered on account of Hindi paper. When contacted, Secretary BOSE, Reenu Goswami told CNS that agitated students and parents should give a representation to her so that she would address their problem. “If their natter carries weight and reason, we will certainly go for re-marking of Hindi papers,” she said.
Taj..... While talking to KNS, Taj further mentioned that the state Congress is striving hard to identify the loopholes so that the forthcoming polls would not prove ‘disastrous’ for the Congress. “Sometimes people undermine rationality and turn to be emotional. We have to remain very cautious during this time.”
ConvaTec organizes a conference on ‘State of art management of diabetic foot’
Srinagar: ConvaTec, a world-leading developer of advanced and innovative medical technologies, organized a continuing medical education (CME) programme for practicing doctors at Srinangar. The programme was addressed by Dr. Rajiv Parikh, Chairman, Vascular surgery and endovascular sciences Medanta, The Medicity at Hotel Grand Mumtaz, MA Road, Nohata. The CME programme was held on the topic “State of art management of diabetic foot”. The programme was aimed at educating doctors about the need to understand how to maintain a healthy vascular system as people get older. Since degenerative vascular disease primarily affects the 50 + population, the number of vascular disease cases is expected to rise dramatically with advancing age. Vascular disease in all of its manifestation is a leading cause of death and disability including disabling amputation and major stroke. The CME programme highlighted that preventing amputation would mean saving more lives. A three pronged approach was adopted wherein the medical practitioners were told about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Best practices such as eating a balanced diet, no smoking, maintaining cholesterol and blood sugar levels and regular exercise were also brought to the fore in order to protect vascular health.
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SHER-I-KASHMIR INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, SOURA OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE ENGINEER, MECHANICAL NOTICE INVITING E.TENDERS NIT NO. 41 OF 2013-14 DATED. 14/12/2013
The e-tenders are invited on behalf of Governor J&K, State in tow cover system for the following works:Name of the Work:- Providing of medical gas facility to ward-1 to 7 & 1A to 7A areas of SKIMS. Estimated Costs;Rs. 22,03,602/Earnest money:Rs.44,100/Period of completion:3 months Last Date and Time of submission of bid:26.12.2013 (4.00PM) The bid forms and other details can be obtained from the website https://jkjenders.go.in from 16.12.2013.
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Taj while commenting over the triumph of Aam Admi Party in Delhi and the defeat of Congress in four major states in the recently held state elections, said that the state congress has to revise the strategy so that the party could make its representative character alive for the coming time. “From the ground workers to the leader of the top level, the state congress has to assess and analyze the ground situation.”
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Shrine. He enjoined upon the officers to work in unison and with more zeal and complete the project in stipulated timeframe so that devotees pay obeisance at the Shrine without any difficulty. The Minister directed the concerned agencies to ensure proper drainage and sewage system in the areas inspected during the visit and streamline the delivery system to provide satisfactory services to the people.
about their satisfaction regarding the facilities and basic amenities being extended to them. Mr. Sagar directed the officers to ensure availability of all essential commodities for consumer and basic amenities besides urged for supply of electricity strictly as per schedule. Mr. Sagar also visited the Shrine of Hazrat Naqashband Sahib (RA) and took stock of pace of ongoing work being executed for expansion of the
(Chairman District Level recruitment committee for class IV in Sheep Husbandry Department District Baramulla)
Provisional select list of candidates recommended for appointment against class iv posts in sheep Husbandry Department District Baramulla. Reference:- l/-This office advertisement No.DSHO/Bla/Estt/2012-13/3417-21 dated: 06.10.2012 2/-DSHO/Bla/Estt/2013-14/170-80. Dat d:-09.4.2013. 3/-DSHO/Blajtestt/2013-14/344-49. Dated:-18.4.2013. 4/DSHO/B!a/Estt/2013-14/1294-97/5leaves. Dated:-08.06.2013&DSHO/Bla/Estt/2013-14/1835-42. Dated:-23-07-2013 Selection Criteria: 10th =60 points 12th = 20 points Viva Voice= 20 points Assistant Stockman Category Open Merit 10th 12th Viva S.No Name Parentage Residance Out of %age pts. Out of %age pts. tot.pts G. Total Marks marks Voice Gonipora Chanpora 1 Ishfaq Ahmad Reshi Ali Mohd Reshi 429 500 85.8 51.48 598 750 79.73 15.95 67.43 16 83.43 Kunzer 2 Younus Mohammad Mushtaq Ah. Hajam Delina Baramulla 426 500 85.2 51.12 591 750 78.8 15.76 66.88 15.5 82.38 Takia Mamoosa 3 Muneebul Haq Farooq Ahmad Peer 411 500 82.2 49.32 599 750 79.87 15.97 65.29 16 81.29 Pattan 4 Inaytullah Parray Ab Hamid Parray Parray Pora Rfd. 410 500 82 49.2 608 750 81.07 16.21 65.41 15 80.41 5 Irshad Ahmad Khan Ghulam Ahmad Khan Khore Pattan 424 500 84.8 50.88 535 750 71,33 14.27 65.15 15 '80.15 6 Nazeer Ahmad Lone Ghulam Mohiud din Nowpora jagir 411 500 82.2 49.32 503 750 67.07 13.41 62.73 17 79.73 7 Syed Mudasir Ahmad Shah Syed Shamus Din Shah FerozporaTang. 407 500 81.4 48.84 535 750 71.33 14.27 63.11 16 79.11 S Mohamad Saleem LoRe Bashir Ahmad Lone Saloosa Kreeri 406 500 81.2 48.72 486 750 64.8 12.96 61.68 17 78.68 9 Bilal Ahmad Lone Bashir Ahmad Lone DevboughTang. 396 500 79.2 47.52 603 750 80.4 16.08 63.6 15 78.6 10 Showket Ahmad Cj..ie Ab Khaiiq Ganie Sherpora Pattan 412 500 82.4 49.44 586 750 78.13 15.63 65.07 13.5 78.57 11 Aqib Hussain wani Fayaz Ahmad Wani Kwaja Sahib Bla 414 500 82.8 49.68 400 500 80 16 65.68 12.5 78.18 12 Javid Ah Sheikh Gh Mohamad Sheikh Tarhama Pattan 408 500 81.6 48.96 528 750 70.4 14.08 63.04 14 77.04 13 Abid Rashid Hajam Ab Rashid Hajam DevbughTang. 408 500 81.6 48.96 465 750 62 12.4 61.36 15.5 76.86 14 Ishfaq Ahmad Hakeem Ab Gani Hakeem Andergam Pattan 393 500 78.6 47.16 553 750 73.73 14.75 61.91 14.75 76.66 Waiting List: 1 Jahengir Ahmad Lone M Ramzan Lone Lattishot Tujar 395 500 79 47.4 591 750 78.8 15.76 63.16 13.25 ■ 76.41 2 Zahoor Ahmad Malik Gh.Mohammad Malik Nowpora Jagir 384 500 76.8 46.08 413 600 68.83 13.77 59.85 16.5 76,35 Mohaiia Syed 1 3 Asif Rashid Ab Rashid Sofi 381 500 76.2 45.72 557 750 74.27 14.85 60.57 15.75 76.32 Karim Bla Category RBA: 10th Viva S.No. Name parentage/W/o Residance Out Of %age Points 12th OBT Out Of %age Points tot.pts ' G.TuDI OBT Voice Pariswani 1 Mehraj Din Reshi Gh Mohd Reshi 388 500 77.6 46.56 588 750 78.4 15.68 62.2 13.5 75,70 Tangmerg.
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12th OBT 288
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12th OBT 670
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12th OBT 443
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Mohd Maqbool Dar Bashir Ahmad Ganie Bashir Ahmad Shah
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Aijaz Ahmad Ahangar
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Gh Qadir Dar
IVI Rafiq Mir
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1. The select listof candidates for the post of Field man open merit category has not been finalized and is kept in abeyance as the case is sub judice in Hon'ble High Court of J&K. 2. The forma! appointment orders of the provisionally selected candidates recommended for appointment by the selection committee shall be issued by the competent Authority i.e Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir only after which the candidates shall be allowed to join in the office of the District Sheep Husbandry officer Baramulia. 3. The general merit list of the interviewed candidates is available in the office of District Sheep Husbandry officerBaramulia and on the departmental Web site (www. jksheephusbandrykas^rnjr.nic.in) for information of general public. DIPK: 11436 Sd/District Sheep Hiis&iib)ify0fficer,Baramulla (Chairman District level recViffiment committee for class IV Sheep Husbandry Department Baramulia)
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Measures afoot to improve living conditions in poor basties: Bhalla
Inaugurates free medical Ayurveda camp at Babliana JAMMU, DECEMBER 17: Reiterating Government’s commitment to provide better basic amenities to the people of the State, Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture Mr. Raman Bhalla today said that the Government has taken several innovative measures to improve living condition of the people especially those residing in poor basties of The Minister said Government the Government is to create adthe State. has earmarked Rs. 39 lakh for up- equate basic infrastructure across The Minister was addressing gradation of lanes and drains, in- the State. a large gathering after inspecting cluding construction of culverts Mr. Bhalla said that Governpace of progress on various devel- over drains in in the Babliana lo- ment has taken some bold and opmental works in Babliana area, cality. historical steps to revive overall here today. The Minister stressed upon the developmental profile of the State. News Kangan Khan He News Agency Mr. Bhalla said Lone fulfilling ofAgency concerned engineers and officers said sectorsGanderbal like PHE, health, people’s aspirations and developto redouble tourism, power Gulzar News Agency Souratheir efforts and acZahidR&B, Bookeducation, Depot Chadoora mental needs is top agenda of theAgency celerate pace of all ongoing works sectors have received Tariq News Hawal Bashiramong News other Agency Nowhatta Government. He assured the peo- in their respective jurisdictions. focus attention of the Government Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk ple that all their genuine demands He directed them to ensure use of adding ‘it was the only pro-people Abdullah Newsquality Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Lal Chowk and development needs would be material in execution of the policy thatAgency the masses at present Gupkari. News Agency Lal Chowk News Agency Gund Kangan fulfilled in a phased manner. works, adding that the objectiveRaina of benefited by quality education,
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Stringent laws imperative to check road accidents: Ch Ramzan
said that the government was seriously considering to bring in more stringent laws to check the growing rate of traffic accidents in the State, which not only consume human
deliberate on the possibilities to make these more stringent . Secretary, Transport, Secretary Law, IG Traffic, Transport Commissioner and senior officers of other
its member and these need to be checked by bringing in more stringent laws”, he said and added that enactment of new and stringent laws has become imperative to make the public transport operators and drivers accountable for the human lives.The Minister asked the concerned department to sit together and come up with recommendations as early as possible so that these can be incorporated in new laws.
healthcare facilities at their doorsteps. The Minister said to connect rural areas with urban pockets, the execution of several ambitious road projects worth crore of rupees are in apace across the State. He said keen attention is being also paid towards increasing power generation in the State, adding several macro, micro and mini power projects have been taken up for which besides State, the Centre is providing liberal fi-
J&K Agriculture Minister leads Indian Delegation to Spain
Discusses techniques for protected saffron cultivation with local scientists
VALENCIA, (SPAIN) DECEMBER 17The Indian Delegation headed by Agriculture Minister Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir which is on seven day visit to Spain to study the technologies being used by the host country in the production, post harvesting and quality control of saffron, this morning visited University of Castilla La- Mancha Albacetae and deliberated on various issues regarding the quality control of saffron. Besides the Minister, the meeting was attended from Indian side by, Managing Director National Horticulture Board, Mr R .K. Tiwari, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Mr Mushtaq Peerzada, Saffron Scientist, Prof Dr F.A.Nehvi, Deputy Director National Horticulture Board, Mr C.P.Gandhi, Mr Abdul Majeed a progressive saffron farmer from Kashmir and by Dr Amayai Zalacain, Dr Manual Carmona, Dr Alonso, Miss Miguel Valeso from Spain side. The delegation later visited the quality lab testing of the university. The delegation also held a meeting with Dr Rosa Victoria Molina, Professor Department of Plant Production Polytechnic University Valencia and discussed the techniques for protected saffron cultivation Earlier the delegation visited the saffron fields of “Ana Lenaa “De San Pedro, Parage vega La Retamosa villages in Albacetae and interacted with the farmers of Spain.
Mian Altaf for time bound forest clearance of Dev projects Asks officers to meet their bona-fide responsibilities sincerely
Kupwara, Principal Chief Conservator Forests, Chief Wildlife Warden, Chief Engineer, PMGSY, Kashmir, Chief Engineer, I&FC, Kashmir, Chief Conservator Forests, Kashmir, MD, SFC, Director Soil Conservation, Director FTF, Director Social Forestry and senior officers of other departments were also present in the
JAMMU, DECEMBER 17: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad today asked the Forest authorities to ensure that the development projects may not suffer for want of forest clearance and directed them to dispose all such cases in a time bound manner. He asked officers of forest department to work sincerely to meet their bona-fide responsibilities and extend every support to the district administration in taking forward the development projects coming up in a their respective districts. The Minister was reviewing the status of forest clearance process of various developmental projects of district Kupwara at an officers meeting here today. Minister for CA&PD, Chaudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Deputy Commissioner,
meeting.The meeting was informed that five schemes for construction of storage tanks have been approved under AIBP for Kupwara district and the cases for forest clearance stands submitted to forest department. The I&FC has received clearance of Ridden Sar Storage tank Kral-
Emphasises conjunctive use of surface water, groundwater, rainwater harvesting JAMMU, December 17 Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Tuesday reviewed the implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Program (NRDWP) by State Water & Sanitation Mission (SWSM) at a high level meeting here. The financial and physical aspects of the program for the year 2013-14 were discussed during the meeting. Commissioner Secretary PHE, Dr Pawan Kotwal apprised the meeting that Rs
236 Crore have been spent out of the available fund of Rs 374 Crore against the total annual outlay of Rs 712.67 Crore. Chief Secretary while reviewing the progress said that over the years significant interventions have been made to supply portable drinking water to the rural people; however it has also been observed that our traditional water bodies and streams have suffered collective neglect on account of this new alternate facility. Chief Secretary said that earlier every village had multiple sources of clean drinking water and clear streams would run through the middle of the village, adding that neglect, encroachment, disturbance to and around these natural water sources has resulted in huge damage to this natural water system that sustained our villages. Chief Secretary said that
Agri Fair in Goripora Eidgah
pora, while forest clearance of Rangwar, Baba Muqam and Syed Sheeraz schemes are awaited with forest department despite, the meeting was told. It was further informed that the survey of the sites selected for these projects were conducted jointly by Forest department, Irrigation Department and other concerned departments, the meeting was told. In case of Meeliyal Storage tank, the survey is yet to be conducted, it was informed. In R&B sector, it was informed that joint survey of Waddar-Bangus road has been conducted, while joint survey of Drangyari-Bangus and Gagal link road is yet to be conducted. Regarding construction of Zurhama-Jumgund road, it was revealed that work on the road has not been started so far as the trees identified have not been cut as yet.Earlier, Ch. Ramzan raised the issues of construction of SFC office, renovation of Environment Centre, repairs of BO Hut in Kandi, construction of Environment Park, declaring Machipora as wildlife sanctuary, besides establishment of separate Forest Circle in the district.
CS reviews Rural Drinking Water Program now our villages are dependent on single drinking water source that is mostly supplied through water pipes. He said in whatever we do under our various PHE Schemes, we have to move away from over dependence on this single drinking water source and supply to multiple sources, through conjunctive use of surface water, groundwater and rainwater harvesting besides encouraging water conservation methods including revival and rejuvenation of traditional water bodies. Earlier, Dr Pawan Kotwal said that under the revised guidelines the average per Capita water consumption standard in rural areas has been increased from 35 litres per day to 55 litres per day. As such, the villages which were earlier categorised as fully covered will now be categorised as partially covered.
nancial assistance to the State. Mr. Bhalla asked the officers to reach the people and solve their problems without any hindrances. He warned the officers against any laxity with regard to the solving of problems of the poor lot adding that any complaint in this regard would invite strict action against the delinquent officers and officials. Earlier, Mr. Bhalla also inaugurated free medical Ayurvedic Camp at Babliana. The camp organised by All India Kissan Sewa Sang. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister called upon the people to use Ayurvedic medicine as it is not any side effect. He appreciated the role played by All India Sewa Sang in arranging such a free medical camp in Babliana village. He emphasised upon their role of kissans in herbal products and in propagating Indian system of medicines especially Ayurveda. He stressed upon to use Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga to get rid of disease and especially dreadful diseases. He stressed upon the use of herbal plants.
Gul inaugurates Rs. 23 lakh stadium
Srinagar, December 17: The Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mubarak Gul said that agriculture is the backbone of state’s economy and government is taking many steps for its development.Mr. Gul was inaugurating agriculture fair organized by Department of Animal Husbandry in Goripora area of Eidgah constituency. He said that government has introduced many schemes for the benefits of farmers for their upliftment. He appealed them to come forward and avail the benefits of these schemes. He urged the farmers to work an extra mile to achieve self sufficiency not only in agriculture productions but also in vegetable cultivation, poultry and dairy production to strengthen the state’s economy. The Speaker said that establishment of a Vegetable Mandi in Eidgah suburbs is under active consideration of the government. He said that the government is strengthening the education infrastructure in Goripora and its adjoining areas by way of construction of more school buildings. Mr. Gul said that government has introduced many a schemes for education unemployed youth like SKEWPY, UDAAN and UMEED to overcome the unemployment problem in the state.Earlier, Mr. Gul inaugurated sports stadium at Goripora which has come up at a cost of Rs. 23 lakh.Later, the Speaker visited Gratabal area of Eidgah to take stock of arrangements being made for the rehabilitation of fire victims whose houses were damaged in the fire incident. He directed the district administration to arrange for blankets, utensils and other essentials from the Red Cross Fund for the fire victims. He assured them that government would take every possible step for their rehabilitation.
House Committee on JAKFED Scam
Suharwardy chairs meeting: panel asks for more details JAMMU, DECEMBER 17: A meeting of House Committee (HC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council (constituted to look into alleged bungling and embezzlement of public money worth crore of rupees in JAKFED) was held under the Chairmanship of MLC, Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy here today Legislators, Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Naresh Kumar Gupta, Mr Ali Mohammad Dar and Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah were present in the meeting. The committee discussed Threadbare the report of Pillai Committee constituted to probe the scamand the details of investigation besides action taken so far against those involved. Expressing displeasure over non-submission of some relevant records by the concerned JAKFED authorities, the Committee directed to submit the same in the next meeting
positively so further necessary action in this regard would be initiated. During the meeting Former Commissioner Secretary, Cooperative Department Mr. S. M. Fazlullah gave some vital information to the Committee. The Committee sought detailed information aboutthe transactions made by the officialsof JAKFED which form the part of the scam. It was also stressed upon the authorities to ensure submission ofproper records related to the matterto the Committee to enable it to complete the report in a stipulated time frame. Secretary, Cooperative, Mr. R. K. Koul, Managing Director, Cooperative, Mr. J. A. Shah besides Deputy Secretary, Legislative Council, Mr. Ishfaq Ahmed Wani and other senior officers of concerned department and Council secretariat were present in the meeting.
SRINAGAR | WEDNESDAY
18. 12 .2013
March 21-April 19
You might feel like doing something different today, Aries. Everyone needs a break from the regular grind and this is a good time to try something new. Perhaps you feel like varying your routine. If this is your day off, you might spend the day doing whatever strikes your fancy. Try a new wardrobe style. Go to a movie. Do something to spice up your life today.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Start your day writing in a journal, Taurus. This provides an avenue to communicate and connect with your inner being. Things you need to do, ambitions, and even challenges can appear while you’re writing, providing a map that you can follow. Even if starting is difficult, stick with it. The words will come if you give it a chance. It can make your day much easier.
Gemini May 21-June 21
You might find it hard to get going, Gemini. Taking direction could rub you the wrong way, especially if you’re set on doing something different. Communicate your ideas and how you want to approach things rather than let irritation get to you. Your approach will be better received if you leave emotions out of it. You may even get kudos for staying calm and collected.
Cancer June 22-July 22
You might feel cheerful and generous today, Cancer. Helping others will probably suit you, and matters will move along smoothly. If there are outstanding projects from earlier, tackle them first. It’s an opportune time to get caught up on challenges. Don’t hesitate to lend a hand if you’re approached or notice someone in need. This will benefit them as well as you.
July 23-August 22 Make an effort to connect with someone you miss today, Leo. Even if it feels painful at first, you’ll feel a lot better once you do. Pick up the phone, write a note, or send an email. Let the person know you miss and care about him or her. Expressing yourself is often far better than stuffing your feelings. The person may be missing you just as much.
August 23-September 22
Today may be a time of heightened reasoning and judgment for you, Virgo. What a great way to get things done! Pull out unfinished projects and get going. Tackle issues or problems that have surfaced recently by facing them directly. Make the most of this day’s energy by thinking about ways to do things more efficiently. Be confident that you can handle anything.
September 23-October 23 Feed your mind today, Libra. The day’s energy supports growth and expansion, so why not see about learning about something you’re interested in? Challenge yourself by reading or taking a class. There are plenty of online subjects to engage you. Find something that interests you that you can do in your own time.
October 24-November 21 You’re more into socializing today than anything else, Scorpio. This could be great providing you don’t have a heavy workload. See who’s available and go for it. If you need to get something done, you’ll have to resist the temptation to chat too long. Use breaks for this and keep your focus on getting done what you’ve taken on. There’s always the evening to get together with friends.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
You may find it hard to admit that you can’t do everything, Sagittarius. There are some jobs that you aren’t cut out to do. Why pretend when a better option would be to delegate the task to someone else? If you don’t feel a strong connection with something or someone, don’t force it. Pretending that you’re capable of something will only cause frustration for you and everyone else.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Don’t be surprised if you’re pensive, Capricorn. It’s one of those days when daydreaming can happen more readily. Your imagination may also be at a peak. Rather than fighting this so you can be more productive, jot your ideas down. It may be to your advantage, as better and innovative ways of doing things can pop into your mind. Take time to ponder. It can bring great results.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Chatting with your loved ones may be more appealing to you today than any other day, Aquarius. It may be important to curb this desire if there are many things that need your attention. If you’re at home, don’t spend all your time on the phone or loafing. Consider tending first to things that need to get done. Socializing will be far more enjoyable without guilty feelings about what you should be doing.
February 19-March 20 Pisces, you can expect to feel a little more energetic today. In fact, you may run circles around everyone. What a great way to start the day. Head out with the confidence that you can easily handle anything that comes your way. Take time to enjoy the company of others as much as possible. If there are meetings on the agenda, handle them right away.
Editorial/Opinion The Daily
Zabarwan Times Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Illegal felling of Walnut trees in the valley
he environmental degradation in the whole of the world is causing many a problems not only for the world populace but for all living things including flora and fauna. Our state is also facing the same problem on many counts as the forests are being reduced to barren land and the trees in the plains are being cut in such a way that it is not for when the state will become a cold desert. The majestic Chinar tree has been felled in hundreds and efforts of planting new Chinar trees have hardly yielded desired results. From Uri to Anantnag hundreds of Chinar trees standing like royal kings on both sides of the road have gradually vanished and one does not find now any such tree even in those places where it was grown in dozens. Similarly once forbidden the mulberry trees which were also in large numbers in the valley have been massacred by those greedy people who have no consideration about the importance of these trees. It is because of the blind felling of mulberry trees that the ultimate business of silk weaving has come down to zero as the weavers do not get proper raw material and of course then the proper marketing. After these two kinds of trees were removed the greedy smugglers are now after walnut trees which is being felled indiscriminately in every nook and corner of the valley. Though there is a ban on felling of walnut trees but who cares in Kashmir? No authority or officer is exercising his writ and powers to create a kind of control on the illegal felling of the walnut trees as the elements responsible in it are greasing the palms of the concerned officials. The walnut timber is in great demand as it is used to make costly furniture and decoration items which have a great market in and outside the state. However this does not mean that we allow to finish up all our walnut trees and stop producing walnuts which too have a good market and fetch very good prices for the people who grow them. It is imperative for the government to launch a campaign against the illegal felling of walnut trees so that the valley will not loose them as it has lost majestic Chinar and vital mulberry trees.
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Thermal power plant coal supply to improve with expansion of inland water transport mode
ransportation of cargo through waterways has been in vogue in many parts of India since ancient times. Regular movement of powered vessels carrying daily needs to various destinations through rivers across the country, especially through River Ganga and River Brahmaputra was very prominent. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Inland Water Transport is considered to be the back bone of transport link between mainland of India and NE Region and has been a life line for supply of essential commodities between Kolkata and Allahabad on Ganga and between Kolkata and Guwahati through GangaBrahmaputra routes since those days. Inland Water Transport is widely recognized as a cost effective, fuel efficient, and environment friendly mode of transport and is also the most suitable mode for transportation of bulk cargo, Over Dimensional Cargo and hazardous goods. As per National Transport Policy Committee Report (1980), the approximate length of navigable waterways in the country was 14,500 km. Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) was formed in October 1986 for development and regulation of inland waterways. Primary function of IWAI is development of National Waterways for shipping & navigation by creating Inland Water Transport (IWT) infrastructure, to make them a commercially viable mode of transport. National Waterways are declared by the Parliament through specific Acts and come under the purview of Union Government/IWAI. Other waterways remain in the purview of respective State Governments. On some stretches of waterways in Goa and Mumbai (which are tidal waterways) substantial IWT cargo movement takes place. There are five National waterways (NW) as of now, namely: (i) Ganga (Allahabad-Haldia-1620 km)-NW-1, declared in 1982 (ii) Brahmaputra (Dhubri – Sadiya -891 Km) – NW-2 declared in 1988 (iii) West Coast Canal (Kottapuram – Kollam) along with Udyogmandal and Champakara Canals– (205 km) – NW-3 declared in 1993 (iv) Kakinada-Puducherry canals along with Godavari and Krishna rivers (1078km) -NW-4 declared in 2008 (v) East Coast Canal integrated with Brahmani river and Mahanadi delta (58 8 km) – NW-5 declared in 2008 Declaration of one more waterway i.e. Lakhipur- Bhanga stretch (121 km) of Barak river in Assam, as NW-6 is under consideration of the Government. IWT infrastructure is being developed on first three National Waterways (NW-1, 2 & 3).
For National Waterways- 4 & 5 which were declared in November 2008, preparation of Detailed Project Reports has been completed. IWT & Kolkata Kolkata has always been a very important inland water transport hub for eastern and north-eastern India. Even during pre-independence era, a proper berthing jetty was constructed by the colonial rulers here and was named as Garden Reach Jetties. These jetties however outlived their life and became defunct in 1980s.The Haldia- Allahabad stretch of River Ganga – BhagirathiHooghly system was declared as National Waterway – 1 in 1986 and since then Inland Waterways Authority of India has been developing and maintaining IWT infrastructural facilities including loading / unloading facilities at various locations on this National Waterway which passes through the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Two major ports viz. Kolkata Port and Haldia Port are connected wi th the waterway. Kolkata is also an important Inland Water Transport (IWT) hub for transportation of various cargo by IWT mode, not only for these States on the Ganga but also for the entire North Eastern Region. National Waterway-1 is linked to the North Eastern Region through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route via Bangladesh connecting the National Waterway – 2(Brahmaputra) and the proposed National Waterway – 6, the river Barak. As of now, this Protocol is valid up to 31st March, 2014. In the year 2004, IWAI established a floating terminal in BISN area of Kolkata from where regular export of fly-ash is made to Bangladesh through IWT mode every year. In addition to fly-ash, Over Dimensional Cargo (ODC), foodgrains, fertilizers, bitumen etc. are identified cargo for regular movement to various destinations along the National Waterway– 1, to Bangladesh and North East. There is also potential for movement of containers on NW-1. A recent study conducted by M/s RITES has projected IWT traffic of 1.5 million tonnes by 2018-19 and 3 million tonnes by 2031-32 at Kolkata Considering the volume of Cargo and the importance of Kolkata as a transport hub, IWAI has taken on long term lease 4.5 hectares of land from Kolkata Port Trust in this area covering BISN, GR Jetty-1 and GR Jetty-2 for development of a multi-modal modern IWT terminal. This area has total river frontage of about 470 m which is a great asset from navigation point of view. As a part of this IWT complex, IWAI has constructed a
permanent RCC jetty at GR jetty-2 at a cost of Rs. 38.47 crore through the Central Public Works Department. The jetty has been designed for mechanical handling of cargo and the terminal has road connectivity with State Highway and a water front of 210 meters. Cargo Movement Cargo movement by IWT mode has generally been showing increasing trend over the years with increase of 54% between 2004-5 and 2011-12. The overall cargo movement through IWT went up from 45.6 million tons in 200405 to 70.30 million tons in 2011-12, but declined to 34.60 million ton in the year 2012-13 due to shutting down of iron ore mining activity in Goa by the order of Supreme Court of India. Budgetary Outlay Plan outlay for IWT sector has been increasing since 11th plan. In 12th Plan the outlay for IWT sector is expected to be Rs. 1500 crore which is about 2.4 times that of 11th Plan outlay of Rs. 560 crore. There is a Central Plan Scheme providing 100 % grant to the States for development of IWT infrastructure on any waterway of the North East. For othe r States, Centrally Sponsored Scheme has been discontinued by the Planning Commission from 1st April, 2007. However Planning Commission has suggested that all the States can request for funds in their Annual Plans for IWT development. Under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme, 35 projects of 15 States (Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Ke rala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Orissa, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) costing Rs 107 cr were sanctioned by the Central Govt during 10th Plan. NTPC Coal Movement Project NTPC’s power plants at Farakka and Kahalgaon require imported coal amounting to more than 5 million tonnes per annum (MMTPA) which is brought through Paradip and Haldia ports. But due to capacity constraints of railways, these power plants regularly face shortage of coal. Further, due to low depth available at Haldia port, bigger ocean going vessels cannot come there due to which, 70% of imported coal is received at Paradip port and from there it is transported by railways. Both these power plants are located along Ganga river (NW-1) quite close to the river bank. IWAI had been working with NTPC on the project of transportation of imported coal by IWT mode from Haldia to Farakka and Kahalgaon. In July 2010, NTPC gave written commitment of transportation of 3 MMTPA of imported
coal from Haldia to Farakka by IWT mode for a period of seven years. Thereafter IWAI and NTPC developed a project envisaging total investment from private sector. After open competitive bidding M/s Jindal ITF Ltd. were selected as operator and the project has been commissioned recently. NTPC has a dedicated railway line between Farakka and Kahalgaon power plants. Hence it is likely that they may transport further 3 MMTPA of imported coal for Kahalgaon power plant to Farakka by IWT mode under the same project. Since there are several existing thermal power plants along Ganga and many more are going to come up, success of this pioneering project may pave way for many more projects for transportation of coal on NW-1 and possibly on other National Waterways as well and may also become a catalyst in reviving the inland water transport mode in the eastern and north-eastern parts of the country. IWAI has also identified a few more cargo specific projects with private sector investment for transportation of 3 MMTPA coal for NTPC’s power plant at Barhin Bihar; Transportation of 0.5 MMTPA coal for NTPC’s power plant at Bongaigaon in Assam; Transportation of food grains of FCI by IWT mode in Kolkata-Tripura (through Ashuganj); and within NW-2 (north banks); Andhra Pradesh to Tripura and transportation of fertilizers on NW-1. Kaladan Multimodal Transport Project This project was conceptualized by the Ministry of External Affairs to provide alternative connectivity of Mizoram with Haldia/Kolkata ports through Kaladan river in Myanmar. The project envisages Coastal Shipping/ Maritime Shipping from Haldia to Sittwe, IWT; From Sittwe to Paletwa (in Myanmar) and there after road from Paletwa to Mizoram. It is piloted and funded by the MEA at a cost Rs 342 crore. Construction of Sittwe port is in progress, about 50% work has been done upto March 2013, and the work is likely to be completed by June, 2014. Encouraged by the successful completion of project of transportation of imported coal by IWT mode from Haldia to Farakka, IWAI and NTPC have developed another similar project for transportation of 3 million tonnes per year of imported coal from Haldia to Barh power plant of NTPC which is also located on Ganga river, about 60 km downstream of Patna. This will encourage private investments in this booming sector where government has s ubstantially increased budget support.
BARC Research Programme in Agriculture
huge amount of energy is released by splitting an atom. This energy can be utilized for various peaceful applications. 'Nuclear agriculture' is one such important sector having a major societal impact. Nuclear Agriculture and Biotechnology Division (NABTD) of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is involved in broad based research programme in agriculture and allied areas. Nuclear agriculture involving mutation and recombination breeding is one of the core areas of such research. Development of biopesticides for integrated pest management, nutrient formulation for improved fertilizer use efficiency, research on bioregulators, biosensors, and agro-processing are some other areas of research. Improved Crop Varieties Using radiation induced mutations and hybridization, 41 crop varieties such as groundnut, mungbean, blackgram, pigeonpea, soybean, cowpea, mustard, sunflower, rice and jute have been developed and released for commercial cultivation in different agroclimatic zones in the country. These varieties are endowed with one or more of improved characters such as higher yield, earliness, large seed size and are stress-resistant. Mutation and recombination breeding in wheat and rice is also being carried out to improve yield and disease resistance. A late
Micropropagation protocols have been radionucleides, nitrate, phenol and TBP developed for banana, sugarcane, besides bio-nanotechnology and grapes, pineapple, potato, turmeric and molecular dynamic simulations for ginger. Technology for tissue culture understanding protein solvent interacproduction of banana has been trans- tions. ferred to Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Soil Science and Insect Pest Management Puducherry and the Maharashtra State Farmer friendly soil organic carbon Seed Corporation, Akola. detection kit for the analysis of soil Enzymes and Micro-biotechnology organic carbon on field has been developed and technology transferred for commercial production. Phosphorus Nuclear Agriculture and Biotechnology fertilizer formulation using single super phosphate, phosphoric and bio-sludge of Division (NABTD) of the Bhabha Atomic molasses based distilleries and zinc fertilizer formulation using zinc Research Centre (BARC) is involved in broad sulphate heptahydrate and bio-sludge of molasses based distilleries having slow desorption as compared to most based research programme in agriculture prevalent fertilizers like single super phosphate and zinc sulphate have been and allied areas. Nuclear agriculture developed. ‘Nisargruna’ Biogas Technology A biogas plant named "Nisargruna" has involving mutation and recombination been developed to process kitchen waste. Digested slurry from this plant breeding is one of the core areas of such has good fertilizer value for crops. The biogas plant has the ability to process research. other forms of organic wastes like presoaked grass and even shredded paper. various Central and State Government Research and development is under- Various Nisargruna plants have been Institutions, seed corporations and taken on techniques for immobilization commissioned across the country and NGOs. The societal impacts of these of biocatalyst and multi-enzyme are functioning satisfactorily. The varieties are reflected in terms of their complex, production of enzymes and biogas technology is rapidly gaining enhanced popularity, productivity and downstream processing, bi osensors, popularity and acceptance from the bioremediation of organic and inorganic municipal corporations for disposal of extensive cultivation. p o l l u t a n t s l i k e h e a v y m e t a l s , municipal waste. Plant Biotechnology flowering mutant in Sesbania has been developed with the potential to produce more biomass under short day conditions and is an excellent material for green manuring. The deployment of crop technology and large scale production of breeder seeds of these released varieties is being undertaken through linkages with
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