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Pattan, September 17: Two militants were killed in an encounter at Goshbug, Loolipora in Pattan on Tuesday. A police spokesman said that the militants were hiding in the house of one Mohammad Maqbool Dar when the security forces consisting of 29 RR and SOG Pattan cordon off the area. Soon after an encounter took place resulting in the death of two militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahidin identified as Bilal Ahmad Bhat and Mohammad Yaqoob Sofi residents of Palhallan, Pattan. Two AK riffles and some other ammunition has been recovered from the site of encounter.

1 arrested with charas in Baramulla Srinagar, September 17: Baramulla police laid a nake checking at Palhallan, Pattan. During the checking at the naka one person was found moving in suspicious conditions. He was apprehended and during his search a polythene bag containing about 700 grams of charas was recovered from his possession. The arrested person was identified as Ali Mohammad Hajam son of Bakir Hajam resident of Dangerpora. Police Station Pattan has registered a case FIR number 235/2013 under section 8/20 NDPS Act in this regard.

EO suspended for not reporting to SSRB exam supervision Srinagar, September 17: Authorities on Tuesday placed a senior officer under suspension for not turning up to supervise the written test conducted by SSRB. Deputy Commissioner Anantang Farooq Ahmad lone told KNS that Bashir Ahmad Nanda, Executive officer did not report for collecting the material for the centre no. 21 for which he was appointed as coordinator. “The officer was supposed to collect the material which he failed to do. Therefore he has been placed under suspension.” Lone told KNS. Earlier SSRB chairperson Shugufta Parveen had conveyed to deputy commissioner about the absence of the officer.

Lady electrocuted in Srinagar Srinagar, September 17: A lady Mehbooba wife of Ghulam Hassan Ronga resident of Khand Bawan, Nawakadal, Srinagar got electrocuted at her home. She was shifted to SMHS hospital where expired. Srinagar police has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC in this regard. The body was handed over to her relatives for last rites.

6 Injured in road mishaps Srinagar, September 17: Six persons including five CRPF jawans were injured in different road accidents in Valley. See Injured on Pg. 11



Weather will be mainly dry over the state.


Mainly clear sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 27°C & 11°C respectively.



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JCC defers strike call after meeting with Cabinet Sub Committee Government was on back foot: JCC No commitment on increase in retirement age: Taj

Srinagar, September 17: In an effort to break the impasse on the various demands including the increase in retirement age, Government on Tuesday held a marathon meeting with Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) the apex body of the state government employees spearheading the agitation prompting them (JCC) defer the proposed strike beginning from Wednesday for ten days upto 27th of September. The JCC however cautioned that if there wasn’t any breakthrough in the next meeting scheduled on 27th of this month, they would be forced to announce next round of agitation

which according to them would be much harsher and exemplary. The Government however made it clear that it won’t bow down by the intimidation from JCC and said the court had already banned the agitations on

this issue and anything like that would be a ‘contempt’ of court. Addressing a Press conference here, JCC leaders Ab. Qayoom Wani, Ab. Gafoor Dar, Rouf Ahmad and Mohammad Ashraf Bhat said that they had a fresh

Lift curfew within 24 hours or will march to Shopian: Mirwaiz Srinagar, September 17: In a worst depiction of despotic rule, state authorities on Tuesday arrested APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with other Hurriyat leaders when they were leaving for Shopian to meet the relatives of Gagran victims and meeting the people of the area who are under curfew from past 11 days. In a statement to KNS after convening the joint meeting of APHC general and executive council and meeting three member team of Candian High Commission, Mirwaz was about to

leave for Shopian along with Hurryat leaders when a large number of policemen appeared on the scene, cordoned hurriyat headquarters, and arrested him and other party members. Speaking to media on the occasion, Mirwaiz said that if curfew was not lifted from Shopian in next 24 hours, hurriyat would appeal people to march towards Shopian. He further asserted that people of Shopian have been kept devoid of even basic daily needs like food and medicine. He said they would not be left at the mercy of gun totting Indian troops.

Terming imposition of curfew as a worst form retributive politics, he denounced the government for imposing continuous curfew in Shopian. He said force and oppression can’t keep away Kashmiris from realizing their dream of Freedom. He said military oppression and occupation in Kashmir is an eye opener for those who are talking about the so called normalcy in Kashmir. Other leaders who were arrested along the APHC chairman by the police are Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, See Mirwaiz on Pg. 11

Jammu, September 17: Pakistani troops on Tuesday fired at Indian positions in Mendhar sector on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, in yet another violation of the bilateral ceasefire, a defence spokesman said. "Pakistani troops fired at our positions in Mendhar sector of the LoC today (Tuesday) morning," defence spokesman Col. R.K. Kalia said. "They used small arms, automatics and infantry mortars to target our positions. Our

troops retaliated with same calibre weapons. "The firing started at 8.40 a.m. and till last reports came in, exchange of fire was still going on," he said. Pakistan has been violating the ceasefire since Sunday in Poonch district. A ceasefire agreement signed by the two neighbours in November 2003 had brought normalcy in the lives of thousands of people living close to the border. India has accused Pakistan of unprovoked violation of the ceasefire See Ceasefire on Pg. 11

round of talks with the government on Tuesday in civil secretariat which lasted for two and a half hours during which all the issues were discussed in a cordial manner which has See JCC on Pg. 11

Srinagar, September 17: Curfew continued for the 11th consecutive day in Shopian town on Tuesday, following clashes after the killing of five persons in CRPF firing on September 7.Police and paramilitary CRPF men, wearing riot gears and armed with sophisticated weapons, were deployed in Shopian, and other adjoining villages to foil any attempts of protests by locals, reports said. “Eye witness told KNS that all the entry and exit

Member Parliament, Mr. Kacho Hassan Khan Tuesday urged people to empower themselves with information and education about various socio-economic development programmes being implemented by both State and Central governments. He said that programmes like Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign have revolutionized the country and proved to

points leading to Shopian town and towards the residential areas were completely sealed. Even though there has been no incident of violence in last three days, the authorities have been reluctant in easing the restrictions,” said residents of Shopian town. They said police and CRPF had erected barricades and bunkers at many places and people were not allowed to venture out. The residents of Shopian alleged that CRPF men went berserk and barged into several houses, ran-

Srinagar, September 17:

bodies, wetlands, meadows, pastures, mountains and places of charming beauty which need focussed attention for conservation. Minister for Forests, Mian Altaf Ahmad, legislator, Er. Rashid, Chief Secre-

Education must for progress, dev of people: Hassan Khan Kargil, September 17:

be an effective tool to reach out to the people with information about welfare schemes in rural and far flung areas like Kargil.He was speaking on the 2nd day of the Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign underway here since September 16.Mr. Khan expressed hope that PICs provide opportunity to the people to have direct communication with the departments & agencies implementing these schemes.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Kargil Fida Hussain said that Kargil has achieved 76% literacy rate due to SSA, MDM, RMSA & Right to Education (RTE) programmes under implementation in the district. He called for organizing such programmes in the district in future also.The MP & Deputy Commissioner hailed the role of local print & electronic media in disseminating information about

Addresses NC District Committee Anantnag Srinagar, September 17: Chief Minister and Working President of National Conference Omar Abdullah Tuesday highlighted the sacrifices made by J&K National Conference (NC) and its leadership time and again in the larger interests of the people of the State. “NC and its activists have withstood so many onslaughts and challenges particularly during the period of disturbance, but it came out victorious and stronger for the fact that it lives in the minds and hearts of the people”, he said and asked the workers to nurture the high principles of NC and always stand for the public

cause. “Despite many attempts by some elements to weaken and damage National Conference even using force against its workers, NC has emerged stronger and firm on its principles, and its workers stood like a monolith”, he said adding that NC flag is upmast in every village, every area and every region of the State vindicating the popularity of the party. Addressing the office bearers of NC Anantnag District here, the Chief Minister said that power has never been the objective of NC, but public service is the only benchmark of the functioning of See Omar on Pg. 11

Three member Govt. team visits Shopian

Calls for preserving State’s rich fauna

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said that wildlife infuses life in the natural grandeur and heavenly beauty of Jammu and Kashmir and stressed the need for preserving and protecting rich fauna of the State. Chairing the 3rd meeting of State Board for Wildlife (SBW), the Chief Minister who is also the Chairperson of the Board said that Almighty has bestowed Jammu and Kashmir with rare fauna, flora, water

NC lives in minds, hearts of people: Omar

Curfew continues in Shopian for the 11th day

Wildlife vital for human existence: CM

Pakistan troops violate ceasefire again


Govt. to provide ample job opportunities to youth

Top 10 food myths busted

Loses the argument on Twitter

2 militants killed in Pattan village



various socio-economic developmental schemes. Mr. Khan & Mr. Hussain also inspected the stalls put up at the venue of the campaign and expressed their happiness over participation of large number of state & central Government departments in the campaign which helped them to reach out to the common people. Earlier, the Member Parliament & Deputy Commissioner flagged See Education on Pg. 11

tary, Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, Director General of Police, Ashok Prasad, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, B.B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Atul Duloo, Commissioner Secretary See CM on Pg. 11

sacking household goods and thrashed the inmates. “Shops, schools, offices and Petrol outlets remained closed while traffic was off the roads,” reports said. “Heavy deployment of police and CRPF was put in place in the town. “Theirs is a regular phenomenon to harass the locals since 2010. In the past they have been involved in killing of civilians,” said a local resident. “Anytime an incident takes place they barge into the houses and resort to thrashing of inmates and ransacking of

locals.”local resident told KNS. Deputy Commissioner (DC), Shopian, Bashir Ahmad Bhat when contacted told KNS, “Curfew remained enforced on Tuesday to stop any untoward incident”. He said, however, district administration is facilitating the movement of essential commodities, medicines and baby food. “We are facilitating the movement of patients to hospitals and even those who need to buy essentials See Curfew on Pg. 11

Attendants protest against over charging in Kangan Kangan, September 17: Scores of patients and attendants staged a protest in the premises of Primary Health Centre Kullan, Kangan on Tuesday alleging that Paramedical staff on the behest of doctors are charging extra amount on OPD tickets. Protestors said that everywhere in Kashmir Valley, Rs 2 are being charged for the OPD ticket from the attendants. “But here, situation is different. Instead of Rs 2, attendants are being asked to pay Rs 5 which is injustice towards us,” one of the protestors told CNS.

Protestors alleged that Para-medical in league with doctors are making use of fake rubber stamp to loot the people. “You can see how these employees after receiving Rs 5 instead of Rs 2 mark the tickets with fake rubber stamp. So many patients visit this PHC and these people have find a noval way to befool the people,” Ghulam Nabi said. Chief Medical Officer, Ganderbal, Dr Mehmooda Kar told CNS that she would look into the matter and initiate action against the guilty. “We charge Rs 5 for See Protest on Pg. 11

J&K Bank holds financial literacy camps Srinagar, September 17: J&K Bank organized various financial literacy camps wherein people were informed about basic financial management and counseled regarding various ways to avail credit from the banks under various schemes. Kupwara Camps FLCC Kupwara in collaboration with bank’s business unit at Vilgam and Lead Bank Office Kupwara organized a financial literacy camp at Dhingroo

Vilgam, a far flung hamlet mainly inhibited by farmers and other backward

tribes. The camp was attended by people representing almost all the sections of the

society. Facilitator FLCC Kupwara educated the audience about the management and importance of money and advantages of savings with and borrowings from the banks for economic development of the area. Head business unit Vilgam also spoke on the occasion. Few such camps were held at Badrapayeen in Kralgund and Majeedabad in Magam Handwara. At Badrapayeen, the camp was held in Government See Bank on Pg. 11


11 Wednesday, 18 September 2013 Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani, District President Mohammad Akbar Ganai, former Minister From Front Page........ Anantnag, Abdul Rashid Shaheen and various senior leaders, all


prompted the JCC leadership to defer the proposed strike scheduled from Wednesday for 10 days. “We are meeting again on 27th of September and are hopeful that something concrete would come out in the meet.” said JCC leaders. They however cautioned that if government did not come up with a positive response in the next meeting, the employees would be forced to take the confrontational approach again. Government was represented by all the members of the cabinet subcommittee including Finance Minster Ab. Rahim Rather, Rural Development Minister Ali Mohamad Sagar, Medical Education Minster Taj Mohi ud din, Flood Control Minster Sham Lal Sharma, Planning Minster Ajay Sadhotra, Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah B.B Vyas, Principal secretary Home Suresh Kumar, planning Commissioner B.R Sharma, and secretary GAD Mohammed Ashraf bukhari. Meanwhile JCC leader and teachers forum president Ab. Qayoom Wani told KNS that the JCC had gone in the meeting with a one point programme that of implementation of the agreement the state government had already reached with the JCC which include the demands of the increase in the retirement age, pay anomaly and the regularization of casual laborers. “The meeting was positive but it seemed that the government had not taken the issue seriously which could be the reason behind the delay in the implementation of the agreement, but we are now hopeful that it (Govt.) will come up with the implementation decision.” Wani told KNS, adding that the Government went on back foot in the meeting owing to its negligence and non seriousness in implementing the already signed agreement with JCC. “We have given them 10 days more before we meet on 27th of sep. again at 4 pm and if they fail again to deliver, we would announce the next round of agitation on the same day” said Wani. The government however seem to have other designs. Senior member of the cabinet subcommittee and Medical Education Minster Taj Mohi-ud-din told KNS that the government had never conceded to the demand of an increase in the retirement age neither was any mention of it in the agreement. “Which agreements they are talking about we have never made a commitment regarding the increase in retirement age. We just said that we will consider it sympathetically.” Taj told KNS. He added that though the government believed in the reconciliatory approach, yet it would not in any case succumb to pressure. “We can’t be cowed down by their warnings, government is after all a government, you can’t take it for a ride.” Said Taj while reacting to the JCC warning of taking to confrontational rout again, in case there wasn’t any breakthrough in the next round of meeting. “We have accepted their all demands and now only three including Pay anomaly, regularization of casual laborers and two year increase in the retirement age are pending which are under consideration and would require time .” said Taj. He further said that all the three demands were time consuming and can’t be met overnight. “We have to follow the rules and this will require time. In casual laborers case, we have to see whether there is a provision of their regularization and does the rule permit us to do so, where as in retirement age increase we have to take the unemployed youth into consideration also. So this will take time but we are after it and the matter is under sympathetic consideration” added the Minister. He also said that the strikes being called by the JCC were illegal as per the court directions and if they (JCC) again resort to such practice that would tantamount as the contempt of court.


this Party. Omar Abdullah said that NC is the torch bearer of amity, brotherhood, solidarity, peace and inclusive development of all the regions and sub-regions of the State. “You represent public aspirations, you are the legacy holders of the high principles preached and nurtured by Baba-i-Qoum Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, you are the hope of people and your party NC symbolizes the State’s secular democratic credentials”, he told National Conference workers and impressed upon them to uphold these principles and work to mitigate difficulties of the people at all levels. The NC Working President said that people are fountain head of power and National Conference is a public movement rather than mere a political party. “Our only aim in politics is public good and prosperity of the State”, he said adding that NC has exhibited this trait time and again since its inception. Omar Abdullah asked NC workers to make people aware of the path breaking and historic initiatives taken by the Government to empower people at grass roots and make them equal partners in governance, plan formulation and implementation of development schemes. “You should make common man aware of the authority your government has given him by enacting historic Public Services Guarantee Act and Right to Information Act. You should tell them how your government has made them legally empowered to demand important listed public services in a time bound manner and question the government for its all actions and omissions”, he said. He asked them to inform people about the hundreds of development projects launched in the State during the last four and half years in all sectors of development. “You should tell them about the measures put in place by the Government for bringing transparency and accountability in the administration”, he said and presented resume of other decisions taken by his government to provide good governance in the State. The Working President of National Conference told the workers to strengthen their rank and file and reach out to the people in all the areas to help redress their difficulties and address development requirements. The NC District Committee while bringing various party matters into the notice of the Working President also touched some matters pertaining to the development works of urgent public importance. It also requested the Chief Minister to grant new administrative units in Anantnag district as recommended by the Committee constituted by the government for this purpose. Provincial President National Conference

Block Presidents and other office bearers of NC district Anantnag were present in the meeting.


and baby food,” said Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Bashir Ahmad Bhat. He said that there people can contact the administration on any time through helpline numbers in case of any grievance. Patently Curfew was imposed in Shopian, after CRPF personnel of 14 Battalion in Gagran area shot dead 4 people, including 3 civilians, on September 7 and injured another. While the locals have been maintaining that the fourth slain person was a non-local labourer, CRPF said he was a Lashkar operative. Following the killings, another civilian was shot dead allegedly by CRPF personnel of the same camp on September 11. District administration of Shopian has said that the admit cards of candidates appearing in examinations of State Services Selection Recruitment Board was treated as curfew passes. "Police and security forces were instructed to treat admit cards of the candidates and identity cards of the examination staff as curfew passes," an official said. Meanwhile Amid curfew that is continuing for the past 10 days, a three member government team including Haj and Auqaf Minister Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed, Parliamentary and law affairs minister Saifulla Mir and provisional president of National conference Nasir Aslam Wani reached Shopian town Tuesday and held detailed discussions with District administration and senior citizens. “The team reached here and held a long meeting with District administration and senior citizens,” govt. official said.


Javed Ahmad Mir, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Imtiyaz Reshi, Moulvi Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Shafi and others. APHC has already chalked out a programme to visit Shopian in the aftermath of five innocent killings by Indian troops. APHC leaders have planned to visit the houses of five martyrs who were murdered in cold blood by the Indian troops, express solidarity with the bereaved family members, to pay tributes to the martyrs, and break the current imposition of curfew which has caged the inhabitants in their own homes. Earlier APHC Chairman and other Hurriyat leaders met the three member delegation of Canadian High Commission headed by, Johany Forest head of political and economic programme and discussed with him the worsening ongoing political and human rights situation in Kashmir. Mirwaiz apprised the visiting delegates about the recent bloodbath in Shopian and stressed upon them impress upon Govts of india and Pakistan to solve the Kashmir issue to bring stability and peace in south Asia. APHC Chairman told them that Kashmiri continues to be a dangerous zone in south Asia and it was the duty of international community to play their part in resolving the issue while keeping in view the political aspirations of the people of Jammu & Kashmir During the joint council meeting of hurriyat, the participants denounced the repeated house detention of Mirwaiz, imposition of curfew in Shopian, and wanton use of force by state administration to repress the voices of Kashmiris people. They further said the state was violating the basic democratic and human norms by laying restrictions, arresting leadership, and arresting youth and also giving no space for peaceful political resistance, the concluded that if policy continues it would lead to dire consequences for the State Govt. Meanwhile hurriyat spokesman has denounced the house detention of Mirwaiz by police. He said putting restrictions on religious, political and social activities of Mirwaiz would not deter him from taking forward the cause for which lakhs of people have offered sacrifices.


agreement since the beginning of the year. Last week, India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Pakistani prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs and national security, Sartaj Aziz, met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and agreed to respect the LoC ceasefire agreement.


Forests, Aijaz Iqbal, Chief Wildlife Warden, A.K. Singh, various members of the Board and senior officers were present in the meeting. The Chief Minister gave nod to the enhancement of compensation to Rs. 3 lakh in case of loss of the human life in animal-human conflict. He also approved the enhanced compensation for grievous injury to 30 percent of Rs. 3 lakhs and Rs. 15,000 for minor injuries. While stressing on the need of reducing the chances of animal-human conflicts, Omar Abdullah asked the Wildlife department to appear a comprehensive summary for paying compensation to the affected breeders on account of loss of animals in animal-human conflicts. The meeting discussed various matters pertaining to wildlife. It also took stock of the action taken by the Wildlife department on the decisions taken in earlier Board Meetings. The meeting also discussed various suggestions put forth by the Board members. In a PowerPoint presentation, the Chief Wildlife Warden presented resume of the present status of National Parks, Wildlife Sanctuaries and measures taken by the department for the conservation and protection of wildlife in the State. He said that increase has been registered in the population of Hangul in Dachigam area from 197 in 2004 to 218 in 2011. He said 16 sites have also been identified to be of high potential as Hangul habitation. He said Hangul have also been sighted in Kishtwar area. He said population of Markhor has been registered at 150 in 2012 and these have been sighted in Hirapora and Poonch areas also. He said Markhor population of 25 to 30 have been reported in Tahkhuti-Kalamund and Khara Gali. He said that the population of Black Necked Crane has

Daily gone from 79 to 139 while Chiro population has also shown remarkable increase.


OPD tickets only in Sub District Hospitals. This is a PHC where people have to pay only Rs 2. I would certainly look into the matter and ascertain the facts,” she said.


Middle School, in which the students and teachers of the school participated besides local residents of the area. Facilitator FLCC urged the audience to inculcate the habit of savings with the banks for better returns and brighter future. Heads of local business units spoke about loan products like education finance, consumption, consumer and housing loan. Farmer friendly schemes like KCC and Apple Finance were also discussed on the occasion. The participants hailed the initiative of the bank. Poonch Camps The Bank organized few camps in Poonch district at village Fazlabad, Buffliaz and Kurmara (which is only 500 mts. from LoC), which were attended by people representing cross-section of the society. Facilitator FLCC Poonch explained to the audience about the importance of saving with the banks besides various deposit and loan products, besides various sponsored schemes like KCC. Heads of local business units also spoke at the camps. Participants thanked the bank for opening its business unit in Fazlabad and for organizing such camps in the villages.


off a student rally consisting of around 1200 students from six educational zones of the district, from the TFC Baroo which after passing through main bazaars culminated at the venue of the campaign. The 2nd day of the campaign focused on the education related schemes & programmes.


During the intervening night of 15/16.09.2013, a stolen Tata Sumo bearing registration number JK03A/7842 turned turtle at Panzalpora Larnoo, Anantnag, resulting in damage to the vehicle . The Sumo had been stolen from village Wandevalgam, Anantnag, in the jurisdiction of police station Kokernag by some unidentified persons. However, vehicle lifters fled away from the spot. A case has been registered in this regard. A Tractor driven by Bilal Ahmad Wagay son of Ali Mohammad resident of Sadunara, Sumbal skidded off the road near village Badugam, Bandipora, in the jurisdiction of police station Tulail, resulting in injuries to driver. The injured was shifted to Bone & Joints Hospital, Srinagar for treatment. A security vehicle escorting Minister of State and MLA Gurez Nazir Gurezi skidded off the road near Hung Sonamarg injuring five security personnel, one of them seriously. Reports said that National Conference leader Nazir Gurezi was on his way to Srinagar after complet-


ing his Kargil visit. A CRPF vehicle of 82 Battalion escorting him skidded off the road near Hung Sonamarg. Police said that the security vehicle turned turtle and all the five CRPF personnel boarding on the vehicle were injured. Police sources said that Constable Surinder Singh was critically injured in the mishap and he was shifted to SKIMS, Srinagar. Other security men injured in the accident were rushed to Trauma Hospital Kangan. They have been identified as S.Parveen, Rai Bahadur, Beer Bahadur and Sub Inspector Suresh Kumar.

2-day training programme on NSSK begins Jammu, September 17: A two day training programme for trainers of Navjaat Shishu Suraksha Karyakram (NSSK) under the National Rural Health Mission began here today at Department of Paediatrics, Government SMGS Hospital, Shalamar. Under the programme, participants from all the ten districts of Jammu division are being imparted training on better execution of NSSK programmes. The programme is being organised under the supervision of Mission Directorate, NRHM, J&K

and was inaugurated by Dr Rekhs Harish, Head of the Department, Paediatrics, Government SMGS Hospital. During the training, the participants will be trained, who will further train the m e d i c a l o ff i c e r s a n d paramedics for providing essential new born care in the health services. The said programmes are meant to further reduce the neo-natal mortality rate and infant mortality rate in the state. Dr SS Slathia and Dr Sanjeev Digra are the master trainers for the programme.

DC Kulgam inspects hailstorm affected villages Kulgam, September 17: Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Tuesday visited Kund, a remote area of Kulgam district to take stock of damages caused to standing crops and orchards due to recent hailstorm. He also visited Waltengoo, Pachgam, Nowbugh, Kraloo, Hakradan, Razloo, waripora, Nigeenpora, Chatergarn, Chak, Wazoo and Kanchloo villages to have on spot appraisal of quantum of loss of farmers and orchardists due to the natural calamity. Accompanied by Chief Agriculture Officer, Chief Horticulture Officer and Tehsildar, the Deputy Commissioner issued directions for preparing

preliminary crop damage lists so that a comprehensive report is submitted to government for initiating relief measures. The team observed that the agricultural crop has sustained more than 60% damage due to the hailstorm in the affected villages. The Deputy Commissioner also inspected hailstorm affected villages in D.H.Pora area where several villages including N a n d i m a rg , M a rg a b a l Sanankhanan, Gojarpora, Diyanipora, Yarikha and Nagam have experienced heavy loss. He issued similar instructions to the concerned departments calling for early preparation of Assami-wise damage reports.

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Office of the Executive Engineer Mechanical Hospital and Central Heating Division Srinagar GIST of Short term e-Tender NIT No. MHCHD/TS /2013-14/104/e-tendering: Dated: 14-09-2013

For and on behalf of the Governor, J&K State e-tenders are invited on item rate basis from approved and eligible Contractors registered with J&K State Govt., CPWD, Railways and other State/Central Government departments for the following workS. No 1.

Name of Work Construction of Plant Room for Central Heating System of Primary Health centre Gulmarg.

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Office of the Executive Engineer PWD (R&B) Division Vailoo Tender Notice NIT Sl. 50/DAK/2013-14/3644-70 Dated: 17-09-2013

For and on behalf of the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir State, the Executive Engineer PWD (R&B) Division Vailoo invites the sealed tenders affixed with revenue stamps worth Rs. 5/- (Rupees Five) from approved Government Contractors/SHG noted against each for the works mentioned below:

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Name of Work Providing and laying 25mm thick OGPC machine mix laid with Mechanical paver on Wataldar road Providing and laying 25mm thick OGPC machine mix laid with Mechanical paver on Hiller Khalhar Sagam road of Hiller interior Providing and laying 25mm thick OGPC machine mix laid with Mechanical paver on Khatana Mohalla at Dandipora near house of Farooq Khatana

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Governor compliments outgoing Army Bns for effective management of Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2013 SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 17 N. N. Vohra, Governor, who is Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, has complimented the Commanding Officers of 4 BIHAR and 2 MAHAR for their laudable role in managing the Yatra 2013. Both these Formations are moving out after the conclusion of their Yatra duties. The Governor was speaking after presenting mementos to Maj. Gen. R. R. Nimbhorkar, GOC, Hq Victor Force; Col. R. P. Singh, Commanding Officer, 4 BIHAR and Lt. Col. Sumer Singh, Officiating Commanding Officer, 2 MAHAR regiments of the Army, at Raj Bhavan, here last evening, as a token of appreciation for the valuable support to the smooth conduct of the Yatra. The Governor observed that in ensuring the successful conduct of this arduous Yatra the Army, Police and the Security Forces have been playing a very significant role not only in providing a secure environment in the entire Yatra area but also in providing physical support to Lt. Gen. Gurmit Singh, GOC, 15 retary, Home; Navin K. Choudhary, the Yatris to undertake the difficult Lone News Agency Khan Principal News Agency Ganderbal Corps;Kangan Suresh Kumar, Principal SecSecretary to the Governor journey to the Holy Cave.

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Unplanned quarrying major threat to environment: Dr Veeri

asked the concerned officers to take necessary steps for checking this practice immediately. This was stated by the Chairman while chairing a meeting of Environment Committee here Tuesday. Legislators, Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah, Abdul Majeed Bhat, Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce, Farooq Ahmad, Director Industries and Commerce, Javed Ahmad Khan, Managing Director, SIDCO, Mohammad Mozam

Dr Veeri said that unplanned and un-scientific quarrying has posed a major threat to the environment and asked concerned officers to mobilize their available human resources for stopping this exercise. He asked them to take assistance of district administration where they feel necessary and send a clear cut message to those who are bent to imbalance the ecological balance in certain parts of the Valley. “It is our responsibility to

for development works. He suggested framing of a joint committee to grant permission for lifting of building material from streams and rivers. He said the environmental concerns have not been taken into consideration while constructing Banni-Dagar road. Abdul Majeed while taking part in the discussion raised the issues of establishment of brick kilns on Srinagar-Qazigund National Highway and asked concerned authorities to look into the matter.

which attractive incentives are being provided to them. He said now the youth are coming forward to grab these opportunities for their secure future. He asked the youth to channelize all their resources for

April 20-May 20

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and Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board; and Preet Pal Singh,

better future and assured them that Government is always supportive to them. Regarding the demands of people, the Minister said that the filtration plant of the area is near completion and hoped all the villages of the area would have filtered water within six months. He said all nine irrigation canals of the area are being upgraded and after completion the tail end farmers would receive their water share.

Labour and Employment, B. A. Runiyal, Labour Commissioner, Shahid Inayatullah, representatives of chamber and commerce from Jammu and Srinagar and representatives of employees. The meeting decided to constitute a committee under the Chairmanship of Labour Commissioner, Shahid Inayatullah, comprising two representatives of employees and employers to look into the nitty-gritty of the matter

Earlier the Minister visited far off areas of Tangmarg constituency to take on the spot assessment of ongoing developmental projects and listen to the grievances of the people at their doorstep. The villages, the

Minister toured include Baba Reshi, Pandoori, Chantipatri, Allapatari, Nambaliwar and Waniloo.During the visit, the Minister directed the concerned to upgrade the Baba Reshi –Pandoori Road, inner roads of Chuntipatri and Waniloo-Ziran Road at the earliest. He also directed replacement of rotten electric poles with new ones and installation of new electric transformers where there is utmost need of the same.

G.A. Mir distributes NBA cheques among 183 beneficiaries of Botagund, Dooru Srinagar, September 17: Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir Tuesday distributed cheques worth Rs 8.24 lakh among 183 house holders of Batagund, Dooru as first instalment under Nirmal Bhrat Abhiyan for Construction of sanitation points. Addressing on the occasion, the Minister said that Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) aims to improve sanitation in the rural and far flung areas by constructing latrines including community, individual household and in the educational Institutions. The Minister said in all, 1066 house hold toilets are being constructed in the constituency, for which the Government is providing financial assistance of Rs I.12 crore to the house holders of the area. He said so far Rs 61 lakh have been provided to the house holders of the area for the purpose. The Minister said that in

Batagund halqa 206 sanitation points have been sanctioned for which Rs 75 lakh are being provided to the house holders of the area.

Enumerating the developmental achievements in Batagund Halqa, the Minister said that Dooru-Dodwaden road has been macadamized at a cost of Rs.6.13 crore. He said power infrastructure in the area is also being upgraded and under MGNREGA over Rs 1.50 crore were expended in the area. Enumerating the developmental achievements in Batagund Halqa, the Minister said that Dooru-Dodwaden road has been macadamized at a cost of Rs.6.13 crore. He said power infrastructure in the area is also being upgraded and under

MGNREGA over Rs 1.50 crore were expended in the area. The Minister said that Batagund top would be developed as tourist resort adding that Rs 9.50 lakh have been sanctioned for development of Ziarat Khram Sahib. The Minister said that flagship programmes like MGNERGA, RMSA, SSA, BNA, NBA and NRHM plays vital role to revamp all-round development across the State. The Minister said that Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan was being implemented in the all districts of the State by constructing toilets and carrying out solid waste management activities for better health and clean environment in the State. He stressed on the active participation of the people under this programme so that the State could attain ‘Open Defecation Free’ status. He directed the officers to maintain the details of beneficiaries under Indira Awas Yojna at ‘Awas Soft’.

Additional CEO, were present on this occasion.

Due care of labour class essential: Sadhotra

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 17 Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir Tuesday said that Government is making all out efforts to provide ample job opportunities to the educated youth of the state. He said that government has already kick started fast track recruitment drive to fill all vacant posts of all cadres within shortest possible time for which written test was also conducted Tuesday.The Minister said this in public meeting at Shouch Palpora Pattan after laying the foundation stone of ten rooms Government High School building, constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 45 lakh. Mr Mir said Government has already launched various self employment programmes to inculcate entrepreneurial culture among educated youth and for


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Govt. making all out efforts to provide ample job opportunities to youth: Mir Lays foundation of 10 room school building

HOROSCOPE Try not to take things too seriously today, Aries. Realize that the best plans are sometimes the ones that were never made in the first place. Keep the lines of communication open and don’t discount things that sound off the wall at first. Dream big and don’t restrict yourself by thinking that your radical ideas have no basis in reality.

Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashidthose News Agency besides senior Geologist from discourage elements Dalgate Geology and Hyderpora Mining Departwho are involved in defacing Sheikh News Agency Hilal News Agency Budgam ment were among present on the natural beautyAgency of our ValLone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Chadoora SRINAGAR, SEPT 17: the occasion. ley” said the Chairman and Bhat News Agency Magam Zargar News Agency Kunzar Dr Veeri said that uncalled upon the participants Dar Newsplanned Agencyquarrying Beerwahhas posed to playBashir News Agency SumbalA high level meeting was their role in protecting held here Tuesday under the a major threat to the environenvironment theAgency mineral Pattan Reshi News Agency Safapora Saleemand News Chairmanship of Minister for ment Agency and asked concerned deposits available the state.Pampore Basharat News Bandipora Reyaz NewsinAgency officers to mobilize their availHe said time has come to do Planning and Development, Altaf News Agency JavaidforNews Agency Labour and Employment, able human Pulwama resources for consomething saving naturalQazigund Jeelani News Agency Baramulla G.MofNews Agency Sopore Ajay Sadhotra, convened to taining this exercise. He asked resources the State for posdiscuss mechanism for adopthem to take assistance of terity. Shah News Agency Kupwara Sultan News Agency Handwara SRINAGAR, SEPT 17:tion of Variable Dearness Aldistrict administration where Syed Rafiq Shah pointed Younis News Agency Langate Sheikh News Agency Islamabad lowance (VDA), employees they feel necessary and send a towards environmental issues Expressing concernReshi overNews Agency Islamabad Three Way News Tral employer’s viewpoint clear message to those who are of Kupwara district andAgency ad- and unabated quarrying in the Valand comparative analysis Turray News Agency Tral the ecologi- vocated Badru News Agency Bijbehara bent to imbalance identifying a specific ley, Chairman, Environment with other States. calAgency balance Kulgam in certain parts of place Malik for excavation of sandArwani News News Agency Committee of LegislativeRahi CounThe meeting was attended the Valley. and other material required Rahhas News Agency Byepass Shaheen News Agency Kargil cil, Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri by Commissioner/Secretary,

Centre clears Rs. 100 crore WTP

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related to adoption of VDA which will submit its report within one month to the Government. Giving details of VDA, Sadhotra said that considering the living cost of all, wage revision is being done once in five years or ten years but the rate of inflation increases day by day and consequently, the money value comes down. To compensate this, the Minister said that we shall have to wait till the next wage revision which is not justifiable. That’s why VDA needs to be introduced. He said the Central Government introduced VDA as a component of minimum wages from 1989 under the Minimum Wages Act 1948 linked to Consumer Price Index (CPI), which was based on the recommendations of the Labour Ministers Conference held in 1988 to evolve a mechanism to protect the minimum wage against inflation. The State Governments

are the appropriate agencies to adopt VDA in respect of all scheduled employments under the Minimum Wages Act. The Minister said that till date the system of VDA has been introduced in 24 States and Union territories and so far besides Central Government 24 States including union territories have adopted the VDA as a component of minimum wage and which can be revised twice a year or annually. The Minister impressed upon the officers of Labour and Employment to work hard for the welfare of Labour class and extend all possible facilities to them by strict implementation of Labour laws and related schemes both Central as well as State schemes. He said that the execution of construction projects is impossible without labourers and due care needs to be taken for the wellbeing of this class in respect of extending health and educational facilities to them.

Medical camp organized at Mathwar

JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 17- Multi specialty camp was organized by Chief Medical Officer Jammu at village Mathwar, Block Kat Bhalwal in district Jammu on Monday to provide the health check up facility to the locals of village Mathwar at their doorstep in which AYUSH services were also available.The camp was inaugurated by Chief Medical Officer Jammu, Dr. Javed Akhtar Chib and Ashok Kumar Sarpanch of the village Mathwar in presence of Dr. Pritam Katoch, Assistant Director, Health Education Bureau, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Block Medical Officer Kot Bhalwal.During the camp, 348 patients were examined by the team of doctors comprising of Dr. Manzoor Hussain Medical Officer, Dr. Bhupinder Singh Paediatrician, Dr. Jyoti Gynaecologist and Dr. Nazima Medical Officer Indian System of Medicine besides 42 laboratory tests were also conducted. Free medicine both allopathic and ayurvedic was also provided to the patients. The students of government schools were mobilized in the camp for their health check up, in the camp, Health Education Bureau also provided services and exhibited posters on different health topics to aware the people about health care.

MVD challans 27 vehicles, seizes 6 auto rikshaws JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 17: As a sequel to checking drive against

traffic violations, the Motor Vehicles Department today challaned 27 vehicles across Jammu City.The vehicles were challaned for various offences under the relevant sections of the Motor Vehicles Act. The department also booked 16 auto rickshaws for offences like deficiency of documents and plying on arbitrary charges from passengers without operating their fare meters. Besides, 6 auto Rickshaws were seized at different points in the city viz.

Cocoon auction market organised at Srinagar SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 17: To facilitate the cocoon producers of the valley by providing better marketing facilities for the sale of the cocoon produce at competitive rates, Department of Sericulture organised Cocoon auction marketing camp here Tuesday. Among others, Cocoon buyers from outside the state also participated in the camp. About 5000 kgs of Cocoon worth Rs. 37.50 lakh were sold in the auction market. Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar emphasised for setting up of more income generating units in agriculture sector for facilitating the farming community besides improving their socio-economic status. It was informed during the camp that Cocoon bank facility for the buyers and producers has been set up wherein 70 percent interest free loan to purchase the cocoons and to store them in the warehouses of the Sericulture department are being made available. Due to the concerted efforts of the department the quality of cocoons produced has substantially improved and is expected to increase upto 4 lakh kg during current fiscal, the camp was informed.

3 self declaration centres set up for registration of manual scavengers KUPWARA, SEPTEMBER 17: According to Additional District Statistical Evaluation officer Kupwara, 3 self declaration centres have been established in Municipal Committees of Kupwara, Handwara and Langate to facilitate the manual scavengers to register their names for availing the benefits of the schemes launched for their rehabilitation within 15 days.

Don’t get discouraged if it seems like everyone but you is getting a piece of the pie, Gemini. Your time will come, but it probably won’t be today. While you may want to sink into tender feelings and sensitivity, others may want to float on the surface and dabble in fantasy worlds. Feel free to escape in your own world for a while, but don’t be surprised if others don’t follow.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Make some room for long communications with good friends, Cancer. This is an important day to get the word out to people you love. Keep things light and energetic, which you do well anyway. Express your showmanship and make sure your bright presence lights up every room you enter. The world is your stage, so act the role you enjoy the most - your true self.


July 23-August 22 You may be the party-pooper today unless you do something to remedy your serious tone, Leo. This is a day for light, social activities and fun-loving times with friends. Don’t worry if things don’t seem rational. Sometimes it’s the unlikeliest route that ends up being the best. Don’t discount the fanciful and bizarre. Take a walk on the wild side.

Virgo August 23-September 22

You’re the missing piece of the puzzle today, Virgo. As a result, people will look to you for answers. The good news is that you’ll have them at the ready. Trust yourself. Information and new ideas may be flying around, and you may be called upon to make sense of it all. Don’t be afraid to err on the side of the fanciful. This may be exactly the answer needed.


September 23-October 23 You may run into trouble if you penetrate too deeply today, Libra. Keep things light and energetic if you can. Ironically, the harder you push to get something done, the more roadblocks you’re apt to encounter. Things will flow easily if you’re willing to let them. Give up some control and let a more whimsical energy lead the way.


October 24-November 21 Give your adventuresome, world-traveling spirit room to soar, Scorpio. This is a good time to embrace and express your dreams. Write them down, talk to others, and say them out load. Communication and information are key elements today. Things may move quickly, so stay alert and tuned into the energy that’s buzzing all around you. The best things in life may come on a whim.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Stop planning and start doing. There may be pressure to leave your normal routine and do something on a whim, Sagittarius. Although this may not be your usual way to do things, it certainly isn’t a reason not to. Let your mind explore new realms. Feel free to pick up loose pieces of an old dream that you left hanging in midair. Rekindle your passion for life.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

The answer for you today is “yes.” Explore, reach out, and expand your mind to the far corners of your world and beyond, Capricorn. There’s no need to be tied down to reality. Don’t restrict yourself to linear thinking. Take time out and enjoy the clouds. Information you receive should be extremely helpful in the pursuit of your wildest dreams.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Today you should take action in areas where you usually keep quiet, Aquarius. The more you explore your mind, the safer you’ll feel in your external reality. Be confident of your dreams. This is a day to connect with others about the things that feel most pleasurable. Indulge and enjoy. Take action. You have everything you need to make it all start working for you.


February 19-March 20 There’s a light, uplifting flavor to the day, Pisces, which you should latch onto and take charge of. You’ll find that there’s a rather dreamy yet expansive quality to this energy that encourages you to soar higher and achieve more. Jump on opportunities, but be careful that you don’t act based on misguided information. Pipedreams will get you nowhere.

Editorial/Opinion Zabarwan Times

Wednesday, 18 September 2013


he rising prices of essential commodities are touching skies with every passing day and there seems to be no effective mechanism to control them on national as well as state level. For the last over three and a half months, the petrol prices have gone up seven times which in turn have made everything dearer in the market thus making the life of a consumer a hell. It is because of the rise in the prices of fuel that travel as well as freight charges of goods have risen many fold. Take the example of onions, tomatoes, cereals, pulses, rice, vegetables in general, everything is selling on very exorbitant prices which has totally unsettled as disturbed the budget of a common man. It was felt that the decontrolling mechanism of certain essentials will help in reducing and controlling the market prices but it has worked otherwise. When the petrol and other petroleum products were decontrolled the theory which was advanced was that if the prices in the international market will rise, so will these in the country and if the prices will go down, automatically the consumer will be benefitted. However, this is not happening. The devaluation of Indian Rupee has sunk to a level where it will be a dream come true to expect reduction in the prices of petroleum products. The inflation is on the rise, which is nullifying every step taken to sustain the price level at one point. The fluctuation continues unabated and because of this the common consumer has to pay through his nose. It seems that there is no proper price control mechanism adopted at the centre level which in turn could leave long lasting impact on state level when it comes to control the prices. The adhoc steps are not going to pay. It needs a strong policy in place to check the inflation which will help to keep the prices under control. The prices of onions and tomatoes has made these things a rare commodity for the common man who cannot afford to buy a kilogram of onions in 70-80 rupees. Similarly, the tomatoes and other vegetables are now beyond the reach of even the middle class families. if the trend continues like this, it will not only upset the budget of the majority of the population but will also give a flip to other evil practices like corruption which is already eating our society.


Wednesday, 18 September 2013


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A proper mechanism needed to control the rising prices


K.D Maini The people of Rajouri District are generally secular, patriotic, peaceful and nationalist. After independence, the habitants of this track had witnessed three battles taking place between India and Pakistan in 1947, 1965 and 1971. No doubt that they suffered a lot during these conflicts, but they remained cooperative to the forces and loyal to India. Even in the odd hours, these people maintained communal harmony, brotherhood and showed utmost restraint and they never came under the influence of enemy propaganda. Every time, they foiled the nefarious designs of the enemy. After getting repeated defeats in the conflicts on the border, the Pakistan hatched a conspiracy in 1989 under the name of 'Operation topac' to capture Kashmir by involving the people and exploiting the sentiments of innocent, peace-loving habitants of this area. In first phase, the enemy started its operation in the Valley without touching Poonch Rajouri areas because the ISI was using these tracks for the passage of the militants who were crossing the Line of Actual Control from this area and operating in the Valley and Doda. From 1989 to 1994, only 29 militants were killed, 17 surrendered, 246 arrested and only 2 civilians were killed during this period which reveals that militancy remained at a low profile in Rajouri area upto 1994. But after 1995 when the ISI realized that they will not get success in the Valley, they directed the militants for operation in Rajouri-Poonch area also. The main organisations operating in this area were Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizbul Mujahidin, Peer Panchal Regiment, Harqat-ul-Ansar and Jesh-e-Mohammad. 90 percent militants operating in Rajouri area belong to either Pakistan or Afghanistan and other countries. They moved in a group of 5-7 along with sophisticated weapons in inaccessible areas and they took shelters in the houses which are located near the forests and beyond the range of the belt forces. They harassed the people, took meals in their houses and often used the innocent people for their protection also. They struck on the forces as well as the in-habitants. From 1995 to 2K, 520 militants have


been-killed, 55 surrendered and 282 arrested. On the other hand, these militant groups have killed 212 innocent people in the villages. They struck in minority populated villages like Sawari, Kotedhara and Baljaralan to create terror among the minorities so that they may vacate the country-side. On the other hand, they have killed large number of innocent Muslims in the villages blaming that they are informers. 22 persons have been beheaded and killed brutally in these incidents. Due to their inhuman acts, the people of this area have started hating them and now they are passing all available informations to the forces regarding the presence of militants in their areas. Therefore, forces are striking on their objects due to which, 60 percent of the militants operating in Rajouri area have been killed and the rest are on the run. Rajouri District is comprised of 381 villages (377 are inhabited villages) out of which 157 villages are dominated by Hindu population while 228 villages are dominated by Muslim and 2 villages are dominated by Sikh population. Among Muslim community, 123 villages are dominated by the Pahari population while 95 villages are dominated by the Gujjars and Bakerwals. The total population of the District is 3.96 lacs as per the DISNIC survey conducted during 1995. The Hindu Muslim ratio is 59:41 respectively. Among Hindus, Kalakote area and some villages of Budhal are dominated by Rajputs while Nowshera and Sunderbani area is dominated by the Brahmins. There is also concentration of schedule caste in Nowshera and Sunderbani area. Among Muslims, Budhal Block is dominated by the Gujjar and Bakerwal population while Manjakote and Rajouri are dominated by the Paharies. Darhal block is comprised of Gujjars, Bakerwals, Paharies while Kashmiri Muslims are also inhabiting in Thannamandi, Behrote and proper Rajouri. Rajouri town is comprised of mixed population. Mostly traders are residing in the city. Among Hindu traders, Guptas are dominating while Kashmiri Muslims are dominating the Muslim traders in the town. District Rajouri is located on the foot hills of Panchal range, which is bifurcating the Valley of Kashmir in the Northern side

while Line of Actual Control is passing through the Southern and South Western Side of the District. The Eastern side of the District is touching the main Peer Panchal belt. It starts from BG Sangiote (Manjakote) and goes towards Prithpaul Range, Peer Kalewa Range, Kopra Gali, Chamrear Gali, Rattan Peer in Thanna area, Kuthgali in Darhal area, Kandi, Budhal and then goes upto Kanthol of Koteranka Tehsil. Most of the area is cut off, inaccessible, mountainous and very meager infrastructural facilities are available. Therefore, this area has remained a den for the foreign mercenaries because there is no proper road link. The track opposite side from Rattan Peer to Budhal pass is known as Girjan Valley. The altitude of the Girjan Valley is ranging from 8000-13000 feet and spread over 45 kms in length and 22 kms in breadth. This track is having no usual habitation. Only shepherds and tribesmen in search of grass for their cattle sheep and goats reach this area in summer season for six months. The area is comprised of forests, Dhokes, Margs and pastures. The important Dhokes in this area are Girjan, Panjtari, Khuan, Kafar Kattha, Kuthgali etc. No road linkage or other infrastructure is available and this area is totally cut off. This track is also touching the upper reaches of Kashmir valley, therefore, most of the foreign mercenaries are camping in this area along with Hill Kaka region and from this very track, they operate in Rajouri, Poonch and Kashmir. This snow bound area remained uninhabited during winter season. In the beginning of summer, Gujjar, Bakerwal and Pahari people of Rajouri and Poonch starts pouring in from 15th of March onward. The tribal caravans alongwith their cattle, goat, sheep, horses, luggage and family members reach these areas and remain there for six months. Only Muslim families migrate in this track. Majority of them belongs to Gujjar and Bakerwal families of this district. These people are having their own historical, cultural and linguistic heritage. They live in small Dharas in number of odds i.e. in one rectangle room with frontal side opened, the frontal side of the Dharas stands on the wooden pillars. They also keep their cattle in these Dharas. The life in these small Dharas is

very natural. Majority of habitants is illiterate, poor and backward. No road linkage is available. Other infrastructures like schools and health centres are also not existing. Government had tried to create Mobile Schools and Health Centres, but these could not be successful. In Rajouri District, there were 36 mobile schools and 2 health centres which were moving with the population in Dhokes and Margs. But this scheme has also not shown satisfactory results. Presently these schools and health institutions have become stationary. On the other hand, the people residing in this area has to travel miles together to get grocery items, medicines, fodder and cloths etc. The only source of their livelihood is based on milk, ghee and mutton apart from some agricultural products. In the beginning of September, these families start coming back to their native villages. Their houses are known as kothas which are constructed in the villages. Such families from Manjakote, Thanna, Darhal and Budhal migrate in Dhokes and Margs. But the scattered Bakerwal population from Kalakote, Lamberi and Sunderbani also goes to Dhokes in summer season which are mostly located in Girjan Valley and upper reaches of Peer Kalewa, Dehra Galli, Rattan Peer, Kuthgali and mountain tops of Budhal area. Previously, armed forces were not deployed in these areas. Therefore, militants made their hideouts and started operation from this belt. Manjakote and Thannamandi areas are Muslim dominated blocks. Militancy activities in these area remained in low profile except North side of Sukh Tao in Ghambir Mughlan area and Southern side of Sailani Nallah like Rajdhani, Dodasan Bala etc. The developmental activities are also visible in this area. The population is having more education than the upper reaches of Rajouri district. The security network is also effective. Administrative control is effectively prevailing. In recent past, number of encounters have taken place in Manjakote and Ghambir Mughlan area with the militants. The militants who come from across the Line of Control and pass through Kangagali route are eliminated in this area. (To be Continued.........)

Dairy Development

he Indian dairy sector has acquired substantial growth momentum from 9th Plan onwards as a result of which the country now ranks first among the world's milk producing nations, achieving an annual output of about 130 million tonnes. This represents sustained growth in the availability of milk and milk products for our growing population. Dairying has become an important secondary source of income for millions of rural families and has assumed the most important role in providing employment and income generating opportunities particularly for marginal and women farmers. The per capita availability of the milk has reached a level of 290 grams per day by the year 2012, which is more than the world average of 284 grams per day. Most of the milk in the country is produced by small, marginal farmers and landless labourers. About 14.78 million farmers have been brought under the ambit of 1,48,965 village level dairy corporative societies up to March 2012. Farmers of marginal, small and semi-medium operational holdings (area less than 4 ha) own about 87.7% of the livestock. India is endowed with the largest livestock population in the world. It accounts for about 57.3 per cent of the world's buffalo population and 14.7 per cent of the cattle population. Animal husbandry and dairying play an important role in national economy and in socio-economic development of the country. These activities play a significant role in generating gainful employment in the rural areas, particularly among the landless, small and marginal farmers and women, besides providing cheap and nutritious food. Livestock are the best insurance for farmers against vagaries of nature like drought and other natural calamities. Several measures have been initiated by the Government to increase the productivity of milch animals, which

has resulted in increasing the milk production significantly. National Dairy Plan In order to meet the rapidly growing demand for milk with a focus to improve milch animal productivity and increase milk production, the Government has also approved National Dairy Plan Phase1(NDP-1) in February, 2012 with a total investment of about Rs. 2242 crore to be

Rs.79.00 crore has been released to NDDB upto 31-12-2012, for implementation of the scheme. Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme A modified scheme namely Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) was launched on 1-9-2010, for promoting private investment in the dairy sector. The Scheme aims at

A modified scheme namely Dairy

Entrepreneurship Development Scheme

(DEDS) was launched on 1-9-2010, for

promoting private investment in the dairy sector. The Scheme aims at increasing

investment in dairy sector for increasing

milk production in the country apart from helping in poverty reduction through self employment opportunities.

implemented upto 2016-17. NDP-1 will help to meet the projected national demand of 150 million tonnes of milk by 2016-17. This is envisaged through productivity enhancement, strengthening and expanding village level infrastructure for milk procurement and provide producers with greater access to markets. NDP-1 would focus on 14 major milk producing states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Kerala which account for over 90% of the country's milk production. A total sum of

increasing investment in dairy sector for increasing milk production in the country apart from helping in poverty reduction through self employment opportunities. It is being implemented through NABARD and provides financial assistance to the bankable projects through Commercial, Cooperative, Urban and Rural Banks with a back ended capital subsidy of 25% of the project cost for general category and 33.33% of the project cost for SC & ST beneficiaries as Central assistance subject to norms of the scheme. Farmers, individual entrepre-

neurs, group of unorganized and organized sector are eligible to benefit under this. Group of organized sector includes self-help groups, dairy cooperative societies; district level Milk Unions, State Milk Federation, etc. Since inception, NABARD has disbursed an amount of Rs.251.20 crore to the beneficiaries for sanctioning 62,046 dairy units upto 31st December, 2012. Further, the Government has released an amount of Rs.140 crore to NABARD during 2012-13 for the implementation of the scheme, out of which NABARD has released back ended capital subsidy of Rs.127.13 crore for establishment of 32,749 dairy units upto 31-12-2012. Assistance to Cooperatives This Scheme was started during the year 1999-2000, with the objective to rehabilitate the sick dairy Cooperative Milk Union at the district level and Milk Federations at the State level. The Scheme is being implemented on 50:50 sharing basis between the Government and the State Government concerned through NDDB. The rehabilitation plan is prepared by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) in consultation with the concerned State Milk Federation/ District Milk Union. Each rehabilitation plan is prepared in such a manner that the net worth of the sick Cooperative will become positive within a period of seven years from the date of its approval. Since inception, the Department has approved 42 rehabilitation projects for the sick Milk Unions at a total cost of Rs. 310.91 crore with the Central share of Rs. 155.64 crore upto 31-12-2012 in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Assam Nagaland, Punjab, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu. A total sum of Rs. 120.64 crore as central share has been released to the sick Cooperative Milk Unions.

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

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Top 10 food myths busted

True or false - Will carbohydrates make you fat? Does salt increase blood pressure? If you think that the answer to both our questions is 'true,' you have reached the right destination. There are several myths your parents and friends will tell you, but are they scientifically true? We blow the cover of ten most common food myths that you have heard so often. Food Myth: Fat free food is calorie free You can eat as much fat free food as you want. But will it help you slim down? Well not really, if you are trying to lose weight, try burning calories or consume fewer calories. Nutritionist, Mansi Belani from Evolve Medspa cautions: "A low calorie diet works on the simple principle that calories in terms of energy give us fuel for the day-today activities. If you reduce calories less than the body requires it will burn fats (at initial stage) to replace them. If you are eating fewer calories, than your body needs to burn fat." Food Myth: Eat lots of protein to build muscles Our strength and conditioning coach Arnav Sarkar says that protein consumption levels 'depend on the size of the per-

son and the intensity of his or her training. In general I would recommend 1 gram per kg (of the person's weight) to be a good place to start.' But those engaged in intensive training need to increase their protein intake. 'The most that it'll increase to will be 1.2 or 2 grams for each kilo that you weigh - but do note that this cannot be self prescribed.' On the flip side, the notion that extra protien will help you muscle up even though you only workout at low intensity 3-4 times a day, while leading an otherwise sedentary life, is wrong. Food Myth: Excess intake of salt increases high blood pressure When you have high blood pressure you are sensitive to salt, that's when you should reduce the intake of salt. But the best component to fight BP is potassium; it has a high chance to reduce high blood pressure. Food Myth: As long as the fast food is 'basically' healthy, it's ok. No one is immune to fast food. Even if you opt for a salad, thinking it is a healthy option you might be wrong. These salads are usually high in salt and rich in fat content. The salad dressing or the mayo can affect your weight and body. Food Myth: Organic Food No More Nutritious than Non-organic Food Organic food from a farmer's mar-

ket is the hottest trend the world over. But is it nutritious than the food available at the local market? Latest research 'found there was no difference in the amount of vitamins in plant or animal products produced organically and conventionally - and the only nutrient difference was slightly more phosphorous in the organic products.' Food Myth: Carbs are fattening Refined carbs are unhealthy and calories are fattening. But carbs procured from whole grain, fruits and vegetables boost energy and help in weight loss. Contrary to Atkins' Diet that enforces low carb diet, you will gain weight eventually. Food Myth: Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those in the day It doesn't matter when you consume high calorie food - morning or at night. You will still put on weight. You need to follow a proper low calorie diet under the guidance of a nutritionist. Mansi Belani explains an ideal low calorie diet, "Proper low calorie diets essentially involve consuming foods that are high on nutritional content and yet have fewer calories. Yes, unessential fats have to be eliminated like deep fried, shallow fried food items, butter, ghee etc. but it is good if you incorporate nuts like 3-4 almonds, 2-3 walnuts & few teaspoons of vegetable oil except coconut oil". Food Myth: You need eight glasses of water a day According to research, women need two and half litres of water while men need three and half

6 energy building foods Here's a list of foods that will give you instant energy Legumes Beans, peas and peanuts are sources of magnesium that plays a core role in your body's energy production. When you exercise, magnesium is redistributed throughout your body to help energy molecules reach where they are needed the most. Spinach Spinach is known to be one of the best sources of iron for your body, which helps build energy. The consumption of spinach helps deliver energy-sustaining oxygen to your cells. You can add vitamin C rich foods to your diet as well like strawberries or oranges to help improve absorption. Nuts Almonds, walnut, cashews and pecans are some of the energy building foods. These dry fruits contain protein for endurance and coenzyme Q 10, a nutrient that helps produce energy

inside our cells. This combination makes them an ideal fuel choice for quick energy jolt and long-term endurance. Eggs Eggs are known to be one of the best sources of energy. Eggs offer many of the same benefits as that of lean meats, including proteins, vitamin B and iron. Bananas Bananas are known to be a favourite among bodybuilders, because they produce potassium which helps muscles contract properly as well as the fruit sugars like fructose and

glucose. Glucose is rapidly digested and turned into energy, so that you start feeling more alert right away. Dark chocolates Dark chocolates are known to boost your metabolism by lowering your stress level. It also helps increase alertness and sharpens your cognitive skills for a short term period. A study has found that chocolates contain flavanols that increases blood flow to key areas of your brain for about two to three hours, which helps fight fatigue.

Resist that midnight snack attack It's past 12 at night, you're either watching television or working on some presentation. All of a sudden, you realise that your stomach is growling and you feel a strong urge to eat something (even though you already had dinner few hours ago!). You march straight into your kitchen and start raiding your refrigerator for anything you can find, whether its the remaining pasta or pizza that you had for dinner or some leftover chocolate cake that's sitting in your refrigerator for the last 24 hours. In other words, you plan to demolish anything in sight! You carry your edible booty back to your couch or the bed and start chomping to glory. And this little midnight snacking ritual of your's that started as an occasional, one-in-a-blue-moon stint, has lately become a regular habit. Next thing you know, you've put on extra weight and still feel confused as to what did you do wrong. The answer is straight in your face but you are unable to see and understand how. Read on to find out why... You'll put on weight Gorging on food under the garb of having a midnight snack is unhealthy. That's because whatever you're pigging out on, and the subsequent calories that you consume along, does not get burnt out, simply because you are not immediately indulging in any physical activity besides sleeping. This will make you pack the pounds even before you realise it.

It's bad for dental health Yes, its true that midnight snacking is harmful for dental health. And this should not come as a surprise to you simply because, you never tend to brush your teeth after your midnight fiesta, especially if you eat sweets and desserts. Not only will you develop halitosis or bad breath, you might also end up with cavities with the passage of time. It's bad for digestion Eating yummy but highly fattening food especially at midnight can take a toll on your digestive system, too. Did you know that the human stomach takes about an hour and a half to digest an apple? Now think about the sandwiches, cookies, chips, that you feast on. Though, midnight snacking seems comforting to your palate, it takes a toll on your digestive system. However, if you feel you must have your midnight snack, remember these things: - Instead of pigging out on junk food and heavy meals, eat fresh fruits.

litres of water. BUT, there are some criteria: You have to take into account the liquids from beverages and foods. If it's a hot sweaty day, you need more than this amount. If you're pregnant, exercising, sweating or vomiting you need more than the 3 litres of water. Food Myth: Gluten-free food is healthy Gluten free diet is recommended for those who have celiac disease. It is unadvisable to follow gluten free to lose weight. But it would be great to eliminate processed food from your diet. This can help you shed kilos. Food Myth: As long as you've eaten right, you can eat a dessert every day. Refined sugar is a nonnutrient. This essentially means that it does not give you any nutritional benefits. Refined sugar also leeches nutrients from your body, depleting your body of the good gains from healthy foods. Therefore, any desserts made with refined sugar will harm you. However, you can save yourself by ensuring three things: 1. The dessert is permissible within your day's meal calories. 2. You stick to portions and eat desserts only after ensuring optimal nutrient gain from other foods - all within the day's calories. 3. If you absolutely must eat dessert often, then ensure it uses natural sweeteners and doesn't have other harmful ingredients like refined flour. Dark chocolates are a good choice. As always, stick to portions.

Don't gym, still get into shape Gymming might be the in thing these days, but there are better exercises to get the right shape. Try these out to cut the flab to a fab body Why do you want to spend the mornings shutting yourself in the gym sweating out for what you can achieve in the beauty of the outdoor. Gymming might be the in thing these days, but there are options that will give you just as toned body, in fact will make you fitter. Try the following: Skipping: It's considered to be one of the best ways to get a toned body. Jump rope for not more than half hour with varying speeds and alternately on one leg each. Shuttle run: Place few objects as destination points in a range of 10 -15 meters. Start sprinting to them and retrieving them back to the start point. The drill is over once you have all the objects to the start point. This exercise is good for your entire body, plus the heart. Squat thrust: This one is easy but effective. Bend from your hips and knees to bend into a squat, rest your hands on the floor in front of you and then kick your legs back to get into a push up position.

Feeling underweight? Here's how you can gain some extra kilos Many think that increasing the intake of junk foods and greasy foods is the short cut to gain weight but it's surely not the right way as junk foods usually contain unhealthy trans fats or saturated fats. If you are are tired of the skinny built of your body, then read on to find out how to put on those extra kilos to get the perfect look. -Healthy fats include omega-3 essential fatty acids sources like tuna, salmon, flax, and walnuts. Good sources of protein include lean meats, fish, poultry, nuts, seeds and legumes. Healthy carbohydrate sources include fruits, vegetables and whole grains. -It may be easier to eat five or six smaller balanced meal

per day rather than eating three large meals, especially if you are not used to eating much at one time. -A high-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement is a good idea to make sure you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals you need. -Exercise is also important for healthy weight gain. Resistance training exercises such as lifting weights will help to increase your muscle size. Aerobic exercises such as running and stationary bicycling are better for fat loss and excessive aerobic training may cause you to lose more weight. -Use a food diary to track your calorie intake to be sure you are getting all of the calories and foods that you need. -Add healthy calories to breakfast with an extra slice of wholegrain toast and peanut butter. Mid-morning and afternoon

snacks should be nutritious, not junk. Trail mixes contain healthy nuts, dried fruits and can add healthy calories to your diet. -Keep your meals balanced. One meal should have a healthy protein source such as fish, low fat meat, chicken or legumes plus two or three servings of vegetables. Green vegetables add lots of vitamins and phytonutrients while starchy potatoes and corn add extra calories. -Drink healthy beverages such as milk and fruit juices to add calories. Don't choose sugary sodas, which only add calories and no nutrition. Remember that it can take a while to gain the weight you need, but be patient and continue to choose healthy foods until you reach your goal weight.

Begin with a king-sized breakfast

Research shows that an effective diet begins with a king-sized breakfast Remember that time your mother forced a spoonful of uninteresting poha into your mouth before you left for school? It's time to thank her for that wonderful gesture. Breakfast may not be the first thing on your mind when you wake up, what with all the work stress and meetings lined up. But it is only as important to have a healthy meal in the morning as it is to breathe. And we are not in the least bit overstating that fact here. A recent research study says that eating breakfast has an advantageous effect on late-morning mood, satiety and cognitive performance. We spoke to experts in the field who tell you exactly why you need to take that little extra effort to rearrange your lifestyle that will help you stay fit and happy.Says who?Says nutritionist and author of Eat.Delete. Pooja Makhija, "Breakfast, quite literally, means breaking the fast after eight to 10 hours of not eating while you are asleep. If you are not fed in the morning your body goes into starvation or generator mode as I call it, where your body then starts storing anything that you've eaten, be it an idli or bacon or fried chicken." Eating immediately after waking up fuels you up instantly and prepares you for the day ahead. If you don't eat breakfast, the starvation mode makes you want to eat more and store more, resulting in weight gain. You eat less to compensate, which again results in starvation. The only way to break this vicious cycle is to eat the heartiest meal you can for breakfast. Soon after you wake up is a time when your metabolism is at its highest rate, thus eating then will burn calories and replenish

your system for the day. Food consultant Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal compares the human body to a car or machine that needs to be tanked up after a night long sleep to hit the road in perfect condition. "Breakfast is the only way you can survive the day without feeling lethargic or tired," she says. Daily essentials Rushina explains that your daily breakfast should include foods from at least three of the four food groups. When combined, this meal should make up about onequarter to one-third of your day's total nutrients. Also try to ensure breakfast components are made up of foods with healthy fat, lean protein and complex carbs and fibre such as nut butters, low-fat hard cheeses, whole grain breads and crackers, fibre-rich fruit and vegetables.ProteinsAccording to Pooja, egg whites are the best source of proteins for the body. They help in wear and tear utilisation, muscle growth and healthy hair. Indian food items such as a bowl of poha, upma or dalia are also a perfect mix of carbohydrates and proteins. Moong dal or besan are also high sources of good quality proteins and can be had in the form of chillas with a bowl of curd. Rushina sides with fish, which is not only a great protein source but also a fabulous source of Omega 3 fattyacids — try salmon or tuna in sandwiches with wholegrain breads.Fibre (soluble and insoluble) Fibre is important at all meals but especially at breakfast. It literally cleans the system and swells up by absorbing fluids in your stomach helping to fill you up and keeping you full for longer.Rushina proposes fresh fruit as the supreme choice. Raw fruit cut into chunks or unstrained fruit juices or even dried fruits are excellent for fibre and iron. Vegetables also fortify fibre

in breakfasts. Complex carbohydrates This can be attained through cereals and grains. Rushina explains, "Most of these fibre sources are also complex or 'slow-release' carbohydrates that don't spike your blood sugar like refined carbohydrates in white bread. Thus, insulin levels don't spike as high, and because insulin plays a role in signalling your body to store fat, lower levels may help you burn fat." Pooja suggests fortified cereals such as cornflakes and vita breads as great sources of iron and Vitamin D. And of course, one of the quickest ways to eat cereals is by simply mixing it up with milk and some fruits.Dairy productsLow-fat or fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt are important for supplementary protein and calcium. Vegan and lactose intolerant people can opt for nut and soy milk, nut oils, butters and yogurts. Ideal time for breakfastAccording to Pooja, breakfast should be had within the first hour of waking up. "Since it jump-starts your metabolism, eating soon after you wake up can raise your energy level right away and encourage you to be more active throughout the morning and into the afternoon. Your blood sugar levels are naturally low when you awake, so eating within 60 minutes of getting up can boost the blood sugars. Delaying it could cause a complete blood sugar crash and waiting until almost lunchtime to eat, may cause overeating during the first meal of the day," explains Rushina. Results of skipping breakfast Low mental performance, fatigue, weight gain are only few results of avoiding breakfast. "Skipping breakfast can lead to a slow start to metabolism which in turn results in weight gain. It also causes lack of energy and stamina and weakens your immunity system," says Pooja.

Vegetarians live longer than meat eaters Being vegetarian may give you more heath benefits than eating meat, suggest Loma Linda University study. In the ''70s and ''80s, a series of studies from Loma Linda University in California, which has tracked tens of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists since 1958, were the first to show that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters, according to the Huffington Post. The studies also revealed that the kinds of foods frequently consumed in vegetarian diets — fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes — can reduce a person's risk for diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, control body mass index and waist size, and boost brain health. In 2002, Loma Linda received a

grant from the National Institutes of Health gave to continue the research on Seventh-day Adventists, branding this round of research Adventist Health Study 2. The study, which is midway to completion and includes 96,000 people from the United States and Canada, presents findings just as dramatic, principal investigator Gary E. Fraser, MD, PhD, said at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics'' 2012 Food 'n' Nutrition Conference and Expo. Vegetarian Adventist men live to an average of 83.3 years and vegetarian women 85.7 years — 9.5 and 6.1 years, respectively, longer than other Californians, Fraser explained. The Adventist Health Study 2 also found that - Vegans are, on average, 30

pounds lighter than meat eaters. - Vegans are also five units lighter on the BMI scale than meat-eaters. - Vegetarians and vegans are also less insulin resistant than meateaters. - Lean people are also more

likely to exercise regularly, eat plants, and avoid cigarettes than overweight people, suggesting that numerous factors are boosting the overall health of these participants.

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wednesday september | 18| 2013

Tracing Delhi’s missing children not a police priority Agencies Shabra’s nine-year-old daughter went missing from Jahangirpuri slums in 2008. Now over four years later neither the police and courts nor child rights commissions have been able to help her and her husband find their daughter. The police demanded money to help us find our daughter and we are just too poor to now continue our search. We appeal to the government is to help us locate her,” said Shabra, speaking at a public hearing on Monday organised by Child Rights and You and Alliance for People’s Rights which saw the participation of parents and those working in the area of child rights. The objective of this public hearing was to understand the trend for increasing number of missing children, and state the reasons, challenges and difficulties encountered in their search.At the meeting, parents of missing children from across Delhi presented their case before the panel comprising National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), State Commission for

Protection of Child Rights, Integrated Child Protection Scheme, Delhi and officials from Delhi Police.NCPCR member Nina Nayak said: “As soon as the child

goes missing, all the relevant child protection stakeholders should be alerted for fast tracking of the case. Inputs of family are paramount in the process of tracing the child and it should be done in a professional manner. There should be convergence between all child protection authorities in the State”.A report on the status of missing children in

Delhi, which threw light on the lack of coordination between various departments of the State, was also released during the public hearing. “The figures of missing children collected from RTI’s, ZIPNET (Zonal Integrated Police Network) and NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) are different, which shows the lack of convergence between child protection agencies. This is a matter of serious concern for implementation of child rights in the State,’’ said Child Rights and You regional director (north) Soha Moitra.Stating that adequate human/ material and financial resources should be invested towards establishing an effective system of tracing missing children, Ms. Moitra said: “There are no timelines for police department to trace missing children which shows the apathy and non seriousness towards handling these issues.’’The stakeholders noted that there is a need for proactive support from various sectors to address the issue of missing children in a systematic way. “There are important questions to be answered. Where did these children go? Were they abducted? Were they sold for money? Are they still alive?’’ she demanded to know.

Coal scam: government cites Manmohan Singh’s 1991 ‘crisis’ speech Under unprecedented attack over the ‘Coal-Gate scam’, the government today cited the 1991 economic crisis in India to justify the allocation of coal mining blocks to private parties. In the Supreme Court today, the Attorney General said the privatization of coal mining was one of the policies to tide over a major economic crisis. He also quoted from a speech on by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was then the Finance Minister, on the country’s economic turmoil. “In 1991, the country had only Rs. 2,500 crore in foreign exchange to run the country for a fortnight. We needed 1, 25,000 crores for to generate power,” said the government’s top lawyer.

“The Planning Commission said there was no objection to privatizing coal mining for power generation.” The Supreme Court said: “But we are concerned

whether these policies have legal sanction.” The government said laws were amended to privatize coal blocks for power companies which would supply power to states at regulated tariff.

CPI wishes ‘encounter specialist’ Narendra Modi on 64th birthday New Delhi:

rial candidate Narendra Modi, who turned 63 on Tuesday, Communist Party of In- met his mother Hiraben here dia (CPI) leader Atul Kumar to seek her blessings.“This is Anjan on Tuesday labelled one of life’s great opportuniBharatiya Janata Party’s ties, a mother’s blessings,” Prime Ministerial candidate Modi told media after meetNarendra Modi as an ‘en- ing his 94-year-old mother. counter specialist’, and spite- He further thanked his supfully congratulated the porters and followers across Gujarat Chief the nation for Minister on his “Today is his birthday, their greetings. birthday for be“I have faith it is the birthday of an ing a ‘political that people’s encounter specialist. In murderer.’ his own party he has done blessings won’t “Today is his several killings and silent go waste, it will birthday, it is the give me strength killings,” Anjan said. birthday of an to go on with encounter spemy work.” BJP cialist. In his own party he on Friday announced Modi has done several killings and as its prime ministerial cansilent killings,” Anjan said. didate for the 2014 general “Like in Mumbai you have elections. encounter specialists, from The announcement came the soil of Gandhi ji who set after a meeting of the parout to unite the country, you ty’s parliamentary board in have Modi who is trying to Delhi, which unanimously break the country. decided to project Modi as “In the form of an en- the prime ministerial candicounter specialist, he wants date. Modi assured his party to make the yatra from workers and supporters that Ahmedabad to New Delhi. he would leave no stone unOn Narendra Modi’s birth- turned in ensuring that the day, I congratulate him for BJP emerges victorious in the the flood of political murders 2014 Lok Sabha polls. “With that he has committed,” he the blessings of the national added. Meanwhile, Gujarat leadership and love of the Chief Minister and Bharatiya party workers, I am sure we Janata Party’s Prime Ministe- will win,” he added.

The UPA government has been fighting allegations that precious coal mining blocks were allocated illegally to private parties and individuals close to the government at throwaway prices, costing the country hundreds of crores in revenue. The controversy over coal allocation files sought by the CBI that are missing, stalled much of Parliament’s last session with the Opposition alleging that most of the missing files are from the time the PM was in charge of the coal ministry. After reports that an officer investigating the coal scam wanted to examine Dr Singh, but was overruled by the CBI chief, the BJP said the PM should volunteer himself for questioning.

Jats sore at PM, Sonia for visiting only Muslim relief camps MUZAFFARNAGAR:

panied by minister of state for home R P N Singh, must have had an understanding of the gulf that separates jats from Muslims when they interacted

were not going to go back to their villages even if the jats came calling. Prime Minister Manmohan Several female Muslim riot surviSingh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi vors from different villages narrated and party vice-president Rahul to the Congress chief how in a Gandhi on Monday came face to flash they were dispossessed face with the communal divide of everything they owned. The in western Uttar Pradesh, and survivors also apprised the also saw their visit to the riot-hit leaders of the irresponsible atareas itself becoming a point of titude of police and administradiscord. tion when it came to their safety Within hours of their leaving and alleged that they feared for Malikpur, the inhabitants of the their life every moment. jat-dominated village lamented Forty two-year-old Jameel that they chose to meet Muslims Bassi, who is from Kutubi, said, in the relief camps in Muzaffar“We told the PM that we don’t nagar but ignored those from want to go back to our village. the majority community who There is threat to our lives.” have been equally affected by the Bassi was seen weeping durcommunal clashes. Interestingly, ing the interaction. “The PM jats did not seem impressed by said all help will be extended Sonia and Rahul either even to us by the state and central though the mother-son duo had, governments.”The ire of the on the advice of a UP government people here is directed against officer, made brief unscheduled the political class as a whole. stops at jat-dominated Bawali “So many people from our comand Khanjpura. munity were brutally butchered Alleging disparity, jats said over the past few weeks with they were ignored. “Haven’t we our meetings being hijacked. lost our dear ones? It seems that There are so many villages in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and this whole belt where so many only they (Muslims) have been pained,” was the unanimous re- Rahul Gandhi, talk with riot affected people at a relief jats have also left their villages action in the village. due to fear and they are hiding camp in Muzaffarnagar. Malikpur is next to Kawal, at residences of their relatives the Muslim-dominated village or in other cities. However, the where a clash between two groups with Muslim victims at the Bassi Ka- PM only comes and meets people in of youths on August 27 resulted in lan relief camp. Those at the camp, relief camps of Muslims. Hasn’t my the deaths of Shahnawaz, Gaurav and like others in Tawli, detailed horror son died in the same violence,” asked Sachin and provided the spark for the stories during the 45 minutes the Ravinder Singh, father of Gaurav who communal conflagration. leaders spent with them. And they along with his cousin Sachin was The PM and the Gandhis, accom- were almost unanimous that they killed in a clash at Kawal.

Asaram lawyer Jethmalani loses the argument on Twitter with girl has a disease remark Agencies Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, one of India’s top legal minds, may need to defend himself against Twitter users who are criticising him for his controversial statement about a girl who has accused self-styled godman Asaram of sexual assault.Jethmalani, while arguing for Asaram’s bail in the Rajasthan high court on Monday, said the girl was afflicted with a disease “which draws a woman to a man”. He also claimed the police complaint filed against Asaram and age of the girl had been fabricated. Reaction on social media was immediate and angry. “Ram Jethmalani is a vicious combination of Thakral of Meri Jung and Chadhdha of Damini,” tweeted @indiantweeter, referring to much reviled lawyers of Bollywood cinema. Jethmalani, 90, was called a law-


yer for Mogambos, another infamous Bollywood movie villain, and much worse. People made fun of his age and competence in court. “Martians planted mind control chip in Asaram’s brain, argues defence law-

yer Ram Jethmalani,” tweeted journalist Praveen Swami. “Dear oh dear, Ram Jethmalani showing that even leading lawyers can be desperately out of form,” tweeted cricket writer and analyst

Harsha Bhogle. “Girl has ‘disease’ that draws her to men.’ Then men raped her to cure the disease?” tweeted writer Taslima Nasreen. People compared Jethmalani to Delhi lawyer AP Singh, who had made a controversial statement about the December 16 Delhi gang-rape victim while defending convicts in the case. “If Delhi Bar Association can contemplate action on Singh post Dec 16 verdict, can’t imagine y they shouldn’t act on Jethmalani,” said @ Punditmusings. A 16-year-old girl on August 20 had lodged a police complaint, accusing Asaram of sexually assaulting her at his ashram near Jodhpur. Asaram was arrested from his ashram in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and brought to Jodhpur Sep 1.

Woman alleges police shielding molesters, consumes poison in Sikar Agencies A woman, who was allegedly abducted and assaulted, consumed poison in a local court during the hearing in her case alleging that police was shielding the two accused, police said on Tuesday. The victim consumed aldrin in front of the ACJM Court in Sikar district on Monday during the hearing of her case for alleged abduction and assault in March this year, Kotwali SHO Dharamveer said. She was rushed in a critical condition to the Sri Kalayan Government hospital after taking her statement. District hospital doctors on Tuesday referred her to Jaipur’s SMS hospital for a better treatment, but she refused to go there, the SHO said. She reportedly told the court that she did want to live as the police was trying to cover up the case, the SHO said.

NIA teams visit Goa with Bhatkal to ascertain terror links Agencies The teams of National Investigation Agency visited Goa along with IM cofounder Yasin Bhatkal to probe his links in the coastal state where he had earlier visited, police sources said. The teams, which were in the state for a day on Monday, took Bhatkal to places like

Anjuna beach, Mapusa, Panaji and Vasco, which he had reportedly visited during the last decade. The NIA teams were here but did not share their intelligence inputs with the state police, Goa police Deputy Inspector General O.P. Mishra said last night.

However, sources in the police department said the NIA teams were trying to ascertain whether Bhatkal had been recruiting gullible youths from Goa into his terror network. Goa was on alert during the last year end following inputs that the state, which attracts 25 lakh tourists annually, may be on the hit list of terrorists. 30-year-old Yasin, arrested along IndoNepal border on August 29, is alleged to be involved in a series of blasts from 2006 onwards across the country. Bhatkal, who was on run since 2008, is wanted in cases of terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi and Hyderabad. Bhatkal, who co-founded Indian Mujahideen (IM) in 2008 along with brother Riaz, is also wanted in the German Bakery bomb blast in Pune on February 13, 2010, that left 17 people dead. The IM was designated a terrorist group by the government under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in June 2010.

TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu declares personal, family assets Hyderabad: Telugu Desam president Chandrababu Naidu on Monday has yet again declared the details of his assets and that of his family members and challenged his political opponents to prove that he owns any additional property or hotel that he is alleged of owning in Singapore. “If anyone proves that I own a hotel in Singapore or any other property other than that declared by me, I will offer them 50 per cent of that properrty as an incentive,” Naidu declared. However, he made it clear that the value of properties owned by him and his family members are acquisition costs as market values differ from time to time, and hence not mentioned. But he said it was pertinent to mention that while submitting the details of assets during the filing of nomination papers before the Returning Off-icer each candidate will have to mandatorily mention the market value of the assets. There is no accretion of properties in respect of Naidu, who has only Rs 42.06 lakh worth assets against him, which includes the present bugalow in Jubilee Hills constructed on 1,125 sq.yds, which is pledged to Bank of Baroda. Apart from the Rs 23.20 lakh bungalow (acquisition cost in 1985), he owns a 1993 model Ambassador car, Rs 1,000 worth national savings certificate, and Rs 17.33 lakh in a savings bank account. However, Nara Bhuvaneswari, wife of Naidu, has total assets worth Rs 48.85 crore, which includes gold jewellery weighing of 2,780 gms and is worth Rs 27 lakh, 32.7 kilos of silver worth Rs 4.57 lakh, Rs 92 lakh worth Audi car. She also has liabilities of Rs 15.80 crore thus making total assets worth Rs 33 crore. Nara Lokesh, Naidu’s son, has total assets of Rs 9.73 crore and Rs 4.81 crore liabilities making his net worth Rs 4.92 crore. He owns a Rs 50 lakh Ford Fiesta and a bullet proof Fortuner car. He has five acres of land in Madinaguda village of Serilingampally mandal, gifted by his grandmother for which the value is not mentioned. Nara Brahmani, Naidu’s daughter-in-law, owns assets worth Rs 3.30 crore, which includes 97 kilos of silver worth Rs 12.37 lakh, gold jewellery of 2,325 gms and diamonds of 307 carats all worth Rs 9.90 lakh. Naidu set up the family promoted Heritage Foods company in 1992 which had a market cap of Rs 469 crore, which is now a company with a Rs 1,600 crore turnover.


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BCCI yet to decide Tendulkar’s 200th Test venue: Shukla Agencies

back to the city. The former IPL chairman also informed that the UPCA is looking for a land near Kanpur to build an international stadium for which BCCI is ready to fund the project.

Former BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla on Tuesday said that the board has not yet decided which city will host Sachin Tendulkar’s muchanticipated 200th Test during the two-match series against West Indies in November. “BCCI has not yet decided which city will host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test. Many state associations have shown interest in hosting the much-hyped match, but BCCI is yet to arrive at a decision. Every association wants that Sachin achieves the historic feat at its stadium,” Mr. Shukla said. “Kolkata and Mumbai are the strong contenders. Eden Gardens has a sitting capacity of one lakh, while in Mumbai we have around 65,000,” he added.Asked if Kanpur can host the historic Test, Mr. Shukla said: “Kanpur’s Green Park stadium has a small sitting capacity (30,000) and it is unlikely to host the Test.” , however, hoped that Green Park stadium will host one of the ODIs between India and West Indies, and said that the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) is in touch with the state government to bring cricket

Pakistan would need to work hard for SA series: Malik Agencies Pakistan’s former captain Salim Malik, who is serving a life ban for match-fixing, has come out of hibernation to lambast the current national team by comparing it to the Indian side of the ‘90s which, according to him, “didn’t play as a unit.”Malik, who has rarely made any media appearances or statements since the Justice Qayyum inquiry commission recommended a life ban on him in 2000, said he was very disappointed with the national team’s performance in Zimbabwe.“The sad part is that today our players are playing the same way that the Indian players played against us in the 80s and 90s,” Malik said on ‘Geo Super’ channel.“I recall that in

the ‘80s when we were winning against India we always felt that most of their players didn’t play as a unit and were just interested in scoring 30 to 40 runs and securing their places for the next match. That is why they struggled against us,” Malik claimed. “Unfortunately today we are facing a similar position in Pakistan cricket. What I see is that most of our players are only interested in scoring a few runs and making sure they are in

host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test. Many state associations have shown interest in hosting the much-hyped match, but BCCI is yet to arrive at a decision. Every association wants that Sachin achieves the historic feat at its stadium

While this match represents a Champions League debut for Kandurata Maroons and Sunrisers Hyderabad, both teams will know just how vital it is to hit the ground running in what could potentially be a short tournament for either side. Both teams need to win at least two of the three qualification matches to have a strong chance of making the main draw. This will be the first time these sides face each another, so Kumar Sangakkara will play an influential role in providing some insight on the inner workings of Hyderabad. Thisara Perera can

the roster.

happening. We are not playing as a unit and I don’t see the will to win as a team,” he added.

Agencies MOHALI: Skipper Brendon McCullum led from the front smashing an unbeaten 83 as Otago Volts from New Zealand comfortably beat Pakistan’s Faisalabad Wolves by eight wickets in qualifying round match of the Champions League Twenty20 on Tuesday. Scorecard Opting to bat, the Misbah-ulHaq led side could manage only 139 for eight in the wake of some controlled bowling from the Otago bowlers. Pacers Ian Butler (2/23), James McMillan (2/24) and James Neesham (2/26) all bowled well with only Misbah making a significant contribution with 46 off 34 balls. In reply, McCullum hit an unbeaten 83 from just 65 balls studded with nine fours and two sixes, besides sharing a 41-run stand for the sec-

Both teams have strong bowling departments that include several international players. Kandurata possess some of the best T20 players in the world, and feature a spin attack which includes Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis and Suraj Randiv, backed by the ever-dependable Nuwan Kulasekera. Hyderabad are slightly more potent, beginning with the raw pace of Dale Steyn, the guile of Amit Mishra, the bounce of Ishant Sharma, the wicket-taking knack of Perera, and the leg spin of Karan Sharma. The fresh early-season pitch in Mohali might also work in their favour.

West Indies A beat India A by 55 runs, level series at 1-1 Agencies Jonathan Carter struck an enterprising hundred as West Indies A condemned India A to a comprehensive 55-run defeat in the second one-day match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday. Carter made 133 (132 balls, 18x4, 3x6) as the visitors, aided by some patchy fielding, ran up a score of 279. In reply, India A folded for 224, the fast bowler Miguel Cummins taking four for 31 in a chase that never really got off the ground. Captain Yuvraj Singh made a patient 40 which kept the home side’s hopes alive briefly, even as the re-

quired rate rose. But once left-arm spinner Nikita Miller removed Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan in the space of two balls, West Indies A was on course to winning the

match. Carter’s century in the morning was remarkable for his ball-striking, but the batsman profited heavily from an early reprieve. Shah-

India will host an Under19 quadrangular One-day series involving Australia, South Africa and Zimbabwe in Vishakhapatnam from Sep 23 and Oct 5, the Board of Control for Cricket in In-

play each other in the final and the remaining two for third and fourth places. The 15-member Under19 Indian team will be led by Vijay Zol, said board secretary Sanjay Patel. India U-19 squad: Vijay Zol (captain), Akhil Her-

dia (BCCI) announced on Tuesday. All the teams will play each other twice. The matches will be played at the YSR Stadium and the Port Stadium. The top two teams will

wadkar, Ricky Bhui, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Shubham Khajuria, Ankush Bains, Atul Singh, C.V. Milind, Ateet Seth, Abhimanyu Lamba, Kuldeep Yadav, Aamir Gani, Jagdish Jope

Skipper McCullum powers Otago Volts to a comprehensive victory

the team for the next match. I don’t see our players performing as a unit and cricket is a team game and only when 11 players combine then you win. In Pakistan this is n o t

also shed some light on Kandurata, as a number of his compatriots make up


BCCI has not yet “ decided which city will

Sangakkara up against his IPL team Agencies

India to host Under-19 quadrangular ODI series

baz Nadeem had induced an edge when he was on six, only for Yusuf to grass a simple chance at first slip. In the event, Carter steadily grew in confidence, pulling and sweeping with increasing force. The all-rounder hitherto had only one hundred against his name in all cricket but he tore into the India A bowlers here, swinging freely and often. A mighty six off Sumit Narwal took Carter to 99 followed by an immediate single had him leaping up and punching the air in joy. Carter and Leon Johnson, both of whom had been left out of the opening game, added 131 runs from 109 balls for the fifth wicket. India A was left counting its losses.

ond wicket with Hamish Rutherford (25) before putting on an unbeaten 101-run partnership with Derek de Boorder (30 not out).

Otago lost opener Neil Broom for a duck but Rutherford (25) and McCullum quickly stamped their authority. While McCullum adopted a cautious approach at the start, left-hand-

ed Rutherford attacked the bowling, hitting a six each in three consecutive overs to set it up for the winners. Saeed Ajmal, however, saw Rutherford off having scored quickfire 25 off 12 balls that included a boundary and three sixes. But McCullum firmly held on to his wicket and patiently continued in the able company of De Boorder. Once they got set, the two right-handers cut loose and McCullum looked in devasting form as he dismissed any loose deliveries out of his presence. The duo picked up Ehsan Adil for a special treatment, stealing 17 runs of one of his overs that included two fours and a six. McCullum got a life when he was dropped on 42 off Imran Kahlid’s over. He capitalised on the advantage and it just was a matter of time before he steered his team to 142 for two in 17.5 overs.

Fixtures: Sep 23: India vs Zim (YSR Stadium); Australis vs South Africa (Port Stadium) Sep 25: Australia vs Zimbabe (YSR Stadium); India vs South Africa (Port Stadium) Sep 27: Australia vs India (YSR Stadium); Zimbabwe vs South Africa (Port Stadium) Sep 29: Australia vs South Africa (YSR Stadium); India vs Zimbabwe (Port Stadium) Oct 1: India vs South Africa (YSR Stadium); Australia vs Zimbabwe (Port Stadium) Oct 3: Zimbabwe vs South Africa (YSR Stadium); Australia vs India (Port Stadium) Oct 5: Final (YSR Stadium) and 3rd place (Port Stadium)

Harmeet Singh replaces Siddarth Trivedi for Rajasthan Royals Agencies Days after getting his name cleared in the IPL-spot fixing scandal, Mumbai left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh has been called up by Rajasthan Royals to attend their camp ahead of the Champions League T20. Since the day the BCCI’s anti-corruption and security unit chief Ravi Sawani called for a written explanation about his meeting with bookies, Harmeet had not been allowed to play any cricket. Also read: BCCI slaps life ban on Sreesanth, Chavan; Harmeet Singh ‘excused’With Siddarth Trivedi getting a oneyear ban, Rajasthan seemed to have picked Harmeet as his replacement in their squad.

Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli hold fort for India in ICC ODI rankings Agencies Ravindra Jadeja continued to jointly top the bowlers’ list, while Virat Kohli was the highest-ranked Indian batsman at fourth in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued today. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unchanged at seventh in the batsmen’s list followed by Suresh Raina at a distant joint 16th. In the bowling chart, R Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar held on to their 18th and joint 20th position respectively. Jointly heading the list with West Indian Sunil Narine, Jadeja, however, slipped a rung to fourth in the all-rounder’s list. Elsewhere, Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is back in the top-10 of the

Rankings for ODI Bowlers after he jumped six places to eighth in the latest update. The latest rankings were released after Australia beat

Johnson picked up five wickets in the series against England and returned to the top 10 for the first time since October 2011, when he was

England by 49 runs in the fifth and final ODI at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, last night to claim the series 2-1.

ranked fourth. Outside the top 20, Boyd Rankin in 25th (up by 21), George Dockrell in 34th (up

by five), Majid Haq in 56th (up by six), Kevin O’Brien in 63rd (up by three) and Ravi Bopara in 66th (up by nine) are the other bowlers to move in the right direction. Shane Watson, player of the match for his knock of 143 in the fifth and final ODI, ended the series with a run tally of 187 and is now back in the top 10 of the batting table after moving up one place to 10th. Watson was last ranked in the top ten in June this year, in ninth position. Watson’s effort with the bat and his three wickets in the series also helped him move up two places to third in the Rankings for ODI Allrounders, still headed by Mohammad Hafeez, with Shakib Al Hasan in second place.

SA tour in balance at Dubai meeting Agencies Sometime over the next couple of days Haroon Lorgat, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive, and Sanjay Patel, the BCCI secretary, will meet in Dubai on the sidelines of the ICC chief executives’ conference. For a meeting that exists almost under the radar - there is no publicised date or time or even agenda - it has immense significance for cricket, not merely in South Africa and India, but potentially the global cricket community. At stake is India’s tour of South Africa, scheduled for the end of this year; it is the headline series in CSA’s calendar, worth approximately $15 million to the board. There is one catch: India’s tour may not take place at all - or may do so in such a curtailed manner as to be almost meaningless. In Dubai, Lorgat will attempt to convince Patel that the tour should go ahead. If he succeeds - and he will need a potent game-changer to do so - it will count as one of his biggest successes as

administrator; if he doesn’t, and the tour is called off, it might undermine his own position at CSA. There are no clear reasons why India’s historically close relations with South Africa went belly-up in a matter of months to the point where not only is this tour under threat but also CSA’s stake in the lucrative Champions League T20. However, there are several well-known irritants that have been at play - an errant tour schedule, a letter of reference, elements of the BCCI’s own internal politics - and, unfairly or otherwise, most have to do with Lorgat’s appointment as CSA chief executive. This is also a story of staggering naiveté on the part of CSA in antagonis-

ing an old but prickly friend - and of similarly staggering arrogance on the part of the BCCI in indulging in what can only be called bullying, without much care for the conventions and niceties of the cricket world. The BCCI’s view on Lorgat is well known and its concerns over him being appointed chief executive have been admitted to on record by CSA - an amazing display of realpolitik given it was purely a matter for CSA to decide on. The antipathy goes back to Lorgat’s time as chief executive of the ICC, when he backed the DRS and commissioned the Woolf Governance Review Commission, both of which India was opposed to in sum or in part. The BCCI viewed Lorgat as a provocateur.

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