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Authorities ask for installation of HSR Srinagar, November 18: The authorities today issued strict directions for the installation of the High Security Registration (HSR) plates to commercial as well as the private vehicles of Jammu and Kashmir. According to the reports received by Kashmir News Service (KNS), the meeting today was held under the chairman ship of Transport commissioner Saurav Bhatia, wherein the Real Meezan- a private company assigned to install the HSR plates in the state – given the deadline till November 30, that it must install the HSR installation machines in different districts of valley failing which the agreement of the company with the government shall be nullified. Pertinently, the company Real Meezan was given the target that it must install 5 lakh HSR plates up to 2014. “The company has to install 2 machines in Srinagar, 2 in north and 2 in south Kashmir. It further had to install 4 installation machines in the Jammu province,” said the official source. The meeting was attended by Regional Transport Officer(RTO) Jammu ,RTO Srinagar and also by ARTO Budgam.
Court asks SP to monitor Zahid Iqbal drowning case Srinagar, November 18: A city court today ordered the Superintendent of Police (SP) south city to monitor the progress of the inquest proceedings pertaining to Zahid Iqbal drowning case. According to the reports received by Kashmir News Service (KNS) police had recently declared that the cause of death of Zahid Iqbal was due to drowning. Family had registered their protest against the police verdict and has claimed that the police have left many loopholes in the case during the investigation. Family further had claimed that Zahid was murdered in ‘cold blood’. Taking into consideration the application moved by Zahid’s father Mohammad Iqbal Bhat See Court on Pg. 11
Weather will be mainly dry over the state.
FORECAST OF SRINAGAR:
Mainly clear sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 15°C & -3°C respectively.
TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM 16.4 0C MINIMUM -2.4 0C SUNSET ON(TUESDAY) 05:27 pm 07:09 am SUNRISE ON (WED.)
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India building border infra for bonding people: Shinde mar to boost trade and economy with the neighbouring countries," Shinde said after opening the ICP at Akhaura near Agartala on Bangladesh border. He said: "Ties between India and Bangladesh would never snap but strengthen in future. IndiaBangladesh relationship is exemplary time-test-
Agartala, Nov 17: India is developing border infrastructure along the neighbouring countries to bring the people closer by boosting trade and economy, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in Tripura's capital Agartala Sunday. "India would build 13 international standard ICPs (Integrated Check Posts) along the borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myan-
Zaffar posted as Secretary Tourism, Culture
ed relationship. These ties were initiated by Indira Gandhi (India's late prime minister) and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (founding father and then president and prime minister of Bangladesh)." Shinde said India is committed to support Bangladesh so the two friendly countries grow together for the benefit of the
people. "With the building of ICPs, people-to-people contacts would be further strengthened," he said, adding the ICP along the PetrapoleBenapole check post in West Bengal would be ready by next year. Shinde said more border haats (markets) would be set up along the IndiaBangladesh border to promote local trade. Bangladesh Home See Shinde on Pg. 11
To hide his failures Omar resorting to lies: Mehbooba
Jammu, November 18:
Srinagar, November 18:
The Cabinet which met here, today, under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, approved the transfer and posting of Mr. Zaffar See Zaffar on Pg. 11
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), president Mehbooba Mufti Monday said that NC has always sold out the trust and confidence of the people of Kashmir for power and luxuries. Addressing public meetings at Wadipora and Magam in Handwara
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Jammu, November 18: The Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, approved the proposal for setting up of common sewerage treatment plants for the waste water generated by the hotel industry. The said proposal in the first instance will be implemented in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar, subject to the payment of maintenance charges/ fee, as shall be prescribed by the competent authority in this behalf, to be paid by the hoteliers/other beneficiary commercial units.
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Cabinet approves proposal of Common STPs for hotel industry
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constituency, she said since Omar Abdullah has nothing to show as his performance report to the people at the end of his tenure, he is resorting to lies and concocted stories to divert attention of people from the reality. On this occasion party General Secretary Mohammad Dilawar Mir, Chief See Mehbooba on Pg. 11
Extension of Special Package in Handloom Sector Weavers, Societies asked to contact Handloom deptt Jammu, November 18: The Union Government has approved to extend the special package for Revival, Reform and Restructuring (RRR) of Handloom Sector in Jammu and Kashmir till December 31,
2013 and accordingly government contemplates to provide special discount on bank loans for those Weavers and Handloom Cooperative Societies who have borrowed loan from various banks till March 31, 2012. The concerned
Weavers, Primary Handloom Societies and Apex Societies whose accounts have become Non Performing Assets (NPA) have been asked to contact the Assistant Directors Handloom of the concerned district for further details.
Militants trying to create sensation by attacking us: Prasad Srinagar, November 18: Lauding the role of Jammu and Kashmir police, Director General of Police Ashok Prasad Monday said that Police Force is being modernize to counter the insurgency successfully. “Police was able to able to handle two agitations successfully and we are launched new modernization schemes to make our Force up to date,” Prasad told reporters on the sidelines of passing out parade at Litapora Training Centre in Pulwama. He said militant attacks are not affecting the public now as the militants have changed their strategy and are targeting Police and Security Forces. “Militants
have changed their strategy and they have two objectives behind targeting security personnel. One is to demoralize them and the other is that they should over react after every attack. We are See Prasad on Pg. 11
Chairs 17th PDA meeting
Omar directs for comprehensive proposal for regularization of adhocees of TDAs Jammu, November 18: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has directed the Tourism Department to formulate a comprehensive proposal for the regularization of adhoc employees working in various Tourism Development Authorities (TDAs) completing more than seven years of service so that a decision in consonance with Planning and Finance Departments is taken in this regard early. Chairing the 17th meeting of Patnitop Development Authority (PDA), the Chief Minister who is also Chairman of PDA also asked the Forest and Environment Department to be in close association with Tourism Development Authori-
ties in ensuring maintenance of natural serenity of health resorts and conservation and preservation of water bodies and forest wealth. The Chief Minister while
receiving brief on various schemes under execution in the jurisdiction of PDA approved realignment of Mall Road Kud to avoid the shifting of 132/11 KV Transmission Line. He also ap-
proved Rs. One crore for installation of 3.16 MVA Power Station at Kud besides Rs. 20 lakhs for development of picnic spot and Rs. 10 crores for sky-lift vehicle for the maintenance of Hi-mast street lights. He also gave nod for Rs. 20 lakh for replacement of Sodium Vapor street lights with LED lights to save power consumption. The Chief Minister directed for utilizing CAMPA scheme for afforestation purpose in the areas coming under the jurisdiction of PDA. He said the funds available under CAMPA should be utilized to raise plantation in the denudated and parched forest areas. The meeting was informed that the proposed See Omar on Pg. 11
PDD curtailment 20-Kanals of schedule draws flak railway land sold illegally in Jammu
Srinagar, Nov. 18:
At a time when People are facing hardships due to LPG crisis, new power curtailment schedule announced by Power Development Department (PDD) has further added to the woes of common people. Business Community has warned that they will come on roads if uninterrupted power supply will not be ensured to metered areas. The PDD has come up with new curtailment schedule in which power cuts in metered as well as non-metered areas have been increased. Non metered areas will reel under more darkness this winter as there will be 57 hours of curtailment per week as compared to metered areas
where curtailment hours per week is 17 hours. According to the new order, power schedule in non-metered areas will be: Morning- twice a week OFF (5 AM to 8 AM); 8 AM to 1 PM Thrice a week OFF, 1 PM to 6 PM four times a week OFF, Eveningtwice a week OFF (6 PM to 8 PM and 8 PM to 10 PM alternately); Night- once a week OFF (10 PM to 5 AM). Power schedule in metered areas will be: Morning- once a week OFF (5 Am to 8 AM) 8 AM to 1 PM once a week OFF, 1 PM to 6 PM once a week OFF, Evening- once a week OFF (6 PM to 8 PM and 8 PM to 10 PM alternately); Night- once a week OFF (10 PM to 5 AM). See PDD on Pg. 11
Srinagar, November 18: Railway land worth Rs 40 Crore has been sold illegally by senior officers of the railway department at Jammu and also the whistle blower in this case has been transferred to Kashmir zone. According to an FIR copy in possession of ‘GNS’, senior officials of the railways including a Superintendent of Police and Inspector General Police railways Jammu and Kashmir have been accused of selling the railway land worth Rs 40 crores in Jammu. The whistleblower—ASI Fridous Ahmed Geeri in the FIR has alleged the See Railway Land on Pg. 11
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Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir, in his speech at the inaugural function, said with the setting up of the ICPs, a new dimension would be opened for the people of the two countries. "Both trade, economic activities and movement of people across the border would increase. With increase in trade, people of the two nations would prosper," he added. Tripura Industries and Commerce Minister Jitendra Chowdhury said if the Bangladesh government allows India's northeastern states to use Chittagong international ports and Mongla and Ashuganj river ports, the northeastern states' economy would develop. "Using the Bangladeshi ports, people of the region could be able to ferry essential goods and heavy machineries from the rest of the country via Bangladesh," he added.
consciously avoiding both and are not giving them open hand,” he said. Prasad said that the graph of militancy has come down considerably while police and Security Forces have managed to neutralize top militant commanders. “Militants are trying to create sensation by attacking police and Security Forces but we are trying our best to curb their movements and attacks,” he said. Stating that police in collaboration with other agencies like CRPF and Army has started people-friendly operations, DGP said that they have succeeded in minimizing the collateral damages and are trying to reduce it to zero level. Prasad said that militants are trying to instigate violence in Kashmir and for this purpose, they are adopting different tactics. “Though we have achieved great successes against these militants still they are present in some parts of North and South Kashmir,” the police chief said. When asked to comment on the development of dialogue which Hurriyat is likely to hold with New Delhi, Prasad said that he doesn’t know which people are mulling to talk to Government of India. “Hurriyat people would be in a better position to answer this question,” he said.
Spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, senior leader Gh Mohiudin Sofi, Mohd Shafi Dar, Gh Mohd and others were also present and spoke to the gathering. Mehbooba said Omar Abdullah’s misrule stands out for atrocities, corruption and a complete collapse of administration. His rule began with the infamous Shopian incident in which two young women lost their life in tragic circumstances and Omar Abdullah not only hushed it up but protected those who had agitated for justice. 2010, was a nightmarish experience for the people of Jammu & Kashmir when one after the other 120 youngsters and children were killed without a single incident being investigated. Instead about 10 thousand FIRs were filed against those young people who had demanded justice. 2011 marked the death in mysterious circumstances of Haji Yousuf bringing out the stink of corruption not just within NC, but the Abdullah family and the manner in which even the mandate and ministerial jobs were bought and sold. In 2012, the historical Dastgeer Saheb shrine was burnt without the government even telling the people about its causes leading the people to believe that it was the handy work of construction mafia patronized and owned by the NC leaders. In 2013 from Kishtawar to Markundal in Bandipore, Gool to Shopian witnessed merciless killing of innocents. Omar Abdullah govt thought of comforting its ears and those of elite connected with it, with the music in the Shalimar grarden, but created an atmosphere which resulted in to the killing of four innocents in Shopian. Instead of the people who killed four innocents in Gool, a moulvi was latter accused and put into jail. Omar Abdullah can’t even absolve himself of the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru early this year. “Justice has never been subverted in any decent society as has been done in J&K under the NC govt,” Mehbooba said. The PDP president said by way of “performance”, Omar Abdullah has only few things to his credit which include the introduction of chili grenades and pellet guns to be used against the Kashmir youth, who dare to raise their voice against injustice and misrule. His (Omar’s) tenure also stands out for imposing curfew on maximum days and imprisoning political opponents in their homes. Omar Abdullah govt also created record of sorts by reemploying more than 300 officers and others with heavy salaries and perks, while on the other hand denying wages to daily wagers, casual and seasonal workers. “His (Omar’s) govt has credited new deplorable record of detaining teenagers under PSA, while making hollow voices about revocation of draconian laws,” Mehbooba said adding the Chief Minister is resorting to lies by saying that the PDP had any truck with the BJP.
To solve the unemployment problems in the Abdullah family, NC, it is a known fact, has aligned with everybody in Delhi during the past, and it is no big deal for them to work with Modi. In1996, Farooq Abdullah took 60 assembly members and four parliament members and put them into the lap of BJP just getting his son a junior minister’s job. During that period, the Abullah’s handed over seven more feasible power projects to the NHPC, without getting anything substantial for the state. Blanket ban on government jobs was enforced and opening of new schools were also banned.To add to the miseries of people STF was also formed. “Omar Abdullah has nothing to show as its performance. It is now people to see the truth as it,” Mehbooba said. These days the entire Valley is reeling under complete darkness, even though, there has four fold increases in electricity tariff, over the last five years. As the winter is yet to start, there is shortage of LPG, ration and other essential commodities in the market. There is complete governance failure in the state and the rulers are resorting to non-issues to divert the public attention.
Ahmad Bhat, IAS, Director Information as Secretary, Tourism and Culture vice Mr. Atal Dulloo, who is proceeding on Central deputation. Mr. Zaffar shall, however, continue to hold the charge of the Director Information J&K till further orders. In another decision, the Cabinet gave sanction to the promotion of Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Wani, Director Budget, Finance Department and Mr. Altaf Hussain Mirza, Director, Accounts and Treasuries, Kashmir to the Super Time Scale of Rs 37,400-67,000 +GP of Rs 10,000.
ropeway from Kud to Patnitop is under process and its clearance from the Supreme Court is likely to be given soon. It was also given out that preparation of Master Plan and Zonal Plan is expected within next four months. The meeting was attended by Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Legislators, Krishan Chander and Ashok Kumar, Principal Secretary Planning and Development, B. R. Sharma, Principal Secretary Tourism Atal Duloo, various Administrative Secretaries and senior officers. In a PowerPoint presentation the CEO, PDA, Raman Kumar Kaiser presented brief about the achievements registered by the PDA on various development schemes. He said that Tourist Information Centre at Patnitop has been made operational at a cost of Rs. 25 lakhs while drinking water points have been set up at various places involving Rs. 3.50 lakhs besides sanitation facilities at a cost of Rs. 5.50 lakhs. He said parking places on circular roads have been constructed at a cost of Rs. 45 lakhs while Rs. 18 lakhs have been spent on upgradation of stairs leading to Baba Mandir and Jamai Masjid Kud. He said Rs. 7 lakhs have been spent on development of Bowli and Children Park at Kud and Patnitop. Kaiser said that budget accommodation at Surinsar has been completed at a cost of Rs. 245.78 crores while 70 percent work on similar accommodation at Kud has been completed upto 70 percent. He said de-weeding, de-silting, paved path, benches, rain shelters and landscaping is under implementation under development cum conservation schemes for Sanasar Lake is on apace and 60 percent work of the project has been completed so far. He said under Rural Tourism Scheme Rs. 80 lakhs are being spent on creation of view points, dormitory and shops.
The move has triggered anger among people who are yet to come out of LPG shortage crisis. People accuse government of adding insult to their injuries by announcing the new power curtailment schedule. Business community has blamed Government for the power mess. Kashmir Economic Alliance Chairman, Muhammad Yaseen Khan told CNS that there is schedule without any schedule. “People of Kashmir are paying electricity dues properly and in time and yet Valley is reeling under darkness. Government had promised it would supply uninterrupted electricity to metered areas but the new schedule has proved all these promises as hoax,” Khan said. He warned that if Power Development Department did not change its schedule and supply uninterrupted electricity to the metered areas then business community would come on roads and start agitation in this regard. All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee Chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina told CNS that Government is going back on its promises. “When it started metering,
Government of Jammu & Kashmir
Labour and Employment Department NOTIFICATION
Whereas, the management of Eurobond Industries Pvt. Ltd. Bari Brahmana Tehsil & District Samba has terminated the services of its workman namely Shri. Bachan Lal S/o Behari Lal Village Sikanderpur with effect from 30th June, 2011; and Whereas, the aforesaid workman raised dispute against the Management before the Conciliation Officer, Samba; and Whereas, the Conciliation Officer, Samba submitted his failure report recommending the case for its reference to the Labour Court for adjudication; and Whereas, the Government is of the opinion that an industrial dispute exists between the management of Eurobond Industries Pvt. Ltd. Bari Brahmana Tehsil and District Samba and the aforesaid workman; and Whereas, the Government considers it desirable to refer the dispute to the Labour Court for adjudication. Now therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (c) of sub section (1) of section 10 of the Industrial Dispute Act, 1947 (XIV of 1947), the Government hereby refers the said dispute to the Labour Court for adjudication in respect of the following issues. 1. Whether the termination of Services of Shri Bachan Lal by the Eurobond Industries Pvt. Ltd. Bari Brahmana, Jammu is legally justified; and 2. If not, to what relief aforementioned workman is entitled to? By order of the Government of Jammu & Kashmir Sd/- Commissioner Secretary to Government DIPJK: 10074 Labour and Employment Department
PDD had promised uninterrupted power supply but again it has given us impression that there is no difference between metering and non-metering areas,” Raina said that Government should stop supplying power to outside states and save Valley from reeling under darkness. “It has been always the tactic of State government to issue new power curtailment schedule when Durbar gets shifted to Jammu,” Jahangir Ahmed, a local resident said. “It is very unfortunate that ministers and officials take it easy and don’t take woe’s of people into account while passing new orders. The new power schedule will increase the woes of people here,” he said. The additional curtailment has become a worry for parents whose wards have to sit in examinations. “It will be difficult for our children as they can’t study, when there will hardly be any electricity during evening time?” one of the parents said. When contacted Chief Engineer PDD told CNS that new schedule would be implemented in letter and spirit. “The curtailment hours in such areas could be reduced where it is observed that there is a reduction in AT&C losses. People will get electricity as per schedule and there will no change in it,” he said.
senior officers in connive with the few bigwigs have sold the railway land situated at Jammu near OH Railway water tank supply number 8 Khasra number 5 amounting to almost 20 Kanals of land. The FIR which has been registered at the railway police post Pattan on October 22 mentions that the railway land has been sold by both the above mentioned officers and that the officers have also threatened the whistleblower of dire consequences. Talking to GNS, ASI Firdous Ahmed Geeri, a resident of Doda, said that a few weeks ago during the patrolling in Jammu, he developed suspicion when some persons were taking the water pipe connection from the railway land. “On enquiring, the encroachers threatened me of dire consequences and when I reported the matter to my higher-ups, they told me not to tell anyone about this,” Geeri said. He said on digging the matter, he found that railway
land worth Rs 40 crores has been sold by his higher-ups. “After I forced the encroachers to stop the work, one of the encroachers Subash Chandra to whom the officials have sold the land complained about me to the Superintendent of Police railways Shiv Kumar Sharma after which the SP and IGP Dr. Kamal Kumar Saini transferred me to Katra,” Geeri told this reporter, which has also been endorsed by the FIR. In the FIR, it has been mentioned that both the senior officials of the railways have ‘threatened to eliminate’ ASI Geeri, but the FIR has been registered only against SP Shiv Kumar Sharma, under section 352/013. “I was summoned by the IGP as well for halting the construction work on the said land and instead of stopping the encroachment of land, IGP finally transferred me to Jammu and Kashmir, at Pattan railway post, which is a militancy prone area,” Geeri claimed. “20 Kanals of land have been sold by these officials illegally and that one marla in the area costs about Rs 10 lakh according to which, the officials have sold the land of about Rs 40 crores illegally,” Geeri added. He said soon after he was transferred to Kashmir, he felt that conspiracies are being made to kill him. “In order to serve public and the railways department at large, I fear for the safety of me and my family,” Geeri said. “The matter must be investigated thoroughly and I appeal chief minister Omar Abdullah to intervene and also my department should consider my transfer to Jammu region as I have been transferred almost 300 Kms away from my home.” Talking to GNS, IGP railways Dr. Kamal Kumar Saini said nothing such has happened. “Verify the facts check with our department if such a thing has happened. The person accusing us in this case has an inquiry pending against him,” he said. “He keeps on saying such things,” Saini said. SP, GRP Jammu Shiv Kumar Sharma said, “It is not possible to sell railway land there is a full-fledged railway protection force which looks after the railway land,” he said. He said the ASI was transferred from Jammu to Kashmir and that is why he is leveling “false “allegations against me.
seeking investigation into the matter relating to the death of his son Zahid Iqbal, court today directed SP South to reinvestigate the case and to personally monitor the situation.
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Office of the Executive Engineer Irrigation and F.C Division Kupwara Short Term Tender Notice No: 08 of 2013-14
For and on behalf of Governor of Jammu and Kashmir State sealed tenders affixed with Rupees Four Revenue stamps are invited from the registered PWD Contractors of all Engineering wings as per the following details:-
S. No Annexure No of works Date of issuance of tender documents Date of Receipt of Tenders 1. Annexure 16 Works 20-11-2013 to 23-11-2013 upto 4.00 PM 25-11-2013 upto 2.00 P.M TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. The Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Water Resources Government of India for AIBP projects reads: "If State Government fails to comply with the agreed Date of Completion, the grant component released will be treated as loan and recovered as per usual terms and recovery of the Central Loan” So in view of this the contractor is bound to start the work within seven days from the date of issue of allotment and is bound to complete the same within stipulated period of time as per NIT conditions. If the lowest tenderer fails to start the work, no further notices shall be served. His CDR shall be forfeited immediately and blacklisting of his Registration Card shall be recommended to higher authorities. 2. The Contractor who applies for issuance of tender document shall have to produce the requisite CDR at the time of applying for issuance of tender document for the particular work. Without CDR no application will be accepted and no tender document shall be issued. 3. The tender documents shall be issued only to those contractors whose registration cards are valid and free for the capacity of the work therein and also on production of registered photo copy of Tin No. without which no document shall be issued. 4. Earnest money shall have to be attached with the tender document in the shape of CDR from any scheduled bank @2% of the adv. amount and be pledged to the respective tender receiving authorities without which no tender document shall be accepted. 5. The tenderers shall have to quote their rates legibly both in figures and in words without cutting/overwriting and should be signed underneath of rates/amount with fixing of transparent tape cello over it. The rates be quoted in % to facilitate the undersigned to work out the successful tenderer. S. No 1.
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Name of work Const. of feeding/ distribution channel of Sajan Sar St. Tank. Construction of drain on Asthan Khul(Gazi Mohallah) at Bab Khah near land of Abdul Ahad Sheikh & Others Construction of cement concrete wall on left side of Chaddar Khul(Awoora) from Khan Mohallah Munwan Bala to Khan Mohallah Munwan Payeen Awoora at spots Regrading and Re-sectioning of Moori Kalarooch Khul Deepening and widening of Bramri Khul by way of Earthwork Regrading & Re-sectioning of Dardpora Dewer Khul Deepening & Widening of Anderbugh Khul Dewar Lolab Imptts. to Head works by way of bed treatment/cutoff walls and cement concrete jacketing at head works on Hyber khul near village Chowkibal Constr. of L/wall on Catch Water Drain of Yatchzab Sar St. Tank Sec. 1st Constr. of Lining wall/Side wall on Distribution channel of Rednag Sar "A" St. Tank Constr. of Lining wall/side wall on both sides of catch water drain of Yatchzab Sar St. Tank sec. 3rd Constr. of outlet chambers of Pipe outlets on Rednag Sar St. Tank Constr. of Lining wall on Catch Water drain of Yatchzab Sar St. Tank sec. 2nd Constr. of Toe wall on Rednag Sar "A" St. Tank. Const. of distribution Channel of Manzpather St. tank Const. of Teo wall, one No.Chamber, 2 No. slab pathes over spill on Manzpather St.Tank
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Date of Issuance of Tender documents: 20-11-2013 to 23-11-2013 upto 4:00 PM Date of Receipt of Tenders: 25- 11-2013 up to 2.00 PM Sd/- Executive Engineer DIPJK: 10127 Irrigation and Flood Control Division Kupwara
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A new study has described how a cell therapy might one day be used not only to quell some common types of persistent and difficult-totreat pain, but also to cure the conditions that give rise to them.
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grated into the nerve circuitry of the spinal cord, forming synapses and signaling pathways with neighbouring neurons. As a result, pain hypersensitivity associated with nerve injury was almost completely eliminated, the researchers found, without evidence of movement disturbances that are common side effects of the currently favoured drug treatment. “Now we are working toward the possibility of potential treatments that might eliminate the source of neuropathic pain, and that may be much more effective than drugs that aim
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many years and many obstacles which lie between this point and any possible use in people mean that we should not get too excited at this stage. Certainly, it is far too early to hail this as a cure for Type 1 diabetes,” he added.
rent health concern in the world. For the 2012 World Health Day, it has chosen to focus on ‘ Ageing and Health', using the official slogan “Good health adds life to years.”
Gastric bypass surgery not only rid people of their fat, but it also reduces their desire for alcohol, researchers have found.Some people opt going under the knife to decrease the size of their stomach. The Roux-en-Y procedure, or “gastric bypass” - is one such surgery that involves stapling the stomach to leave a small pouch at the top, which is then connected to the small intestine.Food then bypasses most of the original stomach and a chunk of the intestine too. This signifibycantly their reduces doctor,the with one amount of food person physiin five usinga over theiscouncally able to eat and the ter amount remedies. American of nutrients they research this year can absorb.In a newfound study, sleeping pills signifi-at Jon Davis andmay colleagues the University Cincinnati cantly increaseofthe risk of in Ohio collected outcome premature death.The latdata on 80,000 people in est sponsored the survey US whowas had had weightby Sleepio, an online sleep loss surgery, including Roux-en-Y.They found that improvement programme those whocognitive had the Rouxwhich uses been-Y procedure reported havioural techniques. drinking fewer alcoholic Andrew McCulloch, chief drinks after the surgery than before.But who executive of thepeople Mental underwent other types of Health Foundation, has surgery, such as a gastric campaigned forchange the NHS band, saw no in altocohol highlight the itimporuse.To test further, the team carried out Rouxtance of sleep. en-Y surgery on rats bred to prefer alcohol, and found that they also stopped drinking it afterwards.The researchers thinks that the sudden drop in alcohol consumption may be down to a hormone called GLP-1. When partly digested food hits the middle section of the small intestine, called the jejunum, GLP-1 is produced. This triggers the production of insulin, which in turn acts to lower blood glucose levels. After Rouxen-Y surgery, this part of the intestine is much closer to the stomach, causing it to be exposed to a much higher level of nutrients than it normally would be. Davis thinks this may be ramping up the production of the hormone. It is this extra GLP-1 that may be influencing cravings, he said. The hormone is thought to play a role in limiting how much food we eat once we are full. “GLP-1 travels through the blood to get to the brain, where it is thought to stimulate an aversion to food,” the New Scientist quoted Davis as saying. He thinks it may be eliciting a similar effect on alcohol consumption because alcoholic drinks can contain lots of calories. Now, Davis’s decreases a compound group is in testing a diabetes associated drug inwith mice inflammathat acts to levels ofsuggest GLP-1, tion.increase "These results that itgrapes might help thathoping consuming can alcoholics give up alcohol.
Toiletries that might Grapes good for damage your men's heart health 1 Glass of wine raises breast cancer risk Foods for strong bones health tween this point and any possible use in people mean that we should not get too excited at this stage The study by a team at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope in Duarte, California showed the com-
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Consuming grapes its carcinogenic effects. may help protect heart health Women who consume one alcoholic day have in peopledrink with ametabolic an increasedarisk syndrome, newof breast study cancer of 4 per cent, in line has revealed. Researchers observed a reduction in key risk factors for heart disease in men with metabolic syndrome: reduced blood pressure, improved blood flow and reduced inflammation. Natural components found in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for these beneficial effects. The randomized, placebocontrolled, crossover study, led by principal investigator with previous findings, Dr. Maria Luz Fernandez based on an analysis of 113 and Jacqueline Barona, a studies involving 77,000 light student drinkers.in Dr. FernanPhD Among dedez' lab heavy at the drinkers, Department fined as three or more drinks of Nutritional Sciences of a day, the risk is increased to the University of Connecticut, recruited men between 30 and 70 years of age with metabolic syndrome. The study is believed to be the first to look at the impact of grapes on metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together - increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist or low HDL (the good cholesterol) and in-
40 to 50 per cent. Overall, alcohol drinking accounts for one in 20 cases of cancer in northern Europe and one in 10 in countries such as Italy and France, where drinking
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the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a major public health concern, and is on the rise in the U.S. In this study, participants were randomly assigned to consume grapes, in the form of a freeze-dried you maintain a strong imwhole grape powder, a mune system and buildorup placebo powder, for four weeks. Then, following a 3-week "washout" period where neither grapes nor
tion. It is now the commonest cancer, with almost 49,000 cases and 12,000 deaths a year, despite affecting only one sex. However, it is less common than heart disease and strokes, which together kill 200,000 people a year - and alcohol is known to protect against these diseases. In women, as little as one drink a week cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke by 36 per cent according to a 2007 European study. The upshot is that light drinking is overall protective - but heavier drinking is associated with rapidly increasing risks. Experts say weighing up these risks is a matter of personal choice. Although heart disease is more common, cancer is more feared. Women with a family history of heart disease may feel differently placebo were from those with consumed, a history of cancer. individuals were allocated
to the alternate treatment. This powerful study design allowed investigators to compare the response of each individual to consumption of both the placebo and grapes. The study results showed that for each of the study's at small intervals-one should subjects, grapeheavy consumpavoiding taking meals. tion resulted in significant decreases in blood pressure, improved blood flow (greater vasodilation), and
A diet that keeps you cool in summer
Summer is all about having some fun under the sun. But, fragmented and costly,” the Daily Mail the harsh sunlight quoted them as saying. and humidity is your hair, health and skin’s worst enemy, so, it is The postpartum diet need not be cause she will be nursing the baby these are made into sugar-rich strong resistance against Also, it is very important alwaysmore important to says.aviruses ladoos. If you are being careoften," she "So she complicated — just a mix of ageand infection and to have Vitamin C thereby; ful sugar,citrus makefruits a haleem which old remedies and home science needs to eat more calories, why just that, it alsoabout ensures are a must as take from care. small bettermeals, skin andkheer." hair! Dehy- they consist of anti-oxidants The stork came and went, and will come
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Why first aid is necessary
First aid kits can be very basic or comprehensive. What you need, depends on whether you’ve been trained in first aid or want to stock just the basic essential necessities. Nowadays readymade first aid kits are available in medical stores.But you can also make a simple kit yourself. You first need to understand the basics when it comes to stocking a first aid kit. The bites of most spiders, mosquitoes, fleas, flies, bedbugs, etc., are similar in appearance and pose very little danger. Typically, it causes a small, itchy swelling that can last a few hours or days. Although bites are seldom dangerous, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like dengue or malaria.
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Editorial/Opinion The Daily
ashmir valley has very limited land which is under paddy cultivation. The total production of rice is not sufficient enough to suffice the needs of the people and it is because of this that the state has to import rice from other states and food corporation of India is the main supplier of rice which is made available to the consumers on our ration depots. Though there are several projects underway to increase the production of the rice in the valley and the improved seeds have also helped a lot in this connection, still the total rice produced in the valley is less than thirty percent of the total consumed by the local population who are mostly rice eaters. It is a shocking state of affairs that despite a ban imposed on the usage of paddy land for commercial and residential purposes, the trend is continuing unabated and every year hundreds of kanals of paddy land gets vanished. If one takes a look from Anantnag to Baramulla the whole land on both sides of the national highway has been turned into big colonies and hardly any land is still under cultivation. If this trend continues the time will come when there will be no land left and there will be no rice cultivated in the valley for which people will have to depend on the rice imports from outside the state. It is high time that the government takes stern action against those who are using the paddy land for erecting big commercial houses besides turning it in to residential colonies. The law enforcing agencies, the department of revenue and other connected agencies should be sensitive enough to this problem and they should not waste and more time to protect the agrarian land being turned into concrete colonies. They should not only enforce the law but should create awareness amongst the people about this grave problem. On one side they can initiate steps for the protection and on the other side they should start an organized campaign to discourage the trend of turning the agrarian land into colonies and industrial areas.
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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Paddy land becoming a rear commodity
The way forward
he Government recently announced an ambitious plan to produce more electricity from renewable sources as a part of its target to add 10 Giga watts of solar energy by 2017 and 20 Giga watts by 2022. The steps being taken in this direction include setting up of an ultramega green Solar Power Project in Rajasthan near Sambhar Lake. The project will be the first of this scale in the world and will thus turn to be a model for future projects. With the completion of the first phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission by surpassing the target, the country is set to embark on its second phase. In the first phase 1685 MW of solar energy was generated against the target of 1100 MW. In the second phase, areas for focus have been identified in Rajasthan, Kargil and Ladakh. Generation of solar energy has come a long way since we embarked on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar mission in 2010. Today, we generate 1.8 GW of electricity from solar energy which is going to be multiplied in the years to come. Despite this, solar energy forms but only a small fraction of power generation in the country. In fact the entire sector of renewable energy, which includes small hydro- electric projects, contributes only 12 % to the national power kitty; about 17% comes from hydro- power and about 2% from nuclear power. The bulk 70% comes from coal and gas based plants. Sixty-five percent of power from renewable sources comes from wind energy. Biomass accounts for 14%, small
warming, non-conventional sources of energy need to be exploited to the maximum extent. And that is precisely what India is trying to do. Besides, the country imports 70 % of oil which is a big drain on its foreign exchange reserves. The total installed capacity of power generation in the country now stands at just over 223 GW, far less than the requirement. The demand for power is estimated to increase by 16 GW a year at least until 2020. In this situation, every source of energy needs to be tapped to meet the needs of a growing economy. The 12th plan provides for increasing the capacity generation by 72 GW in thermal sector, 11 GW in hydro sector and over 5
Generation of solar energy has come a long way since we embarked on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar mission in 2010.
Today, we generate 1.8 GW of electricity from solar energy which is going to be multiplied in the years to come.
hydro- power projects contribute 13% and solar energy 5%. Other sources contribute about 3%. This imbalance needs to be corrected on many counts, on top being the environmental concerns. When the world is seriously concerned about global
GW in nuclear sector. In physical terms renewable sources of energy contribute 29 GW of electricity. The country is set to double this generation to 55 GW by 2017. Solar energy generation alone will increase to 20 GW during this period under the Jawaharlal
Nehru National Solar mission. Even though India has less than global average of wind speed, wind energy has been the most successful renewable source of energy in the country. Bulk of it comes from just five states, with Tamil Nadu as the leader. An encouraging factor is that off shore wind energy is becoming cost competitive with the energy generated from fossil fuels. It therefore becomes an attractive option for electricity generation. Biomass is another area which holds a good promise. With over 60 % of Indiaâ€™s population dependent on agriculture, the area throws up opportunities for power generation. No wonder major projects in this field are coming up in different states particularly in Punjab. The estimated power generation capacity in this area is put at 18000 MW. In Britain and some other European countries too, coal-fired plants are converting to bio mass. Proper exploitation of this field needs huge investments for building storage capacity and plants, the way countries like Finland and Sweden have done. In Finland 20 % of power generation and in Sweden 16% of power supply come from biomass. With about 200 tons of agricultural waste going unused in India, the potential of harnessing this area is substantial. Though per capita greenhouse gas emissions in India are very low, it has added about 2000 clean power projects in the last decade or so. The number of greenhouse buildings where solar and wind energy mechanisms and water harvesting etc. are in place has reached 2204. The number is planned to reach 1
lakh mark-an ambitious target indeed- by 2025. The Asian Development Bank has just announced that it will provide $500 million to build a power transmission system to carry clean electricity from wind and solar power projects in Rajasthan to the state and the National grid. Since setting up of transmission lines to evacuate power from the generating stations is a massive challenge, it will go a long way in dealing with the problem. Today, India is in a position to help other countries also. It has offered line of credit and expertise to Cuba to develop renewable energy projects to enable it to reduce its dependence on oil imports. NTPC is exporting 250 MW of electricity to Bangladesh at a fixed tariff. India has also invested in power projects in Bhutan. In short, keeping in view the challenges of power shortage and increasing demand in developing countries and environmental challenges across the world, India as also the rest of the world, needs to pay adequate attention to power generation through non- conventional sources. According to one estimate India has the potential to generate 150 GW of power through renewable sources alonethanks to plenty of sunshine for most part of the year and a good wind velocity in many parts of the country. But it needs huge investment to realise it. The rich countries must come forward to help developing nations to promote clean power generation. India on its part is well on the march.
ECO Sensitive Zones need Special Care
ndia is endowed with diverse topographical zones and rich variety of flora and fauna. During the course of industrialisation, urbanisation and other developmental initiatives, lot of changes occur in the landscape which may sometimes become the cause of natural disasters like earthquakes, flash floods, landslides, cloud burst etc. In order to preserve certain regions/areas bestowed with unique plants, animals, terrains Government has declared them as national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, etc,. Further, to minimise the impact of urbanisation and other developmental activities, areas adjacent to such protected areas have been declared as EcoSensitive Zones. The National Wildlife Action Plan (NWAP) 2002-2016 endeavours to protect areas outside the protected area network to prevent isolation/destruction of fragments of bio-diversity. However, eco-sensitive zones are delineated to regulate specific activities on site specific basis. The Environment (protection) Rules, 1986 states that the Central Government can prohibit and restrict the
location of industries and carrying on certain operations or processes on the basis of considerations like biological diversity of an area, maximum allowable limits of concentration of pollutants in an area, environmentally compatible land use and proximity to protected areas. The purpose of declaring eco-sensitive zones around protected areas is for creating some kind of â€˜Shock Absorberâ€™ to the protected area. They would also act as a transition zone from areas of high protection to areas involving lesser protection. The width of eco-sensitive zone and type of regulation vary from one area to another. However, as a general principle width of eco-sensitive zone could go up to 10 kms around a protected area. In case of places with sensitive corridors, connectivity and ecologically important patches, crucial for landscape linkage, even area beyond 10 kms width can also be included in the eco-sensitive zone. The State Governments should emphasise the fact to the public that ecosensitive zones are not meant to hamper their day-to-day activities, but instead, is meant to protect the precious for-
ests/areas in their locality from any negative impact and also to refine the environment around such protected areas. While some of the activities could be allowed in all the eco-sensitive areas, others will be regulated or prohibited. However, which activity can be regulated or prohibited and to what extent will have to be area specific. For instance, activities which fall under the prohibited category include commercial mining, setting up of saw mills, setting up of industries causing pollution, establishment of major hydro electric projects, discharge of effluent and solid waste into natural water bodies or areas, use or production of any hazardous substances,etc. Similarly, activities like felling of tress, establishment of hotels and resorts, widening of roads, protection of river banks and hill slopes,etc comes under regulated category. A Zonal Master Plan for the eco-sensitive zone has to be prepared by the State Government within a period of one year from the date of approval by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The zonal master plan should provide for restoration of denuded areas,
conservation of existing water bodies, management of catchment areas, soil and moisture conservation, needs of local community, etc,. which needs attention. It should also demarcate all the existing and proposed urban settlements, village settlements, types and kinds of forest, agricultural areas, green areas, horticultural areas, lakes, etc,. No change of land use from green uses shall be permitted in the zonal master plan except limited conversion of agricultural lands to meet the residential needs of the existing local residents, improvement of roads and bridges, community buildings, without the prior approval of the state government. Pending preparation of the master plan and approval thereof by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, all new constructions can be allowed only after it is approved by the Monitoring Committee constituted by the Central Government. Protection of eco-sensitive zones has assumed importance in view of the overzealous developmental initiatives in fragile eco systems. A balanced, rational developmental approach is the need of the hour.
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TUESDAY NOVEMBER | 19 | 2013
One day Panchayat Sameelan cum Orientation programme regarding Flagship programmes held at Dak Bungalow, Anantnag
• Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar, Minister of State for Technical Education, Power and Rural Development, Mr. Vikar Rasool attended and addressed the massive gathering of Panches, sarpanches and other participants. • While referring to the empowerment of the people at the Grass root level, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar said that by putting in place a vibrant Panchayati Raj system, the participation of the Panchs and Sarpanchs has been ensured in implementation and formulation of various welfare schemes undertaken for the people. The minster also stressed for enhancing the financial accountability and disciplinein implementation of various flagship programmes • Mr. Sagar said several schemes like MGNERGA, IAY, IWMP, NBA, UDAAN, UMEED etc have also been introduced, which have resulted in elevating the socio-economic profile of the people living in rural and far flung areas, besides ensuring the much needed employment to the people at their doorsteps • The Minister of State for RDD, Mr. Vikar Rasool while speaking on the occasion termed the holding of Panchayati Raj elections as watershed in the history of the State and termed it as a remarkable achievement of the coalition government. He said that Panchs and sarpanches have been adequately empowered and are involved in Planning, Implementation and Monitoring process of the various developmental programmes thereby involving them in day to day governance. • Member Parliament Anantnag, Dr. Mehboob Beig, MLCs Mr. Abdul Majid Bhat, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri, Director Rural Development Kashmir, Mir Altaf Ahmad, District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone, Ex-legislator Mr. Altaf Ahmad Kaloo, Additional District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Khan and other senior officers of the district were present on the occasion
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Tewari takes on ‘stalking sahebzada’, tells BJP to come clean on snooping Agencies The Congress on Monday renewed its attack on Amit Shah, a close aide of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and former minister of state for home, over allegations that the state police in 2009 illegally monitored the movement and phone calls of a
bzada,” Tewari said in a comment on Twitter Monday morning. “This is a breach of civilised behaviour. This is not the way a state behaves,” Tewari later told reporters. “They (BJP) need to come clean on this and say whether it was an isolated incidence...,” he said. On November 15, news portals
young woman on his instructions, at the behest of one “saheb”. “State Sponsored Stalking akin to state intruding into people’s bedrooms. Would u live in a society where state stalks your wives &daughters? (sic)” Manish Tewari, Union minister of information and broadcasting, tweeted. “BJP claims lady protected at father’s behest - Was the threat assessed? Why PSO’s (personnel security officers) not provided? Why court ignominy of being the Stalking Sahe-
Cobrapost and Gulail released a report and made public tapes in which Shah is purportedly heard directing the state police to monitor the movements of a young woman and a senior IAS officer. The websites alleged three key wings of the Gujarat police were involved in this snooping effort. The Bharatiya Janata Party blamed the episode on “dirty tricks department of Congress”. “Congress is scared of the popularity of Narendra Modi, so their dirty tricks department has become ac-
tive,” BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad said.“Has the girl complained? Has the father complained? They are invading the privacy of the lady in question. Their political fortune is declining, this shows the desperation of Congress,” he said. Asked about the BJP’s claim that the Congress is invading the woman’s privacy, Tewari said that “it is a concern for the whole nation”. The Congress on Sunday had demanded that a sitting Supreme Court judge probe the allegations levelled against Shah. Senior Congress leaders - Jayanthi Natarajan, Girija Vyas, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Shobha Oza - said if the allegations are found to be correct, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi “does not deserve” to be the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. “If government machinery is misused… Modi has no moral and political right to govern Gujarat... He does not deserve to be the PM candidate of BJP,” Joshi said, addressing a joint press conference along with Vyas, Natarajan and Oza at the AICC headquarters.“Can he violate the law by snooping upon every conversation of the girl? Can the chief minister be allowed to use the entire state resources to snoop and invade the privacy of one young woman even if her father made that request? It is shameful,” Natarajan asked. “Under what provision of the law was the Indian Telegraph Act violated? Who should be punished for these violations?” she asked.
Uttarakhand Chief Minis-
ter Vijay Bahuguna on Monday said there is no division within the ruling coalition in the State on the amendment to the Lokayukta Act or its replacement with another
effective anti-corruption law. “There is no contradic-
tion within the coalition on amendment to the Lokayukta Act or its substitution with another effective law to fight corruption,” he told reporters in Dehradun.
Supreme Court issues notice to UP government over Muzaffarnagar riots Agencies The Supreme Court on Monday sought a reply from Uttar Pradesh government on a PIL by Jat Sabha that has sought CBI inquiry into
government had informed the court that over 41,000 persons, out of 50,955 who had taken shelter in 58 relief camps in riots-hit Muzaffarnagar area, have gone back to their native places.
the Muzaffarnagar communal violence. The PIL has accused the state government of acting with bias for one of the communities involved in the violence. The Supreme Court is hearing various petitions relating to communal clashes that had broken out in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas of western UP on September 7 that killed 61 persons. Earlier, the state
The status report, filed by Divisional Commissioner of Saharanpur, however, has admitted that nearly 10,000 persons are still living in 10 operational camps and the residents of six riots-hit villages of Muzaffarnagar “have not agreed to return to their native villages even after confidence building measures and serious persuasion.
The Chief Minister was reacting to media reports suggesting there are differences within the ruling coalition on the issue. Prominent members of the Progressive Democratic Front, a conglomerate of parties supporting the Congress-led alliance, did not attend a meeting convened by Mr. Bahuguna on the subject at his residence on Sunday, triggering speculation about fissures in the ruling coalition on the issue. The PDF has seven members — three of the BSP, one of the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal, and three Independents — in the State assembly. Noting the State government has time till December 28 to implement the Act which has already been given Presidential assent, Mr. Bahuguna said a meeting of Congress MLAs and those of allied parties has been convened on December 15 to discuss different aspects of the Act and take a final call on the issue.
Agencies The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has told Bihar Police to look out for five terror suspects involved in Patna and Bodh Gaya bombings as they may be hiding in districts on the India-Nepal border and were likely to escape to Nepal, police Monday said. “After NIA’s alert, Bihar Police headquarters asked superintendents of police and incharges of police stations in districts on the India-Nepal border to keep a close watch on terror suspects,” a police officer said. The NIA also requested the state police to tighten security and intensify patrolling in East and West Champaran, Kishanganj, Katihar, Araria, Purnea, and Madhubani districts. Patna serial blasts suspects may flee to Nepal, NIA informs Bihar police”The NIA officials apprehend that terror suspects may use these districts to escape to Nepal,” police said. According to police officials, bordering districts are known to be safe hideouts for terror suspects in the past. Bihar Police along with the NIA arrested Yasin Bhatkal, co-founder of Indian Mujahideen from Raxaul near Motihari in East Champaran in August this year. Arshad Ansari alias Tabish was arrested early this month from a village in East Champaran in connection with serial blasts in Patna. Besides, the NIA raided several places in border districts in search of terror suspects after the serial blasts in Patna.The NIA on Sunday released sketches and details of the five terror suspects wanted in connection with serial bomb blasts in Patna and Bodh Gaya and sought the help of the general public in nabbing them.
ECI Goa commences work to weed out bogus voters Agencies Panaji, Nov 18: Goa office of the Election Commission of India has initiated the process to identify bogus voters in the state, in a bid to cleanse up the electoral roll ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elec-
they are already registered elsewhere. After the chance to allow them, delete name voluntarily, if they don’t do it, then they will have to face the action”, he said. The major focus of this drive is in constituencies like Taleigao, St Cruz, Margao, Dabolim and
tions.Conscious efforts are being made to pin point bogus voters from the list and delete them, so that criminal proceedings can also be thought of to be initiated against them, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Narayan Navti said. “The ECI’s local office has appealed people to voluntarily delete their names from the list, if
Cortalim, where migrants are in large number. The possibility is that they might be already voter in their native place like Karnataka and have re-registered themselves here, he said. The ECI is in the process of updating its electoral roll, which would be used for the forthcoming Parliamentary elections.
Deadly tornadoes hit US Midwest states
Farooq, Nitish say Vajpayee deserves Bharat Ratna; why one for Sachin, asks JD-U leader
No division in ruling coalition on amendment to Lokayukta: Bahuguna Agencies
Patna serial blasts suspects may flee to Nepal, NIA informs Bihar police
Agencies The clamour for country’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee grew as National Conference chief and Union minister Farooq Abdullah and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday supported the demand. “I am not from the BJP, but an Indian and no one can forget Vajpayee-ji was a great leader. I request the government to finally give Bharat Ratna to him,” Abdullah said. “He deserves it. Why should not it be given to him?” Kumar, who served as railway minister in the Vajpayee cabinet, said when asked if he supported Bharat Ratna for the former prime minister. Kumar, who is the driving force of JD(U), also made a strong case for giving the award to Rammanohar Lohia his ideological guru and Karpoori Thakur, who was chief minister of the state in 1977. The BJP asked the UPA government on Sunday why former Vajpayee wasn’t considered for the Bharat Ratna. “I am raising the issue
of not considering former PM for the Bharat Ratna,” said BJP deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha Ravishankar Prasad. “Sardar Patel was a ratna (gem) of the country. He died in 1950 while the Bharat Ratna was conferred on him in 1991. In that period, Jawaharlal Nehru was PM for 17 years, Indira Gandhi for 16 years and Rajiv Gandhi for 5 years. Why was Patel given the award after 41 years?” “The perspective of the Congress for Bharat Ratna doesn’t go beyond the dynasty,” he added. The Centre initiated the process to amend the rules to award Bharat Ratna in 2011 to make sports persons eligible for the top civilian honour. After Tendulkar and scientist CNR Rao were awarded the Bharat Ratna on Saturday, the BJP raised the issue of Vajpayee not being considered for the award. Meanwhile, A Janata Dal-United MP questioned awarding the Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar instead of legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand. “I fail to understand why Dhyan Chand was ignored and Sachin Ten-
dulkar was given Bharat Ratna,” JD-U’s member of Parliament Shivanand Tiwari told media persons. Tiwari said the ministry concerned had shortlisted the name of Dhyan Chand for giving the Bharat Ratna. “Dhyan Chand was incredible for having taken hockey to international level for the country when there was no corporate and powerful media. His magic impressed even fascist leaders of Germany who offered him money, comfortable and luxurious life but Dhyan Chand stuck to India,” he said.“Sachin Tendulkar was not playing free of cost. Sachin has made crores of rupees by helping corporates to market cricket in the country,” Tiwari said.Tiwari said the Bharat Ratna has lost its importance now. “It is time for a nationwide debate on Bharat Ratna and to whom it should be given. If latest trend is any indication, then it could be given to any corporate sponsored leader,” Tiwari said.The Bihar chief minister, however, distanced himself from Tiwari’s statement questioning the award to Sachin Tendulkar.
Powerful tornadoes have swept through the US Midwest, destroying buildings and overturning vehicles in the states of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky. At least six people were killed, all in Illinois, and it is feared that several hundred people may have been injured in the fast-moving storms. A number of people are feared trapped inside buildings. Forecasters said people in 10 states had been at risk. Hailstones the size of tennis balls have been reported.The storm was so fast-moving - with winds of up to 111km/h (68mph) - that weather services issued warnings for people not to wait until they saw the weather change. November is ordinarily one of the quietest months in the tornado calendar, meaning these storms are unusually destructive for this time of year, the BBC’s Nick Bryant in New York reports.About 80 reports of tornadoes had come in by late Sunday, said the National Weather Service - though a spokesman cautioned that multiple reporting meant the confirmed number might be about 30 or 40.
Rahul hits out at BJP, Shiv Sena on migrant issue Agencies Launching a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party for playing divisive politics and targeting migrants in Maharashtra and Karnataka, the Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said his party stood for development, transparency and empowerment of the common man. Describing Delhi as a mini-India that houses people from across the country, Mr. Gandhi said his own family had also migrated to Delhi from Uttar Pradesh. He said the Congress did not discriminate between people based on their caste or religion and treated everyone equally, but the same was not true for the BJP. “The BJP and its allies like the Shiv Sena target migrants in Maharashtra and Karnataka. They create tension, but we take all along,” said Mr. Gandhi, addressing his second rally in the Capital at Ambedkar Nagar here in the run-up to the upcoming Assembly elections next month. Mr. Gandhi, referring to the airport, improved transport facilities and power supply in the Capital, said over the past one decade Delhi has seen unparallel infrastructural development which no other city in the country could boast of. He, however, added that infrastructure alone was not enough and the Congress’ philosophy was to empower the common man. “We believe in empowerment of the common man, the women and the downtrodden. The Delhi Government has worked tirelessly towards this cause and introduced the concept of “Bhagidari” to involve common man in decision-making,” said Mr. Gandhi, adding that it was the Congress that gave people the right to information to bring transpar-
ency in decision-making. “We brought into open the decisions that were earlier made inside closed doors,” said Mr. Gandhi, in a speech that lasted a few minutes. He further said the electorate had to make choice between Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who had proved herself with her work over the past 15 years, and the BJP, which only indulged in idle talk. At the rally, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit tried to woo the electorates with promises of vending machines for distribu-
tion of subsidised food-items, more public toilets and hawking zones. Ms. Dikshit said the development brought about by her government over the past 15 years was there for all to see and instead, spelled out her plans for future. “It is time to lay the foundation of future Delhi. We plan to make special zones for hawkers, double the per capita income of Delhiites and make more public toilets. In the next five years, we plan to set up vending machines across the city on the Moth-
er Dairy-model to distribute food-items, strengthening the Public Distribution System. Multiplicity of authority also plagues Delhi and we are for a single agency for a uniform development of the National Capital Region,” said Ms. Dikshit, adding the BJP had made false promises and levelled baseless allegations. Saying that the Aam Aadmi Party president Arvind Kejriwal was “talented, but lacked experience,” Ms. Dikshit questioned the source of funds to his party.
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Kohli, De Villiers locked in No. 1 tussle for ODI batting rank Agencies DUBAI: The fight for the number one ODI batsmen between India’s Virat Kohli and South Africa captain AB de Villiers could get exciting in the coming weeks with the upcoming fixtures offering them an opportunity to either retain or reclaim the top spot on the ICC Player Rankings. Only eight rating points separate the No.1 ranked Kohli from de Villiers. While India play the West Indies in a three-match series from November 21 in Kochi, South Africa play host to Pakistan in a three-match series from November 24. The series in India finishes on November 27 and the series in South Africa finishes three days later. This means both Kohli and de Villiers can potentially make the most of the home conditions in their quest. Kohli replaced Hashim Amla as the top batsman at the end of the series against Australia in November 2013, for the first-time in his career. De Villiers, on the other hand, has been a number one ranked batsman
previously, with June 2013 being the last time he was top ranked. The skipper will enter the home series in second position after gaining three places following stellar performances against Pakistan in the UAE. The latest player rankings was released at the end of the threematch series between Sri Lanka and
New Zealand, which ended in a 1-1 deadlock. It also factors in Bangladesh’s 3-0 series win over New Zealand and South Africa’s 4-1 series win over Pakistan. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained static at sixth position. Other Indians to complete the top 20 list include Shikhar Dhawan (11th position), Rohit
Rafael Nadal heads ATP rankings Agencies
Hope a West Indian carries forward Sachin Tendulkar’s legacy, says Jason Holder Agencies
Sharma (15th) and Suresh Raina (17th). Meanwhile, South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is back in the top 10 of the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers. Steyn has moved up five positions to 10th after claiming six wickets in two ODIs against Pakistan. Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has maintained his hold on the number one rank with West Indies’ Sunil Narine in second and India’s Ravindra Jadeja in third place. Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar held on to their 17th and 18th positions respectively. Meanwhile, India start the threematch series against West Indies assured of retaining their number one rank on the ICC ODI Team Rankings table, irrespective of the outcome of the series. India are currently ranked first with 123 ratings points and enter the series leading seventhranked West Indies by 34 ratings points. Because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, India’s failure to win the series will result in them losing as many as four ratings points.
Mumbai: Just-retired cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s legacy should be carried forward by someone from the Caribbean nation, feels West Indies fast bowler Jason Holder. “Obviously a good career by Sachin. He has set a new mark as a batsman for several players and sportsmen in general and in terms of cricket. He has left a very good legacy and it is hopefully up to a West Indian to pick up that legacy and carry on and hopefully better (it),” Holder told reporters here. The 22-year joined the squad for the threeODI series, which commences on November 21 in Kochi, and said the batting legend must have shared some of his knowledge post Test series when he visited the West Indies
dressing room. “I wasn’t in the dressing room at that time but
I am sure it would have been a good visit and he must have passed on some of his good knowledge and expertise,” he said. West In-
India aim for win against resurgent Nepal Agencies
Rafael Nadal maintained first place in the men’s tennis rankings issued by the ATP on Monday. The Spaniard ensured he would end the year as world number one with victory over Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on November 6. Nadal went on to lose the final to Djokovic, but on 13,030 points cannot be overtaken by the Serb, who is on 12,260, with Spain’s David Ferrer third on 5,800. The only changes to the rankings were outside the top 50. ATP top 10 as of November 18 (previous ranking in parenthesis): 1. (1) Rafael Nadal, Spain, 13,030 points 2. (2) Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 12,260 3. (3) David Ferrer, Spain, 5,800 4. (4) Andy Murray, Britain, 5,790 5. (5) Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 5,255 6. (6) Roger Federer, Switzerland, 4,205 7. (7) Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,180 8. (8) Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland, 3,730 9. (9) Richard Gasquet, France, 3,300 10. (10) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 3,065.
AUSTIN: Once the prince of Formula One and holder of all the “youngest ever” records, Fernando Alonso will head to Brazil this week battling to keep pace with the sport’s new king of speed.The two-time world champion Spaniard will also be leading Ferrari’s forlorn fight to finish as runners-up in the constructors’ world championship, having secured that position for himself in the drivers’ title race with his fifth place finish in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix. Like most competitors and observers at the Circuit of the Americas, Alonso, 32, doffed his cap to Sebastian Vettel after the 26-year-old German had reg-
istered another record-breaking feat in winning his eighth successive race for champions Red Bull.But behind his dignified show of respect for the supreme team and four-time world champion, he was struggling physically and mentally.Regarded by many as the finest racing driver of his generation, Alonso has seen his potential to win for Ferrari reduced almost systematically by the stunning speed and reliability of Vettel and Red Bull.Yet in bringing his Ferrari home to claim second in the championship, Alonso demonstrated again his deep resources of courage and commitment in the most difficult circumstances.Alonso raced with his body taped up to reduce the pain from his back and the headaches that have dogged him
Sreesanth to tie knot Dec 12 Agencies Disgraced former India pace bowler S. Sreesanth is all set to tie the knot with a girl from a royal family in Jaipur Dec 12 at the famed Guruvayoor Sree Krishna temple, said a close aide of the cricketer. Speaking to IANS, a close aide of Sreesanth said the marriage plans are being looked after by his brother. “The wedding will take place at Guruvayoor temple Dec 12 and the same evening there will be a reception in Kochi and another one the next day also at Kochi,” said the close
been able to convert our chances. We got plenty of them for sure. Chances only come when you play well.”“We are playing some good football and hope to carry on the trend,” he added. India skipper Sunil Chhetri feels their loss in the last meeting would have no impact in tomorrow`s match.“Tomorrow is a new game with both teams starting from the same score. History is there for stats,” said Chhetri who is on the cusp of becoming the highest goal-scorer for India. “To win matches you need to score. It just doesn`t matter as long as we convert our chances. Whether it`s me or anyone in the squad, it`s immaterial as to who scores,” Chhetri, who is presently tied with Bhaichung Bhutia on 42 goals, said.Meanwhile, Koevermans and Chhetri congratulated Subrata Paul for signing a contract with Danish Superliga team FC Vestsjaelland.
Siliguri: Having lost to Nepal in the SAFF Championship last month, the Indian football team is set to face a tough task as they lock horns with the Himalayan nation in an international friendly here on Tuesday. After playing out a 1-1 draw with Philippines on Friday, India are still looking for their first international friendly win this year. Last time the two teams met, Nepal edged past India 2-1 in Kathmandu. Expecting a fierce challenge from the neighbours, national coach Wim Koevermans said his boys will go all out for a victory at the Kanchenjunga Stadium. “It`s not a match of revenge as is being stated. Every team takes the field to win. Sporting culture says that once you lose to a team you stay keen to win it the next time you play. We want to win. But it`s not that easy. We know Nepal are a strong side,” Koevermans said.“In the recent past we have not
Stressed Alonso fighting forlorn battles for Ferrari Agencies
aide who did not wish to be
dies suffered innings defeat in both their Test matches but Holder said they have a squad that can turn things around. “We are a very confident side at the moment. It is the first series coming off our series against Pakistan and it wasn’t the best but I think we have a side that can turn things around and move forward.” The Barbados player said the morale of the team was high and they were not thinking about the two-Test series loss. “Obviously the guys were a bit disappointed after the Test series. But having said that, we have fresh group of players here. Some of the players from the Test side and couple of new players have joined the team. We have got a new mindset and we have got a new focus.
since his 25-G impact on the kerbs in Abu Dhabi two weeks earlier. Some drivers might have withdrawn from the fray, particularly on a day when Vettel added more lustre to his legend. But not Alonso. “I’m tired, very tired,” he said afterwards. “I didn’t have good preparation for this race physically. I was one week on the sofa or in bed with headaches. “The race was demanding. It was not an easy race. I had to fight all the way through, so physically I feel tired now. I felt stressed all weekend from all the battles.“Hopefully I can feel a little bit better in Brazil, less tired, enjoy the weekend a little bit more, but there are still some targets to do with the constructors’ championship for us.
Whatmore `frustrated` by Pak batting during South Africa series in UAE Agencies Johannesburg: Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has expressed his immense frustration at this team`s recent batting failures against South Africa. According to Sport24, the Pakistan team has been criticised for playing up to seven bowlers at times, thus weakening their batting, but Whatmore said he would still be looking to employ bowlers who can bat on their second visit to South Africa this year. Pakistan are without Goliath-sized paceman Mohammad Irfan, who is staying over in Dubai for treatment in the hope that his hip injury will heal in time for him to play in the series against Sri Lanka next month, the report said. Meanwhile, Pakistan T20 captain Mohammed Hafeez said there were some advantages to playing South Africa so often, with the teams having already met in five tests, 12 ODIs and four T20 internationals in the last year. The series in South Africa starts on Wednesday with a T20 match at the Wanderers, the report added.
Split coaches a possibility Agencies CHENNAI: Defending champion Viswanathan Anand could not break through the defenses of challenger Magnus Carlsen and had to be content with a draw in the seventh game of the World Chess Championship on Monday. turned out to be another tame affair after two back-to-back losses for Anand as Carlsen gave nothing away in yet another closed Berlin defense as black, while the Indian went for an early deviation from previous games. With just five games to go in the 12-game match, Carlsen retains his two point lead with the scoreline now reading 4.5-2.5 in favour of the Norwegian. The clock is now ticking away for Anand as the Indian needs at least two victories in the next five games to level scores. Carlsen’s Berlin defense has already given too many headaches to team Anand and today it was no different. No matter what approach Anand chooses, the Norwegian is always spot on in getting exactly the kind of positions he likes. Anand went for a knight capture on the fifth move to get a position akin to the Ruy Lopez ex-
change. The better pawn structure is guaranteed to white in these setups but black gets sufficient counter play with the nature of the position remaining close.
Anand probably wanted to avoid serious complications he has been facing in the endgames in the last two games and hence a better structure guaranteed him level endgames
should they arise. By move 10, two minor pieces had changed hands giving the impression that Anand probably had a slight pull but not much to carry on. Carlsen, to his credit, yet again came with right maneuvers to ensure that the position always remained close to equal. On move 15, Anand pushed his king rook pawn to open up one file on the king side but his plan boomeranged as Carlsen, after temporarily allowing a foray on the seventh rank for the white rook, neutralized the optical initiative with timely exchanges. Both rooks and another minor piece was off the board almost in a blitz and all that remained was a queen and knight endgame with no chances for either side. Anand changed a couple of more pawns and the draw was agreed to in just 32 moves vide repetition. “I thought I will be able to get something but I could not,” Anand said in the post-match conference.In the remaining five games now Carlsen will get to play three white’s while Anand has just two white games remaining.