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VOL NO: 4 | ISSUE NO: 170 | RS: 2/- (AIR SURCHARGE FOR JAMMU /DELHI/LEH 50 Paisa)
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RTI on wheels reaches Srinagar
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Missing boy traced after 2 years Srinagar, June 19: An 11 year old boy from South Kashmir’s Qazigund area was traced after two years from New Delhi and was handed over to his parents in presence of ADC Srinagar at DC office. Reports said that a sixth class student Tariq Ahmed Shiekh son of Muhammad Akram had gone missing in 2011 from Qazigund area. With the assistance of ‘Child Line’ an organization which works for the welfare of the children, the boy was traced from New Delhi. “Our Delhi based members brought the boy to Srinagar from New Delhi where he was handed over to his parents in presence of Additional District Development Commissioner Srinagar Shahbaz Ahmed,” one of the members of Child Line Javid Ahmed told CNS. The father of Tariq See Missing On PG 11..
Police organizes cleanliness drive at Manasbal Park Srinagar, June 19 : Continuing its “Police Raising Week” celebrations, JKAP 8th Bn and IRP-8th Bn organized a cleanliness drive of Manasbal Park and its surroundings today. The drive was supervised by Sh G.L Sharma, CO JKAP 8th Bn. According to statement issued to KNS, Nazir Ahmad Mir CEO Manasbal Development Authority was the Chief Guest whereas Sh. Altaf Ahmed Shah CO IRP 8th Bn was the guest of Honour. The cleanliness drive was attended by the students of Jammu and Kashmir Sainik School Manasbal and Government High School Kondhbal Manasbal. Besides civilians, police officers and tourists also took part in the drive.On this occasion See Police On PG 11..
On Edit Page Isolation-The silent killer There is one Punjabi saying- “God may not even leave a tree alone” It is a fact that lone trees in desert dry up soon than the one’s in dense forest. If it is the case of a tree then how can a man live all alone as by nature he is a social animal. During lifetime we experience problems at one stage or the other. Those are the critical moments, we need supporting system to share adversities and emotional crisis. The joint family system used to tackle such kind of problems very smoothly. Man was not left to face the gust of violent winds which would snatch away all his treasures of emotions with it. But in modern
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Omar constitutes Koul Commission to probe 2010 killings Srinagar June 18: The State Cabinet Thursday appointed a one-man judicial commission to probe the killing of over 120 civilians during 2010 summer agitation. Justice (retd) M.L.Koul who is also probing the Gagrin Shopian killings at the hands of CRPF will head the Commission. According to CNS the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah decided to constitute a oneman commission to probe all the killings of 2010. More than 120 persons were killed in action by security forces during the agitation in Kashmir Valley in 2010. The government had appointed a commission in 2010 to probe the only 17 killings that had taken place till July that year. When contacted Justice (Retd) M.L.Koul told CNS that he has not received any note from the government so far in this regard so he can’t comment on the issue. Pertinently, Omar Abdullah led government had shelved the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) ordered into the killing of youth in police and paramilitary CRPF firing during the 2010 summer unrest in Kashmir. The State government had ordered the CoI into the killings of only 17 youth out of about 120 civilians killed by police and paramilitary See Probe On PG 11..
Srinagar, June 19: The Cabinet approves the formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for development of the Coal Block at KudnaliLaburi, (Talcher) in Odisha allocated jointly to JKSPD & NTPC by the Union Ministry of Coal. The SPV Board of Directors will be composed of five Directors including Administrative Secretary PDD
the security forces have started search operations to sanitize the area. A police spokesman identified the three militants as Adil Ahmad Shah son of Abdul Ahad Shah resident of Ratsuna Tral, Adil Ahmad Mir son of Bashir Ahmad Mir resident of Dadsura Tral and Tariq Ahmad Parray son of Ghulam Mohammad Parray resident of Laribal Tral. Shah was the divisional commander of Hizb, said the police spokesman. Police spokesman said that three slain militants were involved in killing of father and son (Panchayat representatives) and a village Numberdar in Tral whose killings took place during the recently held elections campaigning. (KNS)
National Conference pays tributes to Mirwaiz Qazi Nisar
Srinagar, June 19 : National Conference has paid tributes to Shaheed Mirwaiz Qazi Nisar on his Death Anniversary and said that the Late Mirwaiz was a religous scholar and social reformer of the highest order and that his martyrdom had created a conspicuous vacuum in the Valley. Paying tributes to Shaheed Mirwaiz Qazi Nisar, Senior National Conference leader Dr. Mehboob Beg said that such tragic assassinations had left an indelible mark on the psyche of the people. Dr. Beg said that the bloodshed of scholars, reformers and religious figures in the Valley by the enemies of Kashmiriyat was a collective loss for humanity.
of ‘Rehbar-e-Taleem’ teachers shall be transferable within the district to which they belong. The cabinet also approved enhancement in the prescribed age of retirement on superannuation in the case of members of the teaching faculties of the Universities of Kashmir/Jammu, SKUAST, Kashmir/Jammu and Government Medical College, Srinagar/Jammu from the present 60 years to 62 years. (KNS)
Cabinet approves SPV for development of Coal Block in Odisha Thermal power to wipe out energy deficit
3 cadres including Div Commander Hizb killed in Buchoo encounter
Shaheed Mirwaiz was a learned scholar and reformer: Dr. Mehboob
All efforts underway to rescue them: Sushma Swaraj
Advances by militants life threatening for Iraq: UN
Enhances retirement age of teaching faculties to 62
A big jolt for militants
Srinagar, June 19 : Three militants including divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in a fierce gun battle at Buchoo Tral on Thursday. Reports reaching KNS said that the gun battle started between militants and the security forces at around 6 pm at Buchoo around 10 Kilometres from Tral town. On a tip off the security forces including 3RR, SOG Awantipora, CRPF and police had laid ambush on a road connecting Buchoo with Amlar village. A senior police officer said that the militants while crossing the road spotted security forces on the road and fired upon them. In retaliatory fire all three militants, reported to be locals were killed on the spot. The cordon is still on and
Iraqi Govt. informs MEA about location of abducted Indians
Cabinet approves 5 year services of ReTs Srinagar, June 19 : The Cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah approved the reckoning of the five years of service, rendered by ‘Rehbar-e-Taleem’ teachers before regularization, for the purpose of fixing their seniority and counting such service, notionally, for pension and other retirement benefits, wherever applicable. It was also decided that, after regularization, the services
Anantnag shuts over the death anniversary of Qazi Nisar Anantnag, June 19, CNS: Complete shutdown was observed in south Kashmir Anantnag on Thursday to commemorate the 20th death anniversary of prominent pro-freedom and religious scholar Dr Qazi Nisar Ahmad. The call for shutdown was given by Ummat-I-Islamia head and son of the slain leader Mirwaiz South Kashmir Qazi Yasir and it was See Nisar On PG 11.. Dr. Beg said that National Conference has always advocated the importance of the peaceful and political resolution of the Kashmir Issue and has always See National On PG 11..
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J&K who will be the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. The approval also includes signing of Joint Venture Agreement by the J&K SPDC & NTPC besides setting up of End Use Power Plant in Odisha with NTPC. The allocation of the Coal Block is a major achievement for See Cabinet On PG 11..
New Delhi, Jun 19: The External Affairs Ministry has said Iraqi government has provided information about the location of the abducted 40 Indian workers. Addressing a press conference in New Delhi this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said, Indian Embassy in Baghdad has been persistently following the matter with the Iraqi authorities. Akbaruddin said, the government is giving highest priority to the safety and security of the Indians there. On Wednesday, India had confirmed that 40 Indians were kidnapped in violence-hit Iraq city of Mosul. Replying to a question, Akbaruddin said, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has also talked to Chief Minister of Punjab as most of the abducted workers are from Punjab. The Spokesman reiterated that New Delhi is ready to work with any organisation or
Washington, Jun 19: Top US officials turned on Iraq's leader, blaming his "sectarian" policies for the country's crisis as Washington on Thursday weighed calls for air strikes on Sunni militants bearing down on Baghdad. The sharp criticism of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki came as he scrambled to repel an insurgent onslaught that has seen an entire province and parts of three others fall out of government control in an offensive that could threaten Iraq's very existence. The militants' swift advance See UN On PG 11.. individual who is willing to assist in this difficult situation. Earlier, in the day, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said all efforts are underway to rescue Indian nationals kidnapped in Iraq. She told reporters in New Delhi that she is personally supervising the rescue efforts. Swaraj assured the relatives of the kidnapped people that the government will leave no stone unturned to rescue them. See Iraqi On PG 11..
Efforts on to develop Jammu, Geelani’s remark on ‘insaniyat Srinagar stadia of international kay dairay mai’ unfortunate that now standards: Omar Hurriyat (M) questions isGeelani sahib is hailing Srinagar, June 19 : Chief various steps have been Vajapyee’s statement on Minister, Omar Abdul- taken to create new sports the timing of Geelani’s Kashmir. When we used lah Thursday said that infrastructure in both ruto assert the same, he isthe State Government is ral and urban areas, other remarks sued series of statements keen to upgrade and en- measures aimed at nurhance sports facilities in urban and rural areas so that the talent in different sports is harnessed and groomed to the highest standards. “We intend to develop facilities of international standards at the sports stadia in Srinagar and Jammu and this matter has been discussed with Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley during his recent visit to the valley. We have urged for the liberal Central help in this regard”, he told the media at the sidelines of Sher-iKashmir Sports Award Investiture Ceremony organized by J&K State Sports Council at SKICC here. According to a statement issued to KNS, Omar Abdullah said that while
turing youth in different sports is also under active focus of the Government.
He said that up to the mark sports facilities and infrastructure is imperative to develop sports and sports persons. “We are devoting fullest attention towards this goal”, he said adding See Omar On PG 11..
Srinagar, Jun 19 : Coming down heavily over the recent statement of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani wherein he stated that Kashmir should be resolved in the ambit of humanity, Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday questioned that how come the senior separatist snubbed Hurriyat (M) when it stressed for the same in the past. Geelani on Wednesday stated that when former Indian premier Vajpayee talked of resolving Kashmir insaniyat kay dairay mai, everybody welcomed it. Keeping up with India’s traditional stand on Kashmir, Vajpayee and his successors failed to translate these words into reality. “This
PDP patronizing criminal, corrupt elements - NC Mufti empowering former counter-insurgents: Dr. Kamal
Srinagar, June 19 : National Conference has said that PDP by admitting and promoting known criminal and corrupt faces in its party fold has made it pretty clear that Mufti Sayeed has chosen to re-invest his faith in the politics of embezzlement, crime and corruption as a route to political power. According to a statement issued to KNS, National Conference Additional General Secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal has asked Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to come clean on substantiated allegations of corruption and grave criminal records against various senior PDP leaders who are masquerading as "new faces" in the party. Dr. Kamal has also sought a public apology from the PDP top-
brass to the law abiding citizens of J&K for giving political patronage to one of its leaders from Srinagar to steal power worth lakhs and crores for his commercial establishments that have been established from ill-gotten money. Pertinent to note is the recent revelation that a PDP leader's flour mill in Tangmarg was found to have stolen power worth lakhs of rupees by criminally by-passing the meters. The Power Development Department has imposed a fine of Rupees Thirty Lakhs on the owner of the flour mill who is also one of PDP's "new faces" from Srinagar. Stating that PDP's desperation for gaining power had led the party to invest in criminal elements, money launderers and former dreaded counter-insurgents, NC Additional General Secretary said that this was an alarming See Kamal On PG 11..
against us, accusing us of entering into a sell-out,” said Mirwaiz’s media advisor Shahid-ul-Islam in a statement to KNS. He maintained that it seems the prime objective of Geelani’s Hurriyat at present is to counter every statement of Hurriyat (M) and to level the allegations sans any ground. “As if it has become the modus operandi of Geelani sahib to counter our every statement on Kashmir and to give it a different color. Time has proved our stand and has been itself vindicated by Hurriyat (G).” Substantiating his claims, Shahid said that when Hurriyat asked BJP led government that it should tread the ways See Remarks On PG 11..
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PDP finalizes another list of candidates Srinagar, Jun 19: Finalizing its preparations for the forthcoming assembly polls scheduled to be held by the end of this year, the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday decided candidature of another group of party leaders. Sources told Kashmir News Service that the former minister Qazi Mohammad Afzal has been given the ticket to fight from Ganderbal. Interestingly the constituency is considered as the important turf for both the regional parties NC and PDP. The party sources have confirmed further that all the sitting MLAs of PDP will contest the 2014 assembly elections from their respective turfs except the three constituencies of South Kashmir- that are still undecided. Fayaz Mir- the senior PDP leader will contest from north Kashmir’s Kupwara area while as from Khansahib, the party is fielding Saif-ud-din Bhat. From Kangan, the party has issued ticket to Bashir Ahmad Mir and from South Kashmir’s Noorabad- it will be party’s new entrant Abdul Majeed Paddar who will contest See PDP On PG 11..
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Probe forces during pro-freedom protests in June 2010 after the Machil fake encounter. The CoI headed by Justice (Retd) Syed Bashir-udDin was entrusted with the job to complete the probe in three-months up to October 2010. The CoI, with Justice (Retd) YP Nargotra as member, had recorded statement of witnesses into the killings and even the accused cops and forces. After getting cold response from the state government, the CoI headed by Justice Bashir-ud-Din opted to quit the job and accordingly it was shelved. Justice Bashir-u-Din that time had maintained that his report was based on statements of witnesses, circumstantial and scientific evidences and had indicted police and paramilitary CRPF personnel in those cases and recommended measures to prevent such incidents in future, but the report could not be made public due to shelving of the CoI. (CNS)
Cabinet Jammu & Kashmir, which suffers from Energy deficit especially during winter season when the generation of power through various HEPs decreases significantly owing to low discharge in the rivers. The State Government with this major initiative will be able to establish a dedicated base load Thermal Power Station which would effectively wipe out the current energy deficit of nearly 28 per cent and improve the reliability of power supply round the year. The decision is in line with the broader policy of the State Government under the leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to make the State Energy sufficient by harnessing huge hydro potential available to the State along with the Solar and Thermal Power. Within next five years the State Government expects that these efforts will prove to be fruitful for the people and will give major boost to the Economy of the State. (KNS)
Iraqi Meanwhile, in Punjab, more than 50 families have approached the state government and provided details of their relatives stuck in Iraq. Punjab Government has set up a control room at Chandigarh with telephone numbers 0172-2740397 and 0172-2740035 besides a fax number 0172-2740936. A Punjab Government spokesman said in Chandigarh that the moment control room numbers were flashed on the TV channels, the two telephone lines of the civil control room were flooded with calls from anxious relatives. Deputy Commissioners of various districts are approaching the families of those who are in Iraq. Haryana Government has also set up a control room in Chandigarh with telephone number 0172-5059197 to get any information from people about their relatives in Iraq. A senior officer of Haryana Government said in Chandigarh that government has got details of 20 persons of Haryana who are in Iraq but none of them is in the list of those who have been abducted.
UN has sparked international alarm and the United Nations has warned that the crisis was "life-threatening for Iraq". Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been displaced in the nine days of fighting and an unknown number killed, while dozens of Indians and Turks have been kidnapped. With President Barack Obama mulling a request by Baghdad for air strikes on the advancing militants, US officials castigated Maliki, publicly echoing longheld criticisms among his domestic opponents of sectarianism. US Vice President Joe Biden urged greater political inclusion in Iraq in phone calls with Maliki and other Iraqi officials, the White House said. Biden "stressed the need for national unity in responding to the ISIL threat against all Iraqi communities," in calls with Maliki, Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, and President of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani, it said. The top-ranking military officer, General Martin Dempsey, and former US commander David Petraeus both also rounded on the premier. "There is very little that could have been done to overcome the degree to which the government of Iraq had failed its people," Dempsey said. Petraeus warned at a conference in London that Washington risked becoming an "air force for Shiite militias" and supporting "one side of what could be a sectarian civil war" if political reconciliation were not agreed. The remarks came after Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters in Saudi Arabia that Baghdad had asked Washington "to conduct air strikes against terrorist groups". Zebari acknowledged "the need for drastic political solutions." Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier to the Gulf and sent military personnel to bolster security at its Baghdad embassy, but Obama insists a return to combat in Iraq is not in the cards.
Omar that a comprehensive sports policy will also be framed to help catapult sports of all categories holistically. In today’s investiture function, the Chief Minister gave away awards to twenty outstanding sports persons for participating in the International events and earning medals and showing their excellence during the years 2010-11 and 2011-12. The Sher-i-Kashmir Awards are conferred upon ten outstanding sports persons in each year. Minister for Sports and Culture, Raman Bhalla, Minister of State for Sports, Feroz Ahmed Khan, Secretary Sports Council, Daleep Thusoo and a large number of sports persons and sports lovers were present on the occasion. Those who were conferred awards and cash prizes including: Atul Pangotra in Taekwondo, Ishfaq Hussain in Kayaking & Canoeing, Arjun Gandotra in Roller Skating, Mohammad Saud Bhat in Taekwondo, Devinder Pal Singh in Roller Skating, Phungsog Yangdon in Skiing, Major Vikram Singh Jamwal in Fencing, Masooda Akhtar in Skiing, Brinder Singh Manhas in Taekwondo, Arjun Gupta in Taekwondo, Kapil Pangotra in Taekwondo, Adil Mohi-ud-Din Bhat in Kayaking and Canoeing, Harish Kumar in Power Lifting, Preet Dutta in Power Lifting, Yasmeena Akhtar in Skiing, Arushi Kotwal in Chess, Shaurya Bali in Equestrian, Arun Singh Charak in Wushu, Lalit Singh in Wushu and Zaheer Abbas Khan in Teakwondo.
Zabarwan Times These sports persons have participated in International events in the years 2010-11 and 2011-12 winning gold, silver, bronze and other medals. Under the Sher-i-Kashmir Sports Award, ten outstanding sports persons who participate in the international competitions in games and sports recognized by International and Asian Sports Federations and Government of India Sports Boards. It carries a cash prize ranging from Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000 per sport person besides a certificate and citation at the Investiture Ceremony. (KNS)
Remarks of Atal Biharee Vajpayee and must resolve Kashmir at an earliest, a statement against the Hurriyat (M) was issued by the conglomerate led by Syed Ali Geelani and also a series of columns were written by different columnists in local dailies here. “What would be the writing of those columnists now who earlier rebuked our policies. Now when Geelani sahib has stated that the same what had been asserting for, we would wait for the new write ups,” maintained Mirwaiz’s media advisor. (KNS)
National condemned bloodshed irrespective of who the culprits are. "We have never believed in playing with the blood of innocents to gain power unlike our opponents who treat bloodshed as a political bargaining ploy unmindful of the sufferings and miseries that this nation has witnessed", Dr. Beg said. Various National Conference Leaders including Party Vice President Peerzada Ghulam Ahmed Shah, Former Minister Haji Abdul Gani Veeri, NC Spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu, MLC Bashir Ahmed Veeri and District President Anantnag Dr. Mohammad Shafi also paid tributes to Shaheed Mirwaiz Qazi Nisar on his Death Anniversary. (KNS)
Nisar supported by Hurriyat Conference JK chairman Shabir Ahmed Shah. Shops and other business establishments remained closed while the attendance in schools was thin. Thin movement of traffic was observed on the roads. A march led by Qazi Yasir was taken out from Idara Tehqeeqat to Deyalgam (the spot where body of the Qazi Nisar was found 20 years ago) where rich tributes were paid to Qazi Nisar. Amid pro-freedom slogans the people returned back to Idara Tehqeeqat in Lal Chowk Anantnag where Qazi Yasir and others throw light on the life and achievements of Qazi Nisar. In his address at Dayalgam, Qazi said that Dr. Qazi Nissar undoubtedly was a great scholar as well as a resistant leader. “His contributions in the field of resistance are highly valued by one and all,” he said adding that he made every effort and fought for the cause of liberation of Kashmir. He said the biggest tribute to Qazi Nisar would be to remember and work for his mission. “The nation is keenly waiting for us to unite under one platform and work as one unit as our enemy and goal is common. Personal interests, differences and egoism should be kept aside and larger interests of the nation should be kept into consideration. The nation needs a united Hurriyat. I remember in 2008, it was this day when people held special prayers in Masjids all over Kashmir for unity of Pro resistance leadership,” he said. He said that the contribution of Qazi Nisar in the freedom movement is unmatched. He said that despite being the architect of MUF Qazi Nisar himself choose not to contest the election in 1987 and sacrificed his life for achieving the goal of freedom. Fateh Khwani was offered to Shaheed Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, Afzal Guroo and all other martyrs of Jammu Kashmir. Unidentified gunmen in Dialgam village assassinated Qazi Nisar on June 19, 1994. Qazi later joined Muslim United Front (MUF), an amalgam of socio political organizations, which took part in the ‘rigged’ 1987 elections during which he became popular for his fiery speeches. Most of the separatist leaders including Shabir Ahmed Shah who had declared to participate in procession in Anantnag were either detained or placed under house arrest.
Kamal development and could lead to an increase in corruption, major crime and organized suppression within the State's polity. Dr. Kamal said that it had also become very evident that PDP was now being supported by some recently retired, dreaded and notorious police officers who flouted all norms and policies of leniency announced by the State Government and suppressed the youth of Srinagar on their own whims and arrogance. The NC Spokesman said that one such recently retired police officer who allegedly boasts of the number of youth killed by him and the number of them thrown into jails by him is another "new face" of PDP and is expected to contest the forthcoming Assembly Elections on the party's ticket from North Kashmir. Dr. Mustafa Kamal also lashed out at the PDP for picking and choosing dreaded former counter-insurgents across the Valley to constitute a team of infamous, criminal faces that the party intends to use to harass the people ahead of the forthcoming polls. The NC Leader said that PDP's plans to criminalize the State's polity through brazen dual standards and blatant intimidation of the voters speaks volumes about the party's political intentions. Stating that a lot of senior PDP leaders had serious cases of graft, tax-evasion, land-grabbing and embezzlement of public money registered against them in the courts of the land, Dr. Mustafa Kamal said that those faces that were openly pronounced corrupt by PDP in the past miraculously became "honest" overnight the very moment they joined PDP. Dr. Kamal said that the most glaring example was that of a former bureaucrat from the State who was sacked by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government on charges of corruption in the Panchayat Ghar Scam in 2005 but was later rewarded with an MLC berth by the same Mufti Mohammad Sayeed when the said person joined PDP. Dr. Mustafa Kamal also welcomed recent indictment of some officers and employees of the Food and Supplies Department by the Vigilance Department and demanded that more serious allegations of embezzlement and misappropriation raised against a former officer of the Food and Supplies Department be thoroughly probed despite his being a "new" face
of PDP. Dr. Kamal said that the law should take its toll and if the particular PDP leader is found guilty of mass corruption, loot and plunder in the Food and Supplies Department, there should be no hesitation in bringing him to the book and putting him behind bars. (KNS)
PDP from the area.Moreover, in Srinagar’s Hazaratbal area, mandate has been given to Aasiya Naqash while as Khurshid Alam will contest from Khaniyar. The party sources told KNS that the leadership is still indecisive over Amira Kadal, Batmaloo and Eidgah. However the final call over the remaining constituencies is expected to be taken in the coming days. (KNS)
Missing Ahmed said that he is excited to find his missing son. He however said that police did nothing to trace his son from past two years.
Police Chief Guest Sh. Nazir Ahmad Mir CEO Manasbal Development Authority, Sh. Altaf Ahmed Shah-(KPS) SP CO IRP 8th Bn and students spoke on the importance of environmental cleanliness. (KNS)
RTI on wheels reaches Srinagar
Srinagar, June 19 : RTI on wheels, a mobile van creating awareness among masses about Right to Information reached Srinagar on 18 June. This initiative is on the line of Gujarat's RTI on wheels model promoted by Gujarat based NGO 'Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP). According to a statement issued to KNS, Dr Shiekh Ghulam Rasool, Chairman J & K RTI Movement/Co-Convenor NCPRI said "In order to meet the lack of awareness for RTI challenge Mahiti Adhikar Gujarat Pahel (MAGP) has come up with innovative idea called "RTI On Wheels", which is a multi-media van with mobile RTI clinic. In order to reach RTI to most un-reached communities and regions MAGP will conduct RTI Bharat Yatra in forthcoming year."
MAGP and Jammu and Kashmir RTI movement are a part of National Campaign for People's Right to Information (NCPRI), and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) which are national platforms for strengthening democratic Rights. It is pertinent to mention here that , RTI Bharat Yatra was flagged off by chief minister of the state in Jammu last week. Farooq Kuthoo, Spokesperson J & K RTI Movement said, " A start of RTI Bharat Yatra Programme from Jammu and Kashmir, itself gives encouraging message to citizens of entire nation that RTI will make our democracy participatory and thus more meaningful.” We are extremely grateful to MAGP and RTI Activists accompanying RTI on wheels for choosing J & K as part of their campaign. (KNS)
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Court hears arguments lists next hearing on June 21 Srinagar, June 19: The Principal District and Session’s Judge who is also special judge under enemy agents ordinance on Thursday heard the arguments advanced by the defense counsels of Hashim Qureshi, the accused in Ganga Hijacking case of 1971. Quershi, president Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Liberation Party (JKDLP) was present in the court while the arguments were being heard. He was represented by Advocate Reyaz Jan and Advocate Syed Reyaz Khawar. The defnse lawyers pleaded that a person can be tried twice at two different places for the same offence. The defense counsels argued that under international covenant on political and social rights to which India is a signatory a person convicted or acquitted in a country cannot be tried for the same offence in another country. They also prayed that under Article 20, clause II (double jeopardy) of Indian constitution, a person convicted or acquitted in an offence in some other country cannot be tried in India for the same offence. Qureshi served a nineyear jail term in Pakistan, after which he went to the Netherlands where he remained for 20 years, even getting citizenship of that country. His cousin remained in Pakistan after release from jail. On December 29, 2000, Qureshi was brought back to the Valley —where he faces trial in the hijack case —- after
his arrest in Delhi. The Government subsequently appointed Principal District and Sessions Judge Srinagar as special judge to hear the case under Enemy Agents Ordinance, 2005. The trial of the case involving the hijacking of the Indian Airlines Srinagar-Jammu flight to Lahore on January 30, 1971 is still on in the Court. The accused Qureshi and his cousin Ashraf allegedly forced the Ganga, a Fokker Friendship, to Lahore where it was set on fire after all on board were released. Qureshi’s defence is based on the principle of double jeopardy which holds that a person cannot be tried for an offence for which he has already been prosecuted. (KNS) Rajendra addresses maiden Police Darbar at Jammu Jammu, June 19 (KNS): The Director General of Police (DGP), Mr. K. Rajendra Kumar today underscored the need for transparency in the day-to-day functioning of police to bring about a positive change in the public perception about the force. Mr. Rajendra was addressing maiden police darbar at District Police Lines here this evening, in which jawans and officers of Jammu Province participated. Urging the cops to make public service their motto, Mr. Rajendra said that JKP has a long history of public service which has to be continued to strengthen the image of the Organization among
the masses. He said that “men in uniform” performing at every nook and corner of the state represents the force and any petty mistake by any member of the family would reflect the image of the Organization. “Our jawans have to ensure rule of law at every cost and for this purpose law abiding people needs to be taken into confidence while transparency in our working and better attitude would bring a positive change in public perception”, Mr. Rajendra added. Appreciating the role of jawans and officers, the DGP said that Jammu and Kashmir Police has demonstrated great valour and courage while fighting the militancy in the State and saved precious lives and property of the public. He said that police has the primary role in maintaining peace and order in the society to ensure dignity and honour of common man. He said that our fight against the militancy would continue till lasting peace prevails in the state. Anti militancy operations needs to be conducted, adopting an effective strategy to avoid collateral damages and unnecessary inconvenience to the law abiding people, he added.
Mr. Rajendra asked the jawans and officers that people have pinned lot of hopes with the police to get their grievances redressed and it is our duty to focus on their grievances on priority. He said that public service and people’s cooperation is our strength to face the challenges. “It is the coordination among different wings of the Organization and public trust upon the cops, which would make our struggle against crime and social evils successful” he said. Listening to the problems presented by the jawans during durbar, the DGP assured that these would be looked into for appropriate action. He asked them to work with zeal and utmost devotion to duty. Talking about the welfare measures, the DGP said that welfare of jawans is on top of our agenda and the department has established a Central Welfare Fund for the support of jawans and their families, for this purpose, the Organization has launched various welfare schemes. He said that many more schemes would be implemented in the near future after convening general body meeting of Central Police Welfare Fund.
Shabby condition of sports stadium
Protestors blocked highway for hours Pampore, June 19: Scores of sports lovers Thursday blocked Srinagar-Jammu highway near Kadlabal Pampore and raised slogans against the government over the shabby condition of sports stadium. The protestors carrying placards and banners alleged that present government completed neglected the said stadium and despite repeated requests from the local youth did not take any measures to restore the glory of the stadium. Eyewitnesses told CNS thousands of passengers including some top bureaucrats got stranded on the highway for hours due to the protest. Protestors stopped the cavalcade of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti and brought the matter into her notice. Eyewitnesses said that
in a bid to pacify the protestors, Mehbooba Mufti tried to came out from her vehicle but retreated after some youth shouted slogans against her. “We don’t know who people raised the slogans that forced Mehbooba Mufti to retreat. We were expecting that being the member parliament she would assure help to restore the glory of the stadium, but nothing happened,” a protestor Farooq Ahmed told CNS adding that due to foul smell emanating from the garbage lying in the stadium, people are suffering badly. Police and Para-military troopers reached on spot and after the positive assurance from police including DC Kulgam Jehangir Ahmed Mir whose vehicle also stranded in the traffic jam, protestors dispersed peacefully. (CNS)
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Speaker for early completion of Eidgah project SRINAGAR, JUNE 19: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Mr. Mubarak Gul asked the executing agencies of Eidgah project to speed up the pace of work on all works and complete them in a time frame. These directions were given by the Speaker while chairing a an officers meeting convened to review the progress of ongoing works being executed by different agencies for development of Eidgah constituency. Threadbare discussion was struction of entry gate, filling, ed them to ensure up keep of the held on various issues including levelling and landscaping of Ei- park and make existing fountain progress on drainage plan sys- dgah prayer ground. functional. He directed the contem and construction of Mehrab While discussing the de- cerned for construction of Bore at Eidgah.The tourism depart- velopment of park and its main- Well also. Mr. Gul asked them ment, which is Nodal Agency of tenance by Floriculture depart- to maintain the beautification of the Project briefed the Speaker ment, it was informed that a DPR the park and on Nallahmar road about the progress ofLone the project. News Agency Kangan Khan by News Agency Ganderbal of Rs.1.26 crore has already been planting saplings and flowers It was informed in the meeting Gulzar News Agency Souraand submitted to the Zahidof Book Depot Chadoora formulated different varieties.Constructhat Rs.90 lakh have been re- Nodal Agency for accord of nec- tion of Chain Fencing was also Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta leased to Jammu and Kashmir essary sanction. It was informed came up for discussion and the Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Project Construction Corporathat Rs.20Lal lakh has been spent Speaker the Chowk SCIOP to Abdullah News Agency Chowk Sikendar Newsdirected Agency Lal tion (JKPCC) for construction of on the park so far by floriculture provide required material to be different works including GupkariconNews Agency Lal Chowk Rainaused Newsfor Agency Gund Kangan department.The Speaker directthe purpose immedi-
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Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Lone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Magam Dar News Agency Beerwah Reshi News Agency Safapora Basharat News Agency Bandipora Altaf News Agency Pulwama Jeelani News Agency Baramulla Shah News Agency Kupwara Younis News Agency Langate News Agency Islamabad SRINAGAR, JUNE Reshi 19: The Committee on Ethics and Turray Agency Tral Legislathe Privileges Committee of News Jammu and Kashmir tive Assembly expressed shock Agency and grief over the death Rahi News Kulgam of Ch. Mohammad Aslam, MLA Surankore; who passed Rah News Agency Byepass
Ethics, Privilege Committees condole demise over the death of Ch. Aslam
away the other day.These Committees met here under the Chairmanship of MLA, Mr. A. G. Malik and expressed shock and grief over the death of the leader. Legislators, Mir Zahoor Ahmad, Mr. Shabir Ahmad Khan, Mr. Javid Ahmad Dar, Peer Aafaq Ahmad and Mrs. Indu Pawar were present on the occasion. Describing Ch. Aslam a gentle and God fearing person, they said that the contribution paid by him for betterment and welfare of the down trodden section of society will be remembered for a long time to come.The Committees also expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul.Special Secretary, Assembly Mr. M. R. Singh, Deputy Secretary Assembly Mrs. Naseemaji besides other officers of Assembly Secretariat also attended the condolence meeting.
Rashid News Agency Dalgate Hilal News Agency Budgam Bhat News Agency Chadoora Zargar News Agency Kunzar Bashir News Agency Sumbal Saleem News Agency Pattan Reyaz News Agency Pampore Javaid News Agency Qazigund G.M News Agency Sopore Sultan News Agency Handwara Sheikh News Agency Islamabad SRINAGAR JUNE 19: Tral The Three Way News Agency Department of Ecology, EnviBadru News Agency Bijbehara ronment and remote Sensing Malik News Agency Organized a two dayArwani capacity Shaheenprogramme News AgencyinKargil building spatial
ately to the concerned executing agency so that the construction work on fencing to be started soon to avoid any encroachments.Mr. Gul directed the concerned to complete construction work of the Ghat on war footing basis.While review the overall progress of works under execution in Eidgah Constituency under Roads and Buildings sector, the Speaker directed for repairs and renovation of roads and link roads. He also asked them
to macadamize the NallamarNoorbagh road on far footing basis.The Principal Secretary, Planning and Development Mr. B. R. Sharma and Principal Secretary Finance Mr. B. B. Viyas briefed the Speaker about the measures taken to speed up the pace of work of Eidgah project. Among others, Secretary, PWD Mrs. Tanveer Jehan, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Mr. Satish Nehru, Secretary Tourism Mr. Zaffar Ahmad Bhat, Commissioner, SMC Dr. G. N. Qasba, Director Floriculture Mr. Mishry and other officers of tourism, JKPCC, R & B, SMC, finance, floriculture, H & UD, revenue besides Assembly Secretariat were attended the meeting. Earlier, a condolence meeting was held under the Chair of the Speaker and expressed grief and sorrow on the demise of veteran political leader and sitting MLA from Surankote Chowdhary Mohammad Aslam who passed away at his native village.
Ecology, Environment & Remote sensing deptt organize two day capacity building prog at IMPA
data Capturing and Application of Geo-informatics commenced from 18th at Institute of Management and Public Administrations (IMPA). The training programme was designed for the field level officials of the various departments including Municipal Corporation of Srinagar and Jammu, LAWDA, SDA, JDA, Tourism, Town Planning Organizations Jammu/Srinagar, Health Services Department, Wildlife Protection and forest department.
While speaking in the inaugural session, CCF/CWLW, Mr. A. K. Singh, the Chief Guest, underlined the need of training for the field staff of the line departments, in spatial data capturing, so that geospatial databases could be generated economically by the users themselves, to prepare efficient Management and Conservation plans. Principal Chief Conservator, Mr. Abhai Kumar while speaking on the occasion underlined need for generating near real time information for management of forests in the State. Director Environment Ecology and Remote Sensing, (EE&RS), Mr. Suresh Chugh emphasized
on maintaining coordination between the line departments to achieve the goals. He said one of the experts of the Department had successfully developed an android based spatial data capturing application that could be useful in collecting ground truth data using an android based mobile phone. Among others, the inaugural session was attended by senior officers of various line departments including CCF (Ecotourism), Mr. O.P Sharma and Senior Town Planner, JDA, Mr. Hamid Wani, Scientist of the department In the technical sessions, a number of presentations/lectures were delivered by the experts.
Rs 49.36 lakhs disbursed among 710 ST students
March 21-April 19
Allow your eager and restless nature to express itself in ways other than through the spoken word, Aries. Show someone that you care through your gentle touch or a big bear hug. Hold on a little bit more tightly than you might normally. There’s an unspoken understanding that comes when you communicate through nothing but pure silence. Work on developing this kind of connection with those closest to you.
Taurus April 20-May 20
This is a terrific day for you, Taurus. You should find that your relationships, especially with men, go exceptionally well. Your tender and extremely sensitive nature is finally being recognized as the treasure chest it is. There are many times in which this type of personality is seen as weak, yet today is one of those times in which you’re given the full credit you deserve.
Gemini May 21-June 21
A selfish attitude on your part won’t be tolerated today, regardless of the circumstances, Gemini. Don’t make it worse for yourself by pretending that you don’t notice others’ hurt feelings. People are likely to be extra sensitive today, so be careful about trying to impose your will on someone who really wants nothing more than an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on.
Cancer June 22-July 22
You could find the hardest person to face is you, Cancer. You tend toward introspection, and you may find yourself shrinking into self-recrimination. You could analyze the important people in your life and yet fail to address the one you really need to look at – you. As you continually strive for perfection, give yourself proper credit. Do something nice for yourself today.
July 23-August 22 Take advantage of the creative energy in the air today, Leo. Keep your hands moving and your imagination flowing toward something fun and artistic. If you begin to doubt your work, you may fall down a spiral of creative blockage. Don’t get into the habit of constantly judging the quality or outcome of your work. Give yourself free rein to open up and explore whatever comes to mind.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Your sixth sense is right on target, Virgo, so trust your instincts today. You’re likely to connect with someone in a wonderful partnership that will help you foster the very plan you want to develop now. Stay close to those things that resonate strongly with your morals. The answer is in front of you; you don’t have to search too far afield in order to find it.
September 23-October 23 Take a break from your routine, Libra. You might feel like you’re leading an army into battle as you strive for new adventures and conquer new realms. Make sure you take a bit of time out today to stop and let your troops rest. You deserve a little rest yourself. Use this moment of stillness to form your plan of attack so you’re sure about how to proceed.
Feroz reviews status of post matric scholarships of Kargil district
SRINAGAR, JUNE 19: The Department of Tribal Affairs has paid an amount of Rs 57 crore to 57534 students belonging to Schedule Tribe (ST) category as post-matric scholarship since 2008 in the State.This information was given to the Minister of State for Education Mr. Feroz Ahmad Khan while chairing a meeting of the officers of Tribal Affairs Department here today. MLC Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi and President Jammu and Kashmir Shia Federation, Jammu, Mr. Aushiq Hussain Khan, who is member of Board for Tribal Affairs, were present in the meeting.The Minister was informed that an amount of Rs 49.36 lakhs has been provided
October 24-November 21 The key for you is to minimize your daily drama as much as possible, Scorpio. You may not realize how much you cripple yourself by the way you exaggerate every aspect of your life. Try not to give so much of your attention to things that really don’t matter much. Petty jealousy and gossip about other people’s lives are especially irrelevant in your world.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
to the 710 ST students of Kargil district from 2008 to 2014 as post matric scholarship thus covering all the students from the district pursuing their higher education. Mr. Feroz stressed upon the student of under privileged sec-
tions of the society including the ST to avail the benefits of the schemes launched by the government for their welfare. He assured the community that government would do everything possible to ensure that they march ahead with other
Sheikh Ghulam Rasool chairs House Committee meeting Reviews Katra land encroachment issues SRINAGAR JUNE 19: The House Committee of Legislative Council, constituted to look into the encroachment of land at Katra, met under the chairmanship of MLC Sheikh Ghulam Rasool here today. Legislators, Mr. B. R. Kundal, Mr. Muzaffar Ahmad Parray and Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Mir attended the meeting. The Committee examined the records submitted by the Revenue Department and found that total 1150 kanals of state land was available at Katra, out of which 75 kanals 18 marlas land were transferred to Shri Mata Veshno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), 71 kanals 08 marlas are in possession of Sheep Husbandry Department and the remaining land is with the Drug Research Farm of Agriculture Department. The Committee discussed, threadbare, on various aspects of the report submitted by the Revenue Department. The Chairman instructed the Deputy Commissioner, Reasi to submit a detailed report about present status of the land early. The Committee decided to have on-the-spot inspection of the land after receiving the required report from the Deputy Commissioner. Among others, Finance Commissioner Revenue, Mr. Arun Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Mr. Shantmanu, Agri. Production Commissioner, Mr. Asgar Samoon, Commissioner Secretary, Mr. Vinod Koul, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Shahid Iqbal, CEO, SMVDSB, Dr. M.K. Bhandari, Director Agriculture, Jammu, Dr. S. S. Jamwal besides senior officers of council secretariat attended the meeting.
communities in matters of development. The meeting was informed that the construction work on Hostel building for ST students at Kargil is coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 2.93 crore while Rs 15 lakh stands
incurred on the project so far. Director tribal affairs Ali Raza, threw light on different centrally and state sponsored schemes being implemented by the Tribal Affairs Department for the development and welfare of the tribal population of the state.
CS chairs Forest Advisory Committee meeting
Ecology, Environment & Remote sensing deptt organize two day capacity building prog at IMPA SRINAGAR JUNE 19: The Department of Ecology, Environment and remote Sensing Organized a two day capacity building programme in spatial data Capturing and Application of Geoinformatics commenced from 18th at Institute of Management and Public Administrations (IMPA). The training programme was designed for the field level officials of the various departments including Municipal Corporation of Srinagar and Jammu, LAWDA, SDA, JDA, Tourism, Town Planning Organizations Jammu/ Srinagar, Health Services Department, Wildlife Protection and forest department. While speaking in the inaugural session, CCF/CWLW, Mr. A. K. Singh, the Chief Guest, underlined the need of training for the field staff of the line
departments, in spatial data capturing, so that geospatial databases could be generated economically by the users themselves, to prepare efficient Management and Conservation plans. Principal Chief Conservator, Mr. Abhai Kumar while speaking on the occasion underlined need for generating near real time information for management of forests in the State. Director Environment Ecology and Remote Sensing, (EE&RS), Mr. Suresh Chugh emphasized on maintaining coordination between the line departments to achieve the goals. He said one of the experts of the Department had successfully developed an android based spatial data capturing application that could be useful in collecting ground truth data using an android based mobile phone. Among others, the inaugural session was attended by senior officers of various line departments including
Be careful of advertising yourself as someone who is so strong and mentally competent that you’re capable of handling everything, Sagittarius. Take note that the strongest mule on the trail usually ends up carrying the most weight. Your emotions are more sensitive than you may think, and certainly more than you demonstrate to others. Be honest about the way you feel and not just the way you think.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Things should flow well for you today with very little effort on your part, Capricorn. Take note that if any quarrel arises, it’s an indication that the person you’re arguing with isn’t necessarily the right person to deal with or confide in. Emotional issues are likely to be the hardest ones to overcome, but this shouldn’t be a problem for you. You have the ability to work through these like a pro.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
This is meant to be a nice, relaxing day, so treat it as such, Aquarius. There’s no need for you to plan any great strategy at this time. Try to take it easy and not indulge in any unnecessary stress. This is your time to enjoy the moment. Don’t tax your mind by overanalyzing everything that comes your way. Go with the flow and have a great time regardless of what you end up doing.
February 19-March 20 Your sensual nature is heightened, Pisces, and you’ll find yourself engaged in tender moments and languid peacefulness in the company of others. Soothe your soul by letting yourself slip into situations that give you the emotional freedom to do or say whatever comes to mind. Life should be like a love poem written by a great master. Accept the good energy that comes your way.
EDITORIAL// OPINION EDITORIAL OPINION Qoute of the day High number of No cake walk for I’d rather live with a good question heart and cancer than a bad answer any party in Aryeh Frimer patients coming polls
Isolation-The silent killer
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Nursing Sick Units Back to Health
An alarming signal for society
he situation as reThe number of heart and cancer gards pre-poll allipatients in the Kashmir valley is inance between concreasing at gress an alarming day by and rate national day. So far, these fatal diseases used to conference is now be treated as and fallout of two urbanization, very clear the parties here is one Punjabi sayfood habits and sedentary lifestyle. have decided to gomay together if ing“God not even But unfortunately, this is spreading they want to register theirItwin leave a tree alone” is a in rural areas too. During the last few fact that lone trees in desin some parliamentary conyears, the ert number of patients sufferdry up soon than the stituencies inlife thetaking state. The ing from these diseases one’s dense forest. If it isAbdulthe case chiefinminister Omer visiting of of a treeSher-e-Kashmir then how can Institute a man live lah had very categorically said Medical has increased all aloneScience as by nature he is amany social that there is no alternative but fold. A major population of the valley animal. During lifetime we experito go for alliance with the conence at chunk one stage or inthe has toproblems spend a large of their gress party. He said that his other. Those are the critical mocome on medication for grave diseasments, we together. need supporting system party will never go any poll es for years Thefor more miserto share adversities and emotional pactcondition with BJP lead NDA.class He able is those of middle crisis. The joint family system used families who have to meet to thejoin exsaid that it is necessary to tackle such kind of problems penditures by their agriculture land, hands with congress because very smoothly. Man was not left to property selling jewelry or by taking both the parties are already in face the gust of violent winds which loan. As per reports the main cause coalition both atallCentre and would snatch away his treasures attributed forwith the spread ofinevident these fainemotions the state. Now it is of it. But modern tal diseases isnuclear stressthey along withsystem other times, family that inthe Jammu will have factors cases of breast cancer too has left.the everybody in lurch. The to face formidable BJP which are on higher side has asbecause compared the working couple to go through is strengthened oftothe aother strenuous routine in order to rerun parts of the country in the candidature of become Narinder Modi the family. They machines cent past. The stress protein rich food ascoup PM and in the causPDP to theKashmir fast and lonely lives salty teawith etc. could be prominent has strong packets of support unable to give proper attention and es for this increase but lack of awarecare to their children which they and may cause upsets ness amongst thebig women especially need most. Consequently, theconchilif congress and national in thetoo villages is taking its toll. Early dren adjust themselves accordference do not go together. detection early cure. ButStill due ing to the means present environment and PDP has the chance of going to many aloof social which hesitantmakes the women remain them neck to neck with do not speak very the easilycongress and take an Island in out themselves. Being deNC alliance. Meanwhile the anit lightly which aggravates the situapressed, they do not move out, mix nouncement Congress partion. As per expert reports, the games. breast with friends or of play outdoor Instead they shut themselves withcancer goingits to double in ty thatinitIndia willisstart election in the four walls of the house. With next four years. Now this type of cancampaign with the union health the advent technology, they The concer has overtaken cervical cancer. minister Gof N. Azad alongwith fine themselves to computers and cost curing this deadly disease may the of PCCI president Saif ud Din play games using few buttons. They vary from 10-15 thousand to 3-4indilacs Soz from 13th ofthrill March. cannot attain the andIt spirit of per month depending oncongress theinteracstage cates that on one outdoor games. Faceside to face and gravity of the disease.the Almost allof is trying tofor bridge differtion is must healthy growth the regions of the world are affected children. But today children enences between itsthe leaders and by these diseases. grossed in their own fantasy world on the other side it is not taking The time has come when together the societyor either sleep for hours thewell electoral battlecaring in J&K very as theinhealth agencies love to as live confined area which lightly. The state has this time they zone.for This kind has toname rise tocomfort the occasion fighting about 70 lakh voters which will of life style is making them deagainst these grave diseases by awakuse their franchise to elect six pressed lazy. Socialtheir connecening theand masses to change life members from the state. The tivity gives us strength to face any style and avoid self medication .The kind of adverse situation as friendvalley itself hasshould 36 lakh awareness camps be voters organship bonds are thicker than the reandinthese votersarea in where the entire ised the remotest medlations. Studies have proved that state will decide thenil. fate ofmore the ical facilities are almost Thefriends, the cancer patients having candidates five phases. Elabstunning part ofrelations, the serious situation peer group orin survive for is there are thousands of medical orate security arrangements a longer period than the one’s who shops which sell without are needed as medicines the separatists have not friends or relations, feel the prescription of the doctors, rathdim, dejected, crib and have already unwanted, issued poll boyer suggest medicines and the curse suffer from delusion, hallucicott calls and there may begullible some nation and die soon. Nowadays mipatients consume medicines it kind of unpleasant things till here nor children or adolescents are sufturns otherwise and patients have to or there which can create fear fering from adopted isolation which be rushed to the hospitals where it is in the minds of the voters. Howthey have created themselves. The too late. As it is the consumption of ever, keeping in is view the panold generation too also facing the medicines in the valley much highchayat elections theisvoters may same problem. During the last two er as compared to other parts of the decades, tremendous changes took again turn in good numbers to country in a way making it safegenerahaven place which forced young elect their representatives. for the sub standard medicines. The tion to move out valley for earnThis care timeagencies theofelections are health should put ban ing their livelihood. The old parents quite different than the previon the companies were leftpharmaceutical alone in sprawling bungaous elections as the voters are manufacturing kindexpression. of medlows with pain such beyond more aware their rights But they with the support icines. A survived strictabout drug policy should and politically theorsituation is of neighbourhood friends and be initiated and licenses for medical relations. For social connectivity, somehow confused throughshops should be given after proper there ought tounder be nearby publictoliout the country. Itthe remains scrutiny and guidelines braries, recreation parks prescribed by rules andclubs, regulations be seen who will win the battle or the old homes where these old set by ministry of health. Defaulters royal but sit it together is clear and that this people can feel the should befriendship. served severe penalty time most of thewith candidates will bonds of However, lack so thattough people are able live a healthy have time to to convince of such facilities leave them tothe live life as is the case in other developed in isolation and die in isolation. voters in their favour. and under developing countries.
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nce blue chip Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) like BSNL, Air India, Hindustan Cables Ltd and Fertiliser Corporation of India today stand testimony as to how not changing with the changing times and technology could change their fate and turn them into sick units. However, there has been always a silver lining in this regard as the government has been relentlessly making efforts to revive maximum number of sick public sector units (PSUs) to take the country’s growth engine forward. This was possible with the help of revival packages provided by the government to these units. With this aim, the Government set up the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises (BRPSE) in December 2004 to advise the government, inter-alia, on the measures to restructure/ revive, both industrial and non-industrial CPSEs. Since then cases of around 67 sick CPSEs have been referred to BRPSE up to October 2012, out of which the Board has made recommendations in respect of 62 cases, while returning five cases to the concerned ministries for further examination. No wonder, there has been significant improvement in the overall condition of these enterprises since 2004. In comparison to 90 sick CPSEs in March 2005, there were 66 sick PSUs in March 2012. As per the BRPSE recommendations, of these cases, 45 were accepted for revival by the Government. Most of the remaining cases are awaiting nod for
revival while in case of 45 cases accepted for revival, 14 have already turned around including Bharat Pumps and Compressors, Cement Corporation of India, HEC, Andrew Yule and MECON and making profits while others have been infused with revival packages. The companies for which revival packages have been approved include Hindustan Shipyard, HMT and Scooters India. As the CPSEs operate under dynamic market conditions, it is quite natural to see ups and downs in their performance. As far as the reasons for losses and sickness in CPSEs are concerned it varies from enterprise-to-enterprise. While in some cases, the cause is historical. In case of textile companies which were taken over from private sector on socio-economic considerations could not be modernised quickly. Likewise other enterprises in the engineering and refractories sector too failed to modernise. Still others like some consumer goods companies and the new ones, turned sick over the years on account of inadequate job orders, high man-power cost, lack of finance, technological obsolescence, high input costs and competition from cheap imports. In addition, other problems common to most sick and loss-making PSUs have been poor debt-equity structure, weak marketing strategies and slow decision-making process. As one such policy initiative, the Sick In-
dustrial Companies (Special Provision) Act, 1985 (SICA) brought the CPSEs under its purview in 1991 (made effective from 1992). Under the provisions of the SICA, CPSEs with at least five years of registration whose accumulated losses are equal to or have exceeded their net worth may be referred to the BIFR. During the last twenty years -- between 1992 and 2011, 63 CPSEs have been referred to BIFR. The government has made several attempts to overcome “sickness” in these CPSEs through various policy initiatives. The strategies for revival/restructuring of sick CPSEs include financial restructuring involving investment by the government in the form of equity participation, loans, waiver of debt etc and business restructuring which includes change of management, hiving off viable units from CPSEs for formation of separate company and closure of unviable units, besides formation of joint ventures. The other strategies include manpower rationalisation by shedding excess manpower and introduction of voluntary retirement schemes. The contribution of each and every company is significant as CPSEs are considered as the backbone of the economy and are equal partners in the nation building. As on March 31, 2012, there were 260 CPSEs in the country. These companies contributed Rs 1.6 lakh crore to the central exchequer by way of taxes, duties, interest on loans and dividend, amounting to 21.4 per cent of government’s revenue receipts.
Creating Employment Opportunities for Youth
ndia is a vast country with a population of about 1.21 billion and a labour force of around 475 million. There is an open unemployment of 9.5 million as per estimates available for the year 2009-10. Employment is the main source of livelihood and self-fulfillment for most women and men. About 6% of the total work force in India is employed in organised sector while remaining 94% are in the unorganised sector. Scope of additional employment generation in the organized sector for additional wage employment is less. India has a younger population not only in comparison to advanced economies but also in relation to large developing countries. As a result, the labour force in India is expected to increase by 32 per cent over the next 20 years, while it will decline by 4.0 per cent in industrialised countries and by nearly 5.0 per cent in China. We are, therefore, endeavoring to reap this ‘demographic dividend’ by providing for higher levels of health, education and skill development. This will create an environment where in the economy not only grows rapidly, but also enhances good quality employment and livelihood opportunities to meet the needs and aspirations of the youth. The Government has been making constant efforts for reducing unemployment through normal growth process and implementing various employment generation programmes, such as, Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana (SJSRY); Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and National Rural Livelihood Mission besides entrepreneurial development programmes run by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA) also assures every rural household at least 100 days of manual work at minimum wages. Jawaharlal Nehru National Ur-
ban Renewal Mission (JNNURM): The Mission’s aim is to encourage reforms and fast track planned development of identified cities. Focus is on efficiency in urban infrastructure and service delivery mechanisms, community participation etc. Bharat Nirman In Bharat Nirman, critical areas of rural infrastructure – Irrigation, Roads, Water Supply, Housing, Electricity and Telecom connectivity have been covered. This has improved living standards of the rural population and also created infrastructure which will ultimately enhance the economic activities in the rural areas and generate significant employment opportunities for the rural people. Infrastructural Development The investment on infrastructure is proposed to be increased to Rs.45 lakh crore during XII Plan period. About half of this is expected to come from private sector. Skill Development · Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development of any country. Countries with higher and better levels of skills adjust more effectively to the challenges and opportunities of the world. · Government is serious in creating training infrastructure and providing quality employment to youth. According to a study carried out by Quality Council of India, placement rate has increased to about 80% to 99% because of improved infrastructure in the modernized ITIs. Skill Development Initiative (SDI) Scheme based on Modular Employable Skills (MES) was started during the Eleventh Five Year Plan for early school leavers and existing workers, especially in the unorganised sector to improve their employability. About 16 lakh persons have been trained under the scheme so far. · Sincere efforts are being made
for skill development of a large number of people under various skill development programmes. The Prime Minister has set a target of skilling 500 million persons by 2022 and the Ministry of Labour & Employment is required to train 100 million. Government is systematically working to achieve the target and the training capacity has been increased from 9 lakh in 2006 - 07 to 26 lakh in 201112. All the Government ITIs are being modernized. New courses have been introduced and most of the ITIs are running in two to three shifts. During last five years, the number of Government and private ITIs has increased from 5114 in 2006-07 to 10,344 which is more than double. Government has also planned to set up 1500 more ITIs in PPP and 5000 Skill Development Centres in PPP to enhance the capacity further. 27 Advanced Training Institutes are also planned in PPP to produce adequate number of trainers in the country. Focus Area in the 12th Five Year Plan In the 12th Five Year Plan the thrust of the Government is in bringing about an inclusive growth strategy that will provide job opportunities as well as make the young of the country employable. The main focus areas are: a) Thrust on Manufacturing Sector-to make it the engine of employment growth-that would create 100 million additional jobs by 2025. b) To bring in supportive policies to incentivise labour intensive manufacturing sectors such as textile & garments, leather & footwear, food processing, gems & Jewellery to generate more employment opportunities. c) Expanding employment in services like IT, finance & banking, tourism, trade & transport. d) Prioritizing skill training for the informal sector; creation of appropriate skill sets among rural migrants and urban poor to make growth inclusive.
e) Ensuring the employability of skilled persons by involving Sector Skill Councils in preparation of Skill Modules matching market demand. f) Building on the potential of Modular Employable Skill programme by ensuring combination of modules to ensure employability. g) Extending Social Security benefits to Unorganized sector Workers. h) Enable skill loans for poor students (Credit Guarantee Fund) i) Streamlining the skill development programs for disadvantaged sections to ensure much larger funding for skill development. j) Setting up of National Skill Registry to link data bases across Ministries / States to provide a platform linking people who seek/provide employment. Expenditure on social services which include education, sports, art and culture, medical and public health, family welfare, water supply and sanitation, housing, urban development; welfare of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and other Backward Classes (OBCs), labour and labour welfare, social security and welfare, nutrition, relief for natural calamities, etc. by the Government (Centre and State combined) has also shown increase in recent years reflecting higher priority to social services. National-e-Governance National-e-Governance Plan has identified Upgradation and modernization Employment Exchanges as one of the Mission Mode Projects (MMP). The MMP aims to progressively support all Employment Exchanges in the country to make effective use of IT in various activities of employment services. A national web portal will be developed to make all employment related services available on a single window and will work like a virtual job market. This will help Employment Exchanges to provide efficient and quality services at wider scale and speed.
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