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Sagar asks youth to avail benefit of welfare, self-employment scheme

Srinagar, Sep 19: The Bill aimed at to make Jammu and Kashmir a liquor free state is expected to come up for the discussion in the coming Assembly session commencing at the end of this month. Reports said that religious organization Jammu and Kashmir Karwani Islami after consulting legal luminaries has drafted an anti-liquor bill which was presented to major political parties of the State. Sources told CNS that this bill has been submitted by a particular political party and is expected to come up for the discussion in the coming session. Patron Karwani Islami Maulana Ghulam Rasool Hami told CNS that the organization had appealed all the political parties to discuss the bill in the Assembly so that sale and purchase of liquor in Jammu and Kashmir could be banned.

Mushtaq-ul-Islam released, arrested Srinagar, Sep 19: Muslim League Jammu and Kashmir chairman Mushtaq-ul-Islam was Thursday rearrested soon after he released from centre Jail, Kashmir. “Spokesman of league told KNS that Mushtaq-ul-Islam, who was undergoing detention under 11th PSA in centre Jail, was on Thursday released under court orders but rearrested after a few minutes of his release near main gate of central Jail. He has been taken to some unknown place. Reacting to the arrest of Mushtaq-ul Islam the spokesman termed it as an act of harassment to suppress the people’s voice. “The puppets of New Delhi are using draconian laws like PSA against the pro-freedom leaders including Mushtaq-ul-Islam to get rewards from their masters sitting in New Delhi,” he said. “By such tactics the pro-freedom leadership will never change their political stand nor will Kashmiri people budge an inch from the movement,” he said. Saluting the courage of Mushtaqul-Islam he appealed to the international institutions to come forward to stop New Delhi from serious human rights violations in Kashmir and especially to work for the immediate release of Mushtaq-ul islam and all the Kashmiri prisoners.

46 Govt teachers suspended for unauthorized absence Srinagar, Sep 19:The Jammu and Kashmir Government ordered suspension of 46 government teachers of various schools in Jammu for their unauthorized absence from duties. Director school education Jammu Saru Baghat told KNS that a team of officers headed by Joint Director Secondary education inspected various government schools in Jammu and found 46 teachers absent. The officers later placed all the 46 teachers under suspension. “At Government Higher Secondary School (Migrant) Jagti, the inspection team suspended 39 staff members, including the Principal as only 7 of the total See Teachers on pg 11...



Weather will be mainly dry over the state.


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



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CM chairs JKSPDC Board meeting Lays foundation stone of new complex Power sector nerve line to economic independence SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday reviewed the progress of various power projects under implementation in the State at the 69th meeting of Board of Directors of Jammu and Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC), he chaired here. Underlining power sector as the back bone of economic growth and holistic welfare of the State, the Chief Minister stressed the need for carrying forward the progress of various projects on fast track to achieve the goal of generating 9,000 MWs of power in near future, which he described essentially important for the financial independence of the State. The Chief Minister said that Government has taken various initiatives to catapult power generation in the State and JKSPDC has an important role to help achieve the goals and

move towards achieving self reliance in energy production. He said the projects taken in hand and those in the pipeline need to be monitored regularly to ensure their speedy

RNU Srinagar holds Correspondents meet Highlights Bharat Nirman achievements Kousar Salam Regional News Units of All India Radio and Doordarshan Srinagar conducted a one day awareness programme on Bharat Nirman Projects at Kokernag on Thursday. The programme was followed by meeting of AIR district correspondents of the valley which was presided over by Director News Radio Kashmir and Doordarshan Srinagar Bashir Malik Ather. Earlier while speaking on the occasion

Srinagar, Sep 19:


Dy CM reviews pace of progress on construction of schools under RMSA

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Bill seeking ban on liquor expected to come up for discussion in Assembly



completion. “You should prepare a bar-chart for every project monitoring the physical and financial status on See CM on pg 11...


Shutdown in Pattan, undeclared curfew in Palhalan Srinagar, Sep 19: Complete shutdown was observed in North Kashmir’s Pattan town against the killings of two Hizb militants for the second consecutive day. Meanwhile, authorities imposed undeclared curfew to thwart any protest in the restive area of Palhalan. Reports said that police and CRPF personnel used dozens of tear smoke shells to disperse the agitated youth who resorted to heavy stone-pelting in Palhalan area soon after the deployment of police and Paramilitary troopers was withdrawn from the area. Locals alleged that police used excessive force to quell the protests, the allegation denied by police. Eyewitnesses told CNS that as the evening approached, police and Para-military troopers

started moving to their respective stations. Scores of youth intercepted them and attacked the deployment with stones. During the clashes, one youth identified as Ajaz Ahmed son of Nazir Ahmed was injured who was referred to a hospital in Srinagar. Eyewitnesses said that Ajaz was not the part of protests and was on his way to his home. All the shops and business establishments remained shut and transport was off the roads on Thursday. Large contingent of police and CRPF personnel with riot gears were deployed in Pattan area to thwart any protest. Police used barricades and concertina wire to stop youth from pelting stones. Palhalan area of Pattan reeled under strict restrictions. People were asked to

FIR against Er Rashid, others not admitted

President Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) and MLA Langate Er. Rashid has termed the outcome of investigations of charges against him and thirteen others leveled by the police in an FIR No. 149/2010 u/s 147,149,427,332,440/RPC at Police Station Handwara in year 2010 as his moral and legal victory and said it has exposed high handedness of police, which the vested elements in the police force have been enjoying throughout. In a press statement issued to KNS Er. Rashid said that he has received a confirmation from Assembly Secretariat Srinagar on behalf of police station Handwara that the charges leveled against him and others in 2010 have been investigated and on account of investigation

the FIR stands closed and the case is not deemed to be worth admitting. He said. “Though I and my other colleagues feel relaxed over the outcome of the investigation but at the same time it should serve as an eye opener for the Govt. security agencies and human rights organizations that how police has been trying to defame and humiliate the citizens by levelling false charges against them and is trying to shut down their mouth so that they cannot raise their voice against the police atrocities and other human rights violations. Let me ask the Chief Minister and the police chief that if it took your police nearly four years to find that whether the charges leveled in the FIR against the MLA whom you called honorable dozen times a day, are worth to be admitted, then how difficult and impossible

it would be for common men to prove their innocence, who have been facing the state terrorism in a state which seems to be like a lawless island. The outcome of investigations is like a word to the wise for the police force to introspect their personal, professional and institutional performance.” Er. Rashid further said that he and his colleagues are seriously thinking of approaching the court to seek compensation on account of damages caused due to the fake and fabricated FIR lodged against them by the police. It is worth to mention that Handwara police had lodged an FIR during 2010 upraising in police station Handwara against Er. Rashid and others when he had approached police station to lodge a complaint against police officials who had tortured few youth badly but rather than taking notice of the MLA’s complaint See FIR on pg 11...

stay indoors and police and CRPF men were seen patrolling the area whole day. A police official told CNS that situation in town was under control. Pertinently, two Hizb militants were killed by Army on Tuesday night in Goshbug area of Pattan.

SDH TRAL: Gyne ward locked from past two months Tral, Sep 19: The Gyne ward in Sub District Hospital Tral is defunct from past two months. Every pregnant woman with labour pain is being referred to Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar. Attendants held a protest in hospital premises and appealed the authorities to look into the matter. Reports said that doctors present in South Kashmir’s Tral town are showing reluctance in treating women suffering from labour pain because last time protestors had damaged the hospital machinery after the death of a pregnant woman due to alleged negligence of the doctors. Dr Parvena Farid told CNS that she is unable to go for surgery and treat pregnant women as the hospital lacks blood bank facility. “The hospital is even lacking Multi Channel Monitor Machine. I can’t play with the lives of patients and thus refer every patient to L.D Hospital Srinagar,” she said. People alleged that doctors of the hospital prefer private practice and to save their time they refer every case to Srinagar. “We fail See SDH on pg 11...

Police register FIR in Shopian firing after Mehbooba threatens to sit on Dharna Gagran camp shifting to start on Friday

Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Farooq Ahmad Lone hailed the efforts of Regional News Units Radio Kashmir Srinagar particularly its district correspondent for their proactive role in highlighting the achievements of centrally sponsored schemes. On the occasion Director News Bashir Malik asked people for their feedback to strengthen endure of RNU in highlighting the Bharat Nirman programmes. The seminar was anchored by AIR Anantnag correspondent Tasaduk Rashir. The Seminar was attended by various district officers of Anantnag District including SSP Anantnag R.K.Jalla. Chief Executive Officer, Kokernag Development Authority, Kurshid Ahmad Sanie gave a description of KDA. Some locals also spoke on the occasion.

Shopian, Sep 19: Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti was today assured by the DIG south Kashmir that the shifting of CRPF camp from Gagren would start from Friday morning. She visited the district head quarter today and told the administration that she would sit on an indefinite dharna in the centre of the curfewed town till the two demands made by the people are met: the shifting of Gagren camp and registering of FIR in the shooting incident that killed four boys on Sep-

Machil road accident Five persons dead Kupwara, Sep 19: At least five persons died and three others were injured when the driver of a Sumo lost of vehicle which skidded off the road at Z-Morh on Machil-Kupwara Highway on Thursday. Terming the incident very unfortunate, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Itrat Hussain told CNS that the dead bodies were handed over to their respective families while one amoung the three injured person was shifted to Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura. Police sources said that a Sumo (JK091192) coming from Machil to Kupwara

met with an accident when the driver Abdul Rashid Cheche son of Mir Alam resident of Sarkul Kalaroos lost control over his vehicle and skidded off the road. The

Sumo fell into a gorge injuring all See Five on pg 11...

tember 7. The superintendent of police met the PDP president at the government guest house and promised that FIR would be registered by this afternoon, but Mehbooba Mufti insisted that she would not leave the town and would sit on dharna unless the FIR was registered and its receipt handed over to the father of Tawseef one of the victims of CRPF firing. The family had been pleading for the last twelve days with the police to accept their FIR but the police had avoided to do so. Later Gh Mohammad Bhat father of Tawseef received copy of the FIR from police, Mehbooba met him and his brother Ali Mohammad Bhat and conveyed her condolences to the family. The PDP president had earlier also at-

tempted to visit Shopian but had been prevented by the administration from proceeding to the besieged town. Later the DIG South Kashmir Vijay Kumar met the PDP president and discussed with her the shifting of CRPF camp from Gagren which has been a source of trouble for the entire area for several years. There have been numerous complaints of serious human rights violations against the camp ranging from torture, illegal custody and enforced disappearance. Ms Mufti told the DIG that since the state government had totally lost the credibility in the eyes of the people, therefore unless shifting process of CRPF is started, people would not believe it to be true The DIG assured Mehbooba Mufti that the shifting process would

Govt tightened noose against the encroachers in green belt Srinagar, Sep 19 In a bid to clear encroachments on Green belt the Jammu and Kashmir government Thursday directed the authorities to speed up the action against the violators and submit weekly report regarding action taken to remove illegal encroachment. Confirming the development Minster for housing, Horticulture & culture Raman Bhalla told KNS that in this regard the government has formed a team headed by Ram Pal Sharma Managing Director,

J&K Housing Board to stick upon the removal drive of encroachments along Green Belt. Bhalla further said that it is necessary to prevent encroachment of the Green belt. Meanwhile the team which was constituted came into action on Wednesday and removed encroachments from Last Morh to Asia crossing at Jammu. “All the encroachments stands removed and strict warning has been issued on spot not to encroach upon the land of J&K government, See Green on pg 11...

start from Friday morning and would be completed in few days. Mehbooba urged the district administration to lift the curfew See Mehbooba on pg 11...

Arrest of youth

Shutdown in Nowhatta and adjacent areas Srinagar, Sep 19: Nowhatta and its adjacent areas of old city observed a complete shutdown against the arrest of a youth on Thursday. Family members of the youth alleged that police picked up Mushtaq Ahmed Shiekh son of Ghulam Mohi-u-Din resident of Syedpora, Nowhatta during a raid from his residence. “A police party from police station Nowhatta raided our house and arrested my brother. We are seven sisters

and Mushtaq was our lone brother. My brother is not a stone pelter but was working as a conductor to Tata 407 (JK04-7604),” one of the sisters of the arrested youth told CNS. She said that Mushtaq Ahmed was booked by police under PSA in 2008 and was released after four years in 2012. “Now he was acting as a conductor, earning bread and butter for us,” she said. All the seven sisters See Arrest on pg 11...



Friday, 20 September 2013

CM......... monthly basis”, he asked the JKSPDC and reminded it of the stupendous task the Corporation has been entrusted to realize. The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, Economic Advisor to Government Jalil Ahmad Khan, Principal Secretary Planning B.R. Sharma, Principal Secretary Finance B.B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Power A.R. Mehta, CEO JKSPDC Zahoor Ahmad Chat, Company Secretary Sunil Gupta and other senior officers were present in the meeting. In a PowerPoint presentation, Commissioner Secretary Power who is also Managing Director JKSPDC presented resume of the action taken by the Corporation on various decisions made in the earlier Board Meeting. He also gave detailed status of various projects under implementation in the State. The meeting discussed matters relating to 93 MW new Ganderbal HEP, 9 MW DAH and 9 MW Hanu projects. It discussed 37.5 MW Pranai, 39 MW Krathia, 930 MW Krathia II, 850 MW Ratla, 186 MW Ujh, 450 MW Baglihar-II, 48 MW Lower Kalnai and 1856 MW Sawalkot projects and received appraisal of the status of these projects. The meeting also discussed matters pertaining to Coal Block allotted to Jammu and Kashmir by Union Coal Ministry. It discussed remodelling and upgrading of Karnah, Morah and other power projects. The status and progress of 21 small and micro projects was also discussed in the meeting in detail. The development of 7 MW Achoora project in Gurez also came up in the discussion. The Board approved the annual budget of Rs. 4414.59 crores budget for the Corporation for the year 2013-14. Various matters pertaining to the restructuring of the Corporation, creation of posts, chartered accountant, construction of JKSDPC complex etc. were also discussed in the meeting. Later, Omar Abdullah who is also Chairman JKSPDC laid foundation of the Rs. 48 crore new complex of the Corporation at Raj Bagh here. The complex is likely to be completed within three years. It will be built over a floor area of 7884 square metres in the land area of 6.97 kanals. It will have ground plus five storeys with basement parking, board room, conference hall, auditorium, health centre, fire fighting facilities and green building. Minister of State for Power, Vikar Rasool was also present.


Governor for nurturing spirit of camaraderie, moral values among children SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19 – Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, today observed that the educational institutions are granaries where future leaders of society are nurtured to shoulder the responsibilities of nation building in varied fields of human endeavour. The Governor, as Chief Guest, was addressing the Annual Day Function of the Burn Hall Higher Secondary School, Sonwar, Srinagar, organized at the Kashmir University auditorium here today. Describing the Annual Day Function as an important event for every educational institution, the Governor observed that it is

an occasion for the management to look back at its achievements and failures in the year past and identify measures required for bringing about improvements in the future; it is an occasion of joyous celebration for the students who successfully complete their studies and also for their proud parents. Referring to the scintillating composite cultural programme presented by the children on this occasion, the Governor specifically referred to the skit “Sick World”, observing that this brief play has conveyed an extremely important message about the need for strengthening commu-

nal harmony, brotherhood, love and compassion for the world to enjoy a peaceful environment. He observed that peace and normalcy are very essential pre-requisites for achieving progress and prosperity, adding that the educational institutions have a very crucial role in nurturing the spirit of camaraderie, brotherhood, love and compassion among the children so that, in their later lives, they can contribute towards the establishment of harmonious and peaceful societ-

Minister for Roads & Buildings and Mechanical Engineering, Abdul Majid Wani, has cautioned the people

Jehangir Hussain Mir and Dr. Shehnaz Ganai were also present in the meeting. Asserting that people of Jammu and Kashmir have always followed secular

against the nefarious designs of elements inimical to Peace The Minister said this while addressing local legislators, civil society members, besides civil and police administration functionaries at Rajouri and Poonch during his two day tour of the twin border districts. Minister of State for Health Shabir Ahmad Khan and Legislators, Aijaz Jan,

ethos, the Minister said that communal harmony and amity is the hallmark of the society here. Wani hailed the members of civil society for maintaining and upholding peace and communal harmony in their areas and highlighted the historical importance of the two border districts. He said despite facing the brunt of man-made and natural calamities the


he was dragged and humiliated inside the police station and surprisingly FIR was lodged against him and thirteen others out of which no one was there with the MLA at the time of incident.

SDH......... to understand how come then doctors who had been transferred now were operating the patients with eloquence,” the protestors said. Protestors appealed the government to equip the hospital with all facilities including the Blood Bank.

and restrictions immediately so that the people of the area are able to pick up threads of life again after the tragic incidents that resulted in the death of five youth. She said any prolongation in restrictions would result in severe economic damage to the area where the fruit trade has taken a severe hit at the peak trading season. Talking to media Mehbooba said the present coalition has exposed itself as the most heartless and tyrannical government that state has ever had. She said in 2009 the heroic struggle by the people of Shopian to seek justice for Asiea and Nelofar had added a new chapter in the state’s history of resistance against the human rights abuse. But, the government responded by prosecuting those who struggled to seek justice while it did everything to cover up the atrocity against the two innocent women and protect the criminals. Mehbooba said in 2010 blood was spilled by government forces in every corner of Kashmir resulting in 120 innocent killings. But not a single case was investigated not to speak of punishing the perpetrators, she said and added that instead police cases were registered against thousands of youth who continue to face repression at the hands of police. Expressing hope that the killing of youth in shopian would not meet the same fate as the rape and murder case of Asiea and Nelofar, Mehbooba said the registration of FIR and shifting of Gagren camp are the result of struggle made by the people of the district who have forced the government into action. She was accompanied by MLA Syed Basharat Mukhari, MLA Shopian Ab Razaq Zawoora, District President Mohammad Shafi Bandey, party leader Adv Mohd Yousuf, Youth leaders Waheedur Rehman Parra, Yawar Bandey and Zubair Yousuf.

people here faced all these challenges unitedly. The Minister appealed the civil society members to work for strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and amity, adding that peace and harmony are prerequisite for development of the country and state as well. He also paid homage to the martyrs who sacrificing their lives for the cause of humanity and upholding the unity and integrity of the country and the state. The Minister cautioned people against the nefarious designs of divisive forces and said that they were hell bent to divide the society on regional and religious lines for their petty interests. However, he said the government would not allow these elements to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the state. Referring to scenic beauty and picturesque spots in the area, Wani said that the twin districts have ample tourism potential and efforts are on to exploit the same to benefit the people. He said that after identification of potential spots, the two districts would be brought on tourism map. Wani assured that he would personally advocate the issues of the two districts in the State Cabinet for early settlement. The legislators also spoke on the occasion and raised points of public importance during the meeting.

Vikar flags off group of 285 youth to undergo training outside state JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 19- Minister of State for Technical Education, Rural Development, Power and Information, Vikar Rasool

modules at Sumit Dhariwal Memorial, ITC, Hissar, Haryana, Mehtab Computer Society, Barnala, Punjab, Skill Development Academy,

the scheme and asked the youth to attend the training with utmost concentration to achieve excellence in their chosen fields.

Wani Thrsday flagged off a group of 285 youth to the states of Punjab and Haryana where they would undergo training in different employable modules under prestigious Skill Development Initiative for the youth of J&K (SDYJK-8000). Drawn from various districts of Jammu division, the youth would be imparted training in different

Morni, Haryana, D R Memorial, Sirsa, Haryana, C Tech, Ropar, Punjab and G&G ITC, Raipur Rani, Panchkula, Haryana. It is worthwhile to mention here that 10600 youth have completed training outside the State under the initiative till date. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted various features of

He advised them to hone their skills in the opted module as the same will enable them to get better employability options in public and private sector. “After getting this professional training you can also set up their own ventures” he told the youth. He said the UPA Government, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has

Green......... otherwise strict action under law shall be initiated,” Rampal Sharma told KNS.

Arrest......... of the arrested youth came on roads and blocked the traffic demanding immediate release of their brother. All the shops remained shut against this arrest in Nowhatta and its adjacent areas. Reports said that scores of youth came on roads and resorted to stone-pelting. Police use tear smoke shells to disperse the protestors. A police official said that the accused was arrested for his active role in stone-pelting.

Five......... the 8 persons including the driver on board. Five passengers including the driver succumbed to their injuries while three persons were injured one of them critically. The deceased have been identified as Hashim Jan wife of Mohammad Yaseen Tantry resident of Chottwari, Saleema daughter of Mohammad Yousf Tantry resident of Chottwari, Zameer Ahmad Hadi son of Ghulam Ahmad resident of Chottwari, Humunin Sharma resident of Rajasthan and Abdul Rashid Cheche son of Mir Alam resident of Sarkul Kalaroos. The deceased Humunin Sharma resident of Rajasthan was running a canteen in 45 RR camp. Three persons were injured in the mishap were identified as Mohammad Altaf, Mohammad Jehangir and Shabir Ahmed. Police has registered a case in this regard.

Teachers......... forty officials were present. Similarly, at Government Middle School Jagti, 5 out of total 9 staff members were found absent from the duty and were placed under suspension, while 2 suspended at Government Higher Secondary School Channi Himmat,” he said. KNS

The Governor described Burn Hall School as a historical institution which has produced students who have made a mark in varied arenas. He congratulated the Principal, Rev. Pereira, the School Management, teachers, staff, students and their parents on the Annual Day Function of the institution. The Governor, on this occasion, felicitated the meritorious students by presenting to them mementos and cash prizes. He interacted

Wani cautious people against elements inimical to peace




topping of various roads, posting of staff in education and medical institutions, construction of Passenger shed, Bus service to last station of Moungri area, replacement of damaged electric polls, distribution of poly and UV sheets, restoration of irrigation kuls, relief to flood affected , implementation of revised rate of overhead load and carriages by RDD, road connectivity to religious place Sankhpaul, deployment of Ambulance at Dhamnote , awareness of various

Exquisite exhibition of Kashmir’s heritage concluded

Governor among hundreds of keen visitors on Thursday SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: The 2-day Kashmir Heritage Exhibition, a rare glimpse of the past of Kashmir, organized by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages here, came to a close here today. The exhibition generated tremendous enthusiasm and interest among people, especially the young generation who saw things and objects of immense heritage value. The displays unravelled Kashmir’s glorious past through rich collection of art, craft, costume, household items, manuscripts, images, musical instruments and archaeology. For two days, streams of visitors visited the exhibition and came face to face with the rich cultural legacy of Kashmir. Among the prominent visitors on the concluding day were Governor, N N Vohra, Lady Governor, Madam Usha Vohra and Chief Information Commissioner, G. R Sufi.The Governor spent more than an hour and curiously saw and enquired about each object. Hundreds of school and college students, both boys and girls, made beeline and witnessed the displayed objects with immense interest. They took notes from the descriptions of the objects. Domestic and foreign tourists also visited the exhibition on Thursday and were impressed by the displays. Other visitors included educationists, writers and poets, folk artists and cultural icons.The exhibition, first with such diverse and rich heritage collection, organized by the Academy was inaugurated by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, on Wednesday, saying that ‘walking through the displays one gets an idea of diverse history and culture of Kashmir’.

I&C Commissioner inspects progress on upcoming JKCL 300 TPD Cement Plant at Samba SAMBA, SEPTEMBER 19 Commissioner/Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department, Farooq Ahmad Factoo, Thrsday inspected the upcoming 300 TPD (Grinding cum packing plant) of J&K Cements Ltd here at Samba.The prestigious upcoming plant is in final stage of commissioning.Director, Industries & Commerce Department, Jammu Gulzar Ahmad Quareshi, Managing Director, JKCL R. K. Razdan, General Manager, DIC Samba and other senior officials of JKCL accompanied the Commissioner/Secretary. The Managing Director apprised the Commissioner/ Secretary about the upcoming plant and said that the project involving an investment of Rs. 27.00 crore is funded by J&K Govt. to the extent of Rs.8.09 corers, while the balance money has been arranged as term loan from J&K Bank. The Managing Director further informed the commissioner/Secretary that the project is nearing commissioning and called for release of balance equity of

Udhampur Adm holds public grievance redressal camp at Moungri To take stock of problems and demands of the people, the District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Mrs. Yasha Mudgal accompanied by officers of line departments convened a public grievances camp at Moungri, about 55 Km away from district Headquarters Udhampur. The problems and demands put forth by the villagers included, block status for Moungri, posting of Patwari, opening of ITI college at Moungri & bank branch near Kour Gali, repair and black

with them and wished them a bright future ahead. Fr. Ivan Pereira, Principal of the School, presented a memento to the Governor. Earlier, on arrival at the Annual Day Function, the Governor was received by the Principal, management, teachers, staff, children and their parents. Fr. Ivan Pereira, Principal of the School, in his welcome address, gave details of the endeavours made by this institution in imparting quality education to the children.Among those present on this occasion was Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University.

schemes by different departments, early completion of Khandoli Nallaha bridge, development of Gouri Mitti as tourist destination etc.After giving patient hearing to the problems and demands of the representatives of the area, the DDC said that such camps enable district administration to know the problems being faced by the public at their door steps and help to solve many problems on the spot due to presence of concerned department officials.

Rs. 3.05 crores by the state Govt.The commissioner assured that the matter shall be considered for early release of balance equity enabling the company to meet the urgent requirement. The Managing Director further apprised that the company requires 12 kanals of land for installation of HDPE/PP bags manufacturing unit at Samba which stands approved by the Board of Directors. The Commissioner expressed satisfaction over the pace of ongoing work on the project and impressed upon the official of JKCL to ensure early commissioning of plant. The Commissioner after holding a detailed meeting with all officials & Engineers associated with the project as well as the contracting agency desired that the project should be commissioned at the earliest. The Director Industries & Commerce, Jammu, informed that Samba unit of JKCL is also entitled for all subsidies and tax concessions as are applicable to other units. JKCL shall be

able to claim these subsidies once the Plant is commissioned, he added. Giving the brief about the overall progress of the company, the Managing Director apprised the Commissioner/Secretary that the company has shown a growth of 47% with profit of Rs. 4.35 Crore during the year 2011-12 and Rs. 4.00 Crores in 2012-13. The company is selling “Jehlum” Brand cement to all the government departments for developmental works in Kashmir province. This was possible only when the government issued order making mandatory for the government departments to use “Jehlum” Brand cement. He urged the Commissioner/Secretary to issue similar instructions to all government departments in Jammu province for use of “Chenab” Brand Cement of JKCL to be produced by Samba Unit. The Commissioner/Secretary was further informed that the commercial production of the Samba Unit shall commence in two months time.

DDC reviews achievements under education UDHAMPUR, SEPTEMBER-19:- To review implementation of schemes being implemented in the education sector, District Development Commissioner, Yasha Mudgal, convened a meeting of the concerned officers here today. During the meeting, the physical and financial achievements under various flagship schemes being implemented by the education department including Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), Mid day meal etc. While speaking on the occasion, the DDC stressed upon the officers of the department and executing agencies to ensure speedy completion of all the buildings being constructed under SSA.

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Rather chairs EC meeting of States Finance Ministers at New Delhi Impresses upon the States to achieve the revenue target SPL provision for J&K, NE States inserted in the revised Constitution Amendment Bill

DC Kishtwar asks PRIs to spread message of Peace, communal Harmony


constituted to look into all these sets The revenue position of the States for of recommendations and asked to the current year upto end of July was The Government of India in its report well before the next meet- reviewed. It was noted with concern revised draft of the Constitution ing of the Empowered Committee. that some of the States were lagging (One Hundred Fifteenth Amend- The 14th Finance Commission has behind the target fixed in this regard. ment) Bill 2011, has proposed inser- sought information on impact of VAT These States were impressed upon tion of a new sub-clause in clause-IV Law on the revenue of the States, to make all out efforts to achieve the of Article 279A to provide for special compensation offered and paid by targets fixed by the government and provisions with respect to the States Government of India on this account, various forums in this regard.Some of Jammu and Kashmir and other CST rate, the claims made by various issues related to the project of tinxNorth Eastern States of India. It was States for compensation on this ac- sys were also discussed and finally stated at the meeting of Empowered count and settlement of the claims resolved.An Empowered Group on Committee of State Finance Ministers and the arrears payable by Govern- IT Infrastructure of GST under the held Thursday in New Delhi under ment of India. It is pertinent to note Chairmanship of Dr. Nandan Nilekani the Chairmanship of Jammu and that the ‘impact of proposed GST on (Chairman UIBAI) was constituted in Kashmir Finance Minister, Mr Abdul the revenues of the Centre and the 2010. The Empowered Group played Rahim Rather, who is also Chairman States, mechanism for payment of extremely important role. It’s term of the Empowered Committee.In compensation in case of revenue expired last month. However, it has the daylong meeting, among other loss’ has been included as one of the been able to achieve only half of the things, the revised draft of Consti- Terms of Reference of the 14th Fi- goals assigned to it. Certain policy tution (One Hundred and Fifteenth nance Commission. The Commission decisions are yet to be taken. It was Amendment) Bill 2011 for GST, was has asked for relevant information in therefore felt that it should continue discussed inconclusively.The recomthis regard also. Detailed notes pre- for some time more. The Empowered mendations regarding Constitution pared by the Empowered Committee Committee approved the extension of Amendment Bill made by the Em- on the subject were also discussed the term of the Empowered Group. powered Committee some time back by the Empowered Committee and The Government of Meghalaya, as also the recommendations made States were told to offer their com- requested that the next meeting by Parliamentary Standing Comments within 7 days so that a com- of Empowered Committee should mittee on Finances also came under prehensive response is prepared for be held in one of the North Eastern Lone News Khan States Newspreferably Agency Ganderbal discussion. A Sub-Committee wasAgency use byKangan the 14th Finance Commission. Meghalaya.

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KISHTWAR, SEPTEMBER 19-Chairing a meeting of panchayat members of Padder tehsil here Thrsday, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Kishtwar, Mr Baseer Khan Thrsday called upon the panchs and sarpanchs to contribute towards restoration of peace and harmony in the district. The DDC sought the cooperation of the Panchayat members of Gulabgarh, Jad, Ligri, Tun, Sohal, Tyari, Afani and Atholi panchayats in maintaining the age old communal harmony in their respective areas by organizing regular meetings and awareness programmes . SP Kishtwar Mr Sanjay Kotwal and BDO Padder, Mr Rishi Sharma were also present in the meeting. The Panchayat representatives apprised the DC about the initiatives taken by them at local level for restoration of confidence and mutual understanding among different communities. They said that numerous meetings have been held at every panchayat level and people are willing to work for peace and brotherhood in the area. They are also planning to hold peace rallies to infuse a sense of mutual respect for each other. They urged the administration to ensure that no innocent person be implicated in false cases and arrests be made only after proper investigation.While addressing the representatives, the DC and SP assured them that not a single innocent person will be harmed but at the same time who so ever is found guilty of serious crimes of arson and murder will not be spared. They appreciated the people for their efforts towards restoration of peace and normalcy in Padder area.

Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashid News Agency Dalgate Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam Lone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Chadoora SRINAGAR, SEPT 19: ment Institute (EDI) at Peerwari, said that by doing so the youth Bhat News Agency Magam News Agency Khanayar in old city Srinagar wouldZargar also be contributing theirKunzar Pro-active Daravail NewsThursday. Agency Beerwah Bashir Newsupliftment Agency Sumbal Asking the youth to bit in socio-economic the maximum benefit of vari-News Agency Director EDI, M. I. Parrey, of theirSaleem respective areas.Agency Pattan approach Reshi Safapora News ous self-employment schemes senior officers of various departThe Minister said that the Basharat News Agency Bandipora Reyaz News Agency Pampore launched by the Government, ments EDI were also present. schemes like SKEWPY lunched needed for Altaf News Agency Pulwama News Agency the Minister for Rural DevelopSagar said that the Gov- by theJavaid Government have tre-Qazigund Jeelani Agency Baramulla G.Mpotential News Agency Sopore progress, ment and Panchayati Raj, Ali News ernment has launched various mendous for providing the youthNews avenues for set-Handwara Shah News Agency Kupwara Sultan Agency ting up their own small scale Younis News Agency Langate Sheikh News Agency Islamabad growth of industrial unit and they should Reshi News Agency Islamabad Three Way Newsout Agency Tral avail maximum benefit of it. HeBadru said that theAgency schemesBijbeharaKargil: Ali Turray News Agency Tral News like NMDFC have been spe-Arwani Rahi News Agency Kulgam Malik News Agency cially started by the Centre for Rah News Agency Byepass Shaheen News Agency Kargil Karbalai the minorities and the rate of

3-Day Bharat Nirman Public Sagar asks youth to avail benefit of welfare, self-employment scheme Information Campaign concludes

Mohammad Sagar has said that by doing so they would be creating self-employment avenues for themselves as well as others, which would go long way in creating employment opportunity to the youth of the State. The Minister was speaking at an awareness camp organized by Entrepreneurs Develop-

schemes by which the prospective entrepreneurs can get maximum monitory assistance besides other logistic support for setting up of their units which would go long way in arresting the global problem of unemployment by providing the much needed employment opportunities to the youth of the State. He

interest under the scheme is very minimal besides other incentives as well. It is pertinent to mention that EDI has been designated as a nodal agency for various schemes like SKEWPY, NMDFC, YSLS (Youth Start up Loan Scheme), FCFS(Feed Capital Fund Scheme) which have a tremendous potential for ensuring that the youth of the State can setup their own income generating units and other related activities.


Chief Executive Councillor and Chairman Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Kargil, Haji Asghar Ali KarbalaiWednesday called upon the people to redouble their efforts to achieve sustainable and equitable socio-economic development of Kargil.Addressing an large gathering at the valedictory function of three

Dy CM reviews pace of progress on construction of schools under RMSA SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand reviewed pace of progress on construction of model schools, and girls hostel under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) at an officers meeting here Thursday. Secretary School Education, Hirdesh Kumar, Director RMSA H.A. Paray and officers of various construction agencies attended the meeting. The meeting was informed that 19 models Schools have been approved by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development Department (MHRD) for equal number of EBBs in the State at a cost celling of Rs. 3.02 crore with enhancement of 20 present for NE and hilly states.Addressing the meeting Deputy Chief Minister emphasized for speeding up construction work on educational institutions with proper facility of toilets and wash rooms both for boys and girls. He said that government has taken up a massive project of construction of school buildings particularly in uncovered areas

of the state, so that quality educational facilities are extended in length and breadth of the State. Giving details of approvals given by central government, the Deputy Chief

The Deputy Chief Minister stressed upon the officers to work with zeal and dedication, besides make judicious use of funds provided by both Central and State Governments for construction of

The meeting was informed that 19 models Schools have been approved by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development Department (MHRD) for equal number of EBBs in the State at a cost celling of Rs. 3.02 crore with enhancement of 20 present for NE and hilly states.Addressing the meeting Deputy Chief Minister emphasized for speeding up construction work on educational institutions with proper facility of toilets and wash rooms both for boys and girls. Minister said that MHRD approved 68 girls’ hostels in principle with a provision that enhancement may be considered as and when state SOR is revised and notified by the state provided it is done with retrospective effect.

educational institutions in the State. He said that government is committed to prioritize the education and health sector besides other vital sectors so that people in general are benefitted by the schemes of development.

State School Edu Adv Board Meet held

Work for upliftment of poor, downtrodden, differently abled: Dy CM to officers SRINAGAR, SEPT 19: The first meeting of State School Education Advisory Board (SSEAB) was held Thursday under the Chairmanship of Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Tara Chand. The meeting was attended by the Minister of State for Education Feroz Ahmad and Secretary School Education, Hirdesh Kumar. Other members who attended the meeting include Director School Education, Jammu Saurav Bhagat, State Project Director, SSA, S C Sawhney, Director School Education Kashmir, Mir Tariq, Advisor, School Education Mohammad Rafi, Director RMSA, H A Parray, Prof. and Head of Department of Educational Studies Jamia Islamia, New Delhi

Dr. Farida Abdullah Khan, Principal Government Degree College Khour, Prof. Sharma, Ex-Secretary BOSE Mr B A Dar, Additional secretary Education Inqualabi, Deputy Secretary BOSE S M Hanief. Addressing the meeting,

Deputy Chief Minister stressed upon Board members to work for upliftment of poor, downtrodden and differently abled children, besides providing them adequate educational fa-

cilities and other necessary facilities, so that the lower class of the society also receives the same facilities as those are available with children of upper class. He said Government of India has launched several significant schemes for children and there is dire need of proper implementation of these schemes, so that the benefit percolates down to deserving class.Referring to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Draft Formulations on J&K School Education Amendment Act-2013, Deputy Chief Minister asked the members to invite suggestions and proposals from the experts and accordingly submit the report to Government for finalization of draft formulation.

day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign at Auditorium Hall here, organized by PIB Sringar in coordination with LAHDC and other media units of I&B Ministry, the CEC said people need to work hard with honesty to achieve real progress, prosperity and excellence in all the fields of life. He urged people of Kargil to focus on education, health care and equip themselves with modern technology and professional expertise to compete with the rest of world. Lauding the efforts of UPA-II under the leadership of UPA Chairperson Smt Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in launching a battery of public welfare schemes and initiatives, Haji Karabalai expressed his gratitude to PIB for organizing awareness initiatives like public information campaign to reach out to the common masses in far flung and most difficult areas like Kargil. He

also complimented the joint efforts of District administration, different State and Central Government departments, NGOs, print and electronic media for bringing information about various Government initiatives and programmes at the doorsteps of the common people in Kargil.Cultural groups from Song & Drama Division and students from local schools presented theme based cultural programmes. Besides, cultural troupes from J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Kargil presented traditional Ladakhi folk songs and dance.The Chief Guest along with Mr Nasir Munshi, Ex Executive Councillor, Addl DG PIB Srinagar, Obaidur Rahman and other dignitaries distributed mementos and certificates among over 40 participating departments who displayed their products and achievements at Indoor Stadium, Kargil.

Div Com reviews development activities, availability of essentials at Kupwara SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Shalindra Kumar Thursday reviewed the developmental works being executed in border district of Kupwara besides took stock of the essential commodities in the district. Stressing for the completion of developmental works within stipulated timeframe, Divisional Commissioner asked for prioritizing of demands of public utility besides expediting the works being undertaken under PMGSY and timely compensation of the hail and blast affected crops to the farmers. He directed for ensuring regularity and punctuality of employees in the offices so that better services are provided to the people besides redressing their grievances. He also exhorted for conducting of survey of damages caused to the fruit crops and paddy in the district. Director CA&PD Kashmir informed that adequate stocks of essentials are available in the district and dumping of the stock for winter of rice, atta, sugar and kerosene oil shall be completed in the month of October 2013. Among others, Director CA&PD Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmad, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Itrat Hussain Rafique, Senior Superintendent of Police Kupwara and officers of District Administration attended the meeting.Earlier, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir interacted with the members of Civil Society and senior citizens of the district and was informed about their requirements including uninterrupted power and water supply infrastructure development, road connectivity and transport facility.

Governor, First Lady witness Kashmir Heritage Exhibition Governor for revival and showcasing of State’s traditional arts, crafts and rich cultural heritage SRINAGAR, SEPT 19 N. N. Vohra, Governor, Thursday emphasized the high importance of documenting, reviving, preserving and effectively showcasing the traditional arts, crafts and rich heritage of the State. The Governor said this while witnessing the Kashmir Heritage Exhibition along with Mrs. Usha Vohra,

First Lady, at the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Complex, Lal Mandi, here Thursday. This Exhibition has

Khalid Bashir Ahmad, Secretary of the Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, briefed the Governor and the Lady Govabout Governor and the First Lady went ernor around the Exhibition and took keen the objective of this interest in the rich collection of art, organizing Exhibition. He craft, costumes, jewellery, household said that simiitems, manuscripts, images, musical in- lar Exhibitions struments and archaeology displayed would be held to reflect the at the Exhibition. heritage of Jammu and Ladakh been organized by the Cul- regions. He stated that the tural Academy in collabora- Exhibition at Jammu would tion with the Department of be organized in December Archives, Archaeology and 2013 and the one at Leh at a Museums, Handicrafts and subsequent date. some NGOs.The Governor, Among those present who is Patron of the Cultural on the occasion were Atal Academy, emphasized the Dulloo, Commissioner/Secneed for organizing similar retary, Tourism and Culture, expositions at various other senior functionaries of the places in the State to show- Academy, writers, intellectucase J&K’s rich heritage. als and art lovers.


March 21-April 19

You may receive a windfall from an unexpected source, Aries. Perhaps an uncle died and remembered you in his will or an old legal settlement has finally come through. Whatever the source, the extra income is welcome now. Your vivid dreams of late may not seem related to this financial upswing, but they’re connected.

Taurus April 20-May 20

You receive some new insight about an important person in your life, Taurus, and your relationship takes a dramatic turn for the better. You feel you now know this person completely, and your closeness borders on the profound. This new alliance could also have positive repercussions on your finances.

Gemini May 21-June 21

When the thought of going to work makes it hard to get out of bed, know that the time has come to get another job, Gemini. Alas, that’s probably not something you can do now. You can be extra kind to yourself. Give yourself a present. Find something you thoroughly enjoy that would perk up your spirits and cost little.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Romance is in the air and you must be breathing a lot of it today, Cancer. Your blood is boiling, your passion surging, and a romantic dinner for two is in the cards. You’ll be inclined to shop for clothes, but curb your appetite for material goods. What you really want doesn’t come in a box, so why waste your money?


July 23-August 22 You’ll be happiest away from prying eyes today, Leo. You’re not in the mood to be friendly or participate in idle gossip. It seems you’ve been having the same conversations with the same people for some time now. You’re feeling so bored you could scream. To avoid doing just that, spend quiet time alone today if you can.


August 23-September 22

Just when you thought things were settled, life takes another turn. Today brings yet another of those turns, so hold on, Virgo. You may receive some information that has a dramatic impact on your life. Perhaps you’ll receive an opportunity to move to another state or country. Perhaps you’ll decide to get married. One thing is clear - your future looks promising!


September 23-October 23 You should feel optimistic today, Libra, with confidence in your ability to accomplish anything you set your mind to. If you’re working toward a specific goal (and you should be), something is likely to happen today that propels you that much closer to realizing your goal. What’s the next step?


October 24-November 21 You can expect some big changes, Scorpio. All the hard work you’ve been doing to develop your confidence is showing, and this is attracting opportunities like bees to honey. On top of this, your passion is high right now, so set aside private time with your mate. Plan a romantic evening, open a bottle of wine, and celebrate!

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Don’t overreact today, Sagittarius. Your biorhythms are low. In fact, you may be feeling a bit under the weather. There’s no point in trying to keep up a cheerful front. People will see through your facade. You would be better served by spending time on solo activities. That way you can spend long stretches of time in bed, where you’re meant to be today.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

A long-term project reaches a positive conclusion, one that may have a dramatic impact on your finances. You’ve sold your manuscript to a publisher or successfully concluded a project that’s dear to your heart. This success should give you the confidence you need, Capricorn. Don’t forget to take time to celebrate!

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Change is good, but it can be scary when it comes suddenly. That’s what you feel today when someone announces a major change without warning. You’re not sure how to react to the news and haven’t a clue how it affects you. All you can do now is wait. Try not to panic. In the end, you’ll see that these changes will benefit everyone, including you!


February 19-March 20 You’re eager for information on a particular subject and will go to great lengths to get it, Pisces. Before heading off to the library, why not try an online search? You might find everything you need without leaving your chair. But your search might necessitate going to the primary source, so travel will be involved.

EDItOrIAL/OpInIOn Zabarwan Times Friday, 20 September 2013


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


Friday, 20 September 2013


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A proper mechanism needed to control the rising prices


K.D Maini There is uncertainty among the youths regarding their future because except Government services there is no other avenue of employment, keeping in view the available human resources, infrastructure and purchasing power of the people, we must work out the industrial plan on major, small scale and tiny sectors also so that employment problem could be eased otherwise there is possibility tha t unemployed youths may turn violent. As discussed above, there are various communities residing in Rajouri District. They are Hindus, Mislims, Sikhs Bakerwals, Paharis, Jaralas, Maliks, Malyars, Qureshis, Rajputs etc. But they are having a common cultural heritage. The people of this area have resemblances of dresses, social customs and ceremonies. Hindus and Sikhs are even connected by birth, marriages and deaths. Among Musli ms, Jarals, Maliks, Thakkers considered themselves as higher class. Mostly their marriages do not take place with Gujjar and Bakerwal tribes, while Gujjar and Bakerwal tribes are having their distinct cultural heritage, they are having their own language, dresses, habits and nature. Gujjar mostly live in slopes of mountains, in kothas with their cattle while the Bakerwals are the nomadic tribes. They migrate from one place to another with their herds and flocks, gujjars and bakerwals are mostly devotional towards their Peers. They are having big Dargahs at Lar Sharief Wangat in Kashmir where there is a Asthan of Mian Nazam Ud-Din Sahib. Presently, Mian Bashir is biggest religious Peer. G&B community is having deep association with Shahdhara Sharief Ziarat also. Thousands of Gujjars apart from Paharies every day visit this Shrine and offer prayer. Another important Asthan of Gujars in Rajouri district is Asthan Sain Ganji Sahib at Fatehpur. They celebrate the Urs of their Peers with dedication and devotion.The other important places of Muslims of Rajouri district are Dargah Sharief Pallulian and Asthan Sain Ganji etc. Apart from these Dargahs, there is a network of mosques in every villages where Maulvis and Qazis preach religious teachings. As regards the Hindu and Sikh religious places, Manma Mata in Kalakote, Mangla Mata in Nowshera, Pandav

Temple at Kalakote and Kalsian in Nowshera, Radhakrishan Temple at proper Rajouri, Channi Prat Temple in Sunderbani while the Veer Bhadreshwar Temple which was established by King Kanishka in 141 AD is having great historical importance and is one of the most important temple of Rajouri. Chhati Padshahi Gurudwara Rajouri and Nowshera and Dehra Baba Beeramshah at Jhangar (Nowshera) and Dharamsal (Kalakote) are the secret places for the Sikhs and Hindus in the District. Shahdhara Sharief Ziarat has become the symbol of common cultural heritage of this area. Apart from Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs are also visiting the Shrine and offer prayers. In the same manner, Mela at Pallulian Sharief is organised jointly by the Muslims and Hindus in the last week of March (18th Chetra) every year.Basically the people of this area are secular and they maintain communal harmony in odd events also. In 1938 AD when Muslim Conference was converted into National Conference Abdul Satar Mir and Abdul Aziz Shawl became the President and Secretary of newly established National Conference in District Rajouri which was the secular party and these leaders never allowed Muslim Conference to spread their roots in this District. After 1947, Mr.Shawl in Rajouri area and Master Beli Ram in Nowshera area provided secular leadership to the public first under the banner of National Conference and latter under Cong-I. Later on, Mirza Abdul Rashid from Darhal, Ch. Mohammad Hussain from Budhal and Ch. Talab Hussain also joined hands with the secular forces and they tried their best to provide secular political set up. The local MLA are making all efforts to maintain the unity, harmony and brotherhood among the people and to take the District on the path of development.The Muslims of this area are mostly 1947, 1965 and 1971 Wars. The main labour force belongs to this sect. Presently, about 10000 jawans of this District are employed in CRPF, BSF, Army, J&K Police, MES, BRO etc. and they have been proved best soldiers. Number of jawans from this area who were posted in Kashmir Valley from 1991 onward have sacrificed their lives in fighting against the terrorism. In 1947 when infiltrators captured this area and number of people were killed by the

foreign infiltrators Muslim community gave shelters to Hindus in their houses in some of the area of Thanna, Kalakote, Dhangri etc. From 1990-91 onward, there was a great pressure from across the border on the Muslim community of Rajouri district for cooperation with the militants. The stress was given on the name of Islam and Jehad (Holi War). But the peace living Muslims having secular outlook have not come under the propaganda of the enemy and they never cooperated with the militants. No doubt that in the villages where security is not available, militants do come in the houses and take meals on the nose of barrel but simultaneously the people provide clues to the security personals about the movement of the, militants and ultimately, these militants are killed in encounters. With the cooperation of the Muslim community of this area, the army, para-military forces and District Police have gained number of achievements. But as per the revenue record, 234 civilians have been killed in various encounters by the militants, Out of which 224 NOKs of the deceased have so far been paid ex-gratia relief amounting to Rs.2.24 crores @ Rs. 1.00 lac per NOK of the deceased 66 nearest kith and kins of the deceased have also been provided employment in various Departments. Apart from this, 64 houses in various villages have been burnt in militancy related activities and the owners have been paid ex-gratia relief to the tune of Rs.34.00 lacs as per the norms. 154 persons injured in militancy related activities have also been paid to the tune of Rs. 10.00 lacs.On the analysis of militancy activities, it has been ascertained that only those areas remained centre of militancy which were inaccessible and not connected with the roads due to which the population residing in these areas had suffered a lot. The militants were moving towards these inaccessible and cut-off areas of Rajouri, Budhal and Kalakote. They even cross the Peer Panchal range and entered in the valley. In absence of infrastructure, difficult terrain and locational disadvantages, the army was not in a position to chase the militants in this belt. But with the induction of Romeo force in Rajouri-Poonch districts and gearing up the local police along with the able administration, the security scenario has

been totally changed and the nefarious design of the enemy has been foiled. The army has occupied all the upper reaches, sealed the passes and established full network in Rajouri area in one side while on the other side the local administration had fall liaison with the army and local people. Therefore, with the help of peace living people of Rajouri district, the army has over powered the militants activities. To combat the militancy in this belt, there is need of recruitment of local youths in police and belt forces from the Gujjar, Bakerwal and Pahari tribes. Rather there is need of establishment of two separate battalions comprising of Gujjar Bakerwals and Pahari tribes on the pattern of Ladhakh scouts. By this way, these forces can be deployed to combat militancy in disadvantageous places/pockets because they are familiar with the terrain and they can fight better gorilla war with the militants. These local based forces can be stationed in Dhokes and Margs along with the regular forces. At the same time, we have to keep full liaison with the peace living people of Rajouri district and we must ensure that no atrocities are committed on the name of curbing militancy. It must be kept in mind that cordial relations of the army with the Pahari Gujjar and Bakerwals can help tremendously in eradicating militancy from the district. We must solve the problems of these tribes as their miseries and difficulties are very unique and distinct. We must make the local administration also very polite, responsive and transparent so that the confidence of the public could be restored. Only deployment of forces in this area is not a reply to militancy because number of times, without knowing the ground realities, forces took such drastic steps which resulted the alienation of the population from the main stream and ultimately this suits the enemy. Simultaneously, we must gear up the developmental agencies in such a manner that the funds available for development purposes could be utilized as per the wishes and aspirations of the public. Apart from the economic development, the social and educational upliftment is also necessary. This way, we can win over the local people and without the active participation and help from the people, the enemy's nefarious desin cannot be combated.

Centralized Processing Centre: Faster Processing of IT Returns Through Automation


he Income Tax Department (ITD), Ministry of Finance, is responsible for collecting Direct Taxes and administering the Income Tax Act and other direct tax statutes for the Central Government. With a view to maximizing revenue collection as also to provide quality customer service, ITD embarked upon large scale computerization and process automation. With the rapid increase in the number of income tax returns and a jurisdiction-based processing model, the Department encountered problems resulting in delayed processing of income tax returns. The Finance Act, 2008 empowered the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to make a scheme for centralized processing of returns with a view to expeditiously determining the tax payable by, or the refund due to the assessees. Based on the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Group, the strategy adopted was that Centralized Processing Centre (CPC) at Bangalore would process paper and e-returns without any interface with taxpayers in a jurisdiction free manner using a partially outsourced model through a Service Provider (SP). Objectives The specified objectives of the CPC Project are: To develop and implement a comprehensive system to increase efficiency, and effectiveness of ITD in processing, accounting and reconciliation of the returns filed; to set-up a central processing centre and achieve back office automation on an outsourced model for performing the non-core activities of ITD; to manage routine tax administration functions such as receipt, scanning, data entry, processing, issue of refunds and storage of IT returns in a centralised manner; to achieve economies of scale along with desired levels of quality and

service level compliance for the outsourced activities to ensure efficiency and accuracy in service delivery; and to establish a scientific, systematic record storage and retrieval management system. Benefits The project envisaged benefits for the citizens as well as the Income Tax Department. For the citizens, reduction in compliance cost; taxpayer services in line with international best practices; empowerment through increased efficiency in discharging ITD’s function; better and centralised access to information; accuracy and timely clearance of all demands & refunds due and centralised system to address grievances and rectification requests and its tracking were the major benefits. On the other hand, the department would have gained by way of improved service delivery to citizens; standardised practices and procedures; centralised system to monitor and evaluate the status of returns; better accounting and reconciliation of taxes collected; capability to handle increased workload; convenient & speedy clearance of demands and refunds and centralised access to the information on tax collection. Challenges and Implementation Strategy CPC, being a major transformational project, had to proactively tackle the several dependencies and risks to ensure operational smoothness. On the technical side, selection of technology was a major challenge. To mitigate associated risk, a Proof of Concept (POC) was done using Oracle Rules Engine and more than 1 lakh returns were processed before release of RFP (Request for Proposal). As there was no precedence of outsourcing of records storage and its scientific management, 2 POCs were conducted one each at Delhi and Bangalore. Two leading Record

Management Vendors participated in this exercise which lasted for almost 6 months. Data collected during POC was utilized in preparation of RFP and setting-out specifications and SLAs (Service Level Agreement). Integration with legacy system i.e. Integration with Income Tax Department Applications System (ITD Apps) of which the Assessment Systems (AST) was a major component had been a major challenge. Many interfaces were developed along with control tablets to ensure that a return was processed only once and a tax credit was consumed only once. The new Financial Accounting system was conceived and designed as double entry accounting system. This system is not prevalent on Government departments and has been a path breaking innovation. This system ensures auto reconciliation between various accounts which is of immense help in enhancing compliance capabilities of the Department. New computer friendly IT Return Forms were designed which assisted in use of digitization technology solutions. CPC Processes There are 14 services that have been implemented as part of the CPC solution which cover the functional domains of logistics, scanning and data entry, tax processing, tax accounting and data extraction, validation and reconciliation. The business processes/technology components involved and implemented are: Logistics, scanning, data entry/ digitization, Tax accounting, interface with legacy systems, processing of returns, refunds, printing & despatch, dedicated on-site hitech post office, record management, call centre and advanced customer support Impact of the Initiative CPC has reduced the processing time of IT returns considerably. As against average processing time of more than 12 months in

past, CPC has succeeded to bring it down to around 65 days. Processing capacity has been augmented. CPC has processed more than 4.15 crore returns in the last 3 years of operations. It is expected to process more than 1.8 crore returns in current year. This would be almost 70% of entire workload of department. Faster Refunds CPC has processed more than 1.3 crore refund cases in last 4 years of operations. As a matter of priority, all refund cases are processed first without any discretion. All valid cases with refund cases of current year are expected to be processed by Jan 2014. Interest on Delayed Refunds has reduced substantially As against average interest rate of more than 17% in F.Y. 2009-10, CPC has brought down the interest on delayed refunds to 4.77%. This has resulted in substantial savings for the Government. Faster Settlement of Grievances CPC has processed more than 11.41 lakh rectification petitions out of 11.65 lakh. Average disposal time is around 90 days as against stipulated 180 days. Presently, close to 4300 calls are handled every day in 3 languages Kannada, English and Hindi. Promotion of e-filing Faster processing at CPC has given a big boost to e-filing of Income Tax Returns. Efiling registered an exponential growth in F.Y.2010-11 with 164.34 lakh as against 21.70 lakh in 2006-07. Thanks to faster and hassle free issue of refunds, e-filing of returns is growing 25% annually. Maintaining last year’s momentum, it is expected to cross 2.5 crore in current year representing nearly 75% of all returns received by the Department. Better Customer Service Customers are serviced through various ways including agent call centres, e-mails, SMS alerts, improved Communication.

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Asthma inhalers can stunt growth in kids

This is the finding from a comprehensive asthma study, which has Robert C. Strunk, MD, the Donald Strominger Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as the senior author. The study involved more than 1,000 children ages 5-12 who were treated for mild to moderate asthma as part of the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) clinical trial. The children received treatment for more than four years at eight centers, including Washington University School of Medicine. They were divided into three groups: one received twice-daily

budesonide, an inhaled corticosteroid medication; a second group received nedocromil, an inhaled non-steroid medication; and a third group received a placebo. All children received albuterol, a fast-acting drug for relief of acute asthma symptoms, and oral corticosteroids as needed for asthma symptoms. The researchers followed 943 participants in the trial at regular intervals until they reached adult height. Females were considered to be at adult height at age 18 or older and males at age 20 or older, Strunk said. In the first 4 1/2 years after the end of the trial, researchers took patients' height and weight every

six months. Over the next eight years, height and weight were measured once or twice a year. The mean adult height was about one-half inch, or 1.2 centimeters, shorter in the group that received budesonide than in the patients who received nedocromil or placebo. The patients who experienced the slower growth were primarily between 5-11 years old when they began using budesonide. The slower growth took place only in the first two years of the four-year study. As the study progressed, the children who took the budesonide remained onehalf inch shorter through adulthood than the children who did not use the

linked diabetes, a disorder in which blood sugar levels are abnormally high, to age-related cognitive decline. But the new study, published Monday in the journal Neurology, suggested controlling blood sugar levels could boost cognitive health in non-diabetics. How exactly? The jury’s still out. Some studies suggest blood sugar control can help regulate the body’s inflammatory response, which has been linked to brain shrinkage. Another theory is that high sugar levels make the blood stickier, raising the risk of clots that starve the brain. Either way, experts said,

the study supports healthy eating to keep blood sugar levels in check. “This in line with many other studies that have been published and adds to all of the data on diabetes affecting brain health,” said Dr. R. Scott Turner, director of the Memory Disorders Program and a professor of neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center, who was not involved with this study. For non-diabetic patients with high blood sugar levels, Turner recommended adopting the American Diabetes Association diet, which is high in nonstarchy vegetables and low in carbohydrates and protein.

Exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a manmade chemical used in the manufacture of some common household products, may lead to cardiovascular disease and peripheral arterial disease, a new study has warned. Surveys have suggested that PFOA (widely used in the manufacture of products such as lubricants, polishes, paper and textile coatings, and food packaging) is detectable in the blood of more than 98 per cent of the U.S. population. Some evidence has suggested that an association may be biologically plausible between PFOA exposure and cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the study background. Anoop Shankar, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues from the West Virginia University School of Public Health, Morgantown, examined the association between serum (blood) levels of PFOA and the presence of CVD and PAD, a marker of atherosclerosis, in a nationally representative group of adults. The study

5 Teas that make you slim! The brew that energises can also help you lose weight. Here's how...

It's widely known that just one cup of tea can prevent strokes, arthritis, tooth decay and even keep cancer at bay. While it's regarded as nature's tranquiliser for its soothing properties, the brew also has another great benefit - it helps shed weight. Scientists have shown that tea has high levels of compounds that battle the absorption of fat.

Here are 5 teas that can result in a slimmer you... Star anise tea: promotes digestion Star anise, the fruit of a small evergreen tree (Illicium verum) native to China, can be used in the treatment of digestive troubles such an upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea etc. One may drink a tea made from it by

steeping a whole pod in one cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain this and sweeten it if required. Sip on this slowly when an upset stomach occurs.

Peppermint tea: controls what you eat

If you like peppermint tea then try and rotate that with a green tea drink as both speed up digestion and thus help you burn more calories. The peppermint leaves can be used to make a light, refreshing tea, which can be drunk either hot or chilled. To prepare the tea, take a tablespoon of fresh or dried leaves and add them to boiling water and let it steep for four to five minutes. Strain and add honey, if needed.

Green tea: builds metabolism

Research says the chemical EGCG found in green tea that speeds up the body's metabolism, is responsible for helping people lose the kilos - it can burn a whopping 70 calories a day! Green tea also raises the level of

SCREEN time has overtaken exercise as the most important factor in childhood obesity and should be limited, a South Australian study has found. The UniSA study looked at 2200 children aged between nine and 16 years and found the length of time they spent in front of television and computer screens was a more likely indicator of being overweight or obese than the amount of exercise they did.Study co-author and UniSA researcher Dr Carol Maher said screen time now made up about one quarter of waking time for the age group."In the past two decades, young

people's physical activity behaviour has been the subject of scores of interventions but, in comparison, interventions aimed at reducing screen time have been relatively uncommon," she said."Our findings suggest that screen-time reduction may be a more effective target behaviour for intervention studies aimed at reducing overweight and obesity among children."The study found there were about two and a half times as many obese study subjects classed in the category of high-screen-time and lowexercise (10.7 per cent), as in the low-screen-time and high-exercise category (4.3

per cent). Dr Maher said the value of physical activity also should not be underestimated. "Increased likelihood of a young person being overweight or obese was more strongly and consistently associated with high screen-time than with low physical activity," she said."Findings underscore the need for interventions targeting screen behaviour in young people."Dr Maher said the study, published in the latest edition of Acta Paediatrica, was carried out because there was debate in the scientific community about which factor had the stronger as-

sociation with obesity. The children's behaviour over 24-hour periods was studied and they were divided into groups based on high and low activity, as well as on high and low screen use, according to national guidelines. Low-activity children exercised for less than 60 minutes each day and high screen-time children failed to meet national guidelines. "Increased likelihood of overweight or obese was often associated with high screen time, but only sometimes and less strongly associated with low ... physical activity," Dr Maher said.

Household chemicals can give you heart disease

High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Shrinkage The Australian study of nearly 250 non-diabetic men and women found those with high blood sugar levels tended to have shrinking in brain areas linked to memory and emotional processing. The results held up even after controlling for lifestyle factors such as smoking and weight. “If replicated, this finding may contribute to a reevaluation of the concept of normal blood glucose levels and the definition of diabetes,” wrote study author Dr. Nicolas Cherbuin, director of the Neuroimaging and Brain Lab at Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. Previous research has

drug, said Strunk, who treats children with asthma at St. Louis Children's Hospital. "This was surprising because in previous studies, we found that the slower growth would be temporary, not affecting adult height. But none of those studies followed patients from the time they entered the study until they had reached adult height," Strunk stated. Pediatric asthma specialists at St. Louis Children's Hospital keep a close watch on the growth of their patients who use inhaled steroids, Strunk said. They are measured at every visit, and physicians keep a growth curve. "If a child is not growing as they should, we may reduce their steroid dose," he noted. "But we think that the half-inch of lowered adult height must be balanced against the well-established benefit of inhaled corticosteroids in controlling persistent asthma. We will use the lowest effective dose to control symptoms to minimize concerns about effects on adult height," he added. The findings will be presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Vienna, Austria, and published online in the New England Journal of Medicine

Study finds computer, television screen time directly linked to childhood obesity

antioxidants. It's believed the antioxidant catechins in green tea boost metabolism and helps burn fat (can burn a whopping 70 calories a day!) Steeping time for the tea: two to three minutes at 85 Degrees Celsius.

Rose tea: prevents constipation

One of the oldest flavouring teas available, rose tea - made by mixing fresh roses and the bud of the tea has a major therapeutic effect on the human body. Apart from clearing toxins and beautifying the skin, rose tea contains vitamins A, B3, C, D and E and is known to act against infections. It also prevents constipation and helps one lose weight.

Oolong tea: guards against obesity

Research reveals that oolong, a semifermented tea may have a stronger effect than even green tea. It promotes fat burning is said to help reduce cholesterol and the concentration of fat in the body. About two cups per day is recommended. Steep oolong tea anywhere from 30 seconds to five minutes, for a more full-bodied cup.

used merged data from the 19992000 and 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The study suggests that increasing serum PFOA levels were positively associated with the presence of CVD and PAD, and the association appeared to be independent of confounders such as age, sex, race/ethnicity, smoking status, body mass index, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and serum cholesterol level, the authors comment. "Our results contribute to the emerging data on health effects of PFCs [perfluoroalkyl chemicals], suggesting for the first time that PFOA exposure is potentially related to CVD and PAD. However, owing to the cross-sectional nature of the present study, we cannot conclude that the association is causal," the researchers said. Compared with the reference level of PFOA in quartile 1, the multivariable odds ratio among participants in quartile 4 was

2.01 for CVD and 1.78 for PAD, according to the results. "In summary, in a representative cross-sectional sample of the U.S. population, we found that higher PFOA levels are positively associated with self-reported CVD and objectively measured PAD. Our findings, however, should

be interpreted with caution because of the possibility of residual confounding and reverse causality. Future prospective studies are needed to confirm or refute our findings," the researchers concluded. The study was published online by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.

E-cigarettes are equally injurious to health Electronic cigarettes are being marketed as a potentially safer alternative to normal cigarettes, but new research has shown that they are still causing harm to the lungs. The study has also added new evidence to the debate over the safety of alternative nicotine-delivery products. Electronic cigarettes are devices that deliver nicotine through a vapour, rather than smoke. There is no combustion involved but the nicotine in the device is still derived from tobacco. There has been much debate over the safety and efficiency of the products, but little scientific evidence to support either claim. Researchers from the University of Athens in Greece aimed to investigate the short-term effects of using e-cigarettes on different people, including people without any known health problems and smokers with and without existing lung conditions.The study included 8 people who had never smoked and 24 smokers, 11 with normal lung function and 13 people with either chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma.Each person used an electronic cigarette for 10 minutes. The researchers then measured their airway resistance using a number of tests, including a spirometry test.The results showed that for all people included in the study, the e-cigarette caused an immediate increase in airway resistance, lasting for 10 minutes. In healthy subjects (never smokers) there was a statistically significant increase in airway resistance from a mean average of 182 per cent to 206 per cent.In smokers with normal spirometry there was a statistically significant increase from a mean average of 176 percent to 220 percent. In COPD and asthma patients the use of one e-cigarette seemed to have no immediate effect to airway resistance.Professor Christina Gratziou, one of the authors and Chair of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee, said: "We do not yet know whether unapproved nicotine delivery products, such as e-cigarettes, are safer than normal cigarettes, despite marketing claims that they are less harmful. This research helps us to understand how these products could be potentially harmful."We found an immediate rise in airway resistance in our group of participants, which suggests e-cigarettes can cause immediate harm after smoking the device. More research is needed to understand whether this harm also has lasting effects in the long-term."The ERS recommends following effective smoking cessation treatment guidelines based on clinical evidence which do not advocate the use of such products," Professor Gratziou added.


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Michael Clarke named captain for ODI series against India Agencies

The selectors also chose to ignore

MELBOURNE: Hoping that he will recover from his back problem in time, Australia on Thursday named Michael Clarke as captain for the oneday series against India but made it clear that his selection in the playing XI would be subject to fitness. Australia, who beat Ashes rival England 3-2 in a recent ODI series, will play seven one-dayers during the tour, beginning October 10 with a one-off Twenty20 in Rajkot. Clarke, on his part, remained confident of getting fit for the series. “No doubt it’s quite stiff and sore. But I’ll be guided by the experts on what I need to do now to try and get myself as fit as I can be,” Clarke told reporters in Sydney. “I would certainly like to go and continue to play. I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment.” Australia named a 14-man squad, dropping an out-of-form Mathew Wade, pacer Josh Hazlewood and spinner Fawad Ahmed. Ahmed, a cricketer of Pakistani origins, made his Australia debut after getting citizenship recently. He has been dropped in favour of Xavier Doherty, who the selectors feel is better suited to the Indian conditions.

injured batsman Shaun Marsh. Brad Haddin, who captured an Ashes series record of dismissals during the England tour, will be the lone stumper in the side. “After a long tour Michael Clarke’s back condition has flared up again and he has been selected subject to fitness. He has returned to Australia

for further assessment and the NSP

hopes that it will improve in time for the Indian tour,” National Selection Committee chief John Inverarity said. “There will be a reduced need for pace bowling on this tour so the NSP has reduced the squad from 15 to 14 players,” he added. On dropping Ahmed, Inverarity said,” As previously alluded to, Xavier Doherty

Lionel Messi steals Cristiano Ronaldo’s thunder again, Chelsea crash Agencies Lionel Messi stole Cristiano Ronaldo’s thunder again by plundering yet another hat-trick for Barcelona and Basel ruined Jose Mourinho’s Champions League return with a shock win at Chelsea on Wednesday. Former champions Milan and Porto began the group phase with victories but last year’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund suffered a jarring defeat at Napoli after being reduced to 10 men and having manager Juergen Klopp exiled to the stands. A day after Ronaldo threw down the gauntlet with a hat-trick for Real Madrid in a 6-1 thrashing of

Galatasaray, prolific Argentine Messi responded with three goals in Barcelona’s 4-0 Group H romp at home

to Ajax Amsterdam. Whatever magic Ronaldo conjures, Messi always

seems to have a riposte, soaring to ever greater heights in the ongoing duel between Europe’s two most deadly marksmen. Messi went through his repertoire, breaking the deadlock with a curling free kick after 22 minutes, running in his second 10 minutes into the second half and, after Gerard Pique had also got in on the act, completing his hat-trick with a clinical finish 15 minutes from time. His latest exploits made him the first player to score four hat-tricks in the Champions League and took his overall tally to 62 goals in 80 matches in the competition.

Embattled but defiant nonetheless, BCCI president N. Srinivasan on Thursday declared that he will contest for the top post in the upcoming Board elections in Chennai on September 29. “I am going to stand (for re-election as president). You are press, all of you are giving the numbers (in support and against me),” said Srinivasan after attending BCCI’s marketing committee meeting here. Srinivasan is bidding to get reelected as the president of the BCCI for the third year running under the Board’s two plus one year tenure rule after having completed two years at the helm. Srinivasan has been under a lot of pressure since the spot-fixing scandal broke out and his son-in-law and Chennai Super Kings Team Principal Gurunath Meiyappan’s name cropped

up in investigations into betting during the Indian Premier League’s sixth

season held in April-May. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Associa-

Agencies Eighth seed P.V. Sindhu lost her second round tie while H.S. Prannoy, K. Sri-

ing against Japanese qualifier Akane Yamaguchi as she was beaten in straight games in 32 minutes at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

kanth and Ajay Jayaram advanced to the quarterfinals of the $200,000 Japan Open Super Series here Thursday. Sindhu had a poor out-

The World No.145 beat Sindhu 21-6, 21-17 to move into the women’s singles quarterfinals.Jayaram had a tough second round men’s singles

outing against local qualifier Yuichi Ikeda but eventually won in three games in a 55 minute battle. The Mumbai lad won 21-13, 11-21, 2118 in his first ever match against Ikeda.Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold champion K. Srikanth also entered the last eight easily overcoming another local qualifier Kazuteru Kozai 21-12, 21-16 in 32 minutes in their first ever encounter and will take on Japanese seventh seed and World No.5 Kenichi Tago next in their first ever meet. Youth Olympics silver medallist Prannoy caused an upset by beating World No.6 Danish shuttler Jan O Jorgensen in three tough games. The Kerala shuttler came out victorious 21-14, 13-21, 21-17 in 53 minutes to enter the last eight.

Chasing a stiff 313run target, India ‘A’ got off to a decent start but just couldn’t get their act right in the middle. The Indian openers Robin Uthappa and Baba Aparajith - were looking well settled before the former was run-out for 27. Next man in Naman Ojha failed to make an impression, and made the long walk back without troubling the scoreboard. The Indian innings was heading no where before Yuvraj Singh took the attack to the opposition and made his intent clear from the word go. The aggressive left-hander took very little time to get his eye in, and moved the scoreboard quickly.Aparajith was doing the job from the other end and assisted his senior partner well in the middle. The hosts were looking good for a win, but Yuvraj’s dismissal triggered a collapse. Facing spinner Ashley Nurse, Yuvraj, playing for

the turn, missed the ball, which just went with the angle, and departed for a 59-ball 61. There was nothing to cheer about for the supporters as Aparajith too followed his skipper back in

India A’s bowling woes were once again exposed as Kirk Edwards’ hundred guided West Indies A to a mammoth 312 for nine in the unofficial ODI seriesdecider at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on

the hut. A lot of hopes were pinned on the destructive Yusuf Pathan, but the righthander could only last 21 balls in the middle. For the visitors, left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was the pick of the bowlers. The 24-year old returned with figures of 3/55 against his name.

Thursday.Edwards bludgeoned his way to his second List A century as he made 104 off as many deliveries to set the tone for the West Indies.West Indies profited after their openers Andre Fletcher (28) and captain Kieran Powell (40) laid a solid foundation with a stand of 74.

Sachin great but nothing important about RR-MI match: Dravid Agencies JAIPUR: The Champions League Twenty20 is all set to be Sachin Tendulkar’s swansong as a Mumbai Indians player but Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid feels it still doesn’t make their opening clash on September 21 any special. “Yes, Sachin is a great player and we have played against each other and also as team mates but I feel that there is nothing important in this match. It would be a challenge for us but it should be seen as a match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians only,” Dravid said. “I wish we come face to face in semifinals too in this tournament,” added Dravid at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. Asked if this CLT20 could also be his last, Dravid said he has not yet taken a call on that. “Speaking about the emotions for

tion’s president stepped aside in June as the BCCI chief and let former president Jagmohan Dalmiya take over the day-to-day work. However, he chaired the meeting of the disciplinary committee held in Delhi earlier this month that imposed life bans on cricketers S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan following a probe by BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Sceurity Unit chief Ravi Sawani for indulging in spot-fixing in IPL6. Srinivasan also said the report of south units holding a meeting in Chennai recently was not correct as the media got the venue wrong. Two units of south zone, Goa and Andhra CA, did not attend the meeting, according to the reports. “First of all the information is wrong. The meeting did not take place (at the venue) where media is saying,” said the BCCI chief.“I don’t know what bearing it has (on the upcoming elections),” he added.

Sindhu out, others advance in Japan Open


has been included in the squad, in place of Fawad Ahmed, as the NSP feels that he is well suited to ODIs in India. “Fawad bowled well with his limited opportunities in the rain affected series and better than his figures would suggest. The NSP looks forward to Fawad getting plenty of bowling in the busy domestic schedule that begins at the end of this month.” Cricket Australia has also confirmed that Steve Rixon will be the Head Coach for the tour as Darren Lehmann will take a break to spend some time with his family. Cricket Australia Executive General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said, “As with the successful tour of the UAE last year we will have Steve Rixon acting as Head Coach in India.” “Darren has been on the road and away from home for a considerable amount of time. This is a great opportunity for Darren to refresh, work with the States and provide others with opportunities.” The squad: Michael Clarke (Capt.), George Bailey (VC), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Brad Haddin, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges and Shane Watson.

I am going to contest BCCI elections: Srinivasan Agencies

Clinical West Indies ‘A’ beat India ‘A’ by 45 runs, take series 2-1

this being my last T20 tournament, I have still not decided about the next year. I wish to concentrate on this tournament only,” he said. “The performance and the spirit

paw Ashok Menaria and hoped he might get a bigger role. “I am happy about the left hander. He had a lean last season but has come back strongly with fine perfor-

Sachin is a great player and we have played against each other and also as team mates but I feel that there is nothing important in this match. It would be a challenge for us but it should be seen as a match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians only,” would be decisive and if we are able to play to our potential than we would be in contention. Every tournament is important whether it is first or last,” he added. Dravid praised local hero south-

mances in Emerging trophy and also for India ‘A’. “I hope to get him bowl a few overs and also more opportunities to bat. But it all would depend upon the team strategy.

Taiwan Challenger: Yuki Bhambri knocks out Yuichi Sugita, sails into quarterfinals Yuki Bhambri avenged his two previous defeats against Yuichi Sugita as the Indian pipped the Japanese in straight sets to move to the singles quarterfinals of the ATP Challenger event, in Kaohsiung on Thursday. Yuki, who had qualified for the singles main draw, edged past his seventh seed rival 7-6 (5) 7-5 in the second round of the $125,000 hard court event. Yuki had lost both his previous matches against Sugita — in USA last year and in Japan in 2011. It was battle of attrition between the players but Yuki overcame an early break in the second set to emerge winner after one hour 57 minutes.

Shikhar Dhawan is going to blossom every single game he plays: Tom Moody Agencies Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody has said that it is a pleasure working with players such as Shikhar Dhawan, who have a strong desire to improve their skills and evolve as a cricketer. Also Read: Shikhar Dhawan, Sunrisers Hyderabad shine 27-year-old Dhawan scored his second consecutive half century to lead Hyderabad to the main round of Champions League T20 as they beat Faisalabad Wolves, last night.“He has done a good job, he is going to blossom every single game he plays, his leader-

ship today (Wednesday) was excellent. The positive

to improve,” Moody said at the post-match press confer-

thing about Shikhar is that whether he is captaining or batting, he constantly wants

ence here.“He is always asking questions, he is always wanting to develop his game.

So, from a coaching point of view, it is pleasure to work with people who have an open mind and are prepared to grow, as people,” Moody said at the post-match press conference here,” the burly Australian added. Also Read: Mishra, Karan Sharma bowled beautifully, says DhawanWith back-to-back victories, Hyderabad have joined New Zealand’s Otago Volts in the main draw while Wolves from Pakistan and Kandurata Maroons from Sri Lanka have been eliminated. Further praising Dhawan, Moody said “his maturity and work ethics have sort of come in line.

Lack of international cricket at home affecting us: Misbah Agencies Under-fire Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq says that lack of international cricket back home was having a negative impact on the team’s performance. Pakistan suffered a humiliating Test defeat at the hands of minnows Zimbabwe and now Faisalabad Wolves have been eliminated from the “When there is no international cricket happening and when you are not seeing any players playing, there are not even side matches being played, no opportunities, it has an impact. When you play in your country, the confidence one gains from performing there also helps in performing away from home,” Misbah said at the post-match press conference here last night.When asked if he feels overburdened or under pressure, Misbah replied, “Sometimes, it happens that your team is not responding, unfortunately, like this time batsmen in Pakistan team are struggling. As far as Faisalabad team is concerned, we are an inexperienced side and

don’t have big names in batting, sometimes it happens.” Misbah backed the Wolves, who have lost both their matches, saying barring him and spinner Saeed Ajmal, the side lacked in experience. “Obviously when you lose games, you are disappointed, but I think its a good experience for the team as most of the guys haven’t played any international cricket. (After playing here) they got to know what sort of demands there are at the international level and I think it’s a big ask for them to come straight here and perform.” Misbah said it was imperative that all batsmen perform as an individual cannot do much in team’s win. “When contributions come from all side, it is good for the team. When all players contribute, team earns more victories. With one player alone you can do nothing,” he said. The Pakistani skipper also rued absence of an IPL-style league back home. “I think if league starts in Pakistan, it will bring competitiveness among players, I think it

is very important. Exposure and skills improve only when you play cricket in such a competitive environment. “It is unfortunate for Pakistan that no such league is being played there. We will have to think over it very soon. Players from around the world play IPL and different leagues in their own countries. “As a result, one can see a visible difference in the players, especially in Indian cricket, how young players are coming up, how they are maturing fast, how they are able to play under pressure,” he said.

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Team Kejriwal rising, Delhi won’t give Dikshit sweeping victory New Delhi Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit is the favourite to win assembly elections in the national capital in November, but it will not be a cakewalk for her Congress party. An exclusive survey by Hindustan Times and research agency C fore has found that the Congress may scrape through with anything between 32 and 37 seats in the 70-member Delhi Vidhan Sabha to form a government again. In the last elections, it had won 43 seats. Voters still consider Dikshit the leader best suited to steer Delhi through its transformation into a modern, global city but growing discontent over inflation, corruption and safety issues is pushing many of them into the fold of Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party. In the survey that covered 14,689 voters, 29% chose Dikshit as their CM candidate while 22% opted for Kejriwal and BJP’s Vijay Goel won the approval of 18%. Women voters prefer Cong For main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), these elections may just be a repeat of the 2008 assembly polls when the party managed only 24 seats despite a heavy anti-incumbency wave against the Congress. The BJP’s inability to project a strong chief ministerial candidate and infighting among its top leadership in

the city unit are likely to be problems. The survey predicts 22 to 27 seats for the saffron party this time. However, the survey was conducted before the anointment of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections and the recent communal riots at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. Both of these could influence the voting behaviour in the run up to the November elections.

As of now, the AAP seems likely to eat into the anti-incumbency votes that the BJP has been counting on. If it wasn’t for the AAP, 54% respondents said they would have voted for the BJP. The party, which will make its electoral debut with the Delhi polls in November, is likely to manage between 7 and 12 seats.

“Even if every fifth person votes for AAP, it will be no ordinary achievement for a party that did not exist a few months ago,” said Anand Kumar, a sociologist at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Young and first-time voters (18-25 years) are more inclined to vote for the AAP. While 29% of them favoured Congress, 28% said they would prefer AAP. Meanwhile, rise in food prices seems to be the biggest issue this time with every third respondent rating it ahead of problems like safety of women, rise in electricity tariffs, shortage of water and lack of basic amenities in unauthorised colonies. But Dikshit remains confident. “Price rise is definitely an issue. But is it a problem only in Delhi that you would want another government to solve it? Prices are rising everywhere in the country,” she said. Indeed, 32% of respondents said Congress was still the best party to deal with the issue of food and electricity prices even though the prices of essential commodities have surged in the past few years with the Congress ruling both in Delhi and at the Centre. “Our five years of work has been brilliant. We have had the best track record in the country,” Dikshit said. “So many people migrate to Delhi for the good life and facilities – look at the infrastructure, greenery, clean fuel like CNG.”

Rajasthan minister Babu Lal Nagar resigns over rape charge Jaipur: A day after being questioned by the Rajasthan police with regard to the rape case filed against him, Minister of State for Khadi and Rural Industries and Dairy (independent charge) Babu Lal Nagar on Thursday tendered his resignation. Nagar sent his resignation to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and said that he chose to quit on moral grounds, so that impartial probe can be carried out. The 53-year-old Food and Civil Supplies Minister rubbished the claims made by the woman as baseless. “I sent my hand written resignation to the CMO through a person this morning. After many thoughts and second thoughts, I decided to resign...No one asked me to do this”, he said. Congress leader Gurudas Kamat has confirmed that

Nagar’s resignation has been accepted. Nagar has been booked for raping a 35-year-old woman at his residence on the pretext of providing her a ‘suitable job’. The woman in her complaint had said that the Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies asked her to visit him on September 11, and later sexually assaulted her. Nagar refuted the allegations and said he was being framed in “a political conspiracy”. “My house was swarming with people on September 11, the day when the woman says she was raped. I was not alone even for a minute,” said Nagar.A first information report (FIR) was registered against Nagar under Sections 376 (rape) and 323 (causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code at Sodala police

station. A police officer said the complainant was a married woman. She had approached a court recently, and the court directed police to register the FIR. After registering the case, police referred the case to CB-CID as it involved an MLA of the present Assembly. The state’s CID-Crime Branch had yesterday begun probing the charges of rape and assault levelled against Nagar. The woman’s statement was recorded and her clothes, which she wore on the day of the alleged crime, were recovered and sent for forensic examination. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had yesterday said that no one is above law and that law will take its own course. “I told earlier also during the Asaram case that no one is above law,” he had said.

Delhi Assembly elections: BJP silent on CM candidate New Delhi: Having picked Narendra modi as its prime ministerial candidate, the Bharatiya Janata Party is yet to decide who will be the party’s face in the fast approaching Assembly elections in Delhi. A delay on part of the principal opposition party in declaring its chief ministerial candidate for 2013 Delhi polls might spoil its prospects and its dream to dis-

lodge the incumbent Sheila Dikshit government over issues like rising prices and corruption. With Congress projecting Sheila Dikshit for the fourth consecutive time and Aam Admi Party making a debut under Arvind Kejriwal’s leadership, the BJP’s poll prospects is expected to be hurt due to the internal bickering

within the party over the choice of the CM candidate. While the senior BJP leaders are desperately trying to put up a united front and rule out internal differences between the Delhi party leaders, it is almost clear that top guns like Vijay Goel, former education minister Harsh Vardhan and VK Malhotra are all fighting hard o become the party’s CM candidate. Three surveys conducted by a private agency, Sisro Associates, with technical assistance from Yogendra Yadav has projected that AAP will garner 32 percent vote share. The Congress and the BJP will end up with 24 and 23 percent votes respectively. And if this happens, then the growing unrest within BJP’s Delhi wing will scuttle its chances to seize power from Congress. The national BJP leaders need to take a hard step which they took while announcing Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for 2014 General Elections, despite strong opposition from LK Advani.

MUZAFFARNAgAR RioTS: Where has the akhilesh yadav govt gone wrong Lucknow: On the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met Governor BL Joshi in Lucknow on Thursday even as criticism continues of his administration. What remains to be seen is where exactly has the Akhilesh administration gone wrong. Akhilesh did not back his police officers when they tried to act against rioters and criminal elements. He also did not take the initial violence in Muzaffarnagar seriously enough and instead transferred the District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police. ALSO SEE UP govt yet to arrest MLAs, MPs named in the FIR in Muzaffarnagar riots case Another mistake that Akhilesh made is that he allowed a mahapanchayat to take place in violation of prohibitory orders in Muzaffarnagar. Not just Muzaffarnagar, but the Akhilesh government has failed to act while a series of riots have taken place across UP in the past 12 months. He has also been been unable to rein in the senior leaders of the Samajwadi Party. Meanwhile, there have been no arrests despite warrants being issued against 16 political leaders for inciting the violence. Two of them - BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Bhartendu Singh have denied any role but skipped the Assembly session on Thursday. Two other BJP MLAs who have been under the scanner - Hukum Singh and Suresh Rana - were attending the session. Arrest warrants were issued against several UP politicians including Sangeet Som, BJP MLA Bhartentu Singh, Bharatiya Kisan Union leaders Rakesh Tikait and Naresh Tikait, BSP MP Kadir Rana, BSP MLA Noor Saleen Rana, BSP MLA Jameel Ahmed, Congress leader Saidujama and 16 other people. BJP leader Uma Bharti on Wednesday practically dared the government to arrest BJP leaders, warning of consequences. BJP leader Hukum Singh has lashed out at Akhilesh calling him immature. “According to me, Akhilesh is immature. The Government is fit for nothing and if this government continues, it will be one of the worst in the world’s history,” .

Four charged in Mumbai photographer’s gang-rape case Agencies MUMBAI: Four men were formally charged on Thursday in a Mumbai court over the gang-rape of a young photographer in the city last month, a case that reignited anger about women’s safety across India. The four suspects, arrested within days of the attack, appeared at the Esplanade court barefooted and looking dishevelled. One wore a T-shirt and jeans while the rest were in shirts and trousers. They were charged with at least five offences including gang-rape, unnatural sex, illegal confinement, destruction of evidence, and conspiracy over the attack on August 22. A fifth suspect, who was under 18 at the time of the offence, is expected to be charged separately in a juvenile court. The 22-year-old photographer was repeatedly raped while she was on an assignment taking photos in an abandoned mill compound in central Mumbai. A male colleague accompanying her was also beaten and tied up with a belt while she was assaulted and threatened with a broken beer bottle, police say. The next hearing in the case

Controversy over nuclear liability law ahead of Manmohan’s US visit Ahencies Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the US, a controversy has broken out over the nuclear liability law with reports suggesting that an agreement will be signed which may not be in tune with the law. The Cabinet Committee on Security will consider a proposal to sign an agreement between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and the USbased operator Westinghouse Electric Company. The US sees the Civil Liability for Nuclear Disaster Act as hurdle in selling nuclear reactors to India. The law allows NPCIL to seek partial compensation from suppliers if their reactors are involved in a nuclear accident. But in an opinion to the Department of Atomic Energy, Attorney General G E Vahanvati is learnt to have stated that it is upto the nuclear plant operator to invoke section 17 of the Act regarding liability of suppliers in case of a mishap. The opinion will help New Delhi

sign the contract. But the government sought to downplay the controversy saying that there will be no dilution on the issue and the interest of India will be protected. External affairs minister Salman Khurshid said while India needs energy, it will get it at its “own terms

and conditions.” He said the two sides have their own points of view, the discussions should result in a “win-win” situation for both the sides. The Left parties has warned the government that it would commit


an “illegal act” if it tried to dilute the Civil Nuclear Liability Act or signed any agreement for supply of nuclear reactors during the upcoming US visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “If the government wants to succumb to US pressures (to clinch a deal), I am afraid they will be shown as having done an illegal act which will be against the interests of the country,” CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters here. “The effort of the Manmohan Singh government to dilute the Civil Nuclear Liability Act to exempt US suppliers of reactors from the liability clause will be an illegal attempt to bypass the law passed by Parliament,” he said, adding, “The Americans want to sell the reactors on their terms but they will have to abide by the laws of this country...” Karat was reacting to reports that government was moving to clear a deal to acquire nuclear reactors from US major Westinghouse Corp and sign an agreement during Singh’s visit.

was announced for Monday. The attack sparked outrage in the financial hub on Mumbai, which has long been thought of as safer for women than the capital New Delhi, where the fatal gang-rape of a young woman in December

shook the nation. Last week, a court convicted four adult suspects in the Delhi case and sentenced them to death, which the judge said was justified to deter other would-be rapists from attacking women. Though the Delhi and Mumbai cases have garnered widespread media attention, gang-rapes and brutal sexual assaults are reported daily in newspapers.

2 women involved in biggest gold haul at Indian airport KOCHI:In the biggest gold haul at an Indian airport, 20 gold bars valued at Rs 5.8 crore were seized early on Thursday from two women passengers from Dubai.On the basis of specific information, a team of officers of the Customs Preventive unit effected the seizure, a customs release said. The women, hailing from Thrissur and Kozhikode, had arrived here early on Thursday by an Emirates flight. They had departed from Kochi to Dubai six days ago. The bars, weighing 20kg, were found concealed in specially stitched jackets with pouches worn by the burqa-clad women. The extent of customs duty sought to be evaded worked out to Rs 60 lakh, the release said. The seizure is the largest in the recent history of gold smuggling cases detected in the country, the release said. Prior to this seizure, a total quantity of 23kg of gold bars worth about Rs six crore had been seized by customs in the last few months.

Enough evidence to prosecute Modi: Zakia’s lawyer Agencies Maintaining that there was enough evidence to prosecute Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the post-Godhra riots, the lawyer of Zakia Jafri on Wednesday submitted his written submissions before the metropolitan magistrate. The Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) is expected to file its reply by September 25. Arguments are already over. Jafri, whose husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed in the post-2002 riots, had filed a protest petition against the closure report filed last February by SIT, which gave a clean chit to Modi. In its submissions to magistrate BJ Ganatra on Tuesday, her lawyer Mihir Desai said that Modi wilfully ignored messages from state intelligence between February 7, 2002 and February 25, 2002 regarding RSS-VHP’s mahayagna and precautionary measures were not initiated by the state. Modi, who also held the home portfolio then, concealed the information

about provocative, anti-Muslim sloganeering by kar sevaks at the Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002, the day the carnage took place, from the public, Desai says. Desai has alleged that Modi conspired with the VHP to plot and allow reprisal killings all over Gujarat. He further submits that Modi brazenly supported the bandh call given by VHP and allowed the streets and public

spaces of Gujarat to be used for mass attacks and violence. Modi specifically instructed his top policemen and administrators not to act even-handedly in the days after the Godhra carnage and “allow Hindus to vent their an-

ger,” Desai has submitted. The violence was allowed to continue by Modi till May 2002, he says. He further submitted that Modi is guilty of ordering the destruction of crucial docu-

ments including wireless intercepted messages, vehicle logs, police control room records and others on March 30, 2008, four days after the Supreme Court appointed the SIT.

Top UP police officer Arun Kumar goes on long leave Uttar Pradesh additional director general of police Arun Kumar Thursday proceeded on long leave, leading to speculation that he took the step over political interference in police work. Official sources confirmed that the second seniormost police officer in the state had gone on leave, but refused to speak on the reasons behind it. Arun Kumar, said to be with an impeccable service record and known for his uprightness and honesty, has been for some time now considering going on deputation to the central government. He had served as joint director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a few years back and was the officer-in-charge of the Aarushi Talwar and Hemraj murder case. He returned to his parent cadre during the Bahujan Samaj Party government, but was sidelined with a posting in the technical services. He was elevated as the additional director general of police by the Akhilesh Yadav

government a few months back after spiralling crime contributed to the falling popularity of the Samajwadi Party government. Arun Kumar had camped for a week in the violence-hit Muzaffarnagar region and only moved out after normalcy was restored. A total of 48 people were killed and more than 43,000 displaced in communal clashes that erupted Sep 7 and lasted for three days. He was critical of the penal action taken against police officials while Indian Administratice Service (IAS) officials were spared. Known among his peers as a man who puts duty beyond everything else, Arun Kumar reportedly became uneasy in the past few months after incidents of growing political interference. "I am sure something serious must have happened that Arun has taken such a step," a retired IPS official told IANS. Director general of police Devraj Nagar and principal secretary RM Srivastava refused to comment on the matter.

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CM chairs JKSPDC Board meeting Lays foundation stone of new complex Power sector nerve line to economic independence

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CM chairs JKSPDC Board meeting Lays foundation stone of new complex Power sector nerve line to economic independence