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Srinagar, May 20: Srinagar Municipal Corporation Enforcement Squad demolished a single storey which was being raised ‘illegally’ at Gulbahar Colony Hazratbal. SMC official said that on receiving specific information Commissioner SMC Dr Qasba acted promptly and directed the concerned team to get the illegal structure demolished on spot. SMC for the last one week has demolished at least twelve illegal constructions in different areas of the city. SMC Commissioner SMC Dr. Qasba said that the Corporation shall be continuing rigorously with the demolition drives with regard to unauthorized construction in the city. “People raising constructions illegally shall not be spared and strict action shall be taken against the same there off,” added Dr Qasba. See SMC On PG 11..

PDP condemns Shopian killing Srinagar, May 20: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has strongly condemned the brutal killing of Naseer Ahmad Mir of Pinjura in Shopian district. In a statement issued to GNS, a party spokesman said killing of innocents is unacceptable in a civilized society. He said: “Such atrocities only result into tragedies and by splashing blood of innocents on the ground we will not achieve anything.” Expressing sympathies with the bereaved family, the spokesman demanded a thorough investigation into the unfortunate incident so that the perpetrators of the crime are brought to justice as soon as possible. (GNS)

Inside story Tosamaidan killing: Army expresses grief, denies allegations

Srinagar, May 20: Army on Tuesday expressed grief over the death of a minor Simran Riyaz, 12 and injury to her brother in an explosion on Monday. In a statement issued to GNS, army’s Srinagar based spokesman said: “At this hour of loss to the family, Army sends its condolences to the bereaved family.” “However, Army also clarifies about the allegations reported against Artillery firing in some sections of media. Firstly, the location of incident was

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Narendra Modi to be sworn-in as PM on 26th

government would do. In a 30-minute address to the newly elected MPs he said, as people's representatives, they are not in Parliament to clinch power, but to work for the betterment of people and fulfil their aspirations. He described Parliament as a temple of democracy and said a government should live for welfare of the poor. Modi assured people that there is no need for pessimism going by the past bad experience adding that the country has huge potential. He said he does not believe that the previous governments did nothing. He said they deserve apprecia-

tion for whatever good they did. Touched by L K Advani's reference to him in his address Modi broke down. Advani had also broken down earlier while embracing Modi moments after party MPs endorsed his proposal to name him their leader. Later, constituents of 29-party NDA chose Narendra Modi as their leader in a meeting at the same venue. PROFILE Born on 17th September 1950 in an ordinary family in Vadnagar village of Mehsana district, Narendra Modi See Modi On PG 11..

Fatal road accident claims 17 lives 17 critical among 34 injured passengers

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On Edit Page What are they exactly? Govt. servants or politicians! It is strange that some Govt. servants, university professors and public sector employees are behaving like politicians and are issuing statements on different issues which are politically motivated and cause a lot of hatred and division in different sections of the society. These people even attend international conferences without any hindrance, travelling to foreign countries and working against the interest of the society as a whole. Nobody in the Govt. asks them to explain and nobody raises any objection to their conduct which is

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May 20: Narendra Modi will be swornin as Prime Minister on 26th of this month. Modi, called on President Pranab Mukherjee today to stake claim for formation of new government. Talking to reporters after meeting Modi said, the President invited him to form the government and also asked him to submit the list of members to be appointed in the Council of Ministers. He said the swearing-in ceremony will be held next Monday at 6 pm. Mukherjee congratulated Modi for BJP's grand victory in Lok Sabha polls. A delegation of 15 members of National Democratic Alliance, NDA, led by Rajnath Singh, BJP President met the President Tuesday afternoon. A letter stating that Narendra Modi has been elected as Leader of BJP Parliamentary Party, was handed over to the President.The delegation among others comprised L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sushma Swaraj, Prakash Singh Badal, Chandrababu Naidu, Uddhav Thackeray and Ram Vilas Paswan. Earlier, the BJP Parliamentary Party unanimously elected Narendra Modi as its leader in a meeting at the Central Hall of Parliament. His name was proposed by party veteran L K Advani and seconded by senior leaders including Murli Manohar Joshi, Venkaiah Naidu, Nitin Gadkari, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. Narendra Modi said that the Lok Sabha election results represent a new hope for the common man. He dedicated his government for the uplift of the poor, youth, women and deprived.He said that he would never give an opportunity to look down on what his

Ramban, May 20: In a deadly road accident, Seventeen people were killed and 34 others injured when a passenger bus rolled down into a 400-feet deep gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Ramban district in the wee hours on Tuesday. With 52 passengers on-

board, the bus (JK02J-3547) was en route to Srinagar from Jammu. The driver according to reports was driving at full speed when it veered out of control and rolled down into the gorge in Digdol area of Ramban. 17 people, including six women and a child were killed, and 34 others were in-

jured. Residents said the accident took place around 2:30 am while the rescue operation started more than two hours after the accident. They believe many lives would have been saved, had the rescuers reached See Fatal On PG 11..

Response to PDP victory index of zooming hope: Mehbooba Srinagar, May 20: Expressing her gratitude to the people of South Kashmir for having reposed their trust once again in her party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said the fact that common masses are identifying themselves with the victory of the PDP candidates in the Lok Sabha elections highlights the zooming index of hope in the state. According to a statement issued to KNS, she was addressing a large public meeting at Anantnag today organized by the party to felicitate her on election to the Lok Sabha. Senior party leaders Abdul Rehman Veeri MLA, Sofi Ab Gaffar MLA,

Peerzada Mansoor Hussain MLA, Rafi Ahmad Mir MLA, zone presidents Syed Farooq Andrabi, Adv Sheikh Javed , Ab Rahim Rather and others were also present on this occasion. Mehbooba said the general mood of celebration in Kashmir over the victory of the PDP in all the three parliamentary seats reflects the fact that the hope generated by the arrival of PDP in 2002 has been rekindled with this emphatic endorsement of party’s agenda. She said this election has also restored the sanctity of electoral process in the state and it would help in finally removing the See Mehbooba On PG 11..


Srinagar, May 20: Blaming mainstream political parties for killing of its members, a body of Panchayat members on Tuesday said they won’t resign and would continue their work. According to GNS correspondent, addressing a press conference, the members of All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) said that after deliberations with its members across the valley, the body has decided not resign. “After deliberations with members from every Block, it was decided not resign because people have given us mandate for solving their day to day issues and for development,” the spokesman of AJKPC Ghulam Hassan Panzoo said, adding: “people have not given us mandate to resolve the Kashmir issue.” Flanked by Congress leader and chairman of Kashmir Society, Farooq Ahmad Renzu, who was ‘special invitee’, the Panchayat members condemned the killing of its members at the hands of unidentified gunmen. “At the same time we condemn government attitude which neither in-

Cross LoC traders meet at Chakan Da Bagh

POONCH, MAY 20 – To ensure smooth trade and review pace and progress of cross border trade activities LOC traders today held a meeting held at Chakan Da Bagh zero point on Poonch Rawlakote road. Besides 115 traders from both sides, the meeting was attended by Director General Trade and travel of POK Mr. Waien, Dy. Commissioner Rawlakote Mr. Faried Chowdhary, Dy. Commissioner Poonch Sajjad Ahmed Khan, SP Poonch Shamsher Hussain Chowdhary and other officers related to cross LOC trade. While speaking on this occasion, the Deputy Commissioner Poonch Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Khan said that the meeting was convened to facilitate the traders of both sides and discuss their trade related problems and disputes. He hoped that trade venture will help in building

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New Recruitment policy to be scrapped, Power Tariff to be reviewed

Srinagar, May 20: After over seven hours of hectic deliberations on the probable causes that led to its debacle in just concluded Lok Sabha elections in the state, National Conference on Tuesday finished its retrospective meeting at party headquarters here pledging to take certain pro-people concrete measures in order to bounce back with full strength. A senior party leader and minister told KNS that besides various other issues the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru, 2010 civilian killings, employment policies and lack

Panchayat body rules out en-mass resignations

of proper mobilization topped the feedback coming from block level party cadres. The meeting that was attended by almost all the legislators, district presidents, district secretaries and block presidents started at 10 O’clock was presided over by Dr Farooq Abdullah. In his address, party sources told KNS, Dr Farooq said that NC has faced major challenges in the past as well and the latest poll result should not demoralize the party cadres. “We have seen such challenges in past as well. We should See New On PG 11..

the economy of the border people. The traders represented that the list of the items appearing in the SOP may be increased and trade may be need based instead of origin based. The chairman of federation of industries Mr. Anil Suri while appreciating the efforts of district administration Poonch for arranging this meeting welcomed traders of both the parts and said that such type of meetings shall help in boosting the trade across the LOC. The Dy. Commissioner Rawlakote Mr. Faried Chowdhary said that trade is a good CBM for the people of both parts of Kashmir and such meetings bring people more closer to each other and create friendly relations. The trade custodian cross LOC trade Chakan Da Bagh Poonch Mr. Bashir Ahmed Lone See LOC On PG 11..

vestigated these killings nor gave us any protection,” they said. The Panchayat members, once again, blamed mainstream political parties including the ruling party for the killing of its members. “Had it been militants, they would have owned these killings,” Panzoo said, adding it is mainstream parties which target us.”They kill us because they don’t want our empowerment.” The Panchayat members also announced that it will not attend any police and army functions. “We declare that will not attend police, army functions collectively. We’re a non-political forum.” Distancing itself from Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Association, the AJKPC said it has nothing do with the former. The Panchayat Association members had started a series of meetings with pro-freedom leadership to seek their suggestions. In this regard, they met top pro-freedom leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. See Panchayat On PG 11..

Govt lifts ban on SMS Srinagar, May 20: The State Government Tuesday decided to lift the ban on Short Messaging Service (SMS) on pre-paid SIM cards from Wednesday morning (May 21). The Short Message Services (SMS) to all the prepaid mobile subscribers had been suspended vide Govern-

ment Order No. Home -1479 of 2010 in December 2010. Reliable sources told CNS that after assessing the situation in Valley and further in the back drop of emerging new technologies, government decided to lift the ban of SMS on pre-paid services. All the cellular companies have See SMS On PG 11..

Body of Khanyar’s missing boy fished out from Wullar Lake Srinagar, May 20: The body of Fahim Asgar, a three-year-old boy of Khanyar who was missing since May 6, was finally fished out on Tuesday from Wullar Lake reportedly by locals. Reports reaching to KNS said that the body of the child was finally traced by Laharwalpora on the banks of Wullar. He said the village, about 60 kilometers from Fahim's residence in Old City's Nawpur, is located on the banks of the lake in Bandipora district. The deceased child was believed to have slipped into the Nawpur-Babedemb stream on the evening of May 6. On Thursday last week Indian Navy’s specially trained deep divers, Marcos had

joined operations in Nawpur locality of Old City to search the missing boy. The parents of the deceased child have said that the boy was afraid of going near water bodies and that is why they initially suspected kidnapping. Meanwhile, a police statement issued to KNS said that the body of Fahim son of Mohammad Asgar Lone resident of Nowpora, Khanyar, who was reported to be missing from his home since 6th May has been fished out from Wullar lake near Leharwalpora in Bandipora district today. “The body of deceased boy has been handed over to his relatives. Police had launched See Body On PG 11..


Srinagar, Wednesday 21 May 2014



Modi is the third child of Damodardas Modi and Hiraben. Modi, during his student life, participated in agitation against corruption called Navnirman Andolan as a member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarathi Parishad. He joined RSS as a pracharak at an early age and his early responsibilities included making tea, breakfast and snacks for seniors. During the Emergency, L K Advani recognised Modi's organisational skills and inducted him into BJP in early 1987 as state organising secretary. Modi's big day came immediately when he led BJP to a thumping victory in the Ahmedabad civic elections the same year. This was the first time that BJP tasted power in Gujarat. He became Chief Minister of Gujarat for the first time in 2001 and continues to occupy the prestigious post till date. The unprecedented victory his party registered in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls adds another feather to Modi's leadership and organisational self. As Prime Minister, Modi will have to fulfil the expectations of the people who gave him a historic mandate to govern the country.

Panchayat Barring Malik, these leaders advised them to resign en-masse. On the occasion, the AJKPC associated itself with ‘Kashmir Society’ headed by Renzu. Those who addressed press conference include its chairman Shafiq Mir, General Secretary Imtiyaz and several others. (GNS)

Fatal the crash site on time. The casualties were driven to the Ramban Hospital. A large number of volunteers turned up at the hospital to donate blood. Among the 34 injured passengers, 17 were flown to Jammu medical college in critical condition. A police official told CNS that among the 17 dead, only 10 persons were identified while some of the bodies were recovered in mutilated form. He identified some of the deceased as Radha wife of Rajendar Kumar, her little daughter Khania Devi resident of Punjab, Preshan Lal son of Makhan Lal of Amritsar, Shezad Ahmed son of Sirja Ahmed resident of Jharkhand, Roma Devi wife of Soujan Kumar of Satwari Jammu, Shardah Devi wife of Ashok Kumar resident of Punjab, Rameez Khan son of Muhammad Khalil of Mendher Poonch, Muhammad Ayoub Khan son of Ghulam Hasan of Anantnag, Vijay Kumar son of Ashok Kumar resident of Rajsthan and Kulwant Singh son of Wakil Singh resident of Samba Jammu. “They were screaming and shouting: ‘save us, save us’,” recalled a man who was one of those who reached first on the spot. He told CNS that locals used batteries and lanterns to find out the injured as the accident occurred during the dead of the night. Army, police, quick response teams, CRPF launched rescue and search operation and recovered the bodies from the gorge. The bus was reportedly carrying some tourists, a group of students from Poonch going to the Kashmir Valley for taking part in a recruitment drive and some labourers including those from Jharkhand and Punjab.

LoC disclosed that there are 165 traders who are doing trade venture cross the LOC from this side while 171 traders are involved from the other sides. 73 labourers of border area of Poonch are getting employment in trade centre Poonch in loading and unload business. At present 25 loaded trucks every day are crossing from this side on four trade days from Tuesday to Friday every week. Banana, Imly, Jeera, Red Chilly Lemon and Herbs are generally exported and Dry date Apple, Herbs and Almond apart from embroidery items are imported from the other side. The business of nearly 5 crore from both the side takes place every week.

SMS received government order in this regard in which they have been permitted to start pre-paid SMS services again. On June 30, 2010, the government snapped SMS facility of cellphone users in J&K and the curbs continued till date, depriving 70 percent users from availing the service. Though the state government previously maintained that it would take up the issue of revocation of the ban with the Central government, it later surfaced that the SMS on pre-paid mobiles was banned on the orders of the State Home Department. "The order to ban the SMS on prepaid subscribers in the state was ordered by the Home Department of J&K Government," the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited had submitted before the State Human Rights Commission. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had justified the ban on prepaid SMS in the State and had said that the service was stopped to impose to check spread of false and frivolous rumors which have a potential to incite violence. Confirming this, Chief General Manager BSNL, R.K.Koul told CNS that they have received the revocation order from State Home Department and all the formalities will be completed during Tuesday night. “People of the State could avail the pre-paid SMS service fromWednesday morning,” Koul said. He said that 8.50 lakh people avail pre-paid services of BSNL in Jammu and Kashmir out of which 4.50 lakh subscribers are from Kashmir. Bharti Airtell has more than two million pre-paid subscribers. Aircell has 20 lakh pre-paid subscribers. An official of the company told CNS that one million people are availing the Aircell pre-paid service in Kashmir. Other cellular companies like Vodafone, Idea and Reliance also have subscribers in lakhs. (CNS)

impression that the representatives from Kashmir are elected by someone other than the people of this place. “We will go into the parliament with the confidence and mandate of our people to speak with au-

thority about the problems facing the state and will seek their resolution by involving public opinion both in and outside the house,” said Mehbooba. She said this election had clearly established that political accountability had taken roots in the state. She said the complete rout of the ruling coalition could not have been avoided in any free and fair exercise of vote as this government had violated all established norms of governance, integrity, fairness and justice. “It is a matter of satisfaction that PDP is now in a position to provide a better alternative and people have extended their approval to our party’s program and want us to carry forward the process of reconciliation and reconstruction started in 2002 but blocked by the present government” Mehbooba said. “By giving a clear verdict against the government the people have established that they are the masters and they would conduct the audit of all political parties and vote only for those who have a fair record of performance, progressive agenda and a credible leadership,” she said. The PDP president said though it was initially with the support of the people of South Kashmir that the PDP had been able to make a difference to the state politics, but now this party has emerged as a credible force in real sense. She said the party leadership has tried to establish it as an inclusive forum for all the regions, communities and ethnicities to combine their energies for the welfare of the state and resolving its political problems. “Our strength is in connecting the diverse features of the state and its people and converging their aspirations and energies along creative channels,” she said and added for South Kashmir the projects and programs of development that had been started by the PDP led coalition would be revived in right earnest by in right earnest by the next government. Mehbooba said while her party would have to grapple with immense problems facing the state on all fronts, she was particularly concerned about the unemployment of youth. She said the energies of our young population are getting wasted as a result of wrong policies adopted so far and the PDP would seriously work for creating the right environment for the youth to harness their energies and improve their capacities to be able to contribute to their own welfare and that of the state. (KNS)

New not live in past as a bright future is ahead. We should pledge to work hard and bounce back with full strength,” a senior NC leader told KNS while quoting Dr Farooq Abdullah saying in the meeting. He added that at around 2 pm Dr Farooq left the meeting because of some engagement and the meeting continued to discuss the issues threadbare under the chair of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. In his address Omar accepted the responsibility of the debacle attributing party’s worst performance to many issues like misunderstanding over execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru, mishandling of 2010 unrest, new recruitment policy, flat power tariff and the administrative inertia. Sources in the meeting said that the Chief Minister observed that Opposition Peoples Democratic Party that recorded a major win in Kashmir had exploited the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru. “We need to make people understand that there were no signatures of Chief Minister required on Afzal Guru’s execution file. There was no case registered against Guru in the state and the signatures of the chief ministers were no required. There decision was entirely taken by the central government,” the NC leader told KNS while quoting the Chief Minister. The chief minister also admitted before the meeting that the situation in 2010 was mishandled which resulted into over 120 civilian killings. “Those killings could have been prevented to a large extent,” the NC leader told KNS while quoting the chief minister. The block president present in the meeting complained of poor liaison between the party cadres and the district administration. “We told the meeting that the poor liaison between NC cadres and the administration was one of the reasons which is why the NC had to face the brunt,” an NC block president told KNS. In his concluding remarks, the Chief Minister hinted at scrapping of new recruitment policy, reviewing of electricity tariff and certain other pro people measures which would be taken before the assembly elections scheduled to be held late this year. The meeting also decided to gear up and chalk out its block level programmes to reach out to people ahead of the assembly elections. (KNS)

Body a massive search for the missing boy,” said the police spokesman adding that his father Firdous Ahmad identified Fahim's body. It may be recalled that mysterious disappearance of the boy had initially triggered protests in the area. Expediting its search operation to trace the boy, the Inspector General of Police A G Mir on Monday visited Khanyar to review the progress. Mir who also met the parents of missing boy assured them that police were trying its best to trace the boy as quickly as possible. (KNS)

SMC “I make an appeal to the citizens of Srinagar who aim to construct residential or commercial establishments’ shall apply for proper building permissions from Competent Authority and shall not take law and order in their hands,” he said. (CNS)

Bullet ridden body recovered in Shopian Srinagar, May 20: Police on Tuesday morning recovered the bullet ridden body of a youth in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. A police spokesman in a statement issued to GNS said that the body of 25 year old Nasir Ahmad Mir, son of Muhammad Yusuf, resident of Pinjoora Gaglora was recovered from an orchard at Killoora Nadigam area of Shopian district.

Police has registered a case FIR number 107/14 under section 302 RPC, 7/27 I, the spokesman said adding the investigation is on. On Sunday, a youth was gunned by unidentified gunmen in north Kashmir’s Sopore area. The killing was widely condemned including by militant outfit H i z b -ul-Mujahideen. (GNS)

NC workers not happy with party leaders Raised anti-party slogans outside party headquarters Srinagar, May 20: As the ‘introspection’ session between National Conference leadership and District and Block presidents was going on, scores of NC supporters outside party headquarters at Nawai-Subha Complex in Srinagar amid anti-party slogans claimed that NC top leadership has ignored them and the recent defeat was the outcome of their anti-people policies. Amid slogans like, ‘we want justice’ ‘show door to corrupt leaders’, ‘Put an end to dynastic rule’ scores of NC workers complained that the top party leadership remembers them only during the time of elections and sideline them once elections are over. “I am the part of the party from last 30 years and it gives me pain to see party in sham-

bles. This party has made hostage by those who were avowed foes of Late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah,” a party worker told CNS adding that the party is not dukedom of a particular family but it is the movement of the people. Another aged party worker said that those who are at the helm of affairs in the party are all arrogant. “Some non-political entities treat the party as their fiefdom while party president and patron failed to check these elements. It is really sorry to state and shameful that party president does not know the names of their committed workers and even doesn’t recognize their faces,” he said. “There is so much resentment

Former Director Archives may get fifth extension

‘Govt violating its own set norms’ Srinagar, May 20: At a time when Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is seeking feedback from the common people for his party’s debacle in recently concluded Parliament elections, scores of employees from Tourism and Cultural department Tuesday accused him of violating his own set norms. A delegation of employees told CNS that a day before the cabinet banned re-employment in Jammu and Kashmir, the government re-employed Syed Khurshid Ahmed Qadri, ex director General Archives, Archaeology and Museums as consultant in tourism and culture department and that was the fourth extension in his favour. They said that Cabinet is mulling to accord him fifth extension, which would be unfair. They said that the former Director Archives, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Qadri failed to set up a single art Gallery anywhere in the State during his tenure while his performance on Archival Front was also not up to the mark as the former Director. Qadri, the ex-Director Archives, Archaeology, and Museums, who was earlier granted re-employment against the newly created post of consultant to the department of tourism and culture was granted one more extension as consultant, despite his proposal being rejected by the cabinet in its earlier meet. The delegation told CNS that the department of culture clandestinely issued order number 27 of Cul of 2013, dated April 23, 2013 where in it provided one more extension in the services of Qadri.

“His first reemployment was ordered vide order number 8 of 2010 dated February 26, 2010 for a period of one year as consultant to the department. The official was granted extension for one more year vide order number 15 of Cul 2011, dated February 25, 2011 against the same post. This order was to expire on February 2012 but he was again continued for another year before the expiry of this order, vide order number 27- of Cul 2012 dated February 27, 2012. There are apprehensions that he may get one more extension and that will be his fifth term.These extensions were accorded in favor of the retiree in spite of a clear-cut GAD circular that “extension in the government service and or reemployment of a retired government servant shall be strictly for a maximum of one year,’ they said. The employees delegation said that they had appealed Chief Minister to intervene and rescind his re-employment order but he did nothing. They alleged that on the one hand the department of culture has not been allowing the engagement of casual laborers while on the other hand lakhs of rupees monthly are being spent on the needless re-employments in tourism and culture department. They appealed to the Government not to provide fifth extension to the official. “Our sources are telling us that Cabinet which is likely to meet on Wednesday will accord him one more extension,” the delegation said. A top GAD official told CNS that they entertain every order of the Cabinet. “We have to entertain the orders that are passed by the Cabinet,”

Nocturnal raids spark protest in Pulwama ‘Arrested youth stone-pelters’: Police Pulwama, May 20, Police resorted to heavy tear gas shelling in South Kashmir’s Pulwama town to disperse scores of protestors who were protesting against the arrest of youth during nocturnal raids in different parts of the town. Sources told CNS that police and Special Operation Group personnel conducted nocturnal raids in four different hamlet of Pulwama district and arrested ‘wanted’ stone-pelters. The arrested youth according to police are involved in stone-pelting and arson. Police have identified the four arrested youth as Shabir Ahmed Magray

son of Abdul Ahad resident of New Colony, Bilal Ahmed Teli son of Assudullah of Bandzoo, Jehangir Ahmed Bhat son of Muhammad Yousuf resident of Nainbatapora and Bashir Ahmed Wagay son of Muhammad Shaban resident of Sirnoo Pulwama. Reports said that hundreds of protestors from Sirnoo village marched towards Pulwama main town to stage a protest against these arrests. However, police foiled their bid and stopped them near Dalipora. Police bursted tearsmoke shells to disperse the protestors that caused injuries to several protestors.

among party workers against the party leadership. All the promises made by party brass during last elections remained unfulfilled and not speaking of anti-NC people, even the committed workers feel that National Conference has failed to deliver goods,” a young agitated NC worker told CNS adding that if corrupt party leaders are not shown door, he will not vote for the party in Assembly elections. Another party worker was candid enough when he said that no party worker has guts to speak against the father and son. “I once tried to raise my voice during a meeting but I was dubbed anti-party and even some party leaders forced me to shut my mouth,” he said. (CNS)

Tosamaidan killing: Army expresses grief, denies allegations Srinagar, May 20: Army on Tuesday expressed grief over the death of a minor Simran Riyaz, 12 and injury to her brother in an explosion on Monday. In a statement issued to GNS, army’s Srinagar based spokesman said: “At this hour of loss to the family, Army sends its condolences to the bereaved family.” “However, Army also clarifies about the allegations reported against Artillery firing in some sections of media. Firstly, the location of incident was house instead of nallah. Secondly, the explosion cannot be related to an artillery shell because explosion of even a smaller calibre artillery shell would have caused the room or the house, to collapse or get damaged. There was only a small

crater of few inches in this case. Thirdly, artillery shell could not have drifted from the impact area and come to Lassipora as there is no nallah connecting impact area and the village. In fact the intervening features are such that no amount of rain could cause this. Also as per the reports, the explosion took place in a field,” the spokesman said. However, the explosion has taken place within the house of Mr Manzoor Parray, he said. The spokesman said notwithstanding the above, on request from the family, considering the financial condition of the family and on humanitarian grounds Army took on the treatment of the child and admitted him at the Badami Bagh Base Hospital.

Authorities to impose restrictions in Srinagar Will go ahead with our programme: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, May 20 (KNS): The district administration has decided to impose restrictions in areas falling under the jurisdiction of seven police stations in Srinagar in wake of the Huriyat Conference (M) programme on 24th death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Moulana Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone. A senior spokesman in the district administration told KNS that restrictions would be imposed in area falling

under the jurisdiction of police stations including Khanyar, Nawhatta, Zadibal, Kralkhud, Rainawari, Safakadal and Mahraj Gunj. The restrictions would be imposed on public assembly under section 144 CrPC. Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who has been placed under house confinement, told KNS that the Hurriyat (M) will go ahead with its scheduled programme on May 21. “We will go ahead with our programme and the restrictions cannot break our resolve,” Mirwaiz told KNS. (KNS)

Correction in Name It is hereby stated that wrongly my son's name in school record entered as Hinan Shabir, but his correct name is Hanan Shabir. Now I want to change his name as Hanan Shabir, S/O Shabir Ahmad Shagoo, R/O Chanpora Srinagar. If any person have any objection/ojbections in this regard may please submit their objection/objections to principal Canded Secondary School, Nowgam Srinagar within seven days. No objection will be entertained after the due date. Shabir Ahmad Shangoo F/O Hanan Shabir Class : 5th, Roll No. 15 R/O Chanpora Srinagar

LOST I have lost marks card of 10th class (Annual Private-2011) bearing registration no: 9400040004 , Roll No: 146442 (previous) somewhere. Now I have applied for its duplicate. Anybody having objection in this regard may file the same in the J&K Board of School Education, Sub Office Anantnag within 7 days after that no objection will be entertained. Asif Hussain Wani S/o Wali Mohammad Wani, R/o Uttersoo, Shangas, Anantnag

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Don’t hanker after posts, work for party, Narendra Modi tells MPs NEW DELHI: Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi’s message to the new MPs is “do not lobby for ministerial posts”. Modi, known to be his own man, has made it clear that he will take the call on his Cabinet members and hence suggestions or lobbying for posts would not be entertained. Modi is learnt to have told a delegation of MPs from Karnataka who called on him on Sunday that even in Gujarat, he did not encourage lobbying for ministerial berths and there was no point doing it. With Modi staying in the Capital for the last two days, many MPs who are here to register with Lok Sabha and attend the parliamentary partyLone meetNews Agency Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal ing are trying to meet him. Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora However, it has not been Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta possible for Modi to meet all Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency urappa and Ananth Kumar that there was Lal fortsChowk to strengthen the party in their state, who came to see him. Abdullah News Agency Chowk Sikendar Chowk nothing in ministerial posts,News ratherAgency the Lal as there was much to do in the southern In fact, Modi is learnt to have told the Lal parliamentarians should making ef-Gund part of the country to improve BJP prosGupkari Agency Lal Chowk Raina be News Agency Kangan MPs from Karnataka led byNews B S Yeddy-

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Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Lone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Magam Dar News Agency Beerwah Reshi News Agency Safapora Basharat News Agency Bandipora BARAMULLA, MAY 20: District Development ComAltaf missioner, Baramulla, Dr. News FarooqAgency AhmadPulwama Lone today reNews AgencyPlan Baramulla viewed the status ofJeelani Greater Baramulla in a meetShahDDC News Agency the Kupwara ing of officers today.The reviewed components of the Plan and impressed executing agencies Younis upon Newsthe Agency Langate to take futuristic needs andNews expanding Reshi Agencypopulation Islamabadof the town into consideration while executing Plan. Turray News Agencythe Tral Dr. Lone also asked the executing agencies to factor Rahi News Agency Kulgam into the in all the modern amenities and civic facilities Rah News Agency Byepass plan so that the town is developed on most modern lines.

DDC reviews Greater Baramulla Plan

Additional District Development Commissioner, Mukhtar ul Aziz, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Nasir Naqash and other officers of District administration were present on the occasion.

SWD disburses Rs. 3.21 lac worth scholarships in B’pore BANDIPORA, MAY 20: The Social Welfare Department today disbursed Rs. 3, 21,600 worth scholarships among the deserving students of the District who had qualified the B. Ed. Course during 2012-13 session. The scholarships were disbursed among 16 students @ of Rs. 20, 100 per student.

Rashid News Agency Dalgate Hilal News Agency Budgam Bhat News Agency Chadoora Zargar News Agency Kunzar Bashir News Agency Sumbal Saleem News Agency Pattan Reyaz News Agency Pampore Javaid News Agency Qazigund RAMBAN, 20-Sopore Minister of G.M NewsMAY Agency Planning Ajay Sadhotra and MOS Sultan News Agency Handwara Home Sajad Ahmed Kichloo today Sheikh News Agency Islamabad reached District Hospital Ramban News Tral for Three takingWay stock of Agency the treatment Agency Bijbehara andBadru otherNews facilities provided to the Malikcaught NewsinAgency Arwani victims the tragic accident when a passenger bus metKargil with an Shaheen News Agency

pects. Modi’s plans to make serious inroads in states like West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, where BJP does not have much support, are already being discussed in party circles. BJP workers invite Narendra Modi to contest from MandiNarendra Modi will carry forward Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s legacy: BJPNarendra Modi chairs Gujarat cabinet meeting, meets top BJP leadersNarendra Modi meets Amit Shah, Yedyurappa and other BJP leadersBJP eyes big boost with Narendra Modi rally Elaborating on his idea of extending BJP’s footprints in the southern states, Modi is learnt to have told the Karnataka MPs that efforts should be made to create a “Congress-free India”, which implied that BJP leaders should work to finish the Congress’s influence in its traditional strongholds. Modi is learnt to have advised that Congress leaders should join the BJP camp, so that the party’s organisation crashes and BJP replaces it. Clearly, Modi’s expansion plans for BJP across the country seems to have started.

Ajay Sadhotra, Kichloo rushed to Ramban, meet accident victims

accident on way from Jammu towards Srinagar near Digdole area of Ramban.The Ministers interacted with the injured passengers and asked about the treatment being provided to them and announced Chief Minister’s relief of One Lakh to each deceased and 10,000 to each injured in the accident. They expressed grief over the accident and solidarity with the bereaved families, injured victims and directed the concerned officers to take utmost care while treating the injured and to remain vigilant in keeping every facility ready since the hospital ca-

SRINAGAR, MAY 20: Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture Mr. Raman Bhalla today said that the government has initiated various steps for preservation and promotion of rich cultural heritage of the State. The Minister was addressing a joint meeting of officers of Libraries, Culture, Archives, Archaeology and Museums Departments convened to review the present status with regard to achievements, expenditure on various ongoing projects taken in hand by the Departments.

The Minister said the government is committed to safeguard and promote the rich culture heritage of the state by ensuring the preservation of various folk arts and also preserving the various artefacts ,which remind us of our rich cultural ethos. The meeting was informed that a whooping amount of Rs 20.24 crore has been incurred to upgrade the standard of the four Public Libraries in the State during last year. The 5-storey building for housing SPS Library at M. A. Road, Srinagar coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 15.00 crore, District Library Building, Udhampur being constructed by utilizing Rs 1.30 crore is at final stage, while as, the construction work on Tehsil Library building,

SRINAGAR, MAY 20: The Council of Ministers have expressed deep grief and sorrow over the road accident occurred today at Digdol in Ramban District which claimed several human lives and left many injured.Deputy Chief Minister, Mr Tara Chand, Minister for Finance & Ladakh Affairs, Mr. A. R. Rather, Minister for Public Enterprises, Haj, Auqaf and Floriculture, Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayats, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar, Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister for Health & Medical Education, Mr. Taj Mohi-ud-Din, Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Agriculture Production, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Social Welfare, ARI & Trainings and Public Grievances, Ms. Sakina Itoo, Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Raman Bhalla, Minister for Higher Education,

Taurus April 20-May 20

This is a terrific day for you, Taurus. You should find that your relationships, especially with men, go exceptionally well. Your tender and extremely sensitive nature is finally being recognized as the treasure chest it is. There are many times in which this type of personality is seen as weak, yet today is one of those times in which you’re given the full credit you deserve.

Gemini May 21-June 21

A selfish attitude on your part won’t be tolerated today, regardless of the circumstances, Gemini. Don’t make it worse for yourself by pretending that you don’t notice others’ hurt feelings. People are likely to be extra sensitive today, so be careful about trying to impose your will on someone who really wants nothing more than an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on.

Cancer June 22-July 22

You could find the hardest person to face is you, Cancer. You tend toward introspection, and you may find yourself shrinking into self-recrimination. You could analyze the important people in your life and yet fail to address the one you really need to look at – you. As you continually strive for perfection, give yourself proper credit. Do something nice for yourself today.

Take advantage of the creative energy in the air today, Leo. Keep your hands moving and your imagination flowing toward something fun and artistic. If you begin to doubt your work, you may fall down a spiral of creative blockage. Don’t get into the habit of constantly judging the quality or outcome of your work. Give yourself free rein to open up and explore whatever comes to mind.


August 23-September 22

ters to the accident prone area of the district.Out of the injured, 17 were airlifted and 5 were sent by road to Jammu Medical College for further treatment, 4 injured were discharged after receiving first aid from District Hospital Ramban and

tion of over 479 rare books available in three Libraries of the State including SRS Library, SPS Library and Research Publication Department in association with National Informatics Centre. As many as 1,90,200 borrowers, visitors have visited the Public Libraries of the State during last year, the meeting was informed. The Minister stressed the need for preserving the rare books and artefacts in scientific way. He said these historical articles need to be put for display so that new generations are aware about the history and culture of ancestral heritage. Giving details of various activities being carried out by the department, the Secretary Tourism and Culture Mr. Zaffar Ahmad briefed that

The 5-storey building for housing SPS Library at M. A. Road, Srinagar coming up at an estimated cost of Rs 15.00 crore, District Library Building, Udhampur being constructed by utilizing Rs 1.30 crore is at final stage It was given out in the meeting that an amount of Rs. 20.30 lakh stands utilized for digitiza-

Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone, Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution and Transport, Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan, Minister for Planning & Development, Labour & Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra, Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir, Minister for R&B and Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani and Minister for Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah in their joint condolence message have conveyed sympathies to the bereaved families and prayed for peace to the departed souls. They also prayed for early recovery of the injured. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, Mr. Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Cooperative, Printing & Stationery and Elections, Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma, Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo, Minister of State for Science & Technology and Information Technology, Mr. Feroz Ahmad Khan, Minister of State for Animal & Sheep Husbandry.

March 21-April 19

Allow your eager and restless nature to express itself in ways other than through the spoken word, Aries. Show someone that you care through your gentle touch or a big bear hug. Hold on a little bit more tightly than you might normally. There’s an unspoken understanding that comes when you communicate through nothing but pure silence. Work on developing this kind of connection with those closest to you.


Dooru and and Block Library Sogam is in progress at a cost of Rs 89 lakh and Rs 37.46 lakh respectively.

Ministers convey sorrow over loss of precious lives in accident at Digdol


July 23-August 22

remaining 8 are admitted in the hospital for treatment.Earlier, District Administration under the guidance of DC Ramban M H Malik comprising ACR and Tehsildar Ramban rushed on the spot for rescue operations of the ill-fated bus.

Bhalla reviews functioning of Libraries, Culture, Archives, Archaeology and Museums Deptts ‘Says efforts afoot to preserve antiques, rare books on scientific manner’


repairs and renovation work on Abhinav Theatre at Jammu and Tagore Hall at Srinagar have almost been completed, adding that the chairs are being fixed permanently in these Halls for which the additional funds are being arranged. He said besides 1.40 lakh coins of different regimes and 1500 old Gilgit Script in Pali language, 500 years old antique articles, rare books and traditional Dresses (Jamawars) of Dogra rulers are available in Museums of the State. Among others Director Gazetteers Mr. Muhammad Kazim Wani, Additional Secretary Culture Mr. Haroon Rashid, Deputy Director, Libraries Kashmir and Jammu Mr. Bilal Khursheed and Mrs. Vipan Kumari, Deputy Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums Mr. M. Shafi Zahid and senior officers of Library, Culture departments attended the meeting.

Bomb scare delays Roha-Diva train by over 4 hours in Maharashtra NAVI MUMBAI: The Roha-Diva passenger train has been delayed by over four hours at the Roha station on the Konkan Railway route due to a bomb scare early on Tuesday. The train was supposed to depart from Roha at 5.30am on Tuesday, but an anonymous caller reportedly informed the station master that there was a bomb kept in the train. The bomb detection and disposal squad from Alibaug was rushed to the spot to check the train and also the station premises. No explosives were detected so far. “An unknown person had specifically mentioned the name of a female passenger and said that she was carrying a bomb.

However, when we checked her, there was nothing. It seems to be that someone has

Your sixth sense is right on target, Virgo, so trust your instincts today. You’re likely to connect with someone in a wonderful partnership that will help you foster the very plan you want to develop now. Stay close to those things that resonate strongly with your morals. The answer is in front of you; you don’t have to search too far afield in order to find it.


September 23-October 23 Take a break from your routine, Libra. You might feel like you’re leading an army into battle as you strive for new adventures and conquer new realms. Make sure you take a bit of time out today to stop and let your troops rest. You deserve a little rest yourself. Use this moment of stillness to form your plan of attack so you’re sure about how to proceed.


October 24-November 21 The key for you is to minimize your daily drama as much as possible, Scorpio. You may not realize how much you cripple yourself by the way you exaggerate every aspect of your life. Try not to give so much of your attention to things that really don’t matter much. Petty jealousy and gossip about other people’s lives are especially irrelevant in your world.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Be careful of advertising yourself as someone who is so strong and mentally competent that you’re capable of handling everything, Sagittarius. Take note that the strongest mule on the trail usually ends up carrying the most weight. Your emotions are more sensitive than you may think, and certainly more than you demonstrate to others. Be honest about the way you feel and not just the way you think.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Things should flow well for you today with very little effort on your part, Capricorn. Take note that if any quarrel arises, it’s an indication that the person you’re arguing with isn’t necessarily the right person to deal with or confide in. Emotional issues are likely to be the hardest ones to overcome, but this shouldn’t be a problem for you. You have the ability to work through these like a pro.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

This is meant to be a nice, relaxing day, so treat it as such, Aquarius. There’s no need for you to plan any great strategy at this time. Try to take it easy and not indulge in any unnecessary stress. This is your time to enjoy the moment. Don’t tax your mind by overanalyzing everything that comes your way. Go with the flow and have a great time regardless of what you end up doing.


February 19-March 20 a personal grudge against the woman. The train service has resumed now,” said Raigad superintendent of police Ankush Shinde.

Your sensual nature is heightened, Pisces, and you’ll find yourself engaged in tender moments and languid peacefulness in the company of others. Soothe your soul by letting yourself slip into situations that give you the emotional freedom to do or say whatever comes to mind. Life should be like a love poem written by a great master. Accept the good energy that comes your way.

EDITORIAL// OPINION OPINION What are they Dialogue exactly? - Govt. imperative servants or for peace politicians! ith the completion



t of is all strange that phases of some Lok Govt. servants, univerSabha elections in sity professors andhave pubthe state, the people will lic sector employees are a sigh of relief and at least like politicians some behaving days of life without disand are issuing statements on turbances apprehension of different including issues which are poviolence, stone peltlitically motivated and cause ing, hartals etc. Whenever thea lot of hatred andconstitutional division in difelection to any ferent sections society. body are held inof thethe state, the These people even attend intersituation becomes hell and the national without life comesconferences to a standstill. On any hindrance, travelling to one side, the mainstream parforeign countries and working ties leave no stone unturned against the the interest of the socito motivate people to vote, etythe as other a whole. in the on side,Nobody the separatGovt. asks themcomponent to explain and ists use every of nobody raises any objection to their machinery for affecttheir against ing a conduct boycott which by theispeople. the laid service rules. Since late eighties, it is aSome fifprofessors in the universities ty-fifty win situation for both openly speak language perof dithe sides butthe a hundred visive nature. some cent defeat forSimilarly, aspiration of persons working in semi-Govt. general public from both the organisations think themselves sides. The mainstream parabove law and without caring ties win to grab power and for their employer, go on utilize their tenurethey to plunissuing press releases to press der the exchequer and turn and media. Recently a doctor billionaire overnight. The has been arrested as he was isseparatists have their own suing press releases hardly luxuries and enjoy and their life cared about his own responsiwithout achieving anything bilities towards patients and for general masses. The peosociety. This kind of behaviour ple at large suffer heavily should not be tolerated the as precious lives areand lost, public servants should not be property damaged, services allowed to indulge in politickdisrupted, the educational ing andincreating a wedge by system jeopardy, medical polarising the society care devastated, the through develtheir vicious and motivated opmental process hampered statements. the service and infested Infact, with corruption rules arepeace clear of and do not and the mind of perevmit any employee to do anyery individual robbed. The thing which hurts andliving dents valleites have been the life society at large. Thesince State the of uncertainty Govt. three has been very lenient as about decades and God there knows has been mushroom alone fora how long. growth of self-styled leaders The present situation in the of govt.and employees who are bevalley adamancy of all havingholders like politicians and do stake to sincerely not care about their jobs come forward for own carving for which they are handsomeout a permanent solution is ly paid by disappointing, the Govt. They even somehow disuse the Govt. machinery for heartening and discouraging. this purpose without any hesThere is no problem in the itation.which It will does be in the world not fitness have of the things if Govt. attends a solution through peaceful this problem which is becomnegotiations. The most coming problems very serious plex havewith beenevery adpassing day. It is also harming dressed through dialogue, the interests of the employees paving way to a resolution whom thesetoself-styled leaders acceptable all concerned. for their personal Ifexploit Kashmir issuepetty is also adinterests. There are some Govt. dressed through a sustained servants who N.G.O.’s and dialogue, the run whole sub-conissue irresponsible tinent will witness statements. a violence There should be a proper mechfree era brightening the fuanism for their registration ture of the people living in this and asLet pereverybody rules no play Govt.his or region. semi Govt. officialfor should be role and contribute a stable allowed to let be everybody associated with peace and sinthem and their name for negacerely stand for this purpose tive reasons. with a mission.

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Water not a Want but a Need


ater water everywhere, not a drop to drink, was the starting line of the chapter “Water” in the science book, during my schooling. Our life has changed a lot, and we find technological advancements in every sphere of life. We have electronic gadgets everywhere around, which need electricity. When electricity is not available, they become useless but still we are able to live without them. But no one can even think of living without water for a day. At present the biggest need for the survival of life on the planet is to conserve water. Around the globe World Water Day is being observed on 22nd March since 1993. This day is primarily devoted to implement United Nations recommendations on clean drinking water, sustain safe drinking water facilities, conservation of water, sustaining fresh water bodies and to promote concrete activities within the countries regarding the world’s fresh water resources. International World Water Day tries to remind people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for fresh water resources. Organizations all around the world use World Water day to promote awareness about clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats. Also as a day to focus public attention on the critical water issues of the present era. Moving towards Indian scenario, the country receives abundant amount of rain, but factors like increase in population, is among the main reasons of water scarcity to the country. Due to population increase, natural resources are consumed more. A large number of water bodies local ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs get polluted and depleted. At present a considerable

amount of water of the country’s population lack access to safe drinking water. Also, Indian agriculture is rain fed. The goals and success of agriculture in India are based on availability of water, mostly rain water. Good amount of rain means a good crop harvest. Preserving rain water is must and ensuring that almost no toxic material present should get mixed with rain water, which can eventually pollute it as well as the water body in which it eventually flows. In the light of the above, it is a general understanding that, there is a need of water conservation in the country and the major issues with regard to water usage in India can be summed up as under:1. To ensure safe drinking water to rural and urban house holds 2. To sustain safe drinking water facilities. 3. The restoration/ clean water bodies both in villages and cities. 4. Water conservation. Every year, The World Water Day emphasizes on a different aspect of freshwater. This year the theme of the World Water Day is Water and Energy. As water and energy are related to each other and both are necessary for the survival of our planet. To generate energy particularly hydro electric and thermal power we need water resources. In order to keep the water and energy relationship alive, an emphasis needs to be placed on increasing the water conservation and to preserve the natural water bodies for energy production today as well as in future. There is also a need to increase the efficiency of water with regard to energy production. To produce

energy water is required and to provide water you need energy. Due to this inter-connection between water and energy, deficiency of any of the two creates problem for the other. If water resources, meant for the production of electricity get depleted, it will certainly cause a decrease in electricity generation. At present there is a tremendous need for appliances which are energy efficient, if appliances are able to save electric energy, it in turn means they are saving water. Many of us may think as to what an individual can do to conserve water, and this thinking of many of us leads to wastage of water daily. In today’s world we are in a rat race to construct big house with lavish bathrooms, but we forget to think that without water they are useless. We go on using water more than what is required to us. We as individuals can at least use water in a proper manner in our homes and places of work. Many a times, water taps on road sides, are seen running and water is wasted, we pass without bothering to close it. We should think on these issues and try to conserve water in whatever way it is possible for us in our daily life. Use of electricity should also be limited to our need and not want; electric appliances should be used only when needed. One bulb will give us enough light, so what is the need to switch on multiple lights. We should make sure to minimize switching on lights and other electric appliances unnecessarily any time. With this we shall not only be able to conserve electricity but in turn we will also conserve water.

Evolution of Electoral System A of India

Return to the glory – Mubarak Mandi Complex


fter India attained Independence in August 1947, there was a need to hold General Elections to elect a truly representative Government on the basis of universal adult suffrage. Article 324, which provides for the setting up of Election Commission as an independent constitutional authority, was therefore brought into force from November 26th, 1949, whereas, most of the other provisions were made effective from January 26th, 1950 (when the Constitution of India became effective). Election Commission was formally constituted on January 25th, 1950, a day before India became as Sovereign Democratic Republic. The First Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sukumar Sen, was appointed on March 21st, 1950. The Commission functioned as a single member body from 1950 to October 16th, 1989 but was converted into a three member body on October 16th, 1989 to January 1st, 1990. In the year 1990, January 1st, it was reverted to the system of single member body. However, since October 1st, 1993, the Commission is regularly functioning as a three member body. The Chief Election Commissioner and two Election Commissioners are given the same salary and allowances as of a Judge of the Supreme Court. All the three Commissioners have equal powers in decision making and in case of any difference of opinion on any issue, the decision is taken by the majority. The term of the office of CEC and ECs is six years or till the age of 65, whichever is earlier. For the purpose of first General Elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas, the first delimitation order was issued by President, in consultation with Election Commission and with the approval of Parliament on August 13th, 1951. To provide a legal framework for the conduct of elections, Parliament passed the first Act on May 12th, 1950 (Representation of the People Act, 1950) providing mainly for the preparation of electoral rolls and second Act on July 17th, 1951 (Representation of the People Act, 1951) laying down the procedure for the conduct of elections to both Houses of Parliament and Vidhan Sabhas for each State. Electoral Rolls for constituencies were published in all States by November 15th, 1951. The total number of voters (excluding J&K) was 17,32,13,635 as

against the total population of India (excluding J&K), 35,66,91,760 according to 1951 census,. The first General Elections to the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabhas were held between October, 1951 and March, 1952. The first Lok Sabha consisting of 497 members was constituted on April 2nd, 1952. The first Rajya Sabha consisting of 216 members was constituted on April 3rd, 1952. After the constitution of the two Houses of Parliament and the State Legislative Assemblies, the first Presidential election was held in May, 1952 and the first duly elected President assumed the charge of office on May 13th, 1952. At the time of the first General Election in 1951-52, the Commission had recognized 14 political parties as multi-state parties and 39 parties as the state parties. Presently, there are seven recognized National Party and 40 State Party. For the first and second General Elections in 1951-52, and 1957, the Election Commission adopted the ‘Balloting System’ of voting. Under this system, every candidate was allotted a separate ballot box at each polling station in a screened compartment and the voter was required only to drop his ballot paper, the centrally pre-printed ballot papers into the ballot box of the candidate of his choice. From the 3rd General Elections in 1962 onwards, the Commission switched over to ‘marking system’ of voting. Under this system, a common ballot paper containing the names and election symbols of all contesting candidates is printed on which the voter has to put a mark with an arrow cross mark rubber stamp on or near the symbol of the candidate of his choice. All the marked ballot papers are put into a common ballot box. The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used for the first time in part of Parur Assembly Constituency in Kerala in 1982, on experimental basis. Later, the extensive use of EVMs started in 1998. The EVMs were used at all polling stations in the country in the 14th General Elections to the Lok Sabha in 2004 for the first time. Since then all elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies have been held using EVMs. Since 1951-52, fifteen General Elections have been held to the Lok Sabha and 348 General Elections to the Vidhan Sabhas and the country is now fully geared for the 16th country wide general elections to Lok Sabha .

grand complex of dilapidated medieval buildings, the Mubarak Mandi complex is a palace situated in the oldest part of the city of Jammu. The palace comprises of multiple elegant and exquisite buildings of architectural excellence. The architecture of the palace is borrowed from European Baroque, Mughal and Rajasthani styles, bringing forth a unique blend of different cultures. The oldest structure is believed to be built in the early 1800s. The palace was the royal residence of rulers of the Dogra Dynasty. Located strategically, the palace stands tall having a commanding view of the river Tawi. The complex is composed of a group of structures around a courtyard. The buildings grew in number with successive Dogra rulers. The palace is believed to be the main seat of the Dogras until 1925. The galleries might have been used for royal functions and events. With the passage of time, the complex became a full-fledged Royal Secretariat. In recent times the complex was being used as a place for government offices including the High Court, Public Service Commission, among other departments. Now the offices have been relocated and the authorities have started renovation work. Presently, one of its sections known as the Pink Hall houses the Dogra Art Museum where priceless artifacts and scriptures have been displayed including the gold painted bow of Emperor Shah Jahan. Despite the dilapidated state of the whole complex, the grandeur and larger than life image still captivates the onlookers. With the ever increasing demand and the growing voices, efforts are being made to conserve the archaeological and cultural heritage of these monuments with special emphasis on preservation of the Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex. The conservation and renovation work has now been started to restore the past glory of the complex and to bring the complex back to its original architectural form. Located within the densely populated part of the city, this fragile complex is faced with problem. Besides, pollution too is taking its toll thus further damaging the heritage structure. Return to the glory According to the State Tourism and Culture Ministry, the 13th Finance Commission has recommended funds fo r r e s t o r a t i o n o f t h e H e r i t a g e C o m p l e x . A cco r d i n g l y , f o u r b u i l d i n g s h a v e b e e n i d e n t i f i e d a n d t h e p r o j e ct h a s b e e n s u b m i t t e d t o t h e G o v e r n m e n t a f t e r g e t t i n g i t cl e a r e d b y t h e S t a t e l e v e l M o n i t o r i n g C o m m i t t e e . T h e p l a n s i f e x ecu t e d p r o p e r l y w o u l d e n s u r e a p r o m i s i n g f u t u r e f o r t h i s co m p l e x a s s o m e o f t h e s t r u ct u r e s co u l d not only be restored but also put to adaptive use thereby providing avenues for raising revenue f o r s u s t a i n a b l e o p e r a t i o n a n d m a i n t e n a n ce . D i s cu s s i o n s a r e b e i n g m a d e i n t h e i n t e r e s t o f e s t a b lishment of Heritage Hotels to promote tourism a l o n g m a i n t e n a n ce b a ck e d b y a s t r o n g r e v e n u e g e n e r a t i o n m o d e l . T h e f i n a l d e ci s i o n i s y e t t o be taken. In i t s e f f o r t s t o b r i n g t h i s co m p l e x b a ck t o l i f e , t h e s t a t e g o v e r n m e n t h a s p u t o n a n v i l a Rs. 40 Crore Ropeway Project between Mubarak Mandi to Bagh-e-Bahu crossing river Tawi. The Mubarak Mandi ropeway on completion, would attract more tourists to the city of temples with a prime focus on this forgotten relic of past.

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