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October 24 | 2013 | 18 Zul Hijjah 1434 AH | PAGES 12 |






Largely Circulated, No. 1 Bilingual Daily of J&K

My grandmother and father were killed, I may be killed too


Onion prices may remain high Drinking too much water can be risky

Addresses public meeting at Tangdar

01 dies another injured in road mishaps Srinagar, Oct 23: One person died and another was injured in two separate road accidents across the valley. An Alto car bearing registration number DlCC-5697 hit and injured Mohammad Qazim Rather son of Abdul Aziz resident of Arigam, in the jurisdiction of Police station Pulwama. The injured succumbed to his injuries on way to the Hospital. Pulwama Police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Honda City vehicle bearing registration number HR9178 hit and injured Rahti wife of Abdul Samad resident of Kondbal, Rainawari near Jogilanker, in the jurisdiction of police station Rainawari. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. Rainawari Police has registered a case in this regard.

Factory damaged in fire in Anantnag Srinagar, Oct 23: Fire broke out in the sweet manufacturing factory (AFP manufacturing PVT. Co.Ltd) belonging to Monees Iqbal son of Ghulam Nabi Imam resident of New Colony, Bijbehara located at K.P road, Anantnag. The factory was partially damaged in the fire. Fire was brought under control with the help of fire tenders and local police.

Traffic police announces traffic plan on Srinagar Jammu NHW

Srinagar, Oct 23:

The Darbar Move offices are scheduled to close at Srinagar on 25th and 26th October,2013 after the office hours and will reopen at Jammu on 04.11.2013. In view of the traffic traffic pressure and movement of nomads (viz Gujjars/Bakerwals) with their livestock, there will be no upward (viz Jammu to Srinagar) movement of Load Carriers, trucks and convoys of Army/BSF/ CRPF and other SFs on NHWIA on 26th and 27th October,2013. There will be no upward (viz Jammu to Srinagar) movement of load Carriers/trucks on NHW-IA on 02.11.2013 also. However, there will be no restriction on the upward (viz Jammu-Srinagar) movement of convoys of Army/ BSF/CRPF and other SFs on NHW-IA. Moreover, there will be no upward (viz Jammu to Srinagar) movement of Load Carriers. Trucks and convoys of Army/BSF/CRPF and other SFs will be allowed on NHW-IA on 03.11.2013.



Weather will be mainly dry over the state.


Local forecast for Srinagar dated:24.10.2013:Mainly Clear Sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 24°C & 06°C respectively.


24.5 0C 6.8 0C SUNSET ON(THURSDAY) 05:48 pm 06:45 am SUNRISE ON (FRIDAY)

Wars are no solution to any issue: Omar Vows to continue his struggle for peaceful resolution of all Indo-Pak issues

Pakistan signed and implemented in 2003 has been highest reward for the people of Jammu and Kashmir particularly living on the LOC and International Border (IB). Addressing a public gathering at

Tangdar (Karnah), a remotest area in Kupwara District on LOC, this afternoon, the Chief Minister said that the shelling by Pakistan on the villages See Omer On Page 11...

India, China inked comprehensive pact on non-use of military capability

The BDCA facilitates the establishment of a hotline between the military headquarters of the two countries and meeting sites for border personnel in all sectors of the 4000-km LAC. The talks between the two Prime Ministers lasted over three hours. Dr. Singh and Li met for the second time this year for "fruitful and productive"discussions. In all, nine agreements, including the BDCA and one on strengthening cooperation on trans-border rivers, were signed after the talks. See India On Page 11...

Beijing, Oct 23:

Seeking to defuse recurring border tension, India and China today inked a comprehensive pact which commits the two countries not to use military capability to attack each other. The Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) was signed after extensive talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang in Beijing, the two countries also agreed not to tail each other's patrol along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)

which has witnessed numerous incursions by Chinese troops at Depsang Valley in Ladakh.



The Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah ordered following transfers and postings: Farooq Ahmed Khan, Director Social Welfare, Kashmir has been transferred and posted as Director Panchayat Raj, Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj against an available vacancy. Nisar Hussain Wani, Additional District Development Commissioner, Kulgam has been transferred and posted as Director Social Welfare Kashmir. Madan Mohan Gupta, Joint Development Commissioner, Works, Public Works (R&B) Department has been transferred and posted as Chief Engineer, PMGSY, Jammu vice Sheikh Abdul Hamid. ee Cabinet On Page 11...

The State Cabinet which met here under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah accorded sanction to the creation of five posts of Lectures in Government Higher Secondary School Padum, Zanskar. The Posts in the Pay Band of Rs 9300-34800 and GP 5400 include Lecturer Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Mathematics. The Cabinet approved the promotion of P. G. Dhar Chakraborty (IAS JK: 80) to the fixed Scale of IAS (Rs 80,000) w.e.f. 02-01-2012. The Cabinet accorded sanction to the promotion of Mr Atal Dulloo (IAS JK:89) and Mr Umang Narulla(IAS JK: 89)

Geelani demands arrest of BSF personnel ‘involved’ in Gool incident

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani while lashing at administration for instigating administrator of a religious school and his brother in Gool incident and called it the worst type of state terrorism. Calling for state wide protest demonstrations after Friday prayers on October 25, Syed Ali Geelani while rejecting the police version, said that statement alleging the two brothers in desecration of Holy Quran is a brazen lie and added that a true Muslim cannot even imagine of indulging in such matters. Geelani stressed and reiterated his demanded for the arrest of BSF personnel involved in civilian killing in Gool incident. Rejecting the Police Special Investigation Team's

In Jammu and Kashmir, the Pakistan Army once again resorted to ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu division in the wee hours of today. Defence Spokesperson Col. R.K.Palta told AIR that Pak troops resorted to unprovoked firing on forward Indian posts in Hamirpur Battalion area of Poonch using small and automatic weapons. The firing started past midnight and continued for half an hour. Indian troops guarding the border gave a befitting reply to Pak firing to silence the Pak guns. Earlier, last night Pak troops started unprovoked firing on Indian Posts in Mandi Battalion area of Poonch which was effectively returned by Indian troops. No loss of life or injury was reported from this side. During the intervening night of 22 and 23rd October, 2013 Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy firing and shelling directed on as many as 52 Border outposts manned by Border Security Forces See Firing On Page 11...

NC resorting to ‘dirty tricks’

Backdoor recruitments continue: Mehbooba Srinagar, Oct 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti has said the National Conference led government is resorting to its ‘known dirty tricks’ for hoodwinking people ahead of general elections. On the other hand this government has ‘criminalized’ dissent and is persecuting people who protest its excesses instead of

punishing the perpetrators of atrocities, she told a meeting of the office bearers of the party from North Kashmir held here. The statement issued to Kashmir News Service, quoting Mehbooba said the coalition government has dismantled all the processes and procedures that had been resorted to some extent See Mehbooba On Page 11...

Cabinet accords promotions in Administration, approves creation of 5 posts of Lectures in HSS Padum

Cabinet orders transfers and postings

Srinagar, Oct 23:

BSF head constable killed, 6 injured Jammu, Oct 23:

TANGDAR, OCTOBER 23Reiterating his continuous advocacy for peace and tranquillity between India and Pakistan, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that wars have never solved any issue and these only bring destruction and miseries. “No one in Jammu and Kashmir or in the Country is in favour of war as the wars are no solution to any issue”, he said and added that friendship requires equal response from either sides. “Friendship is like the clap needing two hands to perform. If one side extends the hand of friendship the other side also needs to reciprocate”, he said and expressed serious concern over the violation of ceasefire and shelling at LOC and IB. He said the ceasefire agreement between India and

Pak resorts to firing on 52 border outposts

statement wherein they have claimed that they with the help of modern scientific technology have arrested two brothers for hatching conspiracy, Syed Ali Geelani said that till now such scientific devices have not as such devised and if there is any such device then why those killers involved in the killing of four civilians are yet to be apprehended .What is the cause of confusion regarding the culprits and which among the two statements of police or BSF is reliable. Putting the question mark for government sponsored inquiries Syed Ali Geelani said that we are well aware about all these teams and added that we had stated that announcement about the investigations is nothing but it is a move to calm public See Geelani On Page 11...

to the Higher Administrative Grade (Rs 67000-79000) of IAS with immediate effect. Consequent upon their promotion Mr Atal Dulloo and Umang Narulla shall be designated as Principal Secretaries to Government. Cabinet approved promotion of R. S. Sodhi, Director Fire and Emergency Service to a common pool post in the Pay Scale of Rs 37,400-67,000 with GP of Rs 10,000 with immediate effect. It also accorded sanction to the promotion of Ms Tasneem Maajid to the Super Time Scale of Rs 37,400-67,000 with GP of Rs 10,000 of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service w.e.f. 04-09-2013. The Cabinet approved promotion of Ajay Singh See Promotions On Page 11...

High Court allows hotel with STPs in Gulmarag, Pahalgam to operate for a month

Srinagar, Oct 23:

The High Court Tuesday allowed hotels in Gulmarag and Pahalgam that have installed Sewerage Treatment Pants (STPs) to operate for a period of one month. According to Kashmir News Service correspondent, the Court said that the hotels that have installed STPs in compliance to its directions shall operate from October 28.Earlier the Pollution Control Board (PCB) in its report submitted before the Court said that five hotels in category A at Gulmarg which were sealed under High Court directions, have See High Court On Page 11...



Zabarwan Times

Thursday 24 October 2013

From the front page

Omer in Jammu and other areas has made him seriously concerned about the life of people living in frontier areas. “I would continue to stress on Union Government to take up this matter with the Pakistan and resolve the issue so that peace rules the roost on borders and on the Line of Actual Control (LOC)”, he said and maintained that this is in the highest interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir particularly residing in the frontier areas of Jammu, Kashmir and Kargil. The Chief Minister expressed the hope that the situation will come to normality and the two neighbours talk to each other to settle all outstanding issues in an amicable and peaceful manner. On development programmes of the government, the Chief Minister said that peace gives fillip to development and the dividends of peace percolates down the line to poorer people. He said the achievements registered by his government during the last over four and a half years are before the public and they would judge the performance of the government on this count. “Achievements of my government are before you. It is not the time to present you the list of each and every decision, measure and step my government have taken to ameliorate the lot of people equitably and inclusively across the State in all the regions and sub-regions”, he said and elaborated that at the right point in time the chart of achievements would be provided to the people enumerating all details. The Chief Minister announced special recruitment drive by J&K Police for youth of Karnah, Keran, Machil and other remote areas so that they get ample representation and opportunity to serve in the Police Department. He said his government has implemented various new schemes for ensuring faster development in remote areas and provide opportunity of jobs to the locals in the upcoming projects. The Chief Minister who also inspected the recently constructed Sub-District Hospital at a cost of over Rs. 6.73 crore in Tangdar and expressed satisfaction over its functioning. He announced centrally heating plant for the hospital to ensure befitting conditions for patients during the winter months. He said that he would direct the Health Department to immediately move for providing 300-capacity X-ray Machine in the hospital. Chairman Pahari Advisory Board, Kafeel-u-Rehman, Minister for Science and Technology, Feroz Ahmad Khan and local leaders also spoke on the occasion. On reaching Tangdar, the Chief Minister was received by the enthusiastic crowd warmly. They raised slogans in his and in favour of his government.

Firing in Jammu and Samba districts. Heavy shelling was carried out by Pakistan Rangers in the Arnia, R. S Pura and Akhnoor Sector. In the exchange of fire one Head Constable of BSF-Mukesh Lal Meena, posted at Chinaj border outpost, resident of Rajasthan, sacrificed his life in the service of the nation. Besides, seven BSF personnel sustained splinter injuries during the exchange of fire. Condition of all the injured BSF personnel is stated to be stable. BSF gave a befitting reply to Pak rangers at all the places. The unprovoked firing and shelling by Pak Rangers took place barely hours after the visit of Union Home Minister and J&K Chief Minister to Samba and Hiranagar sectors to review the situation due to the unprovoked heavy firing by Pak Rangers.

India During the talks, India objected to stapled visas issued by China to residents of some Indian states .Dr Singh told the media after the talks that he had conveyed to Premier Li New Delhi's commitment to visa simplification to facilitate travel of Chinese nationals to India and expressed hope that China will also facilitate such exchanges. A joint statement issued this evening said, the two countries agreed on vision for future development of their strategic and cooperative partnership. Both nations agreed to further strengthen coordination and cooperation in multilateral forums to jointly tackle global issues such as climate change, international terrorism, food and energy security, and to establish a fair and equitable international political and economic system. The joint statement issued after talks and meetings Dr Manmohan Singh had with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chairman of the National People’s Congress Zhang Dejiang. The statement said to promote a balanced growth of bilateral trade the Joint Economic Group will continue to expand the bilateral economic cooperation and Working Groups will expeditiously discharge their mandates. The two sides also agreed to look into the prospects of a bilateral Regional Trade Arrangement, RTA and also review the state of the negotiation on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, RCEP. Underlining defence exchanges and military exercises as important in building greater trust and, two countries decided for holding of a counter-terrorism exercise next month. Dr. Manmohan Singh invited his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang to visit India.

Mehbooba to enforce transparency in the selections to government jobs. She said the government created a hype about providing employment to the youth and also announced “Fast track” recruitment through different institutions. “The so called fast track recruitment has not even taken off in two years since it was announced and instead the ministers are appointing their favourites through backdoor. The government collected several crore rupees as the cost of application forms but nobody has so far been provided an employment,” said Mehbooba.. The PDP president, according to the statement received by Kashmir News Service said the government has started posting officers with known political leanings as a last resort to stay in power by hook or by crook. The political leaders from ruling parties and ministers have somehow started appointing their favourites through back door even though it has no salary for thousands of casual and seasonal labourers and the daily wagers. This is being done only to accommodate ruling party workers in an attempt to buy votes against favours as the ruling parties have seen writing on the wall about their eminent defeat, she said. Referring to the reports that a Molvi and his family members have been arrested in Gool, Mehbooba said the government has virtually turned justice on its head in the state. She said though the Home Minister of India had announced a probe into the massacre caused by paramil-

itary personnel in Gool the state Chief Minister openly accused a Molvi of having master minded the killings. The statement received by KNS quoting Mehbooba said that now, in a bid to prove more loyal than the king the very persons who brought the matter into the notice of the government have been arrested. Mehbooba said this reminds of the 2009 atrocities in Shopian in which the case of murder and rape of two young ladies was hushed up and those who protested were prosecuted. “The government even filed criminal cases against the doctors who conducted post-mortem and confirmed rape and the lawyers who represented the family of the unfortunate victims.” Mehbooba said ahead of the elections the government wants to create instability and an atmosphere of fear so that it can indulge in malpractices. She said Omar Abdullah’s war mongering and advocating attack on Pakistan is part of this design and the present government can go to any extent to create a disturbed situation but people of the state are now fully aware of these dirty tricks and will give a fitting reply to this most hated government in the history of Jammu & Kashmir. Mehbooba said instead of advising caution and restraint the Chief Minister has joined the hawks in calling for an outright war. She said this indicates the insensitivity of the Chief Minister towards the interests of the state and its residents. “While the ceasefire violations have caused tremendous difficulties it is regrettable that the Chief Minister is calling for war between the two nuclear powers” Mehbooba said the blind pursuit of power by a politician can’t get worse. Omar Abdullah obviously does not appreciate the fall out of a modern war and being Chief Minister of a state that has been the worst victim of violence he should have worked for peace rather than promoting hostility between the two countries, she said. On this occasion party general secretary Mohammad Dilawar Mir, chief Spokesperson Naeem Akhtar, Abdul Haq Khan MLA, Nizamudin Bhat MLA, Syed Basharat Bukhari MLA, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain MLA, Sofi Ghulam Mohi-u-din, Javed Hussain Baig, Yaser Reshi and others were also present. (KNS)

Cabinet Bimal Tickoo, Chief Engineer, Mughal Road Project has been transferred and posted as Chief Engineer, PMGSY, Kashmir vice Ishtiyaq Ahmad Hamal. He will however, continue to hold the charge of the post of Chief Engineer, Mughal Road Project till further orders. Sheikh Abdul Hamid, Chief engineer, PMGSY, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Chief Engineer, R&B, Jammu relieving Tehseen Mustafa, CEO, ERA of the additional charge.

Promotions Jamwal to the Special Scale of KAS on notional basis w.e.f. 19-10-2011 and on substantive basis w.e.f. 14-12-2011. The Cabinet also approved promotion/regularization of Rajesh Kumar Dogra, Joint Director Fisheries (presently working as Incharge Director Fisheries) as Director Fisheries in the Pay Scale of Rs 37400-67,000, GP 8700, with effect from 01-09-2012. It also approved promotion of Bashir Ahmed Wani (Retd KAS) to the Special Scale of KAS on notional basis w.e.f. 01-06-2009 and on regular basis w.e.f. 12-02-2013. The Cabinet also accorded sanction to the appointment of Ishtiaq Ahmed Hamal, Chief Engineer, PMGSY, Kashmir as Development Commissioner (Works) in the Pay Scale of Rs 37,400-67,000 with GP of Rs 8900 with immediate effect. The Cabinet also approved regular promotions of Chief Engineers (Civil) in the Pay Scale of Rs 37400-67000 with GP of Rs 8700. The Chief Engineers include Mohammad Hussain Sheikh w.e.f. 18-05-2007, Ishtiaq Ahmed Hamal w.e.f. 23-04-2008, Khalid Muzaffer Mir w.e.f. 04-08-2008, Deputy Lal Sharma w.e.f. 21-11-2008, Shadi Lal Bhat w.e.f. 09-12-2009, Madan Mohan Gupta w.e.f. 09-12-2009, Bimal Tickoo w.e.f. 09-12-2009, Tehseen Mustafa w.e.f. 09-12-2009, Anoop Koul w.e.f. 14-07-2011, Mushtaq Ahmed Lone w.e.f. 14-07-2011, and Abdul Hamid Sheikh w.e.f. 2411-2011. The Cabinet also approved promotion of Mohammad Ashraf Bhat to the Time Scale of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service of Rs 15,600-39,100 with GP of Rs 6600 on notional basis w.e.f. 29-09-2008 and on regular basis prospectively. It also approved promotion of Mr Rakhpal to the Time Scale of KAS of Rs 15,600-39,100 with GP of Rs 6600 on notional basis w.e.f. 01-01-2013 and on regular basis w.e.f. 07-10-2013.

Geelani ire and it aims to provide benefit of doubt to those involved in such killings and the innocents would be framed in fabricated charges. Syed Ali Geelani asked how justice can be expected from those who perpetrated and designed all these innocent killings. Syed Ali Geelani while referring to Markundal and Shopian massacre said that no doubt they have formulated the investigating teams; however no justice will be done with the families of those killed in such incidents. Reiterating immediate release of Qari Shabir Hussain and his brother Ab Lateef and action against the BSF personell involved in killing ,Syed Ali Geelani said that keeping all these circumstance in mind ,the people of Kashmir are left with only two options ,and added either we have to give off our struggle or strive for freedom till last .Syed Ali Geelani in his appeal to the people called for a protest demonstration after Friday prayers in entire valley including Banihal, Kishtwar, Doda and added that the great nations prefer a dignified death and strive for the sacred cause without taking into consideration the victory or defeat .They carry their struggle and strive for the pious cause. It is our commitment, Syed Ali Geelani said that we will peruse our struggle against the suppression and injustice and repressive measures won’t deter us from perusing the freedom movement. (KNS)

High Court sought permission to set up STPs, out of which two hotels have already set up the STPs. The Court has however, allowed these hotels to operate for a period of one month during which the PCB will ascertain efficiency of such STPs. According to Kashmir News Service, the court however directed that any STP/Soakage pit, which does not conform to the rules and norms be stopped and such hotels be sealed again. (KNS)

Continues border skirmishes:

Meaningful dialogue in the interest of Indo-Pak: Brinda Karat Kolkatta, Oct 23, : Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Brinda Karat Wednesday said that continues border skirmishes between India and Pakistan could be stopped only through meaningful dialogue. She however claimed that Pakistan’s intentions are as vicious as weed. Karat told Srinagar based news agency CNS that both Pakistan and India are facing enormous problems and it is in the interest of both the countries to come across the table

and resolve all the bilateral issues. “Pakistan is facing a tough challenge from fundamentalist groups while India is beset with problems like poverty and inequality. In such a situation, it is no desirable for historic rivals keep pot boiling on Line of Control,” Brinda Karat said. She advised Pakistan to respect ceasefire and extend the hand of friendship wholeheartedly. “The 2003 ceasefire agreement has been broken not for the first time now but several times. Pakistan does not seem to be a

trustable neighbor and has been continuously breaking the faith of India. It’s intentions and motives are not good and it is always in the news for the bad reasons,” she said. CPI (M) Politburo member told CNS that India should give stern reply to infiltrating ‘terrorists’ so that no one could disturb the peace and tranquillity in the region. “There is no option but to engage Pakistan into meaningful dialogue but at the same time India should guard its borders to check infiltration,” she said. (CNS)

Mehta’s concert proves vital for Kashmir’s tourism: Director Tourism ‘European countries will feel secure to visit valley now” Srinagar, Oct 23: The Director tourism Kashmir Talat Parvez Tuesday said that the recently held musical concert of Zubin Mehta at Shalimar Bagh here has helped explore new ventures for the tourism industry in the state. He said the people from European countries would in the coming time feel secure in visiting the valley. Talking to Kashmir News Service, Parvez further stated that the US embassy had a recent meet with the tourism officials of the state and that the travel advisory will be revived by many countries across the world vis-à-vis Kashmir. Parvez further said that he is optimistic that the results of the Zubin Mehta concert will be beneficent for the Kashmir’s tourism industry. “I believe that the results of the concert will be positive, we are getting the good response and people from European countries would feel secure in visiting the valley as they feel that if Mehta can have a concert here, there is no fear in visiting the charming valley.” The Director tourism said that the winter tourism is the focal point of the department at present. “We are planning to have the national games festival here during the winter season and approval has sought from the authorities for these ventures.”While commenting on the pil-

grimage tourism of Kashmir, Director Tourism told Kashmir News Service that the state has lot of potential in attracting the tourists in large number for religious and pilgrimage tourism. “We have so many nes and religious places across state which can be explored; the need of the hour is to explore these destinations.” He added that the state is concentrating mainly of the Middle East and central Asian countries for the religious tourism. Parvez further told Kashmir News Service that the Middle East and the Central Asian countries love to visit the countries with mountains and lush green forests and that the department has worked hard to invite the travel agents of those countries here so that they could attract the masses to visit here. “The countries like Saudi, Iran, Iraq and many central Asian regions share many things with Kashmir’s culture, we have the same food habits and we have many things in common.” Wishing that Kashmir should have the extra budget for the marketing and advertisement campaigns, the director tourism said that Kashmir’s tourism industry needs special focus and consideration. “Whatever we are getting cant be termed enough to explore Kashmir’s tourism industry, the department needs to be more funded to meet the expenses.” (KNS)

Driver throws truck into gorge to claim amount from Insurance Company

Ganderbal, Oct 23:

In a bid to claim hefty sum from Insurance Company, a driver intentionally threw his LP Truck into deep gorge in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Police sources told CNS that an LP truck (JK02AV-2235) on way to Srinagar from Kargil skidded off the road near Gadribal Ganiwan Kangan and fell into 200 feet deep gorge. “We were surprised to find driver missing from the gorge. The parts of the truck were scattered into pieces all over the gorge but neither the driver nor the conductor was present there,” Station House Officer Police station Gund, Rayees Hasan Wani told CNS. The police officer said as they started investigating the matter, one of person identifying himself the driver of the LP Truck Called the police and said that he is safe and sound in Srinagar.

Sahai assures Jawans that their service related issues will be given top priority Efforts for getting more and more benefits for our jawans and officers will continue Srinagar, Oct 23: S. M. Sahai, Additional DGP Armed J&K today held Darbar of Jawans of all North Kashmir based Armed/IRP Battalions and STC Sheeri, at Armed Police Complex Parihaspora, Pattan. Detailed interaction was held with the officers and jawans about their problems and other welfare measures, who presented both individual and common issues concerning their welfare & postings. The ADGP Armed assured them that the redressal of their genuine grievances, whether domestic or service related would be given top priority. “Our efforts for getting more and more benefits for our jawans and officers shall continue,” Sahai said. The ADGP said that there was a demand from all ranks of Armed Police that there should be better ration and canteen facilities in all the units.

Keeping in view the demand of Jawans and Officers, we have started providing better facilities to Jawans by creating Central Pricing & Quality Control Committee (CQ&PC), with the result mess charges from Jawans has been considerably brought down. The ADGP said that the directions have already been conveyed to all the Commandants to establish Canteens in their units, so that the goods of daily use are made available to Jawans and their families at cheaper rates and the said facility should be extended to the families of martyrs, Police personnel, SPOs as well. The ADGP impressed upon Officers and Jawans present on the occasion that they must realize their duties and should dedicate themselves in the service of Nation & the society. The ADGP highly appreciated the role played by Jammu and Kashmir

Erring report sparks protest against Diagnostic centre

Irritated family tried to ransack a medical shop Srinagar, Oct 23: Attendants of a patient staged a protest in Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS) after the condition of a lady patient went from bad to worse due to erring report of a diagnostic centre. Reports said that Jana Begum wife of Sanaullah Najar of Pattan were advised by doctors to go for a blood group test. “I took my mother to Karan Nagar where blood test was done by a lab technician Diagnostic Centre. The report showed her blood group as O positive. The doctors in SMHS Hospital accordingly supplied her this group of blood but she developed shivering and her condition went from bad to worse,” the son of Jana Begum told CNS. He said that the doctors were shocked to find a grave error in the report of Diagnostic Centre. “Instead of showing A positive the Centre had shown the blood group of my mother as O positive which had brought her on the verge of death,” he said demanding stern action against the owners of the Diagnostic Centre. Diagnostic Image Centre while confirming this ‘blunder’ told CNS that it was a mistake on part of lab technician and we apologize to the family of the patient. Meanwhile, family members of a patient tried to ransack medical shop in Nawakadal Srinagar after the owner of the shop allegedly injected an expired vaccine (Karogon HP-500) into the body of a lady. “I was restless after my wife developed shivering and when I observed that she had been given expired injection by the owner of a medical shop,

Armed Police for counter insurgency and law and order in J&K State and patiently heard the problems put forth by the officers & Jawans and issued on spot instructions for redressal of their grievances. He said that Women Constables and Followrs have already been transferred to their respective ranges as a welfare measure. He also announced that Jawans who have sustained grievous injuries while fighting militancy and maintaining law and order in the State, will be given top priority and will be considered under transfer policy being formulated at APHQ level. Sahai assured all those Officers Jawans, who have got sustained injuries during anti-militancy operations and maintenance of law & order duties for all possible help and will always own them.

JKCCTU demands revocation of pension bill Warns government to change its policies on employees

Srinagar 23 Oct:

Hundreds of employees and labourers staged a strong protest here today at press enclave under the banner of Jammu and Kashmir Co-ordination committee of Trade Unions (JKCCTU) against the pension bill adopted in parliament freshly and for an immediate wage and regularisation policies for all temporary workers of the state. While addressing a protest here JKCCTU president Mohammad Maqbool said, “The central as well as the state government is hell bent upon to snatch away the hard earned right of pension and by freezing and abolition of permanent jobs has massively introduced the contract and casual system and created a large temporary workers without any wage or regularization of policies to pursue the imperialist dictated Neo-liberal agenda”.This has created an alarming situation where hard earned trade union and service rights of employees and workers are being taken away which cannot be accepted but to be resisted tooth and nail. He severely criticized the state government’s recent crackdown on employees in the valley who were struggling to demand the enhancement of retirement age. He further warned the government to change their arrogant attitude. He demanded the state government “not to implement the draconian pension bill in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, formulate immediate wage and regularization policy”, he said.Senior leaders of JKCCTU and Departmental Associations while explaining effects of present Anti-employees policies of the state government appeal the employees and workers to forge broader unity and intensify the struggle on both common and departmental issues and also cautioned the employees about some opportunist and reactionary elements in the trade union moment who are misguiding the employees

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Naya Kashmir document advocated gender justice 60 years ago: Saifullah Panchayats besides two women of gender Justice was in the minds members were nominated in the of the framers of Naya Kashmir ViState Legislative Assembly through Minister for Law, Justice and sion Document, which laid down Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah the foundation for economic, social, reservation quota for women making J&K legislature the only in the Wednesday said that recently a bill educational and political rights of women in the state, following which entire country to have such reservawas introduced in the State Legistion quota. lature seeking amendments to the the State Legislature adopted these The Minister said women must principles in the Constitution of Criminal Law for providing more know that laws and acts exist for protection to the Women folk and Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Saifullah said that State their empowerment, upliftment the same is likely to be passed durand protection and they must be Government has over the years ing the next session of the Legisacquainted enough to know their enacted several laws and initilature. He said the Criminal Law rights and duties, besides they ated important measures to Amendment Act-2013 is a comshould not consider themselves lowempower women and address prehensive piece of legislation and er in status in comparison to men, under-representation of women once passed will further strengthin various fields. He said besides rather they are entitled to every due en the existing laws for protection of rights and justice to women in the enjoying equal rights at par with right in living a life of honour and men, special provisions against dignity. He said awareness camps State. The Minister was speaking at the abuse, violence, hooliganism and and programmes are necessary in other forms of misconduct against this direction to reap benefits out of inaugural session of the 2-day international Seminar on ‘Gender Justice: women have already been enacted. the laws and acts meant for welfare A way forward’ organized by School He said women, who are unable to of the women. In his presidential address Vice of Legal Studies, Central University approach courts due to financial Chancellor, Central University of constraints, are entitled for free leof Kashmir in collaboration with Kashmir Prof. Abdul Wahid said gal aid and support in any court of the Indian Institute of Public Adthat promoting gender justice is a ministration (J&K Branch) at Gandhi the State. lofty objective and every effort in Mr. Saifullah said that women Bhawan, University of Kashmir here Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agencyneeds Ganderbal direction to be appreciunder the Panchayat Raj Act have this today. been provided The Minister said Gulzar that concept News Agency Soura reservation in the Zahidated. Book Depot Chadoora Srinagar, October 23:

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He said historically bias against women has been found globally and practice of burying daughters alive in Pre-Islamic Arab World and practice of Sati among Hindus of India were some such infamous examples of bias against women. He said that discrimination, exploitation, dowry deaths, harassment of women at work places, child marriage and female foeticide are happening in the country despite constitutional guarantees for gender equality and various International Declarations and Treaties that exist for protecting women’s rights. Prof. Wahid said that women are the principle providers of care and support and no society can call itself civilized unless it treats its women with care and affection. He said mind set of both men and women needs a positive change and institutions of education, media, religion, NGOs, besides government have a key role to play in promoting gender justice. Prof. B. B. Pandey former Head

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 Bhat News Agency Magam Zargar News Agency Kunzar Poonch, October 23: Dar News Agency Beerwah News Agency etons,Bashir yet there is need for cre-Sumbal norms against conversion of Srinagar, October 23: Minister for Housing, HortiReshi News Agencyareas Safapora News Agency Pattan ating Saleem some sort of deterrence residential for commerculture and Housing Mr. Rato discourage this tendency, cial activities in the capital To discuss the issues reBasharat News Agency Bandipora Reyaz News Agency Pampore man Bhalla, accompanied by maintained. cities of Srinagar and Jammu, the committee garding conversion ofAltaf resi-News Agency Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund Referring to the formula- Member Legislative Council saying the violators should dential land for commercial Jeelani News Agency Baramulla G.M News Agency Sopore Mr. Jehangir Hussain Mir, topurposes in violation of the be sternly dealt with. It also tion of master plans for the day inaugurated ‘Kissan Mela Shah News Agency Kupwara Sultan News Agency Handwara twin cities, the Committee observed that the menace of Master plans Srinagar and cum Walnut Fruit Show’ here Agency Langate News planning, Agency Islamabad calledSheikh for futuristic converting housing units into Jammu, a meeting Younis of the News today at Government Degree keeping in view the faster commercial spaces by violatHouse Committee of LegislaReshi News Agency Islamabad Three Way News AgencyCollege. Tral growth and expansion of the ing building by-laws has untive Council was held here this The mela organised by HorTurray News Agency Tral Badru News Agency Bijbehara cities, especially in the wake ticulture Department under afternoon. Member Legislative fortunately received momenNews Agency Kulgam Malik AgencyforArwani of inflow of News rural people tum over the years thus posing Council Mr. DevenderRahi Singh Horticulture Mission witNewsthreat Agency Byepass Shaheen News greener pastures. WhileAgency devis- Kargil to urban living. Rana, who is chairmanRah of the nessed participation of a large

LC panel stresses on futuristic, development friendly Master plans for Srinagar, Jammu

panel, presided over the meeting. MLCs Sayed Nayem Akhtar Andrabi, Mr. Jugal Kishore and Mr. Mohammed Ashraf Mir were among others present in the meeting. The meeting discussed in threadbare various facets of urban development with special emphasis on the masterplan for Srinagar and Jammu. The Committee emphasized the need for strict implementation of the master plan

“The menace is to be checked if we want futuristic development of the two cities which have strategic importance in view of the high influx of tourists”, the participants said while urging the law enforcing agencies to draw a pragmatic strategy to deal with the offenders. They said the responsibility is to be fixed for these violations. While there is no room for blame game or digging out the skel-

Dr. Veeri chairs EC meeting Srinagar, October 23: A meeting of Committee on Environment of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was held here today under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri. Legislators, Syed Mohammad Rafi Shah, Master Noor Hussain and Smt. Rani Bleoria were present in the meeting. Threadbare discussion was held on various issues related with the Environment and Ecology of the State.

The Committee stressed for joint efforts for the preservation and sustenance of environment and ecology of the State. It was underscored that J&K State falls under earthquake prone area and urged for taking necessary protective measures for safety of the people. The Committee emphasized for adopting methods for the conservation of water bodies, glaciers, mountains, forests and other natural resources which are pivotal for the sustenance of life on the earth, besides backbone for tourism industry The committee also stressed for complete ban on the encroachment and illegal constructions near these natural resources and asked for taking strict action against the violators. The committee said that establishment of illegal brick kiln units in Budgam and other districts are major threat to the natural resources and immediate action is needed.

ing such plans, the aesthetic grandeur of the historic cities should be kept under consideration. The master plans, the committee felt, should have components earmarked for the shopping complexes, utility services, hotels, cafeteria, parking slots and recreation spots. “We have to keep the requirements of coming 20 to 30 years into consideration while formulating master plans”, they added.

The Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mubark Gul today convened a meeting of the officers of Labour Department in his office chamber in connection with the representation by certain Trade Unions pertaining to the grievances shown therein. Commissioner Secretary Labour and Employment and the members of the various Workers Unions participated in the meeting. The Speaker stressed for speedy registration of the construction workers as beneficiaries and clearance of the pending financial assistance cases in accordance with the set norms on the subject. The Speaker also directed that the J&K Building and other construction Welfare Board should develop required infrastructure, sufficient manpower and mobility facility and also give full cooperation to the

Bhalla sanctions Rs 40 lakh for Poonch Apni Mandi

number of farmers, District Administration functionaries and representatives of political parties. As many as 40 stalls of Fisheries, Agriculture, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Sericulture, ISM and other allied sectors were set up in coordination with progressive farmers. District Development Commissioner, Mr. Sajjad Ahmed Khan, Director Horticulture, Mr. Anil Kumar Sharma, Chief

Horticulture Officer Mr. R K Koul, besides, State President Pradesh Youth Congress Mr. Mohammad Shahnawaz Choudhary, District President Mahila Congress Mrs. Parveen Sarwar Khan, sarpanchs, panchs were present in the mela. Addressing the farmers, Mr Bhalla asked the concerned functionaries to make every effort to tap horticulture potential in the area by supplying high yielding fruit trees to the farmers. He also called for creating awareness among the farmers about the incentives being offered under various horticulture schemes. He lauded the efforts of horticulture department for conducting such type of awareness camps to provide requisite information about scientific methods of fruit cultivation. He stressed on organising more such camps in other blocks of the district.

The Minister said that the farmers were being motivated to use modern technology to improve their yield and stressed for close coordination between Horticulture officers and farmers to achieve desired results. He further announced that efforts are on to construct cold storage plant and fruit processing units in Poonch with an objective to give boost to this sector on large scale. The Minister stressed upon mechanization and diversification in farming to make it a profitable business. He said that the Diesel Ploughs have been introduced for the first time in hilly areas of the State which is showing good results. He said microirrigation is being introduced and orchardists are provided with quality planting material for raising new orchards. He said that the drip-irrigation system has been introduced in water stressed areas.

Farm machinery mela-cum-awareness camp held at Pulwama Pulwama, October 23: In order to make available Agriculture Machinery & Tools to the farmers of valley at their door steps, Department of Agriculture is organizing Farm Machinery Melas throughout Valley. Farm Machinery Mela-cum-Awareness Camp was inaugurated by Director Agriculture Kashmir Mushtaq Peerzada at Malangpora Pulwama today. On this occasion Director Agriculture appreciated the role of farmers in the upliftment of agriculture & allied sectors. He asked farmers to participate in Melas and Awareness Camps organizing by the department to remain updated with the latest technology & farm machinery. He said that if we concentrate on harnessing the potential of available land, we can give considerable fillip to our economy. He said that farm mechanization in agriculture sector is pivotal in maximized yields as the fellow lands can also be brought to cultivation. He impressed upon farmers to adopt latest modern technology & mechanization in agriculture sector to bring the cost of labour component down and will yield good results in cultivation,

Speaker for speedy registration of construction workers Srinagar, October 23:

and Dean Faculty of Law Delhi University, Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din Mir Head and Dean School of Legal Studies Central University of Kashmir and Mr. A. M. Watali, Vice Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration (J&K Branch) also addressed the inaugural session and threw light on various aspect of gender justice. The two day international seminar will have 10 sessions. As many as 120 papers were received from all over the country, out of which 72 papers were short listed for participation in the seminar. Besides heads of various departments of the Kashmir University, Central University of Kashmir, jurists and other legal experts and students, the inaugural session was also attended by participants from States of Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh etc. Prof. Mohammad Afzal Zargar, Registrar Central University of Kashmir presented the vote of thanks on the occasion.

district offices of the Labour department, so that the process of verification of cases is carried out by the officers smoothly without any delay. The Speaker stressed upon the func-

tionaries of Labour and Employment Department to frequently conduct awareness programmes among masses about the process of registration and benefits of various welfare schemes so that the quantum of the registration is increased and benefits reach to the deserving people well in time.


March 21-April 19

This is a good day to let go. If someone has hurt or disappointed you, it’s time to forgive and move on. Holding a grudge isn’t going to get you anywhere. In fact, it’s probably eating away at your heart and keeping you from moving ahead in other areas. If things are meant to work out with this person, they will. If they don’t, it isn’t meant to be.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Resist the urge to go on a shopping spree today. You’re likely to make impulsive purchases. You may be trying to fill a void or compensate for another area of your life that isn’t going as well as you’d like. Try instead to do a little meditation and bring the real problem into clearer focus. Take a walk or do some yoga. It will do your spirit more good than the mall.

Gemini May 21-June 21

You’re feeling especially sensitive today. Your intuition is operating at a very high level. With people wearing their hearts on their sleeves now, it’s very easy to tap into others’ emotions. You and your mate are especially in sync, which will make for a wonderful evening. Take advantage of the aspects and broach a sensitive subject you’ve wanted to discuss.

Cancer June 22-July 22

This is a day for good news, particularly regarding the home. It’s likely that some positive changes are occurring or are about to occur. You may be considering a move or a major renovation. Whatever it is, all signs indicate that the changes are for the better. One way or another, by this time next year you’ll be living in a bigger, better house.


July 23-August 22 This is a good day for meditation. You’ve probably been trying to distract yourself from unresolved issues through shopping or eating. Try taking some time today to think about what’s really bothering you. It would do you some good to get outside and connect with nature. Try taking a long walk in a park. You’re much more likely to find perspective there than at the mall.


August 23-September 22

Your creativity is at a peak, though you may not be aware of it due to your focus on your work and social life. But don’t be surprised if you have a vision, seemingly from out of the blue. You’ll likely feel inspired to stop what you’re doing and paint or write. Excuse yourself and spend some time alone with your muse. You’ll be delighted with the results.


September 23-October 23 Try to be careful of missing the forest for the trees today. You may be concentrating on a detail in your personal or professional life that isn’t as crucial to the big picture as you think. This kind of obsessive thinking is probably keeping you from progressing. Let it go. Sometimes it’s necessary to sacrifice a battle in order to win the war. Your mental acuity is high today.


October 24-November 21

adding that it helps the farming community to improve their economy. He advised farmers to coordinate with agriculture department for successful implementation of farmer- friendly schemes, and avail their benefits. On this occasion, Chief Agriculture Officer Pulwama Gh. Hassan Guroo said that farmers of Pulwama district have purchased 2 Tillers, 80 Irrigation Pump Sets 2 Weeders, 50 Tool kits & 8 Vending Carts, besides establishing of 120 Poly Green Houses, 30 Vermi-compost Units, 12 Tube wells & 2 Bore wells for which Rs. 40 Lakh will be provided as subsidy component.

Meanwhile, the Director Agriculture distributed incentive cheques of Rs. 2.68 crore among 409 Saffron growers of district Pulwama under National Mission on Saffron. Among others Additional District Development Commissioner Pulwama Arif Ahmad, officers & field functionaries of the department, besides large number of farmers were present on these occasion. Farmers gave overwhelming response and interacted with the experts of the department on various issues related to modern technology and machinery.

Workshop on New born health held at Women College Srinagar, October 23: To reduce neonatal mortality rate in State besides urging for mass awareness about the health of new born, the speakers unanimously said that for a healthy baby, healthy mother is pivotal. This was said by the speakers in a workshop on “New born health and voices of Aashas” organized by Voluntary Health Association of India(VHAI) in collaboration with J&K Rural Health, Women’s Studies Center, Women’s College M.A Road and Union Health Ministry and family welfare Department at Women’s College M.A road here on Wednesday. Mission Director, NRHM, Kashmir, Dr. Yashpal Sharma, President VHAI, Dr. Bilques Jameela, Executive Director JKVHAI, Mr. A.M.Mir, Principal Women College, Prof Shaheen Altaf, glaxy of Doctors, College staff, District Asha Coordinators, ICDS supervisors, Aanganwari workers, Aashas and others participated in the

workshop. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Yashpal Sharma said that government has rejuvenated healthcare setup in the state to provide better medicare facilities to the people. He said number of health schemes have been launched by the government during last four years for the people with the aim to improve patient care. He said Aashas have pivotal role in reducing mortality rate in the State and they have the responsibility to make people aware about the schemes besides guide and inculcate proper health measures among them so that both mother and her baby is born healthy . He also said that issues of Aashas are being resolved in phased manner Other speakers also urged upon Aashas to become health guide to the pregnant women. They also stressed for involving of panchayats, NGO, educational institutions, teachers and others in this mission for the formation of healthy society.

Today you’ll feel inspired to express yourself in fun, creative ways. Don’t be afraid to let loose with your wild sense of humor. You could play a prank on a friend that makes him or her laugh and creates good feelings. Or you could share some jokes with others that make them smile and feel better. You enjoy playing the clown, and you’re good at it!

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Expect to hear from people you haven’t heard from in some time. Make a cup of tea and savor every correspondence. You could feel nostalgic for the “good old days” when life seemed simpler and more of your friends were nearby. Pick up the phone and give one of them a call. Your old pal will be delighted to hear from you.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Try to be extra patient and affectionate toward your loved ones today. A child, lover, or pet needs some of the special attention and reassurance that only you can provide. Try to make this a priority over professional obligations. Remember that your loved ones are the most important things in your life. When you need them, they’ll always be there for you!

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Your intuition is quite high right now, enabling you to accurately tune in to others’ hopes and dreams. This can be a bit tricky in a social situation, however. Someone could be saying one thing when you know they’re thinking something else! Don’t dwell on other people’s thoughts too much. Instead, direct your thoughts to how happy you are now.


February 19-March 20 It’s likely that you’ve been feeling the urge to exercise your imagination. As much as you enjoy your profession, there isn’t much chance to stretch your mind and show your creative visual side. With some time off, you could pick up paints and brushes or pen and paper and begin an art project of some kind. With all the houseguests and visitors dropping by, expect encouragement!

EDITORIAL/ OPINION Daily Zabarwan Times Thursday 24 October 2013


sector-gloomy and disappointing


he power woes of the people of Kashmir valley seem to have no end in the near future despite tall claims of the authorities to improve the situation which is worsening with every passing day. Though the power generation in the state has increased during the last five years but due to a large gap between generation and requirement, it has become almost impossible to fulfill the needs of the electricity consumers. Basically the past regimes in the state have not taken sufficient steps to generate electricity from state’s large hydro electric potential. According to a rough estimate the state has a potential of producing about twenty- five thousand MWs of electricity but this has not been tapped and no effective policy and mechanism is in place to take a faster initiative in this direction. At present the state needs at least four thousand to five thousand MWS of electricity if it supplies uninterrupted power to its consumers including the Industrial units which are almost defunct this time. Earlier some temporary initiatives were taken in shape of gas turbine and small hydro power units at far off places but it did not help as the state needs big projects to suffice its electricity requirements. Now the offices are closing in the valley and are moving to Jamrnu. The winter has already sounded alarming bells of a severe cold. The people of the valley deserve to have more electricity to fight the biting cold and to light their houses, if we go by the present situation, the power scenario is not encouraging and the situation will further deteriorate in the coming months. Presently the urban areas have so badly been affected by the curtailment that they do not look different from the rural areas where electricity supply is only for a few hours and rest of the time it is darkness and darkness only. In the modern day electricity is a basic necessity and no gadget is working without it whether a home, a shop, a business establishment, a school, a hospital or any other place. Electricity is first and foremost. In the absence of electric power the life comes to a stand still and does not move even an inch. The state government needs to prioritize the power sector and fix targets to harness the hydro electricity potential of the state so that the people do not face hardships and the prosperity of the state is not compromised.

Daily Zabarwan Times Thursday 24 October 2013

Indian Railways’ Passenger Friendly Initiatives


ndian Railways continuously strive to provide comfortable and affordable travel experience to its passengers. Following steps/initiatives have been taken in this direction: Proliferation of E-Ticketing: Owing to liberalization of norms, increase of booking hours and increased convenience, the percentage of tickets being electronically booked is progressively increasing and is currently about 45 per

cent of total Passenger Reservation System (PRS) tickets booked. On an average, 3.65 lakh reserved tickets are being booked through internet daily. Ticketing Through Mobile Phone: Etickets can also be booked through the mobile phone by downloading software from Indian Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website to the mobile phone. Further since February 2012, passengers booking e-tickets need not take a print-out of the Electronic

Reservation slip (ERS) and instead display authorized SMS sent by IRCTC containing all vital details on laptops/ palmtops/mobile phones. They are also required to carry their valid photo-id in original. This is a passenger friendly and an eco-friendly measure.Ticketing Through SMS: In order to improve access and tap the potential of mobile phone market, a pilot project of SMS-based ticketing through non-internet based mobile

phones has been launched by IRCTC on July 1, 2013.Tatkal Facilitation: In order to improve accessibility of Tatkal tickets, the timing of opening of reservation of Tatkal tickets has been shifted to 1000 hours on the previous day of journey instead of 0800 hours, since 10.07.2012. Further, no authorized agents, including agents of IRCTC and RTSAs/RTAs are allowed to book Tatkal tickets from 10:00 hours to 12:00 hours.

Diversification of Booking Modes Proliferation through Tie-up with other institutions (Post offices): PRS terminals are being provided in Post Offices for which MOU has been signed with Department of Posts. About 249 Post offices currently have this facility. Reduction of pressure through Automation: Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (AVTMs) have been introduced to facilitate sale of unreserved tickets and reduce the pressure at the UTS counters. Incentives are offered to passengers for using Smart Cards at ATVMs. 811 ATVMs are functional,

at present. Further, in order to benchmark Indian ticketing-facilitation initiatives with Global Best Practices, a pilot project of Coin/Currency Operated ATVM has also been made operational in Mumbai. Alternate Mode of Sales for Unreserved tickets: With a view to facilitate issuing of unreserved tickets, Jansadharan Tickets Booking Sewaks (JTBS) are being appointed in city areas. They are provided UTS terminals and are allowed to realise commission

from the passengers. Around 993 JTBS have been commissioned at present. Reduction in Advance Reservation Period: The Advance Reservation Period has been reduced from 120 days to 60 days w.e.f 01.05.2013. ID Proof Mandatory For All Reserved Classes To Prevent Misuse of Ticket – With a view to keep a check on the passengers travelling on transferred tickets, provision was already there for production of proof identity in case of e-tickets, Tat-

kal tickets and passengers travelling in AC classes (except 3E). The scope of this provision has been expanded and w.e.f 01.12.2012, any one of the passengers booked on a ticket for travelling in any reserved class has to produce any one of the ten prescribed proof of identity in original during the journey , failing which all the passengers are treated as travelling without ticket and charged accordingly. There is, however, no change in the condition of production of same proof of identity (in original) as indicated on the Tatkal ticket.

New Passenger Friendly Amenities Facility of Modern Luggage Trolleys had been introduced as a pilot project for senior citizens and women passengers. These were earlier operated through Rail Yatri Sevaks. Subsequently, instructions have been issued to Zonal Railways on 03.05.2013 to hand over the Modern Luggage Trolley to licensed porters at all other stations except Howrah and Sealdah where these trolleys will continue to be operated by Rail Yatri Sevaks up to May, 2014. Cleanliness Improvement: For improving the standards of cleanliness, Railways have been planned multi-pronged action by synergizing technology, education of Users and provision of better mechanized equipments. Battery operated vehicles at Railway stations for disabled, old age and sick passengers. This facility is to be provided through Commercial Publicity route with no charge to be levied either from the passenger or from the Railway. The scheme which was initially started for one year had been extended further up to 26.08.2016. The facility is presently available at 25 stations. Adarsh Stations: The scheme of Adarsh stations has already been introduced Indian Railways. Adarsh Stations are provided with basic facilities such as drinking water, adequate toilets, catering services, waiting rooms and dormitories especially for lady passengers, better signage, etc. Under this scheme, 1052 Railway Stations have so far been selected for development.

Renewable Energy The way forward.


he Government recently announced an ambitious plan to produce more electricity from renewable sources as a part of its target to add 10 Giga watts of solar energy by 2017 and 20 Giga watts by 2022. The steps being taken in this direction include setting up of an ultra-mega green Solar Power Project in Rajasthan near Sambhar Lake. The project will be the first of this scale in the world and will thus turn to be a model for future projects. With the completion of the first phase of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission by surpassing the target, the country is set to embark on its second phase. In the first phase 1685 MW of solar energy was generated against the target of 1100 MW. In the second phase, areas for focus have been identified in Rajasthan, Kargil and Ladakh. Generation of solar energy has come a long way since we embarked on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar mission in 2010. Today, we generate 1.8 GW of electricity from solar energy which is going to be multiplied in the years to come. Despite this, solar energy forms but only a small fraction of power generation in the country. In fact the entire sector of renewable energy, which includes small hydro- electric projects, contributes only 12 % to the national power kitty; about 17% comes from hydro- power and about 2% from nuclear power. The bulk 70% comes from coal and gas based plants. Sixty-five percent of power from renewable sources comes from wind energy. Biomass accounts for 14%, small hydro- power projects contribute 13% and solar energy 5%. Other sources contribute about 3%. This imbalance needs to be corrected on many counts, on top being the environmental concerns. When the world is seriously concerned about global warming, non-conven-

tional sources of energy need to be exploited to the maximum extent. And that is precisely what India is trying to do. Besides, the country imports 70 % of oil which is a big drain on its foreign exchange reserves. The total installed capacity of power generation in the country now stands at just over 223 GW, far less than the requirement. The demand for power is estimated to increase by 16 GW a year at least until 2020. In this situation, every source of energy needs to be tapped to meet the

has been the most successful renewable source of energy in the country. Bulk of it comes from just five states, with Tamil Nadu as the leader. An encouraging factor is that off shore wind energy is becoming cost competitive with the energy generated from fossil fuels. It therefore becomes an attractive option for electricity generation. Biomass is another area which holds a good promise. With over 60 % of India’s population dependent on agriculture, the area throws up opportunities for power generation. No wonder ma-

needs of a growing economy. The 12th plan provides for increasing the capacity generation by 72 GW in thermal sector, 11 GW in hydro sector and over 5 GW in nuclear sector. In physical terms renewable sources of energy contribute 29 GW of electricity. The country is set to double this generation to 55 GW by 2017. Solar energy generation alone will increase to 20 GW during this period under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar mission. Even though India has less than global average of wind speed, wind energy

jor projects in this field are coming up in different states particularly in Punjab. The estimated power generation capacity in this area is put at 18000 MW. In Britain and some other European countries too, coal-fired plants are converting to bio mass. Proper exploitation of this field needs huge investments for building storage capacity and plants, the way countries like Finland and Sweden have done. In Finland 20 % of power generation and in Sweden 16% of power supply come from biomass. With about 200 tons of agricultural waste

going unused in India, the potential of harnessing this area is substantial. Though per capita greenhouse gas emissions in India are very low, it has added about 2000 clean power projects in the last decade or so. The number of greenhouse buildings where solar and wind energy mechanisms and water harvesting etc. are in place has reached 2204. The number is planned to reach 1 lakh mark-an ambitious target indeed- by 2025. The Asian Development Bank has just announced that it will provide $500 million to build a power transmission system to carry clean electricity from wind and solar power projects in Rajasthan to the state and the National grid. Since setting up of transmission lines to evacuate power from the generating stations is a massive challenge, it will go a long way in dealing with the problem. Today, India is in a position to help other countries also. It has offered line of credit and expertise to Cuba to develop renewable energy projects to enable it to reduce its dependence on oil imports. NTPC is exporting 250 MW of electricity to Bangladesh at a fixed tariff. India has also invested in power projects in Bhutan. In short, keeping in view the challenges of power shortage and increasing demand in developing countries and environmental challenges across the world, India as also the rest of the world, needs to pay adequate attention to power generation through non- conventional sources. According to one estimate India has the potential to generate 150 GW of power through renewable sources alone- thanks to plenty of sunshine for most part of the year and a good wind velocity in many parts of the country. But it needs huge investment to realise it. The rich countries must come forward to help developing nations to promote clean power generation. India on its part is well on the march.

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Tuesday 22 24 October 2013 Thursday October 2013

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Tight jeans may jeopardize health Doctors have cautioned

that the stubborn buttsqueezing, thigh-hugging denims could be too hard on our health and can cause nerve damage. Tingling and numbness are symptoms of the condition called ‘meralgia paresthetica’, which occurs when the nerve that runs down the front of the thigh is squeezed. A ‘Greenpoint’ clothing store manager, Madeline Virbasius claimed that, these jeans will not be going away any time soon. “As long as they’re in fashion, they’re probably not going to go away,” the New York Daily quoted Virbasius as saying. The 39-year-old Virbasius also compared these skinny jeans to other vices as well. “We all know high heels and cigarettes are bad for us, but we still use them anyway,” she said. Dr. Robert Rhee, chief This is thesurgery finding of vascular at from Medicalasthma Center a Maimonides comprehensive in Brooklyn claimed that the study, whichcraze hashasn’t Robert skinny-jeans C.sparked Strunk,a nerve-damage MD, the Donald epidemic. Strominger Professor of But he suggests that Pediatrics at Washington fashion-forward types will University School Mediuse common senseof if they suddenly feel cine in St.can’t Louis astheir the nior “Switch to a larger size. The involved The study numbness is a signmore than 1,000is not children your body gettingages enough said.for 5-12 whoblood,” were Rhee treated However, Rhee insisted mild to moderate asthma that the fashion conscious ascanpart relaxof— the evenChildhood if they’re not switching to the relaxed Asthma Management Profit. gram (CAMP) clinical trial. “Clearly the scenery The received in Newchildren York is enhanced by tight jeans long asthan treatment forasmore you can fit inat them,” four years eightthecensurgeon said. ters,“Unless including you areWashinghaving significant ton Universitynumbness School of in your legsThey or feet,were if the diMedicine. pants fit, wear ‘em,” he said vided into three Meanwhile, In thegroups: one received of twice-daily neighborhoods Brooklyn, devotees said they soon budesonide, an will inhaled sport a pair of acid-wash than relegate their skinny jeans to the Goodwill pile. “I think they’re more comfortable, to be honest. Though skinny jeans can be pretty snug in all the wrong places,” said 20-year-old Andy Jin, a pastry chef from Bushwick. Shadi Mirzai, 30, manager The of the Australian Williamsburgstudy cloth- of ing store 250 Life ‘Curated’, nearly non-diabetic revealed thatwomen the silhouette men and found has fallen out of favor a bit thosemenwith high still blood with but women follow thigh hugging sugar thelevels tended to jeans. have shrinking in brain “I think guys have given areasa rest linked to she memory them lately,” and emotional processsaid. “Skinny feel held more up ing. The jeans results comfortable, to be honest,” even after controlling said Kieran Carroll, 25, of for lifestyle who factors such Bushwick, is a fan of as skinny jeans. smoking and weight. the clothes this are finding “If“Ifreplicated, too tight, some people may contribute tothem. a reshouldn’t be wearing That’d be myof guess,” she evaluation the concept added. of normal blood glucose

Family dinner is usually touted and encour- relationships ate together more freaged for its social and health benefits, but quently. Estimates are based on a sample of researchers have now questioned the nature of Controlling for the quality of family about 18,000 children from the Nationthis association. relationships in particular explained al Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent According to a new study, the per- much of the family said Strunk, who Health. treats dinner’s associaceived benefits may not be “Meals may afford a children with asthma at St. as strong or as lasting once regular and positive conLouis Children's Hospital. a number of factors are confor parents to connect "This was surprising be- text trolled for. with children emotionally, cause in previous studies, to monitor their social and “We find that most of the we found that the slower academic activities, and to association between family meals and teen well-being is growth would be tempo- convey values and expecdue to other aspects of the rary, not affecting adult tations.” family environment. Analy“This is what we susheight. But none of those ses that follow children over pect is driving any causal studies followed patients time lend even weaker evirelationship between famfrom the time they en- ily dinners and child well dence for causal effects of tered the study until they being. But, family dinners family meals on adolescent and young adult well-being,” had reached adult height," also appear to be part and said Kelly Musick, associate parcel of a broader packStrunk stated. professor of policy analysis Pediatric asthma special- age of practices, routines, and management at Cornell ists at St. Louis Children's and rituals that reflect parand lead author of the study. enting beliefs and prioriHospital keep a ties, close Musick and co-author Ann Meier, tion with teen depressive symptoms, and it’s unclear how well family on the -growth of would work unbundled from associate professor of sociology at substance use, andwatch delinquency dinners the University of Minnesota, found three factors typically theirexamined patientsin who the use rest of that package,” added Muthat the ability to manage a regular family meal studies. Only some of sick. inhaled steroids, Strunk family dinner is in part facilitated these associations held up to analyses The authors added that future work said. They are measured by family resources such as time and of adolescent outcomes over time. needs to go further in assessing which at every visit, and phymoney, and in part a proxy for other The study accounts for aspects of the elements of mealtime may be most sakeep a growth eight height and sicians corticosteroid medication; family characteristics, including time years, family environment that differentiate lient, looking beyond how often famitogether, and communicafamiliesmeasured on the basis curve. of how often they lies eat together to examine whether weight were a secondcloseness, group received tion. child is anot talking, grow- television, texting, eating the eat together, the afirst to use a year. and it’s"If nedocromil, an inhaled once or twice Families with both biological haskitchen overfixed-effects approach thatasfocuses samewe food,SCREEN or helpingtime in the ing they on should, Thepar-mean adult height non-steroid medication; ents present, a non-employed mother, how changes in family dinners relate mediate or moderate the potential taken exercise as the most aboutto one-half inch, may reduce their steroid and a third groupand received higher income, better was family changes in adolescent outcomes. benefits of important mealtime. factor in child-

a placebo. All children received albuterol, a fast-acting drug for relief of acute asthma symptoms, and oral corticosteroids needed A growingas number of for Americans are travelling asthma symptoms. to India to seek treatment The researchers followed for rare diseases through 943 participants in the triIndia’s experimental emal at regular intervals until bryonic stem cell therapy, they reached adult height. according to an investigaFemales were considered tive report. to Among be at them adultCash height at Burnaman, a 6-year-old age 18 or older and males South boy,Strunk who at age Carolina 20 or older, travelled with his parents said. In the first 4 1/2 years to India seeking treatment after the end of condition the trial, for a rare genetic researchers tookdeveloppatients' that has left him mentally disabled, height and weightCNN every reported. six months. Over the next

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High Blood Sugar Levels Linked to Brain Shrinkage

Wine, beer sharpen the mind

levels and the definition of diabetes,” wrote study author Dr. Nicolas Cherbuin, director of the Neuroimaging and Brain Lab atDrinking Australian National two pints of beer or twoinmedium University Canberra, glasses of wine alcohol Australia. can sharpen the mind, say Previous research has researchers.

Excessive water in your system can dilute your body fluids so much that the sodium levels become life-threateningly low Water may be the elixir of life, but it sure can send your health into a tailspin, even endangering your life, if you drink too much of it. While packaged water, juice and cola companies hard-sell their thirstquenchers to you through TV and print advertisements, the truth is that drinking too much water can do you more harm than good. Due to excessive water consumption, people have died of overhydration, which goes by the name of Exercise-Associated Hyponatraemia (EAH). In simple terms, it means that you have drunk too much water and the excess has diluted your body fluids so much that the sodium levels have become lifethreateningly low, causing cells to swell. That includes brain cellsphysical leading toactivloss people's of consciousness, seizures ity behaviour has been the and even coma and death.

For long-distance runners, this can be a particular hazard. With half-marathons and marathons being all the rage, runners while practicing must resist the temptation to tank themselves up with too much water.Water intoxication is always on the cards if you believe you have to ‘stay

ahead of thirst’ by drinking excessive quantities of fluids. To do so is entirely unphysiological. Drinking more water than you need increases your total blood volume and also pressures you kidneys into working overtime so as to filter excess water out of your circulatory It is, category (4.3system. per cent). however, rare Dr Maher incredibly said the value for someone to die of dehy-

dration in a temperate climate, not even sportsmen who sweat a great deal. The right way to drink water is on your TV screen. When Tennis legends Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal play five gruelling sets of tennis in the baking sun, sweating profusely, how do they drink? They sip. They may sip at every end change, but they certainly don’t gulp. While exercising, you should balance how much water you drink to how much you are sweating out. All runners should know that overconsumption of fluids, whether it’s water or sports drinks, can be fatal. EAH due to excessive hydration has caused at least a dozen deaths worldwide and there have been more than 1,600 documented cases of it around the globe.The International Marathon Medical Directors Association advocates ‘drinking to thirst’ and no more. with Thatobesity. means 0.03 sociation litres per kilogram. So, for The children's behaviour a 100 kg .

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Household chemicals can give you heart disease

Smoking ups cancer, cardiac risk in youth

Exposure to perfluorooctanoic used merged data from the 1999acid (PFOA), a manmade chemical 2000 and 2003-2004 National used in the manufacture of some Health and Nutrition Examination Abhishek Shetty led the typical life of a young Ultimately he had a cardiac arrest,” According to Kulkarni, in the past and thus lose weight. Not only is it an usage. (NHANES). common household products, may Survey eating to keep blood sugar linked diabetes, a disoremployee in an IT company. A regular smoker, Kulkarni added. few years there has been a 30-40 perunhealthy way to reduce weight, but “Cancer, like throat cancer, among The study suggests that increasing lead to cardiovascular disease andin cardiac in odd check. An angiography der in which blood had sugar the 32-year-old a hecticlevels schedule, revealed a blockcent rise related ailments also you hardly realise when the trick youngsters is on the rise. And exposerum PFOA levels were positively peripheral arterial disease, a newthose line age within many levels are sleeping hoursabnormally and irregular meals“This - all of in which one of Shetty’s main arteries, amongst below the age of 40. becomes an addiction,” Das said. sure to tobacco in various forms is the associated theare presenceDoctors of study hashad warned. up with him, and he suffered other a heart studies for that have high, tocaught age-related cogniwhich an angioplasty to be Among his patients, 30-40with percent say that most ailments bemain culprit behind this trend,” Amol attack at what doctor calledbeen a “shockingly done. has now changed hissuggested lifestyle that heavy smokers. gin with high blood pressure (BP). Akhade, consultant oncologist at InCVD and PAD, and the associaSurveys have PFOA published andHe adds tive decline. Buthisthe new age”. completely. A number of young patients There has been a 20-25 percent rise ternational Oncology Services, said. appeared to are be independent (widely used in the manufacture of tion all of the data on diastudy, published Monday toyoung “Five years back such cases were Cardiac ailments have become an those in high-stress and sedentary among youngsters complaining of Sharing a smoke in hip hookah products such as lubricants, pol- of confounders such as age, sex, in unheard the journal Neurol- betes affecting brain of. But increasingly, we increasingly common feature among lifestyle jobs, like in BPOs and the IT high blood pressure. So, if you are joints which are mushrooming in paper coatings, race/ethnicity, smoking status, health,” R. 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Kulkarni, cardiologist “Health of problems youU.S. would mon reasonscholesterol for a person to take up Some of the common health prob“The trend of smoking hookah is level, the authors centthat of the population. gram and a professor non-diabetics. andexactly? director of Justjury’s for Hearts, an have normally seen in evidence people in has suggested smoking. smokers also claim lems that young people are being adding to the risk (of cancer) and both comment. Some that Most neurology at Georgetown How The organisation for heart care, said. their sixties - like related to their regular"Our dose ofresults puff is acontribute stress men and women are equally at risk,” todetected the with are coronary artery anthose association may be biologically University Medical Censtill out. “Abhishek’s is a case in point. A the heart or lungs - you see them in relaxant. disease (CAD), diabetes and high he added. Besides strict implementaemerging data on health effects of plausible between PFOA exposure ter, who was not involved Some studies suggest study of his case revealed that he led young people in the age group of 30-35 “A number of young women also blood pressure. tion of the law that bans smoking in PFCsto[perfluoroalkyl and cardiovascular disease (CVD), blood sugar control can with a very stressful life, thanks to thethis study. these days. It’s an unhealthy trend, to take up smoking reduce weight. chemicals], Not just that. Oncologists reveal that public places, doctors also suggest suggesting for thethe first thathas been a rise in cancer cases according nature of his the work. To add to that, he For non-diabetic help regulate body’s say patients the least,” said Suchetnato Das,the a study Thebackidea is that nicotine affects ap-timethere initiation of Workplace Health Promosmoked regularly to relievewith his stress. cardiologist. petite... you don’t hungry, is eatpotentially less as well of increased tobacco tion Programmes. PFOAfeel exposure re- because ground. high blood sugar levinflammatory response, 2.01 for CVD and 1.78 for PAD, be interpreted with caution beAnoop Shankar, M.D., Ph.D., and lated to CVD and PAD. However, according to the results. which has been linked to els, Turner recommended cause of the possibility of residucolleagues from the West Virginia owing to the cross-sectional na- "In summary, in a represen- al confounding and reverse caubrain shrinkage. Another adopting the American University School of Public Health, ture of the present study, we can- tative cross-sectional sample sality. Future prospective studies theory is that high sugar Diabetes Association diet, Morgantown, examined the as- not conclude that the association of the U.S. population, we are needed to confirm or refute levels make the blood which is high in nonbetween serum (blood) is causal," the researchers said. and stickier, risk has of starchy Rich raising in vitaminthe C, lemon makes a vegetables healthy drink, es- sociation and belching are relieved. ourflows findings," researchers that 75 higher PFOA lev- then For 50 years scientists have been uncertain that found cover about per cent of the through the the pore into the Compared the cholera, reference levels of PFOA and the presenceabout of how low in carbohydrates and clots that starve the brain. many health benefits pecially when taken in the Traditionally grandmoms the bacteria, with which causes concluded.The els areouter positively bacterium’s surface. associated bacterium and popsstudy it openwas frompubthe level of PFOA quartile 1, the“It’swith and PAD, a marker ofaatheroNimbuway, paani, the good old protein. 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Squeeze the health benefits of a lemon

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50-year cholera mystery unravelled

thanks to research from biologists at Trent said that these tiny amino nature (as well as one of the main inThe University of Texas at Austin. acids simply change the electrical gredients in over-the-counter antibacThe answers may help clear the way charge on that outer surface of the terial ointments such as Neosporin). for a new class of antibiotics that don’t bacteria. It goes from negative to However, when the positively directly shut down pathogenic bac- neutral. charged CAMPs come up against the teria such as V. cholerae, but neutral V. cholerae bacteria, instead disable their defenses they can’t bind. They bounce so that our own immune sysaway, and we’re left vulnertems can do the killing. able. Every year cholera afflicts V. cholerae can then invade millions of people and kills our intestines and turn them hundreds of thousands, preinto a kind of factory for proElectronic cigarettes are being marketed as a potentially safer alternative dominantly in the developing ducing more cholera, in the to normal cigarettes, butcauses new research has shown that they are still causing world. The infection process rendering us incaharm to the lungs. and vomitprofuse diarrhoea pable of holding onto fluids ing. study Deathhas comes severe The alsofrom added new evidence to the debate over the safety of alteror extracting sufficient nudehydration. trients from what we eat and native nicotine-delivery products. “If you understand drink. Electronic cigarettes the aremechdevices that deliver nicotine through a vapour, rather anism, the bacterial target, “It pretty much takes over than smoke. There is no combustion involved but the nicotine in the device is you’re more likely to be able your normal flora,” said still derivedanfrom tobacco. There has been much debate over the safety and efto design effective antibiTrent. Trent insisted that scificiency of Stephen the products, little scientific evidence to support either claim. otic,” said Trent,but assoentists have known for some ciate professor of molecular genetics Researchers from the University of Athens in Greece aimed because to investigate the time that the strain of V. cholerae That’s important the moland microbiology lead researcher ecules we rely on including to fight off such responsible for the current pandemshort-term effectsand of using e-cigarettes on different people, people on the study. are called existcationic ic in Haiti and elsewhere is resistant without any known health problems andbacteria, smokers which with and without The bacterium’s defense, which was antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs), are to these CAMPs. ing lung conditions.The study included 8 people who had never smoked and unmasked this month in the Pro- positively charged. They can bind It’s that resistance that is likely 24 smokers, 11 with normal lung function people with eithersurface chronicof responsible, in part, for why the curceedings of the National Academy of to and the 13 negatively charged obstructive pulmonary diseaseone (COPD) asthma.Each person used cigarette 10 minutes. The that Sciences, involves attaching or or bacteria, and when they do an so, electronic they rent strain for displaced the strain researchers then measured airway insert resistance using a number tests, including a spirometry two small amino acids to their the large themselves into theofbacterial was responsible fortest.The previousresults pandemmolecules, as endotoxins, membrane form acaused pore. Water ics. increase in airway resistance, showed that known for all people included in the study, theand e-cigarette an immediate

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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



The Kashmir Horizon

Thurssday 24 October 2013

My grandmother and father were killed, I may be killed too: Rahul Gandhi

CHURU (Rajasthan): Accusing BJP of fanning communal flames, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said the party's "politics of hatred" was damaging the country's fabric and apprehended he may also be assassinated like his grandmother and father, who had fallen victim to it. Striking an emotional chord, the Congress Vice President said that when he visited riot-hit Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh sometime back and talked to both Hindus and Muslims, he could see his own story in their words.

"I was seeing my face in their grief. That is why I am against their (BJP's) politics ... What do they do. They will put Muzaffarnagar on fire, Gujarat on fire, UP on fire and Kashmir on fire and then you and we will have to douse that. This damages the country," Gandhi said. He said that such politics leads to anger and resentment and precious lives are lost in violence. "My grandmother was killed. My father was assassinated and perhaps I may also be killed one day. I am

not bothered. I had to tell you what I felt from the heart," Gandhi said and vowed to oppose BJP's politics. Gandhi, whose grandmother Indira Gandhi was killed by her Sikh bodyguards during the militancy days in Punjab and father Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by LTTE, also narrated an incident of an MLA from Punjab visiting his office recently and telling him that had they met 20 years ago, he would have killed the Congress Vice President due to anger. "Anybody can get angry. The anger is deliberately put into people. Politicians do it. Interested party does it. And then the common man, who is hurt has to carry this anger with him. He moves everywhere with this anger. That is why I am against the politics of BJP. Because what they do is that they hurt (people) for political gains." He told the gathering, which included a number of Sikhs, that after the assassination of her grandmother, he came to know that the assassins Satwant Singh and Beant Singh wanted lob a grenade at her grandmother on Diwali. Gandhi said it took him 10 15 years to put aside his anger against his friends Beant Singh and Satwant Singh, who

were bodyguards of his grandmother. Pointing towards Sikhs sitting there, Gandhi said that people in Punjab were angry then but now that anger has subsided. "Some months back, an MLA from Punjab had come to me. Talks were going on. Before leaving he told me that had he met me 20 years back, he would have killed. He said that he was full of anger then but now he can even embrace me. "It takes years for that anger to subside but a minute to provoke it ... it take so much time to remove that anger and create brotherhood," he said. Relating the anger among a section of people due to communal violence to the larger theme of resentment due to deprivation in society, the Congress vice-president said that anger does not emanate only from killings and also from hunger. Reaching out to youths, Gandhi also promised to end the "quotaism in political system", where a handful run the show, in the same his father late Rajiv Gandhi brought an end to quota system in telephone allocation. "We have to change one more thing in the next 10 years and this we have to do with youths.

Andhra Pradesh governor ESL Narasimhan calls on Sonia Gandhi, Sushil Kumar Shinde New Delhi/Hyderabad: With the process for formation of a separate Telangana state entering a crucial phase, Andhra Pradesh Governor E.S.L. Narasim-

han held a series of meeting with central leaders in the national capital on Wednesday. Summoned by the Centre for consultations before the efforts to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh are intensified, Mr Narasimhan held separate meetings with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and

Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. Mr Narasimhan first met Mr Chidambaram who is a member of the Group of

Ministers (GoM) constituted to work out modalities for formation of the Telangana state. During the meeting, which lasted for 30 minutes, the governor is believed to have discussed various issues that may arise post-bifurcation. The governor later called on the UPA chairperson and briefed her on the latest situation in the state in the wake of the decision to carve Telangana state. He is

learnt to have presented a report on the bifurcation issue. Mr Narasimhan later met Mr Shinde and discussed the law and order situation and the status of Hyderabad. According to sources, they discussed measures that need to be taken to maintain law and order before taking further steps on the formation of Telangana. The governor is also likely to meet Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister A.K. Antony. The meetings also assumed significance in the wake of the two meetings the GoM has held so far and the direction given to all departments to prepare the reports before the GoM's next meeting on November 7. The GoM, which received hundreds of suggestions from people, is also reportedly discussing a suggestion by Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra) leaders to declare Hyderabad a union territory. Another suggestion which is reportedly under the GoM's consideration is according special status to Hyderabad with the Centre keeping with itself the law and order portfolio and a couple of other crucial key departments to address the concerns of the Seemandhra people. This is the governor's first meeting in Delhi after the Congress Working Committee's July 30 decision to carve a Telangana state.

Suryanelli Sex scam: Kerala HC rejects petition against P J Kurien The Kerala High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien for conducting a detailed inquiry on his alleged involvement in the 1996 Suryanelli sex scandal. A single judge of the high court dismissed the petition filed by the rape survivor from Suryanelli in Idukki, who was 16 when she was abducted, taken to various places and sexually exploited by at least 40 people. She has alleged that Kurien was one of the people who had raped her. Repeated police investigations in the past have found Kurien to be not involved in this case. He was exonerated by the Supreme Court in 2007 and was not among the 35 men tried for the woman's rape by the Kerala High Court. The petitioner was seeking a detailed investi-

gation against Kurien on the basis of revelations made by Dharmarajan, a lawyer, who is the only person convicted in the case, and serving a life sentence. In February, Dharmarajan had told a regional TV channel that he had driven Kurien to the Kumili Guest House where the gang-rape survivor alleges she was assaulted by Kurien. He had later retracted his statement. The judge hearing the plea in the High Court maintained that a fresh inquiry could not be ordered based on Dharmarajan's statement. The victim had moved the High Court after a sessions court in Idukki dismissed her plea in June.Kurien has termed allegations against him as 'political conspiracy.' The rape survivor insists the police did not investigate him long or hard enough because of his political clout.

Harsh Vardhan is BJP's Manmohan Singh: AAP NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi party on Wednesday launched a frontal attack on BJP's chief ministerial candidate for Delhi Harsh Vardhan accusing him of keeping mum over alleged corruption in civic bodies ruled by his party. "Isn't Dr Harsh Vardhan in Delhi BJP's Manmohan Singh?" AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal tweeted. Equating Harsh Vardhan with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Kejriwal said Congress made Singh its face at the Centre but he failed to check corruption in the party and the government. Similarly, BJP has now made Harsh Vardhan its face in Delhi "A corrupt Congress had made Manmohan Singh its face at Centre. Manmohan failed to check corruption within Congress and his own Government. A corrupt BJP has now made Harsh Vardhan its face in Delhi. What did Harsh Vardhan do all these years to check BJP's corruption in MCD?" Kejriwal said in his tweets. Ending uncertainty, the BJP Parliamentary Board today named Harsh Vardhan as the party's Chief Ministerial candidate for the December 4 Delhi assembly elections despite opposition by city unit chief Vijay Goel who had staked claim for the post. Party president Rajnath Singh made the announcement at press conference and said the decision was unanimous and that Goel also consented to it. Taking a dig at BJP's decision to project Harsh Vardhan as the party's CM candidate instead of Goel, Kejriwal said "and does BJP now concede that Vijay Goel is corrupt?".

AAP Spokesperson Manish Sisodia said that Harsh Vardhan had showered praise on Delhi chief minister three years ago and now he is contesting against her. "In 2010, Dr Harsh Vardhan had praised Delhi

chief minister Sheila Dikshit and said Delhiites were very fortunate to have her as the Chief Minister," Sisodia said, adding "why he is fighting against her now?" This shows the reality of BJP's intention to fight against corruption, he added. In another tweet, AAP activist Kumar Vishwas also took a dig at BJP saying, "Fight against Corruption VS Fight Against each other. Vijay hi Vijay hai ??"

Parties to bear all expenses of star campaigners: EC Political parties will have to bear the expenses on inviting star campaigners but in case a candidate shares dais with the star or exhibits his photo or poster with his name, the money spent will be included in his account, Delhi Election Commissio said. Moreover, if star campaigner travels with candidate, then 50 per cent of the travel expenses will be apportioned to the expenditure of candidate.In case the advertisement for general party propaganda with photo or appeal of the star campaigner is made in the print or the electronic media without any reference to any candidate, expenditure on such general advertisement will be included in the account of the political party.Political parties will have to communicate the list of their star campaigners to Delhi Chief Electoral Officer within seven days of the poll’s notification, which is fixed for November 9, the election Commission said.The commission has received representation from the political parties suggesting that if any representative of print or electronic media travels with the star-campaigner in his vehicle or helicopter then the travel expenses should not be included in the election expenses of the candidate.The EC has clarified that if any attendant, security guard or medical attendant of star campaigner or any member of the party, who is not a candidate in the constituency concerned, or any representative of electronic/print media travels with him, then travel expenses of such star campaigner will

not be added to the account of candidate provided they do not play any role in election campaign of the candidate. If the posters, banners, flags, stickers with photo or appeal of the star campaigners without any reference to any particular candidate are used during the elections, the expenditure should be booked to the account of the political party. If however, the leader happens to be a candidate in any constituency, then the proportion-

ate expenditure on such items, actually used in his constituency, should be accounted for in his election expenses, read the EC’s guidelines on expenditure. The upper limit for expenditure is fixed at Rs 14 lakh per candidate. The expenditure monitoring will come into effect from November 20.As per the provisions, each candidate will have to open a separate bank account for making transactions of receipt and payment for election purposes and details of such account will have to be submitted to returning officers at the time of nomination.

Assocham writes to Manmohan Singh, says concerned over CBI probe into coal scam The CBI earlier this month filed a case against Birla as a representative of Aditya Birla Group and his group company, aluminium maker Hindalco, for alleged corruption in the allocation of Talabira-II coal blocks in Odisha which was allotted to it on November 10, 2005. Taking a strong note of CBI slapping case against Kumar Mangalam Birla in Coalgate, Assocham has sought Prime Minister's intervention to end the "environment of distrust" which had arisen due to "half-baked cases" against industry leaders, cautioning this


could further impair decision making."We find ourselves in a situation where half-baked cases are being slapped against top leaders of the industry and retired bureaucrats based on perceptions, interpretations and mere inferences," Assocham said in a letter to Manmohan Singh."We fear that more industrialists could be targets of the CBI probes which in all likelihood would not bring out any substantial evidence of any wrongdoing, but the problem is that the reputation of individual enterprises gets jolted," it said.

Class 8th UP girl burned alive after gang rape by 3 villagers

LUCKNOW: A minor girl was gang-raped by village youth and then burned alive in a Uttar Pradesh district on Tuesday night. The girl sustained 80 per cent burns and died in a district hospital on Wednesday morning, police said. The incident took place in Sirsa Kalaar area of Orai in the Jalaun district of the state. The girl, a student of class eight, had gone to a farm to along with her elder sister. As the two were returning, three villagers, including local goon Ram Bahadur, dragged her to a nearby area and gang-raped her, the girl's family told the police. The family said that the girl threatened the assailants that she would tell the villagers, which prompted the trio to set her on fire. The assailants then escaped even as her elder sister rushed to the village and raised an alarm. But by the time family of the girl and neighbours reached the spot, the girl had already sustained 80 per cent burns. The police station in-charge RP Pandey told IANS that the girl's family has not lodged an official complaint.

Narendra Modi's poster blackened, torn in Bihar, BJP MLA lodges complaint A Bihar BJP legislator on Tuesday lodged a police complaint over blackening of the faces of party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and his in posters for the proposed Hoonkar rally, alleging the hand of political rivals. BJP MLA from Kumhrar, Arun Kumar Sinha registered the complaint with Kadam Kuan police station. Police confirmed receiving complaint from the legislator.Sinha told PTI that he lodged the complaint after finding that many posters in his

Onion prices may remain high for 2 to 3 weeks, Sharad Pawar indicates BANGALORE: Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar on Wednesday indicated that onion prices — which have shot up to Rs 80-90 per kg — might remain high for 2 to 3 weeks, and asked states to crack down on hoarders to help tame the rates. " two to three weeks will be tough and ultimately we have to find a solution," Pawar said on onion prices that have reached all-time high levels. Asked whether he meant that the prices would come down in the next two to three weeks, he said: "No, no. I am not an astrologer. But I know something about crops. On my own assessment, this situation will continue for the next two to three weeks."

Speaking to reporters here on the sidelines of the Eighth National Conference on Krishi Vigyan Kendras 2013, Pawar also ruled out the possibility of traders exporting onions to other countries where prices are less than India. "Nobody is exporting because in other countries price of onions is somewhere near 500 dollars and in India, it is 900 dollars. So in such a situation there is no export," he said. He asked the chief ministers of all states to invoke the Essential Commodities Act against hoarders. Pawar said he would inform food minister KV Thomas that the National Ag-

ricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd is ready to import some quantity. "We have to import as early as possible. I have instructed the managing director of NAFED (that) if there is a request from any state we should be ready," he said. "Fortunately, there is ample onion (stock) available in China, Egypt and neighbouring countries and have collected figures and prices yesterday. The prices in these countries are cheaper compared to India," Pawar added. Pawar said the monsoon has been good this year but extensive rainfall has hit supply.

constituency for the October 27 'Hoonkar Rally' were torn and in many others his and Narendra Modi's faces had been blackened.Blaming political rivals for it, he alleged that they were afraid of the rally's success and had resorted to such 'mischievous' activities, showing that they were 'demoralised' by the rising popularity of BJP and Narendra Modi.BJP workers have put up posters and hoardings here to drum up support for the rally, which would be first political engagement of Narendra Modi in rival Nitish Kumar's home turf.




Imran Tahir’s maiden five makes it SA’s day Agencies DUBAI: Imran Tahir announced his comeback to Test cricket with a maiden five-wicket haul that embarrassed Pakistan as they were bowled out for 99 on the first day of the second Test in Dubai. Graeme Smith then steered his team into the lead towards the end of the day with an unbeaten half-century and with seven wickets in hand, South Africa have already taken charge of the Test. The day belonged to Tahir, whose last Test figures in Adelaide had read 40-1-260-0. He picked up three wickets in the last ten minutes of the first session and then added two more early in the second as Pakistan collapsed to 99 - their third-lowest score against South Africa - in just 36.4 overs. Two of those wickets, including that of Misbah-ul-Haq, came in the last over before lunch after Dale Steyn had removed Younis Khan in the penultimate one, meaning Pakistan had all but frittered away the advantage of batting first on a pitch that is expected to aid the spinners later in the Test. Tahir was introduced as early

as the 12th over of the innings, but bowled too full in his first few overs. Azhar Ali and Shan Masood, who were making gradual progress, were both happy to push him straight down the ground for comfortable singles. But one such full delivery caught the inside edge of Masood’s bat and hit the stumps after hitting his back leg. The second wicket was the big one though as Tahir bowled a flighted googly to which Misbah played outside the line and was hit right in front of the middle. Misbah reviewed the decision, but there wasn’t much of a case for him. The third one was off a quicker delivery that Adnan Akmal chose to play on the back foot, but it skidded past the inside edge on to the stumps to leave Pakistan in tatters. Pakistan were reduced from 52 for 2 to 60 for 6 in a matter of minutes as Tahir found the right length on the pitch. Pakistan hopes for some resistance in the second session disappeared as soon as Saeed Ajmal was run out by a direct hit. Then, Tahir picked up two more wickets in an over - Asad Shafiq went for a slog and missed a straighter one while Mohammad Irfan missed a googly.

Babar played a few shots but despite a 23-run stand for the last wicket, he didn’t stand in the way for Pakistan’s second sub-100 score in Dubai. Steyn, who had set the tone of the day with a perfect outswinger to dismiss Khurram Manzoor in his first over after being deemed fit in the morning, cleaned up Junaid Khan to collect his third wicket of the innings with a reverse-swinging full delivery. South Africa, as Smith had said at the toss, wanted to make first use

India v Australia, 4th ODI

Washout after Australia make 295 Ranchi, October 23:

of the pitch and their bowlers made sure they were in to bat midway in the second session. Pakistan took to the field desperately seeking wickets, and they used both their reviews within five overs - once when Irfan hit Graeme Smith on the pads and the next time when the slip cordon was convinced Alviro Petersen had gloved one to the keeper - but both were turned down. Pakistan eventually struck through Zulfiqar Babar, who beat Petersen with an arm-ball and trapped him in front in his first over. Petersen belatedly asked for a review, but that call became the sixth review on the day to be turned down. Run-making had remained difficult throughout the day with two quality bowling attacks in operation and a slow outfield, but Smith and Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla’s replacement in the XI, added 54 runs for the second wicket, helping the team inch towards Pakistan’s total. The home team were slightly set back in their attack as Babar split his webbing and had to leave the field for almost an hour. Ajmal, though, was deriving enough turn from the pitch to trouble the batsmen regularly.

Unseasonal rain in Ranchi washed out the fourth ODI after 4.1 overs of India's chase, ensuring the series moved 2-1 in favour of Australia to Cuttack, which was experiencing more inclement weather. There had been a brief shower soon after the match began, but it dissipated to allow Australia to complete their innings. The second instalment was heavier and prolonged, and though it relented with enough time to squeeze in a 20-over chase, the umpires ruled the outfield had been rendered too soggy to allow any play. Before the damp end, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell had revived Australia from 32 for 3 with a massive fifth-wicket stand following Mohammed Shami's opening burst. However, their dismissals in the batting Powerplay robbed the visitors of a 300-plus total for the first time in the series, albeit narrowly. Bailey and Maxwell added 153 in 22.4 overs but after both fell in

their nineties to Vinay Kumar, Australia's lower order was able to add only 57 in the last ten overs. Shami's sharp first spell had challenged Australia for the first time in the series with the new ball. The attack, however, lacked the same intensity afterwards. India also put down five catches, and only a couple of them were tough takes. Bailey was put down first ball off Shami by Virat Kohli at third slip, and on 35 by R Ashwin off Vinay, both takeable chances. Maxwell was dropped on 44 by Yuvraj Singh off Jaydev Unadkat, a rather difficult diving opportunity at point, before MS Dhoni reprieved him on 69 behind the stumps off Suresh Raina. Bailey went on to make his third half-century of the series and India were fortunate to see his back two short of a century, when he top-edged a Vinay long hop. Maxwell kicked on from the cameos he has been getting to inflict punishment on India with a 77ball 92 before falling lbw. Bailey and Maxwell hardly allowed the spinners to

settle, and were also presented with regular long hops. India weren't able to exert pressure at all on the duo, who turned the strike over consistently. Vinay delivered an entire opening over of gentle looseners, and Bailey drove and pulled him for three boundaries. Maxwell was given plenty of leg-side offerings to indulge in his quick-arm powerful swing. He countered Ashwin's line from round the wicket, powering him for successive reverse-swept boundaries, the first of which went for six. After India sent the duo back, Dhoni didn't give the ball to any of his seamers, opting for spin for nine of the last ten overs before he brought back Shami for the last one. Australia 's lower order, tied down by Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, promptly took 12 off it, despite atleast three deliveries finding the blockhole. Bowling at a testing length at pace and generating movement under some cloud cover, Shami had delivered an opening spell of 6-1-21-3.

Anderson century lifts NZ I am more experienced now: Powell to 419-8, lead of 137 Agencies

Agencies Mirpur, October 23: Corey Anderson's maiden century and half centuries by tailenders BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi lifted New Zealand to 419-8 and a 137-run lead over Bangladesh on the third day of the second test on Wednesday. New Zealand, which has never lost a test to Bangladesh, was almost in position to win the test and two-match series after the first was drawn in Chittagong. Anderson was the star with 116 in only his second test on a day when the Kiwis scored more than 300 for the loss of five wickets. Kane Williamson pitched in with 62, and Ross Taylor 53. Watling and Sodhi remained unbeaten on 59 and a career-best 55 respectively as they took control in response to Bangladesh's 282. Shakib Al Hasan was the best of the Bangladesh bowlers, taking 5-97 off 40 overs of legspin. He made the first breakthrough in the morning, claiming Taylor after New Zealand resumed from 107-3 overnight at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Anderson and Williamson added 140 runs

for the fifth wicket to put New Zealand within 15 runs of Bangladesh's first-innings total before tea. Anderson brought up his century with his 11th boundary, cracking Sohag Gazi to the midwicket fence. He'd used up only 139 balls. Williamson miscued spinner Abdul Razzak, ending his third straight big knock, after scoring 114 and 74 in the first test. With a lead of five runs, Anderson was finally out, driving straight to Gazi at extra cover to give Al-Amin Hossain his first test wicket on debut. Anderson made 116 off 173 balls, with 13 boundaries and two sixes. He took 10 deliveries to get off the mark and had no problems playing left-arm spinners Shakib and Razzak or medium-fast bowler Rubel Hossain, against whom he hit five fours. He even raced through the 90s, no sign of any nerves. At 287-6, Bangladesh would have thought they could limit New Zealand's lead and perhaps bat before the end of the day, but the Kiwi tail patiently dug in. Shakib completed his 10th five-wicket haul when he dismissed Doug Bracewell on 17, which brought tea.

ing according to plan, but that he needed a bit more consistency. "It should be interesting to look to the matches ahead with more games now under my belt," he said. "But also, I can't wait to bat with Shiv [Chanderpaul] and I hope we both have wonderful tours and rack up a few centuries." Chanderpaul will be playing his 150th Test in Mumbai and Powell said that the Guyana batsman would be the crucial element in gluing the batsmen together. "It's always a pleasure to bat with and learn from Shiv. His 150th match is a great achievement and as a batsman, he's one of the best to take notes from. He is critical to our motives in India." Powell said that batting first and putting India under pressure, would be crucial to their chances in the series, and he placed full faith in his bowlers to do the job. "Getting big scores and pegging India on the back foot is ideal. I know (Shane) Shillingford is going to be a big player with his spin and I'm always at short-leg for him and busy. "He keeps batters so aware and he's a great find for us. He's moving from strength to strength also and will be troubling. The pitches are tailored for him I think."

Kieran Powell believes that his experience and maturity as a batsman will be a key factor in the upcoming tour of India, as he looks to bolster West Indies' batting ranks. Powell, who made 61 from three innings during West Indies A's recent tour of India, said that despite the difficult conditions in the subcontinent, West Indies had the adaptability within the team to succeed. "India is a difficult place to bat but it's good once you can utilize the conditions there. It's about adapting quickly. The upcoming tour is much different to the first time I toured India because now I have more experience," Powell said. "I also had more responsibility playing and leading the A team here last month (in the limited-overs games) and seeing that the pitches had more grass, I think I know what to expect. "I made 80 last time I was on the Mumbai pitch and it's a lot of good memories. It's a wonderful place to bat and it's extra special with Sachin's (Tendulkar) farewell. The pitch can be a bit flat but mostly, it's batsman friendly." Powell admitted that his development from a middle-order batsman to an opener was go-

‘J&K to clash with West Bengal in Semi Finals’ Srinagar, October 23: With league matches ending today J&K secure berth in the semi finals to clash with West Bengal while Assam will take on Uttar Pradesh in the ongoing 27th All India Postal Cricket Tournament at Srinagar. Earlier on the third day of the tournament matches played were at Kashmir University and Islamia College in which Himachal beat Bihar by 143 runs, Assam beat Andra Pradesh by 6 wickets, West Bengal beat Kerala by 99 runs, Uttar Pradesh beat Tamil Nadu, Delhi thrashed Kerala and Odhisa beat Himachal later in the evening session. In the first match played at Kashmir University, Himachal after winning the toss during the morning session opted for batting and scored 204 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Ranjeet Singh with his unbeaten 41 was the higher scorer for Himachal Pradesh. Chasing the target of 205 Bihar was bowled out by Himachal in the 10th over as Nitesh from Himachal took 4 wickets. He was awarded Man of

the Match for his brilliant spell. In second match played between Assam and Andhra Pradesh, Assam beat Andhra by 6 wickets to secure his place in the semi final. Earlier, Assam after winning the toss invited Andhra Pradesh for batting. With Kranti’s 61 runs Andhra gave a target of 167 to Assam for the loss of 6 wickets in the allotted overs. Assam achieved the target in 19.3 overs after the loss of 4 wickets. Pritam who scored 61 runs (not out) for Assam was adjudged as Man of the match. In another match West Bengal beat Kerala by 99 runs. With the stunning innings of Abhisheik Chowdry who score 88 runs in just 57 balls West Bengal scored 199 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the prescribed over. Kerala however failed to achieve the target and the entire team managed to score only 100 runs for losing 8 wickets in the allotted overs. Sohan Gosh of West Bengal took 3 wickets while Abhisheikh Chowdry was awarded man of the match for his unbeaten knock of 88 runs. The fourth match of the league was played between Himachal and Odisha which was won

Sindhu enters Round 2; Jwala-Ashwini ousted in France Agencies Paris, October 23: Star Indian shuttler P V Sindhu made a sensational start to her French Super Series campaign as she crushed world number six Ji Hyun Sung of Korea in straight games to sail into the second round of the event here today. World number 10 Sindhu defeated the Korean, who ousted Saina Nehwal at the Denmark Open last week, 21-8 21-12 in just 29 minutes. Sindhu, who exited the Denmark Open early, rode on her superior smash winners and deft net play to

tame the Korean in a onesided contest at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin here. In women's doubles, the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa went down fighting against Gebby Ristiyani Imawan and Tiara Rosalia Nuraidah of Indonesia in their opening round match at the Stade Pierre De Coubertin. Renewing their partnership after London Olympics last year, the duo staged a comeback after losing closely in the first game but was overwhelmed 18-21 21-13 17-21 by the world number 16 pair. The Indian pair started well and had an upper

hand in the first game at 17-13 before their opponents won six points on the trot to take the game. But Jwala and Ashwini put that disappointment behind to claim the second game. The final game, however, was fought keenly but the Indonesian pair relied on their experience to win it and enter the next round in a 50-minute battle. In the other women singles match, Indian qualifier Arundhati Pantawane crashed out of the first round as she lost to Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand 17-21 2116 14-21 in her opening round match.

by Odisha. Himchal after winning the toss and decided to bat but the decision turned sour as entire team bowled out by Odisha on 130 runs in 19.2 overs. S Nayak took three wickets for Odhisha which later chased the target in 19.2 overs for the loss of two wickets. Jagannath from Odisha awarded man of the match for 31 runs and 2 wickets. In another Match Tamil Nadu was defeated by Uttar Pradesh. After winning the toss UP opted to field and Tamil Nadu scored 157 for the loss of four wickets. Santosh Kumar was the highest scorer for Tamil Nadu for scoring 65 runs. Uttar Pradesh achieved the target in 19 overs with Ankit Tiwari scoring 58 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. In last league match of the tournament Delhi beat Kerala by 5 wickets. Playing first Kerala was all out on 119 in 19.4 overs. Delhi achieved the target in 19.1 overs. Kirpal of Delhi awarded man of the match for his 45 runs and 3 wickets. In tomorrow’s semi final J&K will meet West Bengal in the morning session while Assam will clash with Uttar Pradesh.

Budding cricketer Siddhesh Lad wants to impress Sachin Tendulkar Agencies Siddhesh Lad was born on May 23, 1992. More specifically, he was born 111 days after Sachin Tendulkar scored that coming-of-age hundred in Perth. At 21 years and 153 days, Lad is the youngest member of the Mumbai Ranji Trophy squad that will travel to Lahli, with Tendulkar, for the opener against Haryana. Lad was also part of the 15 two seasons ago, but “there was no Sachin sir then”. This time, he is “excited” to be part of the same dressing room as his boyhood idol. “I got a feeling he was watching me bat at the nets,” Lad said after the team’s practice session at the Wankhede on Tuesday. “But we haven’t spoken yet. Look, there are two more days of practice. And we’ll be in Lahli till the 31st. So I have about 10 days. I’m sure I’ll get to speak with him,” added the right-handed batsman who did excep-

tionally well for the Mumbai Under-25 side last season. Lad is the son of Dinesh Lad — the man who spotted Rohit Sharma when he was just 12. And like Sharma, the boy went to Swami Vivekananda International School in Borivli where Lad Sr is still coach. Lad was chiefly responsible for his school’s triumph in the Harris and Giles Shields a few years ago. So what does he think his conversation with Tendulkar will be about? “I want to know how he prepares before a match. I’ve heard stories that he visualises a lot. I want to speak to him in detail,” Lad said. His favourite Tendulkar knocks include the ODI double hundred against South Arica and that epic 241* against Australia. “My god, he didn’t play a single shot on the off side. I wonder how he did that!” Asked what he likes most about Tendulkar, Lad said, “His balance. There were times when

our U-25 coach, Vilas Godbole, bought newspaper cut outs of Sachin’s photos just to show his balance. That is what I like the most about him.” Lad is highly rated in Mumbai circles and had announced himself with a ton on his List A debut against Saurashtra earlier this year. There’s an interesting piece of trivia that connects Lad and Tendulkar. The story goes like this. Hemant Waingankar, the former cricket administrator and fast bowler who played with Sunil Gavaskar, presented the boy with a ‘Sai Baba locket’ a few years ago. “This boy will make it big,” Waingankar would tell journalists. “All these years, I have given away just three lockets. Ravi Shastri was the first recipient and Sachin Tendulkar the second. And now, it’s this boy Siddhesh,” Waingankar would add. Lad is aware of this ‘story’. And he proudly wears that locket. Alas, Waingankar passed away a few weeks ago. But he’d be happy up there.

Zabarwan Times E-Paper English 24 October  

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