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Invites Sheila Dikshit for public debate

Srinagar, Oct 24: A 29 years old, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Narkar, committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substances at his home last evening. He succumbed while being shifted to the hospital. Police after conducting all legal formalities handed over the body of deceased to his relatives for last rites. Budgam police has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC in this regard

Manager attached for negligence Srinagar, October 24: The government on Thursday attached senior Manager (electric) after he failed to complete electric works of District Hospital, Samba within stipulated period. Sources told KNS that Managing Director JK Housing board after taking cognizance of negligence in maintaining the quality control and timely completion of works, issued directions to attach the Manager with immediate effect to head office. While conveying the instructions of Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, the Managing Director issued strict instructions that no laxity in quality control and delay in completion of projects in stipulated time shall be tolerated.

13 injured in road mishaps Srinagar, Oct 24: Thirteen persons were injured in different road accidents across the valley. A Santro car bearing registration number Jk03C/7750 collided with a Scooter bearing registration number Jk01F/6371 at Peerbagh, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Budgam. Both Santro driver and scooter rider were injured in this accident. Both the injured were shifted to Hospital for treatment. Budgam police has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Bus bearing registration number Jk03/3792, Winger bearing registration number Jk09/7974 and a Ford Figo car bearing registration number Jk09A/0263 collided on National Highway near Chainbal, in the jurisdiction of Police Post Mirgund, Baramulla, resulting in injuries to four passengers. All the injured See Injured on Pg. 11

Two structures damaged in fire Srinagar, Oct 24: Fire broke out in the residential house of Mohammad Maqbool Ganie son of Mohammad Akbar resident of Aru, Pahalgam, in the jurisdiction of Police station Pahalgam, Anantnag. The house was gutted completely and an adjacent cowshed was partially damaged in this incident. Fire was brought under control with the help of fire tenders and Police.



Weather will be mainly dry over the State.


Mainly Clear Sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 24°C & 05°C respectively.




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Summon issued to former Army Chief on funding remarks

PM stresses need to resolve Indo-China border row Beijing, October 24:

State Law Minister Mir Saifullah confirms he received a copy plies to the ‘explanation’. Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Mir Saifullah, Law Minister said that he has received the copy of the ‘summon’ today that was sent to retired Gen. V.K.Singh. He further told KNS that if the summon is not replied within the ‘stipulated’ time, a warrant against the former Amy General shall be issued. “The Notice has been issued in response to a Breach of Privilege Notice given by 15 Ministers/ Members against him,” a government handout issued to KNS said adding that the retired General has been given 20 days-time to ex-

Srinagar, October 24: After hectic debate over former Army Chief V.K Singh’s funding remarks in its recently concluded autumn session, speaker of assembly has issued ‘summon’ to former army general, asking him to explain his position within 20 days. Though the summon as per reliable source of KNS has not sought personal appearance as was vehemently demanded by the legislators cutting across their party lines, sources said that any further action against the retired general will be taken only after he re-

Master Plan violations in Srinagar

Govt granted week’s time on policy decision Srinagar, October 24: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today granted week’s time to state government for submitting its policy decision as to what measures it is contenptlating to ensure that there are no violations of Srinagar Master Plan. The government has been asked to file its reply by or before next date of hearing and in case of non compliance, the Court will dispose of the applications on merit, said Kashmir News Service corresponded.

There are some 2500 structures in Srinagar which have allegedly come up in violation of master plan guidelines; reveals a report prepared by a high level committee that was constituted by the government four years ago. Out of these alleged 2500 illegal structures, the report says that 1100 have come up without any permission and in gross violation of related law; sources quoting the report had told Kashmir News Service. The report prepared by the high level See Govt Granted on Pg. 11

plain his position in the matter so that further course of action could be decided under the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the J&K Legislative Assembly. Meanwhile, party sources close to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday revealed that the Government of India has still not responded to the letter sent by Omar on September 25th to the Prime Minster, urging him for the investigations into the remarks made by retired Gen V. K. Singh about the TSD funding to the state mainstream politicians. “The Chief Minster’s of-

Srinagar, October 24: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Thursday fixed three months time period for the formulation of Trade Policy for the State by a Committee of experts constituted in this regard to address all the issues concerning development of trade, commerce and industry in the State. “The Committee should come up with a comprehensive proposal taking care of all issues relating to industrialization, job creation and generation of wideranging economic activities in the industries, handicrafts, trade and commerce

relationship. Dr. Singh spelt out a sixpoint roadmap of areas offering cooperation between the two countries and invited Chinese investment in Indian plans. India needs FDI of one trillion dollars in infrastructure in the next five years. He also highlighted eight specific areas for cooperation between the two neighbours. These areas are expansion and modernization of infrastructure, enhancing agricultural productivity, manufacturing and services, energy security, climate change and terrorism. Dr. Singh also said, maritime security in the Pacific and Indian Oceans is vital for Indian and Chinese economies. See PM on Pg. 11

sectors”, he said and added that the industrial package to encourage investment by locals and outsiders should simultaneously aim at generating employment for locals in the industrial units. He said the growth of indus-

The committee that time claimed that Ajab Singh son of late Gopal Singh resident of Magarmal Bagh presently residing in Nai Basti Jammu was the real heir. The information that surfaced under RTI Act has now revealed that Ajab Singh was never a resident of Jammu and Kashmir and he is not even registered in Migrant list. Ironically, Ajab Singh sold land comprised of 6 kanals and 14 marlas including two houses for Crores of rupees to few Kashmiri people after providing See Land Scandal on Pg. 11

try; trade and commerce should be symbiotic in nature. “While unit holders get facilitated and helped through the package of incentives to earn handsome returns, the generation of jobs for locals in these units

Pesky power cuts

should necessarily reflect in the growth and development of trade, commerce and industries in the State”, he added. Chairing 24th Industrial Advisory Committee See CM on Pg. 11

Coaching centres association of Kashmir (CCA) has condemned the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission for not revealing the answer keys of the recently declared result of Kashmir Administrative Service Preliminary examination. The association termed it as tantamount to covering-up any wrongdoings going on in the commission. “The recently declared result had shown the cutoff marks for the selection as 288.57,” said G N Var, See CCA on Pg. 11

Kashmiri drivers seek justice

Shutdown and demos in Tral against PDD ‘Will retaliate if justice not delivered’

Tral, October 24: Amid complete shutdown, people in South Kashmir’s Tral town Thursday came out on streets and blocked roads, against the erratic power supply. People staged protests in large numbers and raised anti-PDD and anti government slogans. The protesters, reports said, also blocked vital road links for several hours bringing the traffic to halt. Though, district administration tried hard to con-

Accommodation provided to blue-eyed only become quite common in recent times rules are being flouted for the personal interests. President, Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA), Professor Muhammad Yousuf Ganaie confirmed to CNS that accommodation was provided to blue-eyed persons and norms were violated by the previous Allotment Committees. He, however said that new Allotment Committees constituted by University have provided accommodation to the staff on the basis of merit and there is no scope of fraud in the allotments. “I am also a part of the new Al-

‘murky’ KAS prelim result

Srinagar, October 24:

Height of nepotism in Kashmir University Scores of Teaching and NonTeaching staff members of Kashmir University Thursday alleged that the University top brass are providing accommodation to their blue-eyed persons, without the consent of the constituted committees. One of the senior professors of Social Science subject to anonymity told CNS that every year, the University constitutes two allotment committees for providing accommodation to Teaching and Nonteaching employees under rules and regulations. However, it has

The Prime Minister who left back home this afternoon after a two-nation visit said, maintaining peace and tranquillity in the India-China border region has been the cornerstone of the bilateral

Fixes three months time period for its formulation

According to reports in 2011 then Divisional Commissioner Kashmir vide order number 14-17/SQ/ MLA/2139/MR constituted a committee headed by then ADC Srinagar to ascertain the facts about the deserted land located at Magarmal Bagh Srinagar. The Committee was directed to find out the real heirs of the owner of the land General Sahab Bhadur. Surprisingly, out of 8 persons who claimed to be real heirs of land owner, the committee declared that person the real heir of General Bhadur who was a non-state subject.

Srinagar, October 24:

security. He said, India has welcomed President Xi Jinping’s concept of a new type of great power relations.

CM for comprehensive Trade Policy CCA condemns

Non-state subject was declared the heir of land owner It has come to fore that a non-State Subject after fraudulently acquiring the Permanent Resident Certificate from Revenue department sold the property of third party worth Crores of rupees to few Kashmiri people. The information surfaced under Right to Information Act has revealed one Ajab Singh son of late Gopal Singh claiming the real owner of a large chunk of land in Magarmal Bagh Srinagar was never a permanent resident of Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said India and China should show sensitivity to each other’s interests and sovereignty and move quickly to resolve the boundary issue. Addressing Communist Party Central School in Beijing today, he outlined seven principles of engagement for closer cooperation between the two countries. He said, old theories of alliances and containment are no longer relevant. In his seven principles of engagement, Dr Singh called for reaffirming unwavering commitment to the principles of Panchsheel and conduct the bilateral relationship in a spirit of mutual respect and equal

fice has yet not received any answer from the office of the Prime Minister,” party sources close to Omar told Kashmir News Service. Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman Naeem Akhtar said that the response that still has not been issued to the chief Minster’s letter vindicates that the New Delhi has two standards, one for the state of Jammu and Kashmir and another for outside the state. Akhtar further stated that the Government of India (GOI) should have See Summon on Pg. 11

Magarmal Bagh land scandal

Srinagar, October 24:


Urges farmers to adopt modern techniques

Drink tea to shed extra kilos


Man commits suicide in Budgam


lotment Committee and this Committee has not violated any norms. But it is a fact that before the constitution of this new allotment committee, rules had been flouted and those persons were provided accommodation who were not deserving,” president KUTA said. A visibly disappointed Assistant Professor of Science Faculty, who is residing outside the campus in rented accommodation from last 3 years told CNS that a Senior Assistant Professor working in Hindi Department played the minority card and was allotted See Nepotism on Pg. 11

vince people to call off the protests but people remained defiant. The protestors alleged that from past many days there is no electricity in Tral town while some of the area’s in the town are witnessing pesky power cuts which has become a sources of irritation for the general public. The people besides frequent power cuts were also protesting against PDD for overcharging the customers. “We held protest See Power Cuts on Pg. 11

Srinagar, October 24: Kashmiri drivers thrashed in Ladakh at the hands of Ladakh Taxi Operators Cooperative Limited (LTOCL) members Thursday threatened that they would retaliate and would not allow any Ladakhi driver to ply in Kashmir if government fails to take stern action against the Buddhist attackers. “Kashmiri’s are being discriminated everywhere and their rights and voice is muzzled through the barrel of gun and lathi. We fail to understand why Ladakh police did not take

action against those goons who attacked and thrashed us in Ladakh,” one of drivers told CNS. The Kashmiri drivers said if the government will not arrest the goons and compensate them then they would teach every Ladakhi a lesson in Kashmir. “We are being forced to resort to violence though we want to earn our living by peaceful means. Government always talks high of equitable development but when it comes to equality in real terms, same government discriminate people of Kashmir on all See Drivers on Pg. 11

Chief Justice inaugurates Munsif Court Complex Pampore Pampore, October 24: Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, Justice M.M. Kumar today inaugurated the new Munsif Court Complex at Pampore, being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3.65 crore. Under the 1st phase of construction, Rs 2.40 crore has already been expended on the court complex and residential quarters for the judicial officers. Under Phase 2nd, Lawyers Chambers, Canteen and Bar Room would be con-

structed. On the occasion, the Chief Justice directed district

administration and JKPCC to construct separate See Chief Justice on Pg. 11


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taken the cognizance of Gen Singh’s remarks itself and that the instead the state politicians raise concerns but the response from GoI is not ‘satisfactory’. “When have they (GoI) responded to the concerns of the state government; it is not only the question of Chief Minister’s letter,” said Akhtar while adding that the GoI should not undermine the resolutions passed by the state assembly about retired Gen. Singh. Additional General Secretary National Conference (NC) Dr Mustafa Kamal while expressing optimism that the letter shot by Omar shall be answered in near future and that the GoI would thoroughly look into retired Gen. Singh’s remarks. “They will respond to the resolution passed by the state assembly about retired Gen Singh and that the matter is being followed seriously” Meanwhile the recently held meeting of the privilege committee of Legislative Council has, according to sources, not sought any clarification from the former army general but has demanded a thorough investigation on his remarks about army funding to Jammu and Kashmir mainstream politicians.


The Prime Minister was received with a standing ovation and his speech on India, China - A New Era was given a huge round of applause by the audience. The Prime Minister is leaving for New Delhi this evening after a successful visit of China which witnessed signing of nine agreements, including two most important ones relating to border defence cooperation and management of transborder rivers. Today Dr. Manmohan Singh had the privilege of addressing future leaders of Communist Party of China at the party’s Central School in Beijing. In his speech as well as during the question-answer session, he repeatedly stressed on maintenance of peace and tranquility on the borders on which India-China relations can progress further. He said, India and China are not rivals but partners in progress. The Prime Minister also said there is enough space in the world for the two countries to pursue their aspirations without affecting the other adversely.

Govt Granted.........

committee comprising of additional commissioner Kashmir, vice chairman Srinagar Development Authority (SDA), commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), DC Srinagar, Chief Engineer Roads and Buildings and Special Secretary Housing and Urban Development was submitted to the government in time but the reason why this report was shelved and no follow-up action taken on the recommendations is best known to the authorities. “This report says that almost all automobile showrooms in city especially set up on Nowgam bypass road have come up in gross violation of master plan norms. Owner of an automobile showroom in this area had got permission for establishing a poultry farm. Instead of establishing a poultry farm, he raised an automobile showroom and a service station using the same permission,” sources had told KNS.


meeting here, the Chief Minister said that development of handicrafts, handlooms and artisans associated with various handicrafts in the State need focused attention to help them improve their lot and contribute positively in the economic welfare of the State. The meeting discussed in detail the matters relating to 3 % interest subsidy to the industrial units, brand promotion, extension of Government of India incentives, VAT refund, extension of VAT remission, toll tax exemption, power infrastructure improvement, issues relating to Pollution Control Board, creation of industrial infrastructure, marketing support, role of JKDFC for development of MSME sector in J&K, on-line registration, setting up of new industrial units etc. The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister, Tara Chand, Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, Economic Advisor to the Government, Jalil Ahmad Khan, Principal Secretary, Planning and Development, B. R. Sharma, Chairman Pollution Control Board, Vinod Ranjan, Principal Secretary Finance, B. B. Vyas, various Commissioner Secretaries, Administrative Secretaries and Commissioner Secretary Industries Department, Farooq Ahmad Factoo. The Commissioner Secretary Industries gave resume of the major headway achieved in the industrial sector. He said presently 29,000 industrial units are functional in the State generating employment for 1.32 lakh persons. He said 15 Industrial Estates with 34,000 kanals have been established in the State and more 6,700 kanals are being brought under new Industrial Estates. He said 3.5 lakh artisans are associated with handicrafts sector and the export of handicraft items has touched Rs. 1538 crore.


chairman CCA. “But there are hundreds of students who after tallying their answer sheets easily get marks above 300, so somewhere somebody has goofed up,” a statement issued to Kashmir News Service said. Var asked the authorities to immediately release the answer keys for the KAS preliminary examinations so that no doubt remains among the anxious students. The association said that KAS is the most prestigious examination of the state and thousands of students study hard to qualify this once-intheir lifetime examination. “The commission should value the emotions and hard labour of the majority of 20,236 youths, who spent nights for this examination this year,” said Var, according to the statement received by KNS. “Unfortunately the commission is treating these answer keys as some defence secret,” said Var. The association said that the situation becomes murkier as the allegations of backdoor entry and nepotism runs high.”Transparency is the only solution to this problem, once you don’t hide anything, there is lesser chances of corruption,” said Var. The association also expressed concern on the reports that majority of students come from some particular subjects. “This is a skewed result, proving to be one of the worst, on the scale of cleanliness,” said Var. “On one hand about thousand students are selected from a particular stream and on the other hand no students have been selected from other

Daily subjects.” The optional subject has become a matter of great concern. Var said that it violates the fundamental right of equal opportunities, which needs to be redressed soon. “Some students are even contemplating RTI and going to court,” said Var. “So the commission should first clear the doubts for once and all and then go for mains examination.”


fronts,” the drivers said. They warned that in near future they would not allow any Ladakhi driver to ply in Kashmir. Pertinently, Kashmiri drivers Wednesday alleged that their vehicles were damaged while they also received injuries in an attack upon them by members of Ladakh Taxi Operators Cooperative Limited (LTOCL) in Leh market.

Power Cuts........

demonstrations few days back too but the authorities assured us that the power supply will be restored soon and we called off the protests,” the villagers told CNS. They said that, however, after the assurance of the administration the power supply in their areas has worsened and few of the villages are completely reeling under darkness. Traders Federation and Youth Welfare Forum Tral had called for a complete shutdown against the nonavailability of electricity in the town. Roads wore a deserted look while schools and other business establishments remained shut. One of the members of Traders Federation said that if PDD fails to improve the situation then they would go for indefinite strike. Meanwhile, PDD officials assured people that 18 hours electricity would be made available to them while the duration for curtailment would be only 6 hours.

Land Scandal.........

them fake attorneys. Holding Revenue officials responsible for all this mess, one of persons who purchased chunk of property from Ajab Singh said that how come he was given the permanent resident certificate without verifying the facts. Soon after these revelations, the District Administration has imposed a ban on the sale of the land and has said that the land would be deemed as government property in case no real of owner of the land comes forward.


professor’s flat (P-B) while as a liaison officer working in the close corridors of administration, having the same grade as equivalent to the head clerk, has been allotted Reader’s flat,” he said adding that Deputy Registrar has been also given professor flat (P-7). A non-teaching staff member Abdul Rashid said it is irony that the casual labourers (7 in number) have been given accommodation in the main as well as in Mirza Bagh Campus at the nominal charges of Rs 500 per month. “On the other hand, more than 100 permanent employees of the University are waiting for accommodation from last 5 years, said Abdul Rashid adding that height of the nepotism is that few months back, an orderly employee from the Department of Biotechnology got accommodation in the Assistant Professor’s Flat at Mirza Bagh campus, reportedly at the behest of Dean Research. Teachers and non teaching employees sought intervention of Chancellor Varsity to probe these allegations and demanded that committee should be framed to indict the guilty. When contacted, Chairman of Allotment Committee for Teaching Staff, Dr Professor Mushtaq Ahmed Kaw told CNS that such things have happened in the past and he is not responsible for this. “These violations have taken place before I took over as Chairman Allotment Committee, so it’s not my baby and I don’t know anything about it,” he said.

Chief Justice.........

Women’s Judicial Lockup and Litigation sheds within the Court complex at the earliest. Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir, Justice Muzaffar Hussian Attar, Justice Ali Mohamad Magrey, Justice Bansi Lal Bhat, Law Secretary Mohammad. Ashraf Mir, Registrar General, High court, Mr Suresh Sharma, Principal District and Sessions Judge Pulwama, Mr Shahzad Azeem, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, Mr Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Principal Secretary to Chief Justice, Mr, Mohammad Yusuf Akhoon, Registrar Vigilance High Court, Mr. Vinod Chaterji, MD JKPCC, Mr. T.K. Baghat and all Judicial officers of District Pulwama were present at the inaugural function.


were shifted to hospital for treatment. Mirgund police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Recovery vehicle bearing registration number Jk01C/1912 hit and injured a pedestrian, in the jurisdiction of police station Baramulla. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. In another accident, a Scorpio bearing registration number Jk03A/9372 hit and injured 10 years old Juniad Ahmad son of Ghulam Mohi-u-Din resident of Sether on National Highway, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Sangam. The injured was shifted to Sub District Hospital, Anantnag for treatment. Sangam Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, an Alto car bearing registration number Jk03D/3517 hit and injured a pedestrian, Ali Mohammad Dar son of Abdul Ganie resident of K.P road on K.P road, in the jurisdiction of Police station Anantnag. The injured was shifted to Hospital for treatment. In another accident in district Anantnag, a pedestrian Mohammad Maqbool Bhat son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Balpora Yaripora was hit and injured by an unknown vehicle at Eidgah crossing Bijbehara. The injured was shifted to hospital for treatment. A Motorcycle bearing registration number Jk09/9881 meet with an accident at Lachipora in the jurisdiction of Police station Handwara, resulting in injuries to motorcyclist and two pillions. All the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment. Handwara Police has registered a case in this regard.


Division Bench of High Court dismisses PIL on construction of Raj Bagh Bridge Srinagar, October 24: The Division ted to challenge the policy decision. consideration is whether the petitionBench of High Court of Jammu and The plea about the viability of the ers are really espousing a public cause Kashmir comprising Chief Justice, bridge or its location and its technical in the petition. The contents of the Justice M. M. Kumar and Justice Ali aspects cannot be allowed to be petition overwhelmingly make it Mohammad Magrey has dismissed raised by those who, admittedly, axiomatic that the petitioners have the petition seeking to challenge the have no know how about the absolutely no public interest. Their decision of the government relating engineering aspects of the matter. endeavor, acting as proxy, is to protect to construction of a bridge over River The Court in its judgment has also the so-called interests of the School Jehlum near the Presentation observed that many private schools without minding about the larger Convent School, Raj Bagh. The like Mallinson, (girls) school, Biscoe interests of the populace. The Government in its response had school, Burn Hall school and Delhi environmental and ecological contended that the construction of Public School are all located in built concerns sought to be raised are the bridge was envisaged in the up areas which have continuous flow merely aimed at giving this petition a Master Plan 1971-91 and that the of traffic and movement of large colour of public interest litigation”, project cannot be construed to number of people, but they do not the Court said. While dismissing the contravene any provision of the hinder any development work petitions, the Court observed that no Master Plan. Moreover, 30 percent of undertaken around these schools, nor grounds have been found to entertain the work on the bridge has already do they complain of any disturbance the petition and dismissed it along been completed and Rs 9.91 crore in studies or raise any security with the connected CMPs with cost of stands expended. The Court in its concerns. The Court also observed Rs. 50,000 to be equally borne by the judgment has observed that when a that the concerns regarding environ- petitioners and paid within one project is undertaken and crores of ment and ecology raised by the month. The costs of realization have public money is spent, the petitioner petitioners are not genuine. “The been ordered to be deposited in the in the garb of PIL cannot be permit- fundamental question that arises for legal aid fund of the High Court.

Govt to regularize 1st batch of EVs as GLTs Srinagar, October 24: After rendering painstaking services for over seven consecutive years, the first batch comprising of over a t housand Education Volunteers (EVs) is all set to get regularized as General Line Teachers (GLTs) in a few days. The state government is scheduled to issue orders of regularization at a function that will be organized by the directorate of school education Kashmir. “Since my department will organize a function in Srinagar, I will have to return Valley for distribution of these orders. Over 1200 regularization orders of EVs turned into ReTs will be distributed,” Tara Chand, deputy chief minister who hold education portfolio as well told KNS. The EVs have been appointed under the SSA Scheme in 2002-2003 and were yet to be regularized, despite repeated contacts made with the government. After their appointment,

EVs were supposed to hire a building for providing basic education to students from 1st primary to 5th standard. An Education Volunteer gets Rs 1000 as monthly honorarium for his services. There are examples where EVs have rendered over eight to nine years of service before being regularized as Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReTs). Under the said scheme the volunteer was supposed to be regularized after a period of 2 years by the State Government, but many a examples are being quoted EVs where they were regularized as ReTs after giving consecutive services of over four years. The scheme was implemented in Jammu and Kashmir in 2002-03. For habitation as a unit of planning, the state government had sanctioned the Education Guarantee Centers (EGS) to the reserved habitations and appointed EVs in these centers following the same norms applied to appointment of ReTs.

Promotions in police department

Hundreds of policemen awaits Cabinet nod

Srinagar, October 24: Hundreds of policemen proposed to be promoted on the basis of seniority are waiting for the nod from the Cabinet. Even after the expiry of three years, Cabinet has not taken any decision in this regard. Sources told CNS that government had decided to promote hundreds of policemen in police department on seniority basis. Though all the formalities have been completed but State Cabinet has not come up with any decision in this regard. Scores of policemen told CNS that it is unfortunate that despite serving the

State round the clock, the government is insensitive towards their problems. “Revenue officials went for strike for a month and the government bowed before them and fulfilled their demands. It is unfortunate that we cannot go for an indefinite strike like them,” one of the policeman said. They said that Director General of Police had met Chief Secretary in this regard who had assured him that he would take up the matter with Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather. Despite repeated attempts the Chief Secretary could not be contacted.


I have lost my 10th pass marks certificate bearing Roll No. 101505 Session: Bi-Annual 2009 somewhere. Now I have applied for its duplicate. Anybody having any objection regarding this may produce the same to BOSE Sub-Office Anantnag within seven days from the date of publication of this notice. After that no objection will be entertained. Farooq Ahmad Koka S/o Ab. Ahad Koka R/o Mantipora Chattergul




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Office of the Chief Education Officer, Srinagar

Sub: Absorption of CPW's/LFW's as Class IV


Whereas, the list of CPW's who were found eligible for absorption in the department as Class IV was issued vide this office No: CEO/Estt/NT/8300-01 Dated: 15/10/2013 and the same was published in "Srinagar Times" and "Kashmir Reader" by the Information Department on 16/10/2013. Whereas, the period for inviting objection was given for 07 days from the date of issuance of notification in the newspapers. Whereas, this office received an objection from one Mr. Ab. Hameed Wani purportedly a social activist has objected that the period given in the notification is insufficient. Now, therefore in view of disposal of complaint lodged by Mr Ab. Hameed Wani it is for the information to the general public that the period for inviting objection is hereby extended for further period of 07 days from the date of issuance of instant notification. Anybody having any objection with regard to absorption of CPW's/LFW's shall personally visit this office with his identity proof. Bogus complaints shall not be entertained. DIPJK: 9087 Sd/- Chief Education Officer, Srinagar

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Mega Kisan Mela Cum Exhibition at Srinagar Adopt modern techniques: Mir to farmers

Agri sector key source for economic growth: Gurezi SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 24:

regard. Mr. Mir further said that special thrust is Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam to be given for cultivation of Maize during Hassan Mir along with Minister of State for the year 2014. Minister of State for Animal Agriculture, Horticulture and Floriculture & Sheep Husbandry, Mr. Gurezi emphasized Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi today inaugurated on necessity of introducing the latest techMega Kisan Mela-cum-Exhibition organized nology in all productive sectors like Agriculby the department of Agriculture Produc- ture, Horticulture, Sericulture and livestock tion, Kashmir. at Lal Mandi Srinagar. with the view to increase the socio-economAddressing the gathering, the Minister ic conditions of the farming community. He for Agriculture Mr. Mir impressed upon said this is the only key source to ensure farmers to adopt latest modern technology economic growth of the State in general and and mechanization in agriculture sector to farming community in particular. bring the cost of labour component down Mr. Gurezi said that several welfare and yield good results in cultivation, helps schemes have been launched by the govthe farming community to upliftment in ernment for benefit of the farmers, adding their economy. He advised farmers to coor- that the government under the dynamic dinate with agriculture department for suc- leadership of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah cessful implementation of farmer friendly is committed for upliftment of the weaker schemes, and avail benefits from these sections. He said various incentives are be- kibug and Kamra in the State and in this schemes.The Minister thanked the Prime ing given to the farmers with the aim to up- regard the Government has taken several steps to increase its production. Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA liftment their socio-economic condition. Vice Chancellor, SUKAST Mr. Tej Pratap Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, for grantInteracting with the farmers and officers also addressed the gathering and highlighting saffron package to the News State of JammuKangan of the organizing Departments, Min- Ganderbal Lone Agency Khan Newsthe Agency ed the latest innovative hi-byrid seeds. and Kashmir.ReferringGulzar to the News achievements isters said that conducting Melas will Agency Soura Zahidsuch Book Depot Chadoora The Director Agriculture Kashmir Mushregistered under establishment of kitchen generally help in transferring technology at News AgencyofHawal Agency Nowhatta taq Peerzada also spoke on the occasion and gardens, Mr. Mir said Tariq that establishment the gross root level to Bashir farmers.News The Minister Alifixed News Agency Alamgari Bazar to Budshah News Agency Lal Chowkthe activities of the department. 3000 kitchen gardensMuzaffar have been tarappealed the people come forward and highlighted He the role of farmers in the get for next financialAbdullah year. He stressed for take benefit of the schemes launched by the News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lalappreciated Chowk upliftment of agriculture & allied sectors. increase in productionGupkari of Honey and Agency asked Lal Government and its allied Gund News Chowk under Agriculture Raina News Agency Kangan the Agriculture to see the bottlenecks in this sectors. He said need is to revive the Mush- He asked farmers to participate in Melas

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Sham, Lone lay foundation stone of Rs 8.07cr WSS Wussan Aglar at Goshbugh, Pattan Say providing basic amenities to people govt’s commitment

foundation stone of WussanAglar water supply scheme at Pattan here on Thursday. The scheme is being implemented at the estimated cost of Rs 8.07 crore, which would be completed by 2016 under which villages Aglar, Wussan, Goshbugh and Loolipora shall have new source and new water supply related infrastructure. Chief Engineer, PHE, Kashmir, Mr Lankar, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Mir Javaid Jaffar, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Mr. Zargar, Former Member Parliament, Mr. A.R Shaheen, Mir Mushtaq Ahmad and officers of PHE besides large number of people and public representatives were present on the occasion. On the occasion, Mr. Sham said that to provide basic amenities including adequate drinking water to people at every corner of the State is government’s commitment and number of schemes have been already imple-

Mr. Sham said Central government is providing liberal funding to the J&K State and it is the responsibility of officers to make judicious and efficient use of it. He urged upon officers to perform their duties with more zeal and enthusiasm, so that people are benefited to maximum. He also enjoined upon the officers to expedite the Wussan-Aglar

rimonial relations will not break because of scarcity of water in the area Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone in his address, said that present coalition government led by Chief Minister, Mr. Omar Abdullah has launched number of schemes aimed at welfare and prosperity of people and have prioritised providing basic amenities including adequate drinking water. He said people should come forward and take active role to strengthening of democratic setup, so that they are able to take maximum benefit of such schemes. Mr. Lone also stressed upon officers to put focus on public needs and redress their genuine problems on priority. Earlier, Both the Ministers visited Naidkhai Sumbal and took stock of pace and progress of work being executed on Rs. 1.28 crore Gulshanpora- Noorpora Water Supply scheme.

Academy awards excellence in theatre, painting

Farooq, Shafia bag best actor, Ayash best director award; Badrun Nisa, Falak get first prize in painting SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 24: J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages today awarded theatre persons and budding artists for display of their talent in the Annual Theatre Festival and the Children’s On the Spot Painting Competition held earlier here. The awards were presented by Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture. Secretary Academy, Khalid Bashir Ahmad, Director Doordarshan Kendra, Jammu, Shabir Mujahid, prominent theatre persons, writers and lovers of performing and fine art were present. The pass outs of the 3-year Calligraphy Course-2012-13 conducted by the Academy were also presented certificates. The Theatre Festival was held from June 3 to 11, 2013 while the Children’s On the Spot Painting Competition was held on August 29, 2013. Speaking on the occasion, Atal Dulloo described events like theatre festival and painting competition as significant efforts towards the development and promotion of

performing and fine art in the State. He said such competitions provide an opportunity to participants to hone their talent and perform before a large audience. He said that the government was according due priority to the development of art, culture and literature and referred to the activities undertaken by the Academy in these sectors. Dulloo congratulated the award winning performers and young artists for their work and hoped that the honour would encourage them to perform better in future. He appreciated the Academy for holding important cultural events and honouring the local talent in different fields. Director Doordarshan Kendra, Jammu, Shabir Mujahid also spoke on the occssion. In his address, Khalid Bashir Ahmad said that the Theatre Festival in Kashmir was revived after a gap of four years and received appreciation from local theatre fraternity. He said by holding the Festival the performing artists get an opportunity to harness and exhibit their talent. The activity also helps in the promotion of this important art form.

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 24To discuss establishment of Transworld Muslim University, Sheikh-ulAlam Research University and Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa University in the State, a meeting of the Select Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was held here this morning. Member Legislative Council, Mr Devender Singh Rana, who is Chairman of the Committee, presided over the meeting while MLCs Mr B R Kundal, Ravinder Kumar Sharma and Syed Asgar Ali were present.At the outset the members sought information with regard to procedures and parameters in vogue for establishment of Universities and ways and means thereof. The Committee held a detailed discussion

on different aspects with regard to setting up of these varsities in the private sector while appreciating the crucial need for expanding the outreach of higher learning across the state in view of larger number of students, especially belonging to far off pockets, evincing keen interest in shaping their academic career in a big way. The panel observed that the participation of private players in this effort should be encouraged, saying this is imperative to supplement the governmental endeavours in making available quality and standard education to the reach of students belonging to various segments of the society. However, the members said that there should be no compromise on norms to ensure highest standards of education with an effective oversight mechanism.

The issues like management of Universities and control of the government over these institutions came under thorough discussion. The members observed that before establishment of such institutions, it is necessary to have a thorough view of the infrastructural facilities being put in place and the financial backup thereof. The Committee felt that there was need for adhering the prescribed guidelines in this regard which need to be laid out after due diligence. The Committee, in particular, felt the necessity of upgraded infrastructural facilities for raising the intake capacity of higher educational institutions in view of growing number of students. The stress, however, should be on introducing job oriented courses which are relevant to the job market, the Committee observed.

You’re apt to be drawn to lively and exciting things today. Dramatic and dynamic activities are the ones that you’ll be most comfortable with. If you’re in a boring situation, think about ways you can spice it up. Throw a wrench in the conversation to see how people react.

You may have to take major action today in order to defend your position. Your current mindset has brought you to a certain point and now you’re faced with having to defend that point. It may feel like the school bully is demanding your lunch money. Don’t give in without a fight. The bully is just as frightened of you as you are of him.

Gemini and Awareness Camps organized by the Department to remain updated with the latest technology and farm machinery. Later, Chief Agriculture Officer Srinagar presented vote of thanks. Among others, Director Command Area, Kashmir, Director Horticulture Kashmir, Director Enforcement, Director H&PM, Managing Director, Agro Industries, officers and field functionaries of the department, besides large number of farmers were present on these occasion.

33 Jammu farmers to participate in “Global Agri Connect-2013”

LC Select Committee favours private Varsities with effective oversight

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April 20-May 20

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 24: In order to enhance the working and accommodation facilities to its jawans and officers, Jammu and Kashmir Police has been focussing to upgrade the building infrastructure across the State besides other components. The activities have been continuing under the modernization programme of the Organization. This was disclosed by Director General of Police (DGP), Mr. Ashok Prasad while commissioning the alternate accommodation at different places in South Kashmir today. He said that among other components, the Organization has strengthened its building infrastructure at various places providing upgraded living and working atmosphere to its personnel. He said the volume of the department has swelled in the recent years and the area of responsibilities have also increased demanding upgrading of the various facilities more-so at the working places. Mr. Prasad, during his visit to the districts of South Kashmir, inaugurated nine new 5-storey buildings at Pulwama, Shopian, Kheribal Mattan,Uranhall Anantnag and Awantipur. He said our aim is to enhance day-to-day functioning of the force and to provide better policing services to the people of the State. “Men in uniform remain always busy in people’s service and it is their prime responsibility to provide efficient service to the citizens”, he asserted. The DGP was briefed about the engineering methods and material used in the construction of these structures. He was informed that with the completion of these buildings, a large number of personnel would be accommodated. He emphasized upon the executing agencies to use latest techniques in the constructions to achieve better results.

A group of 33 farmers and 2 officers representing different districts of Jammu Division today left for participation in “Global Agri Connect-2013” being organized by National Skills Foundation of India (NSFI) in association with Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) at its Campus New Delhi . The farmers tour organized under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) was flagged off by Director Agriculture Jammu, Ajay Khajuria, from Krishi Bhawan, Directorate of Agriculture. The theme of Global Agri Connect-2013 is “Evolving Skill Dimensions: The Lever to Agriculture Growth”, while the major focus of the “Krishi Goshti” will be to import the technology involved in increasing the additional income of farmers through skill development and training activity. About 40000 farmers from across the country and 900 experts/delegates from Govt. Organizations, Corporate sector and NGO’s are expected to attend the event. Director Agriculture Jammu, while



Prasad conducts extensive South Kashmir tour, inaugurates various buildings



interacting with the farmers said that the Participatory Tour which was being organized under ATMA has specific objectives of acquainting the farmers with Commercial Agriculture by transforming them into entrepreneurs, introducing of new technology and dissemination of information, commodity trading and high tech ware-housing. He added that there was a great need to modernize the agriculture to make it more profitable and sustainable. He further disclosed that the farmers will also be acquainted with the practical demonstration on advanced crop cultivation in protected conditions, use of low cost silos for storage of produce, using spot market in commodity exchange, demonstration on utilization of crop insurance and market linkages. He advised them to participate whole heartedly in the programme to reap the benefit of the exposure visit. Joint Director Agriculture Extension, Dr. S.S Jamwal also interacted with the farmers at the occasion and called upon them to acquire the latest knowledge about agriculture and allied activities after attending the Agri Connect.

MLC Gupta inaugurates free eye check up camp at Hiranagar KATHUA, OCTOBER 24:

Member of Legislative Council Subash Gupta today inaugurated a three day free eye check up camp here at Sub District Hospital Hiranagar, organized by Health Department in collaboration with Jai Baba Neel Kanth Seva Mandal, a social organization. In his inaugural address, the MLC said that the Government was committed to provide better healthcare to the people at their doorsteps and for the purpose Health Department is organizing a series of Health camps and Melas in remote and hilly areas. Gupta appreciated Mandal for serving the poor and needy people, who have not enough money to travel outside the state for treatment. He hoped that the camp will provide best possible services to the people. BMO Hiranagar Omkar Nath, Dr. Rashmi Gupta, Dr. Iffat, Dr. Laffi, Sham Sunder Gupta, Satya Pathak, Khalif Husain, Ram Rattan Sharma, Tirath Ram Sharma, Bishambar Singh, Bishan Singh Jasrotia,Kulwant Singh, K.C. Bhagat, Ram Krishan, Rakesh Sharma, Chairman Devinder Verma, Bansi Lal, Lambadar, President Ashok Tadia and other prominent citizen present on the occasion.

May 21-June 21

The more action you take today, the bigger the hole you’re apt to dig for yourself. You could be engaged in one of those situations in which you say one thing and then are forced to stretch the truth or outright lie in order to defend your point. You’re then put in a very vulnerable position. Try your best to avoid this trap.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Your thinking is right in line with the group dynamic today, and you’ll find working with a team to be extremely rewarding. The more you express your thoughts to the group, the more physical support you’ll receive for your work. You’ll find that your actions are diplomatic and you’re able to see both sides of issues. Your decisions are fair and honest.


July 23-August 22 No matter how many maps you look at and how many times you stop and ask for directions, you’ll still be unsure which road to take. All routes have appeal, and you don’t want to miss any sights along the way to your destination. Remember that this isn’t the last time that you’ll be traveling. You can always try a different route next time.


August 23-September 22

Your well-considered actions will be effective today. There’s strength in your mental power. You shouldn’t hesitate to direct others toward avenues that would be good for them. You have the vision to see things that other people might not notice. People may not be able to see something in front of them even if they’re about to crash into it!


September 23-October 23 Indulge in a day of laughter. Things get much more serious tomorrow, so use today to have some fun before it comes time to get down to business. If you don’t join in with the happy-go-lucky attitude, you may get seriously depressed when you feel yourself slipping out of sync with everyone around you who’s jolly and bright.


October 24-November 21 Share your thoughts with those who can help execute them today. If you have something that needs to be moved, don’t try to do it by yourself. Ask around for someone with the vehicle or tools you need to get it to where it needs to go. You have the resources available to you. All you need to do is ask in order to set the gears in motion.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Try not to get too caught up in trying to penetrate to the core of everything today. Enjoy the simple pleasures that are free. Be entertained by a bug walking on your windowsill. See trees as art. See the shapes and colors around you. Don’t view things as annoyances. Most of the time the things you shun are those that can teach you the most.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

There’s a fast-paced energy in the air that suggests a dramatic change of some sort in your life. Things may not go so well for you if you fail to notice the opportunities open to you. You may not need to work so hard simply because so many things are going your way. Consider ways in which you can prepare for the future. The good times won’t last forever.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Your mind may be playing tricks on you, so it isn’t necessarily in your best interests to trust your perceptions completely. Consider other methods of solving problems that confront you. If you have fun with a situation, the solution will find its way into your hands easily. You shouldn’t have to work especially hard to make things happen for you today.


February 19-March 20 Today may be one of your last chances to say what you want about a certain situation. Take advantage of the opportunity to get your words out. Your thoughts may be quite progressive, so use this forward-thinking attitude to break new ground in your project. You’ll be rewarded accordingly for your efforts.

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Friday, 25 October 2013

Provision of employment a daunting task


he rising unemployment in educated youth is becoming a big challenge for the state government which has limited resources to cope up with the situation. As the state has no big industries, no corporate houses hence all the dependence of providing employment comes on the shoulders of the governmental sector which is already economically fragile and weak. There are over seven lakh unemployed youth in the state who are eagerly waiting to get some kind of employment so as to make both ends meet. The state can provide employment to merely twenty five thousand youth a year and if one goes by rough figures, about fifty thousand youth complete their courses every year in different educational, professional, skilled and semi skilled streams which means that the backlog of unemployed youth goes up by twenty five thousand in one year. If the trend continues the number of unemployed youth will rise to a proportion where it will be almost impossible to tackle the gigantic task. As already mentioned above the state lacks resources which could be used to put in place a mechanism for solving unemployment problem. The big hurdle in the state for establishing heavy industries is the worrying environmental aspect. The state particularly the Kashmir valley can hardly afford industrial pollution which can destroy the natural wealth of the state for which it is famous all over the world. There has been a continuous agitation by the state employees for enhancement of retirement age from fifty eight years to sixty years but the state government has not exceeded to this demand because if it is done, it will hamper further the opportunities of getting employment for these lakhs of educated youth. It is unfortunate that the earlier governments have not given any attention towards providing professional and skilled education to our youth. It is because of this that the number of the unemployed increased with every passing year as they could not go for self employment by establishing their own employment generation units or could get accommodated in those institutions where skilled professionals in thousands are in need. The dependence on government jobs has also increased because of narrow social thinking which compels the youth to strive for a government job than a private one. It is imperative and foremost for the government to formulate a meticulous employment policy so that more youth are accommodated, they are not subjected to frustration and in future they are made professionals and skilled than a mere qualified one's.



Friday, 25 October 2013


ndia is a land of many rivers and mountains. Its geographical area of about 329 MHa is criss-crossed by a large number of small and big rivers, some of them figuring amongst the mighty rivers of the world. The rivers and mountains have a greater significance in the history of Indian cultural development, religious and spiritual life. It may not be an exaggeration to say that the rivers are the heart and soul of Indian life. India is a union of States with a federal set up. Politically, the country is divided into 28 States and 7 Union Territories. A major p a r t o f I n d i a ’s p o p u l a t i o n o f 1,027,015,247 (2001 census) is rural and agriculturally oriented for whom the rivers are the source of their prosperity. Physiography Physiographically, India may be divided into seven well defined regions. These are: The Northern Mountains, comprising the mighty Himalayan ranges The Great Plains traversed by the Indus and Ganga Brahmaputra river systems. As much as one third of this lies in the arid zone of western Rajasthan. The remaining area is mostly fertile plains; The Central Highlands, consisting of a wide belt of hills running east-west starting from Aravalli ranges in the west and terminating in a steep escarpment in the east. The area lies between the Great Plains and the Deccan Plateau; The Peninsular Plateaus comprising the Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats, North Deccan Plateau, South Deccan Plateau and Eastern Plateau; The East Coast, a belt of land of about 100-130 km wide, bordering the Bay of Bengal land lying to the east of the Eastern Ghats; The West Coast, a narrow belt of land of about 10-25 km wide, bordering the Arabian Sea and lying to the west of the Western Ghats, and; The islands, comprising the coral islands of Lakshadeep in Arabian Sea and Andaman and Nicobar Islands of the Bay of Bengal. Climate The presence of the great mountain mass formed by the Himalayas and its spurs on the North and of the ocean on the South are the two major influences operating on the climate of India. The first poses an impenetrable barrier to the influence of cold winds from central Asia, and gives the sub-continent the elements of tropical type of climate. The second, which is the



source of cool moisture-laden winds reaching India, gives it the elements of the oceanic type of climate. India has a very great diversity and variety of climate and an even greater variety of weather conditions. The climate ranges from continental to oceanic, from extremes of heat to extremes of cold, from extreme aridity and negligible rainfall to excessive humidity and torrential rainfall. It is, therefore, necessary to avoid any generalisation as to the prevalence of any particular kind of climate, not only over the country as a whole but over major areas in it. The climatic condition influences to a great extent the water resources utilisation of the country. Rainfall Rainfall in India is dependent in differing degrees on the South-West and NorthEast monsoons, on shallow cyclonic depressions and disturbances and on violent local storms which form regions where cool humid winds the sea meet hot dry winds from the land and occasionally reach cyclonic dimension. Most of the rainfall in India takes place under the influence of South West monsoon between June to September except in Tamil Nadu where it is under the influence of North-East monsoon during October and November. The rainfall in India shows great variations, unequal seasonal distribution, still more unequal geographical distribution and the frequent departures from the normal. It generally exceeds 1000 mm in areas to the East of Longitude 78 degree. It extends to 2500 mm along almost the entire West Coast and Western Ghats and over most of Assam and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal. On the West of the line joining Porbandar to Delhi and thence to Ferozpur the rainfall diminishes rapidly from 500 mm to less than 150 mm in the extreme west. The Peninsula has large areas of rainfall less than 600 mm with pockets of even 500 mm. The estimate of area average rainfall is subjective depending on the method adopted. Therefore, estimates of local rainfall over the country obtained by employing other techniques may differ, especially in a vast country like India. Temperature The variations in temperature are also marked over the Indian sub-continent. During the winter seasons from November to February, due to the effect of continental winds over most of the

country, the temperature decreases from South to North. The mean maximum temperature during the coldest months of December and January varies from 29 degree centigrade in some part of the peninsula to about 18 degree centigrade in the North, whereas the mean minimum varies from about 24 degree centigrade in the extreme South to below 5 degree centigrade in the North. From March to May is usually a period of continuous and rapid rise of temperature. The highest temperature occurs in North India, particularly in the desert regions of the North-West where the maximum may exceed 48 degree centigrade. With the advent of South West Monsoon in June, there is a rapid fall in the maximum temperature in the central portions of the country. The temperature is almost uniform over the area covering two thirds of the country which gets good rain. In August, there is a marked fall in temperature when the monsoon retreat from North India in September. In North-West India, in the month of November, the mean maximum temperature is below 38 degree centigrade and the mean minimum below 10 degree centigrade. In the extreme North, temperature drops below freezing point. Agro-Climatic Zones The Planning Commission after examining the earlier studies on the regionalisation of the agricultural economy has recommended that agricultural planning be done on the basis of agroclimatic regions. For resource development, the country has been broadly divided into fifteen agricultural regions based on agroclimatic features, particularly soil type, climate including temperature and rainfall and its variation and water resources availability - Western Himalayan division, Eastern Himalayan division, Lower Gangetic plain region, Middle Gangetic plain region, Upper Gangetic plain region, Trans-Gangetic plain region, Eastern plateau and hill region, Central plateau and hill region, Western plateau and hill region, Southern plateau and hill region, East coast plain and hill region, West coast plain and hill region, Gujarat plain and hill region, Western plain and hill region and Island region. Rivers India is blessed with many rivers. Twelve of them are classified as major

rivers whose total catchment area is 252.8 million hectare (M.Ha). Of the major rivers, the Ganga - Brahmaputra Meghana system is the biggest with catchment area of about 110 M.Ha which is more than 43 percent of the catchment area of all the major rivers in the country. The other major rivers with catchment area more than 10 M.Ha are Indus (32.1 M.Ha.), Godavari (31.3 M.Ha.), Krishna, (25.9 M.Ha.) and Mahanadi (14.2 M.Ha). The catchment area of medium rivers is about 25 M.Ha and Subernarekha with (1.9 M.Ha.) catchment area is the largest river among the medium rivers in the country. Water Bodies Inland Water resources of the country are classified as rivers and canals; reservoirs; tanks & ponds; beels, oxbow lakes, derelict water; and brackish water. Other than rivers and canals, total water bodies cover all area of about 7 M.Ha. Of the rivers and canals, Uttar Pradesh occupies the first place with the total length of rivers and canals as 31.2 thousand km, which is about 17 percent of the total length of rivers and canals in the country. Other States following Uttar Pradesh are Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh. Among the remaining forms of the inland water resources, tanks and ponds have maximum area (2.9 M.Ha.) followed by reservoirs (2.1 M.Ha.). Most of the area under tanks and ponds lies in Southern States of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. These States along with West Bengal, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, account for 62 percent of total area under tanks and ponds in the country. As far as reservoirs are concerned, major States like Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh account for larger portion of area under reservoirs. More than 77 percent of area under beels, oxbow, lakes and derelict water lies in the States of Orissa, Uttar Pradesh and Assam. Orissa ranks first as regards the total area of brackish water and is followed by Gujarat, Kerala and West Bengal. The total area of inland water resources is, thus, unevenly distributed over the country with five States namely Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and West Bengal accounting for more than half of the country’s inland water bodies.


ndia is undergoing rapid dietary transition. High economic growth has resulted in a burgeoning middle-class having greater access to commercially available foods, including fried and baked food items. Most of these foods contain high amounts of Trans Fatty Acids (TFAs), particularly if cooked in vanaspati (partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) which is often preferred for its low cost and longer shelf life. TFAs can adversely affect choleste rol levels, predispose the individual to diabetes, coronary heart disease and may also affect many of his body organs. Trans fatty acids or Trans fats are the most harmful type of fats which can have much more adverse effects on our body than any other dietary constituent. These fats are largely produced artificially but a small amount also occurs naturally thus in our diet, these may be present as Artificial TFAs an d/ or Natural TFAs. Artificial TFAs are formed when hydrogen is made to react with the oil to produce fats resembling pure ghee/butter. In our diet the major sources of artificial TFAs are the partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (PHVO)/vanaspati/ margarine while the natural TFAs are present in meats and dairy products, though in small amounts. TFAs pose a h igher risk of heart disease than saturated fats. While saturated fats raise total cholesterol levels, TFAs not only raise total cholesterol levels but also reduce the good cholesterol (HDL), which helps to protect us against heart disease. Trans fats consumption increases the risk of developing heart

disease and stroke. It is also associated with a higher risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, infertility, certain types of cancers and can also lead to compromised fetal development causing harm to the yet to be born baby. Despite their harmful effect the reason

fried by using Vanaspati/Margarine contain TFA. These include: Cakes and Pastries; Patty, Rusk; Fried Aloo Chaat , AlooTikki (prepared in ‘Vanaspati’), Sweets (Mithai) (prepared in ‘Vanaspati’), Cookies / biscuits, French fries, Potato chips, Bhatura, Samosa, Parantha, etc.

Trans fatty acids or Trans fats are the

most harmful type of fats which can have much more adverse effects on our body

than any other dietary constituent. These

fats are largely produced artificially but a

small amount also occurs naturally thus in

our diet, these may be present as Artificial TFAs and/ or Natural TFAs.

why food manufacturers frequently use Strategies to limit Trans Fat intake them because TFA containing oils can be through food is by avoiding use of preserved longer, they give the food the “Vanaspati Ghee” or margarine in desired shape and texture and can easily kitchen, heating the oil for very long substitute ‘Pure ghee’. Further, these are time or re-using the same oil for frying. comparatively far lower in cost and thus So also avoiding the use of ready to use (instant) mixes for preparing foods as add to profit/saving. The most common dietary source of they have a greater chance of having Trans fats is the partially hydrogenated Trans fats and checking the Nutrition vegetable fat commonly known as Facts label on packaged food items for ‘Vanaspati Ghee’/Margarine. Since their TFA content if indicated. If a label partially hydrogenated vegetable fat says “0” trans fat, it can still contain 0.5 (Vanaspati/Margarine) is rather high in grams trans fats per serving or less. TFA, all food items prepared, baked or While some developing countries have

laid down norms for TFA content of food, India has yet to pass/implement the regulation regarding the TFA containing fats or the TFA content of commercially prepared food items. Therefore, the responsibility lies with th e consumers to safeguard their interest. Harmful Effects of Trans Fats on Human Health Studies across the world indicate that: • TFA raise the VLDL, LDL-c, Triglyceride, Lp (a) lipoprotein and Free fatty acid levels on the other hand it lowers the LDL-c particle size and HDL-c levels. All these contribute to raising the risk of heart diseases. • Intake of partially hydrog enated vegetable oils contributes to the risk of myocardial infarction • TFA promotes systemic inflammation which increases the C-reactive protein leading to thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), diabetes, and sudden death due to heart failure. • TFA causes endothelial dysfunction (by increasing circulating bio-markers including soluble inter cellular adhesion molecule1, soluble vascular-cell adhesion molecule1 and E-selectin) which is a key step in the development of atherosclerosis • TFA have been found to increase insulin resistance and seem to have a unique cardio-metabolic imprint that is linked to insulin-resistance and metabolic-syndrome pathways. • Consumption of trans-unsaturated fatty acids has shown to increase the risk for ovulatory infertility. • TFA compromises fetal growth and development.

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blood test may predict heartscreen attack risk Aspirin may lower risk of certain cancers Study findsSoon, computer, television Asthma inhalers can stunt Researchers have shed light on a mystifying time directly linked to childhood obesity growth in kids E side-effect of taking aspirin: the drug ap-

xactly why a key with AMPK.Salicy- in blood glucose levels as normal ingredient in the late, in a form called mice.“That’’s what makes aspirin painkiller -salicysalsalate, has also so scientifically and clinically inlate - shows such shown potential teresting,” said Chris Paraskeva at potential as an anti-cancer as a treatment for the University of Bristol, UK, who treatment has remained insulin-resistance was not involved in the work. said Strunk, who treats unclear since long, but a and type 2 diabetes. “It potentially works through children asthma ata St. new study in mice has ofThosewitheffects, number of different pathways.” Louis Children's Hospital. The study has successfully fered clues. however, seem not "This was surprising beAspirin, which is one to be governed by separated aspirin’s pain-relieving He found that those engiof the world’s oldest mediAMPK. insu-studies, effects from its cancer protection, cause inWhen previous cines known for its anti-inflamma- neered to lack AMPK did not ex- lin-resistant mice lackingthat AMPK paving the way for new anti-cancer we found the slower tory and analgesic effects, rapidly perience similar metabolic effects were given salicylate, they drugs that have lesser side-effects growth woulddembe tempobreaks down inside the body into from salicylate as observed in mice onstrated the same improvement than aspirin. rary, not affecting adult salicylate. height. But none of those To investigate aspirin’s unexstudies followed patients pected side-effects, Grahame Hardie at the University of Dundee, from the time they enUK applied salicylate to cultured tered the study until they human cells derived from the kidhad reached adult height," ney. Strunk stated. He discovered that the drug Pediatric asthma specialactivated AMPK, an enzyme inists at St. Louis Children's volved in cell growth and metabolism that has been found to play a Hospital keep a close role in cancer and diabetes, New watch on the growth of Scientist reported. their patients who use “This is an ancient herbal inhaled steroids, Strunk remedy which has probably always said. They are measured been part of the human diet,” said at every visit, and phyHardie.“But despite that we’re still finding out how it works.” This is the finding from corticosteroid medication; eight years, height and sicians keep a growth Co-author Greg Steinberg of aMcMaster comprehensive asthma a second group received weight were measured curve. University in Hamilton, "If a child is not growan inhaled once or twice a year. study, which has Robert Ontario, Canada, then tested nedocromil, high non-steroid medication; The mean adult height ing as they should, we SCREEN time has overC. Strunk, the Donald doses of MD, salicylate on different types of mice.Professor of and a third group received was about one-half inch, may reduce their steroid taken exercise as the most Strominger

parently lowers a person’s chances of developing some forms of cancer.

Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as the senior author. The study involved more than 1,000 children ages 5-12 who were treated for mild to moderate asthma as part of the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) clinical trial. The children received treatment for more than four years at eight centers, including Washingstudy School was conton The University of ducted gathering Medicine. They weremore dithan 1,400 Swedish womvided into three groups: en born in the years 1962, one 1972 received and 1982.twice-daily The subbudesonide, an toinhaled jects were asked fill out

a placebo. All children received albuterol, a fast-acting drug fiverelief years of later at the age of for acute asthma 24. Those women who took symptoms, and oral cororal contraceptives had for reticosteroids as needed ported significant drops in asthma symptoms. two acknowledged meaThe researchers followed surements of menstrual 943 pain.participants in the triwasintervals also a until facal at Age regular tor in the findings of the they reached adult height. study. Aswere a woman aged, Females considered the severity of period pain to be at adult height but at decreased somewhat, age or older males this 18effect wasand indepenat age from 20 or the older, Strunk dent pill, and smaller. Gynaecologist Insaid. In the first 4 1/2 years gela Lindh ledofthe after the end theinsvestrial, tigation at the Gothenburg researchers took patients' University’s Institute of height and weight every Clinical Sciences, Sweden, six months. Over the next and is published online by

or 1.2 centimeters, shorter in the group that received budesonide than in the pasometimes prescribed by tients who received nedodoctorsorand manyThe women cromil placebo. paattest who to its effectiveness, tients experienced the however, the scientific verslower growth were pridict has so far been mixed. marily between 5-11 of years Two major reviews the old when they beganout using evidence, carried in 2007 and 2009, said there budesonide. had been lack of took ranThe slowera growth domised place onlycontrolled in the firsttrials two to provide a clear answer. yearsRandomised of the four-year control study. As the protrials are the study gold stangressed, children who dard of the clinical research. They the entail enrolling voltook budesonide reunteers who are randomly mained one-half inch assigned either to a adultgroup shorter through that uses the genuine treathood than the children ment or to a comparison who not use drug, groupdidwhich usesthe dummy

Menstrual pain getting you down?

According to a study spanning 30 years, contraceptive pills are beneficial in easing menstrual pain.

a lengthy questionnaire when they were enrolled in the probe at the age of 19, and did the same again

the European journal Human Reproduction. In order to reduce period pain, the pill is

pills as a comparison. This new study could help provide a definitive answer, its authors hope.

dose," he noted. "But we think that the half-inch of lowered adult height must be balanced against the well-established benefit of inhaled corticosteroids in controlling persistent asthma. We will use the lowest effective dose to control symptoms to minimize concerns about effects on adult height," he added. The findings will be presented at the European Respiratory Society meeting in Vienna, Austria, and published online in the New England Journal of Medicine

important factor in childhood obesity and should be limited, a South Australian study has found. The UniSA study looked at 2200 children aged beAccording to the tween nine and 16 study, years conducted by German sciand found the length of entists, If an individual has time they spent in front of had a few regrets, it might television andlet computer be to best to them go, as dwelling what might screens wason a more likely have been makes for aovermisindicator of being erable weightold orage. obese than the They say that regrets amount ofdecrease exerciseasthey naturally we did.Study get older -co-author as we tryand to UniSAthe researcher make most of Dr theCarol time we have left have fewer Maher saidand screen time opportunities second now made up for about one chances. quarter of waking time Younger people feel for thefarage group."In them more acutely,the as past two decades, from an evolutionaryyoung per-

A promising new blood test may be useful in helping doctors predict who is at risk for an imminent heart attack, say researchers. The findings come from a landmark research study led by Scripps Translational Science In-

and misshapen and often appeared with multiple nuclei, which indicates that CECs are promising biomarkers for the prediction of acute ongoing arterial plaque rupture. “The ability to diagnose an imminent heart attack has long been con-

stitute (STSI) - a collaborative program between Scripps Health and The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). The study concluded that circulating endothelial cells (CEC) from heart attack people's physicalpatients activwere abnormally large ity behaviour has been the

sidered the holy grail of cardiovascular medicine,” said Dr. Eric Topol, the study’s principal investigator and director of STSI. “This has been a tremendous collaboration of two institutions on the research (4.3 side,per three health category cent). careMaher systemssaid in San Dr the Diego, value

subject of scores of interventions but, in comparison, interventions aimed at reducing screen time have been relatively uncommon," she said."Our findings suggest that screen-time reduction may be a more effective target behaviour for intervention studies aimed at reducing overweight and obesity among children."The study found there were about two and a half times as many obese study suboldthe people jectsHowever, classed in catwho’ve learnt to repress egory of high-screen-time them most effectively feel and low-exercise per less stress and (10.7 control cent), as in the low-screenother emotions more eftime and high-exercise fectively.

of physical activity also should not be underestimated. "Increased likelihood of a young person being overweight or obese was stersand withconsisan avmore strongly erage age of 25, tently associated with high a healthy older screen-timegroup than and awith delow physical activity,"older she pressed group, both with said."Findings underscore aninterventions average age the need for 66. targeting of screen behavAll completiour in young people."Dr ed a computer Maher saidgame the study, pubin which lished in the latest edition they had to open a series of boxes of Acta Paediatrica, was containing money or carried outeither because there a cartoon picture of a devil, was debate in the scientific which meant they lost all community about which the money they had made factor had the stronger and the exercise ended. as-

and a life science industry leader, which has resulted in an important discovery that may help to change the future of cardiovascular medicine,” Topol noted. The study involved 50 patients who presented to emergency rooms with heart attacks at four acute care hospitals in San Diego. Using different cell isolation platforms, including the Veridex CellSearch System, the researchers found that CEC counts and the cell structural features were dramatically altered in the heart attack population when compared to the healthy control group. “We are pleased to have collaborated on this important investigational study, said Mark Connelly, Ph.D. Director, Cellular Research, Veridex. “CellSearch has proven to be a powerful tool for oncology research and the care of metastatic cancer patients. This study highlights the value of accurate rare cell capture and analysis with in areas beyond sociation obesity. oncology,” he stated. The children's behaviour

over 24-hour periods was studied and they were divided into groups based on high and low activity, as well as on high and low screen use, according to search ofguidelines. more - rather like national the gameshow ‘Who Wants Low-activity children exto be a Millionaire?’ ercised for less than 60 When the game ended, minutes each day and they were shown howhigh far they could have gonefailed withscreen-time children out meet losing national it all. to guidelines.They found that the younger people and the de"Increased likelihood of pressed older people - who overweight or obese was had all become depressed often associated with for the first time after the age of 55 - were time, more likely high screen but to takesometimes more risks and in subseonly less quent rounds. strongly associated with for the healthy low But ... physical activity," older people, it did not Dr Maher said. change their behaviour sig-

Old people with no regrets live happy

Learning not to linger on “what might have been” could act as a survival mechanism critical to happiness during old age, a new study has suggested.

spective it is more important they learn not to repeat their mistakes.

For the study, the researchers used brain scans to test three groups - young-

After each box, they could decide to bank the money or carry on in

nificantly after each group of 20 people played around 80 rounds each.

Household chemicals can give you heart disease High Blood Sugar Levels Drink tea to shed extra kilos Linked toThe Brain Shrinkage truth about beer belly fat

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Alcoholism can disrupt memory functioning

sakoff’s syndrome - a neurological disorder usually related to alcohol abuse, according to a new study. The researchers examined associative memory, used in remembering face-name associations, in alcoholics. Alcoholism can disrupt memory functioning well before incurring the profound amnesia of Korsakoff’s syndrome. For example, associative memory - used in remembering facename associations - can be impaired in alcoholics. A study of the cognitive and brain mechanisms underlying this deficit, through testing of associative memory performance and processing in study It's widely known that just one cup participants during structural magnetof tea can prevent strokes, arthritis, ic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning, tooth keep cancer at have decay found and thateven impaired learning bay. While it's regarded as nature's abilities are predominantly associated tranquiliser forbrain its soothing with cerebellar volumes.properarealso several memorygreat systies, “There the brew has another tems and not disrupt benefit - italcoholism helps sheddoes weight. Scienall of have them,” explained V. Sullitists shown that Edith tea has high van, a professor in the department of levels of compounds that battle psychiatry and behavioral sciencesthe at absorption of fat. School of MediStanford University cine, and corresponding author for the study. “Chronic alcohol consumption

Episodic memory is the memory system that ‘files’ personally experienced events associated with a precise spatial and temporal context of encoding, and it appears to have an unlimited capacity. “For example, episodic memory includes of vacation hot watermemories for 10 minutes. Strain such this

individual. Episodic memory is impaired in some alcoholics, who may have difficulties in remembering a grocery list, a route to a new restaurant, or new face-name associations as encountered in a new job.” Associative memory is a component of episodic memory, shetea added. oxidant catechins in green boost Conversely, memory is a metabolism andworking helps burn fat (can short-term memory70system with limburn a whopping calories a aday!) ited capacity, which enables temporary Steeping time for the tea: two to storage and manipulation of informathree minutes at 85 Degrees Celsius. tion, which is quickly forgotten unless consolidated into a long-term storage system. “Alcoholics have deficits of working memory resulting in difficulties One of the a oldest flavouring teas like holding phone number in mind available, rose - made by mixing while dialing it,”tea Sullivan said. fresh“This rosesstudy andfocused the budonofa the tea cognitive process essential in dailyeffect living,” has a major therapeutic onsaid the Sara Jo Nixon, a professor the dehuman body. Apart frominclearing partment psychiatry at Univertoxins andofbeautifying thethe skin, rose sity of Florida. “Effective associative tea contains vitamins A, B3, C, D and learning and memory processes such E is known to act against infecasand learning that two items ‘go’ together tions. It also prevents constipation and remembering this link or association helps later one are essential for successful and lose weight. interactions throughout our personal and professional environments.

Diabetics, watch out this summer!

and foot infections, bad breath and excessive sweating. Here’s how they can avoid these and breeze through the months

on the skin. Avoid synthetic clothing and a decrease in urine output. “If the and stick to only lose breathable cot- patients are not taking enough water, ton clothes. “But most importantly, this will cause the water composition maintain proper blood glucose level in the blood to reduce and will produce through diet, exercise and correct ketones. This will lead to bad breath medication. People with uncontrolled and can be aggravated through dehyThe heat wave is damaging diabetes can even catch respiratory in- dration,” says Patange. enough for anybody, but if you’re fection very easily,” says Patange. In severe cases, dehydration can diabetic then you need to be twice as Foot care result in damage to the brain and cautious. Diabetologist Sonali Patange Those with long-standing diabe- other organs. Drinking plenty of water says, “The metabolic rate among dia- tes mellitus are predisposed to foot in- is enough to counterbalance the mild betics is high because which they jury, ulceration and infection because dehydration that occurs when you’re Electronic cigarettes areofbeing marketed as a potentially safer alternative sweat a lot and feel constantly hungry. they have poor glycaemic control, es- outside in the summer heat. If sodium to normal cigarettes, but new research has shown that they are still causing This gets aggravated in the summer. pecially in adverse temperatures (ex- and other electrolytes are lost through harm the lungs. But iftothey take a few precautionary treme cold or heat). prolonged or heavy exercise, they must The study has evidence overmust the safety of altermeasures, theyalso can added breeze new through the to theSodebate diabetics pay special at- be replaced. Staying well-hydrated can excruciating heat.” native nicotine-delivery products. tention to their feet and beware of de- help prevent fluctuations in blood gluSkincare Electronic cigarettes are devices that deliver nicotine throughfoot a vapour, rather veloping interdigital infection or cose levels as well as heatrelated comsuffering uncon-involved cellulite. says,in “Air legs than People smoke. There is nofrom combustion butPatange the nicotine theyour device is plications such as heat exhaustion or trolled diabetes are easily susceptible as much as you can and always ensure heat stroke. So drink adequate water, still derived from tobacco. There has been much debate over the safety and efto various skin infections such as car- that you wash your feet, dry and regu- but steer clear of aerated drinks, fruit ficiency the products, butfuruncles, little scientific evidence to support either claim. buncles,ofboils, abscesses, larly examine them.” juices, alcohol and caffeine. Chaas and Researchers the University of Athens inDehydration Greece aimed to investigate the nimbu paani are safe options. Exercise which range from in severity. Patange says, “Also, because of excessive sweating, on different short-term effects of using e-cigarettes people, including people As diabetes leads to an increase is an essential part of the management most diabetic menhealth tend to developandin without any known problems smokers withexcretion and without existthe body’s of urine when of type 2 diabetes. Most people contincandidiasis around their groin. sugar ing lung conditions.The study included 8blood people whorises, hadmost neverdiabetics smokedfail andto ue to indulge in outdoor activities even Women, on the other hand, are maintain adequate level of hydration in when it’s hot outside, which may again 24 smokers, 11 with normal lung function and 13 people with either chronic prone to urinary tract infection.”But hot weather. The humidity also causes lead to dehydration. In this weather, obstructive pulmonary asthma.Each person used an electronic cigarette for 10 minutes. The these skin issues can bedisease nipped (COPD) in the or the body to sweat. Extreme sweating it’s a good idea to try swimming and researchers thensimple measured their airway resistance using a numberIfofthe tests, including bud by taking precautionary can result in dehydration. conyoga. a spirometry test.The results

5 Teas that make you slim! E-cigarettes are equally

The brew that energises can also help you lose weight. Here's how...

Here are 5 teas that can result in a slimmer you...

and sweeten it if required. Sip on this slowly when an upset stomach occurs.

Peppermint tea: controls what you eat

If you like peppermint tea then try and rotate that with a green tea drink as both speed up digestion and thus help you burn more calories. The peppermint leaves can be used to as: ‘when I went to Paristea, with my make a light, refreshing which husband, I ate a delicious ratatouille can be drunk either hot or chilled. To for dinner in a very cute restaurant; prepare the tea, take a tablespoon of I can remember the place, how I was fresh or and dried leaves and my addtongue them dressed, how I burned to boiling water and letsaid it steep for when I tasted the meal,’” Sullivan, four to five minutes. Strain quoting Anne-Lise Pitel, the and lead add auhoney, if needed.

Green tea: builds metabolism

Rose tea: prevents constipation

Oolong tea: guards against obesity

Research reveals that oolong, a semifermented tea may have a stronger effect than even green tea. It

injurious to health

showed that for all people included in the study, the e-cigarette caused an immediate increase in airway resistance, lasting for 10 minutes. In healthy subjects (never smokers) there was a statistically significant increase in airway resistance from a mean average of 182 per cent to 206 per cent.In smokers with normal spirometry there was a statistically significant increase from a mean average of 176 percent to 220 percent. In COPD and asthma patients the use of one e-cigarette seemed to have no immediate effect to airway resistance.Professor Christina Gratziou, one


FRIDAY OCTOBER | 25 | 2013

Rs 6 crore compensation to NRI doctor New Delhi/Kolkata, Oct 24: The Supreme Court on Thursday, Oct 24 asked Kolkata-based Advanced Medicare and Research Institute (AMRI) Hospital to give Rs 5.96 crore compensation to an NRI doctor who lost his wife due to medical negligence. But isn't it too little, too late for Dr Kunal Saha? After fighting for 15 long years, Dr Kunal, a noted AIDS vaccine researcher at the Children's Hospital and Ohio State university at Columbus, Ohio (US), will be given Rs 5.96 crore by the hospital authorities who earlier had rejected to accept any responsibilities when 36-year-old Anuradha Saha passed away in 1998. Dr Kunal initially lost his fight as West Bengal Medical Council and the Calcutta High Court dismissed his case against AMRI Hospital. However, he continued his fight for getting justice for his wife, he had moved the apex court which found the hospital and its doctors guilty of medical negligence. The Supreme Court also had referred the case to the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission (NCDRC), which had fixed the compensation amount to Rs 1.7 crore. The NCDRC asked three Kolkata doctors and the AMRI to share the compensation amount. Dr Kunal, however, claimed that the compensation amount, along with interest since 1998, should be Rs 200 crore and moved the apex court again. On Thursday, the apex court decided on his plea and enhanced the compensation to Rs. 5.96 crore. Dr Kunal also had formed People for Better Treatment (PBT) to make his crusade into a mass movement and filed cases against three doctors and the AMRI hospital. Anuradha had suffered an acute pain when the couple had come to Kolkata from US for a Holiday in 1998. She was admitted to AMRI. Instead of improving, Anuradha took a turn

for the worse after a steroid called Depomedral was given to her. Later Anuradha was moved to the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, but it was too. Expressing his disappointment with the Kolk-

ata doctors, Dr Kunal was quoted as saying, "When a patient goes to the hospital, he gives himself in the hands of the doctor. Every day we see cases of medical negligence but no doctor is caught."

Bundelkhand a victim of BJP's India shining politics: Rahul Gandhi Slamming BJP for its "politics of India Shining," Rahul Gandhi today reached out to the poor and rural youths in Bundelkhand, hard-selling the UPA's flagship schemes of food security, land acquisition and job guarantee programme MNREGA. The Congress Vice-President stressed on the unity of his party in the faction-ridden state unit and expressed confidence that it will form the next government in Madhya Pradesh, which will "not belong to a leader" but to the poor, youths and women. "Bundelkhand has become a victim of the slogan of India shining. The politics of India Shining has ignored the screams of the people of Bundelkhand for development. Did you feel the glaze of India shining? This is politics of airconditioner (those sitting in air-conditioned rooms), the politics of industrialists, they practise," Gandhi said while addressing an election rally in the state, where Congress has been out of power for a decade. Gandhi, who has been focusing on the Bundelkhand region for quite some time and had also been instrumental in getting a financial package for the area, said farmers wanted to know where did the money sent by the Centre to dig

wells go. Interacting with the crowds gathered to hear him, Gandhi asked them whether they had felt any impact of the "India Shining politics". "Youths are not happy, farmers are not happy, women are not happy," he said. In a speech laced with anecdotes like dreams of a "sweating farmer" engaged in agricultural work that his

sons or grandsons would some day fly in aeroplanes, to that of village women and youths, Gandhi briefly mentioned Indira Gandhi and said in contrast to BJP's politics of only development, Congress politics takes into account both things -- development as well empowering people. Seeking to add a personal touch to his associating with people in Bundelkhand, Gandhi recalled that when he had first come to the region, he had suffered mosquito bites and when he had consumed water in a village, it had got his stomach upset. "But I was happy. Politicians should know the hardships faced by people," he said. BJP-led NDA had given slogan of 'India Shining' during 2004 Lok Sabha elections, which saw the UPA coming to power, bringing to an end the NDA rule at the Centre. Gandhi claimed that the UPA regime had constructed three times more roads than those laid down during the BJP-led NDA rule, which keeps speaking about development and roads. "We made three times more road than what were constructed during NDA's period. BJP did not construct as many airports as we did.

Patna: A Bihar woman health official is set to share stage with Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for advocating girls' education in her country Pakistan, in New York next month, officials on Thursday said. Martha Dodray, in her mid-40s, is an auxiliary nursing midwife posted at Kusheshwarsthan primary health centre in the state's Darbhanga district. She was selected by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) for her extraordinary work to eradicate polio. "I am happy that UNF is honouring me for my work in polio immunization campaign at a

function to be held at New York on November 6, where Malala would be also felicitated," Martha, a tribal native of Palamu district of neighbouring Jharkhand, said. She said she walked several kilometres each day to reach remote and inaccessible villages to administer polio vaccine to hundreds of children, mostly belonging to poor families. Darbhanga district magistrate Kumar Ravi said Martha has contributed in the polio vaccination drive in remote pockets of the flood-prone rural areas."Marha was recently selected as one of the

BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan today promised to bring "radical reforms" in governance if his party comes to power and accused the Congress government of "piling up miseries" on the people and putting Delhi in intensive care unit by its "misrule". A day after being named as the party's CM candidate following a bitter race for the position within Delhi BJP, Vardhan said a "clean, transparent and people's government" will be in place if voted to power and ruled out any infighting in the party fold. In a show of unity, Vardhan addressed a press conference flanked by Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel, Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly V K Malhotra and former Delhi unit chief Vijender Gupta and asserted that the party will leave no stone unturned to defeat the "corrupt" Congress government. The former Health Minister promised to bring "radical changes" in governance and offered a transparent, innovative and corruption-free administration if BJP was brought to power. "All the leaders and workers will work hard to oust the corrupt and ineffective government. The government has failed in

all fronts. Poor people are living in helllike situation. The city is in ICU and it needs a healing touch," Vardhan, fondly called as 'Doctor Saab', said. Exhuding confidence of his party's

victory, Gadkari said the people of Delhi were in "exile for last 15 years" and that is going to end in December. "The people of Delhi were in exile. But now the exile will end and the (BJP) government will be formed. It will be a Ram

Rajya," he said. Vardhan attacked the government on number of issues including "backbreaking" price rise of essential commodities, fruits and vegetables, "rising" crime, "ever increasing" pollution in Yamuna, "high" power tariff, "poor" education and healthcare infrastructure and CWG scam. "Very soon the people of Delhi will be freed from the Sheila Dikshit dispensation which has adopted such a casual approach towards governance because of which the whole city is suffering," Vardhan, who was named BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate yesterday, said.Rejecting reports of infighting in the party, Goel, who lost the race for Chief Ministerial candidate, resolved to put all his effort to make the party victorious and showered praise on Vardhan. "The party will fight unitedly to oust the corrupt Congress government. The people of Delhi are fed up with the misrule of Congress. I am confident of our victory," said Goel. "I do not have to tell anything about Harsh Vardhan. He is a popular leader. His contribution towards eradication of polio was appreciated within and outside the country," he said in his brief comment.

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has sent a formal invitation to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit inviting her for an open public debate. "I have sent a formal proposal to Sheila Dikshit for a public debate, but it must happen in public, not in any TV studio," said Kejriwal. "Why is Sheila Dikshit is scared of a debate? Harshvardhan (BJP's chief ministerial candidate), she and I can debate, not in a TV studio, but among people," Kejriwal added. Kejriwal’s official invitation to the Delhi CM came days after she told a TV news channel that she was ready for a debate with the AAP leader if he formally writes to her. She had said, “I am not shy of a political debate. I have debated with Sushma Swaraj in the past. Public debates are healthy in a democracy." Dikshit’s response came after Kejriwal dared her for a public debate with him on the issues relating to "inflated" power and water bills and women's safety among others. Well, it would be interesting to see the veteran Delhi CM getting engaged in a verbal duel with Kejriwal, the former RTI activist and now a politician. Dikshit, who is eyeing an unprecedented fourth successive term in upcoming Assembly polls, admitted recently that Kejriwal has caught the people's imagination to a certain extent. Kejriwal, 45, whose won the Magsaysay Award for emergent leadership for his campaign to get the Right to Information law passed in India, has announced his candidature from New Delhi Assembly constituency,

The next general elections would see a fight between Congress and RSS, not BJP, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said today, calling the saffron party a "wholly owned subsidiary" of the Sangh Parivar fountainhead. Ramesh also hit out at BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying the opposition party was only projecting Modi, whereas "we are asking people to vote for our party and its ideology"."What has happened in the last few months has given proof of the fact that 2014 is not Congress versus BJP, but the fight is between Congress and RSS, because whatever the RSS orders, BJP follows," Ramesh told reporters here. "If proof is needed that the BJP is the wholly owned subsidiary of the holding company based in Nagpur called the RSS, what has happened in the last 12 to 15 months is adequate enough," the Union Rural Development Minister said. Claiming that BJP had lost its ground due to recent developments, Ramesh said 2014 would be a battle between Congress ideology and RSS ideology. "It will be battle between ideologies of Congress and regional parties." Hitting out at BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, he said the Congress election strategy was not about projecting any one individual. ", one individual is saying to the country I,I and I; I, me, my-

best polio workers in India for her devotion and hard work in polio vaccination drive. Her name was recommended for the award ceremony in New York," Darbhanga civil surgeon U.K. Choudhary said. State Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar, who is also executive director of Bihar State Health Society, said the state has become a near polio-free region as it has not recorded a single case of the disease. But Bihar will have to wait till January 14, 2014, to be officially declared a polio free state, when India too will be declared a polio-free country.

Radical reforms if BJP elected to power: Harsh Vardhan

Kejriwal formally invites Sheila Dikshit for public debate which has been electing Congress Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. AAP has decided to field candidates in all 70 constituencies. The party had last week claimed it was on course to form the next government in Delhi. AAP had come out with a survey which showed the party was lead-

ing in 33 of 70 assembly seats in capital. The party has been attacking Delhi government on a number of issues including power and water tariff and alleged corruption. Delhi Asembly elections will be held in the national capital Dec 4 with over 11.5 million voters eligible to cast their ballots in 70 constituencies.

2014 polls will be fight between Congress, RSS, not BJP: Jairam Ramesh

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self that is his message to the country, that is the stand of an individual who has been named as the prime ministerial candidate by a party." "....whereas Rahul Gandhi's style is much low key, he speaks not about I, me, myself. He instead speaks about democratising the Congress party from the grass root, he speaks about plans to address some serious issues that

is facing the country today," Ramesh said. "At the end of the day, voter has to decide...We are projecting the Congress party and BJP is projecting Modi and that is the fundamental difference between us. We are asking people to vote for our party and its ideology...whether we get votes or not is different, but this is our strategy," he said.

Asaram Bapu moves Gandhinagar court for regular bail

Asaram has moved a Gujarat court for bail on grounds of delay in filing of FIR in connection with the sexual assault case lodged by two Surat-based sisters against him and son Narayan Sai. Asaram has moved a Gujarat court for bail on grounds of delay in filing of FIR in connection with the sexual assault case lodged by two Surat-based sisters against him and son Narayan Sai. ET SPECIAL:Save precious time tracking your investments AHMEDABAD: Self-styled godman Asaram has moved a Gujarat court for bail on grounds of delay in filing of FIR in connection with the sexual assault case lodged by two Surat-based sisters against him and son Narayan Sai. “We have moved the sessions court in Gandhinagar for regular bail. The matter may come up for hearing today,” Asaram’s counsel B M Gupta said. Gupta further said the complaint against Asaram was “concocted” and the allegations levelled against him are “false”. Asaram was brought to the city last week on a transit remand from Jodhpur. Thereafter, the 72-year-old was quizzed extensively by Ahmedabad Police during the seven-day remand granted by a Magisterial Court in Gandhinagar. He was taken back to Jodhpur yesterday.

Tamil Nadu government also hunts for gold, with a difference Chennai: Even as the government searches for gold in the ruins of a centuries-old fort in Uttar Pradesh, the Tamil Nadu government is on a gold hunt of its own. It wants to buy 400 kilos of gold and has asked for bids from suppliers who are interested. What the government specifically wants is

100,000 coins of 22-carat gold, weighing four grams each. These are to be given as part of schemes that offer gold coins to help poor families make Thirumangalyam or mangalsutra for weddings. All bids need to be submitted by November 22. "It is going to be a challenging task. Availability of

gold is the major challenge. Imports of gold is allowed only against export," Jayantilal Challani, president, the Madras Jewellers and Diamond Merchants Association, told news agency IANS.Government officials say the final contract will ensure the supplier is liable if the coins turn out to be alloyed.

BJP plans big for Narendra Modi's ‘Hunkar Rally’ Patna: Patna’s Gandhi Maidan has stood witness to many historic events right from the freedom struggle to the JP movement and beyond. The historic venue is now decked up for BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘Hunkar rally’ on October 27. Going by the massive preparations underway, the event is set to be one of the biggest ever political rallies that Patna has ever seen with giant hoardings and banners dotting most major intersections in the city and also elsewhere in the state. The Bihar BJP has left no stone unturned to ensure that Hunkar rally – the first big party event after the 17-yearold alliance with JD(U) ended on June 16 – makes an impact on the voters of the electorally crucial state. The state unit of the BJP has launched a massive campaign to mobilise support for the rally which will be addressed by Narendra Modi among others. Almost all senior party leaders from Bihar – the party has 12 MPs and 91 MLAs in the state - have fanned out across the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state to build momentum for the big event. They are holding road shows and meetings to solicit public support for

the rally. Also, after the huge success of ‘NaMO’ tea stalls in Patna, the party has hit upon another novel idea to push brand Modi with the party unit in Saharsa giving out free jalebis in the name of Narendra Modi.

A huge tent measuring over 2.5 lakh sq feet is being erected at Gandhi Maidan – from RBI building to Mona Cinema - for the lakhs of supporters who are expected to come to the state capital. Besides arranging food – packets of puri-sabji and chuda-gur- and shelter, BJP workers have also arranged over one

lakh ‘daatuns’ for their convenience. Party workers are setting up collection and distribution centres - to manage easy distribution of food packets at Fraser Road, near Maharaja Complex, Golamber, near Mauryalok Complex and on Exhibition Road. As many as 11 special trains and 3000 buses have been booked to transport BJP supporters from different parts of the state to the rally venue. Enthusiastic party workers in Jajha are coming to Patna on motorbikes; they have named their cavalcade ‘Hunkar Express’. To spread the ‘Hunkar’ message, the party has distributed two CDs ‘NaMo Hunkar’ and ‘Modi banenge PM’ right up to the village level. Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari – who recently joined the BJP – is also doing his bit to ensure that the Patna event turns out to be mega success. At Gandhi Maidan, a huge stage has been erected which has a 30-feet-long electronic screen as the backdrop. Also, 30 more screens are being erected all across the ground to ensure that even those sitting at a distance get a clear view of the stage. Hi-tech linear sound system and 12 cameramen stationed at vantage points are also part of the arrangements.



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Sachin Tendulkar named in Wisden all-time World Test XI Retiring Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar was today named in the Wisden all-time World Test XI.Tendulkar, who will retire from Test cricket after playing against the West Indies in his landmark 200th match in Mumbai next month, was named at his number four spot in the team announced to mark 150 years of the Cricketers' Almanack here.The team captained by legendary Australian batsman Don Bradman has four Englishmen, three West Indians, two Australians, one Indian and one Pakistani.Tendulkar's contemporaries like Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and Jaques Kallis could not make it to the team, nor other Indian greats like Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev.Australian spin-legend Shane Warne and Pakistani fast-bowling great Wasim Akram were the only two contemporaries of Tendulkar who made it to the World Test XI.Tendulkar and Akram are the only two Asians named in the team.Jack Hobbs and WG Grace were included as openers, followed by Bradman and Tendulkar at number three and four, respectively.Destructive West Indian batsman Vivian Richards comes in at number five followed his countryman and legendary all-rounder Garry Sobers.Englishman Alan Knott got the wicketkeeper's spot while the four remaining bowling slots went to Warne, Akram, West Indian fast bowling great Malcolm Marshall and Englishman Sydney Barnes.Wisden World XI: Jack Hobbs (England), W G Grace (England), Don Bradman (Australia, captain), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Vivian Richards (West Indies), Garry Sobers (West Indies), Alan Knott (England), Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Shane Warne (Australia), Malcolm Marshall (West Indies), Sydney Barnes (England).

La Liga ``Clasico``

Beware of pacy Mohammad Shami, George Bailey warns Australian batsmen

perfect stage for Bale, Neymar

Australian skipper George Bailey says they did not expect Mohammad Shami to trouble the batsmen with his deceptive pace and movement in the fourth ODI at Ranchi. Ranchi: Rattled by Mohammad Shami's three-wicket burst with the new ball in the abandoned fourth ODI, Australian skipper George Bailey has instructed his batsmen to watch out for the rookie Indian pacer in the remaining games of the ongoing sevenmatch series. Taken aback by Shami's pace and swing, Bailey said: "Obviously Shami bowled very well. He's someone we haven't seen in the series and he was a little bit quicker than what we expected. He certainly got movement off the seam," Bailey told reporters after the fourth one-dayer at th JSCA Stadium yesterday. "That's something to be pretty aware of for the rest of the series. That's obviously what's going to be coming at us," he said. Shami rocked the Australian toporder but half-centuries from Bailey (98) and Glenn Maxwell (92) in a record 153-run fifth wicket stand enabled them to post a challenging 295/8. However, rain played spoilsport when India were 27 for no loss after 4.1 overs and the match was abandoned with Australia continuing to lead the series 2-1. Amassing 318 runs, Bailey yesterday became the first Australia skipper to go past 300 in any bilateral ODI series. Yet a modest Bailey said it was ridiculous for him to think of making to the Ashes squad in the Australian summer.

"I think there's probably eight guys who have got a chance of playing in that Ashes team. It's so far away. It's just ridiculous to look at it," Bailey said. "There are guys who will be at home playing Shield cricket, we've got Australia A games when we get back. It's a completely different format. I don't think there's anyone out playing in these games thinking about that series." Asked whether he had any special preparation for the series in India, Bai-

French Open Super Series: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu progress, Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa crash out The 18-year-old Sindhu accounted for South Korea’s Ji Hyun Sung as she thrashed the sixth seed 21-8, 21-12 in less than half an hour at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. Leading Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu progressed to the second round of women’s singles with contrasting wins while it was dead end for comeback pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who lost not only their women’s doubles clash but also their respective mixed doubles matches at the French Open Super Series here Wednesday. The 18-year-old Sindhu accounted for South Korea’s Ji Hyun Sung as she thrashed the sixth seed 21-8, 21-12 in less than half an hour at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. The World No.10 Indian showed suberb prowess to beat Ji and has taken a 3-0 lead in career meetings. The South Korean has been in excellent form lately, having beaten Saina and reached the final of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier last week. Meanwhile, fourth seed Saina Nehwal had to overcome Thailand’s Nichaon Jindapon in a tough 52-minute battle to progress to the pre-quarters. The World No.4 won the tie 12-21, 21-16, 21-13 to take a 2-0 lead in career meets.In the next round, the Olympic bronze medallist faces a tricky challenge in the face of Ji’s compatriot, Yeon Ju Bae. Though the Hyderabadi has a 5-3 head-tohead against Yeon, it was the South Korean who dashed Saina’s hopes at the World Championships in August.

ley said: "I didn't do anything different. I think coming over here you focus a little bit more on how you're going to play spin, because India have good spinners. "It's important to be at the top of your game there. I'd done a lot of that leading into England as well, so that wasn't too much different." The lower-order added just 57 runs in the last 10 overs as Australia posted a less than 300-plus total for the first time in the series but Bailey begged to differ in his assessment.

Madrid: The 167th La Liga `Clasico` between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday (1600 GMT) could be the ideal stage for Gareth Bale and Neymar to show they are worth a combined price tag of almost 160 million euros.Or, as is more likely, one of the most intense rivalries in football and a match watched by hundreds of millions around the world will again showcase the peerless talents of Barca`s Argentine World Player of the Year Lionel Messi and Real`s Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo. Leaders Barca dropped their first points of the campaign with a 0-0 draw at Osasuna last weekend and victory for Real, as well as providing a huge confidence boost, would put them level with their bitter rivals on 25 points from 10 games.Wales winger Bale replaced Ronaldo as the most expensive player in history when he joined Real from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of 100 million euros in the close season, while Barca paid some 57 million to lure Brazil forward Neymar from Santos.Bale`s first weeks in the Spanish capital have been disrupted by injury but coach Carlo Ancelotti hinted that the 24-year-old could feature from the start against Barca after coming on as a second-half substitute in Wednesday`s 2-1 Champions League victory at home to Juventus.Neymar, 21, has shown glimpses of the brilliance that has served his country so well in recent years - he scored the goal against Atletico Madrid that secured the Spanish Super Cup at the end of August - without really catching fire.

Ashes chapter hard to close for Ponting Melbourne: Ricky Ponting knew his time was up when he bowed out of international cricket a year ago, but the competitive fires still rage for the former Australia captain when he imagines facing England one more time on home soil. England`s arrival in Perth on Friday signals the start of the cricket summer Down Under, with a four-week phoney war of tour matches, training and media hype before the second instalment of back-to-back Ashes series gets underway with the first test in Brisbane. In seasons past, Ponting would be plotting the arch-enemy`s downfall at this time, refining his craft in the nets and champing at the bit for the day to arrive when he could stride to the crease to steady an innings with a defiant century. Instead, the 38-year-old has spent his recent days looking back rather than forward, reminiscing over the highs and lows of a long and storied career on a bok tour to promote his autobiography “At The Close Of Play”. Fairly or unfairly, Ponting`s roaring success as a batsman and test captain has been tempered by his record against England, and the harrowing 3-1 series defeat on home soil two years ago left him the only Australian skipper to lose three Ashes series in over 100 years. Little wonder the prospect of watching from the sidelines still tugs at the heartstrings as Australia prepares its bid to wrest the Ashes back after losing the first series 3-0 away. “It does, a certain part of me says, `yeah, I would love to be out there competing,`” Ponting told Reuters in an interview on Thursday. “And when these big test matches and Ashes series come round, I`d love to be out there because that was always the pinnacle for me. “They`re the moments that we all play for. When I was a young boy growing up all I wanted to do was play cricket for Australia and then obviously on the back of that was to be involved in an Ashes series. “That was the reason I played the game was to be involved in those series but at the end of the day my time had gone. “I couldn`t play the way I used to be able to play and when that realisation hits it`s pretty easy to sort of walk away.

Brilliant Zlatan gives PSG four reasons to believe Paris: Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a deserved standing ovation after scoring a magnificent half-volley against Anderlecht on Wednesday, although the fans that were applauding him were not his own but those of the opposing team.Not content with a single brilliant strike, the Swede went on to become the 10th man to score four goals in a Champions League tie as PSG won 5-0 in Belgium to extend their perfect record in Group C, and he remains the driving force of a team emerging as serious title contenders.Last season, PSG were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Barcelona but after reinforcing the squad with striker Ednson Cavani, who also scored on Wednesday, and defender Marquinhos, they can be expected to progress even further this campaign.

Classifying F1 as a sport instead of entertainment would be a good place to start: Narain Karthikeyan For the Indian motor sport enthusiast, the third Formula 1 race over the weekend at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) is highly significant for more than one reason. For one, it will be the last time that cars with V8 engines will be racing in Greater Noida. Then, Australian driver Mark Webber will surely be retiring at the end of the season and Brazilian Felipe Massa is also contemplating to quit. And there is this break next year although we all hope that F1 comes back to India in 2015. For me personally, racing here in

the last two seasons was a fantastic experience, an immensely proud moment to be on the starting grid at home.The first-time experience is overwhelming and incomparable, the frenzy, the build-up, the media stuff all make it exciting. You almost forget that there is a race weekend to get through. But once you get to the circuit, you try to shut all of it out and focus on on-track stuff. Still, you are not immune to the buzz, and you keep on pinching yourself that it isn’t a dream. If in 2005, my debut season, someone had told me that I would be on the

grid for my home Grand Prix less than a decade later, I would have told them to get lost! We had strong outings both years, given the equipment and circumstances, but I think the 2011 race was pretty special. I was nervous, not having driven a full race distance since July that year and the pressure of going up against a highly rated driver like Daniel Ricciardo, who will be driving for Red Bull next year.In qualifying we were neck and neck, down to the thousandths of a second, but I got a grid penalty for the race. And it didnÂ’t stop there and then there was a contact on the

first lap and I lost a chunk of the front wing, but we still managed a good race and finished ahead of Ricciardo (by over 30 seconds) and the final result (finishing 17th) was the best we could have hoped for. All in all, it was a magical weekend! It is a shame that no Indian driver is on the grid for the race this year, but F1 drivers aren’t made overnight - it takes several years of competing in the right championships and showing your speed at every level before making it to F1. In my days, the ladder was far more straightforward and simpler than it is today. I never

touched a kart whereas kids today start driving when theyÂ’re eight and do karting for six to eight years before switching to a single-seater. Considering this long development curve, I think Jehan Daruvala has put himself in a good position right now. He has won karting championships in Asia as well as Britain this year and it isn’t easy given the competition. I have interacted with his father and he is fully committed towards supporting Jehan all the way and that is exactly what you need when you are aiming for the top echelon of the sport.

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