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Lady found hanging, Man found dead Srinagar, April 26: A lady 52 years of age was found hanging in Leh last evening. Giving details SHO Police station Leh said that a 52 years old lady Tsering Yangskit daughter Punchok Namgiyal resident of Shey Yokma was found hanging in her store room in mysterious conditions. Leh Police after conducting medico-legal formalities handed over the body of deceased lady to her legal heirs for last rites. In this regard, Leh Police See Lady on pg 11
Ganderbal protest after woman’s death
Srinagar, April 26: People in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district held strong protests and locked a government hospital after a woman died due to alleged negligence of doctors. Reports said Shameema, 26, resident of Fatehpora in the district, was admitted in the Sub-District Hospital (SDH) and gave birth to a girl on Thursday morning. “Soon after the delivery, she started to bleed excessively. See Portest on pg 11
Power shutdown on May 01 & 03 Srinagar, April 26: According to Power Controller, Power Development Department Kashmir, in order to carry out necessary maintenance, repair work and stabilization of Doodh Ganga of 33 KV Rawalpora-Rangreth line, power supply from the 33 KV line Bemina-KP Bagh and 33 KV line Bemina-Exhibition shall be affected on May 01, 2014 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m,The power See power on pg 11
Inside story Ganderbal represents betrayal of NC: Er Rashid Srinagar, April 26: Awami Ittihaad Party President (AIP) and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid has criticized the National Conference, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress for badly exploiting people in the name of farcical slogans of Autonomy and Self-rule. Engineer Rashid expressed concern that the mainstream leadership put unnecessary burden on state coffer for their personal luxuries while common masses continue to suffer on account of lack of basic facilities. Pertinently, Engineer Rashid
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On Edit Page Present elections can prove a good omen in India Pak relations Present elections are not only important for the country but they are going to have far reaching impact and influence on international level including the relations with neighboring country in particular. Though the pace of Indo-Pak relations at this juncture has slowed down but everybody on the diplomatic front is eagerly waiting for the outcome of parliamentary elections which will decide the future foreign policy of India. The party which will come to
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Shopian Encounter Amid clashes and shutdown, militants buried
Aga Abdul Hussain asks separatists to shun violence & contest elections Srinagar: April 26: Former Hurriyat leader Agha Abdul Hussain Saturday advised Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other separatist leaders to shun their rigid approach and contest polls for the betterment of the people. “I am contesting elections from North Kashmir but that does not mean I am anti Freedom Movement. We must understand that by contesting elections can’t take us away from our goal of freedom,” Hussain told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that Mirwaiz and other separatist leader would one day do, what Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Lone did in 2009. “Why these separatist leaders are relying only on election boycott call. This
is a wrong notion that those who vote are anti-Movement. I was a militant commander but I realized that armed struggle could only lead us towards death and destruction and it is not a source of revolution,” Hussain said. He said that those separatist leaders who force people to boycott elections are the friends of foes of Kashmiri
people. “Hurriyat leaders are pursuing a sacred cause but their strategy is wrong. They fail to assess the ground situation. For some leaders election boycott has become a prestigious point and they don’t want that people should feel relaxed and come out from their miseries by casting their vote,” Agha Abdul Hussain told CNS. Former separatist leader and the brother of Agha Hassan, Hurriyat Conference (M) leader, who has filed nomination papers to contest Lok Sabha elections from Baramulla constituency further said that the leaders of Palestine gave legitimacy to their Freedom Movement by contesting elections. “The Hamas leader contest elections and See Aga on pg 11
Omar addresses election rally in Beerwa Lashes out at PDP-BJP bonhomie Beerwa-Budgam, Apr 26: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah who is also working President of National Conference Saturday said that current Lok Sabha Election is an important occasion particularly for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to put their right behind the NC-Congress joint candidates to ensure defeat of the anti Jammu and Kashmir forces. “You have to be united to stop the attempt of communal and deceptive forces to be at the helm of affairs in New Delhi”, he said while lashing out at the bonhomie between PDP and BJP. According to a statement issued to KNS, while addressing an Election rally in Beerwa Budgam this afternoon, Omar Abdullah said that
people of the State have to make a choice between communal forces and those representing aspirations of all sections and all regions of the Country. “The current Lok Sabha Elections have put you to a historic test”, he told the people and said that
they have to exercise their franchise whole heartedly in favour of NC-Congress candidates to give a befitting reply to deceptive forces represented by PDP in the State and BJP at See Omar on pg 11
NC leaders are Delhi’s collaborators in JK People want freedom from their clutches: Mufti Srinagar, Apr 26 : Accusing National Conference (NC) leaders of acting as collaborators of the Government of India in hurting J&K’s interests, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said that ever-since independence NC has performed
the dubious role of a collaborating with the Centre in bartering the State’s political and economic interests for power. “While the voters of our state have little influence in determining who forms the government at the Centre, See Mufti on pg 11
Arwani soon after the dead body of one of the militant was brought to his native village. According to CNS, after showing resistance for more than 20 hours, all the three militants got killed in the fierce encounter on Saturday. Two militants had been killed on Friday evening while one more militant was neutralized See Encounter on pg 11
Police official injured, kins of ‘stone-pelter’ arested Srinagar: April 26: Clashes erupted in Nowhatta area of Srinagar city on Friday night after a police party allegedly raided a house to arrest a youth involved in stone-pleting incidents. People foiled the attempt of police and clashed with them during which a top police official was reportedly injured. Locals told CNS that a joint police party from police stations Nowhatta and Khanyar raided a house at Nowhatta to make an arrest of one Ashiq Hussain Rangrez, who according to police sources is allegedly involved in stone-pelting incidents. Reports said that people showed a stiff resistance and foiled the chances of police to get the said arrested. Locals clashed with the police as a result one police officer received injuries. Locals alleged that a large contingent of police cordoned off the area again during the dead of the night and raided the house of the said youth, who reportedly was not present at the house. Locals alleged that after not finding
Hizb owns responsibility of Poonch firing Srinagar, Apr 26: Claiming responsibility of the firing alongside the Poonch area of the state, militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Saturday said that such attacks will be carried out in future also. In a telephonic statement to KNS, the Hizb operational spokesman Baleeg-ud-din stated that the militants belonging to Hizb carried out the firing attacks at Poonch and that such attacks will be further carried in future. (KNS)
Drugs worth Rs. 95,913 seized sale and purchase records of various drugs properly including day book and to store the drugs as per their requirement and to supply drugs only on production of prescription and to issue Cash Memo’s strictly. They were asked to retain photo copies of Schedule H1 & Psychotropic Drugs with them for inspection of enforcement staff. During the drive, two Medical Shops in Bemina and Batmaloo local-
Shopian: April 26: The fierce gun battle in Manola Karewa area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district ended with the death of three militants and two Army men including a Major while a complete shutdown was observed against the killing of these three militants on Saturday. People clashed at number of places with Government Forces while people tried to attack an SOG camp at Hasanpora,
People resist nocturnal raid at Nowhatta
624 Medical Shops inspected, 123 licenses suspended Srinagar, Apr 26 (KNS): During the weeklong special drive conducted by the department of Drug & Food Control Organization, Kashmir Division, 624 Medical Shops were inspected by various teams throughout Kashmir Division. Licence’s of 123 Medical Shops was suspended for violating various provisions of D&C Act 1940. Besides, 26 Medical Shops were put on the show cause notices. The Chemists were asked to maintain
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Ashiq Hussain at his home, the police apprehended his uncle Nazir Ahmed Rangrez, his two cousins and the son-in-law of Nazir Ahmed. “All the arrested persons have
been lodged in police station Nowhatta,” one of the relatives of Rangrez family told CNS. A top police official said that he does not know anything See People on pg 11
Police comes hard on ‘stone-pelters’
Arrests several in raids Srinagar: April 26: Police have launched a major crackdown against stone pelters to prevent South Kashmir type protests on the polling days in Central and North Kashmir. A top police official told CNS that Police is continuously analyzing the video clips in order to identify the stone-pelters responsible for the disruption of peace and order in different parts of Kashmir Valley. “We ensure that no innocent gets trapped and every arrest is made after proper assessment and visualization,” he said adding that more than thousand youth are involved in recent stone-pelting incidents all across Kashmir. “I don’t have actual numbers lying with me about the arrests we have made so far, but we are conducting raids and stonepelters have been picked up from Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag, Kulgam, Tral, Kakapora, Sopore, Hajin, Kralpora Chadoora, Srinagar and other parts of the Valley. Police sources told CNS that at least 25 youth have See Police on pg 11
Dr. Farooq addresses public meetings in Chrar-e-Sharief Says south Kashmir has already punished PDP for nexus with BJP
Chrar-e-Sharief Apr 26 : National Conference Party President Dr. Farooq Abdullah addressed an impressive public meeting in Surasyaar, Chrare-Sharief today and said that “Modi’s modification of the ‘Idea of India’ is detrimental to the country’s peace and communal harmony”.
According to a statement issued to KNS, while speaking on the occasion, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said Narendra Modi was out to polarize the entire country in order to achieve his goal of becoming the Prime Minister. “The idea of India is that of a multicultural, multi-religious and secular country where every minority community feel included in growth, prosperity and avenues for development. It is this Idea of India that J&K acceded to and it is this Idea of India that National Conference believes in with utmost conviction”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said. See Farooq on pg 11
Defeat Farooq, send NC on leave: Mehbooba
ity were found running without a valid drug sale licence. The drugs worth Rs. 95,913/- were seized from the said shops. Moreover, the department lifted 334 samples from Government, pri-
vate establishments, wholesalers and retailers for analysis in order to ascertain their quality. The drive was launched to ensure that quality drugs are available to the ailing See Inspected on pg 11
Srinagar, Apr 26 : Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti has said the value of vote was first underlined in Jammu & Kashmir by the people of Ganderbal constituency in 2002 which had resulted in a revolutionary change all across the
state and even beyond.
According to a statement issued to KNS, while addressing number of meetings in a road show in Ganderbal segment of Srinagar parliamentary constituency Mehbooba said she could sense the revival of the same spirit today in the See Mehbooba on pg 11
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Aga still they are fighting against the aggression of Israeil. People have laid down their lives here for the ongoing movement and Hurriyat leaders must change their mindset,” he said. (CNS)
by Army on Saturday afternoon. Deputy Inspector General of Police South Kashmir Range Vijay Kumar identified the three slain militants as Muahammad Asif Wani aka Muzamil son of Abdul Razak resident of Bungam Drubgam, Shabir Ahmed Gorsi aka Rizwan son of Farooq Ahmed resident of Ringward Kellar and Abdul Haq son of Abdul Khaliq resident of Arwani Bijbehara. Major Mukund Vardarajan and soldier Vikram Singh of army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles were also killed during the gun battle. Reports said that one of the body of the militant was beyond recognition as his face was completely disfigured. The bodies of the all the three militants were brought to police lines Shopian for identification. Eyewitnesses told CNS that after seeing the bodies of the militants people and family members became emotional and raised anti-Indian slogans inside police lines. Security was beefed up in and around the native villages of these militants who were laid to rest amid pro-freedom slongans. Reports said that thousands of people participated in their funeral processions in their respective areas. Government Forces used tearsmoke shells at various places to disperse the protestors who attacked police and CRPF personnel with stones. Reports said that hundreds of people assembled near encounter site, with protestors clashing with police and paramilitary. Police had blocked all the roads leading towards encounter site and the native villages including Arwani, Drubgam and Ringward of these three slain militants, however hundreds of people participated in the funeral of militants. Amid pro-freedom slogans the slain militants were laid to rest in their ancestral graveyards. Eyewitnesses told CNS that protests broke out at Arwani when the body of Abdul Haq reached there. Scores of youth attacked SOG, CRPF camp at Hasanpora . Police resorted to teargas shelling to disperse the protestors. Reports said that the clashes between protestors and police continued for hours. All the shops and business establishments remained closed in Shopian and Pulwama while transport was off the roads. A police official said that some youth tried to disrupt peace by pelting stones on the police, however, police exercised maximum restraint and dispersed them. He said the situation in the town was peaceful. (CNS)
Omar the Centre. He said that time has come when the people of the State have to rise to the occasion by exposing the elements who divide them on different counts for petty power politics. Omar Abdullah said that National Conference represents the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and has always carried forward its agenda for equitable and inclusive development of the State. “We are committed to march ahead on this agenda seeking prosperity, peace and political stability in the State”, he said and added that the track record of NC and its leadership is full of sacrifices for the larger interests of the State. Taking PDP to the task for extending covert and overt support to BJP and its Prime Ministerial candidate in the current Lok Sabha Elections Omar Abdullah said that power hungry PDP leadership is out to barter the interests of the State and its people for obtaining blessings of Narendra Modi and BJP which founded this party in the State to act as its extended arm and “B-team”. He said despite fully knowing the ideology and agenda of BJP against Jammu and Kashmir PDP is openly out to provide tactical support to BJP in Jammu and Kashmir. The Working President National Conference asked the people to beware of the double faced PDP leadership who in one or the other garb attempt at creating confusion in the minds of people by flaring up tension and dividing the society on regional and religious lines. Omar Abdullah said that since its inception in the State PDP is nurturing a propagandist approach and using deceptive politics to be in limelight and grab the power. He asked the people to read between the lines and punish the clandestine alliance between BJP and PDP against Jammu and Kashmir. Omar Abdullah said that the best way to scuttle this unholy bonhomie between BJP and PDP is that the people of the State should come out in large number in favour of National Conference-Congress candidates and help in bringing a Jammu and Kashmir friendly government in the Centre that would take equal care for growth and development of all sections and all regions of the Country. He said Rahul Gandhi represents this kind of an approach as he symbolizes communal harmony, commitment to all sections of the society and holistic development of India. He said that in Rahul Gandhi Jammu and Kashmir has found its sincere friend who has been always been there to help the State. The rally was also addressed by the President, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee, Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz, Provincial President NC, Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani and various other senior leaders of National Conference and Congress. (KNS)
People about the incident and he would look into it. (CNS)
Police been arrested by police during nocturnal raids in South Kashmir’s Pulwama town after the eruption of clashes on the Polling day. “There is apprehension that some miscreants may try to disrupt the law and order on the day of polling in different assembly segments of Central Kashmir. “We are vigilant and have launched crackdown against those miscreants,” the police official said. Deputy Inspector General North Kashmir Range Ghulam Hasan Bhat told CNS that all arrangements have been made to conduct the coming Parliament elections in North Kashmir peacefully. “There are few restive places like Palhalan, Pattan, Hajin and Sopore and police is ensuring that no untoward incident occurs during the polling day,” he said adding that police is making all efforts to curb those elements who
are inimical to peace. Station House Officer Chadoora Arshid Ahmed told CNS that some miscreants have become habitual of stone-pelting and we are going to take action against those stone-pelters. “Yesterday, scores of stone-pelters attacked CRPF with stones and in this regard we have arrested few youth and formal cases have been registered against them,” he said and identified some of the arrested youth as Showkat Ahmed and Muhammad Ashraf. Reports said that police has also conducting raids in Old City Srinagar, Baramulla, Hajin and Sopore to apprehend all those stone-pelters who according to police are trouble-makers. Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and North Kashmir’s Hajin area of District Baramulla against the random arrests of youth. Reports said that police arrested at least 12 youth during nocturnal raids in different areas of Pulwama town while in Hajin area, police arrested five youth allegedly involved in stone-pelting incidents. One of the youth arrested by police during nocturnal raid at Hajin is a pellet gun victim who had lost his sight of right eye during clashes with police last month. (CNS)
Mufti what is more important is who represents them in the Parliament to be able to deal with the very serious issues facing J&K,” Sayeed said while addressing a series of election rallies in Budgam Assembly segment of Srinagar-Budgam Parliamentary constituency. According to a statement issued to KNS, PDP senior Vice-President Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Moulvi Abid Ansari, Rafiq Ah Mir Moulvi Imran Ansari, Saifuddin Bhat and Muntazir Mohi-ud-Dn, Azad Ah Samad, H Razvi,also addressed these rallies. Sayeed said as NC leaders have nothing to show by way of performance or a vision for 21st century J&K, they have adopted a multilevel scare strategy to mislead the voters. “While the party’s Modi-PDP nexus rhetoric is their substitution for a manifesto, enforced boycott is their ground strategy for manipulating polls,” he said and added that PDP on the other hand transformed the political discourse in J&K by piloting successfully and with conviction the crucial issues concerning the State and its people. Sayeed said PDP has not only put the Kashmir issue in a specific and rational political and economic context, but also laid strong foundations for its peaceful resolution in the emerging scenario of the regional and global political realities. “The remarkable feature of the political transformation that transcended on J&K in the post2002 era was that for the first time the State Government came on the forefront of the resolution process. The PDP-led Government, immediately after the 2002 elections, took the centre-stage and drove the peace process from the front,” he said and added that this political transformation accorded fresh credibility to the mainstream parties and public representatives in the State. Ridiculing NC leaders’ comic utterances on PDP-BJP nexus, Sayeed said a diatribe doesn’t behove a party that discarded Prof Saifuddin Soz for having voted against the then BJP government in 1999. Reiterating that PDP would continue to work handin-hand with the progressive and democratic forces in the country to facilitate dignified resolution of JK’s problems, Sayeed asked PDP cadres to prepare for a significant role ahead as the winds of change have already set in across J&K. Addressing the rallies, PDP senior Vice-President Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari lashed out at the Omar Abdullah-led Government for pushing the people into an anarchic and distressing situation and bringing back a sense of insecurity and uncertainty. He said the people have already started running out of patience with this disastrous Government as their miseries are multiplying with every passing day. “Ironically, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and is father Dr Farooq Abdullah are keeping themselves too busy in making hilarious noises on issues that mostly fall out of their domain,” he said and added that the Chief Minister seems to be resorting to such histrionics only to hide his countless failures on the home turf. Ansari said the contrary innocent killings have become the order of the day, power position in Kashmir has deteriorated to the worst levels ever, drinking water has become scarce, treasuries are running dry, pensioners are being denied pension, contractors are crying for payments, daily-wagers and consolidated workers plead for their wages, people are being kept hostage on roads for hours together due to horrific traffic jams and so on and so forth. “I challenge Omar Abdullah to show one single project anywhere in the State which he can claim was pioneered and accomplished by his Government during the past more than 5 years,” he said. He urged people to vote and support Tariq Hameed Karra, PDP candidate for Srinagar-Budgam Parliamentary constituency to send a strong representative voice to the Parliament. (KNS)
Farooq Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that Narendra Modi’s talk of development and progress has been exposed as nothing beyond shallow rhetoric given that the BJP manifesto talks about the same old divisive issues of construction of the Ram Mandir, Abrogation of Article 370 and the imposition of a Uniform Civil Code. “What does the Ram Mandir, Article 370 abrogation and imposition of Uniform Civil Code have to do with progress and development?”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah asked. Stating that the people of South Kashmir had punished PDP for its alignment with and endorsement of Narendra Modi, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said that PDP fielded its candidates tactically in Jammu to divide the secular, anti-BJP vote in order to directly help the BJP candidates in the fray. “This is no secret anymore - PDP has done everything Modi had asked of it in Jammu probably in liue of a promise of political patronage by Narendra Modi. However, the people of South Kashmir have aptly punished PDP for its secret dealings with Modi and the party is facing a historic rout from South - a rout that will be replicated in North and Central Kashmir as well in the coming days and months”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Farooq Abdullah asked the people to vote in large numbers for the NC-Congress Coalition so that communal forces and their partners within the State are kept at bay and aren’t allowed to succeed in their designs to dilute Article 370 for their personal political goals. (KNS)
at right prices. The public is asked to lodge their complaint any Drug or Medical Shop on the department’s helpline no:-0194-2495191. (KNS)
former heartland of the National Conference influence and hoped that Ganderbal would once again lead the state in liberating itself from the antics and
exploitation of Dr Farooq Abdullah who prefers to describe Kashmiris as ‘maha chors’ before filing nomination papers. “With what face is Farooq sahib asking for votes after such defamation” said Mehbooba. Senior party leader Qazi Mohammad Afzal, Abdul Wahid Dar, Zone president Ghulam Rasool Shaheen and others were also accompanying the party president. She said Ganderbal had once, in 2002, established the power of vote in the state which resulted in the first real change in the governance though it lasted for a few years. Mehbooba said the marginalization of the NC between 2002 and 2005 had opened a new window of hope and opportunity not just for J&K but for the entire region as well. “That change established new standards in the state politics and the politicians for the first time felt accountable to the people and MLAs were compelled by the new situation to identify themselves with the people and solve their problems,” she said and added that it is because of the introduction of credible alternative to NC in the shape of the PDP that the people are now able to make a clear choice of their representatives now. The PDP chief said if the people of Ganderbal had not taken bold and courageous decision in 2002 and voted against Omar Abdullah the state would never had realized that change in government could actually bring change in the lives of people. She said almost overnight the state terror promoted by the NC was demolished by the Mufti government by winding up the Task Force, disciplined security forces, disbanding Ikhwanis, scrapping POTA and restoring the dignity of common man. Political prisoners including top separatist leaders were released and the atmosphere of insecurity and random arrests was replaced with accountability of forces, said Mehbooba. Mehbooba said though the PDP made a government in coalition with Congress, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed introduced a new idiom in the state politics that could appeal even the NDA government at the Centre resulting in the famous Vajpayee initiatives in the Indo-Pak relations. A new chapter of openness and hope was started which culminated with the restoration of traditional routes and introducing travel and trade across the LoC. Normalcy returned to villages and cities, business revived, tourists returned to the valley besides such facilities like mobile telephony which Farooq Abdullah government had failed to get in spite of being part of the NDA. She said the process that was stalled by the change in government in 2008 has to be revived to carry forward the resolution efforts between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. “For this it is necessary that Dr Farooq Abdullah is defeated and the NC is once again sent on leave to let the people of J&K focus on fundamental issues,” said Mehbooba. “Together we would script a new destiny for the state which however cannot be done without active participation of Ganderbal,” she added. She said the ruling party knows it well that they don’t have anything substantial to show in the form of performance over the last five years and now they are raking-up misleading slogans, abusing opponents and making false promises to the people to make itself relevant, but that actually is not the case as people have made up their mind to change the political scenario in the state. (KNS)
has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC and investigation has been taken up to ascertain the cause of death. Meanwhile, a male body was recovered in Kokernag area of Anantnag District, last evening. Anantnag police recovered a male body in the forest area of Daran Khartee at Trag, in the jurisdiction of Police station Kokernag. The deceased was later identified as 30 years old Mohammad Rafiq son of Abdul Gafoor resident of Daran Larnoo, Anantnag. In this regard Kokernag Police has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of death. After conducting all medico-legal formalities Police handed over the body of deceased to his relatives for last rites. (GNS)
Protest The doctors at SDH referred her to Lal Ded Hospital Srinagar,” her husband Mehraj-ud-Din Malla told GNS. He added 15 points of blood were transfused into the patient. “However,” they said, “She couldn’t survive and breathed his last yesterday afternoon.” Soon after her death, people including her relatives held protests at SDH Ganderbal and locked down the hospital. The protesters alleged that the woman died due to medical negligence and demanded action against the accused doctors. A police team headed by Station House Officer (SHO) Ganderbal, Liyaqat Ahmad, reached the spot and pacified them after which they dispersed. Talking to GNS, the Block Medical Officer (BMO) Shabir Ahmad said that there is no medical negligence in Shameema’s death. However, he added: “A committee has been setup in this regard and it will probe the incident.” Meanwhile, police have registered an FIR number 55/14 in this regard under Section 304/A at police station Ganderbal. (GNS)
Power supply from 33 KV line Rawalpora-Rangreth shall also be affected on May 03, 2014 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. The power supply to the areas fed from the 33 KV lines shall remain affected on the said dates and time. (GNS)
Ganderbal represents betrayal of NC: Engineer Rashid Srinagar, April 26: Awami Ittihaad Party President (AIP) and MLA Langate Engineer Rashid has criticized the National Conference, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Congress for badly exploiting people in the name of farcical slogans of Autonomy and Self-rule. Engineer Rashid expressed concern that the mainstream leadership put unnecessary burden on state coffer for their personal luxuries while common masses continue to suffer on account of lack of basic facilities. Pertinently, Engineer Rashid participated in number of road shows in the Ganderbal District while campaigning for Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) Candidate from Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency Rashid Rahil, an eminent Journalist of Kashmir. “The Jammu & Kashmir State especially the Valley of Kashmir has suffered a lot on account of political uncertainty. Mainstream leaders have adopted a step-motherly attitude when it comes to development of Kashmir while today during my visit to Ganderbal District I can realize that despite always supporting National Conference the Ganderbal District is presenting bleak outlook in terms of the overall development. Ganderbal Township despite being District Headquarter is in shambles and represents the ungrateful and betrayal of National Conference. The cancer of VIP Culture promoted by majority of mainstream leaders has proven a costly affair for common people,” stated Engineer Rashid. Engineer Rashid made it clear that Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA’s) while seeking vote from people ignore the very people by acting as ‘White elephants’ and spending lavish life. “ While the elected representatives spend huge amount on personal luxuries and security the state coffer remains empty and no amount is thus available for development.NC has always tried to hoodwink people by autonomy from several decades and also now PDP by showing the green pastures of autonomy is misleading the people and Congress is also doing nothing,” observed Engineer Rashid. Engineer Rashid made it clear that the day of accountability of selfish politicians by people of Kashmir is very near. (GNS)
Office of the Dean Faculty of Arts University of Kashmir Admission Notice No Viii Consequent upon the counseling session held today on 26.04.2014 at 11:30 am in the office chamber of the undersigned, the below mentioned Roll numbers have attended the counseling. Open merit: 120266,120429,120375,120397,120173,1202 31,120106,120151,120089,120447,120421,120364,120011, 120116,120300,120316,120351,120331,120326,120410,120 472,120206,120517,120252,120203,120199 & 120277. Reserved category : RBA : 120279,120027,120163,120314. Sc/St : 120168,120234,120270,120056. Out of which the candidates bearing the following entrance Roll numbers have been provisionally selected as per merit for admission to M.A. English programme of the faculty , subjects to the conditions as already notified vide Admission NotificationNo ii issued by this office. a) Womens College M.A.Road. Open merit: 120266. b) South campus Anantnag.Open merit: 120173, 120106, 120151,120089,120364,120011,120331,120351,12 0326,120410,120472. c) North Campus Baramullah. Open merit: 120429, 120375,120397,120231,120421,. RBA : 120279,120027. Sc/St : 120168. They are advised to complete their admission formalities in the concerned departments by or before April 30, 2014. Sd/-Prof. Bashir Ahmad Nahvi Dean, Faculty of Arts No:-F (PG-Admission) DFA KU / 2014/ET-108
Public notice Date of birth of my ward Mohammad Yaseen Rather, a class 8th student, has been wrongly entered in school records as 1.6.1999 instead of 1.6.2002. Now this is to be rectified. Anybody having any objection in this regard may file the same in writing in the office of the Principal, Makki Memorial Educational Institute, Buchroo within 7 days of publication of this notice after that no objection will be entertained. Mohammad Shafi Rather F/o Mohammad Yaseen Rather, R/o Mathan, Chanapora Srinagar
Government of Jammu & Kashmir
of the Additional Commissioner (Administration) Commercial Taxes Department Kashmir
It is for the information of all stakeholders and dealers that electronic filing of returns for dealers having annual gross turnover of Rupees One Crore and above has been made compulsory w.e.f. 4th Quarter of 2013-14. In order to facilitate hassle free electronic filing of returns, Commercial Taxes Department has setup Control Rooms at Rural Circles and at Divisional level for providing all possible technical assistance to dealers with regards to filing of electronic returns. The Control Room assistance is available to dealers on 24 X 7 basis upto 30th April, 2014. In the event of dealers requiring any technical assistance, they may approach the nearest control room for getting the assistance from Resource Persons available at the Control Room. The contact information of the respective control rooms and Help Desk (24 X7) bearing Toll free Number (18001800040 ) is as given under: 1. Divisional Control Room (Kashmir): Excise & Taxation Building, Level 2, Room No: 208. Solina Srinagar. 2. Circle office (Anantnag) Control Room: CTD Circle Office, D.C complex Anantnag 3. Circle office (Pulwama) Control Room: CTD Circle Office, near Lyceum Intern School Dangerpora Pulwama. 4. Circle office (Baramulla) Control Room: CTD Circle Office Rangwar Baramulla. 5. Circle office (Kupwara) Control Room: CTD Circle Office, Bumhama Kupwara 6. Circle office (Sopore Control Room : CTD Circle Office,Nowpora Road near Shah Fasial Market Sopore. 7. Circle office (Leh) Control Room: CTD Circle Office, Balkhan Chowk Main Bazar Leh. 8. Circle office (Kargil) Control Room: CTD Circle Office, Inqilab Manzil Lai Chowk Kargil. 9. Circle office (Budgam) Control Room: CTD Circle Office, Humhama opp. J &K Bank.
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SRINAGAR | SUNDAY, APRIL | 27 | 2014
BJP backs ‘saint’ Ramdev, yoga guru sorry for Rahul remark
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ment and to supply drugs only on production of prescription and to issue Cash Memo’s strictly. They were asked to retain photo copies of Schedule H1 & Psychotropic Drugs with them for inspection of enforcement staff. During the drive, two Medical Shops in Bemina and Batmaloo locality were found running without a valid drug sale licence. The drugs worth Rs. 95,913/- were seized from the said shops. Moreover, the department lifted 334 samples from Government, private establishments, wholesalers and retailers for analysis in order to ascertain their quality. The drive was launched to ensure that quality drugs are available to the ailing at right prices. The public is asked to lodge their complaint any Drug or Medical Shop on the department’s helpline no:-01942495191.
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despite being in power for so long in India. On the FIR against Ramdev, Udit Raj, who is BJP candidate from Northwest Delhi constituency, claimed Congress is unnerved at the fact that dalits were supporting BJP. Asked why BJP was clarifying on Ramdev who was not even a member of the party, he said, “even though this matter is personal, we need to give a clarification as Ramdev has been supporting BJP. That is why it is our duty to support him. So there was a need to clarify from BJP side.” Ramdev regrets comment In the eye of a row over his comment against Rahul Gandhi, Ramdev on Saturday expressed regret to the dalit community, but claimed his remarks were “misrepresented”. Ramdev, however, insisted the Congress vice-president visited homes of the poor for “publicity
stunt, picnic or tourism”. “The statement I made has been misrepresented. The term honeymoon period is over is commonly used in political language. I tried to use it in that sense,” Ramdev claimed. “I had no intention to insult honourable Rahul Gandhi or dalit community. But this is also true that Rahul Gandhi goes to houses of poor and uses that opportunity as publicity stunt, picnic or tourism,” he said, adding: “I express regret if the use of that term has hurt the feelings of any community, especially dalit community.” Ramdev was here to attend a yoga camp organized by his Bharat Swabhiman Trust. The yoga teacher, who has been openly targeting the Congress and backing BJP’s prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi, has been booked by Uttar Pradesh police for his remarks against Rahul Gandhi made in Lucknow on Friday. “He goes to dalits’ houses for honeymoon and picnic. Had he married a dalit girl, then his luck could have clicked and he would have become the Prime Minister,” Ramdev had said.
Khurshid said on Saturday. He claimed that Narendra Modi was going to emerge as a “big problem” for BJP and referring to Ram temple movement, said that when “Bhagwan ki lehar” (God’s wave) could not stop Congress, then how can “Modi wave” stop it. Speaking to reporters at his native village Pitauram, he said there seemed to be no possibility of BJP forming the government. “After poll results, if necessary Congress could consider extending support even to the Third Front to form the government. Not only this, taking support
nasi that Maa Ganga has called him. Khurshid said that Modi went to pay floral tributes to great personalities, but did not went for “darshan” and “pujan”
of Ganga. The minister claimed that despite all efforts of the Election Commission, security arrangements at booths were lax, which was misused by Samajwadi Party workers. He said that he had received information of irregularities at 1015 polling booth of Aliganj assembly segment and had drawn the attention of the Election Commission. Khurshid claimed that central forces were not utilized properly. He said that in the last election central forces were deployed at the booths, but this time they were kept in reserve. The Congress candidate alleged that cases were lodged against him even “on slightest mistake”, whereas not a single FIR was lodged against SP candidate, “which was not a good message”.
We will recognize Israel, but never as a ‘Jewish state’, Palestinian president says RAMALLAH (Palestinian Territories): Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday the new unity government he is set to head with Hamas backing would reject violence and recognize Israel and existing agreements. Abbas was speaking to members of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s central council, which had convened to chart a course of action after Israel suspended US-brokered peace talks in response to the deal with Hamas. Israel said it would not negotiate with a government backed by Hamas, the armed Islamist movement ruling Gaza, which is pledged to the destruction of the Jewish state and has always rejected peace talks. “The upcoming government will obey my policy,” Abbas told
members of his PLO on Saturday. “I recognize Israel and reject violence and terrorism, and recognize international commitments.” Abbas stressed that negotiations with Israel would not be held by the new government but rather by the PLO, which “represents the entire Palestinian people”. The PLO is the internationally recognized representative of the Palestinians and their interlocutor in peace talks, while the Palestinian Authority was created as part of the Oslo peace process of the 1990s to administer the occupied Palestinian territories. Abbas heads both, as well as the secular Fatah party, which dominates the PLO. Under the Wednesday agreement signed in Gaza between Hamas and the PLO, Abbas
would head an “independent government” of technocrats, to
be formed within five weeks. The new interim Palestinian administration would be charged with holding parliamentary and presidential elec-
Poll preparedness reviewed at Srinagar, Election Observers impart training to Micro Observers SRINAGAR, APRIL 26: For the smooth conduct of Lok Sabha Elections in 02-Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency, General Observers, Mr. Harbhupinder Singh and Mr. A.K Singh convened a meeting with Micro Observers here today. Additional District Development Commissioner, who is also the Assistant Returning Officer for 02-Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency and other concerned officers were also present in the meeting. To ensure peaceful, free and fair polls in the Constituency, the Observers impressed upon the concerned officers to monitor the strict implementation of Modal Code of Conduct in letter and spirit and asked them to be in consultation with Observers and concerned Assistant Returning Officers on during poll process. The Micro Observers were asked to ensure Mock poll well before the actual poll begins on the polling day besides ensure that polling booth set up is as per the Election Commission of India guidelines.
Election campaign shall end at 6 p.m on April 28
BUDGAM, APRIL 26: According to the District Election Officer Budgam, who is also the District Development Commissioner Budgam, all the Political Parties of district have been asked that the election campaign in connection with Lok Sabha Elections-2014 shall end on April 28, 2014 at 6 p.m. This was given out in the meeting convened by the District Election Officer, Budgam, Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Shah with Assistant Returning officers of all the five Assembly segments of the Budgam.The Assistant Returning Officers were instructed to ensure that all polling booths in the district have all basic facilities in place for both polling parties as well as voters including adequate supply of drinking water and electric lights besides wash rooms. They were also directed to display No Smoking notice at each polling booth of the district.It was also told that provision of ramps have been put in place to facilitate physically challenged voters on polling day in the district.
tions within six months of taking office.
Israel and Western nations view Hamas as a terrorist organization, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas must chose between rec-
March 21-April 19
Allow your eager and restless nature to express itself in ways other than through the spoken word, Aries. Show someone that you care through your gentle touch or a big bear hug. Hold on a little bit more tightly than you might normally. There’s an unspoken understanding that comes when you communicate through nothing but pure silence. Work on developing this kind of connection with those closest to you.
Taurus April 20-May 20
This is a terrific day for you, Taurus. You should find that your relationships, especially with men, go exceptionally well. Your tender and extremely sensitive nature is finally being recognized as the treasure chest it is. There are many times in which this type of personality is seen as weak, yet today is one of those times in which you’re given the full credit you deserve.
Gemini May 21-June 21
A selfish attitude on your part won’t be tolerated today, regardless of the circumstances, Gemini. Don’t make it worse for yourself by pretending that you don’t notice others’ hurt feelings. People are likely to be extra sensitive today, so be careful about trying to impose your will on someone who really wants nothing more than an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Congress could consider giving support to Third Front, Salman Khurshid says from the Third Front could also be considered,” he said. He said that Modi had said in Vara-
onciling with the Islamist group and negotiating peace with the Jewish state. Abbas also reiterated that the Palestinians would never recognize Israel as the “Jewish state,” saying they recognized it as a state in 1993 and shouldn’t have to accept its religious identity, which has been a central demand made by Netanyahu. The Palestinian leader pointed out that no similar demand was made of Egypt or Jordan when they signed peace treaties recognizing Israel. The dispute over recognition and Israel’s continuing construction of settlements in the occupied territories presented major obstacles to US secretary of state John Kerry’s dogged efforts to coax the two sides towards a historic peace agreement.
You could find the hardest person to face is you, Cancer. You tend toward introspection, and you may find yourself shrinking into self-recrimination. You could analyze the important people in your life and yet fail to address the one you really need to look at – you. As you continually strive for perfection, give yourself proper credit. Do something nice for yourself today.
July 23-August 22 Take advantage of the creative energy in the air today, Leo. Keep your hands moving and your imagination flowing toward something fun and artistic. If you begin to doubt your work, you may fall down a spiral of creative blockage. Don’t get into the habit of constantly judging the quality or outcome of your work. Give yourself free rein to open up and explore whatever comes to mind.
August 23-September 22
Your sixth sense is right on target, Virgo, so trust your instincts today. You’re likely to connect with someone in a wonderful partnership that will help you foster the very plan you want to develop now. Stay close to those things that resonate strongly with your morals. The answer is in front of you; you don’t have to search too far afield in order to find it.
September 23-October 23 Take a break from your routine, Libra. You might feel like you’re leading an army into battle as you strive for new adventures and conquer new realms. Make sure you take a bit of time out today to stop and let your troops rest. You deserve a little rest yourself. Use this moment of stillness to form your plan of attack so you’re sure about how to proceed.
October 24-November 21 The key for you is to minimize your daily drama as much as possible, Scorpio. You may not realize how much you cripple yourself by the way you exaggerate every aspect of your life. Try not to give so much of your attention to things that really don’t matter much. Petty jealousy and gossip about other people’s lives are especially irrelevant in your world.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Be careful of advertising yourself as someone who is so strong and mentally competent that you’re capable of handling everything, Sagittarius. Take note that the strongest mule on the trail usually ends up carrying the most weight. Your emotions are more sensitive than you may think, and certainly more than you demonstrate to others. Be honest about the way you feel and not just the way you think.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
RO, Election Observer visits Bandipora
Reviews election preparedness BANDIPORA, APRIL 26:
Election Observer, Dr. S. Murali Krishna along with the Returning Officer, 01-Baramulla Parliamentary Constituency, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone visited Bandipora and reviewed preparedness with regard to ongoing Lok Sabha Elections during a high level meeting here today. Speaking on the occasion, the Observer impressed upon the officers to ensure free, fair and impartial elections in the district. He said that the guidelines of the Election Commission of India should be implemented strictly. He asked the concerned officers to deliver their duties with full spirit. District Election Officer (DEO), Bandipora, Dr. Shah Faisal, S.P Bandipora, Mr. M.S. Mir, senior officers, Assistant Returning Officers, Master Trainees besides Micro Observers were also present in the meeting. The DEO on the occasion through a Power Point presentation explained various plans and committees constituted for ensuring transparent elections in the district. S.P Bandipora also made the Observer aware about the security arrangements made in the district for on-going elections. Election Observer also convened a meeting with the representatives of various Political Parties and discussed several issues with regard to Lok Sabha Elections. Randomization of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was also held in presence of the Observer, Returning Officer, District Election Officer, Assistant Returning Officer and other officers here at Bandipora during this tour of Election Observer.
Things should flow well for you today with very little effort on your part, Capricorn. Take note that if any quarrel arises, it’s an indication that the person you’re arguing with isn’t necessarily the right person to deal with or confide in. Emotional issues are likely to be the hardest ones to overcome, but this shouldn’t be a problem for you. You have the ability to work through these like a pro.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
This is meant to be a nice, relaxing day, so treat it as such, Aquarius. There’s no need for you to plan any great strategy at this time. Try to take it easy and not indulge in any unnecessary stress. This is your time to enjoy the moment. Don’t tax your mind by overanalyzing everything that comes your way. Go with the flow and have a great time regardless of what you end up doing.
February 19-March 20 Your sensual nature is heightened, Pisces, and you’ll find yourself engaged in tender moments and languid peacefulness in the company of others. Soothe your soul by letting yourself slip into situations that give you the emotional freedom to do or say whatever comes to mind. Life should be like a love poem written by a great master. Accept the good energy that comes your way.
EDITORIAL/ OPINION Present elections can prove a good omen in India Pak relations
resent elections are not only important for the country but they are going to have far reaching impact and influence on international level including the relations with neighboring country in particular. Though the pace of Indo-Pak relations at this juncture has slowed down but everybody on the diplomatic front is eagerly waiting for the outcome of parliamentary elections which will decide the future foreign policy of India. The party which will come to power will have its own strategy and its foreign policy will be determined on its approach towards the vital issues based on its ideological thinking. Certainly the BJP will not have the same foreign policy as that of congress party if it comes to power. The party is guided by its hardline stand and will perhaps not want to dilute it as far as the vital issues like Kashmir problem is concerned. If congress regains the power certainly its stand will be a replica of what it followed during the five years. Whatever the results of the present elections the people in general will want that a stable peace prevails in the subcontinent and Indo-Pak relations touch new heights. The people of the two countries have always strived for better relations but it has always been the politics which has come in the way of cordial relations. The atmosphere in the entire world is changing and unifying forces are gaining momentum in different parts which indicate a positive change in the mind set of the people who now prefer to live nearer softening the boarders than they used to some three or four decades back. India and Pakistan are the off shoots of the one giant tree with same history, culture, civilization and background. It will be easier for these two countries to cement their relations and overcome all the differences by solving their outstanding issues on the negotiation table. The present poll in India should become handy for laying a new basis of a very cordial friendly relation between India and Pakistan. If that is achieved the present elections will be a good omen for the people of sub-continent internally and externally.
Srinagar, Sunday 27 April 2014
India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier - INS Vikrant
ndia’s first indigenously built Air Craft Carrier (Project -71) christened as INS Vikrant was launched at Cochin Shipyard Limited. With the launch, India joined the elite club of nations in the world capable of designing and constructing an Air Craft Carrier. The keel of the ship was laid on February 28, 2009. The launching of the ship in four years time is a creditable achievement. INS Vikrant became the Country’s most prestigious and largest warship project. Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), the Country’s premier shipbuilding yard has been mandated to build the indigenous Air Craft Carrier, for the Indian Navy. The basic design of the Air Craft Carrier was carried out by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design (DND). The design was further developed into a detailed design by the design team of Cochin Shipyard Limited. DND has successfully designed over 17 different classes of warships, to which around 90 ships have already been built within the country. Designing of the Vikrant, at almost 40,000 tonnes speaks of the maturing of the capabilities of DND and represents a feather in the cap of the designers particularly as it is the first aircraft carrier of its size in the world with some unique features such as Gas Turbine Propulsion At the launch, marking the end of Phase- I of the project, the imposing ramp of the 37,500 tonne Short Take off but Assisted Recovery (STOBAR) Carrier boasted the indigenous design and build capabilities of the country. The ship has attained its designed length of about 260 m and is almost at its maximum breadth of 60 m. The main landing strip is ready. Over 80% of the structure, containing about 2300 compartments has been fabricated, over 75% has been erected, all the major machinery, such as the two LM2500 Gas Turbines developing a total power of 80 MW, the diesel alternators capable of producing about 24 MW and the main gear box have been fitted. Soon after Vikrant floated perfectly upright, she was launched out into the Ernakulam Channel in a pontoon assisted precision manoeuvre. Vikrant was moved out of the building dock to be positioned in the refitting dock where the next Phase of outfitting will be completed The Aircraft Carrier would carry a complement of mix of fixed wing and rotary aircrafts in its hanger. The Aircraft Carrier is a mini floating city, with a flight deck area covering the size of two football fields. The length of cabling would be 2700 KM which, if laid end to end would stretch from Kochi to Delhi. The ship would have a complement of 1600 personnel. Vikrant will be capable of operating an aircraft mix of the Russian MiG-29K and LCA (Navy) fighters being developed indigenously by HAL. Its helicopter component will include the Kamov 31 and the indigenously developed ALH helicopters. The ship’s ability to sense and control a
large air space around it will be enabled by modern C/D band Early Air Warning Radar, V/UHF Tactical Air Navigational and Direction Finding systems, jamming capabilities over the expected Electro Magnetic (EM) environment and Carrier Control Approach Radars to aid air operations. Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR SAM) systems with Multi-Function Radar (MFR) and Close- In Weapon System (CIWS) will form the protective suite of the ship. All weapon systems onboard the carrier will be integrated through an indigenous Combat Management System (CMS), being manufactured by Tata Power systems. The ship’s integration with Navy’s Network Centric Operations will provide force multiplication. The steel has come from SAIL’s plants in Rourkela in Orissa, Bokaro in Jharkand and Bhilai in Chattisgarh; the Main Switch Board, steering gear and water tight hatches have been manufactured by Larsen and Toubro in its plants in Mumbai and Talegaon; the high capacity air conditioning and refrigeration systems have been manufactured in Kirloskar’s plants in Pune; most pumps have been supplied by Best and Crompton, Chennai; Bharat Heavy Engineering Limited (BHEL) is supplying the Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS); the massive gear box is supplied by Elecon in Gujarat; the tens of thousands of electrical cable is supplied by Nicco industries in Kolkata; Kolkata is also where the ship’s anchor chain cable is manufactured. The launch marks the end of the first phase of the construction of the carrier with nearly 75%
of the vessel structure, including the ski-jump, in place. Vikrant will now enter the second phase of construction which will see the outfitting of the ship, fitment of various weapons and sensors, integration of the gigantic propulsion system and integration of the aircraft complex (with the assistance of M/s NDB of Russia). The ship will then undergo extensive trials before she is handed over to the Indian Navy by around 2016-17. The Ship is designed to survive in the event of attack by nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. The project was fraught with many challenges right from the special steel used in construction to the fabrication and erection of the large blocks and lowering of the huge main equipment. These challenges were overcome by the innovative and creative workforce of CSL The shipyard has developed a number of weld procedures and introduced automation to ensure quality of welding and increase productivity. The yard has adopted techniques to increase production rates by going in for grand assembly of blocks and pre-outfitting to the extent possible. Cochin Shipyard today is the best performing shipyard in India. The Shipyard had built and delivered over 90 ships since its inception. The largest ship built in the Country has been constructed by CSL. In the last decade the company has built and exported over 40 ships to International owners. The indigenous Aircraft Carrier designed by DND is one of the most prestigious warship project of the Indian Navy. Indian Navy has now changed the status from buyer’s navy to a builder’s navy.
Mahatma Gandhi An Ace Communicator
Mahatma Gandhi, “The Father of the Nation” is one of the greatest freedom fighter, a revolutionary social reformer and above all an ace communicator. Not only he held lofty principles but he effectively propagated his message among the masses by using the then existing media, mostly the print as well as through public meetings. Among his other qualities of leadership he was the best communicator. His distinguish quality was that he truthfully believed in the message and skillfully conveyed his philosophy which he himself also practiced. He sent his thoughts through the life by setting a personal example. His autobiography titled “My Experiments with Truth” narrates the actual life he lived and practised his principles for setting a personal example. This was also the secret of his success as a communicator. More than anyone else, Mahatma Gandhi recognized that skillful communication is the most effective tool to shape public opinion and mobilize it for popular support. He was successful because he had a latent skill in communication that surfaced in South Africa where he started during 1903 “The Indian Opinion”. Gandhi’s journalism belonged to an era where there were no modern mass communication gadgets. He did make use of his mighty pen to convey his heart to millions of his followers and admirers across the globe. Successful Media Use After return to his motherland on January 9, 1913, he spearheaded the freedom struggle. Gandhiji did make best use of the nationalist press and his own journals: Young India, Navjeevan and other periodicals to reach the masses in every nook and corner of the country. He also knew that the secret of reaching out to the hearts of people living in the rural areas was through the age-old oral traditions as also public lectures, prayers meetings and padayatras (walks). He used all the available means of communication channels of the time to give a new direction to the national struggle and assumed the inspiring leadership on the national scenario and won the freedom through the unique technique of non-violence, Satyagraha, truthfulness. Gandhiji never for a moment minimized the important role of newspapers (then radio was under the British Government control and the television channels were non-existent). He would scan
through all the newspapers and reply suitably to any misrepresentation or distortion of facts. It is to his credit that he did use the traditional and modern media of communication with telling effect. Trend-Setting Style Gandhiji made his personality felt through the columns of Young India and other periodicals. The impending change was visible from the very beginning. He turned those into his “views papers” ventilating his point of view .The Young India sold more copies than the combined total circulation of several other newspapers in the country. There were not only new thoughts, simple but stylish language and a fresh air of fine quality of journalistic writings. It is a unique feature that Gandhiji had not been accepting advertisements for his periodicals and what is more, he had allowed his articles to be freely reproduced in most other newspapers in India or elsewhere.
Gandhiji proved that style was the master and his writings were complete departure from the one that was in practice. His English was biblical and he was meticulous about the use of proper words at the particular moment. Above all, his sentences were simple and lucid. In fact, he wrote from his heart and directed it to the hearts of his targeted readership. Gandhiji himself declared all his journals as ‘views papers” because all of them were organs of political and social movements which discussed with intensity and concentration the public problems. Gandhian Era Gandhiji, in fact, brought many new elements which introduced a free life in the field of journalism. Many of his followers were moved to write and publish in the Indian languages and regional journalism began to acquire an importance and there was hardly an area in the country that did not have its newspapers. An effective communicator, Gandhiji was fearless and eloquent with his words. He reached out to millions of people and convinced them of his cause. Gandhiji was probably the greatest journalist of all time, and the weeklies he edited were probably the great example of weeklies of that period. He published no advertisements but the same time he did not let his newspapers run at a loss. He wrote simply and clearly but forcefully, with passion and burning indignation. Indelible Imprints “One of the objects of a newspaper, he said, is to understand the popular feeling and give expression to it, another is to arouse among the people certain desirable sentiments, and the third is fearlessly to expose popular defects”, Mahatma Gandhi has always stressed. The Father of the Nation was not only one of the greatest freedom fighter with his unique technique of non-violence but was the best communicator who mobilized the public opinion for attainment of freedom. Gandhiji made optimal use of other channels of communication very efficiently and effectively as he had a rare knack of “inventing apt news events” to get the best coverage by the media. Mahatma Gandhi exercised his high moral values in his political life and practice of mass communication which stands out as a light house for all times to come.
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