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VOL NO: 3 | ISSUE NO: 330 | RS: 2/- (AIR SURCHARGE FOR JAMMU /DELHI/LEH 50 PAISA)
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Mother, two daughters died of suffocation in Kulgam Srinagar, Dec 26: A lady along with her two daughters died of suffocation in their sleep due to the reported leakage of LPG gas in Kulgam. The reports received by Kashmir News Service mentioned that a lady Sonia wife of Khursheed Ahmad Dar along with two daughters six year old Rahie and eight years old Tanveera were found dead in their kitchen at village Ladgoo,Kulgam. The reports reaching KNS mentioned that Kulgam police rushed to the spot and found that leakage of gas cylinder in the kitchen where the trio was sleeping. The proceedings under section 174 CrPC were initiated to ascertain the cause of the death. After the completion of post mortem at District Hospital, Kulgam and other legal formalities the bodies were handed over to their relatives for last rites.
Inside story Police Public Mela in Feb,Vaid discusses arrangements Arrangements for day long Police Public Mela, being held in Jammu, were discussed in a senior police officers meeting held at Police Headquarters (PHQ) here today. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Additional Director General of Police Headquarters (ADGP), Mr. S. P. Vaid. Deliberating on the aims of the Melas, ADGP said that Police Public Mela is one of the
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LC panel stresses on improving basic infrastructure The Department Related Standing Committee (DRSC)-II of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Thursday directed the Power Development Department to gear up its field functionaries to ensure better power supply to the people of the State. The Committee, which met here
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On Edit Page Unemployment-Result of rampant nepotism, corruption and militancy The unemployment problem, no doubt, has thrown a big challenge for the whole world community. Every country is struggling hard to overcome this gigantic issue. It has eschewed most of the natural resources of the developing countries but the solution to the problem remains a distant
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FORECAST FOR NEXT 24 HRS:
Weather will be mainly dry over the state.
FORECAST OF SRINAGAR: Partly cloudy sky with haze.Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 10°C & -1°C respectively.
TEMPERATURE MAXIMUM 10.2 0C MINIMUM 1.8 0C 05:30 pm SUNSET ON(FRI.) SUNRISE ON (SATURDAY) 07:36 am
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Inaugurates 5-day National Integration Camp at Jammu
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Half widows can marry after 4 years
Azad, Soz on the same page; Scheduled to address a joint rally on Dec 28 at Shangus Srinagar, Dec 26: Senior Congress leader & Union Minister for Health Ghulam Nabi Azad and
leaders will be seen sharing dais after a long time. When contacted, Prof Soz confirmed the report say-
Pradesh Congress Committee president Prof Saifu-Din Soz are scheduled to address a joint rally at Shangus in South Kashmir on December 28. Sources told KNS that Congress workers drawn across the South Kashmir will attend the rally. This for the first time that the two Congress senior
ing: “Yes I have already told you that we are on the same page.” The PCC chief further told KNS that he wants to make it clear that there are no differences between the two leaders and all the workers and party supporters shall work jointly to strengthen See Azad on pg 11
Fatwa (Religious commandment) by Islamic Jurists Srinagar, Dec 26:A group of religious scholars Thursday unanimously concluded that the half-widows whose husbands have disappeared in custody over last 20 years can marry after four years. According to the KNS correspondent, at the conclusion of third round of consultation over the issue organized by Ehsaas, a civil society initiative, the Ulemas (scholars) from different schools of thought representing various institutions and organizations issued a joint statement saying that any half widows who intends to re marry can do so after 4 years (as per conditions laid down by Hazrat Imam Malik RA). They also resolved that the issue of property in respect of the half widows should be resolved in the light of teachings of Holy Quran and Hadith. However,
reaching out to those affected in the conflict in last 20 years. Pertinently, the dissolution of Muslim marriage act 1939 is already in place in India wherein it is mentioned that A woman married under Muslim law shall be entitled to obtain a decree for the dissolution of her marriage on any one or more of the following grounds, namely:(i) that the whereabouts of the husband have not been known for a period of four years; (ii) that the husband has neglected or has failed to provide for her maintenance for a period of two years; (iii) that the husband has been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of seven years or upwards; See Fatwa on pg 11
the Ulemas said that a detailed edict (Futwa) would be issued very soon. Those who attended the meeting presented papers and later signed the joint statement include Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng (Patron Anjuman e Himayatul Islam), Mufti Mohammad Yaqoob (Jamiat e Ahla Hadees J & K), Mohammad Manzoor Raza (Karwan e Islami J & K), Mujahid Shabir Ahmad Falahi (Jamat e Islami J & K), Mohammad Saeed ur Rehman Shams (Anjuman e Nusratul Islam J & K), Moulana Hakim Sajjad Hussain (Ahle Bait Foundation J & K) and Mufti Mohammad Ishaq Nazki (Darul Uloom Raheemiya Bandipore). Noted educationist and Head of Ehsaas group Bashir Ahmad Dar, extended gratitude to Ulemas and stressed for need of
LeT militant killed in Gunfight
Exchange of fire in Tral Kar Irshad /Agencies Srinagar, Dec 26: A top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant was killed in an encounter with the government forces that started on Wednesday evening in Hushoora Village of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Official sources told GNS that acting on specific information, army’s 35 RR, 53 RR and SOG launched a search operation at Hushroo village Wednesday evening. “As soon as the joint team of
forces intensified the searches, the militants holed up inside a residential house of Nazir Ahmad Dar opened heavy fire resulting into a fierce gunfight between the two sides,” a police official said. However, the gunfight was suspended due to darkness last evening and was immediately resumed early Thursday morning, in which a militant was killed, the official sources said. As the gunfight resumed the forces blasted the house where the militant was holed up.
Ambulance halt controversy
IGP Traffic initiates departmental enquiry Srinagar, Dec 13: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Traffic has ordered a departmental enquiry into Seelu-Sopore ambulance halt controversy, after Deputy Commissioner Baramulla submitted his enquiry report before the office of divisional commissioner Kashmir, reportedly indicting some traffic cops for the halt. The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailendra Kumar told KNS: “I received the Baramulla Deputy Commissioner’s report and I have forwarded the same to the IGP Traffic for departmental enquiry in light of the observations made by the DC.” Pertinently, the DC Baramulla conducted the enquiry ordered by the divisional commissioner Kashmir following an ambulance halt controversy which allegedly led to death of a patient who was being ferried from Handwara hospital to SKIMS Soura. “I have ordered a departmental enquiry to See Ambulance on pg 11
The body of the militant was retrieved by the forces and later handed over to the locals for burial. An AK-47 rifle was among the arms and ammunition seized from the debris of the hideout partly destroyed during the encounter, he said. Meanwhile, soon after the encounter concluded, violent clashes broke out at different places including Lelhar and Kakpora areas of the district as the rumor spread See Militant on pg 11
‘Govt ensured democratic decentralization, development’ New Delhi, Dec 26: Amid demands by jurists and BJP, government on Thursday gave the go ahead to grant constitutional status to a proposed Commission for appointment and transfer of judges to the higher judiciary to ensure that its composition cannot be altered through an ordinary legislation. A Parliamentary standing
Opposition conspiring to disintegrate State: Kichloo ‘Asks people to foil their designs’ Srinagar, Dec 26: Slamming opportunist political parties for creating wedges between the communities on the basis of religion, region, caste and creed, the Minister for Industries and Commerce, Home and Tourism, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo today asked the people to foil their machinations to uphold integrity and solidarity of all the three regions of the State. He said the coalition Government, headed by Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah will fight tooth and nail to defeat such division’s forces and will not allow anyone to disintegrate the State and its people. Speaking to various deputations who
Employees aghast as treasuries dry in Handwara Srinagar, Dec 26: The state government employees at North Kashmir’s Handwara Thursday accused that the authorities have turned blind eye towards their plight and that the applications for the disbursement of their G.P. funds are pending in the treasury office from the last one month. According to the KNS district Correspondent, the employees while expressing serious concern over the ‘inordinate’ delay to the disbursement of their G.P. Funds stated that the treasury officers have kept their applications pending since more than a month.“I have my son admitted in the hospital at Srinagar and I
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need money so that his blood transfusion could be done at the earliest but the delay is making me worried,” said Ghulam Qadir. Another employee Mohammad Maqbool Mir said that the employees trust the government and save their precious money in the treasury so that they could use the same in the hour of need but the delay for the disbursement has no legal ground. However, when the Treasury Officer Handwara was contacted, he told KNS that the treasury at present has no funds and that more than one crore and 85 lakhs are liability of the treasury at present.
called him today at his office chamber in the civil Secretariat, Jammu, Kichloo said communal and antinational forces are hell bend to polarise the society by exploiting regional and religious sentiments of the people adding that need of the hour was to thwart their designs. He said people should not get swayed by the hollow promises and lied of defeated political parties and should themselves differentiate between their real friends and foes. He said report card of the present coalition is before the people and the record development in all the sectors which has taken place, during last five years has unnerved the opposition parties so are they speaking lies to hoodwink the public opinion. “But the lie has not legs to stand upon”,Kichloo said adding that See Kichloo on pg 11
committee which examined the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Bill, 2013 had also made a
similar recommendation. There were demands that the composition as See Sagar on pg 11
Cabinet nod for constitutional status to proposed JAC New Delhi, December 26: Amid demands by jurists and BJP, government on Thursday gave the go ahead to grant constitutional status to a proposed Commission for appointment and transfer of judges to the higher judiciary to ensure that its composition cannot be altered through an ordinary legislation. A Parliamentary standing committee which examined the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) Bill, 2013 had also made a similar recommendation. There were demands that the composition as well as the functions of the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) should be mentioned in the Constitution as a safeguard
against future changes. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting held in New Delhi on Thursday. According to the proposal, while new Article 124 A of the Constitution will define the composition of JAC, Article 124 B will define its functions. At present, the composition of the proposed panel is defined in the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013 which was introduced along with a separate constitutional amendment bill in Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session. The constitutional amendment bill says there will be a JAC but does not say it will be headed by the CJI or mentions the composition See Cabinet on pg 11
War of words heats up between politicians
What happened to your “Meter Hatao Aur Heater Lagao” slogan: PDP asks Omar Srinagar, Dec 26: Castigating Chief Minister Omar Abdullah over the promises he made to the people before 2008 elections, PDP Thursday asked Omar that what happened to the slogans of ‘meter hatao, heater logao’ that Omar raised at that time. The reports received by Kashmir News Service mentioned that senior PDP leader and former Finance Minister, Tariq Hameed Karra while urging the youth to spearhead the movement for
change, accused that the state’s young population has become the biggest victim of the tyrannical policies of the present government as they are being subjected to collective punishment. “Besides getting victimized collectively by the repressive policies of the present government, the state’s youth are being subjected to economic subjugation by depriving them the opportunities of employment and other income-generating avenues,” Karra said while ad-
dressing a PDP workers convention at Shalbugh here. He further accused that a culture of waywardness and drug abuse is being promoted among the youth under a clandestine plan to incapacitate them. He said by corrupting various institutions including BOPEE and recruiting agencies, the present government is pushing the youth towards a perpetual state of despair and uncertainty. “After pushing the youth into See Karra on pg 11
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Fatwa..... (iv) that the husband has failed to perform, without reason- able cause, his marital obligations for a period of three years.
Azad..... the party in nook and corner of the state. He said the party is scheduled to hold big public rallies in coming days in both Jammu and Srinagar. “Congress has emerged a vibrant force to reckon with in the state. Now in order to strengthen its further, I will invite Ambika Soni, party incharge for Jammu and Kashmir affairs and Ghulam Nabi Azad the union health minister to attend these public rallies in near future,” Prof Soz told KNS. The PCC president told KNS that after a successful public mobilization drive by his party at Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu province, he wants to expedite the mass contact programmes in other regions of the state and Shangus public rally is a part of that programme
Militant..... that a local militant Showkat Ahmad Lone, son of Ghulam Mohammad of Lelhar Kakpora has been killed in the gunfight. Meanwhile, the family sources of Showkat Ahmad Lone told GNS that they were called for identification of the body who was not their kin.” “We have confirmed that the militant killed in Chadura is not Showkat,” Riyaz Ahmad Lone, his brother told GNS. Superintendent of Police (SP) Budgam Mohammad Irshad identified the slain militant as Omar Bilal, a resident of Pakistan administered Kashmir. “He was involved in the killing of Station House Officer (SHO) Chadoora, Shabir Ahmad on December 02,” the SP said. The police official said that “Omar was one of the most wanted militants in Budgam-Pulwama belt who had planned and executed a number of guerrilla strikes and played key role in reviving militancy in that area.” The cordon-and-search operation had begun at Hushroo on Wednesday afternoon, a day after a group of militants reportedly escaped from a cordon at Ichhkoot village, near Budgam,” SP Mohammad Irshad said. He said that police and security forces could not find Omar’s local accomplice, Riyaz, of Panzan village, who was believed to have escaped with the LeT’s Pakistani commander during a brief encounter with Budgam Police at Ichhkoot on Tuesday. According to the information available with the police, Riyaz was unarmed and was hiding somewhere in the same area, he added.Mean while Militants on Thursday gave slip to a joint party of Army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of police after a brief encounter at Gadpora Tral area in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Sources told Global News Service that acting on information regarding the presence of some militants, Army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), CRPF and Special Operations Group of police cordoned off the village Gadpora, Wednesday evening and started combing operation to
flush out the suspected militants. As the team started search operations, the militants hiding in the village opened several shots at them before fleeing. Though the forces intensified the searches in the village, the militants, sources said, have managed to escape by taking advantage of darkness. The search operation was in progress when the last reports came in.
Sagar..... well as the functions of the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) should be mentioned in the Constitution as a safeguard against future changes. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting held in New Delhi on Thursday. According to the proposal, while new Article 124 A of the Constitution will define the composition of JAC, Article 124 B will define its functions. At present, the composition of the proposed panel is defined in the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013 which was introduced along with a separate constitutional amendment bill in Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session. The constitutional amendment bill says there will be a JAC but does not say it will be headed by the CJI or mentions the composition. While the constitutional amendment bill - an enabling bill - was passed by the Upper House, the main bill - the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013--was referred to the standing committee. The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill defines the establishment of the proposed body to recommend appointment and transfer of judges of the Supreme Court and the high courts. “We have made compromises to make the bill palatable to all. We have satisfied all demands.... The bill with official amendments will be tabled in the Lok Sabha now,” Law Minister Kapil Sibal said. While a constitutional amendment bill requires twothird majority for passage in a House, a normal legislation just needs a simple majority. The bill seeks to scrap the present collegium system under which judges appoint judges. Some jurists and BJP had expressed the apprehension that any future government can tamper with the composition of the commission which could alter the balance. They had said that as amending Constitution was not an easy task, CJI as the head of the panel should find mention in the constitution amendment bill. Apart from CJI, two Supreme Court judges, the Law Minister and two eminent citizens - to be selected by a panel comprising the Prime Minister, CJI and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha - will be its members. Secretary (Justice) in the Law Ministry will be the convener of JAC. The Law Ministry is learnt to have not accepted the other recommendation of the parliamentary panel to have a separate state-level JAC to appoint and transfer judges of the 24 high courts. The parliamentary panel had also recommended that it should be made a seven-member body by having three eminent citizens instead of two. Sources said odd numbers would avoid a possible deadlock in case of a tie while taking a decision.
Ambulance..... ascertain the facts and the inquiry is headed by SP Traffic (Rural),” Muneer Ahmad Khan, IGP Traffic told KNS on Thursday. The Deputy Commissioner Baramula when contacted by KNS said: “I have submitted that report to the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir ten days earlier. I have recorded the statements of the ambulance driver, the doctor who referred the patient to Srinagar hospital from district hospital Handwara, the attendants of the patient and also of the doctors who treated the patient at SKIMS Srinagar.” It may be recalled that the Mobile Magistrate North Kashmir Manzoor Ahmad Khan who had ordered the traffic cops accompanying him to stop the ambulance had told KNS on December 11 that there was no patient inside the ambulance bearing number JK05A 3402 which was stopped by him at Seelu Sopore during a routine check. On December 10, the driver of the ambulance had alleged that the patient suffering from cardiac arrest was ferried by him to SKIMS after the unnecessary halt at Seelu deteriorated his health. The Mobile magistrate had told KNS that the driver of the Sumo Type ambulance was stopped by his team after he created nuisance by using continuous siren despite the directions to stop the siren.
Kichloo..... politically matured people of the State will not allow disruptive and communal force s to succeed in their nefarious and sinister designs. He said N.C is people’s mass movement which has deep roots in all the three regions of the State, maintaining that it will again emerge victorious in the 2014 parliamentary and Assembly Elections.
Cabinet..... While the constitutional amendment bill - an enabling bill was passed by the Upper House, the main bill - the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013--was referred to the standing committee. The Judicial Appointments Commission Bill defines the establishment of the proposed body to recommend appointment and transfer of judges of the Supreme Court and the high courts. “We have made compromises to make the bill palatable to all. We have satisfied all demands.... The bill with official amendments will be tabled in the Lok Sabha now,” Law Minister Kapil Sibal said. While a constitutional amendment bill requires two-third majority for passage in a House, a normal legislation just needs a simple majority. The bill seeks to scrap the present collegium system under which judges appoint judges. Some jurists and BJP had expressed the apprehension that any future government can tamper with the composition of the commission which could alter the balance. They had said that as amending Constitution was not an easy task, CJI as the head of the panel should find mention in the constitution amendment bill. Apart from CJI, two Supreme Court judges, the Law Min-
Office of the Executive Engineer, Construction Division No. 1st Srinagar FRESH SNOW CLEARANCE STAGE TENDER NOTICE 01. For and on behalf of Governor Jammu and Kashmir State, sealed tenders affixed with Rs. 2.00 (Revenue stamps) are invited from the Registered P.W.D Contractor's of any class for the snow clearance of various roads falling under the jurisdiction Construction Division No. 1st Srinagar on Annual Stage basis for the winter of 2013-2014 as per the stage list herewith. 02. Tenders written on tender booklet forms issued by any Executive Engineer of any wing of the Public Works Department of Kashmir province will be received in the office of Superintending Engineer, PWD (R<SB) Circle Sgr/Budgam on or before 04-01-2014/If upto 2.00 P.M and will be opened by him on the same day or any other subsequent day convenient to the Superintending Engineer, PWD (R&B) Circle Sgr/Budgam. 03. The Superintending Engineer reserves to himself right of accepting or rejecting any tender without assigning any reason or giving any explanation. 04. The tender bearing conditions or mutilations or submitted telegraphically or on plain paper will not be entertained.
List of Snow Clearance Stages for the year 2013-2014 Stage No
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Name of Sub Division
Inner roads of Rainawari including Hasanabad old Saidakadal road.
Hazratbal Sub Division
Various links at Zakoora and Gulab Bagh.
Hazratbal Sub Division
Asrar colony Hazratbal , Habak and links arround Shalla Naseem upto Botapora.
Hazratbal Sub Division
Inner links at Danihama, Gassu and Mulphak roads.
Hazratbal Sub Division
Inner links at Wanihama and Khimber incl. Saidpora Bala road and Chatterhama inner links.
Hazratbal Sub Division
Inner links at Tailbal incl.Wangund Dangerpora road .
Hazratbal Sub Division
Gulabbagh Takiya Pandach road incl. allied links.
Head Quarter Sub Division
Road from Buchpora to Hazratbal with allied links.
Head Quarter Sub Division
Road from KZP to Jenab Sahib with allied links incl. Dulabagh road.
Head Quarter Sub Division
Link roads at Manz Mohalla Anchor incl.link to Shalla Mohalla Kund Mohalla, Bolochipora, Taploo Mohalla.
Head Quarter Sub Division
Kathi Maidan to Shri Bhat via Doonipora Imamia High school, Shri Bhat to Madin Sahib via GM. School with links , Link road connecting Adalat Masjid with Alamgari Bazar via Gani Doori and Masjid Bilal, Road from Shri Bhat to Zoonimar via Gili Kadal.
Head Quarter Sub Division
Buchpora junction to Buchpora village incl.side links and Jenab Sahib Shrine to Buchpora via Hajibagh incl. colony links on left side of Octroi post Soura to Buchpora.
Head Quarter Sub Division
Safakadal Gassi Mohalla upto Noor Jehan Bridge, Link roads at Dana Mazar, Road from Nallah ^Aar to Bagwanpora road, Road from Nawakadal to Idgah via Tarbal incl.links. Road from Idgah to koker masjid via Mirjan pora and Tangabagh, Road from Nawakadal to Khankahi Sokhta via Lakhriyar,Link road near Noor Jehan bridge behind shopping complex. Road from Sekidafar to Braripora with Bararipora Idgah, Road from Idgah Aa\i Masjid at Ration Ghat at Narwara via Ziarat Alam Sahib
Estates Sub Division.
Road from National Highway workshop to Aram Masjid, Baghiyas to Patlipora via Doniwari, Kak Sarai junction to Bagiyas via Zampakadal, Nalbandpora Bridge to Shah Bridge(Watal Kadal), Zampakadal to Tatoo Ground, Rampora link road,
Estates Sub Division
Inner links at Zewan and Khonmoh.
Estates Sub Division
Hospital Sub Division
Buildings (inner link roads/ Inner Paths including snow of buildings).
Only foot paths/ drains are to be cleared manually where the clearance is made by the machines (Graders) and only those roads are to be cleared manually where the clearance by mechanical means is not possible.
Snow clearance operation shall start as soon as the snow accumulates to 4” depth.
No frost cutting shall be allowed, clearance of drains shall be cleared by deployment of labour at the locations to be indicated by the Assistant Executive Engineer concerned in wrifing.
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Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
Office of the District Socia! Welfare Officer, Kupwara. TENDER NOTICE. S.No
Name of the fishing tools
Fish Container (tub).
25 Ltrs .Capacity made up of CG! Sheets.
20 Ltrs. Capacity of CG! Sheets.
Weighing balance along with weight (100gm,200gm,250gm 500gm,1kg,& 2kg)
5 Kgs capacity (lSI) Mark
Digital Weighing balance
Minimum 10gms Max. 5 Kgs capacity (ISI) Mark
The tenders along with the CDR of Rs 7000/- pledged to the undersigned should reach to the office of undersigned within fifteen (15) days upto, 3.00 PM from the date of publication of this notice in the local dallies, and shall be opened on the same day or any other day convenient to the undersigned in presence of Tenderers or their representatives who may like to be present on the occasion. The undersigned reserves the right to accept or reject any tender without assigning any reason thereof. Further details can be had from office of the undersigned on any working day between 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM from the date of the publication of this notice.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
1. Each tender documents shall be accompanied with CDR of worth Rs.7000/= (Rupees Seven thousands only) pledged to the District Social Welfare Officer Kupwara . 2.The tenderer should submit a copy of Registration with Department of Commercial Taxes along with proper TIM NO. and Tax clearance Certificate form the concerned department. 3.The tenderer has to submit only one sample for a particular specification . 4.The security deposits shall be released on the next working day after opening of tenders in favour of the un successful tender (s). 5.The rates shall be quoted both in words and figures without cutting and insertion and should include VAT and other taxes as admissible under J&K Excise and Taxation Rules. 6.The CDR of the successful tenders (s) shall be released only after the supply is delivered in full with 15 days as per the supply order/specification. 7.Each tender shall be accompanied with sample of the Item to be supplied with name of the agency. 8. The rate quoted shall be FOR District Social Welfare Office Kupwara. Sd/ District Social Welfare Officer Kupwara
Office of the Principal
Govt. Model Women Degree College Kupwara
Estates Sub Division
Inner paths/ inner link roads including snow clearance of roofs of buildings at SMHS Hospital, Govt. Medical College, Govt. Dental College and Bemina Boys Hostel.
despondency, NC then exploits them for short-term political gains,” he said and added that as a part of its welldesigned ploy to impose economic subjugation on the people, the present regime is devising all the devious means to push Kashmiris into perpetual political enslavement. Reminding the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah of the promises made by him personally with the people during electioneering, Karra said on November 21, 2008, Omar while campaigning in his home constituency of Ganderbal had declared that if voted to power his party would work for providing relief to common man by slashing the prices of the essential commodities including electricity. “Besides addressing the issues of unemployment by making 2 lakh recruitments in the first 2 years of government NC would bring a sigh of relief to Aam Adami battered by soaring prices of commodities. Karra said the slogan of “Meter Hatao Aur Heater Lagao” coined by Omar Abdullah himself during 2008 electioneering in Srinagar had become very catchy and the time has come for the people to remind the NC leadership of what happened to those promises. The latest penalizing power curtailment imposed by the Government in Kashmir is indicative of the complete breakdown of the state’s administrative machinery and callousness of the political executives,” he said. “I want to ask the functionaries of this government that if there is really a shortfall of energy import from Northern Grid, why the people in Kashmir are only subjected to harsh power cuts, even if they pay more electricity tariff and have far less illegal connections than any other region in the state,” Karra said. He said the power supply has hit the worst levels since 2002, before which also the NC government had ensured that the state is starved of power. “While power tariff has been hiked manifold by the present regime, the supply has deteriorated in the Valley to the frustrating levels,” he said. Karra said the state’s ruling political elite which is preoccupied with enjoying the luxuries of power while the Aam Aadmi is being subjected to all kinds of cruelties and miseries must remember that they have to go back to the same people to seek mandate again. “The people are fed up with the insensitivity of this selfcentered regime and they would respond appropriately to this feeling of utter neglect when the time comes,” he said. Senior PDP leader Qazi Mohammad Afzal also addressed the convention.
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Rajouri Kadal to Alamgari Bazar, Mugal Masjid Zadibal Mohidpora Gani Kashmiri stadium and from Mosque to Firdous Cenima via Targaroosh house,Islamia High school to Islamia college via Dumpora/Gani Kashmiri stadium,
For and on behalf of Governor of J&K State, sealed tenders affixed with two rupees revenue stamp are invited from the reputed/registered Agencies/dealers for supply of Fishing Tool Kits for the year 2013-14, as per the specification mentioned below:-
SERIAL NIT NO 212 /CD-Ist/2013-2014/240/1240-22 DATE 26.12.2013
ister and two eminent citizens - to be selected by a panel comprising the Prime Minister, CJI and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha - will be its members. Secretary (Justice) in the Law Ministry will be the convener of JAC. The Law Ministry is learnt to have not accepted the other recommendation of the parliamentary panel to have a separate state-level JAC to appoint and transfer judges of the 24 high courts. The parliamentary panel had also recommended that it should be made a seven-member body by having three eminent citizens instead of two. Sources said odd numbers would avoid a possible deadlock in case of a tie while taking a decision. It said one of the three eminent personalities should either be a woman or a member from the minority community or SC/ST by rotation.
S/d Executive Engineer Const. Div. No Ist Sgr.
Subject:- Tendering for Printing of Admission forms,Prospects etc.
Tenders affixed with revenue stamp worth Rupees two (Rs.02/-) are invited from registered printers/Publishers, which should reach to the office of the undersigned within 10 ten days' time from the date tender notice is published in the newspaper for the supply of below mentioned printed material to this college. 1) Admission forms 2) Prospects 3) Library Book labels/ flaps 4) College-News letter 5) Students identity card 6) Students Attendance registers The tender should accompany with CDR/FDR, for Rs.1000/- pledged to Principal Govt. Model Women Degree College Kupwara, and the sample/ specification of items. The undersignedreserve the right to reject any or all the tenders without assigning any reason. Sd/ Principal DIPK NO. 11720 Govt. Model Women Degree College Kupwara.
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Mian Altaf for massive afforestation on degradable areas UDHAMPUR, DECEMBER 26 Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad has instructed the authorities of Forest Department to launch a massive afforestation on degradable areas along Jammu-Srinagar national highway so that damage causing to environment by smoke emitting vehicles plying on the road is checked. He asked them to take necessary steps for conservation of forests and fence all forest land to avoid any land encroachment. wings of the department accompatrict apart from distributing 11000 The Minister, along with nied the Minister. among people for plantation during senior officers of forest department, The Minister while inspectprevious season. He was informed today, visited Udhampur and took ing forest enclosure at Chakar near that 13000 more plants are ready for stock of the works taken up under Tikri asked the officers of soil conplantation during coming season. CAMPA in forest sector in the dis- servation department to carry out The Minister said that consertrict. necessary measures for checking vation of forests and environment Chief Conservator Forsoil erosion and create water haris the focused area and asked conests, Roshan Jaggi, Chief Conserva- vesting facilities in the areas to meet cerned officers to take necessary tor (Wildlife) Asif Sagar, Director the demand of the people. Taking concrete measures in order to obSoil Conservation, M.J. Sharma, DFO, stock of the Manhoor nursery, the serve perceptible change on ground Udhampur, Choudhary Showkat AhMinister was told that department level. to the media persons, Lone News Agency Kangan Khan NewsTalking Agency Ganderbal mad besides senior officers of other has planted 10,000 plants in the disthe Minister said that conservation
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of forests and environment is the priority of the department, adding that the aim of his visit is to see at ground level the progress of the projects being implemented in the district. “A lot has been done but much need to do” said the Minister, adding that plantation drive launched by the department are showing good results. Regarding man-animal conflict incidents, the Minister said that the primary importance of the department is to save human lives, adding that control rooms have been set up across the State are aimed to act swiftly on receiving the information about the appearance of wild animal in the human habitation. He said government has enhanced the compensation to Rs. 3 lakh from Rs. 1 lakh while Rs. 25000 are being paid to those who suffer injuries in such incidents. “We have to save the forests of Patnitop in order to conserve the beauty of the areas, said the Minister, adding that
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300 delegates from 10 states participating in 5-day event
Taj, Mir ask participants to be ambassadors of peace
Din and Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir today inaugurated 5-day National Integration Camp here today at Mubarak Mandi Jammu. The National camp has been organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Jammu in collaboration with Youth Services and Sports and Tourism Departments, besides cooperation from the District administration. Over 300 youth from ten states including Himachal
ing the youth delegates on the occasion, The Youth Services and Sports Minister, Mr. Taj Mohi-Ud- Din called upon them to act as ambassadors to spread awareness about the rich culture, language, traditions and heritage of the host state back at their home states. He said the participants would know in detail about the state and back home they should share their experiences with their friends and peer groups.“Youth need to inculcate in them the ideals
to get actively involved in various social activities to bring a positive change in the system. Minister for Tourism, Mr. Mir called upon the participants to work for modern India and play their important role in fulfilling the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Rajiv Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. He said NYK deserves a special accolade as it has made possible the integration of varied cultures and traditions of the country.
JAMMU, DECEMBER 26: Minister for Haj, Auqaf and Floriculture Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed today visited Ziyarat Sharief Hazrat Peer Baba Budan Ali Shah Satwari and took stock of the pace of repair and face-lifting work being carried out at the shrine. Interacting with the devotees, the Minister enquired about the facilities available for them at the Ziyarat Sharief. He directed the concerned for making all possible arrangements for the convenience of devotees with special thrust on maintaining hygienic atmosphere. All pending works, including furnishing of sheets from main gate to Ziyarat Sharief, should be completed within shortest possible time for the convenience of devotees, he directed. Responding to the demands, the Minister said that after demolishing old structure in front of the Ziyarat, two separate halls would be constructed for the male and female devotees and asked the concerned to submit a proposal. The Minister was informed that an amount of Rs. 20 lakh have been utilized for giving face-lift to the Ziyarat Sharief. An amount of Rs. 12 lakh has been expended so far on the construction of Mosque and lavatory block, he was told. Earlier, the Minister also paid obeisance at the shrine and offered chaddar.
functionaries to ensure better power supply to the people of the State. The Committee, which met here under the Chairmanship of MLC, Bashir Ahmed Magray, discussed and examined working of the Power Development Department. Legislators, Mr Ghulam Qadir Pardesi, Mr Nurboo Gialchan and Aga Syed Ahmed Rizvi were present on the occasion and gave
their valuable suggestions for further improvement in the working of the department. The Committee directed the Power Development Department authorities to improve the basic power infrastructure including replacement of all damaged transformers; broken poles and wires to improve the power scenario of the state can be improved. The Committee stressed upon the concerned authority to remove the all illegal connections and take action against those involved in power theft.The Committee stressed for a uniform power curtailment schedule for both rural and urban areas. Threadbare discussion was held on power curtailment schedule, slow pace of working on Chutak and Nemo Bazgo Projects in Ladakh region, damages to HT, LT lines, present status of metering
process in the State and other activities being executed by the department. Principal Secretary, Power Development department, Mr. A. K. Mehta briefed the Committee about physical and financial activities of the department. Earlier, a power point presentation was given by the department on the present power scenario of the State. Managing Director, J&K SPDC, Mr M A Kakroo, Executive Director, Mr Zahoor Ahmed Chat, DCP, PDD (J&K), Mr Asgar Ahmed Majaz, CE, S&O, Jammu, Mr Ajay Gupta, CE M&RE Jammu, Mrs. Shehnaz Goni, CE, M&RE, Kashmir, Mr B A Khan, Additional Secretary, Legislative Council, Mr Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, besides other officers and officials of concerned department and Council Secretariat also attended the meeting.
particularly for paying special attention towards the upliftment of rural people. Mr Jora said that present Hill Council of Leh, with its efficient and clean work culture is not only known
LAHDC and better delivery. At Phyang the people of Thangnak demanded black topping of Chosgo -Mankhang road , improvement of power supply and construction of a Sarai at Imambara Thangnak.
The Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora and CEC LAHDC, Leh Rigzin Spalbar today inaugurated newly constructed 80 feet span Baily Bridge over Phyang Nallah at Mankhang. The Bridge constructed under MP LAD and flood Restoration scheme has been completed at a cost of Rs 98.56 lakhs. They also inaugurated 15 meter span steel bridge at Saboo Nallah at Mayak Saboo constructed at a total cost of Rs 85 Lakhs under Special Task Force. Addressing pubic gathering at Phyang and Saboo villages, the Minister appreciated the present Council lead by CEC Rigzin Spalbar for its remarkable achievements in Leh District,
heritage walk to make the young generation aware about the richness of the Dogra heritage. He asked the students to become the ambassadors to disseminate the information about historical importance of these places wherever they go. The Minister said that with the increase in tourist influx, J&K was fast recapturing its position as the most liked tourism destination among the Indian states. He said tourism has contributed immensely towards the growth of the State, adding that multiple beneficial aspects of domestic and international tourism have special relevance to the socio-economic development of the State.Director Tourism, Jammu, Mr. Sujanya Kumar Sharma highlighted the tourism activities being carried out in Jammu Division for showcasing the potential places of the region in and outside the country. He said several cultural activities were being organized during the festival days besides efforts are on to captivate Mata Vashino Devi pilgrims to visit scenic and adventure spots of the Division.
March 21-April 19
Your emotions may feel restricted today, but this could be for the best. Try to take a lighthearted approach to the situation, and don’t get too serious about anything. The more flexible your attitude, the better off you’ll be. Keep your feelings under control by not reading too deeply into the subtleties of things.
Taurus April 20-May 20
This is a great day for you. You should find that your general mood is excellent. You’ll have the perfect thing to say in every situation. Your adaptable nature will come in handy, as people around you will be quite rigid and unyielding. The more disciplined you are when it comes to emotions, the better off you’ll be. Feel free to be the social butterfly.
Gemini May 21-June 21
It may be hard to come to grips with your emotions today. You may be flightier than usual. Realize that this is to your advantage. Come out of the quicksand and take a breath of fresh air. An upbeat attitude is critical to making progress in anything you undertake. Find the answers you seek in conversations with others.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Your words may get you into trouble today, so be careful of what you say. Try to keep a lid on hasty comments fueled by intense emotions. These comments may come out the wrong way and be used against you later. Bring your cheerful disposition to the group and leave your stubborn attitude at home. Goals and discipline may be major themes today.
July 23-August 22 You may be a bit confused today. Other people’s actions may send you into a whirlwind of conflicting emotions. You may be sensitive regarding your goals. Discipline is a key aspect of today. Stay true to the principles you hold most dear and you won’t go wrong. Friends are waiting in the wings to help you with whatever bothers you. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
August 23-September 22
Communication is key today. Make your intentions known right away to avoid unnecessary confusion. The more you can settle now, the better off you’ll be down the road. You’re the missing piece of the puzzle, so step up to the podium in order to fill your very important role. The bridge you provide fills in a critical gap that will be of great aid to others.
September 23-October 23 Channel your energy into constructive tasks. Look to where you can make important connections. There’s a fine line between helpful suggestions and manipulation. Try to avoid the latter. There’s something holding you back. This restriction is probably for the best. You could get burned out by constantly going to extremes in every action. Trust your energy and follow your instincts.
October 24-November 21
LEH, DECEMBER 26-
Says city fast emerging as heritage tourist destination As part of the ongoing Jammu Festival-213, Tourism department today organized a Heritage Walk from Amar Mahal to Mubarak Mandi involving students and staff drawn from various schools of the city. The Heritage Walk was flagged off by the Minister for Tourism, Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir from Amar Mahal. Over 1000 students and Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) volunteers participated in the Heritage Walk. Speaking on the occasion, the Tourism Minister underscored the importance of the ancient sites of Jammu and highlighted the efforts being made by the government to showcase the city as leisure and heritage tourists’ destination. He said that through such festivals, Jammu would world over gain recognition as a heritage tourist destination which mainly attract high-end tourists and boost local economy. He also appreciated the cooperation extended by the local administration and the education departments in organizing the
Calls for uniform Power curtailment schedule in urban, rural areas
Hails LAHDC for promoting efficient work culture
Mir flags off Heritage walk
JAMMU, DECEMBER 26 –
LC panel stresses on improving basic infrastructure
Jora inaugurates newly constructed bridges in Leh
Peerzada visits Satwari shrine Inspects pace onup-gradation works: announces construction of 2more halls
every effort is being made to save the jungles from fire incidents. Regarding timber supply to the people, Mian Altaf said that necessary instructions have already been issued to the concerned officers to issue timber to the needy persons. He said the people can intimate about the non-compliance of the instructions by the officers through their local public representatives or the party leaders so that action against erring official is initiated accordingly. Later, while reviewing the progress of the projects, the Minister was informed that 17500 cft timber have been distributed among the applicants, under Udhampur forest range so far against the target of 25000 cft fixed for current fiscal while under Ramnagar division 7000 cft stands distributed against target of 9000 cft. Regarding status of CAMPA schemes, Mian Altaf was told that Rs. 208 lakh have been earmarked for the district under CAMPA.
Restrictive forces may come into conflict with you today. The good news is that you should be able to find a space of peace within your emotions. Seek a mediator who can help you sort out stalemates that may exist between you and others. Opportunities for freedom and autonomy are out there waiting for you to grab. Seek the bizarre and unconventional ways of doing things.
in J&K State but in entire country. The minister appreciated the team of the Executive Councilors and Councilors of LAHDC, Leh headed by CEC Rigzin Spalbar for their committed efforts and achievements in Leh District. Stressing upon the public representatives especially Sarpanches, Jora urged them to strengthen present Hill Council by involving themselves fully in the developmental programmes of
The Sarpanch of Saboo village also projected the local demands including upgradation of Mayak road, improvement of power supply, financial assistance for fruit processing centre Saboo and early completion of training of Saboo Nallah.The Minister assured that their grievances will be redressed on priority. He also announced to provide Rs two Lakh for fruit processing Center Saboo.
Police Public Mela in Feb,Vaid discusses arrangements JAMMU, DECEMBER 26: Arrangements for day long Police Public Mela, being held in Jammu, were discussed in a senior police officers meeting held at Police Headquarters (PHQ) here today. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Additional Director General of Police Headquarters (ADGP), Mr. S. P. Vaid. Deliberating on the aims of the Melas, ADGP said that Police Public Mela is one of the grand events organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Wives Welfare Association (JKPWAA) after intervals regularly. He said the sources gained through these Melas are utilized for the welfare of police martyr’s families and wards of serving personnel under various welfare schemes. The Melas have helped to strengthen police public relations, bringing the duo closer to each other.Mr. Vaid disclosed that 24th Police Public Mela would be held in February, 2014 at Jammu and all arrangements would be made for larger participation of people in this Mela. He said that people’s interest
has made us to conduct such events regularly in the twin capital cities and we have been continuously focusing to enhance the scope of activities to attract more people in the Melas. The meeting, while discussing the modalities decided that Raffle Draw tickets would be made available for sale for the common people in far-flung areas also, besides educational institutions and other police forces in the State. It was also decided that tickets would be put on sale to the public before one month of the Mela. In order to make efficient arrangements, different committees were constituted and entrusted different assignments for the grand event. During the meeting, welfare schemes which are in vogue were also discussed to make them more beneficial for the personnel and their families. It was decided that the schemes would be reviewed in a high level meeting and decision with regard to introduction of new schemes would be taken to cover more personnel under such schemes.
November 22-December 21
A planned, disciplined approach works best today. One thing to keep in mind is that it’s important to connect with others now. Trying to do things alone may seem like the right thing to do, but you’re much more efficient when you enlist the help of others. Don’t be shy about approaching people you don’t know very well.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
This is a terrific day for you. Your emotional state of mind is wonderfully upbeat. Things should be flowing your way, and there’s an instinctual knowing that will help you navigate through whatever rough spots may come your way, if any. Take this opportunity to secure commitments from others and nail down plans that you intend to complete.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Things may be mentally focused today, which could conflict with your emotional nature. Strong opinions may crop up, and you should take the time to listen. Don’t force things to come out if they aren’t ready. If the apple isn’t ready to fall from the tree, don’t wrench it off. Wait until the apple is ripe and the fruit will fall to you effortlessly.
February 19-March 20 Communication is a big theme of the day for you. Every time you speak, a large audience is listening to every word. The stronger you are at expressing your opinions, the better. You’re flighty today, jumping from one thing to the next, but this is fine. You may get quite a bit done when you act in this fashion.
Editorial/Opinion The Daily
Zabarwan Times Friday, 27 December 2013
Unemployment Result of rampant nepotism, corruption and militancy
he unemployment problem, no doubt, has thrown a big challenge for the whole world community. Every country is struggling hard to overcome this gigantic issue. It has eschewed most of the natural resources of the developing countries but the solution to the problem remains a distant dream. For states like J&K, the responsibility of providing employment lies on the shoulders of the government. The militancy in the state for the last 21 years, has hampered the speed of the progress in all spheres of life, be it industrial growth, tourism, handicrafts or other sectors. The protracted instability has resulted into weak, tenuous economy and it’s fluctuations have left it’s citizens with no option for economic engagement. The outcome of this uncertainty has rendered at least six lacs educted youths as unemployed currently and this situation is bound to aggravate in the coming years with the increasing number of pass out youths every year. The unemployment is also amongst the illiterate class .Half of the population of the valley still lives below the poverty line as the resources of income are vey meager for them to tap. Consequently, there is influx of rural population in the small towns or cities in search of jobs. This has added to the woes of the city developers. Moreover, the crime- rate in the cities and towns is swinging upwards causing law and order problems besides social evils. The youths have stared indulging themselves in crimes, like robberies, addiction to drugs, murders which were unheard of at least in the valley. The frustration amongst the youths is growing up and as a result some of the youths tend to commit suicides, though an un-islamic act. The diseases like cancer, cardiac arrest, diabetes etc. are on rise. But one is forced to think over the basic causes behind these glaring issues which are taking our society into a dark ravine. The visionless planning of the policy-makers, and those at the helm of affairs, instead of making fruitful efforts to over-come these problems, are adding salt to the injuries. They are more interested in accumulating wealth than in improving the present condition of the society which is result of their ill-conceived policies. One agrees that the government jobs are limited. But what so ever is available, is being filled through nepotism, brazen political intervention, and elite connections or by exchange of money power. There is one such glaring example of such mal–practices. The posts of Accounts Assistants were advertised by State Selection Recruitment Board announcing the requisite technical qualification as B.Com or M.Com. Surprisingly, the interview- letters were posted to all those candidates having the B.Ed degree which has nothing to do with accounts apparently. The deserving candidates were left out and the favored one’s were asked to fill up B.Ed or M.Ed qualifications in the technical qualification column. No wonder, some of the unfavored candidates too had B.Ed or M.Ed qualifications ,but they did not mention it in their application forms thinking it as irrelevant to the required post as it was not the requisite qualification as per the advertisement and will not carry any weight age for interview. Astonishingly, when the facts surfaced before the public, it was found that it was done at the behest of a Cabinet Minister of National Conference who wanted to oblige his favored one’s for the best bargain known to him. How can anyone expect justice from any public and statutory bodies when they are subservient of the political leaders? The widespread corruption has not only vitiated the atmosphere of public institutions but has also hampered the growth of private sector which could have accommodated a large chunk of unemployed youths. What will be the future of this state? Perhaps God knows better!
ZABARWAN TIMES 9
Friday, 27 December 2013
WHO South-East Asia Regional Organisation
A Drive to Improve Health and Change Lives W
orld Health Organisation South-East Asia Regional Organisation (WHOSEARO) with the objective of ‘Highest possible level of health attainment by all people’ stands as an organisation with multiple achievements to its credit. SEARO, which is one of the six regional organisations of WHO has led to some remarkable achievements like the eradication of smallpox, improvement in life-expectancy, reduction in infant and maternal mortality rates, eradicating polio and guinea-worm disease as well as eliminating leprosy. SEARO covers many health programmes like Antimicrobial resistance, Blood safety and Laboratory Technology, HIV/AIDS, Leprosy, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical diseases, Child and Adolescent health, Immunizat ion and Vaccine development, Making Pregnancy Safer and Reproductive Health, Nutrition. The organisation also involved in health system development activities and sustainable development and healthy environmental programme. The significance of the South East Asian Region lies in the fact that 1.79 billion people reside here, which forms 26.4% of the global population. The Region registers the lowest total expenditure on health which is about 3.8% of the GDP and is confronted with several health related issues despite the socio-economic progress. The high level of deaths due to diseases and the number of deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCD) is on the rise and the occurrence of communicable diseases, in particular infectious diseases. The region has more than 27% of disease burden on NCDs. Diseases like tuberculosis and malaria and the formidable challenges posed by HIV/AIDS add a new dimension to the health scenario of this Region. WHO SEARO countries are working to overcome the challenges in the path of health achievement to the highest possible level. India’s work in this direction is commendable. In the recent SEARO Health Ministers Meeting held at New Delhi, the Health Minister of India Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, said that India has been substantially bringing down the prices of medicines; a case in point being the dramatic reduction in costs of HIV/AIDS treatment. India is a hub of high quality, affordable drugs and is being called the “Pharmacy of the World”. Shri Azad said that India will be happy to share the experience of undertaking a series of path breaking reforms in the field of medical education and training because such exchange would result in this region becoming a global knowledge bank for health care. WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan commended the efforts of Indian Government in this direction. The Director General said that Indian Government and its Health Minister are fully dedicated to improving the health scenario of the country. Background The South-East Asia Region of the World Health Organization was established in1948. It was the first of WHO’s six regional organisation. There are 11 Member States in the WHO South-East Asia Region- India (1948), Bangladesh (1972), Bhutan (1982), Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (1973), Indonesia (1950), Maldives (1965), Myanmar(1948), Nepal( 1953), Sri Lanka(1948), Thailand(1947), TimorLeste(2002) Headquarters of SEARO are in New Delhi, India. SEARO is headed by a Regional Director (RD) who is elected by the members of the SEARO countries. The Regional Director has a term of five years and, though elections are held, customarily, the RD gets a second term. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been elected as the new Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Region recently during the 31st Meeting of Health Ministers in New Delhi. Important Functions of SEARO In order to achieve its objective, the functions of the Organization are: - To establish and maintain effective collaboration with the specialized
agencies, governmental health administrations, professional groups and such other organizations as may be deemed appropriate. - To assist Governments, upon request, in strengthening health services, furnish appropriate technical assistance and in emergencies, necessary aid upon the request or acceptance of Governments of this region. - To stimulate and advance work to eradicate epidemic, endemic and other diseases. - To promote in co-operation with other specialized agencies where necessary, the improvement of nutrition, housing, sanitation, recreation, economic or working conditions and other aspects of environmental hygiene. - To promote co-operation among scientific and professional groups which contribute to the advancement of health. - To propose conventions, agreements and regulations, and make recommendations with respect to international health matters and to perform such duties as may be assigned thereby to the Organization and are consistent with its objective. - To study and report on, in co-operation with other specialized agencies where
Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, of September 2011, as well as the WHO 2013–2020 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases with emphasis on: implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC); WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health; WHO Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol; and WHO Set of recommendations on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages to children. - Implement national salt reduction strategies such as creating public awareness and health education through mass media, food labelling, and regulation of the food industry in order to reduce salt levels in processed food. - Create healthy environments by adopting effective national legislation for 100% tobacco smoke-free environments in all indoor workplaces, public transport, indoor public places and other public places consistent with Article 8 (Protection from exposure to tobacco smoke) of the WHO FCTC; promoting access to healthy diet; providing opportunities for physical
Over 70,700 children died of Measles in 11 countries of SEARO in 2011. The
member states of the Region committed to eliminating Measles and controlling Rubella
and congenital syndrome (CRS) by 2020.To achieve the goal of measles elimination and rubella control, the Governments will need to achieve and maintain 95% population
immunity against these diseases within each district through routine immunization and/or supplementary campaigns.
necessary, administrative and social techniques affecting public health and medical care from preventive and curative points of view, including hospital services and social security and provide information, counsel and assistance in the field of health. Recent Developments Recently India hosted the 31st Meeting of Ministers of Health of Countries of the WHO-SEARO and 66thSession of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia at New Delhi. Important outcomes of this annual meeting are ‘New Delhi Declaration on High Blood Pressure’ and Election of Regional Director of WHOSEARO. The organisation showed its commitment to: - Accord high priority to the prevention and control of high blood pressure and strive towards achieving the global voluntary targets and indicators for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, included in the global monitoring framework and endorsed by the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly, including 25% relative reduction in the prevalence of hypertension by 2025. - Provide leadership and promote active collaborations among key multi-sectoral stakeholders in society such as education, agriculture, finance, communications, trade, transport, urban planning, environment, sports and youth affairs, in order to create health promoting environments that empower individuals, families and communities to make healthy choices and lead healthy lives. - Develop, strengthen and implement national multi-sectoral policies and action plans to promote physical activity and healthy diet, and reduce exposure to tobacco and harmful use of alcohol. - Continue to implement the Political
activity at workplaces, schools and other educational institutions as well as creating facilities for physical activity in public and private settings. - Promote universal access to costeffective prevention and treatment through generic medicines and care for integrated management of noncommunicable diseases including hypertension through a primary health care approach. - Strengthen health systems that support primary health care, to ensure an adequate and well-trained workforce, and the availability of affordable, safe, effective and quality medicines and technologies for prevention and control of major noncommunicable diseases including hypertension. - Promote access to cost-effective, affordable and quality medicines for all, including through the use, to the full, of the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement which provides flexibility for that purpose. - Foster the development and transfer of technology to developing countries, on mutually agreed terms aligned with national priorities. - Build and strengthen experiencesharing mechanisms among Member States for capacity building - Strengthen national health information systems, for effective surveillance and monitoring of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors including hypertension, and to build national capacity for quality research and development - Provide adequate and sustained resources through domestic and external channels, and explore innovative financing mechanisms for achieving universal health coverage for integrated prevention and control of non-
communicable diseases including hypertension During the meeting discussions were held on the Yogyakarta Declaration on Ageing and Health 2012 and the health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, as the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals is approaching. Apart from Ageing and Health, the recommendations by 31st Meeting of Health Ministers of SEARO pertain to the implementation of International Health Regulations, Noncommunicable diseases including mental health and neurological disorders; The role of WHO in managing emergencies; Health workforce training and education; Pandemic Influenza Preparedness ;and Challenges in polio eradication. Some of the key issues discussed during the session of the WHO Regional Committee are: Universal health coverage (UHC), Targets for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and Measles elimination & rubella control. Other Issues like WHO reforms and Programme Budget matters, Progress Report on Malaria and Progress Reports on selected Regional Committee resolutions were also deliberate upon during the meeting. Over 70,700 children died of Measles in 11 countries of SEARO in 2011. The member states of the Region committed to eliminating Measles and controlling Rubella and congenital syndrome (CRS) by 2020.To achieve the goal of measles elimination and rubella control, the Governments will need to achieve and maintain 95% population immunity against these diseases within each district through routine immunization and/or supplementary campaigns. Countries will also need to develop and sustain a sensitive and timely case-based measles and rubella/CRS surveillance system. The regional network of accredited measles and rubella laboratories needs to be expanded and strengthened f or achieving the target. The New Delhi Declaration on High Blood Pressure was adopted by the Health Ministers in 31st Meeting of Ministers of Health of Countries of the WHO-SEARO and 66th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for SouthEast Asia in New Delhi. The Health Ministers committed to accord high priority to the prevention and control of high blood pressure and to strive towards measurable reduction in the prevalence of hypertension in the region by 2025. Hypertension is the leading risk factor for mortality worldwide, causing 9 million deaths each year. In South-East Asia, every third adult is affected by hypertension, with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. The poor are disproportionately affected by hypertension. Speaking on the occasion, the Health & Family welfare Minister of India Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Delhi Declaration on High Blood Pressure shall not only help in taking the national programme forward but also articulate the commitment of the Health Ministers of the South-East Asia region to the way-forward to control this disease and NCDs. The WHO, Director General, Dr Margaret Chan said that each year there are 9.4 million deaths due to heart disease and stroke. So, lifestyle changes and medicines are very important. The South East Asian region has a number of constraints like lack of financial and human resources in many countries in the region. Several countries in the region are grappling with the lack of technology, infrastructure and an appropriate health policy framework. These obstacles pose a serious challenge to the promotion of public health, particularly in the context of achieving health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015. Despite all these challenges and constraints the efforts of WHO SEARO are remarkable. There is no denying the fact that the World Health Organisation South-East Asia Regional Organisation (WHOSEARO) is an important organisation playing a great role to eradicate all the challenges regarding health in the region.
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Published on Dec 26, 2013