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Srinagar, September 26: A 07 years old boy Naveed Jahangir son of Jahangir Ahmad Khan resident of Pathan Mohalla, Munwan Avoora, Kupwara was attacked by leopard near his home in the jurisdiction of police station Trehgam. The boy was critically injured in the leopard attack and died on spot. The body was handed over to his relatives for last rites.

Boy consumes poison in Anantnag Srinagar, September 26: 16 years old Aaqib Ahmad Ganie son of Manzoor Ahmad resident of Utrasoo Najigund, Anantnag, consumed some poisonous substance at his home in the jurisdiction of police station Achabal. He was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag, where from he was referred to SMHS Srinagar for further treatment. A case has been registered in this regard.

7 injured in road mishaps Srinagar, September 26: Seven persons were injured in different road accidents across the Kashmir Valley. A Motorcycle bearing registration number JK13/9852 driven by Umar Ismail Sofi resident of Adoora, Pulwama hit a pedestrian Mohammad Afzal Tantray son of Mohammad Qasim resident of Panzalpora Bijbehara near Sub District Hospital, Bijbehara. Both the pedestrian and the motorcyclist were injured in the accident. The injured have been shifted to hospital for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard. A Motorcycle bearing registration number POB06M/0945 driven by Arafat Hussain See Injured on Pg. 11



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Mainly clear sky. Maximum & Minimum temperatures will be around 30°C & 14°C respectively.



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Samba, Kathua Carnage Jammu, September 26 (KIP):

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5 policemen, 3 army personnel including a colonel and 3 militants amongst 13 killed

PM, Antony, Azad, Farooq condemn attacks

Army operation over in Samba as all three militant involved in the twin militant attacks in Jammu region, which killed 13 persons, including 5 policemen and 3 army personnel including an officer, were gunned down. Army confirms that three militants have been gunned down in Samba sector. Lt Col Bikram Jeet and two soldiers were shot dead at an army camp in Samba, said the defence spokesperson. At least 13 people, including 5 policemen, 3 army personnel, and 2 civilians were killed as militants first attacked a police station in Hiranagar town of Kathua district and later stormed an Army camp in adjoining Samba district on Thursday morning. The attack comes a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for the US on Wednesday where he is scheduled to meet Sharif on Sunday for talks which have been opposed by the BJP. Today’s attack is seen as a bid to derail the meeting from across the border. According to police, the three militants first barged into the police station near Jammu-Pathankot National Highway around 6.45 a.m. and indiscriminately fired after hurling a grenade. Five policemen, including an See Carnage on Pg. 11

New Delhi, September 26: The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has condemned the terrorist attack on a police station in Hiranagar and an army camp at Samba in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday morning. The Prime Minister described the incident as heinous, and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the brave army and police officers, as well as the civilians martyred in the attack. Dr Singh said that this incident is one more in a series of provocations and barbaric actions by the enemies of peace, and we are firmly resolved to combat and defeat the militant See PM on Pg. 11


Jammu & Kashmir

MESSAGE The theme of this year's, "World Tourism Day' celebrated on the 27th of September is, 'Tourism and Water'. On the face of it, the two may be unconnected but scratch the surface, the connections and linkages become obvious. Water sustains life and water bodies give sustenance and succour to natural habitats and locales. This is very salient in a state like the Jammu and Kashmir which is blessed with abundant water and water bodies. Abundant water makes the state verdant and beautiful and thus a feat for the eye. Tourists savour and crave this. It then becomes incumbent upon us to sensitize people about water, its importance and the linkages with sustainable tourism. The theme of the World Tourism Day does this. I wish the organizers and participants all the best on this occasion. (Omar Abdullah)

Elements inimical to peace 30 infiltrators reportedly involved in twin attacks

Let us tell Pakistan in clear terms that we trapped on LoC 12 killed, operation mean business: Omar Abdullah continues

Srinagar, September 26:

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said that the twin Fidayeen attack in Jammu Division is an attempt to derail peace and dialogue process between India and Pakistan. “Time has come we expose these elements who are inimical to peace. Whenever, something untoward happens between Indian and Pakistan, its impact is felt in Kashmir,” Abdullah told reporters during a press conference at his Gupkar residence on Thursday morning. Soon after the Fidayeen attack in Hiranagar

and Samba districts of Jammu division, Omar

Abdullah hurriedly See Elements Inimical on Pg. 11

Omar pays tributes to Army, Police martyrs Lays wreaths on bodies of deceased

Jammu, September 26: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah who arrived here this afternoon paid rich tributes to the Police and Army martyrs who attained See Omar on Pg. 11

Srinagar, September 25: The GoC 15 Corps Lt. Gen Gurmeet Singh while addressing a press conference at Srinagar said that about a dozen of infiltrators have been killed and their bodies have been spotted by the troops who have launched an operation to flush out the infiltrators in Keran Sector. He said that the operation is going on and about 30 infiltrators are suspected trapped in the cordon. Based on credible and specific intelligence inputs about likely infiltration attempts, the troops were alerted. On the night of 24 Sep 13, militants attempted See LoC on Pg. 11

Govt compromised India's security by Need to send effective representatives to leaking vital report: VK Singh New Delhi, September 27: Former army chief General VK Singh on Thursday accused the government of compromising national security by leaking a report on the functioning of a covert unit set up by him and demanded those responsible be charged under the Official Secrets Act. Singh’s comments came a day after the government said it would investigate the findings of the army report on the now-disbanded technical support division (TSD), as well as his claims that the force had routinely paid off politicians in Jammu and Kashmir.“India’s capabilities have been affected because of the leak…if you reveal too much, your assets will be killed” he said On the government’s charge that Singh’s statements had caused “enormous damage” to India’s

Kashmir policy, he said, “I can go on oath and say what good work has been done (by the TSD) for Kashmir’s grass-roots democracy. These angles are wrong.”

Singh said he would be the last person to do anything that could be inimical to the country’s interests. He made it clear that the TSD had only implemented the mandate given to it by the defence minister, refusing to elaborate on the tasks assigned to the


covert unit. “Everything cannot be revealed…let’s leave it at that,” he said. Asked to comment on why was a covert unit funding stability projects in the conflict-torn state, Singh said anything with a “sarkaari” tag was viewed with suspicion. “Same goes for sadbhavna or goodwill projects undertaken by the army. If you want work to be done it has to be done covertly,” he said, stressing that politicians were not bribed. He said the TSD had been set up to ensure that things were alright. “It is a capability…being able to pack a bigger punch.” Comparing the leaked report on TSD to his letter to the PM on gaps in India’s military capabilities finding its way into the public domain, Singh said, “If our neighbours want to finger See VK Singh on Pg. 11

parliament: Mufti

Srinagar, September 26: Condemning the attack on police station and Army camp in Jammu today the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said apart from its other remifications it is an assault on the intrests of Jammu & Kashmir and its people. Addressing a one day conevention of party office bearers of Kashmir province he said violence has only complicated the Kashmir issue and such insane attacks need to be stopped in the interest of the state. On this occasion General secretary Mohammad Dilawar Mir, Senior party leader Tariq Hameed Karra, Chief Spokes person Naeem

Akhtar, all legislators, senior leaders district presidents, zone presidents and youth leaders were present and spoke in the convention. Mufti said though the attack looks deliberately timed to sabotage the scheduled meeting between Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and its Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharief it is a matter of relief that Dr Singh is going ahead with this important engagement. He said such incidents have in the past proved hurdle in carrying forward the peace process that was started in 2003 to a considerable relief for the people of Jammu & Kashmir. Mufti said it was heartening to see the two See Mufti on Pg. 11

Minister for Tourism Government of Jammu and Kashmir

World Tourism Day Message Tourism is a trillion dollar sector involving the movement of over one billion tourists a year around the world. Keeping in line with United Nations tradition of fostering international co-operation and friendship and commitment to the preservation of global environment, the theme for World Tourism Day 27th September 2013 is: Tourism & Water: protecting our common Future. The state of J&K is known all over the world for its beautiful valleys, urban water bodies, snow capped peaks, gushing streams and a number of high attitude lakes which are a part of our natural eco system. Millions of tourists visit each year to the three regions of the state of J&K. Tourism has proven to provide environmentally sound solutions, as well as political and financial support, for the conservation and sustainable use of water resources. But more must be done. The Tourism Day 2013 underlines a tourist’s responsibility and needed commitment to preserving our vital water resources. It also signifies the tourism’s role and contribution to the world wide water conservation efforts. With millions of people traveling to our state for religious, pilgrimage, leisure and adventure tourism, it can also be on important vehicle of raising awareness and changing behaviors. I urge all those involved in the tourism sector in this state to join global world Tourism Day campaign and continue to devise innovative solutions to; ensuring sustainable access to water resources locally as well as globally. G. A Mir Minister for Tourism J&K State.

Commr/Secretary to Govt Tourism and Culture Department Jammu & Kashmir Government Atal Dulloo KAS

World Tourism Day Message Our Earth is unique among other known celestial bodies due to presence of water and since antiquity water has been used as a symbol to express devotion and purity. The theme of this year’s World Tourism Day to be held on 27th September is Tourism & Water. World Tourism Day will be a unique opportunity to examine the challenges facing water management by the sector to protect and promote scarce water resources in our state, while creating benefits for local population around tourism destinations. With Increase in the local population, coupled with growing economic prosperity and increased flow of tourists, the demand for scarce resources like water will increase manifold. More focused approach is requested on the part of all the stake holders in tourism, to create an awareness amongst local population, domestic as well as international tourists, with wider sustainability objective to remain sensitive to the preservation of our water resources Atal Dulloo, IAS



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would take place either in the evening on Thursday or on Friday morning. Asked if Pakistan was playing a double game by seeking dialogue and infiltrating militants at the same time, Omar said it would be wrong to speculate whether the infiltration took place with the Assistant Sub-Inspector, were killed and another ASI was active knowledge of elected leadership of Pakistan. injured in the attack that also left a civilian dead, Police "We do know that from time to time, the forces inimical said. According to police the militants later hijacked a to dialogue have sought to derail the process even tempo truck on the highway, boarded it and forced its though the Pakistan government has thrown its weight driver to move towards Jammu. The truck was stopped behind such a process. outside the army camp at Samba and the militants opened "We have seen even when (then President) General indiscriminate firing on the jawans deployed at its security Pervez Musharraf was committed to dialogue process, gate before they stormed the premises. They barged into there were forces who tried to derail this process," he the Army mess where they resorted to heavy indiscriminate said. firing as the troops geared up and retaliated resulting in Omar said there will be political pressure on the Prime fierce gunbattle. Sources said two army personnel, Minister not to move ahead in the dialogue process with including a Lieutenant Colonel, Vikramjeet Singh were Pakistan but any such move will mean a victory for the killed and three others including the Commanding Officer perpetrators of the attacks in Kathua and Samba. of the unit were injured. Shohada brigade, a Pakistan based "Clearly there will be political pressure brought to bear militant outfit had owned the responsibility for twin attack on the Prime Minister to resist any further movement in in Hiranagar and Samba Spokesperson of the outfit on the dialogue process. Obviously, it is for the Prime phone told Srinagar bureau of news agency PTI said that Minister and his advisors to decide how to proceed our outfit carried the attacks in Kathua and Samba in further in this matter. Jammu. The spokesman said the militants were three in "As far as we in this state are concerned, we have number and were all locals. always been committed to a peaceful resolution of all problems that have existed in this state and we hope that it is the course that is followed," he said. menace that continues to receive encouragement and The Chief Minister said it will be an injustice to those reinforcement from across the border. He further said that brave soldiers and civilians who laid down their lives if such attacks will not deter us and will not succeed in the dialogue process is stalled due to the strikes."They derailing our efforts to find a resolution to all problems did not lay down their lives to allow the terrorists to through a process of dialogue. succeed in their designs. They laid down their lives for Defence Minister AK Antony also conveyed his heartfelt peace," he said. condolences to the family members of the officers and The Chief Minister said Pakistan needs to be told in jawans who were martyred in this despicable attack and clear terms that India means business and could not said the nation is with them in this hour of grief. The tolerate such attacks. "But we need to convey this Defence Minister said the Indian security establishment message sitting face-to-face with them," he said. will leave no stone unturned in dealing with the militants with a firm hand. Strongly condemning the dastardly attacks carried out by martyrdom in militant attacks at Hira Nagar and Samba terrorists in Samba and Kathua districts of J&K, Ghulam in Jammu Division this morning. He described the Nabi Azad, Union Health & Family Welfare Minister said sacrifices of personnel as the highest degree of that we are not going to get cowed down by such cowardly commitment towards the Country symbolizing the acts and that this will not deter us to combat and defeat the bravery and patriotism. He condemned the barbaric forces professed to the ideology of militancy and violence. terrorist acts and termed these cowardice and inhuman. He said that such ghastly and provocative acts are perpe- The Chief Minister visited Jammu Police Lines to trated by the forces of terror, located across the border, with personally lay wreaths on the bodies of martyrs and the intent of derailing the peace process and efforts to salute their martyrdom. He also met the family normalize the relations between India and Pakistan. members of the deceased who had arrived at the Police Expressing anguish at the latest spate of militant violence Lines, consoled them and conveyed his solidarity and in which many brave personnel of army, police as well as sympathy. civilians have been martyred. Azad said that these Earlier, the Chief Minister soon after arriving here obscurantist forces have brought inexplicable miseries and chaired a high level meeting of Police and Civil sufferings to the people of State for the last many years and Administration to receive first hand appraisal of the that the people of the State and country are united to take on ground situation and the barbaric attack of terrorists at these enemies of peace. Lamenting the encouragement that two places in which precious human lives have been such ghastly activities have been receiving from across the lost. border, Azad said it is a fairly known fact that security and Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Legislator and intelligence apparatus of Pakistan is running a parallel Provincial President, NC, Jammu, Devender Singh government and that it is hell bent to vitiate the atmosphere Rana, Principal Secretary Home, Suresh Kumar, before every peace overture. Azad conveyed his heartfelt Director General Police, Ashok Prasad, various senior condolences to the families of brave personnel of army, Police and Civil Officers were accompanying the Chief police as well as civilians who lost their lives in the Minister. cowardly attacks as also sympathies with the injured. Meanwhile, minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah has described the attack as an attempt by infiltration over wide frontage with multiple contacts. the militants to derail the peace process between India and Militants were detected by the alert troops, effectively Pakistan. “I strongly condemn the attack and sincerely engaged and stalled near the areas close to the LoC hope that this will not be able to derail the ongoing peace Fencing. Intense fire fight ensued resulting into efforts between India and Pakistan. I, myself and on behalf possible elimination of a number of militants. To ensure of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, pray to God to give that the militants are not able to infiltrate into the strength to the families to bear this irreparable loss,” Dr hinterland, additional reinforcements were rushed to Abdullah said. the area of operations and an effective cordon was established. The terrain being High Altitude, rugged and difficult, the operations are being undertaken called a press conference and condemned the attack. He deliberately. Intermittent firing by the militants said the timing of the twin attacks was significant as these suggests that some militants are still alive and present in had come just 24 hours after Prime Minister Manmohan the area. Troops deployed in the forward areas and in Singh's announcement about his proposed first meeting contact with the residual militants have reported that the with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharief at New York. dead bodies of 10 to 12 militants can be seen by them. "I condemn this dastardly attack in Kathua and Samba The operations are in progress. regions of Jammu.I would like to express my sincere Gen Gurmit Singh, Chinar Corps Commander, while condolence to the families who have lost their loved ones in addressing the media said “desperation among militant the attacks, both the civilians and the police personnel who organizations may be on two counts that is their were killed in the initial attack at Samba and the army urgency to push in as many militants as possible before personnel in the attack at Kathua," he said. "Clearly, it is the winters set in and the impregnable counter infiltraan attempt aimed at derailing the ongoing peace process. tion grid established by the troops deployed along the Obviously, certain political parties could try to mount LC”. Giving reference of the successful operations of pressure on the Prime Minister to change his decision of past, the General Officer commended the Intelligence meeting with the Pakistani Prime Minister", Abdullah said. agencies for credible intelligence, the troops and the Chief Minister said that the forces inimical to interests of commanders, who with their commitment to the Jammu and Kashmir have always tried to derail the peace National Security have successfully eliminated process between India and Pakistan and the terror strikes infiltration attempts in the past. He further assured the were a step in that direction. Awaam of Kashmir that the security situation is well "These (attackers) are forces that have always been under control and their Army will continue to work inimical to the interests of Jammu and Kashmir,that have towards sustained peace in the Valley. always tried to derail any peace process that is sought to be initiated. They have sought to keep the turmoil in the state on. This is another step in that direction," he said. leaders rise above the serious event and not be provoked "On the basis of my observation of such incidents in the last to cancel the meeting. He said the attackers had put the 25 years of the militancy, I would speculate that this was a statesmanship qualities of the two prime ministers to a fresh infiltration as that area is known for infiltration but severe test but uninterruptible continuation of talks doesn't have history of habouring militants," he said would be the best response to elements that have made claiming that the militants who launched the twin attacks sabotaging of peace process their mission. He had reached there in the last 12 or 24 hours. He said that the expressed the hope that the talks would send a strong Unified Headquarters meeting would assess the situation message to everybody that the peace process would be and examine how the militants had reached the two camps revived irrespective of such grave incidents and would and carried out the suicide attack. It would be examined not be allowed to become a hostage to events triggered how such possible strikes in future could be pre-empted by hawkish and inimical forces. Mufti said whatever and failed to prevent loss of life. the motives of the attackers and their masterminds Having deputed Principal Secretary Home Suresh Kumar would be, its brunt is ultimately borne by the people of and Director General of Police Ashok Prasad to the site of Jammu & Kashmir. He said on the one hand it has the the ongoing gunfight in Samba, Jammu and Kashmir Chief potential of damaging prospects of peace, so necessary Minister Omar Abdullah said he would assess the twin for the resolution of the basic problem, cause avoidable fidayeen attacks and the related security scenario at the loss of life and on the other hand it could trigger a Unified Headquarters meeting in Jammu in the next 24 security backlash for which again the ordinary people hours. of the state have to pay a huge price. “General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Northern Expressing deep concern at the worsening security Command Lt Gen Sanjeev Chachra and GOC of Nagrota- situation in the state, Mufti said the killings by the based 16 Corps, among other senior Army, Police and unknown gunmen and government forces have once intelligence officials, would participate in the meeting.” again created an environment of fear. Though the failure of the government is so obvious on the law and He said. Chief Minister said he would be flying to Jammu in the order front but it is the lack of direction in the governafternoon and that the Unified Headquarters meeting ment at political level which has contributed signifi-





Elements Inimical...........

cantly to worsening the situation, he said and added the people especially the youth have lost hope in the system which is a highly worrying development. Instead of engaging them constructively the government treats youth of the state as its enemy and tackles them only with force, arrests and restrictions, said Mufti. Mufti said the insensitivity and callousness of this government is evident from the way it is punishing the people of Shopian who have been reeling under curfew and general strike since 7th of September. He said it appears that the government aims at breaking the will of the people rather than engaging them as respectable stakeholders and dignified citizens of the state whose only demand is to provide justice for those that have suffered at the hands of government forces. He said it has been the style of this government to indulge in atrocities, kill people as in shopian and other places before that and then punish those who demand justice. Mufti said the state is ripe for a change and asked the party cadres to galvanize themselves for the electoral battle. He said the general elections for the Lok Sabha have to be fought with greater zeal and we have to try to send responsible representatives to the Lok Sabha who could plead the cause of the state effectively. Mufti said the state has been suffering from representation deficit apart from governance and trust deficits. “There are a number of issues that have to be taken up and discussed seriously with the central government and for that we need a team of honest and able members in the parliament who could engage in fruitful and structured discussions with the centre”, Mufti said, adding that party’s good performance in parliament elections would contribute to its victory in the Assembly elections also. He asked the workers to take parliament elections more seriously than has been done in the past which resulted in the victory of NC whose members in the parliament never raised their voice for the interest of the state and its people. Even though the NC has four MP’s in the parliament who could have wielded considerable influence in the present balance of power at the centre but the party has never achieved anything for the state except sharing power and enjoying its luxuries in the state and at the centre.

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us, they know what we are lacking.” An army probe has revealed that the TSD, set up by Singh in May 2010, had allegedly misused secret funds to destabilise the Omar Abdullah government in J&K. The TSD, controlled directly by VK Singh, had faced allegations of listening in to mobile phone conversations of politicians and bureaucrats at a time when the former chief’s age row was at its peak.



Sheikh resident of Chamkoot hit and injured a pedestrian Ishfaq Ahmad Sheikh resident of Kandi at Kandi, Kupwara in the jurisdiction of police station Karnah. The motorcyclist and a pillion Shafeeq Ahmad Hajam resident of Kandi were also injured in the accident. All the injured were shifted to Sub District Hospital, Karnah for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard. An Auto hit and injured two pedestrians Mohan Singh and Suraj Mani near Abdullah bridge, Srinagar in the jurisdiction of police station Rajbagh. Both the injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment, where from Mohan Singh was shifted to SKIMS in critical conditions. The driver fled away alongwith the auto from the spot. A case has been registered in this regard.

Ladakh, Kargil have immense potential for solar power generation: Dr Farooq New Delhi, September 26: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has set a target of generation of 10,000 Megawatt of power through solar energy by the year 2017. Addressing the Solar Power Developers Meet in the Capital today, the Minister for New and Renewable E n e r g y D r. F a r o o q Abdullah said that the Phase I of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission has been very successful wherein 1685 MW of solar power was generated as against the target of 11,000 MW. The Minister informed that large tracks of land have been identified in Rajasthan, Kargil and Ladakh which have immense potential of generation of solar power. Dr. Abdullah said that the main challenge was starting a transmission line in the areas of Kargil and Ladakh so that power could be

evacuated to the other parts of the country. He also focused on the need for breakthrough in new research to ensure storage of solar energy for greater time period. The Minister highlighted the new initiatives for ensuring greater use of solar power in the Government buildings and also said that the Ministry planned to use mobile towers in a way that they could generate power through solar and wind energy. On this occasion, the Minister gave awards to 13 organisations/ companies for having done commendable work in the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. He expressed the hope that the corporate sector will continue to contribute in a major way to the efforts of the Government in making India one of the leading producers of solar energy.

Convener District Rural Health Society Advertisement Notice

Applications of eligible candidates are invited on prescribed format, for contractual appointments of the following posts for District Bandipora under National Rural Health Mission as per the criteria given below:

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Category FMPHWS against the post of Staff Nurses

No. of Posts


Name of the Block 02 Posts for Bllock Gurez (PHC Sheikhpora) and 01 post Block Bandipora (PHE Chantimulla)

Remuneration per month


Requisite Qualification 1. Diploma in FMPHW from the institutions recognized by the J&K Medical Faculty. 2. Staff Nurses are also eligible & shall be preferred if available from the local area. 3. FMPHWS from local area (Tulail and Chantimulla will be given preference)

Terms and conditions for hiring of staff under District Rural Health Society Bandipora 1. Applicants from Block Gurez (Tulail) and Block Bandipora (Chantimulla) will be given preference. 2. Initial period of contract will be for the period of one financial year, extendible for further period of one year on the basis of performance and continuation of scheme. 3. A contractual appointee shall not be entitled to any other allowances or monitory benefits whatsoever. 4. A contractual appointee shall have to execute an agreement bond with District Health Society Bandipora. 5. No TA/DA will be admissible to the candidates coming for the interview. 6. Application can be rejected by the screening committee if the requisite criterion is not fulfilled. 7. A contractual appointee shall not be entitled to any preferential claim for a regular appointment under normal process of selection. 8. All contracts executed under the banner of District Health Society stands cancelled if society is dissolved at any time during the contract period. 9. The no. of posts at the time of interview can increase of decrease. Interesting candidates can apply by sending their applications in a prescribed format. The application form duly filled must reach to the office of the Chief Medical Officer Bandipora (Convener District Rural Health Society) by or before 9th of October 2013. DIPJK: 7963 Sd/- Chief Medical Officer

Government of Jammu & Kashmir

Office of the Executive Engineer Urban Local Bodies Kashmir Tender Notice S. No: 78 of 2013-14

Head of Account: IDMT 2013-14

For and on behalf of the Governor of J&K State, sealed tenders affixed with two rupees revenue stamps are invited from the Registered Contractors/Firms of J&K State for the execution of the following works:


The tenders for the execution of the above mentioned works should be addressed to the Executive Officer, MC Dooru-Verinag. The tender documents will be issued by the Executive Officer, MC Dooru-Verinag up to 08-10-2013 up to 2 pm against cash payment of the amount indicated above and should reach to the office of the Executive Officer MC Dooru-Verinag on or before 09-10-2013 up to 2 pm. The tenders will be, opened by the undersigned on the same day or any other subsequent day convenient to the opening authority in presence of the Contractors who wish to be present. The tenders should be sent through post/personally. In case of these days or any one of the day falls holiday or if the office shall happen to remain closed due to some unavoidable circumstance. The dates shall be reckoned to be the next working day. The rates should be mentioned both in words as well as in figures in legible handwriting. No separate correction slip shall be entertained. The tender documents should be accompanied with a CDR from registered bank pledged to the Executive Officer MC Dooru-Verinag without which the tenders shall not be entertained in any case. The terms and conditions will remain same as per previous NIT No. LB/EEK/1104 dated: 10.08.1984. The rates should be inclusive of Income tax, Service tax and service charge/sales tax etc. The tender forms will be rejected subject to following conditions:1. If transparent tape is not found over rates/items tenders shall be rejected. 2. Released CDR shall not be accepted, if so, the tender shall be rejected. 3. Any tenders quote "Rebate" on comparative cost or on item of rate will be rejected. 4. The contractor should adjust this within the quoted rate structure. 5. Any tender having not fixed revenue stamps should be rejected. 6. If the rates are found dubious the tender forms will be rejected. 7. The tenderer should not quote rate (Split items) henceforth, if so the tender shall be rejected. 8. The Defective liability period shall be of six months. Sd/- Executive Engineer DIPJK: 7985 Urban Local Bodies Kashmir

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Rather reviews status of winter stocking in Leh, Kargil Urges for completion of 100 % targets before the closure of Srinagar-Leh Highway SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 26

Minister Qamar Ali Akhoon, Minister of State for Science and Technology Feroz Khan and representative of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council and KAHDC were also present in the meeting.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailendra Kumar, Secretary CA&PD Mohammad Abbas, Transport Commissioner Sanjeev Verma, Secretary Transport M. D. Kakroo, Director Food & Supplies Kashmir Mushtaq Ahmad

Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather Thursday called for completing 100% winter stocking in Leh and Kargil districts well before the Srinagar-Leh Highway gets closed for winter. He said targets fixed for building sufficient stocks of foodgrains, essential commodities, Petroleum products and key construction materials should be completed in full before mid-October this year so that people of the Ladakh region are not put to any hardships. Speaking at a high level meeting convened here Thursday to review pace of winter stocking in twin border districts of Leh and Kargil, Rather urged the need for stocking of essential commodities in far-flung areas like Sanko, Panikhar, Nobra etc which remain land locked and cut-off from the district headquarters during the harsh winter. Rather called for coordinated efforts of all the concerned departments to complete winter Among others, Administrative and representatives of BRO, Beacon, stocking as per the targeted sched- heads of various departments includTransport, and Traffic Departments ule. ing Principal Secretary Planning and also attended the meeting. The Minister for Urban Devel- Development B. R. Sharma, Principal The Finance Minister also asked opment and Urban Local Bodies, Secretary PDD A. K. Mehta, Commisthe concerned of Beacon, Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agencyauthorities Ganderbal Nawang Rigzin Jora, Advisor to Chief sioner Secretary Forest Ajaz Iqbal, BRO and Traffic authorities to remain

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in state of readiness and try to keep the Srinagar-Leh Highway open as long as possible and till ending November if possible subject to weather conditions. While reviewing the stock position of essential commodities in Kargil district, it was stated that 22,970 qtls of atta, out of sanctioned target of 65,570 qtls through820 truck trips have been stored by the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department up to ending August this year. The Food Corporation of India has dumped the sanctioned target of 60,000 qtls of rice whereas 3000 qtls of sugar is being stocked during the next fortnight. The representatives of the Indian Oil Corporation assured that stocking of 2025 kilo litres (KL) of Motor Spirit (MS), 8000 kl of High Speed Diesel (HSD) and 2400 kl of kerosene oil in Kargil would be completed within next fortnight. The Hindustan Petroleum HP Gas Agency have to stock 90,000 Domestic Gas Cylinders and 600 commercial Gas Cylinders whereas Kargil Indane Gas Agency has a target to stock 10,000 Domestic Gas Cylinders and 1500 Commercial Gas Cylinders this winter. It was sated that stocking of

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Development of far-flung and backward areas prime concern of present Government: Peerzada

Sayeed Thursday at Kokernag while taking review of the ongoing developmental works in Breng Constituency Revealing details of the development in the area the minister said that a number of educational and health institutions have been opened by the present Government for providing basic essentials to general public, the Minister revealed that in Breng assembly constituency there are a number of educational institutions

available and placed at the disposal of executing agencies. It was also revealed that work on 18 Educational Institutions is in progress. Taking strong note of PHE Sector the Minister instructed the concerned Engineers to gear up their men and machinery for upgrading the present water supply schemes and establishing new ones. He directed the forest officers to give the required NOC’s to the PMGSY Engineers for early

Economic base of Municipal committees be strengthened: Jora Reviews performance of urban development activities of Pulwama PULWAMA, SEPT 26 Minister for Urban Development and Local Bodies Nawang Rigzin Jora Thursay chaired a high level meeting at Pulwama to review the performance of 5 Municipal committees of the District and status of various ongoing development works. Giving brief resume of the achievements, the District Development Commissioner Pulwama Manzoor Ahmad Lone said that out of Rs 20.27

813 works has been finalised out of which work on 389 have been started. The work on 19 Panchayat Ghars has been taken up while as land acquisition process for remaining 13 is under way. PWD Engineers informed that 80% macademisation works of targeted roads in the constituency have been completed while as 14 works have been completed under PDD sector. Under RJGVKY 100 transformers have either been augmented are replaced.

Mian Altaf inaugurates 2-day Gojri conference

Gojri language attended the conference in large number. Secretary Academy, Khalid Bashir Ahmad, noted Gojri writer, Chowdhary Iqbal Azeem who presented the theme paper, Ghulam Nabi Khayal, Farooq Nazki, Ayaz Rasool Nazki, senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari, Chief Editor, Gojri, Cultural Academy, Dr. Javed Rahi and members of the civil society were present.

J&K has taken several initiatives to curb skewed sex ratio:Secretary Health First Review cum Orientation Regional workshop on PC & PNDT organized by Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW), in collaboration with National Rural Health Mission, J&K was inaugurated at TRC Nowgam Srinagar Thursday by Gazzanfar Hussain, Secretary Health & Medical Education, Gazzanfar Hussain in his inaugural Speech said Government of Jammu and Kashmir has taken several initiatives for improving the skewed sex ratio through reconstitution of Regulatory bodies, large scale Advocacy programmes including targeting the adolescent groups in the higher secondary schools and colleges, involvement of religious leaders and

Gurezi visits remote areas of Gurez, asks for expediting pace of developmental works GUREZ, SEPTEMBER 26: Minister of State for PHE Irrigation and Flood Control Nazir Ahmad Gurezi Thursday visited various inaccessible areas of Gurez including Kanzalwan and took stock of problems and developmental needs highlighted by the local public. During his tour several deputations called on the Minister and apprised him about their individual and collective problems which included development Kanzalwan village as a model village, laying of tiles in lanes, construction of protections bunds and drains, up gradation of school buildings, construction of playing fields and opening of animal and Sheep Husbandry Centers in Gurez area. The Minister gave them patient hearing and assured them that their genuine demands will be looked into and will be addressed in a phased manner.Later on, the Minister attended a Public Darbar at Dawar in which

Asking writers fraternity of Gujjar community to play a stronger role in the overall development of tribal and nomadic society, the Minister said that Government will provide every possible support for promotion of Gojri Language including its inclusion in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution. Mian Altaf Ahmad said that State Government is committed to pursue the inclusion of Gojri in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution, adding that matter related to opening of Gojri research centre in the University will be taken up with Jammu University. He said that matter stands already taken up with Education Department. Regarding teaching of Gojri language in J&K Schools, he said that the Government will provide all help to the Academy for pro-

motion of Gojri language and culture in a big way. The Minister appreciated the efforts of the Academy to promote different languages of the State including Gojri. He asked the writers to produce quality literature and supplement the efforts of the Academy. He also assured support to the Academy for holding similar literary activities in Gojri language. Earlier, welcoming the guests, Khalid also dwelt upon some major initiatives taken by the Academy during the past year including laying of foundation stone of the multi-crore cultural centre, Tehzeeb Mahal, digitization of the Academy’s rich collection of manuscripts, paintings, images and artefacts, launching of a comprehensive website and publication of a complete cultural newspaper, Saqafat.

Gazzanfar inaugurated 2 days Review cum Orientation workshop for Northern States on PC & PNDT Act

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 26 Crore, an amount of Rs 11.92 Crore has been expended for various development schemes in the 5 municipalities of the District ending August 2013. Jora stressed the need for raising revenue of the municipal committees to strengthen their economic base. He also directed for providing timely building permissions to the public besides stressing on sanitation in the town. Director Local Bodies Shafat Noor Barlas gave detailed presentation on the performance of the municipalities.

Cement, Steel, CGI/PGI sheets and Bitumen by PWD SICOP, PDC is also in full swing. All the concerned departments presented the latest status about their winter stocking. These departments include Forests, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Health, Agriculture and Horticulture etc. Winter stocking in Leh district was also reviewed in detailed. The officers of concerned departments assured that stocking of buffer stocks of required commodities as per the sanctioned targets shall be completed up to mid of October this year. It was stated that the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has been given a target to stock 80,000 qtls of rice, 1,28,000 qtls of wheat and 8,000 qtls of sugar. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation will store 55,000 filled gas cylinders and 800 commercial cylinders whereas Indian Oil of Corporation (IOC) has a target to stock 1500 mts of gas liquid in Leh. These stocks are sufficient to meet the requirements of the people for more than 6 months. The meeting took departmentwise review of the status of winter stocking which was found quite satisfactory.

hundreds of people included Panches and Sarpanches of Tulail areas participated and projected their demands.The Minister gave on the spot directions to the concerned agencies for early redressal of urgent public issues on priority.Interacting with the people, Gurezi said that the Government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has initiated several welfare and developmental programmes for all sections and regions of the State. He appealed the people to strengthen the hands of the Chief Minister for the betterment and welfare of the people of the State. He also sought cooperation from people in expediting developmental works under execution in the Tehsil.Earlier, the Minister convened a district officers meeting at Dawar and took stock of the overall developmental works under execution in District Bandipora including Tehsil Gurez. He directed the district administration to speed up the pace of work on all ongoing developmental projects in the Tehsil.

rewarding informers. He said in the monthly review meetings of health sector, the sex ratio at birth as per the HMIS figures is being reviewed at block level and accordingly action plans are prepared for the blocks where the sex ratio is a matter of concern. As per the HMIS report 2012-13, the sex ratio at birth in the State is 913, thereby, meaning that Government efforts have started showing the results. Mission Director NRHM J&K, Dr Yashpal Sharma while giving detailed presentation on the occasion highlighted the best practices adopted by the State for curbing the decline in female sex ratio and informed that this year has been dedicated to save the girl child and district wise action plans have been prepared which are under execution. The issue being of very sensitive nature States Chief Minister, Health Minister and the Chief Secretary are taking periodic review of the issue and suggesting various corrective actions to be taken at each and every level, he said adding that state Government has strengthened the regulatory mechanism and large scale advocacy on the issue will definitely help in reducing the gap in the Sex ratio.

Director Health Services Punjab while speaking on the occasion highlighted various innovations made by Punjab in this regard and suggested for intensive interstate coordination on the issue. The State Nodal Officer Himachal Pradesh Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh also highlighted their State specific initiatives and good practices in the workshop. Dr V S Salhotra, DC (RCH) MoH&FW, GoI coordinated the sessions and gave his valuable inputs. The inaugural function was attended by Dr. V. S Salhotra, Deputy Commissioner (RCH), MoH&FW, GoI, Dr D N Sahoo Under Secretary (PNDT) MoH&FW, GoI, Dr Saleem Ur Rehman, Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr Baldev Raj Sharma, Director Family Welfare & RCH J&K, Ab Kabir Dar, Director ISM J&K, Controller Drug & Food Organisation J&K & other senior Officers from MoH&FW, GoI & State Health Society NRHM, J&K. The workshop is being attended by senior officers from MoH&FW, Govt. of India, Nodal Officers from Northern Region of the country including Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir.


March 21-April 19

Melancholy that doesn’t seem to have any basis in reality may plague you today, causing friends, family, and your partner to worry. On days like this, Aries, it’s best not to give in to gloom, but rather to throw yourself into work and projects you love. Even though you may not feel like socializing, the company of others can get your mind back on track.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Today, Taurus, you may feel out of sorts. You probably aren’t ill, but you may be tired. You could also suffer from vague aches and pains that are most likely related to stress. Take the day off and relax. Soak in a tub and read a book. Your imagination is working overtime and you need to get your mind off your malaise. Fantasy novels may be your best bet!

Gemini May 21-June 21

Strange, exciting, and vivid dreams may inspire your creativity today. You might want to try a new art form or study the works of innovators. Romance and sex are especially important to you, Gemini, though insecurities about a partner may restrain you from expressing your feelings. Take a chance - let the person know what you need right now. Your friend may be pleasantly surprised.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Concerns about your home or mother may mean you have to deal with some rather unpleasant or untrustworthy people. Lack of knowledge could have you in a quandary about how to address the situation. It would be a good idea to prepare by gathering all the facts you might need. Stay centered and focused, Cancer, and use your inner strength to hold out for the best for all concerned.


July 23-August 22 Juicy but perhaps unkind gossip might reach you today. You may doubt the motives of a close friend. Examine any tips you receive and ascertain the true facts before you accept it as truth. Much of the information is likely to be wrong. Your imagination is flying high, so you might want to try writing or drawing.


August 23-September 22

Money matters may seem vague today, Virgo. Uncertainty about how to manage your affairs might plague you throughout the day. Planning for the immediate future could also be difficult. You may be expecting some funds that may not come yet, or you might not be certain if you need to make a specific purchase. Keep occupied. You can’t rush it, and obsessing does no good.


September 23-October 23 Troubles in the family may have you toying with the idea of moving or at least making some changes in your household. Someone close to you hasn’t been honest with you, Libra, and that also has you feeling a bit down. Kick around as many ideas as you can, but don’t make any decisions today. It isn’t the time. Wait until you’re in a more positive and optimistic state of mind.


October 24-November 21 Your intuition and imagination are operating at a very high level today, and you may be inspired to write. However, you aren’t likely to have enough ideas or information to actually put pen to paper. There’s no rush, though. Take some time to allow the ideas to crystallize and set them down later. Someone in a bad mood may draw you into a quarrel. Brush it off and say you’re busy!

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

There may be doubt about the outcome of a project that means a lot to you. It may involve financial problems or lack the support from others that you require in order to complete it. Your doubts are most likely groundless, Sagittarius, but it doesn’t hurt to hedge your bets a little and seek what you need elsewhere. This is likely to be a temporary delay. All signs indicate success.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Speaker chairs Press Advisory Committee meet

Calls for impartial, honest reporting of Assembly proceedings SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 26: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Mubarak Gul Thursday called for transparent, impartial and honest reporting of the proceedings of the forthcoming Assembly Session commencing fromSeptember 30, 2013. He also sought cooperation from the print and electronic media in highlighting the public interest issues raised by the legislators in the House during the session. The Speaker was addressing the Press Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting held here in the meeting hall of the Legislature Complex. Threadbare discussion was held on providing accommodation to Jammu based print and electronic media persons, issuance of entry passes, seating arrangements in Press Gallery parking of vehicles, Canteen facilities for media persons etc. The Speaker said that though it is a short

session but he will try to raise maximum public interest issues during the session. He said that each political party will be given due time to raise their public interest issues. The Speaker said that there are 7 working days, 226 Starred Questions, 218 unStarred Questions received for ensuing session, 7 Private Members Bills, 33 Private Members Resolutions, 7 pending Bills for introduction, 2 Government Bills for passing and 1 for further discussion. Responding the demand of canteen facilities, Gul said that Jammu and Kashmir Tourists Development Corporation (JKTDC) has already been directed to make necessary arrangements of canteen facilities for media persons during the course of session. While responding to the demands of accommodation facilities for Jammu based media persons, the Speaker said that rooms have been kept available in MLA Hostel Srinagar and Circuit House in this regard.

Your mind might be on power struggles that have caused quarrels among your friends, placing you in an uncomfortable position. Conflicting loyalties might come up when others draw you into the fray, Capricorn. Stay out of it! You could get angry, and this wouldn’t do you any good. Think of something else until you calm down and regain your perspective.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Daydreams and fantasies about faraway lands and exotic places might have you thinking about dropping everything and taking off for a while. You aren’t usually impulsive, Aquarius, but today you feel restless. If you have no obligations, and if weather permits, go someplace where you can experience a change of scenery. We all need it from time to time.


February 19-March 20 Sudden demands on your resources by others may have you feeling used. You may be asked for a loan. Your doubts about the person’s ability to repay might conflict with your sympathy for his or her situation. Your intuition is good today, Pisces, so use it to read the true motives of those asking for favors. Grant only the ones you feel are appropriate.

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Friday, 27 September 2013

Shrinking Rice Bowl of Kashmir valley


he most beautiful, bewitching period in Kashmir valley is Autumn. The colour of leaves on the trees, the leaves of mighty and grand chinar, start turning from green to golden. Almost all the tourists all over the world and the country long to see the changing colour of the Kashmir valley. The late Prime minster Smt. Indira Gandhi would always visit Kashmir valley during Autumn, as she would love to see the burning chinar turning red and would get a new strength and spirit in herself. This season is very important for the farmers of the valley. By now the main fruit, apple, is ready and the paddy fields too are ready to pay the reward for the toil of the farmers for the whole year. The scenes at the paddy fields these days are so eye catching that one feels like to spend the whole day with the families of the harvesters who since morning till evening are busy in harvesting paddy. The whole family is busy with the harvesting. Women, children, in colourful dresses, giggling with joy, singing, sipping ‘Kahwa’ or 'salty tea' in ‘samawar’, work very hard to assemble the yield. As per law in J&K, protection has been given to agricultural land. The Paddy land has been demarcated as 'Grade A' (Abi Awal) which is reserved for growing paddy only. This land cannot be utilised for any other purpose like construction of houses or for commercial purposes. But unfortunately, when one goes around South Kashmir, which till now was known as 'Rice Bowl of Kashmir valley' comes across a large number of constructions in the shape of shops, residential houses, car showrooms, mechanic shops etc. Day by day, the paddy land is shrinking. The land along the National Highway is sold at exorbitant prices. The landlords think of prosperity of today. Nobody is concerned for tomorrow when our children will have to beg for rice or wheat. As it is, the state is importing rice and wheat from outside the state. We are running into food deficit. The economy of the state is suffering as large chunk of money is paid to Food Corporation of India for buying rice and wheat. One just wonder, if the trend of converting grade A land into non A Grade land with the help of some unscrupulous revenue officers, there will be acute shortage of food grain. May be a day comes, when Food Corporation of India may not be able to help the people of Kashmir, as due to global warming most the Indian productive states like Punjab, U.P, M.P, Orissa are un-in dated under flood water. No wonder, the growing of paddy is not as lucrative business, in comparison to other business, but the farmers who feed the people, have to think about the present and future generation. Grain is the basic need of human life, rest of the comforts are secondary. The way the paddy land is being converted either into orchards or for commercial purposes, it will be difficult to meet the basic needs of food. With this instinct of amassing quick buck for small interest, we are keeping big interests at stake. In a way, we are giving a play field to black marketers, profiteers, hoarders to exploit us. Whenever there is scarcity of anything, this class gets the chance to make hay while the sun shines. Let us join hands, make all out efforts to save our bowl of rice, before the tide of lust to earn quick money takes away everything with it and we are left only with the pangs of hunger. Sprawling bunglows, luxurious cars, expensive jewellery, diamonds and rubies cannot substitute golden grains. Let us save our grain and make Kashmir the old rich granary which used to export rice to rest of the country.




Friday, 27 September 2013

Reviving the Dying Kashmir Silk Industry

ilk has been one of the cherished heritages of Jammu and Kashmir with sericulture activity in the valley finding mention in ancient Sanskrit scriptures including Rajtarangni. The queen of the fabrics, Kashmir Silk has ever cherished the passion of consumers for its lustre, purity and fineness. During the medieval times silk production in Kashmir received a big boost with Sultan Zain-ul Abideen also known as ''Budshah'' (the Great King) giving special attention to this sector and introducing new improved techniques to make it a booming industry. However, during the Afghan rule in Kashmir, the fledging industry terribly suffered, but the Dogra rulers in early 19th century once more revived the sericulture sector to emerge it as the flagship of Kashmir's economy. By the first half of 20th century, Kashmir had a dynamic silk trade with its precious silk yarn exported not only to the entire British Empire but also to whole of Europe. Sericulture is a labour intensive cottage industry combining both agriculture and industry. It is the only one cash crop in agriculture sector that gives returns within 30 days. “Kashmir had its indigenous races of silkworm and produced best quality cocoons in the world”, said an official associated with the sericulture sector. Silk rearing, the main stays of the state's economy till over two decades ago, is unfortunately in shambles today. According to the available statistics the cocoon production in Kashmir dropped to 60,000 kgs in late 90s after having touched more than 15 lakh kilograms during 1980s. The reasons for Kashmir silk industry falling on bad days are varied. It is widely contended that de-monopolization of the industry and bifurcation of Kashmir Filatures from the Sericulture Department led to the decline in the use of cocoons locally. The outside traders took advantage of the situation due to the non-increase of cocoon prices. These traders lured cocoon rearers with quite high prices to sell their produce to them leaving very


little raw material for the Kashmir filatures. “Per kilogram cost of cocoon was not increased for almost two decades. A kilogram of A-Grade cocoon was purchased from the farmers for Rs 180 till 2009. Now the rates are Rs 210 per kg, far below what can attract a grower towards the sector. In open market the rates even touch Rs 600 per kg,” sources said. Kashmir Filatures, which had its origin in 1897 with Italian reeling basins, was transferred to JK Industries Ltd in 1963. It had an installed capacity of 584 reeling

the only state which produces the best quality Bivoltine silk. But the irony is that less than 30 percent of cocoons produced indigenously are used for silk production locally and the remaining produce is picked up by the outside traders,`` officials said. Private rearers of the state consume 25 percent of locally produced cocoons and this has kept the silk industry going in the state. The local carpet weaving units prefer low quality Chinese silk yarn to indigenous silk being cost effective. This has also hit the indigenous

basins, employing over 2000 workers. These were the days of “dynamic silk trade” in Kashmir. Alas, the spinning wheels at Kashmir Filatures stand virtually silenced. The de-monopolization of Kashmir Filatures starved it of the raw material (cocoons), as a result, the Filatures shrank from hundreds of reeling basins to mere 31 in 2008-09. Consequently, the raw silk production fell alarmingly and even in the recent years the trend has not been enthusing with production of 8.2 metric tonnes (MT) in 2004-05 going upto 21.2 MT in 2007-08 but again falling to 17.1 MT in 2008-09. ``Jammu and Kashmir is

silk industry. Moreover, mulberry cultivation, which is the source of mulberry leaves on which the silk worms thrive, also suffered and got confined to 173 departmental mulberry nurseries spread over a meagre area of 963 acres. All these factors and low market prices of cocoons weaned away the farmers from this sector. According to reports, the number of cocoon rearers has declined from 60,000 in 1947 to 2,500 in 2011. These have adversely affected the forward and backward linkages in the industry. Nevertheless, ''not all is lost'' says Agriculture and Sericulture Minister

Ghulam Hassan Mir, who, sounding optimistic, adds that the sun may again shine on the silk industry of Kashmir. Basing his optimism on an upward trend for past few years He said that Kashmir produced 738 metric ton (MT) cocoons in 2008-09, 810 MT in 2009-10 and in the last fiscal 970 MT worth eleven crore rupees``. Sericulture Minister Mir is of the view that the sector holds great promise for employment generation and as such, the government has embarked on a number of measures for reviving the sector. These include large scale propagation of mulberry trees. In this connection the government has embarked on an innovating scheme of allotting idle pieces of land to various groups comprising unemployed youth in villages for planting mulberry trees. The Sericulture Department has already started this scheme on the 24 km road to Tangmarg, the base camp of the tourist resort Gulmarg. Riaz Ahmad, a science graduate, who is one of the 30- member group planting mulberry saplings, said, “I am happy to be a part of this scheme. Though we will be earning less in the beginning, it is better than sitting idle at home and becoming a burden on old parents." The Department is also distributing seeds and mulberry plants free of cost to farmers and supplements them with seven rupees per plant. “We also provide financial support of Rs 50,000 to each family associated with the sector for developing infrastructure for cocoon production besides insurance cover to the family,” the Minister said. He said that the farmers are being assisted with the latest drying techniques which help in maintaining the quality of the product. Additional director, Sericulture Department, Dr Malik Farooq said, “We have many strategies in our list which will revive the silk industry.” The Minister described the production as well as the cost of the cocoon having gone up this year as “a healthy trend.” It is hoped that this healthy trend will once again bloom the state`s silk industry to secure its past glory.

Rural Tourism

ast year when Vivek Sherode from Pune told his children that he was taking them for a holiday, they were more than excited “Will their father take them to Mumbai or Goa?”They started guessing among themselves? But Vivek had some other plans this time. He had heard about village tourism and this time he wanted to give his children the taste of village life. The children were disappointed when they first came to know about it. But the moment they landed in a village they fell in love with the place. For them it was a different world altogether. Vivek said he had never seen his children so happy as they ran about, sometimes climbing the tree to pluck chikoos or riding a bullock cart or a tractor or simply playing with water at the village well. Vivek said that he had never seen his family enjoy the holiday so much as in this village. He said at night the local dance and music with rustic flavor was organized, something they would never had the chance to see in a city. Living in high rise buildings amidst noise and coping with the fast paced life, people want to get away from the daily hustle and bustle for a quiet holiday and breathe fresh air. Rural tourism as a concept was envisaged in the National Tourism policy in 2002. It was defined as a form of tourism that showcases village life, art, culture and heritage at rural locations, thereby benefiting the local community economically and socially as well as enabling interaction between the tourists and the locals for a more enriching tourism experience. Rural Tourism Scheme The Rural Tourism Scheme was formulated with a focus on developing tourism related infrastructure that would help promote village tourism. This was later supplemented by a pilot project Endogenous Tourism Project (ETP) in collaboration with United Nations

Development Programme (UNDP) by building and strengthening tourism livelihoods-linked capacities of local communities. The project also aimed at convergence of issues like sustainable livelihoods, gender equality, empowerment of women, youth and other disadvantaged sections of the community, and working towards cultural sensitivity and environmental sustainability. Since 2006 the funding of the capacity building activities has also been going on under the capacity building scheme of the Ministry of Tourism. Panduranga, who is into rural tourism says that in Maharshtra, village tourism took birth in Baramati district in 2004 as a pilot project spread over 110 acres of land. There is horticulture plantation in the 65 acre area. He says when they urban tourists come, they are also able to see silk processing units, milk dairies and fruit plantations. Another objective of encouraging rural tourism was to curb migration from rural to urban areas. Since 2004 more than 200 centres of rural and farm tourism have been developed in Maharashtra and more than a lakh of tourists have had the taste of village life. In addition extra income to the farmers, the unemployed youth in villages have also been roped into the activities connected with rural tourism. Rajasthan is another state where rural tourism has developed fast over the years. Rajasthan is not only famous for historical monuments and places of worship but also for its rich culture be its performing arts or crafts or dance and music. According to Vi j a y D e e p S i n g h o f M u r a r k a Foundations they have developed several packages not only for the Indian tourists but tourists from place like America, France, England and even Switzerland. He says that many tourists want to stay with villagers in their homes to get first hand flavour of local life, cuisine and

culture. Under one such packages the tourists are charged 1200 rupees per day for one day and night of which 850 rupees are paid to the farmers family. For the tourists it is not expensive and the farmer too is able to earn extra money. In Punjab it is farm tourism that has become the favourite. One can walk along the golden mustard fields, take a ride on the tractor, take the cattle for grazing or feed them, get to drink fresh buttermilk in the green fields with Makki ki Roti and Saag, enjoy the folk dance Bhangra and get to see the making of the local craft phulkari and also meet the village community and the Panchayat. The tourists also get to participate or simply watch local games like wrestling, Gilidanda , kite flying. Children too can experience the joy of jumping on the hay and taking bath in the tube wells. Many other states too are now giving encouragement to rural tourism. 12th Plan Strategy to Boost Rural Tourism The working group on tourism for the 12th plan observed that due to several reasons, the rural tourism projects have achieved only limited success. It has suggested a strategy that can exploit the full potential of rural tourism. The strategy for developing rural tourism is focussed on phased development of cluster of villages for tourism instead of individual villages. It says that the concentration of tourism facilities or opportunities in a cluster of villages in a geographically compact area, rather than in a number of individual villages spread across vast areas, is likely to provide better tourism attraction. Another advantage is that marketing of local products can be facilitated by holding Craft Bazars or Haats, a concept which has been in vogue throughout the country for a long time. Also it is more practical and cost effective for tour operators to take a busload or a

Rural tourism as a concept was envisaged in the National Tourism policy in 2002. It was defined as a form of tourism that showcases village life, art, culture and heritage at rural locations, thereby benefiting the local community economically and socially as well as enabling interaction between the tourists and the locals for a more enriching tourism experience. group of large number of tourists to a rural tourism cluster, which offers more variety and opportunities of shopping, and exposure to customs, lifestyles, local arts and artisans/ artists, including performing arts.

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Have a salmon fish dinner. Snack on a handful of nuts. Pour a dash of olive oil in your salad. And bite into that sinister chocolate. Now you can do all this guiltfree! All these foods help in fighting bad cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association, 'You can reduce cholesterol in your blood by eating healthy foods'. So, here we are today with our list of top 10 cholesterol fighting foods. Oats: If you change your morning meal to oats then you can do your cholesterol level a whole lot of good. Do note that two servings of oats can lower LDL cholesterol by 5.3% in only 6 weeks. Essentially, oats contain a substance called beta-glucan which absorbs bad cholesterol. Red Wine: Here's yet another reason to toast to your health. The red grapes used in the manufacturing of red wine have an important effect on cholesterol levels. Two glasses of red wine in a week can do you a whole lot of good. Salmon and fatty Fish: Full of Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is a natural health wonder, which helps in keeping heart conditions

such as heart attacks, stroke and high cholesterol levels at bay. Fishes such as salmon, sardines and herring help in raising good cholesterol levels by 4%. Nuts: Mono-unsaturated fats (found in nuts, seeds etc.) have the lowest fatty acid molecules and are the best of the three fats, namely poly-saturated fats, saturated fats and mono-unsaturated fats. Nuts are the best way to get those required healthy fats into your body without feeling guilty. Since the fats that come from nuts are natural and are not chemically processed, this makes them heart healthy, filling, and nutritious options. Beans: Excellent for the heart, ½ a cup of beans added in our diet (in the form of any dish or soup), helps in lowering cholesterol levels by 8%. You should try black, kidney, or pinto beans; each one of them supplies about one-third of your day's fiber needs. Tea: Tea has antioxidants and less amounts of caffeine than coffee. An eight-ounce cup of coffee contains around 135 mg caffeine; tea contains only 30 to 40 mg per

cup. Tea helps in protecting your bones because of the presence of phytochemicals in them. It is also a great defense against LDL cholesterol levels. Chocolate: Chocoholics can celebrate with a healthy dose of dark chocolate as it is full of antioxidants and cholesterol-reducing properties. According to a Spanish study published in 2010 in the "Journal of Hepatology,", "the

Yoga during pregnancy helps relieve pain Many doctors and health professionals are encouraging pregnant women to do yoga, as it helps increase their strength and relieve pregnancy discomforts. This form of exercise is favoured by some of Hollywood's newest moms like January Jones, Hilary Duff and Pink. "Yoga during pregnancy helps a woman increase her strength and flexibility, even as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy," Fox News quoted Mary Barnes, director and owner at Yoga for Two in New York, as saying. The postures yoga offers

may also prepare women for childbirth and help relieve discomforts, such as back pain and swollen ankles. Apart from building strength and relieving pregnancy discomforts, it

also helps increase pain tolerance. As yoga focuses on lengthening the breath, this creates endurance, calms the mind and can increase a woman's pain threshold during labour.

antioxidants in dark chocolate reduce the damage that can occur to blood vessels, which can further threaten the health of people with cirrhosis. The dark chocolate can help prevent the blood vessels in the liver from rupturing". Medical experts suggest that munching on 100 grams of chocolate every day helps in reducing the occurrence of cardiovascular mishaps by 21 percent.

Like human beings, foods can also bring out the best in each other, nutritionally speaking. Read on to find out who should date whom for your good healthYou already know a lot about what foods are good for you. But there's more to healthy eating than just that. Sometimes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And this especially true for some food combinations, even if they sound weird when you first hear about them. Dietician Sheela Tanna tells you how to pair food to unlock the benefits of individual ingredients. Turmeric and salmonTurmeric has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Salmon is low on carbohydrates and high on protein. When the two are combined, the properties of Omega 3 fatty acids present in salmon get a boost and it guards the nervous system against the effects of ageing. It also

Top 6 fats that lower cholesterol Often given a bad name, fats can be a good addition to anyone's daily diet. In fact, one should never, completely, cut good fats out from everyday meal plans as they are very essential for your body. While some bad fats may pose grave risk of cardiovascular diseases, others may shield your heart. An important source of essential fatty acids and concentrated energy, fats are full of fatsoluble vitamins, they assist in cooking too and also keep hunger pangs at bay. Today, Delhi-based Diet Consultant Munisha Bhanot tells us about the top 6 fats that help in lowering cholesterol. Sip red wine, instead of cocktails. Red, blue, green cocktails look tempting, but these drinks are full of calories. So, if you are health conscious, then avoid cocktails. Instead, you can sip red wine because it is full of antioxidants, which are helpful in preventing different types of cancers. And an even red wine has saponins, which help in lowering bad cholesterol LDL. But intake of red wine should be limited. The American Heart Association recommends that you limit your daily intake to two glasses (for men) or one glass (for women). Best oils for low-cholesterol cooking. All the oils and fats have some good qualities for our health. So we should not stick to one type of oil or fat for cooking. We should follow rule of rotation of oils. For example, in one month you can use sunflower oil and in the next month you can use mustard oil. Or you can even use different types of oils in your meals like one vegetable in sesame oil and another in mustard oil. The low cholesterol cooking oils are olive, canola, sesame oils and mustard oil. Good quality oil is also found in avocados and avocado oil, nuts and their oils, corn, cottonseed, and safflower oils; sunflower seeds

and sunflower oil; flaxseed and flaxseed oil; soybeans and soybean oil; tub margarine and soft spreads; and seafood. Monounsaturated fats are the healthiest fats. There are two types of cholesterol - one type of cholesterol clogs our arteries, it is known as bad cholesterol or LDL and other type helps in removing these clogs, it is known as good cholesterol or HDL. Monounsaturated fats decrease your total blood cholesterol but maintain your HDL (good) cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats, therefore, help lower the risk of heart diseases. Olive oil has 75% of monounsaturated fat. Examples of monounsaturated fats are macadamia nuts (80% of fat is monounsaturated), avocados (71%), almonds (70%), canola oil (59%), and peanuts and peanut oil (46%). Other sources are almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, natural peanut butter, pecans, pistachios, sesame oil and sesame seeds. Polyunsaturated fats may also be somewhat healthy. A polyunsaturated fat has good cholesterol but it decreases your total blood cholesterol by lowering both the LDL (bad) cholesterol and the HDL (good) cho-

lesterol. Because of this reason we should use them in moderation. The good sources of polyunsaturated fats can be found in corn oil, mayonnaise, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed oil, hempseed, hempseed oil, soybean oil, and pistachios. Liquid plant oils should be your best bet for daily use. It is general tendency to use butter or ghee for cooking and baking. But butter and ghee are high sources of bad cholesterol or LDL. They increase risk of heart diseases by clogging your arteries. So, to prevent this we should use vegetable oils like soya oil, sesame oil, canola, olive, mustard oil etc. for cooking and baking. These oils have high level of good cholesterol HDL and lower our LDL levels. Meat fats also help in lowering cholesterol. However, it is important that one reduces the fat content of meat. There are many quick ways to reduce the fat content of meat. First, always buy lean cuts of meat. Before cooking, remove and cut the all visible fats for example remove the skin from chicken because there are fat deposits just below the skin.

A natural solution to backache Many of us are afflicted with back pain, which we tend to ignore or pay very little attention to, during the course of a busy day. But you cannot overlook the fact that back pain can make it difficult for you to stand up, sit down or even walk around comfortably. So it's best you try some of the following natural remedies and get yourself some relief. Increase your intake of Vitamin D - A study looked at the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in 150 people with chronic musculoskeletal pain and found that 93 per cent of patients had vitamin D deficiency! So all people with persistent, non-specific musculoskeletal pain should get themselves screened for vitamin D deficiency. Indulge in some music therapy - Low cost and enjoyable, music has been found to reduce the disability, anxiety, and depression associated with

increases the level of HDL (good cholesterol) which improves heart health by keep the arteries clear of bad cholesterol. The combination is also believed to slow tumour growth by keeping the cancer cells from multiplying. Whole grains and onions Whole grains, such as maize, brown rice, barley and wheat contain iron and zinc in different quantities. The two minerals are absorbed by the human body more easily in the presence of sulphur compounds present in onions - which is also what makes you cry when you slice them. Beans and greens Beans are rich in proteins and iron. When paired with veggies rich in Vitamin C such as spinach, sprouts and potatoes, it aids weight loss. "Your body uses three times more energy to metabolise proteins than carbs and fats," says Tanna. "Vitamin C

chronic back pain. It has an immediate effect on reducing pain, although the results are not statistically significant. Try some breathing techniques - To reduce pain, try some breathing techniques that make use of the mind-body connection. These techniques integrate body awareness, breathing, movement, and meditation. The best thing about them is that they are safe, free

rich foods do not aid weight-loss directly. But they have water soluble nutrients which make them very low calorie foods. The combination of beans and veggies won't let you gain those extra kilos."Also the iron content of beans gets better absorbed in the presence of Vitamin C from vegetables.Tomato and olive oil Tomatoes contain Vitamin C and the antioxidant lycopene in substantial quantities. This antioxidant lowers the risk of cataracts, osteoporosis, cancer and the effects of ageing. Olive oil, also rich in antioxidants, promotes the formation of HDL (good cholesterol) in the body. Lycopene gets better absorbed in the presence of olive oil and is highly beneficial for the heart. It purifies the blood and dissolves gallstones. The combo also boosts liver function of protein synthesis and detoxification of the

of cost and you can do them at home! Get a soothing massage The first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a backache is to get a nice massage. Massages may be effective for sub acute and chronic pain. What's more, they reduce anxiety and depression associated with chronic pain. In fact, massage therapy is the most popular therapy for low back pain during pregnancy.

body. It's believed to reduce effects of hypertension.Broccoli and mustard Broccoli is a good source of Vitamin C, antioxidants and a compound called sulforaphane. This compound exhibits anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. The absorption of sulforaphane is better in the presence of myrosinase, an enzyme present in mustard. The two combat bacterial infections in the urinary tract, excretory system, digestive system and the colon. Iron is part of blood cells in the body and carries oxygen from the lungs to muscles and organs. Zinc helps in healing wounds. Antioxidants and Vitamin C present in onions also facilitate the iron absorption from whole grains.Whole grains are also rich in Vitamin E which when combined with Vitamin C become beneficial for the skin.

20 Best workout snacks

If workout snacks confuse you, look no further. This is the list you've been waiting for - here are 20 best workout snacks, complete with calorie counts. Apples: Apples are to bananas what slow carbs are to quick carbs. To elaborate, they give you slow release energy and are therefore, great for long workouts or if your workout is an hour or more away. One standard issue red apple gives you approximately 60 calories. Energy gels: Carbohydrate-based snacks designed mostly for endurance events, energy gels are often used by runners, cyclists and mountaineers. These come in single snack servings and since they are meant for athletes who cover long distances, are usually high on calories for the average person. Yogurt parfait: Perfect for light to moderate workouts recovery, yogurt parfaits are just a French way of saying yogurt mixed with chopped fresh fruits. One 60 gms bowl of skimmed yogurt with one whole fruit will cost you about 100 calories. Honey or cinnamon can be great natural sweeteners at just 10-30 more calories. Energy bars: If you have no time to keep the kitchen stocked with natural workout foods, rely on energy bars. However, be weary of the fat, carb and sugar content in these snacks. The lower and non-existent these three are, the better it is. Calories differ from brand to brand. For instance a standard granola milk bar will be approxi-

mately 120 calories. Eggs and toast: Great as pre or post workout snacks, one or two eggs on toast will give you the perfect carb+protein fuel or recovery benefits. Two full eggs on one toast will give you about 220 calories. Vegetable omelet: Calorieefficient, energy-packed, and full of protein - a vegetable omelet might be just what your fitness routine is missing. Skip the egg yolks to make it even more performance-friendly. A simple omelet with a carrot and onion in with 1-2 whites will give you approximately 90 calories. Oats: A small bowl (5080gms) of quick cooking oats with fresh fruits like bananas, apples or pears, makes for a good snack worth about 250 calories. This needs to be prepared with water. Dark chocolate: A great antioxidant, dark chocolate is considered good for recovery after an especially grueling workout. Buy dark chocolate that has low to no saturated fats (esp. Tran's fats) and fewer artificial ingredients. A 100gms cube is a good enough quantity. Calorie count defers from brand to brand, so check the label before buying. Chocolate milk: Recent studies have hailed chocolate milk for its postworkout recovery inducing properties. Drink a glass (about 250ml) of chocolate flavored milk for a 150 calorie-worth post-workout snack. Smoothies: Yogurt smoothies help replenish your body after a workout

and are great for comfort. Rely on healthy skimmed yogurt and skimmed milk, fresh fruit smoothies and you'll be richer by approximately 150 calories. Protein shakes: If you get all your protein requirement (from .8 to 2gms per kilo, depending on workout intensity) from natural foods, without eating in excess of your body's daily needs, then you're golden. If not, you need a little supplementation. Remember that the trick to the right protein shake is research and expert consultation. Ask your doctor and fitness trainer for advice. One scoop will be anything between 30 to 90 calories, depending on contents. You could also look at raw eggs and dairy natural protein shakes, if so inclined. Egg whites: Eggs are quintessential fitness foods. Eat them before or after a workout and you'll be a happy fitness enthusiast. A couple of egg whites before and a couple or more after (depending on workout intensity), will serve you 40-100 calories of extreme goodness. Avocado: Infamous as being high fat fruits, avocados deserve to be let off the hook. While it's true that one whole avocado will give you 250-300 calories (except California avocados, which are smaller varieties), if your workout is heavy, these will be calories well spent. On the other hand, split it into two servings, and you've still got a great snack of about 120 calories. Almonds and walnuts: Full

of good fat richness and energy powerhouses, almonds and walnuts (about 7-12 almonds and 2-4 walnuts) can be good energy suppliers. Look to get about 200 calories from here. Dried dates stuffed with almonds/walnuts: A nice little variation for those who eat dried dates often. Simply pit the dried date, and stuff with whole almonds or walnuts, or slivers. Each almond or walnut stuffed date will give you about 30-50 calories. Dried dates: Similar to figs with respect to calorie counts (approximately 100-150 for about 4), dried dates are performance packed. Eat these if your workout calls for every bit of energy in your body and eat them just before the workout. Dried figs: A great source of iron and roughage, dried figs are old age's best kept secret. Don't wait to hit your 50s to discover this miracle food. 2-4 dried figs are worth about 100-150 calories. Apple slices topped with peanut butter: For those who're avoiding processed cereals, spread the peanut butter over a few apple slices. Extra crunch and flavour guaranteed. This will cost you no more than 120 calories (lesser if it's just 1-2 apple slices). A slice of bread with peanut butter: Peanut butter packs an extra punch with its creamy nut butter and omega goodness. Spread a spoonful on a slice of bread and you've got a great preworkout snack of about 150 calories.

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Cong leaders killed to stifle people’s voice: Rahul Agencies In the first public rally in Bastar after the Maoist attack on Congress motorcade, party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday expressed concern about the safety and security

of common people in Chhattisgarh under the BJP’s rule. “When the Congress leaders are not safe, how can the common people feel secure here?” the Congress leader asked. While addressing the Adivasi Adhikar Mahasammelan organised by the state Congress at Lal Bagh ground in Bastar district, he said the killing of Congress leaders Nand Kumar Patel, Mahendra Karma and VC

Shukla was an attempt to silence the voice of common man. In an audacious ambush at Darbha valley on May 25, Maoists killed 27 persons including 20 Congress party members. “Patel told me that the Congress

ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a huge gathering from the Red Fort’s replica at Ambikapur in north Chhattisgarh. Comparisons were drawn by many between Modi’s ‘Lal Qila’ speech and Gandhi’s Lal Bagh address. Without naming anyone, Gandhi said there are some who believe the country can be run only by two or three people. “But we think the country is ruled by the common man. And the Congress only thinks about the rights of the people,” he said while spelling out the schemes that the UPA government has introduced in its nine-year rule. He mentioned right to education, right to information, NRHM, food bill, MGNREGA, Pesa, Fra and tribal-oriented Land Acquisition Act. “When land is taken from the rich it is bought, but when it comes to the poor and adivasis (tribals) their land is grabbed. Our fight is for the poor,” he said.Gandhi exhorted the youth to come forward to participate in politics and take the nation ahead. Attacking the BJP government in the state, he said they failed to execute development in Chhattisgarh commensurate with ‘huge’ funds released by the Centre. After Gandhi finished his speech, the crowd waited to catch a glimpse of him as he walked along the security barricades towards his bullet-proof vehicle. Around 1500 personnel were deployed in and around the venue for security.

will never lose the (upcoming) election and his thoughts reflected the feelings of the people of Chhattisgarh,” Gandhi said. He added that after the incident, he realised that Patel was killed to silence the emerging voice of Chhattisgarh. “So, I rushed to Chhattisgarh even at 1am even though I was told not to go,” Gandhi said as the crowd applauded. Earlier this month, BJP’s prime

Raghuram Rajan panel report will help Bihar get more funds: Nitish Kumar Patna: Expressing happiness over the Raghu Rajan report,

which categorised Bihar as one of the least developed states in the country, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said it will pave the way for getting more funds from the Centre for development.

He was speaking after release of a report of a panel headed by then Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram

Rajan, now RBI Governor. The report has made a case for ending the ‘special category’ criteria for providing additional assistance to poorer states, as it ranked Goa and Kerala as the most

President calls ministers for consultation on Ordinance issue


New Delhi: With major political parties questioning the controversial ordinance on negating the Supreme Court verdict on lawmakers, President Pranab Mukherjee has called Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Law Minister Kapil Sibal for consultations on the issue. The call to the two ministers came after a BJP delegation led by L K Advani met the President and asked him to reject the ordinance or refer it back to the government for reconsideration as it is unconstitutional. BJP contended that the President was not duty bound to give assent to the ordinance that seeks to negate a Supreme Court verdict that struck down the provision in the Representation of the People Act deferring disqualification of convicted lawmakers. The two ministers will give the President a briefing on the need for bringing the

ordinance, official sources said. There has been an allround attack on the issue of the ordinance cleared by the Cabinet on Tuesday with the civil society and others criticising the government for trying to protect convicted lawmakers. The ordinance has been sent to the President for assent. The measure is aimed at giving a breather to MPs and MLAs who face immediate disqualification on their conviction in a criminal case with a jail term of two years or more. The move was initiated in the wake of a twomonth-old Supreme Court verdict which ruled that an MP, an MLA or an MLC would stand disqualified immediately if convicted by a court for crimes with punishment of two years or more. The government had moved the apex court for a review earlier this month which was rejected.

advanced state and Odisha and Bihar the least. The Bihar Chief Minister had been demanding special status for the state for long. Terming the development as a victory for Bihar, he said, “We knew it (that Bihar is backward and needs special attention)...We welcome Rajan’s report and this will benefit other states as well. “We would have been more happy had the report taken Per Capita Income instead of Per Capita Consumption as the criteria. Nevertheless, we are content with the current development.” Mr Kumar said other states would also benefit from the new methodology for devolving funds based on Multi Dimensional Index (MDI).“Of the 10 states, three have already been given the special status. Apart from Bihar, there are 6 more states which will benefit,” he said.

‘Missing’ Mumbai gang-rape accused found in jail

Coal scam: Congress MP Naveen Jindal questioned by CBI Agencies

Siraj ur Rahman, an accused in gang-rape of the photojournalist in Mumbai, was “traced” in a Thane jail minutes after TV reports that he had gone missing. Rahman was reported missing after he didn’t appear before a court which is hearing the rape charges against him.Policemen walk through

overgrown grass in the Shakti Mills area, where a female photographer was gangraped in Mumbai. UT Pawar, jailor of the Thane prison, said Rahman was “physically present” in the prison. A 23-yearold photojournalist was sexually assaulted at the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Mahalaxmi area on the evening of August 22 when she went there on an assignment with a male colleague.Within three days of the crime, the police arrested all the five accused, namely, Salim Ansari, Vijay Jadhav, Mohammed Kasim alias Kasim Bangali, Siraj and a minor.

New Delhi: Congress MP Navin Jindal, accused in the coal allocation scam, was today questioned by the CBI. However, the questioning took place at an unknown place because Mr Jindal had requested officials to be discreet

magnate turned Congress politician has been especially fortunate. Although Mr Jindal was made an accused in June, he had evaded questioning since then. He also enjoyed a trip to London despite the CBI wanting access to his cupboards. The CBI alleges that Mr Jindal’s

and avoid tipping off the media, which was accepted. It is rare but not entirely unusual for the investigating agency to give the accused a helping hand and save them from embarrassment in high profile cases. For instance, former air chief SP Tyagi was also given this ‘courtesy’. But some would say the steel

company Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) colluded with Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao to influence the screening committee that allotted coal blocks, by investing more than two crores. The agency has alleged that Mr Jindal’s company did this in return for being allotted a mine in Jharkhand in 2008.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants nuclear deal within months: Report Agencies WASHINGTON: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wants to reach an agreement over the country’s nuclear programme within three months and has full backing to broker a deal from the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, it has been reported. In an interview with the Washington Post, Rouhani said he was keen to set a three or six-month timetable to seal a nuclear deal, emphasizing that Iran envisioned a process lasting “months not years.” “If we are on the issue of the nuclear file, we need resolution in a reasonable time,” he told the Post. “The only way forward is for a timeline to be inserted into the negotiations that’s short — and wrap it up. That is a decision of my government, that short is necessary to settle the nuclear file. “If it’s three months that would be Iran’s choice, if it’s six months that’s still good. It’s a question of months not years.” Asked if he had the backing of Khamenei to conclude a deal, Rouhani said “settlement of the nuclear file is one of the responsibilities of my government.”


“My government is fully empowered to finalize the nuclear talks,” he added. The United States, other Western powers and Israel suspect Tehran is using its nuclear programme as a cover to develop an atomic bomb, something Iran denies. Rouhani’s comments come after signs of improving relations be-

tween the United States and Iran following his election earlier this year. The Iranian leader, however, balked at meeting US President Barack Obama at the United Nations on Tuesday. The first major test of several weeks of promising rhetoric between the foes will come today, as

US secretary of state John Kerry and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif join counterparts from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia to discuss Iran’s nuclear activities at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Rouhani told the Post that Iran was willing to make its nuclear programme “transparent” to assure the international community it was not seeking to build a bomb. “If the West recognizes Iran’s legal rights then there’s really no hurdle in creating full transparency that’s necessary to settle this case,” he said. Rouhani suggested that reaching agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme could be a gateway to an eventual normalization of ties with the United States. Washington broke off diplomatic relations with Iran in 1980 following the US Embassy hostage crisis in Tehran. “If Mr Obama and I were to get together, we would both be looking at the future, and the prospects ahead and our hopes for that future,” Rouhani said. “The notes and letters and exchanges between us are in that direction, and they will continue.

Al-Shabaab launches fresh attack in Kenya Westgate Mall built by Gujarati construction magnateKenya shopping mall siege over, three floors of Westgate mall collapseAl-Qaida chief’s brother arrestedAl-Qaida chief’s message spurred embassy closuresCalicut varsity withdraws al-Qaida member’s poemNAIROBI, Kenya: The Islamic extremist group that killed scores of people at a Nairobi mall attacked two Kenyan towns near the Somali border, killing three people. The leader of the Somali group affiliated with alQaida said the attacks will continue until Kenyan troops are withdrawn from Somalia.The leader of al-Shabaab said in a message that there is no way Kenya can “withstand a war of attrition inside your own country.” “Make your choice today and withdraw all your forces,” said Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, also known as Godane, in a new statement posted on the internet late on Wednesday. “Otherwise be prepared for an abundance of blood that will be spilt in your country, economic downfall and displacement.” Al-Shabaab attacked Nairobi’s upscale Westgate mall on Saturday and held it for four days in a siege in which at least 67 people were killed.

Russia ready to help guard Syria chemical sites, will not import arms Agencies Russia is ready to help guard Syrian chemical weapons sites and destroy President Bashar al-Assad’s stockpiles but will not ship any of the chemical arms to Russia for destruction, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Thursday.

Ryabkov was outlining some of the contributions Moscow is willing to make to implement a U.S.-Russian deal that calls for the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal by the middle of next year. “We will be ready to help in guarding those facilities where work is being carried out,” the Interfax news agency quoted Ry-

abkov as saying at an arms fair in the Ural Mountains city of Nizhny Tagil. Russia and the United States are the only countries with industrial scale capacity to handle mustard, VX, sarin or cyanidearmed munitions, but the import of chemical weapons is banned under U.S. law. Ryabkov said Russia would not import chemical weapons either, staterun RIA reported. “There can be no doubt - we will not do this,” RIA quoted him as saying. “We believe the destruction (of chemical weapons) on Syrian territory is the best option,” he was quoted as saying, adding that the Chemical Weapons Convention prohibits the export of chemical weapons. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed this month to the deal, under which inspections of chemical weapons sites in Syria are to be completed by November 30 and its entire arsenal destroyed by June 30. Permanent U.N. Security Council members Russia, China, the United States, Britain and France are trying to agree a resolution that would support the deal for Syria to abandon its chemical weapons and be acceptable to both Russia and the West.

Bombing at Baghdad market kills 21 BAGHDAD: Bombs ripped through outdoor markets in and near Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 21 people and wounding dozens, the latest in a deadly wave that has hit Iraq in recent months, officials said. Three bombs went off simultaneously in the Shia village of Sabaa al-Bour, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of the Iraqi capital. The explosions — two at the market entrance and one inside the shopping area — went off as the place was packed with shoppers. Three women and two children were among those killed in the village market, according to police and hospital officials. The attack came shortly after a bomb blast hit the al-Athorien market in Baghdad’s southern neighborhood of Dora. Police said that seven people, including two women, were killed there and 17 people were wounded.Three women and two children were among those killed in the village market, according to police and hospital officials. The attack came shortly after a bomb blast hit the al-Athorien market in Baghdad’s southern neighborhood of Dora. Police said that seven people, including two women, were killed there and 17 people were wounded. Insurgents in Iraq often target crowded places such as markets, cafes and mosques in order to inflict huge casualties. More than 4,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months. All officials giving the casualty tolls for Thursday’s attacks spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to talk to the media. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks but they bear the hallmarks of al-Qaida’s local branch in Iraq, known as the Islamic State of Iraq.


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No problem playing alongside Malik, Razzaq: Hafeez Agencies With Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq expected to make a comeback to Pakistan’s T20 and ODI sides, national Twenty20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez has made it clear that he does not have any problem playing along side the senior cricketers. “I have always said that I would respect the selectors and the team that they give me. As a captain, it is up to me to get the best out of the players that I am given. And the fact that we have moved from nine to the second spot in the Twenty20 world rankings is evidence from the fact,” Hafeez told reporters in Lahore. Both Malik and Razzaq had recently met with the caretaker chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi and are believed to have complained that they had not been given fair chances by Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq, who is one-day and Test skipper. Razzaq, out of favour since last September, had openly blamed Hafeez for his ouster from the team. Hafeez said he was mentally prepared to be axed from the Test squad, which will take on South Africa in a

two-match “home” series in the UAE, starting on October 14. The senior player, who has strug-

gled with the bat in recent Tests, is expected to be dropped from the Test side and Hafeez said he wouldn’t complain and accept the decision gracefully.“These things happen with every player and one has to accept it

and work harder,” Hafeez said. Insisting that lack of first class cricket has added to his problems,

Hafeez said he himself was disappointed with his batting form in the longer version of the game as he managed to average just 12 in five Tests this year as an opener. “But I personally believe that I just

Pravin Tambe’s story gives hope to cricketers who dream of playing at a higher level: Abey Kuruvilla Agencies Pravin Tambe, the 41-year old Rajasthan Royals’ leg-spinner dazzled in their encounter against the Highveld Lions at the Champions League T20 2013. At an age where cricketers have normally moved on, Tambe actually made his senior debut after years of toil and hard work. Nishad Pai Vaidya spoke to Abey Kuruvilla, who has watched Tambe from close quarters, and discovers Tambe’s journey. The Dennis Quaid starrer The Rookie chronicles the journey of Jim Morris — a man who quite remarkably made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut at the ripe age of 35. If Bollywood wanted a similar story, they needn’t look further that Rajasthan Royal’s Pravin Tambe. The leg-spinner made his senior debut at the age of 41 during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 and dazzled during Rajasthan’s Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2013 encounter against the Lions by picking four wickets. Sans a First-Class

game or any outing at a senior level, Tambe finally made it big this year, after years of toil and sweat. Isn’t this just like a movie script? A man pursues his dreams for years and at last gets his moment under the sun!Tambe has been playing on Mumbai’s club circuit for years. He now turns up for the famous Dr DY Patil Academy, which is coached by the former India fast-bowler Abey Kuruvilla. In a chat with CricketCountry, Kuruvilla was full of praise for Tambe after his match-winning spell on Wednesday, “He is a very committed cricketer. His attitude is fantastic and that is what has helped him.” One certainly needs character to make a senior debut at an age where the most cricketers hang-up their boots and move away from the game. Even skipper Rahul Dravid acknowledged Tambe’s heartening tale. He told the media after the Rajasthan win, “What a story. For someone who has not even got a chance to play First-Class cricket and has worked hard all these years in Kanga league.

It may have got tricky for Mumbai Indians after one defeat and a washout, but skipper Rohit Sharma is still very optimistic about his side’s prospects in the Champions League Twenty20. Needing a win to keep their hopes alive after collecting just two points, Mumbai will take on Highveld Lions in their third group ‘A’ league match at Sawai Man Singh Stadium here tomorrow. “In this format you get only four games and with one lost and other washed out we know the position we are in. We understand what needs to be done. We are raring to go and have to win both of our remaining matches. But we don’t want to take pressure and want to do what needs to be done,” Rohit said today.

Rohit felt their performance against Rajasthan Royals, to whom they lost, was “not bad”. “Every match is important and so is this one. We have the players and I don’t think our performance in against

Rajasthan Royals was bad. It was just a matter of few more runs. Had we made 15-20 more the story of that match could have been different,” said

Agencies With the BCCI unanimously stamping former IPL chairman Lalit Modi’s expulsion in Wednesday’s special general meeting (SGM), the next big focus for its president N Srinivasan is the BCCI’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Chennai on Sunday. He set his gameplan in motion by organising a three-day “outing” for BCCI members at the nearby resort town of Mahabalipuram, which is being attended by around a third of the officials.Despite the SGM verdict - where the board was united in getting rid of Modi - Srinivasan realises it will have little

bearing on the AGM and that the AGM may not be as smooth a ride for him to get an extension for a year. Despite him having blocked the south zone lobby, which would mean the number game won’t even come into equation even if either of his two predecessors - Shashank Manohar and Sharad Pawar - throws his hat in the ring, Srinivasan isn’t willing to take any chances.As a result, he had offered a threeday “outing” at an exotic resort in Mahabalipuram, a historic city an hour’s drive away from Chennai. The reason cited from the Srinivasan camp was since “many members were going to stay

back in Chennai between the two meetings anyway”. Had all the members accepted the junket, the move may have been construed as an attempt to put high-profile voters under house arrest ahead of a crucial motion, an event that’s not a rarity in the Indian political set-up. However, sensing the manner in which the move might be misinterpreted, and to exert pressure on Srinivasan in case two south zone members defect from the president, some of the members decided to make alternative plans. “Around one third unit members would have gone to Mahabalipuram.

Virender Sehwag struck a fluent half-century in the first outing of his comeback bid into the national side but that was not good enough to prevent a formidable Delhi side from losing by 18 runs to India Blue in the opening game of NKP Salve Challenger Trophy in Indore on Thursday. Playing without skipper Yuvraj Singh, who skipped the tie due to a stiff back, India Blue scored 270 for six in 50 overs courtesy a 73-ball-91 by Mumbai allrounder Abhishek Nayar. In reply, Sehwag, who came in at number four, batted in his customary style, smashing his way to 58 off only 39 balls with the help of nine boundaries and a six but Delhi could manage only 252 in 47.5 overs. Veteran Rajat Bhatia’s all-round effort (3/46 in 10 overs and 65 runs) and Ashish Nehra’s career best List A score of 37 not out went in vain.Virat Kohli-led Delhi will now have to defeat India Red and also expect a

favourable outcome in the match between Blue and Red scheduled for Friday. With Yuvraj skipping the game, the interest for the 10,000 odd spectators was some fireworks from Sehwag and Kohli. But, Kohli (5) disappointed as he

mar’s bowling. In the next over bowled by R Vinay Kumar, Sehwag hit a spanking square-cut and then lofted the seamer over extra cover for a six. The moment width was provided to Sehwag, the ball raced through the cover region while anything

played away from his body to a Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/58) delivery which was snapped by Naman Ojha behind stumps. Coming at two down, Sehwag started with a punchy cover drive off Ku-

on the pads was treated with equal disdain. Having played his last competitive match (during IPL in early May), a leaner Sehwag did not look rusty during his short stay at the wicket.

Taj inaugurates Sports Festival at Baramulla BARAMULLA, SEPTEMBER 26:

plex was laid in the Baramulla and an Astroturf is being laid at Azad Gunj. He appreciated J&K Police for providing sports activities’ platform to youth. The Minister paid rich tributes to the jawans and soldiers killed this morning at Hiranagar and Samba. A two minute silence was observed by the participants on the occasion in memory of slain jawans. MLA, Rafiabad, Javid Ahmad Dar, former Minister, Usman Majid, DIG, North, J. P. Singh, S. P. Baramulla, Zubair Khan, senior army officers, prominent citizens and officers of District administration were present on the occasion. Earlier, the Minister visited the historic Saint Joseph Higher Secondary School at Baramulla and presided over the annual sport cum cultural event. In his presidential address, the Minister asked students to take active part in sports activities for shaping up their personalities. He appreciated the role played by St. Joseph School & Hospital in education and health sector in the area.

The 10th North Kashmir Police Sports Festival took off Thursday with a colorful start. Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Taj Mohi ud Din inaugurated the festival. The month long sports festival would have participants from all the districts of North Kashmir in different sports disciplines. Addressing the inaugural function, Taj said the Government intends to upgrade and equip sports infrastructure in the State. He said Government has devised an action plan under which the sports infrastructure in the State would be strengthened and upgraded. The Minister asked youth to take benefit from the sports facilities being provided by the Government and not fall prey to the propaganda by vicious elements. He said knowing fully the limited sports activity in Kashmir during winter months the Government has decided to construct indoor sports complexes at block level. This, he said, would provide youth an opportunity to play during winter months. Taj said that sports infrastructure is being strengthened in the State and in this connection recently foundation for a Rs. 18 crore sports com-

the Indian batsman, defending his team’s seven-wicket loss. The right-hander was well aware of Lions’ decent bowling unit. “Lions do have a decent attack with the likes of (Lonwabo) Tsotsobe, (Sohail) Tanveer and (Imran) Tahir but I was watching the match in which Royals posted 180 plus. Moreover we would like to focus more on our strengths and what we have to do.” Refusing to concede that the Jaipur pitch was more in favour of the lions, Rohit said, “We are playing in India and not in South Africa. We are more accustomed to such pitches. In Mumbai too we have bouncy wickets which assist bowlers like the Jaipur wicket. We are used to playing on such wickets so there is no advantage to Lions on this count.”

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need one big innings to get back into the groove and establish myself in Test cricket,” he said.Hafeez also said despite trying his best, luck had not been favouring him.“It’s not a matter of technique, the ball is coming on to my bat but I am not able to play a big innings. It happens with any big cricketer.” He added that Pakistan playing less Test matches and not at playing at home like other countries had contributed to his woes. Hafeez, however, admitted he was satisfied with his form in other formats of the game and hoped the selectors would keep that in mind while taking a decision. The 32-year-old is currently the captain of Pakistan’s T20 team. He scored 665 runs at 23.75 as a T20 opener but his batting average improved after he was dropped to No. 3 this year and at this position he has averaged 52.00 in four matches. When asked if he would like to bat down the order in the Tests as well, in order to find his rhythm, Hafeez said, “It’s not my job to decide whether to bat lower down the order. I am always ready to play at whatever position the team management wants me to play. It’s the management’s decision.”

Mumbai Indians are raring to go: Rohit Sharma Agencies

Delhi stumble near finish line as India Blue register thrilling 18-run win

Viru makes quiet return to old hunting ground Agenciies It must be a strange feeling for the man who blazed his way to a world record ODI score here less than two years ago to return to the venue with the fight for survival uppermost in his mind. Virender Sehwag had smashed 219 in December 2011 against West Indies, and walked away with a swagger, and his reputation as the enforcer enhanced.On Wednesday evening, Sehwag strolled into the stadium with the Delhi squad for the Challenger Trophy under the shadow of his one-time protégé, Virat Kohli, with his eye purely on regaining his place in the India squad. Big impact

Virat was actually warming the bench during that double ton. After watching that Viru show, he de-

play, admired him. He is a big player. I have played under him. It is an honour and privilege to lead him,” said Kohli,

scribed it with a smile as “highlights”.“It is a huge moment. I have always seen him

who has led India, but never Sehwag even for Delhi.The two discussed matters for a

while at the Holkar stadium during practice, although Viru kept largely to himself, not mixing much with other players. Virat said, “his help is priceless”. No practice Sehwag, who had been absent from Delhi’s preparatory camp, even missing the one-off practice game against Services, flew in on Tuesday evening along with the team. Barring occasional hits at the nets, Sehwag hasn’t played a lot of cricket of late. That rustiness is likely to be tested. Rains have ensured some dampness on the pitch which promises seam movement. Sehwag, a man who relies on reflexes, will have the master of swing Bhuvneshwar Kumar to contend with first up on Thursday.

India thrash Korea 6-1, virtually seal spot in Johor Cup final Agencies India thrashed Korea 6-1 in their penultimate round-robin match to virtually seal their place in the final of the Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament in Johor Bahru on Thursday. The Indian colts scored three goal each in either half at the Taman Daya Hockey stadium to continue their unbeaten run in the six-nation tournament. It was India’s fourth win on the trot in the tournament, having defeated England (2-1), Argentina (3-2) and Pakistan (4-0) in their previous matches. For India, Amit Rohidas (7th minute), Satbir Singh (9th), Talwinder Singh (31st) netted three goals in the first half, while Amon Mirash Tikey (57th), Ramadeep Singh (62nd) and vice-captain Affan Yusof (65th) score

three more on the other side of the break. Korea’s lone goal came from the stick of You Seung Ju in the 34th minute.

With 12 points in their kitty, India are at the top of the league standings and will play hosts and second-placed Malaysia in their last roundrobin match on Saturday. Against Korea, the Indians came up with a commanding performance and dominated the share of exchanges in the first half with a comfortable 3-0 lead. It took India just seven minutes to open the scoring through drag-flicker Rohidas who converted a penalty corner with precision that Korean goalkeeper Lee Se Young had no answer. India doubled their lead two minutes later through a field goal from Satbir after he was set up by Harjeet Singh. Talwinder made it 3-0 for the Indians four minutes from half time through another field strike. The Koreans, however, managed to pull one back three minutes later when You Seung Ju scored from a penalty corner.

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Samba, Kathua Carnage; 5 policemen, 3 army personnel including a colonel and 3 militants amongst 13 killed