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Srinagar, August 29: Two persons died and 18 others were injured in different road accidents across the valley. A Tata mobile bearing registration number JK05A/8997 hit Shamas-ud-din son of Mohammad Shafi resident of Badugam at Shat Tulail, Bandipora, resulting in his on spot death. Bandipora Police has registered a case in this regard. In another accident, a Tata Sumo bearing registration number Jk03C/9212 hit and injured a 22 years old Sajad Ahmad Khan son of Gull Mohammad Khan resident of Khud Gujjar nard, in the jurisdiction of Police Station Devsar. The injured was shifted to PHC Devsar where doctors declared him brought dead. Police Devsar has registered a case in this regard. Meanwhile, a Scorpio bearing registration number JK05D/1848 hit and injured a pedestrian Akhtar Ahmad Mughal son of Mohammad Hussain resident of Dachna Salamabad, Baramulla, in the jurisdiction of police station Boniyar near Court complex Boniyar, Baramulla. The injured was shifted to Hospital for treatment. Boniyar Police has registered a case n this regard. In another accident, a Tata See Mishaps on Pg. 11

Mysterious death of 2 persons Srinagar, August 29: Two persons including a non-local labourer were found dead in suspicious circumstances in Pattan and Leh. The body of Shamshad Alam son of Bukhari Miyan resident of Champaran, Bihar was brought to the district Hospital Pattan by his other colleagues. The deceased was working in ITI Pattan as labourer. Baramulla Police Pattan has initiated an inquest proceedings und section 174 CrPC to ascertain the cause of the death. Meanwhile, Yountan Nurboo son of Tsering Nurboo resident of Choglamsar, Leh was found hanging at the forest Bagh near Choglamsar bridge. Leh police has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC in this regard.

Assailant of street vendor arrested Srinagar, August 29: Police arrested the assailant of a vendor who was seriously injured in an attack on Tuesday. A vendor Latief Ahmad Khan son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan resident of Bagiyas, Chatabal allegedly received serious injuries in his head when he was attacked with a pipe wrench by one Himayun Khan a resident of Nowgam, Bypass on Tuesday. In this regard, Batamaloo police registered a case vide FIR number 77/2013 under section 307, 341,323/RPC. The injured was shifted to the hospital for treatment and a manhunt to arrest the assailant was launched by the police. Batamaloo police on Thursday arrested the accused Himayun Khan son of Ashraf Khan resident of Nowgam who has been remanded to police custody.



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PDP demands proper rehabilitation of Kishtwar violence affected families Terms judicial probe as eyewash to hide truth

Jammu, August 29: Demanding proper rehabilitation of the violence affected families of Kishtwar and adjoining areas, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday termed that the judicial probe announced by the state government to the investigate the unfortunate incident of August 9 an eyewash to hide the truth. In a statement to KNS the party observed that earlier similar investigations were announced by the present coalition government but nothing concrete emerge from such inquiries. In

meeting of senior party activists of UdhampurDoda Lok Sabha segment, which was held under the chairmanship of PDP patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the leaders recounted that since formation of this coalition government in January 2009, a numbers of inquiries have been announced from time to time ‘but all such investigations ultimately proved as deceit tactics on the part of the state government to shield the real culprits.’ The party strongly demanded that instead of indulged to customary exercises on announc-

ing inquiry, the state government should take strict action against the real culprits responsible for violence to restore confidence among people. Expressing their anguish over loss of precious human lives and properties in Kishtwar violence, PDP demanded that all the affected families should be rehabilitated completely. The party leaders exhorted workers to strengthen communal harmony and brotherhood in the region. PDP leaders said that failure of the State Government to protect lives of innocent people has badly shattered faith

Azad chairs Consultative Committee of Parliament meeting Says maternal mortality rate has declined considerably

New Delhi, August 29: Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament attached to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on Maternal Health was held in New Delhi today. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare presided over the meeting. The meeting discussed various issues on Maternal Health. In his opening remarks, Azad said Government of India is implementing a number of strategies and interventions for improved maternal health outcomes. These

interventions have contributed in the reduction of Maternal Mortality in the country. Maternal Mortality Rate has declined from 301 per

100,000 live births in 2001-03 to 254 in 2004-05 and further declined to 212 in 2007-09. The pace of decline has shown an increasing trend from 4.1% annual rate of decline during 2001-03 to

5.55 IN 2004-06 and further to 5.8% in 2007-09. Members who attended today’s Consultative Committee Meeting included Shri M.I. Shanavas (LS), Shailendra Kumar (LS), Dr. P. Venugopal (LS), Shri Motilal Vohra (RS), Dr. C.P. Thakur (RS) and Shri Baishnab Parida (RS). Smt. Santosh Chowdhary, Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare was also present in the meeting. Smt. Anuradha Gupta, Addl. Secretary and Mission Director, NRHM made power point presentation on the See Azad on Pg. 11


of the common masses. They alleged that state government was deliberately allowing the situation to be deteriorated because anarchy, chaos and mayhem suit National Conference. They regretted that the process of peace and reconciliation which was started during the regime of Mufti has been See PDP on Pg. 11

NHPC illegally, unconstitutionally generating electricity Srinagar, August 29: The National Hydro Power Project (NHPC) is “illegally and unconstitutionally” generating electricity from the power projects under its execution in Kashmir, an RTI filed by a Kashmiri social activist has revealed. The applicant, Tufail Khalid had in 2009 filed an RTI seeking information on the following points: (1) Agreement executed by J&K Government with NHPC in respect of various power projects with

water capacity in each dam of these projects. (2) How much share the state government is getting from the agreement

entered with GoI. (3) How many agreements entered with NHPC have lapsed? As stipulated, the J&K State Information Commission asked the J&K State Power Development

Department to furnish the complete details of the agreements to the information seeker—Tufail Khalid. What was shocking to know in the light of information sought, Tufail said was that J&K government has signed MoU on 7 projects—out of the total 14 handed over to NHPC during the regime of then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah in 2000— and has not entered into any agreement on the projects executed by NHPC currently See NHPC on Pg. 11

IM Co-Founder Yasin Congress to grab Bhatkal Arrested Chairmanship of KAHDC: Soz

New Delhi, August 29:

Top Indian Mujahideen leader Yasin Bhatkal was nabbed from the Indo-Nepal border on Wednesday night, apparently giving India a bigger catch than Lashkar-e-Taiba bomb maker Abdul Karim Tunda this month. Bhatkal, wanted in around 40 blast cases and carrying a reward of Rs. 35 lakh, is the biggest IM leader ever arrested and security agen-

cies are hopeful of gaining crucial information on the outfit that was designated a militant group in 2010. On the run for over five years in several countries including Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Bhatkal (30) was held along with his associate Asadullah Akhtar aka Haddi (26) while crossing into India at Raxaul Nahar Chowk (around 100 km from Patna) opposite Birgunj town See Arrested on Pg. 11

Srinagar, August 29: State Congress president Professor Saif-u-Din Soz Thursday said that Congress party is hopeful to grab chairmanship of Kargil Autonomous Hill Development Council (KAHDC). “We have bagged 12 out of 26 seats and the three independent candidates are showing inclination to-

wards our party,” Soz told Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS adding that Congress would sweep Assembly polls as well. Soz said that Congress party is in touch with three independent candidates in Kargil and they are showing deep interest in Congress party. “Let us see what happens but one thing I could See Soz on Pg. 11

Produce Promotions, transfers in Health records or remain present Department in person: HC

Srinagar, August 29:

The government accorded sanction to the temporary placement of two Deputy Directors as Director in their own pay and grade. Consequent upon their placement, Dr. Baldev Raj Sharma, I/C Dy. Director (HQ) Jammu has been transferred and posted as I/c Director Family Welfare & MCH J&K relieving Commissioner Secretary, Health & Medical Education Depart-

ment of the additional Charge and Dr. Baljit Pathania, has been transferred and posted as I/c Director Health Services, Jammu against available vacancy. Dr. A.D. Singh, I/C Dy. Director J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society has been transferred and deputed to Labour Department for his posting as ADMO (ESI), while as Dr. Maqbool Ahmad Zargar, Sr. Consultant (ENT) See Promotions on Pg. 11

to Secy PSC

Srinagar, August 29: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Secretary Public Service Commission to produce records or to remain present in person before the Court while adjudicating upon a CMP filed in a petition bearing SWP No 1283 of 2013 filed by Dr Indu Koul, Professor, Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu against the State and others. The Jammu Wing of High See HC on Pg. 11

Kulgam boy all set to make Bollywood debut Srinagar, August 29: After causing quite a flutter on the ramp and Indian television, Kulgam boy Danish Bhat is all set to make his Bollywood debut in the “Dunno Y 2” - a Bollywood-Hollywood collaboration film.Danish, hailing from South Kashmir’s Shurat area of Kulgam district went to Mumbai in 2008 to perceive his career in modeling and acting at national level.His ambition set in motion when

he was assigned in a national advertisement of

Nokia mobiles in which Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan was perform-

ing lead role. Later on, other national brands like Mahindra, Reliance, City Bank, Samsung mobile followed the suit and assigned him in their advertisements which added to his footmark in modeling. Television show, Amrit Manthan, in which he acted as king got famous all over India and showcased his looks. Many believe his performance in the soap attracted film producers to assign him for Dunno Y 2.Shantunu Goel, See Debut on Pg. 11


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reversed by the present dispensation through its ‘misdeeds and failures.’ Coming down heavily on state government headed by Omar Abdullah, PDP leaders regretted that almost four months have been passed after devastating earthquake had rocked Chenab Valley region ‘but nothing has been done to rehabilitate the affected families.’ They expressed serious concern over mounting woes of those families whose houses were damaged in the tremor. “It is very unfortunate that present government has been brazenly indulged into cheap politics on human tragedies in earthquake in Chenab Valley region but on ground no step has been taken so far to provide relief to the affected families,” they said and demanded that a comprehensive package should be given to the affected families. The Party demanded that all the affected families should he provided shelter before commencement of winter. Expressing grave concern over loss of lives and properties in devastating rains and flash floods, party asked the State Government to immediate constitute special teams to assess the loss and release some immediate relief to the victims. Party pointed out that hundreds of houses were collapsed and a number of people have lost their lives. Party leaders said that incessant rains have rendered scores of people homeless and huge chunk of agriculture land has been washed away in floods. While emphasizing on the need of deputing special teams on the affected areas to assess the losses, party demanded that relief and rehabilitation operation should be started on warfooting. Thakur Balbir Singh, Yash Pal Sharma, MLC, Ved Mahajan, Daman Bhasin, Shanti Devi, Sayeed Asgar Ali, MLC, Mehboob Iqbal, Fallail Singh, Hussain Ali Wafa, Hamid Chowdhary, Irshad Malik, Ishtaq Ahmed Wani, Hafiz Wani, Abdul Ahad Wani, Sukhdev Sharma, Partap Sharma, Pritam Kotwal, Gurparshad Verma, Ganga Dutt Sharma, Satpal Charak, Mohinder Kotwal, Mohammad Sarwar, Imtayaz Shan, Suresh Sharma, Capt Anil Gour, Dr Neeraj Vohra and others spoke on the occasion


in Kashmir. “There is a lot of difference between a MoU and agreement…..i had sought details of the agreements J&K government entered with GoI…but the information furnished by PDD clearly states that no agreement has been entered into on Uri-1, Salal and Dulhasti etc power projects,” Tufail said. He added that the PIO JKSPDC in his reply vide his letter dated 28.03.2013 ( No.PDD/Genl14/ 2013/RTI) stated that the agreements for the said projects—save Baglihar which is a state sector project— have been executed between J&K govt. and GoI. The noted social activist said that the letter further stated that a photocopy of the MoU of July 2000 signed lies with JKSPDC-detailing about the 7 projects transferred to NHPC. “The letter clearly stated that no information regarding the agreement entered into Uri-1 (generating (350 MW), Dulhasti and Salal is available with the JKSPDC office,” Tufail revealed. However, the social activist adds that the hair-raising question the JKSPDC response raises is barring the MoU entered into seven projects—Kishanganga HEP, Uri II, Bursar, Sewa II, Pakal Dul, Nimoo Bazgo, Chutak—no separate agreements stands entered with NHPC for the other 7 power projects being executed by it. The JKSPDC response to the RTI, Tufail reveals clearly states that no agreement with NHPC exists on the projects being executed by it in Kashmir. The young social activist informs that NHPC earns Rs 2300 crores per day from the power projects it executes in Kashmir. “Out of the total 10,000 MWs NHPC generates across India, 5,400 MWs are generated in Kashmir only. When the then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah had handed over the 14 projects to GoI in 2000 nothing was agreed onto as how the state, particularly, Kashmir would benefit out of it,” he said. “…..there is no mention of the J&K’s share from the revenues generated by NHPC from our water resources. What was decided on that 12% of the generated electricity during summers and 15 percent during winters would be supplied free of cost to the state,” informsTufail while adding that NHPC doesn’t even pay the royalty and towards the state government. Under such circumstances, he said, “it looks improbable that NHPC would pay the state government its share and the compensation from the from the power projects executed by it here. While criticizing Dr. Farooq Abdullah for allowing NHPC to loot the water resources in J&K, Tufail even had a panning for Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Omar Abdullah He said that despite being powerful enough to retrieve the power projects at the stroke of their pens, these chief ministers are remaining silent to appease their masters at the Centre.


tell you with authority that Congress is emerging as a vibrant force in the State,” Soz said. Out of 26 seats Congress bagged 12, National Conference 11 while independent candidates won three seats. Sources told CNS that National Conference is leaving no stone unturned to garner the support of these three independent candidates. However, Soz claimed that all the three independent candidates have expressed their willingness to support Congress. “It would a biggest achievement for the party to grab the coveted post of Chairmanship of KAHDC,” Soz said.


of Nepal. “The arrest was carried out following a tip-off from central agencies and with the help of the National Investigation Agency (NIA),” Bihar additional director general of police (headquarters) Rabindra Kumar said in Patna on Thursday. Bhatkal and his accomplices had been using the 750-km porous border of Bihar with Nepal to enter and exit the country in the last six months. The pattern was followed by the NIA and painstakingly put together, leading to the arrest, according to the police. Hailing from Bhatkal town in Karnataka, the IM leader hit the spotlight after the 2008 Delhi serial blasts in which 30 people were killed. He is suspected to be the mastermind of these five blasts as well as the 2010 German Bakery blast in Pune that killed 17 and the Dilsukhnagar blasts in

Daily Hyberabad in February that also killed 17. He is also suspected to have played an active role in the 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts in which 187 people were killed. Former home secretary RK Singh said Bhatkal had been the most active militant in the IM. “He himself was a bomb planter, organiser and was one of the most potent militants in that (IM) stable. We have been after him. Catching him, therefore, I think, is a great success.” Singh added Bhatkal gave security agencies the slip at least twice earlier. “Once it was said he was arrested in Kolkata but they (security agencies) did not have his identity and he managed to get bail. On another occasion, our agencies had worked out a plan but he managed to give the slip.” Bhatkal and Akhtar were produced before a court in Motihari and are to be brought to Delhi. This is the second major breakthrough for Indian agencies after the arrest of LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda on August 16.


strategies and interventions made by the Health Ministry on Maternal Health.


Government Hospital Sarwal has been transferred and posted as Superintendent, JLNM Hospital, Srinagar against available vacancy. In another order, the Government has also temporarily placed I/c Assistant Director, I/c CMO and equivalent against the post of Dy. Director and equivalent in their own pay and grade. These are Dr. Shobna Sharma, I/C AD Schemes, DHS Jammu, Dr. Mohd Abdullah Bhat, I/C AD DHS Kashmir, Dr. Anil Kumar Amla, I/C CMO Udhampur, Dr. Gurjeet Singh Soodan I/C AD Family Welfare, Dr. V.P. Sharma, STO Jammu and Dr. Gurjit Singh, I/C CMO Budgam. Consequent upon the placement of these officers, the administration has also ordered their transfers and postings with immediate effect. Dr. Shobna Sharma, I/C AD Schemes, DHS Jammu has been transferred and posted as I/C State Malariologist Officer, Jammu against available vacancy, Dr. Mohd Abdullah Bhat, I/C AD DHS Kashmir has been transferred and posted as I/C Dy. Director Hqrs, DHS Kashmir against available vacancy, Dr. Anil Kumar Amla, I/C CMO Udhampur has been transferred and posted as I/C Dy. Director Hqrs, DHS Jammu vice Dr. Baldev Sharma and Dr. Gurjeet Singh Soodan I/C AD Family Welfare has been transferred and posted as I/c State Tuberculosis Officer, DHS Jammu vice Dr. V. P. Sharma. Similarly, Dr. V.P. Sharma, has been transferred and posted as I/C Dy. Director Schemes, DHS Jammu vice Dr. Baljit Pathania, and Dr. Gurjit Singh, I/C CMO Budgam has been transferred and posted as I/C Dy. Director Schemes, DHS Kashmir against available vacancy. In another order, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Malik, I/C CMO Bandipora has been transferred and posted as I/C AD HEB, Dr. G.M.Dar, I/C BMO Magam has been transferred and posted as I/C CMO Bandipora Vice Dr. Bashir Ahmad Malik, Dr. Fayaz Ahmad I/C CMO Shopian has been transferred and posted as I/C CMO Budgam Vice Dr.Gurjit Singh, Dr. Mohd Mumtaz Bhatti I/C BMO Mendhar has been transferred and posted as I/C CMO Shopian, Dr. Mohd Younis, I/C Medical Superintendent, Government Hospital, Sarwal has been transferred and posted as I/C CMO Reasi, Dr. Robinder Khajuria, I/C CMO Kishtwar has been transferred and posted as I/C Medical Superintendent Government Hospital, Sarwal vice Dr.Mohammad Younis, Dr. Shyam Prasad Gupta, I/C BMO Basantgarh has been is transferred and posted as I/C CMO Kishtwar vice Dr. Robinder Khajuria and Dr. Arun Sharma I/C Medical Superintendent, Reasi has been transferred and posted as I/C CMO Udhampur vice Dr.Anil Kumar Amla. Dr. Anoop Singh Manhas I/C State Veneriologist Officer, Jammu has been transferred and posted as I/C Medical Superintendent, Reasi vice Dr. Arun Sharma, Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Shawl I/C CMO Rajouri has been transferred and posted to J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society on deputation basis vice Dr. A. D. Singh, I/c Deputy Director, Dr. Mohd. Fazal I/C District TB Officer has been transferred and posted as I/C CMO Rajouri vice Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Shawl and Dr. Parvaiz Medical Officer, CHC Menhdhar shall also look after the work of BMO Mendhar in addition to his own duties. The incumbent shall join their new places of posting within a period of one week failing which their placement shall be cancelled, the order stated.


directed the Secretary J&K Public Service Commission to produce records pertaining to conformation of private respondent Dr Shashi Gupta failing which the Secretary shall appear in person before the Court on September 6 when the CMP would be taken for hearing. On last date of hearing on 22-08-2013 the Court had directed the State to file objections to the main petition within one week, which were filed by the State today itself. The Court has given three weeks time to the

petitioner to file counter and the respondents have been given one week thereafter to file rejoinder, if any. The main petition has been directed to be listed for hearing thereafter. The petitioner, in her petition has challenged the legality of elevation of Dr Shashi Gupta private respondent as Principal, GMC, which according to the petitioner has been done by fraudulent manipulation of her service records and issuance of forged promotion order.


a renowned fashion designer in Bollywood assigned him a lead model at the Lakme Fashion Week on August 23, 2013. Danish also remained lead model in Siyaram Suiting advertisements.While talking to Srinagar based news gathering agency Global News Service (GNS) Danish said it is a well-known fact now that Kashmiris are blessed with natural talent. “The only thing we lack is exposure - to compete with other states.”“No doubt we are good looking but we have to groom our talent and work hard to achieve what we dream,” the actor said.Giving details about the upcoming film and his role Danish said: “I am acting in a lead role as Imran in the Dunno Y 2 opposite Pakistani actress Meera. The shooting locales are Oslo in Norwegian.”“I would like to see many more faces from Kashmir to appear in the Bollywood as they have high potential,” Danish opined. It is pertinent to mention here that Dunno Y 2 is a sequel to internationally acclaimed Dunno Y (Na Jaane Kyun) which was the first BollywoodHollywood collaboration film. The first part of the


film won 9 international awards and is still getting screened at various prestigious film festivals worldwide. Dunno Y 2 stars yesteryears’ Bollywood actress Zeenat Aman, Kapil Sharma, Yuvraaj Parashar and Norwegian actor Edith Roth Gjevjon. The film is directed by Indian director Sanjay Sharma and Norwegian director Tonje Gjevjon. The entire film is shot in Norway and its first look teaser is available online. (GNS)


Passenger vehicle bearing registration number Jk04/1668 turned turtle near KSERT College, Humhama, Budgam, resulting in injuries to 15 persons who were travelling in it. All the injured were shifted to Hospital for treatment. In another accident, a Santro car bearing registration number Jk01N/7088 hit and injured a cyclist in the jurisdiction of Police Station Sopore. Both the injured were shifted to Hospital for treatment. Police has registered a case in this regard.

FDR Lost

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Office of the Executive Engineer Electric Construction Division Karnah Sort Term Quotation

For and on behalf of the Managing Director JKSPDC, Short Term Quotation affixed with revenue stamp worth Rs. 6/- are invited from approved, registered/reputed Electric Contractors/SSI Unit holders/Self Help Groups having experience of doing Electro Mechanical works (whose registration certificates are valid for the current financial year, possessing a certificate from State Tax Department to the effect that the contractor is registered with the said department and has cleared all the dues up to last quarter for carrying out the below mentioned jobs), subject to terms and condition herein below the Short Term Quotation should reach to the undersigned on or before 03-09-2013 up to 2Pm. S. No 1.

Particular of Job Re-bibitting of Pedestal Bearings of Unit-II including installation, testing & Commissioning of complete Set.



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Sakina, Saifullah inaugurate girls hostel for Pahari students at Kupwara


Minister for Social Welfare, Ms. Sakina Itoo alongwith Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah on Thursday inaugurated Government girls hostel for Pahari students at Kupwara. Vice-Chairman of State Advisory Board for Development of Pahari Speaking People, Kafeel–ur-Rehman and MLC, Kupwara, Sayeed Rafiq Ahmad Shah were also present. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sakina said that since Omar Abdullah took the reins of the present dispensation, a lot of new welfare schemes have been launched for weaker, downtrodden, SC, ST, Gujjar, Bakerwals and the people of Pahari community living in the far flung and remote areas. She said that presently five lakh people are being benefited by many welfare schemes including Old age pension, Widow Pension, scholarships and said that by opening of Second Pahari Hostel in Kupwara, the number of its have gone to nine and added that the Government is considering establishment of more such hostel in other district headquarters also, so that the children of this community may be equally share holders of the progress made in

the education sector and hoped that by nurturing these children belonging to far flung and

children from Class 6th to Class 12th, however, presently only 50 Pahari girls of the 6th class

Zabarwan Times is available at neglected areas would once bring happiness on their faces as till date they have not been any kind of chance to come out from backward areas.The Minister said that this Hostel is providing accommodation facilities to one hundred

have been registered in the Hostel and they are being provided all facilities including boarding, lodging, uniform, books and other stationary articles free of cost. She said that monthly expenditure on diet and other items would be

Lone News Agency Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Book Depot Chadoora Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashid News Agency Dalgate Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam SRINAGAR, AUGUSTLone 29: News Agency grims of Ganderbal, Kangan and Lar News Teh- Agency sil Pulwama shall be vaccinated at Old Tangmarg Bhat Chadoora are accordingly informedZargar to attend Bhat News Agencysils Magam NewsHospital AgencyPulwama Kunzar while the pilgrims The vaccination of Hajj pilgrims 2013 Sub-District Hospital, Ganderbal (Duderof Tehsil Pampore shall be vaccinated at Darshall News Beerwah Bashir02News Agency Sumbal of the district Baramulla be Agency conhama) for vaccination on September & Sub District Hospital, Pampore besides News Agency Saleem Newsthe Agency Pattanof Tehsil Tral shall be ducted from August 31 Reshi to September 06, 03,Safapora 2013. Hajj pilgrims 2013. TheBandipora vaccination of Hajj pilgrims of vaccinated at Sub District Hospital, Tral Basharat News Agency Reyaz News Agency Pampore In this connection, Altaf the Hajj pilgrims district shall be conducted pilgrims of Tehsil Awantipora shall News AgencyBudgam Pulwama Javaidfrom Newsand Agency Qazigund belonging to Tehsil Sopore shall be adAugust 31 to September 06, 2013. be vaccinated at Primary Health Centre, Jeelani AgencyAccordingly, Baramulla the vaccination G.M News Sopore ministered the vaccination fromNews August pro- Agency Awantipora on August 31, 2013. Shah News Agencygramme Kupwara SultanBudNews Agency Handwaraof Hajj pilgrims of 31 to September 01, 2013 at MCH Sopore for Hajj pilgrims of Tehsil The vaccination and Hajj pilgrims belonging to Baramulla gamLangate shall be conducted at CMO office, district shall be conducted from Younis News Agency Sheikh NewsKulgam Agency Islamabad Tehsil shall be vaccinated at Sub-District Budgam on August 31, 2013 While as Way the News September 03, 2013. Reshi News Agency Islamabad Three Agency Tral Hospital, Baramulla on September 02, Hajj pilgrims of Khansahib Tehsil shall be As per the vaccination programme, Turraybelonging News Agency Tral at Sub District Hospital, Badru News the Agency Bijbehara 2013 while as Hajj pilgrims vaccinated Khanintending Hajj pilgrims of Devsar and Rahi Agencysahib Kulgam News its Agency Arwani to Tangmarg Tehsil shall be News vaccinated on September 02, 2013.Malik Similarly, adjacent villages shall be immunized on September 03, 2013 at News Sub-District Hajj pilgrims of BeerwahShaheen and KhagNews at PHC Devsar on September 03, while Rah Agencythe Byepass Agency Kargil

Vaccination programme for Hajj pilgrims 2013 notified

Hospital, Tangmarg. The Hajj pilgrims of Tehsil Pattan shall be vaccinated at SubDistrict Hospital, Pattan on September 04, 2013. The Hajj pilgrims from Rohama and Uri Tehsils shall be vaccinated at PHC, Dangwacha and at Sub-District Hospital, Uri on September 05 and September 06, 2013 respectively.Meanwhile, the vaccination programme for Hajj pilgrims of the district Ganderbal shall be conducted on September 02 & 03, 2013. In this connection, the Hajj pil-

Tehsil shall be vaccinated at Sub District Hospital, Beerwah on September 03, 2013. In addition, the vaccination for Hajj pilgrims of Chadoora Tehsil shall be conducted on September 05, 2013 at Sub District Hospital Chadoora and Hajj pilgrims of Chrar-i-Sharief shall be vaccinated from September 09, 2013 at Sub District Hospital, Chrar-i-Sharief at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.The vaccination of Hajj pilgrims of Pulwama district shall be conducted from August 31, 2013. Accordingly, the Hajj pilgrims of Teh-

Seven days Shooting Coaching Camp concludes:

Prasad appreciates for holding coaching camp, stresses for organizing more

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 29: Seven days Shooting Coaching Camp 1st ever in Kashmir Division organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Rifle Association in association with J & K State Sports Council and J&K Police concluded at S.P. Higher Secondary School here Thursday. About one hundred students drawn from different educational institutions of Kashmir Division which includes Tyndale Bisco, Green Valley Educational Institute, Kashmir Harvard HSS Educational Institute, Sri Pratap Higher Secondary School, Government Boys Higher Secondary School Soura, AIPS Pantha Chowk, Saddiquia Public School, Zewan, Government Women College M.A.Road, Zewan Police Colony and District Baramulla participated in the camp. Earlier the camp was declared open by Managing Director, Police Housing Corporation, Dilbag Singh on 23rd of August, 2013 in which the students were imparted training in Air Weapons. Speaking on the concluding function the Director General of Police, Ashok Prasad who was the Chief Guest appreciated the organizers for holding such a mega coaching camp at Srinagar and requested the concerned to organize such more camps in the Valley in future. He also assured full cooperation and support to the Association.The other dignitaries who were present on the occasion were MD Police Housing Corporation, Dilbag Singh, Gen. Secy. (JKRA), Sudhir Kumar, Sharat Chander Singh (treasurer), Omer Neodu, (Vice President Kashmir Division), Dr. Narinder Bhatia, Vice-President, S. Jaipal Singh (Jt. Secy. Kashmir Division), Neelofar Amin, Jt. Dir.YS&S, Jameel Mir, Sports Officer, J&K Police and Gulzar Ah. Ahanger, PEM. The Principal, S.P. HSS, Srinagar, gave full cooperation besides other facilities during conduct of the said coaching camp.The camp was organized under the supervision of well versed and National Rifle Association of India’s qualified coach Rajesh Virdhy besides Kulbir Singh and Vijay Kumar (National Shooters of J&K Police).

those belonging to Qaimoh town and its adjacent villages shall be immunized on August 31 at PHC Qaimoh. The intending Hajj pilgrims of Yaripora Niabat shall be immunized onSeptember 02 at SDH Yaripora. The intending pilgrims of D.H.Pora Tehsil shall be administered compulsory immunization at SDH D.H.Pora on August 30, 2013, and those belonging to Kulgam town and its surrounding villages shall be immunized on September 04 and 05, 2013 at old hospital complex Kulgam.

Maintaining that the Education Sector forms one of the top most sectors, the Minister for Rural Development and

Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad has said that the necessary steps have been taken to augment its infrastructure and streamline its working. Minister was interacting with the students and teaching faculty members of the Government Middle School Daribal, Khanyar during his

visit to the old city Srinagar. He was accompanied by senior officers of Education Department and district administration. The Minister said that the

Government has identified several sector as a priority sector in which Education is far most. He said that the necessary steps have been taken to augment the education sector in the State by launching various programmes besides taking the necessary measures to streamline the working.

Lok Adalat settles 175 cases at Srinagar SRINAGAR, AUGUST 29: A Lok Adalat was organized under the supervision of Principal District and Sessions Judge, Srinagar, who is also Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Srinagar, Mohammad Shafi Khan at Sadder Court Complex, Srinagar here Thursday. As many as 225 cases of different nature were taken up during the said Lok Adalat, out of which 175 cases were settled amicably.An amount of Rs. 82,55,000 was awarded as compensation in various Motor Accident Claims while Rs. 54,350 was recovered as fine in various petty criminal offences.Advocates, large number of litigants and senior citizens of the area were also present on the occasion.Meanwhile, according to Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, who is also Principal District and Sessions Judge, Baramulla, Rashid Ali Dar, a mega Lok Adalats shall be held from September 16 to 23, 2013 in collaboration with Tehsil Legal Services Committee, Baramulla throughout the district where different nature of cases would be settled amicably.Interested persons desirous to settle their cases amicably through the said mega Lok Adalat are informed to approach Court authorities Baramulla.Meanwhile, according to the Chairman, District Legal Services Authority, Kupwara mega Lok Adalat at Tangdhar, Handwara, Kupwara and Sogam Court Complexes shall be organized from September 06 to 13, 2013.Accordingly the mega Lok Adalat would be conducted at Munsiff Court Tangdhar on September 06 & 07, 2013 in the Court complex, Tangdhar and at Tehsil Handwara, the Lok Adalat shall also be held onSeptember 08 & 09, 2013 at Chief Judicial Magistrate, Handwara while as at Tehsil Kupwara, the mega Lok Adalat shall be held on September 10 to September 13, 2013 at Sub Judge and Munsiff Court, Kupwara. Besides mega Lok Adalat for Sogam would be held on September 13, 2013 at Court Complex, Sogam.

Awami-Darbar held at Chandergiri, Block Hajin

Socio-Economic development of people prime concern of Govt: Lone Asks officers to provide better delivery system

Additional District Development Commissioner Bandipora, officers of PDD, PHE, R&B, Irrigation, health and other concerned departments besides,

ground practically. He directed the officers of PHE to speed up the pace of ongoing works and complete the process of interior distribution of water supply,

Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone Thursday urged upon the officers to work with compassion, sincerity,dedication while implementing developmental projects and welfare schemes launched by the government, so that deserving and needy people are benefited to the maximum. He said Socio-economic development and dignified life of the people all across the State is the prime concern of the government. The Minister was addressing in a Awami-Darbar convened to assess the pace and progress of the developmental works being executed in the Chandergiri, Safapora and Hakbura areas of Sonawari Constituency at Chandergiri village here Thursday.

While responding to the demands of the students and faculty of the school, the Minister directed the officers to settle all the issues within the shortest possible time so that

the infrastructural problems if any are solved. Sagar also conducted an extensive tour of the old city Srinagar and directed the officers to address all the issues with regard to the PHE, PDD and R&B etc so that the people do not face any inconvenience in their daily life.


March 21-April 19

Aries, your intuition is increased today to the point where you feel like a mind reader, like you could deduce the thoughts and motives of people you’ve never met before. Reading about news events might bring sudden insights as to how they’re going to turn out. You could decide to put this ability to work advancing your financial condition. Do this if you can, within reason. Your insights are probably correct!

Taurus April 20-May 20

You should be feeling especially passionate at this time, Taurus, especially regarding partnerships. Romantic partnerships definitely call for an evening together! Professional and creative partnerships call for a new project that you believe in strongly. Look to events in other states or foreign countries for inspiration. Something begun in places far away could capture your imagination.

Gemini May 21-June 21

If you’ve been feeling less like yourself lately, Gemini, a surge of inner power could push you over the top and make you feel strong and healthy again. You could decide to finish the unfinished tasks around you today. You might get most of them done by day’s end. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself, however. You will want to make the most of your newfound energy.

Cancer June 22-July 22

A surge of passion could dominate your day unless you find an outlet for it, Cancer. An intimate evening with a lover would be a good idea. Creative passion is also strong, and you could be hit with sudden inspiration, perhaps influenced by distant places. Don’t be afraid to take time out from your mundane chores to pursue this inspiration. Creativity is as important as anything else.


July 23-August 22 A romantic evening at home with your partner could bring the two of you closer, Leo. Your emotions are intense right now, so you need to use your intuition to judge exactly how much of your feelings you should reveal. An intellectual passion could also come your way. You might discover a new field of interest and you’ll want to bury yourself at home studying it for hours.


August 23-September 22

Information received from far away could excite your passion to learn more about a subject, Virgo. You might be inspired to use your new knowledge in a project that includes a partner. Your mind is extremely insightful at this time, so if you face decisions, this is the day to follow your heart. Don’t be surprised if you find your telepathic abilities expanded as well!


September 23-October 23 Money matters are likely to be advanced today through your intuition and inner power, Libra. You may get a hunch that your idea for bringing in some extra money just might work. At least look into it. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it until you know the facts. You might also rediscover a neglected talent that you could find quite useful at this time.


October 24-November 21


Education sector top most priority of Govt: Sagar SRINAGAR, AUGUST 29:

Rs.1.50 lacks and the Government kept funds to the tune of Rs.11 lakh each for establishment of Pahari Hostels. She said that Government Boys Pahari Hostel is already functional in its own building and add that it is a welcome step for nurturing the children of this remote community on modern lines and hoped this would yield tangible results on the ground in near future. She that after 2008, the Pahari Community may be able to get its recognition and came forward for equally sharing the developmental benefits of various schemes launched by the Government.On the occasion, She asked Pahari Community leaders, including DDC, Kupwara to identify State land for construction of its own building. She said that the present dispensation have fulfilled near about its 80 percent promises made in his manifesto. The Minister stressed upon the management including warden of the Hostel to properly maintain the hostel and give proper attention on the children.Ms Sakina also asked the MD, WDC and Mission Director, Rehabilitation Council to pay special attention to the women folk of this community by extending a helping hand so that they may be also able to establish their self-help groups.

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A surge of inner power could have you feeling like you can move mountains, Scorpio. If you’ve been contemplating a course of action that others believe impossible, this is the time to get it going. Career matters, romance, and creative projects could all be advanced considerably by careful effort on your part. Give it some thought, write down your ideas, consider all contingencies, and move ahead!

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

large number of people and public representatives were present on the occasion. Lone enjoined upon officers to provide better delivery system and monitor the execution of all works on

so that people of the area do not suffer for the want of drinking water, besides, directed them to expedite HakburaChandergiri water supply scheme at an earliest.

Actively involve in promotion, participation of sports activities: Mir asks youth KANGAN, AUGUST 29 Asking the youth to actively involve themselves in promotion and participation of sports as well as extracurricular activities, the Minister for Agriculture , Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir said that the it will help to inculcate a spirit of brotherhood and team spirit among the youth which would go a long way in nation building. The Minister said this while Kick starting the Sayed Rehman Cricket Tournament at Mar Gund Kangan this morning. 64 teams of the area are participating in the tournament. The Minister said that the youth of the state possess enormous potential in every field adding that government is taking every step to channel-

ize it in better way for which numerous initiatives have already been taken. He called upon youth to take the benefit of these initiatives and assured that government is at their back. Mir said that Sports Department has already been directed to issue yearly based fixture of all the sports activities so that every youth would get chance to channelize its ability for future prospects. He said that the coalition government has provide focused attention towards sports activities in the state during last four years and so many national tournaments have been organized in which local players participated. Mir said that Sports Department has already been directed to issue yearly based fixture of all the sports activities so that every youth would get chance

to channelize its ability for future prospects. He said that the coalition government has provide focused attention towards sports activities in the state during last four years and so many national tournaments have been organized in which local players participated. The local players who showed excellent performance in these competitions were given chance at national and international level. Referring to the damage caused by yesterday’s cloudburst in the area, the Minister said that directions in this regard have already been passed to Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal to constitute a committee to assess the damage and submit the report at the earliest so that necessary steps are taken.

Memories from your past could resurface, Sagittarius. You might wonder why you’re suddenly thinking about them, but they probably represent a release of old emotional hang-ups that have been holding you back. By midafternoon you should feel more focused, determined, and ready to take on just about anything. This is definitely a great day to start new projects or complete old ones.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Today represents a beginning in many ways. A friend from the past could reappear in your life, Capricorn, and bring up memories both pleasant and disconcerting. Don’t worry too much about it. This probably represents a muchneeded release. You might also become involved with a group that embodies goals about which you’re passionate. New friends could also come your way.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Emotions could be running high today, Aquarius. Someone in your entourage may have a problem with an authority figure, and political issues could come up. You may feel powerful right now and tempted to throw your hat into the ring. However, it’s best to stay out of anything political and channel that power and passion into your own project. That’s far more likely to bring positive results.


February 19-March 20 Heightened mental powers might have you spending a lot of time reading or doing research of some kind, Pisces. Your curiosity is especially high right now. You might even consider advancing your education in some way, especially since new interests have been stimulating you for some time. New friends in fascinating fields might have started you thinking. This is a good time to look into this.

Editorial/Opinion The Daily

Zabarwan Times Friday, 30 August 2013

A long road ahead


aving nominated Yashpal Sharma as candidate for Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in April-May 2014, Peoples Democratic Party has blown the begul for the ensuing parliamentary elections. Other major political parties like National Conference, Congress and BJP are yet to decide their candidatures for Lok Sabha elections-2014, but almost all the parties have started gearing up to create an atmosphere of elections by organizing, strengthening their cadres and in some cases have started drawing the attention of the voters towards themselves by arranging public meetings, addressing public rallies in different parts of the state and alluring voters by their flippant, crispy, saucy and spicy speeches. The major political parties at the national level are also busy in chalking out the future strategies to grab large chunk of voters towards itself. Recently Congress in its “Chintin Shivir” held at Jaipur put extra emphasis on participation of women voters who constitute at least half of the voters list. This important component cannot be ignored. The UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi opened her inaugural speech with the suggestions of making women fully empowered in all spheres of life whether social, economical or political. She talked about the discriminatory attitude of male members of the family and pledged to work against discrimination by abolishing it from the roots. The main slogan which emerged from this “Chintin Shivir” was- “Pehlay Nari Ka Sammaan, Phir Bharat Nirman” – “respect the women, build the nation”. The kind of treatment and atrocities are being committed on women folk these days, the way they are not safe and secure within four walls of the house or outside the house, it is natural that women voters would like to stand up and demand justice. The Delhi gang rape incident and thereafter continuous flow of news regarding rapes and other kinds of atrocities are enough to stir up the conscience of women who other than basic infrastructural facilities would like to demand their security and self dignity at first instance. Almost all the political parties would like to work on this issue. With new innovations in information technology and fast modes of communication, the world has altogether changed. Now the appeasement policies being adopted by various political parties to woe the women voters will not work. Earlier women would follow the dictates of their male members of their family, vote for the candidate whom the male members would decide. But now time has changed. Women today are well conscious of the value of their votes and by all means, they should be. The political parties cannot afford to ignore them as they are integral and important part of the election process. Though it is a fact, till now their views were not taken very seriously. If some change is to be brought in the society, a due respect and space has to be allotted for women voters otherwise the democratic process will get a big jolt. Women participation in the election process has to be increased and for this, women as a whole have to come forward and take their share rather snatch it from the clutches of male dominated society otherwise they will continue to suffer. No doubt it is a long road to tread upon but the moment the women voters stand united and raise their voices against the treatment meted to them, there is no doubt that they will definitely succeed in their mission. They snub away the small appeasement tactics normally used by political parties like giving away little gifts like Sarees, pressure cookers, sewing machines, blanket etc in lieu of votes. The time has come that they should use their minds and considering the value of their votes should exercise their franchise in favour of candidates who may prove saviours of their rights and dignity.



Friday, 30 August 2013


e was having good relation with Raja Yesh Paul of Jammu. Raja Noor-Ud-Din died in 1219 AD. After that, Raja Bhava-Ud-Din alias Bhag Sinha (1219-1252 AD), Raja Anwar Khan alias Arun Sinha (1252-1264 AD), Raja Hebat Khan alias Hebat Sinha (1264-1289 AD), Raja Sardar Khan alias Reen Sinha (12891318 AD), Raja Shah Sawar Khan alias Sansar Sinha (1318-1351 AD), Raja Daulat Khan alias Daulat Sinha (1351-1378 AD), Raj a Shah Zaman Khan alias Jag Sinha (1378-1412 AD), Raja Shahabudin alias Sakar Sinha(1412-1450 AD), Raja Behram Khan alias Behram Sinha (1450-1478 AD), Raja Barhan-Ud-Din alias Barhan Sinha (1478-1503 AD), Raja Ali Khan (1503-1513 AD), Raja Bahadur Khan alias Bahadur Sinha (1513-1565 AD), Raja Mast Wali Khan (1565-1601 AD), Raja Taj-Ud-Din alias Chittar Sinha (1601 1646 AD), Raja Hayat Ullah Khan (16461648 AD), Raja Anayat Ullah Khan (16481662 AD), Raja Hadayat Ullah Khan, (1662-1683 AD), Raja Azamat Ullah Khan (1683-1762 AD), Raja Izat-Ullah Khan Ullah Khan (1762-1767 AD), Raja Karam Ullah Khan (1767-1813 AD), Raja Agar Ullah Khan (1813-1819 AD), Raja Raheem Ullah Khan (1819 AD to 26th Oct. 1846 AD) remained the Muslim Jaral Rajas of Rajouri. During the Jaral Muslim rules, Raja NoorUd-Din reconstructed Rajouri town. Shah Mir left the village Panch Gawara (Panch Gabbar from Rajouri) in 1313 AD and reached Kashmir where ultimately he became the First Muslim Sultan of Kashmir4n 1343 AD. Thakkers, Maliks of Thanna and Darhal emerged as a strong force. In the beginning of 15th Century AD, they helped Shahi Khan who fought tough battle at Thanna with the forces of his brother Sultan Ali Shah of Kashmir and after defeating Sultan Ali Shah at Thanna, Shahi Khan entered Kashmir victoriously and became the Sultan of Kashmir in 1420 AD under the title of Sultan Zain-UlAbdin. He took power in Kashmir only with the help of Thakker and Malik tribe of Thanna, Rajouri and Darhal. In 1464 AD, Sultan Zain-Ul-Abdin Badshah nominated a Thakker of Darhal area Jai Singh as the Ruler of Raj our. It appears that he could not reach Rajouri town and remained stationed in Darhal or Thanna area. In 1452 AD, Zain-Ul-Abdin reconstituted the outerhill state of Panchal Range comprised or Nowshera, Rajouri, Bhimber and Poonch under the name of Bhaya-DesaVinh and nominated his son Haji Khan as the Governor of this new principality. But



this state could not remain united and after some time, deference’s emerged between Badshah and his son Haji Khan. A battle took place between father and son at Bolesha in Kashmir, Haji Khan was defeated in 1453 AD. The outer states again broken into principalities and Rajouri continued being governed by the Jaral Rajas. In 1586 AD after the capture of Kashmir by the Mughals, Emperor Akbar visited Kashmir on that vary year and reached Rajouri also. He passed order to Raja Mast Wali Khan of Rajouri for the construction of Nowshera Fort and reconstruction of Nimak (salt) road from Bhimber to Peergali so that it could be made fit for travelling of Mughal caravans. The road was reconstructed by Raj a Mast Wali Khan of Rajouri and Behram Naik of Behramgala on the expenses of Mughals. Therefore, the name of Nimak Road was changed and it was renamed as Mughal Road. Rajouri had witnessed its glorious days during the period of Mughal Emperor Jahangir who visited Kashmir 13 times from 1605 to 1629 AD. He used to stay at Rajouri for some days in every tour. He passed orders to an Iranian Engineer Ali Mardhan Khan for the improvement of Mughal Road and construction of Baradaries, Sarais, Musafar Khanas, Hamams, Mosques etc. alongside the road for the convenience of the Mughal, qaravans. By this way, a beautiful Baradary was also constructed at Rajouri apart from a big Sarai at Thannamandi, Chingus and shelter stations at Nadhpur and Fatehpur, Sarai at Chandimarh etc. Number of Marhs were also constructed from Rattan Peer to Peergali for the convenience of Postmens who used to take the Dak of Mughal Emperors from Kashmir to Lahore by running from one Marh to another. During this very period, the Fort of Nowshera was renovated and a beautiful room under the name of "Noor Mehal" was constructed in the Fort for Jahangir and Noor Jahan. Mughal caravans were travelling on this road daily and there was great hustle and bustle at Rajouri during this period because this station was the base camp for further travel towards Kashmir. In Tuzak-eJahangiri, there are number of references about Rajouri. In one of his reference, Emperor Jahangir had directed Jaral Rajas to get rid off from the Customs which are not allowed in Islam. He writes that habitants of Thanna are speaking Hindi as well as Kashmiri. There is a great deference between their dresses, language, culture and habits as compared to Rajouri. The

place is hotter than Srinagar, Ladies wear woolen garments and nose ring. Jahangir had took last breath at Rajouri in 1629 AD when he was on the way to Lahore from Srinagar. A part of his body was also buried at Chingus Sarai. In 1644 AD, Emperor Shah Jahan along with his son, Prince Aurangzeb visited Kashmir and stayed at Rajouri for some days. At that time, Rajouri principality was governed by Raja Taj-Ud-Dm. He impressed Shahjahan upto this extent that Emperor Shahjahan organised the 2nd marriage of his son Prince Aurangzeb with Raj Bhai the daughter of Taj-Ud-Dm. Due to this marriage, the Rajas of Rajour had direct relations with the Mughal Darbar at Delhi. Raja Azamat Ullah Khan remained in Mughal Darbar for years together with Queen Raj Bhai. During the reign of Raja Azmat Ullah Khan of Rajouri, a young Rajput Lachhman Singh of Dassal (Rajouri) left his native place and ultimately settled at Nandher in Maharashtra. 10th Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj met him at Nandher and motivated him for fighting against the tyranny of Mughals in Punjab. This young Yogi Lachhman Singh accepted the orders of Guru Ji and made his mind to visit Punjab. Guru Ji renamed him as Banda Behragi. Banda Behragi reached Punjab and fought against the Government of that time. He liberated large part of Punjab from thejaws of Mughals but ultimately, he was captured and killed. During the rule of Raja Karam Ullah Khan of Rajouri, the great Saint Hazrat Sayed Ghulam Shah Bahadshah reached Shahdhara Sharief in 1760 AD, established his Darbar and started preaching humanity, love, brotherhood and teaching of Islam. He was a great Saint. ButRaja Karam Ullah Khan under estimated him due to which Hazrat Shah Sahib got annoyed and Karam Ullah got lot of setbacks. His four sons died in internal fighting. He himself fell ill seriously and was ultimately rescued only with the blessing of Hazrat Shah Sahib. In 1814 AD, when Maharaja Ranjit Singh decided to capture Kashmir, Raja Agar Ullah Khan of Rajouri became ally of Maharaja and offered his support to capture Kashmir. When the forces of Maharaja reached at Peergali pass, Agar Khan and his forces revolted and started attacks in civilian dresses on the forces of Maharaja. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was compelled to retreat to Lahore. But in 1815 AD, Maharaja took revenge by sending his forces under the command of Sardar Dil Singh who assaulted Rajouri town, Raja Agar Khan was escaped from the city and ultimately the town was deserted and

destroyed by the Khalsa forces. In 1819 AD, Maharaja Ranjit Singh made second attempt to capture Kashmir. He nominated Raja Raheem Ullah Khan, the brother of Agar Ullah Khan as the Raja of Rajour at Wazirabad Fort and dispatched him to Rajouri alongwith his forces for further arrangements. Raheem Ullah Khan reached Rajouri and became the Raja of Rajour. Agar Ullah Khan again escaped from Rajouri in the mountainous belt of Panchal Range. Raheem Ullah Khan helped Maharaja Ranjit Singh during his aggression on Kashmir and ultimately, with the help of Guru Ji and made his mind to visit Punjab. Guru Ji renamed him as Banda Behragi. Banda Behragi reached Punjab and fought against the Government of that time. He liberated large part of Punjab from the jaws of Mughals but ultimately, he was captured and killed. During the rule of Raja Karam Ullah Khan of Rajouri, the great Saint Hazrat Sayed Ghulam Shah Bahadshah reached Shahdhara Sharief in 1760 AD, established his Darbar and started preaching humanity, love, brotherhood and teaching of Islam. He was a great Saint. But Raja Karam Ullah Khan under estimated him due to which Hazrat Shah Sahib got annoyed and Karam Ullah got lot of setbacks. His four sons died in internal fighting. He himself fell ill seriously and was ultimately rescued only with the blessing of Hazrat Shah Sahib. In 1814 AD, when Maharaja Ranjit Singh decided to capture Kashmir, Raja Agar Ullah Khan of Rajouri became ally of Maharaja and offered his support to capture Kashmir. When the forces of Maharaja reached at Peergali pass, Agar Khan and his forces revolted and started attacks in civilian dresses on the forces of Maharaja. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was compelled to retreat to Lahore. But in 1815 AD, Maharaja took revenge by sending his forces under the command of Sardar Dil Singh who assaulted Rajouri town, Raja Agar Khan was escaped from the city and ultimately the town was deserted and destroyed by the Khalsa forces. In 1819 AD, Maharaja Ranjit Singh made second attempt to capture Kashmir. He nominated Raja Raheem Ullah Khan, the brother of Agar Ullah Khan as the Raja of Rajour at Wazirabad Fort and dispatched him to Rajouri alongwith his forces for further arrangements. Raheem Ullah Khan reached Rajouri and became the Raja of Rajour. Agar Ullah Khan again escaped from Rajouri in the mountainous belt of Panchal Range. To be Continued.........

Antimicrobial Resistance-No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow

n 1674, Anton van Leeuwen hoek, could see bacteria through a microscope. Louis Pasteur, in 1865, founded the science of microbiology, and proved that most infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms. This became known as the 'germ theory' of disease. Alexander Fleming, discovered the mould, penicillin in 1928, which could kill many germs that caused infections. Fleming's discovery saved the lives of millions of people during the course of time. Without this drug many soldiers during World War II would have died from infections of the wounds. The discovery of penicillin led to the discovery of a whole lot of other antibiotics such as streptomycin. It was a great step forward in the history of medicine. We live in an era of medical breakthroughs with new wonder drugs available to treat conditions that a few decades ago would have proved fatal. Antimicrobial resistance is the ability of a microorganism to survive when exposed to antimicrobial drugs. Genes can transfer this ability from one microorganism to another. Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread threaten the continued effectiveness of many medicines used today, while at the same time it risks jeopardizing important advances being made against major infectious killers. When the organisms become resistant to most antimicrobials, they are often referred to as 'Superbugs'. At first all microorganisms were affected by sulfanilamide, and it was tagged a 'wonder drug'. Soon it become apparent that any microorganism capable of producing para-amino-benzoic acid (PBA) on its own could produce enough PBA to displace the sulfanilamide by the old law of

mass action and proceed with synthesis. effectiveness. The most important aspect Later, after sulfanilamide had been around of antibiotics is that the presence of large long enough, some microorganisms quantities of antibiotics in use stimulates adapted to using it as their substrate and bacteria which not only are resistant but could remove it from solution. As a result can degrade the antibiotic as a source of sulfanilamide lost it punch. About this time food. Last year, the spread of the resistant the fungi-produced antibiotics made their bacteria in India, Pakistan and U.K. 'NDMdebut. Penicillin was extremely effective 1', or New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, against many pathogenic bacteria. It was was first identified in a Swedish patient found that penicillin prevented the passage who had returned from New Delhi. Experts

lead to the further emergence of resistant bacteria and genes that threaten human health. At present, 0.4 million resistant infections are estimated to occur every year in the European Union, leading to about 25 thousand deaths. Without new and effective antibiotics but with increasing resistance, society could return to the condition of a pre-antibiotic era, when a simple lung infection could kill a child, or when doctors could not fight meningitis. Multi-drug tuberculosis is another Alexander Fleming, discovered the mould, example of this emerging health threat. Integrated monitoring of antibiotic consumption, prescriber and consumer penicillin in 1928, which could kill many education and regulation of use in communities and hospitals have shown germs that caused infections. Fleming's that it is possible to contain antimicrobial resistance. However, e ven in wellregulated systems, such as those in discovery saved the lives of millions of Europe, resistance in some pathogens continue to increase unabated and people during the course of time. problems remain in the use of antibiotics in animal food production can lead to the further emergence of resistant bacteria Without this drug many soldiers during and genes that threaten human health. WHO's Patient Safety Programme, the World War II would have died from 2001 initiative, provided a start for some countries in tackling the problem. One of infections of the wounds. the challenges government face is enforcing laws banning over-the-counter of glutamic acid into the cell. Those were concerned about the fact that the sales of antibiotics. This is particularly bacteria which could synthesize their own enzyme was found in one of the most difficult in low-to-middle income glutamic acid were unaffected by penicil- commonly encountered bacteria in the countries where there are often no doctors lin. Like sulfanilamide the presence of human population, Escheridia coli, and to prescribe medicines but people need to penicillin in large quantities stimulated the that at least one in 10 of strains containing get the drug somehow. Children in Africa, growth of bacteria which could metabolize this enzyme appeared to be resistant to all Asia and Latin America suffering from penicillin. Streptomycin was even more known antibiotics. The overuse, misuse pneumonia, meningitis or blood stream effective than penicillin. It reacted best and underuse of antibacterial drugs have infections are often given old drugs under basic pH by blocking the entry of led to an increase in and the emergence of rendered ineffective by resistance since pyruvate into the citric acid cycle. There resistance to these drugs. The food they are the only available treatment are other antibiotics of varying degrees of industry's increased use of antibiotics can options.

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Replace ghee with canola or olive oil

When a recipe calls for ghee or butter, substitute it with canola or olive oil for better health. Both these oils can help you to shed weight and reduce liver fat, lipids and triglycerides, says a study. The study conducted by the Diabetes Foundation (India) (DFI) and the National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholesterol Foundation (N-DOC) has found that consuming olive or canola oil can help in decreasing weight, waist circumference and reduce liver fat, lipids and triglycerides. A group of 90 people were part of the study for three years from June 2007 to 2010. They were divided into three groups and asked to use one type of cooking oil — olive, canola or any other oil. "After a period of six months itself, we found that those who used olive or canola significantly reduced there weight, liver fat and triglycerides," said Seema Gulati, head of nutrition research group at N-DOC.

The group which used olive oil significantly reduced the body weight, waist circumference and liver fat. As for the 30 people who used canola oil, they reported a decrease in waist circumference and a significantly improved insulin and blood glucose. The group which

used other oils, except the soybean or sunflower oil — which have a high content of monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) — as cooking medium had not showed any significant changes. "If the different traditional Indian oils used across the country are replaced by olive or

canola oil, it can lead to multiple health benefits," said Anoop Misra, director and head of department of diabetes and metabolic diseases at a leading hospital. he said that the study has important implications for Indians who are at heightened risk for diabetes and heart disease

Books are tonic for the brain

Reading is not just another leisurely activity or a way of brushing up your literacy skills and factual knowledge - it acts as a tonic for the brain too. Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield suggests that reading helps to expand attention spans in kids. "Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end - a structure that encourages our brains to think in sequence, to link cause, effect and significance," she says. "It is essential to learn this skill as a small child, while the brain has more plasticity, which is why it's so important for parents to read to their children. The more we do it, the better we get at it," Greenfield added. Reading can enrich our relationships by increasing our understanding of other cultures and helping us learn to empathise, the Daily Mail reports. "In a computer game, you might have to rescue a princess, but you don't care about her, you just want to win," explains

Greenfield. "But a princess in a book has a past, present and future, she has connections and motivations. We can relate to her. We see the world through her eyes." John Stein, emeritus professor of neuroscience at Magdalen College, Oxford, says reading is far from a passive activity. "Reading exercises the whole

brain," he explains. Reading stories to children will help their brains develop the ability to analyse the cause, effect and significance of eventsIn 2009, a brain-imaging study in the US showed that reading about landscapes, sounds, smells and tastes, activates brain areas tied to these experiences in real life, creating new neural path-

ways. Simply stated, our brains simulate real experiences, which doesn't happen when you're watching TV or playing computer games.In 2009, University of Sussex researchers showed how six minutes of reading can slash stress levels by more than twothirds, more than listening to music or going out for a walk.

and 20 percent respectively, compared with less than 0.5 percent among smokeless coal users of both sexes. These risks are almost as high as those reported for heavy smokers in Western countries, ranging between 20 percent and 26 percent. Lung cancer deaths were also associated with the average number of hours that a smoky coal user spent at home and the age at which participants started cooking. The researchers say that their findings have important implications for public health in this region of China and suggest that the use of less carcinogenic types of coal or other fuels can translate into a substantial reduction of lung cancer risk. As this chemical and physical composition of coal differs widely in different geographical locations, additional research is needed on the carcinogenicity of various types of coal, they added.

Scientists now have an explanation for why green tea is good for the brain -- it lies in the chemical properties that affect the production of brain cells, improving memory and spatial learning. "Green tea is a popular beverage across the world," said Yun Bai, professor from the Third Military Medical University, Chongqing, China. "There has been plenty of scientific attention on its use in helping prevent cardiovascular diseases, but now there is emerging evidence that its chemical properties may impact cellular mechanisms in the brain."Yun's team focused on the organic chemical EGCG, (epigallocatechin-3 gallate) a key property of green tea. While EGCG is a known antioxidant, the team believed it can also have a beneficial effect against age-related degenerative diseases, the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research reports."We proposed that

EGCG can improve cognitive function by impacting the generation of neuron cells, a process known as neurogenesis," said Yun. "We focused our research on the hippocampus, the part of the brain which processes information from short-term to longterm memory." The team found that ECGC boosts the production of neural progenitor cells, which like stem cells can adapt, or differentiate, into various types of cells. The team then used lab mice to discover if this increased cell production gave an advantage to memory or spatial learning, according to a Medical University statement."We ran tests on two groups of mice, one which had imbibed ECGC and a control group (without ECGC)," said Yun."First the mice were trained for three days to find a visible platform in their maze. Then they were trained for seven days to find a hidden platform."

Best purple foods for good health There has been so much talk on having a rainbow of foods on your plate - a group of 'colours' of certain fruit signifying certain benefits. Of these purple foods are perhaps most significant as it is a fact that darker the food, the higher the antioxidant level. Antioxidants can prevent cell damage, and keep one looking younger. Here are more reasons to stock up on purple-hued foods today. Benefits galore: As per data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES), in a survey on eating and health, it was seen that adults who eat purple and blue fruits and vegetables are less likely to be overweight. They have a reduced risk for both high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol. It was believed that anthocyanins, or compounds that give purple foods their colour, were responsible for this. Purple foods have a pigment called anthocyanin. This is a strong and antioxidant, which is said to reduce the risk of cancer. What they are: Eggplant, Purple grapes, figs, plums, dark cherries, raisins, purple cabbage are all candidates. Get cooking! Here are some quick-fix recipes... Plums: Take fresh plums, and put them in a grill with the skin on. Grill and sprinkle a little cinnamon powder on them. You

can also stick a clove in each of them and rest them awhile, then remove cloves and eat. Purple cabbage: Take purple cabbage, slice it up. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar or light sweet onion dressing over them. Enjoy! Figs: To make a healthy salad, just chop fresh figs along with shredded rocket leaves, feta cheese and add toasted pine nuts or chopped walnuts on them. Serve. Plums: This fruit is best had on its own. However, it can also be enjoyed in desserts and savouries. To make poached plums, place plums in a baking dish, add a little sugar and lemon juice and toss them gently so they get coated. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and have with cream or just like that.

The use of "smoky coal" for household cooking and heating was found to be associated with a substantial increase in the lifetime risk of developing lung cancer, according to a study from China. This represents one of the strongest effects of environmental pollution reported for cancer risk in any population, the researchers said. It also underlines the importance of taking action to minimise exposure to the most hazardous types of fuel. About half the world's population uses coal and other solid fuels for cooking and heating, often in simple stoves that are unvented. Exposure to certain types of solid fuel smoke is associated with several diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute respiratory infections, and lung cancer. However, the relationship between smoky coal use and lung cancer is not

Exposure to pesticide behind childhood cough Children exposed to the widely used pesticide additive piperonyl butoxide (PBO) in the womb have heightened risk of noninfectious cough at ages 5 and 6, a new study has found. The findings support the premise that the children's respiratory system is susceptible to damage from toxic exposures during the prenatal period. A common symptom, childhood cough can disrupt normal daytime activities and interrupt sleep for both child and parent. Researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health and of Columbia University Medical Center conducted the study. Piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is an organic compound used to bolster the effects of pyrethroid pesticides. Pyrethroids are the most commonly used pesticides for both professional pest control and non-professional residential use, according to a 2011 study by Mailman School researchers. Exposure to one pyrethroid, a variation of permethrin, was linked with increased risk for cough by

age 5 in a 2009 study by Rachel Miller, MD. In the current study, Dr. Miller and colleagues sought to build on these findings by exploring the effects of subsequent exposure during childhood, looking specifically at the effects of PBO exposure. Researchers looked at 224 mother-child pairs enrolled in the CCCEH birth cohort study of environmental exposures, examining measures of PBO and pyrethroid in personal air monitors worn by the mothers during pregnancy.

Air samples also were collected from the home over the course of two weeks when children were between 5 and 6 years old. Questionnaires were used to evaluate respiratory outcomes. Researchers found that children exposed to PBO during pregnancy had increased odds of reporting cough unrelated to cold or flu. Exposures to PBO during childhood were not a factor. There was no observed association between prenatal or childhood permethrin exposure and cough, something

the researchers say may be explained by the fact that PBO is much easier to measure in air samples than permethrin. There was also no association with PBO or permethrin exposure and other respiratory outcomes like wheeze or asthma. While it is unclear whether the effect is due mainly to PBO itself or residential pyrethroids of which PBO is an indicator, it is important to remember, said Dr. Miller, that "these exposures may be a factor in a very common problem for children—cough.

fully understood. So an international team of researchers compared deaths from lung cancer between lifelong users of "smoky coal" and "smokeless coal" for household cooking and heating in Xuanwei County, Yunnan Provine, China, where lung cancer rates are particularly elevated. In total, over 37,000 individuals were followed over a 20year period (1976-96) during which time more than 2,000 deaths from lung cancer were recorded. After taking account of other possible risk factors including tobacco use, lung cancer cases and deaths were substantially higher among users of smoky (i.e. bituminous) coal for home cooking and heating than users of smokeless (i.e. anthracitic) coal. In absolute terms, the risk of lung cancer death before 70 years of age for men and women using smoky coal was 18 percent

Personal care items cause asthma in kids Researchers have found that children exposed to diethyl phthalate (DEP) and butylbenzyl phthalate (BBzP)—phthalate chemicals commonly found in personal care and plastic products—have elevated risk of asthma-related airway inflammation. Of the 244 children aged 5 to 9 in the study, all had detectable levels of phthalates in their urine although these varied over a wide range. Higher levels of both phthalates were associated with higher levels of nitric oxide in exhaled breath, a biological marker of airway inflammation. The association between BBzP exposure and airway inflammation was especially strong among children who had recently reported wheeze, a common symptom of asthma, according to the researchers at Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at the Mailman School of Public Health. "While many factors contribute to childhood asthma, our study shows that exposure to phthalates may play a significant role," said Allan Just, PhD, first author on the new CCCEH study and current

postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Just and co-investigators looked at children enrolled in the CCCEH Mothers and Newborns study. All live in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx where asthma prevalence is high. Exposure to phthalates was measured through a urine test, and the level of nitric oxide in the child's exhaled breath was quantified as a marker of airway inflammation. The study is the first to use exhaled nitric oxide in a

study of phthalate exposure in children. By using the biomarker in exhaled breath, the researchers overcame a significant hurdle. "Many asthma patients only have asthma exacerbations a few times a year, making it difficult to discern short-term associations between environmental exposures and the disease," explained Matthew Perzanowski, PhD, senior author and Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School.

"To solve this problem, we used nitric oxide, which has been shown to be a reliable marker of airway inflammation in response to known asthma triggers like vehicle emissions," he said.Phthalates are used widely in consumer products, including plastics, vinyl flooring, and personal care products, making exposure ubiquitous in the United States and other developed nations. Phthalates enter the body through ingestion, inhalation, and absorption through the skin.


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Domestic factors too responsible for difficult economic situation: PM

With falling rupee and rising oil prices casting a shadow over the Indian economy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said the country is faced with a difficult economic situation for which some domestic factors too were responsible. “It cannot be denied that the country is faced with a difficult economic situation,” Singh said after leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley sought his response on the rupee hitting a lifetime low. “There are several causes (for the economic woes). I do not deny some domestic factors too are responsible,” he said. Listing some of the external factors that have impacted rupee and Indian economy, Singh said US monetary stance and problems created by tensions in Syria and its “inevitable consequences on oil prices” have played their role. “We have to reckon with these uncertainties,”

he said, adding he needed “some time to reflect” on these. “I would be happy to make a statement tomorrow,” the prime minister said. Earlier, when the House met for the day, Jaitley raised the issue of depleting value of the rupee, which has fallen 20% against the US dollar this year and already breached 68 mark. He said there was “panic” in the country as people don’t know where the devaluation of the rupee will stop. Inflationary pressure will be twice as rising food prices will be coupled with imported inflation in form of rising oil prices in the international market, he said. Manufacturing growth has been low while services sector has seen expansion drop to 7% from 10% earlier. “In situation like this, what is that government is going to do,” he asked.

Anna ready to endorse Modi if he leaves BJP: US media report

WASHINGTON: India’s anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has said that he would be “happy to endorse” Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi if he left the BJP, an American media outlet has reported. Hazare, who left for India from New York on Wednesday after a nearly two-week US trip, made the remarks during an interaction with the Indian-American community, academicians and think-tanks at an event organised by the Hindu Temple in Delaware on August 20, the Huffington Post reported. “Anna Hazare did not endorse Narendra Modi. He said he did not believe in political parties and since Modi was a member of BJP, a political party, he could not endorse him. “When pressed to endorse Modi as an individual, he responded by saying that if Modi left the BJP, he would be happy to endorse him,” Muqtedar Khan, Associate Professor at the University of Delaware and a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, wrote in the Huffington Post.

Anna was not available for comments when approached by the PTI over phone through his US person of contact. Khan, who moderated the question and answer session at the Delaware event, wrote that for an ethical activist, it was a very political answer. “Anna was trying to get out of endorsing Modi without offending Modi’s supporters. But I suspect he offended the Hindu secularists by not condemning Modi and disappointed Hindu nationalists by not clearly endorsing him,” said Khan. According to Khan, Anna’s is activism and his stature have put corruption on the national agenda. “I am not sure if his solutions will work, but the awareness and urgency that he is generating could inspire others to come up with more realistic solutions,” he wrote. The reported remarks made by Anna is quite distinct from the other statements of Anna on Modi. At an event held in the suburb of Washington on August 22, Anna had said neither Narendra Modi nor Rahul Gandhi is fit to become the Prime Minister of India.

Jaitley said finance minister P Chidambaram’s 10-point plan is economic theory as everyone knows that fiscal deficit and current account deficit have to be cut and exports have to be increased. With economic growth rate falling and inflation ruling high, the country was headed towards stagflation. Stagflation, a portmanteau of stagnation and inflation, is a term used in economics to describe a situation where an inflation rate is high, the economic growth rate slows down, and unemployment remains steadily high. The present situation, he said, had arisen because economic prudence has been made subservient to populism. While crude oil and edible oil are essential imports, $20 billion was spent on importing coal despite the country having coal reserves in excess of demand. “It is a panic situation... we want to know from the prime minister what he has in his mind for reviving the situation. In a democracy, the buck stops at the prime minister and not disappear,” he said. “He must take the House and the country into confidence.” Sitaram Yechury (CPM) wanted to know if after 22 years of reforms under Manmohan Singh, the country has come back to square one.”

Congress, BJP politicising Gorkhaland issue: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of creating unrest in Darjeeling for electoral gains. “This is a deliberate strategy to create unrest in the hills through politics. It has become a trend for the Congress and BJP to politicise the Gorkhaland issue before the general elections,” Banerjee said here. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) intensified their separatist movement after the Congress Working Committee and the United Progressive Alliance endorsed creation of a separate Telangana state on July 30. Congress, BJP politicising Gorkhaland issue: Mamata Banerjee The GJM joined hands with several pro-Gorkhaland parties and formed the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee, now spearheading the stir which began on August 3. Banerjee accused GJM of holding the region to ransom for their inter-

ests, despite been granted autonomy through the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). “Through the GTA, they (GJM) have got autonomy. All the departments, barring one or two have been given to them. What else do they want? We want Darjeeling to progress and develop. I don’t know for what political purpose the ongoing development in Darjeeling is being thwarted. “They have the money, even the name Gorkhaland has been given to them. Only statehood has not been given and that is not possible because it is part of West Bengal,” said Banerjee. The GJM-run GTA was created

July 18, 2011 via a tripartite agreement signed between the Gorkha outfit and the central and state governments. Reiterating that the state would never be divided, Banerjee urged the people of the region to maintain peace and allow normal life to resume. The chief minister is scheduled to visit the strife-torn hills Sep 2 to participate in a programme of the Lepcha community in Kalimpong.

FIR registered by CBI. The six blocks, include Rampia & Dip Side of Rampia, Thesgora-B/Rudrapuri mine alloted to Kamal Sponge Steel & Power and Revati Cement and Bander mine alloted to AMR Iron & Steels, Century Textiles & Industries and J K Cement. The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing alleged irregularities in the allocation of 192 coal blocks between 1993 and 2011. The agency has registered three preliminary enquiries, which are related to allocations between 2006 and 2009, blocks awarded between 1993 and 2004, and allotments to joint ventures. The government had formed the IMG last year to review the progress of coal blocks allocated to firms for captive use and recommend action, including deallocation.

Giving a thumbs down to the food security bill, rating agency Moody’s on Thursday said the measure is credit negative as it will weaken government finances and deteriorate macroeconomic situation. “The measure (food bill) is credit negative for the Indian government because it will raise government spending on food subsidies to about 1.2 % of GDP per year from an estimated 0.8 % currently, exacerbating the government’s weak finances,” Moody’s said in a statement. Moody’s currently assigns ‘Baa3’ rating on India, with a stable outlook. ‘Baa3’ means medium grade with moderate credit risk. The food security bill was passed by the Lok Sabha earlier this week. The Bill seeks to provide cheap foodgrains to 82 crore people in the country, ushering in the biggest programme in the world to fight hunger. The annual financial burden after its implementation is estimated to be about Rs. 1.30 lakh crore at current cost. As the bill is likely to be implemented in the remaining months of the current fiscal, its impact on government finances will be less in 2013-14, but much more in the years to come, Moody’s said. The total food subsidy budgeted in the cur-

Manai ashram on the day of incident) will appear before the investigating officer today for interrogation. According to the DCP, Shilpi and Keshav had sent the 16-year-old girl to Jodhpur for a ritual to ward off evil spirits for which Asaram had wanted to be alone in the room with the minor on the night of August 15, and Shiva had threatened the girl against disclosing the incident to anyone. Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, in comments which could stroke a controversy, had claimed that the minor girl who levelled the allegations is “mentally unstable”.

rent fiscal is Rs. 90,000 crore, of which Rs. 10,000 crore is towards the implementation of the programme. “It will raise future subsidy expenditure commitments, hindering the government’s ability to consolidate its finances,” Moody’s said, adding, the government subsidies will contribute to the already high food inflation. The agency further said India’s fiscal deficits are already higher than those of its emerging market peers. It said the high fiscal deficit contributes to the Current Account Deficit (CAD) by keeping domestic demand high and increasing imports. A high CAD, the difference between inflow and outflow of foreign currency, puts pressure on the domestic currency and fuels prices. The rupee has depreciated about 25 % this year and touched a record low of 68.80 to a dollar yesterday. The food bill seeks to provide highly subsidised food grains to 75 % of the rural and 50 % of the urban population through the public distribution system (PDS). It will guarantee 5 kg of rice, wheat and coarse cereals per month per person at a fixed price of Rs. 3, Rs. 2 and Rs. 1 respectively.

IIT Roorkee professor found murdered with his throat slit

A senior professor at IIT Roorkee, was found dead at his flat on the campus with his throat slit, a senior police official said on Thursday. The maid servant found the 60-year-old Arun Kumar, a senior professor in the Electrical Computer Science Department of the Institution, lying in a pool of blood at his flat with his throat slit, Haridwar SSP Rajiv Swaroop said. Though the cause of his death is being probed, the possibility of a suicide or murder cannot be ruled out, he said. Kumar lived alone in the flat since the death of his wife a few years ago, he said. Two of his daughters stay abroad while one stays in Gurgaon, he said. The elderly professor is said to have been suffering from depression since the death of his wife, he said, adding that the case is being investigated from all angles.

Could contest Lok Sabha polls if Congress wants: Digvijay Singh

Stating that he had no plans to contest the state Assembly elections, Singh told reporters here that, “However, if the party allows me I will contest next year’s Lok Sabha elections.” Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday made it clear that he would not contest Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections slated later this year, but could enter the general elections fray if the party permits him. Stating that he had no plans to contest the state Assembly elections, Singh told reporters here that, “However, if the party allows me I will contest next year’s Lok Sabha elections.” The Congress leader said though he had always been receiving a lot of flak for criticising RSS, but was always proved correct. “Whenever I say anything about the RSS I face a lot of criticism, but subsequently I have always been proved right,” he asserted. Singh charged the state BJP gov-

Issue notices to coal mines allocatees under CBI scanner: IMG

NEW DELHI: The inter-ministerial group on coal blocks has recommended issuing show cause notices to allocatee of mines including the one jointly given to ArcelorMittal, Sterlite Energy, Lanco and Reliance Energy, which are named in FIR registered by CBI. “In cases of coal blocks, where an FIR has been registered by CBI against the allocatee or one of the allocatees of the coal block, IMG has recommended to issue show cause notices for delaying the production,” a source close to the development said. Rampia Rampia & Dip Side of Rampia mine jointly alloted to Sterlite Energy, GMRBSE -1.56 % Energy, ArcelorMittal, Lanco Group, Navbharat Power and Reliance Energy, is among the coal blocks that have been recommended to be slapped with a show cause notice, the source added. However, the coal ministry is yet to take a decision on the recommendations of the panel, the source said. The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) had earlier asked the Coal Ministry to seek an opinion of the Law Ministry with regard to six mines named in

Moody’s says India’s food subsidy bill ‘credit negative’

Asaram Bapu to face arrest if he fails to turn up for questioning

JODHPUR, AUG 29: Controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, will face arrest if he fails to appear before the Jodhpur Police tomorrow, a top police officer has said. “We will wait until August 30 as per the deadline of the summons served on him and if he fails to turn up by August 30, we will send a team to arrest him on August 31,” Jodhpur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph told reporters here late last night. 72-year-old Asaram had sought extension in the date of appearance before the investigation officer of the case at Jodpur citing he had various pre-decided religious fixtures lined up till September 19. Yesterday, DCP Ajay Pal Lamba had said that police will wait till August 30 and if the self-styled godman fails to appear before them for questioning, further course of action would be decided on that day. Meanwhile, three other accused, including Shilpi (the warden of the hostel at Gurukul), Keshav (attendant of Gurukul) and Shiva (caretaker of Asaram, who was with him at


Earlier, the IMG had recommended issuing show cause notices to allocatees of 27 coal blocks and seeking explanation for slow progress in development of 21 mines.

ernment with not fulfilling most of the promises made since the 2003 Assembly elections. The BJP promised to waive loans up to Rs 50,000 of farmers but it has done nothing of that kind. The party had also made tall promises about im-

proving the conditions of roads, electricity and water in the state, he said. “It is really sad to see that the BJP has miserably failed on all these fronts and yet it makes claims about developing Madhya Pradesh,” he said. Farmers are not getting electricity in Madhya Pradesh even under the much hyped Atal Jyoti Yojana, he said. Commenting on the frequent disruptions of Parliamentary proceedings, Singh said the Opposition in Lok Sabha was not interested in running it and was resorting to frequent interruptions. The Congress leader also alleged that many students had got admission in MBBS courses in MP through fraudulent means. He demanded that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan should order an inquiry into the matter, failing which he would seek a CBI probe in it.

Novelist Chetan Bhagat draws flak for ‘rupee-rape’ tweet

Novelist Chetan Bhagat came in for flak from netizens today after he used the imagery of rape to describe the rupee’s free fall. “The rupee is asking, is there no punishment for my rapists,” Bhagat tweeted after rupee touched a new low, inviting barrage of angry reactions from many Twitter users who accused him trivialising the gravity of rape crimes. Rupee: what’s the real value? “When the Mumbai rape survivor is still recovering in a hospital, using the ‘rape joke’

was ‘insensitive, crass and stupid’,” a user wrote. Many users argued that the word “rape” should never be used casually. “Let’s get it straight. Currencies do not get raped,” one said. Bhagat, who has one of the largest followings on Twitter, deleted his tweet but defended it strongly. “People are flipping out on using word rape as metaphor.Murder is Ok... Oh wait, chance to attack someone, Why miss?” he asked. “Have people lost perspective totally? Can a word officially have several mean-

ings and contexts? Or is twitter about looking for fight?” another of his tweets read. However, the heat and controversy generated by the comments was enough to propel Bhagat into one of the top “trends” on the micro-blogging site.And he was not without supporters who defended the rape metaphor in the context of poor state of economy. Another well known author Shobhaa De used a similar imagery in her tweet. “Dumb questions: If the UPA government is forced to quit, does the Opposition possess a magic wand to fix the rupee-rape crisis overnight,” she wrote.

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