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PM to attend 3rd BIMSTEC Summit New, Delhi, Mar 2: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will leave for Myanmar to attend the third Summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, BIMSTEC. Dr. Singh will use his visit to renew contacts with leaders of the seven-member grouping comprising India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan at the summit level meeting on Tuesday in Nay Pyi Taw. Our correspondent reports that India has had a pre-eminent role in BIMSTEC as a pioneer along with Thailand and its See PM on pg 07
Srinagar, Mar 2: Two persons were injured in two separate road accidents across the valley.The Motorcyclist Waseem Ahmad Thoker resident of Shur, Kulgam was injured when his Motorcycle, he See Mishaps on pg 07
Body recovered in Srinagar Srinagar, Mar 2: Srinagar police recovered a male body in mysterious conditions at Bus stand Batamaloo here on Saturday morning. He was later identified as 40 years old Mohammad Ashraf Bhat son of Abdul Rehman resident of Maisuma, Srinagar. Police after completing medico-legal formalities handed over the body of deceased to his relatives for last rites. In this regard, Batamaloo Police has initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 CrPC and investigation is on, a police statement issued to KNS reads.
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Crucial meet over Cross LoC trade at PAK embassy on March 4 Srinagar, Mar 2 : The ice over the cross LoC trade is expected to break as the authorities are likely to hold a detailed meet over the issue with the invitation extended to the local trade representatives as well. According to the reports received by KNS, the Pakistan Embassy at New Delhi is expected to hold at detailed meet over the cross LoC trade on March 4 and all the related options for its resumption are expected to be discussed threadbare. Invitation has been sent See LOC on pg 07
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Mir’s Tangmarg rally ‘orchestrated’: Kamal
Srinagar, Mar 2: Coming down heavily on the Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and minister for agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir, National Conference Sunday said that Mir schemed his recent rally at Tangmarg. “He is in valley for a sell-
out of the people of Kashmir. He is a darling to the Indian intelligence agencies and time will come when he has to stand before the people for the misdeeds he has committed so far,” said additional general secretary NC Mustafa Kamal. In a tele-statement to KNS, Kamal accused Mir of receiving the Technical Support Division’s (TSD) secret funding and that he has not denied the charges sofar. “I stand witness to everything he has done against the people of Kashmir in general See Kamal on pg 07
Azad Inaugurates Convergence Block, Generic Pharmacy Store at AIIMS
New Delhi, March 02: The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the Convergence Block and Free Pharmacy Store at AIIMS, here on Sunday. Speaking at the occasion, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that AIIMS New Delhi has about 9000-10,000 patients being
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schemes, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that necessary instructions have been passed to ensure early completion of these,s o that people get benefited from them. “Certain parties have resorted to spreading lies and false propaganda to mislead the people and negate achievements registered by the present coalition but the people of the state are privy to the fact that these forces have always preferred their interests over those of the state and they would give a befitting reply to them in coming future”, the Minister maintained. The Minister was interacting See Sagar on pg 07
treated at the OPD every day. Of these, many do not have the economic means to purchase medicines. The Generic Pharmacy Store will provide free medicines to such patients, he stated. It is estimated that about 4000 patients will benefit through this store per day. The expense on these free generic
medicines will be about Rs. 1.2 cr every month, which will be borne by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Azad stated. The Health Minister said that the new Convergence Block will house the faculties for various departments such as Biology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Pathology. It will also have teaching rooms, labs, research units along with a Knowledge Centre, he said. The Convergence Block has been built at the cost of Rs. 50.85 crore. It has ten floors and two basement areas. The total built area is of 18463 sq. Mts. The building design conforms to energy saving norms, the Minister added. Azad also said that See Azad on pg 07
‘After exploiting NC is shamelessly defaming, insulting people’ Jammu, Mar 2: Reacting sharply to the National Conference patron, Farooq Abdullah’s comments that ‘all Kashmiris are thieves’ (maha-chor) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti Sundaysaid after exploiting the entire population of the state for decades, now the NC leadership is shamelessly defaming and insulting them, which is highly condemnable. According to a statement issued to KNS, while speaking during a public meeting at March in Jammu, Meh-
booba said the NC leadership has always exploited the people; compromised their self-respect, dignity and looted the state for their cheap political interests. See People on pg 07
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LOC to the trade representatives here and they have been asked to give suggestions so that the stand-off could end. The invitees include Dr Mubeen Shah, Mohammad Yasin Khan, Hilal Turkey, Mohammad Ashraf Mir and Shiekh Ashiq. Salamabad Chakooti trade union general secretary Hilal Turkey while confirming that the invite has been extended to the trade representatives here, stated that during the meet at PAK embassy the traders will ask for the enhancement of the days for trade.”We are being given two days at presentour demand is that it must be extended to six days. Further we will press for the banking facilities and enhancement of the goods that presently are 26 in number.” Turkey added that the incident that shook the traders of both the sides on January 17 this year in which a huge quantity of brown sugar was recovered must not happen again. “We will ask the authorities of both the sides during the meet that scanners must be installed at the zero point so that no untoward incident could take place during the cross LoC trade.” Dr Mubeen Shah President Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industries JK told KNS over phone from New Delhi that the meet is expected to be held on March 4 and that all the vital aspects related to the cross LoC trade will be discussed. Another senior state official wishing not to be named told KNS that the meet is scheduled to take place at PAK embassy on March 4 and that the authorities have invited the local trade union leaders in the meet so that the results of the same could turn meaningful.(
Azad during the past five years, the Ministry has taken several decisions for enhancing the infrastructure of health care around the country and also to strengthen the human resources, at all levels, to match this. This has resulted in about 55% enhancement of MBBS seats and about 75% hike in MD seats. The Cabinet passed the proposal for creating 71 new cancer institutes last year, the Minister informed. In addition to this the Cancer Institute at Kolkata will be expanded with a new campus, he noted. Present at the occasion were Lov Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; Dr M C Mishra, Director, AIIMS; C K Mishra, Addl. Secretary; and senior officers of the Ministry and faculty of AIIMS.
Kamal and against the people of Tangmarg in particular.” Kamal added that Mir was responsible of attempting to kill NC Patron Dr Farooq Abdullah in 1984 and that the case is still pending in the sessions court Baramulla. “He is involved in most of the human rights violations in Kashmir and his close relations with the army were exposed at the time when it was revealed that he had received more than one crore to topple Omar led government in 2010.” Kamal further alleged that Mir’s recent rally that was held in Tangmarg on March 1 was ‘stage managed’ and the contents of his lecture are enough for the wise ones to understand his true intentions. “The people who participated in the rally were not the common masses but the employees of the different government departments. We have reports that the government employees were asked to participate in the rally.” Kamal while demanding probe into the background on the people who participated in Mir’s rally stated that government must initiate an early inquiry into the matter so that truth could come to fore at the earliest. ”He talked against Kashmir issue and even accused that we are cheating people. I want to tell Mir that Kashmir issue is the reality and has been accepted by the world at large. Mir’s demand that people should stop talking about Kashmir issue is bizarre and illogical. He has been assigned to say so. ”
Sagar with scores deputations of different areas during his extensive tour of the Srinagar city to get first and information about the status of the implementation of various developmental programmes and also problems if any being faced by the people. He was accompanied by senior officers of different departments like R&B, SMC, LAWDA, PDD, CAPD etc. Mr. Sagar gave on spot directions to officers to ensure that the pace of various developmental programmes undertaken under R&B, PDD, SMC, PHE sectors and also those of LAWDA is fast paced, so that the people living in the city get requisite benefits from these and their problems get necessary redressal. He said that the present government under the leadership of Mr. Omar Abdullah has introduced several schemes and programmes, which have no parallels in the annals of the history and have been responsible for changing the socio-economic profile of the people besides ensuring the creation of assets for the convenience of the masses. At Miskeen bagh, Lone coloney and Alamdar coloney, the Minister asked the LAWDA authorities to speed up pace of work on various bridges undertaken within estimated cost of Rs. 56.76 lacs, so that the people living in the areas and catchments get the necessary connections with the main land and other connecting areas. He also inspected the pace of work on the sewerage treatment plant being constructed at Bagh-i-Roop Singh and directed for its early completion, maintaining it is very essential for the ecology of the area and the water body.
People She said it was ironical that instead of labeling the entire population as ‘thieves’, Dr Abdullah didn’t look at himself to see where he stands in the public life. “Police has reportedly established his involvement in the high profile multi crore JKCA scam,” she said and added the NC has the distinction of creating richest politicians at the cost of the people whose resources they have brazenly grabbed. She said it was shameful to see the NC patriarch questioning the character of an ordinary man, who has been immensely suffering all because of the deceitful & corrupt politics of NC, which they have been espousing in the state since last 60 years. She said had NC not betrayed the people at crucial junctures, the situation would have been totally different in the state and they have been treating people a vote bank to remain in power. Mehbooba said for the power’s sake they dumped ‘Raishumari’ in 1975 and aligned with BJP in 1996 after securing votes in the name of autonomy even though the latter wanted the article 370 scrapped altogether. “In all through this, three generation of chief ministers from the family have sold more than dozen power projects to the NHPC only for the chair,” she said and added this is all where their politics ends. She said if it is in a public forum that Dr Abdullah makes such disgusting comments, what will would the NC top leadership actually feeling about the people they claim to be representing and what would they be speaking in private with the people, who see Kashmiris through a stereotype. Mehbooba said calling Kashmiris as ‘big thieves’ of course come as a shocker from Farooq, but the party had earlier branded our youth as stone pelters and demonized and victimized them drug addicts and enemy agents. She said the entire state is presently facing huge shortage of power and instead of putting in efforts to meet out the existing deficit, Dr Abdullah’s performance as a minister for new and renewable energy in the centre government, has been abysmal and similar to his performance as chief minister of the state for many times in the past. She said it is all because
of dismal performance of NC leaders that J&K has not benefited from the entire programme and not a single project has been taken up in the state. Mehbooba said PDP has emerged as a viable platform to people of all the regions of J&K so that the collective interests of the state are pursued in a more democratic and creative fashion. She said the party stands for probity in the public life and it has brought an element of positivity into the state politics and provided a platform to sections of people to develop a united discourse for the overall development of J&K. “Our emphasis will be on connecting the people rather than trying to perpetuate the traditional methods of NC too create fissures in the society,” she said adding PDP likes to present a united voice of the state for the problems it is facing and seeking fair deal in our federal structure. She said it will be the PDP’s priority to revive the institutions of accountability, probity to make them impactful and vibrant. She said the successive NC governments have placed a ceiling on the aspirations of people by limiting the development discourse, but it will be the PDP’s priority to take development to next level. Expressing satisfaction at the new atmosphere of probity and demands for accountability, Mehbooba said emergence of AAP could strengthen that spirit. She said even though the performance of Arvind Kejriwal in government was yet to be tested, PDP can genuinely claim having introduced institutionalized probity in government and politics way back in 2003 when it streamlined the much abused recruitment process in the state. “PDP introduced RTI Act a year before the GOI did it and established State Accountability Commission in 2005 even as the centre is trying to do so now after a nationwide campaign on the issue” said Mehbooba. On the occasion, Yashpal Shrama, MLC, who is also PDP’s candidate for Jammu-Poonch parliamentary constituency; Ms Shanti Devi, Thakur Suram Singh Chib, Vikram Singh Langeh, Ashok Sharma, Suman Sharma, Soorat Singh, Chaudary Ramesh Lal, Seema Devi, Ram Lal, Vickey Sharma, Dilay Ram and Gopal Sharma and other were also present.
PM stakes are significant. BIMSTEC is an expression of India’s Look East Policy of the 1990s, coinciding with Thailand’s Look West Policy. It is a link between SAARC and ASEAN, between South Asia and South-east Asia and seeks to promote cooperation in the Bay of Bengal region. It has 14 priority areas with India as the lead country in transport and communication, tourism, environment and disaster management, and counter-terrorism and trans-national crime. The major outcome of the summit would be the establishment of permanent secretariat in Dhaka. India has pledged contribution of 32 percent of annual expenditure. The Leaders at the upcoming meeting are expected to ink pact on setting up of BIMSTEC Centre on Weather and Climate in India. During the two day visit the Prime Minister will also have bilateral meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other leaders. Dr. Singh, who is visiting Myanmar after a gap of nearly two years, of the last bilateral visit, will also be holding talks with the leadership in that country and review the progress made in bilateral relations.
Mishaps was riding on, skidded off the road at Donipora near forest Depot, in the jurisdiction of Police station Bijbehara, Anantnag. He was shifted to Sub District Hospital for treatment. Bijbehara Police has registered a case in this regard. According to a police statement issued to KNS, a Santro Car bearing registration number JK04B/7204 collided with a Scooter bearing registration number Jk13/0892 at Huroo, in the jurisdiction of Police station Budgam, resulting in injuries to the Scooterist. The injured was shifted to Hospital for treatment. Budgam Police has registered a case in this regard.
Governor visits Katra Railway Station, Reviews Yatra related facilities Katra, Mar 2 : N.N. Vohra, Governor Jammu and Kashmir, visited Railway Station, Katra yesterday. He was briefed by the Railway authorities about the facilities for the pilgrims to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine who arrive at Katra when the Udhampur-Katra sector gets commissioned. On arrival at the Railway Station, the Governor was received by Sandeep Gupta, Chief Engineer of the Northern Railway, R. K. Choudhry, Chief Electrical Engineer, Northern Railway and other senior Railway officers. The Governor went around the main areas of the Railway Station to view the salient features of the available infrastructure. He was informed that, to begin with, nine pairs of trains would operate from Katra Railway Station, which would mean about 6000-6500 passengers arriving daily, almost all of whom would be Yatris.
has launched number of self-employment vetures. In this regard, the Government has provided loans on subsidy to unemployed youth of the State for establishment of small and large scale industries through KVIB, KVIC on nominal rate of interest. The Minister said “the Government cannot provide job to every unemployed youth of the State and the need is to encourage self-employment schemes to save the youth from self-destruction”. He said that Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Policy for Youth is a step forward to promote such ventures. He said the scheme has received a great
services to Katra, the volume of traffic on this road would increase manifold and it was, therefore, necessary to ensure systematic traffic regulation. He directed the concerned officers to see that identified species of trees and flowering plants are planted along on this road before the rainy season and the PWD (R&B) should ensure regular maintenance of this important road which must not be encroached under any circumstances. Dr. Ashok Bhan, Member, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board; H. L. Maini, Member and Technical Consultant of the Shrine Board; Navin K. Choudhry, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Dr. M.K. Bhandari, CEO, SMVDSB, Vivek Gupta, SP Reasi; Rajinder Singh Tara, Additional DC, Reasi; Kulbir Singh, Additional SP, Katra, and other senior Civil, Police, Railway and Shrine Board officers were present on the occasion.
Valedictory function of National level workshop on “MATHEMATICA” held
J&K educationally fertile: Akbar Lone
Srinagar, March 2 : The workshop on “MATHEMATICA and Related software, the first of its kind in the Jammu and Kashmir State organized by J&K Institute of Mathematical Sciences (JKIMS) concluded here today. The Minister for Higher Education Mohammad Akbar Lone was the chief guest on the occasion, while as the Minister of State for Science and Technology; Feroz Ahmad Khan attended the workshop function as guest of honour. Among others, Director of the Institute, Prof. Wali Mohammad Shah, Principal, Amar Singh College, Prof. Zahoor Ahmad Chatt, Prof. M H Gulzar and Dr. Bashir Ahmad Zargar from University of Kashmir besides participants from J&K and other States attended the workshop. On the occasion, Higher Education Minister Mohammad Akbar Lone said that such workshops provide platform to share knowledge and make participants acquainted with innovative teaching and learning trends. He said that government will provide full support to JKIMS for organizing such workshops and seminars in future and facilitate all participants coming from various States of the country for imparting training to our students, scholars and teachers. The Minister further said that government will provide every possible support to ensure that this institute will emerge as hub of knowledge and intellect for making the students at par with International standards. He expressed his satisfaction over the work done by the institute and the support provided by the A S College for the development of infrastructure and the academics.
Bhalla, Mukesh Rishi dedicate Euro care crèche to Trikuta Nagar JAMMU, MARCH 02- Minister for Housing, Horticulture, Culture and Youth Services and Sports Raman Bhalla accompanied by renowned Bollywood actor Mukesh Rishi today dedicated Euro care crèche to Trikuta Nagar people. Psychologist and former Director Colleges Prof Muqbil Chisti and locals including prominent personalities were present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Bhalla asked the unemployed youth to start their own ventures for earning a dignified livelihood, adding that for this purpose Government
The Governor went around the Retiring Rooms, Dormitories, Restaurants, Shopping Lounge and other facilities positioned by the IRCTC at Katra Railway Station. He enquired about the board and lodging tariffs and emphasized the need to ensure that pilgrims were provided safe, neat and moderately priced facilities. The Governor inspected the space allotted by Railways to the Shrine Board for issuing Photograph-based Yatra Slips to pilgrims at the Railway Station. Dr. M.K. Bhandari, CEO of the Shrine Board, informed that four counters would be made operational depending on the requirement and passenger inflow, apart from establishing a Yatri Facilitation Counter for the convenience of pilgrims. Later, the Governor travelled on the road connecting Katra Railway Station with Katra town. He observed that with the commencement of train
response in terms of registration by the youth seeking employability avenues. Mr. Bhalla stressed upon the officers to provide proper information and guidance to the unemployed youth so that they can avail the benefits of various self-employment schemes. He said that the employment fairs being organized across the state besides establishment of counselling centers is an important step taken by the Government in providing vital information to the youth regarding employment opportunities. He exhorted for making these counselling centers fully functional so that the targeted lot was benefitted. Congratulating the efforts of group of Euro Care for launching a crèche facility to help the working women in the area, the Minister said that this special facility will help today’s women who are taking every challenge in the present era and will provide their infants and toddlers a better care. Mr. Bhalla said Creche and Day care Services are not only required by the working mother but also women belonging to poor families who have to move outside their home for earning livelihood. He said a crèche provides a comfortable and stimulating environment that is appropriate for child's age. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mukesh Rishi applauded the efforts of Euro care family to introduce this new pattern which will be of great help for working women especially who are in profession with long working hours. He stated that is a privilege for the local people who would be lucky to take benefit of this facility.
Maintaining that State is fertile educationally, Lone also said that students of the State have great talent and have excelled in all fields of education at national and global level. He said the Chief Minister of the State, Omar Abdullah is determined for the upliftment and progress of higher education setup of the state and has always extended his support in field.The participants in this workshop were the faculty and the research scholars of Department of Mathematics, University of Kashmir, NIT Srinagar, and Mata Vishno Devi
University besides the faculty of Mathematical sciences of various higher education institutions from within and outside the State. The resource persons who shared their experience with the participants were from University of Kashmir, NIT Srinagar, New Delhi and Bangalore. Earlier, Director JKIMS welcomed the Guests and said that MATHEMATICA is a latest developed human friendly software and it is highly useful in teaching and research of the Mathematical Sciences. He said the participants’ contributions to the work shop was really commendable and we hope that in future they will also come here to share their expertise.
Jora visits Lungnag Youth Hostel
Says onus of building a strong nation lies on youth
JAMMU, MARCH 2- Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies,Nawang Rigzin Jora, on Sunday visited Lungnag Youth Hostel, and took stock of demands and grievances of the students. The Minister also attended a function,
maintained. Jora said that truthfulness, honesty, empathy brotherhood and selflessness are basic values of a civilized society and Ladakh region is a candid instance of this. He stressed upon the students to further promote such high ethos they have inherited which will greatly help them become a true citizen. Referring to meritorious scholars of the region, the Minister stressed upon the students to take inspiration from themwho have made a mark in the society and are studying and working at AIIMS, IITs, IIMs and other prestigious institutions of the
aschief guest, organised by the Lungnag Youth Association formed for welfare of Ladakhi students from Lungnag (Zanskar). Speaking on the occasion, Jora highlighted the importance of education in today’s era of knowledge explosion and exhorted upon the students to work hard for a bright future. He also emphasized upon them to play a pro-active role in preservation of their rich traditional and cultural values for posterity. Urging upon students to take keen interest in studies to achieve excellence, the Minister said that the government has expanded the opportunities of education across the State which should be utilized optimally by the targeted segment. “Youths are the builders of a strong nation on whom shoulders lies the onus of steering the society towards progress and prosperity”, the Minister
Country. The Minister encouraged the students to equally focus on academics and moral education which is pre-requisite for their overall development. He also had words of praise for those parents who despite meagre sources of income provided opportunities to their wards in getting quality education. Earlier,the Minister inspected the hostel premises and took stock of facilities being made available for the Ladakhi students. Meanwhile, the senior students of the hostel presented a memorandum to the Minister highlighting various problems confronted to them. Councillor Lungnag (Zanskar) and Municipal Commissioner Jammu besides a large number of Ladakhi students were present on the occasion.
Sadhotra visits Patniyal, Ranjitpora
Announces Rs 10 lakh for development of Ranjitpora MARH, MARCH 02: Terming creation of new administrative units as an appreciable initiative of Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment, Ajay Sadhotra, today said that this will ensure fast track development of all the areas of the State. The Minister was addressing a public gathering at Patniyal in Marh constituency today. The Minister appealed the people to avail the benefit of schemes launched by the Government for their progress and prosperity so that the purpose of the government of taking the development profile of the state to
new dimensions could be achieved. He highlighted the achievements of the government in different sectors adding that introduction of Public Service Guarantee Act, SKEWPY, EDI are some of those efforts. Sadhotra said that Government is working hard to benefit every part of the State adding the development projects completed have changed the developmental scenario of the State. He said several major and medium projects have been completed and some are in progress across the State. Extending gratitude to Chief Minister for creating new administrative units besides giving sub division status to Marh, the Min-
ister said this will reduce the problems of the people besides improving socio-economic status of the people. He asked people to work out area specific development needs and come up with suggestion so that plans are framed accordingly. The Minister said that introduction of RTI Act, PSG Act was aimed to ensure that people will get certain service in time bound manner. He said 14 services have been brought under the purview of these Acts and asked people to take the benefits of these decisions. He said the officer, who fails to deliver the service within a stipulated time is penalized as per provision of the Act and has
to pay the fine out of his own pocket. Asking people to strengthen the secular character of the State, Ajay Sadhotra cautioned people to remain vigilant against those who are trying to divide people on religious lines. Later, the Minister attended a function organized in connection with 636th death anniversary of Shri Ravi Das Guru Mahraj at Ranjit Poura and paid tributes to the great Saint. He appealed the people to follow the teachings of the saint who always spread the message of brotherhood and equality. He announced Rs. 10 lakh for development of Ranjitpura and Ravi Das Sabha.
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Ice likely to break at LoC: Crucial meet scheduled over Cross LoC trade at PAK embassy on March 4