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Srinagar, Mar 24: Army has averted a major fire incident in Kupwara. According to an army handout, On March 23, at 2100hrs, a telephone call was received by army officials about fire incident in a house belonging to Mohd Ashraf Sofi, Mohalla Sofipura, Suhipura. Army persons immediately rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control with the help of Fire Tenders. Subsequently First aid was provided to all at the incident including to a girl, Jamburda, 18 years, D/o Mohd Ashraf Sofi who had sustained burn injury in her right foot. During the incident, 6075% of household goods including rations, clothing and utensils were burnt in the fire. Army also provided the necessary administrative assistances to the house owner, Mohammad Ashraf Sofi who along with the locals thanked and appreciated the Army’s quick response and the assistance provided. (KNS)

Govt fails to fish out girl's body from Jhelum

Srinagar, March 24: Five days have passed, but the government has failed to fish out the body of a teenage girl, who had jumped into river Jhelum, in summer capital Srinagar. On Wednesday evening, an eighth standard girl from Batmaloo locality of civil lines area of Srinagar, jumped into Jhelum at city’s busy Amira Kadal. The cause of the extreme step taken by the teenage girl was not immediately known. Soon after the incident, the authorities pressed in See Govt On Page 11..

Inside story Robbers strike at Govt schools, steal dozens of wooden windows Srinagar, March 24: (GNS) Robbers struck twice in two districts of Jammu and Kashmir and stole wooden windows and frames of government schools over the last weekend. In twin districts of Bandipora and Baramulla of north Kashmir, unidentified burglars stole windows along with panes of two government

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On Edit Page Unhygienic conditions of the government schools- a matter of concern The pathetic condition of government schools and lack of facilities particularly the furniture, the washrooms and the laboratory equipment is a cause of concern for everybody in the state particularly the Kashmir valley. Though the authorities have been announcing the availability of these facilities once and again but on the ground nothing has moved ahead. There is no drinking water facility, no toilets and the students have to go here and there to ease

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Khan’s decision to boycott NC candidate in Gurez

There is no Modi wave in Country

His decision won’t impact NC’s electoral performance in Baramulla: Kamaal

> BJP failed to select 543 candidates within party-fold > Depending upon film actors to contest LS Polls: Azad

Bhour camp area of Jammu Cantonment Assembly segment, here amidst rains. Taking a dig at BJP, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “look at the way, BJP is showing disrespect to their party stal-

JK House inaccessible to common Kashmiris; complaints galore Successive Govts failed to go for an expansion plan

Srinagar, Mar 24: The Jammu and Kashmir House in Delhi run by department of hospitality and protocol has become an inaccessible facility for the common state subjects particularly for the patients who are being referred to Delhi for treatment. A significant number of complaints have been reaching to KNS office, alleging favoritism and preferential treatment with different kinds of visitors. “If you have a high level approach, a recommendation from a cabinet minister, or Member Parliament then

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Jammu, March 24: Pointing out the Bharatiya Janta Party’s (BJP) curiosity over roping in numerous actors and actresses to contest Lok Sabha elections on its party mandate, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad today said that “there is no Modi wave at all and instead it is self-created wave of BJP”. “Had there been Modi wave, then why BJP is roping in number of Bollywood and regional film actors and actresses? Had there been Modi wave, then why BJP is roping in the leaders of other political parties?” questioned Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing a public rally in

only you can be allotted some space that too after waiting for long hours in the House,” said Altaf Ahmad from Kawdara-old city who was accompanying a patient referred to Delhi for a specialized treatment. Various complainants have said that even if they are allotted any rooms after waiting for days together, there are no facilities available to the guests. “The primary and important requirement of the people arriving in Delhi is accommodation. But I will appeal the people not to visit Delhi with their patients keeping JK House Delhi in their mind. This can prove a nightmare for them,” See JK On Page 11..

warts like L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Jaswant Singh etc…, Despite being the fact that they are the founder members of BJP, the BJP has not given them the party mandate from they had wished to contect the LS Polls. At least, it can never happen in Congress party. And Congress is the only party, which respects all its members be it party’s grass root level workers or senior leaders”. Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also a contesting candidate from Doda-Udhampur Parliamentary seat, further challenged those claiming Modi wave and See Azad On Page 11..

Srinagar, Mar 24: National Conference on Monday termed Congress leader and former MLA Faqir Mohammad Khan’s rebellion against coalition candidate in North Kashmir constituency as his personal decision which will have no bearing on NC’s electoral performance in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Talking to KNS, Sheikh Mustafa Kamal, NC additional general secretary said that Khan’s opinion is purely his personal as the Congress is in agreement with his party on supporting each other in the upcoming Lok Sabah elections. “That is his (Khan) personal opinion. He is welcome if he decides not to support Shareef-u-Din Shariq, our candidate in North Kashmir. Let me make it clear that NC will have a thumping win in all the

PDP set new standards of political co-operation for state’s good: Mehbooba ‘NC shelved autonomy for ministerial berth in NDA government’ Srinagar, Mar 24: Peoples Democratic party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti Monday said the PDP during its brief tenure in the government delivered more than even the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) it had struck with its alliance partner Congress. According to a statement issued to KNS, addressing a well-attended party workers meet of Shopian district, she said the National Conference on the other hand brought only disaster and sell-out of the state’s interests and resources through repeated tie-ups with Congress and BJP. Maintaining that during the last 65 years change in government

had only once brought about a change in atmosphere on the ground and made a difference in the lives of people and it was 2002. To the contrary NC only strengthened the instruments of repression to silence the opposition, rig elections and deny people their See Mehbooba On Page 11..

NC-Cong alliance launches joint campaign Seeks marginalisation of communal, deceptive forces Udhampur, Mar 24: National Conference-Congress alliance on Monday launched a joint campaign in Udhampur Parliamentary constituency and sough massive participation of people in the biggest democratic exercise to marginalise communal and deceptive forces. Saying that voting for National Conference-Congress alliance would mean strengthening secular forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Provincial President Devender Singh sought peoples’ decisive verdict against reactionary

and fascist elements. “We have to foil the ugly game-plan of opportunists who have joined hands to destabilize the state by creating divisions among people and vitiating the atmosphere”, Rana said while addressing joint meeting of the alliance partners in Udhampur this afternoon. Rana cautioned people against the challenge unfolded by unholy and undeclared BJP-PDP alliance to cut the secular votes in a desperate bid to seek passage for saffron candidates from the Jammu region. The game

NC opposes extension of Tosa Maidan lease Srinagar, Mar 24: National Conference Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani has reiterated that National Conference has supported the demand for the closure of the Tosa Maidan firing range and strongly and unconditionally opposes an extension of the land lease to the security forces. According to a statement issued to KNS, NC empathized with the angst of the people those villages were day to day life and local economy stands adverse-

ly affected due to the firing range. “We are of the opinion that Tosa Maidan and Drang possess enormous tourism potential and hence request the Government to explore plans to develop Tosa Maidan, Drang and adjoining areas as exclusive tourist destinations. We believe that such initiatives would go a long way in boosting the local economy in Budgam District, help in creating jobs and further enhance the See Lease On Page 11..

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plan envisages exploiting the public sentiment by inciting passions and flaring up frivolous issues. “The two parties have been working overtime for a long to generate ill-will among the communities in order to polarize the situation”, he said and admonished them to desist from indulging in such a misadventure anymore. The Provincial President expressed happiness over the senior Congress leader and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad See NC On Page 11..

Batmaloo protests against water logging, drainage failure Srinagar, Mar 24: Locals in Batmaloo blocked the national highway in protest against water logging and the drainage failure in the area. According to the reports received by KNS, the worst traffic jam was witnessed at the main Batmaloo- Tengpora road as the people of the area in large numbers blocked the roads and protested against the authorities over the failure of drainage sys-

tem. Locals also accuse that the normal life in the area is being affected at large due to the water lodging problems erupting due to the drainage failure. Talking to KNS, the locals while protesting against the authorities told KNS that they at several time approached the government- urging it to tackle the crises. Locals also accused See Failure On Page 11..

three seats of the Kashmir because we have dedicated cadres, rank and file. Our voters are committed and they do not astray,” Kamal claimed. Kamaal said that Khan was once an NC man and his opinion reflects his personal grudges and has nothing to do with the ground reality. “Our party has its own space and influence among the people in all the constituencies of the state. And if as you said the Congress leadership in the state has assured a complete support to our candidates, that is welcome,” Kamaal observed. The NC additional general secretary observed that his part performance is an open book and its contribution is there for people to see and decide. “Other factors like Er Rashid and Peoples Conference See Kamaal On Page 11..

Militants give slip to forces in Tral

Pulwama, March 24: Militants on Monday evening gave slip to government forces before firing some gun shots in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district, some 30 kms from state's summer capital Srinagar. Official sources told GNS said acting on a tip off, a joint team of army’s 42 and 3 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Group of Police (SOG) laid a cordon around a residential house at Dadsara village of Tral. The joint team intensified searches and the militants believed to be in two numbers fired some shots before fleeing from the spot. “A bag containing clothes and two See Tral On Page 11..

JK to witness another political debate Modi to attend rally in Samba on Mar 26 Srinagar, Mar 24: Jammu and Kashmir is expected to witness another political debate as the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narindera Modi is visiting the state on March 26. According to the reports received by KNS, Modi will attend the rally at Samba wherein he will address the gathering. The sources stated further Modi will also hold a detailed meet with the state leaders of BJP. The forthcoming polls and the performance of the BJP in Jammu are also expected to be discussed.

Modi after his arrival, according to sources will reach Katra to pay obedience at Mata Vishno Devi shrine. The speculations galore that on March 26, the Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad will address the election rally in Udhampur after filing nomination papers on March 25. Security has also been tightened across the venue where Modi will address the rally at Samba. The area is nearly 1 km away from Pakistan Administered Kashmir (PAK). See Modi On Page 11..

Srinagar will never forgive PDP: NC Srinagar, Mar 24 : National Conference spokesman Junaid Mattu has lashed out at Mehbooba Mufti for misleading the people of Srinagar by issuing baseless, rhetorical statements that contradict Mufti Sayeed’s ‘barbaric and brutal track record of repression and massacres in Srinagar’. “It was the PDP Government that, through a depraved intrigue tried to rob Srinagar of its political and administrative centrality by trying to shift the state capital from our historic city,” Mattu has said in a statement issued to KNS. He has added that while Mehbooba Mufti ‘pretends’ to be concerned about the Shahtoos trade, she along with her party has been absent from empathizing with our artisans, a sad reality validated by the fact that the PDP Government chose to offer nothing beyond nauseating lip-service to the artisans of Shahar-eKhaas. “It was the NC-Congress coalition Government under the stewardship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, that floated numerous schemes and initiatives to boost the Handicrafts industry in the state. It

was the NC-Congress coalition that ensured better micro-finance and credit availability to thousands of skilled artisans and workers. A comparison between PDP’s conspicuous lack of efforts in the Handicrafts sector and its delusionary rhetoric exposes the party’s hypocrisy and lies.” He said Mehbooba has the audacity to speak about the sufferings of the women of Kashmir without explaining under whose persuasion Mufti Mohammad Sayeed defended the security forces by speaking against the alleged victims of Kunan Poshpora. Were those not the women of Kashmir? Terming Mehbooba Mufti’s statements regarding the Modi led NDA as indicators of her party’s progressive infatuation with the RSS-mentored Right wing, Mattu said that PDP’s two biggest contributions to the people of Srinagar have been the Gaw Kadal Massacre and the assassination of Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq while Mufti Sayeed was in the direct command of the administration and security forces in J&K. I should See Sgr On Page 11..

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LS pointed out that “BJP is not in a position to select at least 543 party candidates within the party-fold and it is only due to that BJP has selected number of film actors to woo the voters and mislead the people. Recalling the history and contribution of Congress party much before the Independence, Mr Azad said that “Congress has always served the people of the country on principles and not one the basis of religion, caste, colour or region. Even during the days of independence struggle, Congress had no nuclear weapons and or big army. It had just and just secular force of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians, who jointly fought and attained freedom from British rule. He further claimed that Congress is the only secular for of country and it never compromised just to bag power”. Making a veiled attack on BJP, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad said that “there are certain parties, which plays divisive politics to assume power be it of Chief Minister or Prime Minister. They divide countrymen in the name of religion and caste and after seeking their target of assuming power, they forget their duty towards serving the common man. Whereas the Congress is concerned, it always worked to strengthen the party whenever, it remained out of power and after coming back to power; it made efforts to provide roads, water supply and various other development related activities at the door steps of people.” “And while doing so,” Mr Azad pointed out, “Congress never identified party dominated pockets and instead it served the people no matter they had voted in favour of party or not.” Responding to issue of Refugees of 1947, 65, 71 including that of PoK and West Pakistani, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad highlighted that, “Only and only Congress is the party, which has studied the plight of refugees and further worked for a solution to end their miseries and woes”. Recalling his tenure of chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Azad said that “when I was the chief minister, I came to know that the refugees are crying for basic amenities like electricity and drinking water supply. I was cited rules. But immediately passed directions to first provide them with the basic amenities and the rules and law could be discussed later”. Earlier, PCC president, Mr Saif-Ud-Din Soz, in his address criticized BJP for its communal line to woo the voters. He termed the BJP as the party of false promises. He said that whenever it is the election times, BJP rakes up old and wrong issues and when elections are over, it even forgets those who had voted in favour of it. Minister for Horticulture and Culture, and MLA, Jammu Cantonment, Mr Raman Bhalla and Congress candidate from Jammu-Poonch seat, Madan Lal Sharma also addressed the gathering cautioned the people to remain vigilant from rival political parties who are trying to divide the people on religion lines. They highlighted the achievements of UPA-I, UPA-II and NC-Congress coalition government here in the state. They appealed the people to strengthen the secular forces of the country and defeat divisive forces. Congress Legislators Indua Pawar, Ghulam Nabi Monga, party district urban president and former MLA, Om Chopra were among other leaders, present on the occasion.

Kamaal will not divide our vote. We have a committed voter share and we are confident to succeed in upcoming Lok Sabah polls,’ he added. (KNS)

Tral magazines were recovered from the spot,” a police official who is part of the operation, told GNS. He added that the militants ‘probably escaped’ from the area. The cordon and search in the area was going on when last reports came in.(GNS) media outlets on Monday that Lal Singh’s supporters while protesting against Azad’s candidature have threatened to vote for BJP candidate in order to register their resentment against the Congress decision of sidelining Lal Singh. Meanwhile, the BJP while welcoming the reports claimed that the emergence of Narendra Modi as Prime Minster has been accepted as a fact by the people of entire India at large. “We have not deliberated over the issue but as far as the support of Lal Singh’s supporters to BJP is concerned, it is a positive change,” said senior BJP leader Ashok Kumar Khajuria. He added that the fort of BJP in and outside Jammu and Kashmir is getting strengthened every day and whosoever wants to join the party- they we will welcome him. (KNS)

JK Mir Bilal (name changed), working in education department told KNS. Despite a huge outcry over the scarcity of accommodation for the state subjects in JK House in Delhi, the successive governments have failed to take an initiative for expansion plans utilizing the state land in Delhi. Some disappointed complainants also allege that the officials of the JK House in Delhi accommodate the political families or those who have a recommendation from any minister or a top bureaucrat. “Suppose if you are lucky enough to get accommodated, you will have to wait for hours together in the JK House Delhi to have some food. There are no waiters, no cooks and for that matter, it is better to have lunch and dinner outside the House as you can waste your time waiting in the dining hall,” a female complainant told KNS, pleading anonymity. Situated in Chankya Puri, New Delhi, the JK House has three Blocks, A B and C comprising of 57 rooms, four VIP suits and 38 residential quarters. The Jammu and Kashmir state has over a hundred Kanals of land at Raja Ji Marg which has been leased out to Military Engineering Wing, the Ministry of Defence-Government of India. Only one acre of land with old structures

Zabarwan Times thereon is in the possession of the State Government. This premises has 56 quarters in which the staff of the Resident Commission and other State Government offices is housed, reads the posts available on the official website of the hospitality and protocol department. It may be recalled that on March 22, last year Amrit Malhotra Legislative Council chairman had ordered for constituting a House Committee to review the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir guest houses. The order had come, after a Congress member pointed out to accommodation crises for people of Jammu and Kashmir outside the state. Members cutting across the party lines had voiced concern over the present system in J&K houses, particularly in JK House Chankaypuri New-Delhi. During his supplementary Jahangir Mir, the Congress member while referring to the JK House Chanakyapuri, New Delhi had said that in Block-C, the patients and their attendants get accommodation only on availability. Another congress Party member legislative council Ghulam Nabi Monga had alleged that there is no upkeep in JK House Chanakyapuri. "There is no cleanliness, acute shortage of manpower there. How is government planning to improve the facilities in JK House Chanakyapuri? Whether government is planning to build an additional block here? he had questioned. But over an year has passed, the government is mum on the issue. When contacted, Vikar Rasool, the minister incharge Hospitality and Protocol said: “There is an expansion plan to meet the accommodation requirements of the people of the state. We have already identified the land for new blocks at Rajaji Marag near Chanakyapuri where some 17 Kanals of land is in our possession and we are now trying to accommodate the JK House staff which a prerequisite for starting any expansion plan.” When asked about favoritism in allotment of accommodation in JK House, Vikar said: ‘No I don’t think so. It is all because of huge rush and the paucity of space in JK House. The existing accommodation is not sufficient to cater to the growing needs of the visitors arriving in the capital from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions for different purposes, particularly for advanced treatment.” (KNS)

Mehbooba fundamental rights, whether they ruled the state independently or in coalition with BJP or Congress. Mehbooba said PDP made history during its alliance with Congress by carrying along even the NDA government in Delhi to script a new agenda of peace and reconciliation in India and Pakistan. “Kashmir, which used to determine the defense budget of two countries suddenly set the agenda for peace with change in leadership in the state,” she said adding that first important steps were taken in lifting the siege around J&K by opening the cross-LoC routes. She said since power was not the only consideration for PDP, it in spite of having just 16 members in the assembly insisted on having a CMP with Congress. Every point, she said, was debated and it took about a month and a brief spell of governor’s rule to finally come up with a programme that emphasized on improvement of relationship between India and Pakistan, resolution of Kashmir, revocation of POTA, disbanding of SOG and disciplining of rouge elements like Ikhwanis, apart from development agenda. Mehbooba said even the Wazir Commission, the implementation of which was made part of CMP, was implemented with major amendments which resulted in establishment of four districts in Kashmir and Jammu each, including Shopian. The PDP president said NC used its mandate to secure power at the state and central level and for that rest it made huge compromises at the cost of the interests of state and its people. “It is time that NC tells the people what its CMP with BJP was, or what it is now when, when it is in alliance with Congress,” Mehbooba said. She said people know that even NC had received a record 60 members in the assembly it joined NDA only to get a junior minister’s berth to Omar Abdullah and in the process sacrificed the autonomy resolution passed by the assembly. It gave up seven most feasible power projects to NHPC, banned Shahtoos on the orders of Manika Gandhi, agreed to stop the construction of North –South corridor at Lakhanpor, banned opening and up gradation of new schools, brought POTA to the state and extended AFSPA to Jammu province as well. Now that the NC is in alliance with Congress again without a CMP, Mehbooba said the only achievement it can boast of is securing minister’s salary and perks for Farooq Abdullah, even without a respectable portfolio. She said the people of the state in return got 120 killings in 2010, transfer of J&K Bank to RBI, Cricket Scam, Drug Scam, BOPEE Scam, Examination Scandal, PHE Scam, frauds in recruitments, Pellet Guns, Chili Grenades, Pepper Guns, PSAs, arrests etc. Mehbooba said Shopian set a new bench mark in resistance by refusing to accept the government version on the inhuman treatment to Asiya and Neelofar. She said the valiant fight put up by the people of the area have become a new reference point in our fight for upholding human rights and women’s’ dignity. She said the coalition government’s wrath continues to be directed to this area as its forces killed four innocent youth to make it possible for chief minister and his elite company to enjoy western music on the lawns of Shalimar Garden. Mehbooba said NC had sensed that its days of deceit are over and that people have seen through its tricks which would become clear in the Lok Sabah elections itself. In order to divert attention from its own unholy alliances and opportunistic coalitions one of which in 1987 set the state on path of destruction, it is spreading baseless rumors ours about PDP which it sees its only potential threat to its rule. Others who were also present on the occasion include senior PDP leader, Abdul Razzaq Zawoora, MLA; Zaffar Iqbal Manhas, state secretary; Mohammad Shafi Banday, district Shopian; Advocate Yousuf, party leader; Ataullah Simnani, party leader; Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra, youth wing in charge, and youth leaders, Raja Waheed, Yawar Shafi, Mohsin and Muzzafar Jan. (KNS)

Modi Modi earlier addressed the rally at Jammu four months earlier when he triggered a new debate over Article 370- maintain that the men and women in the

state have unequal rights. He had also urged Kashmir’s separatist leaders to strive for making JK a super state instead of a separate state. (KNS)

NC contesting from Udhampur parliamentary constituency and said his participation has infused renewed vigour among the people, given his track record and contribution in supplementing the efforts of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in overall development of the three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He said the efforts of Mr Azad in sanctioning four medical colleges for Jammu and Kashmir, two of them in Kathua and Doda districts, have rekindled hope among the youngsters desirous of pursuing medical courses. The joint efforts of the National Conference and Congress in transforming the developmental landscape of the State has become eyesore for the opponents, who see little role for their parties in the overall political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir. “Frustrated on the prospect of imminent defeat they have resorted to intrigue and deceit”, he said while predicting big defeat for BJP and PDP. The Provincial President described Azad as a multi-faceted leader who has been enjoying excellent rapport with National Conference leadership. “We have galvanized our party units across the region to facilitate big win for Azad and Madan Lal Sharma”, Rana said while referring to the presence of National Conference in nook and corner of the State. Speaking on the occasion, Sr Vice President J&K NC and MLA Surjeet Singh Slathia said the vote to coalition candidates in Udhampur and Jammu parliamentary constituencies will vindicate the policies of his party that has been striving for progress, prosperity and dignified living of the people across the State. Slathia gave an overview of the campaign in the two constituencies and envisioned big victory for the two candidates, given the mood of the people. He pooh-poohed the claims of opponents about Modi wave, saying the myth will be exploded on the day of husting. Exuding confidence about success of coalition candidates across the State, senior Congress leader and MLC Jugal Kishore said that time has come when secular forces should reassert and inflict final blow to those playing communal politics. “Jammu and Kashmir cannot afford political instability and we have to work together to foil the machinations of those attempting to weaken unity and tranquility of the State”, Jugal Kishore said. Speaking on the occasion, Senior NC leader and party’s coordinator for Udhampur district, Jugal Mahajan said that his party has always fought the negative forces, not for the sake of power but for the stability and unity of the state”. He said this spirit will always remain guiding force for NC cadre. Among the prominent Congress leaders present on the occasion included District President BS Pathania, Ashok Gupta, Vinod Khajuria, Ashok Bakshi, Shakeel Shah, Vijay Manhas, Brij Mohan Sharma, Sunil Gupta, Surinder Advocate and others. Those present from NC side included Rajesh Gupta District President, Sunil Verma, S. Kair Singh, Ch Shafi, Subash Kudyar, Bharat Bhushan Sharma, Vijay Khajuria, Naresh Anthal, Mohammad Iqbal, Ram parshotam Sharma, Sheikh Tanvir, Aslam Chandail, Mohan Lal Sharma, Umar Din, Mohammad Amin, Mohan Lal Sharma, Mulkh Raj, Raja Kapoor, Manmohan Verma, Madhu Verma and others. (KNS)

Lease tourism appeal of the Kashmir valley.” Wani also said that National Conference not only endorses the demand for the closure of the artillery range but also demands that entire area be combed and scientifically sanitized to prevent any accidental harm to life and property. “We request the Government to take up the matter with the concerned authorities so that this issue is resolved to the ultimate benefit of the affected people.” Stating that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had set up a joint panel and has succeeded in getting the army to agree in principal to vacate the firing range, Wani appreciated the Chief Minister’s personal concern for the affected people and assured the people of Budgam about National Conference’s empathy and support. (KNS)

Failure that the authorities turned ‘blind-eye’ towards their plight due to which they are compelled to take to streets. Reports informed KNS that the protesters blocked that main Batamaloo road due to which the traffic got stranded for more than three hours. The people called off their protests when the additional deputy commissioner assured them that the drainage problem shall be rectified at the earliest. (KNS)

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commend Mehbooba Mufti for inventing a face to go to the people of Srinagar with a past as heinous and barbaric as of Mufti Sahab as the Ex-Home Minister of India who turned Srinagar into a mass graveyard within months. “It is alleged that Mufti Sahab took the conscious decision to refuse security cover for Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq, apparently thinking about the tactical gains that could be exploited from a flared-up confrontation between Mirwaiz supporters and armed militants. Now two decades later, the same set of people albeit in a different costume have come back to the doors of the people of Srinagar misguided into thinking that history starts with PDP’s formation.” PDP turned Srinagar into the most polluted city in the country and chose to do scant nothing to clean its lakes, rivers and waterways. They claim to have achieved grand success in Srinagar by beautifying the Jehlum Bund which was incidentally an achievement of Azad Sahab. Their other supposedly grand achievement is the construction of perhaps the modern world’s sole single-lane fly-over which has now been found to be technically lacking on numerous fronts. “As reported in a local news paper a few weeks back, a Central Team consisting of Municipal authorities and corporators from across the country had praised

Srinagar as one of the cleanest cities they had come across. This phenomenal difference both in reality and in perception has been achieved through a sustained focus on developing Srinagar as a modern, ecologically balanced and clean city. And this stage stands very tall in comparison to the fact that Srinagar was termed as the most polluted city in the country under PDP’s rule.” Mattu said that PDP has conceded defeat even before the parliamentary elections for the Srinagar seat by fielding a weak candidate who is virtually unknown at the grassroots level. This is the same candidate who mysteriously won a by-election by a slim margin and was defeated from the same constituency in 2008 despite having been the Ex Finance Minister of the State. Tariq Karra’s covert and indirect role has been repeatedly mentioned in the Kundal Committee Report. The Kundal Committee report had exposed many skeletons in the PDP cupboard which involved their ministers Tariq Hamid Karra and Qazi Mohammad Afzal. When the same people talk about high morals, one cannot help but smile at the inherent irony. (KNS)

Govt professional swimmers from police and fire and emergency services. However, they failed to locate the girl. Later the personals of the Navy were put into the service, but so far the body of the girl has not been retrieved. The busy Amira Kadal has become one of the suicidal points in the city where many young boys and girls have jumped into Jhelum. There has been a considerable rise in suicides in Kashmir from past many years especially in women. Experts have attributed the increase to the growing domestic violence, failure in relationships and study pressures. (GNS)

Robbers strike at Govt schools, steal dozens of wooden windows

Srinagar, March 24: Robbers struck twice in two districts of Jammu and Kashmir and stole wooden windows and frames of government schools over the last weekend. In twin districts of Bandipora and Baramulla of north Kashmir, unidentified burglars stole windows along with panes of two government schools, residents allege. Locals told GNS that robbers stole 22 wooden windows of Government Middle School at Wazapora Naidkhai in Sonawari tehsil. “The thieves, had barged into the Middle School and stole away 22 windows during the night,” a local, Mehraj-ud-Din, told GNS. Zonal Educational Officer, Khursheed Ahmad, confirmed the incident and said: “The thieves have stolen 20 windows and 180 foot mat.” He added: “I have not received complete report about the incident yet.” A senior police officer, whishing anonymity, told GNS that police is looking into the matter. He said a case has been registered in this regard but denied further information. In another incident, thieves in Goltengpora area of Pattan tehsil barged into Government Middle School and stole 6 windows along with frame on the same night. Speaking to GNS, one of the locals accused the local contractors of burglary. “They get benefits by these things. We can’t rule out their hand.” However, another local termed it a simple case of burglary.(GNS)

Renzushah Presides over Grand Sufi Conference at Eidhgah Area

Srinagar, Mar 24 : Grand Sufi Conference and recitation of Sufi Poetry was held at Eidgah area at Ganderpora, in which galaxy of scholars, poets participated. Khwaja Farooq Renzushah presided over the Prestigious Conference which was organized by Sufi Cultural Trust to release the book of living one Hundred eleven years old Sufi Legend Hazrat Gul Doon. Mir Mushtaq, President of the Trust, Abdul Ahad \Farahad, Professor Masoodi, Mohamad Ayoub, Jan Mohamad Ibn Gul Doon spoke on the occasion. Mr. Mushtaq, in his address appreciated the contribution of Mr. Khwaja Renzushah in rebuilding the Holy Shrine of Hazrat Bulbul Shah after the gap of three centuries and naming of Down Town as Sheher-e-Khas of Srinagar City. Mr Masroor Ahmad of BBC & other Media Persons were also present. According to a statement issued to KNS, while addressing the delegates, Scholars and intellectuals Khwaja Renzushah, Chairman of Kashmir society, Jammu and Kashmir State empha-

sized for the revival of our age old Civilization and its Culture. He said that during his tenure as D.C Budgam, the name of sheikh-ul-Alam was given to the Srinagar International Airport and it was officially accepted on various websites of Air India and Airport Authority. The name boards were also installed inside and outside the Airport. He appealed that the name of the International Sheikh-ul-Alam airport should be maintained and all National and International Air lines should be asked to officially accept this name. He said their is no need to change the name of Shankarachariya Hills as the name is assigned to it centuries before and religious sentiments of Hindu Brothers are associated with it. He said that Kashmiri Muslims have always played vital role to protect the religious sites of other communities. He appreciated concern of Mr. Vinod Pandita, President of Migrant Association and other Migrant associations, and assured them that we are here to respect their genuine sentiments.

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Academy’s 2-day Urdu Conference opens in Jammu suf Taing, presented keynote address. He spoke about the quality of Urdu poetry in J&K. Noted writer Dr. Zahoor ud Din presided over the proceedings while prominent Dogri writer, Prof. Nilambar Dev Sharma was the chief guest. Besides, writers, poets, artists and lovers of Urdu were present on the occasion. Before the formal start of the conference, noted singer Dharmesh Nargotra sang two soulful Urdu ghazals which enthralled the audience. On this occasion, special Urdu publications of the Academy including Iqbal – Ahbaabo-Aasaar by Dr. Akbar Hyderi, Jammu Wa Kashmir Mai Urdu Nasr, Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh Number, Vol 8 and Shiraza Gosha-e- Akbar Hyderi were released. The post-lunch session was marked by presentation of four papers by Dr. Zahoor ud Din, Ghulam Nabi Khayal, Prof. Qudoos Javaid and Dr. Riaz Ahmad who dwelt on pre1947 Urdu poetry in J&K, Urdu quartet in J&K and post-inde-

‘Event will help appreciate poetic scenario in J&K’

JAMMU, MARCH 24- J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages on Monday launched the 2-day Urdu Conference, seventh in the series of language conferences started by the institution in November 2012. The topic of the conference is Jammu Wa Kashmir Mai Urdu Shairee (Urdu poetry in Jammu & Kashmir.) Earlier, similar conferences in Kashmiri, Dogri, Punjabi, Hindi, Gojri and Pahari languages were held by the institution. The last of the series will be held in Ladakhi at Leh next month. During the two days, noted writers and scholars will present their papers on different Lone in News Kangan Khan News Agency Ganderbal aspects of Urdu poetry J&KAgency vaid, Prof. Sukh Chain Singh, Ahmad Wani and Dr. Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahid Mushtaq Book Depot Chadoora giving an overview of various Dr. Ayaz Rasool Nazki, Prof. Mohammad Lateef Mir. Tariq News Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta forms of Urdu poetry. TheseAgency Assad Ullah Wani, Dr. Liaqat In the inaugural session Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk include Mohammad Yusuf TaJafri, Dr. Lal Nazir Azad, Dr. Premi today, prominent writer and Abdullah News Agency Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk ing, Dr. Zahoor ud Din, Ghulam Romani, Dr. Riaz Ahmad, Dr. researcher, Mohammad YuGupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Nabi Khayal, Prof. Qudoos JaKhan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashid News Agency Dalgate Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam Lone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Chadoora Bhat News Agency Magam Zargar News Agency Kunzar Dar News Agency Beerwah Bashir News Agency Sumbal Reshi News Agency Safapora Saleem News Agency Pattan Basharat News Agency Bandipora Reyaz News Agency Pampore Altaf News Agency Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund JAMMU, MARCH 24 - Online panies i.e www.pawanhans.co.in, KUPWARA, MARCH 24: In connection with celebraJeelani News Agency Baramulla G.M News Agency Sopore booking of helicopter tickets for www.onlineglobalhelicorp.com tion of ‘’Word TB Day’’, several functions were organized Shah News Agency Kupwara Sultan News Handwara Shri AmarnathjiAgency Yatra 2014 shall and www.himalayanheli.com rein the Kupwara district.The Deputy Commissioner, KupYounis News Agency Langate Sheikh News Islamabad commence on Agency 27th March at spectively. wara, Mr. Itrat Hussain Rafique who was the chief guest, Reshi News Agency Islamabad Three News2014. Agency Tral 10.00 A.MWay for Yatra Shri AmThe one way per passenger heflagged off the rally organized by the District Tuberculosis Turray News Agency Tral Badru Shrine News Agency Bijbehara arnathji Board (SASB) has li-fare for Neelgrath (Baltal)-PanOfficer, Kupwara in collaboration with Elite Educational News Kulgam Malik News Agencywith Arwani made arrangements Pawan jtarni and Pahalgam-Panjtarni Institute, Kupwara toRahi aware theAgency people about the sympHans Limited and GlobalKargil Vectra Sector has been fixed at Rs.1950/Rah News Agency Byepass Shaheen News Agency toms/cure and treatment of Tuberculosis. The students

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pendence Urdu ghazal in J&K critical review of Urdu ghazal. On the second and concluding day, Dr. Ayaz Rasool Nazki, Prof. Assad Ullah Wani, Dr. Liaqat Jafri, Dr. Nazir Azad, Dr. Premi Romani, Prof. Sukh Chain, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Wani and Dr. Mohammad Lateef Mir will present their papers in two sessions. The topics would be Urdu poets of Kashmir and Jammu, post-modernity influences on State’s poetic landscape, nonMuslim poets of Urdu ghazal in J&K, challenges confronting Urdu ghazal in J&K, Urdu poem in J&K, comparative study of Urdu ghazal and other poetic forms and post-1947 Urdu poetry in J&K. The conference will culminate with an All-Jammu Urdu Mushaira on Tuesday. In his welcome address, Secretary Academy, Khalid Bashir Ahmad, described the conference as an important literary event that would help appreciate the scenario of Urdu poetry in Jammu & Kashmir.

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Jaswant Singh defies BJP, ridicules ‘NaMo-NaMo tamasha’ BARMER: Defying the party, Jaswant Singh on Monday filed his nomination from Barmer Lok Sabha constituency as an independent and launched a veiled attack on Narendra Modi saying the “NaMo-NaMo tamasha” and the decisionmaking process in BJP shows the “arrogance” of the Emergency era. He also attacked party president Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, accusing them of “betraying” him and fielding a defector from Congress Col Sonaram Chaudhury. “The NaMo-NaMo tamasha, the decision-making process (in BJP) reminds me of 1975. There is more of arrogance and less of taking everyone along,”

Singh told a press conference shortly after he filed four sets of nomination papers before the collector, who is also the returning officer. After defying the party which decided not to give him ticket from Barmer, the 76-year-old leader said it was for the party to decide whether he should continue in it or not. “They can sack me,” he said. Sounding bitter, Singh, one of the founders of BJP, said the denial of ticket was a “huge humiliation” for workers in the constituency. “I was informed by Rajnath Singh over telephone it (ticket from Barmer) is not possible,” he said. “Who are the people who have hurt you? One is the BJP

President who has hit me for the second time. The conspiracy was hatched by Vasundhara Raje. “I say with regret and pain that these two persons have sort of betrayed me, cheated me. The betrayal is not with Jaswant Singh alone but with BJP’s principles and ideologies,” he said while addressing his supporters after filing the nomination. “I say with regret and pain that these two persons have sort of betrayed me, cheated me. The betrayal is not with Jaswant Singh alone but with BJP’s principles and ideologies,” he said while addressing his supporters after filing the nomination. As BJP president in 2009, Rajnath Singh had expelled him from the party in a man-

Workshop on implementation of PMEGP held at Sgr FC for hassle free loan facilities for setting up of IGU’s SRINAGAR, MARCH 24: To ensure success implementation of Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) for setting up of income generating units and for providing hassle free loan facilities to unemployed educated youth a day long workshop was organized here today by J&K Khadi and Village Board (KVIB). Workshop was presided over by the Financial Commissioner, Industries and Commerce, Mr. Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, while Director Rural Development, Director Industries and Commerce, Secretary KVIB and representatives of various banks and financial institutions operating in valley. The Financial Commissioner impressed upon the representative of banks and other financial institutions to ensure transparent, timely and hassle free loans to the beneficiaries for setting

up their income generating units. He also urged them to adopt proper guidelines and ensure completion of targets by the end of current fiscal. During the workshop various matters concerning providing loans to the beneficiaries were discussed and it was given out that under PMEGP, Rs. 1935.64 lakh of subsidy was provided for establishing 1621 Income Generating Units thus providing employment opportunities to 12968 unemployed youth in the valley during current fiscal. Meanwhile, the Financial Commissioner had an interactive session with representatives of J&K Chamber of Industries and Commerce and other Trade Association.During the session, various aspects related trade and commerce were discussed. The representatives of these Associations put forward their demands and aware the Financial Commissioner about the problems being faced by the business community in the Valley. They also put their suggestions for the betterment of handicraft sector in the Valley.

ner in which even a “peon” is not sacked, Singh said, adding that he got carried away by emotions when he joined back the party. He recalled that he had held several portfolios in the Union Cabinet and in experience next only to President Pranab Mukherjee having held portfolios of defence, finance, external affairs at the Centre and had been deputy chairman of the Planning Commission. The former Union minister said he had informed Advani almost 18 months back of his wish to contest his last election from hometown Barmer and then told Rajnath Singh and L K Advani a few weeks back. “No announcement was

made about Barmer in first few meetings (of CEC). I called up Rajnath Singh. He informed me the next day that I won’t be given ticket.... Who was given ticket? Not a BJP worker but somebody who joined BJP from Congress and had been abusing us till recently. I was very hurt,” he said. Singh recalled his long association with the party’s founder leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani and lamented its current state of affairs. “I have taken a step for Barmer. Relief is what I am feeling right now.” “I am contesting on principles and for honour, not just for my honour, but for the honour of all citizens of Barmer,” he said.

HOROSCOPE Aries

March 21-April 19

Allow your eager and restless nature to express itself in ways other than through the spoken word, Aries. Show someone that you care through your gentle touch or a big bear hug. Hold on a little bit more tightly than you might normally. There’s an unspoken understanding that comes when you communicate through nothing but pure silence. Work on developing this kind of connection with those closest to you.

Taurus April 20-May 20

This is a terrific day for you, Taurus. You should find that your relationships, especially with men, go exceptionally well. Your tender and extremely sensitive nature is finally being recognized as the treasure chest it is. There are many times in which this type of personality is seen as weak, yet today is one of those times in which you’re given the full credit you deserve.

Gemini May 21-June 21

A selfish attitude on your part won’t be tolerated today, regardless of the circumstances, Gemini. Don’t make it worse for yourself by pretending that you don’t notice others’ hurt feelings. People are likely to be extra sensitive today, so be careful about trying to impose your will on someone who really wants nothing more than an ear to talk to and a shoulder to cry on.

Cancer June 22-July 22

You could find the hardest person to face is you, Cancer. You tend toward introspection, and you may find yourself shrinking into self-recrimination. You could analyze the important people in your life and yet fail to address the one you really need to look at – you. As you continually strive for perfection, give yourself proper credit. Do something nice for yourself today.

Leo

July 23-August 22 Take advantage of the creative energy in the air today, Leo. Keep your hands moving and your imagination flowing toward something fun and artistic. If you begin to doubt your work, you may fall down a spiral of creative blockage. Don’t get into the habit of constantly judging the quality or outcome of your work. Give yourself free rein to open up and explore whatever comes to mind.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Your sixth sense is right on target, Virgo, so trust your instincts today. You’re likely to connect with someone in a wonderful partnership that will help you foster the very plan you want to develop now. Stay close to those things that resonate strongly with your morals. The answer is in front of you; you don’t have to search too far afield in order to find it.

Libra

September 23-October 23 Take a break from your routine, Libra. You might feel like you’re leading an army into battle as you strive for new adventures and conquer new realms. Make sure you take a bit of time out today to stop and let your troops rest. You deserve a little rest yourself. Use this moment of stillness to form your plan of attack so you’re sure about how to proceed.

Scorpio

October 24-November 21 The key for you is to minimize your daily drama as much as possible, Scorpio. You may not realize how much you cripple yourself by the way you exaggerate every aspect of your life. Try not to give so much of your attention to things that really don’t matter much. Petty jealousy and gossip about other people’s lives are especially irrelevant in your world.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

Be careful of advertising yourself as someone who is so strong and mentally competent that you’re capable of handling everything, Sagittarius. Take note that the strongest mule on the trail usually ends up carrying the most weight. Your emotions are more sensitive than you may think, and certainly more than you demonstrate to others. Be honest about the way you feel and not just the way you think.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Media sensitization workshop on Tobacco Control laws & measures SRINAGAR, MARCH 24: A sensitization workshop of Enforcement Officers and media persons regarding tobacco control laws and measures was inaugurated by Addl. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mr. G. M. Dar. While inaugurating the workshop, Mr. Dar said that all required steps shall be taken by the District Administration to maintain smoke free public places including health & educational institutions of Srinagar district. The workshop was organised by VHAI & JK Voluntary Health Association Srinagar in collaboration with District Administration Srinagar. Among others, the workshop was attended by SP Traffic Srinagar, Chief Education Officer alongwith ZEOs, Principals of Higher Secondary Schools,

Chief Medical Officer along with Block Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents and Medical Officers, Assistant Controller Food & Drug Control Organization, besides representatives of local print and electronic media and members of Civil Society of the district. Welcoming the guests and participants, Executive Director of JK VHA Mr. A.M. Mir highlighted the main purpose of the workshop. He said that the public places of districts Srinagar, Pulwama, Budgam, Reasi, Jammu and Baramulla have already been declared as smoke free by the concerned District Magistrates. The Enforcement Squads have been constituted to check the violations in public places adding that more result oriented and effective steps need to be taken for checking the violations at public places.

Things should flow well for you today with very little effort on your part, Capricorn. Take note that if any quarrel arises, it’s an indication that the person you’re arguing with isn’t necessarily the right person to deal with or confide in. Emotional issues are likely to be the hardest ones to overcome, but this shouldn’t be a problem for you. You have the ability to work through these like a pro.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

This is meant to be a nice, relaxing day, so treat it as such, Aquarius. There’s no need for you to plan any great strategy at this time. Try to take it easy and not indulge in any unnecessary stress. This is your time to enjoy the moment. Don’t tax your mind by overanalyzing everything that comes your way. Go with the flow and have a great time regardless of what you end up doing.

Pisces

February 19-March 20 Your sensual nature is heightened, Pisces, and you’ll find yourself engaged in tender moments and languid peacefulness in the company of others. Soothe your soul by letting yourself slip into situations that give you the emotional freedom to do or say whatever comes to mind. Life should be like a love poem written by a great master. Accept the good energy that comes your way.


EDITORIAL/ OPINION Unhygienic conditions of the government schools- a matter of concern

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Srinagar, Tuesday 25 March 2014

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he pathetic condition of government schools and lack of facilities particularly the furniture, the washrooms and the laboratory equipment is a cause of concern for everybody in the state particularly the Kashmir valley. Though the authorities have been announcing the availability of these facilities once and again but on the ground nothing has moved ahead. There is no drinking water facility, no toilets and the students have to go here and there to ease themselves in the open. This problems becomes grave for the girl students who do not have the facilities and sometimes it is because of poor facilities or lack of facilities that they develop urinary infections. The education department is in shambles and has reportedly become just a money minting machine for some officers at the helm of affairs. The Srinagar Municipal Corporation only issues notices but in fact does nothing to improve the condition of cleanliness in the government schools. Some private schools have standard facilities but even private schools are sailing the same boat. If there is a toilet or wash room in a government or private school, its upkeep is so poor that it stinks and spreads obnoxious smell around which makes the situation more serious. The government under several central schemes gets crores of rupees but God alone knows where this money goes and where is it spent. If one takes a round of most of the government and private schools, the situation is so bad that one feels pity for the small children who are studying in these schools in most unhygienic conditions. Several NGOs and local media have brought this to the notice of the authorities of School Education but nobody seems to be interested in improving the situation. The policy seems to make hay while sun shines. So why to bother about the condition of schools and the children studying in most pathetic condition in these schools? The government of the state and the concerned ministers who remained the in-charge of Education Deptt. in the past or presently have always shown their non-seriousness in tackling this problem and have always indulged in political interference into the day to day work of the education department through their stooges whom they put at the helm of this important department.

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he much touted long list of promises carried by the government of India to bring governance at the doors of people is now in the shape of Panchayats across India and in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir too. Starting from Rajasthan which was the first state to bring Panchayats in action and coming to J and K state which too carried the spirit of localized governance some years before in letter and spirit. As we all know that the Omer Abdullah led National conference Congress coalition government of Jammu and Kashmir has been taking pledges to empower the Panchayats in the state. The minister of state for rural development has said a lot to give teeth to the Panchayats. The top state political brass has been often seen narrating the scope of 73rd amendment in the state to empower the local governance. We acknowledge that the Panchayats should be given full fledged power to carry the dream of localized governance in Jammu and Kashmir but at the same time do we care about the powers we bestow to Panchayats. The point is debatable for we commoners upon whom the power is exerted. Recently I had a meet with a local Sarpanch I was astonished with the kind of craze these people have developed rather they have become ‘’power hungry’’. For the time Panchayats enjoy a

significant place in the political circles of the state. If we take a gloomy view of the kind of powers the central government has given to them the list goes long. Most of the centrally sponsored schemes meant for rural development have been extended to the control of Panchayats for the identification of beneficiaries. The schemes like Indira Aawas Yojana, Total sanitation programme and other rural developmental schemes wholly and solely run around the periphery of Panchayats. Apart from this the Panchayats have been asked by the law to see the state of affairs of government schools, mid day meals, solve disputes between Mohallas as well. Only after the Panchayat elections in the state were over the next step our government took was of taking the various Sarpanchs to India tour. The government at the first hand also issued books to Sarpanchs to understand the ABC of Panchayat Raj. We all know that the Panchayat is an elected form of government where the qualification and other traits hardly matter. Once the elections were over the candidates who were able to attain majority took over the reins of their Halkas. The biggest ever mistake our government did was of ignoring the background of a candidate who used to contest Panchayat elections. By keeping this thing out of the preview the Panchayats got innumerable persons who were illiterate and even had no middle schooling. When we give a Sarpanch a bundle of books to understand the phenomenon of his powers and duties knowing the fact that the Sarpanch is illiterate how far we are doing justice to localize the governance. How an illiterate Sarpanch can furnish his duties when he is unable to write his own name and the reading of Panchayat manual is far from his conscious? First the government missed to seek an educated cum literate class of Panchayats next the range of powers given to them were unlimited and then there was no body to keep an eye on the working of Sarpanchs and Panchs the matter of local governance turned bad as anarchy. If we mould the system without

changing the system we will come to a positive conclusion. Huge number of funds from the state exchequer go to the kitty of rural development and then later on to the Panchayats for the final implementation and usage. Each Sarpanch gets his ratio for his Halka and each Panch for his ward. An example from a far off village of Kupwara reveals that the misuse of powers by the Sarpanch has been going high handed. The similar example is of the Block Sogam where in response to an RIT application it was revealed that the Indira Aawas Yojana has been going out of the aim instead of identifying a deserving beneficiary the Sarpanchs and Panchs in coordination choose their near ones or the red collared ones. The cases like allocation of bunds and foot paths to the close one of the Panchayat members often surround the media. In a recent example from far off district Kupwara a Sarpanch in an unusual manner torched the smuggled timber in the full day light. The Sarpanch here crossing the limit of his assigned powers committed an anti law activity thus the Panchayats turned abuse and ill spreading institutions on the name of Local governance. Another heart breaking story we had from Baramulla district where a Sarpanch threw Kangri [Firepot] on a teenager girl. These like heinous acts from the Sarpanchs have raised the questions on the functioning of the Panchayat Raj institutions. In the recent cabinet which was chaired by chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir in Jammu the cabinet went straight forward in extending the scope of 73rd amendment in the state to empower Panchayats. The Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir are manned by J and K Panchayats act 1989 which is the own framed legislative piece of the state. The cabinet discussed the various issues regarding the problems faced by the Panchayats. In the final round of the meeting the cabinet implemented the provisions of 73rd amendment

in the state from the date. With the blessings of the 73rd amendment the Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir seem to be now powerful. The 73rd amendment which talks about the reservations to women in Panchayats and the convening of district development board meetings by the Sarpanchs has given amazing impetus to the functioning of the local governance in the state. If the governance is to be localized in proper way we need to understand that the Panchayat Raj institutions are to be made accountable before the higher authorities. Why cannot we go for the mechanism which makes the Panchayats the institutions of ideal governance? If the government is planning to fix the salary of Sarpanchs then the first step we have to take is to ensure the complete transparency in the working circles. If government is so concerned why cannot we go for the laws which will bring the Panchayats under the purview of transparency? Most often we go through the swindling of funds by the Panchayats in newspapers. The institution of Panchayat has to be made powerful but the control should follow every such provision of power. I remember the L D White’s quote where he says that ‘’power corrupts and the absolute power corrupts absolutely’’. The institutions of Panchayats have seized a very degree of power from the higher political class. The power now percolates down to the grass root level hence the chances of negative use or abuse of power go very high. We have to ensure that only the educated class forms the ranks of Panchayat, only people who don’t have criminal background go for the polls and only those who have some form of credible name in the area contest the elections. The author hails from Lolab Kupwara Kashmir and is pursuing Post Graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism from Media Education Research Center University of Kashmir. He can be reached at syedshahidandrabi@gmail.com.

Water not a Want but a Need

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Save Water Save Energy

ater water everywhere, not a drop to drink, was the starting line of the chapter "Water" in the science book, during my schooling. Our life has changed a lot, and we find technological advancements in every sphere of life. We have electronic gadgets everywhere around, which need electricity. When electricity is not available, they become useless but still we are able to live without them. But no one can even think of living without water for a day. At present the biggest need for the survival of life on the planet is to conserve water. Around the globe World Water Day is being observed on 22nd March since 1993. This day is primarily devoted to implement United Nations recommendations on clean drinking water, sustain safe drinking water facilities, conservation of water, sustaining fresh water bodies and to promote concrete activities within the countries regarding the world's fresh water resources. International World Water Day tries to remind people about the significance of fresh water and to promote sustainability for fresh water resources. Organizations all around the world use World Water day to promote awareness about clean water and sustainable aquatic habitats. Also as a day to focus public attention on the critical water issues of the present era. Moving towards Indian scenario, the country receives abundant amount of rain, but factors like increase in population, is among the main reasons of water scarcity to the country. Due to population increase, natural resources are consumed more. A large number of water bodies local ponds, lakes, rivers and reservoirs get polluted and depleted. At present a considerable amount of water of the country's population lack access to safe drinking water. Also, Indian agriculture is rain fed. The goals and success of agriculture in India are based on availability of water, mostly rain water. Good amount of rain means a good crop harvest. Preserving rain water is must and ensuring that almost no toxic material present should get mixed with rain water, which can eventually pollute it as well as the water body in which it eventually flows. In the light of the above, it is a general understanding that, there is a need of water conservation in the country and the major issues with regard to water usage in India can be summed up as under:-

1. To ensure safe drinking water to rural and urban house holds 2. To sustain safe drinking water facilities. 3. The restoration/ clean water bodies both in villages and cities. 4. Water conservation. Every year, The World Water Day emphasizes on a different aspect of freshwater. This

is a tremendous need for appliances which are energy efficient, if appliances are able to save electric energy, it in turn means they are saving water. Many of us may think as to what an individual can do to conserve water, and this thinking of many of us leads to wastage of water daily. In today's world we are in a rat race to construct

year the theme of the World Water Day is Water and Energy. As water and energy are related to each other and both are necessary for the survival of our planet. To generate energy particularly hydro electric and thermal power we need water resources. In order to keep the water and energy relationship alive, an emphasis needs to be placed on increasing the water conservation and to preserve the natural water bodies for energy production today as well as in future. There is also a need to increase the efficiency of water with regard to energy production. To produce energy water is required and to provide water you need energy. Due to this inter-connection between water and energy, deficiency of any of the two creates problem for the other. If water resources, meant for the production of electricity get depleted, it will certainly cause a decrease in electricity generation. At present there

big house with lavish bathrooms, but we forget to think that without water they are useless. We go on using water more than what is required to us. We as individuals can at least use water in a proper manner in our homes and places of work.Many a times, water taps on road sides, are seen running and water is wasted, we pass without bothering to close it. We should think on these issues and try to conserve water in whatever way it is possible for us in our daily life. Use of electricity should also be limited to our need and not want; electric appliances should be used only when needed. One bulb will give us enough light, so what is the need to switch on multiple lights. We should make sure to minimize switching on lights and other electric appliances unnecessarily any time. With this we shall not only be able to conserve electricity but in turn we will also conserve water.

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Zabarwan Times E-Paper English 25 March