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Srinagar, Friday 28 February 2014

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Srinagar, Friday 28 February 2014

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Kashmir Vijay Kumar, opened fire from his service rifle on his colleagues sleeping in a camp in Police LIne Kishtwar resulting in the death of two soldiers who were later identified as Narinder Singh and Veer Singh. Two soldiers were also injured in that fratricide incident whom the police identified as Ravinder Nath and Habib-ul-Islam. In the same year in another case of fratricide, Sepoy Ritender opened fired on his fellow colleague Sepoy Mukesh Tiwari at Rashtriya Rifles Unit in border belt of Kala in Noushera sector of the distric Rajouri killing him on spot. In yet another fratricide incident in April 2013 In a case of fratricide, a soldier Satish Kumar shot dead a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) identified as Rajinder Singh inside an army camp in Larnoo Kokernag. There have been several incidents of fratricidal shootouts and suicides among security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since armed violence broke out here in 1990. Continued deployment under hostile conditions, separation from families, and lack of recreational facilities are among the factors believed to cause such incidents among security forces. To address the problem, authorities have taken several steps, including improved recreational avenues, frequent leaves to troops to join their families and a better command and control structure. (CNS)

Shivratri

Background

It is believed that Lord Shiva married Parvati on this night who prayed enthusiastically for the wellbeing of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, when Parvati asked Lord Shiva which ritual he liked best, Lord Shiva proclaimed that the services and rituals performed by his devotees on the 14th night of the Phagun month delighted him the most. On this day the devotees take an early morning bath and throng into the nearby Shiva Temple in order to seek blessings from Lord Shiva and make offerings to the deity. “The devotees strictly perform all the rituals of Maha Shivratri as it is considered to be an auspicious day to worship Lord Shiva, and it is assumed that they will be cleared of their past sins”, a religious minded lady Kunti devi believes. Keertans are a major highlight which features chanting, reading of the verses, and singing the praises of Lord Shiva. Chanting of the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ is very prominent on this day. One is supposed to remain awake all through the night, on Maha shivratri and keep a night long vigil. Fasting is firmly observed throughout the day and the devotees break their fast early next morning by eating the prasad that was offered to the idol.

Mufti Free Zone (EFC) across the state that has tremendous natural resources and could become one of the most affluent regions of the country. Spokesperson S Rangil Singh, Senior Leader Ved Mahajan, Yashpal Sharma, Hussain Ali Waffa, Ch Hamid, MLA Ch Zulfikar, Abdul Gaffar Sofi, Deepender Kour, Surjeet Kour, Amreek Singh Reen, Haji Taj Khan, Surender Choudhary, Sukhdev Sharma, Balbir Singh, Haji Shaq Mohd, Khadim Choudhary, Showkat Malik, Zaffar Choudhary and others were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, senior leader and party candidate for Baramullah Lok Sabha constituency Muzaffar Hussain Baig said Peoples Democratic Party is a mission to bridge gap created by some people in the state by some vested interest. “The attempts to create linguistic and regional divide started in 1931. Every effort has been made to create a wedge between Dogras and Kashmiries, Gujjars and Paharies, Gujjars and Kashmiries, Rajputs and Brahmans”, he said adding, “It is the characteristic of state that despite all odds the state remained united and all such attempts were thwarted”. Baig said that the upcoming general elections were a unique opportunity for the people as this time they will have to chose between the political parties on the basis of their performance and capacity of govern. “During a short period of three years, we have achieved what other parties could not in decades. We established a transparent and accountable system and took the administration to next level of governance”, he said while regretting that during the last more than five years the state has once again been plunged into administrative and economic morass. He asked the people to remain vigilant against the gimmicks of National Conference, which has taken the state on ride by its hollow slogans and false promises. “With elections round the corner they (NC leaders) will come to you again with same promises and vows. They will again project themselves as champions of Jammu and Kashmir and core loyalists to people”, he asked the people adding, “This time you have the opportunity to judge and decide on the basis of performance and report card. Keep their performance, misdeeds and scams in mind and exercise your franchise as per your conscious”. (KNS)

E-newsletter adoption of national targets to reduce the burden of NCDs and developments at the grassroots level. Ghulam Nabi Azad’s message in the newsletter reads, “I am happy that a newsletter on NCDs is being launched by the MoHFW in coordination with the WHO and civil society. This letter will provide an excellent platform for documenting progress and initiatives in NCDs. In addition to providing an update on policy initiatives, the newsletter can also emerge as an instrument to bring together all stakeholders working in this field. My best wishes for the success of this initiative” NCDs are major contributors of rising morbidity and mortality patterns worldwide. India is experiencing a rapid health transition with a rising burden of NCDs. Overall; NCDs are emerging as the leading causes of death in India accounting for over 53% of all deaths. Half of those who die of chronic NCDs are in the prime of their productive years. In India, NCDs have overtaken communicable diseases as the most common causes of morbidity and premature mortality. According to WHO, NCDs account for 5.3 million deaths in India. The 2010 Global Status Report on NCDs estimates that 1.4 million to 2 million people experienced `catastrophic' spending in 2004 with 0.6- 0.8 million Indians impoverished due to healthcare costs related to cardiovascular disease and cancer. India loses more than 20 million productive life years annually to NCDs. It is noteworthy that India is the first country to have developed its national targets based on the global NCD Monitoring Plan developed by WHO. A National Steering Committee on NCD surveillance and monitoring has been constituted to work out an evidence-based plan of action for prevention and control of key NCDs and their risk factors.

Azad vaccines and reagents, he noted. The Health Minister highlighted the achievements of ICMR in developing various technologies such as the JE vaccine, Thalassemia diagnostic kit, AV Magni-Visualiser screening device for cervical cancer, and the recently launched three different kits for detection of food borne pathogens, diagnosing Iron Deficiency Anaemia, and Vitamin-A De-

Zabarwan Times ficiency. Present at the occasion were Lov Verma, Health Secretary, Dr. V M Katoch, DG ICMR, Shri N Sanyal, Secretary, AAYUSH, Prof. Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, and other senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and scientists from ICMR.

Antony necessary steps in consultation with the three Services, MoD Finance and Department of ESW to give effect to the decision. He also emphasized that family pensioners and disability pensioners would be included. Ex-Servicemen may also be appropriately consulted by the Services, Shri Antony said. It may be recalled that improvements in the pension for Defence Services have been effected by the Government on three occasions in recent times - in 2006, 2010 and 2013. As a result of these changes, the gap in pension amount between pre-2006 and post-2006 retirees has been bridged substantially. However, keeping in view the long- standing demand, the Government has accepted the principle of OROP for Defence Services. (KNS)

Kupwara against the killings and demanded authorities to handover the bodies of seven alleged militants to people as they had apprehensions that the slain might be civilians. Later, clashes had broken out in Lalpora causing injuries to CRPF and police officers and several media men. To bring situation under control, authorities had imposed curfew like restrictions. (GNS)

Killings centre (JIC) Kupwara, where senior police officials on Thursday grilled them for several hours. The duo, sources said, were picked up for spreading rumours that the seven alleged Jaish-e-Muhammad militants killing by army in Dardpora forests on Monday, triggering off violent protests leading to injuries to over a dozen people, including senior CRPF and police officers. Meanwhile, at least ten youth from Main Town were taken into preventive custody by police following massive anti-India protests on Wednesday. Superintendent of Police (SP), Kupwara, Abdul Jabbar denied that police has made any arrests in the district in the aftermath of violent protests. (GNS)

Land acquisition

Delay in release of payments spark protest in Bandipora Bandipora, Feb 27: The road widening project from Bandipora to Sopore has been affected due to tussle between the administration and residents over delay in payments. Residents of different localities of Bandipora whose houses and shops had been dismantled in 2009 for road widening purpose Thursday held a protest demonstration in Bandipora for seeking compensation which they were promised by administration. “During the PNC meeting headed by Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, it was decided that land owners will get Rs 7 lakhs per kanal. The government had passed the order in this regard but till date no payment has been released in our favour,” one of the protestors Nazir Ahmed told CNS.

The protestors said that Chief Executive Officer of ERA has written to Principal Secretary to Government Planning and Development Department Civil Secretariat Srinagar vide order number ERA/ CEO/17/dated 1/7/2013 requesting for release an amount of Rs 36 lakhs as compensation for the said acquired land, but till date the Planning Department has not released the said amount. When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Shah Faisal told CNS that he is always there to redress the problems of the people and advised the protestors to contact him. He said that the fault lies with the Planning Department while the District administration has already completed its all formalities. (CNS)

Budgam village without electricity from past 4 years Budgam, Feb 27: Believe it, Mulashula, a village in Beerwa Budgam is without electricity for the past 4 years. “The electricity to the village was cut in the year 2008 after a 63 KV transformer got damaged due to over loading and after that no transformer was installed in the village as a result the the village comprised of more than 110 houses are reeling under darkness from past 4 years,” the locals told CNS adding they had been running from pillar to post since then to get the electricity restored to the village. The villagers alleged that they had demanded a new

transformer and for that purpose AEE and JEE of the concerned area demanded bribe from them and the villagers collected money and handed over Rs 3500 to them. “We even approached the concerned MLA but nothing so far has been done to supply electricity to our area,” they said adding that transformer is not being installed in the area on the pretext of ‘incomplete’ field report. When contacted, a top PDD official told CNS that he will look into the matter and will ensure that transformer gets installed in the area at an earliest. (CNS)

129th Treasury inaugurated in Baaghat-e-Kanipora region

Rather calls a healthy electoral process heart of a democracy

Woman Officer Tral, Dr Shakeel Ahmed told CNS that they have conducted the post mortem of the deceased womand and are waiting for the FSL report. “We will take action only after getting the report,” he said. When contacted, Director Health Service Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman told CNS that the lady doctor will certainly face the music if her guilt is proved. (CNS)

Truck cylinders.During checking 48 gas cylinders found under weight around 2-3 kilogram less while as remaining cylinders were found empty, he said. “We have seized the truck along with the gas cylinders,” he said, adding “a case under FIR No. 16/2014 u/s 3/8 Essential Commodities Act has been registered and further investigations taken up.” In next couple of days, he said, “we are also scheduled to approach the company and filling station for further investigation. No one will be spared if found involved in this nexus.” (GNS)

DC Srinagar distributes cheques among cattle farmers Srinagar, Feb 27 Cheques worth Rs. 6 lakhs were distributed by District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah among cattle farmers of district Srinagar as subsidy (25%) for purchase of the dairy cows. This subsidy component was distributed under National Mission for Protein Supplement (NMPS) and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) in which 50 beneficiaries were benefitted. A total subsidy of Rs. 16.90 lakhs has been distributed by the Department till date during this financial year under the said scheme. According to a statement issued to KNS, the farmers on this occasion requested District Development Commissioner Srinagar to ensure availability of cattle feed and wheat bran on subsi-

dized rates at some suitable locations in the district. The District Development Commissioner assured them that he will look into the matter. He appreciated this initiative of Animal Husbandry Department and stressed upon the farmers to adopt modern animal Husbandry practices to boost their produce so that the district reaches self-sufficiency. On the occasion, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Dr. Riyaz Ahmad highlighted the other income generating schemes of the department and also gave a brief account of the incentives given to the farmers of the district under various schemes whose ultimate aim is to boost the milk production in the district to reach the level of self sufficiency. (KNS)

Army rescues 38 passengers stranded near Nasta Chun pass Srinagar, Feb 27 : At around on Feb 27, Army deployed at Nasta Chhun Pass received information that six vehicles (five Tata Sumo and one Pickup truck) with 35 gents, 2 ladies and one child moving from Chowkibal to Tangdhar had stranded approximately 1500 metres East of Nasta Chhun Pass due to heavy snowfall and ice formation on the road followed by three avalanches. This had completely blocked the movement of the traffic on this road. According to a statement issued to KNS, avalanche rescue team deployed at Nasta Chhun Pass immediately got activated to help the stranded passengers. The team braving all odds moved to the location of the avalanche with the rescue

team despite the inclement weather, snow blizzard and night condition. On seeing, the Army rescue team, stranded passengers sensed a sigh of relief. Thereafter, with the combined efforts of Army and the locals, the road was cleared for the traffic by 0001h (1:00 AM). All stranded vehicles and passengers were safely brought to Nasta Chhun Pass. The stranded passengers were provided with medical care and refreshments by the Army.The timely & prompt assistance provided by the Army not only rescued these passengers but also ensured that all of them including two ladies and one child safely reached their destination. Efforts of the Army were highly appreciated by the locals of the area.

BUDGAM, FEBRUARY 27: 129th Treasury in the State was inaugurated today by the Minister for Finance and Ladakh affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather at Baaghat-i-Kanipora area, which was recently granted the status of Tehsil. This treasury will cater to the area of Chanapora, Hyderpora, Rawalpora, Natipora, Khanda, Chattergam etc. which has a total of 22 Drawing and Disbursing Officers. MLC, Mr. Ali Mohammad Dar, Director General Accounts and Treasuries J&K, Mr. Altaf Hassan Mirza, Director Accounts and Treasuries, Mr. Mohammad Yousuf Pandit, Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Mr. Khurshid Ahmed Shah, All District Treasury Officers and other district officers including district heads of various Engineering departments were present on the occasion. Finance Minister, while addressing

a huge public gathering said that the whole purpose of opening new bank branches, treasuries, government offices is to make government accessible to public such that they do not face any inconvenience in getting their rightful works done. This Treasury will be a great relief to pensioners of the area who earlier had to travel upto Chadoora Treasury. Mr Rather said that transparent and accessible government is the hallmark of current government and all efforts have been made to ensure the system is more responsive and accountable to the people. He said that Creation of new administrative units has huge financial implications but the objective is public convenience and good governance at the grass root level. Mr Rather said that Chadoora area of district Budgam was designated a sub-district while as

1 died, 6 injured in road mishaps

Srinagar, Feb 27 (KNS): One died while six others were injured in five different road accidents’ across the valley. An unknown tipper hit and injured a pedestrian Abdul Majid Bhat son of Abdul Hamid resident of Kharbagh Ganderbal at Sumbal. The injured was shifted to SKIMS Soura for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries. After completing all medico-legal formalities the body was handed over to his next of kin’s fir last rites.In a statement issued to KNS, a case FIR No. 51/14 under section 279/337 RPC has been registered in this regard. A Swift car bearing temporary registration no KMR-3/0893 driven by Sajad Ahmad Malik son of Ghulam Hassan resident of Malik Mohalla Kupwara skidded off the road near Kralpora Bridge, in the jurisdiction of police station Kralpora Kupwara. In this accident the driver of the car got injured. The injured was shifted to Sub-District Hospital, Kralpora Kupwara for treatment.Meanwhile, a Motorcycle bearing registration number JK16/2937 driven by Tanveer Ahmad Ganie son of Mohammad Yousaf resident of Wakoora and cyclist Ghulam Ahmad Ganie son of Lal Ganie resident of Dayeepora collided at Kurag Ganderbal.

B.K. Pora has been upgraded from a Block to Tehsil which will help to redress the issues of the people in a time bound manner. Be it Right to Information Act or Public Service Guarantee Act, the purpose of enacting them has been public service”, Mr Rather emphasized saying that to weed out corruption, nepotism and injustice has been the motto of the government. He termed electoral process as the heart of healthy democracy and asked people to cooperate and participate in the process . MLC, Mr. Ali Mohammad Dar thanked Finance Minister and Chief Minister for accepting all the genuine demands of the people of B.K. Pora and hailed the attempts of government in mitigating the issues of public concern. He also requested the Finance Minister to grant backward status to the deserving villages of the area.

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I have lost my 9th Pass certificate somewhere. Now I have applied for its duplicate. Anybody having objection in this regard may file the same in the office of the Principal, Govt. Higher Secondary School, Bugam, Batpora, Chadoora within 7 days after that no objection will be entertained. Rubeena Akhter, D/o Gh. Nabi Najar, R/o Bugam, Batpora, Chadoora

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I have lost documents of my domestic LPG connection somewhere. Now I have applied for its duplicate. Anybody having objection in this regard may file the same in the office of Srinagar Gas Agency, Rambagh within 7 days after that no objection will be entertained. Mohammad Shafi Wani, S/o Ali Mohammad Wani, R/o Gowharpora, Chadoora,

Government of Jammu and Kashmir

Directorate of Youth Services and Sports M. A Stadium Jammu

NOTIFICATION

Application on prescribed form are invited from candidates who are Graduate in any Stream from a recognized university or equivalent and are desirous to seek admission in B.P.Ed Training course in Government College of Physical Education Ganderbal Kashmir or the session 2014-15. The application forms can be downloaded from the college website (www.jkgoope.net) from the date of issuance of notification to 08-03-2014 up to 5:00 Pm and the date of submission of hard copies of forms along with all requisite testimonials, one separate size photograph and treasury receipt of Rs 100,00 remitted under Account head 0202-Sports by or before 10-03-2014 upto 5:00 Pm. 1. The candidates should be under 33 years of age as on 01-01-2014. 2. The candidates should be permanent resident of J&K State. 3. The candidates should be medically fit and must possess a good moral character. 4. The candidate should have played at least Inter District/Inter College/State Level Championship in any recognised sports event. 5. The Sports Category Certificate attached with the application must be verified by the concerned Secretary/ President of the association for authentication of the certificate. The reservation to SC/ST/OBC/RBA Category candidates etc shall be applicable as per the Reservation Rules in Vogue. The application forms complete in all respects and enclosed with requisite certificate should reach in the office of the principle Government College of Physical Education Ganderbal Kashmir and Directorate of Youth Services and Sports J&K Jammu by of before 10-03-2014 upto 5:00 Pm. Thereafter no application shall be entertained. The incomplete application forms shall be rejected out rightly and no further correspondence shall be entertained in this behalf. Note: The candidates of Physical Efficiency Test and Viva voice shall be notified separately. Sd/ DIPK NO. 14307 Director General

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DC Srinagar distributes cheques among cattle farmers

Maha Shivratri Celebrated across valley with relegious fervor

Soldier kills five colleagues, self Manasbal Camp

Shabir-uz-Zaman Srinagar, Feb 28: Maha Shivratri (Hairath) was celebrated with religious fervor across the valley on Thursday. Hindu devotees went to temples early in the morning to mark their pres-

flowers. “The occasion is celebrated throughout the country in general and has a special significance for Kashmiri Pandits”, Vinod bhat from Pulwama told Zabarwan Times. He added that valley’s Pundits celebrate it with different customs and unique

ence before the deity. Hundreds of devotees went to Kher bhawani temple at Tulmulla in central Kashmirs Ganderbal . Unique worships were carried out at Shankar Aacharya, Hanuman Mandir and Ganpat Yaar temples which were followed by special prayers in the evening. Muslims exchanged Hairath greetings to their Hindu neighbors and friends in different localities of the valley. The temples were decorated days before with different colours and

rituals. “In the valley on the 2nd day of the festival a special occasion called Salaam or Watak Pooja is performed in every Pundit Gharana”, Vinod told. “Maha Shivaratri calls for a night devoted to worship of Lord Shiva. This event happens to be in the intervening night of 13th and 14th of the month of Phagun Shivaratri holds immense value for Hindus and is a big day for the devotees of Lord Shiva. See Shivratri On Page 11..

Army orders inquiry into incident Srinagar, Feb 27 : An Army soldier killed his five colleagues in Manasbal army camp in North Kashmir on Wednesday before shooting himself dead. All the killed soldiers belonged to 13 Rashtriya Rifles. Top officials are present at the spot. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the incident, an official told Kashmir Despatch. The report of shooting spree was confirmed by the army saying that the incident took place on the intervening night of 26 and 27 February. However, the reason which led to the incident is not known. This is not a first of its kind incident in the Army camps. Many such incidents of fratricide have taken place in the past as well. While three CRPF jawans were killed in South Kashmir in December 2011, a CRPF personnel had shot dead 4 colleagues in December 2012. In July 2007 an Army soldier had shot and killed his superior officer in Gurez. In May 2013, too, a solider of the Shasastra Seema Bal (SSB) had allegedly killed two of his colleagues in Kishtwar Army has ordered a high level inquiry to investigate into the circumstances under which led to the killing of

Fratricide incidents on rise in Kashmir Scores of soldiers killed from last few years Srinagar, Feb 27: In different fratricidal incidents at scores of soldiers have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2011, three jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) pertaining to 18th Battalion were killed when some irate jawans opened fire at each other in a camp in south Kashmir's Kulgam district. One jawan S.D.Murthy was critically injured in the shootout. The three jawans who lost their life in the fratfive army soldiers by their colleague. According to an army statement issued to KNS, in a tragic incident, one soldier of 13 Rashtriya Rifles located in Manasbal Garrison of Ganderbal District, fired and caused fatal injuries to five of his fellow soldiers with his service rifle before killing himself. Approximately 0200 hrs (2: 00 AM) on 27 Feb 2014, a soldier of the unit who was on sentry duty at Manasbal Gar-

ricide incident were later identified as Head Constables Suman Pillay and P Sibbu and Javid Hussain. According to CNS, In the same year, a BSF trooper Head Constable P K Hanjak of 2nd battalion allegedly fired from point blank range on his colleague Susheel Kumar outside Airforce Station Awnatipora, in south Kashmir causing his on spot death. The incident had occurred after a scuffle between the two jawans. rison opened fire with his service rifle on fellow soldiers who were in a room. This resulted in fatal injuries to five of them and non fatal injury to another. Subsequently, he committed suicide by firing at himself. The injured soldier has been evacuated to 92 Base Hospital for treatment and his condition is stable. All the soldiers belonged to 13 Rashtriya Rifles, which to its credit has 125 awards

Mufti welcomes resumption of cross-LoC trade

Baig cautions people against NC’s gimmicks Jammu, Feb 27: Welcoming resumption of cross-LoC trade on Srinagar-Muzaffarabad route, Patron Peoples Democratic Party Mufti Muhammad Sayeed Thursday once again batted for opening of all the traditional routes through Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh and Kargil regions so as to facilitate strengthening of ties between the two neighbouring countries. According to a statement issued to KNS, addressing a public meeting here organised by Party leader Rashid Malik at Sunjwan, on the outskirts of winter capital of state, the former Chief Minister said that healthy, cordial and peaceful relations between Indian and Pakistan were always in the interest of the two nations and every effort should have been made to carry forward the efforts undertaken by the previous government in state. Reiterating that the crossLoC trade and travel are the only achievements for the people of Jammu and Kashmir since independence in their effort to end the siege around the state, Sayeed said that time has come to take these relations to next level. “The trade and travel across the Line of Control shall not only be strengthen but a more effective mechanism should be established to curb any attempt to

cause a setback to the process of reconciliation started in 2003”, he said. He said that the process, which was historic in its very character, has been threatened on many occasions. It is the people of Jammu and Kashmir, which have always been at the receiving end of the hostilities between India and Pakistan and the recent ceasefire violations stands testimony to the fact, he said adding, “Unfortunately the ruling dispensation in the state, over the last five years, has been a mute spectator every time attempts to cause a dent to the process of reconciliation were made”. The PDP patron said it is unfortunate that the trade and travel between the two sides has not developed to the level, as it should have been this time, but expressed hope that the "two countries will read the writing on the wall and do away with the past baggage of hatred and animosity." PDP, he said, will continue to struggle for opening up of all traditional routes through Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh and Kargil regions and lifting curbs on travel and trade to create an Economic See Mufti On Page 11..

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Srinagar, Feb 27: The Defence Minister Shri AK Antony has assured the Services that the Government was fully committed to implement the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) Policy and that required funds will be made available to ensure its implementation. Chairing a meeting of the top brass of the Services and senior officials of MoD, here, last evening, Shri Antony said the Finance Minister had clarified that the figure of Rs 500 crores made available to implement the scheme was only ‘indicative’. The meeting was convened by Shri Antony to discuss the modalities for implementation of OROP. It was attended among others by the Minister of State for Defence Shri Jitendra Singh, the Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Secretary Ex- Servicemen’s Welfare Smt San-

gita Gairola, Secretary Defence Finance Shri Arunava Dutt, the three Service Vice Chiefs and AG from the Services Headquarters. It was noted that “OROP implies that uniform pension be paid to the Armed Forces personnel retiring in the same rank with the same length of service irrespective of their date of retirement and any future enhancement in the rates of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners. This implies bridging the gap between the rate of pension of the current pensioners and the past pensioners, and also future enhancements in the rate of pension to be automatically passed on to the past pensioners”. Antony directed that the Controller General of Defence Accounts should initiate immediate See Antony On Page 11..

In 2011, April, an enraged army trooper shot dead four of his colleagues including Junior Commissioned Officer inside heavily-guarded camp near Panzgam village in south Kashmir's Anantnag district. Another trooper was also injured in the shooting incident before the jawan was overpowered and disarmed. In May 2013, an Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) soldier, See Kashmir On Page 11.. which includes one Ashoka Chakara and two Kirti Chakaras. The unit has an excellent counter terrorism record as it has killed and apprehended a large number of terrorists which includes a HM terrorist, Talib Lalli alias Wasim in September 2013, who was the District Commander of Bandipora. Police has been informed of the incident and a FIR is being lodged. (KNS)

Azad launches e-newsletter on non-communicable diseases Azad Inaugurates Office of Department of Health Research

New Delhi: The Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad launched ‘Niramaya’, a quarterly e-newsletter on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in India (copy attached) The newsletter is an initiative of MoHFW, The World Health Organization Country Office for India, and is produced by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI). ‘Nirmaya’ is a Sanskrit word which means healthy, wholesome and freedom from illnesses.

The newsletter can be downloaded from the website of MoHFW: http: // mohfw.nic.in / showfile. php ?lid=2695 and Center for Tobacco Control and Health Promotion (CTCHP): http://bit.ly/1cbwLnl The newsletter is a reflection of strengthening Government-NGO partnerships to meet a collective goal of reducing the NCD burden in India. It will be a compendium of information on NCD related activities

Day 3: Restrictions, protests continue in Kupwara over ‘militant’ killings Srinagar, Feb 27: (GNS) Protests continued for the third straight day Thursday in Kupwara town of north Kashmir where the killing of seven alleged militants by army had sparked off violent clashes leading injuries to at least a dozen people, including troopers and policemen, prompting administration to impose curfew like restrictions. Eyewitnesses told GNS that the curfew like restrictions continued in Kupwara town and Lalpora Lolab, while other areas including Trehgam, Dardpora, Khurhama observed a complete shutdown against the killing of the alleged militants. The town presented a deserted look as all the shops and other business establishments were closed, while the traffic was also off the roads. Police and paramilitary CRPF were deployed in huge numbers to thwart further escalation in protests. However, despite restrictions, scores of people, mostly youth took to streets and held pro-freedom protests at Lalpora and Kupwara town. “There were minor clashes between youth and government forces at Kupwara town,” eyewitnesses said. However, Superintendent of Police (SP) Kupwara, Abdul Jabbar told GNS that the situation across the Kupwara remained peaceful today. On Monday, army and police claimed to have killed seven unidentified ‘militants’ in Dard-

3 held on charges of spreading rumour over Lashkar ‘militant’ killings Srinagar, Feb 27: The Special Operations Group (SOG) of police have arrested three persons including two brothers for allegedly floating rumours in Lolab Valley of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district describing the seven alleged militants killed by army as civilians. Sources told GNS Thursday that Imam Ghulam Rasool Lone son of Ghulam Ahmed and two Brothers Saqib Lone and Bilal Ahmad sons of Ghulam Hassan Lone, a rehbar-e-taleem (ReT) teacher posted at Khurhama, all the residents of Affan, Lolab were picked up by the SOG teams from their respective houses on Wednesday night. The trio has been taken to the joint interrogation See Killings On Page 11..

pora area of Lolab valley. A day later, the locals staged strong protests See Kupwara On Page 11..

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the office building for the Department of Health Research, here today. Speaking at the occasion Shri Azad congratulated the scientists lead by the DG, ICMR Dr V M Katoch for the success they have had in developing many affordable technologies for health care in the country. The Minister stated that the work of health research can only be done by scientists, and not by bureaucrats. He stated that he was proud that the targets that he had given to the ICMR for development of various technologies have been achieved in time and some even before time. Azad made particular reference to the development of vaccines and testing reagents for the swine flu which had gripped the country some years back; at that time the Health Minister noted that the country was importing the vaccines and testing reagents. In addition there was a paucity of testing labs in the country. Since then, the Minister stated, the country had made significant progress as we now have about 40 labs, with at least one in each state. The country also produces its own See Azad On Page 11.. in India. The e-newsletter will be a participatory tool to foster intra- and inter-sectoral connectivity among those working in the field of NCDs and related sectors at the central, state and district levels. One of the main objectives of ‘Niramaya’ will be to provide a platform for exchang-

ing knowledge on programmatic and outreach efforts on NCDs as well as national and international best practices. The first edition of the newsletter focuses on the Indian Government’s response to NCDs, See E-newsletter On Page 11..

Woman dies after abortion Protest against doctor and husband Tral, Feb 27: At a time when the State Government is declaring cash rewards to prevent female foeticide, a shocking incident has occurred in South Kashmir’s Tral town where a lady doctor allegedly conducted an abortion of a female who soon after the operation developed some complications and breathed her last at SMHS Hospital. Reports said that people staged a massive protest in Tral towns after the death of a woman and demanding immediate arrest of the husband of the deceased woman and the lady doctor. Locals told CNS, that a lady doctor (name withheld) conducted abortion of a 21 year old married female on the instructions of her husband Farooq Ahmed Kumar at her private nameless clinic located opposite Sub District

Hospital Tral. Soon after the operation, the condition of patient worsened and the said lady doctor admitted her in SDH Tral where after checkup she was referred to SMHS hospital Srinagar. Followeing the instructions of the doctors, the husband of the patient shifted her to Srinagar where the woman breathed her last on Wednesday. Demanding stern punishment for the lady doctor and the husband of the deceased woman, protestors staged protest in Tral and blocked traffic for hours. Protestors alleged that the said lady doctor in the past as well has performed such operations in lieu of heft amounts. Reports said that the deceased woman, Mehmooda Banoo hails Satoora Tral. Block Medical See Woman On Page 11..

Truck load of ‘underweight’ LPG cylinders seized

Srinagar, Feb 27: Police on Thursday seized a truck of Hindustan Petroleum along with at least 300 gas cylinders from south Kashmir’s Anantnag district following frequent complaints about the company supplying underweight gas cylinders in the area of Srigufara. Official sources told GNS that acting on specific information about the gas company Hindustan Petroleum providing gas cylinders among the people at Srigufara area of Anantang district carrying 2-3 kilogram less weight per cylinder. “We have intercepted a truck of HP bearing registration number JK02AB6657 at Srigufara coming from Jammu following a tip off”, a police official told GNS, adding the truck containing 300 gas See Truck On Page 11..

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EDITORIAL/ OPINION Kashmiriyatmeaningless without pandits

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he state of Jammu & Kashmir has a distinct culture, traditions, customs and a unique civilization crown called Kashmiriyat which is the soul and mind of the whole secular character of the Kashmiri society. The Kashmir valley in particular has cherished the Sufism for centuries together as it never advocated anything that lead to discrimination between the different sects religious entities and regional identities. The Philosophy of Kashmiriyat has shown the whole world that every human is and should be equal amongst equals and there should be equality in every stream that leads to existence of human life. Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims lived together for centuries and never had any major conflict between them except some minor things which were never intolerable. These two communities really lived like brothers and were omnipresent with each other in every moment of happiness or grief. The secular character of this valley was known to everybody within and outside the country. Kashmiriyat based on co-existence, equality and religious affinities became the symbol of every Kashmiri irrespective of his caste creed or religion. Suddenly the winds of grief loomed over the valley and brothers had to part the company . Kashmiri pandits whose contribution can never be forgotten in every field of life had to leave the valley and spend a life of miseries and pain in Jammu, Udhampur, Delhi and other places. They got scattered but the tragedy in this whole era was that neither the Kashmiri Muslim in the valley nor the Kashmiri Pandit outside the valley looked satisfied and happy. How could they look satisfied on a tragedy which had struck this valley when over three lac Kashmiri pandits migrated leaving back everything including their dream houses and how could a Kashmiri Muslim sit in a rest as he had lost his most dependable friend, sympathizer, well wisher and a guide who was always there to help him in every field of life as this community was well read and well informed as compared to Kashmiri Muslims. The tragedy that struck the Kashmir in the wake of migration of Kashmiri pandits will have far reaching repercussions as its tremors will be felt for centuries to come. Even today Kashmiri Muslims are eagerly waiting for the return of their brothers to their motherland, so are the Kashmiri pandits waiting for the opportunity to come back to their Reshvaer which they can never forget. May be the new generations are busy with their carriers and they don’t mind much about their homeland but those who have been brought up in this sweet paradise can never forget it and will never give up their hopes of returning back.

Daily Zabarwan Times Srinagar, Friday 28 February 2014

SVEEP - For Making Elections Inclusive “We, the citizens of India, having abiding faith in democracy, hereby pledge to uphold the democratic traditions of our country and the dignity of free, fair and peaceful elections, and to vote in every election fearlessly and without being influenced by considerations of religion, race, caste, community, language or any inducement”. - A pledge, which gained popularity among newly eligible voters in India during the past three years, changed the attitude of young India towards elections, thanks to SVEEP (Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation) initiatives by Election Commission of India (ECI). Being a landmark initiative by ECI, SVEEP has stimulated every aspect of election processes to ensure enhanced voters’ participation in the polling. During the last three years, voter registration, especially among youth, has gone up from 10-15 percent to 30-35 percent and almost all the state assembly elections held since 2010, recorded high voter turnout with greater participation from youth and women. Voter registration and electorate education are central to the election management process. However, qualitatively and quantitatively voter participation in India is still far from the ideal of participatory democracy. There is lot of gap between what the voters ‘should know’ and what they ‘actually know’ in important areas like registration, Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPIC)/ identity proofs, Polling Station location, use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), timings of the poll, do’s & don’ts with regard to Model Code of Conduct, use of money/ muscle and liquor power by candidates or their associates to influence vulnerable sections of electorate. More so, as has been observed, voter awareness does not always convert into voters actually casting their vote. To achieve the objectives of increasing voter awareness and voter turnout the election commission has taken a major step in the form of Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral participation (SVEEP) programme to inform, educate, motivate and facilitate voters and in turn make Indian democracy more participative and meaningful.

made interventions to make the process of enrolment easier and convenient and the voting experience - people friendly. ECI also creatively engaged with people to enthuse them to join the electoral process.

Implementation The Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation Wing formulates policies, lays down the framework, plans interventions and monitors implementation besides carrying out continuous discourse with voting publics, civil society groups and media. SVEEP comprise of a plethora of systematic interventions for Information, Motivation and Facilitation (IMF) measures to involve the people in the electoral process. They broadly include situation analysis, systematic planning and implementation of targeted interventions (on IMF model) based on the situation analysis, mid programme review and monitoring and end term review. The communication interventions include multi-media and inter-personal communication, physical events and innovative activities for mobilization of people/community and voter Facilitation. Realizing the intricacies in bringing out a behavioural change among people, ECI emphasized on social orientation and collaborative approach in the whole process of SVEEP.

Formulation of State and District level SVEEP plans ECI also initiated some internal organizational changes in the state level and constituted state and district level core groups to coordinate and implement all SVEEP activities. The State Level Plans and District Level Plans are to be formulated for the whole year with intense sub plans for election period. The plans are to be in conformity with national framework, laid out by the Commission, but allowing for due flexibility and credibility at every level.

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With a sense of urgency to highlight the issue of low electoral awareness and low voter turnout issue, ECI chose the theme, “Greater Participation for a Stronger Democracy” for its Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2010. It is in the same year the journey of the nation’s biggest voter participation programme - SVEEP - began with Bihar Assembly elections. In simple terms, SVEEP is a range of policy initiatives and activities intend to improve people’s participation in the electoral process. Since then it has been taking up activities to remove gaps in information, motivation and facilitation and in turn increase voter turnout in elections to Legislative Assemblies to many states. There were planned IEC (Information, Education and Communication) interventions in the Jharkhand elections of end-2009 and subsequently carried forward in the form of SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) in Bihar Assembly elections of 2010 and assembly elections of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam, West Bengal and UT of Puducherry in 2011. This continued for the 5 State elections of UP, Goa, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Manipur and again in the twin general elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat in 2012 and elections to NE states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland in early 2013.

The Election Commission collaborated with educational institutions and youth organizations like NYKS, NSS, NCC to particularly tap the new voters in the age group of 18-19yrs, promote greater awareness amongst youth and students about electoral process and to seek their assistance in facilitating voter registration. It also collaborated with Central and State Government Departments like the departments of health, education, WCD, Cooperatives, Welfare etc., so that these departments can extend their existing infrastructure and manpower (field functionaries) for electoral education and outreach. Collaboration with Government and private media as well as Civil Society and credible NGOs for increasing people’s awareness regarding electoral participation has also helped in creating voter awareness.

Revealing the Obstacles Voters’ Behaviour Surveys were carried out as part of SVEEP. These surveys revealed the underlying reasons for under registration, problems in getting duplicate EPIC, correcting names on voter list and various information gaps and low voter turn-out. Moreover, the surveys also try to map the demographics of elector-segments with lower electoral participation.

Targeted Intervention It was observed that the youth and women constitute a major part of the people who do not cast their vote. In order to improve participation of all sections of electorate, ECI decided to bridge the gap in Voter should be aware of: · Voter registration · EPIC/Identity proofs · Polling station location · Use of EVMs · Timing of the poll · Do’s and don’ts with regards to Model Code of Conduct · Use of money, muscle and liquor power by candidate or their associate to influence electorate · How to file complaints information and motivation, and also simultaneously

In 2013 ECI signed a MoU with NLMA (National Literacy Mission Authority) after which electoral literacy has become a major component of the Sakshar Bharat Programme of the Government of India. ECI and UNDP also have an MoU in the field of Voter education. Campus Ambassadors have now been introduced (since December 2013) who would be a student in the campus and act as ambassador of the Commission and facilitate the SVEEP programme in the educational campuses. Now even private media houses and Corporates are joining in and extending support in the SVEEP programme of the ECI.

Facilitation as Part of Strategy of SVEEP SVEEP initiated new measures relate to voter facilitation in areas of registration, issuing voter identity cards and suggests ways and means to make the election process voter friendly. These initiatives include Voters’ Helplines in all districts, searching name in the Voter list through internet and SMS, Voters’ Facilitation Booths, Ideal Polling booths, EVM familarisation camps, Voter Slip, Expanding the I-Card basket i.e., making other identity proofs (apart from EPIC) as a valid proof for voting.

National Voters’ Day In order to reach out the mass, ECI initiated a practice to celebrate the National Voters’ Day on its foundation day, 25th January, in 2011. It is considered to be a significant step among the various SVEEP initiatives. It is being observed every year with the objective of increasing enrolment of voters to make universal adult suffrage a complete reality. With the aim to give the younger generation a sense of responsible citizenship

and to encourage them to exercise their new franchise, ECI felicitates all the newly eligible registered voters in over 8 lakh polling station areas as part of the National Voters’ Day observance. They are handed over their Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) and a badge with the slogan “Proud to be a Voter-Ready to Vote”. They also take an oath to strengthen democracy by taking part in the elections. Since 2011 the National Voters Day is being celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country along with a series of outreach measures like symposiums, cycle rally, human chain, folk arts programmes, mini-marathon, competitions and awareness seminars. http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2014/feb/ d2014022402.jpg

Other Measures Identifying the ability of the popular icons to establish authentic connection with the masses, ECI appointed national and state icons from various fields to boost the awareness programme and motivate the voters. Former Indian President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, M S Dhoni, Saina Nehwal and M C Mary Kom are the national icons, besides many more celebrities are the state icons and involved in these SVEEP initiatives. 2013 80.3 82.2 Media and non-media units, folk cultural groups, cable networks, marathons, rallies, human chains, exhibition, hoardings, posters, pamphlets, leaflets, cinema slides, street plays, magic shows are utilized with good effect. ECI has also been getting enthusiastic support of a range of governmental and non-governmental organizations, civil society and media in enlisting citizen’s participation in the electoral process. In some states it has trained a band of volunteers who took the message to the masses.

Information at Your Fingertips! One of the greatest advancements of the modern day technology is the penetration of internet into our life. Keeping pace with changing time, ECI revived its website to provide all kind of information and services to citizens in a hassle free manner. Social media is being used at district and state level for enhancing voter awareness and increasing voter turnout increasing polling percentage. Most of the state chief electoral offices own face book pages for reaching out techno-savvy young voters. The facility for online registration of voters is the only system in India where one can get an identity card, i.e., Elector Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) without visiting a government office. The website also provides various other services like ‘changing the demographic details online’, and ‘tracking one’s application online’. The success of this online system is evident from the figures coming from various states; around 40 percent of new voter in Kerala and about 30 percent in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have obtained the EPIC through this system.

SVEEP in a nutshell · Voters’ Behaviour Survey · Formulation of State and District level SVEEP plans · Personnel for State level · State and District level core groups · Collaboration with Government departments · Collaboration with CSOs, Media and organisations · National Voters Day · Identification of National and State Icons

The Way Forward The objective of any voter education programme is to make relevant information available and accessible to public. If the campaign achieves universal coverage of the electorate it will be a great success for democracy. Under the banner of SVEEP, a series of outreach measures like marathons, rallies, processions, quiz competitions, film screening, declamation contests, street play, SMSes and helplines were conducted so far to promote voting. The gaps in the electoral process like youth disconnect, urban apathy and subdued ethical voting campaign are being filled by SVEEP activities while the areas like NRI registration, service voters low participation, migrant voters need more ECI interventions. ECI is constantly engaging to evolve programmes that can explore the in-depth correlation between the strength of an individual’s vote and their empowerment.

Disclaimer : The contents and comments appearing in any article published in this paper are purely the personal opinion of the writer


NEWS

Daily ZABARWAN TIMES

Maha Shivratri Mela organized at Khoon

129th Treasury inaugurated in Baaghat-e-Kanipora region Rather calls a healthy electoral process heart of a democracy

Shah, All District Treasury Officers and other district officers including district heads of various Engineering departments were present on the occasion. Finance Minister, while addressing a huge public gathering said that the

BUDGAM, FEBRUARY 27: 129th Treasury in the State was inaugurated today by the Minister for Finance and Ladakh affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather at Baaghat-i-Kanipora area, which was recently granted the status of Tehsil. This treasury will cater to the area of Chanapora, Hyderpora, Rawalpora, Natipora, Khanda, Chattergam etc. whole purpose of opening which has a total of 22 Drawnew bank branches, treasuring and Disbursing Officers. ies, government offices is to MLC, Mr. Ali Mohammake government accessible mad Dar, Director General Acto public such that they do not counts and Treasuries J&K, Mr. Altaf Hassan Mirza, Director face any inconvenience in getting their rightful works done. Accounts and Treasuries, Mr. This Treasury will be a great Mohammad Yousuf Pandit, Agency Kanganof the area relief to pensioners Deputy CommissionerLone Bud-News whoAgency earlier had to travel upto Soura gam, Mr. Khurshid Gulzar Ahmed News

to Tehsil which will help to redress the issues of the people in a time bound manner. Be it Right to Information Act or Public Service Guarantee Act, the purpose of enacting them has been public service”, Mr Rather emphasized saying that to weed out corruption, nepotism and injustice has been the motto of the government. He termed electoral process as the heart of healthy democracy and asked people to cooperate and participate in the process . MLC, Mr. Ali Mohammad Dar thanked Finance Minister and He said that Creation of new Chief Minister for accepting all administrative units has huge the genuine demands of the financial implications but the people of B.K. Pora and hailed objective is public convenience the attempts of government in and good governance at the mitigating the issues of pubgrass root level. Mr Rather said lic concern. He also requested that Chadoora area of district the Finance Minister to grant Budgam was designated a subKhan Agency Ganderbal backward status to the deservdistrict whileNews as B.K. Pora has ing villages of the area. been Zahid upgraded from a Block Book Depot Chadoora Chadoora Treasury. Mr Rather said that transparent and accessible government is the hallmark of current government and all efforts have been made to ensure the system is more responsive and accountable to the people.

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UDHAMPUR, FEBRUARY 27:- On the occasion of Maha Shivratri, a Grameen Mela was organized at Khooneshwar Aap Sambu Temple, Khoon, Majalta in Udhampur district here today. The Mela was inaugurated by Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Udhampur, N.S. Jamwal who was the chief guest on the occasion. The Maha Shivratri Mela was organized by Destitute and Handicapped Welfare Association (DAHWA) in collaboration with District Administration Udhampur. Complimenting the people on the occasion, the chief guest said that such festival symbolize unity in diversity besides providing a common platform to the local people to interact with each others and share culture and tradition which further help in strengthening the bond of brotherhood and communal harmony. The ACR also appreciated the efforts of all departments for their participation in mela and making Maha Shivratri mela a grand success. Different Government Department of the district had set up their stalls which aimed at creating awareness among rural people of the area. On the occasion, a scintillating cultural programmes like folk music, folk dances and Dogri Songs presented by the artists of Information Department Udhampur and Jammu. The cultural items were so tastefully presented by the artists of J&K Academy of Arts, Culture & Languages, Jammu that these received repeated applause from the audience. The Comedy Artist Khabri Lal Khabri enthralling the audience on the occasion.. Earlier, Chairman of DAHWA, Surat Singh Sumbria, has urged upon the government to observe the annual Mahashivratri festival officially. He said that it will go a long way in satiating the religious inspirations of the devotees and the people of the area, as infrastructural development will give rise to the influx of pilgrim tourists which will eventually lead to larger economic activity in the area.

Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashid News Agency Dalgate Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam 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 DODA, News FEBRUARY 27-To redress R&B department to expedite the exBasharat News Agency Bandipora Reyaz Agency Pampore the grievances of the people living in ecution of ongoing works and to imAltaf News Agency Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 27: Cheques worth Rs. 6 lakhs were the far flung areas of the Doda District, mediately start pending works. He News Agency Baramulla G.M was News Agency Sopore distributed by DistrictJeelani Development Commissioner Srinagar, a camp held at village Bhagwah also directed Power Development DeMr. Farooq Ahmad Shah among cattle farmers of district SriShah News Agency Kupwara Sultan News AgencyDevelopment Handwara yesterday by District partment Doda to augment the Power nagar as subsidy (25%) for purchase of the dairy cows. This Commissioner Doda, Mubarak Singh. distribution network in the area so Younis News Agency Langate Sheikh News Agency Islamabad subsidy component was distributed under National Mission Chief Planning Officer Doda,Y.S that the people can get uninterrupted Reshi News Agency Islamabad Three Way News Agency Tral for Protein Supplement (NMPS) and Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Katoch, XEn PWD (R&B) Division power supply. Appreciating works Turray News Agency Tral Badru Agency Yojana (RKVY) in which 50 beneficiaries were benefitted. A Doda, BDONews Bhagwah, ADBijbehara Food, AEE taken up under MGNREGA, he imtotal subsidy of Rs. 16.90 been distributed Rahilakhs Newshas Agency Kulgam by the News Agency Arwani PHEMalik Division Doda, AEE PDD Division pressed upon the Rural Development Department till date during this financial under the said Doda, NT Bhagwah, OfficialsKargil of Agri- Department to take up tangible and Rah News Agencyyear Byepass Shaheen News Agency

DDC Srinagar distributes cheques among cattle farmers Subsidy worth Rs. 16.90 lakhs distributed during current financial year

scheme. The farmers on this occasion requested District Development Commissioner Srinagar to ensure availability of cattle feed and wheat bran on subsidized rates at some suitable locations in the district. The District Development Commissioner assured them that he will look into the matter. He appreciated this initiative of Animal Husbandry Department and stressed upon the farmers to adopt modern animal Husbandry practices to boost their produce so that the district reaches self-sufficiency. On the occasion, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Dr. Riyaz Ahmad highlighted the other income generating schemes of the department and also gave a brief account of the incentives given to the farmers of the district under various schemes whose ultimate aim is to boost the milk.

Public redressal camp held in Bhagwah

culture, Health and Horticulture Department, Sarpanches and Panches, prominent citizens and representatives of civil society besides other officers of District Administration were also present in the camp. While redressing the grievances of the masses, DDC impressed upon the officers and field functionaries of various departments to work with devotion, dedication and determination for the benefit and welfare of the people living in the area. Stressing upon the fact that development is a continuous process, DDC gave onspot instructions to the

durable works in an innovative manner as per guidelines for the larger interest of the community. In this regard, he sought full cooperation from Panchayati Raj Institutions and public. He also advised for taking up diversified activities like dairy farming, vegetable growing etc. which will enhance income of farmers. Expressing concern over the supply of contaminated water to the inhabitants of the area, DDC directed PHE Department Doda to take necessary steps for the construction of Filter Plant so that safe drinking water is supplied to the area to prevent any

Govt committed for equitable dev in all 3 regions: Gul

SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 27: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Leg-

islative Assembly, Mr. Mubarak Gul said that Government is committed for equitable development in all three regions of the State. He said that the government has taken steps for setting up of New Administrative Units in the remote and far flung areas of the State to provide approachable governance at the grass

root level. This was stated by the Speaker

while addressing a public gathering at Noor Bagh, Srinagar today after inaugurating a Community Hall constructed by Srinagar Municipal Corporation at a cost of Rs. 20 lakh and Government Middle School building constructed by Education department under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan scheme at a cost of Rs. 18 lakh Mr

Gul said that for the facilities of the people, a Tehsil and Niabat offices have been established in Eidgah Constituency. Mr. Gul said that Noor Bagh Primary School would be upgraded to High School soon. He said that Rs. 2 crore would be utilized for the development of Eidgah Hospital adding that Ultra Sound Machine and ECG and other facilities would also be kept available in the Hospital. He also announced that a Community Hall in Noor Bagh at a cost of Rs. 1.20 crore will also be constructed during the financial year. The Speaker said that a Degree College and an Industrial Training Institute would also be set up in the area . Mr. Gul has also announced that Rs. One lakh would be spent for filling of premises of Noor Bagh Middle School. He said the every possible step have been taken for beautification of river Jehlum. He was accompanied by Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Dr. G.N. Qasba and other officers.

Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2014: Enhanced Telecom facilities for the Yatris

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 27: As per decisions taken in a recent meeting with Chief Executive Officer and other concerned officers, which was chaired by Mr N.N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, time bound steps were taken to enhance telecom facilities for the pilgrims during 2014. All related aspects of telecom facilities were discussed in a recent meeting held at New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Joint Secretary (Kashmir), Ministry of Home Affairs. Giving further details Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, informed that all pilgrims will get Temporary Pre-paid SIM cards this year, which shall

be operative for a period of seven days as compared to four days during Yatra 2013. This Pre-paid SIM card facility is extremely valuable for those Yatris who do not possess a BSNL mobile facility. The CEO further informed that the BSNL would issue these Pre-paid SIM cards to only the Registered Yatris at special counters which shall be set up at the Nunwan and Baltal Base Camps. He informed that all Yatris interested in obtaining the Pre-paid SIM cards would be required to provide proof of Identity, proof of permanent address and their valid registration papers at the special counters. The CEO has further informed that consequent to the Chairman, Mr N.N. Vohra, taking up the matter

of enhancement of telecom facilities in the Yatra area with the Central authorities, the Union Department of Telecommunication has agreed to consider allotment of separate funds for creating permanent infrastructure for providing telecom facilities for the future Yatras. Department of Telecommunication has also advised other Service Providers like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea etc to pool their resources and explore the feasibility of erecting telecom towers in the Yatra area for the benefit of pilgrims. Chairman has asked the CEO, Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, to vigorously follow-up on all these decisions in the interest of smooth conduct of Yatra and for the enhanced convenience of the pilgrims.

outbreak of water born diseases. Underling the importance of soil conservation, DDC Doda said that the construction of Check Dams will help in restoring of the water table, increase in vegetation cover and prevention of flash floods in the area. DDC also gave awareness about Systematic Voters Education and Electoral participation programme of Election Commission of India. He highlighted the importance of vote and the participants were encouraged to increase the voter turnout and to contribute in the nation building. He stressed upon the ANMs, ASHA workers, Anganwadi workers etc to participate in Electoral process especially to enhance female electoral registration to reduce gender gap in Voter enrolment.Inspecting various ongoing developmental works in the area, DDC impressed upon the executing agencies to maintain quality of work and enhance the pace of execution to complete the works within stipulated time.

Shivratri celebrated at Akhnoor with religious fervor Sham visits historic Kameshwar temple, offer special prayers AKHNOOR, FEB. 27- Like other parts of the country the Shivratri was celebrated at Akhnoor with religious fervor. Thousands of devotees from different parts of Jammu thronged at historic Kameshwar temple to pay obeisance and offering special prayers. Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sham Lal Sharma also visited the temple and paid obeisance to Lord Shiva and offered prayers for the peace and prosperity of people of the State. The temple management committee had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth darshan of Shiv Lingan by the devotees. The arrangements for drinking water, free langer, medicare for the devotees were also put in place by the management. While interacting with the devotees and head of the Kameshwar temple, Mahant Rameshwar Dass, the Minister extended Shivratri greetings to all and said that festivals are harbinger of peace, prosperity and promote communal harmony and people should celebrate them with enthusiasm and traditional fervor. He asked the people to maintain peace and promote communal harmony which is unique identity of India. He said festivals convey us messages of God and saints to work for equality and helping the needy and down trodden, therefore, the people must follow the message of God and work for the betterment of mankind and eradicating the social evils from the society.

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HOROSCOPE Aries

March 21-April 19

Today is a good day to be receptive to other people’s energies, Aries. You’ll find that a sensitive attitude toward the people around you, combined with a bit of hard work and willingness to fulfill your responsibilities, will make for an unstoppable winning combination. Use this day to collect data and plan your goals. Take responsibility for your actions and don’t be afraid to admit your mistakes.

Taurus April 20-May 20

You’ll find that your mind is sharp and penetrating today, Taurus. Make sure you stay focused and organized. You have the power of discipline behind you that will help you manifest quite a bit on a day like today. Keep in mind that your openness to others and your incredible sensitivity are some of your greatest gifts. Use your power to create prosperity for yourself, but do it without hurting or manipulating others.

Gemini May 21-June 21

There is a rough stubbornness to the day that you may find hinders your progress, Gemini. There may be undercurrents of opposition that are slowly wearing away at your psyche. Make sure that you don’t fall into the trap of feeling guilt or regret. These are useless emotions that you simply can do without. If people are being negative or unreasonable, simply walk away from the situation and find a better one.

Cancer June 22-July 22

There are forces working in your favor that you should be sure to latch onto and take advantage of, Cancer. You’ll find that your sense of duty and ability to plan are paying off in a very positive way. You’ll find that you’re able to check quite a few things off your list today. Think before you act and take a time-out to rest and regroup if you need to.

Leo

July 23-August 22 Missed connections and unfortunate misunderstandings will happen less frequently if you slow down and focus. Remember that you can do things yourself, Leo. Don’t feel like you absolutely need approval from others before tackling the projects that you wish to complete. Your mind is urging you to take the initiative today, so feel free to do so. Just make sure you aren’t too hasty in your actions.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Things that require restriction and discipline on your part may be causing tension and opposition in your world today, Virgo. The good news is that your mind is clear and you should feel in tune with the people around you. Know your allies and take care of them. Remind others of how much they mean to you. The most important aspects of your life are your friends and family, so treat them with unconditional love.

Libra

September 23-October 23 Your internal fire may be feeling a bit smothered by a fierce reality check today, Libra. Give people the benefit of the doubt. They are more perceptive than you may think. In fact, it may behoove you to get some honest feedback today from some people you trust. It could be difficult for you to sort out the truth in your present situation, since you’re the one caught in the middle of the maelstrom.

Scorpio

October 24-November 21 Careful planning on your part is starting to pay off, Scorpio, but be careful that you don’t alienate others in your quest to be the best. You may not realize how your harsh words affect the people around you. Be more sensitive to the feelings of others. Focus and be brave in your actions. Hesitation may cause you to lose control of the situation. Know your boundaries, but push beyond them.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

A little foreign culture could be the thing you need right now to spice things up a bit. It could be that you aren’t feeling a very strong connection with the environment around you. You could be anxious to spread your wings and explore your freedom. Start small but think big. Get out of your rut and do more exploring on your own. There’s a sobering, disciplined feeling to the day that could help you think realistically about your situation .

Capricorn December 22-January 19

Heavy rush at Shiv Khori, over 1 lakh paid obeisance on the eve of Maha Shivratri RANSOO (REASI), FEBRUARY 27- Over one lakh devotees from within and various parts of the country have paid obeisance at the historic Shiv Khori Shrine nested in Shivalik hills of District Reasi during first two mela days of Maha Shivratri Festival. Divisional Commissioner Jammu Shantmanu, who is also Chairman Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board visited the cave shrine and paid obeisance on the auspicious occasion of Shivratri and prayed for the peace and prosperity of the state.Praying for eternal peace and tranquillity of the state, Shantmanu said that all efforts are being made for the promotion and beautification of Shri Shiv Khori Shrine, which is now by all measures emerging as an important pilgrimage destination in Jammu region after Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.hantmanu said that administration is committed to develop the entire pilgrim tourism destination circuit in the state and special efforts are being placed to provide basic facilities to the pilgrims for comfortable pilgrimage. A comprehensive tourist circuit connecting various destinations having tourism potential is being chalked out, he added.

The Mela is being jointly organized by State Tourism Department, Shiv Khori Shrine Board and civil Administration Reasi. The shrine cave emerging as the second famous religious destination after Shri Mata Vaishano Devi in the Reasi district witnessed huge rush of pilgrims during the 2nd day of the Mela. Keeping in view the heavy flow of pilgrims during this Shivratri festival, the administration Reasi has made all elaborate necessary arrangements which include security, drinking water, power supply, Medicare facilities with ambulance, sanitation, fire services, yatra slip counter etc. As a part of Shivratri festival, a colourful cultural programme by the department of information and public relations at the base camp at Ransoo was also organized on the 2nd day of the mela. The programme mainly based on the Shiv Mahima and state folk was witnessed by large number of pilgrims. Among others, Additional deputy commissioner Reasi Rajinder Singh Tara, senior officers from civil administration, pilgrims in large number and local were present on the occasion.

Some days it may be hard for you to get motivated, Capricorn, but if ever there were a day in which it was easier than others, this would be the day. You’ll find that your mind is quite attuned to the situation around you and that your sense of grounding is helping you manifest that which you wish to bring to life. There’s a sense of time restriction and limitation to the day that is prodding you to act now.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

You may feel a bit of restriction working to hold you back from your current plans today, Aquarius. It could be that your mind is feeling restless and that you’re anxious to go, but there’s a feeling of discipline and caution nagging you and urging you to slow down. This might not be a bad idea. Discipline and willpower may be exactly the things you need in order to get where you’re going.

Pisces

February 19-March 20 You’ll find that a sensitive mind that’s open to everything and every possibility is exactly the thing you need at this time in order to be successful in reaching all the goals you’re working toward, Pisces. You’ll find that your sense of duty and need for plans and solid goals are key elements for getting to where you need to be. Gather information and create a plan of attack that is well thought out.


Zabarwan Times E-Paper English 28 February