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India and Pakistan forces agree to maintain border peace

Former Haryana CM Chautala, 54 others convicted in JBT scam case

Blast rocks Syria university, death toll rises to 85 with mostly students among dead

IN BRIEF
India Contributes $ 1 mn to UN Women
UNITED NATIONS: India has contributed one million dollars to the core voluntary budget of UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) for the 2012-13 financial year. India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, handed over contd on page 2

India has proof of Pak planting mines across LoC
NEW DELHI: Rejecting Pakistan's allegations, Army chief Gen Bikram Singh Wednesday said Indian troops have not crossed Line of Control (LoC) or indulged in unprovoked firing and any casualty on the other said may have been due to retaliatory firing. "Our jawans don't cross LoC. We honour human rights. We fire in retaliation when provoked," he said here after meeting the family of Lance Naik Hemraj, who was beheaded by Pakistani soldiers in a cross-LoC attack in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8. The Indian Army today exposed its Pakistani counterpart's nefarious designs

Army Chief rejects allegations against Indian troops
Nations using terror as state policy short sighted: India at UN
NEW YORK: Talking tough on terror in the backdrop of tension on the Indo-Pak border, India told UN Security Council that nations using terror as an instrument of state policy are short-sighted and have invariably themselves suffered immensely from the Frankenstein monster. Participating in a counter-terrorism debate presided over by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Indian contd on page 2

Govt likely to revise LPG, kerosene, diesel prices: Veerappa Moily
NEW DELHI: The government is "seriously" considering revising rates of LPG and diesel prices but no decision has been taken as yet, Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said on Wednesday. "All price hike or price reduction...proposals are under serious consideration. We have not taken any decision," he told reporters in the national capital. The ruling UPA's political leadership is holding consultations on options like raising diesel and LPG prices to cut an unprecedented Rs 1,60,000 crore revenue loss expected from selling them below cost this fiscal. He refused to be drawn into what his Ministry was proposing or when and at what forum would such a decision be taken. "What Cabinet will discuss, that is a matter which I cannot disclose. What Cabinet proposal will be there, I don't think it is a matter of discussion here," he said. The Ministry is suggesting revision in diesel, domestic cooking gas (LPG) and kerosene rates to the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs based on recommendation of the Vijay Kelkar Committee, which was appointed by the Finance Ministry contd on page 2

Khar accuses India of engaged in 'war-mongering'
NEW YORK: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar accused India of engaging in "war-mongering" in the aftermath of clashes and killing of two Indian soldiers at the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. Khar also said Pakistan is "deeply disappointed" to hear statements from India that are "upping the ante" and claimed her government is creating a "precedence" of not contd on page 2

Tuki conferred with Lifetime Achievement award for Peace
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was conferred with the lifetime achievement for Peace by the United Nations affiliated International Association of Educators of World Peace (IAEWP) at a glittering function at the India International Centre contd on page 2

Facebook launches new search tool
WASHINGTON: Social media giant Facebook has unveiled a new tool -- Graph Search -- to enable users in conducting targeted searches for people, places, photos and interests on the site. "You should theoretically be able to ask Facebook 'Who are my friends who live in San Francisco?' and Graph Search contd on page 2

once again. The Army released pictures of the landmines it says were planted on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC) by the Pakistani Army. It has been reported that the Army had

tried to share the photographs with Pakistan Army officials at the Brigadier-level flag meeting held on Monday in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, but the other side contd on page 2

9 killed, 13 injured as tempo plunges into gorge in Doda Council of Ministers call on CM
JAMMU, JAN 16: Nine persons were killed and 13 others injured, some of them seriously, when a vehicle carrying them skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir Wednesday, police said. The mishap occurred when the driver of the illfated van lost control over the vehicle at Bhalla in Bhaderwah tehsil, they said. The vehicle, which was on its way to Bhaderwah from Doda skidded off the road and fell into a 100-feet deep gorge resulting in death of five persons on the spot and injuries to 17 others, they said. Of the injured, four per-

CM, Gov and others expresse grief
JAMMU, JAN 16: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, N. N. Vohra, Governor and others expressed grief over the loss of human lives in a road accident on BhaderwahDoda road. In his condolence massage to the bereaved, Chief Minister expressed sympathy with them and prayed for peace to the departed souls. He also prayed for early recovery of the injured. The Chief Minister sons died in district hospital at Doda taking the death toll to nine, they said. Soon after receiving the information about the directed the District Administration and the Health Department for providing all possible medical treatment to the injured. In his message, the Governor has conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for the speedy recovery of all those injured in this tragic accident. Saroori has conveyed his heart felt condolence to the family member of bereaved mishap, police rushed to the spot and started rescue operation, they said. All the 13 injured were admitted in Doda hospital for families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and early recovery to the injured persons. He issued instructions to the doctors for taking extra care to the injured and ensuring all possible treatment to the injured. Saroori has demanded release of ex-gratia relief in favour of the family members of those who have lost their lives and compensation to contd on page 2 treatment, they said. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the loss of lives in the accident.

Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah along with newly inducted Council of Ministers at Jammu. JAMMU, JAN 16: The new inducted Ministers in the State Council of Ministers who took oath of office and secrecy yesterday called on Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah here on Wednesday and expressed their gratitude to him for reposing faith in them and giving them responsibility of serving the State and its people. The Ministers also

11 people, including five children killed in MP road accident
BHOPAL: In Madhya Pradesh, eleven people, including five children were killed and at least eight others injured when a bus collided with a stationary truck on Badhnagar-Badnawar road in Dhar district Wednesday morning. The bus was going to Indore from Gujarat. Six injured have been admitted in Badnawar contd on page 2

Newly inducted Ministers assume charge
JAMMU, JAN 16:The newly inducted Ministers assumed charge of their allotted ministries in the Civil Secretariat here on Wednesday. The Ministers who took over their responsibilities included Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Minister for Planning and Development, Labour and Employment, Ajay Sadhotra, Minister for Tourism, Gh. Ahmed Mir, Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs , contd on page 2 assured the Chief Minister of their sincere service and hard work to realize the goal of peace, contd on page 2

Indians 'migrated to Australia 4000 years ago'
MELBOURNE: A new study has revealed that Indians may have migrated to Australia about 4000 years ago and mixed with Aborigines before Europeans colonised the continent. According to media reports in Melbourne, German researchers found evidence in their latest study that will be published in the proceedings of National Academy of Sciences. contd on page 2

Iraq seeks India's assistance for training in agriculture
NEW DELHI, JAN 16: Iraqis will travel to India from April to get trained in irrigation and land reclamation. The first batch of over 500 Iraqis will learn how to boost agricultural production and reduce their country's dependence on imports, which account for 90 percent of its food requirement. "Iraq has sought India's assistance for training in irrigation, agriculture and land reclamation," J.S. Samra, chief executive officer of the National Rainfed Area Authority, said. "Iraq was self-sufficient in food in 1950 but in 2010 it imported about 90 percent of its requirements at a cost of $12 billion, which is 13 percent of its annual budget. "India used to import about 10 million tonnes of wheat annually in the 1960s, and now exports 11 million tonnes foodgrain," Samra said. He said Iraq had the potential to become self-sufficient in meeting its food needs. According to him, inadequate water management was a reason for an average import of five million tonnes of wheat per year by Iraq. Samra said the UN's food sanctions against Iraq in 1990 prohibited foreign investment in agriculture. The oilfor-food contd on page 2

Jmu- Srg Traffic on NH for half day today
JAMMU, JAN 16: In view of weather forecast, the traffic on National Highway from Jammu to Srinagar on Thursday would be permitted for half day only. All the vehicles proceeding towards Srinagar shall cross Nagrota up to 8 am and Udhampur up to 10 am. Thereafter no vehicle shall be permitted to proceed to Srinagar.

Congress jolted as 32 leaders quit ahead of Assembly elections in Tripura
AGARTALA: Ahead of Assembly elections in Tripura, the Congress received a jolt with 32 tribal leaders quitting Wednesday and fielding their own candidates. The party's tribal department chairman Phani Bhusan Bhowmik and general secretary Debabrata Koloi were among the 32 who sent their resignations to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The dissident tribal Congress leaders have fielded candidates in 21 assembly segments, including 18 seats reserved for tribals. Last week, Congress General Secretary Oscar Fernandes announced the nomination of 48 candidates for the state's 60-member assembly. Eleven seats were allocated to longtime ally INPT. Of the 60 seats in Tripura, 20 are reserved for tribals and 10 for Dalits. Of the 30 reserved seats, the CongressINPT alliance had won only one seat in 2008. Meanwhile, Congress leaders and workers in 15 places in Tripura continued their revolt demanding changes in nominations for assembly elections. Tripura Congress president Sudip Roy Barman said the nominations would not be changed. Meanwhile, despite the bickering between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress in West Bengal, the former will support the latter in the ensuing elections. "We will contd on page 2

Helicopter crashes near River Thames in central London
LONDON: A chopper crashed in central London on Wednesday after hitting a crane at the top of an underconstruction 43-storey building. The incident took place near the River Thames during the early morning rush hour. Police said that two people were killed when a helicopter crashed Wednesday during rush hour in central London after apparently hitting a construction crane on top of a building. Two people were taken to Witness reports that the helicopter hit a crane atop a 50-story residential building, the St. George Wharf Tower, were not immediately confirmed. The Ministry of Defense said it was not a military helicopter, and a British security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the press said the incident was not terror-related. London Fire Brigade said it was contd on page 2

a nearby hospital with "minor injuries," London Ambulance Service said. The helicopter crashed just south of the

River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and the British spy agency MI6.

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Iraq due to similar socio-economic conditions. Samra said protected cultivation of fresh food around urban centres can enhance productivity and provide off-season supply of vegetables and fruits. Germany, reports said. Stoneking and a team of researchers analysed around a million genetic markers in Aboriginal Australians and compared the patterns of variation to other populations. "The date that we get for when this gene flow from India occurs - roughly around 4,000 years ago - does coincide remarkably well with the first appearance of microliths, so the small stone tool technology, in the archaeological record for Australia and with the first appearance of the dingo. So it does at least raise the suggestion that all of these events might all be connected," Stoneking said. Most scientists believed these ancestors of modern Aborigines remained isolated from other populations until Europeans appeared in the late 18th century. But a genetic analysis of more than 300 Aborigines, Indians and people from Papua New Guinea and islands of south-east Asia has found a "significant gene flow" from India to Australia about 4230 years, or 141 generations, ago.

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refused to acknowledge the same. The flag meeting was held after repeated ceasefire violations on the LoC by Pakistan. Reports said the photographs released by the Army clearly show markings that reveal the origins of the landmines. The markings show the landmines were made in Pakistan's ordnance factories. The mines were planted in an area where the Indian Army has a substantial presence of its troops. Responding to the Pakistani charge that one of its soldiers was killed in "unprovoked firing" along LoC, the Army chief said it may have happened during cross-firing. "These are normal activities that take place at LoC. We have retaliated in response to cross-firing," he said. Replying to questions, Singh said, "The relationship (between the two countries) is got to be seen on what has been going on at the border". The Pakistan Army had alleged that Indian troops had violated the ceasefire along LoC late last night and "carried out unprovoked firing" in Hotspring and Jandrot sectors. On the possibility of getting back the head of Hemraj, which was taken away by Pakistani soldiers, the Army chief said efforts are being made to get it back. Singh, however, refused to respond to Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar's statement that the Indian Army chief's comments were "provocative", saying he was yet to read the statement. He met the family of Hemraj and offered his condolences. He assured them that all their requirements will be met. Talking about the supreme sacrifice of Hemraj, Singh said his purpose here was to meet the family. "This is an expression of solidarity and concern. We respect the supreme sacrifice of the soldier Hemraj. When a soldier gives his supreme sacrifice, we have to respect it," he said. On the demands made by the family, he said, "We will try and honour the demands of the family. All the requirements of the family will be fulfilled by the Army as per rules. We will ensure that the family gets its right and all their aspirations are met." He said it is his endeavour to meet the families of all soldiers who have made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and he and his wife try to meet as many of them. Singh said there are 10,800 'Veer naris', wives of slain soldiers, in the country, but it is not possible to meet all of them, admitting though that it is his duty to meet all of them. Meanwhile, Pradhan of Khairair village, Dharamveer said residents there were demanding a visit by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi to condole the death of Hemraj.

question of Pakistan authorising the beheading and killing of any Indian soldier as it would not be conducive for the peace process.

India and Pakistan forces agree to maintain border peace
NEW DELHI: Top military commanders of India and Pakistan today agreed not to allow escalation of tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) with the Pakistan Army asking its troops to observe ceasefire strictly and exercise restraint. The ways to defuse the tension on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, which was triggerred by the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army, were discussed during a telephonic conversation between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two sides. The Army said the talks lasted for ten minutes starting 10 AM and during this there was also an understanding not to allow the situation to escalate. Pakistan Army DGMO conveyed that orders have been passed to troops to strictly observe the ceasefire and exercise restraint, the Army Headquarters said. Meanwhile, in Islamabad, the state-run Pakistan Radio claimed the country's DGMO lodged a strong protest with his Indian counterpart over killing of a Pakistani soldier. Earlier in the day, Army chief Gen Bikram Singh rejected Pakistani allegations that Indian troops had crossed the LoC and indulged in unprovoked firing, saying any casualty on the other side may have been due to retaliatory firing. "Our jawans don't cross LoC. We honour human rights. We fire in retaliation when provoked," he said in Khairiar in Uttar Pradesh after meeting the family of Lance Naik Hemraj who was beheaded by Pakistani soldiers in a cross-LoC attack in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir on January 8. Responding to the Pakistani charge that one of its soldiers was killed in "unprovoked firing" along the LoC, the Army chief said it may have happened during cross-firing. "These are normal activities that take place at the LoC. We have retaliated in response to cross-firing," he said.

Govt likely....
to suggest a roadmap for fiscal consolidation. "(Kelkar Committee) report has already been submitted. He has given number of proposals. That is under serious consideration of the government," Moily said. The panel had recommended an immediate hike in price of diesel by Rs 4 per litre, of kerosene by Rs 2 a litre and of LPG by Rs 50 per cylinder. Thereafter, it suggested raising rates on a monthly basis till the revenue losses are wiped off. Moily refused to comment on his ministry's wishlist for the Budget 2013-14 saying taxation matters were a perogrative of Finance Minister P Chidambaram. He refused to comment on raising supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders for households to nine a year from the current cap of six saying the moment he utters a word, he would get a notice from the Election Commission. Model code of conduct is in place as Assembly elections in three states have been declared. Price of diesel, which currently costs Rs 47.15 per litre in Delhi, was last revised on September 14 when it was hiked by a steep Rs 5.63 per litre. Kerosene rates have not changed since June 2011 and it currently costs Rs 14.79 per litre in Delhi. Subsidised LPG costs Rs 410.50 per 14.2kg cylinder and any household requirement beyond current cap of 6 cylinders is to be bought at near market price of Rs 895.50 per bottle. State-owned oil companies currently sell diesel at a loss of Rs 10.16 per litre, kerosene at Rs 32.17 a litre and LPG at Rs 490.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder.

Congress jolted....
not field candidates against the Congress. We don't want to split the non-Left votes," Trinamool Congress state chairman Arun Chandra Bhowmik said. Tripura, the country's lone Left-ruled state, is set for polling February 14. Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to the polls February 23. Results in all three states will be announced February 28. The assemblies in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland have 60 seats each.

Helicopter crashes...
called at 8 a.m. to a report of a crash on Wandsworth Road on the south bank of the Thames. "There was a flash and the helicopter plunged to the ground. It exploded and you can imagine the smoke coming out of it," Paul Ferguson, an office worker near the scene, said. "The top of the crane was actually obscured by fog so I didn't see the impact," Michael Gavin said. "But I heard a bang and saw the body of the helicopter falling to the ground along with pieces of the crane and then a large plume of smoke afterwards." Erin Rogers, who was waiting at a bus stop near Vauxhall Station, said she "heard a bang and saw bits of crane debris falling to the floor." "Then the helicopter was in flames. The rest of the people at the bus station were looking on going, 'What was that?'" Police said the helicopter appeared to have hit a crane. Early reports indicated the crane was at St. George's Wharf, a high rise apartment complex with apartments that offer Sweeping River and city views. The area, roughly 10 blocks from the major Waterloo train and Underground station, is extremely congested during the morning rush hour. Many commuters arrive at the main line stations from London's southern suburbs and transfer to buses or trains there.

CEO discusses National Voter's Day arrangements
JAMMU, JAN 16: To discuss the arrangements for celebration of National Voter's Day on January 25, 2013, Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula convened a meeting of concerned officers here on Wednesday. Director School Education Dev Lata, Director Youth Services and Sports Jaipal Singh, Joint Chief Electoral Officer Har Charan Singh, Joint Director Information Jammu Inder Jeet, Secretary JMC Naresh Kumar, Principal GCW Gandhi Nagar Kiran Bakshi attended the meeting. Deliberating on various issues pertaining to National Voter's Day, it was informed that Election Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) and Badges will be distributed to newly registered electors at Polling stations through Booth Level Officer besides at District Headquarter, the District Election Officer's would celebrate the National Voters Day with the involvement of Panchayat organizations, academic institutions, civil society groups, organization of youth volunteers viz. NSS, NCC, Scouts and guides, NYK and others. CEO apprised that for publicity, the banners and flexes would be hoisted at conspicuous places, rotaries at road crossing etc to display the Commission's illustrative messages and shall also be displayed through cable TV channels. It was also informed that pledge will be administered to the newly registered voters while distributing EPICs on National Voter's Day. "Young Voters Festival" through competitions which include Debates, Paintings, Quiz competitions on the topics relating to Election on National Voters' Day will be organized at District Headquarters and prizes to the best participants shall be distributed at District and Tehsil Level. To observe the national day, cycle rallies and road march of students shall be organized at District and Tehsil Level and mock polls would also be held as part of NVD event. It was decided that CDs of National Icons should be displayed at District HQ and Polling Station level function while Radio and TV talks can also be conducted to highlight the importance of the voter's registration in electoral process. CEO enjoined upon all the officers to put in place all the arrangements well in time for the smooth and enthusiastic celebrations of the National Voters Day.

CM, Gov ....
the injured being treated in different hospitals. Minister of State for Industries and Commerce Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo in his condolence message expressed sympathy with the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. He also asked the District Administration to provide all help to the affected families besides ensuring all possible treatment to the injured. Minister for R&B, Abdul Majid Wani and Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr. Vikar Rasool have also expressed deep shock and grief over loss of lives in road accident at Bhalla in Bhaderwah Doda district. . They have conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for peace of departed souls. Mr. Wani spoke to Deputy Commissioner Doda and asked him to shift seriously injured patients to Government Medical College Jammu for immediate treatment.

India Contributes ....
a cheque for the amount to Dr Michele Bachelet, Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women. This contribution constitutes the third installment of India's multi-year pledge to provide five million dollars as core predictable funding to UN Women's resources, and takes its existing contribution to $ 3 million to UN Women, so far, according to a media release from India's UN mission. On this occasion, Puri also reaffirmed India's steadfast commitment to the goals of gender equality, the empowerment of women and gender mainstreaming enshrined in the mandate of UN Women. India is one of the founding members of the executive board of the UN Women, and is presently serving on the UN Women Executive Board.

DDC finalizes National Voters Day arrangements
DODA, JAN 16:In view of the forthcoming National Voters Day celebrations on 25th of January 2013 in District Doda, District Development Commissioner Doda, Farooq Ahmed Khan today convened a meeting of the concerned officers to finalize the arrangements for the smooth and enthusiastic celebrations of the National Day. Assistant Commissioner Revenue Doda Mr. Neeraj Kumar, Sub- Divisional Magistrate Bhaderwah Dr. R.K Bharti, Tehsildar Thathri, Naib Tehdildar Election Mr. Mohan Lal besides other senior officers of Revenue and Election section DC office Doda were present in the meeting. During the meeting it was revealed that EPIC's and badges will be distributed to the newly registered electors at the polling stations through the Booth Level officers on the occasion besides at District headquarters the District Election Officer's will celebrate National Voters Day with the involvement of Panchayat Organizations, Academic Institutions, Civil Society Groups, Youth Volunteers viz. NSS, NCC Scouts & Guides, NYK etc. It was also revealed that for publicity , the banners flexes will be hoisted at prominent places , road crossings etc to display the Commission's illustrative message besides Pledge will be administered to the newly registered voters while distributing EPIC's on 25th of January 2013. Registration counters to register the persons as electors under the continuous updation process will be set up at the venue of the function. Besides training will be imparted to the BLO"s about the National Voters day and women specific focus will be kept in specific areas. DDC enjoined upon all the officers to maintain liaison and put in put in concerted efforts to make the national event a success..

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envoy to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri said the fight against terrorism has to be unrelenting and fought across all fronts. He emphasised that the international community cannot afford selective approaches in dealing with terrorist groups or in dismantling the infrastructure of terrorism. Puri told the Council that India has faced the scourge of terrorism for over two-and-a-half decades with the entire South Asian region being "wracked by the activities of the biggest terrorist actors in the world, be they al-Qaeda, Lashkar-eTaiba, Jamat-ud Daawa, elements of Taliban and others. He said terrorism, extremism and radicalization continue to pose a serious challenge to peace, progress and prosperity. in the region. Puri noted that the landscape of international terrorism has undergone vast changes over the years, with terrorists becoming globalized in their outreach and activities.

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progress and prosperity set by the coalition government under the leadership of Omar Abdullah. Wishing them success in their intension and endeavour to seek betterment of the people and the State as Ministers in the Council of Ministers, the Chief Minister expressed the hope that justice to all, best service delivery and public good would be the benchmark of their functioning.

Tuki conferred...
in the national Capital yesterday. The Chief Minister also received the 'Green State of the Year Award' on behalf of the government of Arunachal Pradesh conferred by the International Body Clean Up The Earth (CUTE), sources said here Wednesday. In his acceptance address, Mr Tuki dedicated both the awards to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Highlighting the unique history of peaceful co-existence of the people of the state, Mr Tuki said Arunachal had an enviable record of the most peaceful state in the North Eastern Region and the award was an appropriate recognition to the principle of peace and amity embraced by the people of the region. He said during his political life till date, he always held that social work can only be meaningful if done in a peaceful way. He emphasised the efforts of the government of Arunachal Pradesh to make the state a 'Green Economy' by adopting green means to enhance the development of the state.

Newly inducted....
Mir Saif-ullaha, Minister of State Science & Information Technology (Independent charge), Medical Education, School Education, Youth Services and Sports, Feroz Khan and Minister of State Animal & Sheep Husbandry (Independent charge) PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control, Horticulture, Agriculture and Floriculture, Nazir Gurezi. The new Ministers also interacted with the officers and officials of their respective departments and had a detailed description about the functioning of the same.

Modalities for smooth conduct of Economic Census discussed
UDHAMPUR, JAN 16: District Development Commissioner Udhampur convened the meeting of concerned Charge Officers today to ensure smooth conduct of 6th Economic Census commencing from January 28, 2013. The meeting was attended by Joint Director (P& S), Mr. Rakesh Jamwal who is also holding the additional Charge of DSEO, Assistant Director Planning, Mr. Yash Paul Sharma, Statistical Officer, Mr. Darshan Kumar and all the BDO's and Zonal Education Officers who have been appointed as Charge officers for Rural and Urban areas. In the meeting, the District Development Commissioner reviewed the progress of preparatory work of 6th Economic Census and discussed training schedule and other modalities for smooth conduct of the sixth Economic Census. Apart from this, the concerned Charge Officers were informed about their duties as Charge Officers. They were instructed to start the assignment as per schedule and ensure its completion within stipulated time.

Khar accuses....
following war-mongering. India, Pakistan and the South Asian region cannot afford a conflict between the two countries and the doors of dialogue have to remain open, she said, adding her government wants the dialogue process to be "uninterrupted and uninterruptible." The Foreign Minister's comments came close on the heels of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's stern warning to Pakistan that it cannot be "business as usual" between the neighbours after tension flared up at the LoC following the killing of two soldiers--one of whom was beheaded-- by Pakistani troops. "What do we see today. We see three incidents across the LoC. We see war-mongering which puts the last 60 years actively back into our memory. War-mongering coming in from the other side of the border which is, I thought, the thing of yesteryears, thing that we had put behind us," Khar said at an event at the Asia Society in New York on Wednesday. "It is deeply disturbing to hear statements (from India) which are upping the ante where one politician is competing with the other to give a more hostile statement," Khar, who is in the city on the occasion of Pakistan's Presidency this month at the UN Security Council, said. Khar said a "typical" Pakistani government would have responded with "tit-for-tat" statements but her government has made "pacifying statements" that called for respecting the dialogue process in response to the "hostile statement" India has made in the last few days over the clashes and killings of soldiers at the LoC. She said there is no

Iraq seeks....
programme stipulated that food imports could only be made against oil export by Iraq. Iraq's cultivable land at 11.5 million hectare comprises 26 percent of its geographical area. "Only half of Iraq's cultivable land is cultivated," Samra said, adding that irrigation was critical in low rainfall countries like Iraq. Samra said irrigation in Iraq suffers from damaged infrastructure, water logging and building up of salt in the soil. It needs investment for drainage to reclaim saline soil. "Agriculture productivity in Iraq is half of neighbouring countries. There is a need to revitalise and remodel investments in rural development," Samra added. "Lining of irrigation system, pipes, sprinkles and drip system would require massive investments." Samra, also an agriculture scientist, also said that Iraq needed watershed development in hilly areas and rainwater conservation. "Storage in small dams can enhance production. Diversification to horticulture can enhance incomes. India has vast experience (in these areas)." Iraq once had one of the oldest irrigation systems in the world and was known for food production. Indian farm machinery, veterinary services and fisheries technology would also be relevant to

Facebook launches....
should be able to return an answer to you," Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told reporters. Facebook's Graph Search photo component is the first of its kind for the Californiabased tech company. "Photos will be surfaced based on the query, and then based on the number of likes and comments," said Lars Rasmussen, Facebook's director of engineering. "For example, you can look up photos of friends taken in Paris, or even photos of friends taken in national parks," he said.

R-Day arrangements discussed
RAJOURI JAN 16: District Development Commissioner Rajouri, Saugat Biswas convened a meeting of district officers to discuss the arrangements for celebration of Republic day 2013 in befitting manner here on Wednesday. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Matlob Khan, Superintendent of Police, Mr. Mubasir Latif, ACR, ACD, G.M (DIC), S.E PWD, PHE and others district officers were present in the meeting. It was decided that the day would start with playing of Shahnai Vadan in wee hour by the District Information Centre, Rajouri followed by flag hoisting by VIP at District Police Line Rajouri and march past by the contingents of District Police, CRPF, FPF, NCC and school children. A colourful cultural programme by students drawn from various schools would also be presented on the occasion. Arrangements like seating, barricading, drinking water, power supply, sanitation, firstaid security, transport, traffic regulations and refreshment to students participating in the national function were also discussed.

11 people, including....
hospital while two seriously injured have been referred to Indore.

National Voters Day arrangements finalized at Kupwara
KUPWARA, JAN 16: The District Election Officer, Kupwara Mr. Sarmad Hafeez today convened a meeting of officers to finalize the arrangements for National Voters Day to be observed on January 25, 2013 at Kupwara district headquarter. The Additional Deputy Commissioners of Kupwara, Handwara, Officers of Education, Election and Information departments participated in the meeting. The DEO, Kupwara impressed upon the officers to create awareness among the people about the National Voters Day at grass root level.

Indians 'migrated ....
"It could have been by people actually moving, physically travelling from India directly to Australia, or their genetic material could have moved in terms of contact between India and neighbouring populations who then had contact with other neighbour populations and eventually, there would have been contact with Australia," quoting Mark Stoneking from Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in

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JAMMU, JAN 16: The Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir today said that government was actively considering the introduction of Data Management Technology for the farmers of the J&K to help them get round the clock area based agriculture information vital for better production and growth. This he said after watching the power point presentation presented by M/s Actech Agro here today. Minister for state for Agriculture, Mr Nazir Ahmad Khan (Gurazi) was also present on the occasion. The Minister said the tech-

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PSC Chairman calls on Governor
JAMMU, JAN 16 : Mr. S. L. Bhat, Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor at Raj Bhavan here today. The Governor had an extensive discussion with the Chairman regarding the crucial importance of the PSC maintaining unimpeachable standards in its selection procedures as any compromise or subjectivity would lead to the functioning of public offices, departments and agencies being marred by the inadequate performance of functionaries who were not selected on merit. Needless to say, such a consequence would harm the interests of the State. The Governor observed that he would be taking up with the Chief Minister the need for the Commission's functioning being referred on a time bound basis.

Govt mulls to introduce Data Management Technology for farmers: Mir
er forecast, creation of System for Crop disease prediction based on weather forecast, creating facilities and medium for making weather information and forecast available to public and government departments and establishment of a Data Center to host these applications. Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Department, Mr Shaleen Kabra, Director Agriculture Jammu, Mr Ajay Khujaria, Director Extension SKUASTJ, Dr Risim, Director CAD Mr. Asgar Ali and other senior officers of the agriculture department.

Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir along with others looking at power point presentation at Jammu. nology would help the agriculture department to have a proper date base of farmers and help it to provide specific information about the latest agri-techniques to the farmers of each area to help them enhance the production and suggest safety measures against any problem. While giving the presentation, Managing Director M/s Actech Agro , Mr Arvind Puchuri said that objective of the introduction of Data Management Technology in the state was to have Information Management System and establishment of two way mode of communication for the farmers, besides creation of infrastructure for collection of accurate weather information & weath-

Mir inaugurates Pool, Snooker club
JAMMU, JAN 16: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hasan Mir today inaugurated a Pool and Snooker club here at Rehari, Jammu. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister highlighted several measures initiated by the present government to improve the sports infrastructure in the state, besides extending these facilities to far flung and rural areas. He hoped that the newly established club will offer youth a good atmosphere to spend their leisure time. Among others present were Kuldeep Wahi, Muzzaffar Rishi, Ramesh Chander, Raju Gupta and Vipul Bali.

LA panel for filling of vacant posts in health institutions
JAMMU, JAN 16: The Committee of Legislative Assembly constituted to examine the cause of alarming increase in the deaths of patients in SKIMS, Srinagar and SMGS hospital (Paediatrics), Jammu Wednesday directed the Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department to fill the vacant posts of both medical and para-medicals in the health institutions of the state, including Primary Health Centres. The committee that met here today with Mr. Balwant Mankotia in the chair, discussed and reviewed the overall functioning of the H&ME department and also deliberated on the causes of the infant deaths in SMGS hospital (Paediatrics), Jammu and District hospital Baramulla. The Committee members Ch. Zulfkar Ali, Mr. Ashok Kumar, Dr. Shafi Ahmed Wani, Mr. Charan Jeet Singh, Mr. Durga Dass and Er. Abdul Rashid gave their valuable suggestions for the improvement of the health delivery system. The Panel called for comprehensive policy for deputation quota and asked the concerned to amend necessary rules in this regard. It also asked the H &ME department to look into the issue of private practice by the doctors working in government hospitals. The Committee asked the H&ME authorities to work with utmost dedication to maintain the distinction of the state of being number one in the health delivery system. The members said that the doctors were doing a commendable job, but there was more scope for improvement. The Committee decided that the Sub-Committee headed by Dr. Shafi Ahmad Wani and its members Engineer Abdul Rashid, Advocate Abdul Huq and Peer Aafaq Ashmad will visit to Barramullah and Handwara hospitals shortly to get on-the-spot feedback. The panel was asked to submit their report before the Committee by January 23. Addressing the meeting, the Chairman said that the need was to work in coordination and upgrade the system to evolve a best health services delivery system in the state. Among others, Additional Secretary H&ME, Mr. Jatinder Gupta, Director SKIMS, Dr. Showkat Ahmed Zargar, Director Health Service Kashmir, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director Health Service, Jammu Dr. Mudhu Khullar, Principal Medical College Dr. Aniece Chowdhary, Medical Superintendent SMGS Dr. A.K Sharma, Chief Medical Officers of Jammu, Samba and Reasi and other officers from H&ME besides senior officers from assembly secretariat attended the meeting.

NPSU stages a protest demonstration against New Recruitment Policy
JAMMU,JAN 16: On the third consecutive day Young Panthers and NPSU held a massive protest demonstrations in the colleges and students of various colleges of Jammu province boycotted their classes against New Recruitment Policy in response to the call of three days college boycott by Young panthers .Students of G.G.M Sc college,SPMR College of commerce,GDC Paloura,GDC Akhnoor,GDC Udhampur,MAM college ,GDC Kathua,GDC Billawer and many others boycotted their classes to protest against the injustice done to them. Students of GGM Science College today on third consecutive day boycotted their classes under the leadership of Vikram Singh, Davinder Singh and Ashraf. After boycotting the classes they moved towards the ever busy Canal Road in the shape of rally but were stopped by the police at the main gate of the college near Shaheedi Sthal where they held a massive protest demonstration and shouted slogans against the state government. They also burnt the effigy of CM of the state who is heading the state government and he is the one under whose leadership, the said New Recruitment Policy got implemented in the state. Meanwhile the students of GDC Paloura, GDC Akhnoor, MAM College, GDC Kathua, GDC Billawar, GDC Ramnagar, GDC Udhampur, ITI Jammu and Govt, Polytechnic College Bikram Chowk boycotted their respective classes under the leadership of Nitish, Sunil Mandla, Avinash Sharma, Avinash Bassan, Lucky Singh, Abhishek, Anoop, Pawan Dev, Sagar, Sonu,Rajat Choudary and Manmeet Singh Chahal respectively.

Forest Minister meets Governor
JAMMU, JAN 16 : Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister for Forests, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan here this evening. The Governor had a useful discussion with the Forest Minister regarding various important issues relating to environment and forests. They also discussed several other matters relating to the speedy economic development of the State.

Governor for conservation of heritage buildings, historical sites
JAMMU, JAN 16 : Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, has observed that Jammu and Kashmir has a vast treasure of historical sites and heritage buildings of tremendous tourist interest which need to be conserved and protected in a scientific manner. The Governor was discussing with Mr. Saleem Beg, Convener, INTACH, Jammu and Kashmir Chapter, at Raj Bhavan here this evening, about the activities of the INTACH in the State, the present status of formulating and implementing the various projects related to the conservation of heritage buildings and sites, and INTACH's future plan of action. Mr. Beg briefed the Governor about the initiatives being taken by the INTACH for the preservation of the rich history and heritage of the State, the plans already formulated and those presently under implementation.

KP outfits extend support to APMCC for protest in Porbandar
JAMMU,JAN 16: Various organisations representing Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday announced their support to All Party Migrants Coordination Committee for their indefinite strike on January 30 at Porbandar in Gujarat. Organisations including All State Kashmiri Pandit Conference (ASKPC) and Kashmiri Pandit Conference (KPC) have extended their support for APMCC's protest in Porbandar to raise the long pending issues of Kashmiri Pandits. "We will fully support the indefinite hunger strike by APMCC chairman Vinod Pandit from January 30 at Porbandar in Gujarat," ASKPC president H L Chatta, flanked by national president of KPC Kundan Kashmiri, told reporters here. APMCC will launch second phase of its indefinite hunger strike in support of their six-point charter of demands at Porbandar on January 30. The major demands of APMCC include setting up of a board for temples and religious properties in Jammu and Kashmir, dialogue with Pakistan for facilitating visit to Shardha Peeth in POK and establishment of Shardha Peeth University in the state, he said. In October 2011, APMCC Chairman Vinod Pandit had been on a 10-day fast unto death and after the assurance of state Medical Education Minister R S Chib to take up the issue with state government, he called off the protest. However, since then the issue has been left ignored by the state government which led to APMCC announce second phase of the agitation.

NSF constituted its team for Govt. Degree College Paloura
JAMMU,JAN 16:A meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Dr. Vikas Sharma National Secular Forum State President in College premises and checked out the problems that are being faced by the students. In which meeting framed a body for College Unit. Abhilash Gupta was appointed as Chairman. Sohaib Ahmed has been appointed as President NSF College Unit. Avinash Choudhary has been appointed as Vice-Chairman. Vishal Khajuria, Sonam Tsewang, Akshay Kumar were appointed as Vice-President. Goverdan Singh and Pankaj Dass were appointed as General Secretary. Rajesh Sharma, Sanjay Kumar, Arjun was appointed as Secretary. Rinjan was appointed as Cashier. Priya Khanna was appointed as organizer Secretary. Aadil Ashraf was appointed as Publicity Secretary and, Akashdeep, Bhagyashali, Prince Jamwal, Arun Kumar, and others were elected members.

Discusses land acquisition cases, Rehabilitation plan of Jahangir Chowk-Natipora fly over Sagar offers Khawaja Digar
SRINAGAR, JAN 16: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today chaired a Divisional Level Committee (DLC) convened to discuss land acquisition cases and rehabilitation plan of the Jehangir ChowkNatipora Express Corridor planned in collaboration with Asian Development Bank funding under Project-2 of Jammu and Kashmir Urban Sector Development Infrastructure Programme (JKUSDIP). The meeting discussed various issues pertaining to land acquisition and compensation to be provided for land and structures coming within the alignment of the proposed flyover. Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan, Collector, Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), Mr. Mohammad Aslam Qadri, CEO ERA, Mr. Saurab Bhagat, Project Manager JKUSDIP, Mr. S L Kapoor, Joint Director Information, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Khan, Joint Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Council, Joint Director, Handicrafts, DGM JKPCC, GM JKPCC, Superintendent of Police Traffic and other concerned officers were also present in the meeting. Threadbare discussion was held in the meeting regarding the works under execution and rehabilitation process taken in hand for relocation of affected shopkeepers with the construction of Jehangir Chowk-Natipora Express Corridor (Flyover). On this occasion, Dr. Samoon while interacting with the officers directed for speedy completion of the projects related to shopping complexes so that the area gets face lift and affected business community is properly accommodated in a time bound manner besides the early construction of the flyover. Dr. Samoon urged upon the officers to make allotment of shops on real ground basis with transparency and impartiality. He also emphasized for judicious utilization of funds allotted and also ensure quality work to be executed by the concerned agencies. Stressing for dedicated and sincere attitude towards execution of work Dr. Samoon asked the officers to maintain the sanctity to attain the tangible targets within the stipulated time frame.

Div Com chairs 7th DLC meeting

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Submit forms under SCVT before Jan 13, 2013
KUPWARA, JAN 16: According to Superintendent, Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Women Lalpora, Lolab, the applications are invited from of permanent resident of female candidates of J&K State having minimum age of 14 years for admission in Domestic Housekeeping, pre-preparatoryschool management for six months course for the session2013 for both payment and free seats under SCVT.

SRINAGAR, JAN 16: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, M. Ali Mohammad Sagar has expressed hope that peace will prevail and both India and Pakistan would work to solve all their issues. The Minister was interacting with several deputations after offering Khawaja Digar at the Shrine of Khawaja Naqashband Sahib (RA) at Khawaja Bazar in the old city Srinagar. The Minister said that the peace between both the nations is in the interest of the sub-continent especially the State of Jammu and Kashmir. He further hoped that the leadership of both the countries would work in tandem to carry forward the peace process and solve all their issues.

1.34 lakh infants of Kupwara district to be administered PPI
KUPWARA, JAN 16: The District Development Commissioner, Kupwara, Mr. Sarmad Hafeez today convened a meeting of officers of different departments to review the arrangements of Pulse Polio Immunization (PPI) to be administered on January 20, 2013. It was given out that 1,34,501 children shall be administered the anti polio vaccine, for the purpose 714 booths have been established in the district with 14 transit teams, 12 mobile teams, 169 supervisory staff, 1240 health workers, 825 Ashas, 791 AWWS besides 79 NGOs are being deployed in the district.

Six artisan clusters sanctioned for Shehr-i-Khas, four more in pipeline
JAMMU, JAN 16:The Centre has sanctioned a project for Cluster Development of six crafts namely Paper Machie, Pashmina weaving, Aari-Crewel Embroidery, Kani Shawl, Sozni Embroidery and Willow Wicker. The State Government is also likely to secure approval for four other crafts namely Leather, Copperware, Walnut Wood Carving and Khatamband. More than 17,000 artisans will be benefited through this project in the next 3 years. It is pertinent to mention that project was conceptualized during the visit of Central delegation headed by Cabinet Secretary in October, 2011 wherein it was felt essential to adopt a strategy of cluster development, for providing common facilities

17,000 artisans to be benefitted
upgrading skill, and fostering market linkages in order to enhance the substantiality and viability of these handicrafts clusters. The process of formulation of project was spearheaded by the Chief Secretary Shri Madhav Lal and JKEDI was made nodal agency for coordinating the cluster development efforts for these handicrafts based clusters for their holistic development. The institute appointed IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited as Cluster Development Agency (CDA) for the project, for providing end-to-end solution ranging from identification of feasible projects, mobilization of funds and implementation of the same for the comprehensive development of the identified clusters. Before preparing Detailed Project Report (DPR), visits were undertaken to household units to understand the production process and study the technology and product related gaps. Consultations with the artisan unions were held to understand the key challenges and assess the need for intervention in selected areas. The groups represented were exporters, manufacturers, firms, traders, artisans and business development service providers. One Cluster-level consultation (for each cluster) and one State-level validation workshop was organized post-preparation of the Diagnostic study. It included a detailed presentation on scheme objectives, guidelines, implementation methodologies and findings from the diagnostic study of the concerned Cluster. The cluster-level consultation had the participation of cluster artisans, traders and representation from the State Handicraft Department. The State-level workshop, chaired by the Chief Secretary Shri Madhav Lal facilitated discussion and debate on the major challenges in cluster and design interventions to address these effectively. It was aimed at building a consensus among cluster stakeholders and the State Government on the most suitable interventions

DTA issues 57 road permits
DODA, JAN 16:A meeting of the District Transport Authority Doda was convened under the chairmanship of District Development Commissioner, Doda, Farooq Ahmed Khan, who is also the Chairman District Transport Authority Doda to sanction and issue stage carriage and contract carriage permits in view of the requirements of transport for different routes in District Doda. During the meeting 57 permits were issued which includes, three Stage carriage permits, 47 contract carriage permits, five auto rickshaw C/C permits and two route extension permits.

that would lead to inclusive development of the cluster. During the preparation of the project report it was also observed by the Chief Secretary that the scope of the project should be extended to certain activities in Down Town Srinagar so that the area be revitalized. Accordingly presentation was made to the Chief Minister by the consultant and all the line departments were asked to work in tandem for the development of Down Town Srinagar with the view to promote craft related tourism and also to ensure revitalization of Down Town Srinagar. The project mainly focuses on promotion of crafts, natural and cultural built heritage. Development of Cluster Street includes development of crafts

tourism trail, up-gradation of the riverfront with improvement of the Ghats as public spaces and development of a riverfront Plaza cum Crafts Bazaar as Hub with decentralized crafts kiosks along the Ghats as Spokes. The State Government has worked extensively in this field in last six months and with active involvement of District Administration of Srinagar, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Industries and Commerce Department, it has resulted into convergence of resources and expertise of these and other departments. The ultimate aim to is to honour the contribution of artisans of Down Town Srinagar and to promote the cultural and heritage tourism activities.

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Congregation of religious pilgrims
Leo (Simha Rashi) it is held in Trimbakeshwar, Nashik; when the sun is in Aries (Mesha Rashi) it is celebrated at Haridwar; when Jupiter is in Taurus (Vrishabha Rashi ) and the sun is in Capricorn (Makar Rashi) Kumbha Mela is celebrated at Prayag; and Jupiter and the sun are in Scorpio (Vrishchik Rashi) the Mela is celebrated at Ujjain. Each site's celebration dates are calculated in advance according to a special combination of zodiacal positions of Sun, Moon, and Jupiter. Symbolic Significance Symbolically speaking, the forces of creation are collected in one vessel (kumbha) and a celebration (Mela) ensues. This is why the event is called 'Kumbha Mela'. "Kumbha", meaning the pot, and "Mela", a sacred Hindu pilgrimage, attracts the world's largest congregation of religious pilgrims. Millions of worshippers take a dip in the holy river Ganga at the confluence of the three rivers (sangam); the holy Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad. The month long Mela (festival) represents a time when the confluence of the three rivers is believed to turn into purifying nectar, allowing the devotees to cleanse themselves as they bathe. The Kumbh fair takes place when the Jupiter enters the Aquarius and the sun enters the Aries. This planetary position is said to medicate the waters of the Ganga and turn it into nectar. Spiritually, the position of the planets during the Kumbh Mela is good for concentration and meditation. Mythological Significance The observance of Kumbha Mela dates back to the Vedic times, before the creation of the universe. There is a legend that speaks for the origin of the Kumbh Mela. Thousands of years ago, perhaps in the Vedic period, gods and demons agreed to work together for obtaining 'amrit' (the nectar of immortality) from the churning of the Milky Ocean, and to share the things thus obtained, equally. Nevertheless, as Dhanwantari, the divine healer, appeared with the "Kumbh" containing nectar in his palms, a great fight followed between the gods and the demons to wrest the pitcher. The demons ran away with the pot and were chased by the gods. There ensued a battle in the skies for the possession of the pot for twelve days and twelve nights (equivalent to twelve human years) between the gods and the demons. It is said that during the battle, drops of 'amrit' fell on to four places: Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. Thus, Kumbha Mela is observed at these four locations where the nectar fell. Historically, the origin of the Kumbh Mela can be traced to the river festivals in which pots of grains were soaked in the waters of the holy rivers and put to seed with the rest of the grain, during the sowing time. It has also been considered to be a pre-Aryan fertility ritual, for the Kumbh symbolises the Mother Goddess and also the womb, the generative pot. Rivers, as givers of life and agents of fertility, became 'tirthas' (holy places) as they act as bridges between heaven and earth, the mortal humans and the eternal divine. Records of the celebration of this festival go back to the 10th century, where it is mentioned in various Indian art forms and in the writings of the Arabian, French and English travellers. The Mela finds mention in the Vedasand also in Ramayana, written by Valmiki. Holy Men Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of gurus, sadhus and holy men. They come from their ashrams, monasteries, caves and veritable palaces of marble, gold and glass. They come from India's vast rural backyard, cities, clearings in dense forests and remote ice- bound heights of the Himalayas. Some come humbly with the meagre belongings of a holy man - the water pot, the fire tongs, a shoulder bag and a blanket. Some come with their retinue of disciples following the guru like a medieval army, armed with tridents, chains, spears and muskets. Then, there are the heads of large monastic orders that arrive to the fanfare of brass bands, and some, well-heeled international gurus come in limousines. There are hundreds of sects and sub sects of Sadhus in the Hindu world. They can broadly be divided in two groups, the Vaishnavas, who are followers of Vishnu and the Shaiva, who are followers of Shiva. The most ferocious and exotic of the sadhus who come to the Mahakumbh Mela are the Nagas (the Naked Ones), the militant wing of the sect, the defenders of the faith. Seated by their ritual fires, covered in ash, matted hair flowing to the ground they accept obeisance and charity of the millions of pilgrims that flock to the festival. Also, the "Jangams", with peacock feathered turbans are seen here. They are believed to be born out of Lord Shiva's thigh. The Jangams who hail from Haryana, Punjab and Himachal with a mixed language, colourfully dressed singing in praise of Lord Shiva and Parvati, are the last exponents of a long traditional culture. Ganga (the Ganges) has been a symbol of India's age-old culture and civilisation, ever changing, ever flowing and yet ever the same. A sacred river believed by many to bring purity, wealth, fertility and wash away the sins of those who bathe in it.

aha Kumbh Mela is considered to be the most auspicious religious event. The perfect polarisation of various benevolent forces at a specific spot, due to the alignment of planets, constellations, and other celestial bodies, has an extraordinary effect on our planet. This energy is further intensified by the presence of thousands of saints and sages who come together during this cosmic event. This happens every twelve years and twelve of such Poorna Kumbha Melas, over a span of 144 years, leads to the Maha Kumbha Mela. The last "Kumbh Mela" held in 2010 in Haridwar estimated by the authorities to attract between 30 and 70 million people. The current Kumbh Mela began on 14 January, 2013 at Allahabad (Prayag). . The next Kumbh will be held at Ujjain (MP) on the bank of river Shipra in 2016. The Kumbh at Ujjain is also called "Simhastha". * Kumbha Mela: Held at all the four places * Ardha Kumbha Mela: Held at Haridwar and Prayag (Allahabad), every six year * Purna Kumbha Mela: Only at Prayag, every twelve year * Maha Kumbha Mela: Only at Prayag, every 144 year. Kumbh Mela is celebrated at different locations depending on the position of the planet of B?haspati (Jupiter) and the sun. When Jupiter and the sun are in the zodiac sign

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By Shweta Kumari hile India-Vietnam are celebrating forty years of official diplomatic relations, the ties between both countries peoples are much older; indeed, they go back into antiquity when traders and sea-farers, sages and savants crossed the oceans and the seas exchanging goods and services, ideas and knowledge, culture and spiritual traditions. The splendid monuments of the Champa civilization at My Son are living symbols of the cultural interface between both countries civilizations.In more recent times, great leaders of both countries Jawaharlal Nehru and Ho Chi Minh forged a warm friendship as both nations were struggling to be free from the colonial yoke. "Shared ideas link you and me," wrote Ho Chi Minh from his prison cell to Nehru. Prime Minister Nehru was the first foreign leader to personally visit Vietnam and congratulate its leaders one week after the great victory at Dien Bien Phu in October 1954. India values its relations with Vietnam. two countries shared values and aspirations form the basis of our relations. It is said our relations are as blue as the clear sky without any clouds. Today, IndiaVietnam can look forward towards the future with confidence. Over the years, the commitment shown by the leadership in the two countries resulted in the signing of the Joint Declaration Cooperation

Framework in 2003, which culminated in the establishment of a "Strategic Partnership" in 2007. Our partnership is based on a common vision, shared interests and mutual trust and friendship. It is for mutual benefit and for regional peace, stability and prosperity. IndiaVietnam share a strategic understanding and cooperation at regional and multilateral forums. Vietnam has emerged as a regional power in South-East Asia with political stability and a dynamic economy. both countries bilateral economic and trade ties have grown significantly in recent years, though much more remains to be done. India-Vietnam have set a target of 7 billion US$ for bilateral trade by 2015. IndiaVietnam are confident of achieving it. India-Vietnam need to generate greater awareness about mutually beneficial business opportunities, thereby facilitating trade and investment. Indian companies have ventured into Vietnam in increasing numbers with investments in diverse sectors and in several provinces. Indian companies in the field of oil and gas exploration are already actively engaged in several projects in Vietnam. India is also prepared to continuing extending lines of credit on concessional terms, especially for infrastructure development. India has been a longstanding partner in Vietnam`s development process. both countries cooperation in

diverse areas such as agriculture, science and technology, education, capacity building and human resource development is growing.IndiaVietnam enjoy robust cooperation in the areas of defence and security. India-Vietnam are strengthening our cooperation in the field of Human Resource Development and Capacity Building. Our cultural ties rooted in antiquity are growing stronger. The opening of the Indian Cultural Centre in Hanoi this year will bring to the people of Vietnam a flavour of India. It would greatly facilitate both countries cultural ties and promote people-to-people contacts. During both countries`Year of Friendship` India-Vietnam have both organized several commemorative events, cultural performances, seminars and business promotion events. The decision to set up the Institute of Indian and South West Asian Studies, under the aegis of Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences is a testimony to the desire on both sides to engage more closely. The year 2012 also marked the 20th anniversary of India`s relationship with ASEAN. To commemorate this occasion, a special India-ASEAN Commemorative Summit was held in India in December. Several events including the India-ASEAN car rally, a Goodwill visit by a sail training ship, business conclaves and cultural activities were organized to commemorate this event.

STATE WATCH

Mamata responsible for investors leaving Bengal: CPI-M
KOLKATA: Holding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee responsible for investors leaving West Bengal and shifting to states like Gujarat, the CPI-M ridiculed the investors' summit being held by the regime, saying no known industrialist has turned up. Refering to the Banerjee led movement in Hooghly district's Singur between 2006 and 2008 which forced automobile major Tata Motors to relocate their proposed small car Nano plant to Sanand in Gujarat, CPI-M leader Surjya Kanta Mishra said it has only benefited the western state. Banerjee, in her speech at the opening of the "Bengal Leads" summit at East Midnapore district's Haldia, had taken strong exception on comparison of her state with Gujarat saying the western state enjoyed geographical, demographical and financial advantages over Bengal. Attacking the erstwhile Left Front regime, she said Bengal had to cope with regular shutdowns and strikes while the Bharatiya Janata Party-governed state had no such trouble. The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM) leader took the opportunity to take a dig at her. "It is due to our chief mindevelopment model that gave utmost priority to human development. Gujarat is behind us in some human development aspects. There is severe malnutrition among children in Gujarat, which also ranks higher in the global hunger index," he said. "It for our chief minister, to choose one of the two models," he said. He also took pot shots at the government for the absence of big names at the summit. "I saw the opening on television. But I did not see one leading industrialist from outside the state. The chief minister kept on calling investors. But none of them had turned up". Mishra also dismissed Banerjee's assertion that her regime has formed a land bank from where entrepreneurs could get land. "Whatever land is being given to industrialists is from the land bank created by the Left Front government. Not even an inch of extra land has been given by the current government". Congress also called the meet a failure and mockery of an industrial summit. "It is unfortunate that the government has failed to draw any big industrialist," said state Congress leader Abdul Mannan.

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ANDHRA PRADESH Owaisi back in jail after questioning by police
HYDERABAD: Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is accused of making alleged hate speeches on December 22, is not cooperating with the local police investigating the case against him. Reports on Wednesday claimed that the MIM legislator was sent back to judicial custody a day before the completion of his five-day police custody this morning over lack of cooperation from him. The Nirmal police, which is probing the alleged hate speech cases against him, claims that the MIM MLA remains non-cooperative during the questioning and even denies having delivered such provocative speeches while addressing a public rally here. The local police officials, who returned Owaisi to judicial custody without much noise, say that the MIM legislator at times feigns forgetfulness about the event itself.

ister that Gujarat has an additional advantage. She drove away the Nano Car factory from Singur in the state to Sanand in Gujarat. Based on the automobile factory, Gujarat has drawn lot of other companies in the sector," said

Mishra, leader of the opposition in the state assembly. However, he did not agree with Banerjee keeping Gujarat ahead on the developmental front. "When we were in power for 34 years, we followed a

TAMIL NADU Over Rs. 900 crores for infrastructure projects in Tamil Nadu
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on We d n e s d a y allocated over Rs. 900 crore towards various infrastructure projects in different parts of the state. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa sanctioned Rs. 750 crore for Municipal corporations excluding Chennai, municipalities and other local bodies for 201213 towards Integrated Urban Development scheme for implementing basic amenities, a state government press release here said. Further, many schemes

Burglars loot Rs 8 lakh from ATM
HOSHIARPUR: Burglars broke open the Punjab National Bank ATM at Sham Churasi, 22 kilometres from here, on the wee hours of Wednesday and made away with cash of Rs 8 lakh. The automated machine is installed right next to the bank premises in the main bazaar. The officials came to know about the incident in the morning on Wednesday when they reached the bank. A gas cutter had been used to break the machine. To hide their identity, the suspects had damaged the screen of the ATM with the smoke of cutting tools. The CCTV camera was already out of order. When the police tried to run the camera, it did not show any recording as the recording disc was inoperative. Bank manager Naresh Kumar Suman said he was not aware since when the disc was not working as they had never tested it. He informed that cash worth Rs 8,80100 had been looted. SP (detective) Jagmohan Singh said that the police had no clue about the number of miscreants but the ATM screen stopped flashing around 1am. "Preliminary investigation has revealed that last transaction was made at 7.40pm. The machine was tampered around 1 am", he informed. The bank had not deployed any security guard to keep a vigil at night. The manager said a guard remains on duty during day time but after the banking hours, there was no one to look after the security aspect. A case under Section 457 (house trespass by night to commit offence) and 380 (theft) of IPC had been registered at Bulhowal police station.

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The MIM MLA, who was being questioned by the police at the AR headquarters in Adilabad town since January 12, was produced before Nirmal Judicial First Class Magistrate (JFCM) K Ajesh Kumar at 4.30 am before being brought back to the District Jail, Adilabad, for the remaining part of judicial custody. Nirmal police sources claim that the MIM MLA has remained 'non-cooperative' through the entire course of the questioning on the December 22 hate speech here. Upset with his lack of cooperation, the the Nirmal police decided that to sent him back to judicial custody. The MLA was reportedly brought back to the prison in Adilabad at about 7 am.

with assistance from Japan and Germany, besides the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) were being implemented by local bodies, it said. Jayalalithaa also granted administrative approval for Rs. 166.38 crore for five local bodies towards construction of underground drainage system, it added.

Asaram announces Rs 50 lakh reward for proving he blamed Delhi braveheart
ALLAHABAD: Self-styled godman Asaram, in the eye of a storm over his remarks on the Delhi gangrape victim, on Tuesday said he was quoted out of context and announced a reward of 50 lakh to anyone who could prove that he blamed the victim for the horrific crime. Asaram, who had evoked nation-wide angry outbursts over his comments that the 23-year-old para-medic could have saved her honour and life by pleading for mercy before her tomentors and telling them that she was like their sister, is camping at the Maha Kumbh congregation in Allahabad. "I have been quoted out of context. The poor girl was young enough to be my own granddaughter," he said. "How can I ever be so insensitive as to blame her for the very tragedy that had stricken her. The media reports have twisted my words. "I will give a reward of Rs 50 lakh to anybody who is able to prove that I had blamed the rape victim herself for the heinous crime," Bapu said at his discourse. Throwing his weight behind Asaram, VHP leader Ashok Singhal, said "a slander campaign is on against him at the behest of foreign powers who want to destroy Hindu culture." "Foreign powers have been pumping a lot of money into the country to damage Hinduism," the VHP leader, who visited Asaram's camp, said. In an apparent reference to the protests planned by some organisations against Asaram, Singhal said "if anybody dares to indulge in any mischief, he will not be spared by the VHP which is holding its camp adjacent to that of the revered saint." Tight security arrangements are in place around the sprawling tent of Asaram, the gateway to which was vandalised and set afire by unidentified persons a few days ahead of the commencement of the Maha Kumbh. A number of city-based social outfits had threatened to stage demonstrations to protest his remarks on the Delhi gangrape incident and his subsequent comments comparing his critics to "barking dogs".

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Contd... 'I want a girl to wash the dishes and feed the turkeys, and clean out the pig-sty,' said the women, 'and, to judge by your dirty clothes, you would not be too fine for the work.' The girl accepted her offer with joy, and she was at once set to work in a corner of the kitchen, where all the farm servants came and made fun of her, and the ass's skin in which she was wrapped. But byand-by they got so used to the sight of it that it ceased to amuse them, and she worked so hard and so well, that her mistress grew quite fond of her. And she was so clever at keeping sheep and herding turkeys that you would have thought she had done nothing else during her whole life! One day she was sitting on the banks of a stream bewailing her wretched lot, when she suddenly caught sight of herself in the water. Her hair and part of her face was quite concealed by the ass's head, which was drawn right over like a hood, and the filthy matted skin covered her whole body. It was the first time she had seen herself as other people saw her, and she was filled with shame at the spectacle. Then she threw off her disguise and jumped into the water, plunging in again and again, till she shone like ivory. When it was time to go back to the farm, she was forced to put on the skin which disguised her, and now seemed more dirty than ever; but, as she did so, she comforted herself with the thought that to-morrow was a holiday, and that she would be able for a few hours to forget that she was a farm girl, and be a princess once more. So, at break of day, she stamped on the ground, as the fairy had told her, and instantly the dress like the sky lay across her tiny bed. Her room was so small that there was no place for the train of her dress to spread itself out, but she pinned it up carefully when she combed her beautiful hair and piled it up on the top of her head, as she had always worn it. When she had done, she was so pleased with herself that she determined never to let a chance pass the vision he had seen through the keyhole. All night long he tossed about, and awoke the next morning in a high fever. The queen, who had no other child, and lived in a state of perpetual anxiety about this one, at once gave him up for lost, and indeed his sudden illness puzzled the greatest doctors, who tried the usual remedies in vain. At last they told the queen that some secret sorrow must be at the bottom of all this, and she threw herself on her knees beside her son's bed, and implored him to confide his trouble to her. If it was ambition to be king, his father would gladly resign the cares of the crown, and suffer him to reign in his stead; or, if it was love, everything should be sacrificed to get for him the wife he desired, even if she were daughter of a king with whom the country was at war at present! 'Madam,' replied the prince, whose weakness would hardly allow him to speak, 'do not think me so unnatural as to wish to deprive my father of his crown. As long as he lives I shall remain the most faithful of his subjects! And as to the princesses you speak of, I have seen none that I should care for as a wife, though I would always obey your wishes, whatever it might cost me.' 'Ah! my son,' cried she, 'we will do anything in the world to save your life ----and ours too, for if you die, we shall die also.' 'Well, then,' replied the prince, 'I will tell you the only thing that will cure me ---a cake made by the hand of "Donkey Skin." ' 'Donkey Skin?' exclaimed the queen, who thought her son had gone mad; 'and who or what is that?' 'Madam,' answered one of the attendants present, who had been with the prince at the farm, '"Donkey Skin" is, next to the wolf, the most disgusting creature on the face of the earth. She is a girl who wears a black, greasy skin, and lives at your farmer's as hen-wife.' 'Never mind,' said the queen; 'my son seems to have eaten some of her pastry. It is the whim of a sick man, no doubt; but send at once and let her bake a cake.' The attendant bowed and ordered a page to ride with the message. Now it is by no means certain that 'Donkey Skin' had not caught a glimpse of the prince, either when his eyes looked through the keyhole, or else from her little window, which was over the road. But whether she had actually seen him or only heard him spoken of, directly she received the queen's command, she flung off the dirty skin, washed herself from head to foot, and put on a skirt and bodice of shining silver. Then, locking herself into her room, she took the richest cream, the finest flour, and the freshest eggs on the farm, and set about making her cake. As she was stirring the mixture in the saucepan a ring that she sometimes wore in secret slipped from her finger and fell into the dough. Perhaps 'Donkey Skin' saw it, or perhaps she did not; but, any way, she went on stirring, and soon the cake was ready to be put in the oven.

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of putting on her splendid clothes, even if she had to wear them in the fields, with no one to admire her but the sheep and turkeys. Now the farm was a royal farm, and, one holiday, when 'Donkey Skin' (as they had nicknamed the princess) had locked the door of her room and clothed herself in her dress of sunshine, the king's son rode through the gate, and asked if he might come and rest himself a little after hunting. Some food and milk were set before him in the garden, and when he felt rested he got up, and began to explore the house, which was famous throughout the whole kingdom for its age and beauty. He opened one door after the other, admiring the old rooms, when he came to a handle that would not turn. He stooped and peeped through the keyhole to see what was inside, and was greatly astonished at beholding a beautiful girl, clad in a dress so dazzling that he could hardly look at it. The dark gallery seemed darker than ever as he turned away, but he went back to the kitchen and inquired who slept in the room at the end of the passage. The scullery maid, they told him, whom everybody laughed at, and called ' Donkey Skin;' and though he perceived there was some strange mystery about this, he saw quite clearly there was nothing to be gained by asking any more questions. So he rode back to the palace, his head filled with

At history I'm hopeless. At spelling I stink. In music I'm useless. From science I shrink. At art I'm atrocious. In sports I'm a klutz. At reading I'm rotten. And math makes me nuts. At language I'm lousy. Computers? I'm cursed. In drama I'm dreadful. My writing's the worst. There's only one subject I'm sure I would pass, but they don't teach video games in my class. ~Kenn Nesbitt

When it was nice and brown she took off her dress and put on her dirty skin, and gave the cake to the page, asking at the same time for news of the prince. But the page turned his head aside, and would not even condescend to answer. To be Contd...

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of the large pom-pom, just inside the shells, for the hands/paws. 6. Glue the wiggle eyes to the large pom-pom, positioning them on either side of the "head." 7. Cut small triangles from the yellow felt and glue them down the back of the neck. 8. Glue on a smiley face using black cord or yarn. Tips: 1. Jewelry cord is available from your local craft supply store. 2. Keep a supply of pompoms and wiggle eyes on hand for fun projects! 3. If you don't have raffia, use strips of brown construction paper.

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Former Haryana CM Chautala, 54 others convicted in JBT scam case
NEW DELHI: Former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, his son and 53 others were convicted on Wednesday by a court in New Delhi for illegally recruiting over 3000 teachers in the state during his tenure. They have been taken into custody and the court will sentence the convicts on January 22. Chautala, his MLA son Ajay Chautala and 53 others are facing a trial for illegally recruiting over 3000 junior basic trained (JBT) teachers in state-run schools. Special CBI Judge Vinod Kumar had reserved his judgement on December 17, 2012 in the case after conclusion of final arguments by the CBI and the defence counsel. The quantum of the sentence will be announced on January 22. The special CBI court had on December 17 reserved its order and asked all the accused persons to remain present in the court on January 16. Out of the 62 accused, six had died during the trial while one had been discharged by the court at the time of framing of charges. The court had earlier found prima facie evidence against Chautala, his son Ajay and 53 others, including IAS officers Vidya Dhar and Sanjiv Kumar, who too was made accused by the CBI after he exposed the JBT recruitment scam. son duo had used forged documents to appoint 3,206 teachers. India's sex ratio shows appreciable gain in last decadeNew Delhi: India's overall sex ratio has gained appreciable seven points during the last decade. It rose to 940 in 2011 from 933 in 2001. However, there has been a decline in child sex ratio in the age 0-6. It has come down 13 points from 927 in 2001 to 914 in 2011, which is a matter of grave concern. As per the draft 12th five year plan document, implementation of the National Rural Health Mission has resulted in the improvement on many indicators pertaining to gender. Fertility rates have come down and reached the replacement levels in a number of states. Maternal Mortality rate has come down to 212 per one lakh live births in 2009 from 301 in 2003. Infant Mortality rate, though still high, has reduced to 47 per one thousand in 2011. Institutional deliveries have risen from 39 per cent in 2006 to 73 per cent in 2009. The document added that the Census 2011 showed literacy amongst women having increased to 65.46 per cent as against 53.67 per cent in 2001. The gender differential in education is declining, particularly at the primary level.

Delhi gang-rape protests to regain momentum today
NEW DELHI: It has been a month since the Dec 16 gangrape of a para-medical student in the national capital shook the nation out of a deep slumber. The unprecedented protests that the nation witnessed in the days after the horrific incident had died down over the past two weeks, but the same are set to reignite on Wednesday. According to reports, several groups of students and activists have given a call for a large-scale gathering at Jantar Mantar and other parts of the city to demand stricter punishment for the six accused in the gang-rape case and safety and security of women in public spaces. A national daily reported that medical students, residents and nurses of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC), All-India Institute of Medical Science and Maulana Azad Medical College will hold a candlelight march at 5.30 pm from VMMC to the Prime Minister's residence at 7, Race Course Road today. The All India Students' Association along with several other Leftaffiliated bodies have called for a vigil at Delhi University's art faculty around 12 noon on Wednesday. Vigils and peaceful protests were also planned to be held at the Delhi University and other educational institutions.

The court had framed charges against them under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI had on June 6, 2008, chargesheeted the Chautalas and others in connection with the scam relating to

appointment of 3,206 junior basic teachers in the state during 1999-2000. Sanjiv Kumar and Chautala's former Officer on Special Duty Vidya Dhar were the two civil servants named in the CBI chargesheet in which it was alleged that the father-

House Committees seek public views 55-member UK team to attend diabetes summit on women's issues related bills
NEW DELHI: The Department-related Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs in the Rajya Sabha has invited suggestions from public on the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2012. The bill seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 in order to review laws relating to sexual assault, acid attack and stringent punishment for such offences. Another Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Rajya Sabha on Human Resource Development has invited suggestions from public on the indecent representation of Women (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2012. The objective of the proposed legislation is broadening the scope of the law to cover the audio-visual media and content in electronic form, prescribing stringent penalties CHENNAI: Britain's minister for public health will lead a 55-member delegation to India this week for the Indo-UK Diabetes Summit, a statement from the British deputy high commission said here Wednesday. Led by Anna Soubry, the delegation will comprise universities, companies and specialists in diabetes. It aims to explore opportunities for increased collaboration in primary healthcare, medical equipment, education, research and training at the IndoUK Diabetes Summit here Jan 18. "It is a valuable opportunity to deepen the enduring relationship between our countries and to strengthen our co-operation in private and public healthcare and education," Soubry said in the statement.

Rs 700-crore land grab case against Asaram Bapu
MUMBAI: Asaram Bapu has run into fresh trouble with the Serious Fraud Investigating Office (SFIO) seeking his prosecution in a Rs 700 crore land grab case in Madhya Pradesh. The case pertains to 200 acres of land in Ratlam and the SFIO, which wants to prosecute Asaram and his son under the provisions of Indian Penal Code and Companies Act 1956, recently sent its recommendation to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in this regard. "We have received the recommendation from SFIO to prosecute Asaram Bapu, his son Narayan Sai and some others in the case and it's under consideration," said a senior official from Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The land, located on the Delhito list themselves. The company used to be a major player in glucose and vitamin supply to other pharma companies. Interestingly, though JVL did not complain about the matter, a shareholder of the company approached the ministry with the complaint of mismanagement (of company's properties) following which it (ministry) transferred the complaint to SFIO in 2010 for investigation. The SFIO after investigating the case over two years now, sent its recommendation to the Ministry. Asaram was recently in the eye of a storm over his remarks on the Delhi gang-rape victim.

Army chief visits slain soldier's family
beheaded on January 8 by Pakistani troops in an alleged ceasefire violation by Pakistan in the Poonch sector. After talking to Hemraj's family m e m b e r s , General Singh said, "From Army's side whatever best we can do, we will do. We are considering the demands made by them, there are some specific to their village, I will speak to the state government about them." His wife, along with other family members, was on a fast for four days demanding that his head be brought back from Pakistan. They broke their fast on Monday after the Army Chief said he will visit the family. Hemraj's mother had on Wednesday morning said that she will ask the Army Chief to take care of Hemraj's family, she also said she wanted Hemraj's son to join the Army. General Singh had on Monday said he would visit the home of Hemraj, whose family had gone on a fast demanding that his head be brought back from Pakistan.

Pune freight corridor in MP belongs to Jayant Vitamins Limited and was allegedly grabbed in 2000 and is being used by them since then, sources said. JVL is a public limited company which was delisted from the Bombay Stock Exchange in 2004 for defaulting on the mandatory listing fees which companies pay to the stock exchanges

Tripura Congress Jolted as 32 Leaders Quit
AGARTALA: Ahead of assembly elections in Tripura, the Congress received a jolt with 32 tribal leaders quitting Wednesday and fielding their own candidates. The party's tribal department chairman Phani Bhusan Bhowmik and general secretary Debabrata Koloi were among the 32 who sent their resignations to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The dissident tribal Congress leaders have fielded candidates in 21 assembly segments, including 18 seats reserved for tribals. Last week, Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes announced the nomination of 48 candidates for the state's 60-member assembly. Eleven seats were allocated to long-time ally INPT. Of the 60 seats in Tripura, 20 are reserved for tribals and 10 for Dalits. Of the 30 reserved seats, the CongressINPT alliance had won only one seat in 2008. Meanwhile, Congress leaders and workers in 15 places in Tripura continued their revolt demanding changes in nominations for assembly elections. Tripura Congress president Sudip Roy Barman said the nominations would not be changed. Meanwhile, despite the bickering between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress in West Bengal, the former will support the latter in the ensuing elections. "We will not field candidates against the Congress. We don't want to split the non-Left votes," Trinamool Congress state chairman Arun Chandra Bhowmik said. Tripura, the country's lone Leftruled state, is set for polling Feb 14. Meghalaya and Nagaland will go to the polls Feb 23. Results in all three states will be announced Feb 28. The assemblies in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland have 60 seats each.

KOSI: Army Chief General Bikram Singh met slain Indian soldier Lance Naik Hemraj Singh's family in Kosi Kalan in Uttar Pradesh, two days after the martyr's wife broke her fast. He also paid respect to the martyr in the village. Hemraj was killed and was

All-party delegation from Manipur to meet PM Telangana group to disrupt Seemandhra meet
IMPHAL: An all-party delegation from Manipur will on Wednesday meet PM Manmohan Singh and other central leaders including Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to discuss the outcome of ongoing peace talks between Naga outfit NSCN-IM and the centre. According to reports, the decision to send an allparty delegation was taken during a meeting of representatives of the political parties last week. The decision was taken in light of developments on the ongoing peace talks between NSCN-IM and the central govt. as the settlement between the two is likely to affect the territorial integrity of the state. The delegation will also apprise the central leaders to help arrest the NSCN-IM cadre, Livingstone Anal who allegedly molested a Manipuri film actress IM was not in force in Manipur but only in Nagaland. The organisations said the state govt. should also impress upon the centre not to disturb territorial integrity of the state while settling issues with the Naga outfit. The NSCN-IM's main demand is to form a greater Nagaland by merging all Naga-settled areas of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur with present Nagaland State. Recent media reports had said that the Centre was trying to bring all Naga-settled areas in region under an administrative body but officials said no final decision was taken on the issue.Social organisations in Manipur asserted any attempt to disturb the present system of administration in the state would have far reaching consequences. HYDERABAD: Telangana Jagruthi, the cultural arm of TRS, has threatened to disrupt Thursday's meeting called by Congress leaders from Rayalaseema and Andhra regions to oppose the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana Jagruthi president Kavita Wednesday said they would not allow the meeting to be held in Hyderabad as it was a 'conspiracy' to stall the formation of Telangana state. Kavita, daughter of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhara Rao, said they would not keep quiet if Seemandhra (Raylaseema and Andhra) leaders tried to create hurdles in the formation of a separate state. She threatened to mobilize her supporters from all 10 districts of Telangana to stop the meeting. "We demand the government to act and stop this meeting which is aimed at provoking the people of Telangana." Ministers, legislators and other leaders from Seemandhra have decided to meet here Thursday to chalk out a strategy to keep Andhra Pradesh united. The meeting is being held in the backdrop of the central government intensifying its efforts to find a solution to the Telangana problem by Jan 28. Some ministers from Telangana claimed to have received indications that New Delhi had made up its mind to carve out Telangana. Meanwhile, the Telangana Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising various pro-Telangana groups, decided to hold a silent protest here Thursday to demand an announcement for the formation of Telangana state by Jan 28. After a meeting with Congress leader K. Keshava Rao, JAC convenor M. Kodandaram said people from all walks of life would take part in the protest to be held at the martyrs' memorial near assembly building.

EC deploys 36 observers to check illegal cash flow in poll-bound NE states
NEW DELHI: The Election Commission has deployed 36 observers for monitoring the flow of illegal cash and other inducements during the upcoming assembly polls in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura. The officials deputed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes and Central Board of Excise and Customs will act as Election Expenditure Observers. A senior Revenue Department official said, while 13 expenditure observers each will be sent to Nagaland and Meghalaya, 10 will go to Tripura. The observers will monitor all Election Commission guidelines framed to curb the use of money power in the run-up to the polls. The observers have also been asked to keep a tab on hawala agents, advertisements related to political candidates in the media and the sale of liquor in these states. Assembly elections in Tripura will be held on February 14 and in Meghalaya and Nagaland on February 23. The counting of votes will be done on February 28.

Momoko on Dec 18 last year during a musical concert at Chandel district. Official sources had earlier hinted at the inability to arrest Anal since the NSCN-IM was involved in peace talks with the centre. Various social organisations in separate statements claimed the state government had the right to arrest Anal since the ceasefire between the centre and NSCN-

Constitutionally mandated regulator suggested for media
NEW DELHI: Media persons, legal experts and civil society have suggested the setting up of a constitutionally mandated regulator to check "misuse and abuse" of the media in the country. Some discussants also suggested establishing a consultative group for norms, conduct and ethics to monitor implementation by the media and to facilitate greater degree of coordination between government, media business and civil society. They were speaking at a conference on "Media Regulation: Is Status Quo the Answer?" organised yesterday by Observer Research Foundation, a policy think-tank, and Hammurabi and Solomon, a leading law firm. With increasing use of social media platforms, traditional media structures were facing a challenge to manage change in production, dissemination and reception of media content, they said. Some participants stressed that there cannot be different sets of rules for TV, press and Internet. It was noted that 30,000-odd channels on cable in the country are functioning without any oversight mechanism as the National Broadcasting Association (NBA) represents only a few important channels. There was a need to look beyond the metro-centric discussion on regulation and look at the larger challenge of supporting higher standards of reporting and operations in regional and vernacular media.It was also noted that unlike in many countries, in India the news content was not paid for, distorting the market of news broadcasting industry. However, there was also a view that current structures were sufficient but there was a need to re-examine self-regulation, licencing, ownership and cross-holdings and the advent of the new breed of "owner-editors" and paid news.

Rashtrapati Bhavan is open to public
New Delhi: Rashtrapati Bhavan, the imposing presidential palace spread over 130 hectares in the heart of this capital city, has become a more accessible place for tourists and common people of India. Pranab Mukherjee, who became the 13th President of India on July 25 last year, said his mission was to make the place as "open as possible to people, including children." All one needs to do is to log on to the internet and make an advance booking for any of the three days it is open to the public every weekend. Previously, one had to physically go to Rashtrapati Bhavan to make a booking. The new system has seen footfalls spiral from 500 over three days on an average last year to nearly 1,600 over the same period, with a cap of 700 visitors per day, an official said. A media tour through Rashtrapati Bhavan threw up interesting sights of groups of foreign tourists being escorted by young scholar-guides through the Durbar Hall, the Marble Hall, the south and north drawing rooms, the museum, library and banquet hall. Explaining the growing popularity of the president's abode on the capital's sight-seeing map, the official said: "We have been receiving online reservations from around the world. We have thrown open new galleries and the front entrance of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The sale of souvenirs at the memento shop has increased, along with brisk sale of tea at a kiosk we have set up on the premises to cater to the visitors." For the media on Tuesday, it was a landmark tour. "For the first time, the media has been allowed inside Rashtrapati Bhavan other than the designated areas," the official said. Visitors have a choice of two guided tours around the premises. The interiors were a revelation. The grand British-style decor and the furniture have been spruced up in a mega restoration drive to bring Rashtrapati Bhavan back to its original glory. The main library is the focus of the restoration drive. Nearly 24,000 books and manuscripts are in

queue for digitisation - 4,000 having been archived during the tenure of President A.P.J Abdul Kalam. President Mukherjee is taking personal interest in bringing a semblance of order to the library. "Dr Kalam had initiated many good projects and created infrastructure. I am ensuring that they are utilised. The Rashtrapati Bhavan auditorium which he inaugurated in 2007 is being used regularly," Mukherjee said while interacting with the media.

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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama is expected to come out with a series of gun control measures including background checks and gun trafficking law, with the hope that these would bring an end to deadly incidents like the Wisconsin Gurdwara shooting and Connecticut school firing. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would unveil a package of concrete proposals to reduce gun violence and prevent future tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut. Obama had entrusted Biden with the task of coming with a set of such proposals. Biden submitted those proposals."The President, as he has said often and said yesterday, believes that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. He believes and knows that most all gun owners are highly responsible; they buy their guns legally and they use them safely. He has seen and believes that most gun owners support the idea of commonsense measures to prevent people who shouldn't have guns from getting them. And that includes closing loopholes in our background check system," Carney said. "It is a simple fact that there are limits on what can be done within existing law. And Congress has to act on the kinds of measures that we've already mentioned because the power to do that is reserved by Congress and to Congress," he said. He said Obama hopes that out of the tragedy of Newtown he can achieve progress towards reducing gun violence in the US. "He believes that we can no longer stand by without taking action, even, as he acknowledges that no single thing that we can do will eliminate this problem," Carney said. Obama believes the Congress should pass legislation that closes loopholes in the background check system, he said. "That's something that I think we've all seen has broad support across the country, among gun owners and nongun owners, among people in red states and blue states, Democrats and Republicans. And that's something we should act on because it's very important. There are a host of measures that we can take that can address this problem, and he believes we should take them as a nation," he added. According to Politico, the White House told gun-control advocates that Obama's wide-

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Blast rocks Syria university, death toll rises to 85 with mostly students among dead
ALEPPO: In yet another stroke of fate ,85 persons, mostly students have been reported killed in two powerful blasts inside the Aleppo university campus on Tuesday. The toll is likely to go up with many being treated in critical condition. The incident took place yesterday in the locality which is controlled by the Syrian regime and the blasts ripped through the Aleppo University's Department of Architecture and the student's hostel. The Syrian Government and the opposition have blamed each other for the attacks. Syria's Officials reported that the terrorist groups fired two missiles at the university on the first day of the mid-year exam period. Syrian UN envoy Basahr Jaffari told UN Security 83 people were killed. Those killed in the incident were Aleppo, the Syria's largest city and the commercial hub has been under intense fighting with rebels trying to take control of the city. However the well armed Syrian forces have been holding ground in almost two third of the city while one third has been in control of rebels led by Free Syrian army. Syria's crisis began with political protests in March 2011 and has since descended into civil war, with scores of rebel groups across the country fighting Assad's forces. The University bombings mark a significant intensification of the Syrian civil war which according to the UN has claimed 60, 000 lives so far.

Barack Obama to announce series of gun control measures
ranging proposals will include a new federal gun trafficking law - long sought by big-city mayors as a way to keep outof-state guns off their streets. "The proposal, which has not been discussed in detail by the White House up until now, will be unveiled, along with Obama's call for universal background checks for all new gun purchases, as well as new bans on assault weapons and high- capacity ammunition magazines, according to a person who was in the room for the presentation to gun control advocates," Politico said.Bruce Reed, chief of staff to guns task force leader Vice President Joe Biden, told a meeting that the proposals to be unveiled at a White House event Wednesday will come with three prongs: legislation to reduce gun availability and executive actions to address education and mental health.

Council that it was cowardly act by the terrorist who always strike when some meeting of Security Council on Syria is in session. However, the Syrian opposition activists claimed the Syrian air force carried out two airstrikes in which

students and people who were staying at the university after being displaced by violence elsewhere. Syrian education ministry has called a day of national mourning day and the Aleppo University has postponed all examinations till Monday.

UN experts, Iran begin talks on nuclear probe
TEHRAN: Experts from the UN's nuclear watchdog agency began intensive talks in Tehran on Wednesday to seek a way forward in resolving perennial concerns over Iran's nuclear programme, media reports said. Officials reported that negotiations started at the headquarters of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization. Before departing Tuesday for Iran, U.N. team leader Herman Nackaerts said the International Atomic Energy Agency hoped to "finalize the structured approach" that would outline what the agency can and cannot do in its investigation. The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency wants to revisit Parchin, a military site southeast of Tehran, to probe allegations that Iran may have tested components needed to develop a nuclear weapon. Tehran has steadfastly denied any such activity. Iran says agency's suspicions are based on forged intelligence provided by the CIA, the Israeli Mossad, Britain's MI-6 and other intelligence agencies, and that it has not been allowed to see the materials to respond to them. Iranians say they have a bitter memory of allowing IAEA inspections and providing replies to a long list of queries over its nuclear program in the past decade. Now, Tehran says such queries should not be revived or remain openended once the IAEA has verified them. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran provided detailed explanations to IAEA questions on six outstanding issues in the past but instead of giving Iran a clean bill of health, the agency leveled new allegations on the basis of "alleged studies" provided by Iran's enemies. Iran uses that term to refer to allegations about Parchin and other claims that it says the IAEA levels only to keep the issue alive. Tehran has in the past allowed IAEA inspectors twice into Parchin, but now it says any new agency investigation must be governed by an agreement that lays out the scope of such a probe. "Obligations of the other party must be clearly specified. If a claim is to be raised on a spot in Iran every day and the U.N. agency seeks to visit our military facilities under such a pretext ... this issue will be unending," Mehmanparast said Tuesday. The talks come as Iran and six world powers prepare to meet, tentatively later this month. The six nations -the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - hope the talks will result in an agreement by the Islamic Republic to stop enriching uranium to a higher level that could be turned relatively quickly into the fissile core of nuclear arms. Iran denies such aspirations, insisting it is enriching only to make reactor fuel and to make isotopes for medical purposes.

US diplomats warns North Korea against nuclear test
SEOUL: The top US diplomat for East Asian affairs on Wednesday warned North Korea against any "provocative" act, as concerns grow that Pyongyang might be preparing a nuclear test. "We are very clear in our position that provocative steps are to be discouraged," Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told reporters in Seoul when asked about the nuclear test speculation. Campbell was in Seoul to meet with top officials, including president-elect Park Geun-Hye. The impoverished but nuclear-armed North successfully staged a long-range rocket launch in December, sparking global security concerns and drawing UN condemnation and calls from the US and its allies for tougher sanctions. Pyongyang said the launch was a purely scientific mission aimed at placing a polarorbiting earth observation satellite in space. Most of the world saw it as a disguised ballistic missile test that violated UN resolutions imposed after the North's nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009. Both of those tests came after long-range missile launches. The US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, citing satellite imagery analysis, said late last month the North was capable of carrying out a nuclear test at two weeks' notice after repairing damage to its test facility. Campbell said "intense deliberations" were under way at the UN Security Council on how to punish Pyongyang for last month's rocket launch. "We anticipate formal steps in the Security Council in the immediate future," he said, stressing Washington was in "very detailed conversations" with key players such as Russia and the North's sole major ally China.Beijing is resisting any significant tightening of sanctions already in place against Pyongyang. In a briefing with journalists today, a South Korean government security expert said North Korea's next nuclear test could see a uranium device used for the first time, rather than plutonium as was the case in 2006 and 2009. "It needs to spare plutonium obtained from earlier reprocessing of spent fuel rods, while a uranium enrichment programme is sustainable for continuous testing," the expert said."Such tests are essential for North Korea to miniaturise nuclear weapons to fit them onto missiles," the expert added. Estimates on how far North Korea has progressed with its uranium enrichment programme vary widely, and some question whether it has succeeded in producing any weapons-grade uranium.

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World Bank expects India to inch closer to China in growth rate
WASHINGTON, JAN 16: India's growth is expected to inch closer to that of China in near future, a top World Bank economist said here on Tuesday. The World Bank had yesterday released its latest issue of Global Economic Prospects 2013, in which the economies of developing countries like India, China and Brazil are projected to be recovering and higher growth rate. The World Bank expects that by 2015, the growth rate of China would be 7.9 per cent and that of India 7 per cent, World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu told reporters during a conference call. He added that the gap between the two Asian giants closes. "We do expect India to inch closer to China and for a very, very good reason-not an analysis of what's happened over the last one year or two years, but a bit of a sweep of history," he said. While the growth of the world economy growth is projected to inch up from 2.3 per cent in 2012 to 2.4 per cent in 2013, with the highincome countries remaining at the same level of growth of 1.3 per cent in both 2012 and 2013, it is the emerging markets like India, China and Brazil that would show significant signs of recovery. "Growth in Brazil had gone down quite sharply in 2012 of 0.9. We at the World Bank are expecting Brazil to make a recovery to 3. 4 per cent in 2013. We are expecting recovery in the case of China from 7.9 per cent growth in 2012 to 8.4 per cent in 2013. "We are expecting a recovery in India from 5.1 per cent growth in 2012 to 6.1 per cent growth in 2013," Basu said. "China is growing at a phenomenal rate right from 1978 or 1980 and you can't grow at 10 per cent for more than a couple of decades. "China has done it for 30 years and this has been expected in China and expected by us that China will continue to grow very rapidly but it will probably come down from these great highs," Basu said. "If it comes down to 7.9 per cent...I think not. India was growing from 2003 to 2008 at close to nine per cent per annum, with the last couple of years actually over nine per cent, and we expect that India, having taken off only about 10 years ago, to have some still to go. "So, there is going to be a catch-up of India's growth getting closer to China's growth and, who knows, a couple of years down that road, they may be completely neck to neck," Basu said in response to a question. Basu said the next one or three years will remain difficult as structural reforms are put in place primarily in the euro zone countries, but even elsewhere in the world.

Govt to change power connectivity regulations, yearly tariff revisions
NEW DELHI, JAN 16: Following India's worst power outage last July, the government is looking at changes to connectivity regulations to improve transmission and grid functioning, a top official said Wednesday. "We're trying to see what changes are required to the connectivity regulations. It is to be done by the regulatory body, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC)," Power Secretary P. Uma Shankar said on the sidelines of the "Indian Electricity - 2013" conference here. Shankar told mediapersons that though there is large power generation, there is lack of transmission planning. "Just asking for connectivity and linking up with the grid is not enough. You'll have to plan the transmission, where you want to take the power, so that the transmission system can be planned," Shankar told power producers. The government is thus examining changes required to the Central Electricity Authority grid regulations that govern entities, various Load Despatch Centres and Regional Power Committees involved in the transmission sytem. Regarding the power tariff revisions recently undertaken by most states, Shankar said the government was trying to ensure that states adhered to the yearly schedule of settling tariffs. "The model tariff regulations and the Electricity Act say that tariff petitions are to be filed by November 30 and by the beginning of the next fiscal year the tariff question will be settled. This has not happenend with many states," said the power secretary. We are trying to see this should happen. We are saying this schedule should be adhered to if you ( state distribution companies) want to take advantage of the financial restructuring programmes initiated for discoms," Shankar added. Millions of people across North and East India were left without power in one of the world's worst blackouts, trapping miners, stranding train travellers and plunging hospitals into darkness when grids collapsed for the second time in two days in July last year.

India's first apparel technology innovation centre to be launched
NEW DELHI, JAN 16 :The Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC) under the Education and Training Initiatives of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) is setting up India's first 'Technology Innovation Research Centre' at the ATDC-Training of Trainers' Academy, Gurgaon, in collaboration with JUKI India Pvt. Ltd, a release said today. This Centre will demonstrate leading edge technologies and undertake applied research. The ATDC-JUKI TECH Innovation Centre is an important initiative to strengthen the Apparel Industry, especially the SMEs, to adopt new technologies for increasing productivity, efficiency and quality for better price realisation and better global competitiveness. The Centre will be launched by Textiles Secretary Kiran Dhingra tomorrow in the presence of top executives of AEPC, ATDC and IAM; Hari Kapoor, Vice-Chairman, ATDC; and a team from JUKI. The ATDC-JUKI TECH Innovation Centre will be a forum where industry and academia can focus to showcase and demonstrate leading edge technology and carry out applied 'Research' which is a key word in SMART (Skills for Manufacturing of Apparel through Research and Training). Ms Dhingra will also be the Chief Guest and Convocation Speaker on the 2nd Convocation of Institute of Apparel Management at the Apparel House Auditorium.

US doughnut major forays into India
BANGALORE, JAN 16 : US doughnut major Krispy Kreme has forayed into India with its first retail outlet here. Krispy Kreme will its doughnuts through franchisee Citymax Hotels India Ltd. of the Dubaibased retail giant Landmark group. The 76-year-old multinational makes doughnuts, noodles, pastas, pizzas, burgers, rolls and French fries. "India presents a great opportunity for brands like ours, as the country is at the cusp of consumer growth, driven by demographics, higher disposable incomes, an aspiring generation and increasing urbansiation," Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation president (international) Jeffrey B. Welch said on Wednesday. Krispy Kreme has franchisees in South East Asia and China. It has come to India to cash in on the growing consumerism in the food and beverage segment and the popularity of other food retail chains such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, McDonalds and Subway, to name a few. At an investment of Rs.8 crore (Rs.80 million), Citymax is opening the first outlet on upscale Church Street Jan 19 with a doughnut theatre that will showcase hundreds of hot doughnuts rolling out on a conveyer belt. "For the first time in the country, customers will have a unique opportunity to watch the entire doughnut-making process from a glass-viewing area in the theatre, as crispy doughnuts move along the conveyer belt from one stage to the next, finally flipping over and passing through a waterfall of glaze," Citymax president Vishal Sawhney said. The imported doughnutmaking machine has a capacity to roll out 210 dozens (2,520) of doughnuts per hour. Citymax plans to set up six more retails outlets in suburbs across the city this year in malls, market complexes, near metro rail stations, inter-state bus terminals and at main railway stations. "We plan to invest Rs.85 crore over the next five years to set up about 80 outlets across southern and western cities, including Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kochi for which we have the franchise from Krispy Kreme," Sawhney said. "Initially we will have most of the ingredients and recipes shipped from the US. Then we plan to source them locally to suit the Indian palate," Krispy vicepresident for international development Peter King pointed said. With each doughnut weighing about 40-50gm, a box of dozen doughnuts will be priced between Rs.450-Rs.550 for takeaways and a pair of doughnuts at the outlet will be sold at Rs.44-52 depending on the flavour and ingredients.

Gujarat for greater financial assistance to DDP areas
NEW DELHI, JAN 16: Gujarat government today asked the Centre to enhance financial assistance for Desert Development programme (DDP) areas by bringing them at par with Drought Prone Area Programme (DPAP) areas, for projects under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP). The state also suggested that funding pattern of centrally sponsored schemes should not be changed to the disadvantage of the states for the duration of a Five Year Plan period. Gujarat Finance Minister Nitinbhai Patel said the current economic scenario needs a strong vision for sustained growth. Financial self-reliance of the states needs to be strengthened so that they continue to contribute to India's GDP. Speaking at the pre-budget meeting convened by Union Finance MinisterP Chidambaram to obtain ideas and suggestions from state governments, Patel appraised that under present AIBP guidelines, the Centre provides financial assistance to the tune of 90 per cent in DPAP areas and only 25 per cent in DDP areas. Certain command areas of Saurashtra, Kutch and North Gujarat besides some parts of Rajasthan fall under DPAP and DDP areas but are not covered under AIBP run by the Water Resources Ministry and, therefore, Gujarat is not getting requisite benefit under the scheme, a statement from the state government said. He said Gujarat has taken a "leap forward" in the inter- basin transfer of water by constructing Sardar Sarovar dam and its associated canal system. Planning Commission has recently approved the revised cost of the project at Rs 39,240 crore. With the completion of the project, additional irrigation potential to the extent of 12.96 lakh hectares would be created particularly in drought-prone desert areas. Patel said Gujarat welcomes well--rounded effort for reforming the indirect tax system that would rationalise tax collection as well as improve economic efficiency across the country but loss to states' revenues due to switch to GST should be compensated by the Centre.

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Pakistan invites India to play full-fledged hockey series
KARACHI: PHF President Qasim Zia is hoping that the upcoming bilateral hockey series between India and Pakistan would not be affected despite fresh tension between the two countries. Nine Pakistan hockey players were barred from participating in Hockey India League and sent back due to the simmering tension at the border, where Pakistan violated ceasefire. Indian hockey team is scheduled to play a bilateral series in March. Zia, however, hoped that things would cool down in the next few days. "I am hopeful that hockey relations between the two countries will remain normal and the bilateral series we have planned in March will be held on schedule in India and Pakistan," Zia said. But the PHF chief conceded that when it came to Indo-Pak relations nothing could be said for certain. "Until few days back everything was okay. Our cricket team also went there and came back without any problems. Our hockey players also got visas. But now situation is different I am hopeful it will normalise soon," he said.

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna Saina sails into Malaysia Open round two both advance in Australian Open
MELBOURNE: Finally, there was something to cheer for India in the men's doubles as Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhuapthi advanced to the second round with their respective partners. Bopanna and American Rajeev Ram, seeded 12th defeated Australian pair of Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-4 in their first round. Fifth seeded duo of Mahesh Bhupathi and Canadian Daniel Nestor ousted the Spanish pair of Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 6-4 in their first round match. Second seeded Leander Paes and his Czech partner will begin the defence of their title against South Africa's Kevin Anderson and Isarel's Jonathan Erlich on Thursday. Bopanna and Ram will next take on Italian team of Simone a shock first round exit in a mixed day for the Indians at the marathon men's singles second round, which lasted four hours. Somdev showed he has recovered well from his shoulder surgery, which spoilt his 2012 season, but somehow could not complete the job despite a magnificent start. Somdev was lone Indian featuring in the men's singles. In the women's doubles Sania and Bethanie, who came into tournament after winning the Brisbane international, were ousted by unseeded Spanish team of Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro. The 10th seed IndoAmerican team bowed out with a 6-7(4) 3-6 defeat in their opening round of the women's doubles. Sania will now compete in the mixed doubles with new partner Bob Bryan.

Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. Earlier, Somdev Devvarman gave a mighty scare to world number 26 Jerzy Janowicz before fizzling out while Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered

Australian Open on Wednesday. Somdev was well on course to record his best performance at the Grand Slams but frittered away a two-set lead to go down 7-6(10) 6-3 1-6 0-6 5-7 against 24th seed Polish rival in a

Brazil host England for the first time in 29 years
SAO PAULO: Brazil will host England in an international friendly in June - the first match to be played in a renovated Maracana stadium and just days before the South American nation hosts the Confederations Cup. The June 2 match will be England's first visit to Brazil since 1984. England Manager Roy Hodgson says in a Football Association release that "it will be a proud moment to take the team back there again. "Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says "there's nothing better than facing an opponent of England's significance, 15 days before the Confederations Cup," adding "It'll be a great match, a world classic, one of those that everybody likes to participate in." The renovated Marcana will host the final of the 2014 World Cup.

Wu Di Makes history at Australian Open
Before giving Dodig the victory with a mistimed forehand, Wu saved two match points. He produced a superb second set against Dodig but his 53 unforced errors hindered his cause. Dodig hit 50 winners to 35 from Wu. Wu made history for Chinese tennis and is keen to lead China's men out of the shadows of their more successful women's counterparts. While Li Na, who comes from Wu's home city, won the French Open final in 2011, Wu and Zhang Ze, ranked 158, are the only Chinese players in the men's top 350 for now. After finishing his first Grand Slam event, Wu hopes that he could improve his world ranking to qualify for the French Open, instead of playing with a wildcard. "This is my first Grand Slam and I'm sure it won't be the last," he said.

Viswanathan crushes Aronian to jump to joint lead
WIJK AAN ZEE (THE NETHERLANDS): World Champion Viswanathan Anand scored an emphatic victory over world number two Levon Aronian of Armenia to jump to joint lead with two others after the fourth round of the Tata Steel chess tournament. Having gone through a rough patch in the past seven months since winning the world championship match last May, this is a big recovery for Anand in the early stages of the first super tournament of the year and the way it came left all chess buffs awestruck. World number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Russian Sergey Karjakin now share the lead with Anand on three points with the former extending his winning streak at the expense of P Harikrishna while the latter was lucky to escape with a draw against American Hikaru Nakamura. After a little lull in the first three rounds the day produced as many as five decisive games. Italian Fabiano Caruana defeated Ivan Sokolov of Holland, Dutchman Loek van Wely won against compatriot Erwin L'Ami while the all-Chinese duel between Wang Hao and Yifan Hou ended in favour of the former.In the other game of the

MELBOURNE: China's 21-year-old Wu Di made history by becoming the first man from his country to have played a Grand Slam match although he was ousted by Ivan Dodig of Croatia in the first round of the Australian Open. The world No.186 qualified via a wildcard tournament in Nanjing. Wu fought back from one set down before the world No.74 Croatian prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3 in three hours 14 minutes.

Gujarat Cricket Association refuses to host Women's Cricket World Cup
AHMEDABAD: Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has refused to host the upcoming Women's Cricket World Cup after it was approached by the BCCI, who are skeptical about hosting the event in Mumbai due to Pakistani players' presence in the quadrennial extravaganza.Anticipating trouble due to Pakistani players' participation in the mega-event in Mumbai, the BCCI had sought ICC's help in taking a final call on whether to stick to the original venue or change it for the team from across the border. "The BCCI had approached us asking whether Ahmedabad would be in a position to host the ICC Women's World Cup 2013. But we have refused to host the matches here following rising tension at the border," GCA secretary Rajesh Patel said. "Whether to go ahead with the matches at the same venue or shift it to an alternate place will now be decided by the International Cricket Council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India," he added. The BCCI had approached GCA with a "verbal" proposal whether it could host the Women's World Cup in Ahmedabad. Rising tension at the LoC (Line of Control), after Pakistan's violation of the ceasefire, has led to protests by Shiv Sena in Mumbai against the Pakistani players' participation in the ongoing Hockey India League, prompting all the franchisees to send back their Pakistani recruits. The eight-team Women's World Cup is scheduled to be held in Mumbai between January 31 and February 17 but there are concerns that there might be protests, leading to trouble.

WASHINGTON: Black carbon, the soot produced by burning fossil fuels and biomass, is a more potent atmospheric pollutant than previously thought, according to a four-year international study. Emitted by diesel engines, brick kilns and wood-fired cookstoves, black carbon is second only to carbon dioxide as the most powerful climate pollutant, according to the study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. But because black carbon only lasts in the atmosphere a matter of days, compared to carbon dioxide's atmospheric endurance of centuries, addressing it could be prime target for curbing global warming. "This new research provides further compelling evidence to act on short-lived climate pollutants, including black carbon," Achim Steiner, chief of the United Nations Environment

Black carbon a powerful climate pollutant: Study Russia to launch moon mission in 2015
Programme, said in a statement. Steiner pointed to efforts under way to cut black carbon emissions from heavyels set in 1997. The report found black carbon's effect on climate is nearly twice what the United Nations Intergovernmental sions caused significantly higher warming over the Arctic and other regions, could affect rainfall patterns, including those of the Asian monsoon system, and have led to rapid warming in the northern United States, Canada, northern Europe and northern Asia. The sooty particles that make up black carbon can be a major component of urban air pollution like that now blanketing Beijing, said Durwood Zaelke, president of the Washington-based non-profit Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and a reviewer of the study before its publication. "Black carbon is not only more important for climate than we thought, it also kills over a million people every year who contract deadly respiratory diseases by breathing air polluted by black carbon," Zaelke said in a statement. MOSCOW: Russia will launch a robotic lunar station in 2015, a top official said Tuesday. Federal space agency Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin said the LunaGlob will lift off from the Vostochny space port in Russia's far east after several test launches. Luna-Glob is the first of four missions planned before the creation of a fully robotic lunar base scheduled for after 2015. The orbiter will have a payload of 120 kg, including equipment for astrophysics experiments, dust monitors, and plasma sensors to study ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays. The moon exploration project is part of the federal space programme dating back to the late 1990s.It was put on hold due to financial restrictions and resurrected several years later. Initially scheduled for launch in 2012, the mission has been postponed twice, Popovkin previously said the country's planned manned spacecraft capable

day, local star Anish Giri signed peace with Hungarian Peter Leko. With nine rounds still to come in the category-20 super tournament between 14 players, the three leaders enjoy a full point lead over Leko, Wang Hao, Nakamura, Harikrishna, Caruana and van Wely who all have two points each. Another half a point adrift are Aronian, Giri, L'Ami and Sokolov while former women's world champion Yifan Hou is at the bottom of standings with one point to her credit. Anand went for the Slav defense and caught Aronian unawares in one of the deeply analysed variation. "I had prepared this variation for Boris (Gelfand) for the match but I had to remember a lot of variations," Anand said after the game.

KUALA LUMPUR: Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal sailed into the second round of Malaysia Open after registering a straight-set victory over Singapore's Gu Juan in the women's singles event on Wednesday. However, India's rising star PV Sindhu went down fighting to a higher-ranked Tine Baun of Denmark in her first round match. Saina, who has been given the top billing in the singles event, disposed off Juan's challenge 21-12 2115 in a match that lasted 29 minutes at the Putra Stadium. In the first game, the two matched each other to be tied at six points before Saina displayed some aggressive net play to open up a three-point lead to 96.Thereafter she just sailed ahead to clinch the game comfortably. The Hyderabadi, however, did not start well in the second game and was at one stage trailing 4-7 courtesy some brisk play the Singaporean. But smashes from the 21year-old Indian proved too much for the unseeded Juan to handle and she eventually

lost the game and match. Saina will next take on Hong Kong's Pui Yin YIP in the the second round. Meanwhile, Sindhu fought hard before going down to the third seeded Baun in a three-set encounter, lasting 49 minutes.Sindhu started off well as she surged ahead with an 8-5 lead. In fact, she managed to maintain a slight edge over her opponent to be placed at 10-8. But the Danish girl won four straight points to make it 12-10.In the men's singles, India's Gurusaidutt defeated compatriot Sourabh Varma 21-11, 21-14 to move into the second round. But in the men's doubles India's challenge ended as the duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar lost to Indonesian pair of Angga Pratama and Ryan Agung Saputra 21-12, 21-16. England`s Heather Olver and Kate Robertshaw moved to the next round after Indian women pair of Aparna Balan and Siki Reddy retired in the second set. They had won the first set 21-11 and were 3-4 behind in the second when they withdrew from the match.

New telecom licence guidelines next month likely: DoT
NEW DELHI: Government may issue guidelines on new telecom licences called as Unified Licence next month, a top official said on Wednesday. "We are expecting that (UL guidelines) in the month of February. The detailed guideline with regard to the UL and the process of issuing UL and the process of migration of existing licence should commence," Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued broad guidelines of UL in the Notice Inviting Applications issued in September 2012. According to broad features, telecom companies holding UL will be able to provide all services that existing licences permit as well as share spectrum and other active part of telecom infrastructure that were not permitted earlier.

duty diesel vehicles, brick production and municipal waste disposal as part of the international Climate and Clean Air Coalition. The United States was one of the coalition's founders last year. The US Environmental Protection Agency in midDecember also tightened limits on soot pollution from power plants, diesel engines and burning wood from lev-

Panel on Climate Change estimated in its landmark 2007 assessment. At that time, climate scientists ranked black carbon third behind carbon dioxide and methane. The new research, conducted by a multinational team of 31 experts, moves black carbon up in the ranking. The new assessment found black carbon emis-

first to 2010 and then to 2014. This past August Roscosmos announced a 10million ruble ($300,000) tender to develop a blueprint of a heavy rocket carrier that would be capable of carrying manned spacecraft to the moon. The project is to be completed by May 31, 2013.

of flights to the moon will not fly until 2018. Russia's space programme suffered a slew of setbacks in recent years, most of them blamed on faulty hardware. The most recent mishap took place last December, when a botched launch of the Yamal-402 telecoms satellite

led to the depletion of its fuel supply, shortening its orbit lifetime. In November 2011, Russia launched the PhobosGrunt probe, its most ambitious planetary mission in decades, designed to bring back rock and soil samples from the Martian moon Phobos. However, the probe got stuck in Earth's orbit after its engines failed to put it on course for the Red Planet. The doomed probe crashed in the Pacific Ocean last January after two months in orbit.The setbacks resulted in a reshuffle at the Federal Space Agency in 2011. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees defence and space industries, announced late last year a switch to a holding-based model for the industry, which he said would be implemented by March.

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