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JKENG/2012/41612 Vol. 2 No: 38
Karnataka releases Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu
Afzal hanging: Justice delivered after 11 years
Egypt's President Morsi urges Syria unity at Islamic summit
EC slams Congress leader
AGARTALA: The Election Commission has pulled up Tripura Congress leader Birajit Sinha for accusing Chief Minister Manik Sarkar of meeting surrendered extremists, an official said Saturday. The Communist Party of India-Marxist accused Sinha of making "concocted, unfounded and contd on page 2
Afzal Guru executed, buried inside Tihar Jail
NEW DELHI, FEB 9: Twelve years after a terror attack on its parliament brought it to the brink of war with Pakistan, India Saturday executed Kashmiri militant Afzal Guru in a meticulously mounted operation kept completely under wraps. He was hanged to death at 8 a.m. outside his cell in Delhi's Tihar Jail and buried quietly soon after for his role in plotting the audacious Dec 13, 2001 attack in which 10 people were killed when five armed terrorists stormed into the parliament complex when 100 MPs were inside. Afzal Guru's end came just six days after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition on Feb 3. "The President rejected the mercy petition of Afzal Guru on Feb 3 and after that I gave my approval on February 4 and the date and timing was confirmed by a judicial official. He was hanged at 8 o'clock this morning," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said at a press conference here. Shinde said mercy petition of Guru was first recommended for rejection by the Home Ministry in 2011 and after Pranab Mukherjee took over as President last year, he had returned all pending mercy petitions for reconsideration sent by him (Shinde) after he took charge of the Home Ministry in August 2012. "The new President sent back all mercy petitions for reconsideration... I examined the file carefully and recommended to the President on January 21 for rejection of
Afzal Guru was hanged for eight minutes
Allow family to perform last rites: Afzal's wife
Cold conditions prevail in parts of Punjab and Haryana
CHANDIGARH: Amritsar remained the coldest place in the region with cold conditions prevailing in most parts of Punjab and Haryana. Minimum temperature in Amritsar settled at 3.6 deg C, down by one degree below normal, the MeT office said here Saturday. Among other parts of Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala had a low of 10.3 deg C and 8.1 deg C respectively. UT Chandigarh contd on page 2
NEW DELHI, FEB 09:Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged at 8am on Saturday in front of eight people in the Tihar Jail in a procedure that took eight minutes, prison sources said on Saturday. They said that Guru was informed about his hanging late Friday evening after a death warrant "He was told about his hanging yesterday (Friday) by the jailor," a source said. The source said Guru was hanged about 20 metres from contd on page 2
NEW DELHI, FEB 9:The family of Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar Jail Saturday, sought permission from the authorities to perform his last rites in accordance with religious traditions. Guru's body was buried inside the jail premises, said officials. In a letter to Jail Director General Vimla Mehra, drafted by Guru's lawyer N.D. Pancholi, wife Tabassum said the last rites of her husband should be performed in a dignified manner. "We are writing contd on page 2
BJP welcomes Afzal's execution
Better late than never: Modi
ujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today welcomed the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. "Better late than never," Modi posted on microblogging site Twitter after the Centre announced that Guru was hanged at Tihar Jail here this morning. Guru, a Jaish-e-Mohammed militant, contd on page 2
Centre to provide air connectivity to small cities & remote areas
NEW DELHI: The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr. Ajit Singh said today that the Centre is committed to provide improved air connectivity to small cities and remote areas in the country. Inaugurating the new terminal building at Puducherry Airport, he said, 15 more airports will be constructed soon under the Greenfield policy. The new terminal at Puducherry airport has state of the art facilities including Flight Information Display System, Arrival Baggage Claim contd on page 2
JP today welcomed the execution of Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru, saying it was a "much awaited and much wanted decision". "This action is delayed. But undoubtedly it is a welcome action. It was a much awaited decision, much wanted decision so that the world could see that India is committed against terror, the fight against terror," contd on page 2
Afzal's execution has sent strong message: Congress
Afzal's family was informed about hanging: Home secretary
arliament attack convict Afzal Guru's family had been informed ahead of his hanging in Delhi's Tihar jail Saturday morning, Home Secretary R.K. Singh told reporters. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abullah was also kept in the loop about the hanging. "The chief minister was taken into confidence," R.K. Singh said. "The family was informed earlier. contd on page 2 Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister was kept in the loop". "The law and justice is taking its course." Singh added. The man from Doabgah (Seer) village near Kashmir Valley's Sopore town had known since Friday evening that he was to be hanged. He
ongress today said the message of "zero tolerance" against terrorism has been sent through the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, close on the heels of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab's hanging. Party spokesman Rashid Alvi said "after Independence, two major acts of terror have taken place in the country -- the attack on Parliament and the Mumbai terror contd on page 2 per the jail manual. Afzal Guru will be buried with full religious rites inside the jail. We are not apprehending any law and order problem in
ere is a timeline of events after the attack: * Dec 13, 2001: Five terrorists enter the parliament complex and open indiscriminate fire, killing nine people and injuring over 15. * Dec 15, 2001: Delhi Police pick up Afzal Guru, a member of terrorist outfit Jaish-eMuhammad (JeM), from Jammu and Kashmir. S.A.R. Geelani of Delhi University's Zakir Hussain College picked up for questioning and later arrested. Two others - Afsan Guru and her husband Shaukat Hussain Guru - were picked up later. * Dec 25, 2001: Under immense international pressure, the Pakistan government arrests JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. * Dec 29, 2001: Afzal Guru sent to 10 days' police remand. * June 4, 2002: Charges are framed against four people - Afzal Guru, Geelani, Shaukat Hussain Guru, Afsan Guru and Geelani. * Dec 18, 2002: Death sentence awarded to S.A.R. Geelani, Shaukat Hussain was woken up at 5 Saturday and he offered his prayers before calmly approaching the noose, officials in Tihar Jail said recounting his last
Timeline of events after Dec 13 parliament attack
Guru, and Afzal Guru, while Afsan Guru was let off. * Oct 29, 2003: Geelani acquitted in the case. * Aug 4, 2005: The Supreme Court, while confirming the death sentence of Afzal Guru, commutes Shaukat Hussain Guru's death sentence to 10 years rigorous imprisonment. * Sep 26, 2006: Delhi court orders Afzal to be hanged. * Oct 3, 2006: Afzal Guru's wife Tabasum Guru files a mercy petition with then president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. * Jan 12, 2007: The Supreme Court dismisses Afzal Guru's plea seeking review of his death sentence, saying "there is no merit" in it. * Dec 30, 2010: Shaukat Hussain Guru released from Delhi's Tihar Jail. * Dec 10, 2012: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said he would examine Afzal Guru's file after parliament's winter session concludes Dec 22. * Feb 3, 2013: President Pranab Mukherjeee rejected Afzal Guru's mercy plea. * Feb 9, 2013: Afzal Guru hanged in New Delhi's Tihar jail at 8 a.m. hours. He was buried quietly soon after, close to the cell he had spent so many years in contd on page 2
Afzal Guru's petition," he said. Speaking to the media, the Home Secretary said, "The decision on Afzal Guru's body will be taken as
ECI allowed plain voters slips for poll bound states of NE
AGARTALA: Election Commission of India (ECI) has allowed political parties to distribute Voter ID slips without name of the contestant, party symbol, slogan or any indication of influencing electorates in favour of any party or individual for upcoming assembly poll in Tripura, Meghalaya and Manipur. ECI has also asked the political parties, which distributed slips with name and contd on page 2
Curfew across Valley, Life came to standstill
FIRING IN BARAMULLA HAZRATBAL AND SOPORE
lash. Despite curfew and strict restriction, processions were taken out at dozens of places and police resorted to aerial firing in South Kashmir's Pulwamma District and North Kashmir's Khanpora and Sopore areas. According to protests , erupted across the Valley including home town of Afzal Guru so after the news SRINAGAR, 9: Residents in Kashmir Valley woke up to the shocking news on Saturday morning that Kashmir youth Afzal Guroo was executed in Delhi's Tihar Jail. The news broke with clamp down as thousands of police and para-military personnel were deployed in Srinagar city and other major towns to prevent any backspread about his execution. According to reports,police and paramilitary troops fired upon protesting people in the home village of Afzal, Mazebugh Sopore resulting in the injuries to eight protesters. Police spokesman however, said that they have no information about the incident. Another police official contd on page 2
Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Mobile internet services in the Kashmir Valley were today snapped following the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru amid apprehensions of a backlash. All the mobile internet connections stopped functioning this morning as the news about hanging of Guru broke out. Although, no reason has been given for snapping the services, it is believed that the step was taken as a preemptive measure to stop misuse of internet. In the past, authorities have suspended internet and mobile services during the 2010 summer unrest in contd on page 2
Omar appeals for peace in J&K
NEW DELHI,FEB9: In the aftermath of execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today appealed for calm and asked people not allow those with vested interests to exploit the situation. "I understand there is a certain degree of angst as a result of execution. I also understand there are among us those who would like to exploit the situation for their own personal and political advantage thereby putting the people of the state to more inconvenience," Omar said in a brief interaction with reporters. Instructing police and para-military forces for exercising maximum restraint while contd on page 2
US seeking info that can convict Hafiz Saeed in court of law
WASHINGTON: The US on Saturday said it continues to seek information on LeT founder and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed that can convict him in the court of law. However, it refused to comment on the detailed interview given by the Mumbai attack mastermind, arguing that it does not want to "dignify" someone on which the US has declared a reward of USD 10 million for information leading to his conviction. "I'm not going to, you know, dignify the interview contd on page 2
Kamal did it once again: "India is an oppressor and it will perish"
SRINAGAR, 9: "Execution of one Afzal Guroo will produce thousands of Afzal Guroo's in Kashmir. It is absurd and foolishness to expect justice from the Government of India. India is doing grave injustice in Kashmir and it will be perished soon by the grace of God." This was stated by ruling National Conference Additional General Secretary; Dr Shiekh Mustaf Kamal in an interview shortly after Afzal Guroo was hanged in Tihar Jail on Saturday morning. Kamal while spewing venom against the Government of India said that India is insensitive towards the people of Kashmir and is ruling the Kashmir on the basis of military power. "Half of India's military force has been deployed in Kashmir to suppress the voice of people. Not speaking of a common Kashmiri, even our Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was not taken into confidence and despite his repeated pleas Central Government did what suited to them." Kamal said and added that he appeals Kashmiri people not to expect any justice from the Government of India. "By hanging Afzal Guroo, Government of India appeased the Hindu extremist forces and played with the sentiments of people of Kashmir. "National Conference including Omar Abdullah had requested Centre Government to award Afzal life imprisonment because by hanging Afzal, large scale violence may ereupt in Valley which they ignored." He said and further added that the decision came as a big disappointment for National Conference. National Conference Additional General Secretary; Dr Shiekh Mustaf Kamal accused India that it is not serious about Kashmir and right from 47 it has suppressed the sentiments of people. "Indian democracy is in vogue only in other states of India while in Kashmir it has been always trampled. India desperately wants to enslave we Kashmiri people. In Holy Quran, Allah has cursed upon the oppressors. India is an oppressor and she is destined to perish." Kamal said contd on page 2
'J&K keen to welcome foreign tourists' : Mir
MUMBAI, FEB 9: The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Minister, Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir has Called upon the overseas' Tour and Travel bodies to guide and steer the people of their Countries to visit Jammu and Kashmir, describing it the most ideal tourist destination in the world. He assured that J&k is as peace full as any other part of the World and people of State remain enthusiastic to welcome the foreigners on their visit here with all hospitality facilities. Speaking at the one day Overseas' Travel Mart held here today, the Minister said that tour and travel operators can contd on page 2
Signs of upturn in economy, growth likely to be 5.5%: FM
NEW DELHI: GDP growth for the current fiscal could be higher than that forecast by the Central Statistical Office (CSO), the finance ministry has argued, citing improvement in forward-looking indicators and the tendency to underestimate growth when the economy is on the mend. Advance estimates of GDP released by CSO on Thursday forecast only a 5% growth in the current fiscal, the lowest since 2002-03. Citing GDP numbers for two earlier years when the final outcome was much better than the advance esti-
mates, the ministry said it is likely that final growth in 2012-13 will be closer to 5.5% or more, an assessment also shared by some private economists. Earlier in the day, Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram Rajan also said the CSO estimate could be on the lower side. "At turning points in contd on page 2
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check too. It is not correct that the family was not informed," he said. the internet to mobilise protests. These services are suspended on every Republic day and Independence Day as a precautionary measure as well. The annual growth in excise duty and service tax in AprilDecember 2012 was 16% and 33%, respectively. The ministry added that the Reserve Bank of India's decision to cut policy rates by 25 basis points following a moderation in core inflation will also stimulate growth. "The government's objective is to create conditions conducive to growth such as macroeconomic stability, and a number of steps had been taken in that direction," Rajan said, highlighting the setting up of the Cabinet Committee on Investments and nod to debt restructuring of state electricity boards. However, he admitted that more needed to be done and that the economy was growing well below potential. new golf courses, adventure tracks, conservation of historical monuments, promotion of skiing, water sports and development of new leisure spots have been carried out to a large extent in the State. The Tourism Minister assured the Tour and Travel Operators that State government would facilitate in easing the air travel of foreign tourists while visiting Jammu and Kashmir. He said the issue for direct flights besides additional flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Srinagar and Jammu would be taken with Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on priority. The Tourism Minister invited domestic and over seas' Tour and Travel operators to the visit of the State for their own assessment of the peaceful situation besides avenues of varied tourism potential of the State. He called upon them that their visit would help in showcasing the rich tourism potential of the State. He said that State government has also developed conventional tourism facilities in the State and Kashmir is an ideal place for holding of national as well as international conferences. He appealed the participant Tour and Travel operators to be the ambassadors of J&K and spread good message among their Countrymen about the magnificent and mesmerizing tourism of Jammu and Kashmir. The Conference was attended by representatives of various over seas' Countries like Srilanka, Malaysia, Maldives etc who deliberated upon several issues for showcasing the tourism of their respective Countries. Over 150 Tour and Travel operators of the State participated in the Mart. They interacted with their counterparts and assured their whole hearted cooperation for providing all facilities to the tourists in Jammu and Kashmir.
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solitary confinement. The Supreme Court had sentenced him to death in 2004. As news spread of the execution - the second in India in just three months after the hanging of Pakistani Ajmal Amir Kasab for the Mumbai terror attack - scattered protests broke out in the Kashmir valley. Curfew was clamped in major towns as police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in full battle gear fanned out. Several people were injured, two of them critically, in clashes with forces. The moderate faction of the separatist group Hurriyat Conference called for four days of mourning. The hanging, it said, was "political killing which has nothing to do with the legal system of India". The government explained that legal process was followed. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said he had been informed about the decision at 8 p.m. Friday. The government's move, which came shortly ahead of budget session of parliament beginning Feb 21, was welcomed by the BJP that has been demanding that Afzal Guru be hanged. The Left welcomed it too. With the opposition silenced somewhat in the last year of the UPA II government, ministers said the law had taken its course. But rights activists and others said this was not so. "There should have been decency about (today's) hanging," said Rajinder Sachar, former chief justice of Delhi High Court. "He was not like Kasab. He was an Indian." Protocol had not been followed, said Delhi University lecturer S.A.R. Geelani, who was arrested in the case but acquitted by the Supreme Court in October 2003. Afzal Guru's cousin Yaseen Guru said that they were not told in advance about the hanging or about the president rejecting his mercy plea. He said Afzal Guru's wife Tabassum was in a state of deep shock. "All that she and the rest of the family now want is his body," he said. Home Secretary R.K. Singh, however, asserted that the family was informed about the hanging. In contrast, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists celebrated the hanging near Jantar Mantar in the heart of Delhi. Afzal Guru, who leaves behind a son in Class 8 and who is believed to have given up his MBBS course in the first year, had wanted an end to the "living death". "I don't think the (UPA-I) government can ever reach a decision," Afzal Guru had said in what was perhaps his last interview. He was proved wrong.
you to please permit the family members to give Afzal Guru a proper dignified last rites in accordance with the religious traditions. "If you could inform us when the family members can perform their 'Namaaz-eJanaza', we would appreciate it," said the letter. "We do not wish to make it a political issue in an atmosphere which is already volatile but the family members, as citizens of India, have a right, which must be respected," the letter said.
Armed forces housing for married by 2018: Antony
NEW DELHI: Defence Minister A.K. Antony Friday told members of the parliamentary consultative committee attached to his ministry that Married Accommodation Project (MAP) for the armed forces personnel will be completed by 2018. Addressing the committee meeting, Antony said there was delay in the implementation of phase two of the project and the third and fourth phases have been combined to catch up with the time lost. The meeting was held to discuss on Military Engineering Service (MES) and Married Accommodation Project (MAP). According to an official press release, MAP was initiated after a study carried out by the three services and the service headquarters in 2001. It identified the acute shortfall of married accommodation for Officers and other ranks of the armed forces, to the tune of 198,881 dwelling units. In order to complete the project in a limited timeframe and to put the construction process on a fast track, the need was felt to create a dedicated agency and accordingly, a directorate for MAP was carved out of the MES in 2002. The release said the members told the meeting that MAP project should be expedited without further delay.
and added that Afzal Guroo's execution would result in bloodshed in Kashmir and his death will actually be the birth of thousands of Afzal Guroo's. "India will get nothing out of this. Centre always creates trouble for National Conference which pitches for development and peace in Kashmir. Whenever we cooperate with Central Government, they backstab us." He said.
dealing with any situation, the Chief Minister in his appeal to people said, "Please allow us to get through this period. Please do not let the situation go out of hands. "Please do not indulge in any violent protests that will make matters worse," he said. Omar also appealed to media, especially electronic media, to cross check the facts before putting out any stories. "Please check, cross check and re-verify before putting out any story. My experience during 2010 was that many a times, in order to break the news, rumours and not facts are used." Omar said Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde had informed him last night that Afzal Guru's hanging will take place at 8 AM today as all the judicial process had been completed. "We made a quick assessment of the situation and decided to impose some restrictions in the Valley," he said, adding that Army had not been called out to assist the state government. "The Jammu and Kashmir police and para-military forces are carrying out their duty," he said. He also said unlike in the case of Maqbool Bhat, there was no case against Guru in the state and hence there was no death warrant signed against him in Jammu and Kashmir.
BJP welcomes ....
BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters here.He said the BJP has always been pressing for strong and prompt action against perpetrators of terror. "Any action against terror like the hanging of Afzal Guru should be immediate. It cannot be delayed. If the highest court of the land upheld the conviction of Afzal Guru in 2007, thereafter there was no reason that any mercy petition should have been delayed for so long," he said. "Though delayed, we still feel that the hanging of Afzal Guru was a right action. It has been done and the people of this country have been wanting and waiting for it for a long time," he said. Days after his mercy petition was rejected by the President, Guru was hanged at 8 AM at Tihar jail here. Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004. On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons. Welcoming the execution of Guru, BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said he was "a conspirator in waging war against the nation and responsible for attack on the temple of democracy (Parliament) in India." "It is a late decision but in national interest. There was a strong anger across the nation due to the delay (in execution). Despite the late action, people in the country have heaved a sigh of relief and this hanging has given a message to the terrorists and the anti-national forces working against the country," he said. "We should adopt a zero-tolerance stand against terrorism," Naqvi added.
said that only two persons were injured in the incident. Sources said that people of Mazebugh Sopore came on roads to protest the hanging of Afzal Guru. The protesters were demanding body of Afzal as well. They said that the police and paramilitary personnel fired upon peaceful protesters injuring at least eight persons. While talking To reporters , one of doctors said that in the district hospital Baramulla thhe received eight injured people in the hospital which are being treated. However, 02 of them were serious and have been shifted to Srinagar. "One of them had a bullet injury on neck and other on his thigh so they were shifted to Srinagar," Doctor said. Protests were also held in Kulgam, Baramula, Qazigund, Banihal, Pulwamma, Shopian,Sumbal, Dangiwacha, Hazratbal, Pattan and at other dozens of places across the Kashmir Valley. In Hazratbal area of Srinagar city, large number of people came on roads raising anti-Omar and anti-BJP slogans were fired upon by the police and para-military forces when they allegedly pelted stones of police personnel deployed in the area. One youth Reyaz Ahmed Wani from Batapora Hazratbal received a bullet and was rushed to SKIMS in critical condition. People in Kralgund Handwara protested against the execution of Afzal Guru and set a CRPF Bunker on fire located in front of police station Kralgund. Police and CRPF personnel fired several round in air and in retaliation agitated protestors resorted to heavy stone pelting resulting in the injuries of dozens of people. In Bogam area of District Kulgam, SP Kulgam's escort was attacked by agitated people and according to reports, people tried to disarm the police and CRPF personnel. "A policeman and a CRPF jawan was injured when people pelted stones on the police vehicles in Bogam," a police official told news source At Lower Munda toll post, youth pelted stones on army vehicles to which CRPF and Police deployed there responded with aerial firing and tear gas shelling. According to police sources, "curfew was imposed in major towns of the valley including Srinagar city. Six persons including four policemen were injured while tackling the pelters. Stray incidents of stone pelting were reported from different places. One person Bilal Ahmad Gojri son of Abdul Rahman Gojri resident of Azad Gunj, Baramulla was injured in his left thigh in Old Town, Baramulla who was shifted to SKIMS where his condition is reported to be stable. Another person Firdous Ahamd Bohroo received injuries in his left arm in Sopore. He was shifted to SKIMS, Srinagar where his condition is also reported to be stable.Four policemen were also injured including an ASI who received injuries in his head."
baseless allegations". Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal told reporters: "The EC reprimanded Sinha for making unsubstantiated remarks against Sarkar. (He has been told) to desist from such acts."
Cold conditions ....
recorded minimum at 7.3 deg C. In plain areas of Haryana, Narnaul braved cold at 5 deg C, down by one degree below normal. Ambala, Hisar and Bhiwani experienced cold at 8 deg C, 6.8 deg C and 6.4 deg C respectively. Karnal shivered at 6.2 deg C, down by two notches below normal. The MeT Department predicted that dry weather conditions will continue during next 48 hours with fog and mist during night and morning in Punjab and Haryana.
Indian Army gets its first indigenouslymade Rudra attack helicopter
BANGALORE:The first indigenously built Weapon System Integrated Advanced Light Helicopter, Rudra, was handed over to the Indian Army by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) here at the Aero India R K Tyagi, Chairperson, HAL, said: "The handing over of Rudra was a symbol of defence preparedness and assured HAL's commitment towards all the projects of the Army." Deputy Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Narendra Singh said the chopper, true to its name, is a modern helicopter with the state-ofthe-art weaponry. "This combat platform would help the Army to march ahead towards victory in future battles, if any," he said. Rudra is the Mk-IV variant of the Advanced Light Helicopter designed and manufactured by HAL. The helicopter is fitted with weapons, targeting systems, warning and counter-measure systems and survivability features. A weaponised platform, Rudra caters to attack roles with self-defence capability. The helicopter is fitted with three sighting systems, that is, electro-optic pod, helmet-mounted sight and fixed sight. Further, a 20mm Turret Gun is fitted in the nose of the helicopter and the combination of 70mm rockets, air-to-air missiles and antitank guided missiles can be fitted on the four weapon stations. The warning and countermeasures include Radar Laser Missile Warning Systems and Flare Chaff Dispensers. The helicopter has growth potential for additional systems like obstacle avoidance system, IR jammer, data link and others.
Signs of upturn....
GDP growth, looking at past data underestimates the change... When you are trending down, you tend to underestimate and when you are trending up, you tend to overestimate," he said at a symposium organised by Citi-MIT Sloan. Economists also felt the final growth could be higher. "There could be a marginal upward revision to final FY13 GDP growth, on account of construction activity. The final numbers would be somewhere around 5.4%," said Shubhada Rao, chief economist, YES BankBSE 0.27 %. DK Joshi, chief economist at CrisilBSE -0.27 %, said, "We expect the final numbers to be at around 5.5%." In 2009-10, in its advance estimates, the CSO had pegged growth at 7.2%, which was eventually revised upwards to 8.6%, the finance ministry said in a statement. Similarly, in 2010-11, the final 9.3% growth was well above the 8.6% estimated initially. In contrast, when the economy was slowing down in 200809 because of the global financial crisis, the final growth rate of 6.8% was below the 7.1% indicated in advance estimates. The ministry argued that the advance estimates are based on data till November-December, and may have missed the upturn that the statement asserts is underway. "(This) makes its estimates accurate when GDP growth is following a trend, but not when it is turning," the statement said. CSO releases three estimates of GDP before unveiling the final numbers. The first estimate, also called advance estimate, is made public in the first week of February of the relevant year. Subsequently, revised estimates are released at the end of May (in the nest fiscal) and are followed by quick estimates by January-end. The final numbers come in later. The ministry pointed out that the Purchasing Manager's Index (manufacturing) has been moving up since October 2012 and seasonally adjusted IIP growth has stabilised since October 2012.
Centre to provide ....
Conveyor and CCTV for surveillance. The terminal constructed at a cost of 30 crore rupees has the capacity to handle 150 passengers at a time. The airport has a runway of 1502 meters which is safe for operating ATR-72 type aircrafts.
ECI allowed ...
symbols among the voters to withdraw it immediately from the voters, instead if they wish can distribute plain voters' slip only mentioning the name and other indication of the electorates.
Manohar convenes Public Grievances Camp at village KhairiHiranagar Tehsil
KATHUA, FEB 9: Minister of State for Cooperatives, Fisheries Stationary and Finance Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma convened a Public Grievances Camp at village Khairi in Tehsil Hiranagar of District Kathua here today. Representatives of various villages put forth their demands and problems before the Minister. Responding to the demands Mr Manohar Lal directed the officers of the PWD department to complete the road from Babyati to Daabi before June. Minister further informed that tenders for the construction of Bridge over Tarnah Nallah for the village Khairi and Daabi have been floated and work will be started soon. He said that drilling work for the tube well would be started within a week's time. He also said that a new water Supply Scheme for Village Khairi will be projected in the district Plan. The Minister made a fervent appeal to the public to safeguard the traditional water bodies adding that government is already providing labour and funds under MNREGA Scheme for renovation of these traditional water bodies. Responding to the demand of giving RBA status to Khairi Khui and some areas of Maltha, he asked the people to move a resolution in this regard and he would take it up with the Backward Commission. Minister also announced as many as 20 electric poles to be provided for Bakerwal mohalla at Khairi village. Minister also sanctioned Rs 50,000 for the construction of boundary wall at Middle school Khairi and another Rs 50,000 were sanctioned by him for carrying out other important development works in the village.
US seeking ....
with a detailed response," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters. Nuland said that Rewards for Justice Proposal that was put out against Saeed last year is not a bounty. "What it's designed to do is to help obtain information leading to his arrest and conviction, so we're looking for people to come forward, whether they are in Pakistan or anywhere else, with information that can stand up in court, can withstand judicial scrutiny in US or a foreign court and help create the conviction, so that's what this is about," the spokesperson said in response to a question.
was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004. After the hanging of Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab, main opposition BJP had stepped up its demands for speedy execution of Guru.
Meeting of NC Labour (Wing PHE Employees Welfare Association) was held at Sher -I- Kashmir Bhawan
JAMMU 09 FEB , 2013 : Meeting of National Conference Labour (Wing PHE Employees Welfare Association) was held at Sher -I- Kashmir Bhawan , Jammu today which was addressed by the Th. Rachpal Singh, MLA , Kalakote , Central Secretary in charge Jammu Poonch Parliamentary Constituency I/C Labour Wing . Public Health Engineering Employees Welfare Association handed Over a Charter of demands Comprising various issues of the employees to the Central Secretary .The main points are as under ;1) Regularization of left over daily wagers who have completed their period as daily wagers 2) Release of pending wages of casual labourers . 3) Enhancement of wages to the Daily Wagers / Casual Wagers . 4) DPC in the department . Addressing Th. Rachpal Singh said National Conference is a party of the labourers , farmers and downtrodden people of the state . The Chief Minister is very much keen to address the crucial issues of the Labourer . The party is committed to address all the issues as this class is the backbone of the society and nation building .He has almost settled the issues of employees and other related issues are also under active consideration .He assured the participants that issues raised by them would be taken up with the concerned authorities and action taken report shall be communicated .He asked them to work untidily in their respective areas and serve the nation .Their activities are lifeline for the society .
his cell where he spent 12 years in solitary confinement. "There were eight people, including a doctor, a magistrate and some jail officials, present when he was hanged. He was hanged for eight minutes," the source said. Guru was buried quietly soon after the hanging. After he was woken up at 5am, he offered prayers before calmly approaching the noose, officials said. A Muslim cleric was also present during his hanging. Guru was convicted for his role in plotting the December 13, 2001, attack on Parliament House, in which 10 people were killed when five armed terrorists stormed into the complex when 100 MPs, then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his cabinet ministers were inside.
strikes, and those who were responsible for both have been hanged." Kasab was hanged in Pune's Yerawada jail on November 21 last year. "We have sent the message to the world that we cannot tolerate terrorism at any cost. If anybody tries to commit (any act of terror), he will be punished. People of our country and government have zero tolerance against terrorism," he said. Hitting out at the opposition NDA, he said those who were released in Kandahar (Air India plane hijack) eventually made the conspiracy to attack Parliament.
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play active role to promote tourism between Countries. He assured fullest cooperation of Jammu and Kashmir government to foreign and domestic Tour and Travel Operators in this regard. He said that J&K government has taken all necessary steps to upgrade the world class tourist infrastructure at varied destination across all the regions of the State, besides new destinations at Yousmarg, Doodipathri, Lolab, Bangus, Drangyari, Bhaderwah, Kishtawar, Rajouri, Poonch and Mughal road are being explored and promoted fully. He said that the tremendous scope of adventure, Sports, heritage and pilgrim tourism also received focused attention of the government and by the financial assistance of the Central government
I checked from the jail authorities and they informed me that two letters had been sent by speed post. The DGP Kashmir was asked to cross-
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Polytechnic exam postponed
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 09 - J&K State Board of Technical Education has notified that the examination paper of 1st semester regular students of all the government/private polytechnics of Jammu and Kashmir State to be held on Monday 11th February, 2013 is hereby postponed. The new dates for the said paper will be notified later on.
Jora visits Leprosy colony Bhagwati Nagar, Sunjwan
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 09: As part of the continuous efforts to beautify Jammu city and make it moreneat and clean, the Minister for Urban Development and Urban Development Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora on Saturday took a whirlwind tour of the Jammu city and inspected several ongoing construction works at various place including Leprosy colony, Bhagwati Nagar and Sunjwan. The Minister while reviewing the facilities being provided to the leprosy affected people living at Leprosy colony, Kusht Ashram was informed that 36 dwelling units have already been handed over to the beneficiaries constructed at a cost of Rs 101.88 lakhs against the total project cost of Rs.143.51 that the residents don't face any inconvenience. The Minister also visited BSUP at Rajiv Nagar, Sunjwan and inspected the pace of progress of 608 dwelling units coming up at a cost of Rs.1424.55 lakhs. He was informed that 64 dwelling units are complete while the construction work on 272 dwelling units is in progress and till now Rs.801 lakhs have been spent against the released funds of Rs.656.43 lakhs. He was also informed that construction of one park and community Hall is also part of the project. The Minister also inspected work on the protection walls and diversion nallah meant for safety and preventing flash floods during heavy rains. Mr. Jora also inspected the work in progress on five
Says Govt committed to accommodate slum dwellers at proper places with all basic amenities
blocks to be constructed under phase II of the programme. He directed the accompanying Officers and Engineers to expedite the work and complete the construction of all the Dwelling Units within the stipulated time frame so that the under privileged and homeless may be suitably accommodated in the newly constructed quarters. He said that these people also form an essential part of the society and it is our duty to uplift them through government support. The Minister was accompanied by Commissioner Jammu Municipality Corporation, Mr. K.L Khujaria, Joint commissioner Works, Executive Engineer, Central, Health Officer and other senior officers of the concerned agencies.
KCCs distributed at Chirdi
UDHAMPUR FEBR 09: Agriculture Zone Samroli in collaboration with Punjab National Bank (PNB) organized a function to distribute Kissan Credit Card(KCC) among the farmers here on Saturday at Village Chirdi in Zone Samroli. A total of 146 KCCs were distributed on spot by the bank to farmers present in the gathering. Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Extension Officer, Mr. Jyoti Parkash advised to the farmers to use Kissan Credit Card judiciously by purchasing good quality of seeds, fertilizers, pesticide and other farm machinery to increase the agriculture production. Highlighting the benefits of KCC, JAEOs Ghantwal, Mr. Pawan Dev Singh said that it serves as identity to farmers besides providing crop insurance, accidental insurance and monetary support to them to purchase quality inputs. He also apprised the farmers about various schemes of state and central government for uplifting the farming community. Among others, Sarpanches, Naib Sarpanches, Panches, functionaries of the Agriculture and PNB besides large number of farmers were present on the occasion.
Minister for Urban Development and Urban Development Local Bodies, Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora aling with others inspecting ongoing construction works. lakhs under JNNURUM Scheme. He was further informed that the leprosy affected families have been provided all the basic amenities. Meanwhile, during inspection, a number of local residents of the colony met the Minister and apprised him about problems related to adequate drinking water availability, electricity and other facilities. Mr. Jora directed Executive Engineer, Central, JMC to redress the grievances of the locals immediately, so
Orientation course on Nutrition Education organized
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 09: Community Food Nutrition Extension unit Jammu organized Orientation Training course for newly appointed Anganwari Workers of ICDS Gandhi Nagar and Trikuta Nagar in collaboration with Social Welfare Department and Health Education Bureau Directorate of Health Services Jammu. Ex- Dy. Director Health Services, Dr. R.P Gupta was the chief guest. Spoke on Malnutrition problems and its prevention and also delivered a guest lecture focusing on Anemia, Protein Energy and Vitamin A. Dr. Swati Sharma Dental Surgeon Health Education Bureau, Dr. Ujala Gupta I/C I.D.D cell and A.K Braroo Ex. Demonstrator of CFNEU, Jammu also spoke on Infant/Breast feeding, care of Pregnancy/Nursing Mother and facts of diet alongwith growth monitoring and tips for good health. Jagdish Prashad Officer incharge of CFNEU, Jammu highlighted low cost nutritious foods made from locally available food stuffs at home, Pankaj Gupta Calligrapher Health Education Bureau Directorate of Health Services spoke on the Health Schemes launched by J&K Govt. A exhibition displaying low cost nutritious recipes were demonstrated during the period. Literatures on nutrition were distributed to the participants and group discussion and evaluation was carried.
Plan spending in Jammu region reviewed
Redouble efforts to achieve developmental targets in full: Sadhotra tells officers
Bhalla asks students to bring laurels in coming examinations
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 09-Dewan Devi Higher Secondary School today celebrated its Annual Day function with fun and fervor in the school premises Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture Mr. Raman Bhalla was the Chief Guest of the function. Students of the school of various classes presented colorful cultural items on different aspects of social life, education, moral values besides all round development of the students which was highly appreciated by the jam-packed audience. Addressing the gathering, Mr. Bhalla said annual days not only provide students a platform to exhibit their hidden talent, but also introduce them to the culture and heritage of the State. He urged upon the students to actively participate in co-curricular activities side by side their academics for their overall personality development and physically fitness. The Minister asked the students to work hard for coming examination and bring laurels to their institutions. He asked the teachers to provide quality education to the students to facilitate their better grooming, adding that teachers as the Gurus are the main architect of the children who shape their personality through their experience and talent. Mr. Bhalla highlighted the role of the teachers and parents in the life of children. He said a child is nourished by parents, while the teacher shapes his personality and gives his life a positive direction. Later, the Minister also distributed memento among the students who excelled in 2011-12 examinations and extra-curricular activities. Among others, ExCorporator Mr. Manmohan Singh, Chairman Mr. S C Suri, Principal Mrs. Saloni Anand, prominent personalities besides parents and students in large numbers were present on the occasion.
Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment, Mr Ajay Kumar Sadhotra Reviewing achievements registered in various districts under this year's Annual Plan at a high level meeting of District Development Commissioners of the Jammu region. JAMMU, FEBRUARY 09Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment, Mr Ajay Kumar Sadhotra has called for expediting work on various developmental projects in Jammu and Kashmir with focus on achieving in full the physical and financial targets set for the current fiscal. Reviewing achievements registered in various districts under this year's Annual Plan at a high level meeting of District Development Commissioners of the Jammu region here, the Minister stressed the need for completing the projects within stipulated time frame and avoiding spill over of works thereby delaying the benefits to the targeted population. He noted with satisfaction the 72 per cent spending in various sectors and urged District Development Commissioners to evolve a mechanism of closely monitoring for expeditious implementation of various schemes and programmes. He also underscored the need for maintaining high quality standards at all costs and referred to the third party monitoring mechanism, introduced by the Government on the initiative of the Chief Minister. While stressing the need for further improving infrastructure, especially in the priority sectors of health, education, power, roads, irrigation and public health engineering segments, the Minister laid thrust on ensuring basic amenities to the people including those living in remote and far-off areas. Mr Sadhotra took a detailed review on the progress achieved on decisions taken during the District Development Board meetings chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and sought scheme-wise status of the projects and various other welfare schemes. The review covered the implementation of decisions taken during the financial years 2009-10 till date. He called for close coordination between various departments and executing agencies for achieving optimum results during the limited remaining period of the current financial year. He also reviewed performance of various departments-- district-wise and sector-wise and asked the District Development Commissioners to settle inter-departmental issues of land acquisition and release of clearances etcetera on priority. He also had an exhaustive review of the schemes taken under RAMSA, NABARD and other centrally sponsored programmes. Addressing the officers, the Minister spelled out the developmental priorities of the Omar Abdullah led coalition government and asked the field agencies to translate his vision of equitable development of all the regions and their sub-regions with a sense of commitment and dedication. "No initiative will succeed unless the government agencies work with a missionary spirit and the people extend their cooperation", he said and hoped that all limbs of administration together with the people of the state will work for faster development of Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier, Principal Secretary Planning and Development, Mr B R Sharma gave an overview of the progress achieved in various sectors of development, and under various centrally sponsored schemes.
Multilingual mushiara organized
UDHAMPUR FEBRUARY 09: District Information Centre, Udhampur organized multilingual Mushiara in the premises of Bhartiya College of Education, Udhampur here today. Deputy Director Employment, Udhampur, Mr. Sandesh Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion. The prominent and budding poets of the district which mainly include Parkash Premi, Balraj Bakshi, Jial Lal Jia, A.S. Anjum, S. D Kotwal, Avdesh Mishra, M.K. Pagal, Jagdeep Dubey and Surjeet Hosh etc besides budding poets Surbhi, Joytsana, Mudasar Hussain, Rekha Jamwal, Munish , Aftab Hussain Azad, Priya Kumari , Ranjit Singh and Amrita Kumari etc participated in the poetic Mushiara and presented their poetic verses touching all aspects of society. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest appreciated the efforts of Information department for organizing Mushiara and said that such programmes should be organized in near future so that people in general and literary personalities of the district particular may participate in such programmes. He further added that the interaction of young poets with established poets of the district would go a long way in shaping the students talent in poetry. The young poets of the host institution also presented their poetry in different languages which got appreciation by the audience present on the occasion. The Principal of the host college, Mr. Sukham Chand presented welcome address. Among Others, District Information Officer, Udhampur, Dr. Jagdish Mehra, Vice Principal of the host college Mr. P.L.Suri, staff members and students in large number were present on the occasion.
Lal Singh inaugurates district youth convention at Kathua
KATHUA, FEBRUARY 09: Nehru Yuva Kendra organized 'District Youth Convention' here at Kathua today. Over 200 youth and representatives of Self Help Groups, Mahila Mandals, and Youth Leaders participated in the convention. Member Parliament, Ch. Lal Singh who was the chief guest on the occasion exhorted upon the youth to follow the teachings of the great scholars like Swami Vivekananda who had tremendous faith in human potential and urged people, especially youth, to discover it within themselves. He also urged the youth to be torch bearer of morality and progress for the betterment of the society. He also called upon the youth to be pro-active by bringing positive change in their mind and character. On the occasion Ch Lal Singh distributed sports material to the Youth clubs and Mahila Mandals. Officers of different departments like Industries, Horticulture. RSETI, etc…educated the youth about various schemes launched by State and Central Govt. for the welfare of the masses. Among others Zonal Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Naveen Kumar Naik, District Youth Coordinator, Som Dutt Zard, Regional Coordinator, JKEDI, Mr Mahajan, General Manager, District Industry Centre, Director RSETI and other District level officers were also present on the occasion
Seminar on Domestic violence against women organized
UDHAMPUR FEBRUARY 09: Women Development Cell of Govt. College for Women, Udhampur under the convenership of Prof. Ashni Devi in collaboration with Centre for Women Studies, University of Jammu, organized a seminar on the topic "Domestic Violence". The Additional District and Session Judge, Udhampur Mr. M.K. Sharma was the chief guest on the occasion while Dr. Priyanka Bhau, member of Centre for Women Studies, University of Jammu was the guest of honour. Principal, Govt. College for Women, Udhampur, Dr. Youdhvir Singh welcomed the guests. Mr Sharma in his address criticized the various forms of domestic violence against women. He said domestic violence remains invisible and under recognized pandemic of our times. In his discourse, he highlighted the absence of any protection cell throughout state for women where they can seek shelter. In post inaugural session, Principal of the college highlighted the problem by saying there is a subconscious way of taking violence as a way of expression, a normality and it has a lot of effect on the youth in the way they absorb education and what they hope to get out of life. He also said we have to promote human solidarity, avoid indifference and play a part with society in the solution of the problem. Dr. Priyanka Bhau said domestic violence causes far more pain, than visible marks of bruises and scars. Its an appalling human right violation. But its not inevitable and we can put a stop to it. Dr. Saranjeet Kour also made the students aware about the initiatives taken by the Centre for Women Development, University of Jammu to spread the awareness about women related issues. The other resource persons on the occasion were Advocate. Yograj Sharma and Advocate Dinkar Gupta who talked about various ways to tackle the problems legally.
Stone pelting at Lower Munda, SP Kulgam injured, 2 brothers arrested
SRINAGAR, 9 FEB:Furious over the execution of Afzal Guru, dozens of youth pelted stones on police vehicles at Lower Munda on Saturday evening. Superintendent of Police Kulgam, Mohammad Shafi was hit by a stone who was rushed to Emergency Hospital Qazigund. "SP has received 5 stitches and he has been discharged." A Doctor told sources . Meanwhile police has arrested two brothers in this connection. According to news source , dozens of youth assembled at Lower Munda this evening. Amid raising antipolice and anti-India slogans, youth resorted to heavy stone pelting. Eye witnesses told CNS that agitated youth tried to beat policemen and thrashed the windowpanes of police vehicles. SP Kulgam was hit by a stone and was immediately rushed to Emergency Hospital Qazigund where from he was discharged after getting 5 stitches in his head. Meanwhile police has arrested two brothers in this connection who have been identified as Zahoor Ahmed Shiekh and Mohammad Muneeb Shiek. Locals told CNS that they were dragged from their house by police party and were whisked away. They claimed that both the brothers are innocent.
Training session on IT Act organized
UDHAMPUR FEBRUARY 09: In order to educate the Cyber Café Operators, Computer Centers and Operators of Community Information Centers of the district about the Cyber Security and silent features of the IT Act -2000, a training session on performance of IT Act was held in the conference hall of DC office under the chairmanship of District Magistrate, Udhampur, Mr. P.K. Pole. Senior Superintendent of Police, Mr. Ashkoor Wani, Joint Director (P&S), Mr. Rakesh Jamwal, Cluster Head J&K Bank, District Informatics Officer, NIC, Distrcit Information Officer, Cyber Café owners, CIC Operators and Operators different Khidmat centre attended the training session. The District Magistrate Udhampur briefly explained the importance of IT ACT 2000, its amendments and importance in the changing world of IT. The DM also emphasized the need for registration of cyber cafes which would be initially for a period of one year and would be renewed every year in the month of January. He instructed the every cyber café owners to maintain the internet user records in the prescribed format and send the same, electronically to the DM office before 5th of every month. Speaking on the occasion, SSP Udhampur emphasized the importance of cyber security and explained in brief about how to track the electronic foot prints of the culprits in a systematic manner. He also requested the cyber café owners to install the CCTV for security purposes. DIO NIC Udhampur explained in details, with the help of PPTs, about the Cyber space issues and its resolutions. He also explained the Do's and Don'ts and how to prevent cyber crime and be an aware cyber user.
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Condemnations continued to pour in against the execution of Afzal Guroo
SRINAGAR, 9: Condemnations continued to pour in against the execution of Kashmiri youth Mohammad Afzal Guroo. Describing the execution of Mohammad Afzal Guru at Tihar Jail today as disappointing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today demanded the handing over of his body to the family for last rites. In a statement issued here the party president Mehbooba Mufti said while the hanging should not have been carried out, the return of Afzal's body was the least the government could do to show its concern for humanitarian values.Mehbooba said we believe that whatever the requirements of legal process, there was a need for the government to take into consideration the overall political impact of this execution, which is why the option of mercy has been provided under our constitution. She said the PDP had, keeping this in view made an appeal to the president of India in 2011 to grant clemency to Afzal Guru and commute his death sentence into life imprisonment. "We feel that at a time when there is a need to step up measures to reduce the trust deficit between the state and rest of the country the execution of Afzal Guru could produce results to the contrary. Our party is generally in favour of scrapping death penalty from the statute book and we reiterate that position once again", she said. Referring to chief minister's claim that he had no role in carrying out the execution, Mehbooba said that the state government cannot be absolved of its responsibility in taking this crucial decision that can have long term political implications on the state. The NC is part of the UPA and it must share the responsibility for this decision she said and added "power sharing can't be in isolation of sharing the fallout of decisions". JKLF leaders in London have condemned the Indian government decision to hang an innocent man, Afzal Guru, this morning over the parliamentary attack case and called it a 'mockery of justice', and said that Afzal Guru was framed by Indian security services people and denied due legal process because they needed a scapegoat. "The hanging of Afzal Guru is a clear indication to Kashmiri masses that Indian government is not interested in resolving the Kashmir issue and wants to bury the independence movement by imprisoning and hanging all Kashmiri youth who were involved in the pre-1990s revolt". In a statement issued from London, JKLF president Azmat Khan, has said that we never had any doubts that Afzal Guru was innocent and he had no part in the 2001 attack on Indian parliament except that he was set up by IB and task force personnel to meet with one of the alleged attackers so that the Kashmiri movement could be defamed as a 'terrorist movement' and another Kashmiri could be hanged as a result. JKLF president has said that India learnt nothing form the hanging of Maqbool Butt in 1984, on 11th February. Every Kashmiri household produced a new Maqbool Butt to fight against Indian rule and they have now given a new martyr to our independence movement and our people will not forget this injustice for many years to come. We will not let Afzal Guru's blood waste in vein. JKLF in London has organized a protest demonstration at the Indian High Commission in London on Monday, 11th February, and will be holding a meeting with UK members of parliament to discuss this issue along with the demand for the return of mortal remains of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru on the evening. JKLF chairman, Yasin Malik, who is currently on a private visit to Pakistan, is sitting on a 24 hunger strike in Islamabad to protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru, The JKLF supreme head Amanullah khan who is suffering from severe ill health is also on hungers strike in Islamabad today to protest against Pakistani silence over the issue. Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone has called the execution of Afzal Guru a grave miscarriage of justice. Guru's hanging is a ruthless political decision shorn of any sensitivity. This is yet again an instance of total disregard being shown to the sensitivities and perceptions of the people of Kashmir. Sajad Gani Lone added that the people of Kashmir have serious reservations over the quality of legal defense made available to Mr. Afzal Guru. In the context of the media-trial, Mr. Guru stood convicted even before the trial could have begun. Sajad Lone said that, in a brazen show of insensitivity, even the constitutional provisions of the procedure of considering clemency were ignored. "We see the National Conference, which is a part of the UPA government, as a willing coauthor of the decision to hang Afzal Guru. The National Conference has been a common and enthusiastic script-writer whenever the son-of-the-soil was hanged- be it Maqbool Bhat or now Afzal Guru. National conference has three members of parliament and one senior cabinet minister in the UPA government and if they in fact are serious about their reservation about this hanging, let them recall their minister from the UPA cabinet and withdraw their support. Sajad lone added that the current legislative assembly is also a partner and an accomplice to this hanging since they categorically chose not to support a clemency resolution presented before it by an independent MLA. Mufti Azam of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Mohammad Bashir-u-Din strongly condemned the hanging of Afzal Guru by the Government of India today on 9th of Feb.Grand Mufti expressing deep sorrow and unhappiness said that the hanging of Afzal guru will not solve the Kashmir issue nor will serve any purpose . Grand Mufti further said that it will further aggravate the law and order situation in the valley. Reacting to the hanging Grand Mufti called for 4 day complete shut down in the valley and appeal people to pay tribute to this great martyr .Grand Mufti expressing solidarity with the family said that the whole Kashmir is mourning the hanging of Afzal Guru as he was not given fear trail. Grand Mufti demanded that the body of Afzal guru be returned to his family in Kashmir so that he is buried with due respect as per Islamic rites. Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) condemned strongly the illegal execution of Afzal Guru. The central home minister and the home secretary have gone on record saying that every procedure has been followed in the case of Afzal Guru. None of his family members are aware of this decision of the Government of India. Nor do the lawyers of Afzal Guru. It is mandatory on the side of the government to inform the petitioners who had filed the clemency petition. Afzal's wife Tabassum had filed a clemency petition demanding justice for her husband who never throughout the trial got an opportunity to defend himself and demand justice. She had in that petition even traced his early days in Kashmir and how he was continually being harassed and tortured by the notorious STF of J&K to act as an informer for the state. She showed in that petition how the ordeal has still been continuing in the life of her husband and their family in their quest for justice. The fact remains that neither Tabassum nor any of her family members have been informed about the rejection of this petition. Jammu Kashmir Mass Movement Chairperson, Fareeda Behanji called it an illegal act on part of the Indian Government said that such kind of act exposed the violation of all procedures and law of India. She paid rich tribute to Afzal Guroo and said that his name will be written in golden letters in the annals of history. Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's hanging "shows a very disturbing trend by the Indian government", Dal Khalsa said Saturday. "The hardliner Sikh group opposes the death penalty in principle in all circumstances and described it as inhumane punishment," said its head H S Dhami. He expressed his solidarity with Guru's family members, who were not told in advance about the hanging. Condemning the execution, he said "the hanging of Afzal Guru, is a purely political decision taken by the Indian government to consolidate the Hindu vote-bank, keeping an eye on the impending 2014 elections". With the surreptitious execution of Guru in Tihar jail, there is strong apprehension that this act of the state would pave the way for sending death row convict Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana to the gallows. "I had inkling that the present government may hang Bhai Rajoana one day all of sudden, as he stands firmly for Khalistan and rejects the Indian justice system".
Vikar asks officers to ensure targets for Sham inaugurates JKBOSE office at Akhnoor imparting technical education to youth 'Exhorts teachers to provide value based education to students'
AKHNOOR, FEB 9: In order to make available education related facilities to the rural students at their doorsteps, Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma, today inaugurated the branch office of J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE) at Akhnoor. Secretary JKBOSE, Ms. Renu Goswami, SDM Akhnoor, Mr. Naginder Singh Jamwal, other senior officers of JKBOSE and Education Department, large number of teachers and prominent citizens of Akhnoor were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that Government was committed to improve the literacy rate and upgrade the educational infrastructure across the State. He said education sector has progressed significantly during the past one decade in the State with serious efforts by the successive governments. The present Government has also been paying focused attention to further improve the education set up in every nook and corner of the State, Mr. Sham added. Appreciating JKBOSE authorities for establishing the branch office in the town, the Minster said that the students of Akhnoor and parts of Reasi, Poonch and Rajouri will avail benefits through the facility. He said besides students, the teachers will also have much relief and now they need not to rush to Jammu for attending the works related to Board office enabling them to focus on the studies exclusively. On the demand of the Board authorities, the Minister assured that a suitable piece of land will be identified around Akhnoor town for construction of Board's own building. He also assured to provide all necessary support for smooth functioning of Board office at Akhnoor. Later, the Minister also presided over an annual day function held at Government Higher Secondary School, Akhnoor. The students presented a bonanza of cultural items based on secularism, nationalism, communal harmony and composite culture of State which mesmerized the audience. The Minister appreciated the efforts of Principal Government Higher Secondary School for nurturing the students with extracurricular activities. He asked
Minister of State for Technical Education, Information Mr. Vikar Rasool addressing officers during a high level review meeting of the technical Education Department at Jammu. JAMMU, JANUARY 9: Highlighting the importance of Vocational Training Courses in providing employment avenues to the youth of the State especially those living in Rural and farflung areas, the Minister of State for Technical Education, Information Mr. Vikar Rasool today directed the officers to ensure that the targets set for the imparting technical education to the youth in different fields are achieved. The Minister was addressing officers during a high level review meeting of the technical Education Department here today. Principal/ Secretary Technical Education, Mr. K.B Agarwal, Director Technical Education, Mr. S.S. Sawhney and other senior officers of the Department were present. Mr. Vikar directed the officers to introduce area specific trades in various polytechnics of the State so that the people can get much needed employment at their doorsteps and also contribute in building the economy of their respective areas. He said that trades like electrical, civil and other related ones should be introduce in the areas of the Chenab Valley so that the youth of those areas can get employment in various power, and ongoing construction projects. The Minister also directed the officers to formulate a mechanism by which admission can also be given to boys in various women polytechnics of the areas like Bhalessa and Surankote, so that they don't have to go to far of places for their technical education. He said that we have to ensure that state of art educational facilities are provided to the youth of the State as the educational sector forms one of the major thrust areas of the Government. Mr. Vikar also called for constitution of a committee to undertake the inspection of various private technical institutions so that an effective feed back can be obtained about the quality of the infrastructure as well as the education being imparted there. He further directed the officer to convene monthly review meetings about the functioning of the department as well as the programmes being implemented by it and called for completing all under constructions polytechnics within three months. The meeting was told that an amount of Rs.135 crore has been released by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development for construction of 18 new Polytechnics in the State and similarly an amount of Rs.85 crore has also been released for upgradation of 37 existing Industrial Training Institutes in the State. Similarly 2,70,950 are to be trained by the department in skill development in next few years.
the teachers to explore hidden talent of the students so that they showcase their skills in different fields. He said rural students have great potential, provided they are nurtured appropriately. He also asked the teachers to provide value based education to the students so that they become responsible citizens after completing their education and give their valuable services to the nation and society. The Minister also distributed prizes amongst the students who excelled in academic and co-curricular activities. A number of schools from the adjoining localities also participated in the event. A large number of teachers, students, prominent citizens, government officers and Sarpanchs and Panchs were also present on the occasion.
Gurezi inspects various offices in Samba
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 09: Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Agriculture and Horticulture Mr Nazir Ahmad Gurezi Saturday paid surprise visit to various offices including Chief Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Horticulture, Agriculture and Executive Engineer, PHE Division Samba and took stock of their functioning. The Minister also inspected Disease Investigation Laboratory, Kartholi and took stock of the facilities available in the Laboratory. He was informed that under Parasitology section different eggs of the parasites are identified from the dung samples of animals by way of flotation and sedimentation method. He was told that under parasitology as many as 7415 dung samples have been tested against the target of 8800. Under chemistry section as many as 995 urine test have been conducted while as 11,13,900 vaccines were procured and issued against the target of 25.60 lacs up to ending January 2013. Earlier, the Minister visited Raipura village and took stock of issues confronting the farming community. Interacting with the breeders, Mr Gurezi said that Animal and Sheep Husbandry was the backbone of the rural economy of the State. He asked them to avail benefits of various welfare schemes launched by the government for the benefit of farming community and to boost their animal and sheep productivity. He was informed that 1.05 lac vaccine doses in cattle, 7.45 lac vaccine doses in poultry, 26230 artificial insemination of animals and 1.5 lac vaccine dosing in animals has been done by the Animal Husbandry Department in Samba during the year so far. He was further informed that 2.67 lac doses, 80701 vaccinations, 1.92 lac dippings, 85040 castrations and 31487 treatments have been performed by the Sheep Husbandry department in the district. A team of officers including District Development Commissioner, Samba, Mr. Mubarak Singh accompanied the Minister during his tour. At Raipura the local people projected their demands and the Minister gave them a patient hearing and assured them that every possible help will be given to the farming community. In respect to the demand of drinking water facility, Mr. Gurezi directed the PHE authorities to start construction work on separate water pipe lines for the village Raipura and Checkdara and ensure its completion within a month's time so that the people of the area get adequate drinking water facilities. At Chief Horticulture Office, the Minister was apprised that the district comprises of 4 blocks having 100 panchayats. An area of 172 Ha has been covered under Horticulture Mission against the target of 180 Ha during rainy season 2012-13. Under District Plan an area of 41 Ha has been covered against the target of 30 Ha. Under Special Central Assistance (SCA) to Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) and area of 11 Ha covered against the target 10 Ha. He was further informed that One Fruit Plant Nursery at Vijaypur spread over 59 kanals during this fiscal has generated an income of Rs 1.08 crore by sale of 11,174 plants. Later, the Minister inspected the pace of work of Rs. 6 crore projects under Swajaldhara scheme at Rajinder Vihar Colony. He was informed that tube well and overhead tank of the project is completed and other works is apace. The Minister directed them to speed up the pace of work and complete the project within a time frame. He also asked them to use standard material in its construction. Earlier, the Minister convened a meeting with the Sarpanchs of Nobroo Ladakh in his office chamber at Civil Secretariat Jammu. Addressing the meeting, the Minister said that the holding of Panchayat elections after 33 years has strengthened democracy in the State and laid strong edifice for equitable development in the State with involvement of grass root level elected representatives. MLA Noobra, Mr. T. Namigyal and dozens of Sarpanchs of Noobra attended the meeting and projected their demands including creation of Animal and Sheep Husbandry centres and measures to increase the population of Yaks.
Symposium on 'save the girl child' organized
KATRA, FEBRUARY 09Symposium on the topic 'To Save the Girl Child' was held at Government Girl High School (GGHS) Katra today, which was organized by community health centre Katra. Chief Education Officer Reasi, Tresam Lal was the chief guest whereas BMO Katra, Dr Gopal Dutt and Retd Joint Secretary, J&K School Board of Education, K K Sharma were guest of honour on the occasion. The chief guest and the guests spoke in length and distributed prizes among the participants. Madam Usha Dogra, Teacher Salochan and Gopal Sharma recited poems besides group songs and bhaints were presented by the school students related to topic. In all 11 students participated in the symposium. Shikha of 10th class was adjusted first, Shilpa of 7th class second whereas third prize were shared by Asra and Roshi both students of 9th class besides consolation prizes were also given to other students who participated in the symposium. The CHC Katra also distributed spectacles to the students having low vision dedected during the medical checkup camp held at school earlier. The Senior Headmaster of the School, Harish Dubey thanked the health department for organising the function, other dignitaries for their visit and schools staff to make the function a success. The school staff also honoured Retd Secretary, J&K Board School Education, K K Sharma and Retd Headmaster, R S Manhas of GHS Kanjali on their superannuation. Among others Principal of GHSS Katra, Tripta Bherdwaj, Principal, GHSS Panthal, Sunil Nanda, Principal, GHSS Pansa, Dogra, Headmaster, GHS Nomain, M L Sharma, Headmaster GHS Agarjittoo, Sushma Devi, Headmaster GHS Kotlibhaga, Gopal Sharma and others were present.
DDC reviews devolution of powers to PRIs
UDHAMPUR FEBRUARY 09- To review the detail of functions devolved to Halqa Panchayats by all the 14 departments of the state, District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Mr. P.K. Pole convened a joint meeting of District Heads of these departments, Sarpanches and Panches of Panchari and Ghordi blocks here on Saturday. SSP, Udhampur, Mr. Ashkoor Wani, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Surat Singh, other officers of line departments and sarpnches and panches were present in the meeting. During the meeting, specified functions devolved to Panchayats by all 14 departments were reviewed thread-barely. During the meeting functioning and schemes of all the department were discussed and feedback was taken from the panches and sarpanches. Addressing the meeting, the DDC said that the objective of Public Service Guarantee Act was to address the growing need of the citizens for improving the public services by having a time frame for delivery of notified services.
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Fiscal mess will be UPA's tainted legacy
Afzal hanging: Justice delivered after 11 years
BY NAINA JAMWAL he government took a longer time to hang Afzal Guru than it did in Ajmal Kasab's case.As the Afzal Guru's case was different. Although he carried out acts of terrorism similar to those of Kasab at the behest of the same inimical foreign power, he was an Indian citizen. His trial, sentencing, mercy petition and execution could not but have a political fallout. The government, therefore, had to move with far greater caution than it did in the Pakistani's case. The government's difficulties were compounded by the fact that there are organizations such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which have been trying to score political points by interpreting any delay in the execution as pusillanimity on the government's past for fear of antagonizing the Muslims. The former BJP president, Nitin Gadkari, even taunted the government with treating the convict on death row as a 'son-in-law'. Then, there were others on the opposite side like the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and his daughter, the People's Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti, who have been favouring a stay on the execution. There were also gadflies like Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy who wanted a stay. Why Afzal Guru was hanged? Mohammad Afzal Guru, was a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist convicted of the December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of India in 2002. The sentence was scheduled to be carried out on 20 October 2006. Afzal was given a stay of execution and remained on death row. On 8th Feb, 2013, his mercy petition was rejected. He was hanged early morning on 9th Feb, 2013 at Delhi's Tihar Jail. He hailed from the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. He had completed the first year of his MBBS course and was preparing for IAS exams.
ith Government statisticians estimating India's GDP growth for the current fiscal year at a paltry five per cent, there is no looking away from the fact that the country's economy has hit rock bottom. The figure, put out on Thursday by the Central Statistics Office, is the lowest growth estimate seen in this past decade and is in effect testimony to the colossal financial mismanagement by the Congress-led UPA regime that has been at the helm for much of that period. One only wonders what silly excuse the Government will offer this time around to cover up its failure. When the growth figure first dropped from the eight-to-nine per cent bracket, the regime brushed aside the dip by claiming that such high-strung figures would have to fall somewhat anyway. Then, as the number dipped another notch and more, fingers were immediately pointed to the global economy that was in recession. It was only after the growth rate fell further to six per cent and less that the Government started talking about reforms and in the same breath complaining against the Opposition for stalling those supposedly landmark reform measures. But the fact remains that it has been a while since the Government took a series of 'initiatives' to bolster growth - from bringing in foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail last year to deregulating diesel prices more recently. Yet, as the CSO figures show, there have been no improvements whatsoever even as the Government continues to lead the common man up the garden path. The CSO's estimate does not come as a huge surprise though, given the similarly sobering evaluations presented by other organisations and agencies. For instance, the International Monetary Fund had recently revised its growth figure for India to 5.4 per cent. Prior to that, the Reserve Bank of India pegged its estimate at 5.5 per cent while the Union Ministry of Finance, in its mid-year review, projected the most optimistic view of India's growth in 2012-2013 at 5.7 per cent. The way things stand now, every sector of the Indian economy, from agriculture to manufacturing and even the services, is expected to register decelerating growth figures for this fiscal, compared to the previous year. Against this indisputably gloomy backdrop, there are high expectations in some quarters surrounding the Budget that it is to be presented by the Union Minister for Finance later this month. However, it is unlikely that the incumbent regime will be able to script a major turnaround given that it only has a maximum of 14 months before the end of its term, and that is assuming the next general election is not held before May 2014. Because this Budget will be tabled in the run-up to an election year, there is even less reason to expect that the Government will take any of the harsh steps necessary to propel growth. If anything, one should be prepared for more of the same policy paralysis, economic bungling and outright political indifference that has characterised the two tenures of the UPA. What makes matters worse is that it is this disaster of an economy that the UPA will bequeath upon its successor, who will have the onerous task of cleaning up the fiscal mess.
However, he became a member of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front where he received terrorist training and became involved in terrorist activities. Unhappy with the situation there, he moved back to Kashmir and surrendered to the Border Security Force. His native place is Sopore and he was doing a commission agency business, it was during this business venture that he came into contact with Tariq of Anantanag , who motivated him to join Jihad for liberation of Kashmir and assured him of financial assistance, Tariq introduced him to other millitants from Ghaziabad, Pakistan who were proclaimed offenders in Kashmir who further exhorted him to join the movement and apprised him of the mission to carry out attacks on important institutions in India like Parliament and Embassies and asked him to find a safe hideout for the 'Fidayeens' in Delhi. He was the master mind behind the December 2001 attack on the Indian parliament. The attack was conducted jointly by the Lashkare-Toiba (LET) and the Jaishe-Mohammad (JEM), leading to the death of about a dozen of people including the security persons as well as civilians. The conspiracy begins with Maulana Masood Azhar, the leader of Jaish-eMohammad based in Pakistan,instructing, at the instance of ISI, one Ghazi Baba, the SupremeCommander of the outfit in Kashmir, to carry out actions on important institutions of the Indian nation. To that end, Ghazi Baba directed one Tariq Ahmed to arrange for an operation. Tariq got in touch with Mohd. Afzal and motivated him to join the jehad for liberation of Kashmir. Subsequently, Afzal met Ghazi Baba and the plan was worked out. It was going
to be a joint operation of Jaish-e Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Beginning with one Mohammad, Afzal arranged for several militants - Haider,Hamza, Raja and Rana - to bring huge quantities of arms, explosives and a laptop computer to Delhi in pre-arranged hideouts. In Delhi, the team got in touch with Afzal's cousin Shaukat Hussain Guru, Shaukat's wife Afsan Guru and S. A. R. Geelani, a lecturer of Arabic in Delhi University. Afzal helped the militants buy the required chemicals and a Sujata mixer-grinder for making explosives. He was also actively involved in the purchases of a white ambassador car, a magnetic red light used by VIPs, and a motorcycle for recce. In the beginning, the terrorists had their options open between Delhi Assembly, UK and US embassies, Parliament and the Airport; recce was conducted accordingly. However, Ghazi Baba instructed them over satellite telephone to settle for the Parliament. Once the details of the attack were firmed up, the explosives were duly made in the hideouts and the car was fitted with some of them. The laptop was used, among other things, to prepare a "Home Ministry" security sticker and identity cards for each of the terrorists. In a final meeting on the night of 12 December 2001, the militants handed over Rs. 10 lacs to Afzal, Shaukat and Geelani for their part in the conspiracy; they also handed over the laptop to be returned to Ghazi Baba. The militants started off in the car towards Parliament complex at about ten in the morning of December 13. Just before and during the attack, the militants got in touch with Afzal over mobile phones repeatedly to instruct him to watch television to find out the presence and location of VVIPs inside the parliament. Afzal failed to do so as he was in the Azadpur market where there was no electricity; so, he instructed Shaukat to do so. However, the militants started their operation without waiting for this information.Once they went inside the complex after clearing security with the "Home Ministry" sticker and
the VIP light on their car, they tried to park the car near Gate No. 11 of the complex, which is used by the Vice-President of India. As the car was reversing, it hit the main car of the Vice-President's carcade. In the ensuing commotion,the terrorists got out of the car, started shooting indiscriminately and attempted to run towards the building. As the security forces assigned to the complex got alerted, exchange of fire started. All the five terrorists and nine other people including some from the security forces died on the spot; sixteen persons from the security forces were injured. The event was over in less than half an hour. What were the charges? * Recovery of explosives from his place of hideout in Delhi. * Conspiring to commit and knowingly facilitated the commission of a terrorist act or acts preparatory to terrorist act and also voluntarily harbored and concealed the deceased terrorists knowing that such persons were terrorists and were the members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, a banned terrorist organization, which is involved in acts of terrorism and hence committed an offence punishable under Section 3(3) (4) and (5) of Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act(POTA). * Possession of Rs. 10 lakhs given to him by the terrorists who were killed by the police when they had attacked the Indian Parliament. * He was arrested on December 12, 2001 along with Shaukat and later on explosives were found from their hideout in Delhi. Eighty witnesses were examined for the prosecution and ten were examined for defense. The judgment mentioned: The incident, which resulted in heavy casualties, has shaken the entire nation and the collective conscience of the society. On December 19, 2001 he made a confession of the offenses which was recorded and was signed by him. He also confirmed having made the confessional statement
without any threat or pressure. There was an appeal to issue clemency to Afzal from various human rights groups including political groups in Kashmir, who believed that Afzal Guru did not receive a fair trial and was subjected to a frame up of corrupt and inefficient police work. Human rights activists in various parts of India and the world have demanded reprieve as they believe that the trial was flawed. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and local political groups voiced their support of clemency for Afzal. It is alleged many have done so to appease Muslim voters in India. However, the All-India Anti-Terrorist Front Chairman Maninderjeet Singh Bitta urged the President of India not to accept any clemency pleas on Afzal's behalf. He warned that his organization would launch agitations if Afzal was pardoned. He also criticized statements of various political leaders and blamed them for encouraging activities of militants in Jammu and Kashmir. On 10 August 2011, the home ministry of India rejected the mercy petition, and sent a letter to the President of India recommending the death penalty. On 7 September 2011, a high intensity bomb blast outside Delhi high court killed 11 people and left 76 others injured. In an e-mail sent to a media house Harkat-ul-Jihad alIslami, an Islamic fundamentalist organization, owned responsibility for the attack and claimed the blast was carried out in retaliation to Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru's death sentence.On 16 November 2012, the President Pranab Mukherjee had sent back to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) seven cases, including the one on Afzal Guru. It is patent enough that politics played a part in the decade-long delay in carrying out the sentence handed down by the Supreme Court in 2002. If the BJP spent its time accusing the government of Muslim appeasement, the government was unsure of the timing of the execution.
It goes without saying, however, that it was being over-cautious. Any fear that the Muslims would resent the hanging despite the belief in some quarters, including lawyers, that Afzal Guru did not get a fair trial, was unfounded. The reason is that it has long been evident that terrorism does not enjoy any support among the vast masses of Muslims in India. Even in Kashmir, it is only a few small groups who are anti-Indian and that, too, because they are aided and abetted by Pakistan. There are, of course, political elements in Kashmir who make a political career out of criticising India. But, their influence on the ground is limited, as the elections in the state have shown. Now that the deed has been done, it is worth considering the lessons from the case. The first one is that it is pointless delaying the inevitable. Once the Supreme Court has given its verdict, it should be carried out within a few years. True, the paraphernalia of mercy petitions cannot be ignored, however heinous the offence. But, once the clemency pleas are considered and rejected, as in this case, no time should be lost in sending the prisoner to the gallows. Otherwise, the accusation will stick that the government has been guided by political considerations. Since it is a charge which cannot be avoided whether the court order is promptly followed or not, there is no point in wasting time, especially by a government which is often accused of not knowing its mind. In this particular case, after taking a decade to take a decision, the government is still likely to face the charge that the hanging is a political ploy to deprive its opponents a propaganda plank in the runup to the state elections this year and the general election in 2014. It has even been suggested that the government may bring the general election forward to this year. Since political motives are seen in both the prolonged delay and in the present decision, the futility of procrastination is obvious.
BY SWARN KUMAR ANAND his week's promulgation of an Ordinance to deter rapists was an exercise in nothingness The world waited with baited breath to see how the government of the largest democracy would react to unprecedented public clamour for an effective law against gender criminals. On February 1, the Manmohan Singh government's Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013 poured cold water over expectations of a "just" world for women. We are curious as to what prompted a government known to be caught in policy paralysis to act as soon as it did. There was already a new Bill, the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2012, which was considering sweeping changes to rape laws before a Select Committee of Parliament. The Justice JS Verma Committee's report, undoubtedly a superhuman effort for its 80year-old head - former Chief Justice of India JS Verma - could certainly have served as a valuable input for its members. The Bill seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code, 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 so as to:
Substitute sections 375, 376, 376A and 376B by replacing the existing sections 375, 376, 376A, 376B, 376C and 376D of the Indian Penal Code, and replacing the word 'rape' wherever it occurs by the words 'sexual assault', to make the offence of sexual assault gender neutral and also widening the scope of the offence of sexual assault Include sections 326A and 326B in the Indian Penal Code to make acid attack a specific offence; Enhance the punishment under sections 354 and 509 of the Indian Penal Code, making the offence more stringent; Amend sections 154, 160 and 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 for providing women and males under the age of eighteen years or above the age of sixty-five years more protections; Amend the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 by way of inserting a new section 53A wherein evidence of the character of the victim or of his or her previous sexual experience shall not be relevant or questioned. Unsubstantial The Verma Committee was formed within six days of the tragic rape of the 23-year-old para-
medical student on December 16. On January 23, i.e. within a month, the ommittee's report was submitted. A week later, the Cabinet passed it and on February 1, the President signed the Ordinance. It's hard to understand the glaring deficiencies in the Ordinance without identifying the flaws in the Verma Committee's report. In any democracy, Parliament is the approved forum for legislation framing. Most of the broad features of the panel's report were under the gaze of Parliament and being responsible to the people, its Members were expected to respond to various shades of opinion before formulating the final Act. It's another matter that the process was taking time, but that's an unavoidable fact of life with democracies. On the other hand, the panel report, which became the basis of the Ordinance (and undoubtedly the Ordinance will become the basis of the new Act) is nothing more than the wish list of two retired judges and a former Solicitor-General of India. There was hardly any public hearing; one really doesn't know how many people were consulted by the distinguished members. The fact that this report was
taken as some kind of divine intervention for ending India's archaic administrative and legal regimes speaks volumes for the state of frustration that was mounting in people's mind. The December 16 gang rape was the straw that broke the camel's back. But it was coming. Rape - not just in India but worldwide - was fast becoming so commonplace that human civilisation seemed on the brink of a major crisis. Sadly, the period between the report's submission (on January 23) and the passing of the Ordinance (February 1) did not see our much vaunted jurists and media experts put its recommendations through the scanner. The fundamental question - what about putting it through the process of bipartisan consultation? - escaped the collective common sense. However, within hours of the Cabinet clearing the Ordinance (January 30), the usual political and partisan cacophony broke out. The point to note is that suddenly we were told that a national consensus exists that the Verma Committee report was God's Word. And, since Manmohan Singh did not reproduce in the Ordinance "God's Word" with all the commas and full stops, the
future of our sisters and daughters was gloomy indeed. The common factor in all the criticism generated was that the Ordinance was implemented with stealth and was marked by total lack of transparency. Human rights activist and legal eagle Vrinda Grover commented that it seemed to be some kind of "emergency measure". But nobody pointed out that the Verma Committee report itself was done just as opaquely. It seems that the Committee had suggested the recognition of marital rape, new provisions on the offence of breach of command responsibility, non-requirement of sanction for prosecuting a member of the security forces accused of sexual assault and rape, and provision for trying them under ordinary criminal law for sexual crimes - all of which had failed to find place in the Ordinance. Fact of the matter is that the Verma Committee itself ignored many crimes committed against women. For instance, it was silent on the rampant and unchecked abuse of women at the workplace based on sexual typecasting defined by modern feminists as a form of sexual humiliation equivalent to rape. If economic liberalisation has opened a hundred new
opportunities for women in the economies, then it is equally true that a hundred of the former rights enjoyed by women have been snatched away. Today, apart from the glass ceiling, the professional environment comes with sexism in promotional policy and continuance of service - e.g. TV newsreaders and airline stewardesses are the most visible victims of a new, undefined retirement policy based only on male-perceived notions of professionalism. Is this not a form of gender abuse? The Verma Committee did not accept the public demand of death for rapists. It's nobody's case that the death sentence inhibits prospective rapists. But had a Parliamentary Select Committee articulated the non-necessity of death penalty, legitimacy would have been conveyed. Instead, the retired Judges and SolicitorGeneral have recommended twenty years, without explaining how this magic remedy was arrived at. This would leave a large number of people hurt. UPA buys time Now coming to the Ordinance itself, it is another example of that classical Manmohanism announce that a problem exists and then buy time hoping that like all things Indian, public concern
too would prove perishable. "The ordinance will have a deterrent effect on potential criminals during the period between now and the date on which the new law will be enacted by Parliament," said Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who headed a government committee to study the report. Two days after the President signed the ordinance, there was a ghastly nearrepeat of December 16 which mocked the hopes raised by Chidambaram. An electrician in a slum area in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi, inserted an iron rod into the mouth of a schoolgirl for resisting rape. The Panel in its 600-page-long report touched on a wide range of sexual crimes and recommended a slew of measures. But the Ordinance rejected the recommendation on ending the immunity to the Army and paramilitary forces under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. It also rejected the recommendation that no sanction be required to prosecute public servants accused of sexual violence. Marital rape is completely ignored. One wonders how many historic tragedies would be required for the Indian people to learn from history. Was all the outcry over December 16 in vain then?
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MUMBAI: In line of fire over his alleged hate speech, VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Saturday said he was ready to go to jail for the sake of Hindutva. "I am ready to go to jail...I am ready to do anything for Hindutva," Togadia, who is at the Kumbh Mela, said. "It is no crime to speak in the interest of the country," he said. Maharashtra Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Venkatesh Abdeo, on whose phone the call was made, threatened, "There will be severe reaction all over the country if Togadia is arrested. Togadia has not done anything wrong by speaking about Akbaruddin Owaisi." He also dared the govt. to arrest Togadia "if it has guts." A case has been filed at a police station in Nanded in connection with the hate speech allegedly made by Togadia last month. Yesterday, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil had said that the state govt. was seeking legal opinion on taking further action against Togadia. "We are seeking legal opinion because we don't want to crush anybody's freedom of expression," Patil had said. The minister had said the govt. would not tolerate anybody making inflammatory speeches and sowing seeds of hatred in the society. At a public meeting at Bhokar town in Maharashtra's Nanded district
Karnataka releases Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu Ready to go to jail for Hindutva: Togadia
HUBLI (KARNATAKA): Karnataka has started releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as directed by the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar said Saturday. The Executive Engineer in KRS has informed that 2000 cusecs of water was released out of the dam till now. The water level at KRS dam stood at 81 feet before release of water. "We have to respect the Supreme Court directive. We will petition the court Monday for relief as we ourselves are facing severe shortage," he said in this north Karnataka town, 400 km from Bangalore. The Supreme Court
Swine Flu grips North India, claims 64 lives
NEW DELHI: North India is gripped under the attack of swine flu again. There has been a sudden rise in the number of swine flu cases in the region. Swine flu has claimed 48 lives in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh since 1st January. Punjab Health and Family Welfare Director Ashok Nayar said that Punjab and Haryana accounted for 23 deaths each, while the two other deaths occurred in Chandigarh Union Territory. In Delhi, four more cases of swine flu have been reported yesterday from various parts of the national capital. With this the total number of cases has risen to 64 since January. Delhi Health Minister Dr A.K Walia said that so far 3 people succumbed to this disease. He said that 17 government-run and five private hospitals have been asked to make all necessary arrangements, including ICU facilities, for treatment of swine flu patients.
Thursday directed Karnataka to release 2.44 tmc (thousand million cubic) feet of water to Tamil Nadu to save crops in that state. The water is being released from the K.R.S. (Krishnaraja Sagar) reservoir near Mysore, 130 km from Bangalore. Police imposed
prohibitory orders banning assembly of five or more people around a three kilometre radius of the reservoir to prevent farmers and Kannada organisations to lay siege to it. Former Chief Minister and President of Karnataka Janatha Party Yeddyurappa
has asked Chief Minister Jagadish Shetter to step down for failing to protect the interest of the state. He charged that Shetter has betrayed the people of the State by failing to convince the court that people are facing acute shortage of drinking water.
on Jan 22, Togadia had allegedly attacked Hyderabadbased Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi. Owaisi was later sent to jail on charges of delivering a hate speech at Nirmal town in Andhra Pradesh's Adilabad district last month. The VHP leader had also triggered a controversy by making an alleged speech on Feb 1 near Adilabad in Andhra Pradesh.
Maha provides VIP Corporations behind Modi for PM Karnataka elections likely on May 20, 23 security to fewer campaign: Sharad Yadav people: Patil
NEW DELHI: National Democratic Alliance (NDA) convener and senior Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav Saturday said there is a need to hunt for the prime ministerial candidate, referring to the constant buzz in the media about Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi being the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. He said, "It is as though this is some sort of nuclear research," he observed in his characteristic acerbic tone. He reiterated that the NDA has "not discussed, not decided" on who would be its prime ministerial candidate. Yadav felt that this talk about Modi was being fanned by some of the corporates - "not all the corporates are involved in this," he asserted - and that the media houses were playing up the issue. He warned that the corporates were playing with fire when they engage in political questions. "Don't play politics. They (the corporates) cannot control Parliament," he said. He said it is the people of India who will decide the 543 members who would be elected to the Lok Sabha. He mocked at the media for being so enthusiastic about Modi becoming the prime minister, citing the Urdu saying "begaane ke BANGALORE: Karnataka is likely to face Assembly elections on May 20 and 23 with counting of votes taking place on May 27, as per tentative dates examined by the Election Commission. The EC was understood to have held a preliminary meeting to discuss the Assembly elections in the southern state recently and decided on the twophase elections. The chief electoral officer of Karnataka gave a presentation on the school examinations and
holidays, festivals, monsoon etc. The full bench of EC under chief election commission V S Sampath will meet in the first or second week of March to decide on the Karnataka election dates. The term of the current Assembly expires on June 3. It is unlikely that the EC will go for dates earlier than May fourth week for polling even if the ruling BJP government falls anytime now because of the preparations needed, EC sources disclosed.
MUMBAI: Admitting that police security of the VIPs should be reduced, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said the state government provided security to fewer VIPs, compared to other states. "The number of persons who get VIP security is low," he claimed. A committee headed by the Chief Secretary reviews the security of the VIPs routinely, he added. The Supreme Court had yesterday remarked that police personnel engaged in VIP security can be used for better purposes like making the roads safe for women.
shaadi mein Abdullah diwana (Going ecstatic over a stranger's marriage)". He said there were more burning issues like unemployment, rising prices and idleness of the work force, and that the issue of who would be prime minister is not a life-and-death question. Yadav clarified that the national agenda of the NDA did not include contentious issues like the Ayodhya temple, and dismissed out of hand whether a small number of the members of Dharma Sansad who have gathered at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad will decide the temple issue. He said that the people of India will set the political agenda for the country, and it will be reflected in the election verdict.
Pre-poll violence continues in Tripura
AGARTALA: Violence continued followed by political clashes ahead of Tripura assembly on February 14 in different parts in the state. Both the major parties -- CPI(M) and Congress were accused of fomenting the supporters. After political clash in Manu Bazaar of south Tripura on Feb 7, as many as 36 people from both CPI-M and Congress had been injured in two different constituencies - Boxanagar and Mandai under west Tripura in separate incidents. However, DGP Sanjoy Sinha said that the police had taken preventive steps to avert any pre or post poll violence besides, undertaking initiatives to mobilize paramilitary forces in the troubled areas. 'We have urged the political parties to restrain from violent move, so that the biggest democratic exercise can be performed by the citizens in a fearless manner and to uphold the peaceful situation of the state,' Mr Sinha said. According to report, in Boxanagar the congress candidate Billal Mian was prevented in entering into the house of a CPI-M supporter yesterday as part of poll campaign and immediately the insulted congress workers had allegedly beaten up the house owner. Later, CPI-M supporters organized counter attack on Mian and his party supporters and left 16 people injured. On the other, allegedly CPI-M supporters destroyed Congress booth offices and campaign materials in Mandai and other tribal dominated parts of west Tripura.
Manipur seeks action against Nagaland CM for 'hate speech'
ments should be avoided in the larger public interest," he said. Rio should be held accountable if any untoward incident breaks out in Manipur as a result of the "hate speech", Okendro said. On February 6, the Nagaland chief minister, who is seeking re-election from the Northern AngamiII Assembly Constituency, referred to Ibobi as "one of the biggest enemies of Naga people and responsible for the suppression of Nagas" during his election campaign for his party Naga People's Front (NPF) in Nagaland's Zunheboto district. The NPF leader, who is confident of making a political hat-trick against a divided opposition Congress in the February 23 elections to the 60-member assembly, also termed the Congress leaders in Nagaland as not genuine and only agents of outsiders and representatives of the adversaries of the Naga people.
GJM shutdown cripples normal life in Darjeeling
DARJEELING: Normal life was hit hard in the hills of West Bengal Saturday following a 12-hour shutdown called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) demanding creation of a Gorkhaland state. The GJM is also protesting against the manner in which the government formed the proposed Lepcha Development Council (LDC). Lepchas are the indigenous tribals of Sikkim and surrounding hills including Darjeeling. The shutdown was total but peaceful in the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseyong -now under the new hill development body Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) run by the GJM. Shops and commercial establishments remained closed and vehicles mostly kept off the roads. But vehicles plied on the vital National Highway number 31 A - connecting Siliguri in Darjeeling district with Sikkim's capital Gangtok. The GJM supporters allowed vehicles with Sikkim number plates while stopping those with West Bengal number plates in the border town of Rangpo under Kalimpong sub-division. A d d i t i o n a l Superintendent of Police Sangmit Lepcha said, "The National Highway 31A is open. There is an intense police patrolling. No untoward incidents have been reported." Meanwhile, North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb arrived here Friday night with what he called "a mission for peace, development and dialogue". He is likely to go to Kalimpong Saturday and hold talks with members of the Lepcha community who are on hunger strike since Thursday under the banner of the "Lepcha Rights Movement" demanding creation of the Lepcha council and protesting against the GJM-sponsored shutdown. GJM assistant general secretary Jyoti Rai said: "We are not against LDC (Lepcha council). We have no objection if the government forms the council. But it should be formed under the GTA. The state government is trying to divide the people of the hills." On Tuesday, the state government decided to form the LDC in an apparent bid to put pressure on the GJM which recently revived its demand for a new state of Gorkhaland to be carved out of parts of north Bengal. The dragging campaign for Gorkhaland has led to the loss of many lives over the past two decades, besides hitting the region's economic mainstays - tea, timber and tourism. On July 18, 2012, a tripartite agreement was signed between the GJM and the state and central governments for setting up a new autonomous, elected GTA -a hill council armed with more powers than its predecessor, the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council formed in the late 1980s. The GJM now runs the GTA after sweeping its maiden territorial elections in July 2012.
IMPHAL: The Manipur cabinet has decided to approach the Election Commission to initiate action against Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for the "hate speech" he made against his counterpart Okram Ibobi Singh, a minister said here Saturday."We (Manipur cabinet) have taken serious note of the hate speech made by the Nagaland chief minister which could spark communal tension and have an adverse impact on interstate relations," said Manipur Education Minister Moirangthem
Okendro Singh. Okendro, also spokesperson of the Manipur government, said the cabinet, which met Friday evening, has decided to approach the Election Commission of India and the union home ministry seeking against action against the Nagaland chief minister as per the election code of conduct and sections of the Indian Penal Code. "Manipur being a multicommunity society, the cabinet was of the opinion that such irresponsible and provocative public state-
Congress may go in for general elections this year: Naidu
CHENNAI: The Congress leadership is mulling to go for Lok Sabha elections in this year itself after the end of Monsoon session of Parliament, BJP leader M Venkiah Naidu said on Saturday. "We have reports that the Congress leadership is thinking of early elections to the Lok Sabha and they may be held in 2013 after the end of the Monsoon session (of Parliament). That's the reliable information we have got," Naidu told reporters here. He attributed the UPA government's recent decisions on increasing subsidised LPG cylinders from six to nine, distribution of Aadhar cards and direct cash transfers to early polls. Naidu said the Congress would be defeated whether the elections were held in 2013 or 2014 as the UPA govt. had 'failed' on all fronts. He said the BJP was the only alternative and the "so called" Third Front was only a mirage. "Disgruntled and discredited leaders cannot form and lead the Third Front." On the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, Naidu said, "A strong public opinion compelled the government to finally act." He added that the Centre needed to explain the reasons behind the "abnormal delay" in his execution, as ordered by the Supreme Court.
Rajapaksa prays at Tirupati, returns to Colombo
"What can I do? This is a democratic country," he said, when asked about his reaction the protests. Asked about alleged right violations in Sri Lanka, he said: "Come and see for yourself what is happening there." The President left the temple for Renigunta airport in a motorcade amid tight security and took off for Colombo in a special aircraft. The road from Tirumala Hills to the airport was closed for traffic. Security was beefed up along the route. The President arrived in this temple town Friday evening. There were no protests in the temple town Saturday unlike Friday when a large number of Tamil activists from neighbouring Tamil Nadu tried to stall Rajapaksa's visit. Earlier, priests offered prasadam and the silk vastram of the presiding deity to Rajapaksa. Temple officials also presented him a memento of the presiding deity. Officials of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of the famous temple, welcomed Rajapaksa. Though as a VIP he was entitled to the Mahadwaram entry, he opted to enter the temple through the Vaikuntam queue complex like a common devotee. Rajapaksa spent Friday night at TTD's Sri Padmavathi Guest House.
Sri Lanka hopes India will vote for it
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sri Lanka Saturday said it hoped India will vote for it in the upcoming UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. India had voted for a USsponsored resolution last year that pulled up Colombo on issues related to human rights and the re-settlement of Tamils displaced by the military conflict. Sri Lankan Minister for Public Administration W.D.J. Seneviratne told reporters here that there had been "a remarkable improvement in the human rights situation" in his country."We expect India will consider (the issue) differently," he said. "Today citizens in (the northern and eastern) provinces can freely approach the civil administration to sort out their issues," he said, referring to the former war zone. The minister said bonds between India and Sri Lanka were growing from strength to strength. "India is one of the major exporters to Sri Lanka and in the last year trade between the two countries crossed $5 million. Besides, India is helping to build a power plant in our country," he said. He said Sri Lanka and Kerala had a lot of similarities in culture and food. The minister spoke hours after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa ended a two-day pilgrimage tour of India.
TIRUPATI (ANDHRA PRADESH): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned to Colombo Saturday after praying at the Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirupati. A few hours after praying at the temple, Rajapaksa, his family and members of the Sri Lankan delegation flew to Colombo amid tight security. His two-day visit had been marred by protests by Tamil groups who denounced the President for not granting autonomy to Tamil areas and for human rights violations. Rajapaksa, his wife Shiranthi and other family members had a darshan of the resident deity early Saturday. They also took part in the Suprabhatha Seva, a predawn ritual, temple officials said. After visiting the temple, he told the media that India was a democratic country and everyone had a right to protest.
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650,000 powerless in US as blizzard pelts east coast
NEW YORK: Over 650,000 homes and businesses in northeast America were left without power in peak winter, thousands of flights were cancelled and people were asked to stay off roads as a monster blizzard buried cities from New York to Boston under mounds of snow. By Saturday morning, the snowstorm was heading out to sea leaving one person dead in its wake after dumping about two feet of snow across New England and Long Island, according to the National Weather Service Connecticut saw the most accumulation with over 20 inches in many places, the NWS said in a bulletin early Saturday, but the nor'easter has beaten up Massachusetts with winds howling at 60 to 75 mph. It knocked out power to over 400,000 addresses there, accounting for nearly twothirds of all power breakdowns, CNN reported citing the state's power companies. After a day of pelting wet snow, five states - New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island - declared state of emergency, and Massachusetts, whose capital is Boston, banned vehicles from every road in the state, the New York Times reported. Rhode Island with a population of one million, just one-sixth of Massachusetts' total, may have seen the worst power breakdowns relative to its size, with over 180,000 customers losing power, sources said. Snow covered the area from eastern Pennsylvania to Maine, the NWS said. It has turned almost everything in sight white. Overnight lows hovered in most of the Northeast below minus seven degrees Celsius and should not get above freezing Saturday. Instead of carrying its destructive power further inland, the way superstorm Sandy did in early November, the nor'easter has begun taking its fury off shore, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers. But the system continues to sling snow back toward land, as it heads out over the Atlantic. By Saturday afternoon, the storm's fury is likely to shift to the Plains and Mountain States, where blizzards and heavy snows are expected to last into Monday over a region larger than the Northeast but far less populous, the news channel said. Still, the only known loss of life from the storm so far occurred in a vehicle accident in New York. An 18-year-old woman lost control of her car due to the falling snow and struck a 74-year-old man walking near the side of the road, police in Poughkeepsie said. He died in hospital from his injuries. Hundreds of cars were stranded on the Long Island Expressway, after motorists got stuck driving in the snow. They outnumbered the number of tow trucks and crews deployed in the area for the storm, according to the Suffolk County police. Rail transportation has come to a virtual halt, with commuter trains running on a patchwork schedule. Nearly 5,000 flights have been cancelled to and from the Northeast Friday and Saturday. Cities in the most populous section of America looked like ghost towns, as streets usually bustling with traffic emptied out. Residents followed the pleas by governors and mayors to "basically, stay at home", as Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had advised.
Top US commander calls for Asia-Pacific security environment
WASHINGTON: The top US commander in-charge of the Pacific Command stretching from California to India has called for creation of a security environment in the region, which he said is facing a series of challenges that need to be addressed tactfully. "The future structure of regional institutions, and whether international relations in the region will be characterised more by conflict, competition, a balance of power, or collective security is unclear," PACOM Commander, Admiral Samuel J Locklear III, said in a speech yesterday. "But we must work together to create a security environment that is resilient and can withstand the inevitable shocks and aftershocks of our complex security environment," he said. Locklear said if not managed properly, these challenges can significantly stress the security environment. Among the challenges he listed climate change and transnational, non-state threats including pandemics, pirates, terrorists and criminal organisations. "Historic and emerging border and territorial disputes will no doubt continue and will stress the security environment. Access and freedom of action in the shared domains of sea, space and cyberspace will be increasingly challenged," he said. "The rise of China and India as global economic powers and their emergence as regional military powers will continue. And finally, one of our challenges that must be addressed is the fact that no single governance mechanism, like NATO, exists in the Asia-Pacific to help manage relationships and provide a framework for conflict resolution," he said. He said that instability on the Korean Peninsula will persist as North Korea continues to threaten the regional and global security environment with their nuclear and ballistic missile programs. "It can be a tough neighbourhood with nationalistic tendencies that can split and divide us and can lead to a weak system of security environments," he added. The security environment consists of a patchwork of interwoven security relationships that have been shaped by history, shared interest, and are increasingly driven by economic interconnectivity, the PACOM commander said.
Ferry capsize kills 14 in Bangladesh
DHAKA: At least 14 people have died and five were still missing after a passenger ferry sank in giant Meghna River in central Bangladesh's suburban Manikganj, with authorities retrieving 12 bodies overnight. "We called off the rescue operations after 12 more bodies trapped inside the sunken vessel as it was retrieved from the water," Deputy Commissioner of Munshiganj, Mohammad Saiful Hassan Badal said. He, however, said at least five bodies were still missing since the MV Sarosh capsized after a collision with a sand laden barge at Gazaria area of Munshiganj yesterday morning in the Meghna, one of the biggest rivers in riverine Bangladesh. A journalist who witnessed the rescue campaign said six of the dead were children, aged between one and half years and 10 while two of them were retrieved soon after the sinking yesterday.
Japan may unveil Hillary Clinton China radar data tops Obama as TOKYO: Japan is consider'most popular ing releasing evidence to prove that China aimed a politician' in US
weapon targeting radar at a Japanese ship near the disputed islands. Beijing had earlier denied any such allegations made by Japan and had maintained that it was using ordinary surveillance radar. "The government is considering the extent of what can be disclosed," Kyodo news agency quoted Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera as saying. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said the incident happened on January 30 near islands claimed by both nations in the East China Sea. "On 30 January, something like fire-control radar was directed at a Japan SelfDefence Maritime escort ship in the East China Sea," Onodera told the media. The two countries are locked in serious hostilities over the eight uninhabited islands, mostly rocks which lie close to strategically important shipping lanes. JOHANNESBURG: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been voted as the most popular political figure in the United States, much ahead of President Barack Obama, who has slipped from his former popularity, according to a recent poll. According to a survey by Quinnipiac University, Clinton has 61 percent popularity among US voters, as compared to Obama, who had a positivenegative favourability of 4651 percent, News24 reports. But the president's job approval numbers were tagged at 45-46 percent, decreasing from the 40-53 percent figures he scored in December after his re-election victory. According to Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac's polling institute, Clinton ended her term as the Secretary of State as the most popular actor on the political stage of America.
Zardari and son move into their new bomb-proof house
LAHORE: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari have moved into a new sprawling bomb-proof residence in this eastern city that will be the base for their political activities in Punjab province ahead of the general election. Zardari drove straight from the airport to Bilawal House, his new residence in Bahria Town, after flying into Lahore yesterday. He did not go to the Governor's House, where he usually stays, following an assurance given by a government lawyer to the Lahore High Court that Zardari would not use his official accommodation for political activities. The President and his son are expected to stay in Lahore for five days and Bilawal House will be the hub of political activities. Zardari and his aides want to improve the performance of the Pakistan Peoples Party in Punjab, a province of 90 million that is currently ruled by the PML-N led by Nawaz Sharif. Bilawal House, which is spread over some 200 kanals or 25 acres, is yet to be completed. However, Zardari had become cautious about using any official residence in the wake of the assurance given by the government to the Lahore High Court earlier this week. Arguing that Zardari was cochairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, which is a "private association", government's lawyer Wasim Sajjad had said Zardari will not use his official residence for political activities. Sajjad resorted to a technicality as the ruling party is registered with the Election Commission as the Pakistan People's Party-Parliamentarians. The Bilawal House in Lahore is said be a gift for Zardari from controversial property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain. The residence has bomb-proof structures and a landing strip for small jets and helicopters. The house is surrounded by lawns that can accommodate up to 10,000 people. The compound is surrounded by high 30-inch thick walls fitted with security gadgets. Once completed, the residence will have a three-tier security system, sources said.
Govt will not borrow more this fiscal year: Finance Ministry
NEW DELHI: Government will not go in for additional borrowing this fiscal year and will be able to keep the fiscal deficit at 5.3 percent of GDP, said Arvind Mayaram, a senior finance ministry official. Finance MinisterP. Chidambaram has staked his reputation on lowering the deficit to 5.3 percent of GDP to improve the investment climate following ratings agency threats to downgrade India's sovereign debt to junk if action was not taken.
Free trade pact with India will need more negotiations: EU
BRUSSELS: The European Union has indicated that more negotiations will be needed to sort out the remaining issues before a free trade agreement (FTA) with India can be signed. The EU leaders, who held a special summit in Brussels, underlined the importance of building up bilateral trade relations with key emerging economies such as India, which could be "very beneficial for promoting growth and employment". However, the EU's on-going negotiations with India on FTA will "require further efforts", they said in a joint statement issued at the conclusion of their two-day summit on Friday. in promoting openness, the EU's bilateral agreements will help to clear the way for further progress at the multilateral level," the statement said. The heads of state and government of the EU suggested that all efforts should be made to pursue agreements with key partners, building on the tangible progress made in recent months in the EU's bilateral trade agenda. They also stressed the need for "prioritising" those negotiations that will provide most benefit in terms of growth and jobs. The European Council looks forward to the report of the EUUS high level working group on jobs and growth and its recommendations. The EU leaders called upon the European Commission and the European Council to follow up on these recommendations without delay during the current presidency, they said. The EU leaders reaffirmed support for a comprehensive trade agreement which should pay particular attention to ways to achieve greater trans-Atlantic regulatory convergence. They also noted that the EU's agenda with China is "broad and ambitious". Priorities in the short term should focus on investment, market access, procurement and intellectual property rights and should be based on a constructive and strategic engagement. They stressed the need for further deepening the trade relations with the ASEAN countries in addition to the conclusion of the negotiations with Singapore. They reaffirmed commitment to a successful conclusion of the negotiations within WTO's Doha Development Agenda (DDA). This required efforts from all participants in the negotiations, in particular from large emerging economies. In the short term, it is important for progress to be made towards a multilateral agreement on trade facilitation as well as on other aspects of the DDA, by the time of the 2013 WTO ministerial conference in Bali.
Linking Aadhar cards to welfare schemes legally incorrect: CPI
NEW DELHI: The CPI today sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention in asking all government departments not to insist on Aadhar cards, saying this was legally incorrect. The decision of some government departments to link Aadhar cards to welfare activities "is neither legally correct, nor feasible in the present circumstances," party General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said in a letter to Singh. He urged the prime minister "to intervene and instruct" all departments of the government not to insist for Aadhar Card but to accept other identity cards like voter identity cards, fair price shop cards or Kisan pass books for identification for welfare schemes and other programmes. Observing that the subsidy on gas cylinders has been linked with Aadhar card, he said it has not been legally sanctioned by Parliament "as the only identify card of citizens of the country. The government has announced more than once that is only voluntary and not compulsory". Maintaining that less than 20 per cent of the people have taken Aadhar Cards so far, Reddy said there were also proposals in the labour department that Aadhar card would be necessary for employees' state insurance and provident fund schemes.
The leaders said that while the EU remained committed to further development of the multilateral trading system, its immediate focus is on developing bilateral trade relations.
"This can and must make a positive contribution to the multilateral system," they said. "By building on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules and by going further and faster
India-US keen on co-producing and exporting arms
WASHINGTON: India not only wants to co-develop and co-produce arms with the US, but also wants to jointly export them, a top Pentagon official has said adding that the United States supports such Indian aspirations. "The Indians don't want to just buy weapons systems from us, they want to co-develop and co-produce systems of mutual value...that we can jointly export," US Deputy Defence SecretaryAshton B Carter has said following his recent meeting with National Security AdvisorShivshankar Menon, in Germany on the sidelines of the 49th Munich Security Conference. "The two had a positive discussion concerning issues of mutual interest," a Pentagon spokeswoman told PTI after the Carter-Menon meeting. "We support that aspiration in India. That's the way we want to do things, too," Carter told American Forces Press Service aboard his aircraft during his return flight following his six-day international trip that took him to Paris, Munich, Turkey and Jordan. Carter had last visited India in July last year, soon after the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. It is during this trip that Panetta had announced that Carter had been entrusted with the task of working with Indian officials to reduce bureaucratic hurdles to increase defence trade between India and the United States. In his meeting with Menon, Carter discussed progress that has been made on these efforts. During his India trip, Carter had also visited the facilities in Hyderabad where India's Tata Advanced Systems Limited and USbased Lockheed Martin produce parts for the C-130J, the "Super Hercules" four-engine military transport aircraft that Lockheed produces. "The Indians are buying the C130J, but they're also building the C130J...and that's a perfect example of the kind of project we want to do with India," Carter said.
Karnataka releases Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu
HUBLI (KARNATAKA): Karnataka has started releasing Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as directed by the Supreme Court, Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar said Saturday. "We have to respect the Supreme Court directive. We will petition the court Monday for relief as we ourselves are facing severe shortage," he said in this north Karnataka town, 400 km from Bangalore. The Supreme Court Thursday directed Karnataka to release 2.44 tmc (thousand million cubic) feet of water to Tamil Nadu to save crops in that state. The water is being released from the KRS (Krishnaraja Sagar) reservoir near Mysore, 130 km from Bangalore.
Slash operational costs to reduce interest rates: FM to banks
MUMBAI: Stating that low interest rates spur economic growth, Finance MinisterP Chidambaram today asked banks to improve their operational efficiency to bring down the rates, and pass on the benefit to borrowers. "Banks should try to rationalise interest rates offered to customers...to a large extent, lower interest rates depend on policy rates. Banks can attempt to improve their operating efficiency, reducing costs, and pass on the benefit to borrowers through lower interest rates," a State Bank of IndiaBSE -1.75 % statement quoted Chidambaram as saying. "Lower interest rates would act as a spur to economic growth and alter customer sentiment," he added. Chidambaram spoke to the SBIBSE -1.75 % brass at the headquarters of the country's largest lender during his visit here. The Reserve Bank of India recently lowered its key lending rate by 0.25 per cent and complimented it with a similar reduction in the cash reserve ratio to infuse liquidity. Some banks have passed the benefit to the borrowers by a similar extent, but many others have desisted, citing high cost of funds, which is attributed to the slower growth in deposits. Official data released yesterday said growth in 2012-13 is estimated to fall to 5 per cent. During the interaction, the SBI management discussed the ground situation vis-a-vis revival in demand in infrastructure, manufacturing and services sector, stressed sectors and some sector-specific performance like engineering goods, consumer goods and residential housing space, the SBI statement said. Chidambaram addressed the board of directors of the bank during his two-hourlong meeting. He also inaugurated 101 branches of the bank, across 14 states, in a virtual way, the statement said, adding that the bank's network now has 14,598 branches. Earlier in the day, he inaugurated state-run Punjab NationalBSE -1.63 % Bank's building premises at Bandra Kurla Complex. PNBBSE -1.63 % Chairman K R Kamath said the building will house its integrated treasury operations and also serve as a circle office for Mumbai.
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their 20 overs. Eoin Morgan topscored for England with 46 from 26 balls and combined with Jonny Bairstow (38) in a 81-run partnership off 7.1 overs as England appeared set for a total in excess of 230 on the bouncy, drop-in pitch until the stand was broken. New Zealand did not help their cause by dropping five catches. "It was a really poor day in the field," McCullum said. "You can't afford to drop five catches in the field in any form of cricket, particularly in 20 overs with the power they have got. "I thought England were outstanding and put us under pressure. We were outplayed by a far better team on the day."said McCullum.
England thrash New Zealand by 40 runs in Twenty20
AUCKLAND: Luke Wright shone with bat and ball while captain Stuart Broad took four wickets as England eased to a 40-run victory over New Zealand in their first Twenty20 international in Auckland on Saturday. Allrounder Wright's 20-ball innings of 42 included three fours and four sixes as England's power-packed batting line-up scored 214 for 7, their highest total in a T20 international. The 27-year-old Wright put immense pressure on New Zealand's batsmen as he bowled several dot balls that forced the hosts to take risks, one of which resulted in Martin Guptill blasting a full delivery straight to Broad at mid-off for 44. Guptill's wicket in the 13th over was a body
Kirilenko beats Date-Krumm to give Russia lead
MOSCOW: Maria Kirilenko gave Russia a 1-0 lead against Japan in the opening match of their Fed Cup World Group first round tie with a tough straight sets victory over Kimiko Date-Krumm here on Saturday. World number 13, Kirilenko, needed 2hrs 15 minutes to finally get the better of Date-Krumm, running out a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 winner for her first victory over the 42year-old veteran in three meetings. Kirilenko, who won a WTA tournament in Pattaya last week, looked rusty from the start as she produced a string of unforced errors, allowing DateKrumm, who is 77th in the world, to break in the opening game. The 26-year-old Moscow native immediately broke back to level at 1-1, but
blow for New Zealand. Broad then chipped in with two wickets in the 15th over, removing James Franklin (eight) and Colin Munro (28) to ensure England's total
was well out of reach. The England skipper finished with 4 for 24, his best T20 international figures, while Wright took 2 for 29 and added a catch as New Zealand made 174 for 9 off
IOC impressed with Sochi's preparations
MOSCOW: Delegations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have been impressed with the preparations for the Sochi2014 Winter Olympic Games. Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) head Alexander Zhukov said for those who have seen Sochi several years ago it will be difficult for them to believe how the Black Sea resort city has improved for the Games, reports Xinhua. "Everyone estimated positively what has been done here. They were impressed with the sport venues. The stadiums look incredible," Zhukov said. A delegation from IOC and NOCs of Greece, Canada, Brazil and South Korea visited the venues. "It was an eye-opener. Not everyone believed that such an enormous infrastructure, such arenas could be created in such a short time," said the official. Zhukov admitted that some problems remained at several venues where the construction works fell behind schedule.
Mohun Bagan-East Bengal derby ends in goalless draw
KOLKATA: Mohun Bagan and East Bengal played out a drab goalless draw in the return leg I-League derby which was watched by just one fourth capacity crowd at Yuba Bharati Krirngan (YBK) here today. The much-hyped return leg derby failed to live up to the expectation as only about 30,000 crowd turned up for the match, exactly two months after the same venue had witnessed ugly fan violence that had led to Mohun Bagan`s ban only to be revoked later by the AIFF. After today`s draw, East Bengal remained on the pole position in I-League table with 40 points from 20 matches, while Mohun Bagan were six from 15. On paper, it was a battle of unequals with East Bengal perched on the top of the table against their bitter rivals, Mohun Bagan, fighting to avoid relegation at the bottom spot. But on the field it was a battle of equals with both teams wasting opportunities galore. Mohun Bagan had the edge, missing one free kick
the evergreen Japanese player broke again in the fifth game to take control of the set. However, Kirilenko closed the gap again in the 10th game as the set eventually went to a tiebreak that she confidently won by 7-3 for a one set lead in just over an hour. In the second set, Kirilenko appeared in complete control on the hardcourt surface at the Moscow
Olympic arena by breaking her opponent's serve twice from the start for a commanding 4-0 lead. Date-Krumm refused to go down without a scrap and managed to reduce the deficit with a break in the eighth game but Kirilenko managed to hold onto a narrow advantage and finally closed out the match 6-4 to give Russia the opening point.
Irani Cup: Rest of India in complete control after Rayudu century
MUMBAI: A resolute unbeaten century by Ambati Rayudu helped Rest of India enjoy complete command over Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai at stumps on the fourth day of the Irani Cup match, here today. Riding on Rayudu's undefeated knock of 118, Rest of India finished the fourth day's play at 296 for four taking their overall lead to a whopping 413 runs and have virtually put their hands on the trophy which they would be winning for 25th time. With fate of the match virtually sealed, first innings centurion Suresh Raina is looking good for a second ton in the match and is batting on 40. The only interest on fifth and final day will be whether national selectors recall Raina in the Test squad or try some-
in the first-half and they were also unlucky as Kerala referee Santosh Kumar refused to award a penalty kick after East Bengal defender Uga Okpara handled the ball inside the box. In the best chance of an otherwise listless match, Mohun Bagan got a free kick in the 32nd minute just outside East Bengal box and Odafa Okolie`s rightfooter beat Abhijit Mondal but only to hit the far post. Minutes after the changeover, East Bengal defender Uga Okpara handled the ball inside the box
from a Tolgay Ozbey shot but the referee turned down a penalty kick appeal much to the dismay of Mohun Bagan players. The much-hyped OdafaTolgay combination failed to live up to the expectations as there was little movement from the midfield. East Bengal, on the other hand, put up an uninspiring show as there was little intent from their attackers as well as midfielders. Orji Penn was lacklustre in the midfield, while Edeh Chidi lacked the sting up front with coach giving rest
to Robin Singh. In a 28th minute move from Saumik Dey`s cross from the left, Penn took the shot but Shilton Paul cleared it. The Mohun Bagan goalkeeper was adjudged man of the match in the goalless affair. In the 34th minute, Baljit Singh`s flying header off a Chidi pass missed an open net while in the 40th East Bengal missed yet another spectacular chance with Shilton not in position. There was little action in the second-half as the play was confined to midfield.
thing out of the box by selecting Rayudu who has also scored a half century in the match. Apart from that, Rayudu has had a good Ranji season for Baroda and also scored a century for India A against New Zealand. The 27-year-old batsman also resurrected the Rest second innings as they were tottering at 69 for three at one stage. Rayudu added 140 runs
for the fourth wicket with Manoj Tiwary, who hit a dogged 69. During his 217 ball unbeaten knock Rayudu has hit nine fours and four sixes --- all of them being straight lofts. This was his 14th century in first-class cricket. Rest, began the day at 27 for 1, struggled for runs in the morning session with the Mumbai pace bowlers extracting a lot of movement.
Stand-off in Indian tennis finally ends
NEW DELHI: The fiveweek long crisis that rocked Indian tennis ended today as all the 11 players ended their rebellion and made themselves available for the tie against Indonesia, a day after AITA gave all the assurances with regard to Davis Cup playing conditions in writing. Now India can choose from among its top players for the Asia/Oceania Group I 1st round play-off tie against Indonesia, scheduled for April 5-7 in Bangalore. In the absence of top players, India suffered a crushing 1-4 defeat against South Korea last week. Although the rebellion group is available for selection, but still there are issues which the players want to pursue such as their say in selection of support staff. "We have got an e-mail from Somdev that all of them are available for the tie against Indonesia. So better sense finally prevails," AITA CEO Hironmoy Chatterjee said. The players have communicated to the AITA that selection is the prerogative of the federation but they would like AITA to consider their point of view while choosing captain and other members of the support staff. It has been learnt that AITA is keen to persist with non-captain S P Misra in future but has no problem in taking input from the players in future decisions. On the insistence of the players, AITA had relieved Coach Nandan Bal, doctor Vece Paes and physiotherapist Sanjay Singh. But AITA stuck to Misra as captain and appointed Zeeshan Ali as new coach when the players preferred Aditya Sachdeva. The players, led by Somdev Devvarman, had put forward a charter of demands before the national tennis federation ahead of the Chennai Open. AITA yielded to most of the demands but the players refused to play the Korea tie since they did not get a few assurances in writing. Yesterday, AITA gave all the assurances in black and white and expectedly the players ended the rebellion. AITA agreed to increase players' share in Davis Cup prize money, change the support staff and consult them for choice of venue and surface. The parent body also agreed to give the players business class airfare, a sixmember squad for even away ties, and agreed to consult them for the appointment of team physiotherapist. The players have also demanded their representation in AITA Executive and Selection committees but the federation has rejected it. The AITA had also formed a three-member committee to decide on a players agreement with regard to national duty in Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Asian Games and Olympics. The committee will have its first meeting on February 22 and is expected to submit its final report within four months.
Nadal in semis at Chile event
VINA DEL MAR: Rafael Nadal, playing his first event after a seven-month injury layoff, advanced to the semifinals of the $410,200 Vina del Mar ATP clay court tournament with a straight-set triumph. The 11-time Grand Slam champion from Spain ousted seventh-seeded countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4. Top seed Nadal will face either French third seed Jeremy Chardy or Italian sixth seed Paolo Lorenzi for a spot in the final. Until this week, Nadal had not played since a shock second-round exit from Wimbledon in June. A torn tendon and inflammation in his left knee kept the former world number one out of the London Olympics and the 2012 US Open and a virus delayed his return. Nadal broke GimenoTraver's first service game of the match for a 2-0 lead and again in the sixth game before holding to claim the first set after 33 minutes. In the second set, Nadal broke in the ninth game and then fought off four break points, the only ones he faced in the match, before holding serve in the final game to advance after 84 minutes. For the match, Nadal connected on 68 percent of his first serves, winning 29-of-44 points on his first serve and 14-of-20 on his second serve.
Desert Storm from Feb 18
JAIPUR: The 11th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, one of the toughest and popular motorsport rallies in the country, will be held in Rajasthan from February 18 to 23. The rally is the pride of Rajasthan, given the highly challenging conditions, tough stages and spectacular terrain ranging from desert stretches and vast salt flats to deceptively simple dirt tracks. Mayank Pareek, the Managing Executive Officer of Maruti Suzuki, said that the 11th edition will traverse about 2,200 kilometers. "It is a matter of pride for us that Maruti Suzuki has made it possible for motorsport to reach the masses and flourish in the country. Our rallies now draw the best motorsport talent in the country, and also nurture new talent among youth each year." Suresh Rana, a veteran in Indian motorsports, will be one the leading contenders. An eight-time winner of the gruelling Raid de Himalaya and former champion here, Rana would be driving for Team Maruti. Team Mahindra is coming with a dream team comprising champion rallyists Gaurav Gill, Karamjit Singh, Sunny Sidhu and Lohit Urs.
Pakistan's new Twenty20 Super League postponed
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Cricket Board has postponed its first ever professional Twenty20 league indefinitely after complaints from investors over tight bidding deadlines and from players over scheduling conflicts. The Pakistan Super League was scheduled to run from March 26 to April 6. But managing director Salman Sarwar Butt says that stakeholders expressed concerns over a tight timeline for submissions of bids. Butt also says the competition dates conflicted with some players' international schedules.
No danger from asteroid: NASA
WASHINGTON: Asteroid 2012 DA14 will come closer to Earth than any previous object of its size during a Feb 15 fly-by, but the space rock poses no danger to the planet, NASA said. "No Earth impact is possible," Donald Yeomans, an asteroid expert at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, said. At its closest approach, DA14 will be 27,300 km from Earth, about a tenth of the distance between here and the Moon. The asteroid will be travelling 27,700 kph when it careens past the Earth at around 19.40 GMT next Friday, according to NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office, which has been tracking DA14 since it was discovered a year ago by scientists at La Sagra Observatory in Spain. Though the asteroid is about 13 stories tall, it will not be visible to the naked eye. DA14 will pass inside the orbits of geosynchronous communications satellites, but far above the altitude of the International Space Station, NASA said. An asteroid the size of DA14 approaches the Earth roughly every four decades, while impacts occur at intervals of roughly 1,200 years, Yeomans said.
India ranked least green country for electric car: Report
LONDON: India has been classified as the least green country to make and drive electric cars, according to a study. According to an analysis by independent research group, Shrink That Footprint, heavily coal-based power generation in India results in from electric car emissions similar to traditional petrol vehicles. A fully electric car generates emissions comparable to a 20 MPG petrol vehicle, the report found after assessing the impact of grid-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in 20 of the world's leading countries. Paraguay, which produces five times more hydro-electricity than it uses, was found to be the greenest place on earth for electric cars, producing emissions comparable to a 218 MPG petrol vehicle. Iceland comes in a close second as the greenest place to drive an electric car with Sweden, Brazil and France following close behind. Shades of Green: Electric Cars' Carbon Emissions Around the Globe also found China, with its coal-based power generation, in the bottom rung but less carbon intensive than India. "This work highlights just how much the climate benefit of going electric varies around the world. To achieve their carbon reduction potential, electric cars need to be deployed in tandem with low carbon electricity," Lindsay Wilson, lead author of the analysis, said. In the US, the shale gas boom is rapidly lowering electric driving emissions by displacing coal generation. Key research areas of Shrink That Footprint group include housing, travel, food, product and service emissions.
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