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batch of 609 pilgrims Batla House encounter: IM suspect accused Small leave for Amarnath of killing police inspector by court
NEW DELHI, JULY 25: The 2008 Batla House encounter which hogged the limelight has been finally declared genuine by a Delhi Court on Thursday. The lone suspect Shahzad Ahmed has been convicted for killing Delhi police officer inspector M C Sharma. The court will decide on the quantum of punishment to Shahzad Ahmed on July 29, Times Now reported. Additional sessions judge Rajender Kumar Shastri had on July 20 reserved the judgement after conclusion of final arguments by the prosecution and the defence. During the trial, the prosecution examined 70 witnesses, including six eye-witnesses who were part of the raiding team of Delhi Police special cell. In its final arguments, the prosecution had contended that it has sufficient circumstantial evidence and phone records to prove that Shahzad was present in the Jamia Nagar flat in Batla House and was among those who had fired at the police team leading to the death of Delhi Police inspector M C Sharma. It had said that Shahzad, along with another accused Junaid, had jumped off the balcony and fled after firing at the police team during the September 19, 2008 Batla House encounter.

SRINAGAR, JULY 25: A 12year-old student was on Thursday found dead under mysterious circumstances inside a toilet of his school here, official sources said. Najeeb Bin Noor, a resident of Tengpora and studying at a school in posh Rajbagh locality of the city, had gone to the toilet but did not return to the classroom for a long time, the sources said. The boy was later found dead inside the toilet, they said. The school's Contd p2


NEW DELHI: Soon after the verdict on Batla House encounter was out the principal Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) on Thursday has slammed Congress leaders for questioning the genuineness of Batla House encounter and said the court verdict on Thursday will go a long way in boosting the morale of security personnel fighting terror. "It Contd p2


NEW DELHI: While reacting on a Delhi Court's verdict on the upholding of Batla House encounter between police and Indian Mujahideen terrorists as real the Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said as the home minister I had no doubt that the encounter was genuine. Chidambaram said the encounter in Delhi's Batla House area took place before he assumed the charge as Union home minister in 2008 and he personally went through the evidence and talked to investigators after one Contd p2

JAMMU, JULY 25: On Thursday a small batch of 609 pilgrims left for the cave shrine of amaranth on Thursday .Till today over three lakh pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath shrine even as a batch of 609 devotees left here for their onward journey to the cave

shrine Thursday. As many as 3,12,562 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir till last evening, police said today. Meanwhile, a convoy of 21 vehicles, carrying 28th batch of 609 devotees, left the Yatri Niwas at Contd p2


KARACHI, JULY 25: PML-N candidate Mamnoon Hussain expected to win Pakistan's presidential election next week, graduated from a seminary, sources said. Hussain joined Darul Uloom Naeemia in the port city of Karachi in 1953 and was enrolled for Daras-e-Nizami, the famous centuries-old curriculum steeped in Islamic theology and followed in Pakistani madrassas. "He remained in the madrassa for some years and got a degree in 1955," said one of his closefriends and a party colleague, Contd p2

CET cancelling: Govt orders inquiry into BOPEE goof up

SRINAGAR, JULY 25: In order to ascertain the facts leading to the last month'cancellation of Common Entrance Test (CET), the government has ordered an inquiry into the goof-up by the Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) leading to cancellation and subsequent rescheduling of the Common Entrance Test (CET) this year. Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department MA Bukhari was appointed as the inquiry officer yesterday and was directed to look into "various aspects related to the conduct of CET 2013 by the BOPEE on June 22 and 23," an official spokesman said on Thursday. Last month, the BOPEE had to cancel the examination of Chemistry paper and postpone the Biology Contd p2

The counsel, appearing for Shahzad, however, had claimed that he was not present in the flat in which the alleged shootout took place. The defence had claimed that as per ballistic reports, the bullets found in the slain police officer's body matched the gun seized from the spot and not from the weapon which was allegedly

retrieved from Shahzad's possession when he was arrested. It was contended on his behalf that none of the witnesses had given any description of the occupants of the flat. Shahzad is said to be one of the occupants of the flat in Jamia Nagar where the encounter took place on

September 19, 2008 between the officers of the special cell and the suspected IM terrorists allegedly involved in the September 13, 2008 serial blasts at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and India Gate left 26 dead and 133 injured. Other accused named in the charge sheet are Junaid, Mohd Contd p2

Chinese intrude yet again in Leh sector

NEW DELHI, JULY 25: Close on the heels of over a dozen incursions since the face off in Ladakh in April from across the Line of Actual Control(LAC), Chinese troops made a fresh attempt to violate the international border at Chumar area in northeast of Leh on July 20 but were forced back by Indian troops. The 'assertive posturing' by the Chinese troops, who had climbed a small mountain where they faced Indian troops, has been flashed to all units along the ChinaIndia border in the area to keep a strict vigil on their

Duty of teachers is to teach not Amartya Sen offers to return Bharat to cook mid day meals: Court Ratna if Vajpayee asks him
NEW DELHI, JULY 25: Over BJP MP Chandan Mitra's demand for stripping nobel laureate Amartya Sen of the Bharat Ratna award and the economist said on Thursday that he was ready to return the award it Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked him to do so. While BJP steered clear of the controversy, Congress waded into it with an attack saying it reflected the "fascist mentality" of BJP. "Mr Chandan Mitra may not know that the Bharat Ratna was given to me by the BJP-led government and was handed to me by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. If Mr Vajpayee wants me to return it, I will certainly return it," Amartya Sen told Times Now. He said it was unfortunate that such a demand had come forth and termed it as a "personal" view of Mitra. "To get into a political debate and somebody takes a view which seems to me is rather all the people as well....I think it is

Ramban firing: NHRC issues notice to centre, J&K

NEW DELHI, JULY 25: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday sought a report from the central and Jammu and Kashmir governments over the firing by paramilitary forces in Ramban district July 18 which left four people dead and 42 injured. "We have issued notices to the union Home Secretary and Director General of Police Jammu and Kashmir, calling for reports within four weeks in this matter," said an official of the NHRC. The contents of the press report, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victims, the commission said. Hundreds of people had marched to the BSF camp alleging that some personnel had gate-crashed into the mosque wearing shoes, thereby desecrating the place of worship. There were also allegations that people engaged in prayers in the mosque were roughed up. BSF Inspector General (Frontier Jammu) Rajeev Krishna has Contd p2

ALLAHABAD, JULY 25: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday observed that the duty of teachers was to teach and not to cook mid day meals. This observation came after the Bihar mid-day meal tragedy. The observation by the court in Uttar Pradesh came even as three lakh primary school teachers across Bihar boycotted midday meal duties on the grounds they interfered with teaching work. "The duty of teachers and principals of schools is to teach the students and not to

supervise the cooking of meals," a division bench comprising Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Vikram Nath observed yesterday amid questions whether teaching staff at government schools should be saddled with the implementation of the scheme. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Meerut-based UP Pradhanacharya Parishad. The PIL had challenged an order of the district inspector of schools, dated June 19, whereby the earlier system of NGOs being entrusted Contd p2

unfortunate....It is so unproductive actually," Sen said. He added that during the BJP-led NDA government, he has had a lot of discussion with leaders like L K Advani, Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and Arun Jaitley. Demanding that Sen be stripped of his Bharat Ratna, Mitra had said he was not even a voter in India and wondered whether a Bharat Ratna awardee should speak for or against any party or a leader. Contd p2

Troops fired in self defence: BSF

NEW DELHI: The BSF report into the firing incident at Ramban in Jammu and Kashmir, in which four people were killed, has said its personnel, along with state police, had to fire as the mob was running down the camp of the paramilitary force. Submitting its initial report on the incident to the Union Home Ministry, the BSF said its troops were "forced" and "compelled" to fire in accordance of the "standard operating procedures" laid down for the safety of personnel and the "weapons", official sources said. It said the troops had fired in self-defence to save its men and weapons. The BSF has already ordered a Staff Court of Inquiry into the incident but has not named any individual, the sources said. The report has been prepared by Special Director General of BSF Dilip Trivedi who had visited the spot after Contd p2


MADRID, JULY 25: At least 77 people have been killed after a train derailed in the northern Spanish region of Galicia on Wednesday evening, said a spokeswoman for Galicia's Supreme Court. Seventy-three people died at the accident site and four died in hospital, the spokeswoman said on Thursday morning, adding that the numbers were still provisional. Judges in Spain are responsible for recording the deaths. Bodies covered in blankets lay next to the overturned carriages Contd p2



tion to Raj Babbar went further. Rasheed Masood said on Thursday that Rs 5 in Delhi is sufficient for a hearty meal. "You can eat a meal in Delhi in Rs 5, I don't know about Mumbai. You can get a meal for Rs 5 near Jama Masjid," Rasheed Masood said. Hence two important eateries with top political chefs, inviting all poor Indians, a whooping 800 million to either rush to Jamma Masjid in Delhi or Mumbai and they will show how a hearty meal is available for either Rs12 or Rs 5. Emphatically, many will rush to Jama Masjid; God knows what Rasheed Masood will make them eat for Rs 5. But majority will rush to Mumbai with mouth watering Daal, Sabzi, Saambhar, with some vegetables and so much of rice. A new history in the making, scripted by Congress leaders, India is now the cheapest country to eat. With millions of Bangladeshis and Pakistani malnourished, they too will not care for international borders, after all it is Papi Peet ka Sawal. So in no time, Raj Babbar and Rasheed Masood have made Akhand Bharat again a reality. For those from Pakistan or Bangladesh who get a meal for Rs 12 or even Rs 5 who will leave India. They will all stay put with Raj Babbar and Masood thumping their chests. Proudly proclaiming that what Jan Sangh, RSS and BJP could only dream has been achieved in no time. A meal for Rs 12 and Rs 5 made it all possible! With so much fame behind them, the two Congress leaders have thrown a direct challenge to Sonia and Yuvraj Rahul. With no chance to win elections they will perhaps hand over the top leadership of Congress to Babbar and Masood. With heavy heart Sonia and Rahul might go to Himalayas still bewildered what happened. Amidst the din and noise, a proclamation from Sweden and Norway announcing twin Nobel Prizes for Raj Babbar and Masood. They shall share prizes for Economics and peace. For economics, because they found the way to make damp cheap meals possible inverting all economics on its head with profit and loss going into space. Nobel Prize for peace, because they made the subcontinent united on the basis of cheap meals, which was more than seven decades ago partitioned on the name of religion. At one stroke, the two wise leaders have rewritten history of India. Soon in their lifetimes, huge monuments come up with earth to sky statues of the two masters, putting to shame all elephants, Kanshi Rams and Mayawatis dotting northern Indian landscape especially in Utter Pradesh. United Nations with much expectation will ask them to shower the same miracle in Africa also. Willingly they with an air of command and pride will take charge and tell them to rush to India particularly to Delhi or Mumbai. With billions pouring over Delhi and Mumbai, the two geniuses, findings their Sarkari bungalows full of people will run away to find a hiding place. A funny end, for those who lose sanity and reason for cheap political gains!

If any of our friends wants to have a full meal for as low as Rs 12 then it is not a dream but a reality. Ask Congress spokesperson and yesterdays Bollywood actor, Raj Babbar, he will give the full details. Though it was tried hard to contact him on the phone but he went elusive. The grapevine is ripe with reports that he is planning to make possible for millions of under nourished of this country, huge eateries that will churn out what he said Full meals at Rs12. So great Raj Babbar, thank you for doing the needful. It is time to roll back or at least rethink on the food security bill. According to him it was possible to have "full meal at Rs 12 in Mumbai" even today. No no, not vada paav. So much of rice, daal, Saambhar and with that some vegetables are also mixed." If it was not enough, another Congress leader in sharp competi-


An RTI activist in Madhya Pradesh (MP) after four years struggle, to make public the findings of Emotional Quotient (EQ) tests conducted on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his 26 cabinet ministers has finally become reality as the MP High Court has directed that the findings be made public. It was in 2009 that School of Policy Analysis and Good Governance, Bhopal along with IIM Indore had conducted the tests at Panchmarhi when there was a two days work shop to get some knowledge about the strengths and weaknesses of the political leaders occupying top ministries. The findings of the study were not revealed obviously, with reports that the ministers had not performed well on the parameters of inter personal outlook, camaraderie, compassion, honesty and integrity. In fact the findings suggest that ministers had scored lowest in integrity and honesty. Should not such studies be conducted on the politicians of the State of Jammu and Kashmir who every now and then rake up contagious and non-issues or give funny statements which point to something terribly wrong with their orientation? The tests could reveal their level of honesty and integrity so essential for the progress of the State. RANASAHIB


them and let them off. "But, unless they appear for interrogation, how do I help them. I told the two fathers that they should persuade their sons to appear before the police. But I do not know what did they do but the two (absconders) did not appear before police." Chidambaram said he told the parents that according to his judgement, it was a genuine encounter and the trial court should come to a conclusion. The finance minister also dismissed the criticism of BJP on the issue as well as in case of the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter saying it was the habit of the principal opposition party to criticize what the ruling Congress says. "If we say white, the BJP will say black. If the Congress will give some other colour, the BJP will give another colour. I don't think that is relevant. What is relevant is that the police have been able to prove their case against one accused they were able to apprehend. I think the accused has the right to appeal and he should use the right of appeal and after that the court will review the evidence again," he said. dent Brajnandan Sharma said. The flagship programme of the Union government is implemented in 70,200 schools in the state benefiting over 1.30 crore students. Sharma reiterated that the midday meal duties interfered with teaching duties and also brought a bad name to them because of corruption indulged in by others. Repeated requests made to the government to remove primary teachers from midday meal duty and to appoint an agency for the task, were ignored, he said. The association was forced to take the step and the boycott would continue till the government appointed an agency for the scheme, Sharma said. Terming the decision by the primary teachers as irresponsible, principal secretary HRD Amarjeet Sinha said the situation was being evaluated and the Supreme Court would be informed about it. "The scheme is being implemented on the directives of the Supreme Court ... how can you boycott duty suddenly?" Sinha told PTI. He said he had appealed to the primary teachers to call off their boycott for the welfare of the students. Hussain told the media it was a "blessing" that the presidential election is being held in the holy month ofRamzan. He is a practising Muslim and regularly follows the strict Islamic obligation of praying five times a day. Hussain is expected to easily win the presidential poll on July 30 as the PML-N has a clear majority in the electoral college comprising members of parliament and the four provincial assemblies. Born in Agra in undivided India in 1940, Hussain and his family migrated during Partition in 1947. He is now a leading businessman of Karachi. Hussain is an old loyalist of Sharif and remained with the PML-N during the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who exiled Sharif to Saudi Arabia and created a new party by breaking the PML-N. He served as governor of southern Sindh province for a short period during June-October 1999 and lost the post after Musharraf led a military coup against Sharif. El Pais newspaper cited sources close to the investigation as saying the train was travelling at over twice the speed limit on a sharp curve. Both Renfe and state-owned Adif, which is in charge of the tracks, had opened an investigation into the cause of the derailment, Renfe said. An official source said no statement would be made regarding the cause of the Spanish derailment until the black boxes of the train were examined, but said it was most likely an accident. "We are moving away from the hypothesis of sabotage or attack," he said. Clinics in the city were overwhelmed with people flocking to give blood, while hotels organised free rooms for relatives. Madrid sent forensic scientists and hospital staff to the region on special flights. "The scene is shocking, it's Dante-esque," said the head of the surrounding Galicia region, Alberto Nunez Feijoo, in a radio interview. The eight-carriage train was travelling from Madrid to Ferrol on the Galician coast when it derailed, Renfe said in a statement. The disaster happened as Spain is struggling to emerge from a long-running recession marked by government-driven austerity to bring its finances into order. Firefighters called off a strike to help with the disaster, while hospital staff, many operating on reduced salaries because of spending cuts, worked overtime to tend the injured. The city's main festival focuses on St James, one of Jesus' 12 disciples whose remains are said to rest in the city and who is patron saint of Galicia. The apostle's shrine there is the destination of the famous El Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, followed by Christians since the Middle Ages. The derailment happened less than two weeks after six people died when a train came off the tracks and hit the platform at a station in central France. That accident may have been caused by a loose steel plate at a junction, French train operator SNCF said. Wednesday's derailment was one of the worst rail accidents in Europe over the past 25 years. In November 2000, 155 people were killed when a fire in a tunnel engulfed a funicular train packed with skiers in Austria. In Montenegro, up to 46 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in 2006 when a packed train derailed and plunged into a ravine outside the capital, Podgorica. In Spain itself, 41 people were killed the same year when an underground train derailed and overturned in a tunnel just before entering the Jesus metro station in Valencia.

nel, were injured across the state.

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Atif Ameen, alias Bashir, and Mohd Sajid. However, Mohd Saif was not made an accused as he had allegedly locked himself inside the toilet in L-18 flat of Batla House when the encounter was on and had surrendered peacefully. While Atif and Sajid had been shot dead in the encounter, Junaid has been declared a proclaimed offender in the case as he is absconding. During the trial, Shahzad had called as defence witnesses Saif and Zeeshan, both lodged in Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad in connection with the serial blasts of July 26, 2008 there, to show that he was not at the spot.

were left in great distress, even as the BOPEE rescheduled the examination of both the papers on July 27 and 28. The spokesman asked the general public to come forward with comments, views and suggestions so that the inquiry is taken to its logical conclusion. "Comments, views, suggestions have been invited from the general public for purposes of facilitating the inquiry and for arriving at logical and reasonable conclusions," the spokesman said. He said any person(s) in possession of any information or willing to provide any comments, suggestions or views may either furnish the same in person or through e-mail (ashcommsecy@gmail.Com) by August 2.

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the July 18 incident. The report contains annexures explaining the versions of both paramilitary and state police personnel and has also appended photographs of the spot. The BSF is guarding the railway line being laid in this area. The report has stated that the firing was done both by the BSF and the state police. The latest inquiry has also found that the earlier version sent by its Jammu frontier was correct. The BSF denied charges of sacrilege as claimed by the locals and said 25-yearold Mohammed Latif had made these baseless allegations against the personnel as he was stopped and questioned about his presence in the area. It claimed the man ran into a religious place and made an announcement on loudspeakers claiming that BSF personnel had committed sacrilege prompting a crowd of around 400-500 persons outside the BSF post Dharam.

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of his colleagues suggested that it might not be genuine. "I spent a lot of time poring over the papers and talking to officers involved. And I was satisfied that it was a genuine encounter. Unfortunately, we have lost a brave police officer. It was also unfortunate that some of the suspects have escaped. I am told that the lone captured terrorist was held guilty. I am glad that the police have been able to prove their case," he told reporters. His comments came hours after a Delhi court convicted the lone suspected IM operative Shahzad Ahmad in the 2008 Batla House encounter case for murdering a police inspector and assaulting other officers. Chidambaram said even the National Human Rights Commission as well as the (Delhi) High Court too had held that there was no reason to doubt the genuineness of the encounter. "Today, I think the trial court has held that it was a genuine encounter and found the accused guilty," he said. Asked about the statements of some of the Congress leaders, including Digvijaya Singh, doubting the genuineness of the Batla House encounter, the finance minister said they were reflecting the views of families who were affected or the people of that area. "I know that emotion was quite high. The families and residents of the area felt very strongly. I think my colleagues were simply reflecting the views they had heard. I do not think they had access to any independent material, independent access to materials. But I had access to the materials and I was quite satisfied that it was a genuine encounter," Chidambaram said. Asked about the requests made by the family members of two of the accused, who could flee the spot, Chidambaram said parents of the two of the people who are absconding met him when he was the home minister. "I told them that if you genuinely believe that your sons were innocent, they should ask them to appear before police. And I had given my words that after interrogation, if we were satisfied that they (the two absconders) were not involved and they had a good alibi that they were not in the scene, I said we would not arrest

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was a bizarre situation. While the government honoured late inspector M C Sharma for bravery, senior Congress leaders and functionaries of the ruling dispensation had raised questions on the veracity of the encounter," BJP deputy leader in the rajya sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said here. He said the verdict will go a long way in boosting the morale of security personnel fighting terror. Prasad said with the court convicting lone suspected IM operativeShahzad Ahmed for the crime, "the soul of inspector Sharma, killed in the encounter, will now rest in peace". Shahzad is said to be one of the occupants of the flat in Jamia Nagar where the encounter took place on September 19, 2008 between officers of the special cell of Delhi Police and the alleged IM terrorists said to be involved in the September 13, 2008 serial blasts at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and India Gate left 26 dead and 133 injured. Other accused named in the chargesheet are Mohd Saif, Mohd Atif Ameen alias Bashir and Mohd Sajid. While Saif had surrendered, the other two had been shot dead in the encounter. The shootout had sparked a controversy with Congress leader Digvijay Singh claiming that it was fake, but his party had swiftly distanced itself from his remarks. The Samjwadi Party too had demanded a judicial probe but the then home minister P Chidambaram asserted that the encounter was genuine and there was no scope to reopen the matter.

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as smoke billowed from the wreckage. Firefighters clambered over the twisted metal trying to get survivors out of the windows, while ambulances and fire engines surrounded the scene. The government said it was working on the hypothesis the derailment was an accident although the scene will stir memories of 2004's Madrid train bombing, carried out by Islamist extremists, that killed 191 people. Sabotage or attack was unlikely to be involved, an official source said. The train operated by state rail company Renfe with 247 people on board derailed on the eve of the city's main festival in honour of Saint James when thousands of Christian pilgrims from all over the world pack the streets. "It was going so quickly. ... It seems that on a curve the train started to twist, and the wagons piled up one on top of the other," passenger Ricardo Montesco told Cadena Ser radio station. "A lot of people were squashed on the bottom. We tried to squeeze out of the bottom of the wagons to get out and we realised the train was burning. ... I was in the second wagon and there was fire. ... I saw corpses," he added. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was born in Santiago de Compostela, will visit the site on Thursday morning, his spokeswoman said. "In the face of a tragedy such as just happened in Santiago de Compostela on the eve of its big day, I can only express my deepest sympathy as a Spaniard and a Galician," Rajoy said in a statement. Santiago de Compostela's tourism board said all the festivities, including Wednesday's traditional High Mass at the centuries-old cathedral, were cancelled as the city went into mourning. 'Likely an accident'

Loss of RC
I Deepak Kumar S/O Balkar Nath R/O H.NO 611, Sec 3, Nanak NAGAR,Jammu declares that I have lost RC of vehicle No. JK02BB8482(Car) and JK02AN0203 (Two Wheeler). Now I have applied for duplicate of same if anyone have objection contact at 9419392345 within 7 days.

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Bhagwati Nagar at around 4.50 AM to pay obeisance at the ice lingam in the Kashmir Valley, police said. The batch, including 429 men, 127 women and 04 children, apart from 49 sadhus, is on its way to twin base camps of Pahalagam and Baltal in the Kashmir Valley, they added. With today's batch a total of 47,715 pilgrims have left Jammu base camp for Amarnath so far.

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Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari hit out at the BJP for its attack on Sen, who had raised the heckles of the saffron party saying he did not want to see Narendra Modi as prime minister since he did not have secular credentials. The prominent economist had also criticized Modi's model of governance saying he did not approve of it.

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claimed that the Border Security Force at the camp had opened fire to prevent looting of arms and ammunition. The killing of the four villagers triggered widespread anger and violent protests, during which scores of people, including police and paramilitary person-

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with preparing midday meals was scrapped and principals were directed to get the food prepared in their respective schools under their personal supervision. The petitioners had contended that the new system would interfere with the duties of teachers in Meerut and pointed out that NGOs were taking care of midday meals in a number of neighbouring districts. Expressing surprise over the submission, the court said, "There must be uniformity across the state with regard to who shall be entrusted with a specific task like preparing midday meals". Directing the state government to submit its policy with regard to midday meals by the next date of hearing on August 5, the court ordered that in Meerut, the previous system (of NGOs preparing midday meals) would continue until further orders. 23 children died in Bihar after taking poisoned food during a mid-day meal. In Bihar, primary teachers began boycott of midday meal duties as announced even as the state government said it would inform the Supreme Court, at the directive of which the scheme was being implemented. Three lakh primary school teachers across the state kept away from the midday meal duties as per a decision by the Bihar Primary School Teachers Association on July 23, it's presi-

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keeping an eye on the PLA troops patrolling there. This is the same area where Chinese troops triggered tensions in April smashing some bunkers besides cutting wires of cameras installed at the border post. Chumar has been an issue for China which claims it to be its own territory and have been frequenting it with helicopter incursions almost every year. Last year, it dropped some of the soldiers of PLA in this region and dismantled the makeshift storage tents of the Army and ITBP. This area is not accessible from the Chinese side whereas the Indian side have a road almost to the last point on which the army can carry a load upto nine tonnes.

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principal informed the police about the mysterious death of the student, the sources said, adding that a police team, along with forensic experts, reached the school and seized the body which has been sent for postmortem to ascertain the cause of his death.

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paper of the CET due to its negligence which led to the leakage of the Biology paper a day ahead of its scheduled exam. The BOPEE took the action after it was reported that invigilating staff at one of the centres in Srinagar on June 22 had distributed Biology paper instead of Chemistry paper. Due to the mess up, thousands of candidates aspiring to get into various professional courses like MBBS, BDS, Engineering, BVSc and BSc (Agriculture)

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who spoke on condition of anonymity. Hussain yesterday filed his nomination papers as the candidate of the ruling PML-N led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. After filing his nominations,

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WASHINGTON: Scientists have successfully developed `artificial bones` from umbilical cord stem cells, paving way for repair of bones and replacement of lost cartilage in limbs. Scientists in Granada, Spain, patented a new biomaterial that facilitates generating bone tissue or artificial bones. The material consists of an activated carbon cloth support for cells that differentiate giving rise to a product that can promote bone growth. Although the method has not yet been applied in living organisms, laboratory results are highly promising. In the future, they could help manufacture medicines for the repair of bone or osteochondrial, tumour or traumatic lesions and to replace lost cartilage in limbs, researchers said. After obtaining artificial bones in the laboratory, the researchers` next step is to implant this bio-material in experimental animal models like rats or rabbits to see if it can regenerate bone in them. The scientists have made this important scientific breakthrough after years of research in cell biology, radiobiology and materials studies. No alternative materials are currently available on the market, nor have any been described in the literature, researchers said. Precedents exist in the development of materials that fulfil the basic function of stimulating cell differentiation but a biologically complex material similar to bone tissue has never before been produced "ex vivo". The method of stem cell differentiation uses a threedimensional support and facilitates obtaining cell types implicated in bone regeneration in cell culture conditions not requiring additional differentiation factors or factors that differ from those present in the cell culture serum. Thanks to this invention, a bio-material consisting of stem cells supported on activated carbon cloth and capable of generating a product in which osteochondrial and mineralised extracellular organic matrix lineage cells exist, can be obtained, researchers said. The patent developed in Granada could have numerous applications in stem cell use in regenerative medicine, as well as in treating bone tissue and cartilage lesion problems. cognitive deficits, and have a significantly higher incidence of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. There likely is a genetic susceptibility, and then you add marijuana during adolescence and it becomes the trigger," the researcher said. "Adolescence is the critical period during which marijuana use can be damaging," study`s lead author, Sylvina Mullins Raver, a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Neuroscience in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said. "We wanted to identify the biological underpinnings and determine whether there is a real, permanent health risk to marijuana use," she added. The study is published in Neuropsychopharmacology a publication of the journal Nature. WASHINGTON: A new study suggests that avoiding temptation may increase your chances of success if you are planning to lose weight or save for the future, than just relying on willpower alone. The researchers compared the effectiveness of willpower versus voluntarily restricting access to temptations, called precommitment. Examples of precommitment include avoiding purchasing unhealthy food and putting money in savings accounts with hefty withdrawal fees. They also examined the mechanisms in the brain that play a role in precommitment to better understand why it is so effective. Molly Crockett, who undertook the research while at the University of Cambridge and is currently a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL, said, Our research suggests that the most effective way to beat temptations is to avoid facing them in the first place. For the study, the researchers recruited healthy male volunteers and gave them a series of choices: they had to decide between a tempting small reward available immediately, or a large reward available after a delay. Small rewards were mildly enjoyable erotic pictures and large

WASHINGTON: Regular use of marijuana during adolescence may permanently impair brain function and cognition, and may increase the risk of developing serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia in adulthood, a new study has revealed. Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine hope that the study will help to shed light on the potential longterm effects of marijuana use, particularly as lawmakers in Maryland and elsewhere con-

template legalizing the drug. "Over the past 20 years, there has been a major controversy about the long-term effects of marijuana, with some evidence that use in adolescence could be damaging," study`s senior author Asaf Keller, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, said. "Previous research has shown that children who started using marijuana before the age of 16 are at greater risk of permanent

"We wanted to identify the biological underpinnings and determine whether there is a real, permanent health risk to marijuana use," she added.

rewards were extremely enjoyable erotic pictures. Since erotic pictures are immediately rewarding at the time of viewing, the researchers were able to probe the mechanisms of self-control as they unfolded in real-time. (The scientists could not use money, for example, since subjects could only reap the rewards of money once they left the lab.) For some of the choices, the small reward was continuously available, and subjects had to exert willpower to resist choosing it until the large reward became available. But for other choices, subjects were given the opportunity to precommit: before the tempting option became available, they had the ability to prevent themselves from ever encounter-

ing the temptation. The scientists measured peoples choices and brain activity as they made these decisions. They found that precommitment was a more effective self-control strategy than willpower subjects were more likely to get the large reward when they had the opportunity to precommit. They also found that the most impulsive people (those with the weakest willpower) benefited the most from precommitment. The scientists were also able to identify the regions of the brain that play a role in willpower and precommitment. They found that precommitment specifically activates the frontopolar cortex, a region that is involved in thinking about the future. The study is published in the journal Neuron.

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Prospectus of SHG Scheme for unemployed engineers reviewed

Sham reviews drinking water scenario in Dooru areas Sadhotra for boosting morale of unemployed youth
Mir seeks adequate funds for speedy completion of schemes '39 schemes with an estimated cost of Rs. 3984.69 cr under execution in Dooru'
SRINAGAR, JULY 25: As many as 39 PHE schemes have been undertaken in Dooru Constituency at an estimated cost of Rs. 3984.69 crore. Out of which, 16 have been prioritized to be completed during the current fiscal. These schemes will cover 65 new habitations and benefit to over 70,000 population with potable drinking water. This information was given at a high-level meeting which was convened on Thursday to review the status of various on-going PHE schemes in Dooru Constituency. The meeting was chaired by the Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Mr. Sham Lal Sharma. Minister for Tourism (MLA Dooru), Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Mir was also present in the meeting. While taking a detailed review of each scheme, the Minister stressed the need for accelerating the pace and their time bound completion. He directed the engineers to develop sustainable sources, so that the schemes serve their real objective on ground. He also directed for SRINAGAR, JULY 25 - A high level officers meeting was held on Thursday under the Chairmanship of Minister for Labour, Employment and Planning Mr. Ajay Sadhotra to review the prospectus of Self Help Groups (SHGs) Scheme for unemployed engineers, conceived by the Government a decade before for welfare and upliftment of unemployed youth. The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Labour and Employment, Mr. B.A. Runiyal, Commissioner Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department, Mr. Jeet Lal Gupta, Commissioner Secretary PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Dr, Pawan Kotwal, Commissioner Secretary Rural Development Department, Farooq Ahmed Peer, Commissioner Secretary R&B, Mrs. Tanveer Jehan, Director SKIMS, Dr. Showkat Zargar, Additional Secretary Forest, Dr. G.N. Itoo, Managing Director, HPMC, Syed Rafiq Ahmed, Special Secretary, Chief Ministers' Secretariat, Smt Dev Lata, Additional Secretary Education, R.A. Inqulabi, Additional

taking preventive measures for the preservation of water sources against the menace of flood waters and other hazards so that the people can get the quality water. Mr. Sham directed the engineers to formulate new schemes for the uncovered areas to provide potable drinking water to the people. He suggested for exploring possibilities to tap the water emanating out of the railway tunnels being constructed in the area. He said drinking water is the fundamental need of every human being and engineers must take nec-

essary steps to provide this essential commodity to the people with their sincere and committed efforts. Assuring the Tourism Minister for expeditious completion of prioritized projects, the PHE Minister said that funds will not be the constraints. He also assured to upgrade the existing infrastructure to enhance the efficiency of the schemes. Mr. Mir revealed the ground situation of the Constituency and urged for adequate funding for the expeditious completion of on-going projects. For providing immediate succour to

the vulnerable areas, he suggested to construct borewells and supply of water through tankers and other means. He urged the engineers to strengthen the monitoring mechanism to clear various bottlenecks for completion of schemes. He also requested for framing new proposals for uncovered areas to meet the futuristic needs in view of increased flow of population and expansion of new colonies. He also requested for arranging funds for completion of irrigational projects in the area in a time bound manner.

Secretary, PDD, Smt Sheetal Nanda, PPMO, SKUAST, Jammu Dr. Deepak Kher, Deputy Registrar, Kashmir University, Dr. Mir Nisar Ahmed, Joint Director Planning, Economist & Statistics Department, Mr. Tariq Ahmed. Addressing the meeting, the Minister reiterated governments resolve to boost the morale of unemployed educated youth by launching various self-employment schemes and ensuring strict implementation of the rules framed for the purpose. He said that youth are the backbone of the states' economy and every effort should

be made to provide all possible facilities for their wellbeing to earn livelihood with dignity and honour. Directing the Officers to lend their helping hand to youth in formation of SHGs and also in taking maximum benefits of self- employment schemes the Minister hoped that the youth of the State shall prosper and will live most satisfied life. Commissioner Secretary Labour & Employment, Mr. B.A. Runiyal on this occasion apprised the meeting about the concept and pace of SHG Scheme in the State through a power point presentation.

He said that SHG shall comprise of 5 to 10 unemployed engineers, who would framed a consortium and the groups so formed shall be referred by the Director Employment to R&B, RDD, Irrigation and Flood Control and PDD for allotment of Development works. He said that the engineers after being registered shall be imparted some basic training if any required for skill up-gradation by the respective works department. These groups shall have to compete on the basis tenders with other contractors in normal course. He said at present there are 259 SHGs comprising of 1295 engineers.

Bhalla for developing Tourism infrastructure in Jammu

SRINAGAR, JULY 25 Minister for Housing and Horticulture, Mr. Raman Bhalla on Thursday convened a meeting of officers in his office chamber to discuss the matters related to the promotion of tourism infrastructure in Jammu city and other adjoining localities. Commissioner Secretary Agriculture and Horticulture, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Mr. Atal Dulloo, Director Floriculture, Jammu, Mr. K.K. Sharma, Director Horticulture, Jammu, Mr. Anil Sharma and other officers of tourism and floriculture were present in the meeting. The issues related to the creation of new avenues for tourism development in and around the Jammu city were discussed in the meeting. The Jammu city which is thronged by the large number of pilgrim tourists from different parts of the world round the year and there are hardly any suitable recreational facilities for them. There is only one big park namely Bagh-i-Bahu which caters to the needs of tourists Floriculture Park at Chatha Bhour camp as per its full potential to achieve its objective. He called for fresh look on the re-designing and

Congress Sewa Dal Kishtwar demands enquiry against GM Pakal-Dool HEP

KISHTWAR JULY 25:Congress Sewa Dal Block Nagseni on Thursday held an emergency meeting at Nagseni Kishtwar under the chairmanship Of Seri Chand Block President Sewa Dal Block Nagseni in which large number of Sewa Dal activities participated. In the meeting the speakers expressed their great anguish over the illegal allotments being made in 1000 MW Pakul Dool Hydro Electric Project Kishtwar by D K Dhar, General Manager Pakal-Dool HEP. The various speakers alleged that work orders are being given to only those people who grace the palms of General Manager. The attitude of the said General Manager has created a great resentment among the general Masses. In his address Seri Chand alleged that land owners are being totally ignored by the said officer who is working in Kishtwar since last more than 30 years and has several times in past transferred but every time he managed to cancel the transfer orders. He said that no transfer policy has so far implemented on the said General Manager. He urged upon the Hon'ble Union Power Minister to look into the matter personally and conduct an enquiry against the General manager D K Dhar and as well as about his property. Others who spoke in the meeting include Bodh Raj, Kunj Lal, fulail Singh, Roshan Lal, Vinod Kumar, Sanjay Kumar and others. It is pertinent to mention that D K Dhar is posted as GM Pakal-DOOL HEP since last 14 years, but the work on this 1000 MW prestigious power project is yet to take off and instead said General Manager has withdrawn TA/DA bills worth over 30 lacs in last few years.

Wani reviews status of PMGSY projects in Jammu region

Directs to complete land compensation disbursement process within one month
JAMMU, JULY 25: To expedite the process of assessing the quantum of land compensation under PMGSY and its disbursement among the owners, the Minister for Roads & Buildings and Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Abdul Majid Wani on Thursday chaired a joint meeting of PMGSY functionaries and Revenue to review the status and other related matters with regard to such roads coming up in different parts of Jammu region. MLA, Mr. G M Saroori, besides senior functionaries of the two departments were present in the meeting. Reviewing district-wise and project-wise status of schemes, the Minister directed for disbursing the available amount of compensation with the department within a month. He also directed for conducting joint inspection by PMGSY and Revenue officials to assess the amount of compensation scheme-

as well as locals and there was greater need to develop more such parks around the city to attract the tourists. The Committee discussed the possibilities for developing new facilities as also to augment the existing ones. Mr. Bhalla impressed upon the officers to formulate projects for the development of new parks in the area. He also directed for restoration of

development of the park with attractive facilities and forwarding the revised project to the Centre for funding. He also directed the Director Floriculture to re-visit the Bagh-i-Bahu Park and undertake necessary renovation works and create more facilities for the visitors. He asked for installation of 5-D Theatre for the amusement of children in the park.

BGSBU facilitates scholarship schemes

implemetation of these schemes in the University . Following culmination of admission process, authorities have given wide publicity for the enrolled students belonging to Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), Other Backward Classes (OBC), Resident of Backward Area (RBA), residents of Actual Line of Control (ALC) and students from minority community as per rules. As per the notification issued by the University, the students have been informed to fill up the prescribed Form duly forwarded by the Head of the concerned departments to office of Dean of Students so that the applications are processed and are forwarded to the concerned quarters well in time for release of scholarship in favour of the students. Expressing satisfaction over the support of Government with regard to providing scholarships to the students of BGSB University , Vice Chancellor Prof Hamal said that students are being benefited with this scholarship for enrichment of their career and easing of financial burden on the parents . He said that students with the required categories should immediately submit their applications and get this benefit. All support and help is available in the office of Dean of Students of the University. Others present in the meeting were Prof A K Koul, Dean, Academic Affairs, Sh Mohammad Rashid Choudhary Registrar, Prof Mohammad Asger, Dean, Mathematical Sciences & Engineering, Prof B A Wafai Director, Centre for Biodiversity Studies, Suneet Gupta Special Secretary to Vice Chancellor. The student representatives and parents have welcomed the initiative of the University to provide scholarship for weaker segements of the society.

BJP Mahila Morcha to organize 'Mahila Karyakarta Sangam'

wise and its early submission so that the issue of release of funds could be taken up with the centre. He warned the concerned functionaries against any laxity in this regard. He also called for working in coordination and early settling of the issues, if any, regarding compensation to avoid hurdles in the completion of projects. The Minister said that the Government of India launched various flagship programmes under Bharat Nirman, of which PMGSY was most prestigious programme aimed at to connect each and every village with

the nearest urban centers . He said that various projects were pending due to nonpayment of land compensation in the state , adding that release of Rs.710 crore by the Union Government under the programme would help in completion of these projects. Elaborating upon the criteria under the scheme, Mr. Wani asked for preparing Detailed Project Reports of the projects to connect the habitations having a population of less than 500 souls also. Earlier, the meeting was informed that 552 projects are taken up under the programme in Jammu region, of

Rs. 268 Cr for protection of wildlife

Mian Altaf chairs 6th Standing Committee meet
SRINAGAR, JULY 25: Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad has asked the officers of wildlife department to conduct a joint survey of the identified Conservation Reserves and submit its report within one month, so that services of expert agency is hired for framing comprehensive and long term wildlife protection projects in the State. Minister was speaking while chairing 6th meeting of Standing Committee of State Board for Wildlife held on Thursday. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Abay Kumar, Chief Wildlife Warden A. K. Singh, besides senior officers from Forest and Wildlife Departments were present on the occasion. The meeting held a detailed discussion on the proposed projects being taken up for protection of Wildlife and development of wetlands and conservation reserves across the State. The meeting also approved certain decisions taken in 5th meeting of the Board. The Minister instructed concerned to complete survey of the areas in time bound manner and ensure minimum involvement of forest and sanctuary land in such projects. He asked them to launch afforestation on massive scale in those areas where felling of trees involves to ensure maintaining of ecological balance in the affected areas. It was given out that Rs. 268 crore are being spent on protection of wildlife, creation of related infrastructure in the State.

BJP announces candidates for 3rd LAHDC Kargil Elections

KARGIL, JULY 25: Dr Nirmal Singh of BJP announced the candidates of BJP for 3rd LAHDC Kargil Elections, Kargil during a public rally at Baroo Kargil. For Baroo the candidate is Sheik Nasir, for Town Mohd Hussain President Yuva Morcha Kargil, for Poyen Haji Mohd Hassan Secretary Yova Morcha Kargil and for Choskore Mohd Ali Secretary BJP Kargil. Dr Nirmal singh while talking to media told that his party will file its candidature for 23 seats out of 26 and they wil be contesting with some allies on remaining 3 seats. He told that BJP is focused towards the upliftment of Kargil district and towards the progress of Kargil district and to achieve that BJP is fully participating in the 3rd General Elections of LAHDC Kargil.

RAJOURI (JAMMU), JULY 25: Continuing the past practice, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University authorities have exhorted the students to apply for different scholarship schemes of the State Government and Central Government for various categories of students enrolled for the year 201314. It is pertinent to mention here that at least 40 percent students of this University receive scholarships every year under different schemes of the Government and University has established a special cell for the

JAMMU, JULY 25: In view of the forthcoming Elections of five State Assemblies and therafter Parliament election, BJP Mahila Morcha has been continuously making efforts to strengthen its oganisational set up across the country under its Mision 2013-2014. This was stated by BJP Mahila Morcha State President Priya Sethi while addressing media persons at Jammu on Thursday alongwith Morcha State General Secretaries Anju Dogra and Anuradha Charak and State Secretary Sanjita Dogra. Priya Sethi said that the BJP Mahila Morcha is of the view that the

country has been made to pass through very tough times under UPA and there is massive anger and resentment against this Congress-led government at the Centre. She said that the UPA has totally failed to come up to the expectations of the people. Record breaking corruprion, nepotism and misuse of premier investigating agencies to shield corrupt elements are the achievements of the UPA. She said that the people have realised that the UPA has only indulged in loot of the public money and have made up their minds to teach UPA a lesson in the next elections.

SPOs after ITI training can be eligible for conversion to Constables: Kichloo
Vikar assures best possible training to SPOs
SRINAGAR, JULY 25: In first of its kind major welfare initiative for about 35000 SPOs working the J&K Police, Government on Thursday decided to impart crash course ITI training in Police related trades to SPOs in all the district headquarters of Jammu and Kashmir State. Such training programmes can be organized even outside the state for the benefit of SPOs. Only such SPOs who shall be ITI trained in Police related trades shall be eligible for conversion to Constables. Decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting. The Minister of State for Home, Mr. Sajad Ahmad Kichloo presided. The Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr. Vikar Rasool was also present. The Principal Secretary, Home Mr. Suresh Kumar, Director General of Police, Mr. Ashok Prasad, Secretary Technical Education, Parvez Malik, Director Technical Education S. Jaipal Singh, ADG Police, S. P. Vaid and concerned officers were also present in the meeting. It was decided that in the first phase about 500 SPOs will be trained annually. It was also agreed in the meeting that instead of Diploma, the SPOs having certificates from Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) and National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) shall also be eligible for conversion a constable as also as followers. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Kichloo enjoined upon the concerned police authorities to explore all possible measures for the welfare of police personnel. He said that J&K police is considered as one of the disciplined and efficient belt force who has always offered supreme sacrifices for maintaining law and order and security in the state. He said government will provide all the possible facilities and incentives to the police force to further enhance its efficacy and human interface. Mr. Viqar Rasool assured that the Technical Education department will provide better possible vocational training to the SPOs and other police personnel to shape their future.

Saroori, NC lock horns over quake relief package

KISHTWAR JULY 25:- The war of words between the leaders of coalition partners escalated on Thursday when senior National Conference leaders on Wednesday questioned the rationale behind the wild allegations leveled by Congress MLA Ghulam Mohammed Saroori on the issue of relief package for the quake suffers of Doda and Kishtwar, saying this speaks of ignorance and naivety of a person who has himself remained a minister. However when contacted Congress MLA from Inderwal said that he stood by his statement and blamed the National Conference leadership for sabotaging the relief package for quake affected peoples of Chenab valley. In a joint statement issued by MLC and District President Doda, Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy, ex-legislators, Brij Mohan Sharma, Qazi Jalal-ud-Din, Chaman Lal Bhagat, Mohd Iqbal Bhat, District President Kishtwar Tanveer Ahmad Kitchloo, Sajjad Shaheen and Dr. Reyaz Bhaderwahi stated that "How can Mr Saroori accuse National Conference of misguiding the Centre over the package when the State Cabinet under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister recommended a comprehensive package to the Centre", the leaders said, adding that Mr Omar Abdullah took up the matter personally with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in New Delhi and during his visit to Srinagar. The statement further added that the issue was also discussed by the top ranking State officials with a central team that visited the area to have on the spot assessment of damages caused by the tremors, so where the question of misleading the Centre arise when the Central team headed by a Joint Secretary has toured the entire area. They said that before going public on this issue, the National Conference leaders wished Mr Saroori to have sought an advice from three ministers of the twin districts, two of them belonging to Congress, who are a part of the government. They said the package was formulated on the basis of the assessments and surveys conducted by various agencies of the government on the ground Zero. The NC leaders also acknowledged the support of Union Health Minister Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad and Union Minister for Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah, who pushed the issue at the appropriate level in the Centre and said that we are still hopeful that the Centre will realize the gravity of the situation and come to the aid of the affected people of the Chenab Valley.

2 killed in mishaps in J&K

JAMMU, JULY 25: A woman Special Police Officer (SPO) was among two persons on Thursday killed and another injured in a mishap in Jammu region. SPO Kouser Fatima was killed and her relative injured when a motorcycle on which they were travelling on skidded off the road and rolled down into a gorge in Balakote belt of Poonch district yesterday. Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a bus today lost control and hit Qasim Din Gujjar, killing him on the spot on JammuKashmir highway near Hotel Asia here, police said.

Police stops Hurriyat team from visiting Gool

JAMMU, JULY 25: Police on Thursday did not allow a team of Hurriyat Conference to visit Gool belt of Ramban district, where four people were killed and 42 others injured in a firing when a mob attacked a BSF camp on July 18. Apprehending law and order problem, police stopped the four-member team of Hurriyat Conference at Ramban while they were moving to Gool belt of the district and sent them back to the Valley, police said.

Power shutdown
JAMMU, JULY 25- In order to carry out the work of 33 KV tap line for upcoming (1x10) MVA, R/Stn Shastri Nagar, the power supply to part of Shashtri Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Sanjay Nagar, Nai Basti Satwari, Industrial area and adjoining areas fed from 1x10 MVA, 33/11KV R/stn Ashok Nagar and 11 KV feeders S-3 & SA-6 of (1x10+1x6.3) MVA, 33/11KV R/stn Satwari shall remain affected on July 26, 2013 from 6 a m to 9 a m. The shutdown is subject to fair weather conditions.

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Parties press for zero ragging
business. This department also selects the appropriate media, analyses timing and placement of advertisements, and negotiates the financial aspects of a business deal. * Creative: The creative team comprises of copywriters, scriptwriters, visualizers, creative directors, photographers, typographers, animators, and so on. The creative department creates the actual advertisement in different media formats. They verbalize and visualize the specific need of the client. Since ads are of different kinds depending on the media- print (newspapers, magazines, billboards,etc) and broadcast(radio, television and the internet), you can choose the area of specialisation depending on your interest. Institutes 1. Indian Institute Of Mass Communication, Aruna Asaf Marg, JNU, New Campus, New Delhi - 110 067 URL : 2. Mudra Institute Of Communications (MICA), Shela, Ahmedabad - 380 007, Gujarat URL: 3. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, V.L.Mehta Road, Vile Parle(West), Mumbai - 400 056, Maharashtra URL: 4. Xavier's Institute Of Communication, St. Xavier's College , 5, Mahapalika Marg, Mumbai - 400 001 , Maharashtra 5. Symbiosis Institiute of Media and Communication, Pune URL: NEW DELHI: Anti-ragging campaigns became a political plank to woo freshers on the first day of the new academic session of Delhi University. NSUI activists, who were seen across colleges with banners urging for a ragging-free campus, put up large boards on which students could sign and pledge not to indulge in ragging. ABVP activists matched their pitch by raising slogans against ragging as they took rounds of colleges. The Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha took out an anti-ragging procession on North Campus. Whether it was Kirori Mal Ramjas, SRCC or Hindu, student organizations seized the opportunity to interact with both freshers and old-timers on the issue. Student volunteers stood guard in all areas where ragging could take place and the corridors reverberated with anti-ragging slogans. Despite the common message, the candidates were set apart by their political beliefs evinced by the organization's name printed on their clothes. The campaign was not confined to the colleges on North Camp u s but spilled onto the roads in the form of processions or signature campaign. In fact, anti-ragging posters along with posters of student bodies were displayed prominently on moving vehicles. Cycle-rickshaws and the Wall Of Democracy were the other media where the NSUI and the ABVP fought for space. Their activists welcomed freshers by informing them that ragging is a crime and any such incident should be brought to the notice of the college or university authorities. Meanwhile, DU administration also issued guidelines against ragging and notified anti-ragging helplines.

INTRODUCTION Advertising is the art of conveying a message to the masses. Advertisements generally persuade people about commercial products, services and even draw attention towards social issues. Advertising is one of the chief divisions of any industry that ensures the industry's competitiveness in the corporate milieu. Indian advertising industry is on a roll and is all set to provide quality job to thousands of individuals in next few years. A career in advertising is a lucrative employment option that one can choose in the rapidly growing Indian economy. Advertising agencies generally prefer highly creative and talented individuals who can think independently and at the same time work as excellent team players. If you are interested in pursuing a career in advertising, you must be highly target oriented and willing to work in a pressure cooker like environment. Since this industry is very competitive, you must be willing to give your best at all times to make a successful career. EDUCATION Advertising firms employ people with different educational backgrounds in various departments at various levels. Possessing a professional Degree or Diploma in a particular field of study can give you a head start in this industry. Further, flair for language and excellent communication skills are other factors essential for breaking into the realm of the advertising business. To get into a specific department of an advertisement agency, you could choose from the following courses: 1 Client Servicing: A post graduate diploma or an MBA in marketing 2 Studio: Course in commercial art or fine arts (BFA or MFA) 3 Media: Journalism, Mass Communication or an MBA 4 Finance: CA, ICWA, MBA (Finance) 5 Films: Specialisation in audio visuals 6 Production: A course in printing and pre - press processes. The best way to get into this field after a course is to get on- the- job training. All good institutions offer internship as part of the curriculum. START EARLY The first and the foremost requisite to take up a position in advertising world is to have a creative spark in one's life. This creativity can be in any form, be it in language, communication skills, drawing, innovative thinking, and so on. Eligibility for most of the advertising postgraduate courses is graduation in any discipline. Admission to most of these courses is based on an entrance exam and/or interview. Some institutions also offer graduate level courses in advertising, for which they admit students who have cleared class XII. JOB PROSPECT Job opportunities in advertising include openings in private advertising agencies; advertising departments of private and public sector companies. Job seekers can also find openings in newspapers, journals, magazines; commercial section of radio or television; market research organizations and so on. One can also work as a freelancer. Advertising manager, sales manager, public relations director, creative director, copy writer, and marketing communications manager are some of the major job opportunities in this

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POSITIVES/NEGATIVES +ives * Challenging and satisfying job * Hefty growth prospects that are one of the best in the country * Heavy pay packets with dollops of project related incentives * Chances of meeting the legends of advertising -ives * An industry that is known for its extremely long working hours * High pressure and stress inducing work environment Different roles, different names Advertising field offers a range of lucrative and interesting careers. The job in this field is categorised into two broad categories, namely, Executive and Creative. * Executive: The executive side includes: Client Servicing, Market Research and Media Research. The executive department understands client requirements, seeks new business opportunities and retains existing

Millions of Bihar school kids go without mid-day meal Indian universities should focus on research: Tharoor
Patna: Millions of school children, mostly the poorest of the poor, in Biharwere not served their mid-day meal Thursday as 300,000 school teachers began a boycott of the scheme. Ignoring the state government's appeal to continue their participation in the mid-day meal scheme, teachers began their boycott Thursday. Ten days after the death of 23 children from eating a contaminated mid-day meal in Saran district, teachers are in no mood to assist the government in running the scheme. Bihar State Primary Teachers' Association president Barajnandan Sharma said the teachers have boycotted the scheme. "With teachers staying away from the preparation and distribution of the midday meal, hundreds of thousands of children did not get it," he said. Bihar mid-day meal director R. Lakshamanan admitted that due to the teachers' boycott, millions of children will return from school without having food. "We had appealed to the teachers to cooperate in running this scheme," Lakshamanan said. In view of teachers demand to hand over the scheme to NGOs or some other agency, Akshay Patra, a charitable organization, had been invited to take it over in Patna and Muzaffarpur districts. Soon after association announced its boycott of the scheme, Bihar Education Minister P.K. Shahi said it was difficult to arrange for an agency to run the scheme in 72,000 schools across the state. "The government does not have the resources to hire an agency for the huge task of serving mid day meals to 1.60 crore students," Shahi said. Last Saturday, a forensic science laboratory report confirmed the presence of toxic insecticide strains in the cooking oil used for making food at the school where the children died. The poisonous substance, organophosphorus, in oil samples collected from school was more than five times the commercial preparation available in the market, police said. Organophosphorus compounds are degradable organic compounds containing carbon-phosphorus bonds used primarily in pest control. Indian universities need to focus on research as building up research and development (R&D) is one way India can maximise its economic potential, union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor said Thursday. Speaking at the two-day Global R&D Summit here on the opening day, Tharoor called for increasing collaboration between industry and academia in this regard. Observing that no Indian university figures among the list of top 200 universities of the world, Tharoor said: "When we looked into the rily teaching institutions and we need to change it. Indian universities need to focus more o n research." The minister said his ministry has been focusing on putting more money into research and development and private players must also pitch in. He said the Universities for Research and Innovation Bill 2012 -- aimed at creating research institutions -- is pending before parliament. "R&D as prime driver of the economic growth cannot be overlooked. Solutions to challenges of food and water security, eradicating diseases and providing education to all can be found if we embrace work culture that gives preferences to R&D," he said. Quoting a recent report, which revealed that $1.4 trillion were spent globally on R&D, Tharoor said that of this, India's contribution was only 2.1 percent compared to 33 percent by the US and over 12.6 percent by China.

TOEFL Scholarship for 21 Indian students

CHENNAI: Educational Testing Service (ETS) awarded TOEFL scholarships to 21 students from India at an award ceremony held in New Delhi. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scholarship programme recognizes Indian students who have good academic qualities and participate in extracurricular activities like community service. There was a 92 percent increase in the number of applications received for the programme this year com130 countries that accept the TOEFL test scores. Among this year's winners, nine will pursue undergraduate studies and the others will join postgraduate courses. The winners include students from Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Mangalore, Mumbai, Noida and Pune. "Over the past four years, ETS has awarded US$240,000 to assist TOEFL test takers in India to further support their undergraduate or graduate studies. Through our scholarship program, educational resources and learning activities, ETS continues to demonstrate our commitment to advancing educational opportunities for students from India," said Daniel Wakeman, vice president and chief information officer of the ETS. The students were evaluated based on their English communication skills, academic record, leadership skills and extracurricular activities.

rating system, we found that 30 percent weightage while ranking universities globally was given to research and another 30 percent was given to citations." "Our universities are prima-

Space crunch a concern due to this year's high intake

NEW DELHI: As a number of colleges in Delhi University recorded excess admissions, space crunch topped their concerns. While cramped classrooms were the most immediate worry, colleges felt the structural changes would expose deficiencies in the infrastructure. The vice-chancellor , who paid a surprise visit to Deshbandhu College, was practically mobbed by students trying to catch a glimpse of him. One of the students candidly spoke about the acute shortage of space in the college. "We haven't had a single lecture till 11.45am as all classrooms are occupied. There are just too many students," he said. Other colleges said they had regulated admissions to prevent excess admissions. The Sri Venkateswara College (SVC) administration said cutoffs were strictly regulated and this allowed them to take in students in line with the college's capacity. While overcrowding is not issue, other problems have started to emerge. "The new four-year programme requires a lot of research on the part of the student. This is especially true in the foundation courses. But our library is not stocked well and attempts at a revamp have been impeded by bureaucratic hurdles. This will become a serious problem in future," said a teacher of SVC who didn't wish to be named. Other colleges, where admissions were far more than the seats, breathed a sigh of relief after last-minute withdrawals allowed them to fit in their students more comfortably. Gargi College, which had seen an unprecedented rush in economics in the initial stage of admissions, was unsure how to manage the excess students. But thanks to the withdrawals, the final strength for almost all its classes didn't overshoot the capacity. A relieved acting principal of the college, Sashi Tyagi, said, "We are comfortable as many students left to join BMS or took up economics in other colleges in the subsequent cutoffs . Therefore, space is no more an issue. Classes started today (Wednesday ) but we did not face any space constraints."

Maharashtra state legislative assembly approves Universities amendment Bill

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra legislative assembly okayed the Universities Amendment Bill laying down fresh age limit for superannuation for college principals and teachers. According to the provisions in the Bill, the age bar for college principals for superannuation has been upped from 60 years to 65 years. In the case of college teachers, the retirement age limit has been increased from 60 to 62 years. Minister for higher and technical education Rajesh Tope tabled the Bill in the state legislative assembly. The minister said the superannuation limit has been reformulated following instructions fromx the University Grants Commission (UGC).

pared to last year, said a statement from ETS. One scholarship worth US$10,000 and 20 scholarships each valued at US$3,000 are awarded to Indian students who want to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies in any of the 8,500 institutions in more than

Rajasthan gives laptops, money to students to push for education reforms

JAIPUR: In a bid to promote IT education in the state, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday distributed laptops and money to students here under the Rajiv Gandhi Vidyarthi Digital Scheme. "These decisions and schemes would benefit the future generations, the youth, the students of Rajasthan. They would be empowered to do something in life, to achieve their goals. Today, we have distributed cheques worth Rs. 6,000 to all children who passed medium school so that they can buy PC Tablets. We would also distribute around 112,000 laptops over the period of two years amongst students," said Gehlot. In his 2013-2014 budget address, the Chief Minister had announced that Tablet-PC would be provided to 3,50,000 students in the State. He had also announced that in the second phase of the scheme, 14-inch laptops would be provided to 1,10,000 students of the current and the last session. Gehlot used the occasion to add that the scheme had been introduced to fulfill the dream of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who wanted the country to enter into the 21st century with full preparation so that India could stand in the line of developed countries of the world. Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was also present at the function. Politicians in the country have often used the distribution of free laptops to students as an incentive for them, as well as to increase their party's political clout. The latest controversy surrounded Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, whose state government is yet to foot a bill of 900-crore to tech giant Hewlett Packard (HP)-the suppliers of the free laptops.

Scholarship for science students in Meghalaya

SHILLONG: Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma announced special scholarships for science students to boost their scientific temper. "We have decided to award special scholarship to all students to motivate students to look at science not as a phobia but as a branch of study which will benefit them in many ways particularly in regulating their day to day lives," Sangma said The chief minister made the announcement at the inaugural session of a two-day international seminar organised by Shillong College in the college premises. "Basic science also plays a very important role in the formulation of policies of the government."

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Inaccessibility, at least physically, amongst the powerful, is understood in these dangerous times, but an absence of an electronic presence even as one clearly plays puppetmeister, is seen to be a little offensive. Politician, one might say, explain thyself. The silence and inaccessibility substituted by cohorts of spokespersons strenuously parroting the party line, comes across as somewhat sly, because it is shadow- play, and does not compute on camera or admit to any clear attribution or accountability. And British royalty-style waving from the balcony, or the podium for that matter, does not do the trick, though the clung to urgency with regard to 'welfare' is expected to even in the face of adverse opinion poll results. After all, British royalty for all its quirks and stage management, does enjoy a crusty constitutional support,whereas the remnants of the Gandhi family has devised a peculiar power-without-direct responsibility model all of its own. But there is a poignancy about this role playing against the backdrop of Time and Change. Prince William married a Commoner, and his son, 3rd in line to the throne, has the blood of a Democrat and reportedly, even an Indian woman from Surat, flowing in his veins. On another familiar, Ottavio Quattrocchi, has died relatively early, but his ghost along with the guns he allegedly had a hand in supplying, is still very much around. The Bofors scandal may now stay likewise shrouded in mystery, but its effects still have a lot of play. This partially is a positive, because the now ancient Bofors guns, enhanced by some local jugaad, did acquit themselves very well in the Kargil skirmish in Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee's time. At the receiving end, Pakistan and its formidable ISI apparatus admit, if in private, that sometimes two, or even a dozen, wrongs, do make a right. It is all a matter of managing perceptions. The Government has also thought fit, in desperate messaging, to drastically reduce the poverty line based on some wizardry in the Planning Commission. It is a time-tested Stalinist move, where statistics seek to substitute reality. Not only that, it claims the best results on poverty alleviation have come from Bihar and Odisha. It is no secret that the incumbent Government is wooing both States and their current rulers for the post-poll scenario. This is surrealistic jugglery of statistics, by excluding the last two years of drastically lower growth in GDP, say many sceptical economists. And, determined propaganda to believe in and claim the welfare spending, is working. Of course it is working, for many in the delivery pipeline, but not the poorest of the poor. If only anyone on 24x7 television cares to ask them, instead of relying on the statistics fed by the Planning Commission. The Government, like all Central and State Governments elsewhere, is adept at projecting happy illusions seeking to replace reality, relying on acolytes in the well-inclined mainstream media via legitimate advertising spend. And those flattering junkets/accolades, and the all-important access to power. It is a win-win situation for both, designed only to amplify matters which tend to be in the public domain already, churned out dutifully by the Government's own truth-and-lies publicity machine.

Vanishing poverty trick

In figures officially released this week, the Planning Commission claims that poverty incidence had declined from 37.2 per cent of the population in 2004-05 to 21.9 per cent in 2011-12. This 15.3 percentage points decline over a seven-year period amounts to an unprecedented annual decline of 2.2 percentage points in the poverty rate. If that trend is sustained, it would lead to an end to "official" poverty in India in a decade. The previous year for which a comparable estimate based on the Tendulkar Committee's methodology is available, using data from a similar survey, is 2009-10. In that year, the incidence of poverty was reported at 29.8 per cent, reflecting a 7.4 percentage points reduction relative to 2004-05. A further 8 percentage points reduction over the next two years, when GDP growth in fact slowed, has substantially hiked the annual reduction rate. The view that this evidence is not the outcome of a routine evaluation of the extent of poverty, but is politically influenced, is not without basis. To start with, despite the recent furore over the appallingly low level at which the Tendulkar committee set the "poverty line" (which works out to Rs. 33.3 in urban areas and Rs. 27.2 in rural areas for 2011-12), the government has chosen to stick officially with that line even though it knows that for all practical purposes the incidence of actual poverty is nearly three times higher. It knows, for example, that the calorie intake figures yielded by the same survey and hunger indices do not tally with the poverty reduction record that the Commission's methodology yields. Second, the 68th Round National Sample Survey on Household Consumer Expenditure is atypical, if not abnormal, to say the least. From the early 1970s, till 2009-10, the "large sample" consumer expenditure surveys by the NSS were undertaken once in five years. If that schedule had been followed, the next large sample survey should have been in 2014-15. This, however, made the available poverty estimates politically irrelevant. They did not refer to the period after the UPA's second term started in 2009. They would be superseded only in 2014-15, well after the next election. So in a sudden show of concern for more regular statistical information, the government decided on undertaking a large sample survey after just two years. It obviously knew that if combined with the Planning Commission's methodology such a survey would point to a significant reduction in poverty. But even the Commission must have been surprised by the actual figure it finally got. The fact that the government is rightly unwilling to base its new food security initiative on these unrealistic numbers suggests the Planning Commission must rethink its formal methodology. But politics requires otherwise.

Will Hope blossom in midst of gloom


Narendra Modi has been given a chance to get as many seats for the BJP as he can. If he does well, it will be difficult to resist his bid to ultimate power. If he fails, he will have to return to Gujarat
The starkness of the proposition that is Narendra Modi for Prime Minister, has served to awaken a discourse never before given to such clarity. It is a discourse that takes on the hypocrisies and myths built up over 65 years since independence. It covers the whole gamut from communalism, secularism, poverty alleviation, development, and most importantly, governance as a responsibility to deliver results and not another set of empty promises. This has so set the cat amongst the pigeons that the entire political class is having to adjust to a new paradigm in the history of Indian politicking. Many in the BJP, let alone the UPA and elsewhere, are shell-shocked, and are trying to dilute the proposition. They are saying it is not at all certain that Mr Narendra Modi will in the end be projected as the prime ministerial candidate.

What these good people miss is the fact that in the eyes of the public and in the eyes of the rank and file of the BJP and its ideologically compatible and supporting organisations, the vote has already gone in. The tryst with destiny has been logged on. Whatever the outcome of the election turns out to be, Mr Modi has been given a chance to get as many seats for the BJP as he can. If he does well, it will be difficult to resist his bid to ultimate power, and if he fails he will go back to Gujarat. Mr Modi himself is not afraid of risking his arm and needs to be commended for his fortitude in the face of blistering opposition from within and without. And the campaign has not yet begun in right earnest. Broadly speaking, however, the need to project leaders and their ideas has become crucial in the age of 24x7 television, social media, blogs on the Internet, the 140-letter Twitter, and a sharpened, even activist, editorial comment. Not to mention some very motivated, if lightweight, headlines in papers that should be prouder of their work. In this wealth of choice of expression, every medium and moniker is fighting to influence, if not form, the opinion of its adherents. It has become all about news and views debated by ordinary people. The days of pundits talking down to an audience are largely gone. Today even a Nobel laureate like Amartya Sen is seen as a devotee of the establishment and the Congress, a blatant campaigner to his cause, and not as an oracular voice from the height of his tremendous intellect. And there are a good number of such partisan 'experts', all pounding their pulpits and grinding their axes. But fortunately, ordinary people go on social media at a minimum today, or on their mobile phones and Whatsapp, on an interactive basis. And most of this discourse displays a growing dissatisfaction with the state of play on practically every item of governance, and the functioning of the polity, with much of the vital and unvarnished commentary delivered with a sense of humour. The High Priestess style adopted by Ms Sonia Gandhi may be of a piece with a carefully cultivated mystery. But there is a certain impatience amongst the public, if not amongst the unasked rank and file workers in her own party, who expect her to win elections for them. The impatience is with this consistent behindthe-arras statement from the 'High Command', subject to multiple interpretations as it is passed down via many hands.

Broadly speaking, however, the need to project leaders and their ideas has become crucial in the age of 24x7 television, social media, blogs on the Internet, the 140-letter Twitter, and a sharpened, even activist, editorial comment.

As hundreds waited outside Lindo Wing at St Mary's hospital in London on Tuesday for a glimpse of the day-old Royal Baby, and thousands more spent hours staring at a pair of wooden doors on their TV screens around the world, only to erupt in unbridled joy as the little one finally arrived in his mother's arms while his father beamed with pride, one thing was clear: With the birth of the Royal Baby, Britain and indeed the rest of the world is now that much more in love with the British monarchy. In fact, according to a recent MSN survey, a whopping 73 per cent of Britons believe that there would still be a royal head of state 60 years down the line. The global obsession with the yet-to-be-named, third-in-line to the British throne began last November when it was first reported that William and Catherine's - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - first-born was on its way. Since then, every single aspect of the pregnancy has been reported, scrutinised and then analysed again to the very last detail. From the Duchess' maternity wear to the contours of her baby bump, no detail was considered too trivial for headlines. And so it came as no surprise that Princess Catherine's dotted blue dress, which of course was colour coordinated with Prince Willam's hands-on-daddy attire, was immediately compared to the one her mother-in-law wore when she and Prince Charles introduced baby William to the world outside that same hospital three decades ago. But of course, when it comes to the really important aspects such as the sex of the unborn, and now, the name of the child, it is not just the media that has covered it threadbare but even the bookies have had a field day. Bets worth more than a billion pounds have been placed on the Royal Baby's name, with George and James emerging as the top two choices. The speculation is expected to continue over the next few days (or it could even be weeks) until the baby's name is announced or pictures from his first photo-shoot are released to the public. But until then, the people will have to do with discussing the baby's first royal wave and which of his parents he most resembles, based on nothing more than photographs of half his face. But while little Cambridge and his parents enjoy all the attention and the royalty's popularity ratings soar, it would be in the fitness of things to mention that the situation was not always this hunky-dory even in the recent past. The late eighties and early nineties saw a definite dip in the throne's popularity. Aptly titled 'Annus horribilis', 1992 was a particularly bad year when Prince Charles divorced his first wife and England's beloved Princess Diana while Prince Andrew's estranged wife Sarah made it to the papers topless. The royal's carefully cultivated image of the model family was fast eroding, and Buckingham Palace's turgid response to Lady Diana's tragic death in a car accident in 1997 really upset the people. As public opinion turned sceptical, if not hostile, the Queen took it upon herself to revamp the royal family's image. Slowly but surely, she steered the monarchy out of troubled waters and the success of her efforts was easy to gauge from the kind of love and support that she received during her silver jubilee celebrations when the entire nation celebrated.

The Beloved Monarchy

The un empowered Asian


Despite overtaking Japan as the third largest economy, India has lost its leadership role in the continent because, unlike its eastern neighbours, it has ignored its poor
India's founding fathers had a clear idea where it was to stand in the comity of nations. They


were quite sure that India's place was in Asia. There was nothing parochial to this vision. It sprang from a certain understanding of world history and Asian culture. As they saw it, at the end of Second World War, almost all of Asia had been at the heel of the Europeans for close to two centuries. While acutely aware of this, they saw the sloughing-off of the colonial yoke as the mere beginning of a meaningful journey. The continent's nation-builders set themselves the far more ambitious task of building an Asia so prosperous that it could provide a balance to western hegemony. Seoul, an urban marvel On a busman's holiday to the East of us, an Indian economist sees that in the rest of Asia much of this grand vision has been realised. For instance, Seoul in its north-eastern extremity is an urban marvel. Its network of expressways, efficient public transport, pedestrian-friendly streets and glorious public services leave you in a state of shock and awe. To the naked eye there is no poverty visible on its streets, nor any great inequality. Instead, food stalls abound and everybody is gorging on their stuff while clutching at their Gucci bags when it is not their Samsung Android phone. Having once been the champion of the Asian voice in the United Nations, India now languishes as its poor cousin. Its GDP per capita is pitifully low compared to that of the Asian powerhouses, the price of food too high in relation to capita income and the fruits of its much-vaunted high growth in recent years are poorly distributed. From having convened the Asian Relations Conference even before gaining independence to later inspiring Bandung, India has lost its leadership role mainly because it has been left behind in the race to RC Sharma Via email


Dear Editor, This refers to the report, Shatrughan Sinha praising Advani The well-know cine starturned-politician has come out strongly in support of veteran leader LK Advani, rooting for him as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate and criticising the leadership for sidelining party seniors. While Mr Advani might be the most respected and capable person for the top job, he seems to have lost the trust of the majority which feels betrayed that the party did not honestly fulfil the agenda on which it had contested elections and had swept to power at the Centre. Those who are criticising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and trying to advocate the cause of 'others', are not the BJP's well-wishers. They are simply playing into the hands of the Congress, which is observing with glee the dissent in the BJP. The party must take appropriate action against leaders who speak out of turn, much to the detriment of the party's interests and unity. Yours Etc,

Activism on Twitter, facebook

Dear Editor, Our society has lost its revolutionary zeal and has restricted itself to Twitter and Facebook activism. People from different walks of life join social media campaigns. Facebook has emerged as the most favoured platform of the armchair activists to express their outrage over any issue. Owing to lack of web censorship, anyone can say anything and it is a near-perfect means for fanatics. Liberals do not get embroiled in heated arguments and fundamentalists dedicated to extreme ideologies tend to win. Youth have become highly lazy, making statements from their comfort zones. In this hi-tech world, we should know what to reflect upon and what to neglect. Yours Etc, Romi Verma Kachhi Chawani, Jammu

develop the economy. The rest of Asia may admire India as the original home of some profound philosophies, but it is unlikely to capture their imagination as an economy. This has less to do with the size and growth of India's economy but to do with the fact that India is clearly out of line with one central aspect of the Asian development model which is the wide-spreading of the fruits of growth. India has by now overtaken Japan as the world's third largest economy in purchasingpower-parity terms but the backlog of poverty in India is overwhelming even when the bar is set low. China does have high inequality but has far lower poverty levels than India. In any case, restricting ourselves to the income criterion misses an important element when it comes to evaluating the standard of living. Beyond higher per capita incomes, the economies of the east have a vast stock of well functioning public infrastructure. We refuse to acknowledge how important this is in enabling people to lead a dignified life. Need for course correction But has India lost the plot for all time? Not at all. However, we need to recognise how the rest of Asia has done it, and grasp the opportunity to make a course correction when required. At the core of the Asian model is the wide provision of health and education by the state. The human capital thus created contributes to high productivity growth which alone can drive growth in the long run. We can think of productivity growth as that source from which flow the two parallel currents that undergird a dynamic economy. On the one hand, it generates the demand needed to sustain growth and, on the other, releases the resources necessary to provision it. But human capital in the form of a healthy and educated populace is per seinadequate to the task of production. This requires physical infrastructure without which a population is powerless. Countless Indians are unable to improve their lot due to the paucity of electricity, water supply, transportation and sanitation. From this point of view, the "economic reforms" launched in 1991 are limited in their scope. One can only remain sceptical of promises of "more reforms" that do not at the same time provide a road map for releasing the economy from the infrastructure constraint. All over the east, governments started out by creating human and physical capital in tandem, as either one is of not much use without the other. It is this strategy that yielded them the success of export-led growth. In Indian policy circles there is the tendency to construe the eastern experience as the inevitable outcome of maintaining openness to trade which India certainly did not do. But we did not build enough of the two types of capital necessary. By now the industrial-tariff rate in India is lower than in South Korea but growth has slowed considerably and we can see why. It is also significant that in the east, it is the state that actually built this infrastructure because the private sector cannot be expected to build it on so vast a scale.

Elusive Recognising the importance of physical infrastructure would alert us to what must constitute the core of the public discourse on the future of India. The political class speaks of "inclusion" and "empowerment" but does not walk this talk. It has confined itself to promulgating rights. These count for less than an abundant physical infrastructure in empowering the poor. The Right to Information Act may reveal important details of a road project, especially regarding finance, but it can do little to ensure that the road is built well, leave alone well-maintained. Their significance is close to that of the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution. While they are not without value, their role in economic empowerment is remote. On the other hand, the Directive Principles call upon the state to act as a facilitator but they are not justiciable. The current trend in Indian politics is for the political class to legislate more and more while withdrawing from building the public good that is physical infrastructure. It is important to understand why it persists with this strategy. High inequality First, legislating rights and resorting to populism with subsidies buy short-term gains. With political parties facing a five-year electoral cycle, it matters to them less that subsidies crowd out the public finances needed to create infrastructural assets. High inequality heightens the symbolic value of such fiscal transfers. To this extent, politics as practised in India today has a vested interest in the maintenance of inequality. Secondly, there is an aspect of physical infrastructure that gets less attention than it deserves. How much infrastructure we have is less important than how well we put it to use. So the benefits we may expect to flow from what we have built are only as good as the management of that which we have built. While this is true as much of privately owned as it is of public infrastructure it so happens that, almost everywhere in the world, the core physical infrastructure is in the public sector. Thus the infrastructural services that are generated depend upon the accountability enforced in the public sector. This is by no means a battle lost. Anyone who has travelled by Air India of late can see how well its services compare with those in the private sector - only they come at an unacceptably high cost. We need an understanding of public life in which elected representatives are held responsible for the quality of infrastructural services and the cost at which they are delivered to the public. In fact, this should be deemed their principal task. In time for the general elections of 2014, the discourse on democracy in India needs to be radically altered. Arcane debates in the Cold War mould over the relative merits of capitalism and socialism detract us from the serious task of building infrastructure that confronts us. Till such time as India has this infrastructure, its people will remain the unempowered Asians.

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Mobs clash with police in Morigaon over death of a person

MORIGAON, JULY 25: Irate armed mobs angered by the death of a person clashed with police in central Assam's Morigaon town leading to injury to five persons and police resorting to blank-firing and lathi-charge on Thursday. An angry mob armed with bamboo and iron rods ransacked a hotel and attacked its employees and people there alleging one Sariful Haque (38), a handyman, had died today after he was assaulted by some staff members about ten days back, police said. Five persons, including a child, were injured. Police rushed and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the violent mob that pelted stones and attacked the police and public with bamboo and iron rods. Another angry armed mob carrying Haque's body gheraoed Morigaon police station and engaged in skirmishes with the security personnel there. To control the situation, police burst tear gas shells, lathicharged and fired several rounds in the air, they said. District superintendent of police Ainul Haque told that though tension prevailed in the areas the situation was brought under control.

Suspected IM man convicted

NEW DELHI, JULY 25: Lone suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Shahzad Ahmad was on Thursday convicted in the 2008 Batla House encounter case by a Delhi court for murdering a police inspector and assaulting other officers. The court will pronounce its order on sentence on Monday. He (Shahzad) is held guilty of attempting to cause death of Head Constables Balwant Singh and Rajbir Singh and causing death of Inspector M C Sharma by firing on them, Additional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar Shastri said. He is also found guilty of assaulting police officers and obstructing them from doing their duty, he said. Come for order on sentence on Monday (July 29), the judge said after convicting him. The court found Shahzad guilty of murder, attempt to murder, obstructing and assaulting public servants and grievously injuring the police officers to deter them from performing their duty. The court, however, acquitted him of the offence under section 174A IPC (failure to appear in specified time and place as required by a proclamation by court). The encounter had taken place at flat no. L-18, Batla House in Jamia Nagar locality here on September 19, 2008, six days after serial bomb blasts rocked Delhi, killing 26 persons and injuring 133 others. The police had reached Batla House on a tip off that some suspected militants involved in the blasts were holed up in the building. Of the five flat occupants, Atif Ameen and Mohd Sajid were killed during the encounter. Highly-decorated Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma succumbed to the bullet injuries sustained during the gun battle while head constable Balwant was injured. Apart from these two, one Ariz Khan alias Junaid had been declared a proclaimed offender while Mohd Saif was not made an accused in this case as according to the prosecution, he had surrendered peacefully and did not play any part in the entire incident. The police team had recovered two .30 bore pistols and one A K series rifle with two loaded magazines, containing 30 live cartridges from the spot. Shahzad was arrested on January 1, 2010 from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. The court had on July 20 reserved the judgement after conclusion of final arguments by the police and the defence. During the trial, Shahzad had called as defence witnesses Saif and Zeeshan, both lodged in Sabarmati jail in Ahmedabad in connection with the serial blasts of July 26, 2008 there, claiming that he was not at the spot. The prosecution examined 70 witnesses, including six eye-witnesses who were part of the raiding team of the Delhi Police Special Cell. The police had said that it has sufficient circumstantial evidence and phone records to prove that Shahzad was present in the Jamia Nagar flat and was among those who had fired at the police team leading to the death of inspector Sharma. It had said that Shahzad, along with

Incessant rains lash Uttarakhand
DEHRADUN, JULY 25: As many as 30 houses were damaged in Uttarkashi district due to landslides triggered by heavy rains, which continued to lash Uttarakhand on Thursday. Landslides struck Quaritok and Malla villages of the district, but there were no immediate reports of any casualty, officials said. Landslips were also reported from Ganga Vihar colony in Bhatwadi area of the district, officials said. The affected families are sitting in the open but the administration is making arrangements to provide them shelter, sources said. Water levels of Ganga, Yamuna, Sharda, Gori, Kali and Gola rivers are rising due to incessant rains, and the administration is keeping a close watch on the situation. An alert has been sounded as river Ganga is flowing just 70 cm below the danger mark in Haridwar. Administration has issued alert in low lying areas near Ganga. People from the villages have not been evacuated till now, said Naresh Chowdhary, district disaster management officer of Haridwar. Bad weather has been hampering relief and reconstruction work in the flood-ravaged state. Two persons were killed on Wednesday in the incidents of landslide, cloudburst and house collapse following heavy rains.

One killed, 15 hurt in Karbi Anglong blast

JORHAT, JULY 25: One person was killed and 15 others injured in a powerful grenade blast at a daily market in KarbiAnglong district on Wednesday evening. The injured persons are admitted at Bokoliaghat Civil Hospital and five of them are in a critical condition. The explosion occurred at Bokoliaghat, about 50km from Diphu town in the hill district, at around 7.15pm. Police said two persons riding on a motorcycle lobbed a hand grenade at the crowded Bokoliaghat daily market, leaving 16 persons injured on the spot. One of them succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The deceased was identified as Sanjiv Baglari of Bokoliaghat. "According to onlookers in the market, two persons came riding a motorcycle in the evening and threw a grenade at the market. The grenade exploded, causing a huge noise, and the motorcyclists fled the spot. Sixteen persons, including two women, were injured in the blast, one of whom died later," said Bokoliaghat police station's officer in-charge, Khorgeswar Bordoloi. He said preliminary investigation suggest the blast was the handiwork of Karbi People's Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants. Police have launched an operation to nab the militants involved in the attack. This was the second blast since Tuesday when at least three people were injured in a twin blasts at North Lakhimpur town in upper Assam. The manner of Wednesday's attack was similar to Tuesday's grenade blasts. Union home ministry sources confirmed on Tuesday that the Lakhimpur blasts were carried out by the anti-talks faction of Ulfa

Junaid, had jumped off the balcony and fled after firing at the police team during the September 19, 2008 encounter. The counsel, appearing for Shahzad, however, had claimed that he was not present in the flat in which the shootout took place.

The defence had claimed that as per ballistic reports, the bullets found in the slain police officers body matched with the gun seized from the spot and not from the weapon which was allegedly retrieved from Shahzads possession when he was arrested

CBI wants Subramanium to stay, Govt ordered removal

NEW DELHI, JULY 25: The decision to drop former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium as CBI counsel from a corruption case against an Indian Revenue Service officer was taken by the Law Ministry before Thursdays hearing in the Supreme Court despite the agency insisting that he should be retained. The CBI sources said they had wanted to retain Mr. Subramanium as he had been appearing in the corruption case against former Enforcement Directorate official Ashok Kumar Aggarwal for nearly a decade. They said their requests were not accepted by the Ministry which asked the agency through DoPT to replace him with Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati. Meanwhile, the matter was on Thursday adjourned in the Supreme Court to August 1. Mr. Subramanium was not available for comments. He was appointed Solicitor General on June 15, 2009 for a three-year term but resigned in July, 2011 unhappy over a private advocate being engaged by the then Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to argue his case in a PIL filed against him, alleging that the minister had favoured Reliance Telecom. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the then Law Minister Veerappa Moily had talked to Mr. Subramanium to persuade him not to quit but he insisted on doing so. The CBI has booked Mr. Aggarwal in two cases in 2002 after sanction from the Finance Ministry which related to alleged criminal

Batla encounter case: chronology of events

NEW DELHI, JULY 25: Following is the series of events leading to conviction of suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad in the September 19, 2008 Batla House encounter case by a Delhi court: *Sept 19, 2008: Encounter takes place at L-18 Batla House in Delhis Jamia Nagar between a raiding team of Delhi Police Special Cell and suspected IM operatives in which decorated police officer Inspector M C Sharma lost his life. Shahzad and another accused Junaid (now proclaimed offender) escapes. Two suspected terrorists Atif Amin and Mohammed Sajid killed in the shootout, while one suspected IM operative, Mohd Saif surrenders. *January 1, 2010: Shahzad arrested from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. *April 2010: Charge sheet filed in Delhi court in the case. Junaid is declared proclaimed offender. Charge sheet says encounter was part of probe into the September 13, 2008 serial blasts at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and India Gate that had left 26 dead and 133 injured. *February 15, 2011: Court frames charges against Shahzad of murder, attempt to murder, conspiracy and various other sections under the IPC. July 20, 2013: Court reserves judgement in the case. July 25, 2013: Court holds Shahzad guilty of murdering inspector M C Sharma and assaulting other police officers. Fixes July 29 for pronouncing order on sentence against him.

Engineer student gang-raped in moving car

HAPUR (UP), JULY 25: A 21-year-old engineering student was allegedly abducted and gang-raped in a moving car by three persons in Bahudur Garh area here, police said on Thursday. The girl, student of a private engineering college, was going to her relative's place in Simbhavali area on Tuesday evening when she was abducted by the youths. The three youths dumped the girl at an isolated place in Hapur last night after raping her, police said. One of the accused lives in Bahudur Garh area and has been identified, police said, adding that attempts are being made to trace and arrest them. One of the accused is from girl's area while two youths are yet to be identified. We are probing the case and all three accused will be arrested soon," said a senior police officer, adding that there were several injury marks on the girl's body.

conspiracy to extort money from a trader Subhash Barjatya by threatening to book him in a false case of violation of foreign exchange regulations. In the second case, the alle-

gation was that the officer had amassed assets of over Rs 12 crore which were hugely disproportionate to his known sources of income. Ram Jethmalani appeared for Mr. Aggarwal

Batla a genuine encounter; glad Ready to return Bharat Ratna if Vajpayee asks: Amartya Sen DELHI, JULY 25: A major police could prove: Chidambaram NEW slugfest erupted on Thursday over BJP
NEW DELHI, JULY 25: Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who as then Home Minister monitored the probe into the Batla House case, on Thursday said he felt the gunfight between police and the Indian Mujahideen terrorists was genuine and was satisfied that the prosecution could prove the case in court. Chidambaram said the encounter in Delhi's Batla House area took place before he assumed the charge as Union Home Minister in 2008 and he personally went through the evidence and talked to investigators after one of his colleagues suggested that it might not be genuine. I spent a lot of time pouring over the papers and talking to officers involved. And I was satisfied that it was a genuine encounter. Unfortunately, we have lost a brave police officer. It was also unfortunate that some of the suspects have escaped. I am told that the lone captured terrorist was held guilty. I am glad that the police have been able to prove their case," he said. His comments came hours after a Delhi court convicted the lone suspected IM operative Shahzad Ahmad in the 2008 Batla House encounter case for murdering a police inspector and assaulting other officers. Chidambaram said even the National Human Rights Commission as well as the (Delhi) High Court too had held that there was no reason to doubt the genuineness of the encounter. Today, I think the trial court has held that it was a genuine encounter and found the accused guilty," he said. Asked about the statements of some of the Congress leaders, including Digvijay Singh, doubting the genuineness of the Batla House encounter, the Finance Minister said they were reflecting the views of families who were affected or the people of that area. MP Chandan Mitras demand for stripping n: obel laureate Amartya Sen of the Bharat Ratna award and the economist offering to return it if Atal Bihari Vajpayee asks him to do so. While BJP steered clear of the controversy, Congress waded into it with an attack saying it reflected the fascist mentality of BJP. Mr Chandan Mitra may not know that the Bharat Ratna was given to me by the BJP-led government and was handed to me by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. If Mr Vajpayee wants me to return it, I will certainly return it, Dr. Amartya Sen said. He said it was unfortunate that such a demand had come forth and termed it as a personal view of Mr. Mitra. To get into a political debate and somebody takes a view which seems to me is rather all the people as well....I think it is unfortunate....It is so unproductive actually, Dr. Sen said. He added that during the BJP-led NDA government, he has had a lot of discussion with leaders such as L.K. Advani, Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and Arun Jaitley. Demanding that Dr. Sen be stripped of

12 Kolkata Police personnel suspended for indiscipline

KOLKATA, JULY 25: Twelve personnel of Kolkata Police have been suspended for indiscipline after they refused to do election duty during the ongoing panchayat polls in West Bengal, a senior police official said on Thursday.We have suspended twelve Kolkata Police personnel, all of them constables, for gross indiscipline. They had declined to perform election duty during the panchayat polls, citing many problems. So they were called back to Kolkata and suspended yesterday night," Joint CP (headquarters) Jawed Shamim told. A huge police contingent from various sections of Kolkata Police have been deployed for the five-phase panchayat polls across the state.

Man held for molesting teacher in Bengal

his Bharat Ratna, Mr. Mitra had said he was not even a voter in India and wondered whether a Bharat Ratna awardee should speak for or against any party or a leader. Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari hit out at the BJP for its attack on Dr. Sen, who had raised the hackles of the saffron party saying he did not want to see Narendra Modi as prime minister since he did not have secular credentials. The prominent economist had also criticised Mr. Modis model of governance saying he did not approve of it. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde too disapproved of BJP MP Chandan Mitras demand and went on to endorse the views of the Nobel laureate against Mr. Modi. Sen is a renowned economist of the country. Whatever he has said, must be correct. It is his opinion. They (BJP) should have not said like this, Mr. Shinde told reporters, with naming the opposition party. HOWRAH, JULY 25: A woman teacher from Dum Dum in Kolkata was molested in a moving bus when she was on her way to school in Santragachi in Howrah in the district. The police said quoting an FIR filed by the woman at Jagacha police station that a 28-year-old man, identified as Rajen Ray, passed lewd comments at her and subsequently pulled her hand inside the bus. When she raised an alarm, a fellow passenger dialled the Kolkata Police helpline number '100', a little after which policemen arrived and arrested the man after asking the bus to stop at Santragachi, the police said. Later, the woman, who is a teacher of the Santragachi Central School, lodged an FIR at the Jagacha police station in Howrah district.

Teachers should teach, not supervise cooking of meals: HC Delhi gang-rape: verdict on juvenile accused deferred to Aug. 5
ALLAHABAD, JULY 25: Close on the heels of the mid-day meal tragedy in Bihar, the Allahabad High Court has disapproved of teaching staff at government schools being saddled with the implementation of the scheme in Uttar Pradesh. A division bench comprising Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Vikram Nath, hearing a PIL, on Wednesday observed that the duty of teachers and principals of schools is to teach the students and not to supervise the cooking of meals. The Public Interest Litigation was filed by Meerut-based Uttar Pradesh Pradhanacharya Parishad. The PIL had challenged an order of the District Inspector of Schools, dated June 19, whereby the earlier system of NGOs being entrusted with preparing mid-day meals was scrapped and principals were directed to get the food prepared in their respective schools under their personal supervision. The petitioners had contended that the new system would interfere with the duties of teachers in Meerut and pointed out that NGOs were taking care of mid-day meals in a number of neighbouring districts. Expressing surprise over the submission, the court said, There must be uniformity across the state with regard to who shall be entrusted with a specific task like preparing mid-day meals. Directing the state government to submit its policy with regard to mid-day meals by the next date of hearing on August 5, the court ordered that in Meerut, the previous system (of NGOs preparing mid-day meals) would continue until further orders NEW DELHI, JULY 25: A juvenile court has delayed its verdict until August 5 in the December 16 Delhi gangrape, a defence lawyer said on Thursday. The court had earlier said it would deliver its verdict on Thursday. The verdict would have been the first handed down in the rape case, which led to nationwide street protests and sparked major reforms to the nations antiquated sexual assault laws. Defence lawyer Rajesh Tiwari told a throng of reporters outside the court that the verdict was delayed because of a Supreme Court case seeking to change the legal definition of a juvenile. The defendant was 17 at the time of the attack in December 2012, and is being tried as a minor on charges including murder and rape. He faces a maximum sentence of three years at a reform centre. Court rules forbid the publication of his name even though he has since turned 18. The juvenile was one of six people accused of tricking a young woman and her male companion into boarding an off-duty bus on December 16. Police say the men then raped and brutalized the woman and savagely beat the man before dumping them naked on the roadside. The woman died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. Four of the other defendants are being tried in a special fast-track court in New Delhi and face the death penalty. The sixth accused was found dead in his jail cell in March.

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Car bomb kills 10, wounds 62 in Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, JULY 25: A powerful car bomb exploded in a suburb of the Syrian capital Thursday, killing 10 people and wounding dozens of others, Syrias state-run news agency said. The explosion in Jaramana, just few kilometers southeast of Damascus, came as the United Nations top official said more than 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war gripping Syria. The state news agency SANA reported that the explosion caused heavy damage to nearby buildings and destroyed many cars. It said 62 people were wounded. Jaramana, a neighbourhood that overwhelmingly supports the government of President Bashar Assad, has been targeted by a series of explosions before. The Britainbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an anti-government activist organization, said the blast killed seven and wounded more than 30. It said the blast caused heavy material damage and started a fire. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing. More than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict started in March 2011, U.N.

BEIJING, JULY 25:The former Communist Party of China (CPC) Politburo member Bo Xilai was on Thursday formally charged with bribery and abuse of power, paving the way for the once influential princeling to stand trial soon. Mr. Bo, earlier the Chongqing Party chief, was sacked in March 2012 after a scandal that shed a rare spotlight on the internal struggles for power and ideological divisions straining the CPC ahead of a crucial leadership transition. Mr. Bo is expected to stand trial in Jinan, in northeastern Shandong province. The indictment paper listing charges of bribery, embezzlement and power abuse was delivered to the Jinan City Intermediate Peoples Court on Thursday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The document said Mr. Bo had embezzled a huge amount of public money and abused his power, seriously harming the interests of the

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, calling for a political solu-

tion to end the conflict. So far, however, the violence in Syria has defied

all international attempts for a political solution.

state and people. It also accused the former Politburo member of taking advantage of his position to seek profits for others and accepting an extremely large amount of money and properties. Mr. Bo will be the highestranked CPC official to stand trial since the former Politburo member and Shanghai Party Chief Chen Liangyu, who, in April 2008, was also charged with bribery and abuse of power. Mr. Chen

then received an 18-year jailterm. Like that trial, Mr. Bos will also be a carefully choreographed affair, party analysts say, with the sentence expected to have already been agreed upon by the CPCs Politburo and retired Party elders in internal deliberations. A Politburo meeting in September last year already approved of an internal investigation report detailing Mr. Bos severe disciplinary violations.

Obama nominates Caroline Kennedy as Ambassador to Japan

WASHINGTON, JULY 25: U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Caroline Kennedy, daughter of former president John F Kennedy, as his next envoy to Japan. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Kennedy would replace U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, who has been serving in this position since 2009. Obama made the announcement along with nomination of some other key administration post, including Marcel Lettre as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence, Department of Defence. These fine public servants both bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come, Mr. Obama said in a statement. President of the John F Kennedy Library Foundation and Chair of the Senior Advisory Committee of the Institute of Politics at


LEH/NEW DELHI, JULY 25: Close on the heels of over a dozen incursions since the face off in Ladakh in April from across the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Chinese troops made a fresh attempt to violate the International Border at Chumar area in North east of Leh on July 20 but were forced back by Indian troops. The assertive posturing by the Chinese troops, who had climbed a small mountain where they faced Indian troops, has been flashed to all units along the Sino-India border in the area to keep a strict vigil on their movement, official sources said on Thursday. Chinese troops claimed it was their territory and they were headed towards to Tible area, five kilometres deep into the Indian Territory. Chumar, which is located 300 kms from Leh, is the last town after which Himachal Pradesh starts. This area also has the distinction of having a defined International Border with China. Chinese troops, who were confronted almost bang on the border by alert army and ITBP troops, said they needed to follow the orders PLA headquarters and conduct some photography in Tible area. However, after a usual face-off drill, the Chinese troops who had to walk down a long stretch to reach Chumar, sought assistance in getting some food as they had run out of their stock, the sources said. While no food was provided as the troops did not carry it with them, some cans of juices were given to the PLA soldiers, the sources said, adding the Chinese troops then retreated into their area. All Indian units located

Syria war death toll over 100, 000: UN chief

UNITED NATIONS, JULY 25: The number of people killed in the Syrian conflict since March 2011, has hit the alarming figure of 100, 000, said UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday. UN Secretary-General Ban kimoon also said that it was urgent to find a political solution in order to end the conflict. The previous death toll issued by the UN stood at 93, 000 last month. Syrian conflict which has seen more than two years of violence and bloodshed has also displaced millions ensuing a refugee crisis, which was touted by the UN as worse since Rwanda genocide of 1994. UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres said earlier this month that hat over 6, 000 were fleeing Syria each day and two-thirds of nearly 1.8 million refugees registered with the UN had left the country since the beginning of 2013.

Harvard University, Caroline is the editor of several New York Times best-selling books on topics including constitutional law, American history, politics, and poetry. In September 2012, she was appointed as a General Trustee of the Board of Trustees of the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts. From 2002 to 2012, she served as Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools in New York City.

She is also on the Board of Directors of New Visions for Public Schools and serves as Honorary Chair of the American Ballet Theatre. From 1998 to 2009, she served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People Legal Defence and Educational Fund. From 1994 to 2011, she served on the Board of Directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates

along the LAC have been asked to maintain a tight vigil in their Area of Responsibilities (AOR) and launch frequent patrols to the higher reaches, the sources said. Chumar has seen a number of incursion incidents in the recent past including an incident on June 17 where Chinese troops took away an Army surveillance camera meant for keeping an eye on

the PLA troops patrolling there. This is the same area where Chinese troops triggered tensions in April smashing some bunkers besides cutting wires of cameras installed at the border post. Chumar has been an issue for China which claims it to be its own territory and have been frequenting it with helicopter incursions almost every year.



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ITC Q1 net up 18% on good show across business verticals

NEW DELHI, JULY 25: Pressure on its cigarettes segment notwithstanding, diversified business conglomerate ITC Ltd on Thursday reported 18.05 per cent increase in net profit at Rs. 1,891.33 crore in the quarter ended June 30, 2013 driven by good performance across business verticals. The company had reported net profit of Rs. 1,602.14 crore in the corresponding quarter a year ago. ITCs net sales during the period under review increased by 10.31 per cent to Rs. 7,338.52 crore as against Rs. 6,652.21 crore in the corresponding period last year, last year. Its business is divided into two categories cigarettes and others. Revenue from cigarettes increased by 7.05 per cent to Rs. 3,537.39 crore while others increased by 18.43 per cent to Rs. 1,744.66 crore. The cigarette industry in India continues to be impacted by a discriminatory taxation. Steep increases in excise duty on cigarettes for the second year in succession and the arbitrary increases in Value Added Tax (VAT) on cigarettes by some states during the quarter have exacerbated the situation, the ITC said. However, the companys non-cigarette FMCG segment improved profitability amid a slowdown in private consumption expenditure, the ITC said. The companys branded packaged foods businesses posted robust growth in revenues and enhanced market standing across categories during the quarter, it added. Others in FMCG business include packaged foods (bakery and confectionery foods, snack foods, staples, spices and ready to eat foods), apparel, education and stationery products, personal care products, safety matches and incense sticks.

ACC, Ambuja stocks crash post rejig announcement

COIMBATORE, JULY 25: As analysts slammed the convoluted way the Swiss-based Holcim Group has chosen to consolidate its holdings in cement major ACC through Ambuja Cements Ltd, shares of both the companies wilted under selling pressure as the markets opened this morning. While the general consensus appeared to be that the minority shareholders in Ambuja Cements have been shortchanged because of overvaluation of ACC, the sharpest criticism of the reorganisation formula came from Anil Singhvi, former MD & CEO of Ambuja Cements, who is now the Chairman of Ican Investment Advisors. In media interactions, he dubbed the deal as definitely not good for minority shareholders of Ambuja Cements. His reasoning was that Ambuja Cements was shelling out about Rs 15,000 crore for 50 per cent stake in ACC which was valued at Rs 23,000 crore. At 50 per cent, this should be worth Rs 11,500 crore. But ACL would be shelling out Rs 3,500 crore more and he found it strange at this hefty payout when both were under Holcim management. His contention was that if there had been a simple merger of both ACC and ACL, Holcim would not get the Rs 3,500 crore in cash which was probably at the heart of the whole exercise. As the market opened, both the shares crashed but recovered a little later. Ambuja Cements, which narrowly missed breaching its 52-week low of Rs 162.25 when it touched a low of Rs 162.55 on the NSE today, recovered to Rs 176.65, a loss of Rs 14.55 or 7.61 per cent. The volume within the first ten minutes touched 38.55 lakh shares. ACC was down by Rs 31.70 to Rs 1,198.85 on the NSE and this stock also pulled back from a low of Rs 1,166.45.


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the company said in a statement. The performance has been delivered against a backdrop of a challenging business environment, not least the slowdown in private consumption expenditure and the steep hike in excise duty on ciga-

rettes announced in the Union Budget 2013, it added. The companys revenue from FMCG business increased by 10.56 per cent to Rs. 5,282.05 crore in the quarter as against Rs. 4,777.29 crore in the corresponding quarter


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Pro-health group sends open letter to Marutis Q1 net profit up 49% USTR supporting Indian generic medicines
MUMBAI, JULY 25: As Indias intellectual property protection policy comes under intense criticism in the United States a pro-health group, South Africas Treatment Action Campaign, has come out in support of the Indian generic drugs industry. In an open letter to US Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman, TAC expressed its concern at the mounting US pressure on Indias generic medicines industry. The letter comes at a time when US Vice-President Joe Biden is in India to improve trade ties between the two countries. In its letter, the TAC said that it specifically objected the placement of India on the US Special 301 Watch List over objections to the country's intellectual property system, as well as subsequent condemnation from Members of Congress stemming from US pharmaceutical industry pressure, and attempts by a group of US commercial businesses (under the banner NEW DELHI, JULY 25: Maruti Suzuki net profits spike to Rs 631.6 cr while volume sales down 9.98 per cent compared to Q1 2012. Indias largest car-maker Maruti Suzuki on Thursday reported a 49 per cent jump in net profit at Rs 631.6 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2013. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 423.77 crore in the corresponding period last fiscal. However, net sales during the quarter under review stood at Rs 9,995.12 crore as against Rs 10,529.24 crore in the corresponding period last year, the company said in a statement. In terms of volumes, sales were down by 9.98 per cent to 2,66,343 units as against 2,95,896 units in the first quarter of 2012. Shares of Maruti Suzuki India were trading at Rs 1,404.85 apiece in the afternoon trade,

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of Alliance for Fair Trade with India) to influence Vice-President Bidens current meetings in India. Indias generic manufacturing industry has become as an essential source of affordable medicines, producing over 80 per cent of medicines, and as many as 90 per cent of paediatric medicines are used in the developing world, the letter said. Landmark judgments Following the landmark patent cases on cancer drugs Glivec and Nexavar, there has been pressure on India to

increase its intellectual property protection despite the fact that in both instances India acted in compliance with the WTOs agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the letter said. Through strict patentability criteria outlined in Section 3(d) of the Indian Patents Act which grants new patents only to medicines with enhanced efficacy, India has avoided granting excessive monopolies for secondary use, combinations or mere minor incremental changes.

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MISC nominates Abhijeet ICC T20 rankings: Sri Lanka remains No 1, AICF Gupta for Arjuna award India hold on to 3rd spot
Reliance ICC T20 Rankings
1 2 3 4 5 DUBAI, JUL 25: Sri Lanka retained its position as the number-one ranked Twenty20 International (T20I) side after the annual update of the Reliance ICC T20I Rankings Table, which was announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday. India retained the third post in the list. At the June ICC Board meeting during the Annual Conference week in London, the ICC Board agreed to change the T20I rankings period from three years to four years. The ICC Board also decided that the annual update to the Test, ODI and T20I rankings should now take place on May1 each year, rather than Aug 1, to better align with the current international calendar. This change has been incorporated in the latest update, and has been backdated to May 1. The updated table mentioned below now reflects all T20I matches completed after Aug 1, 2010. All T20I matches played until the start of May 2014 will be added to this table, so that by May 2014, the ratings will be based on just less than four years of results. There are no ranking changes as a result of this annual update and most countries' ratings change by no more than a point or two. The ICC said in a statement: "14 out of the 16 countries with T20I status are ranked, with Afghanistan and Canada yet to play the required eight rated matches. Afghanistan needs to play one more and Canada two more T20 Internationals prior to May 2014 in order to join the rankings." Meanwhile, Pakistan has an opportunity to move to the second place in the Reliance ICC T20I 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14


Kohli eclipses Anwar, fastest to score 15 ODI tons
NEW DELHI: Skipper Virat Kohli added another feather to his during India's dominating victory over Zimbabwe in the first ODI at Harare on Wednesday as he became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to score 15 one-day international hundreds. Kohli's 115 from just 108 deliveries helped India beat Zimbabwe by six wickets and go up 1-0 The least number of innings to in the five-match reach 15 ODI tons is as follows: series. Kohli is the Matches Players only batsman to score Virat Kohli 15 tons in 109 ODIs 106 since debut. He sur- 143 Saeed Anwar passed Pakistan's Sourav Ganguly Saeed Anwar who 144 Chris Gayle achieved the feat in 147 143 matches. India's 161 Herschelle Gibbs batting maestro Desmond Haynes Sachin Tendulkar, 166 scored his 15th one-day century in his 182nd match.

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Sri Lanka West Indies India Pakistan England South Africa Australia New Zealand Ireland Bangladesh Scotland Zimbabwe Netherlands Kenya

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NEW DELHI: Grandmaster and reigning Commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta has been nominated for the prestigious Arjuna award while his long time trainer Vishal Sareen has been picked by All India Chess Federation (AICF) as a nominee for this year's Dronacharya award. Gupta recently won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Championship adding to his long haul of medals for the country including a bronze in the Asian continental championship. The 23-year-old had also won individual silver in the Chess Olympiad for his brilliant individual performance. He was a member of the Indian team that won silver medal in the Asian team chess championship in China last year. International Master Vishal Sareen was chosen for the Dronacharya due to the excellent results achieved by his students. Tania Sachdev and

Parimarjan Negi were the last two Arjuna awardees in Chess and Sareen had trained both of them. Abhijeet Gupta has been his protege for more than seven years now along with young Grandmasters like Sahaj Grover and Akshayraj Kore. "The AICF had looked at the best possible candidates both for Arjuna and Dronacharya awards and both Gupta and Sareen are the best choices that we have currently," CEO, AICF Bharat Singh Chauhan said in a release.

Pakistan beat West Indies by 4 wickets to win ODI series by 3-1

GROS ISLET, ST. LUCIA: Pakistan clinched the One Day series 3-1 against the West Indies, winning the fifth and final match by four wickets at the Beausejour Stadium on Wednesday. Replying to the hosts' total of 242 for seven, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's innings of 63 again piloted the visitors to their target although they made heavy weather of it at the end, Kieron Pollard missing the stumps at the non-striker's end and Saeed Ajmal dashing home for the winning run to the relief of his teammates. Pakistan take the five-match series 3-1 with one tied and now both teams shift focus to the two Twenty20 internationals to be played on Saturday and Sunday in St Vincent. Misbah, who was dismissed at the start of the final over with the scores level, took both the man of the match and the man of the series awards. Umpire Paul Reiffel's not out decision was challenged by West Indies captain Dwayne

Rankings table if it wins both the matches against West Indies in the upcoming series. Fourth-ranked Pakistan is currently on 118 ratings points, but could potentially move up to second place with 124 ratings points, thereby swapping

places with second-placed West Indies with 120 ratings points. On the other hand, if West Indies wins both the matches it could gain five ratings points to finish at 132, reducing the gap with number-one ranked Sri Lanka to just two ratings points.

India enter quarters of JU's new academic session begins World Junior Team C'ships
NEW DELHI: Indian girls put up a dominant show to sweep aside Japan 3-0 and book their place in the quarterfinals of the World Junior Women's Squash Team Championships being played in the historic city of Wroclaw, Poland. India finished second in their Pool C behind England and will take on the fourth seed Hong Kong in the quarters of the the biennial World Squash Federation event at the Hasta La Vista Club. Harshit Kaur Jawanda was the first to take the court against Risa Sugimoto. Harshit took control of the match early on, pinning Risa to the back corners and pounced on her opponent's errors to win the first game 11-6. Harshit continued to dominate the front of the court and Risa could not counter her ball control as the Indian raced away with the second game. Risa pulled out all the stops in an amazing display of athleticism as she retrieved every ball and played absolutely wonderful drops to take the third game to 5. However, the Delhi girl reasserted her dominance in the fourth game, winning it 11-4 in 22 minutes to put India 1-0 ahead in the prequarters. Lakshya JAMMU, JULY 25: With the start of first semester class work in Sciences, the new academic session of the University got underway yesterday. However, other departments where seats are vacant and are still in the process of admission, the normal class work shall start by the first week of August. "Since the seats were filled quickly soon after the release of first merit list, we started the normal class work for the first semester yesterday itself," Head of the Department of Botany, Prof Geeta Sumbali said to the correspondent of Student Age. The class work for first and third semester has also started in the English and a couple of other PG Dept of Social Sciences. Now, the teaching departments have started planning the intro parties to introduce those juniors with their seniors in a cordial manner. And, to avoid any untoward incidents of ragging on the campus, the already nominated committees have also become active. History gets new HoD Newly promoted Prof Shailender Singh has been made new Head of the Dept of History. He took over from Prof Suman Jamwal as 16th Head of the Department on Thursday in the presence of

Ragavendran showed off her array of strokes in racing away to a two-game lead against Satomi Watanabe. The Japanese youngster could do precious little in the face of aggressive strokeplay from Lakshya. But, Satomi hung on and waited for her chances edging the third game 12-10. Lakshya had match ball at 10-9 but could not convert allowing Satomi to reduce the deficit. In an extremely tight fourth game, Lakshya held her nerve to close out the match at 14-12, giving India an unassaibale 2-0 lead and a place in the last-eight. In the final rubber, Sachika Ingale was largely untroubled in what turned out to be a routine win against Momoka Nakahira in 20 minutes to complete the 3-0 rout. RESULTS: Harshit Kaur Jawanda bt Risa Sugimoto11-6 11-3 5-11 11-4 Lakshya Ragavendran bt Satomi Watanabe 11-5 11-7 10-12 14-12 Sachika Ingale bt Momoka Nakahira 11-9 11-8 11-4.

other senior faculty members. Associate Dean with the Dept of Students Welfare (DSW), Prof Shailender is one of the most respectable and an appreciated professor enjoys a good reputation among his senior colleagues and students of the department. AD Sports leaves JU Assistant Director, Directorate of Sports and Physical Education, Dr Sonam Angchok has left the University of Jammu to return to his original positing of Lecturer in Physical Education at Central Institute of Buddhist Studies in Leh. Pertinent to mention here that Dr Sonam first joined the JU on deputation basis and then took over as Assistant Director on permanent basis. Prof Naresh continues as `Registrar' Replaced by Prof Manoj Dhar about two months back, Prof Naresh Padha continued to hold the chair of Registrar. The India's first ISO 90012000 University, JU failed to bring a change in the contents on its website where Prof Naresh Padha still acts as Registrar. The RTI link on the JU website still names Prof Padha as Ist Appellate Authority of JU in the capacity of Registrar with all his personal details.

Bravo but the Decision Review System (DRS) upheld the on-field verdict, much to the dismay of the Caribbean players on the field. "A key decision went against us and that was the turning point in the game," said Bravo at the end of the match in a less-than-veiled reference to the Misbah incident. Ahmed Shehzad contributed a top score of 64 at the top of the order, but after being becalmed in the middle of the innings by some

determined bowling from the West Indies, Misbah found an able ally in Umar Akmal, the same pair who had taken Pakistan to victory in the rain-shortened fourth match three days earlier. They put on 66 for the fifth wicket and tilted the balance of the match decisively Pakistan's way only for Akmal to fall to a persevering Best for 37 just as an unexpected light shower swept across the ground. A washout at that stage with the score at 226 for five off

47.4 overs would have given the tourists victory anyway for they were ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis method. However, the skies cleared and when they resumed after 20 minutes, Pakistan just managed to get across the line despite Misbah's dismissal, the key blow being delivered by Shahid Afridi when he hoisted Bravo over square-leg for six in the penultimate over. The loss was especially hard on Bravo who had belted 48 off just 27 balls to give his team's innings a late surge with 62 runs coming off the final five overs. His effort, together with a quick fire 29 from Darren Sammy, was essential to get a competitive total on the board despite earlier contributions from middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels (45) and opener Johnson Charles (43). Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan shared five wickets in underlining their excellent performances during the series.

Surya Risers wins by 3 wkts in JKPL

JAMMU, JULY 25: Surya Risers registered a three wickets win against Tramboo Panthers to strengthen their position in the ongoing Jammu and Kashmir Premier League at MA Stadium on Thursday. Earlier, batting first, after winning the toss, Tramboo Panthers made 117 runs for nine, which, in reply, Surya Risers chased making 121 runs in 19.3 overs with three wickets in hand. Nasir remained top scorer with 29 runs while Syed Sagar and Javed contributed 17 and 18 runs respectively. From Surya Risers, Pranav Gupta and Nitin Mehra clinched four wickets each. Later, Surya Risers overhauled the opponent total making 121 runs for seven wickets in 19.3 overs. Guru Partap made highest 20-ball 23 runs, followed by Nitin Mehra, who contributed 17 runs. Rompy Sharma added unbeaten 15 while Ian Dev Singh and Pranav Gupta made 14 runs each. Imran emerged as most successful bowler from Tramboo Panthers with three wickets, followed by Nasir, Syed Sagar and Salim, who shared apiece each. For his all-round performance, Pranav Gupta was declared man of the match while Nasir presented the special prize for hitting maximum sixes of the game.

Jamaica player tests positive at WCup qualifier

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: A Jamaica player tested positive for a banned substance after a World Cup qualifying match against Honduras, in the latest doping case involving the Caribbean island's athletes. The Jamaica Football Federation says a "member of the Jamaican squad returned an adverse analytical finding on his urine sample" after the June 11 game. The federation says it was informed of the result by FIFA on Tuesday. The player and the substance involved were not identified. Jamaica lost 2-0 and is last in a six-team CONCACAF qualifying group led by the United States. Last week, Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were confirmed to have tested positive for oxilofrine, a banned stimulant, among five cases involving track and field athletes.

SAI to rent out stadiums for non-sporting purposes

NEW DELHI, JULY 25: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided to rent out its stadiums during the lean season for non-sporting activities. SAI, the nodal agency for the sports ministry, took the decision at its reconstituted governing body meeting chaired by Sports Minister Jitendra Singh. "SAI Director General Jiji Thomson was directed to prepare a scheme for optimum utilization of Stadia and use it for non-sporting purposes and generate revenue during lean season," said a ministry statement. Among a host of decisions taken at the meeting, SAI formed a committee comprising former sportspersons to check the quality of future coaches. "It was also decided to form a subCommittee headed by Dr. G.S.G. Ayyangar, Joint Secretary in ministry and consisting of Baichung Bhutia, Zafar Iqbal, Karnam Malleshwari, Malav Shroff, Ashwini Nachappa and Dr. L.S. Ranawat to recommend the eligibility criteria and methods of recruitment of coaches." Besides that "DG, SAI was directed to prepare a 'Voluntary Retirement Scheme' (VRS) for all employees of SAI including coaches".

AFS Jammu bags runners-up trophy

JAMMU, JULY 25: Air Force School (AFS) Jammu lost the thrilling final to contain with runners-up trophy in the Western Air Command (WAC) Inter- Air Force School (AFS) Basketball Tournament held at the AFS Jammu. In the title clash that took place this afternoon, AFS Hindon outplayed AFS Jammu in a close contest. The third place went to AFS Ambala. In all, six Air Force Schools of the Western Air Command took part in this three-day competition held on knock-out basis. The participating schools were AFS Pathankot, AFS Ambala, AFS Hindon, AFS Sarsawa, AFS Chandigarh and the host AFS Jammu. In the final and valedictory function, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jammu, Air Commodore, P E Patange YSM VM was the chief guest, who gave away winners and runners-up trophies. Speaking to the gathering, Air Commodore appreciated the efforts put in by all the

Udhampur Wrestling competition on July 28

UDHAMPUR, JULY 25: District Udhampur Indian Style Wrestling Association is organizing district championship in the premises of Government High School, Roun Domail, on July 28. This was disclosed by president of the Association, Varinder Kumar Sharma. The competition shall be held following the laid down norms under the aegis of J&K Indian Style Wrestling Association. "The weighing shall take place at the given venue at 9 am sharp, followed by the bouts from 10 am onwards. The wrestlers are advised to bring with them complete sports kit," informed Varinder Kumar. The competition shall be held in six weight categories of 55 kg, 60 kg, 66 kg, 74 kg, 84 kg and above and up to 120 kg. Those interested wrestlers can contact the District Association president on Mobile No. 94191 62030.

IBL announces Yonex as equipment partner

Runners-up of Inter-AFS Basketball Tournament, AFS Jammu team receives the trophy from chief guest at Jammu on Thursday. participants to the resounding applause of the large gathering of spectators. He further added that sports provide an excellent pathway for young people to learn acquire the team spirit, competitiveness and greater self confidence thereby maximizing their potential. He especially praised the efforts of the Master Sudhir from Air Force School Hindon, who was declared the `Player of the Championship'. Earlier, in his address, Principal of Air force School Jammu, Vikesh Sandhal presented a brief report of the event. Among other dignitaries present were Group Captain, S Pati, C Adm O, Group Captain, S Sridhar COO Air Force Station Jammu and Flt Lt Karishma Sethi, the Officerin-Charge Air Force School, Jammu.

NEW DELHI: The USD 1million Indian Badminton League (IBL) has announced Yonex as the 'Equipment Partner' for the tournament. Speaking on the association, Ashish Chadha, CEO, and Sporty Solutionz, the commercial partner for IBL, said, "It's a matter of pride for Indian Badminton League to announce Yonex as the Equipment Partner. They are known for their world-class technology that they incorporate in all their equipments which sets them apart and adds value to the players' performance. "With them as the Equipment Partner we are assured of the fact that we have the most paramount tools for the

League." Vikram Dhar, Managing Director, Yonex Sunrise India, said, "We would like to congratulate Badminton Association of India for organising the IBL and we are proud to be the official equipment supplier for this tournament. Akhilesh Das Gupta, BAI President said, "We welcome Yonex to the IBL family. We look forward to a strong and successful association and their presence will add a huge goodwill to the League." The league is set to launch on August 14. IBL will feature six franchises and will run for 18 days. Each franchise will host a two-day leg and the league will involve a total of 90 matches.

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