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Telangana storm rocks parliament on session's first day, both Houses adjourned
NEW DELHI, AUG 05: The first day of the Monsoon session on Monday was continually disrupted and finally adjourned till Tuesday, as some members vehemently opposed the creation of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh and others demanded carving of Bodoland out of Assam. Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned several times Monday. But amid disruptions, the food security ordinance was introduced for approval in the lower house. In the Lok Sabha, Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhra Pradesh opposed the creation of Telangana and came near the chairman's podium to press for their demand during question hour. They were carrying placards: "We want justice for Seemandhra area" and "We want united Andhra Pradesh". TDP member N. Sivaprasad tried to walk up to one of the protestors from the Congress but was stopped by his party colleagues. Bodoland People's Front (BPF) member S.K. Bwiswmuthiary also joined the protest with a banner stating "Bodoland MPs strongly stand for a separate state of Bodoland". Speaker Meira Kumar asked the agitating members to go back to their seats and assured them that they would be allowed

KP condemns the murder of BRIEFLY 129 pilgrims leave for displaced Kashmiri Pandit at Jagti Amarnath from Jammu
Dr.Agnishekhar demands grant of exgratia of Rs 25 Lacs & Job
JAMMU, AUG 05: A Joint Forum organization of Kashmiri Pandits on Monday strongly condemns the murderous assault on a member of the displaced Kashmiri Pandit family in Jagti. The heinous assault that led to the death of Tej Krishen Talashi of Jagti Camp has sent shock waves in the displaced community. It seems that the Government has forsaken the people of Jagti and left them at the mercy of criminals and goons. Leaders of the Joint Forum Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo,President Panun K a s h m i r , H . L . Chatta,President ASKPC,H.N. Jattu, President A I K P C , R a k e s h Kaul,President Kashmiri Samiti Delhi,D.N.Kissu,President,A DKPF,Sardar Prem Singh,President,Displaced Sikh Forum and Virender Raina,Chief Spokesman Joint Forum condemn the incident in strongest possible words and demands from the Government to bring the culprits of the heinous act to book. Joint forum members JAMMU, AUGUST 5: A small batch of 129 pilgrims on Monday left the Jammu base camp for the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in South Kashmir. A convoy of four vehicles carrying the 39th batch of 129 devotees left the Yatri Niwas at Bhagwati Nagar around 4:45 AM to pay obeisance at the holy shrine, police said. The batch, comprising 94 men, 3 women and 32 sadhus, was on its way to twin base camps of Pahalagam and Baltal, they added. Contd p2

Telangana issue rocks in parliament

Protests over Bodoland, 48-hr bandh declared

GUWAHATI, AUG 05: The Bodo-dominated belt in Assam tethered on the edge as a 48-hour bandh began on Monday morning demanding a separate Bodoland state even as Bodo MPs stopped proceedings at the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the Parliament's monsoon session. A bandh in the Bodo belt cuts off surface communication between Assam and the rest of the country. Though the bandh was earlier called for 60 hours it was later scaled down to 48 hours in view of the forthcoming Eid celebrations. The bandh has been called by the Bodo National Conference (BNC), the umbrella body of frontal Bodo organisations. Yesterday, BNC had served an ultimatum to the government and warned that they will take their fight to Parliament. The movement for a separate Bodoland state has gained momentum after the UPA government announced its decision to create a separate Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh. The district of Karbi Anglong has also witnessed large-scale violence in the past few days over the demand for creation of a separate state. to speak during zero hour but her request went unheeded, forcing her to adjourn the house till noon. The house was again adjourned till 2 p.m., then 3 p.m. and finally for the day. Amid the din, Food Minister K.V. Thomas introduced the food security ordinance, which is expected to be taken up for approval later Contd p2

MPs raise issue of Chinese incursions

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: The issue of recent spate of incursions by the Chinese troops in Ladakh was raised in the Lok Sabha with 29 MPs, cutting across party lines, querying the Government which sought to downplay the issue. Defence Minister AK Antony while answering questions said in the last three years since January 2010, there have been a total of 28 violations of Indian airspace by other countries which are taken up with them. "There is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China. There are areas along the border where India and China have different perceptions of the LAC Contd p2

have been raising the issue of the lack of security in the Jagti camp at various levels with the Government and even we are in touch with the authorities to clamp down on the criminals who perpetrated the murder.As a first step a Police Post needs to be established in the Jagti township and also drop gates at the entry need to be erected to keep an eye on the nefarious and criminal elements. A review meeting of the Forum members in the next few days

would have a complete relook at the entire security scenario of the Jagti camp. Panun Kashmir Convener Dr. Agnishekhar while strongly condemned the ghastly murder of one inmate Tej Krishen Talashi of Jagti Camp yesterday by group of criminals, not yet apprehended by the police,held state Govt. squarely responsible for not providing adequate security cover to the Jagti Camp.He along with a strong cotangent of Contd p2

BSF jawan injured in firing along IB in Samba

JAMMU, AUGUST 5: A BSF jawan was critically injured in firing from across India-Pakistan border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. "There was sniper firing from some persons at around 3.55pm from Pakistan side along the international border (IB) at Narainpur Border out Post (BOP) area in Ramgarh sector," a senior BSF officer said. Two rounds were fired from Pakistan side and the bullets hit head constable Ram Niwas Meena of 200 Battalion, he said. The bullets hit his chest, officer said. The Jawan has been admitted to Government Medical College (GMC) hospital and is stated to be in stable condition. There was no firing from BSF troops, the officer said.

JAMMU: A man allegedly committed suicide in a police station in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Monday. Subash Chander was found hanging in a lockup in Ramnagar tehsil of the district around 6am on Monday, police said. He tore the silk cloth stitched on the side of a blanket and hanged himself with it in the lockup, a police officer said, adding a case has been registered. Chander had been detained in the lockup for questioning about the mysterious Contd p2

Man commits suicide in police lockup

Ruling leaders should stop playing politics: Gupta

faced with an alarming situation. There have been over a score of earthquakes. Because of tremors thousands of houses have been damaged including the educational institutions. But it is strange that little sincerity have been there on part of the Government leaders to provide succor to the suffering masses who are faced with sleepless nights and are afraid about staying at their palaces. It is a strange situation that about two months have passed, it was given that the Congress youth leader Rahul Gandhi would visit Doda areas and he would announce a package for the sufferers, Prof. Gutpa pointed out and regretted that neither the Congress Prince has come to see the plight of the people nor any relief has been provided. He further pointed out that this entire belt is represented by the leaders Contd p2

NGT bans on sand mining without environmental clearances

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW, AUG 05: Mining or removal of sand from river beds across the country without an environmental clearance was banned by The national green tribunal (NGT) on Sunday aiming the uproar over suspension of an IAS officer who had cracked down on sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh. In its order, the Tribunal noted that the loss caused to the state exchequer due to illegal sand mining may run into lakhs of crores of rupees. The order was given on a plea alleging that such activities were going on in UP with the wilful connivance of its state machinery. Widening the ambit of the plea, a bench headed by NGT chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar said its order would be applicable across the nation as the petition raised substantial environmental issues. Initially, the

Youths are architect of new, model Kashmir: Omar Abdullah

SRINAGAR, AUG 05: Youth in the Valley are the architects of new and model of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said. "I want to see you ruling the roost in all fields of life and steering Jammu and Kashmir towards the shore of peace, prosperity and development," Omar told a youth delegation during his weekly public meeting here. The Chief Minister listed the necessary provisions incorporated in the State's Development policy for the empowerment and development of youth. He listed the measures initiated by his government to expand the orbit of opportunities for youth of Jammu and Kashmir to excel and prove their mettle in all fields of life at the state and national level. The Chief Minister said that holistic welfare of youth and empowering them to draw the road map of model

SRINAGAR, AUG 05: A 15-year-old girl from an orphanage in Jammu and Kashmir has claimed she has not been issued a passport to study in the US as her uncle was a former militant but Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday pledged that she won't be denied the document. Sufaira Jan, hailing from Budgam district of central Kashmir, had applied for the passport after she got a oneyear Contd p2

Kashmir girl claims passport denied due to ex-militant uncle

Another woman student attacked in JNU

Jammu and Kashmir is his cherished desire. As many as 30 deputations and scores of individuals met the Chief Minister during public meeting and brought to his notice various issues relating to the community and of personal nature. The Chief Minister highlighted the importance of utilizing Public Services Guarantee Act (PSGA) for ensuring time-bound delivery of services from the Government departments which have been brought under the ambit of PSGA. NEW DELHI, AUG 05: A 22-year-old Spanish language student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was attacked and molested in the university campus by her friend, who was reportedly obsessed with her, police said Monday. The accused has been arrested. Abhinendra Jain, a former classmate of the victim, attacked her when she was sitting with others outside her hostel Sunday afternoon. The girl was staying in Shipra Hostel on the JNU campus. Police said Jain, Contd p2

JAMMU, AUG 05: Former union minister and MLA, Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta has asked the ruling leaders to stop playing politics over the miseries of the people caused by natural calamities including the earthquakes, excessive rains, floods and other problems caused by such like painful happenings. Referring to the repeated tremors in the erstwhile Doda district and some other areas, Prof. Gupta said that over two months have passed that the people of these areas are

UP, Centre spat over Durga Sakthi Nagpal

A defiant Samajwadi Party spat over Durga Sakthi Nagpal with the Centre over the IAS officer's suspension issue, asserting that UP government's decision is correct and final and went a step further taunting it to remove all IAS officers from the state. Firing the first salvo, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said the decision to suspend IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal, who hit the spotlight for cracking down on the sand mafia, is justified. It is Contd p2 bench banned illegal sand mining on the beds and banks of rivers Yamuna, Ganga, Hindon, Chambal, Gomti, among others, but later modified its order saying the issue of illegally removing sand has nationwide implications. The bench said the clearance has to be obtained from the ministry of environment and forests Contd p2

Centre to frame rules to restrict misuse of red beacon and siren: SC

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: Misuse of red beacon and siren, granted by government to VIPs, is a menace to society and it must be stopped, the Supreme Court observed on Monday, asking the Centre to frame rules to restrict its use to only persons holding constitutional posts. A bench of justices GS Singhvi and V Gopala Gowda asked the government to impose heavy and exemplary fine on its wrong use and granted two weeks time to Centre to respond to it. "How can citizens be treated differently," the bench said while referring to the problems faced by people when VIPs with high security cover move in vehicles with red beacon and siren. "It is a menace to society," it said, adding such misuse "should be dealt with heavy hands and exemplary fine be imposed". The bench was hearing a PIL filed Contd p2

AFSPA musings: Mr. CM there are other important things to do

ROHIT SINGH RANA The Chief Minister of our State is still young compared to other Chief Ministers. He is healthy and God bless him with a good health always. That apart, being a Kashmiri and if he is conversant with the Kashmiri language, then there is a widespread used proverb -Halaiy No Daliay No Pani-ne Hani Chalay No- meaning, I shall not waver from my position come what may. The proverb fits well into the grand political vision of our energetic Chief Minister on Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The motivation to muse on the Act while it is day or night, dawn or dusk has come to stay with him as a second nature. The CM has no doubt many qualities and tenacity is one with which he is thrashing AFSPA with his subtle and diplomatic mind. With terrorists waiting on the launch pads and intelligence reports saying that infiltration has increased, there was a studied need on behalf of the most responsible man to weigh his words with caution. But political parties play politics and politics is a tool to remain in power perpetually. No political party will shun power, nor will it say that we shall work for the betterment of the people and take even unpopular decisions for larger good of the people, even at the cost of electoral defeat for that reason. Long term gains or durable policies are not on the agenda of the political parties and the CM is no exception. Here he is playing true to the type. Having said so, the noise on AFSPA should have stopped for the time being because of recent incidents which have taken place in the valley. The killing of two policemen and eight army soldiers in Srinagar are ominous signs of tenuous calm prevailing in the valley. In this backdrop, the unfortunate killing of two youth in Sumbal area cannot dilute the importance of army in the valley. The incident is being investigated and those guilty will have to be punished. One wonders why the CM is so keen to talk about AFSPA on a regular basis when nobody at the Centre is willing to listen to him. Does he have his own compulsions or he is raising the pitch just for the heck of it. The CM is astute and not a novice now instead should display his perspicacity in ameliorating the lot of people. There are many things for him to do but how can AFSPA prove so alluring for the young Chief Minister. The reasons are perhaps not far and a zsimple scratch can perhaps unravel his complex calculation on the issue. It is another matter that political calculations do not follow a strictly mathematical law so the CM has to be chary on the issue. If the ground situation in the valley is any indicator, the mood is for a change and perhaps the Opposition PDP is making its presence felt in a big way. That said the relation between Congress and National Conference is not steady. The Congress is willing to go alone as its State Captain, Saif-ze political ideology. Autonomy comes handy and so is the AFSPA. But eventually if Sonia Farman comes out for the State Congress to go with NC then things will be

different. Not with standing that Omar will continue to harp on AFSPA. The problem with his firm and constant line on AFSPA is that he is failing to garner the support of his constituency on the issue, courtesy the tremendous positive role that army has played in the valley and in hilly regions of Poonch , Rajoury, Uri, Tangdhar, Kupwara etc. For him the only way is to improve the promise of good governance that he made to the people of the State. Corruption, lack of connectivity, power crisis, and rehabilitation of displaced people in Kashmir, PoK refugees, and forest degradation are issues that need his immediate attention. AFSPA will stay for a while whether the young CM likes it or not.

Rasool Tweet in bad taste

Our Tweet in Chief Minister is fond of airing his views on social media. Be it opinion on AFSPA or autonomy or Gool Killings. There is a pattern in his Tweets. Perhaps sensing decline in his popularity and the polls not so far away it is the time tested strategy of the young Chief Minister to rake controversies which have no merit. Parveez Rasool has found place in Indias one day team is a great honour in itself. In cricket, the Captain sees the best winning combination and suitability of the players. Virat kohli is not aware about the political situation in the valley. For him, things move by the logic of Cricket not by kashmirs logic. It does not need appeasement of any politicians recommendation for Rasool to find chance to play. Kashmir or Jammu is not special when it comes to winning a game. The captain has to see each and every thing before giving a new player a chance. Omar forgets that many talented players had to wait for long before they were given chance to play. Rasool has played in T 20 but one day games are different cup of tea. Rasool is touring as a member in India A to South Africa where he will get a chance to prove his mettle. All new players in India are special so is Parvez Rasool. He does not need an Omar Tweet in his favour. In fact his Tweet has put him in bad light perhaps reflecting his predominant preference for Kashmir sensibilities. RANASAHIB

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through close coordination between security forces and local administration," he said. The 29 MPs who raised the questions include Saugata Roy (TMC), Anurag Thakur (BJP), Neeraj Shekhar (SP) and Arjun Meghwal (BJP). the chaotic conditions created by the excessive rains coupled with the floods resulting in breaches on the roads and bridges due to which many areas have been cut off but little efforts are there to attend to the problems facing the people. It may be recalled that Prof. Gupta has represented Udhampur LOk Sabha Constituency for thrice and had to his credit many developmental works including in Doda areas. The most significant was the creation of security environment when the militancy was at its peak and threatening the life of the people even to stay there. These days many distress calls are there to Prof. Gupta to ventilate their plight and move the concerned authorities to perform and attend to the sufferings of the peoples of this hilly zone. asked whether the suspension order would be revoked. Amid the brewing hostility between the SP and the Centre over the suspension issue, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said government is in touch with the state authorities on the issue and that laid down rules will be followed. The unrelenting stand of the ruling SP government was also voiced in Lucknow by Chief Minister Akhjilesh Yadav who made it clear that officials who make "mistakes" will be punished. There might be many children (sitting here) who I can say would have received a beating from their teachers and parents when they had done something wrong ... the government is also run like this, whenever any official does something wrong he is punished", Akhilesh, who has justified the suspension of Nagpal, a 2010-batch officer, said at a function. In Delhi, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav struck a defiant note. "If the Centre wants to intervene, it can remove all the IAS officers from Uttar Pradesh. We will run the state with our own officers," he said. Minister of state for personnel V Narayanasamy said that under the rules, the suspended officer has the right to appeal. She has not approached us so far. But if she sends her appeal to us, we will send its copy to the state government and seek its response. Then we will decide the future course of action. Normally, an officer approaches the state government ... We cannot act suo moto," he said. Nagpal, the 28-year-old SDM of Gautam Budh Nagar, who led the crackdown on sand mining mafia in her district, was suspended on July 27 ostensibly for ordering demolition of a wall of a mosque under construction allegedly without following the due process. Nagpal, who belongs to the UP cadre, was charged on Sunday.

129 pilgrims leave...
With today's batch, a total of 51,112 pilgrims have left the Jammu base camp for Amarnath so far. Meanwhile, a batch of 316 pilgrims in seven vehicles also left the Bhagwati Nagar camp for the Buddha Amarnath

Telangana storm rocks...
this week. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned first for 15 minutes around 11.20 a.m., again till noon, then till 2 p.m. and later for the day. At noon, two members from the TDP continued to voice their concern over the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh to form Telangana. C.M. Ramesh and Y.S. Chowdary came close to the podium of the chairman and did not go back to their seats despite repeatedly being told to do so by Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien. Kurien said the two members were holding the house to ransom. He asked them to give notice and said a discussion will be allowed. As the members did not relent, the deputy chairman adjourned the house till 2 p.m. and later for the day.Earlier, when the house resumed its proceedings at noon, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced new members of his team of ministers to the Rajya Sabha. Chairman Hamid Ansari also adjourned the house twice during question hour earlier. Members from the TDP and the BPF came near the chairman's podium over their demands. They were also carrying placards. After lunch break, the upper house took up a discussion on the Uttarakhand tragedy. However, the protest over Telangana continued. Bharatiya Janata Party leader M. Venkaiah Naidu, meanwhile, blamed the Congress-led government for mishandling the issue. "It is a serious issue; we need to understand feelings of both sides. The government has mishandled the situation," he said. The deputy chairman then adjourned the upper house for the day. Protests were also witnessed outside parliament as MPs from Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions demanded that the central government withdraw its decision to bifur-

cate Andhra Pradesh. Seemandhra MPs, led by TDP's M. Venugopal Reddy, held placards that said: "We Demand Justice." MPs from Bodo region of Assam also held protests demanding creation of a new state by bifurcating Assam. The Rajya Sabha earlier paid tributes to its former members, including Samar Mukherjee and Khurshed Alam Khan. The house also paid tributes to people killed in Uttarakhand floods and the Congress leaders killed in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh in May. The Lok Sabha also condoled the death of its former members, including Mahendra Karma and V.C. Shukla who were killed in the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh, and paid homage to Uttarakhand flood victims and the 23 children who died in a mid-day meal tragedy in Bihar. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh introduced his new ministers - Sis Ram Ola, Oscar Fernandes, Girija Vyas, K.S. Rao, E.M.S. Natchiappan, Manik Rao Gavit, Santosh Chaudhary and J.D. Seelam - to the two houses.

KP condemns the...
Panun Kashmir senior functionaries which included among others Sanjay Dhattatreya National Cordinator PK,Rajaje Tiku Organising secretary, Om jee Bhat,OJ Kaul,P.N.Dhar a, Maharaj Krishen and Ashok Dilber immediately rushed to Jagti to express grief and solidarity with the bereaved family and all inmates. Dr. Agnishekhar pleaded the case on behalf of the Inmates of Jagti with the higher administrative authorities i.e. District Development Commissioner .Ajit Sahu and his team including top brass of J&K Police during the massive protest and longest ever blockade of National Highway at Nagrota Naka. Dr. Agnishekhar was mandated by the inmates of Jagti to talk with the authorities present on the site. PK Convener put forth the following demands viz. immediate grant of exgratia amount of rupees 25 Lacs and employment to the Son of late Tej Krishen Talashi besides immediate arrest of criminal's involved and proper security and intensified patrolling at Jagti camp.

Man commits suicide...

death of his wife Sarita who died after consuming poison at her residence on July 22, police said.

Kashmir girl claims ...

US scholarship under the India-US youth exchange study programme in March. She claimed the CID did not clear her case for issuing passport as her uncle was a militant, who surrendered before the authorities in 1995 -- three years before she was born. "The government doesn't understand that if my uncle was a militant in the past, and has now surrendered and lives a normal life, what is my fault? I am not a militant," Sufaira said. Meanwhile, Omar said he has asked the CID to look into the case. "Needless to say she will NOT be denied a passport because of her uncle's past. All such pending cases of previous denials are being cleared," Omar tweeted. Inspector General of CID B Srinivas said that Jan's applied for passport only three months ago. He said the verification has been completed and the final letter will be sent to the Regional Passport Office here in a couple of days. "The girl in question has got clearance both from police and CID and as such no one can deny her the passport," Srinivas said.

NGT bans on sand ...

(MoEF) or state environment impact assessment authority (SEIAA). We restrain any person, company, authority to carry out any mining activity or removal of sand, from river beds anywhere in the country without obtaining environmental clearance from MoEF/SEIAA and license from the competent authorities," the bench said while issuing notices to all respondents seeking their response by August 14. The tribunal also directed all the mining officers and police officers concerned of all the states to ensure compliance of its orders, on the plea filed by the National Green Tribunal Bar Association. The petition alleged that those who have opposed such sand mining, including field level officers, like suspended SDM Durga Sakhti Nagpal, have been victimized which is also apparent from various news reports. Nagpal, the 28-year-old SDM of Gautam Budh Nagar who led the crackdown on sand mining mafia in her district, was suspended on July 27 ostensibly for ordering demolition of a wall of a under-construction mosque allegedly without following the due process. Nagpal, who belongs to the UP cadre, was charge sheeted yesterday. Senior advocate Raj Panjwani assisted by advocate Ritwick Dutta, appearing for the association, contended that "rampant" illegal mining and transport of lakhs of tonnes of sand is being carried on every year and is causing a loss of lakhs of crores of rupees to the state exchequer.

MPs raise issue...

and both sides undertake patrols up to their respective positions there," he said in reply to queries whether the Chinese troops had intruded and destroyed Indian bunkers in Ladakh. "On account of differences in perception of LAC, certain transgression incidents do take place on ground. Government regularly takes up any transgression with the Chinese side through established mechanisms," the Defence Minister said. To a query on whether Chinese have blocked developmental work in Indian Territory, Antony said, "Government takes adequate measures to safeguard sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of India by reviewing the threat perception from time to time and takes appropriate steps to meet the threats." "Developmental work in border areas is carried out

Ruling leaders should...

of the ruling party and there are as many as three ministers to represent them in the State Coalition and the former Chief Minister, Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is powerful minister in the centre too belong to this area. Why the Government leaders are opting for an indifferent attitude is a matter of deep look as there are reports about the bickerings amongst the leaders of the Congress -NC Coalition. Prof. Gupta also expressed his serious concern over

Another woman student ...

in his 20s, tried to strangulate the girl and threatened her. He also molested the girl even as other students watched the attack in horror. The victim told police that she and Jain were in a relationship. The girl told police that Jain was obsessed with her. "Jain had told the girl to not to talk to other men. When she did not listen to him, Jain attacked and molested her in full public view," police official said. The attack comes within six days after a JNU student calmly walked into a classroom armed with an axe and a pistol and asked a girl with whom he was obsessed to walk out with him. When she refused, he drank poison and then slashed her. The student died, while the woman is undergoing treatment in a city hospital. The girl also stayed in the same hostel on the campus.

Centre to frame...
by a Uttar Pradesh resident on misuse of red beacon. Earlier, the bench had said the red light has become a status symbol and had said that police personnel, who are put on duty for giving security cover to VIPs, should be deployed for better purposes like making the roads safe for women. It had also directed Centre and all the states for giving the list of persons being protected either by the central government or by the state administration. The bench had said that it would consider forming a new mechanism for assessing security threat to people on the basis of which protection is given to them.

Begin your day with a bowl of cereals

ich in history, cereals are the highest in energy and with clean calories Cereals have been on the menu of our ancestors during the Middle Stone Age, according to Canadian researchers. "The inclusion of cereals in our diet is an important step in human evolution because of the technical complexity and the culinary manipulation that are required to turn grains into staples," says study author Julio Mercader of the finding. However, for health experts, this revelation's significance means a winner at hand to drive the point home the need of a balanced diet of cereals! It's a simple point city health experts counsel with - necessity is the mother of all inventions. Equipped with the most rudimentary form of tools, if man managed to churn cereals, it only points to its essential benefits. Indeed, say city nutritionists, as cereal contain maximum energy compared to any other food group, explain

nutritionist Nysha Bijlani. Nutritionist Dr Nupur Krishnan counts its benefits, "Cereals are high is complex carbohydrates, low on GI (glycemic index), high in fibre and rich iron and a host of Vitamin Bs like niacin, thiamine, riboflavin etc." Cereals not only provide us with good quality calories, but also help in maintaining cholesterol and sugar levels to an extent. Dr Krishnan says, "Oats is rich in soluble fibre that helps in lowering blood cholesterol and also reduces heart ailment risks." Brian and barley are very helpful in lowering sugar levels, she adds. A reason why cereals make to every diet chart is their satiety value says Dr Krishnan. This also makes it a great option for obese people, as one feels full. For the perfect potion for time-starved professionals, Dr Krishnan says breakfast cereal available - either wheat flakes or corn flakes with milk and some nuts thrown in is great. "Cereals contain fat soluble vitamins while nuts contain water sol-

uble vitamins. And milk has

grains include vitamin E, the

UP, Centre spat ....

correct. It is final," he said outside Parliament with a firm "no" on being

10 Foods that fight pain

both, fat soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins." Hence there's no distraction in nutrition absorption, she says. She suggests almonds, walnut and pumpkin seeds from the nut family together with rice and wheat flakes. However, Nysha advises that it's very important that one sticks to whole grain cereals. "Farther your choice of cereal is from its natural state, it also gets minimal in nutrition value." Benefits of whole grain cereals Nutrients found in whole vitamin B complex, and minerals such as selenium, zinc, copper, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. In addition to these vitamins and minerals whole grains contain protein, complex carbohydrates and protective substances such as lignans (plant phytoestrogens with reported healthpromoting properties against heart disease and cancer). All of these nutrients work together to help promote health and protect against disease, in particular coronary heart disease and colon cancer. hronic pain can really deter you from doing even your routine activities. Anyone who suffers from any kind of chronic pain can surely tell you how difficult it is sometimes to get up from the bed in the morning because back or knee or neck has 'pins' in it.'s difficult to take the first step in the morning when you have a spur in your heel. But one has to live with it and beyond it. You are what you eat is what most say; and it's true to a certain extent. Like counsellor Deepa Shah says, "Your eating habits attribute a lot to your attitude. Therefore I advise my clients to have a balanced diet." Rahul Barpute, personal trainer, says that pain, which can keep you from exercising regularly, can be controlled by dietary changes. "Weight loss helps pain control, but often pain forces you not to exercise. It's therefore important to eat properly." We have, after talking to dieticians and nutritionists come with 10 fit foods for pain fighting. Just include these in your diet and see the difference. Whole grains The grains are rich in fiber, therefore filling. Once you have a stomach full, you are not inclined to eat wrong stuff and you manage your weight. Also, whole grains are a good source of magnesium, a mineral that has been shown in animal studies to short-circuit muscle pain. Include ragi, bajra, jowar

puffs in your snacks. Have mixed atta for your rotis. You can even soak the grains, even wheat, overnight and have a chatpata snack adding onion, tomato and masala to steamed grains. Ginger

body. Olive oil is also a good substitute for butter, which is high in saturated fat, that erodes bone strength and trigger pain. But use it carefully as it has 120 calories per tablespoon. Salmon and mackerel

9 qualities your best friend should have

What is a best friend? We list a few ideas on who could be that 'best' friend you are searching for... Many times it happens that you term your school friends as the only best friends you have, and as you progress in life, you realize they have changed and you are not on the same page with them. Then again you meet new people, form new associations and you make newer best friends. Very often you confuse the qualities of a best friend with someone who will be there in your life for a reason or season but later for no reason might just disappear from your life. That does not mean he ceases to be a friend, but it becomes necessary to understand who exactly is your 'best' friend. Here we give you a few pointers who can qualify as your best friend: 1. He is not always free every weekend to chat with you and have a cup of coffee! But when you are lonely, and you call him in the midto-face with you and tries to make it up in some other way. 6. Your friend is running a busy schedule at work, late night shifts, stress and all...but he still finds time to share a few moments after work to tie that friendship band on your hands. 7. You keep on giving him or her calls and he fails to respond. You feel this is the 'end' and friendship has hit rock bottom but he suddenly again emerges and surprises you on your birthday with a big birthday cake. 8. You feel that there is a distance with your friend now that she is married and busy with a life of her own, but in parties or social groups, when other people are trying to criticize you or make you feel bad, she is there to take your side and protect you. 9. You meet a nice, handsome guy or a beautiful girl, and the name that registers on your mind to call and talk to her or him about it, is your best friend!

dle of the night, he will rush to you, specially during a festival holiday. 2. You shouted at him/her for making things dirty in your house and taking you for granted but the next day if you apologise, he will forgive you for your bad behaviour. 3. You are going through a heartbreak and shout at the top of your voice to be "left alone" your friend still goes with you and gives you com-

pany till you are finally okay. 4. She might be a busy career woman and not have time to gossip with you anymore, but when you are looking for advise she is all ears! She will also refer you at the right places for a job and look after your good interests. 5. Your friend refuses to give you a ride in his car because he has to run other errands but he feels that 'guilty' pangs when he comes face-

We are blessed with the best spices in India. Use them. Ginger is the best pain killer having analgesic properties like the popular ibuprofen. It contains a quartet, gingerols, paradols, shogaols, and zingerone which are active ingredients to reduce pain. Drink ginger tea in monsoons and winter to get relief from that recurring pain. Turmeric Turmeric popular Indian spice is turmeric. Also a ginger family member, it's powder is used in all vegetables and curries. It contains curcumin that helps nip pain Olive oil Olive oil is like liquid gold or elixir when it comes to fighting pain. It is rich in antioxidant polyphenols that help reduce common paincausing mechanism in the

Not so easily available in India, but most restaurants now serve salmon. It is rich in pain-busting omega-3 fatty acids and a great source of another pain fighter: vitamin D. Other fish rich in omega 3 is mackerel, but it is harmful for people having uric acid problems. So it's best to stick to salmon. Nuts Almonds, walnuts are great source of omega 3 fatty acids and anti oxidants that help in pain control. Add these nuts to your salad or just munch on a handful as an afternoon snack. Strawberries Strawberries are full of vitamin C, an antioxidant with powerful pain-reducing properties, according to research. Some studies suggest vitamin C may help

people experience less pain after breaking a bone or having orthopedic surgery. Greens Greens like spinach, amaranth, fenufreek leaves, argula not only have high iron content, but are horders of Vitamin K that helps maintain strong bones and healthy joints. A study shows that older adults with ample blood levels of K were less likely to develop osteoarthritis, compared to a low-in-K control group. However, Vitamin K also helps with blood clotting, so if you're taking blood thinners, check with your doc before boosting your K intake. Dairy You might not believe, but dairy products like yogurt and cheese can help reduce pain. They contain two bone-building nutrients calcium and vitamin D. Vitamin D can diminish chronic pain according to research findings. Glass of wine Resveratrol in wine, grapes, and grape juice can often have an analgesic effect similar to aspirin, according to a handful of studies. Experts, in any case, recommend one daily glass of wine for women. Men can get away with one more. But, remember not to go overboard as wine's alcohol content can be dangerous. You can get resveratrol also by eating red grapes or sipping grape juice.

5 myths about yoga debunked

There are many myths going around about yoga, which absolutely intimidate newcomers. Vyda Bielkus, co-founder of Boston's Health Yoga Life, and Eva Norlyk Smith, managing editor for YogaU Online, helped debunk some common yoga myths. It's not necessary for a person to be flexible to start yoga. In fact, Bielkus said yoga can help you gain some flexibility quite quickly. She asserted that there are subtle adjustments that a person can make to every pose so that they can benefit from the movement but aren't in pain, the Huffington Post reported. People think that yoga is not an exercise, Smith said that it is not true as there are some types that are as aerobic and challenging as any workout you can find, Smith said. Bielkus also agreed, saying that yoga will be counted as an exercise, as it works on all of the body systems, like the nervous system, the cardiovascular system. Another myth that was called untrue was that the yoga classes are boring. In fact there are some classes which are set to club music. Another myth busted was that you have to be religious, 'not so,' as there are many classes that do without any of these kinds of exercises.

Get stunning smokey eyes

Smokey eye makeup has now become a must for parties. Get the tricks right to make your peepers look chic. Follow these tips to glam up your eyes. - Apply a thin coat of eye primer first. It helps to make eye makeup last longer. Start from eyelids all the your lid. Use finger to blend. - Use dark eyeliner for the top lids. Blend it into the bottom lid for a smokey look. - Conclude it with a voluminous mascara. Faces Cosmetics has a wide range of eye makeup to create this look.

way up under your eyebrow. - Choose the lightest shade of eyeshadow and apply on

eyelids. - Then move onto darker shade. Work at the top of

Another myth which has been busted is that it is heavy on wallet; they said that community and donation-

based classes that don't cost a thing and many studios promote monthly packages and discounts.

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Rehman inspects Boys Pahari Hostel
JAMMU, MARCH 03- ViceChairman of the Advisory Board for the development of Pahari-speaking people Mr. Kafeel-ur-Rehman visited Government Boys Pahari Hostel Jammu here today. He was accompanied by Secretary State Advisory Board Mr. Farooq Ahmed Baba. He took round of the hostel rooms. He interacted with students and asked them to pay full attention to their studies. He lauded the role of youth in the development of community. Students demanded for early completion of hostel building. While responding to their demands, Mr. Rehman said that every efforts will be made for early completion of building. He expressed his satisfaction over the the functioning of the hostel. The warden of the hostel apprised him about the functioning of the hostel.

KAS Officers Association elects adhoc body

JAMMU, MARCH 03- A meeting of the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) Officers was held today at the Excise Taxation complex under the chairmanship of Kifayat Hussain Rizvi KAS, Commissioner Commercial Taxes. During the meeting various issues to invigorate the KAS Association were discussed. It was unanimously agreed to form an adhoc body of the Association to facilitate the conduct of the elections for a regular body. The following were unanimously nominated office bearers and counsellors for the adhoc body. They are M. H. Malik, President, Arvind Kotwal, Vice President, Dr. G. N. Itoo, General Secretary, Dr. R. S. Sharma, Treasurer, Syed Murid Hussain, Publicity Secretary besides Ms. Anuradha Gupta, G. M. Dar, Ramesh Chander, Suraj Prakesh Rakwal, Moses Kunzang, Pradeep Kumar, T. K. Bhat, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Dr. B. A. Lone, R. A. Inqualabi as counsellors. Besides the formation of the adhoc body, it was unanimously decided to hold the elections of the Association on the 15th of April, 2013 for which election notification shall be issued separately.


Pathribal case: Statements to be recorded in Awantipur

SRINAGAR: Nearly six months after commencing General Court Martial proceedings against its five officers in the alleged fake Pathribal encounter case, the army on Saturday accepted the demand of civilian witnesses to record their statements in south Kashmir, as they were finding it difficult to travel to Jammu. Terming the move as "exceptional effort" to ensure free, fair and transparent trial in Pathribal case, an Army spokesman said this extraordinary judicial initiative will help in prompt and indisputable delivery of justice. Despite repeated summons issued to the civilian witnesses, they have not come forward to depose before the Army court which was unduly delaying the judicial process. Civilian witnesses, particularly the next of kin of the deceased, had expressed their inability to travel to Nagrota to depose before the court citing the reasons of cost and difficulties of journeys. Some media reports had also highlighted the old age as the reasons for their reluctance to travel to Nagrota, the spokesman said. In consideration of the sensitivity of the case and the difficulties expressed by the remaining witnesses and to impart early justice in the case, he said officer will be moved to Awantipur to facilitate the recording of their statements. "Upholding the principles of justice, in a significant endeavour to facilitate timely conclusion of the case, the officer recording Summary of Evidence has been directed to move to Awantipur (from Nagrota in Jammu) for recording the statements of the remaining witnesses which will commence from March 5," a defence spokesman said in a statement here. Brigadier Ajay Saxena, Lt Col Brajendra Pratap Singh, Major Sourabh Sharma, Major Amit Saxena and Subedar Idrees Khan were charge-sheeted by the CBI in 2006 for allegedly killing five civilians at Pathribal in Anantnag district. After killing the civilians, the accused army officers had dubbed them as foreign militants days after 35 Sikhs were massacred in the nearby Chattisingpora village in 2000. Consequent to the orders of the Supreme Court last year, Army had taken over the Pathribal case from Chief Judicial Magistrate, Srinagar and commenced General Court Martial proceedings against the five officers allegedly involved in the case at Nagrota-based 16 Corps headquarters in September. After hearing the CBI charges, the General Officer Commanding 16 Corps who is based at Nagrota, had directed recording of the Summary of Evidence against the accused Army personnel. Accordingly, the summons were served to all the witnesses including the family of the deceased. Statements of 26 witnesses, including all the Army witnesses and some police as well as government officials, have been recorded so far, the spokesman said.

Excesses committed by Security personnel can't be tolerated: Div Com

SRINAGAR, MARCH 03: Asking Security Forces including Army to display utmost restraint while dealing with protestors, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asghar Samoon Sunday said that on the instructions of Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey strict directions have been given to all the district magistrates of Kashmir Valley to take strong action against the erring cops and security personnel. "We are not going to tolerate the excesses if any committed by Security Forces and strong action will be taken against those security personnel who indulge in such acts which bring disrepute to the establishment," Samoon said on the side lines of a function organized by Kashmir Hoteliers in the honour of newly appointed Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khandey. Samoon said that new Standard Operative Procedures have been set for the Security personnel and whosoever indulge in excesses will be brought to book. "During 2012 agitation we lost more than 100 boys. Enquiry is going about these killings. Security personnel must restraint themselves or face the music. I don't hesitate in ordering an enquiry whenever people complaint of excesses committed by security personnel. I have even asked police on several occasions to lodge an FIR against the Army when they breached the law," Samoon said adding that even Chief Secretary has directed all the district magistrates to order an immediate inquiry against the men in uniform if they commit excesses.

AKSAJ organised seminar at Rather Says blend of moral education vitial to all round personality dev of children Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan
JAMMU:All Kargil Student Association Jammu (AKSAJ) today organised one day seminar on the topic "Educational Migration a Compulsion or a Choice & Role of Youth in changing Educational System in Kargil" at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhawan, Residency Road here. The one day seminar was a joint effort of students associations in different states of the country including Jammu, Delhi, Chandigarh and Srinagar. Asstt. Prof. Feroz Ahmad, Asstt. Prof. Amjad Hussain, ZEO Mr. Ali, Social Activist Sajjad Kargili, Senior Educationalist Master Qasim Goma, Mr Hassan Captain were present on this occasion appreciate AKSAJ for organising such kind of seminar in Jammu. While interacting students they stress on quality education and express their ideas on the role of students for building up nation and how to change the education system of Kargil. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Asgar Ali Yarkain, President AKSAJ stated that the aim of the seminar is to mobilise students studying in different institutions across the country on a common platform to collectively work for

the betterment of the state of education in the region. He also expresses grief over the recent Annual result of class 12th Board Examination of Kargil district and stressed the concerned authority to take the matter seriously and sort out the fault either on the side of Parents, Teacher or Board Authority. Seminar was attended by hundreds of student from Kargil District. Later a questioning session was also conducted by Association in which various issue relating to the topic was take up.

Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather during at 40th annual day function of the Tiny Tots Higher Secondary School Jammu JAMMU, MARCH 03Observing that education must have social relevance, the Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather today called for further emphasis on moral, spiritual and physical aspects of curricular to ensure all round personality development of children. Speaking at the glittering 40th annual day function of the Tiny Tots Higher Secondary School Jammu today Mr. Rather said though knowledge explosion has necessitated to equip the students with the modern science, IT and digital creativity, the moral and spiritual aspects of education system cannot be over looked adding that a blend of modern and moral education only can make the system relevant for the society with the objective of universal peace and welfare of mankind. "Modern Science has made teacher's role all the more significant and pivotal in exploiting the talent of children optimally", Mr. Rather said adding that a teacher should be a role model to ensure his character building, physical and mental development alongside the full academic exposure. While highlighting the rile of a teacher in personality development of students, Mr. Rather said that a child is the future of nation who is to be taught and nurtured so that he becomes an assets for the society as a whole and is able to with stand all competitions and tests in the practical life. "We shall have to build a capacity among the students to enable them to fight with fortitude against all the evils confronting the society", Mr. Rather asserted. Mr. Rather also underscored the importance of sports and extra-curricular activities in the personality development of a child and said a healthy and strong physique was imperative for a sound mind. "Besides, the sports also inculcate discipline, reasoning and quick decision making instinct, qualities which are must to be a good administrator", he added. The Tiny Tots (Kids) of the school presented a scintillating variety cultural programme on the occasion, which enthralled the audience, comprising parents and distinguished personalities including Inspector General of Police, (SSG) Heemant Kumar Lohia, Regional Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, noted Dramatist, Mr. Balwant Thakur, Chairman SOS International Mr. Ravi Chuny, Dy Excise Commissioner S. Manmohan Singh, Dr. Kum Kkum Sharma etc.

136 quintals of cocoon produced in Bandipora

BANDIPORA, MARCH 03: A record number of 136 quintals of cocoon production has been registered in Bandipora district this year. As many as 433 families involved with this trade have earned about Rs. 20 lakh and made themselves able to earn their livelihood. The department of Sericulture is going to distribute about 60,000 mulberry trees among the cocoon rearers free of cost for plantation purposes. Presently, 3 departmental nurseries and 5 farms are existed in the district. This was stated during a Kissan Mela organized by Sericulture department at Ayatmulla Bandipora today. Among others, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Bandipora, Mr. Shabir Ahmad Raina, Additional Director SKUAST-K, Srinagar, Malik Farooq, officers of Sericulture and allied departments besides cocoon rearers were present in the Mela. The speaker's on this occasion highlighted various schemes launched for the welfare of cocoon rearers. They said that cocoon rearing would be beneficial the minimize poverty and unemployment and there was a tremendous potential in Bandipora district to uplift this sector. Later, 04 best cocoon rearers were encouraged to awarding them cheques worth Rs. 10,000 for their outstanding efforts put in by them in the field.

Sakina addresses public darbar at Nagrota

Gurezi pays surprise visits of veterinary centres, Nurseries in Jammu

Sericulture dev deptt organizes awareness camp at Nowshera

JAMMU, MARCH 03- Department of Sericulture organized awareness camp at Ganaih (Nowshera) of Rajouri District here today. The camp was organized under Centrally Sponsored Scheme ATMA to aware the farmers of the district about the latest techniques of silkworm rearing and plantation. Vice Chairman of State Advisory of Kissans Radhey Sham Sharma was the Chief Guest on the occasion. More than 1000 farmers of Sericulture and allied sector participated in the occasion. Additional Director, Sericulture Development Department, Jammu Madan Lal Chadgal welcomed the chief guest and other district officers and farming community in the camps. Vice Chairman of State Advisory Board of Kissans advised the farmers to avail the benefits provided under various schemes in the department and work with devotion to improve cocoon crop production and enhance their income. SDM Rajouri R.K Khajuria asked the farmers to avail the schemes being implemented in the department for upliftment of economy of poor farmers and set up their subsidiary income generating units. Deputy Director, Sericulture Rajouri told that during current year 2.27 lac Kg Cocoon has being produced of worth Rs.3.25 crore . He briefed that during 11th five year plan Rs. 9.5 Crore distributed under Centrally sponsored Scheme and Cheques worth Rs 5.0 lac distributed among farmers 32 for construction of rearing house.

JAMMU, MARCH 03: The Minister for Social Welfare, Ms Skaina Itoo on Sunday said that the government was making all out efforts to reach out needy, destitute, women in desperation, downtrodden, especially those belonging to SC, ST, OBC and Economically weaker sections . The Minister was addressing a large gathering including panchs, Sarpanchs, Senior citizens, NC workers near here at Nagrota. Ms Sakina said that at present in Nagrota constituency, under old age pension schemes, 1207 beneficiaries are getting financial assistance amounting to Rs. 2,41,400 lakh rupees monthly, while under widow pension, 409 women are getting Rs. 81,800, under physically handicapped schemes, 556 persons are being provided Rs. 2,22,400 and 542 beneficiaries are getting Rs. 2,16,800 under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Schemes. She further said that under Indira Gandhi Widow Pension Scheme, 53 beneficiaries are getting Rs. 21,200 as monthly financial assistance, while 19 beneficiaries are getting Rs. 7,600 as financial assistance under

Indira Gandhi National Disable Person Scheme. Ms Sakina also said that under two schemes namely Bank tie up and Direct Financing, 329 units have been established in Nagrota and on which Rs. 259.58 lakhs have been incurred. She said that since Omar Abdullah took the reins of the present government, education, Health Care, Road Connectivity, power, PHE sectors were tagged as priority sectors. She said that during last four years a number of new colleges and schools have been opened while scores of schools have been upgraded all over the State for meeting the aspirations of the people, particularly in far flung and rural areas. The Minister said presently five lakh people are being benefited by various welfare schemes launched by the State government and assured that the pending cases of old age and other pension cases would be cleared soon. She said that at present 28000 Anganwari Centres are functional in the State. Earlier, Ms Sakina Itoo made a fervent appeal to workers for further strengthening the hands of young leader Mr. Omar Abdullah.

JAMMU, MARCH 03Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture and Horticulture, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi today paid surprise visit to various veterinary Centres in Jammu district and interacted with the staff enquiring them about their performance besides facilities available in these Centres. These included Veterinary Centre Miranshaib, Mridula Sarabhai Institute of Animal and Biological Products, R.S. Pura, Sub-Centre, Animal husbandry Bandyal Brahmna and Sub Division Veternary hospital, R.S.Pura. During his visit, the Minister was informed that the Animal Husbandry Department has administered 11.76 lakh artificial inseminations, 6.52 lakh dosing besides 3.14 treating lakh animal and sheep cases and recording 42353 births in Jammu district during the current year up to ending February. He also inspected Fruit Plant Nursery at Maralia, R.S. Pura and Chief Agriculture Office, Jammu. At Veterinary Centre Miranshaib, the Minister was informed that the centre has administered 1168 artificial inseminations till date. During his visit to Mridula Sarabhai Institute of Animal and Biological Products, R.S. Pura, the Minister was informed that 14 lakh vaccinations produced by the lab to prevent livestock from two diseases Hemorrhagic Septicaemia and bluck quanter. He was also informed that quality and quantity check is also being done in the centre.

Wani, Ajaz, Sajjad visit Panchari

UDHAMPUR, MARCH 03: Minister for R&B Abdul Majid Wani along with Minister of State for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation Ajaz Ahmad Khan and Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo Sunday morning conducted aerial survey of the Chowhunallah in Panchari area where heavy landslide yesterday caused damage to public property, besides cutting a portion of the highway. The Chief Engineer heading a team has already been dispatched to the site to ascertain the damage caused due to the slip slide and to fast track relief and restoration work. After conducting detailed aerial survey of the affected area, the Ministers

convened a high level meeting at District Police Line Udhampur to review the relief and rehabilitation work for the affected people and took stock of the restoration work. MLA, Chenani, Mr. Krishan Chander Bhagat, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Udhampur-Reasi Range, Mr. Jagjit Kumar, District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Mr. P.K Pole, SSP, Udhampur, Mr. Ashkoor Wani, Chief Engineer R&B, Mr. Tehseen Mustafa, Executive Engineer, Flood Control, District officers of various departments were present in the meeting. The meeting was informed that the affected families are safe and have been provided

blankets, tents and other relief material. It was also announced that immediate relief under IAY will be provided to the families whose houses got damaged in the slide besides providing them 2 month free ration. Deputy Commissioner Udhampur was asked to personally supervise and monitor the relief work and take all necessary steps to ensure proper and early rehabilitation of the affected people. Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Mr. Pardeep Gupta accompanied by MLA Chenani and Deputy Commissioner Udhampur also visited the spot to take stock of relief and rehabilitation measures being made by the administration.

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Chief Secretary accorded warm welcome
others. The hoteliers and people pertaining to tourism industry present during the session hoped that Chief Secretary will address their problems and during his tenure tourism industry will touch to new heights. The Hoteliers Club urged the Chief Secretary to work for the promotion of the tourism sector."Tourism and hospitality industry is very fragile and is subservient to peace. We are the biggest employment and revenue generators but are also at the receiving end when the situation is bad. We will cooperate with the government in its planning at every level and ensure that tourism grows for the betterment of the Kashmir economy," said Secretary General Hoteliers Club Musadiq Shah in his welcome address. President Pahalgam Chapter of Hoteliers Club Asif Burza urged Chief Secretary to allow Pahalgam hotel for its rebuilt which was recently damaged in a fire incident."The portion of the Pahalgam Hotel was recently gutted in a fire incident and government should give permission to the hotelier so that it is rebuilt. This is a historic hotel," said Burza. Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Asghar Samoon said that the government is trying its best to come over all the obstacles and there is a lot of scope for the improvement. "We can make tourism sector much better by taking certain steps and the government is work-

Omar Abdullah played no role in Afzal's execution: Ram Jeth Malani

Blaming Central leadership for acting in an autocratic way in Afzal Guroo's execution case, Kashmir Committee Chairman and senior Supreme Court lawyer, Ram jeth Malani Sunday said that he is deeply grieved that his kith and kin were not allowed to meet Afzal before his hanging. "I am not only deeply hurt but ashamed as well the way Central Leadership tarnished the democratic set up of the country. Where it is written that family members can't meet the person before his execution and merely on the pretext of law and order you are hurting the sentiments of Kashmiri people more by not handing over his body to his family," Malani told Srinagar based news agency CNS adding that it is sorry to say but the reality is that Gandhi's India has turned into Hitler's Germany. He said though we can't challenge the decision of Supreme Court but it is a fact that Afzal was not allowed beforehand about his execution in Tihar Jail so that his family could have taken any legal action about the decision. "There was considerable delay in his execution and all this was done to increase vote bank. I sincerely regret that he was not allowed even to meet his little son before his execution which speaks volumes," he said. Ram Jeth Malani advised Government of India to hand over the body of body of Afzal Guroo to his family without any delay. "A spark neglected burns the house. Save Kashmir before it burns. On the pretext of law and order problem, the government can't deprive his family from his body," he said and added that Government should face terrorism in a humane way. "If Government will let loose a reign of terror then what is the difference between terrorists and Establishment?" Malani said. He said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah played no role in Afzal's execution. "It was the Delhi's prerogative to hang Afzal and Omar's apprehensions were not taken into consideration. So it is wrong to say that Omar could have played any role. We all know that state government of Jammu and Kashmir has a least say in the Centre," Malani said.

"People are expecting a lot from me" CS

SRINAGAR: Promising people that he will give patient hearing to their problems and will perform as per his ability, Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey Sunday said that people are expecting a lot from him. Speaking at an interactive session organized in his honour by the Kashmir Hoteliers in Srinagar, Khandey said that expectations are very high and he will try his best to perform as per his ability. The session was attended by reputed bureaucrats including Divisional Commissioner Asghar Samoon, DC Srinagar, Baseer Khan, DC Anantnag, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Civil Society members Shakil Qalandar journalists, Zafar Mehraj, Rasheed Rahi, and ing over it," Samoon said. Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Farooq Ahmed Shah said there is a need to get foreign investments exactly as Gujrat has done. "Gujrat has progressed by leaps and bounds and we must follow their footsteps," he said and appealed Chief Secretary to encourage those people who want to set up hotels and other industries. "There should be Single Window Clearance system so that aspirants will get hassle free permissions from the government to start their business. DC, Srinagar Baseer Khan said that each and every order and directions of the Chief Secretary will be implemented without any delay

Slathia addresses public meeting at border village Nanga in Vijaypur

Amusement park at Sidhra soon: Dr Manohar

JAMMU, MARCH 3: Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Fisheries, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma, today inspected several units of Fisheries Department in Jammu and Samba districts and instructed officers to expand the ambit of their activities so that maximum persons are brought under the schemes introduced in the Fisheries Sector. He inspected fisheries office Sidhra, Fisheries Marketing Unit Narwal and Sungwal Fish Demonstration Centre at Samba. Director Fisheries, A K Dogra, Chief Executive Officer, NHPC, NABARD Funded Fisheries Projects, Mr. K.S.Charak, Assistant Director, J.L.Sharma, besides other senior officers of the department accompanied the minister. The Minister directed the authorities to come up with a comprehensive proposal for construction of an amusement park cum awareness centre on the available 37 lakh land at Sidhra. He said the park on completion can become a recurring source of income to the department and also provide alternate spot for entertainment to the people, particularly, living in Jammu city and the means of awareness about the income generating schemes being run by the department. The Minister was informed that 50 fish ponds have been set up in the district Jammu so far and 4 more such ponds are expected to be completed this year, while the department has earned revenue of Rs. 6 lakh during current fiscal. While inspecting the Bahufort Aquarium, the minister was informed that about 4.50 lakh visitors visited the place and department has earned Rs. 77 lakh on account of entry fee during this fiscal till date . He directed the authorities to carry out necessary repairs and renovation works in the aquarium to add to its attraction. Dr Sharma also visited Fish Market Narwal and took stock of the progress of the project.

Chatha village to get facelift at par with all urban facilities: Bhalla
Lays foundation of Rs.75 lakh development works at Chatha PInd, Bhour Camp
JAMMU, MARCH 03Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture Mr. Raman Bhalla has said that the current focus of the Government was to create all basic amenities in rural pockets at par with urban centres, adding that in this regard several schemes have been launched to improve the necessary infrastructure there. The Minister was addressing a large gathering after laying foundation stone of link road from Bhour Camp to Shamshan Ghat, upgradation of lanes and drains at Chatha Pind, besides construction of parking slot at Bhour Kothey near Government Primary School, coming up at an estimated cost of Rs. 75 lakh under Rural Development Department (RDD) funding. Mr. Bhalla asked the engineers of RDD to complete all the projects within stipulated time frame by using quality material. He said Government was committed to create durable assets for the people and it was making all out efforts to develop every village with modern line and improved basic facilities like safe drinking water, road connectivity, healthcare, irrigation, education, power besides better lanes and drains. Responding to the said Government has sanctioned Rs. 15 lakh for upgradation of transformers and other allied works in the village. He asked the PDD of toilet. Listing the development works taken up in Chatha Pind and Bhour Kullian, the Minister said Rs. 50 lakh

MLA Vijaypur and Senior Vice President National Conference Mr. S. S. Slathia addressing public meeting at Border Village Nanga in Ramgarh Samba. SAMBA, MARCH 03, 2013- Coalition government headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is committed to socio-economic empowerment of the people, especially those living in hilly, remote and far-flung areas. This was stated by MLA Vijaypur and Senior Vice President National Conference Mr. S. S. Slathia here today while addressing public meeting at Border Village Nanga in Ramgarh Samba. On the occasion, Sarpanchs, Panchs and local people apprised the MLA about their grievances and demands which included provision for uninterrupted power supply, potable drinking water, road connectivity, better medicare, benefits under IAY, BPL and other state and centrally sponsored schemes, etc. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Slathia assured the people of the area that their demands like upgradation of roads, opening of veterinary hospital, blacktopping of link road from Ramgarh to Nanga, two electric transformers, 50 electric poles, 5 cases of IAY and Widow Pension Cases would be redressed at the earliest. Earlier, Mr. Slathia laid foundation stone for construction of community facility centre to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 18 lakh. He also inaugurated development works of lanes, drains and roads which have been completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 66 lakh. Slathia said that equitable development of all three regions of the state was the prime motto of the coalition government. He said that last four years have witnessed massive development activities which have changed the developmental profile of the state.

Mir, Gurazi dedicate two Mobile Plant Health Clinic vans to farmers
'All districts of J&K to have the facility soon'
JAMMU, FEBRUARY 03: Minister for Agriculture, Mr Ghulam Hassan Mir today dedicated two Mobile Plant Health Clinic (MPHC) Vans to the farmers at Directorate of Agriculture, Krishi Bhawan, Jammu. The Mobile Plant health Clinic vans have been pressed into service immediately after inauguration in the Yellow Rest prone areas of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts. Minister of State for agriculture, Mr Nazir Ahmed Gurazi was also present on the occasion. Mr Mir said that soon all the districts of the state would have Mobile Plant Health Clinic Van facilities to provide surveillance against insects, pests and other diseases affecting the farms. He said the new initiatives of MPHC Vans for different districts of the state has been taken under the innovative

demand of villagers, the Minister said the Government has earmarked Rs. 45 lakh for construction of playfield on the proposed site at Bhour Camp, adding that the project would be started after completing tendering formalities by Rural Development Department. He said that the funds for the project has got sanctioned by RDD Ministry. For improving the power scenario in Chatha Pind, he

engineers to start the works so that the villagers do not face any inconvenience during ensuing summer season. Regarding desilting of choked deep drain of both sides of approached road to Chatha Pind, Mr. Bhalla asked the RDD to immediately start the desilting work of the drains . He asked the villagers to avail the benefits of Rural Sanitation Scheme offering Rs. 9500 to each household for construction

have been earmarked for construction of cremation ground at Bhour Kullian, adding that the project is under progress and would be completed within stipulated time frame. He said the cremation ground would be completed with the facilities of cremation shed, waiting shed with benches, bathing ghat (Tootian), drinking water storage reservoir, approach road, besides boundary wall.

Wani lays foundation stone of 4KM Marjali Gharota to Satorwan Road

JAMMU, MARCH 03Minister for R&B Abdul Majid Wani Sunday laid foundation stone of up gradation work of link road from Marjali Gharota Chowk to Satorwan via Kaink Village. The 4 KM road, under NABARD assistance, will be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 264.49 Lakhs, benefitting huge population of Marjali, Kaink ,Satorwan, Nandwal, Clay and other adjoining villages of block Bhalwal of Raipur Domana. MLA Raipur Domana constituency Mr Bharat Bhushan, Chief Engineer R&B Jammu, Chief Engineer PMGSY and other officers, Sarpanches, Panches besides a large number of people were present on the occasion. Addressing the large gathering at Kaink, Wani said that Coalition Government deeply cares and values the genuine aspirations and urgent needs of its people and is wholeheartedly striving to address these. He said that Government especially the R&B department needs full support from the public whose land or property gets involved during road laying and widening projects as these are meant for the overall development and welfare of the people. " Roads schemes can be completed rapidly if people fully cooperate in land acquisition and other related matters" he added. Highlighting importance of better road connectivity between Rural areas and Urban centers Wani said it gives new impetus and considerably improves the overall socio-economic development index of the area through mutual exchange of goods and services. " Better roads act as magnet and provide the basic lifeline to attract further development and welfare" he added reiterating his resolve to improve the road connectivity percentage in hitherto unattended areas especially in rural and hilly pockets of the state. Appreciating the recent decision of the Union Government to support the endeavor of Jammu and Kashmir Government to provide road connectivity to left out habitations, the Minister said "I am pleased to inform you that we have received the nod for covering as many as 1100 habitations spread across rural and remote hilly areas under PMGSY. This has lent vital support to our endeavor to reach out to people residing in remote and far flung areas. We are meanwhile also vigorously pursuing for covering habitations of 100 persons and above with the Union Ministry of Rural development.

component of the "Macro Management of Agriculture Scheme" The Minister said that government envisages providing Information technology (IT) facility within the Mobil van to upgrade its functioning and help the farming community at large. He said this facility would help the farmers to detect different diseases of the crops at early stage so that necessary steps would be taken to con-

trol these from spreading to other crops. The Minister further stated that the Mobile Plant Health Clinic will be more effective in rendering comprehensive diagnostic & advisory services, particularly in the event of outbreak of epiphytotics such as incidence of Yellow Rust in wheat in Jammu, Kathua and Samba Districts, which can be identified in time and addressed right in the field.

"Police didn't detain Kashmiri student for leading procession in favour of Afzal Guroo" Police Commissioner Hyderabad Anurag Sharma
SRINAGAR, MARCH 03: Refuting these allegations that Kashmiri student was arrested for leading a procession in favour of Afzal Guroo, Hyderabad Police Commissioner, Anurag Sharma Sunday said that it is a simple suicide case and police has nothing to do with it. "Our patrolling party of course brought him to police station but he was not alone, the warden of the University and one more student was with him and we released both the students immediately," Police Commissioner Hyderabad told Srinagar based news agency CNS on phone and added that it is totally baseless that Mudasir was lodged in police cell for a night. Giving details, Police Commissioner Hyderabad, Anurag Sharma said that after investigating the matter it has come to surface that Kashmiri student Mudasir Ahmed Malla alias Kamran and another student from Maharashtra namely Waseem were roommates and both were good friends. "Gradually animosity developed between them and Waseem complained to Procter of the University P.S.Vijira who allegedly humiliated Mudasir in front of everyone," Police Commissioner said adding that after this frequent trifles used to take place between the two. "On January first, a show cause notice was issued by the Proctor against Mudasir after Waseem once again have complained that Kashmiri student was harassing him," he said. Anurag Sharma told CNS that a police patrolling vehicle arrested both the students and the warden of the University was also called to the police station. "He was not kept in lock up but the police personnel kept both the students including warden in a room and our men tried their best to reconcile them. We let the both students free when the Warden gave an undertaking that they will never fight again," he said. Police Commissioner Hyderabad said that he can't say why he (Mudasir) took such an extreme step? "I feel that Mudasir might have felt humiliation and that is why he committed suicide. It is a simple suicide case and nothing else," he said. Anurag Sharma termed the allegations baseless that Mudasir was apprehended for leading a procession that student had taken out in favour of Afzal Guroo. "We didn't pick him for that issue and neither the police lodged him inside the cell," he said.

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Bureaucrats are being threatened: Moily

The controversy surrounding Indias new natural gas pricing regime refuses to fade. After stiff opposition from various political quarters, the issue is currently in the Supreme Court. Amidst charges of favoring select gas producers, the government remains undeterred and is in no mood to relent. Arnab Mitra and Anupama Airy spoke to the union petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily on the controversy. Excerpts:Why is the petroleum ministry always in the middle of some controversy, the most recent being favouring corporates and increasing the pricing of natural gas. The Petroleum ministry is the most important economic ministry and the decision to increase domestic gas prices is a bold one. India imports 80% of its oil requirement and spends an astronomical $160 billion (or Rs. 9.6 lakh crore) on oil imports every year. And this number is only getting bigger by the day. Amidst concerns over Indias fiscal situation, is it justified to continue with such a burden? Of course, the oil traders lobby is very happy with this increasing burden and would actually want India to import 100% of its oil requirements. But the actual challenge lies in getting manufacturers who can produce oil and gas in this country and make it self sufficient. To enable investments, its time we create a right environment else no investor will come forward. We are not obliging any company or corporate and the controversy is completely unjustified. Could you elaborate on this oil import lobby? The decision-making process is being threatened every day. Bureaucrats and officials are being threatened by the oil trading lobbies that do not want India to become self-sufficient in energy. Unfortunately, my friends who are opposing the gas price hike feel our decisions are to suit the explorers. The so called lobby of explorers is small in number whereas that of the traders is huge and it is the latter that is preventing us from becoming self-reliant in energy. If we take decisions to suit them, the country will become poorer by the day. We cannot afford an oil import bill of $160 billion a year. With correct emphasis on domestic oil and gas exploration, we can gain an energy efficiency of 50% by 2020. Do you have a clear roadmap to make India self reliant in energy? Yes. With correct policies in place, we can become energy independent by 2030. The Vijay Kelkar committee is already working on this. Another charge is that gas price revision, that was due from April 1, 2014 has been done in a hurry. Why was this decision not left to the new government? The decision to revise gas prices has not been taken overnight to help somebody but only after due consultations .It is based on the recommendations of an expert committee led by noted economist Dr C Rangarajan, which deliberated for over two years. While it is always easy to blame a politician, can we attribute motives to a respected person like Rangarajan? If I dont take a decision now and wait till the elections get over, the country will suffer and it will be the oil traders who will gain. We cannot let that happen. What about the impact of this on the common man? Are you saying that the common mans interests will be protected by purchasing imported gas at a price which is two-and-a-half-times more than the new price of $6.8 per unit? You have to either choose imported gas or enable more production of domestic gas that makes life easier, going forward.

Monogamy has been the subject of many discussions and debates among experts who strive to understand how the concept attracted the human species

There are many species where an incoming male will kill a female's offspring by a previous male in order to make room for his own. It's especially common in mammals, where a female remains infertile while she is still producing milk for an existing baby. The new male is in a hurry to get on with fathering the bearers of his own genes, and if he kills her existing offspring she will become fertile again. This may have been a particularly big problem in our own species, because human females may nurse a child for as long as two or three years. Infanticide is ugly, but unfortunately it makes sense as a male reproductive strategy. So it also makes sense for the father of the existing children to stick around and protect them from that fate. This was the hypothesis of the scientists from University College London and Oxford, Manchester and Auckland Universities who published the article in Proceedings. You do not get monogamy unless you already have infanticide, and you do not get a switch to

Science writer Matt Ridley once described the human mating system as monogamy plagued by adultery, which sounds a little judgemental. Perhaps we should just agree that we are an imperfectly pair-bonding species. Quite imperfectly I am on my second marriage, and so is my wife but the point is that we do form pairs: 89 per cent of the world's people get married before the age of 49. Elsewhere in the animal world, monogamy is definitely a minority taste. Only three per cent of mammals are monogamous. Even among our closest relatives, the primates, only a quarter

True enough, but why would the males commit in the first place? They were unlikely to be able to make that kind of statistical calculation, and the normal male reproductive strategy in mammals is to impregnate as many females as possible and leave the mothers to raise them. Maybe they just stayed with the females to keep their children from being killed by other males. So the researchers decided to test the rival hypotheses: Did males commit to monogamy to prevent infanticide, or to ease the burden on females and thus improve the children's survival chances in a different way? The cynics among you will already know the answer to this, but scientists actually have to prove things. What they did was to take a family tree of 230 mammals, including most of the primate species, and put in the details of their mating behaviour, rates of infanticide, and amount of paternal care. Then they simulated the evolution of those species over a period of 75 million years, running the programme millions of times to see how monogamy rose or fell for each species under different circumstances. The conclusion was clear: Among primates, monogamy was always preceded by one thing and one thing only:

The demand of the people of Jammu province for a separate State is genuine, given that the Congress-backed Kashmiri leadership has reduced them to being a non-entity, neglected and discriminated against in their own land
Jammu province and Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir were perhaps the only regions in the country where people demanded division of the State immediately after India attained independence. They demanded reorganisation of the State on the ground that they despised the separatist and communal ideology of National Conference president and Emergency Administrator of Jammu & Kashmir, Sheikh Abdullah, and did not expect fairness from him. In Jammu, the people, under the leadership of Balraj Madhok, who subsequently became president of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, demanded division of the State on November 1, 1947, six days after the States accession to India. The demand was supported by the BJS founder, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, in October 1949, when then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, at Sheikh Abdullahs behest, granted special status to the State on purely religious grounds. Mookerjee repeatedly said that the people of Jammu and Ladakh had the right to seek separation from Kashmir, as the Kashmiri leaderships approach towards the country and Jammu & Kashmir was patently communal. In Ladakh, the Buddhists under the Head Lama, Kushak Bakula, raised the banner of revolt in November 1947 against Sheikh Abdullah and his administration. Bakula declared that the people of Ladakh did not want any truck with the separatist and communal Kashmiri leadership. They approached Nehru and urged him to merge Ladakh either with Jammu province or with Punjab or Himachal Pradesh. The people of Jammu and Ladakh launched numerous struggles to achieve emancipation from Kashmir leadership between 1947 and 1987, but failed to achieve their stated goals. The Union Government, under the baneful influence of the Kashmiri leadership, rejected their demands as being communal and against national interest. The 1952 Delhi parleys between Jammu & Kashmir Wazir-e-Azam Sheikh Abdullah and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on the political future of Jammu & Kashmir; the 1975 Indira Gandhi-Sheikh Abdullah accord, and the 1987 Rajiv Gandhi-Farooq Abdullah accord prove one point: All these agreements were made to strike a deal with the Kashmiri leadership over the interests of the people of Jammu and Ladakh. Things changed dramatically in 1989, when secessionist violence gripped Kashmir. The immediate fall-out was the loud clamour in Jammu for a separate State and for Union Territory status to Ladakh. The demands unambiguously pointed to the danger of being submerged under the rising clamour for azadi, plebiscite and the restoration of the pre-1953 politico-constitutional set-up or greater autonomy. In October 1989, people in Ladakh took recourse to violence on an unprecedented scale. Two persons died and several others got injured. An alarmed Union Government had to yield and start parleys with the agitating Ladakhi leadership. The then Union Minister for Home Affairs Buta Singh persuaded them to give up their demand for Union Territory status and, offered them an Autonomous Hill Development Council instead. The Ladakhis accepted the proposal as a first step towards the final goal. Since the people of Jammu province did not create any law and order problem, their demand was not considered. Convinced that New Delhi will not consider the demands of the people of Jammu Province, some prominent university teachers, advocates, businessmen and industrialists founded the Jammu Mukti Morcha on March 2, 1990, and launched a statehood movement with great verve. But weak leadership and conspiracies hatched by certain Jammu-based agents of Kashmiri leaders resulted in the JMMs collapse, though the struggle for separation from Kashmir continued. It was before the 2002 Assembly election in Jammu & Kashmir that the Rashtra Swayamsevak Sangh took a concrete step by adopting a resolution at its Kurukshetra annual meet, directing its State unit to establish the Jammu State Morcha and contest Assembly elections in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party. The JSM and the BJP contested the election on the statehood and reorganisation plank respectively. Together they won nine seats out of 37 in Jammu province. They would have won more than 25 seats, had Congress and the Jammu & Kashmir National Panthers Party not contested the election on purely Jammu-specific planks. The Congress hoodwinked the Jammu electorate by holding out two categorical commitments chief ministership for Jammu and adequately-empowered regional development board and won 15 seats. JKNPP contested on the slogan of reorganisation and for the first time won four seats. Two independent candidates also won election on statehood plank and later became associated members of the Congress to become Ministers. In other words, the BJP, JSM, Congress, JKNPP and independent candidates won as many as 30 seats in the name of Jammu. The Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party and the JKNPP formed a coalition Government in November 2002 with the PDP president as Chief Minister, but did not fulfill any of the promises. In 2008, all these parties again contested the Assembly election invoking Jammus cause and won 29 seats. The Congress won 13 seats holding out a commitment that If voted to power, shall amend the State Constitution to federalise the States polity and establish regional council. The JKNPP won three seats and the BJP for the first time won 11 seats on the plank of political empowerment. The Congress again became part of the coalition Government but ditched the people of Jammu to keep Kashmiri leaders in good humour. The demand of the people of Jammu province for a separate State is genuine, given that the Congress-backed Kashmiri leadership has reduced them to being a nonentity. The following instances demonstrate the level of discrimination against the people of Jammu. The Chief Minister is always from the Valley and from one particular religious sect. So is the leadership of major political parties like the Congress. Jammu returns two members to the Lok Sabha and 37 to the Assembly at the rate of one per 15.59 lakh voters and 84,270 voters, respectively. In contrast, Kashmir returns three members to the Lok Sabha and 46 members to the Assembly at the rate 9.61 lakh voters and 62,673 voters, respectively. Jammus share in the Civil Secretariat is not even 25 per cent and the number of Secretaries to the Government is negligible. The unemployment rate in Jammu is over 69 per cent and in Kashmir less than 30 per cent. Over-developed and highly prosperous Kashmir has 10 districts at the rate of one per 1585.3 sq km. Jammu has an equal number of districts but at the rate of one per 2629.3 sq km. The road density km/sq km in Kashmir in 2006 was 310.4 and in Jammu it was 138.7. The State power plants produce a paltry 25 MW electricity in Jammu as against 335.36 MW produced in adjacent Kashmir. A person from Jammu working with the Public Health Engineering under the Community Participation Scheme gets a monthly wage of Rs 500, whereas his Kashmiri counterpart gets Rs 2,100. The share of Jammus youth in Kashmir-based technical and professional institutions is negligible. On the contrary, Kashmiri students are in great strength in similar Jammubased institutions. The harsh reality is that Kashmir occupies almost all the higher and lucrative positions in the Government, be it revenue administration, the finance department, the police and judicial departments and political institutions. The net result is widespread frustration and dissatisfaction. The demand in Jammu for Statehood needs to be viewed in this context. (The writer is former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Jammu)

Elsewhere in the animal world, monogamy is definitely a minority taste. Only three per cent of mammals are monogamous. Even among our closest relatives, the primates, only a quarter of the species form pair bonds. Moreover, the very fragility of the pair bond in human beings suggests that it is a behaviour we only adopted fairly recently in our evolutionary history. So when did we acquire it, and why?
of the species form pair bonds. Moreover, the very fragility of the pair bond in human beings suggests that it is a behaviour we only adopted fairly recently in our evolutionary history. So when did we acquire it, and why? There is a new explanation on the table. In a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists argue that the main reason why human beings more precisely, male human beings became monogamous was to keep their babies from being killed by other men. paternal care (by males) if you don't already have monogamy, wrote Dr Christopher Opie of UCL. This flies in the face of the previously dominant explanation, which was based on the remarkably long childhood of human offspring. As our brains got bigger and the amount of cultural learning that had to be imparted to our children grew greater, the portion of their lives that they spent as dependent children grew longer and longer. Male help was therefore needed to raise them successfully. Infanticide by males. Once you have monogamy, there is usually a rise in the male commitment to caring for the offspring as well, but infanticide has to come first. It's not exactly romantic, but evolution isn't. So here we are, living in couples and raising our offspring together as if we were birds. (90 per cent of birds are monogamous.) It doesn't really matter how we got here, but it's definitely a better place to be. In the end, we even figured out how to love each other.

AAP's broom ready for 'clean sweep' & 'clean up'

It is time to rejoice and dance in the streets. Sorry, we meant sweep the streets. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has got itself an election symbol, the broom. This serves two symbolic purposes, that of telling voters that it will clean up the filthy system of which it is now a part and the other that it will make a clean sweep in the next elections. As soon as news of this came, party members were seem carrying brooms to meetings. It became clear to us that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and his gang had obviously read The Walrus and the Carpenter, that immortal classic by Lewis Carroll. On seeing the vast expanse of sand on the beach they were walking on, the Walrus and the Carpenter wonder whether it can be cleaned up. If seven maids with seven mops/Swept it for half a year/Do you suppose the Walrus said, that they could get it clear? I doubt it, said the Carpenter/And shed a bitter tear. Supplant the Walrus and the Carpenter with Arvind and Manish Sisodia and things become clearer. We have to confess that we are a little disappointed in the options that the AAP had come up with in case some dastardly politician plotted to deny it the broom. Among them are a candle, a water tap and a gas cylinder. What does a candle mean? That we will not get electricity in Aam Aadmi-land? A dry water tap when it should have been a tap that is gushing with water? A gas cylinder without a stove and cooking vessels? No, thanks. We wish Kejriwal and his lads had aspired a little higher for us. He could have had a vacuum cleaner as a symbol or an induction cooker. This leads us to wonder what a party of editorial writers could use as a symbol were we ever to enter the political fray. I know what you are thinking dear reader a pen. But no, we are far savvier than that. The latest iPad or Macbook is what wed opt for. A clean slate could work. Maybe we could have a rocking chair, the sort in which we rest in between crafting your daily fix of editorials. And we would certainly not be happy with one boring symbol. Wed keep our flock guessing by changing the symbol once in a while. So next time you get a pamphlet with a dollar sign on it, it could just be us telling you that we are still around and that we would like contributions in greenbacks for our party. In which case, dont hold back, will you?

Injustice to Parvez Rasool

The least that may be asked is that the selection panel in the touring team be asked some questions. Badri Narayan Chandigarh

Dear Editor, As someone who had the privilege to be a member of the first-ever Jammu & Kashmir Ranji Trophy team, and the further honour of leading the same in 1960-61, there are few things I have looked forward to as much as to see a Kashmiri actually play for an Indian team. Like every Kashmiri, the advent of Pervez Rasool on the basis of some of the most impressive all-round performances at the highest levels of the game has over the last two years filled me with joy; and with hope at the fact that selectors at the national level should have had the fairness to see his merit and give him the nod. All of which makes it truly galling to note that he should have been taken with the team to Zimbabwe, and, pointedly, as it were, marked out to be the only member of the touring side not to get a game in a series where even the J&K Ranji Trophy state team may have won the contest on its own. Suffice it to say that any justification that may come from either Kohli, the captain, or from anyone else would seem as specious as the contention that Durga Shakti Nagpal's suspension had nothing to do with her heroic resolve to stem the sand mafia. I know from experience that it is not unusual for Captains to calculate that a success registered by a rookie may eventually threaten the place in the team of some favoured buddy. Shameful beyond words. Not to speak of the fact that the injustice is tailor-made for interpretations that go beyond cricket, and perhaps justly so.

Politicisation of sports
Dear Editor, It happens only in India that politicians get paid from public-exchequer for playing sports-politics! Can't we have a healthy system whereby legislators in Parliament or legislature including ministers getting paid from public-exchequers may not be allowed to have any post elsewhere including in party, private-organization or any other body including sports-bodies? Being a Parliamentarian or state-legislator including holding a post of minister at the Centre or in a state in itself such a huge task that does not permit such people to engage with any other activity other than that for what they are paid from public-exchequers. Otherwise also it is definitely conflict of interest that active ones in cricket-politics with posts in Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) are allowed to participate in meetings of Union Cabinet discussing sportsbill aimed to bring sports-bodies including BCCI under purview of RTI Act. Union ministers attached with any sports-body must not be allowed in cabinet-meetings discussing sports-bill aimed to regulate sports-bodies. Perhaps not all those politicians attached with cricket-politics might have ever handled batball in their lives! Neha Agrawal, Sainik Colony Jammu

Mookerjee repeatedly said that the people of Jammu and Ladakh had the right to seek separation from Kashmir, as the Kashmiri leaderships approach towards the country and Jammu & Kashmir was patently communal. In Ladakh, the Buddhists under the Head Lama, Kushak Bakula, raised the banner of revolt in November 1947 against Sheikh Abdullah and his administration. Bakula declared that the people of Ladakh did not want any truck with the separatist and communal Kashmiri leadership. They approached Nehru and urged him to merge Ladakh either with Jammu province or with Punjab or Himachal Pradesh.

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Will back food bill if Centre protects farmers interests: Mulayam

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said that his party was ready to support the Food Security Bill if the government promises to protect the interests of farmers and ensures that they get profit over their produce. His remarks are significant as they come against the backdrop of reports that the issue of suspended IAS officer Durga Sakthi Nagpal could cast a shadow over Congress bid to secure SPs support on the food measure. If they promise that the farmers interests will not be ignored and they will get profit over their produce, then we can support the bill, Mr. Yadav said. To a question on whether SPs stand on the food legislation has toughened after Congress raised the issue of suspension of 28-year-old Ms. Nagpal, Mr. Yadav said the two issues were not related and our stand on food security bill is known for a long time. We cannot allow the interests of the farmers to be ignored, he said. The SP supremo, however, indicated that action against Ms. Nagpal, a 2010 batch IAS officer, was taken to prevent communal disturbance which otherwise could have erupted after the demolition of the wall of a mosque. A senior SP leader, on the condition of anonymity, asked as to what was the provocation for the officer to demolish the wall without a complaint. There is also a view in the party that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who on Saturday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that the officer is not treated unfairly, got herself unnecessarily dragged into the controversy and it was possible that she was not apprised of the full facts.We cannot allow the

Ready to discuss all issues, says PM

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday appealed to the Opposition to cooperate in smooth functioning of Parliament and said government is willing to discuss all issues during the Monsoon Session. We have wasted a lot of time in the last twothree sessions and hope this is not repeated in this session, Mr. Singh told reporters outside Parliament. Government is willing to discuss all issues on the floor of the House, he said while urging the Opposition to ensure that the session is truly productive and constructive with solid results. A heavy agenda including the ordinance on the Food Security Bill awaits the nearly month-long Monsoon session which began on Monday. While several parties including the BJP have said that they support the Food Security Bill in principle, a host of other issues including the decision on separate Telangana could cast a shadow on the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the first few days with members from Andhra Pradesh agitated over the development. Several members from the Seemandhra region belonging to Congress and TDP have tendered their resignations in protest against the decision, but they have not been accepted and Congress leadership is attempting to persuade its MPs and ministers not to revolt. The Prime Minister has already sought Oppositions cooperation in the passage of the legislative business including the most important ordinance on food security bill. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had reached out to BJP for support to key reform bills on opening up the insurance and pension sector, but failed to get any assurance.

U.P. serves charge sheet on Nagpal
LUCKNOW, AUG 05: IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, whose suspension has triggered a controversy and a turf war between the ruling Samajwadi Party and the bureaucracy, was served with a charge sheet by the Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Sadar) in Gautam Budh Nagar district was suspended on July 27 on charges of ordering the demolition of the wall of an under-construction mosque at Kadalpur village. But the action is attributed to her taking on the sand mafia. An official spokesman told The Hindu that the 10-page charge sheet was issued by the State Appointment and Personnel Department. However, this development was confirmed only late in the night. Ms. Nagpal is understood to have been charged with taking a one-sided decision in ordering the demolition.A notice ought to have been served prior to the demolition, the charge sheet said. Ms. Nagpal has been given 15 days time to file her reply. Copies of the charge sheet and the suspension order have been sent to the Central government, sources said. The issuance of the charge sheet underscored the tough line taken by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP president Mulayam Singh, especially after the IAS Association took up Ms. Nagpals cause. Moreover, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhis letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his intervention in the issue hardened the SPs stand further, sources said. Ms. Gandhis move angered Mr. Mulayam Singh

interests of the farmers to be ignored, he said. The SP supremo, however, indicated that action against Ms. Nagpal, a 2010 batch IAS officer, was taken to prevent communal disturbance which otherwise could have erupted after the demolition of the wall of a mosque.

Mr. Chidambaram had a discussion with BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Yashwant Sinha on the financial bills that have been listed for consideration during the session. The BJP leaders agreed to support routine and necessary financial business but indicated that the party will continue to oppose further opening of the insurance and pension sectors to foreign direct investment (FDI).

Ms. Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, has demanded a debate on the current economic situation in the backdrop of the declining rupee, rising prices and slowing GDP growth. As many as some 40 bills have been listed for consideration and passage in the session, which will have only 12 working days and government has expressed readiness to extend the session if need be.

SC order on reservation gets flak in Lok Sabha U.S. senators demand probe
be found by the government to restore the rights of 80 per cent of the people of the country, Mr. Yadav said. Seconding the JD(U) leader, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav sought to know whether the people of weaker sections were only meant to sweep the floors or be a chaprasi or a chowkidar. He said there were only two per cent people in high posts among the backward classes, who constitute 54 per cent of the population. The SP chief also warned of nationwide protests if the government did nothing to annul the Supreme Court order. Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP) said the situation would not have arisen if Parliament had passed the Reservation in Promotion Bill which was being strongly advocated by BSP supremo Mayawati. P.L. Punia (Cong) said it was a matter of regret that the Supreme Court had not considered several important decisions taken by Parliament to give justice to weaker sections through reservation. Will only five people (bench of the apex court) decide the future of the country or the representatives sitting in Parliament, he asked.

into Indias trade policies

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: In a development that could have serious repercussions for Indian exports to the U.S., four influential U.S. senators have asked the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate Indias unfair practices in trade and foreign direct investment in agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors that discriminate against U.S. exports and investment, and study their impact on the countrys businesses and jobs. In joint letter to USITC chairman Irving A. Williamson on August 2, Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp and Ranking Member Sander Levin noted that U.S. exports to India were low, given the size of its market, and asked the ITC to detail the policies India had in place that restricted trade and violated intellectual property rights, as well as the effect they have on US exports, businesses and jobs. We are writing to request that the USITC conduct an investigation under Section 332(g) of the Tariff Act of 1930 regarding Indian industrial policies that discriminate against U.S. imports and investment for the sake of supporting Indian domestic industries and the effect that those barriers have on the U.S. economy and U.S. jobs. We request that the report should be submitted by November 30, 2014, the letter states. They pointed out that India though was an important strategic partner, U.S. exports of goods and services to India were low. In 2011, exports to India were just $22.3 billion. Significantly, the call for investigations against India comes on the heels of the recent trips by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma to the U.S. to woo investors. Noting that India had risen rapidly and lifted millions out of poverty in the wake of its significant market-opening reforms and its efforts to seek foreign investment in certain sectors of its economy over the past two decades, they maintained that India continued to put in place measures that appeared to contradict its stated domestic growth objectives. India has a complex, nontransparent tariff and fee system and a burdensome customs procedures, and it maintains significant tariff and non-tariff barriers for U.S. goods and service participation in sectors including retail and agriculture, the letter states. It goes on to add: India has not yet taken action to fully and effectively protect and enforce copyrights, including in the digital environment, and has applied its patent law in a discriminatory manner, particularly against innovative U.S. pharmaceutical companies, so as to advantage its domestic industries. We are very concerned about the broader impact that Indias trade policy may be having on the global trading system, both in terms of the model it is setting for other countries and the drag it is exerting on multilateral trade negotiations.

Court cites Mahomedan Law to absolve man of raping minor NEW DELHI: A Muslim man has been absolved of
charges of illegally confining and raping a minor from the same religion, whom he later married, by a Delhi court which cited the Mahomedan Law that allows a 15-year-old girl to marry against the wishes of her parents. The accused was charged with rape and illegal confinement of the minor under the IPC. The IPC treats a girl as minor, in relation to the offence of rape, till she attains the age of 16 years and establishing physical relations with her, even with her consent, is an offence entailing life term as maximum sentence. "Both, the girl and accused are Muslims by religion and though, prosecutrix may be minor under the Indian Majority Act or within meaning of some of provisions of Indian Penal Code, under her present law, she having reached age of 15 years i.e age of puberty could have married accused even without the consent of her guardian, though in the present case, the prosecutrix appears to have married the accused with the consent of her parents," Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Illa Rawat said while acquitting the man of the charges. The court also said that the girl was at the verge of maturity when she voluntarily eloped with the accused last year and her parents were also aware of their love affair. It said she was neither restrained nor confined forcibly and they got married after an FIR was registered. The court said the Mahomedan Law does not consider as an offence the marriage with a 15-year-old girl. According to the prosecution, the girl and her mother had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the man had raped the minor last year when she was alone in her house. The accused had also threatened the girl not to disclose the incident to anyone otherwise he would kill her entire family and thereafter he raped her several times, the prosecution said.

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: The recent Supreme Court judgement on reservation on Monday came in for criticism in the Lok Sabha with members claiming that it would hit hard 80 per cent population of the country comprising SC, ST and Backwards. The judgement disallowing reservation in promotion in the faculty of AIIMS also saw members expressing concern over the erosion of Parliaments supremacy and demanding urgent amendment to the Constitution to annul the apex court verdict. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav lamented that the courts have been repeatedly striking down legislations which are meant to

benefit weaker sections. He said while the judiciary was doing a good work in exposing corruption, it was negating the laws unanimously passed by all parties on social issues like reservation. They always do something so that Parliament does not run, Mr. Yadav said regretting that the Constitution Bench had passed the order on the last day of the tenure of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, who retired recently. The matter of concern was that this apex court order was not just applicable to the AIIMS but on all such institutions. Reservation is a hard-earned achievement of the people after a long struggle. Some way should

7 killed as car collides with truck on Rohtak-Gohana road

CHANDIGARH: Seven persons were killed when their car collided head-on with a truck near Brahmanwas village in Rohtak district, police said on Monday. The victims were returning after attending a religious function past mid-night when the mishap occurred, Rohtak's SP, Rajesh Duggal said over phone. He said the driver of the truck had entered the one-way road from the wrong side and collided with the car near a slight curve on the Rohtak-Gohana road. "While five died at the accident spot, two of them succumbed later," he said. Duggal said that all those who died were occupants of the ill-fated car and most of them were women and children. A 5-year-old girl had a narrow escape in the accident and was admitted to a hospital with injuries, he said, adding a case had been registered against the truck driver.

Abu Salems extradition to India still valid: Supreme Court MPs raise issue of Chinese incursions
stayed Salems trial after he approached the apex court against the TADA courts order of January 31, rejecting his plea for closure of his trial. Attorney General G E Vahanwati had said government was committed to its assurance given to the Portuguese court and had sought the apex courts permission to drop the additional charges framed against Salem by the trial court. The CBI had sought courts permission for withdrawal of charges under section 5 and 6 of TADA and sections 4(b) and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act in view of its commitment to the Portuguese government. Salem is currently lodged in Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. Following the Portugal SCs order, he had appealed to the TADA court, saying that the trial against him should be closed. He then filed a petition in the high court at Lisbon, alleging violation of the Rule of Speciality. In the ruling on September 19 last year, the Lisbon court said there had been a breach of the undertaking given by India. Salem and his then companion, actress Monica Bedi, were extradited to India on November 11, 2005, after a marathon legal process lasting three years.

Building collapses in Bangalore, three killed

BANGALORE: At least three people were killed and one injured when a three-storeyed under construction building collapsed in Kengeri area on Monday. While rescue operations are on, Police and Fire Force officials did not rule out possibility of more people trapped underneath debris. The building collapsed when labourers were inside the premise Home Minister KJ George told reporters. Two victims were from Karnataka and one was from North India.The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital said Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy, in charge of Bangalore.

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: Gangster Abu Salem will continue to face trial in various cases in India, including the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, with the Supreme Court on Monday turning down his plea for quashing all proceedings after Portugals apex court terminated his extradition to India. The Supreme Court held that the verdict of Portugal court is not binding on courts here and Salems extradition to India is still valid in the eyes of law. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, however, allowed the CBI to drop additional charges slapped on

Salem under TADA and Explosive Substances Act after his extradition. 45-year-old Salem had sought closure of trial against him in various courts here after the Portugal Supreme Court upheld the order of a lower court there, terminating his extradition for violation of deportation rules by Indian authorities. At the time of Salems extradition, India had assured Portugal that no charges entailing death penalty or imprisonment of more than 25 years would be pressed against him, but such charges were later brought in. The Supreme Court had

Acid attack victim Preeti's family moves HC

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: The issue of recent spate of incursions by the Chinese was raised in the Lok Sabha with 29 MPs, cutting across party lines, querying the Government which sought to downplay the issue. Answering questions on the incursions, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said in the last three years since January 2010, there have been a total of 28 violations of Indian airspace by other countries which are taken up with them. There is no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China. There are areas

along the border where India and China have different perceptions of the LAC and both sides undertake patrols up to their respective positions there, he said in reply to queries whether the Chinese troops had intruded and destroyed Indian bunkers in Ladakh. On account of differences in perception of LAC, certain transgression incidents do take place on ground. Government regularly takes up any transgression with the Chinese side through established mechanisms, the Defence Minister said. To a query on whether Chinese have blocked devel-

opmental work in Indian territory, Mr. Antony said, Government takes adequate measures to safeguard sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of India by reviewing the threat perception from time to time and takes appropriate steps to meet the threats. Developmental work in border areas is carried out through close coordination between security forces and local administration, he said. The 29 MPs who raised the questions include Saugata Roy (TMC), Anurag Thakur (BJP), Neeraj Shekhar (SP) and Arjun Meghwal (BJP).

MUMBAI: The father of Delhi resident Preeti Rathi, who died after a man flung acid on her face here in May, Monday approached the Bombay High Court seeking CBI inquiry into the case. Aggrieved by the alleged inaction by city police in arresting the person who threw acid on his daughter, Amar Singh Rathi filed a petition in the High Court seeking that the probe in the case be transferred to CBI.On May 2, an unidentified man had flung acid on Preeti Rathi soon after she alighted at Bandra station. She was supposed to join the Colaba Naval hospital INS Ashwini as a staff nurse. Preeti suffered severe damage to her lungs and succumbed to injuries a month later on June 1 at Bombay Hospital. She was cremated in her hometown Narela on June 4. "The attack was well planned. Police are still clueless about the identity of the accused. One person was arrested but police is not sure if he is the culprit. The victim's father has said he has no faith in the investigation being conducted by the police and hence sought CBI probe," petitioner's advocate Gautam Pyarelal said. Preeti was selected for short service commission in the military nursing service and was asked to report at the naval hospital in Colaba on May 15.

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Deaths from heavy rains up to 53 in Pakistan Rouhani vows support for Assad
Twelve people were killed in the semiautonomous tribal region in the northwest, eight in neighbouring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and three in the Pakistan-held part of the disputed Kashmir region. Twelve people also died in central Punjab province, 10 in south western Baluchistan, and eight in southern Sindh. Flooding was especially bad in Pakistans largest city, Karachi, because of the southern citys faulty drainage system, said Zia. The same storm system hit Afghanistan, killing at least 58 people. Pakistan regularly suffers from flooding during the monsoon season, which usually runs through July and August. Pakistan suffered the worst floods in its 66-year history in 2010, when floodwaters inundated one-fifth of the country, killing over 1,700 people. More than 20 million people were affected at the time. BEIRUT, AUG 05: Irans new President has expressed his countrys support to Syrias embattled leader Bashar Assads regime, saying no force in the world will be able to shake their decades-old alliance. Hasan Rouhanis comments came as Syrian troops and rebels fought some of the fiercest battles in the mountains of the coastal province of Latakia, an Assad stronghold. Mr. Rouhani made the comments during a meeting in Tehran on Sundaywith Syrian Prime Minister Wael alHalqi, Syrias state news agency SANA said. Syria has been Tehrans strongest ally in the Arab world since Irans 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iran has been one of Mr. Assads staunchest backers since Syrias crisis began. Tehran is believed to have supplied Assads government with billions of dollars since the countrys crisis began in March 2011. Iran-supported Hezbollah also has sent fighters into Syria to bolster an offensive by Assad forces. The Islamic Republic of Iran aims to strengthen its relations with Syria and will stand by it in facing all challenges, SANA quoted Mr. Rouhani as saying in a report from Tehran. The deep, strategic and historic relations between the people of Syria and Iran ... will not be shaken by any force in the world. Mr. Rouhani was elected in June and was endorsed by the countrys supreme leader on Saturday, allowing him to begin acting as president. He was sworn in Sunday. Mr. Assad vowed on Sunday to crush the rebels trying to overthrow him, saying Syria is between two choices: a state of the law or a state run by thieves and bandits. Assad spoke while taking part in an iftar, the meal that breaks the dawn-to-dusk fast

ISLAMABAD, AUG 05: Heavy rains that caused flash floods and collapsed houses in different parts of Pakistan have killed 53 people over the past three days,

a senior disaster management official said on Monday. Civil and military authorities have launched rescue and relief efforts to deal with the

crisis, said Brig. Kamran Zia, a member of the National Disaster Management Authority. Deaths have spanned the entire country, said Zia.

India treating Bhutan as protectorate, says Chinese commentary

BEIJING, AUG 05: India's alleged influence in the recent elections in Bhutan has angered Beijing A commentary published on Monday by a Chinese tabloid known for its hard-line views has hit out at India for interfering in Bhutans recent elections and attempting to prevent the recently developing ties between Thimphu and Beijing. The article, penned by Liu Zongyi, a scholar of strategic affairs at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS), a well-known think-tank, suggested that New Delhi may have sought to influence the outcome in the recent election on account of its anxiety over Chinas recent overtures to Bhutan. Last year, the then Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said, in his first ever meeting with his Bhutanese counterpart, that China was ready to open diplomatic ties with Bhutan and solve their border disputes. Following Mr. Wens meeting in 2012 with the former Prime Minister Jigme Thinley, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Fu Ying travelled to Thimphu last August. The two meetings - marking the highestlevel diplomatic engagement seen between the two countries - appeared aimed at accelerating steps to establish diplomatic ties. Mondays commentary, however, argued that India wont allow Bhutan to freely engage in diplomacy with China and solve the border issue. The article was published by the Communist Partyrun tabloid the Global Times, which is known for its nationalistic views and does not, according to Chinese officials, reflect government policy, Mr. Liu, the author of the commentary, suggested that India had pressured Bhutan to not engage with China, even claiming that former Indian ambassador to Bhutan Pavan K. Varma was forced to resign due to his failure to prevent Bhutan developing relations with China.

Syrian rebels take villages in regime's heartland US posts in Muslim world will remain closed
Observatorys chief Rami Abdul-Rahman said civilians in the four villages fled. There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties in the fighting. Also Monday, Human Rights Watch said ballistic missiles fired by the Syrian army into populated areas have killed hundreds of civilians in recent months. The U.S.-based group said it has investigated nine apparent missile attacks that killed at least 215 people, half of them children, between February and July. The most recent attack HRW investigated occurred in the northern province of Aleppo on July 26, killing at least 33 civilians including 17 children. Even if there are fighters in the area, you cannot accurately target them and the impact in some of these cases has been devastating to local civilians, Solvang said in a statement.
WASHINGTON, AUG 05: U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this week, the State Department said on Sunday, citing an abundance of caution. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the decision to keep the embassies and consulates closed is not an indication of a new threat. She said the continued closures are merely an indication of our commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect our employees, including local employees, and visitors to our facilities. Diplomatic facilities will remain closed in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, among other countries, through Saturday, Aug. 10. The U.S. has decided to reopen some posts on Monday, including those in Kabul and Baghdad. The Obama administration announced on Friday that the posts would be closed over the weekend and the State Department announced a global travel alert, warning that al-

during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The iftar was attended by government officials, religious leaders and members of the countrys unions and political parties, SANA said. It was Mr. Assads second public appearance this week after he visited troops in the Damascus suburb of Daraya on Thursday to mark Army

Day. Mr. Assad said terrorism cannot be dealt with politically but should be struck with an iron fist. Mr. Assads troops have achieved victories in the past two months mostly near the capital Damascus and in the strategic central province of Homs that links the capital Damascus with Assads strongholds on the coast.

SYRIAN , AUG 05: Syrian rebels battled government troops in the coastal province of Latakia for the second straight day Monday, making advances in one of President Bashar Assads strongholds, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels took control of four villages in mountainous terrain near the Mediterranean sea. Like much of Latakia province, they were populated by Alawites, members of the Shia offshoot sect to which Mr Assads family belongs. Syrias conflict has taken on an increasingly sectarian tone in the last year, pitting predominantly Sunni Muslim rebels against the Alawitedominated regime. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels attacked government outposts in the Jabal al-Akrad hills on Sunday. The group, which relies on reports from

activists, said at least 32 government troops and militiamen and at least 19 rebels, including foreign fighters, died in Sundays fighting. Much of Latakia has been under the firm control of Mr Assads forces since the beginning of the conflict more than two years ago, but some areas including the Jabal al-Akrad are close to rebel-held areas and have

seen fighting. It was a rare success for the rebels on the battlefield in recent weeks. Mr Assads forces have been on the offensive since taking the central town of Qusair in June. Syria mains opposition bloc hailed the rebel advance, and said the Syrian military had used the captured territory to attack rebel-held civilian areas. The

Qaeda or its allies might target either U.S. government or private American interests. The weekend closure of nearly two dozen U.S. diplomatic posts resulted from the gravest terrorist threat seen in years, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Sunday. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said the chatter intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies led the Obama administration to shutter the embassies and consulates and issue a global travel warning to Americans. Chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning thats going on very reminiscent of what we saw pre 9/11, Chambliss told NBCs Meet the Press. This is the most serious threat that Ive seen in the last several years, he said. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told ABCs This Week that the threat intercepted from high level people in alQaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was about a major attack.



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HONG KONG/MUMBAI, AUG 05: Aviva PLC may pull out of its Indian insurance joint venture, valued at more than USD 500 million, as the British insurer retreats from lessprofitable markets where it has struggled to expand, people familiar with the matter said. Aviva, which aims to cut costs by 400 million pounds by year-end, is in the process of hiring corporate advisors to find buyers for its 26 percent stake in Aviva Life, its venture with Dabur Group, the sources told Reuters. The insurer is considering various options, including selling its stake to Dabur Group if it fails to find a foreign buyer, one of the sources said. Dabur Group owns personal care and food products manufacturer Dabur India. Aviva would be the third foreign insurer to quit India since 2012, stymied by regulations that restrict foreign ownership and fierce political opposition to changing those limits. Aviva declined to comment. Mohit Burman, a director of Aviva Life who represents Dabur Group, was not immediately available for comment. The sources also

Aviva may exit India life insurance business: Sources India has trade deficit with 80 countries: Sharma
year, Aviva pulled out of its Malaysian insurance joint venture and exited from Russia. TOUGH MARKET Like many other foreign insurers, Aviva rushed into India after the government allowed foreign investment in the USD 40 billion-plus insurance market in 2000, lured by low penetration rates and the high savings rate in Asia's third-largest economy. Life insurance penetration in India is about 3.4 percent of gross domestic product in terms of total premiums underwritten in a year, much lower than 8.8 percent in Japan and 8.7 percent in Britain. Regulatory uncertainty, however, has proved tough for foreign insurers while insurance in general has failed to take off as expected among the public - the whole industry logged an accumulative $3 billion loss over the last decade. Indian laws limit foreign ownership in domestic insurers to 26 percent. Government approval for a proposal to raise the limit to 49 percent has been pending for a long time due to opposition by nationalist politicians.

declined to be identified due to the confidential nature of the matter. The insurer had identified China and India as "high priority" and "must win" markets, but the move to sell out of India signals a change in that strategy. Last year, Aviva hired former AIA Group CEO Mark Wilson to lead a turn-around in its business which was hit by slower growth in its main market Europe. Wilson joined after spiralling costs and poor share price performance triggered an investor revolt in 2012 that forced out then-CEO Andrew Moss. This

NEW DELHI, AUG 05: India had trade deficit with as many as 80 countries, including China, Australia and Iraq, in 2012-13, Parliament was informed Monday. "India has a trade deficit with 80 countries in 2012-13. Top ten countries are China, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Venezuela, Nigeria, Australia, and Indonesia," Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. "Contribution of trade deficit of these ten countries to our trade deficit is 76.5 percent," he said. India's exports during 201213 stood at USD 300.3 billion, while imports aggregated at USD 491.9 billion. Trade deficit stood at USD 191.6 billion. He said that the global economic crisis, the sovereign

debt crisis in Europe and the slowdown in developed economies have adversely impacted demand for India's exports. "The international prices of petroleum, fertilisers, gold, edible oil have increased. Their demand has also increased. These lead to a higher value of imports. As a result, the trade deficit has increased," he added.

Sharma said that the government has received various representations from trade bodies to give impetus to exports. "Several steps have been taken to reduce trade deficit by imposing restrictions on import of gold," he added. The government has recently announced to enhance rate of interest subsidy to 3 percent from 2 percent.


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NSEL forms panel; to prepare payment plan by Aug 14

pendent committee of eminent persons for the purpose of advising and monitoring the progress of financial close-out plan," the exchange said in a statement. Members of the committee include former Company Law Board Chairman Sharad Upasani, former Bombay High Court judge R J Kochar, former Sebi and LIC Chairman G N Bajpai, and D Sivanandan, former Director General of Police in Maharashtra. NSEL said the exchange will collate the payment plan from buyers and finalise payin and pay-out in consultation with the FMC and then announce it to the market. Yesterday, the exchange said eight entities are willing to pay about Rs 2,181 crore as per the scheduled due date or earlier. Another 13 entities have offered to pay about Rs 3,107 crore in weekly installments, while negotiations are on with three others for payment of Rs 311 crore.


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MUMBAI, AUG 05: The National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL), which faces a risk of default after suspending trade, on Monday, said it has formed an independent committee to advise and monitor settlement of trade amounting to about Rs 5,500 crore. NSEL will come out with the settlement plan by August 14, Jignesh Shah, Chairman and Managing Director of Financial Technologies India

Ltd (FTIL), one of the promoters of NSEL, told reporters here. The exchange has been in a crisis after it suspended trade in most contracts on July 31. The decision to set up the committee was taken after a joint meeting of the regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) and NSEL with investors yesterday. "NSEL constituted an inde-

MUMBAI, AUG 05: Low-cost airline Spicejet on Monday reported a 10 percent decline in net profit at Rs 50.55 crore for the first quarter ended June 30, 2013. The company had clocked a net profit of Rs 56.15 crore in the year-ago period, Spicejet said in a filing to the BSE. Total income from operations however, increased to Rs 1,704.30 crore in the April-June quarter from Rs 1,466.69 crore during the same period last year, it said. The overall performance

should be considered satisfactory and has to be viewed in the context of several adverse circumstances that continue to make the business environment for the airline industry extremely challenging, the company added. the several headwinds in the form of weak rupee and high cost of fuel, the management has executed with an emphasis on efficiency, elimination of waste and profitability. Fuel cost as a proportion fell to 43 percent of the total revenue in

the current quarter as against 46 percent in the comparable quarter for the previous year, mainly due to better realisations from our overseas routes that now make up almost 11 percent of revenues, it said. However, currency depreciation and higher crude prices continue to exert pressure on margins, it noted. Shares of the company were trading 1.94 percent higher at Rs 26.25 on the BSE in afternoon trade.


Shahbad hockey girls make it happen with bronze finish
CHANDIGARH: Haryana's Shahbad town is no longer known only for foodgrain. The triumph of girls from this small town in the international hockey arena has brought it global recognition. On Sunday too, girls from this town were instrumental in their team getting a historic bronze medal in the junior women's World cup in Germany. Five girls from the Shahbad Hockey Academy were part of the 16-member Indian squad. Of them, two - Rani Rampal and Navneet Kaur led from the front to ensure a podium finish for their team. Vice captain Rani scored the team's solitary goal in regulation time of the bronze clash with Englande. Both teams were locked at 1-1 at the end of stipulated time. Rani scored twice again when the tussles, frequent sackings of the coaching staff, cultural differences, language barriers, a continuous effort to chase the European teams who keep gaining ground over India and the resultant lack of success, Indian hockey has repeatedly fallen after finding strength to get up. True that hockey is considered a man's game in India. Success of the game in India is evaluated on the success of its men's team. But this doesn't make men the sole catalyst of hockey's revival. Women match went into the penalty shootout. Her team-mate Navneet missed one penalty stroke but recovered in time to score with her second chance and give India a 3-2 victory over England. "We are proud of the girls here. Their victory has given women hockey its golden moment. They worked very hard for it," coach Baldev Singh said in Shahbad, 65 km from Chandigarh. The other players from this town were Manjit Kaur, Navjot and Monika. Family members and friends were excited that girls from the town had brought laurels by winning the bronze. "We will give them a big reception when they return. They have done us proud," local resident Babita Rani said. can do that job equally well, and they have shown that today. They have shown that there is no dearth of talent, that Indian hockey is in talented young hands, provided it can be properly harnessed. This win is one of those moments that has once again given Indian hockey the strength to stand up. But to ensure that it doesn't fall again is the collective responsibility of the players, who need to be consistent, and administrators, who need to be honest and proactive. MUMBAI, AUG 5: Mumbai's D Y Patil Stadium is likely to host the opening match of the inaugural IPLstyle football league that commences from January 18 next year. "The IMG-Reliance tournament starts from January 18 and would run till March 30, and the first match will be played in Mumbai. Most likely it will be in D Y Patil Stadium and a contract will be signed with them in the next few days," a source said today. The bidding for the eight franchises to take part in the tournament will be held next month, while the players' auction - including the foreign players - would be held in October. Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Kochi, Goa, Delhi and Bangalore will be the eight cities where the franchises would be based, while Guwahati and Hyderabad have been kept in the reserves. "All the franchises would be

NEW DELHI: On a Sunday evening, far away in Monchengladbach, Germany, 18 Indian girls in a country of 1.2 billion have sent this message back home: "It's possible". Stand up, applaud, cry, cheer, shout your lungs off. Indian hockey has won a world cup bronze medal. The news is struggling to find its way down the esophagus. Not unnatural though, as it fails to recognise 'success' that Indian hockey hasn't tasted for years. It last happened 38 years ago. Men brought the World Cup trophy back home in 1975. This time it's the turn of women, not the trophy but a bronze that's worth it's weight in gold. For a moment it looked to be slipping away into the lap of colonial cousins - England, after the Dutch had earlier denied India a shot at the trophy. But the girls fought tooth and nail throughout the 70 minutes and the ensuing shoot-out. Then, it was leaps in the air, slides on the ground, jumps on the shoulders, tears in the eyes, hugs of success, high fives and a lap of honour with the Tricolour. Honour in every sense - well deserved and hard earned. A bronze may sound 'okay' to some and a third position soso. But those in the know of the battle Indian hockey is fighting recognise the mountain these girls have managed to climb. Fraught with administrative

to host IPL-style Indian girls bring back memories of hockey's golden era Mumbai football league opener

Senior team exposure helped junior girls: Krishan Kaushik

NEW DELHI: Senior men's hockey coach Maharaj Krishan Kaushik has praised the junior girls for their historic World Cup bronze medal and attributed the success to their exposure with the senior team. India beat England 3-2 in a penalty shoot-out Sunday after the teams had ended 1-1 in regulation time in the German city of Monchengladbach and lifted their first World Cup medal. Of the 18 members, 13 have been a part of the core probables in the senior team and that is what worked for India, said Kaushik, also a former women's coach. "Most of them have been a part of the senior squad so that has given them ample experience," Kaushik said. "Except for the Odisha girls, everyone else has been in the senior squad for quite sometime and that has given them crucial exposure," said the Olympic gold medallist. Former India men's hockey captain Pargat Singh also applauded the girls but felt more needed to be done to improve their performances. "It is a good beginning. We should encourage these girls further and provide them with whatever they need to be the best," Pargat Singh said. "In women's hockey a proper mechanism is yet to be established. It is necessary to give these girls job security so that they can put all their focus on the sport," he said. Pargat Singh also pointed out that corporates need to play a larger role in the development of the sport among women. "Corporates should come forward to promote women's hockey. They have a liability," he opined.

registered as clubs and the corporates who buy the team will be owners for 10 years," the source said. The tournament will feature 22 players in each team, with 10 foreign players, including a marquee player. Each franchise will also include eight domestic players and four local players from the catchment area in the under-23 category. The marquee player pool would be about 12-15 players, the source informed. The games would be played like in a normal match, over 90 minutes. The top four

teams in the league stage, will play the semifinals, just as it happens in IPL. IMG-Reliance, which is the marketing partner of the All India Football Federation, has already signed 39 domestic players and 20 players of AIFF developmental side Pailan Arrows will also be part of the league. "The international players would be signed up for four months and it would be a mix of players who are free agents, recently retired and those who are coming on transfer or loan," the source added.

Somdev zooms up to 115 in latest singles rankings

India lose to Iran in Asian Basketball

MANILA: Title-favourites Iran continued to assert their dominance at the 27th Asian Men`s Basketball Championship defeating India 102-58 here on Monday. Hamed Afagh led five Iran players in doublefigures with 16 points. Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and former NBA centre Hamed Haddadi posted 15 and 12 points, respectively. The two-time Asian champion scored 14 triples, which is their best performance in the tournament. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi led the Indian team with 15 points. The opening victory in the second round gave Iran the leading place in Group F, which also has China, South Korea, Bahrain and Kazakhstan. Iran will continue with its campaign against Bahrain, while India will battle defending champion China on Tuesday.

BCCI moves Supreme Court against Bombay HC order

Jayaram upsets World No.12 in Badminton Worlds

GUANGZHOU (CHINA): Ajay Jayaram provided a scintillating start to Indias World Championships campaign here Monday when the world number 24 stunned higher-ranked Wing Ki Wong of Hong Kong in the mens singles first round. Jayaram, who had reached the pre-quarterfinals of the event's last edition in 2011, battled fatigue and lapse in concentration to get the better of Wong 22-20, 17-21, 21-15. He will take on Spains Pablo Abian in the second round. The 25-year-old from Mumbai, who had lost to Wong in their only earlier meeting in 2011, was first to get off the blocks and that helped him race to a handsome lead in the opening game. It looked he would pocket the game rather easily with four game points until Wong fought back to level scores before Jayaram regrouped and took the next two points and the game. The world number 12 hit back in the second game by engaging in long rallies, taking the match to the decider. The Indian showed the maturity to handle the pressure exerted by his opponent to win a tight contest. The shuttles were slow and I NEW DELHI, AUG 5: Somdev Devvarman today jumped 14 places to 115 in the latest ATP singles rankings, courtesy his pre-quarterfinal appearance at the Citi Open. Somdev had lost to American John Isner in the round of 16 at the Washington ATP 500 event, last week, earning 55 ranking points. In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna maintained his third rank. Mahesh Bhupathi's position was unchanged at number seven while Leander Paes lost a place to be 10th. Left-hander Divij Sharan slid to 72, having lost four positions while his partner Purav Raja gained two places to be 86th on the list. In the women's rankings, Sania Mirza was static at 19th in the doubles chart.

NEW DELHI: The BCCI has on Monday gone ahead with its decision to approach the Supreme Court with a Special Leave Petition (SPL) challenging the Bombay High Court's ruling that its probe into spot-fixing and betting in IPL 6 was illegal. On Friday, following the postponement of its Working Committee meeting, one of the BCCI vice-presidents, Chitrak Mitra, had said that the board would approach the Supreme Court. On July 31 the Bombay HC, which struck down as "illegal and unconstitutional" the twomember panel that went into spot-fixing and betting charges in the IPL, held that the commission was constituted in violation of the rules framed by the BCCI. This came just two days after the panel submitted its report giving a clean chit to all those

against whom the probe was conducted. The Bombay HC held that forming a new probe commission was the prerogative of the BCCI. "The [probe] Commission was not duly constituted and was contrary to and in violation of the provisions of Rules 2.2 and 3 of Section 6 of the Operational Rules (of BCCI)," said Justices MS Sonak and SF Vajifdar in a 61-page verdict which may thwart N Srinivasan's bid to regain full control of the BCCI. If the Supreme Court gives him relief, Srinivasan would be back within a week to consolidate his position in the board before the September Annual General Meeting, failing which it would be difficult for him to stage a comeback with Jagmohan Dalmiya presiding over the AGM.

Sachin steals limelight in parliament I am a cricketer not a terrorist: Ajit Chandila

FARIDABAD: Tainted Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ajit Chandila was shocked that Delhi Police have slapped stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) charges against him and pleaded that he is a "cricketer not a terrorist". "My family and I are in a state of shock that such charges are being levelled against me, I am a cricketer not a terrorist," said Chandila on Monday. Chandila, one of the prime accused in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spotfixing scandal, was on a three-day bail, that ended on Monday, to attend the last rites of his elder brother. "My elder brother was admitted in a hospital a day after my arrest. A lot has happened in my life since then. I pray god doesn't let this happen to anyone else," said Chandila at his residence. Chandila, along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates S Sreesanth and Ankeet lawyer told me the details of the law, I was shocked and devastated." Asked about his penchant for luxury jeans and watches, Chandila said every sportsperson has a penchant for designer clothes. "Each cricketer participating in Ranji or IPL gets paid handsomely. Everyone likes wearing good clothes and watches. It is not that this is possible with wrong means. In fact, we're paid enough that we don't have to resort to any wrong means. As far as my lifestyle is concerned, everybody wants to wear good clothes, shades, etc. So, if I had been spending on myself, it is my personal choice and nobody should be concerned about that." Chandila said nobody should interfere in his personal life. "My dream was to become a cricketer and I've worked very hard to achieve that. My performances in the past two seasons of IPL are a testament to that. God willing, I'll soon make a comeback," he said.

had to play patiently, waiting for my chances. In the second game, he started rallying a bit more and my patience wore out, said Jayaram, who also had to tackle fatigue as he only recovered from illness a week ago. I am very happy with the way I fought hard both mentally and physically. I need toplay with the same focus and composure in the next round. While Jayaram made a winning start, Indias challenge in mixed doubles came to an end with the combinations of Aparna Balan/Arun Vishnu and Ashwini Ponnappa/Tarun Kona losing in the first round. 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Parupalli

Kashyap will play later in the day, while the womens singles stars - Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu - have received a bye in the first round. Results: Mens singles: Ajay Jayaram bt 12-Wing Ki Wong (HKG) 22-20, 17-21, 21-15 Mixed doubles: Aparna Balan/Arun Vishnu lost to Min Chun Liao/Hsiao Huan Chen (TPE) 21-16, 2116 Ashwini Ponnappa/Tarun Kona lost to Miyuki Maeda/Hirokatsu Hashimoto 21-18, 12-21, 21-19 Womens doubles: Aparna Balan/N Sikki Reddy lost to Lauren Smith/Gabrielle White 2115, 21-17

Valley upset with indifference towards Rasool

and cricket fans in the Valley are upset at cricketer Parvez Rasool not getting a chance to make his international debut for India during the just-concluded tour of Zimbabwe. Rouf Ahmad, a former batsman and the JKCA convener, strongly feels that Rasool, a spin bowling all-rounder, deserved a chance. "They had already won the series and Parvez Rasool should have been given a chance. I completely agree with Omar Abdullah who said if they never wanted to play him, why take him to Zimbabwe," Ahmad said. Another JKCA member Muhammad Ashraf Bhat, also a selector, said Rasool could have easily been accommodated for the fifth and inconsequential ODI by dropping a fast bowler. "He should have been played one or two matches. If they dropped Shikhar Dhawan to give a chance to (Cheteshwar) Pujara, they should have dropped a pacer to accommodate Parvez," Bhat said. Some feel Virat Kohli, the captain for the Zimbabwe series, played safe for a 5-0 clean sweep against Zimbabwe because Kohli wanted to cement his claim as the Indian captain after Dhoni

SRINAGAR: It is not just Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, but the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA)

Registrar restricts staff entry

JAMMU, AUGUST 5: To stop restrict employees of different cadres from their frequent visits to the Registry, the Registrar of the University of Jammu, Prof Manoj K Dhar has virtually `banned' the entry. These employees have been instructed through a circular to visit the Registry only after 3.30 pm. The circular reads: "It has been observed that most of the employees of the university visit the Registry throughout the day giving no time to officers of the section to work properly. In such cases, most of the time gets wasted in handling the rush. In this regard, all the employees of the University are instructed through this circular that they may visit the Registry after 3.30 pm."

Prof JP Jarool is new Dean Mathematical Sciences

JAMMU AUGUST 05: President of the Jammu University Teachers Association (JUTA) and senior faculty of Statistics, Prof JP Singh Jarool has been made Dean Mathematical Sciences. Former Head of the Department, Prof Jarool took over from Prof Dayanand of Computer Sciences (MCA). Meanwhile, Prof Badyanath Labh has taken over as new Head of the Department of Buddhist Studies. Prof Badyanath has replaced another senior faculty, Prof Ram Nandan Singh.

DSW extends last date

JAMMU: The Department of Students Welfare (DSW) has extended the last date for furnishing the full particulars of Departmental Cultural Secretary up to August 14. Out of a total of 36 teaching departments, only eight departments have submitted the names of their Cultural Secretary with DSW.

NEW DELHI AUGUST 5: Cricketing star Sachin Tendulkar stole the limelight on the first day of parliament's monsoon session, as he arrived here to attend theRajya Sabha. Wearing a blue striped shirt and black trousers, Tendulkar walked in with Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla well before the house was called to order. Tendulkar, who was nominated to the upper house in April last year, along with actress Rekha and businesswoman Anu Aga, attended the upper house for the second time Monday. He has so far only one attendance marked --

that, too, in the monsoon session of 2012. In the house, the cricketer was seen walking up to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and shaking hands with him. He was also seen chatting with lyricist Javed Akhtar, sitting next to him. He also thumped the desk when Chairman M. Hamid Ansari congratulated the Indian cricket team for winning the Champions Trophy. During a brief adjournment during question hour, several MPs walked up to Tendulkar's seat and shook hands with the cricketer. The ace batsman's wife Anjali was sitting in the visitors' gallery.

Chavan, was arrested by Delhi Police on May 16 after a midnight raid in Mumbai. Sreesanth and Chavan have secured bail in June but Chandila hasn't been as lucky. He is out on three-day interim bail for the last rites of his elder brother. Chandila said he has never been approached by any bookie. "I have no clue about the

spot-fixing controversy. I have never been approached by anybody. I am absolutely unaware of this," he said. When asked if he was being framed, Chandila refused to comment and said: "I don't want to say anything. I am shocked. It is a tragedy for me and my family. I don't even know what will happen to me. I also don't know what is MCOCA. When my

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