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Cease fire violations: Omar lashes out at Pakistan, Pakistan shells 10 border posts triggering panic among villagers says India will be forced to respond in kind
SRINAGAR: Amid no signs of cooling of tension on the Indo-Pak border, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the Centre will have to look at other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire. "Obviously this cannot be a one-sided affair. It cannot be a situation where we are at the receiving end and no response is given," he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here. Centre should explore other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire along LoC, he said. Referring to the New York meeting between prime ministers of India and Pakistan, Omar said Manmohan Singh was very forthright in putting across India's concerns. "A mechanism had been worked out whereby the DGMOs of both countries would meet to discuss cooling of the LoC and IB (international border). That has not happened so far. I believe that is an option that needs to be exercised, failing which obviously, Government of said. Earlier, addressing police personnel on the occasion of Police Martyrs' Commemoration Day, the chief minister said if Pakistan continued to violate ceasefire, India will have to look at other options. "If they violate the ceasefire, we won't respond by words only. We will have to find some other options. If our people living along the borders are being targeted, we also know how to respond in kind but at present we do not want to do it," he said. Omar said the restraint exercised by India was to avoid sufferings for the masses. "We do not want that common people face problems but continued ceasefire violations will not be tolerated. Today, villages are being deserted ... people are leaving their farms, their houses and children are leaving their schools. The reason is that Pakistan is violating the ceasefire," he said. Pakistani troops had on Sunday night opened fire at six 8Contd p2 JAMMU: Pakistani troops shelled mortars and opened heavy fire on 10 Border Out Posts along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir, leaving two security personnel injured. BSF officers said on Monday that Pakistani Rangers fired from automatic weapons at BoP forward areas along the IB in RS Pura, Ramgarh, Kanachak, Arnia and Checkineck forward areas of Jammu and Samba districts throughout the night. A BSF jawan and a Special Police Officer (SPO) were injured in Kandi-Arnia and Kanachak belts, they said. The Pak Rangers also shelled civilian hamlets along the Indo-Pak border, triggering panic. BSF troops guarding the borderline with Pakistan took positions and retaliated, resulting in exchanges which continued till this morning, they said. "They are firing round-theclock on our posts and patrolling persons to inflict casualties," an injured BSF jawan 8Contd p2

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Two successive earthquakes rattle JK
SRINAGAR: Two earthquakes of moderate intensity on Monday jolted parts of Jammu and Kashmir sparking panic among people but there was no loss of life or damage to property. The first quake, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, shook Srinagar and other parts of the valley at around 1.15 am, a MeT department official said. Another 5.4 magnitude tremor struck the region at 7.57 am, he said. There 8Contd p2

Army Chief briefs Antony on border situation

India will have to look at responding in kind," he said. A total of 136 ceasefire violations have been reported in 2013, the highest in the past 8 years. Omar also lashed out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for seeking US intervention for resolution of Kashmir issue. "The Pakistani Prime Minister is guilty of playing to his home audience. Clearly, he knows from experience that India will not accept any sort of foreign intervention in the matter of

Jammu & Kashmir. No sort of mediation or any sort of role for a third party exists (in Kashmir). It is something that both the countries have agreed. "Please remember one of the major aspects of Tashkent agreement decades ago was exactly this: for the return of territories that India had won in that war, Pakistan will give up its claim for any third party mediation on the issue of Kashmir. For some reason, Pakistan wants to forget those aspects of these agreements that do not suit it," he

NEW DELHI: Army chief Gen Bikram Singh was on Monday suddenly called in by defence minister A K Antony to brief him about the ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the LoC, days after the Prime Minister voiced concern over the handling of Keran operations. Gen Singh, who was chairing a high-level meeting of his senior commanders, left the conference following a communication from Antony's office. Today's unscheduled briefing

by the Army Chief comes after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed concern to the defence ministry over the handling of Army 8Contd p2

Leopard kills boy


SRINAGAR: A three-yearold boy was mauled to death by a leopard in Kupwara district of north Kashmir, police said on Monday. The victim, Mehraj-ud-din Bhat, was playing in the verandah of his house in Kahipora village in Handwara, 80 kms from here, last evening when the wild cat attacked the boy and dragged him to a nearby forest, a police spokesperson said. The body 8Contd p2

Shinde dismisses third party intervention in Kashmir


NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday dismissed third party mediation in Kashmir. Shinde's comment came after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday said US intervention would resolve the Kashmir issue. "Kashmir is a bilateral issue, a third 8Contd p2

India yearning for Modi as Prime Minister : Avinash Khanna


JAMMU, OCTOBER 21 : BJP's announcement of Narinder Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate has electrified and enthused entire nation cutting across all segments, faiths and regions, said BJP Member of Parliament & J&K Prabhari Avinash Rai Khanna while addressing 1-day meeting of State Office Bearers, senior leaders, MLAs, District and Morcha Presidents at Nagbani on Sunday. The meeting commenced with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Avinash Rai Khanna, State President Jugal Kishore Sharma, Leader of Legislative Party Ashok Khajuria, National Executive Member Shamsher

German firm set to finalise deal with Jailed Congress MP Rashid Masood disqualified from Rajya Sabha India for supply of naval sonars
NEW DELHI: Convicted Congress leader Rasheed Masood on Monday became the first MP to lose his seat after the Supreme Court struck down a provision that protects a convicted lawmaker from disqualification on the ground of pendency of appeal in higher courts. 66-year-old 8Contd p2

Singh Manhas, State General Secretary (organisation) Ashok Koul, party MLAsSukhnandan Kumar and Sham Choudhary. While addressing the meeting, Avinash Rai Khanna said that Narinder Modi's clean image and as an able and efficient administrator has

aroused great hopes in the common man who has been suffering oppressive and rank corrupt governance by Congress-led UPA at the centre. The BJP has always believed in keeping national interests above party interests and this culture has ensured its 8Contd p2

NEW DELHI: German defence firm Atlas Elektronik, a leading manufacturer of high-tech maritime and naval systems, is in the process of finalising a deal with India for supplying low-frequency sonar systems for Navys warships that will help them detect enemy submarines, warships and torpedoes from a long distance. Atlas Elektronik officials, who spoke to a group of visiting Indian journalists at the companys headquarters here last

week, were optimistic of bagging the contract for the Active Towed Away Sonars (ACTAS) which would be mounted on six Indian Navy warships. They said that the low-frequency sonars with active as well as passive operating systems would help vessels locate enemy submarines, torpedoes and ships from a very long range and take suitable safety measures. Indias capabilities in developing 8Contd p2

Naveen Patnaik recommended coal block to Jindal steel during NDA rule
NEW DELHI: While the UPA government allotted a coal mine to Aditya Birla group firm Hindalco on his recommendation, Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik's similar petition to NDA government too had resulted in a mine being allocated to Naveen Jindalled Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL). Patnaik, who had in August 2005 recommended to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh allocation of Talabira II mine to Hindalco, had on June 22, 2002 written to the then coal and mines minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for allotment of the Utkal B-1 mine to JSPL by cancelling an earlier allotment of the coal block to Talcher Mining. Like in the case of Hindalco, the coal ministry agreed and allocated the mine to JSPL. "Since 8Contd p2

KILLERS, TERRORISTS, LOOTERS ARE NOT MARTYRS


HINDSIGHT
ROHIT SINGH RANA There was a time when in early 1990s separatist Shabir Ahmed Shah was by some in Kashmir compared to Nelson Mandela and even Gandhi. There is a historical trait in Kashmir. Either there are nick names with a person or some honorific like Sher-i, Fakhr-i, Quaid-i or comparisons with Sadam Hussain and Khomeini etc. When Al Fateh terrorists were nabbed from Barsoo village in 1970; their comparisons were made with Laila Khalid, the women high jacker who high jacked Israeli aero plane. Earlier, Col. Ghadaffi of Libya made rounds in many Kashmiri drawing rooms. It will be of interest to ask those who hung full sized photographs of Saddam Hussain after his hanging or regarding Col. Ghadaffi, who was beaten and killed by his own people what they think of their fallen 'heroes.' Hailed as martyrs, they now stand forgotten. Kashmir has seen many 'martyrs' and according to Shabir Ahmed Shah, Kashmir will not forget its 'martyrs'. Martyrs in Kashmir come from all over. Sadaam, Ghadaffi and Osama, were one breed of them. The second breed was of politician brand. Bhutto and Zia -ul Haq, both vied with each other for the top slot. Suddenly Bhutto was hanged and axe fell of Zia. In the meantime Jamait-iIslami supporters were hounded and killed. Even their orchards, in South Kashmir were not spared. Abruptly, the apple trees in their gardens had turned enemies and Jamat-i- Islami supporters. Yet martyrs still elude the Kashmiri masses. In 1990 Mast Gul with long hair touching his shoulders, who burnt down the historic shrine of Chari-e -Sharif turned a hero. The breed of Mushtaq Latram, Syed Salahudin and Hamid Sheikh caught the fancy of many 'hero cum martyr' hunger men. Those who survived became heroes and those who died in retaliatory firing by security forces turned 'martyrs'. Militants like Bitte Karate and Hamid Sheikh who killed scores of innocent Pandits became overnight heroes. Interestingly, men like Kashmir Liberation Front Chairperson Yasin Malik, who killed four Air Force personnel, waiting for bus is a curious case in the 'hero' list. He is a terrorist who ran with the hare and hunted with the hound. Today rewarded, he is husband of the daughter of Pok separatist leader Amanullah Khan. He is chief attraction of all India bashers as well as self appointed Kashmir experts, intellectuals and Track 2, 3, 4 enthusiasts. Killers of HMT Srinagar Chairman H L Khera, VC of Kashmir University Prof Musher-ul-Haq, Director Doordarshan Srinagar, Pandit Lassa Kaul too are in the Shabir Shah's List. In Germany we had Schindlers's List in which many Jews were saved by a German Nazi member Oskar Schindler, but in Kashmir we have another list, in which killers, looters and terrorists are called 'martyrs'. The Democratic Freedom Party Chief Shabir Shah's heart has bled for thousands of 'martyrs' who were killed by India since 1947. It is a choice argument of separatists in Kashmir to present a distorted history and facts. They have perfectly adopted Gob bell's adage. Tell untruth a hundred times and it will turn into truth. But unfortunately that never happens. Who is responsible for killings thousands of innocent people in Kashmir in an open secret? Kashmir acceded to India in a legal cum constitutional frame work as per the partition plan. Men like Shabbir Shah, Geelani and others want to ignore the reality of those times. Instead a pro Pakistani and pro independence unrest was sought to be pursued. In these shoddy machinations, Indian nation reserves every right to contest such frivolous claims based on false hood and deceit. How can those who instigate people to violence turn heroes, and how can those who indulge in loot, murder and mayhem turn 'martyrs'. Separatists like Shah, Geelani, Malik and others need to do a serious rethink. Grave yards have been rehabilitated with thousands of innocents, orphan daughters fall prey to people like Gulzar Ahmed Bhat, Pandits get exiled from their home land, and all this the result of unchaste 'struggle' based on majority calculations or false Islamic brotherhood. Many in Kashmir are victims of an identity crisis. They are at war with their own conscience. If they are Kashmiris, then they have to own 5000 years of culture which is not at all Islamic, if they are Pakistanis, then they have to be different than Kashmiris which they cannot. If they are all Arabs then they have to be Arabic. Today, Kashmir has been reduced to a crucible of crisis. The only redemption is to look towards pluralism, diversity and peace. India only promises that, the rest is a grand mirage which if pursued will create false heroes, fake martyrs and painful exiles.

Darbar syndrome of politicians!!


Some politicians will not change. They will continue to go on their ways, whether free or even in jail. They exude strange pride when they hold their Darbars. And media too every day uses the news heading like-MLA holds public Darbar or Deputy Commissioner holds public Darbar. It is still in our blood the colonial or kingship cum feudal trappings. It becomes a exhibition of sorts when tainted politicians convicted of corruption and nepotism, hold public meeting even in jails. Latest news reports say that the RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav meets at least 100 people in the jail daily. These include politicians, ministers, political activists and cronies. This is happening despite the jail manual is clear that the prisoners will be allowed to meet his family members, only once in fifteen days. Despite the written document, the authorities in the jail are on appeasing Lalu mode; perhaps tomorrow he will prove helpful. Future prospects, short term gains, cronyism, Chamcha Giri have reduced India to a banana republic. How miserable, nearly seven decades after independence neither our politicians nor the people are coming out of the Darbar syndrome. It is deadly disease afflicting us all Indians. The result, law is placed on the shelf while tainted, convicted men are allowed to have their say in the daily lives of the people by influencing political system even from the jail. As this macabre spectacle goes on, India gets weaker and weaker. RANASAHIB

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at is likely to follow suit. In September, a special CBI court had held Rajya Sabha member Masood guilty in a case of corruption and other offences. Masood, minister of health in the VP Singh government between 1990 and 1991, was held guilty of fraudulently nominating undeserving candidates to MBBS seats allotted to Tripura in medical colleges across the country from the central pool. Special CBI Judge JPS Malik held Masood guilty of offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC Sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and 468 (forgery). Masood's conviction is the first case after the July 10 Supreme Court judgement that struck down sub-section 4 of Section 8 of Representation of the People Act, under which incumbent MPs, MLAs and MLCs can avoid disqualification till pendency of the appeal against conviction in a higher court. The appeal has to be made within three months of the conviction. President Pranab Mukherjee had also questioned the government's decision on the ordinance. Clearing the air about the procedure to be followed following conviction of an MP, Attorney General GE Vahanvati has recently told the Lok Sabha secretariat that notification declaring the seats vacant should be issued immediately. Giving his opinion for the second time in two weeks on the same subject, Vahanvati has made it clear that an MP stands disqualified the day he or she is convicted by a court and the notification announcing vacancy in seat should be done immediately. He has also warned that any delay in issuing notification could mean non-compliance of a Supreme Court order. The country's top law officer has made it clear that the notification should be issued by the concerned House from which the MP belongs. the first phase. The company has also a proposal for expansion of capacity and setting up a steel plant and a rolling mill with one million tonnes per annum of capacity after successful completion of phase-I, it added. "Jindal Steel and Power Ltd are very keen to implement their project within a definite time frame," it said. However, the coal ministry had in June, this year issued show cause notice to JSPL for delaying the production from Utkal-B-1 coal block. The coal ministry had also in June,n 2011 issued a warning letter to the company for delaying the development of mine and had directed it to develop it immediately, failing which action, including deallocation of would be taken.

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ship with BEL under Transfer of Technology (ToT) clause. Officials said that ACTAS could operate in deep as well as shallow waters. With western Indias coastline being shallow and the eastern coastline much deeper, ACTAS would fit the bill for naval ships operating in the two regions in a cost-effective way, officials claimed. With Scorpene submarines still a few years away, the Navy can build up its ASW (Anti Submarine Warfare) capability and upgrade its submarine fleet with new torpedoes and combat management systems. With capabilities of DRDO and BEL, India can develop new Heavy Weight Torpedoes (HWT) and maybe go in for a modern torpedo like SeaHake of Atlas, officials said. UPGRADING TORPEDOES :: Atlas Elektronik is also engaged in upgrading over 64 SUT torpedoes, dubbed the most reliable and safe torpedo in the Navys arsenal. This will extend their life cycle by another 15 years, officials said. SUT torpedoes can be used from all Western platforms. German battery technology for torpedoes is inherently safe and does not trade off performance in terms of speed and range, officials in Atlas Elektronik said, adding that in the aftermath of Sindhurakshak disaster India should evaluate the inherent chemical safety used in torpedo technology. The German defence firm is also in the process of modernising the four Shishumar class submarines, bought from HDW, and while two of them have already undergone the upgrade, two others are under the process. Last year, Atlas had set up its Indian subsidiary Atlas Elektronik India Private Limited with headquarters in New Delhi with the aim of intensifying the partnership with the Indian governmental customer and to initiate and expand cooperative ventures with Indian public and private sector units. Our desire is to further deepen our relationship with India and service the Navy better. We also want to integrate India into the global supply chain, Volker Paltzo, CEO of Atlas Elektronik, told the visiting Indian journalists. Since the 1980s, Atlas has worked closely with the Defence Ministry and the Navy, he said citing the example of delivery of four command and weapon control suites for the submarines of the Shishumar class.

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forward posts of the BSF along the International Border(IB) in Jammu district. The Pakistani rangers resorted to unprovoked firing at the six border out posts (BOP) in RS Pura sub-sector. Two of the six posts were pounded with mortar shells. Omar said the ceasefire along the LoC and International border in Jammu and Kashmir was one of the major steps agreed by India and Pakistan which had benefited the people of the state. "If we look at the borders, the ceasefire is being repeatedly violated. The one step agreed by the leaders of the two countries and which had benefited the people of this state, is being harmed frequently," he said. Omar said either the Pakistan prime minister was involved in the regular ceasefire violations or he was not in control of the situation. "I don't understand whether Pak prime minister is involved (in the violations) or he is not in control of the situation. But whatever it is, we must strive to defeat these forces, who are trying to destroy the lives of our people living close to the borders," he said. Omar assured the people living in border areas that his government will take all necessary steps to make their day-to-day lives easier till they are able to return to their homes. "I want to assure the people living in areas affected by cross-LoC shelling that the state government will take all measures needed for making their day-to-day lives easier. A team of ministers is visiting the affected areas to talk to people so that whatever steps are needed will be taken for their welfare till they return to their homes," he said.

cess there about the encounter and, after it got over, the results did not match the claims.

country cannot interfere in it," Shinde said Monday. "This has been our stand since the time of Jawaharlal Nehru," he said. Sharif is on a three-day official visit to Washington where he will meet US President Barack Obama.

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national leader's support to it. Referring to the State, Khanna said that recent developments have proved to be turning points for the BJP as it has proved its commitment for justice to the oppressed and wronged. Be it Kishtwar Incident, where its strong and robust protest by BJP ensured resignation of MoS Home, the Rajouri incident, where the administration was forced to release arrested persons who had been wronged by the miscreants, or the Supreme Court's direction for CBI inquiry into custodial killing of Rajneesh Sharma , a Jammu boy at Munshi Bagh Police Station in Srinagar on account of BJP's exertions. Not only this, BJP for the first time contested elections to Kargil Hill Council on 12 seats where as PDP, which has remained in power in the state contested just 8 seats, which is indicative of the BJP's dynamic growth in all the regions and its effective efforts in pursuing public interests. Jugal Kishore Sharma, in his address, while appreciating the efforts and work of party's rank and file, stated that the challenges facing the party are daunting and need sustained and intensive efforts. He added that the people are fed up with the utter corrupt culture of Congress' UPA and state coalition and have developed healthy regard for BJP and which is to be converted into electoral gains. The people are of the considered view that only BJP is the desired alternative. He also drew attention towards the soft approach policy on Pakistan, price rise, unemployment and mis-governance. Ashok Khajuria briefed the meeting about the just concluded assembly session and said that valley -centric government gagged the opposition and instead of utilising the session for positive proceedings, digressed into sterile issue of General VK Singh's utterance and maligning the security forces with Congress' full backing. He also regretted that the issues of refugees were not allowed to be taken up. Shamsher Singh Manhas stressed on decentralisation in the party working and regular interactions of senior leaders and prabharis with their respective districts which would effectuate the general positive attitude of the public towards Narinder Modi into victory. He advised that the party workers should be abreast of the public issues and to be active up to booth level. Ashok Koul, while soliciting the details of party activities at districts level, instructed all the districts the future programmes to be followed by them. He stressed for successful conduct of the scheduled programmes which include Hunger Strike by BJP Refugee Cell, Refugee Adhikaar Yatra, Accession Day celebrations and Secretariat gherao. The proceedings of the meeting were conducted by State General secretary Rajiv Jasrotia while Kavinder Gupta presented vote of thanks.

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were no reports of any casualty or damage to property, police said. The quakes had their epicenter in Eastern Kashmir along the Sino-India border in the frontier region of Ladakh.

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was retrieved from the forest this morning, he said.

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and producing a range of sonars and a host of related systems have been rather good with the collaboration of the Defence Research and Development Organisation, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and the Navy. These sonars have been fitted on Navys front line combat ships, sources in the Navy said. The Navy has 14 submarines but only eight are in operation at any given time. While 10 of them are Russian, others were supplied by HDW of Germany. EXPLORING POSSIBILITIES :: The Navy has also been exploring possibilities to increase its capabilities which got a jolt after the devastating fire and explosions that sank INS Sindhurakshak, a Russian Kilo class submarine off the Mumbai coast in August. COST-EFFECTIVE :: With over 100 years of experience in maritime technologies, Atlas Elektronik is likely to build more ACTAS systems later in India in partner-

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said at GMC hospital. The mortar shelling could be heard throughout the night in the outskirts of Jammu city. There was firing and shelling on eight posts in R S Pura forward area along IB in Jammu district last night (October 20), they said. There has continuous and daily firing along 190km-long IB in Jammu, Samba and Kathua sectors, besides LOC areas in Poonch sinceAugust 14. There were nearly 140 ceasefire violations reported this year, highest in the last eight years. In the backdrop of the increased ceasefire violations, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will visit forward areas along the IB to review the security situation tomorrow. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said the Centre will have to look at other options if Pakistan continues to violate ceasefire. The firing by Pakistani troops on civilian areas has also caused villagers from border hamlets to flee.

Naveen Patnaik ...


allotment of Utkal B-1 coal block is very vital for setting up the sponge iron/steel plant in the state, I would request your personal intervention in the matter and consider the allotment of Utkal B-1 coal block in favour of Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) on cancelling the prior allotment to Talcher Mining Pvt Ltd," Patnaik had written to Prasad. The Utkal B-1 coal block in Talcher coalfields of Odisha was allotted to Naveen Jindal-led JSPL in September 2003 when NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in power. When contacted, Prasad said, "A recommendation came from the chief minister and to the best of my knowledge, the allotment of coal block made to the earlier allottee was cancelled as the company did not start production within the stipulated time. Everything was done fairly." CBI is probing alleged irregularities in allotment of Talabira II and Talabira III mines to Hindalco and has registered case against the firm chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla and former coal secretary P C Parakh. With opposition seeking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation as he held the coal portfolio when the allotment to Hindalco was made, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in a detailed statement acknowledged Patnaik's recommendation. Patnaik in the June 2002 letter to Prasad said that to meet the captive requirement of its proposed plants, JSPL had requested for allotment of the mine. The mine in question, he said, had already been alloted by the Screening Committee of coal ministry to Talcher Mining Pvt Ltd in July 1997 for a proposed power plant of Videocon in Tamil Nadu. "But due to inordinate delay in implementation of the said power project, the screening committee...set a deadline of January 31, 2002 for the company to resolve all the issues and a stipulation that non-compliance would lead to automatic cancellation of coal block alloted to Talcher Mining Pvt Ltd," he said in the letter, a copy of which was available with PTI. It further said that JSPL has come up with a proposal to set up a one million tonnes of sponge iron project at Deojhar in Keonjhar district and a 100 MW power plant at Talcer in Angul district with an investment of around Rs 1,000 crore in

India seeking a deeper involvement of Chinese army to resolve boundary dispute


pact with China to maintain peace along the line of actual control will be India's topmost priority when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lands in Beijing on Tuesday. The landmark Border Defence Cooperation Agreement, aimed at maintaining status quo and stability along the nearly 4,057 km of line of actual control (LAC), mandates no shooting at or even tailing of each other's patrols and provides for setting up of a hotline between Director General of Military Operations of the two countries on the lines of the mechanism that India has with Pakistan. wSingh is also expected to discuss with his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang additional confidence building measures for peace along the LAC. India is seeking a deeper involvement of Chinese army in resolving the boundary dispute, which remains the biggest irritant in bilateral ties, with both sides sticking to their divergent stands. According to external affairs ministry officials, who did not wish to be named, Chinese troops started transgressing into

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operations in Keran where it claimed to have killed 12-13 members of a group of 30-40 terrorists in an operation that lasted for 15 days but after it was called off on October 8, not a single body was found from there. The defence minister was briefed by the Army chief on the situation on the Line of Control (LoC) where there have been frequent ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army, defence ministry officials said. A total of 136 ceasefire violations have been reported in 2013, the highest in the past 8 years. Even today, Pakistani rangers opened fire at 10 border posts injuring two people. Antony will also hold a detailed review meeting with NSA Shivshankar Menon and the three services chiefs next week where the Keran issue is expected to come up for discussion. Questions have been raised over the preparedness of the Army on the LoC at a time when there have been two incidents of attacks on Indian troops inside Indian territory in the past 10 months. It is learnt that the Prime Minister expressed concern over the incident as a lot of "exaggerated claims" were made by formations about their suc-

Jailed Congress...
Masood was held guilty in a case of corruption and other offences in September. His conviction was the first after the Supreme Court struck down a provision in the electoral law that provided immunity to MPs and MLAs from immediate disqualification. Sources said the notification formally announcing a vacancy in the Rajya Sabha following Masood's disqualification was issued by Rajya Sabha secretary general Shumsher K Sheriff. A copy of the notification has been sent to the Election Commission for necessary action, the sources said. Lok Sabha MPs Lalu Prasad and Jagdish Sharma, both convicted in the fodder scam, are set to be formally disqualified as the Lok Sabha secretari-

the Indian territory after the government decided to create a mountain corps of Indian Army, and deploy a Sukhoi squadron and reactive advanced landing grounds in the border states. Earlier this year, there was a threeweek standoff between Indian and Chinese troops 30 km southeast of Daulat Beg Oldi in Ladakh. Settlement of the boundary dispute remains an uphill task, evident from the efforts required to reach a consensus on the pact. "The two sides exchanged three to four drafts of BDCM before it could be finalised," Jawaharlal Nehru University's Professor Srikanth Kondapalli, a noted China expert told ET. "While India insisted on equal security along the LAC, the Chinese side called for demobilisation of troops by 20 km by both countries along the boundary. India is already at a disadvantage, with China placed at higher altitude in the Tibetan region ," said Kondapalli . India and China are currently holding negotiations across the three sectors of LAC. The LAC traverses western (Ladakh, Kashmir), middle ( Uttarakhand, Himachal) and

eastern (Sikkim, Arunachal) sectors. The term LAC gained legal recognition in Sino-Indian pacts signed in 1993 and 1996. The 1996 pact stated, "No activities of either side shall overstep the line of actual control." India alleges that China has illegally occupied 38,000 sq km in J&K (Aksai Chin). At the heart of Sino-Indian boundary dispute is the issue of Arunachal Pradesh (90,000 sq km), which China describes as "Southern Tibet". China is demanding that at least the Tawang tract of Arunachal should be transferred to China before any settlement of dispute. To bolster disputed status of J&K and Arunachal, China had issued stapled visas to the residents of these two states. China has also emphasised that the Sikkim issue will be resolved with the border dispute, a position very different from the earlier understanding that Beijing had accepted Sikkim as part of India. A section of the Indian establishment believes that Beijing wants to delay resolution of the dispute by another two decades. These officials say the Chinese believe they will be decisively ahead of India by 2032-35.

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Tara, Sadhotra, Sham, Bhalla visit affected border villages


Dy CM exhorts admn for prompt response towards peoples' needs
JAMMU, OCTOBER 21Emphasizing the need of prompt services towards affected people, Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand on Monday directed the civil and police officers working in border areas to be stationed in their respective areas and prepare a comprehensive contingency plan to deal with any eventuality due to cross border firing. Deputy Chief Minister along with Minister for PHE, Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Planning, Ajay Sadhotra and Minister of Housing, Raman Bhalla on Monday reviewed the security scenario in border areas of Chamliyal, R S Pura and Suchetgarh area. The areas visited by the Ministers included Nanga, Narayanpur, Bandrai, Pargwal and Garhkhal. The Deputy Minister interacted with the people of these areas and enquired them of their grievances in the wake of continuous shelling from across the border. He was informed that women and children of some affected villages have shifted to safer effective manner. Deputy Chief Minister also directed the health authorities to set up mobile health units besides asking the concerned to provide mobile health unit for livestock as well. Ajay Sadhotra stressed on contingency plan envisaging evacuation of women, children, elderly and patients on priority. He also asked the officers to identify safe shelters in advance so that the affected could be accommodated there. Speaking on the occasion, Sham asked the administration to furnish a detailed data about requirements of the people and meet the same in a well planned manner. He asked the officers to prepare a detailed report about the affected villages along IB and Loc so that the same could be projected at the right forum. He also asked them to include the total areas along IB and Loc with focus on cross border firing prone areas in this report so that necessary measures could be prepared, to tackle any such incident, in advance.

Governor directs all out efforts to ensure settlement of welfare measures for Yatra stakeholders
Mian Altaf Ahmad distributes compensation cheques of over Rs. 26 lakh among pony owners
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21 - Compensation cheques amounting to over Rs. 26 lakh were distributed among those whose ponies/horses were involved in accidental deaths during Shri Amarnathji Yatra this year at a function held at Raj Bhavan here on Monday. As Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, who is Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, was away from the station, he had asked Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Chief Executive Officer of the Shrine Board, to request Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister for Forests and Environment, to give away compensation cheques to the ponywallahs. Mian Altaf Ahmad gave away cheques to 87 ponywallahs, at Rs. 30,000 per every horse/pony lost in an accident. This amounted to an outgo of Rs. 26 lakh as compensation for the ponies/horses killed in accidents during Shri Amarnathji Yatra this year. Speaking on the occasion,

places. About 25 families have been affected in Chamliyal while 15 villages in Ramgarh, Samba are reeling under tension due to ceasefire violation by Pakistan. Earlier, the Dy CM along with Ministers convened meetings at Chamlyal and Suchetgarh Kullian to take stock of problems of people of these border areas due to cross border firing.

Among others the meeting was attended by officers of various departments, panchayat representatives and locals. The people highlighted their grievances and requirements as well like tents, identification of safer places in case of any eventuality and related services. Deputy Chief Minister directed the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Shantmanu, to chalk out a

comprehensive contingency plan in accordance with the area specific needs to minimize loss of life and property in such mishaps. He maintained that all loopholes in the contingency plan should be timely plugged in. He asked the district administration to demonstrate the villages in the radius of 5-6 km along the border and LoC to ensure secure and relief operation is carried out in an

DCC Hails Congress high command for electing MLA Bhaderwah as deputy leader for LA
BHADERWAH, OCT 21: District Congress Committee Doda has hailed the decision of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandi, AICC vice President Rahul Gandhi, Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad and JK PCC President Prof Saif-u-Din Soz for electing Mohammad Sharief Niaz, Member Legislative Assembly from Bhaderwah, as the deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party for the Jammu and Kashmir . Shamala Begum District Vice President Congress Committee Doda in a press conference held here today at Bhaderwah described the decision of the Congress high command right decision in the right direction and added that with this Congress party may get further boost not only in the house but also in whole state as MLA Bhaderwah Mohd Sharief Naiz having experience of 36 years in the field of politics as from the student age he is associated with the Congress . Shamala Begum said Niaz was chosen as deputy leader for LA as he was the senior most party MLA of Congress in the state and added Niaz has been three-time MLA and a former minister so he deserved the same. She informed that Naiz stepped down as MLA Bhaderwah to pave the way for the election of Ghulam Nabi Azad to the Assembly after he took over as the Chief Minister in 2005 and claimed that Niaz's election as the deputy leader comes close on the heels of the entry of 15 new faces into the party. She said Naiz convenience former Advocate General Mohd Aslam Goni and Sheikh Mujeeb Ali former district President PDP Doda to join Congress .Shamala Begum expressed hope that now party will get further strengthen in the whole state especially in Chenab valley and Naiz will lead the Congress party in the house in the interest of party and common masses . Those who were also spoke on the occasion included Perveena Begum , Safira Mir , Farida Bano and others who hailed the decision of party high command and all 15 MLAs.

DDC reviews District Plan at Anantnag


ANANTNAG, OCT 21: District Development Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone on Monday urged upon the officers for speedy implementation of District Development Board Decisions in letter and spirit so that the set targets are met well in time. Chief Planning Officer Anantnag presented a PowerPoint presentation depicting the expenditure and development made so for in the district during 2013-14. It was given out in the meeting that against an availability of Rs. 401.75 lakhs in R&B sector Rs. 187.66 lakhs have been expended resulting in macadamization of 78 kms road length, which is more than twice than the fixed target during 2013-14. Under PDD sector against an availability of Rs. 25.88 lakhs an expenditure of Rs.17.25 lakhs has been made till date Under MGNREGA against an availability of Rs. 330.75 lakhs an expenditure of Rs. 93.70 lakhs have been made while as under IAY component an amount of Rs. 252.38 lakhs have been received. Gujjar and Bakerwal assistance of Rs. 4.48 lakhs have been released against availability of Rs.108.86 lakhs during 2013-14. On different Irrigation schemes expenditure of Rs. 47.64 lakhs has been made against an availability of Rs. 97.20 lakhs. In Health Sector an expenditure of Rs.153.37 lakhs have been made against availability of Rs. 347.43 lakhs, while as an amount of Rs. 8.50 lakhs has been expended against an availability of Rs. 24.75 lakhs under Rural Sanitation (NBA). Under Urban Development against an availability of Rs.77.25 lakhs, Rs. 9.66 lakhs have been expended resulting in development of utilities in urban areas. Under PHE sector against an availability of Rs. 273.59 lakhs an expenditure of Rs.117.14 lakhs have been made till date during 2013-14. District Development Commissioner directed the concerned to restore the public utilities with regard to PHE, Irrigation and PDD damaged.

Mian Altaf Ahmad said that the provision of insurance cover for the ponies/horses in case of their accidental death during the Yatra is an extremely laudable welfare measure and provides strong relief to the economically weaker sections of the society whose animals get killed in accidents. He thanked the Governor for taking keen interest in the welfare of the pony/horse owners and observed that there has been tremendous improvement in the management of Shri Amarnathji Yatra, particularly in the past five years, benefiting the Yatris as well as all the stakeholders and the

people who earn their livelihood from this annual pilgrimage. He complimented the Governor and the management of the Shrine Board for taking all the required initiatives for bringing about continuing improvements in the Yatra management. He particularly referred to the laudable measures taken by the Shrine Board for ensuring cleanliness and the protection of environment of the entire Yatra area. He observed that it should be the endeavour of all of us to bring about further improvements in the Yatra management, wherever required, to facilitate the visiting Yatris.

EC of State Finance Ministers meets in Delhi

Rather for safeguarding J&K's special status while introducing GST in the Country
NEW DELHI, OCT 21: The Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister, Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather who is also the Chairman of the Empowered Committee of the State Finance Ministers has said that the State of Jammu and Kashmir enjoys a special status under the Constitution of India and its constitutional relationship with the Union of India is governed by Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The division of powers between the Union of India and the State of Jammu and Kashmir is not at the same footing as it is in respect of other states of the Union, he added. Speaking at a meeting of the Empowerment Committee of State Finance Ministers held at New Delhi today, Mr. Rather said that the Union List and the Concurrent List of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India as applicable to the State of Jammu and Kashmir are not the same as the Union List and the Concurrent List applicable to the rest of the States of the Union while making Seventh Schedule applicable to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, certain entries of the Union List and the Concurrent List have been omitted. Likewise, while making Seventh Schedule applicable to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, State List has been omitted. As a corollary Article 246 and Article 248 of the Constitution of India which govern the division of legislative powers between the Centre and the States apply in a modified form to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Thus Parliament is vested with the power to make laws in respect of Jammu and Kashmir pertaining to the matters enumerated in entries 1 to 96 of the Union List. The residuary power vests with the State of Jammu and Kashmir. As a consequence except the law relating to entries 1 to 96 of the Union List, the Legislature of the State of Jammu and Kashmir can legislate on every other matter i.e. even on the subjects which do not fall directly within the ambit of the State List or the Concurrent List. Mr. Rather said that while introducing Goods and Services Tax, the special status of J&K State guaranteed under the constitution of India has to be safeguarded at all costs. "We cannot afford to tamper with the autonomous position enjoyed by a politically sensitive State like Jammu and Kashmir", Mr. Rather asserted. He said that some tax models are available at the international level which can be conveniently applied to J&K State while introducing GST. That would ensure the protection of Special constitutional position as also the smooth implementation of GST.

DC reviews Diwali arrangements


SAMBA, OCT 21- To discuss arrangements for ensuring Diwali festival a meeting of senior officers was convened by DDC Samba R.K Varma here on Monday. The meeting discussed in detail the necessary arrangements of security, traffic regulation, drinking water and power supply, sanitation, sale of fire crackers, security, first aid and deployment of fire tenders etc. for smooth conduct of the festival. The DDC directed the concerned officers of different departments to put in best efforts in ensuring all necessary arrangements well in time. DDC directed the concerned authorities to keep a strict vigil on sale and storage of fire crackers besides ensuring that the shopkeepers are adhering to the guidelines laid down in this regard. He asked the concerned officers for keeping a strict check on overcharging and profiteering and quality of food items. He directed the PDD and PHE to ensure un-interrupted power and water supply besides instructing the traffic authorities to prepare a comprehensive traffic plan for smooth flow of traffic during the festival days.

CS reviews darbar move arrangements Panchayat Empowerment key to grass root development : Madan
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21: Chief Secretary, Mohammad Iqbal Khandey on Monday reviewed the arrangements to be made in connection with move of offices and employees from Srinagar to Jammu here in a meeting with officers. The Civil Secretariat and other move offices will close in Srinagar on October 25th and open in Jammu on November 4th. It was informed in the meeting that as many as 150 trucks and 50 mini buses have been deployed for ferrying official record and employees respectively on 26th and 27th October and on 2nd and 3rd November. In this connection, the Chief Secretary directed for putting in place all necessary measures to ensure smooth movement of darbar move vehicles. He directed that extra buses and trucks be kept available during the move days besides adequate number of cranes, mobile workshops, recovery vans, medical mobile teams, ambulances along with necessary equipment and staff deployed en-route to meet any exigency. JAMMU OCTOBER 21: Madan Lal Sharma Member Parliament Jammu Poonch Constituency said that Congress Party believes in gross root governance and central leadership has also given a clear cut message for the empowerment of Panchayats by implementing 73rd and 74 Amendments . Mr. Sharma while addressing a huge gathering at Purkhoo in Raipur Domana Constituency asked the coalition Government to understand the gravity of the issue and implement 73rd and 74 Amendment for empowering Panchayats . He said that since we already have the acts which can empower Panchayats there is no need for any special act. The State Assembly should adopt 73rdAmendment in the best interest of the coalition and Panchayats .On the occasion BJP Sarpanch Sh. Jugal Manhas joined Congress and expressed his faith in the leadership of Shri Madan Lal Sharma MP and Congress Party . Mr. Sharma appealed the Jammu people to unite for the common cause of Jammu and Congress Party is the only Party which has the potential to form the Government on its own and watch the interest of Jammu Division at Large. He said that time has come when Jammu people should present a united face to counter the nefarious designs of Anti Jammu forces. Mr. Sharma felt that People residing in this Constituency are not benefitted from the ongoing developmental schemes launched by Union Government, lack of drinking water, power supply and poor road connectivity bears testimony to this fact. Mr. Sharma asked the party workers to gear up for elections. He asked the party men to work for the poor and facilitate the transfer of benefit to the needy and poor. He also asked the local leaders to take-up day today issues of people with local Administration for their redressal and popularizes the pro poor decisions taken by the UPA Government at the centre in the shape of bringing food security bill, protection of street Vendors, Land reforms bill etc. Mr. Sharma said that during the two times tenure as MP, he has tried to address the aspirations of people from all Communities, districts and faiths without any discrimination and will continue to work for the development of his constituency in every possible manner. Mr. Sharma condemned cease fire violations by Pakistan and showed concern over the migration of people from International Border in Jammu, Samba, Rajouri, Poonch and asked the Administration to provide immediate food, ration, Health care and basic amenities to them and support those who are affected by firing as per their need.Prominent among present on the occasion and spoke includes Shri Munshi Ram, Shafiq Mir,President Panch/Sarpanch association, Sarpanch Jugal Mahajan , Raj Dev Singh, Shree Kirnee, Gurbachan Singh, Asgar Ali, Babu Ram, Kamal Pradhan,Ram Paul, Raman, Vijay, Ashish.

Sagar for proper maintenance of public utilities, assets


Reviews functioning of deptts in Jammu division

G.A. Mir for time bound completion of ongoing tourism projects


JAMMU, OCTOBER 21Emphasizing close coordination among different departments to address the public grievances on priority, Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar on Monday asked the officers to adopt a pro-active approach to streamline services and maintain public utilities. The Minister said this while chairing a high level meeting of senior officers of various departments convened to review their functioning here today. The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Shantmanu, Commissioner JMC, Kiran Watal, Director Tourism, Soujanya Sharma, Vice Chairman, JDA, K.L. Khajuria, ADC, Rehana BatulChief Engineer PDD, Shehnaz Goni, Chief Engineer PHE, K.K. Gupta, Director CAPD, G.S. Chib, SSP Traffic, S. Manmohan Singh, ARTO Jammu, Kuldeep Singh besides other senior officers of concerned departments. The Minister asked the Chief Engineers PDD and PHE to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply in the region. He asked Chief Engineer PDD to repair damaged transformers immediately to further improve the power scenario. The Minister asked the CAPD authorities to be more accountable and make public distribution system effective and transparent. He directed the Commissioner JMC to ensure proper sanitation and remove illegal encroachments. He asked the Health Department to ensure enhanced health services to the people and take innovative steps to combat dengue. The Minister also took stock of law and order situation and other arrangements being made by the civil administration in Jammu Division for darbar move to winter capital. The Minister asked the officers to gear up their efforts to make foolproof arrangements for comfortable stay of move employees besides hassle free functioning of the government offices. The Minister also took stock of loss of public property due to heavy shelling at villages located near borders in Jammu region. He directed the administration to reach out to affected people to ensure timely rehabilitation measures. Reviewing the status of ongoing development projects especially under Special Task Force (STF), the Minister asked the executing agencies to expedite the ongoing projects for their time bound completion. SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21: Underscoring the need for time bound completion of ongoing tourism projects in the State, the Minister for Tourism Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Mir has stressed upon the concerned authorities for proper monitoring of the works to ensure utilization of quality building material and judicious use of funds. Reviewing physical and financial status of Naagarnagar-Watlab tourism circuit being developed at an estimated cost of Rs. 38.14 crore under Development of Mega Tourism Circuit programme at a meeting held here today, the Tourism Minister emphasized upon the concerned to submit utilization certificates for release of next installment of funds from the Centre for early completion of the project. He also instructed for submitting composite report of different components of the project to the administralandscaping, construction of path and parking, besides jetties are apace at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.23 crore and so far Rs. 70 lakh have been incurred on these works. Meanwhile, the Minister also reviewed the status of construction of tourist accommodation at Cheshmashai, where 10 huts are to be constructed at the total cost of Rs. 3 crore to upgrade infrastructure facilities for tourists. The Minister instructed the authorities of LAWDA and JKTDC to maintain close coordination and settle pending issues creating hurdles in timely completion of these huts. Commissioner Secretary, Tourism, Mr. Atal Dulloo, Vice Chairman LAWDA, Mr. Irfan Yaseen, Director Tourism Kashmir, Mr. Talat Parvez, Managing Director JKTDC were among other senior officers attended the meeting.

Work on Rs. 38 cr Naagarnagar- Watlab tourism circuit apace

tive department for inspection of the works. Receiving the appraisal of the project components, the Minister was informed that against the Project cost of Rs 38.14 Crore, Centre has released Rs. 15 crore against which Rs. 13.17 crore have been expended till date on the construction of several works under the project. He was informed that development of Eco park at Pokhribal lake, conservation

of various monuments, public convenience at Naagarnagar, development of land around Naraanag spring and tourist accommodation, Visitor interpretation center at Watlab have been completed at the total cost of Rs. 5.89 crore while as the construction work on Rs. 1.7 crore visitors interpretation center, restaurant at Naagarnagar is at its final stage of completion. The Minister was also

apprised that development of Lake Discovery and Interpretation Park at Nagin Pokhribal would be executed through LAWDA at an estimated cost of Rs. 5.22 crore. He was informed that 75% work on restoration and repairs of Rampart wall around Hari Parbat Fort Srinagar have been completed. While as development of Water Park along the Pokhribal Lake by way of construction of boat club,

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Ishant Sharma works overtime with bowling coach in optional practice


RANCHI: Under-fire Indian pacer Ishant Sharma whose sloppy bowling cost India the third ODI against Australia on Monday worked overtime with bowling coach Joe Dawes even as his teammates took a day's break ahead of their fourth match on Wednesday. Dawes was seen giving an extra attention to out-of-from Ishant who slogged it out for about a couple of hours, finetuning his line and length at the nets in the afternoon session at the JSCA Stadium, Dhurwa. India's reserve pacer Jaydev Unadkat was summoned for the optional practice as he too was seen bowling in tandem with Ishant who conceded 30 runs to Glenn Maxwell in the 48th over to give away the third ODI to Australia in Mohali. The Australians, who lead

4 Even Alex Ferguson can't help India qualify for World Cup: Baichung Bhutia
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RANCHI: Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia today said that even renowned coach Alex Ferguson would not be able to take India into World Cup without proper infrastructure and involvement of committed people in the running of the game in the country. "We need right people, right infrastructure, right motivation and willingness to take the game forward. They (people involved in betterment of football in India) should not be there just to take positions," Bhutia said. "Tomorrow (even if) you bring Alex Ferguson to India he is not going to take us to World Cup. But what Fergusons can do is to train 20 to 25 guys who will get the benefit and later these players will impart their ideas to other players," he said. Asked whether football fans from his heart. It's nice that players like Dhoni are engaged in promoting football," Bhutia said. Stating that football has been going through a phase where a lot of things have to be done in the country, Bhutia said people involved in the game should show their commitment to work for its development. "I am not only saying about football federation but also states and district associations should also get totally involved if they really want to do something better for the game," Bhutia said. Asked whether the associations should be manned by professional footballers, Bhutia said there should be a mixture of professional footballers and others in the administration. "Like the technical side of the game should be looked after by footballers and other things by administrators, who are aware of the game," he said. Pointing out how I-league was struggling to draw spectators and sponsors, the former poster boy of Indian football said some clubs were still not having sponsors. "I-league started well, but now is struggling in terms of crowd turn out and lacks sponsorship, and is in a difficult situation. Even clubs are without sponsors. United Sikkim is one of them struggling for sponsors. Something has to be done," he said. Bhutia, however, did not agree with the view that cricket has been responsible for football's lack of sponsorship. "Football itself has to do a lot of things. A lot of planning has to be done. Soccer has to come up with results." he said.

the seven-match series 2-1, had a full practice session in the morning. Meanwhile, heavy rains lashed the city for more than an hour in the evening even as the ground remained under cover leading to a rain scare for the fourth one-dayer. But the weather did not dampen the mood of the

Ranchiites as the tickets for the 40,000 capacity stadium were almost sold out. This would be the second international match to be played here in a year as the newly-built JSCA Stadium had hosted its first match on January 19, with India thrashing England by seven wickets.

could see India qualifying World Cup in their life time, he said, "It is possible. When North Korea has done it, I think India can do it too. But people involved in the game like players coaches and district to state associations should really be quality people dedicated to the sport. We need infrastructure and exposure." Bhutia was here along with

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to associate with NGO 'Hip Hip Hurray' to promote a sportsbased curriculum to engage children and youth in Jharkhand. He cited the example how Dhoni loves football from his heart. "Good thing is that Dhoni enjoys and loves sports and football. It is not only (a kind of) show-off thing. It comes

Aussies happy to fox Indians with short ball: Maxwell


RANCHI: All-rounder Glenn Maxwell on Monday said there would be no let-up in Australia's strategy of targeting the Indian batsmen with the short-pitch deliveries when the two teams square off against each other in the fourth one-dayer on Wednesday. "I think the short ball has probably been our best strategy so far. I don't think we're going to change our strategy too much. We thought we bowled pretty well (in the last match)," Maxwell said. "Unfortunately, Dhoni went off at the end and played brilliantly. I thought we bowled really well last game. It felt like we sorted out a few of their batsmen. Hopefully they've got a few worries in their camp. We're feeling pretty good at the moment," he said. Australia's bowling

Portugal face Sweden in World Cup play-off


ZURICH: Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal must beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sweden in a play-off to advance to the World Cup in Brazil. The two were drawn to face each other Monday in a twoleg series scheduled for November 15 and 19. Also, France will play Ukraine, with the return match in Paris, and Greece were paired with Romania. Iceland, the lowest ranked of the eight teams at No. 46 in the world, will host the first leg against Croatia, which fired their coach last week. The four winners will complete Europe's 13 entries in the 32-team World Cup draw on December 6 in Salvador, Brazil. Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic were consigned to the playoffs after their teams finafter kick off by a torrential rain storm in Donetsk. France eventually won 2-0. Iceland, which have a population of about 315,000, aim to become the smallest country ever to play at the World Cup. That record is held by 2006 qualifier Trinidad and Tobago, which had about 1.2 million. Iceland coach Lars Lagerback is aiming for his fourth straight World Cup with three different teams. He coached his native Sweden at the 2002 and 2006 tournaments, and Nigeria in 2010. Croatia's play-off matches will mark the coaching debut of Niko Kovac. The 42-year-old Kovac stepped up from coaching the under21 team to replace Igor Stimac, who was fired after a series of poor results.

Sania breaks back into top 10 in women's doubles rankings

spearhead, Mitchell Johnson, used the short ball successfully against the Indian middleorder and sent the hosts on the back foot in the third ODI in Mohali with figures of 10-146-4. The visitors, who lead the series 2-1, won the Mohali rubber by four wickets riding on James Faulkner's matchwinning innings. The Australians will now take on India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his home town at the JSCA International Stadium Complex.

ished second in their qualifying groups behind Russia and Germany, respectively. Portugal also had to advance to the 2010 World Cup through a play-off, after twice drawing 0-0 with Sweden in the group. France, the 2006 World Cup runner-up, also make their

second straight trip to the play-offs. Four years ago, a notorious handball by Thierry Henry helped France beat Ireland in extra time. France and Ukraine last met in a 2012 European Championship match which was delayed several minutes

NEW DELHI: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has broken back into the top 10 of the world women's doubles by gaining two spots to ninth place in the latest WTA Team Rankings issued on Monday. Sania jumped from 11th spot despite not playing any event this week. The 26-year-old moved up as a result of other players dropping points. Sania had won back-to-back titles as she lifted the China

Open trophy earlier this month, followed by another triumph in Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. Her partner Cara Black of Zimbabwe too gained a position to be at number 13. Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci hold on to the joint number one ranking, while Su-Wei Hseih climbed two spots to number four and Katrina Srebotnik moved one spot higher to number three.

ICC to persist with two-ball rule despite BCCI opposition North and South Zone declared
NEW DELHI: The contentious two-ball rule is here to stay. The conclave of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which concluded in London on Saturday, chose not to tamper with the rule. It means status quo remains on the playing conditions in one-day internationals, despite opposition from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Mirror reported last week that the rule is here to stay, for the time being at least, notwithstanding India's call for a change. The rule was given a go-ahead at the Chief Executives Committee (CEC) meeting in Dubai last month. The ICC confirmed the status quo in as many words after the London conclave. "The ICC board was briefed on the ICC Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) meeting that was held in Dubai last month and noted the CEC's discussions on a number of issues, including maintaining the current playing conditions for ODI cricket and bad light, and the Decision Review System (DRS)," the ICC said in a statement on Saturday. During the course of the board meeting in London, BCCI president N Srinivasan and a few other directors of the ICC, including those from Sri Lanka and Pakistan, raised the issue, but they were explained in detail that the two-ball rule is not hampering spin bowling as has been thought. The evidence that was put forth was the latest ICC ODI bowling rankings. Three spinners - Sunil Narine, Ravindra Jadeja and Saeed Ajmal are in the top three positions and the myth that the two-ball rule is not helpful for the spinners was busted. It was also pointed out that among the top 10 international bowlers, four are spinners, with Mohammad Hafeez ranked 10. Another point that was hammered upon by the board members was that the rule has actually enhanced the quality of ODIs, particularly in the middle overs. The ICC officials had prepared a chart showing the number of runs from 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40 and 41-50 overs. From the chart, it was concluded that more runs were being scored in the middle overs since the time the rule was introduced. The rule came into existence in October 2011, and the chart containing the data before and after that date has established the fact that ODIs have become more exciting of late. There was an attempt to prove that middle overs in ODIs had become exciting. It was also pointed out during the meeting that before the new rule was implemented, balls had to be changed twice in a game at times. , there were occasions when a team demanded a change of ball as early as the 20th over and again had a different ball after the 34th over. The ICC took note of the points and did not demand a vote. Even Srinivasan, who is also known to be a strong critic of the rule, did not insist on a change. The BCCI president, sure, had supporters in the representatives from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, but the Asian block knew that they cannot alter the rule for want of numbers. They would have needed seven votes to change it and they were nowhere near the magical number. India skipper MS Dhoni has been a staunch critic of the new law but he will have to live with it, for the time being. EXPERT VIEW Obviously, there has been a big change since the harder seam helps fast bowlers a lot. So, now instead of one ball getting old in 25 overs like it used to happen earlier, we have a lot more time to work on new balls. This is very beneficial for fast bowlers as you can hit the deck hard with a newer ball and also it swings a lot more: Ishant Sharma. (It is) important we don't give runs with the two new balls and take wickets. It is always good to have bowlers who can bowl well at the death also. Especially the three fast bowlers should be able to bowl at the end: MS Dhoni.

joint winners of Duleep Trophy

KOCHI: With unrelenting bad weather playing spoilsport, North Zone and South Zone were declared joint winners of the Duleep Trophy this year after the fifth day's play of the final match was also called off without a ball being bowled on Monday. Only 10 overs - on the second day on October 18 -- were possible in the five-day match as wet ground conditions at the Nehru Stadium due to persistent rain played spoilsport. The city again experienced a morning shower and the umpires decided for a delayed start of the final day. The umpires inspected the

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NH 54 at Kawnpui-Khamrang sector has left hundreds of trucks carrying essential commodities and other grocery items stranded causing immense hardship to the common man in this remote North-Eastern State. But the issue does not figure at all in by Sunil Deodhar. In fact, more proactive in curbing poll expenses than even the Election Commission in the State is the Mizoram Peoples Forum, a church-sponsored election watchdog, which has gone to the extent of even urging political parties not to employ musicians to woo voters, a move that has come in for sharp criticism from the music fraternity in the State. Ironically, even a local cleric issuing a fatwa against an all-girls band in Kashmir hogs the national headlines. In the cacophony surrounding the upcoming Assembly election, the voice of the remote North-East seems to have got lost. Why is it that its issues are not raised in the national media and discussed by the intelligentsia in Delhi is a common refrain in the North-Eastern States? Are we the children of a lesser god, they ask. Unfortunately, most of the NorthEastern States, except for Assam to some extent, dont even have a vibrant local media to highlight their problems. Organisations such as Global Foundation for Civilisational Harmony (India), My Home India, Ekal Vidyalaya, Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, Ramakrishna Mission, and even the state-controlled media have been contributing their bit in raising their concerns and sentiments. Thanks to institutions, such as the Vivekananda Kendra which runs a network of about three dozen schools across States such as Arunachal Pradesh and inculcates patriotism and other traditional and cultural values among the students, the youth in Arunachal Pradesh are not only literate but also nationalists to the core. The recent three-day Vijay hi Vijay programme, which witnessed participation from about 500 students from far flung areas of the State at the Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya at Nirjuli, was a testimony to the monumental work being undertaken by such organisations. But there should be more initiatives from both the civil society and the national media to bridge the ever-widening chasm between the North-East and the rest of the country. Our friends on both sides of the border are always on the look out for opportunities to fish in troubled waters. It is important to ensure that such golden opportunities are not provided to them on a platter.

EDITORIAL
POKING IN THE EYE AGAIN
India's decision to call off the proposed liberalised visa regime with China is appropriate given Beijing's continued provocations on the Arunachal Pradesh border issue. As recently as early this month, two Indian athletes could not travel to Wuxi because China had issued them stapled visas. A stapled visa may appear to be a better choice than no visa China had earlier denied residents of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own territory, a visa to travel. However, if New Delhi had accepted the stapled visa as some sort of a middlepath even as it agrees to a more free travel across the border, it would have come across as capitulating before Beijing. Equally importantly, it would have given credence to Chinese claims over Arunachal Pradesh and legitimised Chinas stand that the State is disputed territory'. By cancelling plans to liberalise its visa regime for Chinese travellers in protest, India has sent out a message, loud and clear, that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of the country. China will undoubtedly seek to portray this last minute decision as India's failure to open its doors, but such an argument will carry little weight. The liberalised visa regime agreement had been finalised by the Indian side, it was ready to be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security this past Thursday and was just one short step away from being signed into existence during the Prime Ministers China trip which begins on Tuesday. Those who doubt India's sincerity must keep in mind that New Delhi did not put the brakes on the deal even after China's 20-day-long incursion into Indian territory earlier this year, that had brought the two countries to the brink of a serious confrontation. Interestingly, the incursion at Daulat Beg Oldie sector of Ladakh took place just a month before the Chinese Premier's maiden visit to India, thereby retraining the spotlight on the India-China border dispute, which has been festering for decades now. Similarly, back in 2006, the Chinese Ambassador's audacious comments on Arunachal Pradesh came only days before then Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit to New Delhi and had a similar impact. This time around, the stapled visa issue has been re-ignited days before Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs Beijing trip, during which he is expected to sign the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement and build upon previous confidence building measures. Against this background, it is unfortunate that Beijing's aggressive policies and posturing have deeply diminished the value and effectiveness of such measures. It also makes it enormously difficult for New Delhi to pursue positive policies with China in other areas. Take the proposed liberalisation of the visa regime as an example. Though the cancellation was necessary from a strategic viewpoint, it is also a setback to increasing bilateral cooperation. In the recent past, there has been a significant, two-way rise in traffic between India and China much of which has been propelled by business travellers and a liberalised visa regime is needed to remove the bottlenecks that currently hinder trade and commerce between the two countries. If Beijing had not been up to its old provocative game, things would have turned differently.

ITS ALMOST LIKE THEY DONT EXIST


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Ahead of the Assembly election, television viewers across the country are being bombarded day in and day out with opinion polls, surveys et al predicting the outcome of the elections in the four crucial States of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi. Though election is being held in the State of Mizoram as well, not many seem to be interested in it as it is in the remote North-East and has little significance in terms of numbers which can determine Government-formation at the Centre, post the 2014 election. The indifference of the national media towards the election in the North-Eastern State is not only indicative of the physical distance but also the psychological distance between the so-called mainstream and the North-East. During a recent visit to Arunachal Pradesh, one found that even the major roads in State capital Itanagar were worse off than roads in some far- flung districts of Uttar Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh. There were roads in holes rather than the other way round. One was shocked to learn that there is not a single direct flight from either Delhi or any other nearby airport to this sensitive border State, which in its entirety is being claimed by neighbouring China. The only way to reach Itanagar is either by a weatherdependent chopper service provided by Pawan Hans or by an eight-hour-long drive from Guwahati. Even to reach key strategic locations in the State such as Bomdila and Tawang, one has to take a detour via Tezpur in Assam. Work on some railway project is on but it appears to be a tardy and tedious exercise. There cannot be anything more ironic in the backdrop of all tall talks about building infrastructure to match the Chinese and what not. For the record, successive Union Governments have pumped in crores of rupees for the development of the region and the State-level leaders are often blamed for misappropriation of funds but interactions with state bureaucrats reveal how Central Government officials take their cuts even for release of funds and during monitoring of projects. Funds allocated for many schemes get lapsed as the State is unable to garner resources to contribute its mandated contribution. Many a scheme has guidelines which require certain number of people in villages to obtain the funds. With a small population, far lesser in density compared to many

Serious and sustained efforts should be made to bridge the widening chasm between North-East States and the rest of the country. We must remember that our friends' on both sides of the border are on the look-out for opportunities to fish in troubled waters
other States, most villages in Arunachal Pradesh are unable to avail of the funds. But the mandarins in Delhi have neither the time nor the inclination to spare a thought for them. In the land of the rising sun, it is totally dark by 5 pm, when people are still working in offices in the mainland. Yet, they have to follow the Indian Standard Time. Why is it that India cant have different time zones suitable for specific regions of the country? Why is it that we are called foreigners by other Indians when we are ready to die for the country?, asks Nikam, an engineer by education and a social worker by choice. There cannot be anything more unfortunate that such an approach is being adopted towards the people of a State, which is claimed by China as part of South Tibet and whose youth have never taken even to the streets, forget taking up arms, unlike their counterparts in other North-Eastern States. In fact, with scores of tribes inhabiting the State, Hindi has emerged as the lingua franca of the people who still greet each other with the Jai Hind slogan. Can there be a greater bulwark against Chinese expansionism? Can the Indian Army get a more supportive local populace in the event of any Chinese aggression? In Mizoram, which goes to the poll on December 4, prices of essential commodities have soared due to a large number of trucks being stranded in the National Highway 54, the States lifeline from the rest of the world. Prolonged repairs of the the national media or Press conference of leaders and spokespersons of different political parties. Misgovernance, lack of development including basic infrastructure, intermittent power supply and shortage of cooking gas, inflation, rampant corruption, teachers and other Government employees not receiving their salaries on time are among the key issues in the upcoming election in the State, which hardly find an echo in national media. Among social issues, there is widespread concern over increasing drug addiction and HIV cases among the youth, The issue of minorities Hmars and Brus also known as Reangs, is also a major challenge before the State. The new land-use policy introduced by the incumbent Pu Lalthanhawla-led Congress State Government to counter the traditional jhoom cultivation is a subject of debate in the current poll. Though the BJP is trying hard to sew up a pre-poll alliance with non-Congress political parties in the State, it has not received an enthusiastic response in this Christiandominated State so far. There is, however, a small but growing group of people in favour of indigenous tribal culture, rather than the Western culture influenced by the Church. This segment may later evolve into a strong base for the saffron party. Nevertheless, the BJP would be coming out with a vision document for the state, prepared by its North-East Sampark Cell led

FRESH IMPETUS TO ACCOUNTABILITY


Nripendra Misra
As the country continues to struggle under the grip of swelling fractious and fractured polity, the institutional machineries of India are being pushed to their peripheries to explore means to ensure the survival of democratic values and principles. The niche of the Supreme Court in recent months as a juggernaut in guarding the constitutional morality and institutional solidity of Indian democracy has struck yet another epochal height. The verdict of September 13, pronounced by a bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam upheld that if a candidate fails to fill the blanks in the affidavit toward furnishing required information along with the nomination paper even after the reminder by the Returning Officer, the nomination paper is fit to be rejected. The verdict, rudimentarily, bids adieu to a popularly perceived and ubiquitous understanding of the Supreme Court judgement of March 13, 2003, in Peoples Union of Civil Liberties versus Union of India, in which it stressed that the rejection of nomination paper for furnishing wrong information or concealing of the same cannot be justified as it would prove arduous on the Returning Officer to consider the truth or otherwise of the details furnished with reference to the documentary proof. This critical 73rd paragraph of the 2003 judgement invited unwarranted attention when the Justice Verma Committee report on Amendments to Criminal Law, 2013, in its 13th chapter on electoral reforms scruticerned candidate in case of false statement in an affidavit under Section 177 of the Indian Penal Code and/or Section 125A of the Representation of People Act, 1951. Justice Verma Committee remarked in its report that to deny power to the Election Commission or the Returning Officer to verify the correctness of the information constitutes a major impediment in law. The current judgement casts clarity on the necessity to submit Form 26 along with the blanks in the affidavit, failing which the Officer can reject the nomination. The court observed that the voter has an elementary right to know full particulars of a candidate who is representing him/her in the House of Parliament or the Legislature of State. The depth of this sound reasoning extrapolates the necessity for the Election Commission to issue clarification to its circular of March, 2003, in the backdrop of this judgement, and proactively design mechanisms to ensure its absolute implementation. Although the judgement credits the discretion of the Returning Officer in reminding a candidate to avoid blank columns in the affidavit, the task could prove daunting. The more potent instrument, in this regard, would be to consider digitalisation of the revised Form 26 in accordance with Conduct of Elections (Amendment) Rules, 2012. This effort is likely to yield results as the completion of each and every inquiry under the digitalised Form 26 becomes a necessity to progress toward final submission of the form by a contesting candidate. At a time when national dailies are celebrating the success of the Income Tax Department, which in its pursuit to expand e-filing of income tax returns, persuaded 1.23 crore of tax payers to e-file their returns, any reluctance on the part of the political class or officials to such an initiative can be formatively thwarted. In the age of media and information technologies, this step would not cause any hindrance to the freedom of an individual to contest elections; rather it serves the common people in their right to be fully informed about the candidates seeking their votes to represent their causes in the Government. The Election Commission could assist candidates contesting elections with facilitation of centres and operations necessary to e-file their nominations. The political party that the candidate is representing along with his/her personal lawyer or chartered accountant or other members of campaign group could be of definite help, should the candidate find the process challenging. An attempt could be made on a pilot basis in the upcoming Assembly elections, at least in the urban constituencies. The Public Interest Foundation and other civil society organisations have approached the EC, requesting its consideration on mandatory e-filing of affidavits by a contesting candidate to efficaciously implement the Supreme Courts September 13 verdict.

FANNING IMAGINATIVE FEARS

Detractors of the Bharatiya Janata Party would love to believe that the party is preparing to dump the development plank and return to core Hindutva issues in its forthcoming manifesto. The belief is triggered by news that the manifesto will include the BJP's commitment to the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the abrogation of Article 370 and the introduction of a uniform civil code. Given that the party has always held the three matters as part of its basic ideology, the brouhaha being sought to be generated is really a damp squib. Even when the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was in power, the party had not given up on these demands, though the matter did not figure in the common minimum programme of the coalition because the allies did not agree with the principal partner on the contentious subjects. While the BJP held on unwaveringly to its philosophy, it did not allow the narrative to dictate issues of good governance. Therefore, there is no reason to suspect anything different if the BJP-led NDA returns to power. In any case, none of these issues is communal in nature, though the partys rivals propagate otherwise. Matters of development are not going to disappear from the manifesto. If anything, one can expect a fresh thrust in this direction given that Mr Narendra Modi is the party's prime ministerial candidate. Mr Modi has made a mark by his inclusive-development brand of politics and has attracted laurels from various sections of society here and abroad. Through clarity of thought and firm leadership, he has taken Gujarat on a path of growth at a time when the country is reeling from the economic misadventures of the Congress-led UPA regime at the Centre. Senior leaders of the BJP, including Mr Modi, have been speaking the language of good governance and development, and they have kept away from rhetoric that would seem to appease a particular community. Also, it is not as if the party will, in case the three issues are included in its manifesto, forcibly convert the desires into reality. Manifesto committee chief and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has said unambiguously that the solution to the issue of a Ram temple in Ayodhya would be arrived at through either the judicial process or consensus between the stakeholders in the dispute. This has been the stand of the party for long now, and nothing has happened in recent times to doubt the position. As far as the abrogation of Article 370 and the introduction of a uniform civil code are concerned, they can be done only through constitutional amendments, which can come about after a larger political consensus, including among the partys existing and potential allies. Desperate detractors of the BJP will have to do better than to rake up non-existent issues in a bid to frighten the voters. The strategy is doomed to fail, just as attempts to appease the minorities are beginning to boomerang.

A Supreme Court verdict that a candidate who fails to fill the blanks in the affidavit towards furnishing a host of information, along with the nomination paper, will have his papers rejected, is welcome
nised one of the responses received from the Election Commission of India. The report mentions that the EC, consequent to the judgement, issued an order on March 27, 2003, clarifying that a nomination shall not be rejected on the ground of wrong information furnished in the affidavit. The order of the EC further directs Returning Officers to file complaints before a competent magistrate for prosecuting the connomination paper in sync with the statutory power of a Returning Officer under Section 36(2)(b) of the Representation of People Act, 1951, to reject a nomination paper. The Court observed that the ultimate purpose of filing an affidavit along with the nomination paper is to effectuate the fundamental right of the citizens under Article 19(1) of the Constitution. The Returning Officer could compel a candidate to fill the

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Un-controlled basmati prices
Dear Editor, Daily rising prices of commodities like rice, vegetables, cereals, mutton and milk products etc seem to be unabated. Common man middle class generation is suffering a lot but there seems no end to these soaring prices, administration is silent acting as mute spectators to all this. The rates of commodities vary from shop to shop, vendor to vendor, there's no guarantee of quality product. Take the example of basmati rice, where is original basmati of Jammu (RS Pura) which was world famous previous some years back. Nowadays only well decorated packing of 10 kg rice bags of different mills of RS Pura are available in the market. The taste of rice is far lagging behind from original basmati whereas consumers are charged at the rate of Rs 800 or more per 10 kg bag. There's no aroma for which basmati rice was famous. Government has no check on the quality and prices of basmati. Every shopkeeper sells on his own rate. Take example of non vegetarian items like mutton, chicken, fish etc story is same.And now, veg-

etables which have broken all the records. Every vendor sells at his own price. The rates in the morning are high in comparison to late evening. There's no rate list of items displayed by vegetable sellers and rates from shop to shop, vendor to vendor. But still administration is silent as there seems no control on them by government which is functioning to serve common people. The department related to check these malfunctioning are answerable to the public at large. Are they doing justice to their jobs. The higher ups in administration took serious note on these problems and sort out the difficulties faced by public and daily customers. Yours faithfully, Kaushal Kotwal Jammu..

Expedite artificial lake project


Dear Editor, The Government of Jammu and Kashmir is in the process of constructing an artificial lake on Tawi river at Bhagwati Nagar in Jammu with an object to give a new look to the winter capital, promote tourism and provide water supply to dry areas of the city. The

Government has now set December, 2013 as new deadline for the completion of this prestigious project. Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Sham Lal Sharma who reviewed the pace of work on the project recently, was informed by the engineering staff that about 85 percent civil and 65 percent mechanical work had been completed till date. The Tawi barrage project is likely to be accomplished within the revised scheduled time. The minister said that this artificial lake is a prestigious project for Jammu city which would further add to the beauty of the City of Temples thus enhancing tourist influx to the region.This artificial lake, when completed in all respects, would definitely be an important asset for the State that could serve multiple beneficial purposes to include fishing, sports and waterside developments. Besides, it will help to boost tourism. It will also attract a lot of birds and the water body will help to bring down the temperature in Jammu city a little bit and recharge the ground water. People here will be at an advantage as it will enhance their business and attract more tourists. Yours faithfully, R L Kaith, Jammu .

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Two girls elope, marry each other in Bihar
PATNA: In probably the first case of same sex marriage in Bihar, two girls ran away from their homes here to get married to each other, a police official said on Monday. The father of one of the girl's had lodged a case of kidnapping against the other girl's family. Reema and Akansha (names changed) were married and living as a couple when police found them at a hotel in Sasaram in Bihar's Rohtas district. Police found the girls through their mobile phone location. They will be produced in a court here, said police officer NK Rajak.Both ran away on Oct 4 and got married at a temple in Sasaram. They were childhood friends and had studied together.

2 young bikers killed on Eastern Freeway


MUMBAI: Two youngsters were killed and one was critically injured when a motorcyclist lost control of his bike on the Eastern Freeway and veered into the security wall of the elevated corridor on Sunday morning. In the impact, one of the pillion riders were flung into the air and thrown onto the road below, while the rider and the other youth fell on the flyover. The incident took place around 3.30am near the Wadi Bunder turn on the Freeway. Incidentally, two-wheelers are not allowed on the Freeway. Raheem Agha (25), who was flung about 30ft down to the road, and rider Ramzan Shaikh (23) died on the spot, while their 16-year-old friend, Rajesh Achrekar, is being treated at St George Hospital. The Dongri police are waiting for the final autopsy report to establish if the boys were drunk. "Five boys from Pydhonie went to meet their friends in Chembur. Around 3am, on their way home, they took the Freeway. Three boys were on one bike, while their two friends were riding the other motorcycle. Both the riders were speeding. As they approached the Wadi Bunder junction, Shaikh lost control at the sharp turn and rode into the 4-5 ft security wall," said a police officer. Assistant sub-inspector Dilip Katkar who registered the complaint, said, "On reaching the spot after receiving a call from the control room about an accident, I saw a few people carrying the injured boy into an auto. We rushed him to St George Hospital. Later, I spoke to Aakash Sawant (19), one of the other boys, who told me that all of them were returning from Chembur. He also said Shaikh was going at a high speed." It was Sawant who narrated to Katkar how Agha's body was thrown into the air and fell around 30ft below the flyover. Rakesh Singh, a pavement dweller, told TOI, "I was asleep under the flyover when I heard a loud thud and woke up. Seeing several people gathered on the road, I ran to the spot. I was shocked to the see the bleeding body of a youth. The back of his head was crushed and his chest and stomach were torn apart."

MOSCOW, OCTOBER 21: In a clear attempt to allay Russias apprehensions, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said it will remain an indispensable partner for Indias defence needs even as he underlined that the bilateral ties should adapt to changing times to address challenges. Dr. Singh hailed the IndiaRussia relations, saying it is marked by abiding comfort with each other and the warmth and goodwill between the people ensure that the strategic partnership will continue to grow in strength and relevance in the changing world. He highlighted various elements of partnership covering the fields of nuclear energy, defence, hydrocarbons and trade besides cooperation in international matters to portray the promising future for the relationship. Even this brief overview of the fruits of our cooperation should be enough to justify fully the description of our relationship as a special and privileged strategic partnership, Dr. Singh said in his address at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Noting that observers may well ask how this relationship could

India-Russia ties should adapt to changing times: Manmohan


moments of great international challenge, when its own resources were limited and friends were few, Dr. Singh said, beyond all the assistance that we have received, it is this last fact that Indians will never forget.The Prime Minister said that the people of India regard Russian friendship and support as something particularly precious.Dr. Singh stressed that over the past six decades, no country has had closer relations with India and no country inspires more admiration, trust and confidence among the people of India than Russia.Highlighting the cooperation between India and Russia, Dr. Singh pointed out that Russia was the first country with which, in 2000, India signed a Declaration of Strategic Partnership and began the process of annual summits.Describing Indias relationship with Russia as unmatched by any other relationship, Dr. Singh cited examples of defence cooperation like the soon to be commissioned aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the nuclear submarine INS Chakra leased to India by Russia and the joint development of the fifth generation fighter aircraft and the Brahmos Cruise Missile. Russia offered us partnership

be taken to greater heights, he said, I am convinced that while the strength and the intensity of our relationship will remain undiminished, it must also adapt itself to the changing times so that we can address the full range of current opportunities and challenges. I am also sure that, as in the past, we shall face these challenges together.At the bilateral level, the Prime Minister said, while Russia will remain an indispensable partner for our defence needs, our future defence partnership must be increasingly based on technology transfer, joint ventures and co-development and co-production.

The statement assumes significance as India has lately been looking at new vendors like the U.S. and Israel for its military hardware, creating apprehensions in Russia which has been long-standing major supplier of the defence equipment. We also see Russia as a key partner for our energy security. We have an ambitious longterm plan of cooperation in nuclear energy. The programme of cooperation in hydrocarbons that we are drawing up will further intensify our partnership in oil and gas and renewable energy sources, he said. Acknowledging that Russia has stood by India at

in nuclear energy when the world still shunned nuclear commerce with us...the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, built with Russian assistance, went critical in July this year and that the second one should be commissioned early next year, he said.Dr. Singh pointed out that the Indian oil company ONGCs largest overseas presence is in Russia and Indias largest science and technology cooperation programme is also with Russia.Noting that sustained expansion of trade and investment flows had added a new dimension to the bilateral relationship, Dr. Singh said, We should harness the full potential of our two economies to impart even greater depth and dynamism to it. "The unprecedented level of growth in tourism between India and Russia not only brings us economic benefits, but also deepens the contact between our peoples, he said. Dr. Singh highlighted that one of the fundamental foundations of Indias foreign policy is its partnership with Russia. We are both impacted by developments in our common neighbourhood, making our strategic partnership even more relevant than ever before, he said.

30-year-old raped in govt hospital in Hoshangabad


BHOPAL: A 30-year-old woman who was attending to her sick daughter at a hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad was allegedly raped by a hospital employee. The woman was raped on Saturday. Two people including a security guard have been arrested. The rape survivor was attending to her eight-yearold daughter who was admitted with abdominal pain for the past six days. The woman told the police that on October 19 at 11.30 pm she went out of the ward to the washroom and as she came out, one of the accused gagged her and the two dragged her to an adjacent under-construction building where she was raped. It was after her husband returned at around midnight that the woman told him and a complaint was made to the officials. A police officer said, "Both the accused Aditya Badgujar (20) who works as security guard at the hospital and wardboy Deepak Manjhi (28) have been arrested and booked." Badgujar raped the woman while Manjhi helped him, he said.

SC refuses to interfere in ASIs gold hunt in Unnao


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere in the ongoing Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavation for gold supposed to be buried under the ruins of a 19th century fort in UPs Unnao district, saying it cannot pass an order on the basis of assumption. A bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, kept pending the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking court monitoring of the excavation process in Daundia Khera village after the petitioner pleaded that it should not be dismissed. The bench said that the court cannot interfere in all sensational matters and there should be a basis to pass an order which cannot be done merely on the the valuable resources might vanish. The court had on October 18 said that the state government was there to take care of the process and had agreed to hear the PIL only after the defects were removed in the petition. The much-hyped excavation is being carried out by the ASI after a seer, Shobhan Sarkar, dreamt that 1,000 tonnes of gold were buried in the fort of Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh, a 1857 revolt martyr, in Daundia Khera village. Sarkar has claimed that treasures were also hidden at many other places in UP. His claim was not taken seriously by the local administration and the state government. However, a Union Minister later visited the area and met Sarkar. The minister then directed ASI to work on it, which began on October 18.

Poll surveys are entertainment programmes: Nitish


PATNA, OCTOBER 21: With poll surveys indicating increase in seats for the BJP-led NDA under its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in 2014 polls, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday dismissed such surveys based on small samples and said those were nothing more than entertainment programmes. These surveys based on sample size of only 4000 and without considering the fact that India does not have a bipolar political set up but multi-party ethoses are not true... They are nothing more than entertainment programmes, Mr. Kumar told reporters. Everybody knows these are PR exercise to falsely claim that nations mood is in their favour, he said. When results of the elections will come, the people going euphoric over such surveys will fall flat, he said in an apparent dig at his estranged NDA partner BJP. All TV channels showing sur-

ground of assumption. The court was hearing the PIL filed by advocate M L Sharma seeking directions for ensuring proper arrangements for safety and protection were made at the site so that any hid-

den treasure should not get into wrong hands. The bench said that no order was required at this stage. The petitioner had submitted that court monitoring was required in the case as

vey reports had predicted hung Assembly in Bihar in both 2005 and 2010 state elections, but they all proved wrong when the ballot boxes were opened, he said. Picking holes in the recent survey reports, Mr. Kumar said while he was credited for bringing development in Bihar, it

was shown that JD(U) would get not more than 9 seats out of a total 40 seats in Bihar.Do they mean that discredited people will win all the seats in the state? he asked. Those basking in the glory of such surveys will have no place to hide their faces when the poll results will be declared, he said.

Hyderabad: IT zone still unsafe for women techies


HYDERABAD: The 22-year-old software engineer's abduction from the heart of IT zone in the city reveals that after design engineer Nikhil More's kidnap eight months ago nothing much has changed either in terms of safety related awareness among software professionals or in terms of policing practices in the city. After the sensational 'kidnapand-escape' incident of 23-year-old design engineer Nikhil More at Gachibowli, the Cyberabad police had held a meeting with representatives of corporate firms in Madhapur, Gachibowli and discussed various measures to be followed and implemented for safe travel of woman employees. Hyderabad police had also mulled about labelling all autos in such a manner that a particular three-wheeler can be identified from any angle. However, a closer look at the latest abduction incident reveals that while the corporate companies failed to educate their employees, despite having police checkposts and round-the-clock patrolling in the IT zone, police also failed miserably to nab the offenders. Even in Nikhil More's case, despite indentifying the kidnapper's vehicle in CCTV footage, police found it difficult to track down the car due to low resolution of the footage. Finally, they managed to zero in on the offenders after an auto driver identified the vehicle based on its top cover's colour. Also, despite having constant police presence in the IT zone, cops failed both in preventing the offence and nabbing the offenders immediately after the offence. "We are working on all possible angles with special teams to nab the offenders," assistant commissioner of police (ACP), Madhapur, KV Ram Narasimha Reddy said.

SC says no to Asarams plea to restrain media from reporting


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a minor, for restraining the media from covering the sexual assault case against him. At present, we cannot entertain your petition, a bench comprising Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said. The bench, however, gave the liberty to 72-year-old jailed godman to approach again if he feels aggrieved of subsequent media coverage in the case. Suppose, the victim and the family go to the police for lodging the complaint and then informs the press or the police informs the press after registering the case, can we restrain them? the court said. However, senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for Asaram, cited certain captions used by some news channels in their reports and said our grievance is against the mutilation of news reports. I am not against the media coverage. I have no difficulty with the correct reporting. One of the news channels went further and said the medical reports confirmed rape, he said adding it is not the case of even the victim that she was raped. Citing various apex court judgements, he said Asaram had the legal option to approach the court seeking postponement of media coverage and he is presumed to be innocent till proven guilty. The court said we are not on maintainability. We are not

Govt gives a push to Communal Violence Bill


NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21: The controversial Communal Violence Bill, which has been hanging fire for some years, is getting a fresh push from the Government with one Union minister even pitching for its introduction in the Winter Session of Parliament. Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said work has begun on moving ahead with the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill that aims to protect minorities from targeted attacks. I have sought details of the bill from the concerned department, he told reporters in DelhiAsked whether the bill will be tabled in the next session of Parliament, expected to begin November-end, Me. Shinde said he was not sure. But yes, work has started on it, he said. Minority Affairs Minister K. Rahman Khan while noting that Muzaffarnagar riots had underlined inadequacies in existing laws to deal with such clashes pitched for introduction of the Bill in the Winter Session. Asked if UPA would table the Bill in the next session of Parliament, Mr. Khan told PTI that he was in its favour but the decision has to be taken by the government. A law on the lines of the Bill would have fixed accountability for Muzaffarnagar riots and helped victims who are still waiting for rehabilitation, he said. The communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas last month claimed 62 lives and displaced over 40,000 people. Mr. Khan dismissed BJPs claim that the UPA government is pushing for the Bill with an eye on elections, saying it has been under consultation for a long time and the governments job is to function till the last day. BJP has dubbed the Bill as anti-majority while some regional parties feel it violated federal principles. The Bill has also been opposed by some states as it seeks to empower the central government to send central forces unilaterally in the event of communal disturbances. The draft bill largely sticks to the provisions in the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011 prepared by Sonia Gandhi-headed National Advisory Council. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said any step that will reduce communal violence is a good thing but the implications of the proposed bill on the state has to be discussed before his party, National Conference, takes any decision. What effect it will have on Jammu and Kashmir keeping in view the special status of the state, what will be the role of our party and role of the coalition (partners), it needs to be discussed, he told reporters in Srinagar. NC is an ally of Congress in UPA. I do not see why it should be opposed by any party. It is not any community specific. Any communal violence should be curbed and there should a law for that, Khan said. Mr. Khan said he had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr. Shinde after the riots, pushing for tabling of the Bill in Parliament and the Home Minister wrote back to him, saying it is under consideration. The BJP reacted angrily to the move and accused Congress of trying to communalise country before elections. We are in support of a law to stop communal violence. But in this Bill some provisions were made deliberately to target certain organisations and groups. Lets see in what form it comes to Parliament, party spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said. Another party leader Balbir Punj said UPA is resorting to diversionary tactic. They (UPA) are trying to force communal political agenda...trying to communalise the country. The bill was first introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2005 and subsequently referred to the Departmentrelated Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs. The Committee submitted its report in 2006 to Parliament and notices were given in March 2007, December 2008, February 2009, December 2009 and again in February 2010 in Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing of the Bill. The bill, however, could not be taken up for consideration on any of these occasions. Thereafter, several suggestions from civil society groups were received and examined. Finally, the NAC said in July 2010 that there was a need to revise the law to deal with communal violence. It worked on a draft bill and submitted it on July 25, 2011 to the Home Ministry. Officials in the Union Home Ministry and the Law Ministry reportedly have objected to certain clauses of the draft bill, including responsibility of bureaucrats if communal violence erupts, saying they would come in the way of performing normal duties.

Banker murdered by gay lovers


CHENNAI: A probe into the murder of a 57-year-old bank official in Velachery last Thursday led investigators to a concoction of unnatural sex, blackmail and retribution. Police arrested four youngsters on Sunday for the murder of N Nagarajan, assistant manager of Tamil Nadu State Cooperative Bank, Besant Nagar. All four arrested suspects are juveniles and students. Investigators are searching for a fifth suspect, Gowtham, 20, who works at a showroom in Nungambakkam.They told police officers that Nagarajan first paid them to have sex with him. When they tried to break free of his clutches, the bank official blackmailed them repeatedly, threatening to inform their parents about what they had done, if they did not comply. Nagarajan met the youngsters in 2008, when he was assistant manager with TNSC Bank in Kasimedu, an investigating officer said. The lure of quick money proved too strong for the boys to resist and Nagarajan started a string of seedy relationships with them."He would invite the boys home, offer them food and lure them into bed," Velachery inspector V Muthuraja said. "The boys were too young to understand the consequences of their actions."The boys Nagarajan first had relationships with introduced their friends to the banker. "Over time, the boys wanted to end their association with Nagarajan. But he warned them that he would tell their families about what they had been up to," the inspector said.

undermining your prayer but the question is can we pass such a direction at this stage. Alleging trial by the media, the counsel said that on the one hand, the accused was not allowed to refer to the contents of the girls statement, recorded by the magistrate, while on the other, it is available to the media. Some news channels run news, related to the case only, at the prime time as Asaram has seven crore followers and this raises their TRPs which ultimately leads to increase in the rate of commercials, he said.

Havent read the 2G chargesheet, says CBI officer


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21: In an interesting development, a senior CBI official, who was in the team investigating the 2G spectrum scam, on Monday told a Delhi court that he neither read the charge sheet of the case nor was he aware that key accused A. Raja had become Telecom Minister in May 2007. CBI Deputy Superintendent of Police V.M. Mittal, who was deposing as a prosecution witness, told this to the court when he was cross examined by one of the defence counsel regarding joining of Mr. Raja and his private secretary R.K. Chandolia, also an accused, in the ministry of communication and information technology. I do not know if A. Raja took over as minister of communication and information technology in May 2007. I do not know if R.K. Chandolia joined as his private secretary in May 2007. I have not read the charge sheet of this case, he told special CBI judge O.P. Saini. During cross examination, which would continue on Tuesday, Mr. Mittal denied the suggestion of defence counsel Vijay Aggarwal that he had falsely implicated Mr. Chandolia in the case and had not deliberately brought on record the documents which were favourable to the accused. It is wrong to suggest that I have carried out a biased and shoddy investigation. It is wrong to suggest that I did not record the correct version of the witnesses. It is wrong to suggest that it was a pre-concluded decision to charge sheet the accused persons irrespective of the material being favourable to or against them. It is wrong to suggest that I pleaded ignorance regarding various facts as the same were favourable to the accused persons, he said.

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Nawaz Sharif meets US Secretary of State John Kerry
WASHINGTON: Visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday met U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, the State Department said. Secretary Kerrys meeting with the PM (Sharif) is their third in three months, and continued the robust dialogue on our shared goal of a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan, a statement issued by the State Department said. Sharif is in Washington on a four-day official visit to the U.S., and is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama on October 23. He is accompanied by a highpowered delegation that includes Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani.

France summons US ambassador over fresh NSA spying claims New York Mayor Bloomberg wins 'Jewish Nobel'
PARIS, OCTOBER 21: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday he had summoned the U.S. ambassador over allegations that the US National Security Agency monitored millions of French telephone calls between December 2012 and January 2013. Le Monde newspaper, citing documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, reported that the NSA collected 70.3 million telephone recordings over a 30-day period. The paper said that the targets of the spying were both people suspected of links with terrorist activities as well as individuals targeted simply for their links to the world of business, politics or the French administration. In light of the information from Le Monde I immediately summoned the US ambassador, who will be received this morning at the Quai dOrsay (the address of the foreign ministry in Paris), Mr. Fabius said on the sidelines of an EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg. This type of practice between partners, which violates privacy, is totally unacceptable and we must ensure very quick that it is not still continuing, Mr. Fabius said. Interior Minister Manuel Valls also labelled the revelations shocking and completely unacceptable on the part of an ally. Le Monde said that the NSA had several ways of spying on the French. When some telephone numbers are used in France they activate a signal which automatically triggers a recording of certain conversations. The NSA also used key words to retrieve text messages and their content and systematically recorded the history of their targets communications, the paper added. Documents that exiled former defence JERUSALEM, OCTOBER 21: Israel on Monday recognized New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, an award popularly dubbed the Jewish Nobel Prize. The Genesis Prize Foundation said Mr. Bloomberg was honoured as the first winner for his long record of public service and philanthropy. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present the prize to Mr. Bloomberg early next year in Israel. Mr. Bloomberg will then announce to which philanthropic cause he will donate the money. Mr. Bloomberg, whose third and final term as New York mayor is drawing to an end, said he was honoured to be the prizes first recipient. Many years ago, my parents instilled in me Jewish values and ethics that I have carried with me throughout my life, and which have guided every

contractor Snowden began leaking to the media in May lifted the lid on massive US surveillance of foreign governments and citizens, including key European and Latin American allies. On Sunday German news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the NSA had hacked the e-mail account of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Mexicos foreign ministry expressed indignation and called for a speedy investigation.

Heavy smog hits north China city; flights cancelled


BEIJING, OCTOBER 21: As northern China entered its highsmog season, one citys visibility was less than half a football field on Monday and the manager of jazz singer Patti Austin said she had cancelled a Beijing concert because of asthma likely linked to pollution. Winter typically brings the worst air pollution to the region because of a combination of weather conditions and an increase in the burning of coal for homes and municipal heating systems, which usually start on a specific date. For the northern city of Harbin, the citys heating systems kicked in Sunday, and on Monday visibility there was less than 50 meters, according to state media. Primary and middle schools and some highways were closed, said authorities in the city, which is in Chinas northernmost province bordering Russia. At least 40 flights flying to destinations in southern China and Beijing among others had been cancelled or postponed at Harbins Taiping International Airport on Monday morning. Some of the citys buses also stopped running, the official X i n h u a N e w s Agency said. The density of fine particulate matter used as an indicator of air quality was more than 24 times higher in Harbin than the level considered safe by the World Health Organization. The PM2.5 density was above 617 micrograms per cubic meter, according to official readings. A safe level recommended by WHO is 25 micrograms per cubic meter. Austins management team said the 63-year-old singer had been treated in hospital on Friday morning for the asthma attack in combination with respiratory infection. She returned to her hotel later Friday to rest, but she was unable to physically perform at her concert scheduled for Beijing on Friday evening. Her Saturday night concert in Shanghai went ahead. On the morning ahead of her concert Friday, Beijings air was visibly polluted, with the citys

Brazil to host summit on internet governance


SAO PAULO: As the scandal involving the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) got bigger, Brazil got bolder in opposing its mass surveillance and global spying activities. After blasting the NSA at the U.N. General Assembly last month, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff this month announced a plan to host a global meeting on Internet governance in April. We have decided that Brazil will host in April 2014 an international summit of government, industry, civil society and academia, Ms. Rousseff had tweeted, after holding consultations with Fadi Chehade, head of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Los Angelesbased organisation responsible for the coordination of global internet systems. With a wave of anger sweeping the South American nations, especially Brazil, in the wake of revelations on the extent of snooping by the NSA, the April meeting could be a game-changer for the management of the world wide web. Representatives of many countries, enraged by the spying programmes, are expected to take part .

aspect of my work in business, government, and philanthropy, he said in a statement. The foundation said the prize embraces and promotes those same values and ethics a common thread among the Jewish people worldwide that has helped move humankind forward for centuries. Mr. Bloomberg beat out 200 other nominees for the prize, which the foundation said was

established to recognize exceptional human beings who, through their outstanding achievement, come to represent a fundamental value of the Jewish people a commitment to the betterment of mankind. The prize is administered by a partnership that includes the office of the Israeli prime minister, the semi-governmental Jewish Agency and the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

Egyptian PM condemns deadly attack on Copts


CAIRO, OCTOBER 21: Egypts interim Prime Minister has condemned an attack outside a Cairo Coptic church that killed three people, including an 8-year-old girl, pledging police would do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice. Prime Minister Hazem elBeblawi said in a statement on Monday that the attack on Sunday night was a callous and criminal act. The attack took place in the Waraa neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital, when masked gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on a wedding party outside a Coptic church, killing a man, a woman and the child. Since a popularly-backed military coup ousted the countrys Islamist President in July, there have been stepped-up attacks against Egypts Coptic Christians and their churches.

environmental monitoring centre warning children, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses to reduce outdoor activity. Chinas major cities have some of the worlds worst smog. The government was long indifferent to the environment as it pursued economic development, but has begun launching some anti-pollution initiatives after mounting public frustration. Last month, Chinas Cabinet released an action plan that aims to make a small reduction in the countrys heavy reliance on coal to below 65 percent of total energy usage by 2017. According to Chinese government statistics, coal consumption accounted for 68.4 percent of total energy use in 2011.

Egyptian security forces stand guard at a Coptic Christian church in the Waraa neighborhood of Cairo late on Sunday, after gunmen on motorcycles opened fire, killing a woman and wounding several people.

Bushfires push New South Wales in state of emergency


MELBOURNE, OCTOBER 21: Australian region of New South Wales is in a state of emergency following over 56 bushfires burning across the state, of which 12 are reportedly out of control. Authorities warned of an unparallelled fire emergency and a potential megafire across hundreds of kilometres, media reports said on Monday. Huge fires were seen in Blue Mountains at Lithgow, Springwood and Mount Victoria, about which the officials were worried the most as they were being seen as a merging lot.The State Mine fire near Lithgow had burned nearly 40,000 hectares and was also being looked at with a serious concern. RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said he expected it would connect with Mount Victoria fire. Firefighters had spent a night to build containment lines ahead of the predicted hot and windy weather. Evacuations have already started, with residents in some of the affected areas been told to leave ahead of the predicted bad weather conditions over the coming days.

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Rupee drops another 25p Sensex surrenders early gains, trades flat
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 21: The rupee fell for the second day amid volatility in the stock markets, dropping 25 paise to 61.52 against the dollar on Monday on persistent demand from importers and banks as the U.S. currency strengthened overseas. The rupee opened at 61.35 per dollar as against the previous close of 61.27 at the interbank foreign exchange market. It dropped further to 61.58 before ending at 61.52, a loss of 25 paise or 0.41 per cent. It was a mixed session as the rupee was seen weakening on sustained dollar demand from importers and banks amid volatility in equity markets. On the other hand, consistent buying by FIIs helped the rupee to restrict losses, said Abhishek Goenka, CEO of India Forex Advisors. The 30-share S&P BSE Sensex edged up 11 points to 20,893.89 after a choppy session. ures the U.S. currencys value against a basket of six major currencies, is trading slightly strong above yesterdays close, which further weakened the rupee, said Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO of Alpari Financial Services (India). Forward dollar premiums moved up on fresh payments from banks and corporates. The benchmark six-month forward dollar premium payable in March edged up to 225 229 paise from Fridays close of 224-228 paise and far-forward contracts maturing in September rose to 446-449 paise from 443-448 paise. The RBI fixed the reference rate for the dollar at 61.4885 and for the euro at 84.1215. The rupee remained weak at 99.35 against the pound from Fridays close of 99.21 and dropped further to 84.12 per euro from 83.82. It eased against the Japanese yen to 62.68 per 100 yen from 62.67. M U M B A I , OCTOBER 21: The S&P BSE benchmark Sensex failed to maintain initial gains and was quoted slightly lower in the morning trade on mild selling pressure mainly in consumer durables, IT and tech counters. The 30-share index opened higher at 20,915.76 and moved up to 20,970.92 on buying in capital goods, auto and realty shares on the back persistent capital inflows from foreign funds coupled with higher global cues. However, it later dropped to 20,831.17 and was quoted at 20,833.52 at 10:30 hrs, showing a marginal loss of 7.72 points, or 0.04 per cent, from its last weekends level. However, the 50-share NSE benchmark Nifty looked up by 8.95 points, or 0.14 per cent, to 6,198.30 at 1030 hrs. Major losers were TCS (1.85 pct), Jindal Steel (1.17 pct),

PFRDA makes changes in investment guidelines for pension fund


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21: Investments in debt securities by pension funds should have residual tenure of not less than three years, PFRDA has said while notifying changes in investment guidelines.Debt securities selected for investments should have a minimum residual maturity period of 3 years from the date of investment by the pension fund, the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) said in a notification to all pension funds for the government sector. At present, there are three fund managers for managing pension corpus of government employees. They are LIC Pension Fund Ltd, SBI Pension Funds Pvt. Ltd and UTI Retirement Solutions Ltd. Besides, it said, the debt securities must have an investment grade rating from at least two credit rating agencies. Apart from ratings by agencies, pension funds should undertake their own due diligence of assessment of risk associated with securities before investments, it said. Credit Default Swaps (CDS) on corporate bonds are also eligible derivative instruments, it said. These changes have been made to enhance safety of investment by pension funds. Both NPS Lite and private sector schemes follow the government pattern of investment and hence investment guidelines as applicable to the government sector and any subsequent amendments to investment guidelines of government sector will be applicable to these schemes as well, it added.Private sector pension corpus is managed by 8 players including three fund managers who manages the government employees corpus. The other five players are HDFC Pension Management Company Ltd, ICICI Prudential Pension Funds Management Company Ltd, Kotak Mahindra Pension Fund Ltd, Reliance Capital Pension Fund Ltd and DSP BlackRock Pension Fund Managers Pvt Ltd.

Foreign institutional investors bought a net Rs. 1,752.98 crore of shares on Friday, according to provisional data on the stock exchanges. Oil prices rose by 10 cents to $100.91 a barrel in Asian trade today as dealers awaited longdelayed U.S. economic data for clues about the health of the worlds largest crude con-

sumer, analysts said. The U.S. stimulus programme has been credited with fuelling a global equities rally for most of the year. The U.S. central bank said in September that it would not wind down the programme if there was no broad improvement in the U.S. economy. The dollar index, which meas-

NGT allows Essar to work on a portion of Odisha project


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21: Essar Steel was on Monday permitted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to start construction for laying a portion of its 253-km long slurry pipeline to transport iron ore from its steel beneficiation plant in Keonjhar district of Odisha to another unit in Paradeep. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar made it clear that Essar is allowed to begin work only on 0.723 hectares of forest land in the state for which it has received clearance from the authorities. The order came on an application of Essar which informed the bench that it has received forest clearance (FC) to commence work in 0.723 hectares of land and sought that the tribunals December 19, 2012 order prohibiting any construction without FC be modified and the company be allowed to start work at its cost. Essar also informed the bench that till date it has already laid 227 km of the pipeline and is awaiting FC for other sections of project site to complete the work.Meanwhile, senior advocate Raj Panjwani appearing for petitioner Sarbeshwar Mishra argued that unless FC is granted for all components of the project, Essar should not be allowed to start the work which the NGT had halted last year for want of clearance. After hearing contentions of both sides, the bench listed the matter for final arguments on December 11 and 12. The 253-km long slurry transportation system, envisaged from beneficiation plant to Paradeep, will traverse through four Odisha districts of Keonjhar, Jajpur, Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur and will use the water from river Baitrani. Beneficiation is the process of removing impurities from the ore. Mr. Mishra in his petition has challenged as illegal, arbitrary and unreasonable the decision of the Centre and the Odisha government to allow Essar to draw water from the river. He alleged that Essar was drawing water from the river without forest clearance to facilitate iron ore transportation from its plant to another unit in Paradeep. On his petition, the tribunal had in December last year restrained Essar from using the river water contrary to the agreement between it and the state government and had also directed it to not go ahead with the project without obtaining forest clearance. According to Mr. Mishra, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Essar and Odisha government on April 21, 2005 to set up a steel plant at Paradeep in Jagatsinghpur district and as part of the project the industry also proposes to set up a 10.7 MTPA(million tonnes per annum)-capacity iron ore beneficiation plant at village Dubuna in the district of Keonjhar, Odisha.

NHPC board to consider share buyback this week


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21: The NHPC board will consider a proposal to buy back equity shares at a meeting this week.The proposal for buy-back of equity shares is to be considered by the board of directors of the company in its board meeting scheduled to be held on October 24, State-owned NHPC said in a regulatory filing on Monday to the BSE. It did not provide more details.The countrys largest hydro power producer will buy back shares worth Rs. 1,600 crore, sources had said in August.The government had earlier planned to disinvest an 11.36 per cent stake in NHPC through an offer for sale in the domestic market. The share buyback was proposed due to the lower valuation of the companys shares. NHPC shares rose 0.53 per cent to close at Rs. 18.90 on the BSE. The shares are down about 36 per cent from a 52-week high of Rs. 29.40 on February 20.

ITC (1.16 pct), HDFC Bank (1.15 pct) and HDFC (1.13 pct). However, L&T rose by 4.32 pct followed by Maruti 3.67 pct, Hindalco Ind 2.57 pct, Tata Motors 2.55 pct, SSLT 1.64 pct, Cipla 1.58 pct, Gail India 1.23 pct and M&M 1.22 pct. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares worth Rs 1752.98 crore on last Friday, according to provisional data from the stock exchanges.

Asian markets rose in early session as traders continued buying spree that began last week on bets that US Federal Reserve will continue its monetary stimulus for the worlds largest economy. Key benchmark indices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia and Japan rose between 0.1 pct and 1.13 pct, while indices in South Korea and Taiwan fell between 0.12 % and 0.21 %

Gold, silver surge on domestic demand, firm global cues


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21: Gold prices rose further by Rs. 240 to Rs. 31,890 per ten grams on Monday, thanks to sustained buying by stockists for the festival and marriage season, amid a firm global trend. Silver also rebounded by Rs. 850 to Rs. 49,350 per kg on increased off-take by industrial units and coin makers. Traders said sustained buying by stockists to meet the festive and marriage season demand mainly helped gold prices to extend gains for the second session. Firm global trend where gold climbed to two-week high also supported the upsurge in both gold and silver prices, they said. Gold in Singapore, which normally sets price trend on the domestic front, rose by 0.4 per cent to $1,322.05 an ounce and silver by 1.6 per cent to $22.28

an ounce. In addition, shifting of funds from weakening equity to rising bullion also influenced the sentiment to some extent, they added. On the domestic front, gold of 99.5 per cent purity climbed by Rs. 240 to Rs 31,690 per ten grams, respectively. It had gained Rs. 150 in the previous session. Although, sovereign remained

steady at Rs. 25,200 per piece of eight grams in limited deals. In line with a general firm trend, weekly-based delivery of silver rebounded by Rs. 900 to Rs. 49,100 per kg. The white metal had lost Rs. 300 in Saturdays trade. Silver coins also spurted by Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 87,000 for buying and Rs. 88,000 for selling of 100 pieces on hectic festival and wedding season demand.

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Lays foundation Degree College Bagh-i-Dilawar Khan building complex

Healthy, educated J&K my endeavour: Omar


'Shahr-e-Khas under focused attention for holistic development'

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Monday reaffirmed his endeavour to strive for healthy and educated Jammu and Kashmir underlining these sectors as imperative for the holistic development of any State or the Country. "Unless the citizens of a State are healthy and educated, the development will be of no use", he said and added that healthy and educated people depict the progress and development of a civilization. He said how much large economic growth may be there, whatever infrastructur-

al development may take place and how many basic amenities are available to people, their utilization is of no avail if they are not healthy. He said similarly education is essentially important to make the future of the State safe and secure. Addressing a function after inaugurating Rs. 3 crore two blocks of Science and Academics in Gandhi Memorial College and laying foundation of Rs. 11.65 crore three-storey building complex of Government Degree College, Bagh-i-Dillawar Khan at Shamaswari in Khanyar Assembly

Constituency here, the Chief Minister said that during the last over four and half years his government has given highest priority to strengthen the health and education sectors in the State. The Chief Minister said that in the higher education sector scores of new Degree Colleges, University Campuses and Technical Institutions have been established to make higher education accessible to the students throughout the State particularly in the remote and backward areas. He said introduction of modern subjects and creation of befitting faculties

have also received focused attention besides providing appropriate infrastructure and laboratories to the educational institutions. Referring to the development of Srinagar, the Chief Minister said that the financial disparity in the Plan allocations for Srinagar District has been done away with by his government and attention is focused to ameliorate the lot of people living in Shahre-Khas (Down Town). "You are always on receiving end whenever there is law and order situation or any other trouble but you never got the due dividends of peace and development", he told a large number of people, who had come to hear Omar Abdullah at the function, and assured them that his government has taken necessary steps to restore the handicrafts glory and tourist potential of down town. In his speech, Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar who is also MLA of the area expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for his keen interest in the development of hitherto left under developed areas particularly Shahr-eKhas.

Taj inaugurates 1st All India Postal Cricket Tournament


Asks players to be ambassadors of J&K
would be raised at every block and the facilities would also be strengthened. Asking the participant players to see for themselves the changed situation on the ground, the Minister asked them to act as ambassadors of peace for Jammu & Kashmir and carry the message from here to their respective States. He said J&K is very eager to host all such events in future also keeping in line with its highest tradition of hospitality. The tournament will last for 5 days and matches will be played at three grounds viz. Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium, Kashmir University Cricket Stadium and Islamia College Cricket Stadium. 19 matches will be played in the tournament which will conSRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21: Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din on Monday inaugurated the first ever All India Postal Cricket Tournament organized by Department of Posts, Jammu & Kashmir. Addressing the inaugural function, the Minister appreciated the J&K Postal Circle for organising the event. He said cricket has a passionate appeal among youth and the game is very popular among the masses. Mr. Taj said the State Government has taken up a massive programme of upgrading sports infrastructure in Jammu & Kashmir. He said under the programme sports complexes and stadia

clude on October 25. Teams from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Odhisa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West

Bengal and host Jammu & Kashmir Postal Circles are participating in the tournament. More than 220 players and officials are participating in the tournament.

Malala inspires development AUD launches centre of psyof school curriculum in US chotherapy and clinical research
WASHINGTON, OCT 21: The 16-year-old Pakistani teenager targeted for a Taliban assassination because she championed education for girls has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy. George Washington University announced on Monday that faculty members are creating multimedia curriculum tools to accompany a book recently released by the teen, Malala Yousafzai. Several faculty members will pilot the curriculum early next year for both college and high school instruction. Free of charge, it will focus on themes such as the importance of a woman's voice and political extremism, the university said. The tools won't just look at the teen's story, but also how the same issues get reflected elsewhere, such as when girls face child marriage and pressures to leave school, said Mary Ellsberg, the director of the university's Global Women's Institute. "It's going to be really interactive and really encourage students to do ... activities outside of school, it will encourage them to get engaged in the communities and as well to help the Malala Fund directly,'' Ellsberg said. The university's Global Women's Institute is partnered with the Malala Fund, a nonprofit that seeks to ensure girls around the world have access to education. In 2012 when a Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking Malala and other children home from school in Pakistan's volatile northern SwatValley and shot Malala in the head and neck. Another girl on the bus was also wounded. Malala now resides in Britain, where she was flown for medical care. Her memoir is "I am Malala.'' NEW DELHI, OCT 21: Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) has launched the Centre of Psychotherapy andClinical Research (CPCR) at the School of Human Studies. "One of the unique features of CPCR is to provide free and low cost psychological services to those in need. This is in contrast to the stress on commercialisation of healthcare, including mental healthcare services in the country," says Honey Oberoi Vahali, dean, School of Human Studies,AUD. The five-fold aim of the Centre would be research, facilitating clinical thinking about states of psychological health and breakdown, offering free and low fee psychotherapy and counselling services, training psychotherapists and anchoring a three-year-long psychotherapy training programme in the country - MPhil in psychotherapy and clinical thinking. The Centre will also provide short-term training to psychiatrists, psychiatric social workers, clinical psychologists and nurses. It will also raise awareness on mental health issues and network with advocacy groups and the legal system. On the research front, the Centre will promote psychoanalytic research focused on the understanding of the human mind. "Research in areas such as trans-generational trauma, emotional vulnerabilities caused by political and social displacements, implications of community and individual work, etc, would be the focal points," adds Vahali.

J K Public School holds annual aquatic meet

Sham asks students to vigorously participate in sports


JAMMU, OCTOBER 21: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Sharma on Monday said that coalition government is keen to promote sports activities in the State. The Minister was addressing a function after witnessing the annual aquatic meet held at J K Public School, Kunjwani with great zeal and enthusiasm. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister complimented the students for their outstanding performances. He appreciated the efforts of school administration for arranging such tournaments saying that these events provide a much needed platform to students exhibit their talent and help in making their way for higher sports opportunities at national and International The other dignitaries present were Raj Daluja, Chairman J K Educational S oc ie ty, Davinder Daluja, Siddhar th Daluja and Gautam Daluja. Earlier, the Minister took salute at the march past presented by the contingents of various houses of the school. Jyotsna Bhalla, Co-ordinator J K Public School Kunjwani welcomed the guests. The entire event was divided into three segments in which students from class U.K.G to XII participated. The show became more elegant with the spice of folk dance put forth by the JKiians followed by an aquatic fusion which filled the atmosphere with its fragrance. The performance of JKiians was really breath taking. The Minister distributed prizes among the winners of the event. Ukshay Sharma and Annanya Thappa were declared the best swimmer and Roll on Trophy was bagged by yellow house which was received by Savinder Kaur, the House Master. The event ended with a vote of thanks by the Headmistress J K Public School Kunjwani, Sarita Kaul.

levels. The Minister urged upon the students and sports lovers to take part in such events with full zeal and enthusiasm so that it can be helpful for their all round development.

Archana from Allahabad selected for expedition to Antarctica


ALLAHABAD, OCT 21: It has been a big leap for the 23-year-old from Allahabad who pursued her graduation from Sri Venkateswara College before joining TERI University to pursue her MSc in climate science and policy. During her third semester at TERI University, Archana Dayal had the opportunity to join an expedition to Kolahoi glacier in the Western Himalaya (in Kashmir) to study the geomorphological features of glaciers during the course work on Glacier Hydrology. Archana's summer internship and Master's dissertation at India's nodal centre for polar research, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) in Goa sparked her OCTOBER, 21: Most of us cant get through college without experiencing a type of task that professors love to set the group assignment. At first sight, it seems like an easier way to get things done. After all, the work gets divided and so each of us has less to doright? But it doesnt always work quite that way. Before we know it, there are arguments over the allocation of responsibilities, varying perceptions of what is to be done and accusations of unequal contributions to the project. Some people end up feeling like they are carrying the weight of the entire task while others feel a bit at sea, not knowing exactly what they need to do, and yet others are happy to sit back and watch the work get done and driving everyone else
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JNU professor to be new CDS director


T H I R U VA N A N T H A P U R A M : Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor Amit Shovan Ray will be the new director of Kerala's premier research institution, Centre for Development Studies here. Speaking over telephone Monday, Ray said: "The date of joining will depend on getting my papers of deputation from JNU and such matters." Set up in 1971 by professor KN Raj, the Centre for Development Studies is a self-governing institution known for its cutting edge research in applied economics. The economics professor, at the Centre for International Trade and Development (CITD) of the School of International Studies in JNU, Delhi, studied at the Presidency College, Calcutta, and did his D.Phil. in Economics from the University of Oxford in 1988.

interest in Antarctic science. She says, "My experience at NCAOR was enriching as I learnt and employed new tools and techniques that contributed to my understanding of the history of our planet." Being new to the field, her supervisors played an important role in guiding her. "I am excited to be a member of the 33rd Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica from December 2013 to March 2014 and to work at the Indian stations, Bharati and Maitri. My research is on the biogeochemical studies of blue ice (it looks blue in colour) in coastal East Antarctica. For the project, I will collect ice cores (one metre in length) and carry out the research to find

out what microbes inhabit the ice core, the ionic composition, the total organic carbon, dissolved organic compound, etc. This project is important since the microbes inhabiting the blue ice regions have the potential to fix carbon and influence climate change and by knowing more about them a lot can be explored," she adds. Archana is the only student researcher in this expedition. She will be joining the group as they fly to Cape Town in December followed by a two-week voyage by ship to the Indian research station, Bharati. Archana wants to pursue a career in polar science. a group you have not put together yourself. Teams in most organisations are heterogeneous, unbalanced and held together by a common goal rather than by personal relationships. You just have to learn to work together, like each other or not, and accomplish the task youve been given. There are some things you have to accept when working in a group. For instance, that the work distribution may be seen as unequal, but everyones role is important and crucial.

Being in sync
crazy in the process. Working in groups can be both a pleasure and a pain, but theres logic and usefulness to doing it. If you get the dynamics right, it can be a lot of fun and very productive. Heres how teachers (by and large) think about groups. They think students will learn from each other, and so they put together individuals with a range of skills and interests. It is a way to assign a task that might be too complex or detailed for an individual student to do on her/his own within the given time. They try to balance complementary abilities so that the task can get done with as much learning as possible. Of course, when the students form their own groups, this may not happen, and you may end up having many people with similar and overlapping skills. Often students end up working with their friends or people whom they are used to being around, and a lot of the fringe benefits of group work are missed. Working together In many ways, group work is the closest one can get to a simulation of the real world workplace, particularly if it is

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Raise awareness among farmers about Horticulture : Bhalla


REASI, OCTOBER 21: Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman Bhalla, on Monday asked the officers of Horticulture department to create massive awareness among the fruit and vegetable growers about the benefits of various schemes under Horticulture sector. The Minister was addressing a large gathering of fruit and vegetable growers after inaugurating Fruit Exhibitioncum -awareness camp at Sanjog Palace in Reasi district, here on Monday. MLA, Baldev Raj Sharma, District Development Commissioner Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Director Horticulture, Anil Kumar Sharma, Chief Horticulture Officer, Sushil Kumar Chatta and other dignitaries were present on the occasion. About 35 stalls of allied sectors were setup for demonstrating quality of fruits and their species production, fisheries, agricultural crops, Animals & Sheep Husbandry potential, sericulture and promotion of other allied sectors by the Government functionaries in coordination with progressive farmers. Nearly, 8000 growers from all corners of the district participated in the camp and were imparted latest technical knowhow during the day long technical session. Mr. Bhalla asked the officers to explore new markets with all infrastructural facilities to promote state's horticulture produce across the country. He called upon the fruit and vegetables growers to avail the benefit of schemes like Horticulture Mission for North East and Himalayan States, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, National Mission on Micro Irrigation and Agriculture Technology Management Agency. The Minister said Government was endeavoring a lot to encourage farmers for plantation of high-quality fruit trees to fetch optimum returns. He asked to make all the departmental nurseries fully functional. Mr. Bhalla said that the Government has proposed to set up a Walnut Board in the State to give boost to the Walnut production in a big way. He said Jammu and Kashmir State enjoys monopoly on this fruit. The Minister directed the officers to provide hi-yielding varieties of plants to the farmers and said that there will be no compromise on quality of the material. He said that attention is required to be focused both on the production of quality horticulture produce and its proper export to the terminal and satellite markets ensuring substantial returns to the fruit growers. Mr. Bhalla called for close coordination between Horticulture and Sher-eKashmir Agriculture University of Sciences and Technology (SKAUST-K) so that maximum farmers are benefited.The Minister also discussed the strategy for transportation of state's production to various destinations across the country. Bhalla asked the officers to issue notices to those who sublet the allotted shops in mandis to others for establishment of dhabas, tea stalls etc. He asked for enquiry into the matter and cancel such allotments and allot the same for fruit and vegetable markets. He asked the officers to enhance High Mast Lights, Laboratory blocks, weighing bridge, Guest House, DG Set, macadamized roads besides drainage facilities in every fruit and vegetable markets. Maintaining that Jammu division has great potential of horticulture produce, Bhalla advised the farmers to switchover to cash crops like mangoes, Amla, Alo-vera, guava, lemon galgal, kimb, quince, olive and strawberry instead of traditional crops, adding that these crops have great demand in the market. He said Government also provides attractive incentives for promotion of horticulture and people should come in a big way to avail these benefits and to help Government in enhancing the GDP rate of the State.

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