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SRINAGAR, OCT 10: Senior legislator and National Conference leader, Dr Shiekh Mustafa Kamal Thursday said that it was India's former Army chief General V.K.Singh who put Army Units at the disposal of Peoples Democratic Party candidates during 2002 elections and helped them to come off with flying colours. Kamal told Srinagar based news gathering agency that General V.K.Singh is the person who fulfilled the desire of Mufti Muhammad Sayed to occupy the Chair of Chief Minister in Jammu and Kashmir. "Singh was the command-

Gen. V.K.Singh helped PDP in 2002 elections, announces retirement from test cricket Contents of Sachin's Party desperate to save him: Kamal letter to BCCI
and had invited PDP patron in that meeting. "The strategy to wipe out National Conference from the political scene was chalked out in the meeting. If you don't believe me, go and ask their own member, Molvi Iftikar Hussain Ansari and he would tell you the truth," Kamal told a local Kashmir based news agency. He said PDP by heart was not in favour of Privilege Motion moved against General V.K.Singh but this party had no option. "It is finding ways and means to save Singh from humiliation and the party leadership has apprehension that Singh may not open Pandora box," Kamal said. NEW DELHI: Widely held as the greatest batsman in contemporary cricket, called it quits from Test cricket, announcing his retirement after his 200th match against the West Indies next month, bringing the curtains down on an extraordinary career spanning a marathon 24 years. Struggling with form for the last two years, 40year-old Tendulkar on Thursday informed the BCCI about his decision to retire from Test cricket, putting an end to the intense speculation about his future. With his poor form, there has been increasing pressure on him to pave the way monumental run s 15,837 Sachin Tendulkar contacted the president, BCCI, and has requested the BCCI to release the following statement to the media, on his behalf: "All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It's been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day. I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it's time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best.

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Rahul calls Manmohan his Guru
SANGRUR (PUNJAB): Days after his public criticism of the government over ordinance on convicted lawmakers, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sought to mollify Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying he is "my guru" and "a man with good intent". 8Contd p2

New law to help attach properties: Rather

SRINAGAR, OCT 10 : A new law recently enacted by the state legislature will enable the Deputy Commissioners to take necessary action including attachment of properties, against the defaulting NonBanking Financial Corporations 8Contd p2

er in 2002 at Awantipora and he assigned job to scores of Army officers who rigged the elections and brought Peoples Democratic Party into lime light. Now, PDP wants to save the General and are

ready to play Machiavellian politics," he said. Kamal revealed that just before the Assembly elections in 2002, General V.K.Singh had called an important meeting of his subordinate Army officials

Make educational institutions seats of excellence: Omar

SRINAGAR, OCT 10: While under lining the importance of higher learning institutions, the Chief minister Omar Abdullah said on Thursday that there was an urgent need to make institutes of higher learning as centers of excellence. Adding further he said subjects of latest science and technological aspects should be introduced in the educational institutions for the students so that after completing their studies they get upto the mark placements in various institutes in different sectors. The Chief Minister was reviewing the progress and functioning of J&K Sainik School, Mansbal (JKSSM) at

Libyan Prime Minister abducted, released

TRIPOLI, LIBYA: Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan was freed from captivity just hours after gunmen abducted him on Thursday at dawn from the hotel where he resides in the capital, Tripoli, according to the state news agency. 8Contd p2

i n 198 Tests at an average of 53.86, said it was hard to imagine a life without playing cricket. "All 8Contd p2

for a younger player and the decision may not have been all that surprising. Tendulkar, who has scored a

Regularisation of 22 colonies mulled, work on Bhau Fort-Mubarak Mandi rope way soon: Jora
SRINAGAR, OCT 10: The Government has recommended the regularization of 22 un-authorized colonies after recommendations of sub-committee constituted under Chairmanship of Commissioner Secretary Housing and Urban Development department. The information was given by the Minister for Urban Development and Urban Local Bodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora while replying to a question by Devinder Singh Rana in Legislative Council. The Minister further said that the Committee was constituted by the Government vide Government Order No. 1035/GAD of 2012 to examine the issues relating to the regularization of un-authorized colonies under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary. He said to facilitate the Committee a sub-committee under chairmanship of Commissioner Secretary Housing Urban Development Department was constituted and details included survey list of 22 proposed colonies were submitted. Jora further said that some legislators had reservations in respect of leftover areas of these colonies both at Jammu and Srinagar and it was decided that the survey of leftover areas be also conducted by SDA/JDA and Municipal Corporations of Jammu and Srinagar in consultation with the legislators. While replying to another question by S. Dharambir Singh Oberio, Jora on behalf of the Minister for Tourism said that the norms for conversion of residential houses into paying guest houses have already been notified vide government order no. 224/TSM of 2012 8Contd p2

Chief Minister conducting a meeting of Board of Governors of Sanik School Mansbal

its 14th meeting of Board of Governors he chaired here. Omar Abdullah who is also Chairman of the Board of Governors of the School said that while imparting education in different subjects, the educational institutions should devote equal attention for inculcating high moral values in the students. "Moral education is equally important to that of academic education", he said and added 8Contd p2

Government admits there were lapses in dealing Jammu twin terror attacks
NEW DELHI: Admitting that there were avoidable lapses in regard to twin terror attacks that took place in Hiranagar and Samba in Jammu division on September 26 the central Government said that an inquiry was on to fix responsibilities on security agencies and suggest corrective measures. It is also working on strategies to prevent such an audacious attack in which militants crossed the border in Jammu region killing 10 people, the government said while acknowledging that there was information on possible infiltration along the belt. "Some lapses were there...An inquiry is on. We had information about possible infiltration attempts in the entire

Short story writer Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize for literature
STOCKHOLM/OTTAWA: Canada's Alice Munro won the Nobel literature prize on Thursday for her short stories that focus on the frailties of the human condition, becoming just the 13th woman to win in the history of the coveted award. The Swedish Academy honoured Munro, 82, as a "master of the contemporary short story". It hailed her "finely tuned storytelling, which is characterised by clarity and psychological realism. Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov." "Her stories are often set in small town environments, where the struggle for a socially acceptable existence often results in strained relationships and moral conflicts -- problems that stem from

Cabinet orders reshuffle in civil administration

SRINAGAR, OCT 10: several senior officers were shifted in a cabinet meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday. The following officers were shifted and assigned new postings. Shahid Anayatullah, IAS (JK:2000), Labour Commissioner, J&K, has been transferred and posted as Secretary to the Government, Transport Department, vice Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo. Sanjeev Verma, IAS (JK:2001), Transport Commissioner, J&K, has been transferred and posted as Secretary to the Government, Floriculture Department and BPE, against an available vacancy. Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, IAS (JK:2001), Secretary to the Government, Transport Department, has been transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K State Power Development Corporation, against an available vacancy. Anal Kumar Gupta, IAS (JK:2001), Special Secretary to the Government, Tourism and Culture Department, has been transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K Handloom Development Corporation vice Ms.Nirmal Sharma. Ms. Nirmal Sharma, IAS (JK:2001), MD, J&K Handloom Development Corporation, has been transferred and posted as Labour Commissioner, J&K, vice ShahidAnayatullah. Mohammad Sharif Sood, IAS 8Contd p2


ROHIT SINGH RANA The trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh makes an interesting triangle. If Sachin is the apex of the triangle, then Rahul and Manmohan are its two bases. Sachin, who announced his retirement from test cricket after appearing in the 200th test match to be played at Mumbai against West Indies next month, will be remembered as a player who understood that he was not now delivering as per his reputation and hence decided to hung up his boots. At the age of forty he could still have played and nobody would have courage to tell him to retire. To sense limitations at the right moment is what makes great people great. Sachin is one of the greats of India, who has won hearts of millions of Cricket fans all over the world, with his performance and tenacity. Obviously, he forms the pinnacle or apex of the triangle. Rahul and Manmohan Singh will perhaps not come near to Sachin in any manner. In performance, they are a pale shadow of Sachin, in propriety and conviction, not up to the mark. Manmohan Singh has famously said that he will continue to work under Rahul Gandhi even after 2014. In which capacity will the soon to be Ex- Prime Minister, work under Rahul is not important, alarming is his wish to be in the reckoning, although well past eighty. Is it that he wants to play an innings of a night watchman under Captain Rahul? It needs guts to call it a day and bid a good bye to the job which incidentally has not been carried well. Today the common perception in the country is that the Prime Minister has not delivered and is ineffective. This impression has been bolstered by the failure of Prime Minister, especially his silence over many crucial things and his inability to relate to the people of the country. It is a worrying sign for the nation to see a Prime Minister mired in controversies, not relating to his personal integrity but relating to the way he has led the nation especially in UPA-2, reflective of a harrowing tale of non -performance and corruption. The Coal Gate, 2 G scam, Common wealth scam, repeated intrusions of China and Pakistan with no response from the Prime Minister has eventually made him look weak and meek. Finally, the last addition to his persona came from unexpected quarters. The person with whom Manmohan wished to click a bonhomie and even unilaterally said that he would live to attend Nawaz Sharif's coronation and went overboard to meet him in New York in the end came out with acerbic remark describing the Prime minister as Dehati Aurat. Rahul on the other forms the second base of the triangle. India would have loved to see him find his place in the country's politics on merit. Dynasty politics is about continuous grooming right from the childhood, which opportunity is denied to other Indians. Still despite the proverbial silver spoon in the mouth the Congress scion has not come up to the expectations of the nation. Rolling sleeves up is just a small part of bravado and rebuking the efforts of Prime Minister and his cabinet on the Ordinance on convicted law makers as Nonsense is demonstrative of raw political acumen, in a man who is now Past forty three but groomed to rule the country. At this rate of learning, it is no surprise that the nation will continue to see him in politics till twice his present age. God bless him, Let he keep good health. No doubt about that. But resorting to severe criticism first and then calling Manmohan his Guru is not palatable in the real sense. It is snobbery and Chamcha giri of the highest order. Rahul has named two Gurus in his life, the first being his mother and the second, the Prime minister. It will be interesting how will he accommodate and allow his Guru to work under him as Manmohan has fondly expressed. A peculiar script is being written in the annals of Indian civilization. The Guru is willing to work under his disciple (Chela) and he feels no hindrances in doing that. Coming to our triangle, the apex position seems obvious spot for Sachin and below him two bases Manmohan and Rahul are more than willing to shower all praises on each other without a record of matching performance to show. Wish they both could raise their heads up and look to the apex for inspiration. Sadly, instead we hear a chorus of opportunism, superciliousness, self praise for the nation to behold.

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generational differences and colliding life ambitions," it said. Tipped as one of the favourites in the days before Thursday's announcement, Munro is just the 13th woman to win the Nobel literature prize since it was first awarded in 1901. She is also the first Canadian to win the prestigious honour. 8Contd p2

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Pakistan where minorities are dug out from graves!

The land of the pure called Pakistan, has added another feather to its purity index. This time it is not beheading of Indian soldiers or killing of Indian Jawans in cold blood but actually it is many steps downgrade. This can happen only in Pakistan which unfortunately is the ultimate dream of the eyes of many separatists and militants in Kashmir right from Geelani to Yasin Malik or Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The utter depths of incivility to which Pakistan can stoop happened in Pangrio town in Sindh province on Tuesday last. A Hindu named Bhoro Bheel died in an accident and according to the caste traditions of his clan he was buried in the graveyard belonging to Hindus. After he was buried, a crowd of Muslim fundamentalists belonging to Ahle Sunat Wal Jamat attacked his grave like hungry wolves. Soon a big crowd swelled up at the sight. Shouting slogans, they too joined in the 'pious' duty. The body was taken out and dragged through the streets of the town. Caring little for human values, the crowd latter threw it away. Islamic historians say proudly that such type of cruel incidents happened in pre -Islamic Arabia and when Islam was introduced these practices were banished. Shall it be construed that such times have again returned in Pakistan, the country where Islam is the state religion. Whatever the case be, one thing is for sure, minorities are not safe in Pakistan even after they are dead. RANASAHIB

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matches, he had, under his belt, a whopping 18,426 at an average of 44.83. He is the only batsman to score 100 international centuries -- 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs. Much before his debut on November 15, 1989 against Pakistan, Tendulkar's precocious talent was there to be seen when he shared an unbeaten 664-run stand with buddy Vinod Kambli in the Lord Harris Shield inter-school game in 1988. His first Test century came in England in 1990 at Old Trafford and the Mumbaikar rose in stature after the 1991-92 tour of Australia, hitting sublime hundreds on a Sydney turner and a Perth minefield. Tendulkar was also the first batsman in the world to score a double ton in ODIs, a feat he achieved in Gwalior against South Africa in February 2010. This was included in Times magazine's top 10 sports moments of the year. A perfect team-man, Tendulkar limited his Twenty20 ambition to the Indian Premier League, ruling himself out of national reckoning lest it upsets the existing equilibrium of the side. The biggest compliment to his batting came from Bradman himself in 1999 when he said that Tendulkar's style of playing resembled his style. His 154 scalps in ODIs underline the fact that Tendulkar could have also staked claim to be that elusive all-rounder that India has been desperately looking for since the legendary Kapil Dev. In the field, he is among the safest pair of hands in the slip and his flat throw releasing strong arm saw him manning the deep with equal aplomb. He has taken 114 catches in Test cricket and 140 in the ODIs. anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896. Last year, the award went to Chinese novelist Mo Yan. Alice Munro sets her taut, acutely observed stories in the rural Ontario countryside where she grew up, focusing a stark lens on the frailties of the human condition. Despite her vast success and an impressive list of literary prizes awarded over the past four decades, Munro, 82, remains as unassuming and modest as the characters in her collections of short stories and novels. These are usually women who do not fit the normal stereotype of the beautiful, ravishing heroine, possibly reflecting the puritan values of her childhood. "She is not a socialite. She is actually rarely seen in public, and does not go on book tours," commented American literary critic David Homel. As brilliant, dignified and elegant as Munro is, she is sometimes described as the complete opposite of another great dame of Canadian literature -- Margaret Atwood. Born on July 10, 1931 in Wingham, Ontario, she grew up in the countryside. Her father Robert Eric Laidlaw raised foxes and poultry, while her mother was a small town schoolteacher. At just 11 years old, she decided she wanted to be a writer, and never wavered in her career choice. "I think maybe I was successful in doing this because I didn't have any other talents," she explained in an interview posted on YouTube. "I'm not really an intellectual," Munro said. "I was an okay housewife but I wasn't that great. There was never anything else that I was really drawn to doing so nothing interfered in the way life interferes for so many people." "It always does seem like magic to me." Munro's first story "The Dimensions of a Shadow" was published in 1950 while she was studying at the University of Western Ontario. It was at school that she met her first husband James Munro. The couple married in 1951 and moved to Vancouver in westernmost Canada, where they raised three girls. In 1963, they bought a house in Victoria and opened a bookstore, Munro's Books, described by author Allan Fotheringham as "the most magnificent bookstore in Canada, possibly in North America." Munro was three times awarded the Governor General's Award for fiction, first for "Dance of the Happy Shades" published in 1968. "Who Do You Think You Are" (1978) and "The Progress of Love" (1986) also won Canada's highest literary honor. Her short stories often appeared in the pages of prestigious magazines such as The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, with her latest collection "Dear Life" appearing in 2012. "She writes about women for women, but does not demonize men," said Homel. Her subjects and her writing style, such as a reliance on narration to describe the events in her books, have earned her the moniker "our Chekhov," in reference to the 19th century Russian playwright Anton Chekhov -- a term affectionately coined by Russian-American short story writer Cynthia Ozick. Munro herself has said she writes about the "underbelly of relationships," adding she sets her stories in Canada "because I live life here at a level of irritation which I would not achieve in a place that I knew less well." "There are no such things as big and little subjects," she has said. "The major things, the evils, that exist in the world have a direct relationship to the evil that exists around a dining room table when people are doing things to each other." In a 2010 interview, she said she wanted readers "to feel something is astonishing -- not the 'what happens' but the way everything happens," she explained, adding that "long short story fictions do that best" for her as opposed to full-length novels. After Munro's first marriage ended in divorce in 1972, she took a post as a writer-in-residence at her alma mater in Ontario. Four years later, she remarried, to geographer Gerald Fremlin, and published new works every four years on average. Munro said earlier this year that she was "probably" not going to write anymore. She insisted in an interview with the New York Times that she meant to retire and said "Dear Life" would be her last work. Her story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" was adapted for the screen by Sarah Polley as the film "Away from Her," and in 2009 she won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for her body of work. The Booker panel praised her originality and depth. "Alice Munro is mostly known as a short story writer and yet she brings as much depth, wisdom and precision to every story as most novelists bring to a lifetime of novels," they said. "To read Alice Munro is to learn something every time that you never thought of before.

and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. Mohammad Sultan Malik, OSD with the Hon'ble Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board.

Master blaster Sachin...
my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It's hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it's all I have ever done since I was 11 years old," Tendulkar said in the release issued by BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel. "It's been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test match on home soil, as I call it a day," said Tendulkar who holds the incredible record of scoring 100 international centuries. Tendulkar, who has already retired from the ODIs last year, thanked the BCCI for its support throughout his career and also for allowing him to walk into Test sunset at a time of his choosing. "I thank the BCCI for everything over the years and for permitting me to move on when my heart feels it's time! I thank my family for their patience and understanding. Most of all, I thank my fans and well-wishers who through their prayers and wishes have given me the strength to go out and perform at my best," he said. Tendulkar's 200th Test match is most likely to be held at his home ground in Mumbai from November 14. The Eden Gardens in Kolkata is also a contender for hosting that historic match. The BCCI has not yet announced the venues for the two Tests against the West Indies. The fact that the BCCI squeezed in a home series against the West Indies had raised speculation that it was done to give Tendulkar the opportunity to retire in front of his home fans. Although Tendulkar had always maintained that he would continue playing cricket as long as he enjoys playing the game, the pressure of playing at the international level for so long has gradually taking a toll on his ageing body. He recently retired from the IPL and the Champions League T20 event after his franchise Mumbai Indians won both the titles this year. Although the decision to retire was in the offing for some time, the BCCI release did create a flutter, prompting many former cricketers to pay glorious tributes to the batting legend who virtually held every batting record. Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Gundappa Viswanath, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Chandu Borde and Kiran More were among the host of former players who paid rich tributes to the batsman. BCCI president N Srinivasan said the legendary batsman ranks among the top all-time great sportspersons in the world. "I have been an ardent follower and admirer of Sachin Tendulkar from the days he came to play Buchi Babu in Chennai. He is without doubt the greatest cricketer India has produced. In fact, one should really say he ranks among the top of alltime great sportspersons in the world," said Srinivasan. BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel described Tendulkar as one of the finest players. "'If you start your course with all your force, every source of nature will turn towards and help you, To achieve your true success'. This holds so true for one of our finest players, master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar," said Patel. "With mixed feelings of joy and sorrow, joy for his excellent performances during his career, and the sorrow of bidding him goodbye after his 200th Test, I wish him good luck for all his future endeavours," Patel said. Tendulkar has been the most complete batsman of his time and the most prolific run-maker of all time. His 198 Test appearances yielded 15,837 runs at an average of 53.86. From his 463 ODI

Rahul calls Manmohan...

Addressing a public meeting in Punjab, he also hit out at the BJP for questioning the timing of his statement on the ordinance saying this cannot be an issue for speaking the truth. "When I met Manmohan Singh ji after the ordinance, I told him that I have learnt a lot from you. I have two gurus in my life, Congress President and Manmohan Singh. You have given me one guru. What Manmohan Singh has done for India and Punjab has given to the nation, no one has given," he said after the foundation stone laying of a cancer hospital. "Agar niyat kharaab hai to kuchh nahin hoga, agar niyat saaf hai to sab kuchh hoga. Manmohan Singh ji ki niyat bilkul saaf hai (If the intent is bad, nothing will happen. If the intent is clear, everything will happen. Manmohan Singh ji is a man with good intent)," Gandhi said while showering praise on the Prime Minister. The Congress Vice President's remarks assume significance as his public outburst last month against the ordinance that sought to provide immunity to convicted lawmakers was seen as a snub to the Prime Minister as it had been cleared by the Cabinet headed by Singh. Lauding Punjab and its farmers for providing food to the country, the Congress Vice President said the Right to Food to everyone in the country would not be possible without Punjab's farmers. Gandhi also talked about the plight of Sikh farmers ousted from Gujarat and accused the Akali government in the state of not standing for their rights and taking up the matter with its ally.

Cabinet orders reshuffle...

(JK:2001), Secretary, J&K State Information Commission, has been transferred and posted as Joint Financial Commissioner, Agrarian Reforms, J&K. Saurabh Bhagat, IAS (JK:2002), awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, has been transferred and posted as Transport Commissioner, J&K, vice Sanjeev Verma. s. Dilshad Khan, IAS, Member, J&K Services Selection Board, has been transferred and posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Industries & Commerce Department. Shamim Ahmad Laherwal, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, has been transferred and posted as Project Director, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan. Ms.Kamla Devi, KAS, Member, J&K Services Selection Board, has been transferred. She shall, however, await further orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department. Anil Kumar Gupta, KAS, under orders of transfer as Executive Director, Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society, Jammu, has been posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Higher Education Department. Rohit Khajuria, KAS, Additional District Development Commissioner, Kathua, has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. Tsering Maroop, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Leh, has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. Rahul Sharma, KAS, Additional Secretary in the Personal Section of the Deputy Chief Minister has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. Majid Khalil Ahmad Drabu, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, Agriculture Production Department, has been transferred and posted as Member, J&K Services Selection Board. Gazanfer Ali, KAS, Secretary, J&K State Advisory Board for Social Welfare, has been transferred and posted as Secretary, J&K State Information Commission, vice Mohammad Sharif Sood. Ms. Babila Rakwal, KAS, Deputy Excise Commissioner (Accounts), has been transferred

Make educational ...

that every educational institution should focus on this significant aspect to galvanize the future (students) of the Country with high principles of morality.

Regularisation of...
dated 19.04.2012. Jora while replying to another question by Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah said that the work on Cable Car from Bahu Fort Jammu to Mubarak Mandi would be started very soon. The Minister further informed the House that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has granted environmental clearance to the project.

New law to...

(NBFCs) operating in the state indulging in misappropriation of public deposits. The information was given by the Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather while replying to a question by Ravinder Sharma in the House. The Minister said that the state government does not regulate functioning of non-banking Finance Companies and as such details regarding amount of deposit with such companies is not available with the state government. However, the necessary / relevant details may be available with Reserve Bank of India; he said and maintained that the government has already registered cases against such Finance Companies who have misappropriated the deposit of the people who have deposited money with them. Replying to another question by Vijay Bakaya, the Finance Minister said that the liability on account of the work done by contractors / firms has been fully liquidated till October 05, 2013.

Government admits...
(BSF) and the Army are also inquiring into the incident in which three terrorists carried out the audacious attack in Jammu region, killing ten people, including an Army officer on September 26. Dressed in Army fatigues, the terrorists stormed a police station and then an Army camp in the area. Meanwhile, the Home Ministry also rejected suggestions that its ambitious project 'Udaan'- a unique joint initiative between the government and corporates aiming at providing skills and enhancing job opportunities for youth of Jammu and Kashmir was a "non-starter". Home Secretary Anil Goswami said there have been some concerns of the corporates who are involved in this scheme and those issues are being addressed. "We have told the recruiters that if you inform us about your recruitment dates in 30-35 days in advance we can help you by arranging the logistics.... We will do things in advance," he said.

Libyan Prime Minister...

The brazen abduction - apparently in retaliation for the US special forces' raid over the weekend that seized a Libyan al-Qaida suspect from the streets of Tripoli - reflected the deep chaos and lawlessness gripping Libya. Government spokesman Mohammed Kaabar told the LANA new agency that Zidan has been "set free" and was on his way to his office. The brief report gave no further information and details were sketchy, but it appeared Libyan forces had intervened in some way and that the abductors did not free Zidan voluntarily. A militia commander affiliated with the interior ministry told a private Libyan television station that the prime minister was freed when members of a Tripoli-based militia stormed the house where he was held hostage.

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Munro will receive the prize sum of eight million Swedish kronor ($1.24 million, 915,000 euros). She will be presented with her award at a formal ceremony in Stockholm on December 10, the


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7 lakh cfts timber distributed,12 lakh Cfts stocked

Mian Altaf reviews stock position of timber, firewood

Inspects mini hi-tech nursery Kralsangri

Over 60,000 pilgrims pay obeisance at Merhada Mata

DHAMPUR, OCT-10: Over 60,000 pilgrims hailing from different parts of Udhampur and Jammu district paid obeisance at the scared temple of Merhada Mata situated at hillock in between village Barmeen and Ghordi of tehsil Ramnagar during first six ongoing Navratras. It was disclosed by the President Merhada Mata Pravandak Committee Ghordi Mr. Bharat Bhushan Sharma here today.It is pertinent to mention here that the Akhand Jyoti of Marhada Mata remained for the public darshan at village Ghordi on the occasion of first Navratra and was carried to Merhada Mata on the occasion of 2nd Navratra early in the morning followed by thousands of devotees in their colourful

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10: Setting first week of November, 2013 dead line for timber distribution to the consumers of Kashmir Valley, the Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad has instructed the authorities of forest department to ensure that timber targeted for this year is given to genuine applicants after conducting proper verification of the cases. These instructions were issued by the Minister while reviewing stock and distribution position of timber and firewood in Kashmir valley at an officers meeting here today. Principal Chief Conservator Forests, Chief Conservator Forests, Kashmir and the Conservators of Srinagar, North and South Circles were present on the occasion. The meeting was informed that about 12 lakh Cfts of timber have been stocked in the depots across the Valleywhile 7 lakh cfts stands distributed among the applicants so far during current fiscal. The department has stored 60000 quintals of firewood for distribution to the masques of Srinagar city, the meeting was told. Underlining for speeding up timber distribution, the Minister asked the authorities of the concerned circles to ensure that targets fixed for this year are achieved in full. He asked them to

dresses amidst chanting bhajan and kirtan.Similar Akhand Jyoti of Mehada Mata, which was carried out to Merhada Mata on the occasion of 4th Navratra by the villages of Barmeen, remained for public darshan

at village Barmeen upto 3th Navratra. Besides, Akhand Jyotis of the Adobe were also taken out to the holy temple of Merhada Mata from Upper Barmeen, Pipple, Kaldi, Panj Garian and Gharrian followed by

thousands of devotees.Various social organizations have arranged free pandals at various places including Ghordi, Barmeen, Satyalta, Nalla Ghouran, Bekhater, Ganpati, Gaula and Merhada Mata.

inform applicants, whose cases have been approved, through print media to lift the timber before the deadline. Regarding growing demand of timber in certain division, Mian Altaf instructed officers toenhance the supply in view of the demand of the division so that maximum applications are benefited. Earlier, the minister inspected mini hitech nursery Kralsangri Brain. He was informed that 2.50 lakh saplings of deodar, kail and fir is ready in the nursery for plantation during coming season

apart from 50 lakh saplings grown in 22 nurseries of the department in the valley. Emphasizing for launching a massive afforestation drive in the valley, the forest minister enjoined upon concerned officers to pre-plan the plantation programme so that the targeted area is covered during coming season. He said forest conservation is equally important as afforestation and directed officer to maintain coordination with allied wings of the department in order to saved green gold for our posterity.

Officers convenes meeting with Panchayat Representatives

KISHTWAR, OCTOBER 10: With an aim to empower the Panchayats and involve the representatives in plan formulation and supervision of activities of various government departments, the Rural Development Department today convened a joint meeting of fourteen departments including Health, Agriculture, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, CAPD, Education, Industries and Commerce, Handicrafts, social Welfare, PWD and Horticulture etc with the sarpanchs and panchs of 27 Panchayats of Block Drabhshalla. BDO Drabshalla Mr Showkat Hayat Matto, BMO Kishtwar Dr Pervaiz , AEE PHE,, HTO, TSO Drabhshalla were present in the meeting. Sarpanchs and Panchs highlighted their demands and concerns such as PHC buildings, immunization programmes, ambulances and availability of medicines. They also apprised the officers of Agriculture Deptt of local needs of fertilisers, polygreen sheets, pesticides and KCC. The CAPD department was asked to streamline the ration cards, rate lists and open new outlets in the block. The problems of shortage of teachers, mid day meal scheme and scholarships were taken up with the education department during the meeting. The departments of Handicrafts and Handlooms gave information about various schemes for the promotion of local craft as well as for generating employment. The social welfare deptt was asked to ensure functioning of Aganwari centres and distribution of cooked food among the children. The panchayat members also put forth their problems and demands regarding water supply, electricity, and roads with the concerned officers of respective departments.

Over 60,000 pilgrims pay obeisance at Merhada Mata DPR for Tunnel on Mughal Road submitUDHAMPUR, OCT-10: Over 60,000 pilgrims hailing from ted to Planning Commission: Saifullah different parts of Udhampur and Jammu district paid obeisance at the scared temple of Merhada Mata situated at hillock in between village Barmeen and Ghordi of tehsil Ramnagar during first six ongoing Navratras. It was disclosed by the President Merhada Mata Pravandak Committee Ghordi Mr. Bharat Bhushan Sharma here today. It is pertinent to mention here that the Akhand Jyoti of Marhada Mata remained for the public darshan at village Ghordi on the occasion of first Navratra and was carried to Merhada Mata on the occasion of 2nd Navratra early in the morning followed by thousands of devotees in their colourful dresses amidst chanting bhajan and kirtan. Similar Akhand Jyoti of Mehada Mata, which was carried out to Merhada Mata on the occasion of 4th Navratra by the villages of Barmeen, remained for public darshan at village Barmeen upto 3th Navratra. Besides, Akhand Jyotis of the Adobe were also taken out to the holy temple of Merhada Mata from Upper Barmeen, Pipple, Kaldi, Panj Garian and Gharrian followed by thousands of devotees. Various social organizations have arranged free pandals at various places including Ghordi, Barmeen, Satyalta, Nalla Ghouran, Bekhater, Ganpati, Gaula and Merhada Mata. SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah in reply to a Calling Attention Notice by Dr. Shehnaz Ganai informed the Upper House that in order to make Mughal Road an allweather road, State Government has forwarded the DPR for construction of a tunnel on the Mughal Road to the Planning Commission adding that Chief Minister has also sought the personal intervention of the Prime Minister for positive consideration of the proposal at the earliest. He said that an amount of Rs 596.45 crore have been incurred on the project ending September, 2013. The road is of BT status with overall achievement of 93.22 per cent.

Training on Computer Basics by SBI RSETI concludes

KISHTWAR, OCTOBER 10: A month long training programme on Computer Basics organized by SBI RSETI, Kishtwar, concluded here today. The programme was organized for local unemployed youth from remote areas of Kishtwar district.The concluding session was presided over by A.S. Chib, ADDC, Kishtwar. Speaking on the occasion, the ADDC, explained about the importance of computer literacy in our day-to-day life and stressed the need for installation of self-employment units by way of credit linkages through Govt. sponsored schemes.Director, SBI RSETI requested all the participants to spread the message of RSETI so that more and more unemployed youth could avail these services. Later, the ADDC awarded participation certificates among the participants.

He said that out of the total length of 84.10 kms, a stretch of 20 kms traverses through the Middle Himalayan Mountain Pass at Pir-ki-Gali. This stretch of the road witnesses heavy snow fall during winters (NovemberApril), as a result of which the road gets disconnected for most of the winter months. Accordingly, it felt imperative to construct a Tunnel for which pre-feasibility studies have already been conducted by Konkan Railway Corporation and Snow avalanche Study Establishment (SASE). This has also been recommended by the Member Planning Commission during his inspection of the road and 3rd party consultants deputed by the Planning Commission.

VCs of KU and JU call on Governor

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10: Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, and Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan, here this evening.The two Vice Chancellors briefed the Governor, who is Chancellor of both the Universities, about common issues relating to the functioning of the main campuses and the off-site campuses of both the varsities. The Governor and the Vice Chancellors also discussed

other important issues relating to enhancing the teaching and research capacities and devel-

oping centres of excellence in both the institutions.Mr. Navin K. Choudhary,

Principal Secretary to the Governor, was present during the discussions.

Lone seeks 90:10 funding pattern under SSA, RMSA

Addresses 62nd CABE Meeting
to bring about amendment/augmentation in the J&K School Education Act 2002 so as to bring it at par with the Central RTE (The Right to Children to Free and Compulsory Education) Act-2009. This was stated by the Minister of Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone in the 62nd meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education held here today. The meeting was chaired by the Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Mr. Jitin Prasada along with Dr K. Rahman Khan, Union Minister for Minority affairs. In his address, Mr. Lone said that free and compulsory education upto class VIII is already a legal right in the state in terms of the provisions under the Jammu &Kashmir School Education Act 2002. However the state has taken a step forward to bring need based amendment in the State Act to bring it at par with the Central RTE Act 2009, adding that the proposals on this has already been moved which is currently with the Planning/ Finance Department for concurrence under the title "The Jammu and Kashmir Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2013". Owing to the difficult topographical conditions and backwardness of the State, the Minister sought revision in the funding pattern to the tune of 90:10 for the State under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), presently shared at the ratio of 65:35 & 75: 25 respectively. The same was in principle agreed by the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) during the meeting. The Minister also sought additional funds over and above the sanctioned budget under the Kashturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme and for upgradation of schools under RMSA.

Akhand Jyoti of Maa Chandi to be immersed on Oct 13

JAMMU, OCTOBER 10: An executive working committee meeting was held at the Chandi Mata Mandir Pacca Danga. It was decided in the meeting that pious Akhand Jyoti of Maa Chandi will be immersed in River Tawi at Harki Podi on October 13, 2013 (Sunday). The religious procession will start from Ma Lakshmi Mandir Pacca Danga Jammu on October 13, 2013 at 10 a m and will proceed towards Harki Podi from Pacca Danga to Parade. All the devotees are requested to join the religious procession and seek blessings of Maa Chandi Machail Wali.


The State Government has decided

DDC Rajouri reviews Eid arrangements

RAJOURI, OCTOBER 10: A meeting of district officers was held under the chairmanship of District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, Mr. F. C. Bhagat to review arrangements of Eid-ul-Azha. Various issues related to celebration of Eid-ul-Azha especially availability of water supply, uninterrupted power supply, adequate supply of ration, security arrangements and proper sanitation were discussed in the meeting. The DDC directed the concerned departments to make adequate arrangements well in time.

'Surya Putri Aarti' held on 6th Navratra

Bahu Fort fast emerging as hub of pilgrim tourism: Bhalla Assesses achievements of Health Deptt
JAMMU, OCTOBER 10: As a part of Navratra celebration, 'Surya Putri 'Aarti' was today performed on the bank of river Tawi near Hari ki Pauri in Bahu Fort in the evening with great religious fervor and gaiety. Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman Bhalla, accompanied by a group of Brahmans performed 'Surya Putri Aarti'. Director Tourism, Soujanya Sharma, Managing Director, JK Housing Board, Ram Pal Sharma, Joint Tourism, Shiv Kumar Gupta besides prominent citizens including large number of pilgrims participated in the celebrations. After 'Surya Putri Aarti', the devotees offered flowers and earthen lamps 'diyas' to river Tawi in order to pay regards to their ancestors. Addressing the pilgrims, Bhalla said Government is taking up several steps to develop Bahu Fort area, which is one of the fast emerging pilgrims destination in the State, by providing modern lines way side facilities to the visitors. For boosting tourism in Bahu Fort area, the Minister said that Government has created facilities for pilgrims and tourists like recreational garden, aquarium, balidan stumb, landscaping, view points, tug shop, toilet blocks, fencing, illumination, drinking water besides construction of darshani deodi near Kalika colony. Mr. Bhalla said the place has become a major attraction for those visiting Shri Mata Vaishno Devi ji and other tourist spots of the State. He said the pilgrims of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji first come to Shri Maha Kali Temple at Bahu Fort for darshan from across the country. In order to attract domestic and foreign tourists towards city of temples, Mr. Bhalla said that focused attention is being paid for developing all the open spaces as recreational parks besides creating other necessary facilities. He said that a number of measures are being taken to develop new tourism spots and conserve century old monuments of the region like Mubarak Mandi and Shri Maha Kali Temple in Bahu Fort. The Minister said Government has sanctioned Rs. 3.5 crore for developing the river Tawi embankments near Peer Kho temple which included construction of parks, Tourist Reception Centre, artificial lake, adding that Rs. 90 lakh have been spent for construction of view points and road widening from Bahu Fort to Harki Pouri temple. The Minister said that with the creation of high standard tourism infrastructure at various potential places, Jammu region is fast emerging as an independent attractive destination. He informed that the work on ambitious cable car project proposed to connect twin heritage sites of Royal Complex Mubarak Mandi and Bahu Fort would be started soon.Referring to measures being taken for promoting tourism in other parts of the region, Mr. Bhalla said that the Government is looking forward to introduce water sports at Akhnoor, Baglihar and Pul Doda. Earlier, the artists of Bhartiya Kala Sangam also presented devotional songs which were high applauded by hundreds of pilgrims gathered on the bank of river Tawi. JAMMU, OCTOBER 10: Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmed Khan today chaired a high level meeting of Health functionaries to take stock of impact of Dengue in the state especially in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts. He also discussed measures for prevention of spread of this disease in the State. The Minister reviewed district wise impact of dengue in Jammu region and constituted a committee headed by Director Health Services with other members from health and other concerned departments as members to combat this disease in the State. He said all possible efforts are being taken by the department to control this disease. The Minister directed all the concerned doctors to utilize every resource to control and prevent the disease. He stressed for creating awareness among the masses about control and prevention of spread of Dengue. He said that a team of doctors has also been deputed at Railway station, Airport, and Bus Stand. He also impressed upon CMOs, BMOs, and Medical Superintendents to monitor the situation closely and keep him informed about any development. He directed the concerned department to ensure fogging and spray in a routine way to control the disease. Later, the Minister also chaired monthly meeting to review the physical and financial achievements of Health Department. While reviewing the district and block wise performance of the health institutions, Khan called upon the health functionaries to explore every possibility to provide better medicare to the people. He also announced

Shabir reviews Dengue prevention measures at Jammu

ambulance for Banihal Hospital on the demand of concerned CMO. He said that focus is being laid to strengthen the existing health institutions, particularly in faroff areas to ensure best possible medicare. Shabir also reviewed the status of progress on civil works and utilization of funds provided under various centrally sponsored schemes. He directed the concerned executing agency for expediting the construction works for timely completion. Commissioner Secretary Health and Medical Education Gazanfar Hussain, Director Health Services, Jammu, B.S. Pathnia, Mission Director, National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Dr. Yash Pal Sharma, Deputy Director Health Baldev Raj Sharma besides other senior officers of Health Department attended the meeting.

DLSC discusses militancy affected cases in Ramban

RAMBAN, OCTOBER 10: A meeting of District Level Screening Cum Coordination Committee was held under the chairmanship of District Magistrate, Ramban M.H.Malik to dispose off the militancy related cases. The meeting was attended by Dhananter Singh, ACR, Ramban, Col. Satish Kumar, Rep. of Commander 11 Sector RR, S.K. Updhayay, Commandant CRPF 84 Bn, Chanderkote and Deepak Dingra, Rep. of SP, Ramban. In the meeting, 22 death cases, one case of injured person, 9 cases of missing persons and 11 cases of property damages were decided.

Sahai compliments participants of 17th All India Police Golf tournament

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10: ADGP Armed Mr. S M Sahai congratulates, who is organizing Secretary of 17th All India Police Golf Tournament congratulated all the participating team including host team of the State for showing good performance in the tourney. The two day tourney concluded here today. He also extended his compliments to IGP, Traffic Muneer Khan and DIG Garib Dass for their best performance in the longest drive in each day.

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High court tells BAI to allow Jwala Gutta to play tournaments
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow ace Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta to participate in upcoming tournaments till the disciplinary authority takes a final decision on the issue of her alleged indiscipline. Justice V K Jain allowed Gutta's plea and said, "I am of the view that you (BAI) must allow her to play in the tournament". However, the court said a detailed order will be passed on her plea later in the day. The court also observed that till the final view is taken by the committee, she should be allowed to take part in the tournament. The two upcoming badminton tournaments in which Gutta was to participate are Denmark Open scheduled from October 15 to 20 and French Open from October 22 to 27. The BAI, however, had on Wednesday withdrew the selection of Gutta and her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa from Denmark Open. The BAI's disciplinary committee has recommended a life ban on Gutta for trying to stop some players of her franchise Krrish Delhi Smashers from playing a match against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League in August this year. Gutta approached the high

T20I: Yuvraj fashions India's stunning victory over Australia

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Gambhir, Pujara slam tons as India A take firm control

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India in Pool C in Hero Hockey Junior World Cup

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next one month, pending a decision by the three-member committee that was formed on Monday. Jwala has said in the plea, "The order has been issued in violation of settled principles of natural justice and fairness without giving her a hearing. "A direction is to be issued to respondent 1 (Sports Ministry) to seek an independent report of the incident and to put in place an independent regulatory mechanism to oversee the functioning of decision making process of BAI in the absence of proper procedure." She has sought quashing of the life ban recommendation of the BAI disciplinary committee. Gutta has alleged that the association's approach was "pre-determined" and has been taken to single her out. She has further alleged that BAI's decision will affect her right to live with dignity.

Stosur storms into Japan Open quarters

OSAKA (Japan): Samantha Stosur beat Swiss qualifier Belinda Bencic 64, 6-2 at the Japan Open on Wednesday and became the highest remaining seed after Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki withdrew hurt. No. 2-seeded Lisicki hurt her left hip, and pulled out from her scheduled second-round match with Polana Hercog of Slovenia.

Somdev Devvarman calls for more Challengers

of his old self, mixing aggression with defence as per the situation. Gambhir was flamboyant in the morning session when he cracked eight scintillating fours, but looked guarded in the second session as he did not score a single boundary. Most of his runs after lunch came in singles and twos, reflecting his determination not to fish at any away-going ball, which the WI A bowlers had offered to him in plenty. Gambhir got good support from Pujara, who scored his runs after batting watchfully for nearly five hours and hitting 15 exquisite boundaries. Both were involved in massive 207-run stand for the second wicket, which put India A in a position from where they can win the match and level the threematch series. Pujara, meanwhile, kept the opposition busy by picking up singles and twos, and occasionally putting away the bad deliveries for boundaries.

The captain reached his ton when he cracked a boundary through the off side of Nikita Miller after facing 180 balls. After the fall of Gambhir's wicket, the Sehwag walked into bat amidst loud cheers and whistles from the jampacked stadium. The 'Nawab of Najafgarh' hardly took any time to settle down as he straightaway delighted the spectators with a boundary and first six of the match off Miller. The Delhi batsman, who was involved in 75-run partnership for third wicket with Pujara, however did not last long as Nurse caught a dolly after the ball ballooned at short mid-on off Miller. He fell for 38 that came of 49 balls, studded with two boundaries and a six. Unlike the Indian bowlers, especially Abhishek Nayar and Dhawal Kulkarni, West Indies A bowlers failed to swing the ball. Nevertheless, Miller, Deonarine and Johnson shared one wicket each.

Top-seed Kerber wins Linz opener after false start

LINZ:Top-seeded Angelique Kerber overcame a poor start to beat Monica Niculescu of Romania 0-6, 6-1, 6-2 in the first round of the Generali Ladies on Wednesday. The 10th-ranked German struggled for rhythm and won just five points on her own serve as she lost the opening set in 22 minutes. Kerber settled after an early break in the second and conceded just three games in the remainder of the match. "I just wasn't there in the first set. I was too nervous." Kerber said. "I am happy that I managed to turn the match around."

Kerber was given a late wildcard entry to replace Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic after the former Wimbledon champion pulled out with a back injury. Kerber leads the competition

for the eighth and final spot at the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul. She needs a semifinal place this week or a quarterfinal in Moscow next week to secure it.

SHANGHAI: The call for India to hold Challengers, the backbone of the professional game, was loud and clear. The country's No.1 singles player Somdev Devvarman led the charge saying more of this grade of events in Asia would help players from the region break the top-100 of the world rankings. As it stands, Asia has five players in the top 100 (India has one), while France alone has more than a dozen. Alison Lee, executive vicepresident of the ATP, the only woman on the management team of the men's Tour, is attempting a Challenger revolution in the region. "If

France has a dozen players in the top-100 of the ATP rankings, there's a reason for it, they host nearly 10 Challengers a year," she pointed out. With five players - Yuki Bhambri, Prakash Amritraj, Saketh Myneni, Sanam Singh and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan - ranked between 200 and 400, India perhaps needs this crust of competition most for its players. With about a dozen Futures tournaments and one ATP Tour event on its calendar, the country is without Challengers. A little over a decade ago, India had as many as six Challengers on its annual calendar.

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which has suffered a loss of 5,386 lives to contain the violence from 2003 to September 29, 2013 (South Asia Terrorism Portal), seems unable to deliver. The worst cannot be ruled out, particularly since a Taliban/Al Qaeda takeover of Afghanistan would leave thousands of jihadis with nothing to do. While Islamabad will divert many of them against India, many of them will create mayhem within global move to ensure the security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. It must begin now.

The close to a fortnight-long encounter in Keran in Jammu & Kashmir clearly demonstrates that the Congress-led UPA Government's weak-kneed policy on Pakistan has failed to work, and that it must be junked and replaced with a robust one which is built on national consensus. Given this backdrop, Bharatiya Janata Party president Rajnath Singh's demand that the Government call an all-party meeting to discuss the issue, is entirely justified. The situation demands a bipartisan approach that is rooted in ground realities and not based on romantic notions which certain members of the Congress and the Union Government nurture on India's relations with Pakistan. The soft approach hasn't worked, despite the best efforts of this regime and the claim of the new Government in Islamabad led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that it sincerely wants to improve ties with its neighbour. It is pointless to continue debating whether Mr Sharif is his own man or whether the Army in Pakistan calls the shots. The end result is that we have seen countless incidents of breach of the ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control by the other side and infiltration bids by militants with the assistance of the Pakistani Army from across the border. The much-hyped recent meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mr Sharif in New York has done nothing to improve matters. Left to itself, the Manmohan Singh regime is unlikely to act tough. Perhaps the pressure of an all-party deliberation will prod the Government to respond forcefully. The Centre can no longer treat the matter as its exclusive domain. It involves the issue of national security. Pakistan thrives in the knowledge that the regime in New Delhi is a lame duck one led by an ineffective Prime Minister. The message which an all-party meeting will send is that political parties in India are united in their endeavour to teach Pakistan a befitting lesson. The outcome of such a deliberation will have more meaning than the symbolic antiPakistan resolutions which Parliament has adopted in recent times as a counter to similar moves from Pakistan. Besides, the UPA Government must take the people into confidence on what went wrong for the Keran encounter to happen. Media reports have quoted Indian Army sources to say that close to 40 terrorists had attempted to cross the LoC in the sector with the assistance of the Pakistani Army. The gravity of the situation cannot be lost on anyone; it's been close to 15 days since Indian jawans have been courageously battling the crisis. An all-party meeting must deliberate on what might have gone wrong at our end and also what must be done to prevent similar recurrences. In any other country, the Government of the day would have called for such a meeting and the head of the Government would have addressed the people on the crisis. But the Prime Minister is silent and his Ministers are evasive at worst and ambivalent at best. What is worrisome is the growing perception among many experts that the Indian Army is increasingly finding itself leashed and that it cannot act appropriately as a result of the Government's pusillanimity. It is dangerous if the effectiveness of our Army is compromised at the altar of cowardly diplomacy.


Hiranmay Karlekar
Arguments favouring a dialogue with Pakistan assume that it has a state with which negotiations are possible, ignoring the fact that the military can overturn any civilian Government's decisions. Even what a section of the Army agrees to may be countermanded by the top brass. An example is the Pakistani military high command's countermanding of the decision to send the then Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate's chief, Lieutenant-General Shuja Pasha, to India to assist in the investigation into the 26/11 attack. This after General Pasha had himself said that he would be ready to come. One, however, at least knows that the military ultimately calls the shots. Unfortunately even this cannot be taken indefinitely for granted. The possibility that the state may wither away and the Army, which has a strong extremist presence, may become splintered, can no longer be ruled out. India's foreign policy planning must proceed accordingly. Pakistan is not a cohesive and stable country. In Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West, Ahmed Rashid identifies four factors responsible for this. First, its political elite has failed to establish a coherent national identity capable of uniting the nation. The very subject remains deeply contentious. Is Pakistan an Islamic state, or is it a state for Muslims that has space for other religious and ethnic minorities? Is it not a democratic state as envisioned by its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah? Are its people Muslims first, Sindhis or Punjabis second, and Pakistanis third. Or they Pakistanis first and foremost? Frightening problems on the ground compound the inter-play of these fundamental, unresolved issues. Mr Rashid identifies them as an increase in population from 185

The country must prepare for a massive thrust by jihadis across the LoC and international border in Jammu & Kashmir, and more of 26/11-type strikes
million now to a projected 275 million in 2050 and the attendant problem of feeding it, which is already acute; a literacy rate of 57 per cent, the lowest in South Asia; an annual economic growth rate of 2.6 per cent when one of at least nine per cent is needed to employ its under-twenties who already constitutes 60 per cent of the population. Worse, the economy is collapsing because of acute shortages. The Pakistani Taliban, waging an insurgency since 2005 to topple the Government, defeat the Army and install an Islamist extremist state in Pakistan (Rashid), now controls large tracts of the country's north-west and is joined by other extremist groups in destabilising cities like Karachi and taking over large tracts of southern Punjab. The Pakistani Army Pakistan. The most likely scenario will be the continuance of formal governmental structures in Islamabad and the provincial capitals with little authority over the rest of Pakistan where warring fundamentalist Islamist formations will call the shots. Some of them may even access a warhead from Pakistan's growing nuclear arsenal or fissile material from a manufacturing unit. India will be among the targets. India must prepare to face a massive thrust by jihadis across the Line of Control and international border in Jammu & Kashmir, repeated 26/11-type strikes, one of which may involve a nuclear detonation, and a conventional war, with potential for becoming a nuclear one, that may follow. Finally, it needs to get countries like the United States, Russia and China to orchestrate a

The Pakistani Taliban, waging an insurgency since 2005 to "topple the Government, defeat the Army and install an Islamist extremist state in Pakistan" (Rashid), now controls large tracts of the country's north-west and is joined by other extremist groups in destabilising cities like Karachi and taking over large tracts of southern Punjab. The Pakistani Army which has suffered a loss of 5,386 lives to contain the violence from 2003 to September 29, 2013 (South Asia Terrorism Portal), seems unable to deliver.

China dreams real, we only fantasise

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The untimely death of Arun Kumar Bal, the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, negotiating the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft purchase, will delay further Indias military preparedness. It is now unlikely that Delhi will sign the deal of the century for 126 Rafale fighters from Dassault Aviation during the current Fiscal Year 2013 (in other words before the Lok Sabha election). On October 4, during a Press conference Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne said that appointing Bals successor and familiarising the new appointee with the complexities of the MMRCA negotiations could take four months, if not longer. The same day, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Defence Minister, remained optimistic. It is logical that there should be indepth technical and financial discussions, he pointed out. This raises another related issue: That of Chinese defence preparedness and Indias lack of it. A few months ago, The Peoples Daily provided some details on the Chinese Dream, so dear to President Xi Jinping. The mouthpiece of the Communist Party explains: The Chinese dream is a dream for peace. Adhering to the peaceful development is Chinas choice of the times. China stands for peace settlement for global disputes and issues and the new security concept of mutual trust, mutual benefit and cooperation... The Chinese dream belongs to the world. Well, it is unfortunate that recent events on the ground did not reflect these high philosophical objectives. The South China Sea, the East China Sea as well as the Himalayan borders between India and China, (whether it is in Ladakh, Uttarakhand or Arunachal Pradesh), have only witnessed tension, not harmony. not yet. On June 22, 2013, The South China Morning Post affirmed: Chinas top science advisers have listed 19 projects as the research priorities of the next decade. They include quantum telecommunications and a high-performance jet engine that could drastically improve the capacity of its indigenous fighter jets. According to the Hong Kong-based newspaper, the report was prepared by the Around the same time, the concept of megaprojects was mooted. The objective has been to assimilate and absorb advanced technologies imported from outside China to help the country to develop a range of major equipment.Michael Raska, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore, mentioned the three military megaprojects: Shenguang Laser Project for Inertial Confinement Fusion; Second Generation Beidou Satellite Navigation System; Hypersonic Vehicle Technology Project China has, however, a big problem: The rigidity of its bureaucracy functioning under the Communist Party. But Beijing is serious about tackling the babudom. A Special Projects Office was established in 2007. It was the equivalent of an economic zone headquarters to make sure that the megaprojects would not be buried by the bureaucracy. The megaprojects office was to evaluate applications, approve funding and closely monitor the projects. The budget for each project was specific and identified both central and local government contributions; in other words, micromanagement. Can India achieve such a feat? Especially in the defence sector, India depends in a large measure on imports. According to many analysts, the main reason for this dependence is the lack of large-scale domestic research and development. Take the example of HAL. A few months ago, Dassault Aviation, the constructor of the Rafale selected in the MMRCA project, expressed doubts about the capacity of HAL to absorb French technology. Without even speaking about innovations, can HAL digest French technology? India is suffering from the same disease as China, but despite the bureaucratic deficiencies, the leadership in Beijing has a tremendous political will (and adequate economic means) to change this scenario in the years to come. This does not seem to be the case for India at least under the current political equation.


Why on earth would one pay close to Rs 5,000 for a watch that will tell us when we are going to die? It's not a big amount, some would argue. But any figure is ridiculous for an instrument that informs us the day of our final departure. Moreover, many of us spend enormous amounts to eat well, dress elegantly, travel in style and, in certain cases, to merely make a statement. After splurging on good life, why spend even a penny to know precisely when we shall leave behind all that we have cornered? Isnt it enough to know that we will, eventually? But the makers of the death watch', named Tikker, are upbeat. They believe that the desire to know one's date of death is as consuming among people as their desperation to live. The designers of the watch will begin to ship the product from April 2014. Tikker's inventor, Fredrick Colting, has a take: He thinks that the magic product will help people plan their lives better and take care of essentials in a more focussed way, because they would know for sure when they will die. But the reverse could also happen, with people falling into a depression or getting reckless in life on being told by an instrument that they are going to breathe their last on so-and-so year or month or day. The simplicity of the exercise to arrive at the death-date is more frightening. To set up Tikker, the person has to just fill up a questionnaire regarding his and his family's medical history, his age and a few other related information. And, lo and behold, through a complex calculation, the machine starts the countdown to the D-day (D for death'). The clock then begins to tick rubbing off years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds from the user's life, till the inevitable happens. The problem is: There is no certainty that the calculations will turn out right. The person, despite all the grim information that he feeds in and which determines the calculation, may end up living longer than the period the watch concludes. We have had medical cases where the doctors gave up on a patient who later beat all odds and lived on for years. Like Tikker will do, the doctors too based their prediction on the available medical history of the patient. Tikker raises a larger issue: Should and can humankind control life and death? Medicine has advanced to the extent that it can provide for better living and even painless death. But for an inventor to say that his machine can predict death-day, is stretching science far. Some years ago, the rush to preserve dead bodies in supercooled facilities through the science of cryogenics, until the bodies could be brought back to life' at some later stage when medicine had advanced enough, had turned into a fashion for the rich. There are thousands of bodies waiting for resurrection, when they ought to have been despatched to heaven or wherever else, long ago. The rate at which humans are racing to play god, Lord Yama will soon be out of work.

Beijing is pushing ahead forcefully with a series of programmes that will give it a technological edge in defence needs, for now and for the future. Sadly, India is still saddled with old-world equipment
It is, however, certain that India has to learn something from China in terms of dreaming. But let us not fool ourselves the true objective behind the Chinese Dream is to make China a dominant, self-reliant superpower. Very early in its history, the Chinese Communist leadership realised that the great renaissance of the Chinese nation was dependent on innovation with Chinese characteristics. Beijing has now taken decisive actions to remedy some of the nations deficiencies in this field; India has
lame, abortive and myth. It is corruption and effortless money that works as inhuman torch to execute nefarious unlawful inhuman action for few to suit their diabolical action to draw political mileage out of it. Innocent, ignorant, people living under cankering pain of poverty become the easy victim of such barbarian game. It is shameful and heart tearing to find killings blaming either militants or CRPF. The more the killing the more the hate. Leaders demand apology for vile language and never demand or persuade the concerned to explore viable solution for Kashmir tangle to contain human loss and barbarism. The need of the hour is to take young generation on board, invest maximum, efforts to build the confident measures. Our state is caught in the web of crises from all the angles. Let us protect it on humanitarian ground. Yours faithfully, P.N. Sus Jammu,


War is better than unjust peace

Dear Editor, The sequence of murky events followed with cumulative trauma, most diabolical and inhuman in nature, candidly implies a clandestine nexus between a distinct class of forces and mercenary elements internally looking with greedy eye and mercenary motive. Stripping off badges, colours suggested by most of the icons is not going to make the summer of sweltering winter. What civilized nation actually needs a change in the motive with passive resistance for all evil. To focus skewed eye on glaring trauma when there is a galloping rise in corruption is most irreligious and disgusting. We need to find a solution for all the evils. And this is possible only when we reorient ourselves to the extent that gives no chance to repeat the evil of mercenary mechanism. Using innocents as human shields, war of attrition with libelous words adopting a policy of escapism is sufficient to justify the game of mercenary greed. Pumping money, using military method of defending oneself to meet the eventuality is no treatment to nail the standing nuisance. Chickweed growth of political parties each holding his own ideology is a glaring proof, her we treat the democracy in a wrong way. A simple question how they grow and how they manage and arrange to run their shops is a moot point. In a democratic set up opposition group is most important to the extant they mean to expose the loopholes, mitigate the evil and challenge what in repugnant to ethics and injustice. What is annoying in it is that they play opposition for opposition sake as they are mad after power passion. Let us not mistake politics for ultra purposes. Politics without content humanism is quite

Rotting food grains

Dear Editor, We must keep in mind that the country is selfsufficient in food grains production and our stocks are full which a matter of pride for us all. But there are difficulties in storing the surplus food grains as grains, vegetable and fruits worth staggering Rs.44000 crores go waste annually owing to lack of adequate storage facilities. The food grain is rotting in open and gets spoiled due to inclement weather at times and because of rodents and natural hazards as well. The government needs to address this problem of scarcity of godowns etc on a war footing. Yours faithfully, Ravi Sharma, Jammu.

Chinese Academy of Sciences as a roadmap for breaking into the American dominance in domains as diverse as military, space, new materials, energy and agriculture. Though not all the projects have a direct military implication, ultimately, all of them will have a dual use. The South China Morning Post mentioned: The most eyecatching one is a new jet engine that promises to deliver thrust equivalent to 15 times its own weight. This particular field is usually considered to be the weakest link in Chinas aviation sector. Beijing has had to rely on foreign imports (mainly from Russia) for its fighter jets. Though Chinese plans triggered some scepticism, Beijing has the political will and the economic means to jump into innovative adventures. Further, the Chinese Dream goes hand in hand with military modernisation. It is not new, but in the recent years and months the dream has been taken up by the new leadership in Beijing with renewed vigour Already, in March 1986, China initiated a National High Technology Programme (known as Program 863), which was launched to promote Chinas high-tech development in key areas such as information technology, biology, aeronautics, automation, energy, materials and oceanography. Fifteen years later, another landmark document was published, The National Medium- and Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology (2006-2020), also known as the MLP.The MLP describes itself as the grand blueprint of science and technology development to bring about the great renaissance of the Chinese nation. The MLP defines indigenous innovation as enhancing original innovation through coinnovation and re-innovation based on the assimilation of imported technologies. What assimilation and re-innovation means is well-known from those who deal with China. The report clearly states: Importing technology without transforming it into Chinese technology is not acceptable to China anymore.

Fifteen years later, another landmark document was published, 'The National Medium- and Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology (20062020)', also known as the MLP.The MLP describes itself as the 'grand blueprint of science and technology development to bring about the great renaissance of the Chinese nation'.

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India seeks new deal with Sri Lanka on fishermen

NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10: India is trying to establish a new mechanism which will enable early release of fishermen, especially those from Tamil Nadu who inadvertently enter Sri Lankan waters and are detained or arrested. We are trying to do create a mechanism for those Indian fishermen who stray inadvertently into Sri Lankan waters, Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami said during the monthly press interaction of Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in New Delhi on Thursday. The new mechanism shall be in line with what we have with Pakistan where we notify the counterparts and ensure early release of our people, he said. Mr. Shinde said such incidents have been happening for a long time and a new protocol in this regard will help in bringing down instances of long detention or arrest of fishermen especially from Tamil Nadu by Sri Lankan forces. Mr. Goswami said with such operating procedures in place with Pakistan, India has been able to ensure quick release of its fishermen and the gesture is returned promptly when some Pakistani fishermen are apprehended by Indian maritime security patrols. Coastal security scheme Mr. Shinde, during the interaction, also said all States, including Gujarat would be asked to expedite the implementation of the centrally-funded Coastal Security Scheme. We advise those states who are slow in implementing the scheme to gather pace. We will tell all states to take immediate action as coastal security is very important, he said. Categorising Gujarat, Maharashtra and the Sunderbans in West Bengal as vulnerable coastal and sea points in the country, Mr. Shinde said his Ministry will surely talk to these states to speed up the on-ground implementation of this scheme.

NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10: President Pranab Mukherjee has cut short his scheduled visit to Bihar by a day because it was clashing with a rally of BJPs prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Patna. Mr Mukherjee mentioned his revised schedule to BJP MPs from Bihar Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Shahnawaz Hussain, who met him on Thursday.The President told us that he will visit Bihar on October 26 to attend a convocation, but will return to Delhi the same day, Mr Hussain said.Mr Modi will address the BJPs hunkar rally in Patna on October 27. The clash between the Presidents visit and mr Modis rally had become an issue between BJP and its former ally JD (U). The BJP alleged that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had deliberately invited the President on October 27 to

Pranab to cut short Patna visit: BJP

Three women charred to death as house catches fire in Alwar

ALWAR, OCTOBER, 10: Lighting a candle during the wee hours to take ailing daughter to the hospital proved fatal when a single-storey house situated at Tapukada village near here caught fire in which the mother and her daughter were charred to death. Another woman who sustained burn injuries also succumbed in the hospital. The incident took place during wee hours on Wednesday when the woman, Maya Devi (45), lighted a candle since it was power cut in the house. "Suddenly house caught fire in which Maya and her daughter Kiran (22) were charred to death. Another woman, Krishna Devi, sisterin-law of Kiran, also succumbed at the government hospital," said a police officer. Makhan Singh, one of the relatives who also lived in the same house in a joint family said that since there was power failure in the morning, Maya Devi lit a candle. "We put water and even mud to contain fire, however it was intense," Singh added. Locals said that by the time police arrived on the spot three women already died. Three others who sustained burn injures were rushed to the hospital.

Pranab Mukherjee as External Affairs Minister, having a word with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, at the 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2008' at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. scuttle the party rally. BJP leaders will be there in Patna on October 26 to welcome President Pranab Mukherjee. It is honour for Bihar to welcome the President on one day and the future Prime Minister of India the next day, Mr Rudy said.BJPs Bihar unit had charged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with misleading the people on finalising the date of the presidential visit to Bihar. Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi had said that the party had finalised the date of the rally way back on March 20 and Mr Kumar was fully aware of it.

Odisha raises warning level, HC tells govt. to file affidavit in Chhattisgarh polls: 1 jawan Cyclone Phailin intensifies match-fixing and betting case for 31 civilians in Bastar
B H U B A N E S WA R , OCTOBER 10: The cyclonic storm, Phailin, over east central Bay of Bengal has intensified further into a cylconic storm and lay centred 850 km southeast of Paradip and 950 km eastsoutheast of Visakhapatnam at 5.30 am on Thursday. The system is predicted to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm in the next 12 hours and will continue to move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast between Kalingapatnam and Paradip late on October 12 with a maximum sustained wind speed of 175-185 kmph. The Odisha government on Thursday raised its warning level and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to the Centre asking for Air Force and Naval units to be placed on alert for rescue and relief operations. The distant storm warning signal number has been raised to two at the states Paradip and Gopalpur ports, an official of the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre said. Our past experience indicates that despite preparedness by the State Government, the impact of a very severe cyclonic storm requires support of the Defence Forces to mitigate the effects of the extreme weather event, Mr. Patnaik said in his letter addressed to Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony. The Chief Minister also held a meeting of the State Cabinet to take stock of the situation and finalise the strategy to tackle the situation. The State Government had also asked for deployment of the National Disaster Rapid Action Force (NDRAF) along with Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF). Even as the Durga Puja celebrations across the State, particularly in the coastal belt of the State are underway, people have begun to stock up on essential commodities with the memories of the 1999 super-cyclone still fresh in their mind. The coastal districts likely to be hit by the impending cyclone are Balasore, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Ganjam and Gajapati. The state government has made elaborate preparations to meet any eventualities, and directed collectors of 14 cyclone-prone districts to deploy relief and rescue officials at vulnerable points. People will also be evacuated from low-laying areas to safer places if the need is felt for such a measure. We have asked all the concerned officials to stay prepared and conduct mock drills of relief and rescue forces. We have asked them to keep adequate food items, boats and tree cutting equipment ready, Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Kumar Mohapatra said. He said the state has about 50 satellite phones and officials were ensuring that they work properly in case there was disruption in telephone services. Round-the-clock control rooms have been activated in the district headquarters towns, including in the highly cyclone-prone Jagatsinghpur, Bhadrak, Balasore, Ganjam, Puri and Kendrapada. We are fully prepared, and we have adequate boats and food items ready. Disaster forces have been kept on standby. We may evacuate people from low laying areas later, if such a step is necessary, Satya Kumar Mullick, collector of Jagatsinghpur district, said. MUMBAI, OCTOBER 10: The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked Maharashtra government to file an affidavit within three weeks detailing investigations carried out by the Mumbai Crime Branch in the case of match fixing and betting in Indian Premier League cricket matches.The direction was given by a Bench headed by Justice P.V. Hardas which heard a PIL filed by former journalist Ketan Tirodkar asking for a joint probe by central agencies such as Income Tax department, Enforcement Directorate and CBI, into the alleged nexus of cricket players with bookies.Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai made a statement that the Crime Branch, Detection of Crime Branch, CID and the property cell department had carried out investigations and filed chargesheet in a local court in Mumbai. Police would soon file supplementary charge sheet in this case, she submitted.The judges then told the government to file an affidavit to inform what had been done in this matter and what more steps the Crime Branch proposed to take. Only after hearing the Crime Branch about the progress on investigations, will the High Court consider the plea on transfer of probe to central agencies, the judges said. The petitioner prayed that the Crime Branch be directed to register a case of cheating against players and bookies who had allegedly developed nexus with vested interests for fixing matches or promoting betting in IPL matches.The PIL alleged that offences had been committed in the context of match fixing during IPL 2013 and also urged a direction to ED, IT department as well as Mumbai police and Delhi police to co-operate with the CBI which should take up the role of co-ordinating these investigations. The petitioner said that on a request by the central government, the CBI had earlier conducted a preliminary inquiry into the alleged nexus of players with bookies. This report should culminate in the filing of an FIR if offences had been committed. However, this had not been done, the PIL said.When the IPL scam broke this year, some bookies names had cropped up during investigations conducted separately by Delhi police and Mumbai police, the PIL said, adding that a central and independent agency like the CBI must be directed to probe the alleged cricket match fixing and betting. RAIPUR, OCTOBER 10: Six hundred companies of central paramilitary forces will be deployed in Chhattisgarh for the twophase poll in November, making the predominantly tribal southern areas of the state one of the most militarized zones in the world. Anticipating a single day poll, the State government had requisitioned nearly 1500 companies of central forces. While the Union Home Ministry has cut down the allocation, it is nearly double the 320 companies deployed during the last elections in 2008. In the first phase of the election, 600 companies of central paramilitary forces will be deployed in 12 constituencies of south Chhattisgarh and six of Rajnandgaon according to a message faxed by the Home Ministry to the state administration. Each company has roughly 120 to 135 personnel, hence around 80,000 central paramilitary forces will be posted in the seven districts of south Chhattisgarh and adjacent Rajnandgaon which have been the focus of the Maoist insurgency. Thirty-three battalions of central paramilitaries are

already stationed in the area thus taking the total number of forces on the ground to 117,000. In addition, nearly 25,000 state police are also placed in south Chhattisgarh. The assembly polls in the predominantly Gond tribal area will thus have approximately 143,000 armed security personnel on-hand to monitor the process. The figure could be five thousand more or less, said a senior official of State administration. These seven districts of south Chhattisgarh and Rajnandgaon have a combined population of little over 45 lakh. So the ratio of security personnel to civilians in south-central Chhattisgarh

would be 1:31. At the peak of the conflict in 2011, the armed security personnel to civilian ratio in Afghanistan was 1:73, according to data released by Central Statistics Organization (CSO), Kabul and World Banks Development Indicators (WDI) under the chapter Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers, are read in conjunction. In Israel one of the top militarized countries it was 1:42 in 2011, as per WDI. Kashmir, which has often been referred as the worlds most militarized conflict has a civilian to security personnel ratio ranging from 1:21 to 1:27, in various non-governmental reports.

Govt to go ahead with decision Kerala Cabinet approves terms for judicial probe into solar scam Father unable to arrange money, girl 'discharged' from hospital to create Telangana: Shinde
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 10: Government on Thursday said it will go ahead with its decision to create Telangana despite protests in Seemandhra region, but remained non-committal on imposition of Presidents rule in Andhra Pradesh. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said the Group of Ministers, set up to look into the creation of Telangana, will submit its report as early as possible and justice will be given to Andhra Pradesh. The GoM will submit its report as early as possible and that is the reason why no time frame has been given to it..., he said replying to a volley of questions on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Asked whether the Central government was planning to impose Presidents rule in the southern state, which has been witnessing massive protests in Seemandhra region against the decision to create Telangana, Mr. Shinde said, that I cannot say now. The Home Minister ruled out any rethink on the decision to create Telangana following massive protests in Seemandhra region. I do not think there is any possibility of going back to the decision to create Telangana, he said. Mr. Shinde, however, did not commit whether the Telangana Bill will be tabled during the Winter session of Parliament.That we will see, he said when asked whether the Bill will be brought in the coming session expected to start November-end. T H I R U VA N A N T H A P U R A M , OCTOBER 10: The Kerala Cabinet on Thursday approved the comprehensive terms of reference for judicial enquiry into the solar panel scam. The judicial commission, to be appointed after the High Court communicated its decision on sparing a sitting judge for the enquiry, will look into the allegations raised in the Kerala Assembly and outside on fraud and related financial dealings. The questions to be probed are whether there is any basis for the allegations, and if in the affirmative, who all were responsible. The commission is also to examine whether the government suffered any financial loss on account of alleged deals. The terms are that the commission should fix responsibility if there was avoidable loss. The terms also specify that the commission should examine whether there was any default in handling the complaints that arose since 2006 in connection with the solar scam and related financial dealings. In case there was default, the KARNAL: A 15-year-old girl was allegedly discharged from a hospital on Tuesday night as her father failed to arrange the money required for treatment. The staff at Kalpana Chawla Medical College in Karnal allegedly told the family members of Preet Kaur, who was admitted to the hospital with high fever, to take her away as the money was not paid on time. The patient was later readmitted on the intervention of Karnal chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Vandana Bhatia. "Since the hospital is not under my purview, I met the doctors concerned and requested them to give proper treatment to the patient," said Dr Bhatia. Meanwhile, Karnal deputy commissioner (DC) Vikas Yadav said he had asked the institute's medical superintendent to look into the matter and file a report immediately. Appropriate action would be taken in case anyone was found guilty, he said. Ram Singh, uncle of the victim, alleged that the doctors discharged the girl on Tuesday night even as they kept pleading not to do so. The condition of Preet, who was admitted to the hospital two days back with high fever, deteriorated and the doctors told her father Diwan Singh to arrange for one unit of blood for transfusion on Tuesday. Diwan spent the whole day arranging the blood for transfusion. When he came to the hospital in the evening, he was told that Preet had been discharged. He took up the matter with concerned doctors, who told him to take the girl to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak. Diwan alleged that the hospital also declined to provide free ambulance service and asked for money to shift the patient to Rohtak. "I requested the doctors to let my daughter sit in the hospital for the night so that the blood arranged by me could be administered to her.

responsibility should be fixed. The commission is being asked to look into the adequacy of laws and systems to prevent cheating and swindling of money and take action and submit recommendations on stronger legislative

and other measures to eliminate cheating. It is also to recommend on measures that could be adopted to ensure that those subjected to swindling and financial fraud, as mentioned in other terms, get their money back.

Seemandhra power employees Curfew relaxed in Vizianagaram V I S A K H A PAT N A M , temporarily call off strike OCTOBER 10: Curfew in
H Y D E R A B A D , OCTOBER 10: Electricity Joint Action Committee leaders have decided to suspend their five day-old strike against bifurcation of State after talks with the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy here on Thursday. They appealed to the 30,000 employees of APTransco and 15,000 contract workers to report for duty from 6 a.m. on Friday, in view of the sufferings of people without power. JAC Chairman B. Sai Baba said the decision was taken keeping in view the threat of the cyclone and also considering the assurances given by the Chief Minister to defeat the resolution on Telangana when it comes up before the State Legislative Assembly shortly. violence-hit Vizianagaram town in the district was relaxed for two hours this morning to facilitate people to purchase essential commodities as the situation is fast returning to normal. With the situation showing improvement, authorities will also extend another relaxation in curfew between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., DIG (Vizag) P. Umapathi said on Thursday. The curfew was clamped in Vizianagaram town on Saturday night in the wake of large-scale violence by antibifurcation agitators. Mr. Umapathi said curfew was being lifted as no fresh violence is reported since last three days in Vizianagaram town. The curfew was relaxed for two hours on Wednesday

Woman fights back molester on bus

KOLKATA: When a molester picked on a quiet, diminutive woman on a packed bus in Kolkata, he had no idea about the willpower she packed into her five-foot frame. The 32-yearold woman fought back after being pinched and groped and dragged the youth by his collar off the bus and into a police station. Then she calmly headed off for her workplace. It happened on Monday when the city is gearing up to celebrate Durga Puja. It came to light only on Wednesday when the braveheart went to court to record her statement. The accused, 22-year-old Robin Roy, works with one of India's biggest truck makers. The woman works as an assistant at a Burrabazar clothes store to support her son, who studies in one of the top schools of Kolkata. Their paths crossed at the Belur bus terminus on Monday. They were both boarding the Route 44 bus when the woman felt a push from behind and an "inappropriate touch". "I was wondering about my son's term-end result when I was suddenly pushed forward and realized that I was being targeted," she told TOI soon after filing her statement at Bankshall Court on Wednesday. She pointed out that she was a daily traveller and knew the difference between jostling and harassment. "He pinched me. I warned him but he pushed me and again pinched me from behind," she said.

After the first meeting with the Chief Minister three days ago, three more rounds of talks were held between the JAC and senior officials so far. The JAC leaders warned that if Government failed to keep

up its promise, they would not hesitate to re-start their agitation and once again go on a strike. They said their five-day strike had a nationwide impact and the Centre had also taken note of their demand.

morning also to facilitate people to buy essential commodities. In all, 280 people suspected to be involved in the violence have been taken into custody, the DIG said. Police and paramilitary personnel, including members of the Rapid Action Force deployed in Vizianagaram following violence and arson,

are continuing to patrol the city even as normalcy is returning to the town. A special team with DSP rank officers has been formed to identify few other culprits, who torched various properties, including those owned by APCC president Botsa Satyanarayana and his family members, police had said.


NSG team lifts 17th All India Police Golf Tournament
urged the visiting tourists as well as local populace to preserve the nature for sustainable tourism in Kargil. Earlier, Executive Councilor for Tourism LAHDC Kargil, Mr. Wangyal presented Wel Come speech. On the Occasion Execuitve Councilors of LAHDC Kargil, Director Tourism J&K, Deputy Commissioner Kargil, Fida Hussain, Senior Superintendent of Police Kargil, Sujit Kumar, CJM Kargil, District Officer, Army Officers and large number of local people were also present. Later The Tourism Minister along with MoS Feroz Ahmad Khan and other dignitaries went off for Zanskar Sub Division in order to inaugurate the 2nd day of the Kargil Festival 2013 at Padum, the headquarter of Zanskar Sub Division.

Kargil possesses a God gifted natural bounty: Ghulam Ahmad Mir

KARGIL, OCT, 10: The two days colorful festival of Kargil known as 'Kargil Festival' was inaugurated by the J&K Minister for Tourism, Ghulam Ahmed Mir in presence of Chief Executive Councilor LAHDC Kargil, Haji Asgar Ali Karbalai and J&K Minister of State for Science and Technology, Feroz Ahmad Khan at Khree Sultan Choo Sports Stadium Bemathang here yesterday. The festival is being organized by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department Kargil under the supervision of Assistant Director Tourism, Syed Towha Aga. Various cultural troupes from different parts of Kargil like in their finest costumes and jeweler, gave warm Wel Come to Chief Guest Ghulam Ahmad Mir and other dignitaries. Meanwhile

Kargil Festival 2013 inaugurated

G o vern o r f o r p ro m o tio n o f s p o rts a lo n g s ide f o cu s in g o n w elf a re o f ja w a n s , th eir f a m ilies

SRINAGAR, OCT 10 The NSG team lifted the 17th All India Police Golf Tournament-2013 organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Police at the Royal Springs Golf Course at Srinagar. The Punjab team was declared the runner-up. Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, who was the Chief Guest at the Prize Distribution function, speaking on the occasion, congratulated the winner and runner-up teams and the other players who won prizes in various categories for participating in the Tournament and playing at one of the best golf courses in the country. He complimented Mr. Ashok Prasad, Director General, J&K Police, and the organizing team for having taken the initiative of hosting this Tournament. The Governor observed that all the three Defence Services of the country have a healthy tradition of promoting sports and, besides, focusing on the welfare of their officers and men and their families. While, happily, the sports culture has also developed in all the Police organizations in the country there is need for also focusing adequately on the welfare of Police personnel and their families. The Governor released a Souvenir brought out on this occasion. Mr. Ashok Prasad, Director General of

various departments of district and others private firms put up stalls on the occasion. CEC Kargil, Asgar Ali Karbalai in his speech thanked Tourism Minister for his two days visit of Kargil. He urged Mir to direct all the stakeholders to speed up the work on all projects for early completion and appealed to him to

release the funds without delay. Tourism and Culture Minister Ghulam Ahmed Mir in his speech said that Kargil possesses a God gifted natural bounty with amazing panoramic landscape and enchanting rugged mountains with Nature expressing different moods to match each season. He

APS Srinagar 1st runner's up in English, Hindi debate competition

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10 - Army Public School (APS), Srinagar was declared first runner's up in the debate competition titled 'Are Social Networking Sites making us AntiSocial'. It also received the first runner's up position in the Hindi debate on the topic 'Ykks d ra = dkiz g jh ehfM;k ' (Media Protector of Democracy). The English team of the school was represented by Darakshan Sajad of class X, Hibba Ishtiyaq of class IX and Tabish Khan of XI Science while the members of Hindi team were; Tavleen Kour of XI Science, Mega Dhar of X Class and Arshjot Singh of XI Science. Tavleen Kaur also won the

Display Your Talent

JAMMU: Dr. Surinder Sharma Memorial Quiz Competition organized by Department of Students Welfare, University of Jammu under the ongoing Inter-Collegiate/ Departmental Display Your Talent 2013-14. The team consisting of Chahukeshi Jamwal, Ajayshree Singh Sambyal and Kanwal Parihar from the Department of History, University of Jammu, fetched the First Team trophy whereas the team from GGM Science College, Jammu, consisting of Saveta Sharma, Jagmeet Singh and Daleep Kumar and the team from Govt. Engg. & Tech., Jammu consisting of Abhinandan Singh, Balbir Singh and Saurabh Kohli, were got the Second and Third place, respectively.

Police, presented a memento to the Governor as a memorabilia of the Tournament. Earlier, in his welcome address, the DGP said that over 100 golfers from 31 States and Central Police Organizations had participated in the 17th All India Police Golf Tournament-2013. He said that such sports events provide a valuable opportunity to interact and develop camaraderie with other Police organizations in the country. Mr. S. M. Sahai, Additional Director General of Police (Armed), who was

Organizing Secretary of the Tournament, presented a Vote of Thanks. Mr. K. Rajendra Kumar, Director General Prisons; Mr. P. L. Gupta, ADG Coordination; Mr. S. P. Vaid, ADG Headquarters; Mrs. D. R. Doley, ADG Home Guards; Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; senior Civil and Police officers, participating players and golf lovers were among those present on this occasion.

VCs of KU and JU call on Governor

Info organizes debate contest

RAMNAGAR, OCT-10:The Department of Information, Ramnagar organized a debate contest on the topic "TV; a Friend or Foe" in the premises of Government Higher Secondary School, Chowki Jandrore in Tehsil Ramnagar of district Udhampur today. As many as, 10 students of the host school participated in the contest and put their views on the topic. Vice Principal of the host school, Mr. Manohar Lal was the chief guest of the occasion. Mr. Farid Ali of 11th class adjudged first while Renu Devi of 10th and Kajol Bharti of 10th stood 2nd and 3rd respectively in the debate contest.

best speakeraward. The debate competition was held at APS Udhampur in which APS Srinagar, APS Udhampur, APS Nagrota, APS Dhar Road, APS Akhnoor and APS Rukhmuthi participated.

Principal APS Srinagar, Mr. Sandeep Marhatta congratulated the teams and expressed the hope that the school will be No. 1 in all fields of educational and extra-curricular activities in the coming years.

Media persons to be awarded: Speaker

Gul asks assembly employees to work with dedication, follow up ATRs
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 10: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Mr. Mubarak Gul today said that media persons will be given Press Awards this year as was being done before. He said that the practice of awarding media persons was stopped and has been started from this year and the persons who have registered outstanding performances would be rewarded. The Speaker was interacting with the staff of Assembly Secretariat during a meeting convened to thank the departments concerned with the smooth functioning of the just concluded Assembly session. The Speaker thanked the departments including Information, Radio Kashmir, Doordarshan, General Administration Department, Police, Law, Estates, R&B, Floriculture, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Health, Hospitality and Protocol, PDD, Fire and Emergency Services, PHE and other concerned departments. He also thanked the Chief Secretary, Financial Commissioners, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries and Head of the Departments for giving their whole-hearted support in conducting the session smoothly. The Speaker appreciated the employees of Assembly Secretariat for performing their duties with dedication, however, he directed them to deliver with zeal and follow up the Action Taken Reports (ATRs) of all public interest issues raised in the House during the session. With regard to grievances of the employees of the Assembly Secretariat, the Speaker said that the reorganization of the Assembly Secretariat is under active consideration. Giving details of the Business transacted during the course of session, the Speaker said that as many as 21 Questions were taken up and 71 Supplementaries were raised during the session. He said as many as 108 public importance issues were raised by the members during Zero Hour and 2 Government Bills were passed, 7 Private Members Bills were taken up and 01 Private Members Bills introduced. Mr. Gul further said that 72 Calling Attentions were received and 38 were listed during the session. Besides, 33 Number of Resolutions were received out of which 29 were admitted, 4 disallowed and 3 were taken up for discussion, he told. As many as 9 Papers were laid in the House, 3 discussions were allowed and one Adjournment Motion was discussed. The total duration of the House was 28 hours and 15 minutes during the session, the Speaker said. Secretary, Legislative Assembly M. Ramzan also spoke on the occasion and briefed the Speaker about the allotments of residential accommodation provided by the Estates Department to the employees of the Assembly Secretariat.

SRINAGAR, OCT 10 Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, and Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan, here this evening. The two Vice Chancellors

briefed the Governor, who is Chancellor of both the Universities, about common issues relating to the functioning of the main campuses and the off-site campuses of both the varsities. The Governor and the Vice Chancellors also discussed

other important issues relating to enhancing the teaching and research capacities and developing centres of excellence in both the institutions. Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor, was present during the discussions.

World Sight Day Celebrated in Kargil

KARGIL: Kargil also celebrated the world Sight Day today on 10th of October. In this connection the Health Department Kargil organized an awareness camp on the Theme Get Your Eyes Tested at Government Boys Higher Secondary School Baroo Kargil. More than 350 student and staff of the school attended the function and students Khadim Hussain of Class 12th, Nusrat Mehdi of Class 12th and Viqar Haider of Class 11th presented their lecture on the said topic and were adjudged as 1st, 2nd and 3rd respecDr Asiya Noor Eye Specialist District Hospital Kargil highlighted the common ailment of eye and briefed the students about the day its importance. The CMO Kargil Dr Shabir Hussain aware the students about the day and its important told that Eye is the sensitive organ of the body which needs outmost care and also to take care of their eyes and contact the doctor if they get any kind of ailment or injury to their eyes. Later Dr Shabir Flagged Off a rally of the students from the School which passing through Baroo Bazaar.

tively. On this occasion the Chief Medical Officer Kargil Dr Shabir Hussain was the Chief

Guest and the Principal Boys Higher Secondary School Kargil was the Guest of Honour.

MLA Beerwah inaugurates Farm Machinery Trikuta College of Comp Science and Mela-Cum-Awareness Camp at Beerwah Mgt Studies organizes Industrial tour

J&K wins 3 medals in North Zone Sport Climbing

Abhishek adjudged best comedian

KATRA, OCT, 10:- Mr. Abhishek was adjudged as best comedian in the most sought after event of the Navratra festival captioned as "Hassaya Vayang Pratiyogita" which concluded at Durga Bhawan last evening. A cash prize amounting Rs.25000/- was awarded to him for his extra ordinary performance in the humorous stage show organized as part of festival by the Hassaya Vayang Manch, Katra with active support of Shree Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and State Tourism Department. Atul and Shazi Khan were adjudged 2nd and 3rd winner in the contest respectively. Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary was the chief guest while director Tourism, Soujanya Sharma was the guest of hon-

BUDGAM, OCT 10 : With a view to boost diversification of Agriculture and enhance production and productivity of various crops, the Agriculture Department has provided 46 Irrigation Pump Sets, 2 Power Tillers, 6 Tool Kits, 21 Poly green houses, 15 Foot Sprayers, 3 Vermi Compost units and 2 Mushroom units in Agriculture Sub Division Beerwah during current year so far. An amount of Rs. 9.00 lakhs are being spent as incentives on these components. This was given out during Farm Machinery Cum Awareness Camp organized by Department of Agriculture at Town Hall Beerwah today, which was inaugurated by MLA Beerwah Dr. Mohammad Shafi. Among others Director Agriculture Kashmir Mushtaq Peerzada,

Chief Agriculture Officer Budgam Mushtaq Ahmad Parray and Tehsildar Beerwah were present. Director Agriculture Kashmir informed that in Sub Division Beerwah against net area sown 26461 hectares are under Paddy 11501 hectares, Maize 4704, Pulses 1200 hectares, Fodder 1321hectares and Vegetable 784 hectares. On this occasion MLA Beerwah Dr. Mohammad Shafi said that Government is committed for upliftment of farming community & need of hour is to develop agriculture sector on modern scientific lines. He asked farmers to participate in Melas and Awareness Camps organizing by the department to remain updated with the latest technology & farm machinery.

JAMMU: Trikuta College of Comp Science and Mgt Studies today organised an industrial visit for the students of BBA/BCA. The students visited Shalimar Floorings Pvt Ltd located at SIDCO industries estate Bari Brahmana, which is known for innovation and impeccable quality of carpets and

rugs. The students were briefed about company profile and were later given a detailed knowledge about the production of carpets and rugs. The students were also accustomed to technical know how about handling of waste to prevent environmental hazards.

Over 60,000 pilgrims pay obeisance at Merhada Mata

UDHAMPUR, OCT-10:- Over 60,000 pilgrims hailing from different parts of Udhampur and Jammu district paid obeisance at the scared temple of Merhada Mata situated at hillock in between village Barmeen and Ghordi of tehsil Ramnagar during first six ongoing Navratras. It was disclosed by the President Merhada Mata Pravandak Committee Ghordi Mr. Bharat Bhushan Sharma here today. It is pertinent to mention here that the Akhand Jyoti of Marhada Mata remained for the public darshan at village Ghordi on the occasion of first Navratra and was carried to Merhada Mata on the occaSimilar Akhand Jyoti of Mehada Mata, which was carried out to Merhada Mata on the occasion of 4th Navratra by the villages of Barmeen, remained for public darshan at village Barmeen upto 3th Navratra. Besides, Akhand Jyotis of the Adobe were also taken out to the holy temple of Merhada Mata from Upper Barmeen, Pipple, Kaldi, Panj Garian and Gharrian followed by thousands of devotees. Various social organizations have arranged free pandals at various places including Ghordi, Barmeen, Satyalta, Nalla Ghouran, Bekhater, Ganpati, Gaula and Merhada Mata.

JAMMU: J&K climbers held the state flag flying high during the recently concluded 19th North Zone (NZ) Sport Climbing Championship at Salwan Public School in Delhi with two climbers, Shilpa Charak and Kumari Bindia Sharma winning one silver and two bronze medals. Considering their achievements both the climbers have been selected to represent the North Zone in the upcoming National Championship.

our on the occasion. Complementing the organizers of the Hassaya Vayang Manch for the successful conduct of the gala event, the Deputy Commissioner said that he was highly impressed to see the quality, standard of the show. President of the Manch, Gopal Padha while giving resume of the event said that the event has gained promi-

nence in the annual Navratra festival. He said apart from local participation, the talented artists from across the state participated in the competition. Among others, Vice president, Mr. Arun, Gen. Secretary, Mr. Sunny Jamwal, creative Head, Mr. Bhanu Bandral and members of the Manch were also present on the occasion.

sion of 2nd Navratra early in the morning followed by thousands of

devotees in their colourful dresses amidst chanting bhajan and kirtan.

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