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Musharraf
attacks Modi
New Delhi: Former
Pakistan President Pervez
Musharraf today attacked
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi saying that he is antiPakistan and anti-Muslim,
and that he cannot dictate
terms to his country on the
peace process.
Nitish to launch
'Samparak yatra'
from Nov 12
Patna: Senior JD(U)
leader Nitish Kumar would
launch a 17-day yatra
(march) of the state from
November 12 which would
be a major event ahead of
state Assembly elections due
next year.
PM's 2nd round
of "Mann ki
Baat" on radio on
Nov 2
New Delhi: Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
will hold his second round
of "Mann Ki Baat" radio
programme on November 2.
Delhi govt gears
up for Chhath
New Delhi: Delhi
government today directed
officials to put in place all
the necessary arrangements
for ensuring a safe Chhath
puja in the national capital.
Assam, Nagaland
church leaders
meet Gogoi
Guwahati: A joint peace
mission comprising church
leaders of Assam and
Nagaland met Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi to
discuss the issues relating to
the troubled inter-state
border.
AP CM criticises
T'ana's TRS govt
for power crisis
Hyderabad: Andhra
Pradesh Chief Minister N
Chandrababu Naidu today
said here that he was ready
for an open discussion about
the prevailing power crisis
in the new Telangana state
even as he criticised the
Telangana Rashtra Samiti
(TRS) government for
creating a controversy over
every issue.
JU students to
hold referendum
on VC's
resignation
Kolkata: Students of
Jadavpur University, who
are pressing for the
resignation of its Vicechancellor Abhijit
Chakrabarti over calling in
the police to break up a
gherao on September 17,
have decided to go for a
referendum on the issue.
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Pak violates ceasefire along
IB in Samba, targets BoP
Agencies
Jammu | Oct | 22
After a brief lull of three
days, Pakistan today again
resorted to firing from across
the International Border (IB) in
Samba district of Jammu and
Kashmir in yet another act of
ceasefire violation.
“Pakistan Rangers resorted to
small arms firing at Narainpur
BoP along IB in Ramgarh sector
of Samba district at around
1030 hours,” Ramgarh Station
House Officer (SHO), Satesh
Kumar, told.
Confirming the ceasefire
violation, a BSF spokesman
said that Indian troops had
retaliated to the Pakistani firing
in brief exchanges.
“There was no loss of life or
injury to anyone in the firing,”
the spokesman added.
The latest ceasefire violation
comes 72 hours after the last
instance of firing from across
the border by the neighbouring
country’s troops on the night of
October 19 in Pargwal sector of
Jammu district.
Pakistani troops had also
violated the ceasefire on Oct. 18
and 17 by resorting to firing on
BoPs in the Makwal and Allah
mahi Da Kothay (AMK) areas
of Jammu district.
Before that, the ceasefire was
violated twice on Oct. 17 along
the Line of Control (LoC) in
Hamirpur sector of Poonch
district. Ceasefire violations
also took place on Oct. 16 night.
In firing from across the LoC
in the Saujian-Kirni-Shahpur
belts of Poonch on Oct. 15, a
seven-year-old boy, Riyaz of
Kuiyian Gotirian village, was
injured. The IB and LoC in
Jammu region have witnessed
heavy firing and mortar shelling
by Pakistani troops since Oct. 1
which has left nine persons dead
and over 95 injured, including
13 security men.
Around 30,000 people have
fled their homes to avoid the
shelling, leaving 113 hamlets
deserted in the border areas.
Omar cleans flood-hit areas as
part of 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'
NL Correspondent
Srinagar | Oct. | 23
Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah tonight
joined the Srinagar Municipal
Corporation (SMC) officials in
cleaning the flood-hit areas of
the city as part of the 'Swachh
Bharat Abhiyan'.
Wielding brooms, Omar and
SMC Commissioner G N Qasba
swept the road in Jawahar
Nagar, one of the worst hit areas
in the recent flood.
Omar had earlier thanked
Bollywood superstar Salman
Khan for nominating him to the
'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'
launched by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi earlier this
month.
"Thanks for the nomination
@BeingSalmanKhan. Watch
this space for my contribution
and the names of the 9 (persons)
I will have to nominate," Omar
wrote on micro-blogging site
Twitter.
Besides nominating all his
Facebook fans and Twitter
followers, Khan had nominated
Omar, Aamir Khan, Azim
Premji, Chanda Kochhar,
Pradeep Dhoot, Rajat Sharma,
Rajinikanth and Vineet Jain for
the campaign.
The Bollywood superstar was
among the people nominated by
the Prime Minister at the launch
of the campaign on Gandhi
Jayanti on October 2.
Blackmoney issue
Cong dares Govt to come out with names
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
Stung by Finance Minister
Arun Jaitley’s remarks on the
black money issue, Congress
today asked the Modi
Government
to
stop
“blackmail” tactics and dared it
to come out with full
information, saying the party is
above individuals.
A day after Arun Jaitley’s
remarks that disclosure of
names of those holding illicit
foreign accounts will embarrass
the Opposition party, party
general secretary Ajay Maken
said Government should desist
coming out with “half truths”
and “selective leakage”.
“Congress is not going to be
blackmailed under any such
threat…Do not try to blackmail
us. Stricter possible action
should be taken against
whoever is involved in it but
that should not be inspired by
vindictiveness and it should also
not be half truths,” he told
reporters.
The issue of black money has
led to a war of words between
the ruling BJP and Congress.
The Modi government, which
promised to bring back black
money stashed by Indians in
foreign banks, toed the line of
UPA regime by informing the
Supreme Court on October 17
PM to have a busy
Diwali visit to Srinagar
NL Correspondent
Srinagar | Oct | 22
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's Diwali visit here on
Thursday to express solidarity
with the flood affected people
of Jammu and Kashmir will be
packed
with
meetings,
government sources said.
The Prime Minister is
expected to land at the airport
here at around 1 pm on
Thursday. He will then go to the
Raj Bhawan where he will meet
members of flood-affected
families, including women and
children, from different parts of
the Valley.
"He will chair a meeting to
review
the
relief
and
rehabilitation operations by the
state
and
the
central
government agencies," a state
government source told a news
agency. "Modi is also likely to
visit a relief camp in Srinagar,"
the source added.
Sources here also said that
Modi is likely to announce a
relief and rehabilitation package
for the flood affected people in
the state.
He is scheduled to fly back to
New Delhi in the evening.
The visit, however, has
evoked a mixed response from
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that it cannot disclose such
details given by countries with
which India has double taxation
avoidance agreement(DTAA).
As Congress accused the BJP
government of “practising
“hypocrisy” on the issue, Jaitely
yesterday said, “The names (of
black money account holders)
will be public shortly… I can
assure you there is no
embarrassment I (BJP) will
have when all the names are
disclosed. There is some
embarrassment the Congress
party will have because of those
names”.
Reacting sharply to Jaitley’s
remarks, Maken said, “There is
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Ready for
Assembly polls
in J&K: BJP
NL Correspondent
Security beefed up in
Kashmir ahead of PM's visit
Srinagar | Oct | 22
NL Correspondent
Srinagar | Oct | 22
BJP on Wednesday said it
was ready for Assembly
elections in Jammu and
Kashmir any time the Election
Commission
decides
on
holding polls in the state.
"As far as BJP is concerned,
we were ready yesterday, we
are ready today and we are
ready anytime for the elections.
We have no objections," BJP
leader and MoS in Prime
Minister's Office Jitendra Singh
told reporters here.
Singh, however, said the
timing of the elections in the
state was the prerogative of the
Election Commission of India.
"When elections are to be
held, it is the prerogative of the
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Security has been beefed up
here and across the Valley as
separatists called for a general
strike on Thursday against the
visit of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi.
Police and paramilitary
forces have been deployed in
strength and are conducting
random checking of vehicles at
dozens of places in the city and
elsewhere, a senior police
officer said.
Special checking points have
been set up at various places in
the city including entry and exit
points as a precautionary
measure to maintain law and
order.
The move was aimed at
foiling any attempt by militants
Operation to clear
Tosamaidan over
Agencies
Tosamaidan | Oct | 22
The 83-day-long operation
'Falah' to clear the firing range
in this famous meadow of
Budgam
in
Kashmir
concluded today with the army
saying that it has totally
demined the 69-sq. km area.
"The initiative to clear the
Tosamaidan field firing range
of the unexploded bombs and
other explosive objects came
to a conclusion after 83 days
and 10,000 man-hours. We can
confidently say now that we
have kept our promise made to
the people of clearing the
field," said Lt Gen Subrata
Saha, Corps Commander of
the Srinagar-based Chinar
Corps.
Tosamaidan, also known as
the 'king of meadows', is
situated in the Pir Panjal range
in Budgam district. It was at
the centre of a controversy
when Kashmiris demanded the
shifting out of the firing range
following the expiry of the
lease in April this year.
Several
protest
demonstrations were held
across the valley in support of
the demand for the army to
leave Tosamaidan after some
sporadic incidents causing
injuries to locals here due to
littered shells in the area.
Saha said the army used hitech equipment to clear the
impact and periphery areas of
the range even as it faced a lot
of difficulties in sweeping the
area due to its terrain.
"For about 24 days, we had
rainfall and snowfall here. It
was one of the biggest drives
undertaken by the army and
was supported by the locals
and the civil administration,"
he said.
Saha said that although the
area has been completely
cleared of dangerous material,
if any suspicious object is
found there, the locals should
report the matter to the army.
The army had given
financial assistance of Rs 1
lakh to the family of one Bilal
Ahmad Parray, who lost his
life in a shell explosion here
on July 16. The cheque was
presented to the family of the
deceased by Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah.
It has also taken the
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Flood rehabilitation delayed
due to prolonged rescue ops
NL Correspondent
Srinagar | Oct | 22
Centre today said the
rehabilitation of the flood
victims of Jammu and Kashmir
has been delayed due to
prolonged rescue operations
following the natural calamity
in the state last month.
“Rehabilitation
follows
rescue. When the rescue part is
prolonged, when the rescue
operation is more onerous, the
rehabilitation gets delayed
accordingly,” Union Minister of
State in Prime Minister’s Office
Jitendra Singh told reporters
here.
Asked if the present
government at the Centre had
been tardy compared to the
response to 2005 earthquake,
Singh said there was no
comparison between magnitude
of the two tragedies.
“I don’t think there is any
comparison. This is an unequal
comparison. The magnitude of
devastation caused by the floods
is many times that of the
earthquake. The kind of
response by the present
government is unprecedented to
floods,” he added.
The Minister said there was
no deliberate delay in providing
compensation to the flood
victims before the onset of
winter.
“The process is being
followed and it will be done
sooner than later,” he said.
Singh said dealing with the
aftermath of a calamity is a
three-phased progress and in
normal
practice,
the
rehabilitation stage will come
only after the relief phase is
over.
“When the rescue is only a
day-long, the rehabilitation goes
on immediately. The first phase
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Incursion by China during Prez Xi’s visit ‘uncommon'
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
The ITBP, which guards the
Sino- Indian border, today said
that the incursion by China in
Ladakh during the recent visit of
its President Xi Jinping to India
was “uncommon” as it had gone
on for a fortnight, unlike past
episodes which had lasted no
longer than 10-15 minutes.
“It was uncommon as
normally such incidents do not
last for more than 10-15
minutes. When they come, we
show them a banner telling them
that the territory is of India’s
and ask them to go back. They
normally do. But this time the
incident lasted for long,” IndoTibetan Border Police (ITBP)
Director
General
Subhas
Goswami said at a press
conference here.
Refusing to disclose the
details of the affair which had
unfolded during the visit of the
Chinese President last month,
Goswami said that incursions by
China take place due to the
perceptional difference vis-a-vis
each other’s territories.
“The incidents in the past
occurred due to the difference in
the perception regarding the
border,” he said.
Forces of the two countries
were locked in a stare-down at
Chumur in Ladakh for a
fortnight beginning Sept. 11.
The matter had clouded Xi’s
three-day visit to India.
For days, soldiers of the
Chinese PLA and Indian
security
personnel
were
engaged in an eyeball-toeyeball confrontation in the area
even as Prime Minister
Narendra Modi raised the matter
twice with the Chinese
president.
Tension had erupted when
some Chinese workers crossed
over with equipment to build a
road up to 5-km deep inside
Indian territory. A marathon flag
meeting between the two armies
had facilitated an end to the
crisis.
Goswami said that ITBP,
which guards the 3,488-kmlong, high altitude border
stretching from Jammu and
Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh,
has placed the demand for more
cameras and other surveillance
equipment.
“We have installed a camera
in the Ladakh sector which can
zoom into objects 20-25-km
away. We need more of such
instruments,” he said.
Asked to comment about
reports that the army wants to
have the operational control of
ITBP, Goswami said he had no
such information, but added that
“giving command of a force to
another force would not be
good”.
ITBP has said that it has
approached Home Ministry for
approval to set up 54 more
Border Out Posts.
to strike in the city ahead or
during the Prime Minister's
visit, he said.
The Prime Minister yesterday
said that he would spend
Diwali, the festival of lights, in
flood-hit Srinagar.
"Will be in Srinagar on
Diwali, 23d October & will
spend the day with our sisters &
brothers affected by the
unfortunate floods," Modi
tweeted yesterday.
This will be his fourth visit to
Jammu and Kashmir since
taking charge as Prime Minister
in May.
While the announcement of
the Prime Minister generated
hope among the flood survivors
of a comprehensive package
from the centre to rebuild their
lives, two factions of Hurriyat
Conference have called for a
general strike and peaceful
protests against the visit of the
Prime Minister.
"Government of India acted
as the mute spectator amid
worst ever floods in Kashmir
and did nothing to mitigate the
sufferings of the affected on
ground...We will not allow
anyone to rub salt into our
wounds," hardline faction of
Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah
Geelani said in a statement.
It said when Modi had not
even felicitated Muslims on
Eid, his celebrating Diwali in
the Muslim-majority state is
"unacceptable".
Shabir Ahmad Shah led
faction of Hurriyat Conference
also called for a general strike
tomorrow and asked people to
hold peaceful demonstrations
against Modi's visit.
No exchange of sweets with
Pak at border on Diwali
NL Correspondent
Srinagar | Oct. | 23
With Pakistan continuing to
violate ceasefire at LoC and
International Border, Indian
soldiers at the Attari border
have decided to skip the age-old
tradition of exchanging sweets
on Diwali.
Ahead of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi's visit to
Srinagar on Diwali, Pakistan
today violated the ceasefire on
the international border in
Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan Rangers targeted
BSF posts in BSF (Border
Security Force) positions in
Ramgarh area of the Samba
district with automatics and
small arms in an uprovoked
firing at around 9:30 am.
They have also violated the
ceasefire in Arnia sub-sector of
RS Pura in Jammu district.
Indian soldiers retaliated with
heavy firing. The prime minister
will celebrate Diwali with the
state's flood-affected victims.
Attack on Canadian parliament:
Soldier, shooter killed
Agencies
Ottawa, Ontario | Oct. | 22
At least two gunmen
traumatized the heart of the
Canadian government on
Wednesday, with one shooting a
soldier guarding the National
War Memorial and then
entering the adjacent Parliament
building, where multiple rounds
were fired. Shooting also was
reported at a nearby shopping
mall.
Police officers rushed to
secure the Parliament building
and move occupants to safety as
they hunted for what Canadian
news reports said were possibly
two or three assailants, in what
had the appearance of a
coordinated
attack.
The
Canadian
Broadcasting
Corporation reported that one
assailant was killed. The
condition of the soldier who
was shot was not immediately
clear.
The shootings began about
10am, just as the leaders of
parliament were holding their
weekly meetings, suggesting
the possibility of deliberate
timing. Many of the lawmakers
were rushed into secure rooms
in the basement by guards.
Prime Minister Stephen
Harper had been inside
parliament at the time of the
shooting but was evacuated
safely, Canadian news reports
said. The entire area, known as
Parliament Hill, was placed on
lockdown
as
police
reinforcements arrived.
The Ottawa Police and Royal
Canadian Mounted Police
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OGW module of LeT busted,
arms cache recovered in J&K
NL Correspondent
Srinagar | Oct. | 22
With the arrest of two Over
Ground Workers (OGWs) of
Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Jammu
and Kashmir police today
claimed to have busted a
terrorist module that was using
passenger vehicles to ferry arms
and ammunition.
"Two OGWs of Lashkar-eToiba terrorist outfit were
arrested yesterday as they were
transporting
arms
and
ammunition from the bordering
district of Poonch to Srinagar,"
a senior police officer said.
He said the two accused were
arrested from a passenger bus
that was on its way to Srinagar
from Mandi Tehsil in frontier
Poonch district.
"On specific information, we
stopped the bus and conducted a
search operation and recovered
three hand grenades, a pistol
and some ammunition," he said.
The two arrested OGWs have
been identified as Mohammed
Azam and Sikandar Khan of
Chapria of Mandi Tehsil and a
case under various sections
have been registered with the
police.
With the tightened anti-terror
grid, terrorist outfits are
desperate to reinforce their
deleting supply of arms and
ammunition.
JAMMU | THURSDAY | OCTOBER 23 | 2014
FROM PAGE 1...
Ready for
Election Commission of India. It is an independent
institution. It will not be fit for me to comment on
that. If anyone does, he must be wiser than us," he
added.
Barring National Conference, all political parties
in the state have called for holding Assembly
elections in the flood-hit state as per schedule.
Ruling National Conference has sought deferring
the polls in order to focus on relief and rehabilitation
of the flood victims in the state.
The Election Commission visited Kashmir last
week to assess the situation in the flood-hit areas of
the state in order to take a final call on the poll
schedule.
Cong dares
no need to blackmail Congress. Whatever names
they have, they should reveal and act as they have a
government. They should not try to blackmail us.
“We also tell them not to limit the declaration of
names only to 136 individuals. We want to tell the
BJP and the Prime Minister that half truth is not the
truth. They should not go for selective and vindictive
leakages. They should come out with all the names.”
Maken also recalled that Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, during his Lok Sabha election campaign, had
said that if the black money is brought back, each
citizen will have Rs 15 lakh while Home Minister
Rajnath Singh, who was then BJP President, had
promised to bring back black money within 100
days.
“Do not mislead people about names. People of
the country are not going to get into this trap of
names. People of the country are waiting that when
will the government bring back black money. 100
days have already passed and it is to be 150 days. So
not not a single penny has come.
“People of the country including me are waiting
for Rs 15 lakh to come into their accounts as was
promised by Modi ji,” he said.
Dismissing Jaitley’s remarks, AICC general
secretary Digvijay Singh accused Jaitley of
“bluffing” while Youth Congress chief Rajiv Satav
wondered what is stopping the Finance Minister from
naming those people. (AGENCIES)
Operation
responsibility for providing assistance
and
treatment to Fayaz Parrey, who was injured in an
explosion caused by a littered shell, Saha said.
In yet another public welfare initiative, Army has
given medical treatment to more than 3,000 patients
at medical camps in the area and has also treated
about 9,000 animals for various diseases.
Sports events and education tours to the
Tosamaidan area were also organised by the army.
The army is also holding pre- recruitment training of
47 young boys with a view to guiding them to take
the recruitment test for entry into the security forces.
As part of an employment drive, a mobile phone
repairing course is being conducted at the
Community Development Centre at Khag for 30
youths, the Army added.
A jute bag-making course for 30 women is being
run by army besides training for 20 women in
tailoring, stitching and designing, it said, adding that
50 students from the Gujjar and Bakerwal
communities are being provided schooling.
The chief minister, while lauding the initiatives
taken by the army for the benefit of the civilian
population, expressed hope that the security forces
would continue to provide necessary help to the
people in their day-to-day life.
PM to have
the main political parties in the state.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah welcomed the decision. The opposition
Peoples Democratic Party too said the decision was
welcome, but also said it would have been better had
the Prime Minister visited the state during the Eid
festival that followed the devastating floods of
September 07.
This will be Modi's fourth visit to the state ever
since he became the Prime Minister five months ago.
Flood rehabilitation
is rescue, then relief and rehabilitation. We are, I
may say with responsibility, still in the relief,” he
said.
Asked about the state government’s Rs 44,000
crore memorandum of losses to the Centre, Singh
said a decision on it will be taken in due course of
time.
“There are some administrative procedures to be
followed and it will happen in due course of time,”
he said.
USTA observes hunger strike
JAMMU, OCT 22: Hundreds
of activists of USTA from
different districts of Jammu
region observed one day mass
hunger strike in front of
Directorate
of
School
Education Jammu. Hari Singh
demanded that long pending
salary of teachers working
under SSA, RMSA, head 2071,
KGBV, pick and choose
transfer policy, adjustments of
masters and lecturers should be
disbursed.
He condemned the attitude
of education authorities for not
paying attention towards the
burning issues of teaching
community. The teachers
working under SSA, RMSA,
head 2071, KGBV and their
families suffering due to
financial constraints as they are
without salary for 3 to 12
months.
He further alleged that
authorities have made transfers
as profitable industry ignoring
academic needs of school and
students.
Situation
has
worsened
that
General
Administration Department
Order No.1038 Dated 11-102014 has wrongly been
implemented by Directorate of
School Education, Jammu and
CEO's to favour transfer of
near and dear ones. USTA
demanded inquiry in this
matter.
Addressing the gathering,
Rajeev
Kumar,
General
Secretary criticized authorities
for not making adjustments of
masters and lecturers whose
DPC was made during Feb
2014. He demanded selection
grade in favour of trained
undergraduate teachers and
removal of pay anomaly,
clearance of 17% of pending
DA, regularization of lecturers,
headmasters and principals ,
minimum Rs 15000/- per
month
wages
for
unregularized
ReTs
and
contractual teachers, transfer of
all those who have completed
their tenure in far flung areas,
release Mid Day Meal liability.
USTA appealed
Chief
Minister to intervene and
resolve the long pending
demands otherwise USTA will
be forced to launch 72 hour
chain hunger strike.
Man held with intoxicant Nadeem contributes
JAMMU, OCT. 22: Police today held a person with Ganja at
medicines to
Akhnoor. As per reports, SHO P/S Akhnoor laid a surprise Naka at
Punnu Chowk, Akhnoor and intercepted one Pedestrian namely
Monu Prasad S/o Radhey Lal R/o Rajangarh, Tehsil Rajgarh,
flood victims
Madhya Pradesh. 650 grams Ghanja recovered from his
possession. The accused was arrested and a case under FIR No.
217/2014 U/S 8/20 NDPS Act registered against accused at P/S
Akhnoor. Further investigation of the case is going on.
Bhandara organized at Gumat
JAMMU, OCT 22: An annual
Bandhara was provided to the
devotees of Jammu in Prachin
Mahavir Mandir at Lower
Gumat Bazaar on the eve of
Mahavir Jayanti.
Several devotees paid
obeisance in the temple where
MLA, Ashok Kajuria was the
chief guest.
On the occasion, Gumat
Bazar Assoiation, Chairman
Ashwani Gupta, President
Subash Chander Gupta, Gen.
Sectary Satish Gupta, Vice
Presidents Naresh Gupta and
Ajay Gupta were present and
organized Bhandara.
Kinley's new "Boond Boond Mein
Sachchai" campaign begins
JAMMU, OCT 22: Kinley
packaged drinking water brands
rolled out its new communication
campaign "Boond Boond Mein
Sachchai" centered on the theme of
honesty and highlighting the
importance of trust and
transparency in relationships, the
JAMMU, OCT 22: Nadeem
Sharief, Assembly President
Youth Congress Bhaderwah
contributed medicines for
various dispensaries of Tehsil
Bhalessa. Heh held meeting
with NGOs in Bhalessa and
handed medicines which will
be carried to far flung areas of
Bhalessa
He said that the newly
created blocks, tehsils, nayabats
will accelerate development
and will create numerous job
opportunities for unemployed
youth
of
Bhaderwah
constituency.
He
said
that
MLA
Bhaderwah,
Mohammed
Sharied Niaz has struggled for
regularization of daily wager
employees
in
various
departments.
He demanded that SPOs and
daily wagers of various
departments
should
be
regularized at an earliest by
government as they face
hardship.
Nadeem while addressing
meeting
appreciated
the
decision
of
election
commission for not allowing
candidates to contest election
that have criminal or corrupt
background.
campaign reiterates the adage
'Honesty is the best policy'.
Wasim
Basir,
DirectorIntegrated
Marketing
Communications,
Coca-Cola
India, said, "Water as a category
stands on a key pillar of Trust.
Kinley has epitomized this through
its legacy in India. Commenting on
the campaign, Piyush Pandey said,
"We were very clear about what
had to be conveyed because deep
down we all connected with the
UDHAMPUR, OCT. 22: Lt core thought of the campaign."
Gen DS Hooda, GOC-in-C,
(Army Commander), Northern
Command has extended his
warm greetings to the Awam of
J&K and all Security Forces JAMMU, OCT. 22: Police today arrested 4 alleged gamblers
personnel, their families and during a raid at Paloura in Jammu. As per reports, SHO Police
dependents on the festive and station, Bakshi Nagar conducted a raid at Nadhar Mohalla, Paloura
auspicious occasion of Diwali. and arrested 4 alleged gamblers. All of them were identified as
The
Army
Commander Hans Raj S/o Gandharab Singh, Bhalwan Singh S/o Sawroop
expressed his hope that the Singh, Sukhdev Singh S/o Kesar Singh and Sewa Ram S/o Tillu
festival of lights which Ram all resident of Paloura. All alleged accused were arrested
symbolises the triumph of under 13 Gambling Act. Police recovered Rs. 25610/- as stake
money along with playing cards from their possession.
'Good over Evil.
Army commander
extends diwali greetings
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Police held 4 gamblers
In response to another question, the Minister said
the compensation for flood victims will be
announced before the onset of the winter.
“Certainly. Everybody is on work… Nobody is
sitting idle. But the assessment has to be done
before it is actually handed out. The things are
moving in a sequential manner,” he said.
Asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi would
announce a package for flood-affected people of
the state during his visit tomorrow, Singh said it
was not appropriate for him to speak on behalf of
the Prime MInister.
He rejected suggestions that Modi was visiting
the valley with an eye on the forthcoming
Assembly elections in the state.
“If there were elections, should he not come.
And if he had not come, then there would be
criticism that why he did not come,” he added.
He said the Prime Minister’s visit has not been
scheduled keeping any particular section or
community in mind.
“He was here few days before the Eid also.
Insha’ Allah, he will come again on Eid next year,”
the minister said.
Saying that it is a good thing that he will come
here and spend the Diwali in the valley, Singh said
“this is happening perhaps for the first time in
Independent India”.
He said the Centre is very much concerned about
the flood victims of the state and the Prime
Minister has been personally receiving briefings
about the situation on day to day basis.
His visit tomorrow proves how much concerned
he is about people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he
said.
Singh, however, did not reveal the details of the
Prime Minister’s visit.
“You will get the details from the administration
later today or tomorrow morning,” Singh said.
(AGENCIES)
Attack on
warned the public in a Twitter post to "stay away
from the downtown Ottawa area."
Witnesses reported seeing the gunman who shot
the soldier running into the House of Commons,
firing dozens of rounds. The assailant's identity and
motive were not clear.
It was also unclear whether any other people
were hurt, but an Ottawa bus converted to a
medical treatment unit was seen moving to the
area.
CCI extends gratitude
to Minister
JAMMU, OCT 22: The President Chamber of Commerce and
Industries Jammu, Rakesh Gupta extended gratitude to Minister
for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Raman Bhalla for reaching
Bahu Cold Storage in Narwal and passing immediate necessary
instructions to Fire Service personals involved in controlling the
fire that broke out in the said cold storage today. The Minister
asked owners to submit the claim of losses to Divisional
Commissioner Jammu so that some losses could be compensated.
The Chamber of Commerce also thanked personals of Fire and
Emergency services engaged in operation. The department should
take steps to upgrade and procure latest machines to handle such
situations, he added.
Functioning of JCC
Bank reviewed
JAMMU, OCT 22: Secretary
Co-operatives Department, R K
Koul stressed upon the Jammu
Central Cooperative Bank
(JCCB) to improve recovery
portfolio by achieving the laid
down targets of recoveries in
full especially the Non
Performing Assets (NPAs) and
directed bank management to
regularly monitor performance
of its branches by reviewing
targets of recoveries especially
in NPA cases.
Koul stated this while
holding the half yearly review
meeting of JCCB at Rail Head
Complex Jammu. During the
review meeting, Managing
Director
JCCB,
Ganesh
Chander Sharma briefed
Secretary
about
the
performance of bank. He
disclosed that deposits of the
bank have risen to Rs 1414.37
crore till September, 2014. He
further informed that 1950
Kissan Credit Cards (KCCs)
have been issued to farmers and
an amount of Rs 2062.59 lakh
have been sanctioned in their
favour. The total number of
KCCs issued by the JCC Bank
since inception of the scheme is
36734 KCCs and the amount of
loan advanced thereon is Rs
7181.06 lakh. Koul emphasized
the need to make more number
of
Primary
Agriculture
Cooperative Societies (PACs)
eligible, as the PACs are the
most important institution of
the cooperative movement as
they work at the grass root level
both in the rural and urban
areas.
Hanuman Jayanti celebrated
JAMMU, OCT 22: Shri Kailakh Jyotish Avim Vedic Sansthan
Trust celebrated Hanuman Jayanti in the Dev Asthan of Bawa
Kailakh Dev in Jammu. Mahant Rohit Shastri presided over the
function. Hawan and Jagay and statue of hanuman were offered.
Sangat offered prayers and devotional programme to praise holy
nature of god. Worship of Lord Hanuman symbolizes in our
individual life "The Pursuit of Excellence". "Laal Deha Laalee
Lasay, Aru Dhari Laala Langoora Bajra Deha Daanawa Dalana,
Jai Jai Jaikapi Soora".
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KPs detained for organizing Rath Yatra
JAMMU, OCT 22: Over 100 Kashmiri Pandits
'Akhir Kab Tak' in their Rath Yatra from J&K to
Delhi were detained by Delhi Police. Prof. Bhim
Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party
visited prisoners including children, women,
youth and several senior citizens. The leaders
including Pt RK Bhat, President Youth All India
Kashmiri Samaj told that the representatives of
the Kashmiri Samaj came in Rath Yatra from
J&K through Punjab and Haryana reached Delhi
and wanted to take out a Candle March at India
Gate. They want to meet the Prime Minister and
present their memorandum to him. He expressed
hope that Home Minister and Prime Minister
shall intervene and ensure that Kashmiri Pandits
are treated with respect and dignity, he added.
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10 inj. Diclofenace sodium 25mg
11 inj. Paracetamol 150mg
12 inj. Tramadol 50mg
13 inj. Theophylline +etophylline
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18 inj. Soda bicarvonate
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60 Tab Albendazole 400mg
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62 Tab Entrocoxime 90mg
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64 Tab Ofloxacine +Tinidazole
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67 Tab Amlodepinh 5mg
68 Cap. Depin 5mg
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70 Tax Glimpride 1mg + MetFormin
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75 Tab Diclofenac sodium + PCM
76 Tab Fliuconazole 150mg
77 Tab Multivitamin
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79 Cap. Raviprazole
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81 Salbutamole + Becolethazone Inhaler
82 sulphacetamide Eye Drop 20%
83 ORS Powder
84 Sodium phosphate Anema
85 soframycine skin cream 30mg
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90 Liquid cetrimide solution
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Regional parties
down, but not out
After the Haryana and Maharashtra assembly election
results were declared, I congratulated a friend, a political
scientist, for correctly predicting that the Bharatiya Janata
Party would get a majority in Haryana. He then recounted the
exchange between two friends, “Congratulations,” said one
to the other. “For what?” his friend asked. The other replied,
“You were right. The floods are on time!”
Who has been swept away by the flood of BJP victories?
The obvious answer is the Congress. But does the BJP’s
success in projecting itself as a national party that can
represent regional aspirations also make the future of
regional parties uncertain? After all, the BJP made substantial
gains although it abandoned its erstwhile allies in these
elections. It jettisoned possible alliances with the Indian
National Lok Dal and the Haryana Janhit Congress, and yet
rose from four seats in the state assembly in 2009 to 47 this
time around. In Maharashtra, it gambled by going it alone
without the Shiv Sena, and emerged as the single largest
party.
This pattern may well be repeated in state elections in
Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and even Punjab.
These states are vulnerable to change in government. Yet,
analysts may be reading too much into the BJP’s regional
successes. After all, the state-level parties in Haryana and
Maharashtra have not been entirely decimated. The INLD
has emerged as the second largest, and, therefore, the main
opposition party in Haryana. And this was despite two of its
top leaders undergoing a 10-year prison term.
One could even argue that because the Jats saw their 80year-old leader Om Prakash Chautala out on bail, limping
from one rally to another, a sympathy vote consolidated
behind the INLD. While the Jat vote (except in the Congress
belt of Rohtak and Jajjhar) consolidated in favour of the
INLD, the non-Jat consolidation behind the BJP was larger,
contributing to the party’s victory. So the main state-level
party, the INLD, despite its leaders being publicly
dishonoured and jailed, maintained an honourable legislative
presence.
Maharashtra, too, the Shiv Sena has far from disappeared.
Indeed, it has increased its strength in the legislature. The
regional Nationalist Congress Party also continues to exist.
Despite seizing ground from both, the BJP still needs to ally
with one of them to be able to form a government in
Maharashtra.
It is difficult to see how state-level players will disappear
under the onslaught of the BJP in Jammu and Kashmir,
Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam,
Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, Odisha,
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala or even in
Delhi.
The state-level players do well not because they represent
a regional sentiment but because they promise good
governance. Naveen Patnaik, who does not even speak Odia,
has won every election since 1999 and his Biju Janata Dal
will continue ruling Odisha till 2019. These parties are
regional only in terms of their area of influence. They have
the same development and governance goals as the national
parties irrespective of whether they are organised around
caste, ethnic, religious or regional lines. Where national level
parties have failed to provide a responsive government in a
state, why would voters not opt for local political parties?
By virtue of its majority government at the Centre, the
BJP insisted on changing the rules of engagement between
itself -- a national party -- and the state-level parties. Yet, the
electoral successes of the BJP do not necessarily mean the
eclipse of state-level parties.
The BJP is in an ascendant phase under the leadership of
Narendra Modi. However, in this time of fast-changing
public aspirations, short attentions spans and the constant
public need for new stimuli, public perceptions of the Modi
government will change. When the storyline flags, the BJP
may have to look for allies once again.
Meanwhile, winning state-level elections largely by
banking on Modi’s personal charisma, would mean that the
local leadership of the BJP will be dwarfed. As power will
accrue to only two people, Modi and Amit Shah, the “high
command” culture, which ruined the Congress, could also
become the bane of the BJP.
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For everyone's sake, can Congress sack Rahul?
Mihir S Sharma
The Narendra Modi government
is as half-hearted as its leader is
energetic. It is as tentative as he is
transformative; its actions are as
timid as his promises were
unrestrained.
This was underlined by two of the
decisions that it took in the past few
days.
First, it set a new formula for the
pricing of natural gas discoveries in
India. The formula, however,
stopped short of also putting into
place a transparent and depoliticised process for adjusting that
price.
After all, a "premium" was
promised for natural gas discoveries
in fields that are difficult to extract it
from -- which is, by a strange
coincidence, exactly the sort of field
that Reliance Industries claims it has
been saddled with. This means,
essentially, that bureaucrats or
ministers will set the premium, in
response to requests and claims from
the company that has discovered
natural gas. This is not, to put it
mildly, a particularly marketfriendly or reformist vision.
Then there's its step on coal "denationalisation" -- oh wait, Finance
Minister Arun Jaitley really doesn't
want us to say that has happened.
And he is right. It hasn't happened.
The government went to great pains
to emphasise it had not really
allowed private sector mining -merely decided on an ordinance that
would allow for the status quo ante
to be restored.
It is a matter of great amusement
to most people who look carefully at
these issues that such steps are being
sold as great reform, just as a
website for inspectors was sold as
labour law reform and an electronic
attendance register for bureaucrats
as administrative reform.
What is more worrying, though, is
that the government's claim that
these are major reforms is going
unchallenged.
Look -- governments, in general,
are allowed to make this sort of
outsize claim. The opposition exists
to question their decision -- to point
out if and where it falls short, and
whether it is a real change or not.
Unfortunately, India does not have
an opposition, and so the
government's
bombastic
exaggerations
are
going
unchallenged.
On Sunday, as the results came in
from elections in Maharashtra and
Haryana, and the Congress party lost
power in states it had held for 15 and
10 years respectively, the Congress'
supreme leaders were noticeably
missing in action.
The person responsible is Rahul
Gandhi, and he was unavailable.
Unlike the wild-eyed and
malicious crazies online, I do not for
a moment suppose he was
holidaying somewhere pleasant.
As it happens, it is clear he was
visiting cyclone-hit parts of Andhra
Pradesh and Odisha. This was, no
doubt, a nice thing to do. It is also
colossally stupid to do it when your
party is falling part, and your
partymen want to hear from you.
True, that the Congress' current
leadership has shown itself
catastrophically incompetent is one
thing.
That should bother nobody but
them, and their own dwindling band
of die-hards, who have more and
more to forgive and less and less
patience with which to do it. But that
the Congress' leadership is also
intent on becoming the sort of
mindless opposition that it justly
criticised over the past decade
should infuriate us all.
Consider the Congress party's
reaction to the news that the
government had announced the
"decontrol" of diesel prices -- that
they
would
henceforth
be
determined by market forces.
Diesel subsidies used to be one of
the biggest holes in the Union
Budget.
But in January 2013, the last
government took the decision to
move prices up gradually every
month, till the per-litre subsidy was
wiped out.
That happened some months ago,
actually, and the government has
only now implemented the last and
least politically difficult step of the
plan set into motion by its
predecessor almost two years ago -a decision that, remember, caused
the government to be reduced to a
minority. Even the official press
release on diesel decontrol from this
government references the Cabinet
decision taken by the last lot.
So you would think the Congress
would want to hang around insisting
it got the credit for ending the diesel
problem, right? You would be
wrong.
The timeless geniuses who are
currently running India's oldest party
repeatedly into various walls instead
went with the "It's An Anti-People
Plot" gambit.
Is that official party policy?
Would the Congress really like to
run away from one of its
achievements while in power to seek
refuge instead in the kind of
reflexive "pro-poor" idiocy that has
made it a marginal force in almost
every Indian state of consequence?
I know Manmohan Singh has
earned his retirement.
But surely his ministers are
capable of turning up to point out the
reform limitations of the current
government?
Remember P Chidambaram? (Tall
gentleman, used to be finance
minister.) Why was he not claiming
he had fixed diesel prices, not Arun
Jaitley?
Where was M Veerappa Moily,
former petroleum minister? Over the
weekend, even as Modi ordered his
ministers to go on television, the
entire Congress front bench was
missing in action -- following their
leader's example.
Rahul is leading this Congress so
amateurishly, and from so very far
behind the front line, that he has
made a barely competent Cabinet
look superbly professional.
Rahul's silence on policy issues
was barely defensible when his party
was in power.
There at least he could claim that
he would undermine the prime
minister if he spoke. He may not
have noticed yet, but the Congress is
no longer in power.
The longer he runs away from
policy issues to play "NGO-NGO" in
The Real India (copyright owned by
the Nehru-Gandhi Family), the more
people will see through that excuse
and conclude he just has no vision to
offer India.
Sadly, if the Congress is stupid
enough to think that Dalits, Muslims
and The Poor are enough to send it
triumphantly back to power in a few
years, they will hurt more than
themselves.
Dalits are abandoning the
Congress -- look at the way the Dera
Sacha Sauda, a Dalit Sikh religious
organisation, chose to endorse the
Bharatiya Janata Party in Haryana
this time, instead of the Congress.
Muslims are abandoning the
Congress -- look at the way
Asaduddin Owaisi's parochial
Muslim party won its first seats
outside Hyderabad in this election.
And The Poor will abandon the
Congress if it offers them only
empathy and visits from its heir, and
no concrete paths to prosperity.
But in destroying itself through
shifting to the left as the coterie
around Rahul would like to see, the
Congress could also take down
India's chances at reform with it.
It would push the government to
the left, towards greater caution,
instead of greater radicalism. It
would choose obstruction and guile,
rather than open and constructive
criticism. It would hurt all our
futures, since we need a sensible
liberal opposition and not another set
of noisy Communists.
If it is to help reform India, the
Congress needs to reform itself. And
to reform itself, it needs to get rid of
its leader.
I wrote some years ago that the
Congress should sack Rahul, for its
own sake.
I am now forced to conclude that
the Congress needs to sack Rahul for
everyone's sake.
Scholar, friend and a fine humanist
Hiranmay Karlekar
Professor Salahuddin Ahmed was a
wealth of society, not just for Bangladesh but
for India too. His demise is a sad event for us
all
The Indian sub-continent lost a fine
scholar and humanist — and Presidency
University, Kolkata, an outstanding alumnus
— in the passing of AF Salahuddin Ahmed,
Bangladesh's National Professor, on October
19. Prof Ahmed, who did his BA with
honours in history from Presidency
University, then College, and MA in the
same subject from Calcutta University, also
received a Masters' degrees from the College
of Oriental and African Studies, London, the
University of Pennsylvania in the United
States and a doctorate in history from the
University of London. Neither these
academic awards, nor his many publications,
impressive as they were in themselves,
however, reflect the enormous respect in
which he was held by Bangladesh's
academic community and civil society.
Steeped in MN Roy's philosophy of Radical
Humanism, he was closely associated with
the Radical Democratic Party founded by the
latter.
Professor Ahmed’s voice was a voice of
sanity and wisdom in Bangladesh's public
life. Closely supported by his wife, Hamida
Khanom, he had unfailingly taken a resolute
stand against Islamic fundamentalism —
indeed, fundamentalism of all kinds — and
the rights of minorities. Ms Khanom, who
had graduated from Bethune College, before
doing her masters from Kolkata University,
and who had preceded him to the hereafter,
had retired as the principal of the College of
Home Economics in Dhaka, and was a
distinguished educationist herself.
Professor Ahmed's notable books in
English include Perspectives on History,
Society and Politics; Social ideas and social
change in Bengal 1818-1835, Bangladesh
Tradition and Transformation, Bengali
Nationalism and the Emergence of
Bangladesh. His well-known books in
Bengali are Itihash O oitijjo Bangalir
Sadhana O Bangalir Muktijuddha and
Bangladesh:
Jatiyabad,
Swadhinata,
Gonotantro. Besides, he had played an
important role in the publication of Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman's Ashamapta Atmajiboni,
which came out in English as Unfinished
Memoirs.
Awards for Professor Ahmed's manysided contributions included the Bangladesh
Sadhinota Padak, the country's highest
award for contributions to a multiplicity of
fields including the War of Liberation, the
language movement, education, literature,
journalism, public service, science and
technology and various forms of arts, in
1999. Earlier, in 1991, he had been awarded
the
prestigious
Ekushey
Padak,
commemorating
the
martyrs
the
Bangladesh's language movement killed on
February 21, 1952.
Firm friendship with India was the
corner-stone of his approach to foreign
affairs. His philosophy, activities and role as
a teacher had deeply inspired a large number
of Bangladesh's scholars and public persons
including Mr Shahriar Kabir and professor
Muntasir Mamun. Both Mr Kabir, a prolific
writer, journalist, film-maker and human
rights activist, and Professor Mamun, an
author, historian, scholar and translator who
teaches history at Dhaka University, had
played a crucial role in preserving the
secular and democratic legacies of the
Liberation
War
and
combating
communalism and Islamic fundamentalism.
Both were arrested and persecuted by the
Bangladesh Government under the prime
ministership of Begum Khaleda Zia, for
their forthright stand against communal riots
and atrocities on Hindus. Both were at the
forefront of the movement for the arrest and
prosecution of war criminals and played a
key role in the setting up of the International
War Crimes Tribunal in 2009 in which
Professor Mamun appeared as a key
prosecution witness in 2012.
It was courageous and relentless efforts
by people like them that prevented the
Jamaat and other violent Islamist bodies
from destroying secularism and democracy
in Bangladesh, seriously threatened when
the Bangladesh Nationalist Party ruled the
country in alliance with the Jamaat from
2001 to 2006, and, more recently, when the
two had launched a murderous campaign to
scuttle the parliamentary elections.
Powerfully reinforcing their efforts was the
intellectual ambience created by scholars
and intellectuals like professor Salahuddin
Ahmed.
Bangladesh's Prime Minister, Sheikh
Hasina, who visited his residence in Banani,
Dhaka, to pay her last respects and offer her
condolences to family members, prayed for
him and, dwelling on his many
contributions, described him as a “wealth of
society” whose passing was a great loss. She
could not be more right.
Reforms in academic research, scholarship
Claude Arpi
The opening of the Nehru Papers would
be the greatest homage to Nehru and an
exceptional opportunity for scores of young
scholars to see what went right (and also
what went wrong) in Modern India
As India prepares to celebrate the 125th
birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru, the
incumbent Prime Minister of India, Mr
Narendra Modi, announced that he will head
the national committee to commemorate the
occasion. A Prime Minister’s Office release
said the first meeting of the committee will
be held “soon after Deepawali”.
The media was surprised as no one from
the Nehru-Gandhi family was included in the
committee which has six Cabinet Ministers;
however senior congress leaders such as Mr
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mr Mallikarjun Kharge
and Mr Karan Singh have been called upon
to participate.
A host of other eminent academics,
scholars, retired bureaucrats and Army
officers will take part in the deliberations of
the committee, which will also have the
Director General of National Archives of
India as a member.
It is an interesting inclusion, though the
fact that there is no permanent DG since
professor Mushirul Hassan left in May 2013,
shows the lack of interest of the previous
Government for scholarly work and research.
Hopefully, this will change under the new
dispensation.
The Nehru celebrations would be the
ideal occasion to open up to research, what is
known as the Nehru Papers (also referred to
as the JN Collection) kept in Teen Murti
Bhavan, and this without any restriction.
It has been one of the greatest enigmas of
‘modern’ India: How come the
correspondence, notes, speeches of the first
Prime Minister of India are considered
‘private’ and why should it be kept under the
custody of one ‘private’ person (Ms Sonia
Gandhi)? The state’s papers should never be
privatised.
Apparently, Nehru had willed all his
papers to an organisation to be created after
his death (the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial
Fund). However, Nehru did not specify that
thereafter, special permission of the
custodian would be required to access any
file/document.
Apparently, his daughter, Indira Gandhi,
added this odd rule that they should remain in
the custody of her family.
The end result is that the Nehru Papers
do not come under the Public Record Rules,
1997, which states that records that are 25
years or more must be preserved in the NAI
(and that no records can be destroyed without
being recorded or reviewed).
While legally, it is mandatory for each
Government’s department to prepare a halfyearly report on reviewing and weeding of
records and submit it to the NAI, the Nehru
Papers are exempted. It would be fine to keep
the Papers as a ‘collection’, if they were
openly available to the general public. The
Nehru Papers are an invaluable collection
dealing with all topics under the Indian sky,
looked after by the Prime Minister (Nehru
was also Foreign Minister from 1947 till his
death in 1964).
One can argue that the JN Collection is
not completely closed; if one is ready to
follow the cumbersome process and write to
the 'custodian', one has technically a chance
to have a darshan of the said file/letter. But
why to always complicate the researcher's
life?
I have always wondered if those who
have practically closed the Nehru Papers to
the public of India, have ever read what
Nehru wrote about the secrecy? On August
27, 1957, in a note to his Principal Private
Secretary, he commented about some persons
having been refused access to the National
Archives of India: “I am not at all satisfied
with the noting on this file by Intelligence or
by the Director of Archives. The papers
required are very old, probably over thirty
years old. No question of secrecy should
apply to such papers, unless there is some
very extraordinary reason in regard to a
particular document. In fact, they should be
considered, more or less, public papers.
…Also the fact that a Communist wants to
see them is irrelevant. I do not particularly
fancy this hush hush policy about old public
documents. Nor do I understand how our
relations with the British Government might
be affected.”
One can hope that the committee for the
125th anniversary of Nehru will put this issue
first on its agenda and as an offering to the
memoirs of the first Prime Minister, will
make his fabulous collection of historic
documents available to each and every one in
India (and abroad), wanting to study Nehru’s
works.
It can be argued that the Nehru Papers
have been partially declassified through the
publications of more than 55 volumes of the
Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru (19471960), but for a researcher, this selection
cannot replace the ‘real thing’. Further,
though the policy has been changed for the
most recent volumes, the editor used to
resume with a few words the letter/event/note
which had triggered the Prime Minister’s
answer; to read Nehru's interlocutor full
questions/queries helps to better understand
Nehru’s answer. The newly-appointed
committee would do India a great favour in
opening the entire collection to the public.
Recently speaking at the 42nd annual
convocation of the All India Institute of
Medical Sciences , the Prime Minister said,
“While Indian doctors have made a name for
themselves across the world, the country
needs to step up medical research, to keep
pace with fast-changing world. We should
focus on research, particularly on case
history. This can be a big contribution to
humankind.”
It is not only in the medical field that
research should be supported, but in the
historical one too. Young (and older) Indians
should be encouraged to research and dig in
the past (the glories as well as the goof-ups)
in order to better face today's reality.
Let me tell you my personal experience
in the National Archives of India which I
have been frequenting for the past 15 to 20
years. Every two years, I have to re-apply
from scratch and prove again that I am still a
‘scholar’. Being born in France, I have to
bring a certificate from the French authorities
‘proving’ that I’m still a ‘researcher’. Though
the French Embassy has always readily
obliged, why can’t I be a ‘scholar’ for life?
When I ask the NAI staff, I am invariably
told: “No sir, this is the rule in India’ you can
be a scholar for two years only.’ What a
nonsense!
If the Prime Minister wants to build a
nation of researchers, there are many rules to
drop and many vaults to open. Today, a string
of antiquated rules and regulations, redtapism and an obscurantist mind-set not
worthy of a dynamic country like India,
remains in place. As a result, Indian history
continues to be buried. Is it the hallmark of a
mature nation?
The opening of the Nehru Papers would
be the greatest homage to Nehru and an
exceptional opportunity for scores of young
scholars to see what went right (and what
went wrong) in Modern India.
Please, Mr Prime Minister, encourage
historical research too.
Jammu | Thursday | October 23 | 2014
PM Narendra Modi
Musharraf attacks PM Modi, says he
cannot dictate terms on peace process appreciates Salman Khan's
Agencies
understand you are illSwachh Bharat task
New Delhi | Oct | 22
intentions towards Pakistan."
Former Pakistan President
Pervez?
Musharraf
on
Wednesday attacked Prime
Minister Narendra Modi
saying that he is anti-Pakistan
and anti-Muslim, and that he
cannot dictate terms to his
country on the peace process.
"Prime Minster Modi is
your Prime Minister, not
Pakistan's Prime Minister.
We don't get any dictations
from him. We know his
credentials. We know his
anti-Pakistan credentials.
"Now, it may be a red line
for you that people of
Pakistan or the Foreign
Secretary must not meet the
Hurriyat (leaders). That is not
our red line. We do not follow
your red line," he told a news
channel.
Musharraf,
who
had
conducted dialogue process
with Prime Minsters Atal
Bihari
Vajpayee
and
Manmohan Singh, said while
he used to meet Hurriyat
leaders every time "why is
there a change of heart. That
itself shows and proves the
anti-Pakistan credentials of
PM Modi."
He said the Pakistan
government under Naswaz
Sharif has been extremely
positive on the peace process.
"In fact they have been
maligned for being overly
appeasing towards India.
People of Pakistan really
"He (Modi) is taking a
confrontationist course with
Pakistan. So this red line that
he
has
declared
is
confrontationist certainly. It
is not peaceful. And when
you say he had invited PM
Nawaz Sharif, Sharif invited
him to Pakistan and he didn't
come," Musharraf said.
The former army chief
said, "PM Modi and India
today is in an aggressive
stance to browbeat Pakistan."
He said Modi started with
negative credentials as far as
Pakistan is concerned. "He
started, what we are seeing
from across the border here
in Pakistan, that he is antiMuslim, anti-Pakistan. These
are his credentials with
which he started and he was
even denied visa to United
States."
Agencies
Mumbai | Oct | 22
Salman Khan , who accepted
the invite sent by PM Narendra
Modi for the ‘Clean India
Arun Jaitley hints at UPA minister's
name in black money list
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley Wednesday may have
dropped hints that a minister in
the previous UPA government
could be one of those who had
stashed money abroad.
"I know who you are hinting
at. But please wait for the
appropriate time," he told a
news channel when asked if he
was not violating the treaty (on
confidentiality) if you say that
it could be a person in
Manmohan Singh's council of
ministers.
Asked if he was not denying
that there could be minister
from the UPA government,
Jaitley quipped, "I am neither
confirming nor denying, I am
only smiling." To a question if
there was anyone from the
council of ministers of the
government headed by
Manmohan Singh, he said, "I
don't want to give details about
that because then again I will
end up violating the treaty, I
don't want to give those
details."
To another question whether
an influential member of the
Congress party was among the
names with the government, he
said, "If we are able to prove
charges against any person,
politician or otherwise, the
names will be told to the court
and it will become public. I
don't want to get into specific
details at the moment because I
don't want to be accused of
violating the treaty."
Explaining the process
involved in prosecuting the
Sushma
Swaraj
meets
Mexico's
AP CM seeks people's
cooperation to reconstruct Foreign
Minister
Visakhapatnam
Agencies
Visakhapatnam | Oct | 22
Andhra Pradesh Chief
Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
on Wednesday sought people's
cooperation to reconstruct
Visakhapatnam city with the
help of the Centre so that it
withstands all types of cyclones.
Addressing a public meeting
at Ramakrishna Beach here
today, the chief minister said
that he had prepared plans to
reconstruct Visakhapatnam.
The central government and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
have assured all help to
reconstruct Visakhapatnam city
badly damaged by Cyclone
Hudhud, he said.
"The administration and all
departments have worked hard
to provide relief and rescue
operations as well as restore
normalcy in a few days.
Sometimes I acted harsh with
the administration but it is only
to speed up the operations and
extend all help to cyclone
victims.
"My concern was to bring
normalcy as early as possible in
the process if anybody was hurt,
I offer my regrets to them,"
Naidu said. He said that after
the cyclone hit Visakhapatnam
he contacted chief ministers of
Odisha, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
and West Bengal sought their
help. "We procured 2,500
metric tonne of potatoes from
West Bengal and 250 lorries to
supply it to the affected people,
while 30,000 metric tonne of
rice
was
dumped
in
Visakhapatnam to supply
victims through fair price shops.
The government gave a package
to all victims through ration
shops," he said. He said that he
conducted a review meeting
with 22 officials of various
central government departments
to take stock of industrial sector
losses in Visakhapatnam.
Officials are assessing damages
and will submit a report to the
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj met her visiting
Mexican counterpart Jose
Antonio Meade Kuribrena , here
at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan on
Wednesday. The two leaders
shook hands and exchanged
pleasantries before they headed
for Joint Commission meeting
pertaining to mutual interest of
both countries. The
two
countries are also expected to
s i g n b i l a t e r a l
agreements/Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) following
the
meeting.
Yesterday,
Kuribrena also met National
Security Advisor Ajit Doval to
discuss issues of bilateral
interest. Mexico is India's
leading trade partner in Latin
America. The bilateral trade
volume was USD 4.15 billion in
2011, which has the potential to
go upto USD 10 billion by 2015,
say reports.
persons named by foreign
government of holding black
money abroad, he said the
accounts will be made public in
accordance with the due process
of law.
"So, all we intend to tell the
(Supreme) court is, we will
make those names public
against whom charges have
been filed in the court," he said.
When told that political
parties protect political parties
in such matters, Jaitley said,
"that is absolutely wrong. If my
opponent's name is there I will
be very enthusiastic in declaring
the names. "I think you wait for
the facts. In case charges are
proved against some politician,
that politician he or she happens
to be a member of any political
parties, the names would be
made public."
Sonia Gandhi
greets people
on Diwali
Reiterating its traditional
policy of not using nuclear
weapons first and not
targeting
non-nuclear
weapons nations, India has
offered
to
enter
into
agreements incorporating the
two principles while ruling
out
joining
the
nonproliferation treaty.
"As a responsible nuclear
power India has a policy of
credible minimum deterrence
based on a No First Use
posture and non-use of
nuclear weapons against nonnuclear weapon states,"
Ambassador DB Venkatesh
Varma said on Monday. "We
are prepared to convert these
into bilateral or multilateral
legally
binding
arrangements."
Varma,
the
Indian
Permanent Representative to
the
Conference
on
Disarmament, was speaking
at a meeting of the UN
General Assembly Committee
on
Disarmament
and
International Peace.
While New Delhi is
"unwavering
in
its
commitment to universal,
n o n - d i s c r i m i n a t o r y,
verifiable
nuclear
disarmament", he said, "there
is no question of India joining
the NPT (Non-Proliferation
Treaty) as a non-nuclear
weapon state." That would
require
New
Delhi
unilaterally giving up its
nuclear weapons.
On
another
matter
impacting the restriction of
nuclear weapons, Varma
offered New Delhi's qualified
support to the Fissile
Material
Cutoff
Treaty
(FMCT) negotiations.
"Without prejudice to the
priority we attach to nuclear
disarmament, we support the
negotiation in the Conference
on Disarmament of an FMCT
that meets India's national
security interests," he said.
Such a treaty would stop
the making of materials that
could be used in nuclear
weapons.
Reintroducing a draft
resolution on a Convention
on the Prohibition of the Use
of Nuclear Weapons, he
criticised countries with
nuclear weapons coverage
that have repeatedly voted
against the proposed measure
since it was first introduced
in 1982.
Varma expressed "regret
that a sizeable minority of
member states - some of them
nuclear weapon states, some
with
nuclear
weapons
stationed on their soil and
others
with
alliance
partnerships underwritten by
policies of first use of nuclear
weapons - have voted against
this resolution".
And, "for reasons that are
difficult to understand, some
member states which are
today in the forefront of
efforts to highlight the
humanitarian impact of use of
nuclear weapons have also
voted against this resolution".
Reflecting the concern of
the international community
to the dangers from terrorists,
Varma said India will be
introducing again a draft
resolution on "measures to
prevent
terrorists
from
acquiring weapons of mass
destruction".
Participating in the debate,
Pakistan called for the
development
of
an
international
nonproliferation system "through
Campaign’ or the Swachh
Bharat Abhiyan, initiated the
task on Tuesday. The
Bollywood superstar
contributed to the nationwide
campaign by transforming a
part of Karjat on Tuesday. The
actor even shared pictures of
himself with his team cleaning
up areas dumped with garbage.
In one of the pics, he is also
seen painting a house and
giving it a new look. Here’s
what Khan tweeted: The actor
took the opportunity to inspire
and request all his fans on
Facebook and followers on
Twitter to take part in the
‘Clean India Campaign’ by
nominating each of them. PM
Modi, on October 2, on the
occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s
birthday, announced his
‘Swachh Bharat Abiyan’ and
nominated 8 distinguished
personalities along with the
team of ‘Tarak Mehta Ka Olta
Chashma’ to take part in the
noble initiative. He urged these
celebrities to accept the task
and nominate 9 other people or
groups to keep the chain
moving. By accepting the PM’s
invite, Salman has set an
example and will certainly
motivate his fans to contribute
to making India a cleaner
country.
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Maharashtra MLA Khopde offers to quit
for Gadkari; Fadnavis tight-lipped
Agencies
Nagpur | Oct | 22
Amid
talk
that
BJP
Maharashtra
unit
chief
Devendra Fadnavis could be
party's chief ministerial choice,
Nagpur-East MLA Krishna
Khopde on Wednesday offered
to quit and vacate his seat to
pave way for his mentor Nitin
Gadkari, after voices grew
louder on bringing back the
Union Minister to the state to
don the mantle.
Khopde, a second term MLA,
told PTI that he was willing to
resign for Gadkari from his
constituency.
When contacted over the turn
of events, Fadnavis however,
remained tight-lipped and made
no comments.
Gadkari had last night said
that he is ready to accept any
responsibility given to him by
the party's central leadership.
About 39 BJP MLAs all from
Vidarbha region had met
Gadkari at his residence here
yesterday and demanded that he
be made the state's Chief
Minister. The senior BJP leader
had later told the electronic
media that the MLAs who met
him "have a lot of respect for
me and they are requesting me
to be the Chief Minister. "I have
already clarified my stand not to
return to state politics. Its for the
party's central leadership to
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi will review the progress
of
infrastructure
sectors
including roads, railways and
power in the presence of senior
officials of concerned ministries
on November 5.
"The Prime Minister has
called a meeting to review the
progress
of
various
infrastructure projects being
implemented under different
ministries on November 5," a
source said. "Since the
Commission
has
been
monitoring
infrastructure
sectors, the Prime Minister will
review the progress report
prepared by body", he said.
According to the information
available, Planning Secretary
Sindhushree Khullar will also
be present at the meeting to
brief the Prime Minister about
the monitoring report on
infrastructure prepared by the
Commission. The Commission
has been calling meetings of
various officials these days to
finalise its assessment report on
different infrastructure sectors.
In
order
to
push
infrastructure development in
the country, Modi had asked his
ministers to electronically
monitor the progress of projects
and directed the Railways to
submit a comprehensive plan
for encouraging foreign direct
investment in the last review
meeting held on September 12.
There are instructions to
review progress of eight major
infrastructure sectors - Civil
Aviation, Ports and Inland
Waterways, Railways, Roads,
Telecom, Power, Coal, and New
and Renewable Energy on
monthly basis.
India grounds Sukhoi-30 fleet;
safety checks on
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
Congress President Sonia
Gandhi today greeted the
people on the occasion of
Diwali. In a message, she
extended her greetings to the
people of the country and
hoped that the festival brings
peace and prosperity to all.
policies that are equitable,
criteria-based
and
nondiscriminatory".
In what may be seen as an
indirect criticism directed at
India, Yasar Ammar, a third
secretary in Pakistan's UN
mission, said, "There should
be no exceptionalism or
preferential treatment driven
by motivations of power and
profit."
The US has an agreement
with India on civilian
cooperation in nuclear field
and because New Delhi has
not signed the Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty, it
required a waiver from the
Nuclear Suppliers Group
(NSG), an international body
that deals with trade in
nuclear
materials
and
technology.
Pakistan wants a similar
agreement with the US,
which has been cool to it
because of Islamabad's record
of
transferring
nuclear
technology.
India has the support of the
US, Russia, Britain, and
France for joining the NSG.
Pakistan opposes India's
membership if it is not
extended to it also.
India has grounded its entire
Sukhoi-30 fighter plane fleet
and is undertaking a thorough
technical check after both the
pilot seats in one of the aircraft
ejected without command
during landing, leading to a
crash near Pune recently.
The fleet of about 200 twinengine Su-30s would be back
in air only when they are
cleared by the technical review.
The move came after a Su-30
fighter of the Indian Air Force
was involved in an accident on
October 14 in which both
ejection seats had "fired" while
the aircraft was coming in to
land.
The pilots were safe but the
aircraft crashed about 20 kms
short of the runway. No loss of
life or damage to property was
reported. A Court of Inquiry
decide and I will accept any
responsibility given to me," said
the former chief of BJP which
has emerged as the single
largest part in Assembly
elections with 123 MLAs, 22
short of majority in the 288member Assembly.
The newly-elected MLAs,
who were flown to Mumbai by
a chartered flight to attend the
Legislative Party Meeting
which
was
eventually
postponed to another date, had
returned in the evening and
drove straight to Gadkari's
residence. In the October 15
state Assembly elections,
Khopde who is also president of
Nagpur city unit of BJP, had
defeated advocate Abhijit
Wanjari of the Congress by over
40,000 votes.
In 2009, Khopde had turned
to be giant killer defeating then
Congress stalwart and then
Textile
Minister
Satish
Chaturvedi by over 38,000
votes.
PM Modi to review progress PM Modi to
of infra sectors on Nov 5
meet NDA
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
India ready for nuclear no-first-use agreements
Agencies
United Nations | Oct | 22
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MPs over tea
on Oct 26
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
Riding high on the electoral
successes in Maharashtra and
Haryana assembly elections,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
will meet all MPs of BJP-led
National Democratic Alliance
(NDA) over tea here on
October 26. All MPs of BJP's
estranged ally Shiv Sena,
including Union Minister
Anant Geete, will be present
during the meeting at the Prime
Minister's residence. This is the
first interaction of all NDA
MPs with the Prime Minister
after the alliance stormed to
power at the Centre in May.
"The Prime Minister has
invited all NDA MPs at his
residence for high tea on
October 26 evening. As Shiv
Sena is a part of NDA, all its
MPs, including myself, will be
present at the meeting," Geete
told PTI. Though he did not
speak
anything
on
Maharashtra's
post-poll
political scenario and whether
Shiv Sena will again tie-up with
BJP for a government in the
state, Geete merely said Sena is
a part of NDA at the Centre.
India-China joint military
exercise in November
Agencies
New Delhi | Oct | 22
(CoI) had immediately been
constituted to investigate the
cause of the accident.
"Meanwhile, as is the
procedure in such cases, the
flying of the Su-30 fleet has
been temporarily suspended.
The CoI is in progress and
certain specific checks are
being conducted on the aircraft.
As and when the checks are
complete and the Court is
satisfied, the Su-30s will be put
back into flying," a statement
released by the air force said.
The
grounded
fleet
represents almost a third of the
country's fighter plane fleet.
IAF is down to 34 combat
squadrons, as against an
authorised strength of 44. Each
squadron has up to 18 fighter
planes. Incidentally, one of the
two pilots was involved in a
previous Su-30 crash too.
This
was
the
fifth
accident involving a SU-30
only. It is very disgusting policy MKI since 2009 and the
and Modi government is doing fleet has at least been
politics over the dead bodies grounded twice earlier.
and the devastated regions," he
said.
The spokesman alleged
discrimination by the Centre,
saying relief was announced for
'Hudhud' cyclone victims within
24 hours while no such
measures were announced for
the flood-hit people of Kashmir.
"The rulers of India have Agencies
nothing to do with the miseries Indore | Oct | 22
and suffering of the people of
Lauding
the
Modi
Jammu and Kashmir. They only
want land of Kashmir and they Government for launching the
'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan',
can go to any extent," he said.
The spokesman said floods in Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra
Kashmir have completed a Mahajan on Tuesday said it
month-and-a-half now but the should not remain a short-term
affected people are still waiting affair and people must ensure
for the adequate relief and aid. that cleanliness is truly visible
"The winter season has set in at the ground level.
"Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan is
Kashmir and the homeless are
finding it very tough to face the neither a single-day affair nor
harsh winter. If the aid and help just an announcement. This is
provided to the people of a continuous campaign and we
Kashmir would have been on have to ensure that people not
time like ... The aid provided to only get aware about it but its
people immediately after results are visible on the
Hudhud storm, the homeless ground," she said.
Mahajan was speaking at the
peoplsof Kashmir would have
constructed their homes in foundation-laying ceremony of
Indore
Municipal
time," he said.
BJP delaying relief to flood-hit
JK for electoral gain: Geelani
Indian and Chinese soldiers
will take part in a joint exercise
next month, weeks after a
standoff between the two
countries in Ladakh.
The `Hand in Hand` exercise
that focuses on counter-terror
operations will take place in Pune
Nov 16-27. This will be the
second time this exercise
issbeing held. Last year, the
exercise was held in Chengdu,
China.
The original venue for
holding the exercises was
Bathinda in Punjab, 125 km
from the international border.
However, after the recent
ceasefire violations by Pakistan
along the international border
and the Line of Control (LoC),
'Swachh Bharat' campaign
must make impact on
ground: Mahajan
Agencies
Srinagar | Oct | 22
Hardline
Hurriyat
Conference led by Syed Ali
Shah Geelani today accused
BJP of using the upcoming
Assembly elections in Jammu
and Kashmir as a delaying
tactic for providing relief to the
flood-affected state for electoral
gains.
"Instead of addressing the
problems of the people, the
ruling party in Delhi (BJP) is
more concerned for its interests
and they are using the election
drama as delaying tactic for
distributing relief," a Hurriyat
spokesman said.
"They want that if any socalled relief is given to people,
it should be credited to BJP
Corporation's Council Hall and
first phase of its secretariat
buiding.
The Speaker said IMC is the
backbone
of
Indore's
development.
Therefore, it should have a
proper infrastructure so that it
can develop best basic
facilities in the city.
Mahajan is Lok Sabha MP
from Indore.
Indore Mayor Krishna
Murari Moghe said the first
phase of the secretariat
building will be constructed at
an estimated cost of Rs 17
crore.
He also said a Rs 300-crore
sewage treatment plant will be
constructed in the city, the
commercial hub of Madhya
Pradesh.
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Islamabad | Oct. | 22
A Canadian-Pakistani cleric
whose supporters have
camped outside the
country's parliament
building since August,
demanding the government
resign, called off his sit-in
protest Tuesday to take the
demonstrations countrywide.
Tahir-ul-Qadri arrived in
Islamabad in mid-August
along with cricketer-turnedpolitician Imran Khan and
thousands of their
supporters, with the aim of
forcing Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif to step down
over alleged rigging in last
year's election.
The protests unnerved the
government, shook investor
confidence and triggered
speculation that the
country's powerful army
would intervene as it had in
the past.
Tension peaked at the end of
August with violent clashes
that saw three protestors
killed as they attempted to
storm parliament, but cooled
once it became clear the
military was not prepared to
topple Sharif.
Speaking to reporters in front
of parliament, Qadri said:
"This phase of the
Revolution March in
Islamabad is now over and
participants can go back
home."
He added the focus of the
protests would now shift to
cities across the country
including Karachi, the main
commercial hub.
"You should now pack up and
question how long they
go back home with a sense
could remain there without
of victory," he added
returning to work or
without elaborating.
allowing their children to
The hundreds of Qadri
attend their regular schools.
supporters who remain
An agency reporter who
camped in tents in recent
visited the site had also
weeks comprise the majority
found that in some cases,
of the protesters at the site
labourers were being paid
and their withdrawal could
around Rs 400 ($4) a day to
effectively end the sit-in.
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Observers had begun to
Both Qadri and Khan allege
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Sharif to office -- the
country's first peaceful
major cities of Lahore,
Karachi and Multan —
possibly indicating rising
support among the urban
middle classes.
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Khan will follow suit with a
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been ruled for half its
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