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No. JK/306/2014-16 Kejriwal accused of Pak violates ''horse-trading'' ceasefire along New Delhi: Besieged by Alam's release not discussed in J&K cabinet meeting infighting, the AAP was hit by twin blows with a former party MLA accusing Delhi CM Kejriwal of trying to poach 6 Congress MLAs to NL Correspondent form government last year Jammu Tawi | Mar | 11: Parrikar urged to stop use of 'outdated' choppers The elease of separatist leader Masarat Alam did not figure in the first cabinet meeting of the PDP-BJP coalition Jammu and Kashmir Government today, despite BJP saying earlier that it New Delhi: An Army would raise the issue in the officer''s wife, representing meeting. a group of 28 women, today The cabinet meeting, chaired met Defence Minister by Chief Minister Mufti Manohar Parrikar here Mohmmad Sayeed, discussed urging him to stop the use only the Governor's address to of "outdated" Cheetah and joint session of Legislature at Chetak helicopters, which Civil Secretariat. has claimed a number of "Only Governor's address lives. was discussed in the cabinet meeting. It passed in conducive and peaceful atmosphere," a Mere RS censure is no punishment, says Katju New Delhi: Unfazed by the unanimous condemnation in the Rajya Sabha of his remarks on Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju today said "mere censure" was not enough and that he should be punished-"hanged without trial". Will take action if ineligible beneficiaries in EWS allotments Gurgaon: Govt Chandigarh, Mar 11 (PTI) The Haryana government today said that it will take appropriate action if allotment of EWS flats/plots is found to have been made to ineligible beneficiaries in Gurgaon district during the past fifteen years. Bodies of two villagers who were abducted by Maoists found Raipur: Two villagers, including a newly elected village sarpanch, who had been abducted by Maoists, were today found killed in Chhattisgarh''s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said. Public Records Act is being revised: Govt New Delhi: In a bid to address the issues related to digitisation of records, the Government is revising the Public Records Act which deals with preservation of public records of the Centre and Union Territories. Women urge Parrikar to stop use of 'outdated' choppers New Delhi: A group of women comprising wives of Army officers today met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar here urging him to stop the use of "outdated" Cheetah and Chetak helicopters, which has claimed a number of lives. senior officer in the Chief Minister's Office said. "The Masarat issue or the release of the political prisoners was not discussed at all in the meeting," BJP Minister in the Government Chander Prakash Ganga said. "We only wanted more issues to the included in the Governor's address. In the next meeting, after the inclusion of some more items, it will be passed by cabinet," he said. Pertinent to mention that Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh on Wednesday had assured that all contesting issues will be thoroughly discussed in today's cabinet meeting. Issue of Musrat Alam's release re-surfaces in Lok Sabha Agencies New Delhi | Mar | 11 : The issue of controversial release of Hurriyat hardliner Musarat Alam Bhat from a Jammu and Kashmir jail again figured in the Lok Sabha today with some Members giving Adjournment Notice for susp-ension of Question Hour so that immediate discussion could be taken up on the latest updates over the issue. Some Members, including Jyotiraditya Scindia(Congress) and P Venugopal(AIADMK), rose to press on their demand of suspension of Question Hour. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said,"I have received adjournment notices from Members for discussion on new facts that have come to light over the release of Musarat Alam, irregularities in PDS disbursement and other issues. "Since discussion had already been held in the House over the issues earlier too, it is not imperative to suspend Question Hour and take imm-ediate discussion over them." However, Ms Mahajan said, Members would be allowed to make their point later in the Zero Hour. Moving adjournment notices by Opposition evoked protest from the Treasury benches, with Parliamentary Affair Minister M Venkaiah Naidu taking exception to this 'habit' of Opposition Members. "Any Member can give notice and if the Chair allows, they can make their point in the House, however, the Opposition Members have these days made it a practice to serve notice every day and disrupt the Question Hour, this is not the spirit," the Minister said. Opposition Members including Mr Scindia, Mr Venugopal and Jay Prakash "All the issues will be discussed in the cabinet meeting," Singh told reporters responding to a question posed to him over the release of separatist leader Masarat Alam and the rest of the militants whose release is under review of the government. Minister for Revenue and senior PDP leader Javed Mustaffa Mir, while replying to a question about the rift between PDP and Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) coalition government, said "We are coalition partners and are open to discussion -- there is no thick line". Alam was released on court orders and there is no big issue about it, he said. WEATHER JAMMU SRINAGAR High | Low High | Low 27°C | 10°C 11°C | 1°C JammuTawi, Mar 11 Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire by resorting to firing along the Indo-Pak border in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir, a Border Security Force (BSF) officer said today. Pakistan Rangers fired two rounds on a STOP-2 post of Border Security Force (BSF) along the International Border (IB) in Ramgarh sector yesterday. BSFBorder Security Force (BSF) did not retaliate and there was no loss of life or injury to any one in the firing by Pakistan Rangers, the BSFofficer said. NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi, Mar. 11: A woman doctor has alleged that a Jammu and Kashmir minister misbehaved with her for not wearing an apron during an official function and filed a complaint, which was rejected by police. "I was shocked by use of harsh words and misbehaviour with me in full public view by none other than Lal Singh, the Minister for Health (at function here). This has left me mentally harassed and wrecked," NL Correspondent/KIP JammuTawi | Mar. 11 The PDP seems to have put on added political weight following Chief Minister, Mufti Mohd. Sayeed's order to set free senior separatist leader, Masarat Alam, who had been languishing in Jail for the last over four years on charge of having incited people to resort to violence in which 120 people were killed in clashes between the demonstrators and the security forces in the summer of 2010. Though Mufti Mohd. Sayeed had simply implemented the court order he has succeeded in further strengthening his vote bank in the Kashmir valley. In fact when the PDP had forged an alliance with the BJP for sharing power in Jammu and Kashmir the party led by Mehbooba Mufti had started witnessing rapid erosion in its vote bank in the Kashmir valley as majority of people were not happy with the Mufti for having joined hands with a communal organization. And even the BJP had started witnessing weakening of its vote bank in the region of Jammu as pro-BJP voters had not relished the party to have joined hands with a Kashmir centric party that had kicked up a row over transfer to land to the Amarnath Shrine Board in 2007 which had resulted in the fall of the Ghulam Nabi Azad headed Government. Field reports said that after the BJP, both at the state level and at the national level, voiced deep resentment and anger over Mufti Mohd. Sayeed's issuing an order for release of Masarat Alam the Sangh Parivaar has started making up for the erosion in its vote bank. ProBJP people in the region of Jammu believe that if pushed to wall the BJP could react and review its power sharing decision and this has helped the BJP to safeguard its political interests. However, the PDP seems to have earned support from people in the Kashmir valley for the way he stood to his stand even if the order for the release of Masarat Alam had been cleared in February when the state was under the Governor's rule. But people and those supporting separatists feel proud of Mufti Mohd Sayeed for having refused to concede the central Government's demand for re-arresting Masarat Alam. But at the same time the centre has succeeded in ensuring that no militants or separatist was released now onwards.(KIP) COAL SCAM CASE Central sends team to prepare Ex-PM Manmohan dossier on Masrat Alam summoned as accused Contd... on P2.... JK Govt submits detailed report NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | Mar | 11 : A two-member team deputed by the Union Home Ministry arrived today to prepare dossier on hardline separatist Masrat Alam. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had sent the team to get a dossier from Jammu and Kashmir Home Commissioner Suresh Kumar and DGP K Rajendra Kumar about the release of Alam from jail, sources here told. They said the team, including a senior Union Home Ministry officer, arrived in the morning and started preparing dossier by collecting all documents from the state government. "He will also pinpoint the failure of officers to get PSA approval from the Home Department and subsequent release of Masarat Alam on March 7," the sources added. They said the team is likely to meet Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in the afternoon. Meanwhile, the State Government today sent a detailed report to the Centre on the controversial release of separatist leader Masarat Alam, a day after BJP sent a stern message to its alliance partner PDP. "Yes, we have sent a detailed report to MHA (with clarification)," a senior officer of State Home department said here tonight. State government sources told agencies in winter capital Jammu that the ministry had expressed dissatisfaction over the earlier report sent to it by the state home department on Alam's Contd... on P2.... One way traffic to continue on Jammu-Srinagar highway NL Correspondent Srinagar | Mar | 11: Only one-way traffic will continue on the national highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country and down convoy will play today from Srinagar to Jammu. Registrar, Psychiatry Diseases Hospital, Jammu Dr Gurmeet Kour said in her complaint against the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) minister at police station Bakshi Nagar today. "This amounts to outraging the modesty of a lady medical officer in full public view, consequently leading to defamation in public," she said in the complaint. "During a function, Singh publicly shouted at me for not wearing apron and said who has invited you here and snapped his finger at me and further said 'tumhara kaam ho gaya chalo niklo' (your work is over, now go out). "A complaint has been filed by a lady doctor against the minister and it has been rejected on the ground that it did not have substance," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jammu, Uttam Chand told. Reacting to the complaint, Lal Singh told reporters here that, "I told her to wear apron - is it a misbehaviour... It was an official function, it was not a social function. All doctors were wearing aprons and were they wrong...". Agencies New Delhi | Mar | 11 : during Question Hour, the Minister said Article 370 was introduced as a transitional arrangement during the transformative phase of the state and as such it does not give any special status to J&K. "Deletion or abolition of this needs a Constitutional amendment and even if we say, we do not have numbers with us," Mr Rijiju said, cautiously wading through the controversial territory. The government's stand assumes significance as the ruling BJP was also sharing power with the PDP in J&K with both parties having diametrically Stands on Masart's release helps PDP-BJP We don't have numbers to to strengthen their constituencies abolish article 370: Centre Market Watch SENSEX 28,659.17 -50.70 NIFTY 8,699.95 -12.10 GOLD (MCX) (RS/10G.) 25,685.00 USD/INR 62.78 0 IB in Samba NL Correspondent Woman doctor files complaint against J&K minister, police rejects However, dozens of far flung and remote villages in north Kashmir, besides Mughal road remained closed due to accumulation of snow. The Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking the Ladakh region with rest of the state, also remained closed since Contd... on P2.... I am sure truth will prevail: Manmohan three others were today summoned as accused by a special court in a coal scam case, pertaining to allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005, and asked to appear before it on April 8. Reacting to the development, Manmohan Singh today said he will get a chance to put forward Agencies his case with all the facts and New Delhi | Mar | 11 expressed confidence that the Former Prime Minister truth will prevail. Manmohan Singh, industrialist "Of course, I am upset but Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex- this is part of life," he told Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh and Making its position clear on the sensitive issue of scrapping Article 370 relating to Jammu and Kashmir, the government today said even if it intended to abolish the 'transitional and temporary' arrangement, it cannot do so, as it is short of necessary numbers in Parliament for a Constitutional amendment. The government's stand on the issue was deftly articulated by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in the Rajya Sabha. Responding to supplementary Contd... on P2.... Need for infra development for tourism in J&K: CM NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | Mar | 11: Identifying tourism as one of the key priorities for the new government, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Wednesday highlighted the urgent need to develop state-of-the-art infrastructure and promote new During an interaction with a destinations in the picturesque delegation of Tour and Travel Jammu and Kashmir. Contd... on P2.... Bar suspends Court work on Thursday NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | Mar | 11: The Bar Association Jammu today decided to suspend the court work Thursday as a protest against the release of dreaded separatist Masarat Alam. In an emergent meeting held today in the office of J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu, the office bearers and other senior members of the Association strongly condemned the release of Masarat Alam and the seditious statement made by him after the release. A press release said that J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu taking a very serious view of the release and has further decided to suspend the work in the J&K High Court, sub-ordinate Courts and tribunals on 12-03-2015. In consequent to the decision the Association has also cancelled had expressed Attorney General declared a public 'Govt over UK House authority under the RTI Act concerns debate on Kashmir' Contd... on P2.... Agenncies New Delhi | Mar | 11: In a welcome decision, the Delhi High Court has declared the Attorney General of India a public authority under the RTI Act with a direct obligation to receive and decide requests for information from people. This judgement overturns a 2012 decision of the Full Bench of the Central Information Commission. The rationale given by the Court is summarized on slides 20-21 of the attached PPT. This PPT is an updated version of the presentation on select Court judgments on RTI. CHRI notes with satisfaction that the issues raised in its analysis of the CIC's decision, circulated within a few days of its announcement, have found resonance in the Court's reasoning as to why the AGI should be a public authority under the RTI Act. CHRI congratulates the slide 19 of the attached PPT. CHRI has sought to intervene in this case. However there has been no effective hearing in this case since December 2012. Incidentally, the RTI applicant in this case was the Leader of the Opposition in the Goa Petitioners who persisted in their Legislative Assembly and is demand to make the AGI's office currently the Defence Minister transparent. of India. The reasoning of the Delhi Another Division Bench of High Court is welcome for the CIC declared in 2009 that another reason. The Governor's elected representatives of the office in Goa has claimed that people such as Parliamentarithe Governor is not a public ans, State Legislators and Muauthority under the RTI Act nicipal Councillors are not pubefore the Supreme Court of blic authorities under the RTI India. Readers may look at the Act. The reasoning applied by summarised reasoning of the the Delhi High Court regaGovernor's office on slide 18 and rding the coverage of the AGI CHRI's counter to the same on Contd... on P2.... Contd... on P2.... Agencies New Delhi | Mar | 11: The Government today said it had expressed its concerns with the UK government over a debate on the 'political and humanitarian situation in Kashmir' that was held in UK House of Commons on September 11, last year. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (retd) V K Singh said, "Government of India has expressed its concern on the issue at different levels with the UK Government, which has stated that, in a parliamentary dDemocracy they do not have control over parliamentary process and over decisions of parliamentarians to express their views on any matter." Singh said that government's consistent and principled position is that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the Union of India. Contd... on P2.... 2 CITY INFO Sena calls CM Dy CM reviews availability, a 'godfather of maintenance, buffer stock of transformers separatists' JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 Agencies Mumbai | Mar | 11 In the wake of separatist leader Masarat Alam's release, Shiv Sena today attacked Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed saying that he was a "godfather" of separatists and demanded his arrest. "The separatists in Kashmir have got a godfather in Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, who has increased their strength. The BJP's coalition partner in Kashmir (PDP) has a mindset that is further complicating the situation there rather than solving it," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said. The Sena alleged that the meeting between Pakistan envoy Abdul Basit and separatist leader Syed Ali Fast track flyover completion at Vikram Chowk: Dy CM to ERA NL Correspondent Jammu, Mar. 11: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, Wednesday stressed on completing the flyover from Vikram Chowk to Government College for Women at the earliest, in a meeting he chaired here at the Civil Secretariat. Legislators from Jammu City, Commissioner Secretary, Housing & Urban Development Department, DIG Traffic, Jammu, MD ERA and other senior officers were also present. Dr Nirmal directed the concerned to speed up the work so as to provide hassle free traffic movement in one the busiest routes of Jammu city. He emphasised on taking up the road widening on the route for which, he said directions have already been passed with compensation amount already sanctioned in favour of ERA. Shah Geelani at a time when secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan have just resumed, has been "inspired" by Sayeed. "It is being said that during this meet, detailed talks were held over the present situation in J&K. All this has happened suddenly. Mufti Mohammed Sayeed is definitely the inspiration behind this meet," the saffron party said. "Whatever is happening in Kashmir is not in the interest of the country. Do anything you want, but do not get India into trouble. Do not be a part of this crime against the country. Releasing of separatist leader Masarat Alam is like helping terrorists. So, arrest Mufti Sayeed and file a criminal case against him," the Sena said in a veiled reference to the BJP. NL Correspondent Jammu, Mar. 11: NL Correspondent Jammu | Mar | 11: . Detailed discussion was held upon various issues relating to welfare and upliftment of schedule tribe which mainly include reopening of mobile schools, improvement in hostels management, conversion of Gujjar Hostels into residential schools, opening of co-education schools at district level, construction of Eklavya Model Schools, opening of anganwadi centres in tribal areas recruitment for Gujjars and Bakarwals (G&B) and pre-matric scholarships. It was proposed in the meeting that Eklavya school having all modern facilities would be constructed in Leh while a coeducation school would be constructed at Kargil in the next financial year. The Minister assured the representatives that necessary action will be taken for meeting their demands and aspirations. Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh, Wednesday stressed on the PDD authorities to remain sensitive towards the grievances of the people and make efforts to address these issues. These directions were given by the Deputy Chief Minister while reviewing the status of transformers, damages and maintenance and buffer stock available with the department in a meeting with PDD officials here. Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Drabu, who was also present in the meeting, said that a provision of Rs 16 Cr for the purpose of maintenance, buffer stock of transformers etc will be kept available. Reiterating the commitment of the Government to improve the system of public service delivery across all departments, Dr Nirmal sought details regarding buffer stock of transformers, repair workshops etc so that department faces no hindrance in providing hassle free power supply to people in the coming summer season. Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Minister directed Chief Engineer, Maintenance wing to devise a mechanism for fixing responsibility in case of laxity shown by the field level officials in discharging their duties. Dr Nirmal while referring to the incident of a damaged transformer due to recent rains in Bhagwati Nagar area of the city, urged upon the officers to ensure that such issues are addressed urgently, keeping in view the problems faced by the people. NL Correspondent Jammu | Mar | 11: procedures for issuance of driving license, fitness certificates, route permits and various other services provided by the department. He asked the officers to adopt a pragmatic and innovative approach to improve the functioning of the department. Regarding various driving institutes operating in the state the Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure that these schools are having all the requisite infrastructural facilites as per the norms and directed for strict action against those failing to fulfill the requisite norms. Commissioner Secretary Transport Department, Bipul Pathak, Transport Commissioner, Dilshad Khan, Special Secretary Transport, Itrat Hussain Rafiqi, MD SRTC, J S Tandon, Director Motor Garages Department, G A Sofi, RTOs Jammu, Lakhnapur, ARTO's of Jammu division attended the meeting. Stress on tribal policy Kohli directs for service envisaging development streamlining delivery system of G&B: Minister Minister for CAPD, Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali convened a meeting with legislators from tribal community to seek their suggestions for formulation of tribal policy for the socio economic development of Gujjar Bakarwal. Among others, Minister of State for Transport, Abdul Gani Kohli, Minister of State for Cooperatives and Ladhak Affairs, Chering Dorjay, MLA, Leh, Rigzin Jora, MLA Gool, Ajaiz Ahmed Khan, MLA Gulabgarh, Mumtaz Khan, MLA, Rajouri, Qammer Hussasin, MLA Surankote, Ch. Mohammad Akram, MLA Zanskar, Syeed Baqir Rezvi, Commissioner/Secretary, Social Welfare Department , Director Tribal Affairs besides other officers of concerned departments attended the meeting FROM PAGE 1... Ex-PM Manmohan... reporters in New Delhi when asked for his reaction on the court order. "I have always said I am open to legal scrutiny...I am sure the truth will prevail and I will get a chance to put forward my case with all the facts," Singh added. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar summoned the six accused on April 8 for the alleged offences punishable under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) of the IPC and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). Besides these three, the court also summoned M/s Hindalco, its officials Shubhendu Amitabh and D Bhattacharya as accused in the case. If convicted, the accused are liable to be sentenced for a maximum of life imprisonment. The case pertains to allocation of Talabira II coal block in Odisha to M/s Hindalco in 2005, when the then Prime Minister Singh was holding the coal portfolio. CBI, in its FIR, had named Parakh, Birla, M/s Hindalco Industries Ltd and other unknown persons for alleged offences under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under provisions of the PCA. However, the agency had later on filed a closure report in the court, which had refused to accept it. The court, in its December 16 last year order, had directed CBI to examine former Prime Minister Singh and some top officials of then Prime Minister Office (PMO), including Singh’s then Principal Secretary T.K.A. Nair and then private secretary B.V.R. Subramanyam.Parakh and Hindalco have denied any wrongdoing. Parakh today said it (summon) came as a “surprise” to him.“It (summon) came as a surprise to me,” Parakh told reporters here today.However, he said, “Court has its own method of working and it’s not appropriate to comment on that.” When asked whether there were any political reasons to these summons, Parakh said there are no political overtones to it. Besides these three, the court also summoned M/s Hindalco, its officials Shubhendu Amitabh and D Bhattacharya as accused in the case.Pronouncing the order, the judge said, “I am taking cognisance of offences under Sections 120B, 409 of the IPC and under Sections 13(1)© and 13(1)(d)(3) of PCA against six accused, M/s Hindalco, Shubhendu Amitabh, D Bhattacharya, Kumar Mangalam Birla, P C Parakh and Dr Manmohan Singh.” Section 13(1)© of PCA relates to a public servant dishonestly misappropriating property entrusted to him or allowing any other person to do so.Section 13(1)(d)(3) relates to a public servant obtaining any pecuniary advantage for any person without any public interest.Cong backs ManmohanThe Congress today firmly backed former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after he received summons in the coal allocation scam case. Former Law Minister Kapil Sibal said no one in the country could ever believe that Manmohan Singh could do anything wrong and the Congress will defend him to the finish. don't think anyone in India believes that Manmonhan Singh can do something wrong or corrupt. He was extremely cautious Minister of State for Transport (Independent Charge), Rural Development & Horticulture, Abdul Ghani Kohli chaired a high level meeting of officers to review the functioning of the transport, SRTC and State Motor Garages Department here at Civil Secretariat today. The Minister reaffirmed the commitment of the government to ensure transparency and accountability in the functioning of the department and directed the officers to streamline the service delivery mechanism to provide hassle free services to the people, The Minister while reviewing the functioning of the State Motor Vehicle department directed the officers of the department to ensure that public does not face any inconvenience and stressed that they should be well informed about the and he always wanted to be on the right side of the law. Now, he finds himself summoned. We shall defend Manmohan Singh with all our might." Former Information Minister Manish Tewari also backed the ex-PM saying all he did was continued to implement the policies of the NDA. "The UPA's policies were the same as the NDA's. The former PM and former government conducted itself with utmost transparency. There was nothing to hide." "We respect the judicial process and are confident that the truth will prevail, "Congress media chairman Randeep Surjewala said while reacting to the development. The Congress said receiving court summons does not make one guilty.“Sorry to puncture the brouhaha, but receiving a court summons does not make one guilty. That is elementary law. “Right?”, party spokesman Sanjay Jha said in a series of tweets.Jha insisted that it was former PM Singh who pushed for auctions in coal block allocations. “He sought transparency, resisted by BJP-ruled states”. “The truth is coal block dubious allocations were all in nonCongress ruled states; MP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa, WB etc”, he said. Timeline of the case October 2013: CBI registers FIR against K.M. Birla, P.C. Parakh and others on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption in the allocation of coal blocks. August 28, 2014: CBI files closure report in the case, saying evidence collected during probe did not substantiate the allegations levelled against the people named in the FIR. October 21: CBI files revised closure report in the case. December 16: Court rejects closure report, orders further probe and to record statements of the former prime minister who was then holding coal ministry portfolio. January 2015: Manmohan Singh was questioned by CBI in connection with the case. January 27: CBI files progress report of investigation. February 19: CBI files final report in the case. March 11: Court summons Manmohan Singh, Birla, Parakh, Hindalco company, its officials Shubendu Amitabh and D. Bhatt acharya in the case for April 8. — TNS/Agencies Central sends team..... release. "A comprehensive report has now been prepared dealing with all the aspects of Masrat Alam's release. It is being sent to the MHA today (Wednesday)," top government sources said. They said the ministry has sought clarifications on specific issues like the court directions which led to Alam's release, list of cases pending against him and their present status and also the reasons that prevented the state government from keeping the separatist in detention. This comes after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who had asserted that the NDA Government's top priority was national security and not continuance of the State Government, had sought a proper clarification from J&K dispensation saying he was not satisfied with the report of the State Home department on Alam's release. National Livestock Mission SLEC approves proposed action plan NL Correspondent Jammu, Mar. 11: The State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) for implementation of the National Livestock Mission (NLM), Wednesday approved the proposed Livestock and Grassland Development Action Plan 201415, of Rs 16.95 Cr. Headed by Chief Secretary, Iqbal Khandey, the Committee in its 1st meeting here, reviewed the impact and outcome of various livestock and poultry development schemes under implementation in the state besides holding discussions on steps to be followed towards achieving self sufficiency in Animal & Sheep Husbandry sectors. Under the Mission, State Government seeks quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production including poultry and milk yield, addressing the problems of scarcity of animal feed resources, skill development of farmers and Para-vets, technology transfer and extension. Popularize backyard rearing of the poultry birds to decrease dependence on import of poultry products including poultry meat and table eggs, establishment of small poultry units for selling the produce in local market, besides upgrading farm efficiency viz. farming, feed milling and hatching operation, development of infrastructure, conservation and development of native breeds and research are some of the other activities to be focussed under the Mission. The NORTHLINES www.thenorthlines.com Rasool makes clean sweep in Sectt. Elections NL Correspondent Jammu, Mar. 11: Ghulam Rasool Mir was today declared successful as the President of Civil Secretariat Non Gazetted Employees Union. He defeated his nearest rival Rouf Ahmad by a margin of 250 votes. Hailing from Anderhama, Kupwara, Mir is known for his affable and employee friendly attitude. He started his career as junior assistant and by dint of hard work rose to the position of Office Superintendent. The results of elections were declared by Returning Officer, Dr. G N Itoo. Ghulam Rasool Mir got 564 votes while as his rival Rouf Ahmed Bhat got 278 votes. Surinder Bedia was elected as Vice President while as Thana Ji Bhat was elected General Secretary. Farooq Ahmed was elected as Secretary while as Parveez Ahmed Khan and Ghulam Nabi Tantray were elected as Publicity Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Ghulam Rasool's group bagged all the 20 positions of members of the Union by defeating their nearest rivals by convincing margins. CTA calls on Naeem NL Correspondent Jammu | Mar | 11: A delegation of J&K College Teachers Association headed by its President Prof. Tariq Ashai called on the Minister Higher Education Naeem Akhter & Commissioner Secretary Higher Education Ms. Sarita Chouhan at Jammu. A memorandum of demands was submitted to the Honorable Minister which include redesignation of eligible selection grade lecturers as Associate Professors, clearance of pending placement of Assistant Professors to Higher AGP';S, removal of disparity viz-a-viz age of superannuation, work load as per UGC Guidelines, benefit of SRO 222 to College Teachers, grant of additional increments and many other issues. The Minister assured the delegation that their demands will be thoroughly looked upon and resolved in due course of time. He impressed upon the delegation that college Teachers should work with Zeal and Zest and use their experience and expertise in framing and introducing job orientated courses in the colleges, so that Younger generation would get benefits of Higher Education. The delegation comprised of Dr. Sanjay Verma , Prof. Mir Mashok, Prof. Saini, Prof. Manhas & Others. Later Prof. Tariq Ashai interacted with different delegations from various colleges of Jammu province at Science College Jammu and apprised them about the latest developments regarding various issues pending in the Higher Education Department and assured them that their issues would be got resolved in near course of time. Policy for dealing with unauthorized constructions discussed NL Correspondent Jammu | Mar | 11: Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Mohammad Ashraf Mir, today discussed the proposed policy for dealing with the unauthorized constru-ctions in violation of Master plan in Jammu, Srinagar and Katra cities, at a meeting of officers held here. Secretary Housing & Urban Development, Satesh Nehru, Vice Chairman, JDA, Mubarak Singh, Commissioner JMC, Kiran Wattal, Managing Director J&K As for the cases pending against Alam, the report says there are 15 such in different courts and the FIRs lodged against him include those under sections 120 and 120 of the Indian Penal Code. The sections pertain to waging war against the state. Home Secretary Suresh Kumar has confirmed that no separatist leader or militant is being released by the state government as is being highlighted in some media reports. He also denied that any list had been prepared to facilitate such releases in the near future. Top government sources ridiculed rumours that the state government had ever decided to release Ashiq Hussain Faktoo who is serving a life sentence that has been upheld by the Supreme Court. 'Govt had expressed ..... "A part of the territory of the state is under the forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan. Under the Shimla Agreement, India and Pakistan are committed to resolving all outstanding issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, through a peaceful bilateral dialogue. There is no role whatsoever for a third party," Singh said in his reply. Attorney General declared...... under the RTI Act could be used to overturn that decision as well. CHRI had submitted its views on that case when the CIC called for public comments. Strangely, CHRI's submission is not even mentioned in that decision. Perhaps the CIC's Registry forgot to place our submission before the Commissionersz One way traffic to ..... December last year due to snow. A traffic police official said Housing Board, Shafiq Ahmed Raina, Chief Architect, V. K. Pant, Chief Town Planners, Kashmir/Jam-mu and officers of allied wings of the Housing Department attended the meeting. The proposed policy document which has been framed by the Department on the directions of the J&K High Court was discussed in detail and several new ideas were deliberated upon and incorporated in the document. The main thrust was to ensure that the existing Master Plans are implemented in letter and spirit to stop the unauthorized constructions in these cities in future. The ways and means to deal with the violations already occurred at various places also came under discussion. The J&K Civic Laws (Special Provision) Act, 2014 came into force on 5th March, 2014. Section 3 of the Act provides that the State Government shall formulate a policy before 31st March, 2015 to deal with/regulate unauthorized constructions in the areas covered by the Act. It was also essential for a time-bound action being taken to the low intake capacity," Sayeed said. The Chief Minister asked the Managing Director, Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation (JKTDC), Farooq Ahmad Shah to immediately undertake forceful marketing drives and FAM (Familiarity) tours to promote scenic destinations like Sonamarg, Kokernag, Daksum, Warwan and Dodhpathri so that visitors are able to explore the Valley beyond the well-known destinations like Gulmarg and Pahalgam. "Nature has bestowed us with beauty in abundance. We have to take steps to utilise idle tourism infrastructure at these nature spots for which New Tourism Development Authorities were created when I first took over in 2002," he said. Sayeed said the Tourism Development Authorities will be revitalized soon to focus on uniform spread of tourists across the Valley. Describing tourism as a binding force that joins several other key sectors like the famed handicrafts/handloom and food industry of Kashmir, the Chief Minister assured that tourism, will flourish in the days to come. "We see tourism and industry as areas where we have great potential to generate jobs for our skilled unemployed youth," Sayeed said. Bar suspends Court.... the introductory meet scheduled for Thursday earlier. The new date of introductory meet will be notified later. We don't have numbers ... opposite views on the issue. "My party's view on the issue is known to everyone. I don't want to say much," the Minister said. Under Article 370, half a dozen states enjoy special status, the Minister pointed out, adding, "We are in favour of equal status for all the states." Issue of Musrat Alam's ...... here today hundreds of vehicles, particularly empty trucks and oil tankers besides passenger vehicles left different parts of the Kashmir valley for Jammu this morning. However, no vehicle was allowed from Jammu as only oneway traffic will continue till further orders on the highway to avoid traffic jam and accidents. He said traffic will play from Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow subject to road and weather condition. He said passengers and drivers are requested to contact traffic and Police Control Rooms (PCR) before starting their journey on the highway. Meanwhile, dozens of road linking far flung and remote areas in north Kashmir districts of Kupwara and Bandipora remained closed due to accumulation of snow. Narayan Yadav(RJD) contested Mr Naidu's stand saying "This is the right of the members". Mr Naidu reacted again saying "This right should not be a routine practice, the Question Hour belongs to all members four or five members can not disrupt it every day." But the Members did not relent and said this has been done earlier too, during the previous regimes. Mr Naidu said in the past 10 years, when they were in the Opposition, they did not do so. Ms Mahajan also endorsed the Minister's stand and held that it should not become a practice. "I have also conveyed this to some members in the Chambers this morning," she said. the Tourism portfolio, said there is an urgent need to create sufficient accommodation to meet the demands of incoming tourists in the Valley. "Tourism will not develop unless it comes with the required paraphernalia. We have to be innovative in our thinking to make Kashmir valley a leading tourist destination in the country and abroad. Tented accomm-odation and building eco-cottages at tourist resorts is one innovative way to increase Yasser Khan S/o Mohd. Khan R/o Badhoon Po Badhoon, Teh & Dist Rajouri, Pin Code. 185132, contact no 9697410517, i have applied for D.o.B 05-02-1997 at police station rajouri, objection if any may be conveyed to the concerned authority within 7 days after the publication of this notice Need for infra development... Associations of Kashmir, the Chief Minister, who also holds NOTICE Printer, Publisher & Proprietor Neelam Singh Gill. 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It was days climbing adventure released by Gulzar Singh encapsulated right in to your Sandhu, a prominent Punjabi library, drawing room... even writer & winner of prestigious though an arm-chair one. A Sahitya Akademi Award. compulsive and authoritative The author was a Leader of reading for the youth and those ITBP expedition to Everest who make mountain-sport through North-Col route in seriously. 1996. Interestingly Everest had The book ends on historical been climbed through 13 feat of reaching the top but not principal different routes since before infamous tragedy where 1953. But the most formidable 3 members of team lost their and difficult route is the lives while getting stuck in approach from North Col- Tibet stark elements thrust at the worst ever snow blizzard. (China). dramatic personae: nail biting Published by Unistar Books excitement, jolt of setbacks, Pvt. Limited, Chandigarh, throbbing anticipation, 'Everest 1996' is a gripping tantalising goal, pain and agony story, climber's un-ending of three tragic deaths, anguish NL Correspondent determination to win a of anxiety, triumph and Samba | Mar. | 11 mountain and of nature's tragedy... "Sweet and Sour", chilling riposte, resolute sorrow, happiness, aching and The District Election Officer \Deputy Commissioner Samba character. And final acceptance joys. of sacrifice, a disastrous the cliff Day to day account of Sheetal Nanda today convened walk, death trap atop the world, Everest, North-Col, 1996 carves a meeting of the senior officers dead climber's walk, the dead a new niche into the deep heart and representatives of Political and the daring defy of universal and uprightness, sincerity of Parties of the district in which Moral rule. How victory fever purpose, will to suffer for the preparations with respect to repelled the mountaineers cause, loyalty unalloyed, launching of National Electoral Purification and whose physio-psychological robustness and ability to guide Rolls assessment was graded. able leadership to establish the Authentication Programme The book unfolds step by step credibility of Indian Police (NERPAP) were discussed threadbare. the captivating drama of single- Force in the face of calamity. minded human efforts pitted And before the sounds of ACR Samba Sonu Pargal, against innumerable odds, the victory fade out to be seen in the Tehsildar Vijaypur\ Ghagwal besides representatives of various political parties attended the meeting. The DEO apprised the Jammu, Mar. 11: Earth Group of Companies in collaboration with AMB Group has launched it's yet another ambitious project participants that NERPAP has Earth SKY GATE strategically located at Sector-88 in Gurgaon. It been launched by the Election is billed as the largest commercial project among all the other Commission of India recently, commercial projects in New Gurgaon and a super exciting which aimed at removing the destination expected to stand out from the crowd of malls and defects in electoral rolls like other commercial centers. In many ways, Earth SKY GATE is the multiple entries and repeating most wonderful commercial project that is sure to blow-up into a EPIC No's of the electors etc. DEO advised the participants massive crowd puller with its extraordinary attractions, easily translating huge footfalls into great business opportunities. The to first l sensitize the concerned about the company is eyeing its major investment for its latest project from stakeholders provisions and benefits of the the state of J&K. Speaking on the occasion, Atul Gupta, JMD of Earth Group of scheme and then collect the Companies said, "Consumers are looking forward to move from requisite data for purifying, pure retail destination to a destination that offers wholesome authenticating and then linking entertainment, exotic food and best shopping experience. They are the epic database of the looking for some extraordinary entertainment and, today, we are electoral rolls to link with the happy to launch this excitingly themed destination which we are Adhar numbers. It was informed that a sure will become the most promising and sought after commercial Nation wide special camp will destination in near future." On his maiden visit to the Dalmia Vidya Mandir (DVM), Rajgangpur, Hon'ble Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam left the children euphoric as he walked straight to the children mingling and shaking hands with them. At a one-hour awe inspiring speech to a full house audience comprising of 650 students and 2000 parents and teachers , Dr. Kalam inspired the students to focus on education. "Education gives you wings to fly", said Dr. Kalam. Citing the examples of creative geniuses like Alexander Graham Bell, Sir C V Raman, Wright brothers and eminent mathematician, Dr. Ramanujam, Dr. Kalam added, "Creativity is knowledge. Creativity leads to thinking. Thinking provides knowledge. Knowledge in turn makes you great. For acquiring knowledge you need to have Creativity, Righteousness and Courage. Righteousness builds character. Using to bring about order in the society, the nation and the world". To a question by a student on what is the next generation pollution free fuel source, Dr. Kalam said, previously it was wood; now it solar and in the future it will be nuclear. To another question by a student on who Dr. Kalam considers as his idol, he replied - Teacher!! "Dr. Kalam's visit to the Dalmia Vidya Mandir has left an everlasting memory in our minds. It is a dream come true", said a teacher. DEO, DC discuss preparation of NERPAP NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | Mar. | 11 be organised at the booth levels in all assembly constituencies in the country by ERO's for the above mentioned activities on 12.04.015 It was also informed that scheme envisages two levels of Adhar feeding. In the first level the electors can themselves feed their Adhar data in the epic database by way of National Voters Service Portal (NVSP) or SMS to "51969" or E-mail or mobile app or by making a call at toll free number 1950 to state NL Correspondent Samba | Mar. | 11 call centers,"In another level the BLOs shall collect the details of electors themselves during door to door surveys, voter facilitation centers, e-seva centers and citizen service centers authorized by the DEO". The DEO asked the all the concerned officers to initiate with the sensitization of electors by way of SVEEP and exhorted upon them to achieve the targets within the prescribed time frame by the Election Commission of India. JKHCBA condemns Alam's release NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | Mar. | 11 drastically and there is no barrier to boundary of any kind in between so girls need to educate them propely. He also sang a song based on "Beti Bachao Beti Padhow". Later on the secretary (LWWS) and other members visited their oldage-cumtution centre situated at Jhang being looked after the Sushil Kumar for social cause. The role of Ram Paul the police was summoned who intervened and resolved the matter. Addressing the students on the occasion, Thakur Virender Singh, President NPSU lambasted the state government and SSB authorities for them utter neglect and discrimination meted out to Jammu region in the matter of various selections including those of teachers. The chairperson SSB later held a meeting with the students and assumed them that the issue would soon be settled and mater would be vigorously followed in high court so as to ensure vacation of interim directions if any, with respect to such selections so that early release of select lists was ensured. Other who were present in the protest demonstration included Rishi Badyal, Lovely Singh, Amit Charak, Shubam Singh, Shubam Jasrotia, Asha Rani, Sahil Sharma, Suresh Sharma, Sumit Singh, Bhupinder Singh, kanu Sharma etc. BJP can't play role of opposition and govt. simultaneously: Harsh LWWS celebrates International Women's Day agencies, so that purpose of social awareness and extending them facilities to poor and needy women by raising SHG in the area and by opening training centre in this flung & boarder area. Ram Paul (writer/Singer/Actor & Coordinator to LWWS) also spoke on the subject and told that girls should leave their shyness and ask for their rights, time has changed National Panthers Student Union NPSU today held a protest demonstration outside the office of J&K Service Selection Board Jammu to lodge their protest against the failure of SSB to release the selection list of teachers for various District of Jammu region. The protestors who had assembled outside the office of SSB Jammu raised slogans against the state government as well as the higher authorities of the SSB and bought early release of the selection list. The protestors had a scuffle with the SSB authorities as the chairperson objected to use of Dogri language by the students. The students who were raising slogans and making their demands in Dogri language were rebuked by SSB officers with the chairperson of the Board warning and issuing threats to the students to desist from raising issues in Dogri. This infuriated the students who locked the officers and other official in SSB office who were let off only after the police "Saffron Party blowing hot and cold in same breath" Earth Group launches SKY GATE Lalded women welfare society (Regd.) in collaboration with Food & Nutrition department Govt. of India organized a competition in which females took part Anant Ram Atri (DO) opened the programme were three group were constituted i.e. of children, young girls and women. The drawing, painting quiz and poem were the main attraction in the competition. The participants shown keen interest in displaying their hidden talent for winning the competition and took information from the expert panel. The winner were distributed prizes. While speaking on the occasion Santosh Bastora encouraged the participants and assured that the organization will discharge its social responsibility by opening of skill development centers with the help of government NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | Mar. | 11 (writer/Singer & Coordinator) & Naveen Pal (Actor & Director were recoganized by presenting them memento by Anant Ram Atri (DO) for extending excellent support to make the programme grand success. However V. K. Wattal, Ex-income Tax Officer also shared the dice who voiced the concern for empowerment of women on this day. In an emergent meeting held today in the office of J&K High Court Bar Association Jammu, the office bearers and other senior members of the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu strongly condemned the release of Masarat Alam and the seditious statement made by him after the release. J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu taking a very serious view of the release, has further decided to suspend the work in the Hon'ble High Court, subordinate Courts and tribunals on 12-03-2015 (Thursday). Despite the nationwide clamor and a deep sense of outrage over the release of Separatist Leader Musrat Alam by the State govt., the BJP has persisted with its lame duck policy and submissive approach only for the lust of power, said Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and former Minister adding further that the Saffron Party leaders were making evasive, vague and obscure statements only for the sake of public consumption and for ensuring damage control. He said that while the Union Parliament had turned into an arena of contested claims and counterclaims, there was a near unanimity amongst the different political parties of the country regarding the imminent threat to the security of the State due to the release of Separatist leader having more than 27 criminal cases pending against him. Harsh Dev Singh said that it was not only the lame duck posturing of BJP which had angered the people of Jammu region, but the dichotomy in the statements of central and State Leaders of BJP who were making highly incongruous and Cong demands relief for farmers NL Correspondent Bishnah | Mar. | 11 Senior Congress leader M K Bhardwaj has demanded immediate relief for the farmers of Bishnah in particular and that of entire Jammu region whose crops have been destroyed in the recent hail-storm and unprecedented heavy rains that have been lashing the region. Chairing a meeting of Congrees leaders and workers from Bishnah Constituency, he has suggested that the state government should adopt a twopronged approach to alleviate the sufferings of the farmers. An immediate cash relief should be provided to all the farmers without any delay which should be followed by setting up of an expert group that could assess the losses suffered by them for providing a proper overall relief package that should cover monetary and agricultural aspects. These aspects are necessary as merely providing some cash relief at this juncture will leave them in lurch as they have no back up support for carrying out their farm activities in future. Questioning the newly formed BJP-PDP Government's claim to immediately undertake development activities, Bhardwaj said that the ruling alliance partners are indulging in worst kind of political fight even before settling down which has caused serious consternation among the people who had voted them to power. Senior Congress leader Ashok Kumar Dubey who also attended the meeting said that the irrigation network is the lifeline of the agriculture sector and the government should take immediate measures to clean and protect the existing irrigation network. The Congress workers meet at Bishnah was attended by Kuldep Sharma, Suneel sharma,Sham Singh, Ghansham SharmaDewan Chand, Bal Krishan,Ranjit Singh, Ramandeep Singh,Rajesh Sharma, Kasturil Lal, Darshan Sharma, Ajay Kumar SharmaGanesh Sharma, Prem Sharma, Pandit Raja Ram, Kuldeep Raj among others. utterly irreconcilable statements on the subject. Flaying the BJP for its highly nauseating approach and outrageous conduct, Singh said that the Saffron party must realize that people can't be cajoled by delusive announcements alone. He said that release of Musrat Alam and other like incidents have explored the myth of BJP's bravado and displayed the spineless BJP in its true colours. Warning the BJP to assert in the wake of public anger having risen to its crescendo, Singh said that any further delay could disfigure its image beyond redemption. Security gaurd shot dead NL Correspondent Jammu | Mar. | 11 Says R.M Diwan, General Manager, Muthoot Finance Limited: "With reference to the suicide committed by the security guard today morning, we would like to inform the general public that the deceased guard was not an employee of Muthoot Finance and the incident happened outside our branch premises. He was an armed guard employed by a local security agency for one of our branches in Jammu. None of our staff is involved in this incident. We extend our prayers and deep condolences to the family of the deceased. We are extending full co-operation and support to the authorities investigating the matter." Burden of kidney disease in society It comes as a shocker to many that the kidneys, each about the size of a fist play such a major role in your wellbeing. However the major roles played by kidneys are as follows. First, the kidneys are mainly involved in removing waste products from the body; preventing toxins from building up in the bloodstream. Second the kidneys produce hormones that take control of the functions of other parts of the body, for instance regulating blood pressure and producing red blood cells. And also regulate the level of minerals and fluid in the body. Post the circulation of blood through the entire body, it then passes onto the kidneys. They kidneys then filter waste products from the blood including extra salt and water and these are then passed out as urine. So imagine your kidneys getting into a nonfunctional mode. If this ever happens the waste product build-up is likely to cause some chemical imbalance which are otherwise required for the smooth functioning of the body. Such disorders among others are precisely termed as renal diseases. There are different kinds of renal diseases, some even leading to endstage renal disease (ESRD). ESRD is a condition in which the kidneys fail to work in a normal way with the patient needing dialysis or kidney transplant. So what exactly causes these 2 little fist-sized organs to suddenly go out of order? Kidney diseases are mostly caused due to diabetes, high blood pressure, and hardening of the arteries. However some of these diseases can also occur due to the inflammation of the kidneys. This condition is called nephritis. Some anatomic disorders too can lead to renal diseases besides the one resulting from metabolic disorders. The chances of the latter happening however are thin for in the case of metabolic kidney disorders are rare since they need to be inherited from both parents. The other causes may as well include blockage of the system that drain the kidneys or the medications that are toxic to the kidney tissue. Since the causes can vary, so can the symptoms. Some very common symptoms however are too much or too little urine, or passing blood or abnormal levels of chemicals in urine. But if the disease is caused by a bacterial infection, the first sign is high fever. In case of moderate or mild kidney diseases, there are sometimes no symptoms at all. But to say that these do not cause any pain will be wrong. Kidney stones in the ureter are seen to cause some cramping pain that spreads from the lower back into the groin. The disease can lead to chronic or acute kidney failure. While failure of kidneys in the former happens gradually, the latter may happen within a few hours or days. Both are life-threatening. The real problem however lies in the diagnosis of the disease because unless there's a tumour or the kidneys are swollen, it becomes difficult for the doctors to check by simply feeling the kidneys. There are however tests that check the kidney tissues, take urine samples and checks for protein, sugar, blood, and ketones etc. When treating kidney, the doctors tend to concentrate more on the underlying cause of the disease. The infections can also be cured by antibiotics if the infection is caused by bacteria. In case of acute kidney failure this scheme works best. In such cases treating the original cause can help return the kidney to its normal functioning. But in most of kidney failure cases, the blood pressure has first to be brought to be normal in order to evade any more progression of disease. End-stage kidney failures are only controlled by dialysis or kidney transplant. Dialysis can be done once a week or more often depending on the condition. In case of transplant the diseased ones are replayed by a new or a healthy one. These transplants are said to work 80 percent of the time. The only fear in this case what is the body rejects the transplant. The risk however is worth it because a healthy kidney can help you live a better life. ------------------------------------------Dr. Ramesh Jain, HOD & Senior Consultant - Centre for Kidney Transplant & Renal Sciences, Saroj Super Speciality Hospital, Delhi The NORTHLINES www.thenorthlines.com Accelerate process of immunization: ADC Doda Mission Indradhanush reviewed NL Correspondent Doda | Mar. | 11 With the aim to cover all those children by 2020, who are either unvaccinated, or are partially vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases, a meeting was yesterday convened by Additional Deputy Commissioner (PO,ICDS) Doda, Surat Singh in meeting Hall DC Office Complex Doda. Chief Medical Officer Doda, Dr. Yaqoob Mir;District Social Welfare Officer Doda, Gias-ulHaq; Child Development and Project Officers of the District; District Information Officer Doda, Anoop Kumar among others attended the meeting. Dr. Mir informed the house that the Mission Indradhanush of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India will cover the partially vaccinated & unvaccinated children against the disease which include diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles and hepatitis B. He further revealed that the Ministry of Health & family welfare, Government of India, has identified 201 high focus districts in the country in the first phase which have nearly 50% of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children. To accelerate the process of immunization by covering 5% and more children every year, the Mission mode has been adopted by GOI to achieve the target of full coverage by 2020, he stated. ADC Doda said the district will be targeted by intensive efforts to improve routine immunization coverage. He also asked the CDPOs to direct the Anganwadi works to coordinate with ASHA workers and other health officials during special vaccination campaigns. Intensive planning and monitoring of the campaign will also be done at District, Tehsil and Block levels, he added. Village residents submit memorandum to Ministers NL Correspondent Rajouri | Mar. | 11 The Public of villages Budhi, Joura Kalan & Lower Shamdlian of minority community seek immediate intervention of Hon'ble Forest Minister, Jenab Bali Bhagat & Hon'ble MOS for Roads & Buildings , Jenab Sunil Sharma regarding Kahara-Jai road project dispute in Tehsil Thathri, District Doda, which arose in 2009 and is yet unsettled. An inquiry committee headed by Divisional Commissioner Jammu was constituted by Chief Secretary J&K government in 2012 but the members of the committee never visited the cite themselves personally and they submitted that report to higher authorities which was prepared by the same lower level officers of R&B, PMGSY & Forest departments who had originally committed the irregularities & against whom the public had complained.The 2007 Survey by R&B Sub-division Gandoh was from Kahara to Joura comprising a distance of 16 kms. The 2011 Survey by R&B division Bhadarwah was in opposite direction i.e from Jai to Joura Khurd comprising a distance of 09 kms as per the committee report. The total distance from Kahara to Jai thus is 25 kms. The Survey of 1987 had also envisaged the total distance to be 25 kms. Now a new Survey of 9 kms from Halaran to Joura Khurd has been conducted by PMGSY as shown in the said report, though this distance is already included in 2007 Survey. Thus this 9 kms distance exists only in air & does not lie on the ground. This is a big fraud and needs immediate departmental inquiry through vigilance department/ CBI. The poor villagers fervently hope to get justice from the present coalition government, which the previous government could not provide them in these 5 years despite their repeated requests & protests. The poor public demand immediate impartial departmental inquiry/through vigilance department/CBI inquiry, regarding the gross irregularities in the construction of Kahara-Jai road project in Tehsil Thathri, District Doda. Kishtwar Scholarship Scam NSUI reviews process of investigation NL Correspondent Kishtwar | Mar. | 11 In the matter pertaining to scholarship scam in Kishtwar. Delegation of National Students' Union of India (NSUI) led by NSUI District Chief Prakash Singh Dadwal along with victims of scam meets with station house officer (SHO) Kishtwar Sameer Gellani. Dadwal in a brief discussion with SHO Kishtwar put the issue of slow investigation process against the culprits, meanwhile SHO Kishtwar assured that police is Sanjay Sharma Reasi | Mar. | 11 With over 3500 youth gets registered under various self entrepreneurship development schemes, district administration Reasi in coordination with Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) Uniform hold biggest ever job fair at Sports stadium Reasi on Wednesday. General OfficerinCommand (GOC), Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) Uniform, Major General B V Rao, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner (DC) ReasiSushma Chauhan inaugurated the Fair. Rao in his address underscored the need for taking all required measures for enlarging awareness among youth about the various State and Central Government self-employment schemes so that they could gain maximum benefit from all such programmes. He observed people at large need to be involved in a big way to secure the desired objectives in regard to spreading awareness about these schemes in all parts of the State. Rao further said that Employment Fairs provide a doing its job effectively and will solve this issue with in 2 or 3 days after proper investigation and person who found guilty will behind the bars. Dadwal added the NSUI will wait up to 14th march thereafter NSUI will start agitation not only in Kishtwar but throughout the state, if needed issue will be highlighted at national level. NSUI state President Neeraj Kundan also interfere in this matter and demanded high level enquiry through crime branch and vigilance department for exposing the scam. valuable opportunity for the administration and the people to interact about the various selfemployment schemes. He called upon the people, particularly youth to take best advantage of the schemes launched by the Government for generating employment avenues. He referred to the high potential for growth of horticulture, agriculture and tourism in the area. Earlier DC Reasi, in her address giving details of the DIG DKR range held session with NOKs Mohd Majid Malik Doda | Mar. | 11 Nisar Ahmed -IPS, DIG DKR Range along with Shri Zahid Naseem Manhas-KPS, SSP Doda and other Police Officers held darbar with the officers/jawans of District Police Doda. After hearing the issues and demands put-forth by the officers/officials present in the darbar, DIG DKR Range appreciated the role of district Mohd Majid Malik examination in these centers Police for maintaining law and Bhaderwah | Mar. | 11 and interacted with the students order, peace and communal and staff on duty. Directions harmony in the District. DIG Dr Shafqet Rafeqi Joint were issued for smooth and fair stressed upon the Secretary JKBOSE on the conduct of examination. Other officers/jawans to serve the direction of Chairman today senior officers of Board people in a better way and our conducted surprise inspection of accompanied the tour.Dr motto shall always remain to various 12th class examination Shafqet Rafeqi directed the give best service and crime free centers in Bhaderwah town . He board authorities of Bhaderwah atmosphere to people. DIG inspected the conduct of and Doda to maintain strict exhorted that by the dints of dedication and hardworking, J&K Police has made the nation proud and we have to keep it up in the future also. The officers/officials were briefed to maintain discipline and work NL Correspondent departments to set up awareness stalls pertaining with zeal and dedication to Rajouri | Mar. | 11 to their departments for the awareness of general masses and highlight various schemes initiated District Development Commissioner, Rajouri by the central and state government for the Deepti uppal convened a meeting of officers to benefit of unemployed educated youth so that discuss the arrangements for the conduct of they can avail benefit from such schemes and NL Correspondent employment fair at sunderbani and koteranka on establish their income generating units. 18th March and 25th March 2015 respectively. DDC exhorted upon the officers to make the Udhampur | Mar. | 11 ADDC Veer jee Hangloo, ACD Basharat fair successful with coordinated efforts and Chairman and Managing Hussain ,SDM Sukhpal singh, CEO Rajouri asked them to display literature and distribute Hameed Fani and other senior district officers pamphlets and leaflets about their schemes and Director, Bharat Dynamics and Bank were also present in the meeting. programmes in their stalls for awareness of Limited (BDL) Shri V Udaya In order to make the employement fair an eve general public. She also called for involving Bhaskar presented an interim to garb the employment opportunity ,this year youth, panch and sarpanchs. DDC directed dividend cheque of Rs. 48.90 during employment fair a placement drive under district officers to highlight women welfare crore for the financial year 2014-15 to the Defence Uppal in which educated unemployed youth who oriented schemes also. is graduate will appear for interview who after Nukad nataks and Games are also proposed by Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar selection will go for job on training. Directions district officers to make the fair more interesting at New Delhi. The interim dividend paid by were also passed on to the concerned for dissemination of useful information. Arrangement for employment fair discussed JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 16 grievances register under PARYAS NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 PRAYAS is an initiative devised by District Administration Kathua to listen to the grievances of the public telephonically. During one hour session; people from different parts of the district projected their problems; mostly related to the provisions of basic amenities. Responding to the issues projected by different callers, ADDC Kathua issued on the spot instructions to the officers for early redressal of their grievances. Employment Fair said that 45 stalls have been set up by various departments, organizations and placement agencies. She said that career counseling session is also being organized in the Employment Fair where the aspirants of various competitive examinations will be guided by officers from civil administration, police and Army Officers. She said that such programmes besides encouraging the youth for setting up their income generating units help in developing cordial relationship between the department and the local people. She said effective implementation of various self employment programmes under central and state sectors was the key to address the challenge of unemployment and to enable youth to earn dignified livelihood. The GOC along with DC Reasi also handed over cheques to the beneficiaries of the Self Entrepreneurship Development Scheme on this occasion. Interacting with them, they impressed upon them to take best possible advantage of the schemes. Maj Gen BV Rao, accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Reasi-Sushma Chauhan inspected various stalls set up by the different departments and organizations at the Employment Fair and interacted with the concerned officers in regard to the schemes displayed there for enlarging awareness among youth. A special film show on career counseling and entrepreneurship was also screened by the department of information and public relation on the occasion. A cultural show was also presented by the Army troops and local artist on this occasion. Col, 15 Sect RR Brig H S Walia, Senior Superintendent of Police-Sujit Kumar, Police, Army, CRPF, IRP, Divisional and District Officers, prominent persons of the area and youth were present on this occasion. NL Correspondent Mendhar | Mar. | 11 and Razwana Khan of B.A. part II. In the second phase Prof. Mohd Mahroof presented his topic "Different types of Landforms" on power point and Prof. Mohd Qasim Mir presented his topic "Origin Solar System" on power point. The proceedings of the seminar were conducted by Prof. Zafar Iqbal and vote of thanks was presented by Prof. Shokit Hussain. Prof. Shabir Hussain Shah Principal of the college presided over the seminar. In his presidential address stressed upon the students about the deep knowledge of the subject which is beneficial for students in their career for appearing in any test faced by them. The seminar was attended by Under 'PARYAS' as many as 16 callers registered their grievances with ADDC Kathua Narinder Singh Bali today here at DC Office Complex Kathua. Employment fair held Joint Secy JKBOSE conducts surprise inspection of exam centers discipline in the centers and ensure that students take examination in a stress free atmosphere. Aim of the authorities is to ensure that undue pressure on students gets released by ensuring proper conduct in the examination centers, he added.He said copying in examination has to be strictly checked and all measures have to be taken for ensuring fair examination, adding that the duty staff should be periodically changed and inter school duties should be encouraged.Joint Secretary Dr Shafqet Rafeqi is now a days on the inspection tour of whole Chenab valley and in coming days he will also inspect examination centers at Doda, Bhalessa, Kishtwar, Rambna, Banihal, Thatri, Inderwal, Bonjwa, Khara, Bharath, Marmath and other places. He also holds meetings with local administration of Bhaderwah in connection with examinations. 4 HILL DISTRICT ensure friendly relations with the people. DIG DKR Range passed on the instructions conveyed by the CM J&K and priorities regarding better community policing. Meanwhile Shri Nisar Ahmed IPS, DIG DKR Range Hqrs. Batote J&K along with Shri Zahid Naseem Manhas-KPS, SSP Doda and other Police Officers held an interaction session with NOKs of 21 Martyrs of District Doda. The NOKs put forth their demands regarding accommodation to school going children at Jammu and settlement of SROs cases etc. The NOKs of martyrs were assured that all kind of help and assistance shall be extended to them from Police Department. DIG DKR Range also distributed gift items as a token of respect to all the NOKs of martyrs. DySP DAR (Nodal Officer) and other supervisory officers have been directed to visit the families of NOKs of police martyrs on weekly basis to know their welfare. BDL pays interim dividend to government the company works out to 42.52% of the paid up share capital of Rs. 115 crore. Secretary (Defence Production) Shri G Mohan Kumar, Joint Secretary (Electronics System), DDP, Ministry of Defence Shri JRK Rao, Director (Technical), BDL Air Vice Marshal NB Singh, and Director (Finance), BDL Shri S Piramanayagam, were present on the occasion. Seminar on Physical Geography conducted Department of Geography Govt. Degree College, Mendhar organized one day seminar on "Physical Geography" under the guidance of Prof. M. Qasim Mir and Prof. Mahroof Ahmed. The seminar was based on three phases. In the first phase which was for the students, as many as 6 Students presented their papers in the seminar on various topics of physical geography. The students who presented their papers are: Sahil Chandan from B.Sc semester II, Shan Ali of B.Sc semester II, Waqar Ahmed of B.Sc semester II, Sobia Ferdose of B.A. semester II, Sabha Ferdose of B.A. part II Lecture on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan organized by Romeo Force NL Correspondent Jammu | Mar. | 11 Rashtriya Rifle Battalion of Romeo Force organised a lecture on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Government Higher Secondary School, Mendhar, today to bring awareness on cleanliness and preservation of environment. With increasing population in our country the amount of pollution and waste products have increased manifold. The damage to the environment and nature due to this is colossal. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was conducted by Romeo Force to bring awareness amongst the students about the harmful effects of toxic garbage, plastics and pollutants. They were educated on the need to have a clean and hygienic surrounding and also to preserve the natural resources around them. The students and teachers took keen interest in the subject and agreed to contribute in keeping their surroundings clean as well as to spread this important message to others to bring about a cleanliness drive. The students and locals of the region were appreciative of the efforts of Romeo Force for this noble venture. geography teachers from different institutions. Those who were present on the occasion were Dr. Zulifqar Ali Shah, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, Ajaz-ur-Rehman and Mohd Aslam. Prof. Shokit Hussain, Dr. M. Azam, Prof. Javed Manzoor, Prof. A.A. Choudhary, Dr. Firdous Ahmed, Prof. Shabnum, Prof. Mohd Aziz. Prof. Muzafar Iqbal, Prof. Javed Ahmed, Prof. Shazia Kouser, Prof. Shabnum, Prof. Sanjogita, Prof. Yaser¸ Prof. Tojo Sharma, Prof. Meeraj-udDin, and Prof. Alyas Ahmed attended the function to make it colourful. The programme concluded with vote of thanks by Prof. Shokit Hussain. FORM - IV (RULE 8, THE REGISTRATION OF NEWSPAPERS (CENTRAL) RULES, 1956) 1. Place of publication 2. 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Date : 12-03-2015 Sd/(Name : Neelam Singh Gill) Publisher The NORTHLINES 5 KATHUA www.thenorthlines.com JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 Village residents meet Tehsildar Body identified after 3 days People stage protest against PDD NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 Finally, after three days an unidentified dead body lying in the mortuary room of district hospital got an identity. The deceased was identified as Basant Lal S/O Gopu R/O Chak Sajjan Kathua. The relatives of deceased said that Basant left home for some work during the evening hours of March 8, 2015. After that, he did not turn up. Today, when they reached hospital they recognized him. Pertinent to mention that during late hours of March 8 an unknown vehicle hit a person near Khrote Morh and he died on spot. The police shifted his body to mortuary waiting for the identity of the deceased. The police after investigation and fulfilling other formalities handed over the dead body to family members for cremation. AIGDSU protests against Postal Deptt NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 Deputation of villagers of Hadat Mahanpur met Tehsildar Mahanpur Sohan Lal Raina under the leadership of Rattan Chand, on Wednesday. Leading the deputation, Rattan Chand apprised Tehsildar that the villagers' of are depriving of drinking water since one month and are bound to drink the polluted water of ponds and other natural resources. Alleging the irresponsible attitude of the department officials' he said that despite repeated pleas the department officials do not bother to listen to the grievances of public. Villager, Prem Chand said since independence we are struggling for the facility of safe drinking water. There is no proper arrangement for drinking supply. "There is no tube-well in the village, and they use to get water supply from nearby village Marda Patti however, the villagers' has stopped their water supply and department is not taking any initiative to restore the water supply," he miffed. He added that in lack of water facility either we use to spend money from our pockets to buy water from private tankers "The people of the village are not so sound and we are not in the NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 Parshotam, Sansar Chand, Karan Kumar, Shyam Singh and many other union members were condition of buying expensive All India Gramin Dak Sevak present on the occasion. water again and again," he Union staged protest "Apart from providing quality added. The deputation members demonstration outside the main base education to the children at further alleged the attitude of concerned department for not giving an ear to their problem. Beside repeated requests, the officials do not bother for them, compelling them for agitation. After listening to villagers' Tehsildar assured of restoring the water supply as soon as possible. After talking to Xen of the concerned department, he added that department is aware of the problem and has already elementary level, Sarv Shiksha initiated steps in concern. Post Office for the 2nd day. Abhiyan also addresses the Sushma Devi, Raj Kumar, the protesters, State problems of children with Special Bodh Raj, Rekha Rani were part Leading President Hari Krishan said that Need", he said. He further said of deputation. thousands of union members are that distribution of artificial limbs facing problems due to anti- and other aiding appliances employee attitude of Postal among the beneficiaries is part of Department. He said that Postal this. Department turning Nelsons' eye Further, the ZEO Arun Pathak towards their genuine demands is explained in detail the benefits compelling them to be on roads. provided under various Centrally Giving reference of union Sponsored Schemes/State demands' he said that we are Schemes to the students studying demanding of involving the in Govt. Schools and stressed the union members in seventh pay people of the area to enroll their commission, which is a genuine wards in Govt. Schools so that demand? benefit of the schemes percolates He said that Central to all the children. Government is acting in direction As part of the programme, the of privatization of department, department distributed education which the union would not material to the disabled students tolerate in the interest of nation and felicitated the parents with and off-course employees. Hari the travelling expenditure. ZEPO Krishan further added that union Girdhari Lal, Mukesh Sharma, members are bound to work in Subash Kumar and a large adverse conditions as the number of students were present facilities at Dak Offices is worst on the occasion. and they are demanding of improvement. NOTICE Darshan Kumar, Darbari Lal, Balwant Raj, Tilak Raj, I Hirdhay Mahajan S/o Sanjay Gupta R/o Ward No.4 Krishna Colony Tehsil NOTICE & District Kathua my name I Pintu Raina S/o Sat Paul wrongly written in my all R/o Village Badala P/o BJP has gained a historical documents as Hirdhay Chann Gran Tehsil & mandate and even stood to form Mahajan instead of Hirdhay District Kathua my father coalition government that is Gupta. Now I am applying name wrongly written in my witnessing BJP's growing for the correction objection Pan Card as Sat Paul Raina popularity and need in the state. if any may be conveyed to instead of Sat Paul. Now I To sustain this big amount of concerned authorities within am applying for the BJP's growth and acceptability seven days from the date of correction objection if any in the state, it has become publication of this notice. may be conveyed to necessary to introduce BJP's concerned authorities within ideology as well as policies among the people and for this seven days from the date of membership drive is needed publication of this notice. I Hatinder primarily, Singh said. Manhotra NOTICE S/o Gian I Sanjay Kumar S/o Sake Chand R/o R/o Chack Drab Khan Tehsil Ward No.10 & District Kathua have lost H o u s e my Driving License N o . 3 9 No.JK0820120028 Now I Parliwand am applying for the Tehsil & District Kathua duplicate objection if any have lost my 10th Class may be conveyed to R.T.O Diploma Session 1988 Roll Lakhanpur within seven No.29309 Now I am days from the date of applying for the duplicate publication of this notice. objection if any may be conveyed to concerned authorities within seven days from the date of publication of this notice. NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 People from Rajbagh and adjoining areas staged protest at National Highway, alleging the lackadaisical attitude of power department on Wednesday. The protesters raised slogans against the concerned department as well as the minister of the said department blocked the National Highway for half an hour. Border village "Haria Chack" of Tehsil Hiranagar held a protest demonstration at Kathua against Power Development Department and District administration. Villagers turned protestors claimed that the population of border village Haria Chack has been depriving of electricity for the last one month and forced the entire village to live in darkness. They alleged that PDD and district administration for being failed to address the electricity problem that has badly affected the entire life of the village. They further warned to intensify the protest demonstration if their electricity problem is not solved as soon as possible. The protesters Charanpreet Singh, Harbans Singh and Charan Singh said on unscheduled power cuts and low voltage had made their life hell. Despite knowing the facts department not bothers at all as far as the service of electricity is concerned. Later SDPO Border Diwakar Singh reached the spot with police and assures of restoring the power supply within twenty-four hours. Ajeetpal Singh, Satinder Singh, Daljeet Singh, Kripal Singh, Daleep Singh and many others were among protesters. Parental Counseling program organised BJYM holds membership drive NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 After getting mandate during parliament elections across the country and state assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, a youth wing of Bhartya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has again moved to increase the enrollment of BJP at Kathua. BJYM has launched enrollment drive in front of Govt Degree College Kathua where more than two hundred persons are given membership of BJP. The drive was launched under the supervision of District president BJYM, Dhamanjeet Singh and City President Bhanu Partap Singh who said that main objective of the membership drive is to stand as a bulky enrollment of BJP so that 100% membership target could be covered across the country particularly in J&K state. In recent state assembly elections, School holds rhyme competition NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 Shiva Public School has organized "rhyme competition" for little chaps in its premises at Shivanagr on Wednesday. In the competition, the little chaps from nursery to UKG participated and performed wonderfully by dancing and singing. The best performers were also awarded with mementoes and certificate by the chief guest on the occasion Chairman of the school Maru Ram Gupta. While appreciating the performance of little chaps of the school, Maru Ram Gupta said to inculcate the good habits and sense of competition in student's right from very beginning is very important so with this objective little chaps are given the opportunities through the programme by school administration. NYK launches Punarjagaran Abhiyan NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 Nehru Yuva Kendra Kathua launched "Punarjagaran Abhiyan" - A Mass Awakening Programme of Youth Participation in National Development. Under the programme Youth shall be aware, educate and organized for empowerment enable him to play active role in community, social and national development. Punarjagaran Abhiyan shall be implemented in 100 villages of Kathua District with active collaboration & coordination with District Administration. The Punarjagran campaign shall be launched by Trained Spearhead campaigners team of 60 youth. NYK Kathua invited the Youth Volunteers for launching Punarjagran Campaign from Youth Clubs, Mahila Mandals, NGOs' Social Organization, any Volunteers who shall devote time for social cause to visit in village to aware and educate the rural public and shall be paid Rs. 162.00 per day as stipend. For Punarjagran Campaign, 07 days training course w.e.f. 11.3.15 to 17.3.15 is being organized by NYK Kathua at Rainbow School, near Nagri Bus Adda for Spearhead Campaigner Team and free boarding and lodging, to & fro Bus fair shall be provided to the trainees, any interested youth can joined for the training. NOTICE NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar. | 11 person Sunil Singh Jasrotia and cultural programme/quiz top three students were awarded competition, exposure trips, by the chief guest. Jasrotia also parental counseling, celebration A programme "Parental provide the information of world disabled day, tree Counseling" at zonal level for regarding awareness programme plantation drive, adventure the "children with special needs" for CWSN in the form of camps and workshops. (CWSN) of zone Kathua was organized at Govt Middle NOTICE School (Proper) Kathua under It is certified that the fallowing members are the committee SSA for the year 2014-2015. members of New Light Presentation Convent School Pathwal CSWN from different school of Hiranagar Session 2015-16 zone Kathua as well their S. No. Name Designation parents and village education 1. Ram Krishan Chairman committee members of the 2. Devi Rani Vice Chairman school attended the programme. 3. Kewal Krishan Principal The Zonal Education officer 4. Rajinder Kumar Member Secretary Arun Pathak was the chief guest 5. Rajesh Kumar Member on the occasion. The zonal 6. Rajinder Parshad Member education planning officer 7. Kaka Ram Member Girdhari Lal also graced the occasion by his presence. In the Sd-/ programme it was stressed by Principal the different speakers that New Light Presentation Convent School CWSN are equal as other Pathwal Hiranagar children of the society. . The parents of the CWSN were Estd.2003 Phone: 233344 motivated to continue the studies of their wards. A written objective test was also conducted by cluster resource NOTICE I, Dalip Kumar S/o Late Ram Lal R/o Manpur Nowshera, Rajouri have purchased a vehicle Tata Sumo Bearing Registration No.JK08A-4395 Model 2004 from Anil Kumar S/o Dewan Chand R/o Ward No.1 Tehsil & District Kathua Now I am applying for transfer objection if any may be conveyed to R.T.O Lakhanpur within seven days from the date of publication of this notice. LEARNING TEMPLE ENGLISH MEDIUM HIGH SCHOOL NEAR AGRICULTURE OFFICE, KATHUA-184101 Welcome to a World… Where learning becomes a pasion. ADMISSIONS OPEN (2015-16) For more details:Parents/Wards are welcome with us at: LEARNING TEMPLE ENGLISH MEDIUM HIGH SCHOOL, WARD 17, KATHUA Contact: 01922-233344, 94191-50400 E-mail: [email protected] The NORTHLINES www.thenorthlines.com ETOUQ "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." - Arthur Ashe the NORTHLINES, Jammu Scholars and Intellectuals A society must be led by scholars and intellectuals and not by politicians and mere entertainers like cine stars or like celebrities. Knowledge and justice are sublime and need sharp and wise minds with compassionate hearts. Leading society and fellow humans is a holy duty and not cheap entertainment. Society leaders should also have love for and flair about fine-arts. A robot should not be CM or PM. It is highly wondering why many cultured and civilized Indians are so stressed and distressed taking the words of a rapist as the face and voice of all Indian males? Can anything be so ridiculous? He is just representing himself that is all. Let all get their sanity. Whatever is the festival, the celebration must include consumption of liquor in most of Indian elite homes. Most of these elite citizens, who own NGOs, preach day and night the commoner not to consume liquor as it is harmful to health. Why these elite forget themselves to include in this list to be preached. Whichever liquor you consume, it spoils the health of the wealthy or commoner. So is consumption of drugs and like intoxicating chemicals. Why rave parties are so popular among the stinkingly rich? Do they know how to take care of themselves, their health, honour, prestige and duty towards society? Why should we not ignore this lot who are spoiling themselves and the society? They should be ignored. Their ill-gotten money and wealth must not decide and dictate societal values. Only scholars and intellectuals who have warmth in their hearts for all beings must prevail and their expressions must counsel and guide the society. by Rati Hegde Is it Fair? Yesterday I got a message “2 years for Rape; 5 years for Cow Slaughter … Is this fair?” I cannot say how disgusted I was with this message. One crime snuffs out a life while living and the other nonchalantly takes away the life altogether. So where is the difference? The difference is that in the first case, the victim is a human life; in the second, it is a mute animal. The former can protest, cry, voice out her pain; the later cannot even do that. Does man realize that the day is not far when he will be raped and pillaged and thrown away just as carelessly, the way he is doing it to the woman and the cow. In fact it is already happening – financially, mentally, emotionally and physically. Look around you – the stock markets, the pharmaceutical companies, the terrorists, the politicians. The joke is on you men – Husha Busha, we all fall down! The sender of the message obviously wanted to say that a woman’s modesty is more valuable than the life of an animal. But if the woman’s modesty was indeed more valuable, why then is she raped? Immediately after I got this message, another one flashed on my computer screen – “the rapist in the Nirbhaya episode claims that she should have kept quiet; her life would have been saved.” SUCH IRONY! In India, when we want to talk about the good qualities of a girl, one sentence comes to mind – “Gai hai gai” ie. She is like a Cow Gentle and self sacrificing. Right! Look at the parallels: Both are considered as wealth in the household – Laksmi. 6 OPINION JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 Commemorative New media ensuring the of emergence of new politics in India celebrations world war -1 The days of political elite have ended with the advent of new politics and new media. Today every citizen is a politician, social worker and an intellectual, says Ram Madhav, BJP national general secretary. W hen India was becoming independent someone asked Nehru as to why he wanted the newly freed country to opt for a democratic form of government. Nehru said, ‘because it is the second best form of government’. ‘What was the best form of government?’ the questioner persisted. ‘Yet to be invented’, quipped Nehru. Time has come for us to invent a new form of politics and governance. The world is changing; especially the democratic world is changing fast. India of the 21st century is remarkably different from India of the 20th century. It is enjoying rich demographic dividend. It is the world’s most youthful nation today. Very soon this young population will take the size of India’s workforce to some 500 million. While China has almost peaked its workforce size at around 380 million, India will surpass it in less than a decade’s time. This demographic dividend needs to be converted into an asset. For that we need a new kind of politics. The days of conventional politics are gone. The predominantly young population of India is highly aspirational. In order to meet the aspirations of the people the political system has to also undergo transformation. India is fast urbanising. According to one estimate, three-fourths of India’s population lives in around 80,000 semiurban and urban centres, where as onefourths of its population will be living in the remaining 5 lakh villages. Once an agrarian economy India is transforming into a non-agrarian economy with agricultural component of the gross domestic product reducing to about 25 per cent of the total GDP. Industry, services etc. drive the economy today. But the population dependent on agriculture continues to be above 50 per cent. Swami Vivekananda was once asked by a disciple in Europe as to why the country which used to be described by Swamiji as the ‘land immortal’ has so many poor, diseased and destitute. Swamiji’s reply was: ‘My country and culture are great. But my people have become lethargic and self-centred’. Systemic lethargy and corruption are the biggest malady of Indian polity. It is not allowing the enormous potential of India to blossom. In order for it to change India needs new politics. That is what the new government in India under Prime Minister Modi is attempting to bring in. A cycle of mediocrity, loyalty and intimidation has plagued Indian politics for several decades now. Mediocrity was the norm; loyalty the test and intimidation the order. It is time we bring in excellence. We need the best and Both are wealth only as long as they keep giving. The woman has to do all the work in the house, look after the children, work gainfully if required, do ‘seva’ to the husband, the parents, the guests, without complaining. The cow has to give milk, dung, urine, continuously, without complaining. Their health and happiness, physical and mental, don’t matter at all to the ‘man of the house’. If she falls ill, if there is less food in the house, in fact in all contrary conditions, she is taken care of last. If she complains, if she tries to protest, she is tied, beaten up and abused. Neither the woman’s sexual desire is important, nor is the cow’s. Most cows are artificially inseminated, a painful process, without their desire or liking. On certain holy days, both are worshipped and a show of giving respect to them is maintained, just to prove to the world that they are Goddesses incarnate. In such a situation, we are hearing of innumerable comments of how banning of the slaughter of cows will cause inconceivable financial loss to many sections of the society, untold loss of freedom with respect to food choices, etc. etc. And these very people are protesting the words mouthed by the vile rapist of Nirbhaya, saying that his words should not be published or splashed over the media. And what did he say? “Now when they rape, they won’t let the girl go like we did. They will kill her. Earlier, they would rape and say, ‘Leave her, she won’t tell anyone.’ Now when they rape, especially the criminal types, they will just kill the girl. Death.” What has happened here is that this man has just looked at woman as a piece of flesh. This is exactly what happened to the cow too. Earlier she was just used for her milk and dung. Then man became a beast and killed her for her leather, her flesh. Is there a difference? Does man realize that the day is not far when he will be raped and pillaged and thrown away just as carelessly, the way he is doing it to the woman and the cow. In fact it is already happening – financially, mentally, emotionally and physically. Look around you – the stock markets, the pharmaceutical companies, the terrorists, the politicians. The joke is on you men – Husha Busha, we all fall down! intelligent people in politics. Before independence politics was a mission for the people. After independence it became a family vocation. Of late we see the emergence of a creature called ‘professional politician’. There are institutions in India today that ‘train’ politicians. Politics has become a profession. But the new politics is about passion; a strong desire to serve the community and country. New politics is the most liberal and inclusive politics. For long we have been having ideology driven politics. Ideology is important. It provides vision and direction to politics. But what is lacking in politics is idealism. New politics is all about idealism. Ideologies should no longer become barriers. They should instead help find common ground. They should guide our political behaviour, not the social behaviour. Ideology sans idealism only produces demagogues. Plato talked about philosopher-kings. The new politics is akin to that. Professionalism with passion and idealism inspired by ideology is how the new politics can be described. It is data-driven, not dogma-driven. Transparency and accountability are vital to it. The new age politician is honest, humane and knowledgeable. New politics is also politics of courage. We increasingly find leaders who are willing to question the established wisdom and ready to experiment. The quintessential democratic principle of equality based on ‘one man one vote’ is central to new politics. Here the people are supreme. They have all the power. Armed with Right to Information they can challenge any system or leader. Not just a bureaucrat, but even a politician is a ‘public servant’. He cannot expect any special privileges any more. He is under public scrutiny round-theclock. Olof Palme, prime minister of Sweden was murdered in 1986. He was walking back from a cinema theatre after watching a movie with his wife in company. The prime minister of a superrich European nation goes out to watch a movie with his wife like a commoner. This NoVIP tradition is emerging as another hallmark of new politics in India. Chanakya in the Artha Shastra insists that the king should live the life of the last man of his kingdom. If the last man can’t afford a neat bed the king too is expected to sleep on the floor. Chandragupta was already a married man when he was asked by Chanakya to marry the daughter of Seleucas in order to ward off repeated aggressions from the Greeks. Chandragupta protests only to be rebuked by Chanakya who insists that a king has no personal choices other than what is beneficial to his subjects. This is a tall order for a country like India. We are taking baby steps towards it. How to achieve it? An important tool to achieve this new politics is the explosion of new media. New media is truly democratic media. It has ended the era of ‘opinion makers’. The advent of internet enabled people’s media has freed the dependence of public opinion on the elite group of intelligentsia that has captured the space in mainstream media. With more than 800 million Facebook users and 200 million Twitter accounts the new media is ruling the roost in India today. It is this media that is ensuring the emergence of new politics in India. Not just the politician, even the MSM is under constant scrutiny by the new media. It is making system accountable and transparent. Fear of public outrage in social media is a big conditioning factor in Indian politics today. New media is also a great instrument in data and information inflow and outflow. Used appropriately the new media can be of great help to the government and institutions in the discharge of their duties with due diligence. At the people’s level governments are expected to deliver on 6 major areas: bijli, sadak, pani, swasthya, suchita and suraksha (Power, roads, water, health, sanitation and security). The Chanakyan principle of ‘minimum government -- maximum governance’ can be achieved in several of these areas if the government uses new media. It can help in surveys, data collection, information dissemination and feedback gathering. Crowdsourcing is increasingly becoming popular with governmental departments thanks to new media. People’s participation is key to the success of new politics. The days of political elite have ended with the advent of new politics and new media. Thanks to new media today every citizen is a politician, social worker and an intellectual rolled in one depending on what he does in a given situation. In a way the new politics empowered by new media has brought in a major paradigm shift in Indian politics. Today the ancient dictum ‘Yatha Raja Tatha Praja’ (people imitate their king) no longer holds any water. It is the other way now: ‘Yatha Praja Tatha Raja’ (As the people so the king). A small caution though. While the era of new-age politicians has begun in India there can be many a politician who would be unwilling to let it succeed. In no time would he master the art of manipulating new media and new politics too. Hence eternal vigilance is the price that a society has to always pay to ensure its own safety and wellbeing. I ndian Army is Commemorating the Centenary of the First World War from 10 March to 14 March 2015 in New Delhi in memory of the 1.5 million Indian Soldiers who fought in the war and over 74000 who made the supreme sacrifice. 10th March coincides with the Battle of Neuve Chapelle marking the British Offensive in Artois region of France in which the Garhwal Brigade & Meerut Division of the Indian Corps participated. The time period 2014 to 2018 is being commemorated as the Centenary of World War-1. As part of the Commemorative Events, a wreath was laid at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate by The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on 10 March 2015. Raksha Mantri, Rajya Raksha Mantri, Service Chiefs, Defence Secretary and senior serving officers of the Regiments that took part in the War, also graced the occasion. A Commemorative Exhibition is also being held at Manekshaw Centre from 10 to 14 March 2015. A Veterans Run to be flagged off by Vice Chief of Army Staff will carry the inaugural Flame 'Heritage Torch' from Commonwealth War Cemetery, Brar Square to Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt. The last Veteran Runner Honorary Captain (Retd) Bana Singh, PVC, will hand over the 'Heritage Torch' to the Hon'ble President for lighting the symbolic 'Flame of Remembrance' (Inaugural Flame) and inaugurating the ‘ ‘ The descendants of some of the Victoria Cross Awardees and the Param Vir Chakra Awardees of Independent India will also be present for the function and will interact with the Hon'ble President. Commemorative Exhibition. The Chief of the Army Staff will address the dignitaries and highlight the role and sacrifices of the Indian Soldiers during the First World War. The President will thereafter release a Commemorative First Day Cover. The President will also view the exhibition which includes a 'Gallantry Hall', highlighting how the 'Great War' was fought and won, its impact on Indian Soldiers lives on the frontline and at home. It will showcase 13 Campaigns, wartime weapons and equipment, memorabilia and various artifacts. The 'Corner of Remembrance' in the exhibition will display old letters, an old home in neglect with belongings of Soldiers and depicting a feeling of anxiousness of the families waiting for their dear ones to return home. The 'Sacrifice Hall' will include replicas of Amar Jawan Jyoti, Indian memorials, busts and paintings of Victoria Cross Winners in India & abroad. The outdoor props of the exhibition will give a glimpse of the dress, equipment, bunkers and guns. A replica of miniature Brighton Hospital will depict the treatment and the trauma that the Indian Soldiers went through. The live props will highlight the role played by various Arms/Corps in the War including Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, Engineers, Signals and ASC. A dynamic band display by the Indian Army brass & pipe bands will also be conducted as part of the mega event. The descendants of some of the Victoria Cross Awardees and the Param Vir Chakra Awardees of Independent India will also be present for the function and will interact with the Hon'ble President. The Commemoration Exhibition of World War -1 at Manekshaw Convention Centre at Delhi Cantonment would be open to the public and Schools and Colleges from 11 to 13 March 2015. - (ADNI) More than one thorn in the flesh to handle T he contentious issues of Article 370 and the AFSPA were set aside due to sharp differences between the BJP and the PDP. Governance of J&K will require the skill of a trapeze artist and the patience of a Bodhisattva Jammu & Kashmir is at a momentous crossroads. The coalition hammered out by the Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party after two months of negotiations, necessitated by the need to respect the largest voter turnout in the State’s history and bridge the regional divide created by that verdict, is an instance of the famed ‘million mutinies’ that dot this nation’s chequered history. Since the regional divide is also a chasm between the mainly Sunni Kashmir valley and the largely Hindu Jammu province, the decision deserves unstinted admiration. Buddhist-majority Ladakh voted Congress, thus completing the rigid political mandate. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been generous in accepting an accord giving the PDP the chief ministership and 11 out of 16 Cabinet berths, leaving the BJP with Deputy Chief Minister, four cabinet and five out of eight Minister of State posts. As the PDP won only three seats more than the BJP (28/25), this is clearly unequal. Yet the BJP spared a berth for former militant Sajjad Lone, though (at the time of writing) he rejected the ‘insignificant’ portfolios (Science & Technology, Animal Husbandry) allotted to him. The contentious issues of Article 370 and the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act were wisely set aside due to the sharp differences between the two sides. Article 370 is an illegitimate brainchild of then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and possibly also then Governor General Louis Mountbatten, who played a poisonous role in the State from the moment of Pakistan’s aggression and accession by Maharaja Hari Singh. But the ultimate blame lay with Nehru because, once he realised he was misled into taking the issue to the United Nations and had lost one-third of the State’s territory to Pakistan, and had to have Sheikh Abdullah arrested in 1953, he should have scuttled Article 370. It SANDHYA JAIN has nurtured Kashmiri separatism, bred false grievances against the nation, and helped Pakistan muddy the waters. Unsurprisingly, it is hated in Jammu and Ladakh, which have received ‘ ‘ the terrorists and the separatists for the peaceful polls, that too, in the presence of the Prime Minister. Later, Union Minister for Home Affairs Rajnath Singh and Prime Minister Modi said the credit It is a rocky road ahead. But the BJP has made a debut in this critical border State and positioned itself to address the Gordian Knots bequeathed by history. shoddy treatment from the Kashmir valley whose writ has run since independence due to an unequal division of seats imposed by Nehru. For now, the venomous Article 370 continues with the separate State Constitution and separate flag. But the political template has shifted, as for the first time, Jammu has a voice in Srinagar. The issue of AFSPA was more complex as withdrawal is not in the national interest, and would be resisted by the Armed Forces which have made valiant sacrifices fighting militants and jihadi infiltrators. Under a compromise formula, the parties agreed to retain AFSPA while authorising the coalition Government to “thoroughly review the security situation … with a view to examine the need for desirability of all the special laws being applied to the State in view of the situation improving”. It may consider de-notifying disturbed areas to enable the Centre to “take a final view on the continuation of AFSPA in these areas.” Kashmiris resent AFSPA because it gives the Armed Forces immunity from prosecution while tackling militancy. Given the divergences, governance will require the skill of a trapeze artist and the patience of a Bodhisattva. Immediately after taking charge, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed created a flutter by crediting Pakistan, belonged to the people who defied terrorist threats to vote, the Election Commission that ensured free and fair polls, and the security forces who protected citizens and guarded against external aggression and infiltration. A week later, a grave provocation came in the release of Masrat Alam, who masterminded the stone-pelting incidents that took the lives of 112 youngsters in 2010, without consulting the BJP. The Cassandras sprang back into action, demanding an end to the alliance. This would be immature and premature. The priority is to protect the peace, develop all regions, and rehabilitate the victims of last year’s devastating flood. The agenda for alliance promises to help the ousted Kashmiri Pandits to return to the valley with dignity, based on their rights as ‘State subjects’ (the constitutional term is ‘permanent residents’). Previous regimes expressed similar willingness in the past decade, but the overtures may get a lukewarm response as most families have rebuilt their lives and careers in other parts of the country over the past two decades, and it may not be easy to uproot the next generation. But they will get back their land and properties, which will be a blessing. The BJP must fulfil the promises made to the mainly Hindu families who fled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and West Pakistan following the wars of 1947, 1965 and 1971, and have been wallowing in neglect as successive regimes refused to give them legal recognition. Officially designated as ‘migrants’, and numbering around 15 lakh, they have been living as temporary tenants in Jammu Pradesh (from Poonch to Hiranagar), tilling the lands of those who left for Pakistan in 1947 and have been denied permanent allotments. Under the envisaged one-time settlement, they must be accorded permanent resident status, and assured sustenance and livelihood. Citizens living along the international border are to get the same benefits as those living on the Line of Control, but the Government must also rehabilitate the Jammu migrants who were forced to flee their villages by terrorists from 1999 onwards, and are camping in Talwara. A major milestone would be the delimitation of Assembly constituencies, which the State’s major parties resisted after Census 2001. This is stifling the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Ladakh. Most contentious will be the “sustained dialogue with all internal stakeholders irrespective of their ideological views and leanings”, a euphemism for the Hurriyat Conference, following the principles of ‘insaniyat, kashmiriyat andjamhooriat’ enunciated by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government. This has been criticised for ignoring Ladakh and the Dogra community that formed the backbone of the erstwhile kingdom. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has claimed credit for the Prime Minister’s decision to resume talks with Pakistan under the umbrella of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation unity; but it is an open question if travel, trade, and commerce can be improved through regional connectivity as envisaged in the Saarc Motor Vehicles Agreement that Pakistan has stalled so far. It is a rocky road ahead. But the BJP has made a debut in this critical border State and positioned itself to address the Gordian Knots bequeathed by history. The NORTHLINES NATIONAL Climate change poses serious threat similar to terrorism: PM www.thenorthlines.com Agencies Victoria, Mar 11 Climate change poses serious threat to island nations like Seychelles as terrorism to the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said as he expressed India's deep commitment to combat global warming. "The world must come together and talk about climate change as we discuss terror," Modi said during a civic reception accorded to him at the Palais des Sports here. He said people living in small islands do not care about who is making nuclear bomb, but they do bother about the global warming as it is linked with their survival. "Today, small small countries which because is it continues, they apprehend whether they would be alive or not. Whether their Island would submerge in water. "To save the world, not only those who live on island but the entire world will have to discuss and work in this regard. The world have to discuss climate change on the same level as they do discuss terrorism. It poses a serious threat as climate," Modi said. Earlier, the Prime Minister said India was deeply committed to combat the climate change. "We had strong convergence of views on climate change. We are two nations that are vulnerable to its impact," he said after holding talks are based on island, they don't think with Seychelles President James Alix about who is making nuclear bomb but Michel. Modi, the first Prime Minister they think about the global warming to visit Seychelles in 34 years, stressed on India's shared commitment to strong national action to combat climate change. He also called for a strong and ambitious global effort, especially from the developed world, on climate change. "I reiterated our consistent support to the position of the Small Island Developing States. Equally, I renewed India's strong commitment to our partnership with Africa," he added. Last year in December, negotiators from over 190 countries adopted a compromise draft for national pledges to cut global carbon emissions at marathon UN climate talks in Peruvian capital Lima that paved way for a new ambitious and binding deal to be signed in Paris this year to combat climate change. Harish Rawat defends No dilution of India's Nuclear liability Manmohan Singh, says his Act, clarifies Govt in Lok Sabha integrity was never in doubt Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Agencies Dehradun, Mar 11 Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Wednesday came to the defence of Manmohan Singh, who has been summoned by court as an accused in a coal scam case, describing him as "one of the country's most efficient prime ministers" whose integrity was never in doubt. "Manmohan Singh has been one of the country's ablest prime ministers. His contribution has been the most significant in making India an economic super. No one ever cast doubts on his honesty and integrity. I am totally confident that he will prove to be innocent," Rawat told reporters when asked about the court summon. Former Prime Minister Singh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-coal secretary PC Parakh and three others were today summoned as accused by a special CBI court in a coal scam case pertaining to allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 and asked to appear before it on April 8. Karnataka HC reserves order on Jaya DA case Agencies Bengaluru, Mar 11 The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday reserved its order in the hearing of the appeals filed by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and three others challenging their conviction in the disproportionate assets case. Justice C R Kumaraswamy, as he wound up the hearing, reserved the order after defence counsels filed their replies, challenging the written submissions made by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in the case. The judge had on March 9 directed Swamy to make written submissions by Wednesday. Swamy, in his submissions, prayed to the court to dismiss the appeal as it is "vague, unmerited and devoid of substance" and to confirm the conviction and sentence imposed by the trial court. "I pray to your Lordship to dismiss with costs the appeal being vague, which is without merit and devoid of substance, and confirm conviction and sentence imposed by the trial court and thus render justice," he said. Swamy said Jayalalithaa, who owns about ten acres of grape-vine farm land in Hyderabad, claimed an income of about Rs 1 lakh per acre from it, which is "abnormal and unbelievable agricultural income." "A-1 (Jayalalithaa), who owns about ten acres of grape-vine farm land in Hyderabad, has claimed an income of about Rs one lakh per acre from it, which is abnormal and unbelievable agricultural income during the past years when she was the Chief Minister when in fact she was not in a position to build a farmhouse there with her own funds," Swamy said. "If her claim of agricultural yields income is Rs 1 lakh per acre, perhaps she must be the most productive farmer in the whole world," he submitted. Government on Wednesday sought to allay concerns that the Indo-US talks may lead to dilution of India's Nuclear Liability Act and asserted that the law has not been amended and the onus of any damages remains with the supplier. Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh also assured members in the Lok Sabha that safety standards in India's nuclear plants were as good as anywhere in the world and in fact, "more than many other countries". "Overall, there is no amendment in the Act. The onus is still on the suppliers," Singh said during the Question Hour. Following the recent talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, both sides had claimed a "breakthrough" over the nuclear impasse. The concerns were raised as the US firms were opposed to those aspects of the Nuclear Liability Act which hold the operator liable for any nuclear incident. Responding to the concerns expressed by some members over radioactivity in nuclear plants and other safety-related issue including those concerned with local population in case of any incident, Singh said the government has enough evidence to prove that radioactivity emitted in plants is "negligible". "The rules and regulations are fully in line with the international norms... We India, Mauritius to strengthen bond for people's benefit: Prez Agenices New Delhi, Mar 11 India and Mauritius will continue to strengthen close bonds for the mutual benefit of their people, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday. Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to Rajkeswar Purryag, President of Mauritius on the eve of its Independence Day. "India and Mauritius enjoy a deep and special relationship based on our historical ties of kinship and shared cultural heritage. I am confident that our close bonds will continue to strengthen in the years ahead to the mutual benefit of our peoples," Mukherjee said in his message. He said the day is not only significant in the history of the political struggle for freedom of both the countries but also symbolises how India and Mauritius uphold the values of democracy. are absolutely following all the safety measures, in fact, more than many countries," he said. Noting that India has adopted a closed fuel cycle where the spent fuel is regarded as a resource material and none of it is disposed of, the Minister said all the spent fuel is reprocessed to recover useful fissile and fertile materials to recycle back in the reactor as a fuel. "There are no environmental repercussions due to spent- fuel generated from nuclear power plants in India," he said. Observing that these "useful fission products have societal applications", Singh said these products, "separated from waste for their use in irradiators, have various applications in healthcare, agriculture and industry." Dismissing concerns that students were being radicalised in certain educational institutions, HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said students are "sensitive" and their patriotism should not be questioned. However, Irani said "if the member has any specific information about radicalisation happening at educational institutions, the government will some students are getting radicalised at some educational institutions, she said during Question Hour. Asserting that students are "sensitive and one should not point fingers at their patriotism", she "this kind of accusation should not be made (against students)." She was replying to a question of Shiv Sena member Shrirang Appa Barne on whether there were any reports look into it." "Bilkul galat hai (it is of radicalisation of students in completely wrong)" to say that certain educational institutions Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 "Our fight is to make sure that the party remains true to its founding principles because that is the purpose for which lakhs of volunteers in this country have put in so much sweat and blood. That is why we have addressed this letter to the volunteers of the party, so that they get a fair picture of what has happened," he added. Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday co-authored a letter with fellow 'rebel' Yogendra Yadav to all party workers, maintaining that he will fight to ensure that the political organisation 'remains true' to its founding principles. "In light of the allegations levelled against us publically by some of the senior members of the party, we thought that it was our duty to bring the true facts before the volunteers of the party. Regarding the allegations, we have always maintained that these could be including anti-national and antisocial activities in some of the state-funded higher educational institutes. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed Barne was naming any institution and asked him to stick to his supplementary. In her reply, Irani said "details of anti-national, antisocial incidents in state funded higher educational institutions, involving radicalised youth, are not centrally maintained." She said these institutions Corporate espionage: Police says need to unearth deep rooted nexus Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 "If accused are released at this stage, they may influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence which may adversely affect the investigation" investigating officer (IO) told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal. Delhi Policeon Wednesday told a court here that documents recovered from the arrested persons in the corporate espionage case was being analysed to unearth a "deep rooted nexus" involving several persons who were "trespassing" in offices of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The investigators made the submission while opposing the bail plea of the three corporate executives -- Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar and Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy. The IO filed a written reply to the bail plea saying the probe was at a preliminary stage and the whole nexus was to be unearthed. "IO has filed the reply on bail applications of three accused and the same has been supplied to the accused. Put up for arguments on March 16," the court said. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police said that the documents of MoPNG recovered from the possession of accused were yet to be analysed and verified. Earlier, the court had extended the judicial custody of six accused including five corporate executives, who were arrested in the case till March 19. Besides the three accused who have filed the bail pleas, the two others corporate executive arrested in the case are Rishi Anand, DGM of Reliance ADAG and K K Naik, GM of Cairns India. The Delhi Police had on February 20 arrested the five corporate executives alleging that they used to procure documents from other accused Lalta Prasad and Rakesh, and they used to pay them. These documents were then supplied to the companies by JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 Parliament nod to allow e-rickshaws in New Delhi Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Parliament on Wednesday gave nod to a Bill seeking to pave the way for plying of e-rickshaws on the roads of the national capital region, with the government considering a proposal to provide credit to buy these battery- operated vehicles. The Rajya Sabha passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to amend the 1988 Act by a voice vote. The measure was adopted by the Lok Sabha on March 3. Replying to the debate on the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said not only would the poor benefit from it but it would give a boost to 'Make in India' initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the batteryoperated vehicle was now being manufactured indigenously. The vehicle, which was at one point being shipped in from China, would not be imported any longer as a "Pune-based company is now manufacturing the vehicles. It will be made in India as part of the 'Make in India' initiative." On the issue of providing credit to buy e-rickshaws, Gadkari said he had approached the Finance Minister and Prime Minister and "I hope they will consider this issue." "It is a fact that man pulling man is inhuman. Nearly one crore people are doing this. This should come to a stop," he said, adding that one crore poor people would be benefitted by the move. Maintaining that the government wanted e-rickshaws to be owned by drivers, he said "women and physically challenged people will also be given license. ... Driving licence has been made a compulsory requirement. A permanent license would be given after a year of learning." The Minister said it was being debated that whether a 8th standard passed person would be eligible for a license. "If not, what happens? This condition has to be thought about on a sympathetic ground," he said. E-rickshaws or batteryoperated three-wheeler vehicles had gone off roads after Delhi high court had banned their plying in July last year on safety concerns. On January 7, President Pranab Mukherjee had promulgated an Ordinance as the bill to regularise erickshaws, passed by the Lok Sabha on December 18, had got stuck in Rajya Sabha. The government in October last had notified the rules for plying of e-rickshaws, making driver's licence mandatory for operating them and limiting their maximum speed to 25 kmph. Nitish Kumar wins trust vote in Bihar Assembly; BJP stages walkout Agencies Bihar, Mar 11 earlier asked Nitish to prove majority on the floor of the House after he took over as the Chief Minister following Jitan Ram Manjhi's resignation. The Janata Dal (United) had earlier issued whip to its MLAs to vote in favour of confidence vote presented by the government. The Nitish Kumar-led government won the trust vote in the Bihar Assembly on Wednesday with 140 votes. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) staged a walkout during the trust vote. Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had murder case: Will fight for AAP to remain Manjunath entences six convicts true to its principles: Prashant SC to life imprisonment inquired into by the Lokpal. This party had been created on certain basic principles: transparency, accountability, swaraj and internal democracy. It was not meant to become like any other political party which compromises on all these principles," Bhushan said. "Our fight is to make sure that the party remains true to its founding principles because that is the purpose for which lakhs of volunteers in this country have put in so much sweat and blood. That is why we have addressed this letter to the volunteers of the party, so that they get a fair picture of what has happened," he added. Earlier in the day, AAP MLAs drafted a letter for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, seeking the expulsion of party 'rebels' Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, alleging that the actions of the three named in the letter have resulted in internal rifts within the party. Don't question patriotism of students, says Irani Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 7 these officials to benefit the firm, the police had said. Besides them, the police had also arrested Rakesh Kumar, Prayas Jain, Shantanu Saikia, Ishwar Singh, Asharam and Rajkumar Chaubey, who are also in judicial custody. In a separate FIR, the police had arrested three others- Lokesh Sharma, an employee of a Noida-based consultancy firm, Jitender Nagpal, PS to Joint Secretary in Forest and Environment Ministry and Vipan Kumar, PA to a UPSC member- and were sent to judicial custody till March 17. A total of 16 people have been arrested so far in connection with the two FIRs by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police. were responsible for monitoring the standards of conduct of students in the courses of study. They also take necessary steps against any anti-national and anti-social activity on their campuses to ensure a peaceful academic atmosphere. The National Integration Council (NIC) in 2011 had requested the Department of Higher Education to launch effective programmes in all educational institutions to stop radicalisation of youth. Railways to launch helpline to help passengers in emergency situations Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 \Railway will soon launch a helpline number to equip travellers to be able to deal with unexpected emergencies. While travelling by trains, in case of emergency, travellers can dial 182. Upon dialling the number 182, passengers will be automatically connected to Railway Police Force (RPF) control room. Help will arrive at the next station to care of the situation. The TTE present in the train as well as the RPF will be notified of the emergency. The Railways are printing the helpline number on the tickets themselves. The service will be implemented shortly. COAL SCAM Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 The Supreme Court on Wednesday awarded life sentences to six men accused of murdering Indian Oil Corporation sales manager S Manjunath in 2005. According to reports, Manjunath had exposed an oil adulteration racket in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh. He was shot dead on November 19, 2005 by petrol pump owner Pawan Kumar when he tried to collect samples of adulterated petrol reportedly sold at the petrol pump. Manjunath was an IIM Lucknow graduate and was of age 27 when he died. After Manjunath's death, a pan IIM initiative 'The Manjunath Shanmugam Trust' was set up to fight for the case. Now the initiative has a broader agenda of improving governance in public life. The issue had attracted a public outcry following which the case was handed to CBI which succeeded in booking the culprits. Kumar was initially handed the death sentence by a trial court, while seven others were handed life terms. Later, the Allahabad High Court commuted Kumar's sentence to life imprisonment, while two of the other seven were acquitted. On appeal, a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and NV Ramana, upheld the decisions of the Allahabad High Court. Whistleblower calls for 'unbiased' investigation Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and a whistle blower in the coal blocks allocation scam Kirit Somaiya on Wednesday called for an unbiased investigation in the matter and demanded punishment for anyone found guilty irrespective of the position held by the accused. "It is the CBI which is doing the investigation under the court's direction, there matter should be investigated till the end, and whoever is found guilty, even if it is Prime Minister's office, should be punished," Somaiya told media. "The BJP had exposed the coal scam, and it is our commitment to the public. Me and Hansraj Ahir have worked hard for over two years to expose the scam, there should be an unbiased investigation under the direction of the court and the offenders should be punished," he added. Earlier in the day, a special CBI court summoned former prime minister Manmohan Singh, former coal secretary P C Parakh, Aditya Birla Group chairman K M Birla and three others in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam. The court has summoned them on April 8 for offences of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and under provisions of prevention of corruption act. Indian diplomatic staff in Pakistan `tailed` by intelligence agencies: Govt Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Indian High Commission staff in Pakistan are being subjected to "intrusive surveillance" and "tailing" by intelligence perso-nnel of that country, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday. "The matter has been taken up strongly with the Government of Pakistan at various levels," she told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour. "Members of the High Commission of India have been subjected to intrusive survei-llance, including tailing by the intelligence and security pers-onnel of the Pakistan government," the Minister said. Replying to a question on "ill treatment of Indian diplomats", she referred to several incidents in Pakistan and other countries in the past few years and said after the issues were raised with the respective governments, such actions have not been repeated in these countries "except Pakistan". Wardha, Mar 9: As the Modi Govt faced Opposition heat in Parliament over Land Bill, anticorruption crusader Anna Hazare on Monday announced he will set off on a month-long `padyatra'(march) from March 30 to oppose the proposed legislative changes which he dubbed as "anti-farmer". Hazare will start his `sangarsh yatra' (agitation) from Sevag-ram, which houses an ashram of Mahatma Gandhi here, and end on May 1 at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi. Talking to newspersons here, he said the campaign aims to mobilise public opinion against the `anti-farmer' Land Acquisition Bill, which was moved for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha today. The NORTHLINES SRINAGAR www.thenorthlines.com 2 CUK faculty members participate in festival of innovations NL Correspondent New Delhi | Mar | 11 Two faculty members of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK), who are part of varsity's Innovation Club, Tuesday participated in the first meeting of the National Innovation Clubs (NICs) of Central Universities, IITs, NITs and other institutes of higher education held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. Afaq Alam Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Technology and Ms. Rashim Wadhwa, Assistant Professor, Department of Education were among the 120 participants from around 50 institutes of the Country. The duo presented their innovative ideas in the form of posters which were on display on March 10, 2015, at the "Festival of Innovations" organized by National Innovation Foundation at Rashtrapati Bhavan. While Ms. Rashim Wadhwa proposed the dynamic model for improving the quality of higher education institutes, Afaq Alam Khan proposed a smart system which can help traffic cops to check the document related violations hassle free. Smt. Omita Paul, Secretary to the Hon'ble President and Visitor of Central Universities, Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus from Bangladesh, Prof. S. K. Saha from IIT Delhi, Prof. Ajay K. Sharma, Director NIT-Delhi and Prof. Anil K. Gupta, executive vice-chairperson , National Innovation Foundation were among others present during the event. The week-long festival was earlier inaugurated by the Hon'ble President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on March 7 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. CUK Officiating Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj Uddin also attended the inaugural event. Speaking on the occasion the Hon'ble President Mukherjee, said Innovation is the key to progress and prosperity. "The process of innovation converts knowledge into social good and economic wealth. It encourages the engagement of talent with the society to improve the quality of life." "India always has had a strong tradition of knowledge. Our knowledge system offer tremendous scope for research involving land-to-lab investigation and lab-to-land transfer of technology. It is important that the vast repository of indigenous knowledge is protected, documented and preserved in active collaboration with prominent practitioners of traditional knowledge," Hon'ble President Mukherjee added. Class 12th Exams" Govt should review cases of 'For BOSE luck matters not hard work' political prisoners: Agnivesh Lauding the role of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister for using his authority in getting Masrat Aalam released from the jail, renowned social activist and Hindu scholar, Swami Agnivesh Wednesday said that it is illegal and inhuman to keep someone in jail for years without trial. Agnivesh told CNS that draconian Public safety Act has a track record of gross abuse and in fact Mufti government should review many more such cases and take appropriate action before it is too late. "Jammu and Kashmir Official falls in vigilance net NL Correspondent/CNS Srinagar | Mar. | 11 Vigilance Organisation Kashmir registered a case FIR No.18/2015 at P/S VOK against Mohammad Shafi Shah the then Assistant Manager JKPCC Unit-XI Kulgam, on the outcome of verification conducted by Vigilance Organisation Kashmir regarding accumulation of disproportionate assets by indulging in corrupt and illegal practices. The verification reveals that assets found are disproportionate to his (suspect) known source of income. Thus omissions and commissions on the part of the above mentioned public servant constitute offences punishable U/S 5(1) (e), r/w 5(2) J&K P.C.Act Svt.2006 and further investigation taken up. (CNS) CRPF man dies in fire incident NL Correspondent/CNS Srinagar | Mar. | 11 A CRPF man died Wednesday after the bunker in which he was standing guard caught fire in Pakerpora area, police sources said. They said Constable Tej Ram of 181 Bn from Rajasthan fell unconscious due to the smoke of the Kerosene heater. He sustained severe burn injuries after the bunker caught fire, leading to his death. (CNS) especially Kashmir badly needs a healing touch. People are wounded and government needs to put a balm on these wounds. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed has shown statesman like courage to say and do things which he has said and has done since assuming power," Agnivesh said. He said that BJP should congratulate itself for being a partner in a government who's Chief Minister has taken such a bold initiative. "Such actions will soon alienate the forces of separatism and militancy and pave the way for inclusive development. The BJP should use this opportunity to push through the long awaited return JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 Police Diary Police distributes bedding, stationery items among flood victims NL Correspondent Srinagar, Mar. 11 PSA has track record of gross abuse NL Correspondent/CNS New Delhi | March | 11 8 of the Kashmir Pandits to their native home," he said. Appealing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to remain steadfast in his initiatives to bring peace and development to India and South Asia without being cowed down by the boisterous opposition Swami Agnivesh lauded the statesmanship of Narendra Modi for sending Foreign Secretary Jai Shankar to Pakistan with a letter to his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, thus rising above his own government's earlier stand to cancel dialogue with Pakistan because the Pak High Commission had met some Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi. X, Z series Physics paper tough: Students NL Correspondent/CNS Srinagar | March | 11 The students of class 12 who are appearing in their annual exams blamed Board of School Education authorities for playing with their careers. Scores of students were seen crying and fuming while coming out from examination centres on Wednesday. The students termed the X and Z series of Physics paper extremely tough in comparison with series Y. "This is injustice towards the students. BOSE has added a 'luck factor' to this examination. Some students get easy series while some get knotty one. Just compare series X and Y and Z and you will see the difference," a student told CNS outside Nawakadal College. Demanding an inquiry into the paper setting exercise, the students asked Board of School Education (BOSE) to remain impartial with every student. "X and Z series of Physics paper was very tough than Y series. All the students who got X and Z series paper couldn't do well in their paper whereas students of other series easily completed their paper," the students said adding that they are afraid that they will either not qualify or their percentage will be low. Pertinently, students had also complained earlier that "X series of chemistry paper was very tough than Y and Z series. When contacted secretary BOSE Veena Pandita said that she would constitute an expert panel to probe the matter. "I request these students to give me a representation and I assure them appropriate remedial measures will be taken," she said. (CNS) Pulwama Police distributed bedding and school bags along with other accessories to the flood affected families in a function that was held at Police post Kakapora. The function was chaired by SP Pulwama Tejinder Singh and was attended among others by Adl. SP Pulwama Javid Iqbal, DySP DAR Mushtaq Ahmed, SHO Pulwama Gurinderpal Singh, DO police Post Kakapora and large number of the persons belonging to the area. Pulwama Police distributed these items among 160 floodaffected families of Hajibal, Kakapora area. The area was badly hit by the floods in September last year. While distributing these items SP Pulwama said that Police will play its part for the rehabilitation of flood affected people. Police is always at service of the people as and when required, SP added. Peddler arrested NL Correspondent Srinagar, Mar. 11 Anantnag Police arrested a peddler in Bijbehara area last evening and recovered large quantity of contraband from him. Last evening, on a tip off a police party of police station Bijbehara laid a Naka at Takiabal. During the Naka checking the police party intercepted a peddler Manzoor Ahamd Bhat son of Reshi Bhat resident of Takibal Bijbehara. On his search police recovered about 1.5kgs cannabis powder. Further questioning led to the recovery of 8 Kgs cannabis straw at his instance. Bijbehara police has registered a case under section 8/20 NDPS Act in this regard and investigation has been taken up. Woman dies in a road mishap NL Correspondent Srinagar | Mar. | 11 A woman died in a road accident in Budgam district last evening. A Tipper bearing registration number JK04B-3605 hit a lady Fatima Bano wife of Mohammad Ibrahim Rather resident of Dandoosa at Dandoosa, Budgam, resulting in her on spot death. Budgam Police has registered a case in this regard. Administration attached Doctors for negligence House damaged in fire NL Correspondent/CNS Pulwama | Mar. | 11 Two deaths in three days Amid protests a complete shutdown was observed in South Kashmir's Pulwama district against the death of a pregnant woman at District Hospital. This was the second death in the same hospital in last 3 days. On March 8, a woman and her newly born baby died due to alleged negligence of doctors treating her. According to reports Khurshi Banoo, wife of Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Lajura hamlet died Wednesday morning after she developed complications following her delivery last night. Family members and relatives of the deceased woman alleged that medical negligence caused her death. The death sparked massive protests while some agitated protesters resorted to stonepelting and attacked police personnel who arrived at hospital to pacify the protesters. Eyewitnesses told CNS that the protesters blocked the traffic and amid slogans clashed with police. The police fired some tear-smoke shells to disperse them. The clashes between police and protesters disrupted normal in the town. "After giving birth to a baby following a cesarean, my sister developed complications and soon after breathed her last," the brother of the deceased woman told CNS. Taking strong note of the alleged negligence on part of medical staff, the district administration attached Dr Tahira Rasool and Dr Tasleema to sub district hospital Sopore. Pertinently, another woman Ruksana and her new-born died at the hospital on March 8, triggering massive protests against the hospital administration. (CNS) Release of political prisoners AIGDSU initiates indefinite strike JKSM stages protest NL Correspondent/CNS Srinagar | Mar. | 11 Scores of activists of separatist orgainzation Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement staged a peaceful protest at media hub here, demanding immediate release of political prisoners languishing in jails of Jammu Kashmir and outside State. Carrying placards and banners seeking release of political prisoner and withdrawing of 'frivolous' charges against them, JKSM activists led by Zafar Akbar Bhat while raising pro-freedom slogans lashed out at Indian media for its biased and malicious propganda against the political prisoners of Kashmir. Talking to reporters, JKSM chairman, Zafar Akbar said that these poltical prisoners are the true representatives of Kashmiri people who have been fighting for a sacred cause. "Delhi has no right to play politics over Masrat Aalam issue as he has been released on the directions of Court and all the cases filed against him have already been turned down by all local courts," he said. He appealed International Community and Humna Rights organizations to put pressure on India and use their good offices to release all the Kashmiri political prisoners NL Correspondent languishing in the jails of Udhampur | Mar. | 11 Jammu and Kashmir and outside States. All India Gramin Dak Sevak (CNS) Union has initiated indefinite Vibodh condemns lathicharge on BGSBU students NL Correspondent Rajouri | Mar. | 11 Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Vibodh Gupta today condemns the police lathicharge on the students of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah (BGSB) University Rajouri who were protesting peacefully in support of their genuine and long pending demands. Vibodh criticised the district administration which was 1 dead in accident NL Correspondent Udhampur | Mar. | 11 Middle aged woman died when her car rolled down into gorge at Slora near Tikri in District Udhampur. According to the reports, a Maruti Car bearing Reg. no. JK02P7982 was on its way from Udhampur to Jammu. At Slora near Tikri, driver lost control over the vehicle and the car rolled down into deep gorge. Police rushed the spot and took the injured to PHC Tikri. Doctors referred them persons to GMC Jammu where she was declared dead. The deceased was identified as Kamlesh Devi, 53 year old, wife of M.C Gupta of Udhampur. Tikri Police registered the case and started investigation. NL Correspondent Srinagar | Mar. | 11 Fire broke out in the residential house of Mohammad Maqbool Dar son of Ghulam Hassan resident of Hussani Chowk Dab Ganderbal, resulting in partial damage to the house. Fire tenders and police brought fire under control. House damaged due to snowfall NL Correspondent Srinagar | Mar. | 11 A residential was damaged due to the snowfall in Awantipora while another house was damaged in a landslide in Budgam District. The residential house belonging to Javed Ahmad Shah son of Abdul Khaliq Shah resident of Sharshali, Awantipora got partially damaged when it crumbled due to the recent heavy snowfall. Meanwhile, a residential house belonging to Ghulam Rasool Peer son of Late Mohammad Abdullah was damaged after it was hit by a landslide in Humhama area of Budgam District. However, the family living in the house was safely evacuated from the house. Peddler held with Codeine Phosphate NL Correspondent Srinagar | Mar. | 11 strike in support of their long pending demands. Union members' keeping their work off staged protest demonstration outside the Head Post Office Udhampur. Leading the protesters, District President Prshotam Lal said that thousands of union members are facing problems due to anti-employee attitude of Postal Department. He said that Postal Department turning nelsons' eye towards their genuine demands is compelling them to be on roads. Giving reference of union demands' he said that we are demanding of involving the union members in seventh pay commission, which is a genuine demand. He said that Central Government is acting in will took up the matter with the authorities concerned so that such incident would not be repeated in the future. He also promised to them that the issue of University road, which is in very bad condition and is deteriorating day by day is posing a grave risk to the lives of students, staff members and locals, would be taken up with the authorities concerned so that the repair and black topping of failed to check the the road could be started as overcharging of fares and soon as possible. overloading in the vehicles enroute University. It was very unfortunate on the part of the administration which allowed lathicharge in NL Correspondent which many students and staff Jammu | Mar. | 11 members of the University got injured, Vibodh said and added Delta Force organised a lecture to motivate that strict action must be taken the youth to join Indian Army at Jawahar against the culprits at the Navodaya Vidyalaya, Arnora, District Doda, earliest. today. The lecture was organised to bring Vibodh assured to the awareness amongst the students regarding students and staff members various opportunities available to join the who approached him that he Indian Army in various ranks including as an direction of privatization of department, which the union would not tolerate in the interest of nation and offcourse employees. Prshota Lal further added that union members are bound to work in adverse conditions as the facilities at Dak Offices is worst and they are demanding of improvement. Prshotam while addressing the union members said that from tomorrow onwards the union would intensify the struggle and he appeal them to remain unite and do not fall pray of fake assurances or others. Yog Raj, Bal Krishan, Rakesh Kumar, Khem Raj, Girdhri Lal and Chanchla Devi. and many other union members were present on the occasion. DF motivates to join Indian Army Officer. They were educated regarding the documentation procedures and preparation for the exams conducted by the UPSC. 165 students attended the lecture. The students were urged to utilize the knowledge and information gained during the lecture. The students and teaching staff of the school appreciated the efforts of Indian Army and said that the gesture was very encouraging. Sopore Police today arrested a drug peddler and recovered 33 bottles of Codeine Phosphate from his possession. On a tip off, Sopore police apprehended a peddler Azad Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Majeed Mir resident of Hib Dangerpora at Reban Sopore with 33 bottles of codeine phosphate. The accused used to sell the contraband among the youth indulging in drug abuse in the town A case FIR number 35/2015 under section 8/22 NDPS was registered against the peddler and investigation has been taken up. Dog attack in Lachipura NL Correspondent Handwara | Mar. | 11 Minister for Science, Technology and Animal Husbandry Sajad Gani Lone today met the families of two children who were mauled to death by stray dogs the other day at Lachipura Handwara. The Minister expressed deep shock over the unfortunate incident and consoled the grief stricken families of the victim children. Expressing concern over the increasing population of stray dogs in the area, he said that concerted measures would be taken with the involvement of the experts and local civic authorities to prevent such incidents in future. "Experts will be consulted to scientifically control the increasing canine population in the area" he said and assured that he would personally pursue the matter for an early action in this regard. Pertinently, two children, Sobia Farooq(8) daughter of Farooq Ahmed Dar, Irfan Ahmed Khan(10) son of Ghulam Mohammad Khan died after a pack of stray dogs attacked them on Tuesday near their residence in Lahcipura area, village of Rajwar. 9 The NORTHLINES JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 www.thenorthlines.com 10 The NORTHLINES BUSINESS JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 www.thenorthlines.com Govt wants banks to cut rates; In any fair trial, I will establish my lenders seek further RBI easing total innocence: Manmohan Singh COAL SCAM Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Government is believed to have asked public sector banks on Wednesday to consider lowering their interest rates, even as some lenders want further signals on RBI's monetary policy before passing on the benefits to their retail and corporate borrowers. The issue of lowering interest rates was discussed on Wednesday in a meeting of heads of all state-run banks and other financial institutions, which was chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and attended by top Finance Ministry officials as well as representatives of RBI, SIDBI and NHB, among others. While there was no official word on whether the banks were nudged to cut rates, sources said that the government impressed upon them to consider interest rate easing while taking into account their cost of funds and other factors. The meeting followed RBI cutting its key policy rate by a cumulative 0.5 percent in the last two months, including India allows seven state-run banks to raise capital from market Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 India has allowed seven staterun banks to raise capital from market as part of efforts to help them comply with global Basel III banking rules, a finance ministry statement said on Wednesday. The government in its budget for the next fiscal year that starts from April 1 has allocated 79.4 billion rupees ($1.26 billion) for capital infusion in state-banks, far lower than what the market had expected. The statement, issued after government officials` meeting with the chiefs of state-run banks, did not name the lenders allowed to sell shares or mention any timeframe for such sales. Top lender State Bank of India and at least two other state-owned lenders - Punjab National Bank and Canara Bank - have plans to raise funds through share sales. Reliance Infra makes Rs 1,263 cr open offer for Pipavav Defense Agencies Mumbai, Mar 11 A report stated that the open offer is subject to approvals from Competition Commission India, Gujarat Maritime Board and other authorities. According to reports, Reliance Infrastr- ucture made an open offer for Pipavav Defense for acquisition of further 26% stake from public shareholders for Rs 1,263 crore. The open offer made by Reliance Defence Systems and Reliance Infrast-ructure, for purchase of over 190 million shares, has been made at a price of Rs 66 each, a report stated. The company reached an agreement with the Pipavav promoters for acquisition of 130 million shares, for Rs 819 crore. A report stated that the open offer is subject to approvals from Competition Commission India, Gujarat Maritime Board and other authorities. a 25 basis points cut announced last week. However, only a few banks have lowered their rates since January 15, when RBI announced the first of its two successive rate cuts. After the meeting, Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said, "First with respect to the rate cut, we obviously had a discussion on RBI's actions... And we tried to understand exactly how the banks are thinking about and the banks pointed out what they have already done." "As far as retail loans are concerned they have already brought down rates a fair bit, we discussed that," he said. Asked when banks can cut their base rates, Sinha said "Let's wait and see how that (repo rate cut) plays out... We will see once certain banks starts to take action we will see how it unfolds." Some of the banks, however, said that they would wait till the next bi-monthly monetary policy review of the RBI on April 7 before taking any rate cut decision. "Coming April, after seeing RBI monetary policy statement, banks can start considering reduction in the rate... We can reduce anywhere from 10 basis points to 25 basis points," Bank of India Chairman V R Iyer said after the meeting chaired by the Finance Minister. "The transmission will definitely take place... Banks also have to keep asset quality in mind (before passing on the benefit of rate cut). That is a guiding factor for any bank to reduce lending rate," Iyer said. Sinha also said India has a very competitive financial services industry. Spectrum Auction Bids Reach Rs 96,000 Crore Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Bids for spectrum grew to around Rs. 96,000 crore at the end of seventh day of auction on Wednesday, after surprisingly dipping to Rs. 92,200 crore on Tuesday for the biggest-ever sale of 2G and 3G airwaves. "Till now, 43 rounds of bidding has taken place. At present, over 84 per cent of the spectrum has been provisionally allocated to bidders at a value of approximately Rs. 96,000 crore," the Department of Telecom said. "The bidding is taking place in all bands. Brisk bidding was seen on 7th day of bidding, with activity requirement set at 100 per cent. There is aggressive bidding going on in 1800 MHz, 900 MHz and 800 MHz bands," the statement said. There is still spectrum which is yet to be sold in all the bands, including 900 Mhz which is the spectrum currently held by operators whose licences are expiring in 2015-16. "Bidding would recommence tomorrow," it added. The government on Saturday had crossed the targeted minimum amount of Rs. 82,000 crore from sale of airwaves. Incumbents Bharti Airtel and Vodafone are locked with Reliance Jio to protect their spectrum they need to carry voice and data in the world's Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 The special CBI court hearing the coal block allocation case, Wednesday, summoned former prime minister Manmohan Singh as an accused and asked him to appear before it on April 8. "Of course, I am upset but this is part of life," he told reporters here when asked for his reaction on the court order. Former coal secretary PC Parakh, industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and three others were also summoned as accused in the case relating to allocation of Talabira-II block to Hindalco when Manmohan Singh held the additional charge of coal portfoliol. Court summons them for offences of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. Reacting to the court's order, Manmohan Singh said, "I'm upset with the court's summons but it is part of life," adding, that he is open to legal scrutiny. The former PM said that he hasn't seen the court order and that he will reply after consulting his lawyers. "I hope in any fair trial, I will be able to establish my total innocence" he said adding that he has respects "the judicial process of our country". Clarifying his stand, Manmohan Singh said, "I have stated before the CBI my position, I have also as PM issued a statement justifying what we did". The court order came after the CBI filed its final report in the case. During the probe, the agency had questioned Singh about the developments which took place in the Ministry of Coal as well as the PMO after Birla had written two letters dated May 7, 2005 and June 17, 2005 to him requesting for allocation of Talabira-II coal block to Hindalco. Importantly, the CBI had filed the statement of one of the witnesses, S Jayaraman, former Chairman and Managing Director of Neyveli Lignite Corporation, in a sealed cover. The court summon comes as a huge embarrassment for Manmohan Singh and poses serious questions on the other decisions taken during his tenure as PM. Reacting to the development, Congress leader Manish Tewari said that the indictment, if any, in connection with the allocation of coal blocks is of the process and not of the UPA government of any individual. Speaking to a news channel, Tewari added that the Congress has nothing to hide and the legal process will vindicate it. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said, "When the UPA was in power, every effort was made to stall investigations in to the coal scam...the special allocation to Hindalco in which former PM Manmohan Singh has been summoned shows the extent of subversion during the UPA rule." imported in the country. The Minister also said since steel is a deregulated sector, the role of the government was limited to a just be a facilitator in the growth of the industry. "Government lays down policy guidelines and the decisions regarding enhancement of production capacity is taken by the entrepreneurs based on assessment of prevailing and expected market/economic conditions," Sai said. Earlier this week, in a written reply to Lok Sabha, Sai had said India's steel imports from China during April-January period of current fiscal rose to 2.9 MT against 1.08 MT in the entire 2013-14. During the AprilJanuary period of current year, carbon steel imports from China stood at 1.52 MT, while stainless/ alloy steel imports were at 1.37 MT. Steel imports to India were on the rise mainly because of higher imports from China, Japan and Korea for quite sometime now. While a lull domestic market has made it a compulsion for Chinese steel makers to look out for export opportunities for steading sales, Japan and Korea have been taking advantages accrued out of the free trade agreements signed with India to dump products. Steel imports have gone up cumulatively to 8.38 MT during the April-February period of the current fiscal, recording a whopping 67.3 per cent rise over the same period last fiscal. However, paying heed to the steelmakers' plea, government has created a possibility in the Budget of increasing import duty for finished and semifinished steels to 15 per cent from 10 per cent, aimed at protecting the home-grown firms from rising imports. India not mulling ban on steel imports from China Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 second-biggest smartphone market. In all, eight bidders are in the fray. Breaking down the bidding activity band wise, sources said so far in 800 MHz band, out of 20 circles that were put on sale, 14 circles have seen activity, while in the 2100 MHz band 14 circles have seen activity out of the total 17. In 900 Mhz band all 17 circles have seen activity, whereas in 1800 MHz 13 circles have seen activity so far out of the total 15 circles, they added. "There was good activity seen in 800 Mhz and 900 Mhz band, decent in 1800 Mhz. There was slight movement in 2100 Mhz band," sources said. The government will not release results of the auction as a case in pending before the Supreme Court. The next hearing on the case is on March 26. A total of 380.75 MHz of spectrum is on offer in the premium 900 MHz band, 1,800 MHz and 800 MHz, while 5 MHz is up for bidding in the 2,100 MHz band across 17 out of 22 telecom areas or circles in the country. Most of the spectrum put up for auction is at present held by Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Telecom. Their licences are expiring in 201516. Licences for 9 circles of Idea Cellular, 6 circles of Airtel and 7 circles each of Vodafone and Reliance Telecom are coming up for renewal. The 3G and BWA auction together fetched the government over Rs. 1.05 lakh crore in 2010. The government had raked in Rs. 62,162 crore from the last spectrum auction held in February 2014. Earlier this week, in a written reply to Lok Sabha, Sai had said India's steel imports from China during April-January period of current fiscal rose to 2.9 MT against 1.08 MT in the entire 2013-14. India is not contemplating ban on steel imports from China even as inward shipment from the world's largest steel producing nation has nearly trebled to over 2.9 million tonnes during the April-January period. Minister of State for Steel and Mines Vishnu Deo Sai answered in the negative to a question in Rajya Sabha on whether government was contemplating a ban on steel imports from China to give respite to Indian producers. He added that the government, however, ensures that only quality steel is Rail bonds Maruti Suzuki recalls Mars International to invest Rs 1,000 crore to LIC's hard bargain ensures good pricing 33,098 units of lto 800, Alto K10 set up first plant in India Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 India is growing at nearly 20 per cent every year and we see this as a huge opportunity to Mars International India, the wholly-owned expand our chocolate portfolio in the country arm of US-based chocolate maker Mars Inc, in the coming years." Agreeing with today said it will invest Rs 1,005 crore to set Natarajan, Mars Chocolate Asia Pacific up its first manufacturing Regional President Ehab Abouplant in Pune. The Oaf said: "India is a high company, which has been priority market for Mars. We importing its chocolate are here because we have a brands 'Snickers' and long term view of business in 'Galaxy' till now, will India....We hope to capitalise manufacture these two on that through this brands at its Pune plant. manufacturing plant. We are This investment is a excited to have invested in a significant step in deepening Mars highly potential market like India which is International India's presence and poised for further growth." The company commitment to India. Mars Inc, the global today a signed a MOU with the Maharashtra leader in manufacturing chocolate, intends to government at the Vidhan Sabha in Mumbai. invest Rs 1,005 crore (over $160 million) Mars said that the investment is "expected to through its Pune plant, Mars said in a generate direct employment opportunities for statement. Commenting on the over 200 people and indirect employment announcement, Mars International India opportunities to over 1,000 people, and General Manager MV Natarajan said: "This bringing in the relevant know-how, initiative reiterates our continued operational excellence and global best commitment to India. Chocolate industry in practises." Agencies Mumbai, Mar 11 Financial powerhouse LIC has made a hard bargaining for its Rs 1.5 trillion investments in Railway bonds by ensuring a coupon rate above 10 basis points higher than 10-year benchmark government paper. "We have just signed an agreement with the Railways to invest Rs 1.5 trillion in their 30-year bond over the next five years. We made a good bargain and priced the instrument at 10 basis points (bps) over the benchmark 10-year government bond on a fixed rate," a senior LIC offic .. At present, 10-year benchmark government bond yield is 8.40 per cent. This means the state-run insurance behemoth will get a yield of 8.50 per cent if the proposed rail bonds were to be priced today. The coupon is the percentage of return that an investor gets in absolute terms on his/her investment on bonds. The benchmark bonds carry a fixed rate coupon and the pricing for LIC will also be on a fixed rate basis. The Railway bonds are of 30-year tenor and will mature in 2045, while the nation's largest financial entity will invest Rs 30,000 crore per annum into this debt for five years. The official said the pricing is good for them as there is no long-term quality paper available in the market at present and the coupon comes at a fixed rate. The Railways will issue the bond from next fiscal through 2020. An analyst termed the pricing as "beneficial to the Corporation (LIC) as it carries a fixed rate coupon." Earlier in the day, Railways managed its biggest ever funding after getting the insurance giant to invest Rs 1.5 trillion in its 30-year bonds. The funds to be raised from these bonds will be used by the national transporter for developing various projects. The investment would be made through bonds issued by various entities of the PSU such as Indian Railways Finance Corporation (IRFC) beginning next fiscal. There would be a 5-year moratorium on interest and loan repayment. "LIC has taken the task of supporting the Railways... It is a commercial decision... LIC will invest Rs 1.5 trillion over a period of five years," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said in New Delhi. LIC and Rail Ministry signed an MoU in New Delhi to facilitate the investment. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu termed the MoU as a "marriage" between two major organisations of the country that would be a "win-win situation" for both. LIC will be subscribing to bonds worth Rs 30,000 crore on an average every year over the next five years, Chairman SK Roy said. About the expected returns, he earlier in the day said, "the rate is yet to be finalised. Since it is a commercial decision, it would be a win-win situation for both." Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India today announced recall of 33,098 units of its small car models Alto 800 and Alto K10 manufactured between December 8, 2014 and February 18, 2015 to rectify defective latches on right side doors. The company will proactively inspect and replace the 'right hand door latch assembly' of 19,780 units of Alto 800 and 13,318 units of Alto K10, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement. If however, the door is halflatched, then the door may open if pressure is applied from inside," it said. Although it is a rare condition, but in view of customer safety, the company is undertaking replacement of the door latch assembly, proactively, MSI added. In December last year, MSI had recalled 3,796 units of its newly launched mid-sized sedan Ciaz to fix suspected faulty clutch. Ever since the auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety related issues in India in July 2012, over seven lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers in India. The government is working on a recall policy. Last month, Mahindra & Mahindra had recalled an unspecified number of its premium sports utility vehicle XUV500 vehicles manufactured on or before July 2014 to upgrade the side curtain airbag software. IMF ups India growth forecast to 7.2% for current fiscal Agencies Washington, Mar 11 Terming Indian economy a "bright spot" on the global economic landscape, IMF on Wednesday raised its growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.2 percent, even as it called for steps to revitalise the investment cycle and accelerate structural reforms in the country. In its annual assessment report for the country, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) also said India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing big emerging market economies and the growth rate would further accelerate to 7.5 percent in the next fiscal, 2015-16. The new forecasts have taken into account a revised methodology adopted by India earlier this year for calculating the GDP figures, about which IMF said that the country has "improved the way it measures economic output". The new methodology, however, has been termed as 'puzzling' initially by some including Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian and RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan. Incidentally, both Subramanian and Rajan have been with IMF in the past. Last year, IMF had forecasted a growth rate of 5.6 percent for the current fiscal, and 6.4 percent for the next. The Indian economy is reviving, helped by positive policy actions that have improved confidence and lower global oil prices, the IMF said, while anticipating stronger growth in the next fiscal on the back of stronger investment flows following improvements to the business climate. To continue on this trend, India needs to revitalise the investment cycle and accelerate structural reforms, it said in its annual assessment report for the country. "Indian economy is the bright spot in global landscape, becoming one of the fastest-growing big emerging market economies in the world," IMF said in a report after its recently concluded annual consultations with India. "Growth numbers are now much higher and the current account deficit is comfortable, in part due to the fall in gold imports and lower oil prices," IMF Mission Chief for India Paul Cashin said. "New investment project announcements have started to pick up, particularly in the power and transport sectors," he said, while adding that bolstering financial sector health and further financial inclusion would support growth going ahead. IMF said that the country is well placed to cope with external shocks, although there are possible risks on the horizon, both external and domestic. "Spillovers from weak global growth and global financial market volatility could be disruptive, including from any unexpected developments as the United States begins to raise its interest rates," Cashin said. On domestic front, the weaknesses in corporate balance sheets -- especially in light of the increase in corporate leverage of the past few years -- and worsening bank asset quality bear watching, as they could weigh on growth. IMF said that India's economic profile has got a lift as the country improved the way it measures economic output, as the revised national accounts series incorporates numerous conceptual and methodological improvements that make them more consistent with international best practices. "The revised growth figures support our view that economic recovery in India is under way, albeit pointing to a somewhat faster pace than we, and others, previously believed. These GDP revisions portray a more resilient performance of the services and manufacturing sectors of the economy," Cashin said. In a related statement, the IMF Executive Board said that India's vulnerabilities have receded more than those of most emerging markets and sentiment has been revived. "India's near-term growth outlook has improved, and the balance of risks is now more favourable, helped by increased political certainty, several positive policy actions, improved business confidence, and reduced external vulnerabilities," it said. Despite a decline in India's external imbalances and strengthening of buffers, the spillover impact from global financial market volatility to India could be very disruptive, including from any unexpected developments in the course of US monetary policy normalisation, particularly against the backdrop of recent large capital inflows, it added. External risks also emanate from a prolonged period of weak global growth, which could dampen Indian exports. Domestic risks include a supply-driven spike in inflation, further deterioration in bank asset quality and continued stress in corporate financial positions, as well as slower-than-expected progress in addressing supply-side bottlenecks, which could weigh on growth and stoke inflation. The Board also lauded the Indian government's "comprehensive policy initiatives", saying these have helped reduce India's external vulnerabilities and improve the economic outlook. These initiatives include recent policy measures to revive investment, reduce inflation, consolidate the fiscal position, and improve the ease of doing business, it added. Directors, however, observed that significant external and domestic risks remain there, while room for countercyclical macroeconomic policy support is limited by still-high fiscal deficits and upside risks to inflation. The IMF Board said that the main external risk facing India is a surge in global financial market volatility. If external pressures reemerge, rupee flexibility should be an important shock-absorber, along with "judicious foreign exchange intervention, tightening of monetary conditions, and additional fiscal adjustment". The NORTHLINES www.thenorthlines.com ICC World Cup 2015 Sri Lanka crush Scotland as Kumar Sangakkara notches more records Agencies Hobart, Mar 11 Zealand, with four wins in six games. However, the final positions in the group will be known only after the New Zealand-Bangladesh and Australia-Scotland games. The 195-run partnership for the second wicket was Sangakkara and Dilshan's 20th century stand in ODIs, leaving them second only to Indian legends Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. Playing in the last one-day tournament of his illustrious 15year career, Sangakkara, in redhot form in the mega-event, blazed his way to an enterprising 124 off 95 balls, while Dilshan struck a 99-ball 104. Skipper Angelo Mathews (51) smashed the second-fastest half-century of this World Cup, off 20 balls. The Islanders though lost a series of wickets towards the end, denying them a 400-plus total. The Scots were off to a disastrous start, losing three wickets with just 44 runs on the board in the 12th over. The game was as good at that point but Freddie Coleman (70) and skipper Preston Mommsen (60) shared 118 runs for the fourth wicket to steady the ship. However, both batsmen got out after making fluent halfcenturies, each hitting seven boundaries while defying the Lankan bowlers for a while. Richie Berrington made 29 off 22 balls to delay the inevitable. Among the Lankan bowlers, Nuwan Kulasekara returned figures of 3/20 and pace spearhead Lasith Malinga picked up 2/29. Making his debut, 23-year-old rookie fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, too, finished with three wickets. Earlier, Sri Lanka lost opener Lahiru Thirimanne (4) early but Dilshan, who registered his second century of the tournament, and Sangakkara stitched together a massive second- wicket partnership to take the islanders to a Borussia Dusseldorf, said that plastic balls and heat in Jaipur will make the game faster. Top Indian paddler Achanta "Heat would be factor Sharath Kamal, the country's because we play mostly in best hope in the Asian Cup Europe where there is much Table Tennis Championship colder and humid too. Here it which will be held here from is hot and friction on the table March 13 to 15, feels that heat will be less making the game in the pink city will be a faster. The plastic balls too crucial factor in the would add to this because there performance of players taking is less spin and as a result part in the tournament. more bounce off the table," World number 49 Sharath said Sharath Kamal who has Kamal, who is just back from been doing well in leagues Germany where he plays for abroad. "Plastic balls have been in use for quite some time in Europe and we have adjusted to them. Conditions are different here. But it's not a big deal to adjust with it," he said. Talking about the strong field in the Asian Cup, Sharath Kamal felt he does have a chance here. "I had finished sixth in the previous edition of the tournament and I had beaten players ranked much higher in ranking. Asians dominate in this sport and the field here is Kumar Sangakkara created history by notching up a record fourth consecutive ODI century that powered Sri Lanka to a crushing 148-run win over Scotland in their final group league match of the ongoing cricket World Cup here on Wednesday. In becoming the first man in history of One-Day Internationals to score centuries in four successive innings, the 37-year-old Sri Lankan veteran together with opener Tillakaratne Dilshan (104) helped the team put up a mammoth 363 for nine after electing to bat at the Bellerive Oval. Set a daunting target in the group A match, Scotland's innings ended at 215 in 43.1 overs, and the minnows have another match to play in the mega-event where they have failed to win a single game so far. Sri Lanka are now second in the points table, behind New 11 SPORTS commanding total even after the Scottish bowlers pulled things back a little in the end. Leading the run-scorers' chart, Sangakkara, who recorded his 25th ODI ton, has so far aggregated 496 runs in six innings with Dilshan a distant second with 395 in as many outings. India's Shikhar Dahwan is third in the batsmen's list. Sangakkara has been on a rampage with tons coming against Bangladesh (105), England (117), Australia (104) and Scotland, and is now averaging a resounding 124 in the event. The Scottish bowlers were in for a leather hunt as Dilshan, whose innings was laced with 10 fours and a six, combined superbly with Sangakkara, who hit 13 fours and four sixes in his knock. Dilshan departed soon after registering his 22nd ODI ton but Sangakkara carried on in the same vein. The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman got stuck into tall medium-pacer Alasdair Evans (2-72) in the 36th over to smack a six and four boundaries. But medium-pacer Josh Davey (3-63) made it count in the powerplays - 36 to 40 overs - to send back Mahela Jayawardene (2) and then Sangakkara to check the Lankan surge. Mathews wiel-ded the willow to smash a 21-ball 51. Striking four sixes against offspinner Matt Machan in the 44th over, Mathews recorded the second fastest World Cup fifty after New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's 18-ball half-century against England. The last-wicket pair of Nuwan Kulasekara (18 not out) and Dushmantha Chameera (12 not out) also did their bit. JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 Wo r l d C u p I look best when my bowlers are doing well: MS Dhoni Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Dhoni was hailed for his captaincy so far in the World Cup but he feels it is the performance of his bowlers that makes him look like a commanding leader. Auckland: Indian Cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has received rich praise for his captaincy so far in the World Cup but he feels it is the performance of his bowlers that makes him look like a commanding leader. Since spinners were in operation for 30 overs against Ireland, Dhoni was asked at the post-match media conference if he is at his best as a captain when he is experimenting with his bowling options. He smiled and gave a swift reply. "No, I am best when the bowlers are bowling well," he said. He then went on to explain why it makes a captain's job easier when you have a plan. "It makes the job slightly easy for me because you have a plan. But unless it is executed well it can't make you look like a good captain. It all depends on execution. You may have two slips, but if the bowler bowls on the pads, it doesn't really look good. I feel that is where the remarkable difference has come from the bowlers' end. They are bowling according to the plans," said Dhoni. In his own inimitable style which is laced with a bit of dry humour and sarcasm, Dhoni said, "You keep telling them bowl to one line, bowl one line? and that creates pressure. But it was more said than heard by them. But now they have seen it and they have tasted it." "So when they come back for the Test series outside the subcontinent, they will still have the memories that outside the sub-continent a lot of time you have to stick to good lines and lengths, and that is something that rewards you. That will definitely change a lot of things for us. A lot of trouble that we have been having, that will be sorted. "Hopefully, they will retain all the things that they have learnt here," were the words of wisdom from the skipper. Dhoni has time and again spoken about the flexibility required from him as well as his players and that is exactly was the recipe for his team's success against Ireland despite a poor start by the bowlers. "I think that is very crucial because if this was a very important game for us, maybe I would have brought in the spinners closer to the fourth over because we fell from behind. It (pitch) definitely had a bit of bounce. By bounce, I mean just gripped on to the surface and there was a bit of bounce for them. So if it was a State Cycling Vikram-Vinay pair bags doubles title meet from March 16 Sports & Allied News Jammu, Mar 11: Jammu and Kashmir Cycling Association shall hold State Championship in all three age groups of sub-junior, junior and senior boys at MA Stadium, here from March 16. Those interested boys have been advised to submit their entries along with necessary eligibility to the organising committee on or before March 16, a handout issued by the Association general secretary, Om Parkash informed here today. Vinay Gupta of IIIM wins Carom singles title Sports & Allied News Jammu, March 11: Vinay Gupta of Indian Institute of Integrative Medicines (IIIM) clinched the singles title in the carom competition of the ongoing sports meet of Centre Government Employees Welfare Coordination Committee (CGEWCC) at IIIM Complex, here today. In the final, Vinay outplayed Sohan Singh of Survey of India (SOI) 2-1. Earlier, in the semifinals, Sohan defeated Shashi Jamwal of the same organisation (SOI) 2-0 while Vinay defeated Jagdish Singh of much stronger. But I feel table Olympics to two players from National Sample Survey tennis world has come closer a country so that at least a Organisation (NSSO) 2-0. and on the given day any one bronze medal goes somewhere Quarterfinals: Sohan Singh can beat anybody," he said. else." (SOI) bt Rajesh (IIIM) 2-1; Asked about the challenge Asked about the controversy Jagdish Singh (NSSO) bt Rattan from the Chinese and their when the Table Tennis Lal (NSSO) 2-0; Vinay Gupta dominance on world stage, Federation of India ignored (IIIM) bt Lakku Vinayak (SOI) Sharath Kamal said, "They him for the Asian Cup, he said, 2-0; Shashi Jamwal (SOI) bt (Chinese) have their own "I feel the issue was blown out Anil (IIIM) 2-1. standards. I feel they are at of proportion. One of my club Pre-quarterfinals: Sohan least 4-5 levels ahead of us. teammates got injured and I Singh (SOI) bt Vikram Abrol Sometimes it becomes had to take his place otherwise (IIIM) 2-1; Rajesh (IIIM) bt monotonous but ITTF has been the four member team would Darshan Kumar (SOI) 2-1; finding ways to have have been thrown out. I Jagdish Singh (NSSO) bt RK something for others, like they decided to give more Bhat (PCDA) 2-1; Rattan Lal have limited participation in importance to th Paddler Sharath says heat will be a crucial factor at Asian Championship Agencies Jaipur, Mar 11 Kidambi leads Indian charge in Round Two of Swiss Grand Prix Agencies Basel, Mar 11 Top Indian male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth, along with three others, reached the second round of USD 120,000 Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship. World No. 5 Srikanth, who hogged the limelight last year, after winning the China Super Series Premier, defeated France's Lucas Corvee 21-18 21-10 in the opening round. The top seeded Indian from Andra Pradesh will next take on Germany's Dieter Domke. Among others, Dutch Open winner Ajay Jayaram defeated fifth seed Hong Kong's Hu Yun 21-7 21-7, in a lop-sided match and will clash with Belgium's Yuhan Tan next. Anand Pawar, seeded 16th, saw off Switzerland's Joel Koenig 21-11 21-13, to set up a fight with Daren Liew of Malaysia, while B Sai Praneeth, seeded 12th, brushed aside Croatia's Luka Zdenjak 21-9 21-9. The 22-year-old will take on Malaysia's Beryno Jiann Tze Wong next. In men's doubles, Indian duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy, will meet Indonesian pair of Wahyu Nayaka Arya Pankaryanira and Ade Yusuf on Wednesday. really crucial game for us, the spinners would have come on really early, Dhoni tried to explain as to what exactly he meant by flexibility. He further added, But I wanted the fast bowlers to have a bit more go also, the fact that they bowled well. I thought maybe I can still use the new ball, get a few nicks if possible. But new ball was coming nicely on to the bat. So I said, let's go ahead with the fast bowlers for a bit more time and then bring on the spinners. That is what I really did. Flexibility from the bowlers' side was also there. They quite understand you. They don?t question you too much," added Dhoni. A doubles match in progress in the CGEWCC Carom meet at IIIM Complex, Jammu on Wednesday. Picture/SAN (NSSO) bt Chainu Ram (NSSO) 2-1; Vinay Gupta (IIIM) bt RK Arora (NSSO) 2-0; Lakku Vinayak (SOI) bt Sat Pal (NSSO) 2-0; Shashi Jamwal (SOI) bt Sanjeev Kumar (SOI) 2-0; Anil (IIIM) bt Shabir (IIIM) 2-1. Meanwhile, later the duo of Vikram Abrol and Vinay Gupta of IIIM bagged the doubles title too. In the decider, Vikram and Vinay trounced the pair of R K Bhat and Tara Chand of Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA) 2-0. In the semifinals, AK Bhat and Tara Chand of PCDA beat Jagdish and Subash of NSSO 21 while the pair of Vikram and Vinay defeated Rajesh and Anil of IIIM. Quarterfinals: RK Bhat and Tara Chand of PCDA bt Vishal Gupta and Shabir of IIIM 2-1; Jagdish and Subash of NSSO bt Darshan Kumar and Lakku of SOI 2-1; Rajesh and Anil of IIIM bt Chainu Ram and Roop of NSSO 2-0; Vikram Abrol and Vinay Gupta of IIIM bt Shashi and Sanjeev of SOI 2-1. United's tough IV All India Poilce Martyrs Memorial Hockey Tournament Manchester road ahead could be NAMDHARI XI, GURDASPUR CLUB, CORPS OF SIGNALS IN QFS Sports & Allied News Jammu, March 11: Winning their respective matches, Namdhari XI, New Gurdaspur Club and Corps of Signals Jalandhar today qualified for the quarterfinals round of the ongoing IV All India Police Martyrs' Hockey Tournament at KK Hakhu Stadium here under the banner of J&K Police. Four other teams have already been placed in the quarterfinals considering their standings in the previous edition of the event. These are Border Security Force (BSF), Punjab and Sindh Bank, J&K Police and Punjab Police. Now, in the quarterfinals, scheduled for tomorrow, Indian Air Force shall be playing against BSF at 9 am, followed by the match between Punjab and Singh Bank and Namdhari XI at 11 am. In other last eight stages matches, J&K Police shall take on New Gurdaspur Club at 2 pm and Punjab Police shall Ranji Trophy The CISF takes on Corps of Signals in the first round match at K K Hakhu Stadium, Jammu on Wednesday. Picture/SAN face Corps of Signals at 4 pm. Earlier, Corps of Signals registered a comfortable 4-1 win against fighting Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) side. Though the first goal was scored by CISF in the 18th minute through Cyril Ekka, yet they could not consolidate and allowed their opponents to take an invincible 3-1 lead at the end of the first half play. Joshanpal remained star striker, who netted the ball twice in the 21st and 35th minute to be named man of the match. Rajneesh Kumar (23rd) and S Kaitha (54th) were other scores. In another scheduled match, Namdhari XI registered a humiliating 90 defeat on J&K XI. Inderpal Singh (5th ,15th), Udhampreet Singh (43rd,7th), Avtar Singh (22nd, 60th) and Gurcharan Singh (57th, 62nd) added two goals each while Jaswant Singh (61st) netted other goal. For his brilliant game, Inderpal named man of the match and presented with Rs 4,000 cheque by general secretary of Hockey J&K, Romal Singh. Gurdarspur Club won their game against Dogra XI beating latter 6-4. Earlier, the game ended in a 2-2 draw forcing the organisers to decide the fate of the match via tie-breaker wherein Gurdaspur Club emerged victorious. Gurdaspur XI goal-keeper was declared man of the match and handed over Rs 4000 prize money by Inspector General of Police IRP, Jammu, Joginder Koul. daunting on EPL fortunes Agencies New Delhi, Mar 11 Louis van Gaal will need to get all his tactical experience in shape as Manchester United step in a crucial journey ahead with a tough set of fixtures in the Premier League showdown. After the team's exit in the FA Cup quarters against rivals Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday, United's only solace lie in a top four finish in the EPL. The Manchester giants who had a disappointing campaign last term, lie fourth in the Premier League table and face an in-form Harry Kane hurricane when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in a crucial encounter at Old Trafford this coming Sunday. Spurs lie sixth in the table and are only three points behind Louis van Gaal's men. United are vulnerable at the moment despite two back to back wins in the Premier League. Their performances have been a shadow of their expectations, and a lack of cohesion and vibrancy have been a contributor to their patchy performances. Despite their irregularity, United lie in a pivotal place in the table and Van Gaal knows the road ahead will be tough. In United's 10 remaining matches in the EPL season, they face high flying Liverpool after the Spurs game and have tough fixtures against the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Karun Nair's triple ton takes Karnataka closer to Ranji title Agencies Mumbai, Mar 11 Karun Nair's unconquered 310 put Karnataka in driver's seat as the defending champions posted a mammoth 618/7 against Tamil Nadu on day three of the Ranji Trophy final at the Wankhede stadium here on Tuesday. Karnataka added 295 runs today to extend their first innings lead to an imposing 484 runs against their struggling opponents. Nair, who scored his first triple century in first class cricket, piled on 123 runs with K L Rahul in the first session, reaching his 200 just three balls before lunch. Incidentally, this was Nair's first double century. Batting for two full days, Nair struck 45 fours and a six in his marathon 815 minute knock and reached his 300 with a reverse sweep boundary off Malolan Rangarajan. The youngster is nine runs shy of equalising Gul Mohammad's record of 319 for Baroda against Holkar in 1946-47, for the highest score in a Ranji final. Resuming at an overnight score of 323 for 5, the Karnataka batsmen continued where he left off and ensured that there were no casualties till lunch. Nair took the charge for the holders as he crafted the triple century after resuming on his score of 130. He looked poised for a big score and the intent of Karnataka was clear that they wanted to set a daunting total. The 23-year old surpassed Gundappa Vishwanath's 247 against Uttar Pradesh in 1977-78, for the highest runs scored by a Karnataka batsman in the Ranji final. He struck Rangarajan for six over long-on and followed it with a four in the 121st over. He struck two consecutive boundaries off Vijay Shankar in the 126th over, an over which yielded 13 runs. Resuming at a lunch score of 446/5, Karnataka lost K L opener K L Rahul (188) in the seventh over after lunch. Rahul added 57 runs to his overnight score of 131 before he miscued a shot to be caught at long-on by Vijay Shankar off spinner Malolan Rangarajan. The 22-year old Rahul hit two sixes off an Aswin Crist over to bring his 150 but missed out on scoring a double. His innings comprised 17 fours and three sixes and shared a 386-run stand with Nair for the sixth wicket. The duo missed the opportunity to record the highest-ever partnership for sixth wicket in Ranji Trophy by just 31 runs. Karnataka lost another wicket soon after they posted 500, when Shreyas Gopal (11) was caught behind off Aswin Crist. Unrelented by the wickets falling at the other end, Nair compiled an unbeaten 117- run stand with skipper Vinay Kumar for the eighth wicket. Kumar played his part with the bat too and made a steady unbeaten 41 laced with four fours and a six. Tamil Nadu suffered a blow when Prasanth Parameswaran suffered an injury while fielding and hobbled off the ground. He was sliding to save a boundary, when he injured his ankle. Except the two wickets they picked in the mid-session, Tamil Nadu bowlers didn't have things working their way. Rangarajan conceded 155 runs off his 44 overs for two wickets, while Crist gave away 118 runs in his 31 overs for a wicket. Balaji has been the pick of the bowlers for the struggling side with three scalps, which he got on the opening day. The former India bowler has leaked 95 runs from his 34 overs. Brief scores: Tamil Nadu (1st innings) 134 all out (Abhinav Mukund 35, Baba Indrajith 27, Aswin Crist 21; R Vinay Kumar 5 for 34, Abhimanyu Mithun 3 for 54) Karnataka (1st innings) (Karun Nair 310 not out, K L Rahul 188, Vinay Kumar 41 not out, Laxmipathy Balaji 3 for 95). The NORTHLINES 12 NATO chief says Islamic State recruited my son, he was not a Russia still equipping Ukraine rebels Mossad agent: Slain Israeli teen's father www.thenorthlines.com JAMMU | THURSDAY | MARCH 12 | 2015 his murder. SITE Intel Group;s head Rita Katz posted few stills from the video on Twitter. Speaking to the CNN, the slain teenager's family said that his son was not a Mossad spy, instead he had been recruited by the Islamic State. "Mohamed told me and his brother that ISIS took him... They sent him money through the Western Union. They said you will have girls, money, cars, villas, paradise, but afterwards he discovered that there is nothing," the slain teen's father Said Musallam told the CNN. Agencies and had nothing to do with Musallam's father added that London | Mar. | 11 Mossad, reports said. he tried his best to help his son Continuing its pattern of return home by sending money, In what contradicts the flaunting its gruesome acts, the but he could not manage to. confessions of slain Israeli ISIS released its latest video on Contrary to the family's teenager Mohamed Said Ismail Tuesday which showed a child statement, the slain teenager Musallam in the ISIS video, shooting a 19-year-old Israeli confessed in the video that he his family has said that he was man, who confessed to being a was a Mossad spy sent to recruited by the Islamic State Mossad agent, moments before infiltrate the ISIS. No one wants their personal emails made public, says Hillary Clinton Agencies Washington | Mar. | 11 As the political controversy over Hillary Clinton's emails rumbles on, the former US Secretary of State on Tuesday confessed that it was a mistake to have used a private server during her tenure, at the same time defending her act of deleting personal emails. In her first remarks over the email row, Hillary on Tuesday held a 20-minute presser where she revealed that she had exchanged 60,000 emails during her tenure as the Secretary of State. Out of them, 30,490 emails were work-related which she made public to the State Department in December, two years after leaving office. But more than half of all her emails (over 32, 000) which she deleted, were personal and involved correspondence related to her yoga routine, daughter's wedding and her mother's funeral and she said that she had deleted them. "No one wants their personal emails made public, and I think most people understand that and respect privacy," she said. However, she defiantly rejected accusations that she created a security risk or violated the law. "I fully complied with every rule I was governed by," she said. Clinton said repeatedly Tuesday that she had taken "unprecedented steps" to provide the State Department her work-related communications. She described the missing The video posted by the ISIS shows Musallam sitting on his knees in orange jumpsuit with two ISIS fighters in fatigues – one an adult and another a child. The adult man is then shown commanding the child in French after which the boy shoots the Israeli teen in the forehead with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. The ISIS continues to release the videos of hostage executions as an act of propaganda on social media, despite Twitter blocking proISIS accounts. The ISIS in past had beheaded at least six Western hostages and released their beheading videos. The most recent was the video last month by IS militants in Libya, showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by the sea shore, turning waves red. His public appearances are cancelled, friends shy away and he is confined to a safehouse but Swedish artist Lars Vilks, twice targeted by Islamist assasins, says he has no regrets even though he feels that those who wish him dead are winning. The 68-year-old sparked outrage among Muslims in 2007 with a drawing portraying the Prophet Mohammad as a dog. That led an al Qaeda-linked Iraqi group to place a $100,000 bounty on his head. In February, he went into hiding after a radicalised Dane shot dead two people in Copenhagen at a free-speech event Vilks attended and at a synagogue. Since then, lectures in Sweden have been cancelled, some of his friends have stopped seeing him, and neighbours have asked his landlord to evict him from his home even though the Topless nun billboard irks Naples NAPLES: An Italian company said no blasphemy was intended by erecting a Naples billboard featuring a topless model dressed as a nun ahead of a planned papal visit. Clothing company Rosso di Sera came under fire from Naples natives when it erected a billboard recently featuring a topless model wearing a nun's habit and holding a rosary. The model's breasts are covered by her arms. Some have accused the company of blasphemy ahead of a planned March 21 visit to Naples by Pope Francis. The company released a statement saying the billboard had been planned long before the pope's visit was announced. "We recognize that we have made a strong marketing choice but there was no intent to blaspheme," the statement said. "Trivializing the act of prayer was not the intention in any way." The statement said the company "strongly regrets being accused of things extremely far from our values and our culture." Nearly 500-pound leatherback sea turtle rescued in South Carolina Indonesia: An advert for a house in Indonesia has gone viral online after the woman selling it offered to throw in an unusual extra feature for free - her hand in marriage. The Internet ad reads for the most part like a regular house listing, saying that the single-storey property has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a parking space and a fish pond. But it also proposes to buyers a "rare offer" - "when you buy this house, you can ask the owner to marry you", alongside a picture of Wina Lia, a 40-year-old widow and beauty salon owner, leaning against a car in front of the house. The ad said that terms and conditions apply, and notes the offer is "for serious buyers and non-negotiable". The house in Sleman, on the island of Java, is on the market for 999 million rupiah (about $75,000). News of the offer quickly spread among Internet users in social media-crazy Indonesia. Boldies99, a user on popular online forum Kaskus, said Lia was "quite smart - even though the house will be sold, she will remain the owner." Lia told AFP she was "shocked at the reaction", as she had been overwhelmed by journalists coming to interview her, and even the police in the conservative, Muslim-majority country had been asking questions. The police "came to verify the news as they consider it as an improper advertisement. But I explained to them that it was not my idea," she said. The mother of two explained that she had asked a friend who was a property agent to help her find a buyer - and in the process a husband - but she had expected him to pass on the news to a limited number of people, not put an ad online. "I told a friend of mine who also works as property agent that if there is a buyer who is a single man or a widower who wants to buy a house, and at the same time look for a wife, he can let me know as I'm also a widow," she said. She added that there was only one potential buyer, who had visited on Wednesday, but refused to give further details. nearest one is a mile away. "Artistic life, when you are examining and researching today`s world, is risky business," he told Reuters at a secure location in central Malmo, flanked by three bodyguards. "I am hardened now and have grown into a situation that has escalated gradually." Vilks said he hopes the situation will calm down in coming months but is resigned to living under threat for the rest of his life. He said people like himself, novelist Salman Rushdie and cartoonist Kurt Westergaard are forever in al Qaeda`s "hall of fame". "These people are not in a hurry. It is very seldom that anyone slips away and is forgotten." Vilks has been given round-the-clock police protection and several would-be killers have been put in prison, including one called Jihad Jane. His attackers, he said, have already had great success in intimidating those around him. "Many are now very worried. There are those who are very reluctant to be seen or to socialise with me. Fear is the true ally of terrorism," he said. He has spent the last few weeks moving from one safe house to another. He has been told he cannot go back to his home for the foreseeable future. His daily activity is now dictated by his security team and he exercises indoors instead of taking walks outside. "Everything becomes very limited. It`s a hassle if you get seen because then you have to move straight away," Vilks said. Such restrictions have forced him to develop his painting, which he relies on to support himself, and he sells nearly everything he paints, he said. Prints of his Mohammad dog painting sell for $215 each. Most of all he misses being out in the countryside. He can no longer visit a driftwood installation he has been building for decades on a shore close to his home. Bangladesh police stood close by during blogger Avijit Roy attack: Wife Agencies Dhaka | Mar. | 11 The wife of an American blogger and critic of religious extremism who was hacked to death in Dhaka last month said that police stood nearby when the couple were attacked on a university campus in the Bangladesh capital. Avijit Roy, an engineer of Bangladeshi origin, was killed by machete-wielding assailants when returning from a book fair. His wife, Rafida Bonya Ahmed, suffered head injuries and lost a finger. "While Avijit and I were being ruthlessly attacked, the local police stood close by and did not act," Rafida told Reuters. "Now, we demand that the Bangladeshi government do everything in its power to bring the murderers to justice." Mohammad Masudur Rhaman, a deputy police commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said authorities were investigating Rafida`s claims. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also helping with investigations. Avijit`s killing follows a string of attacks on secular bloggers in recent years in the Muslim-majority nation. Media group Reporters Without Borders rated Bangladesh 146th among 180 countries in a ranking of press freedom last year. Rafida urged the government to "stop a legal culture of impunity, where writers can be killed without the killers being brought to trial". Bangladesh`s anti-terrorism unit said last week it had arrested Farabi Shafiur Rahman in connection with the attack. Rahman had previously been jailed for his ties to the extremist Hizbut Tahrir Islamist group. SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY residents ahead of pope visit Indonesia, with free wife NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Russia was continuing to arm and train rebel forces in eastern Ukraine and he called on Moscow to respect a ceasefire by withdrawing fully from the conflict. Asked at a news conference about a US diplomat`s comment that Russian tanks had crossed into Ukraine in recent days, he declined specific comment on that but said: "We ... still see Russian presence and strong support for the separatists in eastern Ukraine. We see the delivery of equipment, forces, training. And so Russia is still in eastern Ukraine. "Therefore we call on Russia to withdraw all its forces from eastern Ukraine and to respect the Minsk agreement." Qaeda's hit list has no regrets Offbeat House for sale in Agencies Mons | Mar. | 11 Swedish cartoonist on al Agencies Malmo | Mar. | 10 personal emails as ones she wrote about her daughter's wedding, her mother's funeral, her yoga routine and other similar matters. Clinton left the Obama administration in early 2013, but didn't turn over her written communications for nearly two years and only in response to a State Department request. The email controversy stems from reports last week that Clinton had exclusively used both a private email address and a private server while at the State Department. A central question for Clinton over the past week has been why she chose not to use government email if she wasn't trying to skirt federal rules that require officials' communications to be archived. She described her use of personal email as a matter of "convenience" and a way to avoid carrying two devices. She said that didn't appear to be an issue at the time, but that in hindsight, it would have been "smarter" to use a government account as well as her personal one. Funny Photo CHARLESTON: A nearly 500-pound leatherback sea turtle found stranded in South Carolina is the first of its species to be rescued live in the state, officials said. The South Carolina Aquarium said the turtle was nicknamed Yawkey after being rescued Saturday on Yawkey South Island Reserve, near Georgetown, and the 475-pound amphibian is being treated at the aquarium for hypoglycemia and possible internal infections. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said Yawkey is the first leatherback sea turtle to be rescued in the state and only the fifth to be rescued in the United States. Leatherback sea turtles, the largest turtles in the world, migrate through coastal waters and are known to nest on the coast of Florida. Aquarium officials said they are not sure whether Yawkey is a male or female, as the turtle is less than 10 years old and therefore not yet at the age of sexual maturity. The officials said they are aiming to release the turtle back into the wild as soon as possible. Moscow city officials plan 'husband for an hour' services MOSCOW: Moscow city officials said they are planning a service to allow households to rent "husbands" for an hour to do work around the house. Andrei Besshtanko of Moscow's Social Protection Department said the "husband for an hour" service will allow residents to secure the services of a handyman to perform duties such as fixing leaky faucets and putting up shelves. Besshtanko said the service will be free for lowincome households and will be available to others for a fee. A number of private businesses in Russia offer similar services. The Moscow Husband for an Hour company offers "young and strong men with a huge set of technical skills" available around the clock for one hour at a time. "You've just spent a long time in a store selecting a new light fixture for your hallway to perfectly match your new decor," the company said on its website. "But you're a beautiful woman with a killer manicure that was done only yesterday, and you're not ready to get intimate with a noisy and horribly vibrating drill. Indian-origin billionaire teams up with NASAto mine the Moon Agencies Washington | Mar. 11 Moon Express, a California-based company, co-founded by Indian origin billionaire Naveen Jain, is teaming up with NASA to build robotic lander to mine the Moon, according to reports. The company plans to send the first commercial robotic lander called ' MX-1' to the Moon in 2016. Earlier in 2015, it became the first company to successfully test a prototype of a lunar lander at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. According to Naveen Jain, the success of this test and a series of others that will happen later this year will help the Moon Express to send its lander to the moon next year. The company had also recently signed an agreement to take over Space Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral and the historic launchpad will be used for Moon Express's lander development and flighttest operations, he added. Moon Express will conduct a completely free flight test of MX-1 with no tethering later this month. The lander will take off from the pad, go up and sideways, then land back at the launchpad. The lander's first mission would be a one-way trip and won't travel back to the Earth. Looking ahead 15 or 20 years, Jain said he envisions a day when the Moon would be used as a sort of way station enabling easier travel for exploration to other planets. Jain is reportedly planning a second and third mission if the company's 2016 mission is successful. '627,000 die every year of particulate air pollution' Agencies New Delhi | Mar. | 11 Over 627,000 people die prematurely and 18 million healthy life years are lost every year due to particulate air pollution -- the microscopic solid and liquid matter suspended in the Earth`s atmosphere, an environmentalist said here on Wednesday. The experts said the situation was of a great concern because carbon -- the dark core of particulate matter -- was contributing to the health burden and even after decades of air quality management, particulate air pollution has remained among the top 10 killers globally. "It has been found that black carbon -- which is a product of incomplete combustion and already a deadly local pollutant - is contributing to the high health burden," said Sunita Narain, director general of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). She was speaking at the Anil Agarwal Dialogue held in memory of CSE`s founder Anil Agarwal in the national capital. The two-day event, that began on Wednesday, had discussions on black carbon and its impact of the climate. "Black carbon is local air pollutant and has global impact as well. The issue to deliberate will be the emerging science on local-global pollutants and also to understand the national road maps for intervention in key areas of mitigation and to see if these are sufficient or transformational approaches are needed," Narain said. Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director CSE, said high black carbon emitted from increase in number of diesel vehicles, use of high-sulfur diesel, out-dated technology of vehicles and expansion in roadbased freight traffic have added to local health risks as well as the global climate risk. "Black carbon is also coemitted with a range of other toxic and warming gases. This link between local and global impacts of diesel particulates now changes the geo-politics around diesel emission mitigation, as the policies and action on diesel transport vary widely across vehicle-producing and vehicle-importing nations in developed and developing countries," said Roychowdhury. Some of the other key issues to be discussed during the event are science of short-lived climate pollutants, and local and global impact of diesel emissions, brick kilns and cook stoves. "There is a need for the world to find approaches for affordable access to sustainable mobility and clean technology, cleaner techniques for building material and energy access for all, as without this, we will not be able to move forward," Roychowdhury said.
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