If Pak stops aiding terror outfits, South Asian security will improve: Rajnath DIG Udhampur Reasi range reviews security arrangements P7 | NATION P3 | CITY INFO Kathua faces the brunt of pak terrorism Hitting all the wrong notes in J&K P5 | KATHUA P6 | OPINION the NORTHLINES The Newspaper of Substance Vol No: XX Issue No. 74 Jammu Tawi SAT, Mar. 21, 2015 Pages - 12 Price ‘ 2/- www.thenorthlines.com, www.epaper.northlines.in Regd. No. JK/306/2014-16 5 killed, 10 injured in terrorist attack on Police Station in Kathua Terrorists attack on a Police Station and fierce gunfight that followed early Friday morning took seven lives and injured ten security personnel, including a motorcycle rider whom they abducted after sneaking into Bobiya Border on their way to Dayalachak, at Rajbagh on Jammu-Pathankote National Highway in district Kathua. Two CRPF Jawans, one JKP cop and a civilian were martyred in the gunfight while one civilian was killed by the terrorists before . The joint operation lead by the army, CRPF and Jammu Kashmir Police later ended with the President Mukherjee condemns Kathua terror strike New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee today condemned terror strike on a police station in Jammu region and asked security forces to remain vigilant against any threat to peace Contd... on P2.... ‘Kathua attack eye opener for those seeking AFSPA withdrawal’ New Delhi : Taking a dig at its ally PDP, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said the terrorist attack in Kathua should be an "eye opener" for those who have been pressing for withdrawal of AFSPA from Jammu and Kashmir and called for taking "appropriate" steps to contain terrorism emanating from Pakistan. killing of two terrorists sneaked into International Border from Pakistan. However, it was apprehended that some terrorists were still holed up inside the building. Bodies of two fidayeens were lying on a staircase inside the complex however, no confirmation from officials. Ten severely injured included CRPF Jawans, JKP Dy SP, a police cop and a civilian were rushed to Kathua District Hospital from where critically injured Dy SP Kathua Diwakar Singh was shifted to Govt. Medical College Hospital at Jammu. Immediate after the reports of fidayeen attack, the Army has taken over the operation in hand with CRPF and JKP and cordoned off the area. The security forces took the positions at vantage points around the area and fought to eliminate the terrorists. Helicopters were pressed into service for surveillance of the place and surrounding areas and to find out the possibility if more such terrorist were hiding around. During the course of encounter, the Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the DGPs of Jammu Kashmir Police and CRPF and directed them to deal strictly and efficiently. The Northlines Kathua correspondent, Prabhu Dayal reported quoting sources that the terrorists probably after AGENCIES RAE BARELI (UP), MARCH 20 failure before coming off the rails. The scene of the accident that occured at 9.10 AM was some 50 km from the state capital Lucknow. One of the coaches was a general compartment, which lay mangled along the tracks as J&K Assembly rocked by Kathua Fidayeen attack WEATHER JAMMU SRINAGAR High | Low High | Low 28°C | 14°C 18°C | 1°C rescuers used gas cutters to rip apart the wreckage to find trapped people. Most of the casualties were from this coach, officials said. The other was a guard compartment which is likely to Contd... on P2.... Jammu and Kashmir Assembly session was today rocked by the early morning Fidayeen attack in Kathua in which six people including two militants, two CRPF men, a cop and a civilian were killed. Mufti blames 'non-state actors' for Kathua terror attack NL CORRESPONDENT JAMMU TAWI, MARCH 20 Blaming non-state actors for the Kathua terror attack, Chief Minister Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed today warned them saying that the will of the people cannot be weakened by any gun. "I want to warn those people (who engineered the terror attacks) that the will of the people cannot be weakened by any gun. I want to send them a message they should not create any hurdles in this (path of democracy)," Mufti told the Assembly here. He was replying to motion of thanks on the Governor's address to joint session of the State legislature here. Reacting to the terror attack, Mufti said "we have a strong resolve that we have come to change the history of J&K. We want to make J&K hub of peace and normalcy. Nobody can stop us". Mufti blamed non-state actors for the Kathua terror attack. Contd... on P2.... J&K unit of Samajwadi Party merges in NC Omar terms PDP-BJP alliance as classic example of opportunism, deception NL CORRESPONDENT JAMMU TAWI, MARCH 20 Working President National Conference Mr Omar Abdullah on Friday accused PDP and BJP of perpetrating fear and uncalled for apprehensions in the minds of people on the basis of religion during the recently held assembly elections to further their electoral prospects, describing it as part of pre-fixed arrangement. "In the Kashmir Valley and the Muslim dominated areas of the Jammu region, especially the Chenab Valley, PDP generated an atmosphere of fear experience of the European Union (EU), where all the countries have entered into an alliance for bringing holistic economic development and prosperity in the region. "Pakistan is the only bottleneck to operationalization of SAARC and harnessing its full potential. It will have to be engaged in the interest of the entire region and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already taken a lead on this front" Mufti said. Contd... on P2.... psychosis about BJP and RSS trampling and mutilating their distinct identity to garner maximum votes but later joined them as per prefixed gameplan", Mr Omar Abdullah said while welcoming merger of the J&K Unit of Samajwadi Party, led by its President Sheikh Abdul Rehman, into the National Conference fold. Mr Omar said that Mufti Mohammed Sayeed did not tell to his voters even once during his heightened but pretended anti-saffron campaigning that PDP was going to forge an alliance with BJP. In fact, he portrayed both BJP and RSS as enemy number one of Muslims and subtly coerced them to vote for his party. After getting 28 seats he virtually threw his party into the BJP lap by dramatising and delaying the government formation. The Working President took jibe on BJP, saying it bartered everything for the loaves of power. "At end of the day, what BJP has gained out of alliance with PDP and with which face they will be returning back to their constituencies after making tall promises and generating euphoria", he asked. He said PDP and BJP have Contd... on P2.... Home Minister lauds forces for killing militants in Kathua attack AGENCIES NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 The Government condemned the terrorist attack on a police station in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir today and hailed the bravery of security forces for gunning down two militants. Making a statement during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he just received information that the two terrorists were gunned down by the Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF. He said one civilian was also killed and four policemen were Contd... on P2.... The opposition members sought explanation from the government on the incident. The issue was raised by the National Conference MLA Devender Singh Rana who wanted to know about the steps being taken by the government to thwart the attack. Contd... on P2.... AGENCIES JAMMU TAWI, MARCH 20 Reports from across the border have indicated that fresh groups of militants have been brought on the launch pads across the IB in Jammu for sneaking into the region of Jammu for triggering violence. Confirming it official sources in Jammu said that the first sign of the latest ingress by a group of militants was available when militants stormed into Kathua police station killing two people, injuring three otherts, including a couple of security personnel. Even former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah,has stated that those who attacked the police station had sneaked into the Indian territory recently. Reports said that the Fidayeens had enacted September 2013 incident when they killed three security personnel during their attack on Kathua police station and larger attacked Samba Army camp but later all the three Fidayeens had been eliminated. Both state and no-state actors in Pakistan and occupied Contd... on P2.... Pakistan remains ‘fountainhead’ of terrorism: Defence Ministry report AGENCIES NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 NL CORRESPONDENT JAMMU TAWI, MARCH 20 Describing the present Coalition Government in the State as a dispensation that has added an element of diversity to the NDA Government at the Centre, the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today stated that the participation of the country's only Muslim majority State in coalition with BJP in J&K will play a critical role in facilitating India's recognition as an emerging economic power at the international level. He described J&K as a shining example of country's secular credentials which defied the logic of Two-Nation theory and acceded to the Indian Union. The Chief Minister was replying to the Motion of Thanks to the Governor's Address in the Legislative Assembly today. Making a forceful speech, Mufti said the example of the BJP and PDP coming together, despite ideological and political differences, can be a model for inclusive governance. He said as the former at the national Prime Minister level more Atal Bihari inclusive and Vajpayee had diverse. turned his The Chief Srinagar visit into Minister said if a historic India has to opportunity to become a great reach out to nation, it will Pakistan and have to take script the agenda S A A R C for peace, our countries along, partnership with including Prime Minister Narendra Modi Pakistan, and added that we could make the power structure have to learn from the Plan to push militants into J&K being framed across border Contd... on P2.... Market Watch SENSEX 28,469.67 -152.45 NIFTY 8,634.65 -51.25 GOLD (MCX) (RS/10G.) 25,950.00 313.00 USD/INR 62.51 -0.19 night infiltration entered Bobiya Border from Pakistan side and hijacked one motorcycle rider Joginder Singh S/o Malkeet Singh R/o Narote Jaimal Singh, Punjab. The militants covered a distance of near fiveKilometers with him and thereafter killed him and thrown his body the nearby Nursery with deceased motorcycle bearing number PB35-V-1976. They fled from the spot and further hijacked a three-wheeler bearing number JK08-A-5795, belonging to Bharat Bhushan and reached National Highway. Fidayeen/terrorists two in number, in army uniform, Contd... on P2.... 31 killed as train derails in UP, more casualties feared At least 31 people were killed and around 150 others injured today when the engine and two adjoining coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janta Express derailed near Bachrawan Railway Station in this district. "The toll has gone up to 31," Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Ahmed Hassan told PTI over phone. Officials feared that the casualties could go up. Though the cause of the derailment was not immediately known, officials at the scene of the mishap said the train apparently overshot a signal because of a possible brake Govt to start process of AFSPA revocation NL CORRESPONDENT JAMMU TAWI, MARCH 20 2 Pak Terrorists gunned down NL CORRESPONDENT KATHUA, MARCH 20 Mufti says JK Coalition adds diversity to BJP mandate Describing Pakistan's NWFP area as the "fountainhead" of terror activities in the region, India on Thursday said use of terrorism as state policy with deep roots in military establishment there is a major obstacle for peaceful bilateral ties. The Defence Ministry annual report for 2014-15 released here also sounded an alarm over increasing Chinese activities in the Indian Ocean region even as it called for peaceful resolution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Pakistan continues to remain home to several non-state actors with North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) serving as the fountainhead for terrorist activities in the region," the report said accusing Pakistan of being "selective" in tackling terror. Noting that Pakistan's quest for strategic depth in Afghanistan continues to drive its policy to support Taliban and its affiliates in Afghanistan, the report said expanding footprints of extremist and terror organisations in Pakistan and their linkages with terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir and rest of India poses a security challenge to India. This the report said also has "severe ramifications" on bilateral ties and to the peace and security of the region. "The use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy has deep roots in Pakistan military establishment," it said noting that ceasefire violations and infiltration from across the border also continues unabated. "India desires peaceful and cooperative ties with Pakistan. However, continued activities of terrorist organisations operating from Pakistani territory and territories under Pakistan's control are major obstacle and source of concern," said the chapter headlined "Security Environment". India remains committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through peaceful, bilateral dialogue on the basis of Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration, it said. It noted that India had during the meeting of DGMOs of both countries reiterated need for Pakistan to uphold the sanctity of LoC and IB and to stop cross LoC transgressions. However, the continued existence of Terrorists camps across the international border and LoC and continued instances of ceasefire violations, attempted infiltrations and transgressions demonstrate the challenges faced by India in this regard, the annual report said. "Pakistan has continued with its policy of selective approach to tackling terrorists groups operating from its territory and areas under its control which do not serve the interests of Contd... on P2.... JAMMU |SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 Akhtar urges DCs to cleanse examination system “Anti-Copying Week” being observed NL Correspondent Jammu March 20: Minister for Education, Mr. Naeem Akhtar, today urged all Deputy Commissioners and Education officers across the State to go cracking on copying during examinations in the Schools and cleanse the system of this menace. These directions were given via a video conference with the Deputy Commissioners of all the Districts, late last evening here, at the Civil Secretariat. The Minister asked the Deputy Commissioners to dedicate this week in helping conduct fair and clean examinations. Let this week be observed as “Anti-Copying Week” in view of ongoing Board Examinations across the State, Akhtar told DCs. The board FROM PAGE 1... 5 intercepted killed...a jeep (Mahindra) load carrier and threatened the Driver and Conductor to get down from the vehicle nearly 100 meter away from the Police Station at Rajbagh barely 15 km from International border on the National Highway at about 6.00 am in the morning. They took both of them as human shield to Police station and started firing on the Sentry on duty and entered the police station while firing indiscriminately on CRPF Jawans deployed there. They also threw grenades. J&K Police Cop on Sentry duty Purshotam Lal S/o Om Prakash R/o Bhandore, Hira Nagar was first to die to take on with the terrorists. The terrorists took the positions inside the police station and fierce gun battle ensued between terrorists and security forces while ten injured were rushed to the district hospital at Kathua during operation. The injured so for identified as Diwakar Singh, DySP Kathua, Aditya Sharma S/o Mukesh Chander of JKP, CRPF jawans Bharat Presta, Bhagwan Singh S/o Shaym Sunder, Jhankar Prakash, Mohan Singh S/o Om Prakash R/o Haryana, Parveen Kumar S/o Jai Prakash R/o Haryana, Raj Kumar S/o Sharan Kumar (Haryana), Suraj S/o Ramesh (Maharastra) and Lakhvir S/o Roop Lal (Mukerian)-the Conductor of load carrier. The senior officers from security forces and JKP have been engaged in the operation now lead by the Army. Sources said, the terrorists may be part of fresh groups infiltrated in Jammu Kashmir last night or earlier. Possibilities of terrorist strike elsewhere are not ruled out in Jammu- Kathua region. District Kathua police contingent lead by the SP Navee Jain rushed to the spot later joined by Danish Rana the DIG-Jammu-Kathua range. Meanwhile, high alert is sounded in Jammu and Kathua and vehicular movement stopped on Jammu Pathankote National Highway from Kunjwani, Bari Brahamna and beyond Lakhanpur. J&K Health Minister has reached Rajbagh to have first hand assessment of the fidayeen attack. He visited the hospital to know about the well being of the injured passing instruction to medical staff later accompanied the injured Dy SP to GMC Jammu. Union Minister of State in PMO, Dr. Jitendera Singh, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad paid tributes to those who have been killed in the terror attack and condemned such acts of terrorism accusing Pakistan for sponsoring such attack on India and waging a proxy war. Inspector General of Police Jammu Zone Disnesh Rana said that, "we are clearing the area, verifying the facts and will examine the documents we have recovered from militants." Mufti says JK... Reiterating that no one can change the special status of J&K, the Chief Minister said that time has come for Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh to harmonise their diversity and write a new chapter in the State's history of reconciliation. "This special status has to have political ownership not only in Kashmir, but also in Jammu and Ladakh regions of the State to become a real mark of distinction," he emphasized. He said building understanding between various regions of the State was of utmost importance and wondered how could one strengthen the links between Kashmir and rest of the country if we fail to live harmoniously even as the regions of a single State. Referring to incidents at Chatergam and Macchil where the Government of India took stern action against the security personnel, the Chief Minister stated that his Government is committed to take measures and examine the need to review the special laws being applied to the State. There has been a lot of debate over removal of AFSPA. There is a need to re-look at it. My Government advocates a phase-wise removal of AFSPA from the areas which have now been free of militancy for quite some time. Highlighting the purpose of the Alliance between PDP and BJP, the Chief Minister stated that the new Government shall be empowered to take confidence building measures within and across the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K, thereby ensuring lasting peace. "We want to create an enabling environment for all round economic development of the State," he said. Spelling out the reason for forging an alliance with the BJP in the State to give a representative Government to the people after holding wide consultations, the Chief Minister reminded the Leader of the Opposition, Omar Abdullah, of his days as Minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA Government. Highlighting the Agenda of the Alliance, the Chief Minister hailed the people's mandate in the last Assembly elections and thanked the Election Commission and the State Administration for ensuring free-and-fair polls in the State. Thanking all those who spoke during the Motion of Thanks to the Governor's Address, the Chief Minister described the Legislative Assembly as one of the most powerful Houses of the country. "We will initiate unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders so that we are able to bring the State out of uncertainty. I see the present alliance as a wonderful opportunity to bring Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh together. We did that in 2002 when Congress got the mandate of the people in Jammu and we did the same now when people in Jammu voted overwhelmingly for BJP," he added. Stating that his Government has accorded top priority to reconstruct the flood-ravaged infrastructure and rehabilitate those people who lost everything to the September flood fury, the Chief Minister said all affected people, especially small-time businessmen who had no security of insurance, shall be provided relief. "I have constituted a Committee to be headed by the Finance Minister which will expedite rehabilitation and disbursement of relief to the flood victims," he added. The Chief Minister said so far the Union Government has released Rs. 1,000 crore under "Prime Minister's Package for Floods" for restoration of damage to public assets over and above around Rs. 1,100 crore already available with the State government under NDRF for emergency relief and temporary restoration. An amount of Rs. 820 crore, he said, stands spent under SDRF. "The work on commencement of permanent restoration has already begun. We are separately pursuing the release of a Special Package that would cater to the requirements of the affected people," he added. The NORTHLINES CITY INFO 2 examinations for Matriculation started from Thursday. Commissioner Secretary, School Education, Director School Education, Jammu and Secretary, Board of School Education, were also present during the video conference. Akhtar said, any invigilating staff found involved in malpractice during the examination should be dealt with severity under law and a dossier of that staff member submitted to the administrative department for vigilance action and departmental inquiry. “Treat all those staff members who are responsible for supporting this menace as antisocial elements” the Minister asserted. Akhtar told DCs to take the exercise as a mission to cleanse the system, adding that it is their joint responsibility being part of the team along with him and as a team leader, he will stand by them in this drive. Flagging the issue of empowering the panchayats, corporations and municipalities in the State, the Chief Minister hailed Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah for introducing the concept of Single Line Administration where the entire Cabinet would go to the people to address their issues on-the-spot. "I was so pleased when former Chief Minister of Karnataka, R.K. Hegde replicated the same concept for micro-level management in his own State," he added. The Chief Minister said he has in mind an idea of Smart Governance that coalesces e-Governance, adheres to Public Services Guarantee Act (PGSA) and the Right to Information Act (RTI), Transparent Transfer Policy, which has security of tenure, prevention of corruption in administration and fair disposal in filling up of vacancies and regularization of employees so that the faith of the people in Government institutions is restored. The Chief Minister said the Government has already started the process of identifying and giving responsible positions to the officers in the administration who have impeccable credentials. Making a pinpoint reference about Government's resolve to address the issue of one-time settlement of refugees from across the LoC, the Chief Minister said the Coalition Government will also take all measures for sustenance and livelihood of the West Pakistan Refugees. "I have framed a Committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh, which will look into the issue," he said. Referring to the need for return of Kashmiri Pandits to the valley, the Chief Minister said the social fabric of Kashmir is incomplete without them. "The Centre has a comprehensive policy for return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandit community and many of our brethren have taken benefit from it," he said, adding that an enabling peaceful environment will facilitate a gradual return of the community to the Kashmir valley. Mufti said during the UPA rule he had told the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that even temporary facilities for the community should have been set up within the valley so that they could gradually reintegrate into their culture and milieu. Referring to the development of tourism sector, the Chief Minister said the State is a known tourist place throughout the world. In order to develop Jammu & Kashmir as a high-end tourist destination, we have a specific plan for addressing the tourism concerns of all the three regions of the State. Referring to the issue of political prisoners in the State and the perception in media about the exact number, the Chief Minister said there are only 37 detenues under PSA. Among them, 20 are foreign nationals, while only 17 detained under PSA are locals. The Chief Minister stated that all lands other than those given to the security forces on the basis of lease, licenses and acquisition in which due process of law has not been followed, shall be returned to the rightful owners, except in a situation where retaining the lands is absolutely imperative in view of specific security requirement. He said in any case, monetary remuneration, be it in the form of rents or compensation, will be made fairly at market rates. Mufti said his Government will provide greater autonomy to institutions like State Accountability Commission and the State Vigilance Commission to bring in proactive, accountable and transparent Government. Stating that his Government will explore the possibility of working out modalities for transferring the Dulhasti and Uri Hydro Power Projects to J&K, the Chief Minister said the Rangarajan Committee and the Round Table Committee Reports recommendations will be implemented for moving towards making J&K self-reliant in the power sector. He said the State will also request the Union Government for allocating a dedicated coal mine in Madhya Pradesh to J&K with coal reserves of not less than 150 MMT for setting up a pit-head Thermal Plant with equity support from Government of India. The Chief Minister expressed concern over slow pace of work on four-lanning of National Highway. "It is very painful to see that we have not been able to provide hassle free & all weather national highway between Jammu and Srinagar even so many decades of independence. A light rain or snowfall closes the road for days together. This government shall put four-laning of National Highway on highest priority," he said and added that construction of tunnel on Mughal Road shall also be taken up on priority. The Chief Minister also stated that a dedicated rail link between Jammu & Srinagar and other parts of the State will be taken up with the Centre. "The Kashmir valley is yet to be connected with the rest of the country by means of a railway track. The pace of work on the rail connectivity on the stretch between Katra and Banihal needs to be geared up by the Indian Railways so that this cheap mode of transport is offered to the people of the State." The Chief Minister also spoke at length about developing the Horticulture & Agriculture sectors as these are directly linked with growth of rural economy of the State. Earlier, the Chief Minister began his address by condemning the Rajbagh terror attack in Kathua district today morning in which 4 persons including 2 CRPF men, 1 J&K Police personnel and a civilian were killed. "I condemn the attack that took place early morning today in Kathua in which four precious lives have been lost. I offer my heart-felt condolences to the members of the bereaved families and pray for peace to the departed souls," the Chief Minister said. Terming the Rajbagh attack as an attempt to derail the peace process, the Chief Minister stated that such incidents won't be allowed to disturb the attempts being in bringing lasting peace in the Subcontinent. The Chief Minister issued immediate instructions to the Director General of Police to provide ex gratia as per norms to the Next of Kin of those killed in the attack. Mufti blames ... "This incident which has taken place…Is it suicide attack or what… I do-not know. Why is this happening…What are their designs…," he said. "A democratic process has taken place that people of J&K has come forward and taken part in the these elections and our endeavor is to create an environment of peace and normalcy. Is it they want to do…," he said. The chief minister hit out at the non-state actors for their design to derail the peace process and said "these are same forces which you can see worldwide… In Syria and Iraq… Everywhere something new. This is not in the Islam what they are doing… Islam is message of peace". "I want to say that the House should take a notice of it… This www.thenorthlines.com Commencement of Navratras All arrangements in place for pilgrims at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi NL Correspondent Katra, March 20 Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has made elaborate arrangements for the larger number of pilgrims who are likely to visit the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji during Navratras, which are commencing from tomorrow. These arrangements include ensuring proper water and power supply along the Track leading to the Shrine, sanitation and availability of special fast related food at the Bhojanalayas of the Shrine Board. In this context, Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, reviewed the to-date status of these arrangements with Dr. M. K. Kumar and Mr. B. Mohandaas, Additional Chief Executive Officers, Deputy Chief Executive Officers, concerned engineers and unit heads of the Shrine Board, keeping in view the large flow of pilgrims expected during the might be work of non-state actors. We should take on board Pakistan, which itself is facing a major war (of extremism). If there are some non-state actors, there also, they should be isolated," Mufti added. President Mukherjee... and security of the nation. Expressing condolence to the grieving families of those who lost their lives in the attack, the President called upon security forces to remain vigilant against any "threat to the peace, prosperity and security of our nation." President Mukherjee also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. Militants stormed a police station in Kathua district of Jammu region this morning killing four people including three security personnel. ‘Kathua attack... Reacting strongly, senior Congress leader from the state Ghulam Nabi Azad termed the attack as a "backstabbing" by the Pakistan and said militancy and peace can't go hand-in-hand. Union Minister Singh, who is an MP from Udhampur in J-K, said the attack reflected that Pakistan was refusing to mend its ways and it was time to take an "appropriate position" to deal with problem of cross border terror. "As an elected representative from Kathua, two important observations come to my mind that possibly Pakistan is refusing to mend its ways and, therefore, we would have to take an appropriate position to that extent. "Secondly and most importantly, I think this should also be an eye opener and loud and clear message for those political votaries who have been advocating revocation of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, partially or wholly," Singh said. He said the Centre has been adopting "zero tolerance" policy towards terrorist activities. A 'fidayeen' squad of militants in Army fatigues stormed a police station in Kathua, killing three security personnel and leaving 11 others, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police injured, in the wee hours today. 31 killed... have been vacant. If not for the vacant coach, the number of casualties would have been higher, the officials said. The locomotive driver apparently overshot the signal and as a result, the engine and two adjoining coaches derailed, Railway Spokesperson Anil Saxena said in Delhi. Railways have ordered an inquiry and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the accident. While Rs 50,000 will be given to those injured seriously, Rs 20,000 will be given to people with minor injuries. As soon as the news of the accident spread, people from nearby villages rushed to the spot to help in rescue and relief operations even before authorities arrived at the spot. The accident spot presented a devastating sight with one of the bogies reduced to a mangle of steel. There was some anxious moments in the area as furious locals raised slogans against the administration and railway authorities, saying the rescuers took a long time to reach the spot. Ambulances carrying teams of doctors were rushed to the accident site to help passengers who were screaming in pain, eyewitnesses said. Train movement on the Lucknow-Varanasi section of the Northern Railway has been disrupted due to the accident. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an inquiry by the Commissioner Railway Safety of Northern Circle, to ascertain the cause of the derailment. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav announced a compensation of Rs two lakh to the kin of those killed and Rs 50,000 for the injured. (AGENCIES) J&K unit... left the situation polarised in Jammu and Kashmir by causing enormous damage to its secular fabric. In such a situation it is incumbent upon the secular forces to come together and meet the challenge posed by deceptive, hypocritical and opportunistic alliance. He made a strong pitch in this regard and said National Conference will perform its designated role being the secular and forward looking party of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. Elaborating the need for secular forces coming together, Mr Omar Abdullah referred to his party's support to Congress nominee Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad during the elections to Rajya Sabha and said it was a conscious decision to strengthen the forces believing in inclusiveness of the state. "The decision to support Congress was difficult in the backdrop of opposing each other in the elections but for the overall good of the state and in the larger interest of amity it was imperative", he asserted. He hoped that all like-minded secular forces will join hands to foil the sinister machinations of PDP-BJP combine. Welcoming Sheikh Abdul Rehman and office bearers of his party at a specially held function at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan, Mr Omar Abdullah described him a veteran legislator and parliamentarian who has immensely contributed towards the development and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir in different capacities. Mr Abdullah said Sheikh Abdul Rehman's joining will give a new impetus to the party and strengthen it at grass roots level. He described the event as good omen for the secular forces across the State. In his address, Sheikh Abdul Rehman said the General Council of the State Unit of Samajwadi Party took a conscious decision to merge into National Conference keeping in view its secular credentials and service towards the people over decades. Mr Rehman agreed with Mr Abdullah about PDP-BJP playing a deceitful politics during the assembly elections and said that he was privy to at least dozen of instances where PDP had fielded candidates to cut Muslim votes for benefitting the BJP. Such a vicious politics, he said, was not conducive for Jammu and Kashmir. He said National Conference will have to play its crucial role in leading the secular forces to achieve the overall objective of steering the state to peace, progress and development. Alongside Sheikh Abdul Rehman those who joined National Conference included Sheikh Mohammed Shafi, State Secretary, Mrs Amrit Varsha, President State Women Wing of the party and Mrs Pushpa Dogra, General Secretary. Earlier, Provincial President Mr Devender Singh Rana and other senior leaders of the party greeted and garlanded Sheikh Navratras. Dr. Bhandari, giving details of various arrangements made for the Navratras, informed that the Bhawan of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji, Atka and the area surrounding it have been decorated with flowers. All the routes leading to the Holy Cave Shrine have been fully maintained for smooth movement of pilgrims, besides ensuring sufficient supplies of provisions, food, water etc. along the Track. Abdul Rehman and his associates on their joining the National Conference. Two time legislator and a former MP, Sheikh Abdul Rehman had been the State President of Bharatiya Jana Sangh now the BJP. On this occasion senior NC leaders including Mr Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Mr Rattan Lal Gupta, Th Kashmira Singh, Mr Kamal Arora, MLA, Babu Rampal, Sheikh Bashir Ahmed, Mr Brij Mohan Sharma, Mr Jugal Mahajan, Mr Gurdeep Singh Sasan, Mr Dharamvir Singh Jamwal, Mr Chander Mohan Sharma, Mr T S Tony, Mrs Bimla Luthra, Mr B L Bhat, Mr Anil Dhar, Mr Israr Khan, Mr Sajjad Shaheen, Mrs Rashida Begum, Mr Pradeep Bali, Mr Rohit Bali, Mr M L Munshi and other were present. Home Minister... injured in the gunfire which began at 0620 hrs. "I express my sympathies for the civilian who was killed in the incident and also praise the forces for their act of bravery in killing the terrorists," Mr Singh said. Congress leader in the House Mallikarujan Kharge raised the issue in the house and charged the government with ignoring repeated incidents of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Plan to push... Kashmir feel upset over the marked improvement in the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and that could be the main reason for helping militants in crossing into Jammu and Kashmir for the purpose of escalating the level of violence which could not only further focus world attention on the Kashmir issue but also force New Delhi to reopen the doors for dialogue process. It is in this context that troops, guarding the LOC, and the BSF, deployed on the IB, have been directed to intensify round the clock patrolling for keeping a close watch on the movement of militants across the border. Troops and the BSF have been told to keep all the sensers and gadgets functional on the LOC and on the IB so that Indian forces were able to foil ingress bids by monitoring movement of militants. In addition to this troops have been told to complete the repair of border fence that had been damaged owing to heavy snow during the winter in north Kashmir because plans were being framed for pushing groups of militants into Jammu and Kashmir. J&K Assembly... "The House wants to know how the militant attack took place, how the militants were able to launch this attack," Mr Rana said. Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, meanwhile, in a reply informed the House that two or three heavily armed militants managed to enter the Rajpora Police station in Kathua and were holed up in the police station. "Police and CRPF have cordoned off the area and firing is on," he said. Opposition members from National Conference and Congress however, termed the answer "unsatisfactory". And criticised the government for being "ill-informed". CPM MLA M Y Tarigami also condemned the attack and said the House needed to show a united face in condemning such tragedies and expressed sympathy with the families of those killed in the attack. Pakistan remains... regional peace and security," it added. On the issue of China, it said that India remains conscious and watchful of the implications of Beijing's "increasing military profile in our immediate and extended neighbourhood, as well as the development of strategic infrastructure by China in border areas". The Ministry said India is also taking necessary measures to develop the requisite capabilities to counter any adverse impact on own security. Talking about other issues, the report said the shift of global balance of power from the Euro-Atlantic region to Asia Pacific has brought a complex and dynamic interplay of economic, military and diplomatic factors. This is evidenced in the escalation of maritime territorial disputes, military postures and power rivalries, all of which have added to the uncertainties in the security situation in the region, it said. Without naming China which is in territorial dispute with several countries over South China Sea, the report said, "the contestations over island territories in the Asia Pacific have created tensions in the region and threaten to polarise the Asia Pacific community". Noting that India has important political, economic, commercial nd social interest in Asia Pacific, the report said India supports freedom of navigation in international waters and the right of passage in accordance with international law. "India's view is that all countries must exercise constraint and resolve bilateral issues issues diplomatically, according to principles of international law and without recourse to the use of force". The report said cooperative security construct is of immediate relevance for South Asia. On the issue of global security, the Ministry said India's geostrategic location makes it sensitive to developments beyond its immediate neighbourhood, in West Asia, Central Asia, in the Indian Ocean Region and the Asia Pacific Region. Major geopolitical and geo-economic developments are currently transforming the global security scenario into one of uncertainty and volatility. The transnational threats posed by the activities of terrorist organizations have been exacerbated by the dynamics of intra and inter-state conflicts and pose a danger to regions beyond the primary theatres, it said. "The transnational mobilization of foot soldiers and logistics support for terrorist activities poses a serious internal security challenge for countries around the world," the Ministry said adding that the continuing economic crisis in the West has been a major cause of worry for the global economy and has had consequent effects on the economies of other regions. Printer, Publisher & Proprietor Neelam Singh Gill. Published from Gurudwara Sunder Singh Road, Jammu-180001 and Printed at Northlines Offset Printers & Publishers, Jeewan Nagar, Digiana, Jammu. Phone Editorial : 2574109 Telefax : 2548103. Advertisements: 9858183354; RNI No. 69574/98 e-mail:-< [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] > Visit www.thenorthlines.com, http://www.northlines.in. Epaper: www.epaper.thenorthlines.com 3 The NORTHLINES Jammu www.thenorthlines.com JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 City Vikramaditya condemns Kathua attack Jammu Tawi | March | 20 Terming Kathua attack as dastardly and cowardly act, senior leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Vikramaditya Singh has asked authorities to provide adequate relief to the victims of the attack. In a statement issued here today, Vikramadiyta Singh said that such attack was aimed at disturbing peace in the State. He said that such incident was executed by those who were frustrated due to flourishing of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. Calling it a dastardly and cowardly act, he said that such acts along the national highway are intended to create civil disturbance and instill fear in common man. Vikramaditya urged the state administration to further tighten security along the border belt, especially for the protection of the National Highway that runs within close proximity to the border, hence making it vulnerable to such attacks. DPP condemns terror attack Jammu Tawi | March | 20 Duggar Pradesh Party while condemning the terrorists attack on Rajbagh Police Station, strongly accused the Modi Government for its utter failure and continuing the sick Congress policy towards terrorism run by Pakistan killing thousands of countrymen in civil and uniform. Uday Chand, President of the Party said it is a traditional practice that after every terrorists attack, the people in power accusing Pakistan, pays sympathies to the bereaved families, declared all-round alert, distribute compensation to the victims and every time announce that they will teach lesson to Pakistan but nothing happened, more than 20 years has been passed and we start waiting for the next attack. Uday Chand said most of the Kashmiri political leaders always, usually advocating negotiations with Pakistan, never condemning clearly the terrorism and terrorists attacks, Duggar Pradesh Party strongly urged the Prime Minister Mr Narendera Modi to send a delegation of these Kashmiri leaders headed by Mufti Mohd Sayed, Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Ex Chief Ministers, CPM legislature Mohd Yousaf Taragami, Prof Saif Ud Din Soz, Ex Cong President various Hurriet leaders to Pakistan to use their good offices for ending the ongoing terrorism in J&K and rest of the country so that no innocent be killed in terror attacks. DIG Udhampur Reasi range reviews security arrangements Awareness camp for minority Women entrepreneurship In order to ensure safe, secure and smooth yatra to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji Shrine during Navratra Festival starting from Saturday, DIG Udhampur Reasi Range Shri Surinder Kumar Gupta, IPS carried out a detailed "Security Review and Preparedness" meeting at Katra. All arrangements for An awareness camp was organized by J&K State Women's Development Corporation in collaboration with Swabhimaan Charitable Trust at Sabzi Mandi Parade Ground, Jammu on Thursday. Near about 300 men and women of the areas participated in the camp and were apprised about the schemes run by JKWDC. NL Correspondent Katra | March | 20 regulation and management of crowd at various critical points all along the yatra routes were reviewed. Additional troops from Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police and CRPF including lady police will be deployed to de-congest the bottle necks and assist the yatries. All critical points and areas will be dominated by physical presence of troops.DIG directed to deploy "Quick Action Teams" from CRPF ANC condemns terror attack in Kathua NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | March | 20 Awami National Conference (ANC) has condemned the terrorist attack in Kathua that snatched six precious innocent lives. Provincial President, Gian Singh described the terrorist strike as cowardly and warned that no matter what the latter did or would try to do in the future, there is need to take concrete steps to avoid such incidents in future."I strongly condemn this cowardly act of the terrorists, which led to the killing of three security personnel, a civilian, and two militants in a Fidayeen attack on Raj Bagh Police station in Kathua district, Singh added. Singh expressing anguish over the incident said that this needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms and perpetrators of this incident should understand that India cannot be cowed down or weakened by such attacks. This is one thing that all secular democratic forces must understand that there is a sinister design by the terrorists to create an atmosphere which can jeopardize electoral forces. JUVC holds conference on Trends and Computation Technologies NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | March | 20 A National Conference on Trends in Electronics and Computational Technologies (NCTECT-2015) gets underway in the University of Jammu which is being organized by Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) Jammu Centre in collaboration with Ramnagar Campus of University of Jammu today in the seminar hall of computer science department. Prof. R D Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu was the chief guest while Prof. Rajni Kant, Chiefcoordinator campuses and Rector, Ramnagar Campus, University of Jammu presided over the function while Maj. Gen. (Retd.) P. K. Jaggia, VSM, Secretary General IETE, New Delhi,was the guest of honour. Prof. R. D. Sharma, ViceChancellor, University of Jammu lauded the efforts of the organizers and laid stress on such interdisciplinary activities on the campus. Prof. Rajni Kant in his address spoke on various activities being undertaken in various campus of the university with a special reference to Ramnagar campus. Romeo force provides guidance on joining and defence forces NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | March | 20 The Army has been making a concerted effort towards the upliftment of the people of the remote areas in the Region where resources and opportunities are meager. A Rashtriya Rifles Battalion under Romeo Force with the aim of empowering the youth of far flung areas of Poonch district conducted an awareness lecture on "How to prepare to get into Defence Forces". The villagers were made aware of various perks and benefits of serving in the Defence Forces. They were also given in depth guidance on the procedures and preparations required. They were motivated to make the most of these opportunities which would provide employment to them empowerment them to look after themselves and their families. and Police Operational Components at all critical points located on the yatra t rack and holy town of Katra. It is pertinent to mentioned that three Joint Control Rooms are functioning round the clock at Bhawan, Adhkuwari and base camp Katra for better and effective communication and coordination. As a part of security review all existing measures have been Restrategizes and beefed up to ensure a complete round the clock domination and to normalize in proper response mechanism to deal with any kind of eventuality and exigency on the yatra. Among others Shri Sujit Kumar, IPS SP Reasi. Sh.Sameer Kotwal, Addt.SP Katra. Shri Sunil Kumar Commandant/Dy.Co CRPF Bn,SDPO Katra Shri Ravel Choudhary and Inspector Kuldip Krishan SHO PIS Katra participated in the meeting. NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | March | 20 ‘Communication Skills’ workshop for Polytechnic faculty, students NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | March | 20 The Humanities Department of Govt. Polytechnic Jammu in collaboration with National Institute of Technical Training Teacher and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh organized one week Integration Communication Technology (ICT) based online (video conferencing) short term course on Communications Skills in the college in which more than 50 faculty and final year students of various departments of government and private polytechnic colleges both boys and girls. The co-ordinator of the programme from NITTTR Chandigarh was Prof PK Singla, Incharge Curriculum Development Centre of NITTTR Chandigarh. Online lectures were delivered by the subject experts from NITTTR Chandigarh Prof PK Singla, Prof SP Bedi and Prof Meera Anand through video conferencing. In the training programme lectures were delivered on significance and process of communication, reading skills, oral skills, listening skills and writing skills. For the final year students the lectures were delivered on the topics i.e resume writing, presentation skills, group discussion and how to appear interview. The Principal of the College, Arun Bangotra, welcomed the participating faculty members of various institutions of technical education in Jammu region and thanked the NITTTR Chandigarh for organizing such types of the programmes for teachers. The Chief Guest of the programme was Er. N.H Malik, Secretary State Board of Technical Education (J&K) who applauded the effort. Others who were present were Er. I.J Singh, Er. Zia -Ul- Haq Kohli and Er. Harinder Arora, Er K.S Bhatia, Er. K.S Manhas HODs of various departments. The local co-ordinator of the Programme was Er. Munish Kumar, (HOD Humanities). Smt Seema Kanotra gave the vote of thanks. The camp was inaugurated by Dr. Naheed Soz, Managing Director, JKWDC. The scheme run by JKWDC was discussed during the camp and the ladies were asked to take benefit of the schemes and start their business and support their family in running day to day life. The school going girls who participated in the camp were asked to avail education loan if they feel any financial problems in continuing their studies. The ladies were asked to come forward and take soft loans under various schemes like National Minorities Development Finance Corporation, NBCFDC, NHDFC and ESW from the corporation and start their own small business unit. The resource persons who participated in the camp spoke on different issues like Micro Finance/Education Loan Scheme, Female Feticide and Beti Bachoo, Beti Padhav and also on other issues. A team from State Disaster Management Jammu Unit also gave live demonstration for preparedness in disaster management. Vijay Kumar Tikoo, Development Officer throws light on the scheme being implemented by WDC in detail. Among other Ms. Neha Bhan, Chief Coordinator (SCT), Smt. Raj Kumari and Ravi Kumar field functionaries of JKWDC also spoke on the occasion. At the end of camp light refreshment was also served to the participants during the camp. J&K RTI Movement observes RTI day NL Correspondent Srinagar | March | 20 Maj. Gen P. K Jaggia, in his remarks focused on various activities undertaken by IETE at the national level. He further said "This is an excellent initiative to evaluate the stateof-the-art technologies by bringing together scientists and practitioners facing challenging issues and seeking to elevate the standards of academia by sharing lessons". Earlier, while welcoming the gathering, Dr. Rakesh Vaid, Chairman, IETE Jammu Centre and convener of the conference introduced the topic and threw light on the theme of the conference. Dr. Parveen Lehana, Hon. Secretary of the IETE Jammu centre and organizing secretary of the conference gave introduction about the organization of this event. He informed that a total of fifty eight presentations are scheduled which includes keynote address by Prof. Satish Chand from NSIT, New Delhi, Dr. Shashi B Rana from GNDU, Amritsar and Dr. Suresh Kumar from Kurukshetra University. Ms. Deepika Sharma, Treasure IETE Jammu centre presented the vote of thanks while the proceeding of the programme was conducted by Dr. Radhika Khanna. Prominent among those present were Sh. J. K. Sharma, Prof. S K Badyal, Mr. Joy Ganjoo, Prof. Pawnesh Abrol, Dr. Suresh Rao, Dr. Susheel Sharma, Er. Vijay Sharma, Dr. Rockey Gupta, Er. Summet Gupta, Er. Joyti Lalotra besides students and faculty members from Ramnagar campus, MIET, MBSCET, members of IETE, research scholars from the department of Physics and Electronics, University of Jammu among others. J&K RTI movement observed RTI Day today across the state with much fervor and passion.On its 6th anniversary large number of RTI Activists participated in a programme which was held at it's Headquarters in Srinagar. Apart from discussing success stories and changes RTI Act has brought in J&K, the programme was meant to create awareness among general public especially people from rural areas. RTI is the best tool to fight the menace of corruption and people from all the walks of life must use it in a proper way to work for an open and transparent system in the state, NPSU condemns terror attack in Kathua NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | March | 20 National Panthers Student Union NPSU today organized a strong protest demonstration against the militants attack in Rajbagh, Kathua which remitted in several causalities besides injuries to dozens of people. The protestors burnt the effigy of BJP-PDP coalition and held the Union and State Governments responsible for the security lapse resulting in the loss of several precious lives. They raised anti-alliance slogans and anti-Modi slogans besides anti-PaK slogans for the dastardly act committed by the belligerent notion. Addressing the protestors, Thakur Virender Singh accused the BJP led Union Government for its double speak and duplicity. He said PM Modi made bold assertions of taking ten heads of Pakistani soldiers in lieu of one Indian Soldier proved to be hoax as the saffron party agreed to surrender to the agenda of PDP vis-a-via Pakistan. He said that BJP has made a complete ideological said Dr Shaikh Ghulam Rasool, Chairman J&K RTI Movement and co-convener NCPRI. J&K RTI Movement will keep on working for awareness and education of the Act in rural Kashmir, under which village level committees have been setup in various areas. "We are teaching the use of law in villages and it is our preference and priority. We want State government to implement section 23 which deals with awareness among people by the Government. So far government has failed in implementing Sec 4 and 23, which shows how much sincere the state government is in implementation of RTI law in the state, our State is most corrupt hence laws like RTI will of the coalition government's soft policy on terrorism. Lambasting power hungry BJP for its criminal silence over today's issue, he called upon union and state BJP leaders to clear their stand on revocation of AFSPA which is the prime objective of PDP led government. He warned the government to stop talks with separatists in order to maintain peace and harmony in state. Others who were present in the protest included Lovely Singh, Rishi Badyal, Shubam Singh, Shubam Jasrotia, Sumit Singh, Asha Rani, Amit Charak, Deepak Sharma and others. among top most corrupt states by Transparency International, SIC should compel Government and Public Authorities to implement Section 4 of the act which states proactive disclosure and Section 23 which deals with awareness about RTI act in the state. We suggest SIC to work within ambit of RTI Act and use discretion within its given mandate, said Farooq Kuthoo. Advocate Ashraf, Head of the Legal Cell J& K RTI Movement castigated government for deleting Rules, 2010 of J & K RTI Act which were considered to be model rules but in spite of assurance from Ex Law Minster in a TV Debate, our demand of restoration of rules 2010 was not met. Declare Pakistan a terrorist, rogue state: Harsh NL Correspondent Jammu Tawi | March | 20 retreat on the issue of terrorism by forging an alliance with PDP. He said that BJP's meek surrender over the issue of Mursat Alam has given a new lease of life to militants and other subversive elements who have felt emboldened. He said that the today's episode as the outcome help in eradicating this menace, said Dr. Shiekh Ghulam Rasool. As RTI Act completed 6 years, Government has failed to implement Section 4 (a) proactive disclosure, which is considered to be the soul of RTI Act. Today we demand that this important section should be implemented in letter and spirit, said Dr. Sheikh Ghulam Rasool. Farooq A. Kuthoo, Chief Spokesman J&K RTI Movement congratulated RTI Activists for the great work they are doing by risking their precious lives. He was particularly very upset with the functioning of State Information Commission. When our state is suffering worst regime of corruption and has been ranked Maintaining that Pakistan's notoriety has assumed unacceptable proportions, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and former Minister has urged upon the Union Govt. to initiate appropriate steps to declare Pak a rogue and terrorist state for latter's highly felonious, wicked and criminal acts in persistently violating our territorial Integrity and our national Pride and Honour. He said that today's incident in which the rogue country has pushed its indoctrinated terrorist into the Indian side, killing and injuring several soldiers and civilians was alarming. Strongly condemning the highly outrageous conduct of Pakistan, Mr. Singh said that it should be an eye opener for the BJP Govt. in the centre and partnered govt. in the state which had been indulging in Jingoistic rhetoric and making tall prouncements of "teaching Pakistan a lesion". Reminding the BJP of its tall sloganeering against Pak's misadventures he ridiculed the Saffron Party's surrender over its stand of tough posturing against Pakistan. He said that BJP for the lust of power made a paradigm shift in its stance that "Terror and talks can't go together" and initiated foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan only at the behest of its coalition partner so as to become a junior partner in PDP led govt. Condemning Pakistan's notoriety and highly violent posturing during the recent past, Harsh Dev said that Pakistan had always responded to Indian goodwill gestures with contempt and malice, lamented. Maintaining that not only the infiltration but also the ferocity of ceasefire violations has increased during the BJP rule after Hafiz Saeed was spotted near the borders. Singh said that BJP in its desperation to remain in power seemed to have ignored the fact that Musrat Alam had waged a war against the nation, carried a huge reward on his head for pro secessionist activities, antiIndia campaign immediately after his release. He said that it was regrettable that rather than ensuring the revocation of the release order of Musrat Alam, the BJP leaders including Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh were issuing statements in the media of a strong and stable govt. Reminding the Saffron Party of the slogan of 'Zero Tolerance' on terrorism given by PM Narinder Modi in the Parliament, Harsh lamented that not to speak of 'Zero Tolerance' the BJP had in fact displayed infinite tolerance by compromising on all its policies and perceptions merely for the sake of power. He said that each announcement and decision taken by the PDP during the last 10-15 days was incompatible with the Saffron Party's core philosophy but the latter failed to put up any strong resistance. The NORTHLINES HILL DISTRICTS www.thenorthlines.com 4 JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 Dy C.M visits Rajbagh DIG Udhampur-Reasi range reviewed security Commencement Pays tribute to Martyrs KATHUA, MARCH 20: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh visited Rajbagh Police Station in Kathua today Condemning the attack and terming this as cowardly act, Dr. Nirmal Singh hailed the security forces for exhibiting exemplary courage and described the sacrifices of security personnel as of the highest degree of commitment towards the country. Deputy CM said that such attempts of militants are aimed at derailing the peace initiatives. He also visited District Police Lines Kathua and paid floral tribute to Constable Parshotam Lal of J&K Police during wreath laying ceremony held with full police honor. Dr Nirmal Singh also visited District hospital Kathua and met the injured policemen and civilian and enquired about the medicare been provided to them . DGP K Rajindera, IGP Jammu Zone Danish Rana, DIG Jammu Kathua Range Shakeel Beigh, DC Kathua Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, SSP Kathua Neeva Jain, ADDC Kathua Er Narinder Singh Bali, ASP Kathua Nisar Khan, officers of CRPF also accompanied the Deputy Chief Minister. DC Reasi makes surprise visit to SS exam centres REASI, MARCH 20: Deputy Commissioner Reasi Sushma Chauhan made a surprise visit to various examination centres to inspect the conduct of Secondary School examination in Mahore on Friday. DC accompanied by ADC Reasi -Shiv kumar Gupta inspected the centers in Thurso, Dharma and Shajroo. She called upon the staff on duty to perform their duty with sincerity, dedication and commitment. She directed the authorities concerned to make arrangements to provide adequate drinking water to the students appearing for the examinations. She informed that vigilance squads had been deployed to ensure that there were no malpractices in the conduct of examination across the district. arrangements at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Sanjay Sharma KATRA, MARCH 20: In order to ensure safe, secure and smooth yatra to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji Shrine during Navratra Festival starting from Saturday, DIG Udhampur Reasi Range Shri Surinder Kumar Gupta, IPS carried out a detailed "Security Review and Preparedness" meeting at Katra. All arrangements for regulation and management of crowd at various critical points all along the yatra routes were reviewed. Additional troops from Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police and CRPF including lady police will be deployed to de-congest the bottle necks and assist the yatries. All critical points and areas will be dominated by physical presence of troops.DIG directed to deploy "Quick Action Teams" from CRPF and Police Operational Components at all critical points located on the yatra t rack and holy town of Katra. There will be enhanced frisking and checking of passengers and vehicles converging and passing through the holy town of Katra with a least inconvenience to the yatries. A separate "Night and Dawn" domination plan would be put in place by sending joint teams of CRPF and police patrol in early wee hours of the day. All isolated nallahs and other geographical features in and around the yatra track will be dominated by laying cut off points by police parties. It is pertinent to mentioned that three Joint Control Rooms are functioning round the clock at Bhawan, Adhkuwari and base camp Katra for better and effective communication and coordination. As a part of security review all existing measures have been Re-strategizes and beefed up to ensure a complete round the clock domination and to normalize in proper response mechanism to deal with any kind of eventuality and exigency on the yatra. Among others Shri Sujit Kumar, IPS SP Reasi. Sh.Sameer Kotwal, Addt.SP Katra. Shri Sunil Kumar Commandant/Dy.Co CRPF Bn,SDPO Katra Shri Ravel Choudhary and Inspector Kuldip Krishan SHO PIS Katra participated in the meeting. SSP Poonch inaugurate office Awareness camp cum fair underway Vigilance Squads Constituted in Reasi REASI, MARCH 20: District Administration Reasi has made elaborate arrangements in Reasi district so as to take all possible steps to curb the menace of copying and unfair means in the Secondary School (SS) Examinations, Annual Session-2015. The focus, as always, is on preventing copying or unfair means at the examination centre and for this vigilance squads have been constituted by district administration. These squads would be working under the direct supervision of the Deputy Commissioner Deputy Commissioner Reasi-Sushma Chauhan today directed the squads to ensure that the examinations are conducted in fair and transparent manner and no copying or unfair means are used during the exams. She further instructed all the squads to send a detailed report about the conduct of examination by or before 2:00 pm. Panthers protest Toll Plaza, allege imposition of 'Jazia' UDHAMPUR, MAR 20:Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party today held a Protest demonstration against levying of fee at Toll Plaza, Ban Talab Nagrota by National Highway Authority of India lead by Surjeet Singh Sr. Leader NPP & Sarpanch Tikri Mand. Condemning the government move to burden the already burdened people of Jammu, Surjeet Singh said that the road to Udhampur has not been completed as yet but the government has started charging toll from the people of Jammu region. He said that people have not recovered from the shock of flood as yet and the economy based on pilgrimage tourism has been hit hard and the government keeping in view the Navratra pilgrims to katra and Amarnath yatra have imposed Jazia on the Hindu pilgrims. Singh alleged that a senior BJP Minister has got the share in the contract for Toll Plaza. Prominent among those present on the occasion were Raj Dev Singh, Sham Singh, Sohan SInghj, Rakesh, Rasjubir Singh, Bikram Badyal. JKPCC Chief visits injured police personals JAMMU, MARCH 20: Ghulam Ahmed Mir, President Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), along with several party leaders on Friday, visited Government Medical College Hospital Jammu and enquired about the health of Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel's injured in the terrorist attack on Police Station Raj Bagh, Kathua, this morning. He interacted with the patients and their attendants and enquired about the treatment & other facilities being extended to them from the government. He asked the doctors about the status of injured and directed them to extend best Medicare to them for their early recovery. JKPCC President strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Police Station Raj Bagh, Kathua today morning which resulted into loss of precious lives and injuries to a large number of people. He said that such inhuman acts on the part of neighboring country not only derails the peace process but affects the normal lives of those who have nothing to do with these issues. Later, a meeting was held at PCC Headquarters, Shaheedi Chowk, Jammu, under the leadership President JKPCC in which Senior Congress leaders including S/Shri Nawang Rigzin Jora-Leader CLP, Thakur Hari Singh, Ghulam Nabi Monga-MLC, G. M. Saroori-MLA, Haji Abdul Rashid-MLA, Usman Majid-MLA, Mohamad Amin Bhat-MLA, Gulzar Ahmed Wani-MLA, Manmohan Singh, Vikram Malhotra, Dr. Rashid Choudhary, Shiv Kumar Sharma-President INTUC, Shahnawaz Choudhary-President PYC, Pranav Shahgotra-Vice President PYC, Neeraj Kundan-President NSUI, S. Surinder Singh Channi, Narinder Gupta, Neeraj Gupta, Thomas Khokhar and Mohammad Mushtaq Khandey paid rich tributes to the martyred CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel who lost their lives in today's terrorist attack and conveyed their condolence to the sorrowing families. The meeting prayed for the peace to the departed souls. POONCH, MAR. 20: Today S. Jatinder Singh Johar SSP, Poonch inaugurated the refurbished office cum mess building of retired police personnel of Poonch district near Court Complex Poonch office Poonch. During the inaugural ceremony large number of retired police personnel including prominent of the area present on the occasion. With the opening of the lodging facility the retired police personnel can avail the benefit particularly those Police personnel residing in far flung area of the district. District Police also provided furniture for the building. SSP Poonch reassured the retired police personnel that J&K Police is committed for the welfare of retired employees and they should feel part and parcel of Police Parivar and also assured them that their future needs will be taken care of and they should help the department in providing timely inputs about the prevailing situation as they are also part of the local community. District Police Poonch has already held an interaction session with the retired employees and is continuing in its endeavour to take full care of their welfare needs. Panthers protest against terrorist attack UDHAMPUR, MAR 20 Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party today held a protest demonstration against terrorist attack in Rajbagh, Kathua at Slathia Chowk, Udhampur. Activists of Panthers Party asked Bharatiya Janata party to come out of the alliance as it is becoming an anti-thesis of what it has been preaching for last 65 years to the people of India and state as well. They said that the Pakistan have killed innocent persons in end to talks with Pakistan till sponsored militants have the state in the same area time the time they stop spreading become active once again and and again. They demanded an terror in J&K state. IN THE COURT OF JUDICIAL MAGISTRATE 1st CLASS (ADDL MUNSIFF) SAMBA Present : Madhu (KCS Judicial) Sohan Singh S/o Sh. Jaswant Singh R/o Mandi Dansal,Tehsil & Distt. Samba V/S S.H.O. Police Station,Samba. In the matter of Application for Registration of birth/death of:Vrindha Sambyal (Female) D.O.B.07-02-2011 at home Father's Name: Sh. Sohan Singh Mother's Name: Smt. Sangeeta Kumari NOTICE TO GENERAL PUBLIC Whereas, an application stand filed in this court for registration of birth of Vrindha Sambyal (F) D/o Sh. Sohan Singh & Smt. Sangeeta Kumari r/o Mandi Dansal, Tehsil & Distt. Samba and through the medium of this publication notice at large and any other interested person is/ are informed that in case anybody has any objection in respect of aforementioned application then he/she/they shall file their objections in this court within 7 days from the date of publication of notice, failing which appropriate order shall follow. Given under my hand and seal of this court today 20th day of March 2015. Sd/Addl. Munsiff Judicial Magistrate Ist Class Samba) MAHORE, MARCH 20: The mega awareness camp cum fair organized to educate and inform the public of various social welfare schemes gets under way at Mahore today. Sub Divisional Magistrate Mahore, Subash Dogra inaugurated the camp. SDM said that such awareness camps are an opportunity for the people to know about the schemes of the department. He called upon the people to avail maximum benefit from different social welfare schemes and programs. Program Officer ICDS Project Reasi Nawab Din said rural and backward people of the area have little access to the benefits so the department is duty bound to reach out to them and awareness camps like this can go a long way in serving the purpose of reaching out to the people, he added. Xen R&B Mahore, BMO Mahore, CDPO Mahore, Sarpanches, Panches, Anganwadi workers, Anganwadi Helpers, ASHA workers, prominent citizens and scores of people of the area attended the camp. On the occasion, a colorful cultural bonanza was presented by artists of Information Department Reasi based on female foeticide, education and other topics of social significance which was highly applauded by the gathering. of Holy Navratras Sanjay Sharma KATRA, MAR 20 - Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has made elaborate arrangements for the larger number of pilgrims who are likely to visit the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji during Navratras, which are commencing from tomorrow. These arrangements include ensuring proper water and power supply along the Track leading to the Shrine, sanitation and availability of special fast related food at the Bhojanalayas of the Shrine Board. In this context, Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, reviewed the to-date status of these arrangements with Dr. M. K. Kumar and Mr. B. Mohandaas, Additional Chief Executive Officers, Deputy Chief Executive Officers, concerned engineers and unit heads of the Shrine Board, keeping in view the large flow of pilgrims expected during the Navratras. Dr. Bhandari, giving details of various arrangements made for the Navratras, informed that the Bhawan of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji, Atka and the area surrounding it have been decorated with flowers. All the routes leading to the Holy Cave Shrine have been fully maintained for smooth movement of pilgrims, besides ensuring sufficient supplies of provisions, food, water etc. along the Track. Agri Deptt organizes farmers’ training UDHAMPUR, MARCH 20: One day Farmers Training Programme, was organized by Department of Agriculture Udhampur under the supervision of District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Mrs. Yasha Mudgal at Old Town Hall Udhampur here today. More than 500 farmers including Women farmers participated in the Farmers Training Programme organized under CSS-ATMA(NMAET) Scheme. Chief Agriculture Officer Udhampur, Mr. R.L. Bhagat presided over the function. Mr. Bhagat said that the convergence of all the stake holders under one umbrella will act as a platform to work out the future course of action to increase the overall production and productivity of crops. Among others, Project Director ATMA, Mr. M.P Gupta, Experts from various allied departments, Sarpanches, Panches and a large number of farmers were also present in the programme. DEO convenes DGPC meet POONCH, MARCH 20: In view of the conduct of ensuing Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (GPC) elections in the district, the District Election Officer, Mr. M H Malik chaired a meeting of representatives of Sikh community including members of District Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (DGPC) here today. Various issues related to the conduct of transparent and fair elections were discussed. The DEO assured that the Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee elections shall be conducted in a transparent atmosphere for which necessary arrangements will be put in place. In view of the changed demography in few wards, some representatives of the community also raised the issue of delimitation to which the District Election Officer suggested for garnering consensus within the community. President, DGPC, S. Narinder Singh and other members of the DGPC attended the meeting. DDC visits exam centre UDHAMPUR, MARCH 20: District Development Commissioner Udhampur, Yasha Mudgal today visited various examination centers constituted in different private institutions of the town for the conduct of Higher Secondary Examinations(12th class) regular 2014-15 here today. The DDC visited various examination centres in the town which included Nehru Memorial Higher Secondary School, Vijay Higher Secondary School and Brahmrishi Bawra Shanti Vidya Peeth. On the occasion she was apprised by the concerned superintendents regarding necessary measures initiated to ensure fair and smooth conduct of examination. DDC gave on spot instructions to the concerned to ensure fair conduct of the exams. Vikramaditya condemns Kathua attack JAMMU, MARCH 20: frustrated due to flourishing of Terming Kathua attack as democracy in Jammu and dastardly and cowardly act, Kashmir. senior leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Vikramaditya Singh has asked I, Ravi Kumar S/o Kala Ram authorities to provide adequate R/o Meen Sarkar, Tehsil Bari relief to the victims of the Brahmana Distt. Samba have attack. In a statement issued lost my ration card. Now I am here today, Vikramadiyta Singh applying for the duplicate of said that such attack was aimed the same. Objection if any at disturbing peace in the State. convey to T.S.O. Vijaypur He said that such incident was within seven days after executed by those who were publication of this notice. NOTICE IN THE COURT OF CHIFE JUDICIAL MAGISTRATE SAMBA IN THE COURT OF CHIFE JUDICIAL MAGISTRATE SAMBA Present : Ritesh K. Dubey (KCS Judicial) Present : Ritesh K. Dubey (KCS Judicial) Surinder Singh S/o Sh. Joga Singh R/o Pangdour, Tehsil & District Samba . V/S Incharge Police Post, Rakh Amb Talli Application U/S 13 (3) of Registration of birth/death Act, seeking directions to Incharge Police Post, Rakh Amb Talli to enter the birth particular of applicant's son. Sat Pal S/o Late Sh. Ram Krishan r/o Sordi, Tehsil & District Samba . V/S Incharge Police Post, Rakh Amb Talli Application U/S 13 (3) of Registration of birth/death Act, seeking directions to Incharge Police Post, Rakh Amb Talli to enter the birth particular of applicant's son. PROCLAMATION Whereas applicant has filed the above titled application in this court for issuing direction to Incharge Police Post, Rakh Amb Talli regarding registration of birth particulars of his son namely Vishesh Sharma (male) S/o Sh. Sh.Sat Pal & Smt. Tripta Devi R/o Sordi, Tehsil & District Samba in Police post Rakh Amb Talli who was born on 05-06-2008 at home and through the medium of this proclamation, general public is informed that any person/s has/have objection to the same, in that event he/she/they shall file same before this court on or before 27-032015,failing which appropriate order shall passed. Take notice that in case the date of fixed is declared holiday, the matter shall be taken in the next working day. Given under my hand and seal of this court today 20th day of March 2015. Sd/Chief Judicial Magistrate, Samba PROCLAMATION Whereas applicant has filed the above titled application in this court for issuing direction to Incharge Police Post, Rakh Amb Talli regarding registration of birth particulars of his son namely Amandeep Singh (male) S/o Sh. Sh.Surinder Singh & Smt. Balwinder Kour R/o Pangdour, Tehsil & District Samba in Police post Rakh Amb Talli who was born on 11-02-2009 at home and through the medium of this proclamation, general public is informed that any person/s has/have objection to the same, in that event he/she/they shall file same before this court on or before 27-03-2015,failing which appropriate order shall passed. Take notice that in case the date of fixed is declared holiday, the matter shall be taken in the next working day. Given under my hand and seal of this court today 20th day of March 2015. Sd/Chief Judicial Magistrate, Samba The NORTHLINES KATHUA www.thenorthlines.com 5 JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 Kathua faces the brunt of pak terrorism Shatru condemns terror attack Pankaj Sharma Kathua | Mar | 20: It was a day of terror in Kathua as 6 people, including onepolicemen, two CRPF men and two civilians, killed and at least 11 injured Friday in a string of brazen militant strike. The fierce encounter lasted for around five and a half hours after the militants dressed in army uniform attacked Rajbagh Police Station located at Jammu-Pathankot National Highway, near about 15Kilometers away from Indo-Pak Border. According to sources the militants, probably after night infiltration entered Bobiya Border from Pakistan side. From there they hijacked one motorcycle bearing number PB35-V-1976 along with rider Joginder Singh S/O Malkeet Singh R/O Narote Jaimal Singh Punjab. The militants covered a distance of near five-Kilometers with him and thereafter killed him, and thrown him in the nearby Nursery. From there, the militants hijacked three-wheeler bearing number JK08-A-5795, belonging to Bharat Bhushan and reached National Highway. At National Highway, the militants stopped two-Mahindra Load Carrier and hijacked them along with three persons including drivers on both. The militants asked them for a lift up to Rajbagh Police Station. When the militants reached Police Station, they asked them to come with them in the Police Station. The moment the militants reached the main gate of police station, they asked the sentry (Parshotam Lal S/O Prakash Chand) to open the gate saying that they are from army and want to hand miscreants to police. The drivers of the vehicle begged police sentry to let them go, as they are innocent. However, in between one militant opened fire on the sentry and killed him on the spot. Realizing something fishy one of the driver of Mahindra rushed inside a room, whereas the other succeeded in jumping the wall. However, the militants killed the third one. Giving boost to their action militants rushed to the building and started heavy firing and throwing grenades. Sooner, the police, CRPF and army rushed to the spot and after a fierce encounter of five and a half hour killed both the militants. Kathua Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal said about two militants launched the attack, which is the first major assault in the militancy-hit state following the formation of a People Democratic PartyBharatiya Janta Party coalition government. I G Danish Rana while briefing the encounter moments said, "Militants used automatic weapons and hurled grenades at the Rajbagh police station." He added that, other than two militants, we had lost onepolicemen, 2-CRPF men and 2civilians. Moreover, 11-persons including 7-CRPF, 3-Policemen and one civilian also injured during the attack. NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar | 20: In a press statement issued here today, Sr. Youth Congress Leader Advocate Ajat Shatru Sharma strongly condemn the cowardly today's terrorist attack on Rajbagh Police Station at Kathua. In his statement he said that this attack itself speaks that how Pakistan is sponsoring the terrorist activities in Jammu & Kashmir from many years. From few years Pakistan has shifted the epicenter of terrorist activists to the most peaceful areas like Kathua district of Jammu & Kashmir State because of some unknown reasons. Terrorist's bosses sitting across the border are not digesting the peace and brotherhood of the peaceful areas like Kathua, Hiranagar& Samba. Despite of High security zone terrorists infiltrate easily escape without notice by BSF deployed on International Border. No doubt all these similar attacks so far have been neutralized by our brave soldiers of Police, CRPF & Army but on the cost of precious life of our soldiers which could be saved if intelligence agencies supplied the inputs of the attack in few early hours to the security agencies. Other youth congress leaders who jointly condemn this attack includes Man Singh, MunishBhagatSanjeev Kumar, JeevanJyoti, Aman Sharma, Sandeep, Shail, Rohit etc. DCC condemns militant attack NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar | 20: Subash Chander Gupta Ex. MLC and President, District Congress Committee Kathua today condemned cowardly attack by the militant on the Police Station Rajbagh in which three Security personal and one civilian died and 9 other security personnel got injured including Sub divisional Police officer Diwakar Singh. Terming the attack as cowardice and barbaric act, Gupta appreciated the role of police and security forces in neutralizing both the militants involved in the attack. Gupta shows solidarity with the next of kith and kin who lost their lives in this militant attack. Gupta demanded that government should take decisive action against Pakistan sponsored terrorism in our state and deal this sensitive issue with firm hand. Gupta further said that Security forces should take strict vigil on the border so that such incident could not be take place again. M/S EXCEL PACKAGING PLOT NO 6 SIDCO INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, KATHUA CONT NO. 09796241086, 09419152086 MANUFACTURING BUCKETS, MUGS, TASLAS, BASIN, PEDDLE BIN, DUSTBIN UNBRAKEABLE & FROSTY. Estd.2003 Phone: 233344 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] Aditya Sharma family in mourning Aditya Sharma Assembly-2015 LA condemns Kathua attack NL Correspondent/CNS Jammu | Mar | 20 The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta condemned the terrorist attack on the Rajbagh Police Station in Kathua district. On behalf of the entire House, the Speaker condemned the incident asking the government to take measures to strengthen the security network and check such attacks from happening. He said the sympathies of the entire House are with the families of those who were martyred in the cowardly attack. Condemning the cowardly act, the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh earlier gave details about the incident to the House and said that terrorists attacked the Rajbagh police Station at 6:18 am after killing the Santry on duty, entered the Police Station. He said the whole area has been cordoned by the Police and CRPF Jawans and encounter is still raging on. He said as per the details available to him, 10 people including 2 police, 7 CRPF and 1 civilian were injured in the attack so far and they have been evacuated to Kathua hospital. He said since the area is still under security cordon and security forces are still engaged to flush out terrorists, it is not possible to present all the details at the moment. Meanwhile, senior PDP Leader Vikramaditya Singh condemned the militant attack on Rajbagh Police Station in Kathua.He offered his deep condolences to the family members of those killed.He said Government must give adequate compensation to them and also to those who are injured in hospital. Calling it a dastardly and cowardly act,he said that such acts along the National Highway are intended to create civil disturbances and instill fear in common man. Vikramaditya urged the state administration to further tighten security along the boarder belt,especially for protection of National Highway that runs within close proximity to border, hence making it vulnerable to such attacks Babu condemns terror attack NL Correspondent Kathua | Mar | 10 EX-Power Minister Babu Singh today condemned the terrorist attack on Rajbagh police station in Kathua district which left three security personnel and two militants dead and 11 others injured. While criticizing the terrorist attack, Babu Singh condemned the incident asking the government to take measures to strengthen the security network and prevent such attacks. He said such kind of terrorist attacks have been occurring in Kathua since long so to deal with iron hand it is needed for the government to take some strong and bold measures so that such incidents could be stopped permanently in future. He further warned the neighboring Pakistan based terrorist organization to shun the path of violence and killing of innocent. Nature-Mankind Friendly Global Movement, Kisaan Movement and Youth Movement have strongly condemned the heartbroken terrorist attack at Rajbag Police Patient 'forced 'to visit private hospital for surgery NL Correspondent Srinagar | Mar |20: A two year old kid was sent home twice from Bones and Joint Hospital while his father waited for three days before his kid was given a referral by a doctor to attend a private hospital for surgery on his legs that had caused fracture due to a sudden fall from a height. Two years old kid from frontier district Kupwara Mir Talish son of Mir Saleem was injured and suffered fracture in his legs when he had a sudden fall from roof of his house. He was immediately rushed to SMHS Hospital where doctors directed him have a surgery at Bones and Joint Hospital. "My son was withering with pain whom I admitted in Bones and Joint Hospital Srinagar under MRD number 113302. Doctors refused to do a surgery saying that he is only two years old kid. They sent me home twice and when the pain of the child reached to an unbearable limit, I arrived in Hospital again and the doctors instead of treating him, directed me to admit the kid in GB Panth Hospital," Mir Saleem told CNS. Medical Superintendent Bones and Joint Hospital Barzulla Dr Shabir admitted that some doctors in the hospital have been acting as middlemen and for sake of Commission are forcing patients to visit priavate hospitals. "This is the major problem which I have noticed here. I have been working hard to put an end to this middlemen culture. I request the father of the kid to approach me and identify the doctor or doctors himself and I will initiate action against them," Medical Superintendent told CNS. station Kathua and tribute those who lost their lives in this heavy gun fight between cops and Pakistan based terrorists. District Chairman of the Global Movement Sahib Singh, District president of Kisaan Movement Karan Singh and District president of Youth Movement Vikram Singh slammed on the state as well as union government for being failed to stand a strong security cover in this area which has always been targeted by the Pakistan based terrorist groups so many times in past. And this attack is the sheer negligence on the part of government, they said. Not much long time has been passed of happening most dreadful recent terrorist attack at Hiranagar, Dayalachack but how the sensitivity of the area is ignored to understand by the Government. All this huge negligence and security elapse should be investigated and deeply probed by the Government because it the concern of life and death of a big population resding in this targeted area of Kathua, they added. 'Auto Rickshaws instructed to install Digital Fare Meter' NL Correspondent Jammu, March 20; Minister for Transport, Abdul Ghani Kohli while replying to a question by D. S. Oberoi in the Legislative Council today said that Motor Vehicles Department has already issued instructions regarding installation of func-tional electronic fare meters in respect of Auto rickshaws. The Minister said that the department has authorized Radio Taxi Service for operation within the Municipal limits of District Srinagar. These vehicles do posses company fitted Electronic Fare Meters and Operation of this service has proved public friendly. Similarly measures are being taken in District Jammu for the convenience of general public. The Minister said that moreover, all boards of inspections located in every district have been impressed upon not to issue fitness certificate to any auto-rickshaw unless fitted with functional electronic fare meter duly sealed and calibrated by the Weights and Measures/Legal Meteoro-logy department. The NORTHLINES OPINION QUOTE www.thenorthlines.com JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 Hitting all the wrong notes in J&K "The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else." - Umberto Eco the NORTHLINES, Jammu Perils abroad he brutal murder of an Indian national, Prabha Arun Kumar, in Sydney on March 7 has reignited debates around the safety of Indians abroad. The spate of violent attacks on Indians in Australia over the past decade has persistently fuelled nagging tensions in India-Australia relations, puncturing the sense of optimism that had emerged on that front. Ruling out racial motivation behind the attack, Australia has promised that the perpetrators of the crime would be brought to justice; a special detective squad has been assigned to investigate it. But given Australia’s generally lackadaisical response in such contexts in the past, India has reason to be sceptical of these promises. The series of attacks on Indian students about half a decade ago had been severely condemned by India. The government had questioned the effectiveness of the steps taken then by the Australian authorities, and issued a “restrained travel advisory”, asking Indian students to take basic precautions in being alert to their own security. The insensitivity shown by Australian officials — who were often in denial mode — in responding to these attacks had come to notice in India at that time. So one can only hope that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s recent call to her Australian counterparts for complete cooperation in resolving the issue is met with the needed level of seriousness at least this time. The tragic event will, it is to be hoped, lead to a broader debate concerning the conditions of Indians abroad. First, the government can consider adopting “smart” means to ensure the safety of Indians while abroad, especially in times of crisis. For instance, Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had, in 2008, set up a ‘Locate’ system to act as a people-tracking register. This has now been replaced by a country-specific alert system, via email, Twitter and Facebook. Second, the Indian government has often been criticised for not doing enough about the conditions Indian migrant workers face abroad. For instance, a 2014 Amnesty International report lays forth the human rights abuses encountered by Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. By means of diplomatic pressure and bilateral agreements, the Indian government has to ensure that these migrant workers are not denied any of their labour rights as provided under international law. Third, an ethical discourse on the conditions of Indians abroad has to simultaneously involve an inward gaze on how Indians have been treating their own guests from overseas. Just last week, a mob in Bengaluru chased and attacked Africans in their suburban locality. With racial prejudices, delays and inefficiencies at play, the criminal justice system often proves unequal to the task of coming to the aid of many such foreign citizens while in India. T 6 M. K. NARAYANAN The Central government headed by the BJP does not possess the kind of levers needed to deal with the ground realities in Kashmir. It needs to do more than merely making strong statements from time to time in the belief that this would check the profligacy of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and his cabinet on matters of security Events in Jammu and Kashmir seemingly appear more surreal than real, making it difficult to separate the truth from perceptions. The 2014 elections in Jammu and Kashmir had raised expectations of a significant shift in a progressive direction as far as the State was concerned. The national parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had between them secured over 45 per cent of the vote, an increase of more than 14 per cent when compared to the 2008 elections. Thus, the perception was that this would herald closer cooperation between Srinagar and New Delhi. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be happening — at least not yet. Skewed mandate A contributory factor, possibly, has been the skewed nature of voting patterns which convey the impression of a sharp divide — between a predominantly Muslim populated Kashmir Valley and the Hindu majority Jammu region. Votes in the Valley largely went in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), virtually shutting out the BJP as Jammu voted overwhelmingly for the BJP. The seat arithmetic did not provide much scope for the emergence of a stable government, unless the PDP and the BJP — representing two opposite poles of the political spectrum — combined forces. This did eventually happen, but only after an extended and corrosive delay. Moreover, the contents of the common minimum programme of the two parties, which was forged after several rounds of discussion, hardly inspire confidence about the longevity of their understanding. Managing an “unlikely coalition” of this nature, requires both sides to adhere strictly to the rules of “coalition dharma”. At the very least, it requires that neither party undermines key postulates of the common minimum programme, and that they take care not to upset carefully contrived arrangements in place. At best, there could be some room for employing a scalpel — but used with a surgeon’s dexterity — rather than a sledgehammer used by a construction worker. Consultation and accommodation have to be the watchwords. All this is presently in short supply. Breaking the concord The choice of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as Chief Minister for a full six-year term, did foreclose some of these options. Mr. Sayeed promptly proceeded to violate some of the basic principles of the understanding. Almost his very first pronouncement was to credit Pakistan, the Hurriyat Conference and the militants for the smooth conduct of the Assembly elections in the State. This stoked a controversy that is unlikely to die down. A little after this, an even more serious controversy erupted following the release of Masarat Alam, a Kashmiri separatist hardliner and a close affiliate of the Tehreek-eHurriyat leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Hence, of militants in the Valley has often been at odds with New Delhi’s perceptions. Even earlier, as the Chief Minister, he often demonstrated that he was not on the same page as New Delhi on these matters. His elder daughter, Mehbooba Mufti, had also previously demonstrated a “softness” towards militancy and the militants. More serious than this, are the implications of the Chief Minister’s so-called “healing touch”. The road to hell, it is said, is often paved with good intentions. The release of Masarat Alam may be viewed as a minor incident, but can fuel a new wave of unrest, and give fresh grist to residual anti-national forces within the Valley. In turn, it could encourage Pakistan to embark on more aggressive moves. Masarat Alam has been actively involved in Masarat Alam has been actively involved in violent activities for long. Kashmir’s dangerous decade of the 1990s began with a single instance of the abduction of Rubaiya Sayeed, Mr. Sayeed’s other daughter, in December 1989, and the letting off of some militants in exchange for her release. As a result, Kashmir and India suffered a great deal and it has taken more than two decades to retrieve the situation. not all of New Delhi’s efforts to pour oil on troubled waters can disguise the vast differences in approach and attitude that exist between the two coalition partners. “Militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is at its lowest since the 1980s. Nothing should be allowed to happen that would lead to a reversal of this situation ” Mr. Sayeed is not known to be a conciliator. The Congress realised this during the PDPCongress coalition of 2002-2008. On that occasion, he had only a truncated three- year term. His strong views on how to chart Kashmir’s destiny are in sharp contrast with views held by a majority of the national mainstream. Further, given his animus towards the Abdullah family, which leads the National Conference, it is only to be expected that every decision taken by the Omar Abdullah ministry is likely to be overturned. All this and more could certainly have been anticipated. Hence, Mr. Sayeed’s current statements must not be perceived or treated, as an aberration. The truth is that the Chief Minister is ambivalent on the issue of India-Pakistan relations. He is viewed as someone who has a soft spot for the Hurriyat. His approach to militancy and the role violent activities for long. Kashmir’s dangerous decade of the 1990s began with a single instance of the abduction of Rubaiya Sayeed, Mr. Sayeed’s other daughter, in December 1989, and the letting off of some militants in exchange for her release. As a result, Kashmir and India suffered a great deal and it has taken more than two decades to retrieve the situation. Replay of the past? To many, the events of the past few days are beginning to look like an eerie replay of what occurred then, and which was to push Kashmir almost to the brink. In December 1989, Mr. Sayeed was the Union Home Minister when his daughter’s abduction and the release of militants took place. The circumstances of the release and the exchange remain controversial to this day. Likewise, Masarat Alam’s release remains a matter of controversy. His release coincided with Mr. Sayeed’s assumption of office, leading immediately to a hue and cry. This was followed by strong statements by the Union Home Minister that terrorism and violence would be dealt with a strong hand — implicitly blaming the PDP-led government for the release. All this seemed to end in a whimper, following a belated explanation that the release had been ordered by the State government during Governor’s rule. The belated explanation has, however, not convinced anybody. Rather, it has all the makings of a Sherlock Holmes novel. The short-, medium- and long-term implications of all this need to be carefully considered. Kashmir remains a highly sensitive region to this day. The government in New Delhi headed by the BJP also does not possess the kind of levers needed to deal with the ground realities in Kashmir, unlike the Congress when it was in alliance with the PDP. The Central government needs to do more than merely making strong statements from time to time in the belief that this would check the profligacy of the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and his cabinet on matters of security. Mr. Sayeed is unlikely to be deterred by the vehement opposition voiced by the Lok Sabha to his actions, or the Prime Minister’s categoric disapproval of his controversial remarks. The Chief Minister is a shrewd leader who realises that he can possibly tap into a lingering, though currently receding, anti-India sentiment among sections of Kashmiris, who continue to remain unhappy with the Centre. Currently, militancy in Jammu and Kashmir is at its lowest since the 1980s. Nothing should be allowed to happen that would lead to a reversal of this situation. No price should be seen as too heavy for this. Measures need to be put in place before the situation slips out of control. We do not need a repeat of what took place during the tenure of the Janata Dal government led by Prime Minister V.P. Singh of which Mr. Sayeed was a part of as the Union Home Minister. Once the situation stabilises, the healing measures initiated during the years 2005-2010, under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, should be revived and energised. The reports prepared by the four working groups should be retrieved for early implementation. The round tables should be revived. All this had made considerable progress during that period, but withered on the vine due to neglect post-2010. It may be too early, just yet, to consider a India-Pakistan entente that could result in the setting up of a cooperative and consultative mechanism to deal with the problems of people on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC). The Pakistan Army seems to have once again gained ascendancy and can be expected to be a spoiler in terms of better India-Pakistan relations. India will need to wait for better times. Nevertheless, India must continue to affirm that it favours a resolution of the Kashmir dispute that does not seek to redraw borders, but will enable easier commerce, communication and contact between the Kashmiri people on both sides of the LoC. (M.K. Narayanan is a former National Security Advisor and former Governor of West Bengal.) It's time for India to join the Mine Ban Treaty SATNAM JIT SINGH/ YESHUA MOSERPUANGSUAN eft over from a previous phase of conflict, India's landmines are no longer useful,instead producing severe hardship on border communities India, since its independence, has been a passionate advocate of disarmament measures in the United Nations system. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, "India has a longstanding commitment to the goal of general and complete disarmament based on the principles of universality, non-discrimination and verification..." In 1996, India voted in favour of a UN General Assembly Resolution urging states to vigorously pursue an international agreement banning anti-personnel mines. However, in 1997 when the Mine Ban Treaty came into existence, India chose to remain outside it. This key contemporary disarmament measure has saved thousands of lives. Eighty per cent of governments in the world have joined this treaty, and the UN Secretary General has acknowledged it as a 'near universal' convention. But India is still waiting and watching from outside. Is it time for a rethink? In 1999, India joined an Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on Conventional Weapons, a limited disarmament measure on antipersonnel landmines. The protocol prohibits the use of undetectable landmines, requires permanent marking and fencing of any mined area, but does not comprehensively ban the weapon. In the past, India was a major manufacturer of undetectable landmines and used them along the international border with Pakistan as well as along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. Landmines are a globally condemned and banned weapon due to their inherently indiscriminate nature. Once a landmine is laid, it does not discriminate between a combatant and a civilian. Landmines usually remain active long after fighting is over and become a lasting deadly legacy of armed conflicts. It makes little difference to communities whether one landmine or a thousand exist in their fields or roads, as the uncertainty regarding the presence of a landmine is debilitating; it terrorises communities, creating a culture of fear, and halts or limits mobility and access to productive resources. India has, in the past, stated that it needs landmines to deter incursion by armed militants, especially into Kashmir. Has this proved effective? Don't the long-term negative consequences of the use of this weapon far L outweigh its military utility? India has suffered greatly from anti-personnel mine use. Hardly a month goes by without reports of deaths or injuries to soldiers or civilians due to antipersonnel mines laid - many of them India made - along the LoC in Kashmir. Suicidal strategy The largest known use of anti-personnel mines by any government in recent times was India's (and Pakistan's) deployment of hundreds of thousands of anti-personnel mines along the international border during Operation Parakram in the wake of the attack on the Indian Parliament in December 2001. Land forces were mobilised on a large scale and mine-laying covered a huge parcel of agricultural land along the border, thereby disrupting the lives of lakhs of Indian citizens. According to an April 2005 report of the Lok Sabha Standing Committee on Defence, the Indian Army suffered 1,776 casualties while laying and removing its minefields on the border between December 2001 and April 2005. The total number of civilian casualties remains unknown. However, an Indian NGO survey in 2004 counted at least 1,295 civilian casualties from Operation Parakaram-laid mines. Despite many rounds of manual and mechanical mine clearance, by 2004 the Army declared that at least 3,00,000 mines planted along 400 kilometres of the international border in Punjab and Rajasthan were untraceable, and proposed that the area be permanently cordoned off. The full extent of areas mined during Operation Parakaram is unknown. However, reports from that time indicate 700 sq. km along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, and large areas of Punjab and Rajasthan were mined. In January 2002, the Deputy Commissioner of Ferozepur District of Punjab stated that 27 sq. km of land, affecting 350 villages along the 210-km-long international border in the district, had been taken over at that time by the Indian Army for laying minefields. The attack on the Indian Parliament required a response. However, reliance on anti-personnel mines led to deaths and injuries of hundreds of more Indian nationals and land displacement of thousands with attendant hardship for those villages. This damage was not inflicted by a terrorist group or by an enemy; it was the outcome of the Army's reliance on mine warfare. Anti-personnel mines are an antiquated weapon that can no longer have a place in India's arsenal. The mines laid, and subsequently replenished, over the past decades did not impact the insurgency in Kashmir in any significant way. But the misery they have produced in the communities along the international border and the LoC is real today. With the subsequent construction of the fence along the LoC, India's anti-personnel mines have become all the more dispensable. Left over from a previous phase of the conflict, they no longer serve any purpose. It is time for India to rethink its policy and join the other nations around the globe that have concluded that this weapon deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of history. (Satnam Jit Singh is a former Indian Ambassador and a landmine survivor of the 1965 Indo-Pak War. Yeshua MoserPuangsuwan is a Senior Researcher, International Campaign to Ban Landmines.) The NORTHLINES NATIONAL www.thenorthlines.com 7 JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 If Pakistan stops aiding terror outfits, South Asian security will improve: Rajnath Singh Agennices Jaipur, Mar 20 "India has been a victim of cross-border terrorism for the last several decades. Terrorist organisations like Lashkar-eTaiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad patronised by those across the border, have inflicted several acts of terror on the Indian soil. There are several instances of such proxies being used in other parts of the world," he said. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today asked Pakistan to "seriously rethink" its strategy of using terrorism as an instrument of proxy war, saying this will "significantly" improve the security situation in South Asia besides being in its own national interest. Inaugurating an International CounterTerrorism Conference, Singh said Pakistan should understand that there are no good or bad terrorists. "It is unfortunate that even after paying such a heavy cost for itself, Pakistan and its associates find it difficult to understand that there are no good terrorists and bad terrorists," he said, noting that the source of most terrorist activity in India lies across our borders. Singh said Pakistan should "seriously rethink its strategy of using terrorism as an instrument of proxy war, since this would be in her own national interest." "Differentiating terrorists into good and bad categories has failed miserably. If the ISI and the Pakistan Army stops their support to certain terror outfits, I have no hesitation in saying that the security situation in South Asia will improve significantly," he said. "India has been a victim of crossborder terrorism for the last several decades. Terrorist organisations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-eMohammad patronised by those across the border, have inflicted several acts of terror on the Indian soil. There are several instances of such proxies being used in other parts of the world," he said. Speaking about the changing face of terrorism in the present world, Singh expressed concern over the increasing possibility and opportunity to use available technology and cyberspace in a destructive manner. Singh also said the menace of terrorism is greatly amplified in today’s digital world. "A 'lone wolf' or a "DIY (Do It Yourself) terrorist can go online and learn how to carry out an attack without ever leaving home," he said and added that an expert group had been recently constituted to look into all possible avenues of cybercrime and its linkages with the terrorist world. He said the need for a committee was felt as many terror groups are adept at using the latest technology to propagate their beliefs and deeds. They extensively use modern technology to reach out to wider audience with susceptible minds. "Their online propaganda is causing selfradicalisation among youths. It is a matter of serious concern that they are seeding the minds of innocents with poisonous provocation and inspiring them to be brutally intolerant and violent with others," he said. Singh also sought international cooperation in India's fight to counter the menace of terrorism which knows no boundaries and doesn't respect nations' sovereignties. The terrorists have become transnational in character and, therefore, international cooperation is needed to build popular opinion and pressurise the countries that use terrorists as their strategic assets, he added. He called for global awareness on terrorism and said all countries should be aware of developments in this area, which is bound to affect them in some way, sooner than later. The three-day Counter Terrorism Conference, 2015 will discuss issues like 'illegal migration and border security', 'cyber space', 'social media and terrorism', and 'terror trade: weapons, narcotics and fake currency' in separate sessions. It is organised by India Foundation in association with Sardar Patel University of Police Security and Criminal Justice at Jaipur. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, former Home Secretary G K Pillai, former Army Chief Gen (retd) V P Malik, former chief of BSF Prakash Singh and other dignitaries are among the participants. Several foreign participants including former chief of Sri Lankan Army Sarath Fonseka and Admiral Jamers Loy, Senior Counsellor, Cohen Group, USA are also attending. Manohar Parrikar to chair Defence Anna Hazare says he will Acquisition Council meet next week launch 'Jail Bharo Andolan' Agencies New Delhi, Mar 20 The Defence Acquisition Council will meet next week during which the issue of the USD 2.5 billion Avro replacement programme is likely to be discussed among others. Defence sources said that the DAC will meet either on March 27 or 28, just ahead of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's maiden foreign visit to Japan on March 30. One of the main issues that is likely to be discussed is the lone bid of Airbus-TATA consortium to replace IAF's ageing fleet of 56 Avro aircraft with C-295 transport carriers. A final decision was anticipated in November but Parrikar had sought more information about the necessity of the aircraft and the bidding process. "There is no problem. All issues are being looked into since we have a single vendor situation," sources said. Under the current defence procurement policy, singlevendor situation is not entertained unless cleared by the DAC. One of the options, besides selecting the consortium, is to go in for re-tendering in which the Indian companies become the main player rather than the foreign ones. Another option is putting the project on hold and go ahead with the joint development and production of 'Multi-role Transport Aircraft' with Russia, VVIP chopper deal: ED questions former IAF Group Captain Agencies New Delhi, Mar 20 The ED on Friday questioned a former IAF Group Captain in connection with its money laundering probe in the multi-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal. Sources said the agency questioned the retired officer for about two hours and his statement was recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They said the officer was questioned about some foreign remittances received in his account from suspected accounts of the middlemen who are alleged to have played a role in swinging 'kickbacks' to the tune of Rs 3,600 to crack the deal in favour of the said Italian firm. The officer under scanner, sources said, has floated a private defence consultancy firm to interact with foreign vendors across the globe even as the sources said he "denied any wrongdoing in this VVIP choppers deal" case. The probe agency, in the same case, had questioned an ex-Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force (IAF) yesterday. The ED had registered a criminal case under PMLA last year to probe alleged financial violations in the 12 VVIP choppers deal by India from AgustaWestland. defence analysts said. They were required to tie-up with an Indian private company under which 40 aircraft will be produced here while 16 will be bought off-theshelf. However, only a single bidder -- Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd (TASL) consortium -- had bid for the proposal in October last year. The Indian Air Force is keen to replace the fleet as it feels that the vintage Avro does not serve the purpose in the modern era. IAF wants a replacement cargo aircraft with "back ram" and ability to land in "under-prepared ground" like in Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip in Ladakh. Meanwhile, terming the bid of C-295 as an "elegant opportunity" for the government's push for 'Make in India', Airbus has said they cannot be faulted for being the only bidder. Agencies Rangoli, Mar 20 Anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare today said a 'jail bharo aandolan' will be started across the country taking up the questions raised by farmers and demanded a separate Krishi Ayog for them. Addressing the biennial conference of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Parishad here, Hazare said, he will start the Aandolan at the end of his three-month countrywide tour from April next raising questions on the condition of farmers after the Independence. "I will tour 10 states and address people there. We have to raise the farmers questions and ask what is the condition of the farmers today even after 68 years of achieving the Independence," he said while addressing the should be a performing government. The earlier Congress government went, then a new government came at the Centre with the promise of 'acche din aayenge' for the poor," Hazare said. "Six months have passed and no 'acche din' we have seen for the common man and farmers. Only the rich have seen good days. So we had to start this aandolan," Hazare said. "We are not happy with the role of the government in the Land Acquisition Bill. Irrigated land is given to industrialists. Earlier which ever farmer's land is acquired by government, permission of 80 per cent of the people in the village is required. But this government has removed that. No difference with the pre-Independence colonial power," he said. 12 government employees held in corruption case in Chhattisgarh Agencies Chhatisgarh, Mar 20: Twelve employees of Chhattis-garh Civil Supplies Department, including some officials, were on Friday arrested in connection with the muti-crore corruption case unearthed by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). "Eleven officials and employees of Chhattisgarh State Civil Supplies Corporation and an official of the Chhattisgarh State Warehousing Corporation were apprehended following the recovery of unaccounted cash and disproportionate assets worth crores of rupees from them last month," ACB Superintendent of Police Rajnesh Singh told media. Those arrested are -- Manager of Civil Supplies Corporation (Raipur headquarter) Shivshankar Bhatt, Raipur district manager Teekamdas Heerchandani, junior technical assistant (Raigarh district) Kshirsagar Patel, junior technical assistant (Jagdalpur district headquarter) Satish Kumar Kaivartya, Bilaspur district manager Kaushal Kishore Yadu, company secretary Sandeep Agrawal, Surajpur district manager (incharge) R N Singh, Kanker district manager Ashok Soni, assistant accounts officer Raipur Sudhir Agencies New Delhi, Mar 20 category of self-employed (farming/ agriculture) were 11,772 which is 8.73% of the total suicides," the Ministry of Agriculture said in an affidavit. The affidavit was filed in response to a PIL seeking direction to the government to take steps to prevent farmer suicides across the country. The PIL by Punjab-based NGO, Youth Kamal Organization, through its President G S Happy Mann, had stated that there is a high distress level in the agriculture sector. However, the government said it was not as alarming as made out in the plea and claimed that suicides in the country are not due to agrarian reasons only. It said that as per NCRB causes of suicides include family problems, illness, drug addiction, unemployment, dowry dispute and other reasons. The affidavit said that according to NCRB, the number of suicides by self-employed other than those in farming and agriculture was higher at 39,462 which was 29.28% of the total suicides in 2013. Further, it said, suicide deaths by house wives were recorded at 22,742 (16.88% of Kumar Bhole and Branch Manager of State Warehousing Corporation (Balod district) Dilip Kumar Sharma, the SP said. Besides, two contractual employees -- R P Pathak and Devendra Singh Kushwaha (assistant manager, quality) have also been arrested, he said. They have been booked under Sections 109 (punishment of abatement), 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, he said, adding that these officials were suspended following the raids. On February 12-13, the ACB had conducted simultaneous raids at 25 premises of the civil supplies department and its officials and recovered unaccounted cash to the tune of crores of rupees. In the ongoing budget session, the state government had said that during the raids around Rs 3,64,63,320 cash and unaccounted assets worth Rs 2,74,10,620 was seized from the officials of the department. Subsequently, 18 officials-employees of the department had been suspended while services of two contractual employees of the department were terminated. Official of the state warehousing corporation had also been suspended. Agencies New Delhi, Mar 20 As two key reform bills on coal and mines got Parliament's nod, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday attacked the party saying the politics of "obstructionism" led by the party has "failed". "It is an important day for Indian democracy, Parliament and Indian economy as the politics of obstructionism led by Congress failed today," he said, adding that the strength of Indian democracy and better sense of the country's lawmakers have prevailed. Asked about the way ahead for the land bill, against which the opposition stands united, he said the government will take a view on it but there was no dejection. "As far as the land bill is concerned, the government of India, the Council of Ministers will take a view on it," he said. "There is no dejection," he said, when asked if he felt so as the land bill could not be passed in this part of the budget session. "Government had four important bills, three of which have been passed in the first part of budget session, besides the budget. Many important discussion on issues also took place. From total suicides), service at 16,706 (12.39% of total suicides) and others at 24,809 (18.4% of total suicides). "If we take into view the fact that more than 50% of the population is engaged in agriculture/farming, the number of suicides under this category as compared to other categories is much lower," the affidavit said. The affidavit said agriculture, including agricultural indebtedness is a State subject and appropriate measures to develop agricultural sector in states by compensating bereaved families of suicide victims are being taken care of by respective state governments and the Centre was supplementing them in their efforts through appropriate policy measures and budgetry support. "Centre has taken several steps to revitalise agricultural sector and improve upon the condition of farming community on sustainable basis by increasing public investment, improving farm practices, rural infrastructure, extension marketing, etc," it said. On the plea seeking apex court's direction to the Centre to implement recommendations of the report of National Commission on Farmers (NCF) chaired by agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan in 2006 on farmer suicides, the Ministry said the programmes under it are being enforced. "Several packages have been announced to mitigate the hardships faced by farmers including Rehabilitation package of Rs 19,985 crore for 31 suicide prone districts in four states- Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala," it said. Ajmal Kasab never asked for Biryani: 26/11 Mumbai attack prosecutor Agencies Mumbai, Mar 20 "Kasab never demanded Biryani and was never served by the government. I concocted it just to break an emotional atmosphere which was taking shape in favour of Kasab during the trial of the case," Nikam told reporters on the sidelines of international conference on counter-terrorism here. 26/11 Mumbai terror attack accused Ajmal Kasab's demand for Mutton Biryani in jail was just a myth and was "concocted" to stop an "emotional wave" which was being created in favour of the militant, claimed Ujjwal Nikam, public prosecutor in the case. "Kasab never demanded Biryani and was never served by the government. I concocted it just to break an emotional atmosphere which was taking shape in favour of Kasab during the trial of the case," Nikam told reporters on the sidelines of international conference on counter-terrorism here. "Media was minutely observing his body language and he was well aware of it. One day, in the court room, he bowed his head and wiped his eyes. "Moments later, electronic media broke the news-- tears in Kasab's eyes. It was Raksha Bandhan that day, and panel discussions were started in the media on it. "Some guessed Kasab got emotional in memory of his sister and some even went on to question whether he was a terrorist or not," Nikam said. "This kind of emotional wave and atmosphere was needed to the stopped. So, after that, I gave a statement to the media saying Kasab has demanded Mutton Biryani in the jail," he said. Nikam said that when he told this to the media, again panel discussions were started and the media highlighted that a dreaded terrorist was demanding Mutton Biryani in jail while "the truth is that Kasab neither asked for Biryani nor it was served." Nikam said that he during a session in the ongoing conference also disclosed this to the audience. Pakistani terrorist Kasab was hanged to death in November 2012 nearly four years after the November 2008 attack in which he had killed scores of people. government's view, I consider this as a very successful session," he said. The Finance Minister said "the sole purpose of the opposition led by Congress was to create obstruction in government functioning and law-making process in Parliament." "But the strength of Indian democracy and better sense of the country's lawmakers has prevailed," he said, citing the reason for the passage of the mining bill and the coal block allocation law. Jaitley said government has also introduced an important bill in Lok Sabha for taxing those possessing foreign assets illegally and filing criminal cases against them. "I hope in the second part of the budget session, Parliament will hold a meaningful discussion on it," he said. Mahan coal block not to be mined: Coal Ministry Agencies New Delhi, Mar 20 the needs of the communities and wildlife that depend on our forests," Greenpeace senior The Ministry of Coal on Friday campaigner Priya Pillai said. stated that, pursuant to the "The government must make recommendation of the Ministry public and open up for of Environment and Forests consultation the inviolate criteria, (MoEF), the Mahan coal block and then apply them equally in Madhya Pradesh will be kept across all blocks," she added. off limits for mining. This move comes as a major The ministry gave this blow for Essar Energy, which information while replying to a had hoped to mine the coal block Right to Information query. to supply coal for its nearby "Even as we celebrate this win power plant. for thousands of Indians, we are The Mahan coal block has painfully aware that Mahan is become the third coal block to just one of hundreds of coal be named off limits, following mines planned in forested India. the Marki Mangli II block in The MoEF's current criteria Maharashtra and the Namchikfor determining forests closed to Namphuk block in Arunachal mining is clearly inadequate, Pradesh. A total of 74 coal only serving the interests of blocks are part of the Schedule II mining corporations, ignoring and III of the coal ordinance. Sonia meets rain-affected farmers, assures Cong support Agencies Rajasthan, Mar 20 Suicide deaths of farmers decreased since 2009: Centre to Supreme Court The Centre today told the Supreme Court that number of suicide deaths of farmers have decreased since 2009 and there were factors other than agrarian which led them to take their lives. It said out of a total of over one lakh suicides in the country in 2013, cases of farmer suicide were recorded at 8.7%. The Centre today told the Supreme Court that number of suicide deaths of farmers have decreased since 2009 and there were factors other than agrarian which led them to take their lives. It said out of a total of over one lakh suicides in the country in 2013, cases of farmer suicide were recorded at 8.7%. "Suicides are essentially a manifestation of an action taken in a specific state of mind and are not confined to any particular strata of society. Economic reasons may not be the sole or major cause leading to suicide. "The data relating to suicide by persons selfemployed in farming/agriculture from 19932012, as maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs, indicates a decreasing trend from 2009 onwards. The number of suicides by persons self-employed in farming/agriculture in 2009 were 17,368 which has come down to 11,772 in 2013. "It is further submitted that according to NCRB as against total population of 122 crore (estimated) during 2013, the total number of suicides in the country was 1,34,799, out of which suicides under the KMSS conference. "The farmers' condition remains the same. Only the dalals (middlemen) are constructing buildings. This has to be changed," he asserted. "Fill up the jails and leave no place vacant in the jails. Going to jail for our society and country is our ornament," Hazare exhorted the people. "Even after 68 years of Independence no land mapping has been done. Land should be classified and only the agriculturally useless land should be given to industrialists on lease with the farmers earning an income from their land," he said. "There should be a Krishi Ayog for farmers to receive suitable price for their produce. Then there will be no suicide by farmers," he said. "Whichever government, Congress or BJP, is in power Congress-led politics of obstructionism has 'failed': Arun Jaitley Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday met the farmers of Darbiji village of Sultanpur Tehsil in Rajasthan and assessed the loss suffered by them due to the recent hailstorm. Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday met the farmers of Darbiji village of Sultanpur Tehsil in Rajasthan and assessed the loss suffered by them due to the recent hailstorm. Gandhi said that the party would keep the demands of the farmers before the Centre. “We will keep their demands in front of the Government. We will fight for them. Everyone is asking for help, they want a legitimate compensation,” she told the media. Earlier this week, unseasonal rain and hailstorm had destroyed crops in 26 out of 33 districts in Rajasthan with more than three thousand villages reporting loss of half of the crop production. Sushma to visit Tanzania, South Africa on Mar 28-31 Agecnies New Delhi, Mar 20 External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj will be visiting Tanzania and South Africa on March 28-31, with the agenda of furthering bilateral ties between India and the African nations. Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin shared Swaraj's itinerary. "During her visit to Tanzania, the EAM will interact with her counterpart as well as meeting senior officials there. She will also explore opportunities to expand our beneficial economic ties. India and Tanzania have an annual trade turnover of USD four billion. Developmental aspects will also be discussed during this visit. Around 50,000 people of Indian origin or Indian nationals live in Tanzania," he told the media. "In South Africa, apart from bilateral meetings, the EAM will co-chair the joint commission between India and South Africa as well as a tripartite meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India, Brazil and South Africa. She will also pay homage at various sites related to Mahatma Gandhi in Johannesburg, apart from meeting senior leaders in South Africa. India and South Africa have an annual trade turnover of USD 11 billion. South Africa is also the second largest trade partner for South Africa after Nigeria," he added. Swaraj will first travel to Tanzania on March 28, before flying to South Africa in the latter hours of March 29. This is the first visit of an Indian EAM to Tanzania since 2003 and the first high-level official visit to the East African nation since former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh's trip to Dodoma in 2011. The NORTHLINES 8 KASHMIR VALLEY www.thenorthlines.com JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 Police-Public Meet held in Srinagar Kathua militant attack rocks Flying squads inspect exam centers Legislative Assembly SRINAGAR, MARCH 20: Srinagar police continuing its efforts to strengthen good public relations organized another Police-Public meeting at Iqbal Park here today. This was fourth meeting in series of interactions held by South city police this week. Today a police-public meeting was held in the sprawling Iqbal Park Srinagar that was chaired by SP South city Sh. Shridhar Patil and SDPO Imran Farooq. Large number of respectable from Allochi Bagh, Haft Chinar, Sheikh colony, Solina, besides, trade delegations from Goni Khan market, Sarai Bala , Sarai Payeen markets, Naaz market and Maharaja Bazaar market attended the meeting. The participants highlighted many day to day issues pertaining to their respective area including Traffic regulation in view of Flyover construction, drug addiction, road side encroachments etc. Some of the issues were discussed and on the spot orders were issued to the concerned officials. Participants were assured that the matters concerning other departments will be taken up with the concerned authorities for immediate redressal. Patient 'forced 'to visit private hospital for surgery SRINAGAR, MARCH 20, CNS: A two year old kid was sent home twice from Bones and Joint Hospital while his father waited for three days before his kid was given a referral by a doctor to attend a private hospital for surgery on his legs that had caused fracture due to a sudden fall from a height. Two years old kid from frontier district Kupwara Mir Talish son of Mir Saleem was injured and suffered fracture in his legs when he had a sudden fall from roof of his house. He was immediately rushed to SMHS Hospital where doctors directed him have a surgery at Bones and Joint Hospital. "My son was withering with pain whom I admitted in Bones and Joint Hospital Srinagar under MRD number 113302. Doctors refused to do a surgery saying that he is only two years old kid. They sent me home twice and when the pain of the child reached to an unbearable limit, I arrived in Hospital again and the doctors instead of treating him, directed me to admit the kid in GB Panth Hospital," Mir Saleem told CNS. He said that the doctors at GB Panth Hospital after seeing the condition of the kid were shocked and advised me to admit him in Bones and Joint Hospital for an immediate surgery. "I received a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Registrar GB Panth Hospital Dr Mohsin who in his letter requested the Bones and Joint Hospital doctors to do an immediate surgery of the kid," he said. He said that doctors at Bones and Joint Hospital after going through the NOC agreed for the surgery. "The doctors advised me to keep the stomach of the kid empty and did not administer him any food before the surgery. I did the same and for 12 hours after keeping my child hungry, the doctors refused to go for the surgery once again and instead the Doctor Irfan from Fifth Unit of the hospital motivated me to get the child admitted in Florence Hospital Channapora for the surgery. First these doctors wasted my time and let the child suffer from pain and then to earn some commission, asked me to move to private hospital," he said and alleged that these doctors have been acting as middlemen and have been forcing patients to visit private hospitals. Medical Superintendent Bones and Joint Hospital Barzulla Dr Shabir admitted that some doctors in the hospital have been acting as middlemen and for sake of Commission are forcing patients to visit private hospitals. "This is the major problem which I have noticed here. I have been working hard to put an end to this middlemen culture. I request the father of the kid to approach me and identify the doctor or doctors himself and I will initiate action against them," Medical Superintendent told CNS. Aga Syed Hassan greets lovers of Wilayat on Nowruz Endless inflation, Anjuman e Sharie shian expressed displeasure SRINAGAR, MAR 20: While greeting lovers of Wilayat,Iran Nation & its leadership on the occasion of Nowruz and New Solar year of Islamic Rebublic of Iran,President Anjuman e Sharie Shian Hujatul Islam Wal Muslimeen Aga Syed Hassan Almosavi Alsafvi prayed for the world peace and prosperity of mankind. President Sir Said Nowruz-i-Aalam is primarily the arrival symbol of spring however the shias of world celebrate Nowruz with religious fervor for centuries in pursuance of guardianship of Ameer-ul-Momineen Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (Pbuh) and this day teaches us to connect with the guardianship. Declaring revitalization of Wilayah as Islam`s excellency and solution of all problems of muslim ummah President Sir said that Iranian nation with concept and motive of guardianship not only get rid of oppression and exploiation of others but Islamic system forced all anti islam imperialist powers to kneel infront of them. Aga Syed Hassan Almosavi Alsafvi remarked that Increasingly harrowing situation of Islam demanding centralized authority in muslim community`s, the term in Quran known as "Wilayat". Belief of muslims of different schools of thoughs in Islam that this centralized vision is possible only after appearance of 12th Successor of Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh),Hazrat Imam e Zamana (atfs) but struggling for this is first duty of every muslim. Meanwhile expressing displeasure & serious reaction over endless inflation in markets on the occasion of Nowruz and deliberate difference of authorities in this regard Spokesman of JK Anjuman e Sharie Shian said the like other religious holidays it is bounden duty of government to monitor markets but authorities never bothered to fulfill this responsibility, which results that kashmiris remembering Nowruz in endless inflation as one of the worst day. SRINAGAR, MARCH 20, CNS: The early morning militant attack in Kathua district rocked the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly on Friday with Opposition members seeking an explanation from the government on the incident. The issue was raised by National Conference MLA Devender Singh Rana who wanted to know about the steps being taken by the government to thwart the attack. "The House wants to know how the militant attack took place, how the militants were able to launch this attack," Rana said. Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh informed the House that two or three heavily armed militants managed to enter the Rajpora Police station SMC launches sanitation drive in city hospitals, schools SRINAGAR, MARCH 20, CNS: To begin with a fresh summer spell and improvisation of sanitation in the city, Srinagar Municipal Corporation today kick started an extensive sanitation drive here at SHMS hospital. This is the beginning of the drive which Srinagar Municipal Corporation shall be launching in all the hospitals and schools in the phased manner that falls within its jurisdiction in the coming week. The move aims at creating healthy environment around these places so that the people including students, faculty, patients and others while approaching these institutions shall feel comfortable and do not face any inconvenience. The drive which was personally monitored by Commissioner SMC was Industry six months to ensure that all that all tobacco packages in India have pictorial warnings covering 85% the surface area on both sides. The warnings will feature pictures of tobacco-caused diseases such as mouth, lung and throat cancers. Ironically, the Tobacco industry in India is once again trying to jeopardize the implementation of the new pictorial warnings and delay their coming into effect in April 1, 2015. “It is shocking that the tobacco industry is providing misleading information to the Indian Government and pressuring it to revoke its trendsetting decision. It is disappointing to see that for their vested interests and profits, tobacco companies and trade bodies are trying to tarnish India’s global image.” said Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, Executive Director, conducted both at micro and macro level within the indoors and outdoors of the hospital premises including the wards. Many wards could not be attended due to the occupancy of beds and shall be attended in a phased manner at the behest of hospital administration after their consultation. In addition to deployment of fifty sanitary workers, SMC also deputed phenyl sprinklers/ vehicles and fogging guns in the hospital. Huge quantity of garbage was lifted and the specific areas within the hospitals were properly fumigated with the disinfectants,, and other cleansing agents. Meanwhile the authorities from various schools and hospitals can put forth a requisition to chief sanitation officer for utilizing such sanitation services. (CNS) Kargil observes World Sparrow Day S H O T O PA / K A R G I L , MAR 20: The World Sparrow Day was observed in Kargil during which hundred of bird lovers participated in a symbolic procession from Auditorium Hall Kargil to Academy Hall Baroo. The programme was organized by Ranthag Theatre Group Kargil Ladakh in collaboration with Exploration And Preservation of Cultural Heritage Trust (EPOCH) Kargil Ladakh. On this occasion SSP Kargil Dr Shilendra Kumar Mishra was the Chief Guest and Ashwani Kumar DFO Kargil was the Guest of Honour. Member of Ranthag Theater Group presented a Drama on Sparrow and its preservation, and other participants presented speech and songs on Sparrow and Bird Preservation. World Sparrow Day also has a broader vision to provide a platform where people who are working on the conservation of the house sparrow and other common birds can network, collaborate and exchange conservation ideas which will lead to better science and improved results. It aims to provide a meeting ground for people from different parts of the world to come together and form a force that can play an important role in advocacy and in spreading the awareness on the need of conserving common biodiversity or species of lower conservation status Police re-arrests accused who fled from lock-up SRINAGAR, MARCH 20: Srinagar police achieved a major breakthrough when it succeeded in re-arresting one of the burglary accused who fled from police custody few days back. VHAI for pictorial warnings on tobacco products SRINAGAR, MARCH 20: In order to ensure strict implementation of new and larger pictorial health warnings on all tobacco products, Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) submitted a fresh memorandum to the Union Health Minister J P Nadda. The petition is signed by around 38,740 people who strongly support the implementation of new health warnings. “The signatures were collected in an online and offline petition started by Sunita Tomar, an oral cancer survivor. The petition is part of the #LivesBachaoSizeBadhao, a public awareness campaign to support the move for a larger and stronger pictorial warning on tobacco products in India,” a statement issued by VHAI said. Pertinently, Government of India on October 15, 2014 has issued a notification giving the Tobacco in Kathua and were holed up in the police station. "Police and CRPF have cordoned off the area and heavy firing is going on. A man has died and we are not sure if he is a civilian or a CRPF personnel. Ten people have been injured which include two policemen, seven CRPF men while one civilian and a policeman have been seriously injured," he said. Opposition National Conference and Congress termed the answer "unsatisfactory". "What are you saying that you don't know that the man who has died can be either a civilian or a CRPF personnel. The government should have the information," said Rana. National Conference leader Ali Mohammed Sagar said, Voluntary Health Association of India. The new warnings reaffirm Indian global leadership, projecting the country into one of the first positions for the largest tobacco health warnings in the world. Countries like Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, have taken the cue from India and have dramatically increased the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco packages. “India has demonstrated global leadership with its new 85% pictorial health warnings. It is essential that these warnings appear on tobacco packages as soon as possible. A picture says a thousand words. Picture warnings are especially important for those who cannot read,” said Rob Cunningham – Senior Policy Analyst at the Canadian Cancer Society – author of the report Cigarette Package Health Warnings. Srinagar police re-arrested Tariq Ahmad Mathanji resident of Pamposh Colony, Srinagar who was one of the two burglary accused who fled from the lock-up of Police Station M R Gunj. The duo was involved in burglary cases FIR No’s 70/2014 and 09/2015 under section 457,380 RPC of Police Station M.R Gunj. The hunt for the other accused who is still at large is going on. Police launched a vigorous searches after two burglary accused Tariq Ahmad Mathanji and Mohammad Ramzan Sheikh resident of Khudwani, Kulgam fled from the police lock-up at Police Station M R Gunj in the intervening night of 14/15-03-2015. Four officials of Police Station M.R Gunj including MHC and Sentry were suspended for negligence and carelessness. A case FIR No. 24/2015 under section 224 RPC was registered in this regard. "People are dying and you have no information." While condemning the attack CPI (M) legislator M Y Tarigami said that the House needs to show a united face in condemning such tragedies and expressed sympathy with the family of those killed in the attack. "It's a tragedy and it should be debated here. The House needs to know what steps the government will take and has taken. Let's not get divided on the tragedy. Such tragedies are unfortunate and we should speak in one voice and condemn it," Tarigami said. Raising hue and cry and demanding answer from the government about the militant attack, Congress legislators amid slogans staged a walk out. (CNS) Awareness camp held BANDIPORA, MARCH 20: An awareness camp under Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was organized by Rural Development Department at Hajin today. Presided over by District Development Commissioner Bandipora, the camp was attended by representatives of Panchayat Raj Institution, School Children and a large number of local people. The District Development Commissioner on the occasion said that a campaign has been started Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in the district so that the common masses are made aware about the programme. He appealed the people to keep themselves and the environment of their surrounding neat and clean so that diseases are avoided and a healthy society created across the district. The speakers including students during the camp highlighted the need for strict implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and hoped that the programme will run in a successful manner in the district. Plantation of Russian Poplar prohibited in Shopian PULWAMA, MARCH 20: According to District Development Commissioner, Shopian, The sale purchase and plantation of Russian Popular is prohibited under all circumstances in the district. Sub Divisional Magistrate Zainapora, Tehsildars of the district and executive officer municipality shall ensure prohibition orders in their respective areas. KULGAM, MARCH 20: Pursuant to the directions of the Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, Mr Ravinder Kumar Bhat, the flying squads today inspected examination centers across the district to oversee conduct of the on-going J&K State BOARD examinations and ensure implementation of the directions of the government on ground. It was impressed upon the superintendents to avoid deployment of the freshly appointed/regularized (R-e-Ts) Teachers for examination duties. They were asked not to deploy those teachers on examination duties, who have rendered such duties in the near past. It was also enjoined upon the superintendents not to allow students/ supervisory staff to use electronic gadgets including cell phones in and around exam centers. The examinations are being conducted in a smooth and orderly manner with no instance of unfair means from anywhere was observed. Vigilance raids JK Cements and SMHS Hospital SRINAGAR, MARCH 20, CNS: The sleuths of Vigilance Organization raided working site and head office of the J&K Cements Limited. In a statement to CNS, Vigilance Organization said that a team of the organization in presence of Executive Magistrate raided the J&K Cements Ltd site office located at Khrew and head office at Nawa-i-Subha Complex Srinagar. The spokesperson said that the organization had received that officers and officials of J&K Cements Ltd by way of favoritism have purchased imported coal of inferior quality from local dealers without following the laid down procedure for such purchase. "Samples of coal were obtained from working site at Khrew for chemical analysis by the experts and records were obtained for scrutiny for further course of action," he said. Meanwhile, another Vigilance raid was conducted at Parking slots of OPD/Causality of SMHS Hospital Srinagar on the allegations that some employees of the Hospital in league with contractor have allotted the parking slots on very low rates and are charging Rs.20 per LMV as parking fee against Rs.10 as per tender notice.. "Some relied documents have been obtained for scrutiny and further necessary action under law has been taken up. (CNS) Two killed in Budgam road accident BUDGAM, MARCH 20, CNS: Two persons were killed and 48 including 12 females injured when a passenger bus they were travelling in met an accident in Central Kashmir's Budgam district. Police sources told CNS that a passenger bus (JK026-1677) was on its way to Srinagar from Raithan when the driver lost control near Palpora village and the bus skidded off the road and fell into a gorge. Sources added that two passengers died on spot while 48 others were shifted to nearby hospital among which the condition of many are stated to be critical. The police identified the duo who died in the accident as Ghulam Hasan Bhat son of Ali Muhammad a resident of Gret Kalan and Manzoor Ahmed Sheikh son of Muhammad Sultan of Hasan Gund Budgam. (CNS) DC visits examination centres SRINAGAR, MARCH 20: Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar accompanied by Director School Education, Chief Education Officer and other concerned officers today visited various examination centres in Srinagar where annual examination for class 12th is going on. The Deputy Commissioner inspected examination centres set up in Burn Hall School, Sonwar, SP Higher Secondary School, Girls Higher Secondary School Kothibagh. The Deputy Commissioner interacted with students and asked them about facilities provided to them and enquired if the question paper was as per prescribed syllabus. JAMMU AND KASHMIR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION RESHAM GHAR COLONY, BAKSHI NAGAR, JAMMU. (www.jkpsc.nic.in) NOTICE DATED: 17.03.2015 Whereas, the Health & medical Education Department vide their communication No. MEGaz/269/2013 dated 12.02.2014 referred 01 (one) post of Lecturer in Anesthesiology in the Government Medical College, Srinagar under Open Merit category to the J&K Public Service Commission for being filled up from amongst the eligible/suitable candidates; and whereas, the J&K Public Service Commission, vide Notification No.6-PSC (DR-P) of 2014 dated 19.03.2014, invited applications on prescribed format from the permanent residents of Jammu & Kashmir possessing the prescribed qualification; and whereas, in response, a total number of 09 (Nine) application forms have been received by the Commission; and whereas, on scrutiny of the application forms received, certain deficiencies/discrepancies have been noticed in respect of below mentioned candidates, which may render them ineligible for the said post:S.No. Barcode Name of the candidate Deficiency 1. 160779 Shafat Ahmad Mir Certificate of teaching experience as Senior Resident not countersigned by the Director SKIMS. 2. 160754 Iqra Nazir Certificate of teaching experience as Senior Resident not countersigned by the Director SKIMS. 3. 160649 Humera Manzoor MD Degree qualification certificate Now, therefore, the above mentioned candidates are advised to submit their deficient documents by or before 27th of March, 2015 failing which their candidature shall be rejected without any further notice. Further, during the course of scrutiny it was also found that one candidate namely Ms. Nazia Nazir bearing barcode No.183006 does not possess the requisite experience as on cutoff date i.e. the last date of receipt of application form as such her candidature is reject. However, she may file an appeal before the Appellate Authority of the Commission within 10 days from the date of issuance of this notice i.e. by or before 26.03.2015. The Commission shall not entertain any claim, whatsoever, after the expiry of the stipulated period. DIP/J-8730 Dated 20-3-15 (Shakeel Ul Rehman) Secretary & Controller of Examinations Public Service Commission The NORTHLINES LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY www.thenorthlines.com Assembly -2015: Question Hour Govt to functionalize new admin units: Javed JAMMU, MARCH 20: Minister for Revenue, Javed Mustafa Mir informed the House that Government would take necessary measures to functionalize all newly created administrative units in the State. Replying to the supplementary raised by some members to the main question of Mr. Javed Ahmed Rana in Legislative Assembly here today, the Minister said that the necessary staff and infrastructure in all newly created administrative units would be provided in due course of time. The Minister informed that there is no new proposal for creation of new districts including Mendher. He said Committees constituted from time to time to look into the demands of creation of new administrative units were not mandated to recommend any new district. In reply to another question by Jewan Lal, the Revenue Minister said that the posts of Tehsildars in Tehsil Lohai and Duggain have not being created yet. He said as and when the posts of Tehsildar are created the suitable officer would be posted as Tehsildar Lohai and Duggain. Legislators, Mian Altaf, Mr. G. M. Saroori, Mr. Vikar Rasool and Mr. Javaid Mustafa raised the supplementaries to the main question and demanded creation of staff for new administrative units created in their constituencies. DPR of HEP Karnah at advanced stage: Dy CM The Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh informed the House that formulation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for construction of Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Karnah Tehsil is at advanced stage adding that after completion of all the formalities, the work on the project would be started. Replying to a question by Raja Manzoor Ahmed in LA here today, the Deputy Chief Minister further informed that renovation, modernization and upgrading of existing Karnah HEP for an installed capacity of 12 MW was approved by the board of J&K State Power Development Corporation (JKSDPC). He said the existing capacity of HEP is 2 MW. He said JKSDPC has engaged an agency for preparation of DPR which is at an advanced stage. Govt to ensure time bound completion of on-going roads, bridges: Bukhari Minister for R&B, Syed Altaf Bukhari informed the House that Government would initiate all necessary steps to complete on-going road and bridge projects in the State. Replying to a question by Er. Abdul Rashid in LA here today, the R&B Minister presented details of the funds released under various heads for R&B projects in the State during last and current fiscal. The Minister said that every constituency would be given its due share for upgradation of roads and bridges adding that efforts would be made to complete ongoing bridges in Langate constituency also. Timelines advertised for Rural Dev works: Haq Rs. 168 Cr expended in Kulgam under MGNREGA Minister for Rural Development, Mr. Abdul Haq informed the House that government has clearly spelled out timelines for each officer involved in the execution of Rural Development works, setting a timeframe of 33 days to complete the entire process for finalising the project DPR and its clearance. The Minister said all works to be undertaken have to be completed within the new timeline framed by the department and the monitoring cell of the department has been strengthened to ensure that the order is followed in letter and spirit. Replying to a question by Mr. M. Y. Tarigami, the Minister said that to ensure transparency in execution of the works in field, the general public and the Gram Sabha shall also be involved and entire process video graphed. He said each work would be completed in time, for which the necessary directions have been issued to the concerned officials. The Minister said that an amount of Rs 168 Cr has been utilized for execution of different rural works in Kulgam district during last three years under MGNREGA. He said during the period 33759 works were taken up and against which 22509 works have been completed in the district. The Minister said that 105627 job cards were issued to the people of Kulgam district during last and current fiscals adding that during the period 2652979 mandays were generated in the district under various rural development schemes. The Minister also informed the House that Rs 6.61 Cr has been expended on construction of 2294 dwelling units under IAY in the district and the construction of 1524 dwelling units has been completed since last two fiscals and current financial year so far. He said 5642 beneficiaries have been provided assistance under NBA/Swach Bharat Mission in the district during current financial year. Council-2015: Question Hour Rs. 67.21 lac spent under District Plan: Hanjura JAMMU, MARCH 20: Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura while replying to a question by Mr Qaiser Jamsheed Lone in the Legislative Council today said that an amount of Rs. 67.21 lakh has been spent under District Plan, BRGF, BADP and Technology Mission in Lolab constituency during last three years. The Minister said that the expenditure under Command Area Development (CAD) during last three years includes Rs. 21.89 crore in 2011-12, Rs. 29.80 crore in 2012-13 and Rs. 22.47 crore in 2013-14 in Kashmir Division while as Rs. 17.57 crore in 2011-12, Rs. 25.37 crore in 2012-13 and Rs. 25.70 crore in 2013-14 in Jammu Division. Auto Rickshaws instructed to install Digital Fare Meter:Kohli Minister for Transport, Mr. Abdul Ghani Kohli while replying to a question by D. S. Oberoi in the Legislative Council today said that Motor Vehicles Department has already issued instructions regarding installation of functional electronic fare meters in respect of Auto rickshaws. The Minister said that the department has authorized Radio Taxi Service for operation within the Municipal limits of District Srinagar. These vehicles do posses company fitted Electronic Fare Meters and Operation of this service has proved public friendly. Similarly measures are being taken in District Jammu for the convenience of general public. Dr. Ganai, Pardesi also raised supplementary to the question. 16 Schemes under PMGSY Phase III completed: Altaf Minister for R&B, Syed Altaf Bukhari, while replying to a question by Sham Lal Bhagat in the Legislative Council today said that 26 schemes were sanctioned under PMGSY phase-II in Jammu province and executed by Rural Development Department. The Minister said out of these, 2 schemes could not complete due to poor response to the tenders. The works will be taken in hand departmentally as reported by Rural Development Department. The Minister said that 17 schemes were sanctioned under phase III in Jammu province to provide connectivity to the unconnected eligible habitations, out of which 16 schemes have been completed and 1 scheme has been desanctioned. Waqf land record to be updated to ascertain exact position: Veeri Minister for Haj and Aquaf and Floriculture, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri, while replying to a question by Dr. Shahnaz Ganai said that the matter for vacating a large chunk of Waqf land, assets from State, central, government institutions, departments and private persons is in active consideration of the Government. The Minister said the Administrators appointed by the Government have been directed to provide the details after updating the record pertaining to the Waqf land/properties under the illegal occupation of State/central government institutions/ departments/ private persons be got vacated or regularized for usage or ask them to pay the rent as per the notification issued by the Home department from time to time as per the relevant market rates. Replying to supplementary questions by Dr. B.A. Veeri and Jahangir Hussain Mir, the Minister said the Waqf land is State property and it is our moral duty to protect it. MGNREGA Staff engaged as per guidelines: Haq Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Abdul Haq Khan while replying to a question by Mr. Showkat Hussain Ganai said that the Data Entry Operators and Technical Assistants engaged in MGNREGA under Ghram Rozgar Sahaik shall continue as part of the scheme till it continues. The Minister said that creation of post of Data Entry Operator and Technical Assistants are being engaged as per guidelines of the scheme. He said the cost of their remuneration is also a part of 6% of the Administrative component released under MGNREGA. Mr. Naresh Kumar Gupta raised supplementary to the main question. 83 Water Supply schemes under implementation: Padder Minister of State for Public Health Engineering and I&FC, Mr. Abdul Majid Padder, while replying to a question by Mr. Sofi Yousuf said that the erosion occurred due to heavy flow of water in Nallah Lidder from Langasbal to Srigufawara due to floods of September, 2014. The Minister said, for construction of protection bunds on Nallah Lidder, a Detailed Project Report amounting to Rs. 16.56 crore for Lidder Nallah under Flood Management programme (FMP) was prepared and approved under 8th Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). He said the revised DPR shall be submitted to GoI during the next financial year for consideration. The Minister said that DPR under permanent restoration of eroded/breached spots to the tune of Rs. 286 lakh has been framed. He said some vulnerable spots have already been restored under temporary restoration at an estimated cost of Rs. 293.37 lakh. The Minister further added that allotment of 4 Dug-wells at Hanjana, Kaisi Nallah, Bagnoti, Dandesar stands allotted and work shall start soon. Council -2015 Discussion in LC on Governors’ address JAMMU, MARCH 20: Resuming discussion on Governors’ address in the House today, Jahangir Hussain Mir said that peace is imperative for development. He said it is unfortunate that when the assembly session is going on, terrorists stormed the police station at Kathua. He said fighting against corruption, mentioned in the speech, is a good sign and he hoped for good results. He said need is to explore the mineral deposits, including Neelam of Poonch district. He said Dogra Rulers had declared Urdu language as official language but expressed concern over the treatment given to it. He pleaded for retrieving back the Waqf Properties including land occupied by various agencies and suggested to put it in use for creation of jobs. Qaisar Jamsheed Lone describes the address as empty and only a jugglery of words. He pleaded that the land under the illegal occupation of security forces should be given back to their owners. Dr Veeri said that there are certain points which need further clarification from the Government as to what is there clear stand. He said there is nothing in the document and the whole agenda of the alliance is to hoodwink the masses. Yeshpal Sharma said that the farmers of the State are reeling under the economic pressure, while the State has suffered from corruption and blamed the previous regime for it. He said Poonch and Rajouri had witnessed good development in the previous regime of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and hoped the same will be taken further. Yasir Reshi asked the opposition as to why it is so much worried about PDP-BJP alliance. He said present coalition has been framed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in the best interest of the people of the State. He said people rejected Congress and NC in recent elections and gave mandate to PDP and BJP. Community engagement vital for sustainable tourism growth: Nayeem JAMMU, MARCH 20: There is a need to create awareness among the stakeholders that preserving the ecology and grandeur of our land is linked with our economic prosperity", this was stated by the Minister for Education, Mr. Nayeem Akhter after inaugurating the International Conference on Sustainable Destination Excellence : Rebuilding from Crisis and Disasters at Jammu University today. The two days International Conference has been organized by the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management University of Jammu, J&K. The Minister stressed that community participation can play a vital role in promoting tourist destinations in the state and main thrust should be on generating awareness among the stakeholders for ensuring minimum depletion of resources and maximum sustainable development. Assuring every possible help from the government in creating environmental consciousness among the people, the Minister suggested that the faculty should undertake case studies of certain tourist potential destinations and make environment assessment studies of those areas as disaster impacts are growing due to rapid growth and unsustainable development practices that tend to increase the exposure and vulnerabilities of communities and capital assets. He suggested the faculty members to form groups of volunteers and activists who can aware the people regarding the need to preserve and conserve our ecological heritage. VC, CUK calls on Governor JAMMU, MARCH 20: Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din, Incharge Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, called on Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor, here at the Raj Bhavan today. The VC informed the Governor about the issues which are thwarting the early establishment of the new Campus of the University. The Governor suggested to Prof. Mehraj-ud-Din the usefulness of his having regular interactions with the ViceChancellor of the Central University of Jammu and, besides, with the VCs of the Kashmir and Jammu Universities for securing mutually beneficial convergences. Power shut down JAMMU, MARCH 20: In order to carry out the works of replacement of bus bars, jumpers and worn out clamps in 132 & 33 KV yards of 132/33 KV Grid Station Miran Sahib, the shut down of 132/33 KV Grid Station Miran Sahib and 132 KV GangyalMiran Sahib Transmission Line on 22-03-2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. is allowed. As intimated by Chief Engineer, S&O Wing Jammu, during the shut down period, the power supply to RS Pura, Salehar, Miran Sahib, Kullian, Seora and adjoining areas shall be affected. LMD intensifies inspection drive JAMMU, MARCH 20: The department of Legal Metrology intensified their inspections in Jammu Province to protect the interest of consumers against the exorbitant pricing, self marking of MRP on consumable goods, sale of goods without bills and overcharging from the consumers. A Team of officers conducted extensive inspection of two leading Boutiques Fashion Fortune and Appearance in Gandhi Nagar area to enforce the mandatory declarations required for the information of the consumers. On Inspection team found marking of self made MRPs on all the saleable goods of stitched clothes, ladies purses belts, artificial jewellary, Lahanga and other ladies dresses and items at exorbitant rates as per comparison with the available bills present on the spot. The rate list for chargeable stitching was also not displayed for the information of consumers. All such items were seized and seizure memo was issued as per the provision of law. Meanwhile the department continued to carried out inspections in other districts, Asstt Controller Samba Ms Anita Sharma booked Resturant and other two traders in Jakh area siimillarily Asstt Controller U d h a m p u r, D o d a , K i s t w a r Ramban, Poonch too carried out inspections of Wine shops,dairy,banks,Dhabhas and other traders dealing with goods of daily use of consumers,a total of 118 inspections were carried out, out of which 21 cases were booked and a sum of Rs 31000 was recovered as a composition money from the defaulters with a warning not to indulge in unscrupulous trading practices to cheat the consumers, failing which action as warranted under law will be initiated as a case of regular defaulter. Rao appeal Education NCP demands probe in shifting of Minister to help Pvt. Schools Territorial Army Co from Ghatti Kuldeep Kumar Rao an active member of Movement for Peace, Equality & Justice has said that new coalition government of J&K has emerged as morning star in the sky with the expectations and aspirations of every common man of the State. It appears that the time has now come when anything associated to progress, prosperity, accuracy and accountability is possible. Rao appreciated the intentions of the Education Minister and hoped that government schools shall be streamlined and improved. The private schools do provide standard education with the help of staff on meager emoluments while on the other hand government schools with hefty pay salary to its government teachers who do not do justice to the job, with the result all the ministers, bureaucrats, top business class people do not send their wards in government schools instead they get their ward admitted in Private schools paying exorbitant on account of admission and monthly fees. The government should come to the rescue of private schools and provide the basic facilities to these schools as also simplify the process of granting extension from time to time and relieve them from the cumbersome process in obtaining the extension of recognition from the Education department so that they do not get further harassed in the hands of bureaucrats at the helm of affairs. Rao appealed Education minister to consider the plight of the private schools in right perspective and understand the services being rendered by them to the common masses as also provide them financial assistants to the schools and the teachers to meet the expenses on account of the contribution towards Provident Fund as the staff of the private schools and the Schools themselves are not in a position to contribute 26% PF in the light of their meager salary & insufficient income of at least 90% of the private Schools existing in the state. JAMMU 20 FEB, 2015 Thakur Randhir Singh NCP President J&K, who belongs to the area, in a strong worded statement condemned the Fidayeen attack at Rajbagh Police station. He said that his warnings to the successive state and central governments that Rajbagh, Jasrota wildlife sanctuary , Babia, Paharpur, Sartian, Chak Haria, Khanpur are the perennial route of Pakistan terrorists. 'Army Brigade was deployed to flush out the terrorists and the Defence ministry was persuaded to recruit locals in the Territorial Army and a company was posted at village Ghati which had been withdrawn last year for reasons unknown. State NCP has demanded that Defence Minister and Home Minister should visit this place and see how they could stop this route of Pakistan infiltration. State NCP condoles the deaths of all those who died in this Fidayeen attack and showed sympathy to injured persons and demanded job to next of kin of the deceased and also compensation of Rs 10 lakh and special treatment to the injured. Singh said that as Chairman Aromatic and Medicinal Plants Growers Association of India had already suggested to the successive central and state govts the cultivation of Aromatic plants on the entire international borders which will be a great source of earning for the farmers, unemployed youth living near International border . Other senior leaders who attended the meeting include S/Sh Krishan Kumar Digra,Vice President NCP Dr Liaquat Ali Magray, Vice President NCP , Col Amar Singh , Chairman Ex servicemen cell,R S Billowaria, Gen Secy Sandeep Manhas , Gen Secy, R C Bali, President NCP Jammu city and others. 9 JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 Mir greets people on Navratras JAMMU, MAR 20: Ghulam Ahmed Mir, President Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Navratras and Navreh, and prayed for their well-being and prosperity. In his message of greetings, President JKPCC observed that the Navratras have a special significance for the devotees who visit the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Deviji in large numbers during this auspicious period. Also Sh. Mir highlighted the State’s rich tradition of celebrating the holy occasions and festivals in amity and brotherhood. He called for strengthening this ethos of the State. President JKPCC also extended greetings to Kashmiri Pandits who celebrate the day as Navreh, the beginning of the New Year and the onset of spring. He prayed and hoped that the auspicious occasion will usher the State into an area of peace and prosperity. Lal Singh visits Kathua JAMMU, MARCH 20: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Ch. Lal Singh today went to District Hospital Kathua and inquired about the well being of those who were injured in the militant attack. The minister directed for immediate shifting of the injured to Government Medical College Jammu for further treatment. He accompanied the injured to GMC and directed the concerned authorities to ensure best medicare facilities. Hanjura expresses grief over Raithan road accident JAMMU, MARCH 20: Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura today expressed grief over the tragic accident which occurred at Raithan in which three persons died and 70 were injured when a bus was on its way to Srinagar. Those who died include Ghulam Hassan Bita S/o Ali R/o Gurwait, Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh S/o Sultan Sheikh R/o Arigam and Ajaz Ahmad Ahangar (Lohar) S/o Abdul Gani R/o Gurwait. The Minister expressed his condolence with the bereaved families and has directed District Administration, Budgam, to probe the reason leading to the accident and take necessary action against the persons responsible for the accident. He also asked for providing adequate medical facilities to the injured expeditiously. Zulfikar for pragmatic approach to cater area specific need Stresses for proper utilization of funds Jammu, March 20:, The Minister for Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution (CA&PD) and Tribal Affairs, Ch. Zulfkar Ali today stressed for adopting a pragmatic approach while formulating and executing the Irrigation project to ensure that they cater to the area specific need. The Minister stated this while taking a detailed review at a high level meeting of officers regarding ongoing projects under Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Programme (AIBP) and National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in Rajouri district. Secretary, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control gave detailed resume of various activities besides physical and financial achievements registered in district Rajouri during the current financial year. While briefing, SE informed that under NRDWP an amount of Rs 12.55 crore has been spent against an allocation of Rs 17.91crore for developing 152 project during 2014-15. He asked the concerned officers to take up the issue of filling up the vacant posts in the department to further streamline the functioning in the district Rajouri. Mr. Parvez Malik, Superintendent Engineers, Xens, AEEs, and other officers of PHE and Irrigation department were also present in the meeting. Hasrat inaugurate Miniature Painting Exhibition JAMMU, MAR 20: GR Hasrat, the noted literary figure of the state inaugurated the Miniature Painting Exhibition at Kala Kendra, Jammu today. The paintings prepared during the 5 day miniature camp organized by the J&K Academy of art, Culture and Languages were mounted for display at Kala Kendra. As many as 12 artists participated in the camp. The aim of holding such camp and exhibition was to give platform to the young and budding artists for an interaction with the seniors and also to work towards promotion of this art. Hasrat in his observation said that the state has a rich tradition of fine arts which is linked to its 5000 years odd history and the oldest Indus valley civilization adding that the state is known the world over for its miniature paintings particularly the Basholi paintings for its colour combination and themes. The Secretary while expressing thanks to the Artists said that the chief characteristics of the Basholi paintings are geometrical patterns, bright colours and glossy enamel. Besides the bold colours, lustrous enamel like colours also employed. The decorative conventions and dramatic compositions where the figure are shown in clad in rich costumes, stylized faces and large bulging eyes lent unique individuality to these paintings. DPP condemns terror attack JAMMU, MAR 20: Duggar Pradesh Party while condemning the terrorists attack on Rajbagh Police Station, strongly accused the Modi Government for its utter failure and continuing the sick Congress policy towards terrorism run by Pakistan killing thousands of countrymen in civil and uniform. Uday Chand, President of the Party said it is a traditional practice that after every terrorists attack, the people in power accusing Pakistan, pays sympathies to the bereaved families, declared all-round alert, distribute compensation to the victims and every time announce that they will teach lesson to Pakistan but nothing happened, more than 20 years has been passed and we start waiting for the next attack. Uday Chand said most of the Kashmiri political leaders always, usually advocating negotiations with Pakistan, never condemning clearly the terrorism and terrorists attacks, Duggar Pradesh Party strongly urged the Prime Minister Mr Narendera Modi to send a delegation of these Kashmiri leaders headed by Mufti Mohd Sayed, Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Ex Chief Ministers, CPM legislature Mohd Yousaf Taragami, Prof Saif Ud Din Soz, Ex Congress President various Hurriet leaders to Pakistan to use their good offices for ending the ongoing terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir and rest of the country so that no innocent be killed in terror attacks. BUSINESS Rs 641 Delhi High Court ruling may BoIcroreraises from share affect SpiceJet passengers sale to LIC, New The NORTHLINES 10 www.thenorthlines.com JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 NEW DELHI, MAR 20: SpiceJet passengers, especially vacationers, may face a hard time again including paying higher fares with the Delhi High Court directing aviation regulator DGCA on Thursday to deregister six Boeing planes of the budget carrier SpiceJet, even as the airline said it was not expecting any disruption in services following the order. "Withdrawing six aircraft from the fleet means a significant reduction in capacity. This would have a direct impact on the airline's passengers as well as air travellers," Mumbai-based travel firm Nomad Travel's chief executive and Travel Agents Federation of India's former general secretary Ajay Prakash said here. SpiceJet currently has 32 aircraft in the fleet with 17 of them Boeing 737-800 and remaining 78-seater Bombardier Q400s. If six of them are withdrawn, the budget carrier would be left with 26 planes only. Apprehending large scale cancellations of flights by the carrier after it takes off six of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft from operations, Prakash said the mismatch in demand and supply could also lead to other carriers' hiking fares. "The ruling has come just around the peak summer travel period. Any reduction in capacity would mean other airlines increasing fares in view of high travel demand," he said. In a severe blow to the airline, which is still in the revival stage following the change of ownership, Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to deregister six Boeing 737 aircraft given to the carrier on lease by some foreign firms. An airline cannot operate an aircraft once it is deregistered by the DGCA. Justice Rajiv Shakdher, while issuing the direction to DGCA, also said that the aviation regulator will decide in two weeks the Irish firms' plea to export the planes, majority of which are Boeing 737 aircraft. Meanwhile, SpiceJet chief operating officer Sanjiv Kapoor expressed confidence of the operations going forward seamlessly. "We don't expect any disruption in services or operation. The situation this time has changed. There is a new owner, and there are funds with the company," Kapoor said. He, also said that the company was already in discussions with the lessors for the induction of more aircraft, adding, "We expect to add 8-9 more aircraft in the fleet during the summer schedule." Earlier, reacting to High Court directives, the airline had in a statement said, "We are studying the order, if so advised we will take matter to the higher judicial forum. Dialogues are on to settle the dispute amicably." Stating that the reduction in capacity may spell a bad time for the passengers and travel agents if the fleet size gets further shrunk, Iqbal Mulla, president of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) said, "It is going to be a major problem more particularly for the passengers. The summer vacation rush may aggravate it further." India Assurance NEW DELHI, MAR 20: Public sector lender Bank of India (BOI) on Friday said it has raised over Rs 641.99 crore by issuing shares on preferential basis to LIC and New India Assurance. "...members had accorded their approval for issue of 2,00,00,000 equity shares to Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and 26,45,502 equity shares to the New India Assurance Company Ltd on preferential basis at a price of Rs 283.50 per share," the bank said in a filing to BSE. The bank approved the fund raising plans in its extra-ordinary general meeting held on March 7, 2015. The issue price of shares include premium of Rs 10 per unit. "Accordingly, upon receipt of funds from LIC and the New Indian Assurance Company Ltd, the bank has allotted the said equity shares in terms of SEBI Regulations," it added. Sebi concerned over large commissions paid to Mutual Fund distributors capping one percent upfront voluntarily agreed that mutual commission. funds would move to a trail According to industry data, commission structure after Sebi some banks are getting more expressed concern over the rise than 50 percent of their in upfront fee paid to brokerage commissions from distributors. single MFs, indicating a special The regulator is concerned focus on selective fund houses, over the issue as it could hurt which mostly happen to be their the profitability of small fund own group entities. houses. There are a total of 45 Market insiders say that MF mutual funds in the country and houses are giving such high fees their total Average Asset Under to distributors in order to attract Management currently stands at MUMBAI, MAR 20: Sebi on more investors. Earlier, AMFI over Rs 12 lakh crore. Friday expressed concern over the disproportionately large amount of commission paid to mutual fund distributors, but the market regulator said it would be good if the industry puts a NEW DELHI, MAR 20: India imported gold worth about USD cap on the upfront fee. 26 billion during the April-December period of the current fiscal, Industry body Association of Parliament was informed on Tuesday . Mutual Funds of India (AMFI) In a written reply to a query in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of plans to set one percent cap on State for Finance Jayant Sinha said 664.29 tonnes of gold worth upfront commission. over USD 25.74 billion was imported during April- December "Sebi would hesitate to period of 2014-15. directly prescribe the The country exported 38.11 tonnes of gold during the nine commission and would be month period, worth USD 1.55 billion. happy if the industry does it. Sinha said that on February 18, the Reserve Bank has allowed Sebi has a concern that if a Star and Premier Trading Houses to import gold without any enddisproportionately large amount use restrictions. of commission is being paid, In reply to a separate query, Sinha said the government has and certain anomalies have crept received representation from the Gems and Jewellery Export up, Sebi is uncomfortable," Sebi Promotion Council to grant banking licence to ABN Amro Bank, chairman UK Sinha said when which is one of the largest financiers to the diamond industry. asked about AMFI's plans of India imports gold worth USD 26 billion in April-December period Government proposes to rank states based on ease of doing business Sensex, Nifty slip to 1-1/2 month lows NEW DELHI, MAR 20: The government has proposed to give rating to states on the basis of ease of doing business in the country, Parliament was informed on Friday. "A detailed document on action to be taken on various measures of ease of doing business by states with specific timelines was prepared and circulated to all states and union territories," Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. She said that the states would be rated on nine parameters -- setting up a business; land and building; finance and tax; inspection environment compliances; reforms; enforcing contract labour compliances; and exiting a business. infrastructure related utilities; These action points were Insurer cannot refuse third party insurance: IRDAI NEW DELHI, MAR 20: The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) on Thursday said that no insurer can refuse to underwrite third party insurance. "The regulations (of Insurance Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014) stipulate just the minimum obligation of the insurer in respect of motor third party insurance business," IRDAI said in an exposure draft. "Notwithstanding this, at no instance the insurer shall refuse to underwrite the 'liability only' motor policy covering motor third party insurance risk coming to its office," it said. This is a mandatory cover, along with the own damage cover, that a vehicle owner has to purchase. This insurance cover is for any collateral damage to a third party, generally a human being, caused due to road accident. The exposure draft said every insurer during a financial year should underwrite such minimum percentage of the 90 percent of the overall motor third party insurance business premium of the industry for the immediate preceding financial year. "The minimum percentage so decided should be equal to the simple average of insurer's share in total gross premium of the industry and that in total motor insurance premium of the industry, both in the immediate preceding financial year," it said. Insurers are expected to submit their response on the exposure draft by March 25. All the state governments have been requested to complete these reform measures against the indicated timelines on the 98 action points. "Further, each state has been requested to complete the recommended action points within the identified timelines so that the state is not ranked poorly in subnational study," she added. India has been ranked 142 among the 189 countries in the World Bank report on ease of doing business. It has dropped two places from its previous ranking. The government is making efforts discussed and finalised at the to improve the ranking and national workshop on 'Make bring it within the 50th in India' in December last position. year. MUMBAI, MAR 20: Indian markets on Friday dropped to 11/2 month lows with benchmark Sensex slipping 208.59 points to 28,261.08 and Nifty index falling 63.75 points to 8,570.90 due to sustained selling pressure on earnings concerns. This is the third straight day of losses for the indices, which fell for the second week on the trot. Shares of Realty, Power, FMCG, Consumer Durable, Auto and Capital good sectors were major losers of the day. Small-cap and Mid-cap indices also dropped by 2.14 percent and 1.49 percent respectively as retail investors offloaded shares. "...markets are...awaiting the 4Q results, which are expected to be subdued," said Dipen Government should quickly notify successful coal bidders: Assocham NEW DELHI, MAR 20: Terming the re-examination of some bids in the coal auction as "unfair", industry body Assocham on Friday said the government should expeditiously notify successful bidders of mines under review. The government is reexamining the bids for nine coal blocks, including those where Jindal Steel and Power Ltd and Balco emerged as the top bidders, and a final decision on their fate it yet to be taken amid speculation of cartelisation during their bidding process. "Assocham has urged the government to expeditiously notify these as successful bidders (and) enter into Coal Mining Development and Production Agreement (CMDPA) and issue vesting orders to achieve the dual objectives of coal ordinance i.e. continuity of coal mining operations and optimum utilisation of natural resources," the industry chamber said a statement. In a communication to Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Assocham said, "A fair treatment should be provided to industry members who have contested fairly and in good faith." Subdued interest in some coal blocks leading to their subsequent withdrawal from auction process is an indicator of relative utility of a particular coal block, it added. "Decision to re-examine bid prices through prism of trend set by 'unexpectedly high bids' should be reviewed," Assocham secretary general D S Rawat said. He added that characteristics of each coal block varies and bidding would have been dependent on factors unique to the particular coal block like peak rated capacity, gross calorific value of coal, extractable reserves, mining cost and most importantly logistics to transport the coal to end use plant of bidders from coal mine. "Delay in awarding coal blocks to highest/lowest bidders is not only causing uncertainty to the industry and grave concern for investors but it is also giving vested forces an Mahindra's used vehicle arm raises USD 15 million from Valiant Capital NEW DELHI, MAR 20: Mahindra group's multi-brand used vehicle retailer, Mahindra First Choice Wheels Ltd (MFCWL) on Friday raised USD 15 million (Rs 94 crore) from San Francisco based investment advisor firm, Valiant Capital for a minority stake in the company. This is the second round of private equity raised by MFCWL which puts the valuation of the company at around USD 100 million. The first round of funding was in 2008 from Delhi based Phi Capital, which continues to be an investor in it. The company said it plans to use the fresh funds to accelerate its growth both of the physical network as well as adoption of technology enabled products and services. MFCWL is planning to end this fiscal year with 500 franchise outlets, 700 by next year and to grow to over 1,800 outlets in the next 5 years. In addition, it plans to use the funds to broaden its reach for its products and services across other used vehicle categories. For the ongoing fiscal, MFCWL Shah, Head of PCG Research, Kotak Securities. The BSE Sensex resumed slightly lower at 28,465.44 and moved down further to 28,209.66 before ending at 11/2 month low at 28,261.08 -- a net loss of 208.59 points or 0.73 percent from its last close. This was its weakest close since said its used vehicle volumes will be 1,40,000 units. Commenting on the significance of the used-car vertical, Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said, "This is an extremely important vertical for the group and it shows the way we do business, of how a large group like us enters into the 21st century business with a hybrid model bridging the consumer experience online and on the ground." Mahindra & Mahindra President (Group HR, Corporate Services and After-Market) and Member of the Group Executive Board Rajeev Dubey said MFCWL has been investing on physical presence that is critical to the used car business, besides working to provide consumers with a consistent omnichannel experience. He said the offline and online ecosystem is very powerful in the used car business and the company "will continue to invest in the overall growth of the hybrid model in the years to come". In order to enable the hybrid used car ecosystem, MFCWL has launched several technology enabled products and services to address the key drivers of trust deficit in a used car transaction namely – vehicle condition, paperwork, pricing and experience, the company said. "Consumers are looking for more tools and insight related to used vehicles," MFCWL CEO & Managing Director Nagendra Palle said, adding the company will launch a slew of technology enabled products that will "materially increase the confidence with which they can transact on used vehicles – whether buying or selling". The used car market in India is estimated to be 3.2 million units. It is expected to be almost double the size of the new car market in the next 5 years, the company said. opportunity to question transparency and justness of the auction process," Rawat said. In the cases of coal blocks auctioned for power sector, the industry body highlighted that power producers would not only forego the mining cost which is included as energy charge in power purchase agreements but have also quoted additional premium which will go to the state governments and will have to be borne by the bidder. This implies that in energy charge component of the power tariff, the coal cost would be absorbed by the company which will translate into downward revision of tariff in existing power purchase agreements (PPAs), Assocham said. Till date, a total of 33 coal blocks have been auctioned in two tranches. While in the first lot, 19 coal mines were auctioned, in the second as many as 14 coal blocks went under the hammer. February 9, 2015 when it ended at 28,227.39. The Sensex has now lost 475.30 points or 1.65 percent in three consecutive days. Meanwhile, the NSE 50-share Nifty dropped by 63.75 points or 0.74 percent to end at 8,570.90. Jayant Manglik, President-retail distribution, Religare Securities said: "Tracking weak global cues, equity benchmarks made a sluggish start and upheld that bias till the end. Besides, depreciation in Indian rupee too weighed down sentiments but that helped IT counters to end in green while all the other sectoral indices reeled under pressure." Overcoming obstacles, the Mines and Minerals bill was on Thursday passed by Parliament. Later, Coal Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha. Asian markets ended mixed even as investors booked profits after the previous day's rally that was fuelled by the Federal Reserve's dovish stance on interest rates. Key indices in China, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan ended 0.13 percent to 0.98 percent higher while indices in Hong Kong and South Korea fell in 0.03-0.38 percent range. European markets were trading higher amid renewed hopes for progress on the Greek debt front. Key indices in the UK, France and Germany were up by 0.07 percent to 0.56 percent. Airtel launches 4G service in Punjab MOGA, MAR 20: Bharti Airtel on Friday launched 4G network here in Punjab, which has become the 11th town in the state to have this service. The other cities in Punjab where 4G service was available are Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Phagwara, Kapurthala and Patiala, Airtel CEO (for Punjab, Haryana and HP) Manu Sood said in a release. The release said that customers here can now experience an all new 'electrifying' internet browsing experience with the Airtel's 4G home Wi-Fi. Customers will be able to connect to the fastest ever internet service and enjoy capabilities like high definition video streaming with zero buffering, download 10 movies in less than 30 minutes, upload full holiday albums in less than 5 minutes by uploading 2 high quality photos per second. Sensex falls 136 points in morning trade MUMBAI, MAR 20: The benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 136 points in early trade on Friday on sustained selling by investors amid mixed cues from other Asian markets. The 30-share index was trading down by 136.92 points, or 0.48 percent, at 28,332.75 as stocks of infrastructure, power, auto and FMCG sectors, witnessed heavy profit-booking. On similar lines, the National Stock Exchange index Nifty slipped below the 8,600-mark by falling 44.90 points, or 0.51 percent, at 8,589.75. Meanwhile, Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) bought shares worth a net Rs 1,428.72 crore on Thursday, as per provisional data released by the stock exchanges. Among other Asian markets, Hong Kong's Hang Seng was down by 0.21 percent, while Japan's Nikkei rose 0.08 percent in early trade on Friday. The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.65 percent lower in Thursday's trade. The NORTHLINES SPORTS www.thenorthlines.com 11 JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 ICC World Cup 2015 Australia beat Pakistan, set up semi-final clash with India ADELAIDE, MARCH 20 Four-time former champions Australia set up an explosive semifinal clash against title-holders India in the cricket World Cup semifinal after comprehensively beating Pakistan by six wickets in the mega-event's third quarterfinal here on Friday. Set a modest target of 214, Australia overcame a tumultuous start to go past the finishing line in 33.5 overs after the home pacers, led by Josh Hazlewood (4/35), wrecked the Pakistani line-up. Steve Smith top-scored for the Aussies with a 69-ball 65 knock, which was studded with seven fours, while all-rounder Shane Watson survived early jitters to carefully craft an unbeaten 66-ball 64, including seven fours and a six. Pakistan had themselves to blame for the World Cup ouster as they dropped two easy catches, allowing the hosts to wriggle out of a precarious position. Australia's chase was not off to a very smooth start with opener Aaron Finch departing in the third over after contributing just 2 runs. The David Warner blitzkrieg also ended pretty quickly after the dasher had made 24 off 23 deliveries, including three fours. In fact, Wahab Riaz was simply outstanding in his opening spell of six overs, during which he snared two wickets conceding only 24 runs. The pacer bowled with aggression and passion, unsettling the Aussies with not just his deliveries but also with occasional glares and constant chirps, which irked the batsmen and invited jeers from the packed crowd. Riaz could well have pulled off three wickets in the opening spell had Rahat Ali held on to a dolly in the 17th over when Watson was on just 4 runs. He eventually finished with figures of 2/54 from nine overs. Australians were poised rather precariously at 59 for three after skipper Michael Clarke (8) failed to click. However, Smith and Watson shared 89 runs for the fourth wicket to steer Australia out of trouble before Glenn Maxwell (44 not out) guided them to victory and a semifinal showdown with India on March 26 in Sydney. Smith was adjudged LBW off Ehsan Adil and despite being unconvinced by the decision, the batsman had to trudge off the field as Australia had exhausted their lone review by that stage. His fall did raise hopes of a Pakistan revival but they again let the opportunity slip when Sohail Khan dropped Maxwell's miscued shot, once again leaving Riaz in agony. Earlier, Josh Hazlewood stood out with a four-wicket haul as Australia's disciplined bowlers strangled Pakistan with a thoroughly commanding performance, skittling them out for 213. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Pakistan were stifled for runs by the Aussie bowlers and folded without putting up much of a fight in 49.5 overs. Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc (2/40) kept it tight to begin with before Mitchell Johnson (1/42) intimidated the Pakistanis with his ferocious pace. The pressure exerted early on brought the desired result quite quickly as the in-form Sarfraz Ahmed (10) departed after trying to find his rhythm for 16 deliveries. The opener struck one four before edging a tough grab to Shane Watson in the slip region. Sarfraz's opening partner Ahmed Shehzad did not last long either and was also caught in the slips by Australian captain Michael Clarke off Hazlewood's bowling. The score read 24 for two at that stage. The failure to get a good start hurt Pakistan badly as the middle order batsmen failed to get going barring Haris Sohail, who notched up a 57ball 41 laced with four hits to the fence. The ever-reliant Misbah-ulHaq could not build on the start today and was dismissed by Glenn Maxwell while attempting a slogsweep that was caught by Aaron Finch. Misbah's 34 runs came off 59 balls and included one four and two sixes, both coming off Maxwell's bowling. Interestingly, the veteran had earlier been saved by the bail which did not come off despite Hazlewood breaching his defences to hit the stumps. The procession back to the pavillion continued when Umar Akmal (20 off 25 balls) was caught by Finch off Maxwell again. Five down for 126 in less than 30 overs, Pakistan looked in deep trouble when Shahid Afridi raised hopes with some early powerhitting. However, the temperamental all-rounder also went back to pavillion after playing one of his now trademark cameos, which entertained while it lasted but did not help the team's cause much. Afridi was dismissed while trying to smack Hazlewood out of the park, holing out to Aaron Finch after adding 23 runs that came off 15 deliveries and included three fours and a lofty six off Johnson. With the top half letting the team down, the lower order was never expected to hold up for too long and this is exactly what happened with Hazlewood and Starc cleaning up the tail. McCullum promises attack-first mentality ICC chief blasts its Bangladeshi president over ‘fix’ claims WELLINGTON, MARCH 20 There is a chill in the Wellington air, thoughts are turning to autumn and beanies have been the order of the day at training - not just for the West Indians. But New Zealand's sole focus remains giving this feverish summer the most glorious of finishes. They have won eight ODIs in a row. Extend that to 11 and they will have etched a spot in New Zealand's sporting history normally reserved for the All Blacks. First things first, though - the biggest week the team has faced begins with West Indies on the ground where they skittled England for 123 and rampaged to the target. Never have New Zealand been so heavily fancied for a World Cup knockout match. It is something the opposition have been keen to play up, firstly from Darren Sammy and then Curtly Ambrose although captain Jason Holder was a little more reserved. New Zealand are the team with more to lose and have been less bombastic in the buildup. But, as they have throughout the last month, the co-hosts have embraced the expectation. They carry themselves with an air of confidence, led by Brendon McCullum, which they are entitled to do. "It's the greatest time of our lives," McCullum State Wushu meet from March 28 said. "The brand of cricket has really captivated New Zealand and is starting to make people around the world sit up and take notice as well. We love the fact we are playing in front of big crowds and have had the support we've had from our country. Hopefully it continues for another week or so yet. The guys have had some incredible experiences and it's the type of thing you don't want finishing any time soon." The brand McCullum refers to centres around him - the batting, the captaincy and the fielding. It is a high-risk strategy (which includes hurling himself into boundary boards) especially with no second chances from now on, but self-doubt is not in McCullum's make-up. "I hope it doesn't change just because there's pressure on, because that shouldn't take you away from the best opportunity to win," he said. "That style we're playing has served us well, things don't always go according to plan but you have to go to plan B. We have the players skills-wise and with the characters in the group who can quickly adjust." No one, as yet, has been able to knock them off the pedestal. They were nearly toppled by Mitchell Starc's burst at Eden Park and were pushed by Bangladesh in Hamilton. Yet Parvez led Strikers XI wins by 31 runs Meanwhile, in another trial match, Chairman XI registered 10 runs win against President XI. Earlier, Chairman XI made 137 runs for four wickets. Usman Pandit played brilliant innings of 51-ball 70 runs. Raman Dutta (20), Parveen Singh (17) and Manish Dogra (16) were other scorers. Vijay Dogra and Aamir Sofi took one wicket each. In reply, President XI completed 20 overs making 127 runs losing six wickets. Zahoor Sofi (42 off 33 balls) was main scorer, followed by Pranav Gupta and Vijay Dogra, who added 30 and 16 runs respectively. From Chairman XI, Rahil Singh (4-0-26-2) and JAMMU, MARCH 20 Wushu Association of Jammu and Kashmir is organising 11th State Wushu Championship at Indoor Complex, MA Stadium, here from March 28 to March 31. Participants from 18 districts of the state are expected to take part in this four-day competition, a handout issued by the Association here today informed. Meanwhile, the Association expressed thanks to Government, N N Vohra for extending support to the game. Saina Nehwal, Carolina Marin to fight it out for World No 1 in India Open NEW DELHI, MARCH 20 In a departure from the norm, it's not going to be the Chinese but Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and All England champion Carolina Marin who will be fighting it out for the numero uno ranking in badminton, in the India Super Series starting next week. Both Saina and Carolina will have the opportunity to grab the coveted numero uno status and snap the four-year long Chinese domination when they compete in a strong field at the USD 275,000 India Open starting at the Siri Fort Sports Complex from Tuesday. rather than make them nervous, those results have helped instil an even greater belief in the team that they can overcome whatever challenge is put in front of them. "I'm a horse racing fan so in that parlance if we miss the start it doesn't mean we're out of the race," McCullum said. "The horse has never been better and we've got every chance in this game to go out and win even if things aren't 100 percent. You can't say that about too many New Zealand teams in the past so that's encouraging." Much has been made of the individual talent in the West Indies side even though the collective remains an inconsistent and brittle entity. So far in the tournament, New Zealand have been able to quell any uprising in the opposition: Sri Lanka's strong start to the chase in Christchurch, David Warner's early foray in Auckland, Shakib Al Hasan's cheap removal of McCullum and Kane Williamson in Hamilton. So the prospect of an early slugging by Chris Gayle, a middle-order rally from Darren Sammy or Andre Russell, or a wobble against Holder and Jerome Taylor does not send shivers through them. "If West Indies turn up and someone plays a match-winning innings that's good enough to overcome us at our best, then I can live with that," McCullum said. "That's just how the game is played. But I'm still confident we've got the team, even if we don't have the perfect trip, where we still a chance of being there at the finish. You can't be fearful of anything in this game, it's a competition between two teams and a competition between bat and ball, you can't be too worried about the emotions and just deal with a game as it unfolds." The cricket season is drawing to a conclusion in the southern hemisphere. Whether New Zealand have one, two or three matches remaining will define this team's place in history. Satish (4-0-20-2) remained most successful bowler while Umar Nazir and Sourav Chopra shared apiece each. Selectors to name team tomorrow Meanwhile, the penal of selectors, comprising, Qayoom Channa, Ashvinder Koul and Shahid Parvez and Asif Peerzada shall name the 16member team tomorrow. "The team will be announced tomorrow and the boys shall depart for the venue at Delhi on March 22 to play five back to back matches with first being against host Delhi on March 24," said one of the selectors, Ashvinder Koul said. SYDNEY, MARCH 20 International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson on Friday slammed his organisation`s Bangladeshi president for questioning the integrity of umpires, saying allegations of fixing were "unfortunate" and "baseless". Mustafa Kamal claimed decisions made by officials during Bangladesh`s 109-run loss to India in their World Cup quarter-final in Melbourne on Thursday seemed to have been "pre-arranged". Kamal was angry that India`s Rohit Sharma, who top-scored with 137, had not been given out when he was on 90. Rohit had been caught at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Rubel Hossain, but umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould signalled a no-ball for what appeared to be a legitimate waist-high delivery. But Richardson defended Dar and Gould from all accusations of biased officiating. "The ICC has noted Mr Mustafa Kamal`s comments, which are very unfortunate but made in his personal capacity. As an ICC President, he should have been more considerate in his criticism of ICC match officials, whose integrity cannot be questioned," said Richardson. "The no-ball decision was a 50- 50 call. The spirit of the game dictates that the umpire`s decision is final and must be respected," the former South Africa wicket-keeper added. "Any suggestion that the match officials had `an agenda` or did anything other than perform to the best of their ability are baseless and are refuted in the strongest possible terms," Richardson insisted. Kamal said he was considering quitting his post in protest. "As the ICC president, whatever I have to say I will say it in next meeting. It could happen that maybe I will resign," Kamal said in comments aired on Bangladeshi television. "There was no quality in the umpiring. It looked like they took the field after it (the outcome) was prearranged," he alleged. Bangladeshi fans were also furious at the dismissal of star batsman Mohammad Mahmudullah who was caught close to the boundary rope. The match was the biggest in the history of the cricket-mad nation, marking the first time that Bangladesh had made the World Cup quarter-finals. Many fans wept only after the defeat while protestors also burned an effigy of Dar, who hails from Bangladesh`s great rival Pakistan. Kamal, whose position has been largely ceremonial since India`s Narayanaswami Srinivasan became the body`s chairman last year, said the ICC`s acronym seemed to stand for the Indian Cricket Council. "I cannot represent the Indian Cricket Council. If someone has imposed a result on us, in that case no one can accept it," added Kamal, who is a minister in the Bangladeshi government. Meanwhile the Indian cricket board said Kamal should have made his feelings known to his fellow administrators before airing them in public. "I wish he could have taken all these issues on the ICC platform during the ICC meetings," said Anurag Thakur, the Indian board secretary. "The (reality) is we`ve won against Bangladesh and India has won all the previous matches in the league stage. I think it`s time to move ahead...we can discuss and debate these issues in the next meeting." Bangladesh`s exit dominated the country`s frontpage headlines on Friday with, many commentators blaming shoddy umpiring for the defeat. "Tigers fall to controversial calls," read the lead in the Dhaka Tribune, while the the headline of the mass-circulation Bengali daily Kaler Kantha said: "The dream run ends in umpiring scandal." Open TT Tourney by Jammu Police JAMMU, MARCH 20 Led by international cricketer, Parvez Rasool, Strikers XI defeated Ram Dayal's Challengers XI by 31 runs on the last day of the trial matches for the forthcoming North Zone Twenty20 Tournament at New Delhi from March 24. Batting first, Strikers XI set a target of 172 runs for five wickets, which, in reply, Challengers could not chase and exhausted their quota of overs for 140 runs losing eight wickets. Parvez played fine innings of 50 runs off 41 balls while Bandeep Singh batted equally good adding unbeaten 39-ball 49 runs. Obaid Haroon (24 off 14 balls) and Adil Reshi (22) were other main contributors to the total. From Challengers, Ram Dayal (4-0-36-2) bowled impressive spell taking two wickets while Abid Nabi, Vishwajeet Singh and Amir Aziz shared apiece each. Later, Challengers XI could not maintain the required run rate and completed given overs for 140 runs with two wickets in hand. Jatin Wadhwan made 47ball 58 runs while Hardeep and Abid Nabi added 30 and 11 runs respectively. Sahil Sharma (4-017-3), Wasim Raza (4-1-14-2) and Mohd Muddasir (4-0-26-1) were the wicket takers. Anant faces Akhilesh in U-12 boys final Hargun Kour 2-0 and Archita beat Meghna Jain 20. Anant Rohmetra shall be Meanwhile, Anant has also playing against Akhilesh in made it to the semifinals of the final of the under-12 the under-14 boys along boys' event in the ongoing with Akhilesh, Manya and Open Table Tennis Ansh. Quarterfinals: Tournament, organised by Anant Rohmetra bt Saksham Jammu Police at Stag 2-0; Akhilesh bt Shivam 2Academy, here under Civic 0; Manya bt Sudhiksham 2Action Programme (CAP). 0; Ansh bt Ragdeep Singh Earlier, in the semifinals, 2-0. Anant defeated Manya 2-1 In men's singles event, while Akhilesh trounced Sandeep Khadotra, Azad and Ansh in straight sets. Similarly, in under-12 girls' Vasu won their respective matches. The Results: category, Ikhnoor has been pitted against Archita in the Sandeep bt Kouvarjit Singh 2-0; Azad bt Bilawal 2-0; title clash tomorrow. In the semifinals, Iknoor outplayed Vasu bt Amit Abrol 2-0. JAMMU TAWI, MARCH 20 A participant in action in open TT tournament at Stage Academy, Jammu on Friday. 12 JAMMU | SATURDAY | MARCH 21 | 2015 PM Modi's Jaffna visit interference in Sri Lankan affairs: Chinese thinktank BEIJING, MAR 20: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Tamil-dominated Jaffna as "interference" in Sri Lanka's affairs, an official Chinese thinktank on Friday said the recent "incidents" in Sino-Lankan ties are sufficient to "merit Beijing's attention." "Modi's trip to Sri Lanka has courted attention from media outlets of many countries including China, with most of them believing New Delhi has gained the upper hand when Colombo halted the China-invested project," Liu Zongyi, assistant researcher of Shanghai Institute for International Studies, said in an article. "Modi included in his Sri Lanka trip the city of Jaffna in the Tamil-majority Northern Province, which in fact shows India's interference in the country's internal affairs," the article published in a newspaper said. In an apparent reference to the decision by Sri Lanka's new government to review USD 5billion Chinese investments, including the controversial USD 1.5-billion Colombo Port City project, agreed during the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, article said "every small country yearns to strike a balance among different powers." "Some of them even attempt to maximise their national interests by taking advantage of the competition among great powers." The article said "regardless of the nationalist Prime Minister's objective, recent incidents are sufficient to merit Beijing's attention." It, however, cautioned: "Historical disputes between India and Sri Lanka over Tamil people and fishery resources will make it difficult for the two sides to build a rapport any time soon." "If the Sri Lankan government ignores China's goodwill in a bid to cater to certain powers, it will hardly gain respect from the international community," it said. China proposed the 'One Belt and One Road' (also known as Silk Road) project as a strategic initiative to revive its slowing economy. China should follow closely the reactions of both regional powers and small states when promoting the plan, it said. "India has myriad historical and cultural links with Indian Ocean island nations. New Delhi also has the ambition of playing a leading role in the region," the article said. The initiative is hailed by most South Asian and Indian Ocean countries, but India holds that there must be "some ulterior geopolitical purposes behind it," it said. "New Delhi doesn't want countries in South Asia and the Indian Ocean to participate in the programme, but it is unable to propose a substitute," it said. "Now that Modi has reached out to the Indian Ocean island states, it seems India is determined to gain a dominant position in the region by enhancing military and security cooperation with them," it said. Highlighting China's assistance to Sri Lanka to fight the LTTE, the article said, "save for China, no other country was willing to help Colombo then." Key Rajapaksa aide charged with graft in Sri Lanka COLOMBO, MAR 12:: A key figure in the former Mahinda Rajapaksa administration and a current MP has been charged with graft and questioned by a commission probing corruption over accusations his assets exceeded his income. Charges against Sajin de Vass Gunawardena in the Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court have been filed under the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Law, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption said. Gunawardena, who served as Rajapksa's foreign policy advisor, is a current member of parliament. He was overlooking the Foreign Ministry for Rajapaksa in its day-to-day running. The Bribery Commission has questioned both Gunawardena and his wife over accusations that his assets exceeded his income. In a related development, another senior minister under Rajapaksa, Anura Yapa was also questioned today over an alleged loss of 30 million Sri Lankan Rupees in the Ministry of Petroleum where he was the minister. He was questioned over the loss to the government as a result of an executive decision made by him outside cabinet approval. Since Rajapaksa's defeat in the presidential election in January, the former President's family members have been reported to the anti-graft panel. On Thursday, the government announced that it had traced more than a billion dollars in public funds allegedly stolen by members of the former regime. The government has come under pressure from the public to bring to book culprits of alleged large-scale corruption in the Rajapaksa government. Let's do lunch: Michelle Obama to Japan PM TOKYO, MAR 20: Michelle Obama suggested a lunch date with Shinzo Abe at his wife's restaurant on Thursday, offering the Japanese Prime Minister a place at her table next time she is in town. Michele with Japan PM. The US first lady gave a ringing endorsement of Akie Abe's "izakaya" -- a traditional Japanese-style pub -- after eating there with her opposite number on the second day of her visit to Tokyo. "Prime Minister, first of all, your wife is an amazing woman," said Obama, as she met Abe at his office. "And the restaurant is good, so you have to try it. Maybe the next time I come to visit, you can join us." In a good-natured exchange at Abe's office, he revealed: "Actually I've never been to the restaurant". Earlier in the day Obama, who is in Japan to launch the "Let Girls Learn" initiative,told an audience there was a global "crisis" that left 62 million girls without the chance of an education. "We often focus on the economic barriers girls face – school fees or uniforms, or how they live miles from the nearest school and have no safe transportation, or how the school in their community doesn't have bathroom facilities for girls," she said. "But we all know that the problem here isn't just about infrastructure and resources. It's also about attitudes and beliefs. It's about whether fathers -- and mothers – think their daughters are as worthy of an education as their sons." Obama, who arrived in Tokyo on Thursday without her husband President Barack Obama, said both Japan and the United States were big donors to "Let Girls Learn", which aims to help young women in developing countries. First Lady, wearing a bright, floral patterned jacket and skirt, appeared alongside Akie Abe and Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy and the current American ambassador to Japan. US officials said on Wednesday they were investigating threats made against Kennedy, after a man reportedly telephoned the US embassy saying he would kill her. Later in the day, Obama paid a visit to the Imperial Palace to meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. On Friday, she will visit tourist hotspot Kyoto, where she will go to the 1,200-year-old Kiyomizu Buddhist temple, a stunning wooden structure set in the hills around Japan's ancient capital, as well as a similarlyaged Shinto shrine. She will fly to Cambodia, one of the first 11 countries the initiative will be operating in, on Friday afternoon from Osaka. The NORTHLINES www.thenorthlines.com China reprimands US official over SCS patrol proposal BEIJING. MAR 20: China on Friday criticised a top US naval commander for suggesting that Southeast Asian nations should jointly build a maritime force to patrol the disputed South China Sea, saying it will "by no means" help solve the issue. "We hope the United States will strictly honour its commitment of not taking positions or sides on territorial sovereignty issues," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei in response to the reported remarks by Robert Thomas, commander of the US Navy's Seventh Fleet. In his comments, Thomas had also said his fleet would provide support in patrolling. Hong said Thomas' remarks "will by no means help resolve the South China Sea disputes properly or contribute to peace and stability in the South China Sea (SCS)". China claims almost all of the SCS which is contested by Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan. He said that it is China's long-standing commitment to resolve the disputes in the SCS through negotiations and consultations with the countries directly concerned. According to Hong, China and the ASEAN have proposed a joint initiative in which they will safeguard peace and stability in the SCS independently of other nations. He urged the US side not to make irresponsible remarks any longer and instead do more that is conducive to boosting mutual trust and regional peace and stability. 55 killed in two suicide bombings in Yemen mosques SANAA, MAR 20: Two suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Yemen's capital Sanaa during Friday prayers, killing at least 55 people and wounding dozens of others, a security official said, raising fears that the Arab country is slipping into a sectarian war. The bombers detonated explosives at the two mosques controlled by the Shia Houthi group, the official said on condition of anonymity, adding that most of the dead were supporters of the Houthi group. The first attack hit the congregation at Badr mosque in southeastern Sanaa, killing 35 people, while the second bombing occurred at Hashoush mosque in the northeastern area of the city, killing at least 20 others, he said. The Shia Houthi group took control of Sanaa last September and met strong resistance in the central and southern regions from powerful Sunni tribes and the Sunni-dominated Al Qaeda network. On Thursday, tribal militia fought against security forces supported by the Houthi group in the southern port city of Aden, the second biggest city in the country, killing at least 15 people. This is the second bombing attack in Sanaa this year after an Al Qaeda car bombing attack against the police academy killed at least 50 cadets on January 7. Sri Lanka allows construction of breakwater at Port City Project BEIJING, MAR 20: Sri Lanka has allowed some construction work at the suspended USD 1.5 billion Port City Project to save its existing structure from sea erosion ahead of a visit by President Maithripala Sirisena here for candid talks on bilateral ties. "As far as we have learnt the Sri Lankan government has approved resumption of the construction of breakwater of the Colombo port," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters here today while responding to a question whether Colombo has informed Beijing about the construction of a breakwater at the project site. In Colombo, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that the decision was taken following a request by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe when the cabinet convened for its weekly meeting on Wednesday. The entire project had been suspended by the new government which took office in January after concerns were raised over some aspects of the project. Hong said China believes that "the Sri Lankan side will properly deal with relevant issues to safeguard their own interests as well as the lawful rights and interests of Chinese companies and create sound conditions for the mutual benefit of cooperation between China and Sri Lanka." Earlier, Hong announced the visit of Sirisena to China to take part in the annual Boao Forum for Asia. The new Sri Lankan President will be visiting along with Presidents and Prime Ministers of 13 other nations to take part in the four-day event to be held in the Chinese island of Sanya starting from May 26. During his visit here the new Sri Lankan President, whose government has changed the dynamics of pro-China policies pursued by the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, is expected to discuss the fate of USD five billion loans extended by China which his government said was taken at exorbitant rates. Primary focus of his talks with the Sri Lankan President would be the fate of the Colombo Port City projects which was suspended by the new government over concerns of corruption of and adverse environmental impact as it is being built on reclaimed land. The project key to Xi's multi billion Maritime Silk Road project implementation in the Indian Ocean raised hackles locally as the China Communications Construction Co (CCCC) would get 108 hectares of the 233 hectares project on freehold basis and the rest on a 99-year lease, according to media reports. Sri Lanka's Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said that that approval had been given to allow part of the project to continue in order to prevent damage from heavy rains and sea erosion. He further said that the Prime Minister had asked for the necessary reports and documents over the Port City to be submitted to the sub committee soon in order to decide the future of the project. "Only once the necessary documents are submitted will the Prime Minister decide on the future of the project," Ranatunga said. Best gift ideas for the occasion of Navratri NEW DELHI, MAR 20: Navratri is not only about singing and dancing, but it is also about exchanging gifts and presents amongst everyone. It is a tough task to select a present according to the likings and wishes of your friends and relatives, however you need not have to worry much. Just browse through the article below for gift ideas for the occasion of Navratri. Spiritual gifts: Gifting a mesmerizing Mata Rani's idol is one of the best gifts to present someone on the occasion of Navratri. This will become a permanent feature of the devotee's Pooja room. You can send across Mata’s blessings in the form of veils or scarves that is offered to the Holy Goddess during the ceremony. Silver or gold coins with Holy inscriptions or Goddess's figure are also good options. Holy books compiled with songs, prayers and mantras that will be highly appreciated by the elders. Jewellery: One of the best idea on a special occasion like Navratri is to gift out jewellery with inscriptions of Devi Durga on a pendent, bracelet or a ring. Calendars or poster: A calendar or poster of the Goddess is also an economic yet wonderful gift for any of her devotees. Ethnic wear: With limited options available in market, shopping for men is the most difficult task. It is always a safe option to gift a tradtional ethnic wear, like dhoti kurta or pyjama kurta with an embroidered shawl. Whereas for women, you can opt for ethnic chaniya choli or an anarkali salwar suit. Dry Fruits Box: As most of the devotees of Maa Durga observe fast on this occasion, they preferably consume dry fruits, milk and fruits. So, gifting a box of dry fruits will prove to be a very useful gift on the occasion of Navrarti. NASA mission detects mysterious dust cloud on Mars WASHINGTON, MAR 20: NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed mysterious high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere. The presence of the dust at orbital altitudes from 150 km to 300 km above the surface was not predicted earlier. Although the source and composition of the dust are unknown, there is no hazard to MAVEN and other spacecraft orbiting Mars. "If the dust originates from the atmosphere, this suggests we are missing some fundamental process in the Martian atmosphere," said Laila Andersson from the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospherics and Space Physics (CU LASP), Boulder, Colorado. It is unknown if the cloud is a temporary phenomenon or something long lasting.The cloud density is greatest at lower altitudes. However, even in the densest areas, it is still very thin. So far, no indication of its presence has been seen in observations from any of the other MAVEN instruments. Possible sources for the observed dust include dust wafted up from the atmosphere, dust coming from Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars, dust moving in the solar wind away from the sun or debris orbiting the sun from comets. However, no known process on Mars can explain the appearance of dust in the observed locations from any of these sources. Earlier, MAVEN's Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) observed what scientists have named "Christmas lights". "What is especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs - much deeper than at Earth or elsewhere on Mars," added Arnaud Stiepen from the University of Colorado. The source of the energetic particles appears to be the sun.Billions of years ago, Mars lost a global protective magnetic field like Earth has, so solar particles can directly strike the atmosphere. The electrons producing the aurora have about 100 times more energy than you get from a spark of house current, so they can penetrate deeply in the atmosphere.The findings were presented at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in the Woodlands, Texas recently. 'Milky Way may has several planets brimming with life' LONDON, MAR 20: After analysing satellite data, an international team of researchers have calculated the probability for the number of stars in the Milky Way that might have planets in the habitable zone. Their calculations, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, show that billions of stars in the Milky Way will have one to three planets in the habitable zone, where there is a potential for liquid water and where life could exist. The team from the Australian National University and the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen made calculations based on a new version of a 250-year-old method called the Titius-Bode law.The Titius-Bode law was formulated around 1770 and correctly calculated the position of Uranus before it was even discovered. "In these 31 planetary systems that were close to the habitable zone, our calculations showed that there was an average of two planets in the habitable zone. According to the statistics and indications we have, a good share of the planets in the habitable zone will be solid planets where there might be liquid water and where life could exist," explains Steffen Kjaer Jacobsen. Using NASA's Kepler satellite, astronomers have found about 1,000 planets around stars in the Milky Way and they have also found about 3,000 other potential planets.Many of the stars have planetary systems with two-tosix planets, but the stars could very well have more planets than those observable with the Kepler satellite, which is best suited for finding large planets that orbit relatively close to their stars.
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