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Page 1_Bali_Bali_Jan_14.qxd 1/24/2013 9:51 AM Page 1 8 Pages Rs: 1.00 Jammu Edition www.thestudentage.com STUdenT aGe THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013 JKENG/2012/41612 Vol. 2 No: 22 R E A D T H E N E E D Tata Offers Its Trucks for Tatra Replacement 'One IT literate person in 10 lakh households by 2020': Kapil Sibal British PM promises referendum on staying in EU by 2017 IN BRIEF Fog engulfs Delhi, 26 trains running late NEW DELHI: After over a week of respite, fog returned in the
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  NEWDELHI, JAN23: Rajnath Singh began hisnew innings as the BJPpres-ident Wednesday amidmounting organisational andelectoral challenges for the party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.Former Uttar Pradeshchief minister RajnathSingh's unanimous electionas the BJPpresident from2013 to 2015 was announced by Thawarchand Gehlot,who was the returning offi-cer for the party's presiden-tial election.Earlier Wednesday, the party's parliamentary boardmet in the morning andapproved Rajnath Singh'scandidature for the top party post.Rajnath Singh emerged asthe presidential candidateTuesday following the BJP'sdesire to insulate itself fromallegations of financialwrongdoing faced by incum- bent Nitin Gadkari over investments in Purti Grouplinked to him.Till Tuesday afternoon, itlooked almost certain thatGadkari would get another term but an income tax sur-vey of shell companieslinked to Purti groupTuesday sealed his fate.Senior BJPleader L.K.Advani, who had reserva-tions about giving Gadkari asecond term, told gthenewly-elected Rajnath Singhthat his big responsibilitywould be to ensure that there should be no compro-mise with anything that's notmoral . He also said the newBJPchief had to ensure thatthe party continues to be party with a difference .Rajnath Singh's reappoint-ment as the BJPchief hascoincided with Rahul Gandhitaking over as the vice-presi-dent contd on page 2  STUdenT aGe    READ THE NEED THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013 8 PagesRs: 1.00Jammu Editionwww.thestudentage.comJKENG/2012/41612Vol. 2 No: 22 IN BRIEFIN BRIEF Fog engulfs Delhi, 26trains running late NEWDELHI: After over aweek of respite, fog returnedin the national capital and hitflight as well as train sched-ules. Some flights werereported to have been delayedwhile at least 26 trains arerunning late. The Met depart-ment had forecast that mini-mum temperature in Delhiwill remain below normal onWednesday. WB celebrates NetajiBirth Anniversary KOLKATA: West Bengalcelebrates the 116th birthanniversary of Netaji SubhasChandra Bose Wednesday.The main function was heldat Netaji Bhavan in Kolkata,where State Governor Mr. M.K. Narayanan and Chief Minister Ms. MamataBanerjee paid floral tributesat the portrait of Netaji.Speaking contd on page 2 House committeeexpresses displeasureat state of UPRivers LUCKNOW: In Uttar Pradesh, the ParliamentaryStanding Committee of RajyaSabha has expressed dis- pleasure over low oxygencontent and pollution in therivers of the state includingGanga, Yamuna and Gomti.The committee on Scienceand Technology, contd on page 2 Ramdev accuses Shindeof 'insulting' nationalistorganisations NEWDELHI: Yoga guruBaba Ramdev accused UnionHome Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde of insulting national-ist organisations by sayingthey run terror camps. Bysaying 'saffron terrorism' or 'Hindu terrorism', the HomeMinister (Shinde) is doingunethical work. The terroristsare being portrayed as patri-ots and contd on page 2 Poonch to get Specialfunds for restorationworks: Lone POONCH, 23 JAN: TheMinister for Higher Education, MohammadAkbar Lone today said thatthe government would pro-vide a special package toPoonch District for restora-tion of damages caused toinfrastructure due to recentsnowfall. Special packageof funds, under different sec-tors, would be provided tothe contd on page 2 British PM promisesreferendum on stayingin EU by 2017 'One IT literate person in10 lakh households by2020': Kapil Sibal Tata Offers ItsTrucks for TatraReplacement Rajnath unanimously elected party president amidmounting organisational and electoral challenges JERUSALEM: IsraeliPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Partyemerged as the largest factionin a hotly contestedParliamentary election, posi-tioning the hard-liner to servea new term as PrimeMinister, according to exit polls.But a lackluster perform-ance by Likud, along withsurprising gains by a centristnewcomer, raised the strong possibility that he will beforced to form a broad coali-tion.The exit polls aired onIsrael's three major TVsta-tions all forecast Likud alongwith its traditional hardlineand religious allies, capturinga shaky majority of just 61 or 62 seats in the 120-member  parliament. With officialresults trickling in through-out the night, it was possiblethat the two sides could endin deadlock.In a statement posted onhis Facebook page, Netanyahu said he wouldreach across the aisle and tryto form a broad-based coali-tion. According to the exit polls, it is clear that Israel cit-izens decided that they wantme to continue to serve as prime minister of Israel andthat I form the widest possi- ble majority (coalition), hesaid. Already this evening Iwill begin working towardthe widest possible govern-ment. Such a scenario wouldhave deep implications for Mideast peace prospects. Netanyahu's centristopponents have said theywould not join his govern-ment if he does not make aserious contd on page 2 NEWDELHI/ SRINAGAR: Panic has gripped Jammu andKashmir after the state gov-ernment issued an advisory inlocal newspapers warningresidents to be prepared for a possible nuclear war.The advisory by the statedisaster response force(SDRF) details the steps oneshould take in case a nuclear, biological or chemical war  breaks out in the state - stok-ing fears of a possible war  between India and Pakistanas it comes amid simmeringtension on the Line of Control after Pakistani troops beheaded two Indian soldiersand took away the head of one of them. Construct/identify base-ments in your residencewhere the whole family canstay for a fortnight (beforenuclear war). In case no base-ment is available in the openspace in front of your houseconstruct bunkers as in con-ventional war (as some pro-tection is better than no pro-tection) , said the advertise-ment issued in local newspa- pers by Yoginder Kaul,inspector general of police(civil defence, SDRF andhome guards). If in open during nuclear attack, a person shouldimmediately drop to groundand remain in lying position.Protect eyes and face by cov-ering it with hands. Protectears with fingers to preventear drum rapture. If blastwave does not arrive withinfive seconds of the flash youwere far enough from theground zero and initial radia-tion exposure will not exceed150 rads .In case of biological war-fare, the SDRF has asked people not to allow open pools/collection of water insurrounding areas. IGPcivildefence, SDRF and homeguards have tried to playdown the issue saying theadvisory is a routine exerciseaimed at creating awarenessamong the people about thedisasters whether natural or manmade.However, the state gov-ernment is amused by peo- ple's reaction to the advisorywhich it considers routine. This is part of our aware-ness programme. We haveissued advertisements aboutother  contd on page 2 Netanyahu, allies win Israeli election: Exit polls SRINAGAR: Residents of Kashmir got a slight respitefrom the bitter cold condi-tions as the night tempera-tures across the Valley regis-tered an increase of severaldegrees.The weather has remaineddry even as the METDepartment predicted lightrainfall or snowfall for Wednesday and Thursday.Most of the water bodiesacross the Valley, includingthe world famous Dal Lake,continued to be partiallyfrozen. The summer capitalSrinagar, which recorded alow of minus 5.3 degreesCelsius yesterday, waswarmer by two notches atminus of 3.2 degrees Celsiusduring the night, a Metdepartment spokesman said.He said the highway townof Qazigund in SouthKashmir registered anincrease of over six notchesin the night temperature tosettle at minus 4.0 degreesCelsius as against yesterday'sminus 10.3 degrees Celsius.The night temperature inKokernag settled at a low of minus 8.2 degrees Celsius ascompared to minus 8.7degrees Celsius yesterday,the spokesman said. He saidin North Kashmir's Kupwaratown, where the previousnight's minimum contd on page 2 Slight respite from coldconditions in Kashmir Valley SRINAGAR, JANUARY23: The Minister for RuralDevelopment and Panchayat,Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar today said that an amount of Rs. 22252 lakhs have beenspent during current financialyear upto ending December 2012 on execution of variousrural development works andflagship programmes.The Minister was address-ing an officers meeting RuralDevelopment departmenthere today convened toreview the pace of progressregistered on execution of various rural developmentschemes.The Minister impressedupon the officers to speed upthe pace of work on variousschemes so that the benefitsreaches the common massesin a shortest possible timeframe. Giving resume of theachievements of presentGovernment in respect of Rural Development, Mr.Sagar  contd on page 2 Rs. 22252 lakhs spent under MG NREGAin Valley Sagar urges for bringing transparency in execution of rural development works Govt committed toempower PanchayatiRaj institution: G AMir  ANANTNAG, JAN 23: Minister for Tourism,Mr. G.A. Mir has said that the coalition gov-ernment is committed to empower PanchayatiRaj Institutions and decentralize the powers sothat people at grass root level are benefited.The Minister was addressing a publicmeeting of Panchs and Sarpanchs at DooruShahabad here today.Mr. Mir impressed upon the Panchs andSarpanchs to work with honest and sincereattitude and serve masses with dedication. Hesaid that Government is serious in providingall possible facilities to the public representa-tives including Insurance cover.He said that the State's economy is largelydependent upon the tourism sector and everystep is being taken to strengthen tourism infra-structure in all the three region of the State.The Minister said that the State has been bestowed with natural and scenic beauty,attracting large number of tourists to the Stateand it is duty of one and all to preserve theenvironment of the State from degradationand depletion. Fill vacant postson priority: Dy CMto officers JAMMU, JANUARY23 : Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today said that the gov-ernment is fully committed to ensure qualityeducation in schools and improve educationinfrastructure. He said all ranks and files of the education department have been gearedup and performance of students would be the benchmark for judging teachers. Education department is facing chal-lenges and shortage of staff has been hamper-ing the education system particularly in ruraland far-off belts of the state, he added.Mr. Tara Chand was addressing deputationof people from rural belts and educated unem- ployed youth.Underscoring on the need to fill up vacant posts, the Deputy Chief Minister said instruc-tions have been issued to the department for referring the posts of lecturers to PublicService Commission for early selection sothat staff requirements can be met, adding thatneed of the hour is to speed up the procedureof recruitment so contd on page 2 JAMMU, JANUARY23: State Secretary YouthCongress (J&K) Jan Skinder today met PWD (R&B)Minister Abdul Majid Waniand extended his gratitude onassuming the charge of PWDDeptt. Jan Skinder raised var-ious demands pertaining toPWD (R&B) sector inBatmalu area of Srinagar. Hehighlighted the various issues& problems faced by the peo- ple of Batmalu region. Heraised the concern regardingthe poor condition of the link roads, in Madin Sahab locali-ty of the old city. He stressedon the possibility of wideningthe interiors roads for hasslefree flow of traffic from BotlaKotla, Hazratbal & other adjacent areas, so that peoplecan travel smoothly withoutany risk during winters. Mr.Jan Skinder laid emphasis onthe pathetic conditions of the blocked roads in bad weather due to which people have tofaced lots of problems in daytoday life. He expressed thefear that this road will con-sume precious lives if theGovt. does not wake up.  Jan Skinder met PWD (R&B) Minister  Raised Various demands Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar addressing an officersmeeting at Srinagar. Govt advisory on possibility of nuclear war, triggers panic in J&K IMF says Indiato grow at5.9% in 2013 WASHINGTON: TheInternational Monetary Fund(IMF) today pegged India'seconomic growth rate in2013 at 5.9 per cent and pro- jected a higher growth of 6.4 per cent next year in line withthe gradual strengthening of global expansion.IMF in its update to theWorld Economic Outlook (WEO) also said the globalgrowth is expected to reach3.5 per cent this year, higher than the estimated 3.2 per cent.For China, the IMF reporthas projected a growth rate of 7.8 per cent in 2012, 8.2 per cent in 2013 and 8.5 per centin 2014. In 2011, China hadachieved a growth rate of 9.3 per cent while India grew by7.9 contd on page 2 Page 1_Bali_Bali_Jan_14.qxd 1/24/2013 9:51 AM Page 1  WB celebrates .... on the occasion Ms. Banerjee announced that thestate Government will construct a Monument atSubhasgram in the name of Netaji and will pre-serve his native house at Kodalia in South 24Pargana District as a heritage building.The reports that said, large number of peopleare visiting Netaji Bhavan in South Kolkata sincemorning to pay their homage to the great hero of the freedom movement. House committee .... Environment and Forests comprising fivemembers was in the state capital to review the pollution level of Gomti. The members includedchairman of the committee, TSubbarami Reddy,Prof Ranjan Prasad Yadav, RabinarayanMohapatra, Alok Tewari and Pradeep Tamta.The committee discussed the existing prob-lems regarding availability of water with the chief secretary Javed Usmani and other senior officers.Senior BJPleader and MPfrom Lucknow, LaljiTandon was also present in the meeting. Ramdev accuses.... the nationalist organisations are being branded asterrorists, the Yoga Guru said after coming outfrom a court in New Delhi.He had come to depose as a witness in a crim-inal case lodged last year against one KamranSiddiqui for throwing black ink on his face duringa press conference in New Delhi. The HomeMinister, on January 20, had stoked a controversy by accusing BJPand RSS of conducting terror training camps and promoting Hindu terrorism .Asked about Shinde's statement, the YogaGuru said, Saffron is there even in our flag...suchremark is an insult to the flag, over 100 croreIndians and our culture. He also accusedCongress Party of demolishing Indian culture,saying that such an statement should not havecome from a minister. Poonch to.... district to speed up the restoration works Mr Lone, who reached here with Minister of state for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, PHE and FloodControl (MOS) Mr. Nazir Ahmed Gurazi and theMinister of State for Information, CA& PD andPower Mr. Viqar Rasool, to assess the situation,assured a joint meeting of District Officers, civilsociety members, Sarpanches and Panches, hereat Dak Bunglow Poonch.He asked the district administration tofurnish a detailed report in this regard to the stategovernment so that funds are allocated at the ear-liest.He also assured that matter pertainingto security and safety of the youth of the districtengaged on Private jobs in Maharashtra would betaken up with the government of the concernedstate.Earlier, the Ministers, along with MLAPoonch, Ajaz Ahmed Jan, reached here to assessrestoration works, post snowfall.Minister of State for Power,Information, CA& PDS Mr. Viqar Rasool Wani,expressed grave concern over damage to Jammu- Poonch 132 KVTransmission line. He saidthat HTpower transmission line from Jammu toKashmir valley over Banihal Jawahar Tunneldid not damaged despite 4-6 times heavy snow-fall in the area but Towers of Jammu to PoonchHTline crumbled down merely by 2-3 feet snow-fall and added that a high level inquiry committeehas been constituted to inquire into the reasonsand fix responsibility of any lapse.MOS, CA& PDS assured that additional 2trucks of Rice and APLatta would be provided besides early supply of normal ration. He alsoassured 2 tankers of k-oil and additional cook-ing gas would also be provided for snow boundareas of the district. Minister of state for Animaland Sheep Husbandry (MOS), PHE and FloodControl Mr. Nazir Ahmed Khan Gurazi assuredthat funds for restoring the damaged PHEschemes would be provided as soon as possible tospeed up restoration of water supply. He alsoassured that Gen sets would be provided in a phased manner to operate schemes operated liftPHE schemes to meet exigencies as alternative to power supply. He also instructed Horticulture andAgriculture Officers to submit a report of thedamages to Orchards, crops and other infrastruc-ture. MLAHaveli Mr. Ajaz Ahmed Jan projecteda brief outline of damages and urged the ministersfor adequate funding and to speeding up of restoration works so that people of this remoteand hilly district may not feel isolated. Govt advisory.... disasters like earthquake, snowstorm flood,etc before that. In the second part we issued thisadvisory. It is a routine exercise, Kaul said.However many people in the state consider theadvertisement is a brazen way to educate people. Slight respite.... was minus 4.8 degree Celsius, the minimumtemperature showed an increase of three degreesto settle at a low of minus 1.7 degree Celsius dur-ing the night. Fill vacant.... that necessary staff can be posted in theschools. He said besides expediting recruitment,necessary orders have also been passed for fasttracking the promotion process so as to ensurethat all those who are eligible get their promo-tions well in time. Posts which fall vacant due to promotion of staff should also be referred toSSRB and the department should pursue earlyselection at all levels, he added.Giving patient hearing to the deputation, Mr.Tara Chand said the government is committed toenhance the stipend of RETs and called upon theconcerned officers to prepare the required memofor presenting the case to cabinet for approval.RETs are playing their active role in educationsystem and all out efforts would be made toaddress their grievances, he added. Rs. 22252 lakhs.... said that the connectivity in respect of roadsand infrastructural development in rural areas wasgiven special focus during the last four yearsregime by present Government. He assured thatmany more steps are being taken to ameliorate thelot of masses living in rural and remote areas of the State.Reviewing the achievements of RuralDevelopment department, the Minister wasinformed that Rs. 22252 lakhs were spent on var-ious rural developmental works in Valley uptoending December last year.The Minister was told that 43996 rural devel-opmental works have been taken in hand and outof which 22195 works completed so far.The meeting was also informed that 517994 job cards have been issued and also more thanone crore mandays were generated in Valley.In the meeting, the Minister was also apprisedthat under Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) schemeRs. 9.83 crore have been utilized, while as theMinister was also informed that work for con-struction of 466 Panchayat Ghars in Valley have been taken in hand and Rs. 20 lakhs are beingspent for the construction of each PanchayatGhar. The Minister was also informed in themeeting that under IAYscheme Rs. 40 crores has been spent for construction of 22,000 dwellingunits in Valley besides Rs. 3.63 crore were alsospent under Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) scheme in Valley.The meeting was attended by Director, RuralDevelopment Department, Kashmir, Mr. Altaf Ahmad Mir, Director Sanitation, Kashmir, Mr.Tufail Mattoo, OSD to Rural DevelopmentMinister, Mr. Owais Ahmad, all AssistantCommissioner Development, officers of DistrictRural Development Agency, all Block Development Officers, Executive Engineers of Rural Development Agency and other officers. Netanyahu, allies....  push for peace with the Palestinians. Peacetalks have been deadlocked throughout Netanyahu's four-year term.According to the exit polls, Netanyahu'sLikud-Yisrael Beitenu bloc captured just 31 seats,far below forecasts of recent opinion polls. Thetwo parties, running separately, had 42 seats inthe outgoing house. In the biggest surprise, thecentrist Yesh Atid, party headed by politicalnewcomer Yair Lapid, captured as many as 19seats, well above the forecasts. That would posi-tion Lapid to become either opposition leader or seek a major Cabinet post if he decides to join Netanyahu's governing coalition.Lapid campaigned on a platform calling for an end to the generous subsidies and draft exemp-tions given to ultra-Orthodox Jewish communi-ties. He also has said he would not serve as a figleaf for a hard-line government. Lapid wouldlikely seek deep concessions for Netanyahu inexchange for joining the government. IMF says....  per cent in the same year. Growth in emerging market and developingeconomies is on track to build to 5.5 per cent in2013. Nevertheless, growth is not projected torebound to the high rates recorded in 2010-11. Supportive policies have underpinned muchof the recent acceleration in activity in manyeconomies, the IMF said. But weakness in advanced economies willweigh on external demand, as well as on the termsof trade of commodity exporters, given theassumption of lower commodity prices in 2013 inthis Update, it said.IMF said the space for further policy easinghas diminished, while supply bottlenecks and pol-icy uncertainty have hampered growth in someeconomies for example, Brazil and India.Observing that economic conditions improvedmodestly in the third quarter of 2012, with globalgrowth increasing to about three per cent, the IMFreport said the main sources of acceleration wereemerging market economies, where activity picked up broadly as expected, and the UnitedStates, where growth surprised on the upside. Rajnath unanimously.... of the Congress. It also coincided with the BJPgovernment in Karnataka facing a serious threatof survival as two ministers quit the cabinet andthey with 11 other party legislators said theywould quit from the assembly too.Rajnath Singh, 61, said the party will cometrue to the expectations of people and win theforthcoming elections in the states and to parlia-ment. We will form the government in 2014, hesaid.Rajnath Singh attacked the Congress for illsof the country and said he was assuming hisduties with a sense of responsibility.He announced thhat the BJPwill hold country-wide protests Thursday against Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's Hindu terror remarks.Rajnath Singh also defended Gadkari, sayingthe allegations against him were baseless . The circumstances in which I accept thisresponsibility are not happy for us. Gadkari is oneof our workers on whose character questions can-not be raised. We wanted him to continue. Weamended the constitution for it. But the way hewas attacked by baseless allegations, he was hurtand resigned, he said. The entire party stands with him. I am notaccepting this as a post but as a responsibility, Rajnath Singh added.Rajnath Singh's mettle will be first tested inKarnataka, which is slated for elections in a fewmonths. In Karnataka, the party faces challengesnot only from the Congress but from its own for-mer chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.There are a series of elections this year, includ-ing in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, ruled by the BJP, followed by the Lok Sabha polls in2014. With the Congress campaign expected to beled by Rahul Gandhi, the BJPwill have to evolvean effective strategy to attract youth, the middleclass and the poor.Rajnath Singh will also have to deal with thetricky issue of the party's prime ministerial candi-date in view of ambitious senior leaders andissues linked to the rise of regional satraps.Though Rajnath Singh served as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh from Oct 2000 to March 2002,he has won only two elections: a by-poll for theHaidergarh assembly seat in Barabanki when hewas elected the chief minister, and second whenhe won the Ghaziabad parliamentary seat in 2009.There are also apprehensions that he does nothave a pan-national appeal.Rajnath Singh first became party president in2005 following L.K. Advani's resignation. Hewas re-elected Nov 2006 and was succeeded byGadkari in 2009 after the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha polls that year. STUDENT AGETHURSDAY, JANUARY24, 2013 2 Contd. from page 1... Tata Offers Its Trucksfor Tatra Replacement NEWDELHI: Seeking a share in the pie for supply high-mobility vehicles to the Army,Tata Motors has offered its latest vehicles tothe Defence Ministry to replace the controver-sial Tatra trucks, used so far to carry missilessuch as Agni and Prithvi.The procurement of Tatra trucks has been put on hold pending a CBI probe into briberyallegations by former Army chief Gen VK Singh. Tata Motors will make a presentation before Defence Ministry's Director General(Acquisition) S B Agnihotri about its latestvehicles offered by it to replace Tatra trucksfor carrying missile systems of the armedforces such as BrahMos and Pinaka, DefenceMinistry sources said here.The Ministry has already been offeredtrucks by Russian and Belarusian firms for replacing the Tatras including the Volat trucksfrom Belarus which are used to carry strategicmissile systems of the Russian armed forces.Due to the virtual ban on the procurementof Tatras, several key projects of the Armyand the IAF have been put on hold including procurement of land-based version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for theArmy and the IAF and the Pinaka rocketslaunchers for the land forces.If the proposals made by these firms areaccepted, they would be put under trials for  being integrated with the missile systems,they said.Already, a significant number of Tatatrucks are in service with the armed forces butthey are in light and medium vehicle category.More than 7,000 Tatra trucks are in servicewith the armed forces and after the controver-sy in March last year, their repair and mainte-nance have also become an issue in thedefence forces. Last March, Gen VK Singhhad leveled allegations that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore by a retired Lt Gen toclear a file relating to the procurement of over 600 of these trucks. Dy Speaker inspectsrepair work onLegislative complex JAMMU, JANUARY23: Deputy Speaker,Jammu and Kashmir Legislative AssemblyMr. Mohammad Sartaj Madni today inspectedthe pace of progress on repair work of Legislative Complex and inquired about the present status. The Deputy Speaker impressedupon the executing agencies to speed up the pace of repair and allied works to ensure com- pletion by January 31 so that the budget ses-sion could be held smoothly. He also calledfor conducting thorough safety check of thecomplex by a team of experts before shiftinginside the building. Secretary, Assembly Mr.M. Ramzan, Managing Director, Jammu andKashmir Project Construction Corporation(JKPCC) Mr. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Hamal andother officers and engineers of AssemblySecretariat and JKPCC accompanied theDeputy Speaker during the inspection.Earlier, the Deputy Speaker convened ameeting with the officers of JKPCC and dis-cussed threadbare the status of work on thecomplex. He directed for replacement of oldelectricity wiring and creation of a temporarystructure for housing canteen during the ensu-ing budget session. MD, JKPCC assured theDeputy Speaker that the repair of damagedstructure and other allied works will be com- pleted well in time. 'Dereliction of duty shallnot be tolerated':Nazir  SRINAGAR, JANUARY23: Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry(Independent Charge) Mr. Nazir AhmadGurezi today paid a surprise visit toDirectorate of Animal Husbandry, Kashmir and Directorate of Sheep Husbandry, Kashmir here and ordered suspension of an employeeof Sheep Husbandry department.During inspection, the Minister took stock of availability of drugs, supply and the dis-tribution of the same among the farmers. Healso inquired about the staff strength andassignments. Mr. Gurezi issued instructions tohead of the departments to ensure that thestaff posted in various areas work at their respective place of postings and shall beassigned the job for which they are meant for.At sheep husbandry directorate, theMinister, while examining the offices files,found some of these lying on the table of anemployee for long time. He directed for immediate suspension of the employee for dereliction of duty. The Minister stressed for  punctuality of the employees and warned thatany laxity in duty shall not be tolerated. Healso called for quick disposal of files addingthat any official found resorting to unneces-sary delay will be punished. Mr. Gureziimpressed upon the employees to work withutmost zeal and said that the dedicated andhonest employees will be rewarded by givingspecial increments. JAMMU, JANUARY23: TheForest department has planted 6lakh saplings over an area of 965 hectare forest land acrossChenab Forest Circle, under flagship forest conservation programme CAMPAduring thecurrent financial year, till end-ing December.The information was givento the Forest Minister, MianAltaf Ahmed while chairing ameeting of Divisional Forestofficers convened to review thefinancial and physical achieve-ments in the implementation of CAMPAprogramme in the area.The largest in the state, theChenab Forest Circle has isspread over to Marwah fromone end and Gool to other withsix divisions of Bhaderwah,Batote , Doda , Ramban ,Kishtwar and Marwah.The meeting was told thatthe department has completedfencing along 373 hectare forestland under CAMPAand RDFschemes in the circle to protectthe forest area from encroach-ment.The meeting was informedthat the forest department dis-tributed 362703 Cft timber directly to the consumers gener-ating a revenue of Rs over 22Lakh, while the department alsosold 4482 quintal firewood andfetched a revenue of Rs 9.21lakh.Asprawling city forest park has also been developed inBatote over an area of fortyKanal land involving a cost of Rs 27.12 lakh. The works com- pleted under the city forest park  project, include Chainlink fenc-ing, development of View point,root protection and constructionof protection wall.Inspecting the works, theMinister asked the departmentto construct a walking path andPublic Convenience in the park.Reviewing the achieve-ments, the Minister underlinedthe need for regular monitoringof the CAMPAworks to ensurediscernable impact on theground.Underlining the need for massive aforestation, the minis-ter asked the department tolaunch a sustained plantationdrive across the circle, with spe-cial thrust on the large barrentracks along Patnitop to Banihalstretch of National highway.The Minister asked for effec-tive implementation of reformsand measures for protection of the forests with special thrust onthe involvement of the localsand other stakeholders. Hecalled for holding awarenesscamps in the populated areas inthe vicinity of the forests tomake people aware about thelong lasting impact of forests ontheir day today life.On way, the Minister inspected Nursery of SoilConservation Department atPhlata spread over an area of 12kanal. The Nursery has present-ly 34000 plant saplings of dif-ferent species ready to be usedfor plantation drive in the monthof March, he was told.The Minister also inaugurat-ed a Conference Hall of Forestdepartment at Batote.Later, the minister met National Conference delegationheaded by Former MLARamban, Dr. Chaman Lal anddiscussed various issues relatingto the development of Batote.The demands they projectedincluded construction of Busstand, sanctioning a DegreeCollege for Batote, granting of Tehsil status for Batote andestablishment of Timber Depotat Batote. The Minister assuredthem that their demands would be taken up with the concernedministers for early considera-tion.Commissioner SecretaryForests, Mr. Ejaz Iqbal,Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Mr. Vinod Ranjan,Deputy Commissioner,Ramban, Mr. Shabir AhmedBhat, Chief Conservator Forest,Jammu , Mr. Ravi Kesar, JointDirector soil ConservationJammu, Mr. Sameer Bharti,Conservator of Forests, ChenabCircle, Mr. M. M. Gupta,Regional Director SocialForestry, Mr. Ashwani Gupta,Director of Soil Conservation,Mr. U. Pachnanda, JointDirector of Forest ProtectionForce, Mr. B. M. Sharma, CCFCAMPA, Mr. L. K. Sharma, allDivisional Forest Officers of Chenab Forest Circle and senior officers of allied departmentsaccompanied the Minister. Mian Altaf reviews achievements under CAMPA, other schemes, calls for massive aforestation JAMMU, JANUARY23: To get on thespot feedback about the progress on var-ious under construction and functionalsewerage treatment plants in Jammu city,the Minister for Urban Development andUrban Local Bodies, Mr. NawangRigzin Jora today paid surprise visit toSewerage Scheme, Talab Tiloo Sector I,Phase-II, 'Div.'A'., Bhagwati Nagar Jammu and inspected the functioning of various plants and pumping stations. TheMinister was accompanied byCommissioner-Secretary, UrbanDevelopment and Housing Department,Mr. Jeet Lal Gupta, Chief Engineer,UEED, Mr. R.C Gupta, SuperintendentEngineer, Mr. Prem and other senior offi-cers of the concerned agencies.On the occasion, the Chief Engineer gave a brief account of the functions of the sewerage plant . The Minister took a round and inspected various plantsincluding 45 MLD Sewerage PumpingStation, 2No 5MLD UASB Reactor,sludge drying beds and inspected theongoing work. The Minister stressedupon the concerned engineers to com- plete all the non functional plants withinstipulated time frame and added that a better sewerage system will help to over-come the water logging problems in thecity. The Minister was informed thatRs.34.77 crore have been spent on TalabTill Sewerage Scheme, Sector Ist andhad been commissioned in March 2012with 5704 house connections. He wasfurther informed that another 10 MLDSTPProject for left out portion of TalabTillo, covering Jain Colony, Vishal Nagar, Gole Panjpeer ,Hari Om Nagar,Camp Main Road of Bhagwati Nagar iscoming up at a cost of Rs.13.81 croreand Rs.12.5 lacs have been expendedon the project till March,2012. He wasalso told that works amounting toRs.17.8 crore, including trunk sewer, lat-erals house connections have been allot-ted the concerned agencies.Mr. Jora was also briefed about thecomprehensive sewerage scheme for leftour areas of Phase-II, Division 'A'Greater Jammu. The UASB is comingup at an estimated cost of Rs 20.32 crorewill cover Krishna Nagar, Resham Ghar, New Plot and some ports of Sarwalcolony, Rajiner Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and parts of Bakshi Nagar area aroundMedical college. The Minister was fur-ther told about progress on seweragescheme costing Rs.129.24 crore to cover B.C Road to River Tawi including Karan Nagar, Radio Station colony,PanchTeerthi, Ustad Mohalla, Pakki Dhaki,Dogra Hall colony, Parade Gropund,Secretariat, Kanak Mandi, Gujjar Nagar,Bus Stand, Jewel Chowk and Kasim Nagar etc. The Minister was also briefedabout under construction 30 MLD STPcoming up at a cost of Rs.145.50 cores.which will cover area from sector 3 to 6of Phase-II Div.'A', including Baskhi Nagar, Gurah, Shakti Nagar, Shiv Nagar,Tope Sher Khania Subash Nagar,Rajpura, Patoli, Sarwal, New Plot,Janipur and Paloura. Jora inspects ST Plant at Bhagwati Nagar Page 2_Defence_Bali.qxd 1/24/2013 9:51 AM Page 1  STATE STUDENT AGETHURSDAY, JANUARY24, 2013 3 NEWS IN BOX NC directs party leaders to notto leave Valley SRINAGAR: Ruling National Conference in Jammu andKashmir Tuesday directed all the office bearers of the partyto stay in the Valley and remain available to the people. All the Office bearers have been told not to move toJammu or out of the Valley without taking permission fromthe province, newly appointed provincial president for Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani said in a statement here. If youare an office bearer of the Kashmir province, you need to behere, you have no work in Jammu or elsewhere, Wani said.He said in case the leaders need to travel out of station, theycan seek permission for that purpose. Wani held meetingswith various delegations at the party headquarters andassured them that all their grievances will be taken up withthe government to ensure speedy redressal. I am in the process of making a committee which will be in regular touch with the secretariat. They will look into all thedemands and ensure that all the problems, the party head-quarters are apprised of, are immediately brought to thenotice of the concerned ministers and ensured its speedyredressal, he said. SDM reviews R-Day arrangements JAMMU, JAN 23: Sub Divisional Magistrate, R.S. Pura,Suraj Parkash Rakwal, today reviewed the arrangements for Republic Day celebration to be held in various educationalinstitutions of R.S. Pura. The SDM witnessed full rehearsalof the programmes to be presented on R-Day at Bhana SinghStadium and suggested some changes to make the eventmore attractive and appealing. Rakhwal directed the officersof different departments to ensure proper and uninterruptedservices like water, power supply and traffic management etcto avoid any kind of inconvenience during the celebrations. Police denies media reports JAMMU, JAN 23: The Inspector General of Police (IGP)J&K, Home Guards/Civil Defence and State Disaster RescueForce (SDRF) has rebutted the news item published in a sec-tion of press on Tuesday and Wednesday, regarding adver-tisement on Natural and Manmade Disasters on 1st RaisingDay of State Disaster Response Force.The IGPhas clarified that advertisement was publishedon the eve of 1st Raising Day of SDRF in public interest tomake them aware about the natural and manmade calamities.He said that it was a routine exercise to raise general aware-ness and educate the people about the preventive measures to be taken in the event of various disasters like floods, earthquake, snow avalanches or manmade disasters.He further clarified that there is no such alarming situa-tion in the state and the news item carried by a section of  press is not factually correct. 95% NREGAPlan utilized in Kulgam KULGAM, JAN 23: Rural Development Department hasutilized Rs 44.46 crores out of the total allocation of Rs46.43 crores under MGNREGAby the end of 3rd quarter thisfiscal accounting for an expenditure of 95%. This wasrevealed at a review meeting of BDOs, convened here under the Chairmanship of District Development Commissioner Jahangir Mir. Assistant Commissioner Development AbdulHamid and District Panchayat Officer also attended themeeting. It was given out that 5,135 rural developmentworks stand completed while execution is apace on 4,159,leading to the generation of 19.10 lakh mandays in the dis-trict. As many as 442 dwelling units have been completedwhile 361 huts are nearing completion under IAY, the meet-ing was told. An amount of Rs.2.43 crores have beenincurred so far under this scheme. It was stated that 955 indi-vidual household latrines and 26 toilet points for schoolsstand completed out of the total 2,284 taken up involving anexpenditure of 35 lakhs. Addressing the meeting, the DeputyCommissioner stressed on full utilization of funds makingquality parameters and observance of codal formalities bench mark in the execution. He stressed on roping in PRIsin policy formulation as well as implementation so that qual-ity standards and plan stipulation are maintained.Jahangir reiterated the prime significance of MGNREGAin the development and face-lifting of rural villages, main-taining that fair implementation of the flagship programme isaimed at complete transformation of the countryside. VC ABDK reviews working of Agri, Horti deptts JAMMU, JANUARY23: Vice Chairman, J&K StateAdvisory Board for Development of Kissans, Radhay ShamSharma, today convened a meeting to take stock of function-ing of Agriculture and Horticulture departments.Director Agriculture and Director Horticulture besidessenior officers of the departments attended the meeting.The Directors presented a detailed description of workingof their respective departments. They apprised the ViceChairman of various state and centrally sponsored schemes being implemented by their respective departments inJammu region. The Vice Chairman asked the officers toensure that all their functionaries should work with utmostzeal and dedication for benefit of the farming community. LSS training programme heldat Kashmir Nursing Home SRINAGAR, JANUARY23: To impart Life Saving Skills(LSS) for ambulance drivers, a daylong training programmewas inaugurated by Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr.Saleem-ur-Rehman at Government Kashmir Nursing Homehere today. As many as 40 Drivers of the Health Departmentwere imparted basic life saving and stabilization techniquestraining on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, theDirector enjoined upon the trainers to ensure training of entire Health staff so that training programme for advancedlife support and ERTC proves fruitful for advanced life sav-ing care of patients. SRINAGAR, JAN 23: Inconnection with Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) celebrations,the Traffic Police departmenttook review of the arrange-ments for plying of traffic toferry devotees from variousareas of the Valley to DargahHazratbal and back at a meet-ing of officers here today.Addressing the meeting,the Superintendent of PoliceTraffic City, Srinagar said thatthe department has made elab-orate arrangements for thedevotees to ensure their hasslefree and safe travel from their localities to Dargah Hazratbaland for this purpose one waytraffic system shall strictlyensured.He said that from January25 to February 01, 2013, theTraffic Police department will provide buses from SRTC bridge to Hazratbal viaIkhwan Crossing, PoliceStation Khanyar, Bohri Kadal,Rajouri Kadal, GojwaraChowk, Hawal, Shree Bhat,Bagh-i-Ali Mardan Khan andLal Bazar. Similarly, the devo-tees of various districts of theValley which includeBaramulla, Kupwara,Handwara, Bandipora andBudgam shall be provided theroute passing throughTengpora Bye Pass, BeminaBye Pass, Qamarwari, CementBridge, Noor Bagh, EidgahCrossing, Alamgari Bazar,Bagh-i-Ali Mardan Khan, LalBazar and finally the DargahHazratbal, while as the devo-tees of Anantnag, Pulwama,Shopian, Kulgam andAwantipora shall proceed toDargah Hazratbal via PanthaChowk, Sonwar, Gupkar,Foreshore and Nishat. On thereturn, the buses carrying thedevotees of Lal Chowk,Budgam, Baramulla andKupwara shall ply via National Institute of Technology, Ashai BaghCrossing, Rainawari,Khalifapora, Nowpora bridgeand Khayam Chowk (right),however, the buses headingtowards North Kashmir will be diverted at Khalifaporatowards Peer Dastigeer SahibKhanyar, Sumkachbal, PoliceStation Khanyar, Nalamar road and Qamarwari for their respective destinations. On thereturn, the vehicles bound for Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopianand Awantipora shall have tofollow Foreshore Nishat,Gupkar, Sonwar Bazar andPantha Chowk route. Traffic Route plan for Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (SAW) celebrations finalized SRINAGAR, JANUARY23: Ameeting of officers washeld here today under theChairmanship of Minister for Housing, Horticulture andCulture, Mr. Raman Bhalla inwhich matters related to ren-ovation and repairs of Museum and Tagore Hall atSrinagar and AbhinavTheatre at Jammu were dis-cussed threadbare. Minister of State for Industries andCommerce, Mr. SajjadAhmad Kitchloo and,Provincial President of  National Conference, Mr. Nasir Aslam Wani were pres-ent in the meeting.On the occasion, theSecretary Cultural Academyof Art, Culture andLanguages, Mr. KhalidBashir Ahmad apprised themeeting about the steps beingtaken by Academy of Art,Culture and Languages for  preservation of precious arte-facts and other entities of importance.He appealed the Minister to extend financial support toAcademy of Art, Culture andLanguages for execution of work on cultural heritage of the State.Mr. Raman Bhallaimpressed upon the officersto ensure safety and securityof precious artefacts so thatnew generation shall be madeaware about the ancient his-tory of the State throughthese precious artefacts. Raman Bhalla stresses for revival of cultural heritages Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture, Mr. Raman Bhalla chairing a meeting at Srinagar. JAMMU, JANUARY23: As per a notification issued heretoday by Council Secretariat,Chairman, LegislativeCouncil, Amrit Malhotra, hasreconstituted Joint SelectCommittee on Jammu andKashmir Municipal Laws(Second amendment) Bill,2010, with Minister for UrbanDevelopment and Urban LocalBodies, Nawang Rigzin Jora,as its Chairman.The Chairman has alsonominated the legislators VijayBakaya, Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Bashir AhmadMagray, S. Dharambir SinghOberoi, Muhammad Ashraf Mir, Abdul Rehman Veeri,Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami,Balwant Singh Mankotia,Jagdish Raj Sapolia, Er.AbdulRashid, Ajaz Ahmad Jan andCh.Zulfikar Ali as members of the Committee. Meanwhile,the Chairman has also recon-stituted Joint SelectCommittee on Jammu andKashmir Property Tax BoardBill, 2011 with Minister for Urban Development andUrban Local Bodies, NawangRigzin Jora, as its Chairman.Malhotra nominated thelegislators Murtaza AhmadKhan, Naresh Kumar Gupta,Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy,Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Nurboo Gialchan, Dr. MustafaKamal, Hakeem MuhammadYaseen, Muhammad Sharief  Niaz, Abdul Gafar Sofi,Yashpaul Kundal, JugalKishore, Nizam-u-din Bhat,Ashok Kumar and CharanjeetSingh as members of theCommittee. Chairman LC reconstitutesJoint Select Committees Superintendent of Police Traffic City briefing officials regardingsecurity arrangements at Srinagar. JAMMU, JANUARY23: Adelegation comprisingOfficials of National Trustand representatives of variousDelhi based NGOs, workingfor the welfare and rehabilita-tion of disabled persons,today called on the Minister for Social Welfare, ARI, &Trainings and PublicGrievances, Ms Sakina Itto, ather Office Chamber, CivilSecretariat, Jammu.Comprising of Chairperson of  National Trust, Ms Poonam Nataranjan, Regional Director CMB SARO, Banglore, Dr.Sara Varughese, LegalAdvisor of National Trust of India, Mr. Umesh Shukla,Advocacy -Lead, CMBSARO, Mr. Umesh Bauraiand Alliance and NetworkingOfficer, CBM SARO,Mr.Jesuraj, the team discussedvarious issues and gavedetails of the efforts beingmade by the National Trustfor rehabilitation of the physically challenged per-sons.Informing the Minister about various activities of  National Trust towards eman-cipation of this section of thesociety, the delegation gavevarious suggestions withregard to the welfare of spe-cial children, like impartingof skill training and educa-tion. The team members pleaded for implementationof National Trust Act inJammu and Kashmir State for  providing more facilities tothe physically challenged per-sons, particularly introductionof health insurance scheme.Interacting with the visitingdelegation, the Minister saidthat the State Government hasalready taken a number of steps to improve the lot of thissection of the society by pro-viding pension and scholar-ship and other facilities under Disability Act, 1998. She fur-ther said that her departmenthas already asked theTransport department for reserving seats in the publictransport vehicles for these people, while EducationDepartment has been asked to provide them job share. Shesaid that Health Departmentwas also directed to prioritisethis section of the society withregard to medical facilities.She also informed the mem- bers that as per disability Act,the state Government consti-tuted a review committee andon the recommendation of it,the post of Teacher, Junior Engineer (Civil) and Junior Engineer Mechanical have been included in the list of job providing for reservation for such persons .She said this move wasexpected to benefit a hugenumber of candidates of thiscategory.Ms Sakina asked the mem- bers of the Trust to submit a proposal to her department,while assuring that best provi-sions would recommendedfor the incorporation in theState Act.The meeting was attended by Secretary, Social WelfareDepartment, Mr.Gazenffer,Director Social Welfare,Kashmir, Mr. Bashir AhmedBhat, Director Social Welfare,Jammu, Mr. M.H.Bathi ,OSD,Dr. G.N Itoo, and other senior officers of the department. Sakina for extension of benefits under flag-ship programmes to the disabled persons Minister for Social Welfare, ARI, & Trainings and Public Grievances, Ms Sakina Itto chairing a meeting at Jammu. SRINAGAR, JAN 23: Minister for Public Health Engineering,Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr.Sham Lal Sharma exhorted uponofficers to perform their dutiesconsciously and honestly besides judicious the machinery andmanpower available in thedepartments to fulfil the expecta-tions of the people. The Minister was addressing a meeting of offi-cers of PHE and Irrigation &Flood Control to take stock ofthefunctioning of the departmentshere today.The meeting was attended byChief Engineers of PHE,Irrigation and Flood Control,Executive Director CCDU,Superintending Engineers of var-ious sectors and other senior offi-cers of departments.The Minister urged upon offi-cers to inculcate the work cultureand transparency and render duties with the spirit of humanityso that common masses do notsuffer for basic amenities such asdrinking water, irrigation andflood control which is fundamen-tal right of people.Mr. Sham asked the officers to bridge the gaps and improve thefunctioning of their departments besides assess the ground situa-tion so that common people donot suffer for basic needs.Mr. Sham asked the officersthat dereliction of duties will not be tolerated and urged upon Chief Engineers to ensure that officersshould not to leave stations andare shall ensure 3 to 4 day fieldvisits in a week. He also askedthem to submit work done reportof current fiscal year within 10days.The Minister directed them totake necessary steps for the facelifting of tube wells, pumps,tankers and intake channels of water sources within 15 days besides follow the hygiene andcleanliness strictly in their respective areas.The Minister also enjoinedupon them to adhere set guide-lines and norms for executing all projects and other official course-work. He also stressed for theconservation of water bodies andsaid mass awareness campaignshould be launched among the people for the conservation of water bodies and about the judi-cious use of drinking water.Mr Sham stressed upon offi-cers to work in close coordinationand collective efforts be made for the benefit and welfare of peopleand State as well. Sham reviews functioning of PHE, Irrigation in Valley Chairman LC reconstitutesJoint Select Committees JAMMU, 23JAN: As per a notificationissued here today by Council Secretariat,Chairman, Legislative Council, AmritMalhotra, has reconstituted Joint SelectCommittee on Jammu and Kashmir Municipal Laws (Second amendment) Bill,2010, with Minister for Urban Developmentand Urban Local Bodies, Nawang RigzinJora, as its Chairman.The Chairman has also nominated the leg-islators Vijay Bakaya, Ravinder Kumar Sharma, Bashir Ahmad Magray, S. Dharambir Singh Oberoi, Muhammad Ashraf Mir, AbdulRehman Veeri, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami,Balwant Singh Mankotia, Jagdish RajSapolia, Er.Abdul Rashid, Ajaz Ahmad Janand Ch.Zulfikar Ali as members of theCommittee. Meanwhile, the Chairman hasalso reconstituted Joint Select Committee onJammu and Kashmir Property Tax Board Bill,2011 with Minister for Urban Developmentand Urban Local Bodies, Nawang RigzinJora, as its Chairman. Malhotra nominated thelegislators Murtaza Ahmad Khan, NareshKumar Gupta, Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy,Sheikh Ghulam Rasool, Nurboo Gialchan, Dr.Mustafa Kamal, Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen,Muhammad Sharief Niaz, Abdul Gafar Sofi,Yashpaul as members of the Committee. Minister for Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal addressing a meeting with the offi-cers of PHE and Irrigation & Flood Control at Srinagar. Page 3_State.qxd 1/24/2013 9:51 AM Page 1  EDITORIAL STUDENT AGETHURSDAY, JANUARY24, 2013 5 BYSHWETABHAT A n illegal immigrantin India is a personresiding in the coun-try without an official per-mission as prescribed by rele-vant Indian law. Those whoare explicitly granted refugeestatus do not fall underthiscategory. The steep and continuousdecline in terrorist violence inJammu & Kashmir (J&K) con-tinued through 2011, bringingfatalities to a new and dramaticlow. 2010 had been describedas the most peaceful year in overtwo decades of insur-gency in the State, with 375terrorism-related fatalities. 2011 witnessed a further con-solidation, with just 183 killedin the State. Crucially, despitecontinuous efforts by the sepa-ratist constituency in State toreplicate the militant-backedsummer unrest of 2010, streetdemonstrations and violencefailed to secure significant trac-tion through 2011.34 civilians, 30 SecurityForces (SFs), and 119 terroristfatalities were recorded in2011, down from 36 civilians,69 SF personnel and 270 ter-rorists in 2010. Terrorism relat-ed incidents, at 189 in 2011,dropped to just over a third of their number in 2010 (488). Significantly, by end of 2011, at least seven Districtsin the State had beendeclared completely free of militancy. These includedLeh and Kargil, which hadneverseen significant mili-tancy, as well as Jammu,Samba, Kathua, Reasi andDoda. 13 Districts, accordingto the State Home Ministry,had reported militancy relatedincidents 'in single digits':Budgam, Kulgam, Anantnag,Shopian, Ganderbal,Bandipora, Kishtwar, Ramban,Doda, Poonch, Rajouri,Udhampur and Jammu (Jammu recorded just oneincident in the year, though ithad been declared militancyfree). This left just four Districtswith double-digit incidence of insurgency: Srinagar,Baramulla, Kupwara andPulwama. Sopore, in theBaramulla District, remainedthe terrorist-extremist heart-land, as one intelligence officernoted in June 2011, The daysupport for militancy endshere, it's finished. Sopore is thekey. As if to underline thisreality, in the first terroristattack in 2012, on January 7,terrorists launched coordinatedattacks on the Sopore PoliceStation, killing one civilian.Three civilians, three SF troop-ers and one militant were alsoinjured in the attack. In January2012, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs asked the StateGovernment to take measuresto free more Districts from mil-itancy through 2012. The sharp decline in mili-tant fatalities was substan-tially a consequence of anincreasing reluctance ontheirpart to engage with theSFs, heightened sharply bythe continuous loss of leader-ship. Among top militantskilled in 2011 were: Lashkar-e-Toiba's (LeT) 'operationalcommander' forNorthKashmirAbdullah Uni; LeT'divisional commander'Abdul Rehman aliasRehman Bhai, who had beennominated as 'operationalcommander' of LeT(NorthKashmir) afterthe death of Abdullah Uni; Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) 'divisionalcommander' Qari Zubair;Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)'commander' Ahsan Bhai;LeTKishtwar'chief' HabibGujjaralias Salman; JeM'commander-in-chief' SajjadAfghani alias Qari Hamaad,LeT'divisional commander'Mohammad Aiyaz Malikalias Abu Moosa. State Government data indi-cated that 19 militants had sur-rendered in 2011 (tillNovember) as compared to 20in 2010. Atotal of 4,080 terror-ists, including 276 'command-ers', had surrendered over thepast 22 years.The State Government hadalso received some 800 appli-cations in response to itsNovember 23, 2010, surrenderand rehabilitation policy, whichwas intended to facilitate thereturn of its estimated 3000 to3500 youth who had crossedover into Pakistan occupiedKashmir (PoK) and Pakistan,for training, but had now givenup the idea of joining the mili-tancy, and sought an opportuni-ty to the State. However, onJuly 6, 2011, Union HomeMinister P. Chidambaram hadacknowledged that there were practical issues in imple-menting the rehabilitation poli-cy for militants.Despite isolated pools of continuing, low grade violence,the improved security scenarioled to a huge rush of touristsinto the State, with 2011recording an estimated onemillion visitors, significantlyoutstripping the pre-militancyrecord of 700,000. TourismMinister Nawang Rigzin Joraobserved, In the history of Kashmir, we have not wit-nessed so many tourists. Increasing electoral partici-pation has also providedgrounds for further encourage-ment. The 2002 AssemblyElections had recorded a 43.7per cent voter turnout, despiteenveloping terrorist threats andcalls for boycott. By 2008, par-ticipation in the AssemblyElections had risen to 63 percent of registered voters. The2011 Panchayat (village localself-government institutions)Elections recorded a 79 percent voter turnout. Elections tovarious Corporations andUrban Committees in the Stateare due to be held in March2012.An estimated 350 to 370militants were still believed tobe operating in the State. UnionMinister of State for Home,Jitendra Singh, in a writtenreply in the Lok Sabha (LowerHouse of Parliament), onSeptember 6, 2011, stated that about 350-370 (militants) areassessed to be operating inJammu and Kashmir. Out of which approximately 38 percent are foreign militants, pri-marily Pakistani. Reports alsoindicate that militants contin-ued to work towards recruitinglocal youth in certain areas of the State. Camps in PoK andPakistan were also believed tohave between 2,000 and 2,500terrorists, according to Armysources. Reports indicated that900 to 1,000 militants were inreadiness to cross over intoJ&K from PoK, up from anestimated 500 to 600 militantsin October 2010.Despite a 'multi-prongedapproach' to contain borderinfiltration, which included,inter alia, strengthening of bor-der management and multi-tiered and multi-modal deploy-ment along international bor-ders/ LoC and infiltrationroutes, construction of borderfencing, improved technology,weapons and equipment forSFs, a total of 235 Pakistan-based terrorists attempted toinfiltrate in 2011 (tillNovember 30) in at least 85infiltration bids. This figurewas, however, significantlylower than the 495 militantswho attempted to infiltrate in2010; 480 in 2009; and 342 in2008. Regrettably, Pakistancontinued to violate theCease-fire Agreement (CFA)of November26, 2003, whichhad held without majorinci-dent till General PervezMusharraf's departure in2008. According to theGovernment data, 198 cease-fire violations have beenreported along the Line of Control (LoC), of which 77were in 2008; 28 in 2009; 44 in2010; and 45 between Januaryand November 2011. The vio-lations are ordinarily initiatedby Pakistani Forces to facilitateterrorist infiltration across theborder and LoC.Terror funding also contin-ued to flow into J&K.Disclosures of arresteesrevealed linkages betweencross-LoC traders, Pakistan-based militant 'commanders'and the Inter-ServicesIntelligence (ISI). Meanwhile,the National InvestigationAgency (NIA) has disclosedthat the HM-backed and PoK-based Jammu and KashmirAffectees Relief Fund Trust(JKART) had been funding ter-ror in J&K. Investigators allegethat JKARThad pumped morethan INR 800 million into theValley in the name of relief andrehabilitation work, but divert-ed this amount to finance terror.Further, security agencieshad arrested 98 persons andseized INR 12.3 million since2009, as part of their efforts tocheck the flow of hawala (ille-gally transferred) money intoJ&K for funding secessionismand militancy, the StateGovernment informed theLegislative Assembly onSeptember 27, 2011. 17 per-sons had been arrested in thisconnection in 2011, till July,and INR 3.61 million had beenrecovered from them. Thiscompared to 15 arrests andnearly INR 1 million recoveredin 2010. Notably, a Delhi court,on February 18, 2012, framedcharges against GhulamMuhammad Bhat, said to be aclose associate of All PartyHurriyat Conference-Geelani(APHC-G) leader Syed AliShah Geelani, and others, in analleged hawala racket. In itscharge sheet filed on August2011, the NIAalleged that Bhatcollected over INR 45.7 mil-lion over three years, com-mencing January 2008,through hawala channels forterrorist activities. Bhat wasarrested from Kashmir inJanuary 2011 by a joint team of the Delhi and J&K Police, andINR 2.1 million was recoveredfrom him.According to sources, some369 incidents of stone peltingwere recorded in 2011.Authorities insist that a majorflare-up was averted as a resultof improved responses on theirpart. One unnamed Police offi-cial asserted, Use of non-lethal equipment and body pro-tectors by Police have resultedin zero death of civilian orsecurity personnel and injuriesto only 58 persons in law andorder disturbances this year[2011].The arrest of more than5,255 stone pelters, betweenJanuary 1, 2010, and February28, 2011, also worked as adeterrent. However, in a sur-prising move on August 28,2011, Chief Minister (CM)Omar Abdullah announced anamnesty package for nearly1,200 youth arrested during the2010 summer agitation in theValley. While the unrest in thepast may have substantiallybeen the result of theGovernment's 'mishandling',there is reason to believe thatpublic exhaustion and disillu-sionment with the separatistagenda has also contributed tothe failure of the protests tosecure wider traction.Nevertheless, three majorprotests have already beenreported from the State in 2012,with one civilian killed so far. Amidst these concerns,the premature demands andproposals forfurthertroopcuts and the withdrawal of the Armed Forces SpecialPowers Act (AFSPA) raisedtemperatures in the Valley.Despite the withdrawal of 10battalions of Central ReservePolice Force (CRPF) andnearly 30 battalions of theIndian Army from the Statein 2009, demands forthe fur-therdilution of Force wereraised stridently through theyear, both by separatists andby the mainstream politicalparties. The StateGovernment has also soughta more structured phasedremoval of CentralParamilitary Forces(CPMFs) from the State. OnJanuary 1, 2012, officialsources stated, In the firstphase, the Government hasasked forsanction forraisingfive Police battalions com-prising 5,000 Police person-nel. However, as a long termmeasure, the State has soughtthe creation of a total of 50Police battalions to graduallyreplace paramilitary andsecurity personnel with thePolice Force. Similarly, despite theArmy's opposition to the with-drawal of AFSPAon thegrounds that this could result inthe emergence of terror sanc-tuaries and safe havens , Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, onseveral occasions, reiteratedthe separatist and populardemand for partial removal of AFSPA. Those opposingAFSPAallege that it has beenmisused by the SFs. In whatcan only be an embarrassingresponse, Defence MinisterA.K. Antony disclosed inParliament, on December 20,2011, 24 cases seeking sanc-tion for prosecution underAFSPAhave been receivedfrom Jammu and KashmirHome Department during thelast five years, from 2007 toDecember 15 this year. In 19cases, the requests for prosecu-tion sanction were rejected, asit was found on examinationthat no prima facie case wasmade out against the accusedArmy personnel. Five caseswere still under examination. Meanwhile, the Valley-basedAssociation of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP)admitted that militants wereresponsible for more enforceddisappearances than the SFs. Itclaimed that, of the 132 cases ithad documented, militantgroups were responsible for 24cases of enforced disappear-ances compared to 22 by theSFs, including the Police (theremaining cases remainedindeterminate). The StateCabinet, on October 28, 2011,approved amendments to thePublic Safety Act (PSA). Oneof the major amendmentsreduced the detention period of one year to three months incases where the accused wasarrested for disturbing publicorder. The amendments alsoincluded a provision prohibit-ing the detention of a minorunder the PSA. CONCLUSION J&K is at crossroad.Though these measures, inaddition to several others, havehelped in improving the situa-tion, any slackness on the partof State Government as well asNew Delhi to fulfill their polit-ical goals will devoid the Stateof an opportunity to return topermanent peace sooner thanlater. Dramatic and continuousimprovements have, no doubt,been registered in the securityenvironment in the terror-wracked State of J&K over thepast years. Nevertheless, resid-ual dangers continue to exist,seeking an opportunity to re-open the wide wounds inflictedover 23 years of terrorism.Processes of radicalization, andwell funded programmes forthe expansion of Salafi Islamistideologies and institutions,continue across the Valley, sug-gesting the possibility of afuture conflagration. Worse,the entire political spectrum inthe Valley ranges from soft,through hard, to militant sepa-ratism. Systematic distortionscontinue to undermine demo-cratic legitimacy and frame-works, discount and discreditelected leaderships, privilegeviolence, and appease the mostintractable constituencies in theState. Across the border, whilethe impetus of support to ter-rorism has waned due to strate-gic pulls and pressures, theintent remains unchanged, anda destabilizing shift in theenveloping geo-political envi-ronment - particularly as aresult of a premature withdraw-al of Western Forces fromAfghanistan - could easilydestroy the tentative, hard-won, and still imperfect peacein J&K. Illegal Infiltration in J&K Jammu and Kashmir: Key Indicators - 2006-2012* Years Incidents**Civilian SF Terrorist Total ExplosionsInfiltrationFatalitiesFatalitiesFatalitiesFatalitiesAttempts** 2006 1667 349 168 599 1116 215 5732007 1092 164 121 492 777 109 5352008 708 69 90 382 541 43 3422009 499 55 78 242 375 13 4852010 488 36 69 270 375 36 4892011 189 34 30 119 183 42 NA2012* NA 4 0 3 7 2 NA Source: SATP, *Data till February 19, 2012** Source: State Home Ministry By Sowmya Krishnamurthy: I ndia portrays itself as a developing nationwith an economic growth that is skyrock-eting every microsecond. India portraysitself as a nation of mixed cultures and tradi-tions that is tolerant of one another.What is true in reality is that India is anation of engineers and thinkers that are morefamiliar with outsourcing and L1 visas thaninnovation and independent thinking. India isa nation of mixed faith and religion but often,one is not very amicable with another despitethe similarities.Does this seem too familiar? Perhaps likethe movie Pleasantville ? What does this tellus? That India cannot boast of more than 20%plus economic growth or anything at all in anygiven year in the name of development whensome of the basic things in India are missingor much worse, the reverse.It is one thing when a basic need is missing,it's relatively easier to try and introduce some-thing in place. People are relatively open tothat. But the reverse, when something that isnot of much value to human progress exists itis much worse because now there is an addi-tional step of convincing people to stop doingthat before introducing anything new.Khap is one such thing.Whenever and wherever there is curtailingof information and expression of opinion thereis a corrupt force behind it. Khap is no excep-tion. The Khap and Sarv Khap was a system of social administration and organization in therepublics of Northwestern Indian states suchas Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh sinceancient times. Khap is a term for a social -political grouping and used in a geographicalsense. Other parallel terms are Pal,Ganasangha, Janapada or republic. [Sourcewikipedia] Wealth distribution orCaste problem? Men in many affluent families are insecureabout wealth distribution. They are worriedabout their wealth being transferred to otherfamilies, more specifically other castes.The reasoning probably is that if the girlmarries in the same caste, wealth stays withinthat caste which according to them is muchbetter than a different one. Known devil VsUnknown angel, Us Vs Them or My religionbetter than your religion syndrome. When didthe dowry problem sneak in as a wealth issue?When did dowry problem turn in to a series of slaughters? For instance, consider this samplecase:Nobody says a word when a politician'schildren decide to marry against norms. It'svery selective,' says Aidwa's SudhaSundararaman. Or when couples can pay the fines khaps impose, in short paying theirway out. Matters come to a head if the womanmarries a lower caste guy. Her successionrights can mean property going-via the girl-into a lower-caste family. Inter-caste, intra-village, intra-gotra are the big daddiesfrowned upon. But again, selective. 'Akhaphad declared a couple brother-sister recentlyand nullified their marriage. We intervenedand as the boy was Delhi-based and had clout,their khap revoked the decision,' saysSundararaman.Fighting against the dowry system wouldbe much easier. Instead Khap believes it's bet-ter to control the whos and whats of the dowryrecipients. That along with the belief that onecaste is better than the other is what's ruiningthis country. Controlling orgenderassertion? Some men think that if a woman is empow-ered to do what she wants, their own role isdiminished because now they have nothing tocontrol. Here's what a UPfarmers' leaderthinks: Only whores choose their own partners….Recently an educated couple married againstthe samaj's (community's) wishes in Jhajjar.We hail the panchayat's decision to executethem…The government cannot protect thisatyachar (immoral behaviour)…. (The law of the land) is the root of all problems… That'syour Constitution, ours is different. They truly believe that women are not sup-posed to pick their own partners. It seems likeit is way more of a prejudicial attempt to dom-inate and control people. Mostly women. Ignorance orDependency? Men (and probably women too) think thatthe outside world is bad and one has to staywithin the community. Just because Khapexists only in North India doesn't mean theSouthern states are immune to it. Those atroc-ities are practiced there as well, just not in thesame name. The Megala case proves that: Megala, 20, and Sivakumar, 24, were toldthey couldn't marry as they were related (non-blood). Her family married her off in June.Ten days after the wedding, she ran away withSivakumar. Her family tracked the coupledown and attacked Sivakumar with 'aruvaals'.Sivakumar died on the spot, and his killers,who included her father and brother, havebeen arrested. Megala, now in hospital, saysthat everyone in her village, including hermother, feels that the punishment is justifiedas she brought shame to her village and theThevar community to which she belongs. Lack of education orsurrender? Women, like in many other parts of thecountry mostly just attend to the householdchores and taking care of the family. It's hardto say it is the woman's fault although in manycases it is. But mostly, they surrender. Out of fear. Out of not knowing an alternative. Forinstance, Gangamma could have completelyprevented this killing:According to the FIR, Patil's mother,Gangamma, saw them together in his houseand informed Rekha's father, Narasa Reddy.Narasa Reddy and his elder brother, BhoomaReddy, rushed to the place, dragged Rekha outand beat her black and blue.Is it her illiteracy that drove her to do sucha despicable act? Illiteracy doesn't necessarilymean just a lack of school education ordegree. It also means lack of the knowledge ordistinction between the absolute right andwrong. Powerhungry orplain clout? Men, especially older ones have the roleand probably the only role of serving as anadvisor to the younger generation. In doing so,they forget to empathize or acknowledge theirneeds. The average age of Khap membersbeing 60, it is no wonder they are still rootedin old customs and waddle in a pigsty of back-wardness. Their argument against same gotramarriages citing scientific reasons is so veryperplexing.If science discourages consanguineousmarriages, then doesn't it mean it encouragesinter-caste marriages and hence they should beapproved? The well known Manoj-Bablikilling was done because they were consid-ered to be of the same gotra. In another case,Ved Pal was accused of violating bhaichara(brotherhood) because he did not marry a girlfrom a neighboring village even though thegotra wasn't the same:The Banwala khap argued that even thoughthe gotras of the youngsters were different(sections in the media erroneously reportedthat it was a sah-gotra, or same-gotra, mar-riage, causing more confusion and anger assuch marriages are strongly disapproved of),the villages, Singhwal and Mataur, wereneighboring ones where the norm of  bhaichara or Seem-Seemali (a concept of fraternal neighborhood for villages located ina proximate vicinity) applied. Therefore therecould be no conjugal relations between peopleof even different gotras. It's time to figure outhow to work on this plague and nip it in thebud. What are your thoughts? Khap Panchayat: PowerorHonour? The   arrest   of   more   than   5,255   stone   pelters,   between   January   1,   2010,and   February   28,   2011,   also   worked   as   a   deterrent.   However,   in   a   sur -  prising   move   on   August   28,   2011,   Chief   Minister   (CM)   Omar   Abdullahannounced   an   amnesty   package   for   nearly   1,200   youth   arrested   duringthe   2010   summer   agitation   in   the   Valley.   While   the   unrest   in   the   pastmay   have   substantially   been   the   result   of   the   Government's   'mishandling',there   is   reason   to   believe   that   public   exhaustion   and   disillusionment   withthe   separatist   agenda   has   also   contributed   to   the   failure   of   the   protests   tosecure   wider   traction.   Nevertheless,   three   major   protests   have   alreadybeen   reported   from   the   State   in   2012,   with   one   civilian   killed   so   far. Page 4.qxd 1/24/2013 9:52 AM Page 1
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