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The Tribune


Vol. 133 No. 263 Late City Edition

Chandigarh New Delhi Jalandhar Bathinda Srinagar Monday, September 23, 2013

28 pages `3.00

Suicide bombers kill 78 at Pak church

120 injured as two attackers target worshippers at Sunday Mass in Peshawar
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130year-old church in Pakistan after Sunday Mass, killing at least 78 persons in the deadliest attack on Christians. The attackers struck the historic white-stone All Saints Church in the northwestern city of Peshawar just as hundreds of parishioners streamed out of the building. "I heard two explosions. People started to run. Human remains were strewn all over the church," said an eyewitness. Over 120 others were injured in the attack, said City Commissioner Sahibzada Muhammad Anis, adding that around 600 to 700 persons were inside the church at the time of the blasts. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the death toll of 78 included 34 women and seven children. Bomb Disposal Squad chief Shafqat Malik told mediapersons said the attack was carried out by two suicide bombers, who were carrying around 12 kg explosive in their vests. The body parts of the attackers had been recovered and sent for forensic examination, he said. SP (City) Ismail Tariq said the two attackers opened fire at the security guards deployed at the church, killing a guard and injuring the other before entering the premises. The two bombers

Ban same-gotra marriages to curb honour killings: Khaps


The two attackers struck the historic white-stone All Saints Church in Peshawar just as hundreds of parishioners streamed out of the building They opened fire at the security guards deployed at the church, killing a guard and injuring the other before entering the premises The two bombers detonated their explosive-laden vests within an interval of 30 seconds after entering the church


This was the worst attack in Pakistan's history on the Christian minority, which has not been targeted as frequently as other minorities like Shias or Ahmadis. Christians frequently find themselves accused under the controversial blasphemy law in Pakistan

Such cruel acts reflect the brutality and

A man and woman mourn the death of their relatives at the site of a blast at a church in Peshawar on Sunday. Reuters

a cruel mindset of the terrorists.

Nawaz Sharif, Pak PM

detonated their explosiveladen vests within an interval of 30 seconds after entering the church. The Taliban-linked militant group TTP Jundullah claimed responsibility for the attack. "They are the enemies of Islam, therefore, we target them," said the group's spokesman, Ahmed Marwat. Christians make up about four per cent of Pakistan's population of 180 million and tend to keep a low-profile. Sunday's attacks could

complicate efforts by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to engage militants in peace negotiations at a time when roadside bombs, targeted killings and suicide attacks continue unabated. Flaying the attack, Sharif said: "Terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions. He said such cruel acts "reflect the brutality and the mindset of the terrorists". He expressed solidarity with Christians.

Some residents, enraged at the lack of adequate security at the church, took to the streets immediately after the attack, burning tyres and shouting slogans. Shops were closed in the Kohati Gate area where several other churches are located. "Terrorists have not spared mosques, temples and churches. Please have mercy on us," said a protester. Christians frequently find themselves accused under the controversial blasphemy law in Pakistan . The Kohati Gate

area in Peshawar's old quarter has witnessed several militant attacks in recent years though none of them targeted Christians. The congested neighbourhood is usually packed with people, mostly women, as the area has several markets and shopping centres. Many Christians live in the vicinity and visit the church in large numbers for Sunday service. Officials of Lady Reading Hospital described the condition of 13 injured as critical. (With agency inputs)

Heads and representatives of various khap panchayats of Haryana have asked the Centre to amend the Hindu Marriage Act to curb honour killing in and around the state. The demand came up at a special meeting of the Sarva Khap Mahapanchayat held here today in the backdrop of the recent honour killing of a runaway couple at Garnawathi village, 8 km from here. Dharmender and Nidhi were allegedly killed by the girl's parents and relatives on September 18 after they decided to marry against the wishes of their families. Both had the same gotra and were from the same village. As per the diktat of khap panchayats, marriages within the same village and community are not allowed. The meeting presided over by Dada Baljit Singh Malik, president of the Malik- Gathwala Khap was attended by representatives of various khaps, including Dhankhar, Jhakhar, Hooda, Kadian, Dahiya and the Rohrai-Panchgama khaps. The meeting, which resolved to express concern and grief over the Garnawathi killings, adopted three resolutions to curb such incidents in rural areas of the state. It asked the government to bring in an amendment to the Hindu Marriage Act to restrain couples from the same gotra

Representatives of various khaps hold a meeting in Rohtak to discuss honour killing. Photo: Manoj Dhaka


Amend sections of the Hindu Marriage Act to restrain couples from same gotra and the same village from entering into wedlock Reintroduce subject of moral education at the school and college level Take appropriate measures to curb pornography on mobile phones


Terming the wearing of jeans by school/college going girls as root cause of rising incidents of eve teasing, a khap panchayat of 12 villages has banned wearing of jeans by students. The panchayat has also slapped a blanket ban on playing DJ sound system in the villages

NATION UP bandh partial The BJPs call for bandh in major towns of the western UP met with partial success on Sunday. P2 PUNJAB SSP hurt in accident Jalandhar-based journalist Jasdeep Malhotra was killed and Pathankot SSP Surinder Kumar Kalia injured in a car accident near Milwan village on Sunday. P5 WORLD Bo sentenced for life Communist Party leader Bo Xilai was sentenced to life for corruption and abuse of power by a Chinese court. P13 SPORTS Sandeep wins bronze Grappler Sandeep Tulsi Yadav won India's firstever medal in the GrecoRoman category at the Senior World Wrestling Championships in Budapest on Sunday. P16
Todays issue consists of 28 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style.

NIC meets today; social media misuse tops agenda


Kenya mall siege toll mounts to 68

Israeli spl forces arrive 2 Indians among dead Somali Islamists claim attack

Muzaffarnagar mayhem (2013): Morphed video on the Internet showed how Hindus were being ill-treated by Muslims; BJP MLA under scanner for uploading the video, arrested Azad Maidan clashes (2012): Circulation of a fake video (with origins in Myanmar) showing how Muslims were ill-treated by Bodos in Assam led to the clash in Mumbai N-E exodus (2012): Fake online video provoked a community to attack Chinis, a slang for people from the NorthEast, leading to an exodus from Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai The Ministry of Home Affairs had responded by blocking some Internet addresses and accused Pakistan of fomenting trouble

Army called in by the local District Magistrate, put a lid on the mayhem. The 140-member NIC includes all Union ministers, Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha, Chief Ministers of all
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only four men in black, their heads covered in scarves. The Kenyan Government and Western diplomatic sources said the militants were holding about 30 hostages. Helicopters were seen circling overhead and there was a strong military presence in and around the mall.

Israeli special forces were today at the scene and working with their Kenyan counterparts in the hostage crisis, Kenyan Government sources were quoted as saying. As the gunfire continued, troops evacuated over 1,000 persons from the centre after the masked militants launched

Curfew lifted, but Shopian remains shut UP Govt reinstates Durga Shakti



Thrashing his three subordinates proved costly for the Moradabad SSP who was immediately suspended by the Uttar Pradesh Government on Sunday. SSP Rajesh Modak allegedly thrashed the three subordinates, who were posted at his residence, for not informing him about the visit of a senior Samajwadi Party leaders to his place. P2

Authorities on Sunday lifted curfew, which was imposed in south Kashmirs Shopian district after killing of five persons in CRPF firing on September 7. The residents, however, observed a shutdown demanding removal of a paramilitary camp in the area. "Curfew was lifted from Shopian town today," a police spokesman said. The spokesman said the situation in the town remained peaceful with no untoward incident reported so far. A Shopian resident said a shutdown is being observed in the area to press for removal of a paramilitary camp at Gagran where five men,

The main market wears a deserted look in Shopian as the authorities lifted the curfew from the area on Sunday. Tribune photo: Amin War

including one suspected militant, were killed earlier this month. It had resulted in widespread clashes, protests and shutdowns. "A meeting of elders was called yesterday evening and also in the afternoon today. But so far there is no consensus on

calling off the shutdown," he said. "We have run out of medicines and baby food. We havent even been allowed to mourn the dead," a trader said. The police suspects that one of the four persons killed on September 7 was a Lashkare-Toiba militant whom it

identified as Abdullah Haroon, a Pakistani national. A police officer said a video clip was recovered from Haroon's phone which showed some weapons belonging to security forces that were snatched by militants during two separate shootings.

Aday after presenting her case personally before Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, suspended 2010 batch IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal was reinstated today. Ending a 57-day-long suspension period, a one-line statement this evening announced the reinstatement of Nagpal who was suspended on July 28, supposedly for being instrumental in the demolition of an under-construction wall of a mosque without following the due process. It is, however, believed that she had to face the wrath of the state government for taking strict action against the politically connected illegal sand mining mafia of western Uttar

Pradesh. The matter became so controversial that the state government went on the defensive. CM Yadav had on several occasions charged the media and the Opposition of creating hullabaloo over the suspension of an SDM to defame his government. The IAS association had

When the National Integration Council (NIC) meets tomorrow in the backdrop of the recent Muzaffarnagar riots that claimed 48 lives, two issues would top its agenda: Preventing and tackling communal violence. The NIC, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, will deliberate upon steps that allow the Centre to unilaterally send in forces in case of rioting and, secondly, find a way to curb the impact of social media in spreading hatred through morphed and falsified pictures and videos besides inflammatory articles. With policing listed a state subject, Central forces can go in only when called by the state government. The pending Communal Violence Bill that is opposed by some states, is likely to be discussed as it allows empowering the Central Government to send forces unilaterally in case of a communal disturbance. In the Uttar Pradesh riots, the

Two Indians were among 68 persons killed by heavily armed Somali Islamist militants who stormed a packed mall in Nairobi. They engaged in fierce fighting with Kenyan soldiers backed by Israeli special forces who were trying to rescue about 30 hostages and end the bloody siege that entered the second day today. At least 68 persons are now confirmed to have been killed in an ongoing Nairobi shopping mall siege, Kenya Red Cross said today, after nine more bodies were recovered. Four Indians, including two women and a girl, were among nearly 200 persons injured in the brazen attack launched by Al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group yesterday on the part Israeli-owned Westgate centre. There were conflicting reports about the number of militants inside the four-storey mall, with Kenyan Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenkua saying there were 10 to 15 heavily armed men while some witnesses said they had seen

I was deeply shocked and saddened by the brutal terror attack yesterday on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi India condemns in the strongest terms this heinous and senseless assault, which has snuffed out so many innocent lives, including nationals of both our countries. Manmohan Singh, PM
the deadliest assault since AlQaida bombed the US Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing over 200 persons. Two Indians, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed and four other community members injured in the attack, an External
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and the same village from entering into wedlock. The panchayat said the government must make the amendment so that the gotra of the mother and father is avoided at the time of marriage, as this was a social and acceptable norm in the rural and urban society of Jats and most other castes and sub-castes in Haryana and neighbouring states, including Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. As soon as the change is promulgated, couples would

themselves refrain from such (same gotra, same village) alliances and this would curb honour killings, which have become a blot on society, said Jasbir Singh Malik, convenor of the mahapanchayat. Stating that two other resolutions were also adopted, he said khaps have asked the government to reintroduce the subject of moral education at the school and college level and take steps to curb pornography on mobile phones used by the youth.


Over 1,000 persons evacuated, nearly 200 injured; 10-15 attackers still holed up in the mall Among the dead was renowned Ghanaian poet and statesmen Kofi Awoonor Al-Qaida linked Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for attack; has been demanding withdrawal of Kenyan troops from Somalia The assault is the biggest single attack in Kenya since Qaidas East Africa cell bombed the US Embassy in Nairobi in 1998 killing over 200 persons

Tamil party sweeps polls in former LTTE-held region


A wounded woman breaks down at the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi. Reuters

Sri Lankas main Tamil party today secured a landslide win in the historic provincial council polls held after a gap of 25 years in the former LTTEruled Northern Province, an outcome set to renew demands for greater autonomy for Tamils after the end of decades of ethnic war. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) convincingly trounced the ruling UPFA coalition of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, grabbing 30 of the 38 seats in the province. The 30 seats won by TNA include two bonus seats allocated to the winning party under Sri Lanka's proportional representation system, according to official results. The ruling UPFA coalition won just seven seats and the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress only one. The TNA defeated the UPFA coalition in all five districts in the once LTTE bastion. C VWigneswaran, senior TNA leader and the chief minister
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also taken up the case of Nagpal both at the state and the national level. On August 17, Nagpal had responded to the state governments charge sheet accusing her of poor administrative acumen and lack of foresight. She had pleaded being not guilty to the charge of demolition of the under-construction wall of a mosque at Qadalpur village. After her meeting with Samajwadi Party national president Mulayam Singh Yadav in August, rumours of her reinstatement were doing the rounds. Principal Secretary RM Srivastava had been asked to submit his final report in the matter and the officer was expected to be reinstated before the commencement of the Vidhan Sabha session on September 16.

CV Wigneswaran, Chief Minister candidate from the TNA, flashes a victory sign in Jaffna on Sunday. AP\PTI

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) secured an overwhelming 78.48 per cent of the vote in the north while Rajapaksa's coalition got 18.38 per cent. Tamil alliance received over 80 per cent of the votes polled in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi districts. In Mullaithivu and Mannar districts, they won 78 and 61 per cent, respectively. In Jaffna, regarded as the cultural capital of the Tamils, the TNA garnered 86 per cent of the votes polled.



Mixed response to BJPs bandh call


Naidu meets Sharad Yadav, Bardhan over Telangana



The BJPs call for dawn-todusk bandh in major towns of the still-tense western Uttar Pradesh met with partial success today. Heavy police deployment was made to tackle any situation arising out of the bandh call. In Meerut town, BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai was seen personally going from shop to shop asking traders to down their shutters in support of partys bandh call in protest against the arrest of two BJP MLAs for inciting Muzaffarnagar riots. MLA from Thana

N Chandrababu Naidu, TDP chief

AB Bardhan, Communist leader

Tight security in place at Moradabad during a bandh called by the BJP in western Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. PTI

The jailor of the Urai prison was caught on camera warmly welcoming Sardhana MLA Som in the prison. The video showed jailor LP Singh standing at the

prison gate in plainclothes with folded hands greeting Som as he entered the Urai jail premises. A few policemen standing with him were also seen welcoming the

Sardhana MLA charged with uploading fake video clips and delivering provocative speeches at the September 7 mahapanchat after which riots broke out.

and sort out the differences," Bardhan said after Naidu called on him at the CPI office along with a party delegation. Addressing a press conference in the evening, Naidu criticised the Congress and the Finance Minister accusing the latter of responding to the issue in Parliament in a casual manner. "The Congress will have to pay a price for it is playing with the future of the people of Andhra Pradesh. It is not a party decision. Even the CPI and the BJP that support

Telangana criticised the manner in which the Congress dealt with the issue," he said. The TDP chief will attend a meeting of the National Integration Council tomorrow. The plan is to seek and wrest political advantage in the elections both to the state Assembly and the Lok Sabha that are scheduled to be held simultaneously. The TDP has reportedly conceded space to the YSR Congress in the Coastal and Rayalseema regions while it has little to gain in Telangana.

Usmani had cash on his person: Probe


Help defeat Cong, Modi tells NRI voters BJP misleading people: Sonia

Afzal Usmani, the alleged Indian Mujahideen operative accused of carrying out bomb blasts in Ahmedabad in 2008 who escaped from the police custody on Friday, was carrying cash in violation of prison rules, according to the police. Interrogation of Usmanis co-accused revealed that he had been carrying cash for quite some time. So far, it is not clear how he obtained that money. It might have been passed on to him in the prison or by his relatives during their visits to the court. Jail rules prohibit inmates from possessing cash. They are also not allowed use of mobile phones in the jail. Usmani escaped from the Sessions Court building in down town Mumbai when he was brought there for hearing. Police officials admitted he might have escaped an hour before his absence came to notice. With cash on his person, he might have moved out of Mumbai city limits within hours of his escape. The Churchgate and the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway stations are situated a couple of km away from the court premises. So, anyone familiar with Mumbai would be able to catch a train or a bus and be out of city limits in about an hour, a police official said. Usmanis escape has put the Maharashtra Government in a spot. The Opposition is calling for Home Minister RR Patils head. Was Usmani allowed to flee? BJP leader Gopinath Munde asked. He alleged 514 accused had escaped from the police custody so far.

In a blistering attack on the UPA government, Narendra Modi today asked Indian voters to hold it accountable for nine years of mis-governance and to throw out the Congress in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as they did after the Emergency in 1977. Drawing a parallel between the elections of 1977 and 2014, the BJPs prime ministerial candidate said, This government, which has downgraded the country, has to go. Let us affirm that this government has to go democratically. We should work for a progressive BJP government...Like 1977, 2014 will be the voice of the people, Modi said, referring to the first time the Congress was voted out of power after the 1975 Emergency. Speaking to the Indian

diaspora in the US through live video conference, Modi accused the UPA government of running away from giving a report on its performance since 2004, when it returned to power. See the arrogance of the government in Delhi. They are in power for nine years but they are not ready to give performance report, the 63-year-old Gujarat Chief Minister said. Modi, who has stepped up attacks on the Congress since he was named the BJPs prime ministerial choice, also spoke about a vested interest group shielding the misgovernance of the Congress but did not elaborate. There is a vested interest group that is a raksha kavach (protective shield) for the Congress. This vested interest group is active and come 2014, we have to fight both

Narendra Modi

the Congress and this vested interest group, said Modi, who has been denied a US visa since 2005 and has been interacting with NRIs via video-conferencing. As soon as I finish (my speech) they will start, what Modi said, but friends, Modi gave answers to the people in December 2012 and the people chose him for a third time with distinction to serve them, he said. I want to tell the Congress

friends, do you at least agree that when the Vajpayee government was there, growth rate was 8.4 per cent but now it is 4.8 per cent under this (UPA) government. Interestingly, Modi used the occasion to praise the leadership of L K Advani, who had resisted his nomination to the key position. He also lauded Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shiv Raj Chauhan and several chief ministers and leaders of the BJP. Highlighting the achievements of the six-year rule of the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi said it gave a new direction and inspiration to India and the world. Only the BJP can save India from the current crisis, he said. Modi urged the Indian American community, in particular his supporters, to play a meaningful role for the BJPs victory. PTI


On a day Narendra Modi attacked UPA government for its mis-governance, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi hit back accusing BJPof hatching conspiracies before elections and misleading people in its hunger for power. Modi, addressing an audience in the US through video conference, claimed that the UPAwas running away from giving its performance report of nine years, but Gandhi said her government had empowered people through various measures like RTI, food security and land acquisition while the BJP had nothing to show. The UPA government empowered people with Right to Information, Right to Education, MGNREGA, and recently gave food security to people and also introduced new land acquisition act in the inter-

Sonia Gandhi

est of farmers, she said. The BJP, on the other hand, misleads people and points fingers at the works of Congress governments. Why did they not do such work...who has stopped them from taking such decisions and empowering people?, she asked. They are just concerned about power and hatch conspiracies before elections. You all need to remain alert from them because they mislead people, the UPA chairperson

said at a public meeting in Rupaheli, a remote area of Bhilwara district. After unveiling plaques for foundation stone of a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) coach factory and drinking water project, Gandhi heaped praise on Manmohan Singh government, saying it has started a new era of empowering people. Earlier, after the stone-laying ceremony of a Rs 37,230-crore refinery and petrochemical complex at Pachpadara in Barmer district, she stressed that communal peace has to be maintained for development. She said the countrys secular ethos require that all communities move together on the path of development. When your own government ensures an environment of peace and harmony, there is development in every direction, then only there is prosperity. PTI

SSP beats up juniors, suspended Telangana statehood divides IT men

Was furious at staff for making SP leader wait
Senior SP leader and former Moradabad Mayor Dr ST Hasan had come to meet the SSP at his official residence on Saturday reportedly did not know him but still seated him with courtesy the leader had been made to wait he lost his cool and reportedly thrashed the three juniors black and blue



Thrashing his three subordinates proved costly for the Moradabad SSP who was immediately suspended by the Uttar Pradesh Government on Sunday. SSPRajesh Modak allegedly thrashed the three subordinates, who were posted at his residence, for not informing him about the visit of a senior Samajwadi Party leaders to his place. Senior SP leader and former Moradabad Mayor Dr ST Hasan had come to meet the SSP at his official residence yesterday. The three policemen reportedly did not know him but still seated him with courtesy. However, when SSP Modak learnt that the leader had been made to wait he lost his

The three policemen

When the SSP learnt that

cool and reportedly hit the three juniors with a stick, wiper and broom. The three policemen showed extensive abrasions on their body to TV channels. DIG, Moradabad, said the three policemen had given him a written complaint yesterday that Modak had beaten

them unnecessarily. "Guman Singh, Sunder Singh and Daya Kishan gave me a written complaint that the SSP, at whose residence they were posted in Moradabad, had thrashed them without any reason," DIG Amarind Singh Sanger said. He said the complaint had been forwarded to the headquarters. IPS officer and RTI activist Amitabh Thakur has sent a letter to the DGPand the Principal Secretary (Home) requesting them to order an administrative inquiry and registration of an FIR in the case. SP leader Hasan, however, said the SSP's staff kept him waiting for over an hour when he had gone to meet him. He claimed that Modak had only scolded his staff and not beaten anyone in front of him. (With PTI inputs)

The bitter debate over the Telangana statehood issue has created a division among the techies Around 3,000 IT professionals have formed the Telangana IT Industry Association (TITA) with an objective to actively support the statehood cause The new association wants to increase the representation of IT professionals from the Telangana region in the profession

The information technology industry, which had so far managed to insulate itself from the political turmoil in Andhra Pradesh, now stands vertically divided on regional lines. The bitter debate over the Telangana statehood issue has created a division among the techies. A group of 3,000 IT professionals has formed a separate Telangana IT Industry Association (TITA) with an objective to actively support the statehood cause. The new association is taking the Hyderabad-based IT students, aspirants and employees into its fold and wants to increase the representation of professionals from the Telangana region in the profession, that is cur-

rently less than 10 per cent. We have formed this association solely for the purpose of supporting the cause of a separate Telangana state. We want to increase the representation of people from Telangana in the IT sector as not even 10 per cent of the professionals hail from the Telangana region now. We want the state to be formed as soon as possible, said association

president Sandeep Kumar. We need a lot of focus on the Telangana region right from training students and aspirants to increasing our representation in the industry, said Manmohan Reddy, an IT professional and a member of the new association. The TITA would conduct an awareness conference to counter a growing campaign that the IT sector would lose its sheen if the

state was bifurcated. The software industry is largely concentrated in Hyderabad and the city ranks fourth in the country in terms of software exports. The city, which accounts for software exports worth Rs 50,000 crore annually, is home to about 700 IT and ITES companies, including global giants like Microsoft, Google, IBM, Oracle, DELL, Motorola and Deloitte.

Rajnath: BJP more secular than Cong


BJP chief demands Prez Rule in UP Helpline for BSF


troops to fight stress

the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. BSF sources said in the first four months of its establishment, the helpline received over 200 complaints, out of which about 90 have been redressed. While the act of making a bonafide complaint is not held against an individual, any false or mala fide complaint, of which there have been a few instances, is dealt with appropriately under BSF Rules. Most complaints pertain to issues concerning sanction of leave, pay anomalies, nature of duty and working conditions or transfer. The BSF is mulling to introduce this concept in other headquarters. One of the worlds largest border guarding forces in the world, the BSF has about 2.4 lakh personnel in 186 battalions.

Spelling out the agenda of the BJP in the coming General Election, party president Rajnath Singh said today that his party was more secular than the Congress. We are secular and would always remain secular. The Congress-ruled states or supported by the Congress have witnessed more communal riots than in the BJP-ruled states. It is a false propaganda spread by the UPAgovernment to divert attention of the masses from the burning national issues, said the BJPchief who is in the city to meet BJP core groups of northern states. On his first visit to the city after becoming the BJP chief and Narendra Modis name being declared as the partys PM candidate, a charged Rajnath Singh accused the UPA

government of playing the communal card against the BJP. It is the Congress which adopts the divide and rule policy, but now the people want change, he stated. Addressing party workers from the region, he said other political parties in the country were facing a crisis of credibility but the BJP would go to the masses with the challenge, adding: We need to repose faith of the people in the political system. We are not against globalisation, but it should not be at the cost of the autonomy of the nation, Taking credit for development in the BJP-ruled states, he said strong will power was required to change the face of the nation. He repeatedly reminded the participants about the Vajpayee-led BJP government rule from 1998 to 2004 to drive home the point of the need to bring the BJPto power.


BJP president Rajnath Singh today met President Pranab Mukherjee and apprised him over the alleged "mishandling" of the Muzzaffarnagar riots by the ruling Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh. He demanded the state Assembly should be dissolved and the President should take control of the state. The saffron party is miffed over the way UP CM Akhilesh Yadav has gone after "innocent" BJP members while adopting a "partial, soft" approach toward SP leaders, despite "ample proof" of their role in the violence that left many dead and thousands homeless. He urged the President to take control of the state in view of the "emergency-like" situation prevailing there. Along with imposition of the President's Rule, the BJP is also

President Pranab Mukherjee with MPs, MLAs from Uttar Pradesh, led by BJP president Rajnath Singh, at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI

demanded a Supreme Courtmonitored probe into the string of communal incidents in the state. Rajnath was accompanied by state BJPleaders when he met the President. He also came out in support

of former Army chief Gen VK Singh saying the government was deliberately troubling all those wanting to join the saffron party. "Whatever VK Singh has said is correct. Why was no

inquiry held against him when he was in service? Why are they getting into holding investigations one year after his retirement and that too soon after he shared the dais with Narendra Modi," he said.

In the first venture of its kind, the Border Security Force has established a helpline for its personnel where any individual can directly approach the apex headquarters with his perceived grievance without having to go through the hierarchical chain of command. The helpline is expected to mitigate stress levels in the force where troops have to undertake long and arduous border guarding duties in remote areas under difficult climatic and environmental conditions. It was set up recently as a pilot project at the Headquarters, Special Director General, West, which is responsible for the management of the International Border with Pakistan and BSF deployment along

Bhawan Suresh Singh Rana was arrested in Lucknow on Friday while Sardhana MLA Sangeet Singh Som had surrendered in his ancestral town of Salava, Meerut, yesterday and was later arrested. After being presented in the CJM court of Muzaffarnagar both were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. BSP MLA Noor Saleem Rana is also behind bars on similar charges. BJP workers were seen raising anti-government slogans and forcing traders in major bazaars to close their shops. The effect of the bandh was visible in Ghaziabad, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat and even Noida. To prevent their supporters from creating a law and order problem in Muzaffarnagar, the state government today transferred jailed BJP MLA Suresh Rana to Banda jail and Sangeet Singh Som to Urai jail in Jalaun district.

Congress will have to pay a price for playing with the future of Andhra people. Even the CPI and the BJP that support Telangana had flayed the manner it dealt with the issue.

We have to part like brothers. If necessary, the joint action committees on either side (pro and anti-Telangana) should be called to sit down and sort out the differences.

The Telugu Desam Party today continued its campaign for an early resolution to the stalemate that prevails in Andhra Pradesh following the announcement of carving out a separate state of Telangana. TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, who came here on Saturday, today met JD-U president Sharad Yadav and veteran Communist leader AB Bardhan urging them to join the effort in building pressure on the Centre to resolve the situation in Andhra Pradesh. Both Yadav and Bardhan shared the TDP chief's perception that the Centre was not doing enough and blamed the Congress for creating a situation in which agitations and counter-agitations had brought the state to a standstill. "We have to part like brothers. If necessary, the joint action committees on either side (pro and anti-Telangana) should be called to sit down


Chandigarh Plus

Rajindra Hospital ill-equipped to handle suspected dengue cases

Isolation ward proving too small for over 100 such patients, whore being kept in general wards

Farmers given tips on production of rabi crops


The Rajindra Hospital authorities have not bothered to create an isolation ward with sufficient number of beds to control the spread of dengue. This despite the fact that more than 100 persons suspected to have dengue, who have tested positive in the NSI Elisa test, have been been admitted at the hospital in the past few days. They just have three beds in the name of a "dengue ward" and persons suspected to have dengue are kept at general wards posing a risk of infection to other patients. According to official fig-

with other patients and they should wait till the reports of the Mac Elisa test were made available. A doctor, on the condition of anonymity, said the NS1 Elisa test is an antigen test, which detects dengue virus in the initial days of infection with over 99 per cent accuracy. He said though the infection might not be severe but if such patients were kept in general wards, the chances of the spread of the disease

BHANGRA BEATS: GCG students perform Punjabi folk dance in Patiala on Sunday.Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

25,975 anganwari centres being run from gurdwaras, temples


Over five lakh children up to three years of age are being taken care of by workers in anganwari schools in Punjab. However, except 680 buildings, about 25,975 anganwari centres in the state are being operated from gurdwaras, temples, houses, vacant plots and buildings. Despite making efforts to get proper buildings, Aanganwari workers have failed to get most of their demands met by the government.

The president of the anganwari workers in the state, Usha Rani, said, "About 56,000 workers and helpers were taking care of over 5 lakh children in 26,656 anganwari centres. However, the state of affairs at these centres is pathetic. There are no proper buildings where these children can be taken care of. In most of the districts, we are operating from local gurdwaras, temples, dharamshalas, vacant buildings, etc. Each centre has an average of 20 children. It becomes difficult to run the centres from religious and other places."

Besides, she said, the amount of feed provided by the government was too low for proper nourishment of children. She said the diet of each child was taken care of from 5 gm of powdered milk and 5 gm of ghee each day. "On two days, the children get panjiri, two days porridge and two days, they are given kheer. When there is scarcity of powdered milk, the children are served salted rice or halwa," she said, adding that initially, the work of Aanganwari workers was restricted to feeding the children, maintaining their vaccination record and taking

Bathinda admn gears up to impose property tax


With the Punjab governor promulgating the Property Tax ordinance, residents of the Bathinda city will have to shell out more in the form of property tax. Simplifying the property tax collection system, the city has been divided into eight zones and the work to digitise the data of all eight zones on the Geographical Information System (GIS) is underway. The work on computerising data of first five zones is near completion while the digitisation of data of the remaining three zones will be completed by October 15.Municipal Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta said the

company outsourced the GIS work would submit the report of the first five zones on October 5 while the report of the remaining zones will be submitted on October 15. The digitised data has been physically verified too. Teams of the Municipal Corporation, Bathinda (MCB), randomly visited the properties mentioned in the GIS data to verify the veracity of the data fed. The teams found the data satisfactory. "As soon as the digitisation of records is completed, the properties will be assigned unique identification numbers that will be linked with the water supply, sewerage and other civic services. It means we will have a consolidated data of all the properties in the

city, which will also be helpful for the revenue department and banks," the Municipal Commissioner added. The property tax will be applicable to the owners of land, rented accommodations and plots besides the dwellers of 'kachcha' houses. The tax will be applicable from April 2013 onwards. Those who have paid house tax on commercial properties by September this year, need not pay it. While the ordinance mentions that those who pay property tax before September 30 will get 10 per cent rebate, the Municipal Commissioner said the deadline might be extended to November.

ures, a total 19 patients have tested positive for dengue so far in the district but till date, the hospital is not fully equipped to handle such cases. Hospital authorities and the district health department claim that a person who tests positive in the NS1 Elisa test is only a suspected case of dengue. Only if they test positive in the Mac-Elisa test are they considered to have dengue. However, a part of the medical fraternity says that anyone diagnosed positive for NS1 Elisa is confirmed to be infected with dengue. These doctors said the hospital was taking a major risk in keeping such patients in general wards

Ideally, all suspected cases are to be kept in the isolation ward because in case a mosquito bites someone else after biting these patients, he too will get infected. However, the hospital authorities are least bothered
A doctor

increased manifold. "Ideally, all suspected cases are to be kept in the isolation ward because in case a mosquito bites someone after biting these patients, he too will get infected. However, the hospital authorities are least bothered," he said. "When there are separate class IV employees and other staff for the isolation ward, why such patients are being kept in general wards is beyond my understanding.

A patient generally needs isolation in the initial days because the Mac Elisa test comes out to be positive only after a week and if we shift the patients to the isolation ward after receiving the report of this test, a lot of damage might already have happened by that time," said another doctor. However, medical superintendent of the hospital Dr VK Sharda said unlike swine flu, which may spread due to sneezing, cold and cough, dengue is spread only by mosquito bite and so, it was not that risky if such patients are kept in general wards. "However, we will still consider providing mosquito nets to patients," he said.

Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa today said the Central government was responsible for the poor economic condition of the state's farmers. He said due to antifarmer policies of the Centre, farmers were under debt and were committing suicides. Dhindsa said this at the farmers training camp organised by the agriculture department here. The camp was aimed at giving technical knowledge about production of rabi crops to farmers. Hundreds of farmers from various parts of the district participated in the camp. Dhindsa, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said the Centre was

responsible for the meagre increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy and wheat crops every year. He said on the other hand, the state government was doing a lot for the farmers. Giving an example, he said the electricity bills of tube well motors of farmers worth Rs 6,000 crore were being paid every year by the state government. State Agriculture Director Dr Mangal Singh said the state government had made elaborate arrangements for provision of fertilisers, seeds and insecticides for rabi crops. He appealed to farmers to participate in such camps. Sangrur Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Rajinder Singh Sohi said during the rabi season, efforts were being

made to sow wheat on 2,84,000 hectares of land, mustard on 2,000 hectares of land and barley on 2,000 hectares of land in the district. He said Sangrur district contributed 11.5 per cent in the paddy production and nine per cent in the wheat production of the state. Additional Deputy Commissioner Pritam Singh Johal appealed to farmers to not burn paddy straw as as it weakened the production strength of the land and increased air pollution. During the technical session, experts from Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, gave tips and knowledge about agriculture-related aspects. Various stalls were put up as part of an agriculture exhibition in the camp.

PSSF holds protest rally


PPCB issues warning to industries violating pollution norms


Hundreds of employees under the banner of Punjab Subordinate Services Federation (PSSF) held a rally at the new grain market here to put forth their demands. The employees, led by PSSF president Satish Rana, however, cancelled their plan to gherao state Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa's house here as his officer on special duty Amanveer Singh Cheri visited the rally site and assured a meeting of the federation's leaders with the minister. Cheri told the leaders that the minister would meet them and discuss their demands in Chandigarh on October 4. The employees were protesting against the delay in the payment of their salaries, non-payment of instalment of dearness allowance from January, non-regularisation of services of contract and daily wagers and non-enhancement in the honorarium of anganwari workers.

Many lapses on the part of the industry have come to the fore during inspections by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) in the last few days. The PPCB inspected 33 electroplating industries of Ludhiana and Jalandhar which send their effluents to Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP). It was found that only four industries out of those inspected were following norms. The PPCB has warned these industries to do the needful or face legal action. The inspecting teams were headed by senior environmental engineers of the PPCB. PPCB chairman Ravinder Singh said the electroplating industries of Ludhiana and Jalandhar had joined the common effluent treatment plant located at Ludhiana and operated by the JRB Technology.

The PPCB inspected 33 electroplating industries of Ludhiana and Jalandhar which send their effluents to Common Effluent Treatment Plant. It was found that only four industries out of those inspected were following norms.

During the inspection, a majority of industries were found sending their effluents to the CETP and were having a valid agreement with the JRB Technology, Ludhiana. In some of the cases, it was found that the quantity of water consumed and effluents generated did not match and it is suspected that many industries are giving less effluents to the JRB Technology for treatment so as to pay less, he said. Officials of the raiding team said many industries had not installed water

meters on their inlets and outlets of the water tanks to measure the quantity of effluent being generated. Only one industry could not produce the agreement with the JBR Technology, said a team member. Officials said some industries were using flexible pipes for the supply of water and in some cases, the leaking supply from storage tanks was found going to the sewer unattended. In one industry, a 62-KVA DG set was found without a canopy. In one industry, the electroplating tanks were

found being cleaned by labourers and the sludge from the bottom of the tanks was being removed but the owner of the industry could not explain where the hazardous waste was being stored. The waste room was found to be locked. As per norms, the sludge is supposed to be sent to the TSDF, Nimbuan (Derabassi), a member said. The chairman said it is appreciable that industries had joined the CETP at Ludhiana. He said the minor and major discrepancies pointed out by the inspecting team were due to lack of knowledge at the operator's level and these units were so small that their operating staff was found to be less qualified to maintain the pollution control norms. These industries were asked to check the discrepancies saying the PPCB would have "zero-tolerance" towards the violations in the future.

Badal lashes out at Cong MP for raking up Ambulance 108 row


care of pregnant and lactating mothers. "Now, the government has started exploiting workers by asking them to also generate awareness among adolescent girls under the Kishori Shakti Yojna, take care of children and pregnant women and do surveys for census, Atta Dal Scheme etc," said Subhash Rani, an anganwari worker. The workers are paid a monthly honorarium of Rs 4,600 (Rs 3,000 by the Centre and Rs 1,600 by the state) while the helpers get Rs 2,300 (Rs 1,500 by the Centre and Rs 800 by the state)

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said Member of Parliament from Hoshiarpur Santosh Chaudhary was unnecessarily raking up a controversy over the 108 ambulance service. Badal said this while addressing mediapersons on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of a 220-KV grid station here yesterday. He said instead of putting forth a major health-related project to the Union Minister of State for Health and Fam-

ily Welfare, the minister was trying to deprive the state of its legitimate right by blocking the grants on the basis of photographs pasted on ambulances. Badal said people in the region had high hopes from two leaders from Gurdaspur and Chandigarh, who were allegedly involved in corruption cases. He said none of the Union ministers had ever bothered to visit the state to give any grant. "The withholding of grants by the UPA government reflects the myopic outlook of the Congress leaders," he said, adding that the state Congress leadership had always

acted as a "stumbling block in the progress of the state". Taking serious note of the infighting in the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) here, the Chief Minister directed the local MLA and other senior leaders of the district party unit to maintain unity saying indiscipline would not be tolerated. The Chief Minister while commenting on the demands raised by local MLA Nirmal Singh said the funds would be allocated if he, SAD general secretary Prem Singh Chanudmajra, former MLA Didar Singh Bhatti, district SAD president Daljit Singh Cheema and senior SAD

leader Ranjit Singh Cheema came together to his office in Chandigarh. He said if they did not put aside their differences, they should forget about funds for their respective areas. Meanwhile, anganwari workers held a protest and waved black flags to express their resentment over various issues. Later, a delegation of the workers led by their president Usha Rani met the Chief Minister to submit their memorandum of demands. The Chief Minister assured them that they would be given time to express their grievances.

Kenyan delegation Canada-based NRI introduces visits SGGS varsity cabs driven by women

With plans to set up an offshore campus of Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, Fatehgarh Sahib, in Kenya, a delegation of Supreme Council of Sikhs, led by Jinder Singh Rehri, general secretary, and Dhammi, former president, visited the university today. The delegation called on Dr Gurmohan Singh Walia, Vice Chancellor (VC), and discussed their proposal. The VC assured them to take up the matter with the SGPC president, who is also the Chancellor of the university. Rehri said in order to introduce their new generation to the values and culture of the

Sikhs and the teachings of the Sikh gurus, they wanted to set up a university centre in Kenya. He said they had earmarked more than 30 acres of land and a substantial amount of money for the purpose. Dr Walia informed the delegation members that the SGPC had set up its first institution of higher education in Mumbai in 1937. Since then, it had set up 45 institutions, including medical, dental and nursing colleges, and 75 schools. He assured them to hold more such meetings where terms and conditions of the collaboration would be discussed after getting inputs from the SGPC, trust and the syndicate of the university.



To put women at ease while travelling in the city, cabs driven by women have been introduced in the city yesterday. The private service was launched today with the help of a Canada-based NRI. It was flagged off by the chairman of Zila Parishad, Gurpreet Maluka. The cabs have been purchased with NRI Baljeet Singh Gill's help. Appreciating the NRI's efforts in helping raise the financial status of the poor in the city, Maluka said every possible help would be extended to make the serv-

Baljeet Singh Gill had opened a school in Gopal Nagar a year ago to educate the illiterate women of the area. He decided to help them by offering cabs with an initial investment ranging between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.

ice a success. Gill, while talking to TNS, said that earlier he had opened a school in Gopal Nagar a year ago to educate the illiterate women of the area. Gill pointed out that since he could not open a factory or any other business venture, he decided to help them by offering cabs with an initial

investment ranging between Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 6 lakhs. "At present, we have introduced only one cab but more women are being trained for the purpose. It is not only driving on the road but other aspects also for which training is needed," Gill said. He added that at present, the cab would ferry passengers starting from Parasram Nagar, railway station, bus stand and Civil Hospital. The NRI said two of the women have got the driving licence while two others are yet to get it. The service, at present, will be run on no profit, no loss basis.



Beant killer Rajoana discharged from PGI
Chandigarh: Convict Balwant Singh Rajoana, on death row for assassinating then Chief Minister Beant Singh, was discharged from the PGI, Chandigarh, on Sunday. Rajoana, lodged at the Patiala Central Jail, was taken to Rajindra Hospital when he complained of chest pain.The doctors there referred him to the PGI for advanced coronary tests. Sources said he was suffering from hypertension. TNS

Seat-swap with Akalis on agenda, BJP core committee meeting today


De-addiction centres lack crucial support


Other issues to be discussed

Swapping of portfolios of certain BJP ministers Pending development works in towns and cities Exorbitant prices of mining minerals like sand and gravel Growing nepotism in the state unit Sidelining of leaders having a mass base SAD leadership taking credit for policy decisions Punjab BJP chief Kamal Sharma (R) and state affairs in charge Shanta Kumar in Chandigarh on Sunday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

Amritsar MP Sidhu arrives for meeting

Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu arrived here on Sunday evening with party president Rajnath Singh to attend the state leaderships core group meeting on Monday. Sidhu was here along with Rajnath Singh. He left for his hometown Patiala and will be back for the party meeting. Sidhu is likely to raise his concerns on the government paying less attention to certain vital issues. He is likely to demand that BJP leaders be given a fair deal by its ally (SAD). The BJP president is scheduled to hold separate meetings with members of the partys core committees of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.

BKU suspends stir for a week

Moga: Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) has suspended its agitation against the SAD-BJP government across the state for one week keeping in view of the observation of the second death anniversary of noted dramatist Gursharan Singh aka Bhai Manna Singh in Barnala on September 27. Sukhdev Singh Kokri, general secretary, said BKU activists from all parts of the state would take part in the function where cultural events, including street plays, would be organised to pay tributes to the noted dramatist. TNS

2 arrested with illicit liquor in Tarn Taran

Tarn Taran: The Sadar police has arrested two persons and seized 80 litres of hooch and 1,320 litres of alcohol from their possession at a naka near Aladinpur village on Sunday. Naurang Singh, Station House Officer, Sadar, said the accused had been identified as Sawinder Singh Shinder and Vikramjit Singh Vicky, both residents of Tur village. A case under the IPC and the Excise Act has been registered. OC

The issue of swapping of some of the Lok Sabha seats with the SAD is likely to come up at the Punjab BJPs core committee meeting to be presided over by party president Rajnath Singh here tomorrow. Of the 13 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP has been contesting three, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur, while its coalition partner SAD the remaining 10. Party insiders said at informal meetings of SAD and BJP leaders, the swapping of Hoshiarpur (reserve) Lok Sabha seat with Jalandhar (reserve) and Amritsar with Ludhiana had been discussed. But, there had been no progress beyond informal talks. In the previous parliamentary elections, the BJPs candidate had lost in Hoshiarpur and the SADs in Jalandhar. Some senior leaders of the party are also likely to discuss swapping of portfolios of certain BJP ministers as they are reportedly not happy with their performance. Development works in various towns and cities and the exorbitant price of sand and gravel will also be taken up. Owing to paucity of

funds, development works in urban areas have suffered. Already, the issue of development in Amritsar is at the centre stage of the state politics. As the portfolio of the local bodies is with the BJP, the development of cities and towns is its responsibility. Prices of sand and gravel have risen significantly during the SAD-BJP rule. Since the portfolio of sand mining is with the BJP, it is accountable for the irrational rise in the prices of mining minerals. What strategy the BJP should adopt to counter opponents on this issue is

likely to be discussed. Growing nepotism, which was never a hallmark of the party, in the partys state unit will also come up at the meeting. Three members of a family of Amritsar have been given positions by the party. Likewise, three members of a family of Hoshiarpur have been given important positions. Besides, there is resentment among party ranks over the appointment of certain leaders, who were defeated in the assembly elections, on important posts. There are other issues related to the party. Certain

leaders, who otherwise have a mass base in their respective areas, have virtually withdrawn from partys mainstream activities. Navjot Singh Sidhu, who has won the Lok Sabha elections three times in a row, has already been saying that certain BJP leaders have been working in tandem with SAD leaders to politically extinguish him. He stayed away from all party platforms for several months due to this reason. There are reports that like Sidhu, some BJP leaders have also been regularly needling Manoranjan Kalia,

a popular leader in Jalandhar, and Avinash Rai Khanna, another popular leader in Hoshiarpur, by giving leverage to their opponents. The other issue is of taking credit for various works by the SAD leadership. BJP leaders have been complaining that the SAD moves quickly to take credit of important policy decisions. For instance, for the industrial policy, the entire credit was taken by the SAD leadership. On policy decisions for urban development, certain BJP leaders have been saying that the credit is being taken by the SAD top brass.

The intense anti-drug drive launched by the police districts of Gurdaspur, Batala and Pathankot may well turn out to be counter-productive in the next few days because the de-addiction centres both government and private owned are finding it difficult to find enough space and medicines to treat the rising number of addicts. The 30-bed Gurdaspur district de-addiction centre finds itself trapped between the devil and the deep blue sea. It cannot say no to addicts coming for treatment yet it has no space for accommodating large numbers. Last week, BSF Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) NK Mishra and Gurdaspur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) SS Gill visited the centre. Project Director Romesh Mahajan was quick to point out to the officers the lack of space and infrastructure at the centre. If the number of addicts continues to rise, we may have to request the BSF to provide us tents. We are fighting a battle which we may ultimately lose. If this happens, the police

Authorities have no infrastructure to handle rising number of addicts

drive may come to naught, said Mahajan. However, the Pathankot Senior Superintendent of Police said there would be no laxity in its drive against peddlers. Sources say the prices of opium and poppy husk have zoomed ever since the drive was launched. We have nabbed a number of known peddlers. This had had a cascading effect on addicts who are now opting for treatment, said SS Mand, Batala SSP. The porous border with Pakistan is one of the major reasons for drug infiltration. I have reports that every third youngster in Majha is on drugs, said Mahajan. He claimed there had been a phenomenal rise in the number of addicts at his centre in the past two years.

Cong panchayats being denied direct funds


Freedom fighter cremated with state honours


Capt Ranjit Singh, a freedom fighter, was cremated with state honours at his native Daroli Bhai village in the district on Sunday. He died of prolonged illness in a private hospital at Ludhiana on Thursday. He was 87. Capt Ranjit Singh was the president of the All-India Freedom Fighters Association. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, whose father was a close friend of Capt Ranjit Singh, attended the cremation. Others present included PPCC president Partap Singh Bajwa, adviser to the Chief Minister Maheshinder Singh Grewal, senior SAD leader Jathedar Tota Singh, Moga MLA Joginder Pal Jain and state Mahila Congress president Malti Thapar. Captain Ranjit Singh was one of the confidential officers of Netaji Subhash Chander Bose and worked under him in the Indian National Army. He had fought against the British imperialism in India and abroad. He commanded one of the INA units at Rangoon in Burma where he was jailed for more than 18 months.

With Sangat Darshan becoming an integral part of running the state government, Akali leaders are using the exercise to marginalise Congress-controlled panchayats by denying them direct funds. Instead, money is being given to government departments to execute developmental works in these villages. Rules permit the Chief Min-

ister to give an amount of Rs 10 lakh directly to panchayats. Anything above this has to be given to government departments, like the PWD (B&R) and Rural Development, for executing works. In this way, it is being ensured that Congress-led sarpanches dont take credit for works initiated in their villages. While drawing up lists of panchayats to whom favours are to be granted, SAD halqa (area) heads ask district officials to keep such villages

The game plan

Rules permit the Chief Minister to give an amount of Rs 10 lakh directly to panchayats Anything above this is to be given to government departments, like the PWD, for executing works Congress-led panchayats are invariably given more than Rs 10 lakh grant This is done to ensure that Opposition sarpanches dont take credit for the works in their villages Very often SAD halqa (area) heads ask district officials to keep such villages out of the purview of Sangat Darshan

out of the purview of Sangat Darshan proceedings. If a Congress-led panchay-

at does make an appearance at the Sangat Darshan, it is ensured that it is granted more

than Rs 10 lakh so that works in the village are initiated by government departments and the sarpanch, who belongs to the Opposition, does not take any credit. During Sangat Darshan (from August 30 to September 2) in Qadian, a Congress sarpanch was not allowed to enter the premises at Bhaini Mian Khan. The volatile situation was defused by Deputy Commissioner Dr Abhinav Trikha who allowed her in to speak to the Chief Minister.

When contacted, the Deputy Commissioner denied the allegations. We are going by the book. All panchayats are invited to the CMs function, irrespective of their political affiliations. We cannot do much if Congress sarpanches themselves decide not to attend the proceedings. They probably feel their voice will go unheard. Money is distributed across the board and not just to SAD-controlled panchayats, he maintained.

Capt wants Army ex-Chief investigated


Open to pact with anti-Badal parties, says Bajwa


Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Partap Singh Bajwa has said the party was open to an alliance with like-minded units that wanted to defeat the SAD-BJP coalition in the next parliamentary elections. Bajwa was in Guruharsahai today to attend the bhog ceremony of Baba Amolak Singh of Dera Bhajangarh in Goluke Mor. He said the ruling coalition did not deserve to be in power as 60 per cent of the votes had been polled against both the parties in the last assembly poll. All anti-Badal forces should come together for the welfare of Punjab, which is on the verge of ruin under the SADBJP combines rule, he said. The PPCC chief said the process for forming various panels within the state Con-

PPCC chief Partap Singh Bajwa addresses a gathering at Dera Bhajangarh near Guruharsahai in Ferozepur on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

gress unit was almost final and the list would be released this month. He said all sections of the society would be given due representation in the state committee. About the prospects of the party in the next Lok Sabha elections, Bajwa said all Congress MPs have done well and utilised all their grants for developmental works in their constituencies. On the other hand, the SAD-BJP MPs had failed on all fronts, said Bajwa, who himself is an MP from Gurdaspur. Bajwa alleged that the Badal family was busy filling their own coffers as they had virtually taken over the control of various businesses in the state. The common man is today reeling due to abject autocracy and despotism unleashed by the father-son duo. Continuing his attack on the ruling SAD-BJP combine, he said several leaders

belonging to the Akali Dal were allegedly involved in illegal sand mining and that police officials trying to check the menace were being publically thrashed. Among others, Congress MLAs Parminder Singh Pinki and Amarinder Singh Raja Warring and party leaders Anumeet Singh Sodhi, Hans Raj Jossan and Mohinder Singh Rinwa were present. Senior Congress leader Rao Dhan Singh represented Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and paid respects on his behalf. Bajwa later announced a grant of Rs 5 lakh on behalf of Guruharsahai MLA Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi for the development of Dera Bhajangarh. From the Akali camp, senior leaders Vardev Singh Mann, Sher Singh and Baldev Singh Mamujohiya paid tributes to the departed soul.

Former Punjab Chief Minister and permanent invitee to the Congress Working Committee Capt Amarinder Singh today demanded a high level probe into the allegations against former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) VK Singh. In a press release, the former Chief Minister also asked the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to clarify his stand on the issue as there have been other allegations against Gen VK Singh that he tried to scuttle the appointment of the current Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh just because he belonged to a particular community. Capt Amarinder said the nature of allegations against the former Army chief was quite serious, including the one that he tried to destabilise an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir. He had a dig at the self-proclaimed supporters of Gen Singh that he was being made a victim out of political vendetta. Nobody can be immune to the law of land, he asserted ,wadding that just because someone was trying to make an excuse that he was being made a victim of political vendetta, he could not escape an inquiry.

EcoSikhs green drive draws support


Liquor sales may touch all-time high in state


Around 300 people gathered for the EcoSikh Gala Event at Washington to support the environmental efforts by this four-year-old organisation. Sikh representatives from various gurdwaras and youth from all across Washington and as far as Virginia and Baltimore participated in the event. The organisers claimed it was the largest gathering of the community supporting global environmental agenda. Addressing the gathering, EcoSikh president Rajwant

Singh said, As the environment around the world is deteriorating and also the natural resources of Punjab are dwindling, it has become necessary to be involved in a forum like EcoSikh, which is engaging people at the grassroots level to do something about the crisis facing the humanity. He also updated the audience about the recent initiative of Eco-Amritsar launched by EcoSikh and the next move to have Nanded, city of Hazur Sahib, on the green map. He also elaborated how hundreds of gurdwaras across the world were joining the movement.

This is a trade that attracts politicians across party lines and the one that is booming despite the volatile market trends all thanks to Punjabs Bacchus lovers. The sale of liquor in Punjab is at an all-time high with almost all the districts recording an increase in sales as compared to the corresponding period last year. Already battling drug abuse menace, the high liquor sale is by no means a good sign for Punjab. The high prices of the commodity, which have been constantly heading north, too

have failed to deter its sale. The development has only meant maximum profits for the liquor mafia. With the liquor prices going up in Chandigarh too, the smuggling to Punjab has gone down, thus contributing to the rise in its sale in the state. In the first four months of the 2013-14 fiscal, the state government has gathered Rs 1,154.71 crore revenue from the liquor trade (till July 30). The Excise Department is hopeful of surpassing the annual target of Rs 4,020 crore. The revenue stood at Rs 1,406 crore in 2002-03, Rs 2,000 crore in 2009-10 and Rs 3,410 crore in the last fiscal. Punjab has already sold over

1.28 crore proof litres of IMFL (Indian-made foreign liquor), over three crore proof litres of local liquor and 1.09 crore bulk litres of beer till July 30. With the marriage season round the corner and the winter approaching, the sales are set to increase further, said a senior excise official. Liquor from Chandigarh was earlier smuggled into Punjab but the activity has seen a decline after the prices were hiked in the Union Territory. As such, the Punjab liquor lobby is laughing its way to the bank, he said. With the liquor trade turning out to be a moneyspinner, there has been a mad rush to get into the business. Fifteen distilleries are already

operating in Punjab and applications for seven more are pending at various stages. In 2005-06, Punjab had eight distilleries and their count was 11 two years ago. The bottling plants have gone up from 16 to 21. Punjab also has two brewery units. The love for liquor can be gauged from the fact that in the last fiscal, Punjab, having a population of little less than three crore, consumed about 29 crore bottles. On an average, Bacchus lovers in Punjab guzzle over 7.5 crore bottles of beer per annum, which means the state sells roughly 5 crore bulk litres of beer. Given the current trend, the figures for this year

might throw up surprises when the excise fiscal comes to an end on March 31, 2014. While the excise collection from liquor has gone up by around 18 per cent as compared to the last fiscal, the rates of almost all brands are up by 35 per cent. Ludhiana has emerged the frontrunner when it comes to the sale of IMFL with 15.5 lakh cases being sold already, besides 20.66 lakh bulk litres of beer. Jalandhar is not far behind, seeing sale of 17.64 lakh boxes of IMFL, 21.30 lakh boxes of local-made liquor and over 6.09 lakh bulk litres of beer. Sangrur tops in the sale in local-made liquor (26.23 lakh boxes).

1,154.71 cr rupees revenue to government from liquor sale till July 30 4,020 cr rupees the annual target of the Punjab Excise Department 3,410 cr rupees revenue in 2012-13 2,000 cr rupees revenue in 2009-10 1,406 cr rupees revenue in 2002-03

Annual consumption
In 2012-13, Punjab (with population of less than 3 crore) consumed 29 crore bottles of liquor Average annual beer intake is 7.5 crore bottles



Scribe killed, SSP hurt in accident

Officers driver, gunman also sustain injuries, hospitalised

Scribe Jasdeep Malhotra was on his way to Pathankot on an assignment He rang up Pathankot SSP Kalia as he left Jalandhar in a private taxi The SSP told him that he too was on his way to Pathankot from Jalandhar The two decided to meet at Bhogpur, 20 km from Jalandhar Malhotra sat with the SSP in his official car while the taxi he had hired trailed them Their car rammed into a tree near Milwan village, 22 km from Pathankot, as the driver tried to overtake a trailer

Jalandhar-based Hindustan Times principal correspondent Jasdeep Malhotra (42) was killed and Pathankot Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Surinder Kumar Kalia injured when the car in which they were travelling rammed into a tree near Milwan village, 22 km from Pathankot, this afternoon when the driver tried to overtake a trailer. The SSP, who has been admitted to Fortis in Mohali, is out of danger. The condition of driver Bua Singh is stated to be serious. The gunman accompanying the SSPsuffered injuries which the doctors said were not of serious nature. Eyewitnesses said the car overturned thrice after it hit the tree. They claimed that the driver lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake a trailer. Malhotra, who is survived by his wife, daughter and son, died on the spot. A profusely bleeding SSP was pulled out of the wreckage by onlookers and the security personnel in the pilot vehicle. He was admitted to Raavi Sadan Hospital in Pathankot where an MRI scan revealed broken ribs. The SSPs driver and gunman were admitted to the same hospital. Pathankot Deputy Commissioner Siben C visited the officer in hospital as did InspectorGeneral of Police (Border) Ishwar Chander before he was shifted to Fortis in Mohali. A senior police officer said Malhotra, who was on his way to Pathankot on an assignment, rang up the SSPas he left Jalandhar in a private taxi. The SSP told him that he too was on his way to Pathankot from Jalandhar. The two decided to meet at Bhogpur, 20 km from Jalandhar. Malhotra sat

Bajwa suspects foul play, wants CBI probe


The overturned SSPs car. A Tribune photograph

Indora SHOs version

Meelwan: The SSPs official car was on a high speed when the accident occurred, said Indora Station House Officer (SHO) Balbir Chand. While trying to overtake a trailer, the driver lost control over the wheel and the vehicle hit a tree, a milestone, a signboard and then another tree before rolling down a ditch along the highway, the SHO said. A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304-A of the IPC had was registered against an unidentified vehicle on the complaint of gunman Lal Singh, he addded. Bipin Bhardwaj

Hinting at foul play, Partap Singh Bajwa, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president, today appealed to the Punjab and High Court to take suo moto notice and order a CBI probe into scribe Jasdeep Singh Malhotras death in a road mishap. Referring to Malhotras news report on the nefarious activities of the sand mafia in Pathankot, he said the death was a big blow to the media fraternity. I request the Chief Justice of the High Court to order a CBI probe into the circumstances leading to Malhotras death, Bajwa said. Former Punjab Chief Minister and permanent Invitee to the Congress Working Committee Capt Amarinder Singh also condoled the death. Congress spokesperson Sukhpal Singh Khaira, in a press note, expressed shock at the death.

CM mourns death
Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal expressed profound grief and sorrow over Malhotras sad, tragic and untimely demise. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Information and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia also expressed sympathies with the bereaved family.

with the SSP in his official car while the taxi he had hired trailed him. A case has been registered at the Indora Police station in Himachal Pradesh.

The stretch of the road where the accident occurred is located in Himachal. A hunt has been launched to arrest the driver of the trailer.

SSP had left station without permission


To check fraud, state govt opts for e-stamps


How the system works

Stamp duty for a particular area will be decided by the circle registry office concerned The chosen bank will then issue a paper on the stamp value that will have a unique bar code The registry office will undertake online verification and make a registry Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda, Allahabad Bank, Canara Bank, IDBI Bank and Central Bank of India have been selected for the task The e-stamp system is already operational in Gujarat, Karnataka, Delhi, Assam, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Daman & Diu and Puducherry

Pathankot Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) SK Kalia, who was seriously injured in an accident today, had reportedly left his place of posting against rules. Government rules clearly state that an officer needs to inform his immediate superior if he has to leave his station. Kalia was on his way to Pathankot from Jalandhar. He was accompanied by HT principal correspondent Jasdeep Malhotra who had written about goonda tax being realised by the mining mafia operating in Pathankot district. The area comes under Kalia as Pathankot SSP. Why were the two travelling together then? It is also being asked if Kalia was accompanying Malhotra to the sites where the mining mafia was collecting the goonda tax . Or was he accompanying the scribe in an effort to dissuade him from writing further on the issue? Prior to his promotion and posting as SSP, Pathankot, Kalia was posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police with the Jalandhar Police Commissionerate. Sources said Kalia has been occupying a government house in Old Baradari, Jalandhar, even after his transfer to Pathankot more than three years ago. Sources in the PWD (B & R) said that Kalia had been given permission to retain his government house in Jalandhar for some time. In Pathankot, the officer has taken possession of a rest house of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL). Efforts to contact Inspector-General of Police (Border Range) Ishwar Chander proved futile despite several attempts.

In order to check fraudulent practices, Punjab is all set to introduce e-stamping in a phased manner. Stamp vendors will continue to sell lower denomination stamp papers. The new Stamp Duty Administration System has been accepted in principle following a representation by Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited (SHCIL), the central record-keeping agency (CRA), last week. Talking to The Tribune, Financial Commissioner (Revenue) NS Kang said the new system was likely to get the nod shortly. Stamp vendors will now work as government authorised collection centres (ACCs), he explained. The system is already operational in Gujarat, Karnataka, Delhi, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Dadra Nagar and Haveli, and Diu, Puducherry and Uttar Pradesh. It entails electronic payment of stamp duty, web-based data

storage system and online verification facility. One of the greatest benefits of the technology-aided facility is online verification through a bar-coded security system. Official sources claimed that e-stamp certificate could not be tampered with. Its authenticity could be checked through the inquiry module and each such certificate had a unique identification number. E-stamping is an effective mechanism against bogus or false shortage of stamp papers. Very often, it was difficult to procure stamp papers of the exact denomination, a senior official said.

Approval to Bhai Jaita memorial

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday approved the concept paper prepared for the construction of a memorial of Bhai Jaita (Jeevan Singh). Spread over five acres, the memorial would be a tribute to Bhai Jaitas spirit of service and dedication towards Guru Tegh Bahadur and his son Guru Gobind Singh. Badal asked the Principal Secretary, Cultural Affairs, to engage a reputed architect for finalising the site plan and design of the monument.

Jammu and Kashmir

Congress leader threatens to take on abusive party minister


Cong workers turn to Soni with complaints about NC

Allege alienation at hands of coalition partner

Decoding 2010: The year that remains an enigma


When AICC general secretary and in charge of Congress J&K affairs Ambika Soni chaired a party convention here today, several local party workers complained of facing alienation and discrimination at the hands of leaders of its coalition partner National Conference (NC). Sources said several Congress workers complained to Soni that they were not being given due attention when they approached NC leaders with certain issues. The workers said as a result they felt alienated and discriminated against. The workers also raised the issue of panchayat empowerment and the alleged coldshouldering of the Congress by the NC over the extension of the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution to the state. Sources said Soni told party workers she had already taken up the complaints of discrimination with Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. She assured the workers that they would not face any sort of discrimination in the future. She also told Congress ministers to sit in office and listen to the problems being faced by party workers. She also laid emphasis on maintaining unity within the party, the sources added. After the convention, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Saifuddin Soz said the meeting was successful but admitted that workers had given vent to certain grudges and complaints. He said 32 speakers had addressed the convention. Soz said a decision on the pre-poll alliance would be

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, in charge of the Congress affairs in J&K Ambika Soni and JKPCC chief Saifuddin Soz at a party convention in Srinagar on Sunday. Tribune photo: Amin War

taken once the 2014 elections drew nearer. We will take a decision while keeping our interests in mind, he added. Meanwhile, the sources said the Congress decided it would hold six conventions during the next six months. Six conventions, three each in the Jammu and Kashmir regions, will be held in the next six months. Conventions will also be held in Anantnag and Baramulla in which the party will take stock of its strength and shortcomings to prepare for the 2014 elections, a source said. Besides, Soni and Soz, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was also present at the convention. Azad and Soni refused to speak to the media after the convention, which was held at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC) on the banks of the Dal Lake.

Cong convention passes four resolutions

SRINAGAR: The Congress passed four resolutions during the party convention held here on Sunday. J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president Saifuddin Soz, while talking to reporters, described the convention as very successful and said the party passed four resolutions. In the first resolution, the party stressed the need for maintaining unity and integrity in J&K. The second resolution urged the state government to set in motion a mechanism for adoption of the food security and land acquisition Bills in the interest of the people of the state. The third resolution stressed the need to hold elections to the local bodies in the state as early as possible. The fourth resolution emphasised the resolve of the JKPCC to urge the coalition government to incorporate important provisions of the 73rd Amendment to the Indian Constitution to the state to strengthen the panchayats. In his address, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad urged Congress workers to remain fully united in serving the interests of the common people. Soni urged the ministers to strengthen their liaison with party cadres at all levels and assist the JKPCC president in strengthening the party. TNS

Senior Congress leader and Member of Legislative Council Ghulam Nabi Monga today said he would lodge a formal complaint with the party high command against Minister for Medical Education, Sports and Youth Services Taj Mohiuddin for allegedly abusing him. The minister was very rude and he used abusive language against me. I have decided to take up the matter with the party high command in New Delhi, said Monga. The heated argument between the two Congress leaders reportedly took place at the VIP lounge of the Srinagar Airport on Saturday when they were waiting for the arrival of All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and in charge of Jammu and Kashmir affairs Ambika Soni and Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad. The sources said Taj, who represents the Uri constituency in north Kashmir, was upset over the joining of a former National Conference leader from the area without his knowledge. Monga, on the other hand, pleaded that the joining of the former NC leader would make the party stronger, the source said. Angry over Mongas assertion, Taj started abusing him. As the situation started to worsen, senior Congress leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, who were present in the lounge pacified the duo, he added. The sources said both Taj and Monga have taken up the issue with the AICC general secretary. Taj, meanwhile, played down the incident, saying it was nothing serious and the argument had started over a minor issue with the MLC.

HE year 2010 still remains an enigma. The truth of this year is yet to come out though an underlined fact is that it is etched in the memories of all those who lost their near and dear ones in the public unrest. They are aware about the incendiary focal point that marked the beginning of 2010. As of today, there are gory memories of 2010 that haunt people all across the Valley. The memories of that year are sitting in garlanded frames on the mantelpiece of houses of youths killed in street protests. For them, it was the killing of 17-year-old Tufail Mattoo in Rajouri Kadal in downtown Srinagar in June that added fuel to the fire and the protests raged on and spread across the Kashmir valley. The year redefined the nature and complexion of protests, from guns to stones. That was the time when the politically ambitious people within the ruling National Conference and its ally Congress sought to fulfill their ambitions. But the Congress high command, and in particular Rahul Gandhi, stood behind Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and derailed the ambitions of the likes of Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee chief Saifuddin Soz and a couple of ministers from within Omars own party who wanted to crown themselves as the Chief Minister. In January 2010, a new kind of resistance (stonethrowing) started with the killing of a youth, who was crushed to death by a CRPF vehicle. Some equated it with Palestinian intifada (uprising). Protesters defied curfew, pelted security personnel with stones and invited bullets. They burnt state


property, injured security personnel and there appeared to be no end in sight. Omar Abdullah was shuttling between Srinagar and Delhi and was being lectured (by the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram) to visit his people, interact with them. Omar, angry with the way things were happening and the way he was being sermonised, blamed the Army for being the prosecutor and the judge in the case of an alleged fake encounter in which Army men had allegedly shot dead three civilians near the Line of Control (LoC) in April 2010. The civilians were dubbed as infiltrators from across the borderline, which they were not. They were job seekers from a village near Sopore in north Kashmir. They were killed in Machil close to the LoC. There were other facts too which had started the trouble in the streets: one was the killing of 13-year-old boy Wamiq Farooq on January 31, 2010, followed by the killing of Zahid Farooq in February that year. All this had a ripple effect on the street protests. The protests against the Machil encounter had erupted in north Kashmir and subsided. Rather those protests had become a side story as the Kashmir valley had started celebrating Kashmirs Shah Faesals first position in the civil services examination. He was felicitated by all from Prime

Minister Manmohan Singh to then DGP Kuldeep Khoda. The killing of Tufail Mattoo was the turning point and the matters slipped out of hand. The state government, among other things, made a plea for more forces to deal with the protests. The Centre obliged him. As such, the year 2010 stands for everything thats wrong with Kashmir. It is being complicated by many to distort history. The latest charge against the Army is that it orchestrated the trouble street protests, stonethrowing and killings in the Kashmir valley that year. The death toll was 120 plus. In a region of the world where the cruel irony of history has warped societies, the blame game is seen as the best answer to the problems confronting Jammu and Kashmir. The ruling National Conference that nurtures the perennial fear that there is an all-time conspiracy to weaken it and destablise its government, is borne out by the fact that New Delhi had indeed played that game in the past. But now most of the times it is fiction. While the Machil fake encounter is a reality, but it took place on April 30. The killings of Wamiq Farooq and Zahid Farooq took place in January and February that year. The Machil encounter caused trouble for a while, but it was Mattoos killing that summoned people to the streets. That is where the things went wrong and that wrong has not been undone so far that explains why people are again responding to shutdown calls by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, whose services were sought by the government in 2010 to halt the violence and burning of public property.

Villagers in PoK to protest presence of terrorists along LoC


Orphan children interact with Governor at Raj Bhawan


Residents of several villages in the Neelam Valley in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) are up in arms against the growing presence of terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC) and have decided to hold a protest in this regard on September 30. The Neelam valley facing Kupwara district of Kashmir was a major stagingpost for militants from 1990 to 2003 and according to Intelligence sources, the Pakistan army was trying to reactivate the launch pads in the area to push the insurgents into Jammu and Kashmir before the mountain passes become inaccessible due to snow. The armed insurgents waiting to be pushed into India by the Pakistan army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) are harassing local residents, Shabir Choudhary, president of the Kashmir National Party (KNP), told The Tribune in an email interview from London. Choudhary was one of the founding members of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), but left the organisation in 1996 following a split in the organisation over the propagation of the Pakistani agenda on the Kashmir issue. He later set up KNP in May 2008. That (part of the Neelam valley in PoK) area is under total control of the ISI and militants. To have a rally against them and declare it is a big step against the exploitation of poor villagers, Choudhary said, adding that the party was expecting hundreds of people to attend the peace conference on September 30. He said Afzal Suleria, president Azad Kashmir

Agroup of 41 orphan and destitute children of Raahat Ghar, Zakura, visited Raj Bhawan in Srinagar today and met Governor NN Vohra and his wife Usha Vohra. The children were accompanied by Girija Dhar, chairperson of Raahat Ghar, and members of the advisory committee of the organisation, including Suraiya Ali Mattoo, Hawa Bashir, Nusrat Andrabi and Mumtaz

Governor NN Vohras wife Usha Vohra distributes sweets to orphan children of Raahat Ghar at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

Soz, an official said. The Governor, who had visited Raahat Ghar on Friday, had invited the children to Raj Bhawan. The children, as per an official press note, were delighted at the opportunity of being hosted by the Governor and his wife and be able to go around the Raj Bhawan lawns. The Governor handed over a vehicle to the management of Raahat Ghar for the transportation of children, which he had announced during his visit to the institution. He also

gave a cheque of Rs 50,000 to the organisation for carrying forward its work for the rehabilitation of the orphan and destitute children. The Governor and his wife interacted with the children, inquired from them about their studies and wished them a bright future. They presented sweets to the children and hosted a tea party for them. Dhar and the members of the advisory committee thanked the Governor for his support and inviting the children to Raj Bhawan. They

expressed their gratitude to the Governor and his wife for their active support and taking a keen interest in the welfare of the destitute children. Raahat Ghar is run by the Guild of Service, New Delhi, for the rehabilitation of orphan and destitute children. Presently, 52 such children from the far-flung areas of the Kashmir valley and the Ladakh region are being provided free of cost boarding, lodging, educational and vocational training facilities by the organisation.

unit of the KNP would organise the rally. He (Suleria) wrote to me that armed militants were harassing the locals and that they feared an increased tension along the fence in the coming days, Choudhary said. By organising the peace rally, people want to send a strong message to Pakistan, he added. According to Intelligence agencies, the Pakistan army and the ISI are desperate to push in terrorists into Jammu and Kashmir before the approaching winter. A report in this regard was earlier carried by The Tribune. It had mentioned that the Army was trying to strengthen its anti-insurgency grid along the international border and the LoC with Pakistan.

Apple trade in Shopian takes a hit


After a 70 per cent decline in apple production in the Valley due to the leaf blotch disease this year, their is more bad news for the apple growers. Due to curfew for 15 consecutive days in one of the apple towns of Kashmir, Shopian, the growers say the transport and sale of at least 1.5 crore apple boxes, which are annually produced in Shopian town and adjoining areas, have been affected. President of the Fruit Growers Association Ghulam Rasool Wagay told The Tribune that the apple growers feared further losses due to the

long spell of curfew which had affected the transportation of the packed apple boxes and might lead to the fruit damage. Shopian is one of the hubs of apple production in the Valley and a major chunk of the apple produce in Kashmir comes from Shopian town and its adjoining villages. Due to the curfew, apple transport, marketing and sales have totally collapsed and the growers may suffer more loss than in any other part of the Valley, Wagay said. He added that the crucial period from September to October determined the profits which were earned annually, as it was during this time

that apples were packed and sent to various areas in and outside the state. We have already lost 15 days and packaged apples will rot in this time. People there (Shopian) have not been able to step out of their homes and transport has mainly been off the roads. It will become increasingly difficult for the growers to retrieve their losses, Wagay said. Scientists at the Sher-eKashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Kashmir, held that the apple produce this year in Kashmir had suffered a major setback due to the leaf blotch disease which had led to a dip in fruit pro-

duction by 70 per cent. Afeefa Kamili, Director, Extension Education, SKUAST-K, said the weather vagaries coupled with the nonadherence of guidelines by the apple growers had led to the problem which had affected the apple production. Wagay said the quality of apples had been severely affected, bringing down the cost of an apple box from Rs 700 to Rs 200. We are incurring more than double the losses this year. The state government doesnt seem bothered to aid the horticulture sector which employs around 80 per cent of the population in the Valley, he added.

Kashmiri labourers picks apples at an orchard in the Valley on Sunday. Tribune photo: Amin War

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BJP to sharpen its strategy on seat-sharing with HJC


The state BJP top brass will try to put up a united front before the party high command, particularly on the issue of the BJP-HJC alliance, at Mondays face-to-face meeting with the national president primarily organised to gear up the party organisation in the region for the next years Lok Sabha poll

The core committee of the state BJP, at a meeting with BJP national president Rajnath Singh here tomorrow, will brainstorm on several keys issues, including seatsharing arrangement with its alliance partner Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), ahead of parliamentary and Assembly elections next year. Buoyed by Narendra Modis impressive September 15 rally at Rewari, the state BJP top brass will try to put up a united front before the party high command, particularly on the issue of the BJP-HJC alliance, at tomorrows face-to-face meeting with the national president primarily organised to gear up the party organisation in

the region for the next years Lok Sabha poll. Though the final seatsharing with the HJC is expected to be finalised at the BJP-HJC coordination committee meeting at Kurukshetra on September 30, yet a broad consensus is expected to emerge at tomorrows meeting.

The BJP and the HJC have agreed to fight on 45 seats each in the state Assembly elections while the BJP will contest eight Lok Sabha seats leaving two seats to the HJC. In fact, tomorrows deliberations before Rajnath Singh and party in charge Jagdish Mukhi will assume importance against the backdrop of speculation about the future of the BJPHJC alliance and BJP Campaign Committee chairman Narendra Modis fascination for Om Prakash Chautalas led-INLD. Recently, the INLD pledged an unconditional support to Modi if the BJP formed the next government at the Centre. Though state president BJP Ram Bilas Sharma today rubbished reports of

BJP-INLD tie-up, claiming that the BJP-HJC alliance is as solid as rock, yet an influential section with the BJP believed that only the BJP-INLD alliance could take on the Congress in the next years elections. BJP sources said since Chautala and his MLA son Ajay Chautala had been convicted in a corruption case, the tie-up with the INLD could send wrong signals to the electorate in the run-up to election as the BJP had made Congress-led UPA governments corruption as major election issue. The tie-up with the HJC will last till the Lok Sabha election as by that time the BJP will have a fair assessment of the support base of various parties, including our junior partner, a BJP leader told The Tribune.

A labourer dries up wet paddy at the new grain market in Karnal on Sunday morning. Tribune photo: Ravi Kumar

BJP opposes same-gotra marriages


Defaulters to get red power bills


Teacher booked for molestation


If a state resident receives a red-coloured electricity bill from power utilities, it indicates that the authorities are going to disconnect his power supply soon if he does not pay pending bills immediately

Jats to chalk out strategy for quota at Bhiwani meet


16 state MLAs tainted


The All-India Jat Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti would call a state-level meeting in Bhiwani in October to chalk out a strategy for their demand of inclusion of the Jats in the OBC category at the Centre. In a statement here today, Hawa Singh Sangwan, state president of the samiti, said the Centre had appointed the president of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) and now they needed to lobby for getting their demand accepted with the Centre. He said the samiti would again urged the khap panchayats to come forward on the issue to apply pressure on politicians on the issue.

Over one-sixth of Haryana MLAs, 16 in a 90-member House, are "tainted". Six of them, including Leader of the Opposition Om Prakash Chautala, are serving jail terms. Former Haryana minister OP Jain and former Chief Parliamentary Secretary Zile Ram Sharma are the latest "additions" to this list following their surrender before a CBI court yesterday. The first to take a "big hit" in January was the INLD. A CBI court convicted Leader of the Opposition Om Prakash Chautala and his elder son, Ajay Singh Chautala, in the JBT scam, besides party MLA Sher Singh Badshami, among others. For the Chautalas, there is more to come with the disproportionate assets case hanging like a Democles' sword over their head. The recent monsoon ses-

Among the tainted ones are Om Prakash Chautala,OP Jain, Zile Ram Sharma, Ram Kishen Fauji, Vinod Bhyana and Jaleb Khan, besides Naresh Selvel, Ran Niwas Ghorela, Sampat Singh, Jarnail Singh and Ram Krishan Gujjar
sion saw a sudden surge in the number of "tainted" MLAs. An Opposition-sponsored sting on cash-for-change-ofland use (CLU) stung the Treasury Benches, taking seven MLAs in its fold. The matter has since been referred to the Lokayukta for a thorough probe. However, though the veracity of the CDs is yet to be proved, CPSs Ram Kishen Fauji, Vinod Bhyana and Jaleb Khan, besides Naresh Selvel, Ran Niwas Ghorela, Sampat Singh, Jarnail Singh have been left "tainted" for the time being. Among other members facing trial is Chief Parliamentary and Congress MLA Ram Krishan Gujjar, a Congressman, in the abetmentto-suicide case. Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare and Independent MLA Sukhbir Kataria, has been accused of being allegedly involved in bogus voting in Gurgaon during the assembly election of 2009. He is on anticipatory bail. Former minister and Independent MLA Gopal Kanda is facing trial in the Geetika suicide case. Sources said in a House where MLAs on either side are facing investigations, constructive criticism and a healthy debate are impossible. "They are so busy ensuring that the heat is not turned on them that they deflect any attempt at discussion by indulging in a slanging match," a senior legislator observed.

Opposing the same-gotra marriages, the BJP today blamed the police for the honour killing of a young couple at Garnauthi village in Rohtak district. The same-gotra marriages are unscientific and go against Indian culture and traditions, Haryana BJP president Ram Bilas Sharma said at a press conference here today. He, however, came down heavily on the ineffective police for its failure to prevent the crime despite the girls brother giving a missing complaint to the police several days before the crime. Flaying the Hooda government for virtual collapse of law and order in the state, Sharma alleged that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was presiding over a regime in which a substantial number of ruling party legislators were facing serious criminal charges. The BJP leader demanded immedidate dissolution of the recently constituted Police Recruitment Board which was packed with the ruling partys political favourites.


Power distribution corporations, the UHBVN and the DHBVN, have decided to sent red-coloured bills to defaulting customers from now. The red-coloured bills will also serve the purpose of notice for disconnection. The Discoms have taken this decision in view of the huge pending arrears and failure of the power authorities at the local level to disconnect power supply to the defaulting consumers for months. The DHBVN is going to start issuing red bills from the coming months. A spokesperson of the Discoms informed The Tribune that the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD), Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, Devender Singh announced this at a meeting of senior officers of the DHBVN called to review the operation activities of the nigam. Devender Singh asked the officers that no defaulter should remain connected and

premises of disconnected defaulter consumers should be checked frequently to ensure that he was not committing any unscrupulous activity. The CMD said every checking for detecting power theft would now be reported and all reports would be filed online. Earlier, the checking teams were required to report merely theft cases and not those where there was no pilferage of power. The Discoms are planning to constitute committees at circle levels. The committees will be headed by Superintending Engineers. The committee will decide the case within seven days. He said the period of paying off the amount of penalty was also being extended from 48 hours to 72 hours.

A school student, who accused a teacher of molesting her in Government Higher School in Milakpur village of the district, recorded her statement before the duty magistrate today while the accused teacher got himself admitted to a hospital in the town. Sources said Jagbir Singh, a resident of Kundal village, molested the Class VIII student when she was sitting alone in the classroom on Friday. She narrated the incident to the school principal and to her family the next day. Enraged over the incident, the villagers accompanied with the girl's family members arrived at the school and thrashed the teacher. He, however, managed to escape even though he suffered injuries. The school authorities informed the district authorities and the police about the incident after which District Education Officer Nirmal Sheoran, naib tehsildar Banwari Lal, SHO of Bawani Khera police station Devender Singh rushed to the spot.



The dates of submission and opening of the Tender Enquiry No. P&D/TED-170/2013 are fixed as under:Last date of submission of Bids: Opening date of Part-1 of Bids: 03.10.2013 (up to 1.00 p.m.) 03.10.2013 (at 3.00 p.m.)


With reference to Public Notice Advertisement dt. 15.09.2013 PRDH/13059 for various vacancies under District Health & Family Welfare Society, Ambala published in The Tribune & Dainik Bhaskar Haryana Edition, due to some unavoidable circumstances dates of Interviews on 26.9.13 & 27.9.2013 are rescheduled for 15.10.2013 & 17.10.2013. Rescheduled Date Category 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13 (Rehabilitation worker, DMO, Cytopatholigist, Oncologist, Gynaecologist, LMO, MO Polyclinic.) 15.10.2013 5 & 7 Arsh & Block Aasha Coordinator 17.10.2013 Rest Schedule will be the same.


NIT No- EE/BSNL/CD/SML/DB/Year-2013-14 / 46. Dated- 21.09.2013 The Executive Engineer (C), BSNL, Civil Division, Pranav Niwas, BCS, Shimla-9 (HP) on behalf of the Department of Technical Education, Govt. of H.P. reinvites sealed item rate tender for the work of Construction of ABV Govt. Institute of Engineering and Technology at Pragati Nagar, Distt. Shimla (HP). (SH:- Civil and Electrical works for Block B & E). Estimated Cost is Rs. 2,64,00,284/-. Earnest Money Rs. 5,28,006/-. Last date of receipt of application, sale & receipt of tender are 01.10.2013 (up to 4.00 p.m.), 03.10.2013 & 07.10.2013 (up to 3.00 p.m.), respectively. For details visit website:-

All terms and conditions of the bid shall remain unchanged.

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1. Sealed tenders for the supply of Liquid Nitrogen Silo & Liquid Nitrogen Container (for Transportation of Liquid Nitrogen gas) are hereby invited for each item separately by the Managing Director, Haryana Livestock Development Board, Panchkula, Pashudhan Bhawan, Bays No. 9-12, Sector 2, Panchkula which should reach in this office on or before 23.10.2013 at 3.00 p.m. The tenders will be opened at 3.30 p.m. on the same day in the presence of the tenderers or their representative who will be present on the spot. 2. Tender form can be purchased from the office of Managing Director, Haryana Livestock Development Board, Sector 2, Panchkula on any working day between 09.00 a.m. to 05 00 p.m. against a payment of ` 500/- in cash. 3. The Tender form can also be downloaded from the website 4. In case a tenderer is submitting tender in tender form downloaded from website then the tender fee of ` 500/- in the shape of Bank Draft in favour of Managing Director, Haryana Livestock Development Board payable at Panchkula must be attached with the tender in addition to earnest money with the tender/bids. 5. Each tender must be accompanied by an earnest money of ` 15,000/- (` Fifteen Thousand only) in the shape of Bank Draft in favour of Managing Director, Haryana Livestock Development Board payable at Panchkula. 6. While quoting the rates, it must be certified that the rates quoted are not more than the rates quoted to the Director, Supplies and Disposals, Haryana, Chandigarh and any other State Government/Agency. 7. The tenderer must clearly mention that the tenderer is a manufacturer and must give proof in support thereof. In case the tenderer is quoting on behalf of some other manufacturer, the offer must be accompanied by an authority letter from the actual manufacturer authorizing the tenderer to quote on his behalf. 8. The Managing Director, Haryana Livestock Development Board, Panchkula has the right to alter any terms and conditions of the tender or to cancel the same without prior notice. 9. Conditional tenders shall not be accepted at any cost. 10. In case of acceptance of the tender, the tenderer shall have to ensure the supply of the material F.O.R. destination as per time schedule. 11. In case of any dispute arising out of the process, the Principal Secretary to Government Haryana, Animal Husbandry & Dairying Department will act as an arbitrator and shall have the sole jurisdiction to entertain such disputes.


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1 2. 3. 4. The State Load Despatch Center under Himachal Pradesh Load Dispatch Society has prepared a draft procedure for Short-Term Open Access in Intrastate transmission and distribution. Copy of the draft proposed to be passed by the commission is available on the website of SLDC ( Comments/objections are invited from general public and organizations in respect of the proposed draft procedure. Comments/objections may be sent to the undersigned at the address mentioned above, so as to reach the office within 30 days of publication of this notice.

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Applications are invited to appoint Consultants (Faculty) on Contract basis under Recurring Grant Scheme of (Core Faculty) MORD, GOI on the following eligibility, terms & conditions:1- Name of Post:- i) Consultant- Panchayati Raj (1) ii) Consultant- Rural Development (1) 2- Qualifications:- Retired Officer not below the rank of Class-II having at least 10 years experience in Training/ Teaching/Research in relevant Field/Discipline. 3- Age:- Up to 65 years. 4- Appointment:- Appointment on Contract basis for a period of one year extendable up to another one year but can be terminated at any time without any notice. 5- Remuneration:- Rs. 25000/- per month consolidated. 6- Nature of Work:- To impart training on Campus and off campus/to conduct research. The eligible candidates may submit the application with attested copies of Educational Qualifications & Experience etc. with the two passport-size photos along with complete postal address to the undersigned within 20 days of the publication. One application will be considered for one post.

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Sr. No. Estimated Amount (in Lacs) 1. Remodelling of water courses of Outlet 21.15 RD 10700-L Salhawas lift Channel. Name of Work

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Principal Rajiv Gandhi State Institute of Panchayati Raj & Community Development, Nilokheri District Karnal (Haryana).


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Never too late to talk

Some lessons for India and Pakistan
by Suhasini Haidar

Maintaining harmony
Learn lessons from riots
NDIA has long prided itself on the wide diversity of its citizens, even as paradoxically the nation has faced communal riots from time to time. Indeed, President Pranab Mukherjee was quite right in maintaining that the country has not learnt lessons from history and that "tragic mistakes" are recurring. He stressed on how it is the constitutional duty of every citizen to promote harmony and a spirit of brotherhood among all sections of society. Differences of area, caste, creed, religion, and language all need to be subsumed under the common national identity of being Indian. Recent events have, unfortunately, shown how far we have gone from such ideals. Indeed, the nation has suffered a torture of thousand cuts as bloodshed in various parts has marred the spirit of communal harmony. Governance and administrative performance fall woefully short at the time of greatest need, resulting in a breakdown of law and order and sometimes deaths. The causes are often minor, the effect a rip in the social fabric that can be repaired only to a certain extent. Sadly, sometimes that too does not happen in the absence of a healing touch. Ironically, the Presidents plainspeak came at an occasion that was a celebration of communal harmony. The plurality and diversity of India is its unique asset, and it must be guarded, especially from zealots who cynically exploit communally sensitive situations for petty political gains. India is the home to many schools of thought, many religions, ethnicities and languages. Vigilance against negative forces and prompt action against wrongdoers is the only way to maintain communal harmony. However, delay in taking action during various riots, including the recent one in Muzaffarnagar, show how dithering by the local administration contributes to the worsening of the situation. Delaying the arrest of the politicians held responsible for instigating the riots further exacerbated the situation. Such actions are a blot on the psyche of the nation that has, overall, managed to maintain communal harmony in spite of many challenges.

Return of the native

Locals back in Kashmir militant ranks
HE past couple of years in Kashmir gave reason for hope. Violence was down on both sides, securitymen as well as militants. Tourism was picking up, and there were comforting stories of youth from the state striving to make it in the national mainstream, including the civil services and sports. The mood has changed this year, however. The death figures are up after a long time. The communal clashes this side of Banihal were no help. The most disturbing news, however, is local youth beginning to join militant ranks once again. Disturbing not just because of the violence they may cause, but because it is also an indicator of a revival of local support to militancy. To fight a man with a gun is far easier than countering poison in the heart. The security agencies on the spot in Kashmir have the responsibility of winning both these battles. That brings on them the onus of extreme caution and self-restraint. At the state level there are the total figures of violence, and a small percentage change may not matter as much, and neither would the circumstances of a death. But on ground amidst people and their homes each death of a local, and how the cause of the death is perceived, decides the view the community is going to have of militancy and politics. And there is a whole generation of youth that has seen nothing but violence and tension since birth. There is an increased effort of operators from outside the state and the country to radicalise the community in the Valley. This is what Kashmiris themselves have to guard against. Self-proclaimed 'jihadists' from Pakistan and beyond, as well as certain pockets in India, are trying to impose on Kashmir an agenda that is not its own. As for ensuring the youth find productive engagement, it is the government's job to give them self-realisation opportunities, which will go much farther than the sops the state has got addicted to. Peace, after all, is what everyone longs for.

N the world of foreign policy, few events really surprise anyone. Yet as the foreign ministers of the US and Russia came out of their meeting in Geneva, Mr Kerry and Mr Lavrov made an astonishing picture. The two leaders complimented each other, Kerry reached out his arm to playfully jab Lavrov, as they spoke of the deal they had reached on bringing Syria into the international chemical weapons regime. While the world is trying to understand the full impact of that meeting, the way forward in West Asia and the emergence of Russia as the new mediator on the world stage, there are many lessons for India and Pakistan, poised as their relations are at the moment. The first lesson is that it is never too late to talk. Without over-dramatising the situation in the Mediterranean sea, a full-blown conflagration over Syria was a distinct possibility just two weeks ago. The US had deployed five destroyers capable of launching Tomahawk missiles, with more aircraft carriers and warships standing by in the Red Sea. Russia had mobilised 12 destroyers in all, its largest such deployment since the Soviet days, including the "carrier killer" missile cruiser Smetlivy that was dispatched from Sevastopol even as Lavrov met Kerry. These ships weren't just part of naval defence operations; they were escorting ships carrying weapons to help Syria stave off the attack from the US. The theatre had been prepped for war, when on August 27 US DoD officials told the press the strikes on Syria could happen as early as the 29th, and would likely last about 72 hours. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin accused Western countries of behaving "towards the Islamic world like a monkey with a grenade". This was no empty rhetoric, and it

bears remembering that in the same week President Obama and President Putin had faced-off at the G-20 in St Petersburg, after the US cancelled its bilateral talks with Russia, angry over the Snowden issue. The atmosphere was flammable and charged, much like the atmosphere between India and Pakistan has been over the past month. Yet President Obama and President Putin were able to send their foreign ministers for talks with the authority to discuss a breakthrough. As Dr Manmohan Singh prepares for his visit to the US, with the possibility of a meeting Nawaz Sharif, it is this confidence that should power him, rather than the diffidence of the present. The next lesson is that the "stated positions" can only be the beginning of talks. In order to conclude successful talks, it is necessary to move beyond what you are willing to give, and end up short of what you were prepared to receive. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh set up his expectations for talks, when on his return from the G-20, he said that "If the terror acts do not stop, if those who voice terrorist thoughts move about freely, if there is no significant progress in bringing the culprits of the Mumbai massacre to book, that I have to factor in before arriving at a final decision (for talks with the Pakistan PM). The truth is none of those demands can be deliverable before the talks, and in fact will only be achievable if there are talks. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has recently referred to Kashmir as the jugular vein of Pakistan repeating that stated position will hardly allow for any movement in talks with India. Both leaders may wish to take a leaf from Presidents Obama and Putin here-after weeks of the US threatening unilateral strikes, and Russia refusing to entertain

any resolution at the UN against Syria, the final agreement spoke of both an acceptance of the UNs authority. From Russia too, that had vowed to veto any anti-Syrian resolution, came an acceptance of the UN's authority to enforce and, if necessary, punish Syria if it doesnt keep its word. These are significant steps back from what both had been saying all these weeks. In taking those steps towards dialogue, as both Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif have established they want to do, they will also need to acknowledge the resistance to peace from elements in

For successful talks, move beyond what you are willing to give, and end up short of what you were prepared to receive.
both countries. While in India Dr. Singh has to battle an increasingly vocal military, as well as the resultant echoes of an angry polity that appears on television channels to oppose talks. Mr. Sharif has already come face-to-face with the resistance to his open proclamations of peace with India within Pakistan --led by LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, and many question why the killing of Indian Jawans took place just as the two countries were readying to announce the next round of secretary-level talks. Over the Syria deal, President Obama has been accused of softening, and being outplayed by Putin, while Putin is accused of being bullied to the negotiating table by the American show of strength. As Ed

Husain of the Council for Foreign Relations said, pulling back from war as the two world leaders did was not so much a moment of weakness, but a moment of intelligence and strength. However difficult, it is that narrative of intelligence and strength that the two leaders of the subcontinent must pursue -- after all Dr Singh would only be following BJP Prime Minister Vajpayee, who visited Islamabad a year after the Parliament attack, and invited Gen Musharraf to Agra a year after the Kargil war . Finally, the leaders must be able to talk over the walls that those elements that run counter to their plans for dialogue. A startling survey by the Lowy Institute conducted in May 2013 found that 94 per cent of Indian respondents see Pakistan as a "threat". The same survey also found that 89 per cent of Indians agree that ordinary people in both countries want peace, 87 per cent agree that a big improvement in India-Pakistan relations requires courageous leadership on both sides, and 76 per cent agree that India should take the initiative. It is this courageous leadership that both sides must show in speaking over their respective establishments and to the people in both countries. It was how President Putin explained his editorial in the New York Times last week speaking directly to the American people and their political leaders." It is important to do so, he said, at a time of insufficient communication between our two societies.We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement. The writer is the Foreign Affairs Editor of CNN-IBN. She is currently in Islamabad to attend a conference

Infantry napkins
by Brig Ajay Raina (retd)
T was in the mid-seventies, after becoming a commissioned officer, I joined my battalion in Jammu and Kashmir. It was the post-1971 war period and both armies had some calming influence after an intense war. The leadership on both sides had a sobering effect too and it reflected in the conduct of the opposing armies. Though hostilities did occur occasionally, as there were some nasty incidents of shooting and killing but by and large peace did prevail, most of the time, on the LOC. Keeping vigil on the LOC can become monotonous. At places, opposing posts are so close to each other that sentries are at hearing distances. To break the monotony, sentries on the vigil duty, inside well-

fortified vantage points, at times even conversed with each other. I happened to be posted at one such post. One bright day there was a flurry of activity on the Pakistani side. All of us were curious to observe that cleaning and painting of the post. Whoever we could observe was in neat uniform. The noise and the smoke from the cookhouse was more than usual. Our sentry, on vigil, could not control himself and enquired the fellow soldier on duty on the other side as to what was going on. Pat came the reply that their company commander was coming to visit. In chaste Haryanvi our soldier replied that "our company commander keeps idling here (at the post) only". Everybody, confined to

the restricted area of the post, heard it and this became a battalion joke. So much for the officer-men relations and attitude of the opposing armies! Many years down the line, in the mid-nineties, this time as an infantry battalion commander, I again got an opportunity to serve in the sector. This area is close to the one where our two soldiers were recently killed and brutalised. Those were the challenging times too with no ceasefire agreement in place, an assertive military dictatorship in Pakistan, no borderfencing, no multilayered defences well into hinterland and not-so-modern weapons and gadgetry. The media was also not so proactive in those areas then. Therefore news never filtered across of the

intensity of the conflict. However, the environment was always professionally managed, without giving an inch. The Indian Army always knew how to deal and give it back, without escalating the situation, as the self-serving Pakistani army does not understand any other language. One fine day the brigade commander came on a visit and was at a forward post by mid-day. After the customary briefing and pep talk to soldiers, it was the interaction time. The dignitary was taken to the common area, away from direct observation and fire of the enemy, for a working lunch with the troops. After lunch he was presented neatly cut and folded old newspaper pages on a platter. Slightly taken aback, he want-

ed to know the purpose. Infantry napkins, sir, was the prompt reply of the young company commander. Amused and appreciative, the commander used one and thanked the rank and file for the good work in the area. It is well established internationally that the western frontier of India is the most dangerous frontier in the world. Soon the visitors left with a deep sense of gratitude towards men and officers guarding the LoC without any fuss or demand, under the shadow of lurking danger, where a slight mistake or error of judgement can so easily cost you life or limb. Indian Army soldiers do not complain normally but when they do, there would be something seriously amiss. You can only ignore at your peril.

Back to belt-tightening
Austerity alone is not enough
NDER pressure to contain the fiscal deficit at the promised 4.8 per cent of the GDP Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has announced austerity measures. Last year he had compressed Plan expenditure to keep the fiscal deficit within the acceptable levels. The ban on holding official conferences and seminars in five-star hotels and barring officials from executive travel are in keeping with the expectations of those who think the government should not waste the taxpayers money on non-productive expenditure. But, as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has pointed out, why should the UPA think of austerity only towards the end of its term? That should be a norm for every government. The government intends to cut jobs too. Quite often job cuts are done at the lower levels. When growth slows, employment generation also comes to a near halt. Private companies rather lay off workers. If at such a time governments also cut spending, especially on new projects, education and health, the growth pick-up chances recede further. Since elections are around the corner, the government proposes to raise the food subsidy, covering 67 per cent of the population, and slash the oil subsidy. At such times the subsidies should be better targeted, limiting these to the needy. More people may get cheaper food, but they will pay more for other commodities as higher diesel prices will raise the cost of transportation and travel. Better governance can particularly help in difficult times. Simplifying the tax structure can cut litigation and release large sums of money locked in tax disputes. Black money stashed abroad and generated within the country can be targeted. Fast-track clearances can kick-start projects, generating employment. The new land law may further delay land acquisitions and hurt the process of industrialisation. The present economic crisis needs to be tackled at various levels. Austerity is one small part of it. The Mamata Banerjee government may not be extravagant, but it is no model for development or good governance either.

Letters to the Editor

Muzaffarnagar riots triggered by politicians
MUSLIM youth was stabbed at Kawal on August 27 as he is alleged to have sexually harassed one Jat girl. His attackers, Hindu youths, were lynched by Muslim community members. A fake video of lynching went viral, followed by hate speeches by Sadahvi Prachi of the BJP, Qader Rana of the BSP, Sayeed ul Zama of the Congress and Rashid Siddiqui of the SP. Looking at the above sequence of events any sane person can conclude that these incidents were pre-planned and politically motivated. In this bloody game of death, the poor innocent people of both communities are just pawns. These corrupt, shameless politicians are making them fight in the name of religion. I hope good sense will prevail and justice will be delivered to both the communities. The high court should take a suo motu notice and put these criminal politicians behind bars. DR PARMINDER SINGH BHATTI, Chandigarh Yet it is too early for them to start playing up their perceived sense of landslide victory in the forthcoming 2014 general election. Some TV channels have been following Modi's rallies and public meetings and doctoring public opinion about him meaningfully. I think this great media hype is not in good taste. Although nobody has any business to question the BJP leaderships choice of its PM candidate, yet it is preposterous to presume that Modis march to Delhi is going to be a mere cakewalk. The common people are disturbed by rising prices, poverty, unemployment and the ugly menace of terrorism. It would be absurd to infer from this gloomy situation that the masses are ready to accept Modi as their PM without any reservation. India is much bigger than Gujarat and only social media cannot ensure the PM's office for Modi. It is too early to start celebrating his growth as a national leader. Let us wait gracefully for the 1200 million men and women to cast their vote. Modi may or may not be their choice. DR RAJ BAHADUR YADAV, Fatehabad elicit favourable reporting not much unlike paid news. In truly democratic countries like the USA, Canada and the UK spending on government advertisement is sanctioned and overseen by advertising committees. I suggest money spent on such avoidable commercials be saved and utilised on education and healthcare. Special committees should be formed for important advertisements. MOHAN SINGH, Amritsar

Cut ad spend
It would be difficult to defend expenses incurred on state advertising even for a staunch loyalist on huge and colorful photos of past or present political personalities with a scanty text in small print. I don't think many people read them. The malady affects the Centre as well as state governments cutting across party lines. Since the print media is the obvious beneficiary, it chooses to remain reticent over complaints against this extravagance. No wonder, pointless government advertisements worth hundreds of thousands of rupees are doled out to

LIC pensioners
LIC pensioners are getting a raw deal. For the last 15 years, many pensioners have been running from pillar to post to get increased pension as per the grade revision of the in-service staff. Pension once fixed is not revised during the lifetime of the pensioner, eg an Assistant who retired before 31.7.1992 gets a meager pension of Rs 1,430, a Development Officer Rs 1,940, an Administrative Officer Rs 2,260, and a Zonal Manager Rs 3,275 plus DA. The Board of Directors of LIC passed a resolution on 24.11.2011, recommending upgrade of pension and also to remove the anomaly in the matter of DA. The pre-August 1997 retirees are eligible for only 50 per cent neutralisation, whereas those who retired after this date get 100 per cent neutralisation. Courts have ordered the implementation of LIC's own board resolution dated 24.11.2011. Most pensioners are in the age-group of 70 and 85. Many of them have died awaiting justice. With the rising cost of living and ever-increasing medical bills, their plight is miserable. SP SOOD, Chandigarh

Punjab financially sound?

Will Modi deliver?

The editorial BJPs gamble: Will candidate Modi deliver?' (September 16) echoes the sentiments and ideas of countless thoughtful people of India. It is the privilege of the BJP leaders to declare Narendra Modi as their partys prime ministerial candidate.

Thought for the day

Prosperity is full of friends. Euripides

PROPOS a report in The Tribune (September 10), Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has asserted that Punjab is financially sound. Yes, Punjab is financially sound only to purchase a helicopter for Rs 38 crore and a plane for Rs 68 crore for the CM and the Deputy CM, respectively. Soon the state government is going to purchase two bullet-proof BMW cars at a cost of Rs 7 crore. The state has sufficient funds to have 20 Chief Parliamentary Secretaries and appoint Chairmen even of nonproductive boards. But one fails to

understand when it comes to releasing the third instalment of arrears, due since November 2012 and the DA instalment, due since January 2013 to its employees, paying retirement benefits and GP funds, releasing grants to aided schools and colleges to pay salaries to teachers, disbursing funds to the needy under the Shagun Scheme and releasing funds for development, the SAD-BJP government starts claiming that the government has no money or funds. How sad! SURJIT SINGH SARPAL, Patiala


OPED Document

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama will meet in Washington DC on September 27. The India-US relationship has all the attributes of a strong and comprehensive strategic partnership

Relations with the US: India remains optimistic


HIS will be Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's sixth bilateral summit with a US President. His first summit in 2005 with President Bush built on the momentum of the previous years to establish a new, bold and transformative agenda for the relationship. Prime Minister's visit in November 2009 as President Obama's first state visitor, and President Obama's own historic visit to India a year later, highlighted the bipartisan character of the relationship; its enduring merit based on shared values and interests; and, the commitment of the leaders to a sustained process of broadening and deepening the strategic partnership. Both leaders have spoken about the IndiaUS relationship as a defining relationship and as one of the most important relationships of the 21st century.

The transformation
India-US relations have come a long way in the last decade. From a time when we dealt with each other formally, sometimes warily, we today have a full spectrum relationship, between our governments, our peoples and our institutions. I do not need to count the ways for this audience. For India, the relationship with the US has been the most transformed relationship in the past 10 years. What were once considered breakthroughs in the relationship, are now regarded as routine and normal. This is a sign of maturity in the relationship, even if it robs it of some of the excitement of some years ago. We also face the reality that we must now deal with new challenges in the years ahead. The relationship has all the attributes of a strong and comprehensive strategic partnership. We have regular highlevel political dialogue. In recent months, we have had one high-level visit every month. India and the US have strategic consultations on every major issue and region. We have a growing dialogue and partnership on non-proliferation, export controls and nuclear issues. Our security cooperation includes multiple forms of engagement. Our defence relations are strong. We conduct defence exercises regularly. We are steadily moving to joint research, co-development and co-production of defence products through partnerships between our defence industries, as part of our strategy to develop India's defence industrial base and to increase the domestic share in our defence acquisitions. Cooperation between India and the US beyond the public gaze in the fight against crime and terrorism has

PARTNERS IN PROGRESS: US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a joint press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, during President Obamas visit to India in November, 2010. Tribune Photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

also been effective. The Homeland Security Dialogue since 2011 has been of mutual benefit in protecting our two countries. We have also begun exploring the potential of cooperative engagement in cyber and space security. Our total trade in goods and services exceeds $100 billion. It has grown every year through the past five years of a global economic crisis. We might each have reasons not to be fully satisfied with our economic relations but no one denies its potential and significance. The US is our single largest trading partner and is a source of critical technology, investment, and collaborations, with over $11 billion worth of Indian investments in the US, and $50 billion of US investment in India. Some of our most innovative and rewarding partnerships are in the inter-linked domains of energy, health, higher education and science and technology. They often do not get the attention that they deserve, but are critical in their impact on the lives of our people. As for our peoples, there are about 600 major and 1,500 small and medium US companies in India, and over 100,000 Indian students in the US. When you see suburban developments around Delhi called 'Palm Springs' or 'Nassau County' you realise the extent of links at the popular level.

Is there a drift?
Despite this range of relationships some today speak of drift in the relationship. I find this a rather strange way to describe a relationship where the two governments have thirtytwo dialogue mechanisms meeting each year. One reason for this perception may be the fact that it is now a full spectrum relationship, no longer focused on one big transformational idea like the civil nuclear cooperation initiative in 2005-8. To me that breadth is the strength of the relationship. The impression of drift is also partly due to economic factors. It arises from the macro-economic situation. US friends mention concerns about economic reforms and specific policy issues in India. These concerns are not unique to the US. They are, first and foremost, of concern to Indians. Government is addressing all three sets of issues. Our IT industry, the locomotive of our economic partnership, which provides employment to 280,000 people in the US, also has genuine difficulties with certain discriminatory provisions of the Immigration Reform Bill. Looking ahead, the potential for growth in the relationship is strong. This is particularly so in energy, defence, education, and in the quality and range of the strategic dialogues that we undertake. Economically, as we go forward we will focus on opportunities, especially in the infrastructure sector; improve market access; negotiate a Bilateral Investment Treaty; pursue constructive solutions in the WTO that addresses our key concerns; and, work to strengthen the global multilateral trade regime, avoiding its fragmentation or the growth of protectionism. There is much useful bilateral work

In recent months, we have had one high-level visit every month. India and the US have strategic consultations on every major issue and region. We have a growing dialogue and partnership on non-proliferation, export controls and nuclear issues

being done in clean energy and this will certainly grow. The civil nuclear agreement of 2008 is a symbol of our transformed relationship. It is a significant part of our strategy to meet long-term power demand in India, which is expected to grow four times over in the next two decades. The two governments have resolved government-to-government permissions and understandings necessary to enable commercial negotiations between NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited) and Westinghouse, and for the AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) to begin its independent evaluation of the safety of the power plant. It has been our consistent stand that the power plant should meet the highest standards of safety delivering power at a price that is competitive vis-a-vis other sources of energy. I was surprised in the last few days to see several stories claiming that somehow Indian law would not apply to projects in India. Civil nuclear projects in India will naturally be subject to Indian law, including civil liability. Domestic and foreign vendors have sought clarifications on some points of that law, which are being examined. The India-US bilateral relationship is embedded in a larger vision of a global strategic partnership. This decade has been a period of transitions, turbulence and challenges in an interdependent world, on a scale that has few parallels in history. We have experienced a long drawn out global economic crisis and volatile financial markets. Across the arc from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean, through South Asia, Afghanistan, West Asia and to Africa, there are a range of immediate challenges and long-term structural changes. Our bilateral relations have stayed on a strong and steady course

despite these rough seas, because of convergence on a broad range of issues that matter. We have shared interests in a stable, secure, peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific. The United States is an Asia-Pacific power and can play a constructive role in advancing regional stability, integration and cooperation. We are working together and with other countries in the region to establish an open, balanced, inclusive and rule-based regional economic and security architecture. As we build our respective regional partnerships, we deepen our own relationships with ASEAN. We have also launched a fruitful trilateral dialogue with Japan. Neither India or the United States see their relationship as directed against any other country. Nor does a strong India-US partnership run against the course of India's relations with other countries.

Shared interests
India and the US have promoted their shared interest in maritime security through strategic dialogue, diplomatic efforts in regional forums and our regional partnerships. We each affirm the principles of freedom of navigation and unimpeded commerce, in accordance with international law, and peaceful settlement of maritime disputes. We consult closely on Afghanistan, and, though approaches may diverge sometimes, we have a shared vision for a stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan that is never again a source of terrorism, and that emerges as a hub of regional cooperation. Both have important interests in the stability and peace of West Asia. For India, proximity, religious and cultural links, economic interests, energy security and the livelihood of six mil-

lion Indians in the Gulf area make this a vital interest. Our deepening strategic partnership does not mean that we won't have our differences. This is inevitable between countries in different circumstances, at different levels of development, and in dissimilar geopolitical situations. We are both democratic countries with a strong and vocal sense of independence, sometimes shading into exceptionalism. As democrats we know that autonomy of decision making and differences are not inconsistent with a strategic partnership. Where we have differences we also have the confidence and maturity to be able to speak to each other candidly and to deal with the issues. In sum, the strategic foundations of this relationship are enduring. In my view they will become more relevant in coming years. From our perspective, the US will continue to be a key partner for capital, technology, knowledge and skills in our development effort; a potentially important source of clean energy technology and hydrocarbons; an important partner in areas like defence technology, intelligence and counter-terrorism; an important factor in our space security and cyber security; a key interlocutor in adjustments to the global security and economic architecture; a partner in the quest for a rule-based, open international trading and economic order; and in our efforts to seek peace and stability in our extended neighborhood and globally. And that is why I am a confident optimist about the India-US relationship. The writer is National Security Adviser. This article is based on a speech delivered by the author at Aspen India on September 20, 2013


Date: Extension of NIT No. 2/2013-14 dt. 1.7.13 The date of opening of NIT No. 2/2013-14 dt. 1.7.13 is hereby extended up to 30.9.2013. The date of opening of tender is now fixed at 03.00 p.m. on dt. 30.9.13. The other terms & conditions of tender will remain unchanged. Sd/- XEN Trans System Divn., HVPNL, Ambala City.
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(1) Garrison Engineer Partapur on behalf of President of India invites application from eligible enlisted contractors of MES and enlisted/unenlisted Contractors working with other Govt. Departments meeting eligibility ceriteria for selection of Contractors for issue of tender of undermentioned works:Estimated cost of work (In Lakhs) 1. Spl repair to (Bldgs), Spl repair to 14.40 Re-wiring and footpath for FSH Lakhs and Dy Cdr Residence and special repair to (Bldgs) of tilling Wks in Cdr Office Varanda, Offrs Waiting Room, PA Office and Tea Room at Partapur under GE Partapur 2. Spl repair to (Bldgs. for GSO-2 11.00 Residence and certain Minor Works Lakhs at Partapur under GE Partapur 3. Special repair to (Bldgs) Shelter 14.90 No. T-47, T-48 and T-50 (OR Lines) Lakhs with Window Repair, Tilling, Door Repair, Window Glasses, Wall Panelling, false ceiling complete re-writing and painting at 5102 Coy ASC at Khalsar under GE Partapur 4. Special Repair to Bldgs for floor6.96 ing of old OR Bldg No. 01 and Lakhs Provn of tilling for fresh shed at 282 coy ASC & at Post-09 under GE Partapur 5. Certain Repair to Air Field Maint 13.69 at 30 (I) R&O under GE Partapur Lakhs Completion period Amount of Earnest Money/Standing security deposit for Contractors not enlisted with MES Rs. 28800.00 Rs. 50,000.00 Eligibility Class and category Cost of tender Last date of receipt of Application Date of issue of Tender Date of receipt of Tender

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The H.S.A.M. Board invites/re-invites online tenders (Through E-tendering for the following, works:Sr. No. Name of work Estt. cost (In Rs.) Amount of Cost of earnest tender money form (In Rs.) (In Rs.) 31,800/61,700/61,600/1,26,000/18,800/10,700/3,000/4,000/4,000/5,000/2,000/2,000/Date of receipt of tenders Time Limit Venue

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1 Const. of link road from Vill. Guhna to Haripura. (M.C. Kaithal) ID-5611. 2 S/R of link road from Dera Gulzar Singh To Mastgarh Road, (M.C. Cheeka) ID-363. 3 S/R of link road from Vill. Kharodi to Daserpur Point, (M.C. Cheeka) ID-371.

1,22,95,100/- 2,45,900/15,88,800/30,84,800/-

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Class 'E' Demand Draft/Bankers 10 Oct 2013 On or after 31 Oct 2013 Category Cheque of Rs. 500/- in 10 Oct 2013 favour of GE Partapur a(i) C/o 56 APO Class 'E' Demand Draft/Bankers 10 Oct 2013 On or after 31 Oct 2013 10 Oct 2013 Category Cheque of Rs. 500/- in a(i) & b(i) favour of GE Partapur C/o 56 APO

4 S/R of link road from Munarheri to P.C. Rasina Via Buchi Ahmedpur, (M.C. Pundri) ID-182. 30,75,600/5 S/R of link road from Vill. Harigarh Kingon to Balbera. (M.C. Cheeka) ID-329. 6 S/R of link road from Vill. Singhpura To Sangroli. (M.C. Pundri) ID-164. 7 Special repair of purchase centre at Vill. Teak, (M.C. Kaithal). 9 Const. of L/R from Vill. Karora to Fariabad, (M.C. Pai) ID-6566. 10 S/R of link road from Vill. Hajwana to Karora, (M.C. Pundri) ID-230. 11 S/R of link road from Vill. Songri to Sandeel, (M.C. Pai) ID-294. 12 S/R of link road from Vill. Sanch to Buchi, (M.C. Pundri) ID-233. 62,96,400/9,39,900/5,30,500/-

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8 Const. of L/R from Vill. Balu To Badsikri via Water Works of Vill. Balu, (M.C. Kalayat) ID-6437 1,96,20,200/- 3,92,400/1,97,34,600/- 3,94,700/1,20,37,000/- 2,40,800/48,60,700/10,91,800/97,200/21,900/-

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i. For details (E-tendering) please visit our website ii. The tenders for the works costing less than Rs. 5.00 lacs can be submitted offline. iii. The Earnest Money for E-tendering works will have to deposit online. The bidders will finalise the financial bids only after depositing the EMD in the account of Executive Engineer, HSAM Board, Kaithal in Account No. 50100009942192, HDFC Bank, Kaithal, IFSC Code HDFC 0000525 and detail of EMD will be linked to the bid. Earnest Money and other supporting documents of bid will be received online and no paper document will be received manually.

The eligibility criteria for contractor not enlisted with MES are as under:(a) Meeting enlistment criteria of MES with regard to having satisfactorily, completed requisite value works, Annual turnover, working Capital, Fixed Assets, etc. (b) No recovery outstanding in Government Department. (3) Earnest money to be provided along with the tender documents as mentioned above payable by the contactor who have not deposited security with the MES. Notes:(i) Application not accompanied by requisite value DD/Banker's Cheque towards Cost of Tender shall not be considered for issue of tender. (ii) Contractors not enlisted with MES will be required to enclose necessary documents to prove their eligibility as given above including Affidavit for no recovery outstanding. (iii) In case the rejection of application for issue of tender, the applicant shall be refunded the cost of tender. However, Contractor may appeal to next higher Engineer Authority i.e. HQ 138 Works Engrs., Leh for rejection of his application for issue of tender whose decision shall be final and binding and Contractor shall not be entitled to any compensation whatsoever for non-issue of tender.

Sd/- Executive Engineer, HSAM Board, Kaithal. Phone No. 01746-222374


Sd/- (Jatinder Kumar) AE (Civ) Offg. GE, Partapur.


Himachal Pradesh


Apple market looks up as strong dollar hits imports

Farmers get higher prices for produce; apple rates rise by 20 to 25%

Now, HPCA courts controversy over Luhnu cricket stadium

Constructs stadium without obtaining permission from BBMB


Fresh fruit companies suffer losses on apple import due to sharp fall in the value of rupee Bumper crop dissuades importers; traders procure local fruit to meet demand of the festival season Upswing in the market forces companies to revise apple prices; farmers get up to `47 a kg Superior grade apple price increases by `200 to `300 per box; lower grade by `150 to `200 per box

The cricket stadium constructed on Luhnu ground is a part of the excess land acquired by the BBMB for the Bhakra dam. BBMB authorities had allowed the state government to use it for sports activities. Many sports are played on the land where the cricket stadium has been built.
Anurag Thakur, HPCA president

around Rs 65 to a dollar during the season, the import of apple is not an economically attractive proposition any more. In fact, the companies which imported fruit during summer from the USA and New Zealand suffered heavy losses due to the sharp fall in the value of rupee. The bumper crop in the state further dissuaded the importers and traders are now rushing to procure fruit to meet the demand for the ensuing festival season. Himalayan Fruit Growers Association chairman Rajiv Chauhan cautioned growers not to be misled by arhtiyas regarding imports and extract

full price for their produce. The impact of upswing has forced the fresh fruit companies, which reduced the prices twice to Rs 35 per kg only last week, to effect an upward revision. Adani Agrifresh has increased the rate to 41 per kg and Dev Bhoomi and Gem Tree are paying up to Rs 43 to Rs 47 per kg. All companies combined have stored over 12 lakh boxes and it will be for the first time that all the cold stores will be full to the capacity at the end of the season. With less than 25 per cent crop yet to be harvested, the arrivals have dwindled and

the number of trucks being sent out daily to various markets has come down from 1,200 down to 700. In all, 2.78 crore boxes have been marketed so far and 3.50 lakh to 3.80 lakh boxes are being transported out daily. Besides, over 21,000 tonnes of fruit has been procured under the market intervention scheme. The total production will be more than 3.50 crore boxes as assessed by the Horticulture Department. It would have been more, but for the freak storm which caused a huge damage to the crop in the apple belt in Shimla a week ago.

An aerial view of the Luhnu cricket stadium constructed by the HPCA at Bilaspur.

er, they are not ready to comment on the issue. At present, no record on the permission for the stadium is available with us. We are trying to find out if there is anything in writing in this regard, a senior official said. Even Bilaspur Deputy Commissioner Dr Ajay Sharma confirmed that the administration had no record with them regarding permission

to construct the stadium on BBMB land. Notably, Bhakra Dam displaced families do not have permission from the BBMB to utilise the surplus land, despite many of them awaiting rehabilitation for the past several decades. HPCA president Anurag Thakur said, The cricket stadium constructed on Luhnu ground is a part of the excess

land acquired by the BBMB for the Bhakra dam. BBMB authorities had allowed the state government to use it for sports activities. Many sports are played on the land where the cricket stadium has been built. The HPCA is under the scanner of the Vigilance and Anti-corruption Bureau for irregularities in leasing out the government land for constructing The Pavilion, a luxury hotel at Dharamsala, and converting the HPAC into a company to run it.

Modi will have no impact in state: CM


Congresss trickery wont work: BJP


Over 50% fall in arrival of tourists in state


Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu alleged that corruption flourished under the regime of PK Dhumal, who commercialised politics and turned the sport of cricket into a business venture. The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association was converted into a company to achieve the commercial ends. The manner in which the prime

Govt has sanctioned `50-crore projects for Dharamsala, says minister


Minister for Housing and Urban Development Sudhir Sharma has said the state government has sanctioned developmental projects worth Rs 50 crore for Dharamsala. Sudhir, who listened to public grievances here today, said the town would finally get relief from water shortage. The Union government had cleared the Rs 31-crore water augmentation project for Dharamsala. It was the biggest water augmentation project for any municipal council in the state, he said. It would be after about three decades that sufficient amount had been sanctioned for water augmentation of the town. The minister said under the new project, water would be sourced from the Gajj river for Dharamsala. Twelve new water tanks would be con-

Minister for Housing and Urban Development Sudhir Sharma listens to public grievances at Gamru village near Dharamsala on Sunday. Photo: Kamaljeet

structed to store and treat the water sourced. Besides, 30 points to supply water in various areas of the town in case of fire emergency would also

Terming Narendra Modi as politically inconsequential in the hill state, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today claimed that the Congress would make a clean sweep of the four Lok Sabha seats in 2014 and repeat the performance of the 1996 Parliamentary elections. There is no need for you to be overawed. Modi has remained in-charge of the BJP in the state for long. The party will have to pay a huge price for the hype being created by projecting him as the prime ministerial candidate, as the ground realities are different. Even as Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi had canvassed as a star campaigner, but he failed to cut ice with the discerning electorate of the state, he said while addressing delegates from the 17 Assembly segments of the Shimla Lok Sabha seat here today. The interactive meet was organised to get feedback and prepare the strategy for the Lok Sabha elections. He said the Congress had liberated the state from the misrule of the Dhumal regime and it was now trying its best to bring the administration back on the track and implementing various programmes for the welfare of people and speed up the development work. He called upon the party men to educate the masses about the initiatives of the UPA government like the Food Security Act and the Right to Education Act.

Twin natural disasters in Kinnaur and Uttarakhand have hit tourist arrival Kullu, Manali, Leh, Lahaul and Spiti register drop of over 50% tourists Some hoteliers, who had taken the units on lease, shut down operations in Manali Despite discounts up to 60%, occupancy is as low as 20% in many hotels Hoteliers, travel agents pin hope on Kullu Dasehra and Diwali for tourist arrival

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh talks to All-India Congress Committee secretary and MP Raja Ram Pal (left) as state Congress president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu (centre) looks on, at the Congress office in Shimla on Sunday. A Tribune photograph

There is no need for you (Congress workers) to be overawed by Modi. The BJP will pay a huge price for the hype being created by projecting him as the prime ministerial candidate, as the ground realities are different.
Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister

government land was allotted to the association provided glaring example of nepotism and favouritism, he further alleged. AICC secretary and incharge of the state Raja Ram Pal said the Congress government was doing commendable work in the state under the leadership of Virbhadra Singh. The UPA government had taken

path-breaking decisions aimed at welfare of the poor and downtrodden. He complimented the state Congress and the government for maintaining a strong coordination which would go a long way in serving people of the state in a better way. During the meeting, the emphasis was on declaration of candidates for the four seats by December, so that there was ample time for the nominees to tour the constituencies encompassing difficult hill terrain. The party has already held strategy meetings for three seats and the meeting for the Mandi seat will be held shortly.

No amount of trickery and misleading the masses by alluring slogans and false promises by the Congress will succeed as people are determined to end the inefficient rule of the UPA government at the Centre. This was stated by former Chief Minister PK Dhumal while addressing an election orientation camp at Kothipura, near here, yesterday. Dhumal said increasing prices had made the life of the common man miserable and alleged that the masses were aghast hearing scandals of Central ministers every second day. He told workers not to be complacent in the next election, but forget all their personal differences for a greater cause and fight the corrupt government unitedly. Dhumal said election battles were fought at booth levels. If you capture your booth, you have actually captured the election, he said. He said each worker had to take care of at least 10 houses and each booth committee had to ensure the victory of the party in its booth. He took the Congress leaders to task on the matter of their propaganda regarding selling out the state to outsiders. He said not a single outsider was allotted any land during the BJP rule and this was stated by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in reply to a question in the state Vidhan Sabha during the last session.


Tourist arrival to Kullu, Manali, Leh and LahaulSpiti has registered a drastic drop of over 50 per cent. During the peak summer season, the arrival of foreign tourists dropped by 50 per cent and domestic tourists by 55 per cent, triggering a mood of gloom among hoteliers. Though the tourist arrival in Lahaul and Spiti is heading for a close, hoteliers and travel agents in Kullu and Manali are pinning their hopes on the international Kullu Dasehra and Diwali festivals, when tourists from all across the nation flock to the state in groups. The twin natural disasters in Kinnaur and Uttarakhand hit the tourist arrival during the peak summer season. Also, the economic slowdown and the rocketing air fares to Kullu and Leh added to our woes, said hoteliers. Despite offering heavy discounts up to 60 per cent, some hoteliers, who had taken the units on lease, have shut down the operation in Manali. The air fares between Delhi-Kullu and Delhi-Leh shot up by 40 per cent after Kingfisher closed down its operation to Leh, resulting in a drop in foreign tourists' arrival by 50 per cent and domestic tourists by 55 per cent in the Lahaul-Spiti and Leh circuit, said Tashi Dawa, president, Lahaul-Spiti Hoteliers Association. The occupancy during May

and mid-June was also on the lower side as the monsoon rain kept the mercury in check in the plains. Economic slowdown also kept tourists at bay, said RS Negi, a hotelier in Manali. After Kinnaur and Uttarakhand flashfloods, tourist arrivals never revived in the region. The occupancy had hovered between 20 and 30 per cent in majority of hotels, said AR Thakur, president Manali hoteliers association. We raised the matter with the Secretary (tourism) to start the publicity campaign in the media to revive the tourist arrival, but to no avail, he added. For state-run hotels, it has been a drop of about 10 per cent in the peak summer months till date, said Yogesh Behl, HPTDC general manager . Tourism Commissioner Subhashish Panda said the peak summer months were bad due to rains and floods in Kinnaur and Uttarakhand and economic slowdown in general. In August and September, the tourist arrival till now has been generally lean. We have to assess the exact drop

as the final data is yet to be complied, he added.

Kufri gets amusement park

SHIMLA: The famous tourist destination of Kufri will now have an added attraction with the opening of an amusement park having facilities for adventure sports. Chief Executive Officer, New Kufri Fun Campus Ltd, Baldev Thakur, told mediapersons here today that the facility would be launched on World Tourisim Day on September 27. The idea is to sustain the visit of tourists and provide both the locals and tourists facilities for recreation. Fun Campus, spread over 35 bigha, offers around 30 activities, including karting, adventure sports, indoor games, sky swinger, haunted house, 5-D theatre and striking car, etc. Besides, the construction of a luxurious hotel and helicopter services for local sightseeing are in the pipeline. Fun Campus will provide 25 per cent discount on entry and any of the rides from September 24 to 30.

Ambala 32.4 23.6 Amritsar 33.6 23.8 Bhiwani 22.6 Bhuntar 24.8 17.8 Chandigarh 31.4 22.6 Dharamsala 28.4 21.2 Hisar 32.3 22.0 Jammu 33.5 23.3 Kalpa 15.8 7.6 Kangra 31.5 18.6 Karnal 23.0 Ludhiana 29.7 24.1 Manali 21.4 11.4 Nahan 27.8 14.7 Narnaul 22.6 New Delhi 22.7 Patiala 31.2 23.5 Shimla 24.0 14.1 Solan 27.0 16.0 Srinagar 29.6 12.5 Sundernagar 27.6 20.1 Una 32.0 22.2 Sunset on Monday: 6.18 Sunrise on Tuesday: 6.12

be constructed. The minister said presently a dispute arose as some residents alleged misuse of drinking water for commer-

cial use by hoteliers. Under the new project separate lines would be laid for commercial and domestic water connections.

The minister further said drinking water supply in Dharamsala was 65 litres per capita per day. People got just two hours water supply a day. However, after the new project was implemented, the per capita water supply would increase to 135 litres per day. He claimed that each household would then get water for six hours per day. The project would benefit a population of 38,000 in Dharamsala and its surrounding areas. It was expected to be finished within three years. Officials said in case the work started soon, it would be completed till 2016, the minister said. He further said 39 new transformers were being erected in the Dharamsala area for dealing with low voltage problem. He also said Rs 21 crore had been sanctioned for the upgradation of roads of the Dharamsala Assembly constituency.

September 23, 2013, Monday Shri Vikrami Samvat 2070 Shaka Samvat 1935 (Aashwin Shaka 1) Aashwin Parviste 8 Hijari 1434 Krishan Paksha Tithi 4, up to 2.50 pm Harsh yoga up to 1.05 am Bharni Nakshtra up to 7.04 pm Moon enters Taurus sign at 1.30 am Fourth shraad

The sluggish apple market has started to look up in the final phase of harvesting as imports have taken a hit due to the hardening of the US dollar. The rates in the Delhi market have zoomed up by 20 to 25 per cent over the past three days. The arhtiyas (commission agents), who were holding back in anticipation of large arrivals of imported fruit, have suddenly started contacting growers and offering higher prices to them. Consequently, the average price for good quality apple has increased to Rs 1,250 to Rs 1,400 per standard box of 20 kg. The world famous Kinnaur apple is fetching up to Rs 1,700 per box. There has been an increase of Rs 200 to Rs 300 per box for superior grades of fruit and Rs 150 to 200 per box for the lower grades. With the rupee hovering

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), which is facing allegations of irregularities in leasing out the government land for constructing a hotel at Dharamsala, has now courted another controversy by allegedly constructing the Luhnu cricket stadium at Bilaspur without permission from the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). The HPCA reportedly did not obtain permission from the BBMB authorities to construct the cricket stadium on the banks of Gobind Sagar Lake, a reservoir for the Bhakra Dam. The land in question was acquired by the BBMB during the construction of the Bhakra Dam project. Since the piece of land had not submerged, locals were permitted to utilise it for sports activities. BBMB authorities have confirmed that they do not have the record regarding permission for constructing the cricket stadium. Howev-


On noble mission


SC: No death penalty for 2 who killed 35 Bhumihars in Bihar



Convicts belong to poor & exploited section of society They are not Maoist activists, the mastermind behind carnage Attack was in retaliation to a similar action by Bhumihars earlier They did not harm women, children

The Supreme Court on Friday commuted to life term the death sentence awarded to two persons under the Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) for carrying out a gruesome carnage in which 35 Bhumihars (landowners) were killed in Bara village in Gaya district of Bihar on February 12, 1992. A Bench comprising Justices AK Patnaik and HL Gokhale acquitted another

person who had also been sentenced to death by a TADA court. The SC, however, clarified that the convicts Vyas Kahar, alias Vyasjee and Bugal Mochi alias Bugal Ravidas, would have to spend rest of their lives in prison. It acquitted the third convict, Naresh Paswan, as a similarly placed

accused had been let off by the TADA court. The apex court noted that the convicts belonged to the economically weaker and exploited sections of society such as the Scheduled Caste and backward classes and had taken part in the massacre in retaliation to an earlier attack by the Bhumi-

har community led by the Ranvir Sena. The Bench also pointed out that none of the witnesses had described the convicts as members of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) which had planned and executed the carnage. Armed with explosives and fire arms, about 300 MCC extremists had attacked the village at about 2130 hours and carried out the killings by slitting the throats of the victims after tying their hands and legs. It is quite possible that due to their poverty and caste conflict in the villages, they

were drawn in the melee and participated in the crime, the Bench remarked and pointed out that they did not harm the women and children. Further, one of the convicts had spared all the family members of his employer. This is not to say that such acts are to be condoned, but at the same time we have to consider as to whether after taking into account these circumstances of the accused, death sentence was warranted. We do not think so, Justice Gokhale who has written the verdict for the Bench explained.

Bollywood actor Vidya Balan with government school students during a literacy campaign to support children at Thanapur village in Mirzapur on Sunday. PTI

Call for adoption of national rhino conservation plan

World Rhino Day

SC acquits man convicted of rape


Killing of a rhino, 13th this year, by poachers in Kaziranga National Park of Assam on September 17 is a wake up call for the government to roll up its sleeves if it wants to save the endangered species from falling victim to the rapidly growing network of poaching syndicates. With just 2,650 one-horned rhinos left across Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the latest slaughter comes as a grim reminder of the challenges faced in protection of rhinos in India at a time when the country and rest of the world celebrate rhinos and their conservation successes on World Rhino Day today. Raising an alarm, the IndiaWorld Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called upon the government to adopt a National Rhino Conservation Plan to ensure synergy between various agencies, including the forest and environment department, army and paramilitary forces within a state as well as among the four rhino bearing states. What is lacking is national protocol for better coordination among the stakeholders

SAVING RHINO: A one-horned rhinoceros along with her 22-day-old calf at Assam State Zoo breeding centre in Guwahati on Sunday. PTI
and the bordering states. This will enable better coordination between the four rhino bearing states of India and enable sharing of best practices and information on poaching syndicates for protecting rhinos, said Director of Species and Landscapes, WWF-India Dr Dipankar Ghose. In Assam, where after decades of conservation the population of rhino living in the dense jungles, including the four protected reserves, stands at around 2,500,

poaching is most rampant via easy trade routes across borders of Myanmar and Bangladesh thus taking away the reason from the government from being complacent. Also, increasing use of lethal weapons such as the AK-47s used in last Tuesdays poaching incident points out the easy access to such deadly weapons among poachers. In view of this, WWFIndia underscores the need for both the Centre and state governments, especially Assam where WWF-India has partnered with the state forest department and other concerned agencies for increasing the rhino population to about 3,000 by 2020 in its Indian Rhino Vision, to strengthen measures for safeguarding the endangered species. Even as the 30 deaths in a year may not be shocking given the fact that even forest cover is depleting and as all are due to poaching incidents is what is worrying. We have been trying to coordinate in seeing that rhinos in the jungles are relocated to the three more identified sites in Assam, said Dr Ghose while pointing out that in the north eastern state terrorism issue is important for the Army and paramilitary forces.

The Supreme Court has acquitted a man, Kaini Rajan, sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for seven years for raping a woman on the roadside in broad daylight and impregnating her. The time and place of the crime and the fact that she had filed the police complaint after giving birth to a child raised doubts over her version, a Bench comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri ruled.

Acknowledging that normally the rape victims version commands great respect and acceptability, but if there are some circumstances which cast some doubt in the mind of the court on the veracity of her evidence, then it is not safe to rely on her uncorroborated version, the Bench held. It was early morning at 8.30 am and the place of the alleged incident was on the side of a public road. If she had made any semblance of resistance or made any hue and cry it would have attracted a large number of people from the locality. Further, the first information

report was lodged after a period of 10 months. All these factors cast a doubt on the prosecution version, the apex court explained. The Bench observed that the behaviour of her parents was also strange. They said they had come to know about the incident after noticing that their daughter was pregnant but kept quiet as the victim told them that the man had agreed to marry her. They also did not approach the man or his family with the marriage proposal. They straightaway went to the police station to lodge the

report, that too after the birth of the child. In such cases, the conviction could not be based on the rape victims sole version, the SC held in its September 19 verdict. The accused, a friend of the victims brother, had allegedly committed the crime in September 1997 in Arakachal in Kerala. The HC had upheld the conviction by dismissing his appeal, observing that there was no reason to disbelieve her version on the paternity of the child despite the fact that no paternity test had been conducted.

Tamil party sweeps polls in former LTTE-held region

From page 1 elect, welcomed the result, saying people have spoken democratically and the government in Colombo should learn from our victory. Wigneswaran, retired Supreme Court judge, said the results were an overwhelming vote for self-rule for Tamils. That (army presence) is the primary problem the Tamils of the northern province are having today, he told reporters in Jaffna. You have to get rid of the Army. They must be put in barracks somewhere else, Wigneswaran said. We are for an undivided Sri Lanka and self-rule under a federal system. Meanwhile, senior minister and government spokesperson Keheliya Rambukwella termed the victory of TNA as a reflection of democracy in Sri Lanka. The TNA secured an overwhelming 78.48 per cent of the vote in the north while Rajapaksa's coalition got 18.38 per cent. The high poll in the north of 67.52 per cent defied early fears of a low poll expressed by monitoring groups. The Tamil alliance received over 80 per cent of the votes polled in Jaffna, Vavuniya and Kilinochchi districts. In Mullaithivu and Mannar districts, they won 78 and 61 per cent, respectively. In Jaffna, regarded as the cultural capital of the Tamils, the TNA garnered 86 per cent of the votes polled. PTI

NIC meets today; social media misuse tops agenda

From page 1 states and Union Territories that have legislatures, leaders of national and regional political parties, chairpersons of national commissions, eminent public figures, editors of select newspapers and television channels, film personalities and representatives of women organisations. Notably, BJPs newlyanointed Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had skipped the last meeting in 2011. The other key issue before the NIC will be to tackle the growing menace of social websites spreading hatred. The Muzzafarnagar riots in Western UP owe their origin to the murder of a youth for alleged eve-teasing. A morphed video on the Internet showed how Hinduswere being ill-treatedby Muslims and became one of the trigger points for the riots. ABJP MLAis under the scanner for uploading this video and has been arrested. In August 2012, a fake video (with origins in Myanmar) was circulated showing how Muslims were ill-treated by Bodos in Assam lead to a clash in Mumbais Azad Maidan. Soon, another fake video online egged one community to attack the Chinis, a slang for people from the North-east, leading to a mass exodus of north-easterners from cities such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad and Chennai. The Ministry of Home Affairs had responded by blocking some Internet addresses and accused Pakistan of fomenting trouble. The existing Information Technology Act allows the police to book individuals spreading falsehood, but getting such content deleted is the bigger task for Indian authorities. The servers of websites are in Europe or in the US allowing India no control. These nations interpret issues as per their conditions and explaining the matter to them takes time. Days are lost before objectionable content is deleted, a senior functionary said. The NIC will also discuss issues concerning the safety and security of women, confidence-building measures taken to tackle communal disturbances and taking help from all sections of society in removing communal tension.

Kenya mall siege toll 68; Israel steps in

From page 1 Affairs Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi. Two Indians, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed and four other community members injured in the attack, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said in New Delhi. The dead Indians were identified as 40-year-old Sridhar Natarajan, employee of a pharmaceutical firm, and Paramshu Jain, son of a manager of the local Bank of Baroda branch. The injured Indians are Natarajan's wife Manjula Sridhar, Paramshu Jain's mother Mukta Jain, 12-year-old Poorvi Jain and Natarajan Ramachandran, an employee of Flamingo Duty Free. PM Manmohan Singh today condemned the attack in a letter to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and said the incident is "a stark reminder that the persisting menace of terrorism remains a formidable challenge that calls for a concerted and sustained response from the global community". "I was deeply shocked and saddened by the brutal terror attack yesterday on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi...India condemns in the strongest terms this heinous and senseless assault, which has snuffed out so many innocent lives, including nationals of both our countries," Singh said. Prime Minister Singh directed the External Affairs Ministry to extend all help to Indian nationals who were victims of the attack, and offered assistance to Kenyan authorities to deal with the situation. In a televised address to the nation, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said insurgents are terrorist cowards and that he had "personally lost very close family members in the Westgate attack". He said a nephew and his fiancee were among the killed in the ongoing siege. Al Shabab group claimed responsibility for the attack on its Twitter account. PTI

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In the Court of Sh. Surinder Kumar Sharma, ADJ-02 (East District), Karkardooma Courts, Delhi. Suit No. GC/12/13 DM No. 187/4,000/5.9.2013 Smt. Bindu Rao Chintalapudi, w/o Sriniwas Rao Chintalapudi, r/o House No. 21A, Pocket-3, Mayur Vihar, Phase-I, Delhi-110091. ... Petitioner Versus The State ... Respondent Publication Regarding Petition/ Application under Section 10 of Guardians and Wards Act for the Appointment of Guardian for Master Arnav Rao Chintalapudi (minor). Whereas, in the above noted petition the Petitioner have applied for appointment of Guardian of Master Arnav Rao Chintalapudi earlier known as Richi. Master Arnav Rao was born on 24.8.2008 at Gautam Budh Nagar, Noida, UP and his Natural mother is Smt. Bindu Rao Chintalapudi w/o Sh. Sriniwas Rao Chintalapudi and the proposed guardian (father) is Mr Sriniwas Rao Chintalapudi s/o Sh. Sriniwas Rao, r/o A-20, A WHO, VED VIHAR, TIRUMULGHERRY, S E C U N D E R A B A D , HYDERABAD, ANDHRA PRADESH-500015, who got married to the petitioner her divorce from her First husband Sh. Anurag Naval. Whereas 30.9.2013 at 10O Clock in the forenoon has been fixed for hearing of the application/petition. Notice is hereby given that persons having any interest in the such grant of the said concerned, may if, he/she desires to appear in this court on the said date of hearing and see the proceedings before the such grant, as per law. Given under my hand and the seal of this court on this 9.9.2013. Sd/- Addl. District Judge-02, CN3-2070 East/KKD/Delhi. In the Court of Sh. G.S. Dhillon, Addl. District Judge, Hoshiarpur. CA Case No.: 22 Date of Institution: 25.03.2013 Date of hearing: 24.09.2013 1. Smt. Paramjeet Kaur w/o Charanjeet Singh s/o Jagat Singh, permanent resident of Village Tanda Ram Sahai, Teh. Mukerian, Distt. Hoshiarpur, presently at 9107, 116 Street Richmon Hill, New York 11419 USA through her special Power of Attorney Smt. Harjeet Kaur w/o Bachan Singh r/o Village Bulle Chak, Teh. Gurdaspur i.e. her mother and others ... Plaintiff Versus 1. Charanjeet Singh s/o Jagat Singh s/o Pala Singh r/o Village Tanda Ram Sahai, Teh. Mukerian, Distt. Hoshiarpur. 2. Kulwant Kaur w/o Balwinder Singh Rangila s/o Jaswant Singh r/o Village Tanda Ram Sahai, Teh. Mukerian, Hoshiarpur. ... Defendant Notice to: 1. Charanjeet Singh s/o Jagat Singh s/o Pala Singh r/o Village Tanda Ram Sahai, Teh. Mukerian, Distt. Hoshiarpur. 2. Kulwant Kaur w/o Balwinder Singh Rangila s/o Jaswant Singh r/o Village Tanda Ram Sahai, Teh. Mukerian, Hoshiarpur. Whereas, it has been proved to the satisfaction of the Court that the defendants above noted cannot be served in the ordinary way of service. Hence, this proclamation under Order 5 Rule 20 CPC is hereby issued against them and they should appear personally or through their counsel on 24.09.2013 at 10 a.m. failing which exparte proceedings shall be taken against him/them. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court on this 26th day of July, 2013. Sd/- Addl. District Judge, CN3-2086 Hoshiarpur.

Corrigendum In the Court of Sh Lalit Kumar Singla, Addl. Distt. Judge, Kapurthala. Case No. MCA-2306 Date of Instt.: 17.4.13 Date of Hearing: 23.9.2013 In the above Court Notice published on 16.9.2013, the name of appellant (in the 1st line) should be read as Narinder Singh instead of Nariner Singh. Rest remains the same. CN3-1976

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In the Court of Sh. Ashu K. Jain, Additional Civil Judge, (Sr. Division), Ambala City. Civil Suit No.: 1848/01.02.2008/12.08.2009 Date of Institution: 01.02.2008 Next date of hearing: 11.10.2013 1. Suresh Kumar Arora aged 44 yrs. s/o Sh. Om Parkash Arora r/o H.No. 19, Palika Vihar, Ambala City. 2. Sh. Harish Chhabra aged 55 yrs. s/o Sh. Pran Nath Chhabra r/o H.No. 350, Sector-09, Urban Estate, Ambala City. ...Plaintiff Versus 1. Sh. Mahender Pal. 2. Sh. Sushil Kumar both sons of Sh. Bachan Lal residents of H.No. 595/16, Inder Nagar, Ambala City. 3. Sh. Sumit Mittal s/o Sh. Kashmiri Lal. 4. Sh. Lal Chand s/o Sh. Walaiti Ram. 5. Sh. Gurdas Bansal s/o Sh. Lal Chand. All residents of H.No. 144, Sector-09, Panchkula. 6. Sh. Harkesh Singh. 7. Sh. Sandeep Singh. Both sons of Sh. Gurdev Singh. 8. Sh. Gurdev Singh s/o Sh. Balwant Singh. All residents of Village Sullar, Teh. & Distt. Ambala. 9. Ms. Harpreet Kaur d/o Sh. Satjeet Singh r/o H.No. 1, Vidya Nagar, Opp. Punjabi University, Patiala. ...Defendants Suit for recovery of Rs. 10,60,000/Whereas in the above noted case, the plaintiff has filed the present suit for recovery against the defendants. I am satisfied that the Defendant No. 9 cannot be served through ordinary way. Hence Defendant No. 9 is being informed through this publication that if any body have got any objection, he may file the same on or before the date fixed i.e. 11.10.2013 at 10 a.m. personally or through some authorised agent, failing which exparte proceedings shall be proceeded against you. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court this 16th day of September, 2013. Sd/- Additional Civil Judge, (Sr. Divn.), CN3-2074 Ambala.

(Publication Under Order 5 Rule 20 CPC) In the Court of Sh. Lalit Kumar Singla, Addl. District Judge, Kapurthala. Case No. HMA 3833 Dt. of Instt.: 10.7.13 Dt. of hearing: 16.10.2013 Gagandeep Kaur wife of Jagwinder Singh, d/o Late Ajit Singh now resident of Narottam Vihar, Near Mata Chintpurni Mandir, Kapurthala. ... Petitioner Versus Jagwinder Singh s/o Late Ajit Singh r/o Village Thatta Kishan Singh Wala, Basti Bhagat Singh Wali Tehsil Zira, District Ferozepur at present r/o Saints, AG, Theodori, Karinthos TK 2003, Greece. ... Respondent (Petition under Section 13 of Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 for dissolution of marriage by grant of decree of divorcee). Notice to Respondent: Jagwinder Singh s/o Late Ajit Singh r/o Village Thatta Kishan Singh Wala, Basti Bhagat Singh Wali Tehsil Zira, District Ferozepur at present r/o Saints, AG, Theodori, Karinthos TK 2003, Greece. Whereas it has been proved to the satisfaction of this Court that the respondent named above cannot be served in the ordinary manner, therefore this publication is issued against the respondent named above to appear before this Court on 16.10.2013 at 10.00 a.m. either personally or through any authorised agent or pleader, failure which ex-parte proceedings shall be taken against them according to law. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court on this 13th day of September, 2013. Sd/Addl. District Judge, CN3-2064 Kapurthala.

In the Court of Sh. Jatinder Pal Singh, Civil Judge, (Junior Division), Nakodar. Dt. of hearing: 25.9.2013 Gurmel Singh etc Versus Joginder Singh & others Notice to: Defendant No. 03 Karmi d/o Chanan Singh s/o Prema (died) represented L.R.s (i) Ajit Singh husband of Karmi, (ii) Jaswinder Singh (iii) Manjinder Singh (iv) Raghbir Singh sons of Karmi, (v) Pinki (vi) Shindo daughters of Karmi, all residents of Rasulpur, Tehsil Nakodar. Defendant No. 05: Sibo d/o Sh Chanan Singh w/o Ajit Singh r/o Village Nangal Sapoor, Tehsil & Distt. Jalandhar. Defendant No. 08: Avtar Singh s/o Sh Gurdev Singh r/o CL-ANA-NAVARRO PE-LA-CANAL, 14, 30591, DALSICAS, MURCIA, Spain. Defendant No. 12: Gurdev Singh Sanghera s/o Ajit Singh r/o 43, GRANGE ABENUE STREET FORD, MANCHESTER, M 32 - DDA, UK. Whereas it has been proved to the satisfaction of the Court that the defendants above noted cannot be served in the ordinary way of service. Hence this proclamation under Order 5 Rule 20 CPC is hereby issued against them and they should appear personally or through their counsel on 25.09.2013 at 10.00 a.m. failing which exparte proceedings shall be taken against him/them. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court on this 4th day of Sept., 2013. Sd/- Civil Judge (Junior Division), NA3-60552 Nakodar. In the Court of Ms. Mehak Sabharwal, PCS, Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cumJudicial Magistrate 1st Class, Ludhiana. Complaint No. 3635/2 date 16.5.11 Proclamation requiring the appearance of a person accused See Sec. 82 Crp. Under Section 138 NI Act. Police Station Div. No. 5 Indusind Bank Limited, SCO-21, Feroze Gandhi Market, Opposite Ludhiana Stock Exchange, Ludhiana (Formerly called Ashok Leyland Finance Limited), through its Attorney Sh. Bhavik Bhardwaj ...Complainant Versus 1. B.G. Contractor, VPO Mojowal, Tehsil Nangal, District Ropar, through its partner Sh. Balram Kumar. 2. Gulshan Kumar, Partner, B.G. Contractor, VPO Mojowal, Tehsil Nangal, District Ropar. ...Accussed Whereas as complaint has been made before me that accused 1. Balram Kumar, 2. Gulshan Kumar has committed offence of punishable U/S 138 NI Act and it has been returned to a warrant of arrest thereupon. Issued the said 1. Balram Kumar, 2. Gulshan Kumar accused has absconded (or is concealing himself to avoid the service of the said warrant). Proclamation is hereby made that the said accused 1. Balram Kumar, 2. Gulshan Kumar are required to appear in this Court on date 24.9.2013 to reply the said complaint. Dated this day of 09.09.13. Sd/Judicial Magistrate 1st Class, CN3-2106 Ludhiana.

In the Court of Shri JS Bhinder, Additional District Judge, Hoshiarpur. HMA Case No.: 119 of 14.12.12. Date of Hearing: 25.09.2013 Gurwinder Singh ....Plaintiff/Appellant Versus Manpreet Kaur ....Defendants/Respondent Notice to: Respondent Manpreet Kaur d/o Ishwar Singh, residing in the house of Sh. Gajja Singh s/o Waryam Singh r/o Village Lasatha, Tehsil Phillaur, Distt. Jalandhar at present residing with Gurdeep Singh s/o Ranjit Singh r/o Mahil Khurd near Auth. District Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar. Whereas it has been proved to the satisfaction of the court that the defendant above noted cannot be served in the ordinary way of service. Hence this proclamation under Order 5 Rule 20 CPC is hereby issued against him and he should appear personally or through his counsel on 25.09.2013 at 10 a.m. failing which exparte proceeding shall be taken against them. Given under my hand and seal of the court on this 29th day of August, 2013. Sd/Additional District Judge, CN3-2088 Hoshiarpur.
In the Court of Ms. Karandeep Kaur, PCS, Civil Judge (Jr. Div.)-cumJudicial Magistrate, 1st Class, Ludhiana. Proclamation requiring the appearance of accused U/S 82 Code of Criminal Procedure. Crl. Comp. No. 618/2 Date 8.11.2012 U/S 138 NI Act Next Date: 25.9.2013 Police Station: Dugri. Deepinder Singh s/o Ajmer Singh r/o 95-C, Phase-III, Karnail Singh Nagar, Ludhiana. ... Complainant Versus Amardeep Singh @ Hira, partner M/s Shiwalik Site Planner Pvt. Ltd., Head Office at SCO 510, Sector-30, Mohali. ...Accused Whereas present complaint has been made before me that abovesaid accused has committed offence punishable U/S 138 NI Act and it has been returned to a warrant of arrest thereupon issued. Abovesaid accused has absconded (or is concealing himself to avoid the service of the said warrant). Proclamation is hereby made that the abovesaid accused is required to appear before this Court on dated 25.9.13 to appear in present complaint. Given under my hand and and seal of the Court on this 29.8.13. Sd/- Judicial Magistrate 1st Class, CN3-2084 Ludhiana.

In the Court of Sh. Danish Gupta, Civil Judge (Jr. Division), Ambala Civil Suit No.: 360 of 2008 Dt. of Instt.: 04.03.2008/20.04.2013 Pending for: 25.09.2013 at 10:00 a.m. State Bank of India, a body corporate constituted under the State Bank of India Act, 1955 carrying on the business of Banking and having its Central office at Madam Cama Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai and local Head Office at Sector 17, Chandigarh and branches at different places including one at Mall Road, Ambala Cantt through Shri Desh Bandhu, its Assistant General Manager at RASMECC Cell, Ambala City and Principal Officer. ... Plaintiff Versus 1. K. Senthil Kumar No. 15321076Y S/o G. Kumar, 16 Engineering Brigade Regiment, Headquarter Coy C/o 56 A.P.O., Second Address: Atar Bhil Township, Ranipet-632406 (Tamil Nadu). 2. Shri M.P. Pillai No. 15321254W, 16 Engineering Brigade Regiment Headquarter Coy (PMS) C/o 56 A.P.O. ... Defendants In Re: Suit for Recovery Defendants Whereas, in the above noted case, the plaintiff has filed the present suit for recovery against the defendants. I am satisfied that the defendants cannot be served through ordinary way. Hence, defendants are being informed through this publication that if anybody has got any objection, he may file the same on or before the date fixed i.e. 25.09.2013 at 10:00 a.m., personally or through some authorised agent, failing which ex-parte proceedings shall be taken against you. Given under my hand and seal of this court on this 17th day of September, 2013. Sd/- Civil Judge (Jr. Division), CN3-2076 Ambala.

In the Court of Sh. Pushvinder Singh, Addl. District Judge, Adhoc Fast Track Court, Hoshiarpur. Peshi: 25.9.2013 HMA: 162/13 Instt. on: 4.05.2013 Amarjit Singh aged 39 years son of Sh Hardial Singh resident of VPO Dhada Fateh Singh, Tehsil and District Hoshiarpur. ... Petitioner Versus Ashley Marie Mitchell. ... Respondent Notice to: Ashley Marie Mitchell w/o Amarjit Singh d/o Robert Mitchell, resident of 1151, Burton DR.APT 222, Vacaville 95687, USA. Petition under Section 13 of Hindu Marriage Act for Dissolution of Marriage by a degree of divorce. Whereas it has been proved to the satisfaction of this Court that the above named respondent cannot be served in the ordinary way. Hence this proclamation under Order 5 Rule 20 CPC is hereby issued against his/her calling upon her/him to appear in this Court personally or through counsel duly instruction on 25.09.2013 at 10.00 a.m. failing which exparte proceedings shall be taken against him/her. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court on this 6.02.13. Sd/Addl. District Judge Adhoc, Fast Track Court, CN3-2090 Hoshiarpur.
In the Court of Smt. Sushma Devi, ACJSD, Amritsar. Case No. 19928 Dt. of Instt. 16.3.12 Dt. of hearing 24.9.13 Manjula Maheshwari wd/o Inder Mohan r/o 477 Basant Ave., Asr. ...Plaintiff Versus 1. Jagdish Chander Maheshwari, etc. ...Defendants Notice to: 4. Ruchi d/o Late Sh. Surinder Kumar s/o Late Sh. Harbans Lal. All residents of C/o Padam Foundry, H-1, Textile Colony, Industrial Area-A, Ludhiana. 8. Prita Behti d/o Late Sh. Subhash Chander s/o Late Sh. Harbans Lal. All residents of c/o M/s Jyoti Enterprises, Madhopuri-2, Ludhiana. 11. Janak Rani wd/o Late Sh. Om Parkash son of Late Sh. Jagan Nath. 12. Kusum d/o Late Sh. Om Parkash s/o Late Sh. Jagan Nath. Both residents of H # 89-198, Malari Gali, Chaura Bazar, Ludhiana. 14. Ved Parkash s/o Sh. Jagan Nath. Whereas, it has been proved to the satisfaction of this Court that the defendants above noted cannot be served in the ordinary way of service. Hence, this proclamation under Order 5 Rule 20 CPC is hereby issued against them and they should appear personally or through their counsel on 24.9.13 at 10 a.m. failing which exparte proceedings shall be taken against him/them. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court on this 13th day of September, 2013. Sd/- Addl. Civil Judge, Sr. Divn., CN3-2078 Amritsar.

In the Court of Sh. Sachal Babbar, PCS, Civil Judge (Jr. Divn.)-cum-JMIC, Ludhiana. Case No. Ex: 25 Dt. of Instt: 5.5.11 Dt. of hearing: 28.9.13 (1) Sandeep Kaur Saini w/o Vikramjit Saini d/o Ajit Singh Saini, (2) Kulpreet Kaur (minor) through her mother. Both r/o H.No. 3724-A, St. No. 7, Gagandeep Colony, Kakowal Road, Ludhiana through her father Ajit Singh Saini as special power of attorney holder of Sandeep Kaur Saini. ...Plaintiff Versus Vikramjit Saini s/o Harvinder Singh Saini r/o H.No. 181, New Defence Colony, Rama Mandi, Jalandhar. ...Defendant Notice to: Vikramjit Saini s/o Harvinder Singh Saini r/o H.No. 181, New Defence Colony, Rama Mandi, Jalandhar. Whereas it has been proved to the satisfaction of the Court that the defendants above noted cannot be served in the ordinary way of service. Hence this proclamation under Order 5 Rule 20 CPC is hereby issued against them and they should appear personally or through their counsel on 28.9.13 at 10 a.m. failing which exparte proceedings shall be taken against him/them. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court on this 30th day of August, 2013. Sd/- Civil Judge, (Jr. Div.), CN3-2080 Ludhiana. In the Court of Smt. Tripatjot Kaur, Addl. Civil Judge (Sr. Divn.), Baba Bakala Case No.: 12/23.08.2013 Guardian Peshi: 10.10.2013 1. Paramjit Singh Bal s/o Kashmir Singh r/o Village Khabbe Rajputan, Tehsil Baba Bakala, District Amritsar Punjab (India) at present Braunspergen Gasse 10/1, 1100 Wien Austria. 2. Smt. Anna Bal w/o Paramjit Singh Bal r/o Braunspergen Gasse 10/1, 1100 Wien Austria both through their special attorney S. Kashmir Singh s/o Santa Singh r/o V. Khabbe Rajputan, Tehsil Baba Bakala, District Amritsar. (Petitioners) Versus 1. General Public (Respondent) Petition U/S 7 read with Section 26 of the Guardian and Wards Act 1890 Whereas in the above noted case the applicant has filed an application/petition of the appointment of joint guardian of the person and property of the minor Sudarshan Singh Bal in this court. This notice is hereby issued to the General Public that if anybody has any objection for appointment of guardian he should file objection on or before 10.10.2013 at 10 am through his counsel or personally failing which exparte proceedings shall be taken against him/them. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court on this 9th day of September, 2013. Sd/- Addl. Civil Judge, (Senior Division), A3-48647 Baba Bakala.
In the Court of Ms. Nirmala Devi, PCS, Civil Judge (Jr. Div.)-cumJMIC, Ludhiana. Proclamation requiring the appearance of accused U/S 82 Code of Criminal Procedure. Crl. Comp. No. 1300 Date 10.12.2011 U/S 138 NI Act Next Date: 25.9.2013 Police Station: Model Town, Ludhiana. Gurinder Pal Singh s/o Sh Takhat Singh r/o 30/1, St. No. 12, Karnail Singh Nagar, Phase-3, Pakhowal Road, Ludhiana. ... Complainant Versus M/s Newway Retail Pvt. Ltd. ...Accused Notice to: M/s Newway Retail Pvt. Ltd., Plot No. 1, 3rd Floor, Garg Trade Centre, Sector XI, Rohini, New Delhi, through its Directors. 2. Suresh Malik. 3. Vijender Kumar Malik. Both Ms. Newway Retail Pvt. Ltd., Plot No. 1, 3rd Floor, Garg Trade Centre, Sector-XI, Rohini, New Delhi. 2nd residential address: A-10/49, Sector 18, Rohini, Delhi-110085. Whereas, present complaint has been made before me that abovesaid accused has committed offence punishable U/S 138 NI Act and it has been returned to a warrant of arrest thereupon issued that abovesaid accused has absconded (or is concealing himself to avoid the service of the said warrant). Proclamation is hereby made that the abovesaid accused is required to appear before this Court on dated 25.09.2013 to answer in present complaint. Given under my hand and seal of the Court on this 27.08.2013. Sd/- Judicial Magistrate 1st Class, CN3-2092 Ludhiana.

In the Court of Sh Amrinderpal Singh, ACJ (SD)/RC/JMIC, Ludhiana. Succession Case No. 49 Dated: 12.08.2013 Peshi: 15.10.13 Santosh Kakkar wife of Late Sh Krishan Lal Kakkar, resident of House No. 544/55/1, Street No. 1, New Shivpuri, Ludhiana. Versus General Public Notice to: General Public. Whereas, in the above noted petition the above named petitioner has applied for the grant of Succession Certificate in this Honble Court. It is declared that if anyone has any objection regarding issuance of succession certificate to the petitioner, he/she will appear in this Court on 15.10.2013 at 10 a.m. personally or through counsel, failing which an ex-parte proceedings shall be taken. Given under my hand and seal of this Court on this 20.9.13. Sd/Addl. Civil Judge, Senior Division, CN3-2108 Ludhiana.
In the Court of Mrs Jaswinder Sheemar, Addl. District Judge, Mohali. H.M. Act. 28/3.4.2013 Next date of Hearing: 07.10.2013 Mridula Kakaria wife of Sh Davinder Kakaria, d/o Sh V.M. Goswami, presently residing at House No. 2246, Sector 68, Mohali. .....Petitioner Versus Davinder Kakaria ....Respondent Notice to: Davinder Kakaria son of Sh A.R. Kakaria, resident of House No. B-201, Kaamdhenu Homes, Dhakauli, NAC Zirakpur, District Mohali. The petitioner has filed present petition for divorce against you. Whereas, it has been proved to the satisfaction of this court that you cannot be served through ordinary process, hence this proclamation U/o 5, Rule 20 CPC is hereby issued to you to appear in this court on 07.10.2013 at 10.00 a.m., personally or through Counsel to defend the case, failing which exparte proceedings will be taken against you. Given under my hand and seal of this court on this 13th day of September, 2013. Sd/Addl. District Judge, A3-50214 Mohali.
In the Court of Miss Geeta Rani Civil Judge (Junior Divn.), Nakodar. Case No.: 156/13 Date of Institution: 10.7.2013 Date of hearing: 03.10.2013 Baldev Singh alias Gurdev Singh s/o Sh. Pakhar Singh s/o Dhanna Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. ... Plaintiffs Versus Kuldeep Singh & Others Notice to: Defendant No. (1) Kuldeep Singh s/o Bhajan Singh @ Harbhajan Singh s/o Pakhar Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. Defendant No. (2). Bobby s/o Udham Singh s/o Pakhar Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. Defendant No. (3). Semi s/o Udham Singh s/o Pakhar Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. Defendant No. (4). Savi s/o Lakhvir Singh s/o Pakhar Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. Defendant No. (5). Navi s/o Lakhvir Singh s/o Pakhar Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. Defendant No. (6). Lakhvir Singh s/o Pakhar Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. Defendant No. (7). Udham Singh s/o Pakhar Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. Defendant No. (8). Bhajan Sigh alias Harbhajan Singh s/o Pakhar Singh r/o Village Sadiqpur, Tehsil Shahkot, Distt. Jalandhar. ... Defendants Whereas, it has been proved to the satisfaction of the Court that the defendants above noted cannot be served in the ordinary way of service. Hence, this proclamation under Order 5 Rule 20 CPC is hereby issued against them and they should appear personally or through their counsel on 03.10.2013 at 10 a.m. failing which exparte proceedings shall be taken against him/them. Given under my hand and the seal of the Court on this 12th day of Sept. 2013. Sd/- Civil Judge (Junior Division), CN3-2066 Nakodar.

In the Court of Ms. Karandeep Kaur, PCS, Civil Judge (Jr. Div.)-cumJudicial Magistrate, 1st Class, Ludhiana. Proclamation requiring the appearance of accused U/S 82 Code of Criminal Procedure. Crl. Comp. No. 150/2 Date 15.6.2012 U/S 138 NI Act Next Date: 23.9.2013 Police Station: Model Town. M/s Gats Urban Co-operative Thrift and Credit Society Limited, having its Head Office at SCVO 1B, 2B, 3B, Swami Vivekanand Vridhasharam Market, Block B, Model Town Extn., Ludhiana through its authorised Representative Sh Vikas Kumar. ... Complainant Versus Sh Rakesh Kumar Goswami s/o Lt. Sh Kharaiti Lal, House No. J3/200, Block-13, Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110027. 2nd address: House No. 255, Street No. 5, Nirmal Nagar, Dugri, Ludhiana. ...Accused Whereas, present complaint has been made before me that abovesaid accused has committed offence punishable U/S 138 NI Act and it has been returned to a warrant of arrest thereupon issued, that above said accused has absconded (or is concealing himself to avoid the service of the said warrant). Proclamation is hereby made that the above said accused is required to appear before this Court on dated 23.9.13 to answer in present complaint. Given under my hand and seal of the Court on this 29.8.13. Sd/- Judicial Magistrate 1st Class, CN3-2082 Ludhiana.

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Merkel romps to victory in German election

Chinas disgraced Bo Xilai gets life term for graft


Bilawal turns 25, can contest parliamentary poll
ISLAMABAD: The scion of the Bhutto family, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has turned 25 and is now eligible to contest parliamentary polls in the Pakistan. Even while the million dollar question remains whether he will jump into the murky world of politics now or he will bide his time till the 2018 general election, Bilawal continues to remain active on the social media and is constantly in touch with people. PTI

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) at the CDU party headquarters in Berlin on Sunday. AFP

Angela Merkel was on track to win a third term as Chancellor in a German election on Sunday after her conservatives scored their best result in decades, but it was unclear whether she could avoid being forced into a coalition with her leftist rivals. Television exit polls showed Merkels conservative bloc the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) on 42 to 42.5 per cent, which if confirmed would be their strongest score since 1990. That gives the conservatives an outside chance of securing an absolute majority on their own, which would be a historic success for the 59-year-old Merkel, whose steady leadership during the euro zone crisis has made her hugely popular at

home. It's a super result, said Merkel, flashing a broad smile. But the survival of her centre-right coalition with the Free Democrats (FDP) was in question, with the business-friendly party on 4.7 per cent, shy of the 5 per cent mark needed to remain in parliament. Adding to the uncertainty was a new euro-sceptic party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), which stood at 4.9 per cent, just a whisper below the threshold needed to enter the Bundestag. Support for the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) stood at 26 per cent, the environmentalist Greens were on 8 per cent and the hardline Left party was at 8.5 per cent. That was good for a combined score of 42.5 per cent, roughly in line with the result of Merkels conservatives on their own. Reuters

Disgraced top Communist Party leader Bo Xilai was today sentenced to life for corruption and abuse of power by a Chinese court, which effectively ended a stiff challenge posed by pro-Maoist faction against the reform minded new leadership headed by President Xi Jinping. Curtains came down on Chinas biggest political trial for decades when the Jinan Intermediate Court in east China's Shandong province convicted the 64-year-old former Politburo member and Chongqing city Communist Party chief on all the three charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. In its judgement delivered at a packed room, the court sentenced a defiant Bo to life in prison on the graft charges, 15 years for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power. Bo Xilai was a servant of the state, he abused his power, causing huge damage to the country and its people ... The circumstances were especially serious, the court said in its judgement as a defiant Bo smiled. A charismatic Bo, widely expected to be front runner for a top post in the once-ina-decade leadership change

Bo Xilai (C) at a courtroom in Jinan, China, on Sunday. AFP


With the verdict, curtains came down on Chinas biggest political trial for decades The court convicted the 64-year-old former Politburo member and Chongqing city Communist Party chief on all the three charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power The court sentenced a defiant Bo to life in prison on the graft charges, 15 years for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power A charismatic Bo was widely expected to be front runner for a top post in the once-in-a-decade leadership change of the ruling Communist Party last year

of the ruling Communist Party last year, was sacked as the head of Chongqing city and removed from the party following charges of bribery,

embezzlement and abuse of power against him. The court, which last month conducted an unprecedented open trial with periodic

updates on microblogs for five days, also stripped the fallen politician of all political rights and ordered the confiscation of his properties. After the sentencing, Bo was seen handcuffed, with clenched fists and flanked by two towering policemen who held him by his shoulders and forearms as he was escorted out. Bo was convicted for bribes totalling 20.44 million yuan (about $ 3.3 million) when he was the head of Dalian city, where he carried out a vigorous modernisation drive making it one of the most highprofile port cities in the world. The fallen politician took advantage of his position as head of Dalian party unit, Governor of northeastern Liaoning Province and commerce minister of China to seek benefits for others, the verdict said. Bo, who vehemently denied all charges, would file an appeal against the judgement to a higher court in Shandong province whose verdict would be final, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said. The hearing was regarded as the Communist China's most sensitive political trial after the 1981 'Gang of Four' trial involving Mao Zedong's widow Jing Qing. PTI

Swiss vote on axing military draft

GENEVA: Swiss voters on Sunday headed to the ballot box for a referendum on axing the draft, with the Alpine country expected to buck a European trend against conscription given the army's role in the national image. Opinion polls ahead of the plebiscite showed around two-thirds of voters likely to reject the proposal to scrap conscription spearheaded by pacifists and backed by left-wing parties. AFP

US blackmailing Russia on Syria

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused the United States of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in the war-torn country. AFP

Women take part in the traditional costume parade of the Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich on Sunday. The world's biggest beer festival will run till October 6. AFP

Typhoon hits schools, air traffic in China


West must accept Irans right to enrich uranium: Rouhani

and even global ones," President Hassan Rouhani Rouhani said. "The Iranian people today said Western want development governments must and are not looking to recognise Iran's right make an atomic to enrich uranium in weapon." Iran claims any deal to allay their the right to enrich uraconcerns about its nium for peaceful purnuclear programme. poses under the terms Rouhani said that Hassan of the nuclear Nonshould extend to "all Rouhani Proliferation Treaty. rights of the Iranian But the UN Security nation, particularly nuclear rights and the right to Council has imposed succesenrich uranium on its territo- sive rounds of sanctions on ry within the framework of Iran for failing to heed ultimatums to suspend the sensitive international rules". His comments, at an annual activity, which Western govmilitary parade, came on the ernments suspect conceals a eve of his departure for the UN covert drive for a weapons General Assembly in New capability. Rouhani, a moderate on York where he is scheduled to meet French President Fran- Iran's political scene, has cois Hollande on the sidelines. made several diplomatic over"If they (Western govern- tures since his election in ments) accept these rights, the June, and there has been specIranian people are a rational ulation that he could also meet people, peaceful and friendly. US President Barack Obama We stand ready to cooper- on the sidelines of the Generate and together we can set- al Assembly, which opens on tle all the region's problems Tuesday. AFP

Iran parades 30 missiles with 2,000-km range


Super typhoon Usagi, one of the strongest storms to hit Asia this year, battered China's southeastern coast, leading to the closure of schools and disruption of air traffic. The typhoon closed in on the city of Shanwei in southern China's Guangdong province. According to the National Meteorological Center (NMC) the typhoon would make a landfall between the cities of Huilai and Huidong in Guangdong in the evening. Frontier police in the city of Shanwei, Guangdong, have directed more than 8,000 fishing boats to return to harbour by noon to avoid strong gales. More than 1,200 local residents in the city have been evacuated to temporary settlements. Guangdong province, a major base for Chinese nuclear power stations, has

Strong waves hit the Xiamen coast in China. AFP

Iran paraded 30 missiles with a nominal range of 2,000 kilometres (1,250 miles) today, the first time it had displayed so many with the theoretical capacity to hit Israeli targets. Iran displayed 12 Sejil and 18 Ghadr missiles at the annual parade marking the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. The stated range of both missiles would put not only Israel but also US bases in the Gulf within reach. But in his speech at the parade, President Hassan Rowhani insisted the weaponry on show was for

defensive purposes only. In the past 200 years, Iran has never attacked another country, he said. Today too, the armed forces of the Islamic Republic and its leadership will never launch any aggressive action in the region. But they will always resist aggressors determinedly until victory. The Sejil was first tested in November 2008 and the Ghadr in September of the following year. Both are two-stage missiles that use solid fuel that allows them to be moved around and launched rapidly. The naval chief of the elite

Revolutionary Guards was, meanwhile, quoted as saying that Iran has the capability to strike US warships in the Gulf. We have the necessary equipment to destroy American aircraft carries and warplanes in the Gulf, the ISNA news agency quoted Admiral Ali Fadavi as saying. Bahrain, a strategic archipelago just across the Gulf from Iran, is the home base of the US Fifth Fleet. The elite Revolutionary Guards is in charge of protecting the strategic Strait of Hormuz, at the entrance to the Gulf, a key gateway for the world's oil supplies. AFP

initiated emergency response schemes to brace for the typhoon. Four of the six power generating units at the Dayawan nuclear power base have been ordered to operate at reduced load.

Outdoor construction has been prohibited at the Yangjiang and Taishan nuclear power plants, according to the China General Nuclear Power Group, which runs the plants, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. PTI


Sr. NIT No. Brief Scope of Work/ No. Purchase 1 NIT No. 35/ The date of sale, receipt & P&D/2013-2014 opening of the said NIT has (BID No. B-340) been rescheduled. All other terms & conditions of the NIT shall remain unchanged. Last Date of Submission of Bids (Date & Time) Last Date of sale of bid documents up to 1700 hours 26.9.2013 Last date of receipt of tenders up to 1300 hours 27.9.2013 Date of opening of tenders (Part-I) at 1500 hours 27.9.2013

Vedanta manual among 5 new Salinger books



Sr. NIT No. No. 1 NIT No. 36/ P&D/2013-2014 (BID No. B-342, & B-344) Brief Scope of Work/ Purchase The date of sale, receipt & opening of the said NIT has been rescheduled. All other terms & conditions of the NIT shall remain unchanged. Last Date of Submission of Bids (Date & Time) Last Date of sale of bid documents up to 1700 hours 26.9.2013 Last date of receipt of tenders up to 1300 hours 27.9.2013 Date of opening of tenders (Part-I) at 1500 hours 27.9.2013

"The Catcher in the Rye" author Jerome David Salinger published his last story in 1965 but kept writing continuously until his death in 2010 and five of his new books, including a manual on Vedanta, are on the way, say his biographers. "Based on private interviews conducted over nine years, we have learned that JD Salinger approved works for publication. We were able to obtain information about a number of those books and stories...These works will begin to be published in irregular instalments starting between 2015 and 2020," write David Shields and Shane Salerno in "Salinger". Raised in Park Avenue privilege, Salinger sought out combat, surviving five bloody battles of World War II, and out of that crucible he created "The Catcher in the Rye", which journeyed deep into his own despair and redefined post-war America. For more than 50 years, he has been one of the most elusive figures in American history. In the course of a nineyear investigation, and especially in the three years since Salinger's death, Shields and Salerno have interviewed more than 200 people in their bid to solve the mystery of what happened to him. Among the unpublished

books is "The Family Glass", a collection of existing stories about the fictional Glass family along with five new tales. The authors say that Salinger has also written a "manual" of Vedanta with short stories, almost fables, woven into text; this is precisely the form of "The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna", which Salinger called, in 1952, "the religious book of the century". He was an adherent of Sri Ramakrishna's Advaita Vedanta Hinduism. "Salinger's manual is the explicit fulfilment of his stated desire to 'circulate', through his writing, the ideas of Vedanta. Further evidence of Salinger's devotion over more than half a century to Vedanta is that he donated a substantial and continuing portion of his estate to the RamakrishnaVivekananda Center of New York and to other organisations," they write. The third book is a novel a World War II love story based on Salinger's complex relationship with his first wife Sylvia Welter. Then there is a novella that takes the form of a counter-intelligence agent's diary entries during World War II, culminating in the Holocaust. Finally there is a complete retooling of Salinger's unpublished 12-page 1942 story "The Last and Best of the Peter Pans". PTI

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O/o PRINCIPAL CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FORESTS, HARYANA C-18, Sector 6, Van Bhawan, Panchkula, Haryana

Short-Term Notice inviting applications for Empanelment of retired Patwaris, Kanungos, Nayab Tehsildar & Tehsildar for demarcation & settlement of Forest areas in Morni Hills of Haryana

The applications are invited from retired Patwaris, Kanungos, Nayab Tehsildar & Tehsildar from Haryana, Punjab & Himachal Pradesh for the purpose of demarcation of Forest areas of Morni Hills in Haryana and its mapping on GIS Platform. The applicant must have sufficient knowledge and work experience in the demarcation works of Hilly areas. The applicants must apply for their empanelment which will be purely on contractual basis. The wage rates are negotiable with such deserving candidates who possess desired work experience who may be empanelled as contractual employees. The experience details must include name of area for which survey and demarcation carried out by the applicant, year of such work and area surveyed and demarcated in the following format:Name of the Candidate State of which he/she belongs Year in which work carried out Past experience of demarcation/Survey

The Competent Authority reserves all rights to reject any or all candidates if it is not satisfied with work requirement that candidate may not possess. The detailed Terms and Conditions of deployment will be intimated to the finally selected applicants at the time of issuing deployment letter as contractual employee. The interested persons fulfilling above mentioned criteria may apply to M. L. Rajvanshi, IFS, DCF (IT), O/o: PCCF, Haryana, Van Bhawan, Panchkula by 14th October, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. positively. The applications must accompany the experience details as per prescribed proforma. The applications received after the prescribed time and date will not be entertained. The applications may be submitted either through registered post or may be delivered in the office of DCF (IT) in person also.

Sd/- M. L. Rajvanshi, IFS Deputy Conservator of Forest (IT), O/o: Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Haryana, Panchkula.




Myths about ULIPs

BANKS Axis Bank Bank of Baroda Bank of India Bank of Maharashtra Canara Bank Central Bank of India Corporation Bank Dena Bank Development Credit Bank Dhanlaxmi Bank HDFC Bank ICICI Bank IDBI Bank Indian Overseas Bank ING Vysya Indusind Bank Kotak Mahindra Bank Oriental Bank of Commerce State Bank of India Syndicate Bank Yes Bank Union Bank of India Vijaya Bank 6mths - < 1 Year 8.75% 7.30% - 7.75% 8.00% 8.50% - 8.60% 8.00% 8.25% 9.00% 8.25% - 8.50% 8.75% 9.00% - 9.25% 8.50% - 8.75% 7.75% 8.50% - 8.75% 8.25% - 8.50% 8.70% - 9.00% 6.50% - 8.50% 8.75% - 9.25% 8.50% 7.50% 8.50% - 9.00% 8.75% - 9.00% 8.55% 8.50% 1 < 2 Year 8.50% - 9.00% 8.75% 9.00% 9.10% - 9.25% 8.75% - 9.05% 8.75% 8.75% - 9.00% 9.10% 9.00% 9.00% - 9.25% 8.75% - 9.00% 8.00% - 9.00% 8.75% - 9.00% 9.00% 9.00% - 9.25% 9.00% - 9.25% 8.75% - 9.00% 9.00% 9.00% 8.50% - 9.30% 8.75% - 9.10% 9.00% 9.00% 2 < 3 Year 8.75% 8.75% 9.00% 9.10% 8.75% 8.75% 8.75% 8.75% 9.75% 9.00% 8.75% 8.75% 9.00% 9.00% 9.00% 8.75% - 9.25% 8.75% 8.75% 9.00% 8.00% 8.75% 9.00% 9.00% 3 < 5 Year 8.75% 8.75% - 8.90% 9.00% 9.00% - 9.15% 8.75% 8.50% 9.00% 9.00% 8.75% 9.00% 8.75% 8.75% 9.00% 9.00% 9.00% 8.75% 8.75% 8.75% 9.00% 8.00% 8.75% 9.00% 9.00% 5 Years & above 8.50% 8.86% - 8.75% 8.75% - 9.00% 9.00% 8.75% 8.50% 8.75% 8.75% - 9.00% 8.75% 9.00% 8.25% 8.50% 8.50% - 8.75% 9.00% 9.00% 8.50% 8.00% 8.75% 9.00% 8.00% 8.75% 8.75% - 9.25% 9.00%

Source : Apna Paisa Research Bureau,

Do homework before taking home loan

R Sharma invested in a child ULIP plan to secure his daughters education with a sum assured of Rs 25 Lakh and an annual premium of Rs 50,000 for 10 years. However, in 3 years, after paying Rs 150,000 as premium (50,000 X 3 years), when he checked his fund value, it was Rs 120,000. When he approached the insurance company to liquidate his policy, he was reassured that his investment was safe and he would get the due returns, if he did not panic, and stayed invested for the entire policy term. A recent news report also highlighted that funds of some insurance companies actually outperformed the Nifty in the last fiscal. Mr Sharma decided to follow this advice and continued to pay the due premiums annually. As per his policy illustration, he is likely to get the corpus he requires for his daughters education on maturity and also has the peace of mind knowing that his daughters education will be financially secure, whether or not he is around. Unfortunately, a lot of investors do not follow the advice that Mr Sharma did, and discontinue the policy as soon as there is a dip in their fund value. This makes their entire investment futile and they are left with a bad experience of investing in ULIPs. While ULIPs are very transparent, it may not be inaccurate to say that they are probably the most misunderstood products in insurance. Lack of understanding of product features and charge structure often leads to confusion for investors when it comes to returns and current fund value. It is crucial that before investing in ULIPs, you understand the structure, charges and importance of staying through the policy term and reap full benefits. ULIPs are need-based products with a long term proposition. You must invest in them with a clear investment objective, for example, child education or retirement, rather than keeping just investment in mind. They are structured in a way that a policy holder derives maximum value at the end of the tenure and not in, lets say, three or five years. Markets, by nature, are cyclical and customers should have a long-term view when investing in ULIPs and not get hassled by short-term fluctuations in the stock market and their fund value. Staying invested in ULIPs over

long term will give customers good returns along with the life cover.

Few myths, however, need to be busted for any prospective investor: ULIPs are equity-linked and therefore only suited for investors with high-risk appetite. ULIPs are not pure equity. They provide you the flexibility of distributing your investment across a mix of both debt and equity, as per your individual risk appetite. ULIPs are the only financial product which not only provide you the twin benefits of protection and investment, but also pay out the guaranteed corpus, whether or not you are around. ULIPs also allow you to leverage the market ups and downs to churn your portfolio to maximise the returns and subside the risk. To mitigate the risk of losing any money, you can also start allocating a larger pie of your investment towards debt as the policy nears maturity.
If the fund value goes down, discontinue the policy. To reap maximum benefit out of your ULIP, you must stay invested for the entire policy term. A thorough look at the charge structure of the product will give you a better perspective of the returns generated on your investment in the short term. It is always advisable to understand these charges as they are deducted from policys account value. While some charges such as fund management charge, policy administration charge are constant, charges like premium allocation reduce significantly with time. Therefore, if you exit you investment in 3-5 years, you end up paying more for these charges and get meagre returns.


OWSOEVER wise you may be, you are likely to make some mistakes while going in for a home loan. This article seeks to make home loan aspirants aware of the mistakes they can avoid in their journey of home buying process.

anxiety. The pleasure of obtaining a beautiful home is overtaken by the pain of over committing to the mortgage.

Do enough research Before taking a plunge into the home buying process, you should do enough research. If you dont take this trouble then you will end up buying a property which either turns out to be unaffordable for you or it is not the one which you had aspired for. Before doing that, do enough research on the projects you are interested in and whether it will suit your some particular requirement which you may have. Be ready with credit report Before starting your negotiations with the bank or HFC, you should be ready with your credit report and check it for any discrepancies or errors or any negative entries. You should challenge it right away as it will adversely impact your credit score. It will certainly cost you dear as your negotiating power will take a beating. But if your credit history is in great shape, then you can have a great deal with it. But if it is not, then you will certainly have difficulty in getting your home loan approved. Take practical aspects into account Many a times it has been noticed that we just do practical calculations, say 40-45% of your net monthly income can be dispensed as EMI without taking into account the expenditures which may come into our way during the course of our loan as it is a long-term loan. Thus by becoming more ambitious you tend to over borrow, more than you can afford. This way you are stretching yourself financially, inviting stress and

Research on lenders Do enough research on price & features comparison sites which are unbiased, transparent and accurate. Here you will get interest rates offered across many banks & HFCs along with their features such as processing fee, pre-payment charges, and percentage of loan granted and documents required. Dont accept offer blindly Shop, shop & more not blindly accept the first loan offer which comes your way. Work towards getting at least one more online offer, as in an online offer everything is more transparent and straightforward which you can compare with your offline offer. During this time put your financial house in order, getting the right numbers so that making several applications is easier which will later result into a lot of savings. Disclose correct facts It is in your interest that you disclose all information correctly in your loan application, any manoeuvring here will cost you later. Having large credit card dues and other loans will also have a significant impact on your home loan eligibility. Lenders determine your ability to take on additional EMI burden vis--vis your current net income. Larger the burden, lower the loan eligibility amount. Hence you should disclose all the current liabilities to the lender. Read loan agreement thoroughly Read the documents carefully as it may have some clause which will irk you later. Surely, you will find it frustrating to do so as you want to sink into the feeling of getting the mortgage, you dont want your head to explode with so many terms & conditions, dos & donts. Reading

through your mortgage documents will ensure that you know exactly what youre getting. Otherwise, you might wake up one day to find yourself tied to a harsh mortgage plan that you accidentally agreed to. If there is a catch in the letter, this is the right time to bring it to your lenders notice as goes the saying: No point crying over the split milk!

Get your finances in order In an Excel sheet feed all information regarding your finances such as income and expenditure, assets and liabilities to know what you can really afford. This will let you know your current financial status and will also give projections on your future income and liabilities. This will sort out your affordability issue as discussed earlier. The more sorted you are financially, the more better deal you will get. Take insurance cover By taking home loan insurance cover, you are insuring your loan and your loved ones future too. These policies pay for the remaining loan on the death of the borrower and thus ensure that family inherits the home, not the home loan. Critical illness policy will take care of the home loan liability if your income gets interrupted due to any major illness. Right attitude Your lender has a big role to play in getting you the loan, but you should not be overwhelmingly grateful to them for doing the job. As a borrower, you should have all the power. The crux of a successful mortgage lies in the research you do and understand the different mortgages and the housing market you are considering buying into. This is the only way to place yourself in stronger position.
The author is Chief Editor, Apnapaisa. The views expressed in this article are his own

When markets do not perform well, you lose money in ULIPs. ULIPs are long-term products with an investment horizon of 10-15 years. Therefore, you must not get hassled by short-term market fluctuations. Historically, if you stay invested for the entire policy term, the risk of loss is close to zero. With these facts in place, you would be able to understand the functioning of ULIP as a product in a better light and not get hassled by the concerns that people typically have regarding investing in this financial product.

The author is MD & CEO, Aviva Life Insurance. The views expressed in this article are his own


Company Blue Circle Ser. Tuni Text. Mills Yes Bank Shri.City Union. Ajanta Pharma JSW Steel Gravita India GMR Infra. HMT Edelweiss.Fin. Sept 13, 2013 Sept 20, 2013 % Change 8.52 10.83 27.11 5.69 7.23 27.07 281.15 356.25 26.71 897.60 1080.70 20.40 639.14 752.50 17.74 632.25 741.20 17.23 25.65 30.05 17.15 18.80 21.59 14.84 24.05 27.55 14.55 29.15 33.30 14.24


Company Ranbaxy Labs. Gitanjali Gems Uflex MTNL Educomp Sol. Opto Circuits Guj NRE Coke NCL Res. & Finl. Manappuram Fin. Muthoot Finance Sept 13, 2013 Sept 20, 2013 % Change 457.25 333.45 27.07 71.90 59.40 17.39 65.45 55.85 14.67 15.78 13.53 14.26 21.65 18.60 14.09 26.00 22.40 13.85 14.30 12.33 13.78 1971.70 1708.25 13.36 17.00 14.75 13.24 114.20 99.20 13.13 Symbol




Traded Volume (Contracts) 81,354 65,598 48,152 44,751 41,095 32,348 25,283 22,436 21,163 20,298 Open Interest 51,05,500 1,41,77,500 45,83,250 53,82,250 89,75,500 2,47,63,000 1,00,01,500 64,44,750 1,83,63,000 59,93,000


An option gives you the right to buy or sell the underlying asset . A call option gives you right to buy the underlying asset while a put option gives you the right to sell. An option contract specifies the strike price, that is, the price at which you can buy or sell the underlying asset. In Futures, you buy a contract which will have a specific lot size of shares. When you buy a Futures contract, you dont pay the entire value of the contract but just the margin. Open interest is the the total number of contracts not closed or delivered on a particular day.



destined for the UK and European market. "There is currently no evidence that medicines on the UK and EU market manufactured at this site are defective so people should continue to take their medicines," MHRA said. The World Health Organisation did not comment on its action plan, saying only that it had taken note of the US FDA's past actions against Ranbaxy. Ranbaxy said in May it signed a consent decree with the US FDA and agreed to pay $500 million to settle charges after a US Department of Justice probe of data integrity and manufacturing processes at certain company units in India. Ranbaxy clocked over $1 billion sales in the Americas in 2012, while it garnered over $420 million in Europe and over $270 million from Asia and Africa. PTI India being a fastest growing telecom market in the world, it makes a business sense for telecom companies to set up shop here. Swipe Telecom is among the youngest telecom companies here but it is looking at a strong future. Shripal Gandhi, CEO, Swipe Telecom, talks to Girja Shankar Kaura about the companys plans. Q. Tell us about your company, products and services. A. Swipe is the youngest and fastest growing telecom company in the country, with a vision to empower India to be one of the top 10 nations in the world in terms of availability of new tablet technologies by offering innovative solutions through its support and strategic vision. When Swipe was founded, our focus was very clear: To provide innovative products with the latest technology to our customers. Customised hardware and software is our forte. We have introduced a series of firsts for the Indian market 15 out of 17 products launched have been introduced for the first time. From the Swipe MTV volt, the first 6-inch tablet in India, to Indias first 3D Tab the Swipe 3D life. We are the only company to focus exclusively on fablets and tablets, and offer the widest variety of these products among our competitors. Fablets and tablets are the fastest growing segment right now, and we are committed to offering new innovative products which offer great value for money. We believe that our cus-


Ranbaxy under lens of other Ready to launch innovative products, says Swipe Telecom regulators post US FDA ban

The US FDAbanned import of drugs made at the Mohali unit after it found lapses, including tablets embedded with 'black fibre' suspected to be hair from an employee's arm and 'black spots' of oil from machines in tablets. The drug maker, which has 16 manufacturing units in eight countries and ground operations in 43 nations, said it will continue to fully cooperate with the FDA and take steps to resolve the concerns at the earliest. A spokesperson for Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said it will determine whether any

action is required when the FDA information is assessed. "The TGA is in communication with the US FDA and is awaiting details to determine whether any Australian medicines may be affected by the FDA findings," the spokesperson said. The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said an impact assessment was in progress. "We are currently working with the FDA and other European regulators to assess the impact the FDA's action has on the medicines from the Mohali site that are

Another 0.50% repo hike in the offing: Analysts


tomers come first, and no company can flourish without providing the best possible service. Thats why we have a dedicated call centre team to attend to every query of our customers. We have a panIndia service network that is committed to offer the fastest and highest quality of service, to our everincreasing customer base. The youth is the future of the country, and we offer a myriad of youth-centric products that have become a rage among them. We also feel proud of the fact that we have the Indias largest and most innovation-driven portfolio. Q. What are the market innovations brought by the company? A. Swipe has been pioneering breakthroughs in technology right from its inception. At a time when leading manufacturers ignored fablets, Swipe introduced newer and improved fablets. Such was our belief in their potential that we became the only company in India to focus exclusively on fablets and tablets. We introduced Indias 1st 3D tablet PC - the Swipe 3D life. We designed the first 6 fablet in the country in partnership with MTV the Swipe MTV Volt. We

have brought more unique products in the market in the past one year than any other company in India. Q. Who are the key players in this market and the current size of the market? A. The Indian smartphone market has exploded. India has already become the 3rd largest smartphone market in the world, after the USA and PRC. Mobile phone penetration is at an all-time high, and things will only get better in the next few years. There are a few key players in the market, like Samsung, Sony and Micromax. The overwhelming response which our products are receiving makes us confident that we have carved a niche among the top emerging telecom companies in India, and we will keep breaking new ground in the coming years. Q. What are the key challenges faced by start-up companies? A. There are quite a few challenges for a start-up, especially in a highly competitive and rapidly changing industry such as ours. We have to recognise changes in customer tastes and adapt almost instantaneously. We have to differentiate our offerings by providing better, faster and

Having been surprised by the repo rate increase on inflation concern, analysts expect new Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan to hike the key rate by another 0.50 percentage points this fiscal. The repo rate hike "indicates that the new Governor is focusing more on inflation than growth. We now expect RBI to increase repo rate by 0.25 per cent each at the next two policy meetings to 8 per cent by end of 2013," house economists at British lender Standard Chartered said. Stating that the Reserve Bank has shifted to an "inflation targeting framework" without explicitly saying so, Japanese brokerage Nomura said it expects a 0.50 per cent hike in repo rate this fiscal. "We are changing our policy call because of this sudden regime shift. Our baseline view has been a continuation of the status quo on policy rates in FY14, followed by a 0.75 per cent repo rate cuts in FY15. We now expect repo rates to be

hiked by 50 bps to 8 per cent in FY14, followed by a prolonged pause," it said. Without quantifying the expected hikes, the Credit Suisse economist also said they expect one or two more repo rate increases from in the next few months. Rajan, a celebrated monetary economist from the Chicago Business School, spooked the markets at his maiden policy announcement by increasing the repo rate by 0.25 per cent citing increased worries on inflation. Reacting to the move, Pratip Chaudhuri, the chairman of the country's largest lender State Bank of India, said he would be forced to increase the lending rates, much to the dismay of the borrowers. The support for growth came from the decision to cut the marginal standing facility by 0.75 per cent to 9.5 per cent, which according to the ratings agency Crisil will help bring down cost of funds for banks by 0.4 per cent, if we go by past references on their borrowings. PTI

Markets may remain volatile on RBI move, derivatives expiry


Stock markets are likely to remain volatile this week as investors come to terms with an unexpected hike in interest rate by the RBI and portfolio churning ahead of the September derivatives contract expiry, according to experts. The surprise move from the RBI has reversed the bullish tone of the markets as the 25 basis point rise in repo rate caught market par-

ticipants completely offguard, brokers said. The RBI raised the shortterm policy repo rate to 7.5 per cent from 7.25 per cent, saying inflation had to be lowered to more tolerable levels. The RBI also partially eased its liquidity-tightening steps that were unveiled to defend a weakening rupee. "This week will see expiry of September month's F&O contracts (on Thursday) so

volatility will tend to remain high. Meanwhile, the markets are likely to consolidate in the broad range of 5,8006,150 and form a base for next directional move," said Jayant Manglik, President Retail Distribution, Religare Securities Ltd. Stock markets would also monitor trend in foreign fund investment and global cues for further direction. Overseas investors have

pumped in over Rs 11,000 crore ($1.7 billion) in the Indian stock market so far this month. The BSE benchmark had lost 383 points on Friday, the most in three weeks, after RBI monetary policy review. The Sensex had surged 684.48 points to an almost 3year high on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve refrained from easing its stimulus programme. PTI

Form 15 H applicable only if tax liability is nil

Tax Advice
by SC Vasudeva
Q. In The Tribune dated May 27, 2013, you have clarified that senior citizens are not liable to pay advance income tax under Section 207(2) of the I-T Act. Since TDS is in the form of an advance tax, can I file Form No. 15H for income from FDs and SCSS? I am a senior citizen of 76 years having income from pension and bank deposits only. Balbir Singh A. You can file Form 15H with the bank concerned provided the tax payable on your estimated total income of the previous year in which such sum is to be included in the total income would be nil. Please note that Form 15H should be filed with the relevant authority before the tax is deducted at source by such authority. Q. I purchased a unitlinked policy in the year 2008-09 with a term of 20 years and the basic sum assured was Rs 3,00,000. The annual premium was fixed at Rs 31,000. The company had given me a written commitment that I shall be at liberty to surrender the policy after 3, 5 or 8 years. In the event the policy is surrendered after three years, the company had to pay me an amount of Rs 1,72,271 minus 2% deduction on the first premium. Accordingly, I got the aforesaid commitment enforced through the Consumer Forum and received the following payments in May-June, 2013: i) Surrender value: Rs 1,71,651 ii) Compensation awarded by the Consumer Forum: Rs 20,000 iii) Costs: Rs 7,000 iv) Interest on the compensation amount: Rs 4,164.25 Total: Rs 2,02,815.25 Please advise on the following points: a) What shall be my tax liability on the aforesaid amount? My annual income is around 6,00,000 and I have already claimed rebate under Section 80C of the Income-tax Act on three premiums of Rs 93,000 i.e. Rs 31,000 per year. b) Shall I be liable to pay any advance tax? If so, on which date. (I am a senior citizen). c) Is there any scheme, other than the PPF, in which the aforesaid amount could be parked to save the tax liability? I subscribe the permissible amount in the PPF. RC Arora A. a) Section 10(10D) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (The Act) exempts from the levy of income tax any sum received under a life insurance policy, including the sum allocated by way of bonus on such policy other than any sum received under an insurance policy issued on or after the 1st day of April 2003 but on or before the 31st day of March 2012 in respect of which premium payable for any of the years during the term of policy exceeds 20 per cent of the actual sum assured. The facts in the query indicate that the policy was taken by you after 1st day of April 2003 but before 31st March 2012 and premium payable for the term of the policy did not exceed 20 per cent of the sum assured. Explanation to sub-section (3) of Section 80C of the Act further clarifies that in calculating any such actual sum assured, no account shall be taken: i) of the value of any premiums agreed to be returned, or ii) of any benefit by way of bonus or otherwise over and above the sum actually assured, which is to be or may be received under the policy of any person. In view of the above provisions, excess amount of Rs 78,651 over and above the premiums paid by you should not be chargeable to tax. The amount of compensation of Rs 20,000 seems to be in lieu of the delay caused by the insurance company and being in the nature of a capital receipt should not be taxable as an income. The amount of interest would however, be taxable. a) A senior citizen is not liable to pay advance tax in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (2) of Section 207 of the Act from financial year 2012-13 onwards, in case the senior citizen does not have any income chargeable under the head profits and gains of business or profession. b) The maximum permissible limit for savings u/s 80C is Rs 1 lakh. This includes contribution to PPF. In case you are contributing Rs 1 lakh to PPF, there is no other avenue which would enable you to claim a deduction.



No. 10945 Dated 18.09.2013 Online bids are hereby invited on behalf of Governor of Haryana for the following works as mentioned below:i) Name of work: Barouli, providing & installing 1 No. tubewell at village Barouli of tehsil Naraingarh, Distt. Ambala (Against failure) (NRDWP Coverage). Providing & installing 1 No. tubewell of size 250mmx200mm upto a depth of 152 Mtrs BGL by Reverse Rotary Rig & all other works contingent thereto. According to ISI specification No. 2800-1991 (PartI)) & IS:2800-1979 (Part-II) as amended upto date. Rs. 6.12 lacs ii) Kakroni, providing & installing 1 No. tubewell at village Kakroni of tehsil Bilaspur, Distt. Yamuna Nagar (Against failure) (NRDWP Coverage). Providing & installing 1 No. tubewell of size 250mmx200mm upto a depth of 152 Mtrs. BGL by Reverse Rotary Rig & all other works contingent thereto. According to ISI specification No. 2800-1991 (Part-I)) & IS: 2800-1979 (Part-II) as amended upto date. Rs. 6.12 lacs
Sr. No. of work 1. 2. Estimated cost Rs. 6.12 lacs Rs. 6.12 lacs Time limit 1 month 1 month Earnest money Rs. 12240/Rs. 12240/Tender document fee Rs. 1000/Rs. 1000/-

A walk-in interview will be held in the Committee Room of Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla to fill up the following post for Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre in the department of Paediatrics, IGMC, Shimla purely on a contractual basis for the period of one year or till the completion/binding up of the Project whichever is earlier on the date and time shown against the post with original testimonials.
Sr. Name of the post No. 1. Nutritional Counsellor 2. Cook-cum-Helper No. of post 1 1 Date of interview 05.10.2013 05.10.2013 Time of interview 11.00 a.m. 11.00 a.m.

2. Possession of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) and registration of the contractors on the portal i.e. is a prerequisite for etendering. 3. Last date of various activities by bidder:i) Downloading and payment for tender documents: 19.09.2013 from 17.01 hours to 30.09.2013 12.00 hours. ii) Bid preparation, EM Deposit, submission of Bid (1st stage) 19.09.2013 from 17.01 hours to 30.09.2013 12.00 hours. iii) Submission of bid (IInd & final stage) Date 1.10.2013 from 17.01 hours to 7.10.2013 at 11.00 hours. For further details and e-tendering schedule, visit website

For & on behalf of Governor of Haryana Sd/- Executive Engineer, Public Health Engineering Division, Naraingarh.

The salary of the above contractual Nutritional Counsellor will be Rs. 10,000/- per month. The salary of the above contractual Cook-cum-Helper will be Rs. 6,000/- per month. QUALIFICATION CRITERIA FOR THE POST OF NUTRITIONAL COUNSELLOR: Graduation in Home Science (Honours or Pass) or Graduates in Nutrition/Dietetics from a University recognized by Centre or H.P. Government. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION Knowledge of customs, manners and dialects of Himachal Pradesh. TERMS & CONDITIONS: 1. No TA/DA will be paid to the candidate for appearing in the interview. The candidates reached up to 11:00 a.m. on dated 05.10.2013 will be considered/allowed in the interview. 2. The age limit is 18 to 45 years, relaxation will be given to reserved category candidates under the rules applicable. 3. The interested candidates may appear before the selection committee along with original certificates and one set of photostat copies of certificates duly attested by the gazetted officer. (i) Matriculation certificate. (ii) Graduation certificate (iii) Experience certificate, if any. (iv) Bona fide certificate (v) Character certificate. (vi) 2 copies of passport-size photographs. 4. Preference will be given to those who have higher qualification. The candidate must be a bona fide Himachali. 5. The duration of appointment will be one year or till the completion/bind-up of Project whichever is earlier. 6. The candidate has no right for regularization as the post is purely on a contract basis for specified period under the project. 7. In case the performance of the candidate is found unsatisfactory, his/her services can be terminated at any time without giving any notice.

With the US health watchdog finding serious lapses at Ranbaxys Mohali plant in Punjab, regulators in Australia and Europe are assessing if any drugs exported by the Indian firm to their regions are affected. Regulators in Australia and Europe, including the UK, have sought information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the lapses, which last week led to a US ban on imports of products made at the Mohali facility. The regulators said action will be taken after assessing the FDA's reply. Ranbaxy Laboratories, which was acquired by Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo in 2008, commissioned the Mohali plant in 2011 and started exports from there in 2012. It is the third Ranbaxy facility in India to face FDA action, after the Dewas and Paonta Sahib plants.


Ranbaxys Mohali facility is the third unit in India to face FDA action, after the Dewas and Paonta Sahib plants Health regulators in Australia and Europe are assessing if any drugs exported by Ranbaxy to their regions are affected They have sought information from the US FDA about the lapses, which last week led to a US ban on imports of products made at Ranbaxys Mohali facility

The overwhelming response which our products are getting makes us confident that we have carved a niche among the top emerging telecom companies in India, and we will keep breaking new ground in the coming years

more affordable products for our customers. India is rapidly changing. People are now judging tablets/fablets based on their technology, rather than being swayed by huge marketing campaigns. Q. What is the turnover of Swipe Telecom? A. Swipe Telecom is growing at a phenomenal rate and huge market and product leadership. For the year 2013-14, Swipe is targeting a turnover of Rs 230 crore. Q. How has been the companys financial growth? A. Our financial growth is phenomenal. We have grown by 30-40 per cent month-on-month. There is also a growth which is happening due to huge interest from investor community. Swipe Telecom is currently in dialogue with top venture capitalist and international private equity players. Q. What is your market share? A. As of now, we are officially the No. 1 tablet manufacturer in the state of Rajasthan, and a leading company in the states of Punjab, Gujarat, Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh. We have one of the most comprehensive pan-India customer service networks, and several new products in the pipeline. By the end of the current financial year, we will increase our market penetration manifold and introduce several leading products. We are also featured in the bestseller lists of top large format retail stores like Croma, Reliance Digital, eZone, Big Bazaar, PlatnetM, etc.

Shripal Gandhi, CEO, Swipe Telecom




Sd/- Principal, IGMC, Shimla-1,


Sandeep wins historic bronze in Greco Roman



During recent riots in Muzaffarnagar, Muslims and Jats fired their guns side by side, in peace

Abhishek Ujjwal, Trainee at SAI centre

Neetu Soran, Coach at the shooting range

We are like brothers and sisters. The shooters here dont identify themselves as Muslim or Jat. We all are here to achieve something and make our career at the national or international level, says 28year-old Wajid Khan, a nation-

al level shooter. We all have been like a close-knit family. Nothing has affected us at all. Abhishek Ujjwal, 26, a 10metre national pistol shooter, is a smart Jat boy who comes from village Gariha, nine kilometres from Johri. During the

India finish second in Asian School Track and Field Championships
New Delhi: India on Monday finished a remarkable second in the first Asian School Track and Field Championships in Kuantan, Malaysia with an impressive medal tally of 29, including 12 gold. At a time when Indian athletes were barred from taking part in international events under the national flag, the school children participated in the championships under the tricolour at the Malaysian city. Prominent among the gold medal winners were Anjana Dhavalu Thamake (girls 800m race), who had won a yellow metal in the recent Asian Youth Games in Nanjing and promising shot putter Shakti Solanki.India won 12 gold, 11 silver and six bronze and finished second behind hosts Malaysia (12 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze). Brisbane Heats Peter Forrest drives during the Champions League T20 match against Trinidad & Tabogo in Ranchi on Sunday. PTI

Rampaul puts Brisbane under tremendous heat


India draw with Tajikistan in AFC U-16 Qualifiers

Kuwait City: Putting up a spirited performance, the Indian under-16 football team rallied to hold Tajikistan to a 1-1 draw in its opening match of the AFC Qualifiers at the Ali Sabah Al-Salem Stadium. Prosenjit Chakraborty converted from the spot in the 56th minute after Saidov Karomatullo had put Tajikistan in the lead in the 36th minute. Represented by All India Football Federation`s Regional Academy boys, the Indian colts took some time to settle down.

Pacer Ravi Rampaul led a fine bowling performance by scalping four wickets as Trinidad and Tobago defended a small total to beat Brisbane Heat by 25 runs in a lowscoring Champions League Twenty20 match here today. Put into bat, Trinidad and Tobago scored a modest 135 for nine with captain Denesh Ramdin (48) being the only substantial contributor but their bowlers bowled Brisbane out for 110 in 18.4 overs at the JSCA Stadium here. Rampaul, who was coming back after recovering from an ankle injury, played the pivotal role, claiming four important wickets while conceding just 14 runs in his spell. Off-spinner Sunil Narine and pacer Rayad Emrit chipped in with two wickets apiece while Samuel Badree got one wicket to help the Caribbean champions begin their Group B campaign with a win.

For Brisbane, who struggled for runs from the very beginning of their run chase, opener Joe Burns was the lone main contributor with a 43ball 45. They were still in with a chance to chase down the target of 136 when they reached 76 for three in the 14th over but suffered a batting collapse later on. They could add just 34 runs at the expense of seven wickets in 5.2 overs to be all out for 110 and lose the match. Brisbane captain James Hopes was the first to be dismissed for just four in the third over off the bowling of Rampaul and from then on, the Australian champion side struggled throughout their run chase. The biggest partnership for Brisbane was of 45 for the third wicket between Burns and Daniel Christian (13). But with the T&T

bowlers tightening the screws with a disciplined effort, the inexperienced Brisbane batting line-up crumbled with just four of them reaching double digit figures. PTI
Brief scores: Trinidad & Tobago (20 overs maximum): 135 (Ramdin 48, McDermot 4.37); Brisbane Heat: 110 all out (Burns 45, Rampaul 4/14)

CSK begin with a bang

Chennai Super Kings defeated Titans by four wickets in Ranchi today. AB de Villiers's hurricane 36-ball 77 and skipper Henry Davids' 52 paved the way for Titans' challenging 185 for five. Hussey and Raina, however, guided CSK to victory. PTI
Brief Scores: Titans: 185 for 5 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 77, Henry Davids 52; Dwayne Bravo 2/34); Chennai Super Kings: 187 for 6 in 20 overs (Mike Hussey 47, Suresh Raina 47; Rowan Richards 3/29).

Manohar warned of FEMA violations: Report


Bengaluru: C S Sabeeth scored in the dying moments to neutralise a second half strike from Sean Rooney as Mohun Bagan shared honours with debutants Bengaluru FC in the first Round of their Ileague encounter Sunday. It was the home team that drew first blood in the 49th minute of the match. PTI

Gregg Clark, India coach

in the match and did just enough to secure the victory. The Indians got four penalty corners in the match but failed to convert a single one. England was no better as they utilised just one of the six short corners that came their way.

Bengaluru FC hold Mohun Bagan 1-1

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) yesterday refuted allegations that it violated India's foreign exchange regulations while conducting the 2009 IPL in South Africa, but that view has not been accepted by the Enforcement Directorate, it was today reported. This means that the Enforcement Directorate has not accepted the BCCIs plea that it remitted Rs 283

crore to Cricket South Africa and Rs 88.48 crore to IMG in accordance with the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The BCCI has claimed that moving the tournament out of India, followed by these transactions, led to increased foreign exchange for India and that the BCCI had been professionally advised that these remittances were current account transactions that did not require prior

approval of RBI. The BCCI also said that these remittances were made through an authorised dealer, ie a nationalised bank licensed by the RBI to conduct foreign exchange transactions, after furnishing all the required documents and information called for, none of which is alleged to be false. The BCCI also pointed out that there is no allegation that these remittances benefited any individual, or

Grappler Sandeep Tulsi Yadav, a 22-year-old from Maharashtra who trains in Sonepat, created history by winning Indias first-ever medal in the Greco-Roman category of the Senior World Wrestling Championships after beating Serbias Aleksandar Maksimovic in the 66kg division here on Sunday. Sandeep overwhelmed the Serbian 4-0 to grab a rare medal in the Greco Roman category for the Indians after Rajbir Chhikara (74kg) and Naveen (120kg) made early exit from the competition, losing in their first bouts. Prior to Sandeeps scintillating effort, Indias best finish in the classical style of wrestling was a fifth place by Mukesh Khatri at 2001 World Championship in the 54kg section. This is Indias best-ever show in the World Championships with three medals after freestyle wrestlers, Amit Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang, won a silver and bronze medal in their respective weight categories. Sandeep, who lost in the first round in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, appeared passive in the first period as the two wrestlers jostled for control and was warned by the referee. The Indian got another warning for passivity and his opponent was given parterre ordered hold position given as penalty. But Sandeep, being at a disadvantageous position, resisted well and did not allow Maksimovic to collect points before the first three-minute period ended 0-0. In the second period, Sandeep got parterre after the Serbian was warned by the referee and the Indian did not disappoint as he executed a back exposure to collect two points. He then earned another two for counter attack to end the seven-day long championships on a high for India. PTI

After getting off the train at Baraut, one has to walk long to reach the Meerut road to get an auto-rickshaw or a shared mini-cab. The signboards of shops on both sides of this road are an indication of the local social structure. They go Tomar General Store, Tomar Path Lab, Tomar Chemist, etc. Eighty-four villages here are dominated by this Tomar clan. The locals eye all the outsiders suspiciously, thoroughly this seems to be a grim reminder of the recent riots in the region, and the distrust they have left behind. In the aftermath of the riots, the Jats and Muslims of the region are suspicious of each other. The trust and the cosy relationship among them, which has lasted many generations, seem to be vanishing. But Johri village of Bagpat district, eight kilometres from the Baraut railway station, seems to be a totally different world, unaffected by the recent madness of hatred and violence. The Sports Authority of Indias 10-metre shooting range here, built in the compound of Pathano ki Masjid, has been like a common place of worship for both Muslims and Jats since the 1990s. During the riots, shooters from both communities were practising here next to each other.

Shooting without a pause

Jats and Muslims have trained together at this range for a long time without any trouble. Tribune photo

Shooting is like a Farook sir used to be relationship for us. That my coach. Whenever I goes beyond this range. We often go to watch films and have fun together. Johri has a good number of Muslims but I never fell threatened. face any tough situation, I call him and he is always a good help. I enjoy a range of relationships with him, from a teacher to colleague, brother and friend.

riots, a frenzied mob lynched a young boy just outside a place of worship in Wajidpur, a village just two kilometres away from here. A few days ago the police found 41 cartridges of AK-47 rifles in a field in Kirthal, a village close to Abhisheks home. Shooting is like a relationship for us that goes beyond this range. We often go to watch films and have fun together. Johri has a good number of Muslims but I never felt threatened, said Abhishek, a BSc student in a nearby Jat college. Actually, I am an outsider here. he laughs. Johri is a Jat

dominated village which has around a hundred Muslim families. This range is a unique story of a solid relationship between Muslims and Jats. The land for the range had been donated by landlord Mansoor Aga and the range built on it by Dr Rajpal Singh, a Jat, in 1998. This range has produced many international and national shooters like Zakir Khan, Farook Ali, Imran Hassan Khan, Maijbi Bano, Apsra Khatoon, Wahid Malik, Wajid Khan, Harun, Vivek Singh, Seema Tomar, Varsha Tomar, Alok, Ravi Kumar, etc. This range is a symbol of

harmony. People come here and see it for themselves. People can learn from here. Shooting is like a relationship for both communities here, said Rajpal Singh, President of the Rifle Association of Johari. After the tremendous success of this small initiative, the Sports Authority of India came forward with financial help and appointed two full-time coaches, Farook Pathan and Neetu Soran. The latter was born and brought up in a Jat family here in Johri. Neetu and Farook had been jointly giving coaching at the Johri centre for six year before Farook joined the Army team

this year in March. Farook sir used to be my coach earlier. Then I become his colleague. Still, whenever I face any tough situation, I call him and he is always a good help, said Neetu, a former national shooter. I enjoy a range of relationships with him, from a teacher to a colleague, brother and friend. The shooters here have sported while the region burned. Standing side by side, shooting pellets at inanimate targets, these shooters seem to have found an ability to remain friends even at a time of madness and mayhem.

Bad days are behind us, says Dravid


The shadow of IPL spot-fixing might still be looming large but Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid feels his team has moved on and has no hangovers. I don't think we have a hangover from last season. We have put that behind us at the end of the last season. There had been some issues (disciplinary action against Sreesanth & co) but they have been resolved, the Royals skipper said after beating Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in the CLT20 group opener last night. We spoke about it (spotfixing episode) when we came here. We discussed and acknowledged that it (spot-fixing) had happened and we decided to move on. This team has moved on and now we would like to put up a good show for our fans, Dravid said. Talking about the match, Dravid lauded his players for showing a lot of professionalism during the runchase. There was calmness and professionalism during the chase. Our batsmen didn't panic and got the job done. Mumbai Indians are a good side and it's a terrific way to start the tournament. PTI

Deepika adds another silver to her kitty


A gold medal in the prestigious World Cup Final eluded Deepika Kumari once again as she settled for her third successive silver after being pipped by Korean Olympic champion Ok-Hee Yun, in Paris today. The 19-year-old started wonderfully with three perfect 10s and led 3-1 but a shocking lapse in the third set enabled the Korean rally past the Indian for a 6-4 win in the showpiece annual fixture held after four stages of World Cup. Leading 3-1, Deepika had the gold medal in sight as she began with 10-9 in the third set but, while coming for the third arrow, she did not have enough time to shoot, and the Korean levelled 3-3. Shattered, Deepika shot a poor 8 to concede the fourth set, and the Korean was 5-3 ahead. Yun needed a tie in the fifth set to deny Deepika her maiden World Cup Final gold and the Korean held her nerves to hold the Indian 2929 to clinch her second yellow metal in the event. Dola Banerjee is the only Indian to have won gold in the showpiece event. This was Deepika's fourth successive World Cup Final appearance. After ranking fifth in 2010, Deepika clinched silver medals in both 2011 and 2012. Earlier Deepika ousted 2012 Olympic silver medallists from Mexico Alejandra Valencia and Aida Roman in semifinals and quarters to

Deepika had the gold medal in sight but a shocking lapse allowed the Korean nudge ahead. AFP

This was Deepika's fourth successive World Cup Final appearance. After finishing fifth in the 2010 event, the India archer clinched silver medals in 2011 and 2012.
storm into final. In the pulsating semifinal, Deepika, down 0-4, made a stunning comeback and shot three perfect 10s to tie 5-5 and take the match to the shoot-off. This year, the 19-year-old archer led India to back-toback gold medals in Medellin and Wroclaw World Cup stages, bringing her personal tally to 17 in just four World Cup seasons. Deepika had achieved her first World Cup victory in May 2012 to become World No 1. At 15, Deepika had become world cadet champion in 2009, and two years later, she became junior world champion. PTI

India stutter to 2-1 victory


that there was loss of foreign exchange for India. But the BCCI has not denied a single fact in the original report, which had said that the violation amounted to Rs. 1600 crore in all. The BCCI said that the payments were legitimate, and that they were professionally advised that these remittances were current account transactions and did not require RBI approval. TNS

India started their campaign in The Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament on a perfect note, defeating England 2-1 in their opening round-robin match here on Sunday. The Indians scored a goal each in both the halves to pocket full three points from the encounter. Ramandeep Singh gave India the lead in the 18th minute before Talwinder Singh doubled the lead for his side in the 50th minute. Sam French pulled one back for the Englishmen, converting a penalty corner in the 67th minute. Despite the victory, the Indians looked far from convincing

It is a question of getting things right and this being our first match it was a decent performance as we really should have not been caught in possession as many times as we did.

India forced three penalty corners early in the second half 41st, 42nd and 45th minutes, but Amit Rohidas was woefully off target, hardly testing England goalkepeer Gibson. The Indians should also thank their custodian Harjot Singh, who made a couple of great saves to keep a clean slate for his side till the 67th minute. India coach Gregg Clark too agreed that his wards were not up to the mark against England. We failed to capitalise on the chances we created but all credit to England who stayed in the game and gave us a tough time, Clark said after the match.added. PTI




Vettel eases to Singapore hat-trick

With his seventh win of the season, the triple champion moves 60 points clear of Alonso

Bhiwani Boxing Club banned


Red Bulls Sebastian Vettel cruised to a third straight Singapore Grand Prix victory on Sunday and moved 60 points clear of Ferraris Fernando Alonso after a dominant drive under the floodlights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The German led from pole to flag and lapped on average almost two seconds quicker than his rivals to finish 32.6 seconds clear of Alonso and take another big step towards a fourth successive title with six races remaining. Kimi Raikkonen shrugged off back pain to climb from 13th on the grid to third for Lotus in a challenging race that was held up by one decisive safety car period when Daniel Ricciardo crashed his Toro Rosso into the barriers on lap 26. Yes, yes, thats what I call in control, Vettel shouted over the team radio after chalking up his seventh win of the season and 33rd of his career. The car felt absolutely fantastic. This is absolutely a team effort. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Vettel, who was again booed on the

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay street circuit in Singapore on Sunday. Reuters

podium from some in the crowd below, had been in a league of his own after one of his best ever drives. Vettel was challenged briefly by fellow-German Nico Rosberg, who was second on the grid, on the run to

the first turn but once he held off the Mercedes, he controlled the race. Alonso again used a charging start and brilliant strategy to climb from seventh on the grid and keep his title hopes alive. He gambled on pitting for a

change of tyres during the safety car period and nursing his Ferrari all the way to the flag on medium tyres. We knew we didnt have the pace today so we had to invent something with a different strategy from the other

teams, said the Spaniard. It paid off at the end. We are in a position in the championship where we have nothing to lose. Raikkonen, who will join Alonso at Ferrari next season, duplicated the Spaniards strategy and was able to hold on for third place from the fast-charging Mercedes duo of Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who opted to stay out behind the safety car. Alonsos Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa finished in sixth place with McLarens Jenson Button and Sergio Perez claiming the next two spots ahead of Nico Hulkenburgs Sauber and Adrian Sutil in a Force India. Vettels team mate Mark Webber briefly climbed up to fourth place in the closing stages but his Red Bull lost power on the last lap and he slipped out of the top 10. There was also disappointment for Romain Grosjean, who started third on the grid but retired on lap 33 after his Lotus suffered a pneumatic system failure and was called in by his team to retire in the pits. Reuters

Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:59:13.132 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +00:32.627 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault 00:43.920 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:51.155 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00:53.159 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 01:03.877

Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 247 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 187 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 151 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 149 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 130 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 116 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 87

RedBull - Renault 377 Ferrari 274 Mercedes 267

The Haryana State Boxing Association (HSBA) has banned Bhiwani Boxing Club (BBC) for one year and imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 for ransacking the tournament venue, unruly behaviour and indiscipline during the 28th Sub-Junior Championships held at Lohani, Bhiwani (August 7-11). The clubs chief coach Jagdish Singh, Dronacharya Award winner, has also been banned for one year and will not be allowed to enter any state championship premises. It is learnt that the coach smashed the electronic scoreboard, assaulted and intimidated officials at the venue after an altercation over the awarding of points during the bout. HSBA general secretary Rakesh Thakran said, The executive committee has taken a serious view of the indiscipline and has banned four clubs, including BBC. While the three other clubs, from Sonepat, Bhiwani and Hisar, have been banned for six months, BBC has been banned

for a year. They have been warned of serious consequences if there is ever a breach of discipline in future. Without naming any club, Thakran said, It has become a habit with a few clubs to create indiscipline. Those have been punished. It was necessary to convey the message. The official, however, added that the ban would not affect boxers as they would be allowed to participate in the state championships from the Bhiwani district. It is the club that will not be allowed to enter a competition of its own.

Professional boxing to make a debut

The Haryana State Boxing Association is mulling to start a professional league from November onwards. The state body has made a three-member committee and as of now a reward of Rs 1 lakh has been proposed for the winner in each of the ten categories. The meet will be held in various districts of the state with new AIBA rules. We are seeking sponsors and broadcast partners, after which we will solicit sponsorships, said an official.

Back from Down Under to chase his dream


Pedro fires three as Barcelona remain unbeaten


City dismantle Man U in derby


Passion for sport knows no bounds and Patialas javelin thrower Ravinder Singh Khaira is a living example of this. While a very large number of youth from this region would do anything to settle in a foreign land for a better life, Ravinder, having spent five years in Australia, returned to India to chase his dream here. Ravinder, 27, is the reigning national champion with a personal best of 75.47m, recorded at the recently concluded National Athletics Championship at Ranchi. Sport came naturally to Ravinder. His father, Hardeep Singh Khaira, who hails from Sunam, is a physical education teacher. That is the reason when Ravinder expressed his desire to be a sportsperson, his parents readily agreed. Motivated by his father, Ravinder took up volleyball and competed in state and national championships until 10 years ago. But perturbed with political interference in the selection criteria in team games, Ravinder opted for an individual sport and started training to be a javelin thrower in 2005. Despite the fact that Ravinder grew really passionate about javelin throwing and battled to the national level, he was not happy with the training facilities available in India. Also, he didnt see a secure future here. Thus, in 2008, he moved to Australia in search of better training facilities and a secure future. Speaking to The Tribune, Ravinder said while he was doing his diploma in Automo-

Ravinder Singh Khaira, the current national champion in javelin throw, returned to India after five years in Australia to chase his dream here. Tribune photo

tives in Australia, he would work part-time as a taxi driver to provide for training. My family played a major role in my training, he said. Despite hardships, my parents contributed with financial assistance to pay for my coaching sessions, club membership, dietician, physiotherapy and massages on a regular basis and my performance started to improve. Though my friends would advise me to give up on javelin and take up a full-time job for financial stability, the thought of parting with the sport scared me and I somehow managed to make ends meet, he added. Thankfully, my hard-work paid off and I went on to win the Victorian Javelin Throw Championship twice and won

a bronze medal in Australias Hunter Track Classic in February this year, he said. I ranked fourth in the Briggs Track Hobart Championship, which provided me ample recognition. But that certainly was not enough. I wanted money to continue my sports career and thats when I decided to come back to India. However, he is disgruntled with the fact that the state government has not yet provided him with a job offer, so that he could train without having to worry about earning his livelihood. He feels that winning the national title is just a stepping stone and he still has a long way to go. But, he said, that is not possible without government support.

Barcelona maintained their perfect start to La Liga with a 4-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, a Pedro hat-trick and a penalty save by Victor Valdes helping them to win a game that was not as simple as it looked. Spain striker Pedro took his tally for the season to five goals, while Cesc Fabregas netted the fourth, after Rayo had made life difficult for the visitors becoming the first team to edge them for possession in a match in five years. The champions have 15 points from five games, and moved top ahead of Atletico Madrid on goal difference, after Diego Simeones side also maintained their 100 percent record with a 2-0 win at Real Valladolid. Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino rotated his squad again with Dani Alves, Andres Iniesta and Alexis Sanchez starting on the bench and his side were quickly on the back foot against an aggressive Rayo. Reuters

Sergio Aguero scored twice as Manchester City thrashed Manchester United 4-1 in the Premier League at the Etihad stadium on Sunday. Aguero volleyed City ahead after 16 minutes and made it 30 in the opening minute of the second half after Yaya Toure had put the home side in command on the stroke of halftime. United's defence was sliced wide open again when Samir Nasri volleyed home after 50 minutes and manager David Moyes's first Manchester derby descended into a nightmare. Wayne Rooney's curling free kick was the only ray of sunshine for champions United who have now lost four of the last five league derbies with City. Manuel Pellegrinis team climbed to third in the table with 10 points, two

Arsenals Per Mertesacker (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Stoke City during their Premier League match on Sunday. Reuters

behind leaders Arsenal, who took top place with a 3-1 defeat of Stoke City. United are in eighth place with seven points from five matches.

Ramsey sparks Arsenal win

In-form midfielder Aaron Ramsey again provided the spark, firing Arsenal ahead

after five minutes. And although Stoke equalised through American Geoff Cameron, goals from Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna sealed a seventh consecutive win in all competitions for Arsene Wengers side. Welshman Ramsey has scored seven goals in eight matches this season and his early goal helped nullify the loss of Theo Walcott who was injured in the warm-up. Tottenham Hotspur sit in second spot with 12 points after they beat Cardiff City 1-0. Swansea City followed up a notable 3-0 Europa League win in Valencia in midweek with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace. After losing on the opening day of the season, Arsenal have won four successive league games and lead the table with 12 points. Reuters


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UGC can change criteria after exams: SC


Border pact is done deal, Manmohan to tell Hasina


NHPC official abducted in Assam


A General Manager of the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), Anil Kumar

Agarwal, was abducted at gunpoint by suspected Bodo tribe militants near AssamArunachal boundary inside Assam territory late last evening while he was travel-

ling from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh to Tezpur in Assam. The NHPC official was posted at the project site of Tawang Basin Hydro-electric Project in Arunachal Pradesh.


Sources sought to dispel the impression that ratifying the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) would imply India losing territory The accord just legalises the de-facto situation This plainly means that Indian enclaves in Bangladesh are in Bangladeshs possession while Bangladeshs enclaves in India are in Indias possession India has failed to endorse the landmark accord signed during Manmohan Singhs visit to Dhaka in September 2011 Sheikh Hasina, who was expected to visit India this month, has put her trip on hold

The Supreme Court ruled that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had the power to fix the final qualifying criteria for the recruitment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges from among the candidates who had obtained the minimum marks in all the papers in the National Eligibility Test (NET). A Bench comprising Justices KS Radhakrishnan and AK Sikri pointed that UGC, exercising its powers under Section 26(1) of the UGC Act, had issued in 2010 regulations on recruitments of Assistant Professors for maintaining a proper standard in higher education. The power of the UGC to prescribe, as it thinks fit, the qualifying criteria for maintenance of standards of teaching, examination etc cannot be disputed, the SC ruled. As many as 2,04,150 candidates had obtained the minimum marks in all the three papers in the 2012 NET, of whom 43,974 were declared qualified for lectureship eligibility as per the qualifying criteria. UGC gave some further relaxation on September 18, 2012 and as a result a total of 57,550 candidates were declared successful in the NET Exam 2012. We are of the considered view that the candidates were not misled in any manner. Much emphasis has been made on the words clearing the NET. Clearing means clearing the final results, not merely passing in Paper I, II and II which is only the initial step, not final, the SC said. The UGC had only implemented the opinion of experts by laying down the qualifying criteria which cannot be considered as arbitrary, illegal or discriminatory or violative of Article 14 of the Constitution, it ruled.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will reassure his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina about Indias commitment to implement the additional protocol to the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) when the two leaders meet in New York on September 28 on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). While renewing his invitation to Sheikh Hasina to visit New Delhi at an early date, he will inform her on how the UPA government was keen to introduce in the Monsoon session of Parliament the Constitutional Amendment Bill to ratify the LBA, informed sources said. The meeting assumes importance against the back-

drop of Indias failure to endorse the landmark accord signed during Manmohan Singhs visit to Dhaka in September 2011. Sheikh Hasina, who was expected to visit India this month, has put her trip on hold. Dhaka is learnt to have conveyed to New Delhi that a Prime Ministerial visit at this stage would be fruitless because India has nothing to offer her though she has gone out of her way to

address Indias major concerns, particularly on the security front, and created an opportunity to elevate the relationship. Apart from its failure to get the LBA ratified in Parliament, the UPA government has also not been able to ensure the signing of the Teesta water sharing accord due to vehement opposition from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Sources said the meeting

between the two PMs in New York was aimed at mitigating the diplomatic fallout of New Delhis inability to get the LBA ratified. There is an apprehension in New Delhi that its failure to endorse the LBA could reignite anti-India sentiments ahead of the crucial elections in Bangladesh. Such a situation could also cause a backlash against the friendly Sheikh Hasina government, much to the discomfort of New Delhi. Sources sought to dispel the impression that ratifying the LBA would imply India losing territory. The accord just legalises the de-facto situation which plainly means that Indian enclaves in Bangladesh are in Bangladeshs possession while Bangladeshs enclaves in India are in Indias possession.

2013 Arctic sea ice is 6th lowest on record


The Arctic sea ice this year has shrunk to sixth-lowest extent on record, bringing the days of an entirely ice-free Arctic during the summer closer to reality, scientists claim. However, Arctic sea ice melted less this summer and continued to cover a greater expanse than last years record minimum, researchers said. After an unusually cold summer in the northernmost latitudes, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual minimum summer extent for 2013 on September 13, the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has reported. Analysis of satellite data by NSIDC and NASA showed that the sea ice extent shrunk to 5.10 million sq km.

This years sea ice extent is substantially higher than last years record low minimum. On September16, 2012, Arctic sea ice reached its smallest extent ever recorded by satellites at 3.41 million sq km. That is about half the size of the average minimum extent from 1981 to 2010. This summers minimum is

still the sixth lowest extent of the satellite record and is 1.12 million sq km lower than the 1981-2010 average. The ice cap covering the Arctic Ocean shrinks and expands with the passing of the seasons, melting in the summer and refreezing during the long, frigid Arctic winter. PTI

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