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MUZAFFARNAGAR, SEP 16: The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited trouble torn areas of Muzaffarnagar on Saturday. The Pm while consoling the victim families termed the communal riots as "a big incident" and sought strictest action against the people involved in the communal clashes which claimed more than forty lives. A week after the worst communal clashes in two decades engulfed Muzaffarnagar district, 130 km from New Delhi, the Prime Minister flew to the area with Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. "Efforts will be made to ensure that the strictest action be taken against those behind the (communal violence)," a grim faced Manmohan Singh said after touring some of the most affected places. Manmohan Singh spoke to officials as he walked through Bassi Kalan village and later Tawli amid tight security. At least 48 people were killed and Many of those who met the Prime Minister complained that the district administration and the state government did not extend to them the kind of support they should have. "I, Soniaji and Rahul Gandhi have come here to share your grief and tounderstand the magnitude of the violence," the Prime Minister told a group of journalists. "This is a big incident and the culprits behind the incident must be brought to book. It is the government's responsibility to safeguard life and property so that people can again return to their homes." He said his government would provide all necessary assistance to the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that victims of the violence got all help. Speaking to residents of Budhana Road in Muzaffarnagar, the Prime Minister said: "Please maintain peace and calm." Both Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi also stopped by the roadside to 8Contd p2

8BJP terms PM's visit 'secular tourism on communal line'

Kishtwar riots Case: SC tears into Omar Govt for avoiding filing CS's affidavit
JAMMU, SEPT 16: In what could be termed as a big question mark on the credibility of the State Government led by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah the Supreme Court on Monday criticized the government for its failure to file the affidavit on the matter. Bench of the Supreme Court of India headed by Chief Justice of India, Justice P. Sathasivam with Justice RanjanaPrakash Desai today described it as unfortunate that the Chief Secretary of J&K has not filed fresh affidavit as per direction of the Supreme Court in Kishtwar riot case. The J&K government Sr. Advocate Gaurav Pachnanda when tried to defend J&K, the Supreme Court snubbed him saying that he better advice the government of J&K to follow the rules and the directions of the court. The Chief Justice, Justice P. Sathasivam when asked Prof. Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate for the Panthers Party, he strong-

more than 100 injured as the communal violence Sep 7-9 quickly spread to villages, forcing the state government to deploy the military. The orgy also saw more than

43,000 people take shelter in makeshift centres as they fled their rural homes after coming under attack from mobs - or because they feared violence.

ly opposed the State government for trying to defy the direction of the Supreme Court which during the last hearing had clearly instructed the Chief Secretary of J&K to file a fresh affidavit to explain Government's decision to provide relief on different patron discriminating with the residents of J&K and the other citizens. The Chief Secretary of J&K had defined the residents of J&K as 'State Subjects' and those Indian citizens as 'Non-State Subjects'. Prof. Bhim Singh submitted that the Govt. of J&K has

filed a highly objectionable affidavit in the name of Feroze Ahmad Sheikh, Additional Secretary General Administration Department affirming that, "The State of Jammu and Kashmir has a special status within the Union of India. The Constitution of India (as well as the constitutional scheme there under) do not apply in their entirely to the State of Jammu and Kashmir, but are subject to crtain limitations and exceptions." Prof. Bhim Singh vehemently argued that the Govt. of J&K has literally 8Contd p2

MIT tops in the World University Ranking Advani describes Modi "my colleague" Modi's nomination giving sleepless 2013 as India falls further behind nights to Congress says Khanna LONDON, SEP 16: US seven institutions in the top new entrant into the top ten,
research powerhouse Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has retained the number one spot in this year's QS World University Rankings, but there is still no Indian university in the global top 200. MIT has gradually improved its ranking position in recent years, having risen from 10th in 2007 to take the top spot for the first time in 2012. MIT's consistency across the range of indicators was enough to beat the competition, making the top 50 in all of the six indicators. MIT stays clear of third placed University of Cambridge due to its superior research citation rates, and trumps secondplaced Harvard University due to its better student-to-faculty ratio and more internationally diverse student and faculty body. The US has 11, with Princeton and Caltech tying in tenth position. Yale (8th) and University of Chicago (9th) have both slipped one place, having been displaced by this year's only Stanford University (7th). The UK retains four of the top ten spots, with University of Cambridge retaining its lead over University College London (4th), 8Contd p2 JAMMU, SEP 16: The week long extensive tour of Jammu province by Member of Parliament & Jammu and Kashmir BJP Prabhari Avinash Rai Khanna concluded at Rajouri with chairing and addressing meeting of senior leaders, district office bearers and morcha presidents of Rajouri district. He was accompanied by State President & MLA Jugal Kishore Sharma, Senior leader Kuldeep Raj Gupta, State Vice-President Vibodh Gupta, State General Secretary (Org.) Ashok Kaul, State Cells Incharge Sat Sharma (C.A) and State President SC Morcha Surinder Bhagat. The meeting was organized by District President Bharat Bhushan Vaid. Avinash Rai Khanna, after taking stock of the party's activities in Rajouri at district


With the depreciating value of the rupee making international study more expensive, it will come as unwelcome news to students that there are still no Indian institutions in the global top 200. The nation's top performer is still IIT Delhi, which this year drops 10 places to 222nd. IIT Kanpur Bombay (233) and IIT Kanpur (295) both also rank lower than last year. While India's top IIT's have a good reputation among academics and employers, they are held back by high student-tofaculty ratios, a lack of influential research, and low levels of international diversity. Yet, while no Indian institutions feature in the top 200 - representing just the top 1.5% of universities worldwide -11 of the nation's institutions feature in the total top 800 universities ranked this year at www.topuniversities.com. They include seven IITs, alongside University of Delhi, University of Mumbai, University of Calcutta and University of Pune. India remains the only one of the group of 8Contd p2 K O R B A , CHHATTISGARH, SEP 16: Whether these are signs of a thaw between Modi and sullen partiach Advani when veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani on Monday praised party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, describing him as "my colleague", who had put Gujarat on the fast track of development. "Gujarat is the first state in the country to achieve 100 per cent electrification of all the villages. And the credit goes to Narendra Modi", he said while speaking at a function organized at the Hasdeo Power Project in Korba district of Chhattisgarh. Advani dedicated to the nation a 500 MW power plant of the Hasdeo extension project of Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Limited. Advani addressed the first public meeting on Monday after the party overruled his reservations and declared Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Advani also praised Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh for the development.

MP and J&K BJP Prabhari Avinash Rai Khanna chairing and addressing meeting of senior leaders, district office bearers and morcha presidents at Rajouri.

and mandal levels, appreciated the efforts being put in by the party leadership to reach the masses with the motive of enlightening them about the anti-people and anti-poor policies of the Central as well as state government. In his address, Khanna said that the declaration of Narendra Modi as Prime

Ministerial candidate by BJP high command has received overwhelming response from every segment of the society and every corner of the country. There is enthusiasm and jubiliation in the entire country as his nomination has provided a ray of hope to the common masses in the deluge of scams 8Contd p2

Omar stresses for timely completion of development works

speeding up the pace on works so that these are completed within the stipulated timeframe. He said rehabilitation of affected people due to various projects earmarked for launching under loan-2 of the ADB should receive priority attention. "The loan-1 of ADB to various projects is shortly closing as such ERA should concentrate on ensuring completion of these projects within the targeted timeframe", he said directing for making comprehensive proposals for launch 8Contd p2

Reviews progress on ERA works

CRPF jawan killed in 'accidental' firing

JAMMU, SEP 16: A CRPF Jawan was killed in an alleged accidental firing by a policeman at police control room in Jammu on Monday. Akbar Ali, a jawan of 60 Battalion of CRPF, was hit by a bullet when the rifle of policeman Mohan Lal accidentally went off at a PCR here, police said. Ali died on way to hospital, police said. Lal has been taken into custody for questioning, police said. Senior police officials are investigating the case and further details are awaited, they added.

Rs. 75.43 cr multi storey parking structure at Gole Market soon: Bhalla
Reviews progress on transfer of land for Ropeway project
structed under Jammu and Kashmir Urban Sector Development Investment Programme (JKUSDIP). This was informed by the Minister while addressing a high level meeting of officers here on Monday. Com mi ssi oner/ Secretary Tourism and Culture Mr. Atal Dullo, Divisional Commissioner Mr. Shantmanu, District Development Commissioner Mr. Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Managing Director Jammu JAMMU, SEP 16: Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture Mr. Raman Bhalla on Monday said that Government has formulated a plan to construct mechanized multi-level fully automatic parking facility at Gole market in Gandhi Nagar. With floor area of 18250 sq meters, the proposed parking facility would have five floors with a total parking capacity of 615 cars. The project estimated to cost Rs. 75.43 crore is being conand Kashmir Cable Car Corporation (JKCCC) Mr. Tufail Mattoo, Secretary JKCCC Mr. Ajaz-ulRehman, Principal Chief Conservator Forests besides other senior officers of PHE, ERA, R&B, Forest and Revenue were present in the meeting. It was informed in the meeting that the multi-level parking would have automated storage and retrieval system, separate drop off and pick up transfer 8Contd p2

CM, Omar Abdullah reviewing the progress on ERA works at Srinagar.

SRINAGAR, SEP 16: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday while reviewing the progress on various projects being implemented under Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding by J&K Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) directed for


ROHIT SINGH RANA The stone pelting on the Canadian envoys car in which his wife Brenda Beck received minor injuries after the glass panes of the vehicle were shattered is not a new phenomenon. It is not new in Kashmir to target anybody who comes from the soil of India. Be he a Prime Minister or an envoy of a country. In the eighties of last century when Indira Gandhi visited Kashmir, some carefully planted men took off all their clothes went as the phrase says Alif Nangatotal naked, before the lady Prime Minister. One interesting piece of Kashmiriat reserved for Indian Prime Minister as if the naked men were chief handicrafts of Kashmir! Peculiarly enough, the separatist discourse in the valley has advanced from gross to subtle. Every movement, if it is genuine, ought to move from gross to subtle. It has to address to the intricacies of the people and their multi cultural aspirations. Leave that apart, because to promote cultural plurality needs a heart of steel and a vision of a mass leader. The separatists have none. They are divideed into parcels or say compartments. Each one is not at peace with the other but with India they profess as if they were a united lot. This actuality in Kashmirs separatist politics is its fundamental flaw and will carry it nowhere. Simply put the balloon that they have sought to make of Kashmir and its genuine struggle had punctured the day, Kashmiri Pandits were on record, told in curt terms that they were not needed in the valley and better leave. Time has travelled much a distance since the exodus of minorities. But the separatist dilemma has remained enshrined in the valley. The confusion between freedom and plebiscite is hanging like a Damocles sword on all separatists. It has become like choosing between the devil and the deep sea. In this confusion, the gun wielder asserted itself and took his pound of flesh with revelry. Many houses, intricately carved brimming with a dazzling Kitchen full of all kinds of appliances, in full view belong to these gun wielders who had some grouse against their exploiters whether in the city, its suburbs or rural areas. Nomenclature in the ingenious Kashmirian way was given to the gun totter. Those directly trained from the sacred Madrassa or camps of Pakistan were Mujahids. Their followers who ran all the errands for them and even influenced the Mujahids mind to loot, hold ransom or kill a person were called Soyaths (wicks in a lamp). Their age also faded and then came a new Mujahid. His hands carried no arms but his pockets were full of a deadly weapon which the Kashmiri since centuries has used like an intense weapon. Stones and their user, named Stone Pelter took centre stage. He along with his gang melts in the crowds. And when their handler has to create a situation, just a whistle needed and the Stone Mujahid comes out of the serpentine alleys and kick start a struggle with security forces. No wonder, the Canadian High Commissioner and his family was a choice prey of this stone Pelter. In such incidents, the police if contacted usually first deny but in this case police denied that the car was stoned by Stone Pelters but said some stray stone from an orchard hit the car. Officials of Canadian embassy in Delhi have said the vehicle in which the diplomat and his family were travelling was stoned twice on Saturday at Kunzar on Srinagar-Gulmarg highway. Memory is still fresh when Zubin Mehta came for his now turned controversial concert. He along with his German Ambassador was criticized by the separatists because one of the reasons was that the German Ambassador had accepted Indias position in Kashmir as final. There is a set plan of separatists. Those who come via Indian land mass are all suspect save those like Radha Kumars, Navlakhas, Arundatti Roys and Tarkundeys. In Kashmir even moon cannot satisfy the separatists and their many followers. Intellectuals, noted writers who would beg for an award from Government of India or race head long for a research fellowship or a job of benefit, are today wiling fence sitters exchanging separatist pleasantries with Geelanis , Omars, Maliks and others. This is a contorted vision of a bunch of people who desire in their own life time the demise all reason and ascendance of the dubious to the peril of the common Kashmiri.


Call it sheer politics, a cunning game or call it an ungrateful nation, the story all along is of deceit, duplicity, convenient and willful forgetfulness. The nation has not been able to erect a befitting statue of Sardar Patel, the Iron Man of India, who unified whole nation after Independence. He was a Congress stalwart who opposed communalism and upheld secularism, the same way Nehru and his clan did. He too contributed immensely to the foundations of nation building. His few words told a lot more than the big books of his contemporaries. Forgotten, he stands still in the nation a vague figure. Not a big deal, if you ask any Vadra or Rahul Gandhi or any of the Congress top brass about Patels life. They will draw a blank with void eyes. Patel does not matter to them anymore. He did his job in a concerted way, silently but with stubborn loyalty to the cause of India. Now it is time for the many suave politicians under a secular sneer to parcel Patels efforts for electoral gains. Ask Digvijays, Khursheeds, Sibals, Tiwaris, the Empress and the Prince why Patel stands forgotten for decades. Was he not worth a memorial or could not a centrally sponsored scheme be named after him. Modi has touched a chord with Indians and rightly asked every villager in India to donate 200 or 300 grams of Iron for Patels statue which will be twice the height of statue of Liberty. The statue will remind the young people of this country about the towering contribution of Patel towards his motherland. The Statue of Unity will do some honour to the Iron man of India, long forgotten by the party of which he was a giant figure and inspire young men and women, that among many politicians who are out to divide the country, there was a man like Patel who stoutly stood for Indias unity. RANASAHIB

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universities in the top 20, following a leap of 10 places by EcolePolytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EPFL). ETH Zurich is the highest-placed university outside the Englishspeaking world, having moved up to 12th. The Netherlands has two more universities than last year in the top 100, and all six have improved their positions this year. Although Germany still has only Heidelberg in the top 50, eight of its 13 universities in the top 200 have gone up this year. France has two universities in the top 50 and 19 in the top 400 and, while Italy still has no institutions in the top 100, every one of its representatives in the top 400 has moved up this year, some by as much as 50 places. In Scandinavia, Norway now has University of Oslo in the top 100, the highest-placed of four new entrants to that group, while Denmark has the University of Copenhagen in the top 50, the sole new entrant there. Elsewhere, the trends are less clear-cut. Some Asian universities have continued their progress up the rankings National University of Singapore (24th) has overtaken University of Hong Kong (27th) to become the continent's leading institution, for example - but none has reached the top 20 and there is little sign of the wholesale advance predicted by many commentators. International enrolments at the top 400 universities in the QS World University Rankings grew by 80,000 this year to a total of 1.37 million. This represents an average of approximately 3,400 international students per institution, up from 3,225 in 2012 - an annual growth of 6.5%. The trend is even more evident among the elite top 100 institutions, where international enrolments grew by 9% to an average of approximately 5,100 per institution. ing economic powers.

general and Gujjars and Bakerwals in particular. Vibodh Gupta said that the people of Rajouri are vigilant against the anti-national forces and shall not allow such forces to raise their heads against the nation. He added that BJP shall always remain in the service of the public for upholding the unity and integrity of the country. Ashok Kaul, in his address, stressed on making the party's organizational units further strengthened at the booths level and involved the local party activists for the exercise. He also made valuable suggestions to the leaders present in the meeting for smooth conduct of programmes being undertaken from time to time. Sat Sharma (C.A), Surinder Bhagat and Bharat Bhushan Vaid also addressed the meeting. struction from next month while work on yet another Cable Car Project at Shiv Khori shrine in district Reasi is also going to commence shortly to facilitate the pilgrims. The Minister said that Government has placed Rs. 1.86 crore at the disposal of Collector, Land Acquisition, Jammu for speedy clearance of land compensation of the Bagh-e-Bahu cable car project. He said that the State has already having distinction of being top tourist destination of the world will soon shine for another tourist attraction destination. He said that the state is already famous for the world's highest cable car ride at Gulmarg and steps are afoot to promote it in other areas of the State. Mr. Bhalla said that the proposed cable car project worth Rs 47 crore which is aimed to connect Peer Kho temple, Mahamaya Temple, Baghe-Bahu and Bawe Wali Mata Temple will attract the pilgrims and tourists.

PM visits ..
talk to villagers of Barvala. The Prime Minister was all ears as distraught people met him. "I am here to share your pain," he said. Manmohan Singh asked the state government to ensure the rehabilitation of the thousands forced to flee their homes. He also told reporters that he expected the security scenario to improve. "People behind such ghastly violence would be punished and all help extended to the UP government." While Manmohan Singh spoke to divisional commissioner Bhuvnesh Kumar and district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, Sonia Gandhi mingled with some women and sought to know the sequence of events. Rahul Gandhi spoke to some youth. He also asked minister of state for home affairs RPN Singh to take petitions from the people and address their issues. Uttar Pradesh governor BL Joshi and Uttar Pradesh health minister Ahmed Hasan accompanied the Prime Minister. BJP calls PM's visit to Muzaffarnagar secular tourism The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday said the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Vice-president Rahul Gandhi to the violence-hit Muzaffarnagar district is nothing but "secular tourism on communal riots". "The wounds of the people cannot be healed by doing this. It is completely secular tourism on communal riots and nothing else," BJP national vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here. He said whatever the Prime Minister has said is of no use, as people want action and not words. "When (BJP leader) Ravi Shankar Prasad and leaders of other political parties wanted to visit Muzaffarnagar they were stopped, but Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi can visit," he said.

ble to J&K. The Supreme Court expressed its annoyance and asks the Chief Secretary to file affidavit as the matter has to be answered by the Govt. of J&K and not by a Department. The court shall hear the case on 20th September, 2013. Prof. Bhim Singh was assisted by B.S. Billowria, S.K. Badhopadhyay, ShiromaniYadav, P.V. Yogeshwaran, Advocates.

Modi's nomination ..
and mis-governance of Congress. The despondency in the youth has been replaced by hope and expectations. Today every Indian wants to get rid of corrupt Congress and see Modi as the next Prime Minister. The Congress leadership has realized that their days of its rule are numbered and are having sleepless nights. Khanna said that during his tour of Sunderbani, Nowshera and Rajouri, he has been informed that the people here are facing discrimination at the hands of the government and even basic amenities of modern times do not reach them. They don't get electricity, drinking water, adequate health-care and elementary educational facilities. Favouritism, nepotism and corruption are the hallmarks of this Congress-NC coalition government and the same has scaled new heights. Youth, farmers, refugees, landless labourers etc. are suffering great deprivation and hopelessness without any empathy from the government. Jugal Kishore Sharma, said that the party in the state is continuously agitating to invite the attention of the defunct and sleeping government towards the denial of benefits of various schemes like IAY, BPL, widow pension etc. the problems of border people, pensioners, ex-servicemen. He said that the Congress and NC should understand that people cannot be misled or befooled anymore and they have made up their mind to put them in their place in the coming elections. He drew the attention of the people towards the Congress-NC elected representatives from Jammu region who, for their personal benefits, always compromise the interest of Jammu with the Kashmir-centric political leadership. He cited the example of the fate of victims of the recent communal riots in Kishtwar who have not till date received any help from the insensitive government. Elsewhere in the valley for any loss of damage suffered, the government does not dither and doles out state largesse's even if there is no such demand from the public. Kuldeep Raj Gupta, in his address said that BJP stands for the welfare of all the people irrespective of their caste and creed. He said that BJP has been highlighting the special problems being faced by Muslim in

MIT tops ..
and Imperial College (5th) moving clear of University of Oxford (6th). The UK's oldest institution, Oxford slips one place in the overall table, but ranks first in the faculty area ranking for arts and humanities, and is also the number one university for employer reputation, following a poll of 27,000 graduate employers worldwide. Harvard takes the top spots for social sciences & management and life sciences & medicine, while MIT is top for engineering & technology, and University of Cambridge is number one for natural sciences. The institutional ranking continues to be extremely stable, with only one university dropping out of the top 50 and four leaving the top 100. The volatility of some international rankings has been a frequent source of criticism, but the average movement in the top 100 is less than 3.5 places, down from 4.6 last year. NunzioQuacquarelli, the founder and managing director of QS, said: "The extra stability in this year's rankings will be good news for the countless students across the world who rely on them to narrow down their choices. As more and more people compete for places at the top universities, it is the responsibility of ranking organisations to ensure that what they produce is transparent and accurate. As the first global ranking to have been accredited by the International Ranking Expert Group, we are living up to that." American universities continue to dominate the top of the rankings, taking more than half of the leading 20 places, but there is much greater diversity beyond that. They represent less than a third of the top 100 and exactly a quarter of the top 200. Thirteen of the 19 US universities in the top 50 have gone down this year, albeit only by a single place in many cases. After several years in the doldrums, Continental European universities are enjoying a resurgence. It is led by Switzerland, which now has two

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areas, automated mechanical system to lift the car and transport it to a pre-determined parking space in the parking system. It was said that there would be no drive way and for parking attendants required as with the availability of the auto orientation of retrieved car. The meeting was further informed that about 100 two-wheeler parking space has been proposed on ground level, commercial space with facilities like escalators, lifts for third level, while garden area is proposed on terrace level with public toilets and eateries/cafeterias. Similarly, public pedestrian plaza is proposed near existing temple and at entrance to commercial area and terrace garden. The Minister said that the work on the project would be started by March 2014. Later, Mr. Bhalla also reviewed the progress on transfer of land acquired for 'Jammu Ropeway' at Pir Kho, Shahbad and Mahamaya. While reviewing the progress, the Minister asked the officers to speed up the process in resolving the land acquisition cases of the people for early start of project. He said that Phase-1 of the project would be started from Peerkho to Mahamaya Park in 1137 meter area and phaseII from Mahamaya Park to Shahbad in Bahu Fort over 453 meter length at an estimated cost of Rs. 47crore by JKCCC. Mr. Bhalla informed that a Kolkata based firm, Damodar Rope Way Constructions Ltd and a Turkish firm are jointly going to start con-

Omar stresses ..
of big ticket projects under loan-2 of the ADB. The Chief Minister was chairing the Governing Body meeting of ERA here on Monday. The Minister for Planning and Development Ajay Sadhotra, legislators Devendra Singh Rana, Ashwani Kumar, Chief Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, Principal Secretary Planning B.R. Sharma, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister B.B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary R&B, Tanveer Jahan, various administrative Secretaries, Chief Executive Officer ERA Tahseen Mustafa and other officers were present in the meeting. In his PowerPoint presentation, Tahseen Mustafa said that out of 117 projects taken up for execution under loan-1, as many as 101 projects have been completed so far while the rest are being completed by the end of this year. He said 94 percent of physical targets and 92 percent of financial targets have been achieved by the middle of August 2013. The meeting discussed the action taken report of the ERA on the decisions taken in previous meetings. It also took appraisal of various mega projects under implementation in the State under ADB funding. The meeting reviewed the status of subprojects and the scope of loan-2 of the ADB.

No Indian ...
emerging BRICS nations without a global top-200 institution. China leads with seven, headed by Peking University (46th), while Russia, Brazil and South Africa each have a single representative: Lomonosov Moscow State University (120th), Universidade de Sao Paulo (127th) and University of Cape Town (145th). A new, targeted ranking of the BRICS nations, planned for later in 2013, will give a more in-depth profile of Indian institutions in comparison with those of the other emerg-

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Development of sports infra Govt.'s priority: Taj
Says J&K witnessed sea change in last five years
DARH AL(RAJOURI), SEPTEMBER 16: Terming sports as an important element to shape up one's personality, Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Mr. Taj Mohi ud Din has said development of sports infrastructure is a priority with his Department. Addressing a public meeting here, the Minister said the State Government has submitted a sports infrastructure development proposal of Rs. 1000 crore to the centre and Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has been kind to approve the proposal. He said under the proposal stadia and sports fields would be constructed all around the State. Mr. Taj said Government has made a policy under which every block in the State would be provided with both indoor and outdoor sports complexes. The idea, he said, is to make sports activity and infrastructure available all through the year. He said many parts of the State, owing to harsh winters, do

Public Service my only political agenda: Omar

JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 16: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said that his political agenda is not focused on obtaining the chair but to serve people and steer the State towards peace, prosperity and development. He said some politicians may have the political aim of obtaining power but his politics revolves round the public service. The Chief Minister said that all the politicians are not with motivated interests but they are with aim to serve their people. "Like in other fields of life there may be some bad politicians in political field but the majority of them are good people committed to the service to the people and the Nation", he said and asked the students not to shun the desire of entering politics after completing their studies by getting disappointed with the performance and actions of some politicians. Describing youth future of the country, the Chief Minister told them to nurture themselves into best possible consideration. The Chief Minister said that the society and democracy stand on four important pillars of legislature, judiciary, executive and media. He said all are equally responsible to build principle based society where justice, rule of law and inclusive development will be the guiding principle for all. In reply to another question, Omar Abdullah said that his government has created so many opportunities for youth to take up self employment ventures and be members of the MSME sector. "Investors from outside have not shown encouraging trend to venture in the State. However, we have created good opportunities for our educated, skilled and trained youth to generate employment and economic activities not only for themselves but others", he said and mentioned the unique employment generation and skill upgradation programmes of Himayat and Udaan launched in the State to expand job market for J&K youth.

Interacts with students, addresses Pratiba Samman Samaroh

human resource to lead the State and the country as capable, qualified and astute leaders. "All of us have to leave the field for younger generation. Politics is no different game. Politicians have also to make way for young people to come in and hold the stage", he said and expressed the hope that younger generation would be better managers of the affairs in future.

Replying the questions of the students after addressing them at the 'Pratiba Samman Samaroh 2013' at Gandhi Nagar here organized by Amar Ujala newspapers group, the Chief Minister said that respecting each other, spreading love and affection and making public service benchmark in all sphere of life makes a person an ideal citizen. "We may not resem-

ble each other in colour, creed and caste. Our religion, ideology, region, language, culture may be different. But we can live together in an atmosphere of amity and brotherhood and prosper jointly", he said and added that India is abode of different cultures, religions, languages, regions and an ideal citizen would respect his fellow citizens and extend help without having

Sakina tours hailstorm affected areas of Kulgam

Directs for assessment of losses to the standing crops
KULGAM, SEPTEMBER 16: To assess and take stock of the crop damages caused due to high intensity winds and hailstorm in Kulgam District, Minister for Social Welfare Ms Sakina Itoo today conducted extensive tour of various affected villages including Nandimarg, Cheknagam, Yarikha, Dobdaban, Danikhur, Margbal, Sangankanan, Gujarpora and adjoining areas. The Minister was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, officers of Revenue, Agriculture, Horticulture and other Departments. The Minister on the occasion was informed that many villages of the district were affected due to the strong winds and hailstorm causing damage to the standing crops of paddy and maize besides vegetables and fruits. The Minister asked the Revenue officers to assess the damages to Crops and submit the damage assessment report for release of compensation to the affected people.

Ch. Zulfkar Ali presents Memorandum to Governor

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 16 - Ch. Zulfkar Ali, Member of the State Legislative Assembly from Darhal, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan here on Monday and presented to him a Memorandum on the development needs and demands of his area. The problems faced by the Darhal area and the demands of the people include, interalia, the need for launching a special drive for recruitment of youth of Rajouri and Poonch districts in Army, Para-Military Forces and Police, speedy completion of all the ongoing road projects under PMGSY in both the districts, provision of industrial package for Rajouri and Poonch districts and allotment of adequate rations to

not have facilities to conduct sports events during winter and youth of these areas have to suffer by remaining idle. The Minister said every panchayat in the State would be provided with a sports field and asked people to look for available land so that the same is developed as sports fields. He said the other sports paraphernalia like equipment etc. is also being upgraded and strengthened to meet the requirements of present times. Mr. Taj said many epoch making steps have been taken by the Government during

the past five years or so. He said historic legislations like J&K Water Resources Act, RTI Act, Public Services Guarantee Act etc. have been passed during this period. He said the State has also seen a boom of development activity by construction of schools, hospitals, roads and strengthening of facilities like healthcare, education, social welfare etc. During his tour of the area, the Minister also inaugurated a T 20 cricket tournament. The inaugural match was played between the teams of Darhal and Jammu.

Lone distributes cheques worth Rs2.5 lacs among Sericulture beneficiaries at Sumbal
SUMBAL, SEPTEMBER 16:- Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Mohammad Akbar Lone on Monday asked people to avail maximum benefits from government schemes launched for their welfare and development including various schemes in the Sericulture sector. The Minister was addressing the awareness camp cum cheque distribution function organised by the Sericulture Department at Sumbal here on Monday. Mr. Lone distributed cheques worth Rs 2.5 lacs among 23 beneficiaries for setting up their own silk worm rearing sheds. The Minister said that department is providing financial assistance to the people through different schemes including plantation scheme in which plants are provided to the weavers free of cost besides assistance of Rs 12 per plant is also extended to them. In addition rearing kit worth Rs 25000 is also provided to the weavers under the scheme. Mr. Lone asked the department to organise more such awareness camps across the state besides providing various inputs so that sericulture production increases and more and more farmers and unemployed youth are associated with this growing and viable business. On the occasion, officers of Sericulture, Revenue, Rural Development and other officers were present.

Sagar inaugurates 12 Day 8th Regional SARAS mela

the people of the area as per its present population strength. Other demands related to augmentation of medicare services by establishing more Primary Health Centres, Sub-Centres and upgradation of the existing health institutions, effective

implementation of RAMSA, upgradation of educational institutions and the augmentation of irrigation facilities. After hearing the Legislator, the Governor observed that the State Government would be addressed in regard to all the concerns raised by him.

Capacity Building Training under NRHM begins

JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 16 - A three day Capacity Building Training of District Resource Persons and ASHA facilitators on supervisory skills under National Rural Health Mission began today at Regional Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Nagrota. The said training is part of various skill enhancement initiatives taken under NRHM, J&K and is being held under the supervision of Mission Directorate NRHM, J&K and was inaugurated by Dr BS Pathania, Director Health Services, Jammu. Under the programme, 60 participants including community health officers, health educators and medical officers are being trained for the on ground execution of centrally sponsored schemes. It is the three day training in which different programs under NRHM will be highlighted besides lectures on Maternal Health, Child Health, Adolescent Health, Home Based Newborn Care, Reporting Formats, Supervising tools used for Monitoring at field level and related topics would be delivered. The new schemes launched under NRHM namely RBSK (Rashtriya Bal Suraksha Karyakaram) and incentives for ASHAs under NRHM will also be discussed. Prominent among others present on the occasion included Dr Harjeet Rai, Divisional Officer, NRHM, Jammu, Dr Zahoor Rana, Principal, RIHFW, Nagrota, Dr Dhruv Ji Raina, Programme Manager, Trainings, NRHM, J&K, Juniaz Zaroo, Associate Programme Manager, NRHM, J&K, Rakesh Sharma and DMIEO.

G.A.Mir conducts extensive tour of Dooru, takes stock of problems, developmental needs of people
S R I N A G A R , SEPTEMBER 16: Minister for Tourism Mr. Ghulam Ahmad Mir on Monday concluded the 3 day extensive tour of Dooru Constituency. During the tour, the Minister who is also the local representative of the area took stock of people's day to day problems and developmental needs and directed the concerned officers to mitigate the genuine developmental needs of the people, besides ensuring benefits of welfare schemes reach the needy. The Minister during the tour visited hilly and remote villages of Kapran, Hillar, Heeward, Dalwatch, Nowgam, Manzmoh, Chakiwahgund and omoh Gujar Basti and interacted with the people assuring early redressal of their problems. The Minister also addressed a series of public meetings in the area during the tour. He said that allround development of rural tourism elevation means the prosperity for the whole State. "Tourism is not an enemy of anybody but a friend to all of us. We should cash on it for our prosperity", he asserted and appealed one and all to contribute positively and not link tourism with politics and conflicts for the larger interests of the State. He said Government would encourage private stakeholders for investment under tourism sector for creation of varied infrastructure and facilities for the purpose besides ensuring lucrative advances and incentives up to Rs one crore. The Minister reaffirmed that being the local representative equal development of all the areas was his priority and no injustice would be done to any area of the Constituency on the developmental front. He assured the people that all their genuine developmental needs would be carried out in phased manner.

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 16:- Highlighting the need of organizing different melas at local and national level, the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Mr. Ali Mohammad Sagar has said that these prove pivotal in providing the much needed markets for the local artisans to showcase their goods besides interacting with their counterparts from different states of the country. The Minister was addressing artisans and people from different walks of life after inaugurating 12 day 8th Regional SARAS mela being organized by the Department of Rural Development at

Kashmir HAAT here today. Director Rural Development, Kashmir, Mir Altaf Ahmad and other senior officers of the department were present on the occasion. Mr. Sagar said that these types of melas should be organized regularly in different areas of the state also so that local artisans get the required exposure which is very important for them to sell their goods and create markets for themselves. He said that these would go a long way in boosting the local economy and creating the much needed job opportunities for the different SelfHelp-Groups participanting in these types of events.

and hilly areas was priority of the government adding that implementation of flagship programmes have yielded good developmental results across the State. Saying that the present coalition Government has set into motion a golden era of development, the Minister said that coming years will be a turnaround in socio-economic transformation of the State. He said an unprecedented era of development and peace has dawned during the current dispensation. He said

every possible resource is being mobilized and pooled to provide basic facilities to the people with focus on equitable development and uniform justice to the poor and backward areas. He said Government is abreast with the problems of the people and no stone will be left unturned to redress their grievances. Tourism Minister said tourism is the backbone of States' economy and its expansion was the priority of the government. He said

26th Bharat Nirman PIC begins at Kargil

Functioning of R&B Sector reviewed

Feroz Khan, Nazir Gurezi emphasize need to empower people through knowledge, awareness
KARGIL, SEPTEMBER 16: Minister of State for Science & Technology and School Education, Feroz Ahmad Khan and Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Horticulture, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi on Monday inaugurated the 26th three day Bharat Nirman Public Information Campaign organized by Press Information Bureau Srinagar, here. The campaign is being organized in collaboration with I&B media units namely DFP, DAVP, Song & Drama Division, AIR, DD with active support from LAHDC Kargil & District Administration Kargil. Addressing the inaugural function, the Chief Guest Feroz Khan emphasized the need to utilize PICs as a tool to gain knowledge and awareness about flagship welfare schemes and programmes of Central Government which will help in empowering the common masses to achieve socio-economic upliftment of underprivileged sections of the society. Transfer Scheme, Food Security Bill, Land Acquisition Bill besides MGNREGA, NRHM, ICDS, IAY, PM's New 15 Point Programme for Welfare of Minorities, RTI Act and other welfare schemes. He urged people to procure information about these schemes from the stalls put up at Indoor Stadium Kargil. The Chief Guest also released PIB publication titled 'District Development Profile of Kargil' on the occasion. Cultural groups from Song & Drama Division Srinagar unit and students from Government Higher Secondary School, Kargil; Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Kargil; Government Girls Middle School, Baroo; Sawab Pubic School, Kargil and Government Girls High School, Sankoo presented theme based cultural programmes. Besides, cultural troupes from J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages, Kargil presented traditional Ladakhi folk songs and dance.

Efforts afoot to connect unconnected habitations: Wani

UDHAMPUR, SEPTEMBER 16: Minister for Roads & Building and Mechanical Engineering, Abdul Majid Wani today reiterated government's commitment to expand a better road network in un-connected habitations of the state which is pre-requisite for progress and prosperity. This was stated by the Minister while chairing a joint meeting of officers of R&B, JKPCC, PMGSY and district administration convened to review the financial and physical achievements under R&B and allied sectors. The Minister directed the concerned to take-up the left out road projects under RIDF-19 and PMGSY in the district and ensure their speedy completion. He asked the Deputy Commissioner to personally monitor the pace of work on school buildings being constructed under RMSA for ensuring their quality and timely completion. He also asked for identifying land and submission of proposal for rehabilitation of

JKDF Youth demands arrest of absconders from PSA

JAMMU, SEPT 16: JKDF Youth Wing has demanded immediate arrest of miscreants and absconders from Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), a banned Group in Jammu University which have severely assaulted a University Scholar and State Secretary JKDF Youth Wing Kapil Shastri in an attack few days ago. In a joint press conference addressed by the Munish Khajuria (State President JKDF Youth Wing), Abhishek Slathia (State President ,JKDF Student Union) and Raman Sharma (A University Scholar), the action of PSA is strongly condemned. Addressing to Media Personnel Munish Khajuria Said, "Till date only four girls and two boys of banned group PSA are arrested. Attackers were more than dozen in numbers and are still on large. Kapil Shastri, a research scholar of Dogri Department who has been severely beaten by this group has named three students namely Manik Sharma, Talib Hussain and Sakshi Raina as prime accused.

Hailing PIC initiative of PIB, the Minister said that there is no dearth of funds under different welfare schemes and there is a need to channelize the resources so that the benefits could percolate down to the deserving sections of people living in rural and far flung areas. The Minister stressed on need to organize such awareness programmes at sub division & tehsil levels also. In his address the Guest of Honour Nazir Ahmad Gurezi expressed his satisfaction over the implementation of various flagship and Bharat

Nirman welfare schemes like PMGSY, RGGVY, SSA, RMSA, MDM, etc, in Kargil district. He urged people to come forward for availing the benefits under different State and Central Welfare Programmes while adopting modern technologies and professional expertise. In his welcome address, Additional Director General, PIB Srinagar Obaidur Rahman highlighted the aims and objectives of PIC. He talked about provisions and features of latest initiatives of Government of India viz Aadhar, Direct Benefit

affected families of Dalaha village whose dwelling units damaged due to land sliding. Directing for taking strict action against the default contractors, the Minister asked to black list these contractors so that the projects of vital importance do not suffer in future. Wani reviewed the pace of progress of various works being executed under R&B sector, PMGSY and JKPCC and got first hand appraisal of the status of the same. He said that the government is paying focused attention for providing better road connectivity to the people living in far-off and remote areas He

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Pakistani students in Delhi, participate Christian-run schools to observe Sep 19 as a 'black day' "students exchange for change programme"
NEW DELHI, SEP 16: India and Pakistan can live in peace only if the youth from both the countries get more opportunities to interact with each other, a group of school students from the two countries said Monday. The group of 23 students from 10 Pakistani schools is in the capital to participate in the "students exchange for change programme". The event is organised at the Tagore International School by Indian NGO 'Routes2Roots' and Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP), a Pakistan based NGO. Selected students from both the countries interacted with one another through letters, post-cards and various other modes of communication for an year and now have met personally. A group of Indian students visited Pakistan in the first week of September. "If you ask me, there is no difference between the two countries - it's just the politicians who have created a wall between us," 16-year-old Tanya Bhardwaj, a student of Tagore International School, told IANS after meeting Pakistani students. "I think our generation can make a difference if we interact with each other more often," said a teenager who has already added her new found friends from the neighbouring country to her account on a social networking site. Agreed 14-year-old Fatima from Karachi's Mama Parsi Girls High School, who stressed that people from both the countries shared the same culture. culture is same and the only thing dividing us is a border. I've had a delighted stay here and the warmth of the locals felt like I was back home," said Fatima, who was on her second visit to India. According to Tina Vachani, founder of Routes2Roots, the programme will help in clearing apprehensions among students and bring them close to one another. "Youth interactions and direct communications will in time lead to a more informed and fundamental understanding of each other," she said.
KOLKATA, SEP 16: More than 1,000 Christian-run schools will observe Sep 19 as a 'black day' and remain shut in protest against police "inaction" during the vandalism of a West Bengal school following the death of a minor girl student, the archbishop of Calcutta said Monday. These schools comprised those the purview of the West Bengal Association of Christian Schools (WBACS), the Association of Anglo-Indian schools (more than 700) and those schools affiliated to the Indian Council for Secondary Education (ICSE) board (amounting to near about 300). "All these schools in English medium and vernacular medium in all the districts of West Bengal to observe Sep 19 Thursday as a 'Black Day' and remain closed," Archbishop Thomas D'Souza told media persons here. "Schools will remain shut to protest against total police inaction to control the unruly mob, to condemn the rampant vandalism and hooliganism in a girls' school for hours on end causing trauma to the head mistress and so many lady teachers," said D'Souza, who officiates as the president of WBACS. Oindrila Das, a class 5 student of Christ Church School in Dum Dum, died Sep 11, a week after she was allegedly locked up inside the school toilet by some of her seniors who demanded money from her. A day later, the 131-year old institution witnessed unprecedented scenes as hundreds of people - mostly parents - ransacked the institution, holed up the principal and other teachers inside a dark room and eventually forced principal Helen Sarkar to resign. Condoling the death of the student,

WBACS demanded the identification and immediate arrest of those responsible for "the criminal act of sabotage, destruction of school property, including valuable documents and the trauma caused by all". The Association also demanded "immediate and unconditional release" of Sarkar who was arrested Thursday night and subsequently remanded to three days' police custody following protests by parents who blamed her for the death of 10-year-old Oindrila. "We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Helen Sarkar, the headmistress, who was made to tender her resignation under pressure," said D'Souza. A court Monday granted bail to the school principal who was booked under several non-bailable charges following a police complaint by the dead girl's family.

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THE MODI ERA BEGINS Congress must now bite the bullet or dust
By anointing Narendra Modi as the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the Bharatiya Janata Party has honoured the wishes of the vast legion of its supporters across the country and the party's rank and file who believe that the Gujarat Chief Minister has the potential to drive the BJP to victory. This belief is shared by a large number of the party's senior leaders who say that he is a 'vote maximiser'. There are no two opinions that Mr Modi is a charismatic leader with a pan-India appeal. It's not just his persona and his oratorical skills that have brought him to centre-stage, but also his excellent record in governance as Chief Minister. The heartening aspect of his name's announcement is that leaders, who were supposedly opposed to the declaration of his candidature at this stage, were not just present at the party's Parliamentary Board meeting which took the formal decision, but also whole-heartedly endorsed the move. The less heartening aspect is that veteran leader LK Advani refused to attend the meeting and has since expressed dismay over the manner the issue has been handled by party president Rajnath Singh. It would have been the proverbial icing on the cake had Mr Advani been present to endorse Mr Modi. It cannot be denied at this moment when commentators are writing about the 'end of the Advani era' that the party patriarch has played a stellar role in building the BJP from scratch. Mr Modi and several other senior leaders owe their political rise to the mentoring that Mr Advani has provided them over the decades. Bearing these realities in mind, the party went to great extents to get him on board, with senior leaders confabulating with him throughout Friday before the formal announcement was made. Regardless of all that has happened, Mr Advani remains the party's tallest and most respected leader, and Mr Modi, more than anyone at this juncture, needs his guidance. That Mr Modi's first stop after the party chose him as its prime ministerial face was Mr Advani's residence where he went to seek the patriarch's blessings, indicates that the Gujarat Chief Minister wants to put past rancour behind and be guided by Mr Advani in advancing the electoral cause of the BJP in the coming months. If the announcement of Mr Modi's candidature has electrified the party's cadre, it has been enthusiastically welcomed by the BJP's allies such as the Shiv Sena and the Shiromani Akali Dal. Mr Modi's anointment has also opened the doors for fresh political alliances. For instance, Mr BS Yeddyurappa, who broke away from the BJP and formed his own party after he was made to step down as Chief Minister of Karnataka and was not rehabilitated thereafter, is willing to join the National Democratic Alliance. While the BJP now has a prime ministerial candidate and is poised along with its present and potential allies to launch a blistering campaign against the Congress-led UPA regime, the Congress does not have a face which it can pit against Mr Modi. All these months, the ruling party at the Centre taunted the principal Opposition on the latter's dilemma over the issue of leadership. It's now the Congress's turn to face the heat. The truth is that the party is terrified of a situation where any of its leaders, especially the unsure Mr Rahul Gandhi, has to directly confront a confident Mr Modi in a contest that will turn into a referendum on their leadership skills. The reasons for the Congress's reluctance are obvious and have been deliberated enough. But the party may have to bite the bullet sooner than it wishes to.


The complex tasks for the new governor of the RBI
The rupee appears to have dithered in its precipitate fall. The new governor of the Reserve Bank of India has taken a position with strong and clear statements of what he sees as his tasks. The ugly public disagreements expressed by the prime minister and the finance minister with the RBI hopefully will not be repeated. Nor will there be different statements from the government and the RBI on the rupee exchange rate. The government has announced some halfmeasures. They are to get stalled infrastructure projects moving. A comprehensive package that will make them move does not appear possible in this un-coordinated governance. The expensive and inefficient food security legislation is in place. So is the new land legislation. The first will add to the deficit, corruption and inefficiencies. The second will be another hindrance to private industrial investment. The apparent small but clear recovery of the American and European economies is a good sign. The blaming of external events for the fiscal and current-account deficits on external events will cease and the focus will be entirely on domestic measures. This article looks at the complex and contradictory tasks before the new governor of the RBI. Greater availability of finances, interest rates, the rupee's exchange value, domestic investment, the twin deficits, foreign fund inflows, and the overhang of corporate external debt are the principal challenges. The government has announced the forthcoming issues of tax-free bonds by public-sector undertakings, amounting to Rs 58,000 crores, with tenures up to 20 years and interest rates as high as 8.71 per cent. For high net-worth individuals paying marginal rates of tax of 30 per cent, this would amount to a return of 11.48 per cent before tax. What is more, the bonds can be traded. There may be more of these in the coming months. The government and RBI have to control inflation. Analysts think it unlikely to moderate very much despite the good monsoon, because of rising energy prices. In recent months, the RBI has put pressure on liquidity, and maintained high interest rates. The RBI might now, and frequently, increase and reduce liquidity while holding on to interest rates. Banks are already under pressure, especially because substantial infrastructure loans (in projects with bank financing at 66 to 80 per cent of project costs) have come for restructuring or even becoming non-performers. The strong message to banks now is to penalize defaulters and closer scrutiny of loan applications. This will raise bank balance sheets, and improve matters. Banks must carefully examine project contract terms and the assumptions behind the quotations made in the bidding. The defaults have been mainly in road projects initiated power and metro projects. They are delayed, tying up massive funds (around Rs 2,80,000 crores are up for loan restructuring). Causes for delays include more than anticipated delays of clearances from government departments (environment, forests, relief and rehabilitation, rises in fuel costs, huge rupee exchange value fluctuations, and so on). They were beyond the assumptions of project developers. The government departments concerned have not compensated for the losses suffered because of the delays. In public-private partnership contracts, lenders did not adequately scrutinize the contract conditions, and the bid term, which was usually for 'levelized' tariffs over 25 years or more. These costs, because of long delays, made the projects unviable at the contracted tariffs. In future, the tariffs should not be for longer periods than required for bank financing and an independent body must examine renegotiation. The availability of foreign funds might improve as Western economies recover. But they will no longer be as cheap as they have been, and of which Indian industry piled up debts of around $250 billion. Because of high deposit and lending rates, Indian companies should look for equity investments rather than the debts. The tax-free bonds (more might be on issue in coming years) will also draw away some of the savings from the market, mostly from bank deposits, and put pressure on funds. This could adversely affect liquidity. There may be more such bonds to come. Their interest rates might also set a floor for deposit rates. It would mean a rise in bank deposit rates and therefore of lending rates in future months. The government has to assure its own longterm funding. The attempt will be for the government to manage its massive social programmes and infrastructure spending without selling securities and adding to its deficit. Issuing the bonds by public sector units is one route. But how will the government use the funds from these PSU tax-free bonds? We must expect that the RBI will be flexible on cash reserve ratios in attempting to improve liquidity. But interest rates may not decline. The RBI has to walk a tight rope to restrain inflation and stimulate investment. There is also the possibility that long-term capital costs will rise. The new governor mentioned the need for longterm financing to be separated to some extent from banks. Are we going to see revival in a different form of the old-term lending institutions? India probably erred in past years in allowing companies the relative freedom to borrow abroad. Then the Indian economy was doing very well in contrast to Europe and the United States of America. Some European countries cut government spending and were in economic decline (like Greece and Spain). Others like the US were trying to grow their economies and employment through 'quantitative easing', that is, easy liquidity and low interest rates. This resulted in huge surplus and footloose funds looking for better returns. An obvious destination was the emerging countries. India figured prominently. Indian companies took advantage of the funds availability at low cost, to borrow heavily. Indian external commercial borrowings crossed $250 billion, (about the size of India's foreign exchange reserves), mostly repayable in 2014 unless rolled over. With the rupee-dollar exchange rate declining over 20 per cent in the last two months, these borrowings have made a big hole in Indian corporate balance sheets, except for companies with substantial export earnings. Now that Western countries are on the recovery path, easy and cheap money will be history. Cheap foreign borrowings by Indian companies will gradually vanish. If the Indian economy and Indian companies are seen as risks (because of slow growth, weaker balance sheets and the declining rupee) the funds will not be available. The high balance of payments deficits will put pressure on the rupee. In this situation, companies should not be raising borrowings abroad because the rupee liability will rise. With domestic liquidity not easing by much because of continuing inflation, Indian companies could become starved for funds. Capital investments will also be hurt since the ordinary investor will prefer to keep his money in tax-free bonds, bank deposits, and safe company deposits. Public investments will also be on a low keel since the government must make every effort to cut its deficit. It can do so by suspending or sharply reducing expenditures on the lavish social welfare schemes introduced by the Congress president. After the elections in 2014, the party or parties running the government will have to follow this course. For economic and employment growth, there has to be a spurt in public and private investment, a curtailment of the government deficit, some improvement in liquidity, and the rupee must remain stable. Exports must be stimulated, for example, of iron ore and imports curtailed because of the high prices. Government seems to be applying itself to these. Bureaucratic and labour law hurdles to industry must go. Interest rates will remain high and rise for foreign funds. Liquidity will ease. Rupee values may stay at present levels. Some issues require contradictory actions. The RBI and government must be proactive, quick in action, and unafraid to reverse course when changing conditions need it.


Some unkind persons have made it a sport to find fault with the government. They will be silenced by the flood of measures it has taken towards what it calls financial inclusion. It has set up the financial security and development council with a mandate for financial literacy and inclusion. Since making common people financially literate is a specialized task, this council has created a technical group on financial inclusion and literacy. Its strenuous efforts have led to the finalization of a national strategy for financial education. Just in case all this action spearheaded by Delhi shows it to be lagging behind, the Reserve Bank of India has created a financial inclusion advisory committee of its own. Just in case it is seen to be parochial, it has sprinkled this committee with some acceptable personalities from non-government organizations. This is only the sugaring at the top; further down, there are state level bankers' committees, under which there are lead district managers in all the 659 districts. Just in case this is taken as a mere creation of bureaucracy, the banks have set up 700 financial literacy centres, not to mention rural self-employment training institutes. If a banker in a seminar starts talking about R-SETIs, people will now know what he is talking about. He may well admit in an unguarded moment that bank employees do not like working in villages where their women cannot find a hairdresser. The RBI has foreseen this reluctance and authorized banks to appoint banking correspondents who would give villagers ample banking services without asking for a job in a bank. Recognizing that it is difficult for a banking correspondent to open his bag on a village road and hand over money to a villager who wants to cash a cheque, the RBI has asked banks to construct a brick-and-mortar structure where a dozen banking correspondents can take shelter and unlock their bags. All this careful action did not lead to many villagers getting access to a bank, so more recently, the RBI has asked banks to open brick-and-mortar structures called branches in as many villages as possible. Such structures are supposed to have come up by 2010 in all the 74398 villages which had a population of 2000 people or more; since then, banks have invaded even smaller villages and set up branches. Any villager can walk into any of these branches and tell the teller that he is Banke Lall the villager; on this self-certification, the teller will open an account for him. If the villager has any money, he can open a savings account and create a variable recurring deposit, or ask the teller to make an electronic bank transfer to his girl friend; otherwise he can use the same account to take an overdraft. The Indian villager is a lucky man - at least in the view of the RBI.

Banks are already under pressure, especially because substantial infrastructure loans (in projects with bank financing at 66% to 80% of project costs) have come for restructuring or even becoming non-performers. The strong message to banks now is to penalize defaulters & closer scrutiny of loan applications. This will raise bank balance sheets, & improve matters. Banks must carefully examine project contract terms and the assumptions behind the quotations made in the bidding.


Neha Khator
The coming general election is not just about who will win, which party will rule the country and who will be the Prime Minister. It's an occasion for us to decide whether we want a new India, writes Neha Khator Something is badly going wrong in this country and we don't need any sixth sense to figure this out. There is just too much bad news all around. From rupee to economy, crime to corruption, everything is at its worst. Not to mention, we have politicians who are always on the stage giving performances more theatrical than Bollywood, aided to the maximum effect by a mainstream media which has turned into a noise machine. Murder, rape and molestation cases continue to rise and shame India. Corruption today has brutally invaded almost every aspect of our lives. It is deeply entrenched, like a termite, eating our society and our conscience. What does it tell you about a country where a few men would readily allow faulty air traffic controllers to be built in exchange for a few extra bucks, not flinching even for a second at the thought of risking thousands of lives. Add to this, we have an economy that is free falling on the global ratings chart. The sense of frustration and helplessness is rising in the public when almost everything stinks of scam and corruption, when the corrupt have a free ride with no fear of law or punishment, when those guilty get clean chit and when the Government slaps right at your face and tells you it doesn't care and threatens the honest with dire consequences. To put it plainly: The country is in deep mess. Everything seems to be out of control. There couldn't be a worse time than this to live in India but there also couldn't be a better time to rebrand this country. And the first step towards rebranding the Indian story will be to rebrand the face that will represent it. For this, we will need to carefully decide whom we choose as our next leader because, as Mr Ratan Tata said recently, what this country most urgently needs is command, leadership and direction; and because we all know that things will only go down further if we don't introspect now. The parties have started readying their soldiers for 'mission 2014', and I think we too should be ready to make sense of the propaganda. Hence, I will be sharing with you my selection criteria that I will use to decide which person deserves to sit in the top chair. And no, it's not based on which politician covers more area in rallies or how much he can shout on television mikes but rather on considerations that this country needs much more than that. Where we are today has partly been blamed on the uninspiring Government that we have. Team Manmohan is a mix of highlyeducated brains. An eminent economist and OxfordCambridge scholar himself, the Prime Minister has Harvard MBA Mr P Chidambaram, IITMIT alumnus Jairam Ramesh, Oxford alumnus Montek Singh Ahluwalia and an IIT-IIM(A)MIT mix Raghuram Rajan as the new RBI Governor. Yet, watching this team in action has eroded the belief that an educated politician will do things differently and that electing a learned leader guarantees success and reform. So, the first criterion is to get past the degrees and focus on what vision he/she has. As a guideline, look for qualities that those who fought for our freedom had. Look for someone who acknowledges that there are real problems and offers real solutions and not just a fancy makeup. Someone who has the plan and is willing to root out corruption, establish law and order and get the economy back on track. Dismiss the one who just criticises his opponents because he obviously has got no answers himself. We need vision not derision. Second, look for someone who aims for nation-building and not just finishing five years in office. Don't fall for sops but go for one who plans to give you sound infrastructure, education and healthcare. We need the right environment for a healthy, educated workforce to grow. A strengthened economy will follow as a collateral advantage. Distributing free laptops or ration is not development, but it's about making us dependent. So choose someone who offers a conclusive plan on how he/she aims to achieve it. How he/she plans to exploit our mass educated young population and use it with our vast natural resources to generate growth and employment. We need to think through the non-stop shrillness, stop cheering at the petty pointscoring and get to the real issues. Have you ever looked closely at a group photo in world summits? Do you know how the placement of leaders is decided? It depends on the host nation, which pulls its friends to the center and keeps the rest outside. So while the US and Chinese leaders always stand in the front row and in the center, India's Prime Minister always stands in the second row, often on the outer right. This is our true measure. Before the 2014 election comes, we have to answer a simple question: 10 years down the line, where do we want to see India stand in the world? Are we okay with the status quo and mediocre status or do we want more? If you and I don't think and vote, it will mean that a few people will again gain a lot more, but billions of us will have to settle for far less. We need to make sure that 'Mission 2014' is not about grabbing power but about raising India's head. It's time we rebrand India.

Future tense
Dear Sir, The editorial, "Time to stop" (Sept 12), has correctly analysed the key aspects of the sectarian violence that took place in Muzaffarnagar recently. It is really unfortunate that Uttar Pradesh witnesses full-scale communal riots in spite of the fact that there is an elected government in place, led by the chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav. The death toll has reportedly crossed 40. This speaks of the utter failure on the part of the UP administration to prevent the violence and the loss of lives. Akhilesh Yadav's government was elected to power in the hope that it would provide good governance, develop the state and ensure the safety of minority communities. It is tragic that India claims to the world that it is a secular nation, while communal violence occurs with alarming regularity. This tarnishes the country's secular image. It was heartening, however, that the Centre offered to

send additional paramilitary forces to UP to assist the local administration in dealing with the situation. The perpetrators of the violence should be strongly punished. Normalcy must be restored to the state. Innocent lives must not be lost in a bid by political parties to reap dividends. The inhabitants of Muzaffarnagar should live in peace and without fear. Yours faithfully, Jayant Sharma, Janipur

ing for these ventures. Moreover, the portions that are painted white soon turn dirty and make the flyover look ugly. Instead of wasting money in this manner, the government should construct public toilets on major roads in the city. Yours faithfully, Rakesh Bajoria, Calcutta

Akhilesh fails to bring peace

Sir -The key aspects of the sectarian violence that took place in Muzaffarnagar recently. It is really unfortunate that Uttar Pradesh witnesses fullscale communal riots in spite of the fact that there is an elected government in place, led by the chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav. The death toll has reportedly crossed 40. This speaks of the utter failure on the part of the UP administration to prevent the violence and the loss of lives. Akhilesh Yadav's government was elected to power in the hope that it would provide good governance, develop the state and ensure the safety of minority communities. It is tragic that

Parting shot
Dear Sir, I travel along the A.J.C. Bose Road flyover regularly. The other day, I saw a fresh coat of blue and white paint being applied to it. This is the second time in the last eight months or so that the flyover has been painted in those colours. How can a cash-strapped state government indulge in such wasteful expenditure? It is the common man's hard-earned money that goes towards pay-

India claims to the world that it is a secular nation, while communal violence occurs with alarming regularity. This tarnishes the country's secular image. It was heartening, however, that the Centre offered to send additional paramilitary forces to UP to assist the local administration in dealing with the situation. The perpetrators of the violence should be strongly punished. Normalcy must be restored to the state. Innocent lives must not be lost in a bid by political parties to reap dividends. The inhabitants of Muzaffarnagar should live in peace and without fear. Yours faithfully, Jayant Sharma, Janipur

Voilence in Muzaffarnagar

Sir - In the aftermath of every natural calamity be it the earthquake in Gujarat in 2001, the tsunami in 2004 or the recent floods in Uttarakhand the people of India have done everything in their power to help their fellow countrymen in need, irrespective of caste or creed. It is therefore

shameful that the people of the same country, at the provocation of fanatics and rogue political leaders, kill one another in the name of religion. The violence in Muzaffarnagar has evoked sharp reactions from various quarters. There have been allegations that the violence was instigated and backed by political parties and leaders. The home secretary, Kamal Saxena, said the police had a video clip of a public address by the leaders of various political parties in Muzaffarnagar on August 30, which stoked communal tensions. It is clear that some political parties, with an eye on the upcoming general elections, want to create unrest and benefit from it. The police and the local administration failed miserably in protecting innocent lives. It pains me that our leaders only spread communal hatred in a bid to grab power, as was seen in Gujarat in 2002, and more recently in Muzaffarnagar. Communal harmony should be encouraged. Yours faithfully, Rashi Jamwal, Satwari,Jammu

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6 Mining: SC nod to CBI to lodge TDP CHIEF COMMENDS NDAS cases with Karnatakas consent GOOD WORK, SLAMS UPA


NEW DELHI, SEP 16: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed CBI to lodge criminal cases without taking consent of Karnataka government in connection with illegal export of iron and ore, the investigation into which was carried out under the direction of the apex court. We make it clear that restriction imposed by section 6 of the Delhi Special Police

Establishment (DSPE) Act will not apply on the investigation directed by this court, a special forest bench headed by Justice A.K. Patnaik said. The bench also gave a goahead to CBI to register criminal cases against those exporters who were subjected to preliminary enquiry (PE) as per the September 5, 2012 report and recommendation of the apex court-appointed

Central Empowered Committee (CEC) and had exported iron ore of more than 50,000 metric tonnes. The bench also permitted the agency to refer the matter with respect to exporters, who had exported a total quantity of less than 50,000 tonnes and were not under the umbrella of CBIs PE, to Karnataka government for taking further action under relevant laws as recommended by the CEC. The bench, also comprising justices S.S. Nijjar and Ranjan Gogoi, said the state government will also be handed over the cases in which PE was carried out by CBI and the quantity of export was less than 50,000 tonnes. The apex court said both CBI and Karnataka government would file the compliance report within four months and its order be supplied to the CBI Director and the Chief Secretary of the state govern-

ment. The apex court had on September 7, 2012, directed CBI to lodge FIR and investigate thoroughly and comprehensively the illegality involved in the extraction of iron ore from Karnataka forest and their transportation to Belekeri Port from where it was exported to foreign companies during the period of January 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010. The CBI probe was ordered on the basis of the CEC report of September 5, 2012 after a PIL filed by an NGO, Samaj Parivartana Samudaya, alleged that during that period 88 lakhs tonnes of iron ore was exported by 73 exporters from Belekeri Port. It had alleged data revealed that 50 lakh tonnes of iron ore exported from the port was without the permit issued by the Department of Mines and Geology.

HYDERABAD, SEP 16: Telugu Desam president N Chandrababu Naidu on Monday commended the good work that had happened done during National Democratic Rule rule but declined to commit if his party would return to Bharatiya Janata Party BJPled NDA fold even as he attacked the Congress and the United Progressive Alliance. There is a national crisis now. We have to first save the country by wiping out Congress as it is the main culprit that pushed the country into crisis, Mr. Naidu told reporters here this afternoon. He claimed the UPA government, since its first term, reaped the fruits of all the good that had happened during NDA rule between 1999 and 2004. The UPA-2 is steeped in corruption and scandals because of which the systems collapsed and

(it) pushed the country into the crisis. UPA-2 has become a curse for the country, the former Chief Minister alleged. Asked whether TDP would realign with NDA, with BJP naming Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, the

TDP supremo said it was not the time to talk about politics or Mr. Modi. During his public meeting in Hyderabad last month, the Gujarat Chief Minister had made an overture towards TDP, saying the party which inherited the legacy of the legendary NTR should

join forces to dislodge Congress from power. Mr. Naidu on Monday charged India is facing a peculiar situation. Congress is the villain that is responsible for the crisis. Its the main culprit. We have to see that Congress is totally wiped out.

Congress attacks NDAs foreign policy

a huge gathering of ex-servicemen at Ahirwal region of Haryana, Mr. Modi had also praised the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led Governments achievements in resolving pressing foreign policy issues. It feels good to recall the government of Atalji and Advaniji, he had said while underlining the need for capable leadership to resolve pressing issues. Mr. Modi had said it was Mr. Vajpayee who had brought to the worlds centre stage the Kashmir issue and terrorism sponsored by Pakistan. Indias neighbouring countries were posing problems to it because of a weak government at the Centre, the BJP strongman had said. The problem is in Delhi. And hence the solution to this problem has to be found in Delhi itself.

Amma unavagam: a way of anti-poverty measure

CHENNAI, SEP 16: The Amma Unavagam has evoked several questions, among experts as well as the people. Many ask if they can be sustained, leave alone scaled up. They ask: How long can the municipal corporations run the show? Are they doing this at the cost of any of their regular schemes? Should a municipal corporation enter the business of hospitality? Officials say that if municipal corporations can run hospitals and nurture plants, why not restaurants, they ask? They contend that the initiative should be seen as an anti-poverty measure. For them, the Unavagam is yet another welfare measure. On the financial implication of the Unavagam programme, officials point out that this factor is not a major constraint. The Chennai Corporation, which has a budget of around Rs. 3,000 crore, is in a position to absorb should be manageable, says a senior official. Government representatives point to the lateral benefits. Apart from the price stabilisation factor, the Unavagam programme has compelled some private restaurants to begin offering a variety of menu, free of cost, to retain their customers. For instance, if these eateries earlier provided two varieties of chutney for idli or dosa, they are giving four. Amma Unavagams promote hand washing before food consumption. Providing hygienic food is one of the essential elements of the programme, the officials emphasise. This is evident from the way two women-staff of the Velachery Unavagam tell the customers to leave their footwear outside the restaurant as wearing footwear inside is not allowed an advisory printed in bold at the notice board of the Velachery centre.

NEW DELHI, SEP 16: Congress on Monday took potshots at NDA governments foreign policy, a day after BJPs Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi attacked the Centre for mishandling the recent border troubles with Pakistan and China. NDAs Foreign Policy-99 Lahore Bus=Kargil intrusion& kandhahar hijack 01 Agra summit=Parliament assault

0 2 O p e r a t i o n Parakram=Kaluchak outrage...And they are proud of this legacy! Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari tweeted. In his first public rally after being anointed the partys Prime Ministerial candidate, Modi had yesterday attacked the Centre, saying, The problems are not at the borders, but it lies in Delhi (Centre) Addressing

any additional burden, they say. The cost burden of the 200 restaurants is around Rs. 18 crore per year. If the number of restaurants is increased to 1,000, as desired by the Chief Minister, the cost may reach Rs. 90

crore. For the whole State, the outgo would be Rs. 150 crore a small price for feeding at least 8 to 10 lakh poor people every day. When the State government devolves Rs. 4,700 crore to the urban local bodies, this burden

SC order on KSRTC subsidy cut puts Kerala govt. in a fix

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPTEMBER 16: The Kerala government will examine what can be done after the apex court Monday set aside a state high court ruling for maintaining subsidy to the state road transport corporation, a minister said. The Supreme Court ruled that no subsidy be provided to the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) from Monday onwards. Kerala Transport Minister Aryadan Mohammed said he will speak to the central government and the state cabinet. I will take up this issue with the cabinet in its next meeting in the wake of the ruling that came from the apex court today as we are committed to the people. As a result of withdrawing the subsidy, the KSRTC will incur an additional expense of Rs.22.60 crore every month, he said. In March 2013, the Oommen Chandy government approached the high court seeking a directive to all oil companies in the state that they should supply diesel to the KSRTC at subsidised rates taking into account that it is a public utility. The court then ruled in favour of the state government and oil companies continued to supply fuel at subsidised rates, but approached the apex court against the ruling. In its judgment, the apex court pointed out that there is no need for providing fuel at subsidised rates to the KSRTC and attributed the transport undertakings losses to mismanagement. It asked what was the need for providing free travel to MLAs and journalists by the state-owned transport corporation. It also pointed out that the KSRTC should look into ways of increasing its revenues by hiking the fares if necessary as one cannot turn a blind eye to the huge losses incurred by the oil companies on account of importing fuel to meet the countrys needs. The ruling has come as a shock to the corporation as its gross operating loss has crossed Rs. 350 crore in the current fiscal. At times, the state government pumps in money to keep the corporation afloat.

Sino-Indian boundary row not UP failed to stop riots despite warning: Centre insurmountable: Khurshid
NEW DELHI, SEP 16: Holding that the boundary dispute between India and China is not an insurmountable issue, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said the two countries are committed for the eradication of such irritants from their relationship. It is a fact that we have an undefined boundary and therefore differences in perception, something that appears from time to time to become an insurmountable problem. But in our hearts, we know that it is not an insurmountable problem but also that both of us are committed for eradication and removal of these irritants in our relationship, Mr. Khurshid said at an event in New Delhi. The Ministers statement comes in the backdrop of increased incidents of incursions along the LAC by the Chinese Army, after which the The Minister said the two sides need to talk more to know each other better to fructify the full potential of this relationship between them. He said the two countries have a had a peaceful co-existence for almost 4,000 years but for a short interlude, that both of us feel must become quickly part of history as we look for significant cooperation between us in future. Speaking about the future of ties between India and China, Mr. Khurshid said, It is important how we see each other. Important thing is how we see ourselves. Will we see ourselves as rivals and competitors or will we see ourselves in multi-dimensional roles with each other collaborating, cooperating, competing, assisting, sharing and more importantly, if I can add an important word, caring for each other, he said.

government had to explain its stand on the issue in Parliament and outside. Chinese Minister of State Council Information Office Cai Mingzhao, who was also present at the event, said the two countries should focus more on the positive happenings between them.

Speaking at the inauguration of the India-China Media Forum, Mr. Khurshid said the 21st century is said to be the Asian century and it is our firm belief that this dream will remain unfulfilled if India and China are unable to find congruence on important ways in which we think on global issues.

NEW DELHI, SEP 16: The Centre on Monday came down heavily on Uttar Pradesh government for its alleged failure to prevent riots in Muzaffarnagar and said people of the state have lost complete faith in the Samajwadi Party dispensation. Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh, who accompanied Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to Muzaffarnagar, said the Akhilesh Yadav government did not act on Centres warning about possible communal violence. The Central government had warned the UP government well in advance about the communal tension. The Home Minister (Sushilkumar Shinde) spoke to the Chief Minister. But they ignored the warning. The state government did not listen to the warning. They even did not stop the (Jat) Mahapanchayat despite warning. You know, law and order is a state subject, he told reporters here. Dr. Singh said during their visit, the riots affected people told the Prime Minister and the Central leaders that they have completely lost faith in the SP government as they have failed to provide security and stop the communal violence. It is extremely distressing to hear people telling the Prime Minister, UPA chairperson and Rahul Gandhi that they have completely lost faith in the state government. They said they felt secure only after arrival of central forces and the Army, he said.

JPC members cry foul as Chacko shows them A. Rajas note

NEW DELHI, SEP 16: In the 106-page note, written four months ago, Raja claims he was being prosecuted without being heard In what some JPC members term as a face-saving measure, P.C. Chacko chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) investigating the 2G scam last week purportedly circulated among the panel members a 106-page note written, four months ago, by prime accused and exTelecom Minister A Raja. The note was circulated ahead of the JPCs meeting on September 23 which sources believe will be the final one. Members in the JPC, however, told The Hindu that Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha and Communist Party of India leader Gurudas Dasgupta are likely to demand the rewriting of the entire report, which Mr. Dasgupta has described as a mischievous cover-up of the uncomfortable dimensions of the 2G scam. Repeated demands by members and pleas by Mr. Raja he had made several to Mr. Chacko and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar that he be given a hearing as witness before the JPC were denied, ostensibly, due to shortage of time. But he was not called in even during the 100-day extension given to the JPC in the summer of 2013. Therefore, in May, claiming he was being prosecuted without being heard, Mr. Raja had submitted the detailed 106-page note, in which he made startling revelations about meetings with the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister between December 2007 and January 2008 in the run-up to the 2G spectrum scam. It is learnt that while he did not allow the JPC members to cross-examine Mr. Raja, Mr. Chacko himself spoke to former Telecom Minister individually. JPC members strongly believe that a cross examination would reveal collusion of top politicians and government officials in the scandal.

SC raps J&K govt. for differential compensation

NEW DELHI, SEP 16: The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on Jammu and Kashmir governments policy to award differential ex-gratia compensations to state subjects and outsiders who are the victims of riots or other similar incidents. Can you manage the state without the assistance of others? Can you discriminate between natives and outsiders who lost their lives while serving in your state? We know that you have a special status, a bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam said. The court also took strong note of the affidavit filed by Additional Secretary General (Administration) on behalf of the state government and directed the Chief Secretary to file a detailed response. You (lawyer for J&K) are not properly advising your client. You must cooperate when you see we are burdened with so many cases, the bench, also comprising Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, said. The bench was hearing a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir government to provide adequate security and safe passage to pilgrims stranded due to curfew in Kishtwar where communal clashes had taken place on the day of Eid-ul-Fitr. The state government, in its fresh affidavit, however, has said, The policy with regard to payment of ex-gratia relief to the paramilitary/security forces, defence personnel and J&K police personnel is being reviewed by the state government with the objective of providing an updated and comprehensive policy in this regard. An endeavour is is being made to complete this exercise within the shortest possible time. The state, at the same time, also justified its stand of differential compensation policy by invoking the Instrument of Accession and the Special Status granted to it by Article 370 of the Constitution. It is most respectfully submitted that where ex-gratia payments are made by way of discretionary relief, no legally enforceable right is vested in any beneficiary to claim equally or identical treatment with another beneficiary of ex-gratia reliefs under the same policy, the affidavit said. Earlier, the state government had sought two weeks time to file the affidavit but the bench directed it to do so within a week and posted the matter for hearing on Monday. Senior advocate Bhim Singh, appearing for Sudesh Dogra of J&K National Panthers Party who has filed the PIL, had cited a government order of 1990. He said the order was discriminatory as the next of kin of personnel of paramilitary forces, if he is a permanent resident of J&K, is sanctioned Rs five lakh (in case of death), whereas for other personnel of paramilitary forces only Rs 2 lakh is sanctioned if they are Indian citizens.

Mamata meets Pranab

KOLKATA, SEP 16: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday met President Pranab Mukherjee at Raj Bhavan here for the second time during the head of states three-day visit and they were understood to have discussed the states financial situation. The President, who was supposed to leave for Delhi after laying the foundation stone of a Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Museum here, returned to Raj Bhavan. Raj Bhavan sources said that Ms. Banerjee had a one-onone with the President for over an hour. Later, West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra and industry minister Partha Chatterjee joined her. State Governor M K Narayanan was also present. The Chief Minister however did not say anything regarding the meeting. Earlier on Saturday, she had met the President on the first day of his visit.

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The agreement states that a security council resolution should allow for regular assessments of Syria's behaviour and "in the event of non-compliance ... the UN security council should impose measures under Chapter VII of the UN Charter". Chapter VII can include force but can be limited to other kinds of sanction. When Kerry said the council "must" impose measures under Chapter VII, Lavrov interrupted to point out that the agreed text says only it "should" impose penalties. The French official said the goal was to get quick agreement on a resolution at UN headquarters. "We must make progress in New York," said the official, adding that the hope was to come up with something that could be put to a vote before the end of this week.

Terrorists can't coerce Pakistan to accept their terms: Kayani

ISLAMABAD: A day after a top general was killed in a Taliban bombing, army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Monday said militants cannot coerce Pakistan into accepting their terms as the military has the "will to take the fight to the terrorists". "Army has the ability and the will to take the fight to the terrorists," he said while paying tribute to Maj Gen Sanaullah Khan and other security personnel killed in four militant attacks over the past two days. "While it is understandable to give peace a chance through a political process, but no one should have any misgivings that we would let terrorists coerce us into accepting their terms," he said in an apparent reference to the PML-N government's plans to hold talks with the Taliban. Maj Gen Khan, the commander of an army division in the erstwhile Taliban stronghold of Swat, Lt Col Tauseef Ahmad and a soldier were killed on Sunday in an

US, France, UK, seek tough UN Syria resolution

PARIS: France, Britain and the United States agreed at three-way Paris talks on Monday to seek a "strong and robust" UN resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines on removal of chemical weapons, the office of French President Francois Hollande said. The statement followed talks involving the foreign ministers of the three countries and Hollande in the French capital, two days after Russia and the United States hammered out a deal on chemical weapons that could avert US military action. "The idea is to stick to a firm line," said an official at Hollande's office after the talks with US secretary of state John Kerry, British foreign secretary William Hague and French counterpart Laurent Fabius. "They've agreed to seek a strong and rubust resolution that sets precise and binding

6,000 Indians in regular jobs since Saudi amnesty

IED attack by the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. Pakistan's political parties had last week endorsed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's plan to hold peace talks with the Taliban and other militants groups who have killed nearly 40,000 people, including several thousand security personnel, over the past seven years. Kayani reiterated the army's "resolve and unflinching

commitment in fighting the menace of terrorism, in accordance with the will of the nation and at any cost", according to a statement issued by the military. He vowed to "spare no effort in bringing the perpetrators of these cowardly acts of terrorism to justice". Reaffirming the army's support to the political process, Kayani said "unequivocally that terrorists will not be allowed to take advantage of it".

deadlines with a calendar," said the official, who declined to be named. Overcoming bitter differences, Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov struck a deal in Geneva on Saturday on removal of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical arsenal, in a move that may avert US military action. After months in which Moscow

and Washington failed to agree a line on Syria, Kerry and Lavrov demanded Assad account for his secret stockpile within a week and let international inspectors eliminate all the weapons by the middle of next year. Under the terms of the USRussian agreement, the UN security council - on which Russia has a veto - will oversee the process.

Afghan election race kicks Chemical weapons deal wins time for Syria's Assad off as nominations open
BEIRUT: Bashar alAssad's chemical weapons bargain with Russia and the United States offers another political and military lifeline to the Syrian president, just two years after he was dismissed in Washington as a "dead man walking". The deal, reached under the shadow of threatened US air strikes and only after the intervention of Syria's ally Moscow, does come at a cost to the Syrian leader - a fact which likely explains the muted response in Damascus when it was announced. By requiring Assad to surrender a chemical weapons arsenal which until last week his government had barely acknowledged, it would strip him of both a fearsome military advantage over rebels at home and his most potent deterrent to any further attacks by Syria's enemy Israel. But in the short term at least the Russian initiative, which Syria announced it would accept on the eve of the president's 48th birthday

24 dead as tropical storm, hurricane batter Mexico

ACAPULCO (MEXICO): Tropical Storm Manuel swept onto Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday while Hurricane Ingrid swirled offshore on the other side of the country, as heavy rains and landslides caused at least 24 deaths and led authorities to evacuate thousands. Stormy conditions led some communities in affected states to cancel Independence Day celebrations planned for Sunday and Monday. The US National Hurricane Center said Manuel began to weaken as soon as it made landfall near the port of Manzanillo during the afternoon, but remained a threat to produce flash floods and mudslides. It was predicted to dissipate by Monday. In the southern coastal state of Guerrero, authorities said a landslide on the outskirts of Acapulco buried a house and killed six family members. Three people were swept to their deaths by a river, also on the edge of the resort city. A

collapsing wall killed one person in the city. Elsewhere in Guerrero, six people died when their pickup truck skidded on a rain-swept highway in the mountains, and landslides killed two more people. The rains caused some rivers to overflow, damaging hundreds of homes and disrupting communications for several hours. Manuel had maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph (65 kph) and was moving to the northwest at 9 mph (15

kph) late Sunday afternoon. Its center was about 35 miles (60 kilometers) northwest of Manzanillo. Rains from Ingrid caused landslides that killed three people in the central state of Puebla, and a woman died when a landslide buried her house in Hidalgo state. In the southern state of Oaxaca, which was affected by both storms, authorities said a child died after being swept away by a swollen river and a teenager was killed by a landslide.

KABUL: Nominations opened on Monday for Afghanistan's presidential election, with a large field expected to register in the race to succeed Hamid Karzai as the US-led war winds down. The election next April 5 will mark Afghanistan's first-ever democratic transfer of power as Karzai steps aside after leading the country since the hardline Taliban regime was ousted in 2001. The presidential race, from which Karzai is barred after serving two terms, is seen as the key test of the effectiveness of 13 years of bloody international military intervention and billions of dollars of aid.

"Around 28 people received the information package for presidential elections," Independent Election Commission (IEC) spokesman Noor Mohammad Noor said. All potential runners must register with the IEC before October 6, and a final list of verified candidates will be published on November 16. No candidate is expected to launch their campaign on Monday. Presidential hopefuls must be aged at least 40, have a clean criminal record, provide 100,000 voter cards to prove they have a network of supporters and lodge a deposit of one million Afghanis ($18,000).

last week, was a gift for Assad. It lifts the immediate threat of US military action and secures his government an indispensable role over the coming months in assisting the destruction of chemical stockpiles. Since the early months of Syria's 2011 uprising, which has grown into a civil war in which 100,000 people have been killed, the United States has called on Assad to step aside. US, European, and Middle East foes have all predicted his imminent overthrow at various stages of the conflict.

RIYADH: Nearly 6,000 Indian workers have secured full-time employment in Saudi Arabia since an amnesty was announced on April 6 this year to enable workers staying illegally in the country regularise their residency. Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, Indian consul general in Jeddah, said the diplomatic mission helped 10,000 Indians to correct their status, either by transferring sponsorship, renewing residence permits or changing professions, reported the Arab News. "When we saw the large number of people who came to the consulate asking for work, we invited companies to come and hire regular employees who had corrected their status. We organised three job fairs and more than 200 Saudi and Indian companies participated in these fairs, and around 6,000 Indians got full-time jobs as a result," the Arab News quoted Kidwai as saying. The Saudi government on July 1 extended an amnesty for foreign workers to obtain legal status in the country till Nov 3, from the previous deadline of July 3. The consul general said 95 percent of the workers got hired in contracting and technological sectors, while around five percent were absorbed by engineering, accounting and hotel sectors. Kidwai expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Andulaziz AlSaud for extending the status correction period. The consul general said some of the Indian nationals were facing problems because they lost their passports and did not even have photocopies.


Rupee at near one-month high, inflation plays spoiler

MUMBAI: The rupee rallied to a near one-month high on Monday, as hopes for a prolonged easy monetary policy in the US boosted emerging markets, but surging headline inflation put domestic policy challenges back in focus. Headline inflation shot to a six-month high in August, driven by a 245 per cent annual jump in onion prices, data earlier in the day showed, pulling the rupee off the day's highs. Inflation rising at a time when growth in Asia's third largest economy is languishing at a decade low would complicate policy making for the central bank, already struggling to boost the rupee. After hitting a series of record lows in August, the rupee has stabilised since Raghuram Rajan, the new Reserve Bank of India governor, assumed office on September 4 and announced a series of measures to boost the currency. The rupee has since gained 7.6 per cent, hitting a near ment still overshadows next moves of INR," he added. Foreign banks will provide upfront financing for wealthy non-resident Indian clients to entice them to place bulky dollar deposits back home in response to India's drive for dollar funding to defend its weak currency, sources told Reuters. The partially convertible rupee closed at 62.83/84 per dollar, sharply above its close of 63.49/50 on Friday. It had hit a record low of 68.85 on August 28. The benchmark 10-year bond yield closed down 6 basis points at 8.43 per cent. News that Lawrence Summers had dropped from the race to head the Federal Reserve promised to prolong the lifetime of super-easy money, hurting the US dollar while bonds and shares across Asia rallied. "We continue to expect that a Fed taper should pressure Asian FX in those countries in weak external positions, however the domestic policy responses will continue to colour the degree of reaction," Sacha Tihanyi, senior currency strategist at Scotiabank, wrote in a note. HSBC downgraded Indian shares to "underweight" from "neutral" on Monday, citing the recent rally and downside risks to growth. The bank said that after the recent bounce, India looks relatively expensive and is most exposed to growth adjustments. The BSE Sensex closed flat after gaining as much as 1.8 per cent at one point. Raghuram Rajan will have to confront what may well prove to be his biggest challenge in his short time in office as he announces his first monetary policy decision. New Delhi is contemplating a near 10 per cent hike in diesel prices soon to ease its oil subsidy burden, government officials have told Reuters. A fuel price increase would further add to inflation concerns.

Kingfisher Airlines case: Karnataka HC summons Vijay Mallya

BANGALORE: The Karnataka high court on Monday directed UB group chairman Vijay Mallya to appear before it on Tuesday in connection with a bunch of winding up petitions filed by creditors who are trying to get back close to Rs 600 crore from his company. Justice Ram Mohan Reddy asked Mallya to appear in court and bring along his passport. Certain companies, including BNP Paribas, which are creditors to United Breweries Holding Limited had filed company petitions in the high court seeking winding up of UBHL as the holding company was unable to pay its debts. UBHL, holding company of the UB group, is contesting in the court the admission of six winding up petitions filed by aircraft lessors and finan-

one-month high of 62.45 per dollar in early trade. Traders, however, said Monday's rally was only a knee-jerk reaction and markets would again start focusing on the domestic fundamentals soon, which would keep trade choppy heading into the central bank's monetary policy decision on Friday. Prior to that, the Federal Reserve will announce its much awaited move on tapering monetary stimulus after

its two-day meeting on Sept 17-18. "The RRR (Raghuram Rajan) effect has so far been working with geo political factors supporting," said Paresh Nayar, head of fixed income and currencies at First Rand Bank. "INR has gained remarkably and with new measurements announced yet to get implemented, there could be good accrual to reserves through FCNR-B and bank borrowings. But FOMC announce-

ciers of crisis-hit Kingfisher Airlines last year. The creditors are trying to get back close to Rs 600 crore and had almost stalled the share sale of UBHL's holdings in United Spirits to Diageo, global spirits major. However, the court had earlier granted approval to UBHL to go ahead with the share sale provided UBHL submitted Rs 250 crore as guaran-

tees to it. While UBHL has submitted the same, the court has been hearing the winding up petitions. Mallya last week had expressed the hope of reaching out-of-court settlements with two of the five petitioners and said the company was having serious counter claims against three of the petitioners.

Ranbaxy shares slump over 30% after US alert on import

MUMBAI: Shares of Ranbaxy Laboratories on Monday nosedived by over 30 per cent, making investors poorer by Rs 5,855 crore, after the US Food and Drug Administration issued an import alert on drugs produced by the company at its Mohali plant in Punjab. Reacting to the news, shares of the drug major slumped 35 per cent to Rs 297.25 in intra-day trade at the BSE. They finally ended at Rs 318.85, down 30.27 per cent from previous close. At the NSE, the stock plunged 30.03 per cent to settle at Rs 319.90. A massive sell-off in the stock sent the company's market value down by Rs 5,855 crore to Rs 13,491 crore. "Ranbaxy has seen volatility over the past few weeks. Monday's fall may generate fresh buying interest from value buyers in the stock," said Milan Bavishi, Head Research, Inventure Growth and Securities. Karvy Stock broking Analyst Rahul Sharma feels that the import alert for the Mohali plant is a major negative for the company. "The company has had around 18 filings While the US health regulator did not specify details for issuing the alert, it said "detention without physical examination may be appropriate when an FDA inspection has revealed that a firm is not operating in conformity with current good manufacturing practices (GMP's)". In a clarification to the BSE, Ranbaxy said, "In response to media reports pointing to USFDA website that Ranbaxy has received an import alert for its Mohali facility in India, we would like to inform you that the company has so far not received any communication from the USFDA on this subject. We are seeking information from the USFDA in this regard." In May this year, Ranbaxy had pleaded guilty to "felony charges" relating to manufacture and distribution of certain 'adulterated' drugs made at two units in India and agreed to pay 500 million dollars to US authorities as penalty.

Gold futures down 1.52% on rising rupee

India Inc business confidence worst in 4 years: Survey

NEW DELHI: Business confidence of India Inc. is the worst in more than four years and majority of the firms don't plan fresh hiring and investments, an industry survey revealed. According to the Business Confidence Survey conducted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), expectations with regard to major operational parameters, including sales, profits, investments, exports and employment, have taken a beating. The outlook with regard to sales, profits, exports remained subdued, with a majority of respondents anticipating no change from the current levels in the coming six months. majority 67 per cent of the participating companies indicated that they don't intend any fresh hiring in near term and their workforce is expected to remain at the current levels," FICCI said in the survey report. The survey, conducted in July and August, showed significant decline in performance of companies and most of them are not optimistic about the near term performance either. "The slide in the confidence level of corporate India continued for the fourth successive quarter and this value is the lowest seen in almost seventeen quarters and reminds one of the difficult situation that was faced during 200809," FICCI said. The investment sentiment has been knocked down considerably as a sense of apprehension continues to grip members of India Inc. The proportion of respondents citing an increase in investment levels over the next two quarters declined to 21 per cent in the latest survey, from 37 per cent reported in the previous survey. The participating companies reported that both cost and availability of credit have again emerged as issues constraining growth. A substantial increase was noted in the per centage of respondents stating the same between the present and the last survey. High cost of credit was reported to be a concern by 72 per cent of the participating companies. The corresponding number in the previous survey was 57 per cent. On other factors affecting the performance of the companies, a majority of respondents indicated weak demand and cost of manpower to be areas of concern. Respondents also said that sharp fall in the rupee value has affected their input costs, which in turn has lowered their profitability.

NEW DELHI: Gold futures prices on Monday fell by 1.52 per cent to Rs 29,669 per 10 grams as speculators offloaded their positions, taking weak cues from the global market amid rising rupee. Besides, subdued spot demand and profit-booking by speculators also put pressure on gold futures. At the Multi Commodity Exchange, gold prices for delivery in October fell by Rs 459, or 1.52 per cent, to Rs 29,669 per 10 grams in business turnover of 2,853 lots. Similarly, metal prices for delivery in far-month

December declined by Rs 430, or 1.44 per cent, to Rs 29,526 per 10 grams in 291 lots. Analysts said the fall in gold futures was mostly attributed to a weak trend in the Asian region and a rising rupee, which made dollar-quoted precious metal cheaper. Slackened demand at domestic spot markets and profitbooking by speculators, too put pressure on the prices, they said. Globally, gold prices fell USD 4.20, or 0.32 per cent to trade at USD 1,323.70 an ounce in Singapore.

since 2009 from this facility. We believe this would take a very long time, considering the past record of Consent Decree," he said. In yet another setback to Ranbaxy Laboratories, the US Food and Drug Administration has issued an import alert on drugs produced by the company at its Mohali plant in Punjab, for violation of current good manufacturing practices. According to information available on the USFDA website, the import alert, dated September 13, will cover all 'drugs and drug products' produced by Ranbaxy at the Mohali plant.

MISC 8 Sindhu to spearhead Indian challenge in Japan Open Hero women's pro golf tour moves to J&K
TOKYO: In the absence of Saina Nehwal, World No.10 shuttler P.V. Sindhu will lead India's charge at the $200,000 Japan Open Super Series badminton that starts here Tuesday. The World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu, seeded eighth, faces two qualifiers in the first two rounds and should ease through to the quarter-finals where she will most likely face World No.1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Though the Hyderabadi has beaten the Chinese top seed in the past, Xerui is a force to reckon with each time she steps on to the court. Mumbai's Tanvi Lad, ranked No.77 in the world, will be the only other Indian participating in women's singles and she has a first round encounter against Japanese World No.20 Sayaka Takahashi. seed Chen Long of China in the second round. World No.20 R.M.V. Gurusaidutt also faces a difficult opener against a higher ranked Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia. Upcoming talent B. Sai Praneeth will take on eighth seed Hu Yun of Hong Kong while Sourabh Verma will relatively have an easier first round as he will face a qualifier. Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram will be taking on Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei in Round 1. If he manages to win the tie, he will be up against Thailand's fourth seed Boonsak Ponsana in the prequarters. The combination of Pranaav Jerry Chopra-Akshay Dewalkar and B. Sumeet Reddy-Manu Attri will be taking forward the Indian challenge in men's doubles. There will be no Indian representation in women's and mixed doubles in the tournament. SRINAGAR: The 10th leg of the Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour will commence at the picturesque Royal Springs Golf Course on Tuesday. The Rs 7,00,000 event to be played from September 17 to 19 will see a tough fight for the top honours in the Hero Order of Merit 2013. Veteran golfer Smriti Mehra, who has surprised many this year by her 'coming from behind' wins, will look forward to consolidate her position as the leader in the Hero Order of Merit 2013. Smriti is currently placed behind leader Neha Tripathi on the tour has an advantage of Rs 74,400 over Smriti. Rookie Shweta Galande, fresh from her maiden win in the 9th leg, will also look forward to consolidate her position in the Hero Order of Merit 2013. Hero Moto Corp sponsored Bengaluru golfer Sharmila Nicollet, who was nursing an ankle injury, will miss out playing the 10th leg due to her schedule on the Ladies European Tour this year. The Hero Women's Professional Golf Tour 2013 comprises a total of 14 legs spanning across key locations in the country.

from Kolkata. Neha with a total earning of Rs 7,49,400

in her kitty from nine appearances and four wins

The Indian men's singles competitors, however, have been given a tough draw. World No.13 Parupalli Kashyap will be up against the agile Sho Sasaki of Japan. Though the Hyderabadi has lost both his matches yet

against the World No.22, the Japanese will have a tough outing against the gritty Indian. If Kashyap succeeds in beating Sasaki for the first time, he will have an even a tougher challenge in second

East Bengal Serbia to face Czech rue lack of Republic in Davis Cup final match practice
PRAGUE: Serbia will face defending champions the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final after defeating Canada 3-2 in the semifinals on Sunday. Janko Tipsarevic led Serbia into their second final in four years after defeating Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (7/3), 62, 7-6 (8/6). Earlier, world number one Novak Djokovic had beaten Milos Raonic 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-2 to level the tie at 2-2. Serbia, the 2010 champions, will host the November 1517 final against the Czechs who defeated Argentina 3-2 in their semi-final in Prague. "Czech Republic is extremely difficult, they have Tomas Berdych who has been in the top 10 for years, they have Radek Stepanek who always plays good in Davis Cup, but we have Novak (Djokovic), Nenad (Zimonjic) and I hope we will have Victor back into our team," Tipsarevic said. Serbia are without Viktor Troicki, who is serving an 18-month doping ban handed down by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). After taking the first set, the KOLKATA: East Bengal chief coach Marcos Falopa on Monday expressed concern on the lack match practice by his side on the eve of their home leg AFC Cup quarterfinal clash against Semen Padang of Indonesia on Tuesday. "It's a big match. But the team did not have the kind of match practice needed for a mega match like this," the Brazilian said. East Bengal have played just two local league matches to start their season. Their season opener against Kalighat Milan Sangha was abandoned after they led 4-1, while they beat Police AC 40 in the local league. "We wanted to organise practice matches in countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar... I, myself, spoke to authorities in Myanmar but it could not be materialised." Falopa, however, said the boys were confident of a positive result against the Indonesian outfit. "They are all fit and are in shape. Few of our players are fresh from their campaign for the national team (in SAFF Championship), so we are confident of putting up a good show.

Team more important than indi- Sreesanth's lawyer calls vidual achievements: Sehwag life ban 'bizarre'
BHUBANESWAR: Virender Sehwag, who is eyeing a return to the national team, feels that team is more important than a player's personal achievements. "Victory of the team is always more important than the individual performance of a player," said Sehwag at the inauguration of the two synthetic pitches at a club. "I am much happier when I score a 40 or 50 and the team wins than when I score a double century and the team loses," Sehwag said at the Pragati Sporting Club on Sunday. The club is one of India's oldest cricket clubs. It has produced international players like Shiv Sundar Das and domestic players like Sritam Das, Ranjib Biswal and Satya Ranjan Satpathy. NEW DELHI: Calling the life ban imposed on S Sreesanth bizarre, his lawyer Rebecca John said the tainted pacer will challenge the BCCIs decision in court as it is completely against the principles of natural justice. Sreesanth was banned for life by the BCCI after being found guilty of spot-fixing in the IPL in an internal inquiry conducted by the Boards Anti-Corruption and Security Unit chief Ravi Sawani. The (BCCI) order is completely against the principles of natural justice, John told a website. It has based its findings on personal interactions with members of Delhi Police as well as taken material from the chargesheet that has been filed by the police before a sessions court. If that is so then they should have waited for the court to determine whether or not any of this holds up in legal proceedings, she pointed out. John described the Sawani report as loose and questioned the basis of its findings. They just picked up conversations they had with members of Delhi Police where they said Sreesanth and other members of the cricketing community confessed before

Play resumes in fifth England-Australia ODI

SOUTHAMPTON: Australia were 48 for one off 9.3 overs against England after winning the toss when play resumed in the day/night fifth and final oneday international at Southampton on Monday. Play restarted at 3.10pm (1410GMT) after a 29minute rain break, with Aaron Finch on 26 not out and Shane Watson 11 not out. Earlier, England debutant Chris Jordan had Phil Hughes (two) caught at midwicket by Michael Carberry. The five-match series is level at 1-1 after Australia won the second one-dayer in Manchester by 88 runs and England the fourth in Cardiff by three wickets on Saturday. Both the other two matches were rain-affected no results. This fixture was the final match of Australia's tour of Britain and Ireland during which they lost the Ashes Test series 3-0 and shared a two-match Twenty20 campaign against England 1-1.

them. It is a very, very loose report with little or no substance in it, John said. She asked how the evidence which wasnt enough to keep the accused players in jail, could be considered proof of their guilt by the BCCI. The fact is that the sessions court has released players on bail and said none of this adds up as a case. (The court said) it is very, very tenuous - the link between whatever bookie you are saying had a role to play and the players, particularly Sreesanth, and granted him bail, she said. And then this BCCIs oneman committee says that Sreesanth is guilty of spot-fixing and hands over a life sentence to him. Not only is it excessive, it is completely contrary to all principles of natural justice, she reasoned.

23rd-ranked Tipsarevic capitalised on the 41st-ranked Pospisil's claycourt inexperience to breeze through the second. With the 10,000-strong crowd willing him on, Tipsarevic stretched out to 5-2 in the third set before Pospisil battled back for another tie-breaker. The Canadian saved four match points before Tipsarevic finally sealed victory. "I had a feeling it could have been much easier, but somehow I could not capitalise on my opportunities, but nevertheless I won and Serbia are in the final," Tipsarevic said after the

match. Earlier, Djokovic got Serbia back into the match by defeating Raonic. Raonic put up a strong fight against Djokovic in the first set, but his hopes took a major blow when he lost the tiebreak 71. In the second set Djokovic took total command and convincingly made two service breaks. The third set was similar as Djokovic grabbed another two breaks to lead 4-0 before Raonic, who defeated Tipsarevic in an exhausting four-hour match on Friday, managed briefly to get back into the match with a break of his own.

King beats former champion at Guangzhou Open

GUANGZHOU (CHINA): American qualifier Vania King advanced to the second round of the Guangzhou Open by beating 2011 champion Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 on Monday. Scheepers finished the match with 10 doublefaults. Defending champion Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan also reached the second round, beating Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 6-1, 6-2, while eighth-seeded Monica Puig of Puerto Rico defeated Nadiya Kichenok of Ukraine 7-5, 7-6 (4). Johanna Konta of Britain, Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic, Zhang Shuai of China and Galina Voskobeva of Kazakhstan also won.

All players will get a chance: India A coach

BANGALORE: India A team coach Lalchand Rajput said the ongoing three-match one-day series against the West Indies A is an excellent opportunity to try out players who are on the fringes of national selection. In a brief interaction with the media on Monday on the sidelines of optional practice for the Indian team that won Sunday's opening game by 77 runs, Rajput disclosed that all players will get an opportunity to play in the series, though the main aim was to win the rubber. "There will be an opportunity for all players as we are looking at that angle as well. But at the same time, we have to win as well. We have to manage both things," said Rajput. On opening batsman Robin Uthappa, who is among several players attempting a return to the Indian team, Rajput said: "Uthappa batted very well against New Zealand A (in the recent series at Vizag). If he can consistently perform here, he will ring a bell with the selectors." Although it was an optional training session for those who played Sunday, but mandatory for others, it was attended by most players.

1985 World Championship bat fetches Rs 4.5 lakh at auction

MUMBAI: A bat signed by players of all teams that took part in the 1985 World Championship of Cricket in Australia and belonging to the collection of former off spin great Erapalli Prasanna, fetched the highest price in an auction. The highest successful bid for this bat at the Osian's auction of sporting memorabilia on September 13, was Rs 4.5 lakh, said a media release on Monday. Legendary cricketer Ranjit Sinhji's autographed first edition "Jubilee Book of Cricket" achieved the highest price for a book at Rs 1.08 lakh. A photograph of India's first Test XI that played at Lord's in June 1932 and autographed by the country's first tioned were Anshuman Gaekwad's autographed bat with which he scored his unbeaten 201 against Pakistan at Jalandhar in September 1983, an autographed willow of former India skipper GS Ramchand, and the promotional bat signed by the West Indian and Indian teams during the 1974-75 Test series. The national ties of the late Dilip Sardesai and Anshuman Gaekwad, the photographs from ex-India skipper Ajit Wadekar's collection with one of them showing former captain MAK Pataudi, Ramakant Desai, Bapu Nadkarni and Wadekar fishing in Sydney Harbour during India's visit to Australia in 1967-68 were also auctioned.

Safarova wins WTA Quebec City title

connected on 66 percent of her first serves and broke in the last game to take the crown after 89 minutes. Safarova, ranked 48th, captured her first title of the year and the fifth of her career. It was the 12th career final for the 26-year-old left-hander, who had lost in 2009 in her prior Quebec City championship match appearance. Croatian-born Erakovic, ranked 68th, won her first WTA title earlier this year at Memphis and reached her first tour final at Quebec City two years ago. She missed the event last year with a right hip injury. The final was a rematch of their only prior meeting, a second-round encounter at the 2009 Australian Open in which Safarova edged Erakovic 9-7 in the third set.

Signed by all the participating players of 7 teams representing in the 1985 World Championship of Cricket Test captain CK Nayudu fetched Rs 90,000. In the contemporary section, Harbhajan Singh's signed Test jersey which he wore during his 400th wicket was sold for Rs 2.16 lakh while VVS Laxman's signed gloves, which he wore while scoring 103 not out against Sri Lanka in a Test at Colombo, went under the hammer for Rs 1.80 lakh. Some of the other items auc-

PRAGUE: Czech third seed Lucie Safarova defeated New Zealand's sixth-seeded Marina Erakovic 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in the final of the $235,000 WTA Bell Challenge. Safarova saved five of six break points she faced while winning five of six chances to crack Erakovic. Safarova

Boxers respond to showcause notice, fate to be known by Sep 20

NEW DELHI: The three Indian boxers, who had alleged manipulation in the World Championships trials, have submitted their response to the showcause notices issued to them by the national federation and a decision on their fate will be taken by September 20. Speaking to reporters, Indian Boxing Federation President Abhishek Matoria said the trio of Arjuna awardee Dinesh Kumar (91kg), national champion Dilbag Singh (69kg) and Praveen Kumar (+91kg) have given their response to the notices. They had been given until September 15 to present their case. "We have received their responses and now the Indian Boxing Federation's disciplinary committee will meet and a decision on them will be taken by September 20 latmittee has to take a call on all this," he said. The boxers, who have alleged that the coaches and the selection committee during the August 26 to 28 trials were compromised, have not yet been called by the disciplinary committee. Asian Games silver-medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg), Asian Championships silvermedallist Mandeep Jangra (69kg) and reigning national champion Satish Kumar (+91kg) were the ones who were picked ahead of the disgruntled trio. The complaining boxers were beaten in exciting open trials in Patiala in front of a packed hall of fellow boxers and a selection panel, which included veterans like Mehtab Singh and Padam Bahadur Mal besides IBF secretary Rajesh Bhandari.

Dehradun sisters scale world's highest peak Mt Everest

MUMBAI: How would you spend a lazy Sunday morning if you're 21? Curl up in bed with a mug of coffee and a tabloid? Scan the papers to find out which multiplex is screening the film you are dying to see? Plan a trip to the mall to shop for your brand of denims or handbags or visit the parlour and pamper yourself with a facial or massage? Dehradun based Nungshi Malik and twin sister Tashi Malik, though, spent the Sunday morning of May 19, creating history. At 7.30 am that day, they became the first set of twins to scale Mount Everest. Daughters to retired Colonel Virender Singh, traveling around the country and romancing adventure was something the girls inherited. A casual discussion on what they should do after completMalik) though was strictly against it and wanted us to study. After two years, she relented," says Tashi. They say when you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail and Nungshi and Tashi didn't want to err on that front. They left their home in Dehradun on Women's Day (March 7) for Nepal and stayed at the base camp, a good 18,000 feet above sea level for close to 40 days in an attempt to get acclimatized to the conditions. Preparations over, the summit now beckoned and the next three weeks were spent defying death and pain. Explaining the adventure, Nungshi says, "There were four scheduled halts called Camp 1, Camp 2, Camp 3 and Camp 4." The area after Camp 4 is referred as the 'Death Zone' where a lot rests on fate and good luck.

est," Matoria said. The disciplinary panel, comprising IBF vice-Presidents I D Nanavati and Mukharjee Nirwan and chairman of the Ring Officials Commission Narottam Singh Rawat, had its only meeting on September 4 when it issued showcause notice. Sources said two of the dis-

gruntled boxers -- Dinesh and Praveen -- have submitted apologies for alleging bias and manipulation in the trials for the October 11 to 27 event in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Matoria, however, refused to comment on this. "I would not say anything on whether there have been any apologies because the com-

ing their 12th standard in 2009 metamorphosed into a serious one when Singh mentioned that he had applied to the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi as he wanted his daughters to develop self-reliance. "We resisted at first," says Nungshi. "Once there though, the mountains cast a spell on us," chips in Tashi,

and adds, "We ended up doing all the four courses there." The resistance to mountaineering had given way to romance for the girls and they told their father about wanting to scale Everest. "He was taken aback initially, but soon relented," says Nungshi, the elder of the twins by 25 minutes. "Mom (Anju Thapa

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