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best way to achieve our wide-ranging objectives there - including on human rights - and ensure that the UK can provide a full and consistent range of services across India," Cameron said. Asked whether the UK will issue a visa to Modi if he wins the general elections in 2014 for BJP, Cameron said "any visa application is assessed on its merits. We are committed to a strong bilateral relationship with India, and that includes welcoming the Indian Prime Minister here for bilateral meetings." Modi was named as the opposition's candidate for the top job in India on September 13. Although many western nations including Britain and the US, distanced themselves from Modi in the immediate aftermath of the 2002 riots, there has been a shift in their position in the past year. In March this year, Britain's foreign office minister Hugo Swire met Modi in Gujarat, saying it was "a logical next step" in Britain's relations with the Indian state. "I am confident that active engagement is the best way to pursue British interests in Gujarat. This includes support for the British nationals in Gujarat, for the large Gujarati community in the UK, for human rights, and good governance," Swire said at the time. It came on the back of lobbying by business groups, who sensed investment opportunities in the state and were keen to tap into the bond British Gujaratis have with their homeland. "There were arguments made privately for the UK government to start changing its stance in Gujarat," said Patricia Hewitt, chair of the UK India Business Council. Barry Gardiner, 8Contd p2 JAMMU, SEP 18: The oneman judicial commission probing the August 9 communal clashes in Kishtwar district, in which three people were killed, on Wednesday asked individuals, organisations and others to submit their statements within 15 days. To facilitate the process of inquiry to arrive at a truthful conclusion, all individuals, organisations, officials and others are invited to furnish their statements of facts and allegations in affidavits before the commission, Secretary of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) said in a notification here. It said the affidavits, duly verified by the deponents and sworn before any court or magistrate or public notary, along with three photocopies should be submitted to the Secretary of the Commission within 15 days time. Jammu and Kashmir govern-

LONDON, SEP 18: Britain's Prime Minister David Cameroon hinted the possibility of closer ties and engagement with Narendra Modi the PM nominee of BJP. He added that Britain favours closer engagement with Gujarat and its chief minister Narendra Modi to realize the country's wideranging objectives in the state. "In the last 12 months,

there have been significant developments in the legal process following the 2002 Gujarat riots, including convictions in a number of high profile cases," Cameron told Eastern Eye, a weekly published by the Garavi Gujarat Group of newspapers. "We believe that closer engagement with Gujarat, including chief minister Narendra Modi, is now the

ment had appointed Justice (retired) R C Gandhi to inquire into circumstances which led to the violence and arson and the consequent loss of life and property in district Kishtwar. It will also enquire into administrative lapses, if any, while handling the situation and fix responsibility of persons involved in the acts of violence, arson and loss of life and property.

Three people were killed, over 20 others injured and nearly 150 business establishments and vehicles were gutted in communal riots in Kishtwar district on August 9. Justice Gandhi, who began probe on Sunday, along with senior officers visited riot hit areas of Kishtwar. The Commission also interacted with officials. Former Deputy Commissioner of Kishtwar, Saleem Mohd, and

former Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Sunil Gupta, were among those summoned by the commission. Saleem and Gupta were shifted on the day violence erupted in Kishtwar. The Commission is expected to submit his report in a month. Curfew was clamped for 12 days in Kishtwar and army deployed to bring the situation under control.

Omar amazed at a view of Kashmir's heritage Delhi Metro rooms for couples seeking privacy Director suspends 40 absentee teachers
Cultural Academy opens window for people to know history
the people of this heavenly beautiful land. Inaugurating two day Kashmir Heritage Exhibition in Lal Mandi on the bank of 8Contd p2

Without women development is meaningless: Omar

K H A N S A H I B (BUDGAM), SEP 18: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the progress of Umeed Scheme launched in the State recently describing it an effective means to empower 8Contd p2

CM, Omar Abdullah interacting with women after Inaugurating two day Kashmir Heritage Exhibition in Lal Mandi

SRINAGAR, SEP 18: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday spoke very high of State's heritage, art and

crafts describing these living celebrities telling ancient stories of a rich civilization and marvellous workmanship of

NEW DELHI, SEP 18: A day after a labourer died and two others were injured at a construction site in Rohini, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation ( DMRC) was in the news again for providing rooms to couples looking for privacy. The incident came to light when Zee News, in a sting operation, showed how rooms inside stations were being rented out to couples on an hourly basis. The sting CD showed a toilet cleaning staff member demanding Rs 500 from a reporter who posed as a customer asking for space in the station's washroom for him and his woman friend. The attendants then revealed that rooms inside the station

could be rented for Rs 300500 per hour. The sting operation was reportedly carried out at several Delhi Metro stations including Race Course, Paschim Vihar,

Ashok Park, Green Park and Madipur. Delhi Metro spokesman Anuj Dayal said, "The CD has been handed over to DMRC's chief security commissioner 8Contd p2

JAMMU, SEP 19: The high level committee constituted by Director School Education, Sourabh Bhagat, on Wednesday suspended 40 teachers of various schools who were found absent from duty during a surprise inspection. The Committee headed by Joint Director secondary Education, conducted surprise inspection of various schools and ordered suspension of the teaching and nonteaching staff found unauthorizedly absent from duty. At Government Higher Secondary School (Migrant) Jagti, the inspection team suspended 33 staff members, including the Principal as

only 7 of the total forty officials were present. Similarly, at Government Middle School Jagti, 5 out of total 9 staff members were found absent from the duty and were placed under suspension, while 2 staff members were suspended at Government Higher Secondary School Channi Himmat. The team also inspected Government Girls Higher Secondary school and Government Middle School in Nagrota and found all the staff members present. The team appreciated the overall function of Girls HSS Nagrota , after conducting academic inspection of the school.

Raje demands CBI case against rape accused Cong minister

JAIPUR, SEP 18: Vasundhara Raje, President of the Rajasthan BJP has demanded a CBI inquiry into the rape charge against Babul Lal Nagar, a Minister of State in the Congress government. She said this reflected on the condition of women in the state, which now ranks as the number two state in crimes against women nation-wide. "It is shocking for a state known to respect women that those in power are indulging in such actions," she said in Jaipur on Wednesday. The BJP is all set to make it a big issue. Kaptan Singh Solanki, in-charge of state BJP, said in Delhi that the Gehlot government has been known to be involved in similar incidents in the past too. "Gehlot must sack Nagar," he said. Mahilla Morcha, the women wing of the BJP, held protests and burnt an effigy of the minister, demanding his sacking and arrest in Jaipur. "Police should proceed against Nagar in similar fashion it acted against Asaram Bapu," its spokesperson said. A court has ordered the registration of a case for rape against Nagar, based on the complaint of a woman who alleged Nagar called her to his residence on the pretext of providing 8Contd p2

LeT bomb expert Tunda remanded 96 ceasefire violations by Pakistan to 10 days police custody this year; highest in 8 yrs
NEW DELHI, SEP 18: Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda was today remanded to 10day police custody by a Delhi court in connection with a 1997 bomb blast case lodged against him here. The special cell of Delhi police produced Tunda before Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain after expiry of his police custody remand in connection with another case in which he is accused of allegedly helping Pakistani nationals illegally enter India. It said that they did not need JAMMU, SEP 18: Targeting forward posts and civilian areas along the Indo-Pak border, Pakistan has violated the ceasefire 96 times this year, the highest in last eight years. "There were 18 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in the month of September, bringing the total number of violations to 96 this year up to September 18," Defence spokesman S N Acharya said here today. Set to complete a decade of its existence in November this year, the 2003 Indo-Pak ceasefire has been violated by Pakistan several times over the years.

Tunda's further custodial interrogation custody in the case of illegal infiltration but needs to quiz him in the 1997 bomb blast case. The police told the court that Tunda was earlier declared as

a proclaimed offender in the 1997 Sadar Bazar blast case and they need his sustained custodial interrogation to unearth the entire conspiracy leading to the terror attack. 30 people 8Contd p2


ROHIT SINGH RANA The release of the memoirs of the hanged Parliament convict Afzal Guru in Srinagar by a group of separatists under the banner of National Front (NF) could have been an ordinary event but as the organizers of the release function and the author himself fall in a different category, the event has opened up a virtual rethink on him not only in the Valley but all over. Edited by another separatist Shafi Ahmed Khan Shairiati and titled Ahle Iman Ke Naam Mohhammad Afzal Guru Ka Paigham, the 94 page book is full of all the reasons why the convict ought to have been hanged earlier than 9th February, 2013. One wonders what is the reaction of all those chocolate faced, fashionable men and women, who in the garb of promoting track two or peaceful agenda in Kashmir vehemently opposed his hanging. The matter does not lie only here but the bus stops at the gates of all Kashmir centric mainstream political parties who literally wept over his hanging. Right from Omar Abdullah to Mufti Syeed, Mahbooba and all others including the drum beaters like Engineer Rashid who has made a late entry into the political Band Pather (Folk theatre) of Kashmir grumbled, moaned and fumed over his hanging. Kashmir has become fertile ground for all people to sing their chorus. National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, separatists and fringe elements like Kashmir Bar Council along with various NGOs and intellectuals are vying with each other to consolidate their position in Kashmir. Interestingly, the main plank of their politicking is either soft India bashing or patent separatism. India bashing is the only common denominator all political narrative in Kashmir. Afzal Gurus memoires contain highly incriminating lines, which betray the mind set of this master terrorist and the extent of his hate India syndrome. Must have cost a fortune to keep the master terrorist waiting so long for hanging, in all matters of faulty political thinking, it is either the poor Indian who has to pay with his blood or the cost is imposed on the Indian tax payer's hard earned money. Few lines of the book reflect the innately biased mindset of a person whose conviction and hanging was perceived, unfortunately, as the murder of justice and a blot on the judicial system of India. Guru has called for renewed Jihad against India and eulogised Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Mohammad Omar as Ameer-ulMomineen (leader of the faithful). Jihad-e-Kashmir has become indispensableFor Muslims there are only two options, either jihad or migration. Migration is not possible because there is not Madina here.. So only option is jihad... Even praying for Jihad is a jihad reads the translation of the excerpts of the diaries. Deen (Islam) is the fountainhead of our struggle. Animals also fight for rice, grass and other needs... Islam was the basic motivation for the martyrs like Maqbool Bhat, Ishfaq Majid Wani, Gaazi Baba and others. "Taliban commanded by the leader of the faithful Mullah Mohammad Omar is a ray of light in darkness ... this group has shattered the supremacy of the US and NATO forces although developed Muslim countries like Turkey, nuclear power Pakistan and Arab countries are scared of the West," the book quotes Guru as having written in his diaries. The vulgar praise of Taliban leader, Mullah Omar under whose rule Osama Bin Laden bombed Twin towers on 9th September, 2001 makes Guru not only an Indian terrorist but an international terrorist. Giving a call for Jihad in Kashmir, he had his sights trained on his aim, notwithstanding the support he received from many sections of civil society for perhaps being innocent. The book finally has lifted the thick veil on his persona. A dreaded master terrorist, strategist and hate monger, Guru comes out in the open with a better understanding of his mind. The eyes of our policy makers and political parties are yet to understand the gravity of situation they are facing. On one hand avowed terrorists and their cohorts are out to destroy India and on the other people called intellectuals and liberated, continue to undermine the cause of India in Kashmir by their statements and antics. Will the Guru memoirs open their eyes is not certain but one thing in Jammu and Kashmir is clear that if political parties especially like NC and PDP continue to play a parallel compulsive and vague politics, things will be bad for the people of Kashmir. Minorities in Kashmir have seen this in 1990 and people in Kishtwar too have suffered recently. Gurus book is sought as a new oxygen source for the dying militancy. Free distribution of the book points to a proper plan. A hero is sought to be created of a terrorist and a killer who himself admitted that he was against the Indian ethos and its people. Regrettably, men like Guru were no big to deal with, the problem of more serious nature lies within the mindset of people who script the destiny of the nation.


How good it would have been if someone else would have praised the National Conference (NC) for ushering in a reign of prosperity as said by the young Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday. Further the Chief Minister said that the flag of National Conference is fluttering in every village and region of the state. Further adding, with fervor he said that NC is the torch bearer of amity and brotherhood in the State. Self praise is not a big deal, nor is it a great virtue. It actually counts among banes and poor qualities. But in politics, values are everyday given a go by and hence not surprising at all. Ask the chief minister that if NC flag flutters in every part of the state then how did the PDP won 16 seats, BJP won 11 and Panthers and others also won a few seats in the previous elections. Congress too had its share of seats with which it formed the coalition. Tall claims, sound hallow when tested on facts. On the issue of NC being torch bearer of amity, the people have not forgotten that when the then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was in London, Pandits suffered their exodus. During Amarnath agitation, Omar famously said that he would not give an inch of land to the Shrine Board. Recently Kishtwar riots have occurred in the regime of NC. Everyone knows that the 73rd Panchayati Raj amendment has not been incorporated; hundreds of villages are yet to be electrified. The CAT scans, MRI and ventilators in GMC, Jammu are either not working for weeks or insufficient. Giving pat on own shoulders is not a good sign of maturity, Mr. CM. RANASAHIB

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the exhibition as "a stimulating experience", adding that "one gets rare glimpse of the past of Kashmirrich diverse and all embracing". The exhibition will be open on Thursday also from 10.30 AM to 4. 30 AM. fixed timeframe. The Chief Minister expressed gratitude to Prime Minister and Union Minister for extending Umeed Scheme to all the blocks of the State. He said that during the next five years all the 143 blocks of the State would be covered under Umeed. Rolled out in 2013-14, Lar, Khansahib, Chenani and Basohli blocks were covered under resource block strategy in the first go of the programme. These blocks have been divided into six clusters. As many as 923 groups have been formed in the two resource blocks of Jammu division and 891 groups opened their bank accounts. In Kashmir division, 483 groups have been formed and all of these have been opened at their Bank accounts. Under Umeed 22 blocks, one each from each district would be developed as resource blocks in the first two years. In 2013-14 as many as nine blocks would be developed as under resource block strategy. The four blocks already been taken up and five new blocks including one from Leh are being taken up shortly. As many as 23040 families have been covered under Umeed and the number of benefiting families will touch 9, 00000 lakhs-figure during the next five years. The Minister for Rural Development Ali Mohammad Sagar in his speech on the occasion highlighted the importance of Umeed to ameliorate the lot of women and empower them to participate in the development and welfare of the State. in connection with 37 bomb blasts. Police had told the court that the blasts had taken place in 1997 in Delhi and adjoining areas and 20 cases had been registered. Tunda had been declared a proclaimed offender in a case in which Special Cell had arrested three suspected terrorists - Aftab, Abdul Haq and Abdul Wahid - on January 17, 1994, for allegedly planning terror strikes in the national capital during Republic Day. Another case against him, lodged in 1994, is in connection with the recovery of explosive substances at south Delhi's Malviya Nagar under the provisions of the stringent antiterror law, TADA. Tunda is one of the 20 terrorists India had asked Pakistan government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He is suspected to be involved in 40 bombings in the country. He is the first on the list to be arrested. Police had earlier said that during his earlier custodial interrogation, Tunda had spoken about his involvement in the Malviya Nagar case, which was lodged in 1998. They had told the court that two Bangladeshi nationals - Abdul and Mati-ur-Rehman - were arrested on February 27, 1998 and one hand grenade each was recovered from them besides other incriminating material. During interrogation, they had admitted to their involvement in various terror strikes and said it was Tunda who had helped them infiltrate into India. Eleven others, including various Pakistani nationals, were also arrested. They are Mohd Amir Khan, Mohd Shakeel, Abdul Baqi, Abdul Rehman, Maqsood Ahmed, Mohd Azaz, Mohd Husain, Himam Sheikh, Mohd Umar, Mohd Safiqul and Abdul Qasim.

December. The Rajasthan Government has transferred the case to the state police CID but Raje said it wasn't enough. She said if Mahipal Singh Maderana could be sacked in the Bhanwri Devi murder case investigated by the CBI, why was Gehlot avoiding action against Nagar? "Mahipal and Malkhan Singh Bishnoi, both MLAs, are in jail after Gehlot ordered a CBI inquiry. I expect similar action from him," she says. The Congress is now on the defensive. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot says, "Let law take its own course." Girija Vyas, Union Minister for Housing and former chairperson of the National Commission for Women said, "I do not know about the case and its details yet. So I can't comment on it.

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MP for Brent North and chair of the Labour Friends of India, recently invited Modi to the UK.

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river Jehlum here, the Chief Minister said that the artists, craftsman, calligraphists, painters, artisans, musicians, writers, poets and scholars have depicted State's cultural diversity living in unity, beautifully through their skill and craftsmanship. Omar Abdullah said that the items of art, craft, costume, musical instruments, Manuscripts, archaeology, images, paintings, household items, photographs and other memorabilia placed in the exhibition organized by J&K Cultural Academy in association with Departments of Archives, Handicrafts and NGOs, are taking a viewer back to earlier periods of history and narrate the status of people in various fields of art and literature. The Chief Minister highlighted the role of such exhibitions to make people in general and younger generation in particular aware of the State's rich 8Contd p2

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heritage, culture, literature and mesmerizing craftsmanship. "The people in old days despite so many short comings of resources and raw material have used locally available wood, willow, clay, zinc, copper, stone and other such objects artistically and wisely to produce artefacts of everlasting relevance", he said and asked the Cultural Academy to organize more such exhibitions in the State at various places. The Chief Minister asked the students to visit such exhibitions and enrich their knowledge of history, heritage, people, their status, life style and workmanship of highest quality. The Meeras Sopore, National Bhand Theatre Wathoor and Nostalgic Kashmir have contributed in the exhibitions by providing items of historic importance. The Secretary Cultural Academy, Khalid Bashir welcomed the Chief Minister who is also President of the Academy, at the exhibition. He explained the memorabilia displayed in the exhibition and presented resume of the new initiatives taken by the Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages to preserve the State's heritage and promote art, literature SONU \ HARDWARE STORE \
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and culture and languages of the State. The Chief Minister evinced keen interest in the exhibition and spent about 45 minutes looking at and knowing about each object. Appreciating the exhibition and the rich collection on display, the Chief Minister wrote on the Visitors' Book, "An excellent collection combining both private collection and treasures of the Academy. Walking through the displays one gets an idea of diverse history and culture of Kashmir. This exhibition is a small display of what Kashmir and Kashmiriyat is all about." He wished the organizers and contributors all success. "The exposition is a window to our past and allows people, especially the young generation, to see the life and events in old Kashmir", said Secretary Academy, Khalid Bashir Ahmad. He said most of the things used by people in old times and have either vanished or are slowly disappearing from the scene are at display giving. He said similar exhibitions will be held about Jammu and Ladakh heritage. The exhibition at Jammu will be held in December and the one at Leh at a subsequent date. Pertinent to recall that due to the onslaught of modern times most of our heritage has been lost and many traditions, customs and costumes have died out or are slowly disappearing from the scene. With this background, the exhibition assumes great significance as it generates interest among the people about the past and helps in the preservation of the rich cultural traditions of Kashmir. At display are rare photographs of old Kashmir, wood, willow, earthen, metal and stone craft, grass works, costumes, ornaments, archaeological finds, calligraphy specimen and rare manuscripts including the 12th century calligraphed copy of the holy Quran, Bhagwana Geeta in Sharda script. A cross section of the society including youth and students of different educational institutions visited the exhibition on the inaugural day. Gyanpeet awardee and prominent Kashmiri poet, Raham Rahi said that "The exhibition has unveiled old Kashmir before my eyes". He described the displays has very important for an introduction with the past. They were highly impressed with the displays. Prominent writer of Dogri, Prof. Nilambar Dev Sharma, described

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women and help them earn independent livelihood besides participating in the socio-economic betterment of women constituting 50 percent of the population. Addressing a large gathering of beneficiaries of Umeed after interacting with the group leaders of various groups organized under this Scheme here, the Chief Minister said that welfare of women is imperative for the holistic development of the society. He said the development is lopsided without the welfare of women. Omar Abdullah said that involvement of 8Contd p2 Without women . women at grass root levels to transform the socio-economic status of women and open new windows for women development could be achieved through programmes like Umeed. He stressed the need for bringing more and more women under its fold and organizing their groups to work in unity to seek welfare and fight social evils. The Chief Minister said that after ensuring participation of women in Panchayat elections by making reservation for them, the Umeed Scheme is yet another imitative aimed at empowerment and welfare of the women particularly living in villages. He said that he was happy to see the enthusiasm in women to participate in socio-economic welfare schemes to earn respectable livelihood and create a society free from evils and atrocities. Omar Abdullah said that it is highly encouraging that Umeed programme has rooted fast in the State, and in a shortest period of six months its impact is amply visible on ground. He said the organization of Self Help Groups to jointly seek redressal of difficulties confronting women in villages and participating in economic activities provided under Umeed would give new impetus to the empowerment of women. Omar Abdullah asked the women to utilize the power provided by his government to the people to ask questions to the government about all its actions. He also mentioned the initiative of Public Services Guarantee Act and stressed the need for taking its advantage to obtain listed public services within the

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for investigations. Stern action will be taken against those involved in anything like this. The washrooms at the Delhi Metro stations are maintained and managed by private operators." Interestingly, the sting operation also showed attendants making claims of providing the couples with space in the station's operations areas, which cannot be accessed by the public. It is only accessed by the Delhi Metro and CISF staff. When asked how these rooms could be accessed by outsiders, the Delhi Metro officials said that these areas are under CCTV surveillance and the movements are usually monitored. The sting operation has also highlighted the lax security inside metro stations, admitted officials. These areas, which are supposed to be monitored by both the Delhi Metro and CISF staff, are high security. "Nonauthorized personnel are not allowed in these areas. It is difficult to explain how these couples were allowed to access the rooms," admitted an official. Officials of the CISF, responsible for security at Metro stations, said the matter should be

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were injured in two blasts near a procession in the Sadar Bazar area on October 1, 1997. Police said they need to interrogate Tunda to know about other conspirators who were part of the conspiracy which led to the blast. "Accused (Tunda) is remanded to police custody remand for 10 days for his sustained interrogation and for unearthing the links of conspiracy and links of accused with terrorist organisation and financiers as well," the court said. 70year-old Tunda was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border at Banbasa on August 16. He was earlier remanded to police custody for questioning in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country. On September 7, Tunda was remanded to four-day police custody for unearthing the source of explosives which were provided to Pakistani nationals arrested in 1998

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Arrangements for seminar on "Climate Change" discussed
ANANTNAG, SEPTEMBER 18: Arrangements with regard to conduct of seminar/Symposium on Climate Change were today finalized at a meeting held here on Wednesday. The meeting was chaired by Chairman Environment Committee of LC MLC, Dr Bashir Ahmad Veeri. Dr. Veeri said that Anantnag District is the first one chosen for conducting the seminar on climate change to disseminate information about Global Climate Change and its impact on Jammu and Kashmir. While giving details of the preparations for the conduct of the seminar/symposium to be held on 23rd September 2013 at Dak Banglow Khanabal, the DDC Anantnag, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone informed that an organising committee has been framed under the supervision of ADDC and all the concerned officers have been asked to participate in the said seminar. Panches, Sarpanches of South Kashmir, farmers/orchardists, Supervisors from social welfare department and anganwari workers of ICDS besides students from seven Degree colleges,HSS and High schools of the District will also participate in the seminar, he said.

Stocking of essentials in remote areas to be completed by October 7

Div Com takes stock of the availability of essential commodities in far flung areas

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: To ensure availability of stocks of essentials including Rice, Atta, Sugar and LPG in remote and far flung areas of the division especially in Leh, Kargil, Karnah, Keran, Machil and Gurez during winter season, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Mr. Shailender Kumar convened a meeting of divisional level officers here today.Among others, Director CA&PD, Chief Engineers of R&B and PDD, Managing Director, State Forest Corporation, Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir Joint Director Information, Kashmir besides officers of Road Transport Corporation attended the meeting.The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir exhorted upon the officers to ensure stocking of essentials before October 7, 2013 in the areas which remained cut off during winter season from the summer capital.He directed the officers of RTC to ensure availability of adequate transport facilities for stocking of essentials in the far flung areas to facilitate the people.

Mr. Kumar also enjoined upon the officers of CA&PD and representatives of oil companies to provide LPG connections in the areas like Keran, Machil, Karnah and Gurez to facilitate the people and curb the felling of forest trees in these areas. He also directed officers of J&K Forest Corporation to stock timber and firewood in adequate quantities in Ladakh region besides stocking of cement to address the requirements of the people living in the area.Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner also conducted video conference with the Deputy Commissioners of Leh and Kargil to take stock of the availability of essentials in these districts. It was informed that 3229 MTs Rice, 2500 MTs Wheat, 688 MTs Sugar besides 1250 kltrs of KOil have been despatched for Leh district while 4008 MTs Rice, 4969 MTs Atta, 701 MTs Sugar besides 1476 Kltrs of K-Oil have been despatched to Kargil district for the utilisation of the consumers.

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: The Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mr. Mubarak Gul on Wednesday directed the Police and Civil Administration to work with utmost dedication and make the forthcoming Assembly Session commencing from September 30, 2013 a grand success. He also asked them to submit reply of questions to the Assembly Secretariat well in time. The Speaker was addressing a high level meeting of officers of police and civil administration convened to review the arrangements made for forthcoming Assembly Session here on Wednesday. Threadbare discussion was held on parking facilities for media persons, proper regulation of traffic, providing of sufficient and regular supply of water to the Legislative Complex, installation of water proof Shamiana in the premises of the complex besides medical facilities.While discussing the pace of work on face lifting of the complex, it was informed that the work will be completed within three days. The Speaker directed the PDD authorities to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the course of the session. He also asked SMC to ensure cleanliness in and around the entire premises and lawn of the

Speaker reviews arrangements for forthcoming Assembly Session

legislature complex. He asked JKTDC to ensure canteen facility in the premises for the convenience of the legislators. Mr. Gul also directed Secretary Assembly to ensure quality of food in MLA Hostel Srinagar.The Speaker directed Director Tourism Kashmir to display sceneries especially heritage places within the corridors of the Assembly Secretariat.Detailed discussion was also held regarding preparation of business material in Government Press. Mr. Gul directed the authorities of Government Press to ensure immediate and timely supply of Parliamentary papers like AQ lists and Bills on priority.To ensure and keep the lawns of Legislator Complex in full bloom, the Speaker directed the

floriculture authorities to replace old and broken flower vases besides decorating the main entrances.Mr. Gul directed the Secretary General Administration Department to ensure at least one representative from the essential departments like PHE, R&B and Home in Officers Gallery in Zero Hour during the course of the Session.The meeting was attended by Additional Director General of Police, Security, Mr. V. K. Singh, Inspector General of Police (IGP) CID Dr. B. Sriniwas, IGP Kashmir Mr. A. G. Mir, IGP Traffic Mr. Muneer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Mr. Shalendra Kumar, Secretary General Administration Department Mr. M. A. Bukhari,

Secretary Law, Mr. Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Director General Fire and Emergency Service Dr. G. A. Bhat, Director Information, Mr. Zaffar Ahmad, Secretary Assembly Mr. M. Ramzan, DIG Kashmir Mr. S. A. Mujtaba, District Development Commissioner Srinagar Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah, Director Tourism Kashmir Mr. Talat Parvez, Director Floriculture Kashmir Mr. Sunil Mishri, Director Estates Mr. M. M. Gupta, Chief Engineer PHE Kashmir Mr. A. Muzaffar Lankar, Chief Engineer PDD Mr. B. A. Khan, Commissioner SMC Srinagar Dr. G. N. Qasba, Managing Director JKTDC Mr. Shamim Wani and other senior officers from JKPCC, BSNL and Assembly Secretariat.

Govt. to promote Indian system Kashmiri Pandits celebrate birth of vitasta at Verinag Communal harmony substratum of of treatment in State: Shabir cultural ethos of J&K: G. A. Mir Free treatment for NCDs to be provided to all Districts
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: Minister of State for Health, Shabir Ahmad Khan has said that government is making efforts to promote the Indian system of Medicine in the state and with this objective in mind the construction work on five Indian System Medicine hospitals, 30 dispensaries involving Rs. 101 crore are apace across the state. This was stated by the Minister while reviewing the functioning of Indian System of Medicine Department at a meeting here. The Minister asked the department to encourage people to avail of this system of treatment. He said the government has set up ISM health centers at all state and district level hospitals, besides primary health centers, where free of cost medicines and other related facilities have been made available to patients. Commissioner Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Mr Gazanfar Hussain, Director, ISM, Dr Abdul Kabir and Mission Director NRHM Dr Yashpal Sharma, Director Health Services besides other senior Officers of ISM, Health and other concerned Departments attended the meeting. Khan emphasized on the authorities concerned to ensure proper treatment facilities for people at the ISM hospitals, adding that it should be strictly ensured that patients get free of cost medicine and other health care facilities in these hospitals.The Minister also received detailed appraisal of different health care activities from Director ISM and instructed the concerned functionaries to encourage people to avail this choice of treatment. Shabir said the government was keen to promote the Indian system of treatment in the State. He said in this regard 438 AYUSH medical officers have been engaged at PHCs., 160 posts of Ayurveda and Unani medical officers created by corresponding reduction of equal number of posts of Assistant surgeons besides 396 AYUSH Pharmacist have also been engaged under National Rural Health Mission at Primary Health Centers across the State. He said that upgradation of ISM infrastructure in the State also received focused attention of the government adding that construction work on 5 major ISM hospitals and 30 dispensaries at an estimated cost of Rs 101 crore is apace across the State.Meanwhile reviewing the status of several healthcare schemes under implementation in Kashmir Division Minister said that government would bring all districts under the benefit of National Programme of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) adding that at present such facility is being provided in six districts of the State three each in Kashmir and Jammu Divisions. He said in this regard the Union Health Ministry in principle has agreed to provide funds and a detail proposal would be mooted soon to the Centre for approval. Shabir said presently this programme is under implementation in the districts of Kupwara, Kargil and Leh in Kashmir Province, where the patients having ailments of Diabetes, malignancy, cardio-vascular disorders, Cancer and hypertension gets free treatment facilities with the cent percent financial assistance of Central Government. The Centre is funding the programs at district level to scan the patients with these diseases in the State, he said and added that during last two years Centre has released Rs 5.84 crore, against which Rs 4.08 crore have been incurred on free treatment of different contagious diseases in these districts. He said under National Programme of Healthcare for Elderly Rs 2.06 crore have been expended on different treatments in these districts. SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: Emphasizing the rich tradition of the State to celebrate different festivals with amity, the Minister for Tourism GA Mir has called for strengthening the diverse culture of Jammu and Kashmir. Interacting with Kashmiri Migrant Pundits on Wednesday on the birth celebrations of Vitasta or Jhelum near its place of origin VethVitru, Veerinag, the Minister expressed the hope that the Yatra will strengthen the trust between majority and minority community and called the Yatra "a step in the right direction". He said that celebrating festivals together with amity is the hallmark of our glorious cultural ethos. The Minister said that Vitasta celebration symbolizes the virtue of piety and devotion adding that the tradition of celebrating Vitasta here together by Kashmiri Panduit's and Muslims symbolizes the strong bond of harmony and brotherhood. The Minister said that com-

munal harmony had been the "substratum" of the pluralistic culture and heritage of Jammu and Kashmir. He assured Kashmiri migrants, especially those belonging from Doru constituency that their genuine demands would be taken up with the concerned quarter on priority. Mir said that due care is

being given to protect the properties of migrants and their pilgrim sites. He said development of pilgrim sites in the State received focused attention of the Government adding that beautification of Temple at Khobugh ( VethVitru) besides construction of required infrastructure would be taken up soon. He said

directions in this regard have been issued already to the concerned authorities for formulation of DPRs. Hundreds of displaced Kashmiri Pundits who arrived here from Jammu took part in the Yatra and offered prayers at Veth-Vitru on Veth Truwahy near Verinag in south Kashmir.

Section 144 imposed around exam centres in Bla

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: To ensure smooth conduct of written test being conducted in the district by the Service Selection Board, Srinagar for forest guard and graduation level posts on September 21, 2013 and to curb the menace of copying, unfair means besides upholding the sanctity of the examination, section 144 Cr. P.C has been imposed by District Magistrate Baramulla to prohibit any assembly of five or more persons and carrying any copying material or weapon in or around the examination centres in the district notified by the Service Selection Board Srinagar. The order shall remain in force till the examination conducted by the J&K Services Selection Board is completed in Baramulla district. However, this order shall not apply to the security and police personnel deployed for the purpose of maintenance of law and order during the conduct of examination.

ADG NCC briefs Governor Rs. 47 cr to be utilized in Gurez, Bandipora under RR plan
from the remote and far-flung areas of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh regions, to provide them the confidence and discipline which would equip them for varied career opportunities in their future lives. In this context, Maj. Gen. Verma briefed the Governor about the todate status of the proposal to add one more Naval Wing and start an Air Wing to the existing NCC set up in the State. With these additions, the NCC strength in J&K will go to approximately 27,500, from the existing nearly 24,000 Cadets. Brig. N. K. Khajuria, Group Commander, NCC Group Headquarter, Srinagar, was present during the meeting. SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: An amount of Rs. 47 crore will be utilized on construction of improvement for HT/LT network, hospital, road sector and other different developmental works in Gurez and Bandipora under (RR) Plan. This decision was taken in a meeting of officers of NHPC and Revenue authorities held under the Chairmanship of Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gurezi here on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Science and Technology Mr. Feroz Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Mr. Shalindera Kumar, District Development Commissioner Bandipora, Mr. M.Y Zargar, Sub-Divisional Magistrate Mr. Ghulam-Mohi-u-Din and other senior officers of NHPC. Threadbare discussion was held on early release of compensation to the affected families due to construction of Kishan-ganga Hydle Power Project and rehabilitation of project affected families. The Minister directed the NHPC authorities to develop Wanpora village of Gurez Tehsil as Model Village. He asked them to start construction work on lanes, drains besides installation of street lights and beautification of khuls immediately. The Minister directed the concerned to release immediately the balanced amount to the land owners as compensation on account of acquisition of land. Mr. Gurezi directed the District Development Commissioner Bandipora to acquire land immediately for those families who have been affected due to construction of Kishan-ganga Hydle Power Project.

12th batch of Hajj pilgrims leaves for Madinah

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: The 12th batch of 550 Hajj pilgrims including 315 male, 235 female embarked from Srinagar International Airport in two flights for the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. As many as 6599 Hajj pilgrims have left for Madinah Munwara till date.

CII delegation briefs Governor about inland water transport 6 lakh migratory birds stayed at Hokersar
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, has emphasized the high importance and urgency of all required measures being taken for effectively meeting the existing problems and the fast increasing demands for enhancing transportation facilities and tackling the serious issues of traffic management in the State. The Governor was interacting with a delegation of the Confederation of India Industries (CII), Kashmir Zone, led by Mr. Sheikh Imran, which called on him at Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday.The delegation presented a concept paper to the Governor in regard to putting in place inland water transport system in the Kashmir Valley in a phased manner, promoting this facility in Srinagar city to begin with. The delegation briefed the Governor about the salient features of this proposal which had been implemented in 1996 but later given up, for reasons which are not adequately clear. The other members of the delegation, comprising Mr. Khurshid Dar and Ms. Shahala Sheikh, also briefed the Governor about the success of their own ventures which had been initiated in different arenas.

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: Maj. Gen. Neeraj Verma, Additional Director General, NCC, J&K Directorate, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan, here on wednesday. Maj. Gen. Verma briefed the Governor about the functioning of the NCC in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. He also

apprised the Governor about the initiatives being taken for bringing more boys and girls under the ambit of NCC in J&K, particularly in the remote areas. The Governor stressed the need for expanding NCC activities in the State to enroll a much larger number of boys and girls, particularly

Society for Human Welfare & Education presents demands to Governor

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: A deputation of the Society for Human Welfare and Education, Srinagar, working for the education and welfare of the physically challenged children, called on Mr. N. N. Vohra, Governor, at Raj Bhavan, here on Wednesday. The 6-member deputation was led by Mr. M. Ahmad, Incharge of the organization. The demands presented by the deputation included, interalia, provision of a School Bus for the School for Deaf and Dumb and visually impaired children run by the Society and providing adequate financial support to the organization for carrying out its activities. The deputationists briefed

Mian Altaf visits wetland, takes stock of development works

The Minister was informed that Rs. 15 lakh have been expended on the construction of office complex of wildlife depart. so far against the estimated cost of Rs. 30 lakh while on construction of staff quarters Rs. 16 lakh stands incurred out of Rs. 32 lakh earmarked for the project. It was given out that during last season 6 lakh migratory birds which included grey leg geese, mallard, ducks, pochards, peasant tail Jasana came from Siberia, China, Central Asia and North

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 18: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad, accompanied by MLA Irfan Ahmad Shah and Chief Wildlife Warden, Mr A. K. Singh on Wednesday visited Hokersar and took stock of initiatives taken for the beautification of the wetland besides on-going development works coming up in and around it. The Hokersar, spread over 7.50 km, is a natural wetland situated in the outskirts of Srinagar city.

Europe and had stayed in the wetland. MLA, Irfan Shah raised the issue of the people living in the adjacent villages of the wetland and demanded installation of lights on 3 km long Zainakot-GundHasibhat bund besides its mecadamization to facilitate the public moment, particularly during night hours. The Minister directed concerned to prepare a project for installation of solar lights besides developing cycle track on the bund.

the Governor that this Society is running three educational institutions which include School for Deaf and Dumb Children, School and Home for visually impaired and a school for normal children. The Society is also imparting vocational training to the physically challenged children.While announcing a support of Rs. 3.50 lakh to

the Society for promoting the education and welfare of the physically challenged children, the Governor observed that the issues raised by the deputationists would be taken up with the State Government. Mr. Navin K. Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Governor, was present on the occasion.

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MUMBAI, SEP 18: Facing a faculty crunch, the Indian Institutes of Technology have projected that it will take the elite institutes close to a decade to get to the ideal teacher-student ratio. The government stipulates IITs must have a teacher-student ratio of 1:10, but at present, the ratio is an area of concern. Of 6,522 sanctioned faculty positions nationwide, 2,618 are unfilled. Thus, across campuses, there is an approximately 40% shortage of teachers. While student intake has risen by 54% since 2006 in the wake of the 27% OBC quota and the expansion in the number of seats, the teacher-student ratio at campuses is around 1:15. It is the worst at IIT-Roorkee at 1:20 and the best at the newer institutes of IIT-Ropar and IIT-Mandi, where there is one teacher for every two students. The all-India faculty strength is 3,904 at the moment. "Generally, the older IITs have been picking up about 35 to 40 new teachers annually," said an IIT director. "But student strength has risen rapidly because of the OBC expansion and also as PhD numbers went up. It isn't possible to take faculty numbers up so sharply so quickly. We are going to take five to ten years to reach the ideal teacher-student ratio," he added. IIT-Bombay director Devang Khakhar said faculty quality has got better with time, with most recruits having an overseas PhD; almost all of them joining the old IITs have international teaching or working experience. "We cannot and do not want to compromise on the quality of teaching faculty just because we are facing staff shortage. We acknowledge that our existing teachers have been taking the extra burden, but we are constantly looking for good people," said IIT-Roorkee director Pradipto Banerjee. Also, the HRD ministry has agreed to create a new cadre of technical staff to man and maintain laboratories at the tech schools. For long, the faculty and the staff shouldered the responsibility of running the labs. The new technical cadre staff will free faculty members from the responsibility of looking after the labs and the workshops and enable them to devote time to teaching and research, said an IIT director. "The modern equipment and sophisticated labs need better-qualified people," said an IIT head. Each IIT will have to submit their requirement and people will be recruited as per the need of an individual institute. Recruitment will start once the finance ministry gives its nod. NEW DELHI: The purpose of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT), introduced two years back to bring symmetry in the highly seasoned Civil Services Examination (CSE), seems to have been defeated when checked the profile of recruits being trained at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie. In the second year of post-CSAT era, there was a huge gap between the numbers of urban and rural candidates who made it in the Civil Services. A considerable drop has been recorded in the number of successful candidates with rural background in CSE 2012. Also, the students from Science background have been found to have gained an upper hand with high margin during post-CSAT years. Out of 269 members of the 2012 batch at LBSNAA only 73 have come from rural background. Their four-month foundation course started on 03 September 2013. As revealed in the latest data on the LBSNAA website, only 31% of men and 15% of women recruits have a rural background. A total of 63-67 per cent of men recruited by LBSNAA has rural background in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 (the year CSAT was introduced), when taken together. Only 11, i.e., 15%, out of total 71 women candidates selected in 2012 are having rural background. Whereas, in 2011 the condition was good with 52 out of 58 (90 per cent) woman recruits were from rural background. On checking the profiles of the second post-CSAT batch, it has been found that while candidates from Science background including Engineering and Medical continues to have an edge over others, the number candidates from Arts background has dropped considerably. However, the number of recruits from Management and Commerce backgrounds shows an increase as per the data. Even, when looked into state-wise status, the unevenness continues to persist in post-CSAT civil services exams. There is no student from Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Pondicherry among the top 269 successful aspirants of CSE 2012. Only 3 candidates were from Madhya Pradesh for 2012 batch and just 7 in 2011. In the years 2011 and 2012, the figures of successful candidates are 50 and 37 for UP, 22 and 14 for Bihar, and 21 and 15 for Kerala, respectively. Gender-wise nothing much has changed from preCSAT to post-CSAT years. 28 and 18 per cent women were recruited in the years 2009 and 2010, and that 22 and 26 per cent in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

BANGALORE, SEP 18: Jain University will launch a new course in building science and technology with specialization in green technology. The MTech programme will be launched at the International Conference on Energy, Environment and Eco-friendly Buildings (ICEEEB) being organized by Jain University in collaboration with national institutes under patronage of Indian Green Building Council(IGBC) and The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE). The programme will be offered by Jain University and has been jointly developed in association with IGBC.

KCA to host 83rd National Workshop on Radiochemistry and Applications of Radioisotopes

AMRITSAR, SEP 18: Khalsa College Amritsar (KCA) is going to host the 83rd National Workshop on Radiochemistry and Applications of Radioisotopes (NWRAR) from September 21 to 28. As revealed by KCA principal Dr Daljit Singh, the scientists from the prestigious Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) would address the event and discuss about the applications of radiations in physical, chemical and biological sciences. He further revealed that the BARC is organizing the workshop in collaboration of KCA department of physics and the Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Mumbai sponsors the same. BARC director, radioisotope, Dr KL Ramakumar will be addressing the event and the renowned scientists such as Dr SK Aggarwal, Dr AVR Reddy, Dr Sarbjit Singh, Dr Rajesh Pai, Dr Gursharan Singh and Dr Veena Sagar would deliver their lectures as well as perform practical sessions during the workshop.

26 top British colleges go online to provide free courses

LONDON, SEP 18: Britain's leading universities begins offering free online courses from Wednesday. Students will be given remote access to tutorials featuring highprofile lecturers and will be able to browse treasures held by the British Museum and British Library, which are partners in the scheme. Indians are among the highest enrollers in Britain's biggest open online courses. Bristol, St Andrews, Warwick, Leeds, Nottingham and Exeter, which all charge fees of 9000 ($15,300) a year for a degree on campus, are among the 23 UK universities backing FutureLearn, the company behind the venture. FutureLearn, the first UKled provider of massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) will unveil its first set of courses from leading UK and international universities on Wednesday. India is among the top 10 countries in terms of registrations along with Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Ireland, Spain, UK and US. The first courses open to learners will cover a range of topics, including literature, history, social sciences, computing and IT, environment and sustainability, marketing, psychology and physical science. September's release will mark the beginning of FutureLearn's open beta phase of development, which runs until early 2014. Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn said: "We're looking forward to introducing FutureLearn to learners around the world. Our partners have developed a wonderful range of high quality courses to launch the service and I have no doubt that our learners will find the content compelling". FutureLearn is being designed to enable people all over the world to enjoy learning through free courses accessible on mobiles, tablets or PCs. The site's design incorporates the expertise of The Open University, a world leader with over 40 years of experience in distance education and open learning. FutureLearn was created in December 2012 as the UK's first provider of free, high quality MOOCs. Currently numbering 26, its partners and course providers comprise leading UK and international universities and cultural institutions including the British Library, British Museum and British Council.

Indian Universities opting for IBM technologies for teaching

NEW DELHI, SEP 18: Universities in India are increasingly opting for IBM technologies to prepare students with the help of virtualization equipment and software to aid high end research, refine processes and elevate the IT infrastructure in the universities. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhopal, Karunya University, Coimbatore and the Shiv Nadar University have selected IBM technologies, the company said in a statement here Wednesday. "With education being high on the public agenda, and with students, professors and the society calling out for new ideas and solutions for better and new skills, the agreement between IBM and these leading universities in India, recognizes the increasing relevance of smarter computing as an approach to IT," Tobby Kakkamthottil, midmarket and inside sales leader, IBM India/South Asia said. "If universities are to produce highly qualified students in the various branches of science, they need to focus on integrating science education and research with advanced information technologies - that is, they need to consider adding supercomputing capacity," Sunil Kumar, a professor at IIT, Madras said.

FMS lab biggest among B-schools in India

NEW DELHI, SEP 18: With its 12 computer terminals, Faculty of Management Studies' financial lab has become the largest facility in any B-school in India. FMS, Delhi University, is the only third B-school in India to have a financial lab to facilitate applied research in financial markets and equip finance managers with research insights, concepts, theories and best practices in financial markets. The laboratory was set up a year ago and had a terminal allowing access to a US-based newswire service. It was opened to help students to access authentic industry and economic data from across the world to be used for various purposes. With the study of financial derivatives already being an integral part of the course, this laboratory will also increase the quality and scope of student projects along with adding value to the research carried out by the faculty members.

Tata-led Neotel, NIIT in educational partnership in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, SEP 18: The Tata-led Neotel telecoms consortium in South Africa has teamed up with the NIIT and a South African community centre network to boost IT skills capacity in the African country. The partnership, which was first announced at the recent BRICS summit in Durban, was officially launched at Neotel's head office on Monday. "We are trying to address one of the most significant socio-economic issues in South Africa, which is education," said Sunil Joshi, managing director of Neotel. "NIIT brings the skills and the content and the capability necessary, along with our infrastructure, to provide meaningful servicmunities where it will become possible for communities to leverage global education, as well as courses and curriculums which are established and will give back to the communities and to South Africa," he said. Joshi said Neotel's commitment to developing skills in South Africa was part of Tata's principles of always giving back to the communities in which it operated. Rakesh Misri, vice president of National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) and head of its South African branch, said the new partnership was part of his company's aim of developing people across the globe. "This partnership will help build a pool of skills among South Africans that can then take up the challenge of assignments from all over the world," Misri said. Ahmed Ismail, who started the NGO Siyafunda several years ago, said the initiative had been welcomed by local government agencies across the country to the extent that they were regularly opening community training centres to provide ICT training opportunities at low or subsidised cost for underprivileged communities. "The renowned programmes of NIIT, coupled with the broadband reach of Neotel across the country, will make these quality educational initiatives even more accessible to these communities," Ismail said.

Indians among the Highest Enrollers in Britain's Open Online Courses

CANADA, SEP 18: According to sources, India is among the top 10 countries in terms of enrollment in these courses. Others are Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Greece, Ireland, Spain, UK and US. The FutureLearn's free online courses will cover a range of topics such as literature, history, social sciences, computing and IT, environment and sustainability, marketing, psychology and physical science. Through its free online courses, FutureLearn will enable people across the world to enjoy learning through mobiles, tablets or PCs. Its website boasts the expertise of The Open University, a world leader with over 40 years of experience in distance education and open learning. Launched in December 2012, FutureLearn is the UK's first provider of free, high quality MOOCs. Currently, its partners and course providers consists of leading UK and international universities as well as cultural institutions such as the British Library, British Museum and British Council.

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reprimanded by the judge. This is another instance of the lawyer not knowing about or deliberately ignoring the directives of the apex court that the character of a victim in cases of crimes against women cannot be the basis to further an argument, either by the defence or the prosecution. If he gets away with such mischief and insensitivity, it will set a bad precedent. Worse, it will embolden others in Mr Singhs mould to adopt similar obnoxious behaviour. Does he understand the agony of the victim's family her father, mother, brother? He is moved to tears by the death penalty to his clients, but does he not have the slightest bit of anger for what the brutes that he represented stand convicted of? If he did, he would not have behaved with such crassness. But then, how can we expect any understanding from a person who boasts that he will set his daughter on fire if she were to move around with her boyfriend late in the night or have physical relations with him? Mr Singh's place is not in the courtrooms where laws are meant to be respected, but among those Khaps that promote barbarity.


Rarely does the apex court enhance the sentence handed by a lower court anywhere in the world. Bangladeshs Supreme Court did that on Tuesday when it upgraded razakar Abdul Qader Mollahs life sentence, awarded by the war crimes tribunal, to a death sentence. In doing so, the five-member appeals panel of the apex court has taken the case against Mollah to its logical conclusion as well as responded to that countrys cries for justice, no matter the incidental costs. Mollah's supporters have, as expected, taken to violence and vandalism, rioting in Chittagong and Khulna on Tuesday much like they had wreaked havoc in Dhaka and other parts of Bangladesh back in February when the assistant secretary-general of the Jamaat-e-Islami was convicted of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of liberation. Mollah's February sentence, considered too lenient by Bangladesh's secular majority, sparked what has since come to be known as the Shahbag Protest. Thousands poured on to the streets demanding that the razakar, infamous as the Butcher of Mirpur, be hanged to death. So intense was the public pressure that the Government had to eventually amend the laws governing the war crimes tribunal so as to allow prosecutors to appeal the verdict in the Supreme Court. With the apex court now converting Mollah's life term into a death sentence, the Shahbag Protest has come full circle. Mollah joins the ranks of five other Jamaati leaders who are finally being held accountable for their insidious role in bloodying the birth of Bangladesh. It is expected that this death sentence will be carried out by the end of this year, once all appeals and processes have been exhausted and hopefully before a new Government takes charge in Dhaka. The timing is important to ensure that the top-ranking Jamaati leader is not whisked away from the gallows at the last minute in case the Jamaats political ally, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, comes to power. The trial of 1971 war criminals was a key electoral promise of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the 2009 poll, and her Awami League Government, therefore, has a special interest in ensuring that the likes of Mollah are punished. Her opponent and BNP chief Khaleda Zia, however, has not only forged electoral alliances with the Jamaatis but when in power, had also offered them high positions in her administration. This time around the Jamaat-e-Islami has been banned from contesting the general election as the party does not adhere to core constitutional values, but that does not take away from the fact that Ms Hasina faces an uphill electoral battle. The war crimes trial (and Ms Zia's studied silence on the conviction of Jamaati leaders) will count in her favour but it may not be enough to offset the anti-incumbency sentiment fuelled by allegations of corruption. The Awami Leagues defeat in the July mayoral elections is a worrying sign. Against this backdrop, it is imperative that New Delhi support Ms Hasina's pro-India regime by doing all that it can from its end. There are deliverables that have been held up at Indias end, and they might just help tilt the scales decisively in Ms Hasina's favour if progress on them is made.

The lawyer wholl burn his daughter

It is remarkable how just a statement or two from a person can reveal his character of a lifetime or at least his mindset of the moment. The country had known little about AP Singh until September 13. But on that day and in the next few hours, everyone knew how insensitive and foolish he is. By way of introduction, Mr Singh is a lawyer who defended two of the four accused in the gang rape of December 16 last. As a lawyer he had the right to defend and the accused the right to be defended. But soon after a trial court sentenced the four accused to death, Mr Singh erupted like a volcano, spewing venom directly on the judiciary (he alleged that the verdict was politically motivated and was not based on sound law) and indirectly on the victim who died days after she was brutalised by the gang. This gentleman, who is evidently well-educated and conversant in law, appears to

AP Singh, who unsuccessfully defended two of the four accused in the trial court in the December 16 rape case, seems to have lost his bearings
have lost out somewhere in life in picking up the basics of decency. Sample what he said after the sentencing: If my daughter was having premarital sex and moving around at night with her boyfriend, I would have burnt her alive. I would not have let this situation happen. All parents should adopt such an attitude. To say that these remarks smack of a patriarchic mindset is to be kind to him. Only a demented mind is capable of such an outburst. In any case, we are not concerned with what he would want to do to his daughter if she were to engage in pre-marital sex. We don't know if he has a daughter. If he does, she will have to scourge for reasons to be proud of her father post-September 13. In the larger context, what Mr Singh said is an endorsement of honour' killing. Someone please tell: Isn't there a provision in the law to book a person a person of law at that who makes such outrageously provocative remarks which fly in the face of the Supreme Court's various observations that honour' killing is illegal? Please do something about this man before he translates his words of menace into action in some form or the other. There is indeed something fundamentally wrong with Mr Singh, and the Bar association concerned must proceed to cancel, not merely suspend, his licence to practise. According to some reports, the lawyercum-loose cannon had even questioned, during the hearings of the case, the character of the victim and he was severely

This gentleman, who is evidently well-educated and conversant in law, appears to have lost out somewhere in life in picking up the basics of decency. Sample what he said after the sentencing: "If my daughter was having premarital sex and moving around at night with her boyfriend, I would have burnt her alive. I would not have let this situation happen. All parents should adopt such an attitude." To say that these remarks smack of a patriarchic mindset is to be kind to him. Only a demented mind is capable of such an outburst. In any case, we are not concerned with what he would want to do to his daughter if she were to engage in pre-marital sex. We don't know if he has a daughter. If he does, she will have to scourge for reasons to be proud of her father post-September 13.

Architects of the lesser world

Heading down the Sekonye river in Kalimantan, in Indonesia, over its black mirror-like waters coloured by the decaying leaves of the rainforest, we turned a bend and saw a big male orangutan climbing up a tree. As he reached the highest branches he sat in the fork, and with an expression of disdain on his face, which only an orangutan can carry off, he proceeded to make his nest for the night. Essentially a messy bed for the night, its looks are deceiving. As we watched, we saw there was a method and technique to nest-making: Carefully breaking the smaller branches which were in the way and folding them over the stronger ones to make the base. A study conducted over the years by scientists from the University of Manchester showed that orangutans, in fact, use complex engineering skills for constructing their nests which have to be sturdy enough to hold their weight in the case of an adult male orangutan, it can be as much as 80kg. The best branches are picked, folded, bent and woven together to create an outside base of sturdy and thick green branches. The inside of the nest is then filled with slim branches which give it a springy and comfortable centre. All this is constructed in about five minutes. It began raining as the male was halfway throughhis project, and to keep himself from getting wet he improvised. He left one straight branch standing in the middle of the nest and basically made himself an umbrella. Weve built bridges, dug many metres into the ground, under and over the sea, through and on top of mountains, and constructed buildings that are so tall that they sway in the wind. Weve constantly modified and changed the environment physically to suit our needs and created structures and spaces.


The shoot-out incident at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, which left a dozen persons including an IndianAmerican dead, raises serious questions about the slippages in security by American authorities who are otherwise over-zealous in harassing people through racial profiling techniques in the name of national security at airports and elsewhere. The gunman, whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation has identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, had a troubled past. He had received a general discharge' from the Navy Reserve in 2011, which in lay terms means that he had been sacked for misconduct. In fact, the dismissal was, as the authorities have now said, on the grounds of a pattern of misconduct. In 2010, he had been questioned for firing a gun through the floor of his house. He got away by explaining that the weapon had gone off accidentally when he was cleaning it. Earlier in 2004, he had been arrested for firing bullets from his Glock pistol into the tires of some vehicles that had been parked adjacent to his house. Inexplicably, the police did not charge Alexis and his name remained out of the crime registers. His father had then told the authorities that his son suffered from posttraumatic stress disorder. Yet, Alexis, who was eventually gunned down by the police in the encounter at the Navy Yard, had no problems getting the necessary security clearance for working as a computer specialist for a private contractor that maintained the computer systems in the Yard. If only the authorities had conducted a thorough search of his personal conduct, they would have stumbled on all the information that is now filtering into the public domain, including testimonials from those who have known him. Most of them say that he had an aggressive streak in him and seemed to have gone into some sort of depression after being summarily dismissed from naval service. Authorities now say that the 2011 sacking could have been the trigger for this carnage. People who security-cleared him cannot take the plea that the man did not have any police record, so it was difficult for them to pinpoint anything against him. His errant conduct in 2004, years before he was sacked, and later, ought to have come to light in the checking process. While it is obvious that he had access to the highlysecure installation that houses many naval facilities and the Admiral of the US Navy as well by virtue of the security clearance, it is yet unclear how he could do so while in the possession of a weapon that he had no business carrying. Some reports in the American media have suggested that he could have got into the Yard with the gun through a side entrance that opens with a coded input and is not manned by security personnel who watch the main entrance. Whatever the case may be, with such a blemished past, Alexis should not have been security-cleared in the first place. Innocent people have paid with their lives for this shocking lapse.

The science of engineering is not the sole preserve of humankind. Animal are adept at it too. The animal world holds a vast and available reservoir of building technology that is not only perfect in design but also in complete sync with the natural world
While there is no comparison to the scale and extent of this, it is not an entirely new concept. All animals and insects create some form of a home. Sometimes its just a little nook in the fold of a branch, but there are many animal engineers out there who are burrowing and building and designing complex elaborate structures. Of course, when we do think of builders in nature, the first on the list are birds. Birds are incredibly evolved and adaptable, which is even more impressive when we consider that for a species that lacks opposable thumbs and multiple limbs they can build sophisticated and carefullydesigned nests, like that of the weaver bird, in a matter of days. While some birds are quite happy with a pile of twigs or sometimes even just a potted plant, there are others who take nest building quite seriously. Bower birds at first sight seem to have a simple and a rather unruly nest. They build what is called an avenue bower two walls of twigs woven together with a passage way in the middle which leads to a display court which has been decorated by the males with carefully collected and placed bright colourful objects like flowers, shells, and even bits of plastic. What researchers in Australia have now found is that the placement of the objects is all part of a plan. They noticed the objects lining the display court got progressively smaller as they neared the entrance of the bower. It seems the males were creating a forced perspective, an optical illusion where they would appear larger than they are to the waiting female. Moreover, the location of the nest is also carefully picked to ensure the best lighting. In open canopy forests the nests were almost always facing north-west and in dense closed canopy forests the males build only where gaps in the canopy had lit the forest floor. To test their theory, the researchers rearranged the objects and reversed the size order of the objects in 15 nests. Within three days the males fixed it and restored their original design. If bower birds are the psychologists of the forest, then the beavers are certainly the architects. Well known for their ability to create artificial dams beavers are also classified as ecosystem engineers because of the effects of their dams on streams. Altering the biological diversity, water chemistry and even affecting the population of trees and plants along the stream, beavers literally create their own habitat. Essentially building a micro-dam and flooding an area, beavers encourage the growth of plants that they like to eat, and that too in places which are easily accessible to them. With underwater entrances to their lodges beavers are also safe from all the top predators. The dam affects the local environment profoundly where an entire of community of insects that thrive in running water is replaced by pond dwelling creatures like dragonflies and worms. Interestingly, with this change in the ecosystem the total biomass of organisms in the water increases by two to five times, aquifers are recharged, pollutants are filtered and a buffer against both flood and drought is created. Right up there with the beavers is the humble cheenti. Ants are prolific builders, continuously improving, repairing and expanding their underground empire grain by grain. How they manage to construct such well-planned and complex structures, without a leader and in complete darkness is still a mystery. There seems to be some unwritten plan or a blueprint genetically embedded into their memory which they follow in complete order and silence. By studying the structure of an ant colony, it becomes clear that ants are not only creating multiple chambers for different purposes but they are constructing in relation to distance from the surface as well. What ants do underground, termites do above, creating skyscrapers of the insect world, which can reach up to 16 feet in height. And, what are the construction materials? Chewed up remains of woody trees, mud, feaces and, probably, copious amounts of termite spit. Termite mounds in spite of their less-than-

appealing materials of choice are fully automatic climate-controlled, air-conditioned buildings that come with a water harvesting and fungi garden system installed within. Its a masterful combination of engineering and self-sustenance. Recently, an underwater mystery was solved. In 1995, a geometric circular structure measuring approximately two metre in diameter was found on the seabed off the coast of Japan. No one could decipher or explain the source of this symmetrical and geometric circular design with lines and valleys emanating from the exact centre. They ended up calling it the mystery circle until it was discovered that the artist behind the structure is a tiny male puffer fish. Once a female is suitably impressed with a males creative efforts, she lays her eggs in the middle of his nest which he then guards till they hatch. The purpose of all design might not be immediately clear to us. The secrets they hold may only be revealed when we look beyond the obvious, for the animal world holds a vast and available reservoir of engineering technology that is not only perfect in design but also in complete sync with the natural world. (The author is a wildlife film-maker)


Inflated greed
Dear Editor, The main reason for inflation is greed (Mystery of the mangled rupee, Business Line, September 9) . A 1BHK flat owned by an NRI in a decent locality in Bangalore fetched a rent of Rs 7,000. Now, the NRI, earning in Canadian dollars, expects a rent of Rs 10,000 from a new tenant. Similarly, a 2BHK flat in the same complex, which went for Rs 15,000-17,000 a year ago, is now Rs 24,000. This artificial cycle goes on and on and on and we call it inflation. Yours faithfully, Sudhir Anand


The FII effect

Dear Editor, It is rightly said that there is need to counter the influence of FIIs in our financial market, in general, and forex market, in particular. The Pension Fund Regulatory and

Development Authority can create a strong domestic institutional investor base in the long run (Reducing FII dependency, Business Line, September 9). The fact that FIIs are able to dictate terms to the capital and forex markets since the days of liberalisation, despite the presence of insurance institutions, mutual funds, provident funds, banks and a whole lot of wholesale and retail traders only reflects the weakness of our markets and these investors. It is time our investors and the authorities frame a strategy to counter FIIs to ensure that some semblance of order prevails in the market. The buy and sell policy of domestic institutions has to necessarily counter that of FIIs. The suggestion to attract Indian household savings to the capital market is worth attempting. This requires incentives and a marketing. SEBI and the Government have to work jointly to provide some incentives for retailers to enter the capital market. Companies which are accumulating heavy reserves and not declaring dividends or paying small dividends and not issuing bonus shares should be taken to task by SEBI. Yours faithfully, Basir Ahmed,

If bower birds are the psychologists of the forest, then the beavers are certainly the architects. Well known for their ability to create artificial dams beavers are also classified as 'ecosystem engineers' because of the effects of their dams on streams. Altering the biological diversity, water chemistry and even affecting the population of trees and plants along the stream, beavers literally create their own habitat. Essentially building a micro-dam and flooding an area, beavers encourage the growth of plants that they like to eat, and that too in places which are easily accessible to them.


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Tunda sent to 10-day custody in 1997 blast case

CBI receives untraceable files list from Coal Ministry

NEW DELHI, SEP 18: Top LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda was on Wednesday remanded to 10day police custody by a Delhi court in connection with a 1997 bomb blast case lodged against him here. The special cell of Delhi police produced Tunda before Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain after expiry of his police custody remand in connection with another case in which he is accused of allegedly helping Pakistani nationals illegally enter India. It said that they did not need

Tundas further custodial interrogation custody in the case of illegal infiltration but needs to quiz him in the 1997 bomb blast case. The police told the court that Tunda was earlier declared as a proclaimed offender in the 1997 Sadar Bazar blast case and they need his sustained custodial interrogation to unearth the entire conspiracy leading to the terror attack. 30 people were injured in two blasts near a procession in the Sadar Bazar area on October 1, 1997. Police said they need to

interrogate Tunda to know about other conspirators who were part of the conspiracy which led to the blast. Accused (Tunda) is remanded to police custody remand for 10 days for his sustained interrogation and for unearthing the links of conspiracy and links of accused with terrorist organisation and financiers as well, the court said. The 70-year-old Mr. Tunda was arrested from the IndoNepal border at Banbasa on August 16. He was earlier remanded to police custody for questioning in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country. On September 7, Tunda was remanded to four-days police custody for unearthing the source of explosives which were provided to Pakistani nationals arrested in 1998 in connection with 37 bomb blasts. Police had told the court that the blasts had taken place in 1997 in Delhi and adjoining areas and 20 cases had been registered.

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Asaram Bapu case: complaint lodged against Jethmalani

ALLAHABAD, SEP 18: A complaint has been lodged with the National Commission for Women against senior advocate Ram Jethmalani for his extremely impertinent and improper comments on the minor girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted by godman Asaram Bapu. Mr. Jethmalani, who is Asaram Bapu's counsel in the sexual assault case of a minor girl, on Tuesday reportedly said that the girl was afflicted with a chronic disease, which draws a woman to a man, and that this was subject to police investigation. In his complaint, Uttar Pradesh based IPS officer Amitabh Thakur notes that the statement was insulting and derogatory against the young girl, who was facing the worst trauma of her life. Considering the social position of Mr. Jethmalani and the weight that his words command, the comments were against the dignity of womanhood, Mr. Thakur said. While Mr. Jethmalani had the right to defend his clients with all his force and voracity, he had no right to make a baseless comment or allegation against a poor and helpless girl, who came to register an FIR against an extremely powerful and influential person, the complaint said. No ethics, morality or societal code would give Mr. Jethmalani a right to make such unsubstantiated allegations, the complaint said. The complaint prays NCW chairman Mamata Sharma to immediately enquire into the matter and initiate legal proceedings as per the inquiry report.

NEW DELHI, SEP 18: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday received a fresh letter from the Coal Ministry giving details of files related to coal block allocations which remain untraceable in the ministry, paving the way for filing of FIR by the agency. CBI sources said the agency will soon take a call on proceeding with filing of case with regards to untraceable files as it received on Wednesday the list of files, which are untraceable in the Ministry. Coal Ministry had sent a tranche of documents along with the list of files and records which have been traced. The preliminary analysis had revealed that not all files sought by the agency were provided by the Ministry. In the communication through Attorney General, CBI had listed out several records which the ministry had claimed that it has provided to the agency but were not handed over.

Power units in UP, MP under NGT scanner over pollution

NEW DELHI, SEPT 18: The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday sought response of the Centre, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh as well as several industries, including Essar and Hindalco, on a plea opposing new power projects in Singrauli and Sonebhadra districts due to environment concerns. A bench headed by Tribunal (NGT) Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Centre, state governments and several industries, including the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Ltd -an upcoming 3,960 MW coal based power plant of Reliance Power, and sought their replies by October 7. Alleging that pollution and serious ailments are being caused due to coal mining as well as emissions of thermal power stations there, the petition has opposed grant of sanction for any new project or for expansion of existing units till an action plan for improving environmental quality of the areas is implemented. The petition, by Supreme Court lawyer Ashwani Kumar Dubey, also raises the issue of alleged felling of trees by Mahan Coal Ltd, a joint venture of Essar Power and Hindalco Industries, without obtaining requisite forest clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). In support of his contention, Mr. Dubey has referred to a 2010 letter written by the then Environment minister Jairam Ramesh to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stating that the proposal to grant stage-I clearance to Mahan coal block of Essar and Hindalco is under consideration as the mine is in an area which is a no go zone having good biodiversity. Mr. Ramesh had also said in his letter that a forest advisory committee (FAC) is considering Essars proposal for clearance and has decided to send an expert team to assess the impact of the project as it is a sensitive case, the petition said. The petition said that a sub-committee of the FAC on the basis of inspection of the Mahan coal block area had observed that permission to divert forest land to Essar be withheld. Essar had sought forest clearance for its 1200 MW thermal power project in Singrauli which would obtain coal from the Mahan coal block, the petition, filed through advocates M Z Chaudhary and Avinash Prasad, said. Mr. Dubey in his plea sought that Essar and Hindalco be restrained from cutting trees or starting their project alleging that they have not been granted the requisite clearances from MoEF. He also sought that the existing power plants and other industries there be directed to install modern devices and equipment for controlling or minimising pollution they are allegedly causing. He alleged that the Vindhyachal, Rihand and Singrauli thermal power stations run by NTPC as well as the activities of other industries in the two districts are causing serious respiratory ailments, cancer, etc in the people of the area due to discharge of mercury, fly ash and other effluents.

Railways to pay Rs. 10 lakh for mans death on Delhi-bound train

NEW DELHI, SEP 18: Indian Railways has been directed by apex consumer commission to give Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to widow of an elderly man who was found unconscious onboard a Delhi-bound train due to being allegedly drugged and looted by unknown co-passengers and who died due to negligence, inaction and passivity on part of TTE and other officials. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission also directed the Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh to conduct an inquiry against the doctor at Ghaziabad, Conductor, TTE and Assistant/ Attendant of the train. This is a case of negligence, inaction and passivity on the part of the Railway authorities. The Indian Railways Commercial Manual enjoins upon the Railways to secure medical assistance to sick passengers. No explanation is forthcoming as to why the train did not halt at Ghaziabad? Had medical aid been given to the patient at Ghaziabad Station itself, it could have saved the precious life of the deceased. It is well said that a stitch in time, saves nine What are the duties of train conductor/coach attendant and the TTE? All of them were sleeping and did not do the needful, a bench of Justice J.M. Malik and NCDRC member S.M. Kantikar said. The NCDRC also directed that the inquiry report be submitted to it on or before April 1 next year, adding, . Disobedience shall tantamount to contempt of court. The order came on a plea of south Delhi resident Nirmal Devi Chopra seeking compensation for death of her husband R.C. Joshi, then 65, who was travelling in Lucknow mail to Delhi on the intervening night of December 21-22, 1998.


NEW DELHI, SEP 18: In a new twist to the murder mystery of Indian author Sushmita Banerjee, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday said that Pakistan terror group was behind her killing. With the latest claims in the murder, the suspicion is now on Pakistan as earlier a new Taliban group had taken the responsibility for the murder of the Indian author in Afghanistan alleging that Banerjee was an Indian spy. Banerjee (49) was married to an Afghan businessman Jaanbaz Khan, and in July moved back to Afghanistan after spending around two decades in Kolkata. The writer's relatives and friends in Kolkata have alleged there was a conspiracy by her husband and demanded a "proper probe" into her death.

Mumbai citizens link cancer to cell phone towers

MUMBAI, SEP 18: Criticism forces municipality to finalise a long-debated policy on mobile towers, authorising only one on every building The citys heritage precinct Khotachiwadi with its quaint East Indian homes is used to battling builders. But now residents are coming together to fight for their very lives. At least three families living cheek by jowl with a cell phone tower have members suffering from cancer. Now they want to get rid of the tower which came up in the heart of their neighbourhood in 2007 as soon as possible. I had gone on a holiday and I got a stomach upset. A series of tests later, I was diagnosed with cancer, said Jeanette Phillips (71), who lives opposite the tower, only 15 metres away. At first, I didnt link it to the tower. But I heard that our neighbours Marc and Bernice were also suffering from cancer, she added. Khotachiwadi is just one of several localities in the city which are rising up against cell phone towers. A building in suburban Vile Parle and Usha Kiran high-rise in south Mumbai are among others to have turned against the towers after residents were diagnosed with brain cancer. building is mandatory. The policy also prohibits installation of mobile phone towers in schools, colleges, hospitals, orphanages, child rehabilitation centres and old age homes. What is the existing research? Although radiation from mobile phones and towers has been studied in the West for almost two decades, there is hardly any India-specific research. Therefore, the health risks are still a matter of debate. Many ailments Anti-radiation activists, however, point to the Bioinitiative 2012 report based on research from 10 countries, including India. The report said the most common ailments due to continuous base station-level exposure are sleep disorder, headache, irritability, concentration problems, memory loss and depression. The severe problems include seizures, paralysis, miscarriages, irreversible infertility and cancer. Children, pregnant women and old people are the most vulnerable, the report said. An Interphone study of May 2011 shows that excessive users of mobile phones (half an hour a day over 8-10 years) have quadrupled brain tumour risk. What is radiation? Experts explain that the Electromagnetic Field Radiation (EMF) which is non-ionising is harmful. Radiation from WiFi and microwaves is of a similar nature. The light from the sun that reaches the earth is also largely composed of non-ionising radiation. Although sunlight is good, can you imagine being continually exposed to the sun without any relief? asked P.R. Munshi, Member of Indians for Safe Environments. Mr. Munshi said towers in themselves are not harmful, unlike the antennae which emit radiation. Girish Kumar of IIT Bombay said, The risk depends on proximity to a tower and the power transmitted by each antenna. The greater the power and the number of antennae, the higher is the radiation. Maximum radiation is in the front direction of the building. That is when the entire zone is converted into an open microwave oven. The guidelines of the Department of Telecommunications which became effective in June, brought down the electromagnetic frequency limits from 4,500 to 450 milliwatts per square metre. However, critics say even this is too high. 450 milliwatts per square metre is five times the frequency of the maximum frequency recorded in Mumbai, said Mr. Munshi.

India is largest functional democracy: President

Data with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) shows there are as many as 3,705 mobile towers. Of these 1,830 are said to be illegal. Under fire from citizens, the municipality on Monday finalised a long-debated policy on mobile towers. The policy mandates that only one tower be allowed on every building. Written consent from 70 per cent of occupants and every person on the topmost floor of a

NEW DELHI, SEP 18: President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said India was the largest functional democracy in the world, with its own strength which manifests itself whenever the situation demands. "It is necessary for us to know about our roots and the place from where we originated," he said, interacting with participants of the 25th "Know India Programme for Diaspora Youth" organised by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. The president said the programme would be an enriching experience for young men and women. The

group, which called on the president at Rashtrapati Bhavan, comprised 27 young men and women from eight countries, an official release said. The programme is organised for youth of Indian origin from various countries to make them familiar with the transformation taking place in the country. The three-week orientation programme for diaspora youth provides a unique forum for students and young professionals of Indian origin to visit India, share their views, expectations and experiences and develop closer bonds with contemporary .

ACID BOTTLES RECOVERED FROM GOA Sexual assault case: Asaram Bapu's HOUSE RENTED BY YASIN BHATKAL character clean, says son Narayan Sai
PANAJI, SEP 18: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has recovered some bottles of acid from the house which the alleged co-founder of terror outfit Indian Mujahiddin, Yasin Bhatkal, had rented in Goa in November 2011. NIA sleuths brought Bhatkal -- arrested from Nepal-India border recently -- to Goa on Saturday night by a chartered flight. They flew back to Delhi after visiting Anjuna village, where he had lived, and Chimbel, a slum area near Panaji, police sources said. One person was picked up by NIA for interrogation from Indiranagar Chimbel, found. "The acid bottle was there right from the time when Bhatkal and his associates left the house without giving us any notice. We had kept it aside," Chari said. The form which landlords are supposed to fill up and submit at the police station when renting the house did not mention Bhatkal, but some other person who said he was from Pune. "Bhatkal joined them later," Chari said, claiming that he did not remember the name of the person who rented the house. Bhatkal and others left the house in February 2012 without informing Chari, he claimed.
NEW DELHI, SEP 18:Defending his father, Narayan Sai on Tuesday night said that the character of Asaram Bapu, who is in prison for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, is spotless. Speaking exclusively with Zee Media, Sai said that no matter who says what, people's faith in Asaram won't be shattered despite such allegations against his father. Asaram Bapu's supporters own the spiritual guru as much as I do, added Sai. When asked about the demand of Asaram to allow him a female 'vaidya' in jail, Sai opted not to answer. A court in Rajasthan had on Monday extended the judicial custody of the 72-year-

a cluster of 4,000-odd slums. Bhatkal had lived in a rented house in Anjuna from November 2011 to February 2012 with two others. Dnyaneshwar Chari, the

landlord, told PTI that NIA sleuths recovered some 'acid bottles' and some kitchen utensils. A second-hand motorcycle which Bhatkal used and later abandoned too was

old spiritual guru by 14 days. The state high court will hear his bail plea today. Asaram had filed a bail application in the Jodhpur bench of the Rajasthan High Court on Friday.

A 16-year-old girl on August 20 lodged a police complaint, accusing Asaram of sexually assaulting her at his ashram near Jodhpur. Asaram was arrested from his ashram in Indore, Madhya

Pradesh, and brought to Jodhpur on September 01. Immediately after his arrest, Asaram filed an application for bail in the same court, which rejected the plea on September 04.

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BO XILAI CASE VER- Syria turns over chemical arms evidence to Russia DICT ON SUNDAY
gation into his wifes murder of Briton Neil Heywood in November 2011, as well as other corruption uncovered by investigators. However, the case against him also was widely perceived as a result of his downfall in factional infighting ahead of Chinas leadership transition last fall. The Jinan Intermediate Peoples Court said on Wednesday on its Twitter-like Sina Weibo account that the verdict will be announced at 10 a.m. on Sunday, which will be a work day in China following a holiday. In a sign of the events importance and sensitivity, a hotel near the court that served as the venue for news conferences during Mr. Bos trial is taking reservations only from accredited journalists through Monday, in an apparent effort to keep away members of the public. Security was tight during the five-day trial, but in a rare display of openness, the court regularly released chunks of the transcript, revealing a surprising amount of detail for such a major political trial. Legal analysts said the transparency was less a sign of legal reform than a desire by Chinas leadership to lend credibility to a process believed to have a foregone conclusion. Mr. Bo, who was removed from office in March and expelled from the Communist Party in September, is the highestranking Chinese official to stand trial since former Shanghai party chief Chen Liangyu in 2008. Convicted of financial fraud, abuse of power and accepting bribery, Chen was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Chen did not appeal the court decision. The corruption charges against Mr. Bo carry a maximum penalty of death, but many observers believe he will not receive the strictest possible sentence. MOSCOW, SEPTEMBER 18: Syria has turned over materials to Russia which aim to show that a chemical weapons attack last month was carried out by the rebels, a top Russian diplomat visiting Damascus says. The August 21 attack precipitated the current high tensions over Syrias chemical weapons and sparked a plan under which Syria is to abandon the weapons. A report by U.N. investigators confirmed that chemical weapons were used Aug. 21 but did not say by which side in Syrias civil war. The ITAR-Tass news agency on Wednesday quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying that Syria told Russian officials the material bears witness to the rebels participating in the chemical attack but that Russia has not yet drawn any conclusions. Mr. Ryabkov was meeting on Wednesday with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russian news agencies reported. There were no immediate details on the talks. Assigning responsibility for the August 21, 2013 attack has

BEIJING, SEPTEMBER 18: A Chinese court announced that it will deliver a verdict on Sunday against disgraced politician Bo Xilai on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power in a case set in motion by his wifes murder of a British businessman. The former

Polit Bureau member and Chongqing city party leader vigorously defended himself during his trial last month in the eastern city of Jinan, acknowledging mistakes in his leadership but admitting no guilt in the charges against him. Prosecutors accused him of interfering with the investi-

become a heated international diplomatic issue. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius sharply differed on the topic after meeting in Moscow on Tuesday. Mr. Lavrov said Moscow has reason to believe the attack was a provocation staged by the rebels, while Mr.

Fabius said the evidence clearly implicates the government side. Russia also has repeatedly claimed that a chemical weapons attack in Syria on March 19, 2013 was committed by the rebels. The reports did not specify the nature of the new material turned over by Syria to Russia, which Mr. Ryabkov said would be closely

analysed. But considering that earlier we came to the corresponding conclusion about the incident of March 19, we are inclined to treat with great seriousness the material from the Syrian side about the involvement of the rebels in the chemical attack of August 21, Mr. Ryabkov said, according to ITAR-Tass.

Sri Lankan editor, family One killed in Bangladesh strike protest Pak police recovers body of killer of 26/11 prosecutor flee after armed attack
COLOMBO, SEPTEMBER 18: A senior Sri Lankan editor known for her anti-government stance has fled the country with her family following death threats after an armed attack on her house which she suspected was intended to find some sensitive documents, a local media watchdog said on Wednesday. Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, co-editor of Sunday Leader newspaper, yesterday headed to a North American country, joining some 80 journalists who have sought refuge abroad since President Mahinda Rajapaksa came to power in 2005, the Free Media Movement (FMM) said. Five burglars broke into her house in a pre-dawn raid on August 24, 2013 and held her at knife point as they searched her Colombo home for nearly three hours before one burglar was killed in a shootout with the police. Last month, the military admitted that two of the five men were soldiers who had deserted the Army, but denied that security forces were behind the crime. She (Ms. Abeywickrema) had received several death threats after she raised her suspicions that the gang was not looking for valuables but for some documents, the FMM said. She suspected that the intruders were looking for the documents related to a major state land scam she was investigating. She and her family lived in hiding, moving from house to house since the break in burglary of her residence, the FMM said. Her husband Romesh Abeywickrema, the editor of the business section in the English daily, and their 12year-old daughter have also left the country, it said. Ms. Abeywickrema has been critical of the government in her political commentary and was elected the first President of the Journalists Trade Union formed recently. The Sunday Leader is considered a major critic of the present government and media activists have alleged that is the reason it has been targeted and that journalists have been forced to self-censor their work for fear of violent attacks. The founding editor of the English daily, Lasantha Wickrematunga, was murdered when a gang attacked him in his car in January 2009. A large number of media workers including journalists have been killed, abducted, assaulted and media institutions have been set on fire since 2005, but no killing, abduction, assault or arson has been investigated and no perpetrator brought to justice, the FMM said. The watchdog said it was urging the government to end the impunity which has become the shield for attacks against media and journalists in Sri Lanka and bring all perpetrators to justice.

DHAKA, SEPTEMBER 18,: Supporters of Bangladeshs Jamaat-e-Islami party clashed with police on Wednesday amid a nationwide strike called to protest a court ruling that the opposition partys assistant secretarygeneral Abdul Quader Mollah should be executed for war crimes. One man was killed when he was hit by a stone thrown by opposition supporters outside the capital, police said. Bangladeshs Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced Mollah to death for committing crimes against humanity during the nations 1971 independence war against Pakistan. A five-member panel headed by Chief Justice M. Muzammel Hossain found him guilty of ordering the killing of a family of four during a Pakistani Army crackdown in Dhaka in March 1971. Mollah and his supporters say the case against him is

politically motivated. In Dhaka, police detained at least five Jamaat activists when they clashed with security officials, Bangla Vision TV station said. The man who was killed was learning to drive when his vehicle came under attack in Noakhali district, said local police chief Anisur Rahman. On Wednesday, schools and businesses were closed as the strike was enforced. Police fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters, who exploded homemade bombs, barri-

caded roads and threw stones at security officials in some towns. TV footage showed stickwielding Jamaat supporters attacking buses and cars that defied the strike. Attorney-General Mahbubey Alam said Tuesdays verdict was now final, with no option for another appeal through the courts. He said Mollahs family can seek presidential clemency. The ruling Awami League and its allies welcomed the verdict.

PAKISTAN, SEPTEMBER 18: Pakistan police have recovered a corpse of a man from a house here, and believes it belongs to the killer of Mumbai attack case public prosecutor, according to a media report. The recent raid on the house of the relatives of Kashmiri separatist leader Asiya Andrabi here was distantly linked to it, according to the report. Police found the body on Tuesday from the same house where a car laden with explosives was recovered on August 31 and they believe it belongs to the killer of Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali, the FIA prosecutor in the Mumbai attack and the Benazir Bhutto murder cases, The Dawn daily reported. The house belonged to Hammad Adil, who during interrogation, confessed to the assassination of the lawyer. He has already confessed to the killing of former Minorities

Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, the paper said. According to Adil, the body was of Haris Khan, one of the four people involved in the assassination. Ali was assassinated on May 3 while going to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Headquarters from his house. Four armed men intercepted his car near Dak Khana bus stop and opened fire on him with 9mm and 30-bore pistols. Constable Farman Ali, the prosecutors guard belonging to the Frontier Corps, also fired at the attackers. As a result, an attackers cellphone and pistol fell on the road. Quoting Adil, the police said that during the ambush, Abdullah Omar Abbasi and Haris Khan were also injured, but they managed to escape. The two injured were first taken to one Gilani Manzil in the capital where they were given treatment, the report said.


Sensex jumps 158 points; Realty, bank stocks steal the show
MUMBAI, SEPT 18: Hectic buying activity in banking are realty stocks propelled the Indian stock markets to end on a buoyant note in the last hour of trading today. The Sensex closed at 19,962, up by 0.8 per cent or 158.13 points higher than yesterdays close. The Nifty index ended 0.84 per cent or 49.25 points higher at 5899.45. Though sudden surge in the last hour positively surprised the street, majority still prefer to sit on the sidelines before the outcome of the Fed meet, said Jayant Manglik, President- Retail Distribution, Religare Securities. In the U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting scheduled for today, the central bank is expected to reduce the scale of its bondbuying program. The outcome of the FOMC meet will set the opening tone for our markets on Thursday. Importantly, global markets including our domestic bourses have already discounted the stimulus tapering to an extent but any adverse surprise will result in profit taking across the board," said Manglik.

Tighter norms for NBFCs offering gold loans

MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 18: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tightened gold loan norms for non-banking finance companies (NBFCs). It has asked NBFCs accepting gold jewellery as collateral to value them at the average of the closing price of 22-carat gold for the preceding 30 days as quoted by The Bombay Bullion Association (BBA). The RBI said NBFCs should give in writing to the borrowers, on their letter heads, the purity (in terms of carats) and weight of the gold. If the gold is of purity less than 22 carats, the NBFCs should translate the collateral into 22 carat, and state the exact grams of the collateral and value the gold proportionately, the RBI said. The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for loans against jewellery would continue to be at 60 per cent, the RBI said while broadly accepting the K.U. B. Rao Committee report on gold loan sector. In case the gold jewellery pledged by a borrower at any one time or cumulatively on loan outstanding is more than 20 gram, NBFCs must keep a record of the verification of the ownership of the jewellery. The method of establishing ownership should be laid down as a board approved policy. The RBI directed the NBFCs to have board-approved policies on auction of gold jewellery that ``are transparent to the borrowers and adequate prior notice has been issued to them . It also stipulated that auction should be conducted in the same town or taluka in which the branch that has extended the loan is located. While auctioning the gold, the NBFCs should declare a reserve price for the pledged ornaments. The reserve price for the pledged ornaments should not be less than 85 per cent of the previous 30-day average closing price of 22-carat gold as declared by the BBA and value of the jewellery of lower purity in terms of carats should be proportionately reduced, the apex bank sid. It would be mandatory on the part of the NBFCs to provide full details of the value fetched in the auction, and the outstanding dues adjusted. Any amount over and above the loan outstanding should be payable to the borrower. The RBI also asked NBFCs to disclose in their annual reports the details of the auctions conducted during the financial year, including the number of loan accounts, outstanding amounts, value fetched, and whether any of its sister concerns participated in the auction. The RBI also stipulated that the high value loans of Rs. 1 lakh and above must only be disbursed by cheque, and the documentation across all branches must be standardised. The RBI said that it would be mandatory for NBFCs to obtain prior approval of the Reserve Bank to open branches exceeding 1,000, and no new branches would be allowed to be opened without the facilities for storage of gold jewellery and minimum security facilities for the pledged gold jewellery. The central bank asked NBFCs to provide minimum level of physical infrastructure and facilities in each of the branches engaged in financing against gold jewellery, including a safe deposit vault and appropriate security measures for operating the vault, to ensure safety of the gold and borrower convenience. The RBI asked existing NBFCs to review the arrangements in place at their branches and ensure that necessary infrastructure was put in place at the earliest. Welcoming the governments decision to hike import duty on gold and silver ornaments to 15 per cent, domestic jewellery makers and exporters on Tuesday said the move would protect the domestic artisans and boost exports.

Among sectoral indices, Realty (up 2.03 per cent), Bankex (up 1.56 per cent) and FMCG (up 1.37 per cent) led the charge on the BSE. No sectoral index lost ground today. On Nifty, DLF, NTPC and Tata Power were the chief gainers

while BHEL, Hero MotoCorp and SesaGoa were the main losers. On the BSE, market breadth was positive with 1210 shares advancing and 1132 declining even as 161 shares remained unchanged.

No subsidised diesel for India for speedy rollout of G-20 decisions public utility services
NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18: The Supreme Court on Monday cleared the decks for the Centre for not providing subsidised diesel to bulk consumers of public utility services such as Railways and State transport corporations, saying the economy is in bad shape and pragmatic approach is needed on subsidies. The apex court said that stereotype thinking on subsidy has to be changed as economy, which has been hit by falling value of rupee, has to survive and public transport corporations have to find out means to sustain themselves without getting subsidy. You (transport corporations) just cannot sustain on subsidy. You have to find ways and means to sustain. You have to charge from the public. We cannot ignore the fact that oil is imported. Stereotype thinking has to be changed. How can you continue to survive on subsidy, a Bench headed by Justice R.M. Lodha said. The Bench, also comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur, set aside the stay orders on the implementation of the Centres policy on deregulation of diesel prices passed by the Madras and Kerala High Courts. The Bench took into consideration the fact that 83 per cent of oil is imported and any subsidy on its price would hit public sector oil companies. It also suggested that the transport corporations devise means to cut the cost of their operations and charge the public in order to recover from the burden of increased fuel bill. A very balanced approach has to be taken. Economy is not in good shape and ultimately it has to survive, the Bench said, adding, We have to take note of the fact that oil is imported and value of rupee is going down and it is impacting the current account deficit of the government. In January this year, the government had decided to charge bulk consumers such as State transport corporations, Railways, and defence the market price of diesel, which is costlier by Rs.14.50 per litre than what is available at petrol pumps. NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18: Concerned over the unwillingness of developed economies to push IMF quota reforms, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said the decisions of the G-20 meeting should be implemented expeditiously to ensure credibility of the organisation. Most advanced countries have now clearly indicated their unwillingness to move ahead on International Financial Institutions (IMF, World Bank) governance and capital reform. This has hampered the credibility of G20 and makes it difficult to progress on other issues as well, he said at an ICRIER event here. The Minister said to be able to play a meaningful role in the global governance, the G-20 agenda should be sharper and focused only on those issues on which it can make a distinctive contribution, particularly, on economic and financial matters. Finally it is important to ensure that the decisions taken in G20 meetings are carried forward expeditiously, he said. In the backdrop of the upcoming WTO ministerial in Bali in December 2013, G20 leaders have called on all WTO members to show flexibility so as to achieve a successful conclusion in Bali, he said. In the recent G-20 Summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had emphasised the need for early completion of the International

Nafed suggests hike in onion MEP to $900/tonne

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18: To control onion prices that have risen as high as Rs 70-80 per kg in most places, cooperative Nafed has recommended that the government further hike the minimum export price (MEP) of onion to $900 a tonne. Last month, the government had re-imposed MEP on onion at $650 a tonne to curb shipments and control rising prices.

Due to fixing of export floor price, onion shipments in August had come down substantially to 29,000 tonnes. We have submitted a report to the Agriculture Ministry suggesting increasing MEP on onion to $900 a tonne, a senior Nafed official said. The government is keeping a close watch on price situation. It has taken several measures to improve supplies including

through imports. The Centre has also directed all state governments to crackdown on hoarders and speculators who are keeping onion prices artificially high. Meanwhile, Nafed has floated global tenders to import onions but has not taken a decision yet due to phytosanitary issues. Some private traders have imported onions and they are being sold in the domestic market.

Monetary Fund (IMF) quota reforms to increase representation of the developing countries in the multi-lateral body. Aimed at improving the voting share of developing countries and achieving a better representation on the IMF Board, the reform of the international financial institutions has been a key part of G-20 agenda. G-20 is a club of developed and emerging economies. Mr. Chidambaram said the membership of G-20 represents a different balance of power where both advanced and emerging countries come together as equal partners allowing for more inclusive deliberation and effective response to

todays complex global challenges and opportunities. There is a clear recognition that the dimension of development challenge vary from country to country. Therefore, any policy that is recommended at the international forum has to be tailored to national circumstances, he said. Noting that the agenda setting of G-20 has an advanced country perspective, he said, this is highlighted by the emphasis given on the financial regulation and on transparency. As the crisis originated in the advanced country, it is natural that higher capital requirements and asset quality have been stressed in the Basel norms for the banking sector, Mr. Chidambaram said.

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three-match unofficial ODI series against West Indies A when the two sides clash in the final 50-over game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday. The hosts started the series with a thumping 77-run win over the Caribbean side, mainly orchestrated by captain Yuvraj Singhs brutal 89ball 123, but in the second game, the visitors bounced back with a morale-boosting 55-run victory to level the series 1-1. The 25-year-old Jonathan Carters impressive 132-ball 133 defused Indias bowling attack and helped Windies A post a challenging 279 for six, before bundling out the hosts for 224. The Indian batsmen failed to fire collectively as there wasnt a single half-century in the innings. But going into Thursdays game, India would again depend on their batting unit with the likes of Robin Uthappa, Mandeep Singh, Unmukt Chand, Yusuf Pathan and Kedar Jadhav expected to come good. Yuvraj, who has been handed a lifeline to return to the ODI fold by being named the captain of the India A side, would once again be the cynosure of all eyes and the dashing left-hander would be looking to continue his runriot. Pathan, known for his savage hitting that he displayed in during his 32-ball unbeaten 70 in the first ODI, will also be keen to repeat his performance. The Indian openers, however, have not made enough contributions to give India A a rousing start so far in the tournament. But the team would expect both Uthappa and Chand to give their best when it matters the most. The middle-order comprising Mandeep, Pathan, Jadhav and Naman Ojha would also look to make some significant contributions after having notched up good scores in the series opener.

India A look to wrap series against West Indies A

Tendulkar`s future focus of speculation ahead of 200th Test

Sethuraman jumps to joint lead after impressive show against Stukopin

KOCAELI (TURKEY), SEPTEMBER 18: Indian Grandmaster S.P. Sethuraman crashed through the defenses of Russian Andrey Stukopin to score an impressive win and join Yu Yangyi of China in lead on 4.5 points after the end of the fifth round of World Junior Chess Championship here. Playing the black side of a Sicilian Najdorf, Sethuraman capitalized on his chances in the middle game and launched a direct attack on the king that resulted in his winning a piece for a couple of pawns. Stukopin hung in there trying to find some counter play but the Indian came up with a startling manoeuvre to force checkmate after a knight sacrifice. It turned out to be a good day for Indian boys as GM Sahaj Grover outplayed Muhammad Luthfi Ali of Indonesia to jump to joint third spot on four points. Grover was at his technical best in another Sicilian Najdorf of the day and got a passed pawn on the queenside with some precise calculation. Ali was at sea in figuring out the best defense with his clock ticking away and Grovers Queen and Bishop dealt the knockout blow. Debashish Das and Vidit Gujrathi also moved to four points in contrasting styles. Das again came up with a fine positional display and defeated Martin Romero Martinez of Colombia while Gujrathi played out a draw with Polish Duda JanKrzysztof. Among other Indian boys, Asian junior champion N. Srinath defeated Ali Marandi Cemil Can of Turkey, Sameer Kathmale scored over Erkin Karaolcu of Turkey, while Rakesh Kulkarni drew with Vehid Mesic of Bosnia. S.L. Narayanan ended on the losing side against Peruvian Grandmaster Jorge Cori. In the girls championship being held simultaneously, G.K. Monnisha lost to Meri Arabidze of Georgia. But, Rucha Pujari brought cheers to the Indian camp defeating higher rated Indonesian Monica Sihite Chelsie. The highest ranked Indian, Padmini Rout was held to a draw by Sarasadat Khademalsharieh of Iran. Rucha, Padmini and Monnisha all have an identical 3.5 points from five rounds.

B A N G A L O R E , SEPTEMBER 18: Smarting

from their 55-run defeat in the second one-dayer, India

A will look to get back to winning ways and seal the

ICC announces two additional Yuki progresses in Taiwan Challenger reviews for teams in Test matches
DUBAI, SEPTEMBER 18: Teams will be allowed two additional reviews after 80 overs of an innings in Test matches from October 1, the International Cricket Council announced on Wednesday. The ICC said a teams referrals will be topped-up to two reviews after 80 overs in Test matches where the Decision Review System (DRS) is used. Currently, a team is allowed up to two unsuccessful reviews per innings. The decision to introduce the new trial was taken at the two-day ICC Chief Executives meeting which also decided to form a Working Group to review the objectivity of the DRS system. A trial will be conducted whereby a teams referrals will be topped-up to two reviews after 80 overs of an innings. This trial will start from October 1, in all Test matches in which the DRS is used, with the results being monitored and considered by the Working Group, the ICC said in a release. Working committee for DRS With the DRS generating a lot of controversies in the recent Ashes series between Australia and England, the ICC has decided to form a Working Group to streamline the system. The CEC agreed that a Working Group be constituted to consider how the ICC should best use technology in umpire decision-making in the future, the release said. The considerations of the group will be wide ranging and include a review of the objectives and philosophies of using the technologies, protocols and procedures as well as the role and training of television umpires. The CEC reviewed the performance of the Decision Review System (DRS) during the Ashes series and received an update on a technology trial that was conducted during the Old Trafford Test. During its Chief Executives meeting here, the ICC discussed a range of issues, relating to Umpires, over rates, bad light, use of technology in umpiring and ODI playing conditions. KAOHSIUNG CITY (TAIWAN), SEPTEMBER 18: Yuki Bhambri maintained his clean record against Amir Weintraub as he beat the Israeli in straight sets to move to the second round of the ATP Challenger tournament, here. Yuki, who reached the singles main draw via qualfiers, recorded a 7-6 (8), 6-1 win over his opponent, who is placed 287 spots above the Indian at 190. It took Yuki one hour and 23

minutes to down the Israeli, whom he had beaten last year in Uzbekistan. The 21-year-old Indian next faces Japanese seventh seed Yuichi Sugita and it will be tough encounter for the Delhi youngster as he lost both his previous matches to Sugita. Yuki is the lone Indian competing in the singles event of the $125,000 hard court tournament as Karunuday Singh had failed to qualify after losing his final qualifying round.

Champions League: Bayern, Real and United kick off in style

MILAN, SEPTEMBER 18: Bayern Munich opened the defence of its Champions League title with a comfortable 30 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid thrashed Galatasaray 61. David Alaba gave Bayern a perfect start in the fourth minute, with further goals from Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben ensuring a winning start. Bayerns Group D rivals Manchester City beat Viktoria Plzen by the same scoreline. Ronaldo stole the limelight for Madrid, while twotime Italian champion Juventus came from behind to draw 11 at Copenhagen in the other Group B match. Wayne Rooney proved he is back to his best following a summer of upheaval as he scored twice to help Manchester United to a 42 victory over Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk won 20 at Real Sociedad. In Group C, Paris SaintGermain crushed Olympiakos 41 and Benfica beat Anderlecht 20. Bayern, which appointed Pep Guardiola as coach after claiming an unprecedented treble last season, rarely looked troubled by the Russian league leader. Alaba gave the German champions an early lead with a free kick into the left side of the goal after being fouled on the edge of the penalty area. Mandzukic, who had earlier hit the post, headed home Robbens in swinging free kick to double Bayerns Copenhagen in front in the 14th minute, beating Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon from close range after Pierre Bengtssons free kick. Fabio Quagliarella leveled nine minutes after halftime. Manchester United manager Moyes has limited experience in the competition, having lost both qualifying matches back in 2005 when in charge of Everton. Rooney, still wearing a thick, black headband to cover a deep gash to his forehead sustained in a training ground collision, opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. Simon Rolfes equalized against the run of play for Leverkusen in the 54th but Robin van Persie restored Uniteds lead five minutes later. Rooney then scored his 200th goal for United in all competitions before setting up Valencia following a quick counterattack for the winger to fizz a low shot in at the near post. Omer Toprak poked in a closerange consolation goal for Leverkusen two minutes from time. Alex Teixeira struck twice in the second half to give Shakhtar Donetsk a 20 victory over Real Sociedad in Group A. In Greece, Edinson Cavani opened the scoring for PSG in the 19th minute but Vladimir Weiss leveled six minutes later, weaving past three defenders for an impressive solo effort. Filip Djuricic and Luisao scored goals in the first halfhour to help Benfica to victory.

IOB has it easy; Army struggles

force a draw or even a win. The one man who scuttled SCRs hopes was former international Ignace Tirkey. His best years are behind him. Yet, there was elegance and efficiency in his workouts, and that proved decisive. Not only did he score twice in a penalty corner sequence, he was also the tower of strength in the midfield. His passes were aesthetically pleasing and decidedly astute, keeping forwards Bopanna and Bushan Kujur on the move. Had SCR maintained the tempo after Jamess goal the script could have been different. However, Shyam Kumar fumbled in front of the goal, and a couple crosses went awry. After Tirkey slotted home the second goal, the Army team took control and never let relinquinshed it till the final whistle. Army XI has a key match against the leader of the Pool A, IOC, on Wednesday.

CHENNAI, SEPTEMBER 16: The focus shifted to spotting the semifinalists in the MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament, even as the Army XI and IOB notched up wins on Monday in Pool A. While the Army XI struggled the 4-1 margin may not mirror this fact against South Central Railway, IOB had it easy against CAG, winning 6-1 to finish its pool engagements with nine points. It is quite likely that three

teams IOC, IOB and Army XI may fight it out for the two slots from Pool A. Until the last quarter of the second half, Army was hardly assured of full points from this encounter. The SCR defenders, including goalkeeper Srinivas exhibited admirable resilience. Even on the frontline, there were a couple of dangerous movements by Poonacha. A splendid deflection by Mayank James from a long pass brought SCR on par, with a fighting chance to

advantage in the 41st minute. Robben sealed the result in the 68th, blasting home Alabas ball over the defense. Bayern is attempting to become the first club since 1990 to defend the European Cup. Manchester City matched Bayern thanks to secondhalf goals from Edin Dzeko, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero. Real Madrid is bidding for a first Champions League trophy since 2002 and it sent out a warning sign to its rivals with a resounding victory in Turkey. All eyes were on Gareth Bale as he made his Champions League debut for Madrid in the second half. But it was Ronaldo the player Bale usurped as the worlds most expensive footballer who was the star of the show. Francisco Isco Alarcon opened the

scoring after 33 minutes and Karim Benzema went on to strike twice during a second half in which Ronaldo was unstoppable. The former Manchester United player scored Madrids third in the 63rd and doubled his tally three minutes later. Ronaldo completed his hat trick in stoppage time, capping a brilliant night for him and his team by weaving past three Galatasaray defenders before smashing the ball into the back of the net. It was Ronaldos second Champions League hat trick and a fitting way for him to celebrate signing a new contract with Madrid days earlier. Juventus will have a hard time beating Madrid to top spot in the group and it got off to a difficult start in Denmark. Antonio Contes side was stunned when Nicolai Jorgensen fired

Nadal to play India to host Taipei in Davis Cup first round IOA should accept IOC directive: Randhir Singh in Rio Open
RIO DE JANEIRO: World No.2 Rafael Nadal of Spain has confirmed his presence at next year`s inaugural Rio Open tennis tournament, Brazilian tennis officials said. The ATP 500 event will be played at the Jockey Club Brasileiro in Rio de Janeiro Feb 15-23, reports Xinhua. It will come almost a year to the day after Nadal won the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, his first tournament victory after a seven-month injury layoff. "I am very excited about playing for the first time in Rio de Janeiro," the 13-time Grand Slam winner said. "I have heard many good things about the city and now I finally have the opportunity to be there." Nadal, whose ranking fell to No.5 in February, has climbed back to No.2 following his French and US Open victories this year. LONDON: India were on Wednesady handed an easy draw for next year`s Davis Cup campaign in the Asia/Oceania Group I as they were pitted against Chinese Taipei in their first round tie, here.It will be a home tie for India as they had played Taipei in Kaohsiung in 2009, eking out a 3-2 win over the hosts when the two teams played for the first time against each other. Uzbekistan and Korea are the seeded teams this year and they have got a bye in their first rounds. India are in the bottom half of the draw and if they win against Taipei in the first round, slated for January 31 to February 1, they will travel to Korea for the secondround tie. AITA President Anil Khanna said they will decide on the venue shortly. "It is a good draw for us. We will discuss the venue and announce that shortly," Khanna SAID.After a players` revolt early this year, AITA had agreed to consult players before deciding on NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 18: International Olympic Committee (IOC) member in India, Randhir Singh on Wednesday asked the officials of suspended Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to accept the IOCs directive to bar charge-sheeted persons from contesting elections or face further action from the world body. My friends in IOA are misinformed. They dont realise the gravity of the situation. They dont realise that what IOC says, has to be accepted. You cant go against the IOC but yes, you can negotiate with them, you can discuss with them on certain other matters. Its time a clean setup comes into place, said Mr. Randhir. The IOA has continued to be in a defiant mood despite the IOCs tough stand on the charge-sheet clause. It had decided in its Special GBM last month that only those who were sentenced for two or more years would be barred from contesting polls. The IOC stood firm on its stand during its Executive Board (EB) meeting in Buenos Aires earlier this month and asked IOA to accept all demands in full, including barring chargeframed persons from contesting IOAs elections. Mr. Randhir, who was IOA Secretary General before the Indian body was suspended by the IOC on December 4 last, said had he been in the eye of storm, he would have rescued himself from discharging duties. If it was me, I would have moved away. Its up to them to answer it and come clear on the issue, he said. The veteran administrator also rubbished claims that he should be held responsible for dragging Indian sports into this situation. Its nothing personal about the IOA. If the IOC says that this is as per the Olympic charter, then you have to follow them, he told CNNIBN. Mr. Randhir said the

the venue and surface for the Davis Cup home ties. AITA is also to decide a new captain as S P Misra had his farewell tie against Indonesia in Bangalore.India`s Davis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali expressed happiness on getting a good draw. "Playing at home is always welcome. This year we will play with full strength team so a good chance for us to get back to the World Group," Zeeshan said."Taipei have a

good singles player (YenHsun Lu) but we should be able to beat them," he said.In the 2103 campaign, a depleted India, sans singles and doubles stars, had suffered a 1-4 defeat against Korea but beat Indonesia 5-0 to remain in Group I. Chinese Taipei were whitewashed by Australia and China before they managed to stay in Group I after 5-0 win against Indonesia in the relegation play-off.

IOC was furious with Indias U-turn on the issue after Indian representatives from the government and sports bodies had reached an agreement with IOC officials at a meeting in Lausanne in May to frame a roadmap for the countrys return to the Olympics fold. Christophe de Kepper had written a letter after the meeting and in that letter, he had mentioned it very clearly that this was what you agreed

upon and now you have done a U-turn on it. This is the problem which is taking place, he said. Asked whether tainted officials like suspended IOAs president Abhay Singh Chautala and secretary general Lalit Bhanot should step aside on their own from the current set-up, Mr. Randhir said, This is something I cant answer. This is one question you should put to them and not to me.

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