Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Pak cabinet ratifies five agreements signed with India

ISLAMABAD : (20:50 IST)  Pakistan's cabinet today ratified five recent agreements with India, including a landmark visa pact aimed at easing restrictions on several categories of travellers, including senior citizens and businessmen. Three of the agreements ratified by the cabinet during a meeting chaired this afternoon by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf are aimed at boosting trade between the two countries.......more

PM convenes meeting of Council of Ministers tomorrow

NEW DELHI : (19:50 IST) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called a meeting of his full Council of Ministers tomorrow during which he is expected to set individual targets to be achieved in the remaining tenure of the Government......more

J&K Bank Q2 profit jumps 35 pc

MUMBAI :  (16:50 IST) Jammu and Kashmir Bank reported a surge of 35 percent in a net profit of Rs 269.53 crore for the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2012 as compared with Rs 199.65 crore for the quarter ended September......more

'Send proposals for addl assistance in case of 1965, 1971 DPs'
MHA on path of extending financial package
 for West Pak refugees
* Seeks detailed information from J&K Govt

Mohinder Verma

JAMMU, Oct 30: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is on the path of extending financial package for rehabilitation of West Pakistan refugees after six decades of their migration to the country and the State Government has been asked to furnish the required information to the Ministry as early as possible. The Ministry has also sought proposals from the State Government for additional assistance required for rehabilitation of Displaced Persons of 1971 and 1965.As per the minutes of the meeting chaired by Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Additional Secretary (Foreigners), Union Ministry of Home Affairs at Union Capital recently, the MHA was apprised by the State Government that report of Wadhawa Committee mentions that many West Pakistan refugees after their migration to J&K had occupied Government/ evacuee land.Subsequently, the State Government allowed them to retain up to 8 acres of irrigated land or 12 acres of un-irrigated land subject to certain conditions. Moreover, from the old annual reports of the then Ministry of Rehabilitation it has been observed that a number of houses/tenements had been constructed in J&K for the rehabilitation of the refugees.Seeking varied information from the State Government in order to examine feasibility of extending rehabilitation assistance to the refugees after six decades of their migration to the country, the Additional Secretary MHA asked the State Government officers to keep in view the land/ properties left behind by the refugees in Pakistan on their migration to India as per old record before forwarding recommendations to MHA regarding financial package for rehabilitation of West Pakistan refugees........more

'Law Ministry gave no notice'
Political reservations bill held up in LC

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, Oct 30: Non-serious approach of the Law and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry towards political reservations in the Assembly could be well gauged from the fact that no attempt was made to pass the pending bill in second consecutive session of the Legislative Council notwithstanding the fact that National Conference-Congress coalition Government enjoyed brute majority in the Upper House. The political reservations are provided only to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) in the Legislative Assembly with seven out of 87 seats reserved for them, all in Jammu region.Official sources told the Excelsior that the bill extending reservations for SCs in the Legislative Assembly, which was treated as ‘pending’ as it was wrongly passed without two-third majority in the Council by Deputy Chairman Mohammad Yousuf Taing during budget session in February-March, was not taken up for passing during autumn session early this month. "The bill was pending with the Legislative Council. The Government didn't give any notice for taking up the bill during autumn session and, therefore, it was not moved for passing'', sources said, adding that the bill had been marked as ‘pending’ in the Upper House. ....more

Hunt for more accused
X-En, JE among 3 held in fake currency racket

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Police today arrested three persons including an Executive Engineer and a Junior Engineer and was looking for many others in a fake currency racket, which originated from Kupwara district of Kashmir Valley, and recovered Rs 65,000 worth fake currency so far in Jewel Chowk and Roop Nagar areas. Police said the racket might have been spread to several other parts of the State. The arrested accused were being interrogated to ascertain their links and source of the fake currency. Three accused, who have been arrested so far in connection with fake currency racket, have been identified as Manu Karwal son of Ragunath Bhat, a resident of Roop Nagar, presently posted as Executive Engineer in Flood Control Department at Kupwara, Sharief-ud-Din son of Ghulam Mohammad Malik R/o Aain, Kupwara, a Junior Engineer in the same Department and a civilian Lal Din son of Nizam Din R/o village......more

CM to approach Union Finance Ministry
No breather yet for ailing Cooperative Banks

Neeraj Rohmetra

JAMMU, Oct 30: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah will seek personal intervention of Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram to provide some concessions for the three ailing Cooperative Banks of the State, which have failed to meet the license procurement deadlines of September 30 set by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). These banks, which are in red, included the Jammu Central Cooperative Bank (JCCB), Anantnag Central Cooperative Bank (ACCB) and Baramulla Central Cooperative Bank (BCCB).  Official sources stated that the Chief Minister's office had few days back sought the details from the Cooperative Department regarding the status of these banks. "About a month back also, the Chief Minister's office had written official letter to the Union Finance Ministry while dwelling to the subject and sought some relief for these ailing banks in view of the situation in the State", sources asserted. Sources said, "though recently the State Cabinet had on October 9 this year also discussed a bail out package for these Cooperative Banks, there was no consensus on the issue. One of the major concerns of the Government is that the bail-out package for these banks has financial implications of nearly Rs 300 crores", adding, "therefore, the Government has decided to approach the Union Finance Ministry and other concerned Ministries to put on hold the conditions imposed by RBI".....more

Pakistan uniting Hurriyat, strengthens
militancy in Kashmir

Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, Oct 30: Feeling that divided separatist leadership in Kashmir has failed to serve its interests, Pakistan is making desperate efforts to unite two factions of Hurriyat Conference under the leadership of hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. Sources said that renewed efforts are being made as Pakistan feels that divided Hurriyat Conference is ineffective and has failed to serve their interests. The efforts came at a time when Pakistan is trying to strengthen militancy in Jammu and Kashmir by pushing in more militants into the State. Army maintains that around 500 militants are desperately waiting for cross over into Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan has made desperate efforts this year along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) to push in more militants. Army claims that they have foiled majority of the efforts but sources said that a large number of them have managed to infiltrate into the State. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah last week put this year's infiltration figure at around 80.  The strengthening of the militancy comes over a decade after Pakistan had to officially stop supporting militancy in Kashmir after United States asked it to close down all militant camps following 9/11 attack on the US. ......more

CVC clears panel for CBI chief’s post

NEW DELHI, Oct 30: The Central Vigilance Commission tonight cleared a panel of three senior IPS officials for the post of CBI director, which falls vacant on November 30. The panel comprises Indo Tibetan Border Police Force DG Ranjit Sinha, a 1974-batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre; Director General of National Investigation Agency S C Sinha (Haryana:1975); and former UP DG Atul (UP:1976), sources said...more

1800 land compensation cases pending in J&K

Jehangir Rashid

SRINAGAR, Oct 30: Around 1800 land compensation cases are pending with the land collectors across the State. Due to the delay in the disposal of cases the compensation has remained withheld to the beneficiaries and some of them have approached to the court for the redressal of their grievances. The land compensation cases are pending in departments of Roads and Bridges (R&B), Irrigation and Flood Control, Public Health Engineering, Education and Health.  Some of the land compensation cases are also pending under Centrally Sponsored Schemes such as Pradh.....more

Sulking Kataria gets RDD

NEW DELHI, Oct 30: In a reshuffle of portfolios, Union Minister of State Lalchand Kataria, sulking over work allocation in Defence Ministry to him, was today shifted to Rural Development Department soon after he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought a change in his portfolio. In two other changes, young MP Milind Deora, MoS in Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministry, got additional the portfolio of Shipping in the same rank and Panabaka Laxmi, who was made MoS in Textile Ministry on Sunday, was reallocated Petroleum and Gas department. .....more

Rangers target farmers on IB

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 30: Pakistani Rangers today targeted forward BSF posts and the farmers working in their fields near Pindi Post in Arnia sector. However, no casualties or damage was reported. Official sources said the Rangers opened firing near Pindi Post of the BSF at 12 noon today. The BSF personnel along with labourers were reportedly repairing the track and border fencing when the Rangers targeted them.......more

Life imprisonment for Pak ultra

Excelsior Correspondent

POONCH, Oct 30: Principal Sessions Judge, Poonch, Kishore Kumar has awarded life imprisonment to a Pakistani national for his involvement in murder and attempt to murder cases. Identified as Mohd Nayeem Anwar alias Shahzad alias Asaf Safadar alias Abu Maz, son of Mohd Anawar Bhat, resident of Lahore in Pakistan, the Pak-militant was involved in killing of a J&K Police personnel Rajesh Kumar and causing injuries to the two other cops at Mohalla Pathana in Poonch on July 11, 2003. Prosecution has proved the case beyond all reasonable doubts. The accused was facing trial for the commission of offence under Sections 302/307 RPC and 7/25, 26, 27 Indian Arms Act, since 2003. In charge Commando Group Mendhar, on the inputs of the presence of the Pakistani trained militants from different centers have entered the territor....more

Sandy storm kills 33 in US

NEW YORK, Oct 30: Megastorm Sandy hit the US East coast with fierce force today, claiming at least 33 lives across seven States, plunging millions of homes into darkness and leaving the New York Stock Exchange shut for two straight days for the first time since 1888. More than 7.5 billion people are believed to be without electricity since last night across the eastern coast that bore the brunt of the storm's fury. One of the biggest storms to hit the US, Sandy brought strong winds and heavy rains and left at least 10 people dead in New York itself. The trail of destruction left by the monster storm prompted President Barack Obama to declare it a "major disaster" in New York and New Jersey. According to Fox news, at least 33 people had died of consequences from the storm. During an emergency meeting, Obama told his team that their top priority is to make sure all available resources are being provided to State and local responders as quickly as possible. He also expressed sorrow over the deaths......more

Another battle for next Army chief

NEW DELHI, Oct 30: The dust has hardly settled after former Army Chief Gen V K Singh's court battle with the Government when another General is planning to move court to seek elevation as an Army Commander from June 1 which, if accepted, can create a possible succession row in the force. Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff Lt Gen Ravi Dastane is planning to file a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal in this regard in the next few days, his counsel Major S S Pandey said here today. He said Lt Gen Dastane, who has already filed a statutory complaint with the Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh in this regard, is planning to make two main pleas before the Tribunal where he will seek elevation to the rank of Army Commander from June 1 this year retrospectively when two vacancies were existing. The posts of Western and Eastern Army Commander had fallen vacant on May....more

Govt to withdraw 6 CRPF bns from J&K

NEW DELHI, Oct 30: Government has decided to deploy nearly 10,000 CRPF personnel for anti-naxal operations in Maoist-affected States of the country.The Central Reserve Police Force, which is the mainstay for anti-Maoist operations, has already deployed 75,000 personnel for the purpose apart from few battalions of other central forces like BSF and ITBP. Top sources in the paramilitary force said the Union Home Ministry has asked the CRPF to deploy six additional battalions in naxal-violence hit areas after withdrawing them from Jammu and Kashmir while about four other units can be picked from the regular training contingents.. ....more

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