Sunday, 19 August 2012

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No Motorable Roads to Amarnath Shrine in Future

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 05:30 PM PDT


Route of Amarnath Yatra

Route of Amarnath Yatra

Jammu and Kashmir government has no plans to construct a motorable road to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath.

Addressing a media conference here, state Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather also sought to dispel the impression that the Supreme Court had passed any directions asking the state government to construct a motorable road up to the shrine.

“The pilgrims will continue to move up to the shrine on foot and by using ponies as they have been doing in the past. There are no directions from the Supreme Court asking the state government to construct a motorable road up to the shrine, he said.

Health Minister Sham Lal was also present with Rather at the press meet.

Earlier Sunday, some prominent members of the local civil society including businessmen, journalists, other professionals and senior citizens had opposed the idea of laying a motorable road up to the cave shrine in a signed memorandum.

Separatist leader and chairman of the moderate Hurriyat group, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq had also opposed the idea during his Friday sermon at the Jamia mosque in the old city.

Widespread unrest had marred normal life for months here in 2008 over the allotment of forest land by the state government to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) that manages the affairs of the annual Hindu pilgrimage.

The state government had later cancelled the controversial land allotment.

American Sikhs demand more Rights in wake of Wisconsin Killings

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 04:30 PM PDT

Confident that the Sikh-American community shall overcome the trauma of the Wisconsin gurdwara shooting, its leaders have sought laws against school bullying, workplace discrimination and racial profiling to make bigotry unacceptable in society.

“Government officials must create an environment where bigotry is unacceptable,” Rajdeep Singh, director of Law and Policy at the New York-based advocacy organisation Sikh Coalition, told IANS when asked what needs to be done to reassure the community.

“American politicians should also abstain from making xenophobic remarks about racial and religious minorities,” he said, noting that Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, and South Asians have all been so targeted as documented by the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).

“This type of rhetoric fuels hatred toward minorities and needs to be stopped.”

Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE), agreed. “Before 9/11 Sikhs enjoyed no sense of being seen as foreigners or aliens. They were well respected and easily identified as Indians.”

But 9/11 changed it all and “suddenly turban was seen as somehow associated with backwardness, extremism and intolerance like Taliban”, he said.

He sought opportunities from federal and state governments to “educate fellow Americans about the rich diversity and also about the conspicuous minority like us”.

Six Sikh worshippers were killed and three injured when a gunman opened fire at the Wisconsin gurdwara Aug 5. The gunman then shot himself in the head.

Both community leaders agreed that “domestic terrorism” was a wrong term to use for the Oak Creek gurdwara tragedy and were glad that Attorney General Eric Holder had since acknowledged it as “an act of terrorism, an act of hatred, a hate crime”.

Hoping that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will also begin to track hate crimes against Sikhs, Rajdeep Singh said: “The only way to address the problem of hate crimes is to eliminate hatred and bigotry from the roots of American society.

“All of the vital institutions of American society — our schools, our media, our government, our workforce — need to foster a culture where diversity is encouraged and appreciated,” he said.

While Rajdeep Singh felt “American society needs to have a robust debate about gun control”, Rajwant Singh feared that such a debate could “be very divisive and take the whole conversation in a different direction”.

“The issue here is of simple ignorance,” he said, suggesting that American schools should educate young students about the country’s rich diversity and cultures and beliefs of Sikhism and other smaller religions.

Expressing confidence about the long-term success of the 500,000-strong Sikh-American community, Rajdeep Singh said: “Sikh-Americans are resilient and have channelled their grief into fostering inter-faith dialogue and inter-community solidarity.

“Over time, as we continue to pursue leadership positions in American society, we are confident of our long-term success,” he said.

Rajwant Singh felt that “Americans in general have come around Sikhs during this difficult time and this has eliminated a sense of alienation which was there before since 9/11″.

For those in India protesting the Sikh killings, both leaders had one message: “Do not burn the American flag!”

Calling such actions “an insult to Sikh Americans who are proud to be living in the US”, the two said the American government and people had extended overwhelming support to Sikh neighbours after the killings.

“We are proud Americans and confident about our future in the US,” said Rajdeep Singh.

Policeman caught stealing mobile phone on CCTV

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 03:30 PM PDT

A policeman was suspended Sunday on the basis of CCTV footage that showed him stealing the mobile phone of a sales executive from an opticals shop here, an official said.

Sub-Inspector Atar Singh stole the phone Friday evening from the shop in Raj Nagar.

“After receiving a complaint of stealing mobile phone, Sub-Inspector Atar Singh has been suspended. A departmental inquiry has been ordered into the incident,” Senior Superintendent of Police Prashant Kumar told IANS.

According to the sales executive Chhotu’s complaint, Atar Singh, in-charge of a police post in sector-9 in Raj Nagar, came to the shop to get his spectacle repaired.

As the sales executive left the counter to repair his spectacles in the workshop in the rear, Atar Singh lifted his mobile phone and hid it in his shirt.

When Chhotu did not find his phone on his return he asked the policemen, who feigned ignorance about it.

After the sub-inspector left the shop the sales executive scanned the CCTV footage and found him to be the culprit. He made a CD of the footage and lodged a complaint with Ghaziabad police chief Prashant Kumar.

Pakistani Son gives a new Life to his Mother as Eid Gift

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 03:30 PM PDT

A Pakistani son’s donation of his liver to his mother has left the woman cured of cirrhosis, doctors at Sir Gangaram Hospital here said Sunday.

“A team of 21 people including doctors and other staff of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital successfully transplanted the liver of her son in the Pakistani woman, Zaib Un Nisa, curing her of cirrhosis of liver August 14,” said Associate Director, Hepatobiliary and liver transplant department of the hospital, Dr Naimish N. Mehta.

Dr. Mehta said the liver was voluntarily donated by the woman’s 27-year-old son Umar Subhani, who works in the office of the chief minister of Punjab, Pakistan. The family lives in Sialkot.

“Nisa was affected with Hepatitis-C four years ago and was undergoing treatment in a hospital in Pakistan. Hepatitis for a long period damaged her liver completely,” Mehta told IANS. The woman was so unwell that she was unable to walk even a short distance.

“In January this year, the family approached the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital via email. They come to Delhi in February after getting a medical visa,” said the doctor.

The doctor explained that the operation was technically challenging as Hepatitis C virus had caused damage to Nisa’s hepatic artery (which carries oxygenated blood to the liver).

“During the liver transplant, the artery had to be reconstructed with a conduit. The conduit was obtained by removing a portion of the patient’s right thigh vein. This reconstruction was simultaneously performed with implantation of the new liver so that an arterial supply carrying oxygenated blood was established for the new liver,” said the doctor.

This operation was complex due to the arterial reconstruction; it took 16 hours, and cost Rs.17.75 lakh, the cheapest rate for a liver transplant in the country.

The patient’s son told IANS that the hospital staff and the Indian student community had been very supportive. He had pasted notices seeking blood donors in Rajinder Nagar, and many students had volunteered.

“I have not donated my liver to my mother. I have only returned to her a body part that I got from her 27 years ago,” Umar quipped. The donation was also an Eid-ul-Fitr gift.

Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2012 winners announced

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 02:30 PM PDT

Rajeev Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2012 Winners have been announced today.  The award is to honour individuals who have made outstanding contribution towards the cause of children. Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award is conferred on three individuals who make outstanding contribution in the field of Child Protection, Child Development or Child Welfare for over ten years.  The Recipients are

1. Shri R. Ravi Kumar,
President Sri Gayatri Welfare and Cultural Youth Academy, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

2. Swami Japananda,
Chairman Swami Vivekananda IRHC, Pavagada, Karnataka

3. Shri N. Thungdemo Kikon,
Founder Secretary, Wondang-Ki-Charitable Foundation, Dimapur, Nagaland

The Award carries a cash prize of Rupees One lakh and a citation to each awardee. The selection for the award is made each year by a National Selection Committee, from the candidates recommended by the State governments

The National Selection Committee is chaired by the Minister for Women and Child Development. The Secretary, WCD is member and Jt. Secretary (VJ), WCD is the member secretary. The committee has representatives from ministries of social justice, health, HRD (Dept. of elementary education) and from the Delhi School of Social Science. Representative from Indian child welfare council, an NGO, is also on the selection committee.

Greetings and Messages for a very happy Eid Ul Fitar

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 01:30 PM PDT

eid 2012 indiaEid ul Fitar would be celebrated across most parts of nation tomorrow. President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President M. Hamid Ansari have greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which will be celebrated Monday.

“On the joyous occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens,” the president said.

“Eid-ul-Fitr marks the culmination of the period of fasting during the holy month of Ramzan which is a month of blessings and forgiveness. The festival reminds us of our duties towards the poor and downtrodden as well as the need for charity and generosity towards all,” he said.

“May this auspicious day strengthen mutual goodwill and instill in us a sense of unity and pride in the composite culture of India,” he said.

In his message, the prime minister said that Eid was an occasion for happiness, marked by the spirit of brotherhood and sacrifice.

“May Eid this year further strengthen our cultural bonds and bring peace and prosperity to all,” he said.

Vice President Ansari extended his greetings and good wishes to the citizens and said Eid signified the traditional expression of brotherhood across the country.

“May this festival unite all humanity in a common bond of understanding and inspire all to work tirelessly towards building a harmonious, peaceful and prosperous society,” he said.

Bangalore to celebrate Eid peacefully despite Communal Tension

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 12:30 PM PDT

Bangalore will  celebrate Eid peacefully despite Communal Tensions across entire South India which led to outflux of about 30,000 northeast people to flee during the past three-four days.

“The situation in Bangalore is under control with no untoward incident during the last two days. Security has been tightened across the city to ensure a peaceful Eid celebration,” Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar said Sunday in a message greeting Muslims on the festival.

With the exodus of northeast people to Guhawati halting Sunday, the state administration and the railways have heaved a sigh though police continued to be vigilant with enhanced security measures, including deployment of Rapid Action Force (RAF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Karnataka State Reserved Police (KSRP) and City Armed Police (CAR).

“About 17,000 personnel drawn from RAF, CRPF, KSRP and CAR have been deployed across the city to ensure peace and maintain law and order. Besides guarding vital installations and VIP areas, patrolling sensitive areas, including localities where minorities and northeast people reside has been intensified,” city Police Commissioner Jyotiprakash Mirji told reporters here.

In light of union Home Secretary R.K. Singh revealing Saturday that rumours in the form of SMS, MMS and videos of retaliatory attacks on northeast people in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra originated from Pakistan, Shettar appealed to all the northeast people who fled the city since Aug 15 to return to Bangalore and the state as there was no cause to stay away or threat to their safety.

“Thousands of northeast people who rushed to Assam and other northeast states fearing attack should return soon and get back to studies or work as the city is peaceful and full protection will be given to them as others,” Shettar said.

Though thousands of Muslims in the coastal areas of the state celebrated Eid Sunday as the moon was seen late Saturday, the fest will be celebrated in Bangalore and other parts of the state Monday.

In a related development, Deputy Chief Minister R. Ashoka, who holds the home portfolio, reviewed the law and order situation and deployment of additional forces in Bangalore and other cities across the state with top police and government officials.

“As evident during the past three-four days, peace prevails in Bangalore and our entire police force is on 24×7 duty across the city to provide protection to the nine-million denizens, especially those from northeast who felt threatened by mischievous elements and hate propaganda by outside forces,” he told reporters.

Ashoka also met two Nagaland ministers and senior state police officials, who flew in from Kohima earlier in the day to meet their people living in the city and assure them of their safety and security.

“I have discussed the unfortunate exodus of their people from the city and briefed them on the measures we have taken since Aug 15 to provide fool-proof security to the northeast people in Bangalore and other parts of the state,” he said.

Mirji also appealed to traders, shopkeepers, vendors, hoteliers and eateries to keep their business establishments open Monday for ensuring normalcy and facilitate people to buy their requirements.

Advani calls for making India a Sports Superpower

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 11:20 AM PDT

Veteran Leader and Former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani blogged that he was both “happy and sad” at India’s performance in the London Olympics and ay called for a “sustained” national debate on how to make India a sports power.

The veteran BJP leader, in his blog published today, said he was happy with India’s tally of six medals at this year’s games, but expressed sadness that the world’s second most populated country could manage only two silver and four bronze medals.

“India’s performance at the just-concluded London Olympics has made me both happy and sad. Happy because our tally of six medals in the 2012 Games has been the best so far – two silver and four bronze,” Advani said.

He, however, added that he was also sad as “a nation of 1.2 billion people, accounting for one-sixth of the global population, winning only six medals – and no gold this time, unlike the one gold Abhinav Bindra had won in Beijing – is a highly disconcerting fact.”

Advani emphasised the need for a national debate “on how to make India a sports power in the world”.

“A prerequisite for any nation to perform well in international sports is for that nation to first make sports a mass activity. India must launch a national mission to provide opportunities and facilities for sports to its entire population,” he said.

He also expressed disappointment over India finishing last in hockey, which is the national sport, and recalled the days when it was the world’s number one team.

“India’s miserable show last week brought back to mind memories of my school days in Karachi. In hockey those days, that is, in the nineteen thirties and forties, India was absolutely peerless. It was at the top of the world,” he says.

“Where have we gone wrong? How can we change this situation,” Advani asked.

India had won three medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics — a gold and two bronze.

Arrested Mumbai Rioters to face Police till 24 August

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 10:30 AM PDT

A Mumbai metropolitan court Sunday extended till Aug 24 the police custody of 23 people arrested in connection with violence at Mumbai’s Azad Maidan earlier this month

Magistrate P.S. Rathod extended the police custody of the accused as investigators contended that they need to find out the “intention and the motive” behind the violence.

Two people were killed and another 100 injured as a protest by several Muslim organisations to condemn the alleged attacks on Muslims in Myanmar and the Assam riots turned violent Aug 11. The 23 accused were booked Aug 12.

“The court has extended their crime branch custody till Aug 24,” said Abdul Wahab Khan, who appeared for one of the accused.

On Aug 16, police arrested one more accused, Salim Allarakha Choukiya alias Ali, 23, for allegedly snatching and firing a police weapon during the violence. Ali was identified through CCTV footage and remanded to police custody till Aug 24.

All 24 accused have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections pertaining to murder, attempt to murder, molestation, physical attacks on police and public, damage to public and private properties, theft of government weapons, unlawful assembly and other charges.

Meanwhile Congress President Sonia Gandhi has expressed concern over people from northeast leaving Bangalore and some other cities in large numbers due to rumours about their safety.

“The kind of treatment innocent people from north east had to face, all of us should condemn it strongly,” she said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Rajiv Gandhi wanted to build a strong and prosperous India.

“He knew that India can make progress only if all countrymen live in peace, tolerance and harmony with each other,” he said.

Army Jawan on Top of Mobile Tower, refuses to come down

Posted: 19 Aug 2012 09:30 AM PDT

An army soldier who climbed a 200-feet-high mobile phone signal tower here three days ago had not yet come down even Sunday, despite repeated appeals by police. The soldier, K. Muthu of the Engineers Regiment, climbed the tower in the evening of Aug 17 as he was apparently peeved at his senior officers.

Muthu, in his 30s, who was still atop the tower at Ajmeri Gate here, is deployed in Kota, Rajasthan. He was absent from his unit since July 7 without leave.

Army sources claim he has done the “Sholay stunt” earlier in Bangalore also.

The army is likely to order a court of inquiry into the incident soon and deemed action will be taken, sources said, adding that Muthu has sought voluntary retirement.

“He is embarrassing the force,” they added.

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