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Thursday, November 08, 2007


Jammu & Kashmir lies in the extreme north of the country and is bounded on the north by China, on the east by Tibet and on the south by Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Pakistan.  The official language is Urdu.

Agriculture is the mainstay of the State’s economy.  The major crops are paddy, wheat, maize, barley, bajra, jowar, and gram. Kashmir handicrafts have always been a byword for excellence.  This sector provides employment to about 200 thousand people.  Kashmir carpets earn substantial foreign exchange.

The world’s highest observatory has been set up at Hanle, Ladakh.  The 300 km long Srinagar-Jammu national highway is the only surface link between Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country.

Kashmir is considered by many as the paradise for tourists both international and domestic.  Main centers of attraction are Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, etc.  Among places of pilgrim interest are Amarnath and Vaisnno Devi.  The tourist industry in the state had registered phenomenal growth during the past decades.  Tourist arrivals rose to the record level of 1 million by the end of the 1980s.  Ladakh, the meeting point of Indo-Tibetan and Central Asian cultures has the potential to be developed as a great tourist destination.  Leh has an airport.

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Warning that terrorism could trigger disasters across borders, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asserted that the modern societies must prepare to come together to deal with manmade disasters, be they industrial disasters or disasters caused by terrori (Pm: Terror Threat Can Trigger Disasters, Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today agreed that human rights violations were rampant in the Kashmir valley and custodial disappearances were also prevalent before the Congress took over the reins from the PDP two years ago. (Human Rights Violations Have Declined, Claims Azad , Tribune, Tejinder Singh Sodhi, Nov 08, 2007)

It would not have been quite cricket. This seems to have been the Indian security establishment’s thinking when it advised against a visa to Pakistan Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed for the cricket match at Mohali on Thursday. (Emergency, ‘Terror Camp’ Behind Denial Of Visa To Pak Minister, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

The decision whether to send central forces to Nandigram rests with the Prime Minister’s Office. (Force File With Pmo, Telegraph, BHAVNA VIJ-AURORA, Nov 08, 2007)

Inspiration and motivation, undoubtedly increases effectiveness and efficiency. (Print Pick, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Branding terrorism as a "man-made" disaster, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the scourge was looming large over Asian countries and could trigger disasters across the borders. (Pm Says Terrorism Is A Man-Made Disaster, New Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Maoists are exploring newer ways to intensify the people's war by increasing their mass base across the country. (Indian Maoists: Changing Tactics , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 08, 2007)

Six Vaishno Devi pilgrims had a miraculous escape when a private helicopter they were flying by, crashed while making an emergency landing at Serli village, 3 km from here. All six passengers,members of two families of Noida, Delhi, received injuries. (Chopper Crashlands, Six Injured , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

The two mainstream political parties, the National Conference (NC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have left little space for the All-Party Hurriyat Conference in the Kashmir valley. (Nc, Pdp Leave Little Space For Hurriyat , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

In view of the Assembly elections in the state due next year, political parties active in the Jammu region have again raised the issue of statehood for Jammu. (Jsm Seeks Statehood For Jammu , Tribune, Tejinder Singh Sodhi, Nov 07, 2007)

Pervez Musharraf's decision to impose Emergency in Pakistan looks like his last desperate effort to restore a semblance of order in a nuclear-armed, jihad-supporting nation propped up by an imagined identity and foreign aid (General's Last Gambit, Pioneer, Wilson John, Nov 07, 2007)

The Indian government, relieved that for the first time it is not being perceived or blamed as a part of the problem during an internal crisis in Pakistan, is hoping for the process of ‘democratisation’ to begin as it closely monitors the evolving . . . . (India Seeks Peace, Stability In Pakistan, Hindustan Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Is Pakistan’s sickness terminal? To determine this one needs to diagnose. And what does a diagnosis reveal? Consider, first, the Pakistan army. (Special Article, Statesman, Rajinder Puri, Nov 07, 2007)

With around 1,500 militants "active" in Jammu and Kashmir, the Army is closely watching whether General Pervez Musharraf will counter-balance his crackdown on jehadis on Pakistan's western front by boosting support to militancy in India. (Army Keeps Watch On Fallout Of Pak Emergency In J&k, Times of India, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 07, 2007)

Jammu and Kashmir is not a problem of Hindu-Muslim relations as many people believe. (Sixty Years Of Kashmir's Accession: The Less Known Realities , Deccan Herald, Balraj Puri, Nov 07, 2007)

The situation in Pakistan is ominous, and reads much like a chapter from the pages of the last century. (Spinning Out Of Control , Telegraph, Malvika Singh, Nov 06, 2007)

American war colleges delight in playing computer war games, sometimes to the consternation of countries that are posted as enemies. (The Arc Of Instability, Tribune, S. Nihal Singh, Nov 06, 2007)

P.G. Rajendran; Mathrubhumi Books, MM Press, Cherooty Road, Kozhikode-673001. Rs. 60. (Tribal Folk Tales, Hindu, K. Kunhikrishnan, Nov 06, 2007)

Mainstream and separatist political parties in Jammu and Kashmir have reacted to the imposition of emergency in Pakistan, while people keenly watch developments for its impact on Indo-Pakistan relations and resolution of the Kashmir issue. (Pak Emergency: Mixed Reaction In Valley , Tribune, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 06, 2007)

Strong and sustained international pressure will be needed to defuse the present crisis. An unstable, volatile, radicalised, and nuclear-armed Pakistan is in no one’s interest. (Pakistan: Having A Tiger By The Tail, Hindu, Ramesh Thakur, Nov 06, 2007)


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