Exclusive: District Kargil deprived from LPG subsidy

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The local peoples in Kargil are suffering a lot due to depriving them from the Govt. subsidy provided on LPG cylinders in all over the country, a local said with the condition of anonymity.

The sources revealed that the district Kargil has been removed from the subsidy list since the last four months.

Accordingly we came to the conclusion that the PAHAL or ‘Pratyaksh Hanstantarit Labh’ was rolled out in 54 districts from November 15 and was extended to rest of the country from January 1 2015. It seems that the district was not enrolled in the list for providing the subsidy.

LPG consumers across the country get cash subsidy directly into their bank accounts so that they buy the cooking fuel at market price. It was come into effect on 1 Jan 2015.

Domestic LPG users get Rs 568 in the bank account the moment they join the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme for LPG, which has now been renamed PAHAL. They use this money to buy 14.2-kg refill at the market price.

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IKMT write letter to CEC Kargil on controversial Taxi Union issue

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IKMT wrote a letter “discrimination against Kargil taxi owners at Leh airport” to the newly appointed CEC Kargil, regarding the newly controversial issue of Taxi Union in the whole Ladakh region.

A controversy has been raised-up among locals of Ladakh and especially among taxi drivers, when the Taxi Union Leh decided not to allow the Kargili taxis to the premises of Leh airport.

The move has caused a great suffer to both Kargili passengers coming through air bus via Leh and Kargili taxi drivers to receive passengers. In addition the passengers are obliged to pay 200 rupees to get outside the Leh airport premises.

The letter alleged that the decision is being taken by Taxi Union Leh with the approval of concerned district authorities in Leh and airport authorities.

“This problem seems to have caused in view of a decision taken recently by Taxi Union Leh (Obviously with the approval of district administration and concerned authorities at Leh airport) not to allow Kargil taxis to enter into the pickup area outside the passenger terminal of K.B.R. Airport Leh against the routine.”

The copy of the letter has been distributed among the MLA Kargil, MLA Zanskar, MLC Kargil, SP Kargil etc.

IKMT Pay Condolence to Nepal Earthquake Victims

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Imam Khomeini (R.A) Memorial Trust Kargil express its grief solidarity with recent earthquake victims of Nepal where morethan 3200 killed and 6000 have been injured.

Imam Khomeini (R.A) Memorial Trust Kargil on behalf of the people of Kargil, Ladakh express its shock and grief over recent devastating earthquake which hit Nepal and surrounding states of our country in which thousands of precious human lives have been lost with massive damages to infrastructure.
In this moment of grief and sorrow, the people of Kargil (Ladakh) stand by the victims and share equal pain and agony with affected people of Nepal as well as all other earthquake hit areas.
We Pray Almighty Allah for the peace of the departed souls and speedy recovery of the injured.

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The death toll from Nepal’s earthquake is at 3,218, according to a police official. An additional 6,538 people have been injured in the Saturday quake, the worst in the country in 81 years.

The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 18 people on the mountain. An additional 61 were left injured and an unknown number are still missing.

Scientists and disaster management experts have said poor building construction in poverty-stricken parts of Nepal, combined with Saturday’s powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake, lies behind the rising 3,200 person death toll.

Iran-Afghanistan security cooperation (2015/04/20)

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting on Sunday
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with Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani, referred to the myriad cultural and historic ties and commonalities between the two countries.

Ayatollah Khamenei said scholars and literary figures in Afghanistan make a very significant contribution to the promotion of Islamic teachings and the Persian language, saying: “In addition to its rich human and cultural resources, Afghanistan also enjoys abundant natural resources. These potentialities and commonalities should all serve to upgrade cooperation between the two countries.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed the need for determination to boost cooperation and rapport between Iran and Afghanistan. He said: “Of course, the Americans and some countries in the region are unaware of the potentialities of Afghanistan a nd do not favor rapport and cooperation between the two countries either, but Iran regards the security and progress of its neighbor, Afghanistan, as its own security and progress.”
He recalled Iran’s progress in different scientific, technological, cultural and diplomatic fields as grounds for cooperation between the two countries, saying: “Issues between the two countries, including ‘immigrants, water, transportation and security’ are all resolvable and everyone should deal with and settle these issues seriously and within the framework of a timeframe.”
Regarding the necessity of the resolution of the key issue of immigrants, Ayatollah Khamenei said hundreds of thousands of Afghan immigrants are studying in Iran at different levels. “The Afghan people are very talented and smart and this talent should be used correctly in acquiring knowledge because the educated Afghans are needed for the reconstruction of your country.”
The Supreme Leader said Tehran is home to Afghan brethren and while pointing to deep-seated and stable relations and friendship between Iran and its neighboring country, he expressed hope that the Afghan nation and government would witness more success day by day.
In the meeting also attended by President Hassan Rouhani, Ashraf Ghani expressed content with his visit to Tehran.
He touched on deep-rooted and age-old historic and cultural ties between Iran and Afghanistan, saying: “Our objective is [to see] Afghanistan become a communications hub in the region and regain its former status as the linking intersection in the region.”
Noting that Iran and Afghanistan are facing similar threats and common opportunities, the Afghan president said: “Our political will is based on expanding bilateral ties and we have to make efforts to boost common and posit ive points between the two countries.”
He said that the Afghan government is seeking to turn domestic conflicts and unrest into opportunities for cooperation and referred to some challenges like the issue of terrorism, narcotics, immigrants and common border waters.
“The issues between the two countries should be resolved based on the political will of both governments and based on a timeframe set during this visit,” he said.
Ashraf Ghani said Iran is suffering the most losses in the issue of drug trafficking, adding: “None of our neighbors has been as serious as Iran with regard to the threat of narcotics and no country has fought it like Iran, and we are ready to combat this scourge with the help of Iran.
The Afghan president pointed to the expansion of bilateral ties between the two countries in transportation and investment as well as cultural and economic cooperation, and addressing the Supreme Leader, said: “Under your wise leadership, Iran has stabilized its historic identity and we hope that under the aegis of this wise leadership, we will witness closer cooperation between the two countries.”

Armed forces preparedness in the face of threats (2015/04/20)

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Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, in a meeting on Sunday with a group of Army commanders, personnel and martyrs’ families, firmly recommended the Iranian Armed Forces maintain and bolster their insight, embrace religious and revolutionary orientations, improve defense and armament capabilities and boost their spirit.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has never been and will never be a threat to the [Middle East] region and neighboring countries, but it will react with full strength against any aggression,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
During the meeting which was timed to coincide with national “Army and Ground Forces’ Valiance Day,” the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces extended congratulations on this day and said the designation of April 18 as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Army Day was one of the greatest initiatives by the late Imam Khomeini during the first days of the 1979 victory of the Islamic Revolution in order to counter efforts by some groups to dismantle the Army.
“Thanks to the acumen of the great Imam (Peace Be Upon Him), the Army survived and preserved its strength and power, and as a revolutionary body made contributions in different arenas, including during the eight years of the Sacred Defense (the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on Iran) and brought honor and epic upon the country.”
The supreme leader said April 18 on the Iranian calendar implies the Army’s loyalty to the Revolution and to serving people’s objectives, adding: “One of the characteristics of the Islamic Republic [of Iran’s] Army is its compliance with religious obligations and instructions.”
He pointed to the non-compliance of many armies in the world with international regulations and human criteria during victory or defea t and said: “A clear example of this issue is the behavior of world powers, particularly the US, which commit any kind of crime in defiance of international law and human criteria.”
He referred to the ongoing events in Yemen, the Gaza War last summer and the war on Lebanon as examples of non-compliance with international regulations, saying: “The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran always abide by Islamic obligations and regulations, and never do they rebel after victory, nor do they use proscribed tools and methods at times of danger.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s insistence [on the point] that it will never seek nuclear weapons lies within this very framework and is based on religious convictions,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched on some propaganda and accusations that Iran is interfering in the affairs of regional countries and said: “These cha rges are untrue because Iran has not meddled in the affairs of [other] countries and it will never do so.”
“We abhor and resent those who attack civilians and women and children and we believe that they are unaware of Islam and [devoid of] human conscience, but we do not interfere in the affairs of countries.  ¬¬¬
The supreme leader said the Iranian Armed Forces’ compliance with Islamic teachings and divine rules are the main reason behind their popularity among people, adding: “Another characteristic of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran is their day-to-day upgrading of defense readiness, [combat] equipment and armament, which is in line with the Quranic verse ‘And prepare against them whatever you are able of power.’ ”
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the military and defense achievements of the Iranian Armed Forces are among the best national scientific and technological breakthroughs. “These advancements and capabilities have been achieved under unprecedented pressure and sanctions and shortage of resources. That is extraordinary work and should continue full steam ahead.”
He referred to the discontent of ill-wishers of the Iranian nation with the defense achievements of the Armed Forces and efforts undertaken to block this process, saying: “That is why they concentrate their propaganda campaign on this subject, particularly on the progress in the missile and drone sector, but logic, backed by the Quranic verse, obligates us to continue on this path with strength.”
The supreme leader referred to the Americans’ impudent threats, saying: “After a [short] period of silence by the opposite side, one of their officials recently spoke once more of options on the table. One the one hand, they bluff this way and on the other, they say the Islamic Republic of Iran should stop its defense progress, which is an idiotic remark.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will never accept this idiotic remark and the Iranian nation has proven that, if invaded, it will defend itself strongly and will stand up to the unreasonable invader like a clenched fist,” he said.
“All organs, including the Ministry of Defense, the Army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, should boost their military and defense preparedness as well as their combat readiness and spirit day by day and that is an official instruction,” said the supreme leader.
Noting that the Iranian Armed Forces, including the Army, enjoy high morale, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Despite upgrading its defense and military capabilities, the Islamic Republic of Iran will never pose a threat to regional and neighboring countries.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said the Americans, Europeans and some of their followers have fabricated the story that Iran seeks to acquire nuclear weapons, and that they portray the Islamic Republic as a threat. “Today, the biggest threats to the world and to the region are the US and the Zionist regime, which intervene in any spot they deem necessary and trigger killings, without any consideration and without conforming to religious and conscientious obligations and criteria,” he added.
He said the regrettable events in Yemen along with the US and West’s backing for the invader is an example of behavior which sparks insecurity in the world, adding: “The Islamic Republic of Iran, unlike unrestrained powers, views security as the biggest divine blessing and it resists in order to ensure the security of its own and of others.”
Ayatollah Khamenei wrapped up his remarks by saying, “Safeguarding the country’s security, borders and the lives of people is among the most impo rtant tasks assigned to military and police officials.”
Prior to Ayatollah Khamenei’s remarks, Major General Ataollah Salehi, chief of the Army, said April 18 marks the valiance of the Army’s Ground Forces, adding that the “revolutionary Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran” is in “full readiness” to safeguard country’s borders and strategic national interests.
“Regardless of agreements or a lack of agreements in international equations, the Army knows no option but honor, and is ready to once again create lasting sagas under any circumstances,” General Salehi said.

Things are once again deteriorating in Kashmir valley

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Since past few months the new coalition government of Jammu Hindu Dogra supported BJP and Kashmir Muslim supported PDP has come to power.

The trouble started with the news that the new government was planning to re-settle Kashmiri Pundits, who were forced to leave Kashmir valley at the start of militancy in 1990s. However, the government plans to re-settle them in walled and secured “townships”. The trust between Kashmir’s two main communities has broken to this extent that most are now not comfortable to live with each other. There was a massive opposition to what was described as “Israel style” re-settling of Pundits back in Kashmir valley. In effect, Kashmiri Hindus and Muslims were indirectly saying that they cannot live with each other any longer.

And just two days back, the kind of news that was common during the peak of militancy was once again in news. A young and promising Kashmiri Muslim boy’s badly mutilated body was handed over by army soldiers, who is widely believed to have been killed in fake army encounter. He was the brother of a powerful local separatist Kashmiri militant. There have been massive protests in entire Kashmir valley over his death.

And as if this was not enough, yesterday saw the return of hardline separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani back to Srinagar from his winter bungalow in Delhi. Mr. Geelani represents a minority of Kashmiri Muslim population, that wants to merge Kashmir valley with Pakistan, unlike the overwhelming Kashmiri Muslim desire to be independent from both India and Pakistan. There were pro-Pakistan slogans raised and Pakistani flags waved by the crowd of young men, who had gathered to welcome Mr. Geelani.

These three developments are worrying on many accounts. It first shows that Kashmir continues to be divided on religious lines. Secondly, the lawlessness of 1990s is again returning back. Thirdly and most dangerously Pakistan as well as Wahabi ideology are now once again gaining ground. The last time, when Pakistan got actively involved in Kashmir separatism, it resulted in 25 years of violence and blood shed in Kashmir valley that took lives of 100,000 Kashmiri people, broke Kashmir valley on religious lines and introduced Wahabism and many Kashmiri people are worried about that.

The involvement of Pakistan turned an otherwise unified and secular struggle of Kashmiri people for their rights and self respect into a Muslim separatist/ jihadist movement and thereby loose the sympathy of the world and not to mention the danger that means for religious and sectarian minorities.

By Siddhartha Garoo

NC urges Islamia School Kargil to choose between NC and PDP

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NC district vice president Ghulam Rasool Nagvi urged Islamia School Kargil to clear their stand as to whether choose PDP or NC.

Soon after the formation of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil, National Conference district vice president Ghulam Rasool Nagvi Tuesday appealed the heads of ISK to clear their political stand as to whether they support PDP or NC. He said, “Our leader Omar Abdullah has already given direction to strengthen the influential institution Islamia School, Kargil (ISK) and our coalition.”

The statement came just after the formation of LAHDC, Kargil CEC Haji Mohammad Hanifa an independent councilor of Islamia School from Baroo constituency.

The controversial statement come yesterday evening after Haji Mohammad took charge as chief executive councilor. However, sources said Ghulam Rasool Nagvi, Tsering Angdus, Aga Syed Abass Rizvi, Aga Syed Mujtaba Musavi are likely to take charge as executive councilors LAHDC Kargil.

The present arrangement of LAHDC Kargil, NC and Anjuman e Sahib Zaman group, led by Islamia School candidate has created a massive debate and internal rift within the institution, because a faction of Islamia School Kargil claims to support PDP. This has put ISK in a peculiar situation.

Iran’s leader calls for lifting all sanctions (2015/04/10)

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting on Thursday with a group of women, poets and eulogists writing poems in praise of the Household of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), extended his congratulations on the birthday of Hazrat Fatima (the beloved daughter of the Prophet Mohammad) and made very significant remarks about nuclear talks and the developments in Yemen.

Ayatollah Khamenei started his remarks by saying: “Some are asking why the Leader has not taken any stance with regard to the recent nuclear negotiations.”
“The reason for the Leader’s refusal to take a stance is that there is no ground for taking a position because the country’s officials and nuclear officials say nothing has yet been done and no binding topic has so far been brought up between the two sides,” he said
“Such a situation does not need taking a position,” he added.
Ayatollah Kha menei said: “If I am asked ‘Do you agree or disagree with the recent nuclear talks?’ I would say I neither agree nor disagree because nothing has happened yet.”
He added: “All problems arise from the point the details would be discussed because the opposite side is obstinate, unreliable, dishonest and into backstabbing, and may put constraints on the country, nation and negotiators throughout discussions about details.”
“What has hitherto happened guarantees neither an agreement itself, nor negotiations leading to an agreement, nor the content of an agreement. It does not even guarantee that these talks would end in an agreement. Therefore, extending congratulations [on this issue] is pointless.”
Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say: “I’ve never been optimistic about negotiations with the US and that is not because of an illusion, but because of experience in that regard.”
“If in the future, the details of issues, events and notes regarding ongoin g nuclear talks are released, everyone will see where this experience of ours stems from,” he said.
He said: “Although I was not optimistic about negotiations with the US, I supported the talks in this case wholeheartedly and I continue to support [them].”
“I [will] support one hundred percent an agreement that would guarantee the dignity of the Iranian nation and if someone says the Leader is opposed to the conclusion of an agreement, he is making untrue remarks,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that he completely approves of an agreement that would guarantee the interests of the nation and the country, saying: “Of course, I have said that ‘not reaching an agreement is better than a bad agreement’ because not accepting an agreement that would trample upon the interests of the Iranian nation and deny the nation its dignity would be preferred to [accepting] an agreement that would humiliate the Iranian nation.”
The supreme leader then made one point clear, saying: “Sometimes it is said that the details of these negotiations are under the supervision of the Leader, but that remark is not accurate.”
“I am not indifferent to these negotiations, but I have not interfered in the details of the talks so far and I will not do so from now onwards either,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said: “I have notified mainly the president and in a few cases the foreign minister of  [our] main policies, frameworks and redlines, but the details are in their hands.”
“I trust the nuclear negotiators and I have not been doubtful of them so far and God willing, that would be so in the future, too. But I am seriously concerned over the nuclear talks,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said his preoccupation with the talks stems from the fact that the opposite side is into deception, telling lies, breaking promises and moving in the wrong direction. “An example of such behavior by the opposite s ide could be seen in the recent talks and some two hours after the end of the negotiations, the White House released a statement in several pages, which was untrue in most cases.”
He added: “It is not possible to draw up such a statement in two hours. Therefore, [one could conclude that] they were drafting a distorted and erroneous statement contrary to the content of the negotiations while they were in talks with us.”
The supreme leader emphasized that the opposite side has a record of dishonesty and trickery. “Another instance is that after each round of talks, they make remarks in public and then they say in private that these remarks were only for saving their faces inside [their countries] and countering opponents while we have nothing to do with these issues.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Based on the famous proverb ‘Every madman thinks all other men mad’, they say that any possible opposition by the Leader to the negotiations is not realistic and is just for domestic face-saving. But the point is that they are not aware of Iran’s internal realities.”
“The Leader’s remarks [addressed] to people are based on mutual trust and as people trust me, I fully trust the people and I am convinced that God is with these people,” said Ayatollah Khamenei.
“People braving the cold [to attend rallies] on the 22nd of Bahman (Feb 11 marking the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution), and [their presence] in Quds Day [anti-Israeli] rallies in the hot weather of the [fasting month of] Ramadan, are all signs of God’s hand and based on this we fully trust people and our remarks to them are within the framework of this feeling as well as their honesty and prudence,” he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei said: “I am concerned with the behavior of the opposite side as the negotiations will continue.”
Referring to some viewpoints for and against the nuclear talks, he said: “There should be no exaggeration and haste, but we have to wait and see what would happen.”
Ayatollah Khamenei called on officials to keep people and particularly the elite abreast of the details of the negotiations and apprise them of the realities because there is nothing confidential.
He said that keeping people and the elite informed of the details of the nuclear talks is a manifestation of empathy between officials and people. “Empathy is not a directive, but and it should be developed and promoted. The current circumstances are a good chance for the development of empathy with people.”
Ayatollah Khamenei offered a proposal to officials, saying: “The officials who are honest and devoted to national interests should invite prominent critics of the negotiations and speak with them. If there is any point in their views that could help push the negotiations they should benefit from it. If not, they should convince them.”
“This is a manifestation of empathy and harmony in hearts and de eds,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Officials may say there is not enough time to hear critics because [only] three months are left until a deadline for reaching an agreement. In response to them, one should say that this 3-month deadline is not something that cannot be changed, and there will be no problem if this deadline is extended, as the opposite side extended [the talks] for seven months in one stance.”
The supreme leader once again noted that the negotiations with the Americans are merely on the nuclear issue and nothing else. “Of course, the negotiations on the nuclear issue are an experience. If the opposite side gives up its misconduct, we can continue this experience in other issues, but if the opposite side continues its misconduct, our previous impression regarding a lack of trust in the US will be strengthened.”
Ayatollah Khamenei complained about the position adopted by some people who consider the international community as the opposi te side in the nuclear talks, saying: “The Iranian nation’s opposite side that reneges on its promises is the US and three European countries and not the international community. The international community comprises the 150 countries whose presidents and senior representatives participated in the Non-Aligned Movement’s summit in Tehran several years ago and it is baseless to say that we should win the trust of the international community as the opposite party.”
The Leader then referred to his instructions to officials in his private meetings on the nuclear issue. “I insist that the officials consider the present nuclear achievements as very important and do not underestimate and undervalue them.”
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the nuclear industry is a must for the country, saying: “Some pseudo-intellectuals ask ‘Why do we need the nuclear industry?’. That’s deception.”
He referred to the country’s need for advanced nuclear industry in the f ields of energy, production of radiopharmaceuticals, desalination and agriculture, saying: “The most significant specification of the country’s nuclear industry is that achieving this very important industry is the result of the development of intrinsic talents of Iranian youth. Therefore, progress in the nuclear industry should continue.”
The supreme leader referred to allegations by several criminal countries like the US, which has already used A-bombs, or France, which has conducted dangerous nuclear tests, and said: “They accuse us of attempting to develop atomic bombs, while Iran’s Islamic establishment, based on the Sharia Law and logic, has never been seeking to build nuclear weapons and will never be, and considers them as a hassle.”
Ayatollah Khamenei urged the officials not to trust the opposite side and said: “Recently, one of the authorities clearly said that we don’t trust the opposite side. Such stances are good.”
Noting that the Iranian negotiators should not be fooled by the smiles of the opposite side and trust them, the Leader said: “A clear example of this is the stances and remarks by the US president following the recent statement.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said he has also asked the Iranian negotiators to demand the removal of sanctions all at once. “This issue is very important and the sanctions should be annulled the same day an agreement [would come into force].”
“If the lifting of sanctions is supposed to be linked to a new procedure, the talks will be meaningless in principle because the objective of the negotiations is to get the sanctions lifted,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said he also discussed the issue of inspections with the negotiators. “Absolutely, [they] should not be allowed to infiltrate the country’s security and defense sector under the pretext of monitoring, and the country’s military officials are by no means allowed to let foreigners into this sector under the pretext of monitoring and inspection, or to halt the country’s development in the defense sector.”
“It is necessary that the country’s defense capabilities and the nation’s strong fist in the military field remain strong and become stronger day by day. Moreover, during the talks, our support for our resistant brethren at different points should not falter.”
Regarding inspections of Iran’s nuclear program, the Leader said: “No unconventional method of inspection that would turn Iran into a specific case in terms of monitoring would be acceptable and the inspections should be within the boundaries of the very same conventional inspections carried out across the world, and nothing more.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also highlighted the necessity of continued technical development in Iran’s nuclear program.
“Scientific and technical development in different aspects should continue. Of course, the negotiating team may deem it necessary to accept some restrictions and we have no opposition in that regard, but technical development should definitely continue and go ahead in full force,” he said.
“It is up to the negotiators to meet these demands and they should explore and follow up on correct negotiation methods by benefiting from the views of well-informed and trustworthy individuals and the views of critics,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei referred to the ongoing events in Yemen and said: “By launching aggression on Yemen, the Saudis made a mistake and  set a bad precedent in the region.”
The Leader drew a parallel between the Saudi regime’s invasion of Yemen and the Zionists’ crimes against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and highlighted two points regarding this issue.
He described the Saudi aggression against Yemen as a crime and genocide which could be prosecuted in international courts, saying: “The killing of children, destruction of hou ses and annihilation of the infrastructure and national wealth of a country constitute a big crime.”
“The Saudis will definitely suffer losses” in the aggression and “they will by no means emerge the winner,” he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei predicted that the Saudis would lose in this war, saying: “The reason for this prediction is clear because the Zionists’ military capability was much higher than the Saudis’ and Gaza was a small zone; however, they (Zionists) failed. But Yemen is a vast country populated by tens of millions.”
“The Saudis will certainly suffer blows in this process and they will bite the dust,” he said.
The supreme leader referred to the background of Saudis in foreign political issues, saying: “We have numerous differences with the Saudis on different political issues, but we always said that they show dignity and humbleness in foreign policy. However, a group of inexperienced youths have taken the helm of affairs in t hat country and are getting barbarism overcome dignity and pretention, and that will definitely be to their detriment.”
“This act in the region is not acceptable and I warn that they should give up this criminal act in Yemen,” said the supreme leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei touched upon the US support for the Saudi government, saying: “This is the nature of the US to take sides with the oppressor in such cases instead of supporting the oppressed, but also in this case, they will suffer blows and will be defeated.”
Regarding allegations of Iran’s interference in Yemen, he said: “Their criminal warplanes have made Yemen’s sky insecure and, to justify their interference in Yemen, they invent idiotic pretexts, which are all rejected by God, nations and international logic, but they do not consider such acts as interference and instead they accuse Iran [of interference].”
The Leader described Yemen as an ancient nation capable of determining its own government, reiterating that the Saudi government should “stop these catastrophic crimes as soon as possible.”
Ayatollah Khamenei said the primary plot designed by the ill-wishers of the Yemeni nation seeks to create a power vacuum and create an appalling situation there similar to the one in Libya. “Fortunately, they failed to realize that objective because pious youth devoted to Imam Ali – including Shias, Sunnis, Zaidis and Hanafis, stood against them and they will continue to resist and they will emerge victorious.”
At the beginning of his speech, Ayatollah Khamenei honored the memory of Ali Ahi, the deceased eulogist who was committed and industrious. The leader also and made a few points while addressing the eulogizers.
The leader urged the eulogizers not to take for granted the massive presence of youths in ceremonies commemorating the Household of the Prophet and highlighted the necessity of promoting religious teachings and the Islamic lifestyle a nd of encouraging the audience to discharge the big responsibilities they shoulder.
The leader also said youth should be urged to refrain from deviation and superstition in their beliefs.

An open message from Kargili students in Delhi

The message released by All Kargil (Ladakh) Students’ Union Delhi on the auspicious birth anniversary of Lady Fatima Zehra (S.A) is really good, especially when the crimes against women are soaring in the country. We feel it something worthy to publish the whole text below:

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AKSUD message on Birth anniversary of Lady Zehra (S.A)
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As per many recent media reports it is revealed that India is on fourth number in world ranking for reporting highest number of rape cases. Few infamous rape cases, happened in the recent past has also worsened the situation in the country. The situation declined to the extent that the country’s capital Delhi has been labelled as a rape capital. In the capital women are scared to come out late at night. Almost all over the country is considered to be unsafe for women.

But still the situation is not as worse as it use to be 1400 years ago in Arabia. In Arabia there was a tradition to bury girl child with her first breath in this world. They consider birth of a girl child as disgrace. They consider women as like property of men which passes from a father to son in heritance.

In that era of extreme ignorance, a girl named Fatima opened her eyes in the house of Prophet Mohammad. Fatima was a symbol of protest against the burial of daughters and other inhuman rituals of the Arab. She held in high esteem amongst Muslims. Also, Prophet of Islam (saww) is her father, Ali the great imam (guide) was her husband and she is the mother of great revolutionaries like Imam Hassan, Imam Hussain and Lady Zaineb. But beyond and above all the status of being from such an elated family, she herself has an invaluable contribution to humanity in general and women in particular.

Fatima was a great teacher, learned leader, a genius political advisor (for prophet and Hazrat Ali), noble wife and a humble mother. Fatima used to teach both Muslim and non Muslim women in Arabia of her time. She used to nurture the orphans in her city as like her own children. She educated the public with their rights and duties towards the government at time. At the same time she used to speak against those who usurped and deprived the rights of the lower and poor class. These stands make the oppressors to oppress her. The tyrant rulers don’t allowed her to weep on her father’s (Prophet) demise. They ablaze her door, aborted her child Mohsin and detained her husband Ali to make forceful allegiance. She requested in her will that she be buried at night so that who thought ill of her would not follow her funeral and they would not know where she was buried?

She closed her eyes in a very short period of 18 years but her movement prolonged till now. It would not be wrong to say that it was her contribution that after 25 years of her demise, Ali succeeded in creating a master piece of just society. And when ever needed, her followers followed her way to create a resistance against tyrant rulers and cleaned the society from corruption, unjust, poverty and illiteracy.

Now in this era of reporting a huge number of rape cases in our capital. Where we are facing a mass indiscrimination and injustice to women, her way of life, teachings and principles could be a good panacea.

The leader receives Turkish president in Tehran, calling for an end to the aggression against Yemen (2015/04/08)

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Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the great event of “General Islamic Awakening” is the main reason behind the anxiety of enemies of Islam.

Referring to plots hatched by enemies to counter this big event, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “Today, the United States and Zionists are happy with internal differences in some Muslim countries and the solution to these problems lies in cooperation among Muslim countries and adopting appropriate and constructive practical measures.”

Highlighting that the enhancement of ties between Iran and Turkey will serve the common interests of both nations, the supreme Leader said: “The strength of each Muslim country in the Islamic world is, in fact, [regarded as] the strength of the [entire] Muslim ummah (community) and the general policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is t hat Muslim countries should strengthen one another and refrain from weakening each another. The promotion of Iran-Turkey relations will contribute to the realization of this objective.”

Ayatollah Khamenei said: “We have constantly insisted [on the fact] that Muslim countries would not benefit from trusting the West and the US, and today everyone is clearly witnessing the outcome of the West’s actions in the region, which are to the detriment of Islam and the region.”

He touched upon upheavals in certain regional countries as well as the brutalities committed by terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria, saying: “If someone does not see the enemy’s hidden hand in these events, he is in self-deception.”

To that effect, Ayatollah Khamenei highlighted the happiness of the US and the Zionists with the current situation in the region and said: “The Zionists and many Western governments, mainly the US, are happy with these developments and they have no inte ntion of putting an end to the ISIL issue.”

The supreme leader recalled some examples of ISIL’s acts of extreme savagery, and the terror group’s primary objective of dominating Baghdad, asking who has been underwriting and arming these groups.

“Foreigners certainly do not want this issue to be resolved. Therefore, it is up to Muslim countries to make a decision to solve these problems. But unfortunately no appropriate and constructive collective decision has been made,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

Ayatollah Khamenei also referred to the ongoing chaos in Yemen as another example of new problems in the Muslim world and proposed a solution for the crisis in the Arab country.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s position vis-à-vis all countries, including Yemen, is opposition to foreign interference. Therefore, in our view, the solution to the crisis in Yemen is for the attacks and foreign interference against the people of this country to stop, and it is Yemenis that should decide for the future of their country,” he said.

The supreme leader said the great event of “General Islamic Awakening” together with nations’ thirst for Islam is the key reason behind the sensitivity of enemies. Ayatollah Khamenei noted: “In opposition to this awakening, the enemies of Islam have long launched their counterattack, and the regrettable fact is that some Islamic governments are also committing treason and put their money and logistics at the disposal of the enemy.”

Ayatollah Khamenei then highlighted the situation in Iraq and touched upon Iran’s assistance to the Iraqi people to head off the dominance of terrorists. “Iran has no military presence in Iraq, but historic, deep-seated and very close relations exist between the Iranian and Iraqi nations,” he said.

The supreme leader wished growing dignity and glory for the Muslim world and reiterated Iran’s readiness to exchange views and hold consultatio ns to help resolve regional issues.

For his part, the Turkish president touched on his talks in Tehran and said during his trip, the two sides discussed bilateral issues, including reciprocal political and economic ties, as well as regional questions.

He referred to Tehran-Ankara relations in the energy sector and said the Iran-Turkey Economic Cooperation Council has been established, noting that officials in charge have been instructed to follow up on plans to push up mutual trade to billion.

Erdogan stressed the need for resolving the issues and problems which exist within the Muslim world without the interference of the West, saying there are many problems in the region which should be resolved through regional cooperation and without the West’s intervention.

The Turkish president also condemned the crimes committed by the ISIL terrorist group and noted he does not consider ISIL terrorists as Muslims and that he has adopted a stance against them.