ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Victory Road Victory Road from Trunk 8 to the entrance of Mulgrave Lake, about15 kilometres, has been closed due to washouts and springconditions. -30-
ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Victory Road Victory Road from Trunk 8 to the entrance of Mulgrave Lake, about15 kilometres, has been closed due to washouts and springconditions. -30-
Nova Scotia 15-year-olds have performed above the international average in science, mathematics and reading in a respected international student assessment. The 2006 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) measured student achievement in 57 countries, including Canada and each of the provinces. “Our students have again demonstrated that on the world stage we are among the best,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “The job ahead is to do even better. We need to do more to help our students excel.” Nova Scotia’s best showing was in science, placing 18th in the world out of the 67 jurisdictions assessed. When taking account of the range of results for each jurisdiction, there was statistically very little difference between Nova Scotia students and students in other parts of the country. Only four countries and three provinces — Alberta, B.C. and Ontario — significantly outperformed Nova Scotia in science. That performance was mirrored in reading and mathematics with Nova Scotia students ranking above average internationally, but below the Canadian average. Thirteen countries and five provinces significantly outperformed Nova Scotia in mathematics, while just five countries and three provinces surpassed Nova Scotia in reading. As a country, Canada placed third in science, behind Finland and Hong Kong. The strongest performing provinces were Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, which scored above the Canadian average. Canadian students were fourth in reading and seventh in mathematics. Among Nova Scotia results, the study found girls significantly outperformed boys in reading, while boys performed significantly better than girls in mathematics. There was no significant difference between boys and girls in science. The study also found Nova Scotia’s French-language schools performed significantly below English-language schools in both reading and science, consistent with other minority-language schools across the country. “This is a concern,” said Ms. Casey. “We will take steps to identify the issues behind these results and take measures to improve performance in these areas.” The PISA results come on the heels of the Programme for International Reading Study (PIRLS) released last week, which scored Grade 4 Nova Scotia students significantly above the world average in reading. The PISA study was administered to 2,441 students at 86 schools in April and May of 2006. The study, conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, can be viewed at http://www.pisa.gc.ca/ .
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will unveil two recently discovered paintings by Nova Scotian marine artist John O’Brien (1831-1891). The paintings are more than just beautiful pieces of art, they also illustrate the highs and lows of a man who is generally regarded as the most significant ship portrait artist in Canada during the 19th century. “These two paintings are powerful examples between the two extremes of the artist’s career,” says Dan Conlin, the museum’s curator of marine history. “One is a bright, sunny portrait of a rich merchant’s brig, and the other is a dark and violent storm scene painted on scrap tin.” To compliment the display opening, Mr. Conlin will give a free talk later that evening entitled Ominous Sky: The Stormy Career of Marine Artist John O’Brien. The talk will take place at the Maritime Museum on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and will address Mr. O’Brien’s professional triumphs and personal battles. Believed to have been born at sea, Mr. O’Brien emerged in the 1850s as a self-taught artist of great talent in Halifax. By 1857, Mr. O’Brien had established himself as a true artist and it was during this time that he painted one of the donated pieces, a portrait of the brig Florence, sailing through calm waters on a beautiful day. Sadly, an eye disease permanently impaired Mr. O’Brien’s vision and left him unable to paint for his prestigious clients. By 1860, as he struggled with poverty and alcoholism, his once sunny portraits grew darker. In 1881, he painted the second donated piece, a scrap of tin featuring an unknown vessel fighting through a storm. The donors who gave the pieces to the museum were not initially aware that their paintings were original O’Briens. Through careful examination and research, museum staff were able to determine each paintings true significance. “Our discovery of these unknown works by O’Brien is extremely exciting,” said Mr. Conlin. “It’s an important reminder of all the undiscovered treasure of Nova Scotia’s heritage that’s still out there.” The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.
Cases of H1N1 (human swine influenza) continue to be reported in Nova Scotia. The province’s first death associated with the virus was confirmed by Capital District Health Authority today, July 24. The female patient was in her fifties with underlying health conditions. “I would like to express my deepest sympathy to family and friends at such a difficult time,” said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer. “As sad as this news is, it’s important to remember that H1N1 and other flu-like viruses are very serious illnesses.” Cases of H1N1 involving severe illnesses and deaths are being reported in other provinces and outside Canada. “Each year thousands of Canadians die from the flu, and unfortunately we expected to see deaths associated with the H1N1 virus in Nova Scotia,” said Dr. Strang. The health care and public health systems continue to anticipate new cases, and are prepared to respond appropriately. “The Department of Health continues to work closely with our health system partners to respond and provide the best care possible to patients as this situation evolves,” said Dr. Ken Buchholz, senior physician advisor, Department of Health. “As a system, we are continuing to be vigilant and are preparing for more severe cases. Unfortunately, this sad event is a reminder of the severity of H1N1 and flu-like illnesses.” While the number of severe cases of H1N1 is increasing, the majority of H1N1 cases are still behaving like a typical flu-like illness. The total number of cases reported in Nova Scotia since the outbreak started is now 456. Ten people have been hospitalized since April 26. People are reminded that the best way to stay healthy is to take preventative action. That means washing hands thoroughly and often, using an arm to cover coughs and sneezes, and frequently cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces and items such as doorknobs and counters. If people have influenza-like symptoms they should stay home and minimize contact with family members as much as possible. If symptoms worsen, they should visit their physician or a walk-in clinic. It is important for Nova Scotians to understand that it is safe to go to work, participate in community activities and to socialize, if they do not have influenza-like symptoms. For more information on H1N1 (human swine influenza), visit www.gov.ns.ca/hpp. -30-
Interest in Nova Scotia’s onshore continues to grow with the approval of another onshore exploration agreement, today, Sept. 4, by Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. Eastrock Resources Ltd. was granted an exploration agreement to explore for conventional oil and gas on land in Cumberland and Colchester counties. The area spans from the western coast of Eatonville, to Economy, up to Glenville. All provincial parks, First Nation reserve lands and designated wilderness areas are exempt from this agreement. The licence was awarded following a call for bids announced in Dec. 2008. Eastrock currently holds a conventional exploration agreement in the neighboring Springhill area, awarded in 2006. “Onshore oil and natural gas holds tremendous potential for Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Estabrooks. “We are encouraged to see Eastrock Resources expand its interest in our province and we look forward to working with them in the future.” “We are delighted to increase our acreage position in Nova Scotia to about 258,000 hectares of adjoining petroleum rights,” said Michael Volcko, president of Eastrock Resources Ltd. “The large area has prospects for both conventional petroleum resources and unconventional shale gas, and we have already identified numerous drilling prospects for both.” Onshore conventional exploration agreements are valid for three years with an option to renew at the end of the third year. There are nine onshore exploration and production agreements held in the province. In order to be awarded the rights to explore a block of land, companies must go through a competitive bidding process. Successful bidders are chosen based on the financial value of the company’s workplan over the term of the agreement, its technical capabilities and industry experience. All onshore oil and gas exploration activity in Nova Scotia is regulated by various departments including Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources. These departments work together to set the terms and conditions on access to any Crown land under the exploration agreement. This agreement does not permit the company to conduct activities such as seismic and drilling without permission of the landowner, private and Crown. Eastrock Resources Ltd. is a Canadian privately owned oil and gas exploration company based in Alberta, with holdings in Nova Scotia.
Auditor General Jacques Lapointe reported today, June 3, that he has referred an additional case to the RCMP. On May 20, the Speaker’s Office informed the Auditor General that they had come into possession of evidence of possible illegalities in expense claims for a former member of the House of Assembly. The Auditor General’s Office reviewed the information before passing it on to the RCMP for investigation. As with previous cases, Mr. Lapointe is not disclosing the identity of the individual involved. On May 18, files related to expense claims of one current and four former members of the legislative assembly were referred to the RCMP.
Calling all communities — this is your chance to put your group, youth organization or school on centre stage. The Halifax 2011 Canada Games Host Society opened a call for submissions today, Nov. 8, encouraging community groups to present cultural programming for the Celebration Square stage every weekday lunch-hour during the Games. “Our vision for the Games hinges on touching as many communities as possible through programs like this one,” said Mervyn Broome, community relations chair. “We really hope that groups and organizations that value youth and culture as much as we do will take advantage of this opportunity.” The program, called Celebration Square at Noon, will feature presentations lasting 20 minutes to an hour that showcase youth and the cultural diversity of Nova Scotia through a range of artistic disciplines. The Host Society is looking for entertaining performances featuring music, dance, theatre or other arts and culture disciplines that appeal to youth audiences. Submissions must be received by Friday, Nov. 26, and will be evaluated by a panel of Games staff, volunteers and stakeholders. Preference will be given to organizations that support youth and cultural diversity. Up to 27 groups could be selected, depending on performance lengths. For more information on Celebration Square at Noon and to access the application form visit www.canadagames2011.ca/artists . Celebration Square, located in Grand Parade, will also offer free entertainment to the public every night during the Games. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event held in Nova Scotia and Halifax’s first Canada Winter Games. From Feb. 11 to 27, more than 2,700 athletes will compete in more than 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media.
Une tempête majeure soufflera sur la Nouvelle-Écosse aujourd’hui 2 février. De 20 à 45 centimètres de neige sont prévus d’ici jeudi matin, et les précipitations les plus abondantes sont prévues dans le centre de la province. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences demande aux gens de se préparer, particulièrement en vue d’interruptions des services de transport. « Il s’agit d’une tempête de neige majeure et les gens doivent être prêts, a dit Ross Landry, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. Il faut prévoir des conditions routières difficiles, des retards et des inconvénients, et il faut faire preuve de prudence et de bon jugement. » On demande aux automobilistes de surveiller les conditions routières, d’ajuster leur vitesse au besoin, et de rester à une distance sûre des autres véhicules. Il est également recommandé d’avoir une trousse d’urgence dans la voiture. Pour connaître les conditions routières, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/tran ou composez le 511. Pour obtenir des conseils sur la préparation en cas de tempête majeure (en anglais seulement), consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Les avertissements météorologiques sont publiés au www.meteo.gc.ca/warnings/ns_f.html.
LUNENBURG COUNTY: Martins Brook Bridge Martins Brook Bridge, Trunk 3, approximately 900 metres north of Hermans Island Road, is closed for bridge replacement until Friday, Feb 19. Detour on Trunk 3 to Fauxburg Road, Northwest Road, Schnares Crossing Road back to Trunk 3. -30-
C’est la rentrée scolaire cette semaine pour des milliers d’élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse qui se retrouveront dans des classes moins nombreuses, trouveront plus de soutien en santé mentale, et auront accès à de nouveaux moyens d’obtenir de l’aide en lecture et en mathématiques. « Nous avons travaillé avec les enseignants afin de planifier et d’intégrer plusieurs changements intéressants pour la nouvelle année scolaire, a indiqué le ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Zach Churchill. Nous allons continuer de travailler avec les enseignants pour bâtir des salles de classes encore meilleures. » Pour l’année scolaire 2017-2018, à l’échelle de la province, la taille des classes sera plafonnée à 28 élèves (avec possibilité d’aller jusqu’à 30 élèves) pour le premier cycle du secondaire et les écoles intermédiaires, et la taille des classes sera plafonnée à 30 élèves (avec possibilité d’aller jusqu’à 32 élèves) pour le deuxième cycle du secondaire. « Les parents, les enseignants et les élèves veulent des classes plus petites, ajoute M. Churchill. Ce changement important arrivera cet automne. » Le programme ÉcolePlus sera également élargi cette année avec l’ajout de huit nouveaux cliniciens en santé mentale. Lancé en 2008, le programme est maintenant offert dans 280 écoles dans la province. Il réunit toute une gamme de services de santé mentale et d’autres programmes de santé, ainsi que des services de mentorat, de travail social, de justice et d’aide avec les devoirs qui sont offerts dans les écoles, là où les enfants, les jeunes et les familles y ont facilement accès. ÉcolePlus sera offert dans toutes les écoles d’ici 2019-2020. « Nos élèves ont besoin de soutien pour réussir et s’épanouir, précise M. Churchill. Nous ajoutons d’autres soutiens de ce genre cette année jusqu’à ce que le programme soit offert dans toutes les écoles. » Durant la nouvelle année scolaire, le Ministère va continuer de concentrer ses efforts sur ce que les enseignants, le personnel et les parents lui ont dit. Le Ministère continue de travailler avec le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe et la Commission sur l’intégration dans l’éducation afin d’améliorer et de mettre en valeur le système éducatif de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et ce, dans l’intérêt des enseignants, du personnel et des élèves.
Some provincial government offices in Nova Scotia are now closed, today, March 4, due to weather conditions. For a list of closures visit https://novascotia.ca/stormupdates/ . Please continue to check that website for updates and call ahead before going to an appointment. Follow @NS_TIR for the latest road conditions. Information on road conditions is also available by calling 511 or checking the Nova Scotia highway cameras at https://novascotia.ca/tran/cameras/all.asp . -30-
Kolkata: An acute crisis of blood, which intensified during recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, is going to be addressed soon a number of camps are being organised in the districts.The state had been reeling under blood crisis due to a shortage of blood camps in various parts of the state. Most of the blood camps were organised by Trinamool Congress activists and local clubs. Due to the elections, the blood camps could not be organised resulting in a scarcity in the supply of blood. The involvement of youths Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durgaand various local clubs in political activities had aggravated the situation further and the number of blood donation camps was reduced. After the conclusion of Lok Sabha polls, organisers and local clubs are set to hold camps in various districts. It may be mentioned here that a few days ago some of the senior health department officials held a high-level meeting with the medical superintendents of various medical colleges and the blood banks officials to tide over the crisis. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe health officials also conducted a video conference with hospital superintendents of various hospitals in the districts and the chief medical officers of health giving detailed guidelines stressing on the collection of bloods. The health officials in the districts were also urged to rope in medical students and health workers into the process to tide over the crisis. They districts health officials were asked to organise blood camps so that adequate blood is collected in the districts. “The blood donation camps across the state were affected during election season leading to a crisis in various blood banks. The situation is improving now as camps are being conducted in various places. During summer time a crisis in blood supply is witnessed every year,” a senior health official said.
Washington: If India went ahead with its decision to buy the long-range S-400 missile defense system from Russia, it will have serious implications on Indo-US defence ties, the Trump administration has warned. The S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 to procure the lethal missile system. India and Russia signed a USD 5 billion S-400 air defence system deal in October last year. A senior State Department Official told a group of reporters on Thursday that New Delhi’s decision to buy S-400 air defence system from Moscow was significant, disagreeing with the view that it “isn’t a big deal”.
New Delhi: Online restaurant guide and food ordering firm Zomato on Monday said as part of its new parental leave policy it will be offering at least 26 weeks paid leave to its employees. In addition to the flexibility and empowerment to care for their families as they deem fit, the new parents will also be given an endowment of $1,000 (Rs 69,262) per child, as they welcome their new baby to the world, Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal said in a blog post. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”According to me, a lot of that imbalance at the top stems from an unequal leave policy for men and women when they welcome their children to this world,” he added. For women across the globe, the company will be offering 26 weeks paid leave, or will follow the government mandated policy, whichever is more, Goyal said, adding that Zomato has teams in 13 countries. “We will be offering exactly the same benefits to men as well. There won’t be even an iota of difference in parental leave policy for men and women at Zomato going forward,” he added. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefThis policy also applies to non-birthing parents, and in cases of surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex partners, the blog said. These policy changes are applicable to even those Zomans who have had a child within the last six months, it added. Wishing that the governments across the world institutionalised paid parental leave the way Nordics do, Goyal said “that will be the right thing to do for organisations as well as individuals.” In fact, it’s time all major organisations took a step towards this much needed way of life, he added.
Kolkata: State Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim announced the constitution of heritage committee in each of the municipalities with an aim to give a boost to tourism in the state.”There are heritage structures through out the state. The temples in Bishnupur are part of our heritage , similarly a number of places in Purulia are heritage spots. The heritage committee will ensure that urban and rural heritage are given equal priority. They will suggest measures on how the heritage places can be beautified so that it can attract tourists,” Hakim said while tabling the West Bengal Municipal (Amendment ) Bill 2019 at the state Assembly. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe municipalities will have to constitute a committee called Heritage Conservation Committee with the Chairman of a municipality as its chairman and the Executive Officer of the municipality as the convener. There would be a nominee of the district magistrate of the concerned district, a nominee of the Director of the state Information and Cultural Affairs, an eminent architect, an artist, an environmentalist, a historian having knowledge of the region, and the concerned executive engineer of the Municipal Engineering Directorate along with the Town Planner of the municipality in the committee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Bill empowers the state government to extend the term of administrator or Board of Administrators for a period of one year. Earlier the government had extended the term of administrator for six months, hence now the administrator can be at the helm of a municipality for a period of 18 months. Elections will have to be held within this 18 months period. “The government wants to conduct elections of all municipalities at one time. Holding polls of municipalities at different times affect administrative work,” Hakim maintained. The Bill was passed at the House on Tuesday and awaits the nod of the Governor.
Barcelona: Antoine Griezmann was tested by his Barcelona teammates at his first training session at the club by being nutmegged twice. However, the French forward, who is expected to make his club debut next week, remained calm. Griezmann, who has been handed the No. 17 shirt, is likely to make his debut in next week’s Rakuten Cup clash against Frank Lampard-managed Chelsea in Japan. Griezmann, along with new recruits Frenkie de Jong and Neto, were at their first training session at the club. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are currently on holiday following their Copa America campaign. The La Liga champions signed the French World Cup winner from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros on a five-year deal after paying his release clause.
Ashoknagar: In a shocking incident, the body of a woman, who allegedly committed suicide, was taken for autopsy in garbage vehicles by police here in Madhya Pradesh. Terming it as a “blot on humanity”, Chief Minister Kamal Nath ordered stern action against those responsible for the “negligence”. Puja Ojha (22) allegedly committed suicide on the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday at her home in Ashoknagar city. Some newspapers carried pictures of her body being taken to the district hospital for autopsy in a garbage vehicle on Tuesday. Nath on Wednesday assured strict action against those found guilty of negligence. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The incident of carrying a womans body in a garbage vehicle and a dumper (truck) in place of an ambulance (hearse) is a blot on humanity,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. “The pictures of such incidents are heart-breaking and this cannot be tolerated. Instructions are issued for strict action against those responsible for negligence,” he added. The deceased’s husband, Narendra Ojha, said his wife, who was three months’ pregnant, was depressed after her medical check-up revealed the foetus died in the womb. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday, Puja Ojha allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling hook at their home here, according to the police. The husband alleged that the body was taken to the district hospital in a tractor-trolley, which is otherwise used for carrying garbage, instead of an ambulance. “The tractor-trolley also broke down mid-way and then the municipality sent a dumper, used as garbage transportation vehicle, for carrying the body,” he claimed. Additional District Magistrate Anuj Rohatagi said an inquiry would be conducted into the matter and action would be taken against those responsible for the negligence.
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday set aside an arrest warrant issued against West Bengal BJP leader Mukul Roy in connection with a case of cheating and extortion. The arrest warrant was issued by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata in a city court on July 29 on a prayer by the Kolkata Police that Roy was allegedly not cooperating with them in an investigation into the recovery of a large amount of unaccounted cash worth Rs 19 lakh from a person in Burrabazar last year. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja On Wednesday, the High Court set aside the warrant after Roy’s counsel Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya said that his client has already been quizzed by police at his Delhi residence which makes the allegation of non-cooperation against him baseless. The High Court also directed that the original proceedings related to the alleged recovery of unaccounted cash will continue before the city court. The Burrabazar police station of the city police division had earlier issued a notice under CrPC section 160 to the BJP leader to appear for interrogation as his name was found in the phone of one of the arrested persons in the case. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway However, Roy had refused to appear before the Kolkata Police stating he is a resident of Delhi and moved Delhi High Court challenging the notice. The court had granted Roy protection from coercive action for 10 days but asked him to join the investigation in the case and be available for questioning in Delhi. Following the court order, a team of Kolkata Police interrogated Roy at his Delhi residence on August 2.
Hyderabad: NMDC Ltd plans to pursue allocation of new iron ore deposits both by participation in auctions and the Government dispensation route, even as it seeks to expand its brownfield mines to increase its production target to 67 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). During its 61st Annual General Meeting, NMDC unveiled plans to increase its production capacity to 67 mtpa. The development of a greenfield mine has been planned through a joint venture with Chhattisgarh State Mineral Development Corporation, for which it has appointed a mining developer. This will add 10 MTPA of capacity in the next four-five years. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAddressing the AGM, N Baijendra Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director of NMDC, said it is proposed to raise the company’s current mining capacity of 43 MTPA to 67 MTPA with the aim of meeting the domestic iron and steel sector’s requirement. The company registered a good performance in the first quarter of this fiscal in spite of problems with the Donimalai lease. It is hopeful of resolving the issue. The company closed the last fiscal with a profit of Rs 4,642 crore and a networth of Rs 25,952 crore as of March 31, 2019. Progress on construction of the 3 mtpa steel plant at Nagarnar, Chhattisgarh, during 2018-19 has been noticeable and various packages are under construction and nearing completion. Cold trial of individual equipment under various packages is in progress. The steel plant is scheduled to be commissioned in three phases and is expected to be operational by the third quarter of FY 2020-2021. To increase the evacuation capacity from the Bailadilla sector, NMDC has taken up doubling of the Kirandul-Jagdalpur railway line, which will reduce the total turnaround time for rakes. The slurry pipeline from Bailadila to Jagdalpur and further to Visakhapatnam, with a capacity of 15 MTPA, will add to the ease of evacuation.
Pune: The Army has received inputs that there may be a terror attack in southern part of India, a top Army commander said on Monday. Some abandoned boats have been recovered in the Sir Creek area, Lt Gen S K Saini, GOC-in-C of the Army’s Southern Command, told reporters at an event near Pune. “We have got many inputs that there may be a terrorist attack in southern part of India and the peninsular India,” he said. The Army has undertaken measures for capacity building and capability development in the Sir Creek area, keeping in mind the enhanced threat perception, he said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details He was replying to a question related to terror inputs and Pakistan’s enhanced deployment close to the Sir Creek area. “We are taking precautions to ensure that any designs of the inimical elements or terrorists are stalled and they do not get the success which they are wishing,” he said. Lt Gen Saini was speaking on the sidelines of the commencement of Phase II infrastructural development at the Army Law College near Kanhe. Asked about the changing dynamics and threats emanating from a neighboring country, he said any conflict which is in the sub-conventional domain has got both external and internal dimensions. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “In the case of J&K, the external dimension is much more pronounced than the internal dimension. We have a very clear cut policy based on which have been resolving insurgencies. “The government takes a comprehensive view of every conflict and undertakes political, economic, social and diplomatic measures to resolve it. The Army’s role is to create conducive conditions for such initiatives by the government,” he said. The Army is “fully geared” for any contingency which arises in the situation as far as J&K is concerned, he said. Asked about threats issued by political and military leadership of Pakistan recently, he said, “Threats do not change the functioning of the army and we are ready to fight any eventuality.” On the Sir Creek demarcation issue, he said as far as resolution of the dispute is concerned, it is a matter between two governments.