Set up Parliamentary panel for dialogue on Kashmir issue: CPIM
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:28
Srinagar: The CPI(M)'s state unit on Sunday demanded constitution of a parliamentary committee to hold dialogue with all shades of opinion in Kashmir, saying the step will convey Centre's seriousness to settle the issue.

"Kashmir is a complex issue which deserves the attention of the whole country. A parliamentary committee should be set up which could enter into dilogue with people of all shades of opinion in the state," state secretary of the party M Y Tarigami told reporters here.

He said the proposed committee should have representatives of all parties to convey a message on the ground that it was a serious effort to address the issue.

"It is a general perception here that Government of India is not serious to address Kashmir issue. To erase such perception, it is imperative that a parliamentary committee is constituted," he said.

Tarigami stressed on the need to initiate a "sustained" dialogue. He also favoured revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act.


New York: Blood sucking bedbugs have made a strong comeback in New York, forcing temporary closures of some reputed outlets here.

In recent days, the bugs forced the temporary closures of a Victoria's Secret and Abercrombie and Fitch. The shops say they have rid their stores of the tiny pests, but experts say the infestations are just the latest indication of the bedbug's strong comeback.

After mostly being eradicated form the US a half century ago, infestations are so common that New York City formed a Bed Bug Advisory Board in 2009 to focus on preventing infestations, Christian Science Monitor reported.

According to New York City's Housing Preservation and Development department, bedbug complaints in the city have skyrocketed over the past five years, from just over 500 in 2004 to over 10,000 in 2009.

In June, the New York state legislature passed a law requiring landlords to give potential renters a "bedbug history" of their property.


First Published: Sunday, July 25, 2010, 21:28

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