08032017-TT-01.qxd 3/7/2017 10:28 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, march 8, 2017 uttarakhand edition chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 66 | 22 pages | ~3.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Haryana BJP MLA takes on CM on floor of House /thetribunechd Down and out, and outright win 2 Army brigades Terror suspect in out ofKashmir Lucknow standoff Majid Jahangir Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Srinagar, March 7 The Army has silently moved out of Kashmir two of its additional brigades deployed during last year’s unrest to calm down the situation. Five battalions under the two brigades were deployed in the worst-hit Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts of south Kashmir and frontier Kupwara district of north Kashmir during the peak of unrest. A senior defence official said the additional battalions started moving out in January as the situation improved. “The additional two brigades have completely moved out,” the officer said. The Army had last year launched “Operation Calm Down” to restore normalcy in the Valley, almost two months after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen com- OPERATION CALM DOWN Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 7 Taking on Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on the floor of the state Assembly, BJP legislator Umesh Agarwal today demanded an investigation into the grant of eight licences under the affordable housing scheme in Gurugram, even as Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu conceded it was a “serious issue”. Agarwal is one of the ruling party MLAs from south Haryana who have expressed displeasure over the government’s functioning. Speaking during Question Hour, the MLA sought to know if a limit of 300 acres had been fixed in the master plan for affordable housing and if it was being raised to 500 acres. Capt Abhimanyu, replying on behalf of the Chief Minister, who was not in the House but returned soon after, said the area limit had been fixed in the Affordable Housing Policy: 2013. Whether or not the limit should be extended was being examined. Asking a supplementary, Agarwal sought to know if any irregularities had been committed in the grant of licences. Denying it, the minister said a number of applications had been received for the “attractive” scheme. Dissatisfied, Agarwal then came out openly against the CM. “Under this policy, some licences were issued by the earlier Congress government. A few applicants had the drafts ready even before the policy was out. Our government issued eight licences and I brought this to the notice of the CM, who said the matter needed to be investigated,” he said. continued on page 11 India’s captain Virat Kohli (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after winning the match. REUTERS One of India’s finest, Kohli’s ‘best’ Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service Bengaluru, March 7 Today’s win in the second Test will go down as one of India’s finest ever, for the hosts overcame a firstinnings deficit of 87 runs and still won by a big margin of 75 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli has already declared it as the best under his captaincy. And he’s absolutely right in placing it up there, for the team showed tremendous mental strength and skills to win it despite falling behind quite a few times in the contest. Besides, there was that additional pressure on the world No. 1 team after losing the first Test in Pune within three days. “For sure, this is the best one under my captaincy,” Kohli said. “It was a quite an emotional game for us, quite draining as well. Everyone got along, we showed the PLAYERS CAN BE SENT OFF UNDER NEW LAWS London: Umpires will have the authority to send players off for serious breaches of behaviour under updated laws from October 1. MCC has also laid out restrictions on bat sizes and there will be an amendment to the run-out law to protect a batsman whose bat has bounced in air once they have crossed the popping crease. PTI team spirit, I thought this was the sweetest victory for us.” Apart from the amazing contest of cricketing skills, the match also saw players sledging and mocking each other. While the players kept playing it down as “banter” and as something that’s normal during an India-Australia contest, it was clear that tempers were seriously rising. The tension got acute today over a DRS controversy. The Australian skipper, Steven ‘Explosive’ women force behind keeping soldiers safe, protected Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 7 As soldiers strap on bulletproof jackets that prevent injuries from small arms fire during anti-terror operations or climb into armoured vehicles that can withstand improvised explosive device blasts, a handful of women scientists have been plugging away in laboratories hundreds of kilometres away to ensure the gear being used meets the requisite standards of protection. Not many women in India get to work with bullets and bombs, but a small but select group of women scientists have successfully made a career at the Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL), a Defence Research and Development Organisation unit that evaluates the performance of ammunition and warheads. Speaking to The Tribune on the eve of International Women’s Day, some of them shared their experiences and TBRL scientists (from left): Devarati Bhattacharya, Rajesh Kumari, Meenakshi Bhatkula, Vandana Arya and Sakshi Arora. perception of being associated with what is considered by many as a “dangerous field”. “It is a highly challenging subject and we have been involved in establishing test protocol of various types of ammunition and explosives, for which no well-defined parameters existed earlier,” says Dr Rajesh Kumari, a senior scientist who has been associated with the subject for 25 years. “The safety AGENDA FOR PUNJAB -3 There are serious costs involved in setting up systems to check pollution. Neither the government nor public have been prepared to spare the funds needed, especially as they fail to realise the benefits. OPED PAGE 9 aspect is very important in our work and all activities involve a lot of planning and deliberations under set procedures,” she adds. “It’s a great responsibility,” says Dr Devarati Bhattacharya, an engineer who joined the DRDO 11 years ago. “The most satisfying aspect of our job is that the soldiers on the borders are able to get better protection continued on page 11 NEW DELHI PROTESTS FISHERMAN’S KILLING India on Tuesday raised at the highest level the killing of an Indian fisherman in the Palk Straits by the Sri Lankan navy. Sources said High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu took up the matter with Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe. PAGE 11 Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. Smith, surprisingly, looked at his dressing room for a clue/advice while he was deciding whether to review the lbw decision against him. The umpire promptly stopped him from doing that, and he had to walk out. Smith later admitted he had a “brain fade” and shouldn’t have done that. Kohli, however, tore into him and stopped just short of calling it cheating. “A batsman can have a brain fade while batting, like I have had an error of judgement twice while batting in the series,” said Kohli. “It’s something else, I don’t want to mention the word, but it falls in that category.” When asked if the word he didn’t want to mention was ‘cheating’, Kohli said: “I didn’t say the word, you did.” With the series now level at 1-1 and tempers frayed, the remaining two Tests are certain to be equally stormy. Match report page 16 ■ Army had last year launched ‘Operation Calm Down’ to restore normalcy, almost two months after killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani in July led to unrest ■ Five battalions were deployed in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama and Kupwara ■ CRPF has already moved out additional 102 companies deployed to quell the protests mander Burhan Wani in July that led to massive unrest. Over 4,000 additional troops were deployed in volatile districts. According to human right groups, over 90 people were killed during the unrest. However, the J&K Government claims 76 civilians and two policemen died. The soldiers were engaged in area domination and round-the-clock patrolling in volatile areas alongside Rashtriya Rifles battalions. May be linked to Ujjain train blast Lucknow, March 7 On the eve of the final phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, the state’s Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) today launched an operation to flush out a suspect holed up inside a house in the city’s densely populated Thakurganj following inputs that he may be linked with the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast this morning. Eight persons were injured, two of them seriously, in the blast near Jabdi station in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur district. The Lucknow operation, involving 20 commandos, began this afternoon. Additional Director General of Police Daljeet Chaudhary said the ATS had received information from outside the state regarding the presence of a few suspects in Kanpur and Lucknow. While one suspect had been nabbed in Kanpur, the second was holed up inside a house in Thakurganj. Locals said at 3.30 pm, more than 30 policemen started vacating houses in the locality. “The suspect got wind of it and opened fire at the police party. The police returned the fire,” they said. Aseem Arun, IG, ATS, then summoned the elite commandos from the Bijnaur police facility. The IG, Lucknow (Zone A), Satish Ganesh, said chilli bombs were being used to “smoke the suspect out”. Arun said: “We are in no hurry. We want to catch him alive.” DGP Javed Ahmed said the UP Police were trying to convince the suspect to surrender. “It is too early to link him to the Ujjain train blast.” — TNS/Agencies related report page 11 DU Prof Saibaba gets In a first, IISc among Maneka advocates life term for Maoist link top 10 global varsities curfews in hostels Mumbai: Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, who is wheelchair-bound, was on Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a Maharashtra court for his links with Maoists. The Gadchiroli Sessions Court handed down life imprisonment to four others while their sixth accomplice was jailed for 10 years. The suspended English professor of Ram Lal Anand College, DU, was arrested in May 2014 from Delhi. The prosecution claimed that incriminating documents, compact discs and pen drives containing literature about the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist were recovered from his possession. Saibaba, 47, was in April last year granted bail by the Supreme Court. The court also convicted JNU student Hem Mishra for nexus with the Left wing extremists. IANS New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore has become the first Indian educational institution to make it to the top 10 of a global ranking for universities. IISc has been ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education or THE Rankings, 2017 in the “best small universities” category (having less than 5,000 students). PTI Verka milk costlier by ~2/litre from today Chandigarh: Verka, the flagship brand of Punjab state-owned cooperative Milkfed, has hiked the prices of all variants of milk by ~2 per litre (~1 per pouch) — the second in six months — with effect from Wednesday. There has been a considerable rise in the cost of cattle feed and meal supplements, the milk prices have been increased marginally, Milkfed said. TNS New Delhi: Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has advocated hostel curfews for school and college students to protect them from their “own hormonal outbursts”, adding that the restrictions should apply equally to girls and boys. The Union Women and Child Development Minister said, “I say this as a parent. They should use the time to study.” Earlier, on a news channel, she had said, “When you are 16 or 17, you are also hormonally very challenged. So to protect you from your own hormonal outbursts, perhaps a certain protection or lakshman rekha is drawn.” She sought to clarify her remark, saying what she meant was that “students are excited about their new surroundings and freedom. They need a cordon of protection. I did not mean anythiing sexual.” PTI
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