13072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/13/2017 1:26 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, july 13, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 192 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd China ready for ‘constructive’ role in J and K Simran Sodhi Tribune News Service Police personnel clear a road blocked by protesters after the funeral prayers for one of the three militants, who were killed in a fierce overnight encounter with security forces in Budgam district, at Hyderpora in Srinagar on Wednesday. PTI 2 soldiers die in LoC firing J&K put on ‘highest’ alert, anti-terror operations likely to be stepped up TNS and agencies Decisive headway Srinagar, July 12 Two soldiers were killed today as Pakistani troops, violating the ceasefire, resorted to firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the remote mountainous Keran sector of Kupwara. The Army did not elaborate on the intensity of the firepower by the Pakistani troops. Since the past few weeks, OIC backs ‘J-K struggle’ ❝ Decisive headway has been made against militancy during the last few weeks. Militancy has now entered its final phase❞ —Jitendra Singh, MOS ❝We support the indigenous movement of people of India-occupied J&K and the just struggle of Kashmiris that cannot be equated with terror❞ the Pakistani army has been shelling border villages and forwards posts of the Indian Army in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu. Meanwhile, the security forces have launched a hunt for Pakistani national and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail, the brain behind the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims on Monday, a senior police official said. The government has sounded the “highest alert” across Jammu and Kashmir. Proactive operations have been launched, mainly in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail with investigations, continued on page 7 New Delhi, July 12 China today offered to play a “constructive”’ role in improving ties between India and Pakistan. With the standoff in Sikkim nearing almost a month and the recent terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, the statement is bound to aggravate India and the situation further. India has always maintained that Kashmir issue is a bilateral one. China’s statement comes a day after its media suggested that a “third” country’s army could enter Jammu and Kashmir on Pakistan's request, using the same logic that India has to stop Chinese troops from constructing a road in Doklam. China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said: “The conflict occurred near the Line of Control in Kashmir. This will not only harm peace and stability in the two countries, but also of the region.” He hoped the two sides would do more to prevent escalating tensions and that China was willing to play a “constructive” role. Only yesterday Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had made a conciliatory statement, suggesting that India and China could manage their border disputes. Tribune News Service Sen film hits ‘cow’ 5-Judge SC Bench to , ‘Hindutva’ bump hear Aadhaar pleas New Delhi, July 12 Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, blaming government’s policies in Jammu and Kashmir for ceding space to terrorists. In a veiled link between the killing of seven Amarnath pilgrims and PM’s Kashmir policy, Gandhi tweeted: “Modi’s policies have created space for terrorists in Kashmir. This is a grave strategic blow for India.” He said: “Short-term political gain for Modi from PDP alliance has cost India massively.” Without referring directly to the killing of pilgrims, he sought to blame the PM directly for the Amarnath attack. “Modi’s personal gain is equal to India’s strategic loss and sacrifice of innocent Indian blood,” he wrote. Kolkata, July 12 A documentary on Amartya Sen has been stalled by the Censor Board. Filmmaker Suman Ghosh has been told to mute words like 'cow', 'Gujarat' and 'Hindutva' uttered by the Nobel laureate. The planned release of the film “The Argumentative Indian” in Kolkata for this weekend is now uncertain with Ghosh today refusing to mute four words as asked by the Central Board of Film Certification regional office. Mamata Banerjee, CM, voicing concern, tweeted: “Every single voice of the opposition is being muzzled. Now, Dr Amartya Sen. If somebody of his stature cannot express himself freely, what hope does the common citizen have.” Harried, Ghosh said: “Taking out certain words from a discussion between Sen and Modi’s flawed policy aiding terror: Rahul 5,800 sq km iceberg breaks off Antarctica London: One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The 1 trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, sometime between July 10 and 12, the scientists said. PAGE 13 Satya Prakash Hearing on July 18-19 Tribune News Service “The Argumentative Indian” in trouble over four words the interviewer, economist Kaushik Basu, will remove the soul of the documentary... I have expressed my inability to do it. It is a documentary, and it is on a person with international stature. I am shocked.” He said after three hours at the Censor Board office, during which his documentary was screened and every single shot scrutinised, “I was told to mute 'Gujarat', 'cow', 'Hindutva view of India' and 'Hindu India' for a U/A certificate.” —PTI Mithali scripts history PAGE 15 New Delhi, July 12 Chief Justice of India JS Khehar today agreed to set up a five-judge Constitution Bench to decide if the Aadhaar scheme violated an individual’s right to privacy. The five-judge Constitution Bench will hear it for two days commencing July 18 and decide if the issue needed to be referred to a larger Bench of nine judges. The CJI’s decision to set up a five-judge Constitution Bench came after AttorneyGeneral KK Venugopal and senior advocate Shyam Divan mentioned the matter before him. Divan said last week a three-judge Bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar had asked the petitioners and the government to approach the CJI for setting ■ The Constitution Bench will decide if the Aadhaar scheme violated an individual’s right to privacy ■ The two-day hearing will begin on July 18 ■ The Bench may also refer the issue to a 9-judges Bench . up a Constitution Bench. The Attorney-General supported it. “If it could be heard and disposed of early, it would be in public interest,” Venugopal told the Bench. He said an eight-judge Bench had earlier ruled that right to privacy was not a fundamental right. The petitioners have challenged the government’s ambitious Aadhaar scheme on the ground that the biometric details taken from individuals violated their right to privacy. Indian-origin boy in UK dies after cheese prank President Pranab hosts farewell dinner for Guvs London: A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy died here after a severe reaction to a piece of cheese, allegedly forced on him by a schoolmate during school break, prompting the Scotland Yard to launch a probe. Karanbir, also called Karan, was allergic to wheat, gluten dairy products, eggs and nuts and the school was well aware of his condition, said sources. BACK PAGE New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee hosted a farewell dinner for all Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Wednesday. Among those to attend the event were Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore and J&K Governor NN Vohra. President Mukherjee has been hosting farewell receptions over the last few days, ahead of the end of his tenure this month. TNS Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Why mum on convicted netas, SC pulls up EC Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 12 The Election Commission on Wednesday found itself at the receiving end of the Supreme Court’s wrath for failing to take a clear stand on a PIL demanding a life ban on convicted lawmakers from contesting polls. “When a citizen comes to the EC seeking lifetime ban on convicted lawmakers, is silence an option for you? You must say either yes or no. How can you be silent? If you are constrained, please let us know,” a Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the counsel for the commission which had earlier supported the petition. In its affidavit filed in April, the commission had said it espoused the cause of the petitioner to decriminalise politics. It had said it was “alive to the issues that concern the conduct of free and fair elections and functioning of healthy democracy and as such asserting for bringing in electoral reforms which further the cause of free and fair elections.” But on Wednesday, the commission’s counsel said: “The commission is not tak- Mishra’s plea with HC ■ The Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred to the Delhi HC a plea of Madhya Pradesh Cabinet Minister Narottam Mishra ■ He was disqualified by the EC from contesting polls for three years over paid news charges ■ The EC had on June 23 held him guilty of filing wrong accounts of poll expenses in 2008 ing an adversarial stand. We feel the issue (debarring convicted politicians) is in the legislative domain and we have no stand.” An angry Bench said: “If you feel constrained by the legislature, let us know.” The Bench fixed July 19 for further hearing. Under the current election law, a convicted politician immediately loses his/her seat in Parliament or state Assembly/legislative council and becomes ineligible to contest polls for six years from the date of completion of the sentence. But petitioner Ashwani Upadhyaya — a local BJP leader — has demanded that there should be a life ban on convicted politicians. Army gets powers to buy ammo Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 12 In a significant move, the Ministry of Defence has permanently authorised the Army to make emergency purchases of ammunition and spares for selected weapons platform. The Army Vice-Chief has been tasked to ensure that the force is always in a state of preparedness for “short intense war”, top sources said. The Vice-Chief will not follow the circuitous route to purchase through the MoD. A total of 56 kinds of ammunition and spares for 10 such arms platforms, such as infantry combat vehicles and half a dozen mines, fall under this category. The Vice-Chief shall be spending from the “revenue” side of the defence budget and not under the head of ‘capital acquisition’ plan. An executive order has been issued in this regard In September last, the Master General Ordnance (MGO) had conducted an audit, revealing a critical shortfall in artillery ammunition, tanks shells, fuses and spares for weapons platforms. As an emergency measure, the Army was authorised to make emergency purchases till March 31, 2017. The system worked well. Now these now powers have been extended till “further notice.”
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