28092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/28/2017 1:27 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, september 28, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 268 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Sinha’s FMswipe has govt on toes New Delhi, September 27 Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha’s blistering criticism of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the state of economy today prompted a sharp rebuttal from the BJP even as the , Congress fired fresh salvos at a “clueless” Centre. The attack by Sinha, who was Finance Minister under the Vajpayee-led NDA government, in an article over the note ban and the GST set off a political storm. Sinha, a member of BJP’s ‘margdarshak mandal’, also maintained that a revival by the 2019 Lok Sabha elections was “highly unlikely” and a “hard land- ing” seemed inevitable. “The PM claims he has seen poverty from close quarters. His FM is working over-time to make sure all Indians also see it from equally close quarters,” Sinha wrote. Home Minister Rajnath Singh defended Jaitley, saying: “The whole world admits India is the fastest growing economy in the world. In the international arena, India’s credibility has been established.” Union Minister Piyush Goyal said the government would “stay the course”. “There is bound to be uncertainty when transformative changes are made.” — PTI More on page 7 /thetribunechd Govt dept docs to retire at 65 Landing a garland Cabinet decision to benefit 1,445 Quite like India, a supporter places a garland on Britain’s Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn after his speech at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton on Wednesday. Corbyn told PM Theresa May to step aside and make way for the Labour to lead Brexit talks, saying his leftist ideas were now the “political mainstream”. REUTERS Panamagate: ED may summon Bachchans Army repulses Naga attack, inflicts losses New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has received replies from actor Amitabh Bachchan and his family members to notices issued to them in connection with its probe in the Panama Papers case and they could be summoned soon, officials said. Amitabh’s name had cropped in the case which is also being probed by the Income Tax Department. PTI New Delhi, September 27 The Army today inflicted ‘heavy casualties’ on insurgents belonging to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K). The Kolkata-based Eastern Army Command said the Army carried out ‘retaliatory’ fire along the Myanmar border in the wee hours and that the troops suffered no casualties. The Eastern Command said a column of the Indian Army CBI arrests customs official in bribery case New Delhi: The CBI has arrested a senior customs official who had been evading arrest in an alleged bribery case. Deputy Commissioner, Customs, Sandeep Jot Singh, posted at Gujarat’s Mundra, allegedly took ~30 lakh as bribe. The complainant’s company was hired by an Ahmedabad-based firm. About 27-kg gold was found in a consignment. Singh had allegedly sought ~40 lakh for clearance. PTI Kulsoom Nawaz back in hospital London: Kulsoom Nawaz, the ailing wife of ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was taken to a London hospital again after her condition deteriorated, her daughter said. Kulsoom, in her mid-sixties was diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma last month and has been in London since then, where she has undergone three surgeries. PTI operating along the Myanmar border was fired upon by unidentified insurgents of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCNK) around 4.45 am. “Own troops reacted swiftly and brought down heavy retaliatory fire. The insurgents broke contact and fled. As per inputs, a large number of casualties were suffered by the insurgents. Own troops suffered no casualties,” the statement read, claiming the troops “did not cross the international border”. While Army sources maintained it was “not a surgical strike”, the Eastern Command tweeted that reports of casualties to the Army personnel were “factually incorrect”. Earlier this month, an insurgent of the SS Khaplang faction of the banned NSCN was killed as the Army’s special forces launched an operation in eastern Arunachal Pradesh to choke transit routes to militants from the Northeast, operating from Myanmar. A Facebook post by Isak Sumi, on the ‘Most Wanted List’ of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), said the encounter occurred on the outskirts of Langkhu village in Myanmar-occupied Naga area, 10-15 km from the border. He claimed “three Indian soldiers were killed”. — TNS Mobile towers in Cantt ■ New Delhi: In order to improve mobile phone connectivity, the Cabinet approved installation of telecom towers in all Army cantonments. Telecom companies frequently complain about lack of adequate space for installing towers around defence cantonments, which lead to an increase in call drops. The government had previously allowed the towers to be installed in government buildings. The superannuation age of doctors under the administrative control of the Ministry of AYUSH (AYUSH doctors), Department of Defence (civilian doctors under Directorate General of Armed Forces Medical Service), Department of Defence Production (Indian Ordnance Factories Health Service Medical Officers), dental doctors under Health & Family Welfare, dental doctors under the Ministry of Railways and doctors working in higher education and technical institutions has been enhanced to 65. — TNS Tribune News Service Srinagar, September 27 A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan at home on leave was shot dead in a suspected militant attack in Rameez Ahmad north Kashmir’s Bandipore district late Wednesday night. Three of his family members were injured. The police said a group of militants barged into the house of a BSF jawan, identified as Rameez Ahmad of Parray Mohalla Hajin, 30 km from Srinagar, and tried to kidnap him. “The family resisted and the militants opened indiscriminate fire, killing Rameez and injuring three of his family members,” Bandipore Senior Superintendent of Police Sheikh Zulfiqar said. Soon after the incident, security personnel reached the site and cordoned the area. A search for the assailants has been launched. It is the second such killing this year. On the evening of May 9, Lt Ummer Fayaz was kidnapped by a group of masked men from his uncle’s house in Shopian during the marriage ceremony of his cousin. His bulletriddled body was found the following morning. dera HC to ED, I-T dept Centre reverts to fund states: Look intoprobe intoviolations:to facilitate illegal constructions Asks Haryana for ‘favours by govts’ ~25k cr for policing upgrade Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 27 Days after the constitution of Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC), the government today decided to revert to Central assistance to states for police modernisation with an extrabudgetary allocation of ~25,060 crore for three years beginning 2017-18 fiscal. Calling it an “umbrella internal security scheme”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the fund to strengthen the country’s law and order mechanism, mordernise police forces and effectively fight against terrorism and Left Wing Extremism (LWE). The financial assistance to ❝This is the biggest-ever internal security scheme. The financial outlay over three years is ~25,060 crore, of which the Central share will be ~ 18,636 crore, states’ share ~6,424 crore.❞ —Rajnath Singh, UNION HOME MINISTER states under the “police modernisation” head was discontinued following recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission that enhanced states’ share in Central revenue from 32 to 42 per cent. “Because of the improved financial muscles of the state, it was earlier decided that the expenses of police modernisation be met by states themselves, as police and law and order are exclusive subjects of the state,” said an official. Under the new scheme, Rajnath said, special provisions had been made for internal security, law and order, women security, availability of modern weapons, mobility of police forces, logistical support, hiring of helicopters, upgrading police wireless, national satellite network, crime and criminaltracking network and systems, e-prison, etc. For the purpose, a Central budget outlay of Rs 10,132 crore had been earmarked for internal security-related expenditure for Jammu and Kashmir, North-East and LWEaffected states, he said. A scheme for special central assistance (SCA) for 35 districts worst hit by LWE has been introduced with an outlay of ~3,000 crore to tackle underdevelopment. Chandigarh, September 27 Around a fortnight after Dera Sacha Sauda's sanitisation was carried out under scrutiny of a retired judicial officer, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that the Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department Regular jobs for 15,000 Delhi guest teachers New Delhi: The Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Bill to let 15,000 guest teachers in government schools become permanent teachers. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said the Bill will be passed during a special Assembly session on October 4. Of the 17,000 guest teachers in government schools, 15,000 will be benefited by the move. — TNS Tour guide Rama Khandwala, up and about at 91 New Delhi, September 27 Age is just a number for 91year-old tour guide Rama Khandwala, who received the special best tourist guide award from President Ram Nath Kovind at the National Tourism Awards here today. Khandwala served as a Second Lieutenant in the Rani Jhansi Regiment of Azad Hind Fauj in Rangoon, led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. After World War II, Khandwala and her family settled down in Mumbai. “I was a freedom fighter. I wanted to do something for the nation. Vallabhbhai Patel told me to join politics, but I refused. I thought I can enhance the country’s image by being in this (tourism) field,” she said. “Tourists often used to tell me that there was a lot of poverty in India. I would ask them, ‘What was your country 300 years ago?’ They New Delhi, September 27 The Union Cabinet today approved enhancing the retirement age of government doctors working in various departments to 65 years. The current retirement age ranges between 60 and 62 years. The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, decided that doctors would hold administrative posts till the age of 62 and thereafter their services shall be placed in nonadministrative positions. Health Minister JP Nadda welcomed the decision, saying it’s pragmatic and will strengthen health services. The ministry hopes the move will not only help in improving academic activities in medical colleges but also in implementing national health programmes. “The decision may not have much financial implications as a large numbers of posts are lying vacant and the incumbents would continue to work in their existing capacity against sanctioned posts. Around 1,445 doctors of various ministries and departments of the Central Government will be benefited,” the minister said. BSF jawan on leave shot in Shopian Alphons is hands-on President Ram Nath Kovind honours Rama Khandwala of Mumbai at the National Tourism Awards on Wednesday. PTI would have no answer.” A vibrant Khandwala recollected how a woman from Holland was so impressed by the people in the slums that she wished to stay there. “I feel good here because these people take care of their old parents so well, unlike in our country where children come with flowers in 15 days or so,” Khandwala quoted the woman. Besides the amazing desti- Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam on Wednesday took PM Narendra Modi’s call for “Swachhta hi Seva” (cleanliness is service) to a whole new level by wiping “paan” and “gutkha” stained walls with bare hands. The minister, who took part in the campaign at Janpath market in Central Delhi, cleaned the walls first with water and then detergent using his hands, as his staff scrambled to find him a brush. “Ek scrubber la do,” the minister said. As officials scurried to get him a scrubber of choice, he poured copious amounts of detergent on his hand and proceeded to rub it on wall after wall. “Clean hua na?” he asked people around, who applauded the zeal. PTI nations, India has a lot to offer, she says: “the culture and the experience, the human touch, the feelings.” Khandwala, who is fluent in Japanese, pitches for tourism courses at the regional level. Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Her advice to young tour guides: “Put your heart into work, make tourists laugh and laugh with them.” And remember, she adds: “Always keep the country’s image in the forefront.” — PTI would look into its report to check for violations. As a petition filed in public interest on the issue came up for resumed hearing, a Full Bench said the sanitisation report would be handed over to the Union of India, the state and the CBI. The Bench also asked the Haryana Government to look into a media report stating that successive governments had extended favours to facilitate constructions in the dera. It called for a probe into alleged exemptions given by the Haryana Government to the dera by declaring it a separate village in the revenue records. The Bench was told that the Hooda and Khattar governments had extended favours to Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in regularising illegal constructions. The Bench also asked the Haryana Government to continued on page 7
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