23112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/23/2017 1:24 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, november 23, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 218 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Nod to pay hike for judges Force-full Cabinet okays revision of SC, HC salary, pension from Jan 1, 2016 Girja Shankar Kaura WHAT THEY WILL GET Tribune News Service A woman cadet celebrates with her family — her father an Air Force officer and sibling in the Army — after the passing-out parade at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, in Kerala’s Kannur on Wednesday. A total of 328 midshipmen and cadets, including 20 women, passed out on completion of their courses. The parade was reviewed by Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba. PTI HC puts stop to mining in Bhiwani belt Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 22 Acting on a petition alleging mining activity in Bhiwani’s Dadam area, prima facie in violation of the time concession granted by the Supreme Court, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today issued directions against the removal of minor minerals. Justices Surya Kant and Avneesh Jhingan asserted that the Bench was constrained to direct the Principal Secretary (Mining), Director (Mining), Bhiwani DC, SSP and Mining Officer of the area to ensure that minor minerals were not allowed to be removed from the site forthwith. The order would remain in force till issues raised in the writ petition regarding non-payment of compensation and other dues, indulgence in unauthorised mining and misuse of land belonging to adjoining owners was settled. The Bench directed the DC and the SSP to deploy force. The duty magistrate was told to monitor stocked minerals. “Any defiance of directions will lead to suo motu contempt of court proceedings,” the Bench asserted. The CBI, through its Director, was impleaded as party. The directions came on two petitions, one of which alleged “ruthless transportation of extracted minerals and movement of hundreds of trucks”. New Delhi, November 22 The Centre today approved revision of salaries of Supreme Court and High Court judges. The decision came at a meeting of the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi here. The revision would include salary, gratuity, allowances, pension, etc, of sitting and retired judges. The decision follows the implementation of recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission in respect of civil servants. The approval will pave the way for necessary amendments to the two laws — Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1958 and High Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Act, 1954 — which govern the salaries of the Chief Justice of India (CJI), (approx; per month) CJI SC judges/HC CJs HC judges ~2.80 lakh ~2.50 lakh ~2.25 lakh APPROVAL GIVEN TO 15TH FINANCE PANEL 550 EX-CAPF MEN AT AIRPORT COUNTERS The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved setting up of the 15th Finance Commission to assess the tax resources and devise a formula for their devolution among states. The commission members and its terms of reference will be notified later, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. Its recommendations will have to be in place before April 1, 2020. “Normally, it takes two years to give recommendations,” he said. The Centre has decided to hire 550 ex-paramilitary personnel to bolster manpower of the short-staffed immigration counters at airports. The Intelligence Bureau has written to various Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), seeking nomination of recently retired officials in the rank of sub-inspector. The aim is to boost the strength of the Bureau of Immigration amid growing passenger traffic at international airports. judges of the Supreme Court, Chief Justices and all judges of High Courts. The government intends to move Bills to amend these two Acts in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament. The increase in emoluments will be effective from January 1, 2016, and benefit 31 judges of the Supreme Court (including the Chief Justice of India) and 1,079 judges (including the Chief Justices) of High Courts. About 2,500 retired judges will also benefit from the revision. The arrears on account of revised salaries, gratuity, pension and family pension will be paid from January 1, 2016, as one-time lump sum payment, said Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while briefing the media about the Union Cabinet decisions. Once the hike is effected, the salary of judges will be on a par with those of bureaucrats. A Supreme Court judge at present gets Rs 1.5 lakh a month in hand after all deductions from salary and allowances. The CJI gets a higher amount than this, while judges of the High Courts get a lesser amount. Sepoy from Batala dies as infiltration foiled Ordinance to amend insolvency code soon Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, November 22 A soldier, Sepoy Mandeep Singh, 32, from Chahal Khurd village in Batala, Gurdaspur, was killed as troops repelled an infiltration bid which left a militant dead in the remote Keran sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district today. Sepoy Mandeep Singh “Two soldiers have been injured and shifted to hospital,” Defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia said. An operation is underway to trace the militants who may have sneaked into the Kashmir valley. Reinforcements have been rushed to the area, he added. With winter approaching, there has been a rise in the number of infiltration attempts this month as heavy snowfall cuts off Valley routes. Keran sector is a key infiltration route for the militants from across the border. The fresh infiltration attempt in the sector comes a day after three militants and a soldier were killed in two gunfights in the frontier district. Saeed set to walk free ahead of 26/11anniv Smita Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 22 In a setback to India, Hafiz Saeed, accused of masterminding the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, is expected to walk free just ahead of the ninth anniversary of the 2008 terror strikes. A Lahore High Court Judicial Review Board today Hafiz Saeed Elusive highwayman in police net, finally Ex-serviceman had created terror in Pathankot Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Batala, November 22 The Batala police, on the hunt for a highway robber who had created terror on the Amritsar-Batala-Pathankot stretch for months now, have finally tasted success, arresting an ex-serviceman and his accomplice and seizing weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle. The IG (Border), Surinder Pal Singh Parmar, rushed to Batala from Amritsar to oversee the operation. Truckers had been complaining that a “well-built man carrying an assault rifle” had been looting their goods and vehicles. Terrified, they had decided to commute in batches. “It was a cat and mouse game with the robbers outsmarting the police on several occasions. We decided to launch a covert operation and succeeded in nabbing ex-serviceman Gurpreet Singh. His accomplice, John Masih of Johal Nangal village, was arrested too,” said Opinderjit Singh Ghuman, SSP Gurpreet Singh has . confessed to having committed at least 12 robberies. “He told us he had purchased the rifle from a man in Doda, Jammu and Kashmir. We have summoned the Doda man to Batala for questioning,” IG Parmar said. A case under Sections 379B, 212 and 216 of the IPC and the Arms Act has been registered against the accused. denied further three-month detention of Saeed, as sought by the Punjab provincial government in Pakistan. “The government is ordered to release Jamaatud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case,” it ordered. Local media said the order was passed after a finance ministry official failed to cite sufficient evidence to link Saeed’s release to diplomatic and financial funding problems for Pakistan. Reacting to the development with disappointment, an Indian official source said, “This exposes Pakistan’s duplicity on terror. It proves Pakistan has not put in much effort to ensure an continued on page 15 Tribune New Service New Delhi, November 22 The Narendra Modi government today decided to take the ordinance route yet again, this time to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, even as voices within the government steadfastly proclaimed its commitment to Parliament, by summoning the winter session soon. Led by the Congress, the Opposition has been accusing the Modi government of shying away from holding the session that should have been called by now. The Code, which became operational in December last year, provides a marketdetermined and time-bound insolvency resolution process. Over 300 cases have already been approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) to be taken up under the law, implemented by the Corporate Affairs Ministry. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said some changes were proposed in the Code and it was being done by way of an ordinance. The proposal comes at a time when there are concerns in certain quarters about various aspects of the Code, including the possibility of promoters wresting back control of a company under the insolvency process. The Corporate Affairs Ministry has already set up a 14member panel to identify and suggest ways to address issues faced in implementation of the law. A case is taken up for resolution under the Code only after receiving approval of the NCLT for the same. ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ gets jail for life The Hague: UN judges on Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic, dubbed “The Butcher of Bosnia”, to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago. PAGE 15 BrahMos test-fired from Sukhoi 30-MKI New Delhi: Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was mated and test-fired from an IAF Sukhoi 30-MKI on Wednesday, completing the triad or the ability to launch the missile from land, sea and air. BACK PAGE PVC recipient Sekhon’s squadron to fly again Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 22 Coinciding with the golden jubilee of the commissioning of IAF’s only Param Vir Chakra recipient, Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon, the Air Headquarters has drawn up plans to revive the squadron that he had served in. The squadron will be re-formed on the indigenously built Light Combat Aircraft Tejas. Sekhon’s outfit, No. 18 Squadron, also known as Flying Bullets, had been decommissioned or “numberplated”, as it is called in Air Force terminology, two years ago after the MiG-27 aircraft that it was equipped with were decommissioned. “We met Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa this week and he told us that the IAF is mak- << Course-mates of Param Vir Chakra recipient Flying Officer Nirmaljit Singh Sekhon (above) with Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. ing sure that Sekhon’s contribution to the nation and the force is never forgotten,” Air Marshal AK Singh, former Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, who is Sekhon’s batchmate, said. “The process of revising the war hero’s squadron is part of this endeavour,” he added. The squadron was formed on April 15, 1965, with Gnat fighter aircraft. It first saw action during the 1971 IndoPak war and operated out of Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Srinagar with the task of defending the Kashmir valley. Sekhon, then just 28 and hailing from Ludhiana, was part of the deployment. On December 14, 1971, Sekhon, along with another officer, scrambled to counter an attack by Pakistan aircraft and shot three enemy Sabre jets in aerial combat. His own aircraft was hit and he went down. For his actions, he was decorated with the highest gallantry award. continued on page 7
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