16012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/16/2018 1:17 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, january 16, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 16 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Army kills 7 Pak soldiers in raid across border Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Jammu, January 15 The Army struck hard as it killed seven Pakistani soldiers and injured four others in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district today. The action is being seen as revenge for the death of Lance Naik Yogesh Bhadane, who was killed in a ceasefire violation in the Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district on January 13. Sources said Indian soldiers crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and killed seven Pakistani soldiers. “Four other Pakistani soldiers were injured in the action with no injuries reported on the Indian side,” said a source. “Our operation was in retaliation to Pakistani provocation of January 13 in which Lance Naik Yogesh Bhadane was killed,” he added. Pakistan has confirmed the death of its four soldiers and issued a statement reading: “The troops were busy in line communication maintenance along the LoC in JandrotKotli sector when they were fired upon and hit with heavy mortars by Indian forces.” This is the first major strike by the Indian Army this year against the Pakistani troops along the LoC. In the past also, the Army has been retaliating strongly Lull after the SC storm, as judges resume work Standing out Satya Prakash Infiltration bid foiled, 5 JeM militants killed Tribune News Service Srinagar: The Army on Monday foiled a major infiltration bid by Jaish militants along the Line of Control in Uri sector in Kashmir, killing five members of the group’s suicide squad. Four AK-47 rifles, three underbarrel grenade launchers, 38 UBGL grenades, 23 hand grenades, nine IEDs and “other war-like items” were recovered. PAGE 10 whenever Pakistan violates the ceasefire agreement and kills Indian soldiers. Today’s action came a day after the Army Chief called for ramping up the heat on Pakistan to cut the flow of cross-border terror activities. Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations had claimed that three Indian soldiers were killed and a “few injured” in an exchange of fire, but the claim was rejected by the Army here. “We haven’t lost any soldier in the action,” said an Army officer. The action was undertaken on a day when the Indian Army is celebrating Army Day across the country. Meanwhile, Pakistan today summoned Indian Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh to protest the deaths of its soldiers. Army daredevils display their skills on motorcycles at the Army Day Parade in New Delhi on Monday. PTI REPORT ON PAGE 7 ONGC copter crash: Body of Rocket hits ITBP barracks seventh victim, a pilot, found at Indian Embassy in Kabul CBI seizes ~2.15 crore from Agriculture Ministry official Mumbai: An accidental death report was filed in Saturday’s Pawan Hans helicopter crash that killed five ONGC personnel, besides two pilots, a police official said on Monday. On the third day of search in the high seas, rescuers found the last remaining body — of missing pilot Capt VC Katoch, a Palampur native whose family lives in Panchkula — a Coast Guard spokesperson said. Rescue teams of Navy and Coast Guard had earlier recovered six bodies, including those of the five ONGC deputy general managers who perished and one of the pilots. IANS New Delhi: In one of its biggest cash seizures from a government official in recent times, the CBI has recovered Rs 2.15 crore following raids at the Kolkata residence of Union Agriculture Ministry employee RK Sasihar. The agency also seized jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh from the residence of Sasihar, Plant Protection Officer under the Agriculture Ministry, who was posted in Kolkata. Documents related to deposits worth Rs 81 lakh and properties worth crores were also seized, the CBI said in a statement. PTI New Delhi: A rocket landed in the Indian Embassy premises in Kabul, causing damage to ITBP barracks, but all the mission employees were safe, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday night. Swaraj said the rocket landed in the Chancery compound. “The rocket has clipped the top of the three storied ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) barracks. There are no casualties. All Indians and staff are safe,” she tweeted. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said there was no fire in the incident. PTI 7-yr jail, ~75-lakh Punjab govt again fine for Ravi Sidhu plans to sell liquor Pavneet Singh Chadha Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Mohali, January 15 A special court today sentenced former Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu, alias Ravi Sidhu, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case. Sidhu was held guilty under Sections 13 (1) (e) (disproportionate assets) and 13 (2) (criminal misconduct) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 75 lakh. In case he defaults, Sidhu will have to serve another year of rigorous imprisonment. After the verdict, Sidhu bowed his head and stared at the courtroom floor. On January 10, Sidhu was convicted of corruption in a case filed by the Vigilance Bureau in Mohali on March 25, 2002, against Sidhu and others. The court had acquitted five others — Randhir Singh Gill, Prem Sagar, Gur- Chandigarh, January 15 To jack up its revenue collection, the Punjab Government may take the entire liquor business in the state in its hands, by setting up a corporation. The proposal prepared by the Excise and Taxation Department will be discussed with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh this week. Once okayed, it will be brought up before the Council of Ministers. Sources say the proposed corporation will become the sole wholesaler of liquor, though retail trade may remain in private hands. The idea is to maximise the excise revenue. For the current fiscal, the government has set a target of Rs 5,420 crore — which is likely to fall way short as the liquor business was marred by the closing down of bars, hotels and vends along highways for a large part of this fiscal. “By taking the liquor busi- dip Singh, Surinder Kaur and Paramjit Singh — for lack of evidence. It was alleged that during his tenure as PPSC Chairman, Sidhu and his colleagues accepted bribes to appoint inspectors in the Excise and Taxation Department. Singh was accused of having sent Rs 1.36 crore through hawala out of the country, besides forging a will and having bank lockers under false names. The Vigilance Bureau had seized Rs 8.30 crore from several lockers after the registration of a case against him. In 2015, a Patiala court had sentenced Sidhu to sevenyear rigorous imprisonment in connection with the 2002 cash-for-job scam. ness in its hands, the government can increase excise collection by Rs 2,500-Rs 3,000 crore,” said an official. The idea was discussed last year also, but could not be implemented as the excise policy had to be announced within two days of the Congress assuming power. Officials said they had studied models of end-toend liquor trade being run by government corporations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the partial takeover (with the government being the sole wholesaler of liquor, but letting retail trade in private hands) in Rajasthan. The state has a powerful liquor lobby. The business is controlled either directly by MLAs (from Congress, SAD and BJP) or relatives/business partners. The liquor lobby has been opposing the plan tooth and nail, saying a check on smuggling of cheaper liquor from neighbouring states can increase revenue. Now, face recognition for validation New Delhi, January 15 Aadhaar will include face recognition alongside iris or fingerprint scan as a means of verifying users, helping those who face issues in biometric authentication or have wornout fingerprints, the authority in charge of the national identity card system said today. The face authentication will be enabled by July to help people facing difficulty in biometric authentication due to old age, hardwork or wornout fingerprints, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in a statement. The UIDAI said face authentication would be allowed “only in fusion /thetribunechd mode”, that is it would be valid only when used along with one more authentication feature — fingerprint or iris or one-time password (OTP). Aadhaar, the 12-digit identifier, is being used for identity authentication across banks, telecom companies, public distribution system, income tax, amongst others. Today’s move came within a week of UIDAI allowing residents to use a virtual ID to avoid sharing unique identity numbers when accessing government and other services in a bid to protect privacy. Face authentication would not require any new reference data as photos of citizens are already on the database. “This facility is going to help in inclusive authentication of those who are not able to biometrically authenticate due to their worn out fingerprints, old age or hard work conditions,” UIDAI said. Citing the difficulties faced by some in using the existing biometric verification mode, UIDAI said face authentication offers an additional “inclusive authentication” option. But it emphasised that the same will be allowed “only in fusion mode” along with one more authentication factor either fingerprint, iris or OTP for successful authentication of an Aadhaar holder. The new method will also be allowed “on a need basis”. To facilitate the new authentication service, the Aadhaar issuing body will work with biometric device providers to integrate face modality into the registered devices. It will also line up software development kits that will have the ability to capture face image, check liveness, and create digitally signed and encrypted authentication input. — PTI New Delhi, January 15 It was lull after the storm in the Supreme Court on Monday as judges resumed work, albeit 10 minutes late, amid speculations over the next move of the four rebel judges and possible action by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, who has maintained studied silence on the allegations levelled against him. Much before 10.30 am when judges commence hearings, a large number of journalists, lawyers and litigants waited in anticipation outside courtroom no. 1 where the CJI holds court, and the adjoining four courtrooms occupied by Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — the four judges who accused the CJI of arbitrarily allocating work to colleagues. Before coming to their courtrooms, the judges reportedly met over tea to sort out their differences, sources said. As the judges resumed their normal work, Attorney General KK Venugopal said the differences had been resolved. “Now everything has been settled. The courts are functioning. It was a storm in a tea cup,” Venugopal told a TV channel. The Bar Council of India (BCI), which on Sunday sent ‘Storm in a tea cup’ ■ It was a storm in a tea cup, says AG Venugopal ■ Attorney General and BCI chairman say everything is settled ■ Petition for probe into judge Loya’s death listed on Tuesday a seven-member delegation to meet the judges in an attempt to mediate between the two factions, said the crisis had blown over. “The story is now over,” said BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra. Terming the issues raised by the four seniormost judges as “internal issues of the family”, Mishra said everything had been resolved internally. He, however, advised political leaders against politicising the issue. The petition for an independent probe into the death of judge BH Loya — who was trying the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which BJP chief Amit Shah was named — that was cited as one of the reasons by the four judges for their revolt, is listed before a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra on Tuesday. Asked if an investigation should be ordered into allegations levelled by the seniormost judges, the BCI continued on page 7 Edit: a hatchet is buried
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