21012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/21/2018 1:13 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol.2 no. 21 | sunday, january 21, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd No let-up, soldier among 4 killed Jammu border villages a war zone in face of Pak shelling; schools shut for 3 days Tribune News Service Jammu/Rajouri, January 20 Four persons, including a soldier, were killed on Saturday as Pakistan continued shelling border posts and civilian areas along the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu region. Eighteen persons were injured, an SSB and a BSF jawan in the Pargwal sector among them. With the authorities sounding a red alert, more than 10,000 residents of border villages have shifted to safer places. Over 300 educational institutions along the IB and the LoC in Jammu region have been shut for three days. “Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms and automatics and mortar bombs in Krishna Ghati sector along the LoC in Poonch at 8.20 am. The Indian Army Enters office, fires 4 shots with father’s revolver, held Shiv Kumar Sharma Tribune News Service Family members wail over the death of teenager Gaura Ram of Kapurpur village during shelling in RS Pura sector of Jammu. INDERJEET SINGH ‘Trapped in danger zone, ran for our lives’ FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT TRIBUNE PHOTO-JOURNALIST INDERJEET SINGH IN RS PURA Sepoy Mandeep Singh retaliated strongly and effectively. However, in the exchange of fire, Sepoy Mandeep Singh of Alampur village in Punjab’s Sangrur district was grievously injured and succumbed to his injuries. He is survived by his father Gurnam Singh,” a defence spokesperson said. He said as Pakistan resorted to unprovoked shelling in Gajansoo area of Kanachak sector in Jammu this afternoon, shells exploded at the Gajansoo bus stand, injuring two persons. One of them, Tarseem (25), died in hospital later. Pakistan Rangers also shelled forward hamlets in RS Pura. Gaura Ram (17) of Kapurpur and Gahar Singh (45) of Abdullian were killed and five others injured. Already this year, Pakistan has violated the ceasefire over 100 times, resulting in Y’nagar school principal shot dead by ClassXII boy J&K Police personnel inspect the damaged temporary sheds of Gujjars close to the International Border at Jora farms on Saturday. INDERJEET SINGH the death of three Army soldiers, three BSF men and six civilians. The Indian Army has lost two soldiers and the BSF two jawans since Thursday. The shelling has caused extensive dam- age to property and livestock. “The border hamlets have virtually turned into war zones,” the Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) of RS Pura, Surinder Choudhary, who led a police team to res- 17die in Delhi factory fire Tribune News Service After heavy overnight shelling by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border in Jammu district, I was looking for a chance to visit the affected areas. Waiting for two hours in RS Pura town, 20 km from my workplace, I and a few other photojournalists received information that Jora farms, where the Gujjars had raised temporary sheds, had suffered extensive damage. When we reached there by 9.30 am, flames from the debris were yet to subside. Some desperate Gujjars were trying to salvage their valuables. Just then, DSP Surinder Choudhary arrived there, along with his men, in a Bolero. As I hastened to click pictures of the destruction around us, there was a deafening sound from across the border. Some mortar shells landed nearby. Knowing well that no help was accessible, the DSP asked us to run. Out of breath, I continued to head for our vehicle amid a shower of mortar shells. On reaching RS Pura, I realised we had been trapped in a danger zone. Awestruck, my limbs felt like jelly. And to say that this life-death play is a daily reality for so many in the border areas. cue and shift the injured, said. “Border residents would not have died or been injured had the government constructed bunkers or given us land in a safe area, as promised several years ago,” said Sudershan Singh of Arnia. While firing and shelling ended in Hiranagar, Samba and Arnia at 1.30 am today, it continued in Ramgarh sector till 5.30 am. (With PTI inputs) Yamunanagar, January 20 A Class XII student of the local Swami Vivekanand Public School shot dead his school principal Ritu Chhabra while she was in her office this morning and tried to flee. He was overpowered and handed over to the police. He used his father’s revolver to commit the crime. Yamunanagar Deputy Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar said the boy, when interrogated, said he was angry with the principal for reprimanding him for coming late and not doing his home work. The boy, he said, fired four shots. The grievously injured principal was rushed to a multispecialty hospital nearby, where she died. Kamal Kamboj, president of Swami Vivekanand Education Society, said the principal was alone in her office when she was targeted as the teachers were in their classrooms for a parent-teacher meeting (PTM). “He was chased by a school peon and overpowered with the help of people outside the school.” Kamboj said the student Ritu Chhabra, principal of Swami Vivekanand Public School. FILE PHOTO was never punished, nor was he rusticated from the school. “We don’t know why he committed the crime.” Having worked with the school for 20 years, Ritu Chhabra was made principal about four years ago. Her husband Rajesh Chhabra, a businessman, said his wife was a humble and gentle person. “I can’t understand why she was killed.” The DSP said the crime weapon had been seized and a case registered against the boy under Section 302 (murder) and the Arms Act. He said a case had also been filed against the father of the accused, Ranjit Singh, a financier owning agriculture land in Gumthala village. Rajesh Kalia, SP said the , accused had turned 18 on January 10. “He was born on January 10, 2000, and is now a major.” Karni Sena: Invited to see ‘Padmaavat’ Farm suicides: Bill proposes aid for kin Jaipur: The Shree Rajput Karni Sena, a fringe organisation protesting against the film ‘Padmaavat’, claimed on Saturday that it had received an invitation from Bhansali Productions to watch the movie, set for release on January 25. The production company sent a missive to Karni Sena and Shree Rajput Sabha Bhawan, its leaders claimed, but alleged the move was only a ploy “aimed at fooling”. “This is nothing but drama by the filmmaker. There is no date of the proposed screening and they have called our objection as misguided grievances, which shows their approach and intention,” Sena patron Lokendra Singh Kalvi said. PTI New Delhi: The government shall provide financial assistance to the widows and families of farmers who committed suicide to enable them to earn sustainable livelihood, according to a private member Bill introduced by NCP MP Supriya Sule. It also proposes that the outstanding debt of farmers who have committed suicide since 2000 be waived. It should be financed by the Centre and state governments. The Families of Farmers (Providing Financial Assistance and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2017, was introduced in the Lok Sabha in the last session. “The state governments shall provide compensation in addition to waiving the debt,” it states. PTI ~13 cr contributed to MHA fund in day New Delhi: Nearly Rs 13 crore was contributed to a Home Ministry fund that helps families of paramilitary personnel who laid down their lives fighting extremists following an appeal by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday. The money was raised at a function to launch the official anthem of the “Bharat Ke Veer” fund here. Rajnath lauded the contributors’ gesture. PTI Bench headed by CJI to hear Judge Loya case Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 20 Seventeen persons, including 10 women, died and two others were injured after a fire ripped through a twostoreyed factory in outer Delhi’s Bawana industrial area this evening, a Delhi Fire Service official said. GC Mishra, Director, Delhi Fire Service, said the blaze that started from the storage unit of the firecracker factory on the ground floor had been brought under control, but the rescue operations were underway. The Delhi Fire Service received a call about the fire around 6.20 pm and 10 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The official said, “There is a plastic factory on the second storey. The factory falls in the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation area.” The workers inside the factory could not come out as the fire spread rapidly. A few of the workers, to save themselves, jumped off the terrace of the building and sustained injuries. The Delhi government has ordered an inquiry into the blaze, even as Delhi Chief The factory complex in Bawana industrial area of northwest Delhi where a major fire broke out on Saturday evening. TRIBUNE PHOTO Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he was keeping a “close watch” on the rescue operations. “Very sad to hear about the large number of casualties,” Kejriwal tweeted. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish at the death of people in the fire. “Deeply anguished by the fire at a factory in Bawana. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives. May those who are injured recover quickly,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted. The police said an FIR had been registered. They have identified the owners and they would be questioned. (With PTI inputs) Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. New Delhi, January 20 Petitions seeking an independent probe into the mysterious death of Judge BH Loya—who was presiding over Shohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case—will now be heard by a threejudge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday. Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud will be the other two judges on the Bench to hear the controversial matter that was cited by four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court as one of the reasons for going public against the CJI on January 12. The case was earlier being heard by a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra which had on January 16 directed the Maharashtra Government to share within a week all documents relating to the death of CBI Special Judge Loya with the two petitioners. Loya was handling the sensitive Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case in which various police officers and BJP president Amit Shah were named. Shah was later exonerated in the case. President Ram Nath Kovind addresses after felicitating the 112 women achievers at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi . PTI 112 ‘First Ladies’ break into male bastion, feted Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 20 In a rare convergence of talents, 112 women from across the country today assembled in the capital to share their unique journeys towards breaking into male bastions. Hours before being feted by President Ram Nath Kovind, these achievers sat together to talk about their struggles and partake of joys of breaking the glass ceilings. “We do what we do” was the takeaway from every story, be it the story of Praveen Solomon, India’s first woman to manage a crematorium; Anju Mangala, the first woman superintendent of a men’s jail; Rajani Pandit, the first-ever woman private detective, or V Saritha, the first female bus driver. “It was a challenge when the NGO I worked for asked me to manage a crematorium in Chennai,” says Solomon. She took up the job unhesitatingly, well aware of the struggles that came with it. “One can imagine the odds of such a task in a country where women’s entry into crematoria is still considered a taboo. But I accomplished the job with persistence. My family stood by me,” says Solomon. Pandit didn’t have it easy at all. A subject of several documentaries, the Mumbaibased private investigator CONTINUED ON PAGE 7
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