05022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/5/2018 1:32 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, february 5, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 35 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd J&K panchayat poll not anytime soon Capt, 3 jawans killed in Rajouri LoC firing Big win for Shubhankar Jammu: The much-awaited panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir are likely to be deferred as the mainstream political groups in the all-party meeting were not unanimous on holding the poll at this point of time. Opposition parties, however, put the onus on the PDP-BJP government to take a final call, saying it was their responsibility to provide security to all candidates. PAGE 10 Missiles fired by Pak; soldier injured in Poonch too Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Taliban bomber kills 11 Pak soldiers Peshawar: A Taliban suicide bomber managed to enter the restricted area of the armed forces’ unit and blew himself up near the troops playing volleyball, killing 11 soldiers and wounding 13 , in the first big attack after 2013 in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley. The army said the attacker on Saturday targeted the sports area and a Captain was among the dead. PTI /thetribunechd India’s rising golf star Shubhankar Sharma, who won the Joburg Open towards the end of 2017, poses with the trophy after winning the 2018 Maybank Malaysia Golf Championship outside Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. The 21-year-old from Chandigarh had a sensational round with five birdies in each half. Richer by $500,000, the win is likely to push Shubhankar, ranked 193rd, to the 70th place, making him highest ranked Indian. AFP PAGE 15 Jammu, February 4 An Army Captain and three soldiers were today killed in heavy shelling by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, forcing the Indian troops to retaliate. The slain soldiers were identified as Captain Kapil Kundu (22) from Ransika village in Pataudi (Gurugram); Rifleman Ramavatar (27) from Baraka village in Gwalior (MP); Rifleman Subham Singh (23) from Mukandpur Choudharian village in Kathua (J&K); and Havildar Roshan Lal (42) of Ghagwal in Samba (J&K). Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked and indiscrimi- nate firing of missiles, mortars, automatic weapons and small arms along the LoC in Bhimbher Gali sector of Rajouri district around 3.30 pm, an Army statement said. “Indian Army retaliated strongly and effectively and heavy damage has been inflicted on Pakistani army posts,” a Defence PRO said. “However, in the exchange of fire, one officer and three jawans were grievously injured and succumbed to their injuries and attained martyrdom,” he added. This is for the first time that missiles have been used this year by Pakistani army to target Indian Army posts. Earlier in the day, a jawan and two teenagers were injured in Shahpur sector of Poonch district in shelling from across the border, which started this morning. The injured civilians were identified as Shahnaz Bano (15) and Yasin Arif (14), residents of Islamabad village. They have been hospitalised. Since January 13, five soldiers have died in LoC firing. On January 13 and 19, Lance Naik Yogesh Muralidhar Bhadane and Lance Naik Sam Abraham were killed in Sunderbani sector. Sepoy Mandeep Singh was killed in KG sector of Poonch. Signalman Chandan Kumar Rai, injured in Mendhar sector, succumbed to his injuries on January 20. Naik Jagdish Kumar, who sustained injuries in the KG sector on January 20, died on January 24. MODI SOUNDS POLL BUGLE IN K’TAKA Tearing into the Congress government in Karnataka, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday chided it for setting “new records” in corruption and asserted that the countdown for its exit has begun, as he sounded the poll bugle. The rally marked the culmination of BJP’s “Parivarthana Yatra” that crisscrossed all 224 Assembly constituencies. The BJP has set a target to win 150-plus seats. REPORT PAGE 7 J&K cops hand over Farmers ditched, stir from March 23: Anna TDP not to pull out Pune girl to family of NDA, for now Bijendra Ahlawat Tribune News Service Was suspected to be ‘suicide bomber’ Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, February 4 The Jammu and Kashmir Police have released an 18year-old Pune girl who was arrested on January 25 from south Kashmir on the suspicion of being a “suicide bomber”. She was handed over to members of her family, who were camping in Srinagar, after the police found nothing incriminating against her. Sadiya Anwar Shaikh of Yerwada, Pune, was arrested two days after IGP Kashmir, , Munir Khan, in a confidential message, said there was a strong input that she “may cause a suicide bomb explosion near or at the Republic Day venue” in the Valley. He said nothing was proved against her. “She has been handed over to her mother. We verified all reports and nothing has been proved,” Munir Khan added. Another police officer said the girl was released after it was found that she was not planning any attack. He said nearly a dozen Kashmiri social media friends of Sadiya were also questioned. She had arrived in Kashmir on January 15 and had stayed at the houses of her online Kashmiri continued on page 11 Faridabad, February 4 Charging the Narendra Modi government with having failed to address issues confronting the masses, especially the farmers, social activist Anna Hazare today said he was firm on restarting the agitation from March 23 in Delhi. Hazare was here to lend support to the ongoing dharna by the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti that has been demanding enhanced compensation for the land acquired for an industrial township at Chandawali village. Commenting on the Union Budget, he said the promise of providing enhanced minimum support price (MSP) for crops appeared a farce as Simultaneous liver and kidney transplant for first time at PGI Chandigarh, February 4 Doctors at PGI, Chandigarh, have performed the first-ever simultaneous liver and kidney transplant in the premier institute on a terminally ill 40year-old patient suffering from liver and renal failure. Lauding his team’s feat, PGI Director Prof Jagat Ram said, “The team has done it again. This time, it is the simultaneous liver and kidney transplant surgery on a single recipient, one of the DONOR FAMILY’S SELFLESS GESTURE ■ A young girl hailing from Bihar, who had suffered grievous head injuries in an accident, was declared brain dead at the PGI, Chandigarh, on February 2 ■ After her family consented to donate her organs, her liver and kidneys were used for transplantation at the PGI, while the heart was sent to a Delhi hospital for a matching recipient most complex and demanding organ transplantations... even the recipient had to be selected very carefully.” He said so far, the institute has been successfully conducting heart, kidney, pan- creas, liver and cornea transplants. “With today’s commendable initiative, PGI has forayed into simultaneous liver and kidney transplant.” A team of over 12 doctors continued on page 11 ICC red-faced over ‘archaic’ rules Centurion, February 4 The ICC today came in for sharp criticism for its bizarre rules on playing conditions after the play was stopped for lunch with India needing just two runs to win the second ODI against South Africa. Both on-field umpires — veteran Aleem Dar and Adrian Holdstock — and match referee Andy Pycroft were criticised by TV commentators and cricket pundits, who termed their decision to call for lunch with India needing just two to win as a “farce”. Opting to field, India bowled out South Africa for 118 and were then comfortably placed at 117 for one in 18 overs when the umpires called for lunch as per ICC rules. The decision did not go down well with all and sundry because the umpires had already extended pre- Virat Kohli (left) and Shikhar Dhawan during second ODI. AP/PTI lunch play by three overs. At the scheduled time of break, India were 93 for one after 15 overs. To the astonishment of players, spectators and commentators, the umpires stuck to the letter of the regula- tions, ordering a 40-minute lunch break before India could complete a comprehensive win to take a 2-0 lead in the six-match series. West Indian great Michael Holding termed the decision as “ridiculous”. “They (ICC) want to make the game attractive, but this was a ridiculous decision.” In fact, neither of the teams looked happy with the decision with India skipper Virat Kohli, who was batting alongside Shikhar Dhawan, even taking up the matter with the on-field umpires. Former India batsman Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to mock the umpires’ decision. “Umpires treating Indian batsmen like PSU bank treats customers. Lunch ke baad aana,” Sehwag tweeted on a lighter note. — PTI MATCH REPORT ON PAGE 14 Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare takes part in a farmer protest at Chandawali village near Ballabgarh, Faridabad, on Sunday. PTI the government had failed to tell how it would be done. Taking a dig at the promis- es made to the people, he said the voters were still awaiting a deposit of Rs 15 lakh and reclamation of the black money stashed abroad. He said the proposed agitation in Delhi would primarily focus on issues related to farmers. Seeking a monthly pension of ~5,000 for farmers above 60 years of age, he asked why the government could not waive loans of poor farmers when it could launch schemes to benefit industrialists and capitalists. “Farmers of five villages of the district whose 1,852 acres of land was acquired for the township were still awaiting enhanced compensation of ~600 crore, government job to a member of each family and residential plots, as provided under the state government policy,” claimed a spokesperson for the Kisan Sangharsh Samiti. MPs to take on Centre over AP ‘neglect’ Suresh Dharur Tribune News Service Hyderabad, February 4 After combative posturing over the “raw deal” to Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget, the Telugu Desam Party, the biggest southern ally of the BJP today made a climb, down, indicating it would not pull out of the NDA, for now. But the regional party would continue to confront the Union Government, within and outside Parliament, over the “neglect” of AP’s interests in budgetary allocations. The MPs would stage protests in Parliament to highlight the “injustice” to the state. This was decided at a meeting of TDP’s parliamentary party at the residence of party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu in Vijayawada. The party leadership is upset over the Centre’s failure to meet the key demands of AP post-bifurcation, including funds for building capital Amaravati and the Polavaram irrigation project. The TDP has 15 MPs from AP and one from Telangana. The MPs complained that none of the promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, found mention in the Budget. The demand for “special category” status for Andhra was earlier rejected by the Centre.
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