11022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/12/2018 11:36 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 138 no. 41 haryana | sunday, february 11, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 2 soldiers die in military station attack 2 Jaish terrorists eliminated in gunbattle at Sunjuwan residential quarters; Col among 9 injured Arteev Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu, February 10 Four to five heavily armed Jaish terrorists stormed the Sunjuwan Military Station (36 Brigade) on the JammuLakhanpur highway in the wee hours of Saturday, leaving two officers dead and nine, including a Colonel, five women and two children, injured. Those killed were a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). The Army said two terrorists in combat gear were eliminated in a fierce gunbattle, but Intelligence sources said three militants had been neutralised. The Army has rushed diesel generator sets and floodlights to capture the terrorists holed up inside the residential quarters. The operation to eliminate the terrorists is being “carried out with extreme caution” to minimise collateral damage in view of the women and children inside the family quarters. “Two heavily armed terrorists have been killed. They were carrying AK-56 rifles, ammunition and grenades. A search of their belongings confirmed they were from Jaish-e-Mohammad. Operations are in progress with caution and restraint to safeguard the unarmed soldiers, women and children inside the houses,” defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said. Security personnel take position near the Army flats where the terrorists were hiding inside Sunjuwan military station. PTI SUNJUWAN SAW SIMILAR ATTACK IN 2003 Jammu: The attack on the Sunjuwan military station on Saturday was the second one in 15 years. On June 28, 2003, 12 soldiers were killed and seven injured in a similar attack. The Sunjuwan station is located on the Jammu-Pathankot highway and is densely populated with civilians. Army Chief Bipin Rawat had visited the camp on October 21 last year to present the President’s Standard to 47th Armoured Regiment. He had then asked the forces to be ready for security challenges. On Saturday, heavily armed JeM terrorists sneaked inside the station from the middle gate near the Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust building in the wee hours. TNS INDERJEET SINGH He said most of the over 150 houses in the complex had been cleared and occupants moved to safety. “So far, a JCO and an NCO, both belonging to Jammu and Kashmir, have been mar- tyred and nine, including five women and children, injured, two of them critically. Operations will continue till the terrorists are apprehended or killed.” The spokesperson said the ultras entered the complex after a brief exchange of fire with the sentry. “The Quick Response Teams (QRTs) cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who were holed up in a few houses. Modi in Palestine on historic visit Does not mention ‘2-state solution’, but hopes for quick resolution to conflict Smita Sharma tribune news service New Delhi, February 10 A picture that speaks a thousand words — Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flew from Amman to Palestine in a chopper provided by the Jordanian Government and escorted by the Israeli Air Force. Jordan facilitated the transit and the Indian delegation did not pass through Israeli check-points. Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to travel to Ramallah, completing his government’s de-hyphenation policy between Israel and Palestine. Accompanied by Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah, Modi first laid a wreath on the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and toured the Arafat museum. Modi was then welcomed by President Mahmoud Abbas and accorded a ceremonial guard of honour at Al Muqata’a, the presidential headquarters, before heading into formal talks and a working luncheon. “I would like to reaffirm our commitment to political Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives Grand Collar of the State of Palestine from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. PTI GRAND COLLAR OF THE STATE OF PALESTINE The commendation reads: “In recognition of his wise leadership and his lofty national and international stature, and in appreciation of his efforts to promote the historic relations between the State of Palestine and the Republic of India; in acknowledgement of his support to our people’s right to independence and freedom so that peace prevails in the region.” actions to meet our national aspirations based on the 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as our capital,” said President Abbas in his press remarks. In a special recognition of PM Modi’s contribution to bilateral relations, President Abbas conferred the Grand Collar of the State of Palestine on him — the highest order given to foreign dignitaries. It has been awarded to King Salman of Saudi Arabia, King Hamad of Bahrain and President Xi Jinping of China, among others, in the past. “Our support for the Pales- tinian cause has been a continuous thread in India’s foreign policy — unbroken and unwavering. That is why I am here in Ramallah,” said Modi. However, in a departure from practice, he did not mention the ‘two-state solution’ in his statement, but hoped for a resolution soon to one of the world’s longest conflicts. “We hope for the earliest realisation of a sovereign, independent state of Palestine living in an environment of peace. We must continue the path of talks to find a solution,” Modi said. Six MoUs and agreements were signed with a focus on health, employment and women empowerment. India is aiding the construction of an Institute of Diplomacy in Palestine, setting up a $30 million super-specialty hospital and the construction of two schools. The PM then flew to Abu Dhabi via Amman. Iconic buildings Burj Khalifa, Dubai Frame and ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) headquarters were lit up in Indian flag colours as Modi arrived in the UAE. EC: Empower us to de-register political parties In affidavit in SC, says no provision in RPA which authorises it to take such action Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 10 The Election Commission of India has sought power to deregister erring political parties which often take undue benefit of a legislative vacuum in this regard. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the poll panel said “the EC should be given powers to de-register a political party and authorised to issue orders regulating registration and de-registration of political parties, particularly in view of its consti- tutional mandate.” The affidavit has been filed in response to a PIL by BJP leader and advocate Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay seeking to restrain convicted politicians from holding party posts. The affidavit stated that a perusal of Section 29 (of the Representation of the People Act, 1951) revealed that while it provided for the procedure for registration of parties and also conferred discretionary powers on the EC to decide whether or not to register a party, it did not expressly confer any power regarding de-registration of parties. However, the EC said it has de-listed/deleted 255 parties from its records after a verification exercise in 2016 of parties which did not field any candidates in elections held between 2005 and 2015. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had on December 1 last year issued notices to the Centre and EC on the BJP leader’s petition — which also sought a lifetime ban on convicted politicians from contesting elections and holding party position. Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. If the court finally allows the prayer sought by the petitioner, convicted politicians such as Om Prakash Chautala and Lalu Prasad would no longer be in a position to hold any position in INLD and RJD, respectively. The petitioner said the law debarred convicted politicians from contesting but they were free to run a party, hold party posts and decide who could contest. Section 29A, he added, allowed even those convicted of heinous crimes to form a party by making a simple declaration. During the operation to evacuate the families, a JCO was martyred.” Para Commandos were airlifted from Udhampur for the operation. Schools within a radius of 500 metres have been closed. The spokesman said the Army first focused on rescuing the trapped families even as the CRPF and the police laid a cordon outside to ensure no terrorist escaped. Rattled by the attack, there was commotion in the J&K Assembly with Speaker Kavinder Gupta blaming refugees belonging to a particular community, residing a few metres from the military station, for the attack. National Conference MLA Mohammad Akbar Lone, a former Speaker, raised “proPakistan” slogans to counter the BJP legislators’ “Pakistan murdabad” slogans. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that two Armymen had been killed. He identified them as Subedar Madan Lal Chowdhary and Subedar Mohammad Ashraf Mir. He said as per the initial call received at the Police Control Room at 4.55 am, four to five militants were involved in the attack. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to DGP SP Vaid, while CM Mehbooba Mufti chaired a security meeting in the evening. Intelligence agencies had warned of an attack on a security establishment in view of the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, who was hanged on February 9, 2013, after he was convicted of masterminding the Parliament attack in 2001. ~1,487cr sanctioned to fortify Army bases New Delhi, February 10 The Defence Ministry has sanctioned Rs 1,487 crore to the Army to fortify its bases in Jammu and Kashmir, NorthEast and several other places to plug gaps and protect them from terror attacks. Clearing the project, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has set a deadline of 10 months for the Army to carry it out. The Army headquarters has been told to monitor implementation. Perimeter security will be strengthened at Army bases under six commands. A security audit of military bases was carried out on the recommendation of a committee headed by Lt Gen Philip Campose, set up after the daring terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016. Following the audit, revised standard operating procedures were sent to the commands of the three services. A total of 3,000 sensitive bases, including 600 highly sensitive installations, of the Army, Navy and Air Force, were identified. Last year, the government delegated financial powers to the Army, Navy and IAF to strengthen perimeter security. — TNS Remove fee cap:MoD to Finance Ministry New Delhi, February 10 The Ministry of Defence has requested the Finance Ministry to remove a cap imposed on the education fee paid to children of soldiers killed in action or disabled in action. In July last year, the Ministry of Defence had capped the educational expenses, impacting some 3,200 students in schools, colleges and professional colleges. The Tribune had first reported the matter on December 1. The scheme is applicable to the Army, Navy and the Air Force. The orders were issued on September 13 and were to come into force from July 1 this year. The government received several requests seeking continuation of the old pattern, which had no limits. The fee cap, recommended in the 7th Central Pay Commission, would have resulted in a meagre saving of less than Rs 4 crore per annum. The scheme was announced on December 18, 1971, two days after Pakistani forces surrendered in the war to liberate Bangladesh. It gave complete exemption from tuition fee and “other fee” for education from the lowest class like nursery till the child acquired the first degree (such as BA, MBBS) . — TNS
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