12022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/12/2018 1:21 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, february 12, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 42 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Four more bodies, terror toll 6 Hurt in Sunjuwan attack, soldier’s wife delivers baby Arteev Sharma Tribune News Service JAMMU, FEBRUARY 11 The operation to flush out Jaish terrorists from the Sunjuwan military base here stretched into the second day on Sunday, with the number of casualties rising to six as Army commandos recovered the bodies of another Junior Commissioned Officer, two soldiers and a civilian during sanitisation of residential quarters. All four were killed by the terrorists in the initial stage yesterday, the Army said. The six deceased were identified as Subedar Madan Lal Choudhary from Kathua, Subedar Mohd Ashraf Mir from Kupwara, Havildar Hahibullah Qurashi from Kupwara, Naik Manzoor Ahmed from Qazigund, Lance Naik Mohd Iqbal from Pulwama and his father. The Army said three heavily-armed terrorists, who managed to enter the military base in the wee hours of Saturday, had been killed. The state government had initially said four to five terrorists had stormed the camp. Unconfirmed reports suggested that two more terrorists had been eliminated. While a team of the National Investigation Agency also reached the Army camp, sources said Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Western Army Command chief Lt Gen Surinder Singh took an aerial survey of the operation. Meanwhile, a soldier, Gunner Kishore Kumar Munna of Chautham in Bihar, who was injured in ceasefire violation in Poonch on February 4, succumbed to his injuries today. Edit: Army camp attacked REUTERS JCO Madan Lal Choudhary’s inconsolable wife Charnjeet Kour and other family members in Kathua on Sunday. She too received splinter injuries during the terror attack. INDERJEET SINGH JCO took bullets to save family he tried to block their entry,” said Sandeep. Madan Lal’s elder brother Shamsher Bakrak village (Kathua), February 11 Choudhary said: “Three generations of our The bravado of 50-year-old family have served in the Junior Commissioned Officer Army. His martyrdom has left (JCO) Madan Lal Choudhary us devastated. The JCO was to helped save several lives durretire in December.” ing Saturday’s terror attack. Inder Choudhary, his octoThe JCO’s family was in Jamgenarian father, had served in mu to shop for nephew J&K Militia — raised in 1947 Sandeep’s marriage. Chaman to resist the Pakistani Choudhary, a relative, said invaders. Later christened Madan Lal was at his quarters Jammu and Kashmir Light with wife Charnjeet Kour, Infantry in 1972, Madan Lal daughter Neha, sister-in-law joined the force in 1988. The Paramjeet Kour and nephew martyr’s son is a commisSandeep when terrorists tried JCO Madan Lal Choudhary sioned officer. to enter the complex. “My son fought terrorists “I was sleeping in the lobby when a gun- with bare hands to save the family and othshot woke me up around 5 am. As I tried to ers. He is our hero but my heart is full of move towards the door, my uncle dragged sorrow,” said Inder Choudhary, as he awaitme inside a room and asked the family ed his son’s mortal remains to arrive at members to flee from the rear door,” said native Bakrak village. The martyr is surSandeep. “As we tried to escape, Neha was vived by his parents, wife, two children, shot in the leg, but managed to come out. My five brothers and five sisters. His daughter uncle was shot in the stomach and chest as is undergoing treatment in Jammu. Sumit Hakhoo & Sanjay Pathak Tribune News Service Jammu, February 11 At a time when everybody was worried about the exact number of causalties in the Sunjuwan terror attack, a pregnant woman, who was grievously injured in the terror attack on Saturday morning, delivered a baby girl at the Army Hospital, Satwari. Shehzada Khan, 24, is the wife of Rifleman Nazir Ahmed Khan from Budgam in Central Kashmir, who sustained injuries in the predawn terror attack. “The Army doctors worked all night to save the life of the severely injured pregnant woman and helped her deliver a baby through an operation,” Jammu-based Army PRO Lt Col Devender Anand told mediapersons. “Both are stable. The child weighs 2.5 kg,” he added. Sources said terrorists forced their entry into the quarters of Nazir Ahmed and opened fire. The 35-week pregnant woman was shot in the lower back. At least 10 persons, including six women, a Colonel, a Major and a 14-year-old boy, were injured as terrorists stormed the camp. However, the condition of the boy, with a gunshot wound in the head, remained critical. Meanwhile, J&K Governor NN Vohra today met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi and briefed him about the situation in the troubled state, particularly in the border areas. — TNS 71 DIE IN RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH A Russian passenger Antonov An-148 plane carrying 65 passengers and six crew members crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from Domodedovo airport, killing all on board. Haryana Jat stir called off Govt agrees to withdraw cases, work for reservation Ravi S Singh Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 11 The All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti led by Yashpal Malik today called off its proposed agitation to “disrupt” BJP chief Amit Shah’s Jind rally on February 15 after the government promised to withdraw all cases under its purview related to the 2016 pro-quota stir. The consensus between the two sides could only be reached after three rounds of hectic parleys. The talks had failed twice. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had convened the meeting with Jat leaders here. At a joint media briefing following the talks, Khattar and Malik spelled out the terms MBA student dies in celebratory fire Cleric who said mosque shifting possible quits Hoshiarpur, February 11 The victim was taken to a A 22-year-old MBA student, nearby hospital where she Sakshi Arora, was killed was declared dead. Sakshi after being hit by a bullet was pursuing MBA from during celebratory APJ College in firing by the Jalandhar. bride’s father and DSP (City) his friends at a Sukhwinder Singh function near reached the scene Chhatta Bazaar and arrested Sholate last night. ki, while his friends The function was fled the scene. organised at the Splinters of douhouse of Ashok ble-barrelled gun Khosla Shoki on cartridge were Sakshi Arora the eve of his found in the vicdaughter’s wedding. tim’s body during the postSakshi was watching the mortem. The police have regfunction from the terrace of istered a case under various her house in the neighbour- sections of the IPC and the hood when a bullet hit her. Arms Act. — OC Hyderabad, February 11 The All India Muslim Personal Law Board today approved Maulana Syed Salman Husain Nadvi’s “decision to quit” as its executive member, days after he met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar over the Ayodhya dispute and said at the board’s meeting that shifting of a mosque was possible according to the Sharia. “Sub-committee of the board accepts Nadwi’s (sic) decision to quit,” the AIMPLB tweeted. However, AIMPLB member Qasim Rasool Ilyas said “action” was taken against Nadvi after he disagreed with the board’s views on the matter. — PTI ONGC gets 10% stake in Abu Dhabi oilfield SBI wrote off ~20,339 cr MP Cong removes ‘vastu of bad loans in 2016-17 dosh’ from head office First Indian investment in UAE oil sector New Delhi, February 11 The country’s largest lender SBI wrote off bad loans worth Rs 20,339 crore in 2016-17 (FY17), the highest among all public sector banks, which had a collective write-off of Rs 81,683 crore for the fiscal. The data pertains to the period when the associate banks of SBI were not merged with it. Public sector banks’ (PSBs) write-off stood at Rs 27,231 crore in 2012-13, government data showed. The figure has jumped nearly three-fold in five years. In 2013-14, the state-owned banks wrote off bad loans worth Rs 34,409 crore; Rs 49,018 crore in 2014-15; Rs 57,585 crore in 2015-16 and hitting Rs 81,683 in the fiscal ended March 2017. PNB had a write-off of Rs Abu Dhabi/New Delhi, Feb 11 ONGC Videsh Ltd and its partners have acquired a 10 per cent stake in a large offshore oilfield in Abu Dhabi for $600 million, the first time any Indian company has set foot in the oil-rich UAE. The contract for the oilfield in Lower Zakum Concession, as part of India’s efforts to ensure its energy security, was signed last evening in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. Addressing a gathering of the Indian community in Dubai today, Modi referred to the major deal and said it was the “beginning of a bright dimension in partnership”. OVL, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and a unit of Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL), paid a signing amount of $600 million for a 10 per cent stake in Abu Dhabi National Oil Co’s (ADNOC) 40-year Lower Zakum Concession, Offshore Abu Dhabi. “The current production of this field is about 400,000 barrels of oil per day (20 million tonnes per annum) and the Indian consortium’s annual share shall be about 2 million tonnes,” the OVL said. The field is to achieve plateau target of 450,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. OVL has 39 projects in 18 countries. — PTI more on back page 123 names for HC judges pending with govt and SC New Delhi, February 11 Over 120 recommendations by 13 high courts for appointment of judges are pending with the government and the Supreme Court Collegium, awaiting a final decision at a time when 403 posts out of a total sanctioned strength of 1,079 are vacant in various high courts. On the flip side, the figures also indicate that the high courts are yet to recommend suitable names for 280 vacancies. Sources said that as on February 1, as many as 123 recommendations made by collegiums of 13 high courts NPA WOES ■ Public sector banks collec- tively wrote off bad loans worth ~81,683 cr in 2016-17 ■ PSBs’ write-off stood at ~27,231 cr in 2012-13 9,205 crore in 2016-17, followed by Bank of India (Rs 7,346 crore), Canara Bank (Rs 5,545 crore) and Bank of Baroda (Rs 4,348 crore). In the current financial year, PSBs have written off loans worth Rs 53,625 crore in the six months to September. As per data from the RBI, nine public sector banks, of the total 21, had gross nonperforming asset ratio of above 15% (the percentage of bad loans in terms of total loans outstanding) as of September 30, 2017. — PTI were pending with the government as well as the Supreme Court Collegium. While 43 names are pending with the Supreme Court Collegium, 80 names are with the government. Sources pointed out that the figures also indicate that the high court collegiums have not recommended names to fill the remaining 280 vacancies. As per the latest Law Ministry data, as on February 1, the Allahabad High Court has a maximum of 56 vacancies, followed by 39 in Calcutta, 38 in Karnataka, 35 in Punjab Bhopal, February 11 The Congress, which has been out of power in Madhya Pradesh for 14 years, is leaving no stone unturned, it seems, to revive its political fortunes in the poll-bound state and stop the BJP from retaining power. Removing the ‘vastu dosh’ (architectural defects) from its party’s state headquarter office is one such move, which the Opposition party feels will bring good luck and improve its prospects to be back at the helm of affairs. After consulting ‘Vastu Shastra’ experts, the party has removed three toilets located near its spokespersons’ room on the ground floor of the four-storey office complex in the state capital. ‘ Vastu Shastra’ is a tradi- Russia has seen record snowfall in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor at the time of the incident. The plane was seven years old and bought by Saratov Airlines from another Russian airline a year ago. and Haryana High Court and 30 in Andhra Pradesh/Telangana High Court. The high court collegiums first send the names to the Law Ministry, which after getting inputs from the Intelligence Bureau sends the files to the SC Collegium. According to the procedure for the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court, and the 24 high courts, the apex court collegium recommends the names of candidates to the government which, in turn, either accepts the proposal or returns it for reconsideration. — PTI CPM RENTS OUT SPACE Bardhaman: Battling financial problems after being out of power in West Bengal, the CPM has leased out a party office building for ~15,000 per month to run the local unit at Lodgepara in Guskara Municipality’s Ward Number 7. CPM ruled West Bengal for 34 years before being ousted by TMC in 2011. PTI tional Hindu system of architecture, which literally means ‘science of architecture’. Indira Bhawan, which was inaugurated by former Congress president Sonia Gandhi in March 2006, is currently abuzz with activities and witnessing closed-door meetings ahead of the Assembly elections, due by the end of the year. — PTI ML Khattar Yashpal Malik of agreement. Khattar said Jat leaders had assured him of working for amity and harmony among all castes. Regarding their demand for bringing Jats within the ambit of quota at the Central level, Malik said the government had promised of “providing data to relevant authorities to pave the way for it”. The issues pertaining to jobs to the next of kin of those killed during the 2017 stir (second phase) “had also been resolved”. The government had also promised to fulfil other demands accepted by it in the March 19 agreement, he said. Malik, however, said the proposed February 18 “Balidan Diwas” would be observed as scheduled. Khattar, meanwhile, has urged the Congress to support the government’s measures to facilitate quota to Jats and to maintain peace and social harmony in the state. Earlier, two rounds of talks had failed as the government refused to accept the demand for withdrawal of cases of serious nature. Sources said the sticking point was the case relating to violence and arson at the Rohtak residence of Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu. The advocate Asma Jahangir — unrelenting, outspoken Pak lawyer and rights activist — dies at 66 Lahore, February 11 Doughty Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir, who fought her battle on the streets as well in courts, opposed military strongmen and steadfastly championed the rights of women, minorities and LGBTs, passed away here on Sunday. She was 66. Jahangir, the first woman president of the Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association, was shifted to a hospital on Saturday night after suffering cardiac arrest. Born in 1952 to a progressive Lahore family, her path seemed set out with Jahangir’s father Malik Ghulam Jilani, a bureaucratturned-politician, opposing corruption at the fag end of Ayub Khan’s rule and the brutal crackdown in then East Pakistan under Yahya Khan following the 1970 poll. After her graduation from Kinnaird College and LLB from Punjab University in 1978, she hit the headlines when she enthusiastically jumped into the Movement for Restoration of Democracy against the Zia ul-Haq dicta- torship and was jailed. In 1987, she co-founded the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, representing clients who were denied rights and defending cases of minorities, women and children in prisons. A mother of a son and two daughters, Jahangir was also the co-chair of South Asians for Human Rights. She was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Arbitrary or Summary Executions and later as the UN Rapporteur of Freedom of Religion or Belief. She often had a tempestuous relation with the Pakistani state. While she received several national awards, she was put under house arrest in 2007 after President Pervez Musharraf imposed Emergency. A Twitter user called her the only “man” in Pakistan, which author Bina Shah contested: “The only man? She was fully a woman in her courage and steadfastedness. A lioness. You don’t get to claim her for your own gender.” — IANS obit on back page
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