14022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/14/2018 2:02 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, february 14, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 44 | 24 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Assange loses bid to halt arrest warrant London: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lost a legal bid to persuade UK authorities to drop any further action against him for breaching his bail conditions when he walked into the Ecuadorean embassy in 2012. The Swedish case was dropped last year, but Britain still has a warrant over breach of bail terms. PAGE 15 Armed with love AFP Toll 7 as soldier’s body found 2 bike-borne ‘terrorists fire’ at Army sentry post, flee; search, probe on Tribune News Service South Africa’s ANC orders Zuma to go Johannesburg: ANC party said it had decided to “recall” scandaltainted President Jacob Zuma from office, but said there was no deadline, pitching the country into uncertainty. Zuma has ‘agreed in principle to resign and has proposed time frames from three to six months’. PAGE 15 /thetribunechd On the eve of Valentine’s Day, a woman interacts with the Love-o-meter, an interactive exhibition which expresses the strength of one’s love in verses from Marina, the longest love poem in the world written by Andrej Sladkovic in 1844, in Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia. Jammu, February 13 The Army recovered the body of another soldier from the Sunjuwan military station while sanitising the camp late on Monday, taking the toll in Saturday’s terror attack to seven — six Army men and a civilian. This even as a combing operation was launched today in Domana area, on the outskirts of the city, after two suspected bikeborne terrorists were seen outside an Army camp. The slain soldier whose body was recovered from the camp was identified as Havildar Rakesh Chandra of 6 Mahar. He belongs to Sankar village in Pauri tehsil of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. In all, 10 persons sustained bullet injuries in the terror attack and were undergoing Mehbooba Mufti pays tribute to Sunjuwan martyrs in Jammu. PTI Srinagar siege ends, two LeT men dead Srinagar: Security forces on Tuesday killed two Lashkar-eToiba (LeT) terrorists holed up inside a building after a failed attack on a CRPF camp, ending a 32-hour gunbattle in downtown Srinagar, police said. The operation to flush out terrorists from the under-construction multi-storey building in Karan Nagar was carried out by a Special Operations Group of the J&K Police and the CRPF, a police official said. PAGE 12 treatment at a military hospital, where the condition of two remained critical. Jaish-e-Mohammad terror- ists had attacked the camp dressed in Army fatigues. The Army operation entailed a search of 26 blocks and By 2020, over 85,000 Minister’s transparency 7.4 lakh new assault MBBS seats in country attempt goes for a toss rifles to replace INSAS Tribune News Service India clinch maiden series in South Africa India clinched their maiden ODI series win on South African soil, taking an unbeatable 4-1 lead after outclassing the hosts by 73 runs in the fifth One-Day International at the St George’s Park on Tuesday. Opener Rohit Sharma led the tourists, striking his 17th ODI century (115 off 126 balls) before chinaman Kuldeep Yadav returned figures of 4/57 to bowl the Proteas out for 201, in their chase of 274. PAGE 16 New Delhi, February 13 The Central Government has approved an ambitious plan to increase medical education infrastructure by adding seats at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. According to top Health Ministry officers, by 2020-2021, there will be 85,525 MBBS seats across medical colleges in the country and 46,558 postgraduate seats. That would mark a significant increase over the available seats at both UG and PG levels before 2014-15. The numbers then were 52,000 MBBS and 30,000 PG seats. So far, the addition in the undergraduate education has been 16,125 MBBS seats between 2014-15 to date. Corresponding raise at the PG level has been 8,500 seats. Sources said the UG seats expected to be increased by the upgrading of 58 district medical hospitals into colleges will be 5,000. The scheme is under implementation with targets to be met by 2020. The recent Union Budget carried an announcement of upgrading 24 district government hospitals as medical colleges. Between 2014 and now, 10,000 MBBS and 8,058 PG seats have been increased in the existing medical colleges. The country has one doctor for 1,630 persons, whereas the recommended World Health Organisation ratio is one doctor for every 1,000 persons. Wassan Singh — curious case of a yoga guru in US Jalandhar-born’s great-granddaughter keen to unravel enigma Vikramdeep Johal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 13 Bal (Ballan) village in Jalandhar district is best known for Dera Sachkhand Ballan, a Ravidassia sect that has politicians and other influential people among its patrons. However, few know the amazing story of Wassan Singh — born in this part of Doaba back in 1882 — who carved a niche for himself as a yoga guru in the US post World War I. His great-granddaughter, Lydia Wassan, is penning a book on the enigmatic figure who mesmerised countless Americans during the Depression years. “Yogi Wassan’s story has fascinated me and my family for a long time, partly because we don’t have entirely satisfactory answers to many questions about him. Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about his parentage or family life at Bal village,” says Lydia, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in creative non-fiction at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Wassan Singh arrived in San Francisco from Hong Kong in 1906. The sturdy Sikh had probably worked in the colonial armed services or the Hong Kong police department. For over a decade, he earned a livelihood in the lumber mills of Wassan Singh in famed attire. Oregon and Washington. He shot into the limelight in 1922 when he jumped into a lake, fully clothed, to save a boy from drowning. Wassan then resuscitated the kid and drove him home. It’s said that the parents offered him a reward, but he refused. In another swimming accident reported a few months later, he again emerged as the miraculous saviour. During the 1920s, he began a career as a yogi and dropped Singh from his name. In those days, yoga was an exotic novelty in America, having adherents and detractors aplenty. “Yogi Wassan was extremely fit and was able to do incredible strongman acts during his performances,” says Lydia. Wassan’s high-profile yoga was mostly about physical exercise, diet, hygiene, and folk remedies — a striking prototype of Ramdev’s scheme of things. In his 2016 essay, ‘Rishis and Rebels: The Punjabi Sikh Presence in Early American Yoga’, Philip Deslippe gives an account of a Wassan lecture. “He wore a goldcoloured turban with matching robe, and his speech was accented with charm and humour. Yogi Wassan began the class by chanting a long ‘Om’ that set the tone (and also established his breath control and diaphragmatic strength with the audience) and then launched into a brief concert on the flute before he began to lecture on the powers of breath control and the solar plexus.” Deslippe, a doctoral student at University of California, Santa Barbara, further says: “His lecture concluded with a feat of strength in which men from the audience were invited up and formed a line that pressed forward like a singlefile football team against Yogi Wassan’s midsection.” He married thrice — all white women — despite the prevailing prejudice against South Asian immigrants. The third wife, Elsie Goldkette Lerche, was a Norwegian from whom he had a son. continued on page 7 Today’s issue is of 24 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Bathinda Tribune. Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 13 A toss of coin, a twist of the tale, and Punjab Technical Education Minister Charanjit Singh Channi was the subject of a controversy in a video gone viral on Tuesday. A harmless exercise of picking one of two newly hired lecturers vying to be posted at Government Polytechnic, Patiala, through toss to avoid allegations of favouritism was recorded on video by a TV journalist, who was among several present in Channi’s office on Monday. By Tuesday morning, various versions of the incident were out on national TV channels, including some saying “appointments” were being done through the toss of a Minister Channi tosses the coin. coin without going into merit. According to the minister, in the interest of transparency in transfers, he had called 37 lecturers — recently recruited through the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) — to allot them stations of their choice. While he was able to decide postings of 35 candidates in this manner on the spot, two candidates had a dispute as both wanted Patiala. continued on page 7 New Delhi, February 13 The Defence Acquisition Council, the top decisionmaking body of the Ministry of Defence, today okayed a plan to acquire 7.4 lakh assault rifles to replace the standard INSAS rifles — a three-decade-old design. It also okayed a plan to have 5,719 new sniper rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 982 crore. The weapons will be bought through the global tendering route. The DAC also okayed Rs 1,819 crore for “essential quantity” of new light machine guns (LMG). The assault rifles are for the three services. These will be “Made in India” through the Ordnance Factory Board and private industry at an estimated cost of Rs 12,280 crore. In January, the council had 7.62 calibre rifles will replace INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) — Army’s standard assault weapon of 5.56 calibre (above) okayed a Rs 3,547-crore project to acquire 72,400 infantry rifles and 93,895 carbines for close-quarter encounters. To enhance the anti-submarine warfare capabilities of naval ships, it approved procurement of torpedo decoy systems. The “Mareech” system, developed by DRDO, has successfully completed extensive trial evaluations. It will be produced by Bharat Electronics Limited at a cost of Rs 850 crore. — TNS evacuation from 189 flats. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today led the wreathlaying ceremony, paying tributes to four of the six soldiers hailing from Kashmir. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports suggested that two bike-borne terrorists opened fire at a sentry post in the Domana area around 4.30 am. They fled the scene after Army jawans retaliated. “A search operation has been launched, while the alert has been optimised,” said Jammu SSP Vivek Gupta. Asked whether the Army jawans established contact with the gunmen, he said they (police) were investigating the matter. Sources said two terrorists approached the entry point of the Army camp and opened fire. As the guards retaliated, they fled. Under-repair ONGC drillship explosion leaves five dead Kochi, February 13 Five persons were killed and three injured in a fire following an explosion on an underrepair ONGC drillship at the Cochin Shipyard today. Those killed are believed to be contract workers. The injured have been admitted to a private hospital. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical. State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) said the blast was reported in its drillship Sagar Bhushan at 9.15 am at Cochin Shipyard (CSL) where it has been dry docking since December 7. No ONGC employee was on the ship. “The drillship was undergoing a mandatory special survey (hull and machinery repairs) as per class requirement,” the company said. The cause is being probed. — PTI
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