26022018-TT-01.qxd 2/25/2018 10:35 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, february 26, 2018 jammu & kashmir chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 3 no. 56 | 16 pages | ~4.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd China set for Xi in power indefinitely /thetribunechd THAT EMPT Y FEELING Communist Party prepares to remove term limit his second term. Since then, all organs of the party have declared him as the topmost leader, setting aside the principle of collective leadership followed during the last three decades. The CPC Central Committee today also proposed writing Xi Jinping’s ‘Thoughts on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era’ into the Constitution. This would make Xi the only leader after Mao and his predecessor Deng Xiaoping whose thoughts were written into the Constitution. It would place him above the rest of the leaders of the party. Besides the two-term rule, top Chinese leaders also followed a convention of retiring after 68 years. With the status of “core leader” and his name written into the Constitution, the retirement age limit is not expected to be applicable to Xi. Since Xi took over power, he consolidated his hold with a massive anti-graft campaign in which over a million officials were punished. — PTI Beijing, February 25 In an unprecedented move, China’s ruling Communist Party today prepared the ground for President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely after the end of his second term in 2022 as it proposed to remove presidential term limits from the party’s Constitution. The CPC Central Committee proposed removing the clause that the President and Vice-President “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms” from the Constitution, state-run Xinhua news agency reported today. The removal of the term limit, expected to be endorsed by the party Plenum that begins tomorrow, would give 64-year-old Xi, regarded as the most powerful leader in modern China, a limitless tenure. Xi’s predecessors, Jiang Zemin who was in power from 1993 to 2003 and Hu Jintao from 2003 to 2013, stepped down as the general secretary of the party as well as the President after the widely followed rule as well as a convention of two terms to promote collective leadership system in the one-party state. If China pushes ahead with the proposal, Xi would become the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, who ruled for more than three decades. President Xi, who is also the general secretary of the CPC and chairman of the Central Military Commission, began his second fiveyear tenure last year. A seven-man leadership committee unveiled last year included no potential successor, raising the prospect that Xi intends to govern beyond CISF headless for a month Sameer lifts PM: It’s 48-yr vs Swiss Open title 48-month rule The country’s frontline security force against terror threats at civilian airports and strategic nuclear and aerospace installations, the CISF, is working without a regular chief for over a month as the Centre is yet to appoint a Director General (DG). The about 1.8-lakh personnel strong force has been without a regular DG since January 22 after serving chief OP Singh was repatriated to his cadre, on the request of the Uttar Pradesh Government, and appointed the state’s Director General of Police (DGP). — PTI BASEL (SWITZERLAND): Indian shuttler Sameer Verma dished out a clinical performance to outwit former world number 2 Jan O Jorgensen and clinch the men’s singles title at the $150,000 Swiss Open Super 300 tournament on Sunday. The 23-year-old from Madhya Pradesh showed great anticipation and technique to bambazoole Jorgensen 21-15 21-13 in a lop-sided contest. Sameer had clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold last year. — PTI NEW DELHI: Xi Jinping, Chinese President PUDUCHERRY: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hit out at the “one family” dynastic rule of the Congress for 48 years and said it should be compared with achievements of the “development-oriented” NDA in the last four years. “One family, either directly or indirectly, ruled the country for 48 years... for about 17 years our first PM ruled, and after that his daughter held the reins for 14 years and following that her son was at the helm for five years,” he said. “Between 2004 and 2014, the same family ran the government with remote control,” he said. PAGE 11 1963-2018 Actor Sridevi’s sudden death at 54 has legions of fans in shock, disbelief Superstar, gone too soon Nonika Singh M ANNEQUIN, almost doll-like, or age-defying timeless beauty — as I feasted my eyes on Sridevi at the International Film Festival of India, Goa, just a few months ago, I couldn’t quite decide what description truly fit her million-dollar dazzling persona. But whichever way, I was taken in by her star-lit aura, as I’m sure was anyone present. She spoke little; in public, she was always reticent. There was little indication of an underlying medical condition that one presumes might have led to a massive cardiac arrest that took her life in Dubai on Saturday night — brother-in-law and actor Sanjay Kapoor said she had no history of heart ailment. In the end, her heart may have failed her, but she ruled the hearts of millions, and that is here to stay. For sure. Beginning her acting career at age four, from the South she transformed into this icon of Bollywood who delivered hit after hit. Her astounding acting prowess was never ever in doubt. Be it her heartfelt portrayal in ‘Sadma’ or goofiness personified in ‘Chaalbaaz’, the girl smitten by a man old enough to be her father in ‘ Lamhe’, the ‘Hawa hawaaii girl’ of ‘Mr India’…by all yardsticks Sridevi was the original queen of Bollywood. As long as she acted, she reigned on the marquee and then after the megahit ‘Judaai’ in 1997, she gave it all up for a life in domesticity. Today stories about what a doting wife and mother she was abound. Onlookers may not have quite understood what she saw in the Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 25 The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has yet again said that Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) of the armed forces are “not gazetted officers”, hence do not merit such a status while being posted in New Delhi-based Army headquarters. The ministry’s letter saying that “JCOs are not covered under the definition of officer” has come despite the Army Act 1950 according status of Group-B equivalent gazetted officers to the JCOs. Section 151 of Defence Service Regulations 1987 states that JCOs are granted commission by the President. Furthering its argument, the ministry has opted to cite a reply under the Right to Information Act given by the Adjutant General Branch of the Army. All this without keeping in mind that the RTI reply by the AG was itself cancelled through an Army order. The Tribune had reported this cancellation of the RTI reply on November 3, 2017. The RTI reply that described JCOs as “non-gazetted” officers was cancelled and the Army corrected a self-created anomaly. As per government orders, JCOs were always “Group B” gazetted officers. There are around 64,000 personnel of JCO rank or equals in the Air Force and the Navy. The JCOs are promoted from among the jawans and hold an important position in each battalion of the Army. In January, the issue relating to rank parity — wrong equation of forces with civilian staff — was settled after Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman corrected the anomaly. The Tribune reported it on January 6. The MoD had said: “The letter dated October 18, 2016, on equivalence between armed forces’ officers and Armed Forces Headquarters Civil Services officers is withdrawn.” The matter of JCOs getting their status was not linked to this. In July last year, the Army wrote to the MoD, saying JCOs are accorded gazetted status as per an Act of Parliament, however, when posted at South Block in New Delhi, a JCO is issued an identity card equating him with a Group-C employee. The I-cards are colour coded — green for Maj Gen and above, yellow for Group A, blue for Group B and grey for Group C. set the Box Office ablaze but even in the not-so-critically acclaimed film she held her own. One of the most charming and enduring heroines of the Indian film industry without a doubt, had she lived her fans would have seen more of her in films such as the sequel of ‘English Vinglish’ and rejoice in the debut of her daughter Jhanvi Kapoor in ‘Dhadak’, who we so hope and wish has inherited at least some of her acting genes. But even her lovely daughters can’t fill the space she occupied. RIP Sridevi. , Cauldron’s song ‘Dreams die young’ plays on the mind. “If I go down — no regrets, I take a sip with my last breath.” Here’s raising a toast to Sridevi, and her numerous films, 280 in all, a whole lot of which cine-buffs won’t forget in a hurry. more on back page Sugar mill top brass in ~97-cr bank fraud MoD at it again: JCOs ‘not gazetted officers’ Ajay Banerjee much-married producer Boney Kapoor, but he never left her side. Fifteen years later, she made a stupendous comeback with ‘English Vinglish’ in a much slimmer avatar of herself. And he was there at the Toronto film festival cheering for her as she was dubbed the ‘Meryl Streep of India’. Did she take her stardom and such effusive praise seriously? On the surface certainly not, and confessed to that rare ability for an exceptionally dedicated actor to snap out of her reel character. ‘A director’s actor’ is what she called herself, or an instinctive one who knew exactly what was expected of her. Both cynical critics and fawning admirers alike bowed before her versatility to transform, her malleability to get into the skin of characters (comic or tragic) she played. Her latest outing ‘Mom’ did not Capt’s son-in-law also booked by CBI IGP, Kashmir Zone, SP Pani, and other officers carry the coffin of Constable Kultar Singh. AMIN WAR 2 cops killed in Kashmir Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, February 25 Two policemen were killed and their weapons snatched in separate attacks in Kashmir today. One policeman died after militants attacked a guard post at a revered Sufi shrine in Budgam this afternoon. The second slain policeman was guarding the residence of separatist leader Fazal Haq Qureshi in Soura locality on Srinagar’s outskirts. Qureshi, aligned with moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, had himself survived a lethal attack by militants in 2009. The police said militants called cop Farooq Ahmed outside Qureshi’s house this evening and then shot him at point-blank range and fled with his rifle. Chairman of the People’s Political Front, a constituent of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, Qureshi was appointed interlocutor by the Hizbul Mujahideen when they announced a 14day truce in 2000. He, along with commanders of Hizbul, held negotiations with the then Union Home Secretary Kamal Pande. Earlier in the day, a policeman was killed in a militant attack on a police post at Kashmir’s most revered Sufi shrine of Sheikh Nooruddin Noorani at Chrar-e-Sharief, Budgam, 35 km from here. The police said militants fired at Selection Grade Constable Kultar Singh from a close range while he was deputed outside the shrine and took away his SLR. “He succumbed to injuries in hospital,” Budgam SSP Tejinder Singh said. Kultar, a resident of Samba, was posted with 13 battalion of the J&K Armed Police. The shrine was burnt down in 1995 during a threemonth siege after a group of militants led by Pakistani militant commander Mast Gul took shelter inside. No militant group has owned responsibility so far. New Delhi, February 25 The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against Simbhaoli Sugars Limited, its chairman Gurmit Singh Mann, deputy managing director Gurpal Singh and others in connection with an alleged bank loan fraud of Rs 97.85 crore. Simbhaoli Sugars Limited is one of the largest sugar mills in the country. The company’s chief executive officer, GSC Rao, CFO Sanjay Tapriya, executive director Gursimran Kaur Mann and five non-executive directors have also been booked. Gurpal Singh is the son-inlaw of Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. The CBI today carried out searches at eight premises and registered office of the company in Delhi, Hapur and Noida, CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said. The probe focuses on two loans — Rs 97.85 crore, which was declared fraud in 2015, and another corporate loan of Rs 110 crore, which was used to repay the previous loan. The second loan was declared NPA on November 29, 2016, nearly 20 days after scrapping of Rs 1,000 and old Rs 500 notes was announced, according to the CBI FIR. The bank was allegedly cheated of Rs 97.85 crore, but the loss incurred by it is Rs 109.08 crore, the FIR read. The lender, Oriental Bank of Commerce, complained to the CBI on November 17, 2017, but the agency registered a case on February 22. According to the FIR, OBC sanctioned Rs 148.60 crore in 2011 for financing 5,762 sugarcane farmers for supplying produce to the company from January 25, 2012 to March 13. The money was “dishonestly diverted by the company for its own needs”, Dayal said. The account turned NPA on March 31, 2015, and was declared alleged fraud by the bank to the RBI on May 13, 2015 for Rs 97.85 crore. OBC alleged that in addition to the existing NPA, the bank, under multiple banking arrangements, sanctioned another corporate loan of Rs 110 crore on January 28, 2015, to pay the outstanding loan of Rs 97.85 crore. The bank adjusted the total liability of Rs 112.94 crore by way of deposit of the new loan. “This, too, turned NPA on November 29, 2016.” — PTI Just 7.28% women in police: Govt New Delhi, February 25 Amid a rising graph of crime against women in the country, they constitute just 7.28 per cent of the police force in India and at 2.47 per cent, their presence is the lowest in Naxal-hit Telangana, according to government data. In militancy-affected Jammu and Kashmir, there are just 3.05 per cent women in the police force, which has a sanctioned strength of more than 80,000 police personnel, Union Home Ministry statistics said. UN(FAIR) TREND State/UT Telangana J&K Uttar Pradesh Delhi Strength 60,700 80,000 3,65,000 85,000 Women 2.47% 3.05% 3.81% 8.64% The number of incidents of crime against women rose from 3,29,243 in 2015 to 3,38,954 in 2016. The situation is pathetic despite the Union Home Ministry sending advisories in 2009, 2012 and 2016 to all state governments and UTs to increase the strength of women police personnel to 33 per cent, a senior official said. Among the UTs, Chandigarh has the highest number of women personnel. — PTI
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