26032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/26/2018 1:23 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, march 26, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 83 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Cricketer Shami hurt in road accident Dehradun: Mohammed Shami escaped with minor injuries after being involved in a road accident while travelling from Dehradun to New Delhi on Saturday. Shami, who is in the Delhi Daredevils IPL team, was returning in a car when it collided with a truck. Shami got a few stitches on the head. He is currently recuperating in Dehradun. Shami (27) trained for two days at the Abhimanyu Cricket Academy, run by Bengal batsman A Easwaran’s father in Dehradun, to rejuvenate himself mentally and physically. He had claimed being under “mental torture” after his wife lodged a complaint of domestic violence and infidelity against him. TNS Alphons’ jibe at Aadhaar critics Kochi: Taking on those questioning the Aadhaar programme, Union Minister Alphons K has said there were people willing to “get naked before the white man” to procure an American visa but cry “privacy” when basic details have to be shared with their own government. Taking a jibe at Aadhaar critics, he said, “Ten pages of information which you have never even confessed to your wife ever, or to your husband, have to be passed on to a white man to get an American visa. We have absolutely no problem going and putting our fingerprints and the iris and getting your whole body naked before the white man at all.” PTI /thetribunechd Smith: Caught & bowled Steps down as Australia captain, suspended for a Test by ICC Shock, disappointment in Oz over ball tampering, CA to probe MELBOURNE/CAPE TOWN, Mar 25 Steve Smith stepped down as Australia captain on Sunday and has been suspended for one Test by the International Cricket Council (ICC) amid stunning ball-tampering revelations that have plunged the Test team into crisis. Smith was also fined 100 per cent of his match fee, while opening batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was caught on camera attempting to alter the condition of the ball, was handed three demerit points and a 75 per cent fine of his match fee. Bancroft, however, escaped a ban and is therefore free to play in the fourth Test starting in Johannesburg on Friday if selected. David Warner also resigned as vice-captain on Sunday amid shock and disappointment at the conduct of the team back home. The day also saw South Africa routing Australia by 322 runs to win the third Test. Set 430 to win, Australia were skittled out for just 107 on the fourth day. South Africa lead the series 2-1. Earlier, Cricket Australia (CA) said Smith and Warner had agreed to give up leadership roles following “discussions” with the governing body, with wicketkeeper Tim Paine being asked to take the ❝ The decision by the leadership group of the Australian team to act in this way is clearly contrary to the spirit of the game, risks causing significant damage to the integrity of the match, the players and the sport itself. David Richardson, ICC CHIEF EXECUTIVE reins for the remainder of the third Test in Cape Town and mostly likely now the fourth. “We will investigate this matter with the urgency that it demands,” CA CEO James Sutherland said. “Cricket Australia and Australian cricket fans expect certain standards of conduct from cricketers representing our country, and on this occasion these standards have not been met. “All Australians, like us, want answers and we will keep you updated on our findings, as a matter of priority.” Smith and Warner’s demotion came hours after Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heaped pressure on CA to act swiftly and decisively. “I have to say that for the whole nation which holds those who wear the ‘baggy green’ up on a pedestal about as high as you can get in Australia, certainly higher than any politician that’s for sure, this is a shocking disappointment,” Turnbull said. Smith had admitted on Saturday that the ball-tampering carried out by Bancroft had been orchestrated by himself and senior players but although he was “embarrassed” by the scandal, he had no intention of stepping down as skipper. The cost to Australia’s reputation is high, with cricketing officials and former players across the globe branding the team cheats and fans castigating the players on social media. South Africa coach Ottis Gibson had called for strong action from the ICC. Australian newspapers described the scandal as the worst captaincy crisis since 1981 when skipper Greg Chappell instructed younger brother Trevor to bowl underarm with the last ball of a oneday match against New Zealand to secure a victory. Michael Clarke, Smith’s predecessor as captain, said the revelations were “disgraceful” and that he had no doubt that the skipper would be “crying in his hotel room”. — Reuters more on page 14 Arjun Mark-2 tank set to see light of day IMA no to NMC Bill, calls strike Design of Tejas’ next version almost done, indicates DRDO Chairman from April 2 Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 25 In an important move, the ‘Made in India’ Arjun Mark2 tank project is set to see the light of the day. Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Dr S Christopher in an interview to The Tribune said, “We have had a meeting with the Vice-Chief of the Indian Army where it was agreed on accepting Mark-2. Modalities are being worked out”. Once done, the acceptance of necessity (AON) for 118 will be revived, he added. The AON is decided by the Defence Acquisition Council headed by the Defence Minister. A total of 93 modifications have been done on the first version of Arjun — 124 were inducted — in 2010-2011. On being asked if the Army ❝ We have had a meeting with the Army Vice Chief where it was agreed on accepting Arjun Mark-2 tank. We are also targeting the first flight of Tejas Mark 2 by 2025. Dr S Christopher, DRDO CHAIRMAN was okay with the weight of the tank, the DRDO boss said: “The weight (the tank is almost 58 tonnes) has been accepted; that is a major change”. Most modern European tanks are of the same weight, and tank-transporters (specialised trucks) for Arjun are available. The DRDO has promised to set up a system to maintain the Arjun Mark-2 within India. It will be an annual maintenance contract with the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) as a possible agency, Dr Christopher said. On the trials, he said, “These have done 4,000 kms of run, the upgrades will be tested.” On artillery guns, Dr Christopher said the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun Systems (ATAGS), of which the Army has agreed to accept 40 pieces to start with, will get a more powerful engine to enable rapid movement. The guns designed by DRDO have been made by two private companies under the transfer of technology. The DRDO is keen to get a slice of the 1,580 towed guns the Army is looking to buy. “Both companies (Tata Power SED and Bharat Forge) are gearing up produce more. We need an order for 200-300 guns to tie up logistics,” he said. Talking about the next version of the Tejas, called ‘Mark1-A’, Dr Christopher said: “The design other than the AESA radar and the jammer pod is complete.” Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is looking to import the AESA radar even as DRDO made a radar that will be tested next month. The IAF is looking at 83 ‘Mark1A’, with 59 improvements over the existing Tejas. The Indian Air Force has projected a need for 324 fighter jets over 15 years and has officially indicated that it needs the ‘Tejas Mark 2’ (medium combat aircraft). It will carry a more powerful engine and weigh almost 20 per cent heavier than Tejas. New Delhi, March 25 Rejecting the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the National Medical Commission Bill, the Indian Medical Association, the largest body of private doctors in India, on Sunday called for an indefinite strike from April 2. More than 25,000 doctors at a ‘mahapanchayat’ here on Sunday opposed the recommendations and the Bill. The NMC Bill proposes to allow practitioners of alternative medicines — homoeopathy and ayurveda — to practice modern medicine after a “bridge course”. It also proposes that the National Licentiate Examination (NLE) be compulsory for any MBBS doctor. The panel recommended that the “bridge course” not be mandatory and to integrate the NLE with the finalyear MBBS exam. — PTI Now, Rahul, BJP locked in PM app data sharing row New Delhi, March 25 Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi after allegations surfaced that data from his official app was being shared without users’ consent, a charge the BJP trashed. Gandhi also accused the media of “burying” the story. His attack on the PM was based on a report in which a French vigilante hacker has purportedly alleged that data was stolen from his official app — NaMo App — without the consent of the users. “Hi! My name is Narendra Modi. I am India’s Prime Minister. When you sign up for my official App, I give all your data to my friends in American companies,” Gand- hi said on Twitter. In the tweet, he also attached a story titled, “Data theft allegations reaches PM Modi’s doorstep, French vigilante hacker’s stunning revelation”. The BJP reacted on Twitter, saying it did not expect “any better” from the Congress chief. It also said the data is used only for analytics using third party service, similar to Google Analytics. Official sources also maintained the app does not ask for blanket permissions when it is launched. They said the app is unique in nature, which unlike most apps, gives access to users in ‘guest mode’ without even any permission or data. The permissions required are all “contextual and cause-spe- cific”, they pointed out. “We also take this opportunity to encourage Rahul Gandhi to download NaMo App to keep himself apprised of the good things happening in India,” the BJP4India said in a tweet. “Rahul Gandhi is no match for Narendra Modi. But seeing his fright about the Namo App, is very amusing. When his bots tried to trend #DeleteNamoApp day before yesterday, the popularity and downloads of Namo App only increased,” it said. The Congress and the BJP have indulged in a slinging match over data theft and the use of services of Cambridge Analytica, accused of harvesting data from Facebook. — PTI
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