02042018-TTC-01.qxd 02-04-2018 01:21 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday,april 2, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 90 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 3 soldiers, 13 ultras killed in Valley 4 civilians die as protests erupt in Kashmir; Lt Fayaz’s death avenged, says Army Majid Jahangir & Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service A casket with the remains of one of the Indians killed by the IS being taken for transportation to Baghdad airport on Sunday. AP/PTI Kin told ‘not to open’ Iraq victims’ caskets Remains to reach Amritsar today Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 1 Punjab-based families of the 38 men killed by the Islamic State militants in the strifetorn Mosul city of Iraq appear aggrieved as some of them have been advised against opening the caskets or having a glimpse of the mortal remains — scheduled to reach Amritsar airport from Iraq on Monday. The DNA samples of the 39th victim are yet to be matched with his relative. Minister of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh (retd) reached Iraq on Sunday to bring home the remains. Gurpinder Kaur, sister of deceased Manjinder Singh, said they had been told not to open the coffin, as the “remains had been exhumed from a grave and might emit CBSE POSTPONES EXAMS IN PUNJAB Chandigarh: The CBSE has postponed the Classes X and XII examinations scheduled for Monday (April 2) in Punjab, apprehending a law and order problem during the Bharat Bandh call. This decision was taken following a letter of the Director General School Education, Punjab. The exams will carry on as per schedule in UT Chandigarh and rest of the country. As per a board press release, the new dates will be announced soon. TNS SC/ST Act: Govt will file review plea today New Delhi: The government will file a review petition before the Supreme Court on Monday, challenging its order banning automatic arrest and registration of cases for alleged harassment of SCs and STs. The petition will be filed by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, a senior official said. Top law officers have been brainstorming with officials of the ministry to prepare a credible review plea. PTI PAGE 7 toxic gases” due to embalming. “It is just not possible to cremate it before having a last look. What can possibly happen to us? This is not the end, but the beginning of a never-ending suffering,” she added. Swaran Singh, brother of Nishan Singh, said though the SDM had asked them not to open the casket, the family had decided to do so. “We’ll open the casket to have a glimpse of the mortal remains of my younger brother, who will be home for his last journey,” he said. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Kamaljit Sangha said the remains are expected to reach Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport at 1 pm. “All arrangements have been made to transport the remains with the support of district administrations.” Awantipore/Srinagar, April 1 Three counter-insurgency operations left 13 militants, three soldiers and four civilians dead in south Kashmir on Sunday as the Valley witnessed one of its bloodiest days in recent years. Over 100 civilians were injured in protests near the sites of gunfight and most of them were wounded by pellets fired by security forces to contain the protests. Of the 13 slain militants, the Army said two were involved in the killing of Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, who was abducted in May last year when he was attending the wedding of a relative in Shopian. The Army described “Sunday as a special day for the counter-terrorist operation in the Valley for all our security forces”. “Most importantly, we have killed two of the terrorists involved in the killing of Lt Ummer Fayaz in May. We have avenged his death,” said GOC, 15 Corps, Lt Gen AK Bhat at a joint press conference at Awantipora in Pulwama district. He identified the two slain militants as Ishfaq Ahmad Malik and Riyaz Thokar. Security officials said the first anti-militancy operation was launched at Peth Dialgam in Anantnag around Sepoy Hetram Bikaner, Rajasthan Gunner Nilesh Singh Sultanpur, UP A structure on fire during the gunfight with terrorists near Kachdoora in Shopian district on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: YAWAR KABLI 10.30 pm on Saturday. J&K DGP Shesh Paul Vaid said one militant, Rouf Khanday, was killed and another captured alive in the Anantnag operation. “The Anantnag SSP made a special effort that is unheard of in any other part of the world. He called the family members of the terrorist and engaged him in talks for about 30 minutes, asking him to give up arms and come out. Unfortunate- ly, he did not heed to his family’s advice and instead opened fire. Police and the forces had no option but to retaliate and he was killed. Another was caught alive. I don’t think in any part of the world forces do operations in this manner,” said Vaid. The other two operations were launched at midnight at Draggad and Kachdoora villages — around 20 km apart — in Shopian district. At Draggad, a group of mil- itants hiding in a cluster of houses was asked to surrender, but they refused. In the gunfight that followed, seven militants and the house owner were killed. The slain militants were identified as Zubair Turray, Ishfaq Malik, Yawar Itoo, Nazim Dar, Adil Thoker, Ubaid Malla and Reyaz Thoker — all residents of the district. The civilian killed was identified as Ahmed Tokar. The gunfight broke out near the ancestral house of an IPS officer, posted outside the state. The Army said the third operation at Kachdoora was difficult as nearly 13 civilians, including two children, had to be evacuated from the house where another group of militants was hiding. “We lost three of our jawans in this gunfight,” an Army officer said. “Three militants were killed in the gunfight.” The slain soldiers have been identified as Sepoy Hetram Gunner Arvinder Kumar Mukerian, Punjab of Dungargarh, Bikaner (Rajasthan); Gunner Nilesh Singh of Khadipur, Sultanpur (UP); and Gunner Arvinder Kumar of Sariana, Mukerian (Punjab). Three civilians were killed at Kachdoora after clashes as people tried to march towards the gunfight site. Protests were witnessed even as separatist leaders called for a twoday shutdown. Mobile Internet services were suspended across the Valley. BHARAT BANDH Educational institutions closed today, no buses We have a problem with GSAT-6A:ISRO House panel for reviving NCTC plan Chandigarh, April 1 In view of the call for Bharat Bandh on Monday over the Supreme Court verdict that “diluted” provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the Punjab government on Sunday announced suspension of all mobile Internet, SMS and dongle services. The government has also announced to close educational institutions, banks, and public transport system. The Army is on standby. The mobile Internet, SMS and dongle services will remain suspended till 11 pm on Monday. The biggest concern for the state authorities is that Punjab has the highest population of SCs in the country. The government said the decision was taken on the basis of security inputs. An official spokesperson said PRTC, Punjab Roadways and Punbus buses would remain off road. JS Grewal of the mini-bus operators’ union said private Bengaluru, April 1 Two days after India’s latest communication satellite with military applications GSAT6A was launched, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Sunday said it had lost contact with it and was making efforts to establish a link, with preliminary data showing there are chances of recovery. The agency lost communication when it attempted to ignite the engine in a third and final move to its desired location after its March 29 textbook launch from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The second orbit-raising operation was successfully carried out on Saturday, but when it was on course to normal operating configuration for the final firing scheduled for April 1, communication with the satellite was lost, the space agency said after maintaining unusual silence on the health of the satellite. GSAT-6A is aimed at helping in mobile communication even from very remote New Delhi, April 1 Taking note of the threat perception and also citing example of terror attacks like 26/11, a standing committee of Parliament on Home headed by senior Congress leader P Chidambram has impressed upon the government to revive the plans of setting up a National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). The panel, in its latest report, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) should take a lead role in “bringing all states on board” with regard to the structure, functions, mandate and utility of creating and operationalising NCTC as a single and premier counter-terror agency. The idea of setting up of the NCTC was conceived by Chidambaram after the Mumbai terror attack in 2008, but was opposed by several CMs, including Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister, alleging that such a structure will interfere with the functioning of state security agencies. — TNS Punjab suspends mobile Net, SMS The Rapid Action Force deployed in Ludhiana on Sunday, ahead of the proposed bandh. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN PSEB exams put off The PSEB has postponed the practical exams of Classes X and XII scheduled for April 2 to April 11. buses will also remain off road. He criticised the government for not plying pub- lic transport as it was “supposed to protect property and not to help those calling for a bandh call”. DGP Suresh Arora said Punjab Police had mobilised 10,000 additional cops, including eight companies of paramilitary forces, to maintain law and order. The National Scheduled Castes Alliance, meanwhile, has asked the SC community leaders to “think above party policies and work towards creating better conditions for the community”. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has appealed for calm. — TNS A photo of March 29 shows the launch of GSAT-6A. locations through hand-held ground terminals. ISRO did not spell out what went wrong, though reports suggest that the glitch was related to the satellite’s power system. — PTI Picture helps realise dream of education CBSE official suspended, 3 held Kabul, April 1 With three children under the age of five and a husband who could neither read nor write, 25-year-old Jahantap Ahmadi dreamed of going to college. Her high school degree was enough to become a teacher at the only elementary school in her village in central Afghanistan — in an open field — but she wanted more. On March 15, cheered on by her husband, Jahantap set out for the Daikundi provincial capital of Nili to take the university entrance exam. She walked until her feet were blistered and bruised Jahantab Ahmadi, 25, holds her infant daughter Khezran in Kabul and (right) their picture that went viral. AP/PTI and then sat for 10 hours with her infant daughter, Khezran, cradled on her lap in a rickety bus over rugged rocky roads. Once in Nili, she took the exam and scored a respectable 152 out of a possible 200. But it was a picture of Jahantap posted on Face- book, sitting cross-legged on the classroom floor, her twomonth-old baby asleep on her lap as she took the exam, that made the dream of going to college come true. A teacher in Nili who was moved by Jahantap’s determination to get an education posted pictures on Facebook. In Afghanistan, where women still struggle for even the most basic of rights, it went viral. “My brother, who was working in Kabul, called me and said ‘I saw your picture in Facebook’,” continued on page 13 New Delhi, April 1 A CBSE official has been suspended for laxity in supervising an examination centre in connection with the paper leak case and a formal inquiry has been initiated in the matter, the HRD ministry said on Sunday. Earlier, three persons, including teachers of a private school at Bawana in outer Delhi, were arrested by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police for their suspected roles in the leak of Class XII CBSE economics paper. Those arrested have been identified as Rishabh (29) and Rohit (26), teachers at a pri- A coaching centre owner and two teachers in police custody. PTI vate school in Bawana, and Tauqeer, 26, a tutor at a private coaching centre there, the police said. “On the direction of the HRD Minister, the Board has suspended KS Rana, the official found lax in supervising examination centre (0859). A formal inquiry has been instituted,” School Education Secretary Anil Swarup said. — PTI
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