03092018-TTC-01.qxd 03-09-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.243 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, september 3,2018 ACQUISITION OF FARMLAND: PARADISE LOST FOR FARMERS PAGE 12 WITH RISING SEA LEVEL, BANGKOK STRUGGLES TO STAY AFLOAT PAGE 13 /thetribunechd KANHAIYA LIKELY TO FIGHT LS POLL FROM BEGUSARAI ON CPI TICKET PAGE 16 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Army Chief questions officers moving court THE TRIBUNE RELIEF FUND FOR KERALA Asks why file individual cases related to insurgency areas Ajay Banerjee An Appeal to Readers The flood fury of the Western Ghats has drowned the beautiful coastal state of Kerala in a sea of sorrow. The Tribune readers have always shown their magnanimity during such calamities in the past. The Tribune Trust, which has decided to contribute ~20 lakh, appeals to its readers to donate generously. Your donation will make a difference to the families of those who have lost their lives and homes. The names of all those who donate ~500 and above will be published. All such donations are eligible for deduction under Section 80-G of the Income Tax Act. Donations should be in the form of crossed cheques or demand drafts in favour of the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and sent to The Tribune Trust, Sector 29-C, Chandigarh – 160030 or to The Tribune offices in various cities. All donations will be duly sent to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. While making the donation, please clearly mention your name, address and PAN number. — The Tribune Trust The sixth list of donors appears today on PAGE 7 INDIA SUFFER 60-RUN DEFEAT, LOSE SERIES Southampton: England beat India by 60 runs in the fourth Test to take a series-clinching 3-1 lead here on Sunday. Chasing 245 for a win, India were all out for 184 in their second innings. PAGE 15 Tribune News Service OFF TO CHINA, WITH BEST-EVER SHOW C URTAINS came down on the 18th Asian Games with a spectacular closing ceremony in Jakarta on Sunday. India had its best-ever outing with 69 medals, including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. The contingent was led by women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal. Hangzhou, China, will host the next edition in 2022. PAGE 14 ASIAN GAMES MEDAL TALLY INDIA 15 24 30 69 New Delhi, September 2 In a significant move, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has expressed his “disagreement” over a spate in court cases filed by serving officers, even as he warned that moral turpitude will not go unpunished. He has also halted activities of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) in field areas. Faced with a “running commentary” on the social media over his decisions, General Rawat addressed Colonellevel officers posted in New Delhi at Manekshaw Centre here on Saturday. He questioned the need for serving officers to file indi- ‘SEVERE PUNISHMENT FOR MORAL TURPITUDE’ ■ The Army Chief said exemplary punishment like jail, dismissal, irrespective of rank, will be given in case of moral turpitude ■ Activities of the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) have been halted in field areas, he added ■ Armed forces officers are unique and formed of an ‘elite’ service, even above the all-India services, General Rawat said vidual cases challenging ongoing criminal cases faced by fellow officers serving in insurgency-hit areas. An officer, speaking to The Tribune, quoted the Army Chief as saying: “The Army was fighting these cases, now if these guys (the petitioners in court) lose the case, what will happen?” In an unprecedented move, nearly 700 Army officers and soldiers have approached the Supreme Court against dilution of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that shielded them from prosecution without the Centre’s nod. General Rawat spoke about restructuring the Army, cost-cutting, continued on page 11 IN BRIEF Not newborns but medical waste in plastic bags Kolkata: Initially feared to be bodies of newborns dumped in a ground in Kolkata turned out to be packets of medical wastes on Sunday. DC South-West Division Nilanjan Biswas said 14 human foetuses were found in the bags. Later, he clarified bags actually contained medical waste. PTI Centre alerts Punjab against Khalistan movement revival Chandigarh: The Centre has asked Punjab to be wary of any effort for the resurgence of the pro-Khalistan movement. The warning was conveyed to CM Capt Amarinder Singh during his meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh on last Friday. P2 BJP rebel Saini launches Loktantra Suraksha Party Panipat: Kurukshetra MP and BJP rebel Raj Kumar Saini on Sunday launched the Loktantra Suraksha Party. Saini promised to bring SYL waters for Haryana if voted to power. P6 Regional parties for Nirmala reviews security grid US to cancel $300m states KCR mantra ahead of J&K local body polls military aid to Pak Mum on early elections in Telangana Meets new Guv amid heightened militant activity in state ‘Failed to take action against terror groups’ Naveen S Garewal Washington, September 2 The US will cancel $300 million in military aid to Pakistan over its failure to take “decisive actions” to support President Donald Trump’s new South Asia policy and act against terror groups like the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Toiba, the Pentagon has said. The announcement comes just days ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pakistan to meet the country’s new PM, Imran Khan. The US and others have long complained that Pakistan provides safe haven to militant networks, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. The Pentagon’s move needs to be approved by the US Congress. Trump has been tough on Pakistan over its inaction against terror groups, saying Washington has got “nothing Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Kongarkalan (Rangareddy), Sept2 Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao today pitched for a federal front at the Centre with regional parties forming state governments so that people’s representatives did not have to run “puppet regimes” in states, rushing to Delhi before taking any decision. Citing Tamil Nadu’s example, he said people there always voted for a regional party, thus ensuring “power remained within the state”. Rao, however, disappointed his party workers, who had gathered in large numbers and were hopeful the CM would announce early elections. In fact, he made no new significant announcement except recapping all that his government has done over the past four-and-a-half years. Addressing a huge gather- nomination ❝ I will not filehouse in papers till every Telangana gets tap water, as promised by my govt. K Chandrashekar Rao, TELANGANA CM ing, he said he would not go to the polls till all promises made in 2014 were fulfilled. On the Bhagirath scheme that promises tap water to every household, he said 46 per cent people across 22,000 villages had received piped water and the rest would get it in the next few months. He said while the Centre had a budget of Rs 4,000 crore for minorities, Telangana had half of it in the state alone. Srinagar, September 2 Close on the heels of the announcement of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat arrived in Srinagar on Sunday to discuss internal and external security situation with newly appointed Governor Satya Pal Malik. It was their first meeting together since the new Governor assumed office. “They discussed several important issues concerning effective management of internal and external security, particularly in the context of increasing attempts at infiltration and the ongoing anti-terrorist operations,” an official spokesman said. The two held discussions on the urban local bodies and panchayat elections to be held in October-December. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, with Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, interacts with troops in Keran sector on Sunday. PTI VISITS KUPWARA FORWARD POSTS Accompanied by Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited forward posts in Kupwara on Sunday. She was briefed by commanders about the operational preparedness and counter-infiltration grid, said an Army statement. The meeting comes at a time when terror group Hizbul Mujaideen has issued an open threat to those contesting the polls. “People who want to participate in polls should keep their shroud ready,” Hizbul chief operations commander Riyaz Naikoo said in an audio message. J&K Police chief Shesh Paul Vaid on Sunday said they were prepared for the elections. continued on page 11 ❝ We continue to press Pakistan to indiscriminately target all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network and LeT, in the region. — Pentagon but lies and deceit” in return for millions of dollars in aid over the years. Trump in August last year had unveiled his new South Asia policy and asked Pakistan to do more against such groups. The US in January suspended $1.15 billion security assistance to Pakistan, accusing it of harbouring terror groups and showing unwillingness to take “decisive actions”. Pentagon said the US military would aim to spend the money on other “urgent priorities” before the funds expired on September 30. — PTI DGP for relief to cops in militancy cases Seek discipline, branded autocrat, says PM Punjab Police chief urges Home Ministry to take a ‘sympathetic view’ Takes jibe at Oppn at launch of book by Vice-Prez and RS Chairman Naidu Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, september 2 While human rights organisations, at home and abroad, have been demanding the release of Sikh detainees, the Punjab Police have moved the Ministry of Home Affairs (MEA) seeking relief for policemen booked during Punjab’s militancy period, some of whom have been in prison for years. At meetings with the Union Home Department and the Solicitor General recently, Punjab DGP Suresh Arora, who retires next month, reportedly pleaded for a “sympathetic” view, stress- POLICEMEN IN THE DOCK 5 COMMITTED SUICIDE IG DIG SP DSP INSP SI SP Ajit Singh Sandhu May 23, 1997 1 1 12 16 59 25 ASI 36 HEAD CONSTABLE 32 CONSTABLE 4 SPO 1 HOME GUARD 1 TOTAL 188 80 of them are more than 70 years of age 28 of them have been convicted ing that these policemen had been charged for “acts committed while on duty during anti-terror operations”. Speaking to The Tribune, DGP Arora held: “The SP Vivek Mishra May 20, 2007 DSP Swaran Singh Feb 2, 2008 Insp Mohan Singh April 1, 2011 Insp Jagsir Singh June 27, 2013 3 DIED DURING PENDENCY ASI Prithipal Singh March 19, 2014 SP Ram Singh March 30, 2018 Home Guard Jagsir Singh July 30, 2016 department has made a plea on humanitarian grounds and to keep the morale of the police high in view of fresh challenges ahead. Also, the department did initiate action for ‘aberrations’ during the trying times of terrorism”. However, former DGP SS Virk, among those who led the force during militancy, had another view. “All accused police officials cannot be treated likewise. Each case has to be studied and decided on merit. True, the fight against terrorism was a national cause and those at the forefront must be defended. But those who violated human rights and abused authority must be punished,” he stressed. Activist Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, who has been fighting for the release of Sikh detainees, said the move continued on page 11 tribune news service New Delhi, September 2 In a veiled jibe at the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu’s book launch here on Sunday, observed that by calling for discipline, one may be branded an “autocrat” these days. He profusely praised Naidu for being a “disciplinarian”. Opposition MPs are believed to be unhappy with Naidu, who is also Rajya Sabha Chairman, for not allowing them to raise issues of concern. “Venkaiahji is a disciplinarian, and the country’s situa- PM Narendra Modi, predecessor Manmohan Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu at book launch. M R BHUI tion is such that it has become easy to call discipline undemocratic. If one calls for discipline, then that person is branded an autocrat... But the discipline Venkaiahji calls for, he follows it himself,” the PM observed. Referring to Naidu’s punctuality, he said, “One has to be very alert while touring with Venkaiahji. continued on page 11
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