02TT01A.qxd 9/1/2012 10:34 PM Page 1 c m y b 123 vol. 132 no. 243 haryana edition | sunday, september 2, 2012 chandigarh | new delhi | jalandhar | bathinda | www.tribuneindia.com | 32 pages | ~5.00 TO OUR READERS Welcome to The Sunday Tribune. Designed to keep you up to date with the latest news, your new look weekend paper will carry incisive articles and columns to enhance your awareness of topical events and personalities. The Spectrum magazine too has taken on new colours—both in content and presentation—for your leisure and pleasure. Happy reading! —EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sunday Specials PC rebooted A look at the task P Chidambaram has at hand in the Finance Ministry PERSPECTIVE P11 Grief into hope An Army martyr’s wife helps families in similar situation rebuild their lives PEOPLE P13 Karnataka terror probe widens; 5 more arrested Anti-Terror Squad nabs 4 in M’rashtra | Youth held in Hyderabad Shiv Kumar & Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Mumbai/Bangalore, September 1 Five terror suspects — four in Maharashtra and one in Andhra Pradesh — were arrested on Saturday for their alleged links with the members of the Bangalore terror module. "We have arrested four persons from the Nanded district. They have links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba,” AntiTerror Squad chief Rakesh Maria told reporters. The arrests were made on the basis of information received from the eleven terror suspects arrested in Bangalore on August 30, Maria said. The four suspects were picked up from various locations in Nanded in the past two days following a tip-off about their possible involvement in terror activities. In addition to it, a student has been arrested from Hyderabad. According to VITAL TARGETS ■ The interrogation of those arrested in Karnataka on August 30 revealed that the module had planned to attack a nuclear installation and vital Navy and Army establishments in South India ■ The 11 suspects were allegedly plotting to target MPs, MLAs and mediapersons in Karnataka ■ Those arrested from Nanded are suspected to have been recruited by LeT’s Abu Jundal, who was deported from Saudi Arabia a few months ago reports, Obaid-ur-Rehman (26) was arrested by the Bangalore police. He is believed to be associated with the LeT and the Harkat-ul-Jihad-AlIslami (HuJI) and is being questioned, said the police. "Obaid, along with others, had conspired to kill two corporators and one prominent leader of a Hindu organisation of Hyderabad," Police Commissioner Jyotiprakash Mirji told reporters in Bangalore. According to sources, those arrested today in Maharashtra are suspected to have been recruited by LeT’s Abu Jundal, who was deported from Saudi Arabia a few months back, and his associates over the past few years. Jundal, aka, Syed Zabinuddin Ansari, who hails from Maharashtra's Beed district had established several modules of the organisation before fleeing the country, says the police. The arrests in Bangalore were made following the confessions obtained from Jundal. The eleven suspects, including a journalist and DRDO scientist, were allegedly plotting to target MPs, MLAs and mediaper- Coal fire: Sonia firms up plan to take on BJP LEADING THE CHARGE Anita Katyal No clear way forward Tribune News Service Between protests and power shortage, finding the balance in N-energy New Delhi, September 1 Congress president Sonia Gandhi went abroad today for a medical check-up but only after she had laid down the roadmap for the party’s counter-offensive against the BJP on the coal blocks controversy. She is expected to return in a week. Her departure was preceded by a flurry of activity. Having been at the forefront of the UPA attack ever since the monsoon session of Parliament commenced, the Coalgate scam has further pushed Sonia Gandhi into taking a proactive role in leading the Congress charge. She held a string of meetings with senior party leaders over the past two days to firm up the party strategy as the BJP remains adamant on disrupting Parliament till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resigns. Sonia Gandhi held a strategy session with senior ministers on Friday afternoon which was followed by a meeting of the Congress core group at night soon after the Prime Minister’s return from Tehran. She subsequently called on President Pranab Mukherjee and spent nearly an hour discussing the coal blocks crisis with KALEIDOSCOPE P14 Single in the city Safety and security issues are paramount. Soccer’s new stars The 2012-13 football season gets underway. See 8 page pullout NOTICE The price of the Sunday issue of The Tribune with the Magazine Section is being increased to ~5.00 per copy with effect from Sept 2, 2012. Sale price for other days of the week remains the same i.e. ~2.50 per copy from Monday to Friday and ~4.00 for Saturday. Today’s issue consists of 32 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. ■ The AICC chief has laid down the roadmap for the party’s counteroffensive against the BJP on the coal blocks controversy ■ Sonia met her senior ministers on Friday afternoon which was followed by a meeting of the Congress core group at night soon after the PM’s return from Tehran ■ She also called on President Pranab Mukherjee and spent nearly an hour discussing the coal crisis with him. She even reached out to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj in a bid to end the House logjam . sons in Karnataka. The module was also planning attacks on nuclear installations and vital Navy and Army establishments in South India following directives from their LeT and HuJI handlers in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. “They were planning attacks on vital installations such as the Kaiga nuclear power plant and the Sea Bird Naval base at Karwar,” said the Bangalore Police Commissioner. “Two maps of Chennai and India, a map of Iran, some Urdu newspaper cuttings and religious books were seized from their residences in Bangalore and Hubli,” he said. The Karnataka Crime Branch has set up a special team to probe the ‘terror links’ of the 11 suspects. The police has recovered a 7.65 pistol, seven cartridges, 16 mobile handsets, eight SIM cards, three pen drives, four ATM cards, seven laptops and a motorbike from them. PMO unhappy with CoalMin New Delhi, September 1 Amid the storm over the CAG report on coal block allocation, the Prime Minister's Office has expressed displeasure over inaction by the coal ministry in canceling blocks where mining has not taken place and asked it to expedite the matter by September 6. The PMO's communication to the ministry came ahead of the Inter-Ministerial Group Meeting on Monday to take a decision on the fate of 58 coal blocks, including 25 blocks allocated to companies like Tata Power and Reliance Power. — PTI Punjab women lead the way in getting ‘armed’ Prabhjot Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, september 1 Septuagenarian Amrik Kaur of Amarkot, a recipient of the Shaurya Chakra, a top civilian gallantry award, wants arms licences for both her daughters-inlaw to carry forward the family tradition of keeping its women armed. Amrik Kaur — once known as the “lioness of the border areas” — used to engage militants in night-long encounters during the peak of militancy in Punjab. Though she lost her husband Shahbeg Singh and domestic help Mukhtyar Singh in one of such encounters, she refused to give up her fight against anti-national and anti-social elements. In recognition of her brave fight against terrorism, she was awarded the Shaurya Chakra in 1995. “I am passing through the most difficult and painful phase of my life right now. Besides threats from those whom I fought during militancy, I lost both my sons in recent years. But this has not diminished my resolve to continue my fight. The threats never ceased; so I am always prepared to defend my family and myself,” she says to reiterate her claim for issuance of arms licences to both her daughters-in-law. Besides three personal weapons in her name, Amrik Kaur has been provided two security guards by the Punjab Police. Amrik Kaur has been a torch-bearer of those Punjabi women who refuse to be overawed by droves of gunwielding militants, dacoits, robbers or spoiled brats of big-wigs. Investigations reveal that the number of women seeking arms licences has seen a phenomenal rise. There are more women in rural, remote and border areas who not only have arms licences, but also continued on P2 LIKELY CHANGES Naveen S Garewal petent political manager. No other senior leader can really measure up to Mukherjee’s stature. This is particularly so as Sushil Kumar Shinde, who replaced Mukherjee as the new Lok Sabha leader, has proved to be inadequate in handling a political crisis of this nature. While pushing the party into attack mode, Sonia ensured that the allies and supporting parties did not desert the UPA camp and join the Opposition chorus for the PM’s resignation. got firearms endorsed on them — generally small personal weapons such as pistols and revolvers — to put the state ahead of others. Among those recently granted arms licences is the widow of a young Jalandhar businessman and wives of at least five police officers in Ludhiana. Those connected with political families and major business families are also high on the list of arms licencees. While in urban areas the trend of possessing arms is restricted to young educated entrepreneurs, professionals such as doctors, engineers and businesswomen, especially jewellers and sportswomen, the group in rural areas includes land owners and others from families where keeping firearms is a tradition. Many women have more than one weapon to their name. In Ludhiana, for instance, the wife of a businessman has three weapons. There are at least three women in Jalandhar city who have two weapons each. Besides a .32 bore revolver or pistol, the weapon of choice is the 12 bore double barrel gun. Amrik Kaur of Tarn Taran has three weapons in her name. ARMS & THE WOMAN ■ The Punjab Government has issued 31,300 arms licences to women ■ .32 bore revolver and pistol and 12 bore double barrel gun are the favourites ■ Women in border and rural areas fancy weapons more than their urban counterparts ■ Import of personal weapons was banned in 1984 ■ Imported weapons, revolver or pistol, cost anything between Rs 3 lakh and Rs 5 lakh ■ Ordnance factory weapons, revolver and pistol, cost between Rs 75,000 and Rs 85,000. They have a waiting period between two months and two years Haryana heads for Cabinet reshuffle Tribune News Service him. She also took the initiative of reaching out to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj in a bid to end the impasse in Parliament. Since the BJP remains unyielding, Congress strategists decided there would be no let-up in its counter-attack. Having slowed down after her surgery last year, Sonia Gandhi has been pushed into playing a leading role in managing the latest crisis as Pranab Mukherjee’s move to the Rashtrapati Bhawan has left her without a com- Seema Sharma, a Patiala businesswoman, has invested in a pistol and a revolver for her personal security. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Chandigarh, September 1 The claims of the Delhi Police of working out a foolproof case against former Minister of State for Home Gopal Goyal Kanda has cleared the way for a Cabinet reshuffle in Haryana. Almost three years down its five-year term, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is no mood to further delay the changes in his Cabinet. Besides filling two vacant slots in the ministry, there is a proposal to induct more parliamentary secretaries. ■ Slots of Minister of State for Home Gopal Goyal Kanda and Transport Minister OP Jain vacant ■ The names of Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldip Sharma, Hisar MLA Savitri Jindal and Balbir Pal Shah doing the rounds ■ Sampat Singh may take the place of Kuldip Sharma ■ No current minister faces the risk of being dropped . Highly places sources told Sunday Tribune that Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kuldip Sharma is keen to step down from his position to occupy one of the two vacancies in the Cabinet. He has the support of for- mer minister Vinod Sharma who is willing to let Kuldip take the position that “belongs to him due to his seniority”. But to avoid bad publicity from Manu Sharma “bashers”, he has given a nod to Kuldip’s name. The second name being considered for filling Kanda’s vacancy is Hisar MLA Savitri Jindal, who is the mother of industrialistcum-MP Navin Jindal. Before Kanda resigned, another vacancy in the Cabinet had been created due to the ouster of the then Transport Minister OP Jain. Balbir Pal Shah is yet another name that is doing the rounds for induction into the Cabinet. But it is learnt that Jain is opposing Shah who belongs to the same area. continued on P2 Good August showers lower monsoon deficit; more rains coming this week Vibha Sharma WHEN THE SKY OPENS Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 1 Heavy August showers have significantly bridged the monsoon deficit, much to the relief of the Centre, which has been facing a volley of demands from the drought-hit states. What’s more, more rainfall is expected in the coming week and it may further lower the present shortfall of 12 per cent. Good rains have helped Punjab shift from the most dangerous “scanty” rain category to a relatively better off ■ The fresh burst of rain has helped Punjab shift from the most dangerous “scanty” rain category to a relatively better off “deficient” position ■ Last week, the country received the highest all-India rainfall of the season - 6 % above long period average - resulting in the deficit improving by 2% ■ Rain momentum in the North has raised the ground water level and improved reservoir conditions ■ “deficient” position. Currently, 13 of the 36 subdivisions of the country, including Haryana, Delhi and Chandi- garh, are rain deficient. Some experts believe that even though the dreaded monsoon adversary El Nino Some experts believe that even though the dreaded monsoon adversary El Nino has set in the Pacific, its impact may not be so severe this time has set in the Pacific, its impact may not be so severe. A couple of other parameters related to the c m y b monsoon are turning favourable in the Indian Ocean which may nullify the ill-effects of the El Nino phenomenon to some extent. If this happens, the fag end of the monsoon in September may not be so bad after all. The India Meteorological Department, however, is treading cautiously. Last week, the country received the highest allIndia rainfall of the season 6 % above long period average (LPA) - resulting in the nationwide rainfall deficit improving by 2%. Now the deficit stands at 12% - a vast improvement over the staggering 21-22% deficiency recorded during July and 19-20% in the beginning of August. Low pressure areas and other embedded vortices saw the monsoon trough remaining active on most days, leading to vigorous monsoon conditions over parts of the northwest and the southern Peninsula. As the monsoon enters its last phase (June-September), the northwest deficit stands at 15%. Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi have also done reasonably well, lowering their shortfall to 44%. Punjab’s shortfall has come down to 55% from 61% last week. The figure for Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi was 56%. Rain momentum in the North has also raised the ground water level and improved reservoir conditions. This means better Rabi crop output. The week saw area under kharif rice increase to 347.10 lakh hectare, significantly higher than last week’s 329.19 lakh hectare and the normal area of 331.85 lakh hectare for this time of the year. However, sowing of other kharif crops like coarse cereals, oilseeds and pulses has been affected.
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