24TT01A.qxd 9/23/2012 10:02 PM Page 1 The Tribune VOICE OF THE PEOPLE Vol. 132 No. 265 Jammu & Kashmir Edition INSIDE NATION Jalandhar Chandigarh New Delhi Bathinda Monday, September 24, 2012 KV PRASAD/TNS NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23 21 die in Sikkim flood At least 21 bodies have so far been found while eight persons are still missing due to flash flood and landslides in Sikkim. P11 WORLD Film fury Rohit Sharma plays a shot during ICC T20 World Cup match against England at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday. Rohit hit a superb unbeaten half century as India posted 170 for four against England. — AFP Justice Sikri takes oath, hints at judicial reforms Armyman killed in accidental blast DHARMENDRA JOSHI TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE KAPURTHALA, SEPTEMBER 23 ering prompt yet quality justice to the people of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. His assertion, minutes after he was administered oath by Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia at the Raj Bhavan here, came in response to a query by mediapersons as to what steps he proposed to take to ensure that justice was not delayed. An armyman was killed and two others injured in an accidental blast caused reportedly while handling explosives at 8 Grenadiers barrack in Kapurthala on Sunday. The deceased jawan has been identified as Sandeep of Bhiwani. He, along with the two injured men - lance naik Deepak of Jodhpur and sepoy Baldev of Unnao in Uttar Pradesh - and some others, was watching television when the blast occurred at 11.15 am. Sandeep sustained blast injuries on his chest and succumbed to these a few minutes later. The two injured persons are reportedly out of danger. Army spokesperson Naresh Vig told The Tribune, “The cause of the low-intensity blast is being ascertained. Continued on page 11 Continued on page 11 A coalition of 12 Islamist groups in Bangladesh enforced a nationwide shutdown to protest an antiIslam video amid tight security on Sunday. P13 BACK PAGE US visa fee hike India is expected to soon seek consultations with the US under the aegis of World Trade Organisation on visa fee hike for professionals, which discriminates against Indian software companies that send employees to America on short-term contracts. Today’s issue consists of 22 pages, including four-page Jammu Tribune. Haryana Governor Jagan Nath Pahadia administers oath to Justice A K Sikri as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan SAURABH MALIK TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 23 “Justice hurried is justice buried”, said Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri soon after taking over as the 31st Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court this afternoon. And with these words, Justice Sikri summed up his philosophy on deliv- Bakerwali, reliable J-K canine, on path to extinction ISHFAQ TANTRY/TNS SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 23 The famous shepherd dog species of Kashmir - Bakerwali - is facing threat of extinction. The Gujjar-Bakerwal tribes have been using this rugged breed of canines to protect their livestock from wild animals since centuries. But now their number is fast declining. A survey carried by Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF), an NGO working on tribal affairs in JK, has found that the Bakerwali breed may soon be extinct if steps for its protection are not taken. There are approximately only 700- 800 dogs of this breed are left in the state, say sources. Concerned, the NGO has taken up the matter with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and wants the breed to be declared as an ‘endangered species.’ The NGO attributes the decline in the number of Bakerwali dogs to many factors. “The Bakerwali shepherd dog, an ancient working breed of Central Asian origin, is only found in the Hindukush and Himalayan belt of the Indian subcontinent. The nomadic tribes like Gujjars have bred and domesticated these dogs as a livestock guardian and settlement protector,” says Dr Javed Rahi, TRCF secretary. The GujjarBakerwal tribe, around 2.5 22 pages ` 2.50 With Trinamool gone, SP blows hot and cold Rohit finally comes good Gurdwara killings During his upcoming visit to the US, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will visit Wisconsin to meet the families of those killed in the indiscriminate firing at a gurdwara there. P2 Housing schemes The benefits of the Congress government’s flagship programmes Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Rajiv Awas Yojna are far from reaching the people who need it the most — the urban poor. P12 www.tribuneindia.com A Gujjar woman with Bakerwali shepherd dogs NOT MANY LEFT ❚ Over 6,000 Bakerwali dogs have been killed during the insurgency period in J-K. ❚ The dog is targeted both by militants and security personnel to avoid being detected ❚ Low birth rate, smuggling and infection deaths are other few reasons for the decline in their number lakh in number, move as nomads in the higher reaches to graze their livestock. As this breed is an excellent watchdog and quickly alerts its owner about intruders, it is targeted by militants and security personnel who don’t Continued on page 11 c m y b The dichotomy in the political approach of the Samajwadi Party (SP) is glaring. On one hand it continues to support the UPA government from the outside and on the other it vehemently opposes the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retailing. The latest in the series of his steps to keep up the pressure on the ruling coalition is a statement by SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav saying that he would support a resolution in Parliament against the FDI in retail which the Trinamool Congress is threatening to move during the winter session. With 22 MPs, the SP chief knows the crucial nature of support for the survival of the Congress-led UPA coalition. On Saturday, after initially suggesting that a view on the SEE-SAWING, SP STYLE ❚ With 22 MPs, Mulayam knows the crucial nature of support for the survival of the Congress-led UPA coalition ❚ Keeping up the pressure on the ruling coalition, Mulayam now says he would support a resolution, which the Trinamool File photo: Mulayam Congress is threatening to move Singh Yadav with PM during the winter session, against Manmohan Singh the FDI in retail ❚ Earlier, he had suggested that a view on the resolution could be taken only when a situation arises ❚ On Friday, the SP Parliamentary Board decided to continue support to the UPA on the grounds that it wants to keep the BJP at bay. The next day, the SP supremo goes to meet Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of the SAD, a BJP ally in Punjab resolution could be taken only when a situation arises, Mulayam later told a TV channel that the party will go with the TMC. On Friday, the SP Parliamentary Board decided to continue support to the UPA on the grounds that it wants to keep the BJP at bay. The next Yechury favours Third Front, Sukhbir says no VARINDER SINGH/TNS BANDALA (JALANDHAR), SEPT 23 day, the SP supremo goes to meet Sukhbir Singh Badal, president of the Shiromani Akali Dal that has an alliance with the BJP in Punjab. Separately, Mulayam’s son and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav blames the Manmohan Singh government A day after his meeting with Mulayam Singh Yadav created a buzz about the Third Front revival, Punjab Deputy CM and SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Sunday came face-to-face with another champion of such a formation, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury. While Yechury went at length dwelling on the importance of a non-BJP, non-Congress alternative, Badal Jr firmly rejected it, saying: “There is no chance of a Third Front.” Yechury and Badal came together to pay tributes to Continued on page 11 Continued on page 11 Haryana hikes power tariff again Farm sector spared; domestic and industrial consumers to shell out more PRADEEP SHARMA TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE CHANDIGARH, SEPTEMBER 23 The Haryana Government has effected a third hike in power tariff within a span of five months. The power tariff hike ranging from 17 paise to 45 paise per unit, which has come close on the heels of a power hike on April 1 and July 1 in the current financial year, has come into effect on account of recovery of fuel surcharge assessment (FSA) with effect from September 1. While the agricultural sector, 3RD RATE REVISION SINCE APRIL 1 ❚ April 1: state govt hiked power tariff from 10% to 15% & (additional revenue `1,795 crore). ❚ July 1: power tariff raised from 12 paise to 28 paise on account of FSA (additional revenue `1,087 crore) ❚ September 1: power tariff increased from 17 paise to 45 paise (additional revenue `350 crore) which is already enjoying power subsidy, has been spared the hike, the domestic, non-domestic and industrial consumers will have to shell more for power. The Power distribution companies -- Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) -- notified the hike imposing fuel surcharge after concurrence from Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, sources said. When quizzed about the third hike in five months, Haryana Power Minister Ajay Yadav tried to pass the buck first on to the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) and then to the power distribution companies claiming that the state government did not have much role to play in the recent hike as the power discoms were “autonomous bodies”. Officials asserted that the recent hike had been effected to recover extra expenditure of Rs 350 crore incurred on costly short-term purchases by the discoms in the first quarter Continued on page 11
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