14062018-TT-01.qxd 13-06-2018 22:44 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, june 14, 2018 ! haryana chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 163 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Remove HRA anomaly for non-military stations: AFT India to get six Apache UScopters for $930 m Vijay Mohan Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 13 In a major relief to Army officers posted in areas with no provision of official residential accommodation, the Armed Forces Tribunal has directed the Union Government to resolve the anomaly and reimburse the house rent allowance (HRA) of such officers posted to hard non-military stations. Ordering the government to release HRA to Lt Col MK Hooda, posted to Sainik School, Rewari, the Tribunal’s Chandigarh Bench ruled that it was distressing that the list of hard non-military stations (HNMS) had not been upgraded. The anomalies, as such, had not been removed even after two decades, it said. Lt Col Hooda was posted as the Registrar and since the school was being established, there was no official accommodation. Such stations, called HNMS, entitle officers to retain their families at a selected place of residence and in case no military family accommodation is available, personnel are entitled to HRA for hiring own accommodation. However, the HRA claim was rejected on the pretext that while Rewari had been declared HNMS in 1991 for officers posted to NCC units, it wasn’t declared HNMS for the Sainik School since it was raised in 2009. BSF personnel pay tribute to four of their colleagues killed in Pakistan firing at Paloura headquarters in Jammu on Wednesday. PTI 4 BSF men killed in Pak firing Amit Khajuria Tribune News Service Jammu, June 13 Four BSF personnel, including an Assistant Commandant, were killed and three others injured when Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing on the Chamliyal border outpost in Ramgarh sector along the International Border (IB) in Samba district late on Tuesday. According to BSF officials, Pakistan Rangers initiated cross-border firing along the IB in which an Assistant Commandant-rank officer and three troopers belonging to 62 Battalion were killed. The four have been identified as Assistant Commandant Jatinder Singh, 34, of Jatinder Singh Rajneesh Kumar Assistant Comdt Sub-Inspector Ram Niwas Assistant SI HR Gurjar Constable 11 KILLED THIS YEAR, HIGHEST IN PAST 5 YRS New Delhi: Eleven BSF personnel have been killed in cross-border firing along the International Border in Jammu and Kashmir to date in 2018, the highest casualty figure for the border force in a year in the past five years. PTI Jaipur (Rajasthan); SubInspector Rajneesh Kumar, 32, of Etah (UP); ASI Ram Niwas, 52, of Sikar (Rajasthan); and Constable Hans Raj Gurjar, 28, of Alwar (Rajasthan). The injured include Sub-Inspector Zantal Sil, Constable Sujan Dass and Constable Vikas Kumar. Jatinder Singh is survived by his wife and a three-yearold son and his family had only left him on Tuesday after Panel ‘clean chit’ to Hry IASofficer Frenchwoman missing, envoy tweets for help Says no sexual harassment, could be work-related Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, June 13 The Haryana State Commission for Women (HSCW) on Wednesday gave a clean chit to a senior bureaucrat on allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a woman IAS officer, but at the same time advised him to improve his behaviour with subordinates. HSCW chairperson Pratibha Suman said after hearing out the senior bureaucrat, it did not appear to be a case of sexual harassment, though it could be a case of workrelated harassment. “We heard the woman IAS officer on Monday, but the Additional Chief Secretary whom she had accused of sexual harassment sought three days’ time. On Wednesday, he submitted a point-by-point reply supported by documents on the allegations and pleaded innocence,” Suman said. She said though the inquiry was not yet complete, “as we have summoned some more officers”, continued on page 7 Cat out of bag: Football mania It all starts today World Cup 2018 begins on Thursday with world’s best 32 football playing nations participating in biggest show on earth missed by Italy, Chile, the Netherlands and US. 6.30 PM Opening ceremony 8.30 PM Russia vs Saudi Arabia Achilles the cat lies on a table after attempting to predict the result of Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia in St Petersburg on Wednesday. FULL COVERAGE ON PAGE 14 Achilles chose Russia. AP/PTI Jaipur/New Delhi, June 13 A 20-year-old French national, Gaelle Chouteau, has been missing from Rajasthan since June 1 Gaelle Chouteau and when last in touch, she had left for Jaipur from Pushkar. The French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler, tweeted for help on Wednesday: “If you have any information about her, please write to us at: admin-francais·firstname.lastname@example.org.” After the envoy flagged the issue, the Ajmer police looked into the matter and found that Gaelle, on a twoday visit to Rajasthan, stayed at a hotel in Pushkar on May 30 and 31 before she went missing. In August 2013, the embassy had similarly sought information about two of its nationals missing from Himachal Pradesh. — TNS Canada woos students with prompt visa New Delhi, June 13 The Justin Trudeau government has announced important changes to shorten the student visa application processing time to allow more international students to study at post-secondary Canadian institutions. Starting June 8, the Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme has replaced the Student Partnership Programme (SPP) in India and other facilitation programmes for students in China, Philippines and Vietnam. “The existing SPP in India is restricted to international Faster application process ■ Processing time reduced to 45 days or less ■ Student Direct Stream programme has replaced the Student Partnership Programme students intending to study at one of approximately 40 post-secondary institutions in Canada. The new SDS will be open to all international students going to any Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada, including both publicly funded and private post-secondary institutions,” announced the government. The SDS aims at offering faster and simpler visa processing to international high calibre students, who could be potential permanent residents. “Canada has quickly become the preferred destination for Indian students looking for a high quality international education,” said Nadir Patel, Canadian High Commissioner. For SDS study permit applications, the processing time will be an expedited 45 days or less. For non-SDS applications, the normal processing time continues. To be part of SDS, international students will need to provide proof of acceptance by an eligible post-secondary DLI and payment of their tuition fees for the first year. A minimum-required IELTS level of English language ability of 6.0 in all categories is mandatory. — TNS staying with him for some time. Officials said while ASI Ram Niwas, who was manning the post, was hit first in firing from across the border, the rest were killed in subsequent mortar firing as they tried to rescue him. After June 3, this is the second ceasefire violation since DGMO Lt Gen Anil Chauhan and Pakistan counterpart Maj Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza decided to “fully implement the 2003 ceasefire” on May 29. The Chamliyal post is located close to Baba Chamliyal’s shrine, where an annual congregation is scheduled on June 28. More than one lakh devotees, on either side of the border, participate. More inside Washington, June 13 The Trump administration has approved a deal to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for $930 million as well as Hellfire and Stinger missiles to bolster the country’s ability to defend its homeland and deter “regional threats”, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. The Pentagon’s notification to the Congress comes ahead of the first 2+2 dialogue between India and the US next month in Washington DC involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts Mike Pompeo and James Mattis. Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency notified the Congress about the State Department’s deci- AH-64E Apache is a multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the US army and a number of international defence forces sion. The sale is expected to pass through if no lawmaker opposes the notification. The contract also includes fire control radars, Hellfire Longbow missiles, Stinger Block I-92H missiles, night vision sensors and inertial navigation systems. In 2016, India was awarded the status of a US major defence partner. — PTI INSIDE NATION Karti firms got ~1.16 cr bribe, ED tells court New Delhi: Former Union minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti controlled two firms which allegedly received Rs 1.16 crore as bribe in the Aircel-Maxis money-laundering case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday said in its chargesheet filed PAGE 7 before a Delhi court. WORLD 19-month jail for Maldivian ex-strongman Maumoon Male: A Maldives court on Wednesday sentenced former strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, accused of plotting to overthrow the government, to 19 months in prison for failing to cooperate with the police investigation. Gayoom, 80, who ruled from 1978 to 2008, is the second former president to be jailed under President Yameen Abdul PAGE13 Gayoom’s rule. SC: No cancellation of CLAT Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, June 13 The Supreme Court has rejected demands for cancellation of CLAT-2018 and ordered National University of Advance Legal Studies, Kochi — which conducted the Combined Legal Aptitude Test— to apply the ‘normalisation’ formula to compensate 4,690 candidates who were adversely affected by technical glitches and mismanagement. Counselling to continue, says ‘normalisation formula’ to compensate 4,690 candidates A Vacation Bench headed by Justice UU Lalit on Wednesday ordered that the entire exercise has to be completed by June 15 and revised scores of 4,690 candidates have to be published by on June 16. The ‘normalisation’ formula proceeds on the basis of answering efficiency or capac- ity of a candidate to answer questions in the given time and then applies his or her rate of success as a parameter. “The normalisation formula so suggested, in the circumstances, would be the best possible way to take care of the interest of those 4,690 candidates. At the same time, it would also ensure that no prejudice is caused to rest of the candidates,” the Bench said. The order came on petitions demanding cancellation of continued on page 7
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