05112018-TTC-01.qxd 05-11-2018 01:22 Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.2 no.306 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | monday, november 5,2018 UMA: NO MOSQUE NEAR RAM TEMPLE PAGE 7 AMERICA SET TO WITNESS COSTLIEST ELECTIONS TOMORROW PAGE 13 /thetribunechd IN BRIEF CHIKKA WINS JEEV MILKHA TOURNEY PAGE 15 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Statue to honour WW-I soldiers New battle groups to face Pak For China too I Gen Rawat says organisational structure old, needs change THE TRIBUNE INTERVIEW ‘WILL TEST-BED IBGs SOON’ We are going to test-bed the IBGs very soon. I am suggesting that we be integrated in peacetime to save the time wasted in ‘integrating’ while going for combat. General Bipin Rawat, ARMY CHIEF ❝ Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service Signature Bridge opens in Delhi amid ruckus New Delhi: The Signature Bridge over the Yamuna was inaugurated amid a surcharged atmosphere on Sunday with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacking the BJP, saying the country needs bridges, schools and hospitals and not temples and statues for progress. High drama prevailed before the inauguration with Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari and scores of supporters staging a protest for allegedly not being invited. They also had a “scuffle” with some AAP workers. TNS PM to greet first container vessel on inland waterways New Delhi: In a first for the country’s inland water transport, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on November 12 receive a container vessel in Varanasi on the Ganga, Union Minister NItin Gadkari said on Sunday. In the maiden container since Independence on inland vessel MV RN Tagore, food and beverages major PepsiCo is moving its 16 containers from Kolkata to Varanasi. PTI Petrol cheaper by ~4.05 during the past 18 days New Delhi: Petrol price has been cut by over Rs 4 per litre and diesel by Rs 2.33 over the last 18 days on softer international rates, a pace faster than the spike witnessed in the twomonth period beginning midAugust. On Sunday, petrol price was cut by 21 paise a litre and diesel by 17 paise. With this, the reduction in the last 18 days now totals Rs 4.05 per litre for petrol and Rs 2.33 for diesel. PTI A 10-foot bronze statue in honour of Indian soldiers who fought during World War I was unveiled at Smethwick in England’s West Midlands region on Sunday. Unveiling comes a week before Armistice Day on November 11. Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Smethwick, had commissioned the “Lions of the Great War” monument, which depicts a Sikh soldier, to honour the sacrifices made by millions of South Asian personnel of all faiths. New Delhi, November 4 In a major tweak to the existing deployment and readiness levels of the Indian Army, integrated battle groups (IBGs), fully equipped with elements of warfare, are planned to be pre-positioned facing the western (Pakistan) and northern (China) borders. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, in an interview to The Tribune, said: “We are preparing ground to keep the forces ready for any future eventuality. Our organisational structure is old. It needs change.” Asked about the proposed change or restructuring of the Army, Gen Rawat said: PLAN TO COUNTER DUAL THREAT ■ The Army plans two types of integrated battle groups (IBGs) — smaller for mountains (China border) and bigger for plains (Pak border). Each border may have around 8-10 IBGs ■ Each IBG may have 8,00010,000 troops and comprise 4-6 infantry and armoured battalions, 2-3 artillery regiments, an engineers unit, integrated signals unit, dedicated integral logistics ■ Brigadiers may command smaller IBGs and Major Generals the bigger ones. Both will be under the Corps Commander of the area “We are going to test-bed the IBGs very soon. I am suggesting that we be integrated in peacetime to save the time wasted in ‘integrating’ while going for combat. Various battalions (of infantry, armoured, artillery, signals and engineers) are already assigned to an area and we now want them to be ready in peacetime.” Valley powerless, snow hits apple crop 12 die as truck hits Extensive damage reported in Kashmir after untimely autumn whiteout Ishfaq Tantry Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 4 The untimely autumn snow has wreaked havoc in Kashmir, causing extensive damage to apple orchards and plunging the Valley into darkness. The administration has come under sharp criticism for being caught unawares. The inner power transmission system has been badly hit owing to Saturday’s snowfall. While the Power Development Department claimed supply would be restored by Sunday evening, outages were witnessed in major hospitals of the region. “Of the normal 380-MW load, Srinagar district is feeding around 300 MW Any outage at . the local level due to transformer/wire damage is being catered to,” said Srinagar DC Trucks stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. AMIN WAR 9-YR-OLD GIRL DIES IN LANDSLIDE A nine-year-old girl was killed and three members of a nomadic family were injured when a landslide struck their tent in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. The deceased was identified as Shabina Kousar. PTI Abid Rasheed Shah. Swathes of apple orchards have been affected across the region, with extensive damage in Kulgam and Shopian, the apple-rich districts where the upper reaches recorded 1 to 2 feet of snowfall. The region has received snowfall in November on three previous occasions — 2004, 2008 and 2009. In 2009, the untimely snowfall was recorded on November 10, whereas this year it came a week earlier when most of fruit-bearing trees were still covered in thick foliage, causing accumulation of snow. “I have grown apple over 50 kanals, but majority of tress have broken because of the snow,” said Abdul Rashid from Tral. “The extent of damage would be clear once field reports are compiled,” said a horticulture officer. van, car in Sonepat BS Malik Sonepat, November 4 At least 12 persons were killed and eight injured when a truck collided with a van and a Swift Dzire near Murlana village on the Panipat-Gohana-Rohtak National Highway this evening. Gohana Sadar police station SHO Sethi Malik said teams from Gohana and Murlana police post took the victims to the BPS Government Women Medical College at Khanpur Kalan, where doctors declared 12 of the victims “brought dead”. The accident took place around 6 pm, police said. The truck driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene, police said, adding that the truck had been impounded. The deceased were identi- The mangled remains of the vehicles after the collision. fied as car driver Ram Karan of Rohtak and Uttar Pradesh residents Farmaan, Kasim, Vehkeem, Kadab, Sarvej, Suhail, Jed, alias Kala, Shabnoor, Munarak, Farukh and Danish. “Test-bed” is a term in military parlance for trying out a new concept in field under real conditions. Asked if the IBG will be a bigger form of a traditional brigade (three-four battalions or 3,500 men), Gen Rawat said: “We are looking at two types of IBGs — smaller ones for the mountains (the Himalayas facing China) and the bigger ones for the plains (facing Pakistan).” On the issue of numbers, the Army Chief said: “Ideally, we will know after the testbed, but it could be eight to 10 IBGs in the west and same in the north. An IBG could have four to six battalions of infantry and armoured, two to three artillery regiments, an engineers unit, integrated signals unit and also dedicated integral logistics.” continued on page 7 Not even 0.1% of banned vehicles impounded New Delhi, November 4 The Delhi Government may have de-registered 40 lakh old vehicles to curb pollution in the national capital, but the enforcement data shows that only 3,196 (.079 per cent) such vehicles were impounded after the ban imposed by the NGT in 2014. Two agencies are responsible for enforcing the ban on 15-year-old petrol vehicles and 10-year-old diesel vehicles — Delhi traffic police and Delhi Transport Department. The ban was ratified by the Supreme Court. The Delhi Transport Department data provided under the RTI paints even a grimmer picture: it has been able to impound only 106 vehicles since the NGT banned them in 2014, till August 31, 2018. — PTI 3 Civil Surgeons under scanner over disability quota promotion ‘Really an IIT grad?’ Capt taunts Kejriwal Says those quitting in support Congmen Punjab seeks experts’ report on authenticity of certificates Says blaming Punjab for Delhi air ‘irrational’ ‘Stupid’:Abhay on expelled nephews Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 4 A day before Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala and his brother Digvijay Singh are to announce their future course of action, acrimony at its worst was witnessed in the Chautala clan on Sunday, with Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh terming his nephews “stupid”. “Ya to vo bewakoof hain, ya aapko bewakoof bana rahe hain (Either they are stupid or they are trying to befool you),” Chautala replied when mediapersons in Sirsa drew his attention to Dushyant’s statement that he was yet to receive any notice of expulsion from the INLD. Abhay described those ❝ Those quitting INLD after the expulsion of Dushyant and Digvijay are Congressmen who had intruded to weaken the party. Abhay Singh Chautala quitting the INLD after the expulsion of Dushyant and Digvijay as Congressmen who had “intruded” to weaken the party. “We had reports that some Congressmen had managed to intrude in the youth and the students wing of the INLD to weaken the party. continued on page 7 Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 4 Three civil surgeons in Punjab have come under the scanner for allegedly getting “undeserved promotions” under the disability quota. Two of the three never figured in the state’s disability list throughout their career but got disability certificates just before getting promoted from Senior Medical Officer to the post of Civil Surgeon. Now the government has asked for a review of the disability of Dr Balwant Singh, Dr Arun Kumar Gupta and Dr Parvinderpal Singh, serving as Civil Surgeons of Kapurthala, Sangrur and Ludhiana, respectively. Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Satish Chandra has asked Government Medical College, Patiala, to form a group of three experts to examine the disability certificates of these doctors. “The decision has been taken on the recommendation of the Commissioner for Persons with Disability. We have sought a report within 15 days,” said Chandra. Senior doctors Dr Lovleen Garg and Dr Jasbir Aulakh, who themselves are disabled, alleged that two of the three got themselves included in the list by using unfair means and the extent of the third’s disability is shown as being far more than actual. As per a list of government handicapped doctors prepared on January 17, 2013, only Dr Balwant Singh was among the six doctors who were placed in the category of disabled. Dr Gupta and Dr Parvinderpal Singh were included in the list just before their promotions were due. As per the representation, Dr Parvinderpal Singh was issued a disability certificate on March 27, 2017 by the Civil Surgeon, Patiala. He was serving as the District Health Officer in the same district at the time. According to his certificate, he suffers from forward bending of spine and ankle disability. But, in the representation, it has been alleged that there is no mention of the percentage of bending as per Cobb’s angle, which is continued on page 7 Notice to RBI Guv for not disclosing defaulters’ list New Delhi, November 4 The Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued a show-cause notice to RBI Governor Urjit Patel for “dishonouring” a Supreme Court judgment on disclosure of the wilful defaulters’ list. The CIC has also asked the Prime Minister's Office, the Finance Ministry and the RBI to make public the letter of former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on bad loans. The CIC was irked over non-disclosure of names by the RBI of wilful defaulters who have taken bank loans of Rs 50 crore and above. — PTI Chandigarh, November 4 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday lashed out at Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal for blaming high levels of pollution in the national capital on stubble burning in Punjab, saying the AAP leader should stop indulging in theatrics and check out facts before making reckless statements. In a statement, Capt Amarinder trashed Kejriwal’s claim as yet another attempt to divert public attention for his own government’s abysmal failure. “Having failed to deliver on governance to the people of Delhi, Kejriwal was, as usual, trying to take refuge in falsehood and fabrication,” he said. Rubbishing Kejriwal’s ‘RECKLESS REMARK’ Had he bothered to check the data, he would have thought a hundred times before coming out with such a reckless statement Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJABCM proof — satellite pictures of Punjab — of stubble burning, Capt Amarinder Singh said “even a schoolkid would know better”. “Can he (Kejriwal) really be an IIT graduate?” he said, questioning Kejriwal’s reasoning. “He called the picture scientific proof of his logic. continued on page 7
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