16012019-TTC-01.qxd 1/16/2019 1:53 AM Page 1 13 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.3 no.16 | 28 pages | ~4.50 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 | wednesday, january 16,2019 MPs REJECT MAY’S BREXIT DEAL BY 230 VOTES WORLD CHEAP IMITATIONS OF WOOLMARK, PASHMINA HIT SHAWL INDUSTRY BUSINESS /thetribunechd 7th panel pay for tech teachers New Delhi, January 15 The Ministry of Human Resource Development has approved extending the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations to the academic staff of government and aided technical institutions, granting Rs 1,241 crore for the purpose. “This will directly benefit 29,264 teachers and other academic staff of state government-funded institutes. Besides, about 3.5 lakh teachers and other academic staff of private colleges or institutions within the purview of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) will also benefit,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said. “The Centre will reimburse 50 per cent of the additional expenditure to be incurred by the institutes for payment of arrears,” he added. — PTI KOHLI CENTURY HELPS INDIA LEVEL SERIES SPORT /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Dip of faith AFP 25% more seats in varsities for quota 10% reservation from 2019 academic session itself Braving winter chill, around two crore pilgrims took a holy dip on the opening day of Kumbh Mela at the Sangam, Prayagraj, on Tuesday. Sadhus and heads of 13 akharas came out in grand processions for first ‘Shahi Snan’ on Makar Sankranti. The mela will culminate on March 4. New Delhi, January 15 The HRD Ministry today announced that it will implement 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker section of the General Category from the 2019 academic session and increase around 25 per cent seats in higher educational institutions and universities across the country. Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said the decision was taken at a meeting of officials from the ministry, University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). OPERATIONAL MANUALS TO BE ISSUED SOON There are 40,000 colleges and 900 universities across the country and supernumerary quota will be provided in these... modalities are being worked out. Operation manuals will be issued soon and institutions will be asked to mention the quota in the prospectus. Prakash Javadekar, UNION HRD MINISTER “The reservation will be implemented from the 20192020 academic session itself. Nearly 25 per cent seats will be added to ensure that the reservation does not disturb the existing quota for SC, ST and other categories,” Javadekar told reporters. The minister, however, did not specify the number of seats which will be added. Javadekar said that private universities are also ready to implement the 10 per cent quota. — TNS/PTI SC: How are DGPs appointed? BSF officer killed in Samba sniper fire Bench asks UPSC secretary to appear in person today Assistant Commandant from BiharI First truce violation by Rangers this year New Delhi, January 15 The Supreme Court today asked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) secretary to personally appear before it as it wanted to know if the commission had prepared a panel of senior IPS officers for selection and appointment of DGPs in states. The direction came after lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the lists of IPS officers are not prepared by the UPSC, but by the Department of Personnel and Training. INSIDE The court is seized of applications of various state governments, including Punjab, Haryana and Bihar, seeking to implement their local laws regarding selection and appointment of DGPs. The Supreme Court on December 12 allowed Punjab DGP Suresh Arora and his Haryana counterpart BS Sandhu to continue in office till January 31. Both were due to retire on September 30, but Punjab and Haryana had given a three-month extension till December 31. The top court had passed the interim order on applications filed by the two states seeking modification of the order making it mandatory to take assistance of the UPSC in shortlisting names of officers for selection of DGP . Punjab and Haryana have enacted their own laws for appointment of DGPs. On July 3 last year, the SC directed all states and UTs not to appoint any acting DGP — TNS . Amir Karim Tantray & Sanjay Pathak tribune news service Jammu/Kathua, January 15 A BSF Assistant Commandant was killed in Pakistani sniper fire from across the International Border (IB) in Samba sector this morning. The slain officer has been identified as Vinay Prasad of 19 Battalion. He was a resident of Chapra district, Bihar. A Border Security Force spokesperson said around 10.50 am, BSF troops on bor- der domination were fired upon by a Pakistan sniper at Pansar outpost, resulting in grievous injuries to Prasad. “The injured officer was evacuated to the Satwari military hospital, Jammu, where he succumbed to his injuries,” the spokesperson said. “The DG, BSF and all ranks salute , the supreme sacrifice of the martyr. Offering condolences to the family of bereaved, the BSF stands by them in this hour of grief,” he added. The BSF retaliated with limited fire after the incident, but there was no information of any loss on the other side. This is the first incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistan Rangers along the 198km IB this year. Last year witnessed around 500 incidents of ceasefire violation along the IB in which 13 BSF personnel were killed and over 50 injured, the highest in the past eight years. From 1999 to 2003, firing and shelling had become routine along the IB, leading to casual- ties among civilians as well as the BSF After both countries . agreed to a ceasefire in 2003, the situation turned peaceful. But after 2010, the Pakistan Rangers have been regularly violating the truce agreement. Meanwhile, the Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in Sunderbani sector on the Line of Control (LoC) around 10 am. The Indian Army retaliated in equal measure. There were no reports of loss of life or property. Chennai lad world’s second youngest Grand Master Chennai: Tamil Nadu lad D Gukesh on Tuesday became the second youngest Grand Master in the world and the youngest Indian to achieve the feat at 12 years, seven months and 17 days, erasing the mark set by his state-mate R Praggnanandhaa in June last. Gukesh becomes India’s 59th Grand Master. SPORT SC allows BJP rallies in WB, but ‘rath yatra’ still in limbo New Delhi: The SC on Tuesday directed the West Bengal Government to allow all public meetings and rallies proposed to be held by the BJP but its plan of holding rath , yatras remains in limbo as a Bench asked the party to submit “a further modified proposal which meets and answers the apprehensions of the government so far as maintenance of law and order is concerned”. PAGE 7 Leaders sacked, Punjab teachers to intensify stir Patiala: Cracking the whip on protesting teachers, the Education Department on Tuesday terminated the services of five leaders of the Sanjha Adhyapak Morcha for participating in a protest last year. The teachers were terminated for participating in an indefinite strike in Patiala. They had misinformed their respective District Education Officers by mentioning false reasons for their emergency leave, it read. PAGE 3 De-addiction centre’s scary numbers 2 K’taka MLAs withdraw support Gurugram cop dragged for a km on car’s bonnet 4,000 tablets an hour sales of habit-forming drug in Tarn Taran alone Gurugram, January 15 A police constable was dragged for almost a kilometre by a speeding car as he clung on to its bonnet after the vehicle broke through a barricade at a checkpoint here, the third such incident in the city in the past one month. The constable, Vikash Singh, suffered injuries in both his legs and is undergoing treatment. The incident occurred at Sector 65 on Monday when a speeding Hyundai Verna was asked to stop at checkpoint, but the driver hit the cop in a bid to flee the spot. Singh fell on the bonnet and clung on to a wiper for a kilometre until the driver stopped the car. The cop fell off the bonnet, following which the driver escaped. During probe, the car’s registration number appeared to be fake, the police said. — PTI Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 15 A small de-addiction centre in Tarn Taran registered an hourly sale of 4,000 tablets of de-addiction drug buprenorphine, according to a report prepared by Punjab’s Food and Drug Administration — a pointer to the level of dependency on the habitforming combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, and the unchecked sale. The Sankalap Drug Dependence Treatment Centre in Tarn Taran dispensed over 50 lakh tablets in just six months between January and June last year. As per rules, one patient cannot be given a dose for more than a week in a single visit. So, to dispense 50 lakh tablets, the centre was required to have examined FDA REPORT ON CENTRES TABLETS SOLD IN LAKHS* Sankalap Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, Tarn Taran 51.35 Mittal De-addiction Centre, Ludhiana 40.45 Sadhbhawna Hospital, Ludhiana 31.77 Aakash Hospital, Mohali 27.66 Aasra Manorog Hospital, Moga 24.32 Ekam Hospital, Moga 24.32 Neuro Psychiatry & Drug De-addiction Centre, Ludhiana 24.02 Sandesh Hospital, Ludhiana 18.77 Dr Sidhu De-Addiction Centre, Mohali 16.63 Disha Neuropsychiatry & Drug De-addiction Centre, Ludhiana 16.02 Hans Raj Multispeciality Hospital, Ferozepur 14.55 *TARN TARAN CENTRE FIGURES FOR JAN-JUN 2018; REST FOR ENTIRE 2018 1,300 patients a day. Doctors, however, point out it is difficult to examine more than 100 patients daily for a doctor. Hence, the figures clearly indicate that the centre was just acting as a bulk sale point for the medicine. The Tarn Taran centre was not the only one dispensing the medicine at such a large scale. There are at least 10 centres in the state which dispensed more than 15 lakh tablets in just a year. The pace of sale mentioned in the report indicates a scam in the name of de-addiction. Fears have already been expressed on how the misuse of the de-addiction drug is in itself leading to a new addiction in the state. Under the Drug Policy 2017, the state government regulates the sale of six habitforming drugs: Tramadol, Tapentadol, Codeine, Diphenoxylate, Alprazolam, Buprenorphine. The dose cannot be dispensed for more than seven days in a single visit. The state government has made it a standard practice, and even the PGI doctors follow the practice. To evade the guideline, it is common practice with the centres to keep blank spaces in their indoor-patient registers. Last year, in Mohali district alone, one centre which dispensed over 15 lakh tablets in a year was closed and two others are being investigated. continued on page 7 HDK says govt stable; BJP MLAs at Haryana resort Bengaluru, January 15 In a jolt to the HD Kumaraswamy-led CongressJD(S) government in Karnataka, two Independent MLAs today withdrew support to the seven-month-old ministry amid turmoil triggered by charges of horse-trading flung at each other by the ruling coalition and the BJP . In a significant turn to the political war that erupted yesterday with both sides venting fears of poaching, H Nagesh (Independent) and R Shankar (KPJP) wrote to Governor Vajubhai Vala, conveying their decision to withdraw their support with immediate effect. Both lawmakers, staying at a Mumbai hotel, sent identical letters to the Governor, requesting him to take “necessary action”, a move that SIDDARAMAIAH, OPPN IN TWITTER WAR Mr Saaf Niyat @narendramodi is allowing your disgraceful @BJP K’taka leaders to destabilise govt. A ‘Saaf Niyat’ towards democracy? Your PR slogans don’t hide your actual ‘Niyat’ & your ‘Sahi Vikas’ should go beyond developing resorts. Siddaramaiah, CONG EX-CM Disgraceful is when you form govt even after being rejected by people of Karnataka. Lack of Niyat & Vikas in your unholy alliance is a result of crippled govt. BJP reduced the ruling coalition’s strength to 118, but still kept it in the safe zone in the 224-member Assembly. Putting up a brave face, Congress and JDS top leadership said the government was safe, with a seemingly unfazed Kumaraswamy saying his ministry was stable and “I am totally relaxed”. The action by Nagesh and Shankar came even as the 104 BJP MLAs were hunkered down at a resort in Haryana’s Nuh district, fearing poaching by the ruling coalition. Shankar was dropped from the ministry during the recent continued on page 7 Troops getting FB requests from fake ‘stars’ From schools and clinics to cow politics Commanders to sensitise force to avoid messages from unknown sources Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, January 15 Several Indian soldiers have been receiving Facebook “friend requests” from “leading actresses” of Bollywood. More often than not, these accounts of Bollywood actresses are fake and handled from locations as disparate as Pakistan to Europe. Military commanders are clear that smartphones cannot be banned in the force, but want social media use to be regulated. All commanders have been asked to send down a message to sensitise troops, some of whom are as young as 20 years of age, that HONEY-TRAP ALERT SOUNDED ■ Not only jawans, even middle- aged officers have been receiving “friend requests” from “pretty looking” women on Facebook ■ Most accounts are fake and handled either from Pakistan or Europe ■ Once honey-trapped, jawans are forced to share crucial details about troop movement and defence installations friend requests from “film actresses”, unknown women and even those who have a few “mutual friends” have to be avoided. “Why would a film actress send you a friend request?” is the question that young troops now have to ask them- selves, sources say. It’s not just the jawans, even middleaged officers have been getting “friend requests” from “pretty looking” women. Most of these profiles are fake and even the list of mutual friends could be a bait. “Do not accept any request from a person who you don’t know personally,” said a source. Recently, a jawan from Rohtak was allegedly lured into lewd talk by a woman whom he had befriended on Facebook. It was a fake account created in the name of a woman from Gujarat. Once trapped, the jawan was asked to send pictures and details of movement of tank regiments. In April last year, a middlelevel IAF officer was nabbed and handed over to the Delhi Police. He had been honeytrapped. The woman started off with having sex-related chats and then threatened to share information. continued on page 7 YOUR COW VS MY COW Kejriwal makes ‘gau sewak’ pitch in Haryana Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 15 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal started his Haryana campaign on the plank of development by promising better schools and hospitals if his Aam Aadmi Party comes to power in the state, but has suddenly switched over to “cow politics”. In the past three days, he has visited three gaushalas (cowsheds) in three districts and has tried to convey that he is a better ‘gau sewak’ than Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. During all these visits, Kejriwal said stray cows in Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a gaushala. FILE PHOTO Delhi were getting better treatment than in Haryana, as his government had been spending Rs 40 per cow per day against merely 40 paise by the Khattar government. The AAP convener, who has announced that his party would contest the parliamentary and Assembly polls in Haryana, had been telling voters to see the difference between the schools and mohalla clinics in Delhi and government schools and primary health centres in Haryana. Kejriwal was also involved in a war of words after he invited Khattar to visit mohalla clinics in Delhi. Suddenly, Kejriwal has taken to “cow politics”. Naveen Jaihind, state convener of AAP jus, tified Kejriwal’s visits to gaushalas and said the Delhi CM was going there on the invitation of locals. Denying abandoning the development plank, he said the Khattar government “came to power by promising better care for stray cows, but has done little”. 5 cow shelters in delhi p7
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