30082020-TT-01.qxd 8/29/2020 11:13 PM Page 1 123 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | vol.140 no.240 | 16 pages | ~5.00 | regd.no.chd/0006/2018-2020 established in 1881 haryana CAPT ORDERS PROBE INTO SCHOLARSHIP SCAM PUNJAB /thetribunechd HOW A TWEET LED TO 30 MILLION MEALS SPECTRUM TRUMP FOR WOMAN PREZ, BUT NOT KAMALA BACK PAGE /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com sunday, august 30,2020 BSF detects tunnel across IB in Samba Ran 170 metres inside Indian territory| Soldier, three militants killed in Pulwama gunfight Tribune News Service Jammu/Srinagar, August 29 The Border Security Force (BSF) today claimed to have detected a tunnel near the India-Pakistan International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu province. This comes on a day a soldier of Army’s elite counter-insurgency unit and three local Hizbul Mujahideen militants were killed in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Originating from Pakistan, the trans-border tunnel was detected in a field at Galar village. The tunnel’s opening is around 170 metres from the IB on the Indian side. IG (Jammu frontier) NS Jamwal did not rule out the involvement of Pakistan establishment in digging the tunnel. 20FT 2-3FT 700METRES DEPTH WIDTH 8-10 SANDBAGS FROM PAK’S BORDER POST FOUND WITH PAK MARKINGS New Delhi, August 29 The Ministry of Defence has moved to change the pattern for appointing military and civilian officers on important administrative posts at the armed forces headquarters. A high-level committee has been set up to identify which posts at the administrative level required only employees with military experience. This is in line with the recommendations of a committee of experts to enhance combat capability and re-balance defence expenditure of the forces. The other aspect studied by the panel was utilisation of civilian employees posted at the armed forces headquarters (AFHQ). Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has okayed setting up of the committee headed by ■ July 28, 2012: Chachwal in Samba 23, 2014: Akhnoor’s Chakla area ■ March 3, 2016: RS Pura sector, Jammu ■ February 14, 2017: Ramgarh sector, Samba ■ September 30: Arnia, Jammu ■ August 28, 2020: Galar, Samba ■ August The opening of the tunnel; and (inset) a sandbag with Karachi (Pakistan) marking used to hide it. PTI “After inputs, special teams were constituted and one of these detected the tunnel on Friday,” Jamwal said, adding: “Pakistan-made sandbags with markings of Shakargarh and Karachi factories were found at the mouth of the tunnel.” WHAT IT’LL DECIDE ■ Which administrative posts are occupied by civilian staff, but require military field experience ■ Panel will interact with various branches and directorates of the services’ headquarters ■ Aim is to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure Lt Gen DB Shekatkar (retd). Two other members on the panel are R Chandrashekhar, a former AFHQ cadre officer, and AN Das from the MoD finance wing. The committee will conduct a study and identify such appointments in the three services that may be within the domain of the AFHQ civilian staff. It will also identify posts at the headquarters where civilian officers had been posted despite the positions requiring only those with strict military field experience. The panel has been tasked to interact with various branches and directorates of the services’ headquarters of the MoD and the interservice organisations for undertaking the study and submit a report of its recommendations by the first week of October. The scope of the study will be to collate date on authorised and actual strength of the AFHQ officers allotted to the respective services. It will also collect data on brigadier-level officers of the armed forces posted in the administration, finance, policy formulation, coordination, personnel management, training, vigilance, legal wings and land and works. Martyr’s statue installed after 21-year battle Martyr Major Sudhir Kumar Walia’s father Rulia Ram salutes his son at the unveiling of his statue in Palampur. PHOTO: RAVINDER SOOD Palampur, August 29 After struggling for nearly 21 years, the family of martyr Major Sudhir Kumar Walia, an Ashok Chakra awardee, managed to get his statue installed in the heart of Palampur town today. Incidentally, it was the martyr’s his 21st death anniversary today. Having sacrificed his life fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir in 1999 Continued on Back Page Wettest August in India since1976 New Delhi, August 29 The rainfall India received during August this year has been the highest for the month in the past 44 years, according to the IMD data. Until August 28, the month recorded 25 per cent surplus rainfall. It has also surpassed the previous highest rainfall in August, which was recorded in 1983. In that year, August had recorded a 23.8 per cent excess rainfall. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) data, the country had recorded a 28.4 per cent excess rainfall in August 1976. The country has so far recorded 9 per cent more rainfall than normal. Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, ❝ Alert BSF troops foil a major terror plan, an attempt by terrorists to infiltrate into the Indian side through a tunnel on the International Border in Samba. BSF Jammu Sepoy Prashant Sharma SIX UNEARTHED SINCE 2012 MoD panel to suggest changes to enhance combat capabilities Tribune News Service TERROR PLAN FOILED YEAR SURPLUS 2020 25% 23.8% 28.4% 1983 1976 A flooded village in Odisha. PTI Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Goa have recorded excess rainfall, while Sikkim has recorded a large excess. Many states witnessed floods as rivers swelled. According to the Central Water Commission (CWC), the overall storage position of the reservoirs in the country till August 27 was better than the corresponding period last year. It was also better than the average storage for the last 10 years during the corresponding period, the CWC said. “Better than normal storage” is available in the basins of the Ganga, Narmada, Tapi, Mahi, Sabarmati, the rivers of Kutch, Godavari, Krishna, Mahanadi, Cauvery, the neighbouring east-flowing rivers and the west-flowing rivers of south India, the CWC said. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland have recorded a deficient rainfall. — PTI “The tunnel is about 20 feet deep and 2-3 feet wide,” the BSF Jammu tweeted. “With this detection, the alert BSF troops foiled the nefarious design of Pakistan to infiltrate terrorists into Indian territory. Continued on Back Page India not to attend war games in Russia New Delhi, August 29 India today pulled out of a multi-nation military exercise hosted by Russia in which Chinese and Pakistani troops too were expected to participate. With tensions brewing, India did not want its military seen alongside that of China and Pakistan. This decision was taken at a high-level meeting where External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat were present. It was decided that with India locked in a military conflict with China in eastern Ladakh, it could not be business as usual. China has stalled all efforts to disengage along the Line of Actual Control. Tension up, didn’t want troops seen alongside those of China, Pak Jaishankar and General Rawat also took into account the worsening global Covid-19 situation. India and China clashed in the Galwan valley on June 15 in which 20 Indian troops lost their lives while the Chinese suffered an undeclared number of casualties. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Russia on September 4-6 for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Defence Ministers’ meeting, where India may raise the issue of China amassing troops along the Indian border. — TNS Xi for building ‘new, modern socialist’ Tibet Beijing, August 29 Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for building a “new modern socialist” Tibet, constructing an “impregnable wall” against separatism in the sensitive Himalayan region and “sinicisation” of the Tibetan Buddhism, the official media reported today. Xi, also the general secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China, underlined the need to fully implement the CPC policies on governing Tibet for a new era. Tibet remains deeply devoted to Buddhism where the Dalai Lama is revered as the spiritual head. While Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a separatist who seeks to split Tibet from China, the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize laureate says he only seeks greater rights for the Tibetans, religious freedom and autonomy. — PTI NO TROPHIES, ANOTHER CEREMONY ON CARDS ■ Those conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards may be honoured a second time when they will actually get their trophies ■ Due to the Covid-19 protocol, no grand ceremony could be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday, the event was held virtually ■ The Sports Ministry was to send trophies to the winners through courier but changed its mind as it was unable to procure all trophies ■ Starting with para-athlete Mariyappan Thangavelu, awarded the Khel Ratna, all winners paid their respect to President Ram Nath Kovind, they were given certificates ■ Arjuna awardee Manu Bhaker said they were told that another ‘ceremony or get-together’ may be held where they would get their trophies ■ Only 60 of the 74 winners could attend the ceremony. The absentees included Khel Ratna winner Vinesh Phogat, who has tested positive for Covid-19. — Vinayak Padmadeo UNLOCK 4. METRO RAIL FROM SEPT 7, SCHOOLS STAY SHUT ALLOWED ■ Metro services from Septem- ber 7 in a graded manner educational institutions stay shut till September 30 ■ International air travel, except ment; no e-permit needed ■ Social, political, religious events with as permitted by MHA ceiling of 100 persons from Sept 21 ■ Cinemas, pools and theatres, ■ Classes 9-12 pupils can attend school outside except open air, shut till Sept 30 containment zones with parents’ consent ■ No local lockdown outside ■ 50% teaching, non-teaching staff in schools containment zones without for online teaching/tele-counselling consulting Centre At 1.81%, India’s death rate among lowest New Delhi, August 29 As India on Saturday recorded world's highest single-day rise of 76,472 Covid cases, the government cited 76.47 per cent recovery rate and 1.81 per cent case fatality rate to stress that the country had made tremendous strides in containing the infection. After the total cases rose to 34,63,972 today and the toll reached 62,550, the Group of Ministers (GoM) reviewing the pandemic met for the 20th time to take stock of the situation. As many as 1,021 deaths have been reported in 24 hours. Addressing the meeting, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said national recoveries had reached 26,48,998 and seven in every 10 patients had been discharged. He said the global comparison showed India had one of COVID-19CASES INDIA COUNT RECOVERED 26,48,998 FRESH FATALITIES 1,021 TOTAL DEATHS 62,550 34,63,972 TOTAL RECOVERED DEATHS WORLD 2,49,66,712 1,73,44,360 8,42,479 'OXFORD VACCINE IN PHASE-III TRIALS' VK Paul, head of the National Covid Vaccine Administration Taskforce, told the Group of Ministers that the Oxford vaccine candidate developed by Serum Institute of India was in Phase-III trial in Maharashtra and a few other states. TNS the lowest cases per million (2,424) and deaths per million (44) compared to the global average of 3,161 and 107.2, respectively. The GoM was informed that seven states, including Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, accounted for 81 per cent of the total deaths. "India has made tremendous strides in containing the disease. Our case fatality rate is at its lowest (1.81 per cent) and the recovery rate has increased to 76.47 per cent. Also, only 0.29 per cent of the active cases are on ventilators, 1.93 per cent in the ICU and only 2.88 per cent on oxygen support," said Vardhan. "A total of 1,576 labs have led to an upsurge in testing and the goal of 10 lakh tests per day has been fulfilled. More than nine lakh samples have been tested in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of tests have crossed four crore," Vardhan said. Shah fine, to be discharged soon New Delhi, August 29 Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who was admitted to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here on August 18 for postCovid care, has recovered and is likely to be discharged in a short time, according to hospital authorities. “Union Home Minister Amit Shah is admitted to AIIMS, New Delhi, for postCovid care. He has recovered and is likely to be discharged in a short time,” the AIIMS said in a statement. — PTI Pay more for treatment at Pb Govt hospitals Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 29 The cash-strapped Punjab Government is out to squeeze more from patients amid the Covid pandemic, with the Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) increasing user charges for more than 40 services in government-run hospitals. As per the order, ambulance charges have been increased to Rs 15 per km from Rs 5 per km that the government had been charging for many years. SANDEEP JOSHI HIKE IN USER CHARGES SERVICE NEW OLD Ambulance ~15/km ~5/km OPD registration ~10 ~5 Admission ~40 ~25 Bed (gen ward) ~40 ~30 Minor surgery ~250 ~100 Major surgery ~1,200 ~750 While OPD registration charges have been doubled to Rs 10, in case of general ward, admission charges have gone up from Rs 25 to Rs 40 and bed charges from Rs 30 to Rs 40. PROHIBITED ■ Schools, colleges & other ■ Inter-state, intra-state move- Women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal in PPE gear arrives at SAI Centre in Bengaluru to receive Khel Ratna award. TWITTER Tribune News Service GUIDLINES Please let me down, I’ll walk! The common surgery charges for a minor surgery have been hiked from Rs 100 to Rs 250. If the surgery is done under general anaesthesia (GA), the new charges will be 400. In case of a major surgery with GA and spinal anaesthesia, patients will be charged Rs 1,200 against Rs 750 earlier. The charges for keeping a body in mortuary have been fixed at Rs 100 a day. Calls to PHSC Chairman Amardeep Singh Cheema for comment went unanswered. Principal Secretary (Health) Hussan Lal said he was “not aware of the decision”. The increase comes even as the Congress in its 2017 manifesto had promised rationalising the user charges. Cong threatens FB with legal action New Delhi, August 29 The Congress today wrote to Facebook chairman Mark Zuckerberg over the alleged pro-BJP bias and threatened legislative and judicial action in the matter. Congress general secretary in charge of organisation KC Venugopal wrote, “In light of the new revelations and evidence, we urge you to let us know what steps your company is planning to take to investigate these matters and draw a plan of action to stem the rot in your India operations.” — TNS Raina skips IPL for ‘personal reasons’ New Delhi, August 29 Chennai Super Kings allrounder Suresh Raina has pulled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) citing “personal reasons”, the franchise said on Saturday even as it emerged that a second player in the team has tested positive for Covid-19. “Suresh Raina has returned to India for personal reasons and will be unavailable for the remainder of the IPL season. Chennai Super Kings offers complete support to Suresh and his family during this time,” CSK tweeted CEO Kasi Viswanathan’s statement. — PTI
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