29092022-TTC-03.qxd 9/29/2022 12:44 AM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 6 NO. 269 | 16 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 SIA CONDUCTS RAIDS IN POONCH OVER TERROR FUNDING J&K N KOREA FIRES TWO MISSILES BEFORE HARRIS’ SEOUL VISIT WORLD /thetribunechd RUPEE CLOSES AT JAISHANKAR BRIEFS RECORD LOW OF 81.93 US NSA JAKE SULLIVAN ON AGAINST USD BUSINESS INDO-PACIFIC BACK PAGE thursday | 29 september 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com Lt Gen Anil Chauhan (retd) is CDS To hold post ‘till further orders’ | Retired as Eastern Command chief in May last year Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 28 Lt Gen Anil Chauhan (retd) has been appointed the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). He will also function as the Secretary, Department of Military Affairs. The posts had been vacant since Gen Bipin Rawat died in a helicopter crash in December last year. The government order which came this evening, however, did not mention General Chauhan’s tenure. It simply said he would be the CDS and Secretary, DMA, “until further orders”. In June, the government had amended the law to allow any serving or retired three-star officer under the age of 62 to be eligible for the post of CDS. General Chauhan retired at the age of 60 as the Eastern Command chief in May 2021. HAS WIDE EXPERIENCE IN ANTI-INSURGENCY OPS ■ In a career spanning 40 years, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan (retd) has extensive experience in counter-insurgency ops in J&K and Northeast ■ Born on May 18, 1961, he was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles in 1981 ■ An alumnus of NDA and IMA, he commanded an Infantry Division as Maj Gen in Baramulla sector ■ Later as Lt Gen, he commanded a corps in the Northeast and subsequently the Eastern Command from Sept 2019 till his retirement in May 2021 ■ After his retirement, he was associated with the National Security Council Secretariat ■ He has been awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal | Uttam Yudh Seva Medal | Ati Vishisht Seva Medal | Sena Medal | Vishisht Seva Medal IN JUNE, LAW WAS AMENDED TO ALLOW SERVING/RETD 3-STAR OFFICER UNDER 62 TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR POST Born on May 18, 1961, General Chauhan was commissioned into the 6th Battalion of 11 Gorkha Rifles Regiment in 1981. His family hails from Uttarakhand. General Chauhan has Tit for tat, Canada advisory against visiting Punjab, Guj New Delhi, September 28 In an updated travel advisory for India, Canada has advised its citizens to exercise a high degree of caution while visiting some states, including Punjab, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The Canadian update comes days after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) advised Indian nationals to exercise “due caution and remain vigilant in view of the sharp increase in incidents of hate crime, sectarian violence and antiIndia activities’’ in Canada. The updated travel adviso- Cites unexploded bombs, landmines ry also advised Canadians to avoid travelling to Assam, Manipur and the UTs of J&K and Ladakh due to insurgency and terrorism. For the states of Gujarat, Punjab and Rajasthan which border Pakistan, the Canadian Government cited the “presence of landmines” and “unexploded devices’. “Avoid all travel to areas within continued on page 12 served as the Eastern Command chief, Director General of Military Operations and commanded the 3 Corps based at Dimapur. He has had extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Jammu & Kashmir. As a Maj General, he commanded an Infantry Division in the critical Baramulla sector. General Chauhan has also served on a United Nations mission to Angola. The government’s notification on the amended law had stated that the tenure of the CDS could, as per requirements, go up to a maximum age of 65 years. The chiefs of the three forces retire at 62 years of age. The amended laws meant that the CDS need not be a serving Chief of the Army, IAF or the Navy. The CDS is responsible for the joint planning for procurement, training and staffing for the three services. He is required to facilitate the restructuring of military commands for optimal utilisation of resources by bringing about joint efforts in operations through establishment of theatre commands. The Department of Military Affairs will be looking after the work of the armed forces as well as the Territorial Army. New Delhi, September 28 The Centre today extended by three months the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), a programme to provide free rations to India’s 80 crore poor. The move, keeping in mind high inflation in the country and the upcoming festival season, comes ahead of the critical Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections. Briefing the media on the Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said the scheme to provide 5 kg of wheat and rice free of cost to 80 crore poor every month, which was ending on Friday, would now run till December 31. “Recognising that people have gone through a difficult period of the pandemic, the government decided to extend the PMGKAY for three months so that poor and vulnerable sections of society are supported during the festivals,” he said, adding that 122 LMT foodgrain would be provided to more than 80 crore people at a cost of over Rs 44,762 crore. The scheme was started in April 2020 to help people whose livelihoods were affected by the nationwide lockdown. Most states, including those ruled by the BJP want, ed the scheme to continue, continued on page 12 Spell out stand on Rajoana’s mercy plea: SC to Centre IN BRIEF R Venkataramani appointed new Attorney General NEW DELHI:The Centre on Wednesday appointed senior advocate R Venkataramani as the new Attorney General for India. His appointment shall be for three years from the date he assumes charge. INSIDE 4% hike in DA for central employees, pensioners NEW DELHI:The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved 4% additional instalment of dearness allowance and dearness relief to central employees and pensioners with effect from July 1. INSIDE Army not to tinker with names of regiments NEW DELHI: After an internal agenda note of the Army on removing CONG JOLTED: Union Minister of Commerce Piyush Goyal welcomes HP Congress working president Harsh Mahajan to the BJP INSIDE . SSP shifted after Mining Dept didn’t act despite report J&K blockade permitted quota and blamed UNSCIENTIFIC MINING LED for violating the conditions CRIMINAL causes apple rot NEXUS TO DADAM DEATHS laid down to undertake minJammu, September 28 ing in the area. Jammu and Kashmir Police SSP (Traffic-NH) Shabir Ahmad Malik was on Wednesday transferred and attached with the police headquarters amid an uproar over halting of thousands of apple-laden trucks on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. The trucks remained halted for days due to “shooting stones and repairs”, causing the apples to rot and triggering protests by growers. While no reason was given for the shifting, sources said the action was taken due to the delay in the movement of the apple trucks, which brought a “bad name” to the UT administration. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) RK Goyal issued the transfer order. “Ramban SP Mohita Sharma shall hold the additional charge,” the order stated. INSIDE Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 28 Unscientific mining led to the landslide which crushed five workers to death and injured three others on January 1 this year at the Dadam mining site in Bhiwani. The lessee ■ A team that visited Dadam site said there was danger to life of persons employed in pit No. 37 & 38, but the dept did not act; unscientific mining led to 5 deaths in Dadam company, Govardhan Mines, has been charged with extraction of mineral beyond the The nine-member committee constituted by the Haryana Government under the chairmanship of former IAS officer SS Prasad to hold an inquiry into the January 1 incident has pointed out these violations in its report continued on page 12 New Delhi, September 28 The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to spell out its stand within a day on the mercy petition of death row convict Balwant Singh Rajoana in the former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case. “We can’t force you to take what decision…but you have to take a decision,” said a Bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit, which had earlier asked the Centre to take a decision in two months on Rajoana’s mercy petition without being influenced by pending appeals of other convicts in the case. It ordered that an affidavit should be filed by a responsible officer by tomorrow. “The time of two months granted on May 2 has expired long back. However, as submitted by Additional Solicitor General KM Natraj, no decision has been taken by continued on page 12 Bathinda hospital OT without a door Patients at risk, doctors perform about 20 surgeries daily Sameer Singh Tribune News Service The main OT without a door. New Delhi, September 28 The government has banned the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its frontal organisations for five years under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, accusing the outfits of having “links” with global terror groups such as ISIS and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a notification late Tuesday night declaring the outfits “unlawful associations”. Among the PFI’s frontal organisations that have been banned under the UAPA are Rehab India Foundation, Campus Front of India, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation, National Women’s Front, Junior Bathinda, September 28 The state government has been promising new medical facilities, but it appears some of the existing infrastructure needs to be fixed on priority. The main operation theatre in Civil Hospital, Bathinda, is PLAN TO USE NEW OT There is a plan to use the newly readied OT in 10-15 days. Dr Maninder Singh, ❝ SENIOR MEDICAL OFFICER, CIVIL HOSPITAL being used without a door, exposing patients to the risk of life-threatening infection. Doctors on an average perform 20 to 25 operations daily in the OT. The door apparently broke several months ago, but no action was taken to replace it with a new one. Surgeries continue to take place with scant regard for safety issues. continued on page 12 Leader of banned PFI Abdul Sattar arrested in Kollam. PTI AFFILIATES PROSCRIBED ■ Rehab India Foundation ■ Campus Front of India ■ All India Imams Council ■ National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation ■ National Women’s Front ■ Empower India Foundation Front, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala. continued on page 12 edit: Ban on PFI New Delhi, September 28 Hours after the Centre banned the PFI, several Opposition parties, including RJD and the Congress demanded a ban on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), BJP’s ideological fountainhead. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav alleged that the RSS is an extremist group that needed to be banned too. Congress MP Randeep Surjewala hailed the “belated” action against the PFI, but questioned the BJP for its stand on the RSS. The BJP accused Lalu of vote-bank politics and consolidating his Muslim vote bank by supporting the PFI. “Lalu’s politics is based on pseudo-secularism and this is why he is hostile towards the RSS,” a BJP leader said. —TNS None nailedfor Timber Trail mishap, closure report ready To cost ~44,762 crore more | No shortage, says Anurag Tribune News Service Oppn demands ban on RSS too Tribune News Service Govt extends free ration scheme TRIBUNE PHOTO colonial legacies raised hackles of serving & retired officers, the Army has decided against tinkering with names of regiments. BACK PAGE PFI, its affiliates banned for five years over ‘terror links’ Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service CM VOWED ACTION ■ CM Jai Ram had visited the spot and promised action ■ A shaft had broken, but it was attributed to wear and tear ■ Magisterial probe too ruled out management’s laxity Solan, September 28 As no laxity has been found on anyone’s part in the Parwanoo Timber Trail Resorts (TTR) mishap case, the Himachal police have prepared a closure report against an FIR registered for alleged negligence against the hotel’s management. Eleven tourists were stranded in a cable car midair for hours on June 20, before being rescued in an operation that saw the participation of the country’s top agencies. Solan Superinten- dent of Police Virender Sharma confirmed that the closure report had been prepared as no irregularity was found either in the ropeway’s maintenance or adherence to safety norms. He said the report would be examined by the legal department and if found appropriate, it would be presented before the court for the cancellation of the FIR. Though a shaft holding the cable car had broken, it was attributed to wear and tear, as per the forensic science lab report. Both ropes holding the cable car were found continued on page 12
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