Sanjha Morcha

Oldest plane circumnavigating the globe lands in Nagpur

Oldest plane circumnavigating the globe lands in Nagpur
Pilot Francisco Agullo (L) and co-pilot Paul Bazeley of Breitling DC-3 World Tour flight pose for a photo with the 70-year-old aircraft, at the airport in Nagpur on Monday. PTI

Nagpur, March 27

A March 1940-make Dakota C-43, the oldest aircraft in the world attempting circumnavigation of the globe, touched down here on Monday.Also called DC-3 (Douglas DC-3), these planes had played a key role in India’s wars with Pakistan in 1947 and 1965.The present aircraft, owned by Aeropassion, a Swiss firm, flew in here from Karachi last night, its 11th halt on the 55-city tour during which it would circumnavigate the globe.The aircraft, manufactured by the now extinct US-based Douglas Aircraft Company, were extensively used by the Allied forces during the World War II. Among other missions, they were used to airdrop the troops during the landing on the Normandy coast in France on the `D-day’.The `Breitling DC-3 World Tour’ started off from Geneva on March 9, the 77th birthday of the 36-seater aircraft with a 3-member crew, said Captain Francisco Agullo, the pilot.Agullo (48), a Swiss national, has experience of 28 years. The tour is sponsored primarily by the Swiss watchmaker Breitling.The other two crew members are co-pilot Paul Bazeley from Britain and engineer Daniel Meyer, a Swiss, who doubles up as official photographer of the tour.Agullo said DC-3 was the first aircraft to be commercially viable when made in 1935 by the Douglas Aircraft Company, which went on to make as many as 16,000 of them between 1935 and 1950. — PTI 


What is ISIS up to? Be watchful…by Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain

Islamic State group

Put a finger on any part of Northern Iraq or Syria and one will be struck by the complexities of the situation. The politics of the plethora of groups and their alliances with external players; the status of the various ongoing battles, famous among which remain Mosul, Raqqa and Aleppo; and the possibilities of future scenarios if Daesh (as Islamic State, or ISIS, is mostly referred to in these parts) does finally get tactically vanquished. Clarity is an issue which will never find place in the West Asian drama, so it is best to depend on intelligent strategic assessments.

Daesh became a household name in 2014 because of its organising abilities and the pre-eminence it acquired among notorious international terrorist organisations, making Al Qaeda look almost childlike. As per the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), Daesh took its “revenue” to as high as $1.9 billion in its very first year. It imposed taxes and had supply lines running for weapons and ammunition. It didn’t face any manpower problems as almost 30,000 fighters joined it from overseas. Its slick propaganda machine used the social media for messaging, motivation and information buildup. These networks, many run from across the world, were obviously well-established over time and didn’t emerge overnight. Four major ingredients that are needed by any terror outfit with a transnational footprint were well under Daesh control. These were finances, human resources, military wherewithal and information. Its reach, in terms of operations, extended to Europe, and marginally to the United States, Turkey and Africa. Through 2016, however, Daesh’s hold started to dilute as foreign fighters dried up and international players got their act together to throttle its finances. In 2016, the financial outlay with Daesh was reduced to approximately $876 million, a cut of almost a billion dollars. Desertions by fighters began as fighters’ pay was reduced. The battles for Mosul and Raqqa, its physical centres of gravity, also got underway in 2016 even as Daesh lost 15 per cent of its territory in 2015,  which increased to 23 per cent in 2016. What should be surprising is the inability of the world’s major nations to firm up an alliance to put an end to a scourge of the times which has held the world to ransom. The US, perceived largely as the unwitting creator of Daesh, is content today to be in an advisory/training role in the battle to defeat it, although there are claims of much greater contributions. Russia is physically more involved for the sake of its strategic hold over the East Mediterranean and Levant. That’s the very reason why Daesh is likely to survive beyond the major battles it is currently involved in.

Geopolitically, it is important for Daesh to maintain its core presence in the Arab world. The notion of a caliphate is emotionally linked to the desert lands where the shrines exist; it’s the physical control of territory which gave Daesh a march over Al Qaeda, and it’s not something it will abdicate easily.  This could enhance the importance of some Arab lands which are considered Daesh’s potential camping grounds. The characteristics of such lands could be proximity, poor state of governance and ongoing potential turbulence. Yemen and the Sinai offer themselves as the best potential, independent of the endgame in Syria and Iraq. For Daesh, the best “post-defeat” situation would be continuation of the Shia-Sunni discord in Iraq, convulsions within the Shia-dominated Iraqi Army and within the political environment of Iraq. In chaos, Daesh hopes to ensure its survival. It’s learnt that Al Baghdadi has relocated from Mosul. Baghdadi’s elimination should be a key element of the US plan for the future, independent of any other strategy; somewhat akin to the focused campaign against Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda, without Bin Laden and under Zawahiri’s charge, hasn’t been a shadow of itself. Baghdadi is fully aware of it and would have selected as innocuous a location as Abbottabad, but in the Arabian heartland. The argument that proximity is a major consideration in its future appeal, in a shrinking space where Al Qaeda is also known to be reviving strongly, will continue to drive the agenda.

With its technological capability and networking skills, the possibility remains  that Daesh will morph into smaller groups in Arab lands and survive as a virtual caliphate. That will help in ensuring exploitation of local tiffs and keeping West Asia in turmoil.

The speculation that Daesh may shift base to Africa to ride on the back of yet-undefeated surrogates Al Shabab and Boko Haram is naïve. Al Qaeda’s experience shows a guest artiste remains just that and Daesh has a greater strategic assessment capability than to tie itself down to Africa.

Is the sudden spurt of terror-related events in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the low-profile action on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train in India a trailer of things to come in South Asia? The concept of Ghazwa-e-Hind and the inclusion of parts of Western India in Khorasan territory has always linked Daesh’s ambitions to South Asia. Its attempts to strike root in Bangladesh have not gone beyond riding atop local radical outfits and already out of steam.

India’s very large minority Muslim community may appear to be cannon fodder for Daesh’s ambitions, but some deft intelligence work by our agencies has largely prevented this. The storm, however, has not yet passed and there is every feasibility of more attempts. The events at the Kabul hospital and Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine claimed by Daesh were in all probability diversions, an yet an indication of its global reach. In the run-up to elections in France (April 2017) and Germany (September 2017), one can expect some large-scale terrorist strikes to influence voting and promote anti-Islamic sentiment, which is always considered by Daesh as  favourable to its aims.

The apparent unconfirmed buildup in north-west Afghanistan of Daesh elements signals what it wishes to do in this region. It’s interest in India and Bangladesh may still be peripheral but in AfPak and Central Asia it probably wishes to exploit the existing turmoil and hold states to ransom. The temptation to turn towards Turkmenistan and it rich gas reserves may be too much for Daesh to resist. Even the clandestine drug conduits of the Golden Triangle may be mouth-watering for an organisation used to having deep pockets.

What seems on the cards is a regional spread of Daesh satraps in West Asia, all networked into a virtual caliphate. To give that more muscle this may spread to AfPak, with Central Asia as the next frontier and Africa as the fallback. The importance of creeping influence in India, Bangladesh and Southeast Asia can’t be discounted.

Defeating Daesh’s intent on these circumstances won’t be easy. No nation with a Muslim presence will be safe as somewhere in the perverted concept of Daesh will remain an event or a trend linked specifically to it. Keeping the adversary guessing is the oldest ploy of warfare — and Daesh is going to adopt just that.


Capt: Will seek legal opinion on Sidhu’s TV show

Capt: Will seek legal opinion on Sidhu’s TV show
Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today said he would seek the opinion of Advocate-General, Punjab, on his Cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu appearing on a TV show. The entertainment industry comes under the Tourism and Culture Ministry. Sidhu is Local Bodies, Tourism  and Culture Minister, Punjab. In an interview with a TV channel, Amarinder Singh said he had cordial ties with Sidhu, but his association with the entertainment industry would have to be looked into as Sidhu was a minister now.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)Sidhu had told the media earlier he would continue to appear in the entertainment show, but would ensure it did not create any hindrance to his work as minister.

Halqa in-charge system goes

Shift officers ‘favoured’ by Akali govt, say Punjab Cong leaders

Halqa in-charge system goes
Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh holding a meeting with DCs and SSPs in Chandigarh on Monday. PTI

Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 20

Dismantling the police structure put in place by the SAD-BJP government, the Capt Amarinder Singh-led Congress government in Punjab today ordered the end of the controversial “halqa in-charge system” that had enabled Akali leaders to influence police functioning in their Assembly constituencies.

Edit: Well begun

At a meeting with senior officers here, Amarinder said the DCs, SSPs, SDMs and area SHOs would be held accountable for any failure to check drugs, corruption and mafia in their jurisdictions. Making clear that he meant business, Amarinder said he was aware of complaints of corruption against field officers holding various ranks, including that of DSP and SHO.These directions come amid growing disquiet among Congress leaders who want police officials who were favoured by the earlier SAD-BJP dispensation to be  shifted. These leaders have reportedly met the CM against the officers posted in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Khanna and Patiala. “An IG-rank official, known as ‘Jathedar IG’, continues to hold an important posting,” pointed out one of them.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)Also, officers who had “manhandled” Congress leaders in Ludhiana during a “Chitta Ravana” protest, have been posted back in the district. Two officers, known to be close to the Akalis, are heading the district police as SSP.  Sources said the CM was yet to take a call on the matter, adding that he usually stood by his decisions. Already, the CM has shown faith in the DGP, Suresh Arora, who was appointed to the post by the earlier government, disregarding the fact that the husband of one of his party MLAs was a candidate for the post.

 


Lt Col commits suicide in Delhi’s Dwarka

New Delhi, March 17

A 46-year-old Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Army allegedly committed suicide outside his house in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka area on Friday morning.

His family members told the police that he was stressed that he might be court-martialed soon. A case of misappropriation of funds was going on against him in Siliguri, Assam.

No suicide note has been found so far but prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide, said DCP (Southwest) Surender Kumar.

“A PCR call was received from Salaria Apartments in sector 20 today around 7 am. We were informed that Lt Col Jagdish Prakash was found hanging from the grill near the stairs leading to his house,” he said.

Prakash had been living with his wife and two children in this sector for the last seven years.

His wife told the police that he had been depressed for the past few weeks because of the issue.

She said he was having a disturbed sleep pattern and would step out of the house at 3 an and then return.

Today he stepped out at the same time but did not return. When she woke up, she tried to reach him on his cellphone but he had left his phone at home.

After sometime, she stepped out and saw her husband hanging outside the house. She raised an alarm and her neighbours informed the police.

Prakash was rushed to a hospital where he was declared dead.

He was serving in Corps of Engineers and was posted at the Kashmir House on the Rajaji Marg here and belonged to Kerala.

Inquest proceedings are underway, the police said. — PTI


Capt Amarinder to take oath at ‘10.17 am’

Capt Amarinder to take oath at ‘10.17 am’
Capt Amrinder Singh comes out of PGI, Chandigarh, after meeting his mother Rajmata Mohinder Kaur on Wednesday. Photo: S Chandan

Rajmeet Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, March 15

Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would be among the prominent leaders of the Congress, besides party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who would attend the swearing-in ceremony of Capt Amarinder Singh and nine ministers here tomorrow.Capt Amarinder will take oath as Punjab Chief Minister at dot 10.17 am on the advice of an astrologer, it is learnt.Governor VP Singh Badnore would also administer oath (in order of seniority) to Brahm Mohindra, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Singh Badal, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh, Charanjit Singh Channi, Aruna Chaudhary and Razia Sultana. The two women would be ministers of state with independent charge.Rana KP Singh is likely to be the Speaker.Meanwhile, to stem murmurs of annoyance over being denied a Cabinet berth, top Congress leaders have conveyed to the party hopefuls that more MLAs would be adjusted in the second phase of induction. There are a total of 18 cabinet ministerial berths, including the CM.“If young faces with a clean image were fielded to counter AAP,  those who won should also be inducted,” said a two-time young MLA from Majha.Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh, former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah, former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and a host of senior Congress leaders are expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony — which on the directions of Capt Amarinder Singh is to be a low-key affair, “on account of the poor financial health of the state”. Balwant Singh Ramoowalia would represent the outgoing Akhilesh Yadav government in UP.Meanwhile, the first session of the new Vidhan Sabha is likely to be convened on March 24 primarily to pass the vote-on-account. The regular session to pass the Budget will be called in May, sources said.CM-designate visits ailing mother in PGI Chandigarh: Chief Minister-designate Capt Amarinder Singh visited his ailing mother, Rajmata Mohinder Kaur, at the PGI here on Wednesday. He arrived at 3 pm and spent half an hour with his 95-year-old mother. She was shifted to a private room from the emergency ward. Capt Amarinder told the media that her condition was stable, though she continued to be under observation. Capt Amarinder also discussed her health with doctors attending to her. Doctors later said Rajmata was admitted here following GI (gastrointestinal) bleeding, but was much better. She was expected to be discharged once the some tests were completed, they added. tns

Capt takes oath today, no deputy CM, Brahm Mohindra to be No. 2

Guv to administer oath to 7 cabinet ministers, 2 ministers of state; Sidhu to be number 3, tipped to become urban development minister

CHANDIGARH/PATIALA: Captain Amarinder Singh, who led the Congress to a stellar win in the assembly elections, will be sworn in as the state’s 26th chief minister here on Thursday in a simple ceremony along with nine ministers.

The oath of office will be administered by Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore at the Raj Bhawan.

The constitutional cap of 15% ministers in the 117 –member House allows the new Congress government to induct a maximum of 18 Cabinet members, including the chief minister.

Ending speculation, the Congress has decided not to appoint any deputy chief minister. “The credit of victory entirely goes to Amarinder, so the high command has decided not to have the deputy CM post as it will create confusion,” said an AICC office-bearer.

According to Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee’s letter (accessed by HT) to the Raj Bhawan, seven cabinet ministers and two ministers of state will be administered the oath of office along with the CM.

In the pecking order, six-time MLA Brahm Mohindra will be sworn in after Amarinder followed by Navjot Singh Sidhu, Manpreet Singh Badal, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Tripat Rajinder Bajwa, Rana Gurjit Singh and Charanjit Singh Channi. The two MoS with independent charge will be Aruna Chaudhary, a Dalit face from Majha and Malerkotla MLA Razia Sultana.

Though Congress sources said the portfolios have not been decided, it is learnt that Sidhu has been offered the ministry of local bodies and urban development. Sources close to Sidhu said the former cricketer has made no demands.

“He is willing to take whatever responsibility the party is willing to give him,” said a close aide of Amritsar East MLA.

Bathinda Urban MLA Manpreet Badal is tipped to be the finance minister while four-time MLA Tripat Bajwa is likely to get charge of the public works department. Brahm Mohindra is expected to get the charge of the power department.

Though Amarinder’s confidant Rana Gurjit Singh is keen on excise and industry portfolios, that would invite allegations of conflict of interest.

Other than Congress vicepresident Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot would be present at the swearing-in.

Other Congress leaders who will attend the event are former Union ministers Anand Sharma, Kapil Sibal, Ashwani Kumar and Rajeev Shukla besides AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Asha Kumari and secretary in-charge Harish Chaudhary.

THE PECKING ORDER

fter Amarinder Singh, six-time MLA Brahm Mohindra will take the oath followed by Amritsar East MLA Navjot Singh Sidhu

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The swearing-in will start at 10.15 am and Amarinder will take oath between 10.16am and 10.28am as it is a ‘shubh mahurat’ for the Patiala royal scion. The new cabinet will meet at 11.30am and will discuss the formation of a special task force to tackle the drug menace.

Formidable six-pack set to make presence felt in House

FEW BUT FEISTY Women are 47% of Punjab’s electorate, but only six of them have made to the 15th Vidhan Sabha. That’s the lowest representation of women in the last five assemblies since seven in 1997. Among the six women in the 117­member House are four f

THE POWER OF ONE RUPINDER K RUBY, 28 AAP, Bathinda Rural

Rupinder Kaur Ruby believes, “Aawaaz uthaan de layee ik banda hi kaafi hai (One person is enough to make a point).” The youngest woman MLA in the Punjab assembly plans to be that one voice. That is why the poor representation of women in the House doesn’t worry her. This law graduate, who was doing her PhD, is a past master at battling obstacles. This firsttimer won the Bathinda Rural seat despite having the most meagre bank balance among the contesting candidates.

Ruby, who draws inspiration from her father Malkiat Singh, a retired government servant who is a founding member of the AAP, claims she did not have to spend a paisa “because the people fought the elections for me”. She believes woman emancipation and education are intertwined. “Financial independence is a must for every woman, and for that she needs education. Then she doesn’t need anyone.”

Ruby, former assistant professor at a Bathinda law college, is determined to put her most fierce foot forward in the assembly. “I will make Congress deliver on its promises.” By the way: Determined to complete her PhD

ARMED WITH LESSONS SARAVJIT K MANUKE, 44 AAP, Jagraon

It’s been a traumatic run-up to the hustings for this teacher-turned-politician. “I was robbed of the most precious part of my life,” says Saravjit, who lost both her mother and motherin-law in a span of few days after she met with a serious accident that killed one of her supporters traveling with her late January.

“I was heartbroken but my mission was bigger than me,” says Saravjit, who declares that she has not joined politics but an andolan (movement). “We have given new hope to people and we won’t let them down,” says the feisty teacher. This is why she poohpoohs any talk about being outnumbered by men or the ruling party in the assembly. “Iraada buland hona chahiye (Your intentions should be strong).”

Saravjit is determined to work for revamping the education system. “Do you know there are no washrooms in 70% of the schools in my constituency? How can you talk of women empowerment when girls drop out of schools due to such reasons?”

This first-time legislator has already launched her Mission Education by shooting off a memo seeking a redressal forum for both parents and teachers, and rollback of the hike in tuition fee. By the way: Mai Bhago and Mata Gujri are her role models

A DREAM COME TRUE BALJINDER KAUR, 31 AAP, Talwandi Sabo

A politician. That’s all she wanted to become even as a schoolgirl. “I didn’t know how I would do that, but it was a very deep-seated desire,” smiles Baljinder. Now that her dream has been realised, she says, “I will make sure that har gali, har ghar, har varg di aawaaz Vidhan Sabha tak pahunche (every street, house, section of society must be heard in the assembly).”

No, she doesn’t feel intimidated by the overwhelming majority of men in the house. She has two younger brothers who look up to her. “I won’t say they are scared of me, but they respect me,” she laughs. With an MA in English and MPhil under her belt, Baljnder was teaching at Mata Gujri College, Fatehgarh Sahib, when politics beckoned in the form of AAP, and she quit her job.

Today this workaholic—she says she hates being idle — is happy to play her dream role. “It’s a big responsibility that the people of Talwandi Sabo have given me, I will do my best.” Women, she says, can’t be treated in a silo. Be it corruption, drugs or unemployment, it affects every woman directly or indirectly. By the way: Loves dancing the giddha

AT HOME IN ASSEMBLY ARUNA CHAUDHARY , 59 Congress, Dinanagar

The three-time MLA doesn’t think her gender is a handicap in the assembly. “It doesn’t matter,” she shrugs. “You can do a lot to ensure that the issues of your constituency are resolved by approaching the minister concerned,” she declares. What is a handicap is being out of power. “It’s tough when you are in the opposition as the MLAs depend on grants from the government,” Aruna explains.

With her party back in the saddle, she is looking forward to bringing employment to women in Dinanagar. “Jobs are scarce, so we have to train them in other fields,” says the legislator who won by the sixth highest margin. A teacher by training, Aruna says she made sure her two sons focused on education. “Even though ours is a family of politicians, I made it clear that they had to earn their own keep”. Today her elder son is studying dentistry in the US, while the younger is working for an MNC.

Aruna, who did her graduation and BEd from Srinagar, is also concerned about terrorism and drugs. “Look what happened in the Valley, we have to be careful.” By the way: An expert in Kashmiri cuisine, she paints too

THIS MOM MEANS BUSINESS SATKAR KAUR, 37 Congress, Ferozepur Rural

“Hun aa gaye haan, te raula rappa pavange. (Now that I am here, I will make noise).” The soft-spoken woman, who defeated her nearest rival by 21,500 votes, says she means business. Satkar, who lost the 2012 polls by a wafer-thin margin, is all too aware of the responsibility that comes with being the first woman legislator from Ferozepur.

“There has been no development here for the past 10 years. There is no industry here, sewerage stinks, drugs are rampant, and women bear the brunt of it all,” says Satkar, who took the zila parishad route to politics in 2007, six years after she married into a family of politicians. No, she doesn’t think she will be unsettled by a maledominated assembly. “My husband Jasmel Singh Ladi,” she says, “has always encouraged me. I can handle men.”

With the assembly session few days away, she’s all ready with her to-do list for her constituency. “We need a college for women, sewing centres in 210 villages for women who want to work from home, a functional sewerage, new industry,” Satkar reels on, telling you how she is no rubberstamp. “Vadiya kam karaange (We will do good work),” she signs off.

By the way: Spends at least an hour a day with her 3 children, youngest of whom is in kindergarten

A HOPEFUL HOMECOMING RAZIA SULTANA, 50 Congress, Malerkotla

The three-time MLA agrees it would have been nicer had there been more women MLAs. “I don’t think there is any bias against women, but people choose who they think is the best for them. The reasons vary from one constituency to another,” she shrugs.

Razia Sultana, daughter of an armyman and wife of a serving cop, is eagerly looking forward to this term. “We’ve promised to make Malerkotla a district. That will transform it completely.” She is also keen on getting a medical college for her constituency. As for women, she says many of them want pension, which she will make sure they get soon.

A mother of two — a daughter and a son — Razia enjoys her role as a homemaker. “No matter what, I take a quick round of the house and make sure everything is spick and span before I do anything else,” she smiles. She also likes to cook for her family.

Coming back to politics, she has just one wish, “Sab theek thaak chale. Hum apne vaade poore kar paayein (Everything should go well. We should be able to keep our promises).”

By the way: Known for her kebabs

 

 


Budgam encounter: Militant gunned down, 3 civilians killed in clashes

Security forces cordoned off Durbugh village following information about the presence of militants in a house. Tribune photo: Amin War

Majid Jahangir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, March 28

A militant and three civilians were killed while several people injured in a gunfight and clashes that sparked in central Kashmir’s Budgam on Tuesday.

The anti militancy operation began at Durbugh Chadoora, 20 km from here this morning when joint teams of police, Army and CRPF launched an operation after a tip-off about the presence of a militant.

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The nine-hour-long gunfight ended with the killing of a local Hizbul Mujahideen militant. A weapon was also recovered from the slain militant.

Sources said as the gunfight erupted, a large number of protesters tried to march towards the gunfight site to help the holed-up militant to escape. Intense clashes erupted at multiple places near the gunfight site between the youth and the forces.“During clashes three youths were critically wounded, who later succumbed to injuries,” they said.The slain all in their twenties were identified as Zahid Rashid of Chadoora, Qaiser Ahmed Ganai, 23, of Wathoora and Ishfaq Rashid of Rangreth.It was first time that such protests broke out in central Kashmir’s Budgam district during a gunfight.Kashmiri separatists have called for a strike on Wednesday against the civilian killing in Budgam.J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said violence will fetch nothing and dialogue was the way forward.


*Bhog and Antim Ardas* ::::MAJ SS DHILLON ,PARA SIGNLAS ,Ex-Chairman Sanjha Morcha

*Bhog and Antim Ardas*
 for the departed Soul to rest in peace in respect of Major SS Dhillon  (Santokh Singh) will be held on 02 Apr at 1200 hrs at Dhillon Farm. 
Dhillon Farm is located opposite to Shahe Tibbi Gurdwara located on Road from Ropar to Anandpur Sahib. 
Cross the Manned Railway crossing opp Gurdwara to hit the Dhillon Farm. 
The exact location is opposite Shahe  Tibbi Gurdwara located on Ropar– Anandpur Sahib Road six(6) Km short of Kiratpur Sahib and 24th  Mile stone from Ropar.
Maj SS  Dhillon was the founder Chairman of Sanjha Morcha since 2009 .
Contact Number of Col APS Dhillon younger Brother of Maj SS Dhillon is
Mobile +919815361238
Major SS Dhillon was a very active Veterans always ready to jump for welfare of ESM Community at any place and at any time. Some old pictures and News paper News are self explanatory 

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 Sanjha Morcha Team at TANDA URMUR on 26 Jan 2007 campaigning  for Capt Amarinder Singh

L to R –Col CJS Khera(Gen Secy),Major SS Dhillon(Chairman)

Col RS Boparai(President)  with Col Bhag singh (President IESL

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Hosting of Flag by Capt Amarinder Singh

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Is Pakistan outsourcing its water security to China?by LT GEN PRAMOD GROVER (RETD)

  • The views expressed are his personal)

As water is becoming an existential issue for Pakistan, it has emerged as a cause of major concern between India and Pakistan. Unable to manage and utilise its water resources efficiently, Islamabad misses no opportunity to attribute its water woes to Indian action in developing its water potential of the western rivers.

Pakistan is facing a grim situation regarding its fast depleting fresh water resources. The per capita water availability in Pakistan has decreased by over 406% from 5,260 cubic metres in 1951 to 1,038 cubic metres in 2010, just marginally above the 1,000 cubic metres per person threshold value under the global criteria. By 2020, the water availability in Pakistan would plummet to 877 cubic meters per annum. In such a scenario, its food security is in danger.

INDIA NOT TO BLAME FOR PAK WATER SCARCITY

 Pakistan has been blaming India’s hydropower projects on the western rivers for water scarcity. But, that doesn’t hold water. Broadly, the problems may be attributed to Pakistan having drawn limited benefit of India’s generosity, even as it has been receiving more than its authorised share in the past 56 years. A case in point is the limited dam storage of just 15.9 million acre feet (MAF) developed by Pakistan so far at Tarbela, Mangala and Chasma. This gets further reduced (by about 25%) on account of excessive sedimentation. Pakistan thus has water storage capacity just for 30 days against the minimum requirement of 120 days.

Post-September 2016, Pakistan has been raising the issue of water security at international forums and calling it “a corollary to the unresolved issue of Kashmir”. But Pakistan’s case before the World Bank, a facilitator of the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), against the construction of Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower plants is a mere rhetoric. While the construction of Kishanganga project stands approved by the International Court of Arbitration, Ratle is a run-of-the river project permitted under the parameters of the IWT.

The key question: Why is Pakistan approaching various world forums? Is it an issue that has an impact on Pakistan, or is it its covert plan to act on behalf of China and in turn draw benefit?

INDIA NEEDS MORE POWER FOR GROWTH

The big picture indicates that Chinese are behind the present defiant stance of Pakistan. India is a power deficient nation. To draw benefit of various economic programmes, including ‘Make in India’, we need additional power. Our aim thus is to draw benefit of hydropower through projects on the western rivers as India is exploiting only one-sixth of its potential.

One of India’s economic growth indicators is that it has become number one destination for FDI surpassing China. The neighbouring country (China) apparently plans to deny us the availability of additional power for setting up industrial base. So, China has brought Pakistan at the forefront to raise objections to hydropower projects on western rivers. China thus plans to return this favour by providing water security to Pakistan.

ROW OVER DIAMER-BHASHA DAM

Pakistan has requested China to undertake construction of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam on the Indus in Gilgit-Baltistan. The proposed 4,500MW hydropower plant would eliminate about half of Pakistan’s power shortfall and irrigate millions of acres of parched farmland. The presence of Chinese elements in Pakistan occupied Kashmir will provide additional security to Pakistan. Incidentally, due to opposition by India, both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have in the past refused to lend money. To formalise this understanding, a decision was taken during the meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to include water security to Pakistan as part of CPEC projects.

RAISE OBJECTION TO CHINESE PRESENCE

From India’s perspective, inclusion of water security into CPEC is a political choice for Pakistan and China, though the issue does not fall within the mandate of the CPEC. New Delhi needs to understand the nuances of this action by Pakistan and China in PoK and raise objection to the Chinese presence. To counter Pakistan’s rhetoric against Kishanganga and Ratle, we must highlight that run-of-the-river dams such as Baglihar consume nothing as water must flow to run turbines. Such a dam delays a river with no consequential effect on the quantity of water reaching Pakistan.

CHINA PLANS TO DENY INDIA AVAILABILITY OF ADDITIONAL POWER FOR SETTING UP INDUSTRIAL BASE AND THUS HAMPER ITS ECONOMIC GROWTH

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    groverp999@gmail.com (The writer is an expert on the Indus Water Treaty. The views expressed are his personal)

 


Pak-India talks

Pak-India talks
Abdul Basit

PAKISTAN High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit made a sensible and timely observation: important as the terrorism issue is to bilateral ties, there are other matters of equal importance that deserve to be focused on. Dialogue needs to be revived at the earliest. The High Commissioner’s remarks came on a day that the BJP shocked India with its nomination of a controversial, hard-line Hindu priest to the post of Chief Minister of UP. The reaffirmation of a message of constructive dialogue on Pakistan’s part at a time when India may be lurching further to the political right is necessary; the stakes are too high to drift into era of turbulent relations. Basit’s remarks are a welcome reminder that right-thinking individuals in both countries continue to dwell on the need for dialogue and not jettison the shared experience of the past seven decades. It has proved while dialogue is difficult to initiate, even harder to sustain but is the only realistic option. Consider the so-called low-hanging fruit that Basit referred to: Sir Creek and Siachen. Sir Creek was once regarded as an agreement within reach —a border and maritime dispute that can be resolved by technical teams, if political will exists. The mindless stand-off in Siachen, more than three decades old and a growing environmental concern, could be resolved in a manner that satisfies both the military and political leaderships in both countries. The freezing of dialogue has stalled all progress. In the case of Siachen, there is a sense that the intransigence of the Indian military and its growing influence in the national security and foreign policy domains have effectively cancelled the low-hanging-fruit status of the Siachen dispute. Unhappily, the absence of dialogue is allowing other factors to intervene and make historical and already-complicated disputes even more complex. Revival of political will to engage in dialogue is the obvious starting point. Having established his party as the dominant political force in India, PM Narendra Modi has an opportunity to pivot and return to the path of dialogue with Pakistan. He also now has the benefit of greater experience. Unexpected return to dialogue and the unveiling of the so-called comprehensive dialogue process with additional baskets in late 2015 was a commendable effort, but was not adequately militancy-proofed. The subsequent Pathankot attack caused a rupture. Experienced and committed dialogue partners may have found a way to sustain the process. An year and a half later, with Pakistan having taken a few steps against India-centric militant groups and large-scale counterterrorism operations under way across Pakistan, the dialogue process can be restarted in a more conducive environment.  — Editorial in the Dawn