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Naxals torch bus; 7 rebels held after face-off with cops

Naxals torch bus; 7 rebels held after face-off with cops

Raipur, May 30

Naxals torched a bus after asking passengers to alight in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district while seven rebels were arrested today following a face-off with the police in a nearby area, an official said today.When the private bus was on its way to Orchha from Narayanpur, a group of Naxals, some of them armed, stopped the vehicle last night near Jhorigaon village, around 300 km from the state capital, SP Santosh Singh said. “The rebels asked the passengers to de-board and then set the bus ablaze. The exact number of passengers is not known but all of them are reported safe,” he said.Security personnel rushed to the spot soon after receiving an alert. A combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he said. According to Singh, the Naxals are frustrated with the road construction work in the region and, therefore, are committing such acts.“The ultras have been opposing road construction from Narayanpur to Orchha in Abujhmaad, considered as a Maoist den,” Singh said.Meanwhile, seven Naxals were today arrested in a nearby village in Narayanpur. They were nabbed after an exchange of fire between the ultras and security personnel near Tekanar village on Sunday on suspicion that they were involved in the skirmish, Singh said. — PTI

Arson in Bastar

  • Suspected Naxals on Tuesday torched battery room of a mobile tower of BSNL in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar
  • The tower was not damaged and is operational
  • The police also found pamphlets left by Naxals protesting killing of rebel leader ‘Vilas’ in an encounter in Burgum area on May 14


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Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh,Lt General TS Shergill (retd), senior adviser to the CM

Jalandhar, May 22

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh’s project ‘Guardians of Governance’ (GoG) is set to be launched on July 1. Lt General TS Shergill (retd), senior adviser to the CM, said this here today.“The government is planning to rope in volunteers by July 1. It is expected to hire about 13,000 ex-servicemen for the project. The aim is to ensure that every beneficiary of welfare schemes gets benefits,” he said.Volunteers, he said, would be paid an honorarium and trained at the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh. After training, they will be placed under SDMs and DCs to act as their eyes and ears to scrutinise the public governance system in their jurisdiction.“They will not replace the government, but will ensure a speedy flow of information pertaining to governance in their areas,” Lt Gen Shergill added.

Award for Major who tied Kashmiri to jeep

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 22

Major Leetul Gogoi, who was accused of tying a Kashmiri man on the bonnet of a jeep to ward off stone pelters in Kashmir, has been given a commendation certificate by the Army Chief for “sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations”.(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)The award is seen as a backing for the action of the officer, who belongs to the 53 Rashtriya Rifles, even as the Army maintained that a court of inquiry (CoI) into the incident was “”under finalisation.”The Army Chief’s “Commendation Card” is considered a prestigious award. It  is given for distinguished services and devotion to duty.Two days ago, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had, in an opinion piece in a newspaper, said the Major deserved a distinguished services medal for using a human shield against stone-pelters in Kashmir.Major Gogoi was in the spotlight after a video, shot during the April 9 Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll and posted on the social media, showed a man tied on the bonnet of an Army jeep at Budgam in Jammu and Kashmir. A probe by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, which lodged an FIR against the security forces in light of the incident, revealed that it was Major Gogoi who had tied the man to the jeep’s bonnet as a “human shield”. A court of inquiry was ordered subsequently. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, referring to the incident on Friday, had backed the officer, saying it should not be forgotten that the officer had the responsibility to save the lives of those involved in the election process as well as the crowd that had gathered. “Let us not forget the Army is a responsible institution,” he had emphasised.

Officer who tied man to jeep in Kashmir awarded for counter-insurgency ops

Officer who tied man to jeep in Kashmir awarded for counter-insurgency ops
The Army is still to conclude an inquiry into the ‘human shield’ incident.

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 22

Army chief General Bipin Rawat has issued a ‘Commendation Card’ to Major Leetul Gogoi for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations.Major Gogoi was accused of tying up a Kashmiri youth in front of jeep to ward off stone pelters.

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The award for Major Gogoi is seen as a backing of the action of the officer belonging to the 53 Rashtriya Rifles even as the Army maintained that a court of inquiry (CoI) into the incident is “under finalisation”.

“Major Gogoi has been awarded Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation Card for sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations,” Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand said.

Sources said Major Gogoi was given the award during Gen Rawat’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir last week.

They said the CoI into the incident is still under finalisation.The Army Chief’s ‘Commendation Card’ is considered a prestigious award and is given for distinguished services and devotion to duties.A video, showing the man tied to the army vehicle during polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha by-election on April 9, had triggered a public outcry, prompting the Army to institute a probe.The CoI was tasked to look into the circumstance that prompted Major Gogoi to tie the Kashmiri youth to the jeep’s bonnet as a “human shield”. — With PTI inputs




Army organises Tiger Hill archery competition

Army organises Tiger Hill archery competition
Kargil residents take part in an archery competition organised by the Army on Thursday. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service

Jammu, May 18

Nine teams took part in the Tiger Hill archery competition organised by the Army for several villages of the Kargil region.Giving details, PRO Northern Command NN Joshi said nine teams comprising five players each, participated in the event held at Tiger Hill in Kargil from May 15-17. Twelve archers were selected to take part in this year’s Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations, he said.Archery is a popular traditional sport among the locals of the Kargil region. The sport is conducted even during cultural and social events in the region. The villagers have natural talent for archery and enjoy it as a recreational activity as well as competitive sport.The winning teams and individuals were felicitated by the Army. The villagers appreciated the efforts of Army in promoting archery in the region and help in preserving the local culture and tradition.The Army will celebrate victory over Pakistan during the 1999 Kargil war in July this year.

Jaitley reviews J&K security

Jaitley reviews J&K security
A girl carries stones during a clash with police outside a college in Srinagar. PTI

Srinagar, May 17

Amid a spurt in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat held a security review here today and discussed measures for countering the street violence in the Valley as well as militancy.Jaitley, who also holds Finance portfolio, is on his first visit to Kashmir after taking over the additional charge from Manohar Parrikar. “The Defence Minister was apprised of measures to strengthen the robust counter-infiltration grid along the LoC. He was briefed on the close coordination among all agencies towards bringing back normalcy in the region,” defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said. (Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)Also at the security review meeting were Sanjay Mitra, Defence Secretary-designate,  and top Army officers. Lauding the valour, sacrifice and patriotic fervour of soldiers, Jaitley urged them to ensure safety of the innocent. — TNS


As a mark of solidarity with the bereaved family of martyr
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Lt Ummer Fayaz, who was treacherously killed by  the terrorists on 10 May 17 while on leave,  Victor Force Commander Maj Gen B S Raju alongwith DC and SP Kulgam and other officials from Army, Police and Civil Administration visited his house to attend the ‘Chahrrum’. The family was assured of all assistance from the Army and that the perpetrators of this dastardly act would be brought to justice.
            Maj Gen Raju met the family members and presented a cheque of Rs 75 Lakhs on behalf of the Army. To honour the martyr it has been decided to rename the Army Goodwill School Behibagh as ‘Shaheed Lt Ummer Fayaz Goodwill School’. The DC also presented a cheque of exgratia amount from J & K Govt, and announced that Govt job would be provided to the family members of the martyred hero. Cheques from Central AWWA Ex – Gratia Grant and National Defence Fund were also presented to the family by an officer of 2 RAJPUTANA Rifles, the unit in which Lt Ummer Fayaz was commissioned.
            The General Officer while condemning this dastardly act called upon all sections of the society to join hands in putting an end to the bloodshed in Kashmir. He also urged the elders to sensitise the misguided youth to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream and contribute towards nation building.

India on the back foot KC Singh

Isolation in view of Saudi Arabia, China summits a major concern

India on the back foot
Right moves: China has had its way, be it the CPEC or OBOR.

THREE events, one a week ago and the others in the coming week, will shape geo-politics. First, the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election with 65 per cent vote has redefined politics of the left and right as traditionally understood. Then the One-Belt One-Road summit in China on May 14-15 is to re-configure trade routes and production lines linking China and Asia to Europe, Africa and Latin America. China is imposing a new geography on the old trading order dominated by the US and Europe. Finally, Donald Trump’s opening foray abroad to attend three summits in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia i.e. bilateral summit with hosts, with leaders of six GCC (Gulf Coordination Council) nations and of a Sunni/Islamic alliance to counter the IS and Iran. Each one requires closer examination.The terms left and right in politics emanate from the French Revolution in 1789. In the French national assembly, pro-revolution elements sat on the left while those for the old monarchical and feudal order sat on the right. The rise and success of Emmanuel Macron, after abandoning the socialists in whose government he was a minister, on a new centrist pro-Europe and calibrated reform agenda, has redefined the traditional left-right binaries of French politics. In the process, he demolished traditional ruling parties of either block, the final contest being between him and the extreme right wing leader, Marine Le Pen of the National Front. Paradoxically, while he is a former investment banker and advocates economic reform and moderate and inclusive policies, Le Pen shed tears for ‘the real people… the ordinary decent people’. The right was sounding almost Marxist, wrapping blatant racism and xenophobia in populist clothing. In the US too, President Trump rejigged the traditional Republican Party agenda to espouse a populist, anti-globalisation and xenophobic platform, claiming to speak for the ‘small’ people. Macron’s centrism in the face of rampant counter-liberalism in Europe became a test case for the soul of the EU. Although the next month’s election in the UK will revive debate about the future of the European Union, for the moment, the French electorate has shown more maturity than those in the US and the UK, even though the issues were identical. In the past too, political parties on the left learnt to adapt to confront conservative forces. Labour in the UK under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown rebranded itself as ‘New Labour’ by abandoning in 1986 traditional commitment to strikes, collective bargaining and nationalisation. They espoused issues, normally reserved for conservatives, like law and order, welfare reform, small businesses and taxation burden. Thus they put Labour on the side of Britain’s aspirational majority. Similarly, Bill Clinton was able to nudge Democrats to more centrist positions in 1994. His wife Hillary in 2016, desiring to retain the rainbow coalition of her predecessor Barack Obama, contrariwise ended up driving the white majority into the Trump tent playing the siren song to their fears and prejudices. India too has seen a similar shift of electoral plates from caste, populist or simply region-driven platforms of the Congress and the opposition parties to the rise of Narendra Modi. The BJP under Modi is combining the cultural and religious agenda of the extreme right wing Hindutva proponents with nationalism, often relapsing into jingoism, and an economic platform with traces of Indira Gandhi’s ‘Garibi hatao’ and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s partiality to oligarchs livened with selective economic reform. Demonetisation was and tax terror continues to be aimed at both garnering revenue and providing the poor and marginalised cathartic pleasure. The Chinese summit is the culmination of President Xi Jinping’s idea, first mooted in 2013, for seamless connectivity across Eurasia and the oceans. China expects 110 countries and 28 heads of state and government to attend, including those of Russia, Turkey, Argentina and Italy. The sheer scale is mind-boggling. About 50 Chinese state-owned corporations have participated in 1,700 projects to develop ports, roads, rail-lines and industrial parks. China thus will utilise its surplus productive capacity in steel, etc. abroad. It also plans to pass on low-income jobs to partner nations while moving its economy to a higher-income employment mode. India’s immediate neighbours like Bangladesh and Nepal are on board the Chinese bandwagon. Pakistan’s participation has put India in a quandary as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through portions of erstwhile kingdom of Kashmir which India claims. Indian attendance would grant de facto legitimacy to the CPEC part of the OBOR. Indian absence in the face of regional tilt towards participation risks isolation. On balance, the Modi government is right in not conceding strategic space to China. But a solution will have to be found by India conditionally accepting CPEC, provided a broader Sino-Pak entente with India is worked out.The Riyadh summit upends Obama’s West Asia policy which leveraged the P5-Iran nuclear deal to rebalance traditional US dependence on Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Israel to backstop its interests in the region. Trump is reversing course to resurrect a Sunni alliance. Simultaneously, Trump is attempting to wean away Russia from supporting Iran and Assad regime in Syria. Putin’s price to oblige may be major concessions by the West on NATO, Ukraine, etc. The sudden sacking of the FBI director, overseeing the enquiry into Trump campaign links to Russia, will cause political turbulence in Washington and may further damage Trump presidency. Of note to India is the announced presence of Nawaz Sharif at Riyadh. He will, no doubt, meet Trump and other Sunni alliance grandees. The geo-politics is rearranging to Pakistan’s liking. The isolation of India, in view of the two summits in Saudi Arabia and China, should concern the Modi government. Jingoism, cultural and religious evangelism and misplaced sense of global predominance are producing hubris. Allowing two neighbours, Pakistan and China, always in cahoots, to openly align is poor conduct of foreign policy. Basing it on continued US backing and GCC neutrality, while ignoring gaurakshaks baiting Muslims, is irrational. All three events lead to the same question: can India throw up a Macron? Normally it is easier for that in a presidential system than the Westminster one. The Opposition does not merely need unity; it needs a new liberal-centrist face.


Today Visited Martyr Sub Paramjit Singh village in Tarn Taran  and handed over cheque of RS 50000/- to veer  Nari Paramjit Kaur  and Rs 50000/- to his father Udham Singh. 
Capt Harminder Distt congress PresidentJallander 
 Col Balbir, President Punjab Unit Sanjha Morcha  accompanied. 
Chq was given by Mr Charanjit Singh Walia President  Nursing training Institutions association  Punjab cum Chairman Mata Sahib Kaur college of Nursing Mohali  along Ex-MLA Inderjit Singh Zira father of MLA Kulbir Singh Zira of congress .
Charanjit Singh Walia  Also announced free nursing course for the youngest daughter till MSc Nursing with 
No academic fee and free hostel facilities 
Col Charanjit Singh Khera
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Sanjha Morcha

Subedar Paramjit Singh whParamjit Singho was mutilated by a Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) on Monday was part of a battalion that had released a video in November last year warning and challenging Pakistan. The video features Paramjit Singh along with three other soldiers of 22 Sikh Regiment at their post along the Line of Control. The video had gone viral on various media platforms, last year.

One of the jawans, dressed for battle, could be seen singing a Punjabi song. The Jawan mentioned the name of his battalion in several parts of the song. Recorded on a mobile phone, in the video, the Jawan can be heard singing all they need is permission from the government and they will “burn the enemy to ashes in two hours.” “They have seen our love but not our anger yet,” the soldier sings. Also Read: Anti-Pakistan slogans raised in Kashmir’s Poonch after mutilation of Indian soldiers

“Modi isn’t afraid of Pakistan and wants the best for you. Your Sikh brother is singing the truth. We won’t leave them as we have had enough, and we have told them several times too. Every hour they are teasing us, and are asking for their own deaths. You’ll move because Sikhs are standing in front of you, we’ll burn enemy’s country if given two hours,” the Jawan sings, reports India Today.


Naik Subedar Paramjit Singh and Head Constable Prem Sagar 200 BSF Battalion were killed and then mutilated by a Pakistani team when they sneaked into the Indian territory under the cover of heavy shelling in the Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Following the barbaric act on Pakistan’s part, the Indian Army confirmed the involvement of Pakistan’s BAT in carrying out the gruesome attacks in the Indian territory. “Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the Line of Control in the Krishna Ghati sector.


Simultaneously, a BAT action was launched on a patrol operating in between the two posts. In a unsoldierly act by the Pak Army, the bodies of two of our soldiers in the patrol were mutilated. Such despicable act of Pakistan Army will be appropriately responded,”


read the Indian Army’s statement. Also Read: Mother of Lance Naik Hemraj reminds Centre of Sushma Swaraj’s ’10 heads in return’ remark




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Capt announces police job for daughter of slain soldier

Capt announces police job for daughter of slain soldier
Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh with the family of JCO Paramjit Singh at their house in Veinpoin village, Tarn Taran, on Sunday. — Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Tarn Taran, May 7

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday announced a police job for the elder daughter and a reserved a job for the elder son of Naib Subedar Paramjit Singh, who was recently killed during a ceasefire violation by the Pakistani army at LoC in Jammu and Kashmir.The Chief Minister, who visited Paramjit Singh’s family at Vein Poin village here, said his government would soon table before the Cabinet a comprehensive policy standardising compensation for any Punjabi of any force who lays down his life in fighting for the nation.Condoling the death of Paramjit Singh, Captain Amarinder said the jobs for the two elder children, which the family had sought from the government, would be in addition to the compensation already announced for the deceased’s next of kin.

The Captain Amarinder Singh-led government had earlier announced a total compensation of Rs 12 lakh, including Rs 5 lakh for the wife and children of the deceased, Rs 2 lakh for his parents and a plot worth Rs 5 lakhs.

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In addition, another Rs 1 lakh was announced for renaming the local rest house in the soldier’s name.The Chief Minister on Sunday also announced a school and a stadium in the area in the name of the jawan.Amritsar MP Gurjit Singh Aujla had also announced that he would adopt the second daughter of the deceased soldier, whose elder daughter, 16-year-old Simrandeep Kaur, has been adopted by a bureaucrat couple from Himachal Pradesh.Both Simranjit Kaur and son Sahildeep Singh, 12, will be provided government jobs by the state government on completion of their education, the Chief Minister told mediapersons.Asked if the government was not discriminating against the third child of the deceased, he said it was not possible to provide individual compensation to every family member, but he made it clear that all promises made to the family would be fulfilled by his government, which would extent more help to them if needed.

Responding to questions, the Chief Minister said the central government was not doing enough to protect the men manning the country’s borders. Tough steps need to be taken to prevent the recurrence of such brutal killings at the border, he stressed, adding that India should retaliate with thrice the force to any incursions into our territory.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues Rana Gurjit Singh and Navjot Singh Sidhu, as well as Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar. 


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