NEW DELHI 4-10 december 2016 SUNDAY ` 6 PAGES 28 Follow Us on Twitter: twitter.com/newindianxpress www.thesundaystandard.com/www.newindianexpress.com I n d i a ’ s O n l y India Ask Prabhu W e e k l y E xc l usive V o ices Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com, and Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express, will answer them. Familial Notes of Magical Melodies Prabhu Chawla Shankkar Aiyar G Parthasarathy Gustavo de Arístegui TJS George Ravi Shankar Soli J Sorabjee Pushpesh Pant hiring spree 89 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Total soidiers killed. Last year, it was 33. New Delhi: After flouting the appointment rules at the Delhi Commission for Women, the AAP government is mired in another similar controversy. The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has initiated a probe into alleged hiring of personal staff of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia against rules, acting on a complaint by an RTI activist. Sisodia has appointed 63 people as peons and officers on special duty (OSD) in the last one year in his office, which is way more than the Prime Minister’s personal staff of 39. ACB Chief Mukesh Kumar Meena said, “We have received a complaint in this regard and will look into it.” Delhi government spokesperson Nagendra Sharma, however, refused to comment on the matter: “I do not want react on it.” New Delhi: Five days after the Nagrota attack, which cost India the lives of seven army personnel, including two officers, the question which everybody is asking is: who will pay for these lapses? The year 2016 began on an ominous note when a handful of terrorists attacked Pathankot air force PM Narendra Modi PM Empowers Women with Mobile Equality By Kanu Sarda New Delhi: In an effort to boost ‘Naarishakti’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is targeting to provide mobile phones to every woman in the country in the near future. Enhanced use of mobile phones for women has become critical at the time when the government is pitching for cashless economy . According to recent data, India’s mobile phone subscriber base crested the one billion users-mark; 28 per cent of females have cellphones compared to 43 per cent of men, one of the largest gender gaps in the world and the Modi government is eyeing to bridge it. After demonetisation, massive media campaign has been launched by the government to promote cashless transactions. And use of mobile phone has been named as a key factor for the scheme as the government is promoting multiple mobile apps for cash transfers by linking it with Aadhaar numbers. P10 Prime Minister’s ‘declare details of bank accounts’ decision puts ministers and MPs in a fix, mutes Opposition claim of BJP knowing about currency ban 140 Terrorist killed li n e : Anti-infiltration force of Rashtriya Rifles battalions, infantry regiments in the hinterland. Area domination in outer villages and jungles. 200 Terrorists active in Kashmir Third li n e : Artillery units along with RR battalions do area domination, road-clearing op and convoy protection. Mainly deployed in urban centres. Lapses Involvement of an external agency to do audit Another Temple Run in UP P7 Ayodhya wants to exorcise ghost that damaged its name and make town a famous tourist spot ICC Considering New Structure P16 No responsibility for operational failure Division Commander: Coordinates with three brigades. Heads second tier. Holds reserves for special operations. Corps Commander: Theatre of operation and final coordinating authority on the border. No coordination between military and civil bureaucracy for acquisitions of military hardware. men in Charge Army chief General Dalbir Suhag: Makes frequent visits to forward locations on border A This Blasphemy is Epic, BJP MP Tells House The MP from Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh raised the matter under Rule 377 regarding the need to ban TV serials for wrong portrayal of historical and mythological texts and coming up with guidelines to ensure that producers don’t tamper with facts for sake of entertainment. New Delhi: While the airport security authorities are busy finalising their new hi-tech access card, the final list of proposals includes a card which has already got famous due to Hollywood actor George Clooney This widely spread . Aerodrome Entry Permit (AEP), issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), has Clooney’s picture The aerodrome entry permit card with George Clooney’s picture DGMO Lt Gen. Ranbir Singh* In-charge of military operations Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen. D S Hooda**: Responsible for guarding the border with Pakistan ● Fill gaps and upgrade security infrastructure at military bases. ● Install modern access control and intrusion security systems. ● Deploy additional platoons of quick reaction teams. ● Trained Commandoes of Territorial Army for deployment to fill gaps. ● Younger age profile to overhaul defence security corps, provide training and latest weaponry. (Committee was set up after the Pathankot attack to review military base security) BCAS is in the process of replacing old access cards with new ones, and every staff across India will have these passes very soon. “Right now, things have not been finalised. The card would not exactly be the same but would have some similar features. It will have multiple security features, including a data chip,” he added. Currently, airport staffers have to carry two cards. There are more than 1.5 lakh staff working across all airports of which 40 per cent belong to Indian carriers. By Rakesh K Singh New Delhi: Special Director of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) A K Dhasmana is likely to be appointed as the next chief of the country’s external intelligence agency. The 1981-batch Madhya Pradesh cadre IPS officer’s domain of expertise is considered to be Balochistan, counterterrorism and Islamic affairs. He also has a The RAW chief’s post is falling vacant on January 31, 2017 vast experience on Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has served in key capitals, including London and Frankfurt and has also handled SAARC and Europe desks. The post of the RAW chief is falling vacant on January 31, 2017, with the incumbent retiring after a two-year stint. The RAW chief has a fixed tenure of two years unless the government extends the service length or the appointee. Continued on Page 5 School Orders 5km Walk to Fetch Book By Rashmi Belur Bengaluru: A private school allegedly made a 13-year-old boy with medical problems walk 5 km back home to fetch a class work that he had failed to submit. The incident occurred last month and the angry parents have decided to file a complaint with Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. While the school claims it had no knowledge that the boy had underwent a recent surgery or the location of Teacher had the book, all the while The day after the incident, when Srinidhi (name changed) attended school, the teacher returned his classwork note which he had submitted before taking medical leave. Continued on Page 5 airport operator staff, associated with the aviation sector. A BCAS official associated with the process denied that the card was prepared by them but accepted that it was forwarded further. “The card was given to us with details as part of multiple proposals and we just forwarded it as it is,” he said, while blaming an airport management staff for the goof-up. “This was not done intentionally but one should avoid using picture of a celebrity the official ,” added. Baloch Specialist to Helm RAW Key Recommendations of Lt. Gen. Philip Campose Committee *Transferred out ** Retired s the prices in all segments of realty projects have come down after the crackdown on black money, unauthorised colonies in the capital are exception to the trend. Prices of plots in such colonies have gone up by 30-50 per cent as the deals thrive purely on black money It was revealed that . huge amount of unaccounted cash has been pumped into the properties in some P4 of these colonies as the transaction does not involve registration process. with the designation as ‘manager’ and name as ‘Gagandeep Singh Kuwat’. The card has been circulated to multiple agencies, including CISF, airlines and Lack of rear area security and police intelligence. Failure of technical surveillance equipment such as early warning systems, thermal imaging, border sensors. George Clooney Enters Delhi Airport Access Card By ANKUR SHARMA Officer without adequate experience is given task. Brigade Commander: Controls three battalions and second tier of area deployment. Coordinates the anti-infiltration grid. By kumar vikram New Delhi: Demon king Ravana slapping Hanuman during one of the episodes of Sony Entertainment’s famous serial Sankat Mochan Hanumana has angered BJP MP Sudheer Gupta so much that he decided to take it up in the Lok Sabha seeking ban on serials that depict wrong facts. No trans-border intelligence leading to infiltration. Battalion Commander: Mans 15-20 km stretch on the LoC and protects the area with 1,000 people. Does patrol, rear area ambush on infiltration routes and gathers intel. realty: legal down, illegal up By RICHA SHARMA units on Second Gen Bajwa cleared purchase of weapons, radar systems, gadgets for deployment along border, LoC P5 England board proposes conference-style system, with teams in two groups playing each other on home-and-away basis annually Spirituality is Maturity of Mind base and killed seven personnel. Till date no action has been taken against anybody Pathankot followed the attacks . in Uri, in which the army lost 19 jawans. But the Commander of 12th Uri Brigade was moved out to a plum post. According to senior officials, lack of accountability is making our military bases vulnerable as terrorists are striking with impunity . Page 5 First Line of Defence L o C : Protects border with physical and electronic surveillance equipment such as sensors, thermal imaging, early warning systems. Border patrol, mine fields and ambush-protective patrols. Infantry Ceasefire violations Pak Army Chief Loved Chinese Weaponry Keeping the Pastures Alive amma speaks Vidya Balan O F F I C ERS ’ MESS 380 Continued on Page 4 page turners Perils of Imperialism By Pradip R Sagar ACB probes into appointment of 63 AAP volunteers as personal staff in Manish Sisodia’s office in the last one year Manish Sisodia Clicks, Hits and No Misses ‘The Actor in Me is Very Large and Greedy. I Want to Play Varied Roles’ Accountability Deficit Makes Army Bases Vulnerable Dy CM Has More Staff Than PM, Faces Inquiry Modi MP’s in a Mess P6 Get it Right the First Time, Lady MAGAZINE Inked Exhibition, Living Lightly, takes us closer to the Indian pastoral community, reiterating the need to embrace their way of life P4 N e w s p a p e r PLUS: 12 PAGES Age of Graphic Novels his house, the boy’s parents have termed the school’s action as cruelty . The parents are filing a case against Sandeepani Niketan English School. Shankar Shinde, father of the boy said, “We were , shocked with the way the school authorities behaved with our son.” During the Physics class, the teacher asked all students to submit their class work. But Srinidhi could not submit it because his classwork book was with the teacher. However, Anuradha Shenoy principal of the , school, said, “The student had not told me that he was operated upon.” Betel leave farmers in Tirur Rising Indo-Pak Tension Has a Paan Kerala Impact By Shafeeq Alingal Kozhikode: Strained relations between India and Pakistan have come as a bolt from the blue for a group of farmers in Tirur, Malappuram district. Known as ‘Tirur Lanka Paan’, these leaves are of great demand in Pakistan. As India’s diplomatic ties with the hostile neighbour touch a new low, tension has been mounting among betel leave farmers, for their livelihood depends solely on export orders from Pakistan. Around 60 per cent of the betel leaves, cultivated in Tirur municipality and several surrounding panchayats, are exported to Karachi and Lahore, from where they reach local ‘paan mandis’ across Pakistan. The Pathankot attack had a devastating impact on the farmers here as betel leaf exports plummeted by 40 per cent, which is at `6.5 crore per annum. “With the diplomatic relations turning worse, Pakistan slapped an additional 15 per cent tax on betel leaves from India. This has affected our exports,” said Mohammed Mooppan, a betel leave grower. India’s surgical strikes on terror launchpads in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir compounded the woes of the farmers. According to traders, the exports have dropped to three tonnes worth `1.8 lakh a day from five tonnes a day , . “Lack of air and rail connectivity between the two countries is another hurdle,” said Kamaludheen U, an exporter at Pan Bazaar, the 100-year-old betel market here. Betel leaves are taken to Dubai through Calicut International Airport, from where they are flown to Pakistan. “We are dependent on Dubai as the air and rail connectivity to Pakistan was snapped post-Mumbai terror attacks in 2002. This leads to additional expense on transportation,” rued Kamaludheen. Continued on Page 6
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