VISAKHAPATNAM l TUESDAY l FEBRUARY 19, 2019 l `5.00 l PAGES 14 l LATE CITY EDITION FROM TODAY, DIAL 112 FOR ANY EMERGENCY SERVICE EMERGENCY RESPONSE SUPPORT SYSTEM Starting Tuesday, 16 states and Union Territories in India will have a single emergency number, like the 911 service in the US The service is called Emergency Response Support System, which comprises police (100), fire (101), health (108), and women (1090) helplines. It will be available in Andhra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, TN, Rajasthan, UP, Telangana, MP, Gujarat, J&K, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Mumbai city U.K. PART OF THE NIRBHAYA PROJECT ■ The new system will allow anybody in distress, especially women, to alert their family members and police ■ The service has already been started by Himachal and Nagaland ■ The Centre is funding `321.69 crore to states for ERSS as part of the Nirbhaya project for women’s safety FIRST COUNTRY TO HAVE A UNIVERSAL EMERGENCY NUMBER (999) IN 1937 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Convoy attack plotters shot dead SALVE TRASHES ‘Resistance art’ PAK MILITARY COURTS, WANTS comes under JADHAV FREED the scanner Top two leaders of Jaish in Valley liquidated; Major, 3 soldiers killed in day-long encounter GHAZI CLOSEST AIDE TO MASOOD AZHAR Rasheed Bhai a.k.a. Ghazi Umar last entered the Valley two months ago, the police said. An IED specialist, he was said to be the closest aide of Masood Azhar. He and Kamran planned the CRPF convoy attack KAMRAN WAS ACTIVE IN VALLEY SINCE 2017 Kamran had been active in Pulwama and Avantipora since 2017. He replaced Mufti Waqas who was killed in Feb last. He relied on the old JeM network of slain commanders Noor Trali and Mufti Waqas for operations S A N A S H A K I L & F AYA Z W A N I @ New Delhi & Srinagar SECURITY forces on Monday gunned down three militants in a day-long encounter at Pinglana village in Pulwama district of South Kashmir — one of whom is believed to be Rasheed Bhai a.k.a. Ghazi Umar — a top aide of Jaish -e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar. Rasheed and Kamran, killed with another commander Hilal Ahmad, were the brains behind the worst hit on security forces to date at Lethpora last Thursday, which killed 40 CRPF jawans. India kept up its diplomatic offensive against Pakistan with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying “The brutal terrorist attack in Pulwama shows that the time for discussions is over now. Now the whole world unitedly needs to take concrete steps against terrorism and its supporters.” Vijay Kumar, advisor to J&K Governor, said, “Police have reasons to believe that we have Rasheed Bhai and top commandant Kamran.” J&K Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said, “There is enough mate- MLC election on March 12 The Election Commission of India on Monday released the election schedule for five MLC seats in Andhra Pradesh under MLAs’ quota SCHEDULE 171 Feb 21 Release of poll notification YSRC PROSPECTS TDP PRESENT STRENGTH 175 TOTAL SEATS MARCH 29 The term of five MLCs, including P Narayana, Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, Lakshmi Siva Kumari Anguri, P Samanthakamani and Appa Rao Adireddy to end 4 1 4 Assembly seats are lying vacant Feb 28 Last date to file papers Mar 5 Last date for withdrawal Mar 12 Polling & election results Going by their respective strengths in the State Assembly, TDP is set to win four MLC seats and YSR Congress one Amalapuram TDP MP joins YSR Congress Favouritism alleged Like the other leaders who left the ruling TDP in the recent times, Ravindra Babu too alleged that only one community was getting most favoured status in the Naidu government. He said only the YSR Congress had the capability to get Special Category Status to AP E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Vijayawada DESERTIONS continue to rock the ruling TDP in the State. Days after Anakapalle MP Avanthi Srinivas quit the party and joined the YSR Congress, Pandula Ravindra Babu resigned from the party as well as Lok Sabha membership on Monday . Accompanied by Avanthi Srinivas, the Amalapuram MP met YSRC chief Jagan Mohan Reddy at the latter’s Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad. Ravindra Babu was welcomed into the party fold by Jagan. Speaking to media later, Ravindra Babu said, “I am happy to join the YSRC. It is like homecoming.’’ The MP accused Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of doing injustice to the State by accepting special package. “Ultimately, the State did not get anything from the Centre because of Chandrababu Naidu,’’ he alleged. R I T W I K A M I T R A @ New Delhi LETHPORA PINGLANA EN A house up in flames where SRINAGAR terrorists were holed up during J&K an encounter in J&K | PTI rial evidence to suggest that they were — in one way or the other — involved in the bombing of the convoy .” Ghazi is on police records listed as a top IED specialist and JeM commander closest to Jaish chief Azhar. Kamran was second in command for J&K operations of JeM and a top aide to Ghazi who was in charge of infiltrating young recruits. The forces, however, lost an Army Major, three soldiers, a policeman and a civilian in the encounter, in which 10 others, TER S CO U N POT PULWAMA including a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, army’s brigade commander and another Lt Colonel were injured. Major Vibhuti Shankar Dhoundiyal (33) of Dehradun, Havildar Sheo Ram (36) of Jhunjhunu, Sepoy Hari Singh (26) of Rewari and Sepoy Ajay Kumar (27) of Meerut UP were killed along with civilian Mushtaq Ahmad (42). South Kashmir DIG Amit Shah, an Army brigade commander, a Lt Colonel and seven securitymen sustained injuries. A farmer died under suspicious circumstances leading to tension at Kothapalem near Kondaveedu Fort where Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu participated in the ongoing utsavalu on Monday. While the family alle ged that the far mer was thrashed leading to his death for resisting the police attempts to take over his land for making parking arrangements for CM’s visit, police de- K A N U S A R D A A N D R A M A N A N D A S E N G U P TA AHEAD of the general elections, the information & broadcasting ministry has asked the Jammu & Kashmir administration to identify and report ‘resistance art’ that promotes anti-India narrative in the state. The order, issued by the ministry’s policy planning unit, mentions different art forms such as performance, visual art and literature that need to be watched. “It has been learnt that in the Kashmir Valley, there is an emerging trend of using different types of art to shape and promote an anti-India narrative,” reads the order. The ministry has sought details of the activities carried out in the Valley between April and December last year. However, officials concede it might be difficult to carry out the monitoring exercise. “Protests from student groups are varied in nature and the ambit of such art forms is quite P9 wide,” said an official. BJP gives up one more seat to Sena, seals Lok Sabha alliance EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Oppn mocks alliance @ Mumbai THE Shiv Sena and the BJP on Monday announced alliance for both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls, with the BJP ceding one more seat to the Sena. “In the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP will contest 25 seats and the Shiv Sena 23. For Assembly smaller allies would be , given seats first and then the remaining seats would be shared equally between the BJP and Sena,” said Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. In 2014, the BJP had contested in 26 seats, leaving 22 for Shiv Sena. Fadnavis, BJP president Amit Shah and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray announced the tie-up at a joint press conference here on Monday, but they did not take any questions from the media. Apart from the seat-sharing Congress leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil alleged the alliance materialised only after the BJP threatened Shiv Sena with ED action. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said Uddhav will now have to explain whether he still stands by his statement “Chowkidar chor hai” which he made last month agreement, decisions on farm loan waiver, crop insurance and waving off property tax on houses smaller than 500 sq ft in Mumbai, Fadnavis announced shifting of the proposed refinery project from Nanar in Ratnagiri district to some place where it won’t have any opposition from the locals over the land acquisition issue. Referring to the constant bickering over the past fourand-a-half years as ‘some differences’, Uddhav Thackeray said, “The misunderstandings have all been resolved and workers of both the parties will now create a strong united force to defeat the opposition.” BJP president Amit Shah stated the alliance has been finalised after a thorough consultation with all the allied parties. “Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal are two oldest allies who have always stayed with the BJP We . have resolved all differences and we are ready with a resolve to conquer. I had set a target of 45 out of 48 lok Sabha seats at a recent party meeting in Maharashtra. I’m confident that that target will be easily achieved now,” he said. Fadnavis said the alliance is broad-based and that Hindutva is the common thread between the two parties. EXPRESS READ Farmers get `1K Annadata aid Rahul’s public meet in Tirupati on Feb 22 Vijayawada: Under the Annadata Sukhibhava Scheme, the State government began depositing money in the beneficiaries’ accounts on Monday. After verifying their Aadhaar numbers and other details, it deposited `1,000 each in farmers’ accounts. Vijayawada: AICC president Rahul Gandhi will address a public meeting in Tirupati on February 22 as part of Pratyeka Hoda Bharosa Yatra of the Congress. The APCC will take out the yatra for SCS for the State from Madakasira in Anantapur district on Tuesday. Tension after ryot’s death during CM’s visit E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Guntur THE HAGUE nied the same. The CM announced `5 lakh ex gratia to the family of the deceased after coming to know about the incident. According to police and information reaching here, Pittala Koteswara Rao alias Kotaiah (50) cultivated papaya and some flower plants in a piece of his land at Kothapalem. It is learnt that the police wanted to level his fields to make parking arrangements for the CM’s visit. Kotaiah objected to it and when the authorities tried to forcibly take over his land, he resisted their move. The family alleged that the police beat him up and after some time he was found dead. Narasaraopet DSP D Ravi Varma, however, refuted the allegations. Tension prevailed when Chilakaluripet YSR Congress coordinator V Rajini and others tried to console the family of the farmer as police prevented them from going to the village. Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao took up the issue with Naidu. The CM immediately announced an ex gratia of `5 lakh to the family of the deceased. No legal training THE trial of Kulbhusan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court for spying, hopelessly fails to satisfy even minimum standards of due process and should be declared unlawful, India told the International Court of Justice at The Hague on Monday . “Pakistani military courts are not independent and the proceedings before them fall far short of national and international fair trial standards,” senior advocate and former Solicitor General of India Harish Salve told the court. “Judges of military courts are military officers who are part of the executive branch of the government and do not enjoy independence from the military hierarchy,” said Salve. Pakistan will present its case on Tuesday . Claiming that there was no doubt that Pakistan was using Jadhav as a propaganda tool, he said no credible evidence was provided by Pakistan to show his involvement in any act of terrorism, and his purported confession was clearly coerced. “Pakistan knowingly, brazenly and willingly” violated international law, he added, noting that that an FIR was filed almost a month after Jadhav’s arrest. India was denied consular access despite 13 requests. Pakistan was embarrassed to even disclose charges against him, Salve said, adding: “considering the trauma he has been subjected to over the past three years, it would be in the interest of justice of making human rights a reality to direct his release.” , Pak military court judges are not required to have judicial or legal training or even a law degree, nor do they enjoy any tenure security - prerequisites of judicial competence, independence @ New Delhi 617 people convicted n Pak military courts first set up in 2015 for speedy trial of militants after the 2014 Peshawar school attack n 617 convicted for terror-related offences so far; 346 sentenced to death n At least 56 hanged. Only four acquitted, according to Pak media Man poses as CJI, seeks favours from HC judges EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi DAYS after the Supreme Court sacked two employees for allegedly tampering with a judicial order seeking the personal appearance of Anil Ambani in a contempt case, two high court chief justices received calls from someone pretending to be CJI Ranjan Gogoi, seeking the elevation of certain advocates as judges. The matter came to light during routine talks between the CJI and the two judges. The CJI immediately ordered an internal inquiry A formal complaint . was also lodged with the Delhi Police. According to the complaint, the impersonator imitated the CJI’s voice and spoke to Telangana Chief Justice B Radhakrishnan and L Narayana Swamy the , acting chief justice of the Karnataka High Court, and asked them to recommend the names of certain advocates for elevation as judges of the high courts. The calls appeared to have originated from the SC’s board, but initial probe found they had been made from a mobile phone. CLINICAL TRIAL FUND MISUSE Complaint against 3 ex-hospital supts EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Visakhapatnam ON the basis of directives of the special secretary of the State Medical and Health department, the principal of Andhra Medical College (AMC) had recently lodged a complaint with the IIITown Police Station against three medical officers, who once served as superintendents of Government Hospital for Mental Care, Visakhapatnam, in connection with allegations of misusing money collected through clinical trials, conducted in the hospital, during their tenures, some eight years ago. For record, a few months ago, complaints cropped up about the process, in which clinical trials were conducted in the King George Hospital (KGH) and the AMC Ethics Committee criticised the practice followed and even issued notices to several heads of departments for non-submission of particulars of various ongoing and proposed clinical trials in their respective departments. Given this backdrop this misusing of funds collected through clinical trials - albeit years ago has became a hot topic of discussion among the city-based medical fraternity . Among the three accused medical officers, all hospital superintendents, two have already retired from service. According to official information, Dr Bhagya Rao, Dr NS Raju and Dr Padma, who all had worked as the superintendents of the Visakhapatnam Government Hospital for Mental Care had allegedly misused funds collected through clinical trials conducted on the patients of the mental care hospital during their tenure. The then Hospital Management Committee chairman and district collector ordered an inquiry into the allegations, which were made against the three medical officers, and accordingly the then AMC principal conducted an inquiry and submitted the report. No decision apparently had been taken on the basis of the report submitted. However, of late, the Vigilance and Enforcement Department officials conducted a fresh internal inquiry into the allegations and found that the above three officials had indeed misused the P6 funds. Though the medical department officials have lodged a complaint against three persons, we are yet to book a case. We want to take legal advice in this regard before we move ahead Appala Naidu, CI, III Town Police Station
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