SAMBALPUR l wednesday l december 16, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l CITY EDITION 422 women officers eligible for permanent commission Of the 615 women officers considered for permanent commission, 422 were found fit by the Army Selection Board More officers under consideration However, as many as 57 of the 422 opted out of PC. Of the 193 who were found ineligible, 68 are being released with pension, a senior Army officer said. And 106 others have been given a pensionable service extension of up to 20 years. Apart from the 615, another 42 officers, currently on medical leave, are to be considered for PC at a later date ■ 10 ‘a milestone for women in services’ ■ “This is another milestone for the women in services,” a serving women officer said. “Women at the junior level are going to rise and serve at the ranks of General in future,” she added The Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling in February, said women officers are entitled to permanent commission in the Army streams of Indian Army opened to women officers 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 Plot to confuse farmers on three laws, says Modi tell-all book Pranab’s son, daughter in Twitter spat over memoir Allays fears on land rights; unions write to govt rejecting proposal to amend the legislations, insist on repeal; allege bid to sow disunity E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Late former President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit and daughter Sharmistha, both Congress leaders, were on Tuesday locked in a Twitter spat over their dad’s memoir in which blamed party chief Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh for 2014 Lok Sabha elections rout. Days after Rupa Publications released excerpts of the fourth volume of Pranab’s The Presidential Years, Abhijit said he wanted to vet the book before it hits the stands in January. Hours later, Sharmistha told him off, asking him not to create hurdles in its publication. For its part, Rupa Publications declined comment. But sources in Pranab’s staff said that he has approved the final draft as also the book’s cover just before he was hospitalised in August last. “I, the son of the author of the Memoir ‘The Presidential Memoirs’ request you to kindly stop the publication of the memoir as well as motivated excerpts which is already floating in certain media platforms without my written consent,” said Abhijit, a former Congress member of Parliament. Sharmistha shot back saying, “I, daughter of the author of the memoir ‘The Presidential Years’, request my brother not to create any unnecessary hurdles in publication of the last book written by our father. He completed the manuscript before he fell sick. The final draft contains my dads’ handwritten notes and comments that have been strictly adhered to. The views expressed by him are his own & no one should try to stop it from being published for any cheap publicity . That would be the greatest disservice to our departed father,” she said. On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the ongoing agitation against the three farm sector laws was instigated by vested interests, farmers dug in their heels, claiming their support base had actually expanded. While Modi said there was a conspiracy to scare farmers about their land holding, the protesting unions alleged that the government was trying to drive a wedge between them. Speaking in Kutch (Gujarat), Modi rhetorically asked: “When dairies get into contracts for milk, do they take away even the cattle?” He sought to allay the fears of farmers, adding land rights will be protected. @ New Delhi/Chandigarh @ New Delhi On the 20th day of their ongoing agitation, farmers squat at the Ghazipur border, in New Delhi on Tuesday | Parveen Negi Agitators harden stance Concrete proposals: Farmer leaders refused to yield, saying they will completely block the Chilla Border between Delhi and Noida on Wednesday. They said the govt consider their demands and offer concrete proposals @ Bhubaneswar In a bid to enable the MSMEs to face the challenges arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic and recoup their losses, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced a `289.42 crore package including a number of assistance measures such as interest subvention, top-up subsidy, reimbursement of State GST and waiver of annual institutional maintenance charges. The package aims to benefit a range of entrepreneurs in the MSME sector, mostly women and from weaker sections of society, to overcome the unprecedented crisis resulting from the pandemic. About 1.7 lakh MSME units will reap the benefit of interest subvention under the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) with one year moratorium. Besides, to promote women entrepreneurs, `108.29 crore will be released with a focus to cover 40 per cent eligible MSMEs. The package has also earmarked `27 crore as subsidy for weaker sections as promoters’ contribution under the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Pro- Homage day: Union leaders on Tuesday gave a nationwide call to observe Shraddhanjali Diwas on December 20 from 11 am to 1 pm to pay tribute to the farmers who lost their lives during the ongoing protests Lingaraj Temple to reopen from Dec 27 E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Amid plans for reopening of Puri Srimandir from December 23, the Lingaraj temple in the Capital city will open its doors to the devotees and pilgrims from the 27th of this month. T he 11th century shrine has been closed for the last nine months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Announcing the decision, Commissioner of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Prem Chandra Chaudhary said in the first phase from December 27 to 31, only servitors and their family members will be allowed into the temple. The temple will remain shut for darshan on January 1 and 2 to avoid large congregation of devotees because of the Naveen announces `289 crore package for MSMEs E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e Staying firm: “The govt is saying ‘we won’t repeal’, we are saying we will make you do it.... fight has reached a stage where we are determined to win no matter what,” said farmer leader Jagjeet Singh Dallewal gramme (PMEGP) in 2020-21. Similarly, a provision of `10 crore has been made to cover around 1,000 food processing units by providing 15 per cent extra top-up subsidy. The subsidy would be extended under the Prime Minister’s Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) scheme. The Covid-19 assistance to be extended by the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water department will bring relief to nano and micro enterprises. Around `100 crore has been ear marked to be disbursed through women SHG members. The package includes `38.3 crore for reimbursement of State GST from July 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020 to 175 eligible enterprises as per the recently amended Industrial Policy Resolution (IPR) approved by the State Cabinet. Besides, as per the package around 5,000 MSMEs will not have to pay the annual institutional maintenance charge to the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) for carrying out their operations in various industrial estates. The a m o u n t wh i ch c o m e s t o around `5.83 crore will be borne by the IDCO. Only those with a Covid-19 negative certificate will be allowed inside the shrine. A maximum 500 devotees will be allowed inside the temple at any given point of time to ensure proper implementation of Covid-19 guidelines - Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Commissioner BMC New Year. For three days thereafter, residents of Bhubaneswar will be allowed into the temple. The temple will be finally be thrown open for all public from January 6. However, the entry and darshan will be strictly regulated in view of the continuing pandemic. Only those with a Covid-19 negative certificate will be allowed inside the shrine. The Covid-19 test should have done by person at most 48 hours prior to visiting the temple. A screening camp will set up near the temple to facilitate testing for the devotees. The screening camp will re- main open from 7 am to 10 pm every day, Chaudhary said. He added that a maximum 500 devotees will be allowed inside the temple at any given point of time to ensure proper implementation of Covid-19 guidelines. Following Lingaraj, all other temples and religious institutions in Bhubaneswar will also reopen from January 3. Chaudhary said the management of the shrines will have to apply for permission to reopen by submitting an undertaking to the BMC about the measures taken for adherence to Covid-19 guidelines. The managements will have to mention the area in which the institutions are located and the number of devotees to be allowed inside at a time, he said. express read Poor Gajapati’s rich school teacher Bhubaneswar: Dusmant Nayak, a teacher of an upper primary school in S.Routapur in Gajapati district’s Gosani block, apparently has more business in real estate than teaching. The assistant teacher on Tuesday landed in Vigilance net after he was found possessing property and assets estimated to be over a whopping ` 4 crore. The Vigilance wing of Berhampur Division found Nayak owning three triple-storey buildings and five double-storey houses in Paralakhemundi | P4 Christmas celebrations with limited guests Suvendu to join BJP this week? Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has decided to allow Christmas celebrations in churches amid the Covid-19 pandemic by strict adherence to all guidelines and protocols. number of guests by following social distancing norms | P2 Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari who quit the state cabinet is likely to join the BJP a day before Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s two-day visit later this week. The disgruntled TMC MLA, also an accused in Narada sting operation case being investigated by the CBI, might visit Delhi on December 18. He is likely to share the stage with Shah in a Midnapore rally on December 19 | P8 The prime minister emphasised that the new legislations has merely included demands of the farmers’ bodies to revloutionise the agriculture sector, adding they were advocated by opposition parties in the past as well. Later in the day farm, ers’ unions wrote to the Centre rejecting the proposal to amend to the three laws and insisting on their repeal. “We had already rejected their proposal. This evening, we wrote to them officially stating our position,” said Harinder Singh Lakhowal, general secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal). The unions also decided to observe December 20 as homage day as a mark of respect for the 20 protesters who have so far died. “This homage will be given in every village across the country on December 20. Around 20 farmers have died during protest,” said Inderjeet Singh, a farmer leader. Union minister for agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar continued to hold deliberations with a section of farmers, as he met leaders of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan). “The farmers who came today support the three farm laws. They said they had been earlier misled because of the misconceptions,” Tomar told reporters. He had earlier met representatives of farmers from Uttarakhand and Haryana, who, too, pledged their support to the farm laws. AP, Telangana to get new CJs as collegium okays E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi/Vijayawada The high courts of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha and Sikkim are all set to get new chief justices as part of a shuffle in the higher judiciary. Sources confirmed that the fivemember collegium of the Supreme Court cleared the proposals on Monday They also involve a . swap between Sikkim High Court Chief Justice and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart, Justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari. Delhi High Court judge Justice Hima Kohli is expected to be elevated as the Chief Justice of Telangana, replacing Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan who has been reportedly transferred to Uttarakhand. Justice Chauhan was appointed CJ of the Telangana High Court in June 2019. The collegium discussed the proposals for a long time, sources said, adding that it sent the recommendations to the government on Tuesday . Orders to this effect and official notifications are expected to be issued shortly after government approval Boris to be chief guest at republic day parade S Muralidhar to be Odisha chief justice Punjab and Haryana HC judge S Muralidhar is expected to be promoted as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court. He will take charge from Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq Justice Maheswari assumed charge at the Andhra Pradesh High Court on October 7, 2019 as its first Chief Justice after the High Court of Judicature in Hyderabad was divided between Andhra and Telangana. His tenure turned out to be eventful as the high court under his leadership handled some of the most sensitive cases, including the Jagan Mohan Reddy government’s move to have three capitals for Andhra Pradesh. Several observations and rulings of the court went against the government ruffling the feathers of its supporters. The most controversial of the rulings was a media gag order issued in a case pertaining to the Amaravati land scam by a bench headed by Chief Justice Maheswari. Continued on: P5 It will be the UK PM’s first major foreign trip since taking office last year. He has invited India to join the 2021 G7 meet to be hosted by the UK | P7 Vijay Diwas 70-year-old war veteran sifts through the pages of history E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Kendrapara As the nation gears up to celebrate the 49th anniversary of India’s victory over Pakistan in the Bangladesh liberation war of 1971, a 70-year-old Duryodhana Mohanty from Barunadiha village in Rajkanika block is lost in nostalgia. Reminiscing pages from the glorious chapter of the nation’s history, the braveheart is filled with pride describing his time behind enemy lines. “We crossed the border from Agartala to reach East Pakistan on December 1, 1971. I was on the battlefront at Habibganj, Laskarpur, Ajmirigank, Tongi junction and Dhaka as a soldier of the 14th Battalion of the Brigade of the Guards,” recalls Mohanty, who retired as a Subedar and was given the rank of Honorary Captain. The Indian Army fought alongside Mukti Bahini and caused considerable losses to the Pakistanis, he said. The fight with Pakistani Army continued for more than two weeks from Habibganj to Dhaka. “The 17-day war caused thousands of casualties on both sides. Around eight soldiers from our regiment including Kashinath Sahoo from Odisha were martyred as the Pakistanis fled towards Dhaka after we defeated them,” he said. On December 16, the chief of Pakistani forces, General Amir Duryodhana Mohanty flaunting his uniform and medals | Express Abdullah Khan Niazi along with 93,000 troops surrendered to the Indian Army led by General Jagjit Singh Aurora at the Ramna Race Course in Dhaka. “It was a proud moment for us. We cele- brated the victory by dancing on the streets of Dhaka along with Mukti Bahini operatives,” said the veteran, who wishes to visit Dhaka next year to pay tribute to the martyrs, when India will celebrate the golden jubilee of the war that changed the map of the sub-continent. Duryodhana had joined the Army in 1970 at the age of 20. During his 32-year long service, he served in Mizoram, Assam, Tripura, Jammu and Kashmir. He also participated in Operation Meghdoot, an offensive of the Indian Army to seize control of Siachen Glacier in 1984. After his retirement in 2002, he settled in his village and was elected sarpanch of the gram panchayat for two terms from 2007 to 2017. He now draws a monthly pension and lives with his wife and other family members. Duryodhana tryst with the country’s armed forces did not end with his retirement. His family members have followed suit with his elder son, Amit serving in the Army as a soldier and younger one Arijit works with Odisha police. President of the district unit of ex-servicemen’s association, Mahesh Kar said, 49 years after the Bangladesh war, the number of veterans can be counted on fingers. Thousands of people lost their lives by fighting on foreign land. But their names have been lost in obscurity, he said.
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