visakhapatnam l wednesday l september 08, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late city EDITION Despite SC order, Army says 28 women officers ‘unfit’ A total of 28 women officers have been declared unfit to serve in the Army, with 11 of them set to leave the forces soon Seven Officers move Supreme Court sO FAR, 424 WOMEN granted p.c. Out of the 28 who were found unfit, seven officers have knocked the doors of the apex court terming the Army order discriminatory. One officer told this paper that the Army is not accepting the same criteria based on which they were given extensions twice earlier. The Supreme Court had given the ruling to grant permanent commission (PC) to women officers in Feb 2020 ■ ■ Following the SC order, a special board was set up to identify women officers to be given permanent commission As many as 615 women officers were considered, of which 424 were granted PC. The results of 77 have been withheld and 28 have been declared unfit to continue 20 yrs Most of the women officers have over two decades of service 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 Mullah Hassan to head Taliban’s interim govt, Baradar is deputy PM Farmers begin indefinite dharna Talks with Karnal administration fail; action sought against brutal caning on August 28 H a r p r ee t B a j w a @ Chandigarh E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e Mullah Hassan Akhund Interim PM Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Deputy PM THE OTHERS Sirajuddin Haqqani interior minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob defence minister Hedayatullah Badri finance minister Mullah Ameer Khan Muttaqi foreign minister Mullah Mohammad Fazil deputy defence minister Qari Fasihuddin Army Chief of Staff Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai deputy foreign minister Mawlawi Noor Jalal deputy interior minister Qari Din Hanif economy minister Zabihullah Mujahid deputy info & culture minister Mullah Tajmir Javad first deputy, intelligence dept Mullah Rahmatullah Najeeb administrative deputy, intelligence department Abdul Haq Wasiq acting director, intelligence Haji Mohammad Idris, acting director, central bank Twenty-three days after taking control of Kabul and promising a broad-based, inclusive and internationally acceptable regime, the Taliban on Tuesday announced an interim government comprising their own men. Declaring the country an Islamic Emirate, the militia said the new government will be led by Mullah Hassan Akhund, an associate of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, as prime minister. There will be two deputy prime ministers – the outfit’s political head Mullah Abul Ghani Baradar and Abdul Salam Hanafi, a member of the Islamist group’s political office in Doha, Qatar. Sirajuddin Haqqani of the dreaded Haqqani network will be the interior minister, while Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob (son of Mullah Omar), will be defence minister. Hailing from Kandahar, Akhund served as governor of the province during the outfit’s first reign in the 1990s. Baradar was the leader of the Taliban delegation in the Qatar peace talks. Haqqani, a US-designated terrorist, still has a $10 million bounty on his head. While there was no mention of what role Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada will play in the government, the secretive leader on Tuesday issued a statement saying the new government will uphold the sharia law. The announcement of the new government, which doesn’t have a single woman member, came on a day when the capital city witnessed huge protests by women denouncing Pakistan’s airstrikes in the Panjshir province. Chanting ‘death to Pakistan’ and ‘Freedom’, the protesters gathered at the gate of the Pakistani embassy in Kabul and asked its staff to leave the country local media reported. Taliban gunmen broke , up the protests by repeatedly firing into the air and threatening to shoot the protesters. They also detained several journalists covering the protests and allegedly thrashed some of them. When questioned about the handling of the protests at the press conference to announce the new government, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid simply said the demonstrations P9 were illegal. Farmers participating in a protest at Haryana’s Karnal on Tuesday before beginning their indefinite dharna | Special arrangement RSS outfit’s turn to hit the streets to support kisans E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ New Delhi Striking a chord with the agitating farmers, the kisan wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh will hold a nationwide protest on Wednesday demanding a law guaranteeing procurement of foodgrains at remunerative prices after realistic assessment of variables like input cost and inflation. Unlike the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which has been pushing for total repeal of three controversial farm sector reform laws, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) wants the laws amended to accommodate its concerns. BKS general secre- tary Badrinath Choudhary demanded that the government come out with a law on guaranteed purchase of foodgrains at remunerative prices across the country He also sought a mech. anism where traders can be registered and on-the-spot payment made to farmers. “The prevailing situation wherein procurement of foodgrains takes place largely in Punjab and Haryana, must change. Farmers across the country should be able to sell their produce at fixed prices with facility for immediate payments,” added Choudhury . The BKS said any purchase below the fixed price for grains should be declared a crime. Get CBSE, ICSE affiliation for all govt schools: CM to officials E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Vijayawada Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officials to ensure effective implementation of the New Education Policy (NEP) in the State. Reviewing the implementation of the NEP and the NaduNedu programme on Tuesday, he underlined the need to allot one teacher for one subject from class 3 in government schools to maintain quality standards. Emphasis should be laid on getting CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) and ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) affiliation for all the government schools in the State, he said. The officials informed him that initially 1,000 schools are being affiliated to the CBSE. Taking stock of the Mana Badi - Nadu Nedu programme, Jagan instructed the officials to start the tender process for the second phase of Nadu-Nedu works. In the second phase of NaduNedu, 12,663 schools in the State will be revamped at a cost of `4,535.74 crore, besides constructing 18,498 additional classrooms. As many as 24,900 schools will be renovated in the third phase at an estimated cost of `7,821 crore. The officials told him that engineers entrusted with NaduNedu works, are now undergoing training at village secretariats. A total of 12,000 engineers will be trained in the State. A training programme for parents’ committees will also be held soon, they said. He suggested that a contingency fund be set up in every school to take up any emergency repair works, besides laying emphasis on maintenance of hygiene on the premises. Otherwise, there is every likelihood of the situation in the government schools coming back to square one. The officials should come up with an SOP in this regard, he ordered. Reviewing the Jagananna Vidya Kanuka scheme, he said sports shoes and sports dress should be included in the student kits from the next academP5 ic year. Fear of violence Earlier in the day, the Karnal district administration and police issued a statement citing intelligence reports to claim that some anti-social elements had reached the city armed with lathis and iron rods etc. “It does not show good intention. All such elements with be strictly dealt with in accordance with law,” the statement read Internet down Haryana has suspended mobile internet services in Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat districts. Also, 40 companies of security forces, including 10 of CAPF, have been deployed. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed Cairn ready to accept refund, withdraw case E x p r ess N e w s S e r v i c e @ Chennai Jab-o-meter Take your shot September 6 1,10,40,809 doses September 7 1,10,40,809 doses Total doses: 69,78,22,901 NATIONWIDE sep 06 sep 07 Fresh cases 38,948 31,222 Recoveries Deaths 43,903 42,942 219 290 statewide sep 06 sep 07 Fresh cases 739 Recoveries 1,333 Deaths 14 Samples tested 43,594 1,178 1,266 10 54,970 UK-based Cairn Energy Plc will drop litigations to seize Indian government properties abroad, including diplomatic apartments in Paris and Air India airplanes in the US, after getting $1 billion refund of retrospective tax collected by the Centre, Cairn CEO Simon Thomson said. The government had last month enacted a new legislation to reverse the controversial retrospective tax law of 2012, which had led to tax claims worth over `1.1 lakh crore against multinational companies such as Cairn Energy Plc, Vodafone Plc, pharma major Sanofi, and alcohol sector fir m SABMiller. The government had already secured around `8,100 crore from such companies ZP school’s blunder puts two students’ future in jeopardy A blunder committed by the Zilla Parishad High School at Amadaguntla village in the district has put the future of two students in jeopardy . The ZP school authorities had failed to enter the names of the two students into online official records maintained by the Education Department. It came to light when the duo could not find their names in the 10th class results though all the students were declared passed by the State government without conducting exams this year due to Covid-19. VG Vamsi from Mudumalagurthy and G Parasuramudu from Ulchala were admitted to class VIII and VII in the ZP school from two different schools in 2018-19 and 201718. When Vamsi and Parasuramudu approached the school authorities, it was found that their names were not uploaded to the online portal Child Info. The two students who received all the benefits, including hostel stay and aid from the BC Welfare Department during their studies, were shocked upon knowing that their names were not entered into the online official records. “It is the blunder of the ZP school au- thorities. Our future will be in jeopardy if the State government fails to do justice to us,” said the duo. Parents of both the students, hailing from poor families, are in knots as to who will resolve the crisis their children were pushed into, for no fault of theirs. Vamsi’s father VG Tippanna, a migrant worker, said he has been running from pillar to post for the last one month to get the mistake rectified, to no avail. “I have already spent `15,000 till now,” he said, alleging that when he ap- through a variety of routes. Of this, `7,783 crore (of $1.06 billion) was collected from Cairn alone. From this refund, Cairn plans to return up to $700 million to shareholders — $500 million through a special dividend and a share buyback programme worth $200 million. “The remainder of the proceeds would be allocated to further expansion of the low cost, sustainable production base,” it said. Cairn also plans to enter into statutory undertakings with the GoI related to the new legislation. While it admitted that the final form of these statutory undertakings has yet to be published by the GoI, it went on to note that it anticipates that the principal condition prescribed will be the withdrawal of Cairn’s rights under the international arbitration award. express read ‘record’ breaking apathy K M a d h u S u d h a k a r @ Kurnool charge the agitators on August 28.” Thousands of farmers on Their demands included a Tuesday laid an indefinite compensation package of `25 seige around the mini secre- lakh to the family of Sushil Katariat in Haryana’s Karnal city jal, a farmer who succumbed to demanding immediate action his injuries allegedly after the against officials involved in a police baton charge, and a govbrutal lathicharge on agitating ernment job for his son. As for farmers on August 28. Three the other farmers injured in rounds of talks earlier in the the caning, they demanded a day with the district adminis- compensation of `2 lakh each. tration failed to resolve the Earlier in the day, a 11-memmatter, after which farmers ber delegation of farmers held marched 5 km to reach the talks with Deputy Commismini secretariat, crossing six sioner Nishant Kumar Yadav, police bar ricades in the Inspector General of Police, process. Karnal range, Mamta Challenge Attempts to disSingh, Superintendfor Khattar perse them at the last ent of Police of Karbarricade using water The focus is now nal Ganga Ram Punia cannons failed. Till on Chief Minister and other officials for then they were alabout two hours. The Manohar Lal lowed to proceed un- Khattar, as Karnal talks remained inconhindered. When the clusive as the farmers is his Assembly march began, senior refused to budge from constituency. leaders of the Samy- “The Khattar govt their demands. ukt Kisan Morcha, inSenior farmer leadshould agree to cluding Rakesh er Balbir Singh Raour demands or Tikait, Balbir Singh else arrest us. We jewal said during the Rajewal, Darshan Pal, talks Nishant Kumar are ready to fill Yogendra Yadav and Yadav had sought to Haryana jails,” Gurnam Singh Chabuy time — as much Tikait tweeted duni, were briefly deas a month — to probe tained by the police if former SDM Ayush but let off within minutes. Sinha’s objectionable words acIndicating the farmers were tually led to the police lathichprepared for the long haul, arge. Harinder Singh Lakhowtents and kitchens quickly al, general secretary of BKU sprung up at the dharna spot (Lakowal), said they were alAnnouncing the indefinite ways ready for further talks. dharna, Tikait said, “We will Addressing a mahapanchaystay put till our demands are at at the new grain market, Yomet. We want action against gendra Yadav said, “We have IAS officer Ayush Sinha, the come to ask the government then Karnal sub-divisional which law under the Constitumagistrate (SDM), whose tion gives an IAS officer perviral video showed him direct- mission to give orders to break ing the police to brutally lathi- the heads of farmers.’’ proached the school headmaster the latter responded rudely stating that he could not do anything in this regard. The parents of the duo said they met Education Minister A Suresh and he asked them to contact education officials, giving a letter to rectify the mistake. On Tuesday, they visited the DEO office, which initiated the process of correcting the lapse. When contacted by TNIE, Deputy Education Officer Ravi Prakash Reddy said he would do the needful after looking into the matter. `5 crore recovered in fake challan case Vijayawada: The Stamps and Registration Department has recovered `5 crore in the fake challan case in sub-registrar offices of the State out of the total `8 crore involved in it. ‘No negligence in Covid norm implementation’ Vijayawada: In an affidavit submitted to the AP High Court, the government said that there is no negligence in implementing Covid-19 protocol in the State and pandals have not been permitted to celebrate Ganesh festival. P4 Chit fund scam Odisha court remands Vizag YSRC leader for 14 days As i s h M e h ta @ Bhubaneswar A Cuttack court on Tuesday remanded former MLA and senior YSR Congress party leader Malla Vijay Prasad, arrested by the Odisha Crime Branch in a chit-fund cheating case, in judicial custody for 14 days. Officers from the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch arrested Prasad, who had represented Visakhapatnam West constituency in the State Assembly, from his Seethammadhara residence in Vizag on Monday He . was wanted in Odisha for allegedly defrauding depositors of a chit fund scheme of over `2 crore. Prasad, currently the chairman of Andhra Pradesh Education and Welfare Infrastructure Development Cor poration (APEWIDC), is accused of duping more than 150 investors in Bhubaneswar, Narasinghpur (in Cuttack district) and Nayagarh between 2009 and 2014, official sources in the EOW said. In 2016, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had raided Prasad’s house and offices in connection with an alleged `1,200 crore chit fund scam committed by Wellfare Building and Estates Private Limited in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal. As the managing director of Wellfare Building and Estates, he along with two directors of the firm, had allegedly promised investors a high rate of interest on deposits under differP5 ent schemes.
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