BENGALURU WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 08, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 22 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 E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 m i n i s t e r, w h i l e M u l l a h M o h a m m a d 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 P11 were illegal. CAIRN READY TO ACCEPT REFUND, WITHDRAW CASE EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Chennai 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 JAB-O-METER September 6 1,10,40,809 doses TAKE YOUR September 7 SHOT 67,43,698 doses TOTAL DOSES: 70,63,55,796 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. Recoveries Deaths KARNATAKA SEPT 06 SEPT 07 973 851 1,071 17 750 15 @ 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. 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 Karnataka ups Nipah surveillance at border COVID FATALITY RATE ZERO IN MANY DISTS Ten districts have reported zero Case Fatality Rate (CFR) in the past seven days, while three districts have recorded less than 1%. The districts with zero CFR are Ballari, Chikkaballapur, Gadag, Chitradurga, Kalaburagi, Koppal, Raichur, Ramanagara, Shivamogga and Yadgir. Districts with under 1% CFR are Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru and Udupi. P3 GOVT ADVISES AGAINST KERALA TRAVEL The State Government on Tuesday issued an advisory asking institutions and businesses to instruct their wards and employees to defer travel from Kerala to Karnataka, and vice-versa, till the end of October. The public have also been advised to put off plans to visit the neighbouring state, in view of the prevailing health situation. P3 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Bengaluru IN view of confirmed cases of the Nipah virus infection reported in Kerala, the state government issued a circular to strengthen surveillance and preparedness in Karnataka, with special focus on the border districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Mysuru, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar. “The arrivals from Kerala should be monitored for symptoms like fever, altered mental status, severe weakness, headache, respiratory distress, cough, vomiting, muscle pain, convulsion and diarrhea. A systematic surveillance system is a necess a r y method to identify clusters of encephalitis cases, resulting in early detection of Nipah outbreaks,” the circular read, adding that suitable samples will be sent to NIV , Pune, for lab confirmation. Hours before embarking on his two-day New Delhi trip, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told reporters here on Tuesday that experts have been asked to gather a detailed report on the spread of the Nipah virus. P3 K A R T H I K K K @ Mysuru 43,903 42,942 219 290 Recoveries Deaths EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 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 These 3 ‘Golden Girls’ show true grit 31,222 Fresh cases RSS outfit’s turn to hit the streets to support kisans MEDAL HAUL IN MYSURU NATIONWIDE SEPT 06 SEPT 07 Fresh cases 38,948 Farmers participating in a protest at Haryana’s Karnal on Tuesday before beginning their indefinite dharna | SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT Chaitra Narayan Hegde, Vidyashree LR, Madalambike TS, Harshitha N and Sindhu Nagaraj with their medals in Mysuru on Tuesday | UDAYSHANKAR S SURMOUNTING hurdles like lack of public transport, disability and financial difficulties, these three spirited “Golden Girls” of Mysore University bagged whopping 31 medals among themselves at the 101st convocation of the university on Tuesday . Chaitra Narayan Hegde, an MSc Chemistry graduate, Madalambike T S and Latha H N, MA graduates, defied all odds to make it big in their studies. Chaitra moved to Mysuru University as her village in Uttara Kannada district did not have public transport or good educational institutions. She did her B.Sc from Yuvaraja’s College and got a seat for M.Sc Chemistry She helped herself . to 20 medals and four cash prizes, emerging as the highest medal winner in the university . Madalambike, who comes from Tammdahalli village in Chamarajanagar district, showed true grit in the face of deep personal loss. CONTINUED ON: P7 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 barricades in Inspector General the process. of Police, Kar nal Challenge Attempts to disrange, Mamta Singh, for Khattar perse them at the Superintendent of last barricade using Police of Kar nal The focus is now water cannons Ganga Ram Punia on Chief Minister failed. Till then they and other officials Manohar Lal were allowed to profor about two hours. Khattar, as Karnal ceed unhindered. The talks remained is his Assembly When the march beinconclusive as the constituency. “The gan, senior leaders farmers refused to Khattar govt of the Samyukt budge from their should agree to Kisan Morcha, indemands. our demands or c l u d i n g R a ke s h Senior far mer else arrest us. We Tikait, Balbir Singh leader Balbir Singh are ready to fill Rajewal, Darshan Rajewal said during Haryana jails,” Pal, Yogendra Yathe talks Nishant Tikait tweeted dav and Gur nam Kumar Yadav had Singh Chaduni, sought to buy time were briefly detained by the po- — as much as a month — to l i c e b u t l e t o f f w i t h i n probe if former SDM Ayush 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.’’
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