WEDNESDAY 10 16 DECEMBER, 2020 STREAMS OF INDIAN ARMY OPENED TO WOMEN OFFICERS epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard FINALLY ELIGIBLE FOR PERMANENT COMMISSION MATTER OF FAITH AKHILESH CLAIMS LORD RAM BHAKTI Rediscovers links to Ayodhya, saying his party members were Ram, Krishna devotees PAGE 8 Of the 615 women officers considered for permanent commission, 422 were found fit by the Army Selection Board MORE OFFICERS UNDER CONSIDERATION A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 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 ‘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 A MILESTONE! 422 WOMEN OFFICERS TO GET PC IN ARMY M AYA N K S I N G H @ New Delhi On the 20th day of their ongoing agitation, farmers squat at the Ghazipur border, in New Delhi on Tuesday | PARVEEN NEGI Plot to confuse farmers on three laws: PM Seeks to allay fears; unions write to govt rejecting proposal to amend the legislations, allege bid to sow disunity EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi/Chandigarh 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. 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 farmers’ un, ions wrote to the Centre reject- ing 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 BKU (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. P5 & 7 ASSURANCE Seeking to allay farmers’ fears, PM said, “Did the dairy owner take your cattle because you are selling milk to him? Has anyone taken your land or property for entering into a contract to sell your fruits and vegetables?” 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 protests. THE Army found its first batch of women officers as per the result of a special board declassified in November. As many as 615 officers were considered by the board for grant of permanent commission (PC). The special board found 422 women officers fit for PC. The grant of PC to Short Service Commissioned (SSC) Women Officers is in 10 streams — Army Air Defence, Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps and Intelligence Corps in addition to the existing streams of Judge and Advocate General and Ar my Education Corps. However, 68 officers haven not been granted PC and are being released with a pension, said an officer. There are 106 women officers who’ve been granted extension of up to 20 years pensionable service, he said. There are 57 women officers among the 422 who have opted out even after they AP, Telangana to get new CJs as collegium okays shake-up EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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 five-member 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 Raghavendra Singh Chowhan who has been reportedly transferred to Uttarakhand. Justice Chowhan was appointed CJ of the Telangana High Court in June 2019. The colle gium 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 af- ter government approval 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 P7 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 Odisha High Court. He will take charge from Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq AAP to contest UP polls, DESPAIR CENTENARIAN WISH state minister mocks TO DIE AS INDIAN UNFULFILLED ‘Mungerilal dreams’ which has been a failure when it was required the most.” IT’S official. The Aam Aadmi After its electoral debut in Party will contest the UP as- the 2013 Delhi polls, the AAP sembly polls due in 2022, Delhi has contested local body and Chief Minister Arvind Kejri- assembly elections in a few othwal announced on Tuesday . er states. It also fielded its canThe CM showcased the ‘Del- didates in the 2014 general elechi model’ of governance — free tions in UP but the outcome water, electricity, education exposed its partial reach only and health — and in urban pockets. hoped to take on the Kejriwal’s anBJP in the country’s nouncement comes at biggest and electoralthe time when the parly most important ty has kept up its atAAP will contest state next time. tack on the BJP over polls in UP where Responding to Kelaw and order issues. dirty politics and corrupt leaders jriwal’s plans, UP cabSince the party’s have obstructed inet minister Sidharth win for a third time in development. Nath Singh labelled Delhi earlier this year, the Delhi CM as “a ha- Though the people Kejriwal has set his gave every party a bitual liar,” saying Ke- chance, they were sight on the national jriwal’s incompetence scene, projecting himstabbed in the was exposed during self as an alternative back by all the Covid-19 crisis. to the BJP. The AAP Arvind Kejriwal, CM “AAP’s political amhas been making orbitions in UP are like ganizational changes ‘Mungerilal ke haseen sapne’ in Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, which will transform into the Maharashtra, Goa and Assam ironic ‘Kejriwal ke haseen to expand its reach. Sapne’ after 2022,” said Singh, The party had a few days ago who is also the spokesman for appointed cabinet minister Rathe UP government. “The per- jendra Pal Gautam as in-charge son who was rejected by the of panchayat polls in UP Along . people of this state earlier has with two other MLAs, he has little gumption to justify his started visiting the state to claim of good gover nance gauge the ground situation. S I D D H A N TA M I S H R A @ New Delhi Chandradhar Das, 104, was declared a foreigner in 2018 and had to spend three months at a detention centre. His struggle to get his name listed in NRC failed | P8 GEARING UP FOR BATTLE With a cold wave gripping Delhi, farmers agitating at Singhu border against the Centre’s agri laws buy warm clothes | PTI Pranab’s son, daughter in Twitter spat over memoir release EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi L AT E fo r m e r P re s i d e n t 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 for mer 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. were found fit for PC. Some such officers have been put in Temporary Low Medical Categories (TLMC). “There are 42 officers under the TLMC who have been granted time for stabilisation of the medical category and these include the officers bearing pregnancy and temporary ailments.” The special board has withheld the result of 40 officers on administrative grounds. The first batch of 25 women cadets had joined OTA, Chennai, in September 1992. Many of the women officers who attended the board have spent more than 20 years in service and are at the ranks of Major or Lt. Colonel. Speaking to TMS, a serving women officer said, “This is another milestone for the women in services. Although not many of us will rise due to the paucity of the remaining years in service, the women at the junior level are going to rise and serve at the ranks of General in future.” The Supreme Court had in February paved the way for PC for women officers. JUST CHILL Delhi shivers at 4 degree C, early cold wave E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ New Delhi DELHIITES woke up to a chilly morning on Tuesday as the temperature dipped to 4.1° Celsius, lowest this season so far. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), icy winds blowing from the snow-covered western Himalayas brought the minimum temperature down. “Cold wave conditions to exist at a few places and cold day with severe cold wave at isolated pockets will be seen,” said Kuldeep Srivastava, Regional Director, IMD. For the plains, the IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10° C or below and is 4.5 degrees below normal for two consecutive days. But according to IMD, for small areas, a cold wave can be declared if the criteria are fulfilled even for a day . At 4.1° C, the minimum temperature at Safdarjung observatory, which provides representative data for the city, was five degrees below normal. The lowest was recorded at Jafarpur, where the mercury dipped to 3.6° C. The Ayanagar and Lodhi Road weather stations recorded a minimum of 4° C and 4.2° C respectively . The temperature is likely to drop further to 3° C on Wednesday For the next two days, the . maximum temperature is likely to hover around 18° C. Private weather forecasting agency Skymet said, “Sharp drop to 5°C below normal was on the predicted lines and amounts to cold wave conditions over Delhi set in rather early in the season.” Never has in the last decade or even more the minimum temperature in Delhi plunged below 5°C in the first fortnight of December, it said. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, the lowest temperature for the month was 5.0°C (20 December), 6.6°C (19 December) and 6.3°C (24 December), respectively .
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