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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

From Today's Papers - 29 Jun 2016

India self-centered, spoiled: China snub
State-run paper hits out at New Delhi post-NSG fiasco
Simran Sodhi

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28
The Chinese media today hit out at India, calling it “spoiled” and Indians “too self-centered and self-righteous”.

In an editorial in the state-run Global Times (GT), China also defended its decision to oppose India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). In a parallel development, the Chinese Foreign Ministry struck a far more conciliatory note, saying China wanted “fair, sensible and mutually acceptable solution” to all contentious issues between the two countries.
The comments came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India had a “whole lot of problems” with China.

“Common interests between the two countries far outweigh their differences. The Chinese side will work with the Indian side to steer the bilateral relations, and deepen cooperation in different fields,” the ministry said.

But, the GT editorial besides being critical of India did not spare the US either. India has pointed the finger at China for opposing its NSG bid and despite the fact that there were other nations opposed to its membership, India after the NSG fiasco stayed fixated on “one country” that persistently raised procedural concerns about India’s entry.

The GT editorial pointed out that China was correct in opposing India’s bid as the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) formed the basis of NSG membership. “Now India wants to be the first exception to join the NSG without signing the NPT. It is morally legitimate for China and other members to upset India’s proposal in defence of principles,” the editorial said.

It also mocked India for its attitude towards the US.

In another scathing indictment, the editorial said Indian nationalists should learn to behave themselves. It, however, spared the government: “On the contrary, the Indian Government behaves decently and is willing to communicate.”

The US is not the whole world. Its endorsement does not mean India has won the backing of the world
Armour plate for all CRPF buses in Valley
Paramilitary force to have relook at standard operating procedure after deadly Pampore attack
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 28
The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has decided to “armour plate” all its buses in Kashmir. The move comes after the deadly militant attack on its men on Saturday.

Editorial:Shootout and after
Two militants ambushed a bus carrying CRPF troops and killed eight while injuring 22 at Pampore in Kashmir on Saturday. The steel sheets on the bus body provided no protection as these are not meant to stop bullets.
The Army has already armour-plated its buses used between Sonamarg and Banihal tunnel. CRPF DG Durga Prasad said, “After the attack on a BSF convoy (at Bijbehara in Anantnag on June 3), we started looking at the type of arrangement the Army has made to use bulletproof material or sheets all along the sides of the buses.”

The bulletproofing material can avoid casualties when persons inside the bus come under a hail of bullets. The DG had defended the application of the existing standard operating procedure (SOP), but said, “We need to look at it again on how best we can improve the existing SOPs.”

Sources say all Army troops sit by the window while the adjacent seats are kept vacant so as to allow space to duck in case of any militant attack. The troops always wear bulletproof jackets, bulletproof helmets and carry a loaded weapon. Moreover, highway domination teams move ahead of all its convoys.

The CRPF is mandated to ensure safety of civilian and VIP vehicle convoys moving on national highways, protect important buildings, including the state Assembly, and provide security for the annual Amarnath pilgrimage. Any change in its existing duties can be effected only after a meeting between the Home Ministry, the Defence Ministry and the Jammu and Kashmir Government. The force was deployed in the state to reduce footprint of the Army.
Top Hizb militant killed in Kupwara encounter
Clashes, protests in Sopore, police vehicle torched
Majid Jahangir

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, June 28
A top militant commander of pro-Pakistan militant group Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in a gunfight in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.

The police said the divisional commander of the outfit in north Kashmir Sameer Ahmed Wani was killed in a gunfight that erupted in the wee hours at Nagri in Drugmulla, nearly 90 km from Srinagar, after an input was received about his presence in the area.

The village was cordoned off by a joint team of the 47 Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, Special Operation Group of the J&K Police and the CRPF following a tip-off that the militant was hiding inside a two-storeyed house of Ghulam Mouhidin.

“The house was cordoned off and the security forces made a number of attempts to convince the terrorist to surrender by making announcements through mega phones at the encounter site but the terrorist resorted to firing following which a gun battle ensued resulting in the elimination of the terrorist,” the Srinagar-based defence spokesman said. “The militant was involved in many terror-related incidents in the Sopore area. One Chinese pistol, ammunition and other war-like stores were recovered from the terrorist.”

Sameer, a resident of Dooru in Sopore, was active since May 2014 and had also been associated with the Lashkar-e-Islam for a brief time. The Lashkar-e-Islam was blamed by the police for a series mobile tower attacks in north Kashmir last year.

Sources said Sameer had gone to Kupwara to receive a fresh group of infiltrators from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. It could not be ascertained when he had to receive the group.

The sources, however, said the Hizbul Mujahideen had got a major boost in recent months after nearly a dozen militants from across the border joined it in north Kashmir. These freshly infiltrated militants of the group were hiding in the Handwara forests and Sopore areas.

Meanwhile, intense clashes and protests broke out in Kupwara and Sopore as the news about the killing of the local militant spread. A police vehicle carrying detainees was also torched by the protesters on the outskirts of Sopore. The policemen and the detainees abandoned the vehicle and reported to the nearest police post. The police had to use tear-smoke shells and fire in the air to disperse protesters at various places in and around Sopore.

There has been a spurt in violence in the last two weeks. Since June 14, 20 militants and 10 security men have been killed in various anti-militancy operations.
7th pay panel: Cabinet may clear bigger hike today
The Cabinet is likely to approve higher increase in basic pay than the nearly 15% recommended by the 7th Pay Commission tomorrow for over 1 crore government employees and pensioners.

The pay panel had in November last year recommended 14.27% hike in basic pay at junior levels, the lowest in 70 years. The previous 6th Pay Commission had recommended a 20% hike which the government doubled while implementing it in 2008.

After considering the increase proposed in allowances, the hike in remunerations comes to 23.55%.

“Considering the tight fiscal position this year, the government may improve upon the Pay Commission recommendation for basic pay to 18% or at best 20%,” a senior official said.

The 7th Pay Commission report will be effective from January 1, he said, adding that the Cabinet will decide if the arrears for the six months have to be paid in one go or in instalments.

A secretaries’ panel, headed Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, has already vetted the 7th Pay Commission recommendation and its report is being translated into a note for Cabinet.

“It in most likelihood will come up before the Cabinet tomorrow,” the official said.

The government had in January set up the high-powered panel to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of nearly 50 lakh Central government employees and 58 lakh pensioners.

The Commission had recommended 23.55% overall hike in salaries, allowances and pension involving an additional burden of Rs 1.02 lakh crore or nearly 0.7% of the GDP.

The entry level pay has been recommended to be raised to Rs 18,000 per month from current Rs 7,000 while the maximum pay, drawn by the Cabinet Secretary, has been fixed at Rs 2.5 lakh per month from current Rs 90,000.

The secretaries’ panel may have recommended raising minimum entry level pay at Rs 23,500 a month and maximum salary of Rs 3.25 lakh.

While the Budget for 2016-17 fiscal did not provide an explicit provision for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the government had said the once-in-a-decade pay hike for government employees has been built in as interim allocation for different ministries.

Around Rs 70,000 crore has been provisioned for it, the official said.
Pakistan not shying away from dialogue with India: Sartaj Aziz
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is not shying away from dialogue with India and Indian Prime Minister’s logic in this regard is beyond perception, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Tuesday.

Commenting on recent statement of Indian Prime Minister in a television interview, the Advisor said, it was India who does not want to come to dialogue table and not Pakistan.

“Actually it is India which is shying away as it knows that it has to discuss the Kashmir issue and other issues on the dialogue table,” he said.

Sartaj Aziz said we have a format of comprehensive and composite dialogue with India that includes issues like people to people contact, visa and fishermen issue, trade and economic cooperation and the issues like Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek.

He said the Sir Creek relates to Navies of both the countries and Siachen relates to the Armies. “Indian Army also has stakes in Siachen and when last time both the governments had reached an agreement, it was the Indian Army who had rejected it.”

He said there is also mechanism of Prime Minister to Prime Minister, Foreign Minister to Foreign Minister and Foreign Secretary to Foreign Secretary level contacts and discussion.

“India should come forward and do not escape from dialogue,” he said and added, since many years it is India who is not interested in starting dialogue. “India is escaping from dialogue on one pretext or the other, not Pakistan.”

He said, as far as the matter of the establishment is concerned all over the world the governments consult their establishments. “We also have a mechanism of consultation. Let India come to dialogue table and if we shall need any consultation with our institutions, that is our affair.”

Sartaj Aziz said the excuse made by the Indian Prime Minister that with whom India should talk in Pakistan was beyond perception. –APP

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