The International News Weekly india February 02, 2018 | Toronto 10 Punjab DSP Baljinder Singh shoots himself dead Indo-Asian News Service Faridkot: Baljinder Singh Sandhu, posted as DSP, Jaitu in Punjab’s Faridkot district, shot himself dead on Monday afternoon during a clash between two student unions at Punjabi University, Patiala’s regional centre located in the area. While Sandhu, who was in his late 40s, died in the incident, his gunman, Lal Singh, also died. Lal Singh was hit by the same bullet after it passed through the DSP’s body. The incident happened during a dharna by students against Jaitu SHO Gurjit Singh, whom they accused of beating up a few students after taking them to the police station. While a protest was being staged by students from the Inqalabi Manch, some students led by another student leader Rahul reached the spot and allegedly clashed with the Manch protesters. As per a purported video of the incident, as the DSP tried to pacify both groups of student unions during the clash, he suddenly pulled out his service weapon and shot himself in the head. The same bullet then hit Lal Singh, and both then collapsed in a pool of blood at the spot inside the campus. Both victims were rushed to the hospital, while the protesting students dispersed immediately after the incident. Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, IG Bathinda range, said,” The DSP shot himself dead, while students were raising allegations against the department. He was an honest and hard working officer and had worked hard in solving many cases in Jaitu in the recent past. We are in deep shock after this incident. He was perfectly fit and was not under any kind of medication.” Dr Nanak Singh, SSP Faridkot, added: “We are lodging an FIR under Section 306 IPC (abetment to suicide) against the students sitting on dharna. They are being identified.” According to sources, student union leaders were raising allegations against police for not acting against the SHO. Sources added that raids were being conducted to arrest the main union leaders behind this dharna. SC 'concerned over 8-month-old's rape', wants baby shifted to AIIMS 3rd Scorpene-class submarine, INS Karanj, launched in Mumbai Indo-Asian News Service Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi : Expressing concern over the rape of an eight-month-old baby girl allegedly by her cousin in Delhi, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed that two AIIMS doctors visit the child in the hospital, where the victim is admitted and assess if the she can be shifted to premeir medical facility. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra ordered that in case the infant could not be shifted, the doctors shall tender personal assistance to the baby. The bench told the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that it is "very much concerned" about the alleged rape of the infant and sought a report from the doctors by Thursday. The court also asked a member of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) to accompany the doctors when they visited the infant. The court was hearing a plea filed by a practising advocate of the court, who sought directions to the authorities to immediately shift the child to AIIMS and to ensure best possible medical facilities for her. The 28-year-old cousin confessed to raping the baby on Sunday under the influence of alcohol. The child's parents, residents of northwest Delhi's Netaji Subhash Place, used to go out for work and leave their daughter in the custody of their sister-in-law. Since it was a Sunday, their sister-in-law's son was at home, and when he saw that his mother was not around, the accused allegedly forced himself on the baby, the police have said. When the child's mother, who works as a maid, returned home at around 12.30 p.m, she saw blood stains on her daughter's clothes and informed her husband. Mumbai : The third indigenously-built dieselelectric Scorpene-class submarine, INS Karanj, was launched at the Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) here on Wednesday morning by Reena Lanba, wife of the Indian Navy chief, Admiral Sunil Lanba. Another three Scorpenes being built by MDL in collaboration with DCNS of France under a Transfer-of-Technology contract, are in the pipeline. The first of the vessels, INS Kalvari, was commissioned into the Indian Navy on December 14, 2017 while the second, INS Kandhari was launched in January of that year and is undergoing sea trials. Speaking on the ocassion, Admiral Lanba said that the launch of INS Karanj marked a significant departure from the manning and training philosophy that was adopted for the first two submarines, adding that from the present vessel onwards, the Navy would be fully self-reliant in the training and certification processes. The previous INS Karanj had served the nation for 34 years from 1969 to 2003 and had also participated in the 1971 war, he added. The state-of-the-art technology utilised for constructing the Scorpene class submarines has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydrodynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons. The attack can be launched with both torpedoes and tube launched anti-ship missiles, whilst underwater or on surface. The stealth of this potent platform is enhanced by the special attention given to various signatures. These stealth features give it an invulnerability, unmatched by most submarines. A sophisticated and state-of-the-art Shore Integration Facility has been developed at MDL for integration and simulation of various equipment of the Scorpene submarine combat system for which there was no facility available in the country. However, in a setback to the programme, the indigenous AIP will not be incorporated in vessels five and six as orignally planned but retrofitted on all six boats at a later stage. Air Independent Propulsion (AIP), being developed by the Maharashtra-based Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), is a fuel cell that replaces diesel in the conventional submarines. With this system, a conventional submarine that needs to surface every three to four days for oxygen, can stay under water for up to two weeks. IAF officer held on charges of spying Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi : An Indian Air Force officer, posted at the Air HQs here, has been taken into custody on charge of spying, sources said on Wednesday. According to a source, during a routine counter intelligence surveillance carried out by the IAF's Central Security and Investigation Team, the officer, who is a group captain, was found indulging in "unwanted activities through unauthorised electronic devices". The case, said the source, was of "honey trapping" after the officer is said to have befriended a woman on Facebook. The source added that the officer has been taken into custody for further questioning. The services have a strict code on engaging on social media, which restricts soldiers from sharing their identity, rank, posting and other professional details. The restrictions include posting pictures in uniform. In December, 2015, a dismissed IAF official was arrested by the Delhi Police for allegedly passing on information to intelligence operatives suspected to be backed by Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
The International News Weekly india February 02, 2018 | Toronto 11 Arun Jaitley unveils Budget 2018 aiming faster growth The Modi government said on Thursday that it expected economic growth to surge above 8 percent as it announced a 2018/19 budget that allocated billions of dollars for rural infrastructure and unveiled a health insurance programme for around 500 million poor. Budget Highlights • Education and health cess to be increased from 3 per cent to 4 per cent • Standard deduction of Rs 40,000 introduced in lieu of transport and medical reimbursements for salaried employees • All senior citizens can claim benefit of reduction Rs 50,000 year for any general health expenditure and health insurance premium • Exemption of interest income on bank deposits raised to Rs 50,000 for senior citizens • Long-term capital gains exceeding Rs 1 lakh to be taxed at 10 per cent • Electronic IT assessment will be rolled out across the country, leading to greater efficiency and transparency • No change in personal income tax rates for salaried class • Tax buoyancy more than expected, thanks to greater compliance • Demonetisation was received by honest tax-payers as 'Imaandari ka Utsav' • Measures on rationalising long-term capital gains • Companies with turnover of upto Rs 250 crore to be taxed at 25 per cent • Government has identified 372 specific business reform actions to improve ease of doing business; Evaluation of performance under this programme to be based on user feedback • Revised fiscal deficit estimate for 2017-18 is 3.5 per cent of GDP, fiscal deficit of 3.3 per cent expected for 2018-19 • 12.6 per cent growth in direct taxes in 2017-18; 18.7 per cent growth in indirect taxes in 2017-18 • 100 per cent tax deduction for the first five years to companies registered as farmer producer companies with a turnover of Rs 100 crore and above • Revised emoluments for President - Rs 5 lakh, Vice President - Rs 4 lakh and Governors - Rs 3.5 lakh; Automatic revision of MPs' emoluments every five years, indexed to inflation • UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) scheme will connect 56 unserved airports and 31 unserved helipads • Rs 80,000 crore disinvestment target for 2018-19, target for 2017-18 has been exceeded and will reach Rs 1 lakh crore • Government insurance companies to be merged into a single entity, and subsequently listed in the stock exchange, as part of the disinvestment programme • National Logistics Portal as a single online window to link all stakeholders, to be developed by Department of Commerce • Foundation stone of the bullet train was laid in September 2017. An institute is coming up in Vadodara to train the manpower required for the high speed railway projects • 12,000 wagons, 5160 coaches and 700 locomotives being procured. There is significant achievements of physical targets by railways • Road construction has scaled new heights, confident that 9000 km highway construction will be complete by 2017-18 • National Committee chaired by PM, including CMs, Gandhians and representatives from various walks of life for year-long commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi • Rs 1,48,528 crore capital expenditure for Indian Railways for 2018-19 • All trains to be progressively provided with Wi-Fi, CCTV and other state-of-the-art amenities • NITI Aayog will establish a National Programme to direct efforts in the area of Artificial Intelligence towards national development • Five lakh Wi-Fi hotspots to be set up in rural areas to provide easy internet access • Government to take all steps to eliminate use of cryptocurrencies which are being used to fund illegitimate transactions • Individual enterprises too to have unique ID • Government plans to construct two crore more toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission • Rs 7,148 crore outlay for textile sector in 2018-19 • One government medical college to be ensured for every three parliamentary constituencies by upgrading 24 district-level colleges • Hard work of farmers resulted in a record production of more than 275 million tonnes of foodgrain and about 300 million tonnes of horticultural produce • Not only focussing on 'Ease of Doing Business' but also 'Ease of Living' • 70 lakh formal jobs have been created this year. Government will contribute 12 per cent of the wages as EPF in all sectors for the next three years • Mass formalisation of MSME sector is happening after demonetisation and GST • Have decided to take healthcare protection to a new aspirational level. Launching a flagship National Health Protection Scheme to cover 10 crore poor and vulnerable families, benefiting approximately 50 crore people • Providing Rs 5 lakh per family per year for medical reimbursement, under National Health Protection Scheme. This will be world's largest health protection scheme • Government is slowly but steadily progressing towards universal health coverage • Air pollution in Delhi NCR is a cause for concern; special scheme will be implemented to support Haryana, Punjab, UP and Delhi NCT to address this and subsidise machinery for management of crop residue • Scheme for revitalising school infrastructure, with an allocation of Rs 1 lakh crore over four years. Called RISE - Revitalizing Infrastructure in School Education • Eklavya schools to be started for Scheduled Tribe population • By 2022, every block with more than 50 per cent ST population and at least 20,000 tribal people will have 'Ekalavya' school at par with Navodaya Vidyalas • Integrated B.Ed programme to be initiated for teachers to improve quality of teachers • India is firmly on path to achieve 8 per cent plus growth • Propose to raise institutional credit for agriculture to Rs 11 lakh Crore for 2018-19 • Rs 14.34 lakh crore to be spent for rural infrastructure • Eight crore free gas connections to women under UJJWALA and 4 crore electricity connections to the poor under Saubhagya Yojana • Fishery and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund and Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Fund to be set up with corpus of Rs 10,000 crore • Restructured National Bamboo Mission to be launched with allocation of Rs 1,290 crore to promote sector in a holistic manner • Rs 500 crore for Operation Green • Agri-Market Development Fund with a corpus of 2000 crore to be set up for developing agricultural markets • 470 APMCs have been connected to #eNAM network, the rest to be connected by March 2018 • Minimum Support Price of all crops shall be increased to at least 1.5 times that of the production cost • From ease of doing business, government has moved to ease of living for the poor and middle class • Allocation in for Ministry of Food Processing is being doubled; specialised agro-processing and financial institutions to be promoted by the government • India now a $2.5 trillion economy and firmly on path to achieve 8% plus growth soon • Will focus on agriculture and rural economy, health, infra, senior citizens • Hope to grow at 7.2 per cent-7.5 per cent in the second half of 2017-18 • Allocating natural resources in a more transparent manner, there is a premium on honesty now • Government led by PM Modi has implemented a series of fundamental structural reforms