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Something ‘seriously wrong’

Something ‘seriously wrong’

Parliamentary panel raps Centre, says role of Punjab Police suspect04 May 2016 | 1:39 AM

NEW DELHI:Noting that the role of Punjab Police was “questionable and suspicious”, a parliamentary panel has rapped the Centre for failing to avert the terror attack on the Pathankot air base early this year.

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Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 3

Noting that the role of Punjab Police was “questionable and suspicious”, a parliamentary panel has rapped the Centre for failing to avert the terror attack on the Pathankot air base early this year. It has observed that there is “something seriously wrong” with the country’s counter-terror architecture, as the security set-up is not “robust for even a sensitive place like the air base”. 

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs placed its report in Parliament today. It said it was beyond anybody’s comprehension how the terrorists managed to “breach” the high-security air base and carry out the strike in spite of a terror alert sounded well in advance. 

The panel, headed by Congress Rajya Sabha member P Bhattacharya, said, it was “constrained to note that despite concrete and credible Intelligence inputs from the abducted and released SP of Pathankot and his friend and also through interception of communication between terrorists and their handlers”, the security agencies were ill-prepared to anticipate the threat and counter it decisively.

“The role of Punjab Police is very questionable and suspicious as even after abduction of the Punjab Police SP and his friend, the Punjab Police took a long time in arriving at the conclusion that their abduction was not just a criminal robbery but a serious national security threat,” the report said. Calling it strange that the terrorists had chosen to let off the SP and his friend, it suggested that this be thoroughly examined by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

It blamed the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad for the attack, pointing out that ammunition found on the slain terrorists had a “Made in Pakistan” marking.

The panel dwelled on the fact that a few armed terrorists “cannot sneak into the Indian side without the active support of Intelligence agencies and the army of the neighbouring country”, while ruing the fact  that despite fencing, floodlighting and BSF patrolling, Pakistani terrorists had managed to sneak in.

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SC mulls floor test, seeks Centre reply

04 May 2016 | 1:39 AM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today suggested a floor test in the Uttarakhand Assembly to assess the strength of the ousted Congress government headed by Chief Minister Harish Rawat and asked the Centre to take a stand on the issue by tomorrow.

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’84 riots: 1,020 to get Rs 2 lakh

03 May 2016 | 7:47 PM

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today approved Rs 2 lakh as compensation to each of more than 1,000 Sikh families, who migrated to Punjab from different parts of the country in the wake of the 1984 riots.

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Girish, police chief for a day, dies at 11

04 May 2016 | 1:37 AM

CHANDIGARH:Girish Sharma, ‘Jaipur Police Commissioner for a day’, lost the battle for life last night.

Indian-origin trainee RAF pilot dies in UK

Indian-origin trainee RAF pilot dies in UK

03 May 2016 | 9:15 PM

LONDON: A 25-year-old Indian-origin trainee pilot with Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) was killed when his aircraft crashed in a remote field in the West Midlands region of England.

RS Chairman rejects Mallya’s resignation

RS Chairman rejects Mallya’s resignation

03 May 2016 | 10:10 PM

NEW DELHI: Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, facing a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore, is all set to be expelled from the Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari today turning down his resignation on procedural grounds and Ethics Committee rejecting it.

Soil from WW-I hero’s grave reaches Jhajjar

Soil from WW-I hero’s grave reaches Jhajjar

04 May 2016 | 1:56 AM

DHAKLA (JHAJJAR):Nearly a century after a Haryana braveheart laid down his life fighting for the British in Egypt, the soil from the grave of the World War-I hero was brought to his native village today.

Pay  in full for F-16s: US to Pak

Pay in full for F-16s: US to Pak

04 May 2016 | 1:37 AM

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD:The $700 million F-16 fighter jet deal seems to have hit turbulence with the US telling Pakistan it will have to finance the purchase of fighter jets itself after members of the US Congress objected to using government funds to pay for them.

Shocked at casual response, NGT puts U’khand, HP on notice

Shocked at casual response, NGT puts U’khand, HP on notice

04 May 2016 | 1:37 AM

NEW DELHI:Worried over what is believed to be largely a manmade crisis due to poor forest management practices, the National Green Tribunal today expressed shock at the way everybody concerned was taking the raging forest fires in Uttarakhand and HP “so casually”.

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Activists seek law to save rivers, tackle drought

04 May 2016 | 1:30 AM

NEW DELHI:Debunking the BJP-led Centre’s efforts for rejuvenation of rivers, including its renewed pitch at the Interlinking of Rivers (ILR) programme, leading water activists will gather in the Capital on Thursday for a “jal satyagraha” to highlight India’s “worsening” drought situation due to “lack of laws to protect water structures, geological water and available drinking water”.


Tertiary-treated water must for big houses

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04 May 2016 | 1:46 AM

CHANDIGARH: Finally, the UT Administration today notified the new Chandigarh Water Supply Bylaws. The water bylaws were amended after a gap of five years. Under the new bylaws, the Administration has decided to make a tertiary-treated water connection mandatory for all houses/institutions having an area of 1 kanal and above within three months. In case of failure to do so, a penalty will be imposed.

State’s loss is Haryana’s grain gain

04 May 2016 | 1:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: The diversion of wheat from Punjab to Haryana to get prompt payment and fall in yield of the main rabi crop could be responsible for the state not meeting its target of wheat procurement this year.


Liquor truck ‘seized’, but cops, excise officials in denial mode

04 May 2016 | 1:22 AM

FARIDKOT: The seizure of a truck loaded with 100 crates of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and beer at Kotkapura in Faridkot has landed the police and the Excise and Taxation department in an awkward position.

New postings for 31 PPS officers

04 May 2016 | 1:22 AM

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Police today issued transfer/posting orders of 31 PPS officers on administrative grounds with immediate effect.

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Limited-stop trains to chug in Kashmir from tomorrow

Limited-stop trains to chug in Kashmir from tomorrow

04 May 2016 | 12:39 AM

Srinagar: Almost eight years after the first train started chugging in Kashmir, the Northern Railway is introducing two fast passenger trains with limited stops from Banihal to Baramulla from Thursday.

Agriculture Dept negligence delays Central aid to drought-hit farmers

04 May 2016 | 12:41 AM

DEHRADUN: The failure of the Department of Agriculture to do a proper assessment of the total crop loss suffered by farmers due to deficient rainfall during the rabi season has led to delay in Central assistance for mitigating the problems of the drought-hit farmers in Uttarakhand.

Prez poll headed for Trump-Hillary clash

Prez poll headed for Trump-Hillary clash

04 May 2016 | 2:04 AM

WASHINGTON:Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was looking to land the knockout punch and bag his party's nomination while Democrat Hillary Clinton seemed set for a November polls showdown with him as voting began in Indiana's crucial primaries today.

India to grow at 7.5%: IMF

04 May 2016 | 12:51 AM

SINGAPORE/BEIJING: The IMF has retained its growth forecast for India this year at 7.5%, largely driven by private consumption even as weak exports and sluggish credit growth weigh on the economy.

NoWes Morgan, who has 'safalta' (success) tattooed in Hindi on his right forearm, has led Leicester City to arguably the biggest ever sporting upset. reuters

5000-1 Odds Leicester beat for fairytale finish

04 May 2016 | 1:58 AM

LEICESTER:Leicester City have been crowned Premier League champions in one of the most remarkable upsets in sporting history after Tottenham Hotspur failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.


Bookmakers set to lose over £25m in Leicester triumph

04 May 2016 | 1:58 AM

LONDON:Leicester's incredible Premier League title success has bookmakers' counting the cost of some of the boldest bets seen come in, with odds of up to 5,000/1 being offered at the start of the season for anyone brave enough to predict that the Foxes would triumph come the end of the campaign.


Daredevils openers close the deal

04 May 2016 | 1:58 AM

RAJKOT:Rishabh Pant (69) and Quinton de Kock (46) produced a match-winning opening stand to guide Delhi Daredevils to a convincing eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions here on Tuesday.

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