WEDNESDAY www.thestatesman.com 05 DECEMBER 2018 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |` 5.00|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR FRANCE HALTS FUEL TAX HIKE TO CALM PROTESTS RACE TREATY DIVIDES MALAYSIA P10 WEATHER Mainly clear sky with morning fog or mist most likely. Max and min temp likely to be around 28 and 16 degree celsius, resp RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY Max.90% Min. 35% Max: 27.8°C (0) SUN RISES 06:03 hrs MOON RISES 03.57 hrs Min: 16.1°C (0) SUN SETS 16:52 hrs MOON SETS 15:36 hrs New moon on 7 December THUMBNAILS Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba along with Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate. SNS Telangana Cong candidate detained ahead of poll: With just two days left before election Revanth Reddy, working president of the Telangana unit of the Congress and the party candidate from Kodangal was taken into preventive custody after he threatened a total shutdown in the area ahead of CM’s rally. P7 Army anguished as govt rejects higher MSP demand PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NEW DELHI, 4 DECEMBER TEMPERATURE In a decision that “anguished” the Army, the government has rejected a long-standing demand of the armed forces for higher Military Service Pay (MSP) for over 1.12 lakh military personnel, including Junior Commissioned Officers, official sources said Tuesday. They told PTI that the Army headquarters was very upset over the decision of the Finance Ministry, and will seek its immediate review. Around 1.12 lakh military personnel including 87,646 JCOs and 25,434 personnel of equivalent rank from the Navy and the Indian Air Force will be impacted by the decision. The proposal for higher MSP for JCOs and equivalent rank of the Navy and IAF has been rejected by the Finance Ministry, sources said. The three services, particularly the Army, was pressing for increasing the monthly MSP of JCOs from Rs 5,500 to Rs 10,000. The total annual financial outgo would have been Rs 610 crore if the government had A SAFE SEAT FOR MANMOHAN Govt is considering setting up a special operations division comprising the best talents from the three services. accepted the demand, the sources said. The MSP for the military personnel was introduced in 2008, recognising their unique service conditions and hardships. At present, the MSP has two categories -- one for officers and another for JCOs and jawans. The seventh Pay Commission had fixed Rs 5,200 as MSP per month for JCOs and jawans while putting it at Rs 15,500 for officers between Lieutenant-rank and Brigadier-rank. The Army has been pressing for granting an MSP of Rs 10,000 for the JCOs, arguing that they are gazetted officers (Group B) and play a very vital role in command and control structure of the force. The Army headquarters is “very anguished” over the rejection of higher MSP to JCOs. The defence ministry is also miffed over it, the sources said. KOHLI HAS TO MAKE SURE HIS PEERS WON’T LET HIM DOWN P7 P12 Four held for UP violence, main accused on the run Police in Bulandshahr hunting for principal suspect Bajrang Dal district convener PRESS TRUST OF INDIA BULANDSHAHR (UP), 4 DEC P olice arrested four people on Tuesday and were hunting for a Bajrang Dal activist in connection with mob violence here that left an inspector and a passerby dead, as angry families demanded action amid criticism of the UP chief minister and suggestions of conspiracies. Tears rolled down the eyes of family, friends and colleagues of slain Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh when the body was consigned to flames in a state funeral in the evening. After initial protests, the family of the other victim, 20-year-old Sumit Kumar, agreed to conduct his last rites. Sumit Kumar was also named as one of the accused in the FIR registered early Tuesday morning. The local residents wanted his name struck off from there. A mob of some 400 people, including rightwing activists, fought pitched battles with police on Monday in Siana area of Bulandshahr district, Whose father is next, asks slain cop’s son in tears BULANDSHAHR, 4 DEC As police continued their investigations, emotions ran high with the families preparing for the last rites. The dead policeman's son Abhishek said his father wanted him to be a good citizen who doesn't incite violence in the name of religion. “My father has lost his life in this Hindu-Muslim dispute. Whose father is next?” he asked tearfully. Abhishek said he last spoke to his father when he phoned him to inquire whether he had studied and eaten. Demanding “martyr” status for the slain inspector, who was one of those who initially probed the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq, his sister alleged his killing was a conspiracy of the police. “My brother was killed in a police conspiracy as he was probing a cow slaughter case... He should be given martyr status and a memorial should be constructPTI ed in his name’’. apparently after right-wing activists were angered by the discovery of cow carcasses strewn in a nearby jungle. They set fire to dozens of vehicles, hurled stones and also fired at police who retaliated with gunfire. In the violence, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, the station house officer of Siana, and Sumit Kumar were killed. A video emerged Tuesday showing a young man with his hand over a bleeding wound near the abdomen, being helped by other people as they all run. Someone is heard saying the man has been shot. It was not clear if the man is Sumit Kumar. The National Human Rights Commission issued notices to the state government and the director general of police over the incident, officials said. Police said on Tuesday four persons were arrested, but the main suspect, Bajrang Dal district convenor Yogesh Raj, was on the run. They said 27 people have been named in the FIR while cases have been lodged against 50-60 unidentified people. Opposition slams CM for staying away LUCKNOW, 4 DECEMBER Opposition parties attacked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday, saying he was “enjoying” a laser show and presenting kabaddi prizes in Gorakhpur when Bulandshahr was rocked by violence. Demanding Adityanath's resignation, the SP and the Congress deplored him for attending the events rather than promptly reviewing the law and order in the state in the wake of the violence on Monday. Inspector S K Singh, who had probed the Akhlaq lynching case initially, and a 20-yearold local had died of gunshot injuries on Monday as a mob protesting alleged cow slaughter torched a police post in PTI Bulandshahr.
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