The stress is killing Army: Suicides, fragging claim over 100 a year

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NEW DELHI: The 15-lakh strong armed forces continue to lose over 100 personnel in stress-related deaths in the form of suicides and fragging or fratricide (to kill a fellow-soldier or superior) every year. There have been 44 suicides and a fratricide case in the Army alone this year. The defence ministry told Parliament on Tuesday that as many as 310 Army soldiers, including nine officers and 19 junior commissioned officers, have committed suicide since 2014, while 11 cases of fratricide were also reported during the period. Minister of state for…

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Policy on minority sops for J&K Muslims may be revised

NEW DELHI: The Centre informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that consultations with the Jammu & Kashmir government were at an advanced stage for a possible revision of the policy on the distribution of benefits among minority communities that Muslims in the state were getting despite being in majority. Appearing for the Centre, additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta said the consultations also had to involve others states — Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Punjab and Lakshadweep — which faced similar issues in the distribution of benefits meant solely for minority…

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SC to hear plea to scrap Article 370

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NEW DELHI: Reopening a controversy that has confronted lawmakers and the judiciary for decades, the Supreme Court sought on Tuesday the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir government’s response on a petition seeking the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution, which confers special status on the state. The decision to entertain the appeal assumes significance as the court, earlier this year, had ruled that Article 370 could not be scrapped unless an event specified in Article 370 (3) took place. Article 370 (3) says, “Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing…

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Master strategist Patel gets one over Shah

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NEW DELHI: That the diminutive Ahmed Patel hogged headlines and TV screens for a fortnight and become the target of all-powerful BJP chief Amit Shah showed that the rival saw in his fall a symbolic defeat for the Congress leadership. In the end, the Congress veteran staved off the determined saffron push and emerged victorious. The elevation of the low-profile Congress manager to the position of being a proxy for the party brass lies in the decade UPA ruled the country. During the period, when Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was…

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