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Wearing army pattern dresses 'illegal', cannot be fashion: Army
Chandigarh : With terrorists adopting the modus operandi of wearing army fatigues to mislead people about their identity, the Indian Army on Friday asked people not to wear army-pattern dresses.
 
Use of army uniform and equipment is not only illegal, but cannot be "a fashion statement", the spokesman said.
 
"Avoid wearing army pattern dresses. It is illegal," an army spokesman said here on Wednesday, adding people should follow this in the national interest.
 
"Private security agencies, police and other central forces are also requested not to wear combat pattern dresses as it is not authorised and leads to false alarms," the spokesman said.
 
Suspected Pakistani terrorists who launched a pre-dawn attack on the Pathankot air base in Punjab on Saturday had come attired in army fatigues.
 
The terror attack left six terrorists and seven security personnel dead. All assets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the air base, including fighter jets, attack helicopters and other equipment, as well as families of personnel were secure.
 
The spokesman said that sale of army uniforms by shopkeepers, happening freely across the country, to unauthorised persons was also illegal.
 
"Shopkeepers should not sell combat cloth, army uniforms or army equipment. All traders and shopkeepers interested in selling these may approach the local military authority and request for shops in units/cantonments approved areas/shops. It is illegal to sell army uniforms to unauthorised persons," he said.
 
The spokesman said relatives of the armed forces personnel and ex-Servicemen have also been requested not to use items of uniform which they may be having as they could create false reports. "It is illegal," he added.
 
The army has asked police and civil administration to check and crackdown on defaulters.
 
The advisory comes in the wake of the Pathankot and the Dinanagar incidents (on July 27 in Gurdaspur district of Punjab). In both the incidents, Pakistani terrorists came dressed in army fatigues.
 
The spokesman said anyone not authorised to wear the army pattern dresses and roaming around could lead to a scare in areas where there is apprehension of a terror strike.
 
"The army and the police keep getting information of suspicious activities of persons having been seen carrying rucksacks and wearing combat pattern dress associated with armed forces," he said. 
 
"While during incidents such as in Pathankot, it has resulted in elimination of terrorists, in most cases these have turned out to be misleading and caused inconvenience to the people at large."
 
"We deeply regret the inconvenience caused but then these operations are inescapable to ensure your safety and security," he said.
 
The army has also appealed to the youth to use social media to spread awareness and start a campaign to prevent misuse of army uniform and equipment "as fashion statement".
 
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Sanjay Sinvhal

1 year ago

Being an army man myself, I feel insulted when I see every tom, dick & harry wearing armed forces uniform with utter disdain just to score brownie points. Pvt security guards are the worst culprits. Govt should make law which punished heavily anyone who is found to be wearing armed forces, para military, or any govt forces uniform. Thats the only way to bring some sanity to this madness & ape culture.

SC gives centre six weeks to appoint three central information commissioners
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to appoint three information commissioners, within six weeks, from among the applicants who responded to two advertisements issued in 2014 and a notification issued on September 9, 2015.
 
Giving six weeks time as sought by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi for making the appointments, a bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan said: "We have given you the time you have asked for, please try to make sure appointments are made."
 
The court directed the listing of the matter after six weeks as counsel Prashant Bhushan, appearing for respondent R.K.Jain, told it that the central government had made a similar statement before the Delhi High Court also but actually made just one appointment of information commissioner as the senior most information commissioner was elevated as Chief Information Commissioner.
 
"Despite several clear assurances given to the Delhi High Court, they did not appoint and left three vacancies," he said. At this, Justice Khehar reassuringly told him that now the matter was before the apex court.
 
At the outset of the hearing, Attorney General Rohatgi referring to section 12 of the Right to Information Act, 2005 told the court that the RTI act envisages "maximum of 10" central information commissioners as may be necessary and not the ten posts of the information commissioners. 
 
Apparently unimpressed by the submission, Justice Khehar observed then "you can have one, two or even none".
 
"Technically, the answer is yes," Rohatgi said adding that things don't happen that way.
 
Despite doubt expressed by Bhushan about the seriousness with which the central government was going about the matter, the court agreed to give six weeks' time as the attorney general said that all those who had applied in pursuance to two advertisements issued in 2014 and in the wake of September 9 notification would be considered to fill the three vacancies.
 
The central government had moved the apex court challenging the Delhi Court's November 6, 2015 verdict asking it to appoint three information commissioners within six weeks from the 553 applications who had applied for the post in pursuance to the February 25 and July 16, 2014 advertisements.
 
"The selection process pursuant to the circular dated September 9, 2015, shall be confined for selection and appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner in the vacancy that would arise with effect from December 2, 2015, and one information commissioner which is likely to arise with effect from December 2, 2015," it had said.
 
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Strike affects clearance of 21 lakh cheques worth Rs.16,000 crore
Chennai : Around 21 lakh cheques worth about Rs.16,000 crore could not be cleard on Friday owing to bankers strike against the violation of bilateral settlement by five associate banks of the State Bank of India (SBI), said a top leader of employees union.
 
According to All India Bank Employees' Association's (AIBEA) C.H.Venkatachalam, around 350,000 bankers participated in the strike across the nation which affected clearing of around 21 lakh cheques worth about Rs.16,000 crore.
 
The five associate banks of the SBI are State Bank of Mysore, State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Hyderabad, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, and State Bank of Travancore.
 
The strike also put several thousands of people into difficulty across the country, and they will be put to further hardship as Saturday and Sunday will be bank holidays.
 
"It is a matter of regret that the associate banks which are public sector banks and their managements do not care for the advice of the chief labour commissioner and insisted on violation of the bilateral settlement not caring for the law of the land," Venkatachalam said.
 
"While we are sorry for the unavoidable inconveniences to the banking public on account of this strike, we wish to clarify that the strike was forced on us because of the adamant approach management," he added in a statement issued here.
 
According to Venkatachalam, the management of SBI's five associate banks remained steadfast on implementing the new Career Progression Scheme (CPS) for their employees, violating the bilateral agreement with the union.
 
He said that the five banks want to abolish permanent cadres like sweepers and outsoucre their labour activity, but this cannot be done unilaterally.
 
AIBEA also perceives the uniform service conditions between SBI and its five associate banks as a further step towards merger.
 
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