17022017-TTC-01.qxd 2/17/2017 1:26 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, february 17, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 47 | 28 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 Palani CM, vote tomorrow Chargesheets in All Tamil Nadu ministers, save one, under ‘rebel’ Panneerselvam retained Shrine of Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. FILE PHOTO 100 dead, 150 hurt in Sindh shrine blast Karachi, February 16 At least 100 persons were killed and 150 injured tonight when an IS suicide bomber blew himself up inside the crowded shrine of revered Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan town, 200 km northeast of Karachi. The bomber entered the shrine and blew himself up near the site where the ritual of Sufi dance “Dhamal” was on. “He first threw a grenade, which did not explode, and then blew himself up,” SSP Jamshoro Tariq Wilayat said. Police sources said 100 people, including women and children, had been killed in the attack. Faisal Edhi of the Edhi foundation confirmed they had shifted 60 bodies to hospitals in Hyderabad and Jamshoro. The IS claimed responsibility for the attack. — PTI More on page 21 Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Chennai, February 16 Edappadi K Palaniswami, a VK Sasikala loyalist, was today sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, ending the 10-day political uncertainty in the state which began with caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s revolt against the AIADMK general secretary. Palaniswami is the third person to occupy the top post in the last nine months. He has 15 days to prove his majority and has decided to seek the trust vote on Saturday. All ministers, barring one, retain the portfolios they held in the Panneerselvam Cabinet. The CM will retain key Home and Finance portfolios. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao administered the oath of office to 63-year-old Palaniswami, a party veteran from western Tamil Nadu, and his 31-member SALEM STRONGMAN ■ Grassroots-level leader, EK Palaniswami greets Governor Vidyasagar Rao after taking oath as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in Chennai on Thursday. PTI 63-year-old Palaniswami has been in politics for 40 years ■ A native of Nedungulam village in Salem district, he began his political career in 1974 ■ Climbed party ladder steadily, caught Jaya’s attention in 1985 ■ He stood by Jaya when AIADMK split after MGR’s death in 1987 ■ He won from Edappadi in 1989, 1991, 2011 and 2016 elections ■ In 1998, he entered Lok Sabha ■ His clout rose in 2016 with party winning 10 of 11 Assembly segments in Salem district ■ Was given key portfolio of PWD just four ‘84 cases SIT had taken up 59 cases for reprobe Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 16 The Centre-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) has filed chargesheets in only four of the 59 anti-Sikh riot cases taken up for further probe. Almost 3,000 people were killed, most of them in Delhi, in the riots that broke out after the assassination of then PM Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. In a status report filed in the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has said while 38 cases have been closed, 17 are under investigation. “It is being ensured that the investigation is carried out expeditiously and thoroughly,” the report, filed on the directions of the apex court, says. The MHA, which extended the SIT tenure till August 11 this year, has written to the Delhi Government and the Delhi High Court for designating a single court to hear the cases. The SIT has been notified as a police station with jurisdiction over the entire Delhi. Also, of the 293 cases taken up for scrutiny, 199 have been closed with preliminary enquiries (PEs) held in 35 cases. “A large number of representations related to these cases were received from the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee and private persons/bodies, which are being examined by the SIT,” says the report. The SIT has recorded statements of more than 1,000 witnesses, including one from New York. Swarup is new envoy to Canada NewDelhi, February16 The Ministry of External Affairs is all set to get a new public face with its current spokesperson Vikas Swarup headed to Canada as the High Commissioner. Gopal Baglay, Joint Secretary in charge of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan Division in the ministry, is likely to succeed Swarup. Baglay earlier served as Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan and as Director in MEA’s External Publicity Vikas Swarup Division. Swarup, a 1986-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, had replaced Syed Akbaruddin as the MEA spokesperson in 2015. He shot to fame when his novel Q&A was made into a Hollywood movie, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, which won eight Oscars. He is expected to take up his new assignment shortly. — TNS Cabinet here this evening. AIDMK supremo and late CM J Jayalalithaa had powered the party to a rare successive term in office in the May 2016 poll. She continued in the post through her grim 74-day battle for life. Within hours of her death on December 5, Panneerselvam, who had filled in for Jayalalithaa twice when she was jailed in corruption cases, was sworn in as CM. He stepped down on February 5, paving the way for Sasikala, already chosen AIADMK general secretary. Two days later, he rose in rebellion against Sasikala plunging the state into a turmoil. — PTI 2005 Delhi blasts: Man gets 10-yr jail Change of guard in restive Nagaland Financier shot dead, videos put on FB 10 of family die in Ferozepur road accident New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday awarded 10-year jail term to a man, facing trial in the 2005 Diwali-eve serial blasts that claimed 67 lives, for being a member of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba and extending support to it. It acquitted Mohd Rafiq Shah and Mohd Hussain Fazili of all charges, saying the police had “miserably failed” to prove the charges against them. TNS New Delhi: Ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) chief Shurhozelie Liezietsu will take over from CM TR Zeliang after 42 of the 49 MLAs “supported” the former as the new legislature party leader, state’s lone Rajya Sabha member KG Kenye said. Governor PB Acharya and Zeliang left for New Delhi in the afternoon. Zeliang is expected to meet the PM. IANS Sangrur: Out on bail, a gangster and his four accomplices on Thursday shot dead local financier Hardev Singh Happy in the main market of Longowal. Later, gangster Dalvinder Singh Babbli, who is facing many criminal cases, uploaded three videos and a letter on Facebook. He said he had shown only the “trailer”, while the “movie” would follow. TNS Ferozepur, February 16 Tragedy struck Jagir Singh of Palasaur village in Tarn Taran for the second time in two weeks with 10 members of his family killed in a ghastly road accident on the Zira-Makhu highway this afternoon. Jagir Singh lost his wife Mohinder Kaur (70), son Satnam Singh (43), the village nambardar, daughters-in-law Ranjit Kaur (42 ) and Rajwant Kaur (30), grandsons Sukhchain Singh (26), Mandeep Singh (25) and Akashdeep Singh and granddaughter Harmandeep Kaur (5), besides his daughter Ranjit Kaur and her son Raj Singh (22). The Tavera (PB 09 G 0962), carrying the victims, was crushed under a 20-wheel truck (PB 03 V- 5671). The driver, Manjit Singh (42), was killed too. The truck driver fled the scene. BS Dhaliwal, DC, Gaurav Garg, SSP , Vineet Kumar, SDM, and other senior officers rushed to the accident site. On February 6, Jagir’s younger son Surjit Singh was shot dead when SAD leaders allegedly attacked their house. Surjit’s wife Rajwant, who was pregnant, and their daughter Harmandeep were among those killed today. The couple’s other daughter, Muskanpreet, was injured. Lovedeep Singh, Sumanpreet and constable Jatinder Singh, attached with the family as security guard, too sustained injuries. The family was returning home after offering prayers at a “dargah” at Mahianwali village in Makhu. Palasaur village plunged into grief as it learnt about the tragedy. — TNS
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