10032017-TTC-01.qxd 3/10/2017 1:29 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, march 10, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 68 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 3 ultras, 2 civilians killed in Valley Major among 3 security men injured in encounters; Class IX student dies in clashes Tribune News Service Srinagar/Pulwama, March 9 Three militants were killed while three security personnel, including an Army Major, were injured in two anti-militancy operations stretching across north and south Kashmir on Thursday. Two civilians also lost their lives during protests and clashes that broke out in south Kashmir. Two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed in an encounter at Padgampora village, 25 km from Srinagar, in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Jehangir Ahmad Ganai, a resident of Koil village, and Mohammad Shafi Shergojri of Banderpora village in Pulwama were behind the killing of security personnel and political activists, police said. In another gunfight, a local militant was killed and a Major injured in north Kashmir’s Bandipore. The gunfight erupted when the militant opened fire at a checkpoint, the police said. In Pulwama, security forces cordoned off Padgam- SC firm, tells Gopal Ansal to surrender New Delhi, March 9 The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed realtor Gopal Ansal’s plea for modification of its February 9 order asking him to surrender in four weeks to serve the one-year sentence imposed on him in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case that claimed 59 lives. A Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi ordered him to surrender on March 20 to serve the remainder of his sentence. The February 9 order required him to surrender on March 9 but the latest order allows him to be at home for Holi. Fifty-nine people had died after a fire broke out at Uphaar cinema during the screening of Hindi film “Border” on June 13, 1997. Most victims died due to asphyxia. On behalf of Gopal, senior counsel Ram Jethmalani said he deserved “a clean acquittal but I am asking for only parity with his brother” — a coconvict who was spared a jail term. Both have paid Rs 30 crore each as fine. Jethmalani said Gopal was surviving on charity and deserved parity as his health condition had worsened. — TNS Security men near the house in Padgampora village where two militants were hiding on Thursday. PTI TERRORISTS MOVING ALONG LINE OF CONTROL, DGMO TELLS PAK New Delhi: Army Director General of Military Operations Lt Gen AK Bhatt on Thursday spoke to his Pakistani counterpart and expressed concern over the “movement of terrorists” along the LoC. The Director General of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Public Relations, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor, tweeted: “Indian concern on terrorists’ movement was strongly rejected during hotline. Indian Army asked to look inward, share evidence.” The Pakistani DGMO was also informed about the repatriation of two Pakistani nationals apprehended in Uri, Kashmir. They will be repatriated through Wagah on March 10. The youths had accidentally crossed over fearing repression from within Pakistan after they had allegedly teased the daughter of a local man. TNS Train blast: Ex-IAF man, kingpin, held Lucknow, March 9 The police today arrested a former IAF employee who they believe is the "mastermind" of a terror module that included Saifullah, a suspected terrorist killed in an encounter yesterday. Mohd Ghaus Khan was picked up from Kanpur by the Anti-Terrorist Squad, and revealed vital information during questioning, said Additional Director General of UP Police Daljit Chaudhary. He said another suspect, identified only as Azhar, was NAIDU FLAYS DIGVIJAY’S ‘INJUSTICE’ REMARK Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday alleged that Congress leader Digvijay Singh's remarks that "injustice to Indian Muslims makes terror outfits attractive to them" were a more serious threat than IS to the unity and integrity of the country. Demanding an apology from both Singh and the Congress, Naidu said "his comments were an insult to minorities and he must apologise". Referring to the blast on Bhopal-Ujjain train allegedly carried out by an IS-influenced module on Tuesday, Singh had said "injustice" to Muslims was making terrorist outfits attractive to them. . also arrested by the ATS. Khan "is a technical man and a hardcore member of the module," Chaudhary said, adding he was the "main accused and mastermind" of the module. He said Azhar, the second suspect, was the main supplier of arms to the module. 3 LS, 12 Assembly Pachauri SMSes, bypolls on April 9, 12 chats retrieved 9 SSB jawans hurt in Nepal border clash New Delhi: Bypolls to Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 9 and 12, respectively. The Assembly bypoll in Radhakrishnan Nagar seat in Tamil Nadu, which fell vacant following the demise of J Jayalalithaa, will be held on April 12. The byelection to the Malapuram LS seat in Kerala which fell vacant following the demise of IUML leader E Ahamed will also be held on April 12. Among the 12 Assembly seats going to bypolls is Delhi’s Rajouri Garden on April 9. Jarnail Singh of AAP had quit to contest the Punjab polls. PTI Lakhimpur Kheri (UP): Nine SSB jawans and a few civilians were on Thursday injured in a crossborder stone-pelting incident along the Indo-Nepal border and authorities said the situation was still “tense”. Paramilitary and local police personnel fired a teargas shell to disperse the mob around the ‘no man’s land’ in Sampurnanagar area here. Senior Sashastra Seema Bal officials said the issue pertains to a joint survey to erect the “missing” pillar number 200 at the IB. The SSB is tasked with guarding the 1,751km Indo-Nepal border. PTI New Delhi: Delhi Police have filed in a court here a supplementary chargesheet against former TERI chief RK Pachauri in an alleged sexual harassment case after it retrieved several deleted emails and chats exchanged between the accused and the complainant. The final report said deleted SMSes and WhatsApp chats, text messages, retrieved from the cell phones, computer hard disks and other devices, were “not fabricated”. PTI L-G’s no to ~1 cr for 26-week maternity ex-serviceman’s kin leave Bill gets LS nod son Jaswant Singh said the CM had assured him that he New Delhi, Bhiwani March 9 would award the compensaDelhi Lt Governor Anil Bai- tion despite the L-G’s objecjal has rejected AAP govern- tions, “come what may, even if ment’s decision to award a I have to find an alternative.” compensation of Rs 1 Sources said: “The crore to the family of Lt Governor has ex-serviceman Ram turned down the proKishen Grewal from a posal sent by the Delvillage in Bhiwani, hi Cabinet for who committed suiapproval, saying it is cide in Delhi over the not in line with the RK Grewal “One Rank, One Pencompensation policy sion (OROP)” issue in to provide ex gratia to serNovember last year. vicemen.” But Grewal’s family memIn his note to Kejriwal, Baibers, who met Delhi CM jal reportedly pointed out Arvind Kejriwal last week, that Grewal had consumed said they were hopeful of poison on November 1, 2016, receiving the monetary help during a protest. continued on page 7 by this month-end. Grewal’s TNS and Agencies pora village and started a search operation when they came under fire, said Awantipora DSP Parvaiz Ahmad. They tried to persuade Shergojri to surrender by calling in his family, but he declined. He is survived by two children and wife. Clashes erupted near the encounter scene, leading to the death of a civilian and injury to several others. The deceased has been identified as Amir Nazir (15), a Class IX student of Beegum Bagh village, near Kakapora. Health officials said Amir was brought dead with a bullet in the abdomen. DIG (South Kashmir range) SP Pani, however, said: “Someone from the crowd fired at the police, injuring at least two of our men, who are stable. We showed maximum restraint. During the clashes that followed, a civilian was killed.” Another civilian, Jalaluddin of Tahab, was brought dead to the Pulwama hospital from Padgampora. While doctors said the victim did not bear any pellet or bullet injuries, locals claimed he was killed during shelling. Ravi S Singh Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 9 Women employed in the organised sector will now be entitled to paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks, as the Lok Sabha today passed a related Bill that will benefit about 1.8 million women. The legislation was cleared by the Rajya Sabha in August last year. The Bill was for an amendment to the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961, which protected employment of women during maternity and entitled her to full paid absence from work to take care of her child. Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Moving the Bill in the House, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said the new law will apply to all establishments employing 10 or more people. The entitlement will be for only up to first two children. For third child, the entitlement will be for only 12 weeks. The reformist legislation will catapult India to third position in terms of maternity leave after Canada (50 weeks) and Norwary (44 weeks). Dattatreya said the state governments would have a major role in effective implementation of the Act as labour was in the Concurrent List. He did not say where he was arrested from, or in what capacity Khan worked in the Air Force. The UP police claimed that with these two arrests, all the main members of what they alleged was an ISIS influenced module are in custody. The latest arrests raised to five the number of people in the UP police custody in connection with the blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain train in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. — TNS/PTI More on page 7 Exit polls: Congress, AAP neck and neck in Punjab Predict BJP to be single largest party in UP Uttarakhand may go BJP way, Goa not certain New Delhi, March 9 The exit polls today predicted a close fight in Punjab between the Congress, which is seeking to return to power after a hiatus of 10 years, and Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP mak, ing its debut in the state’s Assembly elections. In the Hindi heartland of Uttar Pradesh, psephologists foresee the BJP emerging as the single largest party, winning between 155 and 185 of the 403 seats. One exit poll, however, has predicted 285. Most poll surveys see a victory for the BJP in Uttarakhand. But the saffron party, which is likely to lead the table in Goa, is projected to fall short of a majority in the tiny coastal state. Released ahead of the March 11 counting, the exit polls predict that the SADBJP alliance, that has ruled Punjab for 10 years, could be struggling to get double-digit in the 117-member House. The alliance, however, is confident of defying the pollsters "like in 2012", when it proved the surveys wrong. Eightynine-year-old CM Parkash Singh Badal claimed the alliance would win 72 seats. As for the Congress, Capt Amarinder Singh claimed it would win 65 seats. AAP exuded confidence, claiming it would bag close to 100. The state, which went to the polls on February 4, saw a turnout of 78.60 per cent. In 2012, the polling percentage stood at 78.57. Since the reorganisation of Punjab in 1966, the Congress and the SAD have been ruling the state alternately. But the SAD-BJP alliance, which formed government in 2007, won again in 2012. — Agencies PUNJAB Seats: 117 MAGIC FIGURE: 59 CONG MRC AAP SAD+BJP OTHERS 55 55 7 0-2 Chanakya 54 54 9 0 CVoter 41-49 59-67 5-13 0-3 Axis 62-71 42-51 4-7 0-2 UTTAR PRADESH Seats: 403 MAGIC FIGURE: 202 BJP SP+CONG BSP OTHERS MRC 185 120 90 8 CSDS 164-176 156-169 60-72 3 CVoter 155-167 135-147 81-93 14 88 27 3 Chanakya 285 UTTARAKHAND Seats: 70 MAGIC FIGURE: 36 CONG BJP CVoter 32 32 6 CSDS 26 38 6 MRC 30 38 2 Chanakya 15 53 2 GOA OTHERS Seats: 40 MAGIC FIGURE: 21 BJP CONG CVoter 18 15 2 5 CSDS 19 13 2 6 MRC 15 10 7 8 CONG BJP OTHERS CVoter 17-23 25-31 9-15 Axis 30-36 16-22 3-5 MANIPUR AAP OTHERS Seats: 60 MAGIC FIGURE: 31 Ready to ally with BSP: Akhilesh CM Akhilesh Yadav has indicated he is willing to join hands with the BSP if the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance falls , short of a majority in Uttar Pradesh. Talking to BBC, he said if the alliance failed to get the requisite numbers, it would not be averse to joining hands with the BSP to keep the BJP out. “I have always shown the BSP president respect and have referred to her as ‘bua’ (paternal aunty),” he said. A hung House could lead to President’s rule with the BJP remote-controlling the state which "no one wants," Akhilesh pointed out. PAGE 7
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