12042017-TTC-01.qxd 4/12/2017 1:21 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday,april 12, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 100 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd ‘Consequences’ for sure, Pak cautioned Death for Jadhav:Sushma says killing will hurt relations ❝ Ajay Banerjee & Vibha Sharma PAK MUST CONSIDER Tribune News Service Police canecharge protesting Panjab University students on the campus in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Several students and cops were injured in the clash. MANOJ MAHAJAN 66 face sedition charge, PU backtracks Scores of students, cops, journalists injured after clash over fee hike during varsity bandh Chandigarh, April 11 Panjab University students protesting against the recent fee hike were charged with sedition and other criminal offences after they clashed with the police, leaving over 60 students, cops and journalists injured on the campus today. The script was not only similar to last year’s Jawaharlal Nehru University controversy which ignited the debate on freedom of speech, but was also a first in the history of PU. However, sensing trouble, the PU authorities did a Uturn within a few hours of the sedition charge being slapped on the students, and asked the police to drop it. UT SSP Eish Singhal claimed the charge had been dropped. The massive protest by all student parties, who had joined hands to call for a ‘PU bandh’, led to the unprecedented violence which saw the use of force, water cannons and tear gas by police CWG scam: PAC gives clean chit to Manmohan No affiliation, no medical admission: SC Ravi S Singh New Delhi, April 11 The Supreme Court today asked High Courts not to allow medical and dental colleges to admit students until and unless their legal dispute over affiliation was sorted out with the government. The order by a Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra comes as a relief to candidates who used to suffer after spending lakhs on their Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 11 Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today gave a clean chit to then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the PMO in the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam. The PAC report will be tabled in the Lok Sabha tomorrow. This will come as a huge relief to the Congress as reports of the PMO’s negative role during the Games dominated the 2014 General Election campaigns. “There is no role of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the PMO,” confirmed PAC Chairperson and Congress leader KV Thomas after the panel met today. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had raised questions on the PMO’s role in the appointment of Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi as the Games’ Organising Secretary in 2004 despite objections by then Union Sports Minister Sunil Dutt. continued on page 11 Satya Prakash Tribune News Service and stone-pelting by students. At least 22 policemen, about an equal number of students and five mediapersons had to be rushed to hospitals. Several injured students took to self-medication, went to private clinics or were discharged after first-aid. As many as 52 students were taken into custody out of 66 named in the FIR. The fee hike (up to 1,100 per cent in some courses), set to come into effect from the ensu- ing session, is said to have been necessitated owing to a financial crisis being faced by the PU. The HRD Ministry and the UGC had been pressing the university to increase income from internal resources. A case under sections 124-A (sedition), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 186 (obstructing public servant in ❝ High Courts must circumspect before permitting such medical colleges (without affiliation) to admit students… it is a situation where the order has the potentiality to play with the career and life of the young. An SC Bench admission to medical and dental colleges in cases where their institutions failed to get affiliation. High Courts must be circumspect while permitting such colleges to admit students before their affiliation was approved as such orders could jeopardise students’ future, the Bench said. “It is not a construction which is built at the risk of a plaintiff or the defendant which can be demolished or redeemed by grant of compensation,” the Bench held. The top court quashed a discharge of duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from duty), 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharge of duty), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of IPC and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act was initially registered. SSP Singhal said the sedition charge was slapped on the basis of a complaint from the PU Chief Security Officer, who claimed he was unaware what Section 124-A entailed. — TNS Bombay HC order allowing a dental college in Aurangabad to admit students for its postgraduation course after the Centre refused to give it permission to run PG courses. However, the Bench ordered the college to adjust three students for the 2017-18 session who were admitted pursuant to the HC’s direction. It also asked the college to deposit Rs 30 lakh, saying it would decide later what to do with the money. Won’t be served more than you can eat To reduce food wastage, Centre mulls fixing standards on quantity Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 11 There is no need to have more food served than you can consume. Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan is contemplating fixing standards for portions of food served by restaurants across the country. The basic idea is to minimise wastage of food, he says. He has called a meeting with industry heads for a feedback and further action. “Wastage of food should not be allowed in a country where there are so many poor people. Ideally, menu cards should mention the size of the portion, for example the number of pieces of chicken to be served, so that the customer knows exactly what to expect,” Paswan explains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in a recent edition of his radio talk show “Mann ki Baat” expressed concern on food being wasted. The minister, denying being inspired by the Prime Minister, says several social organisations had approached him on the matter. “If we stop wasting food, we can feed the poor,” he maintains. The ministry is believed to be preparing a questionnaire for hotels and restaurants to help ascertain how much should be served and how much can an individual possibly consume. Wastage of food is an issue that is being taken seriously by several developed nations, such as Germany and France, that have made legal provisions to address it. Some restaurants in Germany reportedly fine consumers for the left-over food. 12 long years, Badkhalsa residents won’t give up fight Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Sonepat, April 11 A motley “crowd” of protesters in Badkhalsa village just won’t give up. Twelve long years have gone by without a glimmer of hope, yet the residents remain resolute in their struggle. They want their land, acquired for the Rajiv Gandhi Education City in November 2005, to be released. Believing they could save their land, they began a protest that stretched into weeks, months and years, but to no avail. They are now Badkhalsa residents sit in the “protest shed”. GEETANJALI GAYATRI banking on Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar’s assurance for their troubles to end. A bespectacled, toothless Dharam Singh, 80, joins the sitin off the GT Road to mark his presence. He has one last wish: “Official” possession of less than half an acre of his land acquired by the government. Resting on a stick, his shoulders bent, he is one of the many faces that make up the crowd. “Ours is the only village that refused to accept the award money for the acquisition. We began our dharna that very day. Many a season has gone by and many village elders have died, but we have continued with our fight,” says Virender. “We have never approached politicians to support our Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Jalandhar Tribune. cause. Our unity has been our strength and the government has not been able to take physical possession of our land so far,” explains Vijay Pal, who has 5.5 acres at stake. In a village where landholdings are small, the villagers take turns to participate in the dharna. On any given day, 20 to 30 gather under a shed they have built with their own money. “We had a bamboo shed which was set ablaze by miscreants last year. Everybody chipped in and we raised another continued on page 11 New Delhi, April 11 The India-Pakistan relationship today took a rather tense turn as New Delhi “cautioned” Islamabad about the “consequences” on the bilateral relationship if it carried out the death sentence to retired Indian Navy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been convicted by a Pakistani army court. Speaking separately in both Houses of Parliament, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said: “The government and people of India would view the death sentence very seriously. I would caution the Pakistan Government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter.” Amid applause from MPs cutting across party lines, Swaraj said: “We have no choice but to regard the sentence, if carried out, as an act of pre-meditated murder. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by Jadhav. He is the victim of a plan that seeks to cast aspersions on India to deflect international attention from Pakistan’s wellknown record of sponsoring and supporting terrorism.” Swaraj termed the court martial proceedings as “farcical” and said consular access to Jadhav had been denied. She said the Pakistan Government had sought assistance to obtain evidence and other materials for the investigation process. “In doing so, they levelled ridiculous charges against senior Indian officials who had no connection to this issue. Thereafter, Govt and people of India would view the death sentence very seriously. I would caution Pakistan to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship Kulbhushan Jadhav they linked providing consular access to our acceptance of their position.” The Indian stand was consular access was a prerequisite for verifying the facts and understanding the circumstances of Jadhav’s presence in Pakistan. “To make matters absurd, three hours after the death sentence was announced, the Indian High Commission received a communication from the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan reiterating the Pakistani proposal for conditional consular access,” Swaraj said. The Inter-Services Public Relations of Pakistan had announced the death sentence through a press release from Rawalpindi on Monday. Angry MPs in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha demanded immediate action. In the Lok Sabha, Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge asked the government not to be silent on the matter. He questioned why the PM could not speak directly to his Pakistani counterpart on Jadhav even though he had attended the wedding of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi continued on page 11 EDIT: jadhav’s death sentence Sushma Swaraj, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER WE ARE PEACE-LOVING Pakistan is a peace-loving country... We cannot remain oblivious to defending our sovereignty, protecting independence. The nation has full trust in the country’s armed forces Nawaz Sharif, PAKISTAN PM SHOULD MEET HIS FATE It’s a fact that India carries out terror activities in Pakistan. And when a terrorist himself has accepted he was a spy, India is having issues. He should meet his fate Abdul Basit, PAKISTAN HIGH COMMISSIONER NEED TO COOPERATE Even Pakistanis are being tried by military courts... India and Pak need to cooperate so in the rivalry between the US and Russia, we don’t end up being losers Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, FORMER PAKISTAN FOREIGN MINISTER
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