16042017-TTC-01.qxd 4/16/2017 1:02 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 137 no. 104 | sunday, april 16, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd 8 students drown while on picnic in Maharashtra Vayri (Maharashtra), April 15 Eight students of an engineering college in Karnataka were drowned in the Arabian Sea off the Vayri coast in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district today. They were on a picnic. The deceased, five of them boys, were part of a group of 47 students. Thirty went for swimming in the sea, reportedly ignoring warnings on strong currents. The tragedy occurred at Vayri, a picturesque coastal hamlet near Malvan in the Konkan region. “It was high tide and some students ventured into deep waters. Some began drowning, some rushed to save them, but it was too late,” the police said. The victims were identified as Mahesh, Karuna Barde, Aarti Chavan, Maya Kolhe, Kiran Khandekar, Nitin Mutlatkar, Avdhut Tahsildar and Mujamin Aniket. Another student, Akanksha Ghadge, is critical. Two others were discharged after first-aid. In February last year, 13 Pune college students had drowned off the Murud beach near Mumbai. — Agencies A FIRST — TWO INDIANS IN SUPER SERIES FINAL Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 15 India-Pakistan ties today took a nosedive with both sides taking steps that are likely to raise tension. Pakistani media claimed three RAW agents were arrested from near Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) who had been allegedly assigned to disrupt activity on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project (CPEC). India, in a retaliatory measure, cancelled the maritime security dialogue with Pakistan scheduled to be held here on April 17. The delegation from Pakistan was due to arrive in the capital tomorrow. This would have been the second such talks after the Indus Water Commission meet in Pakistan recently. Indications from the government here are also that ‘Saadi Rasoi’: Meal at ~10 for poor in Fazilka Praful Chander Nagpal Fazilka, April 15 The district has taken a lead in introducing ‘Saadi Rasoi’ scheme in the state to offer food for everyone for Rs 10. The project will be run by the District Red Cross Society and meals would be served to the poor from 10 am to 3 pm daily from a portion of the old SSP office. Located in the heart of the town, a special dining hall has been constructed and big tables have been placed there for the convenience of the people. To save on manpower, the scheme will be self-service. DC Isha Kalia, ADCs Jarnail Singh and Arvind Kumar had the meals at the launch of the initiative of providing affordable food to the needy. Kalia said Fazilka is the first district to initiate the scheme. The DC said a meal consists of four rotis, a vegetable serving, rice and dal. Four women have been engaged to prepare the meal. The Congress in its manifesto had announced to provide meals for Rs 5 only. Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. Sajjan won’t join issue with Capt; focus on bilateral ties KV Prasad ON RADICAL ELEMENTS Tribune News Service For the first time ever, two Indians will clash in a Super Series final with Kidambi Srikanth taking on B Sai Praneeth at the Singapore Open on Sunday. Former World No. 3 Srikanth defeated World No. 26 Anthony Ginting 21-13, 21-14. Pak arrests 3 ‘spies’, Delhi cancels talks Simran Sodhi /thetribunechd there will be a major cutting down of visas being granted to Pakistani visitors. Over the last one year, tensions have in a way ensured that the passage of artists, actors and musicians from across the border was cut down. These measures are a direct fallout of the standoff over the death sentence Pakistan has awarded to Kulbhushan Jadhav. It remains firm that he is a spy, while India maintains he is innocent, though confirming his identity as a former Indian naval officer. Officially, India today maintained silence on Pakistan’s claim about the arrest of three RAW agents. Sources in the government were, however, dismissive of the claims. “We have arrested three terrorists — Khalil, Imtiaz and Rashid. All were paid agents of RAW,” Rawalkot DIG Sajjad Hussain said. Praneeth thrashed three-time Korea Masters Grand Prix Gold winner Lee 21-6, 21-8. Only China, Indonesia and Denmark have so far had two of their shuttlers playing in finals of a Super Series event. AFP REPORT PAGE 20 New Delhi, April 15 Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Singh Sajjan today preferred to sidestep instead of joining issue with Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh over the latter’s jibe describing him as a “Khalistani sympathiser” and preferring not to meet him. In an interview conducted through email ahead of his first visit to India as a Minister (beginning April 17), Sajjan said the visit is focused on strengthening Canada and India’s bilateral relationship, and deepening collaboration in a number of areas. Preferring not to respond to Capt Amarinder’s statement of not meeting him during his Punjab visit, he said, “I will continue with my visit to Punjab and remain focused on strengthening the ties that bind Canada and India so closely together. As a Sikh, I look forward to visiting Harmandar Sahib, particularly as ❝ We take all threats of radicalisation and terrorism INTERVIEW PAGE 18 seriously. Canada and India are keen to cooperate. As Canadians, we must always ensure that all counterterrorism efforts are carried out in accordance with law and Charter of Rights and Freedoms Harjit Sajjan, CANADIAN DEFENCE MINISTER it is right around the time of Vaisakhi. My goals for this visit are to attend productive meetings with representatives from the Government of India and the Indian military.” Calling himself a proud Canadian, he said, “I have served Canada my entire life, as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, a member of the Vancouver Police Department, and now as an MP for Vancouver South and as Canada’s Minister of National Defence. I’m focused on serv- Farooq wins, demands Guv rule Says there is no way forward except talks with all stakeholders in Kashmir ❝ Ehsan Fazili & Azhar Qadri The election has been the bloodiest with the lowest-ever turnout. I demand and request the Government of India and the President that this government be dismissed rightaway so that Governor’s rule comes into play and the people can have some peace Tribune News Service Srinagar, April 15 National Conference-Congress candidate Farooq Abdullah today won the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat for the third time, defeating Nazir Ahmad Khan of the ruling PDP by a margin of 10,775 votes, polling 48,554 votes. Abdullah had earlier represented this constituency in 1980 and 2009. In 2014, he was defeated by PDP’s Tariq Hameed Karra, who resigned from the party and the Lok Sabha following differences with the Mehbooba Mufti government over the handling of the unrest in the Valley. Hence, a byelection had to be held. Counting at the highly guarded Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC), overlooking Farooq Abdullah, NC PRESIDENT An elderly NC worker hugs Farooq Abdullah after his victory in the Srinagar bypoll. MOHD AMIN WAR the Dal Lake, began at 8 am and the results were out by late afternoon. In all, 90,759 of the 12,61,395 voters exercised their franchise. While the byelection was held on April 9, re-polling was held at 38 polling stations on April 13. Soon after the results were declared, Abdullah demanded that the PDP-BJP government be sacked and Governor’s rule be imposed in the state. He blamed the Train derails in UP sabotage , not ruled out New Delhi, April 15 Eight coaches of the Rajya Rani Express derailed near Rampur in the morning today. The mishap occurred 2 km from Rampur junction railway station, resulting in injuries to passengers and rail traffic disruption. While according to the Rampur police, 15 passengers were injured, three of them seriously, the Railways claimed that only two passengers — Amit Katiyar and Megh Singh — were injured. Hinting at sabotage behind the derailment, the Railways said defects in the track could be due to “extraneous factors” as those could not develop suddenly. A 3-foot portion of the railway track was found missing, the police said Besides, the source said, five trains had passed over the track prior to the ill-fated Rajya Rani Express and the loco pilots of those trains had not reported any unusual occurrence. The Railways has ordered a probe and announced ex gratia of Rs 50,000 each for the injured. — PTI Coaches of the Meerut-Lucknow Rajya Rani Express which derailed near the railway station in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday. PTI administration for “completely failing to secure a peaceful election” that had been marred by violence, claiming eight lives. He also demanded that byelection to the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in South Kashmir, which has been deferred to May 25, be held under Governor’s rule, “otherwise we don’t see justice happening”. The seat was held by Mehbooba Mufti, who had to vacate it to enter state politics. The National Conference president, a former Union Minister in the UPA-II government, said he would now work towards initiating a dialogue with all stakeholders, including separatists and Pakistan. “There is no way forward other than dialogue, which must be started at all costs,” he said. On the dismal poll percentage, he said: “It does not make any difference. What do you say to the people who have voted?” On Article 370, he said the NC stand had always been that it must be restored to the 1953 level. ing Canada and Canadians.” Ever since Capt Amarinder hit out at the former Lieutenant Colonel of Canadian army who served in Afghanistan, the Akali Dal and AAP besides the , SGPC, have criticised the statement. The CM hit back that these reactions were lacking in national pride. On the personal front, Sajjan said he has fond memories of Punjab and returns to visit after a decade when much has changed in his life, as a father and a minister. Govt sets up panel on farm debt waiver Chandigarh: The Punjab government has set up an expert group to assess the quantum of agricultural debt and suggest ways and means for its waiver. Dr T Haque has been appointed chairman of the group, which has been tasked with submitting its report within 60 days. TNS Ban on red beacon comes into force Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Saturday issued a notification prohibiting the use of red beacon on all vehicles, except certain exempted categories. The notification supersedes all previous notifications on the use of the beacon (red and other colours). TNS FUEL DEARER PETROL DIESEL ~1.39 ~1.04 Now, Cong MLASikki crosses line, wants cops to toe his line Video shows him warning DSP to keep his men happy Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 15 A month in power, and most ministers have begun asserting themselves, directing the administration and the police to do their bidding. This has not gone down too well with Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. Top officials have been told to send out the message to their subordinates that they are not to “succumb to political pressure and rather act in accordance with the law and in favour of the people”, say sources. Barely two days after Punjab Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot “threatened” a Nabha school principal with suspension for his name appearing third on an inauguration stone, a video of Khadoor Sahib Congress MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki, threatening the area DSP has , surfaced on the social media. The MLA is seen warning the DSP to keep his men hap- MLA Ramanjit Singh Sikki giving his controversial speech. py, or he would be forced to visit the police station and take action against cops (Eh na hove ke lamba jisnu paana, us ton pehlan apna number lag jave), even as he is cheered by a crowd. “Nobody has been given the authority to take on the police or civil administration. My instructions to the officials are clear — do what is in public interest,” the Chief Minister told The Tribune. He said not much should be read into Sikki’s statement. “Jattan di soch eho jahi hundi hai (Jats generally talk in this manner). However, Dharamsot’s outburst was avoidable. My government’s first directive to ministers and MLAs was that we must shun VIP culture. We had mentioned this in our election manifesto too,” he said. Alleging there was a “mismatch in the statements issued from Chandigarh and the actions of Congress functionaries in the field”, former Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa demanded strict action against Sikki for threatening a government official.
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