19042017-TT-01.qxd 4/18/2017 10:21 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday,april 19, 2017 himachal pradesh chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 107 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Mallya held in UK, out on ~5.3-cr bail Legal battle ahead for tycoon’s extradition to India Simran Sodhi Tribune News Service Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan inspects a tri-services guard of honour at South Block in New Delhi on Tuesday. He is in India on a seven-day visit. MUKESH AGGARWAL Sajjan: Won’t get into local politics ‘No one can take village away from me’ New Delhi, April 18 Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan today emphasised he would not get dragged into local politics, reiterating the visit is aimed at strengthening the bilateral ties with India. “I have to be respectful as I represent my government,” the visiting minister said, adding that if the Chief Minister (Capt Amarinder Singh) chooses not to meet him, it is his choice. Yet, he said, that would not prevent him from coming to the assistance of the Punjab Government “if any work is needed from me”. Stating that he is looking forward to visiting his village in Hoshiarpur and the house in which he was born, the minister said he cherished his childhood memories and Indian roots but remained a proud Canadian. Sajjan, who will travel to Amritsar and Chandigarh during this week, said the relationship between Canada and Punjab was based on people. “No one can take away my village from me,” he said and preferred not to respond to questions about the Punjab Chief Minister describing him as a “Khalistani supporter”. The minister said over the years he had been given different labels when he donned the uniform — that of a police officer who went after organised crime or as an army officer doing combat duty in Afghanistan. Besides holding talks with Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, the visiting dignitary today delivered a talk on “Conflict prevention and peacekeeping in a changing world” at the Observer Research Foundation event. — TNS ❝ If the CM (Capt Amarinder Singh) chooses not to meet me, it is his choice. Yet, that would not prevent me from coming to the assistance of Punjab Government if any work is needed from me. We are a federation and the Ontario legislature is democratically elected. A private member moved a motion (on 1984) and that’s all it was. I don’t promote the breaking up of any country. I don’t want to be sucked into the internal politics of a province of a nation. My goal is to build relationships. I am proud that I was born here. Harjit Singh Sajjan, CANADA’S DEFENCE MINISTER Resolution on ’84 exaggerated: India Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 18 India today told Canada that a recent resolution passed in the Ontario provincial assembly terming the 1984 antiSikh riots as “genocide” was “unreal” and “exaggerated”. Riots had broken out in the aftermath of the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 across several North Indian cities, particularly Delhi, and more than 3,500 Sikhs lost their lives. Today, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley during his meeting with Canadian counterpart Harjit Singh Sajjan raised the matter, saying there was disquiet in India over the resolution and it was “unreal and exaggerated in its words”, sources said. The Ministry of External Affairs had protested to Canada on the “genocide” terminology and today the matter was taken up at the political level. Sajjan reportedly told Jaitley that the Canadian government disassociates itself from the resolution passed in the provincial assembly, saying it does not reflect the view of the Canadian government. Jaitley emphasised that as liberal democracies, the resolution was not good for India and Canada, said the sources, adding that there was no heated debate on the matter and it’s not as if that was the only thing discussed. Jaitley and Sajjan held delegation-level talks where it was discussed how the Canadian defence policy review was coming up and both sides agreed that defence should become a more important part of the relationship. Canada produces parts and sub-systems of several weapons and military equipment manufactured in the US and Europe. Trump to seek changes Haryana fuel pumps shut Hindi may be must till on Sundays from May 14 Class X in CBSE schools in visa programme Harkirat Singh Sikh cabbie in US assaulted; loses turban New York, April 18 A 25-year-old Sikh cab driver in the US was assaulted and his turban knocked off by drunk passengers, an incident the police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The incident took place here early Sunday morning and has left Harkirat Singh, an immigrant from Punjab who moved to the US three years ago, scared. “I’m so afraid. I don’t want to work,” Singh told the New York Daily News. “It’s an insult of my religion, my faith. It’s horrible.” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: “Harkirat Singh — You are welcome here. What happened to you was wrong. You did the right thing by calling the NYPD.” Last week, Sikhs in the US launched a million-dollar campaign aiming to inform Americans about the Sikh faith amid continuous incidents of hate crime. Singh said he picked up three men and a woman, all in their 20s, around 5 am from Madison Square Garden. When they reached their destination in the Bronx, they began complaining that Singh had taken them to the wrong address. continued on page 13 Chennai: Beginning May 14, fuel outlets in eight states, including Haryana, will be shut every Sunday following PM Narendra Modi’s call to conserve oil. “We had planned to shut outlets on Sundays a few years back. But oil marketing companies had then requested us to reconsider,” said Suresh Kumar of the consortium of Indian petroleum dealers. He said 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Maharashtra would be shut for 24 hours on Sundays, starting May 14. PTI New Delhi: Students of schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Kendriya Vidyalayas may have to compulsorily study Hindi till Class X with recommendations of a parliamentary panel in this regard getting the President’s nod. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has also been instructed to form a policy in consultation with the state governments to make the language compulsory. As of February, 18,546 schools in India and 210 in 25 foreign countries are affiliated to CBSE, as are 1,117 KVs. PTI Washington: US President Donald Trump will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa programme used to bring foreign workers to the US to fill high-skilled jobs. Two senior Trump administration officials said Trump would also use the “buy American and hire American” order to seek changes in government procurement practices to increase the purchase of American products. PTI Lovely joins BJP in Delhi UK PM calls for early poll Oz visa blow for Indians New Delhi: Former Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely joined the BJP on Tuesday and lashed out at the leadership of his former party. A key minister in the erstwhile Sheila Dikshit government, Lovely raked up allegations of bribery in ticket distribution for the MCD polls by the Congress. TNS London: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for snap elections on June 8 in a move that stunned her allies as well as opponents, asserting that it is the only way to guarantee political stability for years after the UK leaves the European Union. May, who had repeatedly denied that she would call an election before 2020, indicated that the early election will help unite the political corridors. P13 Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday said his government will abolish a popular work visa used by over 95,000 foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment and replace it with a new programme requiring higher English-language proficiency and job skills. Turnbull said Australia will adopt a new ‘Australians first’ approach to skilled migration. P16 Punjab begins exercise to break cable cartel Sarbjit Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 18 Eager to break the television cable network monopoly in the state, the Punjab Government has started the exercise to enact a law in this regard. Sources said the government has approached experts and others who have worked in the cable network field for suggestions before setting up a Cable Network Authority with legal backing for the purpose of implementing the rules and regu- lations to be framed to operate the network in the state. “The cable network cartel has been working in the state for long. It has been using muscle power to stop others from entering this business. We want to end that by opening it for all interested in running the cable network,” said Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal. The Cable Network Authority Act would be passed in the Budget session, he added. The objective is to provide a level-playing field to all those interested in running the cable network in various cities, towns and other parts of the state. Depending on the viability, there could be four, five or even more players to provide the cable network, he added. “Customers would have a choice to get connection from any cable operator working in that city. Obviously, customers would opt for the best service provider,” said an official. Cable network operators had been censoring channels at their own level in the Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. state. The private cartel would decide what news people should see and what channel should not be allowed to be seen. “There would be no control on the delivery of information via news channels. During the previous SADBJP government, only one particular Punjabi news channel was having a free run in the state. Others were either not delivered through the network or made to follow the government line,” said a state government official. New Delhi, April 18 The government today scored a victory over many naysayers when the police in London arrested on an extradition warrant the embattled tycoon Vijay Mallya, who has been declared a proclaimed offender in India on fraud charges. India had on February 8 sent a formal extradition request as per the Extradition Treaty between India and the UK and today’s arrest follows from that. A few hours later, Mallya was granted conditional bail for £6.5 lakh (Rs 5.3 crore) after he appeared before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Sources in the government said while they expected Mallya to be extradited to India eventually, a legal battle in the British courts would play out first. Today’s arrest was the first step in ensuring Industrialist Vijay Mallya leaves Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London after getting bail on Tuesday. PTI his eventual extradition. A Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said Mallya’s arrest was in connection with the request by the government to the UK authorities, and that the “legal process in this regard is under way in the UK. The two governments are in touch in this context”. Mallya’s passport has already been cancelled and continued on page 7 Monsoon to be normal: Met Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 18 The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today predicted a “normal” monsoon for the country, spelling a major relief for the farming community, the people and policymakers. “India is in for a normal monsoon which will be good for agriculture and economy. The country will receive 96 per cent of the Long Period Average,” IMD Director General KJ Ramesh said. The prediction came with a margin error of 5 per cent. The probability of rains falling within the near-normal range (96 per cent to 104 per cent of the LPA) is 38 per cent. Braving a heatwave, the IMD’s first-stage longrange forecast of normal rains comes as a major relief for the country. Though the fear of a “weak El Nino” — the dreaded sea surface temperature anomaly in the Pacific — developing in the later part of the season (August-September) continues to persist, the IMD said that currently, neutral conditions were prevailing over the equatorial Pacific. This is the first year that the monsoon mission-coupled forecast system has been used. Anything between 96 and 104 per cent of the LPA is considered “normal”. Last year, the IMD had made an initial forecast of “above normal” monsoon but the season ended with normal rains. The second stage longrange forecast will be issued in the first week of June.
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