07052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/7/2017 1:31 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 1 no. 20 | sunday, may 7, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Golden moment: Bronze AP/PTI /thetribunechd CM: Modi alone can fix Kashmir tangle Says has mandate and courage to resolve problem Tribune News Service After a dismal performance in the virtual semifinal against Malaysia, India outplayed New Zealand 4-0 on Saturday to claim the bronze medal in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. Great Britain created history by winning the title after 23 years with a rousing 4-3 victory in the final against defending champions Australia. PAGE 20 475 schoolgirls ill 89 passports, bag after Delhi gas leak gets ‘lost’ in transit New Delhi, May 6 At least 475 girl students were hospitalised today after toxic fumes spread due to chemical leakage at a container depot near two schools in southeast Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area. Most students were discharged after a few hours, while four were kept under observation in the ICU of two hospitals. Students of Rani Jhansi School and Government Girls Senior Secondary School (GGSSS) were rushed to nearby hospitals as they complained of irritation in eyes and breathlessness this morning. “I started vomiting and was not able to open my eyes. All other students around me too were coughing, vomiting and feeling uneasy,” said Poonam, a GGSSS student admitted to Majeedia hospital. According to the police, a call was received at 7.35 am about a chemical leakage at the customs area of Tughlaqabad depot, near the schools. The chemical in the container, which experts believe was chloromethyl pyridine imported from China, was to be taken to Sonepat. “Of 475 students, 400 were discharged by evening. A case has been registered against unknown persons,” police said. — TNS Schoolgirls are treated at a government hospital after a gas leak from a nearby container depot in New Delhi on Saturday. AFP ArchitWatts Tribune News Service Muktsar, May 6 Jaskeerat Kaur Sandhu, 24, of Lubanianwali village wants to go to Canada on a study visa. She took three months’ coaching to clear IELTS. Admissions are now about to begin, but she is yet to get her passport. Her younger sister Gurkeerat Kaur Sandhu is in the same dilemma. Manjot Kaur Aulakh, 21, of Khane Ki Dhab village too has been waiting for her passport without which she cannot apply for a study visa. Also in a fix is young Beant Singh Deol of Faridkot, who had applied for inclusion of his bride’s name in the passport. At least 89 persons from Muktsar and neighbouring districts had applied for a passport at the Regional Passport Office, Amritsar, on February 15. Two months later, the bag carrying the passports was reportedly lost while in transit. At least 14 affected persons have now formed a group to wage a legal battle, claiming “inadequate” response from the authorities concerned. “We visited the RPO thrice, Passport applicants outside the post office in Muktsar. but nobody paid any heed to our problem. We then approached the Amritsar post office, which gave us in writing that they had informed the passport authorities about the ‘missing’ bag with 89 passports. Yet officials at the passport office have done nothing about it,” said a harassed Haqikat Singh, adding: “We have sent legal notices and if denied fresh passports, will move court.” Muktsar postmaster Darshan Singh said they had not received any parcel with passports. Several attempts to contact Postal Department officials in Amritsar proved futile. A picture of humility, humaneness New Delhi, May 6 Leila Seth died the way she lived — in the service of people. The first woman chief justice of a high court (Himachal Pradesh, in 1991), and author Vikram Seth’s mother, she had pledged to donate her organs before her death. Seth was 86. “She died of a cardiac seizure last night. My brother Vikram, sister and our other family members are here,” her younger son Shantum Seth said. There would be no funeral as the organs had been donated. In Delhi, acclaimed art historian Kapila Vatsyayan described the demise of Justice Leila Seth as a huge loss. “For a person with so many public positions to possess, such qualities of humility and humaneness are rare. I had the greatest admiration for Justice Seth and had met her only a couple of weeks ago,” Vatsyayan, Life Trustee of the Indian International Centre, said. Vatsyayan said Justice Seth Justice Leila Seth (1930-2017) A file photo of Justice Leila Seth with son Vikram Seth. was “an extraordinary person, a wonderful jurist, a writer par excellence, a mother of very talented children and a rare human being”. “She was the rarest of rare persons in the sense of being the first woman chief justice of a high court and also the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court,” Vatsyayan said, recalling Justice Seth’s contributions to IIC in her two terms as an elected trustee. As a longtime friend of Jus- tice Seth, Vatsyayan, a former Rajya Sabha MP mentioned , how “wonderful a mother” the deceased jurist was to her famous children. Vatsyayan, 88, said their association began 20 years ago when the two came together to serve as IIC trustees. Justice Seth, who led an illustrious life, was most recently hailed for her radical contributions to the Justice JS Verma Commission report on criminal law amendments Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. proposed in the wake of the 2012 Delhi gangrape case. As a member of the commission headed by the late Justice Verma, Justice Seth argued passionately for the inclusion of marital rape as a crime under the IPC and flagged links between missing children and sexual trafficking. Despite an overwhelming opinion against criminalisation of marital rape on grounds that it could be misused and would be difficult to prove, Justice Seth argued for making it an IPC offence, saying it would provide women in abusive marriages a tool to protect themselves. Earlier, Justice Seth turned over a new leaf in women’s rights when she contributed to historic changes in the Hindu Succession Act, giving daughters equal rights in joint family property. She was also a vocal critic of Section 377 of IPC, which criminalises same-sex relationships and persistently spoke for LGBT rights. — TNS Jammu, May 6 Calling for a concerted dialogue process, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi alone could pull the Valley out of the prevailing morass. “Kashmir is not problem of a year or two, it is a 70-year-long issue which needs to be solved by addressing all related aspects,” she said at a public function here. “I know some people will criticise my stand, but I am of the firm opinion that the Prime Minister alone can permanently solve this vexed problem because he has the mandate of the entire nation,” she said. Claiming that Modi had the moral authority as well as the courage to take “bold decisions”, she recalled his unscheduled visit to Lahore on December 25, 2015, to normalise ties with Pakistan. Without naming a political or separatist group, she said some vested interests were hell-bent on fomenting trouble in the Valley. “I am hopeful that the PM, who has the mandate of the people, will take effective steps to restore peace.” Invoking the Vajpayee doctrine, she recalled, “Vajpayeeji and Mufti Saheb had Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu on Saturday. INDERJEET SINGH ❝ He (PM) has the mandate of the people. This is his biggest power. He went to Lahore and met the PM of that country. This is not a sign of weakness, but an indication of strength and power. Mehbooba Mufti, CM, J&K initiated sincere efforts which yielded encouraging results.” Facing immense pressure from within her party (PDP) to convince the Centre to hold parleys, Mehbooba has reason to invoke Vajpayee. It was during the latter’s tenure as PM that several pro-peace measures, including talks with the Hurriyat Conference and a ceasefire along the 720km-long international border with Pakistan, were initiated. Also, LK Advani, then Deputy PM, had on January 22, 2004, held talks with separatists. “Thereafter, no efforts were made to carry forward the agenda of peace and reconciliation. It was owing to the ‘causal’ approach of the UPA government and successive dispensations in Jammu and Kashmir that the state saw unprecedented violence in 2008-2010,” she claimed. “There was pent-up lava. It started to pour out in 2008 and then in 2009-2010. This lava has now spread to the streets and we are forced to face this situation,” she said. As the CM was speaking, senior Congress leader Gulchain Singh Charak interrupted her, demanding two civil secretariats, one in Jammu and another in Srinagar. Charak, who later walked out in protest, was heckled by some workers. BJP backs Mehbooba page 6 Cop, militant among 4 killed in J&K attack Anantnag, May 6 Three persons, including a policeman, were killed and three injured when militants attacked a police party in Mirbazar area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district late this evening. The injured were shifted to Srinagar. A militant too died in the incident. SP Vaid, DGP said the mili, tants opened fire on a police party inspecting an accident site along the Srinagar-Jammu highway where civilians had gathered too. A policeman, two civilians and a militant were killed. Another militant was injured. — TNS DRUG-VS-DRUG THE LAST-DITCH BATTLE TALKING POINT PAGE 12 A new column by Keki Daruwalla, poet and short story writer BACK PAGE
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