08052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/8/2017 2:02 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, may 8, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 21 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd FRANCE’S CHOICE ❝ fight with all I will my strength against the divisions that are undermining us French President-elect Emmanuel Macron at his campaign headquarters after early results in the presidential election in Paris. Country’s youngest-ever leader, Macron promised to heal deep divisions that led to large scores for far-right and far-left parties. REUTERS PAGE 13 First do-don’t test, then NEET New Delhi, May 7 Over 11 lakh MBBS and BDS aspirants today appeared for the National Eligibility-cumEntrance Test (NEET) at over 1,900 centres across the country. Many were caught unawares of the dos and don’ts, with some even forced to resize the sleeves of their shirts and abandon their footwear to meet the norms. The CBSE had deployed 490 officials at centres spread across 103 cities. Earlier, it used to conduct NEET for only 15 per cent all-India quota seats. While last year it was conducted in two phases, this year the test was held only today. After declaration of results, the data will be passed on to Health Ministry, which will coordinate the counselling with respective states. In some parts of Tamil Nadu, several candidates wearing An aspirant gets her earrings removed before appearing for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test in Bhopal on Sunday. PTI full sleeve shirts were told that only half-sleeve shirts were allowed in the examination hall. Left with no choice, they had to “customise” it by cutting it to size by using a scissor. Also, some who had come wearing shoes had to dump these and hastily opt for the sandals of their parents. Women candidates had to hurriedly remove hair pins, bands, earrings and nose-pins as these accessories were not allowed. In Kerala, a candidate alleged she was asked to remove her innerwear. In some cases, those living in the vicinity of NEET centres came forward to help candidates by giving them suitable clothes. — PTI Haryana Cabinet Kejri took ~2 cr in cash, tears into Khattar claims sacked minister Asks Delhi to make CM mend ways AAP refutes charge, Oppn calls for Delhi CM’s resignation Naveen S Garewal Tribune News Serivce Chandigarh, May 7 Seven of the eight Haryana Cabinet ministers have given an ultimatum to the BJP high command, through general secretary Dr Anil Jain, to prevail upon Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to mend his “dictatorial” attitude in dealing with works pertaining to their departments, it is learnt. At the informal Cabinet meeting in Faridabad last week, the ministers minced no words in expressing their displeasure to Khattar himself. Taking turns to highlight how official works were being scuttled by bureaucrats on the pretext that the CM had asked them to do so, they cited several instances to make their point. Three ministers were almost livid as they told the CM how his “undue interference’ was adversely affecting the performance of their departments. Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij went to the extent of saying, “Are we there only to work on the CM’s announcement?” He said files pertaining to announcements by the CM were cleared on priority by the Finance Department, and the remaining gathered dust. The CM has made about PANDEY APPOINTED BJP HP IN-CHARGE Former Bihar BJP chief Mangal Pandey was on Sunday appointed the party’s in-charge for Himachal, where Assembly poll is due later this year. PAGE 10 ‘Gun salute’ by militants at funeral Anantnag, May 7 A group of militants appeared at the funeral of a slain associate and fired a volley of bullets in the air as a form of gun salute in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district today. The incident occurred during the funeral of Fayaz Ahmed, alias Setha, a resident of Qaimoh in Kulgam, who was killed in retaliatory fire yesterday after militants fired at a police party which had gone to Mir Bazaar area to investigate a road accident. Ahmed had been on the run since August 2015 after his name cropped up in the Udhampur terror strike case. Three civilians and a cop People run as suspected militants open fire in the air during the funeral of an associate in Kulgam district on Sunday. PTI were also killed yesterday. At least four militants, their faces not concealed, appeared in the crowd during the funeral today and offered a “gun salute” to the slain militant. They raised some slogans and then fled. The incident comes just a couple of days after the security forces carried out a major combing operation in the neighbouring Shopian district to flush out militants. There have been several instances of militants appearing at funerals of slain associates in recent times in what appears to have taken the shape of a disturbing trend. The slain militant carried a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head and had been chargesheeted by the NIA. The three civilians who got killed were working for Hyderabad-based company RAMKY, entrusted with NH widening in Kashmir. — TNS/PTI Cops grapple with holes in drug nest At Jagraon village, smugglers use escape routes in houses to fox police Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Kul Gehna (Jagraon), May 7 Inhabitants of this “village of drug smugglers”, located close to the Sutlej in Jagraon, are all too aware of the proverb “vanish into thin air” as each of the 35-odd houses built in a cluster has an escape route. The secret passage is used by criminals to escape every time the police come calling. More than 60 FIRs have been registered against its residents over the past two years — nearly 200 of its 300 residents, barring children, have been named in at least one drug smuggling case. A web of square or circular holes of different sizes in the walls connects each house, Safety exit in 35 houses ■ A web of square/circular holes in the walls connects each of 35 houses, allowing drug smugglers to flee during police raids ■ The smugglers use the route to escape into the fields and subsequently cross the Sutlej. It’s hard for well-built cops to follow them through the holes ■ Another series of small holes in the walls are used to quickly dispose of drugs in case of a raid A hole in wall used by smugglers to evade police. TRIBUNE PHOTO allowing smugglers to flee during police raids. The smugglers move from one house to another before landing in the fields. They then make a dash for the river, crossing it before the police can reach them. For a wellbuilt cop, it is difficult to follow them through the holes. Another series of small holes in the walls are used to Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. /thetribunechd quickly dispose of drugs in case of a raid. Contraband, including heroin, smack and opium, packed in small pouches is moved from one house to another till the police call off search. The Jagraon police have plugged these holes in the past, but new ones reappear soon after the raids. In a rare access to these houses, The Tribune found small gates in the boundary walls, big enough for a child to pass through. A few days ago, the police plugged these escape routes with bricks and locked the small iron gates. “It is literally a cat and mouse game,” says Jagraon Senior Superintendent of Police Surjeet Singh, who continued on page 7 3,600 announcements so far, and work has started on about 34 per cent. After making his point, Vij walked out of the meeting in a huff. Citing an example where Khattar stayed away from one of his private functions, Education Minister Ram Bilas questioned him: “Are you trying to threaten me by staying away from my functions?” Calling himself, Ram Bilas and Khattar a “tikkri” (trio) of the pre-BJP government days, Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar told Khattar that they went back several years, but he could never imagine that a “sanyasi” (ascetic) would stick to a chair. He reminded Khattar that they had all vowed to work for the welfare of Haryana, but “I’m saddened that you have so negatively been influenced by power”. Finance Minister Capt Abhimanyu too expressed his displeasure but chose more civil language. He blamed the CM for using the bureaucracy for stalling official work pertaining to other ministries. PWD Minister Rao Narbir was the only one to side with the CM and chose to stay quiet. Annoyed at his “diplomatic posturing”, several ministers chose to abstain from a function hosted by him a day later. continued on page 7 ❝ Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 7 Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party plunged into a fresh crisis today with a sacked minister accusing Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of accepting Rs 2 crore from a Cabinet colleague, triggering calls by the Opposition for the CM’s resignation. Kapil Mishra, who was yesterday sacked as Delhi Water Minister, alleged he was an “eyewitness” to Health and PWD Minister Satyendar Jain handing over Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal. The AAP strug, gling to steady itself after municipal poll defeat and subsequent infighting, refuted the allegations. Mishra, who met Lt-Governor Anil Baijal in the morning, said he had apprised him of the “handing over of cash” and would provide details to investigating agencies. He also accused Jain of facilitating a land deal worth Rs 50 crore for Kejriwal’s relative. “Jain personally told me about the deal,” he claimed. While Kejriwal kept mum, his deputy Manish Sisodia and AAP leader Kumar Vishwas rubbished the allegations. “They are unsubstantiated. No one will believe them,” said Sisodia. Vishwas said the AAP Political Affairs Committee would We can disagree, fight or be disappointed with each other... I know Arvind for 12 years and I can say I cannot believe it, even his enemies won’t... ❝ Kumar Vishwas, AAP LEADER I saw (Health Minister Satyendar) Jain hand over ~2 crore in cash to Kejriwal. When I asked about the money, Kejriwal refused to answer. He said there are certain things in politics that need to be explained later. ❝ Kapil Mishra, DELHI EX-WATER MINISTER Anna Hazare, SOCIAL ACTIVIST decide action over the issue. The BJP demanded Kejriwal’s resignation, while the Congress called for criminal proceedings against him. “Kejriwal has no moral right to hold the post of Chief Minister. He must resign immediately,” said Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari. Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said Mishra’s claims were a “testimony of an eyewitness”. “The Centre, the Anti-Corruption Branch and the CBI should immediately take action and register an It is painful for me to see what is going on. It is disheartening to see my former colleague in the anti-corruption crusade facing charges of accepting money. FIR,” he said. Kejriwal’s former political colleague Yogendra Yadav said he won’t believe Mishra without proof. Mishra, known to be close to Vishwas, said many issues were raised against the AAP in the past, “but we always thought Kejriwal did not have knowledge about them”. “But I cannot stay silent after what I witnessed.” He added he won’t quit the party nor join the BJP the , main Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, which is expected to meet on Tuesday.
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