11052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/11/2017 1:23 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, may 11, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 24 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd On leave, Lieutenant from J&K shot ICJtohearJadhav Ummer Fayaz, in Shopian for a cousin’s wedding, kidnapped by militants and killed Samaan Lateef Tribune News Service Srinagar May 10 Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz Parray, 23, of Sadsun-Yaripora village in Kulgam was kidnapped by suspected militants from the house of his maternal uncle in Shopian district, 60 km from here, late last night. His bullet-riddled body was found in Harmen area this morning, 3 km from the house. The autopsy report showed bullets in the head, stomach and chest. “In a dastardly act, unidentified militants on Tuesday night abducted and killed a young, unarmed Army officer, Lt Ummer Fayaz,” Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said. Fayaz had come home only last week for the marriage of his cousin sister at Batapura village in Shopian. Described by top Army officials as a promising officer, he was commissioned in the Army's Rajputana Rifles Regiment in December last year and was on leave for the first time. He was to return to his unit in Akhnoor area of Jammu on May 25. Sources said two masked men barged into his uncle's house and asked Fayaz, who was unarmed, to accompany them. Terrified, his family did not inform the police about the incident, hoping he would return unharmed. SC to govt: Bring Mallya to court New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directed the Home Ministry to “secure and ensure” the presence of businessman Vijay Mallya, currently in the UK, before it on July 10 for a hearing on the quantum of punishment for contempt for disobeying court orders by not disclosing full particulars of his assets and also violating the orders of Karnataka High Court by transferring $40 million received from a British firm to his three children. PTI Sanjay Mitra is Defence Secy New Delhi: The government named Road Transport and Highways Secretary Sanjay Mitra as its new Defence Secretary in a top-level bureaucratic reshuffle announced today. Mitra will take over as the secretary after the present incumbent, G Mohan Kumar, completes his tenure on May 24, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. Mitra, 58, a 1982batch IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre, will have a fixed two-year tenure. PTI SC hearing on triple talaq begins today New Delhi: Chief Justice of India JS Khehar will head a five-judge Constitution Bench that is scheduled to commence hearing of petitions challenging the age-old practices of triple talaq, polygamy and nikah halala among Muslims from Thursday. The judges on the Bench belong to five different faiths -a testimony to India’s secular tradition. The top court has already made it clear that it would not look into the issue of Uniform Civil Code. BACK PAGE 22 die in wall collapse New Delhi: Twentytwo persons were killed and 28 injured in a wall collapse at Bharatpur in Rajasthan. They were inside a marriage hall when one of the walls collapsed, the police said. PTI Soldiers pay tributes to slain Army officer Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz Parray in Shopian district; and (below) his grieving mother surrounded by mourners. PHOTOS: MOHAMMAD AMIN WAR/PTI Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz Parray ❝I assure the family that the perpetrators of this heinous crime and dastardly act will not be spared❞ Lt Gen Abhay Krishnan, GOC-IN-CHIEF, SOUTH WESTERN COMMAND A student of Jawahar Navodya Vidyalaya, Anantnag, Sayaz cleared the National Defence Academy (NDA) examination in 2012. After three years of training at Pune, he spent a year at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, and was commissioned as Lieutenant on Kolkata cops look for Karnan in Chennai Chennai, May 10 The whereabouts of Calcutta High Court judge CS Karnan, sentenced to jail for six months by the Supreme Court, remained a mystery on Wednesday, even as a West Bengal police team reached here. Sources in Chennai said he had left the state guest house for the famed Shiva temple in Srikalahasti town in Andhra Pradesh. But an official at the temple, about 120 km from here, said there was no trace of the judge. “He did not arrive yesterday or today. We have no idea if he will reach the temple tomorrow,” the official said. Another temple official had earlier said the judge was likely to reach the Andhra town on Wednesday evening and offer prayers on Thursday morning. Justice Karnan checked into the Chennai guest house on Tuesday after leaving his home in Kolkata. But he has Judge untraceable? Reports said Justice Karnan left the Chennai guest house, where he had checked in after arriving from Kolkata on Tuesday, to visit famed Shiva temple at Srikalahasti in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. But an official at the temple, about 120 km from Chenai, said there was no trace of the judge. . not officially vacated the guest house room and his bill remains to be settled. Officials said two other advocates who came with the judge had been asked to vacate their rooms in the Chennai guest house. The apex court has ordered the Director General of West Bengal Police to set up a team to implement its arrest order "forthwith". Justice Karnan was found guilty of contempt for hurling corruption charges against Supreme Court judges, including the Chief Justice. — IANS December 10, 2016. He leaves behind his father, who runs a small fruit business, mother and two younger sisters — Asma and Uzma. The officer's body was brought to his native village Sadsun for burial with military honours. “Azadi is fine, but killing an innocent young boy is shameful,” said an angry Mushtaq Ahmad, one of the hundreds of mourners. The slain officer was to go for the Young Officer's Course in September for elevation as platoon and company commander, Army officials said. A member of NDA's hockey team, he was an excellent volleyball player too. “The Army salutes the braveheart, stands by the bereaved family in this hour of tragedy and commits to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act of terror to justice,” Col Kalia said. “I assure the family that the perpetrators of this heinous crime and dastardly act will not be spared,” the GOC-inchief of the South Western Command, Lt Gen Abhay Krishnan, said. Calling it a watershed moment, he said the killing would “turn the tide against terrorism.” Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and former CM Omar Abdullah also condemned the killing. “We condemn the heinous and barbaric act, a manifestation of extremist ideology... Killing of a fellow Kashmiri Sunni Muslim is against the tenets of Islam,” state BJP spokesperson Brig (retd) Anil Gupta said. Extraordinary student p11 Edit: a dastardly act case on May 15 Pak says will reply to any Hague query TNS and Agencies New Delhi/Islamabad, May 10 The Pakistan army today said it would respond at an “appropriate level” to any query by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the death sentence given to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by its military court for “spying”, even as the ICJ announced that a public hearing on the case would be held on May 15. Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said Jadhav was sentenced by a military court after “due process of law”. “If the ICJ requests Pakistan anything about Jadhav, then the government of Pakistan will respond to it at an appropriate level,” he said. The statement came after Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on PM Nawaz Sharif and discussed the ICJ’s stay order on Jadhav’s execution. Earlier, adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said the government was analysing the Hague-based ICJ's authority in freezing Jadhav’s execution. He said the government would issue a statement on the issue soon. The Hague court said: “The ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, MEA: HAD NO OPTION BUT TO MOVE HAGUE ❝ Consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav was denied by Pakistan despite 16 requests and this was in contravention of the Vienna Convention… In such circumstances, India had no option but to move the ICJ to protect the ‘son of India’s’ life Gopal Baglay, MEA SPOKESPERSON Jadhav is on death row in Pak will hold public hearings on Monday, May 15... in the proceedings instituted by India on May 8 against Pakistan. The hearings will be devoted to the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by India.” India’s Ministry of External Affairs today clarified that India had moved the ICJ as the retired Indian Navy officer was in illegal detention in Pakistan and his life was under threat. On the reasons India approached the ICJ, MEA spokesman Gopal Baglay said Pakistan denied consular access to Jadhav despite 16 requests and this was in contravention of the Vienna Convention. He refused to get into the realm of conjectures and also refused to comment on Pakistan's reaction. Pakistan has not responded to Jadhav’s mercy petition and there is no information on the status of an appeal by Jadhav’s family seeking visa to visit him. BRING JADHAV BACK, DEMANDS CONGRESS It’s very important for the government to take all steps to bring back Jadhav… Our only caution is looking at how this government behaves… We should understand if we have given Pakistan an opportunity to internationalise the issue. The government needs to be sensitive on the issue Ajoy Kumar, CONG SPOKESPERSON ANALYSING INDIAN PETITION: PAK The government is analysing the Indian petition and the Haguebased ICJ's authority in freezing the execution of Jadhav. The government will issue a statement on the issue in the next few days. Sartaj Aziz, ADVISER TO PM ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS Ghuggi quits AAP, attacks Bhagwant Congress best bet, says aide Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 10 In fresh trouble for the beleaguered Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its former state convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi today quit the party — the second leader to do so within days of appointment of Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as Punjab convener. Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira has already resigned as party Chief Whip. Meanwhile, AAP has expelled its Amritsar Lok Sabha byelection candidate Upkar Singh Sandhu. The latter had called Bhagwant Mann an alcoholic. Ghuggi too said Mann suffered from alcoholism and that party convener Arvind Kejriwal had given him three months to get himself cured. Leaders of various parties and personalities from the entertainment industry, including Ghuggi, had made a beeline for AAP before the Assembly poll, claiming they were not after any post or position. Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Former AAP Punjab convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi during a press conference in Chandigarh on Wednesday. PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Ghuggi said he had resigned from AAP but not , politics. “I will be here to serve Punjab, Punjabi and Punjabiat. I may return to AAP if it is run by people , who genuinely wish to usher in change,” he said. On former convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Ghuggi claimed he was not shown the video-tape on Chhotepur “accepting a bribe”. Blaming the Delhi leadership for the party’s poll debacle in Punjab, he said there was no democracy within the party. Mann expressed his disap- pointment at Ghuggi’s resignation. He said it was strange that Ghuggi, who had as state convener kept mum on various controversies, was now crying hoarse. “Ghuggi was busy making films during campaigning, despite being the state convener,” he remarked. Senior vice-president Jagdeep Singh Gill and incharge of AAP’s fund raising committee Mehrbaan Singh also announced their resignations today to protest the leadership’s “use and throw” policy. Gurdaspur, May 10 Former Punjab AAP convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi is all set to join the Congress, say sources. Ghuggi, who lost the Assembly election from Batala, refused to comment. But his aide said: “He has not bid adieu to politics. Joining the Congress is the best available option.” Ghuggi had polled an impressive 34,000 votes from the Batala seat which is a part of the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency. Claiming Ghuggi’s switchover was imminent, a Congress leader said: “Once he is with us, we will consider his candidature for the Gurdaspur seat.” A byelection to the Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat has been necessitated owing to the death of BJP MP Vinod Khanna. Ghuggi’s entry into the Congress is bound to be opposed by certain leaders. James Comey Trump fires FBI chief Washington, May 10 US President Donald Trump on Wednesday fired FBI chief James Comey, abruptly removing the top sleuth overseeing a criminal probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election. “You are hereby terminated and removed from the office, effective immediately,” Trump said in a letter to Comey, who was four years into his 10-year term as the FBI director. Trump explained his announcement by citing Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was the secretary of state. detailed report on page 13 Saharanpur edgy, caste conflict may spread No free power to pvt gaushalas Rajputs want two BSP leaders arrested; Dalits accuse officials of being partisan Vishav Bharti Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service 4 hurt in Gonda clash Tribune News Service Saharanpur (UP), May 10 Saharanpur, witnessing a caste war between the dominant Rajputs and the neoemboldened Dalit Jatavs for the last five days, has the potential to spread and engulf the state’s entire western belt in the fire of divisive politics. Though the situation on the surface appears relatively calm, there exists a deep discontent among people belonging to both communities — the two sides having issued an ultimatum to the district administration to take action against leaders of the warring groups. Meanwhile, 30 persons have been A damaged car after a clash in Saharanpur. PTI arrested. Two police officers, SP (City) Sanjay Singh and SP (Rural) Rafeeq Ahmed, have been transferred. It all began on Friday last in a remote village of Shabbirpur. Local Rajputs, in the name of Maharana Pratap Jayanti, took out a procession, brandishing swords and fir- ing into the air with local kattas. “They tried to intimidate our people and we objected. A scuffle ensued in which a Rajput boy was suffocated to death. Furious, the Maharana Pratap followers torched several Dalit houses. In retaliation, our people torched the under-construction Maha- Gonda: Four persons were injured and some vehicles damaged following a clash between people belonging to two communities here on Wednesday. “A boy was beaten up by a few persons after which tension prevailed in the Tarabganj area. The situation in under control,” Gonda SP Sudhir Kumar Singh said. rana Pratap Bhawan and a police chowki in Ramnagar village on the city's outskirts,” said former village chief and BSP activist Rajkumar. Sources in the district administration said the Rajputs were demanding action against two Dalit continued on page 7 Chandigarh, May 10 Free power to private gaushalas seems to have become the first casualty in Punjab Government’s austerity drive. With a fresh circular of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), curtains have come down on the previous government’s decision to provide free power to 350 private gaushalas in the state. A circular issued by the SE (Sales), PSPCL, and sent to department officials says the power provided to all registered gaushalas free of cost be stopped and they be charged under the relevant category of tariff. The PSPCL has suspended its previous order issued on March 28, 2016 under which the facility of free power to gaushalas was started. The gaushalas will to now have to pay power dues to the PSPCL for over one year, ever since the previous government announced free power to them. On Punjab Gau Sewa Commssion’s demand, free power for gaushalas was announced in April last year. Under the terms and conditions decided by the previous SAD-BJP regime, the government was supposed to foot the annual bill of 4.57 crore. In July, when the Finance Department refused to spare any budget for the same, the PSPCL started sending bills to all gaushalas. On the then CM Parkash Singh Badal’s intervention, the Finance Department gave Rs 1 crore to Animal Husbandry for payment of dues to the PSPCL. But the money was not released and in March this year, the PSPCL disconnected the power connections of private gaushalas.
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