13052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/13/2017 1:10 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, may 13, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 26 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Handshakes, but both firm on SYL 3 silver medals for India Deadlock on canal at Northern Zonal Council meet Pradeep Sharma & Rajmeet Singh Tribune News Service Making a comeback to the international circuit after the Olympics, star grappler Sakshi Malik (left) bagged a silver medal for India in the Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi on Friday. Sakshi lost to Japan’s Risako Kawai in women’s 60 kg category. Vinesh Phogat (extreme right) also settled for a silver in women’s 55 kg category and Divya Kakran (centre) in the 69 kg category. REPORT PAGE 20 Hackathon by May-end, EVM opposition dims Ravi S Singh Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 12 Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Ahmad Zaidi today said a gauntlet would soon be thrown for all and sundry to prove that the EVMs used in the just concluded Assembly elections were susceptible to tampering. The announcement came after the Election Commission of India (ECI) held a marathon meeting with leaders of all political parties. Sources said procedural details were being worked out for the challenge to be held by the month-end. The CEC said henceforth all booths for parliamentary and Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi (centre) with Election Commissioners AK Joti (L) and OP Rawat on Friday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI ❝ EC will offer an opportunity to all political parties to demonstrate that EVMs used in recent elections were tampered with or these can be tampered. Nasim Ahmad Zaidi, CEC Assembly elections would have the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) facility. To further dispel misgivings, a certain percentage of VVPAT slips would be counted, he added. The EC made detailed presentations on electronic voting machines. The meeting also discussed making bribery during elections a cognisable offence and disqualification on framing of charges. Seven national parties and 35 state parties took part in the meeting that lasted for more than seven hours. The meeting remained a low-key affair although Opposition parties had generated a heated debate in the recent past over BJP’s good electoral performance in Assembly elections. AAP had gone to the extent of calling a special session of the Delhi Assembly to demonstrate that EVMs could be hacked. Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia merely said the machines could be tampered with. BJP ally Lok Jan Shakti Party alleged that Sisodia and party colleague Subhash Bhardwaj were busy with their phones while Zaidi was addressing the participants. The Congress said only EVMs and VVPATs could not ensure transparency. However, it was in favour of EVMs with improvements, rather than the ballot system. Ditto was the stand of the CPM. However, the TMC, AAP and the CPI batted for a ballot paper system. edit: evm tampering Chandigarh, May 12 Deadlock prevailed between Punjab and Haryana over the contentious Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal at the Northern Zonal Council (NZC) meeting presided over by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here today, with Haryana terming the issue as “non-negotiable”. Haryana Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar, who was present at the meeting, said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had made it clear that there was no question of any dialogue on the SYL canal issue since the Supreme Court’s judgment had attained finality. He said what all states had agreed to was the suggestion of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to hold meetings at the level of officers and political executives on all other contentious issues of sharing power and water. Earlier, Sanjeevani Kutty, Secretary, Inter-State Council Secretariat, and Karan Avtar Singh, Punjab Chief Secretary, told reporters that Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan agreed to Rajnath’s suggestion of discussing all interstate river issues at a meeting of CMs and chief secretaries so as to arrive at mutually acceptable solutions. Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said though Haryana had less land, it was given more water at the time of Punjab’s reorganisation. Punjab did not get any share in the Yamuna waters, he maintained. Khattar, however, said: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh greets Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar at the NZC meeting on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ❝ ❝ Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM Manohar Lal Khattar, HARYANA CM With estimated 10 lakh acres in southern Punjab likely to go dry following the SYL construction, the region can become hotbed of terrorism, triggering a national problem. “Haryana is a water-stressed state. Against a demand of 36 million acre feet (MAF), the availability of water in Haryana is only 14.7 MAF We . give additional water to Delhi in compliance with the Supreme Court orders out of our share in the Yamuna waters. This, despite the fact that Punjab is not giving Haryana its full share in the Ravi-Beas waters.” “Thousands of villages and millions of hectares in Haryana are bereft of water, which we are entitled to get from Punjab,” Khattar said. Capt Amarinder reiterated his demand for re-assess- There is no question of any dialogue on the SYL canal issue since the Supreme Court’s judgment has attained finality and Haryana’s execution petition is listed for hearing in July. ment and re-determination of the availability of surface water in the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej. He urged the Centre to take expert advice on how to make reliable estimates of future flows in these rivers. Khattar said, “We are not in agreement with Punjab on its proposal of exclusive investment in Bhakra Main Line Canal and exclusive utilisation of electricity generated there-from by Punjab.” The Punjab CM, meanwhile, requested the J&K Government to ratify the pact for resumption of construction on the Shahpur Kandi Dam project, stalled since 2014. No relief for Gandhis Like pre-Islamic burying of US slaps sanctions by HCin Herald case girls alive: Arif on triple talaq on Pak terror units Himachal Minister Karan Singh dead Kullu: Himachal Pradesh Ayurveda Minister Karan Singh, who had been undergoing treatment at AIIMS, passed away on Thursday night. Singh, 60, was an MLA from Banjar in Kullu. His last rites were performed with state honours. PAGE 9 In Lanka, PM targets Pak’s hate ideology New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo to hit out at Pakistan for its ideology of hate and violence. He was the chief guest at the event. BACK PAGE New Delhi, may 12 The Delhi High Court today refused to stay the income tax proceedings against Young India Limited (YIL) in the National Herald case involving Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. The YIL had acquired majority shares of Associated Journals Limited (AJL), the publisher of the newspaper. Justices S Muralidhar and Chander Shekhar advised YIL’s senior counsel Abhishekh Singhvi to first approach the assessing officer to get the company’s grievances redressed before coming to the HC. As Singhvi accepted the suggestion, the Bench dismissed the petition as withdrawn. In February last year, the Supreme Court had refused to quash the criminal proceedings against the Gandhis, but expunged the Delhi High Court’s adverse remarks against them and exempted them from personal appearance in the trial court. Singhvi had pleaded in the top court that the Gandhis did not benefit from the deal. The YIL, in which the Gandhis and other Congress leaders were directors, was a Section 25 company, akin to a society, and, as such, its shareholders did not get any dividend, salary or other benefits, including a share in profit. According to BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, the complainant, the Gandhis formed IYL in 2010 with 38 per cent share each to take control of Rs 2,000-crore assets of the AJL. — TNS Ex-Rajiv aide says Shariat distorted beyond recognition Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 12 Likening triple talaq to the pre-Islamic practice of burying infant girls alive, former Union Minister Arif Mohammad Khan today requested the Supreme Court to abolish the practice, saying it was against the mandate of the Holy Quran. “In pre-Islamic Arab society, infant girls were buried alive. The practice was abolished after the advent of Islam… Triple talaq is the modern version of the preIslamic practice,” Arif Khan told a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, which is hearing petitions challeng- ing the validity of triple talaq. On Thursday, senior counsel Indira Jaising had contended that triple talaq amounted to civil death for Muslim women. Khan, who quit the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1986 following differences over the passage of a law to overturn the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Shah Bano case on maintenance for divorced Muslim women, attacked the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for “distorting” the Islamic law. “The Shariat has been distorted beyond recognition… They (AIMPLB) have taken the law to ridiculous levels,” Arif Khan said, adding it has gone much beyond the limits set by Allah in the Quran. NRI donates ~1.22 cr to Red Cross Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Hoshiarpur, May 12 An 84-year-old NRI based in Hoshiarpur for quite some time has set a new milestone in philanthropy by handing over a cheque for Rs 1 crore to the Red Cross here, in what is probably the largest amount given to the charity by an individual in one go. Piare Lal Saini, who had moved to the UK in 1965 to work there in an industry, was impressed by the work being done by the charity and decided to donate his entire savings for the noble cause. But before doing so, Saini thoroughly convinced himself that the amount won’t be misused. For this, he donated Rs 22 lakh earlier in smaller fractions over two years and ensured it was spent judiciously. Asked how he would meet his needs, Saini says the pension he has been drawing from the UK should be enough. “My wife passed away in 1989 and I have been living alone. My children are well-settled abroad and all of them supported my decision,” he says. The grant he has given would be used for various welfare projects, including deformity-correction surgeries for foot, hand and cleft lip; funding studies of poor students, setting up a canteen for needy youth pursuing vocational courses and upgrading a Jan Aushadhi store. Besides, the dilapidated building of the Red Cross Society would be repaired and new gadgets bought for the physiotherapy centre, Naresh Gupta, Red Cross Society secretary, said. Deputy Commissioner Vipul Ujjwal said Saini’s perhaps could be the biggest amount donated by any individual to the Red Cross in one go. “We are trying to verify it. But we are thankful to the man who selflessly chose to donate all his life’s savings. This will encourage more people to come forward to help the needy,” Ujjwal added. PL Saini giving ~1-crore cheque to DC Vipul Ujjwal. TRIBUNE PHOTO Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. Appearing on behalf of the All Indian Muslim Women Personal Law Board, Khan sought to emphasise that the Quran alone should be considered as the source of Islamic law; and Sunna and Hadith should be taken into account only if the Quran was silent on a particular issue. Advocate Farah Faiz, too, attacked the AIMPLB for distorting Shariat and demanded that a parallel judicial system of Islamic courts (Darul-Kaza) be banned as they prevented Muslims from approaching the mainstream judicial system. The Bench sought to know if something sinful and abhorrent could be part of law (Shariat). continued on page 8 Move forward on Pathankot probe, Pak told Simran Sodhi Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 12 The US today imposed sanctions on terrorist organisations based in Pakistan, including an organisation run by Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawah. In another development, Daniel Coats, Director of the US National Intelligence, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing that tension between India and Pakistan can only come down if Pakistan moves forward on the Pathankot probe. The developments came as a relief for India that has long been asking the world to take strict action to curtail the funding of various Pakistanbased terror groups that routinely carry out attacks. “These sanctions seek to disrupt the financial support networks of terrorists based in Pakistan who have supported the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Islamic State, and LeT for recruiting and funding of suicide bombers and other violent insurgent operations,” said John Smith, director of treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He said the US would “aggressively target extremists in Pakistan” and their fronts, including “charities which are used as vehicles to facilitate terror activities”. The statement of Coats has given a significant backing to SECURITY: NOT EVEN A RUPEE SANCTIONED New Delhi: The government is yet to sanction a single rupee for fortifying military bases across the country, notwithstanding the demand by the three services for Rs 2,000 crore to plug the gaps in their security in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack. A total of 3,000 sensitive bases, including 600 highlysensitive installations of the Army, Navy and the Air Force, were identified by the forces to revamp the security infrastructure. The Army has spent Rs 325 crore from its “internal” funds, but the government is yet to give a rupee to the three services for it, official sources said. PTI a demand that India has been making for a long time ---talks and terror cannot go together and Pakistan needs to act against those who are behind the Pathankot attack. “Easing of the heightened India-Pak tension will probably hinge in 2017 on a sharp and sustained reduction of cross-border attacks by terrorist groups based in Pakistan and progress in the Pathankot investigation,” Coats said. Both these developments also assume significance in light of the fact that the Trump administration will soon announce its Afghanistan policy. India and Pakistan have been vying for strategic influence in the region.
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