14052017-TTC-01.qxd 5/14/2017 1:31 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 137 no. 132 late city | sunday, may 14, 2017 chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 48 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Class VII girl among 2 dead in Pak shelling Charting course 35 villages along Line of Control in Rajouri affected Pranab: Indira Amir Karim Tantray & was convinced of Op Bluestar Shyam Sood Tribune News Service Amidst daily images of youngsters, including girls, with stones in hands, Saturday had a refreshing sight in store as scores of girls and boys turned up for the qualifying test at a Jammu and Kashmir Police recruitment rally in Srinagar’s Bakshi Stadium. The police conducted a special recruitment drive in an apparent move to win over the Valley youth. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MOHAMMAD AMIN WAR 23-yr-old gangraped, murdered Sonepat woman’s body mutilated; two, including acquaintance, held Rohtak/Sonepat, May 13 A 23-year-old woman in Sonepat was allegedly kidnapped and gangraped by an “acquaintance” and his friend(s), who mutilated her private parts and bludgeoned her to death. The body, abandoned at a secluded spot on the outskirts of Rohtak, was spotted on May 11, some parts devoured by stray dogs. The face was disfigured. Dr SK Dhattarwal, Head, Department of Forensic Medicine, PGIMS, said the post-mortem indicated sexual molestation, rape, mutilation of private parts and murder. “The victim’s skull was smashed. Some sedative was found in the stomach,” he added. The parents of the victim, said to be a divorcee, alleged that Sumit Kumar had been pestering their daughter to marry him and they had lodged a police complaint. On May 9, they again Sumit and Vikas (below) Forensic experts and police personnel at the murder spot in Rohtak’s IMT area. PHOTO: MANOJ DHAKA Simran Sodhi tribune news service approached the police after Sumit and his friend Vikas, who belongs to Uttar Pradesh, forcibly took her away in a car. A search was launched and the two are now in police custody. Sumit reportedly told the police that the victim had spurned his marriage pro- posal, despite being in a relationship with him for the last few years. This made him furious and he decided to “teach her a lesson”. The shocking incident comes days after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence to the four accused in the December Artiste Manas Sahoo creates a sand sculpture on eve of Mother’s Day in Odisha on Saturday. PTI 2012 Nirbhaya case. In February 2015, a mentally unstable Nepalese woman in Rohtak’s Bahu Akbarpur village was brutally gangraped and murdered by seven men. They were awarded the death penalty by a local court. — TNS Bajrang Punia provided India its first gold medal as he came from behind to beat Seungchul Lee of Korea in the men’s 65 kg freestyle event on the penultimate day of the Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi. Sarita, meanwhile, bagged a silver medal in the women’s 58 kg category. PAGE 22 Every 2nd boy, 4th girl fails inPunjab +2 Chandigarh, May 13 Nearly every second boy who appeared for the Class XII examination conducted by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) failed as the overall pass percentage this year decreased by a massive 14 percentage points compared to the past two years. Moreover, even though state Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary has “profusely congratulated girl Tribune News Service Smoke billows out after Pakistan shelling in the Nowshera sector. PTI ISLAMABAD SUMMONS INDIAN ENVOY Islamabad: Pakistan on Saturday accused India of committing “ceasefire violations” and summoned the country’s Deputy High Commissioner, who countered the allegation by asserting that the cross-border firing was initiated by Pakistani troops to give cover to terrorists. A Pakistan army statement alleged that three civilians were injured in the firing in Karela, Kotkoterra, Khuiratta, Sabzkot, Baroh, Tandar and Khanjar sectors. PTI relief camps. Twenty-six villages in Nowshera subdivision and nine in the Manjakot sector have been affected by heavy shelling,” Choudhary said. While three camps had been made operational at Nowshera, 28 more had been notified, he added. This is the third ceasefire violation along the LoC (Line of Control) since May 10. Pakistani Rangers had violated truce on the International Border as well yesterday, injuring a BSF constable. On May 10 and 11, Pakistani troops shelled civilian areas near the LoC, killing a woman. Two Pakistani soldiers were injured in retaliatory fire by the Indian side. Pakistan had last time resorted to heavy shelling in 2016 when the Indian Army conducted surgical strikes. New Delhi, May 13 Thirty-three years after Operation Bluestar, President Pranab Mukherjee today recalled how late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was convinced of the unavoidability of her decision to send the Army to clear the Golden Temple of militants in 1984. Speaking at the launch of a centennial commemorative volume on Indira Gandhi, Mukherjee said he had told the late PM that it was the most dangerous decision. “As a student of history, I was afraid to do anything with the Golden Temple... I recalled (at Cabinet committee meeting) how Ahmed Shah Abdali had to face serious consequences after the Third Battle of Panipat when he did something wrong with the Golden Temple,” the President said. He then narrated what Indira Gandhi told him: “Sometimes history demands some action to be taken which may not prove correct later on but perhaps is most relevant at that time. This decision cannot be avoided.” related report page 7 New Delhi says ‘One Belt, One Road’ project infringes on sovereignty BAJRANG WINS GOLD FOR INDIA Tribune News Service Aditi Tandon India to skip Beijing summit, risks isolation Do wish Amaninder Pal Jammu/Rajouri, May 13 A Class VII student was among two civilians killed and three others injured as Pakistan resorted to heavy shelling on Indian posts and several villages along the Line of Control today in Nowshera sector of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district. Those killed are Tuffail Hussain and his granddaughter Asiya Banoo of Jhangar village. Hussain’s wife Zaitoon Begum was critically injured and has been referred to Government Medical College, Jammu. Four soldiers were reportedly injured, too, though there was no confirmation from the Army. The Pakistan army started unprovoked firing around 7:15 am, using 82 mm and 120 mm mortars as well as small arms to target civilian areas mainly in Nowshera and Manjakot sectors. “The Indian Army responded effectively,” said defence spokesman Lt Col Manish Mehta. Confirming the deaths, Deputy Commissioner Shahid Choudhary said schools in border areas had been shut. “As many as 270 people have been shifted to students” for capturing top positions, almost every fourth girl student has failed to cross the examination hurdle this year. Of the 1,77,215 boys who appeared, only 96,444 (54.42 per cent) managed to pass. In case of girls, 99,877 out of 1,37,600 (72.59 per cent) got passing marks and above. But what is likely to invite uncomfortable queries for the education authorities is the massive decrease in overall pass percentage, which has dipped to 62.36 this year as compared to 76.77 and 76.24 per cent in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The only solace has come from state-run meritorious schools where the pass percentage has crossed 98 per cent. However, the better result of such schools is on expected lines as the most intelligent lot of government schools are admitted in such schools. PSEB chairman Balbir Singh Dhol minced no words in admitting that today’s result depicts the real sce- nario of the education standard in state schools. Dhol said that the result has gone down this year because “we haven’t taken a lenient view when it comes to the conduct of examination or giving grace marks while evaluating the answer sheets.” “Apart from appointing observers to check copying at schools, we also decreased the proportion of internal assessment marks from 30 to 10 for each paper,” added Dhol. related reports page 2 Today’s issue consists of 48 pages, including eight-page Spectrum, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and 10-page Life+Style (Part I & II). New Delhi, May 13 India will skip China’s grand “One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Summit,” starting in Beijing tomorrow, maintaining that “connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognised norms, good governance, rule of law, openness, transparency and equality.” MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay, pointed out: “Connectivity projects must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty and territorial integrity.” India's main problem with the OBOR has been with its flagship project, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which passes through Gilgit and Baltistan in occupied Kashmir. Specifically referring to the CPEC, Baglay said: “No country can accept a project that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Welcoming connectivity as a concept which is part of India's economic and diplomatic initiatives, India pointedly said, “ We have been urging China to engage in a meaningful dialogue on its connectivity initiative. We are awaiting a positive response.” What has come as a lastminute boost to the OBOR ❝ Both Pak and China favour negotiations with India as the most viable solution to the Kashmir dispute. China has always been supportive of Pakistan’s stance Nawaz Sharif, PAKISTAN PM Summit is the U-turn by the United States, which is now sending a top adviser. There is concern that India’s decision to skip the summit may result in its isolation. China’s might in the South Asian region is growing, having poured in billions of dollars in infrastructure development. Delhi has been at loggerheads with Beijing for blocking India’s entry into the NSG and for foiling its attempts in the UN to have Pakistan cleric Masood Azhar designated as a “terrorist”. Meanwhile, China has been fuming over Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang (in Arunachal), which it considers as part of south Tibet. World leaders, including the Russian President, are expected to attend the two-day summit. related reports page 19
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