07072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/7/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, july 7, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 81 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Expedite welfare schemes topreventfarmsuicides:SC Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 6 Questioning the Centre on lacunae in implementing various policies and programmes to prevent suicide by farmers, the Supreme Court today refused to close a PIL on the issue, even as it said the government was moving in the right direction. “We are not going to close it. We are just keeping ourselves in the loop. You are moving in the right direction but suicides are going up,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar said during the hearing of a PIL by Citizens Resource and Action Initiative (CRANTI), an NGO. “Giving compensation to the family of a farmer who kills himself is not enough. You are moving but still the suicides are increasing. There are policies but everything is on paper. You must move towards ❝ You are moving in the right direction but suicides are going up... Giving compensation to the family of a farmer who kills himself is not enough. There are policies but everything is on paper. Supreme Court Bench KISAN YATRA HALTED IN MP, 300 ARRESTED Farm activists in Mandsaur. PTI implementation,” it said. The top court’s comments came after Attorney General KK Venugopal explained the steps taken to deal with the agrarian crisis and tried to Bhopal: The ‘Kisan Mukti Yatra’, to pay homage to the six protesting farmers killed by the police in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district, was halted by the police on Thursday. As many as 300 persons, including Ruldu Singh Mansa and Darshanpal from Punjab, were taken into custody. Among the marchers were Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan convener VM Singh, CPM’s Subhasini Ali, Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav and social activist Medha Patkar. IANS impress upon the Bench to leave it to the government to implement the policies which, even the petitioner admitted, were good. Giving details of its “multi- RIP Haifa martyrs pronged attack” to tackle the problem, Venugopal said it was not for the court to supervise the government. But the Bench said: “There is a motive for us to hear this. We want you to soften the effect of loan on farmers.” Hit by consecutive droughts, India has witnessed an agrarian crisis, driving many farmers to suicide owing to failed crops and indebtedness. Suicide by farmers increased by more than 40 per cent in 2015, crossing 8,000. Most of these were from Maharashtra (more than 3,000) and Telangana (more than 1,300). Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh too have seen suicides by farmers. The Bench had in January expanded the scope and ambit of a 2013 PIL by CRANTI, seeking the top court’s intervention in continued on page 10 ‘WHy Guv office out of rti’ p7 reply sought on VVPAT use p7 Army jawan in J-K deserts unit, alert sounded Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays a wreath at the Indian cemetery in Haifa, Israel, on Thursday. Forty-four Indian soldiers laid down their lives during the liberation of Haifa in 1918. The PM also unveiled a plaque commemorating Major Dalpat Singh, known as the “Hero of Haifa”, for his critical role in defeating the Ottoman Empire forces. PTI BACK PAGE G20: No Modi-Xi bilateral Simran Sodhi Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 6 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in attendance tomorrow morning at the Leaders Retreat in Hamburg, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. The fact that the two leaders will be present at the same venue for a common meeting will offer both nations a chance to possibly discuss steps for de-escalation of the standoff in Sikkim. A bilateral meeting between the two was never planned in the first place. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said the only meetings scheduled were with leaders from Argentina, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, the UK and Vietnam. This is in addition to BRICS meeting. Baglay’s statement effectively rules out any “struc- tured” meeting between Modi and Jinping. However, sources point out that the chances of a “pullaside” cannot be ruled out. The India-China confrontation on the Sikkim border continues and the tone from both sides has remained combative. China and the message it has delivered in the past few days via the continued on page 10 Related report p15 Srinagar, July 6 A Kashmiri Army man deserted his unit in north Kashmir and fled with arms and ammunition on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. While there is no confirmation whether the jawan, hailing from Sirnoo village in volatile Pulwama district of south Kashmir, has joined militancy, an alert has been sounded. There have been instances in J&K where policemen have joined the militant ranks, but this is the first incident when a Kashmiri soldier has Zahoor Ahmed Tokar deserted the Army ranks. Sepoy Zahoor Ahmed Tokar was posted in 173 Territorial Army (Engineering) at Gantmulla Baramulla. He went missing, along with an AK rifle and three magazines. He had been posted at the Gantmulla base since he joined the Army two years ago. Major General AK Singh of the Army’s counter-insurgency unit Kilo Force said the desertion by the jawan was a “one-off incident.” Tokar had visited his home for Eid and joined back after two days. A police officer said, “There is no active militant from Tokar’s village though a few militants are active in the neighbouring villages.” rajnath reviews security p13 CMO vetoed AG office on bus permits Ruchika M Khanna BIG LOSERS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July6 When Punjab’s new transport policy, announced by the Capt Amarinder Singh government on Thursday, comes into force, former Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal will lose 75 permits for super integral coaches run by his transport companies while Congress MLA Kushaldeep Singh Dhillon will lose “illegal extensions” granted to his transport companies covering 1,200 km. Other politicians who will lose bus permits are Congress ■ Former Dy CM Sukhbir Badal, who will lose 75 permits ■ Congress MLA Avtar Henry Jr of Kartar Bus Service ■ Former Speaker NS Kahlon of Baba Budha Transport ■ SAD’s HS Dimpy Dhillon of Deep Transport & Cong’s JS Dimpa of Pyar Bus Service MLA Avtar Henry Junior (Kartar Bus Service), who held 15-odd benami permits, former Akali MLA and Speaker Nirmal Singh Kahlon (Baba Budha Transport), Akali leader Hardeep Singh Dimpy Dhillon (Deep Transport) and former Congress MLA Jasbir Singh Dimpa (Pyar Bus Service). The Punjab Cabinet had yesterday cancelled permits for plying 5,432 buses, 6,700 mini buses and 78 integral luxury coaches. With politicians from both the Congress and the SAD controlling the state’s transport business, it was not easy for the government to bring in a new policy. The CM had to take a tough stand as he faced pressure from various stake-holders. Powerful transporters, it is Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. learnt, vehemently pleaded that only those permits issued after 2011 be cancelled, causing a rift between the office of the Advocate General of Punjab and the Chief Minister’s office (CMO) with the former agreeing with them. But the CMO insisted that the HC directions on cancellation of permits, upheld later by the SC, be implemented in full. Had the government gone by the advice of the AG’s office, only 66 permits would have been cancelled. After long deliberations, the Punjab Cabinet finally decided to cancel 2,210 permits. /thetribunechd
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