14072017-TTC-01.qxd 7/14/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, july 14, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 88 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Sensex past 32k, Nifty at new peak Looming presence ‘First-time-ever’records continue to tumble as rally continues on BSE and NSE Mumbai, July 13 The Sensex today went past the 32,000-mark for the first time ever, soaring over 232 points, and the Nifty closed at a new peak of 9,892 as inflation hit a record low, offering the RBI leeway for a lower policy rate. The 30-share BSE index took 33 sessions to rise 1,000 points before it finally went beyond the psycho- logically significant 32,000. Higher Asian and European stocks provided fodder after the US Fed chief, in a House testimony, signalled that the approach to higher rates would be steady, prompting investors here to buy more. Retail inflation for June hit a historically low 1.54 per cent and industrial output growth for May slumped to 1.7 per cent, boosting chances of a rate reduction by the Reserve Bank at its upcoming August policy meet. The macro numbers were released after market hours yesterday. The BSE Sensex settled at a new peak of 32,037.38, up 232.56 points, or 0.73 per cent. It surpassed its previous record of 31,804.82 touched yesterday. In the past four days, the index has gained 676.75 points. The broader 50-issue NSE Nifty spurted 75.60 points, or 0.77 per cent, to close at a fresh lifetime high of 9,891.70, bettering its earlier record 9,816.10 hit yesterday. Both indices rose for the fourth consecutive session. Traders said ample liquidity in the market was driving the current phase of the rally amid optimism over earnings Yash Goyal Pak: Considering visa request of Jadhav’s mother Jaipur, July 13 An indefinite curfew was clamped in Rajasthan’s Sanvarda village in Nagaur district today after a protester died in clashes with the police a day after a condolence meeting to pay tribute to slain gangster Anandpal Singh. Thirty of the 35 injured were police personnel. The deceased was identified as Lal Chand of Rohtak, while Jodhpur’s Mahendra, who was seriously injured, was admitted to SMS Hospital. An hour’s curfew was relaxed to facilitate the cremation after the Rajasthan Human Rights Commission took suo motu cognisance. Alleging that Anandpal, a resident of Sanvarda village, was killed in a fake encounter at Malasar on June 24, Rajput Islamabad, July 13 Pakistan today said it was considering a visa application of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother to meet her son, sentenced to death by a military court. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had two days back said she had written a “personal letter” to Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asking for approval of Avantika’s visa. She also said that Aziz did not even respond to her letter. A Pakistan foreign office official said asking for recommendations from Aziz to grant visas was against “diplomatic norms”. Jadhav, 46, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military tribunal in April on charges of espionage and terrorism. India maintains he was kidnapped from Iran. — PTI 1 dead in clashes over gangster’s death Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo died on Thursday of terminal cancer at 61, after spending almost nine years in prison. This 2010 photograph shows the Nobel panel chairman looking at the certificate on the chair where Xiaobo would have sat, as his portrait is seen in the background. PAGE 15 India snubs China Swaraj, Rajnath to over Kashmir offer brief Oppn today Simran Sodhi Tribune News Service Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 13 The India-China war of words continued today with India hitting back at Beijing for its offer to mediate between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. India pointed out that its position remains unchanged and that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. On the ongoing crisis in Doklam, India maintained that diplomatic channels between the two countries remain open. India went a step further, with a spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs saying that cross-border terrorism was the main issue between India and Pakistan. Terrorism was impacting peace and stability in the entire region, he added. India of late has been vocal in its demand that cross-border terrorism emanating out of Pakistan has to cease for talks to resume. China’s offer of a ‘constructive’ role in the Kashmir issue has only helped to aggravate matters. The spokesperson again referred to the recent speech by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar in Singapore. He has been making the point that ‘differences should not be allowed to become disputes’ and India’s response to the Doklam crisis seems to be centred around that. New Delhi, July 13 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will tomorrow brief leaders of the Opposition parties on China in view of the Doklam crisis, and on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting will be held at the residence of Singh. Sources said the idea behind the meet was to reach out to the Opposition in an effort to build a consensus before the monsoon session of Parliament begins on Monday. The India-China standoff in the Doklam region also has Bhutan entangled in the situation, making it a complex one. While China has been noticeably aggressive in its comments and stand on the Doklam issue, India has been taking a more mellow and conciliatory tone. Indian troops objected to the construction of a road in the Doklam region which China claims is part of its territory. India has stated that any attempts at construction would effectively mean an attempt to change the status quo and also have serious security implications. China, however, has stuck to the stand that for any ‘meaningful’ dialogue to begin, Indian troops first need to withdraw from the region. Social boycott is now a crime in Maharashtra Mumbai, July 13 A diktat for social boycott issued by caste panchayats has become a crime punishable with a jail term up to seven years and penalty that can extend to Rs 5 lakh in Maharashtra, a first in the country. The law came into force after the President gave assent to the Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott Act, 2015, last month, and it was published in the state Gazette on July 3. Under the Act, members of extra-judicial bodies like caste and community councils issuing decrees for social boycott can be punished with imprisonment. The Bill was passed by the state legislature on April 13, 2016 and sent to the Centre for presidential assent. The law provides for conclusion of trial within six months from the date of filing of the chargesheet. Any organisation that delivers a judgment or issues fatwas based on caste, would be viewed as a caste panchayat, even if unregistered, the Act says. The provisions include compensation if victims are given monetary penalties. — PTI 11 Indians die in Saudi blaze Jeddah/New Delhi, July 13 Eleven Indian workers were killed and five injured in a blaze that ripped through a windowless house where they were staying in the southern Saudi city of Najran. Four of the deceased were from Uttar Pradesh, three from Kerala, one from Bihar, one from Tamil Nadu and details of two others were yet to be ascertained, official sources said. The Indian consulate in Jeddah, meanwhile, is making arrangements to bring back the bodies of the 11 to the country. — PTI The crowd raises slogans at a rally to pay ‘tribute’ to slain gangster Anandpal Singh on Thursday. PTI community members have been demanding a CBI probe. Over 200 protesters, including Rajput leaders, had been arrested and their role was being examined, Punjab rushes to name rights panel chairman Decided in absence of Leader of Oppn Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, July 13 Appearing to be making most of the absence of the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, the state government today rushed through the appointment of Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari, former Chief Justice of Patna High Court, as the State Human Rights Commission Chairman. The appointment was finalised despite the law suggesting that the selection process had to be completed in the presence of the Leader of Opposition, a post that fell vacant following the resignation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader HS Phoolka on Tuesday. The Supreme Court lawyer quit so he could represent victims of the 1984 antiSikh riots in courts. The AAP leadership is yet to name his replacement. Section 22 of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, mandates that the chairperson and members of the Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) have to be appointed by the Governor on the basis of recommendations by a committee comprising the Chief Minister (as panel chairperson), Assembly Speaker, Minister in charge of Home Department and the Leader of Opposition. Sources said hours after Phoolka submitted his resignation to Speaker Rana KP Singh, the Department of Home sent a communication addressed to the Leader of Opposition, asking him to attend the meeting convened by the Chief Minister to select the PSHRC Chairman. continued on page 11 Gulmarg gondola still shut 18 Relief for fliers, Deccan Airways days post tragedy, govt to decide to operate daily from Shimla too M Aamir Khan Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Srinagar, July 13 Gulmarg gondola, Kashmir valley’s famed tourist attraction, continues to remain shut 18 days after a freak mishap left seven, including four members of a tourist family, dead. Even as the J&K Cable Car Corporation (JKCCC) officials maintain that the cable car had no operational issues and could be resumed anytime, the government is awaiting completion of the probe ordered into the incident. The probe had to be completed by July 10, but the committee concerned is yet to submit its report. The tragedy occurred on June 25 as a tree, uprooted following high-velocity winds, fell on the cable car’s ropes. “The cable car was made operational the same day. However, we can- Shimla, July 13 The start of another Deccan Airways flight from Jubbarhatti airport, near here, from next month comes as a big relief to locals as well as tourists, with almost one-month advance booking in the lone Alliance Air flight currently operating from the state capital. Deccan Airlines has agreed in principle to start its flight on the Shimla-Delhi route. Modalities are being worked out with the Airport Authority of India and the Civil Aviation Ministry so that flights can be started by the end of this month or the first week of August. It was after a span of almost fourand-a-half years that flights were resumed from Himachal when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched these in April. However, the ATR-42 not throw it open for public unless we get directions from the government,” said a senior JKCCC official. “French firm Pomagalski, which had set up the facility, too has inspected the project… some pine trees close to the first phase of gondola may have to be cut as a safety step,” the official said. SK Zutshi, Chief Engineer (System and Operations), Jammu, a probe committee member, said the report would be submitted within a few days. from blue-chip companies. Consumer goods and banking stocks had a good day. The FMCG index rose the most by surging 1.58 per cent, followed by capital goods and banking. Foreign investors have been pumping in sizeable money into domestic markets. Foreign portfolio investors bought shares worth a net Rs 361.25 crore yesterday. — TNS/PTI Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. flight being provided by Air Alliance is proving to be far from adequate to handle the rush of tourists. Dinesh Malhotra, Director Tourism and Managing Director, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC), said Deccan Airlines is likely to operate the flight every afternoon. “The pricing of tickets will on the same pattern as Alliance Air, where 50 per cent tickets are subsidised and the rest fluctuate,” he said. said ADGP NRK Reddy. The North Western Railway has cancelled a few trains and diverted some others as the protesters damaged the Sanvarda-Ratangarh- Churu-Bikaner rail track. They also snatched an AK rifle and two pistols from the guards of the Nagaur SP and set afire his official car, the ADGP said.
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