30072017-TT-01.qxd 7/29/2017 10:16 PM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 137 no. 209 haryana | sunday, july 30, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd 2 held with B Pharma exam answer-sheets GUARD OF HONOUR Rohtak: The police arrested two persons after seizing more than 300 answer-sheets of the B Pharma exam of Pt BD Sharma University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, following a raid at a house in Sector 1 here on Saturday. The police investigation indicates that the accused charged hefty amounts from students to help them pass the exam with good marks. Some of the answer-sheets were filled, the police said. INSIDE Research now not must for college teacher promotion New Delhi, July 29 College teachers will no longer be mandated to conduct research to be eligible for promotions. This announcement was made by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar at a conference on higher education perspective. “We are going to do away with the mandatory clause. Instead, I want teachers to be engaged in student activities. We will make one community activity or student activity mandatory and teachers will be given their scores on basis of that,” Javadekar said. Making changes in the Academic Performance Index (API), a criterion on which teachers get promotions, the HRD Ministry is working on a plan to make research optional for college teachers. “Currently, college teachers are required to do research activity to get promotions, like university professors. But both belong to a completely different category of teachers,” he said. — PTI Won’t let LoCtrade halt:exchange CM Says revive Lahore Declaration, allow PoK student, MLA Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Teachers in namaz row suspended Gurugram: Communal tension gripped the Nagina block in Mewat in the district after two teachers of Mewat Model School were suspended and another was transferred for allegedly forcing students belonging to another community to recite namaz and espouse Islam. Students, mainly hostellers, along with their parents, had complained to Nuh Deputy Commissioner Mani Ram Sharma on July 22 about the happenings. INSIDE Amidst daily reports of turmoil, a picture clicked by a J&K Police SHO became the talk of Kashmir on Saturday — and for all good reasons. It shows CRPF’s Constable Nazir Ahmad Rather offering afternoon prayers in Ganderbal as colleague Sushil Kumar stands guard. REPORT INSIDE Abbasi interim PM till Shehbaz election Islamabad, July 29 Pakistan’s ruling PML-N today named former Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as the interim Prime Minister until ousted premier Nawaz Sharif’s younger brother Shehbaz Sharif is elected as an MP to succeed him as his eventual successor. The decision was taken here in a meeting headed by Sharif and attended by the top party leaders, who rallied behind the Sharifs, the country’s most powerful political family. The Supreme Court had yesterday disqualified 67year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing the leader out of office. The court’s ruling abruptly ended Sharif’s third tenure as PM. Shehbaz, the 65-yearold Chief Minister of Punjab, cannot immediately replace his brother as he is not an MP . Abbasi, the 58-year-old loy- Shahid Khaqan Abbasi alist of Sharif, is expected to serve for 45 days and will resign to let Shehbaz succeed. It was also decided to challenge Sharif’s disqualification through a review petition. Sharif was accorded a tremendous welcome with the famous party slogan: ‘Dekho dekho kaun aaya, sher aaya sher aaya.’ Lion is the election symbol of PML-N. Since Shehbaz would be the premier, his son Hamza, a member of the National Assembly, could be a choice as CM of Punjab. He will have to elected as an MLA. — PTI More on page 19 Srinagar, July 29 Appealing to the Centre to revive the Lahore Declaration for restoring peace in the region, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the PDP would not allow cross-LoC trade to be stopped. She was addressing a rally on the 18th foundation day of the Peoples Democratic Party here. “From the Wagah border flow charas and ganja, but no one says it must be closed. Just because a mistake occurs on the (Srinagar) Muzaffarabad road, we should not commit the mistake of closing it. In fact, we are in favour of opening more trade routes,” the CM said, referring to the seizure of 66 kg of narcotics from a truck at the Salamabad trade centre near Uri on July 21. Since then, trade along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad axis has remained suspended, raising fears it may be closed. Rajya Sabha poll: EC orders security for Gujarat MLAs New Delhi, July 29 The Election Commission (EC) today sought a report from the Gujarat Government over Congress’ allegation that the BJP was “engineering” defection of its MLAs ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. An EC spokesperson said the Gujarat Chief Secretary has been asked to furnish a report to the poll panel by 5 pm on July 31. The EC has also directed the government to “ensure proper security to all MLAs and their family members”. The poll watchdog’s action comes in the backdrop of the Congress today petitioning it and demanding free and fair elections to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, accusing the BJP of misuse of power. Top Congress leaders met Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti and demanded a high-powered committee to look into charges of money and muscle power and abuse of government machinery. — PTI no more resignations p7 Gurdaspur-born Nahar is Spain’s Senator Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, July 29 Having made successful forays into legislatures in Canada, the US and the UK, Indians are now entering politics in continental Europe as well. Gurdaspur-born Robert Masih Nahar (43), earlier this year, became the first Asian to be elected to Spain’s Upper House (Senate), representing Barcelona. He replaced Santiago Vidal, a former judge, as Senator representing Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) — a Left-wing party which has been seeking independence for Catalonia from Spain. Situated in the northern part of Spain, Catalonia has /thetribunechd Robert Masih Nahar says he will try to become the voice of a lakh-and-a-half South Asians in Catalonia (Spain). TRIBUNE PHOTO called for a referendum on October 1 to decide its political future. Nahar says almost 80 per cent of Catalans are “willing to celebrate the ref- erendum to decide in favour of a better future”. Trained as an event manager, Nahar speaks six languages — Catalan, English, Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. Spanish, Hindi, Italian and Punjabi. A businessman and a cricket enthusiast, he has founded the Catalan Cricket Federation. He has also launched the Indian Culture Centre in Barcelona. “I am trying to promote cricket and cultural exchanges with India in Catalan society,” Nahar, who is in India to meet his relatives, told The Tribune. In Barcelona since 2005, Nahar sees cricket as a sport which can bring India and Catalonia closer. He founded the Catalan Union of Clubs in 2010 which went on to become the official cricket federation of Catalonia in 2013 with 56 clubs affiliated to it. continued on page 7 J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti with PDP leaders in Srinagar on Saturday. PTI ❝ J&K is the crown of India. India is incomplete without J&K. However, this crown must be respected.... I appeal to the Centre to revive the Lahore Declaration so we live peacefully. Mehbooba Mufti Mehbooba, also the PDP chief, sought banking facilities on the cross-LoC trade route. “Full-body scanners must be installed,” she said. Batting for nominating members to the Legislative Assembly from the other side of the LoC so that joint meetings could be held once a year, she said, “There are seats reserved in our Assembly for that Kashmir. We should decide together to make nominations for these seats. We should decide that this Assembly meets once in this Kashmir and once in that Kashmir every year so that we can talk about tourism, travel and opening of Sharda Peeth.” Mehbooba also spoke about student exchanges. “I appeal to the people on the other side of Kashmir to send their children on a 15-day tour here and we will do likewise.” Stressing what the PDP had achieved since 2002 needed to be taken forward, she said the state was facing a challenge which was ideological. She recalled her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as saying: “You cannot imprison an idea, you cannot kill an idea. Kashmir is besieged and should be set free by opening roads.” She made an appeal to Farooq Abdullah (NC), Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) and the BJP to “help heal the pain of Kashmiris.” Senior PDP leader Muzaffar Baig appealed to hardline separatist Syed Ali Geelani to ask militants to shun violence, as “Islam bans terorism”. 3 MLCs to join BJP Yogi entry , to House easier Tribune News Service Lucknow, July 29 The Opposition in Uttar Pradesh suffered a setback with three Members of Legislative Council (MLCs) putting in their papers almost coinciding with BJP national president Amit Shah’s threeday visit to Lucknow. While Bhukkal Nawab and Yeshwant Singh are from the Samajwadi Party, Thakur Jaivir Singh represents the BSP All three are likely to join . the BJP Some more legislators . from the SP and the BSP are also reportedly likely to quit. Most importantly, the vacancy in the Upper House has solved the BJP’s problem of accommodating CM Yogi Adityanath and Deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Singh before September 19, the expiry of six months of their terms in office. It remains to be seen how the BJP proposes to make room for Minister of State with independent charge continued on page 7
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