04082017-TTC-01.qxd 8/4/2017 1:15 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday,august 4, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 109 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Teachers can't take mobiles to Haryana classes In the absence of a boat, villagers use tubes to cross a swollen Yamuna at Rahimpur Kheri in Haryana’s Panipat district. The village is located on an island and remains cut-off for nearly two months every year during the rainy season. REPORT INSIDE In Fatehgarh, debt claims third life in farmers’ family Fatehgarh Sahib, August 3 sumed poison during a A debt-ridden farmer of Cha- protest against arhtiyas in narthal Kalan village in the Patiala last year. district committed suicide Devinder’s brother-in-law today, seven months Jaswinder Singh said after his father had the family had taken Rs ended his life and six 4 lakh from arhtiyas 10 years after his brother years ago. Under stress took the extreme step. due to the debt burden, Devinder Singh (32) Devinder’s brother hanged himself at Gurpreet Singh comhome, allegedly due to Devinder Singh mitted suicide in 2011. harassment by comAs the family failed to mission agents (arhtiyas). He repay, the arhtiyas made a pact is survived by his mother, wife with Gurlabh, promising to and a daughter. His father, sell his 4-acre land and in Gurlabh Singh (55), had con- return give him 10 acres in SC refuses stay on NOTA for Gujarat RS poll Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 3 In a setback to the Congress, the Supreme Court today refused to stay the use of “None of the above” (NOTA) option in the August 8 Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat. A Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra wondered why the party decided to challenge the Election Commission’s NOTA decision after more than three years and just before the polls. “Why are you so late in raising the question? The EC issued the NOTA notification in January 2014,” the Bench asked senior counsel Kapil Sibal, who contended that NOTA would lead to corruption as there were four candidates for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat. “When the notification was issued, you didn’t act upon… when it suited you, you didn’t come. You come here on the eve of election,” the Bench told Sibal, who represented the Gujarat Congress. “The notification of the EC is for Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. The election should be taken in the widest sense. It has been already notified. Any interference will totally disrupt the polls,” it said. As the Bench asked the petitioner if he was not sure of his members, Sibal said: “It’s not a question of who continued on page 7 Edit: NOTA in RS polls Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. Mansa district after deducting the loan amount. Jaswinder alleged that the agents sold the land, but did not keep their word. Gurlabh approached BKU (Dakaunda), which organised a dharna outside the arhtiyas’ house in Patiala last year. Gurlabh committed suicide during the dharna, following which 10 persons were booked. Ram Singh Matorda of BKU said the union had taken up the case with Patiala and Fatehgarh Sahib police officers, but to no avail. — TNS Maj, jawan killed Tribune News Service Battle of Panipat 2 Hizb ultras gunned down in Kulgam encounter Jhajjar, August 3 The Directorate of School Education has banned teachers in government schools across the state from carrying cellphones to classrooms. They will have to take prior permission of the school heads if they need to carry the phone to the class as an academic aid or for any other reason, which they need to mention in a special register. Inspecting officers have been asked to check compliance. In case of any violation, action will be taken against the erring teacher. The school head too will be held accountable. “The mobile phone shall be kept stashed away in maybe the room of the school head, staff room...,” state the guidelines. “To facilitate emergency communication, it shall be ensured that the school head shall make available two contact numbers to all teachers.” School heads too have been barred from carrying cellphones to classrooms. The use of mobiles during non-teaching hours will be confined to an area away from the classes. The guidelines come following complaints that teachers carry phones for personal use, that “amounts to diverting teaching hours to purposes which are unproductive”. Majid Jahangir & Suhail A Shah Tribune News Service Srinagar/Anantnag, August 3 Barely two days after the killing of top militant commander Abu Dujana, a Major and a soldier of the Army's elite counter-insurgency unit were killed in an ambush in Shopian district of south Kashmir today. Hours before the ambush, security personnel had killed two local Hizbul militants in neighbouring Kulgam district — Aqib Ahmad Ittoo (17) from Gopalpora, and Suhail Rather (17) from Yaripora. Defence sources said: “At 2 am, Hizbul militants opened fire on troops in Zadipora village, 55 km from Srinagar, while they were disembarking from their vehicles to lay a cordon following inputs on the presence of militants in the village. Soldiers of the Rashtriya Rifles, 62 Battalion, were part of the opera- RECOMMENDED FOR KHEL RATNA Major Kamlesh Pandey (29) Sepoy Tanzin Chhultim (25) from Almora, Uttarakhand from Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh tion. In the ambush, three soldiers, including an officer, were critically wounded.” The injured were airlifted to the Army’s Srinagar hospital where two of them, including the officer, died. Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col Rajesh Kalia identified the slain as Major Kamlesh Pandey, 29, from Almora, Uttarakhand, and Sepoy Tanzin Chhultim, 25, from Lahaul-Spiti, Himachal Pradesh. The Army called it a “chance encounter”. The J&K Police claimed to have gathered some clues on the attackers. “One of them was definitely Altaf Kachroo,” Shopian SP Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said. About the Kulgam encounter, a senior police officer said the security forces launched cordon and search operations in Gopalpora at 11 pm on Wednesday night. Aqib and Suhail, who were hiding in a house, were killed after a brief encounter. continued on page 7 New Delhi: Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia on Thursday became the first paralympian to be recommended for India’s highest sporting honour —Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna — along with celebrated hockey player Sardar Singh. PAGE 15 HOCKEY PLAYER FOUND DEAD Rewari: An international hockey player, Jyoti Gupta (21) of Sonepat, was found dead on Rewari-Rohtak railway line on Wednesday night. The family suspects foul play and has sought a probe. INSIDE
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