11082017-TTC-01.qxd 8/11/2017 1:26 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday,august 11, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 221 | 32 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Mehbooba meets Rajnath amid row over Article 35A Bidding adieu Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service Outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari exchanges greetings with his successor M Venkaiah Naidu during his farewell function at Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday, as Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar look on. PTI PAGE 11 Right to dissent must be protected, says Ansari Outgoing Vice-President calls for Minorities not ‘insecure’, Naidu debunks view as propaganda restraint on hasty legislation New Delhi, August 10 A day after outgoing VicePresident Hamid Ansari spoke of a “feeling of unease” among minorities, in his farewell speech as Rajya Sabha Chairman today he cautioned the BJP-led Union Government on the need to protect parliamentary rights of those expressing dissent. Several Opposition leaders backed his views. Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party) and Derek O’ Brien (TMC) hoped parliamentary precedents set by him (not allowing Bill to be passed amid din) would continue after the new Chairman, BJP’s M Venkaiah Naidu, takes over tomorrow. Quoting Dr S Radhakrishnan, Ansari said: “A democracy is distinguished by the protection it gives to minorities. A democracy is likely to degenerate into tyranny if it does not allow the opposition groups to criticise fairly. “But, at the same time, minorities also have their responsibilities. They have every right to criticise, their right to criticise should not degenerate into wilful hampering and obstruction of the work of Parliament...” Noting that the manner in which the MPs attended to their business was watched by “the citizen body,” he called for restraint on hasty legislation. Inside the Rajya Sabha, the BJP stuck to niceties, with top leaders praising him. Outside, several NDA leaders criticised his comments on minoritis as “petty.” Some asked why he had kept mum or had not resigned if he felt so strongly on the issue. Kailash Vijayvargiya, BJP general secretary, wondered if Ansari was looking for “political shelter” after his retirement. Three ‘Khalistani’ militants held in MP 2 Qaida men in Delhi Police net Chandigarh: The State Special Operations Cell of the Punjab Police arrested three alleged Khalistani militants from Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) on Thursday. A police spokesperson said the militants were part of a terror module run by Canada-based Gurjeet Cheema, who had supplied them arms and other logistic support. PAGE 2 Prateek Chauhan Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service HC: Revise marks of all NEET candidates Allahabad: The Allahabad HC has directed the CBSE to revise marks awarded to all candidates who had appeared in NEET this year and decide the “merit/rank accordingly” in view of incorrect reply for one of the 180 objective type questions given in the answer key. PTI New Delhi, August 10 M Venkaiah Naidu, the VicePresident-elect, today rejected as “political propaganda” the view that there is a sense of insecurity among minorities in the country, apparently a rejoinder to outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari. A day before he takes oath as next Vice-President, he said his advice to politicians was not to drag communities into politics. Though Naidu did not name anyone, his comments are seen a response to Ansari’s remarks in a TV interview that there is unease and a sense of insecurity among the Muslims and that “ambience of acceptance” is under threat. “Some people are saying minorities are insecure. It is a political propaganda... Minorities are more safe and secure in India (than anywhere else) and they get their due,” Naidu said. He disagreed with the view that Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 10 The special cell of the Delhi Police has arrested two men with suspected links to Al-Qaida in two separate cases, the police said today. Syed Mohammed Zishan Ali, suspected to be linked to the terror outfit, was arrested after being brought back from Saudi Arabia, while 25year-old Raja-ul-Ahmed was detained last week following a tip-off from the West Bengal Police. A senior officer said Suspect Zishan Ali in Delhi Ahmed was arrested last week, but he did not give out details about the date or place of the arrest. Ahmed is suspected to be a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), linked to an Al-Qaida group in Bangladesh. Ali’s arrest is being seen as there was growing intolerance, saying Indian society was the most tolerant in the world because of its people and civilisation. “There is tolerance. That is why democracy is so successful,” he said. The former BJP president cautioned against creating a divide in the nation by singling out one community, saying it would draw an adverse reaction from other communities. “If you single out one community, other communities will take it otherwise. That is why we say all are equal. Appeasement for none, justice for all,” the 68-year-old leader said. “They (minorities) held prominent positions, including constitutional responsibilities, because there is no discrimination,” he said. Ansari had spoken of “unease” among minorities in the backdrop of incidents of violence by self-proclaimed cow protectors. — PTI a major breakthrough for the security agencies as he may provide crucial information on the presence of the terror outfit in India. The arrest is crucial for furthering anti-terror efforts against AQIS (Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent), said DCP (Special Cell) Promod Singh Kushwah. Zishan, originally from Jamshedpur, operated from Saudi Arabia and had married the sister of Sabeel Ahmed, a cousin of Kafeel Ahmed, who masterminded the 2007 Glasgow international airport attack. New Delhi, August 10 Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh this evening at his official residence here. The two are believed to have discussed issues regarding abrogation of Article 35A of the Constitution that grants special status to the state. This has raised many eyebrows in the Valley. Even as both sides remained tight-lipped about the agenda of discussion, sources suggested that given the timing of the meeting, Article 35A might have come up for deliberations. Mehbooba, who arrived in the national Capital late afternoon, met the Home Minister for 45 minutes and left without interacting with mediapersons. She is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of other political parties tomorrow, before calling on newly appointed President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Mehbooba Mufti REVOKE PROVISION: BJP ❝ Article 370 has created a separatist psyche... It’s time the people of J&K say goodbye to Article 370 and ask the Centre to revoke Article 35A❞ State BJP . Mehbooba is keen to build a consensus against abrogation of the constitutional provision which empowers the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to define the state’s “permanent residents” and their special rights and privileges, said sources. Earlier this week, the Chief Minister had met Opposition National Conference president Farooq Abdullah to seek his party’s support on the issue. Abdullah is reported to have told her that she should meet the Prime Minister, key Union Ministers and the BJP leadership to convince the Sangh Parivar against striking down the constitutional provision. The controversy erupted in 2014 after an NGO, “We the Citizens”, filed a PIL in the Supreme Court, seeking Article 35A to be struck down. The state government, under the guise of Articles 35A and 370, which grant special autonomous status to the state, has been discriminating against nonresidents, who are debarred from buying property, getting government jobs or voting in local elections, the PIL alleged. Article 35A was added to the Constitution by a presidential order in 1954, it said. more reports page 17 Tribune News Service New Delhi, August 10 In a major setback to the government today, the parliamentary panel reviewing the surrogacy Bill asked the government to permit commercial surrogacy and allow the service not just for married Indian couples but also live-in partners, single/ divorced women, widows and NRIs and OCIs. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health has virtually overturned every major provision of the Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016, questioning the government rationale in saying that only a close relative of the intending couples can serve as a surrogate mother. The panel has said both related and unrelated women should be allowed to become surrogates. Most importantly, the committee has rejected the provision of “only altruistic surrogacy” as “paternalistic.” The government Bill imposes a blanket ban on commercial surrogacy, saying only close relatives can offer wombs to an intending mother for exchange of medical reimbursement. “Economic opportunities available to surrogates through surrogacy services should not be dismissed in a paternalistic manner. We are convinced the altruistic surrogacy model as proposed in the Bill is based more on moralistic assumptions than Tribune News Service Chandigarh, August 10 The Punjab and Haryana High Court today stayed reservation to Jats and five other castes in admissions to educational institutions and government jobs under the economically backward persons (EBP) category. The Division Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Raj Shekhar Attri passed the orders on a petition filed by Vikas and another through senior advocate Vijay Kumar Jindal and Gobind Sharma, challenging the government’s order extending the benefit of reservation under the EBP category to six castes — Jats, Bishnois, Jat Sikh, Ror, Tyagis and Mulla/Muslim Jats under a 2013 notification. The Bench issued a notice to the Haryana Secretary (Personnel and Training), Principal Secretary, Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes, and the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC). They have been asked to respond by September 14. Original JD-U with me, says Sharad Jitendra K Shrivastava Tribune News Service Patna, August 10 Kicking off his three-day campaign today, senior JD-U leader and Rajya Sabha member Sharad Yadav said he was with the grand alliance (RJD and Congress), even if his party had snapped ties with it. Claiming that the original party was with him, he termed Nitish Kumar’s joining hands with the BJP as “betrayal” of the people’s mandate. “ The disintegration of the grand alliance has broken the trust of over 11 crore people. The mandate was clearly against the BJP-led NDA during the 2015 Bihar Assembly elections,” a belligerent Yadav said. At a function in Sonepur, he claimed, “Sarkari JD-U is with Nitish Kumar while the JD-U leader Sharad Yadav with supporters in Patna on Thursday. PTI ‘gathbandhan’ (grand alliance) was ❝ The agreement onbroken... I am hurt by this. I continuefor five years which was to stand for the grand alliance.❞ Sharad Yadav, JD-U LEADER . original party is with me. The original JD-U, in association with secular forces, will form government after the next General Election.” Asked whether his tour amounted to “anti-party activity”, Yadav, who is the leader of the party in the Upper House, said he did not want to make any comment. Most JD-U legislators and A bridge damaged after a cloudburst in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand on Thursday. PTI on any scientific criteria and all kinds of value judgments have been injected into it in a paternalistic manner. The word altruistic in the Bill should be replaced with the word “compensated”,” the panel has said in its report. The panel, rejecting that surrogacy services could be availed of by only Indian couples married for five years, said it should be replaced with one. “The Department of Health Research, by imposing prohibition on widows and divorced women, has closed its eyes to ground reality. The decision to keep live-in partners out of the Bill is inconsonant with the modern social milieu and too narrow in understanding. We recommend that the department broadbase the eligibility criteria and widen the ambit of persons who can avail surrogacy services by including live-in couples, divorced Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. party workers maintained a distance from him. None was there to receive him at the airport, but he was greeted by a large group of ‘supporters’, said to be RJD workers. At least two former JD-U legislators were seen in the crowd greeting Yadav. “It is Yadav’s personal visit and the JD-U has nothing to do with it,” maintained Neeraj Kumar, JD-U spokesperson, denying a split in the party. During his campaign, Yadav is likely to visit eight districts — Sonepur, Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Saharsa, Supaul and Madhepura. He will interact with the masses to ascertain their opinion on the breakup of the alliance. “Nitish Kumar has insulted people’s mandate. I am here for a direct feedback,” said Yadav. (With PTI inputs) Councillor close to Lalu shot dead Rain havoc in U’khand House panel favours commercial surrogacy, overturns key provisions Aditi Tandon HC stays quota for Jats, five other castes women and widows,”it said. The committee, agreeing to bar foreigners, is of the opinion that NRIs, PIOs and OCI card-holders should be allowed surrogacy services. The government Bill had excluded these categories. The Bill, drafted by a GoM headed by Union Minister Sushma Swaraj to regulate the $2 billion surrogacy industry in India, was widely criticised for its narrow provisions. Patna, August 10 A councillor considered close to RJD chief Lalu Prasad was gunned down by three motorcycle-borne assailants in the Saguna Mor area of the state capital today. SSP Manu Maharaj said the assailants shot dead Kedar Rai, who was in his 50s, near his residence. Rai, councillor from ward No. 15 of the Danapur Municipal Council, was gunned down around 6 am when he was out for a morning walk, said Maharaj. Rai was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. Four persons had been arrested in this connection, the officer said, adding deceased’s brother Paras Rai had lodged an FIR. The SSP said land dispute could be the reason behind the murder. His family members claimed Rai had informed the district police about threat to his life and had also sought security cover. But the request was ignored, they said. Angry at the killing, hundreds of Danapur residents raised slogans against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and staged a protest. — Agencies
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