09092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/9/2017 1:23 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, september 9, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 249 | 40 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Unruly passengers to be put on ‘No Fly List’ Along with millions of readers and admirers, The Tribune pays homage to its founder, Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, who passed into eternity on this day 119 years ago. New Delhi, September 8 The government today unveiled rules to tackle cases of onboard unruly behaviour by passengers. The move would allow airlines to ban such passengers for a period ranging from three months to lifetime. The commander of the flight would have the right to file a complaint against such passengers. The revised Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), effective immediately, defines three categories of unruly behaviour —verbal, physical and life threatening. There is a provision for debarring passengers from flying for three months for verbal unruly behaviour, six months for physical and two years or more for life-threatening behaviour. BAN DURATION ■ UP TO 3 MONTHS: For unruly physical gestures, verbal harassment, unruly inebriation ■ UP TO 6 MONTHS: For physically abusive behaviour such as pushing, kicking, hitting, inappropriate touching ■ MINIMUM 2 YEARS: For lifethreatening behaviour such as assaults, damage to aircraft systems The complaint by the pilotin-command will be probed by an internal committee to be set up by the airline that will decide the quantum of ban. If the panel fails to give a decision in 30 days, the passenger will be free to fly. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the new rules would allow formation of a national “No Fly List” that would be shared among airlines. The promulgation of the list in India was the first of its kind in the world, he claimed. The revised CAR will be applicable to all Indian operators engaged in scheduled and non-scheduled air transport services, both domestic and international carriage of passengers. It would also be applicable to foreign carriers, subject to compliance of Tokyo Convention, 1963. Aggrieved persons will be allowed to appeal within 60 days. — TNS Jassi ‘killers’ to be sent to India for trial Entry into dera finally, not much found Chandigarh, September 8 Canada’s Supreme Court today ruled that Jassi Sidhu’s mother Malkit Sidhu and uncle Surjeet Badesha be extradited to India in connection with the ‘honour killing’ case. Website www.cbc.ca reported that the two should be extradited to face trial for the alleged murder. The court had last year agreed to hear a review appeal on extraditing the duo to India, even as the Punjab Police had proposed to conduct their trial though video-conferencing from a Canadian jail. Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu, alias Jassi, a resident of Maple Bridge, Canada, was murdered in Sangrur by contract killers “hired by her mother and uncle” in 2000. — TNS Sushil Manav IIT-Roorkee geological team at work too on Day 1 of Sacha Sauda campus search Tribune News Service Sirsa, September 8 Even as a geological team from IIT-Roorkee is busy trying to find out if anything incriminating is hidden underneath the floor of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s residence (called Gufa), the security agencies carrying out the search and sanitisation operations at Dera Sacha Sauda were unable to find anything of significance on the first day today. An official spokesperson said Rs 12,000 in new currency, Rs 7,000 in demonetised currency, a Lexus SUV an OB , van, some ayurvedic medicines (without labels) and some plastic coins had been seized so far, besides some computers and hard disks. Two rooms were sealed Police and other officials go through the search-sanitisation plan. PTI GUFA GATE WALLED Before his conviction, the dera chief, it appears, had shut the way to the sadhvis’ hostel from his residence, called Gufa. A gate opened to the hostel, but the way had been blocked by a wall ‘recently built and painted’. Boy found dead in school toilet Gurugram police arrest conductor; parents allege negligence Sumedha Sharma Tribune News Service Gurugram, September 8 A seven-year-old Class II student of Ryan International, Bhondsi, was today found in a pool of blood inside a school toilet, his throat slit. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was declared “brought dead”. The school authorities then informed the police, which arrested school bus conductor Ashok Kumar. Sources claimed the boy had been sexually assaulted. Shocked, the parents’ association questioned the school on the conductor’s access to toilets meant for students. Pradhuman Thakur Some of them ransacked school property and additional police had to be called. “Having dropped my son and daughter to school, I had just returned home when I got a call. I was told my son was bleeding from the mouth and had been hospitalised. On reaching the hospital, I was told he was dead. His throat slit, he had bled to death. My son was murdered in cold blood,” said the aggrieved father. Officiating Commissioner of Police Simardeep Singh reached the spot with a forensic team. “The left ear and the throat bear marks of injuries of a serious nature. We are studying the CCTV footage,” said an investigating official. Sources claimed of the 16 CCTV cameras, one outside the toilet was not functional. continued on page 7 Now, women in lower Army ranks 2 Army Public Schools to come up, one possibly in Mamun New Delhi, September 8 In a path-breaking move, the Indian Army has okayed the induction of women into other ranks in the force. Women have been part of the force as officers since 1992, but the force had not allowed the induction of women into the ranks. The Army has now decided to introduce Women in Corps of the Military Police. A proposal is being finalised for induction of 800 women with a yearly intake of 52. The military police force does not undertake frontline combat duties. However, it is used to enforce discipline in the Army that has its own Act to govern service rules. PATH-BREAKING MOVE ■ The Army has decided to introduce Women in Corps of the Military Police ■ A proposal is being finalised for induction of around 800 women with a yearly intake of 52 per year . The Army faces an increasing need for investigation against gender-specific allegations and crime, hence the need to have women in other ranks. Women are there in non-officer ranks in the Army medical establishments. Meanwhile, the Army’s proposal of upgrading the rank structure, which will benefit approximately 1.45 lakh other ranks, has been approved by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The upgrading process, which will take around five years, will ensure higher career progression for JCOs and others. The last Cadre Review for the Army was done in 1984. The MoD has also agreed to start two premier residential Army Public Schools that are likely to come up at Bhopal in MP and Mamun in Punjab. These schools will have a capacity of 2,000 children each and will exclusively cater to the growing needs of quality education of children of all ranks. — TNS Today’s issue consists of 40 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends, 10-page Chandigarh Tribune and six-page Life+Style. while five children, including two minors, were rescued from a dera colony. The children (aged 10 and 12) are from Kaithal and Uttar Pradesh, respectively. They have been handed over to the Child Welfare Council. The Roorkee team is equipped with machinery that can detect things hidden up to 7-10 metres beneath the floor in case of wetland and up to 2030 metres in case of a desert. The security forces entered the dera this morning. The campus was divided into five sectors, each under the control of an SP-rank officer. Mediapersons were stopped at Shah Satnam Singh Chowk, 7 km from the dera headquarters, and mobile Internet services were snapped. All roads leading to the dera were sealed. The search was monitored by AKS Pawar, Court Commissioner appointed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Sirsa Deputy Commissioner Prabhjot Singh said 41 companies of paramilitary forces and four columns of the Army had been deployed for the purpose. more reports on page 6 The great antiques heist in Punjab Unchecked all the time, unnoticed at times Vishav Bharti WHAT THE LAW SAYS Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 8 While digging a mound, a 10year-old girl discovered a stone sculpture at Mard Khera village in Sangrur in 1980. Villagers placed it in a specially-built room and it soon became the centre of activities. Weddings, Hindu or Sikh, would not be solemnised without the couple bowing before the idol. It started figuring on the first leaf of wedding albums. A series of newspaper articles called it a rare 11th century idol of God Surya. In the 1990s, it caught the attention of archaeologists. A team from the Archaeological Survey of India also carried out excavation at the site. A few months after the “exploration”, the idol went missing one night in 2003. Rameshwar Dutt, a Sunambased freelance archaeologist, remembers every detail. He had visited the village on the day the idol was found. Though Dutt doubts that the theft had anything to do with ASI’s visit, the villagers are sceptical. With slight variances in the names of places and time of discovery of theft, this story is repeated in almost every town that had some ancient or medieval link. The deep-rooted nexus between antiques smugglers and the state Archaeology Department officials is once again in the spotlight after the former Director, Archaeology, Navjot Pal Singh Randhawa, confessed before the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence that he helped a smuggler buy Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanerette furniture. “It went on for decades,” says former Punjab Muse- ■ According to the Punjab Ancient The sculpture found in Sangrur that was stolen. and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964, “antiquity” means any coin, sculpture, manuscript, epigraph, or other work of art or craftsmanship, any article which has been in existence for not less than 100 years ■ The government has the power to direct that any antiquity or any class of antiquities shall not be moved from the original location except with the written permission of the director ■ The government has the power to make an order for compulsory purchase of antiques PENALTY FOR REMOVING ANTIQUES Whosoever destroys or misuses or removes from a protected monument any sculpture, carving, image, bas-relief, inscription or other like objects shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to ~5,000, or with both things are in our ❝ All suchand we are concerned. knowledge We need some time to fix them Navjot Singh Sidhu, CULTURE AND TOURISM MINISTER ums’ Archaeological Officercum-curator KK Rishi. For all these years, when antiques were being smuggled out of state museums, there was no detailed understanding of what was left and what had gone. The scale of “loss” first came to notice in 2009 when ASI, under the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities, started keeping a register of artefacts in Punjab’s museums. An ASI official associated with the project tells on condition of anonymity that in museum after museum they were shocked to see that only replicas were housed. “This was true for all kinds of items, whether paintings or weapons... And there was no account of coins. We noticed precious stones missing from walls and floors of preserved archaeological sites,” he says. Like the many paintings at Qila Mubarak and Sheesh Mahal museums at Patiala. Sadly, the ASI neither brought anything on record, nor did it prepare any report about their authenticity. “We had documented just four aspects: size, colour, condition and features. continued on page 7
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