14092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/14/2017 1:24 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, september 14, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 149 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Scrap HCS (Judicial) exam, says HCpanel Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 13 A Punjab and Haryana High Court committee, looking into the paper-leakage case, has recommended the scrapping of the “HCS (Judicial Branch) Preliminary Examination-2017”. The move came after it prima facie found that some candidates had access to the question paper. No less than 760 calls and messages exchanged between Registrar (Recruitment) Balwinder Sharma and a candidate during the past year also prompted the committee to recommend registration of an FIR against him and the candidates. Sharma’s forthwith transfer from the post, pending further action, has also been recommended. Additional District and Sessions Judge Balwinder Sharma had remained an officer on special duty in 2014. The inquiry report, by the Recruitment and Promotion/Court Creation Committee (Subordinate Judicial Services) of the High Court, was submitted before a Full Bench today. The committee said prima facie findings suggested that at least two candidates, Sunita and Sushila, had the question paper. Therefore, the possibility of other candidates having access to the paper could not be ruled out. “The purity of the examination having been lost, the /thetribunechd Chakmas set to get citizenship Mann Ki Baat Paper-leakage case Mukesh Ranjan ■ A committee of HC, through Tribune News Service Haryana Public Service Commission, had invited applications for 109 posts in the subordinate judiciary ■ Paper-leakage case has its genesis in a petition seeking registration of a criminal case to unearth the scam ■ Petitioner alleged that at least two questions were disclosed to her a day prior to exam. She claimed Rs 1 crore was demanded, but she declined New Delhi, September 13 The Centre today indicated that it might soon grant citizenship to around one lakh Chakma and Hajong refugees, who came to India from the erstwhile East Pakistan five decades ago and are living in camps in the NorthEast. This, when the government has been talking tough on 40,000 Rohingya “illegal immigrants” from Myanmar. According to a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) official, the Chakma-Hajong refugee issue was “discussed threadbare” today at a meeting convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, which was attended by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. In 2015, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees, mostly staying in Arunachal. Several organisations and civil society in Arunachal have been opposing citizenship to the refugees, saying it will change the demography of the state. The Centre is trying to find a workable solution by proposing that Chakma and Hajong refugees will not be given rights, including ownership of land, enjoyed by Scheduled Tribes in Arunachal, the committee recommends that the HCS (JB) Preliminary Examination-2017, held on July 16, be scrapped.” The committee added that Sharma unequivocally denied prior acquaintance with Sunita, the general category topper. The call details furnished by the service provider, on the other hand, revealed that 760 calls and SMSes were exchanged between Sharma and Sunita during the last one year, indicating that the matter required a “deeper probe”. The panel recommended a regular inquiry against Sharma, and an FIR against Sunita, Sushila and Sharma to further probe “the act of leakage”. The Full Bench of Justices Rajesh Bindal, Rajan Gupta and GS Sandhawalia directed the HC to apprise it of the action taken and asked the Registrar (Vigilance) to direct service providers to preserve call details. Donning kurta-pyjama and a Nehru jacket, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe visits Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi spent a considerable time of his life. His wife Akie wore salwar-kameez and a stole. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting couple reached the Ashram from Ahmedabad airport in an 8-km roadshow. REUTERS REPORT BACK PAGE NSUI wins big in ABVP stronghold DU Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 13 Buoyed by the win of its student wing, the National Students Union of India, in the high-stake Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections, the Congress today claimed that the political tide in the country was turning. Moments after NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed and Kunal Sehrawat were declared winners for the posts of president and vice-president, respectively, a senior Congress leader remarked: “Our victory is a very good sign.” While Tusheed defeated BJP-affiliate ABVP’s Rajat Chaudhary by 1,590 votes, Sehrawat defeated ABVP’s Paarth Rana by 175 votes. The ABVP which has a , stronghold in DUSU, bagged two seats — joint secretary and general secretary. Last year, ABVP had bagged three posts with the NSUI winning one — that of joint secretary. Officially, the Congress hailed the development as a victory of “progressive forces” with senior leader Manish Tewari declaring: “This NSUI win signals winds of change. It is significant as it mirrors a trend. The NSUI has now won elections in Panjab University, Rajasthan University and Delhi University. This shows the segment that the BJP fiercely wooed on the eve of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections is getting disenchanted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's unfulfilled promises.” Tewari, a former NSUI president, said it was significant that the NSUI had won the DUSU poll after four years. DU had cancelled the nomination of the NSUI presidential candidate, which was restored through the High Court’s intervention. “ABVP has claimed victory on the joint secretary’s post, we know the result is rigged. We will be moving the High Court,” said NSUI national president Fairoz Khan. INDIA TO SEND AID FOR ROHINGYA IN B’DESH ■ India will send humanitarian assistance to Bangladesh on Thursday for Rohingya Muslims, days after Dhaka briefed New Delhi about the massive influx of refugees from Myanmar ■ “An Indian aircraft will carry the first consignment of humanitarian assistance tomorrow ... it will land at Chittagong airport at 11 am,” an Indian High Commission spokesman in Dhaka said official said, adding that they, however, might be allowed to have Inner Line permits, required for non-locals to travel and work. Chakmas and Hajongs were originally residents of Chittagong hill tracts in the erstwhile East Pakistan. They left their homeland when it was submerged by the Kaptai dam project in the 1960s. The Chakmas, who are Buddhists, and the Hajongs, who are Hindus, also allegedly faced religious persecution and entered India through the then Lushai Hills district of Assam (now Mizoram). The Centre had then moved the majority of them to the NorthEast Frontier Agency, which is now Arunachal Pradesh. According to officials, their numbers have gone up from about 5,000 in 1964-69 to one lakh. MORE ON PAGE 7
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