20092017-TTC-01.qxd 9/20/2017 1:41 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, september 20, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 155 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Suu Kyi’s Rohingya speech is too little, too late: B’desh Dump aloo Smita Sharma ‘INDIA MUST STEP IN’ Tribune News Service Farmers from Punjab dumped potatoes near the YPS Chowk in Mohali on Tuesday, demanding a remunerative price for their crop. The protesters accused the Congress government in the state of failing to address the farmers’ plight. Trai slashes call connect charge to 6 paise/minute New Delhi, September 19 In a move that may result in lower call charges, telecom regulator Trai today slashed the rate paid by an operator for termination of mobile call on a rival network to 6 paise a minute, from the current 14 paise. Trai said the new call termination charge will be applicable from October 1, and will be completely eliminated from January 1, 2020. The cut in the charge runs contrary to the demands made by established operators, including Bharti Airtel, which wanted the termination rate to be raised and benchmarked against the actual cost. The latest entrant Reliance Jio, on the other hand, had been seeking waiving of the charge, saying it will benefit consumers. — PTI The farmers called for exporting potatoes, which they say have no buyers in Punjab even when sold for Re 1 per kg. The protest caused a huge problem for commuters, especially on two-wheelers, as road turned slippery because of dumped potatoes. VICKY GHARU New Delhi, September 19 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi breaking her silence on the Rohingya crisis in a televised address is “too little, too late”, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali said today, adding that there were not too many encouraging signs. Speaking to The Tribune, he said, “She evaded the core issue of Myanmarese recognition of its own population as free citizens of the country. We have emphasised that a solution to the Rohingya crisis has to be found in Myanmar itself. Necessary conditions must be created so that refugees could return to their ❝ India and China should assert their good offices on the Myanmar military and authorities to create necessary conditions for the return of the Rohingya refugees, otherwise it will create a problem for all of us Syed Moazzem Ali, BANGLADESH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO INDIA land and live with dignity, honour, security and full democratic rights.” The envoy stressed that the Rohingya were not just Muslims, since there was a sizeable number of Hindus too among the refugees in Bangladesh. Estimates suggest an influx of some 4,00,000 Rohingya adding to the existing 3,00,000 refugees. continued on page 15 edit: india & rohingya Trump: May have to destroy N Korea United Nations: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States will be forced to “totally destroy” North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission. Loud murmurs filled the General Assembly hall when Trump issued his sternest warning yet to North Korea, whose missile launches and nuclear tests have rattled the globe. Unless it backs down, he said, “We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.” REUTERS MORE ON PAGE 15 Centre to states:Make own Nabha jailbreak key man held planstodoublefarmincome Gangster Ladda also involved in cases of double murder, kidnapping Aman Sood Tribune News Service New Delhi, September 19 Putting the onus on states, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today asked them to chalk out individual strategies to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. The minister said the Centre had come out with a fourvolume report suggesting ways to boost farmers’ income, which states could study and see how best it could be implemented. Addressing a two-day national conference to evolve a sowing strategy for the rabi season, he said the focus should not only be on crop productivity, but also on allied Radha Mohan Singh farm activities like timber and honeybee cultivation. “The government’s aim is to increase productivity and ensure farmers get the remunerative price for their produce,” he said, recounting the schemes undertaken to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income. While implementing these schemes, he said, states should devise their own strategy to boost farmers’ income by focusing on production-topost-harvest activities. This puts the onus of achieving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aim of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 on states. In defence, ministry officials said agriculture was a state subject, hence the onus was also on them. Meanwhile, the Centre has also drafted a new “market assurance scheme”, which will enable states to do agricultural market intervention at their own level. Officials said the state had been asked to study and share how they wish to implement the scheme. Tribune News Service Patiala, September 19 In a major breakthrough, the CIA wing of the Punjab Police has arrested gangster Gurjeet Ladda, a key accused in the Nabha jailbreak case, near Rajpura following inputs from the Organised Crime Control Unit. Besides masterminding the jailbreak, Ladda is involved in several cases of kidnapping and over a dozen double murder cases. He is a key suspect in the daylight murder of two rival gangsters in Gurdaspur on April 20. On Monday night, Crime Investigating Agency’s Rajpura incharge Bikramjit Brar arrested Ladda as he tried to mow down policemen Gurjeet Ladda with his Pajero car bearing a fake registration number. Several fake documents, including a passport and IDs, were recovered from the accused. Ladda had used the fake passport to travel to Dubai along with his wife and daughter. “He was now planning to leave for the US,” said Patiala SSP S Bhupathi. This is the 26th arrest in the Nabha jailbreak case in which four gangsters and two terrorists had escaped on November 27, 2016. During the attack, Ladda in police uniform had fired indiscriminately at the jail guard to help the dreaded criminals escape, said Brar. “He along with arrested gangster Palwinder Pinda was the key conspirator. It was his brainchild to use police uniforms to gain entry into the jail complex,” said Brar, adding that Ladda was also instrumental in ensuring that Majha and Doaba gangsters worked together. He is also believed to be behind the kidnapping of a doctor of a drug de-addiction centre in Amritsar. The doctor was later released after Rs 1.25 crore was paid in ransom. In May 2017, Dr Munish Kumar, another Amritsar doctor, was kidnapped and released after the family paid Rs 7.5 lakh against the ransom demand of Rs 1 crore. He had further extorted Rs 50 lakh from another victim, besides Rs 90 lakh from Harjinder Bajaj, a Chandigarh financier, in 2016. “Ladda was the mastermind of the double murder case in which he along with Vicky Gounder shot rival gangsters Sukhchain Singh of Sangalpura area of Gurdaspur and Harpreet Singh, alias Subedar Bhatti, of Mustafabad village. Two others, Happy and Prince, were grievously injured,” said SSP Bhupathi. 100 UKMPs back non-Indian UT academy protégé to lead U-17 WC team ethnic identity move for Sikhs Deepankar Sharda Tribune News Service Ashis Ray London, September 19 More than 100 British MPs cutting across party lines have aligned with an organisation which is a successor to a hitherto banned pro-Khalistan group to demand that Sikhs are ethnically different from Indians. The MPs, under the banner of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Sikhs (APPGBS) and Sikh Federation UK (SFUK) — previously known as the International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), which was banned by the British government in 2001 under the UK Terrorism Act — have approached Britain’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) to list Sikhs as an ethnic group separate from Indians. There was no comment from the Indian High Commission in London, but New Delhi is unlikely to be amused if the demand is granted; which means such an outcome has the potential of seriously impacting bilateral relations between India and Britain. The British foreign office, when asked to comment, passed the buck to the ONS. In a carefully worded statement, the ONS indicated to The Tribune: “As we said to the AllParty Parliamentary Group, no decision has been taken on this issue. We will continue to work with the Sikh community on the best way forward. The National Statistician will not be making his recommendations until early 2018.” The APPGBS was virtually defunct until revived in July, following two Sikhs, Tanmanjit Dhesi and Preet Kaur Gill, being elected to the House of Commons in June. On September 12, its delegation led by its chairperson Gill, together with an “adviser” of the SFUK, said to be Dabinderjit Singh Sidhu (known to be an assiduous Khalistani activist), submitted a letter to the ONS demanding a separate tick box for Sikhs in the future census in the UK. continued on page 15 Vendetta in 62% cases: Gill panel 2nd interim report: Erring probe officers should compensate Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 19 Implication of innocent persons by Punjab Police over the past decade has been a matter of guesses and assumptions for long. But the second “interim” report submitted by the Justice Mehtab Singh Gill panel suggests the police had been on a “falseimplication spree”. The commission has so far detected false implication and political vendetta in more than 62 per cent cases examined in just five months of its constitution. The commission has, in fact, detected 177 such cases so far. It has, in all, examined 284 cases out of the more than 4,000 complaints received. The panel, in its second report, has not only recommended cancellation of 37 FIRs, but also suggested compensation in another four cases, where the accused have been acquitted by the courts. The amount is to be recovered from the erring investigating officers. Recommendations for prosecution of the complainant or the investigating officer, including a DSP under Sec, tion 182 of the IPC have also been made in these four cases. Section 182 deals with “false information with intent to cause a public servant to use his lawful power to the injury of another person”. In six cases, the panel has provided relief to the complainants, including recommendations on not filing challan before the court concerned against the accused. In all, the commission has found political vendetta in 47 cases identified by it as false. The commission, at the same time, has dismissed 59 complaints. Heading the twomember commission, Justice Gill said the cases primarily revolved around matrimonial and civil disputes. continued on page 12 Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Chandigarh, September 19 Manipur’s Amarjit Singh Kiyam had never thought that an advice from his senior to move to the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) would change his life. Today, Amarjit was elected captain of the Indian team for next month’s U-17 World Cup, being hosted in the country for the first time, marking a significant point in his journey from a regular schoolboy to football stardom. At a team meeting in Goa, coach Luis Norton de Matos suggested four names and asked each of the 27 players to write their choice for captaincy on a piece of paper, allocating five, three and one points, respectively, for the top three choices. Amarjit was their unanimous choice. Jitendra Singh, who was second, was picked as Amarjit’s deputy. Suresh Singh, who led India at the AFC Under-16 Championship last year, received the third highest votes. Amarjit had earlier captained the side in a few friendly international ties. Amarjit’s journey started in 2011, when as a 10-year-old he and his friends landed in Amarjit Singh Kiyam Chandigarh to appear for the trials for a new batch of the CFA. As they waited their turn, Amarjit took the ball and moved towards the target wall for practice. Former India captain Harjinder Singh, the then CFA head coach, spotted Amarjit kicking the ball around. “I thought he was an exceptional talent,” he recalls. Amarjit topped the skill and speed tests but was not among the top-three in the stamina test. Harjinder took Amarjit under his wings as the young lad spent the next four years (2011-2015) at the CFA, honing his skills. “He was quite dedicated,” says Harjinder. “Amarjit would practise on Sundays, when the entire batch would rest after a hectic week of training.” During his time at the CFA, Amarjit played in local championships, All-India Administrator’s Cup, Pre-Subroto Cup and other tournaments. He suffered a major ankle injury but his strong will helped him bounce back, he recalls. Amarjit went on to represent Government Model High School, Sector 36. His hard work paid off as he got a chance to play in Goa during an exposure trip with CFA team in 2015. continued on page 17
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