10102017-TTC-01.qxd 10/10/2017 1:17 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, october 10, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 175 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Kerala love jihad: SC puts off case as Shah, Yogi dragged in /thetribunechd No Diwali crackers in NCR Lightness of being SC revives ban on sale till Oct 31 over air quality concerns Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 9 The Supreme Court on Monday abruptly adjourned the Kerala love jihad case following heated exchange between senior counsel Dushyant Dave and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh after the former accused BJP chief Amit Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of vitiating the atmosphere in Kerala by their “divisive” politics. New Delhi, October 9 Concerned over poor air quality, the Supreme Court today revived the ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR during Diwali festivities. Modifying its September 12 order, relaxing the ban with certain conditions, a Bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said the ban would remain in place till October 31 and the relaxation order could come into play from November 1. “We are of the view that the order suspending the licences should be given one chance to test itself in order to find out as to whether there would be a positive effect of this suspension, particularly during the Diwali period,” the Bench said. Ordering forthwith suspension of all temporary licences issued by the police for the sale of crackers, the Bench said, “Further orders can be passed on assessing the situation that would emerge after this Diwali season. Insofar as adverse effects of burning crackers during Diwali are concerned, those have been witnessed year after year. The air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes thereby. It leads to closing the schools and the authorities are compelled to take various measures when faced with a ‘health emergency’ situation. “This very situation had occurred on the very next morning after Diwali in 2016. It resulted in passing the order dated November 11, Amid dumping fears, alarm bells in Punjab Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Both accused of vitiating atmosphere by ‘divisive’ politics As Dave — representing a Muslim man who married a Hindu woman after she converted to Islam — raised the pitch of his voice and levelled allegations against the Centre, Shah and Yogi, Singh strongly objected to his submissions. “You (Dave) are trying to browbeat the court and the other side by such obnoxious statements. They have been using intimidation continuously,” Singh, who represented the National Investigation Agency (NIA), said. “At least we only do it in court. Not outside court like your government,” Dave responded. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra took exception to Dave dragging in people completely unrelated to the case. “Your language, tone and manner of submission are absolutely inexcusable. continued on page 7 Unmindful of the heavy rain or the sloshing experience on way to school, a young boy gives out a joyous smile as his mother tries to fix a broken umbrella in Kolkata on Monday. PTI Aman Sood Tribune News Service Commuters make their way through heavy smog in New Delhi on October 31, 2016, the day after Diwali. REUTERS FILE crackers ❝ Insofar as adverse effects of burningbeen witnessed during Diwali are concerned, those have year after year. The air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes thereby. SC Bench 2016. This order prevailed during the year, but the impact and effect of this order remains to be tested on Diwali days,” the Bench said. It had on October 6 reserved its order on a plea seeking restoration of last year’s order, banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. The top court, through its November 11 order last year, had suspended all licences which “permit the sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail, within the territory of NCR”. The order was relaxed on September 12 as it temporarily lifted the ban. Favouring a “graded approach” to pollution control, it had observed that a complete ban would be an “extreme step”. Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for petitioner Arjun Gopal, had contended that the ban should be restored as the NCR had witnessed a huge rise in air pollution during and after Diwali last year. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) too supported the restoration of the ban. However, permanent licencees selling crackers had opposed the plea, arguing that the September 12 order, temporarily lifting the ban, was “well-reasoned.” Considering all aspects raised by the petitioner, the top court, while passing the order last month, had noted that though firecrackers impacted air quality, it was “not the greatest cause of particulate matter (PM) 2.5”. Edit: Clean Diwali Patiala, October 9 Already alarmed at stubble fires (508 in the past 10 days) in the state severely damaging air quality, the Supreme Court ban on the sale of crackers in the NCR is likely to see wholesalers dumping their stock in Punjab, where cracker rates have already plummeted by more than 20 per cent. “Our super stockists in Delhi are offering discounts on crackers exceeding 20 per cent, and with down payments in cash, it touches 36 per cent over and above the discount,” said Ravdeep Singh, a wholesale dealer, from Ludhiana. In a damage-control mode, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) chief Kahan Singh Pannu said: “We propose to add taxes so the discounts fail to attract buyers.” A “green Diwali” campaignkicks off tomorrow. PPCB FIGURES FOR 2016 ■ Ludhiana topped the chart with 405 µg/m³ RSPM (respirable suspended particulate matter) levels in residential areas. Permissible limit is 100 µg/m³ ■ Patiala marked 187 microgram per cubicmeter (µg/m³) in RSPM, while Amritsar recorded 302 µg/m³ JeM commander killed Rlys puts Punjab in No money, unable to pay in Baramulla gunfight dock on crossings victims: Dera chief to HC Tells HC no response to its NOC plea Umer Khalid carried reward of ~7 lakh; 3 Hizb ultras shot Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 9 Umer Khalid, the chief operations commander of the Pakistan-based Jaish-eMohammad (JeM), was today gunned down in a brief gunfight at Ladoora Baramulla, 60 km from Srinagar. Later in the evening during search operations in Gatipora, Shopian, three Hizbul militants holed up inside a house were shot dead. Policemen in civvies today laid a naka near Ladoora village, located along the Baramulla-Handwara highway, following intelligence inputs that Khalid was in the area. “Intercepted and challenged by the police, Khalid hurled a grenade and opened fire. The police retaliated. Injured, Khalid took refuge in a residential building. Subsequently, a joint operation was Subedar Raj Kumar JCO FROM KANGRA DIES In Drang, Budgam district, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of 53 Rashtriya Rifles, Subedar Raj Kumar, 46, a resident of Khanni Nurpur, Kangra, was killed when a patrol party was attacked on Sunday night. launched and the militant was neutralised in a brief gunfight,” said a police officer. Sources claimed Khalid was not carrying any rifle. Khalid had been operating in the area for the past two or three years and was instrumental in arranging recruits for the terror outfit, the police said. He had recently carried out an attack on an SPO and his seven-year-old son at Handwara. An A++ category terrorist, he carried a cash reward of Rs 7 lakh on his head. Reports had warned of Jaish planning more fidayeen attacks in Kashmir. The police believe Khalid had a role in the two recent attacks — one on the BSF battalion headquarters near the highsecurity Srinagar airport and the other on the District Police Lines at Pulwama. The attacks were carried out by Jaish’s “Afzal Guru Squad”. State police chief Shesh Paul Vaid called Khalid’s killing “a big success for the forces”. He said more than 160 militants had been killed this year so far. Tribune News Service Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, October 9 A day after a train driver was killed at an unmanned crossing in Jalalabad, the Railways today virtually placed the Punjab Government in the dock, claiming its proposals to prevent such incidents had not received a response from the DCs concerned. This prompted the Punjab and Haryana High Court to ask Punjab Advocate General Atul Nanda to step in. A top Railways official from the Ferozepur Division was directed to be present in court on the next date of hearing. There are 269 such crossings in Ferozepur Division alone. As the case came up for resumed hearing, the counsel for the Railways sought permission to place on record a communication from the Divisional Railway Manager, Northern Railway, Ferozepur. He submitted that to prevent such accidents, there was a move by the Railways to undertake safety measures —over-bridge, under-bridge, limited height sub-way and diversion or merger with the nearest manned crossing. A communication had been sent to the DCs concerned for no-objection certificates. But no reply had been received. Nanda submitted that he would apprise the court within two weeks if such communication was pending with the DCs. The order came less than two months after the Bench framed a larger question on steps contemplated by theRailways to avoid accidents at unmanned railway crossings. Amicus curiae Gaurav Chopra, referring to Sunday’s accident in Ferozepur, said the Railways was “casual” and directions must be issued for initiating appropriate steps at the earliest. Chandigarh, October 9 Facing a 20-year jail sentence for rape, Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh today told the Punjab and Haryana High Court he had “renounced the world” and was unable to pay Rs 30 lakh as compensation to the two rape victims. The assertion came before a Division Bench that admitted a bunch of two appeals — one by Ram Rahim against his conviction and sentence and the other by the rape survivors, seeking life imprisonment for Ram Rahim. Taking up the pleas, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sudhir Mittal put the CBI on notice. Ram Rahim’s counsel SK Garg Narwana said dera properties had been attached and he could not pay the amount. The Bench observed that the amount had to be paid as per the trial court orders and he could take recourse to the procedure prescribed under the law. It asked Ram Rahim to deposit the amount as FDR in a nationalised bank through the trial court, setting a two-month deadline. The amount would be disbursed to either party with interest, only after the verdict. The dera chief sought the setting aside of the August 25 order convicting him of raping two dera followers and the order dated August 28 sentencing him to 20 years. SK Garg Narwana submitted that the CBI had not conducted Ram Rahim’s potency test though he had claimed that he was not virile since 1990, much before the allegations of rape. “ The trial court presumed that because he is a father of children, his plea was not correct without ascertaining the age of his children,” he submitted. The delay of more than six years in recording the victims’ statements was another ground taken in the plea. In the petitions filed through counsel Navkiran Singh, the rape survivors contended that the dera chief had committed a “grave breach of trust.” He had shattered the victims’ faith and exploited them physically and psychologically. Hence, the trial court had erred in not awarding him the maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Jay Shah files suit Gorakhpur again, 16 against news portal kids die in 24 hours ACRs not enough, Army may tweak selection criteria for officers Ahmedabad: BJP chief Amit Shah's son Jay on Monday filed a criminal defamation case in a metropolitan court here against news portal 'The Wire' over a report, which claimed his firm's turnover grew 16,000 times to over Rs 80 crore in a year after the party came to power in 2014. PAGE 7 Ajay Banerjee Lucknow: Sixteen children, including 10 infants, died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur during the last 24 hours, authorities said on Monday. Of the children who died, 10 were admitted in Neonatal ICU while six were in the paediatric ICU. PAGE 7 Panel wants AMU, BHU renamed, govt’s no New Delhi: A UGC panel has recommended removal of ‘Hindu’ and ‘Muslim’ from the names of Banaras Hindu University and Aligarh Muslim University even as Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the suggestion was beyond the committee’s mandate, which was formed to probe alleged irregularities in central universities. He said the Centre had no intention to change the name. PTI Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 9 The Army is considering a change in the promotion parameters for its officers to include multiple benchmarks to make the selection criteria broad-based. The ongoing Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi, chaired by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, is scheduled to take up the matter tomorrow. The Shimla-based Army Training Command (ARTRAC) has made fourkey recommendations to make the selection process more broad-based than the present system, that relies largely on annual confidential reports (ACRs). The proposal is to restructure assured career and empowerment of officers, sources say. It says promotions and selections for courses like Higher Defence Management Course, the National Defence College and UN missions should not be overwhelming dependent on just ACRs and should be made “broad-based” to have a more objective criterion like written examinations PROPOSAL TO BE TAKEN UP TODAY ■ Promotions and selections for courses like Higher Defence Management Course, National Defence College and UN missions should not be dependent on ACRs only ■ The criterion needs to be made broad-based by including written examinations and submission of military-related papers and submission of militaryrelated papers. These courses are like benchmarks for future ■ These courses will be like benchmarks for future selections and if an officer skips these, it will mean the end of road for him, as far as the next selection is concerned selections. If an officer has not done these courses, it indicates the end of the road for him, as far as the next selection is concerned. The ranks of Colonel, Brigadier, Major General and Lieutenant General are selection ranks and not based on automatic promotions. Vacancies are limited and a very small percentage makes it beyond Colonel, hence putting pressure on officers to get a “favourable ACR” to progress and get selected for courses. The argument is that the present system offers “no protection” and was leading to skewed personality development as officers try and keep away from a “righteous path” to ensure progression of career. It cites “frivolous complaints” that cause undue scare among officers, who fear losing out on the next rank. Courage and conviction get downplayed as the existing ACR-based system provided no protection. The Army believes there is a need to ensure personality development among officers by allowing them to express freely as leaders. It says that officers should be provided with legal protection for actions that are taken for progression of military aim.
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