01102017-TTC-01.qxd 11/1/2017 1:34 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, november 1, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 196 | 28 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd BJP for all-party meet in Punjab /thetribunechd Back to Dhumal to win back Himachal Royal smile Chandigarh: Punjab BJP chief Vijay Sampla has written to Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to convene an all-party meeting on the law and order situation in the wake of killings of right-wing leaders in the state. “Ever since the Congress has come to power, the law and order situation has worsened,” he said, a day after the killling of a Hindu outfit leader SEE ALSO P2 in Amritsar. TNS Shah announces BJP CM face 9 days before polls AMBIKA SHARMA Bhanu P Lohumi & Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Navy to get 111 sub-hunting copters New Delhi: In a significant move aimed at stopping free-run of Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean, the Defence Acquisition Council, the top decision-making body of the Ministry of Defence, on Tuesday okayed the acquisition of 111 submarine-hunting helicopters for the Navy. PAGE 8 130 to 100: Highest jump in ‘ease of biz’ New Delhi: India for the first time has moved into the top 100 in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ global rankings from its 130th position last year, the highest jump by any country. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said to improve the ranking, the Centre was nudging states and civic bodies to expedite reforms. PAGE 16 SC seeks data on conviction of netas New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought to know the rate of conviction of politicians in criminal cases and asked whether its direction to complete trial against them within a year was being effectively implemented. It said data about the conviction rate would open up a ‘new dimension’ and sought to know whether it would act as a ‘deterrent’ if the trial is completed in a year. TNS External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj joyously receives the young Prince Jigme Wangchuck as his parents, Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, look on at IGI airport in New Delhi on Tuesday. The King is on a four-day visit, close on the heels of the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam region of Bhutan. PTI Separatist trio talks down dialogue Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service Srinagar, October 31 Three key separatist leaders, whose inclusion in the Centre’s recently initiated dialogue process would have determined its fate, ended their silence today by describing the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma as the interlocutor as a “tactic to buy time” — putting a dampener on the possibility of talks. In a joint statement, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik — who refer to themselves as the joint resistance leadership — said Sharma’s comments and assertions were “misleading” and limited the Dineshwar Sharma “scope of any engagement”. “The hyped upon appointment is nothing more than a tactic to buy time adopted under international pressure and regional compulsions,” they said. The trio added that “for any Kashmiri to be part of this futile exercise will only undermine our internationally acknowledged legitimate and just struggle”. It is for the first time since the appointment of Sharma as New Delhi’s representative for talks that the three key separatists have issued a statement about the dialogue process and nearly rejected it. Sharma, a former chief of Intelligence Bureau, told The Tribune that he would arrive in Kashmir in the “next two to three days” and said he would talk to “all Indian citizens living in Kashmir… who are willing to talk to him”. However, the statement by the trio is likely to lead to a deadlock even before any dialogue is formally initiated. The separatists said Sharma’s comment that he would come to Kashmir “to dissuade the youth from Islam and pursue their legitimate political aspirations so that Kashmir does not become Syria is misleading”. They said the comparison between Kashmir and Syria “is deception and propaganda as there is no correlation”. The separatists said they have “always advocated and supported a sincere and productive dialogue as a means of conflict resolution. What it inherently entails from all participants is the basic acknowledgment that there is a dispute that has to be resolved. But the Government of India continuously refuses to accept this basic premise”. Shimla/rajgarh, October 31 Giving a boost to BJP’s bid to win back Himachal Pradesh from the Congress, the party’s national president, Amit Shah, today declared two-time Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal as the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate. The announcement came just nine days ahead of the November 9 elections, as large sections of the party felt it needed to clear the mist and counter the Congress’ contention that the BJP had no leader and was like “bina dulhe ki baarat”. Addressing a well-attended rally at Nehru Ground in Rajgarh (Pachhad constituency of Sirmaur district), Shah said he was making the announcement to silence the Congress. “The Assembly polls would be contested under the leadership of Dhumal and after the massive victory with a twothirds majority on December 18 (result day), Dhumal would take oath as the next CM,” he announced. The BJP had all along maintained that “not declaring the CM candidate was part of the strategy and it had gone to polls in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and some other states without declaring a leader and won, and a decision in this regard in Himachal would be taken at an opportune time”. Dhumal would be leading the party in the Assembly polls for the fifth time in succession. He led the party to victory in 1998 when the BJP was a divided house and BJP national president Amit Shah (second from right) waves at the crowd at an election rally in Rajgarh, Sirmaur, on Tuesday. Two-time CM to lead BJP into polls for 5th time ■ Prem Kumar Dhumal, 73, entered electoral politics in 1984. He has won the Lok Sabha elections thrice and has been elected to the HP Vidhan Sabha four times in a row since 1998 ■ The two-time Himachal Chief Minister would be leading the BJP in the Assembly elections for the fifth time in succession formed a coalition government with Himachal Vikas Congress of Sukh Ram, which lasted a full term. In 2003, the Congress returned to power but the BJP again wrested power under the leadership of Dhumal in 2007. However, the party lost the 2012 polls. The decision would boost the electoral prospects of the BJP in Hamirpur, Una and adjoining districts and would also impact the poll outcome in other districts. Dhumal is seeking election from Sujanpur in Hamirpur. Dhumal himself was in favour of declaring the CM face before the poll and was hopeful that the high command would take an appro- priate decision well in time. Meanwhile, Amit Shah, while addressing the Rajgarh rally, said CM Virbhadra Singh instead of talking about his work and responding to allegations of corruption as also the Kotkhai case, was persistently raising the issue of BJP going into the polls without a CM face. “I wanted to make it clear to Singh that the 2017 polls were being fought under the leadership of Dhumal.” The announcement drew immense applause. Interestingly, though Shah had addressed a public rally in Kangra district earlier, he chose Rajgarh to make this key announcement. more on page 12 Saffron run in Lucknow Fatal accident claims:SC relief for kin ‘Future prospects’ of self-employed, those with fixed income to be considered Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 31 The Supreme Court today ruled that “future prospects” of the self-employed and those with a fixed income have to be taken into consideration while computing the amount of compensation to the dependents in fatal motor accident cases. Delivered by a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, the verdict is a welcome departure from the existing norm, according to which dependents of only those having a permanent job with scope for increase in salaries were entitled to “future prospects” in deciding compensation. “Future prospects” refer to what an accident victim would have earned in the form of future increase in income had he/she been alive. Till 2008, the practice was to award 50 per cent of the last drawn salary as compensation. In 2008, a Bench ruled that “future prospects” should be taken into account while calculating compensation to dependents of those with permanent jobs. Later, Gurdaspur Akali Dal leader’s son attacked Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Gurdaspur, October 31 Senior Akali leader GS Babbehali’s son Amarjot Singh was critically injured after he was attacked by unidentified miscreants at Babbehali village of Gurdaspur today. Two of his friends — Sikandar Singh and Gagan Harpreet Singh — were also targeted during the murderous assault following which the trio was rushed to an Amritsar hospital. Amarjot blamed sitting Congress MLA Barindermeet Singh Pahra for insti- gating his party workers to use firearms and sharpedged weapons. Eyewitnesses said Amarjot and his friends were driving out of the village when another car screeched to a halt, blocking their way. Three unidentified persons reportedly alighted from the vehicle and started firing indiscriminately. Later, they used sharp-edged weapons to inflict injuries on Amarjot and his friends before fleeing the spot. SSP HS Bhullar, however, denied any firing took place. He said Amarjot and continued on page 8 some other Benches ruled it should also be extended to self-employed victims. Now, the Constitution Bench verdict makes it clear that the benefits of “future prospects” have to be extended to dependents of even those with no fixed income or who are self-employed. “While determining the income, an addition of 50 per cent of actual salary to the income of the deceased towards future prospects, where the deceased had a permanent job and was below the age of 40 years, should be made. The addition should be 30 per cent if the age of the deceased was between 40 and 50 years. In case the deceased was between the age of 50 and 60 years, the addition should be 15 per cent. Actual salary should be read as actual salary less tax,” it said. The Bench said, “In case the deceased was selfemployed or on a fixed salary, an addition of 40 per cent of established income should be the warrant where the deceased was below 40, 25 per cent if between 40-50 and 10 per cent if between 50 and 60 years should be the method of computation.” The office of the saffronrobed UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, in the state capital Lucknow is now getting a touch of saffron. The Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan, known as the secretariat annexe building which houses the CM’s office, is being painted in saffron colour, replacing the traditional white and blue. Even the towels in the office are of a saffron hue and the curtains, though not saffron in colour, are close to it. PTI Army to build foot overbridge in Mumbai, many wonder why Tribune News Service Mumbai/newdelhi, October 31 The Army has been roped in to build foot overbridges at the Elphinstone road railway station in Mumbai where 23 persons were killed in a stampede a month ago. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, along with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, visited the railway station with engineers from the Army this morning. Fadnavis said the new overbridge would be completed by January 31. The Army would also build foot overbridges at the Currey Road and Ambivali railway stations, Fadnavis said. While Currey station lies in Mumbai city limits, Ambivali lies between Kalyan and Kasara on the outskirts of the city. Earlier, the Railways had floated a tender for the construction of a foot overbridge at Elphinstone station. However, Goyal was told that the new bridge would take a year to complete. “We have decided to take help of the military… as there is an urgent need to complete the bridges at the earliest. The three stations have been identified as these witness a very high footfall,” Goyal said. Sitharaman said this was the first time that the Army Commuters queue up near the Elphinstone railway station foot overbridge, where a stampede killed 23 persons recently. PTI had been called in for carrying out civil work in the country’s financial capital. “The Army conducted a feasibility study to assess whether it could complete the work or contribute to the Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers and four-page Jalandhar Tribune. process,” Sitharaman added. The move, meanwhile, has led to severe criticism. Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, a 1965-war veteran, said “the Army’s job is to train for war and protect the country’s borders, not to build bridges and clean roads”. He said there could be serious implications of such misuse of the armed forces by utilising their services for non-emergency civilian jobs. Urging Defence Minister Sitharaman to refrain from diverting critical defence resources to civilian works, he cited what he termed a mistake that Maj Gen BM Kaul, GOC of ‘Red Eagles’ 4th Division, had made before the 1962 war with China. The scandalous misuse by him of military manpower to build accommodation cost the Indian Army heavily during the Sino-Indian war, the Chief Minister said. The Defence Minister, instead of being party to this decision and announcing it with such pride, should have rejected any such suggestion in the interest of the armed forces, Capt Amarinder said. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the Army was supposed to be called in as a last resort at times of emergencies. “Now, it seems like it is the first number on speed dial,” he said. Congress’ Sanjay Nirupam said “calling in the Army to construct the bridges underlines the failure of BMC. Hope the Army will not be asked to fill potholes here”. more on page 15
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