04112017-TT-01.qxd 11/3/2017 10:45 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, november 4, 2017 jammu & kashmir chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 304 | 26 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd WhatsApp restored after global outage New Delhi: WhatsApp users across the world, including in India, heaved a sigh of relief on Friday after the instant messaging app was restored following a global outage, sending people into a tizzy. Users were able to send or receive messages after a brief outage. About 60 pc of customers —20 crore in India — had problems connecting to WhatsApp. PTI Twitter employee deletes Trump’s a/c Washington: A disgruntled Twitter customer support employee deleted the Twitter account of US President Donald Trump on his last day at the social media giant. On Thursday evening, Trump’s Twitter page showed “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” message. “My Twitter account was taken down for 11 minutes by a rogue employee,” Trump later wrote. PTI /thetribunechd No tech degrees via distance courses:SC Lakhs of engineering graduates in spot, to take retest | Deemed universities restrained Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 3 Ruling that technical education could not be provided through correspondence courses, in a landmark verdict affecting millions of students across India, a Bench of Justice AK Goel and Justice UU Lalit today restrained educational institutions from providing courses in subjects such as engineering and computer science in the distance education mode. It suspended engineering degrees granted between 2001 and 2005 to all graduates through distance learning by JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan, Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Rajasthan (IASE), Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad, and Vinayak Mission Research Foundation (VMRF), Tamil Nadu, for want of adherence to statutory guidelines/policies. The degrees would remain suspended till the students pass an examination under the joint supervision of AICTE-UGC. “Every single advantage” on the basis of the degree would also stand suspended till then, the court ordered, directing the CBI to carry out a thorough investigation into the conduct of officials who had granted permissions against the policy statement. The conduct of institutions which abused their position to advance their commercial interest illegally would also be probed, the court said. It directed the UGC to take appropriate steps and implement Section 23 of the UGC Act and restrain deemed universities from using the word "university" within a month. SPELLING IT OUT ■ Affected students (2001-05) to get two chances to clear AICTE-UGC test, failing which their degrees will be “recalled and cancelled” ■ If a student does not wish to appear in such tests, the money deposited towards tuition and other fee will be refunded ■ Students can exercise the option by January 15, 2018, and the institutes have to refund the students' money by May 31 The court asked the AllIndia Council of Technical Education (AICTE) to conduct appropriate written and practical tests for the students, with expenses towards conducting the tests to be recovered from the universities concerned. The top court issued a series of directions likely to affect hundreds of distance education centres which have been offering technical courses through correspondence and distance learning. "We restrain all deemed to be universities to carry on any courses in the distance education mode from the academic session 2018-2019 onwards, unless and until it is permissible to conduct such courses and specific permissions are granted by the statutory/regulatory authorities in respect of each of those courses and unless the off-campus centres/study centres are individually inspected and found adequate by the statutory authorities. The approvals have to be course-specific. "The Union of India may constitute a three-members committee comprising eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, Glowof faith administration or law at the national level within one month. The committee may examine the issues and suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up an oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues within six months," the court ruled. The Bench, which also included Justice UU Lalit, affirmed a verdict of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and set aside the verdict by the Odisha High Court that allowed technical education via correspondence. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had in 2015 ruled that a degree in "'computer science" obtained through distance education could not be considered on a par with a regular degree awarded by a university to students attending campus classes. Banks, telcos told to give Aadhaar link deadline New Delhi, November 3 The Supreme Court today asked banks and mobile telecom service providers to inform their customers about the last date for linking accounts and mobile numbers with Aadhaar. A Bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said the messages sent by banks and telecom service providers to customers should include the deadline for linking Aadhaar. The top court, however, refused to stay such linking, noting that all Aadhaar-related matters had already been sent to a Consitution Bench which would assemble in the last week of November. The Bench was hearing petitions challenging the validity of the Aadhaar Act and the government's decision to link bank accounts and mobile phone numbers with Aadhaar. The top court's direction DeMo CASE WITH CONSTITUTION BENCH New Delhi: The SC on Friday disposed of 14 petitions seeking its nod to deposit demonetised notes and said a five-judge Constitution Bench would deal with this aspect, besides deciding the validity of the demonetisation decision. A Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra said the Constitution Bench would also deal with individual pleas of those who could not deposit currency notes during the RBI window period. PTI came after petitioners' counsel said the messages sent by banks and mobile phone companies were creating panic among customers. The Centre had told the court yesterday the last date for linking bank accounts to Aadhaar may be extended from December 31, 2017, to March 31, 2018. — TNS Dalitleaderonboard,Congress inches towards grand alliance Gujarat poll: Talks with Patidar leader Hardik under way Tribune News Service An illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, in Amritsar on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: VISHAL KUMAR US Sikh teen beaten up, kin cry hate crime Washington, November 3 A 14-year-old Sikh boy was punched and knocked down by his classmate in Washington with his father claiming that his son was targeted because he was of Indian descent, media reports have said. The boy wearing a turban was beaten less than a block outside of the city's Kentridge High School. The assault happened last week and has since drawn outrage from the boy's family, The New Tribune reported. The boy was attacked by the classmate as someone recorded it and posted it on Snapchat. In the clip, the classmate follows the victim and suddenly punches him, knocking him to the ground. The victim is punched several more times as he tries to protect his head and crawl away, the report said. However, the school district says it was not rooted in hate, but spawned hate speech online. The victim’s father, who refused to be identified, said he feared his son was targeted because he was of Indian descent and a Sikh. “I am feeling bad because this happened to my son… He never interacted with the guy who beat him up. He doesn’t even know his name. I don't want to see this happen again with my son or anyone else,” the boy’s father said. School officials said the attack was not religiously or racially motivated. — PTI Mamata ex-aide Mukul in BJP fold, says Bengal wants change New Delhi, November 3 Mukul Roy, 63, once a confidant of Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee, today joined the BJP claiming , the people of West Bengal wanted an alternative to Mamata Banerjee and would vote the saffron party to power in the next elections. The former Railway Minister, known for his organisational skills, joined the BJP in the presence of party chief Amit Shah. Speaking to the media later, he claimed the BJP was “not a communal but secular party”. Recalling how the TMC had forged an alliance with the BJP with Mamata getting a Cabinet berth in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, ❝ The BJP is not a a communal party, but secular party. Unhappy, the people in Bengal are looking for an alternative. — Mukul Roy he said the regional party could not have grown without the BJP's support. Rejecting Mamata's charge, he said, “The BJP is not a communal party, but a secular party. Unhappy, the people in Ben- gal are looking for an alternative. The BJP will soon clinch power in the state.” Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference that Roy had effectively fought "excesses and atrocities" of the previous CPM governments. He claimed Roy had joined the BJP unconditionally. The party is likely to task him with an important responsibility to drive its growth in the eastern state, where it has been traditionally weak. “His role will be decided,” BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, the party's in-charge for the state, said. On corruption allegations against Roy, he replied: “The law will take its course.” — TNS Haasan booked for ‘Hindu terror’ remark Lucknow, November 3 A case was filed against veteran film actor Kamal Haasan in a Varanasi court on Friday for his “Hindu terror” comments. The case has been filed under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that pertain to defamation, attempt to cause offence, intent to hurt religious feelings and to incite communal disharmony. In an article in a Tamil magazine that came into public domain on Thursday, the film actor has observed that “Hindu right-wing groups have unprecedentedly started indulging in acts of violence”. The court has listed the case for hearing on Saturday. — IANS Ahmedabad/New Delhi, Nov 3 Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today managed a breakthrough, securing the support of young Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani in the coming Gujarat elections. Mevani will, however, not formally join the party. On the last day of his threeday visit to south Gujara, Rahul took the time off for a one-on-one meeting with Mevani on Dalits' 17-point charter of demands at a farmhouse near Navsari town.The meeting lasted 25 minutes. Mevani will meet the Congress vice-president for a final round of talks later this month. To the discomfiture of the ruling BJP , Mevani announced that he and other Dalit leaders would “carry out an extensive campaign against the BJP and ensure that the egoist and arrogant government in Gujarat was uprooted." Flanked by Rahul, he was addressing the media from a bus in which Rahul's campaign vehicle, a bus. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel did not meet Rahul though he too was in the Surat in connection with the sedition case filed against him by the Gujarat government. He said the legal cell of the Congress must first clarify on Constitutional provisions for ensuring reservation to the Patels. He said Congress' legal experts, including Kapil Sibbal, were expected in Ahmedabad on November 6 when the PAAS Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi greets people during his roadshow at Valsad district, in Gujarat on Friday. PTI SMRITI TAKES A JIBE AT RAHUL OVER ‘PIDI’ TWEET Dharamsala: Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday joined the BJP campaign in Jaisinghpur constituency of Kangra in Himachal and targeted Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for participating in protests at the JNU and tweets about pet dog “Pidi”. HAVE FAITH IN JUDICIARY, WILL COME OUT CLEAN: CM Una: Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh on Friday alleged the Centre was misusing powers to victimise him, but he “had full faith in the judiciary”. Virbhadra said a single complaint against him was being investigated by three central agencies. core panel would hold another round of talks on the issue. "A final decision will be taken thereafter," he said, adding the PAAS had no hesitation in backing the Congress. Sources in Delhi said that under Congress general secretary for Gujarat Ashok Gehlot, a grand anti-BJP alliance was shaping up in the state. Party leaders however, privately acknowledge it will not be easy to reconcile the demands of OBCs and Dalits because both want a quota in government jobs and the education sector and would have to be accommodated under the 50 per cent quota ceiling fixed by the Supreme Court. Congress Gujarat unit chief Bharat Sinh Solanki said the party could always recommend inclusion of new castes. Meanwhile, the Congress is upbeat about the NCP sending feelers in Gujarat. NCP leader Praful Patel is said to be in touch with the Congress for seat adjustment. The Akhileshled SP and rebel JD-U faction of Chhotu Bhai Vasava are already with the Congress. But BSP will go it alone. COURTESY: TWITTER Shopian mourns BJP youth leader’s killing Mourners carry the body of BJP youth leader Gowhar Hussain Bhat at his funeral in Shopian district, south of Srinagar, on Friday. PTI Srinagar/Jammu, November 3 observers here as there is not Hundreds of local residents much support for the BJP in in Shopian district of Jammu the Muslim-majority Valley. and Kashmir today bade a In Jammu, BJP activists held tearful adieu to BJP youth anti-Pakistan demonstrations wing leader Gowhar in Rajouri district to Hussain Bhat, who protest the killing. was allegedly killed BJP MLA Ravinder by militants. Raina, who led the Residents of protesters in the borBonagam in Shopian, der towns of Sunder52 km from here, took bani and Noushera, part in his funeral procalled it an attempt to cession that passed silence the voice of Gowhar Hussain Bhat through the streets of people of Kashmir. the village before his mortal The body of 30-year-old remains were laid to rest, offi- Bhat, who was kidnapped by cials said. militants, was recovered The sizeable number of peo- from an orchard in Kiloora in ple at the funeral surprised Shopian district. — PTI Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. DRIVING ONTO WRONG TURF INDIAN EVES IN ASIA CUP FINAL In a major security breach, a man drove his car onto the pitch during a Ranji Trophy tie between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh at the Air Force ground in Palam (Delhi), leaving both players and officials dumbfounded. Indian eves stunned defending champions Japan 4-2 in the semi-final of the Asia Cup hockey tournament at Kakamigahara, Japan, on Friday. They will clash with China on Sunday. PAGE 20
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