04112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/4/2017 1:20 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, november 4, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 199 | 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 FEMA notice to JKLF chief Yasin Malik New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has issued a FEMA notice to Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik and two more persons for alleged forex violation of Rs 48.23 lakh, official sources said on Friday. The show-cause notice to the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief and a couple was issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, they said. PTI /thetribunechd Notechdegreesviadistancecourses:SC Lakhs of engineering graduates in spot, to take retest |Deemed varsities also 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 AICTEUGC. “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 directed the UGC to implement Section 23 of the UGC Act and restrain deemed universities from using the word “university” within a month. The court asked the AllIndia Council of Technical 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 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 SC 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, 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 HC, which 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 FAITH PULL: Devotees pay their respects at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Friday, the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. AFP Turbaned US Sikh punched by classmate Washington, November 3 A 14-year-old Sikh boy was punched and knocked down by his classmate in Washington. His father claimed that his son was targeted because he was of Indian descent, media reports said. The boy, wearing a turban, was beaten up less than a block outside the city’s Kentridge High School. The assault occurred last week and has since drawn outrage from the boy’s family, The New Tribune reported. The attack was recorded by somebody and posted on Snapchat. In the clip, the classmate is seen trailing the victim and then suddenly punching 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 said 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 recalled how the TMC had forged an alliance with the BJP with Mamata getting a Cabinet berth in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, he said the regional party could not have grown ❝ The BJP is not a a communal party, but secular one. Unhappy, the people in Bengal are looking for an alternative. — Mukul Roy without the BJP’s support. Rejecting Mamata’s charge, he said, “The BJP is not a communal party, but a secular one. Unhappy, the people in Bengal 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 Roy with an important responsibility to drive its growth in the eastern state where it has been 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 today 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 had observed: “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 for the coming Gujarat elections. Mevani will, however, not formally join the party. On the last day of his threeday visit to south Gujarat, Rahul took time off for a oneon-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 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 Rahul’s campaign vehicle, a bus. Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel did not meet Rahul though he too was in 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 Sibal, were expected in Ahmedabad on November 6 when the PAAS core panel would hold anoth- Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi greets people during his roadshow at Valsad district in Gujarat on Friday. PTI HIMACHALPOLLS SMRITI: CONG DIDN’T DO ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE Dharamsala: Union minister Smriti Irani on Friday joined the BJP campaign in Jaisinghpur constituency of Kangra and alleged alleged that the Congress had ruled the country for almost 60 years, but couldn’t do anything constructive for the people. BJP VICTIMISING ME, 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. PAGE 9 er 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 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 Bharatsinh 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 Akhilesh-led SP and rebel JD-U faction of Chhotu Bhai Vasava are already with the Congress. But the BSP will go it alone. COURTESY: TWITTER Hundreds bid adieu to slain BJP leader 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 the Muslim-majority Valley. Residents of Shopian disIn Jammu, BJP activists trict in Jammu and Kash- held anti-Pakistan demonmir today bade a tearful strations in Rajouri district to adieu to BJP youth wing protest the killing. BJP MLA leader Gowhar HusRavinder Raina, who sain Bhat, who was led the protesters in allegedly killed by the border towns of militants. Sunderbani and At Bonagam in Nowshera, called it Shopian, 52 km from an attempt to silence here, hundreds of the voice of the peomourners joined his ple of Kashmir. funeral procession The body of 30Gowhar Hussain Bhat that passed through year-old Bhat, who the village streets before was kidnapped by militants, Gowhar’s mortal remains was recovered from an were laid to rest. This stumped orchard in Kiloora in Shopian political observers since there district. — PTI Killers identified p9 is little support for the BJP in Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. ON THE 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. PAGE 20 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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