14112017-TTC-01.qxd 11/14/2017 1:19 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, november 14, 2017 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 1 no. 209 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd AGENCIES ‘Bribe to procure judicial orders’: SC verdict today Limits itself to contempt, forum hunting Satya Prakash Tribune News Service TRUMP SHOW, HANDS DOWN US President Donald Trump, known for his awkward and at times aggressive handshakes with fellow world leaders, struggled during a traditional group handshake at the ASEAN Summit in Manila on Monday. The leaders had to cross their right arm over their left and grasp the hands on both sides. Photos showed Trump grimacing and chuckling as he jockeyed for position with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (to his right), the host. We’ll try to fulfil expectations: PM Modi assures US, world of India’s role; Trump says ‘he’s become friend of ours’ Smita Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 13 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a 45-minute discussion with US President Donald Trump in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit. In his opening remarks before the meeting, Modi said, “India-US ties are becoming broader and deeper and you too can feel that ties can work together beyond the interest of India, for the future of Asia and for the welfare of humanity in the world.” Modi added, “I also assure that India will try its best to fulfil the expectations that the US and the world has from it.” Donald Trump too struck an upbeat tone, calling Narendra Modi a friend. “We’ve had him at the White House, and he’s become a friend of ours and a great gentleman doing NGT caps Vaishno Devi pilgrims at 50,000 a day New Delhi, November 13 Only 50,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu daily to avoid any untoward incident, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed today. The green panel also said a new path to the shrine, exclusively for pedestrians and battery-operated cars, would be opened from November 24. It directed that no horses or mules would be allowed on the new route to the shrine and these animals would be removed slowly from the old path as well. It also directed the authorities to impose a fine (environment compensation) of Rs 2,000 on anyone found littering the roads or the bus stop at Katra town. The NGT Bench, headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, said if the number of pilgrims exceeded the 50,000 cap, they would be stopped at Ardhkuwari or Katra town, considering that the Vaishno Devi Bhawan structure could not accommodate more than 50,000 persons. The panel’s directions came during the hearing of a plea filed by activist Gauri Maulekhi, seeking directions to stop the use of horses and ponies on shrine premises, prompting the green panel to seek a response from the government on the issue. — PTI a fantastic job in bringing around lots of factions in India — bringing them all together,” Trump said. The meeting comes a day after the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue between India, the US, Australia and Japan was revived officially with focus on the Indo-Pacific and China’s aggression in the region. The White House, in its official release, said, “The two leaders discussed the comprehensive strategic partnership between the United States and India and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.” Trump had earlier on Sunday praised the Indian Prime Minister on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Vietnam as he spoke of India’s “astounding growth” and its middle class expansion. Trade, economics, the IndoPacific region and the upcoming India visit of Trump’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump shake hands during a bilateral meeting on Monday. AP/PTI adviser and daughter Ivanka for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit were the key issues. “Terrorism also came up, particularly in context of the region west of India, all the way till the Middle East,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said. In the official release issued by the White House though, there was no mention of terrorism. “They pledged to enhance their cooperation as major defence partners, resolving that two of the world’s great democracies should also have the world’s greatest militaries,” the White House release added. 400 die in Iran-Iraq border quake Residents look at the damage following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah on Monday. More than 400 persons were killed and hundreds injured when the quake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border, triggering landslides. AFP PAGE 13 Meanwhile, during his first official visit to Philippines, PM Modi also met Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. The two agreed on the need to combat the scourge of terrorism and the two sides signed four agreements, including on defence and logistic cooperation. Later, addressing the Indian diaspora, Modi spoke about the emotional and cultural ties that bind India and the ASEAN countries. In a politically laced message, he promoted the government’s initiatives like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Jan Dhan Yojana. He also hit out at the Opposition back home, claiming that now when NRIs go to work in Philippines, they no longer “fear the shame of negative news coming from India, as now India only makes positive news”. see also page 13 edit: modi in manila 2 jawans die in Manipur blast Guwahati, November 13 Two Assam Rifles jawans were killed and six injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at Chandel town bordering Myanmar around 6.15 am today. Sources said the IED exploded while an Assam Rifles team was patrolling Maha Mani village, 64 km from the state capital. The deceased were identified as riflemen Indra Singh and Sohan Lan. Those injured were N Shyam Kumar, S Sarkar, Tirendra Nath Das, Ram Govind Singh, Nirmal Roy and Lalnunpuia. No insurgent group has claimed responsibility so far. — TNS ASI on money-making spree hits VB wall Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 13 ASI Ramesh Chander may have found no challenge in establishing a steady cash flow during service, but is now finding it difficult to explain his rags-to-riches story to the Punjab Vigilance Bureau. The police official’s story started unravelling after he was arrested while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from a Khanna-based transporter on November 7. He was posted at Hoshiarpur with the Regional Transport Authority (RTA). Belonging to an ordinary family in Batala, Chander was given the police job on compassionate grounds in 1994 after his sister met with a road accident. A senior police officer handling the case told The Tribune: “We have already found seven properties belonging to Chander, including a flour mill in Himachal Pradesh and a ‘marriage palace’ in Jalandhar district. He had also handed out Rs 3.7 crore in loans to 43 persons, and possessed Rs 65 lakh in unaccounted cash in Indian and foreign currencies. More is being dug out.” Chander used the names of his wife and brother-in-law to get registered the properties he acquired. The RTA with whom the ASI was attached took charge of four districts, Mohali, Ropar, Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur, less than two months back. Prior to being attached with the RTA, Chander was working in the District Transport Office, Hoshiarpur, and had served under several officers. The work of DTOs was transferred to RTAs by the present government. The VB suspects the ASI may have been working as a front man for others in the Transport Department, in view of which the working of the Hoshiarpur DTO over the past several years may also be scrutinised. Chander is suspected to have been collecting Rs 15,000 per truck per month, of which shares were paid to others. The particular case in which he was arrested related to trucks coming from Himachal Pradesh. The VB is investigating if such collections were being made on other routes also. The ASI has now been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act at the VB police station, Jalandhar, and remanded in police custody till November 18. GST cut link to polls ‘juvenile’ New Delhi, November 13 Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today debunked the Congress’ claim that it forced the government to lower tax on over 200 goods, saying rationalisation of rates was in works for three-four months and it is “juvenile politics” to link it to any election or political demand. Rejecting the demand for a single rate of tax, he said there is scope for further rationalisation of rate but the course will be decided by revenues that accrue from the GST. “Those speaking of a single rate GST have no understanding of tariff structure. Food items have to be taxed at nil, common man items at the lowest range of 5 per cent.” — PTI New Delhi, November 13 The Supreme Court today reserved its verdict on a petition filed by advocate Kamini Jaiswal seeking setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) under the supervision of a retired Chief Justice of India to probe allegations of bribery to procure judicial orders in a medical college admissions case. The 90-minute hearing before a three-judge Bench of Justices RK Agrawal, Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar was not so volatile compared to what transpired before a Constitution Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra on Friday afternoon, when advocate Prashant Bhushan had stormed out after being repeatedly interrupted by other lawyers and the Bench. The three judges were also part of the five-judge Constitution Bench that on Friday reiterated supremacy of the CJI in setting up Benches. Before reserving its verdict for Tuesday, the Bench made it clear it would decide only two issues — if filing of two identical petitions amounted to forum hunting and if the allegations made against the CJI amounted to contempt. It refused to entertain arguments from senior counsel Shanti Bhushan, representing Jaiswal, against Friday’s Constitution Bench that asserted the CJI’s authority as “the master of the roster”. Shanti Bhushan pointed out that the order passed by a two-judge Bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar on Thursday was still valid and under Article 144, all civil and judicial authorities, including AG: Withdraw petition Attorney General KK Venugopal said the two petitions and last week’s events had caused serious damage to the institution of judiciary. He suggested that the petitioner should withdraw her petition. He clarified that he was not representing the government and that it was his submission as a person occupying a constitutional position. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who represented the Centre, opposed the petition, terming it scandalous. the CJI, were bound to obey it. Terming the allegations in the petition disturbing, Justice Chelameswar had referred it to a Constitution Bench of top five judges. Justice Mishra, who did most of the talking, said prima facie the allegations amounted to a deliberate attempt to scandalise and denigrate the institution of CJI. Justice Agrawal spoke only twice — to ask for submissions on merits and then to reserve the verdict, while Justice Khanwilkar did not speak at all, not even after the petitioner demanded his recusal. Prashant Bhushan repeatedly clarified that there were no direct allegations against the CJI and that the petitions were filed due to seriousness of the allegations in the CBI FIR that named a former Justice of Odisha High Court, IM Quddusi, and certain unnamed public servants. Quddusi was arrested along with Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences’ chairman BP Yadav, his son Palash Yadav and three others.
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