29112017-TT-01.qxd 11/28/2017 10:47 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, november 29, 2017 haryana chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 329 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Net neutrality is here to stay New Delhi: Six persons were asphyxiated in an enclosed Canter at Chander Vihar in the Nangloi area, police said on Tuesday. A senior police officer said the victims, who worked for a caterer, had kept a burning ‘tandoor’ in the truck to keep them warm after a wedding party. The driver found the six in an unconscious state in the morning. While four had already died, two were shifted to a nearby hospital where they were declared dead, the police officer said. The six were residents of Rudrapur (UP). TNS Saeed petitions UN to be out of terror list Lahore: Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has filed a petition in the UN seeking removal of his name from the list of designated terrorists on the ground that none of the allegations against him — related to terrorism or otherwise — has been proved in the Pakistani courts. The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head carries a $10 million bounty. PTI Chandigarh, November 28 The Aam Aadmi Party today sought to make the alleged “audio-tape scandal” the focus of the day’s business in the Punjab Assembly by insisting on a commitment from the government for a CBI inquiry into the matter. While the Capt Amarinder Singh government brushed aside the issue saying it was a judicial matter, the AAP and alliance partner Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) later in the day took up the matter with the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, submitting a written complaint during a nearly half-an-hour meeting with Chief Justice SJ Vazifdar, who was accompanied by two senior judges. Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira and LIP MLA Simarjit Singh Bains represented their parties. Bains had yesterday released an audio-tape allegedly featuring a “conversation between a former Deputy Advocate General, Amit Chaudhary, and an exPCS officer, TK Goel”, in which Amit claims that Rs 35 lakh was paid to a judge for rejecting a review petition filed by Khaira on quashing his summoning by a Fazilka court over his alleged links with drug smugglers. The parties first tried to raise the matter during the Question Hour but were not continued on page 7 Tribune News Service ICSE Class 10,+2 pass marks lowered New Delhi: The ICSE board has reduced the pass percentage for Classes 10 and +2 examinations from the 2018-19 academic session in order to bring parity with the marking scheme of other boards. The pass percentage for Class 10 has been lowered from 35 to 33 per cent and for +2 from 40 to 35 per cent. PTI AAP, LIP take up audio-tape issue with CJ TRAI bars discriminatory access ‘Tandoor’ snuffs out six lives in Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to US President Donald Trump, during the inauguration of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 in Hyderabad on Tuesday. PTI/PIB Cut gender gap for GDP boost: Ivanka Hyderabad, November 28 Ivanka Trump, US President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser, today said reducing the gender gap in the labour force by half can help boost the Indian economy by over $150 billion in the next three years and reiterated her father’s words that “India has a true friend in the White House”. In her keynote address at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), she showered lavish praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for what he is doing to WORK FROM HOME, INFO TECH STAFF TOLD Hyderabad: Some of the IT firms located in Madhapur have asked their employees to work from home for three days in view of the restrictions in place for the GES. As part of the security arrangements for the event, restrictions have been put in place on movement of people and traffic in and around Hyderabad International Convention Centre at Madhapur. PTI “build India as a thriving economy, a beacon of democracy, and a symbol of hope to the world. What you are achieving is truly extraordinary... from your childhood selling tea to election as India’s Prime Minister”. “Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty — a remarkable improvement, and one I know will continue to grow under the leadership of the Prime Minister,” she added. Ivanka said, “Here in India, I want to applaud Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his firm belief that the progress of humanity is incomplete without the empowerment of women,” she stressed. India, she said, is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has a true friend in the White House. President Trump earlier this year said India has a true friend in the White House, Ivanka recalled. — PTI More on back page New Delhi, November 28 The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today recommended prohibiting Internet service providers from making any discrimination in traffic while providing web access by either blocking or throttling some apps, websites and services or by offering ‘fast lanes’ to others. In its recommendations on net neutrality, it upheld the principles of Internet as an open platform. TRAI proposed to exempt specialised services, which are optimised for specific content and are not Internet services, which the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) may identify. The licensing terms should be amplified to provide explicit restrictions on any sort of discrimination in Internet access based on the content being accessed, the protocol being used or the user equipment being deployed. The content would include all content, applications, services and any other data, including its end-point information that can be accessed or transmitted over the Internet. TRAI’s recommendations pave the way to end all sorts of discriminatory practices that telecom operators may exercise to differentiate among services and content CONSUMER IS KING ■ Net neutrality is a concept where content and application providers get equal treatment by telecom operators ■ There is access to all websites, nothing is blocked, and the speed of access is not differentiated ■ After TRAI proposals, social media activists, consumers have a reason to smile over the Internet, such as reducing its speed for accessing online video. COAI, umbrella body of the GSM mobile operators, said: “The recommendations are principally in agreement with submissions, but we are disappointed that TRAI did not adopt a wider approach, where issues of over-the-top content (OTT) players and national development priorities were not considered”. The recommendations come days after US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai proposed to dismantle the 2015 rules that require ISPs to treat all content travelling through their pipes equally. Pai has come under a blistering attack by several Indian-American lawmakers and activists for his proposal to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality policy. Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Meet Sobha Singh, the model WHO: Falsified medicine market 21-yr-oldfromJalandhar behind iconic ‘Sohni-Mahiwal’ booming, has caused deaths too shotdeadinUScity Aditi Tandon On 116th birth anniversary, little known fact about masterpiece Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 28 If you have been smitten by the beauty of Sobha Singh’s iconic painting ‘SohniMahiwal’ and wondered who the model was for Sohni, the answer is here: it was none other than the artist himself. Sohni’s cheeks came from his 15-yearold brother-in-law; Sobha Singh’s right leg reflected in a mirror became Sohni’s left leg and a doctor friend’s brother was the inspiration for Mahiwal. The models used by Sobha Singh to paint ‘Sohni-Mahiwal’ and other paintings have haunted historians for long, says Dr Madanjit Kaur, a historian and former professor, Department of Guru Nanak Studies at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. She had edited a volume ‘Painter of the Divine’ on his life three decades back. She says it was a question she also battled with during her research. “I first came to know about this fact from a piece written by Dr Kulwant Singh Khokhar, a very close friend of the artist,” she says. Though Sobha Singh — whose 116th birth anniversary falls on Wednesday — was a little reluctant to use models, the case was a little different when it came to ‘SohniMahiwal’. Between 1937 and 1980, he painted it five times. The most famous was the third one, painted in 1952 and which is part of Karan Singh’s personal collection. continued on back page WHAT IT MEANS Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 28 The problem of substandard and falsified medical products is on the rise. The WHO today published a report assessing the scale of the challenge, the nature of products failing quality tests and the consequence of fake medicines on human health. The WHO Global Surveillance and Monitoring System for Substandard and Falsified Medical Products set up in 2013, in its maiden report, compiled 1,500 cases of falsification. It found antimalarials and antibiotics to be the most frequently reported medicines. ■ Substandard medical products are authorised products that fail to meet either their quality standards or their specifications or both ■ Falsified medical products are those that deliberately and fraudulently misrepresent their identity, composition or source. This work covered 88 low and middle income nations, including India, and included 100 published papers and one publicly available database to assess the problem. As many as 48,218 samples were involved and the failure rate was found to be a whop- ping 10.5 per cent. “Although it is extremely difficult to quantify the problem, recent efforts in tracking and reporting substandard and falsified products suggest the problem is on the rise. This is in part because globalisation and ecommerce have increased the complexity of the supply chain, providing numerous entry points for unethically and illegally produced medical products,” WHO says. Shockingly, the report details several cases in which dozens and even hundreds of patients died. The report shows that substandard products are now being made for all therapeutic categories. the car and was successful. The three drove to their apartment Jalandhar, November 28 but as soon as they stepped out A 21-year-old youth from of their vehicle, three armed Jalandhar was shot dead in front assailants robbed them of cash of his house in Jackand valuables,” his son city of Mississipfather said. pi, US, on Monday. “Just as the Sandeep Singh assailants were to had migrated three leave, Sandeep years ago. His moved towards the father Balwinder car to park it in the Singh, a Punjab garage. One of the Police head constaassailants, fearing ble, said he was Sandeep was about working at a relato pull out a Sandeep Singh tive’s store. weapon, opened “He along with two friends fire, killing him on the spot,” closed the store at 8 pm, but his Sandeep’s body is expectcar developed a snag. The own- ed to arrive home by Saturer asked them to stay back. At day. A police probe is on and 11 pm, Sandeep tried to restart CCTV footage procured. Rachna Khaira Tribune News Service At Line of Control in Kargil, winter war begins Travelling the distance and feeling the distance — just 120 km from Srinagar, but a world apart Azhar Qadri Tribune News Service S’pore defence minister flies Tejas, is impressed New Delhi, November 28 Singapore may not possibly be keen to buy any ‘make in India’ military equipment, but its Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen made a sortie in the trainer version of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the Air Force base at Kalaikunda in West Bengal today. The Project Director for Flight Testing at the Aeronautical Development Agency, Air Vice Marshal AP Singh, flew the visiting dignitary. “I am not a pilot,” said Dr Ng, when asked if Singapore plans to buy the Tejas. “But I can say it felt like I was riding in a car, it was really smooth... and it is very impressive.” This is a shot in the arm for The minister in Tejas cockpit the Tejas programme, which has been criticised for delays. The Singaporean air force is in India with six US-made F16s for annual joint exercises. For a month now, about 100 personnel have been stationed at Kalaikunda. Singapore has very little airspace and has been leasing out the Kalaikunda base for its drills since 2004. — TNS Darchik/Matayan (Kargil), Nov28 Before the harsh winter comes, Khalida Bano has to cross the pass of blizzards — Zojila — and retreat to a different life. It is a hard choice for Bano and her family. They have to migrate before a snow wall of 40-60 feet blocks Zojila and the freezing temperature makes it unbearable to live in Matayan, Bano’s village. Matayan is located in frontier Kargil district’s Drass sub-sector, which has a forbidding introduction — the second coldest inhabited place in the world. “Don’t ask about the winter here,” Bano, 30, said. “If you come here in winter, you will not be able to see this house. It will all be under snow,” she said of her two-storeyed mud and rock house located at the foot on a barren mountain. The primitiveness of life in Kargil — the site of the last Matayan is located at the foot of a barren mountain. Come winter, the houses will all be under snow. PHOTO BY WRITER war between India and Pakistan and a region of rugged and hostile landscape — varies from village to village. Kargil, located along the Line of Control which is manned round the year by soldiers who nestle on mountaintop posts in freezing conditions, is one of the most backward districts of Jammu and Kashmir and has a population of 1.4 lakh. More than half of Kargil’s residents are Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. officially categorised as living below the poverty line. The district also houses poor infrastructure facilities with its 192 medical institutions — one district hospital and 102 medical aid centres — having a bed capacity of 170. Matayan is the first habitation beyond Zojila and it has basic facilities — a middle school and a medical aid centre. Even though it is only 120 kilometres from Srinagar, the village and its residents are caught in a time warp. During the six months of extreme winter, the frontier district remains cut off from the rest of the world. Its only road link — which snakes through the mountains and the high-altitude Zojila pass — is usually closed by November 15, but is opened for a few days thereafter, weather conditions permitting. “This village gets divided. Some go to the other side of Zojila and some to Drass and Kargil to live with relatives or on rent,” Bano said. Kangan, a township on the other side of Zojila pass in Kashmir valley, is Bano’s winter home. continued on back page
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).