04122017-TTC-01.qxd 12/4/2017 1:24 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, december 4, 2017 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 334 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Masks out:Delhi gets to Lankans, they to Indians Neighbours complain of pollution, hosts their intent Subhash Rajta Tribune News Service Sri Lankan players wear masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution on the second day of the third Test match against India at the Ferozeshah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Many fielders wore pollution masks to counter a thick smog as play was halted thrice. AFP New Delhi, December 3 On Sunday, the second day of the final Test between India and Sri Lanka here, viewers witnessed something probably unprecedented on a cricket field. The Sri Lankan cricketers trooped out of their dressing room after lunch with their faces covered with masks. Evidently, they were struggling because of the air pollution. For the record, at around 1 pm, the Air Quality Index (AQI) measured at the nearest point to the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium was 206, rated as “very unhealthy”. While the air pollution at times gets much worse in the Capital, the Lankans seemed unable to cope with it. Around 20 minutes into the post-lunch session, things got serious when Lankan pacer Lahiru Gamage couldn’t continue bowl- ing. He doubled up because of the breathing trouble, and the Lankan physio had to rush in to check on him. In the next one hour, the play was stopped three times, with the Lankans complaining to the umpires about the discomfort they were facing. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who had already notched up his record sixth double hundred, appeared less than amused with Lanka holding up the play. At one stage, India coach Ravi Shastri also strode into the ground, and told the umpires “not to stop, and get on with the game”. And if there were any doubts about what the Indians thought about the Lankans’ struggle, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun made it bluntly clear at the end of the day’s play that they didn’t like what they saw. “Virat batted close to two days, he didn’t need a mask,” he said. “We are focussed on what we need to do... the conditions are same for both the teams, we are not too bothered.” He also brushed aside the suggestion that probably the Indian team and the crowd — the spectators booed the Lankans as losers after Virat Kohli declared the innings — could have been a little more sympathetic and understanding of the Lankans. “Why should we? We are focused more on what we have to do. I don’t think we need to be thinking about what the opposition does. It is their lookout and their problem to keep their bowlers fit,” he retorted. The Lankans, on the other hand, felt it was a serious situation. “Obviously it is well documented that Delhi has a high level of pollution. It had got extremely high at one point, we had players coming in and vomiting. continued on page 14 Those opposing bullet train can Gosain killing: NIA, UP Mehbooba goes back on word to travel on bullock carts, says Modi cops’ team fired upon Centre, says no to panchayat polls Bharuch, December 3 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts. Modi made the comment while lashing out at the Congress for its criticism of the Rs 1.1 lakh crore project — which he said was “a negligible price” — connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai and to be built by Japan. He said the Congress gov- ernment too wanted the project but failed to get it and so was now opposing it. “Those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts. We won’t mind,” he told an election rally near this Gujarat city on the banks of the Narmada. Modi said the MumbaiAhmedabad high-speed rail corridor to be built by the state-run Japan International Cooperation Agency would open up a huge employment opportunity. “Imagine how much employment will it generate for the region, for Bharuch. I ask you where will the cement for the bullet train (infrastructure) come from, iron come from, labourers come from? Won’t that be from India? And who will be buying that? Japan. Isn’t it a big deal?” Modi asked. He said the UPA government also wanted the project but could not get it. — IANS Ghaziabad, December 3 A joint team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the UP Police today picked up two suspects for the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana on October 17 while searching for another suspect Malook, wanted in connection with the supply of arms used in the murder. During the operation on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, Constable Tajib Khan was injured in the leg while a vehicle was damaged by a mob that tried to obstruct the team and resorted to firing and stone-pelting, an NIA spokesperson said. “A large crowd of men and women tried to obstruct the police and the NIA team. The mob also caused roadblocks. In self-defence, the personnel fired into the air,” he said. The two suspects are being questioned even as a search is on for Malook. — TNS Tribune News Service Jammu, December 3 The PDP-BJP government has said a firm no to holding of the long overdue panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who had committed to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on October 26 to set the poll process in motion from December 1, has conveyed that the elections cannot be conducted because of lack of a conducive atmosphere. The last elections were held under the watch of the Omar Abdullah government in April-May 2011 with an all-time high voter turnout of 80 per cent. The elections were due in early 2016 but the Mehbooba government took refuge in the revision of rolls and the volatile situation after the killing of militancy poster boy Burhan Wani to defer the polls. The MHA and stakeholders in the state were urging the PDP-BJP government to hold the elections to revive grassroots democracy, being seen as a necessary stepping stone for governance. Govenor NN Vohra had promulgated an ordinance on November 4 to expedite the poll process as the CM had given her word to the Home Minister that she would initiate the election notification from December 1. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: MUKESH AGGARWAL The remarkable ability to smile ‘Grace of 3-6 months’ for Aadhaar link New Delhi, December 3 The government will give three-six months to link the biometric identifier Aadhaar with PAN in case the apex court rules in its favour, after which it may cancel all PANs that have not been linked, a senior official has said. The cancellation will weed out all duplicate PANs and make benami transactions void, the official added. The current deadline for linking the 10-digit alphanumeric Permanent Account Number with Aadhaar is December 31. The government has indicated to the Supreme Court that it is willing to extend it to March 31. The official said in the event of the SC upholding making linking of PAN with Aadhaar mandatory, a grace period would be given. — PTI President Ram Nath Kovind presents the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) to Dr Rajalakshmi SJ (locomotor disability/cerebral palsy). Ram Kishan Gupta, who’s 100 per cent visually impaired, has a wholesome smile after getting the award for working for cause of the Divyang. The endearing smile on Tiffany Brar’s face is one for the album. Tiffany (blindness/low vision) got the ‘Role Model’ award. And KV Shirisha can’t hide her excitement after getting the national award in the best employee/self-employed category at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Sunday. SC says ‘sorry’ to litigant for 13-year delay in case Alarm bells as jail official, convict NewDelhi, December 3 The Supreme Court has made a candid admission and said it was “sorry” for the delay of over a decade in commencement of criminal trial due to two conflicting orders passed by a High Court judge in a single day in two different but related cases. The apex court said this had created a “legal conundrum” as one order of the judge restricted further probe in the case while in the other, it allowed the investigation to go on. The case reached the apex court in 2009 and the woman, who had initially lodged the complaint in 2004 against her brothers over alleged grabbing of her shop, had passed away and was represented by her legal representative. A Bench of Justices RK Agrawal and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said, “We are sorry to note that such confusion has caused more than a decade’s delay in commencement of a criminal trial.” In 2004, Shyam Lata of Roorkee made a written complaint to the Haridwar SSP alleging her two brothers forged documents and signatures claiming she had given her shop on rent to them. On the other hand, one of her brothers filed a civil suit seeking to restrain her from evicting him from the premises, claiming himself as a tenant of the shop on the basis of the alleged forged rent receipt. The investigating officer (IO) applied to the civil court for sending the rent receipts filed by the brother to an expert for comparison of signatures. The civil court denied the permission but modified the relief by allowing taking of photographs of the signature by a handwriting expert for the purpose of comparison. However, when the handwriting expert from the forensic laboratory of Agra reached the court to take pictures, the permission was allegedly denied by the court. This resulted in the IO filing the final report saying in the absence of permission to get the signatures, there was no evidence to find that the signatures were forged. The apex court said the High Court’s first verdict allowing the handwriting expert to take picture of signatures would in “natural corollary” mean that further investigation will be carried out. It held the second verdict of the high court setting aside the order of judicial magistrate was not required at all. — PTI Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. connive to hide dirty money Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, December 3 Revealing a new dimension to the nexus between officials and prisoners, an assistant superintendent has been found using the bank account of a convict’s father to stash money that he and the convict, a drug smuggler, made by smuggling drugs into the Faridkot jail. Assistant Superintendent (Jail) Karamjit Bhullar, who has been charge-sheeted, allegedly got the bank account opened so that the trail of dirty money did not lead the authorities to him. An inquiry by retired Justice MS Rattu, who is on the Jail Department panel, found that the official had connived with convict Pargat Singh to open an account in the name of the latter’s father, Gurdev Singh. The two sold drugs inside the jail and struck deals outside. Payments by clients went directly into the bank account. Deposits were made from various places in Rajasthan and Punjab. A modest farmer, Gurdev Singh was found to have Rs 5.5 lakh in his account. continued on page 11
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