08012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/8/2018 1:21 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, january 8, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 8 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd World champ among five killed in accident Waving the waiver UIDAI files FIR against The Tribune, reporter Aadhaar authority says duty-bound to do so Tribune News Service Beneficiary farmers show the loan debt waiver certificates given at a function presided over by the Punjab Chief Minister in Mansa on Sunday. As many as 47,000 farmers from five districts got the benefit, the government claimed. PAWAN SHARMA REPORT INSIDE Himachal’s ‘Dr Kotnis’ is no more Dr JS Retola from Rohru had single-handedly curtailed spread of plague Vishav Bharti Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 7 It was in 1983 that a “mysterious disease” claimed several lives in the remote villages of Himachal Pradesh’s Rohru district. “It is plague,” a young government doctor posted at the Rohru Civil Hospital raised the alarm. But none would believe him. Undeterred, Dr Jaidev Singh Retola kept treating patients with tetracycline, an antibiotic. Three decades later, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, in a research on plague acknowledged that Dr Retola had single-handedly curtailed the spread of the contagious disease in the state. The good doctor, who hailed from Sheel village in Rohru, passed away at the PGIMER on Saturday. He was 71. Those who knew him fondly recall him as “Dr Kot- Dr Jaidev Singh Retola nis” — after the legendary Dwarkanath Shantaram Kotnis, one of the five Indian physicians sent to China to provide assistance during the second Sino-Japanese War in 1938, who was revered for selfless service. Dr Sonu Goel, Additional Professor, School of Public Health, PGI, the main author of the study on plague, says Dr Retola’s intervention as a community physician was remarkable. “He did not have any diagnostic facility. By treating patients based on symptoms, he earned a place in medical science history continued on page 7 FRATERNITY SUPPORT New Delhi, January 7 A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged by a deputy director of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) with the Delhi Police Crime Branch cyber cell yesterday against The Tribune and its reporter Rachna Khaira, Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar (Crime Branch) said today. The FIR also names Anil Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Raj, all of whom were mentioned in The Tribune report as the people Khaira contacted in the course of her investigation, the officer said. “An FIR was lodged with the Crime Branch’s cyber cell under Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery) and 471 (using forged document) of the IPC, Section 66 of the IT Act and Section 36/37 of the Aadhaar Act,” he said. The complainant, BM Patnaik, who works with UIDAI’s logistics and grievance redressal department, in his FIR wrote: “An input Journalists across the country have condemned UIDAI’s act of filing an FIR against The Tribune and its reporter over a story that exposed the security breach in the Aadhaar system. BACK PAGE has been received through The Tribune dated January 3 that the ‘The Tribune purchased’ a service being offered by anonymous sellers over WhatsApp that provided unrestricted access to details for any of the more than one billion Aadhaar numbers created in India thus far.” In a fresh statement today, the UIDAI maintained that it “respects free speech, including the freedom of the press and media... however, filing an FIR with full details of the incident should not be viewed as UIDAI targeting the media or the whistleblowers or shooting the messenger”. It went on to say: “It has to be understood that whenever a crime is noticed, the person concerned is required to report in the form of an FIR in which the entire details of the crime and the incident have to be disclosed to the police. “The full details of the incident, as available, need to be provided with the names of persons known or unknown connected with the incident in the FIR complaint so that the police or the investigating agency can take up a full and fair investigation. “Further, it does not necessarily mean that everyone mentioned in the FIR is a culprit unless after a thorough and fair investigation the person is charge-sheeted and proved to be guilty beyond doubt in the court of law. But all those who have been there in the chain of incident in which the crime has been committed have to be mentioned, including unknowns, in the FIR so the police can make proper investigation.” Citing the views of the Supreme Court in another matter, the UIDAI said the judgment had underlined the basic principle that “a crime does not stand obliterated merely because its commission is claimed to be in public interest”. New Delhi: Five men, including an international-level powerlifter, died and one person was injured in a car crash near the Delhi-Haryana border early on Sunday. Saksham Yadav, 28, who had won a gold medal in the 2017 powerlifting championship in Moscow, died in hospital. The other deceased are Tikamchand, 27, Saurabh, 18, Yogesh alias Akash, 24, and Harish Roy, 20. PAGE 14 1 held for harassing Sachin’s daughter Kolkata: A 32-year-old man has been arrested in West Bengal for allegedly harassing cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara over the phone. A police officer said, “He somehow managed to get the contact details.” The accused’s mother claimed he was suffering from some “mental illness” and had visited Mumbai last year. IANS 4 engg students drown in Andhra Amaravati: Four engineering students drowned in a pond in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district, a police official said on Sunday. The victims, three third-year students and one of first year at Ramchandra Engineering College in Eluru, went to a guava orchard on Saturday evening. They later got into the Vatluru village pond apparently for a bath and drowned, the police official said. PTI
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).