18012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/18/2018 TOTAL STUDENTS QUALIFIED FOR MAINS-2017 QUALIFIED FOR INTERVIEW-2017 1:14 AM Page 1 13 38 35 23 GS PRE CUM MAINS BATCH With Guaranteed Prelims established in 1881 thursday, january 18, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 18 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd PTI ‘I’m very proud and thankful’ In an olive green pilot’s G-suit and a helmet, Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday soared high on a Sukhoi-30 MKI jet, the first Indian woman Defence Minister to go on a sortie on the all-weather, long-range fighter. The supersonic jet took off at 1 pm; after a 45-minute flight seated behind the pilot, Group Captain Sumit Garg, Sitharaman, 58, was back at Jodhpur Air Force station. Then President Pratibha Patil had also flown in the jet in 2009, as did APJ Abdul Kalam. In 2003, then Defence Minister George Fernandes had also taken a sortie aboard an SU-30 jet. . HC: Top Punjab officer’s post void ‘Constitutional norms flouted’ in appointing Suresh Kumar as Chief Principal Secy to CM Saurabh Malik Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 17 In a major embarrassment for the Punjab Government, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today set aside the appointment of retired IAS officer Suresh Kumar as the Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister (CPSCM) after ruling that he was holding a “public office” without authority of law. Holding the appointment to be “void”, Justice Rajan Gupta ruled that it was in clear violation of the constitutional scheme, particularly the procedure and rules of business envisaged by Article 166(3) of the Constitution. Tribune News Service Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 17 Now on, all undertrials and convicts will have to undergo a dope test on their arrival at any of the Central or district jails in Punjab. They would be re-tested after six months of incarceration to know if they had access to drugs in the jail or not. The dope test would also be carried out on those already serving time or undertrials. There have been allegations that drugs are easily available in Punjab jails and the addiction level of inmates worsens inside prisons. Officials hope the mandatory dope test will provide a clear data. ADGP (Prisons) IPS Saho- ta has issued an order for the mandatory blood and urine tests of inmates with immediate effect. On an average, traces of an intoxicant can be detected about 10 days after consumption. The Prison Department has asked jail authorities to provide immediate de-addiction and rehabilitation facilities to addicts. The treatment is free of cost. The test results would be known on the spot. Sahota said the department already had dope test kits. “We have also collaborated with the state Health Department for the use of test kits,” he added. The Prison Department would need around 1.25 lakh blood-testing kits annually. It had written to continued on page 7 Ryan replay in UP, child stabbed by girl survives Sensex breaches 35,000-mark New Delhi: The BSE Sensex on Wednesday breached the 35,000-mark for the first time ever after the government lowered its additional borrowing requirement for current fiscal to ~20,000 crore from ~50,000 crore. P12 Aadhaar ‘e-leash’ on citizens, SC told New Delhi: Terming Aadhaar as “an electronic leash”, a senior lawyer on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that the government could completely destroy an individual by “switching off” the 12-digit unique identifier number. P7 Referring to his appointment record, Justice Gupta held that overriding powers had been vested in CPSCM’s post. Even consultation with the ministers and administrative secretaries was not necessary in view of powers bestowed by virtue of a standing order. Justice Gupta observed that it was not difficult to envision a situation where the state was plunged into crisis following a decision by “such an appointee” because he could not be expected to have the same vision for the state’s development as the Chief Minister. Any intentional or unintentional lapse on his part could Haryana shame: Suspect dead too Vishal Joshi Dope test must for Punjab jail inmates /thetribunechd Jhansa (Kurukshetra), Jan 17 The decomposed body of Gulshan (18), who was being considered the prime suspect in the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Dalit girl, was fished out from Batera head of Bhakra canal’s Narwana branch near Kirmach village, on Kurukshetra’s outskirts, late last night, giving a new twist to the case. The place is about 25 km from Gulshan’s native village Jhansa. “Till yesterday, he was tagged as a conspirator in a heinous crime, but today he himself turned out to be a victim of unknown circumstances,” said Leela Devi (75), a neighbour. SP Abhishek Garg said Gulshan’s body was identified from a tattoo on his arm. His uncle Ramesh Singh blamed the police for harassing the family. “More than 10 of our relatives, including Gulshan’s brother, father and two minors, have been in police custody for several days. Release them,” he said. Bed of cash in UP Another relative Manjit Singh said Gulshan’s body was found semi-naked. “It appears to be a case of murder. We hope the autopsy at BPS Medical College in Sonepat will bring out facts.” Police sources said they could not rule out “honour killing”. The 15-year-old girl had gone for tuition classes when she went missing on January 9. On January 12, her seminaked body was found at Jind’s Budha Khera village. It was alleged that the girl’s private parts were mutilated and her liver ruptured. Gulshan’s name was mentioned in the FIR as an accused. ADGP RC Mishra said so far an autopsy had been conducted only on the girl’s body. “It is premature to conclude the cause of death and other suspected brutalities only on the basis of the autopsy. We need more corroborative forensic tests. Injuries on organs may have been due to rough material in the canal,” he said. Edit: Shame, Haryana UK appoints minister to tackle ‘loneliness’ Says ‘didi’ took him to toilet, then attacked Studies: 90 lakh always/often feel lonely Lucknow, January 17 In a scary replay of Gurugram’s Ryan School murder, a seven-year-old Class I student of Brightland School, Aliganj, was stabbed and locked up in a school bathroom allegedly by a senior. The condition of Hrithik (7) was serious but stable at the trauma centre of King George Medical University Hospital. According to doctors, he has multiple stab wounds in the chest and stomach. Principal Rina Manas said the incident came to light after the morning assembly on January 16 when a teacher heard someone banging on the bathroom door on the second floor. The door was forced open and Hrithik was found lying in a pool of blood with a piece of cloth stuffed into his mouth and his hands and feet tied. When the boy regained consciousness at the trauma centre, he said a “didi” with cropped hair had taken him to the bathroom where he was first thrashed and then stabbed. He said he would be able to identify the “didi”. His father Rajesh Singh, an HC employee, alleged they were informed very late. The victim’s brother is also a Class VI student. — TNS London, January 17 British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday appointed the country’s first-ever minister in charge of tackling loneliness and combating social isolation. Tracey Crouch, currently minister for sport and civil society, will take on the additional role created in memory of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a right-wing fanatic in 2016. The new ministerial role will take forward the recommendations of the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, with the post holder working with the commission, businesses and charities to create a government-wide strategy. According to research, more than 90 lakh people always or often feel lonely, around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month, and up to 85 per cent of young disabled adults feel lonely. “For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life. I want to confront this challenge to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones — people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with,” May said. — PTI ~97 crore in old notes seized in Kanpur house Lucknow, January 17 Sixteen persons, including a noted builder, were arrested in connection with the seizure of over Rs 97 crore in demonetised currency notes from the builder’s ancestral house in Kanpur. The big cache was recovered from the house of Anand Khatri after the National Investigation Agency tipped off the RBI, the Income Tax Department and the Uttar Pradesh Police. ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said they had inputs that some persons were trying to exchange the money with the valid currency. Kanpur ASP Anurag Arya said the arrested persons belong to Lucknow, Mirzapur and Hyderabad and are collection agents. The UP Government said prima facie no terror link had been established. — TNS not be questioned by any disciplinary authority. He was also not bound by the oath of secrecy, having superannuated from regular service. It was also not clear why in the CM’s absence, the next senior-most minister or the minister in-charge would not assume command and authorised to take important decisions. There could be no justification for vesting such extraordinary power in the CPSCM apparently in violation of Article 166(3). Justice Gupta noted that a post in the cadre strength of IAS in the state was kept vacant to facilitate his appointment. The speed and alacrity with which the file moved thereafter showed that his appointment was to play an important role in decision-making. Justice Gupta also refused to accept the state’s argument that he was not holding a public office and the government was not accountable to courts while appointing a person unless the post was a “public office”. Justice Gupta held that Kumar had been given wide discretion to take decisions. “To hold that office held by him is not a ‘public office’, would not only be absurd but against the record.” continued on page 7 Plea in SC against ‘Padmaavat’ ban Real-time CCTV in Delhi classrooms SGPC ex-chief secy Calcutta dies at 79 New Delhi: Ahead of the January 25 release of ‘Padmaavat’, film producer Viacom 18 has moved the Supreme Court against the ban on its release in Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. A three-judge Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra agreed to take it up on Thursday after senior lawyer Harish Salve submitted that states could not impose a blanket ban on the film after it had been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). TNS New Delhi: Parents whose children study in Delhi government schools will have real-time access to CCTV footage of classrooms to ensure transparency and safety of children, it was announced on Wednesday. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reviewed the progress of installation of closed-circuit televisions in “each class in all government schools”. “Each parent will be given access on real-time basis on his phone so as to see his/her child studying in class,” Kejriwal tweeted. IANS Amritsar: Former SGPC chief secretary Manjit Singh Calcutta (79), who was considered an authority on Panthic matters, died on Wednesday morning after a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters. The former SAD leader was a staunch critic of the Badals. He repeatedly accused them of interfering in SGPC affairs and failing to confront the BJP and RSS. INSIDE Unwilling to continue, says retired IAS officer Suresh Kumar, when contacted, said he was unwilling to continue in the government. “I had resigned almost two months ago, and have relinquished the charge now,” he said. “The case was contested by the Punjab Government and it is their decision if they want to file an appeal,” he added.
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