28012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/28/2018 1:16 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 2 no. 27 | sunday, january 28, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 32 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Hefty deals for Stokes, KL Rahul, Pandey KL Rahul and Manish Pandey got multi-million dollar deals but England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes again emerged as the costliest buy in IPL auctions on Saturday BEN STOKES RAJASTHAN ROYALS KL RAHUL KINGS XI PUNJAB MANISH PANDEY SUNRISERS HYD RASHID KHAN SUNRISERS HYD ~12.5 cr ~11 cr ~11 cr ~9 cr Consolation win for India India won the third cricket Test against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday by 63 runs after bundling out the hosts for 177 in their second innings on the fourth day. In a dramatic turnaround, the hosts lost their last eight wickets for 53 runs (Shami 5/28) as India remained unbeaten at the Wanderers. POIGNANT MOMENT AT ASHOKA CHAKRA PRESENTATION President Ram Nath Kovind presents the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award, the Ashok Chakra, posthumously to the wife and mother of Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala, a Garud commando of the Indian Air Force, and then breaks down after the brief ceremony during the 69th Republic Day Parade in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Report:Buildup of Doklam air power Satellite images show greater activity Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service 95 killed in Kabul ambulance blast Kabul: An explosive-packed ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others. The Taliban used social media to claim that they carried out the second attack in the Afghan capital in a week. Chaotic scenes were witnessed as terrified survivors fled the area. PAGE 21 Infant among 13 dead in bus plunge Mumbai: At least 13 persons, including a nine-month-old baby, died after a mini-bus they were travelling in fell into a river in Kolhapur (Maharashtra) on Saturday morning. According to the police, the mishap took place shortly after midnight when a Tempo Traveller carrying 17 persons crashed through the barriers on Shivaji Bridge and plunged 100 feet into the Panchganga river. TNS New Delhi, January 27 Despite having announced disengagement at the Doklam Plateau, India and China have continued with a buildup of military resources on either side. The armies of the two nations were locked in a 73-day (June 16 to August 28, 2017) stand-off at Doklam — the tri-junction of Bhutan, India and China. A US-based think tank, Stratfor, has released satellite images of airbases of both countries and said “the imagery confirms that both China and India are pursuing a wide-ranging strategic buildup that has only accelerated in the wake of the August agreement (to dis-engage)”. The report ‘Preparing for a rematch at the top of the world’ was released just hours ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. The think tank said it had analysed four critical airbases, two Chinese and two Indian, that are within range of the Doklam Plateau. It says “…greater level of activity is visible from the imagery of the Chinese airbases near Lhasa (330 km north of Doklam) and Shigatse”. Beijing has added air defence missiles and made a new runaway in December at Shigatse, 225 km north of Doklam, says the report. It also holds deployments of KJ-500 airborne early warning and command aircraft, components of the HQ-9 long-range surface-to-air missile system and Soar Dragon unmanned aerial vehicles. The Chinese made a number of major airfield upgrades at Shigatse after the end of the crisis. Besides the runaway, aircraft aprons measuring 41m by 70m were built along the main taxiway and eight helipads were set up in the northeast corner of the airfield. This construction, along with the deployment of new equipment in greater numbers, highlights how China has undertaken a serious effort to improve its capabilities close to the LAC. China’s lack of airbases close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) continued on page 7 Facing stones, Army opens fire, kills 2 boys in Shopian Suhail A Shah Anantnag, January 27 Two boys were killed and another critically injured after Army personnel opened fire at local youths who pelted an Army convoy with stones here in Shopian district, around 50 km south of Srinagar city, today. The slain youngsters have been identified as Suhail Javaid Lone, a class XII student and resident of Narpora, Shopian; and Javaid Ahmad Bhat, a BA-I student and resident of Ganawpora, Shopian. The injured civilian with a bullet injury to his head has been identified as 22-year-old CM DIALS NIRMALA Jammu:Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday evening spoke to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and expressed anguish over the loss of lives. She said every civilian killing impaired the political process in the state. Sitharaman assured to seek a detailed report and impress upon the field formations that mechanisms put in place were strictly adhered to. Rayees Ahmad Ganaie, also a resident of Shopian district. As per sources, an Army convoy that was passing through Ganawpora village came under stone pelting from some youths. The Army men retaliated by firing live ammunition. The area was observing a shutdown against the killing of two local militants and a civilian on January 24. The Army maintained that its personnel fired in self-defence after a mob of more than 250 stone-throwing people attacked an isolated section of the convoy. The police have registered an FIR against the Army party that was patrolling the area. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. REPORTS ON PAGE 22 Gangster Gounder, aides killed 2 cops hurt in fierce encounter with Nabha jailbreak mastermind Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, January 27 Eluding the police for over a year, notorious gangster and Nabha jailbreak mastermind Vicky Gounder and his accomplice Prema Lahoria were killed in a fierce encounter in Sriganganagar’s Pakki village on the Rajasthan-Punjab border on Friday evening. In the 16-minute gunfight, 40 shots were fired. SubInspector Balwinder Singh and ASI Kirpal Singh were grievously injured. Gounder carried a reward of Rs 7 lakh on his head. A 35-member Punjab Police team led by AIG (Organised Crime Control Unit) Gurmeet Chauhan and Inspector Bikramjit Brar of the CIA, Rajpura, zeroed in on a ‘dhani’ (house in the fields) owned by Lakhwinder Singh. “As Lakwinder stepped out at 4.30 pm, we took him away for questioning. As soon as he confirmed that Gounder, Lahoria and their accomplice were hiding inside, we got going,” said Chauhan. Five police teams were formed, DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta said. “Three Vicky Gounder Prema Lahoria CHEQUERED PAST ■ Vicky Gounder, along with Gurpreet Singh Sekhon, Kulpreet Singh Neeta Deol and Amandeep Dhotian, had escaped with KLF’s Harminder Singh Mintoo and another ‘terrorist’ Kashmir Singh from Punjab’s Nabha jail in November 2016 ■ Sekhon, Deol, Dhotian and Mintoo were re-arrested, but Gounder and Kashmir remained at large ■ Gounder had plotted the murder of gangster-turned-politician Jaswinder Rocky of Fazilka while in jail. Rocky, who had contested against BJP’s Surjit Jyani in 2012, was murdered in 2016 ■ Gounder had won three gold, two silver medals in discus throw at national level. He joined an academy in Jalandhar for training where he got involved in petty fights and left kept a watch on the three entrances, one was stationed outside to cover the escape route and another on the roof of the house. Lahoria was the first to come out. Sensing trouble, he tried to scale a wall to flee, firing at the policemen. He was shot.” Gounder tried to flee through the main door along with an aide, firing indiscriminately and injuring two policemen. “Both were shot. Gounder died on the spot and an aide in hospital,” the DGP said. The police obtained vital clues after Inderjit Sandhu was arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport in December last. “We found some diaries in which he had mentioned phone numbers in code language. On December 27, we got a tipoff that the suspects had been seen in Abohar moving in a Swift Dzire car with a Haryana number plate (which was later found to be fake). We tracked the vehicle and zeroed in on the hideout,” explained Chauhan. Gounder alias Harjinder Bhullar (27) alias Jinder, who belonged to Sarawan Bodla village in Lambi, Bathinda, had fled the maximum-security Nabha jail on November 27, 2016. He was the prime accused in gangster Sukha Kahlwan’s killing. “Wanted in more than 10 cases of murder, gangwar, jailbreak, extortion and smuggling, Gounder was under watch for his possible links with radicals as well as Pakistan’s ISI. He had recently obtained an automatic Doctor booked for threatening Tanwar’s wife Sushil Manav Tribune News Service continued on page 7 Chandigarh, January 27 Sirsa-based Dr Dev Kishan Meghwal, who allegedly threatened state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar’s wife Avantika Maken Tanwar after she failed to turn up at a blood donation camp, has been booked along with six others for rioting, unlawful assembly, trespass and criminal intimidation. He has denied the charges. In a complaint, Sahib Ram, a chowkidar at Tanwars’ residence, alleged that the accused barged into the premises on January 16, carrying arms with the intention to kill Avantika. “The doctor invited me to a camp at his wife’s hospital on January 15. I could not make it there. The following evening, he and others, carrying arms, came to our residence and asked about our whereabouts from the servants. Terrified, they withheld this information from us. We later learnt the doctor had come with the intention to kill me,” Avantika told The Tribune. Atma Ram, in charge of the HUDA police post in Sirsa, said the accused had gone into hiding. Chase ends Page 2 continued on page 7 Force behind Green Revolution no more Vishav Bharti About Dr GS Kalkat Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 27 He saw the farmers rise, then fall, and died while struggling to make governments come to their rescue. Dr Gurcharan Singh Kalkat, one of the founding fathers of Punjab’s Green Revolution, passed away today after a brief illness. He was 91. A former Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Dr Kalkat was undergoing treatment at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh. Appointed Deputy Director of Punjab Agriculture Department in 1960, he had a gigantic task before him. Despite the fertile land, prim- ■ Born in Sahora village of Hoshiarpur, Dr Kalkat had his schooling in Sahiwal (Pakistan) ■ He completed BSc (Agriculture) from Punjab Agriculture College, Lyallpur, in 1947 ■ After MSc from Solan, he went to US on Rockefeller Fellowship ■ He completed his PhD at Ohio State University, Columbus ■ He was awarded Padma Shri in 1981 and later Padma Bhushan itive agricultural practices posed an impediment. Balwinder Singh Sidhu, Commissioner, Agriculture, who had a long association with Dr Kalkat, recalls: “The country imported 18,000 tonnes of dwarf wheat seed from Mexi- Today’s issue is of 32 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. co to be distributed in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. UP said it was too late to sow, Haryana followed suit. But Kalkat accepted the challenge. Packed in small bags, he and his staff visited villages and convinced the farmers to sow the seeds. And thus began the story of the Green Revolution!” Dr Kalkat also contributed to introducing apple cultivation in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. “Five decades down the line, experts believe that from tubewell irrigation to distributing fertilisers to installing diesel pumps and setting up grain markets, he was instrumental in building a system which ushered in the Green Revolution,” says PS Rangi, who was a member of the Punjab State Farmers Commission of which Dr Kalkat was the founder chairman. In 1971, Dr Kalkat became the Director of Agriculture, Punjab. He rose to become Commissioner, Agriculture, Government of India, where he was instrumental in developing programmes for various crops. At the international level, he served as a senior agriculturist with the World Bank. Appointed Vice -Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, in 1998, he resigned after three years, citing inadequate funds for research. As chairman of the Punjab Farmers Commission, he came up with a state agriculture policy, which was never implemented. He introduced the concept of agriculture cooperative societies to help small and medium farmers and suggested a “price stabilisation fund” to help farmers diversify. But none paid heed.
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