29012018-TTC-01.qxd 1/29/2018 1:33 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, january 29, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 28 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Retired IPS officer ends life in Hisar Hisar: A retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Ram Singh Bishnoi, committed suicide at his farmhouse near Adampur town of the district on Sunday. The police said Bishnoi, who retired in 2013, was residing in Gurgaon with his family and owned a farmhouse in Khairampur village near Adampur. He was in a room at the farmhouse when the labourers working at some distance heard a gunshot. They rushed inside and found Bishnoi lying in a pool of blood with his revolver in his hand. Sources said he was embroiled in a legal case with his relatives. Bishnoi had served as SP (Vigilance) and SP in Jind district. A relative, Devi Lal Bishnoi, had accused him of usurping his land. The police had reportedly also registered a case against Bishnoi on court orders. Hisar SP Manisha Chaudhary and forensic experts rushed to the spot and started investigation. — TNS 20th title, Roger that /thetribunechd REUTERS Govt says triple talaq ban Bill high on agenda Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service ■ A tearful Roger Federer, 36, surged home to beat Croat Marin Cilic in five riveting sets and win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne on Sunday. ■ The Swiss defending champ, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Aussie great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open titles. PAGE 14 Gounder sponsors on police radar now Stricter visas for radicals in Canada? Time hasn’t come for AFSPA rethink:Rawat Fear gang supremacy war in Punjab Varinder Singh New Delhi, January 28 Time has not come for any rethink on AFSPA or making some of its provisions milder, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said, asserting that the Army has been taking adequate precautions in protecting human rights while operating in disturbed areas like Jammu and Kashmir. His remarks come against the backdrop of reports that several rounds of high-level discussions have taken place between the defence and home ministries on the “need to remove or dilute at least some provisions” of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). The Act gives the security forces special rights and immunity in carrying out 3rd killed from Amritsar Aman Sood Tribune News Service Patiala, January 28 Two days after gangster Vicky Gounder, the brain behind the November 2016 Nabha jailbreak, and his accomplice Prema Lahoria were killed in “Operation Daybreak” in Sriganganagar’s Pakki village on the Rajasthan-Punjab border, police teams have found certain material that could shed light on their sponsors ever since they fled the jail. The police fear that with Gounder dead, a war for supremacy may break out among various gangs in Punjab. “We are focusing on social media accounts and threats issued by gangsters to the police and to one another,” said a top officer. Sources said six cellphones, diaries and drugs had been found at the gangsters’ hideout. “The diaries are crucial as these contain encoded phone numbers and possibly maps of hideouts,” said a top official. DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Police have identified the third person killed with Gounder and Lahoria as Sawinder Singh of Dhanoa Khurd village in Amritsar. P2 Gupta said their prime focus was to ensure that those who had harboured the gangsters were brought to justice. Sources said to get the cellphones and diaries, Punjab Police would have to approach the courts since a case regarding the encounter has been filed in Rajasthan. Initial investigations suggest that procuring weapons was no problem for these gangsters, who had links in Uttar Pradesh as well as Pakistan. “We are investigating whether they were also involved in the drug trade,” AIG Gurmeet Chauhan of the Organised Crime Control Unit said. “To trace the money chain, we need to arrest Ramanjit Singh, alias Romi, the mastermind who is in Hong Kong,” he added. edit: Killing gangsters Tribune News Service Jalandhar, January 28 The Indian Government is mulling stricter visa norms for Canada’s Sikh radicals behind the recent gurdwara ban on Indian diplomats. The management committees of 14 gurdwaras in Ontario and 16 in British Columbia and Alberta have barred the entry of Indian diplomats and officials. According to sources, Indian officials in Canada have begun preparing a list of Sikh radicals directly or indirectly linked with the ban. India is learnt to have conveyed through its diplomatic channels that those supporting the ban as well as their relatives could face stricter visa norms. Even if granted visa, they could be denied entry upon arrival at Indian ports. The MEA, sources said, was giving the final touches to modalities for stricter visa norms for those indulging in “anti-India propaganda from foreign soil”. When contacted, Consul General of India to Canada Dinesh Bhatia refused to comment. Best seat for lunar spectacle Blue moon, blood moon and super moon on Jan 31 Nainital, January 28 Sky gazers and photo enthusiasts are making a beeline for the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences perched at an altitude of 2,450 metres here to witness the lunar delight on January 31 — a blue moon, blood moon and a super moon. January 31 will witness the first total lunar eclipse of 2018. Such an important astronomical event is taking place after 150 years. The celestial event will be seen from many countries, including India, Russia, Australia, China and Thailand. Institute Director Dr Anil Pandey said, “On the 31st, the moon will be on the closer orbit to the earth. During this phase, the size of the moon appears 7 per cent larger and its brightness is also higher.” Economic Survey today, session on Once in 150 years January 31 will witness the first total lunar eclipse of 2018. Such an important astronomical event is taking place after 150 years The skies of Nainital will have the most clear and brilliant view of the eclipse. Not only is the atmosphere smogfree but after the recent snowfall, the skies have become clearer. On Wednesday night, there will be a full moon, which is the second full moon in the same month. Such an event is known as the blue moon. As the eclipse will occur at sunset, this will cause the moon to appear reddish. Such a moon is known as blood moon. The moon will also be closer to the earth on the day than usual as it is in a shorter orbit. Moon during this phase is known as super moon. Thus, after a gap of 150 years, blue moon, blood moon and super moon are set to occur at the same time. This event will be worth a watch! In Delhi, the eclipse will begin at 5.53 pm. It will last for a total of three hours, 45 minutes during which there will be a total eclipse of one minute, 32 seconds starting at 6.59 pm. The eclipse will end at 9.38 pm. The observatory is one of the best equipped and best placed in Asia. — PTI Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. operations in disturbed areas. There has been a longstanding demand from various quarters in J&K and the North-East to withdraw it. “We have never been strong in applying the force the way it could be applied (under AFSPA). We are very concerned about human rights. We are absolutely concerned about collateral damage. So do not get too much concerned because we are taking adequate measures and precautions,” he said. “The AFSPA is an enabling provision which allows the Army in particular to operate in difficult areas and let me assure you that the Army has got quite a good human rights record,” Gen Rawat added. — PTI New Delhi, January 28 On the eve of the Budget Session commencing tomorrow, the government today said it would leave no stone unturned for passage of the Bill banning instant triple talaq, which had hit the Rajya Sabha hurdle in the Winter Session. Silent on the demands of the Opposition to send the Bill to a select committee, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said, “Let the House take a call on that.” Emerging from a customary meeting the government has with the Opposition leaders on the session eve, Kumar said, “We will leave no stone unturned for the passage of the Bill and engage all parties for consensus. Just like we passed the GST Bill by consensus, Costliest Indian in IPL JAYDEV UNADKAT RAJASTHAN ROYALS ~11.5 cr Saurashtra left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat on Sunday became the costliest Indian player at the IPL auction with a ~11.5-crore deal from Rajasthan Royals. The 26-year-old has played a Test, seven ODIs and four T20 Internationals for India. REPORT ON PAGE 15 we will pass this one also to ban the practice of talaq-ebiddat among the Muslims.” The government meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is learnt to have advised all attending leaders not to use the parliamentary standing committees for political tokenism, but instead use these for constructive solutions to national challenges. While the Congress-led Opposition has been seeking the triple talaq Bill to be referred to a select committee of the Rajya Sabha, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health is currently reviewing the crucial National Medical Commission Bill 2017, which proposes to replace the Medical Council of India, besides an exit-level test for all MBBS passouts as a precondition to practise medicine. The Bill is generating con- troversy with mixed reactions to its revolutionary proposals, which include allowing Ayush practitioners to dispense some allopathic medicines after doing a bridge course. The session will start with President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to both Houses. The government will table the Economic Survey tomorrow while the General Budget, the last full Budget of this government, will be presented on February 1. The session will break for recess on February 9 to commence from March 5 until April 6. There will be 31 sittings (eight in the first and 23 in the second part) over 68 days. The Opposition leaders, meanwhile, are expected to use the session to flag serial rapes in Haryana, alleged attacks on the Constitution and the Republic Day violence in UP . Man gets sucked into MRI machine, dies Mumbai, January 28 A man visiting his ailing relative died after being sucked into a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine at the state-run Nair Hospital on Saturday. The incident occurred when Rajesh Maruti Maru (32) went to visit his motherin-law. Ward boy Vitthal Chavan allegedly told Maru to carry an oxygen cylinder while the woman was wheeled in for an MRI scan. As soon as Maru entered the MRI room with the cylinder, he was sucked into the machine. He died within two minutes. After protests by relatives of the deceased and BJP MLA Mangalprabhat Lodha outside the hospital Dean’s office, the state government ordered the registration of an FIR against Dr Siddhant Shah, who was attending on the patient, Chavan and attendant Sunita Surve. The Agripada police have obtained the CCTV footage of the incident for further investigation, sources said. Maru’s brother-in-law Harish Solanki said there was no one outside the MRI room to stop the victim from carrying the oxygen cylinder inside. “The ward boy told him to bring in the cylinder while the MRI machine was switched on.” He added that there was no security guard to prevent people from taking in metallic objects. Maru’s body was later sent for a post-mortem. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, meanwhile, has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for Maru’s family. — TNS
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