09022018-TT-01.qxd 2/8/2018 10:31 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, february 9, 2018 himachal pradesh chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 39 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Fortis promoters resign from board /thetribunechd B’desh ex-PM Zia gets 5-year RI in graft case Olympic footprint New Delhi: Fortis Healthcare promoters Malvinder Mohan Singh and Shivinder Mohan Singh have resigned as directors from the company's board following the Delhi HC order upholding the ~3,500 cr arbitral award in favour of Daiichi Sankyo. The Singh brothers jointly tendered their resignation to the Board of Fortis Healthcare, which will discuss it in the meeting on February 13, the company said. PTI Son, tried in absentia, and 4 others jailed for 10 years SC: Aadhaar can’t go if no benefits New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday said issues such as denial of benefits to citizens for either want of Aadhaar or due to its non-authentication may not be a ground for holding the law “unconstitutional”. The court made the observation while declining to pass any interim order on a plea by the West Bengal government that citizens should not be denied social benefits for want of Aadhaar. PTI A man walks through the Olympic Village in Gangneung on Thursday, ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, which kick off on Friday. The Indian flag was raised at the Games Village at a ceremony attended by luger Shiva Keshavan. Cross-country skier Jagdish Singh will also be in action during the games. AFP Dhaka, February 8 Bangladesh’s former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was today sentenced to five years’ rigorous imprisonment for corruption, a body blow for the main Opposition leader who may be disqualified from contesting the next election in December, as thousands of her supporters staged protests against her jailing. The 72-year-old three-time PM was sentenced by Dhaka’s Special Court in connection with the embezzlement of 21 million taka ($250,000) in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust, named after her late husband Ziaur Rahman, a military ruler-turned-politician. The verdict simultaneously sentenced Zia’s “fugitive” elder son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) senior vice-president Tarique Khaleda Zia Rahman as he was tried in absentia. Rahman and four others have been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The case is one of dozens pending against Zia, who has been a rival of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for decades. The charges against her had already led to her boycotting polls in 2014, which triggered widespread protests. Zia, wearing a white sari, appeared in the heavily guarded courtroom amid heightened political tension. While sentencing Zia, the judge read out the abridged version of the 632-page verdict in 10 minutes. He said though all convicts played an identical role in the crime, Zia was given a lesser term taking into account her “age and social status”. The court also said that the defence tried their best to hinder the trial proceedings as they sought time on 35 occasions in the name of changing the court. The other convicts are former lawmaker Kazi Salimul Haque Kamal, businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, ex-PM’s principal secretary Kamal Uddin Siddiqui and her nephew Mominur Rahman. Zia became the second head of government after former dictator-turned-politician HM Ershad to be convicted in a graft case. — PTI will be back, says Zia page 13 CCIimposes fine of 4 behind Pak militant escape held ShopianFIR: Maj’s ~136 cr on Google Fifth accused, LeT commander, on the run; jail superintendent suspended father moves SC Majid Jahangir New Delhi, February 8 The Competition Commission of India today imposed a fine of Rs 136 crore on internet giant Google for unfair business practices in the Indian market for online search. After a detailed probe on the complaints filed in 2012, the regulator through a majority order said the penalty is being imposed on Google for "infringing antitrust conduct". On the CCI ruling, a Google spokesperson said the company is "reviewing the narrow concerns identified by the Commission and will assess our next steps". Globally, this is one of the rare cases where Google has been penalised for unfair business ways, even as it has been under probe in several countries. It was alleged that Google is indulging in abuse of dominant position in the market for online search through practices leading to search bias and search manipulation, among others. For this case, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) considered markets in India for online general web search services and for online search advertising services as the relevant ones. The penalty amount of Rs 135.86 crore translates to 5 per cent of the company's average total revenue generated from India operations from its different business segments for the financial years 2013, 2014 and 2015, according to the CCI order. The CCI said it has given thoughtful consideration on the submissions made by Google on issue of penalty and found it appropriate to impose a fine. The ruling has come on complaints filed by Matrimony.com and Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS)--back in 2012--against Google LLC, Google India Pvt Ltd and Google Ireland Ltd. — PTI Seeks norms to protect soldiers’ rights Tribune News Service Srinagar, February 8 The Jammu and Kashmir Government today suspended the Superintendent of the Central Jail even as the police arrested four persons, including two militants, for allegedly conspiring and helping a top Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba commander escape from a premier hospital on Tuesday. J&K Police had constituted a special investigation team (SIT) headed by SP Javid Iqbal to probe the incident, which had left two policemen dead. The SIT found that mobiles were used by jail inmates and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants to hatch the conspiracy. ADGP Munir Khan said militants and over-ground workers (OGWs) of HM and LeT had hatched the conspiracy to get Naveed Jatt freed four months ago. They had initially planned his escape from a Pulwama Tika Khan court but it did not work out. A few weeks ago, they hatched a plan at the residence of Tika Khan from Singu Narbal, Pulwama, to get him freed from the Srinagar hospital. Tika has now been arrested. “Of the five conspirators, all four from Pulwama have been arrested: Shakeel Ahmed Bhat of Kakpora, Tika Khan, Syed Tajamul of Pahu and Mohammad Shafi Wani of Singu Narbal. Hilal Ahmed Rather of Kakpora is absconding along with Naveed and we are looking for them,” Khan said. Syed Tajamul Shakeel Ahmed Bhat He said two pistols and ammunition had been recovered from the possession of two militants, Shakeel and Tika. The police officer said Tika had been a frequent visitor to the Central Jail on various pretexts. Naveed and other conspirators were in touch through mobile phones. “It took us a few hours to crack the case… After ascertaining the scientific evidence and vehicles used, the militants and OGWs involved were identified and nightlong raids were conducted in Pulwama,” he said. On Tuesday, Naveed, along Mohammad Shafi Wani with six other detainees, were brought to SMHS Hospital from jail for a check-up. The accused came to Srinagar on a motorcycle and a car and took positions at the hospital, said Khan. “When this detainee (Naveed) was brought in, Hilal, who was waiting inside, handed over a pistol to him. Both opened fire on the constables, who were grievously injured and later succumbed. The two ran towards the getaway vehicles and chose to ride away on a motorcycle being driven by Shakeel. continued on page 7 New Delhi, February 8 The father of Major Aditya Kumar, who has been named in an FIR registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in connection with the Shopian firing incident, today moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the FIR. In his petition, Lt Colonel Karamveer Singh said his son had been “wrongly and arbitrarily” named in the FIR as the February 27 incident related to an Army convoy on bona fide military duty in an area under the AFSPA, which was isolated by an “unruly and deranged” mob pelting stones and causing damage to military vehicles. Two civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob in Ganovpora village in Shopian, prompting the Chief Minister to order an inquiry. The FIR was registered against the personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including Maj Kumar, on charges of murder and attempt to murder. The petitioner urged the top court to lay down guidelines to protect rights of soldiers and adequate compensation so that no Army personnel is harassed by initiation of criminal proceedings for bona fide actions in exercise of their duties. He also demanded registration of an FIR against those involved in terrorist activities which caused damage to government property. The petitioner said the intention of his son was to save Army personnel and property and the fire was inflicted “only to impair and provide a safe escape from a savage and violent mob engaged in terrorist activity”. He also referred to last year’s lynching of DSP Mohd Pandith to highlight the situation in the state. — TNS Ayodhya only a property dispute: SC Close to cracking Maur blast, claim police Refuses to be drawn into religious arguments; no day-to-day hearing for now Produce four witnesses in court, all said to be Sirsa dera sewadars Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 8 Amid claims and counterclaims by various Hindu and Muslim leaders over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to be drawn into religious arguments, saying it was only a property dispute. “We are treating it only as a land dispute. There are appeals and cross-appeals,” a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said after an advocate, who wanted to intervene in the matter, said it involved sentiments of 100 crore Hindus. The Bench chose to keep pending all intervention applications filed by those who were not parties to the dispute before the Allahabad High Court. “We are not allowing the intervention application… We are not dismissing them… The applications for impleadment and intervention shall be considered at the appropriate time,” said the Bench, which also included Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul A file photo of “kar sewaks” demolishing the disputed structure. Nazeer. One such intervention application pending before the Bench is from BJP leader Subramanian Swamy. The top court asked all parties to file English translation of documents relied upon in two weeks and posted the matter for March 14. It did not commit to a “day-to-day” hearing of the case. The top court is seized of cross-appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court’s September 30, 2010, verdict dividing the 2.7-acre disputed land at the Ram JanmabhoomiBabri Masjid site equally between Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Wakf Board. All three chose to challenge the order before the top court. Besides, there are more than 10 other appeals as well. Thursday’s hearing was in sharp contrast to the one held on December 5, which was marred by a heated exchange after senior counsel Kapil Sibal, Rajiv Dhawan and Dushyant Dave — representing Muslim appellants — insisted that the case should be heard only after the 2019 Lok Sabha poll as it might impact the electoral outcome. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Uttar Pradesh Government, told the Bench that 504 exhibits, including scriptures such as the Ram Charit Manas and the Bhagavad Gita, their excerpts and 87 depositions along with the translations had been filed. Advocate Ejaz Maqbool, appearing for one of the appellants, gave an overview of the documents already filed and those required to be filed. The Bench directed the Registry to make available copies of two video cassettes to advocates for various parties on payment of actual cost. The otherwise peaceful proceedings witnessed some banter after senior counsel representing Ram Lalla, CS Vaidyanathan, said the other side should submit a synopsis of their legal propositions to make it easy for all concerned to assist the court. “The High Court’s verdict is an insult to justice,” Dhawan said. He requested day-to-day hearing, but the Bench didn’t appear inclined. “There are 700 cases pending where citizens are crying for justice,” said CJI Misra, clarifying he was not commenting on the importance of the Ayodhya case. Gagandeep Sharma Tribune News Service Bathinda, February 8 With the police and CounterIntelligence officials producing four witnesses in a Talwandi Sabo court, all of them said to be Dera Sacha Sauda sewadars, the Bathinda police today claimed they were close to cracking the Maur blast case. The blast had taken place near Congress candidate Har- minder Singh Jassi’s rally on January 31 last year ahead of the Assembly elections. Jassi’s daughter is married to Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s son. The court of the sub-divisional judicial magistrate recorded the statements of the witnesses under Section 164 of the CrPC. Ranveer Singh Khatra, DIG, CounterIntelligence, Swapan Sharma, AIG, and other senior police officials were among those present. Sources said the four witnesses, primarily mechanics and painters, had approached the police, claiming they had information about the car used in the blast. One of them said he could identify the car that had been repainted and its several parts assembled. Pleading anonymity, a police official said the witnesses had had a “change of heart” a year after the blast because of media reports. Bathinda SSP Naveen Singla said the police could not reveal their identity since the probe was still on and their life could be endangered. “Dayalpura SHO Dalbir Singh will now head the probe. We will crack the case soon,” he said. The Bathinda Police and the Counter-Intelligence wing had been investigating the case separately. Day 1 of monitoring, Jalandhar ‘most polluted’ Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, February 8 The air quality index (AQI) rating for Jalandhar was the worst in Punjab, making it the most polluted city, the day the Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (CAAQMS) was inaugurated in the city. The average AQI in Jalandhar was recorded at 260, placing the city in the “poor” category. An AQI range between 0 and 50 is rated as “good” and “moderate” if between PPCB chairman KS Pannu (2L) inaugurates air quality station. 50-100. The machine was installed at the Circuit House to measure real-time ambient air quality. The other cities that already have a monitoring station are Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mandi Gobindgarh and Patiala. The AQI rating of all these cities was way lower. The average AQI in Jalandhar was 260 (out of 500), in Amritsar 143, Ludhiana 114 and Patiala 101. Harbir Singh, Senior Environmental Engineer, PPCB, said, “At times, the machine flashes ratings as per the air quality of the premises it has been installed in. Construction has been going on near the Circuit House, which has possibly led to the increase in ratings.” This AQI data will help determine short-term and long-term strategies to improve air quality.
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