13022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/13/2018 1:33 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, february 13, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 43 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Snow show AMIT KANWAR /thetribunechd CRPF man dies in failed attack on Srinagar camp Majid Jahangir PAK WILL HAVE TO PAY: NIRMALA Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure. The deaths of our soldiers won’t go in vain…. Giving evidence to Pakistan is a continuous process. It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible. Tribune News Service Kufri, 16 km from Shimla, dons a white mantle after fresh snowfall in the mid and higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh on Monday. Traffic on the Hindustan-Tibet road was disrupted at Narkanda, forcing diversion through Basantpur and Kingal. Drug-eluting stent to cost ~1,710less New Delhi, February 12 The Centre today withstood market pressure to further reduce the upper price limit for drug-eluting stents from Rs 29,600 to Rs 27,890. The 5.77 pc (Rs 1,710) reduction in the ceiling price was notified tonight by the government’s drug pricing wing, the National Pharmaceutical and Pricing Authority. The NPPA further notified a slight increase in the prices of bare metal stents from the previous rate cap of Rs 7,260 to the new Rs 7,660. The bare metal stent market is lower than that of the drug-eluting version, which is a drug releasing and biodegradable. The new price limit on coronary stents will be applicable from tomorrow until March 31, 2019. The previous price reductions were applicable till February 12. — TNS Kashmir, too, witnessed this winter’s first heavy snowfall, breaking a two-month dry spell. Heavy snowfall at Jawahar Tunnel forced the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Air traffic at Srinagar airport was also disrupted. PAGE 10 CJI: How can convicted politician head a party? Centre asked to spell out stand, final hearing on March 26 Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 12 Raising questions over politicians convicted of crime and corruption heading political parties and selecting candidates for elections, the Supreme Court on Monday said it went against the basic spirit of democracy. “If a convicted person cannot contest an election, how can he head a political party and select candidates?” wondered a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, which is seized of a PIL seeking a lifetime ban on convicted politicians from contesting polls and holding a party position. The Bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said the practice of convicted individuals running parties went against its judgments that stated corruption in politics has to be banished for the purity of the electoral process. “A (convicted) man cannot directly contest an election, so he forms a political party and fields candidates to contest an election. People can form an association to do philanthropic work… But when it comes to the field of governance, it is different…,” said the Bench. If the SC finally allows the prayer, convicted politicians such as Om Prakash Chautala and Lalu Prasad Yadav would no longer be in a position to hold any position in the INLD and RJD, respectively. On behalf of the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand said the government would need some time to spell out its stand. The Bench asked the Centre to respond to the PIL filed by BJP leader advocate Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay and posted it for the final hearing on March 26. The SC had on December 1 last year issued notices to the Centre and Election Commission on the PIL filed by the BJP leader, who had named several politicians wielding political power despite being convicted or charges having been framed against them. In its reply to the PIL, the EC has sought the power to de-register erring political parties, which often take undue benefit of a legislative vacuum in this regard. Pension to disabled 81% CMs in country soldiers:MoD relents are crorepatis: ADR New Delhi, February 12 The Ministry of Defence, in a significant decision, is now working to withdraw all appeals filed in courts against disabled soldiers. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, at a recent meeting of officials, had instructed that a formula be devised to withdraw appeals filed against grant of disability pension to soldiers. In June last year, the MoD decided not to challenge court orders asking to give disability pension to its soldiers. The move affected hundreds who suffered disability during service or families of those who died because of a disability while in service. However, the MoD had not issued instructions on pending cases in which appeals had been filed in courts even when soldiers had won in the Armed Forces Tribunal. — TNS New Delhi, February 12 In India, around 35 per cent chief ministers have criminal cases against them and 81 per cent of the total are crorepatis, according to an ADR report released today. The Association for Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch (NEW) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of current CMs. “Out of all the 31 CMs, 11 (35 per cent) have declared criminal cases against themselves,” the ADR report noted. Further, 26 per cent CMs have declared serious criminal cases, including related to murder, attempt to murder, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property, criminal intimidation, among others. Interestingly, 25 CMs, or 81 per cent, are crorepatis, with two having assets of over Rs 100 crore. The average assets amount to Rs 16.18 crore. — PTI Is there a pattern to M’garh assaults? Friday attacks raise uncomfortable questions, police claim probe on Sanjam Preet Singh tribune news service Mahendragarh, February 12 There are different narratives about the beating up of two students from Jammu and Kashmir, but the assault on February 2, it now emerges, was not a one-off incident. Several such violent attacks have been reported here since December, with the timing as a common link: always after Friday prayers. The February 2 incident received considerable attention after the J&K CM informed her Haryana counterpart about it on social media. News reports said the assault on Rajouri students Aftab Ahmad and Amjed Ali was the fallout of a collision between motorcycles, though Aftab dismisses this theory. “After offering prayers, we stopped at a tailor’s shop at Masani Chowk. Amjed was about to ride pillion when 10 to 15 youths on motorcycles came from behind and started beating us up. I cried for help, but no one came forward. We don’t know why we were attacked,” he says. The police booked unidentified persons under Sections 148 (rioting), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC. Three youths arrested on February 3 have been released on bail. The ABVP Rajput Sabha, , Sartaj Group (an “NGO”) and other fringe outfits have been protesting for withdrawal of the case. They claim the matter has been given a communal colour. Kuldeep Yadav of Sartaj Group told The Tribune, “If the police fail to withdraw the case by February 15, we will step up the agitation.” The police claim the students were beaten up due to mistaken identity. Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Aftab did not tell his parents about the incident, fearing they would ask him to return, till he gave a TV interview. The tall, lanky youth from Rajouri has calmed the nerves of his parents and is determined to complete his studies. Classmate Amjed is still fearful. However, the locals maintain that the assault was not an isolated incident. On December 22, a Muslim youth was allegedly beaten up by motorcycle-borne youths after Friday prayers, stated a January 15 letter to the police by ‘Muslim Samaaj, Mahendragarh’. continued on page 7 Srinagar, February 12 A Central Reserve Police Force constable was killed and a policeman injured as the security forces thwarted a possible fidayeen attack on a CRPF camp in Srinagar early on Monday. The militants were trapped in a nearby multi-storey building, triggering an encounter, which was still on. Lashkar-eToiba (LeT) has claimed responsibility. An alert sentry noticed two armed militants carrying rucksacks emerging from a house and approaching the CRPF battalion headquarters at Karan Nagar under the cover of darkness. “The sentry immediately opened fire and the effective fire prevented terrorists from entering the camp. The terrorists fled the scene. Our parties and quick reaction teams were rushed and a search of the camp periphery in the residential area was started. Almost four hours later, a contact with terrorists, hiding in a partially constructed multistorey building, was established,” CRPF IG Ravideep Singh Sahi told The Tribune. He said the building was located outside the CRPF camp premises. “After the area was cordoned off, civilians from neighbouring ❝ Nirmala Sitharaman, DEFENCE MINISTER TALKS WITH PAK MUST: MEHBOOBA Dialogue with Pak is necessary if we are to end bloodshed. I know I will be labelled anti-national… but that doesn’t matter…. The people of J&K are suffering. We have to talk as war is not an option. If we (Kashmiris) don’t talk about it (dialogue), who will? Not a Bihari, not a Punjabi. Mehbooba Mufti, J&K CM ❝ Pakistan President signs ordinance to rein in terrorists. PAGE 13 Barricades removed from JuD headquarters in Lahore. PAGE 13 houses were evacuated and the operation was launched. In the initial gunfight, one of our men was critically wounded who later succumbed,” he said. The slain constable was identified as Mujahid Khan of 49 Battalion and a resident of Bihar. A policeman was also injured in the gunfight. The exchange of fire continued as loud sounds were heard during the day. The operation is expected to extend as the building is massive. Minor incidents of stonepelting around the gunfight site were reported, prompting the police to fire tear gas shells. A police officer said the situation was under control. The site is close to Srinagar’s premier Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, from where a top Pakistani LeT militant, Naveed Jatt, escaped on February 6. Two policemen were killed in the militant attack. Shopian:SC staysaction againstMajor New Delhi, February 12 The Supreme Court today stayed proceedings with regard to a January 27 FIR registered by the Jammu and Kashmir Police naming Major Aditya Kumar as an accused in the Shopian firing incident. A three-judge Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India directed that no coercive measures be taken against the officer, while issuing notice to the Centre and the J&K Government. Maj Aditya’s father Lt Karamveer Singh had sought quashing of the FIR, maintaining that his son had been “wrongly” named. He was represented by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi. Lt Col Singh had also sought guidelines to protect soldiers’ rights and adequate compensation. Two civilians were killed when Army personnel fired at a stone-pelting mob, prompting the CM to order an inquiry, following which an FIR was registered against personnel of 10 Garhwal Rifles, including the Major. The Army said it opened fire in “self-defence”. — TNS
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