20022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/20/2018 1:25 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, february 20, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 50 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd society, citizens no longer ❝As you get a moreItheterogeneousinstead, inthe idea of typicalthis is something arests on language, ideology. is anchored, shared values... lot are struggling with, and are turning inward to nationalism and protectionism. Justin Trudeau Canadian PM Justin Trudeau along with his family spins cotton on a charkha at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Monday. PTI Differences have to be a source of strength in society: Trudeau Ahmedabad, February 19 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today said a heterogeneous society is the new reality and the biggest challenge is to understand how differences can become a source of strength — “something that India and Canada have done fairly well” and “can do better”. Calling himself a “feminist”, Trudeau also said that “we as a society” are under-performing as women are not being given an opportunity to contribute to their full potential. He was addressing a gathering of students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). “The new reality of the 21st century is going to be a more and more heterogeneous community and society, and the biggest challenge we are going to have as a species is doing something that India and Canada have done fairly well — that is to understand how differences can become a source of strength,” he said. Trudeau was replying to a question by a student, who asked that “when the global trend of nationalisation is on the rise, how does he wish to change the world further towards globalisation”. “One realisation that we all need to have is that we are witnessing more and more encounters with differences. continued on page 7 edit: not-so lonely visit Look forward to meeting Canadian PM. I’m hopeful it will help strengthen the close Indo-Canadian business ties as well as deeprooted people-to-people relations between our two countries. Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM Capt-PMmeetingtomorrow Chandigarh, February 19 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a one-on-one meeting in Amritsar on February 21. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has allocated a 30minute slot for the meeting which will be held at a private hotel after Trudeau’s visit to Imran Khan’s hat-trick, ties knot with his ‘spiritual guide’ Imran Khan (second from left) sits with his third wife Bushra Maneka in Lahore. PTI Lahore, February 19 Imran Khan has tied the knot with his “spiritual guide”, his party has confirmed, ending weeks of speculation about the 65-year-old flamboyant Pakistani cricketer-turnedpolitician’s third marriage. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary said party chief Khan married Bushra Maneka, a “respected pir” (faith healer) in Lahore yesterday. The ceremony was held at the residence of Bushra’s brother in Pakpattan and PTI Central Executive Committee member Mufti Muhammad Saeed performed the ‘nikah’, he said. “The valima ceremony will also be held in a simple manner in a few days,” he added. Bushra, also known as ‘Pinky Pir’, is in her late 40s and has five children from her first marriage. She was married to a senior customs official in Islamabad but parted ways recently. She is a resident of Pakpattan district, some 250 km from Lahore, which is known for the shrine of Baba Farid Ganj Shakar. Khan had previously referred to Bushra as his “spiritual adviser” and someone whose guidance he valued. The wedding ceremony was attended by Khan’s mother-in law and other family members. His sisters though were not present, triggering rumours that he had not taken them into confidence . Khan, who led Pakistan to victory in the World Cup in 1992, was once touted as the country’s most eligible bachelor for his rugged Pathani good looks. Khan’s previous two marriages ended in divorce. His first marriage was with Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of a British billionaire, in 1995, which lasted nine years. Khan has two sons from her. His second marriage with TV anchor Reham Khan in 2015 ended after 10 months. Rumours about Khan’s third marriage started circulating in January. Sources said Khan was under immense pressure to disclose his marriage after a humiliating electoral defeat in Punjab’s Lodhran last week. “My interest in her lies in the fact that I have not seen or met anyone with her level of spirituality,” Khan said. —PTI the Golden Temple. The latter will be received by Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu at the Partition Museum. “The CM will not accompany Trudeau to the Golden Temple,” clarified an official spokesperson. Capt Amarinder said Punjab had deep roots in Canada, “where a large Punjabi community continued on page 7 /thetribunechd PNB crackdown widens ~22-cr jewellery seized, 7 properties attached; 3 more PNB officers held Rotomac scam pegged at ~3,695 cr; CBI, ED probe New Delhi, February 19 The crackdown on billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi and uncle Mehul Choksi intensified today with the ED seizing jewellery worth Rs 22 crore, the I-T department attaching seven properties, and the CBI grilling four senior executives of his company and arresting three more Punjab National Bank officers. Central Vigilance Commissioner KV Chowdary met senior PNB and finance ministry officials in connection with the Rs 11,400-crore fraud case. Enforcement Directorate chief Karnal Singh also flew down to Mumbai to review the PNB fraud-related antimoney laundering investigations, being conducted by a special team of the agency. The total value of gems and jewellery seized so far stands at Rs 5,671 crore. The Income Tax Department today attached seven properties of the Gitanjali group and its promoter Mehul Choksi in Mumbai. Official sources said ED sleuths searched Modi’s flat in the posh Samudra Mahal apartments in Worli. The Central probe agency also conducted searches at 38 other locations in several cities, including Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Thane, Kolkata, Delhi, Jammu, Lucknow, Bengaluru and Surat. While the ED is looking into the money laundering aspect of the Rs 11,400-crore scam, the CBI continued to focus on unravelling the mystery behind issuance of Letters of Understanding and Letters of Credit bypassing the bank’s regulatory mechanism. The agency today questioned Vipul Ambani, president (finance) of Modi’s Fire Star Diamond, its Chief Financial Officer Ravi Gupta, and executives Saurabh Sharma and Subhash Parab. continued on page 7 more reports back page EC: Tripura turnout 89.8% 22 years on, Haryana to hold student polls New Delhi, February 19 An impressive 89.8 per cent of the more than 25.73 lakh electorate came out to vote for the Assembly elections in Tripura on Sunday, the Election Commission said today. It had earlier put the figure at 78 per cent. In the last Assembly elections, the turnout was 91.82 per cent and in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, 84.32 per cent. The polling for 59 seats of the 60-member Assembly was held peacefully with Central paramilitary forces fanning across the northeastern state. The counting of votes is scheduled for March 3. — PTI New Delhi, February 19 of Commerce (Rs 97.47 crore), Days after the PNB scam, Indian Overseas Bank (Rs the banking sector took 771.07 crore) and Union Bank another big hit with Rotomac of India (Rs 458.95 crore), pen promoter Vikram according to CBI. Kothari allegedly swindling The CBI alleged that the Rs 3,695 crore from a consor- accused had cheated a contium of seven banks, prompt- sortium of seven banks by ing two Central siphoning off loans probe agencies to to the tune of Rs register cases 2,919 crore without against him and carinterest and bank ry out searches at his charges and the total premises in Kanpur. outstanding amount The banks involalong with liabilities ved in Rotomac’s was pegged at Rs case, in which the 3,695 crore. Vikram Kothari CBI as well as the ED The news of the have registered cases, with scam rattled the stock marthe defaulted loan amount in kets of these banks. The CBI brackets, are Bank of Baroda case names Kanpur-based (Rs 456.53 crore), Bank of Rotomac Global Pvt Limited, India (Rs 754.77 crore), Bank its director Vikram Kothari, of Maharashtra (Rs 49.82 wife Sadhana Kothari, son crore), Allahabad Bank (Rs Rahul Kothari and unknown 330.68 crore), Oriental Bank bank officials. — PTI No clarity whether direct, indirect elections Geetanjali Gayatri Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 19 Fulfilling its promise of holding students’ elections in Haryana’s universities and colleges four years after it found mention in the party’s election manifesto in 2014, the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government today revoked the 22-year-old ban by announcing their conduct in the 2018-19 session. Capt Bhupinder Singh, OSD to Chief Minister, said Khattar had taken the decision in view of the promise of the government made in the manifesto and following meetings and discussions held on this subject with student organisations. The student union elections would be conducted by September. The panel headed by Prof Tankeshwar Kumar, ViceChancellor, Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, in its interim report, had advocated indirect elections. It was unclear though whether the government would hold direct or indirect elections. continued on page 7 Top Punjab CM aide rejoins office Chandigarh: Five days after a Division Bench of Punjab and Haryana High Court stayed the Single Bench order quashing his appointment, retired bureaucrat Suresh Kumar on Monday rejoined as Chief Principal Secretary to the CM, ending speculation. PAGE 2 Navjot Sidhu’s adviser ‘eased out’ Chandigarh: Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has reportedly “dispensed with” the services of his adviser, retired bureaucrat Amar Singh. The latter had been calling the shots in the department, sources said. PAGE 2
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