22022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/22/2018 1:17 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, february 22, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 52 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd ❝ What an honour to be so well received at such a beautiful, meaningful place. We are filled with grace and humility. — Justin Trudeau, IN VISITORS’ BOOK AT GOLDEN TEMPLE /thetribunechd L-G sends report to MHA, 2 AAP MLAs sent to Tihar New Delhi, February 21 Even as the ruling Aam Aadmi Party cried foul over the arrest of two of its MLAs — mentioning them as being from the “Dalit and minority communities” — for allegedly attacking Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal today submitted a report to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in this regard. A senior MHA official said: “The criminal aspects of the case are being taken care of by the Delhi Police, while the ministry is looking into administrative issues like misbehaviour with a government servant.” Based on the report, the official said the ministry “is also looking into the working relations between bureaucrats and the political Amanatullah Khan Prakash Jarwal executive” of the Delhi Government. The official refused to divulge details, but while referring to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement yesterday said “justice will be done”. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police got a jolt with a city court rejecting its plea for custodial interrogation of arrested AAP MLAs. The two were sent to judicial custody in Tihar Jail till tomorrow, when the court would hear their bail pleas, as the police sought time to reply. The court said the grounds for judicial custody were justified as there were numerous cases against the accused MLAs. Earlier, a medical report confirmed that the Chief Secretary sustained an injury on the lower lip, had pain in the neck and ears, and mild swelling on the right side of the face. Rejecting the assault charge, AAP leader Ashutosh said the top bureaucrat had not produced evidence against the MLAs, and yet the two were arrested. AAP MP Sanjay Singh said the police were yet to take action over the assault on Minister Imran Hussain and Delhi Dialogue Commission’s vice-chairman Ashish Khetan at the Delhi Secretariat despite video proof. edit: not done Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and members of his family prepare langar at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS Do not support separatists, EPF rate cut by 0.1% to 8.55% Canadian PM assures Capt Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 21 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today said his country did not support any separatist movement in India or elsewhere, even as Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh handed over a list of nine Canadabased operatives allegedly promoting radicalism. The two leaders held a 40minute meeting at a hotel here after Trudeau — along with his wife and two children, all dressed in traditional attire — paid obeisance at the Golden Temple, underlining the significance of the large and influential Sikh and Punjabi community settled in Canada. Trudeau will hold talks on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. There was speculation on whether a meeting between Capt Amarinder and Trudeau would take place, but the CM cleared the air days before the Canadian premier’s arrival here. During their meeting, Capt Amarinder sought the Canadian PM’s cooperation in cracking down on separatism and hate crime by a fringe element, constituting a miniscule percentage of Canada’s population. The Punjab CM also handed over to Trudeau a list of nine Category “A” Canadabased operatives allegedly involved in hate crimes in Punjab by financing and supplying weapons for ter- PM Trudeau and Capt Amarinder shake hands in Amritsar. BIG RELIEF TO ALL OF US, SAYS AMARINDER ❝ Really happy to receive categorical assurance from Canadian PM that his country does not support any separatist movement. His words are a big relief to all of us — Capt Amarinder Singh, PUNJAB CM rorist activities, and also engaged in radicalising youth here. Citing the separatist movement in Quebec, Trudeau said he had dealt with such threats all his life and was fully aware of the dangers of violence, which he had always pushed back with all his might, said Chief Minister’s media adviser Raveen Thukral after the meeting. Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan and Punjab Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present at the meeting. Capt Amarinder shook hands with Sajjan during the talks. Last year, he had refused to meet the Canadian Defence Minister when he visited Punjab, accusing him of being a “Khalistani sympathiser”. The CM raised the issue of Indo-Canadians believed to be involved in targeted killings in Punjab, urging Trudeau to take cognisance and initiate stern action. Trudeau promised to address all concerns, saying he looked forward to closer ties with India, particularly with Punjab. Capt Amarinder also called for cooperation between India and Canada on the issues of terrorism, crime and drugs, while seeking greater sharing of relevant information in the interest of national and international security. Responding to concerns raised in some quarters on reports of human rights violations, the Punjab CM said any aberrations were always dealt with strictly, with even policemen being sent to jail by courts in such cases. A press release said the two leaders agreed on the importance of strengthening cooperation between their countries across various areas of bilateral relations, with the CM expressing Punjab’s keenness to engage with Canada in several vital domains related to economic cooperation. Capt Amarinder urged Trudeau to take steps to push investment by Canadian businesses in Punjab and the two agreed to collaborate through joint projects. With a large Punjabi diaspora settled in Canada, and some even finding place in Trudeau’s Cabinet, relations between India and Canada continue to get stronger, he added. Capt Amarinder also presented his books to the PM, besides a Phulkari “dupatta” and a shawl to Trudeau’s wife. He also presented gifts for their children. more reports page 2 Now, pvt docs can teach in govt colleges MCI allows specialists/consultants as faculty for hospitals set for upgrade Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 21 For the first time in the country’s history, private doctors and specialists practising in the field will teach medicine in government-run colleges. The Medical Council of India (MCI), through amendments to the rules governing teaching eligibility, has enabled equation of consultants and specialists to professors and associate professors, provided the persons concerned fulfil standards laid for such equation. Changes to the “Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions Regulations, 1998” pave the way for private practising doctors to apply for teaching positions. The unique provision will only be allowed for consultants and specialists to teach in 58 government district hospitals that are to be upgraded to medical colleges as per Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Budget announcements. This year, the FM announced upgrade of 24 more district government hospitals. The amended MCI teaching regulations say any consultant or specialist with more than 18 years of experi- ence and four publications in indexed journals as first authors can be equated to a “professor” for teaching in a government district hospital to be upgraded as a medical college. Such a specialist would be called “designate professor” and upon completion of three years as faculty would be called “professor”. Likewise, the conditions needed to equate consultants and specialists teaching in a government district hospital to be upgraded as a medical college with associate professors will be — more than 10 years’ experience and two research papers in indexed journals as the first author. The designation will be “associate professor”. The MCI notification clarifies that the equation of designations is a one-time provision for the non-teaching government district hospitals which are sought to be strengthened as medical colleges and teaching hospitals. The government had earlier asked the MCI to amend regulations for provision of faculty for 58 government district hospitals which are to be upgraded. Current MCI conditions are very stringent and do not provide for equated designations. New Delhi, February 21 Retirement fund body EPFO today lowered the rate of interest on Employees Provident Fund to 8.55 per cent for its six crore subscribers for 2017-18. The rate of interest last fiscal was 8.65 per cent. “It is difficult to evaluate about the future in view of the present economic scenario. We paid 8.65 per cent last fiscal, which left a sur- GSTR-3B filing simplified New Delhi: The GST Network has simplified the filing of sales return form 3B whereby businesses will now be able to see input tax credit balance on the forms. “One area where a few taxpayers were making errors frequently was utilisation of input tax credit and computation of balance payment in cash,” GSTN CEO said. PTI plus of Rs 695 crore. This year, we have decided to recommend 8.55 per cent for 2017-18, which will leave a surplus of Rs 586 crore,” Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said after EPFO trustees’ meet. Gangwar said he expected the Finance Ministry to give concurrence to the 8.55 per cent rate of interest at the CBT meeting. — PTI Pak copter flies close to Poonch LoC Amir Karim Tantray Tribune News Service Jammu, February 21 A Pakistan army helicopter came within 300 metres of the Line of Control (LoC) in Gulpur area of Poonch sector this morning. Under the norms, an aircraft cannot fly within 1 km of the LoC on either side. According to the Indian Army, the helicopter was seen along the LoC between 9.45 am and 10 am. Though there were reports of another airspace violation around 1.30 pm, the Army denied it. “A Pakistani helicopter came here 300 metres on the LoC on their side and went back. The incident occurred in the general area of Poonch. There was no firing or any hostile action by any side,” said a New Delhi-based Army spokesperson. “There was only one occurrence between 9.45 am and 10 am.” The incident occurred in the Gulpur area, where the Army had on Monday foiled a Border Action Team (BAT) attempt to infiltrate militants by killing an armed intruder. The Army had recovered a huge cache of arms. In October, Pakistani helicopters were seen in Nowshera sector, but the Army denied any airspace violation. On August 29, 2016, Pakistani helicopters had crossed the International Border in Arnia sector, prompting the BSF to lodge a complaint.
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