27022018-TTC-01.qxd 2/27/2018 1:25 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, february 27, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 57 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd ‘Drowned after she lost consciousness’ Sword of Honour /thetribunechd TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR Dubai clearances delay return of body even as Indian diplomats were engaged in completing New Delhi, February 26 paperwork and obtaining The Dubai medical authori- necessary clearances. ties today mentioned “acciSpeaking to The Tribune, dental drawning (drown- Indian Ambassador to UAE ing)” as the cause of Navdeep Suri said: “We are Bollywood actor Sridevi’s trying our best to see if the death on Saturday night mortal remains of the actor although reports of a cardiac can be flown back as soon arrest had been doing the as possible. But not all rounds so far. things are under our conIn a subsequent tweet by the trol. Medical and police Dubai government’s official procedures are underway.” handle, the word “accidental” After the completion of prowas removed and cedures, the body only “drowning” will be handed was mentioned as over to the Indian the cause of death. authorities and Sridevi was then sent for found dead by her embalming before husband and film being sent to the producer Boney airport for the jourKapoor in the ney back home. bathtub of her “Officials of the hotel room where consulate have Sridevi they had been been on this since staying for a family wedding. yesterday and have been in “Following the completion constant touch with the of post-mortem analysis at seniormost officials of the the Dubai police headquar- Dubai police so as to expedite ters, it was stated that the the process. An official of the death occurred due to drown- Indian consulate has been at ing in her hotel apartment’s the police station with the bathtub following loss of con- family. There is also an Arabicsciousness. Dubai police have speaking official so that there transferred the case to the are no interpretation issues. Dubai public prosecution, We are doing whatever we can which will carry out regular to ensure this happens as legal procedures followed in smoothly as possible,” such cases,” said the Dubai Ambassador Suri said. He latgovernment media channel. er took to Twitter to request the The actor’s mortal remains Indian media to avoid “the could not be flown back to India frenzy of speculation”. Smita Sharma Tribune News Service Delhi HC sets up 2 special courts to try lawmakers Satya Prakash DESIGNATED JUDGES Tribune News Service Firdous Ahmad Khan holds the Sword of Honour presented by the 15 Corps Commander, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, at passing-out parade at Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry Regimental Centre in Srinagar on Monday. As many as 219 recruits from J&K donned the Army uniform. Govt considers R’sthan to seize raising duty on illegal bovine wheat import trade vehicles Free viral load testing a year for HIV+ve New Delhi, February 26 The government is considering raising import duty on wheat from the current 20 per cent to discourage cheap shipments and give positive price signals to farmers. Harvesting of the wheat crop has begun in some states like Gujarat and will pick up pace after Holi. “There is no concern aboutproduction. We have enough buffer stock. But the issue is how we protect farmers and ensure they get at least the MSP an official said. — PTI ,” New Delhi, February 26 Health Minister JP Nadda today launched free viral load testing services for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV). The initiative will provide free-of-cost viral load testing to 12 lakh PLHIVs on treatment in the country at least once a year. Viral load test is used to monitor the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment (ART). It measures the amount of HIV genetic material in the blood. India has 21.17 lakh PLHIVs. — TNS Jaipur, February 26 Vehicles used in illegal bovine transport will be seized and the accused arrested under the new amendments to the state law proposed by the BJP government in Rajasthan. It has approved an amendment to the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995, under which vehicles used in illegal transport of bovine animals would be seized. — PTI New Delhi, February 26 The Delhi High Court has set up two special courts to try lawmakers facing criminal cases from March 1, 2018. In an administrative order dated February 23, the High Court has designated Delhi High Judicial Service Officer Arvind Kumar and Delhi Judicial Service Officer Samar Vishal as Special Judges to preside over the two special courts. The order comes two-and-ahalf months after the Supreme Court asked the government to set up 12 special courts to try lawmakers facing criminal cases and ensure that these courts became functional from March 1. According to an estimate, one special court can dispose of 165 cases in a year. Kumar is already a Special CBI Judge handling cases relating to the Prevention of Corruption Act, while Vishal is the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate. Both will function from the Patiala House Court Complex in New Delhi and would deal with cases against MPs and MLAs. The High Court ordered that the cases pending against MPs/MLAs in different courts be transferred to the two spe- Delhi High Judicial Service Officer Arvind Kumar Delhi Judicial Service Officer Samar Vishal cial courts before March 1. These cases needed to be put on fast track “and endeavour be made to dispose of the same within a year”, it said. A Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on December 14, 2017, asked the government to ensure that 12 special courts proposed to be set up to try lawmakers facing criminal cases start functioning by March 1 next year. The top court is likely to take up the main issue of lifetime ban on convicted politicians on March 7. The order had come on a PIL filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking a lifetime ban on contesting of polls by convicted politicians. The top court had in December given two months to the Centre to collect information about the cases pending against elected representatives across India. There were 1,581 lawmakers with criminal cases pending against them at the time continued on page 7 9,500 NBFCs on high-risk list in public domain now New Delhi, February 26 As part of the anti-tax evasion measures of the government, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has made public a massive list of around 9,500 non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) which have been categorised as high-risk financial institutions. The FIU, under the Finance Ministry, released the list of NBFCs which it categorised as ‘high risk financial institutions’ on account of noncompliance with the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and PML Rules, which is non-registration of a principal officer as on January 31. Under the Act, all NBFCs are required to appoint a principal officer and report suspicious and cash transactions of over Rs 10 lakh to the Financial Intelligence Unit. While the move will buttress the anti-evasion steps against black money, it may have its own disruptive impact on spooking the economic activity and the lending ecosystem of NBFCs. The activities of NBFCs post the demonetisation of large currency notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 in November, 2016, have been under the scanner of the government and the recent exercise is similar to the weeding out carried out for shell companies. — TNS Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune.
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