05032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/5/2018 1:18 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, march 5, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 62 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Ultra,three ‘OGWs’shot inShopian firing:Army On brink of history /thetribunechd World record shot Suhail A Shah Anantnag, March 4 Three civilians, who the Army claimed were OverGround Workers of terror outfits, and a militant were killed tonight in a brief exchange of fire between the security forces and militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. The incident triggered clashes between locals and security forces in several parts of the district as the Army was accused of killing the civilians in cold blood. The Army, on the other hand, maintained that the civilians were OGWs (OverGround Workers) of militant outfits and were travelling in a car along with the slain ultra, identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Dar of Jamnagri in Shopian. The identity of the civilians was yet to be ascertained, a police official said. A defence statement said a mobile vehicle check post of the Army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles came under fire from militants in the Pahnoo area of Shopian. “The incident occurred at about 8 pm,” said Army spokesperson Rajesh Kalia. “The militants fired from the car. In retaliatory firing by the Army, a militant was killed and a weapon was found on him…. Three OGWs/accomplices accompanying the militant were also found dead,” said Kalia. The spokesperson said the police had reached the spot and legal proceedings were on. The Army has rushed additional troops to the spot and the entire area has been cordoned off. UK TRIBUNAL TO RULE ON BLUESTAR FILES A British tribunal will rule on a Freedom of Information request for classified UK Cabinet Office files that are believed to hold information on Britain’s involvement in Operation Bluestar in 1984. A three-day hearing of the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) will open in London on Tuesday. INSIDE Conrad Sangma’s oath tomorrow Bijay Sankar Bora Tribune News Service Chandigarh’s Shubhankar Sharma, 21, upstaged biggest names in golf on Saturday during the World Championship in Mexico and could potentially have a career-changing win. He also became first Indian to hold a 54-hole lead in the event. PAGE 14 Also in Mexico, unheralded Indian shooter Shahzar Rizvi clinched the gold medal with a world record score in his maiden ISSF World Cup appearance. The Meerut-based Rizvi shot a world record 242.3 in 10m air pistol event’s final. AFP PAGE 15 Out of power, Badals’ bus business has added power Fleet increases, as small transporters cry foul Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 4 In power, or out of power, the Badals’ transport business — often accused of indulging in high-handed and unfair trade practices at the cost of competition, mainly public transport — seems to be on a steady ascendancy. “Cartelisation” by the Badalowned bus companies was a charge often levelled by the Congress during the SADBJP rule and also became an election issue, much highlighted by AAP Now, despite . the Akali Dal’s first family being out of power for almost a year, their fleet of buses is increasing, it is learnt. According to sources, they have taken over control of all bus permits of one company at least, while talks are said to be in the final stages to buy permits of three other transporters. In total, the companies owned by the Badals are in the process of adding about 40 buses to their fleet of more than a thousand buses. Though the managers of the companies owned by the Badals remain tightlipped, the owner of DMS bus transport company, Amarjit Samra, a former Congress minister from Jalandhar, has confirmed the deal. He told The Tribune that his family was selling all the 14 bus permits of DMS to the Badals. Samra said the business was no longer viable for small transporters. However, he refuted that any deal was on to sell buses of another company, Prince Bus Service, where his family is a partner with another transporter. Similarly, owners of the Mansa-based Punjab Bus Service and Laddi Transport and Jalandhar-based Rajdeep Transport also denied talk of any ongoing deals. Though some operators and managers claimed reporting to the “new owners”, Teja Singh of Punjab Bus Service dismissed reports of the sale of his fleet of buses as rumours. The Transport Gazette weekly, the nodal publication for all transport-related notifications, carried a report on these deals in last week’s issue. Sources said the deals would be formally confirmed only once the full payment was made. Under rules, the change of ownership of bus route permits is to be notified in a newspaper. All such notifications appear in the Transport Gazette. The likely deals have ruffled feathers of small transporters. continued on page 7 FAREWELL Roger Bannister, first Javed Abidi, relentless under 4-minute miler crusader for disabled London, March 4 Roger Bannister, who has died aged 88, will live forever in the annals of athletics history as the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. British Prime Minister Theresa May led the tributes to the former athlete, who later became one of Europe’s leading neurologists. The recordbreaking run was on the Oxford University track during a local athletics meeting with only a few spectators witnessing the 25year-old Englishman’s destruction of the myth that no human being could run so fast. His achievement opened the physical and psychological door for many other milers who have since beaten his time of three minutes 59.4 seconds. Roger Gilbert Bannister, born in Harrow, a London suburb, on March 23, 1929, was a shy, gangling medical Meghalaya to have NPP-led coalition govt student who aimed to be an oarsman. But Bannister, 1.8 metres tall and weighing only 68 kg, was told he was too light to make a first-rate oarsman. So he turned to running and his new ambition became to win the 1,500 metres at the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952. Bannister started a fiveyear build-up in 1947 at the age of 17. He managed only the fourth place in Helsinki. He became the forgotten man of athletics, but set his sights on the 4minute-mile — a challenge which had fascinated athletes. And that he achieved on May 6, 1954. In August, Bannister captured the European 1,500 metres crown. Having qualified as a doctor, he retired to pursue his medical career. Bannister gave up his practice after a serious car accident and devoted himself to research. — Reuters Aditi Tandon Tribune news Service New Delhi, March 4 “The road ahead is tough but it sure looks like the journey of a lifetime” was the abiding message Javed Abidi, head of the Disability People’s International (DPI), gave to the global disability rights movement as long as he lived. When Abidi, 53, breathed his last today, the value of his message returned to inspire those who gathered to see this relentless crusader off to his final journey. Abidi encountered sudden death from severe respiratory failure and could not be resuscitated at a private hospital. Burial is scheduled for tomorrow morning. As curtains fell on an illustrious life, Abidi’s many victories in the face of odds streamed back and forth in the recesses of the mind. Diagnosed with spinal bifida as a child and confined to the wheel chair ever since, Abidi went to study in the US and returned to lead the nascent disability rights movement. He was in the forefront of the campaign for India’s first disability rights law — Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 and then to redo it as the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016 in line with the UN Convention which India ratified in 2007. As director of the National Centre for Employment for Persons with Disabilities, founder of the Disabilities Rights Group and chair, DPI, the world’s first successful cross disabilities endeavour, Abidi epitomised the popular disability movement message — “nothing about us without us”. He used every possible forum to ensure that governments engaged the continued on page 7 PAK GETS FIRST DALIT WOMAN SENATOR Kirshna Kumari Kolhi has become first-ever Hindu Dalit woman senator in the Muslim-majority country, the Pakistan People’s Party has said. Kolhi, 39, belongs to a remote village in Sindh province. P16 Guwahati, March 4 Uncertainty over the next government in Meghalaya, which threw up a fractured mandate, is over and the stage is set for a non-Congress coalition government led by the National People’s Party (NPP), to be headed by Lok Sabha MP Conrad Sangma, son of the late Purna A Sangma, the NPP founder. Conrad is slated to be sworn in on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Congress, the single largest party with 21 seats in the 60-member House, also met Governor Ganga Prasad. But it failed to garner the support of non-BJP , non-NPP regional parties. The regional parties led by the United Democratic Party (UDP), which won six seats, opted for a non-Congress government and extended support to the NPP that won 19 , seats, on the condition that the coalition government would be headed by Conrad Sangma. Besides the UDP the NPP, led government has the support of the BJP with two MLAs, the People’s Democratic Front with four MLAs, All set for NDPP-BJP govt in Nagaland Kohima: Three-time Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has the majority and should form the next government, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya said on Sunday after he had met the NDPP leader, who claimed he had the support of 32 MLAs in the 60-member Assembly. Acharya said he had asked Rio to submit the signatures of all 32 MLAs. The NDPP and the BJP have won 18 and 12 seats, respectively. PTI . Hill State People’s Democratic Party with two MLAs and Independent Samuel Sangma. In all, the coalition has 34 MLAs in its fold. Polls were held for 59 seats. “More MLAs are likely to join. Except the Congress, all others will be there in the government,” said BJP key strategist Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma. A Congress Legislature Party meeting elected outgoing CM Dr Mukul Sangma as their leader. In Tripura, meanwhile, 35 MLAs of BJP and eight of ally IPFT will meet on March 6 to elect their leader. edit: North-Eastsaffronised Abandoning milch cow to attract fine in Haryana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 4 Abandoning milch cows will soon attract a fine in Haryana with the state government working on enacting a law to punish the guilty. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, addressing a press conference here today, said his government had already enacted the “Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan” Act for protecting cows. Also, the government had tagged cattle in gaushalas to track their location. “Similarly, we will tag domestic cattle in homes. This will help ascertain ownership if the cattle is abandoned. This done, abandoning cattle will attract a fine of Rs 5,000,” he explained. Seeking the support of people in effective implementation of the drive to protect livestock, the Chief Minister said: “We achieve our target in cities and declare them cattle-free. However, residents abandon their cattle and their number keeps growing. We need to check that.” The BJP government in the state had imposed a ban on beef in 2015, followed by a ban on cow slaughter in the state.
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