07032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/7/2018 1:25 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday, march 7, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 64 | 34 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd R’sthan extends loan waiver to all farmers Tripura fallout PTI Jaipur: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday said in the Assembly that in addition to small and marginal farmers, the crop loan waiver scheme would be extended to all farmers who had availed loans up to ~50,000 from cooperative banks. The CM also said there would be no toll tax on private vehicles on state highways from April 1. TNS Two statues of Communist icon Vladimir Lenin were brought down in Tripura, two days after CPM was defeated after 25 years in power by the BJP and ally IPFT. Even as CM-designate Biplab Deb said those indulging in violence would be punished, Governor Tathagata Roy said “what one democratically elected government can do, another can undo”. BACK PAGE EDIT: VIOLENCE IN TRIPURA No SC relief, Karti Killer of Amritsar with CBI for 3 days outfit leader in net New Delhi, March 6 A CBI court today extended the custody of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, by three days for questioning by the Central Bureau of Investigation in an alleged money laundering case related to INX Media, even as the Supreme Court refused to grant Karti interim protection from arrest by the Enforcement Directorate. The top court asked the ED and the CBI to file their responses on a fresh plea by Karti against the probe. A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said its order will not come in the way of proceedings being conducted before any court, listing the matter for March 8. In his submission before Special CBI Judge Sunil Rana at the end of Karti’s five-day custody, CBI’s counsel Tushar Mehta said new revelations had come up and Kar- Saraj claimed he shot Vipan Sharma Karti Chidambaram reacts as he leaves Patiala House Courts. PTI ti’s custodial interrogation was necessary. He said though there had been a substantial progress in the case over the last four days, Karti had not been cooperating with the agency. “He has not given his phone passwords and to every question he has been saying ‘I am politically victimised’. Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi said the CBI wanted to keep Karti in custody by hook or by crook. — TNS Jalandhar, March 6 The Punjab Police today arrested dreaded criminal Saraj Singh Sandhu, wanted in the killing of Hindu Sangharsh Sena leader Vipan Sharma. The 45-year-old rightwing activist was shot dead in broad daylight in Bharat Nagar locality of Amritsar on October 30 last year. A CCTV footage showed Sandhu pumping bullets into Sharma. The AIG, Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU), HPS Khakh, said Sandhu was nabbed near the Bidhipur railway crossing close to the Jalandhar-Amritsar highway at 6.15 am today. He was carrying two latest pistols and ammunition. The AIG said on September 1 last year, Saraj and his men had freed criminal Shubham Singh at Rayya while he was being taken to Amritsar courts in a bus, injuring ASI Sukhjin- der Singh, who resisted them. Shubham’s father Baljinder Singh, alias Kalu, a suspended police constable, was murdered some time ago. He suspected that Vipan Sharma had helped his father’s killer Simranjit Singh. Shubham, therefore, conspired with Saraj Singh to eliminate him. Saraj, who carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh, was an accused in several cases, including murder, extortion, drug peddling, robbery and bank dacoity. Despite his long criminal record, it is the first time that Sandhu has been arrested. “He has confessed to his role in the drug trade along with friends Jaggu Bhagwan Purian and Bobby Malhotra, lodged in Hoshiarpur and Amritsar jails,” the AIG said. Sandhu had claimed responsibility for Sharma’s killing on Facebook. — TNS 31off for wedding killed in Gujarat Ahmedabad: Thirty-one members of a wedding party, including two children, were killed and an equal number injured when the truck they were travelling in fell off a bridge into a 20-footdeep dry water channel near Ranghola village in Saurashtra on Tuesday. On the Rajkot-Bhavnagar highway, the driver lost control of the vehicle that fell off the bridge, killing 31 passengers, including the parents of the groom. About 60 persons were travelling by the truck. Twenty-two of those killed belonged to Aniyali village. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced an ex gratia of ~4 lakh each to next of kin of those killed. TNS Students taking exam told centre shifted Qadian school says move aimed at helping cheating, MLA denies charge Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Qadian (Gurdaspur), March 6 A controversy has erupted in Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary’s home district Gurdaspur with the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) shifting the local AVM Senior Secondary School exam centre to SN Collegiate Senior Secondary School, allegedly at the behest of the local MLA. At least 250 students of Qadian’s Khalsa Senior Secondary School were taking their Plus Two exam at AVM Bhaker wins second gold in 2 days 16-yr-old from Jhajjar shoots way to World Cup glory in air pistol event Summons to ICICI, Axis Bank CEOs Mumbai: ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar and her Axis Bank counterpart Shikha Sharma have been summoned by the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) in connection with the over ~12,000-crore PNB scam. The SFIO has started seeking details from lenders with exposure to the firms promoted by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. PAGE 14 /thetribunechd school when suddenly, on the instructions of the school board, they were told to shift to SN collegiate. The family of Rajya Sabha MP Partap Singh Bajwa has stakes in the Khalsa school management. The MP himself is the manager of the school governing committee. His younger brother, Fatehjung Bajwa, is Qadian MLA. AVM school manager Guriqbal Singh Mahal claimed they had strictly enforced measures to prevent cheating. “This infuriated the legislator, students and their parents. Consequently, the centre was changed. This means now students of SN collegiate will be taking exams at Khalsa school and vice versa in violation of board rules — a perfect recipe for cheating,” Mahal, who has shot off letters to the CM and senior board officials, alleged. Denying the charge, MLA Fatehjung said: “The AVM authorities ‘misbehaved’ with students following which I stepped in. I am against the scourge of cheating. The AVM manager is needlessly trying to create a controversy.” Dismissing the MLA’s allegation, Mahal suggested that CCTV footage could be checked to ascertain if his staff had misbehaved with any student. “DEO (Primary) Salwinder Singh visited our centre prior to the exam. He was highly appreciative,” he claimed. While Rakesh Bala, DEO (Secondary), Gurdaspur, said she had ordered the centre be shifted after she received a message from PSEB secretary Hargunjit Kaur, the latter said she had got a call from the Secretary, Education. Today’s issue is of 34 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers, six-page Chandigarh Tribune and six-page Life+Style. New Delhi, March 6 The sensational Manu Bhaker, all of 16, shot her way to a second successive gold medal in a mixed team event as India consolidated their position at the top in the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. Partnering Om Prakash Mitharval, the teenager clinched the 10m air pistol mixed team title, a day after she won the women’s 10m air pistol individual gold on what is turning out to be a memorable senior World Cup debut. The 11th standard student from Jhajjar, Haryana, could be the youngest ever to win senior World Cup gold medals for India though the National Rifle Association of India could not confirm it. Also, the duo of Deepak Kumar and Mehuli Ghosh Manu Bhaker (right) and Om Prakash Mitharval pose with medals after winning the 10m air pistol mixed team gold in Mexico. PTI won the country its sixth medal of the competition — a bronze in the 10m air rifle mixed team event. For someone who took to shooting just a little over two years ago, winning two gold medals in a global event of this magnitude would easily qualify as some achievement for Bhaker. Shooting happened to her by chance after a brush with contact sports (boxing, martial arts). Asked about her penchant for winning medals with record-breaking feats, the unassuming pistol shooter said, “It just happens. I don’t think about them. At times, I don’t even know what the records are.” In December, she won the 10m air pistol event, outclassing the highly experienced Heena Sidhu at the 61st National Shooting Championship in Thiruvanthapuram where she broke Heena’s long-standing national record. She won a staggering 15 medals, including nine gold. Bhaker’s tryst with shooting began when her father took her to the range and asked her to try her hand at the sport. She fired a few shots that found the centre of the target and the rest is history. — PTI Centre hints at extending March 31 Aadhaar deadline for banks, mobiles SC: Parliamentarians fixing their own salaries ‘ethical’ and ‘moral’ issue New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday hinted at extending the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phone numbers beyond March 31 after the petitioners against the unique identification number brought up the matter before the apex court. Senior counsel Shyam Divan told a five-judge Supreme Court Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra in the morning that the deadline for Aadhaar-linking was nearing and the case was unlikely to be decided by then. Therefore, it should be extended. However, the Bench said it would consider it when Attorney General KK Venugopal was present. In the afternoon, the AG said the government had in the past extended the deadline and it was open to extend it. “We are only in the first week of March… Let’s see how the case progresses.” The deadline was last extended in December. TNS New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said parliamentarians determining their salary and perks themselves was a “moral” and “ethical issue” and sought data on how much amount was spent on pension and other facilities provided to former lawmakers. The apex court observed this while hearing a petition which has raised several questions, including how MPs could themselves determine their salaries and also sought scrapping of pension. Attorney General KK Venugopal told a Bench that the Finance Bill2018 contained provisions regarding revision of allowances every five years starting April 1, 2023, on the basis of cost inflation index. On setting up of an independent mechanism for determination of salaries and allowances of the MPs, he said elaborate procedures were already being followed for fixing the salary. PTI
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