09032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/9/2018 1:15 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, march 9, 2018 late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 66 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Fresh ~321-cr fraud case against Nirav /thetribunechd SC restores Hadiya’s marriage, her ‘right’ Empowering New Delhi, March 8 The CBI on Thursday said it has registered a fresh case against diamantaire Nirav Modi for causing a loss of Rs 321 crore to Punjab National Bank (PNB) by availing different credit facilities between 2013 and 2017. According to a Central Bureau of Investigation official, the case was registered following a fresh complaint. Former finance president of Nirav Modi’s Firestar Diamonds International Ltd Vipul Ambani, chief finance officer Ravi Gupta, other directors and officials, and unidentified public servants of the bank were also named in the complaint, he said. CBI SUMMONS AGAIN The CBI has sent fresh summons to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi to join probe as early as possible and made it clear that they were “obliged” to cooperate with the probe agency, officials said. This came as Choksi, in an e-mail reply to a CBI’s notice, said it was “impossible” for him to return and join investigation due to suspension of his passport and ill-health. PTI This is the second CBI case in which Nirav has been named. The bank alleged that during its internal investigation, it had spotted circular transactions between the Niravpromoted partnership firms — Solar Exports, Stellar Diamonds and Diamond R Us — and Firestar group. The head office of the bank had declared the accounts of Firestar Diamonds and Firestar International as fraud and reported it to the RBI on Sunday, it said. Nirav, along with uncle Mehul Choksi of Gitanjali Group, has been accused of defrauding the PNB of Rs 12,600 crore, with Rs 1,300 crore being added to the fraud kitty on February 26. — IANS NIA probe into ‘systematic conversion’ to continue Satya Prakash Tribune News Service President Ram Nath Kovind presents the Nari Shakti Puraskar to Sindhutai Sapkal at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday. The Maharashtra-based social activist is known for her work in raising orphaned children. A total of 39 awards were presented. PTI TDP ministers quit Modi Cabinet Special status: PM, Naidu fail to break ice; party with NDA for now Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 8 A day after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s dramatic late-night announcement, TDP ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet — Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology YS Chowdary — today tendered their resignations citing “unavoidable circumstances”. The party will, however, continue to be a part of the BJP-led NDA, the two said after submitting their resignations to Modi, who earlier spoke to Naidu in an apparent bid to convince him to reconsider his decision. TDP leaders, who said they were acting as per the “par- Ashok Gajapathi Raju YS Chowdary ty’s directions”, reiterated their demands, including a “special status” for the state. Chowdary recounted meeting the PM, saying: “I do not think it is fair on our part to expect the PM to deal with these issues. It is for the ministries concerned to take up… already considerable amount of time has lapsed.” The PM called the resignations “unfortunate”, he said. “We will be happy when marriages happen, not when divorces happen. It is not a good move, but unfortunately due to unavoidable circumstances we had to take this move. We are stepping down as ministers, but our president has said we will continue to be a part of NDA,” Chowdary added. Meanwhile, senior BJP leaders, while dismissing allegations of taking allies “for granted”, claim “they saw it coming. The TDP demands were unreasonable and the BJP is prepared to go solo in Andhra Pradesh”. There is more to the TDP story than what meets the eye, they say, alluding to TDP chief’s “personal political ambitions” as one of the causes. The leaders claim the decision to pull out ministers was “a well-thought-of plan and it was decided that the separation should be in steps to gauge the ground situation”. Meanwhile, there is speculation of TDP’s main rival — YSR Congress led by Jagan Mohan Reddy — cozying up to the BJP Also, this is not the . first time the TDP has walked out of the NDA or an ally accused the BJP of “high-handedness”. Besides the Shiv Sena, there have been reminders about the “coalition dharma” from other allies, including the SAD. ‘Sexual abuse rampant’ in Punjab Police IG says complaint panels formed in all police districts, but dire steps needed to check menace Nikhil Bhardwaj ‘FOUL LANGUAGE USED OFTEN AT WORKPLACE’ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 8 Sexual harassment at workplace is widespread in Punjab Police and drastic steps need to be taken to curb the menace, said IG-Provisioning Gurpreet Deo at a state-level police conference on International Women’s Day today. Deo, who heads the internal complaints committee dealing with sexual harassment cases, said: “Such cases come to light regularly in the police department and there is a need to take serious steps to curb the menace. Internal complaint committees have been formed in each police district and commissionerate where women cops can file their complaints. In a complaint to DGP-Modernisation and Administration MK Tiwari, women cops alleged that SHO and ASI-rank officers often used abusive language in their presence at police stations, making the work environment non-conducive for them. This poses a serious challenge, especially when officials at police stations have been asked to be polite with public. U’khand ex-DGP Kanchan Bhattacharya (R) being honoured by (from L) RN Dhoke, Police Commissioner; Gurpreet Deo, IG, and Anita Punj, PPA Director. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN The guilty will not be spared.” Recently, a woman constable complained against a Fazilka DSP accusing him of sexually , harassing her by calling up at odd hours and using offensive language, she said. “When the matter was brought to the committee, we initiated a probe and the DSP was imme- diately taken off field duty.” The woman cop later withdrew her complaint, apparently under duress. In the inquiry, however, the allega- tions against the DSP were found to be true and the officer will now have to face the law, she said. A Bathinda ASI is also facing similar allegations and he too has been taken off field duty by the DGP , the IG asserted. While 27 internal complaint committees are currently functional in the state, some shortcomings, like some being headed by male officers or staff shortage, had been noticed and these were being sorted out. DGP-Modernisation and Administration MK Tiwari said a loan was being sought from HUDCO to build 100 scientifically-designed police stations. Only 180 police stations in the state met architectural parameters, he said. 4 bio-sanitary pads for ~10 at Jan Aushadhi centres Govt chooses International Women’s Day to launch centrally-sourced-and-distributed pads Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 8 Menstrual hygiene just took centrestage. After months of debate around exempting sanitary napkins from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) net, the government today chose the occasion of International Women’s Day to launch centrally-sourced and distributed low-cost biodegradable sanitary pads for anyone who would care to use. A set of four such pads will cost Rs 10 and will be easy to use and dispose of on account of biodegradability. Called “Suvidha”, these will be sold through the government’s drug dispensing stores called Jan Aushadhi Kendras. There are 3,200 such kendras across 586 districts today — a massive expansion from 99 similar outlets in 2014. The launch is revolutionary for India’s ongoing cleanli- ness campaign and also for its virtually negligible cost. One pad will cost just Rs 2.50 as against the current average cost of Rs 8 for a nonbiodegradable napkin of companies like Whisper, Stayfree and Carefree. Launching the product close on the heels of release of Akshay Kumar-starrer Padman, which helped focus attention on the issue, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananth Kumar said, “These napkins will address three challenges of health, convenience and cleanliness — swasthya, suvidha and swachhta.” He also cited the prices of a set of four napkins currently being marketed by the above mentioned players and added, “No woman would now have to use unhygienic health accessories for the want of being unable to afford these.” The availability of low-cost Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Bathinda Tribune. health products in the form of sanitary napkins is the fourth in the line of other similar products whose prices were slashed over the recent past. These include 800 drug formulations to cure a range of non-communicable diseases, cardiac stents and orthopaedic implants. The Central Government is now reviewing possibilities of capping the prices of ocular lenses. New Delhi, March 8 The Supreme Court today set aside a Kerala High Court order that annulled the marriage of Akhila Asokan, alias Hadiya, with Shafin Jahan — that was termed as an instance of “love jihad”, creating a political storm in the state. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra — which had in August last year ordered the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter — however made it clear that the agency would carry on with its probe into the alleged larger conspiracy of systematic religious conversion for “love jihad” funded by foreign agencies. Akhila converted to Islam, became Hadiya, and married Shafin Jahan, but their marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court on May 25, 2017. While hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by her father KM Asokan, a Division Bench of the High Court had termed their marriage a “sham” and placed her in the protective custody of her parents. Jahan challenged the HC verdict in the top court. On November 27 last year, the top court sent her back to A file photo of Hadiya and husband Shafin Jahan. her Homoeopathic Medical College in Tamil Nadu from her parents’ custody, saying the HC should not have annulled the marriage in habeas corpus proceedings initiated by her father. The Bench, which pronounced the operative part of its verdict this afternoon, based its order on the statement by Hadiya, who appeared before it in November and stated that she married Jahan of her own volition. “Hadiya is free to pursue her future endeavours in life according to law,” said the Bench, which also included Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. Earlier, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh and senior counsel Shaym Divan contended that it was necessary that the consent be direct and free for a valid marriage. But the Bench said, “We cannot go into the neurological aspect of consent. The purpose of Article 226 is to keep a right alive and not to strangle a right.” On behalf of Jahan, senior counsel Kapil Sibal contended that the HC could not have suo motu proceeded to nullify a marriage in habeas corpus proceedings. No third party could move court in respect of marriage between two consenting adults, he added. Aarushi case: CBI moves SC challenging acquittal of Talwars France to ‘name and shame’ companies that pay women less New Delhi: The CBI on Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging the acquittal of dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the sensational 2008 twin murder case of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The move came months after Hemraj’s wife had in December last year approached the top court against the Allahabad High Court verdict of October 12 last year acquitting the couple. PTI Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron marked International Women’s Day with a pledge to “name and shame” companies that pay women less than men for the same work. He announced to “drastically” increase inspections of companies. The World Economic Forum last year ranked France 11th out of 144 countries for gender equality but a dismal 129th for wage equality for similar work. AFP
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