12032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/12/2018 1:27 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, march 12, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 69 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd China makes Xi Prez for life Red sea Most powerful leader after Mao; only two ‘no’ votes cast out of 3,000 Nearly 35,000 farmers, led by Left organisation All-India Kisan Sabha, enter Mumbai as part of their five-day march from Nashik in support of their debt waiver demand on Sunday. Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the city as the protesters plan to gherao the Maharashtra Vidhan Bhavan on Monday. PTI REPORT PAGE 7 BJPpicks Lt Gen Vats for Haryana RS seat Sushil Manav Tribune News Service Chandigarh, march 11 Lt Gen DP Vats (retd) has been chosen by the BJP for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Haryana going to polls on March 23. Dr Anil Jain, in charge of the BJP in Haryana, has been nominated from Uttar Pradesh. Lt Gen Vats hails from Hisar and retired as Director- cumCommandant of the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune. On May 11, 2011, the then CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda had appointed him chairman of the Haryana Public Service Commission. Denied a Congress ticket in the 2014 Assembly polls, he had joined the BJP . At present, Lt Gen Vats is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Adviser at Maharaja Agarsen Medical College and Research Institute at Agroha in Hisar. Lt Gen Vats is a member of state working committee of the BJP now. Dr Anil Jain hails from Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh and is considered to be close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah. His name was also being discussed as a candidate from Haryana, but sources said with the state Assembly polls due next year, the ruling party did not want to give an impression that an outsider had been nominated. Chennai: The ISRO on Sunday said it is aiming for an April launch of the Chandrayaan-2 satellite to the moon. This time it plans to send a rover to explore the lunar surface. If the April launch of Chandrayaan-2, the country’s second mission to the moon, is not possible, then the ISRO will aim for a launch by October. The Chandrayaan-2 satellite would comprise an orbiter, lander and six-wheeled rover which would move around the landing site and instruments on it would send back data that would be useful in analysing the lunar soil. After reaching the lunar orbit, the lander housing the rover will separate from the orbiter. After a controlled descent, the lander will soft-land on the lunar surface at a specified site and deploy the rover. ISRO said scientists were also gearing up for the launch of communication satellite GSAT6 on-board GSLV-F08, scheduled later this month. PTI Xi Jinping applauds after the amendment lifting term limit. REUTERS managed while in office. Additionally, clauses were included to give a legal framework to a new super anti-corruption department. Only two “no” votes were cast, with three abstentions, from almost 3,000 delegates. The room erupted into loud applause when the result of the vote was passed. Xi swiftly consolidated power after taking over as party chief in late 2012, and the move to lift the presidential term limits is not unexpected. He began his second five-year term as party chief in October and at the end of the week will be formally appointed by parliament to his second term as President. The limit of two five-year presidential terms was written into China’s Constitution in 1982 after Mao’s death six years earlier by Deng Xiaoping, who recognised the dangers of oneman rule and the cult of personality after the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and instead espoused collective leadership. Shen Chunyao, chairman of the Legislative Affairs Commission of parliament’s standing committee, dismissed concerns the move could risk a return to strongman rule or lead to political turmoil or infighting. In the run-up to the vote, critics on Chinese social media attacked the move and drew parallels to North Korea or suggested a Mao-type cult of personality was forming. But the government quickly continued on world page Punjab’s transport policy Poor turnout in UP byelections 57% polling in leaves little for state buses Bihar’s Araria Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 11 The Punjab Government today notified its new transport policy, but with their share cut, the state transport undertakings (STUs) — PRTC and Punjab Roadways — have little to cheer about. The Congress leaders before and after the Assembly elections had talked at length on the need to end the monopoly of “certain” private transporters. The STU share of route permits on national highways has been slashed to 50 per cent from 75. In case of state highways and district roads, it will be 40 per cent. LOVELY: French President Emmanuel Macron along with First Lady Brigitte at Taj Mahal. PTI ISRO for April launch of Chandrayaan-2 Beijing, March 11 China removed presidential term limits from its Constitution on Sunday, giving President Xi Jinping, 64, the right to remain in office indefinitely, and confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago. China’s ruling Communist Party announced the proposed amendment only last month and there was never any doubt it would pass as parliament is packed with loyal party members who would not have opposed the proposal. The amendments also include inserting Xi’s political theory into the Constitution, something that was already added to the party charter in October at the end of a party congress, a feat no other leader since Mao had Have forgiven dad’s killers: Rahul Singapore: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has said he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi have “completely forgiven” his father Rajiv Gandhi’s killers. During his interaction with IIM alumni, Gandhi said: “We were very upset and hurt and for many years quite angry. But, somehow, completely... in fact, completely (forgiven).” “There is a history that when one realises... when these events take place, it’s a collision of ideas, forces, confusion... I remember when I saw Prabhakaran on TV lying dead, I got two feelings — one was why they are humiliating this man in this way. “And second was I felt really bad for him and for his kids and I did that because I understood deeply what it meant to be on the other side. So to me when I see violence regardless of who it is, I know that there is a human being behind that, there is a family behind that, a kid crying... I have been through a lot of pain to get this. I find it difficult to hate people, even my sister does,” he said. Gandhi, on a five-day trip to the S-E Asian countries, also said: “We knew my father was going to die. We knew my grandmother was going to die. In politics, when you mess with the wrong forces, and if you stand for something, you will die. That’s pretty clear.” Asked if he thinks he had a privileged life, he said: “Of course there are a number of privileges where I sit, but I would not say I haven’t been through a rough ride... I was 14 when my grandmother was assassinated. After that my father was killed. So you live in a particular environment... surrounded by 15 guys from morning, noon and night, I don’t think that’s a privilege. I think that’s quite a hard thing to deal with,” he said. PTI Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Private transporters will get 60 per cent of the share. It was the other way round earlier. All AC bus routes have been allotted to the state transport but the existing route permits remain. Not more than 25 per cent permits on a route will be given to one transporter. But unions say that with “one extended family” running several companies, the routes could be monopolised. Nirmal Singh Dhaliwal of the PRTC Workers’ Union pointed out that almost all toll roads in the state were now national highways. “Earlier, only two or three routes were listed as NHs. Now there are more routes and our share has been curtailed, which will hit STUs.” JS Grewal of the Small Scale Bus Operators and Mini Bus Operators Union called the policy an eyewash. “On the face of it, the monopoly by private operators has ended. But with existing route permits set to remain, there is actually no change at all. Also, the policy provides a chance to revalidate route permits issued before 1966 whereas the draft policy last year sought to cancel all permits.” Angry at route permits to mini-buses under the “liberal allotment” section, he said this would “spell chaos and kill all transporters”. Lucknow, March 11 Despite the high-decibel campaign, polling for the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha byelections today was a lacklustre affair. While Gorakhpur recorded a 43 per cent turnout, Phulpur saw an even lower voting percentage at 37.39. There were reports of EVM malfunctioning at some booths in Sahjanwa, Gorakhpur. The machines were replaced. Casting his vote in Gorakhpur, CM Yogi Adityanath claimed: “The agenda of good governance and development will win. The bypolls will prove to be a positive referendum on my year-long government.” It is after 23 years that arch rivals SP and the BSP have reached an electoral understanding which, if approved by the voters, can change the state’s political scenario. The CM called it sheer opportunism. The byelections had to be held after the CM and Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya vacated their seats following their election to the Legislative Council. Gorakhpur is the CM’s bastion. He has represented the seat in the Lok Sabha five times. Phulpur, once the constituency of Pandit Nehru, was won by the BJP for the first time in 2014. The BJP has fielded Kaushlendra Singh Patel from Phulpur and UD Shukla from Gorakhpur against SP’s Pravin Nishad and Nagendra Pratap Singh Patel. Jitendra K Shrivastava Trivbune News Service Patna, March 11 Byelections for one Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies in the state ended peacefully amid reports of glitches in EVMs at 100 polling stations. The Araria Lok Sabha seat recorded 57 per cent turnout and the Jehanabad and Bhabhua Assembly constituencies 50.6 and 54.7 per cent. Counting is to be held on March 14. Bihar Congress chief Kaukab Qaadri claimed glitches in more than 137 EVMs in Bhabhua. He said his grievance went unheard. continued on page 7
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