13032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/13/2018 1:27 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, march 13, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 70 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd REUTERS Kathmandu crash: 50 die A Bangladesh passenger aircraft crashed and burst into flames while landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu on Monday, killing at least 50 persons, in Nepal’s worst aviation disaster in more than 25 years. The Dhaka-Kathmandu USBangla Airlines flight, with 67 passengers and four crew members on board, caught fire after it careened off the runway and ploughed into a football ground near the airport. There were 33 Nepalese nationals on board the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. Others included 32 Bangladeshis, one Chinese and one Maldivian. Officials said a technical glitch could be the cause of the accident and the plane was “out of control” when it attempted to land. MORE ON BACK PAGE J&K top minister Drabu sacked over remark Architect of PDP-BJP alliance, Finance Minister said Kashmir wasn’t a political issue Setback to ties: BJP Majid Jahangir Tribune News Service Srinagar, March 12 Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti today dropped Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu from her ministry for his controversial remark that Kashmir was not a political issue. Credited with forging the PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) alliance with the BJP in 2015 after exhaustive parleys with BJP general secre- Three militants killed in Valley Anantnag: Three militants, two of them former engineering students and another suspected to be a resident of Hyderabad, were killed in an encounter in the Hakoora area of Anantnag on Monday. The militants are suspected to be linked to a local unit of the Islamic State even as the police said they were investigating the previous claims by the global militant group. INSIDE SP’s Agarwal joins BJP, creates furore New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agarwal on Monday created a furore in the BJP minutes after joining it with comments belittling actor-politician Jaya Bachchan as someone “who used to dance in films”. The remarks were dubbed as “unacceptable" by party leader Sushma Swaraj. Agarwal, who lost out to Bachchan in the race for re-nomination, quit the Samajwadi Party. PAGE 7 Haseeb Drabu New Delhi: The BJP termed CM Mehbooba Mufti’s decision to sack Haseeb Drabu a “setback” to the PDP-BJP alliance and said it would widen the gap between the allies. A top BJP leader praised Drabu’s role in coordination between the two parties and said he was often the bridge between the J&K Government and the Centre over a host of issues. PTI 11IndiGo, GoAir planes grounded DGCA: To ensure safety of operations New Delhi, March 12 Aviation regulator DGCA today grounded 11 A320 neo aircraft powered by a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following instances of engine failures during flights. Of these, eight are operated by IndiGo and three by GoAir. The decision came hours after an A320 neo aircraft of IndiGo suffered engine failure mid-air and made an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport. Citing safety of aircraft operations, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said A320 neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect. “Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory,” the DGCA said. The regulator would be in touch with the stakeholders and review the situation in due course and when the issue is addressed by European regulator EASA and P&W, it added. On February 9, EASA had issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number. The directive followed instances of the engines’ shutdown during flights and rejected take-offs involving the A320 neo family aircraft. On February 13, DGCA had said it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety was not compromised. — PTI tary Ram Madhav that lasted two months, Drabu had raised a storm over his Kashmir remark at an event organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi on March 9. Under fire from the Opposition as well as separatists, the PDP had yesterday issued a show-cause notice to Drabu, asking him to retract the remark. “Not satisfied with his response, the party decided to take action. Subse- quently, the CM recommended to the Governor that he be dropped from the Cabinet. The Governor accepted the recommendation,” PDP chief spokesman Rafi Ahmed Mir told The Tribune. The notice, issued by PDP disciplinary committee chief Abdul Rehman Veeri, read: “The statement attributed to you on the nature of problem of Jammu and Kashmir has been reported in newspapers continued on page 7 SC restores 688-acre G’gram acquisition To vest with HUDA/HSIIDC; ‘recover every single pie’ ‘Fraud played by unholy govt machinery-builders’ nexus’ Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 12 The Supreme Court today restored acquisition of 688 acres of land in Gurugram during the Bhupinder Singh Hooda government in Haryana, holding that the decision to withdraw the order of acquisition was a fraud played by an unholy nexus between the government machinery and the private builders. A Bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit annulled the decisions dated August 24, 2007 and January 29, 2010 as being brought about by mala fide exercise of power. “The greater victim was public interest,” it said. It directed that the land in question shall vest with HUDA/HSIIDC, as may be directed by the State of Haryana, free from all encumbrances. It asked Haryana to revisit its policy of change of land use and giving colonisation licence in respect of the land which was subject matter of acquisition. Noting that substantial sums were made over to “middle men”, it directed that in the pending investigation, “the CBI may do well to unravel the truth. MANESAR CASE DATES BACK TO HOODA GOVT ■ Case dates back to August 27, 2004, when Haryana Industries Department issued a notification under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894, for acquiring 912-acre land in Manesar, Lakhnoula and Naurangpur in Gurgaon for setting up Chaudhari Devi Lal Industrial Township ■ Notification under Section 6 was issued on August 25, 2005, only in respect of 688 acres after Land Acquisition Collector recommended 224 acre be released from acquisition ■ Even after issuance of noti- fication, builders/private entities continued approaching landholders. Cornered with impending acquisition and idea that compensation would be given @Rs 12.5 lakh per acre, owners were persuaded for transferring land to builders @Rs 20-25 lakh per acre ■ On August 2, 2007, notices In any case, such hefty sums made over to ‘middle men’ cannot be said to be rightfully earned by and belonging to them,” it added. “In our view, this money rightfully belongs to the under Section 9 were issued calling upon the landholders to appear on August 26, 2007, for pronouncement of award. Builders started enhancing price and bought land @ Rs 80 lakh per acre ■ But on August 24, 2007, the state government dropped the acquisition, stating that a fresh notification would be issued ■ Petitions against govern- ment were disposed of by Punjab-Haryana High Court ■ Government went on to give approval to private group housing societies on land purchased by builders ■ Having come to know of such a fraud, farmers started an agitation and went to HC against ABW Infrastructure Limited, Metropolis Realtors Pvt Ltd and Flair Realtors Pvt Ltd, others ■ Farmers approached SC after HC on December 15, 2014, dismissed petition State and none other. We direct the authorities of the State as well as the Central Government to reach the depths of such transactions and recover every single pie continued on page 7 Lawmakers as advocates: SC notice to Bar New Delhi, March 12 The Supreme Court today issued a notice to the Bar Council of India (BCI) on a BJP leader’s plea seeking to debar MPs and MLAs from practising as advocates. Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya, a Delhi BJP leader and advocate, contended it was against the spirit of BCI rules that required advocates not to be engaged in any fulltime trade, business, occupation or profession as it would amount to “conflict of interest”. Issuing notice to the BCI, which regulates legal profession and education in India, a Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra said it wanted to know the perception of the rules and posted the matter for April 23. It is estimated that over 500 legislators practise as lawyers. — TNS Farmers participate in a long march organised by All-India Kisan Sabha at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday. PTI Demands met, Maha stir called off Mithu’s tormentors to pay compensation Written assurance given to farmers, including transfer of forestland Commission of Inquiry orders action against police officials under Sec 182 Jupinderjit Singh Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 12 Hounded by the police for several years following the brutal murder of his Canada-born wife Jaswinder Kaur Jassi by contract killers in June 2000, Sukhwinder Singh Mithu has finally got justice. The Commission of Inquiry into false cases set up by the Capt Amarinder Singh government has ordered action under Section 182 of the CrPC against the police officials concerned. It has also ordered that they pay compensation, to be decided by the government, for harassing him. A file of Sukhwinder Singh and the late Jaswinder Kaur. BOOKED IN FALSE CASES ■ Booked under the NDPS Act on May 22, 2009, he was acquitted by a Ludhiana court in 2015 ■ Booked in a case of snatching on May 24, 2009, he was acquitted by a Jagroan court on May 4, 2017 ■ On August 4, 2015, he was booked by the Jagraon police under the Excise Act for carrying liquor ■ On December 9, 2015, he was picked from home and booked under the NDPS Act for carrying drugs Jassi was killed by contract killers allegedly hired by her mother Malkiat Kaur and uncle Surjit Singh Badesha on June 8, 2000. The two are yet to be extradited to face trial here. Of the 14 contract killers, three are serving a life term. Justice Mehtab Singh Gill and Justice BS Mehndiratta, in their orders issued today, said: “We are of the considered view that the complainant (Mithu, a resident of Kaunke Khosa in Jagraon) has been unnecessarily harassed. Adequate compensation should be paid to him and recovered from the police officials. continued on page 7 Shiv Kumar Tribune News Service Mumbai, March 12 Maharashtra farmers, in Mumbai to gherao the state Assembly to press for their demands, called off their protest today after a written assurance by the state government that their grievances would be addressed. Marching under the banner of the All-India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) for six days, the farmers descended on the country’s financial capital in the wee hours today. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis set up a six-member committee that began talks with a 12-member delegation of farmers. The latter put forth 13 demands. After deliberations, which Today’s issue is of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. Help from Mumbaikars ■ The protesters won over Mumbaikars with their decision to enter South Mumbai early in the morning so as not to cause inconvenience to students appearing for their exams. Scores of residents, including the city’s famed dabbawala, came out to provide food and water to the marching farmers. Some citizens’ groups arranged for footwear too. The Central Railway announced two special trains to Bhusaval to help the farmers get back home. lasted two hours, the CM announced that the farmers had called off their protest as the government had accepted all their demands. “Their main demand was the trans- fer of forest land to tribals who cultivate it." On the demand to complete pending irrigation projects in and around Nashik district, where most of the protesters hailed from, Fadnavis said: “We have promised to meet their demands in six months. A six-member committee, headed by the Chief Secretary, has been formed for the purpose.” The CM said tribals who furnished proof that they had been cultivating forest land before 2005 would be given the land title. In the evening, Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil addressed farmers in the presence of CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. He said the government had accepted “all demands”. The farmers undertook the six-day-long march to press for a complete farm loan waiver and for implementation of the Swaminathan Commission recommendations. It is unclear whether the government gave the protesters any assurance on these two demands. The Maharashtra Government had in June last year announced a cap of Rs 1.5 lakh for waiving crop loan. Though the waiver is pegged at Rs 34,000 crore, less than Rs 14,000 crore has been disbursed so far. "It's now the duty of the government to work towards fulfilling the farmers' demands," veteran social activist Anna Hazare said in a statement.
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