16032018-TTC-01.qxd 3/16/2018 1:20 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, march 16, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 73 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Sisodia flags paper leak; no way: CBSE /thetribunechd Son in SC, wants back late father’s biometrics Eye-catching New Delhi, March 15 Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today said that he had received complaints about an alleged leak of CBSE’s Class 12 Accountancy paper. Sisodia, also Delhi’s Education Minister, said he had directed officers of the Directorate of Education to look into the matter and lodge a complaint with the examination board. However, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which called an urgent meeting to discuss the issue, denied allegations of paper leak, asserting that all seals were found intact in the examination centres. The board stated that at the local level some miscreants may have played mischief by circulating messages through WhatsApp and other social media platforms to hurt the sanctity of the exam. “The board has decided to take strict action against such activities. An FIR is being lodged,” said a senior board official. Taking to Twitter, Sisodia said, “Received complaints about the Class 12 CBSE Accountancy paper being leaked... swift action must be taken so that hard-working students don't suffer due to negligence of CBSE.” After the CBSE’s clarification, the Delhi minister hoped the board will take swift action to look into how the paper allegedly leaked before the exam was conducted today. — TNS Pak calls envoy home, India says routine Jammu Division threatened Maya: Will forge alliances by communalism: Report Says UP win a ‘revenge’ for not being allowed to speak in RS New Delhi, March 15 The bickering between India and Pakistan over alleged harassment of each other’s diplomats took a new turn after Islamabad called its High Commissioner home for consultations, which was termed by India as “routine” and “normal”. Pakistan said it has called home its envoy Sohail Mahmood for consultations after repeated incidents of “harassment” of its diplomatic staff in New Delhi. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was also facing a “litany of issues” that have not been resolved for several months. “It is pretty normal and routine for any country to call its envoy for consultations,” Kumar said. — PTI Reclaiming streets undone by years of neglect is becoming a passion worldwide, including in India. A street wall in Italian capital Rome presents a welcome sight — of a piercing eye — as a girl takes a picture of a mural by artist ‘My Dog Sighs’. AFP Sandeep Rana ‘KARIMPURI DISAPPOINTED ME’ Tribune News Service Mukesh Ranjan RASHTRA MANCH: RETURN TO BALLOT BOX Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 15 Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha-led Concerned Citizens’ Group (CCG), that visited Jammu and Kashmir in February-end, has cautioned in its report that Jammu Division is “threatened by communalism” and that there is a need to “contest the communal Jammu narrative”. The report, released today, points out that when violence erupts in Kashmir, Jammu does not remain untouched, and that the reverse may also be true. It says there is a perception among Jammu residents that things were likely to become difficult. Noting that “growing disappointment” with the state New Delhi: The Yashwant Sinha-led Rashtra Manch has decided to continue raising issues of public concern, especially the possibility of EVMs being hacked, notwithstanding the byelection results in UP and Bihar. The Manch said there was a need to restore public confidence in the sanctity of the electoral process. It favoured returning to the earlier system of voting through the ballot. TNS government and the increasing communal divide could make the situation “quite provocative”, the report concludes that the Valley has been on the boil off and on, but the “Jammu region becoming politically volatile is a new phenomenon”. Warning that the religious divide has deepened in recent years, it says: “People point out that even the courts in Kejri says sorry to SC to media: Act in Majithia, AAP irked a responsible way Punjab MLAs set to meet today Stay on Shah case proceedings Ruchika M Khanna Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 15 As Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that the latter was involved in drug trade, top leaders in the Punjab unit of the Aam Aadmi Party openly defied the party supremo for “letting down the people of Punjab”. Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira and Kharar MLA Kanwar Sandhu took to the social media to air their grievance. The rumblings within the Punjab unit began soon after Majithia released a letter sent by Kejriwal. Majithia had filed a defamation case against Kejriwal on May 20, 2016. Khaira tweeted: “We are appalled and stunned by the apology... and don’t hesitate to admit that we have not been consulted on this meek surrender.” Sandhu said that if you stand for truth, facing defamation is a way of life. Sandhu said an emergency meeting of AAP Arvind Kejriwal MLAs has been called on Friday. “On one hand, the Special Task Force on drugs in Punjab has indicted Majithia, and on the other our own leader is asking for his apology,” he added. Many AAP MLAs feel this is a betrayal as the political “involvement” in illicit drug trade was one of the major planks on which the party got votes. “This proves they were raking up the issue to tarnish my image, harm me politically and themselves make political gains,” Majithia said, adding that he will withdraw the case. He claimed that AAP leader Ashish Khaitan too had submitted an offer of regret. In the letter, Kejriwal said, “I made statements and allegations... these became a political issue. Now I’ve learnt these are unfounded... I hereby withdraw all... and apologise.” New Delhi, March 15 Sounding a note of caution against media trial, the Supreme Court today asked journalists to act in a responsible manner and not to vilify anyone without any basis. “They (journalists) are sitting on some kind of pulpit... that is not real journalism… Journalists behave as if they have turned Popes or guardians overnight,” said a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. The CJI, who has stood against gagging of the media in the recent past, said, “I have said several times, we will never gag the Press... but you cannot write anything or whatever strikes your imagination... I am sorry to say you cannot write like that. That is irresponsible reporting,” the CJI said. The Bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, stayed till April 12 the proceedings before an Ahmedabad court against a news portal and its journalists in a defamation case filed by BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah. Earlier, the Gujarat High Court had dismissed a plea by ‘The Wire’ for quashing the criminal defamation case filed against it by Jay Shah for an article published about his company. The comments came in response to submissions by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, who said defamation proceedings and gag orders could not be used to “throttle” journalism. “How can anyone write whatever they feel about anyone? There are limits... Their writings sometimes amount to sheer contempt of court,” the Bench said. It, however, said it did not want to name any particular electronic media organisation. The CJI clarified that his comments were not connected to the case being heard. Jay Shah had filed a criminal defamation case against ‘The Wire’ journalists following an article alleging that the turnover of his company had grown manifold since the BJP-led government had assumed power at the Centre. Jammu and Kashmir are divided — the two Benches in Jammu and Srinagar gave differing rulings on the unfurling of the state flag, for example. This has caused fissures in social stability.” Blaming politically ambitious leaders for the divide, the report says a section of people also believes there is resentment over the Centre's focus on the Valley alone. Chandigarh, March 15 Claiming that the BJP was unnerved by its defeat in the Lok Sabha byelections in Uttar Pradesh and may opt for an early General Election, BSP chief Mayawati today asked her party cadre to gear up. She was speaking at a rally here to mark the birth anniversary of mentor and party founder Kanshi Ram. While announcing that she would hold hands with likeminded parties to halt the Modi juggernaut, Mayawati dared the BJP to hold the next Lok Sabha elections through ballot papers, alleging that “faulty” EVMs had cost the BSP dear. The BJP on Wednesday lost the Gorakhpur and Phulpur LS seats, vacated by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath New Delhi, March 15 In a peculiar case, a human resources manager from Bengaluru today moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the UIDAI to hand him back the biometric data of his late father collected for the Aadhaar card. Santosh Min B said he wanted the biometric details as these would be of no use for the UIDAI since his father was dead now and there were also chances of their misuse and abuse. Santosh told the apex court that his father died after he felt insulted during filling of a life certificate at a Provident Fund office in Bengaluru, as his authentication by biometrics failed due to old-age and cataract surgery. Expressing unhappiness with former BSP Punjab president Avtar Singh Karimpuri, who was seated on the dais, Mayawati said: “He disappointed me as he failed to strengthen the cadres in Punjab.” Urging party workers not to lobby for posts, she emphasised: “In Punjab, we need to work harder.” BSP chief Mayawati waves at a rally in Chandigarh. NITIN MITTAL and deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya, to the Samajwadi Party, that had BSP’s backing. “I resigned from the Rajya Sabha last year as I was not allowed to speak on issues affecting the downtrodden. I have avenged that with the BJP’s defeat in UP she told ,” an impressive gathering. “Dalits, Muslims, farmers and the poor are all suffering under the BJP rule,” she said. Not sparing the Congress either, the BSP leader reminded her supporters that the party had sat on the Mandal Commission report. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra gave two-minute time to Santosh Min B to argue his case in which he said the Aadhaar scheme was like an “undeclared emergency”. The Bench interrupted him: “We will not allow you to give any speech. If you want, argue on question of law...” Santosh, who appeared in person, said he had received a half-written letter of his father N Bhanu Vikaraman for the PM in January. In the letter, his father had written about the “harassment” a sick and elderly person faces during filling of life certificate form at PF offices. The Bench took on record his submissions and posted the matter for March 20. — PTI YSR notice for no-trust motion, TDP set to back New Delhi, March 15 The YSR Congress today gave notice for a no-confidence motion tomorrow against the NDA government, citing non-grant of special category status to Andhra Pradesh despite an assurance on the floor of the Lok Sabha by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. If Speaker Sumitra Mahajan admits the motion and takes it up tomorrow, it would require the support of 50 MPs to be carried. The YSR Congress has only nine MPs in the Lok Sabha and TDP 16. The TDP is all set to end its alliance with the BJP and pull out of the NDA. The party is likely to take a decision to this effect tomorrow. The BJP has 274 MPs in a House of 536 and has ample majority with 56 MPs belonging to allied parties. — TNS
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