22032018-TTC-01.qxd 22-03-2018 01:26 Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, march 22, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 79 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Facebook ‘misuse’: BJP-Cong faceoff cussions under the IT Act in case any data breach came to light. As many as 20 crore Indians were using Facebook, effectively making it the company’s largest market outside of the US, he said. The Congress, however, claimed it had never hired the services of Cambridge Analytica. In fact, it was the BJP that repeatedly used its services for elections, it alleged. “The BJP used the firm for Bihar elections and to achieve its Mission 272plus,” Congress media head Randeep Surjewala said. “The BJP’s factory of fake news has produced one more fake news product,” Surjewala said, adding that the company’s website claims to have conducted research and communication campaign for the BJP through an analysis of the electorate for the 2010 Bihar poll. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra countered the Congress claim by saying that Analytica was formed in 2013. “So, there is no way its services could have been used before that,” he said. — TNS Related report on back page Congress president Rahul Gandhi arrives at Sharadamba Temple, Sringeri Mutt, during his visit to Chikmagalur in Karnataka on Wednesday. Gandhi is on an election tour in the poll-bound state. PTI BSF officers negligent over Kanishk Gold booked by poor food complaints: MHA CBI for ~824-cr loan fraud New Delhi: The Health Ministry on Wednesday approved amendments to the regulation for admission to PG medical courses to expand the scope of persons with disabilities getting the benefit of reservation. The percentage of seats to be filled by persons with disabilities has been increased from 3 to 5 in accordance with the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. Health Minister JP Nadda said after 25 years, the government has taken a historic decision for the welfare of differently abled. Now, persons with 21 kinds of disabilities (as mentioned in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016) can apply for PG admissions. These include blindness, low vision, leprosy-cured persons, hearing impairment, locomotor disability, dwarfism, intellectual disability, mental illness, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and acid-attack victims. TNS New Delhi: Action has been initiated against some BSF officers who were found to be “negligent” over complaints of poor quality food being served to its personnel, the Ministry of Home Affairs has informed a parliamentary panel. The revelation, which comes nearly a year after BSF constable Tej Bahadur Yadav was sacked, was made before the Committee on Estimates headed by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi. Yadav had uploaded a video about the poor quality of food for jawans at forward locations. He was sacked by the Border Security Force, which said he was “found guilty on certain charges of indiscipline, including uploading the video in violation of laid down procedures and rules”. The committee recommended that a mechanism be put in place for testing food items supplied to CAPFs at the source of supply itself. PTI New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday registered an alleged Rs 824.15-crore bank loan fraud case against Chennai-based private firm Kanishk Gold Private Limited and others on the basis of a complaint by the State Bank of India on behalf of a consortium of 14 banks. The CBI also carried out searches in Chennai. The CBI said the case had been registered against promoter director Bhoopesh Jain; director Neeta Jain; and partners Tejraj Achha, Ajay Kumar Jain and Sumit Kedia. A consortium of 14 public and private sector banks had given a loan of Rs 842.15 crore. Kanishk first defaulted in March 2017 in interest payments to eight banks. Later, it stopped payments to all 14 banks, sources said. The company is engaged in manufacturing gold jewellery marketed under brand name “Krizz”. TNS Goof-up adds insult to Joblessness pushing injury of Iraq victim kin Doaba artisans to Gulf Futile travel to Amritsar for ‘remains’ Beeline for Dubai, Saudi after Iraq However, a letter, dated March 20, issued by Nawanshahr Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amit Kumar stated that the bodies of the two would arrive at Amritsar airport at 10 am on Wednesday. The DC had even directed PSPCL Executive Engineer Ranjit Singh and Inspector Shavinder Pal to accompany the families. While the two officers, along with the families, reached the airport, the authorities there told them that there was no such development. The Nawanshahr DC claimed he was asked to be in touch with the Amritsar DC office. “There was no illintention; rather, we wanted to provide all help,” he said. On the other hand, Amritsar DC Kamaljit Singh Sangha said: “We had only asked everyone to be prepared. How can we give the time and date when no such communication had been received from the MEA?” Meanwhile, Capt Amarinder said his government would try to find jobs for the kin of the deceased and continue to pay Rs 20,000 monthly to the families. — TNS/PTI Jitendra K Shrivastava Tribune News Service/PTI Disability quota in medical PG admissions raised to 5% Jalandhar/Chandigarh, Mar 21 In a case that reflects either insensitivity or overzealousness of the state, families of two victims reached Amritsar airport to receive the mortal remains of their kin killed in Iraq, whose death was declared by the Central Government on Tuesday. Irrespective of the communication that flowed, members of the families of Parwinder Kumar of Jagatpur village and Jasveer Singh of Mahindpur village reached Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport to have the last glimpse of the departed following a message from the district authorities this morning. This, on a day when Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh claimed that he had spoken to Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh to follow up on the issue of bringing back the mortal remains of the Indian hostages killed in IS captivity. In fact, he told mediapersons at the Vidhan Sabha that VK Singh had said that it would take around two weeks to bring back the mortal remains of the deceased. 3 soldiers, 2 cops die in Kupwara; 5 ultras shot Lynchingcase: Jharkhand courtawards life term to11 Intercepted 8 km from LoC; 48-hr gunbattle ends Pilgrim’s progress Row over Cambridge Analytica data New Delhi, March 21 The government today warned social media platforms, including Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, of “strong action” if any attempt was made by them to influence the country’s electoral process through undesirable means. The BJP cautioned Congress president Rahul Gandhi of a “probe” into his “meeting” with Alexander Nix, the sacked CEO of Cambridge Analytica — a company accused of using personal information and data sourced from Facebook in its voter research for US President Donald Trump and others. The issue relates to India’s national interest and national security, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said. He accused the Congress of employing services of a company using “illegal means of data manipulation to subvert democratic process”. Cambridge Analytica has been roped in by the Congress to run its 2019 campaign, he said. The IT Minister also cautioned Zuckerberg of reper- /thetribunechd Deepkamal Kaur Tribune News Service Jalandhar, March 21 It’s a matter of sheer sustenance. With construction activity almost nil in Punjab, more and more jobless artisans — masons, welders, plumbers and carpenters — from Doaba are flocking to the Gulf countries, where there are enough jobs and the wages attractive, ready to face any risk. Following the upheaval in Iraq, Kuwait and Iran, Dubai and Saudi Arabia are the preferred destinations, but exploitation of workers there remains a problem. Manjit Kaur of Rurka Kalan, whose husband Davinder Singh was killed by the Islamic State in Iraq, has her brother-in-law working in Saudi Arabia. Balwant Rai of Dhadha had his son Rakesh Kumar working in Iraq as a computer operator. He fled the country before the tensions escalated and moved to Saudi Arabia. “It is not a matter of choice, but compulsion. Our menfolk leave for the Gulf to ensure a better future for children. Saudi Arabia being relatively safe, my sister’s husband has moved there,” explains Manjit Kaur. As many as 50 members of writer Desraj Kali’s extended family are in the Gulf. Having migrated years ago, some now own construction firms. “At least 24 youths from my village Mithapur are working as craftsmen or trolley drivers in Arab countries. The families paid a few lakhs to immigration firms and Rs 12 lakh for work licence. They have no regrets.” A former principal of Cooperative Training Institute, Nachhatar Singh, points out that a driver earning a measly Rs 4,000 per month here, is able to save Rs 45,000 in the Gulf. Ideally, the Indian authorities must ensure that those finding jobs sign a formal agreement with employers to guard against exploitation. Also, these countries must ensure their safe return in the event of any turmoil.” But Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Varinder K Sharma says that except for issuing advisories, there is little the authorities can do to ensure the safety of Indians working in the Gulf. Kupwara, March 21 The nearly 48-hour gunbattle in the dense Halmatpora Chak forests of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district ended on Wednesday night, with five security personnel — three Army jawans and two policemen from the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police — and an equal number of militants killed in one of the deadliest operations in the Valley so far this year. Six security personnel were injured. The police described their condition as “stable”. The encounter broke out about 8 km from the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday morning after a police patrol intercepted a group of militants. A joint team of the Kupwara police along with companies of the Army, the Territorial Army (TA) and the Central Reserve Police Force were engaged in the operation. The Lashkar-e-Toiba militants managed to sneak in, crossing two ridges of the Shamsabari mountain range. They reportedly met their “reception party” (overground workers and militants in the Valley) on crossing the LoC, and were proceeding towards Kupwara when spotted by a Army personnel near the encounter site in Kupwara district on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MOHD AMIN WAR police patrol, officials said. Hiding inside a mosque, two of them were killed on Tuesday as they ran towards the forest area. Another militant, who had positioned himself at a height and was firing on approaching security personnel, was killed later in the evening. The security forces eliminated two more militants in the Halmatpora Chak forests on Wednesday. With the bodies of the militants yet to be retrieved from the encounter site, their identities have not been ascertained so far. The deceased security personnel were identified as Deepak Thusoo, Ashraf Rather, SPO Mohd Yousuf, Sepoy Ashraf Rather of 160 TA and Naik Ranjeet Kholka of 5 Bihar. Sources said additional reinforcements were rushed to eliminate the militants, but the militants, hiding in the forest area, kept changing their location while firing at the forces, prolonging the gunbattle. The Army then deployed its elite paratroopers to step up the offensive. Tribune News Service Ranchi, March 21 A local fast-track court in Jharkhand on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to 11 persons convicted of lynching Alimuddin, alias Asghar Ansari, a meat trader, on the suspicion that he was carrying beef in his car. Videos of Alimuddin’s lynching on June 29 last year had gone viral on the social media. Judge Om Prakash had found them guilty on March 16 under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly), 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance) and 302 (murder) of the IPC. The convicts, including local BJP leader Nityanand Mahato, a member of the ABVP , were sent to the Ramgarh district jail. “The fast-track court in Ramgarh has awarded all 11 persons life imprisonment for lynching a Muslim meat trader to death. We will move the Jharkhand High Court for justice,” said the defence counsel, adding that the trial of a minor had been shifted to a juvenile court. The prosecution produced 19 witnesses and the defence one. A CD of the attack, videographed by the local circle officer, was submitted to the court after it was authenticated by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Chandigarh.
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