31032018-TTC-01.qxd 31-03-2018 01:20 Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday, march 31, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 88 | 24 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd PTI /thetribunechd CBSEXII re-exam on April 25 Decision on Class X paper in 15 days; parents’ association to move HC Syed Ali Ahmed Tribune News Service Geelani (R) with new chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Ashraf Sehrai. Geelani, Malik, Mirwaiz freed Srinagar, March 30 Set free from house arrest, hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani offered Friday prayers at a mosque near his home in Hyderpora here — the first time in years. Geelani said separatist leaders would discuss among themselves the terms put forth by the government for their release. Media reports had quoted the J&K police chief as saying that the separatists had been barred from making “antinational” speeches. As Geelani ended his speech, locals held a protest and raised slogans in favour of Pakistan and “azadi”. They briefly clashed with the police. Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who have faced detention from time to time, were set free too. Mirwaiz alleged a sustained attempt to “discredit” the Hurriyat. “Be it the NIA smear campaign or the protection propaganda, these won’t keep me away from the people,” he said, asking for police cover withdrawal. — TNS Today’s issue consists of 24 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends. New Delhi, March 30 Amid nationwide outrage over paper leak, the government on Friday announced re-examination on April 25 for Class XII economics and limited retest for Class X mathematics students in DelhiNCR and Haryana, possibly in July, Education Secretary Anil Swarup announced. Ruling out a nationwide retest for CBSE Class X maths, the HRD Ministry said a final decision on the re-exam for Delhi-NCR and Haryana would be taken in 15 days after a detailed inquiry. There will be no re-exam “outside the country”. In a related development, the All-India Parents Association said it would move a petition in the Delhi High Court, seeking a court-monitored probe into the paper leak. Parents’ association presi- CBSE students and NSUI activists raise slogans against the HRD Minister near his residence in New Delhi on Friday. MANAS RANJAN BHUI dent Ashok Agarwal said the body would seek a direction from the court to the CBSE for liberal marking. Since differently-abled students would be greatly impacted, the association would seek “special consideration” for them. With anger against the paper leak spreading across the country, the Opposition stepped up attack on the government. Taking a swipe at the PM, Congress president Rahul Gandhi remarked the PM would now write a sequel to his book “Exam Warriors” to “teach students and parents stress relief, once their lives are destroyed due to leaked exam papers”. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray asked the students to boycott the re-exam. The Crime Branch, meanwhile, has obtained details of the exam centres, superintendents and bank vaults where the papers were kept for safety, questioning 10 more persons and detaining six in Jharkhand. Also, it has written to Google for details of the e-mail address used to warn CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal about the Class X paper leak. Facing flak over the paper leak, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar turned to students to find a solution, saying: “I am facing one problem in the country. It is a problem of paper leak. So, how to solve it is also a challenge. I am throwing this challenge to students.” (With PTI inputs) Edit: CBSE paper leak India, Pak agree to resolve diplomatic spat New Delhi, March 30 After three weeks of severe strain in ties and drama on issues of harassment of each other’s diplomats in respective missions, India and Pakistan on Friday decided to deescalate tension. In statements released by the foreign ministries almost simultaneously, the two sides said, “India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises, in line with the 1992 ‘Code of Conduct’ for treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel.” Amid bloodshed along the LoC and International Border, bilateral relations soured further when Pakistan lodged formal complaints about “intimidation” of its diplomats and children in Delhi by alleged security agents. High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood met Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale first on March 8, while the High Commission circulated videos to cite as proof. Later, Mahmood was called to Islamabad, where, a senior Pakistani official said, he was advised to help normalise the situation “as the Pakistani forces were focused on Afghanistan border”. After Pakistan upped the ante, India went public with its protests, calling harassment of the Indian High Commissioner and diplomatic staff in Islamabad a new normal. The MEA sent more than a dozen note verbales. — TNS Iraq deaths: Remains tobebackonMonday Amritsar to be first stop of minister VK Singh Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 30 Families of Indian construction workers, who were abducted in Iraq in June 2014 and were finally declared dead by the Narendra Modi government this month, can perhaps find some closure. The mortal remains of the men will be flown back on Monday for last rites. Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh (retd) will fly to Baghdad on Sunday to bring back the bodies of the men killed by Islamic State (IS) in Mosul and exhumed from a mound near Badush to the north-west of Mosul, after the Iraqi forces recaptured the city in July 2017. The identity certification and documentation process are being cleared by the Indian embassy with support from humanitarian assistance group Martyrs Foundation, that works with the Iraqi Department of Graves and the International Red Crescent. Sources said that as of now, forensic examination results are awaited for the 39th victim, Raju Yadav from Patna, whose parents are not alive. Initially, the DNA sample of a relative was sent that matched only 70 per cent. Martyrs Foundation ascertains the identity only after at least 98 per cent DNA match. So, the government provided To bring back 38 bodies ■ Minister of State for Exter- nal Affairs VK Singh will fly back 38 bodies. ■ First, he will land at Amritsar where he will hand over the remains of 27 men who belonged to Punjab and four from Himachal. ■ Then, he will hand over the remains of five persons at Patna and two in Kolkata. the sample of Yadav’s brother living in Siwan for a second DNA match. VK Singh at the moment is expected to fly back 38 bodies. First, he will land at Amritsar, where he will hand over the remains of 27 men who belonged to Punjab and four from Himachal. “The minister will fly in an Indian Air Force Boeing C17 that can lift up to 70 tonnes,” said Defence Ministry sources. The aircraft had also been used for evacuation of Indians from strife-torn Yemen in April 2015, an operation that VK Singh oversaw from the ground. Applicants for US visa may be asked for social media history Washington, March 30 In a broad expansion of the information gathered from applicants for US visas, the federal government is proposing to collect social media identities from nearly everyone who seeks entry into the United States, according to a State Department filing on Friday. The proposal, which must be approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list on a federal application form all of the social media identities they have used in the past five years. The information will be used to vet and identify them, according to the proposals. Previously, under rules instituted in May of 2017, consular officials were instructed to collect social media identifiers only when they determined “that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting”. The proposals support President Donald Trump’s promise to institute “extreme vetting” of foreigners entering the US in order to prevent terrorism. If approved, the steps will require applicants to submit five years of previously used telephone numbers, email addresses and travel history. — Reuters
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