01032018-TTC-01.qxd 01-04-2018 01:20 Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 2 no. 89 | sunday, april 1, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 2 coaching heads arrested, plea in SCagainst re-exam The Dalai Lama honours Union Minister Mahesh Sharma at the “Thank You India-2018” event at McLeodganj on Saturday. BJP’s Shanta Kumar (2nd from left) and Ram Madhav (3rd from right) and Congress’ Satyavrat Chaturvedi (2nd from R) are also seen. PHOTO: KAMALJEET Chatra/New Delhi, March 31 Six more people — two directors of a private coaching centre and four students of different schools in Jharkhand’s Chatra district — were apprehended on Saturday in connection with the CBSE Class X mathematics and Class XII economics question paper leaks. In Delhi, the Crime Branch questioned 10 more students who were allegedly members of the WhatsApp group through which the papers were circulated. Since Friday, 12 persons, including students, have been apprehended in the Central Board of Secondary Education leak case from Chatra district. HINDI PAPER FAKE: CBSE New Delhi: The Class XII Hindi (Elective) paper being circulated on the social media was “fake”, the CBSE said on Saturday and urged the people not to spread rumours regarding the paper. On Friday, the police had detained six Class X students. The police said the directors have been placed under arrest. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police received a reply from Google which identified the e-mail address from where the CBSE chief was sent a mail about the Class X mathematics paper being leaked. A student had received the paper on WhatsApp and had used his father's e-mail ID to send the mail. The student and his father are being questioned. In the evening, a Crime Branch team reached the CBSE office at Preet Vihar to interact with the board's officials. A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court against the decision of the CBSE to cancel and re-conduct the exams. Filed by Shakarpur resident Reepak Kansal, it said there was no justification to re-conduct the exams without holding any inquiry and bringing those responsible to book. A group of students on Saturday staged a demonstration near the CBSE headquarters at Preet Vihar in East Delhi. — PTI/TNS Gratitude India: Dalai Lama Malik is new Punjab BJP chief Vibha Sharma 60 YRS OF EXILEWarm engagement despite venue change Lalit Mohan Tribune News Service Dharamsala, March 31 Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Saturday injected optimism that irrespective of the time it may take, the peaceful struggle of the Tibetan people would succeed and the issue will remain alive so long the spirit of the people remains with it. “I don’t know how much more time the Tibetan struggle would take. But till the spirit of Tibetans remains, the issue would remain alive. The Tibetan issue is an issue of justice,” the Dalai Lama said in response to a media query at the “Thank You India2018” event organised by the Central Tibetan Administration here, attended by several hundred of his followers. Union Minister for Culture Hold talks with Pak at earliest, says Mehbooba New Delhi, March 31 Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to initiate a dialogue process with Pakistan at the earliest as the “key for peace” was with the neighbouring country. Speaking at a function organised by a group of Kashmiri Pandits owing allegiance to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mufti said that war was never an option. “Reconciliation is the mantra which we need to follow and therefore, I request Modiji to engage with Pakistan,” she said. “We need to take an assurance from the neighbouring country that they should not be allowing their soil to be used against India. After all, we all know that the key for peace is in Pakistan. They have been pushing terrorists into the state,” she said. The CM said that efforts should be made for changing the slogan of “azadi”. “This can be achieved. Why can’t Jammu and Kashmir be a gateway to the Central Asian countries? “If the CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) is a possibility, so can be this. If new roads are opened, the slogan of ‘azadi’ will automatically change,” she said at a gathering of 200 Kashmiri Pandits, who had to leave their homes after the onset of militancy in 1990. — PTI Today’s issue is of 28 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. CONTINUE TO RECEIVE LOVE LETTERS: MADHAV Right from the time of Pt Nehru to of course PM Modi, we as a government have followed One China Policy at the political level. We continue to receive love letters especially when we attend such programmes... nevertheless, relationship with Tibetans is very little political, lot more cultural, spiritual, religious. — Ram Madhav ❝ Mahesh Sharma, Kangra MP Shanta Kumar, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav, Congress MP Satyavrat Chaturvedi and Himachal Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Kishan Kapoor attended the event. The Dalai Lama bestowed honour on Assam Rifles soldier Naren Chandra Das, who received him at the Indian border 60 years ago. Emphasising that confrontation does not yield any result, he said an amicable resolution of the Tibetan issue was the only way out. Stating that China follows a socialist form of government, he said it meant that everybody should have equal rights. Tibetans are not demanding separation from China but Tibetan people should have the autonomy to preserve their culture, language, environment and religion, the Dalai Lama said. Underscoring that there was no change in policy over Tibet since the days of Jawa- harlal Nehru to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as India stands by its One China policy, Ram Madhav said India continues to receive “love letters”, especially when such events are attended even though the relations with Tibetans were cultural and religious. The statement is a nodding acknowledgment of an anticipated reaction from China. The event was shifted from Delhi after the Centre advised officials to stay away from it, citing sensitive time in Sino-Indian relations. India, he said, always welcomed different communities with open arms and an open heart. The country has hosted many different people in history such as the Parsis and Jews who came and found love, peace and shelter. Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 31 BJP national chief Amit Shah on Saturday appointed Rajya Sabha MP Shwait Malik as president of the party’s Punjab unit — the charge hitherto held by Hoshiarpur MP and Union Minister Vijay Sampla. The state leadership had been seeking a “full-time” president and the names of Ashwani Sharma, former Rajya Sabha member Shwait Malik Avinash Rai Khanna, former minister Manoranjan Kalia, former Jalandhar Mayor Rakesh Rathore and national secretary Tarun Chugh were doing the rounds. Malik, 54, who has never held a position in the state organisation, was picked for his “better acceptability” among different camps of a divided state unit and for his “ties” with Punjab ally Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). His name was backed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who it is believed, was behind his nomination to the RS in 2016. continued on page 7 CBI files PE against ICICI MD’s husband New Delhi, March 31 The CBI has registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Deepak Kochhar, husband of ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar, chairman of Videocon Group Venugopal Dhoot and others. The purpose is to determine whether any wrongdoing was involved in the sanctioning of a Rs 3,250-crore loan to the Videocon group by ICICI as part of a consortium of banks in 2012. The agency has also questioned a few ICICI officials to find if any quid pro quo took place for issuing the loan. The agency also collected the documents of loan from the bank to study those. Deepak Kochhar and others will soon be called for examination along with some bank officials if any evidence of wrongdoing is found. The officials are also likely to include ones from the banks which were part of the consortium that lent money to Videocon. Sources said the statements of nodal officers of ICICI, who were part of processing the loan of about Rs 3,250 crore, had been recorded as part of the PE registered six weeks back. The CBI action comes in the wake of reports raising questions about Dhoot allegedly providing crores to a firm promoted by Kochhar and two relatives six months after his group got the Rs 3,250-crore loan. — TNS facebook.com/parlehideandseek @parlehideandseek
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