07042018-TTC-01.qxd 07-04-2018 01:18 Page 1 13 established in 1881 saturday,april 7, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 95 | 28 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd New Delhi: The CBI on Friday questioned HR Khan, RBI Deputy Governor between 2011 and 2016, in connection with the Rs 13,500-crore PNB fraud. Khan was asked about the lapses which led to the fraud remaining undetected. The RBI audit does not focus on operations within a branch, but looks at bank systems. He was also asked about the 20:80 gold import scheme introduced by P Chidambaram. TNS UK says ‘cheeni kum’ to cola firms London: Britons may have to shell out more for soft drinks, as a so-called “sin tax” or “sugar tax” came into force as part of the government’s plan to combat obesity and sugarrelated diseases. The Soft Drinks Industry Levy is based on the levels of sugar, with the most sugary drinks paying the highest tax. The levy will be applied to manufacturers. PTI Least productive session in 18 years New Delhi: Parliament was adjourned sine die on Friday after unprecedented disruptions in the second half earned this Budget session the disrepute of being the least productive in 18 years. Officially, 250 hours were wasted in pandemonium in both Houses. PAGE 9 Today’s issue consists of 28 pages, including four-page The Tribune Trends and four-page Jalandhar Tribune. Shah vituperative on Opposition Decision on Salman’s bail petition today Punjab drugs case: DGP vs DGPs in court Snakes, dogs, cats: BJP president Jodhpur, April 6 Bollywood actor Salman Khan will spend another night in Central Jail after a court on Friday decided to reserve its order on his bail plea until Saturday. District and Sessions Judge Ravindra Kumar Joshi reserved the decision on bail in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case in which the superstar was convicted on Thursday and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. “The judge also sought the case file from the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jodhpur, to review the case,” Salman’s counsel Hastimal Saraswat said. Though the case was listed late in the afternoon (at serial number 24), the judge entertained it first. “First the petition for the suspension of sentence would be decided by the court; then, if it is approved, the defence would move Salman’s bail application and argue,” Saraswat said. The defence counsel said there were various loopholes in the investigation and it had not been proved that Salman used firearms. Salman was lodged in barrack 106 after CJM Dev Kumar Khatri on Thursday pronounced jail for killing two blackbucks in 1998 in Jodhpur district, and acquitted on benefit of doubt four co-stars and Gypsy driver Dushant Singh. — TNS More on back page Saurabh Malik Mumbai, April 6 In a stinging attack on political rivals, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday equated the parties trying to join hands against the BJP with ‘snakes’, ‘mongoose’, ‘dogs’ and ‘cats’. Later, he said his intention was not to equate Opposition parties with animals. Addressing a rally here on the occasion of the BJP’s 38th Foundation Day, he also asserted that the Narendra Modi government would not scrap the reservation policy, nor allow anyone else to do so. “The countdown for 2019 (polls) has begun. Attempts are being made for Opposition unity. When huge floods occur, everything is washed away... Only a vatvriksha (banyan tree) survives and snakes climb onto it, mongoose climb on it, cats climb onto it, dogs climb onto it, cheetahs climb onto it and lions climb onto it because of the rising waters. “The flood caused by Modi has made all cats, dogs, snakes and mongoose to come together to contest polls,” Shah said. He was apparently referring to the efforts being made by various parties like the TRS, the Trinamool Congress and the TDP to sew up a coalition to take on the Modiled BJP in the next election. Later, addressing a press conference, Shah said, “What ❝ Only banyan tree survives and snakes, mongoose, cats, dogs climb onto it, cheetahs climb because of rising waters. Flood caused by Modi has made all cats, snakes... to come together Amit Shah, BJP CHIEF SHOWS MINDSET: CONG The remarks made by Amit Shah are condemnable. It shows their mindset. They have repeatedly dragged the political discourse to a new low. It is shameful. What else do we expect from them? It is in their DNA. Anand Sharma, CONG ❝ I meant was political parties having no ideological similarities are coming together out of Modi’s fear.” “Snake and mongoose have nothing in common. Let me take names: Samajwadi Party and BSP Trinamool Con, gress and Congress, Chandrababu Naidu and Congress, they have nothing in common and no ideological similarities, but are coming together,” the BJP president said. — PTI Tribune News Service TWO MORE LIFT MEDALS PODIUM TALLY INDIA (5th) 02 01 01 04 REUTERS CBI quizzes RBI’s ex-Deputy Governor /thetribunechd SANJITA CHANU CLINCHES 2ND GOLD FOR INDIA Weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu won India its second gold medal on Day 2 of the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast on Friday. The 24-year-old Manipur star lifted a total of 192kg, including a CWG record of 84kg in snatch, and 108kg in clean and jerk, in women’s 53kg category. HARYANA’S LATHER YOUNGEST TO WIN MEDAL Teenager Deepak Lather became the youngest Indian weightlifter to claim a CWG medal, picking up the bronze in men’s 69kg category. The 18-year-old Haryana lad lifted a total of 295kg, including 136kg in snatch and 159kg in clean and jerk. PAGE 18 Hacked? Govt portals locked down NEW DELHI, April 6 Confusion prevailed on Friday evening over the possible hacking of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) website with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeting that the portal had been hacked and the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the National Cyber Secu- rity Coordinator claiming that was not the case. After the Minister’s tweet regarding the hacking at 5.16 pm, the confusion amplified with the portals of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Law Ministry also being locked down, which was thought to be in an apparent fear that they might also be attacked by hackers. Apart from ‘Ministry of Defence’ titles in English and Hindi, the message also included a Chinese character on the error page. A Mandarin expert said the character meant Zen Buddhism. Sometime later, Sitharaman tweeted to confirm that continued on page 9 Chandigarh, April 6 The drugs matter pending before the Punjab and Haryana High Court has turned into a DGP versus DGPs case with IPS officer Siddharth Chattopadhyay on Friday placing in the dock his colleagues Suresh Arora and Dinkar Gupta before obtaining a stay in a case he was being “falsely implicated” in. Chattopadhyay claimed that investigations carried out by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by him against an SSP in the drug case were leading him to Punjab’s top cops. He, along with two other senior officers, were directed by the High Court to look into the complicity between dismissed Inspector Inderjit Singh and Moga SSP Raj Jit Singh “to break the nexus between the law enforcement agency and drug traffickers”. In his 10-page application, Chattopadhyay not only alleged harassment, but also claimed that the role of Punjab DGP Suresh Arora and DGP (Intelligence) Dinkar Gupta had “come to light” during the course of investigation carried out by him under the High Court directions. “Several significant facts and pointers, including the ‘benami’ house of a DGP are , being investigated to confirm their involvement in the case continued on page 9
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