10042018-TTC-01.qxd 10-04-2018 01:19 Page 1 13 established in 1881 tuesday, april 10, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 98 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Bharat Bandh call today, Centre puts states on alert New Delhi, April 9 Taking lessons from the loss of life during the April 2 nationwide strike called by Dalit outfits against the “dilution” of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday issued an advisory to all states to beef up security and prevent violence during the proposed Bharat Bandh on Tuesday, called by some groups opposed to castebased reservations in jobs and educational institutions. The missive came a week after a similar protest by Dalit outfits saw widespread violence in different parts of the country, leading to the death of about a dozen persons. A senior MHA official said the ministry had issued an advisory to all states to take necessary precautionary measures. A report from Jaipur, meanwhile, said Raghuveer Prasad Gupta, a 41-year-old trader reportedly affiliated with the RSS, succumbed to his burns at a Delhi hospital on Monday, a day after he attempted self-immolation in Pink City to protest reservation in government jobs. Gupta had written thrice to the RSS’ Bharat Mata office against the Dalit stir, saying it was a conspiracy to divide society, said RSS official Ranjeet Singh. The Vishwa Samvad Kendra said Gupta was distressed at the proposed April 10 bandh. — TNS 24 kids die in Kangra bus mishap Chelameswar favours SC restructuring Two teachers, driver killed too; magisterial probe on; local youths come to rescue Satya Prakash Lalit Mohan & Rajiv Mahajan Tribune News Service Nurpur/Dharamsala, April 9 A private school bus fell into a 500-foot-deep gorge along the Nurpur-Chamba road in Himachal Pradesh on Monday afternoon, killing 24 children of Ram Singh Pathania Memorial School in Nurpur, all from junior classes. Two schoolteachers and the bus driver, Madan Lal, 67, an ex-serviceman, were killed too, Kangra Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar said. A magisterial probe has been ordered. Thirteen children were grievously injured. Six were taken to a private hospital in Pathankot, four to Nurpur Civil Hospital and three to Tanda Medical College. The driver lost control while saving a motorcyclist coming from the opposite side and the bus veered off the road, said sources, who pointed to the poor condition of the road. The National Disaster Management Authority and the local fire brigade reached the site two hours after the accident even as locals struggled to rescue the children trapped in the mangled remains of the bus. Many died on the spot. Local BJP MLA Rakesh Pathania helped transport the injured to various hospitals. Food and Supplies Minister Kishan Kapoor too was at the site to supervise operations. Locals use all resources they can gather to extricate those trapped inside the mangled remains of the ill-fated bus near Nurpur on Monday. KAMALJEET SINGH It was a resident of an adjoining Punjab village who reported the accident to Ramesh Pathania of Gurchal village. The latter raised the alarm, gathered local youths and launched rescue efforts. The parents of the deceased children were inconsolable. “The school was plying rickety buses to ferry children,” claimed a wailing Balwant Singh. The police tried to contact the school authorities, but to no avail. Kangra SP Santosh Patial has reportedly ordered that the school records be sealed. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will be visiting the injured in Nurpur and Pathankot hospitals on Tuesday. Shuttlers, paddlersmakeitspecial Gold finish in Commonwealth Games a huge leap for Indian sport Rohit Mahajan Tribune News Service Gold Coast, April 9 Saina Nehwal, her grin running from ear to ear, could not stop smiling. “We’re not going to sleep all night,” she said. “This is big, this is really big.” Yes, it is — Saina has big medals from the biggest tournament, but the mixed team gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, beating a strong Malaysia in the final, signifies something remarkable. Her individual medals were her own; the team medal here confirms that the health of Indian badminton is very, very good. “Winning this gold is very important because we had never beaten teams such as Malaysia or England in such events,” said Saina. India beat Malaysia after the mixed doubles team of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwik Rankireddy put India up by winning mixed-doubles; then Kidambi Srikanth shocked Lee Chong Wei in straight games. Malaysia pulled one back with the men’s doubles win, but Saina sealed the gold with a three-game win over Soniia Cheah. “I’m really happy with this,” said P Gopichand, the national coach. “We have good players in both men’s and women’s categories. These are tough matches and can swing in any direction, and I’m glad that we managed to pulled them off today.” TT shocker Another very unexpected team gold came India’s way when the men’s table tennis team beat Nigeria in the final with a one-sided 3-0 victory, the final two matches rendered inconsequential as India completed the rout. Sharath Kamal beat Bode Abiodun in four games before Sathiyan Gnanasekaran made it 2-0 /thetribunechd India badminton players hold the Tricolour as they celebrate victory in mixed-team event on Monday. PTI Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 9 Justice J Chelameswar on Monday favoured restructuring of the Supreme Court, saying it was doing many things it was not envisaged to do. “I don’t think Dr Ambedkar and BN Rau would have thought that the Supreme Court will hear bail applications,” Justice Chelameswar — the seniormost judge who is due to retire on June 22 — said at a book release function. He was responding to a question regarding the need to have a permanent Constitution Bench in the SC. If such a Bench was set up, there would be no need to have 31 judges in the Supreme Court, he said, adding 12 or 13 Division Benches of two or three judges having same legal authority have created problems in a number of judgments. “A lot of referrals to constitution Benches are pending because there are conflicting rulings by smaller Benches,” he said. He favoured more transparency in judicial appointments based on objective criteria. “There is no objective assessment of performance of judges while elevating them to the apex court. It’s mostly based on perceptions,” he said, adding the Collegium has recently started interacting with candidates being elevated. Meanwhile, the district administration has announced Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of the deceased. Governor Acharya Devvrat, CM Thakur and Union Minister JP Nadda have expressed anguish over the tragedy. The Prime Minister Office (PMO) tweeted: “I am deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. My prayers and solidarity with those who lost their near and dear ones in the accident: PM @narendramodi”. The deceased include Sarika (6), Sneha (6), Harsh Pathania (12), Tarun Sharma, Saruti (12), Dik- 2 jawans killed in Naxal attack Father of woman ‘raped’ by MLA dies in custody Raipur, April 9 Naxals targeted a bus ferrying around 30 jawans with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur, leaving two of them dead and five injured. This happens to be the second attack on Monday ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the district on Saturday. Earlier in the morning, Naxals triggered twin IED blasts and opened fire on a patrol team of the CRPF on Bijapur-Bhopalpatnam road in the district that led to a gun-battle. However, no casualty was reported on either side in that incident. The explosion targeting the bus occurred near Godma village, around 450 km from the state capital, while the jawans were out on an anti-Maoist operation, the police said. “Two jawans belonging to the District Reserve Guard (DRG) were killed and five others sustained injuries in the explosion,” said a senior police official. — PTI sha (11), Ishitha (12), Yuvraj (10), Parmeesh Thakur (4), Kanna (4), Palak Jamwal, Bhvishaya Jamwal, Harsh Pathania, Gaurav Pathania, Mukul Kayshap, Kartik Katoch, Pranav, Naitik, Surushtika, Jahnavi, Shagun and Ritika. Three children are yet to be identified. Victim blames BJP legislator; UP Govt suspends six cops Unnao, April 9 The father of an 18-year-old woman, who had alleged rape by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brothers, died in custody here on Monday. The victim claimed her family had received threats in the past and blamed the MLA for her father’s death. “He was killed inside the jail at the behest of the BJP MLA,” she alleged. Calling it a conspiracy by opponents to tarnish his image, the MLA rejected the charge, saying the complainant belonged to a “low class”. The victim’s father, arrested under the Arms Act on April 5, was rushed to a hospital from the district jail where he died during treatment. As news of his death spread, Opposition parties slammed the BJP government, even as Chief Minister Yogi MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar Adityanath sought a report and promised action. Superintendent of Police (Unnao) Pushpanjali said six policemen, including SHO Ashok Kumar Singh and four beat constables, had been suspended. State Director General of Police OP Singh said a Lucknow Police team had been constituted to probe the matter. Asked about the allegations against MLA Sengar, the DGP replied: “A probe is on. Action will be taken against those found guilty.” The victim had on Sunday tried to immolate herself near the CM’s residence in Lucknow, alleging that the Unnao police had not filed a case against the BJP MLA despite her complaint. Attacking the Yogi government, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted: “In (UP) state, a girl going for coaching classes is being shot dead... Another accusing BJP MLA of gangrape tried to immolate herself. Is this the fear of government of ‘encounters’ that instead of criminals, woman are getting terrified? (sic)” Sengar, who represents the Bangermau constituency, said he did not have a problem with any probe. “If found guilty, I am ready to face punishment.” — PTI Pact for 1.86 lakh bulletproof jackets Sitharaman says will ask defence attachés to market Indian manufacturers Tribune News Service The table tennis team members with their gold medals in Gold Coast on Monday. COURTESY TWITTER with another four-game win. Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran then completed the job with the easiest win of the final, a three-game victory in which they conceded only 16 points. The remarkable gold win left Sharath Kamal delirious with joy. “In the 2014 CWG, we didn’t do very well,” he said. “We finished fourth in three events and won only a silver. We did not mix well. But then, after Malaysia 2016, where we won the second division, they started to treat me as a co-player.” “They still had the respect for me, but we were coordinating better,” the senior pro said, explaining how the team fought as one. “Earlier I could not share my pressure with anyone else. But now it’s changed. I understand that I need to do my job.” He said the Nigerians are a fine team, but may have been tired after a tough semifinal. “And unfortunately for them, Quadri Aruna was missing,” he said. “But things like this happen.” That’s right, though a gold for India in team badminton and table tennis rarely happened. A day to celebrate. edit: Gold rush atgold coast More on page 14 New Delhi, April 9 Ending around six years of delay, a contract has been signed for the procurement of 1.86 lakh bulletproof jackets, an Army spokesperson said here on Monday. The bulletproof jackets have contemporary and state-of-the-art specifications with added protection level and coverage area. These jackets have modular parts, thereby providing immense protection and flexibility to soldiers operating in different operational situations ranging from long-distance patrolling to high-risk room intervention scenarios. The new jackets will provide full upper body protection to a soldier in combat, including from the latest hard steel core bullets, the Army claimed. The provision of new jackets would be through Indian manufacturers, who were successful in the trials. The Indian Army needs 3,53,765 bulletproof jackets, as per the plan of 2009. Of these, 1.86 lakh were to be supplied in the 11th Plan (2007-2012) and another 1.67 lakh during the 12th Plan (2012-2017). The 12th Plan ended in March 2017, but only 50,000 jackets were ordered as an emergency purchase in March 2016. The tender for the purchase of 1.86 lakh modular BPJs was scrapped in October 2015 because samples offered by six vendors failed to clear field trials. A fresh tender was floated. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said there is a growing interest among various countries in the Indian missiles and the government wants to sell them to the friendly nations. Citing negotiations over aspects like cost, she said agreeing on a deal is at times “frustrating”, but the interest in the Indian missiles is “sustained”. At an event organised by CII, she said she will address the defence attachés in Indian missions abroad to encourage them to market the capabilities of the Indian manufacturing experts. Sitharaman said she is talking to the Finance Commission to ensure that defence procurement funding, particularly the capital expenditure, becomes “nonlapsable”.
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