11042018-TT-01.qxd 4/10/2018 10:20 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday,april 11, 2018 ! haryana chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 99 | 22 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd Nurpur village bears burden of loss as it cremates 12 kids Thousands throng Khuwara to attend mass funeral Rajiv Mahajan Nurpur, April 10 The tiny village of Khuwara, located 12 km from Nurpur, is in mourning, having lost 12 of its children in the Monday bus accident. The bus (HP38C-6280) carrying students of Ram Singh Pathania Memorial High School, Gurchal, fell into a 500-foot gorge, adjoining the Chakki rivulet at Cheli, a few kilometres from the school. On Tuesday, thousands of people from different parts of the Nurpur Assembly constituency thronged the village to attend the mass funeral of the children — all aged between five and 13 years. There was none who was not teary-eyed. Naresh Kumar and his younger brother Rajesh were benumbed by grief. Fate could not have been more cruel to the brothers, who lost four children in the accident. The pyres of Naitik (8), Diksha (11), Palak (13) and Bhvishya (10) were lit by nine-year-old Nitesh, the son of their third brother. Sumna Devi and Balraj Singh, whose daughter Poonam Pathania (21) boarded the ill-fated bus at Malkwal, had fixed her marriage for May 11. Their house had only recently been given a fresh coat of paint as part of the wedding preparations. But joy has now turned into grief. The link road from Gurchal to Khuwara village is prone to accidents. There are no safety features, such as a berm or barricade. Some months ago, a truck too had veered off and fallen into the gorge along the Chakki rivulet. The school bus fell on the debris of this truck. Surprisingly, the authorities did not take notice of the previous acci- Haryana plans ~10,000 pension to ‘victims’ of Emergency Session washout: PM to fast BJP MPs to join Modi tomorrow ‘to protest impasse in Parliament’ New Delhi, April 10 Prime Minister Narendra Modi will observe a day-long fast on Thursday along with BJP MPs to protest the recent washout of the Budget session of Parliament, while party chief Amit Shah will hold a sit-in at Hubli in poll-bound Karnataka the same day. While observing a fast, Modi will not disturb his daily official routine of meeting people and officials, and clearing files, sources said. Addressing BJP MPs on Friday, Modi had accused the Opposition, particularly the Congress, of practising divisive politics and said that BJP MPs will observe a fast on April 12 to protest the impasse in Parliament. While the PM will work during fast, Amit Shah will hold a sit-in in Hubli. PTI FILE The Congress had tried to preempt the BJP event by announcing that its members would observe a fast on April 9 to promote communal harmony in the country. All BJP MPs will also observe a fast on April 12 in their respective constituencies. Shah will hold a dharna in poll-bound Karnataka. The party will also observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer from Backward Caste, on April 11 as Samta Divas (Equality Day). On this day, Modi will address the MPs. The BJP MPs will also organise events to mark the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Bhimrao Ambedkar on April 14. The BJP has been underlining its commitment to the welfare of Dalits and works of the Modi government while highlighting Ambedkar’s legacy at a time when Opposition parties have accused it of being anti-Dalit. — PTI SC yes to ‘Nanak Shah’ SIT set to move SC , SGPCtoaskforreview against bail to Sajjan Tribune News Service Locals and relatives carry the mortal remains of children killed in Monday’s accident for cremation on Tuesday. PHOTO: KAMALJEET dent and raise a crash barrier. A heap of schoolbags lay by the roadside on Tuesday — a reminder of the gruesome tragedy. There is seething anger among the locals at the shocking disregard for their safety. Markets in Nurpur, Jassur and surrounding areas remained shut as a mark of respect to the dead. The Nurpur Beopar Mandal held a condolence meeting. Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, local MLA Rakesh Pathania and former MLA Ajay Mahajan were among those who joined the mourners. Meanwhile, teacher Naresh Kumari (35), a resident of nearby Phagota village, and school kids Divya, Riya and Hardhik have been identified as among the dead. Nitesh, one of the seven admitted to a Pathankot hospital, is said to be in critical condition. edit: innocent lives lost New Delhi/Amritsar, Apr 10 The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the decks for a nationwide release of controversial film ‘Nanak Shah Fakir’ on April 13 even as a disappointed Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee said they would file a review petition on Wednesday. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra criticised the SGPC for trying to impose restrictions on the film. “No group, body, association or individuals can create any kind of disturbance in exhibition of the film after CBFC certification,” it said. Producer Harinder S Sikka had petitioned the top court, claiming that the Heena’s Ronak SGPC had banned the film on the life and teachings of the founder of the Sikh faith despite the CBFC nod on March 28. He said he had volunteered not to screen the film in Punjab “in view of the public sentiment”. Citing the decision of the filmmaker not to release the movie in Punjab, CM Capt Amarinder Singh said any decision to ban the movie had become “unnecessary”. He added that the government would “review the situation and take a decision, if need be”. The film depicts Guru Nanak and other Sikh figures in “living form”, which the clergy holds as blasphemous. Accusing the judiciary of ignoring the sensibilities of the Sikhs, SGPC chief GS Longowal said it “should have been kept in the loop”. More on page 13 Put-off CBSE exams in Punjab on April 27 New Delhi: The CBSE Class X and XII exams, postponed in Punjab due to Bharat Bandh on April 2, will be conducted on April 27. The roll numbers and exam centres will remain the same. While Class XII students were to appear for Hindi exam, language exams were scheduled for Class X on that day. PTI Pradeep Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 10 The ML Khattar government is set to pay a monthly pension of Rs 10,000 to “victims” of the 1975-77 Emergency. The issue figures on the agenda of the Haryana Cabinet that meets on Wednesday. Sources said 2,000 persons were imprisoned during Emergency broadly under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA), the Defence of India Act and Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC on grounds of “apprehension of breach of peace and tranquility of an area”. Prominent state RSS and BJP leaders, including Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma, were among those who were put behind bars by the Indira Gandhi government. If the proposal is cleared, Haryana would join two BJPruled states — Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh — that have instituted pension for those jailed during Emergency. Earlier, Haryana had issued identity cards to Emergency victims, allowing them and their spouses free travel on roadways buses and a 75 per cent rebate in case of Volvo buses. The government has already announced a lifetime pension of Rs 10,000 for ‘Hindi Satyagrahis’, imprisoned during ‘Hindi Satyagraha’ launched in 1957 that culminated in the creation of Haryana in 1966. /thetribunechd Rajesh Ranjan is new DG of CISF Ace shooter Heena Sidhu poses with her husband and coach Ronak Pandit after winning the gold medal in the women’s 25m pistol final event during the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday. Heena had earlier won a silver in the 10m air pistol event. PTI REPORT PAGE 16 New Delhi: Senior IPS officer Rajesh Ranjan has been appointed Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Ranjan, a 1984batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre, is at present Special Director General, BSF. PTI 81% jump in BJP funds, 14% fall in Cong’s 7 national parties got 75% income from voluntary contributions in 2016-17: Report THREE RICHEST PARTIES Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 10 The income of the ruling BJP jumped 81.18 per cent to Rs 1,034.27 crore, whereas that of the Opposition Congress dipped 14 per cent to Rs 225.36 crore between 2015-16 and 2016-17, says a report released on Tuesday. According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report, seven national parties — the BJP Congress, , BSP NCP CPM, CPI and Tri, , namool Congress — declared a total income of Rs 1,559.17 crore and expenditures of Rs PARTY INCOME (2016-17) BJP ~1,034.27 cr Cong ~225.36 cr BSP ~173.58 cr 1,228.26 crore. The agency said its report was based on the submissions made to the Election Commission and it compared the total income of the BJP and Congress, their expenditure and sources of income. “Between 2015-16 and 201617, the income of the BJP increased by 81.18 per cent (Rs 463.41 crore) from Rs 570.86 crore to Rs 1,034.27 crore, while the income of the Congress decreased by 14 per cent (Rs 36.20 crore) from Rs 261.56 crore to Rs 225.36 crore,” the ADR said in a statement. While the BJP declared expenditures of Rs 710.057 crore during 2016-17, the Congress incurred Rs 321.66 crore — Rs 96.30 crore more than its total income. The report said the seven national parties collected a maximum of 74.98 per cent (Rs 1,169.07 crore) income from voluntary contributions for 2016-17, which was 60 per cent (Rs 616.05 crore) of their Today’s issue is of 22 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. income in the previous fiscal. The due date for submission of annual audited accounts for the parties was October 30, 2017, but the BJP submitted its report on February 8 and the Congress on March 19 this year. The BJP Congress, NCP , and CPI consistently delayed submitting their audit reports for the past five years, it added. The ADR asked the political parties to provide all information on their finances under the Right to Information Act to strengthen elections and democracy. Mukesh Ranjan Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 10 The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the Centre to further probe cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riots on Tuesday indicated it would “very shortly” approach the Supreme Court against the anticipatory bail granted to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar by a lower court, which was upheld by the Delhi High Court. The complainants in the case will ask the probe agency to inform them about the listing of the petition for hearing so that they can appear in support of the plea. “We have decided to go in for appeal in the Supreme Court against the anticipatory bail for Sajjan Kumar, as our legal team feels that the trial court, which first grant- ed the relief, had erred on the ground of lapse of time,” said an official. In December 2016, Kumar was granted anticipatory bail by a sessions court in two cases where three Sikhs had been murdered in Janakpuri and Vikaspuri during the riots. The High Court on February 22, 2018, disallowed a petition filed by the SIT, which sought to cancel the anticipatory bail. The SIT, as it was argued in the High Court by its lawyer, also feels witnesses have not been coming forward as the Congress leader is not in custody, said the official. The decision to approach the apex court was taken following the “green signal” given by the Ministry of Law and Justice. Counsel for complainants HS Phoolka has welcomed the SIT decision. Vinod Singh Akhnoor Jaki Sharma Hiranagar 2 soldiers die in Pak firing Jammu, April 10 Two soldiers were killed as Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation on the Line of Control (LoC) in Sunderbani sector of Rajouri district on Monday night. The slain soldiers were identified as Riflemen Jaki Sharma and Vinod Singh. A defence spokesperson said around 5.15 pm, the Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling to which the Indian Army responded strongly and effectively. “However, in the exchange of fire, Rifleman Vinod Singh and Rifleman Jaki Sharma were grievously injured and later succumbed to injuries,” he added. “One more soldier was injured and is undergoing treatment,” said a source, adding that the incident happened in the Keri area of Sunderbani sector. Keri is around 8 km from Battal, from where four militants, killed on March 28 in Sunderbani, had infiltrated into the Indian side. Rifleman Vinod Singh, 24, who belonged to Danapur village of Akhnoor in Jammu district, is survived by his father Ajit Singh, while Rifleman Jaki Sharma, 30, who belonged to Sanhail village in Hiranagar of Kathua district, Jammu and Kashmir, is survived by his wife Rajni Devi. Since January 1, the Indian Army has lost 16 soldiers while defending the LoC, whereas the BSF, which works under the operational command of the Army on the LoC, has lost a jawan. — TNS
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