18042018-TTC-01.qxd 4/18/2018 1:29 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday,april 18, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 106 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Tribute to a changing India Change the way you buy spare parts. Buy Genuine. Buy Reliable. Buy Online. Sweden to partner in India’s growth Both agree to strengthen defence, security ties; Delhi gets backing on NSG Stockholm, April 17 India and Sweden on Tuesday agreed to strengthen defence and security cooperation and also unveiled a strategic innovation partnership and a joint action plan for a “win-win” outcome during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven. Modi, who arrived in the Swedish capital on Monday for the first bilateral visit by an Indian premier to the Nordic nation in 30 years, noted that defence and security cooperation remained a “key pillar” in the bilateral ties. Lofven expressed support for India’s membership of the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) even as Modi thanked him for Sweden’s support to India’s candidature for non-permanent membership of UN Security Council (2021-22). The two had a “fruitful discussion on issues related to cooperation in innovation, trade & investment, culture and exchanged views on regional and multilateral cooperation at the delegation-level talks,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. Two documents were agreed to between India and Sweden PM Narendra Modi takes a short walk with Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven from Sager House to Rosenbad in Stockholm. PTI following the delegation-level talks — Innovation Partnership and Joint Action Plan — to maximise bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the people. In a joint press statement after the talks, Modi said the two sides focused on how Sweden can help India in its development journey. “I believe that the most important topic in our talks today was how Sweden can have a win-win partnership with India on the opportunities arising out of India’s development. As a result, we have agreed on an innovation partnership and a joint action plan,” he said. He said innovation, investment, start-ups, manufacturing, etc. were the key aspects of cooperation between India and Sweden. “Along with them, we are also giving importance to areas such as renewable energy, urban transport, waste management, that our connected with the quality of life of the people in India,” Modi added. The two sides agreed to enhance Indo-Swedish dialogue on defence cooperation and explore the finalisation of a bilateral agreement on exchange and mutual protection of classified information for cooperation in defence. Earlier, Modi called on Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf. — PTI modi meets nordic leaders P7 HERO GENUINE PARTS ONLINE. CLICK KARO BJP ministers in J&K quit to ‘facilitate’ rejig Dinesh Manhotra Tribune News Service Jammu, April 17 All BJP ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir coalition government headed by Mehbooba Mufti have submitted their resignations to state president Sat Sharma, as sought by the high command, to “facilitate” a reshuffle in the Council of Ministers. Highly placed sources said the BJP ministers were asked to submit their resignations on April 13 during the visit of party national general secretary Ram Madhav amid the outrage over the Kathua murder and rape case. “All ministers had submitted their papers on April 13, but the resignations of two — Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga — who had supported the demand for a CBI probe into the case, were sent to the Chief Minister,” sources said. “As a routine exercise to facilitate a reshuffle in the Council of Ministers, we have submitted our papers to the state president,” a BJP minister told The Tribune. Students seek justice for the Kathua rape victim, in Srinagar. AMIN WAR However, sources claimed the BJP was under pressure from different quarters to walk out of the coalition in the face of widespread anger against the party for its “meek surrender to the PDP” in the Kathua case. With Lal Singh and Ganga forced to resign for attending a rally by the Hindu Ekta Manch to demand the case be handed over to the CBI, eight BJP ministers were left in the Mufti Cabinet. They were Dr Nirmal Kumar Singh, Deputy CM, Bali Bhagat, Minister for Health and Medical Education, Cher- ing Dorjay, Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Ghani Kohli, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Shyam Choudhary, PHE Minister, and Ministers of State Sunil Kumar Sharma, Priya Sethi and Ajay Nanda. The state can have a maximum of 25 ministers, including the CM. According to top government sources, the reshuffle is likely to take place on April 20. The decision follows hectic parleys between senior BJP leader Avinash Khanna and party legislators, the sources said. J&K to oppose shifting of trial outside state Ishfaq Tantry Tribune news Service Srinagar, April 17 The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to oppose the plea seeking the transfer of the trial in the gangrape and murder case involving a tribal girl from Kathua to Chandigarh. However, the state government is expected to inform the Supreme Court about the steps it intends taking to ensure a free and fair trial in the case. While issuing notice to the state government on Monday on a petition filed by the biological father of the victim, seeking transfer of the trial from Kathua to Chandigarh, the SC had sought a response from the government by April 27. “We will not go in for the transfer of the case outside the state,” Law Minister Abdul Haq Khan told The Tribune, adding that the government was examining “what steps needed to be taken” to ensure a free and fair trial. The case is listed for hearing before the District and Sessions Judge in Kathua on April 28. “The transfer petition is before the SC, but we will move the High Court for setting up a fast-track court,” Khan said. More on page 12 Ordinance on SC promotion quota likely: Paswan HC: Pay ~20 lakh relief to Akali leader’s widow Delhi’s AAP govt loses 9 ATMs go dry on ‘sudden’ demand advisers as MHA objects Oppn calls it ‘return of note ban days’, FM says enough cash New Delhi, April 17 Stepping up its Dalit outreach, the BJP-led NDA government will now push for reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in promotion in government jobs and may bring an ordinance. Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who has emerged as the key spokesperson on Dalit issues, said the government would move the apex court for the repeal of its directions, which, he added, had halted the reservation for these communities in promotion. Paswan said the government was open to bringing an ordinance but will first move the apex court. The court, he added, had ruled in favour of reservation in promotion but also introduced conditions which had led to non-implementation of guidelines. According to these, states and Centre have to verify backwardness and efficiency for staff to be benefited. — PTI Mistaken for gangster, was shot by police Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 17 More than two years after Akali leader Mukhjit Singh Mukha was allegedly killed by a Punjab Police team, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday ordered a compensation of Rs 20 lakh for the victim’s wife, Harjit Kaur. The state has already paid Rs 5 lakh to the family. For paying the remaining amount, Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain set a threemonth deadline. Seeking a Rs 50-lakh compensation and a government job, Harjit Kaur had moved the High Court through counsel Mohinder Kumar, claiming that her husband was killed by a police party of Amritsar district on June 16, 2015, which “waylaid him and indiscriminately fired gunshots at him in his car”. The High Court was told he sustained 23 bullet injuries. Reports in the media had quoted the Commissioner of Police as saying that the police team had killed Mukha after mistaking him for a gangster. The counsel told the court that the then Deputy Chief Minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal, visited the victim’s family and announced compensation and a government job for the widow. Subsequently, Harjit Kaur was given a cheque for Rs 5 lakh, “which was inadequate”. Also, the government did not provide a job to her. The Punjab Government, during the course of hearing, told the Bench that the services of seven “erring cops” had been placed under suspension following the shootout. New Delhi, April 17 The tussle between the AAPled Delhi Government and the Centre further escalated on Tuesday with the appointment of nine advisers/consultants to Delhi ministers cancelled on the directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), which said these posts were "not" sanctioned. "The nine posts are not on the list of posts approved for ministers and chief ministers of the government of NCT of Delhi," an order of the General Administration Department read, quoting a letter from the MHA dated April 10, stating the Delhi Government had not taken the requisite prior approval of the Central Government to appoint officials on these posts. Among the nine advisers whose appointments have been cancelled are Amardeep Tiwari, media adviser to the Law Minister, Arunodya Prakash and Atishi Marlena, both media advisers to Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, and Raghav Chadha, adviser to Finance Minister. Sisodia called the MHA order a “conspiracy” to derail the AAP government’s education initiatives in Delhi. Accusing the Centre of trying to paralyse the Delhi Government, he alleged Marlena, who had played a "vital role" in improving the education system, had been targeted. “No wonder why Modi govt decided to remove advisors like @AtishiMarlena — an Stephenian who later studied at Oxford, then worked as Rhodes scholar, and then joined Delhi Education govt as advisor. She was working with me on Re 1/pm salary for last 3 years (sic),” he tweeted. AAP’s national spokesperson Chadha posted a letter on Twitter as proof that he no longer held the post. Sanjeev Sharma Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 17 Amid reports of currency shortage and ATMs running dry in various parts of the country, the government and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Tuesday announced to ramp up printing of ~500 notes by five times. While the government attributed the problem to “sudden and unusual demand”, the RBI denied cash shortage and said it was taking steps to move currency to areas witnessing unusually large cash withdrawals as a matter of precaution. Cities and towns across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, poll-bound Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar were reportedly impacted more by the cash crunch. The Finance Ministry said the unusual spurt in currency demand was reported in the last three months. In the An ‘out of cash’ message displayed at an ATM in New Delhi on Tuesday. first 13 days of April, the currency supply increased by ~45,000 crore, whereas the normal level for a month is around ~20,000 crore. The Opposition parties slammed the government for the “return of demonetisation days” with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi saying “terror of note ban” had again gripped the country. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee called it a “financial emergency” and CPM’s Sitaram Yechury said people were “suffering” because of BJP policies. The RBI said the shortage may be felt in some pockets largely due to logistical issues of replenishing ATMs frequently and the recalibration of ATMs being still underway. “It is clarified at the outset that there is sufficient cash in the RBI vaults and currency chests. Nevertheless, printing of the notes has been ramped up in all four note presses,” it said. Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg indicated that ~2,000 notes were being hoarded as these were not coming back into the circulation fast enough. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: “There is more than adequate currency in circulation and also available with the banks. The temporary shortage caused by sudden and unusual increase (in demand) is being tackled quickly.” More on page 7 ‘Get paid’ for sudden power cut Who owns Taj? SC terms Wakf Board claim problematic Delhi seeks L-G nod for discoms paying if unscheduled shutdown New Delhi, April 17 Citizens would be compensated for unscheduled power cuts lasting longer than one hour if a policy approved by the Delhi government on Tuesday gets a green signal from Lt Governor Anil Baijal. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved the policy to provide compensation to users in case of “unscheduled power cuts by the private power distribution companies” and it was later sent to the Lt Governor for approval. “According to this new pol- icy, in the case of an unscheduled power cut, the discoms (power distribution companies) will have to restore the electricity within an hour, and failure to do so shall result in a penalty of Rs 50 per hour per consumer for the first two hours and Rs 100 per hour after two hours,” an official statement said. The compensation would be provided to consumers in their monthly electricity bills. “The Delhi government is confident that the LG will concur with the policy and endorse this pro-consumer step, which will become a model for other governments across the country to follow.” In case of a power cut, a consumer has to file a “no current” complaint through SMS, email, phone, mobile application or website and along with their name, Consumer Account (CA) number and mobile number. The discom would attend to the complaint and send a confirmation with power restoration date and time. — IANS Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 17 Almost 365 years after Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal, the ownership of the ‘monument of love’ has become a subject matter of a dispute before the Supreme Court. The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Wakf Board, which is fighting a protracted legal battle to get the title of the disputed site at Ayodhya, has claimed that it’s a Wakf property and it should be allowed to maintain it. Under Islamic practice, Wakf means an endowment of property by a Muslim for a religious or charitable purpose. Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. On Tuesday, its counsel told the top court that Taj Mahal was owned by the Almighty but it must be listed as property of the Wakf Board for practical purposes. A Bench headed by the Chief Justice of India is hearing a petition filed by the Archaeological Survey of India against a Wakf Tribunal’s 2005 decision ordering Taj Mahal to be registered as the UP Sunni Wakf Board’s property. The SC, which had stayed the tribunal’s order, on Tuesday termed it problematic and adjourned the case for further hearing on July 27. Known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Taj Mahal was built between 1632 and 1653 at Gara by Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. She died in 1631 while giving birth to their 14th child. The Taj hit headlines last year after being dropped from the UP Government’s tourism booklet. Later, it was mentioned as a place of pride in the government’s 2018 calendar. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who visited the Taj last month to review tourism schemes, had described the monument as “a priceless gem” and said everyone should be committed to its preservation and protection. Under a law enacted by Parliament, the ASI has been maintaining all ancient monuments in India. Wakf board wanted ASI to consider registering Taj Mahal as a Wakf property, only for maintenance. But the ASI has opposed it as similar claims for Red Fort, Fatehpur Sikri and some other historic monuments might come up.
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