23042018-TTC-01.qxd 23-04-2018 01:21 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday,april 23, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 111 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Modi-Xi meeting to reset ties Ordinances on child rape, rich fugitives cleared April 27-28 talks in Wuhan amid informal settings, agenda open Tribune News Service & PTI REUTERS Smita Sharma New Delhi, April 22 President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday approved an ordinance providing death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below age 12 years, besides clearing another ordinance to confiscate property of fugitive economic offenders. The President promulgated The Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, approved by the Union Cabinet on Saturday that seeks to provide effective deterrence against rape and instil a sense of security among women, particularly young girls. Tribune News Service There was outrage over the rape and murder of an eightyear-old girl in Kathua in J-K and similar crimes in other parts of the country. The ordinance stipulates stringent penalty for perpetrators of rape, particularly of girls below 16 and 12 years. Death sentence has been provided for rapists of girls under 12 years. continued on page 11 New Delhi, April 22 In a first-of-its-kind meeting between the top leaders of India and China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping will meet in Wuhan, a city in central China and the hometown of Chinese envoy to India Lou Zhaohui, on April 27-28. A formal announcement was made after Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj held bilateral talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) Foreign Ministers’ meet in Beijing on Sunday. “My discussion with Minister Wang Yi was to prepare for the informal meeting between our leaders. It will be an important occasion for them to exchange views on bilateral and international matters with objective of enhancing mutual communication at level of leaders,” said Swaraj. Wang stressed that the informal summit would add a new milestone in Sino-India relations. “We see socialism with Chinese characteristics 3 hurt as AI flight faces turbulence PM warns party motormouths New Delhi: In a nightmare for over 240 air passengers, an Air India flight from Amritsar to the national capital last week experienced turbulence, leaving at least three people with minor injuries and causing a window panel inside the aircraft to break away, according to four airline officials. Besides Air India, regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Aircraft Accident Investigation Board are probing the incident, which happened on April 19. PTI New Delhi, April 22 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday underlined the support the BJP had received from backward sections of society, noting it had the maximum number of elected lawmakers from OBC, Dalit and ST communities, and asserted the party’s reach was no longer confined to a particular class, urban centres or North India. He asked party leaders to refrain from making “irresponsible” statements, saying their responsibility had risen rations underway for this informal meeting, PM Modi’s visit comes ahead of the SCO Summit in China’s Qingdao in June. India and Pakistan became full members of the SCO last year. According to sources, this diplomatic initiative was first proposed at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen last September. PM Modi could attend the Summit only after Indian and Chinese militaries mutually disengaged following a 73-day tense eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation at the Doklam tri-junction with Bhutan. Diplomatic sources say the idea is to facilitate a free-flowing conversation in retreatlike settings on all issues, including contentious ones, between the two Asian leaders without the restraints of a formal joint statement. Calling this a bold step, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s predecessor S Jaishankar who retired in January remarked: “They will be meeting in an informal environment. The agenda will be open. They will spend a lot of time over two continued on page 11 TEEN ABDUCTED, RAPED IN YAMUNANAGAR REPORT INSIDE Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. YATRA VIA NATHU LA, RIVER DATA-SHARING BACK China has agreed to resume sharing of hydrological data of the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers, besides restarting the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Nathu La route in Sikkim. entering a new era and India acts as a crucial stage in its development and revitalisation. It is against this backdrop that President Xi and as public support for the BJP had increased. His comments at an interaction with the party’s MPs, MLAs and other representatives through his mobile app assume significance in the wake of Opposition parties’ attempts to put up a united front against the saffron party over the Dalit issue and also criticism of some BJP leaders for making irresponsible statements. The party quoted PM Modi as saying the BJP had emerged as an “all-touching, all-inclusive” organisation. Prime Minister Modi have decided to hold the informal summit,” said Wang. First reported by The Tribune in January about prepa- “Our mass base is increasing among all sections and this is our biggest asset.” The PM asked his party leaders and workers to use technology to link villages to development works. He will speak to workers of the poll-bound Karnataka through the video bridge technology on April 26. On criticism that his government had not created enough jobs, he said lifestyle and livelihood sources had changed in villages. He emphasised his government’s efforts to boost self-employment. — PTI 14 Naxalites killed in Maha ops, top commanders ‘among dead’ Mumbai, April 22 Fourteen Naxals were killed in an encounter with the police in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district on Sunday, a senior official said. A couple of high-ranking unit commanders were likely to be among the dead. A team of C-60 commandos, a specialised combat unit of the Gadchiroli police, carried out the operation in Tadgaon forest of Bhamragad. “Fourteen Naxals were killed in the encounter. The combing operations are still on,” said IGP Sharad Shelar. “In an operation in Kasanasur jungle area bordering Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, an exchange of fire took place between C-60 commandos and Maoists. During search, at least 12 bodies of Naxals have been recovered. Further searches are on,” said DGP Satish Mathur. The DGP said there was a possibility that Naxal leaders of “DVC ranks” (high-ranking commanders) Sainath and Sinu, alias Srikant, were among those killed. “This is the biggest success ever in the Dandakaranya area by any anti- NIA WING TO TRACE MAOIST FUNDING New Delhi: A dedicated wing is being set up in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to go after Maoist leaders and their sympathisers allegedly involved in money laundering and spending huge amounts in higher education of their children, say officials. The Home Ministry recently approved the setting up of a wing in the NIA for the task, said an official. PTI Naxal force. There are no major injuries on our side. The police teams are still in operation… The count may go up,” he said. Home Minister Rajnath Singh later called up Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and took stock of the security situation, an official said. Singh discussed with Fadnavis the Left-wing extremism situation in Gadchiroli district and other related issues, the ministry official said. — PTI Yechury re-elected CPM gen secy Suresh Dharur Tribune News Service ❝ Let us re-dedicate ourselves to the task of protecting the country’s unity and integrity and the Constitution. Sitaram Yechury Hyderabad, April 22 Sitaram Yechury, who defied the majority view in his party and successfully pitched for a tactical understanding with the Congress, was on Sunday re-elected as CPM general secretary for a second term. The re-election, capping weeks of speculation over his future amid internal rift over the political-tactical line, came on the concluding day of the party’s 22nd congress in Hyderabad. The new 95-member cen- tral committee unanimously elected Yechury (65) for another three-year term. He was first elevated to the post at the party’s 21st congress at Visakhapatnam in 2015. The committee also elected a 17-member Polit Bureau. West Bengal leader Tapan Sen and Nilotpal Basu find a place in the new Polit Bureau while former CITU leader AK Padmanabhan has been relieved. Kerala leader S Ramchandran Pillai continues in the Polit Bureau. MV Govindan Master, chief editor of party publication ‘Deshab- himani’ in Kerala, and former Kerala Assembly Speaker K Radhakrishnan are the new faces in the central committee. Prakash Karat, Brinda Karat, Manik Sarkar, Pinarayi Vijayan, Ramachandran Pillai and Biman Basu are among the members on the central committee. “The main task today is to defeat this BJP government and for that all necessary measures will be undertaken,” Yechury said in his acceptance speech. Terming the 22nd party congress as continued on page 11
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