25042018-TTC-01.qxd 4/25/2018 1:17 AM Page 1 13 established in 1881 wednesday,april 25, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 113 | 20 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 4 Jaish militants gunned down in J&K Sepoy Ajay Kumar, Constable Lateef Ahmad Gojri killed in Pulwama gun battle Suhail A Shah Anantnag, April 24 Four militants, a soldier and a policeman were killed in a daylong encounter in Tral area of Pulwama district, 50 km southeast of Srinagar, on Tuesday. Police said the militants belonged to the Jaish-eMohammad (JeM) and their identities were being ascertained. Sources in the police said two of the slain militants were believed to be Pakistan nationals, while the other two were locals, one of them a constable’s son. The slain Army man has been identified as Sepoy Ajay Kumar of Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh, and the policeman as Constable Lateef Ahmad Gojri from Tral. The encounter began early morning in the forest area of Laam in Tral, where security forces had initiated a search operation following a lead. “While the search was on, the militants opened heavy fire on our men, leaving an Army man injured,” a senior police official said. “The jawan succumbed to his Police complaint against MLA Bains Chandigarh: A day after Lok Insaf Party MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains lashed out at DGP Suresh Arora for “not being accessible” to legislators of Opposition parties, the Ludhiana police on Tuesday ordered an FIR against him for “forced entry” into the Passport Sewa Kendra and for “brandishing arms.” Assistant Passport Officer Yashpal filed a police complaint, alleging the MLA had manhandled the security staff. TNS Apna Ghar sentence deferred to April 27 Panchkula: The CBI on Tuesday sought maximum punishment for the nine convicts in the Apna Ghar sexual abuse case, as special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh deferred pronouncing the quantum of sentence to April 27. INSIDE Asaram verdict today, 3 states put on alert PAGE 7 BOYS SHARE TOP SLOT IN HIMACHAL CLASS XII EXAM SCIENCE 98% injuries later.” After the initial fire, police sources said, the militants took cover in the dense forest. There was a lull for a few hours. The security forces then employed helicopters and para-commandos to track down the militants. “Once the militants were located, the exchange of fire resumed,” the police official said, adding that four militants and one policeman were killed during the fresh firing. The operation ended with the retrieval of the slain militants’ bodies, which were sent for medico-legal formalities. Meanwhile, clashes erupted in main town and Batpora areas of Tral soon after the operation started. The clashes continued for a while before heavy deployment of security forces brought things under control. The area remained shut throughout the day. The residents awaited the arrival of bodies of the local militants. All roads leading to Tral had been sealed and mobile Internet suspended in the area. Suresh Dharur Tribune News Service Hyderabad, April 24 Amid concerns over the “adverse impact” of the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission, the Andhra Pradesh Government will host the second round of Finance Ministers’ conclave in Vijayawada on May 7 to firm up a joint action plan. The first such conference of Finance Ministers of southern states was held in Thiruvananthapuram on April 10 where concerns were raised over the “skewed” terms of reference, particularly the proposal to take the 2011 Census as the basis for fixing the share of central taxes for the states. The members felt that such a yardstick would amount to penalising the southern states which have performed well in population control and other social indicators. The meeting also demanded VIKRAM SUNDERNAGAR COMMERCE 96.6% SAIJAL ARORA NAHAN ARTS 95.8% AKSHIMA SUJANPUR TIRA OVERALL PASS PERCENTAGE 70.18% STUDENTS APPEARED 98,281 PASSED 68,621 Tribune News Service Police personnel carry the coffin of Constable Lateef Ahmad Gojri who was killed in an encounter with militants in Pulwama on Tuesday. AMIN WAR SHARE IN CENTRAL PIE is not ❝ Itmetedjust about southern states being out injustice in tax devolution. It is about protecting the spirit of federalism. We are inviting the Finance Ministers of all states to deliberate on the issue. Y Ramakrishnudu, ANDHRA FINANCE MINISTER amendments to the terms of reference in the interest of equitable distribution of central taxes among the states. Andhra Finance Minister Y Ramakrishnudu pointed out that several states were already under stress on account of the double whammy impact of demonetisation and the GST. He said the 15th Finance Commission could be another setback as its terms of reference indicated the Centre could “take away more powers” from states. “The spirit of federalism is being damaged, despite the Finance Commission being an independent body under the Constitution,” he said. The proposed meeting is the first attempt by the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP to rally the states since its exit from the NDA government over denial of special status. The CPM, at its 22nd party congress recently in Hyderabad, had termed the terms of reference as “anti-federal” and accused the NDA government India not keen to revive SAARC Tribune News Service SAHIL U-turn after party rebuttal; BJP mocks New Delhi, April 24 The Congress was left redfaced on Tuesday with senior party leader and former Union minister Salman Khurshid saying the party had Muslims’ blood on its hands. The party was quick to distance itself from the remarks, saying Khurshid’s views were personal, even as the party leader later tweeted that the media had distorted his statement. “The Congress disagrees with his statement...It is his personal view, not the party’s,” Congress spokesperson PL Punia said. Speaking at an event at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Khurshid admitted to Congress’ lapses during communal riots under its rule. He was responding to a query by a student as to how the Congress would wash off the “blood stains” of Muslims from its hands. “It is a political question. There is blood on our hands. I am also a part of the Congress so let me say it, we have blood on our hands. Is this why you Salman Khurshid are trying to tell us that if someone attacks you, we must not come forward to protect you,” Khurshid asked. His remarks went viral on the social media, raising a storm. The BJP latched onto Khurshid’s remarks with Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi raking up a number of riots, including the Bhiwandi, Bhagalpur and Malegaon riots besides the 1984 anti-Sikhs riots. “What Khurshid said was an acknowledgement of the Congress’ history of “engineering communal riots,” he said. Alleging the Congress wore a mask of secularism but practised communalism, he asked the party to come clean on the matter. Southern states to chalk out action plan Won’t allow indiscipline in TAX DEVOLUTION Andhra Govt to play host; ‘threat’ to federalism on agenda policeforce,CMwarnsagain Smita Sharma HAMIRPUR Blood of Muslims on Cong hands: Khurshid New Delhi, April 24 India resetting ties with China does not imply Delhi will soften its position on Pakistan and terrorism sponsored from its soil, said sources. Questions are being raised if Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be in the same room with his Pakistani counterpart during the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit in China in June, will be open to formally reviving dialogue with Islamabad. India and Pakistan became full members of the SCO last year. New Delhi believes multilateral dynamics are different from bilateral ones and that it is too early to comment on the possibility of a handshake or conversation between the India-Pakistan PMs on the SCO sidelines in Qingdao, the sources say. Also, India is not warming up to the idea of reviving SAARC this year. The summit dialogue to be hosted in Islamabad in 2016 saw an India-led boycott in the wake of the Uri terror strikes. Unless Pakistan passes on the hosting right, Indian PM will be unwilling to participate. And the eight-member South Asian grouping charter states that even if one head of government or state does not attend, the summit meet cannot be held. “In the current situation, we do not contemplate a SAARC summit. It is difficult to have a summit when one of the countries is involved in actively sponsoring crossborder terrorism. There has to be a conducive environment for it,” underlined a government source, ahead of Modi’s talks with Xi Jinping, President of Pakistan’s allweather friend China. Interestingly, India managed to win Chinese support at the global counter-terror funding body FATF (Financial Action Task Force) meeting recently to grey-list Pakistan. more on back page Today’s issue is of 20 pages, including four-page Jobs and Careers. Amarjit Singh with his mother in Amritsar. VISHAL KUMAR I lied to my Pak hosts: Amarjit Attari, April 24 Amarjit Singh (24), a member of a Sikh jatha in Pakistan for Baisakhi celebrations who had gone missing, was traced to Pakistan’s Sheikhupura and sent back home on Tuesday. Carrying a placard to express gratitude to the Pakistan authorities and a portrait of Sikh Gurus, he crossed the Attari-Wagah check post in the afternoon. Facing a battery of mediapersons, he was ill at ease as he tried to explain why he had overstayed in Pakistan after his visa expired on April 21, often making contradictory statements. continued on page 7 of trying to use the Finance Commission to “further centralise financial powers”. “The loss to southern states itself will be to the tune of Rs 80,000 crore. States, such as Odisha and West Bengal, will also stand to lose if 2011 is taken as the base year for population,” the Kerala Finance Minster had said after meeting his Andhra counterpart in Vijayawada. There is an attempt by southern states to mobilise support for amendments to the ToR of the 15th Finance Commission and act as a pressure group. They contend that the terms of reference would only help states which had no discipline in population control while those which took strict measures on birth control would end up as losers as the commission had been told to take the 2011 Census as basis instead of the 1971 Census. Sanjeev Singh Bariana Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 24 The office of the Chief Minister will not tolerate indiscipline in the police force, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh made it clear while interacting with the media here on Tuesday. “Discipline in the uniformed forces, be it the Army, the paramilitary or the police, has to be maintained at all costs,” he stressed. The remark is significant. It comes in the backdrop of Anupam Gupta, amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the drug probe case, telling the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday that the CM was in contempt of court for threatening officers with dismissal for having approached the court, calling it as “indiscipline.” Capt Amarinder Singh Sidharth Chattopadhyay, SIT chief, had last month created ripples when he told the court that the probe against an SSP in a drug case was leading him to top cops Suresh Arora and Dinkar Gupta and, therefore, there was an attempt to falsely implicate him in a case. With the split in the police top brass wide open, the CM had subsequently called a meeting to warn he would not tolerate indiscipline. The CM said he had not interfered in the matter before the court, but only given directions to police officers in the interest of the state. “A boss, on the top of the hierarchy, has to be heard. Anybody who questions him is breaking discipline,” he maintained. On reasons for STF head Harpreet Sidhu, who was given independent charge, now reporting to DGP Arora instead of the CMO, Capt Amarinder replied: “Sidhu was on central deputation and could not have been brought back to head the STF during his deputation tenure. He was made to join the CMO. His period of deputation over, he is now under the DGP’s command.” On MLAs being unhappy over not being taken in the Cabinet, the CM said they would be “accommodated.”
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