27042018-TTC-01.qxd 27-04-2018 01:18 Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday,april 27, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 115 | 16 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd 13 school kids die as train hits van Rethink on name of Angry protests at accident site; Yogi, Rly Minister announce relief Shahira Naim Tribune News Service Lucknow, April 26 Thirteen children were killed when a train rammed into their school van at an unmanned crossing in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district on Thursday morning. With four children battling for life, the toll is expected to rise. Three students and the van driver have been referred to Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical Hospital. Prima facie it appears the van driver, reportedly a minor, was wearing earphones and did not hear the Gorakhpur-Barhni train approach the Dudhi-Bahpurwa railway crossing even as terrified students, all aged between 7 and 11 years, screamed to alert the driver. So did a group of women standing near the crossing, said witnesses. Railway’s ‘Gate Mitra’ Arvind Kumar Bhartiya posted at the unmanned crossing reportedly signalled the driver to halt. The state government has suspended Kushinagar Basic Shiksha Adhikari Hemant Rao and Dudahi Block Shiksha Adhikari Shesh Bahadur for allowing Bhaichung Bhutia floats ‘Hamro Sikkim’ New Delhi: Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday launched his political party “Hamro Sikkim” here. He said he “felt like an outsider” in the Trinamool Congress. PTI Sharad JD-U faction launches new party New Delhi: Supporters of JD-U rebel Sharad Yadav on Thursday announced a new party, Loktantrik Janata Dal, marking a formal split in the Nitish Kumar-led party. PTI Pak FM disqualified for life by High Court Islamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif was on Thursday disqualified by the High Court here from holding public office for life for concealing details of his UAE work permit during the 2013 poll — another major blow to ruling PML-N ahead of polls. PAGE 13 Nath pips Scindia, is MP Cong chief PAGE 7 ELEVATION Malhotra 1st woman to make it from Bar Satya Prakash Tribune News Service People gather around the mangled school van which was hit by a train in UP’s Kushinagar. PTI Schoolgirl dies in Delhi 5 students hurt in Karnal New Delhi: A seven-year-old girl died and 17 students were injured after a milk tanker rammed into a school van in northwest Delhi on Thursday morning. Karnal: Five students were injured after their auto was hit by a car here on Thursday. The injured were rushed to Kalpana Chawla hospital and discharged after first aid. Divine Public School to function without the requisite recognition. An FIR has been filed against the school. Kushinagar Assistant Regional Transport Officer (Enforcement) Raj Kishore Trivedi and Transport Department’s Passenger Tax Officer Ranvir Singh Chauhan have been suspended too for irregularities in issuing a permit to the school van. North Eastern Division CPRO Sanjay Yadav said at unmanned crossings, the onus was on the road user to avoid a mishap. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who visited the injured children at the district hospital, faced an angry crowd at the accident site. The CM directed the Gorakhpur Divisional Commissioner to hold an inquiry and announced Rs 2 lakh as ex gratia to the next of kin of the deceased. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announced Rs 2 lakh each for the kin of the deceased. Governor Ram Naik condoled the deaths. Congress Legislature Party leader Ajay S Lallu sought Rs 50 lakh for the affected families. Family loses 3 kids p7 Will discuss national priorities with Xi: PM Smita Sharma tribune news service NewDelhi, April 26 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday flew to Wuhan in central China for the first informal summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. As PM Modi emplaned for China, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “A relationship with a common responsibility for peace, stability and prosperity in the world.” In the last four years, the PM has visited China thrice, including Xi’s hometown of Xian during his first state visit, Xiamen for the BRICS summit and Hangzhou for the G20 summit last year. According to local media reports, in the erstwhile summer retreat of Chairman Mao Zedong, the hotel in Wuhan where PM Modi is staying is under a security clampdown. Over the next two days, he and Xi will engage in oneon-one talks, without aides, and hold some delegation PM Narendra Modi is welcomed in Wuhan. PHOTO: TWITTER/MEAINDIA sessions for overarching broadbased conversations. Prior to his departure, PM Modi stated: “President Xi and I will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance. We will discuss our respective visions and priorities for national development, particularly in the context of current and future international situation.” Top official sources say that specific contentious issues, including India’s membership of the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers’ Group) or Chi- nese veto in the UN Security Council shielding Pakistanbased terror masterminds are unlikely to be raised during the one-on-one talks. However, the leaders are expected to take up larger global dynamics, including US trade protectionism, WTO (World Trade Organisation) issues, climate change, regional connectivity and security issues. “We will also review the developments in India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective,” PM Modi added. LAC disputes bigger p16 Dhuri farmers collect grain for fire-hit Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Sangrur, April 26 In the past three days, farmers of various villages in the Dhuri subdivision have collected 1,000 quintals of wheat to help those whose crop was destroyed in a major blaze recently. Even as more help is on the way, committees have been set up to distribute the grain among the fire-hit farmers. The eagerness to help seems almost contagious, with villages vying to outdo one another in the task. In Benra village, 59 families have lost their crop. In nearby Benra, at least six families have been affected. The figures in other villages are being collected too. While Kanjhla, Kakkarwal, Katron, Bhalwa, Punnawal Dhandra, Bardwal and Dhadogal have CJ Joseph: Govt to SC Dhuri Congress MLA with farmers during wheat-collection drive in Sangrur on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO sent tractors laden with wheat bags, some others, such as Ranike, Dhura, Bhadawad and Hasanpur, have sent dry fodder for the cattle too. The camaraderie is heart-warming. “We decided to lend a help- ing hand as government aid is invariably delayed. But these farmers needed immediate help,” explains Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Kanjhla village. The farmers have been mobilised by Dhuri MLA Dalvir Singh Goldy. “We started a special campaign on April 23. Farmers hit by the blaze will not have to purchase wheat. We have already collected 1,000 quintals and expect another 700800 quintals in the coming days,” he says. NewDelhi, April 26 The government on Thursday asked the Supreme Court collegium to reconsider its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the top court, saying it may not be “appropriate” at this stage. In a letter to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on the all-India high court judges’ seniority list, Justice Joseph was ranked 42 and there were 11 Chief Justices of high courts who were senior to him. The decision had approval of the President and the PM, Prasad wrote. It also pointed out that SCs/STs had no representation in the top court since long. It would not be fair and justified to other more senior, suitable and deserving Chief Justices and senior judges of various high courts, Prasad wrote. The government’s decision to send back Justice Joseph’s name coincided with the official notification for appoint- Indu Malhotra Justice KM Joseph MORE JUDGES SENIOR TO HIM: LAW MINISTER Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad held that on the HC judges’ seniority list, Justice KM Joseph was ranked 42 and there were 11 Chief Justices senior to him. Justice Joseph had quashed President’s rule in Uttarakhand. Ball in collegium court Cong sees ‘conspiracy’ If the collegium reiterates its recommendation, it would be binding on the government which will have to appoint Justice Joseph as SC judge. CJIled Bench has said the govt can send back collegium’s recommendation for rethink. ment of senior advocate Indu Malhotra as a judge of the Supreme Court. Malhotra is the first woman to make it as the SC judge from Bar. Currently, the Supreme Court is functioning with only 26 judges against a sanc- ❝ What’s holding up Justice Joseph’s appointment? His state or his religion or his judgment in Uttarakhand case? (had ruled in favour of Cong petition against President’s rule)❞ P Chidambaram, CONG LEADER tioned strength of 31 judges. Malhotra’s appointment will take the number of judges in the top court to 27. Within hours, lawyers led by senior counsel Indira Jaising moved the Supreme Court continued on page 7 Apex court: May transfer Kathua trial New Delhi, April 26 The Supreme Court on Thursday hinted at shifting the Kathua gangrape and murder trial from J&K , saying it would do so if there was the “slightest possibility” of lack of fair trial. “If we find the slightest possibility of lack of fair trial, we will transfer the case (out of Jammu and Kashmir),” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said. “The real concern of this court is to see that a fair trial is done and the trial is fair to the accused as well as the family members of the victim,” said the Bench, which also included Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud, after a Bar Council of India committee headed by a former HC judge backed the demand for a CBI probe in the matter. The BCI panel gave a clean chit to the Kathua Bar Association, saying its members did not obstruct the police or victim family’s lawyers. The Bench said it would not digress from the main issue of ensuring a fair trial. If the advocates were at fault, they will be dealt with in accordance with the law, it said. — TNS Justice Murari to head Punjab & Haryana HC Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 26 A senior judge of the Allahabad High Court, Justice Krishna Murari, is set to take over as the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. His name has been cleared for elevation as the Chief Justice and formal notification in this regard is expected to be issued soon. Shahkot byelection on May 28 Chandigarh/newDelhi, April 26 The bypoll to Shahkot Assembly seat in Punjab will be held on May 28, a spokesperson for the state Chief Electoral Officer said on Thursday. The spokesperson said while the polling would be held on May 28, the counting of votes would take place on May 31. The code of conduct would be enforced in Jalandhar district with immediate effect. The last date for submission of nomination papers is May 10 while the last date for withdrawal would be May 14. The bypoll has been necessitated following the passing away of veteran Shiromani Akali Dal leader Ajit Singh Kohar in February this year. Besides Shahkot, bypolls to nine Assembly and four Lok Sabha seats across 10 states would be held on May 28, the Election Commission said. The parliamentary bypolls will be held in Kairana (Uttar Pradesh), Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya (Maharashtra) and to the Nagaland seat. The seats where Assembly bypolls will be held are Noorpur (Uttar Pradesh), Jokihat (Bihar), Gomia and Silli (Jharkhand), Chengannur (Kerala), Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra), Ampati (Meghalaya), Tharali (Uttarakhand) and Maheshtala (West Bengal). The counting on all the seats will take place on May 31. — TNS/IANS Justice Murari will take system has been honed over over from Chief Justice a long career as a practising Shiavax Jal Vazifdar, lawyer and as a High who retires early Court judge. next month upon His uncle, Justice attaining the age of GN Verma, was also a superannuation. renowned Judge. Known for his integriBefore being called to ty, hard work, dedicathe Bench, Justice tion and liberal attiMurari was known for Justice K Murari tude, Justice Murari’s practice on the civil understanding and deep side and was considered proappreciation of the judicial ficient in company matters and consolidation cases. Born on July 9, 1958, Justice Murari was elevated as Additional Judge on January 7, 2004, and took oath as a permanent judge on August 18, 2005. His elevation comes at a time when the High Court is facing acute shortage of judges. As of now, the HC has 50 judges, including the Chief Justice, against a sanctioned strength of 85.
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