29042018-TTC-01.qxd 4/29/2018 1:14 AM Page 1 123 established in 1881 vol. 2 no. 117 | sunday, april 29, 2018 chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 30 pages | ~5.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd POCSO Act to be gender-neutral 12 killed as van hits truck in UP Lakhimpur Khiri: A speeding van carrying 18 passengers rammed into a stationary truck on the National Highway 24 on Saturday morning, killing 12 persons and injuring six others, the police said. The incident occurred at Uchauliya when the overloaded van, on way to Sitapur from Shahjahanpur, hit the truck from the rear near a roadside eatery. PAGE 7 Justice for male child survivors Asaram’s daughter maintains distance Ahmedabad: Within days of Asaram Bapu's conviction in a rape case, his daughter Bharati has sought to distance herself from the self-styled godman. Bharati claimed she had taken a "different path" long back though the outside world believed that she was very much involved in the running of Asaram ashrams. PAGE 7 Tejas test-fires BVR missile New Delhi: In a major milestone, indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas successfully fired an air-to-air beyond visual (BVR) range missile, demonstrating its capability as an effective combat jet. Defence Ministry officials said the test-firing of the missile from a Tejas was carried out on Friday off the Goa coast. BACK PAGE PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping take a boat ride on the East Lake in Wuhan, China, on Saturday. REUTERS India, China militaries to build trust WUHAN TALKS Push to bilateral trade; China flexible on OBOR Smita Sharma tribune news service New Delhi, April 28 Half a dozen meetings over two days with nearly 10 hours of conversation for personal bonding between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping and ‘strategic to long term perspectives’ shared. As curtains came down on the first informal summit meeting in Wuhan city between the top leaders of Asia’s two largest economies, both sides hoped to institutionalise this new dialogue tool with India planning to host ver- sion 2.0 on its soil next year. While there was no joint statement, as reported earlier by The Tribune, a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement read: “The forward-looking dialogue raised the level of strategic communication about the perspective, priorities and vision that guide their respective policy choices domestically, regionally and globally. It also helped them in forging a common understanding of the future direction of IndiaChina relations built upon mutual respect for each other’s developmental aspirations and prudent manage- ment of differences with mutual sensitivity.” On the second and final day of the summit, PM Modi and President Xi strolled around only with translators and no aides, along the banks of the scenic East Lake, the largest urban lake in China. Later, conversations continued as they took a ride in a house boat. Prior to his departure for Delhi, PM Modi was hosted for a private lunch by President Xi. From India’s national flag and bird designed on the luncheon menu card to peacock sugar lumps for “chai pey charcha” to the 1982 Bol- Red Fort upkeep with Finally, J-K Cabinet Dalmias; Cong fumes reshuffle tomorrow New Delhi, April 28 The Congress on Saturday questioned how a private entity was given the mandate to maintain the iconic Red Fort, days after a corporate house signed an agreement with the Tourism Ministry under its ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project. The Dalmia Bharat group, under the memorandum of understanding, would maintain the monument and build basic infrastructure around it. It has committed a sum of Rs 25 crore for the purpose over a period of five years. IndiGo Airlines and the GMR group were also in the race to bag the project. “They are handing over the iconic monument to a private business. What is your commitment to the idea of India, to the history of India? Do you have dearth of funds,” asked Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera. The Dalmia Bharat group has agreed to provide basic amenities at the 17th century monument within six months. These include providing drinking water ❝ They are handing over the iconic monument to a private business. What is your commitment to the idea of India, to the history of India? Congress . kiosks, street furniture like benches and signages to guide visitors, according to the Tourism Ministry. It has also agreed to put up within a year tactile maps, upgrade toilets, light up pathways and bollards, carry out restoration work and landscaping and build a 1,000-sq-foot visitor facility centre. It will also provide a 3-D projection mapping of the fort’s interior and exterior, battery-operated vehicles, charging stations for such vehicles and a thematic cafeteria. Responding to Khera’s remarks, Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons said under the scheme started last year, the ministry was looking at public participation to develop heritage monuments. — PTI Tribune News Service Jammu, April 28 The much-awaited Cabinet reshuffle, following the “resignation” of eight of the nine BJP ministers, will be held in Jammu on April 30. Governor NN Vohra will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at the city’s Convention Centre at 12 noon. Sources said the reshuffle in the middle of the durbar move had become necessary for two reasons. First, the suspense over the fate of BJP ministers holding important portfolios was affecting the already fragile governance in the state. Second, since all BJP ministers, barring Sajjad Gani Lone and Chering Dorjay, belong to Jammu, the residents there were finding it hard to get their grievances addressed post resignations. The reshuffle should have been done on Friday, the last day of the seat of the government in the winter capital of Jammu. But owing to the delay in the list of new minis- All BJP ministers had resigned on April 13. But the resignations of only two, Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, were sent to CM. . ters, this could not be done. “We are in the process of finalising names,” Avinash Rai Khanna, BJP in-charge in J&K, said, adding this would be done soon. The BJP ministers had submitted their resignations to party president Sat Sharma on April 13. But the resignations of only two ministers, Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, were sent to CM Mehbooba Mufti. They had to quit for backing the demand for handing over the Kathua rape case to the CBI. On April 24, the BJP core group met the central leadership in Delhi to finalise the names of ministers and returned to Jammu the same day after detailed discussions. The BJP presently has eight ministers in the Cabinet. For police on loan, Mamata writes to 5 states RURAL POLLS WB doesn’t have enough force to man 58,000 booths Shubhadeep Choudhury Tribune News Service Kolkata, April 28 The West Bengal Government has written to five state governments, including that of Punjab, for loaning it “four to five companies” of police for deployment during the panchayat elections. Normally, states seek central forces for additional security, if need be. Besides Punjab, the other states approached are Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Orissa and Assam. Panchayat elections in West Bengal were to take place in three phases in the first week of May. However, following a High Court directive, the State Election Commission announced May 14 as the fresh date for the polls. Since the state government does not have adequate police personnel for manning the over 58,000 polling booths, it has sought the help of the five states. While Punjab has a Congress government, the CM has sprung a surprise by asking for help from the BJPruled Assam. The remaining states — Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana — are ruled by regional parties. The CM enjoys a good rapport with her Telengana counterpart KC Rao. The latter Today’s issue is of 30 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. had visited Kolkata recently to discuss a coalition for the Lok Sabha polls. Mamata had also lent support to Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu when the latter went on fast to protest against the Centre’s refusal to award “special category” status to Andhra. Personal equations apart, election duty in West Bengal is a tricky business and the risk factor will have a bearing on the five states’ decision whether or not to send their police personnel to West Bengal. lywood hit song “ Yeh vaada raha” playing out during the Friday dinner — special attention was paid to details by President Xi. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale called the enhanced communication between the leaders and the political will to strengthen communication between governments and militaries as key takeaways from Wuhan. Describing the talks as direct, free and candid, he mentioned that both leaders discussed a range of issues, including climate change, terrorism, continued on page 7 Bid to put doklam behind p22 New Delhi, April 28 The Centre is planning to amend the POCSO Act to provide justice to male child victims of sexual assault, the Women and Child Development Ministry said, days after an ordinance promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind provided the death penalty for rape of girls under the age of 12. “The government has always strived to develop gender-neutral laws. It has proposed amendment in the POCSO Act to seek justice for (male) survivors of child sexual abuse,” it said on its official Twitter handle. WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had supported a petition on Change.org by filmmaker-activist Insia Dariwala, who said “male child sexual abuse is an ignored reality in India”. Replying to the petition, she said a first-of-its-kind study on male survivors of child sexual abuse would be conducted. “Another much neglected sphere of child sexual abuse is male survivors. Child sexual abuse is gender neutral... It is a serious problem and needs to be addressed.” Following the petition, the minister had in September 2017 instructed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to look into the issue. The NCPCR held a conference in this regard in PROTECTING CHILDREN The government has always strived to develop gender-neutral laws. It has proposed amendment to the POCSO Act to seek justice for (male) survivors of child sexual abuse. WCD Ministry . November last year. “As per the recommendations that emerged from the conference, it was unanimously decided that there should be an amendment to the existing scheme for the victims of CSA to also include compensation for boys who have been sexually abused or raped,” she said. As per an ordinance promulgated by the President recently, courts can now award the maximum death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years. – PTI Gun battle in Sukma,woman Naxal killed Raipur, April 28 At least two Naxals, including a woman, were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, a senior police official said. Several other ultras were injured in the encounter and the toll may rise. The gunfight comes a day after eight Naxals, including six women, were killed in an encounter in Sukma’s adjoining district Bijapur. Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Bastar) Sundarraj P said: “So far, the bodies of two Naxals, including a woman, have been found. A search operation is on.” Separate teams of the District Reserve Guard (DRG), the Special Task Force (STF) and the elite CoBRA were carrying out combing operations in Sukma, the DIG said. The gun battle lasted for about two hours following which the Maoists fled into the core forest area, he said. According to ground reports, several other Naxals were grievously injured in the exchange of fire but were dragged away by their colleagues. On Friday, a joint security operation was carried out in Bijapur by the Chhattisgarh Police, the special anti-Naxal Greyhounds unit of their Telangana counterparts and the CRPF. — PTI
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