14052018-TTC-01.qxd 14-05-2018 01:34 Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday, may 14, 2018 ! late city chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 138 no. 132 | 26 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2018-2020 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd GovtplanstoputSC/ST Act in Ninth Schedule Light and sound show Move would insulate legislation from judicial scrutiny Tribune News Service Reflections of North Block and South Block in rainwater after a thunderstorm in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Storms strike again, 41 dead across four states New Delhi, May 13 Dust storms and thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds wreaked havoc on Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital, killing at least 41 persons and leaving behind a trail of destruction. Uttar Pradesh bore the brunt of the thunderstorm that left at least 18 persons dead, while 12, including four children, were killed in West Bengal and nine in Andhra Pradesh, and two in Delhi, officials said. At several places in North India, including Delhi, high-velocity winds uprooted trees and affected road, rail and air services. Operations at the Delhi airport came to a halt. At least 70 flights were diverted as the dust storm reduced visibility, an official said. The devastation comes 10 days after storms hit UP , Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab, killing 134 and injuring more than 400. UP was the worst-hit, accounting for 80 deaths, most of them in Agra district. Subsequently on May 9, several parts of UP were struck by a severe storm that left 18 dead. According to the India Meteorological Department, thunderstorms also occurred at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam, Meghalaya, Maharashtara, Karnata- Tragedy revisits Himachal ka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. A squall and dust storm with a wind speed of up to 109 kmph battered Delhi and neighbouring areas, killing two persons and injuring 18. In West Bengal, 12 persons, including four children, were killed in lightning, an official of the state disaster management department said. Five deaths were reported from Howrah district, two deaths each from West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas and Nadia districts and one from Murshidabad. Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi said four deaths had been reported from Kasganj while two persons had died in continued on page 7 New Delhi, May 13 The results of the ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 examinations will be announced on Monday, an official said. The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CICSE) will announce the result at 3 pm. The results will be made available through CAREERS portal, the website of the council and through SMSes. For results through SMSes, candidates will have to type ICSE or ISC followed by their seven-digit unique ID code and send the message to 09248082883. From this year, while ICSE students need 33 per cent to qualify, ISC students need 35 per cent to clear the board exams. Earlier, the pass percentages were 35 and 40 per cent, respectively. — PTI Tribune News Service New Delhi, May 13 Foreign graduates wishing to practise medicine in India will not need to go through the standalone Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG) test in 2019. The Ministry of Health is considering merging the FMG exam with the National Exit Test (NEXT), proposed to assess the quality of MBBS passouts in the final year of the medical undergraduation course. The NEXT proposal is contained in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2018, which is likely to be passed in the monsoon session of Parliament. The ministry recently amended the draft law in line with the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health. “We propose to merge FMG with NEXT so the Indian and foreign graduates are tested against the same yardstick and a uniform standard of quality of practising doctors is ensured,” a Health Ministry source said. In another major reform, the ministry has brought in changes to eligibility rules for Indian students going Ishfaq Tantry Tribune News Service Srinagar, May 13 Muzaffarabad-based Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin is likely to step down to pave the way for others to take over reins of one of the largest militant organisations in the Kashmir valley. The development comes even as intelligence inputs suggest there is pressure on Salahuddin from Lashkar-eToiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad to step down as Hizb chief. One of his sons in Kashmir, Shahid Yousuf, has also been abroad to study medicine and returning to practise it. According to the new rules notified this month, students going abroad would no longer need eligibility certificates from the Medical Council of India if they want to study abroad and later return to write the FMG test and practise medicine. “These certificates were issued to any student attaining 50 per cent marks in Class XII. On an average, 12.5 per cent of the students writing the FMG test would pass. This failed pool of talent would end up in quackery,” sources said. Sharif’s disclosure serious: India PWD staffer injured in New Delhi, May 13 Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dubbed as a “serious disclosure” Pakistan’s ousted PM Nawaz Sharif acknowledging that militant organisations were active in his country and said it proved India’s position that the handlers of Mumbai attack were in Pakistan. For the first time, Sharif also questioned Pakistan’s policy to allow the “non-state actors” to cross the border and “kill” people in Mumbai. “It is very serious disclosure. India’s position has been that the mastermind of the Mumbai terror attack operated from Pakistan. We ‘MISINTERPRETED’ Statement of Nawaz Sharif has been grossly misinterpreted by the Indian media. A section of Pakistani media has lent credence to propaganda of Indian media without going through the full facts ❝ Spokesman for Nawaz Sharif strongly believe that the handlers of the attack were in Pakistan,” she said. “It (Sharif’s remarks) only proves that India’s stand has been right all the way,” she said. Meanwhile, the Pakistan PM has convened a high-level National Security Committee meeting on Monday to discuss the “recent misleading media statement” by Sharif, officials said in Islamabad on Sunday. Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted: “The NSC meeting suggested to Prime Minister to discuss recent misleading media statement regarding Bombay incident. Being held tomorrow morning.” (sic) — PTI Kasauli shooting dies Solan, May 13 winner of the family, Gulab PWD worker Gulab Singh, Singh, 54, is survived by his grievously injured in the May wife and two daughters. 1 shooting during a Supreme He was referred to the PGI Court-ordered demwith two bullet injuries olition drive in on May 1. He lost conKasauli, succumbed sciousness three days to his injuries at the ago following a carPGI, Chandigarh, diac arrest after being late on Saturday. shifted from the ICU Hotelier Vijay to a ward. Singh Thakur had The body was allegedly opened brought to his native Gulab Singh fire, killing Assistant Junti village, near Town Planner Shail Bala, Kanda, in Kasauli tehsil on who was supervising the Sunday afternoon, and was drive at Narayani Guest cremated with state honours. House on the Dharampur- Gulab’s younger brother Kasauli road. The lone bread- Yograj lit the pyre. — TNS Today’s issue consists of 26 pages, including six-page Chandigarh Tribune and four-page Life+Style. review petition filed by the Centre, the apex court said it was not against the Act, but the innocent should not be punished. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last month asserted that his government would not let any dilution of the law aimed at preventing atrocities on SCs and STs. In its March 20 order, the apex court had laid down new guidelines for police officers on how to ensure that innocent people, especially public officials, are protected against false complaints under the Act. The Bench had ordered that before an FIR was registered, a preliminary inquiry should be done to ascertain if the case fell within the parameters of the Act and was not frivolous or motivated. Any violation of these directions will be actionable by way of disciplinary action as well as contempt, it had said. New Delhi: Hitting out at former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram over a disproportionate assets case, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it was Congress’ “Nawaz Sharif moment”. PC hit back saying she was “about to be appointed I-T lawyer and removed as Defence Minister”. PAGE 7 Will be back in a few weeks: Parrikar Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, through a video message, on Sunday said he would return to his home state in the “next few weeks” from the US, where he has been undergoing medical treatment since March. The pre-recorded message was played at a BJP workers’ meeting addressed by party president Amit Shah. PTI Salahuddin to step down as Hizb chief No separate test for foreign medical grads from next yr Aditi Tandon The mangled remains of a private bus that fell into a gorge on the Solan-Pulwahan road in Rajgarh, Sirmaur, on Sunday, killing eight and injuring 11 others. TRIBUNE PHOTO PAGE 10 ICSE, ISC results today New Delhi, May 13 In a bid to counter its image of being seen as anti-Dalit, the Narendra Modi government has decided to not only bring an ordinance to nullify the Supreme Court verdict by putting safeguards on arrests under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, but it is also working on a Bill to put the Act in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution and thus insulate it from judicial scrutiny. Explaining the government’s intent to deal with the situation following the apex court verdict in March on the “arrest provision” in the Act, a senior official said, “While the Bill is a permanent arrangement to ensure that the SC/ST Act’s provisions are not diluted again, the ordinance is an interim arrangement to overturn the ruling.” The apex court ruling had triggered massive protests by various Dalit and political outfits during which over 10 persons were killed. The proposed ordinance would make it clear that notwithstanding any judgment or law in force, the provisions of the Act shall remain valid. “Once promulgated, this would mean the ordinance would overturn the SC order,” the official said. Referring to the proposed Bill, an official said, “Once included in the Ninth Schedule, the legislation gets protection under Article 31-B (validation of certain Acts and Regulations) and is not subject to judicial scrutiny.” Recently, the Supreme Court had refused to stay its March 20 order diluting certain provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. While hearing the observations by Attorney General KK Venugopal on a PC, Sitharaman in war of words Syed Salahuddin Facing US heat, may be offered political role arrested by the National Investigation Agency in connection with its “terror funding” probe. Sources said “soon you will see Salahuddin leaving the armed front. He will no longer be associated with it”. They said one of the primary reasons was the recent US announcement declaring him as a “global terrorist”. Though they did not clarify if Salahuddin would also step down as United Jihad Council (UJC) chief, they said he could be “offered some political role”. Salahuddin is the UJC head by virtue of his being the Hizb chief. So, it is clear that he cannot continue heading the UJC if he steps down as Hizb chief. Since its founding, Hizb has focused its operations in J&K, targeting security agencies. Over the past two years, the militant group has suffered huge losses, losing its top commanders, including Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat, Sajad Gilkar, Abdul Qayoom Najar and Yasin Yatoo, in operations by security forces. Since April, it has also lost a number of cadres, particularly in south Kashmir, where 11 militants were gunned down in a single day. On May 5, its four commanders and an assistant professor were killed.
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